Chapter 76- The Encounter! The Chase! The Proposal at Midnight! The Grand Finale!
"Ino! Ino, please come back to me, Ino!"
Shikamaru got tired of driving his car, so now he's looking for Ino on the streets, walking. Things didn't go very smoothly; every time he'd see a girl with long, blonde hair, he'd call her and think she was Ino. So many long-haired blondes were on the street, but sadly, none of them was the girl he was looking for. Desperate and tired, Shikamaru sat on a park bench with his feet aching.
"Darn… How troublesome…" he said, "It's December 24 and it's already 11:50 p.m.
"I'll never find her in time!"
Then, he grasped the parcel wrapped handsomely in red paper. "Ino…" he sighed, "Please… At least let me see you open this present…"
He sighed as he looked up at the starry night sky. "For everybody else, this is a great night… But for me, it's a proposal turned into a disaster.
"I lost the girl of my dreams and now, I'm sitting on this park bench alone."
He sighed again. "When I was a kid, I used to wish Ino were gone. But now, I wish she was always right beside me.
"Oh God. Please. Give me another chance!"
Suddenly, a very strong wind blew against him. "What on earth…"
Then, he gasped when he saw a very familiar-looking woman walked into the park. She looked as if she was about to hit someone hard on the head. His heart beat with excitement and he stood up quickly to go to her.
"Ino!" he called out.
Ino looked at him and ran as soon as she saw him running to her.
"Ino! Wait! You're getting the wrong idea about me and Temari!" he said as he chased her across the place.
"Shut up!" Ino replied, "I don't know you! Please stop chasing me!"
"It's me, Shikamaru!"
"Shikamaru's long gone in my memories!" Ino cried out, "I hate him!"
"Wait, Ino!" Shikamaru called out, "Come back! I can explain!"
"Shut up, shut up, shut up!!! You're irritating!" Ino answered, "I don't wanna see that face of yours anymore so please! If you don't mind, just forget about me already!"
This chase between love and hate caught attention of so much people. They dashed across the streets, yelling and screaming at one another. It went on for minutes until a huge bright light shone over Ino, thus creating a shadow on the ground.
"Now's my chance." Shikamaru said. He performed his clan's hand seal and yelled, "Kage Mane no Jutsu!"
Being tired and worn out, Ino didn't have a chance to run and avoid his jutsu. Once his shadow bound with hers, she completely lost control of her body and stayed still as Shikamaru walked closer and closer to her, making her walk closer and closer to him as well. And when they were finally as close as possible, Shikamaru stretched out his arms and held Ino tight to make sure she wouldn't run off.
"What do you want with me!?" Ino said angrily, "You've ruined my life enough already!"
"Ino, just listen to my simple request!" Shikamaru replied, "Please,"
"If I listen to you, will you stop running after me already!?" Ino answered, "I'm tired of seeing you!"
"That depends…" Shikamaru replied as he slowly let go of Ino and reached into his pocket. Then, he flashed her a gift that was wrapped in red paper.
"What is that?" Ino asked.
"This… is my request." Shikamaru replied. "All I want from you now is to open this. What happens after will decide things."
"If I open this…" Ino began as she reached out to get the present, "Will you stop bothering me?"
"I said whatever happens next will decide things." Shikamaru replied. "Now, open it."
Carefully, she untied the golden ribbon that was around the small package. Then, she slowly ripped off the red paper that wrapped a small black leather box. Ino's heart beat nervously as she held the tiny box in her hands. "What could this be?" she asked herself.
And in an instant, the clock tower rang. It was finally twelve midnight, December 25.
Ino was speechless after opening the small box. Because inside was a shiny, diamond ring that probably cost thousands of Ryo.
"I needed some courting tips from Temari so I'd know how to propose to you." Shikamaru said nervously as he scratched his head, "That picture you saw… Yeah… We met at Ichiraku a few days ago so I could ask her for some marriage proposal tips…
"Nothing happened between Temari and me. You're the only one for me, Ino."
"Shikamaru… I… I'm sorry." Ino replied. "How can I repay you for the horrible things I've said?"
Shikamaru smiled and answered, "You can repay me by answering this very simple question, actually!"
Gently, he took the box from Ino's hand, knelt down and said…
"Will you marry me?"
Fireworks exploded in the dark sky as these two lovers, brought back together by fate (and by this wonderful author) stood close to each other. Ino was speechless, but her heart started to beat once again. Now that she knew why Shikamaru and Temari were together, there was only one answer to this marriage proposal.
Shikamaru smiled triumphantly and placed the ring on Ino's finger. "It looks good on you." He said, "It matches you, as my bright star in the night sky."
Then, he stood up and held his lover tight. The two of them watched the fireworks that night, sure of better days coming up ahead. Then, with love and affection they passionately kissed as a sign of reconciliation and hopes for new beginnings.
Well, I hope you liked that! If you still want more, don't you worry about a thing! I'll come up with a continuation of this story after taking a SHORT break from writing ShikaIno fics. Slut's sequel is coming soon, with a different title, of course! I'll also be working on a compilation of my Akatsuki commercials if you liked them. Thanks for supporting! ;-) SK