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Summary: Pretty Poison and to Sasuke, Ino was both.
Yamanaka Ino walked down the streets of Konoha. Her long blonde hair swaying in the night breeze. She looked up at the sparkling stars. As she walked into the park she saw the one person who she really didn't, Haruno Sakura.
They were sort of getting along, but Ino didn't really want to talk to Sakura. Ino turned around and started to walk in the opposite direction until she heard Sakura call her name.
"Oi! Ino-PIG!" She yelled as Ino quickly turned around. "Excuse me?" Ino asked as she glared at Sakura. "We decided that we'd lay off the name calling."
Sakura scoffed. "Not anymore. We're officially rivals again." She said as she glared back at Ino. Ino put her hands on her hips and rolled her blue eyes. "So why are we rivals, again?" Ino asked.
"Sasuke-kun's coming back so lay off." Sakura said in a smug voice. Ino just looked at her as she laughed softly. "Y-you're kidding right?" Ino asked trying to restrain her laughter.
"Tch. Why would I be kidding?" Sakura asked as she put her hands on her hips. Ino shook her head. "You are so childish. I don't like Sasuke anymore." Ino said sternly "I mean you're acting like when we were twelve. We're nineteen. I actually thought that you had changed, but I guess people make mistakes." Ino said as she turned around and started walking away.
"Yeah, especially blonde's." Sakura muttered. Ino stopped and turned around. "What did you say?" Ino asked not turning around completely. "Oh. That blonde's make more mistakes than other people." Sakura answered as Ino disappeared and appeared behind her. "Just because I'm a blonde, you shouldn't think that I'm not as smart as you." Ino said "Or stronger than you." She added.
Sakura quickly turned around and looked at the Yamanaka. "You think you're stronger than me?" Sakura asked. "Yes." Ino replied simply. "Then let's see who's really the strongest." Sakura said "Right here, right now."
Ino smirked. "Fine." Ino said "Let's start… now!" Ino said aiming a punch for her stomach, but Sakura jumped back avoiding the attack. (A/N: GO INO!! Back to the story)
Ino took out three kunai and chucked them at Sakura's direction. Sakura easily dodged and turned her head too look at the kunai on the floor. "You need to try better than tha-" Sakura was cut off by Ino's fist colliding with her stomach sending her backwards into a near Sakura tree.
Ino looked at her. "Rule #1: Never turn your back on your opponent." She said as Sakura infused her hand with chakra and went at Ino. Ino jumped over Sakura and kicked her in the back making her fall face first into the cold, wet grass. "That's it you're going down, Blondie!" Sakura yelled as she threw four shuriken and for kunai at Ino. Ino dodged it again and appeared in front of Sakura and was going to punch her right there when she couldn't move. "What'd you do to me?" Ino asked staring into Sakura's green eyes.
"Don't look at me I can't move either." Sakura said as Ino smirked. "You've proved your point Shika-kun." Ino said as she let her fist drop toward her side as Naruto and Shikamaru walked out from the Sakura tree they were hiding behind. Ino turned toward the two boys and smiled. "So for how long were you watching?" Ino asked as Naruto smiled. "Enough to see you beat the stuffing out of Sakura-Chan!"
Sakura's eye twitched. "Ino, we better get home." Shikamaru said as Ino nodded and followed the lazy Jounin. Ino had been living with the Nara's for the past two years. Inochi was on a mission and apparently took a lot more time than he had expected. He wrote to his 'Little Princess' at least twice every month and always said he missed her. Ino missed her father also and cried for the first three months he was gone. Then Shikamaru and Shikato started to be her male role models, of course Ino didn't think she'd start smoking anytime soon and on top of that Inochi would kill her and The Nara's if he found out.
Shikamaru opened the door for Ino as she walked in and slipped off her shoes. Ino immediately walked up to her temporary room and fell on her bed. Yoshino opened the door at ran towards Ino, bombarding her with questions. "Are you okay? Did Sakura hurt you? Do you need to go to the hospital?"
Ino smiled and shook her head. "No, Okkasan" Ino replied as Yoshino smiled. She always smiled when Ino called her Okkasan. Shikato ran through the door and asked Ino the same question Yoshino had. Ino laughed "No, Otousan (sp?)" "I think its Sakura's parent who are going to be calling" Shikamaru said as he walked into the room.
Shikamaru sighed sat on his bed. Yes Yamanaka Ino and Nara Shikamaru shared a room. The house was cozy and a normal size but it only had two rooms. The master bedroom and Shikamaru's. Yoshino had accepted Inochi's request to take care of his daughter so quickly that she hadn't even thought of where she was going to sleep. They had made a deal with Shikamaru that if he could share his room with Ino they would let him sleep in Fridays-Tuesdays, obviously he accepted.
They had moved Shikamaru's bed to a corner and had Ino's bed in the other. "I think I'm going to go for a walk." Ino said as Yoshino smiled "As long as you take Shika-chan with you. Perverts come out at night." Ino couldn't help but laugh. "Nah, he seems content where he is." Ino said as she looked at Shikamaru lying down on the bed, pillow over his head. (:P That rhymes!) "I promise I'll be back before eleven." She said as Yoshino nodded. "Just be careful" Yoshino called as Ino walked out the door. "I will" She heard before the door closed.
Ino walked around the village. TenTen was on Neji's arm smiling, Sakura was with Naruto in the Ramen stand (As friends), Hinata was with Kiba and Akamaru, it seemed as if there was a memo for everyone telling them to have a 'date' tonight and leave Ino out of the picture. Even Meilin and Shikamaru were out by the park. Ino laughed softly 'I won't get him in trouble' Ino thought as she looked at the couple. Apparently Shikamaru had a date and had either snuck out of the house, had told Yoshino and Shikato about his date or that he lied to ovoid questioning. Ino looked at them both, Meilin was laying her head against Shikamaru's chest and his arm was around her waist.
Ino walked out of the park and looked up at the dark sky. She hadn't been paying attention, which is why she bumped into someone. Ino fell backwards landing on her behind. Ino quickly got up and offered a hand to the person she had bumped into. "S-Sasuke?"
"You should watch where you're going, Yamanaka."
Ino glared at him as she put her hand on her hip as Sasuke got up. "Like I was the only one that wasn't paying attention." Ino replied as Sasuke smirked. Ino felt heat suffuse her face as she noticed how close they were. Ino took a step backwards and looked at her Movado watch as Sasuke looked at her expensive watch. 'So she's saving her money' He thought as Ino looked back at him. "Um… I have to go I promise Okkasan that I'd be home before eleven."
"I thought your mom passed away." He said with an emotionless. Ino felt as someone had punched her in the stomach. She really hated talking about her mom. "Aa, demo I'm living with the Nara's and I call Yoshino, Okkasan" Ino replied as Sasuke looked at her. "You can never replace a mother." He said as his eyes narrowed. "I know, my mother was my blood and gave me life, no matter what Yoshino can't give me what my blood mother has." Ino answered
"I guess I'll see you around." Ino said as she walked passed him seeing Sasuke nod as he started walking toward the Uchiha mansion.
Ino ran as quickly as possible back home. She didn't know what had happened. One moment she had been fighting with Sakura saying she didn't like Sasuke, now the next they were talking and her heart was pounding against her chest.
Ino opened the door as she saw Yoshino watching TV and Shikato with a cigarette in his hand. "How was your walk?" Yoshino asked as Ino smiled. "It was fine." Ino replied "I'm really tired so I think I'm going to go to bed." The Yamanaka walked up the stairs as she opened the door seeing an empty room. 'So he snuck out.' She said eyeing the opened window. Ino closed the door and left the window open. She walked over to her nightstand where there was a picture of Naruto, Shikamaru, Neji, Kiba, Sakura, Meilin, TenTen and her. Back then, nobody was together, everyone was happy. Now Sasuke was back and Ino lost the friendship she had been trying to rebuild for the past seven years. Meilin had cried and Shikamaru helped her get over it, so he was now her boyfriend. Neji and TenTen had gotten to know each other better and got together, Sakura and Kiba had been together for a few months, and then she broke up with him and got with Naruto and broke up with him and was currently single.
Ino then heard a knock on the door downstairs with Yoshino's feet against the wood floor and open the door. 'Shikamaru wouldn't go through the door if he went out through the window.' She thought as curiosity got the best of her and got up from her bed and looked down the stairs seeing Yoshino staring at a note with an ANBU in front of her saying he was sorry for he loss. Ino's eyes widened. Had Shikamaru gotten hurt or something and died? No, Shikamaru was a Jounin, he wouldn't go down easy and she had just seen him and he was fine.
Shikato walked up to his wife and asked her what was wrong. Yoshino just turned around crying into his shoulder as he took the note from her hand. Ino watched as his eyes widened. He looked at the ANBU still at the door. "Are you sure that this is his name?" He asked as the ANBU looked up at Shikato. "I'm positive Nara-San, The Hokage wrote it herself." He answered.
"Godaime-Sama wanted it delivered here because she says you have a Yamanaka in your household." The ANBU said. Shikato swallowed and nodded. "Could you tell her 'Thank You' for informing us?" Shikato said as the ANBU nodded. "Of course, Nara-San" and with that he disappeared. Shikato led his wife to the couch as Ino walked down the stairs. "What happened? Is Shika okay?" She asked with concern in her voice. "Isn't Shika up in his room?" Yoshino asked as Ino realized her mistake. "Um…"
"He snuck out to be with Meilin didn't he?" Yoshino asked weakly as Ino nodded. "Hai"
"Ino…" Shikato started as he looked down at the floor. "Ino, we have some bad news." He said as Ino's heart raced. 'What's happened?' She thought as she took a deep breath.
"Inochi died in battle."
HAHA! Cliffhanger good thing I've already thought of the next chapter!!! Anyways REVIEW! NO FLAMES! PLEASE GUYS REVIEW! THNX!