Hey there!

Before I begin I would just like to bring up the issue about Kagome's age and the pairing. First of all, I know some of you are concerned or atleast wondering. Yes she is twelve and yes I do plan on pursuing whatever pairing I choose in the future. Honestly this is kind of hard to explain without ruining the plot, but basically Kagome is young and I don't plan on anything physical happening. However there will be... emotional stuff... as well as angst, drama, conflict, fighting blah blah. So as of now the males surrounding Kagome will be overprotective and nothing more. Well kind of more but not really, I can't explain it! ack! Just trust me!

Oh and as for pairing, still undecided but for all you it looks like your all deciding! Which is wonderful. I don't know if I'll have poll, but as of now I would love here some suggestions as the story progresses. (^-^)

And if you are wondering now, yes there will be a time skip. But I'm not saying anymore! (hides)

Ages: (As requested)

Shisui- 22

Itachi- 19

Team Gai - 16

Naruto & Co. - 15

Kagome - 12


Stringy noodles swirled in a hot steaming broth that was topped with sliced pork, leeks, and onions. All of which stirred into a delicious deep amber liquid that gave off an irresistible aroma.

Which Naruto Uzumaki simply stared at for his mind was elsewhere instead of focused on his appetite.

His eyes narrowed as he thought over the girl's name.

Higurashi?

It was a strange name. Everything about that girl was strange; he just couldn't put his finger on what was so different about her. She was an enigma to him, something was off with her. He knew nothing while the fox knew something…

No.

He did know something about her and that was she was him back when he was her age.

So alone he was and that was how she was now.

Alone.

All he saw was himself, watching the Genin graduate and no matter how many times he wished he could have been there with them, being happy. It never happened, that is until someone believed in him.

Iruka-sensei…

A smile ghosted across his lips.

His ghost of a smile vanished, when he pictured the girl.

Pale eyes cold and distant, watching him as if he was a threat.

"I graduated years ago."

She had graduated but she still wanted to be with those children, she wanted to be with them. She wanted to be happy…

Would that have been me, if I hadn't met my friends?

"Yes."

When he looked into her eyes he saw how truly alone she was. She looked so…

"Lost."

You're being overly talkative today. He accused the demon, finding it a little unnerving.

The fox didn't respond.

Naruto picked up the chopsticks, lazily stirring the noodles in the hot liquid. He looked up to see the ramen cook have a look of concern on his elderly features. "Nani?"

"You alright…" Teuchi Ichiraku asked. "You haven't even touched your ramen." He informed.

Ayame nodded absently as she dried a bowl with a rag. "You look kind of down Naruto-kun."

He shrugged. "Just encompassed in my thoughts I guess."

Teuchi gave a nod of understanding, knowing life as a shinobi would leave any man haunted.

"Since when do you get encompassed in your own thoughts…dobe?" It was cold, annoying, smooth but still so annoying of a voice belonging to none other than…

"Sasuke-teme." Naruto said automatically.

The Uchiha Jounin sat on a stool next to him, elbows on counter and onyx eyes flickering to Ayame impatiently.

The young woman shifted uncomfortably under his scrutinizing gaze. "What would you like Sas-" His eyes narrowed. "…Uchiha-san?"

"Sake."

She nodded and scurried away to retrieve the alcoholic beverage.

Naruto looked at his best friend. "So what's up?"

Sasuke shrugged. "You didn't show up for training this morning."

"Gomen, Teme. I couldn't though, Konohamaru wanted me over at his graduation ceremony."Naruto amended. "You still had Sakura."

Sasuke seemed to shudder slightly. "Hai…I did."

"What she do?" Naruto asked, nonchalantly knowing the Uchiha had a few broken bones.

"I told her not to use chakra when she punches…" He began. " and she told me not use my Sharingan if she didn't use chakra…"

"She did?" He was beginning to not feel so bad about skipping training for the Graduation.

Sasuke shook his head. "She swore she didn't but she still fractured both my legs, broke my nose, and shattered my arm."

Naruto looked him up and down. His black Uchiha emblazoned shirt and black pants weren't covered in blood, his arm wrappings were a bit miffed but overall seemed newly wrapped and his Jounin vest seemed fine.

"She healed you?"

Sasuke nodded slowly. "She said it was good medical practice."

"Did she numb the pain?"

"Iie" He said firmly. "She said that disabling the nerves would waste necessary chakra."

Naruto eyes widened. "Wow, she really did that?"

"I think we should have Sakura evaluated by Morino-san." Sasuke said broke in earnestly.

"What do you expect; Sakura-chan has been hanging around Anko-san lately."

Sasuke nodded. "That further proves my theory then…" His fingers laced together, eyes gleaming darkly.

"And what would that be?"

"Sakura Haruno is emotionally unstable and psychology insane."

"Nani?!" Screeched a feminine voice causing the Uchiha to wince visibly.

"Sakura-chan!" Naruto said excitedly, trying to ease the tension between his teammates.

"Naruto!" She greeted cheerily, her eyes landed on a certain Uchiha who had suddenly relocated himself on the other side of his blonde teammate. "I'm not insane." She grounded out, while plopping beside next to Naruto.

"Of course not." Sasuke muttered to himself, while swiftly downing a cup of sake then pouring another.

Ayame looked at Sakura with a meek smile.

Sakura beamed back. "Do you have any Shiruko?"

Ayame looked at her father. "Iie."

"Dango?"

Ayame shook her head.

The pink –haired Chuunin sunk back.

"I told you she has been hanging around Anko-san too much." Naruto whispered.

"It's a ramen stand Sakura what do you think they sell?" Sasuke said exasperatedly.

"Oden?"

Sasuke fought the urge to roll his eyes.

"I'm just kidding Sasuke-kun." She looked up at waitress. "I'm fine Ayame."

Ayame nodded and Sasuke went to sip his sake. Only to find the cup empty and in the hand of Sakura who now sat beside him. He narrowed his eyes sinisterly which only made the pink-haired kunoichi throw back a cheery grin.

"I think she's taking after Tsunade-baachan as well." Naruto whispered to Sasuke again, who smirked as Sakura began to pour more of the liquid into her cup.

Moments passed, with the only sound of Naruto's slurping and Sakura's meager chatting with Ayame.

Sasuke spoke. "Are you going to apply for ANBU?"

Naruto looked up at him. "I don't know." He paused. "Are you?"

Sasuke nodded.

Sakura leaned over. "You want to be on the same roster as Itachi." She stated.

Sasuke nodded once more, his eyes gleaming.

"You should apply." Ayame said to Naruto. "You're more than capable."

"I don't know if ANBU really suits me…" He pictured that young girl he saw at the Academy.

"Hyuuga is applying." Sasuke added.

Sakura laughed bitterly. "Well that's perfect; your two rivals will all be on the same roster then."

Naruto didn't listen to his teammate's conversation but thought to himself.

If she looked to be around a Genin's age and she was ANBU in rank then she must have been a…

"Jounin." Kyuubi's voice was anxious. "Ask Uchiha, he has been a Jounin longer." The fox seemed to urge almost as if it was a threat.

Naruto couldn't help it, but the hairs on the back of his neck stood up, the kitsune was extremely overly talkative.

"I just don't see the point in your obsessive rivalry Sasuke, it's unhealthy." Sakura was giving him her usual lecture.

"Sasuke." Naruto interrupted.

The Uchiha Jounin looked at him, brow raised at the lack of the crude nickname.

"Higurashi, has that name ever been on the Jounin roster?"

"It sounds like a surname." Sakura added.

"I've heard it mentioned." The Uchiha said nonchalantly as he took back his cup from Sakura.

"When?" He was curious.

"Shortly after I was promoted, about a year ago." His onyx eyes flickered over to him. "Why?"

Naruto continued. "What was said?" He urged.

The Uchiha paused, and then spoke. "It was about a promotion." Sasuke eyes gleamed. "I saw it on the roster a few days before that as well…" He said.

Naruto waited.

"It was strange." Sasuke added.

"What was strange?" Sakura asked, enthralled now.

"This Higurashi had no assigned team." He stated.

"That's not possible; each Jounin has an assigned team even if all they do is solo missions." Sakura was a walking rule book.

"Hai… well this Jounin obviously didn't need a team and from what I heard this shinobi had only been a Jounin for about a year before being promoted to-"

"ANBU." Naruto said bit out.

Sakura looked at him. "You alright."

Naruto stood. "I need to talk to Tsunade-baachan." Throwing down a few bills he began to walk away.

"Naruto!" Sakura called.

He stopped.

Sasuke looked at him strangely. "Dobe."

Naruto turned back.

"Kaa-san invited you over for dinner. " Sasuke said.

The Jinchuuriki nodded and flickered out of sight.

"I'm not invited?" Sakura asked, sounding offended.

Sasuke sighed. "You were, but I'm revoking the invitation."

Sakura stood while throwing money down on the counter. "Kay then, I guess I'll be at the Uchiha manor by…" She began.

"Six." He said already knowing he was beaten.

Sakura nodded. "See you then Sasuke."

"Go away."

When the kunoichi left he heard her muttering something along the lines of 'If only the rest of those Uchihas were as pleasant as their mother.'

He sighed heavily, downing the rest of his sake, knowing he need it especially with his mother, his teammates, his brother, probably Shisui and his father all at one table…Sasuke shuddered.

His thoughts wandered over to the name, Higurashi.

Why would Naruto care? Why would he care about…

"…Kagome." He said to himself.

It was all so strange.


"Tsunade-sama." Shizune said meekly.

Deep amber eyes glanced from the contents of a document to her assistant, standing before her desk in her office surrounded by a never ending supply of paperwork.

"Hmm?" She was in a pleasant mood this afternoon, having just spent the morning relaxing with a good card game, which she lost obviously but it was accompanied by alcohol. As of yet life couldn't be better.

"Naruto Uzumaki is waiting to see you." Shizune stated.

Tsunade raised an eyebrow, now she was in the best state of mind in years, due to the fact that Naruto had actually showed some maturity instead of barging into office, especially when he had the tendency to come in when she was having an excruciating hangover.

Life was good.

"Send him in." She said simply, placing down the file of some miscellaneous mission report.

Shizune nodded and walked back.

A few moments passed until the Jounin walked in. His stride was steady, his aura positive, his smirk was confident but his eyes…

They flittered about anxiously, erratic, searching…

"You've come here for good reason I assume." Her voice was harsh. No love better than harsh love to pull one together.

He nodded. "I wanted to request information about a certain shinobi."

"I can't guarantee anything." She stated firmly.

He stood there not sure on what to say. The fox was erratic, it was literally roaring in the back of his mind. But it wasn't loud, it was more like the unclear background noise that made you focus on it, distracting you, and the longer he listened to Kyuubi's snarls the more and more a knot twisted itself in his gut.

"Spit out Naruto!" She snapped.

"Higurashi." He blurted out.

"What did you just say?" She asked, stunned.

"I need information on the kunoichi known as Higurashi." He said, emphasizing more.

"Why?" Tsunade's young face contorted into an unreadable expression.

"I saw a girl outside of the Academy who identified herself as Higurashi."

"This was in the morning." She stated.

Naruto nodded.

Tsunade leaned back, brows furrowing. "So that's why she skipped her appointment." She muttered to herself. Her amber eyes clashed blue. "You still haven't told me why."

Naruto didn't answer, he didn't know why. He couldn't just say curiosity or the fact that he had evil demon fox urging him to continue on searching for this girl or the fact that she was so alone. Although this was all so true, it was so much more. He couldn't explain it, but every time he thought of that delicate girl being in ANBU, it made the knot in his stomach contort even more and began to heat his frustration.

"Curiosity." He said simply, finding no other suitable answer.

"I cannot give you any information." Tsunade began to wave him off. "She outranks you anyway."

"I don't understand how that affects anything" He retorted. The knot in his stomach twisted painfully. His voice rose to a yell. "I also don't understand how you allowed a twelve year old girl into the ranks of ANBU! I thought you were better-" He yelled until the Tsunade's fiery temper finally flared.

"Stop!" She yelled.

Where the hell did that come from?

She thought, as something must have been eating away at him, for him to snap at her like that.

Silence, that is until the Godaime spoke.

"Now you listen, you little gaki. Kagome Higurashi belongs to the Ansatsu Senjutsu Tokushu Butai." Tsunade's warm eyes narrowed into cold slits, and her voice was low and threatening. "So whatever reason you may have to intervene in that girl's life, it isn't going to happen because I won't let it happen. This isn't some game Naruto." Her voice rose in its timbre. "I have been dealing with Kagome Higurashi, since I took over as the Godaime Hokage and I won't have you playing hero like you did with Gaara and throw yourself on the girl because you maybe want to help her with your overbearing sense of friendship."

Naruto just stood there.

Kagome...

Kyuubi snickered. "Cute name."

His eyes darkened. "Gomen nasai, Hokage-sama." He said reverently. "I didn't mean to intervene on the girl's life, but I was simply curious." He took a deep breath. "I realize this isn't a game and I was a lot younger when I tried to help Gaara, so if I came off overbearing then I regret that." He paused. "However I don't regret what I did for Gaara, nor do I regret any part of my past." Their gazes locked. "But when I saw this girl…"

"You saw yourself." Tsunade said, seeing the haunted nostalgia in his eyes.

He nodded numbly.

Tsunade sighed.

"What do you plan on doing?"

Naruto spoke somberly. "I want to help her."

"How?" Tsunade was still skeptical.

Naruto shrugged. "There is no real way to explain it but I remember when someone finally took notice of me and … believed in me. It was then I found others who did the same." He smiled slightly. "And I found myself not alone anymore and… actually happy."

Tsunade stared, her face was blank.

"So all I want is to know more about her."

Silence.

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"Fine." The Godaime muttered.

Naruto perked up.

"I hope you're prepared." Tsunade smirked."I'm technically not violating the classification codes if I tell you this." Tsunade began. "Since Kagome Higurashi was put under a mandatory probation this past year so she technically is not an active ANBU member."

"Why?"

Tsunade held a finger up to the Jounin to be quiet and then she called Shizune back into her office.

The Hokage's assistant came in and stood before their Hokage beside Naruto. "Hai, Tsunade-sama?"

"I need you to retrieve a file on ANBU member: Kagome Higurashi, Class S under the Exceptional Personnel and Special Cases category."

Naruto raised a brow when Shizune hurried off. "Am I in that category?"

Tsunade nodded.

Naruto grinned. "It's for the exceptional part, am I right?"

Tsunade's face stayed grim. "I said this wasn't a game." She snapped.

His grin vanished.

A few tense moments passed.

Shizune came back with a manila folder in hand and handed it to her Hokage.

"Arigato Shizune."

Shizune gave a curt bow then left.

The light shuffle of papers was heard as Tsunade flipped through the contents of the folder.

"What would you like to know?" Tsunade said offhandedly.

"Well who is she?"

Tsunade raised a brow. "A bit broad, but I guess I can tell you…" She sighed. "Kagome is a girl who unfortunately fell through the cracks."

"What do you mean?"

"She is obviously a prodigy, considering her age and rank." She paused. "However when the Sandiame retired and I took over as the Kage of Konoha, Kagome was a Chuunin then. "

"That was three years ago, she was-" He was cut off.

"Nine. " Tsunade rubbed her temples. "She graduated at seven, reached Chuunin by nine, Jounin by ten and ANBU by 11."

Naruto nodded. "She surpassed even Itachi."

Tsunade nodded. "Intellectually she has, but in fighting capability Itachi is superior." Tsunade smirked. "But not by much. Kagome has impressive shinobi skills but her intelligence is … unparalleled."

"But how did she 'fall through the cracks'?"

Tsunade's grew weary. "It was simple, during the change in power; I was unaware of Kagome's …situation." Tsunade saw the question in the Jinchuuriki's eyes. "So when I saw her chart and her mission success rate, I instantly promoted her to Jounin."

"No exam?"

Tsunade shook her head. "Not when I saw the results of her Chuunin exam results."

"What were they?"

"Unfortunately, I cannot tell. It's not classified but its private information." She sighed. "Even her ranking history isn't really any of your business, so by me telling you this …I'm just being nice."

Naruto snorted indignantly at the last statement.

"Is that all?"

Naruto shook his head. "Iie, how come I've never heard of her. I mean Itachi is known as the Uchiha prodigy by everyone so if this girl even challenges him in skill then -"

"She doesn't belong to a pompous clan that brags left and right about their heir and his skills." Tsunade rolled her eyes. "To be honest Itachi is quite overrated."

Naruto's eye twitched.

"Still… I see your point. In fact it was her request that no one heard of her skill, so it was put under private information unless it was requested…"

"But why?"

Tsunade shrugged. "When asked, she responded saying that she didn't want to draw unnecessary attention to herself." Tsunade seemed to admire the girl. "She is quite humble... to an extent."

"What about family?"

Tsunade shook her head. "You're delving into the realm of personal information that doesn't pertain to you Uzumaki."

"How can I help her, if you don't tell me something…" He drawled.

"Fine." The Godiame said callously. "She has none, we found her at the bottom of a well just outside the village. Her whole front was covered in blood, we all thought she was dead but in truth she didn't even have a scratch."

Naruto stood there, somewhat regretting his question. "When was this?"

"Ten years ago, she was just a toddler." Tsunade shook her head. "But it just doesn't all add up."

"What do you mean?"

"We found her dressed in fine silk, along with white fur and jewels albeit it was covered in blood, it was still surprising to find a two year old wearing all of that. Whatever her lineage is, her family must have been wealthy." The Godiame paused. "But what strikes me, is that if her family was so wealthy and most likely powerful, then wouldn't have they come looking for her? Or at least we hear of a missing hime or heiresss?"

"So you heard nothing?"

Tsunade nodded. "And we didn't want to announce it either considering she might fall into the wrong hands."

"Konoha basically kept her as a secret then."

"That's what the Council wanted." She said offhandedly. "So we placed her with the Clan that discovered her."

"What clan?"

"She was discovered near the Nara's deer grazing area, Shikaku Nara is actually the one who discovered her." She informed.

"Wait so Shikamaru knows-"

"Kagome was placed with his family until she was seven, since then she has lived on her own with Shikamaru periodically checking in on her." Tsunade looked at him. "It was the obvious choice, considering the Nara Clan has a history of having extreme intellect so we placed her with that Clan so she could relate to them better and we trusted them not to exploit her."

She's been right under my nose this entire time…

The fox snickered in the background. "Excellent analogy."

Shut it.

"But what about her surname, is there no Higure Clan?"

"Iie there was no Clan heard of by that name."

"Then how did you get that name?" Naruto asked rigidly, brushing off the fact that he had a sadistic fox talking in his head.

"She told us, she didn't speak until she was four but we knew she was prodigy by the way she told us." Tsunade continued. "When she was two years of age, she wrote decent sentences with very few grammatical errors, she was quite shy so she told us information through that."

"Why not tell you what country she came from?"

"She said she couldn't remember." Tsunade said skeptically.

"She lied." Kyuubi's curiosity was sated. "We're done here." It seemed as if the fox was tired of this.

We still don't know one thing…

"Tsunade-baachan.."

Tsunade looked up.

"You still haven't told me why she was put on mandatory probation."

"I haven't for a reason." Tsunade's eyes darkened. "If you are serious about helping this girl then I don't want you to know."

Naruto there for moment and was about to protest but then finally nodded, knowing this was all he would be able to pry out of the Hokage.

He turned to leave.

"Aren't you going to ask what her abilities are?" It seemed to mock.

I have no interest in training with her; I just want to help her.

Naruto could just picture the fox grinning deviously.

I should've gone to training with teme. Naruto thought , feeling as if his whole future had just been altered within a matter of hours.

Kyuubi just simply chuckled. "Hai, you should have."


"Tsunade-sama."

"Hmmm?" Tsunade looked up at Shizune, surely her assistant had something important to say to interrupt her twice in the past hour.

"Why did you give Naruto so little information about Higurashi-san."

"I didn't give him information on her techniques because he would eventually-"

"I'm not talking about that." Shizune snapped. "I'm talking about her-"

Tsunade raised a brow. "You mean her indirect masochistic tendencies, emotional instability, suicidal nature, history of substance overdose, pessimistic views, insomnia, and almost non-existant appetite."

Shizune listened as Tsunade listed the most prominent factors on Kagome Higurashi's chart.

Shizune nodded. "All of which, factor into Dysthymia."

"I don't want to hinder Kagome's only chance at being happy." Tsunade said offhandedly as she scanned through the various paperwork.

"So you believe that Naruto can actually help her."

Tsunade nodded, deep amber eyes scanning over a scroll in hand. "Hai, I do. So I didn't see the need for him to know." Tsunade stamped the scroll. "Kagome will be fine." She added.

"How can you be so sure?"

"Because, I was like her once." She rolled up the scroll, placing document aside and moving onto the next one.

I was lost in my own grief and it took a certain boy to find me.


She simply stared at the ceiling.

Eyes blank, staring. However her mind raced, it always did.

She was thinking about the Jounin who confused her with undergraduate Genin. She smirked.

Most would have been insulted but she was actually quite pleased, his eyes were not wary of her and his body language wasn't as tense like so many others who met her. He didn't judge her. It only lasted a few moments but for those few moments she didn't feel so …empty.

He actually made her laugh. Made her forget she was in the ANBU ranks and made her feel…

Happy?

No.

It wasn't happiness she felt; she felt nothing at that moment. Her mind was at peace and didn't wonder about meaningless weapon calculations, defensive techniques that would best suit her ninjutsu or counterattacks that might deflect Fire element…

"Stop." She commanded the second entity that resided in her body, also known as her brain.

So she stared, trying to keep her mind as blank as possible.

How long she'd been there she didn't know, lying here, limbs sprawled on her futon as she stared.

She felt a warm ball of fur curl up next to her.

It purred loudly as it nestled itself next to her side.

"Buyo…your one fat ball of fur." She muttered as she poked the neko's squishy stomach.

The cat didn't move. "Lazy." She accused.

She closed her eyes, it was deathly silent. The whistle of the wind could not be heard, so no matter how hard she tried, she couldn't fall asleep.

A knock was heard.

"Kagome-san?" Came a muffled voice from behind the door.

Silence.

Another knock.

A heavy sigh was heard behind the door.

Another knock.

"Go away Shikamaru." She responded annoyed.

A muddled curse and the word 'troublesome' was heard.

"I can't." There was a pause. "…unfortunately."

No response.

"Tsunade-sama told me to check on you."

She rolled her eyes.

Well that just changes everything. She thought sarcastically.

"Leave me alone." She shouted.

"I wish I could." He replied bitterly.

Her eyes narrowed, burning holes through the ceiling.

"Just open up." He said, his voice muffled.

She rolled over on her side, her back facing the door.

He knocked again.

"It's open you baka." She responded.

She heard the door open. Then steady footsteps.

She felt his eyes scrutinizing her.

"An ANBU Captain shouldn't leave their door open." He reprimanded her.

"And a Chuunin shouldn't barge into a Captain's residence." She retorted.

He sighed heavily. "This is always so troublesome."

She laid back on her futon, limbs sprawled once more.

"Have you been sleeping?" He asked automatically.

Her head snapped towards him. "Does it look like I have been sleeping?" She responded coldly.

She noticed the bags in his hands.

"What do you have?" She asked with a raised brow.

"Food and your medicine." He responded.

"Leave it on the counter."

The Nara sighed. "Nice try."

She shrugged. "One can only attempt." She said nonchalantly.

"Kagome.." His brows furrowed. "Why didn't you go to your appointment with Morino-san?"

She shrugged once more. "I was busy."

"What were you doing?"

She closed her eyes.

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Seconds ticked by on the clock before the prodigy answered the genius.

"The Genin graduated today…" Her voice was dispassionate.

Shikamaru brows furrowed. "Why did you go there?"

She opened her eyes slowly; her lashes kissed her cheeks as she looked back at him. "I wanted to see what I was missing…" Her voice grew hoarse.

He simply just stood there, brows furrowing.

She laughed bitterly. "I'm just an emotional masochist."

Shikamaru shook his head. "I'll never understand no matter how long I get to know you."

The raven haired ANBU shrugged lightly. "How's the Clan?" She said as she sat up, sitting on the bed.

"Fine."

The Nara felt as if she didn't want to talk about it any longer. Kagome was like that. Never talking much about what was going on, inside. Not even to him and he'd known since she was a toddler. His Clan found her and his mother raised her until she was old enough to take care of herself. Which was around the age of four, now eight years later; she was so lost. A lost soul, she was. So lost it couldn't even be seen. That's how she felt, she told him once, invisible because no one ever took notice of her.

"Okaa-san wants you over for dinner tonight." He replied automatically.

She stood. "I don't know if I'll be able to…" She trailed off.

"For my sake…" He began, knowing how demanding his mother was. "…indulge that troublesome woman."

She sighed. "She fawns over me like a child..."

"It is quite troublesome." He agreed.

Kagome gave him a pointed glance. "I hate it when you use that word."

He looked at her. His face showed that he was actually somewhat insulted.

"Indulge yourself into a synonym." She advised with a smirk.

Shikamaru couldn't even get in a word before she started…

"Such as…annoying, arduous, austere, bothersome, burdensome, cumbersome, demanding, difficult…" She continued listing.

"I get it."

"…incommodious, inconvenient, irksome, laborious…" And continued.

"I get it."

And continued.

"…strenuous, taxing, tiresome, toilsome, unrelenting, vexatious, vexing, wearisome…"

"I get it." He sighed heavily. "You forgot a few though…" He reminded her.

She nodded. "Hai, but I only chose words that were phonetically similar to troublesome."

"And in alphabetical order?"

She nodded absently barely taking note that she could list phonetically comparable synonyms in alphabetical order off an arbitrary word, right off the top of her head.

"What about drag?"

She shook her head. "That only has one syllable…" She scrunched her nose. "I can't imagine you ever saying that."

"This is such a drag…" He said mockingly.

She raised an eyebrow. "It doesn't sound natural." She corrected.

He sighed.

"So how about you make me lunch?" The ANBU said apathetically.

The Chuunin rolled his eyes.

"Fine."

He began to unpack the groceries and started the process of the midday meal.

Shikamaru started the stove and then sighed."This is so…" He started but saw her pale eyes glare at him.

"…incommodious?"


(cackles) Well this is going to be fun!

Either some of you hate me for making Kagome so messed up or your like me cause it makes it that more twisted! (^_~)

Oh if you are concerned with her age, read the A/N above.

Info:

Dysthymia- is considered a chronic depression but with less severity than major depressive disorder. This disorder tends to be a chronic, long lasting illness.

(coughs) Just because she's depressed doesn't mean shes weak (coughs)

Personally I think Kagome sounds cool but thats just me, it makes it more fun to write. I'm actually pleased with this chapter's length!

Alrightly then, this is the part where I beg YOU to review, but since many of you are impervious to my pleas I shall bring out my secret weapon!

(brings out chibi prodigy Kagome)

(Waves chibi): Don't make poor Gome-chan even more chronically depressed by not reviewing!

Chibi Kagome: ...

(Brings out chibi Kyuubi)

Chibi Kyuubi: Grrrr...

Press button below and review!

Press it! Now!

Chibi Shikamaru: What drag...

Chibi Kagome: (Glares)

(Hugs chibi)

~Kimi

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