Ponytail

A/N: Don't kill me, I saw Zac Effron and his ridiculous hairstyle one day and laughed. Who better than our darling Pineapple Head of Konoha? ;) Him and his grumpy "mendokuse!!" (troublesome!)

Please don't think I have some weird fixation with hair ties.

Pairing: Canon is not love. ShikaTen.

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Snap. Shikamaru winced as he felt his hair tie, already stretched to it limits, snap in half, metal springing back and biting his hand. "Ma…. mendokuse," he grumbled as he let his hair fall out of the ponytail, picking up the broken hair tie and tossing it into the garbage can next to the sink.

He walked out of the bathroom, checking door knobs along the way as he made his way into the kitchen, where his girlfriend was pouring herself some coffee and cereal. "Ten, do you have any hair ties?" he asked, shifting his hand through his black locks. Tenten shook her head, walking around the table towards him, "sorry love, I'm afraid I used my last two to tie up my hair," she said, gesturing at the perfect buns on either side of her head. Shikamaru sighed, "ma… mendokuse, I just broke my last one."

Tenten put down her mug to run her hands through her boyfriend's hair, holding back the loose strands off his face. She kept her palms like that, looking up into his face. "You know I like your hair down… you should leave it down," she said, "you look quite handsome like that." Shikamaru shook his head and sighed, "no, it's too troublesome, it'll get in my face. And I have training today, so I can't leave it down anyway." Tenten bit her lip as she thought about possible solutions to her boyfriend's complaint. "I think I might have something," she said, pulling Shikamaru by the hand towards the bedroom.

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"Maaaaa…" Shikamaru groaned, "I'm not asking for much, but I refuse to wear this outside the house." Tenten chuckled as she rooted through her jewelry box for something else, "I'm sorry Shika, I haven't worn scrunchies like that in forever." Shikamaru rubbed his face, peeping out between his fingers at the mirror. Atop his head, wrapped round his ponytail, was a bright pink scrunchie. It wouldn't have been so bad had it not been made of a wrinkled, ruffled material that made it large and poofy. "C'mon Ten, be serious," he grumbled, reaching over to poke her butt. She just wriggled away from him, slapping his hand away. "I found it!" she sang out as she turned around, stretching a hair tie between her fingers.

"A bone? Are you serious?" he incredulously asked, staring at his reflection, "I look like Pebbles from the Flintstones!" The elastic was black, but perched atop his head was the bone ornament attached to the hair tie.

Tenten giggled and cupped his scowling face between her hands, drawing him up to look at her. "I think it's cute!" she said, "besides, wouldn't you rather wear that than this?" She smirked as she leaned back against the vanity, twirling the pink atrocity around her index. Shikamaru sighed, "point taken."

"But," he drawled, grabbing Tenten around the hips and pulling her onto his lap, "you forgot something."

He smiled at Tenten's quizzical look, "we haven't boned yet." Tenten giggled as he leaned in for a kiss, "you mean, Pebbles would like to meet Bam Bam?" Shikamaru rolled his eyes.