Kaede was focusing very hard on the task of not looking at Hinata. Not for a second, not for an instant, not at all. She was too close and he hadn't properly mentally prepared himself for it. Besides, she overheard them talking about her, so she must have heard what he said about her, right? How he almost spoke of her without adding the necessary '-sensei' suffix at the end of her name? What if his words gave him away? He didn't intend to hide his feelings from her for much longer, but he wanted to tell her about it openly and in an appropriate situation. What was he going to do if she was to realize it now?
And in any case, she was too close. It was almost impossible for him to resist the temptation to look at her at this range, and he knew that he wouldn't be able to control himself properly if he did. Her silky raven hair, her smooth pale skin, her soft rosy lips, her beautiful mysterious eyes... was he staring? Yup, he was staring. Having realized his actions, Kaede sharply turned away from her, pretending to be lost in thought and quite miserably failing at it, as everyone always does in such situations. He silently cursed at his lack of control: he was acting really awkward which was very suspicious. Luckily, his salvation came in the face of Hoshi.
"I thought you came here to learn how to be human, not go around putting people down", - Kaede pouted, he didn't like Hinata being badmouthed, - "There is only one you and one Rai-chan in this world, so there isn't anybody who can teach you how to be yourself. You can run around pretending to be someone else and you can go back to the mental cage you put yourself in. But if you want to try and find yourself, you should at least not push away the people who are there to help."
Kaede was a bit angry at Hoshi for saying what she did, which obscured the realization that Hinata was still standing next to them from his mind for a while, but as he was finished talking, he felt his cheeks flaring up. He said something so profound in front of her, it was so embarrassing! But what if it made her feel inadequate? "Curse you, wisdom of the people past", - he said silently, almost wishing he didn't obtain the experience of so many people older than himself from Suzaku. But in any case, neither of them had properly introduced themselves to Hinata yet, he suddenly realized. Even if she knew a lot about them from their bios, it was still rude.
"I-it's a plea-pleasure to meet you, Hi-hinata-sa-san. I'm K-k-k-", - he was looking down at the table in front of him and scratching his nose from nervousness, but the stuttering still wouldn't stop until he raised his voice, - "Kaede! Uh, sorry. Also from Ko-konoha".
"Nice introduction, moron. By now everyone but the painfully stupid would have figured everything out", - the boy scolded himself.