[Naruto/Hinata] Empowerment Title: Empowerment Rating: PG (character death) Pairing(s): Naruto/Hinata Character(s): Hyuuga Hinata, allusions to Uzumaki Naruto and other random characters Summary: I was finally able to do something. Word Count: 407 A/N: Originally posted March 2007.
I saw the way the villagers treated him. It made my stomach twist so painfully that I could barely stand -- yet I always came back. The fact that he always looked so confused in response to the animosity made it hurt even more.
What has he ever done to them, I would ask myself, to deserve this kind of treatment? It's not fair.
It wasn't fair that I should be born into a family of such privilege, only to prove completely worthless. Naruto-kun didn't have that chance, and still he was strong.
And there was nothing I could do to help him.
I was glad. I don't think I'd ever been so glad in my entire life.
Naruto-kun had friends, companions. People who cared about him, people who were precious to him. The days of his loneliness were gone now, and you wouldn't have been able to guess what he'd gone through as a child, if you didn't know him.
I didn't think that I was especially important to Naruto-kun, but I didn't care. He was happy, and so was I.
Then Uchiha Sasuke decided to leave Konoha, and I witnessed Naruto-kun's heart breaking; mine did, too.
And there was nothing I could do to stop it.
A long time passed. He still had his precious people, but there was a hole in him, I could see. I knew that Naruto-kun was miserable, yet I did nothing to change it. I hated myself for being so powerless.
I had always viewed Naruto as a pillar of strength, but he seemed so vulnerable now. I resolved to do something about it. I couldn't stand to see him this way.
But what could I do? Surely Sakura and Kakashi-sensei and the others were helping Naruto-kun much more than I ever could. They wanted Naruto-kun to be whole again, too.
Then, I realized something.
Naruto-kun liked me well enough, I thought, but I didn't think he'd miss me too much, if I were to disappear from his life.
I could do it, I thought. I could help Naruto-kun, just like he'd helped me. It came with a great price, but I was able to bear it. I never thought I was destined for great things, anyway.
But Naruto-kun was. I could feel it every time I looked at him.