Disclaimer: I don't own Naruto.
Author's Note: Hello again! I apologize for the extremely long wait. My excuse? Ah, the usual writer's block and distractions (blame Hetalia, seriously that thing clings on to me like a koala).
First thing's first. I would like to thank Clementive for being confused (seriously, I was wondering who would ever notice that, virtual cookie for you.) Our Seven Days is basically one week so I was aiming for the Monday-to-Monday thing. Sorry about that. (I don't know if that made sense, oh well.)
Secondly, I would like to apologize for the errors/weird things you will read. I kind of rushed this for you guys. If you see any errors, feel free to point them out for me.
Okay, that's all for now. So go ahead and please enjoy the last chapter!
Tenten bit her lip as she inspected the package that sat on her lap. She had been staring at it for a while now, for how long, she did not know. It bothered her really, since no distant relative or even her parents would even care to send her anything, more so a pretty heavy one. But she was curious even more than bothered, for there was no return address embedded upon the parchment.
Curiosity getting the better of her, she tore open the parchment, tearing the brown paper until on her lap was a white box, a note taped on top which made her raise a brow. It was written in beautiful cursive, much akin to the one written on the wedding invitation.
I had to ask the baristas in Starbucks about your address.
Fortunately a blonde girl on the shift before yours ended up telling me. (She told me you two were close. Glad you have a friend who isn't a male.)
In the box is the dress I promised to buy you. I wanted to take you to the boutique after lunch yesterday but you left even before I had the chance to ask you.
It's the prettiest dress I found. I hope it fits you. Its color matches your eyes.
Oh, and please come to the wedding. I want to see you… and you in that dress.
Tenten let out a small sigh in reading this, cheeks slightly red. It was very typical of Neji to write something like this (in beautiful Hyuuga handwriting, of course).
But despite the gift, she still felt forlorn. He was leaving soon, for heaven's sake! Although she had only known him for a week, and yet she wanted to know him more, to spend more time with him, to drink coffee with him on late nights talking about everything and anything.
Puffing her cheeks in annoyance, she put the note aside and opened the box, revealing the dress Neji had bought her. She gasped in amazement as she held it up. It was a lacey, cream-colored dress, with sleeves just falling off her shoulders. The hem extended to her kneecaps, much to her liking. Pearls threaded along the
"It's beautiful," she breathed, inspecting the dress carefully.
Looking at the note that sat beside her once again, she smiled softly, bringing the note close to her chest.
"Of course I'm going to the wedding, idiot."
Pisces: Endings give life to beginnings.
An anxious Tenten toyed with the hem of her skirt as she stared at her reflection in the mirror. Instead of the usual two chignon buns up, her hair was down in a simple braid. For the first time in a while (years), she put make-up on her face, dabbing her cheeks with some blush and putting lipstick on her face to add color to her pale, chapped lips. Fortunately, the dress Neji bought her fit her perfectly (coincidence, perhaps?) and matched the only pair of heels she owned (most of her footwear consisted of sneakers).
Now she sat on the edge of her bed, waiting for the doorbell to ring. Fortunately took the time to reread the note, this time finding the not-so-obvious post-script written at the back. (P.S., I'll be taking you to the venue. Please wait for me in your apartment.)
And although she looked perfectly calm albeit the anxiousness in her actions, a thousand and one thoughts still swam in her head. She was still extremely saddened by the thought of Neji leaving and not telling her any sooner. But, then again, even if he had told her sooner, wouldn't she still feel the same? He will still leave her either way. He would still follow his uncle's orders and move to another state, leaving her and eventually forgetting the week they spent together. Everything at Starbucks would then return to normal – a quiet, peaceful atmosphere in her workplace, tuning into her thoughts instead of the man she had grown to like (emphasis on like).
She snapped out of her train of thought when she then felt a strange liquid trickling down her cheek. Quickly realizing it was a tear, she grabbed for the tissue box on her nightstand and dabbed it off, hoping it did not smudge any of her makeup. Stifling a sigh, she tried to focus more on positive thoughts, like the wedding she was to attend.
A few minutes after her little scene with the tissue box, the doorbell rang and this made Tenten stand up quickly, walking to the door. As she opened it, her breath slightly hitched at the sight of lavender eyes staring back at her.
"H-Hey Neji," she breathed, her lips turning into a smile.
"Good morning, Tenten." Neji smiled as leaned on the door frame, eyeing Tenten's outfit. "You look beautiful today."
"Eh, today only?!" she huffed, crossing her arms across her chest as she jutted out her lower lip.
At this Neji chuckled, eyes showing a glint of amusement. "This is the prettiest you've been."
Tenten looked away, giggling as to hide the blush that was now spreading across her cheeks. "Well you look very handsome today, Mister Hyuuga."
"Well, thank you." Neji replied, grinning cockily. "I did dress for the occasion. I am the best man after all."
"Alright Neji, if you say so." Tenten giggled, rolling her eyes.
He raised his brow. "Seriously, I am the best man for the wedding."
Her eyes widened at this. "W-Well if that's the case, we have to go, then! We can't be late!"
Chuckling, he smiled as Tenten scurried to grab her purse, amused by the priceless look on her face.
"W-Wow, this looks so amazing!"
Neji smirked at Tenten who seemed to be amazed at the setup of the cathedral in which the wedding was to take place. Pristine bouquets of snowdrops decorated each pew, with white linen cloth adding a more immaculate feel to the place. A crystal chandelier hung from above, accompanied by a collection of murals that surrounded it.
"Chinese marriage rituals are different from this." she explained as they walked through the aisle. She clung on to Neji's arm as they did so, making the man quite flustered.
"A-Ah, I see. Well, let me introduce you to the others, then." Neji said as they neared the front of the altar, where people were conversing.
Tenten clung on harder to Neji's arm as they reached the front of the altar, the peoples' conversation dying as they looked to greet the man. The only person she found familiar was the bridegroom himself, whose blue eyes widened at the sight of the two of them.
"Ah, hello Neji and Tenten! Glad you two can make it!" he greeted, grinning as he patted Neji's shoulder.
"Congratulations on your wedding, Naruto." Tenten smiled.
Naruto's blue eyes crinkled with amusement as he smiled softly. "Thanks, Tenten! I'm pretty lucky to have a bride like Hinata."
Tenten's smile widened at this, and Neji began introducing her to the other guests of the wedding. She was surprised to meet the famous philanthropist Sasuke Uchiha and his wife Sakura, who seemed to be really close childhood friends to the bridegroom. There was also Shikamaru Nara and his assistant Choji Akimichi, who are Naruto's colleagues in the company. Shino Aburame was Hinata's high school friend and now her secretary at one of the prestigious Hyuuga companies.
"It's nice to meet you all." Tenten murmured as she shook hands with everyone. Albeit their prestigious titles, Tenten did not find them intimidating at all, joining along on their conversations and replying when needed.
After a few conversations here and there, Naruto finally spoke up as he looked at his watch, biting his lip as he smirked uneasily.
"It's time, so it'd be best if you guys take your seats now! Except Neji, of course, since he's the best man."
At this Tenten glanced at Neji, who seemed to be looking back at her. Offering a smile, she then walked with the rest of the group and sat beside Sakura, waiting for the wedding to begin.
And before taking his position by the altar, Naruto leaned into Neji's ear and smiled.
"You're lucky to have someone like her, Neji. Don't break her heart."
Neji, who was glancing at Tenten, smiled sadly as he nodded. "I'll try not to."
Tenten smiled uneasily as she stared at her hands which lay on her lap. There was an unsettling feeling in her stomach and she tried to shake it off, letting out small, shaky breaths. She tried to ignore the fact that she was sitting alone with the female newlywed, who was smiling as she looked at the people dancing.
"… Tenten, right?"
The said girl flinched slightly at the sound of her name. She looked at the speaker and offered a meek smile.
"Ah, yes, Mrs. Uzumaki."
Hinata let out a soft laugh as she continued to look on. "I'm not used to be called such a name."
"Oh, I apologize for that." Tenten said, letting out an uneasy laugh.
There was an awkward silence as Tenten continued on to stare at her hands, with Hinata still smiling at the people who were merrymaking. Tenten didn't know what to say, moreover to a newlywed who is an heiress of the Hyuuga clan! She was definitely out of Tenten's league, that's for sure.
But then again, does that make Neji out of her league as well?
Thinking of something to say, she was then surprised to hear the Hyuuga speak, turning to Tenten with a smile.
"Neji speaks a lot about you." Hinata murmured. "And how you changed his life, apparently."
Tenten's eyes widened at this, looking up at the bride with a shocked look on her face. "W-What?"
"His work for the past week impressed father so much he asked Neji to work in one of his companies." She explained. "And he's happier now. He doesn't sulk like before."
"Is that so…" Tenten trailed off, bidding her face to not turn red. "Well I'm glad I changed his life."
Hinata giggled before letting out a soft sigh. "I'm sad he's going to leave though. Things will be more different with him gone. What do you think, Tenten?"
The said woman's eyes scrunched as she bit her lip. "… Yeah, I agree with that. I'm going to miss him too."
"I told you, Neji! I'm not good at dancing!"
Neji let out a chuckle as he spun Tenten around in time to the music, completely ignoring her protests. It was the time of the reception where couples were to dance with the newlyweds, and after a few pleads here and there Tenten finally gave in to Neji's request.
"You danced with me last Wednesday, am I correct? You weren't bad, really."
"I stepped on your foot twice."
He raised a brow as Tenten stopped dancing, looking at him with her eyebrows scrunched and her bottom lip jutted out.
"At least it didn't bleed, yes?"
"Well that's true, but still..." Tenten trailed off, looking away as she frowned. "We needed to put cold compress on your feet after that."
Neji chuckled at this as he held on to Tenten, who slightly jumped at the contact. "That may be the case, but let this be one of my last memories of you, yes?"
At this Tenten's face instantly fell, her smile a sad one as she looked up at Neji. "Alright, fine."
And so they danced, solemn and graceful like once before. Tenten felt her heart ache with every step she took, her palms turning sweaty as they were clasped with Neji's. She remembered the week they spent together, the endless nights filled with conversation and thoughts that she never seemed to think about. She remembered the caffeine and him, the man who proved her beliefs wrong. He, who took her breath away with his silky, smooth voice (and hair). He, who made her heart beat erratically with his never-ending lavender eyes and cocky smile. He, who stepped into her life with the grandiose family name and changing fate. He, who made her believe not just in horoscopes and tarot cards but in hope and destiny and fate as well.
He, with whom she had fallen in love with at first sight.
Ah, she has come to a conclusion now, hasn't she? That yes, she has fallen in love with the Hyuuga, ever since day one began.
And now he is leaving, and she cannot do anything about it.
"Tenten, are you crying?"
Only at the sound of his voice did she snap back to reality, noticing the tears that were steadily streaming down her face. They fell like raindrops on a windowpane, trickling down her face slowly as Neji watched her with widened eyes of concern and curiosity.
"Ah, yes actually." She replied, letting go of Neji's hand to wipe away some tears. "Don't worry about me, though."
Neji's face cringed at the sight of her tears, letting out a sigh. "Tenten, don't cry. There's something I need to tell you."
Tenten looked up at this, wiping away her tears hastily as she raised a brow. Although wiping them away, tears still subconsciously streamed down her face, making him laugh a bit.
"Stop crying first." He said, wiping away a tear from her cheek.
She giggled as she trying wiping away the tears as well. "I'm trying to; they just don't want to stop."
After a few minutes of wiping away the tears that subconsciously fell from Tenten's eyes, they finally stopped, leaving her eyes puffy and her breathing slightly unlabored.
"That's better." He murmured, letting out a sigh of relief as she smiled slightly.
"So what were you going to tell me?" she asked, linking her hand with Neji's as they began to dance once again.
Then there was silence as Neji's face scrunched, a blush tinting his cheeks as he looked away from his dance partner. Tenten tilted her head at this; curious at what he would want to tell her. It would probably be a good-bye message to her, she thought. And at this thought her heart beat faster than usual, face wrinkling with anticipation.
"Well you see, Tenten…" he began. "I think I love you. Well I don't think I love you because I know I do. I know a week isn't really enough to fall in love with someone, but I know this is love."
Watching Tenten's eyes widen and her pale cheeks turn red, he smiled as he continued on, tucking a stray lock of hair behind her ear.
"I want to know you more, and there's a job in my uncle's company as my executive assistant. I wanted to ask you yesterday but you left even before I could ask you."
Tenten felt her heart flutter and her stomach flip as she looked into Neji's lavender eyes. Although tongue-tied in her thoughts, she heard herself murmur a few words. "What is it?"
"I want you…" he began, twirling her around in time to the music. "… to come with me, Tenten. Let's start an adventure together."
And with that the ache in her chest began to dissipate, her face brightening as she titled her head back in laughter. Never in her life had she felt so happy, and it was all because of this man, this man who changed her life in a span of a week. Resting her head on his chest, she felt her head ache slightly as she nodded continuously, tears falling from her face once again.
Everything was going to be alright. They were going to be alright.
This was just the beginning of something new.
Author's Note (2): I want to thank you guys for reading, following, and reviewing this story. Without you guys, I probably wouldn't make it this far. Virtual marshmallows and cookies for you all.
As for the surprise announcement...
If you aren't satisfied with the ending, well it's okay because there will be a sequel entitled Maybe Tomorrow. It will be a series of one-shots after the events of Our Seven Days. Not only will our amazing Neji Hyuuga and Tenten be there, but the entire cast as well!
So if you're looking forward for that, keep an eye on my profile!
Oh, and the 100th reviewer of Our Seven Days gets to suggest a plot for the sequel. I will be keeping an eye on the reviews, so watch out, 100th reviewer!
Thanks again for reading Our Seven Days! :)