Pt 4 The Truth and Bitter Feelings
Temari cracked her eyes open slowly.
She could see a bit of sunlight seeping through a crack in the curtain and it was hurting her eyes.
She peered at the clock beside her.
Great, analogue, I actually have to look and think about what the time was.
It was 9:15am
Temari groaned hating that she was always an early bird even if she didn't sleep until late the night before.
'Oh well, I can still sleep a bit more. The other girls are probably still sleepy from last night as well' she decided and snuggled closer to the large warm pillow beside her that she was hugging.
It was much warmer and harder than a usual pillow.
It also smelled good.
Temari took a deep breath through her nose taking in the nice scent.
'So…familiar…sort of smells like…' "SHIKAMARU?" she yelled out in surprise realising that the pillow was in fact not a pillow, but a young man named Shikamaru.
She was so surprised that she fell off the bed tumbling onto the floor
"Mmm…troublesome…" Shikamaru mumbled while frowning with his eyes still closed.
"Wh-what…I-I…y-you…I-I…" Temari stuttered uncontrollably still confused about her current situation.
Shikamaru cracked open his eyes slowly looking fairly grumpy, "What's wrong? You're not making any sense troublesome woman…" he frowned annoyed
"I don't get why…I mean…why was I…?" Temari couldn't stop shaking and stuttering still sitting on the floor
Somehow, Shikamaru kind of understood what she was talking about, "Don't you remember last night?" his eyes were now fully open, though still looking grumpy.
"Last…night…?" Temari asked unsure if she wanted to know the answer. 'Please tell me I did not do anything I'm going to regret last night. Oh god…what if Ino poured some alcohol into our mocktails with out telling us? She seems to be the type who would do that. Maybe that's why I can't remember anything! Who knows how I act when I'm drunk…' Temari started to panic in her mind.
Shikamaru contemplated the look on her face watching it constantly change while she was deep in thought.
He chuckled clearly amused
Temari scowled, "What's so funny?"
Shikamaru grinned, "It's just your face expressions. They're so cute…" he continued to laugh.
'Cute? Oh god I did do something…oh god oh god oh god oh god…' Temari started her panic attack again.
This just made Shikamaru laugh harder. Could you believe Shikamaru laughing early in the morning awake?
"Don't worry, what happened probably has nothing to do with what you're thinking by the look of your face expression" he teased
Temari blushed, "Y-yeah? And what do you think I'm thinking about?"
This time Shikamaru blushed and went silent.
'Uh-huh. Take that…' Temari thought to herself proudly.
"Well... anyway…" Shikamaru cleared his throat, "Does thunder and lightening recall any memories of what happened last night?"
Temari thought for a bit and suddenly all of her memories came back to her. As she kept thinking her face got redder and redder.
Shikamaru took that as a yes, "Cute"
"Shut up!" Temari snapped with her face still flushed.
She got up off the floor and ran into the bathroom and locked it shut.
'I can't believe I just showed my weak side to him! I frikin' hate thunder!' she cursed in her mind. As much as she hated this… 'Why don't I hate the fact that I did that? And his smell…what's wrong with me?'
Meanwhile, Shikamaru was thinking, 'cute'
"Hey!" Ino called out to Temari and Shikamaru as they reached the elevator walking far apart from each other.
"Hey" Temari replied back.
Shikamaru raised an eyebrow as his hello.
"Everyone else is already down stairs starting breakfast so let's join them" Ino suggested and then the elevator pinged with the 'down arrow' lighted up above the door.
The door opened and the three of them walked in.
Ino chatted casually and excitedly about the plans for the day and Temari nodded in response kindly, avoiding Shikamaru's gaze.
The elevator door opened and they headed to restaurant to join the rest.
"Where's Neji and Tenten?" Ino asked the rest taking a seat next to Sakura.
Shikamaru sat next to Chouji.
There was a spare seat next to Shikamaru, but Temari sat on the opposite side of the table next to Hinata.
Shikamaru raised an eyebrow in response, but didn't say anything.
"I don't know. I haven't seen them yet" Lee replied
Soon after, Tenten and Neji showed up at the table together.
"What took you two so long?" Sakura asked
"You two weren't getting the dirty on were you" Kiba grinned sleazily raising an eyebrow.
Neji kicked him in response.
"Oww…" Kiba whimpered
"Actually…" Tenten started to blush a bit, "We're going out now…"
Everyone's mouths at the table gaped.
"Oooooooooooohhh myyyyyyyy goooooddddddddddd howwwwww cuteeeeeeeeeeeeeee!" Ino squealed
Temari blocked her ears trying to shield herself from Ino's high-pitched voice, but it failed.
"No way! That's great!" Sakura yelled out
"Way to go Neji!" Naruto slapped his back in joy.
"Who asked who?" Ino asked getting excited
"Umm…Neji…" Tenten looked at her feet as her face turned a deeper shade of red
"What suddenly made you ask Neji?" Chouji asked
"Oh, I know! It was because last night the girls were sayin-" Naruto got cut off by Sasuke's hand
But it was too late.
All of the girl's faces changed colour.
Hinata went red in embarrassment remembering what she was saying.
Ino's went purple with her mixed feelings
Sakura's went green in anger
Tenten went ashen not sure of what to think
Temari went pale knowing that the guys knew things about her that's she didn't want them to know.
Like Shikamaru knowing about Hikaru… 'Wait, why do I care about that?'
"YOU WHAT?" Sakura screamed.
All of the customers in the restaurant stared at them.
"Well…it's every man for himself" Kiba quoted and scampered off
Neji and Sasuke had already miraculously disappeared.
Temari abruptly stood up and headed to the self-serve buffet.
Shikamaru followed her.
While they were walking Sakura was chasing after Naruto with a dinner knife, Hinata stayed seated on the chair stunned, Tenten went to look for Neji and Ino started lecturing Chouji and Lee.
Temari started to plate up some lettuce onto her plate.
"What's up with you?" Shikamaru asked coming from behind
Temari dropped her tongs in surprise, but luckily caught it and continued to plate up her lettuce trying to act normal, "What do you mean?"
"I mean you've been avoiding me since this morning" Shikamaru held a stern face
Temari refused to face him, "We practically just woke up and it's still morning, you're just being paranoid…"
"Then why can't you look at me in the eye?" Shikamaru confronted her
Temari paused for a moment.
"If I'm really being paranoid then look at me" he continued to beckon
Temari felt like her legs were made out her lead and wouldn't move off the floor. There was a choked up feeling in her throat as if a stoned was jammed in there never moving.
"Temari…" Shikamaru quoted sternly
"Just shut up and leave me alone!" she stomped away slamming her plate on the buffet table while dropping the tongs onto the floor.
Shikamaru just watched her walk out of the restaurant staring at her back.
"What's with them?" Naruto asked
"Who knows? Lover-spat?" Chouji replied looking at Shikamaru with concern
"Oh the power of youth!" Lee fantasised.
"Don't think you guys are off the hook yet!" Sakura yelled after them.
"Ok, well see you guys in an hour!" Ino called out to the guys before walking into the girl's side of the hot springs with Tenten, Hinata, Sakura and Temari.
"Yeah see ya then" they answered back with a throbbing bump on each of their heads; except for Sasuke and Neji.
Temari looked at Shikamaru. 'I wonder what he looks like under that robe of his. Is he honing some muscles? Toned? Tanned? Pale?' she wondered to herself.
Shikamaru noticed Temari staring at him and look back at her with their eyes meeting.
Temari looked away instantly, 'What's wrong with me?'
Temari took a deep breath and stepped into the boiling spring. The heat made her skin tingle and she felt her muscles relax. She drew her breath, closed her eyes and let herself sink into the water.
"Hey Tenten, what was it like being asked out by Neji?" Sakura asked
"Yeah! I want details" Ino beckoned
"I don't know how you explain it…" Tenten blushed a bit
"Just tell us what happened" Hinata suggested, "If you want to that is…"
"Umm…well…" Tenten thought out loud
"Yeah, continue!" Ino started to shake holding in her excitement
"Uh, after the 'sleep over', I walked back into my room and Neji was still awake unpacking things out of his suitcase. I asked him about the sleeping arrangements and he said that he would be happy to sleep on the couch. I guess I was really sleepy and fell over and before I knew it I was in his arms"
"How romantic you sly Tenten!" Ino squealed
"Ssh!" Sakura hushed Ino
"Yeah, then it kind of just happened. He asked me out and I said yes" Tenten finished.
The girls continued to chatter on while Temari just stayed the way she was, sunk at the bottom of the hot springs.
'Tenten's so lucky having it so easy. It was practically all ready and served on a silver dish waiting for her to take it. While I…wait why am I thinking of such lovey-dovey thoughts? Shikamaru's right, I have been out of it since this morning. I can't think straight, I can't look straight at Shikamaru in the eye nor can I stand being close to him. Shikamaru, Shikamaru, Shikamaru, that's all I think about at the moment. No way…could I possibly be…' Temari thought to herself before getting interrupted by Sakura.
"Hey Temari, you ok?" she asked concerned
"Huh? Oh yeah I'm fine, just really enjoying the hot springs. I don't go all that often, why?" Temari blurted out in response after snapping out of her thoughts.
"It's just that I saw you stomp out of the restaurant after talking to Shikamaru…" Sakura responded
"Did he say something to upset you? If he did I'll give him a piece of my mind" Ino started to pound her fist into her hand.
"Uh, no…I just really needed to go and…check if I left the water running because I totally thought I forgot" Temari laughed nervously trying to cover up her tantrum
"Oh…ok…" Hinata murmured
"Well anyway, that problem's solved, but if Shikamaru does anything to upset you, just tell me!" Ino smiled pointing her thumb at herself.
"Hey, hey Tenten…so in the end, did you still make Neji sleep on the couch?" Sakura asked with sly eyes.
"Of course! We just declared that we were going out, I'm not just gonna invite him into the bed and snuggle up with him so fast!" Tenten blurted out in frustration
Temari turned red knowing that she did just that.
"You're no fun!" Ino cried
"Well I'm sure Hinata and Temari didn't let them either, right girls?" Tenten claimed trying to convince them.
"O-oh, umm Kiba just slept at the foot of the bed since the bed's so big" Hinata muttered.
'Like a true dog' every thought.
"What about you Temari?"
"Uh…Of course he slept on the couch! That's out of the question!" Temari lied knowing that telling the truth would give out wrong ideas.
"See?" Tenten crossed her arms in success.
"You're all boring" Ino quoted.
"Naruto? Is that you peeping there?"
The girls exited the change rooms in their robes again after a nice long bath and saw all of the guys sitting in front of them waiting.
"Hey!" Sakura yelled out to them.
The boys turned their heads in the girls' direction and got up from their seats.
They all started to walk in the direction of the dining area.
All of the sudden Temari felt someone pull her arm around the corner, "What are you-!" she stopped talking when she saw Shikamaru
She felt her face flush.
"Uh yeah…we better get going or we'll lose the rest of the gang" she said nervously trying to worm her way out of Shikamaru's grip.
"It's alright, we'll catch up later, but first, I want to apologise for before at the buffet table. I had no right to-ugh this is so troublesome" Shikamaru rubbed the back of his head with a bit of colour coming onto his cheeks.
'Aww, I have to admit that he's acting pretty cute…' She thought "Oh, don't worry about it…" Temari murmured not knowing how to respond, "But I don't get it, why do you care so much?"
Shikamaru's eyes widened and he looked away quickly, "Umm…"
"Yeah…?" Temari beckoned for an answer
"I guess it's because I, well, I kinda…I li-" Shikamaru got interrupted by Naruto
"Come on you two, you're falling behind we thought we lost you!" Naruto cried and ran off.
"Yeah, yeah…" Shikamaru sighed and started to walk off.
"No, wait!" Temari called after him and grabbed on to Shikamaru's arm, "What were you going to say?"
"I don't know, I forgot…" he mumbled
"Don't lie! Tell me!" she demanded
"First you tell me what's up with your random behaviour!" Shikamaru ordered back
"Fine then! Since you REALLY want to know! Ever since this morning you won't get out of my frikin' head! It's driving me crazy. The scenes of last night keep repeating in my head. I hate the fact that you saw my weak side so easily and I hate it even more that you were able to help me out of it! I don't normally let my guard down in front of anyone. I'm usually poised and composed, but when I'm around YOU, I feel like a complete klutz who needs to be protected. I'm not used to this feeling and I don't know what it is! I'm confused and my talking goes all jittery, my legs feel heavy, everything goes wrong! All my thoughts revolve around you and…and…" Temari blurted out getting mixed with feelings of anger, hatred, annoyance, tears and something else.
"Temari…don't tell me…" Shikamaru gasped stunned at the sudden outburst.
"I-I think I'm falling for you…" Temari breathed out.
Shikamaru's eye's widened.