14 years later...
"I cannot fucking believe you took me here"
"Come on, Sasuke! Man up! It's your birthday, man!"
Those fucking idiots.
"I am not getting out of the car"
"Oh, hell you are!"
I cross my arms over my chest, turning my head away from the window.
"Oh, fuck I'm not"
Kiba narrows his eyes, tapping his fingers slowly against the hood of the car.
"Don't make me come in there and drag you out, Uchiha"
"Go ahead and do it, Inuzuka"
And, in an instant, he slamming the door open, taking hold of my arm, and tugging.
I land with a smack on the ground, wincing as my arm scrapes against the pavement.
He closes the door behind me, locking it with a practiced flick of his wrist.
"It's for your own good"
Shikamaru rolls his eyes.
"Always doing things the troublesome way"
I pull myself grudgingly to my feet, dusting the dirt from my jeans.
"I'm gonna kill you guys..."
"Now, to celebrate the springtime of youth! Forward, my friends!"
I curse, wincing.
"Gods, Lee. You're too loud"
He falters, smiling sheepishly.
"Sorry. Just excited"
I roll my eyes.
"I cannot believe you guys are really dragging me into this"
Neji sighs, arms crossed loosely over his chest.
"Well, it's not like they're gonna let you go home now. It's kind of pointless to resist once you've gotten this far into it"
"He's right. Now come on you wuss. This place is the best. I heard it's amazing in there. Like, costs more than I could ever afford"
I raise a brow.
"Then how are we affording this?"
"Neji. His family's loaded, man. And so are you but hell, it's your birthday"
"Oh shut it. Let's just go. I already made prepaid reservations"
I sigh following as they walk on ahead.
I have to admit it, the place is beautiful.
Marble pillars glitter prettily before the arched doorway, a fountain pleasantly tinkling to the side.
The flowers are bright and wild, reaching out over the sides and quivering lightly in the soft evening breeze.
"Wow, it's so high class"
Kiba wanders on ahead, hands linked easily behind his head.
I roll my eyes.
It's cool inside, sweetly fragranced and bright.
The marble floors glisten a flawless white, chandaliers glittering like hung diamonds from the high ceiling.
"What a fine group of guys we have here today"
The woman at the counter smiles, tilting her head to the side.
I elbow Kiba when I see where his gaze had fallen.
He clears his throat, looking back up at her face.
Neji makes his way to the front, leaning casually against the counter.
"We have reservations for tonight, madam"
"Ah, I see. And your name?"
She pauses, running a manicured nail down her paper.
"There you are. Right on time, Neji"
He smiles calmly.
"So, you've reserved one room specifically and the others are more general. So you get to choose those right now. And the one you've already specified..."
"The most expensive room. For the birthday boy here"
He gestures easily towards me.
I look away.
She chuckles lightly.
"Ah, I see. I'm sure he'll enjoy his time. That's the most popular room here"
I feel myself begin to blush.
This is all so crazy.
"And for the more generic ones, it was a choice from the flower rooms correct?"
"Well then. Let me bring them on out"
She rings a bell lightly and we all wait quietly, listening intently to the soft tinkling chime.
They enter in a line, mascared eyes scrutinizing each of us calmly.
There are exactly four.
One is long and blonde, very thin and pretty.
Her skin is pale and smooth, manicured nails colored a pale yellow.
Her eyes remind me of a cat's.
I turn my gaze to the girl beside her.
Her hair is a blushing pink, eyes a glittering emerald.
The color of her lips is soft, a gentle red against her pale skin.
It is a pretty contrast.
I look to the next girl in line.
Chocolate locks are pinned up in two elegant buns, sleek neck highlighted with a low neckline.
She has a classical beauty, a subtle grace in the way she holds herself.
I can imagine her being paired with Neji.
Finally, I shift my eyes to the last girl.
Her eyes are lowered shyly, soft blush touched lightly across her cheeks.
Dark hair frames her delicate face nicely, a pretty pink accenting the beautiful shade of her eyes.
"These are the four flowers of our house. Ino, Sakura, Tenten, and Hinata"
They say it in unision, soft smiles adorning each of their delicately painted lips.
I follow his gaze curiously, tilting my head.
He's staring at Hinata.
She raises her eyes slightly, peering up from beneath long lashes.
Her gaze meets his and she quickly returns her eyes to the floor, blush deepening against her pale skin.
He does the same.
I can't help but smile.
"So, which of you would like to choose first?"
I elbow Kiba.
He stumbles slightly forward and I clear my throat, looking away.
"Ah, this young man. Who would you like to spend your night with?"
He fiddles nervously with his thumbs, looking cautiously up at Hinata.
"I'm Kiba. I, er... Hinata, would you like to...? Um..."
"Ah, Hinata then! Wonderful choice. You will be in the lavender room then"
Hinata smiles gently, looking up at him with shy eyes.
"Alright then, Kiba-kun. Come with me"
She holds out a delicate hand and he takes it carefully, following after her quietly.
Lee steps forward, kneeling before the girl with pink hair.
"My name is Lee. I would be honored, Sakura-san, if you would accept me"
His face is red.
"Arigotou, Lee. We're in the blossom room"
She takes his hand, and in a moment, they are gone.
"Alright, who would like to choose next?"
Shikamaru is staring at the ceiling.
Neji turns his gaze to the brunette.
He holds out a hand eloquently, a calm smile touched lightly to his lips.
"My name is Neji. Be my hostess, Tenten?"
She smiles, dark eyes genuinely pleased.
"Of course, Neji-san. We'll be in the lotus room"
She takes his hand elegantly, walking him steadily down the hallway.
And then there is only Shikamaru and the blonde.
Ino ignores it, taking his hand with a slightly pressed smile.
"We'll be in the daisy room then. Come along"
And in only a few moments, I am left alone.
The woman at the counter smiles knowingly, rising from her seat.
"My name is Tsunade. I'll be showing you to your room then"
I sigh, following obediently after.
It's awkward, being here.
She pauses at a particularily decorated door, knocking lightly.
The engravements are beautiful.
"Your guest is here, Naruto-kun"
The door opens quickly and I stare, breath catching easily in my throat.
Brilliantly blue eyes look me over curiously, sun-kissed skin shining softly in the chandalier lights.
"Have a nice time, Sasuke-san"
The woman waves pleasantly, and in only a few moments, we are left alone.
He smiles, tilting his head playfully to the side.
"Come on inside, Sa-suke-san~"
I blink, watching the movement of his lips as he draws out my name.
I don't know why, but he seems so familiar.
And that name...
Where have I heard it before?
-TO BE CONTINUED-
Chapter notes: Disclaimer: I do not own Naruto.
My last update before I leave for a month.
I would love to come back to many reviews.
So please; review! :]
And this is such a long chapter coming from me.
It took me forever to finish 'cause I cept stopping and doing something else.
Haha, but anyways.