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.