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Confessions [fic] 1/3

Title: Confessions
Rating: PG
Fandom: Naruto
Characters: NejiTen, Rookie 9, Team Gai
Genres: romance, fluff, humor
Summary:  Tenten tries to tell Neji something. He doesn't quite get it. 

Tell me. Do people meet to get separated?
I'd like to think it's a mistake

- Jounetsu, Tokyo Underground OP

* * *

They still talked about it, in Konoha. The allegations of mental instability, the textbook-perfect assaults, the dramatic increase in hospital-use. It spawned a ballad that was sung from one end of Fire Country to the other. Jiraiya had used it – and, it was alleged, encouraged the ballad as free oral advertising – to pen one of his most successful issues of Icha Icha Paradise ever. More importantly, it had been the first issue of his that Tsunade had ever read, laughing hysterically the whole time.

 

(Afterwards, of course, she had punted Jiraiya through the ceiling for his perverted drawings)

 

And it was all because Tenten had asked the other girls’ help with her increasingly potent feelings for Hyuuga Neji.

 

* * *

 

Actually, it wasn’t so much that she asked for help than Ino and Sakura had gotten her drunk, and she had spilled her deepest secrets in a blubbering mess. In between sobs of how he never noticed her, never, and how much she just wanted to hold him when he got that dark, angry look in his eyes, Tenten cried out that she loved him.

 

Ino and Sakura, who had really only wanted to know what the hell her last name was, were beside themselves at this unexpectedly juicy discovery. They stopped feeding her liquor and started with comfort-food, plying Tenten with sympathy, tissues, and chocolate-fudge-ripple ice cream with cookies. They swore up and down to do all in their power to make Hyuuga Neji realize how much an idiot he was being – Tenten managed a half-hearted swipe at them, which never connected and only earned her ‘Awww’s at how loyal she was to an undeserving bastard such as him – and spoke aloud of aphrodisiac flowers, medic-nin potions with much the same results, or truth-telling chemicals.

 

It was Hinata, who had shrunk back and hoped not to be noticed (and force-fed liquor as Tenten was) who actually made the suggestion they would seize on. Perhaps it was because she wanted to see someone confess to her secret crush, being as she could not do it herself; maybe it was because she wanted to see her cousin and her friend happy; or maybe it was simply to shut the other three girls up before they ranted any more on how devastatingly sexy Neji was (a severely drunk Tenten) or how to get him to do things (Ino and Sakura) and possibly damaged Hinata’s psyche forever.

 

“Why don’t you t...tell Neji-niisan that y…you l…love him?”

 

* * *

 

Of course Tenten could not do this straight-up blunt, the way Ino and Sakura had used to proclaim their affection for Sasuke-kuuuun! back in the day. Considering what had happened between then and now, that might have been a good thing. So Ino and Sakura, running with Hinata’s initial idea, came up with another plan.

 

 

* * *   

 

The male members of Team Gai were seriously unnerved. When your capable, reliable, unromantic team-mate suddenly takes to giggling lightly, and giving breathy, wistful little sighs, and gazing off into the distance with dreamy eyes, you feel a little as if your world has fallen out of joint.

 

Lee, surprisingly, was the first one to correctly diagnose her condition. “Our beautiful flower,” he proclaimed to Neji and Gai, “has discovered someone with whom she wishes to share the full blooming of her YOUTH!”

 

Gai gasped and then grabbed Lee in a hug while they wept over how time flew, and how beautiful Tenten’s springtime of youth was, and the unspeakable glory of it all. Meanwhile, Neji, after taking a minute to puzzle out Lee’s meaning, had quietly erupted in a searing bonfire of angry chakra.

 

“What?” he gritted out between clenched teeth.

 

“I said, Tenten has found someone to share her blooming with,” Lee repeated patiently. Neji made a face at how wrong that sounded. “That means,” Lee explained further, having realized that sometimes Neji was dense and didn’t understand perfectly clear sentences of YOUTH POWER, “that she’s in l-“

 

“Shut up!” Neji snarled at him. “Don’t spread such filthy lies!” He stomped over to his female team-mate, intent on proving Lee wrong.

 

“Tenten,” he demanded, “You’re not in love with anyone, right?”

 

Startled, Tenten looked up at him. Neji made another face – though, as he was a Hyuuga, that merely consisted of a slight wrinkle in his brow – as he realized she had been braiding daisy-chains. Daisy-chains. Who had kidnapped Tenten and left him with this girly substitute?

 

Tenten opened her mouth for the automatic denial – then closed it, slowly, as she remembered her plan. “Y…yes, yes I am,” Tenten finally admitted, quietly, staring down at her hands and the small white flowers in them. She peeked up for Neji’s reaction.

 

Which was none.

 

“I see,” he said coolly, and strode off. Tenten bit her lip, before she was glomped onto by two sobbing Green Beasts who had to be reassured that her new lover – she choked at the word – would not take her away from them.

 

“No,” Tenten said softly, staring at where Neji had gone, “I don’t think he’ll distract me very much from training.”

 

* * *   

 

Neji Kaiten’d a thirty-foot-deep crater into solid bedrock that day.

 

* * *

tbc

Comments

( 28 comments — Leave a comment )
(Anonymous)
Oct. 2nd, 2006 08:47 am (UTC)
that was great!! please write more!! :D i really liked the last line! :D
fire_vs_ice
Oct. 2nd, 2006 09:49 am (UTC)
LOL. I like how angry Neji is. Mwahhaha! Keep up the good excellent work!!
dreamsofbluesky
Oct. 2nd, 2006 11:53 am (UTC)
Awww! You have no idea how frikking big my grin is right now! A jealous Neji never fails to amuse - and Lee is absolutely adorable!

'Lee explained further, having realized that sometimes Neji was dense and didn’t understand perfectly clear sentences of YOUTH POWER'

Kukukukuku. I loved that line - the capital letters are so cute XD And Hinata, too - poor girl - though Neji is devastatingly sexy indeed. Only I'd never want to hear my own cousin referred to that way. -_-"
wingsover
Oct. 2nd, 2006 02:51 pm (UTC)
Thanks! And I'm sure Lee thinks there is something wrong with Neji. The feelings being very mutual. (They're still friends, though!)

And Hinata - man, it's not only her cousin, it's her cousin who looks a LOT LIKE HER DAD. Double auugh-factor. ^_^
crystal_koko
Oct. 2nd, 2006 04:20 pm (UTC)
I do have to say, you're mad brilliant. XD

I loved it. A lot. YOUTH POWER.
ypaladinofchaos
Oct. 2nd, 2006 04:52 pm (UTC)
*dies* This was an excellent way to ward off those Monday blues. I hope to see more soon!
wingsover
Oct. 2nd, 2006 05:02 pm (UTC)
Heh, since for once I know exactly where this is going, I hope to have the next part up later today. :)
meepers_369
Oct. 2nd, 2006 04:57 pm (UTC)
Neji Kaiten’d a thirty-foot-deep crater into solid bedrock that day.

AHAHAHAHA

new favorite word: Kaiten’d

jealousy suits neji well, oh yes it does....XDD
wingsover
Oct. 2nd, 2006 05:02 pm (UTC)
He is the ultimate fun jealousy boy. No one could beat a jealous Neji. ^_^
kaleidoruby
Oct. 2nd, 2006 04:58 pm (UTC)
This was awesome, I loved it. Especially YOUTH POWER, like everyone else is saying, though I think my favourite line is 'Tenten bit her lip, before she was glomped onto by two sobbing Green Beasts who had to be reassured that her new lover – she choked at the word – would not take her away from them.' XD Can't wait to read more!
wingsover
Oct. 2nd, 2006 05:03 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the comment! :) And Gai and Lee are the lub, really. I honestly think that I need a Gai and Lee more than I need a Neji in my life. (Then again, I am not as awesome as Tenten, so I couldn't handle one anyway)
yesthatnagia
Oct. 2nd, 2006 06:25 pm (UTC)
*dies*

"...Lee explained further, having realized that sometimes Neji was dense and didn’t understand perfectly clear sentences of YOUTH POWER..."

Oh god. Because it's true. Our supposed genius can be so DENSE sometimes.

"Who had kidnapped Tenten and left him with this girly substitute?"

I almost wish Neji could have continued thinking in that vein. I shudder to think about what Neji would have done to whomever he decided was responsible.

"Neji Kaiten’d a thirty-foot-deep crater into solid bedrock that day."

...On the other hand, never mind! Neji + destrution of persons or property = excellent. Oh, Neji. You're so beautifully destructive when you're jealous.

I can't wait to see more.
wingsover
Oct. 3rd, 2006 02:54 am (UTC)
I shudder to think what Tenten would do if Neji implied that her being feminine was too unbelievable for acceptance. :)

And jealous!Neji is a joy to write. Maybe too much of a joy, as I keep using him again and again. ^____^
yesthatnagia
Oct. 3rd, 2006 03:00 am (UTC)
Oh lord. There's a fight that has to be written.

And there is no such thing as "too much jealous Neji". Neji was basically MADE to punch and break things and be jealous. *firm nod*
wingsover
Oct. 3rd, 2006 03:04 am (UTC)
That's true! ^_^ *feels better about giving Tenten several half-naked Hyuuga slave-boys admirers* Somehow it's much more satisfying to write jealous!Neji rather than jealous!Naruto or jealous!Lee or jealous!Kiba. Maybe because the poor boys already have so much cause to be jealous, and Neji really DESERVES it. *nods*
(Anonymous)
Oct. 2nd, 2006 07:52 pm (UTC)
OMG that was freaking hilarious!! jealous!Neji is always sooo fun to read!
(Anonymous)
Oct. 2nd, 2006 08:43 pm (UTC)
i love this!!!
please,PLEASE update soon!jealous Neji is the best!!!I also loved the last line.It makes Neji look sooo cute!
toboe_lonewolf
Oct. 2nd, 2006 09:39 pm (UTC)
*falls over laughing*

I agree: this is the PERFECT fic to beat back the Monday blues. Especially since I was an idiot today and woke up late to miss all of my classes. XP

This. Is Freaking. HILARIOUS.

The deadpan humor, the irony, the jealous!Neji (lovelove), the complete running over characters that destroys their once-perfect balanced world -- if only Tenten hadn't gotten drunk, if only Sakura and Ino hadn't jumped on her, if only Hinata hadn't suggested that, if only Lee had stayed quiet and Neji actually gotten a clue-- BUT NO, and this is all it all began. =D

And double-yippty-yay for quick-updates!

You get much love.
wingsover
Oct. 3rd, 2006 02:56 am (UTC)
Thank you! *is loved* :) But dude, too bad on the classes thing. I've slept in - didn't miss, but was fifteen minutes late - and the dropping sensation in the stomach as you look at the clock is NOT FUN. I'm glad my fic helped cheer you up a little.
sonnie_skies
Oct. 3rd, 2006 02:47 am (UTC)
very cute!
wingsover
Oct. 3rd, 2006 02:56 am (UTC)
Thanks! :)
sonnie_skies
Oct. 3rd, 2006 03:17 am (UTC)
I love how the girls only wanted to know her last name ^^
wingsover
Oct. 3rd, 2006 03:18 am (UTC)
Don't we all? ^_^
sonnie_skies
Oct. 3rd, 2006 03:29 am (UTC)
I always hate the people that are like "she's not important, she doesn't even have a last name."

Uh huh. Gaara, Sai, Rin, Temari, Yondaime (who doesn't even have a freaking canon first name), Kankurou, Deidara, Sasori, Hidan, Chiyo, Haku, Baki, Yamoto, and I could SO go on.
wingsover
Oct. 3rd, 2006 03:36 am (UTC)
Or the fact that really important people sometimes don't have last names, hm? Like the Japanese imperial family? Or Madonna!
ciel_dao
Oct. 3rd, 2006 09:06 pm (UTC)
Ah...I see Neji's "Springtime of Youth" is finally blooming...Is this one posted on FF.Net? Just asking, because I haven;t seen it. Keep up the great work!
tianfei
Oct. 7th, 2006 01:09 am (UTC)
Oh god! Continue and update soon!
metal_tenshi
Jul. 8th, 2008 04:05 am (UTC)
A jealous!Neji is always a funny sight.
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