He was training alone the morning I had to leave.
I had to see him, just once more. There was something I needed to say, though I wasn't entirely sure what it was.
After the previous night, I had tried to draw out that familiar guilt that had come so easily to me the first time we slept together, but there was none.
He saw me as I approached, openly and from a distance.
When I had closed the space between us, my hands instinctively reached his face, brushing the hair back as usual.
"You shouldn't be here. Someone could come and-"
I silenced him with a kiss.
"I don't care."
I was surprised when Itachi came to me in the open like that, and I couldn't help but worry about the risks.
When I felt his lips on mine, there was something different and more tender about the kiss.
And suddenly, I knew. He was leaving.
I felt the tears on my face, but didn't try to hide them.
"You're leaving aren't you?"
"I promised I wouldn't tell you."
Then he pulled me close and just held me there. My tears dripped slowly, silently onto the shoulder of his shirt.
I looked up at him. There was something he wanted to say, but obviously he was struggling with it.
"Neji, I love you."
He looked me straight in the eye, and again I wished and wished he wasn't going.
"I love you too."
We kissed again... and it was slow and sensual and regretful. I didn't need to tell him my heart was breaking right there on the spot.
"Will I ever see you again?"
He closed his eyes for a moment.
I'd been watching him leave for a while now. I didn't feel the sadness yet, just numbness pulsing through my body.
I wondered how I'd go on without him. How would I pull myself together to face another day when I was so broken?
My mind was so clouded, and yet, I realised that I was… strangely glad he hadn't given me forever.
Because forever would never have been enough.
My fingers traced his silhouette before he completely disappeared into the morning sky.
A/N: This is the end. I am a horrible person. I always knew it wasn't going to have a happy ending, but this was just mean to you guys. I'm sorry :'(
I'm not promising anything (because I have commitment issues) but there might in the (distant) future be a shorter sequel to this. So keep an eye out if you're interested.
I love you all. Please don't hate me.