Wow, my last chapter. I can't believe I actually finished a story. It's a first for me. All of my loyal reviewers, I couldn't have done this without your support.

I actually got a review telling me to hurry up and finish this so I am, I've just been busy and have had writer's block. GOMEN!

CellCloneBot: I understand what you wanted from this fanfiction. But, what you wanted isn't what I wanted. I just wanted to have fun and goof off, I didn't want it to be logical. All the fics I write at home are too serious, so I decided to get off of that. About Gai, I'm not using him just as a person to make fun of, Gai and Lee are some of the best characters and I like to portray them like they actually are. So, basically you were saying that my characters were too in character. Most of your advise didn't phase me but I disliked when you said that my story was "A piece of fluff and you wouldn't recommend it to anyone" I take pride in my writing, even in the stories I'm not serious about. I'm going to keep writing, of course.

Who knows, we may end up friends. (shrug) It's up to you.

Warning: If you don't like sappy stuff, this chapter might not exactly be for you. Big InoShika fluff at the end. It's that warm and fuzzy stuff that makes you want to retch.

(-But I bet a lot of you were just waiting for the fluff)


All Shikamaru wanted to do at this point was sleep. He returned to Konoha at the crack of dawn. Good thing Ino's party was in the afternoon, he had a few hours to sleep.

And so he did.

"SHIKAMARU!! GET YOUR LAZY ASS DOWN HERE FAST OR YOU'LL MISS THE PARTY!" Shikamaru's mother shouted from downstairs. Shikamaru opened one eye and glanced at the clock on his nightstand. 3:35! Ten minutes till Ino's party!

Shikamaru panicked and tried desperately to get out of bed quickly. This only resulted in him toppling out of bed in a tangle of sheets.

"Now where's that troublesome present?" He muttered to himself as he stumbled around his room. His eyes widened in horror as he noticed that it wasn't where he left it that morning. "NO!" He shouted.

He immediately began tossing things around in his room in a desperate attempt to find the present. No luck. Oh god. No. NO! This can't happen. Not now! Not after all this trouble!!! His mind screamed.

Maybe he had left it downstairs. Yes, that was it. He left it downstairs. He dashed out of his room and slid down the banister to the living room. Shikato gave his son a worried glance as Shikamaru ran into the kitchen. It just wasn't right for him to be in that much of a hurry.

"MOM!" Shikamaru shouted as he skidded into the kitchen. "Have you seen Ino's present?!"

His mother looked at him from across the room. "I have it, don't worry" She assured. "I figured you would sleep late and forget to wrap it so I did it for you" She blinked and looked at her son for a moment. "-Are you alright?" She asked.

Shikamaru was gazing up at her with tears of joy streaming down his eyes. One would think he's been hanging around Lee and Gai too much. "I LOVE YOU MOM!" He yelled, hugging her. In the living room, Shikato jumped in surprise from the sudden explosion of noise.

"Just go." Shikamaru's mother sighed, handing him the present.

"Thanks mom" Shikamaru said, running out the door. He began to run down the street but soon noticed that he was receiving odd looks from other civilians.

"Lookin' good, Shikamaru" Naruto laughed as he passed. Shikamaru gave him an odd look.

Then it hit him.


"OH MY GOD!!!" Shikamaru screamed, turning around and running as fast as he could back to his house. (A/N: I'm kinda starting to almost feel bad for this guy.... Nah)

Shikamaru dashed back into his house, up the stairs, and into his room. He quickly dressed and ran back out of the house, receiving yet another odd look from his father.

"I... -I made it...." Shikamaru wheezed as he stumbled into Ino's yard. (the party was being held outside)

"Hey Shikamaru" Chouji greeted him.

"Hey Chouji."

"Wanna get something to eat?" Chouji asked, gesturing towards the food table.

"Um, no thanks. I think I lost my appetite."


"Yeah" Shikamaru nodded. He sat down, leaning against a tree. "I think I'll stay here for a bit"

The party progressed as any party would. People ate, danced, and played cheesy party games. They even played 'pin the tail on the donkey'. Naruto 'accidentally' pinned it on Sasuke's backside and then was attacked by fangirls.

Surprisingly, Ino wasn't one of them.

All throughout the party Ino hadn't been fawning over Sasuke like she normally did, instead she seemed more aloof. This caused Shikamaru's curiosity to peak. Ino almost seemed to be ignoring Sasuke!!


By the end of the party, everyone was full of cake and presents were being opened.

"Open mine!" Naruto shouted as he bounced around happily.

"Okay, okay" Ino said, taking the envelope from Naruto. She opened it. "A coupon.. From Ichiraku. Um, thanks Naruto. Just what I wanted."

"This is from me and Akamaru" Kiba grinned.

Ino opened his present. "Oh, the box set of Lord of the rings! Thanks Kiba-kun!"

Kiba grinned. "Knew you would like it, everyone does!"

The presents were opened (yes, she did get an "I love Rock lee T-shirt) and everyone left.

"I didn't open your present, Shikamaru-kun" Said Ino. "-Can I have it?"

"Yeah, I guess." He handed her the box, avoiding her eyes. Ino grinned and opened the present.

"It's beautiful" She whispered.

"Like you" Shikamaru said before he could stop himself.

"I heard what you went through to get me this."

His eyes widened. "Who told you?!"

"Like, everyone" She laughed. "They all were so excited about it. I think the only one who kept quiet was Shino"

By this time Shikamaru was blushing furiously. "So, you-you know?!" Inside his mind, he was planning to kill everyone who told, except Chouji.

"Yeah" Ino smiled sweetly. "-And I realized something." She added, putting the necklace on.

"What?" Shikamaru questioned.

"I realized that I've been stupid and blind." Ino murmured, looking away. "I've been chasing a dream that will never come true. Sasuke-kun isn't what I thought he is. I've been thinking about this all day..." She put on one of the earrings. "I've been ignoring the one person who really cares about me." She leaned forward and replaced one of Shikamaru's silver earrings with the other one he gave her. "-And I'm sorry. I hope you can forgive me."

"Of course I can" Shikamaru smiled. It was as if all his dreams were coming true. He prayed that this wasn't a dream and if it was, he would never wake up.

"Thank you for being there for me. Through everything. Even putting up with my Sasuke-obsession. You've always been there through thick and thin. I think It's time I was there for you too" She quickly kissed him and smiled. "Well, I'll see you tomorrow" She grinned and walked into her house.

Shikamaru stood there for a few minutes. He raised a had to touch his lips.

Maybe this wasn't so troublesome after all.

YAY! I finished a fic!! I'm so happy! Please please PLEASE review! I worked so hard on this!