Check and Mate (First Draft)Shikamaru continued signing the after action reports, ignoring the loud music and the raucous laughter outside. Parties just weren’t his thing. Even a blowout to celebrate the end of the Fourth Great war.
Even after he had dismissed them, his squad mates had tried their best to convince him to join them in the festivities. Ino had practically danced back into the tent, her long blonde hair flowing behind her, giving him a forced, flirtatious wink. “Come with us Shikamaru!” she had teased, the smile beaming through her sorrow and loss. “The war’s over! We won! Surely we can forget the paperwork and live a little!”
Ino had been drowning in her grief. She desperately needed an escape from the reality of things dragging her down. The optimal solution had easily presented itself.
His response had been a simple shrug. “Parties are such a drag... Standing around talking to people you barely know and will likely never meet again... I’m fine, beli
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(WARNING... Contains spoilers For Naruto Chapter 614)
"So Naruto..." sneered Obito. "I thought you said you weren't going to let even a single one of your friends die?"
The Uchiha let his gaze drift away from the obnoxious Jinchuriki cradling the dead Hyuga boy, and took a moment to survey the battlefield. Riding atop the Ten tails, Obito could have been a god surveying the four corners of the earth.
Not that he took any gloating pride in that. Not that any of that mattered. Nothing mattered. There was only one reason that he was still alive, one reason that he forced his broken twisted body up every morning. There was only one reason for all the death and terror and horror and war.
It was all for her.
Rin Nohara. Her smile haunted him still. Obito would be the first to admit that the dark powers that kept his body moving put him in the category of 'no longer being human.' He accepted that the horrors that had happened to him had dashed his mind into a
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Chapter One: A brand new day.
It was going to be a bright sunny day. The sun had just crept above the mountaintops and was beginning to burn off the morning mist. The light gleamed down through the forest like warm butter. It warmed the wings of a hawk circling through the sky. It lit up the six faces carved into the mountainside above the sleepy village. It shone down on the Hokage's residence, where it found a slightly parted curtain. Quickly, it stabbed inside and landed on the Hokage's face.
Naruto snorted and twitched, but the sun showed no mercy. He tried to brush it away with his hand but to no avail. He smacked his lips and slowly sat up in bed. He scratched his head and yawned. He looked around his bedroom. He looked down at his wife, and smiled.
"She will always be beautiful to me." He thought to himself as he reached over and brushed a lock of raven black hair off her face. His fingers traced her hairline A few silver strands were showing at her tem
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Takumi took a deep breath and checked behind him for the hundredth time to make sure that he hadn't been followed. The darkened corridors of the Daimyo's palace were even spookier than usual this evening. It wasn't helping that he hadn't been able to sleep on the trek back from the Hidden Sand Village. His nerves were completely shot. Dark shapes seemed to be scuttling about within the shadows. His stomach was roiling and his forehead was coated with a fine sheen of cold sweat. He was regretting that sake he had drunk in the hopes it would calm his nerves.
He clutched the dark cloak he was wearing to disguise himself a little tighter. He was expecting to have to explain his way past the Daimyo's guards, but he hadn't seen any in the palace. Come to think of it, he hadn't seen anyone since the two guards at the main gate just casually waved him inside. No challenge or anything. At first he had just assumed that they had been forewarned of h
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"I've got to hand it to Naruto," thought Shikamaru. "He's come a long way. Seven years ago when he first became Hokage, he would have thrown these guys out a window. He's showing remarkable restraint."
" So you see Hokage-sama The Daimyo of the land of fire is most concerned about the drop in revenue from the Hidden Leaf village. Each year shows lower gains and thus a lower return on the percentage paid to the Daimyo." The old man delicately coughed into a lace handkerchief.
Naruto sighed and rubbed his temples. "Look, I don't know how we can just keep dancing around and around the same subject. We are at peace for the first time in decades. The five great nations and almost all of the smaller ones are at peace with one another. We have all negotiated our treaties so that we each have more than enough to support ourselves." Naruto gestured out the window. "Yes, the income of the village is slowly dropping year by year. What about ot
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Tenten stood on the other side of the window partition, one hand pressed up against the cool glass. Her other hand was a tangled mess of splints and bandages. The sharp throbbing of her broken fingers almost obscured the burning itch of the sutures across her back. The burning itch of the stitches almost distracted her from the rhythmic pulse of the clock out in the hallway. The ticking of the clock was almost loud enough to cover up the muffled noise of the respirator in the ICU. The regular, soothing hiss of the respirator, every five seconds, would never be enough to take her mind off the fact that somewhere, inside that snaking mess of IV lines, monitoring cables, catheters, and bandages, her son struggled for his life.
She stood there and stared. Tenten wasn't quite sure when it happened, but sometime in the past three hours, paranoia had set in. She was convinced that if she looked away, that if she blinked, the machines would fail, her son's last breath would
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Biwako scowled at the damage the hospital had suffered. Thankfully, no one was too badly hurt, and order had been quickly restored. She had just poured herself a nice cup of tea, and turned back to the heaping pile of paperwork screaming for her attention, when there was a polite cough behind her.
"Yes?" she asked, more sharply than was called for. It had been a very trying day, and she would have been done with the admission forms by now if she didn't keep having all these distractions.
"I wonder if you might be able to see me, now that all the ruckus has ended."
She knew that voice. "Hiruzen Sarutobi," she said primly, "If I've told you once I've told you a thousand times, I simply have no time to..." She turned and froze. "Good lord!" she gasped. "What is that?"
Hiruzen gave her that winning smile all the other nurses thought was so adorable. He took his hand away from his bruised cheek. "What this? It's only a little scratch that happened in the fracas upstairs. I w
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She started out watching the family. They had come to visit the village - a mother, father, older brother and a young girl. The toddler was so excited. There were so many new things to see and smell and touch here, not like at home. Ni-san had let the girl try some of the lunch the father bought for him from a stall, something wriggly on a stick. It was rubbery and spicy, so the toddler spat it out. She smiled coyly at the people who came to her parents’ cart to look at the shiny metal things Daddy made. She knew she wasn’t supposed to touch the things... they were sharp. It was a very exciting, busy day and soon the girl fell asleep very soundly.
It was here that the scene shifted. She was no longer watching the little girl, she was the little girl. The sky glowed dull orange, and burning buildings spat vivid embers into the night sky. It looked like Daddy’s forge back home when he
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The slow, steady rocking motion of the wheelhouse was calming, which was a good thing because Neji was very distressed right now. He focused intently on the scenery slowly sliding past the window and tried to ignore the two men on the seat opposite from him.
There was a narrow table attached to the wall of the carriage that was piled high with fried octopus and daifuku cakes. Honan Hyuga was chewing noisily and talking at the same time. His accounts manager, a tall gangly man with a pinched face, sat beside Honan, handing him waybill after waybill to sign.
There was a large bottle of potent spirits on the table as well. The sharp aroma of the evaporating alcohol was mixing with the smell of the fried food and tart cakes and was making him feel slightly ill. The decor of the coach wasn’t helping either. The traveling compartment was so laden with ornaments and gold leaf that no matter which way he turned his head, there was sunlight being directly reflecte
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Summary: First kisses are usually thought of as romantic, but that doesn't mean they always have to be. Takes place when Neji and Tenten are both six and at the Academy.
“Now isn’t there something you want to say?” Iruka prompted, gently nudging Tenten forward.
The six year old folded her arms and shot a glare at the small boy only a few feet away from her. Neji was glaring back, his white eyes now further emphasized by a large black mark directly under his right one. Tenten didn’t even bother hiding a smug grin at her handy work.
“No.” Tenten said promptly, stomping her foot slightly as Iruka sighed deeply. The other teacher, a new woman she didn’t know well, mirrored Iruka’s body language as she stood by Neji.
“Come on, Tenten, you don’t want to hurt your classmates, do you? I know you’re mad…” the woman started only for Tenten to narrow her eye’s further and point
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Summary: Every so often, certain people are offered the chance to walk among the stars. This is Tenten's chance. Doctor Who AU.
“Come with me.” the man said and Tenten blinked looking at him, her eyes wide and mouth turned in a slightly confused frown.
“I’m sorry…could you repeat that please?” she asked, not quite sure she’d heard him right.
The man shifted slightly as if suddenly uncomfortable. He was exceedingly tall, with a brown hair that stuck up at all angles, his eyes were hidden behind dark sunglasses and he wore a simple suit that looked like something one would wear for a business meeting. Not for saving the world. He called himself very simply, the Doctor.
“I… ahem.” he cleared his throat as if unsure what to say. “I was wondering if you would come with me? Why am I asking you that? Well it’s for a few reasons. I’ve often been told I shouldn’t travel alone
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Lady Tsunade stared at them with bloodshot amber eyes, seeming absolutely exhausted even though it was barely ten in the morning. "I know that one of you is a jounin and the other two are chuunin, but..." She hesitated, fiddling with the files in front of her, making sure all edges aligned perfectly with each other as well as the sides of the desk before she looked up again. "I'm giving you a D-rank mission today."
Tenten fought back an impulse to twitch. D-rank? She searched her memory, flipping through her team's last few missions in an attempt to remember if any of them had done anything unforgivably horrible. Lee, of course, had been Lee: wildly loud and enthusiastic and himself; Gai, as always, an older version of Lee (or perhaps Lee was, instead, a younger version of Gai?); Neji his unflappable self: strong, silent, with that one vein in his forehead occasionally protruding from suppressed irritation
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Sometime well after midnight, the downpour ceased and the sky cleared over the capital of the Land of Rain. Hyuuga Neji lay in bed in the modest inn, flat on his back, white eyes open without a hint of tiredness as he watched the shifting patterns of moonlight across the ceiling. The weight of his increasing responsibilities -- both those imposed by himself and those others desired to impose -- felt like a giant hand on his chest, pushing him down, down, until he was sure he'd dissolve into the earth, never to be seen again.
ANBU. Liason between the main and branch portions of his family. His "duty" to marry and advance the strength of the clan.
Very few times in his life had Neji ever experienced the urge to scream -- none of which he especially wanted to remember. He preferred to think of himself as a rational, calm, and above all self-controlled person. But right then he felt like screaming. At the top of his lungs. And once he starte
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He sat silently in the shadows and watched.
All around him, his classmates played and ran and laughed, enjoying the freedom from classes that Iruka-sensei had granted for half an hour (no longer and no shorter - the man was nothing if not almost obsessively prompt). Hyuuga Neji watched them all with disinterested pale eyes, allowing his gaze to drift from face to face without bothering to settle on one for more than a few seconds at a time.
Predictable. They were all predictable, and for a shinobi, that spelled death.
Neji didn't need his Byakugan to see the group of girls gathered to his left, huddled in a group. He could feel their intense stares on him, like a bunch of vultures waiting for their prey to die so they could pounce and devour. Determined not to give in, he ignored them and moved on to the next group. They were the bullies, the ones constantly patrolling the schoolyard looking for people to pick on. Their usual targets wer
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Sun streaked through the open window. It hit the foot of the bed just enough to warm it, but not enough to actually wake the occupants. Despite the early hour, though, one of them was already laying with eyes open.
"Hmmm." Tenten sighed. She snuggled down into the blankets wanting to fall back asleep but finding it impossible.
The arms wrapped around her midsection tightened with the slight movements she had made. Neji's thumb began running smooth circles against her skin as he also began to wake. It was something he always did when the two shinobi lay in a bed together. Tenten knew it was an unconscious habit, but she liked to think he did it to her on purpose.
These types of missions were her favorites. It gave her one-on-one time with Neji that could rarely be found on other more dangerous jobs or even back home in Konoha. Plus the cover of being husband and wife came with the perk of sharing a bed.
She'd never admit it out loud t
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It wasn’t often Tenten kept Neji waiting. She was nearly as punctual as he was himself. Being late was not something tolerated. So when Neji found himself sitting on her sofa waiting for his teammate and friend to emerge from her bedroom, the Hyuuga prodigy had to ask why.
“Nothing. I’ll be out in just a minute,” the girl responded in a sweet voice.
“Hn.” Tenten laughed at Neji’s expected tone. He was ready for their daily training and wanted to get started.
But first the girl had to finish painting her nails for her date that evening.
She had been outright shocked when a civilian boy had approached her the previous day with the timid request for a dinner date the following night. Unsure of her answer, Tenten had reluctantly agreed. It wasn’t like she had any other plans. And since it was an… unusual event for her, she had decided to dress up a little; which included painting her finger and toe nai
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The holiday season was not Neji's favorite.
He was required to attend countless Hyuuga clan events. Most of them also included other nobility or high ranking families from both their village and others. There was no escaping the cheerful squeals of the younger children, the condescending glares from adults, and the come-hither looks coming from teenaged girls.
"I hate this." He grumbled to himself while lurking in the corner at one of these parties.
"It's almost over Neji." Hinata, the only sane one there, was trying to console him. "Wait a few more minutes. Then you can go see Tenten."
Neji's frown grew deeper. "You know as well as I that they only made me come to get me away from her. I apologize for the inconvenience on you, though."
She had to attend this party as well even though she already had plans to meet Kiba at the Hokage's holiday party. The elders had sprung this "Teens Christmas Party" on the two at the last possible moment. In very
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Neji preferred wearing neutral colors. Browns. Whites. Blacks. At times he would wear his pale green shinobi vest, but usually not by choice. The most colorful thing about Neji was the tiny hint of purple in his eyes.
Tenten, on the other hand, was okay with throwing a little color into her clothing. She would wear blues and pinks and yellows. But around Neji she toned down her choices to a simply red and white theme. They both saw enough bright colors in their other two teammates clothing on a regular basis that she felt there was no need to have her clothes trying to compete.
That's why Neji couldn't place the reason why Tenten looked so different when she arrived for training. " " Something wasn't normal.
"What's wrong, Neji?" Tenten tilted her head at him in confusion. "Why are you staring at me like that?"
It was driving him insane that he couldn't place the change, but he couldn't let her know that. "It's nothing. Let's get started."
And with that
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"You've got to be kidding me!" Tenten scowled. "Whose idea was this wait. It was Ino, wasn't it? Why does that girl always have to come up with such troublesome, time-consuming ideas?" She threw her fist in the air. Behind her, Neji shook his head while smirking. The corner of her eye caught the movement and she rounded on him. "What?"
"It's nothing," he said. She raised an eyebrow. "I think you've been on too many missions with Shikamaru lately is all."
Tenten paused at that before bursting into a fit of giggles. "I guess I have. But that doesn't make Ino's plans any less worse." She was beginning to pace.
Neji's gaze followed her movements for a few minutes before he reached out and pulled her to a stop. "Calm down. This isn't the end of the world." Minimizing the situation seemed like the best course of action, especially since he had the feeling he knew why Tenten was making such a fuss. "And you don't ha
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"Here, drink this." Tenten said as she handed Neji a mug of hot chocolate. The poor boy was still dripping wet from the snow outside.
Konaha had been hit with an immense amount of snow, especially considering they lived in Fire Country. Lee had taken this "youthful opportunity" to start a snowball fight with the bun-haired kunoichi during one of their breaks in training.
Neji had remained mediating instead of joining the childish antics of his teammates. That was until a stray snowball, he still wasn't sure who had thrown it, hit him square in the face.
Normally he wouldn't have stooped to retaliation of such an immature nature, but the snow was freezing cold and had quickly dripped down into the collar of his clothing making him beyond irritated. Lee's snowball fight turned into an all-out war. It only concluded when Neji realized Tenten's lips had turned a wintery blue color.
But now that they had returned to her apartment, leaving Lee and Gai-sensei in a
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The star on top of the Christmas tree is a lot like the candles on top of a cake. Both give off a warming glow. Both finish decorating things which don't necessarily need them, but are nice none-the-less. And both can have special significance to the people who see them.
Tenten's Christmas star was extraordinarily special to her.
It was one of the few things left from her parents. The glass on it shone like a real star, glittering whenever light touched its smooth surface. It looked like an antique with the gold trim to the edges, but it didn't look old.
Each year she would delicately take it from its box and put it in place as the last of her decorating concluded. However, this year her tree would have to go without because of one careless act the previous Christmas season. While putting it away Tenten hadn't been paying attention to the boxes scattered across her living room floor and stumbled, dropping the precious decoration, shattering it.
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The war had ended, and despite all that had changed, when the shinobi that fought in it returned to their homes, life continued on as it had before the war. Sure, there was a lot to clean up, villages to rebuild, peace treaties left to sign, a new Hokage to be promoted, and shinobi to be recalled from formerly enemy, now ally, territories. But otherwise, life went on.
"Still the feeling of change is inescapable," Tenten mused as she munched on a crisp celery stick in her hand; part of the lunch she was eating while sitting at the base of the large oak tree that grew in one corner of hers and Nejis training field. The one that had the heart with the T, ampersand and N carved into it. The very same heart that for the longest of time Neji had mistakenly believed read "TEN" when in fact it was their initials that were carved into the wood. Of course this was before the two of them had started dating and the long time crush had seemed
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“No,” Tenten quickly, but calmly, replied.
She hoped her quickness did not come off the wrong way, but the sudden question had caught her by surprise and she had not given herself time to think. It was probably a good thing, however, since she was certain it would have stung a lot more than it already did, if the response had come from him and not her.
“We're not,” she turned to Neji as he slowly nodded his agreement, while he helped the bun-haired kunoichi into her seat before taking the chair directly next to her.
“Really?” Ino sighed deeply. “That's a shame,” she added, looking back and forth between the two teammates. “You two look good together
Not A Date pt.1Staring up into the dark wood ceiling above her head; in a small corner of the restaurant she came to once every month, Tenten resisted the urge to sigh in frustration. She hated waiting. Punctuality was a trait she greatly appreciated in her teammates and in her friends. She valued her time; making sure to always utilize it to its utmost. Unfortunately, on the last Friday of every month, trying to keep to a proper schedule was all but impossible. No, on that day, tardiness was to be expected; and she, to be the one to wait.Not A Date pt.1 in Fan Fiction More Like This
Aaaah. Youre late! Tenten aggravatedly moaned into the empty chair in front of her.
Sorry about that. A deep masculine voice from behind her startled the kunoichi. She hadnt expected her complaint to actually reach the person responsible for her frustration. You see, I was rescuing this little girl from a bad dog and-
Forget it! Tenten interrupted the masked man as he went into his usual routine of m
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How you choose to express yourself
it's all your own and I can tell
It comes naturally,
it comes naturally
"She is a natural." The man in the olive colored robes stated as he adjusted the layered veils on the bun-haired kunoichi's head.
"hm." Gai nodded approvingly. "She does look very youthful," he replied, agreeing with the other man's assessment.
Standing watch from another side of the room, disguised as a guard in dark blue robes, Neji amusedly smirked as he saw the kunoichi struggle against the olive-dressed man, who continued to readjust her attire.
"She would prefer you not speak of her as if she were not in the room!" Tenten tugged agitatedly at the tight collar of her dress.
"Ah, ah, ah!" The olive-robed man wagged his finger at her, warning the kunoichi to remember her part. "A princess does not speak, unless spoken to." he stated matter-of-factly.
"Well, I am not a princess!" Tenten challenged, still fighting aga
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A name was all he had left. All that remained of a once great family. It was his duty to restore that name; to ensure, through his actions, that it would once again be whispered in reverent fear.
All that shining glory had become merely a tarnished reputation trampled into blood-soaked mud. Power had proved to be a malicious mistress for the mighty Uchiha clan; at the height, when the clouds shrouding heaven were just in view, she had cut the ties of fortune and favored the bold no more. Instead she gifted her worshippers with ignominious death; now they were nothing more than corpses rotting beneath hard-packed soil but today their ghosts had risen to unleash their fury at innocent lives stolen away just as they were reaching the height of their potential.
Once upon a time there had been no one but him; a boy a mere child easily dismissed by those in power but, as he fought with all the skill and power he could muster under the lowering sky, Sas
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"Will you stop that?!" Tenten exclaimed irritably, glaring daggers at Neji who hastily deactivated his Byakugan.
Except for when they were training he'd always made a point of never using it on her - it would've been too much like invading her privacy. But today he felt he had good reason – a week of illness, and she was still refusing to see a doctor.
He glared back at her, "I would stop – but you're refusing to accept that you need a doctor and therefore the only way of checking if you're all right is by using the Byakugan."
Tenten sighed, "And have you found anything out of the ordinary?" she asked sarcastically.
Neji had the grace to look a bit ashamed, "No," he admitted reluctantly, "aside from some chakra spikes every now and again, there's nothing wrong that I can see."
Tenten made a sweeping gesture with her hands as if to say 'you see' and turned to her breakfast again. She was feeling much better today, but Neji simply refused to accept her word f
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"I found them. The Beasts of Konoha are alive and well!"
Kiba's exuberant voice for all that he was trying to suppress his excitement was joined by Akamaru's joyful bark and Neji glared at the pair of them until they subsided into shamefaced silence.
"That's good news, Inuzuka. Next time, try not to alert the entire village of our plans," Neji spoke quietly, glancing around to make sure no one was near.
The Inuzuka grimaced at him but continued in a quieter tone of voice, "They are on the edge of the Suna border I guess the Kazekage's turning a blind-eye towards their presence."
Neji resisted the urge to laugh in sheer relief the feelings bubbling up inside him almost uncontainably. Here was finally some proof that Gai-sensei and Lee, at least, were all right and thriving. Having been forbidden to leave the village himself he had to rely on the Inuzuka's nose and the circuitous routes they devised for searching whenever the Inuzuka was sent
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The rain fell. Sometimes in steady sheets that obscured the landscape in a grey haze, sometimes only a steady drip-drip-drip that threatened to stop completely but quickly turned into another violent downpour. Every now and again the sun poked a few feeble rays through the dark clouds but still the rain came.
A damp, cold, cave; unrelenting rain, supplies running dangerously low…
And Sasuke, shivering as he mumbled his way through fevered dreams.
Tenten wrapped her arms around her knees, staring despondently out at the lengthening shadows creeping towards the cave mouth. How had it all gone so badly wrong so quickly? The barely leashed panic that had been dogging her heels for the last forty-eight hours reared up inside her; an insistent flash of pure terror, before she managed to suppress it. Struggling to keep her breathing even, her mind clear and unclouded, she turned slightly to look at the Uchiha sprawled on the sleeping mat beside her. Despite the fact th
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It was warm; not the kind of burning fire he'd associated with his fever, but the all-encompassing kind of warmth he now knew only in his earliest memories. As a small boy Sasuke had been terrified of the storms that occasionally swept through Konoha. Violent crescendos of crashing thunder and flashing lightning; the wind howling like a pack of baying wolves… yes, he'd hated those storms. Until he'd been three years old – and his father had put a stop to the 'coddling' – he'd only have to yell and his mother would almost instantly be by his side. She would wrap the blankets tightly around him, whisper soothing nonsense into his ear and stroke through his hair until he fell asleep again. On the rare nights she didn't come, Itachi would be there. Even now, years into adulthood, Sasuke couldn't quite decide if he'd loved the attention from his reticent older brother or if he'd hated having Itachi see him at his weakest. Always, his father's voice rang in his ears, wheneve
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The rush of coldness washing over her entire body made the hair on the back of her neck rise. Strangely enough Tenten didn't feel threatened by it. Kami knew, she should have – the unsettling feeling coupled with the carnage of war that surrounded her should have been enough to scare her out of her mind. She only felt peace though; peace and affection flooding through her body, warming her in the wake of the sudden cold. It lasted seconds only and disappeared as if it had all been a figment of her imagination. After the brief instant of pure happiness came the icy flood of fear, far colder than the brush of moments before; coating her insides in a layer of frost.
Something was very, very wrong. Instinctively Tenten understood that.
Her loved ones were all out on the battlefield. All of them were risking their lives for reasons that were worth waging war over. The only one she could focus on was Neji, though. Which was ridiculous because if anyone would emerge from
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The light is different when next Tenten wakes. Instead of flickering flames, trying to keep deep darkness at bay, the shadows are suffused with a buttery glow. The air isn't as dank; the clamminess that came with being deep underground doesn't cling to her skin anymore it is easier to breathe. Despite the grogginess Tenten gingerly stretches out a hand to brush lightly over the surface she is resting on. She groans softly as she turns carefully onto her back. She hadn't been dreaming; she was very definitely lying on a bed. One that hasn't been used in a long time judging by the dusty, disused smell but a real bed, nonetheless. The shackles are gone, though her wrists and ankles still hurt from the tightly clamped steel, and the pain from before has receded. For a moment longer she lies quietly, allows herself to become aware of her surroundings in minute detail. She is still clad only in her bindings and underwear, her weapons are still conspicuou
Heaven: Ch 6Chapter 6Heaven: Ch 6 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
The days slowly turned into weeks as Tenten healed and, surprisingly enough, they'd started to fall into a routine of co-existence that didn't grate as much as she'd thought it would. Being so dependent on him it had been at least a week before she'd even attempted to walk with Sasuke's assistance didn't do much for her pride but it seemed to do wonders for his trust in her. Her door was no longer locked at night; he didn't accompany her everywhere. Apparently, being nearly killed was enough to convince him that she wouldn't have the strength to attempt any wild escape plans. Tenten smirked without mirth wincing the moment the gesture pulled at her lips because the last thing she wanted was to be picking up Sasuke's mannerisms even this slight freedom of movement he allowed her had the most ridiculous amounts of gratefulness coursing through her system.
No further mention had been made of his offer to unlink the seal but that didn't mean tha
Heaven: Ch 10Chapter 10Heaven: Ch 10 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
There was nothing even remotely appealing about sharing a bed, Tenten found later that night. Nothing changed simply because they were forced to lie down and share a limited space while they were at their most vulnerable. She was still angry at Sasuke – for his words and his actions; for being so confusing and contradictory… For having taken her away from everything she loved. She didn't want to lie down next to him, but she'd had no choice. Anger had quickly been replaced with that helpless, irritated frustration that only occurred deep in the night when being unable to sleep.
He tossed. He turned. He muttered under his breath (Thankfully she couldn't make out what he was dreaming about). He stole all the covers.
All of that she could have lived with because, even in sleep, Sasuke was carefully guarded. He strayed no closer to the invisible line dividing their shared space into half than she did - and she was still awake. The problem was that she'd never
Heaven: Ch 11Chapter 11Heaven: Ch 11 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
As if Old Man Time was literally dragging his feet, it seemed as if the hours slowed; seconds melting into each other without moving forward. Never before had Tenten been so aware of the passage of a day. Sasuke lay unconscious as the healer worked. Beads of sweat decorated the Suna-nin's forehead protector but the green chakra coating his hands never wavered as he carefully healed the gash in Sasuke's side. It seemed like hours, but couldn't have been more than minutes ago, that he'd informed Tenten of the reason for the repeated fever; the unceasing infection: poison. She really should have suspected it.
She was indescribably grateful for a healer's presence. Far better that someone who knows what they are doing work on Sasuke. Still, she couldn't quite bring herself to leave the unconscious Uchiha in the med-nin's capable hands. She'd remained in the hallway only until she felt sufficiently in control of herself before returning to the room. What she thought she co
67 PercentTitle: 67%67 Percent in Romance More Like This
Summary: Naruto Gakuen Den verse. There's nothing wrong with being a tomboy.
Disclaimer: I don't own Naruto, Kishimoto and his publishers do and the only thing I gain from writing this is possibly some attention.
Dedicated to: Sorceress2000 I know you don't like the term tomboy but well hopefully you'll like the fic.
A/N: This is both my contest entry for Bladed Love and a 100 themes piece. It always makes me ridiculously happy to kill two birds with one stone.
Tenten frowned and stared at the gigantic D on her paper. The six and seven seemed to mocking her even more than all of the little x marks over the questions she'd missed. She'd done fine with the multiple choice ones but the fill in the blank questions had driven her crazy.
"You should give up the martial arts club," Sakura tsked, taking the papers from her and flipping through it. "Boys don't like tomboyish girls, who are manly and dumb, as anything other than friends. If you want Neji to like you t
Good Night KissTitle: Good Night KissGood Night Kiss in Romance More Like This
Summary: A drabble written for the Kissing Meme
Disclaimer: I don't own Naruto but it is fun to play with the characters so I do. It'd be nice if I got paid for it but I don't.
Dedicated to: Reggie who requested it on the Naruto Families (DA) group Kiss Meme
Tenten knew Neji had a soft side, one he hid from most of the world. She knew because she'd seen it.
She saw it when he ate the anniversary dinner at his parents grave. Even in the early days, before he and his uncle had learned to understand each other, the anger in his eyes was always replaced with a soft aching sadness when he sat before the stone with two names carved in it. He hadn't invited her, not exactly. Out of concern she had trailed after him, thinking he didn't know. When he sighed, stood up, then walked over and dragged her out from behind the tree she had thought he would yell at her or send her away. Neji surprised her though and introduced her to his parents as his new team m
CribTitle: CribCrib in Romance More Like This
Summary: Neji puts his wife and baby to bed. A NejiTen Baby fic.
Disclaimer: I don't own Naruto, Kishimoto does I just like to play with them
A/N: This was written for NejiLovers contest which had the theme 'crib' and since I had just written a baby fic seemed like I should apparently do another one.
Gai and Lee had made it for them so of course it was green. To Neji's surprise it was a muted shade. Flowers and vines climbed over the bars, carved into the wood with each blossom painted with blues, pinks, and oranges. The headboard had birds and clouds soaring in blue skies above trees and grass. It outstripped his expectations, which had been that it would be horrible and he would hate it, and still managed to encompass everything his teacher stood for.
Hinata had sewn sheets and blankets for it with the help of Hanabi and strangely enough his uncle. It had surprised him, though he thought now that it shouldn't have, that his uncle had been the originator o
BabyTitle: 赤ん坊 BabyBaby in Romance More Like This
Summary: Every child is a hope. NejiTen baby fic.
Disclaimer: Kishimoto owns Naruto I am just playing around with them.
A/N: I wanted to write up an example for the cotest I'm holding on my dA group Teneji
Tenten picked up the brush, letting the weight of it settle in her hands. The large calligraphy brush was nearly the size of a sword. It was as heavy as one and this particular one, she noted, was weighted similarly. It was the eighth one she had examined. "This one."
Beside her, Neji raised an eyebrow then nodded. Pulling out several coins he handed them over to the vendor silently.
Looking towards the beach and stepping away from the beach side stall, Tenten smiled. Wood and stone cut toys littered the otherwise empty beach. She could see a name carved on one that laid half buried in the sand a few feet from her. Kaiya. Forgiveness. The fear that had filled her for over a year now slipped away replaced with certainty she hadn't
Too Hot To ArgueTitle: Too Hot To ArgueToo Hot To Argue in General Fiction More Like This
Characters: Sasuke, Naruto (not per se as a pairing, could be read that way)
Theme: #3 - Sweltering Heat
Disclaimer: I don't own Naruto and I didn't make any money from this
Dedicated to: Moiya Hatake who needed a pick me up. I wrote it for her right after the start of the contest but hadn't gotten around to posting it. Written for the contest.
"So hot." Naruto panted and swiped a hand over his face, sweat stinging his eyes. He was miserable and even though the reconstruction was moving along only the hospital had air conditioning and that was only in the finished parts. Sakura had chased him out of there since space was limited and there was really no place that he wasn't underfoot. Even stripped down to his boxers the small barracks room he shared with Sasuke was unbearably hot.
Turning his head, he stared at Sasuke.
Fully dressed, Sasuke sat on the floor, scrolls neatly arranged in stacks on one side and piled on th
Sleeping Beauty KissTitle: Sleeping Beauty KissSleeping Beauty Kiss in Romance More Like This
Summary: Love is being willing to give up everything, even your own life.
Disclaimer: I don't own Naruto but it is fun to play with the characters so I do. It'd be nice if I got paid for it but I don't.
Dedicated to: Anise because she's a sweetie so I asked her for a prompt and she wanted NaruHina
Naruto stared down at Hinata, asleep on the cot. He had never really looked at her before. Not until she'd shown up to save him anyway. Even when he'd cheered her on at the chunin exams or been on a team with her. He'd seen her fight and it wasn't that he hadn't thought she was amazing, he knew she was. She was strong and she didn't give up; it was just that she was so quiet that when she wasn't doing something like that she slipped his mind. Now it was different. Now he couldn't get her off of it.
"You're really pretty, Hinata-chan." Naruto kept his voice quiet, not wanting her to wake up or anyone else in the medic tent for that matter. S
NejiTen Month BirthdaysTenten's birthday when she was a child was never something special. Her father, a blacksmith, would give her weapons he made to add to her ever growing collection, while her mother, a jewelery shop owner gave her various trinkets and gems. It was not that Tenten was ungrateful for her parents gifts, but the predictability of every years antics had started to ware on her at a young age.NejiTen Month Birthdays in Romance More Like This
That is, until, she joined Team Guy.
One the second day of their formation, Guy demanded that they share their birthdays, and as it happened Tenten's was the closest to date. The girl had no idea that her teacher would start planning something the second he had his hands on the information.
Several weeks later on the day of her 13th birthday, Tenten answered the door to Might Guy and Rock Lee shoving large bouquets of flowers. Tenten's face flushed such a deep shade of red, her hair went from chocolate brown to autumn red. Neji was not among their boisterous teammates who escorted her out tha
TOFATL: When The Sun Meets The MoonA orange fox tripped over it's feet as evade the beasts chasing it. The summer sky blazed a golden yellow, as the poor thing stumbled through some bushes.TOFATL: When The Sun Meets The Moon in Romance More Like This
Rolling over several times, he quickly rose, limping slightly and whimpering in pain.
When the Moon fell in love with Sun
All was golden in the sky
A collection of flowers surrounded the space he had now invaded. Not too far off he could see a figure sitting at a wooden table in the middle of the garden, underneath an umbrella tree. She had long black hair and wore a kimono with various shades of purple.
When the sun found the moon
She was drinking tea in a garden
Under the green umbrella trees
In the middle of summer
He trotted over, the woman taking notice of him as soon as she took a sip from her drink. "Oh you poor thing," She cried, bending over to pick him up and see her reflection in those blue eyes of his. Lifting him a little higher to see, she noticed the gash on his stomach.