No Jealousy

By craziestanimefan

Summary: Why would Uchiha Sasuke ever be jealous of Nara Shikamaru? Here's why.

Sitting atop the grocery store, Uchiha Sasuke stared down at the busy market square when a spiky head caught his eye. He groaned; Shikamaru was here. The Uchiha's brows furrowed in thought; every time Nara Shikamaru walked past him, Sasuke felt a slight twinge of jealousy, and he had no idea why. After all, this was Nara Shikamaru. There was nothing special about him. He was very intelligent, but also very lazy, poor, and unskilled. He liked to sleep and watch clouds, and go eat with Chouji. He was an ordinary guy with a rather boring life. So why was Sasuke jealous? He would think about it, but just couldn't figure it out.

He was so much better than Shikamaru in almost every way, but he would always look enviously at Shikamaru. What did Shikamaru have that he himself did not? Sasuke had everything, so what could have changed about Shikamaru? What could've caused this feeling inside him to emerge?

Sasuke racked his brain, trying to think of something that Shikamaru had gotten that Sasuke didn't. Maybe it was the title of Chuunin that Shikamaru alone had gained…but Sasuke was over that. Sasuke's decisions were often rash and hastily piled together, especially in a pinch, so he had known that Shikamaru's skills would've been more useful then his own brute strength, even with the impressiveness of the Chidori. So that wasn't it…

Maybe it was the fact that Shikamaru always had time on his hands. Sasuke was often distracted by getting rid of his fan girls and training, while Shikamaru milled around, buying new shogi pieces, working for Ino in the Yamanaka Flower Shop, or just looking and the clouds serenely. Shikamaru seemed to have all the time in the world to do whatever he wanted. But Sasuke never kept track of time that much anyways…

Could it be Shikamaru didn't have to put up with Naruto? No, that couldn't be it. Even though Naruto was annoying at times, he was also a great sparring partner, physically and verbally. And Shikamaru also had to deal so many things, like Asuma's smoking, Ino's complaining, Chouji's constant food cravings, and so much more. In fact, not too far away, he was buying some pork chops, a couple bags of chips, a package of cookies, and a box of extra salty crackers for his gluttonous friend.

Perhaps it was the fact that Shikamaru doesn't have pressure on him. As an Uchiha, the villagers expected only the best from his very elite and noble family. Everything must be perfect. Shikamaru, on the other hand, could slack off and didn't have to even try to do things correctly. Nobody really cared about Shikamaru's behavior or improvement. But then again, because of the constant pressure, he had really developed into quite the ninja, and he owed that to everyone. So that wasn't it either…

A flash of blonde came into his peripheral vision, and Sasuke nearly started sprinting right there. Ino was one of his biggest fan girls, and she would be sure to come right up to him and try and plant a big one on him or give him a hug. He closed his eyes prepared for impact, but instead he felt the girl brush right past him. Bewildered, he turned and saw a strange sight: Ino had latched onto Shikamaru's arm, animatedly chatting to him while he shopped. He only sighed and complained about how annoying she could be, but he gently tugged on her arm, bringing her a little closer to his body. Maybe that was why Sasuke was so jealous of Shikamaru; he had someone to cherish and hold onto, while Sasuke had nobody.

"Sasuke-kun! I finally found you!" He turned to see a head of bright pink hair. "Kakashi-sensei is treating us out to ramen! Would you like to come?"

He looked carefully Sakura, and cracked a smile. Maybe he did have someone…

"Yeah, I'm coming Sakura," he said. The expression on her face made him want to laugh, though he couldn't blame her for it. That was totally unlike him, but he could feel a change starting inside. Grabbing her hand, he pulled her along. "Let's go, Sakura." He was pretty sure that he wasn't jealous of Shikamaru anymore.