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25 May 2008 @ 07:58 pm
Fanfic: Fear  
Title: Fear
Author: tanya_lilac
Rating: K
Word Count: 474
Summary: Fear. It's a hindrance, even to a civilian. 
Characters: Hyuuga Neji, Tenten
Warnings: Semi-fluff. Cross posted. Plotless

Because inspiration and ideas are always inescapable.
It’s a hindrance, even to a civilian. It makes you hesitate, makes you weak and your hands tremble.
And Tenten could not stop trembling. He could tell, even before he’d woken up. For a reason he’d been unable to fathom, nor willing to, she’d always feared going to hospitals. The combined smell of antiseptic, crisp sheets and bandages always seemed to have a strange effect on her.
“You’re… scared,” he murmured thickly, his tongue still a lump of lead in his mouth.
Tenten looked up. His eyes were still closed and his forehead, bindings removed, was smooth and warm. He opened his eyes only slightly, slivers of silver-grey beneath long ebony eyelashes.
She sighed with visible relief.
“You… You shouldn’t be scared,” he said, his voice rumbling deep in his chest. The words were coming out easier, now. “Especially not for me.” With a slight wince, he shifted over in the bed, and Tenten accepted his unspoken invitation, crawling into the bed and curling up at his side. He never really seemed to stop considering her, even if he never said a thing.
“I was worried,” she murmured, looking up at him with wide eyed wonder. She raised her hand and placed the tips of her calloused fingers on his shoulder. “It was so brutal, it was as if he’d made the pain and maiming of others into an art.” She touched his stomach, feather light, and then shut her eyes. He had not tensed beneath her fingers, too full of sleepy trust to doubt her.
“Shizune and her team had worked on shifts for hours at a time, but she never left.”
Neji seemed not to have heard her.
“Kidomaru,” he sighed, his eyes drifting shut once more. “He had six arms, like a spider.”
Silence permeated the room once again, and it seemed as if they’d both fallen prey to oblivion again.
“A weapons specialist,” he continued, listening to her slow and even breaths. “He liked to play games. He found my blind spot and abused it. It was like you on a bad day… but then again, no one ever fights fairly; even more so when so many things are at stake. It’s funny, even when we speak so much of honour, so many of us die without grace…”
“Still on sedatives, I see,” she rubbed her cheek sleepily against his arm. “You have the worst sense of humour.”
Neji sensed that she’d opened her eyes once again; she was going to leave. He touched her wrist with his fingertips, feeling her pulse flutter beneath her skin.
“You won’t stop trembling,” he said. “You’re scared.” It was a statement, free of judgemental inflection.
“You know I don’t want to be,” she replied softly.
She doesn’t say much else, but he knows that she’ll tell him if and when she’s ready.

Current Mood: complacentcomplacent
Current Music: Melting- Tristan Prettyman [t w e n t y t h r e e]
Cosmo-san: NejiTen [ cuteness ]blooming_cosmo on May 25th, 2008 05:53 pm (UTC)
*swoon* Awwwwww! That was so sweet. You make me really love their dynamic in this. Neji being comfortable with Tenten becoming cozy at his side was too adorable. Wonderful work as usual. ♥
>Kat<tanya_lilac on May 26th, 2008 10:44 am (UTC)
*blushes* Thank you!
There's actually something I really love about the aftermath of the Sasuke Retrieval arc (and I know that can be taken the wrong way). Sure, it sucked when everyone was angry at themselves for the things they'd done, but at the same time, it was as if they were still taking time to put their walls back up... voluntarily or otherwise making themselves vulnerable.
I'm not sure why, but I just keep returning to this particular scene. I've written about it twice; I just love how comfortable it is, and playing with the dynamics of their relationship... I think I'm going to stop rambling now.
fatal_redfatal_red on May 26th, 2008 12:51 am (UTC)
Neji and sedatives = ♥

>Kat<: Tenten Smiletanya_lilac on May 26th, 2008 10:34 am (UTC)
Neji on sedatives is ♥ - to think, what would happen if Neji was on sedatives, and Tenten was more than a little willing to give him a few nudges in the right direction...?
ps. Love your icon, btw.
(Anonymous) on June 1st, 2008 02:13 am (UTC)
xD Oh, the fun you could have with that scenario.

P.S. Thanks!
fatal_redfatal_red on June 1st, 2008 02:14 am (UTC)
Darnit. Forgot to log in. D: