A/N: Chapter 8 of Under A Moonlit Sky. Yay. Okay I know it's been a really, really long time since I last updated, sorry. I had a major writer's block and a lot of things kept popping up. But this is the next chapter. Whoot-whoot. sweat drop Thank you to my readers for the reviews, greatly appreciate it. Sorry if the last chapter seemed too short. Read and review. and excuse grammatical errors. Thanks!
Under A Moonlit Sky
Hinata awoke when the rays of the sun seeped through her window and gently hit her face. Hinata slid out of bed and prepared for the day. As she walked out of the main house, she stopped at the gate leading out of the house. She took a deep breath of the morning air and let it out with a sigh.
"I wonder if Neji-nii-san is mad about what I said yesterday night. I wasn't sure if that look was of shock or anger…" Hinata wondered. "Maybe I shouldn't have said that to him…" After a pause, "I should try to find Neji-nii-san and apologize." Sighing, she thought to herself, 'But I wonder where he is right now…Maybe I should try the training grounds. He might be there…'
At the training grounds
When Hinata arrived at the training grounds, she did not see Neji training there. Instead she found Rock Lee performing kicks onto a tree stump.
"Lee-san." Hinata gave a little smile and wave as Lee stopped and turned to see who had called his name.
"Oh, Hinata-san." Lee wiped his brow. "Good morning."
"Good morning." Hinata bowed. "How's your training?"
"It's great. Gai-sensei said he'd train me today, but I wanted to get some extra training so I came here early." Lee said with a big smile on his face.
"I see." Hinata smiled back. Then remembering why she had come in the first place, she asked, "Lee-san, I was wondering…Is Neji-nii-san here?"
Rock Lee's smile drooped a bit. Scratching his head he said, "He's not here. Sorry Hinata-san."
Hinata felt a bit embarrassed now. Shaking her head, she smiled. "It's alright. I shouldn't have asked anyway. Thank you Lee-san. Sorry to have bothered you while you were training."
Hinata was about to walk away when Rock Lee said, "There is one place where he could be."
Hinata stopped and turned around.
"He doesn't train at all anymore. And he rarely meets everyone in the village. Come to think of it, he doesn't really walk through the village at all like before. It's like he secluded himself from everyone." Lee said.
Hinata took a step or two near Lee. "Is it because of…"
Rock Lee nodded. "He still hasn't forgiven himself for letting her die. He visits her grave pretty much everyday. Not only that, but it seems like he's lost his will to fight, or even to talk to anyone because of that."
"But you two are teammates, so he must talk to you."
"He does, but only a little. Uh…sorry, but I've got to start training again." Lee said, then added, "If you really want to find him, chances are that he's at Tenten's grave, I'm sorry I couldn't tell you much." He gave Hinata a quick bow.
Hinata responded with a bow of her own and then forced a little smile. "You've told me a lot already. Thank you Lee." Then seeming to cheer up a bit, she added, "Have fun with your training with Gai-sensei."
"Thanks again. I hope we get to talk to each other again."
Hinata smiled, "I do too. I'll see you another time. Bye."
They waved, and Hinata made her way out of the training grounds.
As Hinata walked around the village she thought whether she should go see if Neji was at Tenten's grave. "Maybe I shouldn't go…I don't want Neji-nii-san to get mad at me. I mean he's probably already mad about what I said to him..." Hinata felt a little odd debating with herself on whether she should go. She stopped walking and took a deep breath.
"I don't have to go to see if Neji-nii-san is there." Hinata said to herself. " I should just go visit Tenten…but if he's there…then…" Hinata stopped. She had continued to walk again and felt depressed because she wasn't sure what to do. When she finally decided that she was going to Tenten's grave, she had already been walking towards the cemetery without even realizing it; only when she stopped walking did she notice where she was.
"Oh. I'm here…" Hinata said to herself. She was standing at the entrance of the cemetery and was about to start walking, but stopped when she saw Neji. Neji was walking towards where Hinata was standing, but he didn't see her because he was looking at the ground.
Hinata looked down at her shoes and feeling depressed. 'Nii-san looks so sad…just like the last time…'
By last time, Hinata was referring to two years ago when she had gone to Tenten's grave before she left the village. Hinata remembered how Neji had looked at Tenten's grave with sadness and sorrow in his eyes. (A/N: srry if that made no sense…couldn't find the right way to describe it.)
Looking up and at Neji, Hinata could see that Neji still had the same sad look in his eyes. 'He really did love her…which means that I'll never…'
At that moment, Hinata broke out of her thoughts because she heard someone say her name.
Hinata quickly looked up and saw Neji standing right in front of her.
"Uh…Nii-san…um…Good morning…" Hinata stammered and blushed while she gave Neji a quick bow.
Neji bowed back saying good morning. Afterwards, there was a couple seconds of silence.
"Uh…Nii-san…I'm sor-" Hinata started.
Neji bowed again. "I'm sorry Hinata-sama."
Hinata was startled. "W-what for?"
"You just got back to Konoha and I wasn't there at the main house waiting for you." Neji was still bowing.
"N-no. I-it's alright. You don't have to apologize for something like that." Hinata said trying to stop herself from being nervous and giving a small smile.
Neji stood straight. "It seems like I'm already failing as your bodyguard…"
Hinata shook her head vigorously. "N-no. You're not. You're doing fine, don't judge yourself so harshly."
Neji just stood there looking at her, but then realized something. "I'm sorry again Hinata-sama. I cut you off a moment ago. What were you going to say?"
"Oh? Uh…I was…" Hinata began to blush again. "It's nothing. Don't worry about it."
"Well…actually…I was wondering if you were mad at me…" Hinata said quietly.
"Mad?" Neji looked confused.
"For what I said yesterday."
Neji let out a tiny smile. "I'm not mad Hinata-sama."
Hinata let out a sigh of relief.
"You seemed relieved. Were you that worried?" Neji said eyeing her.
"I'm sorry." Hinata apologized.
Neji slowly shook his head. Then he asked, "Do you want to go anywhere?"
"What?" Hinata was a bit shocked.
"To make up for not being in front of the house this morning, I'll accompany you for today. So if you want to go anywhere, I'll go with you." Neji explained.
Hinata shook her head. "I'm probably only being a burden, you really don't have to this."
"No, I think I do. Unless you don't want me to be following you around?" Neji said walking past Hinata.
"Ah…Neji-nii-san…" Hinata spun around.
Neji stopped and turned around.
"I'd be happy if you accompanied me…but please don't feel as if you have to do this for me." Hinata said.
Neji nodded his head. "Alright. So is there any place you want to go?"
Hinata thought about it for a while. "I was wondering. Could we just walk around the village?"
"Alright then, let's go."
A/N: okay, so this is where the chapter ends. SORRY it took so long for me to update. If you don't like this chapter, then again, I'm sorry. I was at such a major writer's block, and I havne't had time to write. Even though there might not have been too much in this chapter, I still hope you liked it. and if anyone noticed, the sadness and sorrow comes from the song in the anime. I was listening to the song while writing this chapter. Hehe. So please review, and thank you for reading. I'll see you next time on chapter 9 of Under A Moonlit Sky. Thanks! And bye!