A/N: Wow, I actually wrote for temps_mort again. O_O Le
shock, everybody. Right . . . Shikamaru and Chouji. Yay?
"Mr. Saves the Day"
You don't believe in "heroes." You don't believe in Mr. Saves
the Day coming in at the last second and making everything okay.
Sure, people like Naruto and Lee play that game- but really,
you know better. Hotshot superheroes and attention-starved kids
are pretty much the same thing around here.
That's all any of you are.
You don't believe in heroes, in people who are selfless and
brave and always do the right thing.
So what you believe in are people like Nara Shikamaru, who have
a job and do it, and that's all. They don't make righteous
speeches and they don't pretend they're fighting for anything
better than what they really are. They don't need reassurance
or recognition or to tear other people down. Because they
believe in themselves.
Other people can say that Shikamaru is lazy or stupid (not that
you'd let them) and he won't care at all. Other people can say
anything they want to and he'll just roll his eyes and talk to
you instead, or maybe go cloud-watching again. And then he'll
go do his job, and protect the people who've insulted and
But he's Shikamaru, and he'd never point that out.
Because Shikamaru is Shikamaru. And because he is Shikamaru, he
was your first friend and never doubted you like the others did.
And because he is Shikamaru, you don't mind dying for him.
Because he is Shikamaru, you don't mind . . .
But you're not a hero. You're just a kid who wanted somebody to
look at him. And Shikamaru . . .
Shikamaru is still just Shikamaru, and that is more than enough.
After all, you never asked for a hero. All you ever wanted was
You don't really understand, but really, it's the same thing.
* ende *
. : i don't believe in perfect people but i do believe in you