Temari sighed as she slipped the last of her things in her overnight bag. She sat down on the bed and wondered what the party would be like.
Would they play games?
What kind would they play?
"What's the matter?" Shikamaru asked from where he leaned in the doorway against the frame studying her.
Temari refrained from jumping because he'd startled her; instead she shrugged and replied as nonchalantly as possible, "Nothing. I was just thinking about what games we'd play at the party."
Shikamaru nodded and came to sit beside her.
"And what did you come up with?"
"Uh… monopoly and party & co. or something like that."
He shook his head chuckling, "No she's not going to make us play any of that."
"Then what? A party has to have games right?"
"Oh it'll have game alright. She'll make us play things like truth or dare and spin the bottle, maybe seven minutes in heaven. Games like that."
Temari blushed. And said to herself, "Those are better than monopoly or party & co."
Shikamaru leaned closer and kissed her cheek. She didn't push him away so he lingered, nibbling her ear and sliding down to kiss her neck.
Temari felt a chill run through her. "Shikamaruuu…do you have a reason for this?"
He smirked, "I need one?"
Her glare was all the answer he needed, okaaayyy…yeah he needed one.
Glancing at his clock he smiled. Leaning he nipped her ear again, whispering, "It's now 5:26, time to go."
Temari jumped up. "What kind of reason is that?! You could've plainly told me that."
Shrugging he gazed up at her, "Not as much fun…"
Growling she stomped toward the door. With a sigh Shikamaru rose to his feet to follow after her. They were headed to TenTen's house, where the party was being held because her house was the biggest of all their friends.
When they reached her place and knocked on the door there were only fifteen minutes left until Christmas.
TenTen answered the door, "Hi Shik.." her greeting trailed to a stop when her eyes landed on who stood beside him.
Her brown eyes doubled in size and she dove on Temari in a tight hug.
"Oh my god! Your secret date is Temari!?"
Temari winced and rubbed her ear TenTen was screaming almost directly into.
"Ow…careful of the ears. I think you hurt them with all your shouting so much they're bleeding!" Temari glared at the brunette.
"Soooooooo sorry Temari I'm just so excited! A certain someone made me believe you'd gone home to Suna." TenTen replied shooting a fiery look at Shikamaru, her hands on her hips.
"Eh heh heh…yeah…" he chuckled scratching the back of his neck.
TenTen turned yet again excited eyes back on Temari, "So does this mean you two are together?!"
Temari huffed, "Are you going to let us in or are we going to stand out here and freeze?"
TenTen noticed the girl was shivering and jumped back out of their way. "Sorry! I forgot you were more used to warmer climates."
Temari smirked as they walked inside, "Never been through a night in the desert have you?"
TenTen shook her head.
Temari shrugged, "Let's just say get's pretty damn chilly there too. I just hate being cold."
Nodding her understanding TenTen motioned them to sit in the front room. "Pick anywhere you'd like to sit."
Once they were settled on the sofa Tenten turned her attention back to Temari, "Soooo are you? Are you guys together now? Is it official?"
Temari sniffled nervously, then grinned, "Is…something burning?"
TenTens's eyes nearly shot out of her skull as she leapt from her spot, "Oh fuck the food!" she rushed for the kitchen shouting over her shoulder menacingly, "Don't think you've escaped answering I'll find out sometime tonight!"
Not long after TenTen had vanished into the rest of her house there was a knock on her door.
Shikamaru rose to his feet calling for Tenten to hear, "I'll get it."
Opening the door he found Kiba standing waiting to be let in, the pretty Hinata Hyuga at his side.
Greeting them Shikamaru stepped aside allowing him entrance. "Hey guys."
Kiba grinned, "Hi Shikamaru." he replied while helping Hinata out of her coat. The dark haired, pale eyed girl smiled bashfully at Shikamaru, "Hello."
Temari noted with smile that Hinata wasn't stuttering anymore.
Kiba's eyes landed on Temari sitting comfortably on the sofa, one leg crossed elegantly over the other, "Whoa, Temari, hey you're here?"
She nodded, "Yep, came with Shikamaru."
Kiba laughed, and glanced behind his shoulder in the direction he knew the kitchen to be.
"Hey Neji!" he called with a wide smile.
Neji poked his head out of the kitchen, "Yeah? What is it Kiba?"
Kiba pointed to Temari, "You owe me twenty bucks, man."
Studying Temari, Neji asked suspiciously, "You came here with Nara?"
"Damn." Neji muttered pulling out his wallet and handing over Kiba's prize.
Rolling her eyes Temari decided to ignore the two morons who were still staring at her in what seemed as shock. She smiled at Hinata who was sitting near her.
"Hey Hinata, how are you doing?"
Before Hinata could answer Kiba was invading Temari's personal space. He was studying her much too closely.
"Ya mind?!" she snapped at him, leaning away from him.
"Hey…Temari?" he asked slowly.
"What?" the blonde girl growled, not enjoying her space bubble being intruded upon.
"Why…um, why do you have…a, um...hickey?" he questioned, indicating her neck.
Her eyes widened and she jumped to her feet. "WHAT?!"
Rushing to the bathroom, she got a little turned around, but managed to find it quickly.
She examined herself in the mirror hanging on the wall over the sink. It was true! She had a hickey!
Temari heard a chuckle behind her. That bastard!
She whirled around at him, seething. "You did this on purpose!"
He stroked her cheek, "What's this? I can't mark you as mine without you getting so angry?"
Temari glared at Shikamaru.
Fighting the blush, and succeeding Temari glared at him. "No, you can't!"
Shikamaru hugged her close to him and kissed her.
"Ah…but Temari…I'm proud you're finally mine. Is it really so wrong to want others to see you are as well?"
She lost her blush battle this time… "I guess it isn't…" her fire returned to her eyes, "But you don't have to do it like this."
Smiling confidently he eyed her, "Didn't you like it though?"
Hurriedly she changed the subject.
"What time is it?"
Allowing her to change subjects Shikamaru glanced at his watch. Before he could reply Naruto and Lee ran down the hall shouting, "MERRY CHRISTMAS!!"
Shikamaru smiled at her, "6:03." he brushed his lips against hers in a soft kiss. "Merry Christmas."
Wrapping his arms around her he pulled her tight against him, running his tongue up the edge of it before he whispered in her ear, "Don't hide that mark or I'll see to it you get more once we're home. No way you can hide them all. People will know your with me now."
Temari blushed darker. Damn him…always doing stuff that got to her. And he knew it too! That jerk. She glared at him but nodded. Smiling his satisfaction Shikamaru turned and left to return to the other room where everyone was now. Everyone being Kiba, Hinata,Naruto, Lee, Sasuke, Neji, and TenTen. Sakura and Ino had yet to arrive with their dates but had informed TenTen they were indeed coming. Shino had been called out on a mission at short notice, the urgency of it taking him away from his friends and family for the holidays. Choji had other plans that he suspiciously kept secret.
Temari wondered where Sakura and Ino were. Leaning over to whisper to Hinata she asked, "Where do you think Sakura and Ino could be?"
Hinata thought a moment and then replied, "I'm sure they're on their way by now."
Temari nodded, Yeah…but where had they been before they leaving for here? Anywhere in Konoha and they'd be here by now.
Her eyes narrowed with concentration, Wait a minute… come to think of it when I was leaving Suna my travel pack had been the only one left sitting by the door…I hadn't thought much of it then but now… I wonder…
Liking this theory very much Temari smiled to herself. It fit so well. Thinking on it more she saw it was also pretty funny. She laughed to herself; however, Shikamaru, who was tight against her side with his arm wrapped around her shoulders, of course noticed.
"What is so funny?" he asked quietly.
Temari shook her head, "Oh you'll see…you will see."
He nuzzled her cheek, "No, I don't want to wait." he was again back whispering in her ear. "Tell me." Temari wondered if he just loved doing that or if he truly knew how much that just got to her.
She shrugged, "It's just I think I may know who Sakura and Ino's mystery dates are."
Shikamaru grinned, "Who?"
Temari smiled coyly, "You just have to wait and see."
Deciding to behave for the moment he did just that. He waited.
Though he didn't have to wait for long. It wasn't too long before there was another knock on TenTen's door.
Everyone filled with excitement over seeing Sakura and Ino's mystery dates they rushed to the door, TenTen reached it first. Hesitating momentarily, she finally opened the door and revealed Sakura and Ino and their dates.
Everyone's faces were blank with shock and their jaws dropped. Upon seeing who exactly the dates were.
Temari smirked to herself, Knew it.
Naruto, being as dense as ever asked with a huge smile, "Gaara? What are you doing here?"
Gaara's cold eyes locked with Naruto's for split second, "I'm here as Sakura's date."
Kankuro rescued his brother from all the unwanted attention by taking it upon himself. "Sorry we're so late guys. Ino here just couldn't pick out a dress to wear. She went through like a million!"
Ino nudged his side, "Oh shut up. It wasn't a million…"
Sakura giggled, "Yeah more like only nine hundred ninety-nine thousand right?"
Ino huffed and looked to TenTen, "Can we come in it's not hot out here you know."
Those seemed to be the magic words for everyone snapped out of their stupor and backed out of the doorway letting in the final guests of the party.
Once everyone had returned to what they'd been doing before the excitement Temari asked her brother, "When the hell were you going to tell me u were coming, Panda?"
Face expressionless he replied, "It was a surprise."
Temari nodded, "Yeah noticed, but how'd you manage to keep Kitty there shut up about it?"
Kankuro chuckled, "Trust me, with the threat of a sand coffin hanging over my head it was easy to stay quiet."
Gaara stared at Temari, "You were not surprised. Why?"
Temari smiled, "I figured it out about five minutes before you guys actually showed up."
Kankuro nodded, "Figures you would…"
Temari grinned, "Yeah but seriously back to the important topic. WHY DIDN'T YOU TELL ME!? I mean god I'm your sister and I should've been told you were coming!"
Sakura rose her hand, "Sorry…that'd be my fault. I made them promise not to tell anyone a surprise can't be a surprise if anyone knows…"
Not being able to remain angry at the sheepish looking pink haired girl Temari accepted her answer and smiled, "Yeah that's true. Ok."
Shikamaru noted with amusement both Gaara and Kankuro seemed to breathe a sigh of relief at her anger being dissolved. That's my girl…
Temari tugged Sakura out of Gaara's hold and pulled her away with an arm around her shoulder. "So! How'd you and Panda hook up?"
Temari looked to Ino, "Your story is next; be ready."
Both girls blushed and said in unison, "Umm…long story?"
Laughing Temari shrugged, letting Sakura go, "Ok, tell me it all during dinner."
And they did. The whole dinner went off smoothly. Turns out Tenten saved her food from being burned. So
They all enjoyed it and chatted about this and that, sharing stories and reminiscing about old missions together.
Once they'd all eaten their fill they joined forces to clean up quickly. In no time they'd all gathered around the tree to hand out presents that had been brought.
TenTen smiled, "Who wants to take the first present?"
Naruto and Lee both shot to their feet bouncing happily, "I do!"
Realizing the other had said the same thing they both glared fiercely at each other.
Shikamaru chuckled at them and shook his head. His expression changed to that of being troubled when he noticed they'd begun a competition to see who got the first gift.
He sighed, "…What a drag…"
This meant everything would take longer…he glanced at Temari beside him. The party was fun and all, but really he wanted it to end soon so he could take his girl home…
Eventually, much to Shikamaru's delight, all the gifts were passed out. Shikamaru loved his new t-shirt and Temari showed off her new outfit.
It was soon time for TenTen's infamous games! Starting with spin the bottle.
Sakura grabbed the bottle declaring, "I'm gonna spin first and then I'm gonna ask the first question!"
Ino crossed her arms, "Yeah, yeah just spin already."
Sakura spun the bottle, round and round it twirled until finally it slowed to a stop; the bottle nose pointing directly at Temari.
Sakura thought for a while and then finally asked, "So...Temari, who was your first?"
Temari stared at her blankly, "…"
Shikamaru grinned wickedly at her, "Yeah, Temari, who was it?"
"Uhh…do I have to answer?" Temari asked.
TenTen laughed, "Well, yeah. Duh!"
Growing nervous Temari asked, "What if I don't?"
Sakura thought of the punishment and then grinned evilly, "You have to kiss Lee. That should make you tell."
Lee gasped, "Heeeeyyyy…" he pouted as Naruto snickered at him.
"Unkind Miss Sakura…unkind…" Lee mumbled.
Sakura smiled apologetically and then turned her cunning green eyes back on Temari, "So out with it. Who?"
Temari huffed and crossed her arms, "Pfft…just…psh Shikamaru…"
She'd said it so quietly though only person who'd heard her was Shikamaru who sat right beside her; and that lazy bastard just smirked at her.
Sakura leaned in, "Whaaaaat?"
Temari snapped, "OK! It was Shikamaru ok!?"
Sakura cocked her head to the side looking at Temari curiously, "Really? But…you and he just got together a few days ago…and you already jumped each other..?"
TenTen whooped for Temari, "Woo woo! Go Temari!"
Sakura grinned, "Or did you jump him before you were with him?" she gasped, "Did you guys do it before this week?!"
Temari glared at her and growled, "One question per spin!"
To make sure attention would be off of her soon she spun the bottle and waited for the poor unfortunate soul it landed on.
Gaara. It landed on Gaara. Ok…didn't matter. She was determined to make everyone stop thinking about Shikamaru being her first.
Tapping her chin thoughtfully she asked her brother, "Sooo, panda, when did you and Sakura happen? NO! wait I know that…hmmm oh! I know! Have you and her done it yet?"
Everyone began whispering excitedly, wondering the same thing.
"Hn." Gaara looked away, glaring at a poor innocent wall.
"Now, now. Don't be shy." she teased her brother.
"Hn, we have." he replied.
Everyone erupted into giggles and congratulating Gaara and Sakura and trying to ask more questions. Gaara ignored them all and continued the game, which continued smoothly. That is until Shikamaru spun the bottle and it landed on Temari.
"So…Temari…what do I not know..?" he asked himself before grinning at her, "Oh…I know. How about you just tell me the answer that little question I asked you earlier? Hm?"
Temari's face turned bright red, "Eh!?"
Hinata whispered to her, "What'd he ask you?"
Temari shrugged nervously, "Just which guy of the rookie nine I thought was the hottest."
She now had the attention of every guy in the room; they all leaned in closer to hear her answer.
Shikamaru grinned, evil laughter glowing in his eyes, "Now who is it?"
Temari shook her head, "Nuh uh! I wouldn't tell you then I'm telling now! I won't tell anyone."
Shikamaru came up with her punishment for not answering and whispered it in her ear.
"If you don't answer then you'll…have to strip for only me when we got home."
Temari's mouth dropped open a bit as her blush intensified.
He smirked knowingly at herm thinking he'd won.
"No! I won't tell!"
He shrugged, "Fine, but that means you'll have to do what I told you."
She glared at him venomously, "Fine! Maybe I'll do just that!" standing from her seat she headed for the door grabbing her coat, "Now if you'll all excuse me I'm going for a walk."
She walked for a while, ignoring the biting chill in the air she focused on the soft crunch of snow beneath her feet.
After a while she came to Konoha Park. Entering it and walking the park grounds aimlessly a little longer she soon found a bench. Glancing up at the sky she wondered if it would now any tonight. She couldn't see any stars because of the huge dark cloud still hanging over the city so it was a possibility. Glancing at the frozen cherry blossom trees Temari sat on the bench. After a few minutes of sitting Temari realized sitting still made her feel the cold more. She stood to get moving and get heat flowing through her again. After a few steps two strong arms locked around her waist and a soft voice whispered in her ear, "You look cold."
"What are you doing here, Shikamaru?" she asked.
"Well I went looking for my girl so I could take her home."
She huffed, "I'm not stripping for you!"
He chuckled, "That is debatable. But that's not the reason I came to take you home."
"Why'd you come looking for me? Wouldn't you rather stay with your friends a little longer?" she asked.
He snuggled her close to him, "Nah, I'd really rather be with you."
"Oh…" Temari blushed.
He chuckled, "Come on, let's get you home before you freeze."
She nodded and they began walking for his house.
Suddenly Shikamaru paused and turned to her.
"I caused you trouble tonight. I'm sorry. I just like playing around with you."
She nodded, "I know. I'm not angry."
He breathed a sigh of relief. "Good, I'd hate for your anger to ruin this next thing I have to say."
She looked at him funny, "Ok..?"
He smiled at her, "I love you, Temari."
She gazed into his eyes, "I love you too."
Shikamaru attacked her lips, kissing her hungrily, he'd sat beside her feeling her warmth, watching her smile and laugh, making her blush all evening. He couldn't hold out any longer.
Once they broke apart he smiled at her lovingly.
Temari got lost in his gaze, coming out of it only when something cold and wet hit her nose.
She looked up to the sky and saw it was snowing again.
Smiling she said, "It's started snowing."
He nodded and moved to lead her home, keeping his arm wrapped around her waist
Soooo Atty finally pulled through :D yes and I absolutley love it!!! Sorry for the long wait and I decided since the other version was a fitler that I deleted it. If you thougt the other one was better let me know :D
Please don't be angry with the slow update !!! and please reviwe! :D