Note: I don't own Naruto Shonen Jump does.

Ok, this has nothing to do with my original fics, this is based off the anime as it exists. I just saw 166 and thought I should write how things should go after Naruto comes back to the village from the battle with Pein. Seeing how it is they add some different stuff in the anime from the manga I figure why not. Trying to do the story as if I were pitching it to the studio. I'm trying to think like the studios and follow the original story-line. This fic is not intended to be long, and one thing I might have planned for it, I know for a fact they wouldn't put even in the anime. I'm just brain-storming so bare with me.

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Naruto leaned against a tree. ...

Hinata smiled so brightly, some tears sill in her eyes. " Thank God...Naruto-kun." she thought.

Sakura walked up to Naruto. " You're always so rash dummy!" She said hitting him on the head.

"Ow!"

Sakura then helped Naruto up. She then embraced him an a hug. " Arigato..."

Hinata stood there smiling but silent. Naruto looked around, then made eye-contact with Hinata. At first she believed he was merely looking in her general direction. Naruto then placed his hand on Sakura's shoulder acknowledging the hug and passing by.

Hinata was smiling so happily for Naruto. Then she realized Naruto hadn't broken his eye contact and it seemed he was walking toward her.

Hinata's eyes widened, Naruto was not breaking eye-contact and was walking to her.

Hinata became flushed as her eyes grew big. It just hit her. Her confession, dear God, she told him that she loved him. Before Naruto could make it across, the villagers hoisted him up in the air.

Hinata turned to cut across the crowd, first being her fellow Hyuuga.

" Hinata-sama, what's wrong?" Ko said. " Where are you going? The crowd may acknowledge you as well."

" I-I have to check..." Hinata's face was bright red. "with...something." She said before cutting through, too embarrassed to talk.

As Naruto flew in the air he tried to look over at Hinata, who he could see was leaving. Naruto tried to get down but was finding it to be easier said than done. Before he knew it, Hinata was gone.

" Oi, you know where Hinata went?" Naruto asked walking over by the Hyuuga group.

" I guess she had to do something." Ko replied.

" Well can you let her know I want to talk to her?" Naruto said.

" I... will be sure to relay the message." Ko said. He knows full well not to let Hinata associate with the Kyuubi, as is his responsibilty as her body guard. But after what Naruto just did for the village, what right did he have to do that? Especially since Hinata already helped him." Naruto, you did well."

" Ahh thank-you" Naruto said smiling.

Later Hinata was standing behind a large piece of rubble.

" Gah! Stupid Stupid Stupid! Why did I tell him!" Hinata thought, hitting the sides of her head. She then lowered her head. " I...couldn't even save him...all that talk I did, all I did was get beaten." Hinata brought her hands to her face. " What am I going to do!"

" Hinata-chan!" Kiba shouted.

Hinata turned to see Kiba and his mother jumping down. " What are you doing? We need to regroup and tend to the villagers."

" Hai." Hinata said.

Later, Hinata is seen tending to Kurenai.

" Oh my... He's going to be so big." Hinata said referring to Kurenai's baby.

" Hai." Kurenai said.

" I...wonder how much child-birth hurts?" Hinata pondered.

" Hinata..." Kurenai interrupted. " Is it true...did you go out there and stand against Pein?"

Hinata was shocked, she lowered her head down to the side. " Hai..."

" You could've been killed!" Kurenai lectured.

" I know..." Hinata said.

Kurenai looked at Hinata, perhaps she shoulnd't have yelled.

" But...you were trying to save Naruto...so I guess I shouldn't be all that mad."

"no,no sensei, you're right, I was foolish to think I could help." Hinata said.

" Hinata..." Kurenai started. Hinata looked at her with a slightly surprised expression. "...you went out and willingly put your life on the line to help a comrade. That does not sound like something a fool does."

Hinata smiled slightly.

" Soooo..." Kurenai asked slyly. " ...you think Naruto's gonna get the message now?"

Hinata became flushed with embarrassment.

" Yo! Kiba!" Naruto's voice called out.

" Gah!" Hinata looked behind her over in Kiba's direction. " Senseiimsorryimustleave." Hinata said in a breath. She then dashed off.

" Hinata?" Kurenai said.

" Oi, Kurenai-sensei!" Naruto said walking over.

" Naruto..." Kurenai said.

" Hey have you seen Hinata? I need to talk to her." Naruto said.

" WelllllIIIIIII saw her a little bit ago, but...she had to go." she said, trying to cover for Hinata.

" Oh, Ok." Naruto took notice to Kurenai's pregnant figure. " Man you're gettin' huge huh?" Naruto said smiling.

" Why you! Hah!" Kurenai said, grabbing Naruto and throwing him to the ground.

" Whh...What'd I say?" Naruto's hand raised up shaking.

Later...

" I do not understand why you are avoiding Naruto? It would seem to me that he wants to thank you for your help." Ko said.

Hinata lowered her head shamefully. " What help did I offer? I only proved to be useless."

" Hinata-sama..." Ko said. " Useless is the last thing that you are. Most of the clan is waiting to praise you for you courage and for the show of our clan's strength and skill."

" Skill, I barely laid a hand on him." Hinata said.

" Everyone who saw you out there views you as a heroine. Know that." Ko said smiling.

Hinata smiled back at Ko, he had always been kind and protective towards her.

" But the fact remains, you cannot avoid Naruto forever." Ko said.

" Hai, but I can at least try until I know what to say to him." Hinata said.

" You... might have less time than you think." Ko said.

" Why?" Hinata asked.

Ko pointed behind her. Hinata's whole face became blushed. She slowly turned around to see Naruto standing behind her.

" Gah!" Hinata said.

" I'll leave you two to talk." Ko said.

" K-Ko-kun, did you set me up? After all those times you told me not to go near Naruto-kun!" Hinata thought.

" Hinata...are you avoiding me?" Naruto asked.

" N..." Hinata stopped herself. "...hai."

" well..." Naruto said, not quite sure what to say. " I wanted to thank you for helping me."

Hinata shook as she looked to the ground. Naruto took a step closer to her. "I didn't do anything but get beaten badly. s-some help I was." Hinata said.

" Hinata..." Naruto said. " What you told me...do you...mean that?"

Hinata felt she was going to die from embarrassment." It's not..." . How could she arrogantly tell him how she felt? She was nowhere near his level of strength, not even close. What right did she have to talk to him as if they were equals? Hinata was overcome with shame, tears began forming in her eyes" Naruto-kun please, I have to go!" Hinata dashed off.

" Hinata!" Naruto called after her.

" Naruto!" Sakura came runing up.

Naruto turned to her.

" Ne? Sakura?"

" You have to come quick! It's Tsunade-sama!" Sakura said.

Naruto looked toward the direction Hinata ran off, he wanted to catch up to her, but for now he would have to wait. He turned and followed after Sakura.

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I'll try to come up with new things here, but like I said, with exception to a few things, I'm gonna try to keep it within the original anime. R&R