Hey hey it's me again. I'm a my parents' house for a few days and I'm pretty bored so I decided I should write that fanfic I thought about before I forget it.. It's ShikaIno, so obviously don't read it if you hate that pairing..Though I sometimes read fics about pairings I dislike just to see how people write them XD Anyways.
Disclaimer: Does not own! Don't try to count how many times the word 'troublesome' is written in this fic.
Because love is troublesome
It had started with an innocent question from Naruto.
"Shikamaru, are Ino and you going out together?"
"Really? Because I thought..."
"Shut up, you're troublesome."
Ino had actually overheard this conversation, and thought she had to confront Shikamaru about it. The boy knew he was in for it when he saw Ino approach with that pissed off expression he was so used to seeing.
"Why didn't you tell Naruto that we were going out together? Are you ashamed of me?"
He sighed. He wished he could've avoided this situation. "That's not it."
"Then what is it? Are we not going out? Or was last night just a one-night stand?!" The girl lost patience.
Shikamaru ignored that last question and sat down on a nearby bench. "I don't like the idea of 'going out' . We don't have to do things because everyone else says that's the way we should be. I just don't think we need to abide by other's concept of relationship."
Ino tried to understand what he said. "What's that mean? You think we should be free to come and go whenever we want?"
"Don't you want to be with me?" Ino said, more angry than sad.
"Listen, I'll be there when you need me but..."
That answer did not satisfy her. "I know what your problem is! You're afraid of your responsibilities! You're afraid of commitment!"
Shikamaru closed his eyes, as if thinking. He wasn't sure of what he should say that wouldn't make his condition worse. Commitment was indeed a very troublesome thing. He hated that word. Because he wouldn't reply, Ino snapped.
"Do you love me, or not?"
She grabbed his collar violently and pulled his face close to hers. "DO YOU LOVE ME OR NOT?!"
He avoided her gaze and said nothing. She took that as a 'no'. Visibly upset, she punched him in the face as hard as she could. "YOU JERK!!" The boy fell to the ground and she ran away, fighting back tears. How could he do this to her? After all they've been through together!
Shikamaru sat on the ground, to lazy to get up and rubbed his cheek. Man, Ino was so troublesome. Loud, bossy, violent, always has to have it her own way at everything. Yet caring, brave, strong and so beautiful. He loved her. He really did. The consequences of love were just too troublesome. He wished he could just have her without having to make any efforts. He knew that was impossible, that's why this whole thing bothered him. He put up with her for now but would he be able to handle Ino everyday of his life? Being nagged and yelled at all day long... Actually, his mother did a good job of that already. So it must be true that men always seek their own mother in thier girlfriend... His father suffered from his mom's behavior more than him and seemed to be okay with it. He never doubted his parents' love for each other, so if his dad managed to live with a troublesome woman, than perhaps he could too. He thought he should ask his father for advice.
He found his father at the usual pub he always went to.
"Hey pops, I need..." He stopped when he noticed Ino's father, Inoichi, sitting right beside his father. Oh great, he couldn't speak about his problem in front of him. Both men seemed a little drunk as well.
Before Shikaku could say something, Inoichi was already pointing at his friend's son menacingly."You! You made my baby cry, didn't you?!"
Shikamaru pointed to his bruised cheek. "I'm the one who should be crying!"
"If you touch a single hair off my daughter's head, I'll break every bone in you body! Understand?" said the overprotective father.
"Right..." said the young man, remembering how much he had touched Ino already...He was beginning to regret approaching her in the first place. More so following her home while both her parents were out. He couldn't think of a more troublesome situation. Well, if she were pregnant now that would be more troublesome. He turned to his father. "Pops, see me when you get back." And he left.
"You will have to let your daughter grow up eventually." Shikaku said to his friend.
Later, the father came to see the son in his room.
"So what is it, son? Need some advice?" Shikaku sat on the edge of his son's bed. "You know, the bruise on your cheek looks just like the one your mom gave me on our first date."
Shikamaru lay on his bed, staring at the ceiling. "Mom...how did you meet her?"
The man chuckled. "She was the prettiest girl around. All the guys were at her feet, but she always scared them away. She had them totally whipped. They obeyed her like dogs. I said to myself: I'm no wuss like those guys, I won't be as easy to control!"
The boy raised his head in interest. "And?"
Shikaku smiled. "I failed miserably. She had me completely in her grasp, but I was still crazy for her, so I asked her to marry me and here we are today."
Shikamaru smiled and lay back again. "Figures...Women are such troublesome creatures."
"That they are, but we can't live without them. How about you? Ready to make the jump?"
"It's too troublesome."
"Of course it is, but you can't leave her hanging. You gotta take responsibility!"
The son tossed in his bed. "I have no responsibilities towards her..."
"Is that so? Well it's all up to you." The father got up to leave, but added one last comment. "Tell me though, is she good?"
Shikamaru rised up suddenly at the embarrassing remark. "Dad!!" Yes, she was good. Very good...
Shikaku laughed and left his son alone. The boy sighed and lay down again, his face stuffed in his pillow. Responsibility. Commitment. Responsibility. Commitment. RESPONSIBILITY! COMMITMENT!
"Troublesome, damn it!!" God, he hated those words.
He stayed in his room, thinking, all night long.
"Ino, wait up."
"I've got nothing to say to you!"
Shikamaru grabbed Ino's wrist and made her look at him. "Gees, I've got something to tell you!"
The girl stared angrily at him. "What is it? I'm in a hurry," she lied.
"You're right, I am afraid of commitment."
"Will you let me finish!" He let go of her hand and looked straight at her. "But if you're with me, I know I can be strong enough. It might be troublesome, but I can live with all your flaws if you can accept mine."
Ino was hypnotised by his words. Never had he said something like that.
"Marry me, all right?"
The girl thought she had not heard this right. "What?"
"Marry me Ino, damn it!"
She couldn't believe her ears. "Are you out of your mind? I'm not marrying a lazy, good-for-nothing slob like you!"
Shikamaru's eye twitched. "Are you serious? After all the thinking I had to do before deciding this? Here I am, making the ultimate commitment to you and you turn me down?! Isn't this what you wanted?"
"You're an idiot!" she yelled.
"You women never know what you want!"
"You men are all the same!"
"WHAT'S YOUR PROBLEM?!!"
"YOU DON'T KNOW ANYTHING!"
"I LOVE YOU!!"
Since their faces were so close together because of arguing, they easily obliged and threw themselves at the other. They kissed with more passion than they thought possible. When they pulled apart, he asked his question one more time.
"Will you marry now?"
He sweatdropped. "Why not?"
Ino crossed her arms. "Can't you ask me in a more romantic way?"
Shikamaru sighed and lay one knee on the ground and took the girl's hand in his. "Ino Yamanaka, will you please marry me?"
"Goddammit, you're troublesome!!"
"I lied the other day. Ino and I really are going out together."
"Ha! I knew it! Congrats!"
And it was that simple. The sixth time he asked, Ino finally agreed to marry him. She meant to say yes the first time, but her pride wouldn't let her. She was touched by his persistence and strenght to face his fears. So eventually, the day of the wedding arrived. Some believed that at nineteen they were very young to marry, while others thought they were just lucky. Shikamaru was nervous and wondered if he wasn't making a mistake. He thought of running away, but if he stood his girlfriend up on the day of their wedding, she'd never forgive him. So he went to the chapel, where everyone they knew awaited him. When he saw how beautiful Ino was, all his fears disappeared. All their friends cheered and Ino's father cried.
"My baby has become a woman!"
When Ino asked that they move in on their own, he thought it was troublesome, but agreed. When she told him she was pregnant, Shikamaru thought that was very troublesome but he didn't run away. When both the twins' first word was 'troublesome', he sighed. Then he laughed.
The end! Did you like that? Seemed fine to me. Please review, okay?