...n fact, all of her was soaked; there was even a pool of water underneath her.
Ino gave a small jump and hurried to bring over some towels from the back store. 'Customers are first,' was the nearest thin her family had to a motto. Besides, if Hyuuga Hinata got sick in _her_ flower shop, the gossip would never end, that TenTen be damned. What she wouldn't do, however, would be dry Hinata herself, so she just offered the towels after taking her away from the pool.
"I'm sorry about the mess," Hinata mumbled, managing to blush despite the her being cold.
"Don't worry, this things happen," said Ino forcing a show-all-teeth grin while moping the floor.
"I, eh, would like some flowers," said Hinata after a few seconds.
Hinata whispered something so low Ino had to get really near to her to listen. Ino also took the chance to look at those weird white eyes. To a certain extent, they made her shiver because they didn't reflect any emotion whatsoever, and she'd been very curious for years about how they saw the world. Actually, as a child, she'd believed the Hyuugas saw everything as if filtered through a glass of milk.
"I'm sorry, what did you say?" Ino asked.
"They're for a grave," replied Hinata. "My mother's..."
Oh, that was true. Hinata's mother had died years ago; even Ino remembered the funeral, it had been that luxurious.