Title: Out the Door

Fandom: Naruto

Pairing: Chouji/Ino, slightly implied Ino/Shikamaru/Chouji

Rating: PG

Word Count: 200

Summary/Description: The truth is, she wears him out. (Don't say sorry.)

Warning/Spoilers: Angst?

A/N: Written for Essyllus for the 'write me this pairing in a dysfunctional way' meme. I wrote this when I was REALLY sleepy, so apologies if it's… retarded and nonsensical. No seriously, you should see the page I wrote it on. My handwriting was all over the page and my dyslexia came out to play.

Disclaimer: Not mine. Don't sue.

He is a constant.

Chouji's arms have the strength to protect her when he needs to and the warmth to comfort her when he has to. More than once, he finds himself caught between his two best friends, and he will liaise with Shika and treat with Ino; Shikamaru wants him to cloud watch and Ino wants him to weight watch. It is obvious which one is easier, but sometimes, he yearns to try a little effort; see where it will get him.

The truth is, they wear him out.

Ino is catching up to him, then moving away, ebbing and flowing, like a shadow and a rock. Some days, they are not as close as he thinks. Others, she is right on top of him.

Chouji has solid arms, and they wrap around her when she most needs to and they will continue this song and dance and she will die not noticing. Chouji smiles all the live long day, and his clothes begin to sag in him and he suddenly has that compact power to crush in a compact little size. She turns to him like a flower in the sun.

She will make him regret it.