After entirely too much time writing and then weeks of poking, prodding, re-reading, and tense-checking, I hearby declare this story as finished and as ready for the public as it’s going to get.
For some unknown reason, I felt like writing something about Neji and Hinata's interactions during the timeskip, and this is the result. As I wrote the tense decided to settle somewhere itchy, Hanabi somehow got herself personally involved, a pairing I’d never even thought about before snuck in, and the story grew
well beyond any of my initial estimates.
In all honesty, the story ended up bearing very little resemblance at all to my original concept and I’ve found I like it much better in this form.
I’ve probably taken some huge liberties with my characterization of Hanabi along the way. But since canon has pretty much next to nothing to say about her there was little choice but to do so. That said, I kind of like the way she ended up so I’m keeping her.
The Hyuuga family speak so incredibly formally, my goodness. Thus, honourifics have been left carefully intact, and what people don’t
say is as important as what they do.
Characters: Neji, Hinata, Hanabi
Word Count: 6,183
Spoilers: This story contains spoilers for the Chuunin Exams arc, and the Valley of the End arc, as well as for post-timeskip Neji, Hinata, Kiba, Shino, and Akamaru.I continue to not own Naruto, I just play with the characters a bit then put them back.
The world doesn't always change overnight.( The Shape of the CageCollapse ).