I do not own Naruto. I hope you like it….
Hana anxiously drummed her fingers. Her mother-Hanabi- raised an eyebrow at her daughter.
"A Little excited?" She asked. Hana shook her head. "Sorry mama, its just that I've never spent the night at Aunt Hinata's before." Hana's pale eyes jumped from tree to tree as she stared out of the car window. Her mother patted her six year old head.
"Don't be silly, you see Aunt Hinata all the time, what makes you think that just because your spending the night makes it any different?" Hana shrugged. It was scary, she thought. She didn't want her mother to know but she was actually more scared of being away from home then her Aunt. Aunt Hinata wasn't scary at all. She was very nice and easy-although a little shy. Her aunt though, was also a little mysterious. She figured it was because she liked her privacy.
"Mama…" Hana was reluctant to ask her mother this question. It seemed a little like prying into her aunts life but she couldn't help it. Uncle Neji had only given broken bits and pieces, making Hana all the more curious.
Uncle Neji wasn't really her uncle, he was her second cousin. But since he was around the family so much it was just easier to call him "Uncle Neji."
"Yes sweetie?" Hanabi asked.
"Why did Aunt Hinata never marry?"
Hanabi sighed. She looked a little sad and a little reluctant.
"I don't actually know the whole story sweetie. I was just a little girl back then. If you really want to know then why don't you ask Hinata?"
Hana nearly fainted. "Are you insane? That's, that's, I cant do it!" She looked out the window again. Her mother laughed.
"She's not going to be mad at you!"
"Then how come you never asked?" Hana shot back. She may have only been six years old but she was smart.
"Oh," Hanabi sighed. "Its hard to explain. She likes you a lot, Hana, I think she would tell you."
"She likes you too!" Hana protested. Hanabi shook her head. "Yes she does but its different this way. I think she would be more open with telling you."
Hana groaned. "I should just ask Uncle Neji. He knows the story."
Hanabi gave her daughter a grin. "But Uncle Neji wasn't there first hand, he didn't have Hinata's emotions. If you really want to know what happened you should ask Hinata."
Hanabi pulled into the drive way of Hinata's house. Hana stepped out of the car and grabbed her bags. She was small, after all she was only six, but had insisted on taking her bags herself.
Hinata stepped out of the porch and started to help Hana.
"Hi, Hinata, thanks for taking her." Hanabi muttered tiredly. Hinata gave her sister a smile.
"It was my pleasure." She replied in a soft voice. Hana hugged her aunt.
"We're going to have a whole lot of fun!" she giggled. Hinata smiled. "Yes we will." She led Hana inside.
Hana said good bye to her mother and that's how her day began.
It ended with it pouring rain. The electricity was out, no computer no lights no tv. Hana couldn't read with no light. She had nothing to do.
Aunt Hinata lit some candles and muttered apologetically, "I'm sorry Hana. I didn't know it would rain."
Hana shook her head. "It's fine. Its not like you could read the weather or anything."
Hinata smiled. "Well surely we can find something for you to do."
Hana perked up. "How about a story?" She asked. Hinata shrugged.
"I don't know…I'm not very good with stories." Hana looked down, deflated.
"But…I guess I could tell you a real one."
Hana perked up instantly. "Really? What kind?"
Hinata blushed. "Oh…you can choose I guess."
Hana blurted out, "The reason why you never got married!"
She instantly regretted saying it. Her aunt would probably clam up now. But instead Hinata just shrugged and said, "Well I suppose."
Hana blinked. This was it! This was the reason!
"Was it because you never fell in love?" she asked. Hinata chuckled.
"Oh no, I fell in love."
"Did he leave you?" Hana asked sadly. Her own father had left her and her mother so maybe that was what happened to Aunt Hinata.
"Well I suppose in a way he did." Hinata paused. "Why don't we start at the very beginning…"
Hinata Hyuuga didn't think she had seen him before that day- though she couldn't be sure. He had spiky blonde hair and cerulean blue eyes that laughed.
And he walked right out in the middle of traffic. Cars honked, people yelled, breaks were slammed. He never flinched. He just kept walking to wherever he was going, as if he had a purpose that nobody could match.
And for some unspeakable reason Hinata Hyuuga felt curious about him ever since.
The final bell rang and Hinata began to pack up. Thank god the school day was over. If she heard one more lecture about the pointless things they fed her brain she thought she might explode.
She quietly exited the classroom with a good bye to her sensei anyway. This teacher wasn't so bad, she thought, it was the subject itself that was boring.
Kurenai-sensei smiled at Hinata. She was a friendly woman with dark hair and a weird fashion sense. But all in all she cared about her students and wanted them to have a good high school year. Mostly for her own benefit of sanity, but still, she was trying right?
Hintata searched through the throngs of people for her cousin, Neji. He was the one who drove her home after school. She had a license but Neji owned the car so it was his call. And naturally he wanted to drive it.
She spotted his raven hair and pale eyes- much like her own, talking to his friend Lee. She had never really been able to get over the fact that her cold, unfriendly cousin, got along with…well his total opposite like Lee.
"Hello Hinata!" Lee said in his nerdy but enthusiastic voice. Hinata blushed and muttered, "H-h- hello…Leigh…" She frowned. She hated herself for the fact that she couldn't even say hello to a guy who she had known for quite a while. She could hardly say hello to anyone without stuttering.
Neji gave her an apologetic look. She knew what it meant to. "I'm sorry Hinata I have to stay after school today, I cant give you a ride." Although he said it politely he didn't look sorry. But his eyes were, so Hinata knew he didn't do it on purpose. Neji was cold, but he wasn't heartless.
"That's okay. I'll walk." Hinata said softly. She turned quickly and began to start toward the sidewalk. She stared at the ground, as she walked. She hardly ever looked up from the ground, it was a habit that needed breaking.
She slammed into something. No, she corrected herself, somebody. She looked up and immediately turned all red.
It was the boy who had walked into traffic several weeks ago. He grinned and said, "Wow sorry! I didn't see you there!" He grinned at her.
"N-n- no I'm sorry. I wasn't looking where I was going." She squeaked. He just shook his head. "Nah, really it was me." He helped her up and she hoped that she wasn't blushing again. Though she probably was.
"I can give you a ride, you know, to compensate for pushing you down and all." He said cheerily. She blinked.
"Well I'm not really supposed to take rides from strangers."
"Yeah, your probably right! You wouldn't want to get kidnapped! But seriously, I want to make it up to you."
Hinata didn't know what to say. Fortunately he took her silence for a yes.
"Alright! I'll think of something…what's your name again?"
"Yup. I'm Naruto by the way."
And that was how they met.
Crazy Naruto bumping into poor Hinata! Anyway please R&R!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!