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K guys, final chapter is finished! Woo-hoo. And I must say, I really liked doing this...story. But alas, it is now finished. And very long. This chapter is around...4,000+ words...I'm serious. Sheesh. They just kept on getting longer and longer.

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Honey If You Love Me

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Tenten smirked evilly. "Ready, Ino?" she asked sweetly. Payback is such a…good thing.

"I really don't think I need to," Ino tried again, backing away slowly.

"Well I do," Tenten said again, still smirking.

Ino blushed faintly and glanced towards Shikamaru. "But he doesn't want to do it either."

Shikamaru glanced around at the seven daring gazes pointed directly at him. Being the smart, but lazy, prodigy that he was, he figured it would be too hard to outrun seven trained medial ninjas. Unless he tried of course.

But being Shikamaru…he didn't want to.

"Troublesome," he muttered. They could translate that word, he thought lazily, to whatever they wanted to hear.

Tenten smiled in satisfaction. "So, I guess it's settled then, huh."

"I…guess," Ino trailed off, disbelief written clearly across her face. She was trapped in her own game! Well…the one she suggested, anyway. "It's only for three minutes, anyway," she muttered sulkily.

Tenten shot her a wicked grin at her last statement. "You're right, Ino," Tenten said mischievously, "we should make it longer…just to give the guys more of a chance, of course."

"What?" Ino yelled, eyes glaring at Tenten, "Yours wasn't longer!"

"Actually," Sakura said, catching on to Tenten's ploy, "she had to play for six minutes."

"So?"

"So," Tenten said, giving a smirk, "yours should be longer too. Especially if it's the last round." Pointedly looking at the spectators, she raised a questioning eyebrow. "Well?"

Everyone immediately nodded in agreement.

"Right!" Tenten said once again, "Ready? When it's Shikamaru's turn to make Ino smile, the round is going to be for seven minutes!"

"What?" Ino almost screeched. "Seven minutes? And why does he get seven minutes? Do I get seven minutes to make him smile?"

"Oh come on," Tenten said playfully, "it's Shikamaru, you can get him to smile within three minutes, right?"

Ino rolled her eyes in agreement, a slight smile on her face. "I guess."

"Okay, anyway," Tenten said, looking between the idle standing Shikamaru and Ino, "Ready?"

Both 'challengers' gave a slight nod or mumble in response as Tenten glanced down at her watch. "Good," Tenten said cheerfully, "Shikamaru versus Ino! Round four, begin!"

Ino glanced around the clearing as a pause surrounded the area, waiting for the challenge to start. "Um…"

"Nope!" Tenten said forcefully, "You're not getting out of this one!"

"I know!" Ino said, slightly irritated, "But you forgot to say who goes first!"

"Oh…" Tenten trailed off, slightly embarrassed, "You, I guess. Ino, make Shikamaru smile!"

Ino hummed softly, thinking of what she was going to do. Three minutes…she could easily make Shikamaru smile within those three minutes. Right? Right.

"Oh Shika," Ino said softly, smiling an adorable smile, "Honey, if you love me, please smile for me."

Shikamaru returned her doe-eyed, cutesy look with a bored expression.

Giving a small 'humph', Ino innocently blinked her eyes as she tried again. "Please Shika?"

He gave her his usual 'this-is-troublesome' look in response.

Undaunted, Ino tried again. Merely asking didn't work on him, food, weapons, and clothes didn't work either. So she used what would work.

Bribery…

"If you smile for me, I'll let you sleep in for a couple more hours tomorrow."

"Hun."

"How about I let you sky-gaze for an hour more, or even two?"

"Hum."

"Maybe I could persuade Tsunade to give you a day off."

"Hn."

"Two days off?"

"Hm."

"Three?"

"Hn."

"Well, I can't ask her for four, then you'll practically be doing nothing!" Ino almost yelled, irritated at his laziness.

"Hum."

All the while this 'conversation' was going on, the others looked among each other in confusion. 'WHAT?'

"Can you…" Sakura said hesitantly when no one asked the unspoken question, "understand him?"

Ino gave her an incredulous look, "Why of course! Can't you?"

"Err…"

Ino rolled her eyes, "It's easy, if he grunts, then he's saying 'no', 'yes', or 'maybe'."

Tenten gave her a look, shaking her head, "Like that helps."

"Well, I think it does," Ino said, shrugging her shoulders.

"It must be some connection," Naruto said in his raspy voice, "from dealing with him all these years."

Everyone, amazingly, nodded in agreement with Naruto's wisely spoken words.

"Yup," he continued, "choosing from all those ramen choices--"

"Stop," Sasuke cut in, before Naruto could finish his sentence, "you were doing fine before. You actually sounded smart."

Naruto gave a glare and frown in return.

"So anyway," Ino continued as she turned towards Shikamaru, "what do you say?"

"Hum."

"Why not?" Ino demanded, stomping her foot.

"Hn."

"Does it really matter that much?" Ino asked, slightly baffled.

"Hn."

"But it's just a game!" Ino tried, once again.

"Mmh."

"No," Ino said, shaking her head, "they wouldn't."

"Two more minutes," Tenten cut in, faintly irritated, "and Shikamaru, could you actually speak?"

"Hn."

Tenten's eyebrow twitched slightly.

"He said, 'troublesome'," Ino offered, seeing Tenten's frustrated expression, "only…shortened."

"Right," Sakura said, unbelieving. 'Hum', 'hun', 'hn', 'mhm', they all sounded alike to her!

When bribery failed, Ino moved on to the next option. Threats.

Ino sighed, she tried being nice. It was time to switch gears.

"Smile for me now," Ino said, forcefully, raising a clenched fists in warning.

A slight pause surrounded the area in stunned silence.

"Sheesh," Naruto muttered faintly, "and I thought Sasuke was being demanding."

Ino sent him a glare in return. "Shut it."

Naruto immediately shut his mouth…for now.

Shikamaru gave Ino a wary glance. Should he smile? She was awfully scary when she was mad. Glancing at the guys in support, they glared in response, daring him to smile and lose the game. Well, that definitely helped sway his decision.

Ino was scary…but four male ninjas? That was really scary…especially when male pride was on the line. Losing was definitely a 'no-no'.

"Shikamaru," Ino said slowly, "if you don't smile now, I'll wake you up at four in the morning tomorrow."

Shikamaru gave his 'team' a wide-eyed glanced. Four in the morning! That was eight hours before he was normally dragged out of bed!

Yet still, his teammates stood strong. Sadly.

"I'll make sure that you will have to go home to do chores tomorrow," she said sweetly.

How could she do that? Even his mom couldn't make him!

"And don't worry, Shikamaru," she continued, "I'll make sure you do them."

Shikamaru's eyes wavered in indecision. Somehow, he had no doubt she would be able to do all those things she threatened.

But still…his teammates were counting on him. That and the fact they were glaring daggers at him. How scary. Shikamaru gulped faintly, yet outwardly remained calm.

He didn't want to let the guys down.

He also didn't want to be annihilated or severely maimed.

"I'll also make sure," Ino said in a cheerful voice, breaking his train of thought, "that you won't be able to sky-gaze for at least a week."

That's it, screw the guys.

No way was he going to let Ino take his sky-gazing time away! Had he ever thought four male ninjas scary? They were almost nothing in comparison to Ino's threats.

"Whoa," Naruto muttered once again, "that's like…having no ramen for a week!"

Sakura shook her head in amusement. "My, how horrible!" she exclaimed mockingly.

"I know!" Naruto exclaimed, oblivious to Sakura's sarcastic tone, "Could you believe that?"

Sakura rolled her eyes in defeat. "Yeah, we know Naruto, that's like…your life source, right there."

"No ramen," he whispered faintly in disbelief.

"One minute," Tenten called out, cutting off the side conversation they were having about ramen. Obviously, Naruto needed to eat somewhere else.

Ino narrowed her eyes in determination. It was crunch time. One minute to make Shikamaru Nara smile.

"Alright Shikamaru," Ino said, amused as he froze slightly, "I won't do those things that I just threatened."

Shikamaru immediately relaxed.

"But," Ino murmured quietly, "I have something else in mind."

Walking slowly towards him, face set, Ino turned a pinkish hue. "Shikamaru," she whispered as she wrapped her arms around him loosely, "please smile for me."

Shikamaru, who was extremely confused and perplexed asked only what he could. "Why?"

"Because," Ino said cutely, pouting slightly, "it will make me happy."

"Hm," Shikamaru answered, still confused about this whole touchy feely hugging thing Ino was doing with him.

"If you do, I'll watch the clouds with you," she proposed again, then quickly adding, "in silence."

Shikamaru stared into Ino's cerulean blue eyes. "Troublesome," he muttered, a blush evident on his face.

Well what do you know, Ino and Shikamaru…hugging? The group watched the scene in silence, enraptured by the sight the two made. Ino's arms around Shikamaru neck in a loose embrace. Not too tight to be intimate, yet within range to be questionable.

"They're going to get married someday," Naruto muttered faintly in his all-knowing voice.

Once again, everyone nodded in agreement.

Ino tilted her head, seemingly hearing the comment, but not saying anything. She didn't mind…much.

"Please Shikamaru?" Ino asked innocently.

"What's your plan," Shikamaru suddenly demanded, only slightly uncomfortable in the situation they were in, "I can't seem to read you."

Ino gave him an impish grin in reply, "No need to get all touché, Shikamaru, I'm just being romantic."

"Ro…mantic?" He asked, slightly confused. Had not Ino realized that he had no idea on being romantic? Shikamaru gave an inward smile. It was kind of…cute…in a strangely unknown way. He was getting mushy. Eck.

And this whole thing was kind of funny, if he thought about it. Ino? Trying to be romantic with him?

"Ten seconds," Tenten said softly, not wanting to break the moment. It was much too interesting to let it go to waste.

"Yes," Ino said as she frowned slightly, "romantic."

Never would have Shikamaru thought this would happen to him.

"But I should have known you wouldn't know."

Never in a million years.

"You may be a genius, but sometimes you are just so dense."

Perhaps this might have happened with Uchiha, but with him?

"Now I just feel all…embarrassed."

Not ever.

"Well, maybe not."

Nope, never in a million years.

"Shikamaru?"

This was definitely an interesting experience.

"Shikamaru?"

Perhaps she was attracted to him then?

"SHIKAMARU!" Ino yelled, straight in his ear.

Shikamaru jumped in surprise, looking at Ino's very close, pissed off face. And at this moment, Shikamaru turned quickly away. He couldn't help it but…

His nose twitched faintly, his forehead scrunched up slightly. Was he…going to laugh?

Each watched with baited breath as Shikamaru's will power to laugh or not would be the deciding factor in this game. His eyes were squinted as his mouth slowly opened.

"Aha -"

No one dared to breath.

"Ah-"

No one dared to move.

"Achoo!"

Each person face faulted in disbelief. They thought he was going to laugh!

"U-um, bless y-you," Hinata offered.

"Excuse me," Shikamaru muttered as he noticed everyone staring at him.

"Time up!" Tenten exclaimed, "Girls get no point, Shikamaru wins first part of round four!"

Ino frowned as she unwrapped her arms from Shikamaru. It seemed that she couldn't make him smile.

Sakura seemed surprised too. "What? So we're tied?"

"I-I guess," Hinata stuttered, also stunned at the fact that Ino hadn't made Shikamaru smile.

Kiba and Naruto openly smirked. A tie? They could definitely live with that. Sasuke and Neji both gave a 'hn', seemingly indifferent. But they were…satisfied. A tie was good.

Now it was up to Shikamaru to make Ino smile…

Oh boy.

"Alright," Tenten said once everyone was somewhat over the fact that the guys got a point, "Let's begin part two!"

Shikamaru glanced at Ino and blinked. "Hn?"

Ino gave him a slanted gaze, eyebrow slightly twitching. "It's your turn!"

"Un," he grunted softly, "what am I supposed to do again?"

"Weren't you paying attention?" Naruto yelled as the others face faulted in disbelief.

"Do you really have to ask that?" Ino snapped. Of course he wasn't! Shikamaru rarely gave his attention to anything for long.

"Geez," Naruto mumbled in response, "even I'm not that bad."

Shikamaru returned that comment with a look of distaste. "At least I didn't lose," Shikamaru mumbled.

"Not yet," Naruto muttered, "you still have to make Ino smile."

"An-e-ways," Tenten said, dragging out the syllables, "let's begin, Shikamaru, make Ino smile!"

Shikamaru gave Ino a lazy stare. "Honey, if you love me, please smile for me."

Ino gave a sigh, "Oh come on Shikamaru! Be at least a little romantic. Say it like you mean it!"

Rolling his eyes upward and muttering his usual 'troublesome' remark, he tried again. "Honey, please, if you love me, please smile for me?"

"I didn't say to emphasize 'please', although that is definitely a way better attempt than the other one," Ino remarked sarcastically.

Shikamaru looked at Ino and shrugged, slightly confused. He did say please. Wasn't that romantic enough?

Ino shook her head slowly, wondering what was going through the genius's mind. "You are so dense sometimes," she muttered.

Shikamaru gave another shrug, "Did you want me to ask you out or something?"

Ino blushed a crimson red. How dare he make such assumptions! She said romantic, not necessarily like they were together or anything…but it was cute. In a way.

"Well," she stuttered out, "That would be a much better effort at getting me to smile."

Giving her a 'this-is-really-troublesome' look, he gave a soft sigh. "Would you want to go out?"

Ino glared at him in response, "That's not what I meant!"

"Then what did you mean?" Shikamaru asked, a confused look on his face. Geez, how troublesome girls are!

"Not if you don't mean it!" Ino yelled, fists clenching.

Shikamaru's face flinched slightly before resembling his 'I-don't-care' look. "Does that mean no?"

"No! That doesn't mean no!"

"Then what does it mean?"

"Well, what do you think?"

"I don't know, what do I think?"

"How should I know?"

"Well, you seem to dictate whatever I say anyway."

"Not! I so do not!"

"Yes, you do."

"Not!"

"Yes."

"Not!"

"Yes, and stop saying 'no'!"

"Fine," Shikamaru mumbled.

"Good boy," Ino said sarcastically.

"Wow," Naruto cut in, "she really does dictate whatever you say, Shikamaru."

"Oh please," Ino said as she breathed heavily, "I do not!"

"Yes," Shikamaru muttered, "See? I told you."

"Oh shut it," Ino snapped.

Shikamaru glanced sideways in defeat, but stayed quiet.

Naruto started laughing again. "You are so whipped," he stuttered out as he began laughing.

Shikamaru gave him a glare in return.

"You too!" Ino screamed at Naruto.

Naruto immediately shut his mouth.

Sasuke, Kiba, and Neji smirked as Sakura and Tenten gave muffled giggles. Hinata just blushed faintly and sighed and Chouji still munched on his chips in content. Shino seemed to have appeared out of nowhere once again, and Naruto gave a small pout in defiance.

Ino huffed, still looking frustrated, and Shikamaru gave a satisfied smile while giving Naruto a 'see-why-I-obey-her" look.

"So anyway," Tenten said, still smuggling a faint smile, "five more minutes, Shikamaru."

Shikamaru gave a mumbled 'hn' in reply as he thought of what to do next. Well, that first attempt failed. She didn't want to go out with him.

Or so he assumed, Shikamaru thought 'optimistically', who knew?

Ino gave a small sigh. She had always…well, not always, but she had recently begun thinking, almost dreaming, of the day Shikamaru would ask her out. She just didn't think it would happen this way.

Giving an impatient sigh, Ino tapped her foot repeatedly. "Well?" she asked, still slightly hurt that he had only asked her out because of this game, "Are you going to say anything?"

"What is romantic?"

Ino paused and faintly quirked an eyebrow, partially in amusement, but mostly in confusion. "What?"

Shikamaru gave his 'troublesome' sigh and mumbled, "What is romantic."

"Romantic?" Ino echoed in surprise. Was Shikamaru trying to pull something romantic…on her?

Giving a 'hn' as his answer, Ino inwardly smiled as she saw Shikamaru's face turn a tinge of pink. Only inwardly though.

"I don't know," Ino said, still somewhat stunned at Shikamaru's wanting to be romantic, "flowers are nice."

"Flowers," Shikamaru said slowly, "girls like flowers."

Ino rolled her eyes in wonder. It was like he knew nothing about being romantic. A devious grin suddenly lit her features as she thought that statement.

Shikamaru + knows nothing on how to be romantic fun for her.

Oh yes, Ino thought, this was definitely going to be fun. Who said that 'unwanted' circumstances had to always be a bad thing? Especially if it included a lazy genius who knew nothing about girls.

"Oh yes," Ino said after a moment, "a lot of flowers. Bunches actually, and if you don't, then girls think you don't love them anymore."

"What?" Shikamaru asked in confusion, "What do flowers and love have anything to do with each other?"

"Flowers are like…" Ino said slowly, trailing off as she quickly thought of something to say, "your relationship!"

"Flowers are like…relationships?" he asked, once again confused.

"Oh yes," Ino said hurriedly, inwardly smirking at the genius's innocence, "once they die, they say your relationship dies."

Sasuke and Naruto exchanged a glance and silently hoped that their girls weren't like that. Neji gave a small smirk at her comment. Tenten didn't even like flowers…much. O how naïve some boys were in a relationship, Neji thought, somewhat mockingly.

"Well," Shikamaru said after a pause, trying to think of a safe topic, "what else? What about food? Like…chocolates?"

Ino gave a mock gasp, "No way! You want me to get fat? That is so unhealthy for the figure."

"Then what about weapons?" he tried again.

Now this caught Neji's attention. Everyone liked weapons…right?

"Are you saying mine aren't good enough?" she asked, outwardly seeming mad.

At this, Neji glanced towards Tenten, wondering whether she still wanted him to buy her weapons.

"Clothes?" Shikamaru said faintly, trying to persuade her to calm down.

"Are you saying that I'm too fat to fit my own?" Ino yelled, eyes glinting in amusement.

"Makeup?" Shikamaru said hesitantly. Who knew girls could be so…difficult to buy stuff for?

"Are you saying that I'm ugly?" Ino screeched again.

"Then what?" Shikamaru asked, exasperated.

Ino's eyes glinted with mischief. "Oh, you know, the little stuff."

"Like what?" Shikamaru asked, resigned at this whole 'romantic' ordeal.

"Like…" Ino said, pausing for a brief moment to look at him, waiting to gauge his reaction, "like giving up your time for them."

"My…time?" Shikamaru asked hesitantly.

"Oh yes," Ino said, nodding repeatedly, "twenty-four hours a day, and seven days a week you must be at my beck and call."

"What?" Shikamaru almost yelled in disbelief. All his cloud watching time…

Being romantic was just so hard. Why did guys even want to have one anyway? It was all just so…troublesome!

"Troublesome," he muttered, making his thoughts verbally known. "Girls are just so troublesome."

"But I didn't even get to the good part!" Ino exclaimed, eyes glinting evilly.

Shikamaru gave Ino a wary glance, the good…part? "Like what?" he asked hesitantly, as if it pained him to do so.

"Like…names!" Ino yelled, sounding almost happy.

"Names?"

Ino gave Shikamaru a serious look, "Oh yes, the names are a big part in relationships and being romantic."

"Such as…" he trailed off slowly. He didn't think being 'romantic' was such a great idea anymore.

"Three minutes," Tenten called out, trying to smother a giggle.

She was much too amused in this little 'challenge' , Shikamaru thought bitterly, much too amused.

"Anyway," Ino said brightly, "about those names."

"Right…" Shikamaru trailed off, not really wanting to know what else happened in relationships.

"It's easy," Ino reassured, making sure to hold in her laughter, "you just make up a name for me."

Shikamaru's eyebrow rose in confusion. "What's wrong with Ino?"

"No, no," Ino said, shaking her head, "it has to be personal."

"Like what?"

"Like…" and at this, Ino had to smother the giggle she was sure to erupt at any given time, "my 'wittle-huggly-puff-Shika-poo."

"Wittle?" Naruto asked in disbelief.

"Huggly?" Sasuke murmured, his eyebrow raised in amusement.

"Puff?" Kiba echoed faintly.

"Shika?" Sakura asked, uncertainly.

"…poo?" Tenten finished as she burst into laughter.

And so the laughter came, much to Shikamaru's embarrassment …hard. Even Hinata joined in.

And really…it wasn't that funny, Shikamaru thought as he pouted slightly.

"Wait a minute," Sakura said faintly as she gasped for breath, "I understand the 'wittle' and I can somehow understand 'Shika-poo', but what is with the words 'huggly' and 'puff'?"

"Because," Ino said impishly, a sneaky grin on her face, "he's so 'huggly' when we cuddle, and he likes to look at the 'puffy' clouds."

"Cuddle?" Neji asked, pointedly looking at Shikamaru, amusement on his face.

"I don't cuddle," Shikamaru protested, a pout still on his face.

Ino fought a smile as she glanced sideways at him. "Not yet."

Shikamaru just blushed in response.

"So," Ino said expectantly, "what about my name?"

Sasuke and Naruto simultaneously coughed back a laugh as Neji looked on in amusement. Sakura and Tenten almost collapsed in laughter at Ino's deviousness as Hinata leaned curiously forward to hear better, a smile on her face. Even Kiba and Shino looked on in avid interest.

"I won't call you troublesome," he offered hesitantly, not wanting to give her some outrageously sappy name. Seriously, how did people even think of these things?

"That's not a name!" Ino exclaimed in fake anger.

Shikamaru gave a small shrug in reply.

"You won't even try for me my 'wittle-huggly-puff-Shika-poo!" Ino wailed, almost blowing her 'cover' by laughing. Shikamaru was so going to kill her once he found out she had made up all this stuff.

Giving a small sigh in defeat, Shikamaru closed his eyes tightly. "Okay my…'bubbling-bundle-of-love'," Shikamaru said, almost wincing at how lame it sounded.

Geez, all this humiliation for a smile, Shikamaru thought sulkily. How troublesome.

But don't blame him…he just heard it from somewhere. Really. He was too lazy to make up a sappy name on his own.

A resounding silence enveloped the clearing as everyone momentarily paused in astonishment.

Then, all laughter broke loose.

The girls dropped to ground in fits of laughter with Tenten pounding the ground to breathe. Naruto was holding onto Sasuke's shoulder, shaking too much to stand on his own. Sasuke himself was shaking in amusement as he struggled to smother his laughter. Neji, who had the 'decency' to look away before laughing in hysterics, was visibly shaking as he strained to regain control. Kiba howled in amusement once he realized that Shikamaru actually said those words and Shino smiled faintly in laughter.

Ino's eyes had been filled with a thin line of tears as she gasped for breath. "That was," Ino breathed as she struggled to regain control, "so lame!" Then she burst into another round of laughter.

Well…he had gotten her to smile. Even laugh.

At his own expense though, Shikamaru thought broodingly. His pride was bound to be damaged for the next few days…

…or weeks.

…or maybe even years.

Shikamaru sighed heavily. How troublesome. It wasn't like he thought of it, it was his dad's 'pet name' to his mom!

"Well now," Tenten said as she gasped for breath, still on the floor, "you have successfully made Ino smile! One point for the guys! The game ends in a draw!"

The guys all smirked in satisfaction, they were tied and their pride was still safe. For now.

"Good job!" Naruto yelled at Shikamaru with a broad smile, giving him a 'thumbs up' sign. "You tied the game!"

Each girl gave a slight pout, realizing that perhaps the guys were indeed persuasive in their own way. Satisfied silence filled the surrounding momentarily with gasps of faint breaths. But it didn't last for long.

"Yeah," Kiba said mischievously, "Good job 'Mr. Wittle-Huggly-Puff-Shika-Poo'."

Then the rounds of laughter started once again.


As Ino glanced up at the vibrant setting sky, she gave a haughty gaze as she looked around the clearing. Sasuke and Sakura were talking quietly, most likely wondering when they were going to go eat, as Hinata and Naruto were just disappearing around the corner towards the main street, heading towards the infamous ramen stand. Neji and Tenten sat against a nearby tree with him meditating while she contentedly cleaned both their weapons.

"I think today was quite successful," Ino said, looking down pointedly at the sky-gazing Shikamaru, "don't you think?"

Shikamaru slowly sat up from his relaxed position as he turned towards her, a lazy smile on his face. "Hn."

"Why, yes," Ino answered, also smiling as she nodded her head, "I agree too."

"Hum."

So now the four obvious couples of Konoha were paired up. All seemingly thanks to her…

But really, all the credit couldn't go to her. She just suggested the game.


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Tee-hee-hee, I really liked this one, and I hope all you Shikamaru/Ino fans liked this chapter!

And please, if you guys have time, check out my other story, Of the Proud and Prejudiced. It's actually a Romance/Drama/Humor fic, but sadly, only two genres were selected. But it is a school fic, (yes, I know, I've succumbed to the 'highschool fiction madness' and actually am writing one) and I know that many may think it's cliche', but really, everyone loves a good School fic. Well...that's what I think, anyway.

Oh, and Sasuke is a wee bit OOC in the beginning, but don't worry, he shall return to the lovable cold, stoic Uchiha we all know and love!

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