In His Shadow
Chapter 6: Confrontation
Disclaimer: I do not own Naruto!

I hate him! I really hate him! Ino thought, storming into her room and slamming the door shut. The nerve of that man! Taking liberties with me! Ino was fuming mad, slamming things around until she couldn't hold it in any longer, and she collapsed on her bed, sobbing into her pillow. Why do I have a temper? Shikamaru kissed me, and I pulled back and called him a pig! A pig! Why can't I at least control my temper if I have to have one?! She burried her face even more into her pillow, letting her tears keep on falling. She kept on crying until she heard a knock on the door. "Who is it?" she asked, her voice wavering.

"It's me, Sakura. Can I come in?" came a quiet voice. One she knew she could talk to.

"Sure." Ino opened the door, and Sakura gasped.

"Ino! Why, you've been crying! What's wrong?" Sakura asked as she hugged Ino.

"Because I'm such a...dork! I'm a looser, too! He kissed me, Sakura, and you know how I reacted? I practically slapped him in the face! No, I didn't actually hit him, but it would have been a lot better had I struck him!"

"I'm sorry, Ino."

"That's okay, Sakura. I'm sorry to ask this of you, but could you please leave?" Ino asked her. "I'm not in the mood for any company right now."

"Sure! I just wanted to see if you were okay." Sakura said as she got ready to go. "Take care, Ino. If you need anything, I am going to be at Hinata's house, talking to her about some things that are happening with her and Neji. Feel free to come over if you need someone to talk to!" Sakura left, and Ino went back to do her work. Work she created to give her something to do other than be mad and destroy things. When she decided to sit down and take a break, her doorbell rang again. Who is it this time? She got up and answered the door. She almost shut it when she saw that it was Shikamaru, but he was quicker than her. "What do you want, Shikamaru?" Ino wanted to know.

"I already told you. You."

"Well, you can't have me, so leave." She tried to push him out the door. "Shikamaru..."

"Ino, please. I love you." he pleaded.

"No you don't." she said. "I won't be persuaded. You're just disillusioned that you love me since I am the only one who provokes you!"

"Ino, yes I do!" Shikamaru said.

"Well, I don't like you!" Ino said half-lie, half-true. I love him, not like him...

"Prove it by kissing me, Ino. Show me that you don't like me." he said.


"Yes. If you don't, I'll assume that you're lying."

"Will you leave me alone after I do?"

"Just kiss me!"

She rose up on tiptoe, and kissed him. "There."

"Come on, Ino. Don't you know I'll keep chasing you?" Shikamaru said. "Come on. You know how to kiss better than that!"

Oh my goodness! "But..."

"Come to me Ino. Let me love you..." he said, and she saw all of the love in his eyes.

She put her arms around his neck. "All right, Shikamaru. Love me."

"I'll try my best." He picked her up and carried her to the bed in her room. He slowly raised her shirt over her head, and she wasn't sure what he wanted her to do. "It's okay for you to touch me."

"I've always wanted to." She put her hands under his shirt and ran them up his chest, and back down. She marveled at the hard texture of his body. She rested her hands on his hips, hesitating before raising his shirt above his head. She liked what she saw. A nicely formed chest that told you he worked out at least once a day.

"I've always wanted to do this to you." He sought out her breasts with his hands, gently massaging them, feeling her nipples harden. He bent his head down, nuzzling them, thne taking one fully into his mouth. She stopped him.

"Does that mean you actually thought about me?" she asked him, curious.

"Lady, that's one thing I do do, and quit often, too!" He replied. "Are you going to let me love you now, Ino?" he asked of her, ready to continue.

Her response was to unbuckle his belt. "We can't start without something special." When she got the buckle unbuckled, his pants undone, and his zipper down, she pulled his pants down.

He, in turn, took off her skirt, then proceeded to take off her underwear. "You excite me so much." He bent his head, trailing kisses down her body, across her stomach, around her navel, then jumped down to her intimate spot, then plunged his tongue into her wet heat. He moved his hands up her legs, aressing her hips before moving behind to her butt to bring her closer to his hungry mouth. His tongue dipped in and out of her, rubbing against her, and making her closer and closer to climaxing, but he wanted to be inside of her when she came the first time, so her lifted his head and moved so that he would be above her. "Ino, this is going to hurt."

"I know, but not for long. Please, I need you so much, Shikamaru." Ino said, wanting to feel him inside of her. He thrust into her, but went still when she winced in pain. He stayed still for a long time, not wanting to hurt her. She moved a little, causing him to react by causing him to move, thrusting in and out of her, and she was right there, moving with him. Together they climaxed, both collapsing, one to the bed, the other pinning the other person to the bed. They fell asleep in each other's arms, content to finally be with each other.

"Shikamaru?" Ino said groggily, just waking up from her brief nap.

"Yes?" An equally tired Shikamaru answered.

"I'm sorry for all the things I've said to you."

"That's okay. I'm sorry for provoking you."

"I forgive you, too." Ino rolled over and sat up on one elbow, facing him. She stroked his forehead, pushing back a strand of stray hair. "I love you, Shikamaru."

"I love you too, Ino." he said tenderly, caressing her cheek.

She sat back and snuggled into his arms. They sat like that for a while, than Shikamaru got up from the bed.

"Shikamaru, where-?" Ino started, sitting up and moving to the edge of the bed, still naked.

"Shh..." he placed his fingers against her lips and said, "Ino, I love you more than anything in this world, and even though I am very lazy, I promise to take good care of you and to love you always." He paused and took a deep breath. "Ino, will you marry me?"

"Yes!" she shouted and threw her arms around his neck. "Oh, I love you so much!"

They sealed their engagement with a passionate kiss, and a night filled with new-found discoveries about each other...


Or so you think... especially if you guys want this to continue, then the first chapter should be out on Tuesday, February 20, 2007 sometime before midnight!