Stress permeated the campus air - it was finals week and students
were frantically attempting to cram a semester’s worth of information in
the span of several days and complete presentations and papers and projects. More than a few were running on lethal amounts of caffeine and Adderall.
were working on practice exams in the group study area of the library
when one of the chairs at their table was pulled out and the intruder
plopped into the seat as if they belonged there.
Naruto greeted and started unpacking his notes and textbooks. “So glad I
found you two, I couldn’t find a single open desk or table in this
“Hi Naruto,” Hinata greeted warmly, perking up to the distraction from the monotonous problems.
briefly acknowledged the blonde’s presence before turning back to his
work - they still had another physics practice exam left to complete.
“You’d think the library would be emptier at 2 AM on a Friday.”
With an irritable tone, Sasuke stated, “It’s finals week, dobe.”
“Fuck dude, it sure is,” he sighed and picked up a pencil.
political science major rifled through his notes and textbooks but
quickly became bored - there was so much to study and so little time to
study with. It was all very daunting so he watched his quiet friends
When Hinata turned to Sasuke to ask about a specific
problem she was stuck on, Naruto was surprised to see him helping her
without sass or impatience. While he was best friends with the Uchiha
and cared for him dearly, he had to admit that Sasuke was not exactly
known for being nice or even remotely helpful. In fact, he was kind of a
The blonde interjected, “What are you guys studying?”
Tired lavender eyes peeled away from the never ending practice sheet.
“Physics,” she explained glumly.
“Well you’re in good hands!” He said emphatically, with a wide grin.
She blinked at him in questioning.
this punk” - he pointed to Sasuke - “took AP Physics in high school and
got a 5 on the exam! But he’s crazy and wanted to retake physics in
college,” Naruto remarked with a perplexed expression.
registering the shadow that set over Sasuke’s features, Naruto
continued, “He’s actually a physics whiz! He was a part of this nerdy
science/math competition and he set a record score for the physics
section - it made the news and everything.”
Some of her fatigue
ebbed and she raised a brow at him, amused. Sasuke schooled his
expression to remain neutral and he could not meet her gaze. Instead he
stared straight ahead at the rambling blonde, willing him to just stop talking please.
went to nationals after and took home the trophy, of course,” he
bragged about his best friend. “That thing is like, this tall!” He
emulated the proportions with his hands, definitely exaggerating.
Sasuke could stop her, Hinata reached over to her laptop to Google his
name. “U-chi-ha Sa-su-ke,” she quietly mouthed the syllables as she
He watched in horror as the trusty search engine pulled up
results within 0.62 seconds and he was greeted with old photos from high
school and headlines proclaiming of a physics prodigy.
darkness, my old friend…’ played in his head as she clicked on the
images tab and he was assaulted with even more embarrassing stills.
Stones sank to the pit of his stomach, but she looked absolutely
delighted to be perusing Sasuke’s awful, awful high school pictures,
eyes riveted to the screen.
“Your sense of style has improved,” she offered, containing her laughter by pressing her lips together.
The arm warmers worn by the teen in the photos haunted him, as did the popped collar and partially unbuttoned shirt - good god who let him attend the competition like that? No, the better question was: who let him leave the house like that?
hoisted his body across the table to look at her computer and let out a
hearty chuckle. “Our boy Sasuke had an edgy emo phase,” he then glanced
at the sullen man’s outfit, a dark hoodie and similarly dark jeans.
“Actually, he might still be in it.”
Sasuke wanted to be anywhere else but here, in the library with his past exposed to the girl he was absolutely infatuated with.
his taciturn attitude, Hinata threaded her fingers into his bangs to
brush them away from his eyes, “But I think your hair has gotten
The lavender pools conveyed mirth and her lingering
touch on his temple made his pulse race, face heating to an
uncomfortable temperature. Any existing thoughts went up in smoke with
her simple actions; if his brain was a computer, Sasuke.exe would have
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