Disclaimer: I don't own Naruto, it belongs to Masashi Kishimoto. I only own the plot.

Hihi! This is Cyberwing. I just wanted to write something different, and since I'm currently addicted to Naruto, I thought I should try something now. Lol. Anyway, this is my first Naruto fanfiction so I hope that I wouldn't screw it up too badly. Also, I hope that I will be able to keep the characters from being too OOC. It's really a challenge since sometime I get too carry away from the story. However, this is what I'm trying to do, to keep the characters, well, in character.

I don't know Japanese so I won't be putting 'kun', 'sama', etc after names because I don't want to get my butt kicked by you guys. But if you guys can actually explain how those things work, I'll try…lol

The main characters of the story will be Shikamaru and Temari but other characters will play a role in the story too.

Well, enough bs-ing for a day. I'll shut up and let you guys read the story ;p

Setting: 2 years after the group had failed to retrieve Sasuke

Spoilers: up to chapter 242

Warning: lots of swearing and sexual innuendos, nothing too bad…I swear

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Operation: Hunt Shikamaru Down!

Shikamaru was scared…no he was petrified...for a good reason…

He felt an evil presence…it wasn't just some 'evil' presence, no, it was a presence of a certain psychotic…and she was closing in fast…

As if he was never this motivated in life, he pushed himself up from his usual roof spot and took off…


Temari was pissed.

Correction, she was beyond pissed.

Where is he?

Where the hell is Nara Shikamaru?

CRASH!

Temari kicked the garbage can beside her as she continued to stomp loudly down the street. People, who were used to her doing this, practically jumped out of the way. No point in getting killed due to being stuck in a middle of a crossfire right?

As if dead objects were alive, shops closed their doors and homes shut their blinds at the windows.

After all…hell hath no fury like a woman's scorn.

A lazy ass like him couldn't be far right? Temari looked left and right, trying to locate the guy who had a ponytail that stood up. There are only so many places where he would go…

For the 123rd time of the day she swore that when she found him, she will kill him.

If he even thought that he can hide from her, then think again. When she finds him, she will make his life a living hell…and she has all the ability in the world to make it happen. She was sure of it.

He, Shikamaru, will lose to her, even if it is the last thing she does!

Temari sniffed the air and smirked, it smelt like Shikamaru…


Following closely behind her, Kankurou performed his Kugutsu no Jutsu while Gaara continued to follow the wind user. It was his turn…again. He couldn't help but sigh, his puppet wasn't just any dumb puppet that could be bought in some night market. No…his puppet was Karasu, the KARASU that was equipped with MULTIPLE hidden weapons, ranging from kurai to hidden bombs of poisonous gas. Karasu was the ultimate killing machine! Yet…it was now…

…picking up garbage.

He would prefer using it for something more constructive…hell ANYTHING would be more constructive than this.

After all, he didn't take extra good care of it for nothing. He practically polished his Karasu day and night just to make sure that it was in perfect shape. Every night, he would place his puppet on the table and inspect it with a magnifying glass several times before he was even able to close his eyes and sleep. Every day, Kankurou would measure the lubricant vigilantly so that its joints will receive the right amount, not a drop more and not a drop less, before heading out. He would repaint the whole puppet twice when he sees there was a tiny chip of paint had fell off.

If Karasu could speak, Kankurou would walk the wire for it if it were to ask him to…

Now it would be best if Karasu was actually a woman, for his love toward it had practically scared the shit out of…well everyone other than Temari and Gaara.

…Temari had simply came to the fact that no matter what the hell she says, it would make no difference to Kankurou and Gaara…well…he just doesn't give a damn about…well just about anything…other than Naruto…

At least his mentality was saner than Gaara's right? At least the thing he was showing affection to was a…dead thing…right?

Yet…it was currently picking up garbage…

However, when it comes to garbage…it was a different story. Kankurou shivered as he looked at the mosquitoes flying around the junk…the smell…and the stuff in that pile…oh my f-ing god. It was better to sacrifice his partner than himself…after all, his puppet can't feel…so technically, Kankurou wasn't hurting its feelings as he ordered Karasu to pick up the 'stuff'…in fact it was something that was similar to volunteering in a community. Surely Karasu wouldn't mind…helping out…

Then Kankurou narrowed his eyes…shit was that dog shit?

SHIT!

How would he be able to kiss Karasu good night tonight?

Sweat poured down his forehead as a murder of crows flew past him just up above.

He couldn't take much of this any longer…not when Temari had gone into this boy crazy mode. Kankurou could take it if she was in love with that shadow boy because maybe there's a chance that she might become more feminine. But nnnoooo, she was only chasing after him because she wanted to beat Shikamaru fair and square, meaning physically, intellectually, etc. No matter what Kankurou told her, her stubborn damn mind refused to accept the fact that she was stronger than Shikamaru. She believed that Shikamaru was disgracing her, mocking her even when he surrendered during the Chuunin exam after he ensured that his victory.

Shikamaru had defeated Temari in the tactic she was so proud of, to plan ahead and cause the enemy to be ensnared. Even though she didn't ever mention it, she liked the feeling of being in control, the way that her enemies would do the things she'd predicted.

In other words, she was a control freak.

And Shikamaru was one of the few that had beaten her that way.

But what was so special about Shikamaru?

He was the only one that was still alive.

Usually when there's an enemy who she couldn't take care of, Kankorou or Gaara would've killed off the enemy, making sure that the enemy had suffer through a lot of long sessions of torture beforehand.

Now, whenever Temari was in Konoha, whether it was before starting or after finishing the assigned mission, she would hunt Shikamaru down so that they would have a match.

Just why the hell was Shikamaru running away anyway? It wasn't as if she was going to 'kill' Shikamaru anyway…although the definition of the word 'kill' would vary…

Yet Shikamaru had succeeded in escaping every time.

But deep down, Kankurou had to admit, that shadow boy was smart…VERY SMART. If he had been in the same situation as Shikamaru, he wouldn't just run from Temari. Hell, he would pack his bags and get out of Konoha, change his name and face and never return to Konoha ever again…

Except Shikamaru's action had just pissed Temari even more…and he and Gaara would have to take the brunt of it…

With no way of venting her anger and frustration off on the innocent people, she would usually beat Kankurou to a bloody pulp (not Gaara because she was still somewhat scared of him) or take it out on dead objects like that trash can over there…

So Temari was also a sadist with violent tendencies as well.

He had enough; he had the urge to just hide in a dark corner and just cry. He couldn't take it anymore. He didn't know which was worse, to get beaten up physically watching his favourite partner suffer (Karasu not Temari) like this with himself suffering mentally along with it.

His poor poor…Karasu…

Kankurou had never wanted this…he was suppose to be the bad guy, the bad ass.

But…

For the sake of Konoha, for the innocent civilians residing in Konoha, he will defend the village as if it's his own. His name and his bravery shall always be remembered as stories of his great sacrificing deed shall be past on from generations to generations.

For he, Kanurou, shall be the new defender of Konoha from any harm!

….

Why the HELL was he even cleaning out after the crap which his sister made?

Save Konoha? Care for the civilians?

YEA RIGHT…

Like he even cared about them! However, if he has to provide you with the reason then the reason would be because of…

That hokage BITCH!

She threatened to torn his dear Karasu apart. How could she do this to him? Why couldn't she just go and talk to Temari instead. Nooo! She had to get teams of ANBU squad to 'invite' him and Gaara over to her office to threaten how important it is for them to 'protect' Konoha in 'any' means necessary. Once again…WHY WASN'T TEMARI 'INVITED' AT THAT TIME AS WELL?

He could've sworn that he saw there was an unnatural glee in her eyes. It was as if she was enjoying the fact that he was suffering…or the fact that Temari was chasing Shikamaru around…since she didn't mention anything to stop Temari's actions. All she wanted was to make sure that nobody gets hurt and no property gets damaged or else…

Kankurou swallowed and finished getting Karasu to clean up promptly. However, he walked slowly in the direction where Temari went. It was simple to follow; in fact, he wasn't even required to use any of his tracking skills to do it. All he needed to do was to follow the path of destruction. He walked on as he watched an old humpback man walked past him, jabbing his walking stick on the ground slowly and hitting his back a few times due to his reoccurring back pain.

Damn…

Kankurou ignored the looks he got from the people around him. He, by no means, was in a hurry, he just wanted to make sure that he was walking so 'fast' that by the time he got there, either Gaara had finished cleaning up the mess or Temari had finished her rampage.

Let's hope this time he won't get beaten up again…In fact, since he had time, he calculated the chance of it not occurring:

Temari (plus) a control freak (plus) sadist with violent tendencies (plus) failing to find Shikamaru for the n-th time will make a VERY VERY angry Temari (equal ) NOT GOOD (equal ) HIGH CHANCE of getting killed

On a second thought…Kankurou turned to the opposite direction and ran. After all, Karasu was awfully dirty and it could use a bath and a new layer of paint would need to be added and…


Gaara left eye twitched…

And twitching was never something Gaara of the dessert was supposed to do.

Usually when he does something which he shouldn't…there wasn't another way of explaining it but this…his life was screwed.

It was an ill omen.

Last time when this happen, he was forced by Temari to go…

He shivered…

His left eye was twitching again…

Naruto owed him…he owed him BIG TIME.

Gaara was no lazy man, no; he was always striving for the reason to live, to carry on no matter what had happened to him in the past. Before, he believed that his goal in life was to find people who are worth killing and kill them. At first he felt successful, as he was able to achieve his goals. However, it didn't take long for an unknown emptiness to engulf him.

And he tried to cover the emptiness by killing more people but it just didn't work.

But besides killing, what else could he do?

All his life, he had been in the middle of a storm, in the middle of being wanted and an outcast. When he was young, his hope of finding someone who would love him scattered. In order to protect himself, he refused to love. In order to protect himself from being forgotten, he tried to find a reason for people to remember him, even if it means he'll have to use the fear tactic.

All of this changed when he met and had fought with Naruto.

That was his turning point in life, and he welcomed the change. Gaara no longer wanted to stay the same person he was. Therefore, now he was more open to others and tried to suppress his urge to kill everyone in sight…

After all killing everyone would mean that he no longer had someone to protect…and having no one to protect meant that he wouldn't be able to get stronger…like Naruto. Naruto was an enigma in some way, being able to become so strong in such a short time…

In other words…Gaara was just trying to find another way to get stronger….

Not that he hated this method or anything…

ANYWAYS….

Gaara had to protect Konona no matter what…due to a stupid word…he said…which at that spur of the moment was a good thing…but now…he was taking the consequence of it…

What's worse?

Although he didn't look like it but he was one of those who keep their promises when he make them.

The stuff that Tsunade said to him back then made no difference to him for he'd never answered her while his brother, Kankurai swallowed and agreed to everything Tsunade said. No one could make him, Gaara of the Dessert, to do things against his will…

(Flashback)

Two years ago, after the group of Genin failed to retrieve Uchiha Sasuke. Naruto had decided to go off training for three years with this guy called Jiraiya.

There was this 'good-bye' party for Naruto as people watched Naruto went away. Naruto had produced this great dialogue for each and every one of the people in sight.

Naruto walked up to Kakashi, he waved at Kakashi, signalling for him bend down next to himself.

He whispered to Kakashi's ears, "Kakashi, I just wanted to say thank you for the training you'd provided me for the past years. That is why I'm presenting this munificent offer to you. If you pay me, I'll let you get advance copies of the books that Ero Sennin for the next three years. I'll mail them to you once he finished them. After all, who could get a copy of the book faster than the person who's next to the author all the time? Now, I take money in forms of cash, cheque and credit cards….

Gaara didn't know whether it was because all the people in the group were shinobi or the fact that Naruto didn't know the purpose of whispering. Either way, everyone in the group, was able to hear every word he said.

So much for privacy…

(Fast forward)

"Now Gaara," Naruto said, standing in front of him, "It's great to have you as a friend. Maybe we can spar again some time in the future. After I've become much stronger, I might be able to fight you without summoning hehe. Protect Konoha while I'm gone alright? I don't want to come back only to find it in ruins."

Then Naruto smiled his foxy grin.

Gaara stood there…his mind working:

Naruto (equal ) person who changed his life (equal ) someone that 'should' be important to himself right? In conclusion, Naruto was considered to be a friend

Then as a friend he should do what his was requested right? After all, how bad could it be? It's just…well…Konoha…

And it wasn't as if Gaara would be staying in Konoha longer than necessary, he would probably just come here for a few missions and head back to the Hidden Sand Village before he even knew it. Then whatever happens while he was gone was out of his…control.

Lalala

"Gaara?" Naruto looked expectantly at him.

Instead of having his eyes reflect what he was thinking, Gaara, with a bored expression on his face, replied "affirmative."

(End Flashback)

See how one word in life screws you up? What's the lesson in life?

Keep your mouth shut…

Gaara thought that keeping a village like Konoha safe would be easy. After all, it was village with the most shinobi. They would take good care of things around here, there's nothing Gaara should worry about the security…

Until some Mad Chase Disease infected Temari's brain.

Now Temari went into total-hunter mode and when she couldn't find Shikamaru, she goes off into total mad-bitch-on-the-loose mode…

He sighed, protecting Konoha against some external force would be simple, just obliterate everything. However, when you are trying to protect the village from your PMS-ing 24/7 sister, it could be a problem. After all…she's your sister…

Looking at his watch…it was almost ten minutes; he should step in soon before Temari really damages something.

Now, just where was her punching bag, aka Kankurou?


Shikamaru was supposed to be here! She was positive that he's here. She could still smell his scent. He should be around here somewhere…but where was he?

Where is that goddamn…

Temari raised her foot as she was prepared to kick that ramen sign when…

Gaara cleared his throat.

Temari put her foot back down and continued to find her next target. Ah…a beautiful wooden bench, just calling out to her for her attention. Now all she needed was to…

Gaara cleared his throat again.

Then…instead of just reverted back to 'I'm Temari, the only sane one in the group', she snapped.

She turned back and faced Gaara, flame in her eyes, "Look Gaara. I'm a woman, a frustrated woman in fact. I have things in life that I need to get. I need to find him. I need him so badly, so bad that it almost hurt. He started it but now he wants to keep his hands clean of this. It's entirely his fault. He doesn't want to take the responsibility of what he did to me! And…now…I need to be taken care of right away since I don't have much time but he goes missing…again! Why can't he be more understanding? Why can't he understand my urge to be 'on top of him'? I don't want to be below him any more! He should be honoured that I'm even choosing him! I need him Gaara, if I can't find him…it makes me cranky."

Temari went and put her hands on Gaara's shoulders, "and you are not helping me Gaara when you should. How can you refuse to help me? I'm your sister, that should count for something right? I just need you to do this little favour for me. Please! Just do it!"

Temari wanted Gaara to use his freaky sand eye to find Shikamaru. It would be an easy task for him for it doesn't require much charka but…

Gaara raised his eyebrow, "it's because you're my sister that I can't do it. Please understand my circumstances. If I help you, there will be no turning back for both of us. I refuse to be your partner-in-crime. I just don't understand your feelings toward…; therefore I do not feel the same way as you. However, as your brother, I have to make sure that you are not committing a taboo…"

Like really killing Shikamaru, a chuunin from Konoha, and causing the sand trio to be on the wanted list…

Therefore, the brother and the sister engaged into this staring contest when both of them realized…

Silence.

Temari and Gaara looked around them as they realized that it was odd for a big and busy village like Konoha was so…quiet…it was almost eerie.

They looked around, only to find villagers have their mouth hanging as they pointed at them…

Out of the corner of Temari's eyes, she saw Shikamaru's head peaking out from the house at the corner of the street. He face was all red, she wondered if his artery would burst any time soon…

Temari and Gaara looked at each other, questions in their eyes…

"Get your ass over here Shikamaru!" Temari screamed as she took out her fan. She chased after Shikamaru as he took off once again. "Today is the day where we end all this!"

And this was just another normal day in the Hidden Leaf Villege, Konoha.

Well this is the end of the first chapter. Would Temari be able to find Shikamaru? Where did Shikamaru go? Well read the next chapter to find out!


PLEASE REVIEW so that I'll know what you think of the story! It really motivates me into writing. Once again, thank you for reading it. I hope that you like it. ;p