All right! So this is my first fanfic to put up on this site, and my first stab at the Naruto series (so obviously first time doing ShikaxTem).

So sit back, and enjoy the lovely story as it unfolds.

DISCLAIMER: I don't own Naruto, so don't sue me! Please! Nobody likes to get sued.

Chapter 1

Unpredictable Words

Temari's heart heaved whenever someone mentioned "Konoha" and "Pineapple" in the same sentence. It had been two years since since she came back from Konoha. She didn't bring just documents and signed reports; she brought a shattered heart home.
Garaa and Kankuro noticed the dull green in her eyes, her monotone voice, but they didn't question bout her strange behavior. They already knew the cause. But it had been a year and a half, and things had been going pretty well until that day.

"Hey Temari, Garaa wants you to see you." said Kankuro, as he plopped onto the couch, grabbing a bag of chips.

"What does he want now…" she sighed. She picked herself off of the floor and grabbed her fan.

"Later." she said behind her shoulder.

"Shut the door behind you." he replied. Temari rolled her eyes. She quietly shut the door behind her and walked towards the office. It took 10 minutes to walk to the government building and to the Kazekage's office. She knocked on the hard wood double doors.


She walked into the room and placed her hands on her hips.
"You called?" she asked. He nodded as a reply.

"I need you to go on another mission."

He paused for a moment, and looked at her. Temari gave him a look that said that he could continue.

"I want you to go back to Konoha."
Her mouth dropped open.

"Again!?! Isn't once enough? Can't you send Kankuro or some other ninja there??" she exclaimed.

"Kankuro is busy with missions, and you are the ambassador of the Sand, not him. Besides, I can't risk sending any of the other ninjas above the genin level out. Besides, you know the villagers and ninjas there best."


"You didn't seem as rejective last time."
Temari slammed her hand on the desk.

"This is different!" she stammered. He raised an eyebrow.

"How so? It has been two years since that incident between the two of you has happened. Can't you just move that aside and think of the real importance of this mission?"
He has touched a sensitive nerve in Temari saying this. She looked down, her face masked with sadness.

"Time doesn't erase scars of the heart." she murmured.

"I'm sorry, but you know better than that! Never get your emotions involved with missions … and besides, I've already sent a message to the Hokage for your arrival."

"Fine! I'll leave tomorrow morning." she grunted. Temari angrily stomped out of the room and slammed the door on her way out. Garaa sighed and went back to his paperwork.

Shikamaru yawned as he was heading back home; finally back from his last mission, which wasn't too fun. He was living with his girlfriend, no longer living with his parents. He opened the front door and said,

"I'm home!" He sat on the dining table chair, and constantly blinked, stopping himself from falling asleep.
"Shika-kun, you came home quite early." His girlfriend sat on his lap, wrapping her arms around his neck.

"Geeze, no wonder Sakura calls you 'Ino-pig'."
She bonked him on the head.

"That's mean Shika-kun!"
Ino pouted and sniffled.

'How troublesome.' he thought.

"You know that I didn't mean it"
He faked a crooked grin and brushed a strand of hair behind her ear. Her cheeks turned a slight pink.

"What did you and Tsunade-sama discuss?" asked Ino, trying to change the subject.

"She informed me that the ambassador of the Sand is coming here in a couple of days, and told me to make sure nobody does anything stupid while she's around."

"Hmm… isn't the ambassador's name Tanis or Terry …"

"Temari. It's Temari." replied Shikamaru through his clenched teeth, not trying to sound too perky.

"Right!" she said.

He tried to deny the fluttering butterflies that he felt.

"How troublesome. That woman is scarier than my mother."

Ino laughed.

"You two get along really well, I'm sure it'll be fine." she said.

Shikamaru looked up the ceiling, thinking
'So you say…'

Temari felt dread as she was nearing the entrance to the village. She signed in at the desk and decided to check in with the Hokage before going to her hotel to hide. She was nearing the mansion, but she stopped walking and suddenly froze.
Across the street a few meters away, she saw the familiar face and head of hair walking in the opposite direction she was going. She quickened her pace, muttering,

"Please don't notice me, please don't notice me, please don't…" and kept her head down.


Her plan didn't work.She slowly brought her head back up and, at that moment, wished she never came in the first place.
Temari felt her heart racing and she felt her face going scarlet.Shikamaru was no longer at the 'teenager-becoming-man' stage. He was finally an adult with the features physically to fit it.

"You still have that stupid expression on your face." she replied. He smirked.

"You really are troublesome. The most fearsome woman comes back to Konoha."
She rolled her eyes, and gave him a sarcastic look.


There was an awkward silence. Temari felt her nervousness jump up a notch, but didn't dare to show it in front of Shikamaru.

"How's Ino?" she asked. His eyes lit up in surprise.

'Didn't expect that coming did you eh??' she thought.

"Fine, fine," he answered, "so uh, how long are you planning to stay here?"

She shrugged in response.

"Dunno. I haven't checked in with the Hokage, and Garaa didn't tell me."

"Well after you check in, do you want to -"

"Shika-kun!!!" yelled a blonde girl a few distances away from the two.

"Guess you gotta go now." said Temari. Shikamaru nodded, showing a tinge of annoyance in his face.

"I'll catch you later." he said. He walked away, waving his hand to Ino. She knew she should've kept walking towards the Hokage's mansion, but curiosity overcame her and she turned around.

She immediately regretted it. Ino nearly jumped on Shikamaru, kissing him full on the lips. Temari felt her eyes prickling, so she quickly wiped them away and started walking on the path once again.

Before, she had Shikamaru by her side.
Now, she had nothing but herself.

Well. There is one crappy chapter you have read so far. I'm wondering if the first chapter was a little too short. I write all my chapters out first, so I'm never too sure whether it's too short… cause the length always ends up differently when typed.


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