The people of Konoha supported the new couple. Well, most of the village at least. Neji's uncle didn't seem to care about his new relationship. For the first time in his life, he felt free. He felt as if that maybe, just maybe, that his destiny could be changed.
One night he sat in his bed reading when he heard someone tapping his window. He got up and opened it to see Shikamaru standing there in the dark. “Shikamaru?” he asked.
“Yeah it's me.” He said hoarsely.
“Is something the matter?”
“Can I come in and tell you?”
“Of course.” Shikamaru climbed into Neji's bedroom and sat on the bed. His face looked pale. He looked tired and upset. “What's wrong?” he asked. Shikamaru lowered his head. He began to tremble and tears dripped onto Neji's bed. Neji lifted Shikamaru's head to see his face drenched in tears. Neji lowered his hands and stared at him for awhile. He went to say something, but stopped himself.