'Before I hung up the phone all I could hear
Was the dial tone ring in my ear
If I could go back in time
I'd say those three words
I shoulda woulda coulda said it back to you
And this can't be saved if you can't be found
You hung up and left me for dead on the ground
You didn't even say goodbye
I shoulda woulda coulda said it back to you'

Lee's mind wasn't really on the movies as he sat with Kiba. He was thinking about his life. So far, only Kiba had noticed him. Only Kiba. No one else.
He looked at the other boy, confusion in his eyes.

Could Kiba actually like him?
Well..., he wasn't naturally a secretive person, so he would just ask Kiba. After the first movie.

At last, the movie credits started and Kiba got up t change the dvd.

"Kiba, do you like me?"

Kiba froze in what he was doing before stuttering a reply, "Wh...what do you mean?"

"Do you like me for who I am?"

"Of course I do Lee," Kiba replied, relaxing.

"Do you like me as more than a friend?" Lee's next question came suddenly, after a few moments of near silence while Kiba found the next dvd.

"Wh..why do you ask that?"

"Simple curiosity. You've never asked me to hang out with you before."

"Akamaru noticed you had been crying and wanted me to help you," Kiba said with a shrug, totally avoiding the question, hoping Lee wouldn't notice.

"You didn't answer my question..., but my guess is you don't...," Lee said, a soft sigh at the end of his words.

"...Well your guess is wrong then," Kiba answered, his back still to Lee as he put the dvd in the dvd player.

Lee was speechless, staring at Kiba's back.

"I've been meaning to talk to you, I've just always been busy or you have. You're always training..., I didn't think you'd have time for me," Kiba confessed quietly.

Of course I would have made time for you, Lee thought painedly. Wishing Kiba had expressed his feelings earlier. Now, now though, he wasn't sure if Kiba could be enough for him.
The pull of the kunai was so strong. No one had noticed him for so long. He had changed and only one person took notice. He was insignificant.

Kiba would forget about him. Kiba was just one person. Could... Kiba be enough? Could he find out?

All these thoughts whirled in Lee's head as Kiba took off his hoody and sat with Lee again. They continued throughout the night, dreaming as he slept.

'Now that you're gone I'm wasting away
The life has been siphoned right out of my veins
If I could go back in time
I'd say those three words
I shoulda woulda coulda said it back to you
And this can't be saved if you can't be found
You hung up and left me for dead on the ground
You didn't even say goodbye
I shoulda woulda coulda said it back to you'

It had been three months since Kiba's revelation.
They had begun to date the next day.

Lee had told Kiba about the kunai two weeks before. Having cut three times since their beginning to date.
Kiba was angry. At what, Lee wasn't sure. He held Lee tightly, and Lee relaxed into his embrace.

Still though, Lee wasn't sure if Kiba was enough. The kunai was so sharp..., so cold..., so inviting...

Kiba had left for a mission the day before. He wouldn't be back for another two days. Lee didn't have a mission until the next day.

He sat in his room, the kunai across from him. He stared at it.

Kiba.
Kunai.
Kiba.
Kunai.

A week ago, Kiba had held him and told Lee that he loved him. Since then, Kiba said it every chance he got. Whispering it to him.
Lee had been too stunned to reply at first. He wasn't sure if he loved Kiba. He wasn't even sure if it was possible for him to love...

Kiba deserved better than what Lee had allowed himself to become.

Lee picked up a scroll and pencil, beginning to write.

'Dear Kiba,

I'm sorry I never got to tell you in person. I love you Kiba Inuzuka. I am grateful for what you tried to do. Know that I will always love you.

- Lee'

He sealed the scroll and left it where Kiba would find it.
Then he picked up the kunai. Pulling up his sleeves, Lee found he was calm. He sat cross legged. Holding the kunai steadily, he brought it to his arm. Pressing the sharp point hard enough to draw blood. He jerked it down. From the edge of his wrist to the bend of his elbow. Right above the vein. He did the same to the other wrist then. Calm.

Complete and utter calm.
A smile on his lips.

He sat up as long as he could.
Laying back, everything getting fuzzier and fuzzier.

Softly, he uttered his last words, "Thank you Kiba Inuzuka. I love you."

- Next day -

Kiba returned to Konoha, hurrying to Lee's.

When he got there, he fell to his knees.
Lee's body was lying in blood. A kunai beside him. A scroll on the bed.

Kiba opened the scroll.

After reading it, he sat beside Lee for a long time. A deep ache in his heart.
"I love you too Rock Lee," Kiba's word's were soft as he sat beside his boyfriend. Numbly, he stroked the boy's hair for a while longer.

'When you said those three words
I kinda freaked out
When you said them first my jaw hit the ground
I shoulda woulda coulda said it back to you
And this can't be saved if you can't be found
You hung up and left me for dead on the ground
You didn't even say goodbye
And this can't be saved
And this can't be saved
If you can't be found
If you can't be found
I shoulda woulda coulda said it back to you
I shoulda woulda coulda said it back to you
'