A/N: Ideas keep popping into my head D: But I like this particular one. What do you guys think? Review please! :)
"You WHAT?!" Tsunade screamed.
Shikamaru winced and reached up to scratch his head.
"We sort of got married," he repeated.
"You can't SORT OF get married!" Tsunade exclaimed. "Either you GOT MARRIED or you DIDN'T GET MARRIED. Which one is it?!"
It was Temari's turn to wince.
"We got married," she admitted. "We didn't mean to, really Hokage-sama. We just had a little too much to drink and I guess we just stumbled upon the wrong place to be when hammered."
"But we thought you could fix it with a divorce or whatever," Shikamaru added. "Being Hokage and all."
Tsunade glared at the two young shinobi.
"If this was any NORMAL case, I would've been able to fix it," she told them. "BUT, as Temari is the Kazekage's sister, we wouldn't want to bring shame to him. That results in all sorts of political things that could lead to him getting removed from his position and I doubt Gaara would want to risk that."
"What are you saying?!" Temari asked. "I have to stay married to him?!"
"Hey, I don't want this troublesome marriage either," Shikamaru frowned.
Shizune was probably the only one to notice the blush that was just barely coloring the couple's cheeks.
"Have you informed Gaara-sama?" she inquired.
Temari turned to her, sighing.
"We did," she replied. "He said he'd be here soon but he's just taking too long. And we know there are laws about all this stuff so we decided to tell Tsunade-sama today."
There was a knock at the door and a ninja requested a quick meeting with Tsunade.
"Come in!" Tsunade called, irritated.
"Tsunade-sama," the masked ANBU member said quietly. "Kazekage-sama is here and wishes to see you. Orders?"
"Bring him here," Tsunade demanded.
Gaara slipped in and would've gone unnoticed if not for his announcement that he was here.
"I can bring myself," he said regally.
"Gaara!" Temari exclaimed, running over to her brother. "Gaara, you're finally here!"
"What wonderful timing," Shikamaru muttered. "Now I can have two troublesome Kages killing me."
Gaara didn't even bother to look at Shikamaru. Instead, he walked straight to Tsunade's desk and sat down in one of the chairs in front of it.
"Tsunade-san, my understanding of this situation is less than yours, being less mature," he began. "And I would like you to help me work out the options for my sister and your ninja."
Tsunade took a deep breath before starting.
"Kazekage-san, normally this wouldn't be any concern," she explained. "But, the problem lies in the fact that Temari-san is your sister. Scandals erupt over these things. I'm sure you understand that. When those in the Kages' families get married, they stay that way, or it is seen as irresponsible on the part of the Kage. Are you following me?"
A slight nod from Gaara indicated that he had a full understanding.
"I'm afraid, Kazekage-san, that if they get a divorce, you may be removed from your position," Tsunade continued. "And so we go from there, under the assumption that they would remain married. Now, the problem with a separation would be that of course, there would still be the same sort of scandal. The Daimyo probably already has a record of this marriage. And so, we are really only left with one option, if you want to preserve your status. Temari-san and Shikamaru must remain married, in name and in situation."
Shikamaru managed to choke on his own spit, quite a feat for a shinobi. As he coughed, he figured that it was a pity he hadn't managed to die in the process. Though, marrying Temari was sure to kill him, so he wasn't too worried about survival.
Temari glanced over at him, equally shocked.
"Ah, I see what you're saying," Gaara acknowledged. "We will have to make some decisions though. Perhaps we should find a house for them, and maybe–"
"Now, this is all sounding very troublesome," Shikamaru interrupted. "Don't we get any say in this?"
Gaara's dark eyes pierced Shikamaru's.
"No," he replied firmly. "You were irresponsible and this is what happens to those who act like this."
"But Gaara!" Temari protested. "We just can't be husband and wife. We can't!"
"You can and you will," Gaara declared. "For Suna, you will have to do this, Temari."
Temari's eyes flashed but inside, she knew she had to do it.
Shikamaru opened his mouth to complain but once he saw Temari's acceptance, he changed his mind.
"I'm willing to give this a try," he said, only for her ears. "But you, troublesome woman that you are, will have to be willing too."
"For Suna," Temari sighed. "I will do anything for my village, of course."
Tsunade and Gaara exchanged grim looks and began talk of plans for them. It was decided that they would remain in Konoha but that Temari would still be doing missions for Suna. She had, after all, been doing this before, and it wasn't that huge of a change, except for the fact that she was going to be living with Shikamaru now.
"Shikamaru, have you informed your mother?" Tsunade asked.
The pineapple haired shinobi shuddered at the memory.
"Yeah," he replied. "She wasn't too happy. My dad seemed cool with whatever, but you know my mom. I don't think Temari can live in my house."
"Of course not," Gaara agreed. "You will have to get your own home, suitable for raising a family and all that."
Temari and Shikamaru both frowned at that thought.
"Asuma left me his place," Shikamaru pointed out. "We could stay there, I suppose."
The two Kages nodded.
"It's decided then," Tsunade said, a note of finality ringing in her voice.
As the forever doomed with each other couple turned to leave, Gaara put a hand on his new brother-in-law's shoulder.
"If you don't treat my sister with respect, you will find yourself in deep trouble," he warned him.
"I'm already in deep trouble, marrying your sister," Shikamaru chuckled. "Your threats don't scare me, Kazekage-sama."
"In that case, a word of warning on behalf of my sister," Gaara said wryly. "I must admit myself to being scared of her upon more than one occasion."
Shikamaru smirked. At least he had a sort of good natured brother-in-law for support.
"Let's go," Temari called, from the door. "I guess we need to get settled in."
They walked in silence until they got outside.
"I guess, I want to say that I'm sorry," Shikamaru muttered sheepishly. "It's both of our faults but I still wanted to say it."
"Crybaby always apologizing," Temari murmured. "I told you I'd be here to save you, right? Looks like it'll just be literally, all the time."
"Maybe this won't be too bad," Shikamaru laughed.
"Oh, this is going to be terrible," Temari retorted. "You won't even know what hit you when I'm done with you."
Shikamaru raised his eyebrows.
"Troublesome woman," he said. "This whole thing is rather troublesome, really."
They had reached Asuma's apartment by now and Shikamaru reached for the key, which usually remained in his left pocket. Pushing it into the lock, he swung the door open to reveal a spotless apartment, clean except for the furniture.
"ANBU takes ninja things when they pass away," he explained, motioning to the tidiness.
Temari made a move to step through the door but Shikamaru put an arm in front of her, stopping her.
"Some things just have to be done," he told her. "Even if they're troublesome."
Before she knew what he was doing, he picked her up, bridal style. He then proceeded to carry her into the, no, their new home.
"Shikamaru, you can put me down now," Temari mumbled, evidently embarrassed.
"Some things just have to be done," Shikamaru repeated, to nobody in particular.
It took him a few seconds too long to put her down and at that moment, both of them realized that maybe, this wasn't going to be so bad.
(Oh, how wrong they were.)
Note: The title of this chapter is from Waking Up In Vegas by Katy Perry.