Hinata woke up with a smile on her face. She didn't know why but she had slept better then usual, which she found hard to believe since she hurt her ankle and slept on the couch.


Hinata jolted a little when she heard Naruto's voice. That's when she noticed arms around her waist and when she turned her head she came face to face with a sleeping Naruto. That's when last night came back to her.

"We must have fallen asleep watching the movie." Hinata concluded. And then Hinata's face instantly went red when she realized that she had slept with Naruto. If her father was home and not on a business trip, she knows that he would be furious. And what about Neji? Had he seen Naruto and her like this?

To be honest with herself though, Hinata wasn't that worried. She was actually happy. Her and Naruto were good friends and she hoped that this little incident would help them move forward to something more then friends. But Hinata knew that this little moment needed to end soon. So doing her best to get out of Naruto's arms, and making sure not to hit her foot, Hinata got off the couch and hobbled to the bathroom.

When she came out she noticed that couch was unoccupied.


"In the kitchen." Naruto called out. Naruto watched as Hinata walked into the kitchen, hobbling a little less then the day before. "How's your ankle?"

"It's better. Another day or two and I should be back to normal." Hinata took a seat at the counter.

"That's good. We need to get you back to the goal."
Hinata looked down. "I don't know about that. I let everyone down."

"What are you talking about? You did great. It was your first game, you shouldn't be so hard on yourself."

"Thank you. So what are you doing?" Hinata sniffed the air. "Is that cinnamon I smell?"

Naruto rubbed the back of his head. "Yeah. Sorry for raiding your fridge but I figured some cinnamon buns would make you feel better."

At the mention of her favorite treat, Hinata instantly perked up. Naruto noticed it and laughed. "I'll take that as a yes."

Once the rolls were done, Naruto slathered some icing on them and put them in front of Hinata. He then grabbed to glasses of milk and sat down next to her.

Hinata instantly grabbed for one and quickly bit into it. She savored the tangy taste of the cinnamon blending with the sweetness of the icing.



"About Sasuke…"

That's when the sweetness turned to dust in her mouth. At the mention of that one name, the other part of the game came into Hinata's head. She had totally forgotten about what Sasuke had done. How he had asked her to the Homecoming Dance in front of everyone and how she had accepted.

"Y-yes. What about him?"

"Do you really want to go with him to the homecoming dance?"

The pastries totally forgotten Hinata looked at Naruto. "W-what do you mean?

Naruto rubbed the back of his head. "I mean, out of all the guys at Konoha High, is Sasuke the one you want to be with?" Naruto wasn't so sure why he was asking Hinata. It only made sense that she would be interested in Sasuke. All the girls at school adored him, why would Hinata be any different. Sasuke was also his best guyfriend and Hinata his best girlfriend. He should be excited about them possibly being together, but he wasn't….at all.

Hinata wasn't sure how to answer the question. She wanted to be honest but that meant telling Naruto about her feelings for him and she wasn't ready for that. But she also didn't want Naruto to think that she had those kind of feelings for Sasuke. Sure he was good looking, no girl could deny that, but he just wasn't the kind of guy that Hinata was into. "I-I'm not sure. I mean, he seems like a decent guy. A l-little d-dark but h-he's the only guy that has ever asked me out…"

"Oh. You mean no one has asked you out before."

Hinata shook her head. "No. W-why would they? Before this makeover, no guy gave me any attention."


"It's okay Naruto. I've changed my look for the better. And if Sasuke is the only one willing to give me a chance then its only right for me to give him a chance too." Hinata gave Naruto a weak smile that both knew was fake.

"If you say so Hinata." Naruto stood up. "I better get going, but if he gives you any trouble you let me know." Hinata nodded and watched Naruto head for the door. "And one more thing, you're great to matter what you look like Hinata. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise."

And with that Naruto walked out the door.

Hinata sat there for a moment. She didn't know why she said the things that she said. In truth she wanted Naruto to ask her to Homecoming. She wanted him to ask her out in general. That's the main reason that she did what she did about her looks. It was her last ditch effort to get him to notice her, but it was obviously not working. Naruto had still not made a move on her and she was starting to loose hope. And she wasn't lying. Sasuke was really the first guy to ask her out and it was only fair for her to give him a chance like he was giving her.

Hinata looked over at the sweet doughy pastries that were usually her favorite treat but at the moment they only made her stomach turn. Leaving them on the counter for Hanabi and Neji, Hinata hobbled upstairs to her room. When she was feeling like this the only thing she wanted to do was paint. So that's what she did. Hinata stayed in her room all weekend and painted and by the time that Monday came around her ankle was all better.

As Hinata walked down the halls of Konoha High on Monday she couldn't help but notice the glares she was getting. At first she thought it was because of her mess up and the soccer game but then she noticed that all the glares were coming strictly from the girls. She couldn't understand why they would all be mad at her but as she turned the corner to her locker she figured out why.


The Uchiha was leaning against Hinata's locker, obviously waiting for her.

"I-is there something you need?"

Sasuke shrugged. "How's your ankle?"

Hinata was a little shocked by Sasuke's question. He actually sounded concerned. "It's fine. Thank you."

"Good. We can get back to practicing then. It's obvious that you still need practice and the next game is coming up. Wait for me after art class."

Hinata wasn't sure how to answer. It sounded more like a command then a question so Hinata merely nodded.

"Good." And with that Sasuke walked away.

""Ugh, he can be such a loser sometimes."

Hinata turned around and saw Neji's girlfriend and one of her closest girlfriends walk up. "Hi Ten-ten."

"Hey there Hinata. How are you?"

"I'm alright."

"I heard about the game. Is your ankle alright?"

"Yes. It's much better."

"I'm sure Naruto made it all better." Ten-ten gave her a teasing wink which made the Hyuga blush making Ten-ten laugh. "Now tell me, how is it that you like, you know who, and yet you are going to Homecoming with the grumpy Uchiha?"

"H-how do you know about that?"

"Are you kidding? That's the number one thing being talked about right now. It's all over school and let me tell you that there are a lot of girls that are pretty mad at you right now, especially a certain pinkette."

"Not Sakura." Now Hinata was really scared. Being on the pinkette's bad side was never a good thing.

Ten-ten nodded. "But don't worry. She probably won't do anything about it. She had plenty of guys asking her to the dance. Lee just did this morning."

"And how did that go?"
"He got punched in the face." Ten-ten shook her head. "He will never learn. He keeps saying he likes her youthful spirit."

Hinata couldn't help but giggle. Lee will always be Lee.

Just then the bell rang.

"See you later Hinata." Ten-ten waved goodbye and headed for her class and Hinata did the same.

School went on as usual except for a little more evil glares from the girls, but by the end of the day, Hinata was use to it. And then finally the final bell rang and the kids left.

Like Sasuke had told Hinata, she waited for him.

"Ready?" Sasuke asked.

Hinata nodded.

"Where are you two going?" Naruto, who was also still in the room, asked.

"Soccer practice."

"Are you sure you're up to it Hinata?" Naruto looked at her, concerned.

"I should be fine and I'll take it easy." Hinata looked and saw Sasuke already walking out the door. "Bye Naruto." She ran to catch up with Sasuke.

"Now that they are gone, we can finally talk." Kurenai motioned Naruto to come to her desk.