Hello! I know what you're thinking: "What in the name of all that is good is a Spyro-writer doing in a Naruto-base?" Well, I adopted Honest Curse from hinatasgreatestfan. This first four chapters are his completly. So yeah... Let's start the story.
Honest Curse: Sean-Style
Naruto was frustrated. He'd just asked Sakura out for like the thousandth time, and of course she'd said no. He had the feeling she'd never say yes. He thought about asking her why she never said yes, but he didn't really think he wanted to know. He was only half-listening to Sakura, so he only heard the last part of her sentence.
"...ever again," she was saying.
Naruto shook his head, then said, "Sorry, Sakura, I kinda zoned out a minute there, what was that?"
She sighed, frustrated. "I said, Naruto, please promise me you won't ask me out ever again."
Naruto looked on in shock. Did she really not like him? Apparently she didn't, and she wanted him to not keep asking her out. Well, everyone knew he wouldn't break his promises, but maybe this one he could...sometime. He sighed. "All right, Sakura. I won't ask you out anymore."
"Say it, Naruto, say you promise. I know you never break your promises, so say you promise me you won't ask me out anymore."
It hurt him badly to know she was this insistent; his shoulders slumped, but he wanted her to be happy, so he sighed and said, "I promise, I won't ask you out anymore, Sakura." Even as he spoke, he had the feeling these words would come back to haunt him. He had no idea how right he was; even so, he also had no idea how glad he would be one day to have spoken them.
Two Days Later
Naruto saw Sakura coming toward him. She seemed happier the last couple days since he hadn't asked her out. She had even talked to him a few times, and she acted pretty friendly. Their time together in class had even been more enjoyable for both of them, all things considered. He smiled at her as she got closer. He decided he'd ask her out again, just once, for old times' sake if nothing else. He opened his mouth.
"..." he found himself unable to speak. What in the world? He tried again, with the same result. Sakura looked at him with a confused look on her face. He closed his mouth and shrugged. She rolled her eyes and went to talk to Sasuke; or, to be more accurate, to get ignored by the jerk. Naruto groaned. She'd rather get ignored by Sasuke than say yes to Naruto? Why? What did that jerk have that he didn't? Other than a stick up his ass, that is.
Naruto thought about what had happened. He'd tried to break his promise, for the first time in his life, and found he literally couldn't. As they were all outside for taijutsu lessons, he was able to easily sneak away from the others and sit by himself to think. He thought about all the promises he'd made, and kept, and he realized he'd never once tried to go back on his word. And now, when he did try, he was physically incapable of it. He remembered the feeling in his throat when he'd tried to speak just now. His throat had closed. Not like he couldn't breathe, he just couldn't speak.
Hinata saw Naruto go off by himself and crouch down. He seemed bothered by something. She watched as he put his hands to his throat and wondered what was wrong. She watched him, worried about him, as he seemed like he was trying not to cry or something. She moved slowly toward him and heard him muttering something about promises. She knew, as did everyone, that if Naruto promised something, he'd do it, no matter what. He never went back on his word; she knew, unlike most, that he thought of that as his ninja way.
Hinata approached Naruto from behind, shyly. She knew this could be her chance. She shivered in anticipation and fear, then thought about something her mother told her once when she was young.
Hinata was talking to her mother. Hinata was only about three at the time, and her mother was asking her if she had any friends; she had been out of the compound several times of course. Hinata told her about the young boy she played with at the park all the time, Naruto. Her mother seemed quite pleased with this for some reason, but Hinata shrugged that off. She didn't really care what anyone thought. She liked Naruto, even though all the other kids seemed to hate him or ignore him. She loved spending time with the rambunctious blond.
"He's so nice, Mommy, and he doesn't hesitate; he's so self-assured, and I always know if he says he'll do something he means it and he'll never break his word." Hinata was gushing a little, but she didn't care. "And he always takes the time to talk to me and play with me; he doesn't just ignore me like the others. And he doesn't think I'm too soft or too kind, he seems to like me for that."
"I'm sure he does, Hinata. Being kind and soft are only looked down on here. Most people will like you for that. Don't ever lose that." Hinata smiled at her mother's praise. "Just remember, daughter, there will come a day when you will have a chance to do something. You will only have one chance, and your decision that day will change the rest of your life. You'll know it when that day comes because you'll be afraid to act, but you'll know if you don't, you'll never have another chance. Please, daughter, when that day comes, fight down your fear and act. Do what needs to be done and make your life the best it can be."
Hinata smiled at the memory of her mother. Then she got a very serious and determined look on her face, thinking that yes, this was that chance of which her mother had spoken. She could finally talk to Naruto alone and try to make him really see her. Since that day talking to her mother, Hinata had kept watching Naruto and had slowly but surely fallen in love with him. The thought of being with him, being HIS was all that kept her going some days.
Hinata thought another moment, then nodded. This was her chance, damn it, and she wasn't about to pass it up. She'd make him see her; she'd make him see her as not just a friend, she'd get him to herself and she'd make him HERS. Her decision made, but still feeling very shy, Hinata's back straightened and she marched toward her crush, determined, if still nervous.
Hinata approached him steadily, forcing her shattered nerves out of her mind, and came within arms length of him. She reached over and put a hesitant hand on his shoulder lightly.
Naruto jumped when he felt a hand land on his shoulder. The hand pulled back a little, not like the person was offended, just surprised by his sudden movement. He turned and found it was Hinata standing behind him.
"Oh, Hinata, it's you. Hi," he said to her, hoping she wouldn't be mad.
"Hi, Naruto. I'm sorry if I surprised you," she spoke quietly, but to both their surprise she didn't stutter.
"No, it's fine, Hinata, I was just thinking," he told her, hoping she would ask what was on his mind so he could tell someone. That might help him figure it out after all, but he didn't want to tell her if she didn't really care.
"I could tell you had something on your mind, Naruto. That's why I came over here. I wanted to find out what was wrong," she said, feeling more confident in herself than she had in years.
"Well, it's just that I've asked Sakura out so many times and she kept telling me no," he started, relieved to have someone to talk to about this. Hinata nodded, hanging on his every word, glad to just be talking to him. "A couple days ago, she made me promise her I wouldn't do it anymore." Hinata sighed, half in pity and half in relief. Naruto nodded. "Well, today when I saw her, I tried to ask her anyway, even though I promised I wouldn't..." his voice trailed off; he hesitated to tell her this part, but Hinata just sat there, watching him. He took a deep breath. "When I tried to ask her out, I couldn't. I opened my mouth to try, and I couldn't speak. It was like my throat closed up and I couldn't make myself say anything. I kept trying and I couldn't make myself say anything. I'm not sure what's going on with it, but it seems like I can't break my promise, even if I want to do it. I'm kind of worried, to be honest."
Hinata saw the look of fear on his face and she felt terrible about it. She thought about it for a few minutes, then a very devious thought came to her mind. "Have you tested it, Naruto?"
Naruto looked at Hinata, wondering what she meant. Tested it? "What do you mean? How could I test it?"
She giggled mischievously. "Make a promise to someone and try to break it. If you can, then it's not that, but if you can't break it, then your promises are absolute, and you'll know."
Naruto sighed. He didn't really want to break his promises, just this one. "But why would I do that? I want to keep my promises."
Hinata smiled. That's one of the things she loved about him, his honesty. "Yes, I know, but don't you want to know?" she asked him. He thought a moment, then nodded. "Okay, so make a promise to someone, then try to break it."
He looked at her, wondering what kind of promise he could make that wouldn't hurt anyone to break it. "But if I break my promise, won't the one I made it to be hurt?"
Hinata smiled. "Usually, maybe, but if they know that's what you're doing, it won't bother them, right?"
Naruto smiled back, realizing what she meant. "Hey, you're right, Hinata! That's a great idea. But who could I do that to? I mean, who would be willing to help me like that?"
Hinata grinned. "I would, Naruto."
"Sure. Just promise me something and then try not to do it and see what happens. I'll know if you don't do it that it's just because of that, and if you do, we'll both know why."
"But I don't want to promise you anything I don't want to do, Hinata. I mean...I don't want to promise to do anything embarrassing or anything."
Hinata blushed, then giggled. "I wouldn't ask you to do anything embarrassing anyway, Naruto. And I hope what I have in mind would be something you'd at least enjoy."
Naruto looked at her. She really is cute when she blushes. Where in the world did that thought come from? He didn't know, but it was true. "Okay, Hinata, what do you have in mind?"
"Promise to take me out on a date tonight." She was flat-out stunned she didn't stutter saying that.
Naruto gasped. "You mean it? Hinata, do you really want that? I mean, I'd like to spend time with you, so you're right about that, I would enjoy it, but if I do try not to and I can't not, then we'd actually have to go through with it; so please, don't ask me for that promise unless you really want to go out with me."
Hinata blushed brighter than before. "I really do want that, Naruto. I've wanted to go out with you for a long time."
Naruto was surprised. Hinata wanted to go out with him? Well, that sure explained her red face all the time and her stuttering, didn't it? He chuckled, realizing just how much about Hinata this small piece of information explained. He reached over and took her hand in his gently. "All right, Hinata. Just please don't be offended if I don't show up tonight."
"I won't, Naruto, I promise. Just if you don't show up tonight, can we go out another time?" Wow, her confidence was certainly growing today, wasn't it? She smiled, glad to be able to talk to Naruto so easily.
Naruto smiled. "Sure Hinata. If I don't show up tonight, I'll take you out tomorrow, okay?" She nodded happily. "Okay, here goes. Hinata, I promise I'll take you out on a date tonight." She blushed; even though she knew what was going on, she was happy to hear him say that, regardless. She had wanted it for a long time, and now it was coming true. And even if he didn't show tonight, he would take her out! This was almost too good to be true.
"Okay, Naruto. I hope to see you tonight. And if not, I'll see you tomorrow in class," she told him, blushing like mad, but very happy inside.
"All right, Hinata," he sighed. "I'm not sure if I hope to see you tonight or not, but if I don't see you tonight, I look forward to taking you out tomorrow." They smiled at one another, then parted; they kept smiling at one another after that until the end of class, but neither said anything to the other.
After class, they met briefly and made "plans" to meet for their date (if Naruto couldn't stop himself) at Ichiraku's at six. Hinata agreed to wait for at least an hour in case he was able to slow himself but not stop himself.
Five O'clock; Naruto's Apartment
Naruto had gotten a shower, dressed in his best clothes (which weren't the best ever, but weren't bad), and was now just killing time. He knew he had to try to stay in the apartment. He had gotten his shower and dressed just in case. He had no intention of leaving, but he also wouldn't do anything to mess up his clothes, like try to grab something to stop himself or anything like that.
He chuckled, thinking of all the times he'd asked Sakura out and been shot down, and how today he'd practically been asked out by Hinata. He shook his head, wondering how he'd never noticed the shy Hyuga. She really was a pretty girl, and to think she'd liked him all this time. He had to laugh at his own blindness. Well, it was time. If he was going to be on time, he had to leave in about five minutes. He sat comfortably on his couch, having no intention of leaving.
She had left the Hyuga compound about ten minutes ago. She sighed, at peace with herself. She knew that even if Naruto didn't show up tonight, she'd have a date with him soon. Ever since he'd told her that, she'd been unable to stop smiling. They had planned to meet at six. It was about five till, and she was waiting at Ichiraku's for him, nervously pressing her fingers together, hoping he'd show up. On the other hand, she was almost hoping he wouldn't, simply so she'd know he was there because he wanted to be, not just because of his promise.
She sighed, shaking her head at herself. She'd just have to make this the best night of his life if he did show up. If she did, maybe, just maybe, she'd get a second date with him. She took a deep breath and nodded, yes, she WOULD make him HERS, damn it all. She checked the time; it must be six. She turned around and nearly jumped a foot in the air. There he was! He was standing right there, about five feet away.
"You came! I'm glad. I've been looking forward to this all day, Naruto," she told him, blushing like mad.
Naruto chuckled sheepishly. "Yeah, I came. I tried not to, but I couldn't stop myself," he shrugged. "It's all right, I wanted to see you anyway." She blushed at this. He smiled. "You're really pretty Hinata, and you look very nice tonight." She blushed deeper. "And you're really cute when you blush." She, of course, blushed all the more from this. He chuckled.
"I'm glad you're here and all, Naruto, but I don't want you to be with me tonight because you can't help it. I want you to be happy to be with me."
"I am happy to be with you, Hinata. Don't worry. I just tried not to come to see if I could stop, which I couldn't. But really, I wanted to come, honest."
She blushed like mad, then said softly, "Thank you, Naruto. That means a lot." She looked at him, shyly, then reached out her hand.
Naruto smiled, took her hand, and the two walked off together. After walking at random for about ten minutes, the two of them realized that they hadn't made any real plans for what they would do on their date. They made small talk, but after a while, the two of them started laughing at how forgetful they had been.
Naruto was the first to calm down, then he asked, "What would you like to do, Hinata?"
"It doesn't matter to me, Naruto. I'm just glad to be with you." Saying this, she leaned her head on his shoulder; she was as surprised as he was at how daring she was being, but when he didn't object, she stayed that way. They both were enjoying the closeness.
Naruto thought for a while, then made a decision. "Come on, Hinata. I want to show you my special place." She blushed, realizing he was showing her something private and important to him, then she let him lead her by the hand. Soon, they were standing on top of the carving of the Fourth Hokage. The view of the village and the setting sun was spectacular. She sighed, thinking how romantic it was. He smiled, glad she liked it. "I come up here and watch the sunset a lot, when I just want to be alone. It's so nice up here, quiet, peaceful."
"It really is beautiful, Naruto. Thank you for showing me this."
"It's only the second most beautiful thing I've ever seen," he said, smiling. She looked at him in confusion. "Your smile is the first." She blushed wildly, smiling. He grinned. "I love making you blush. It's so cute when you do." He pulled her to him, with his arm around her shoulders. She sighed, feeling wanted for the first time in a long time. She laid her head on his shoulder, smiling.
After the sun set, Naruto walked Hinata home, happy with her, loving how close he felt to her. As they parted, he decided to ask her. "Hinata, could I take you out again sometime?"
"I'd love that, Naruto. Tonight was really nice, but maybe next time we should make a plan." He looked sheepish and she giggled. "But really, I had a great time tonight. I'll see you tomorrow, okay?"
"All right, Hinata. And thank you for letting me do this tonight. I guess I know now that I can't break my promises." She nodded. He came over and hugged her. "Good night, Hinata. I'll talk to you tomorrow." And he was gone.
As Naruto hugged her, her blush came back in full force. Of course, she hugged him back on sheer instinct. After he was gone, she went into the compound and straight to her room. She got in, got into her night clothes, sat on her bed, and replayed the night in her mind. She had gone on a date with Naruto, he'd asked her for another date, and he had HUGGED HER! She fainted, which turned into sleep after a short time.
He headed home quickly, happy to have had a good time with Hinata, but now he was even more confused about this whole promise thing. He got home, got out of his dress clothes and into his sleep clothes, laid down in his bed, and thought long and hard about his problem. He decided he'd go and talk to the Hokage the next day. After all, if anyone would know what was up with this, the old man would, right? He laid back, smiling, glad to have made that decision. He closed his eyes and drifted into a sweet dream of Hinata.
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