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Ten Defining Moments - part 8 of 10 (Naruto, Naruto/Hinata, #10) 
3rd-Jul-2008 05:35 pm
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Title: Ten Defining Moments

Author/Artist:[info]shawnyw

Pairing: Naruto/Hinata

Fandom: Naruto

Theme: #10 #10

Disclaimer: The characters of Naruto belong to Kishimoto Masashi.  This story is written without permission, for fan purposes only.  Do not reproduce without permission.

Summary: NaruHina.  Take some fluff, a dash of angst, a pinch of drama, and a whole lot of sappy romance.  Stir well.  A story that spans 10 special events in Naruto and Hinata’s lives.

 

It took 10 weeks to plan the wedding… In the meantime, Hiashi made Naruto follow 10 simple rules.

 

The next day…

 

Although Hiashi woke feeling like an Akimichi was rolling around in his head with their Baika no Jutsu, he recalled the events of the day before with perfect clarity.  After downing almost ten cups of strong green tea, he was ready to face the day.  For his first order of business, he summoned his daughter and future son-in-law to lay down a few ground rules.

 

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Hinata was a nervous wreck.  She had not slept well.  What happened yesterday between her father and her lover? She didn’t know.  And not knowing was killing her.

 

When her father had discovered her in bed with Naruto, Hinata was horrified and terribly embarrassed.  She was also very, very afraid.  She had never seen her father so furious – not even as a child when it seemed all she did was disappoint him!  Why was her father in Naruto’s apartment?  What was he doing there?  When he ordered her to go home and not interfere, Hinata only obeyed because she knew without a doubt that she would only make things worse for Naruto if she didn’t.

 

She had waited anxiously for hours.  But her father never came home – and never summoned her to his office to hear her explanation.  (She still didn’t know what she was going to say!)  Finally, she had retired to her rooms.  Her dreams were plagued with nightmares.

 

A knock on the door made her heart pound fearfully.  It was a summons to see her father at last.

 

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“Naruto-kun!” Hinata rushed to his side and looked him over.  He was a bit scuffed up with a few visible scrapes and bruises and he seemed to be favoring one side – but otherwise, he appeared to be in good health.  She sighed with relief.  “Thank goodness you’re okay.”

 

“I’m fine, Hinata-chan.”  Naruto pulled her into his embrace.  “I’m sorry I made you worry.”

 

“Ahem.”

 

“Father!”  Hinata jumped.  She had been so focused on Naruto that she hadn’t even noticed her father in the room.

 

“Naruto tells me that he asked you to marry him.  Is that true?”

 

“Yes.”  With Naruto by her side, Hinata could face the Shinigami himself without flinching.  She did not quail under her father’s piercing stare.  Her voice was clear and strong.

 

“You accepted his proposal?”

 

“Yes.”

 

“I see.”  Hiashi frowned with disapproval.  “And what – exactly – will this alliance bring to the clan?  Money?  Influence?  I will not allow this marriage to happen if it will not benefit the clan.”

 

Hinata bristled at the implied insult to Naruto’s worth.  How could her father say such things about Naruto?  He was worth so much more than anyone knew.  She immediately rose to his defense and spoke without thinking.

 

“Perhaps Naruto-kun will not bring money.  But some things are much more valuable than that.  He is a strong, brave ninja who always puts the welfare of his precious people before himself.  And he has the power to change people.  He changed Neji.  He changed me.  He can change this clan for the better, too.  One day, I know he will be the Hokage.  This ‘alliance’ will give the Hyuuga direct ties to the leader of Konoha.

 

“My marriage to Naruto-kun would bring nothing but benefit to the clan.  But even if it did not, I would still marry him because I love him – and I know that he will make me happy.”

 

Hinata finally paused for breath.

 

Naruto was smiling at her.  And her father…  Was he smiling, too?  He was!  It was just a miniscule upward turn at the corner of his mouth – but it warmed his entire face.

 

“Future Hokage?  Well, I suppose you could have done worse, my daughter,” Hiashi smiled with approval.  “You have my blessing.”

 

“Father?” Hinata could hardly believe what she was hearing.  Happiness like she’d never felt before infused her entire being.

 

“However, from now until the wedding, Hinata will be sleeping in her own room.  Alone.”  Hiashi gave Naruto a look that promised great pain if he were crossed.  Naruto went white.  “If I even think you have touched her inappropriately, we will revisit training ground 44.  Do I make myself clear?”

 

“Yes, sir.”

 

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Because they had already slept together, her father insisted on a short engagement.  Neither Naruto nor Hinata minded.  They just wanted to get married.  So announcements went out to all their friends and acquaintances, followed shortly by invitations to a spring wedding.  All of their friends had been very happy for them – especially the girls.  It is a universal rule of life that nothing gets a woman more animated and ecstatic than weddings and babies – unless you’re Mitarashi Anko.  In Anko’s world, weddings were only good for the food and the booze that accompanied them and babies were not good for much of anything really; they just screamed a lot.  (She wondered absently if a screaming baby could be used as a method of torture and interrogation.  They were certainly irritating enough on the nerves – and caused sleep deprivation naturally.)

 

There had been a tense moment when they had informed Neji.  At Neji’s unreadable expression, Naruto wondered warily if he should just head over to training ground 44 and get his second beating over with.  Neji let him squirm for a minute before he smiled and welcomed Naruto to the family.  He was truly happy for them.

 

However, there was one group of people who had not been happy for them at all.

 

The clan elders had been outraged when they found out just whom Hinata had been promised to.  Uzumaki Naruto!  A nobody!  That the Hyuuga were far wealthier than most clans did not make them exempt from greed.  Several of the elders had quietly agreed to allocate a portion of Hinata’s bride price for their own personal use.  Her marriage to Uzumaki Naruto would gain them nothing!  They tried to dissuade Hiashi, but Hiashi remained firm.  Hinata was his daughter – not theirs.  Though they could advise him, he had the final word.  He could have her married off to a beggar – and they wouldn’t be able to stop him.  Still… In order to maintain a semblance of harmony within the clan – and to prevent them from trying to sabotage the wedding – Hiashi made a few pointed reminders.

 

Naruto was a favorite of the Fifth Hokage.  Though the Godaime had yet to name an official successor, most ninja already considered him the Godaime’s unofficial successor.  Among the ninja of his generation, Naruto stood out – and not because he was dead last.  Naruto had strength, speed, and an immense breadth and depth of knowledge in all the ninja arts.  And he had the charisma of a natural leader.  Ninja twice his age and with twice his experience were willing to follow him in to battle because Naruto had heart.  He loved Konoha and would never forsake it.  He treated all his subordinates like friends and comrades – never like tools to be used and thrown away.  He had been trained by both Jiraya (teacher of the Yondaime) and Hatake Kakashi (student of the Yondaime).  He was close friends with the next generation of clan heirs, including the younger Ino-Shika-Cho team, the Aburame heir, and the younger brother of the Inuzuka heir.  When the time came, they would no doubt support Naruto and convince their clans to do the same.

 

It was common knowledge that the elder Nara, Nara Shikaku who was a genius and formidable strategist, had placed his bets on Uzumaki Naruto to become the next Hokage.  (Why you ask?  Because his son believed that Naruto would become the next Hokage – and he had faith in his son.  In this, Shikamaru had a 99.999% probability of being right.  So stop asking stupid questions… Geez!  So troublesome!  Go bother someone else.)  It was also common knowledge that Morino Ibiki – one of the shrewdest ninja in the village – had his eye on Naruto for years, ever since Naruto had managed to impress him at the age of twelve.  Ibiki was known for his insight and perception – or he wouldn’t have been the head of Torture and Interrogation.  Ibiki thought Naruto was an “interesting guy.”  Coming from Ibiki, that was a glowing compliment indeed.

 

Naruto stood out like the sun.

 

In a few years, when the Godaime stepped down, he was the most likely candidate for the Sixth Hokage.

 

That little reminder effectively silenced their screams of outrage and gave the elders something to think about.  Though still displeased by Hinata’s choice of fiancé, no one could deny the benefits of having a Hokage connected to the clan by marriage.

 

However, Naruto was not Hokage yet – and Hokage-candidate or not, the elders simply would not accept the jinchuuriki as a possible clan leader.  The Hyuuga rules of succession were clear.  If Hinata became the clan head and if she died prematurely – a ninja’s life was never certain – then her spouse would assume the mantel of the Hyuuga clan leader.  As Naruto was not a Hyuuga, his leadership would only be temporary until a new leader could be appointed.  Just the possibility that the jinchuuriki might become the Hyuuga clan head (however temporary) was enough to incite a riot among them.  If Hinata was determined to marry Naruto, then either the Hyuuga laws of succession needed to change… or Hinata needed to renounce her position as the heiress.

 

The elders could not choose Hinata’s husband, but with a majority vote, they could choose the next clan heir.

 

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Hiashi resisted the urge to rub his temples.  He knew that would do nothing for his migrane.  Instead, he calmly sipped at his green tea and closed his eyes.  He sat by the koi pond in his private garden and tried to absorb some of its natural serenity into himself.  The cool breeze was soothing to his senses.  He heard soft footsteps approaching.

 

“Father?  You asked to see me?”

 

“Sit with me for a bit, Hinata.”

 

Hiashi opened his eyes to look at his daughter.  Hinata sat gracefully beside him.  She took after her mother with her delicate looks and dark silky hair.  Perhaps he was biased, but he truly believed that his eldest daughter was the most beautiful and accomplished kunoichi in Konoha.  It wasn’t fair that she should be forced to choose.  He wished he could have done more for her.

 

“I spoke with the council yesterday.”

 

Hinata froze, but did not react beyond a slight twitch of her hands.  (Hiashi smiled, pleased that she had managed to overcome her old nervous habits.)  There was no need to ask what they had talked about.

 

“What did they say?”

 

“They do not want Uzumaki Naruto to become a Hyuuga.”

 

Hinata’s face fell in dismay.  For the first time in years, Hiashi took her hand in his and gave it a reassuring squeeze.  He was rewarded by a tremulous smile.

 

“On the selection of your husband, mine is the only vote that matters.  And I have already given you and Naruto my blessing.”

 

“Thank you, Father.”

 

“Don’t thank me, Hinata.”  Hiashi shook his head sadly.  “You have the clan’s permission to marry Naruto, but now you have a choice to make.  I am only sorry I could not do more for you, my daughter.  Tell me.  If you had to choose between staying with the clan or staying with Naruto, which would you choose?”

 

Hinata didn’t hesitate.

 

“I choose Naruto.”

 

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10 days before the wedding…

 

Hinata was exhausted.  She had wanted a small wedding with just close friends and family.  But as the Hyuuga ex-heiress, the wedding was automatically a political affair – a chance for the clan to invite nobles and influential politicians, to show off their wealth, and to make new alliances.  Even though her father had retained the services of a wedding planner, there were still many decisions that required her input and many appointments that required her presence.  Between that, missions, training with her team, and not being able to spend time at Naruto’s apartment (it was strictly off limits – one of her father’s ground rules) she had hardly seen Naruto at all in the last two months since the proposal.  When she did get to see him, it was never alone.  She ached to be alone with him for just ten minutes.  The wedding couldn’t come fast enough.

 

Hinata entered her bedroom intending to collapse on her bed and sleep.  All thoughts of sleep vanished the instant she saw the person waiting inside for her.

 

“Naruto-kun!  What are you doing here?” 

 

Hinata threw her arms around his neck and eagerly kissed him before he could answer.

 

“I missed you, Hinata-chan.  I take it you missed me, too.”  Naruto winked down at her making her blush. 

 

“Y-Yes.”

 

“I got back early from my last mission.  Tsunade-baa-chan’s not expecting me back until at least tomorrow morning.”  Naruto eyed her bed wistfully.  “As much as I want to stay here and have my way with you, it’s probably not a good idea.  Your father really will murder me next time.”

 

“You’re right,” she sighed regretfully.

 

“Come on.  Let’s go take a walk.  It’s a beautiful night.”

 

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10 days later…

 

Tsunade smiled happily at the young couple standing before her.  When she found out about Naruto’s upcoming nuptials, she had insisted on officiating the marriage ceremony in her capacity as Hokage.  Though the Hokage could perform legal marriage ceremonies under Konoha law, he (or she) usually had so many duties and responsibilities that it was rare for him (or her) to do so.  But in this case, Tsunade was more than happy to take on the extra responsibility.  In fact, she had threatened the groom with a lifetime of D-ranked missions if he even thought of asking anyone else to perform the ceremony.

 

“Do you, Uzumaki Naruto, take this woman as your partner in marriage and in life?  Will you love, respect, and comfort her in sickness and in health, during times of peace and times of war, until death do you part?”

 

“I do.”

 

“Do you, Hyuuga Hinata, take this man as your partner in marriage and in life?  Will you love, respect, and comfort him in sickness and in health, during times of peace and times of war, until death do you part?”

 

“I do.”

 

“You may kiss the bride.”

 

Of all the kisses they had shared before, this was the best kiss of all.

 

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Omake: 10 Simple Rules

 

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The next day…

 

Although Hiashi woke feeling like an Akimichi was rolling around in his head with their Baika no Jutsu, he recalled the events of the day before with perfect clarity.  After downing almost ten cups of strong green tea, he was ready to face the day.  For his first order of business, he summoned his daughter and future son-in-law to lay down a few ground rules.

 

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Naruto stepped nervously into Hiashi’s study.  After all, Hinata’s father had been absolutely furious the day before.  Although he had seemed to approve of their relationship the last night, Naruto was uncertain how much of that approval had been genuine and how much had been influenced by the alcohol.  Hiashi was sitting at his desk writing – the tip of his brush practically flying across the parchment before him.  He didn’t look up from his work when he heard Naruto enter.

 

“Sit please.  I’ll be with you in a moment.”

 

Naruto sat – and tried very hard not to fidget.  Finally, after several long minutes, the brush stilled and Hiashi looked at him.

 

“Now, I understand that you are dating my daughter.”

 

“Yes, sir.  I am, but I’m not just dating her.  I want to marry her.”

 

“We’ll get to that in a moment,” Hiashi waved his hand dismissively.  “If you would like to continue seeing my daughter, then you will have to abide by my rules.  Is that clear?”

 

“Yes, sir.”

 

Hiashi handed Naruto the parchment he had just been working on.

 

“What’s this?”

 

“Those are my rules.  Read them.  Memorize them.”

 

Naruto read the rules – with each successive rule, his apprehension mounted.  He reached the tenth rule and gulped.  Then he looked up at the intimidating visage of his future father-in-law.  Hiashi scared him more than the Kyubi and the Akatsuki… combined.

 

“Obviously, you have already violated several of my rules – specifically, rules two and four.”  Hiashi said in a chilling voice as he activated his Byakugan soundlessly and without using any seals.  Now he was downright terrifying.

 

Naruto eep’ed.

 

“I would be well within my rights to kill you or remove a few body parts for breaking those rules.  However, that would upset Hinata.  So I’m generously going to overlook your past transgressions – as long as you follow my rules to the letter from now until the day you marry my daughter.  Do we have an understanding?” 

 

“Yes, sir!”  Naruto nodded frantically.

 

“Good.”  Hiashi smiled and released his Byakugan.  “Feel free to keep that copy for yourself.  Hinata is almost here.  Don’t forget my rules.

 

“I won’t!”

 

The next moment, Hinata arrived at her father’s study.

 

“Naruto-kun!”

 

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Ten Simple Rules for Dating My Daughter by Hyuuga Hiashi

 

Rule One:  If you come up to gates of the Hyuuga estate and announce your presence you’d better be delivering an important message from the Hokage, because you’re sure not picking anything up.

 

* Rule Two:  You do not touch my daughter in front of me. You may glance at her, so long as you do not peer at anything below her neck. If you cannot keep your eyes or hands off of my daughter's body, I will remove them.

 

Rule Three:  I am aware that it is considered practical for boys of your age to remove their shirts when they have been training for hours on end.  Presumably, this is to ensure that you do not overheat while you are training outdoors.  Please don’t take this as an insult but you and all of your friends are complete idiots.  We do have air conditioned dojos and indoor training halls for a reason.  Still, I want to be fair and open minded about this issue, so I propose this compromise: You may remove your shirts and tops whenever and wherever you want, and I will not object.  However, in order to ensure that your pants do not, accidentally, come off during any time spent with my daughter, I will take my senbon and fasten your trousers securely in place to your waist.

 

Rule Four:  I'm sure you've been told that in today's world, sex with the wrong kunoichi can kill you.  Let me elaborate, when it comes to sex, my daughter is that kunoichi, and I will kill you.

 

Rule Five:  It is usually understood that in order for us to get to know each other, we should talk about recent missions, politics, and other issues of the day.  Please do not do this. The only information I require from you is an indication of when you expect to have my daughter safely back at my house, and the only word I need from you on this subject is "early."

 

* Rule Six:  I have no doubt you are a popular fellow, with many opportunities to date other girls. This is fine with me as long as it is okay with my daughter. Otherwise, once you have gone out with my little girl, you will continue to date no one but her until she is finished with you. If you make her cry, I will make you cry.

 

Rule Seven: As you stand in my front hallway, waiting for my daughter to appear, and more than an hour goes by, do not sigh and fidget.  If you want to be on time for the movie, you should not be dating.  My daughter is putting on her makeup, a process that can take longer than sculpting the Hokage Monument.  Instead of just standing there, why don't you do something useful, like sweeping my floors?

 

Rule Eight:  The following places are not appropriate for a date with my daughter: Places where there are beds, sofas, or anything softer than a wooden stool.  Places where there are no parents, ninja patrols, or nuns within eyesight.  Places where there is darkness.  Places where there is dancing, holding hands, or happiness.  Places where the ambient temperature is warm enough to induce my daughter to wear shorts, tank tops, midriff T-shirts, or anything other than overalls, a sweater, and a goose down parka - zipped up to her throat.  Movies with a strong romantic or sexual theme are to be avoided; movies which feature chainsaws are okay. Chunin exam tournaments are okay. Morino Ibiki’s interrogation chambers are better.  (Speaking of which, Ibiki owes me a favor.  Would you like me to make an appointment for you?  It’s no trouble.)

 

Rule Nine:  Do not lie to me. I am a master of the Byakugan – that makes me a living lie detector.  I can see every involuntary twitch, every breath, and each bead of sweat on your face.  If I ask you where you are going and with whom, you have one chance to tell me the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.  I have an army of elite Byakugan users at my beck and call. Do not trifle with me.

 

Rule Ten:  Be afraid.  Be very afraid.  It takes very little for me to mistake the sound of your steps coming up to my front gate for an enemy Cloud ninja sent here to steal the secrets of the Byakugan.  You remember what happened to the last Cloud ninja who crossed me, don’t you?  Incidentally, I will be cleaning and polishing the family katana as I wait for you to bring my daughter home. As soon as you set one foot on my property you should submit yourself to a full body search by my guards, remove all hidden weapons from your person, and keep both hands in plain sight. Announce in a clear voice that you have brought my daughter home safely and early, then leave - there is no need for you to come inside.  You may not see me, but rest assured.  I see you.

 

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Author’s Notes:

 

1.      Sorry for the delay!  I have excuses, but I’m sure you don’t want to hear them.

2.      Gah!  I had so much trouble with this moment!  I kept writing and re-writing the wedding scene.  In fact, I had a lot of things planned, like a bachelor’s party, a confrontation between Tsunade and Hiashi over the seating arrangements, and a Rock Lee sake accident.  In the end, this one moment was turning into a crazy story along the lines of “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” – which was so not the point at all!  So I started cutting scenes.  I’m much happier with this abbreviated version.

3.      About the Omake: The original “Rules” were written by W. Bruce Cameron.  Copyright 1998 W. Bruce Cameron  http://www.wbrucecameron.com – I have simply modified them to make them fit Hiashi’s role as the father.  * Rules two and six are unedited from the original rules.


 

 
Comments 
4th-Jul-2008 03:13 am (UTC)
Lovely update, and the Omake was a nice bonus, thank you!
4th-Jul-2008 02:33 pm (UTC)
You're welcome. Thanks for commenting. :D
5th-Jul-2008 05:06 pm (UTC)
Hiashi is terrifying INDEED. I sat and suppressed shivers. And giggles. I must be slightly masochistic, or something, because this scared the heck out of me, and I loved it.

Beautiful update! MOAR NARUHINA FOR TEH PEOPLE
5th-Jul-2008 06:09 pm (UTC)
I must confess that I was laughing the whole time I was re-writing those rules! Hiashi in overprotective daddy mode is fun to write! :D

Thanks for commenting!
6th-Jul-2008 12:09 am (UTC)
Awesome and worth the wait, as always!

I really do love the way you write this couple. :)
6th-Jul-2008 02:40 am (UTC)
Thanks!
14th-Jul-2008 12:05 am (UTC)
This is very good! Hinata's father sure is scary. I don't want to cross paths with him. And Naruto is so sweet! Great job!
14th-Jul-2008 04:49 am (UTC)
Thanks! Hiashi in overprotective daddy mode was fun to write! I'm glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for commenting.
4th-Oct-2008 05:26 am (UTC) - Fanfictions
Anonymous
Your Fanfictions are great! I read this at Fanfiction.net. They rule! When will you be submitting the next chapter? By the way, have you written anymore fanfictions? If so, could you tell me about them?
4th-Oct-2008 07:39 pm (UTC) - Re: Fanfictions
Thank you. I'm not sure when the next part will be finished. I'm currently working on another fanfic (A Delicate Condition) - and after that... maybe. If you read this fic on FF.net, then you've probably already know about most of my other fanfics. I post most of my fics there.

There are only two fics I wrote that are NOT posted on FF.net. The first is a Gundam Wing oneshot called "First Kiss"; it was my first fic - and not very good IMO! The second is a Yu Yu Hakusho fanfic called "Masquerade" - only the first 2 chapters are up; it's currently on hiatus. You can read those on my personal website: Dragon Illusions
21st-Oct-2008 07:43 am (UTC) - Re: Fanfictions
Anonymous
Ok! Thanks ever so much! Continue to write and rule!
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