Promise

Author note: I know the title is overused. But I can't find a better title. This is my first time writing a fanfiction. Please point out every single mistake that I made. Sorry if this is short. ShikaIno is awesome as well as SasuIno. Please give a review. And flames are very welcome.

Summary: if she ever moved on, he'll be the first one to know… that's a promise. ShikaIno one shot.

"Ino, it's time to let go."

"Why would I?"

"Just let go of the past. He will not come back anymore. We don't even know if he's still alive."

"If I will let go of him, I am sure that it will be the biggest mistake of my life."

"Ino, you are not going to wait for him, are you?"

"Yes, I will."

"You are going to wait for him even though you don't know if he still existing?"

"Shikamaru, I will appreciate if you'll stop talking about him. I love him, isn't that enough?"

"No! Ino you have to stop being troublesome. You are just going to waste your life. It's been nine years since that bastard left Konoha!"

"Nine, ten, twenty, thirty, forty and even forever, I am willing to wait for him."

"You love him that much?"

Ino nods for a response.

Shikamaru went to her and hugs her.

"Even if you are that bothersome, I still love you."

"Shika we already talked about this, yes?"

"I can't give what you want."

"Just be happy with someone else, find someone that can return your affection. I don't deserve any of your love. You deserve something better."

"So what should I do for you to deserve me?"

Ino pulled out from the hug and faced Shikamaru.

"You are just way too much for me. I just can't give your love back."

"You are troublesome, Ino. I never said you have to love me back."

"But that's what you deserve. You waited enough."

"I think that's what you called love."

"Shika, I don't want you to be hurt. You are like a brother to me."

"Can't we just take it to the next level?"

"I can't."

"Ino, try."

"I don't want you to hope, it will hurt you so bad at the end."

"I am hurt enough to see you crying over him every single time. I think that's the most painful one."

She gave him a very genuine smile.

"Do you love me that much?"

"Isn't it obvious?"

She leaned herself on his shoulder.

"Shika?"

"Hm?"

"Thanks."

"For?"

"Loving me this much."

"Ino?"

"Yes?"

"Thanks too."

"Because?"

"You are letting me to love you."

"Wow, this conversation is really corny."

"Tell me about it."

"Shika?"

"What?"

"What if he came back?"

"I'll still stay beside you?"

"Why?"

"Because if he ever hurt you, I am here to wipe your tears."

"Shika, you don't have to be a martyr. Because it makes me feel guilty."

"Huh? Guilty? Why?"

"Because I am hurting you, and you're still there for me. Even if you have a choice to love someone else, you still love me."

"Then, love me so you won't feel culpable."

"I swear, next time around. If I already moved on, forget all about him. You are the first one to know."

"Promise?"

"Promise."

The end.

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