Konan exhaled slowly, collapsing in a chair and settling down to wait for Pein. He was due back from his training session any moment now; it had been hours since he left, and Konan had made sure she had everything done that needed to be done before settling down and waiting. She needed to talk to Pein soon, before her courage faded. He wasn't going to appreciate her words.

I'm tugging out my hair
I'm pulling at my clothes
I'm trying to keep my cool
I know it shows
I'm staring at my feet
My cheeks are turning red
I'm searching for the words inside my head

The door opened, and Pein walked in. He dumped his bag next to the door with a sigh of exhaustion, then glanced up and caught Konan's eyes. He gave her a smile and walked over to her, weaving his way through the furniture to get to the armchair she had formerly been sitting in. Konan stood up as Pein approached her, and the heavily-pierced missing-nin reached out to embrace her and kiss her.

Konan stepped back, pushing him away.

Cause I'm feeling nervous
Trying to be so perfect
Cause I know you're worth it
You're worth it
Yeah

Pein looked startled, but took Konan's gesture in stride. "Hello," he said awkwardly. "Either you're upset with me, or I've been training a little too hard," he said, trying to lighten the mood. Konan ignored his joke, stepping back again and folding her arms over her chest. She stared at Pein with a scolding glare that clearly expressed dissent and possibly anger, but she waited for a few more seconds to speak.

"I am upset with you," she started, "but your body odor does have something to do with it as well, because, frankly, you smell like a six-month-old bowl of ramen. Look, I know what you did to Itachi. I know you're traumatized, and I know you're very easily angered, but don't you think you went just a little too far there? No, rhetorical question!" Konan held up her hand as Pein opened his mouth to speak, closing her eyes momentarily and bending her head away. When she looked back, however, there was fire in her eyes.If I could say what I want to see
I want to see you go down
On one knee
Marry me today
Yes, I'm wishing my life away
With these things I'll never say

If I could say what I want to say
I'd say what about you
Be with you every night
Am I squeezing you too tight

"Look, Konan…sweetheart, he wanted to tear us apart! He wouldn't leave me alone! I had to teach him a lesson." Pein stepped closer to Konan, taking her upper arms in his hands. "And now that he's learned, nothing can break us apart."

Konan shook her head. "Baby, it's not that simple," she said softly, reaching up and locking her hands around his wrists. She gently pulled his hands off her, easing them down to his sides and taking another step back. "I can't do this…not with you like this. I'm not saying we break up-I'm just saying that you have to apologize to Itachi, and, if you can't keep it under control, we do have to break up. I just wanted you to know, so you wouldn't be surprised or unaware when I made my decision."

It don't do me any good
It's just a waste of time
What use is it to you
What's on my mind
If ain't coming out
We're not going anywhere
So why can't I just tell you that I care

Pein sighed and looked away, letting his head fall a bit. He seemed to be mulling over what Konan said, turning her words over in his mind. Konan waited anxiously; she knew Pein wasn't much of one to accept her asking so much of him. While he truly loved her and respected her, Konan knew of his terrible temper and legendary ruthlessness. She didn't want to be the focus of it.

"Alright."

Cause I'm feeling nervous
Trying to be so perfect
Cause I know you're worth it
You're worth it
Yeah

Kona's heart leapt with hope. Itachi would be okay, and their relationship wouldn't suffer. She couldn't be happier, at the moment. It also proved that Pein respected her enough to bend his pride and spare her his fury. He understood…Konan smiled and allowed Pein one swift kiss on the lips, butt hen pulled away, wrinkling her nose.

"Shower before you decide to get all affectionate with me."

If I could say what I want to say
I'd say what about you
Be with you every night
Am I squeezing you too tight
If I could say what I want to see
I want to see you go down
On one knee
Marry me today
Yes, I'm wishing my life away
With these things I'll never say

Pein smiled and kissed her back, then stepped away and nodded. "I will," he said, and turned and walked away, headed for the bathroom. Konan took in a deep breath, and then blew it out, imagining all her stress vanishing with the passing of breath.

Strangely, it seemed to.

What's wrong with my tongue
These words keep slipping away
I stutter, I stumble off
Like I've got nothing to say

Pein later tried to apologize to Itachi, but the Uchiha refused to speak to him. He left Akatsuki a few days later, telling only Konan of his plans. To everyone else in the Akatsuki, he mysteriously vanished in the middle of the night and was never seen again. Pein tried to find him later, but Itachi was long gone. In truth, he had gone back to Konoha and paid his respects to his family, and then gone on to roam the country as a missing-nin for hire. Whoever paid the most got their man, and then Itachi would disappear again. He would crop up sometimes, just to tease people looking for him, but then he would vanish into thin air again. Pein tailed him for years, but could never quite catch up to him. Finally, the missing-nin gave up and settled down for good. He and Konan were later married.

Cause I'm feeling nervous
Trying to be so perfect
Cause I know you're worth it
You're worth it
Yeah

Jiraiya returned from his mission to apologize to Pein defeated, dejected, and despondent. Tsunade left him alone, for the most part, but checked in on him occasionally. Once Jiraiya learned that Pein had survived his attack, however, he seemed to perk up and returned to his old self. Tsunade suspected that Jiraiya had been holding back so Pein would live through his attempt on his life, but never said anything out of respect for Jiraiya and his relationship with Pein. She knew he was like a son to him.

Yes I'm wishing my life away with these things I'll never say
If I could say what I want to say
I'd say what about you
Be with you every night
Am I squeezing you too tight
If I could say what I want to see
I want to see you go down
On one knee
Marry me today
Yes, I'm wishing my life away
With these things I'll never say
These things I'll never say

Otoha confessed later to her friends that she had been attracted to Pein at first, but when she realized he was with someone else, that he needed to get back to her. She decided not to complicate things further. Otoha stayed at Konoha's hospital and remained a nurse there until retirement.

A/N: Sorry that was so short, but…that's…kind of…it. I guess…it's done…? Review…? P. S.-Song is Things I'll Never Say by Avrial Lavigne.