Chapter 7:


Hinata was sitting next to Sasuke's hospital bed waiting for him to wake up. According to Sakura, he'd seen the kidnappers attacking Naruto and tried to help him, and they were WAY stronger than they seemed. So now he was resting, and Sakura was making sure that all of the hospital equipment was working properly.

"Hinata, did you see Naruto leave last night?" Sakura asked, partly to make small talk and partly for investigating.

"No, I just woke up to go to the bathroom this morning and he was gone." Hinata answered, looking at the floor as she spoke.

"Alright, well we'll probably all go looking for him once Sasuke is well enough to tell us some info on who took Naruto. You should stay in the village though, it's safer for you and the baby." Sakura suggested.

"I know, but I do want to help, is there anyway that can help to take care of Sasuke?" Hinata looked up at Sakura when she spoke now.

"Sure, you can stay with him and if he wakes up, get him what ever he needs. I'm gonna go talk to Lady Tsunade and find out what we can do now." Sakura said as she stood up.

"Alright, I'll be here if you need me." Hinata stated.

Sakura kissed Sasuke's forehead, hugged Hinata, and left.

"Now I know how Sakura felt when you were gone, Sasuke." She said.

Hinata sighed, and leaned back in her seat. She watched the clouds roll by in the sky and remembered how Naruto used to always get yelled at by Shikamaru for "being annoying" in his "cloud watching spot".

"Hinata?" She snapped out of her thoughts and saw Sasuke staring at her like he was confused.

"Huh? Sorry, I guess I was daydreaming. Can I get you anything?" Hinata was blushing madly since Sasuke scared her.

"Nah, it's O.K. Sorry I didn't protect him, you would think that with all these A-rank missions I'm sent on, I could actually stop some stupid random ninja from kidnapping one of my comrades." Sasuke said.

"It's not your fault, they must've been pretty tough to beat both you and Naruto." Hinata replied.

"They were, they used the weirdest jutsu... I've never seen anything like it."

"Not even when you were with Orochimaru?"

"No, and he showed me almost everything he knew. I think they might've been from a small village, y'know like the star village."

"That would make sense, after all, we don't really know that much about the little villages like that."

"Hey, where's Sakura? I thought of a team that could be good for getting that dobe back."

"She went to see Lady Tsunade."

"Oh, well then I guess I cou-"

"SASUKE! Are you feeling better?! I brought you flowers from my parents' shop!" Ino yelled from the now open door.

"What a drag, Ino, what if he was asleep and you woke him up?" Shikamaru sighed.

"I heard him talking to Hinata, I'm not exactly sure what it was about, but I knew he was awake!" Ino replied while she was putting the flowers next to Sasuke.

"Whatever. So, how you feelin'?" Shikamaru asked.

"Better, I thought of a team that we could send after Naruto." Sasuke replied.

"Let's hear it! Who all's going?" Ino asked, as she took a seat next to Hinata.

"Well, you two, Kiba, Tenten, Neji, Sakura, Lee and Chouji, but I think he's already on a mission."

"Pretty big team, these guys must be tough. Chouji is on a mission, but he could come back any time." Ino said.

"Well I thought a big team would be good, then you guys could probably have more fighters, and with both you and Sakura, that'll be two medical ninja." Sasuke explained.

"I get it, then we have more of a chance of us all making it out alive." Ino agreed.

"That's a good idea, I like it." Shikamaru added.

"Me too." A voice said from the door.

They all turned and saw Tsunade standing in the doorway with Sakura and Shizune.

"Lady Tsunade!" Ino and Hinata said together.

"Chouji just got back about a half hour ago, you can all leave tomorrow, accept for Sasuke and Hinata." Tsunade then turned and left, followed by only Shizune.

"Ino, do you wanna help me gather up the group?" Sakura asked.

"Sure." Ino stood up and left with Sakura.

"I'm gonna go eat with Chouji, Hinata, you're free to join us." Shikamaru said.

"That sounds fun. I'll see you tomorrow, O.K Sasuke?" Hinata smiled.

"Alright." Sasuke nodded.

Shikamaru and Hinata left Sasuke's room and walked down the hall.

"Hey, you can go ahead, I'm just gonna stop by me and Naruto's house." Hinata said.

"Alright, but hurry up or Chouji will eat all of the meat." Shikamaru waved and walked away.

Hinata ran into the nearest bathroom and locked herself in the handicap stall. She leaned on the support bar and tears fell from her eyes.

"Just when it seemed like Naruto could be happy..."