Pairings: ShikaIno SasuSaku NaruHina NejiTen
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Ah, Thanksgiving: a time for rejoice of what we have. Let's take a look on how our favorite ninjas spend this holiday.
In the Uchiha mansion, eighteen ninjas gather around a table.
"I can't believe you two convinced me to have this stupid thing here," the seventeen-year-old Uchiha prodigy mumbled. Sasuke has grown out his hair a smudge and returned to Konoha almost a year ago, after killing Itachi. His eyes seem to have more emotion within them. He is now a Jounin; still debating weather or not he wants to be an ANBU.
"Oh, lighten up will ya?" Naruto said. Naruto is still Naruto, just a little more mature. Picture the fourth Hokage only shorter hair and his marks on his cheeks. Naruto long ago got over his crush of Sakura, who he likes now? No one knows. He's in training to become…the sixth Hokage! He'll be the youngest one yet.
"The food is here!" boomed an excited Ino. Ino grew out her hair, just to her mid-back, and is currently in a ponytail. She's gotten over her obsession of Sasuke and has yet to reveal her new someone. She is a Jounin, and works in her parent's flower shop.
"Keep your voice down, troublesome woman," Shikamaru groaned lazily. Still as lazy as ever. Only now he's the ANBU captain. His favorite hobby is still watching the clouds pass by. He still keeps his hair in a ponytail. Change is too troublesome for him. He also finds it too troublesome to tell who he likes, if anybody.
"Shall we start?" asked Sakura. She too has grown out her hair; to her shoulders. She is the head medic-nin. She's grown to a fine young woman. She still cares for Sasuke, but he has yet to say anything back.
"Here, Sakura-san, let me get those," Rock Lee said grabbing the bowls of food from her. It's same old Lee: loves his youth and the same bushy eyebrows. He has his old hairstyle back from before the bowl cut. Does he still like Sakura you ask, yeah.
"Can we get this over with?" asked an irritated Neji. He has the same length of hair that he used to and he is an ANBU. What else is there to say? He doesn't hate the head family anymore so that's a good thing. Maybe someone has begun to melt his cold heart.
"Stop your complaining," barked TenTen. She for once had her long hair down with the bangs put in a barrette. She is too an ANBU and more skilled in her weaponry. TenTen also has a secret crush.
Hinata walks over to her chair that was beside Naruto. Naruto sat up and pushed it out for her. "Thank you, Naruto-kun," she said as she sat down. Naruto nodded and sat in his own chair. Hinata has mostly gotten over her stuttering, but still has her crush on Naruto. She is a Jounin. Hinata no longer presses her fingers together like she used to either. She has grown.
After all the girls had gotten seated, Naruto grabbed for the turkey ramen. Sakura smacked his hand away. "We must thank Kami first," she insisted.
Naruto groaned but sat back into his chair.
"Who wants to go first?" Ino asked and then heard Shikamaru yawn, "Why not you Shika?"
Shikamaru looked at her with an upraised eyebrow and was about to protest until he saw the determined look planted on Ino's face. He nodded and Ino grabbed his and Chouji's hand. All of them now held each other's hands like you do when praying in a group.
"Uh…I give thanks for…the year not being so troublesome," Shikamaru stated.
"Should've known," Ino mumbled disappointed. It was her turn next. "I give thanks that my diet has gone successful this year," she said in happier tone.
"Women and their weight consciousness," Shikamaru whispered.
"It did?" Naruto asked in confusion.
Ino face turned red and her eyebrow twitched. "Yes it did," she hissed through gritted teeth.
Chouji stared at the food.
"Your turn, Chouji," Ino indicated at her hungry friend.
Chouji's head snapped up. "Huh? Oh right. I thank Kami for all this delicious food," he submitted still eyeing the platters of food.
Everyone bowed their heads in shame.
Asuma resituated his cigarette in his mouth and said, "I give thanks for a great year and having such fine students and I'm proud to say I taught them everything they know."
"Yeah, right," Shikamaru muttered.
Kakashi looked down at his book, managing to read with the book placed onto the plate.
"Kakashi-sensei, it's your turn," Sakura stated.
Without glancing up from Icha Icha Paradise Kakashi thanked with, "I thank Jiraiya for creating such wondrous books," he heard Sakura clear her throat and added, "And for my fully-grown graduated pupils."
Sasuke's turn. He sat there in thought for a moment. "I suppose I thank him for finally allowing me to avenge my family," he proclaimed.
"I give thanks for my team, the best friends a girl could ask for," Sakura thanked smiling proudly, her emerald eyes gleaming.
Naruto cleared his throat. "I thank Kami-sama for ramen! And for all of Konoha," he preached with a grin.
"Thank you for keeping us all in good health and watching over us," Hinata prayed.
"My bugs," Shino said next.
Kiba cleared his throat and gave his thanks, "For Akamaru and his new puppies."
"Really? How many?" asked Naruto.
"Six, they were born last week," Kiba answered.
"I thought Akamaru was a boy," said Chouji.
"He is," Kiba stated.
"Oh," Kakashi said.
Kurenai went next, "thanks for the great team I got to teach."
Gai cleared his throat. "For YOUTH and my YOUTHS!" he exclaimed.
TenTen smacked her forehead. "Should have known," she mumbled.
Lee smiled. "Thanks for my good looks and Gai-sensei!" he boasted his teeth gleaming. 'And for beating Sasuke…way back when,' he added in his thoughts.
"What are we chopped liver?" Neji questioned with sarcasm.
TenTen thought for a minute. "I give thanks for my victories," proclaimed.
"You're turn Neji," stated Lee smiling at his old teammate.
Neji thought for awhile. "For becoming an ANBU," he muttered.
"Okay, Neji," Naruto said rolling his eyes.
"Hmm…I am thankful for gambling…and my youth," Tsunade stated. 'And all of the lives in Konoha,' she thought.
"I am thankful for my talent in writing," Jiraiya said lastly.
"Here here," Kakashi agreed.
"Can we eat now?" Chouji asked impatient.
They all dropped their hands and started eating.
After dinner and pumpkin pie it was time to leave.
"Okay now get out of my house," Sasuke ordered.
"You bastard, you can't jut kick us out, it's rude," Naruto growled.
Sasuke crossed his arms. "Hn," he mumbled.
"Thank you for inviting me, Sasuke-san," Hinata said, bowing her head.
"Whatever," Sasuke stated leaning against the wall.
"Hey, Hinata-chan, I'll walk you home," Naruto exclaimed.
Hinata blushed. "Y-you d-don't have to," she stuttered.
Naruto shook his head. "No, I insist. You don't know what's out there, lurking in the dark," he protested.
"Okay," Hinata said turning five shades deeper in red.
After they left, Gai walked up to Neji. "Naruto is correct. There might perverted stalkers out there," he remarked.
"So?" Neji questioned.
"You should walk TenTen home," Gai stated.
"What? I can walk on my own, Gai-sensei," TenTen argued.
"But what if someone attacked?" Gai asked.
"I can take care of myself thank you," TenTen replied.
"I'll walk you home, TenTen," Lee said walking up.
"I'll take her," Neji stated quickly and grabbed TenTen's arm.
Shikamaru yawned. "I'm going home," he proclaimed. He started to walk away when Asuma said, "Shikamaru, you should take Ino home."
"Why? That's too troublesome," Shikamaru stated.
"I live right next to you," Ino implied.
"See, so you're not going out of your way," Asuma said.
"But—," Shikamaru was interrupted when Ino grabbed him and dragged him away.
Kakashi then leaned against the wall next to Sasuke. "So, Sasuke, why don't you take Sakura to her house?" he questioned.
Sasuke opened one eye and looked at him. "Why don't you?" he asked back.
"I got poker tonight with the other senseis," Kakashi pointed out.
"Then why can't Jiraiya?" Sasuke asked.
"Do you really want him to do that?" Kakashi questioned.
"Then why not Tsunade?" Sasuke asked.
"She's going to poker," Kakashi stated.
"I'm sure Lee would love to," Sasuke stated and Lee popped up.
"I'd love to!" he exclaimed grinning.
Kakashi pulled Sasuke closer and whispered, "do you really want him to? Think of what could happen."
"Hn," Sasuke mumbled and put his hands in his pockets walking up to Sakura. "Let's go. Kakashi told me to take you home."
"Uh okay," Sakura said following him out the door.
"Okay let's go gamble!" Tsunade said smiling.
Naruto and Hinata's P.O.V.
They walked along in silence. Naruto found it nerve-racking so he broke it. "Sooo, uh it's a nice night tonight, don't cha think?" he questioned the Hyuuga heiress.
"It is," Hinata replied looking at her feet.
"Yeah I love looking at the stars. They're amazing," Naruto stated.
"H—how so?" Hinata asked
"Well, they seem so close yet you can never reach them. It's one thing in life no one can achieve," Naruto responded.
Hinata nodded. "I n—never thought o..of it that wa—y," she said.
Naruto smiled at her. "So did you enjoy dinner? You girls did great with the meals it was fantastic! I would have had my eighth serving if Chouji didn't finish it off," he stated.
"T-thanks," Hinata said smiling back blushing once more.
Naruto chuckled. "Why do you stutter like that?" he asked.
"Bec…Because…." Hinata trailed off.
"I think it's kinda cute," Naruto confessed, scratching his head.
Hinata blushed. "Y-You think so?" she asked.
Naruto nodded. "And that blush, it's adorable," he stated.
Hinata turned five shades redder.
Naruto pointed at her face. "You look like a ripe tomato," he implied.
Hinata was at a loss for words.
Naruto came to a stop. "Here's your stop," he said.
Hinata nodded. "Konami-wa, Naruto-kun," she said, bowing her head.
"Bye," Naruto said and gave Hinata a quick hug and ran off.
Hinata blushed a deep crimson and smiled. 'Thank you Kami-sama for my hero in orange clad,' she thought and giggled.
Naruto walked toward his apartment and grinned. "It's a good thing I have my stuttering little buttercup," he said.
Neji and TenTen's P.O.V.
Neji and TenTen walked in an uncomfortable silence, TenTen trailing behind Neji.
"So…" TenTen said.
"So what?" Neji asked looking at her.
"It was nice of you to walk me home," TenTen stated.
"Hn," Neji replied.
"Um…well…it was fun tonight, huh?" TenTen questioned.
"I guess if you call praying fun. I'd rather had been training," Neji replied.
"Figures," TenTen scoffed, "Come on, you have to at least admit the food was good."
"It was eatable," Neji responded coldly.
TenTen clenched her fists. "It took us four hours to cook that dinner," she huffed.
"Well then, maybe you should have spent a couple more," Neji suggested.
TenTen twitched. 'Clam down TenTen. Resist urge to strangle,' she thought to herself.
"Here's my house," she said through gritted teeth and walked away without saying another word.
Neji watched her go. "What's gotten into her? I guess that's my TenTen for you. Where'd that come from?" Neji shook his head.
TenTen leaned against her door once inside her house. 'I am thankful for the cold bastard on my team that I adore, secretly.' She thought as she giggled.
Shikamaru and Ino's P.O.V.
"So the meal was great huh? Yeah I know. The girls and I spent hours on it. You guys ate it pretty quick," Ino babbled.
"…." Shikamaru replied.
"Shika are you happy you got on our team?" Ino asked.
"I suppose," Shikamaru answered lazily.
"I am too. I mean, we had a good time. Even though you became a Chuunin like (snaps) that…and were off the team, but you still spent time with us. And all those missions," she kept on talking.
"Can you ever be quiet? Wait I know that answer," Shikamaru spoke.
"Shika, do you find me annoying?" Ino asked out of nowhere.
"Yes," was Shikamaru's response.
"Oh, so am I a loudmouth?" Ino questioned with an upraised eyebrow.
"Do I irritate you?" Ino asked in a dangerous tone.
Ino's eye twitched. "You self-centered asshole!" she barked.
"How troublesome," Shikamaru commented.
"Grrr…Shikamaru you are a good for nothing bum, you know that?" Ino huffed crossing her arms over her chest.
"Nara Shikamaru!" she began then stopped and smiled. "You know what? I actually thank Kami for my lazy bum of a man," she finished.
Shikamaru quirked an eyebrow. "What'd you say?" he asked, a little shocked.
"I said, I'm glad you're in my life. Gloat all you want, because this is the only time you're going to hear it," Ino responded.
"Uh, um," Shikamaru actually didn't know what to say. He had no clever comeback. This was a first.
They walked in silence until they reached Ino's front porch.
Ino paced her feet in a circle and looked at Shikamaru. "Well, good night," she said going up on her tiptoes and giving him a kiss on the cheek. She giggled and ran inside, leaving a speechless Shikamaru behind.
He looked up at the window that had light, signifying Ino was inside. 'And I thank Kami for my pretty, yet annoying loud-mouthed woman that irritates me so…how troublesome,' he thought with a chuckle then went inside his own home.
Sasuke and Sakura's P.O.V.
They walked in silence, Sasuke with his hands in his pockets and Sakura beside him.
"Sasuke-kun, thanks for letting us have the party at your place," Sakura said.
Sasuke shrugged in response. "It's not like I had a choice," he stated.
Sakura looked at her shoes. "I guess," she mumbled, sounding disappointed.
"So, is it okay if we have the Christmas party at your place?" Sakura asked hopefully.
"Is that a yes or a no?" Sakura asked confused.
"Whatever," Sasuke replied.
Sakura tripped. Sasuke caught her, clutching her arms, and mumbled, "Clutz." Sakura put herself back on her feet and blushed.
'Great going! We tripped in front of Sasuke-kun! Baka!" Inner Sakura screamed.
"Oh shut up," Sakura said, not knowing she had said it out loud.
"Nani?" Sasuke asked looking back at her.
'Now he thinks you're telling him to shut up! Smooth!' Inner Sakura scolded.
"Nothing," Sakura replied. She decided to change the topic. "So, Sasuke-kun, what do you plan to do now that you've killed Itachi?"
Sasuke went stiff.
'You just had to bring that up!'
"I don't know," Sasuke responded, looking sadly at Sakura.
"Oh," was the only thing Sakura could muster. "Well, um, this is my place, see you later, Sasuke-kun." She waved a goodbye at him and walked into her home. She looked at the ceiling. "Kami-sama, help me help my handsome ice cube, Sasuke-kun, he deserves it," she stated.
Sasuke walked back to his home in silence and thought of the events that had occurred.
"Thank you, Kami-sama, for my new family," he muttered.
Don't think this is it! There is still Christmas, New Year's and many more holidays that are going to be the continuation of this but first we need your opinions so please review!Saiyanfanatics