The Hidden Leaf Forest, inside of which lies hidden the village of ninjas known as "The Village Hidden in the Leaves". While it is usually a quiet place, especially since the end of 4th Great Shinobi War not long ago, it is in this very forest where our story begins.

A tired traveler was silently walking along a narrow path among the trees. He was a young man about 19 or 20 years old, 170cm tall and with black hair. His eyes and eyebrows resembled those of Dragon Ball Z's character Vegeta, with an angry and seemingly evil look, only his eyes were dark brown in color instead of black. While his outfit was very ninja-like, he didn't look like the more modern ninjas of the Naruto series, but his blue clothes resembled more closely what one would normally expect from a ninja (except he had no mask), and his boots looked somewhat like what one of Sosuke Aizen's arrancars would use. His ninja tool bag was on his right leg, meaning he was right-handed. He also wore four thin metal plates, two protecting his forearms and two protecting his legs from the knees down. Finally, his headband showed the symbol of the Village Hidden in the Mist, obviously meaning this person wasn't from around these parts.

His slow pace and how he struggled to push aside the shrubbery while walking aimlessly through the woods showed how tired he was, and he was seemingly low on supplies too. He finally came to a clearing in the forest with a lake on it. It was evening and this tired Hidden Mist shinobi seemed ready to give up when something suddenly called his attention…

"What the f…?" said the young Hidden Mist ninja, his eyes widely opened, as in shock…

It turned out there was someone at the other side of the lake, sitting on a thick branch of a tree. The young Mist ninja was greatly amazed. It was the most beautiful girl in the whole world! Right in front of him!

"This can't… This must be some genjutsu!" said the young Mist shinobi, amazed yet afraid at such immense beauty…

Unknown to him, the beautiful girl sitting on that thick tree branch was none other than Hinata Hyuga, well known by Naruto fans so she needs no description. She seemed completely immersed in her thoughts, her cute white eyes looked sad, and she was barefoot for some reason, each of her legs hanging from a different side of the branch in which Hinata was sitting…

"This is surely someone's trap…" the Mist ninja thought to himself. "There's only one way to find out."

Afraid but curious, this Mist shinobi cautiously went underwater and quietly approached Hinata from there, since water is a terrain advantage to Hidden Mist ninjas. Since Hinata was so immersed in her seemingly sad thoughts, the Mist ninja was able to sneak up on her unnoticed and, silently but quickly, he moved to the tree where Hinata was sitting and hid on the other side of the trunk…

"I'm not that stupid" he thought while cautiously peeping from behind the tree trunk. "I'm indeed quite good at unmasking genjutsu. If I see her from close enough, I'll see that beautiful girl is not real… It is impossible for a girl this beautiful to exist in the first place!"

The young Mist shinobi carefully watched Hinata and analyzed the situation, his mind already working on an action plan. After a minute he grinned, showing the typical carnivore teeth that characterize Hidden Mist shinobis such as Zabuza, Kisame, Suigetsu, etc. In his particular case, this young shinobi was missing what would be his upper-right fang, leaving a small hole in his smile…

"Yeah, I'll do that…" he thought to himself with a somewhat evil grin, although blushing "If she likes it, then she's a genjutsu, for no girl has ever allowed me to do that to her… Okay, here we go!"

The thick tree branch on which Hinata was sitting wasn't that high. In fact, the Mist ninja could barely stand up straight under it. Hinata's hanging bare feet were well in his reach. Blushing and sweating out of tension, the young male ninja very slowly moved his hand closer and closer to Hinata's right foot sole until the distance between her foot and his fingertips was barely five centimeters… "Now!"

In a somewhat odd and unexpected turn of events, the young male ninja tickled Hinata's foot briefly. Hinata turned out to be very sensitive to tickling, so much in fact that she not only screamed from the surprise, but the young Hidden Mist shinobi could tell she was about to fall off the tree branch…

"Holy shit!" said the Mist ninja, startled at this sudden turn of events. Then the young ninja quickly positioned himself below Hinata so she would fall on top of him, absorbing the impact of Hinata's fall to prevent her from getting hurt. The young male ninja now lied on the floor with a confused Hinata on top of him…

"She's actually very real…" the young Mist ninja said, sitting up with an expression of hurt. Seeing she had landed on someone, Hinata gasped in surprise and worry…

"I-I'm sorry! Um…Are you ok?" she asked…

"My fault…" the young Mist ninja answered. "I tickled you, but I thought you'd stay on the branch."

Hinata became a bit scared and embarrassed and, after hesitating, she asked "Um…Why did you tickle me?"

The young male ninja blushed and turned his gaze away from Hinata…

"…I thought you were a genjutsu, so I wanted to make sure." he said. "…Besides, your feet are so cute, so I wasn't quite able to resist the temptation anyway."

A very scared Hinata slapped the Mist ninja and then quickly retreated, making sure to keep her distance from him. The Mist ninja angrily got up…"Why the hell did you do that?" he exclaimed. "B-because… Because you're a pervert!" an embarrassed and scared Hinata replied…

The young ninja then laid his hand on the cheek where he had received the slap…

"Tsk… The hatred put in that slap hurt me more than the slap itself…" he muttered. "Fine, I'll leave you alone."

The young shinobi went away in the direction he had come from, now walking on the surface of the water like the ninjas of the Naruto world often do. Hinata watched him until he was far away, then she stood up and went her own way. Night had fallen, but our Hidden Mist shinobi boy found himself unable to sleep. He couldn't stop thinking of Hinata and her cute, ticklish feet…

"I could have sworn she wasn't real…" he was thinking to himself. "She's way too beautiful! You only see these in manga and anime… and her feet… That grade of ticklishness is unreal!"

The young ninja then looked at his right hand, with which he had tickled Hinata's foot…

"Me and my stupid case of podophilia…" he thought to himself with an expression of disgust "Who am I trying to fool? I just jumped on an opportunity to satisfy my foot-tickling fetish… I've fallen so low since I fled my village years ago…"

Unable to resist anymore, he got up and walked all the way back to the lake until he reached the bushes. What he found left him even more stunned than before. "This can't be!" he thought…

Hinata was back, and most surprising of it all is that she was naked, standing on the surface of the lake. Suddenly, she started to dance ballet right on top of the lake's surface. The water started to flow along with Hinata's chakra. Hinata's graceful, gentle moves, along with the many drops of water that flowed around her with her every move, left our ninja boy fascinated. He couldn't have taken his eyes off her beautiful body even if he had tried (which he didn't, anyway), and with Hinata having long hair it looked even better than it had looked three years ago (Naruto filler episode 148) when her hair was short. The boy from the Hidden Mist spent the whole time there, immobile as if he had fallen in the deepest of genjutsu. But it was the real thing, Hinata's beauty at its maximum expression! His heart was pounding inside his chest before such absurdly immense amount of beauty, and his mind was puzzled about how such a woman could possibly exist in the world. When Hinata got tired, she walked off the lake, dried herself with a towel, put her clothes back on and left. The young Hidden Mist boy laid himself on the ground right where he was, staring at the starry night sky, still amazed at what he had just seen. He didn't sleep that night. The sun had risen again and he patiently waited. Eventually she was back there, again. He could see Hinata in the distance…

"If I approach her again, she might get mad at me…" he carefully thought. "I'd better think of another plan…"

And so, the 19 or 20 year-old Mist shinobi watched Hinata from afar, for many days, he stalked her every time she came to this part of the woods (we could say she was getting a taste of her own medicine, heh!). He watched her as she took off her shoes and timidly approached the river, and when she seemed to doubt about whether to step on the water or not, she suddenly gathered courage and jumped into the water…

"Aaah, aaah! It's cold!" she exclaimed as she splashed her feet into the water in a very feminine way, as if trying to avoid it. The ninja boy watching her changed his normally angry look into a tender one as he blushed…

"She's really feminine… way too feminine. Even for a girl… I love that..." the Hidden Mist boy thought to himself…

After Hinata was done bathing her beautiful feet on the cold river water, she walked back to her shoes and put them back on…

"How ironic… She's exactly as I like 'em… long straight dark hair, feminine body, sweet disposition… and shoes that almost completely reveal her beautiful ticklish feet!" the young male ninja thought, blushing and looking at the beautiful Hinata, his eyes already showing affection towards her…

Unknown to our young boy in love, Hinata had long been aware of his presence. She liked to stalk, but didn't like being stalked…

"He's stalking me…" Hinata thought to herself. "A shinobi from a foreign village is watching my every move. He's up to something…"

That same day, Hinata was sitting by a tree and opened a bag, from where she took out a cinnamon roll, her favorite food, and started eating it. Of course, our boy was still watching her from what he thought was a safe distance, well-hidden in a small pond, but not aware of Hinata's exceptional sight provided by her Byakugan…

"Damn! I even like the way she eats!" he was thinking to himself.

Hinata finally ate the last morsel of that cinnamon roll and swallowed it, and after cleaning her mouth and hands with a white hankerchief, she then performed a hand sign… "Byakugan!"

Then Hinata's veins around her pupil-less white eyes began to bulge and pupil outlines appeared on her eyes. In this state, Hinata's field of vision became almost 360 degrees and she could not only see through things, but she easily saw the Hidden Mist ninja's chakra inside a small pond…

"I know you're there…" she said in a serious tone, but as you may already know, Hinata always speaks in a very soft voice, which at that distance couldn't be heard by the young Mist shinobi who was stalking her… "I can see you… It's no use hiding any longer." she insisted…

But with her sweet and extremely soft tone of voice her stalker still couldn't hear her, so Hinata very carefully and subtly took off her left shoe, then she threw it at the small pond where her stalker was hiding, bonking him right over the head. The young Hidden Mist ninja raised from the pond, showing that it was actually himself in melted form, a typical jutsu of Hidden Mist ninjas. After getting up the boy picked up Hinata's thrown shoe and holded it in his hand as he stared at it…

"Of all things, you just had to throw me something that your beautiful little foot has been into…" the young Mist ninja said to Hinata, who got up in order to confront her stalker…

"Next time it'll be shuriken." She threatened in a serious tone.

"Why hasn't it been shuriken this time?" the young Mist ninja replied in an even more serious tone.

Hinata found herself surprised at what the stalking boy had just said. The Mist ninja lowered his head with a sad look in his eyes and he blushed…

"You hate me, don't you? ...Then it'd be ok if you killed me" he said in a rather sad tone…

"No! Killing is wrong!" Hinata replied, and our stalking ninja boy found himself even more surprised…

"What? …She hates me but she would still spare my life? …How… tender…" the surprised young Hidden Mist ninja thought to himself…

The mist shinobi then raised his face again and looked at Hinata's eyes, still beautiful even with the Byakugan active…

"Heh! That's a leaf ninja for you! Your culture is really so much different from ours…" said the young mist ninja. "It suits you well, though."

Hinata then deactivated her Byakugan…

"I-If you have nothing else to say… then I'm leaving." Hinata said to the young male ninja and, despite having only one shoe on, she tried to leave anyway…

"Hey!" the Mist shinobi shouted. Hinata gasped and turned around, startled…

"Your shoe…!" he said while showing Hinata her own shoe…

"You can keep it… I-It's not like I'm going to put it on again now that you touched it." Hinata replied.

"What the f…? Why, you…?" said the confused ninja boy and then he walked towards Hinata, unintentionally causing the frightened ninja girl to run away…

"Where the fuck are you going?" the ninja boy screamed, worried about Hinata.

The Mist ninja quickly got on pursuit of the object of his affections. They both swiftly jumped among the tree branches with the agility ninjas are known for…

"Stop running around barefoot like that!" he shouted to her. "You can end up hurting yourself!"

Believing the Mist ninja to be a threat, Hinata didn't listen to him and tried to flee towards her Hidden Leaf Village, but she was as unlucky as always and ended up stepping on a lost shuriken long ago thrown into one of the branches (as ninjas don't always recover the shuriken with which they throw and miss) with the left foot, the one she didn't have a shoe on. The Mist ninja saw her lose balance and fall as she screams…

"Damn!" he exclaimed as he descended to ground level and quickly ran in order to be below her and absorb the impact of her fall again…

"S-Sorry!" a worried Hinata apologized to him…

"Ouch" the young Hidden Mist ninja uttered, sitting up with an expression of hurt, again. "…You should already know you can't go around barefoot in a place like this!"

"I-I'm sorry…" said Hinata as she turned her gaze away, ashamed…

The Hidden Mist ninja then got out from below Hinata's beautiful body…

"Let me see…" he said…

He then grabbed Hinata by the left foot and checked her bleeding sole. It was not a serious wound at all, but it was bleeding. As he held Hinata's foot with his left hand to prevent her from trying to escape, the Mist shinobi used his other hand to try to rip off the left sleeve of his shirt. He wasn't very strong at all to rip off the strong fabric of a cloth made for battle, but he quickly took out a kunai and with it he made a little opening in his left sleeve so he could then rip it off with his hand, then he used it as a bandage for Hinata's wounded foot sole…

"Um… Thank you." Hinata said, blushing…

Just when he had finished attending to Hinata's wound and was unconsciously smiling with pleasure at the good deed he had just done to her, still holding her foot but now gently with affection, and an embarrassed, blushing Hinata was looking at him with a smile, suddenly Kiba and Akamaru jumped out from the bushes and attacked the Hidden Mist shinobi, biting on him and restraining him…

"Aaaahh! You fuckin' bastards!" the Mist ninja screamed furiously and in pain…

"Are you all right, Hinata?" Kiba hurriedly asked. Shino then came out from the bushes as well, though much more quietly…

"We heard you scream and came as fast as we could." Shino said…

"It was this creep, wasn't he?" Kiba said, looking at the Mist ninja with hatred. "What did he do to you?"

Shino then walked over and picked up the kunai the young Mist ninja had left on the floor which he had used in order tear off his sleeve…

"He attacked you, didn't he?" Shino inquired…

"Stop! Don't hurt him!" Hinata pleaded. Kiba, Shino and Akamaru all were surprised…

"I-I got hurt while jumping through the tree branches…" Hinata explained. "This person attended to my wound… H-He even tore off his sleeve to use as a bandage."

Kiba and Shino then noticed that it was indeed true, as the Mist ninja's sleeve was torn off and it was around Hinata's left foot as a bandage for her wound. Kiba and Akamaru let go of him, although reluctantly…

"We apologize to you…" said Shino "It was just a misunderstanding."

"Kiba-kun! P-Please apologize too!" Hinata said…

"We're sorry…" Kiba reluctantly replied, turning his gaze away "Right, Akamaru?" he then said to his dog. Akamaru made a noise in response to Kiba.

Despite the apologies, the Mist ninja looked angry anyway. Hinata then turned her attention to the mysterious boy who had saved her, timidly avoiding to look at his eyes while doing her typical fiddling with her fingers…

"Um…" she doubtfully uttered, trying to find something appropriate to say…

"Here…" said the young Hidden Mist ninja while handing Hinata's shoe back to her. Hinata first gasped in surprise, but then took her shoe back…

"T-Thank you…" said a blushing Hinata. "You're welcome." The young male ninja answered…

"Um… Etto…" muttered Hinata, trying to say something…

"Shidomaru…" the young Hidden Mist ninja suddenly said. "My name is Shidomaru."

"I-I am Hinata…" Hinata timidly answered…

"Hinata…" Shidomaru thought to himself. "What a cute name… it's rather fitting…"

Kiba and Shino both helped Hinata get up…

"We should take you to Sakura so you can completely heal that wound." Kiba told Hinata…

"I-I'm fine…" Hinata replied…

"It's best to make sure. Better safe than sorry." said Shino, he then turned his attention to Shidomaru…

"We're going to take care of her now. Thanks for helping her." Shino said to him. Kiba still looked at Shidomaru with distrust, and Shidomaru also looked at Kiba, Shino and Akamaru with equal skepticism. The three members of Team 8 walked away, with Kiba carrying Hinata on his back, and they left Shidomaru alone once more. Shidomaru got up and laid his back on the nearest tree, looking towards the sky almost totally obscured by the dense forest, then he looked at his hands…

"Somehow… I did it…" Shidomaru was thinking to himself. "I somehow managed to get close to her… Hinata…"

"Shidomaru…" was Hinata thinking to herself as Kiba carried her…

A few days later, Shidomaru seemed to have stopped wandering around aimlessly and he had somehow managed to build himself a little improvised hideout in a hard-to-find spot. He came out from it unexplainably with a new shirt exactly like the one he had torn the left sleeve of…

"Weather in the Land of Fire sure is hot…" he complained. "It's far different from my native Land of Water…"

Shidomaru then made his way to the spot where he had first found Hinata and where he had stalked her so much. But now he openly showed himself there. No one else seemed to be there, but Shidomaru carefully checked the surroundings, and then he headed in a direction. Hinata was not there, but she was hiding behind a tree, watching as Shidomaru walked away, and relaxed when he seemed out of range. Then all of a sudden, she felt a tickling sensation on her right foot (remember her shoes reveal most of her feet, so no real need to take off her shoe to tickle her unless you're trying to tickle in her sole) and gasped, startled. She quickly turned around to find Shidomaru crouching right beside her…

"W-What…?" the scared ninja girl nervously gasped…

"That one was a Yukibunshin." explained Shidomaru as he stood up…

"Yukibunshin?" Hinata asked…

"Snow Clone, though it doesn't last very long in this weather." Shidomaru explained…

"Oh…" Hinata said to indicate she understood Shidomaru's explanation.

"Looks like my ninjutsu isn't as effective in hot lands such as this, but it also seems to work well on opponents that are accustomed to these hot temperatures, so things are balanced, in a way." said Shidomaru while looking at his own right hand…

"Um… What is your ninjutsu?" Hinata asked out of curiosity. Shidomaru then performed a hand sign. The water present in the air condensed and gathered, and then it froze and took the form of an ice flower…

"Ice is my power." Shidomaru stated. "It's the most beautiful of all elements." he added.

Shidomaru then tried to give the ice flower to Hinata, but Hinata blushed, gasped and retreated in embarrassment…

"Don't be afraid!" a disappointed Shidomaru exclaimed "It's just a flower made of ice! It's as ephemeral as a real one anyway…"

Hinata turned her gaze away and hid the lower portion of her face with her hands…

"I see…" said Shidomaru, becoming saddened. "I made a mistake."

Shidomaru then dispelled the ice flower and turned away sadly…

"I'm deeply sorry… Hinata…" Shidomaru said in a sad tone. "Uh…Um…" Hinata tried to find something to say as Shidomaru tried to walk away from her, but she gave up on her attempt to talk to Shidomaru and turned her gaze away from him again…

"I'm listening." Shidomaru said, suddenly stopping. Hinata was surprised that Shidomaru was actually paying attention to her, and smiled because of it. Not long after, both were sitting in front of each other on that clearing in the forest…

"N-Not many people let me finish when I talk." Hinata said…

"I've heard that you women are in permanent need to express their feelings. It has something to do with the biology of your brains, apparently. The bridge between both hemispheres of your brain is supposedly wider than mine, so you use your whole brain for both reason and emotions." explained Shidomaru…

"Um… You seem to be very smart." Hinata told him…

"Nah…" Shidomaru said while gazing sideways. "Although my favorite job is assassination, my real strength is actually information gathering. That's why I seem so knowledgeable." he explained to her.

Hinata quickly became afraid of Shidomaru because of his comment about his favorite job being assassination…

"Scared you 'cause I said I like to kill people?" said Shidomaru, looking at Hinata with the corner of his eye. "...Rather typical for a Leaf ninja, especially a kind-hearted sweet girl such as you…"

Hinata was now both scared and embarrassed…

"…But I don't like to hide the truth about myself…" Shidomaru continued. "Seems stupid to think like that considering I'm a ninja, huh?"

"Um… Why do you like killing?" a scared Hinata timidly asked…

"Power…" Shidomaru answered in a somewhat sinister tone. "That's the whole reason why I became a shinobi in the first place."

"P-Power?" a horrified Hinata said…

"Yeah, power…" continued Shidomaru, getting progressively carried away. "I wanna punish every evil person in this world! If I were strong enough, I'd crush anyone who would dare to hurt me or my beloved ones!"

Hinata remained silent, seemingly horrified at Shidomaru's claims…

"…That's what I'd like to say, but I have no beloved ones to protect, so I've only fought for myself all these years." said Shidomaru, suddenly settling down…

"Um… Aren't you from a shinobi village?" Hinata asked him…

"Isn't it suspicious to find a Hidden Mist shinobi wandering around in the Hidden Leaf Forest?" he replied. "I left that stupid village, years ago…"

"Um… D-Don't you miss your friends?" said a saddened Hinata while timidly turning her gaze away from Shidomaru…

"What friends?" a sad Shidomaru suddenly sighed. Hinata gasped, surprised to find that Shidomaru was such a lonely person…

"I-I'm sorry! I didn't know!" she nervously tried to apologize…

"Can't blame you. You're from the Leaf, so you guys are all the happy bunch, with your pacifist ideas and such. You're all pretty little friends, so it's practically the opposite from 'Bloody Mist'" said Shidomaru…

"Just what do you think that we Leaf ninja are?" Hinata suddenly said in a serious voice…

"Am I wrong?" asked Shidomaru in an incredulous tone…

"Y-Yes! We're not that blind to reality!" Hinata exclaimed. "Um…We do have both happy moments and sad moments! We laugh, we cry, we get angry and everything else… Just like… Just like every other person! We're human too!"

"Human, huh?" said Shidomaru, lowering his face with a sad look "...Maybe being so human is what makes you people so different from the rest of shinobi nations."

"You're a human too… I-I know it." Hinata said to him.

"Really? Can you call me human after hearing me say that I like to kill people?" Shidomaru retorted sarcastically…

"Um…" said Hinata, afraid and turning her gaze away from Shidomaru again. Shidomaru remained silent, intending to listen to Hinata's every word. Hinata tried to muster as much courage as she could before speaking…

"Y-You said that you want to punish someone…" she then said. "You also talked about protecting the ones you love… We protect our loved ones too, even if we're sometimes forced to take our enemies' lives… but you…Um…"

"Please go on…" Shidomaru invited her to continue talking…

"…H-Has someone done something bad to you?" Hinata asked. Shidomaru then had a very brief flashback, with memories of himself lying on the ground, severely beaten and in the middle of a fire, his teammates nowhere to be seen, and he also remembered a person with the Byakugan. The flashback ended there…

"I'm seeking revenge…" Shidomaru finally admitted in a grim tone…

"Please don't!" Hinata interrupted, not wanting to hear the rest of Shidomaru's phrase. Shidomaru watched in shock as Hinata suddenly started crying…

"…One of us once fled our village, seeking revenge…" she cried. "During those years, he became so cold, twisted and ruthless… He cut all of his bonds with us, his friends… And a person who is very important to me suffered the worst things as he tried to fulfill his promise to take our friend back to our village… This very important person couldn't save him… He was the person who loved him the most among all of us! When I saw him so depressed… I…"

"Enough… Hinata…" said Shidomaru with a sad and trembling voice. Hinata looked at a sad Shidomaru whose eyes had become dampened by his own tears. He then came close to Hinata, took out a handkerchief and started to gently wipe her tears from her face…

"Don't cry, Hinata… it makes me sad…" he told her…

With her beautiful white eyes still crying, Hinata stared at Shidomaru with amazement, and of course she was blushing…

"Who is this Shidomaru person?" she thought to herself. "...He looks cold, like ice… but his actions definitely reveal what's inside him… W-What's this feeling? ...What's… happening to me?"

Shidomaru had finally finished wiping Hinata's tears...

"I'm sorry…" he sadly apologized. "I didn't intend to make you cry…"

"I… I know we've just recently met… but please, I want you to promise me something…" said Hinata. Shidomaru opened his eyes widely in surprise…

"Promise me…" said Hinata, avoiding looking at Shidomaru's eyes. "No matter what happens… that you'll never ever get lost in the darkness of revenge… I you someday make a lot of friends, stay with them… treasure them… and never abandon them…"

"Er… Hinata, I…" said Shidomaru, blinking in confusion…

"Promise!" urged Hinata, suddenly turning towards Shidomaru with her little finger up. Shidomaru doubted for a second, but then he smiled and blushed…

"We're not married yet and she's already sweet-talking me into doing whatever she wants… But I don't mind as long as she stays this cute…" Shidomaru thought to himself. He then lifted his little finger too and both little fingers hooked on each other, which symbolizes a promise that has been done. Hinata blushed and smiled at him for agreeing to the promise…

"My name is Shidomaru… I'm a rogue ninja who fled the Hidden Mist Village, seeking revenge… but I fell in love… I'm in love with you… Hinata…" Shidomaru thought to himself as he delighted himself in Hinata's smile…