Disclaimer: I don't own Naruto or any music I use.

A/N: I'm warning you now, I'm fairly sure that this is going to be a crack pairing. I'm not sure what the pairing is going to be, but crack for sure.

Old Friends

I felt like this had been the millionth time I was shocked and hurt at something he said. I thought this was going to just get better and mature with time – like fine wine. I was so wrong. I could feel that the whole situation was off, everything was crashing and burning.

"You know what? I can't believe it! I cannot believe it! I almost destroyed my career for you!" I roared at him. My boss was annoyed because I had missed a vital opportunity to travel abroad and almost fired me. Instead I was living in a beautiful beachside house constantly arguing with my infuriating, lazy, boyfriend!

At first everything had been stellar. There were nightly walks on the beach that led to dinner on the beach surrounded by tea candles which lead to some of the most sensual encounters of my life. Then the arguing started. At first, it was over little things, like hair in the sink or leaving the toilet seat up. Well, that was at first.

He just moaned and rolled over, totally in the midst of a hangover. I ran my hand through blond tresses and contemplated the inevitable.

Soon, the fights escalated and we both said some nasty things. That's when the drinking problem started. He started spending less time with me and more time with his beer buddies. He went out to the local pub and drank the night away and always came back piss drunk.

This was pathetic. I was so over it.

I stalked over to my room and threw my possessions into my giant LV Damier Azur Keepall. My LV Monogram Vernis collection of items was thrown into it, along with some jersey dresses and my Havianas flip flops. I grabbed my keys off the counter and slid into my black Mercedes.

I drove, and drove, and drove. I was almost at my final destination in Oto when the realization of the whole thing hit me. I did the first thing most people do at the realization of a heavy revelation. I broke down and cried.

Turning into a parking lot, I became hysterical and it took me a moment to recollect myself and make sure my makeup was still in place. I reached for my Blackberry and called my best friend, Hinata, to see what was going on.

"Hinata! I'm back in Oto no Kuni!" I grinned hearing her squeal.

"Hey, I think I'm going to swing by before going home, is that cool?" she agreed and that we would go to dinner as well, seeing as I had no food in my apartment.

I threw my phone into the passenger's seat and continued on driving towards her pad. I hope that all my friends wouldn't pity me too much because of the whole Shikamaru thing. Pity was the last thing I wanted.

She greeted me with a hug as usual, "oh my god! You look gorgeous! Come in!"

I hugged her back and stepped inside, "you wouldn't believe what happened, it's been crazy."

"Try me." We both took our seats on the plush sofa in the middle of the living room and I toyed with my necklace from one of the vendors in Tsuchi no Kuni.

"Mmkay, so you know how Shikamaru had this whole thing set up, beautiful house in Tsuchi no Kuni on the beach? Well, it was magical the entire first week we were there. We even hooked up on the beach," I rasped slightly.

"That's when it started going down hill, we would fight about stupid things and then he wouldn't come home until like two in the morning – or sometimes not at all. After a while it just snowballed and I called it quits. I left this morning." Naturally, I started to tear up, just because he was such a big part of my life.

Hinata gave me a big hug and smiled, "it'll be alright, honey. You know what we should do? Let's go out Friday night with Sakura and Tenten to Otogakure to celebrate you moving on."

I smiled thinly, the last thing I wanted to do was go out to a club, but I didn't feel like being pitied anymore, "thanks, Hinata, I better be getting home now, I'll see you on Friday!"

Hyuuga Hinata was thin, with blue eyes and dark hair. She was pretty and a great friend. Never once did we really quarrel about anything. I loved her to death; she was one of my best friends from this crazy town. She used to have a stutter, but after being hounded by Sasuke for about a month, she had gotten over it and lost it at him one day. Glad someone can see him for whom he is.

Haruno Sakura was my ex-roommate who was now living with her boyfriend Sasuke. Sakura was my best friend for a long time, until it so happened that she stopped hanging out with me to be with him. I'm not totally hurt, I have other friends. Sasuke's an idiot and so is Sakura.

Tenten was a friend from work and a total sweetheart. She broke up with her long time boyfriend not too long ago. He's actually Hinata's cousin, but it doesn't matter, he'll regret chasing her away.

And then there's me. My name is Yamanaka Ino. I have long blonde hair and baby blue eyes. I used to live in Hi no Kuni, but that all changed after I got the internship at Jutsu, one of the most popular magazines in the Lands.

On my way home I stopped and got some rich miso ramen topped with corn, bean sprouts, pork, squid, crab, and scallops along with some onigiri. Running a hand through my blond hair I went back to an empty apartment.

I sat in the living room downstairs and slurped up my ramen while watching TV. To the side of me on the unstained cream couch was my Sony Vaio laptop. I was an intern at the magazine company, Oto Jutsu, and was studying under the great Orochimaru.

After half an hour I sent out a mass e-mail to all my friends telling them the Shikamaru situation and if we were still going out to Otogakure. I would respond to Kimi-kun's e-mail, and Orochimaru's memo later. At about midnight I fell asleep on the couch with my notebooks and agenda's spread out and open.

So, then, the next morning Sakura comes over without Sasuke, thank god, and talks about how Sasuke's friend, Hozuki Suigetsu is all interested in me and stuff.

Sakura comes over, all starry eyed from being with Sasuke too long, "oh my god! Ino! You know Sasuke's friend?"

I take a calm sip of orange juice and mutter, "the one with the split personality?"

She glares at me with her usual exasperated stare and then proceeds, "no, I meant Hozuki Suigetsu!"

I proceed to almost spit out my orange juice all over the granite counter and stare, "excuse me?"

She continues to bounce in only the way she can, "you don't have to thank me, but I invited him to the club on Friday!"

I briefly wonder if she's totally stupid, "Forehead-Girl? Did you forget? I just broke up with Shikamaru."

Her hand waves in the air, "but I totally saw this coming and so did you. Just, try and have a good time at Otogakure, please? By the way, I bought a totally cute Moschino Cheap and Chic dress earlier, I hope you don't plan on wearing yours."

I retort under my breath, "then why can't Sas-gay go out with him?" before putting on a cheery smile and herding her out the door with work as the excuse. Sometimes I hated her.


A/N: Reviews, please? I'd like some feedback on this, should I continue?