From out of the ashes! ENJOY!


Shikamaru's POV

I walked down the hallway, my thoughts on how they would try to kill me. A sneak attack maybe? Torture? Morbid…yes…but I had to think about something. The hallway finally came to an end, revealing a filthy door painted the same puke color as the hallway. I was led in and just as I stepped in...I got the reaction I had been thinking about. I found myself pinned to a nearby wall. One set of hands pinned my shoulders, another my legs, and the last one was very efficiently pounded my face in. I caught a few blows to the face, bloodying my nose, and another set of punches knocked the wind out of me with some well-placed punches to the stomach.

I looked up at the light from my seat. I was tied up to a chair, looking at the men who captured me. Well, I couldn't really see them really. The light was making it hard to truly make out what they looked like.

"Tell me, Konoha ninja. What was your mission?"


"Just as I expected…"

I felt the cool metal of a kunai against my neck and I knew what was coming next.

"Tell me or I'll be forced to kill you."


My denial must have impressed him cause there was an awkward pause then a pant on my back. "Very loyal, young nin."

That's when everything changed. I saw their trump card. Long black hair came into view…I knew that hair…Neji. They were using Neji.

"Now. Consider this. Unless you give me the details of your mission, I will kill you and him. Are you willing to put both of your lives in danger? It's obvious that you care for him…care for him deeper than a partner."

I could almost hear the smirk on his face. He had me. I felt the heat rise up to my face.

"Tell me!"

I couldn't hold it. One tear rolled down my face, followed by another…and another.


I don't know if he heard me. I don't even know if I got all those words out. It seemed like I instantly felt the coolness of the kunai run across my throat and I watched as the same action happened to Neji. I was going to die…right here…and I would never hear Neji tell me if he felt the same way…

Neji's POV

I opened my eyes. I thought the darkness had me, but I had some fight left in me. I opened my eyes and silently watched the scene before me. They obviously concluded I was dead. Shikamaru was being carried away by some ninja I didn't recognize. I wanted to attack them. I wanted to do something. They were carrying away my Shikamaru? I desperately reached out to him and with my last bit of energy, I called out to him. I called his name as loud as I could manage. Damn the consequences. They could kill me if need be.

They definitely heard me. The one carrying Shikamaru stopped and just like that, a foot was on my back. I struggled as much as my injuries would allow but it didn't really phaze them. I didn't care what they did…my eyes were on Shikamaru. Even when I felt that foot move up to my head, my eyes never wavered. "NARA SHIKAMARU! DON"T LEAVE ME! I WANT YOU TO STAY WITH ME!"

It took every bit of my energy to say those words, but I felt at ease. The man still walked away with Shikamaru as if I never said anything. The foot left my head. Just when I thought I would be left with my thoughts, the foot came down with tremendous force on its previous resting place.


Shikamaru sat up abruptly in his hospital bed, calling out Neji's name in panic. He was panting heavily and a soft sheen of sweat covered his forehead. The nurse ran into the room, trying to calm the nin.

Just then, the same situation happened with Neji. He sat up, calling out for Shikamaru. Neji's eyes met Shikamaru's and it seemed like they hadn't seen each other for years.

They both looked to the nurse for an explanation. The nurse recognized the look and sighed, "You both were brought in, suffering from the effects of a powerful illusion jutsu. Apparently you seemed all right but before presenting to the Hokage, you both passed out. Now go back to sleep. You both need your rest." She commanded, exiting the room, closing the door behind her.

Both nin looked at each other, a relieved look on their faces. They didn't need to say anything. Their faces said it all. Neji broke the silence, "This will never work. No one will accept this and the Hokage will not let us continue with our partnership."

Shikamaru nodded, "You're probably right…"

Silence settled into the room once again as they stared at one another.

Lips met in a ill-planned kiss, two sets of eyes staring at eachother. They broke the kiss, "I guess we'll just have to keep this between us." Neji whispered, smirking. Shikamaru returned the smirk, "I supposed I could manage a silent partnership…no matter how troublesome it is."


Yeah…no one died. I just couldn't kill either of them. I hope you guys enjoyed the story. Sorry for take a hot damn year to update. I know it wasn't worth the wait….but atleast it's something. REVIEW! I'm quite open to suggestions.