I had never in a million years, thought chapter 1 would be so popular…and in under 24 hours. I checked my email account about an hour after I uploaded it…13 emails related to chapter 1. I checked it again 3 or 4 hours later, 28 messages related to the chapter. 21 reviews since I last checked.
Firstly, THANK-YOU so much! Secondly, the chapter is dedicated to Greybane, who challenged me for a harder puzzle. This one is harder, you'll need pen and paper unless you're a super genius.
Regarding the first chapter, if you didn't figure it out. The secret message was spelled out using the first letter of every line: To Hinata, I love you. :D Go back and check it out if you want. Congrats to all those that got it!
Disclaimer: I do not own Naruto. If I did…RAWR!
…Anyway, Chapter 2.
Hinata sat with her sister out in her mother's garden. The two sisters had made a habit of having tea together in their late mother's garden ever since they patched things up between them. Having tea together in the garden was a sign of respect for their beloved mother…paying homage to her.
"How was the mission with Uzumaki-san?" Hanabi asked, taking a sip of tea.
"Exciting…in enemy territory, collecting information without getting caught, it was invigorating." Hinata said with a smile.
"Were there any battles?"
Hinata shook her head. "No, the closest we got was for me casting genjustsu on a passing ninja. He had begun questioning Naruto-kun…and Naruto-kun was struggling."
"Was the information useful?"
"I don't know yet."
"Hinata, a word please!"
Hinata looked up, towards her father, who had appeared on the edge of the garden. Hinata nodded, before looking back at Hanabi with a confused expression. Hanabi shrugged and the elder sister placed her teacup down. Hinata walked over to her father, eyes looking down.
"You have received another letter from that Uzumaki brat. Your mission was a success?"
"Hai Otou-sama. I don't know yet whether the information was valuable."
"The brat assumes that it is." Hiashi said, waving the letter before handing it to her. "I am pleased you were not a burden. You have done the Hyuga clan a service. Congratulations."
"A-Arigato Otou-sama." Hinata smiled, bowing respectfully.
Hiashi nodded at his daughter before he left, but not before calling over his shoulder.
"Incidentally, the brat has awful spelling."
Hinata looked down at the letter as she moved back over to his younger sister. Sitting down beside her, she picked up her teacup.
"What does the letter say?" Hanabi said.
Scanning the letter, Hinata frowned. "There's a lot of mistakes in this letter…oh, that explains it."
As I write this, I'm in a hurrb. Tsunade-sama needs tg talk to me aboft something importznt. Maybe to congiatulatv us on the success of our last nission. Apparentlb, the information we coolected was valuable. Rnform your Uathvr your skills were vital to the success of tse mrssiom. Zrigago for szving my life!
"Nani?" Hanabi said, frowning. "How does that explain it?"
"Uh…he said he was in a rush, so there are spelling mistakes." Hinata blushed. "That's a lot of spelling mistakes though…what are those words supposed to be?"
"From start to finish…hmm…'hurry', 'to', 'about', 'important', 'congratulate', 'mission', 'apparently', 'collected', 'inform'…this one's tough…'Father', 'the'…'mission', 'arigato' and 'saving'.
"You're very good at that…" Hanabi said suspiciously.
"Iruka-sensei is training me to be teacher at the Academy, and I've been grading a lot of papers…I've learned to decode misspelled words."
"Uh huh…" Hanabi said slyly.
"Gomen, I have to go inside." Hinata said hastily.
With that, she stood up and hurried to her room. Moving over to her desk, she got out pen and paper, smile on her face. It took her 10 minutes, trying a series of simple codes, but she finally cracked it.
"Oh Naruto-kun, you romantic devil."
Okay, last time the puzzle was easy to make, this time it took a little longer. Good luck with figuring out. Second last paragraph has the clue…think simple codes.