Chapter 26

Hinata walked down and faced her cousin, Neji. She was very nervous and fidgeted for a bit. Neji saw this and narrowed his eyes.

"I thought that you have changed but I guess that I was wrong. You are still that scared little mouse that is too afraid of her own shadow. It is your fate after all." Neji sneered. Hinata looked like she was going to break down but she then closed her eyes and remembered.

_Flashback_

"So, your cousin hates you for his father's death? Weren't three at the time? Why does he believe that a three year old can fight a jōnin?" Naruto asked Hinata. They were at the ramen stand, Naruto treating her after their confrontation with Neji. The prick was insulting her in a round-about way that he did not like. He then offered an ear to her and asked what that was about.

"That's one reason but another reason is that he feels that I don't belong in the main house because I am not the typical Hyūga." Hinata said sadly.

"Well that's a good thing. No offense but most of clansmen are pricks and your dad is an ass." Naruto said, gaining a gasp from Hinata. "You shouldn't worry about Neji either. He's just a coward who's blaming you for no good reason. You need to just look him in the eyes one day and tell him that he's a jerk and delusion. Oh, if he tries to break you down again, just turn it on him and tell him to 'bring it bitch'." That earned him a slap on the head by Ayame. Hinata giggled and just smiled.

_Present_

Hinata opens her eyes and looked at Neji with some confidence. Neji saw this and sneered. Before he could talk, Hinata stopped him.

"I know what you're going to say and you can just save your words cousin. I will not be put down by your words because they are nothing more than an excuse. I am sorry that your father died but I will not be blamed for it anymore. I will not carry the guilt of his death on my shoulders just to make you happy. If you want to hurt me, then you are welcomed to try. However," Hinata activated her Byakugan without a hand sign and got into a stance. "You will find it much harder than you realized. So, in the words of my best friend, bring it bitch." Hinata said. There was a 'yeah' shout and Neji was snarling in rage. He activated his Byakugan and slipped into the traditional stance. Seeing this, Hinata changed her stance and readied herself. Seeing that the talk was over, Hayate started the match.

Neji struck out to hurt Hinata badly but Hinata moved and redirected the blow. She twirled and pushed Neji away. Shocked, Neji spun around and lashed out with a kick. Hinata redirects the kick, throwing him a little off balance. Neji gains control and strikes out. Hinata moves with grace, avoiding and redirecting his Juken (Gentle Fist) strikes. When Neji tried to strike her in the chest, Hinata blocked his hands and began circling them. Neji could not break free but he wouldn't have to as Hinata locked his arms to his chest. She then slammed her other palm into his trapped arms and sent him skidding back a few steps. Hinata took her stance and waited. Neji looked at her with shock, which quickly changed to rage.

"What the hell are you doing?! That's not the Juken!" he roared.

"It might not be the clan's Juken but it is my Juken. What's wrong? Aren't you the prodigy of the Hyūga?" Hinata mocked. Neji growled and charged at Hinata. The two engaged each other again and the fight was on. Everyone watched with some surprise. Who would have thought that the meek and shy Hinata would be doing so well against the Hyūga prodigy? What did she mean about her Juken? Gai looked at the fight with some awe before smiling. He then made his way over to Naruto.

"Naruto-kun, was it you who inspired this youthful behavior in Hinata-hime (Princess)?" Gai asked. Naruto looked at him with some confusion. Sakura and Shikamaru looked at him in confusion as well. Gai explained himself more. "That form and style, it is not the traditional Juken. Did you encourage this change?"

"Oh that, why didn't you say that in the first place?" Naruto asked with confusion. He quickly turned back to the fight. "Well, I only made a suggestion after we had a spar. I saw that the traditional Juken wasn't working, so I suggested that she creates her own. She was resistant at first but I manage to coax her into it."

"You mean annoy her into it." Shikamaru said, earning a glare from Naruto.

"That is very youthful of her. She has done what I've been saying for quite a while. She has created a soft style to the Juken." Gai said. Back to the fight, both Hyūgas were having quite a fight. Hinata's created soft style was keeping up with Neji's strikes. Neji was starting to get frustrated because her style was actually working. He had taken several blows from her that hurt like hell. He was getting annoyed and decided to stop this now. Neji changed his strategy and used his fingers to strike Hinata's arm. He did the same to her other arm. Hinata caught his arm and pulled him toward her. She slammed her shoulder into his chest and made him back off.

Hinata realized something was wrong and used her Byakugan to check her chakra. That's when she noticed that Neji sealed the chakra in her arms. She looked up to see the smile on his face.

"You may have used that abomination of the Juken but the games are over. As you can see, I have sealed off the chakra in your arms. What will you do now?" Neji asked with some humor. He pushed off his back leg to attack. Hinata took a deep and flared her chakra. Neji watched with some concern and it turned to shock when he saw the chakra return to her arms. He lashed out but she knocked it away. She did the same with his other arm and began to dispel her chakra out of all her points. Neji was wide eyed as Hinata covered herself in chakra.

"Hakkeshō Kaiten! (Eight Trigrams Palms Revolving Heaven)" Hinata roared and spun. A spinning dome of chakra appeared and grind into Neji who was wide open. He was then flung several feet across the floor, bouncing twice and landing in a heap. Hinata stopped spinning and dropped to a knee. Everyone watched with surprise. What were they just witnessing? The only one cheering was Naruto who pumping his fists in the air. Sakura and Shikamaru could only watch with wide eyes. Was Hinata really that strong? Even Kurenai looked on in surprise.

Hinata took a few breaths. The Kaiten was still new to her and she didn't have the stamina to do another one. It took a lot out of her just to push enough chakra into her system to undo the blocked chakra points. She could only hope that the fight was over. She did not get her wish. Neji struggled to stand to his feet. Once up, Neji looked at her with extreme hate. She could see his rage and she needed to gather a proper defense. It was not to be were Neji teleported right in front of her in a very familiar stance.

"Hakke Rokujūyon Shō! (Eight Trigrams Sixty-Four Palms)" Neji shouted. With amazing skill and speed, Neji hit Hinata with sixty-four strikes to her body. The blows were hard and painful, forcing Hinata to spit blood. Neji ended his attack, throwing a powerful palm strike to her stomach that sent her flying across the air. Hinata hit the ground and bounced. Hinata then hit ground and stayed there unmoving. Neji wasn't done and he moved to end her. He ignored Hayate and charged her. That's when he caught something out of the corner of his eye. It was a fist with three kunai in between the fingers. It was stopped short of piercing his head.

Everyone looked at the scene with shock and awe. Neji was held by Gai from behind. Hayate had his fingers on his forehead and Kurenai had his arm. The person who was holding the kunai, his arm was held by Anko, he was held back by a combination of Kakashi and Shikamaru's Kagemane no Jutsu (Shadow Imitation Technique). Neji looked and saw the rage in the eyes of Naruto. Medics quickly rushed to the Hinata's prone form and got to work. Naruto was struggling to get to Neji and Shikamaru was having a time keeping Naruto in place.

"Damn it Naruto, calm the hell down!" Anko shouted.

"Calm down? CALM DOWN?! This prick deserves to die for what he did! I don't care if it was a match! He tried to kill his family all because he got his ass handed to him by someone he deem weak! He's the weak one!" Naruto shouted.

"You dare to call me weak loser!" Neji shouted and glared at him.

"You are weak! You're too much of a coward to face things and you put it on other people! You've bullied Hinata for as long as she had been alive and she finally stood up to you! You and those assholes in your clan deemed her as weak and she just showed you just how strong she really is! She actually strong and your ego can't handle it!" Naruto spat. Neji was seething and looked to go after him but Gai held him in place.

"Enough, both of you!" Hiruzen shouted. This got everyone attention. Both genin turned to face him and had sweat rolling down their cheek. He glared at the both of them. "The winner of the match is Hyūga Neji due to interference."

"WHAT?" Naruto roared.

"You will be silent genin." Hiruzen stated. "Gai, take your student to the balcony. Anko, take Naruto to the other side and watch over him. That's all." Final and over, the two both relaxed but they continued to glare at each other.

"You better pray that we do not meet in the finals. I will destroy you and put you in your place." Neji snarled.

"That goes for you too jackass. You better pray I don't win because if I do, I'm going to take my kunai, attach some explosive notes, shine that shit up and shove it straight up your ass!" The jōnin grabbed the two and led them toward the balconies. Anko lead Naruto past the Suna team and to the far corner of the other side. She made sure that she had a good grip on Naruto. Shikamaru finally relaxed and sat down.

"Oh man, that was troublesome." Shikamaru said.

"Are you alright Shikamaru?" Sakura asked him.

"Yeah, I'll be fine. Man, I hope that I don't fight Naruto in the finals. If he could resist my Kagemane no Jutsu, I have no shot." Shikamaru said. The board cycles again and two names pop up. It was Rock Lee vs. Gaara.

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Naruto was glaring at Neji and flipping a kunai knife in the air. It would be so easy to just throw this weapon and bury it inside his head but he knew that Anko would stop him. Anko just looked at him with a sigh and took the kunai away from him.

"That will be enough of that. There is a great match going on and you're missing it." Anko said.

"You think I care about this match right now? All I want to cut that son of a bitch into pieces for what he did." Naruto snarled.

"Come on Naruto, you know her situation with her clan. She's told you about. Why are you so surprise by what happened between the two?" Anko asked.

"Because it's bullshit! She's been listening to that shit from those dried up drones all her life that she's useless. Before she met me, she was this shy girl would always stutter. We became friends and we both pushed each other to be better so we can accomplish our goals. She deserves respect for that. Besides, she is one of my precious people and my best friend. I don't like to see her hurt." Naruto said. Anko had hearts in her eyes and hugged Naruto, holding him in the air.

"That's just so cute. Why can't Iruka be sweet like you?" Anko asked with a pout.

"Maybe because rape, no matter what reason, is still illegal." Naruto muttered. Anko heard him and turned the hug into a rear naked choke hold. Naruto was flailing around, trying to escape death.

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The match between Lee and Gaara ended in Gaara's victory. Gai had to step in to save his student who was badly injured. Most of the injuries that he sustained were self-inflicted due to him using the Hachimon (Eight Gates). Sakura was very concerned about Lee as it seems that his injures were very bad. As Lee was carried off the floor, the final two genin got ready to fight. Abumi Zaku walked down to the floor, his arms being removed from the slings that he was wearing. Naruto was about to jump down to face him but he was stopped by Anko.

"Okay kid; remember what we were talking about before they took Lee out of here." Anko said.

"Alright already! Geez, you're acting like you're any better! What about that guy that been walking with a limp for two months?" Naruto demanded.

"Hey, that bastard called me a whore! I am an active, vibrant woman who just enjoys a good time." Anko explained.

"Good time, yeah right. Sneaking into Iruka's home and cutting pieces of his hair to make your 'Iruka' doll," He was cut off by Anko punching him in the jaw. Naruto hit the ground with a thud. Everyone just watched with a sweat-drop on the back of their heads.

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Authors' Notes: Hey guys, here's a new chapter. I hope you noticed 'The Rock' comment that I used. I just felt that it was proper. Anyway, I hope you enjoy the chapter.