I'm skipping directly to the Pain saga, because nothing much happens before that that concerns Naruhina, except one or two minor events… Plus I want to move on to recent events, so sorry guys. Anyway it is supposed to be a Naruhina fanfic with romance and fluff so…deal with it.
"What the hell! Oi, Gamabunta, what are you doing here!?" Naruto demanded, finding the Toad Boss standing near the Hokage tower.
Before Gamabunta could answer, Kakashi appeared.
"Oi, Naruto, Tsunade-sama summoned you." Kakashi looked unusually grave.
Naruto glanced away from Gamabunta and nodded at Kakashi with a grin.
"Yeah, I'll go see her."
As he walked up to the Hokage tower, a nagging voice at the back of his mind said that something was wrong, really, really wrong.
He shook the thought of his mind, and knocked once at the door.
"Come in." Tsunade called.
Naruto entered, and to his surprise found Sakura, Sai, Yamato and Shizune there, as well as two really shriveled old tiny toads sitting near Tsunade's desk.
"Baa-chan, you wanted to see me?" Naruto asked.
"Yeah, we have some news for you."
-Whole conversation from canon-
'Jiraiya-chan was killed in battle.' The words span in Naruto's mind, and he tried hard to grasp them as the Toad Sage explained.
By the end of it, his mind was in a whirl.
He knew that he was blaming Tsunade for letting Jiraiya go out on such a dangerous mission on his own, and he knew in some corner of his consciousness that he was wrong for thinking that, but…
A voice very like Hinata's whispered in his mind as he opened his mind to speak, 'Remember… you could end up crushing her. Think before you speak, Naruto. Others have blamed you for things without words. You will be putting on her a burden bigger than your own. Be careful, Naruto. Don't hurt her feelings.'
He closed his mouth.
'You could have stopped him, baa-chan. He wouldn't have gone. You could have sent someone with him. You could have done anything, damn it!'
But the voice kept reminding him, 'Don't say it. She was helpless. It was his own decision. Don't. Don't say it, Naruto.'
So he turned around, opened the door, and fled.
Hinata was walking randomly through the village streets near sunset, looking for Naruto, when she ran into Iruka.
"Ohayo, Iruka-sensei!" She said brightly.
"Ohayo, Hinata. Have you seen Naruto?"
"No, but I was looking for him."
"Something's wrong. I ran into him earlier, but he looked really depressed."
"Hai. I was just about to go see Sakura or the Godaime to ask what was wrong."
"D-Do you mind if I do that?"
"Zenzen! It might be better if you go see him. I'm his sensei, but you two are a lot closer."
"Hai." With that Hinata was off in the direction of the Hokage tower.
'I stood back and watched you when we failed to rescue Sasuke-san, Naruto-kun. But I promise I'm going to help you now.' She silently vowed.
She was still dressed in her usual outfit, but from his outfit she gathered he'd heard early in the morning, and hadn't trained after, or he had been at home the whole while, because he was dressed in a light blue t-shirt with the sleeves folded up to his elbows, and short black pants. His hair flopped in his face with the absence of his headband.
He had an ice lolly in one hand, the kind she and Hanabi often shared, as she and her mother used to when they were younger. But it was melting slowly and dripping on to the pavement.
Hinata focused on his face and her heart clenched when she saw the glittering tears cascading down his cheeks and dropping down his chin steadily. He was crying quietly and noiselessly, and unless you went up close you wouldn't notice his tears.
"Naruto-kun." She whispered as she neared him.
Hearing a whisper and footsteps Naruto immediately wiped his face, trying to get a grasp on his tears.
Hinata sat down beside him on the bench.
"I heard from Kakashi-sensei." She whispered softly, "I'm so sorry."
"I wanted him to watch over me. I wanted him to see me become Hokage. I wanted him to see the great me. He'd only seen the worst, stupidest, most backward and frustrating parts of me ever." Naruto whispered, tears glistening in his eyes again, "I… I…"
"Naruto-kun, whatever you and Jiraiya-sama ever did, I know he was enormously proud of you." Hinata whispered, putting a hand on his arm.
"You won't believe how much like Minato he is! The gaki's unique, one of a kind. I doubt you'll ever meet a student like mine, Tsunade." Jiraiya was boasting.
The room was filled with all the jonin and chuunin as well as some ANBU who were familiar with Naruto and had contact with him. They had been summoned the day after Naruto had come back from his three-year training mission, to hear Jiraiya's official report.
Kakashi, Kurenai, Asuma, and Gai stood in a line, with two ANBU beside them.
Hinata, Shino and Kiba, Shikamaru, Ino, and Choji , Sakura and Sai, Lee, Tenten and Neji all stood in a line opposite the jonin senseis. The two elders and Danzo were opposite the Hokage table, where Tsunade sat, smiling as Jiraiya bragged of his student.
"He keeps getting knocked down, and he keeps getting up. I've never seen anyone so full of positive energy. Never once did I see him get upset at a failure."
"He's amazing, and one day he will take your seat, hime." Jiraiya smirked, a softness in his eyes only Tsunade noticed as he gazed out of the window at the stone face of his earlier student, "And he'll the best Hokage Konoha's ever seen."
"All the jounin and elders of this village can vouch for that. It was no secret he loved to brag about you and how much you were like the Fourth Hokage." Hinata continued, "He loved you as much as you love him, Naruto-kun. He thought of you as family too. He praised you constantly and bragged about you all the time. He had faith in you being the Hokage. He had faith in your nindo, Naruto-kun."
She wrapped an arm around his shoulder, bring his head upon her shoulder, where she felt her shirt getting damp with the tears that had started again.
Two tears dropped from her own eyes.
"He had faith in you. He believed that you could get up and face everything. He was proud of you, of the person you are. Don't stop being that person, Naruto-kun. He wouldn't want you getting depressed."
She reached over the ice lolly, knowing how much that one single food item meant to him.
"And he's watching over you, from somewhere out there." She whispered, "He's watching over you, Naruto-kun, and he still believes in the excellent shinobi he knew and is, was and will be proud of, like all of us."
Naruto, smiling through his still-flowing tears, held his hand up, and they broke the lolly together.
"Arigatou, Hinata-chan." He whispered.
Hinata rang the bell twice.
The door opened, revealing a shirtless Naruto, rubbing his head with a towel, obviously out from a shower.
"Ohayo, Hinata-chan!" He smirked at seeing her ogle and blush at him.
She smiled timidly, "Did you… solve the code?"
"Hai. Come on in."
She followed him inside, and blushed harder when he led her inside his bedroom.
Sitting down on his bed, he invited her to sit on the chair opposite it.
"It wasn't that difficult when we all got together. Apparently, the real Pain wasn't among the ones Ero-sennin fought."
"I know." Naruto sighed, "Ne, Hinata-chan?"
"I'm going for Sage Training, for a couple of days." He said, looking away.
Hinata was silent.
"I know… this isn't how it used to be. I'm hardly in the village any more, always away on missions and stuff, but I promise, Hinata-hime, once this is over, I'll make it up to you."
'And leave you breathless… and satisfied… and happy… and a lot of other things.' Naruto's perverted mind thought.
"Zenzen, Naruto-kun! You don't have choice!" Hinata said immediately, feeling bad for making him feel bad.
"Arigatou, Hinata-chan. I'll be back before you know it, 'kay?"
Fighting against an uncharacteristic blush, Naruto held his arms out with a smile, "Hug?"
Blushing, Hinata walked forward and wrapped her arms around his waist, hugging him tightly.
Naruto sighed. He'd gotten away from the crowd finally, seen Tsunade, and now was on his own.
He performed a simple henge into an older-looking version of Konohamaru, only with gray eyes and darker skin, before going to where he knew the Hyuuga were staying in camps.
"Neji-san." He called, spotting Neji sitting as guard with Tenten.
"Ohayo, hime-chan." He winked at Tenten, chuckling mentally as he caught Neji glaring at him, "You don't look like a Hyuuga, bijin."
"A-Arigatou." Tenten looked flustered, her cheeks reddening.
"Say, when all this is over, we could catch up sometime." Naruto winked.
"G-Gomen, I'm interested in someone."
Neji would be denser than Naruto if he hadn't caught Tenten's glance towards him as she said that.
"No problem." Grinning, Naruto dropped his henge for a second, "Send Hinata-chan, will ya, Neji?"
"Naruto!" Tenten cried furiously as Neji, glaring, went off to find Hinata.
"Sorry. You needed to tell him how you feel." Naruto smirked.
A few minutes later, Hinata appeared with Neji, a puzzled look on her face.
"Ano, Neji-nii-san said you wanted to see me, Kyuu-san." Hinata said.
Naruto stared at Neji, who smirked. Kyuu?
"Hai, Hinata-san. Could we please go somewhere more private? I have a message from a friend." Naruto said seriously.
"Hai." Hinata agreed.
They walked off, and Naruto led her to a tree near the academy (Or what was left of it), from which hung a swing she remembered perfectly.
"Sit down, Hinata?" Naruto said as they went behind the tree, out of sight of passersby.
Hinata stood, staring at him.
He sighed and dropped the henge.
"Ohayo, hime-chan." He whispered.
Hinata turned the color of beetroot, "N-N-N-Naruto-k-k-kun!"
Naruto smiled, taking her hands in his.
"Onegai, Hinata-chan, listen to me carefully."
Getting over her surprise but still bright red, Hinata nodded.
They sat down cross-legged on the ground, Naruto still holding her hands.
"I noticed your feelings for me when I was away with Ero-sennin. And, before I knew it, I developed a pretty big crush on you too."
Hinata stared at him, surprised.
"When I came back, everything I noticed about you, all the time I spent with you, those feelings just intensified. But I didn't say anything, because I was afraid this would happen."
Naruto's face looked pained as he glanced around at the destruction Pain had caused.
"I was ready to tell you about my feelings only if you started getting over me, or a year had passed with no signs of the threat ending." Naruto continued softly, "But, I guess things change."
His thumb traced circles over the back of her hand.
"However, Hinata-chan. We're still not ready. In fact, I'd put you in even more danger. I have a guess that something really, really terrible is about to happen, and it involves me, you, and everyone else I know. So, I just have to ask, Hinata-chan. Could you wait for me, just until this blows over?"
"I'd wait for you till the end of time." Hinata's voice shook, but she said it firmly.
"Arigatou, Hinata-chan. One more thing. I love you too."
Naruto leaned in very slowly, and Hinata trembled, watching him as he closed his eyes, finished the last few inches, and pressed his warm lips against her soft plush ones.
Hinata took three point nine eight nine eight nine seconds to register what was happening. Then she had wrapped her arms around Naruto's neck and buried her fingers in his golden hair, and kissed him back.
It was a gentle, warm and chaste, however long, kiss.
When it ended, both of them were completely out of breath. Naruto leaned his forehead against hers. Both had their eyes closed, and both had content smiles on their faces.
Naruto opened his eyes finally, and she opened hers too. His eyes were deeper blue than usual, darker and more emotional.
"I love you, Hinata-chan." He whispered.
"I love you too, Naruto-kun." Hinata whispered, feeling as if she would faint.
"You can faint after we've discussed stuff." Naruto teased, smiling when he saw her blush harder.
Then he became serious, "Absolutely no one is to know of this, Hinata-chan. That way, less people are in danger of being interrogated by Akatsuki and revealing us to them. The less people know the better. If people asked you what I said, just say that I was flattered, but I needed time to think. As dense as I am, it won't be that hard to believe."
"Hai." Hinata's voice was breathy, and Naruto pulled her close and held her tightly against him, "I u-understand."
Naruto remained silent, just content to be holding her in his arms. Hinata had a smile on her face as she closed her eyes, and fainted.
Opening her eyes, she sat up slowly and looked around. She was in some sort of tent.
"Good morning, Hinata-hime." Naruto said good-naturedly.
"Naruto-kun." Hinata said with a deep blush.
Naruto leant and kissed her on the cheek.
"I've got some news to tell you."
Hinata looked up, interested. Naruto took her hand, lacing his fingers through hers, and holding it up to stroke his cheek with the back of her hand. He closed his eyes at the warmth of her touch.
Hinata blushed, "N-Naruto-kun?"
"Hai. When all this is over, your father or the elders won't have a problem with us being together. I can guarantee it."
"Hai. When I transformed into the Kyuubi, I came across some shocking info. The fourth Hokage, was actually my dad."
Naruto grinned, "Yup! I'm actually Namikaze Naruto. My mum and dad were married, but they kept it, and me, secret because of the Iwa nins who hated dad. Cool, huh?"
"C-C-Cool?" Hinata was shaking like a leaf.
"Hinata-chan?" Naruto was actually worried now, "Are you okay?"
Bursting into tears, she wrapped her arms around his neck and fell into his chest, crying happily.
Naruto laughed, "You nearly gave me a heart attack, Hinata-chan!"
"No clan will deny even its heiress to the Rokudaime Hokage, the son of Yondaime Hokage, and the greatest ninja to walk this earth!" Naruto whispered confidently, "I swear it, Hinata-hime."
Hinata smiled as her tears ceased. She looked up at Naruto, and he lent down to once again press his lips against hers in a shorter, though equally warm and gentle kiss.
"Arigatou." They whispered together, pulling away, and laughed.
srry for late update, more coming soon, and I m sorry but my fanfix will be full of fluff!