Here we are! The very last chapter! I'd love it if you could R&R, I want to write some more fanfic (in a week or two, when I have some free time again; it's going to be a very silly romantic comedy called, "The Return of Sasuke-the Slut") so I'd really appreciate your feedback.
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Hinata woke when a pale sunbeam brushed against her face from the tents entrance. She rubbed her eyes as two figures approached her.
"Ohio, Otosan-sama, Nii-san!" Hinata moved to get up, but her father motioned her to lay back down.
"Ohio, Hinata-sama!" Neji smiled.
"Ohio, Hinata-san. Neji-san told me about your wonderful performance last night while you were on guard duty."
Guard duty? I wasn't on guard duty- I was running around without my clothes on! She looked subtly over to Neji, who gave her a thumbs up and a wink. Seriously, Neji rules.
Her father continued, "I'm very proud of you Hinata-san, as is Neji, and of course the whole tribe and village. Well done." His eyes looked over to the far wall of the tent, where two shadow clones were still meditating, and one Naruto was standing sleepily at attention. "Ohio, Hisashi-sama! Neji-san!" He bowed respectfully. Hinata felt a feeling of horror rise in her stomach, and was confused when her father chuckled.
"Otosan, I can explain-" Hinata pleaded.
Hiashi waved his hand. "It's alright Hinata. I'm sure your friend was just worried and wanted to keep an eye on you after you had exhausted your chakra. Arigato, Naruto-san, thank you for looking after Hinata-san." Naruto bowed and in response said, "Hai! My pleasure, sure."
"Alright, Neji and I have many duties to take care of today- I'll send Neji to check on you this afternoon if you're not released before then. Sayonara, Hinata-san, Naruto-san."
"Sayonara, Hinata-sama, Naruto-san!" Neji winked at them both.
"S-sayonara, Otosan-sama, Nii-san! Thank you very much for visiting!" As her family members exited the tent, she breathed a silent sigh of relief.
"Wow Hinata, your dad's a really mellow guy."
Hinata looked at him incredulously, then turned to stare after her departed father and cousin. My dad? Mellow? Neji? Being...nice? Does this mean I have permission to date Naruto? She would have to quiz Neji later on about exactly what he told her father.
Naruto yawned and stretched, then dispelled his shadow clones. "Guess I didn't need those guys, but never hurts to be prepared!" Hinata noticed Naruto's eyes had an orange glow, and realized he was in sage mode.
"Actually, I was going to ask your dad something- be back in time to take you out for breakfast, Hinata-chan!" And with that, he zipped out of the tent at sage-speed.
Hinata breathed another long, long sigh of relief. "Arigato!" She said aloud, thanking Kami for her good fortune.
"What's that, Hinata-chan?" Sakura poked her head into the medical tent.
"Ah, nothing Sakura-chan. Ohio!"
"Ohio!" Sakura smiled. "Let's check out your wounds and see if I can release you in time for breakfast." She winked at Hinata, who much to her credit only blushed the slightest shade of pink.
After a cursory look at her wounds, Sakura decided that her patient was ready to be released. "I'm surprised, Hinata-chan, your wounds are really minimal. You fought well!"
"Arigato! I think I was just mostly exhausted last night after...everything." Hinata smiled.
"Neji dropped off some fresh clothes for you this morning," Sakura said as she handed her the outfit, "Why don't you get dressed and I'll sign you out!"
"Arigato for everything Sakura-chan."
As Hinata got dressed, a piece of paper fell out of her clean shirt. Intrigued, Hinata picked it up and read aloud, "You owe me one Hinata-chan!" Hinata...chan? Next to the one-liner was a stick-figure giving a thumbs up sign and sticking out its tongue. It was signed, simply, "Neji". Arigato, Neji-nii-san! She thought silently, laughing. She didn't think Neji had ever called her Hinata-chan before, and it was endearing.
She had just finished pulling on the last of her clothing when she heard Naruto's voice- "Can I come in, Hinata-chan?"
He had the biggest grin on his face. "Hey, Hinata, your dad's really nice! I asked him permission to take you on a date, and he said it was totally ok- as long as I followed a few conditions..."
Hinata blushed at the word "date". We're really going on a date! "What- what were the conditions Naruto-kun?"
Naruto started counting on his hand- "I have to treat you with respect, and that's easy. Also, I can't be...fresh... which I think I know what he means, so I won't try anything that's not PG-13...heehee...and lastly-" At this point Naruto blushed deeply. Naruto's blushing? The tables have turned! Hinata thought, amused. "What's the last one, Naruto-kun?"
He looked up at her sheepishly. "I had to solemnly swear on my honor as a ninja that I will never, ever, do pervy ninjutsu in public again." He brushed his hand through his hair. Hinata giggled. Naruto's face broke out into his trademark grin-
and before they knew it they were both laughing hysterically.
"Na-naruto-kun! It hurts to laugh! Ha ha!"
"Hinata-chan, I think I'm crying I'm laughing so hard!" Hinata walked over to him and put her arm on his shoulder for support, because she was bent over with laughter and was having trouble standing.
Concentrating, she took a deep breath and steadied herself. "Hey, Naruto-kun?"
Wheezing, Narto asked, "Wh-ha-ha-hat's up, ha ha?"
She took his face in her hands and kissed him lightly on the mouth. "Let's go get some ramen, I'm starved!"
Dazed, Naruto nodded, but replied, "In a minute..." He smiled sneakily and put his arms around her, then kissed her back, deep and slow. Hinata felt something electrical flutter in her heart and down her spine. She had a feeling today was going to kick-ass.
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