Neji nodded and curled up with Itachi. "mmhmm...I'm glad you're back"
Itachi settled his head on the pillow and closed his eyes, determined not to fall asleep. Eventually though, the warmth and comfort lulled him into a deep, dreamless sleep.
Neji watched Itachi sleep,too keyed up from the nights events. He smiled and ran his fingers through Itachi;s hair.
In his sleep, Itachi sighed and turned his head. His arm flexed around Neji, and the hand still held captive by Neji's tail slid around the Hyuuga's shoulders.
Neji curled closer to him,tail tightening around his arm. He liked this...just laying here together. It was..peaceful.
After an hour or so, Itachi opened his eyes and yawned, stretching and tugging his arm away from Neji's tail. "Hmmm. I needed that." He laid his head back on the pillow. "I don't think I'm up to going out tonight. Tomorrow we will though."
Neji nodded and cuddled up to him "It's ok...you're tired"
Itachi played with his hair. "Mmm. While I was away I found sleeping by myself to be troublesome."
Neji snorted as his lover sounded momentarily like someone he knew. " Well as long as you...want to you don't have to..." He said looking down.
He brought the other hand up and scratched the base of one of Neji's ears. "I have a week's break before I'll be assigned a mission, perhaps longer. I do not intend to sleep alone. Unless you chase me out because of final exams...or did you take those already?"
Neji shrugged "They were this past week...easy enough" He closed his eyes and nuzzled Itachis hand. " and I wouldn't chase you out"
"Even if those hidebound relatives of yours come to visit?" he prodded. "I doubt they'd be too charitable toward you harboring a criminal in your apartment."
Neji frowned " I don't care..." He said eyes turning up stubbornly.
Itachi raised an eyebrow. "Oh?" he asked. "What'll you do if they find out about me?" Itachi ran his fingers along a newer bruise, then along the yellowing ones from a week ago.
Neji shrugged " They'll disown me I'm sure since I would refuse to stop seeing you...,but telling the police would put a Hyuuga in jail and they can't have that. The apartment is in my name I...would have to find a job..."
Itachi shrugged. "You could always move in with me if that ever happened."
Nejis head snapped up and his eyes widened " I..." He swallowed "Are you sure?"
"I have little reason to say other than I mean." Itachi watched his lover's face. "Unless you wouldn't want to, of course."
Neji shook his head " No...I'd like that but...I don't want to be a freeloader."
Itachi thought about this for a bit. "If you wanted, you could get a job, then," he said. "My flat is paid for by my employer, as are the basic utilities. However anything extra, as well as food, comes out of our paycheck. It is bigger than your apartment, and safer when I am away. It is quite close to headquarters."
Neji looked down " Safer for who? I doubt your employer would protect...whatever I am to you..."
"Not directly perhaps, but the proximity to such a powerful organization's headquarters tends to decrease the number of people coming in through the window to kill or kidnap you," Itachi said with a hint of sarcasm. "And what are you to me if not important?"
Neji nodded conceding the point. "True...and " looks down and toys with the sheets " It's just odd being important to someone...especially someone important to me"
"I am thinking this takes a bit of getting used to," Itachi said softly. "It is strange to have someone dependent upon me. And to realize that the potential loss of this person gives me much more of a sense of urgency than other situations like it."
Neji nodded "Yes...but it hasn't happened yet...so...we can hope"