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Confessions [fic] 2/3

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.


* * *

so undeniably yours,
as long as i'm losing it so completely

- Must Be Dreaming, Frou frou

* * *

Tenten was rethinking her plan. Neji had not reacted at all. Maybe he…maybe he didn’t care? She winced.

If that was the case, she had two options: dropping the plan entirely – and being faced with the disappointment of three very determined kunoichi, or at least two very determined and one stammering, kind, don’t-hurt-her-poor-thing kunoichi.

Or, she could flat-out tell Neji that she was head-over-heels for him, since he wouldn’t expend the effort to figure that out for himself.

Neither option seemed particularly appealing.

“Who?”

Startled, Tenten whirled to confront the object of her recent thoughts. Neji was standing over her, pale eyes burning. She gaped at him. “Wh-what?”

“Who. Is. He?” Neji enunciated clearly, every word absolutely flat and without inflection. “Who is…the one you’re in love with?” Subtly, so subtly she wasn’t quite sure it had actually happened, Neji’s voice cracked at the end.

Inwardly Tenten rejoiced. He did care! Fighting off the urge to do a series of backflips clear across the field, she looked down at her hands, clenched in her lap, and grinned wildly for a moment. Composing herself, she looked up at Neji from under her lashes. “Oh, you know him,” she purred.

Neji reeled for a moment. He had never seen Tenten look so…so coy, sooty eyelashes veiling suddenly smoldering eyes, her voice pitched to a sultry deepness. And then he realized she was thinking of…of that guy while being so…nn, gah…and now he really wanted to kill him goddammit.

He narrowed his eyes at her, silently demanding more explanation.

Tenten let her lips curve into a small smile. “He’s a genius…” She blinked. Where had Neji gone?

* * *

Shikamaru heaved a sigh of absolute contentment. A quiet hillside, a cool day with just the right amount of clouds in the sky, and best of all no blonde kunoichi(s) agitating at him to get off his lazy arse and do something - anything! Bliss.

Thoughtfully he chewed on a stalk of grass. That cloud looked like…a dog. A little like Inuzuka’s overgrown mutt, actually. That one looked like a bowl. Then there was a fluffy stag, with two streamers of cirrus for his antlers, and a baby deer beside him – Shikamaru, who was actually rather fond of his family’s charges, smiled a little – and those two patches of white looked like a Hyuuga’s angry eyes in full-blown Byakugan.

Then he realized those were a Hyuuga’s eyes in full-blown Byakugan, and they were glaring at him from the tense-jawed face of Hyuuga Neji.

“Can I…help you?” Shikamaru said slowly, raising himself up on his elbows. Any other shinobi, picking up on the killkillKILL vibe from the furious Neji, would have run; but Shikamaru disliked physical exertion.

If he’d known what was going to happen, he would have sprinted. He would have sprinted around Konoha a hundred times, if necessary.

“HAKKE KUSHOU!”

* * *

Neji returned to his training-grounds, all but strutting. Now that he had proven how unworthy a match Nara was – honestly, what did all the girls see in that lazy jackass – Tenten would drop him like a hot potato. She would never consider someone so inept in combat, of course. Only a true warrior could keep up with the mistress of blades, someone strong, and powerful, and swift. Someone who could fight her head-to-head. Someone, perhaps, with the ability to see in 360 degrees?

Also, he had saved her the inevitable heartache of when Nara returned to his blonde harem. Really he was being very thoughtful.

And then he realized, when he got to the training grounds and saw Tenten carving a dragon out of a hunk of wood - while giggling - that nothing had changed after all.

The dragon was holding hearts in its cartoony claws.

Tenten knew that Nara was in the hospital. All of the members of their little clique did, what with Yamanaka’s ranting and raving about it, and the veritable mountains of flowers she had enlisted her girlfriends’ aid to carry to his room. (This consisted of Sakura getting Naruto to help – predictably he had conjured up a battalion of Kage Bunshin).

And yet here she was, still lovesick, and not seeming to really care about her supposed lover’s convalescence. Which meant…

He’d gotten the wrong guy. Neji cursed underneath his breath.

* * *

“So…” Neji coughed, congratulating himself on his ability to act so casual. “Who is he?”

Tenten stared. Number one, hadn’t he figured it out yet? Number two, why was he acting so weird? She sighed a little and decided to drop a few more hints. “I told you, he’s my genius – best in his class…” She stared at him expectantly.

Neji nodded. It wasn’t Nara.

* * *

“What do you want, Hyuuga?”

“HAKKE ROKUJUUYON SHOU!”

And Uchiha Sasuke, never even having the time to activate his own doujutsu, went sailing off with all his tenketsu closed.

* * *

Neji glared, irritated, as Tenten absent-mindedly doodled hearts and flowers and the odd weapon in the dust with the tip of her kunai. She was out of it. She was so out of it she was willingly exposing her weapons to unnecessary wear-and-tear and dirt. If someone had told him that last week he would have laughed and told him to pull the other one.

Alright, so he wouldn’t have laughed.

Or spoken.

But he would have stared flatly.

So it wasn’t Uchiha. It wasn’t Nara. Who in all hells was it, then?

* * *

“He’s the pride of his clan…”

* * *

This time it was a multiple job, just to make sure. He took out Aburame and Inuzuka at one go, ambushing the two boys while they were sparring – and the satisfaction of protecting Hinata-sama from their unholy attentions, as well as Tenten, was icing on the sweet sweet cake of bodily harm.

Then he struck at Akimichi…a little surprised at how much of the bigger boy’s bulk actually was muscle, as he kept saying, but victorious nonetheless. Furthermore, the tenketsu he’d struck effectively kept the boy from eating except through a tube, thus lowering his style-dependent combat effectiveness for quite some time – and the monthly income of most of the convenience stores and groceries of Konoha. They proceeded to curse the name of Hyuuga Neji…

Silently, though.

He’d already taken out Nara, but if Yamanaka and the sand-fan girl hadn’t been mounting vigorous and glaring guard on his doorway, he would have gone and loomed threateningly over the mostly comatose boy’s bed too.

* * *

It wasn’t enough. Tenten still persisted in her mind-numbingly cute romantic sighing and cooing, gazing into the sky abstractedly.

She was so involved with daydreaming about her mysterious beloved that she looked annoyed when Neji asked about him. She was annoyed at him?

This guy had a lot to pay for. Tenten had never been annoyed at him before. (Neji had a very selective memory)

* * *

“He’s got these extraordinary eyes, rare eyes, eyes you can get lost in forever…”

* * *

Neji had to go away and think about that one for a while. Rare eyes? She might have been describing Uchiha Sasuke, with that blasted Sharingan of his, but he had already taken care of the brat. And every other candidate had the dark eyes common of Konoha, so they couldn’t be described – not even by a lovesick girl – as rare.

Neji was pondering this in his room, pacing, when he saw his cousin walk by with an abstracted expression. He was struck by how similar that expression was to Tenten’s today, when she was looking into the sky, and was therefore annoyed. He strode firmly over to his open door, intending to remind Hinata of the training-session Hiashi-sama had scheduled for the two of them - and to beat that look out of her eyes - when Hinata, glancing around herself furtively, took out a small photograph and sighed over it.

Neji, Byakugan activated, peered through her at it. He realized it was a picture of Uzumaki Naruto and scoffed – then stiffened, remembering the bright blue eyes that blazed out of that tanned, striped-cheek face.

Blue eyes.

Bright blue eyes, like no one else in Konoha had.

Rare eyes.


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goldberry
Oct. 3rd, 2006 03:48 am (UTC)
Oh my holy jeebus, this is like a tiny treasure trove of hilariousness! I mean, I admire anyone who can write humor (because I sucketh at it so much myself) but this makes me want to write a whole comment of little keyboard smilies! ;D

This time it was a multiple job, just to make sure. He took out Aburame and Inuzuka at one go, ambushing the two boys while they were sparring – and the satisfaction of protecting Hinata-sama from their unholy attentions, as well as Tenten, was icing on the sweet sweet cake of bodily harm.

This paragraph had me rolling. (I think I still have tears in my eyes!) Truly, this installment made me fall in love with this story and I'm eagerly awaiting the final chapter.

You just have to love a clueless Neji. ♥
wingsover
Oct. 3rd, 2006 05:26 am (UTC)
Long ago, in a far away land - literally, since I was in the Philippines then - I read a certain Nejiten oneshot called 'What's Mine'. It involved jealous Neji. It helped launch me on the obssession path I am now.

*grins* And you say you can't write humor.

And thanks for the comments. I hope you like the final chapter too.

And Clueless Jealous Neji is such fun. ♥
sonnie_skies
Oct. 3rd, 2006 03:50 am (UTC)
I must have more. FEED ME. And none of that "I won't update until I get ___ reviews" crap XD
wingsover
Oct. 3rd, 2006 05:22 am (UTC)
Of course not. This is LJ, silly.

I won't review until I get umpity-billion comments, that's the LJ-format.

And the next chapter should be done by tomorrow. ^____^
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wingsover
Oct. 3rd, 2006 05:21 am (UTC)
Heh, I hadn't thought of that. I wonder if I can work it in somehow. ^_^ thanks for the comment.
ypaladinofchaos
Oct. 3rd, 2006 04:33 am (UTC)
Can't breathe... laughing... instead of... getting air...

(and I was in the middle of writing an angst!fic too... great, now I can't go back to that...)

“Can I…help you?” Shikamaru said slowly, raising himself up on his elbows. Any other shinobi, picking up on the killkillKILL vibe from the furious Neji, would have run; but Shikamaru disliked physical exertion.

If he’d known what was going to happen, he would have sprinted. He would have sprinted around Konoha a hundred times, if necessary.

“HAKKE KUSHOU!”


Also, the paragraph goldberry quoted? Also pure genius.

YOU WIN AT LIFE SO HARD THAT YOU WIN THREE LIFETIMES IN A ROW!

GO YOU!

wingsover
Oct. 3rd, 2006 05:21 am (UTC)
*grins* I have averted angstfic? Not sure if I should be glad or sad about that - unless you now go to work on happyfic. Yes, happyfic.

I've won three lifetimes! *sniffles - seriously, i have a cold* I'd like to thank all the little people who brought me to where I am now - chibi-Naruto, chibi-Sasuke, chibi-Neji, chibi-Tenten-who-we-haven't-seen-but-I'm-sure-she's-adorable...

*puts the three lifetimes up on the wall*
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kaleidoruby
Oct. 3rd, 2006 04:37 am (UTC)
This chapter was even better than the last one! I can't wait for the final chapter.

'This guy had a lot to pay for. Tenten had never been annoyed at him before. (Neji had a very selective memory)' - my favourite line. XD Great job, again!
wingsover
Oct. 3rd, 2006 05:18 am (UTC)
I'm - at the risk of sounding arrogant - rather fond of the line myself. Neji is sooo the type to edit his memories for what he wants.

Oh, and

ICON LOVE. OMG.

I so love that song. *snatches*
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toboe_lonewolf
Oct. 3rd, 2006 05:49 am (UTC)
...I need to make an LOL icon.

This fic is hilarious. Just perfect for my roller coaster day, and I shall now go off to dream happy dreams.

"I told you, he’s my genius – best in his class…" She stared at him expectantly.


Neji nodded. It wasn’t Nara.


XDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD Clueless!Jealous!Neji rocks.

Next thing, you know, someone Neji's attacking Orochimaru or something.
wingsover
Oct. 3rd, 2006 05:53 am (UTC)
...You know, I hadn't put in Kakashi or Genma or someone like that...but... ^_^

And then Tenten would kill Neji for assuming she was in love with Orochimaru.
saccharinesyrup
Oct. 3rd, 2006 06:09 am (UTC)
poor, poor Naruto XDDD
this had me keeling over in silent laughter ^___________^ *supposed to be studying*
so much love for this fic ♥ and Neji being dense is an understatement, eh?
wingsover
Oct. 3rd, 2006 06:11 am (UTC)
*is supposed to be studying too* ^_^

And Neji is so dense when it comes to things like, you know, interpersonal relationships. Like I'm not? Thanks for the comment!
indierock4ever
Oct. 3rd, 2006 07:48 am (UTC)
XD Seems our Neji is a bit... slow.

I wonder how long it'll be until Neji beats up every guy except himself. This is hilarious. It'd be a dream to write like that.
You made my night morning. *is waiting for last chapter*
fire_vs_ice
Oct. 3rd, 2006 08:32 am (UTC)
LMAO! I love this fic. Totally made my day. But Naruto's not top of his class, is he? =s

BUT KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK! CLUELESS and JEALOUS(!!!) NEJI IS LOVE. Hahaha..
wingsover
Oct. 3rd, 2006 08:39 am (UTC)
Nope, but neither was Shika, Chouji, Kiba or Shino. Neji's...just not all that on the ball right now. ^_^
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wingsover
Oct. 3rd, 2006 03:14 pm (UTC)
Hee, thanks.
dreamsofbluesky
Oct. 3rd, 2006 11:23 am (UTC)
'And then he realized she was thinking of…of that guy while being so…nn, gah…and now he really wanted to kill him goddammit. '

F*cking hell, you have noooo idea how much I laughed. Well, I had to laugh silently, because my parents were in the room, but I couldn't help but bang on the desk at one point and got strange stares from them anyway -_-"

But really. When Neji gets so jealous that he goes 'nn' and 'gah', you know you've got a winner. Poor baby. So dense, but so loveable. Though, I really do feel sorry for the boys. (Not Shikamaru, though. Blonde harem? HAREM? GAHAHAHAHAHA.)

I DEMAND THE THIRD CHAPTER, DAMNIT.
wingsover
Oct. 3rd, 2006 03:12 pm (UTC)
Hee hee hee.

I made you pound the desk? Sweeeeeet. *beams proudly*

And keep in mind, that was from Neji's POV. It quite differs from Shika's. Shika thinks 'peace', Neji thinks 'waste of time'; Shika thinks 'frightening, troublesome', Neji thinks 'a worthy challenge of myself'; Neji thinks 'harem', Shika thinks 'my enslavers'.

The third chapter is almost done. I'm just trying not to make the ending too fluffy.
yesthatnagia
Oct. 3rd, 2006 02:44 pm (UTC)
Damnit, everybody's already said all the good stuff! This is, truly, one of the more hilarious fics I've ever read. Such a dense Neji, so IC.

If someone had told him that last week he would have laughed and told him to pull the other one.

Alright, so he wouldn’t have laughed.

Or spoken.

But he would have stared flatly.


Oh, perfect. Just absolutely deliciously Neji. It just speaks for itself.
wingsover
Oct. 3rd, 2006 03:13 pm (UTC)
Can you imagine Neji telling someone to 'pull the other one'? I send myself into hysterics trying. Thanks for the comment! :)
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crystal_koko
Oct. 3rd, 2006 11:39 pm (UTC)
Oh god, Naruto. XD

RUN.
snowyowl131
Oct. 4th, 2006 12:44 am (UTC)
.... Then after Neji put Naruto in the hospital for only god knows how long(which caused Hinata to hate him forever and to glue herself to a chair in the hospital room), Tenten told him that he was very powerful.

Then Neji jumped to insane conclusions, attacked all the jounins and went off after Orochimaru.

After killing Orochimaru, he got a bit beat up but he still killed the Snake Sannin, he went back to Konoha and got beaten up by Tenten who was screaming that she loved HIM and that he was the most dense, oblivious moron ever.

The End.

=

Sorry I had to do it. xP

I've decided to use my Tai Lee Icon, not my You Win the Internet icon because well... TAI LEE IS WAY MORE AWESOME!!!!!! 8D

Keep up the excellent work, it is an excellent story.

AND UPDATE WITH THE ACTUAL ENDING!!!!! Otherwise I'll think my ending is accurate. :P
wingsover
Oct. 4th, 2006 04:39 am (UTC)
Those three girls are teh awesome. Even Azula. :) Mai and Zuko should totally get married and have awesome fire-breathing dagger-throwing babies, who will learn to cackle evilly from their aunt.

namistai8
Oct. 4th, 2006 04:16 pm (UTC)
Been out in not-so-sunny California freezing my ass off playing tour guide to my cousin.

You're a genius. And I missed you.

I want more.

Where is more?
wingsover
Oct. 4th, 2006 11:27 pm (UTC)
Eee, you're back! *glomps* ^______^ I'm so glad you liked it.

More is about to be uploaded.
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