NAruHina: Ordinary High School? Ch. 10NaruHina: Ordinary High School? Ch. 10
*At Hinata's house*
Hinata's cell phone rang and she saw that it was Naruto calling her.
"Hey, Naruto," Hinata said into the receiver.
"Hi Hinata, so are you busy tonight?" Naruto asked.
"Nope, what do you have in mind?"
"Just be ready at 5:00, that's when I'll pick you up, okay?"
Hinata hung up the phone.
12:00 o'clock, she thought, just great. That means I have five hours What am I going to do all day?
Hinata cleaned her room and still had 4 hours and 45 minutes until her date. She picked out an outfit, a purple dress that had spaghetti straps and was knee-length and had a purple belt at the waste, and she still had 4 hours. Hinata took another shower and curled her hair, 3 hours. She put on her outfit, did her make-up and walked down stairs, and into the kitchen, only to be stopped by Neji.
"Woah, aren't you dolled up? Where are you going?" Neji asked.
Hinata rolled her eyes as she grabbed an apple off of the counter. She walked to
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*At the Mall*
"I know we decided to come to the mall, but " Temari said.
"What the hell are we gonna do?!?!" Tenten finished.
Hinata sighed. She shrugged.
"Why don't we go to the food court? I could really go for some ramen right now," Naruto suggested.
"You're ALWAYS in the mood for ramen," Sakura pointed out.
"But I heard a branch of Ichiraku's opened up in the food court here and"
"Naruto, no one is arguing with you, sweetheart." Hinata said.
Hinata placed a hand on Naruto's arm. He reached his other hand behind his head and sweat dropped. They all walked to the food court and headed toward Ichiraku's. As they approached the counter, a boy with medium length black hair, pale skin and an obviously fake smile turned around.
"Hello, welcome to Ichiraku's! I'm Sai, what would you like?" the boy said.
"Sai," a girl with long magenta hair in a high ponytail on the right and greenish-hazel eyes started. "Knock it off with the smile, EVERYONE
NaruHina: Ordinary High School? Ch. 11*At School on Monday, AFTER Hinata's birthday*NaruHina: Ordinary High School? Ch. 113 years ago in Romance More Like This
Naruto walked into the classroom and Hinata was already seated. Naruto sat next to her. He was late to class, but Kakashi-Sensei wasn't there yet, so it didn't matter.
"Hey Hinata." Naruto said.
Hinata ignored him.
"Hinata! What's up?" Sakura said as she walked in.
"Hi Sakura!" Hinata responded.
"So, a bunch of us chipped in to do something special for your birthday, so meet us at lunch at the usual spot, okay?"
"Sakura, you guys didn't have to"
"We INSIST. Besides if you're going to thank or yell at someone, it should be Naruto. This was all his idea."
Sakura left and sat back down next to Sasuke. Hinata turned to Naruto and crossed her
arms over her chest.
"Oh, really. It was YOUR idea."
"Ehehehehe .." Naruto nervously chuckled.
"Well, what is it that EVERYONE chipped in to get me?"
"It's supposed to be a surprise so I'm not telling you. But are you still mad at me?"
"What do I have to do for you to forgive me?"
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It's a miracle! Getting a new house and being enrolled in Konoha High School all within a week? It's amazing! It's even more amazing that Mother and Father's divorce was finalized
this week too!
Hinata thought this as she was trying to fall asleep the night before her first day of high school. She had a feeling she wasn't going t be able to sleep, she was too excited. She was happy; for once her life had taken a turn for the best. She didn't have to deal with her father's verbal and occasional physical abuse anymore. She didn't have an arranged marriage anymore. She gets to go to a real school for the first time in her life. Her mother gets full custody and the pressure of being an heiress has been lifted like a 20-ton weight from her shoulders! Eventually, exhaustion overlapped her excitement and she fell asleep.
Hinata woke to the sound of her alarm clock at 6:00 A.M. She slammed her fist on the annoying sound. Hinata dragged herself
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*Skip to lunch*
Hinata followed Naruto to a lunch table. Sakura, Sasuke, Kiba, Shikamaru, Choji, Gaara, Matsuri, Tenten, Neji, Temari, and Kankuro were already seated. Naruto set down his tray and took a seat next to Kiba. Hinata sat next to him, with Choji to her other side.
"Oh, hey you two!" Tenten said. "Oh yeah! Hinata, I'm not sure, but I think I haven't introduced myself yet! I'm Tenten!"
"I thought you were, but I was worried I'd be wrong." Hinata responded.
"Anyway," Temari said. "We were thinking to do a big group thing tonight to welcome Hina to the group."
"Guys, I'd love to really, but can we do it tomorrow? I have work from 4:00-6:00, I'm gonna do homework from 6:00-8:00, and then I'm meeting Matsuri to work on harmony stuff."
"Where do you work?" Sakura asked.
"Konoha Diner on 4th, why?"
"Wait, harmony? Oh, never mind! I forgot that Mat told us you were in Kurenai-sensei's
class as the lead singer of their band." Ki
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Hinata, Naruto, Sakura, Sasuke, Kiba, Shikamaru and Choji all walked out of the classroom together.
"So, Hina," Sakura said. "What's your next class?"
Hinata honestly didn't know, so she looked at Naruto for help.
"Music," Naruto said for her.
"How would you now, Dobe?" Sasuke asked.
"Because we have the same schedule, Teme."
"Lucky," Kiba whined.
Hinata blushed and the rest of the group, excluding Naruto, laughed. Hinata wondered why Naruto hadn't laughed and looked a little frustrated. She decided to leave it alone. Her and Naruto said good-bye to the rest of the group and headed toward the music wing.
"By the way, Hinata," Naruto started. "Our music class has people from different grades. We've got the freshman, Gaara and Matsuri, you'll like them they're cool, the sophomores, you, me and this chick Ino, avoid her she's terrible, the juniors, Kankuro, Tenten and Neji, Kankuro and Tenten are awesome and well, you know Neji and a senior, Tema
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*After School at Tenten's House*
Tenten's doorbell rang. Hinata stood outside as Tenten answered it.
"There you are! I was getting worried you wouldn't show!" Tenten said.
"It took a while to convince my mom." Hinata responded.
Tenten let Hinata in and showed Hinata to the living room. She saw everyone sitting
around on the floor. Even Shino was there. Hinata took a seat next to Naruto.
"Hey, there you are. I was wondering when you'd show." Naruto said.
Naruto kissed Hinata on the cheek and everyone else in the room oohed.
"When did this happen?" Neji asked, skeptical of Naruto.
"Today. After music." Hinata said. "Don't worry, Neji-niisan, if he tries anything, I'll kill him."
"Anyway, let's play Truth or Dare!" Sakura said.
Everyone agreed and got in a circle. Before they started the doorbell rang again. Tenten answered the door. When she came back, Ino was trailing her.
"Hey, guys, look who decided to drop by." Tenten said, unenthusiastically.
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*Music Class the next day*
Naruto and Hinata walked into class. Matsuri, Gaara and Temari were already waiting for them.
"We talked to Kurenai-sensei already. She said as soon as you two got here we could go into one of the sound-proof studios." Temari said.
"Thanks Kurenai-sensei!" Hinata called to her teacher.
"No problem, Hinata. Now go practice." Kurenai responded.
The group grabbed their instruments and walked to the closest, available sound-proof studio. They set up their stuff.
"Okay, so Mat and I were actually able to do all of the keyboard harmony last night." Hinata informed them.
"I think before we start we should come up with a band name." Naruto said.
The group agreed and pitched several ideas that were shot down. Gaara hadn't said anything, so they were all shocked when he came up with a band name.
"How about Living Voice?" Gaara suggested.
The group stared at him for a moment before Matsuri kissed him.
"It's perfect!" She squealed.
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Hinata was walking past a high school, Konoha High School, she thought. She didn't go to public schools, she had private tutoring, being the heiress to Hyuuga Corporations and all. She stopped and looked up at the large building. I wonder what it would be like to go to school here She was snapped out of her thoughts when a bell rang, and other kids were pouring out of the building. She sighed and continued walking. When Hinata got home, she heard something she didn't want to hear.
"NO!!! SHE'S A FAILURE AS A HOME SCHOOL STUDENT!!!!!! SENDING HER TO PUBLIC SCHOOL WILL JUST CAUSE MORE DISTRACTIONS!!!!!" Hinata heard her father yelling.
"NO SHE'S NOT!!!!" her mother yelled back in defense of her daughter. "HINATA GETS STRAIGHT A's!!!! THAT'S NOT FAILING!!!! SHE NEEDS TO INTERACT WITH PEOPLE HER OWN AGE!!!! AND I WILL NOT ALLOW HER TO HAVE AN ARRANGED MARRIAGE!!!!!!!!" Arranged marriage? Hinata thought. She crept closer to her parents' bedroom.
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"So, uh, what did he do, anyway?" Temari asked.
"Do NOT get me started," Hinata replied.
"Really, Temari?! She JUST forgave me, WHY do you INSIST on getting her mad at me again?" Naruto asked.
Hinata giggled and everyone else, except Naruto, burst out laughing. He pouted.
"Aw, he's upset," Hinata teased.
"You know, I could not tell you about your second surprise," he responded.
"Come on you guys, isn't this enough?"
"No," a voice said from behind a tree.
Haitoku stepped out from behind the rather large tree, followed by Sai.
"Because I still haven't gotten the chance to wish you a happy birthday," Haitoku said,
Hinata squealed and hugged Haitoku. Haitoku hugged back, grinning from ear to ear. Hinata
pulled back and noticed Sai.
"Oh, hey Sai. What are you doing here?" Hinata asked.
"He came with me to wish you a happy birthday, right, Sai?" Haitoku said.
"Yep! Happy birthday, Hinata," Sai said, somewhat enthusiastically, which surp
Konohigh Ch. 6Naruto walked onto the school campus. What was with that dream? He thought. I don't think of Hinata that way. Damn perv must have just filled my head with it. He remembered the dream that he had the previous night.Konohigh Ch. 63 years ago in Romance More Like This
In the dream Naruto stood in front of a house. He looked around to see nothing but a white background. "Hello! Is anyone here?" He yelled out into the emptiness. He walked up to the house and knocked on the door. He knocked once more but no one appeared to be home. He twisted the doorknob to see that it was unlocked.
He walked into the empty house. "No furniture? Does anyone live here?" Naruto then heard a soft humming coming from upstairs. "I guess someone does live here." He whispered to himself as he walked up the stairs cautiously. The humming got a bit louder. Naruto peeked into each of the doors but found no one in them. "That leaves that last door." He went over to the door at the end of the hallway and put his ear against it. "Yup someone's in this room
Konohigh Ch. 5Naruto, Hinata, and Shikamaru stood outside their classroom door. "What the hell were you thinking back there?" Shikamaru yelled at Naruto. "If a teacher would have seen you hit him you would have been suspended on your second day here!"Konohigh Ch. 53 years ago in Romance More Like This
"Sorry...he just got me all pissed off, I didn't think about what might happen." Naruto said looking to the floor. "Hey that kid's in our P.E class right? What was his name?" He asked Shikamaru.
"Sasuke Uchiha. I'm still surprised you managed to hit him. No one's been able to lay a hand on him." Shikamaru said crossing his arms.
"So I take it he's the school's best fighter?" Naruto smirked. Guess I already found a rival.
"U-Um Naruto?" Hinata said finally joining the conversation. "What were you looking at back there?"
"Huh? Oh you mean the poster? It was the Martial Arts Club. I'm think I'm gonna join it." Naruto said, his smirk widening.
"Hate to be the bearer of bad news but...your gonna have to wait till next year to join." Shikamaru told h
Konohigh Ch. 8Hinata and Naruto walked down the street, Naruto staring straight ahead, Hinata looking away from Naruto to the road. Neither one of them saying a word to each other. I can't believe he's walking me home! That was so kind of him...but this silence is so weird. I can't think of anything to say to him!Konohigh Ch. 83 years ago in Romance More Like This
"How far do you live Hinata?" Naruto asked her still staring forward.
"N-not that far. It's just a few blocks down and then turn right." Hinata said timidly. Well at least that was better then nothing. Should I talk about school? No, no, no that's a boring topic...but it's all I have. "S-S-So Naruto," Naruto looked at her "how...how do you like the school so far?" She hid her face from his. Look at him if your gonna talk! She yelled in her head. She slowly looked at him and gave a weak smile.
"The school's fine I guess. It's a little boring. But at least I got an awesome friend like you already!" He gave her a large smile. This made her turn away again and blushed lik
Konohigh Ch. 10Naruto and Hinata sat in math class, Naruto, a few seats back catching up on sleep and Hinata was staring at the clock. She was biting her lip and scratching furiously at her desk. 2:44...come on just one more minute!Konohigh Ch. 103 years ago in Romance More Like This
The blonde girl sitting next to her noticed what she was doing. "Hinata...what's wrong?" She asked her.
"Nothings wrong Ino. I'm just excited because I have a d- I mean I'm going on vacation tomorrow. I'm just really excited." She forced a laugh. The truth was Hinata could care less about the vacation. She was just excited about going out with Naruto for the past 2 hours.
"Lucky!" Ino cried as she put her head on the desk and looked at Hinata. "Every year you always take a week long vacation. I envy you." She said as she puffed her cheeks.
Hinata smiled at her and the bell rang. Yes! About time! Nothing will stop me from telling him today! She walked to the front of the class and stood by the door and waited for Naruto.
Naruto approached her "Ready to go?" H
Konohigh Ch. 3Shikamaru entered the locker rooms and went to his locker. He grabbed his towel and wiped away the sweat off of his face. A hand slapped his back; this made him turn around to see who it was.Konohigh Ch. 33 years ago in Romance More Like This
"Finally decided to get some exercise?" Kiba laughed at him. He had short brown hair and fang-like teeth.
"No way! I just sat back and stared at the clouds all class long." Shikamaru answered.
"Then how come you're sweating like that?" Kiba asked looking confused
"That's how hot it is. I worked up a sweat sitting still." Shikamaru said changing back into his school uniform.
"Well whatever. See ya around!" Kiba said walking away.
Shikamaru finished changing his clothes and saw that Naruto's bag was still there. "Is he still outside?" He said aloud to himself. He picked up Naruto's bag and went back outside. He looked across the basketball court and saw no sign of him. Maybe he's still at the track.He walked in the direction of the track and saw Naruto leaning on the tree.
"Hey Naruto class is over,
Konohigh Ch. 9Hinata entered her house. She walked into her kitchen grabbed a blueberry muffin off the table, walked into the living room and threw herself on the couch. She let out a loud sigh and kicked off her shoes. The past week and a half had been the best of her life. She had fallen in love with a boy, and was now becoming close friends with him. Because of him she had also made a few new friends and was becoming less shy. She took a small bite out of her muffin and closed her eyes. I'm starting to think that maybe Naruto likes me. We spend a lot of time together, we like a lot of the same stuff. He likes my cooking. Maybe now I can tell him how I feel. It should be easier. She let her mind wander a bit and had remembered when she kissed Naruto when he had fallen asleep. She smiled when the thought came into her mind.Konohigh Ch. 93 years ago in Romance More Like This
"Thinking about Naruto?" Hanabi surprised her.
"H-Hanabi?" Hinata snapped out of her thoughts, "What are you doing here? Your school doesn't end for another 40 minutes."
Konohigh Ch. 2"..Huh? Where am I?" Hinata slowly awoke in the nurse's office, the bright lights from overhead made her cover her eyes as she turned in bed. "E-Excuse me miss, what happened to me?" She asked the red haired nurse.Konohigh Ch. 23 years ago in Romance More Like This
"Well, apparently you fainted in the middle of class." The nurse responded.
"Umm, how long have I been out?"
"It's been about twenty-five minutes since your classmate brought you here. I take it he's a new student 'cuz he said he was running around the school trying to find this place."
As soon as the nurse said that Hinata started to turn red. Was it Naruto?
"He had blond hair and was wearing dirty pants. I had to force him to return to class. He thinks that you've been sick since this morning cuz your face was red even then."
By this point Hinata had buried her face with her pillow to hide her beet red face.
"Huh? Are you feeling sick again?" The nurse asked her.
"No ma'am I'm feeling great." She said from behind her pillow.
The nurse gave her a puzzled look "Well
Konohigh Ch. 1"Shit, first day at a new school and I'm gonna be late!" Naruto shouted as he ran down the street in the pouring rain. He had spiky blonde hair and had three whisker like marks on his cheeks. He had woken up late and now had to run to his new school, Konohigh. "There it is!" He said as he ran across the street. He shut his eyes and ran as fast as he could and ran through the gates.Konohigh Ch. 13 years ago in Romance More Like This
"Ouch!" He and a girl shouted, he had run into her and they both had fallen down. Unfortunately he had fallen into the mud behind him and the girl had fallen into a puddle. The girl had long lavender blue hair and was very nicely figured.
"I'm sorry." Naruto apologized rubbing the back of his head.
"No I'm sorry. I..." The girl had gotten up and looked into his eyes. She immidiatly began to turn red and feel light headed. "Umm...I..."
"Are you feeling alright?" Naruto asked helping her up "You look red, are you sick or something?"
"I gotta go!" The girl about faced and ran into the school.
"Weird girl..." Na
Konohigh Ch. 7As the boys entered the locker rooms to change back into their uniform, some of them stared at Naruto and muttered amongst themselves, saying things like "I still can't believe this guy beat Sasuke." One guy said. "Yeah, I know. Sasuke's such a loser. Throwing a tantrum like that."Konohigh Ch. 73 years ago in Romance More Like This
"Are they talking about me?" Naruto asked changing back to his school clothes. "I beat Sasuke so what? He wasn't a good fighter. How are the other fighters at this school anyway?"
"I'm not sure." Shikamaru answered doing the same. "I only know about Sasuke. That's the only guy anyone talks about."
Naruto wondered if he should even join the martial arts club next year. If he really is the best, I wonder what the rest of the club is like. "Is it still raining?"
"Sounds like it." Choji said.
"Guess we can't eat on the roof today." Naruto frowned. "I kinda liked eating up there. Know any other places we can eat?"
"We can go eat in Kurenai's room we've eaten there a few times so she won't mind." Shikamaru
Konohigh Ch. 4Hinata sprinted towards the school gasping heavily. Got...got to hurry up. He might already be waiting for me. She stopped at a red light to catch her breath. She took out her phone to check the time. It's only 7:00. Calm down catch your breath. She took a deep breath and waited for the light to turn green. When it did she crossed the street and stopped in front of the school gates. She passed through them and and looked around the crowd hoping to spot Naruto. She looked at the school's stone statue which was in the shape of a giant diamond. Right below sat Naruto on the bench staring up at the sky.Konohigh Ch. 43 years ago in Romance More Like This
"There he is." She whispered to herself. "Naruto! Over here!" She yelled out as she walked up to him.
Naruto looked over to her. "Hey Hinata, good morning!" He got up and walked over to her waving.
"Good morning to you too!" No stuttering, no looking down, no playing with your fingers...Yes! I can relax around him. She also walked over to him. They met up and stood in f
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"Sakura why are you so depressed?" Ino sat down next to Sakura in the cafeteria table.
"Sasuke hasn't been to school in over a week. And he canceled our date last week cuz of that stupid Naruto." She cried.
"What! You had a date with Sasuke?" Ino shouted out into the room getting the attention of all the girls as they began to swarm around them.
"What happened?" Shouted one girl.
"Did he kiss you?" Shouted another.
"Lucky!" They all shot Sakura with questions.
"I was supposed to but he got mad when he lost and canceled it." She explained to them trying to get them to leave.
"Liar! Tell us the truth how was it?"
"Did he bring you flowers?"
Sakura got up and ran out the cafeteria yelling, and went upstairs of the main building. "Stupid Ino you didn't have to shout that out loud. Just because Sasuke isn't as popular as he used to be doesn't mean the girls still aren't crazy about him." She punched her fist into her hand. "I'm gonn
Konohigh Ch. 12Well today's the day for sure. I'm positive he likes me! First thing I'm gonna say to him is how I feel! Hinata thought to herself as she walked down the street to school with a nervous smile on her face, the wind blew her hair back.Konohigh Ch. 123 years ago in Romance More Like This
Today's doomsday. I've had all week to think of something to say to Hinata about last week, but I couldn't think of anything! Naruto thought as he dragged his feet along to school. He clawed furiously at his head trying to think of a reason to to Hinata why he had kissed her. I just had to kiss you cuz you looked cute? Damn it! Naruto thought as he got near the school.
As they both finished their thoughts they appeared in front of each other. They looked at each other and blushed lightly and looked down at the floor.
"Listen Hinata..." Naruto began "about what I did last week... um...well..." He began to stutter. What? Now I'm acting all shy like her now?
Does he think I'm mad at him for that? She smiled to herself as sh
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Naruto placed his back against the tree behind them. Then he looked at Hinata who were watching him. "You coming?" he asked her and smirked.
Since he hadn't actually walked away, she figured he wanted her to sit between his legs. Okay, she was new at this stuff, totally blank. Not everything came naturally. Honestly, she didn't have a clue on where this was heading, but she crawled to him. Hinata smiled confused before Naruto dragged her into a hug from behind. She yelped surprised. He had placed one arm on her stomach to avoid the bruise, and the other one went from shoulder to shoulder upon her collarbone. She had her head under Naruto's jaw and it didn't seem like he was bothered by it. It was nice to sit like this. It felt... right.
"My parents, huh?" Naruto said, starting to answer the question. "I don't remember much of them even though I was eight when they died in an accident. I was the only one who survived it, but I got quite a concussion so the only memor
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Hinata's heart jumped nervously. Something inside of her grew. His hug was tight, but at the same time so gentle. He turned his head to the left, placing his cheek on her shoulder so he could look at her. She could feel her face heat up. She liked this, no doubt about it. Wait, no, she didn't. It felt stronger than that. She LOVED it. Love in a new and a bit confusing way she had never experienced before. A great sensation went through her limps; strong and wall-breaking flow of pure happiness! And that was even before she felt a pair of rough lips rest at her neck. She had to admit, at first she didn't know what was going on. But after two seconds or so, reality started to infiltrate her mind. Or rather; Naruto infiltrated her mind. There was no other human being in the world but Naruto. His movements made the earth circle. The only thing that made sense was Naruto. Their surroundings didn't matter, not the time, neither the noise coming from the Konoha outs
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Hinata was lost. For her, the streets in this part of Konoha were identical. She began to panic as the minutes ticked away. Soon, she just spun around and around without nowhere to go and no clue where she came from. The world was one big soup surrounding her. Then she felt a hand on her shoulder, stopping her from swirl into a mailbox. Her head felt dizzy as the person stepped in front of her. Hinata, as soon as she could see properly, got dazzled by the spiky golden hair. In one quick daydream she wondered how soft it felt. It was... a boy? No, he was more matured than that. He was a guy, or a young man. He had three whisker marks on each cheek, but she barely noticed. That's because his eyes were so brilliant blue that they could put the sea to shame! And that's saying something because Hinata loved the ocean. Hinata hasn't met many boys at her age before, when she lived at the Hyuga estate. Even so, she knew this young man was... different, at least for he