I Never Told You

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(Line Breaks = Time passing)

Three days had passed since Kiba had retrieved (No pun intended) Naruto to pay witness to the reappearance of one Hinata Hyuga. After Tsunade had announced that she was no longer in mortal danger, she sent the still unconscious woman to the prison sector of the hospital where she would be moderately guarded until her awakening. For three days, Naruto sat on the opposite side of her abnormally alert guards who blocked the only mode of entrance to the room.

"I don't see why I'm not allowed in there..." He whispered, his voice raspy from his raw and abused vocal cords. The entire first day consisted of nothing but yelling at the doctors, the guards and even the kami themselves. The second day, he attempted many times to attack the guards or destroy the wall that separated him from Hinata. After a well blocked attack from a rasengan, the guards felt it necessary to place chakra resistant restraints on the man, much to his displeasure.

"Orders from, the Hokage." The male guard sighed, hands behind his back.

"How will you even know when she is awake?! She could be sitting in there completely aware of everythin-"

The female guard ran her fingers through her hair. "You already tried that one on us yesterday. I told you, her heart rate will speed up and then a nurse will retrieve Tsunade-sama. Chill out already, she's not going anywhere."

Naruto started to reply when the sound of three sets of healed shoes echoed down the hallways. Naruto started to stand up but was only jerked back to the floor when the chain attached to the chakra restraints pulled against him. "Baa-chan! Sakura-chan! Shizune-san! You're here! That must mean Hinata's awake, right?!"

If the woman were surprised to see his...condition to say the least, none of them showed it. "Jeez Naruto, when was the last time you showered?!" Sakura hissed.

"She's awake though, right?"

Tsunade smiled down at the young man and touched the chain with a chakra enhanced finger. Needless to say, it shattered. "You sure do keep a one track mind, don't you? Yes, she is awake. However, you will not be allowed to see her until you have showered and eaten. Is that understood?"

"But Baa-chan!"

An eyebrow raised. "Is. That. Understood?"

Naruto swallowed hard before nodding slowly. "Understood."

Tsunade's smile brightened a bit. "Good, now off with you. Take your time."

Sakura sighed as she lowered glowing hands from Hinata's head. "Everything is fine and I detect no signs of genjutsu or silencing seals." She turned to look at her shishou with a small smile. "If you want I can inject a truth serum-"

Tsunade walked forward, setting Hinata's chart on the end of the bed. "-That won't be necessary, right Hinata?" The bed ridden woman nodded, eyes focused on the bed. "See, You may leave Sakura. I can handle this on my own."

Sakura's eyes widened. "But shishou, she's a rouge nin! Policy is that you need at very least two jonin in the room with you in this situation!"

"She's not rouge Sakura. Now leave before I demote you."

Sakura stared at the woman for a few seconds before setting her jaw stubbornly and walking out the room. "'Not rouge' my ass..." She mumbled as she slammed the door behind her.

There was silence for a few moments, the only sounds being the constant beeping from the heart monitor, before Tsunade sighed. "I'm sorry Hinata."

Hinata shifted slightly on the bed, looking up from behind her bangs at the blonde leader. "What for?"

Tsunade smiled softly before she sat at the edge of the bed. "Send you out on that mission. I should have sent Shikamaru or Ino...They don't have...relationships."

The young woman blinked a few times, a frown adorning her face. "I'm not in a relationship, Tsunade-sama."

The hokage nodded her head, sighed and then smiled. "Well, do you have the information?" When Hinata nodded Tsunade stood and prepared to leave. "Good, I want a report on my desk in two days. We will also announce your shinobi status to the village the same day, so be prepared." She walked halfway out the door only to peak her head right back in. "Oh and Hinata?"

"Hai Tsunade-sama?"

"I grant you full permission to discuss the details of your completed mission with Naruto. He should be here soon, just a heads up."

The injured Hyuga nodded her head hesitantly, returning her eyes back to her lap when she could no longer see the woman. Naruto was coming to see her already? Didn't she get a say in this? How do you just say sorry to someone whom you left lying in bed after a night of unbridled sex to go complete a two year mission that required you to become a missing nin without saying a single word to them before you left? You just don't.

Hinata had changed as well. How would he react to her occasional bouts of anger or her recent obsession with knife collecting? How would she explain all the things she had done...the things that had been done to her, without him treating her differently? How could she live with knowing that she could never...ever treat him the same way again?

Her eyes burned and a sob choked her. How could this ever work?

"I miss your blue eyes, How you kiss me at night..."

A sigh

"I miss the way that we'd sleep..."

Hinata bit her lip, her eyes were puffy from all of the crying and the scar running from her eyebrow to her cheek bone ached. Even with Tsunade's healing it would still hurt. The words she whispered to her love came floating back and she had to say them...they had to get out.

"But I never told you, what I should have said...No I Never told you, I just held it in..." She whispered.

"I heard you."

Hinata's head snapped around to find her only standing by the door. Her chest clenched and her cheeks grew warm. "W-what?"

Naruto shrugged his jacket off and hung it on the back of the chair before he sat in it. "I heard you the night before you left. You were saying that to me. I thought it was a dream..."

Her blush darkened and she quickly looked down at her hands. "O-oh..."

They sat for a moment in silence before Naruto spoke up. "Why did you leave me?"

"Tsunade-sama asked me to partake in a S-class mission. I was ordered to leave the next day."

Naruto looked at her, his hand reached out and traced the pink scar on her face. "And how'd you get this?"

The woman bowed her head lower. "The target...He did it...When I refused him."

Naruto saw the look on her face and growled low and deep in his chest. "Is he still alive?"

Hinata flashed his a quick smile. "Not for long."

The jinchuriki took her face in his hand, his thumb caressing her red on her cheeks. "Good." He brought his head closer, leaning just a bit to touch his forehead to hers. "I thought you hated me...Just like Sasuke. It hurt. It hurt so bad." He slid his hand back and into her hair. "I couldn't function right...It felt like everything was wrong."

Hinata watched the pain flash through his eyes, fresh tears jumped free and slid down her face. "S-so what did you do?"

He smiled bitterly. "Nothing good...But...Then I saw Iruka and I talked to him about it..." Tears welled up in his eyes, manly tears. "Hinata...he helped me realize...That i've been treating you so unfairly and I was happy when you were next to me. I didn't want anyone else to have you, no one is good enough for you."

Hinata breathed in deeply, searching his face. "Naruto-kun I-"

"I love you Hinata."

The young woman thought her heart stopped at that moment, however the increased beeping on the heart monitor said otherwise. "W-what?"

Naruto smiled and started kissing her tears away. "I said I love you."

How many years had she longed to hear those words? I how long had she hoped that her feelings would be returned? Sobs echoed through the room as she leaned her head on his shoulder.

"I'm sorry Hinata, I didn't mean to upset you." He said as he rubbed circles on her back. "If you want I can just go-"

"NO!" Her arms wrapped around him tightly as she hugged him close to her. "Not now, Not now. You can't leave yet!" She nuzzled into his chest, tears still falling from her eyes. "You can't leave yet, because...because I haven't told you!"

"Told me what, Hinata?"

"That I love you too!"

The End

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