Okay here is the last chapter to the story. I thank everyone who stayed with me through the story, and waited patiently for my updates. Sorry but I have allot of stories and had like no time to write the next chapter to this one for a while. sweatdrop but here it is not. The idea of the music box comes from Crystal Jaganshi, In her story, music box. That story rules, check it out if you have time. Please Review!


Shikamaru Sorrow:// Chapter 4

The day was cold and dark. It was the kind of day that seemed to just keep dragging on. Shikamaru had to teach at the academy as he normally did, and as normal the kids were very troublesome. The end of the day was nearing.

"Alright, so uh class, make sure you do your homework, because there is going to be a quiz tomorrow on the subject. And we WILL be having Taijutsu class tomorrow." Shikamaru informed his class.

"Oh man!" All the kids complained at the same time, but then all left. As all the kids left, Shikamaru reviewed the quiz that he was going to give them tomorrow. "Hn… I remember this test. Such a pain…" Shikamaru was interrupted from his thoughts, as a man neared him. He chuckled a little.

"I wouldn't expect to see you here. I thought that you were going to be too wrapped up into your Kazekage business to see us simple villagers." Shikamaru said a little relaxed.

"I'm never too wrapped up into anything. Shikamaru I didn't come her on business. I came because something has come to attention…" Gaara was informing Shikamaru as he looked around the class room.

"It deals with Temari; I understand she has grown a real interest into you. You of course are aware of this, right?" Gaara turned to Shikamaru, and gave him a glare that meant he'd better answer him. Shikamaru nodded.

"Then can I ask you a question? Why do you cause her grief?" Shikamaru looked down thinking about what Gaara had said.

"Well, I didn't know I was causing her any pain." Shikamaru said. Gaara looked at Shikamaru pathetically.

"Shikamaru, I thought you were supposed to be genius."


"Shikamaru, you probably don't know this but Temari, Kankuro and I are a team. That means when you hurt her, you hurt all of us. SO I'm only going to say this once; either accept that Temari loves you and return her feelings or stay away from her!" Gaara instructed Shikamaru. The words stung, as Shikamaru thought.

"Gaara you have to understand, something tragic just happ…"Shikamaru was interrupted by Gaara.

"It doesn't matter; you call yourself a man don't you? Start acting like one, instead of a damn girl." Gaara angrily stormed out of the class room, leaving Shikamaru angered at the words Gaara had said.

It took Shikamaru the whole night to think through what he could possibly do. Even though he was positively over Ino, every time he saw her, it felt like there were knots in his stomach. The only thing that made him feel better was the presence of Temari. When he was with Temari, it felt like time it's self had stopped for him and Temari.

Shikamaru really did love Temari, but the thought of him possibly getting hurt was what kept getting in his way. He had been wandering around the town for awhile, just simply wandering. He had past many stores, glancing into them every once in awhile. But, just before Shikamaru was about to give up all hope to ever be with Temari, Shikamaru had past a very unique store. A store that only sold, music boxes. It made Shikamaru stop in look, and made him remember something he didn't remember he knew…

Flash Back

"Shikamaru wait!" Temari said stopping in front of a store window. Shikamaru was walking, when he stopped in his tracks. He turned around and started walking back towards Temari.

"Come on Temari! We have to get to the village gate before noon and it's already 11:47." Shikamaru told Temari. Temari just ignored him and kept looking into the window of the music box store. Shikamaru had finally reached Temari, and started looking into the stores window.

"A music box?" Shikamaru said.

"Yes, I think their absolutely beautiful. You know I never told anyone this but, I always wanted a music box. My father would never allow to buy them because he wanted me to focus on my duty to take care of my brothers. He also never allowed me to buy something so 'girly' as he said because he didn't want me to be girly because I had to be strong." Temari said admiring a music box that was all wooden with glass on the top. There was the stained glass flower on top of the music box also. There were many of them; it must have been a new model. Shikamaru looked at Temari pathetically.

"Temari, you know you sound so girly right now." Shikamaru started chuckling. Temari's cheek's started turning a light pink from embarrassment. She kept her face turned away from Shikamaru so he could she that he had embarrassed her.

"Come on Shikamaru, let's just go!"

End of Flash Back

"When Temari first told me that. I thought she was just joking, but now I know she was being truthful." Shikamaru entered into the music box store. And to his surprise, there was a discount stand in the middle of the store, and the music box that Temari was admiring back ago. It was the VERY last one. Shikamaru quickly grabbed the music box.

"Now I know this isn't coincidence!" Shikamaru thought to himself as he purchased the music box. Shikamaru really wanted to see Temari then, but it was almost 11 p.m. and it would take about 25 minutes to get there. So he decided to just go home and give the music box to her tomorrow.

Shikamaru reached his home close to 11:30. I went straight up to his room. But then thought it would be better to wrap Temari's present than to just give it to her. So he again went down stairs, and looked for wrapping paper. It took him about 10 minutes to find the wrapping paper, and the only wrapping paper he could find was pink wrapping paper that said, 'It's a girl!' on it. But that didn't bother Shikamaru, at least it was wrapping paper.

He took the wrapping paper into his room, and wrapped Temari's music box. The music box wasn't hard to wrap. He put the present for Temari on the desk chair in his room, laid on his bed and fell a sleep.

"SHIKAMARU NARA YOU BETTER GET YOUR LAZY BUTT OUT OF THAT BED RIGHT NOW!!!!" Mrs. Nara yelled at her lazy son. Shikamaru woke up and looked at the clock. It was around 11 a.m. the time he usually got up, unless he had to awake a different time for different reasons.

He pushed himself out of his bed, got dressed, ate and started down the road to see Temari. As he walked his best friend, Choji, came up to him and started to walk with him.

"Where you going Shikamaru?" Choji asked him.

"I'm going to the hokage tower to see Temari."

"Oh I didn't know you had a thing for Temari. I thought you were dating Ino."

"Well you know Ino." There was silence between the two for a few minutes. Choji noticed that Shikamaru was holding a gift, with pink 'it's a girl' wrapping paper. This to Choji seemed a little weird.

"Are you taking that to Temari?" Choji asked looking for the box to his friend.

"Yea, why?" Shikamaru said looking at Choji.

"Well I just think it's weird, seeing that Temari is already heading to the sand village."

"WHAT!?" Shikamaru yelled in disbelief.

"Yea Temari was here for only 3 days, so she left today." Choji said backing away from Shikamaru.

"Oh man, this is really bad. I got to Choji." Shikamaru dashed of towards the hokage tower. When he reached there, he saw that Temari wasn't there. All hope of him and Temari ever to be, left his mind at that moment. "I guess I was too late." Shikamaru thought to himself. Just then a certain tall blonde lady came into the room he was in.

"Your not just going to stand here, are you Shikamaru?" Shikamaru turned around, and saw the hokage, Tsunade.

"What are you talking about?" Shikamaru said truly clueless. Tsunade smiled a little.

"You came to see Temari. But you're late and she left to go back to Suna. If you run as fast as you can now, then maybe you can get Temari before she's too far out of site from the village gate." Tsunade said looking out a window. Shikamaru took off towards the village gate, which, from where he was, was a long distance away.

When you get to the village gate, he saw; Kankuro, Gaara, and Temari. They were on there way down the road, a few feet from where Shikamaru was.

"TEMARI!" Shikamaru yelled. She didn't hear him, do he decided to yell again.

"TEMARI!" The second time Temari heard him. She turned around, and ran towards him. When she finally reached Shikamaru, she had a smile on her face. The most beautiful smile as Shikamaru thought.

"Temari, I'm really sorry I've been well, troublesome to you. I was acting all girl like and you know that's not me. Anyway I ran her to tell you that, I love you." Temari smiled, hugged Shikamaru.

"Oh Shikamaru, I can't tell you how long I've been waiting for you to say that." Shikamaru started hugging Temari back. From a distance away, Kankuro was smiling, and Gaara was well just being Gaara. But inside his head, he was smiling too.

Shikamaru almost forgot about the present he had purchased for Temari, but then he remembered it. He pushed Temari off him in a kind manor.

"Here Temari, this is for you!" Shikamaru handed Temari the present. "Don't open it until you get back home okay?" Temari nodded and, to obey his request, she put the gift inside her bag.

"Now go! You have a long journey ahead of you." Shikamaru said once again hugging Temari. Temari nodded, hugged Shikamaru and ran towards her brothers. They began once again on their journey home. Shikamaru watched as his three friends from the sand village, left.

When Temari got home

Temari went into her room as soon as they got back. She took out the gift Shikamaru gave her, and ripped open the paper. When she saw it was a music box, she started to cry. Temari took the music box and placed it on her dresser. She then went through her drawer and pulled out a stationary and walked over to her desk. She placed the stationary on her desk, pulled out a piece of paper, and began to write.

Dear Shikamaru,

The End

I hope you liked the outcome of the story, I also hope you liked the story. Please review and I might make another story that's a letter story that shows the letters they sent each other. Maybe, maybe not. REVIEW!