By: prinzessin at the shakedown
I am so sorry I haven't updated in so long! I've been extremely busy with a lot of things and now that school has started I've been even more busy. Please forgive me! Anyways, here's the ending! It's short, I know. When my creativity isn't being a jerk to me I'll rewrite the ending, but right now, it is what it is. I anticipate everyone's feedback though and I won't blame you if you think it sucks. xD
"If you could...would you completely erase everything?"
"There is no way I'm going to wear that," I told my mother, handing her back the purple monstrosity that she shoved in my hand moments before. "Absolutely no way."
My mom sighed dramatically.
"Ino, darling, stop griping," she said to me, giving me back the dress. "Besides, you asked me to come along with you to pick out a dress, so respect my opinion."
"But I thought you said purple looked horrible on me!"
"Depends on the shade, honey."
"You're such a hypocrite!"
"Ino, stop whining and just try on the dress!" Deidara shouted. Immediately, everyone in the dress store was staring at us. I buried my face in my hands.
Apparently asking my mother and Deidara to accompany me to find a dress for the dance, and then expecting them to act like civilized human beings, was way too much to ask. Especially since Deidara decided that today was the day to wear shiny leather pants.
"Listen to the man, Ino," my mom ordered, giving me back the dress. "Now get into the dressing room."
I let out an exaggerated groan and walked back into the changing room. I'm going to look like a purple egg roll in this, I thought to myself while I slipped on the dress. To my surprise, I didn't. The dress fit snug around my figure, but not too tight. The lacing at the top of the dress showed off my boobs or lack thereof.
I scoffed indignantly. My mom was right. It looked great.
I stepped out of the changing room cautiously. My mother's mouth dropped to the ground. She then continued to make unrecognizable noises that sounded like she was complimenting me. Deidara smiled warmly.
"You look so beautiful. I think I'm going to cry!" my mom exclaimed.
I scoffed. "You're being overdramatic."
Looking at Deidara, I waited for his input.
"You're gonna knock 'em dead," he told me. "You both are."
Behind me a door opened. I turned my head and saw pink, pink, pink.
"Sakura!" I gasped. "...wow!"
The dress she was wearing was, of course, pink. The bust of the dress fit closely to Sakura's body, and right at the waist the fabric broke into elegant ruffles that came down right above her knees.
Sakura huffed and crossed her arms. "Is that all you can say?"
I looked at her with a sarcastic, snotty expression. "I didn't say 'wow' because I thought the dress looked nice, you know."
She huffed and slapped me lightly on the shoulder. I stuck out my tongue.
"Now are you sure you two will be okay?" my mom asked after we bought the dresses. I rolled my eyes.
"We're not five year olds mom, we'll be perfectly fine."
"Besides," Sakura added. "Naruto's will be with us. No one's going to even approach us with him around."
"Sakura!" I said sharply with a smile starting to form at the corner of my lips.
"I just don't want anyone to get hurt," my mom said. I wanted to scoff at her motherly act but decided against it. It was a motherly act but at least it wasn't fake.
"Be careful, un," Deidara told me, ruffling my hair. "Stay clear of crusty old guys and prostitutes, okay?"
"Okay, okay, okay!" I exclaimed, pushing both Deidara and my mom down the street. "Don't you guys have some shopping to do too!?"
I let out a breath of relief when I saw that my mom and Deidara were about three blocks away from us.
"Finally," I sighed. Turning to Sakura, I gave her a wide smile. She gave me a wry grin.
If you could...would you completely erase everything?
I held out my arm.
Would you act as if nothing happened?
We linked together without a word as I answered those questions for the second time in my head. We started down the street with aligned footsteps. All the noises around us became a soundtrack and the street ahead was clear.
The comfort of affection and warmth spread from my heart to my brain and then expanded through the veins in my body.
No; most definitely not.
Well...there you go! I'm so sorry the ending is mediocre. I want to thank everyone who has read this fic though, you guys are the best! I also want to thank my beta for giving me such great guidance. You're all awesome! Without all of you I wouldn't have any inspiration at all for this fic. Thanks and best wishes towards everyone! :D