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24 October 2006 @ 11:45 pm
[10 for 10 linked drabble set]  
My real contribution. Enjoy.

Ten For Ten themes; linked into one fic. A little sad, but I don't think it's angsty. And if you know me, then you won't expect a sad ending. Featuring marriage, and a little trouble. I hope to God it's all right; my brain's a little fuzzy this evening.

#4: Listen

“I love you,” she told him. “But I can live without you.”

He didn’t reply. His side of the futon was quiet, for he was asleep.

She liked to think that he still heard her.

#5: Gravity

On good days she remembered how much she loved him. On bad days she wondered if he still did.

Tenten sat on a tree, thinking. The Hyuuga compound had huge trees that gifted her with valuable thinking space. Under the shade of its thick leaves and atop its strong branches, her head was clearer in a day there than it ever was in the house.

The cage? She mused, for once she thought of it that way. Only once, and it was Neji who made her believe so. But, no, it wasn’t a cage.

It was home now.

She shifted, thinking again. What had attracted her to him? She wanted him, she remembered, and she got—

She got a Hyuuga. A Hyuuga husband, perfect in almost all ways. Almost.

All right, Tenten thought to herself. I’m his wife now. Why’s that?

She thought about the wedding day, the wedding night, the day after, the night after… She thought about her vows to love him forever. He vowed the same. They had clasped hands at the ceremony, and they didn’t let go until the next morning.

He hadn’t held her hand in the same way since, but she was still there. Right by his side, sometimes one step behind. They moved through the compound in gliding movements, so unlike the rush of jumping from one tree to another.

She shuddered when a wind blew through her tree and chilled her, but she jumped down when she saw Neji coming. She had to greet her husband.

#10: Razorblade Kiss

“Why are you avoiding me?”

Neji was standing close to her, his head bending down to talk to her in a low voice, fine with pain. He was much taller than her; he had to look down a little to put the full force of his eyes on hers.

She flinched.

“I’m not,” she said, her own voice unwavering.

Part of him saw the strength. Part of him could only feel anger.

“Yes,” he said. “You are.” He took a step closer.

She stepped back.

Pain shot through his heart then, but he could only register his shock at the realization. He felt betrayed, somehow. Why did she move away?

“Neji,” she began, and he lost it.

Before either of them knew it, he had his hands on her shoulders and her back against the tree. With more force than he intended, he had her wrists. He made her look at him, straight in the eye.

“There’s no other place,” he said hoarsely. “You belong here. Nowhere else.”

And he kissed her, but he didn’t see how this hurt her more than healed her.

#7: Mine

She trembled, like a leaf. He was scaring her, but she couldn’t let him see that. Wrenching her arms free, she pushed him away.

“This might have been a mistake,” she said. Barely were the words out of her mouth when his arms were around her.

This time, though, he was gentle and sad.

“What part of it?” Neji asked. The inward pain nearly killed them both, because his question made them aware of it.

“All of it,” she said. “I don’t know if I can do this anymore, Neji. Taking on a missing nin or two is nothing compared to staying here like a good wife, doing nothing, being nothing—“

“That’s not true,” he said fiercely. “You are my wife. That’s not nothing. You’re still a kunoichi of the Leaf. That’s not nothing. What more?”

“What about me?” she asked, near tears and hating herself for it. “I’m nothing. Who am I, really?”

He stared at her, his opalescent eyes seeing all of it, all of her. Tenten was only unconsciously aware of how his grip tightened.

“You belong with me,” he insisted, softly.

There was a long silence after that.

“No,” she said, finally. “I need to think about this.”

#6: We Might As Well Be Strangers

They managed to pretend everything was all right. If the Hyuuga clan, with their all-seeing eyes, suspected anything at all—they said nothing.

It was better, Tenten mused, in the sense that they were not hounded by questions. But then she wondered if her existence really meant so little to them.

However, what bothered her most of all was the fact that she did not miss him as much as she thought she should. There was talk of attacks, and a long-time threat of war, and a kunoichi like herself had no time to simply sit and ponder the state of her young marriage.

So soon, she managed to think sadly, during one break. It only took me a little while, and I’m already being pushed to give up on this. On us.

What happened?

Then, her break ended and she was forced to think about things like teaching new Genin proper shuriken techniques and joining more A-class missions.

She rarely saw the man she called her husband, and as far as she knew they slept in the same bed.

#9: Running

The schedule was as follows, for the next two days: Neji woke up earlier, used the bathroom, and left for morning training before breakfast. Tenten woke up, used the bathroom, and went to breakfast. If she was lucky, she caught Neji finishing the meal. If not, then she didn’t see him for most of the day. After breakfast Neji tended to clan duties. Tenten did training, usually by herself, until lunch. After lunch, Tenten reported to Tsunade. Sometimes, Neji reported in, too, but he got sent on solo missions. If she didn’t catch him at the building, she didn’t see him for the rest of the day. She usually came home a little after dinner. On most days, she was fast asleep when Neji came in.

Then one night she wasn’t, and she was surprised; she wanted him to come to their bed and embrace her. She wanted to sleep with him, not beside him.

But he simply lay down, and went to sleep.

Without a word, she rose. She packed her things, and left. She didn’t even realize that she was crying.

#8: Gamble

Though she was simply lucky enough to have been allowed to rent the dingy little flat, and she didn’t pay much for it at all, it was cozy enough and it was only a small pocket in the huge village that was Konoha.

So she was surprised when he found her so soon.

“Come home,” he commanded, and she almost laughed. He sounded like a petulant child. She played along.

“I don’t want to,” she said.

She lied.

When he left, she was horrified at the risk she took with her lie.

Did I lose him forever?

#3: White Out

The attack was much, much smaller than they anticipated, but it was also more personal.

“Tell me…” gasped the ninja. “Tell me your ability’s secret, Hyuuga…” He raved, like a lunatic. They all did.

He died by a clansman, but he was not the first. Centuries later would still remember how the Hyuuga clan was attacked by a quarter of a ninja village. Not one Hyuuga fell to their hands.

“We’ll see you in hell, Hyuuga,” their leader had gasped, miraculously staying alive through the merciless Hyuuga technique. “Along with your whore.” Before Neji could make his death any more painful, he died. Neji stared at him.

Tenten, screamed his mind and his heart.

#1: It’s Been Five Days

He arrived there, hair and eyes wild. He calmed himself when he saw she was alright.

She was just cleaning her sword.

“Friends of yours?” she asked, without looking up. Her arm was bleeding, and her leg had a nasty cut.

“Tenten…” Neji began, relief washing over him and pouring out his voice. “You’re alright.”

“What?” she looked up. Did he think that lowly of her? “Of course I’m alright…”

She stopped there, seeing the ache in his eyes. He got down and offered his back to her. She frowned.

“I can walk,” she told him.

“I know,” he said. She was struck.

Slowly, she got on his back, and he lifted her up.

“Take me home?” Tenten mumbled. She was tired.

He agreed. They needed to talk.

#2: Sincerely Yours

Contrary to popular belief, Neji is not a man of little words. He can say a lot when he wants to. He just isn’t loud or boisterous, like Naruto.

Tenten appreciates this.

For the first night in a long time, she is not just beside him—she is under him. Neji is keeping her warm, like a blanket. They sleep with peace of mind, and peace of heart.

She can’t help but melt.


Note: And, as promised, the surprise for you all!

Current Mood: sleepysleepy
wingsover: sadness lonely aww Jasonwingsover on October 24th, 2006 06:48 pm (UTC)
*cries* And you said this wasn't angsty.

Wonderful writing. You made the characters seem so real and sketched it out so well.

And yay for more themes! *clicks on the surprise*
sireensilver: silver studded butterfliessireensilver on October 24th, 2006 09:59 pm (UTC)
WAH, I'm sorry! ^^;; I think my view on what angst is or not is somewhat warped. ♥

But! thank you so much for the comment. Made me happyyy~

And! I hope you like the surprise. ;)
riri: stoiccrimson_riot on October 25th, 2006 01:10 am (UTC)
I would be bawling like an idiot without the surprize. Great writing. Actually, you did a really good job with both! I still can't believe you did the themes twice!

You rock hard.
sireensilver: camaraderiesireensilver on October 25th, 2006 02:15 pm (UTC)
There! That's why I did it twice! I would've been bawling, too. I'm horribly sensitive.

Thank you! <3<3<3

I'm shamlessly flattered!

riri: smiles~!crimson_riot on October 26th, 2006 11:37 pm (UTC)
Ooh, goodie~. (I feel so spoiled being here!)

No prob. You deserve it after such awesomely done work.
meepers369meepers_369 on October 25th, 2006 04:54 am (UTC)
Your writing is amazing! It took me a while to realize that they werent seperate stories, and in the middle of reading them I was like OH HEY THEY GO TOGETHER! So I went back and read them over again. XD;;

Here's your banner. Ignore the totally cheesy line at the bottom. XD
sireensilver: respectsireensilver on October 25th, 2006 02:13 pm (UTC)
XDDD. The banner is lovely. Thanksmuch! And I can hardly complain about the cheesy line.
Toboe LoneWolftoboe_lonewolf on October 28th, 2006 05:14 am (UTC)
...I ditto Wingsover.

My insides were crying. XP I think if not for the surprise, I would be crying. Virtual tears, of course. XP