Author's Rant: I know this is a surprise to see an update to this finished story but I wanted to give you all a small sneak peek to the next sequel, Taste of your Body for Neji and Kiba. The story is in progress and I hope to post it sometime this week ^_^
Sneak Peek: Aggravation Comes in All Sizes
This was the probably the fourth time he'd seen him this week. By the grace of God, somehow or someway they were still able to be civil around each other; even if it's only for a handful of minutes.
The weather was tamed, another cool brisk morning. Neji Hyuuga could faintly hear the crackle of an oak tree's limp become the forsaken victim to the harsh autumn winds settling over the rural city and clashing a fresh wave of chilly winds against his office window. The unfortunate tree's destruction rung loud in his ears; almost too loudly. It was at a time like this he had to remind himself to stay efficient and remember that the snapping sound wasn't his patience ready to crack in two.
His eyes were calm, cool and leveled evenly on the defiant posture of one Kiba Inuzuka across his cherry wood desk. The tattooed faced youth's stubbornness was as untamed and unpredictable as his aggressive personality. The brunette refused to meet Neji's disagreeing gaze reflecting from his pale, observant gaze. The look pissed him off to no ends. He was more concerned with the bobbing of his worn tennis shoes on the plush carpet to want to give the blasted Hyuuga the time of day.
After knowing each other for two years through the romance of similar acquaintances, some would've believed their natural hostility would've diminished. However, as time progressed on it seemed to only worsen.
Today, Neji was forced with deal with this nuisance out of a favor.
I'm not angry, he softly rehearsed in his mind, letting his gaze fall to a more plausible sight to hold his interests. He didn't let anyone get under his skin. The conflict can be resolved without bickering. The only problem between the two of them at the current time was that Kiba failed to be reasonable and to follow his suggestions.
It was basically understandable why Kiba would confuse his proposals in regards to the rough neck's financial issues. The youth just didn't want to hear the voice of reason. Not that Kiba was the sort to give three damns about his money concerns anyway. He'd been told to come by because of a certain friend who he promised to knock out as soon as he left this office.
He knew Naruto meant well, but damn he could figure out his own budget books and organize them to the way he wanted; not how this snobbish jackass desired.
Neji would be one of the first to say that the pitiful appearance of the several budget handbooks were enough evidence to indicate Kiba's lack of spending discipline. Mr. Hyuuga wanted to help him; he really did, but honestly didn't think he held the proper diligence to do so. After their second encounter Tuesday he'd prayed this was only a nightmare and not this twenty one year old fool sitting in his room. Unfortunately the lad was indeed a reality, sitting in his newly furbished office, looking as out of place as an ink blot on data sheets.
Kiba Inuzuka was a feisty individual with the cocky disposition and narrow minded attitude of a savage beast. This in a way went against his completely other world-like attire of a pin striped blazer, matching pressed pants and the button up shirt so tight, the stitching was weeping. His spiky maple brown hair had grown a pointier inch over the span of two years, falling to a small degree by his ears in that god awful disarray that oddly enough suited his uncouth ways.
A pair of crimson streaks slid down both his angled cheekbones just as sharp as his ebony eyes, and to add more insult to his already punkish ways, he dared to wear a thick cotton headband around his forehead. In all Neji's years, he simply couldn't fathom why he'd put himself through this.
As he pulled his gaze away from the obvious displeasure of watching the man's ignorant poise, he closed his eyes and turned to give full focus on the issue at hand. This he could deal with. He was, after all, a well-trained professional and just needed to control the problem with peaceful negotiation and diplomatic sympathy. He wouldn't insult the loud mouth man's intellect nor give him reason to argue again. Neji rarely had to calm people of this type down, but for the sake of his closest friends, both Sasuke Uchiha and Naruto Uzumaki, he'll pull some strings and try. Kiba only needed someone with plenty of patience and just as much bold resolve.
With that bit of inspiration indicted, the long haired man leaned forward, braided his fingers underneath his chin and prepared to declare a harmonic discussion.
"Damn how much longer is this gonna take?" Kiba questioned, fidgeting with his uncomfortable suit and mildly irritated by the stretch of silence.
"Until we reach an understanding, Inuzuka," Neji disregarded the attitude. Yet again he had be the adult here and realized Kiba was pushing his buttons, purposely. "If you could see it from my angle, then perhaps—"
"No, for the tenth and last damn time. N.O. No," The negative word was punctuated with the upmost prejudice.
"I see," The glasses worn around Neji's eyes were removed and placed on the corner of the desk as he reached to squeeze the pressure escalating between his eyes. "I heard you the first time, but what do you mean by No, exactly?" His tone was thinned and clipped with metallic fortitude. Any other who would've heard this, would've gave a moment to pause and recall to whom they were speaking with. Kiba on the other hand just gave him a dirty look before looking back at his shoe crossed over his knee.
"No, means no. To put it in your uppity way," He quoted the air with his fingers mockingly. "It means I don't agree with what you're saying. I don't want to go by whatever bullshit, you're trying to pass. It makes no sense, the plan is pointless and pretty much a waste of my time, since it won't work. " The definition came in a way he assumed and hoped the Hyuuga would comprehend. "To be frank its impractically illogical and stupid. You can't expect me to follow this."
The round bifocals were immediately returned to Neji's face as a pinch of a raising temper began to nip at his hide. In all his twenty nine years, he'd always envisioned himself to be very logical and fair. He was always logical, his propositions always worked. How dare this arrogant—No, no. He wouldn't go through this again. This was their fourth attempt and they would find a resolution. He could do this. He really could. The grip he had on his pencil went lax and he slowly took a much needed breath.
Neji knew Kiba's game. The young fool did this intentionally to get him riled up. It's been this way for the two plus years they'd know each other ever since Naruto had started working for an old company himself and Sasuke were employed in at the same time. Because of minor complications at the last firm, it resulted in the three, that is he himself, Naruto and Sasuke from being eliminated from the Uchiha Corporation and now working here in this very flourishing office space about twenty or so miles away. He and Sasuke are the head partners of this business and have done well to excel wonderfully together.
The clientele was increasing and word traveled fast of their impeccable records from previous experience.
Though through that span of two years, Sasuke and Naruto had since purchased a new home not too far from here and live there with Naruto's younger twin brothers Kyuubi and Minato now age five and Sasuke's son, Gaara Uchiha now four. The youngest would be attending school would with Neji's only child Hinata Hyuuga who was the same age as youngest Uchiha and that was enough stress as it was. Kiba's involvements throughout the years have been only additional annoyances.
They'd have yet to be in each other's company without tension and were graciously spared having to be around one another. Well, that is until now.
"You're being completely unreasonable Mr. Inuzuka." Neji quietly proclaimed.
"And you're being a dick, so what's new?" Kiba shot back quickly.
Patience. Patience. Patience. This was for Naruto, only for him would he put himself through this aggravation. When Naruto had requested he help with Kiba's budgeting, Neji at first refused but then concluded it couldn't hurt and thought it could be the building bridge to a cooperative relationship between them. He wanted to help, hell practically willed up the impulsive nerve to call up Inuzuka himself and set up an appointment for them to talk. It astounded him that the lad agreed to his offer to be assisted and came down that following Monday.
Now as the badly dressed youth found more intrigue with his torn tennis shoes, instead of Neji's services, the Hyuuga wished he could kick his own butt for that ignorant lack of judgment.
"Alright Inuzuka, let's try this again. What exactly do you consider . . .?" He thought a moment, wanting to word this without coming off offensive. "Disagreeable about my terms?"
Kiba rolled his eyes and snatched one of the books off the desk, flipping through it until he found the page he wanted and slapped it in front of his advisor. "You're seriously lost your mind if you think I'm gonna follow this bull. I won't turn off my premium channels, I'll be damned if I cut back on eating out, I'm not going to cook five times a week, I don't want to shop at these pussy stores, I'm not downgrading my car and I'm not going to kill my damn dog!"
Neji lifted an eyebrow, "I never once suggested you kill your dog."
"Pfft, I bet you would if you knew how much his food and grooming bills were."
Neji sat back in his chair, sending his eyes heaven bound as he recite his chant of control in his mind over and over again. Patience, patience, patience. For Naruto, this is for Naruto. "I wouldn't suggest something I think is a helpful necessity. A pet is a very vital part of a person's life and quite a healthy way of living. I assume you think of it as an important part of your life correct?" Neji pulsed his lips, tilting his head. "The dog has a more suited role in your lifestyle since I've read that they can lower chances of heart attack, blood pressure and give you reason to be highly active outside of your home for an excellent way of exercise."
"Gee thanks," Kiba sunk in his chair, gapping his legs wide. "Glad to know how much of an asset my dog is instead of being a loyal, friend and decent company. He's just a healthy investment to make sure I don't gain weight or die of a stroke. Loving the logic behind that," The statement was laden with thick immaturity and disrespectful batter.
Pearl ashen eyes sparked dangerously. "There's no need for the sarcasm Mr. Inuzuka."
Kiba inclined his head back against his chair, concealing a deviant grin over his face. He was starting to crack this spoiled statue. Good. Though he couldn't figure out why the idea of getting to this idiot gave him a bit of satisfaction. Maybe it was because it was pleasant to know this stony person had emotions behind that blanket of ice.
Hell maybe he even had a beating heart somewhere in there.
TBC: This it's just a small taste of the actual first chapter. I wanted to give you all something to hang onto until it actually came out. As promised the Uchiha and Uzumaki family will make appearances in this story. There will be plenty of NejixKiba, especially with little Hinata ^_^. Stay Tuned!