A/N: Request from malfoypridedxh for the white_knuckle meme. Title: "Keeping Secrets," pairing: NejiShika, and line: "Everyone keeps secrets, some of them just know when to tell someone else." . . . why does this pairing TEMPT me so? XP

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"Keeping Secrets"

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Everyone has secrets.

Neji doesn't keep his very well.

Well, he does, but eventually it all gets to be too much and it all comes spilling out at once. Example: something he hadn't uttered a word of since the day his father had died he'd ended up announcing to an entire stadium.

Shikamaru, however, is excellent with secrets. His very persona was designed to this end. Lazy, grouchy, whiny- who would see any kind of genius in that? Who would see the over-200 IQ and mind like a knife? Who would see any of that in an apathetic brat? He bitches all the time and complains about everything under the sun, exaggerating even the mildest thought into a grumbling rant against whatever. Because he's smart enough to know how to be stupid.

Neji sometimes thinks he'd like to be that smart. Or at least smart enough to keep his trap shut.

Shikamaru is giving him a calculating look, as if debating something in his super-genius mind.

"Okay," he decides after a moment. "I'll tell you today."

After all, everyone keeps secrets. Some of them just know when to tell someone else.

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. : will you be my secret? : .