Neji's luck had finally run out and he and Tenten were up next on stage, and they were going to be singing 'Need you now' by Lady Antebellum. Of course, neither of them knew how to sing but this was karaoke and it didn't matter. However, to Neji, it did matter, he did not want to be outdone in anything – especially not to Naruto, the Uchiha or his cousin. Some extremely sappy, country sounding music began to emanate from the speakers.
Tenten nervously took the microphone from Jiraiya and began to sing, "Picture-perfect memories scattered all around the floor...reachin' for the phone 'cause I can't fight it anymore. And I wonder if I ever cross your mind? For me it happens all the time..."
Neji was horrified, on the inside of course. Calm down Neji you awesome Hyuga you, it's just a chorus, let Tenten do the singing and you can just mouth the words. Tenten seemed to be really into the song and didn't even notice that Neji wasn't singing along, "It's a quarter after one, I'm all alone and I need you now. Said I wouldn't call, but I lost all control and I need you now. And I don't know how I can do without...I just need you now."
His verse came and he had to sing, so he cleared his throat in the microphone while the drunken audience sniggered. "Another shot of whiskey, can't stop looking at the door, wishing you'd come sweeping in the way you did before...and I wonder if I ever cross your mind? For me it happens all the time..."
"Marry me Neji!" a fan-girl screamed from the crowd. The fan-girl got a kunai thrown at her – by Tenten who looked murderous but then smiled as Neji looked at her questioningly.
Itachi cursed himself for having walked into the men's bathrooms and he was followed by his little brother, now the youngest Uchiha was standing before him smugly awaiting an answer.
Itachi didn't know what he should do; option one, scream 'rape' and assault Sasuke, option two, trap him in a genjutsu and risk exposure, option three, pretend to be dumb or drunk. He figured that he would try all three in the order of option three, one and then two.
"P-penis pass? Whatever do you mean?" he asked, trying to sound embarrassed instead of cold.
"This is the men's bathrooms," Sasuke said, pointing to the stick figure of a man on the bathroom door.
"Oh dear me, I didn't notice! I'm such a fool..."
"Damn right you are...don't think I'm not on to you. You're a man."
"Wh-what?" Itachi asked, trying to look affronted.
"You heard me," Sasuke said, coming closer to Itachi.
"Help! Help! I'm being assaulted!" Itachi cried desperately, enjoying watching his brother's face go from smug to shocked. Unfortunately for Sasuke, Hiashi Hyuga had decided to enter the bathroom and saw (what he thought was Sasuke assaulting a young woman).
"Uchiha! I knew you were up to no good! Leave that nice young lady alone!" Hiashi demanded.
"Huh? What? I didn't do anything! This isn't a woman, it's a man! It's Itachi!" Sasuke yelled.
"What utter nonsense. Itachi Uchiha would never show his face at this party."
Itachi saw this as his cue to make an exit, he would have to be weary of Sasuke and keep out of sight for a while. As he left the bathroom, his next big problem showed up.
"Hey, did you just come out of the men's bathroom?" Hana Inuzuka asked.
I don't blush goddammit! Itachi thought as he fought the blush, "Um, yes, mistake. Too much sake," he covered and walked away very fast.
Meanwhile in bathroom, Sasuke was getting the birds and bees lecture from Hiashi that he didn't get to have from his own parents. "And so I will still allow you to accompany my daughter at this fiasco tonight, but I've got my eye on you Uchiha. Don't you dare put the moves on her."
Put the moves on her? Sasuke thought in disbelief, that thought did not even cross his mind, with any girl, ever. He just glared at the elder man, his head was still reeling from the lecture and the fact that the suspicious character whom he was guessing was Itachi managed to escape. "Now if you'll excuse me, I have uh, business to attend to..." Hiashi said pointedly.
Sasuke practically ran out of the bathroom.
All right! Gaara thought excitedly, They've definitely saved the best for last, time to show them! He walked up on to the stage with Matsuri and waited for the machine to select their song. "Let's give a warm welcome to the competitors from Suna! Kazekage Gaara-sama and his lovely date, Matsuri!" Jiraiya announced.
"Excuse me there sonny," Elder Koharu said rather loudly, clearly she was either drunk, or high, or both, "Isn't this Mr and Miss Konoha? Why in the name of Hokage are there competitors from Suna?" Kiba was sitting next to her, refilling her glass and looking downright depressed.
"Listen up you old hag, Suna is so awesome that they will pwn the competitors from Konoha and they will go home empty handed – beat at your own competition!" Elder Chiyo piped up, also intoxicated to the max, "Besides, you weren't complaining when those two unknowns sang."
"Screw you granny!" Tayuya rudely called from her table.
"Who are you calling old hag? I mean just look at your - " Elder Koharu started to say but she was cut off by an amused Jiraiya, "Our last couple will be singing 'two is better than one'."
"I remember what you wore on the first day you came into my life and I thought hey, you know this could be something...'cause everything you do and words you say, you know that it all takes my breath away and now I'm left with nothing..." Gaara sang, his soft, low voice was just perfect for the song.
"Whoa, who knew Gaara could sing!" Naruto said.
"Yeah! And he got such a cute date too," Sakura said.
"Not as cute as you, Sakura-chan," Naruto told a blushing Sakura, with a wide grin on his face. She gently squeezed his hand under the table, glad to have come to this party with him.
"So maybe it's true, that I can't live without you, and maybe two is better than one," Gaara and Matsuri sang, perfectly in tune with each other.
"I remember every look upon your face..."
"The way you roll your eyes, the way you say, you make it hard for breathing."
"Cause when I close my eyes and drift away, I think of you and everything's okay, I'm finally now believing," Matsuri sang, she was looking shyly at Gaara but her voice was full of determination.
"Maybe it's true, that I can't live without you, and maybe two is better than one. But there's so much time, to figure out the rest of my life, and you've already got me coming undone, and I'm thinking two is better than one..." they sang together, Gaara's face was passive, but his voice upheld the emotion of the song. The crowd cheered loudly for them.
"Whoop! Give it up for Suna!" Elder Chiyo cheered.
"Yosh! Give it up for Suna! Chiyo-sama may be elderly but her spirit is youthful!" Lee declared, giving her a hug.
"Oh please," Elder Koharu said with a huff, "Get me some food boy."
Kiba immediately got up to get her the food because he would do anything to get away from her for a few seconds.
"Now that the Karaoke competition is said and done, we will leave it up to the judging panel to make their decisions. Up next, the couples will share a dance, so all couples, please make your way to the dancefloor!" Jiraiya said.
"Time to tango, Sakura-chan!"
"Naruto, I don't think it's that kind of dancing..."
"Nevermind, at least I'll get to slow dance with you again," Naruto told her with a wink.
"This is troublesome, first singing, now dancing, what next?" Shikamaru complained.
Temari swatted his arm, "Oh don't be such a whiner, admit it that you're having fun with me tonight!"
Neji was hyperventilating internally again while Tenten looked delighted. Gaara was glad the time had finally come where he could show off his dance moves, people were not going to forget this party for a while.
"There's no way I'm fucking dancing with this bitch," Hidan said.
"Oh yes you are, and you're going to fucking enjoy it," Tayuya said.
"I'm glad Shino is conscious again!" Ino said, beaming at him, "Where is Sasuke-kun and Hinata-chan by the way?"
"Geez, maybe they went to have some alone time," said Shikamaru.
"What!" Neji seethed, snapping out of his internal dilemma.
"Nah, Hinata is not that kind of girl," Tenten said soothingly, "But Sasuke..."
"Sasuke is not like that either!" Naruto defended his friend.
"I know, I was just saying that maybe he ditched the party and poor Hinata must be alone somewhere feeling upset," Tenten said.
"We should go and look for her and make sure she is okay," Sakura said with a worried look on her face.
"Yeah! I warned that bastard not to hurt her," Naruto said angrily.
"Calm yourself dobe, she is right here and she is fine," Sasuke showed up, with his hands in his pockets and Hinata walking two steps behind him.
"Couples take your positions, so you think you can dance?" Jiraiya said to the couples, who were standing awkwardly on the dancefloor, "The judges will make their decision for this round based on how much icha icha passion there is between the couples!"
Some people in the crowd wolf whistled.
Oh dear God, thought Neji.
Hehehe, this is going to be great! Naruto thought.
Must not faint, Hinata thought desperately.
Troublesome, was the thought on Shikamaru's mind.
Haha, Forehead's got nothing on me, my dance moves are too hot, Ino thought smugly.
Naruto's not a bad dancer, we should do well here, I've gotta beat that Ino-pig! Hell yeah! Sakura thought.
Going to wipe the floor with these assholes, Tayuya thought.
All my secret dance practices when Temari and Kankuro were out is going to pay off now, can't wait to see the look on everyone's faces! Gaara thought.
I must exercise control over myself. Why? Because Ino's dancing is too...much for me to handle, Shino thought, while adjusting his sunglasses on his nose.
I wish Neji would loosen up a bit, Tenten thought, glancing at Neji who was standing stiffly.
Even though this guy is totally lazy, I will make sure we blow them away with our dance, Temari thought.
Fuck this ridiculous shit, was Hidan's thought.
Great, now Hiashi will be after my blood even more after this, Sasuke thought.