NaruHina: Snow Fall OneShot
A/N: Spoilers for people who haven't read Naruto chapter 615.
Winter-- Hinata's favorite season. She hated going out into the cold, sure, but she loved the season anyway. Hinata loved snuggling up under a blanket with hot chocolate, either reading a book or with her loved ones gathered around having a good time. Hinata loved the Holiday season and how it brought those around her even closer together. Mainly though, Hinata loved snow. She loved how pure it was and how it would cover Konoha in a blissful white blanket, and as it melted, it left behind a fresh, clean feeling.
Sadly, though, it didn't snow much in Konoha. This didn't bother Hinata, though. As she hoped for snow, she spent more time with her friends, and when it did snow, that just made the snow even better. This was Konoha's first winter since the Fourth Ninja World War. It took a lot of work, and there were unfortunately many casualties, but Hinata couldn't help but be happy with how much closer she and Naruto have gotten.
Hinata still couldn't help but miss her cousin, Neji. So, after she prayed once more for snow, she made her way to the cemetery on a cold winter night. It was overcast, but still it was light out. Hinata walked alone to the cemetary, carrying white lilies, Neji's favorite flower.
On her way she couldn't help but think about Naruto. She thought she made progress with him during the Pein attack and the war, but he's been so distant lately, Hinata couldn't help but wonder why. Had she done something wrong? Was he angry at her for some reason? She didn't know. She shook the thoughts out of her head, she was on her way to visit Neji's grave, she shouldn't be thinking about this.
Hinata finally made it to the graveyard, and she made her way over to his grave. Hinata knelt down in front of his grave and placed the flowers there.
“Hi, Neji-nii-san. I'm sorry I haven't visited in a while. You know how hectic winter can be. I've been helping rebuild the village, tend to the injured, you know, that kind of stuff. I haven't talked to Naruto-kun in a while, it seems almost like he's avoiding me. But, that's not important right now. The clan's been alright; Hanabi and Father are doing well, and I'm expected to take up my position as head, soon. I'd really wished you could've been there with me to see me as head and help me take care of the clan. I know I'll need you're advice for something, you were always so strong and level-headed. I miss you so much, Neji-nii-san....” Hinata couldn't continue. Tears were streaming down her face as she sobbed silently.
Hinata suddenly heard some rustling behind her. She whipped around, stood up, and activated her Byakugan.
“Don't bother hiding! I can see you! N-Naruto-kun?!” Hinata said.
Naruto stepped out from behind the tree as Hinata hurriedly wiped away her tears.
“Hey, Hinata,” Naruto said sheepishly.
“What are you doing here, Naruto-kun?”
“I was visiting my parents' graves, and I was about to visit Neji's grave when I saw you were here, so I decided I'd wait until you were done.”
Hinata couldn't exactly know why, but for some reason, Naruto's explanation left her crushed. Why did Naruto feel like he had to wait for her to leave before he could approach Neji's grave? What did Naruto want to say to Neji that he couldn't say in front of her? Had she really made no progress with him at all? More tears began to silently stroll down Hinata's face as she turned away to leave.
“Okay, well, I'm done. I'll be on my way now,” Hinata said almost coldly as she began to walk away.
“Hinata, wait,” Naruto called after her.
Hinata stopped. Naruto walked up to her, but Hinata didn't turn to face him.
“Hinata, please turn around.”
Hinata obliged, but she still didn't look up at him. Naruto hugged Hinata.
“You didn't let me finish, Hinata. We all miss Neji. I was waiting for you to leave so that... I could tell Neji I intended to ask you out. I haven't been avoiding you, Hinata, I've just been busy with Hokage training. And since you were so busy with helping out the repairs and the injured in the hospitals, I didn't want to disturb you until things calmed down a little bit.”
Hinata's eyes widened as Naruto talked. She looked up at him and his sheepish grin. She was shocked, he was blushing, his grin was shy and sheepish, instead of goofy as it usually was. She was also shocked at his words. He was going to ask her out? He wasn't avoiding her? Hinata suddenly realized how closely Naruto was holding her and she blushed.
“That's not all, Hinata. I wanted to thank Neji for saving you when you saved me. Because of his sacrifice, you're still here. Not only that, but because of what Neji did, I was able to realize I had fallen in love with you. I couldn't tell before, but when you saved me from Pein, I was starting to think about you more. I can finally give you an answer; I love you too, Hinata.”
More tears began to stream down Hinata's face. Now it was Naruto's turn to be shocked as he wiped the tears away from her face.
“Hinata, why are you crying? Did I do something wrong? I'm sorry! Please stop crying, Hinata!”
Hinata grinned as she looked up at Naruto. She threw her arms around his neck.
“Do you mean it?!” She asked, excitedly.
“Well, of course I mean it, I'd never lie about something like that, Hinata.”
Hinata and Naruto turned to Neji's grave as Naruto payed his respects.
“Hey, Neji,” Naruto began. “I just wanted to drop by and thank you for what you did. You saved Hinata, and you helped me realize I'm in love with her. I want to take her out on a date. I promise to never hurt her, or let anything happen to her. If you could give us a sign of your approval, that'd be awesome.”
“Naruto-kun, I think Neji-nii-san already has. Don't you remember his parting words?”
Hinata placed her hand on Naruto's shoulder as he stood up.
“Yeah, I guess you're right, Hinata. So, do you want to go out with me Friday night?”
“I'd love to, Naruto-kun.”
Naruto grinned as he picked Hinata up by the waist and spun her around. She giggled as he set her on her feet. Naruto laughed, he leaned down and kissed Hinata. Hinata was caught off guard, but she started to kiss back. Hinata felt something cold and wet land on her face and pulled away from Naruto. She looked up at the sky and grinned. Naruto, confused, followed her gaze and grinned when he saw what Hinata was looking at.
“It's snowing!” Hinata exclaimed, practically bouncing up and down with excitement.
“You really like snow, huh, Hinata-chan?” Naruto asked.
Hinata nodded as she continued to look up at the sky. She suddenly blushed.
“H-Hinata...ch-ch-chan?!” Hinata asked as she tore her widened lavender eyes from the sky to look at Naruto.
“Well, yeah, I figured since we're going out...why, do you not like it?”
“I love it, Naruto-kun,” Hinata said.
Hinata leaned up and kissed Naruto again as it continued to snow. They pulled apart. As the couple was about to leave, Hinata turned back to Neji's grave.
“Thank you, Neji-nii-san,” Hinata said, and off they went.
Naruto and Hinata walked toward Hinata's home, under the snow, holding hands.