[Naruto/Hinata] Loose Ends Title: Loose Ends Rating: PG-13 Pairing(s): Naruto/Hinata, slightly implied Ino/Sakura Character(s): Hyuuga Hinata; mentions of Sakura, Ino, Sasuke, Konohamaru; but mainly Naruto-oriented. Summary: This isn't the end. It can't be. Prompt(s): 'this isn't the end' Word Count: 344 A/N: Originally posted June 2006.
People got over crushes all the time. At least, that's what Kurenai-sensei had told her. Now she wonders if Kurenai-sensei had only said it for her benefit. Naruto-kun was gone, and still she couldn't forget her feelings.
Was it supposed to hurt so much? Was this normal? If even Naruto-kun could fail...what hope did she have?
This isn't the end. It couldn't be.
She can't remember how long it's been since Naruto-kun and Sasuke died. Hinata looks at Sakura and wonders who's taking it harder; then Hinata berates herself for even daring to compare her pain to Sakura's--at least she still has her comrades, even if Naruto-kun is gone. She's glad that Ino's there, for Sakura's sake.
She figures that's how Naruto would've wanted to go--with Sasuke. Hinata could see that if he couldn't save Sasuke, he'd rather have died, anyway. But that didn't keep her from secretly holding a grudge against the next Hokage. She knew it was wrong, she knew it was irrational. Konohamaru-sama was a good Hokage. Compassionate, yet strong. She sees a hint of Naruto in him, and her irrational anger lessens a little.
Naruto-kun didn't deserve to die, not after all he'd done for the village. Not after all he'd done for everyone. Not after all he'd done for...her. She choked back a sob. Hinata never had a picture of him, but he had given her his night cap for some reason a while back. Looking at it caused a bitter smile to play across her lips. She bit down hard on her bottom lip to prevent herself from crying. She refused to show her weakness. Naruto-kun never did.
Could she really be strong, now that Naruto was gone? She'd be ashamed to think that she'd let him down, so she tried her hardest, for him.
"You can do it, Hinata!" The words echoed in her head, as clearly as if she'd heard them yesterday. Hinata grabbed her heart, which was thumping rapidly in her chest. Naruto was right. She could do it.