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A Deep and Meaningful Talk 
16th-Jul-2009 11:49 pm
Who: Neji and Tenten - others can join in if they're in the coffee shop!
What: The two planned to meet at a local coffee shop to talk about some things.
Where: coffee shop
When: Afternoon, July 16th
Rating: PG

Neji arrived at the coffee shop, right on time. He glanced over the place once, deciding to sit in a booth in the corner; everyone knew the booth seats were the best place to sit, and for once they were actually vacant. Opening the menu, he quickly looked at his watch, hoping Tenten would arrive before he lost his nerve. Meeting her here was his idea, but he had no clue how this all was about to go. But they needed to talk about things...

His head shot up as the bell rang against the door as people entered and exited the coffee shop, hoping each time it was her - and feeling strangely disappointed when it wasn't. This was all so new to him, he had never seen her in this way before, and wasn't sure what to do with it. Looking down at the menu, he tried to concentrate on the list of cakes and sandwiches, but to no avail. He wasn't even hungry anyway...
16th-Jul-2009 04:14 pm (UTC)
Tenten hummed quietly to herself as she entered the coffee shop, her chocolate brown eyes instantly searching for Neji. Spotting him over in a corner booth, she waved at him before taking a deep breath and heading over.

She wouldn't deny that she was curious as to why he suddenly asked her to meet him. He had been acting odd ever since the movies, which was understandable. Maybe that's what he wanted to talk about?

Brushing her bangs out of her face, she slid into the booth across from him and smiled. "Hi, Neji-kun!" she replied in a cheerful tone before nervously fidgeting with one of her pigtails.
16th-Jul-2009 04:18 pm (UTC)
Neji waved at Tenten a little as she walked in, he wanted to make sure she saw him. Satisfied that she did, he dropped his hand down, keeping his grey eyes on her.

He swallowed the lump in his throat as he watched her walk over. Did she always look that good?

"Hey," he replied simply, "You're wearing your hair different again."

'Stupid question...' he thought to himself as he began drumming his hand on the table top.
16th-Jul-2009 04:37 pm (UTC)
She smiled slightly at his comment about her hair. Reaching up, she tugged at the pigtail again. "Yeah, I thought I'd try something new for a change as I've been wearing my buns forever." she remarked, tilting her head to gaze at him.

He looked nervous. Neji never looked nervous. She wondered what he was thinking about.
16th-Jul-2009 04:43 pm (UTC)
Neji nodded in response. He wanted to tell Tenten her hair looked nice, but felt like an idiot, so he stopped himself from doing so.

"Do you want a coffee or something?" he asked gazing back down at the menu. The pit of his stomach felt weird when he looked at her. "Cake?"

How was he meant to begin this conversation? He needed to think of a way, and soon because she would probably ask...
16th-Jul-2009 04:49 pm (UTC)
Her head tilted again as she continued to gaze at him. Her eyes moved momentarily from his face to the menu before returning again. She smiled. "I'm fine right now..." she replied.

Suddenly she reached over the table and touched his arm lightly. "Neji-kun, is everything okay? You've been acting odd lately..."

She found herself hoping that it wasn't her causing his behavior. Had she doen something to offend him?
16th-Jul-2009 04:54 pm (UTC)
"Are you sure?" Neji asked, looking over the top of the menu at Tenten, "They make good strawberry cake." His eyes fell back down to the menu. Why didn't she want any coffee or cake?

Raising his eyes back up to her face, he nodded slowly, "Everything is okay," he replied and hoped it would be okay, afterall, she just said he had been acting odd. "...acting odd how?"
16th-Jul-2009 05:09 pm (UTC)
"We can share a piece of you want...I'm not really hungry." she replied. And she wasn't. Whenever she was nervous, she couldn't eat. And at the current point in time, she was horribly nervous.

She continued to gaze at him. Even though he said everything was okay, she could tell it wasn't. There was something on his mind. Without responding to his question, she leaned back in the booth, her fingertips tapping along to the music playing in the background.

"What's on your mind?"
16th-Jul-2009 05:14 pm (UTC)
"No, it's okay," Neji replied, he wasn't hungry either. Why had he suggested a coffee shop?

'I might aswell spill...' he thought to himself, letting go off the menu - the only thing between their complete eye contact.

"Uh... what do you think about what happened at the cinema?" he asked, lowering his eyes to look at the table. He had no idea how she truly felt, and thought the worse.
16th-Jul-2009 05:21 pm (UTC)
Tenten blanched slightly at his question, thankful that he was looking down at the table instead of her. "The cinema?" she asked quietly, her voice trembling despite her attempting to stay calm. Did he regret it?

"...whereas I guess I should start researching movies before going to see them, I have a feeling you're talking about what happened during the movie that wasn't movie-related..." she joked nervously, letting out a shaky laugh.

Taking a deep breath, she forced a calm smile to her face. "I don't regret it."
16th-Jul-2009 05:28 pm (UTC)
"Yeah... I was talking about the non-movie related things," Neji said as calmly as he could, his eyes still lowered.

He nodded as she joked, she seemed as nervous as he did. "If you researched, we wouldn't have seen that movie..." he said quietly; trailing off, 'And you wouldn't have got scared - and I wouldn't have kissed you,' he added in thought.

His grey eyes raised and looked directly into her brown ones. "...you don't?"
16th-Jul-2009 05:32 pm (UTC)
She frowned slightly at his logical reasoning. He was right - if she had actually known what the movie was about, they would've never seen it. And never kissed... She had never thought about it that way.

"I don't...in fact, I've wanted you to kiss me for some time now, Neji-kun..." she added shyly, then stifled a groan. Why did she just admit that to him? Especially knowing that he could possibly be having second thoughts about kissing her in the first place!
16th-Jul-2009 05:36 pm (UTC)
Neji froze, his eyes fixed on Tenten's. "You did?" he asked, "I had no idea." He was a bit shocked that she just came out and said it so easily, though he knew she had a habit of sometimes speaking before thinking.

"That's what I like about you," he added, smiling slightly, "You're always so bold."
16th-Jul-2009 05:41 pm (UTC)
Tenten was currently turning a lovely shade of red, mentally beating herself up for what she had just admitted so blatantly. She really needed to learn how to control her mouth...

She blinked suddenly at his words then smirked despite herself. "You're pretty oblivious to alot of things, Neji..." she replied, allowing a smile to burst through her embarassment. "I've had a crush on you for years."

...WHAT THE HELL. She clamped a hand over her mouth, the embarassment returning faster than lightning. Forget learning how to control her mouth, she needed a muzzle.
16th-Jul-2009 05:45 pm (UTC)
Neji blinked a few times, his eyes still fixed on hers. 'She has had a crush on me for years?' he thought repeatedly over in his mind. How could he have missed it?

"Apparently so," he replied, managing somehow to keep his cool - he could think of a few things to do, but they just weren't him. "I had no idea."

He could tell she was embarrassed now, and frowned feeling a little bad that he never had any idea of her feelings. He'd have to think back - but now was not the time. "For how long?"
16th-Jul-2009 05:57 pm (UTC)
Her hand slowly moved from her mouth and landed in her lap as she gazed at the table for a moment before looking up at him. "Ever since we were 14..." she replied quietly.

She had caught the frown and suddenly felt like sinking into the ground. Maybe he was regretting the kiss, especially now that he knew of her feelings for him.

'Stupid, Tenten!' she thought to herself.
16th-Jul-2009 06:00 pm (UTC)
"Since we were 14..." Neji repeated Tenten, trying to comprehend what she was saying. 'This is a dream, isn't it?' he thought to himself, 'No, it's not, this is real life, and she has liked me since we were 14... that's 5 years...'

"5 years..." he said slowly; thinking out loud. His grey eyes stared at her, as he thought.

"Why have you never said anything?" he suddenly asked.
16th-Jul-2009 06:06 pm (UTC)
Tenten was tracing nonsensical figures on the table with her fingernail, unable to look up at Neji. He was regretting kissing her. She knew it. And now she had gone and ruined everything by speaking before thinking...

She winced slightly when she heard him say '5 years' then ask her why she had never said anything. Without looking up, she sighed. "I was afraid of ruining our friendship."

"...which I fear I just managed to do..." she added in a voice barely above a whisper.
16th-Jul-2009 06:10 pm (UTC)
Neji looked at Tenten's finger tracing figures on the table, and he wondered why she was unable to look at him. Reaching over, he lifted up her chin, forcing her to meet his eyes.

"Ruined it how?" he asked, still giving absolutely no clue as to how he felt about any of it. He was never good at expressing his feelings.

"If I remember rightly, it was I who kissed you twice."
16th-Jul-2009 06:13 pm (UTC)
"It was I who put you in those positions...first with the pillow fight and then grabbing on to you at the cinema..." she replied softly, her gaze locked on him. She wished he'd give away some inkling as to how he felt.

"...if I had done either of those things, you would've never kissed me...and now I fear you regret doing so."
16th-Jul-2009 06:18 pm (UTC)
Neji shook his head and sighed. "Quite the opposite," he replied, "Tenten, you know me, no-one can make me do something if I don't want to... it was my decision."

He moved his hand and placed it on hers softly, "I don't regret anything."
16th-Jul-2009 06:24 pm (UTC)
She gazed down at their hands for a moment before looking up at him, a small smile on her lips. "You...wanted to kiss me?" she asked softly, her eyes brightening up.

She resisted the urge to pinch herself. Because if this was a dream, she really didn't want to wake up from it. Neji...her long-time crush...didn't regret kissing her.

...of course, he still hadn't said whether he liked her back or not. But that could wait.
16th-Jul-2009 06:29 pm (UTC)
Neji nodded and smiled slightly, "I admit, I was a little confused the first time though," he said quietly, "But yes, the second time definitely."

He stopped and looked at her some more, he wasn't exactly sure what to do next. If he was capable of blushing, this would be the time.

"Uhh... what do you think?"
16th-Jul-2009 06:32 pm (UTC)
Without a word, she moved from her side of the booth over to his and threw her arms around his neck, hugging him and burying her face into his shoulder so that he couldn't see how red she was as well as the grin.

He still hadn't say he liked her but it was a start.
16th-Jul-2009 06:39 pm (UTC)
Neji returned the hug; warmly but a little slow, but he was still trying to process it all. Lifting her chin up again, he looked into her brown eyes.

"You look happy," he said simply, he was happy too, but wasn't one to show much emotion. He leaned over, gently kissing her on the cheek.
16th-Jul-2009 06:42 pm (UTC)
She laughed quietly. "You have no idea, Neji-kun..." she replied, smiling up at him, her eyes fluttering closed as he kissed her cheek only to reopen when he pulled away.

There was one question weighing on her mind though. "So...where exactly does this leave us now that you know of my crush?" she asked, reaching up to brush a stray strand of hair from his face.

She was so jealous of his hair.
16th-Jul-2009 06:47 pm (UTC)
"What do you mean?" he asked quietly looking down into her face, "Where do you want this to go?"

He wanted to ask her to be his girlfriend, but it sounded so cheesy in his thoughts. Is that was she wanted too?
16th-Jul-2009 06:50 pm (UTC)
She wasn't sure how to answer his question without sounding like a cheesy schoolgirl in love so she did the next best thing.

She reached up and pulled his head down to hers, kissing him softly.
16th-Jul-2009 06:57 pm (UTC)
Neji kissed her back just as softly, moving his hands to her hips to pull her closer. He couldn't help but think how right all of this felt.

'5 years... I can't believe she has liked me for 5 years,' he thought as he moved one his hands up to her face as he continued kissing.
16th-Jul-2009 07:00 pm (UTC)
Reaching up, she covered his hand with hers as she pulled back, cheeks pink. "Does that answer your question?" she asked jokingly.

She, of course, couldn't believe how bold she was being but it oddly felt right. Being close to Neji, kissing him... She just hoped she wasn't making a mistake and ruining the strong friendship they had managed to build.
16th-Jul-2009 07:05 pm (UTC)
Neji blinked as Tenten pulled back from the kissed. "You want to be official?" he asked gently, touching her hand back.

He leaned in again, kissing her forehead. "A penny for your thoughts?"
16th-Jul-2009 07:11 pm (UTC)
Her brown eyes widened. Had Neji just asked her to be his girlfriend? Now she knew she had to be dreaming. With a shy smile, she nodded. Screw the dream, she was going to enjoy it for as long as it lasted.

Her nose crinkled at his second question before she smiled. "I was just thinking about how right it felt to be near you like this..." she replied, ignoring the threatening embarassment in the pit of her stomach. She had already embarassed herself enough that she was at the point of not caring what she said.
16th-Jul-2009 07:18 pm (UTC)
"Okay, good," Neji replied, grabbing Tenten's hand. His eyes dancing with excitement.

Moving his arm around her, he nodded again. "Funny," he said into her ear, "I was thinking the same thing."

Grabbing the menu with his free hand, he flicked through it, "What cake do you fancy?" he asked with a small smile, "It's not polite to sit here and not order anything."
16th-Jul-2009 07:27 pm (UTC)
Tenten snuggled closer to him and peered at the menu for a few before turning her gaze up to him and smiling slyly. "How about we share a piece of strawberry?" she replied, her eyes sparkling with amusement. "I heard they made a good strawberry cake." she added with a wink.
16th-Jul-2009 07:35 pm (UTC)
Neji chuckled slightly, "Hmm I wonder where you heard that from," he replied, "Strawberry cake it is." He waved over a nearby waitress, ordering a nice big slice of strawberry cake complete with two forks for them both to eat.

"Does this count as a date?" he asked looking back down at Tenten.
16th-Jul-2009 07:43 pm (UTC)
Tenten smiled up at him. "Our first date as a couple?" she replied, leaning up to kiss his chin. "Okay, then."

She looked up as the waitress set the plate between them. Reaching out, she picked up a fork and broke off a small piece of cake. It did look delicious. But honestly, it could've tasted horrible and she wouldn't have cared.

16th-Jul-2009 07:49 pm (UTC)
Neji smiled a little, and nodded. "First date as a couple then."

"Mmm taste it, it's good," he said, breaking off his own piece and putting the fork in his mouth. He licked the cake crumbs off his lips and looked back her waiting for her to try it.
16th-Jul-2009 07:54 pm (UTC)
She watched him as he took a bite, amusement on her face until he glanced over at her. Without a word, she slid the fork into her mouth, savoring the sweet cake. He was right, it was good.

She licked her lower lip slowly then smiled. "It is good."
16th-Jul-2009 08:08 pm (UTC)
"I hate to say this, but I told you," he replied smiling still, "It's the best cake here."

He put some more cake in his mouth, eating it politely and looking back at Tenten.
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