Konnichiwa! It's Mika-chan! Interesting last chapter, huh? Well, this is the last part of the series. I've already started a sequel, Crimson Rose. I hope you guys liked reading this story as much as I loved writing it. And now, without further ado, I give you, Silence loud chapter 6!

Shikamaru woke up with Naruto's arm on his waist. He tapped the sleeping ninja gently on the forehead.

"Wha?" Naruto said sleepily.

"Wake up, sleepyhead." Shikamaru said smiling.

"Was last night a dream?" Naruto asked groggily.

"Nope. I would never believe what a great kisser you are, Naruto." Shikamaru said.

"So are you." Naruto grinned, "We didn't do anything, did we?"

"I don't think so." Shikamaru said.

He got up and started walking deeper into the forest. Naruto got up and followed him deeper into the forest.

"I still can't believe it." Naruto said, more to himself.

"Can't believe what?" Shikamaru wondered.

"That we both like each other." Naruto said.

"I thought you'd think I was weird if I told you." Shikamaru said.

"I probably would if I didn't feel the same way about you." Naruto said.

"Can you imagine what everyone will say when we've told them?" Shikamaru asked.

"That's gonna be interesting." Naruto laughed.

Sasuke was walking down to the Ichiraku Ramen bar when Sakura came running up behind him.

"Sasuke! They found Shikamaru and Naruto!" the pink haired kunoichi exclaimed.

"What? Are they alive?" Sasuke asked, surprised.

"They just showed up inside the city gates! Come on!" Sakura said.

She grabbed Sasuke's hand and dragged him back to the ninja academy.

"Sakura, why are we going here?" Sasuke wondered.

"Naruto and Shikamaru were going to tell Anko what happened." Sakura told the black haired ninja.

They went through the doors of their old school and went to their old classroom. There, they found Shikamaru and Naruto, both covered in dirt, sitting at the first row of desks. Shikamaru had his head down on the desk, apparently asleep.

"Naruto! Shikamaru!" Sakura exclaimed.

"Sakura!" Naruto exclaimed.

The blonde ninja poked the sleeping shirker in the arm. Shikamaru lifted his head from the desk; a small scar shaped like a shuriken on his forehead.

"What?" Shikamaru asked.

"Are you two ok?" Sakura asked, running up to Naruto and giving him a hug. Naruto would've cared about the hug, if he wasn't in love with Shikamaru.

"We're fine, Sakura." Naruto said gently, breaking free of Sakura's embrace.

Shikamaru looked at Naruto, wondering if the previous night in the forest meant nothing between them.

"Naruto…" the shirker said, warningly.

"Yes, I know, Shikamaru." Naruto said.

Together, the two ninja told them about how they got lost in the forest.

"So, you guys were attacked by Sound ninja?" Choji asked.

"Did you see Orochimaru?" Anko asked eagerly.

"Nope. Like I said, we were knocked unconscious and came to in a cave." Naruto said.

"Sakura was going crazy." Sasuke said.

As soon as he had walked in the room, Ino had pulled him into a hug. Sasuke was now looking at Ino with an expression of great annoyance.

"I was not!" Sakura protested.

"Shikamaru, are we gonna tell them?" Naruto asked Shikamaru.

"Tell them what?" Shikamaru asked.

"You know what." Naruto said.

"Oh, that. Yeah, I guess we should." Shikamaru said.

"Tell us what?" Ino asked.

"Do you want to tell them, or should I?" Shikamaru queried, ignoring his teammate.

"Could you do it?" Naruto asked.

"Sure." Shikamaru said.

"What the hell are you going to tell us?" Choji asked.

"Naruto and I are going out." Shikamaru said.

The reaction was as the 2 ninja expected. Ino dropped Sasuke, who went crashing to the floor. Choji dropped the bag of chips he was holding. Sakura simply looked stunned.

"Quit joking, Shikamaru." Choji said.

"I'm not joking!" Shikamaru exclaimed angrily.

"Naruto, is he serious?" Sasuke said, getting up off the floor.

"Yeah." Naruto said.

Kakashi and Asuma ran into the room.

"Naruto! Shikamaru! Are you two ok?" Asuma yelled.

"Late again, eh Kakashi?" Anko assumed, "Your two students are going out."

"What? Who?" Asuma asked, confused.

"Naruto and Shikamaru." Anko said.

"Wha? Naruto and Shikamaru? You're kidding, right?" Kakashi asked, not daring to believe what he was hearing.

"We're not kidding!" Naruto exclaimed.

"Naruto wanted me to say it because he thought you guys would think he was crazy! Apparently you think both of us are crazy!" Shikamaru yelled angrily.

"Well, yeah!" Ino exclaimed.

"Both of you are serious?" Choji asked in disbelief.

"We told you, yes!" Shikamaru exclaimed, still sounding angry.

Sakura looked at her teammate. She knew that Naruto was odd, but she never expected him to be bi. He must be serious, since Shikamaru was saying the same thing. She couldn't imagine Shikamaru making up something like this. He must be serious, too.

"Naruto, I thought you liked Sakura." Ino asked.

"I did. But then I realized that she wasn't going to fall for me, so I gave up. Before I knew it, I found that I was in love with Shikamaru." Naruto said.

"I still can't believe this." Sakura said.

"Well, this aside, you two saw no signs of Orochimaru?" Anko asked, obviously trying to change the subject.

"We told you we didn't." Shikamaru said.

"I'm hungry." Naruto said.

"Wanna go to Ichiraku?" Shikamaru offered.

"Ok. But, we might wanna shower first." Naruto said, noting how dirty the two of them were.

"Sounds good. Wanna meet at Ichiraku in an hour?" Shikamaru asked.

"Sure." Naruto said.

The two ninja walked out of the room.

"I still can't believe it." Sasuke said.

"Me neither. I guess they're really serious about this." Asuma said, "I knew my students were odd."

"Hey!" Ino and Choji exclaimed.

"Kidding, kidding." Asuma said.

"Somehow, they seem good for each other." Kakashi said.

Sakura looked at her sensei, "Kakashi, they're both boys."

"Yeah, but that doesn't really matter, does it?" Kakashi pointed out.

Sakura didn't answer. She was wondering if it would last. Maybe Kakashi was right. Maybe Naruto and Shikamaru were right for each other.

And so the series is over. tear Thanks for reading! Read my other stories, too.