The Deer's Out Of The Bag!
'How did this happen…?' Temari thought to herself seeing her brothers, Hikaru, Shikamaru and the rest of the gang standing around her watching them.
'This…is going to get really irritating…' Shikamaru cursed inside.
"Temari…?" Hikaru questioned.
'I guess the cats out of the bag…'
A couple of hours beforehand
"Hey Gaara…" Kankurou called out to his little brother.
"What is it Kankurou?" Gaara faced him wanting an answer.
"It's that Shiko…Shika…maro…?"
"Shikamaru Nara Kankurou! I expect you to memorise his name by now!" Gaara growled annoyed.
"Right, right…well what was with him before? He was protecting Temari like she was his property…you know what I mean?" Kankurou asked thinking back.
"Well Kankurou…technically we don't know what 'Shikamaru Nara' really 'is" Gaara's eyes flicked open.
"What do you mean Gaara?" Kankurou questioned his words.
"All will be revealed soon my older brother" Gaara quoted and walked off.
"Hey, Gaara! Why can't you tell me now? Hey! Are you listening to me…?"
Shikamaru had finally gotten changed out of his dress and into some casual clothes.
He walked out to see everyone grouped up together.
Shikamaru walked up to them slightly curious on what's going on and why were they all so quiet.
He heard some murmurs.
"Hey, guys. What's going on?" Shikamaru asked
"Ssh!" everyone hushed him.
He then realised that they were surrounding someone's (looks like Naruto's being blue and orange) mobile that was placed on speaker.
"Sasuke Uchiha seems to be stable now. He is still short of blood and may need a donor just to make sure that he'll make it out of his condition, but we will determine that later because he is known to be a pretty fast healer and it may not be necessary" the person – assumingly a doctor – on the phone told the gang.
"Me and Sasuke have a compatible blood type!" Naruto called out to the phone.
"Yes, we are aware of that already Naruto Uzumaki after the multiple visits received by you two. I assure you that we will notify you if there's a need for blood and when you can visit him, but right now all he needs is rest" the doctor continued.
Shikamaru could see the Naruto was itching to see him.
"Alright, thank you doctor" Sakura ended and they hung up.
"Well, we already knew that he was ok since this time was much more tame and less damage was caused in the meantime" Kiba commented.
"How can you be so calm Kiba?! I was so worried about him" Ino slightly sobbed wiping her eyes.
"Oh stop crying Ino! You would cry even if he went there with a scraped knee. You are such a Drama Queen!" Kiba snarled.
"Oh EXCUSE ME! For being so worried about my friend! Maybe you could GROW A HEART KIBA!" Ino snapped
Akamaru barked loudly at her.
"Guys…that's enough…" Shikamaru called out cutting Kiba off.
Chouji tried to calm Ino down.
Temari watched not knowing what position she was in at the moment.
"Naruto, seriously I told you to be more careful!" Sakura told him off.
"Come on Sakura! All you go on about is to be 'careful' whenever this happens but THIS IS A FIGHT! There is no 'careful'. The word doesn't exist! We try to protect each other and fight him off but he's too bloody strong, especially with Kisame around to help." Naruto bit back for the first time.
"Well then stop fighting!" Sakura yelled out in frustration.
"IT'S NOT THAT SIMPLE! It's like saying you're in the middle of the World War I and someone just runs into the middle of battle and cries out 'HEY! Let's stop fighting!' It's not like everyone's gonna drop their guns and be all 'ok' with it and just stop fighting and be friends. No, the reality is that that person isn't going to be heard amidst all of the yelling and crying and is gonna die!"
"I just don't want you guys to get hurt…"
"Sakura, you never do anything but stand there and complain and lecture and place blame on others. We're already scarred from the fight and your rubbing salt on our wounds. Your words mean and do nothing. We already know your worried and don't want us to get hurt, but seriously. It's enough already." Naruto explained
"But…I'm just trying to hel-"
"What? Help?" Naruto cut her off
Sakura stood there not uttering a word.
"Stop trying to help. This isn't your fight. You know nothing about it and you know nothing about this me and Sasuke. You know absolutely nothing except for the fact me and Sasuke are fighting Itachi. Don't try to make this your fight. Don't place yourself somewhere you don't belong. Butt out!" Naruto blurted out cruelly.
Sakura froze. The bottom of her lip quivered. Tears formed in her eyes.
She ran out of the room.
"That was too much Naruto!" Ino ran off after Sakura.
The room was silent.
Naruto looked at the floor sullenly.
"It's ok Naruto. We all know that this is your fight and that we won't get involved unless we have to. You are the only one who can help Sasuke fight against his brother and family issues" Neji commented placing his hand on Naruto's shoulder assuringly.
"Yeah man! Sakura wouldn't accept that so that was the only method that would get through to her." Kiba comforted putting his arm around his shoulders playfully.
"They will eventually get over it and understand your intentions. Just give them time" Chouji joined in.
"I-It'll be alright Naruto" Hinata smiled.
Lee gave his 'good guy' grin.
Tenten stood next to Neji and smiled with concern.
Temari didn't understand anything. She thought that after Naruto and Sakura's spat, everyone would be at each other's necks blaming each other for the outburst and telling Naruto off for making Sakura cry, but they didn't.
They are actually comforting him.
The level of understanding was much deeper than Temari could ever imagine or understand.
Shikamaru saw that's she was confused.
He walked up to her.
"What's with that look on your face Temari?" Shikamaru chuckled a bit.
Temari changed her expression instantly to an annoyed one, "What look?"
"Meh, you just look…troubled?"
Temari's expression softened, "Its just that you guys have such a great…I dunno…bond? I guess I just don't really understand what's happening…"
Shikamaru looked at her, "Well you are the new exchange student. Don't try to absorb everything too fast otherwise you'll explode. A lot happens in this gang, especially to Naruto and Sasuke"
"Isn't this normally all 'too troublesome' to you?" Temari smirked
"Yeah, well…they're my friends and sometimes it can be worth the trouble"
Temari was a little shocked at the response, but stayed silent.
"Come on, let's get out of this stuffy classroom…" Shikamaru walked out of the room beckoning Temari to follow.
'Shikamaru's probably right…I shouldn't try to absorb all of this in at once. Too much does happen to this gang. I thought I was the only one…' Temari thought to herself.
"Oi! Troublesome woman! You listening?" Shikamaru called out to the dazed Temari.
"Huh?" Temari answered back.
"I asked what you want to do next."
'Hmm…I'm really thirsty after that play, lets go get drinks and sit somewhere so people can't find us…"
Temari could see Shikamaru's face going red.
"I meant to hide away from the embarrassment that play brought us! Not anything else!" Temai freaked a little.
"Anything…else?" Shikamaru questioned raising an eyebrow.
'Great…now I'm making a total fool out of myself' Temari cursed inside her mind.
"How's green tea?" Shikamaru asked.
Temari just realised that they were already at a drink booth.
"Yeah, that's fine"
"No, wait I'll pay for mine" Temari commented
"It's ok…it'll just be more troublesome for the person serving us" Shikamaru sighed
"But I want to pay for myself!"
"It's alright, you don't have to"
"I can take care of myself you know!"
"I know!" Shikamaru yelled out
A few people were now staring at them.
The couple's faces flushed and they walked off acting cool down to a quiet shady area.
"Ugh…so much for avoiding embarrassment…" Temari groaned
"Troublesome…" Shikamaru quoted and started to lean back and lay down on the grass.
Temari followed and they both just stared up watching the clouds.
"You know, I still prefer stars" Temari mentioned while looking up at the clouds
"Stars just stay in one place and don't move. Clouds have more freedom…" Shikamaru's gaze didn't move from the fluffy white objects in the sky.
"But stars have more light and stand out boldly. Prettier too. Where I am, clouds don't come around much like they do here…"
"Eh? How dull"
"Doesn't mean I have to be in a place equally as dull"
The couple squabbled for a bit and laughed it off.
"Come on, let's start moving again…I want to see everything else before the festival ends" Temari sat back up and started to stand.
"Aww" Shikamaru complained, "Do I have to?"
"Yes, you have to"
"But I don't want to"
"Don't make me force you"
"How can you really force me to?"
Oh how Shikamaru regretted saying this.
Temari stood up straight, bent her knee and kicked hard at Shikamaru's ribs.
"Ouch!" Shikamaru cried in pain.
"You willing to move now?" Temari asked getting ready for another kick.
"Funny enough, I had a strange urge to follow you just now" Shikamaru replied sarcastically and stood up.
Temari grinned and started pulling along Shikamaru by the arm into the main building hallway.
They fooled around a bit and Temari gave a playful punch.
They stopped while being face by Gaara and Kankurou.
"Ah! Gaara, Kankurou! What's up? Enjoying the festival?" Temari asked a little nervously letting go of Shikamaru's arm quickly.
Not quick enough.
"Oi, Shika…what ever your name is! Lovely dress you had on, why did you take it off?" Kankurou asked in a smart-alec tone
"It's Shikamaru, and I don't like the dress personally, but you are welcomed to try it on"
Temari giggled though wondered what was up with Shikamaru doing something very 'troublesome'.
Shikamaru figured that if he couldn't get along with Kankurou politely, maybe they could just get along by not getting along…if that makes sense.
"You think you're so smart huh?" Kankurou took a strong step forward.
Shikamaru didn't flinch.
'Now that I think of it…I've never seen Shikamaru fight before. He looks a little scrawny so he probably won't have much of a chance with Kankurou, not that I want to find out….' Temari thought
"Let me wipe that smug look off your face" Kankurou went in for a punch
"KANKUROU!" Temari told him off embracing for the worse.
But she peeked open one eye and saw Shikamaru's fist almost in contact with Kankurou's stomach and Kankurou was practically frozen on the spot with his fist still in midair.
"Wh-what happened?" Temari questioned
"Well…" Gaara started trying to fill Temari in, "Kankurou went in for a punch at Nara stupidly and then Nara ducked and quickly stepped forward moving his fist towards Kankurou's stomach; but since he has self control unlike our idiotic brother, he stopped just before contact leaving Kankurou in a stunned, paralysed state"
"Did you have to add in idiotic?" Kankurou whined.
"The position your in is your own responsibility Kankurou. Now I hope you will start behaving yourself" Gaara quoted in a responsible tone.
Shikamaru stood back up and straightened himself.
Temari ran up to Kankurou and landed a punch under his chin giving him an uppercut.
Kankurou flew up and landed on the floor, "Ouch Temari! What was that for?"
"I'm not so forgiving" Temari stared down at him.
"Well, isn't this a nice family reunion?" A voice came out of nowhere said.
They all turned to see the man named 'Hikaru'.
"What? Family?" Sakura questioned.
Now the whole gang was there.
"What? You're all related?" Kiba asked.
"Uh, yeah…this is Kankurou and Gaara…my brothers…" Temari replied.
"Ah! No way! Nice to meet you!" Ino ran up to them and gave them a handshake
Gaara looked at the hand awkwardly and took it.
Kankurou gave a weird look but took it as well.
"Oh! Who's this guy?" Ino asked loudly, clearly interested.
Temari could tell that the girls were all thinking the same thing.
Hikaru had turned pretty good-looking in the time she hadn't seen him.
Temari looked at the girls passing by and saw that they all had hearts in there eyes.
Never had there been so much eye-candy at once; after all the hot five was there too.
"Hello, my name is Hikaru. I'm a good family-friend of Temari, Gaara and Kankurou. It's very nice to meet you all" Hikaru replied swiftly to Ino's response.
"No way! You're Hik-" Tenten's mouth got covered by Neji's hand knowing that saying this would only cause unnecessary problems.
Shikamaru clenched his teeth.
"Temari, it's been so long since I last saw you. I see you've been well" Hikaru continued to talk not noticing Tenten.
Temari looked down a little bit, "Yeah, I have been".
Hikaru then turned to Shikamaru, "Sorry for the passing hug earlier. I didn't realise you were Temari's boyfriend-"
"BOYFRIEND?!!" Everyone yelled out at once besides Gaara, Temari, Naruto and Shikamaru.
'How did this happen…?' Temari thought to herself seeing her brothers, Hikaru, Shikamaru and the rest of the gang standing around staring at her and Shikamaru.
'This…is going to get really troublesome…' Shikamaru cursed inside.
"Temari…?" Hikaru questioned.
'I guess the cats out of the bag…'
"Why did I not hear of this?!" Ino yelled out
"Wait Ino, we haven't heard from them" Sakura held her back and looked at Temari and Shikamaru directly.
Shikamaru sighed giving in, "It's true"
"WHAT?!!" everyone responded yet again.
"Why didn't you guys tell us?" Tenten asked and the girl's interrogation began.
Temari and Shikamaru stayed silent.
Hikaru looked a tad stunned.
Kankurou was practically outraged.
Shikamaru gave a pleading look at the guys, but they stood back giving a 'we're not getting involved' look.
The noise came to a stop when a sound of a ringtone came in.
Naruto shuffled his pockets and brought out his mobile, "Hello?"
"Hello Mr. Uzumaki. This is a nurse from Konoha Hospital and I would just like to inform you that Sasuke is awake and well and is allowed to see visitors now" the person over the phone replied.
There was a clear pause.
"Hello?" The nurse called out
"Thank you nurse. We are on our way" Naruto hung up and before you could blink, the whole gang besides Shikamaru and Temari was out of the door.
"What a strange group of friends you have" Gaara noted staring at the swinging door.
"Well…I guess we should get going too Temari…" Shikamaru commented, 'For once Sasuke actually saved me…'
"Uh, yeah we should see how he is" Temari agreed and was about to walk off until Hikaru grabbed her arm.
Shikamaru shot him a look.
Gaara stood back silently and watched the show.
Kankurou was still stun after the turn of events.
"What is it Hikaru?" Temari felt a little bit flustered.
"It's been a while since we last saw each other, don't you reckon we should catch up"
"Um…well, I do need to see my friend though; after all he is in hospital…"
"It won't be long, I just need to talk to you" Hikaru gazed at Shikamaru
Shikamaru looked back at him and then looked away.
"Shikamaru…?" Temari looked at Shikamaru.
She didn't know why she felt that she needed to ask him, but she did.
Shikamaru looked at her, then Hikaru, then back at her and sighed giving Temari a reassuring 'I trust you enough' look.
Temari gave a 'frowning smile' and nodded her head to Hikaru, "Sure, lets catch up for old times sake".
Hikaru's face lit up, "Then lets go!"
He grabbed her hand and dragged her away.
Gaara looked at Shikamaru, "You sure about this?"
Shikamaru tore his eyes off Temari and looked back at Gaara, "What do you mean?"
"Don't underestimate him Shikamaru, he's quite the smooth talker" Kankurou answered for Gaara
"That's alright. Temari's not the type to just fall for a few simple words. I know that much. It's her choice really…"
The brothers grinned at Shikamaru.
"Look Nara, just because you're going out with my sister, doesn't mean I accept you…got it?" Kankurou mentioned making himself clear.
Shikamaru grinned, "That's ok. The fact you now remember my name is enough".
One thousand apologies for how late this is!!
I don't even know the date anymore.
Ok, I'll set my alarm to start working on the next one and hopefully do it by the week.
Omg I still haven't done school homework!
Well I hope you all have a nice holiday.
Thanks for who ever sent Birthday wishes (1st of Jan)
Sorry I ditched the idea about a Christmas oneshot being way past Christmas.
I'll make sure next year to ask a month earier~