Disclaimer: I do not own Naruto…for sure the following characters that you do not heard form this anime…are my characters... xD

Summary: Things happen as they do…even if this isn't the right time… They are close friends and also best friends…they love being together… But remember when things go wrong… Love is the best power of all… ShikaIno (one-shot)

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"text"- dialogue

"text"- thought

(text)- author's notes

I'll Be Here By Your Side

By: pinkblossoms

A girl was sitting at the park…crying and looks miserable…the wind blew through her blonde hair as she cries. Then someone came to her view, he sat beside her and tap her on her back. Then he speak in a soft voice but moderate loud so she can hear, " Stop crying Ino…don't expect that Sasuke will have feelings for you too…I'm not saying that your not compatible to each other…but I know that you know that Sasuke likes your best friend…" he pause for awhile and thought the he came harsh to her… "Sorry…" the only thing he could say so he can handle her sad look on her face…but she reply then place her index finger on his lips when she sense that he will talk again … "No need Shikamaru…you don't need to say sorry…its my fault too…so don't apologize…and thanks for being there for me always when I'm like this miserable…". "Don't you even notice me? I'm here…and I'm not gonna hurt you no matter what…I'll protect you…cherish you…because you're so important to be hurt…" Shikamaru thought and he didn't notice that Ino fall asleep on his arms. They stay for awhile in that position as Shikamaru brush his fingers through Ino's soft hair. He sense that it's already evening so he planned to carry her to her house.

Years passed they became chuunins from the same year at the Konoha Academy. Today is Ino's birthday that means yesterday is Shikamaru's birthday. Shikamaru plan to surprise Ino on her big day today. So he places a letter beside her bed. When Ino wakes up she found the letter that Shikamaru had left earlier. She opened the letter and took out a yellow glossy paper with a message on it. This is what it said:

Ino,

I should great you first to your big day today. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

I have to show you something come here at the place where I watch clouds and be there at exactly 4 pm.

Shikamaru

So Ino came at this time, she saw Shikamaru at the place where the letter states. He approached her lazily and said, "Ino…what took you so long and you're almost late…" she looked on her watch try to see that it's almost 4:20 pm and she cried "Sorry…I just bumped to Sakura and then we talk to each other… What is it you're talking about? The surprise I mean…" she asked Shikamaru with cute puppy eyes. He blushes a little when he sees her like that. "Ok...ok...follow me" he looked away try to hid his red face. Ino followed him and he accidentally stops and remembered something. "Ino…I forgot that I should cover your eyes…wait a minute…" then he took a blue handkerchief and covered it to Ino's eyes.

After 30 minutes they arrived to their destination…

"Ino…we are here already…you can now remove the handkerchief…" he said in a trembling voice. When Ino take away the thing covering her eyes, she saw how beautiful the place was. "...I…Shikamaru……it….so…..beautiful……" Ino was shocked to the things happen today, her special day. "Ino…I want to say something…" he said to Ino nervously. "Huh? What?" Ino was confused to see him like that. "I've been longing to say this to you…" he looked straight to Ino's confused eyes and said, "Ino…after all these years that we've been together…I realized how important you are to me…and now as I have said awhile ago…I will explain it into three words…I Love You…those words really explains everything to me…Ino can you be my girlfriend?". Ino was speechless; she can't find the word she should say…but she thought for awhile, "This isn't the right time…And if I said yes…it's a lie…I don't want him to expect that I love him more than friends too…" Shikamaru broke the silence occurred and ask Ino again, "Ino? I know that I'm too fast for you…but I want to know what your answer… if you say no…I'm willing to wait for the right time…" By this time Ino find the words she should say after her inner thinking. She faced him seriously and looks straight to his eyes and said, "Shikamaru…I don't want you to get hurt…but this isn't the right time…and you're my best friend right…and you know that I love the person who hurt me terribly for the past few years…and I'm not yet recovered…but maybe someday…I can love you the way I love to…our destiny is so harsh…and I used to love the person hates me…you've been there for me…care for me…love me…for who I am…and yet I can't love you the way I want to…" she cries and hugged him. "Ino…thank you…you know I can wait for you…and this is a promise…" and he embraced her in return.

After that confessing…

Months passed…

They didn't know that they are always together. They come to pass missions together. They didn't even notice that they are so close and they love being together… And like they all say, when you're trying to protect someone important to you, you can become you're strongest…

At Yamanaka's residence

"Arghh! Shikamaru! Stop bothering me! Why do I keep missing you? Although we met in just a minute pass… you are always in my mind…do that really mean…oh... No! No! No! No! I can't fall for him this time… What if…he doesn't love me anymore…I don't want to get hurt again…sigh forget about that…" Ino slumped to her bed and then try to fall asleep.

To Be Continue...


Author's Note: I know that it's wrong to continue it next chapter...I planned to be a one chapter or let's say one-shot...but i want to post it already...so i planned to place two chapters...plz..reviews! i love having reviews...xP