Hanabi was beyond annoyed. This Naruto-person was the only hope for her sister. If she couldn’t find him then Hinata would be doomed to marry Kabuto. The only problem was- Hanabi clenched her fists in frustration- Naruto was a commoner. And Hanabi had not been best pleased when she had found out either.
How was she supposed to convince her father that this bumbling idiot was a better match for her sister?! He had no status, no money and no influence. His connection to the Sarutobi heir meant nothing now she was seeing Konohamaru. They would gain nothing more. She didn’t know what to do next- a rare feeling for the sharp-minded Hyuuga.
All she could do is go back over the events of the day and try and make some sense out of them. Maybe then she could find a solution.
She had gone to visit Konahamaru with the hope that he would be able to locate the bumbling blonde-haired idiot. They had arrived at the Akimichi ball together, after all.
Admittedly it was a bit of a surprise visit. Hanabi had only once visited the Sarutobi residence since the beginning of her courtship with Konahamaru. The plan had been to meet the important- and some less important- relatives. Approval of the family meant everything in such relationships, especially in higher society. These relatives had the power to make the life of Hanabi and her family hell, in terms of business and also social standing. The first visit had gone well. If only the second had been the same.
Upon her arrival to the estate, the young Hyuuga was met with the muffled sound of an argument further in the grounds. The guards let her in without hesitation and lowered their heads in acknowledgement of her higher social status. Hanabi grinned inwardly at the prospect of seeing the Sarutobi heir again. It was enough to make her forget her reason for visiting in the first place.
Looking up at the building before her, a stately manor built during the reign of King William IV, Hanabi’s smile started to show on the outside as a certain brown-haired male appeared darting from window to window, waving at her excitedly. She really had missed him… Not that she would ever admit that to anyone.
Konohamaru almost barrelled through the door, tripping at the bottom of the stairs in their grand hallway. A tut from the maid Sakura’s direction reminded him that such enthusiasm just wasn’t proper and was enough to make him regain his composure, forcing down the smile that tinged at the edge of his lips.
He strolled through the open doors into the spacious courtyard, admiring Hanabi without making it too obvious. She had dressed perfectly for the summer, with the shortened sleeves on her lilac dress, which matched her eyes wonderfully, the detail would have been satisfactory in even a formal gown, with birds and flowers made of lace making themselves comfortable in the layers of her skirt.
“Shall we?” the Sarutobi heir proffered his arm, making the movement as overdramatic as he dared, trying to poke fun at the more uptight Hyuuga. He watched as she rolled her eyes at his antics, taking his arm slightly too roughly for one who claimed to be a lady.
“For someone who claims my opinion holds no value to them you have certainly tried hard to look nice today.” Konohamaru commented as they started off towards the tulip garden- a beautiful section of their estate that was a gift designed by the Yamanaka family. He was so tired of talking to all the upper-class busybodies who were only there for his money. He wanted to talk to someone who didn’t treat him like the heir to a big company. He wanted to pretend that he had some freedom and control over his life. And his solution to all this was the young Hyuuga beside him.
He felt a prod to his arm as he realised that her retort had gone over his head completely. It was a shame, really. Her wit was always enlightening and he enjoyed the challenge of sparring with her, so to speak.
“Are you always this oblivious?” Hanabi let herself smile, knowing he would not mock her for it.
“I am smarter than you give me credit for, Miss Hyuuga.” Konohamaru chuckled, tugging her closer to him affectionately. “Here we are.”
The two looked at each other for a second before bounding towards the garden, competitive as ever. Hanabi kept a good speed despite being laden down with petticoats. Konohamaru was leading around the topiary until…
Naruto had only been doing his job. Shino had told him to clip the wilting flowers of the topiary surrounding the tulip garden. How we he to know that the young master would come charging round the corner.
Naruto pulled the young heir up and dusted them both off, soon wondering as to where his clippers had disappeared to. Shino was going to be furious if he had lost yet another piece of equipment.
“Y-you…” Hanabi whispered.
Naruto turned to see Konohamaru’s companion with her mouth slightly gaped and a- dare he say- alarmed look in her eyes. It took him a moment to put together, but he could never forget those eyes. They lacked the gentle warmth that pooled beneath Hinata’s lilac orbs but they were unmistakably those that defined a member of the Hyuuga clan…
He was in so much trouble.
I never got a chance to explain to Hinata…Now she’ll find out from someone else and I’ll have lost my chance.
The young Sarutobi and Uzumaki stood in shock, knowing that this wouldn’t go without consequence, and a painful one at that.
“Please.” Naruto started, subdued. “Come with us and I will explain everything. I-“
“Do you realise what you have done?” Hanabi bit, looking him in the eye with the look of anger and frustration one would have thought beyond the Hyuuga. Few knew that her emotions existed at all, let alone that they could be conveyed so strongly. “If you wish to come out of this meeting unharmed then you better help me. Otherwise my sister will be out of your reach permanently.”
And so, in the security of one of the unused drawing rooms the brothers by bond explained the events leading up to and including the ball (with wild hand gestures on Naruto’s part), hoping to convince the stubborn Hyuuga that Naruto really did care for Hinata, despite his situation.
Finally Hanabi nodded, knowing there was nothing she could do about this unfortunate turn of events except to try and use what she had to her advantage.
They planned and schemed until a notice arrived that one Hyuuga, Neji was demanding to be let through the gate after his companion- an angry brunette wielding knives- had started knocking out the guards.
They just had to hope the plan would work. They needed Kabuto to walk right into their hands.