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Title: Good Night Kiss
Pairing: NejiTen
Summary: A drabble written for the Kissing Meme
Disclaimer: I don't own Naruto but it is fun to play with the characters so I do. It'd be nice if I got paid for it but I don't.
Dedicated to: Reggie who requested it on the Naruto Families (DA) group Kiss Meme

Tenten knew Neji had a soft side, one he hid from most of the world. She knew because she'd seen it.

She saw it when he ate the anniversary dinner at his parents grave. Even in the early days, before he and his uncle had learned to understand each other, the anger in his eyes was always replaced with a soft aching sadness when he sat before the stone with two names carved in it. He hadn't invited her, not exactly. Out of concern she had trailed after him, thinking he didn't know. When he sighed, stood up, then walked over and dragged her out from behind the tree she had thought he would yell at her or send her away. Neji surprised her though and introduced her to his parents as his new team mate. Every year after he had simply waited for her at the training grounds before walking with her to the memorial dinner.

She saw it whenever he was with little kids. When their team had been assigned to babysit the children of shinobi out on missions she had fully expected to see a scowl to rival that of Sasuke's. Nothing of the sort had happened though. Lee had taken the boys and challenged them to an arm wrestling contest of all six of them against him at once while she and Neji sat down with the girls. The littlest one had pulled out a book, dragged it over, sniffed, wiped her nose on her sleeve, and then promptly sat in Neji's lap. She had offered to do one of the older girls' hair and that had immediately led to two others doing hers and a third doing Neji's. It was hard not to giggle while watching the frilly bows and baubles being tied rather messily into his hair. When he had looked up at her and smiled her heart beat hard in her chest, cheeks burned, and any thought she had of giggling was gone.

She saw it when he looked at her on their first date. Never in all the years she'd known him could she say she had ever seen him nervous so it was hard to know for a moment if that was what she was seeing. Tenten had never seen him blush, had never heard him falter when he spoke, had never seen him break eye contact and look aimlessly at anything except her, and she had never even imagined him doing any of that. All she had done was take her hair down, put on a dress, and apply a very small amount of make-up.

She saw it on their wedding day. It was there in the care he took when he slid the ring on her finger, in the soft, nearly chaste kiss, in the gentle but firm hold he had on her hand at the tea ceremony, and in every other precious moment of that day. She had never felt so treasured as she did when he'd held her while she cried because of all of it. It would have made her feel weak if she hadn't looked up and seen the glistening dampness of unshed tears in his eyes. Strangely, it had surprised her when he'd leaned forward and whispered in her ear that she was the strongest, most beautiful kunoichi he knew. It was biased, they both knew it, and she loved him for saying anyway even if no one else heard a word of it.

Nobody saw the side of Neji that she saw. Nobody was allowed to. Tenten wasn't quite sure why she had been given the honor, but when she watched her husband kiss their new baby girl good night before laying her softly into the bassinet, she was glad she had.
First NejiTen fic of any real length and I am quite convinced she is way too soft and girlie in this and he's way too soft but oh well. Hopefully people will like it anyway.

This belongs in the 'A New Beginning' series

Cover - [link]
Next To You - [link]
Baby - [link]
Lucky - [link]
Heroes - [link]
Good Night Kiss - HERE
Crib - [link]
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iluvtenten123 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This is so sweet! :iconmonkeyloveplz:
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KiterieAine Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Aw thank you. I liked writing this little series.
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iluvtenten123 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Welcome! Thats good :)
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NejixxTenten Featured By Owner May 17, 2011
Awwwwwwwww, cute
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KiterieAine Featured By Owner May 25, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks! I really need to write them more. Like so many other pairings I love.
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Sillysammijo Featured By Owner May 12, 2011
Awwwwwww!!! how cute was that!!!! Great job!! :D
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KiterieAine Featured By Owner May 12, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks, glad you liked it. It's fun to play with pairings I really haven't done much with before and it always makes me smile when people like it.
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R0yh Featured By Owner May 11, 2011  Student General Artist
i just love it it gives me butterflies :D
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:iconkiterieaine:
KiterieAine Featured By Owner May 12, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Good! That's what I was aiming for
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R0yh Featured By Owner May 12, 2011  Student General Artist
:D
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Arikawaii13 Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is a wonderful story!
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:iconkiterieaine:
KiterieAine Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks! I'm glad you liked it. First time writing the pairing to any extent as anything more than a side pairing.
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:iconarikawaii13:
Arikawaii13 Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well its very good!
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KiterieAine Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
^.^
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:iconarikawaii13:
Arikawaii13 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
^_^
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Jyukai-Koudan Featured By Owner May 9, 2011
Aww, this is such a lovely and tender story! :love:
I love it!
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:iconkiterieaine:
KiterieAine Featured By Owner May 9, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks. I was hoping it would be.
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SayuJany Featured By Owner May 8, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
So Beautiful!
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:iconkiterieaine:
KiterieAine Featured By Owner May 8, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you
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SayuJany Featured By Owner May 8, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
You welcome
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KiterieAine Featured By Owner May 8, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I was worried cuz I'd never written them beyond like a one sentence fic thing or as side characters so it's good to know people like it
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SayuJany Featured By Owner May 8, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
It was amazing... it wasn't ooc it was totally them , You caught Neji's personality very well and TenTen was just flawless. Keep up the good job!
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KiterieAine Featured By Owner May 9, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Good good, now I'll worry less the next time I write them.
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SayuJany Featured By Owner May 9, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Sure! You know at first when I was writing my first chapter for my story "Hands All Over" I thought the same but know with lots of people that favorited ... well I am so happy have confidence.
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KiterieAine Featured By Owner May 9, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
If it were a yaoi pairing I wouldn't have been nervous because well that's primarily what I write and I'm comfortable with it for the most part except on the rare occasion I write a weird ass pairing for a friend or write *gags* Sasuke or both and then I worry that something might be out of character. I really don't write a lot of Het though.
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lasan15 Featured By Owner May 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh wow... WOW... This was so beautiful. I have no words to describe how great this story made me feel.

Amazing.
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KiterieAine Featured By Owner May 8, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you. I always get nervous when I write a pairing I haven't written before about whether people in that pairing's fandom will think they're OOC since without reading a lot of the fandom it's hard to know what the expected norm is and outside of a couple of authors I haven't read that many NejiTen fic so I'm really glad you liked it.
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lasan15 Featured By Owner May 9, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You nailed it. It was really beautiful.
You have great writing skills. :nod:
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KiterieAine Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Good and thank you. ^.^
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ode2sokka Featured By Owner May 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*has utterly and completely melted*

I love this Neji. Because it *is* there. That soft look he gets when he sees kids playing...it is so cute. And THIS was so cute, and perfect, and in character, and I LOVE you for writing it. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
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KiterieAine Featured By Owner May 8, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Oh thank god! I was so worried it'd be completely OOC. I was like 'gah I think I made her too girlie and he's too soft/emotional' *flailflailflail*

And btw I deliberately left it open to who the kid was so that not only could it be implied that it's one of your little NT kids but other writers could imagine the same thing otherwise I'd probably have grabbed one of your cuties for it.

You're welcome. Now I just have to find some clever freaking way to make SasuSaku - wait for me work... *shakes head* I hate Sasuke and I'm not overly fond of Sakura and god damn it I am going to make it work somehow. *determined*
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ode2sokka Featured By Owner May 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No, no, not at all! TenTen has a girlie side :XD: . She just doesn't want to be looked down on for it, I think. And they're great.

Aaaaaw, thanks! I love my NT kids :XD:. And Neji with little girls always makes me ridiculously happy.

Hm...Yeah, dunno what to tell you :XD: . I like Sakura, and I use her quite a lot in fan fics to make things happen, but Sasuke...I still see nothing at all likable about him at any point.
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KiterieAine Featured By Owner May 8, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Yeah I just worried because I don't generally write her. I always worry when I pick up new characters that they're OOC.

I know you do which is why I wanted to include them in some fashion for your request.

Sakura is... useful but she's frankly a bit of a bitch. Like Ino. They're both shallow and selfish. I try to play down those characteristics when I write them but they are there and so I don't 'like' her very much. And Sasuke... well I've written him for people I consider good friends because they put up with all my "Sasuke is a douchebag" comments. I feel like I should answer it though. I've answered every other one so it's like if I don't it's just rude. Honestly though I don't like that pairing. If I have to write Sasuke I stick him with Naruto because it makes more sense logically to me based on their freaking obsession with each other. Even Sasuke is obsessed. Sakura's thing is completely one sided just like Naruto's thing for her is completely one sided(and I don't like pairing them together either). I'm considering it a challenge though. To write something IC and not completely lame. I've managed KakaSasu(EW) and ShikaSasu(gag me) so I should be able to manage this.
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