Okayyyyyy. I know what majority of you guys are thinking. Why'd she restarted it!? It wasn't because of the lack of reviews, it wasn't because I was tired of not having time to update, it was because it wasn't flowing right, it wasn't moving at the right pace. It was going extremely too fast. So i'm sorry, but its going to take even longer to find out what's wrong with our lovable Temari. :p Just wait and be patient. Track is indeed taking a lot out of me, so forgive me as such...

I dont own this idea of Naruto and the ninjas and stuff, but i own the plot of htis story. ENjoy!


Prologue

"I command all those who have advanced to the finals for the third level of the chunin exams," Gekkou Hayate said in his dull, monotonic voice. Everyone was surrounding him, the Third Hokage, and Anko in a semi circle. "Well, there's one person missing, but still, congraduations."

Everyone was silent at his words, trying to remain that way. The felt the field crumble at the feet each time they shifted their weight from not only the Rock Lee vs. Gaara battle, but also the debri Choji's Human Boulder had produced.

Indeed this day was not like many. So many different techniques and styles had been released at this point in time. The mysterious Gaara's powerful gourd, Kankuro's abilities with his puppets, Dosu's sound waves, Naruto's amazing luck, Neji's Byuakugan. Shikamaru's shadows and even Temari's wind controlling ability with her fan.

Shikamaru's eyes wandered over to her briefly, recognizing her slight masculine nature and her rough and rugged outlook. She seemed to be the type of female that didn't care about her outlook. She was the exact opposite of Ino on certain ideas on carrying herself.

Her blonde hair was definitely not platinum like Ino's either. It was a sandier color, more natural looking and she didn't have this bright, random eyes. They were a deep emerald green, sort of an envious dark color.

Next he looked at her skin. It looked tougher, a lot tougher on her arms and hands, but her face looked softer with a few uneven tones. Ehh. To be expected. She lives in the desert. Sleep on the wrong side and you've gotten half baked. But it wasn't as bad as he normally would have thought.

Her clothes were a pale purple. Odd choice in his opinion considering he expected more earthy, darker colors of her. The fishnets were just as surprising. Even though she seemed to have a tough exterior, she didn't mind showing off a little skin, being a little more feminine.

She's got wayy too much body to be twelve like the rest of us...how old is she? he wondered as he averted his eyes back to Gekkou. So many thoughts were going through his mind. Not to mention she was the only female actually competing in the final exam. That's what caught his attention.

Pwwt. Women. No use. His eyes wondered back to the third to make sure that he wouldn't miss out on anything else while he was standing there. He wasn't going to be the idiot who would ask him to repeat because he was asking mental questions about some female he would probably never see again in his life.

At the tip of his hat, the Third Hokage smirked a sneaky, mischevious smirk that made everyone's minds ponder momentarily on what he was thinking. He had something in store for everyone who was participating.

"And now, I will begin the explination of the final rounds," he said with a slightly excited tone. Anyone could tell that the old man was an eager one just as the rest of them were. The silence was excruiating to their minds at the anxiety they each began to produce.

To pass the time, Temari's deep green eyes slowly pass by all the ninjas that surrounded her. First she came to Dosu, the mummifed little bastard that seemed to have no end to his life. Someone just needed to take it and get it over with. She passed her eyes over to Kankuro as he caught her gaze and rolled his own eyes before looking back at the third. Then there was Gaara. She only hoped he wouldn't look at her or notice her looking at him. She shuddered at the thought of those icy eyes digging into the depths of her soul.

She decided to look at the Konoha nin and first it came down to Naruto. All she could do was mentally rolled her eyes at his ignorance. At least he wasn't ranting all over the place. She passed the one known as Shino and shuddered. She hated bugs, the disgusting little things. She then passed her eyes through Neji, mentally wondering why such a cold person had to be so pretty, shrugging to herself. Then it came down the the one named Shikamaru. For some reason, he was different. He wasn't loud or obnoxious, or prim or proper, or just even silent and kinda creepy. He looked normal compared to the others.

Gosh...look at him. He's a twig. Why's he so scrawny? She asked herself in a slightly disgusted tone. Does he not eat or something? Go swallow a cow or two. I hope he's not anorexic...

She was drawn to notice his stance. It wasn't straight or scraggly, but it was still slightly slumped like he didn't want to raise his shoulders while his hands were stuffed in his pockets like he didn't know what to do with them.

Earrings? Oh yes, your such a manly man, she thought to herself as she noticed the earrings in each of his ears. His hair looked like he just pulled it back because he didn't know what he wanted to do with it. It looked really thick from where she was standing. I would not dare to attack that with a comb. It looks like it would snap it in two!

His skin looked like a baby's, probably because he was still growing older. He's only twelve, Gaara's skin still looks like that, she admitted as she looked at his clothing. It wasn't tight, but it was enough to show the fact that he had a small torso. Is he wearing a fishnet? That thing is a jacket!? She held her surprise in as she looked at his baggy cargo pants and looked back at his upper body. Jeez! Suddenlt she decided to look at his piercing hawkeyes. They were drawn to her as she gazed into them. They were brown and intense almost like it was trying to intimidate people without him noticing.

They're...really nice... she admitted to herself. She almost lost it when those eyes were directed towards her, and caught then before she could look away. They both just looked at each other for a brief second before realizing what they were doing and snatching their eyes from one another's clutches.

I can't believe I just did that, they both thought in unison. To everyone else around though, no one seemed to have noticed their eye version of footsy, not even for a moment. They both decided to toss it away and leave it for no one to find out. They attention was yanked by the string when they heard the elderly Hokage speak.

"In the final rounds, each of you will put your battle skills on display," He explained. "You'll demonstrate the power and control that you've acheived in your respective disciplines. Accordingly the final rounds will commence one month from now."

"Wait, we're not going to do it right here and now?" Naruto asked with a rude tone that sounded like he didn't like the idea of waiting. Temari rolled her eyes unnoticeably and Shikamaru just shook his head at his aquantaince's reaction.

"This is to provide a suitable period of preparation," he explained to the boy who he seemed to have favored. His bad manners went unpunished to the man. Neji's eyebrow seemed to have quirked, showing a sign of curiousity.

"What do you mean by that?" he questioned. His voice is a lot deeper than expected. Isn't he like thirteen? These kids are young...what the hell are they doing in the Chunin Exams? Temari asked herself in annoyance. Suddenly she felt like she was being challenged and her mood went downhill.

Mr. Perfection doesn't understand? Wow, this is actually something unexpected for once. I coulda sworn a prodigy would challenge himself by attempting to answer questions he didn't know himself, Shikamaru scoffed in his mind.

"Simply this. In addition to announcing the conclusion of the preliminary matches to each country's leaders, we must also have some time to prepare and distrubute the summons for the final selection. Not to mention that you examinees are going to need time to prepare for something this important," he explained as Kankuro's weight shifted slightly, only enough for the sand siblings to notice.

Uh-oh, Kankuro's starting to get anxious. You better hurry up old man, I don't wanna hear his mouth when we get back to the inn. You really don't have to deal with him, I do, Temari mentally said with a slight movement of her foot as if it were to be a tap of impatience.

"Look, don't really get what you're trying to say. What's the point of this?" he asked in an annoyed tone as Temari decided it was over. He was going to whine and bitch the whole month away like she expected. Baby brothers are pains in the ass...

"I mean, that to know your adversaries and prepare yourselves, you will need time. Even though up to the this point all of the battles have been real battles, as i'm sure you can all atest. They were conducted on the premise that you were fighting an unknown enemy, but that is no longer the case now that you battle each other," he explained as Shikamaru's eyes darted towards Gaara.

Yeah...Seriously. I would have never dreamed that this guy could turn sand into a weapon, he admitted to himself. The way he had taken down Rock Lee had amazed everyone, even though Lee was an amazing fighter as well. No one would have thought that what was in that gourd was sand. Not if you hadn't already seen him attack the person before.

"So in order to make the finals fair and just, we're giving you this month, each of you must embrace the opportunity to practice hard and learn some new tricks. Because by now, everyone knows your techniques, so using your old tricks is a sure way to lose in the finals. And be sure to get some rest as well," he added.

Gosh, this guy is long winded. If was as impatient as Kankuro, I would have already started yelling and acting as stupid as Naruto... Temari said with an exasperated thought. She wanted to sigh, but she being the eldest of the siblings she had to at least uphold the respect if Gaara and Kankuro didn't.

"Now with all of that behind us, I'd like to begin winding things up,. But before we can bring this to the end, first there is one more important matter to take care of for the final round," he decided. At least his tone starts to sound like it concluding. For God sakes, I need to go home and take a nap.

"Let's get on with it! I mean, come on! How long do we have to wait before we start training?" Naruto nagged. Everyone at this point had gotten over his factor and started to ignore him just as Temari's eyes wandered towrads Shikamaru again. He wasn't looking back at her, thankfully to save her the embarassment but he was looking very intense, more than last time. Probably from impatience as well as everyone else...

"In a calm, orderly fashion, all of you are going to take one slip of paper from the box that Anko is holding," he explained as Anko stepped forward with a brown box with a hole in it big enough to put your hand in. No one had a chance to move, she sort of barked an order.

"Everyone stay where you are, I'll come to you," she behested as she started at the end of the line, everyone taking a slip of paper. "Just take one."

"Good, now everyone has one. Going from left to right, tell me the number that is written on your slip of paper," Ibiki stated as everyone seemed to just wonder where this situation was going and what direction it was heading in.

"I've got eight," Dosu drawled.

"Number one of course," Naruto said in a sarcasmic tone.

"Seven," Temari simply stated.

"Five," Kankuro muttered.

"Three," Gaara whispered in a morbid tone.

"Nine," Shikamaru dragged.

"Two," Neji said properly.

"Six," Shino mumbled.

"And that means that Sasuke will be number four," Ibiki stated obviously as the Third acknowledged.

"Very good. Now I'm going to tell you about how the final selection tournament is going to work," the third finally decided as everyone realized that they had been pulled into what was going to be a tournament.

"Ehhh?" Naruto exclaimed in disbelief as Temari looked at Shikamaru when he spoke, pointing out what the point of the numbers were for.

"Is that what these numbers are for? Drawing lots?" He wasn't answered, Sarutobi acted like no one had responded and like Shikamaru didn't even ask the question. His blood boiled up a notch at the feeling of being ignored, even by the Third Hokage.

"Ibiki, you may reveal which ninja have been paired up," he commanded in a respectful tone. Ibiki nodded as he finished scribbling down everyone's names on the paper he held on the clipboard.

"Yes sir."

He turned it around and everyone's eyes lit up in utter surprise at the one who they would be faced to go against. The first four rounds were already planned. If Ino and Sakura hadn't had a double knock out it would have been an easier matter.

Everyone's eyes were first drawn to Naruto and Neji. Naruto was going to have to train hard to beat Neji. He was not only a prodigy, but he was an amazingly exceptional fighter when it came to Hyuga Style Taijutsu. Everyone was waiting for that match.

Then there was Gaara vs. Sasuke. Not only were they wondering if Sasuke would be able to get well and ready enough for the fight of his life, but Gaara, who seemed to always stay at ease and always had sand fight for him seemed eager for his match.

Then it was Kankuro vs. Shino. Kankuro rolled his eyes, realizing that he had to fight this bug guy. He was feeling like he had been let off easy, but not easy enough. The Shikamaru kid would have been an easy match.

And he had to fight Dosu. Shikamaru that is. Everyone's own thoughts flew through their minds at the sight of the sheet of paper that held their chances of becoming a Chunin.

Is that all the final rounds are? A stupid tournament? For the love of Kami, they could at least try and be original with how they plan on doing this sorta thing. Plus, I don't even know who my opponent is technically. I'm going to have to find ways to maneuver around sound and shadows.

Shadows... Her eyes glanced towards Shikamaru not once, not twice, not even three times, but at least four for the day. he didn't look that excited either. He had just as much work to do as she did and he had to fight back to back if he won. Her eyes faced towards the front again, hoping to get that little scrawny punk out of her mind. What was up with her? It was just something...different about him...

I have to fight an extra round? I'll probably be expected to redeem Choji's loss. Like that'll work. If I use all my chakra trying to beat down the Sound Village guy, I'm going to be completely burned out when I fight Temari. If I win...

Temari... his eyes averted towards her again, looking at her reaction. She showed no physical outlook on how she felt about the whole thing, other than a little agitated. Then again everyone was, her green eyes were trying hard to stay focused forward for some reason. She's fourteen. No, thirteen. No, she's gotta be at least fifteen...God, three years?

Shaking his thoughts from his head realizing that everyone was working up the ladder. Sudden a thought come upon him and he felt the need to ask it for the sake of everyone else, even if he was the only one who noticed.

"May I ask you a question?" Shikamaru spoke up as Sarutobi nodded. "If this is a tournament, does that mean there's only going to be one winner? I mean, is only one of us going to be able to become a Chunin then?"

Temari's eyes shot a glance and then she began to wonder. I didn't think of it that way...That would be the case wouldn't it? I mean, the whole eliminating everyone idea.

"Actually, it's quite the contrary. There's going to be several judges for the final round, including myself, the Shinobi Leaders, the Kazekage and the other Lords of the countries who will be assigning your missions to you," he explained as Naruto's head began to bob up and down like he knew what was going on. "Through this tournament, these judges will be able make a thorough evaluation of your abilities. They will then decide if any or all of you possess the qualities required of a Chunin. Even if someone loses the first round, they can still become a Chunin."

"So there's a chance that everyone of us who competes in the final selections could be aa Chunin?" Temari asked to clear up everything as the elderly man nodded.

"Correct. But there's also the possibility that none of you become a Chunin. The advantage in fighting more rounds in the tournament is a way of displaying more of your talents to persuade the judges who decide your fate," he answered to Temari. His gaze was then transfered to the Shadow Possessor. "Does that answer your question, Shikamaru?"

He didn't respond outloud, and he avoided the eyes of his village leader. This is probably the biggest pain ever. I'm pretty sure of it. This is too much work. In front of everyone, the Shinobi leaders, the proctors...I'm starting to wonder if this is even worth it...

"I thank you all for your patience. Now let us adjourn until next month."

Gaara, Kankuro, and Temari all walked out of the arena together, heading onto the dirt road. The tunnel they travelled to opened up into the bright sunny outer way with a small river near by. Kankuro let out an annoyed groan.

"That old man had me standing so long I thought my feet would snap off my ankles," he complained as Temari rolled her eyes. She took a peek at Gaara and saw his usual morbid look, his eyes straight head.

"Shut up, you moron. You act like your the only one who was standing. We all were dealing with it, get over yourself," Temari muttered as Kankuro shot her a glare and actually did be quiet. They saw the lazy bum down the road, sitting in a peach tree, about to doze off.

"And look at this guy..." Kankuro muttered as Temari stopped while her brothers continued on. She looked at him, his eyes shut and his chest rising as he breathed and released air. His face looked peaceful, content...even...

"Temari? What are you doing? Get over here!" Kankuro called as Temari's gaze averted to her younger brother who had stopped. Gaara had kept walking like he didn't care whether they went back to the hotel or not. Kankuro approached her, backtracking his previous steps and stopped in front of him.

"We need to go ahead and get to the hotel. The sooner we're there, the sooner Baki can go ahead and get these stupid instructions down," he sneered as Temari slapped him in the back of the head before pointing an evil finger at Shikamaru.

"Are you stupid? Mentally retarded? Do you not see this Leaf Genin here? God, Kankuro!" she scolded as he grabbed his head in pain and swung a length of curses. That abrupted the Shadow Posessor from his deep slumber. Forgetting where he was he tried to turn over but it only caused him to fall from the tree on his face.

Kankuro found that to be one of the most hilarious things to ever happen in his life. He couldn't stop laughing as Temari scoffed and rolled her eyes. From where he was, it had to have hurt him. Pushing his body up, he stood and dusted himself off, a icy glare in his eyes and a scowl on his face.

"That had to have hurt...you okay, kid?" she asked in a tone that made it sound like she wasn't sure if she was honestly worried about him. He just gave her a look of annoyance as he slinked off somewhere else. Temari shoved Kankuro, stopping his laughter long enough for him to look at her like she had broken his puppets.

"What the hell? Why'd you push me?" he asked, his voice edging towards a yell.

"That fall could have broken that kid's neck! You shouldn't be laughing like that!" she yelled, beating him to the tone before he could make it. He scoffed and rolled his eyes.

"Since when do you care? You barely care about me or Gaara's wellbeing, why for a stranger who's ass your going to eventually kick?" Kankuro asked with a slight bit of curiousity in his tone. "You like the little snot, don't you?"

Temari's cheeks flared up from the sudden question and how her younger brother had blurted it out so easily. She shook her head frantically, trying to convince her brother that he had the wrong idea before he started to howl with laughter all over again.

"No, I don't!"

"You probably just wanna bang him, don't you? Come on, Temari, taking little boy's virginities is morally wrong, you know better!" Kankuro teased as her cheeks continued to grow a darker red each passin moment.

"Kankuro, that's disgusting! He's friggin' twelve years old! I was just worried about him! You heard the old man! he said that you need more fights to get promoted!" she pointed out as Kankuro's laughter stopped and he looked at her.

"You can't be serious. You know why we're here. Not to become Chunin, but-"

"I know, I know. Aren't I supposed to be the one who reminds you?" she asked as Kankuro started down the road, throwing his hand up telling her that he wasn't listening any longer. Sighing, she started to follow him but turned around and remembered the direction Shikamaru had gone in.

Am I really about to do this...?

"Kankuro!" he stopped once more after letting out an exasperated groan of impatience. Temari's eyes cut at his as he turned around and folded his arms across his chest.

"For God sakes what?" he asked in an agitated tone.

"I've gotta...go pick up some medicine from the medical corp. Just something for a headache, I'm getting one," she fibbed as he sighed and nodded before turning around and started down the road.

"I'll be sure to tell Baki. Gaara's already left me, so I've gotta catch up with him. I'll see you back at the room, okay?" Kankuro told her as she nodded before she turned around and started towards the direction of Shikamaru.

"Why the hell am I doing this?" she asked herself aloud as if she was talking to someone else. A figure jumped down in front of her, catching her off guard, thankfully not enough to make her scream, but her to back away with a kunai between her fingers.

"Why are you doing this?" She saw that it was the one she had been attempting to follow. Shikamaru Nara, was standing directly in front of her, his hands shoved in his pockets. "Why were you following me?"

"I uh, I, you need go the infirmary. You might have hurt your neck or collarbone from that fall-"

"You don't even know yourself do you? Just curiosity. No way you would care about me. If you get rid of me, that makes life so much easier in the tournament," he pointed out as she bit her lip. She really had no excuse for trailing the kid...

"I was heading back to the Medical nin inside to ask for something to cure my headache that's coming on," she said, reusing the lie she had told her younger brother. "I thought you were heading that way because you fell. I don't know exactly where it is."

There was a silence between them as Shikamaru sighed and turned around, pointing her down the road. Her surprise was not shown. He actually believed that fib?

"Go down that road until you come to a fork. Then split to the right and you'll see the building for the Konoha Hospital. Show them your passport into the city and they'll give you some asprin," he explained before turning around.

"W-wait!" He stopped and looked at her, his eyes piercing through hers.

"What now?"

"You're not going to the hospital? You might want to check your body out before you start training," she offered as advice as he shrugged and turned around.

"I really don't care. This is too much work to be premoted. If I do get promoted, I'm gonna stay a Chunin for a long time," he mumbled as he kept walking. She rolled her eyes and put her hands on her hips.

"Everything's not easy in life, you know. You have to put as much work and effort in as you can. Especially if you're going to fight me AND be promoted to Chunin," she said in an arrogant tone. Shikamaru scoffed without even turning around before he started to walk. She sped up to walk at his pace.

"God, you sound just like my mother. Put a quirk in it. And I'm tired of fighting all these girls. I think you should get you techniques in and let Dosu win," Shikamaru stated in his opinion. Temari's jaw dropped. This sexist little bastard!

"What's that supposed to mean?" She asked in a heated tone as the corners of Shikamaru's mouth went up into a smirk.

"That females are a drag. You're no different. You just made a move my mother would. 'Everything's not easy in life.' 'Put as much work and effort in as you can.'," he mocked as her teeth started to grit together. "And plus, I refuse to lose to a girl. At least get beaten down like one like you did that Tenten girl."

"Who do you think your talking to, you little scrawny punk!?" she yelled as she grabbed the collar of his shirt, yanking him towards her. His piercing hazel eyes were digging through her emerald green ones.

"Temper, temper. Everyone else knows I'm this nature towards women. I get it from my father. Not to mention I believe in chivalry in plenty of ways. I believe women should stay at home where they need to be," he admitted as Temari's hands balled up in a fist. "You know, you should learn to keep your anger under control if you plan on being a Kunoichi. I know someone who could turn your brain to mush if she saw you right now."

Temari released him with a shove as he stumbled backwards, catching himself before he lost his balance to an extent to fall down. Putting her hands on her hips, she leaned in with a mischevious smile.

"You mean that blondie, anorexic, girlfriend of yours?" as his eyes seemed to harden at her words. She saw his reaction and let out a laugh.

"She's not my girlfriend," he stated in a whispery tone. She poked his chest hard with her index finger as if she was taunting him. He slapped her hand away, but it didn't seem to offend her.

"You love her and you know it! It's really sad, ya know. She's more interested in that Uchiha to notice you. And you actually want to give up," she teased as his hands balled up into fists at her words. "Maybe it'd be a lot better off if she led you on for a while and then smash! Your heart in pieces!"

"Shut your trap, you got it!" he yelled as the sound of the wind blowing against the trees stopped the silence from overwhelming them. She smiled sinisterly as Shikamaru avoided her eyes in hope to regain his composure. She had dared mess with a part of him that he found a touchy subject.

"You talk about me having a temper? You don't even have the guts to admit to-"

"I don't love Ino!" he interrupted before he could stop himself. "I care about her, but I don't love her! Love is a stupid word to used as an excuse to take that one person who you want no one else to have before your friggin' selfish." Temari frowned at his explanation for the word that she longed for.

"Who stepped on your roses? Love is supposed to be the most powerful emotion in the world. You must not know how it feels to be loved, do you?" she questioned in a serious tone. Shikamaru's teeth gritted together.

"And what the hell do you know about love?" he yelled back, his pulse starting to speed up. "Everyone knows that your little brother is a demon from hell with that kind of murderous intent! It's obvious that your other brother doesn't love him, much less you!"

Temari's hand met his face fast before he could speak anymore, her own temper now sparked. Her eyes were glossier than before, showing she had been tearing up, but her eyes themselves showed anger. Shikamaru realized that he hit a bad spot, possibly worse than his own.

"You don't know anything about us Sabaku Siblings! Even if you did you wouldn't be able to understand! Gaara's...a big impact, and it something you have to get over. I don't see why a pompous, pious, sexist little child would understand that," she seethed before she turned around, stomping back towards the hotel.

He dared to call Gaara a demon from hell, to say that she and Kankuro didn't love him. He wouldn't be the way he was if he actually had a choice. And I do love both of my brothers...even Gaara... she reminded herself.

Shikamaru knew that even though he couldn't see her face, he just knew that she was probably more pissed off than she had in her life. He felt guilt wash over him as he leaned against the wall, taking his face in his hands.

They were not on good terms to start with.

Shikamaru chased after her, realizing that he had hit a bad spot. She was a girl and he knew that she hurt by his words that he had just slung so easily. Something told him deep down that her brothers were almost literally all she had to say as her family.

"Hey, Temari! Temari!" She stopped and turned around, recognizing the voice, except this time it had a different tone to it. She had her hands balled up into fists and a deep urge to punch him till he bled.

"What the hell do you want?" she seethed, her hands on her hips in an impatient fashion. Shikamaru cringed slightly. The wrath of this woman was unlike any other he had to deal with...

"Look, I realized what you said and what I said...and your right. I really don't know anything about your family and what you guys have to deal with, especially not Gaara. I apologize," he asked as he held out a hand for forgiveness.

Temari swallowed a lump in her throat, feeling it disperse just enough for her to clear her throat, realizing that the apology he was giving was truly sincere. Sure he was a smart ass and sexist, but he was a gentleman enough to admit that he was wrong, proving that he believed chivalry.

She took his hand in hers and shook it firmly, giving him a weak smile that turned into a brighter one, making Shikamaru know that he really did make her feel a lot better.

"You're really not that bad. Thanks a lot," she whispered as he let go, smiling at her reaction. The moment between them as of right now was pretty good, very positive as if it was meant that way at the moment. Her sandy blonde hair blowing gently, her deep green eyes shining from the sun falling to the west. His hawkeyes staring deeply into her own...almost like establishing a connection.

"SHIKAMARU!" he slapped his forehead and turned seeing the platinum blonde known as Ino appeared down the road and he let out a groan at her appearance. Temari felt a tinge of jealousy as she watched the girl appear beside him.

"What are you doing? You know Asuma-Sensei said that we were going to meet at the barbeque shop so we can reward Choji!" she scolded in her high-pitched voice. Temari let out a slight giggle as Shikamaru smirked.

"What's he being rewarded for again?" Temari whispered for only Shikamaru to hear. He laughed as he shrugged. Ino's icy blue eyes flashed towrads Temari as she looked at her up and down as if she was trying to figure out why she was looking the way she was.

"Oh. You're that...Sand Genin girl," she stated shortly as she looked back at Shikamaru. "Why are you socializing with the enemy? Don't you have to fight her in a month?"

"What's wrong with having a word or two? Get over yourself, Ino," Shikamaru said in response as Temari started to laugh, but hid it with a snicker before she covered her mouth in surprise. Ino's cheeks turned a tinted pink color before she shot a glare at Temari.

"What are you laughing at? I don't see anything funny!" she objected as Temari folded her arms across her chest, not finding the way she was talking to her at all humorous.

"Um, little girl, you should watch who your talking to in such a way," Temari responded curtly as Ino's jaw dropped and balled her hands up into fists.

"I'm no older than you!" she objected.

"Umm...I'm fifteen, going on sixteen. Get it right," Temari said with a poke at Ino's chest. Shikamaru's eyes brightened. Haha, I knew it!

"Well, Ms. Hag, go and find your little demon child you call a brother and convince him to go play in traffic," Ino said harshly as Temari's eyes widened. Shikamaru's widened just as well, knowing that that wasn't something to say to the Wind Mistress.

"Ino, you should move!" Shikamaru warned as he shoved her out of the way. Temari had pulled out her fan and attempted to swing the large object down onto Temari's head in a downward motion towards the ground. Shikamaru saved her from having her brains splattered along the road..

"Don't you ever talk about my brother that way again!" she yelled as she opened the entire thing, all three lavender moons showing. Shikamaru gave up trying to save Ino, and instead attempted to calm Temari down.

Realizing her life was in danger, Ino fled at realizing how dangerous this particular Kunoichi was, but Shikamaru was still attempting ot calm her down. Managing to push her against a wooden fence nearby, he braced her shoulders and looked her in the eyes.

"Lemme go!" she demanded as she realized that this kid was really strong even though he looked like a scrawny stick.

"Ino's off limits you hear me?" he said in his own threatening tone. Temari's eyes cut into his eyes as the sound of small children walking by seemed to ring in both of their ears along with the sound of a rubber ball being bounced around.

"Or else what?" she threatened as Shikamaru's own eyes narrowed. His eyes were already piercing and intimidating but when he did that it made him look...older...

"Hey mister! Watch out!" a small girl called out as a rubber ball made contact with the back of Shikamaru's head. He would have been able to turn around and stay angry if his lips hadn't made contact with Temari's.

They were both shocked. The serious, threatening moment had changed into an awkward, no not even awkward, a fiery moment. Even for a split moment when they were gazing into one another's eyes there was something about the others mouth that made them not want to separate the kiss.

Shikamaru was lost for words as he closed his eyes and deepened the kiss. Am i really kissing this masculine, older, more mature, probably powerful woman? Am I trying to dig an early grave or something?

Temari's eyes seemed to have closed as well as soon as his did. For the oddest reason, she clutched the front flaps of his jacket slash shirt thing and enjoyed it when he deepened the kiss. I'm not a pedophile. I'm not actually enjoying the way he's kissing me and...gosh, what am i doing!?

"Whoa." They both broke away when they turned and saw Sakura standing there, a shocked and unexpected look on her face. SHikamaru and Temari pushed each other away as Sakura's face didn't change, though Temari and Shikamaru's both started to turn a red color.

"S-Sakura, I-" she held up her hand to Shikamaru and shook her head.

"I won't say a word." He exhaled out of relief.

"Thank you." She walked on and Shikamaru turned back and faced the fifteen year old woman before him, a smile on his own lips while she looked away, trying to get rid of the redness in her own cheeks.

"I appreciate that. You just made my day a whole lot better," he admitted as her eyes widened and made contact with his own. "See ya around...Temari. I've gotta go to a barbeque and then head out training." A wink and he started down the road. Temari's own lips started to form a smirk of her own and she started in the opposite direction. A kiss started such an odd friendship.

She was not telling her brothers about what just happened.