Neji, Kiba, Shino, Tenten, Lee, Hinata and you were sitting around a campfire in the middle of the forest. Lee had come up with the idea to go camping in the forest and do something with you all together. Of course, a lot of people didn't want to do it but you and a buch of friends that were now there had agreed to make Lee happy as he really wanted to do this.
Hinata and you mostly listened to the things the others were talking about. Suddenly, you jumped up and started jumping from one foot to the other in fear while pointing to the ground. "What's wrong with her?" Shino asked. Kiba laughed a little. "She probably saw one of your bugs crawl around." he replied to Shino's question. You now started jumping on one leg while shaking your other leg wildly from the one side to the other.
Neji noticed what's wrong and ran over to you. He took the snake off your leg and threw it somewhere in the bushed. You sighed with relief. You gave him a thankful nod. "Oh, it was a snake. Why didn't you just say so?" Kiba asked. that earned him a slap on his head from both Shino and Lee. "She can't speak you idiot! Or did you forget SHE DOESN'T HAVE A VOICE?!" Neji spat rudely.
You tried to get their attention but as you couldn't speak that didn't work out so well. "G-g-guys? I-I thing (Y/N) has s-s-somet-thing to say." Hinata said quietly, but loud enough for the others to hear her. Everyone's attention turned to you. You made handsigns as this was the only way to make your message clear to the others. "She doesn't want you to fight over something this stupid." Tenten translated your signs. You nodded and smiled.
"She's right." Neji said while he sat back down at the fire. Kiba nodded in agreement and stopped the discussion. Lee took out a bag with marshmellows and passed them trough. Everyone took one and warmed them in the fire. You enjoyed your evenening while eating marshmellows, listening to stories and laughing and joking around with everyone. You then all decided to climb in your sleeping bags as it was getting pretty late and the moon was high in the dark sky.
Soon, everyone was asleep. Everyone except for Neji. He was in deep thoughts. He glanced over at you who was sleeping peacefully. He remebered how he had rushed over to you to free you from the snake. Now he came to think of it, he always rushed for you to help you. Even for the things that were as harmless as a newborn baby.
You and Neji had decided to watch a movie because all the others were either training, on a mission or doing something else. You were just enjoying the movie when a bee flew in and landed on your arm. You hadn't even noticed the little bug but Neji had. He had immediatly jumpe dup from his sean and ran over to you to crush the bee before it even had the chance to sting you. Shino had yelled at him that evening because he had killed a harmless living soul that hadn't done anything wrong.
End of flashback
That was just one of the examples. Neji got up and walked over to you who was still sleeping peacefully with a smile plastred on your face. He stared at you before waking you up. First he didn't want to as you looked so happy in your sleep but decided to do it anyway. Your opened your eyes and were surprised to see him standing there. "Can we talk?" he asked and you nodded before getting up and following him deeper into the forest.
"You know, I never realised this until now, but I have always had a strong urge to protect you. You seem so fragile and I don't want anything to happen to you." he said which made you smile and blush a little at the same time. "Please (Y/N), let me protect you. I-I love you and I'd hate myself forever if anything would happen to you."
You made handsigns and Neji smiled as he knew the meaning of the handsigns that you were making. 'I love you too.' Neji put his arms around your waist and pulled you closer. "Be mine." he said and you nodded, smiling happily. He softly pressed his lips against yours and you kissed back immediatly. He pulled away and stared into your eyes. "I'll always protect you."