Chapter 10 – Fused to one

Then Naruto bursted into his typical self, smiling proudly as he stated: "Well, there's a reason for people to like me, after all I'm Uzumaki Naruto dattebayo!"

He said that with both hands resting behind his head. Proud like a king.

Then he became serious again... He had never looked at Hinata that way before. It felt so unusual. He walked towards Hinata's house. He picked up the note and read one sentence over again. It said "I love you, Naruto-

kun".

Naruto had been thinking about the hug they had by accident earlier... It was a bit strange that she hugged him that quickly. No way she could be that fast, then what was she doing, being so close to him when he was sleeping? Was she trying to kiss him or something?

Oooh the thought gave him goosebumps of joy. It felt incredible... But Naruto could also be a very shy person... And this situation was extraordinary... He was almost completely sure that he loved her back. She was so kind, so nice, so beautiful... How come he never noticed her until now? Was he blind?

He needed to see her. He didn't know what to say, or what to do, he just needed to see her... He stretched out his arm to knock on the Hyuuga door, and made two nervous knocks on it. Someone closed in to the door. It opened up. And Naruto was staring at Hinata's father.

He made a deep sigh. Naruto felt that sigh was unpleasant, like he knew about Naruto and didn't like what kind of person he was. Naruto suddenly felt like aborting the whole thing, but still he couldn't stop. It wasn't the father's business, he thought! It didn't concern him! He simply asked if Hinata was home, but got the negative response.

Naruto sighed as well, and turned around. He was about to leave, when Hinata's father grabbed his shoulder, asking what he wanted. Naruto said he had to talk to her. Hinata's father knew he didn't have anything to do with the situation that was going on, but still he asked what was going on...

Meanwhile, Hinata had locked Naruto in her Buyakugan at a far-away distance that normally was impossible even with the Buyakugan, and she ran through Konoha. Even though her breath was struggling, she kept on running. Caughing, not far from breathing blood, she still didn't stop.

Naruto on the other hand, was still talking with her father, and responded to him: "Well... What's going on, you ask...? Umm... The thing is, we... Hinata and I... We... We're good friends, and we... Uh...umm... I...

Naruto stopped... He couldn't complete the sentence. The man placed his hand before Naruto's mouth.

"Say no more... I can tell, the look in your eyes... It is the look of a man who is starting to understand his heart... I will leave you alone. I can feel she is closing in at this point.", he said, and closed the door without making any sound, with a true smile in his face.

It was a wise man. He probably knew the outcome.

Naruto left the entrance and went out on the road heading away from the house. Then Hinata arrived, completely out of breath...

She felt so weird, panicking of something so trivial. All this running and stress because she needed confirmation, as if it wasn't enough what she and Naruto had just done together the day before.

Feeling relieved upon seeing her favorite boy, she smiled very honestly... Naruto, however, didn't...

He felt his heart hammer even harder for each passing beat. Just by the mere sight for her! It's as if he had been given the biggest diamond, and that if he touched it wrong, it would shatter.

Carefully, he took a few steps towards her, asking...

Naruto: Hinata-chan... Are you okay...?

Hinata: Chan... He added "chan" after my name... Just like he used to do with Sakura...

The Hyuuga girl smiled, and her eyes became soggy. She was staring, having deep eye-contact with Naruto. It felt so intense looking at his eyes... The color, the blue eyes, they shone so strongly, it was almost penetrating...

At the same time, it felt so good just seeing him, especially in this magical kind of way they never had before...

They were always stuck at the friendly level, but now it was something else entirely...

She moved her eyes away from his. At the same time her focal point was lowered, she blinked, and a tear started racing down her cheek...

Meanwhile, Naruto searched his pocket, and handed Hinata the lovenote.

Naruto: Hinata-chan... I... I wanted to ask you...

Hinata's pulse dropped again. Her eyes again locked into his. So excited of what he was going to ask, she still held her breath...

Naruto: ... For... How long...? For how long have you... You know...

A tear fell from her other eye as well... She chuckled, in a sad and hard way...

Hinata: ... F-for... T-too long...

He noticed her tears and took another step closer. He carefully stroke her chin with his thumb to wipe away the wet path from her tears... She couldn't face him, the emotions were far too strong. Inside Naruto's mind it was utter chaos. He had pictures flashing by from all his path, from people hating him, people avoiding him, nice girls being completely out of reach for his heart...

And now...

His seemingly perfect match was so within reach. And she was so much more than he could ever wish for.

Slowly, oh so slowly, he extended both arms, wanting to hug her. She suddenly bursted into breathing again, and swung her arms around his neck almost throwing herself entirely at him. And she squeezed him so tightly. Her eyes forced shut, even more tears streaming, but these were made of joy and relief.

Her shy heart was somewhat locked away for just an instant, granting her enough time and courage to quickly tell him this one single thing that had been heavy on her heart for so many years...

"Naruto-kun... I love you! I always have!"

Immediately, almost instantly, he replied: "I love you too, Hinata-chan!"

Both embraced each other! Almost squeezing life itself out of each other in competition. Both were so happy and relieved. Hinata could not stop her tears from flowing, and even Naruto felt his own tears slowly crawl down his face.

His heart was beating so fast now, he could even feel it in his neck, this mad pulse. It was the same with Hinata. While hugging her, he felt intoxicated by her hair that touched his face. It felt warm and soft, and it had such a nice scent to it.

They hugged for a very long time.

Hinata was breathing a bit lighter, but still she felt almost exhausted. It was almost too much for her to handle. These crazy emotions almost killing her heart, but in such a good way. Still drunk on heavy feelings, she slightly loosened her grip on him, swapping to carefully stroking his back.

While stopping the hug, she didn't push him away either. Their faces were still hugging, but cheek to cheek... Slowly sliding their warm cheeks, they stopped when they, as close as ever, could look at each other in the eyes again. Hinata's left eyes looking at Naruto's left eye.

They faces were so close, eye-contact was blurry. Both were in a perfect position to kissing the other's cheek, but they still moved millimeters at a time, adjusting to kissing...

It felt easier for Hinata to what she wanted at such a close distance, maybe because her blood-red blushy face could not be seen at this close distance?

Still looking at each other, their lips came closer and closer, until both stopped a single inch away from their first kiss. They stared at each other's eyes for a moment.

Naruto carefully stroked the hair on the back of her head, so slowly as if he was taming a wild beast. He could not afford a failure, perhaps. The fear of failure... It struck them both.

Still breathing hard, which was true for both of them, they held back the hyperventilation. Inside her mind, Hinata was screaming high-pitch for minute-long durations, acting sheerly on instincts!

This was a dream, that finally became reality.

She could hug him for an eternity, as long as he was hugging her back. And now, would they finally kiss each other? Would her long-sought dream become true at last? Her heart felt like it was going to jump out, but this was not despair nor was it sadness.

Naruto couldn't brag about this; his heart had not made that hard impact for each beat never before. Finally, both of them closed their eyes, slowly to confirm the other did the same.

Synchronized, they were killing the last inch separating them. The feelings radiating throughout their bodies were strong enough to warp both time and space. They have long since surpassed the peak of nervousness. Hinata's wet eyes closed, Naruto's wet eyes closed, gently they tilted their heads a tiny bit to the side, adjusting for the contact...

Their lips...

Made...

... Contact!

So soft!

So incredibly soft, gently pushing their lips together they kissed. Her world was spinning, his mind erased all thoughts flashing. Completely without thought, they couldn't think. They just felt.

Mentally, Hinata made an inside-scream-sound of the long awaited moment. Their lips did not slide, they did not make out yet, they just pushed their mouths together, holding it, enjoying, savouring it... Re-arranging their arms to tightly hug while holding this melting kiss...

Having folded their arms tight around one another, they wouldn't ever let go... It pumped through their veins...

Even more tears of happiness streamed down Hinata's cheeks, touching Naruto's own cheek. It was incredible... How a simple kiss could be this complex, this overwhelming...

To call this heaven, was an understatement.

Both of them slowly grew from this kiss, finally they had the ultimate confirmation of where they had each other.

This was the beginning of a relationship of two perfectly fitting individuals, that would last through anything! It's as if they were constructed for each other.

... As the clouds peacefully drifted across the beautiful blue sunlit sky, a person nearby closed his curtains in the window, leaving him a proud smile, touched by happiness marking how deep a kind father he is, seeing his daughter this happy. He was proud, and he was crying, too!

The end!