Hinata breathed deeply, attempting to calm herself down. It's only High School. It's only High School. She told herself. Nothing to be so afraid of. Taking one last deep breath, she opened the heavy metal doors, only her uncertain fate and grown-in bangs in front of her.
Inside, the school was very similar to her middle school. Rusty old lockers lined the walls, filling the already too narrow corridors. Posters and billboards plastered the top of the lockers, hiding as much of the horrid green painted walls as possible. Varying messages from "Go Ninjas Go!" to "Lockers are the property of the school and can be searched at anytime." What a strange set of messages in the same place, she thought.
Making her way to the end of the hallway where freshly printed pages hung on the walls, she searched desperately for her name, afraid to be late. She looked up and down before finally finding her name. "Class 1-C, Kakashi Hatake." She smiled. That teacher's name seemed familiar. "I wonder who's in my class?" She glanced once more before exhaling, saddened. Her Neji-niisan wasn't in the same class. But Sakura Haruno and Ino Yamanaka were in her class. They did not speak to her very often, but they seemed kind. "Kiba Inuzuka." She read aloud, smiling. Well, at least she would have at least one friend in her class.
Glancing down at her wristwatch, she realized she had barely five minutes to get to class. Running as fast as her legs could take her, she ran up to the stairs to the third floor. "Why do the Freshman have to be upstairs?" She moaned.
Bursting through the classroom, she made it mere seconds before the bell rang. Hinata could not help but notice that the entire class was staring at her. They looked her up and down as she turned bright red, before resuming their senseless chatter. A sense of relief fell over as she realized that they didn't care.
She made her way calmly past the desks, eying everyone, trying to find a place to sit. Stopping suddenly, she watched the blonde boy sitting at his desk, chatting excitedly with Sai-kun. Next to him, an empty desk. This is my chance. The girl thought to herself. Ask him. Now. Now. Now! "Ano... Naruto-kun?"
Surprised, the boy looked at her. "Ah! Hinata! Ohayo!"
"O-ohayo." She mumbled, embarrassed. "Ano... can I... sit with you?"
Naruto seemed embarrassed. "Ah... well you can... but I was planning on saving this spot for Sakura-chan."
"No, no. That's alright." She said, forcing herself to smile. "I'll sit somewhere else."
Smiling, Naruto turned to Sai to continue his epic tale. Shuffling over awkwardly, Hinata made her way passed her crush silently. Before she could look up, she heard a familiar voice. "Hinata! Come sit over here!" She looked up, a smile forming on her face.
Sitting down a couple of rows behind Naruto-kun was Kiba, whom she joined without hesitation. As he spoke to her, she couldn't keep from smiling. His messy brown hair and kind face radiated a pleasant disposition, making everyone around him feel at ease.
Despite his pleasant chatter, Hinata could not help but notice as Sakura came in the class room. She seemed afraid, being as late as she was. Looking around, she noticed the Sensei was still not here. Sighing in relief, the pink haired cutie found her way to the desks. There, Naruto-kun invited her to sit with him and Sai. She agreed with a large smile on her face.
That's right. Ever since Sasuke, Sakura's crush, moved away to live with his Uncle Orochimaru, Naruto and Sakura had become so close, Hinata remembered. She seemed happier around him then usual, and he seemed to love her deeply. Seeing such a sweet scene stole the feeling in her chest. It hurt thinking that Naruto loved someone else.
Her thoughts were interrupted by the loud crash of a door slamming open. Out of the door came a young Sensei. His tousled gray (Gray? Hinata thought. Is he really that young?) hair fell in pieces, with no particular pattern. His small eyes seemed larger as a scar ran down his left eye. Hinata swore she heard whispers from the girls about his handsome face.
"Ohayo, my students. I'm sorry I'm late, I was caught in a traffic jam." he said, throwing his suit's jacket onto his chair, revealing a simple white shirt and loose tie. "I am your teacher, Hatake Kakashi, starting today. We will now begin with role call."
He began listing names that we're all, well, almost all familiar to Hinata. Except for one name she had never heard before. "Suna Temari."
"Here." A voice from behind called out. Hinata looked behind, to find the owner of the voice. A couple of rows behind her was a girl, at least two years older then Hinata. Her blond pigtails fell from her head, flowing to her shoulders. She wore the basic uniform, and yet she made it look different. More relaxed, almost lazy. She couldn't look away from Suna's ink bottle eyes. "What are you looking at?" Temari exclaimed.
"N-nothing." Hinata mumbled. Looking up at Kiba, she whispered. "Who's she?"
Kiba watched her, curious. "Suna? Ah, that's Temari Suna. She was held back... once... twice? I'm not sure. All I know is she kept falling behind because constant suspensions. She was always in fights."
"Scary..." Hinata exclaimed, glancing back once more at Temari.
"All right students. Open you're English textbooks to page 43 and translate numbers 3 until 34." Kakashi-sensei announced, while sitting back in his chair.
"EEEEEHHH????" The entire class chorused.
"Not that I care but, aren't you supposed to actually teach us something?" Shikamaru Nara asked, his hand slightly raised.
"I am. I am teaching you to be self-sufficient." He said, while taking out a book. "Now, get to work please."
Hinata pulled out her books, sighing, before glancing one last time at Suna-senpai.
The girls locker room was filled with constant chatter. The girls couldn't help but complain about Kakashi-sensei's overload of work. P.E. hadn't helped their temperaments either. On the first day they had already begun soccer, boys versus girls. Although they had the talented Sakura, Ino and Tenten on their side, they had still been murdered mercilessly, the boys being riled up on the first day.
Hinata listened silently as she pulled her shirt back on.
"The guys were just crazy!" Matsuri moaned. "Sensei didn't even stop them either!"
"I know! It made me want to punch their lights out!" Tenten snarled, rage filling her.
"You should have!" Ino cried out.
"None of them seemed to have any mercy!" Sakura said. She played her best and yet she was angered by the awful outcome.
"Well, I don't know about that." Ino intervened. "Naruto seemed rather cautious of you!"
"No, he was just..." Sakura felt herself turn red.
"Ooooohhh.... Sakura and Naruto sitting in a tree! K-I-S-S-I-N-G!!!!" The girls chanted.
"Shut up!" Sakura cried, her face aflame.
Hinata left the changing as fast as she could, bumping into Suna on the way out. She mumbled a small "sorry" before running out, tears in her eyes, while Suna watched.