Why do I call this a semi-serious crack fst? Because the original idea for doing this was crack. And thus this fst involves said crack, no matter how many non-cracky songs I put on here. Srs Biznass All The Way, this fst? Um, so not. XD Hope you enjoy the fst, or at least I entertain you somewhat as I explain why in the world I chose some songs; I have a rather haphazard and small music collection. This fst is mostly in chronological order of their discovery that yes, actually, they're in love. Addendum: with each other. XD
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1. Accidentally in Love by Counting Crows [Lyrics]
So she said what's the problem baby
What's the problem I don't know
Well maybe I'm in love
WE START WITH UTTER CRACK. It's super-happy, it's super-cliché, and I can't help but laugh hysterically when thinking of Neji and Tenten in the same situation. I can totally see them staring in utter confusion when they realize that "I think I'm in love."
...I can also totally see them add to the statement, "This is a problem."
A gazillion moments/occurrences later, they will give in
2. Shut Your Eyes by Snow Patrol [Lyrics]
Just close your eyes until
you can imagine this place, yeah, our secret space at will
A Neji song. For all that he has the Byakugan, he's amazingly willfully blind to some things, most notably his family. Also, for one rather invested in hating "Fate," he sure likes to close his eyes and accept it.
3. Dance by Toshiro Masuda
A Tenten song. I like thinking of Soshoryu when I hear this. With lots of shiny cool weapons flying about and dragons and Tenten Being Major Weapons Pwnzor Awesome. She doesn't need words to convey how awesome she is. Weapons are a universal language. XD
4. Harbor by Vienna Teng [Lyrics]
Sail your sea
Meet your storm
All I want is to be your harbor
The light in me
Will guide you home
All I want is to be your harbor
After Naruto's Fist No Jutsu. Neji's rather shaken by the uprooting of everything he's previously thought. He's basically got to rethink his entire outlook on life. And Tenten's there, quietly supporting him, his safe haven as always.
5. It's My Life by Bon Jovi [Lyrics]
Better stand tall when they're calling you out
Don't bend, don't break, baby, don't back down
It's my life
And it's now or never
'Cause I ain't gonna live forever
I first viewed this as a Tenten song, but then thought about it more and thought it kind of represents them both – actually, all of Team Gai. Tenten's always been one to take control of her life, I feel, and after learning that fate is not the end all, be all, I think Neji's starting to do so as well.
6. She's Got the Look by Roxette [Lyrics]
Walking like a man,
hitting like a hammer,
she's a juvenile scam.
Pure Tenten song.
7. She's So High (Above Me) by Tal Bachman [Lyrics]
'Cause she's so high
High above me
She's so lovely
A Neji song about Tenten. …I can't help but laugh when I think about him when listening to this song. Because Neji realizes that he loves her and he thinks there's no way he can have her. He's branch, he's sealed, he's nothing she should want – and she can fly and he, well, can't.
(I also think Neji placing Tenten on this hallowed, untouchable pedestal is hilarious. Because he would and Tenten would slap him across the face for doing so. XD)
8. I Won't Say I'm in Love by the Cheetah Girls [Lyrics]
You're way off base
I won't say it
Get off my case
I won't say I'm in love
THIS IS THE CHEESY SAPPITY SAP SAPPAGE SONG THAT STARTED IT ALL. I have listened to this for hours and still end up laughing and bobbing my head and thinking of all the Konoha girls after Tenten, trying to convince her that yes, she's in love with Neji. She won't admit it. She won't say it. But every little turn of her head and word that comes out of her mouth betrays her, and everyone in Narutoverse is trying to convince her she is. XD
You have been forewarned, you will see the effects of this song on my stuff EVERYWHERE.
9. Can You Feel the Love Tonight from The Lion King soundtrack
Ze sweet caress of twilight
There's magic everywhere
And with all this romantic atmosphere
Disaster's in the air
MORE CRACK. Disney crack, to be more precise. Come on, Disney makes everything funnier/crackier/better. Gai and Lee are totally Pumbaa and Timon, Neji's Simba and Tenten's Nala, and it works, dangnabbit. Dude, for sheer crack hilarity, it does. Neji's "oh woe my fate/family/I am cursed" is Simba's "oooh dark past" and Tenten/Nala is like "I don't care you are still made of awesome" and the world is like "FEEL THE LOVE" and Gai and Lee are like "zomg Nejiiiiiiii" and Toboe is like "BWHAHAHHAHHA YES." Ahem.
10. Darcy's Letter from the Pride and Prejudice Soundtrack [Uncut] || [Shorter Version]
THE CRACK CONTINUETH. Um. This? Only the first forty or so seconds of the whole song are directly important for this crack-fst, and you may need to up the sound a bit. Just picture Tenten and Neji on the far sides of Somewhere. They've been denying it for so long. The Hyuuga family doesn't like it. They've been through fights and blood and missions and tears and thunderstorms. It is thunderstorming.
And then they turn. And see each other. Through the wind and the rain, and they are there.
DRAMATIC MUSICAL CRESCENDO.
…I die of laughter, every time.
(Also, the thought of Neji = Mr. Darcy and Tenten = Elizabeth makes me grin deviously. And Hiashi? Totally Lady Catherine. >D)
For a not-so cracky interpretation, the entire song also kinda reminds me of wordynessie's fic Witness and the line "It starts gently at first, both the pain and the rain, and then rapidly increases – like some kind of harmonious, agonizing crescendo."
…Of course I turn it utterly sappy and cracky, but I'm like that. XD
I've included two versions of this track. One is the full track, not edited. The second is the track edited only for the crescendo part and with the volume increased slightly so you (possibly; I don't know what default settings you have) don't have to manually increase the sound to hear this track when it comes along. Pick which one you'd like to use; both are included in the zip.
11. Whatever You Want by Vienna Teng [Lyrics]
Whatever you want
whatever you want
whatever you want is fine by me
This about the most serious/drama-like song on the fst. There's three ways to look at this song. The first is the superficial one, where they will do anything for the other. The second is upon a closer inspection of the lyrics – it depicts the monotonous lifestyle they could turn out to be, day in and day out. I can see how they could turn out that way, this muted, tired acceptance of it all. The third lies in an ever closer look – for there's a hidden flame in there, waiting to be lit. It won't stay that way forever.
12. Bigger than my Body by John Mayer [Lyrics]
Yes, I'm grounded
Got my wings clipped
I'm surrounded by
All this pavement
Guess I'll circle
While I'm waiting
For my fuse to dry
Someday I'll fly
Someday I'll soar
I first envisioned this as a Neji song, but then I thought about it and how it encompasses all of Team Gai, really. Neji considers himself to be a caged bird, with clipped wings – but he's come to realize that he can actually get out of that cage and fly. He can be more than what his family limits him to. And Tenten? She'll help him do it. Because she too, is striving to be the best she can be.
[[Thanks to tanya_lilac for getting me the song! I swear I will write your drabble; school was being a pain. XP]]
13. Everytime We Touch by Cascada [Lyrics]
'Cause everytime we touch, I get this feeling.
And everytime we kiss I swear I could fly
MORE CRACK. Yup. But one thing I'll say here – I think the two of them would be particularly sensitive to touch. Neji, because he's been raised up that way and is rather aloof; and Tenten, because she's always up in the air and relies on weapons for her bite. And if you'll look closely, they've never touched each other in the manga – and they're teammates.
But. OH HO. *points to water prison scene* THEY TOUCHED THAR.
And all of the Nejten fandom squeed and made a bazillion posts/avatars/fsts/fanfics/fanarts, and the world was good.
14. Pastel Doori by DEPAPEPE meets Honey and Clover
Why is this here?
Because you totally need to imagine this along with it.
Feel free to add in more flowers, revolving cameras, and uber-amounts of WAFF. (meepers_369, hope you don't mind my using your art as a reference. It is made of sheer hilarious WIN. =D)
15. May I Have This Dance by Scott Krippayne [Lyrics]
May I have this dance
May I lead you across the floor
May I take your hand
And spin you around and round once more
…This is my revenge for all of the Prom AUs. I BRING THEE MORE CRACK-SAP. This song exists for no other purpose except to envision an AU Neji seeking Tenten across the dance floor, hand outstretched, and they whirl around together, the last note comes to a close, Neji draws Tenten close and whispers into her ear, and you all drown in sap. Yep. …Okay, so it's not so much of a revenge, but hey, saaaaaaap. =D
16. I Will Be Here by Steven Curtis Chapman [Lyrics]
Tomorrow morning if you wake up
and the sun does not appear
I will be here.
17. The One Thing by Paul Colman [Lyrics]
I've questioned my reasons
The life I’m living
I’ve questioned my ability
To judge wrong from right
I’ve questioned all the things
that I’ve ever called certain
My race, my religion, my country, my mind
But the one thing I don’t question is you
You really love me like you say you do
Continuing from "I Will Be Here" is another song about their constancy. The song can go both ways, but since it's a guy singing, it's a bit more tuned for Neji XP. He's questioned a lot of things – life, the Hyuuga family – but the one thing he doesn't question, the one thing he doesn't even need to question, is Tenten's love for him. At the beginning of this fst, there were only three songs – "I Won't Say I'm in Love," "Accidentally in Love" and this one. Even if you don't take any of the other songs, take this one, at least – I think it really describes the way they view their love for each other.
They weren't expecting to fall in love. In fact, they weren't supposed to fall in love in the first place. But they did, somehow – somewhere in between their obsessive training and sparring and dealing with Lee and meditating together and spending meals together because it's far more efficient and feeling awkward whenever they had to share a bed during missions and Tenten accidentally slashing through Neji's shirt and Neji inadvertently using the wrong perception level of the Byakugan – somewhere in there, they fell in love.
Hope you like the fst!