A/N: Here it is, the long-awaited conclusion for Plan Sasuke Ino Breakup. I know, it's been a long time.Much, much too long. But trust me, I've been trying. Sorry if this chapter sounds a little strained. Inspiration has been running dry in my bones. xD I swear, Gaia eats it all. When I'm not on there, I can write my story. Anyway, here it is. I had a good time writing it, so I hope you guys like it.
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Life is something that goes on, regardless of what happens. Time never stops for anyone's heartbreaks. There is always a time in someone's life where everything is shattered, and it feels as if life will end and time has stopped.
The only thing that makes these times better is someone to pick up the pieces.
"They're taking this a little fast, aren't they? I mean... they've been going out for what, a year now?" A blond haired girl stood in a royal purple bridesmaids dress. Standing next to her was a large man in a tux.
Chouji smiled as he watched the bride and groom dance happily on the floor. "Well, after Shikamaru had that near death experience, and Sakura figured out her true feelin-"
Ino sighed, quite loudly. "I know that, Chouji. They realized they loved each other, blah blah. I've heard it from everyone else, I don't need it from you, too." She sat down in a chair, and propped her head on her hand. "I swear, I'm going to be an old hag that scares little children off with her cats. Every hot guy I know is getting married to someone! Neji and Tenten, Shikamaru and Sakura, Sasuke and Hinata! I mean, come on! Everyone is taken, damnit!"
As if to justify her words for everyone being taken, a woman walked up and clung to Chouji's arm. Her purple hair was up in a bun, and she was wearing a black dress. She had a pretty smile, and her gray eyes flashed with happiness. "Chouji, they're going to play a slow song soon. I demand that I am able to have that dance," she stated in a playful tone. The larger man smiled down at his smaller counterpart.
"I would never turn you down, Mai." As they walked off, Ino grumbled something about being ignored. Sakura, being the watchful bride she was, smiled at this.
"Shikamaru, do you remember the reason we started hanging out?" she asked the handsome black haired man before her.
Shikamaru followed her gaze toward Ino, and grinned. "Yes, I do." He knew where this was going.
"I want to play matchmaker, just once more. She did help us." Green eyes met coal ones. Sakura gave him her sweetest smile.
"Sakura, was helping Chouji, Lee, Neji, and Sasuke not enough for you?" She heard him mumble something about troublesome, which meant he was in.
She sealed the deal with a kiss. Both of their brains got working on some kind of plan as they continued to dance. "Okay, what did you come up with?" she asked with a mischievous grin. His plans were always so funny.
He frowned. "No, you first." Sakura let out a dejected sigh as they sat down. She had been wanting to hear his plan!
"Alright! So, I was thinking Ino and Shino..."
It was Shikamaru's turn to laugh. "Loud, extroverted Ino with quiet, introverted Shino? I think she'd drive Shino mad."
"Got any better plans, pineapple head?"
"Uzumaki Naruto." Sakura almost fell out of her seat. Naruto? Well... they are a lot alike. And Naruto wasn't seeing anyone, especially with Sakura and Hinata both taken.
She flashed Shikamaru a smile. "I see you have gotten smarter in game of love, young grasshoppah," she said in a voice mimicking a kong-fu teacher.
"I take it you like it, then?" stated her husband with a confident smirk.
The pink haired woman nodded. This is why she loved Shikamaru: She could be herself around him. She didn't have to act like a regular bride. A regular bride would be focusing on her husband. Sakura foucused on her crazy games of love.
And Shikamaru wouldn't have her any other way.
Love is funny in that respect.
Minutes passed as the wedding party became more lively. Soon, those minutes turned into an hour, and Sakura was smiling happily.
Ino and Naruto were dancing, having what looked like an interesting dicussion.
A pair of strong arms wrapped around her waist as she felt Shikamaru place his chin on her head. They both swayed slightly to the beat of the music that was being played.
"I see you have succeeded, Sakura." Shikamaru's calm voice was soft and loving. Sakura's eyes closed as she smiled.
"It seems I have, for the moment." As her green eyes opened again, she spotted Sasuke and Hinata sitting at a table, talking.
Another one of her projects, a huge success. At first, Hinata wasn't interested, at all. It took a little convincing for the Hyuuga. Surprisingly, Sasuke was more than willing to go along with her plan. But soon, they started talking, and found out that they were interested in the same things.
"It's funny. A year ago, I would have given anything to be where Hinata is now. Talking to Sasuke... actually having him interested in what I was saying. Seeing that look of happiness on his face, for just a split second, at the sight of me. Just to be in is presence was enough for me. And when Sasuke and Ino started seeing each other, I don't think I've ever been more angry. I was angry at Sasuke, for liking Ino. I was angry at Ino for going out with him. I was angry at myself for not being good enough for him. It wasn't until a few days afterward that I started to doubt my feelings for Sasuke. Then, I realized I never loved him. I just... I just needed to believe I could do something Ino couldn't."
Shikamaru smirked. "Well, you were screwed out of love. All you got was a lazy good for nothing husband."
The bride pulled away from him, hands on her hips. "And who said that I'm not just marrying you for the money?"
"I know my devilish good looks are too much for you, Sakura. No need to deny it." Sakura couldn't help but smile at his comment. He was acting so non-Shikamaru-ish tonight.
"Ah, it would be too troublesome to deny it," Sakura smirked. She loved how Shikamaru's expression turned to a scowl when she used his favorite word.
"No need to mock me, troublesome woman."
They stood in silence for a few moments, just looking at each other. Silently, Shikamaru moved next to his wife, his hand intertwined in hers. They looked out at the party around them. All the people they knew and cared about. Their friends and family. Standing there, watching them all, just felt right.
"You know what, Sakura?"
"I have a realization of my own." His face was impassive, still watching as the couples danced and talked, as their friends enjoyed themselves.
"Oh. Well, that is it?"
"Plan Sasuke Ino Breakup wasn't a complete failure."
"I have to agree with that."
I can't believe it's over already. I never thought that any story I wrote would garner this much attention. I've gotten more reviews and hits for this story than I could ever imagine. A silly idea has become my most popular story, and I am so proud of it. Thank you, everyone, who has stuck with this story until the end. Through all the long waits for updates, my demands for reviews, and my silly excuses. It's the readers that make writing worthwhile. I love all of you! Now I'm getting all emotional... Darn it. xD
Thank you, again. You guys are just so awesome! Hopefully I entertained you, and everyone liked this chapter. Andpleasepleasereview? Ehehehe...