Chapter 2: Destined Meeting: Sparks of Attraction?

The girl awoke groggily. She was easily able to raise herself and rub her eyes.

"Wh-where...where am I?"

Kurenai handed her a glass of water. After the girl had finished drinking it, Kurenai smiled and said, "You're in my house. My name is Kurenai. We found you in the woods after those ninja attacked."

The girls eyes widened. "Uh oh. I better get out of here."

"Listen, thanks for your help, but I have to go," she said politely as she jumped out of the bed.

"Wait, but-"

The girl ran over to the door and threw it open. Oddly, it was rather heavy. As she hurried from the room, she realized why.

"Aaaaaaahh!"

She looked to see a boy roll down the steps and land on his face.

"Oops, sorry!" she said as she leaped over his hunched up body and hurried out the door. Kiba lifted himself up and groaned.

"Ouch, that girl packs a wallop!"

Asuma, Sai, and Hinata shook their heads.

The girl walked through the streets of Konoha unnoticed. She walked along with heavy steps, feeling lonely and lost.

"What am I doing here anyway? They'd never accept me here. I should just leave and the sooner the better. Who knows what might happen if they realize…"

The girl sat on a bench underneath some trees. She held her chin in her hands. It was easy to feel sorry for herself. She was an orphan, and an outcast. She didn't even know if her last living relative, her closest friend before it all happened, was alive. She suddenly threw her head back and sighed.

"Well, if I'm gonna make a long journey, I better eat up." She looked around and spotted a ramen bar.

"Ichiraku Ramen, huh? Well, I'll give anything a shot."

Kiba roamed the streets of Konoha, with many thoughts on his mind as well.

"I wonder what happened to that strange girl. I hope I get to see her again."

"Bark!"

"Don't be silly, Akamaru! I don't want her to be my mate, err..girlfriend. She was pretty though."

"Bark!"

"I know you heard that!"

Kiba spied Ichiraku Ramen and decided to drop by for a bite. Spying Shikamaru and Naruto at the counter, Kiba ran over and jumped into a chair.

"Hey, you guys!"

"Hey, Kiba!" Naruto shouted gleefully.

"Hey," Shikamaru said in his usual bored tone.

Kiba ordered a bowl of ramen (the poor chef, Naruto was bad enough alone!) and turned to his pals.

"Hey, you guys. Listen to this. Today, we rescued a girl in the woods. She was being hunted down by these viscous ninja. She collapsed from poison, so we took her to Kurenai and Asuma-sensei's house. But she got up and ran out the second she was awake. I just wish I could have talked to her."

"I think you may have your chance. Looks like a new girl."

Kiba followed Shikamaru gaze and saw the girl sitting there. She had straight, raven black hair that came to her midback, and her eyes were a beautiful pale blue.

"Wow," said Kiba dreamily. "Yeah, that's her."

Shikamaru glanced back. "Hey look. Is that Tenten?"

The girl sat alone at a table in the ramen shop. She sighed as she put down the menu.

"It seems like everyone here has someone else."

She looked up as she saw another girl walk by her. Both girls stopped and stared at each other. Both realized that they were wearing the same outfit. (The girl's outfit is exactly like Tenten's, except that her shirt is light blue, and the sleeve ending is dark blue, and her pants being black.) The other girl sat down and smiled.

"I like your taste in dress."

"Thanks. What's your name?"

"Oh, my name's Tenten. What's yours?"

The girl hesitated before saying, "My name's Ariel."

"Oh, what a pretty name! And your hair is so pretty too! Maybe we can go shopping for hair products and try out some new hairdos sometime."

"Oh, well…sure, I'd like that."

Kiba, Shikamaru, and Naruto watched from the counter.

"Hey, they're wearing the same style of outfit!" said Naruto.

Shikamaru stared at him in disbelief. "Are you telling me you just figured that out?"

Naruto folded his arms and stuck out his tongue. Shikamaru rolled his eyes and turned to Kiba.

"Why don't you go and talk to her?"

"I-I don't think I can."

"Come on, Kiba. You don't find a catch like her everyday."

"Yeah, that's true….Okay, fine. Come on, Akamaru."

Kiba walked gingerly over to the table where Tenten and Ariel sat.

"Uh, hey, you guys. Watcha up to?"

"Not much," said Tenten cheerfully. "Oh, Ariel, this is Kiba. Kiba, this is Ariel."

"H-hey, Ariel," Kiba said nervously as he scratched the back of his head.

Ariel smiled and extended her hand. "Nice to meet you, Kiba."

Kiba blushed and tried to hide it, which just made Ariel giggle.

Tenten, noticing the two, smiled and stood up. "Well, I gotta be heading home. I'll look for you tomorrow, Ariel! See you guys later!"

Tenten walked away with a wave and a smile. "Uh…so" Kiba began as he nervously tugged the collar of his jacket. Just then, Akamaru leaped from his jacket and landed on Ariel's lap.

"Aaaaah!" Ariel screamed.

Kiba winced, his chances of hooking up with her lost.

"He's…so…CUTE! How kawaii! What's his name?"

Kiba blinked in astonishment. "He's Akamaru. My fighting partner and best friend. Come to think of it, he's never so friendly with strangers," Kiba said as Akamaru nuzzled her.

"Kiba, he's so adorable!" She looked at Kiba closely, and smiled. "Well, they say pets take after their owners…"

Kiba blushed and spoke the next words with some difficulty. "Ariel, I was wondering if-if you wanted to go out and do something tomorrow. D-do you want to?"

Ariel tilted her head to the side as if in thought. She leaned forward and pushed Kiba's hood down. Since Kiba had his eyes down, he didn't see her blush.

"Well, I guess I could stick around here for a while."

"Of course, I'd love to. But on that condition," she said, implying about his hood.

Kiba nodded in a daze. Ariel got up and began to walk away. "I'll meet you here tomorrow, okay? Bye." She winked and left the shop.

Kiba slumped in his chair and sighed. Akamaru climbed over to him and licked his face with a bark. Kiba smiled broadly.

"YES!"

Nightshroud: Second chapter up! Kiba gets his first date! Yahoo! Next chapter is going to be funny. Please R&R!

Next chapter: Kiba's Makeover: Sakura and Ino to the Rescue!