Hello to everyone again! I'm glad you like my story. Anyway, I am also glad that I didn't take four months to update.
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Ino sighed as she put the medical books away on her shelf. She walked over to her desk and looked out the window to the town of Konoha. She looked out for little longer, and then she sighed once again.
'Maybe I shouldn't have overreacted. Shikamaru only wanted to spend some time with me, and what do I do, I snap at him. Ugh I'm such an idiot.' Ino thought as she remembered how she treated Shikamaru in such a mean way.
'I should see if he's still home.' Ino looked away from the window and gathered her papers and stacked into a neat pile. She took off her hospital coat and grabbed her bag. She walked over to the door of her office and walked out. It was time for her lunch break anyway. As she was leaving the hospital, Ino felt a strange feeling in her chest. Ino paused her walking and placed a hand on her chest.
'Huh? What is this strange feeling I feel?' Whatever it was, it went away and Ino dismissed the thought of why. She resumed her walking and went towards Shikamaru's apartment.
After a little while, she finally reached his place. She lifted her hand and knocked several times. She waited for few seconds before knocking again. After a while, Ino sighed, guess he wasn't there after all. She figured it was her fault anyway. Ino then smiled a little.
'I'll apologize when he comes home.' Ino thought and walked away to find a place to eat her lunch.
After a week passed by, Shikamaru was finally returning home. The young Anbu sighed as he was jumping through trees. He would have to deal with Temari when he got home, and not only that, he had to deal with Ino who he hoped wasn't mad at him anymore.
'Hopefully Ino won't bite my head off about Temari.' Shikamaru sighed once again.
For the past week, he felt a weird feeling in his chest, and it was bothering him. It got him annoyed from time to time, but he also thought that it wasn't something bad.
Finally nearing the village, he decided to walk the rest of the way. He wanted to think of a few things before he even met with Ino or Temari. As he thought for quite some time, he hadn't realized that he already arrived at the village. Deciding to take safety measures, he jumped up to the roofs of buildings to go to the Hokage Tower faster, and to kind of avoid Temari, he figured Ino would be working at the hospital.
Once he arrived at Naruto's door, he knocked and entered. But to his surprise, Naruto wasn't even there.
"Now where could he have gone?" Shikamaru asked himself as he looked around.
The young Anbu man turned to see Shizune. "Oh Hi Shizune-san."
"What are you doing here?" She asked him.
"I came to tell Naruto my mission report." He replied to the older woman.
"Oh that's right! You were away on a mission, so that means you haven't heard have you?" Shizune asked, suddenly smiling.
"That Harume has woken up!"
"She woke up!" A very shocked Shikamaru asked.
"Yes! She woke up about four hours ago. Everyone else went to go see her, you should go see her to, I'm sure Naruto is there."
Shikamaru nodded and quickly left to the hospital. He hurried because he was excited to see her, and that he also wanted her help on proposing to Ino.
About a few seconds later, Shikamaru finally arrived at the hospital. Going up the stairs by jumping, he arrived at the third floor. He slightly ran down the hall untill he came at her door. He paused to catch his breath, then opened the door.
That feeling, that one feeling that kept bugging him was telling him that his friend had finally awaken from her two year sleep. Once he opened the door, all eyes were on him.
"Hey Shikamaru! What's up?" A grin appeared on her face.
Shikamaru smiled. "So you just woke and you're all hyper again. Troublesome aren't we."
Harume chuckled. "Ha ha! I guess so. Heck, I just found out that I'm twenty, and I was surprised that I was in a coma for two years! Ahh the things I've missed." She smiled. "No, literally! I mean c'mon! Naruto became Hokage! Huge shocker- actually no not really but still. And all of you became Anbu! And Tenten! I'm c'mon on! Look at her she's having a baby! And I hear one of you is taking my place in second in command... Bastards."
"Well you won't have to worry about that, once you've recovered, I'm making you Head of Anbu." Naruto said.
"Whoa really? Why?" The slightly former Anbu asked.
"Because you went up against one the Peins', and that you were willing to sacrifice yourself to the village."
For that one moment Harume was quiet and her eyes had widen. "How did you know?" She asked slowly.
"When Sakura was healing you, Hinata saw that all your chakra was centered at your heart, and we all figured out what you planned to do." Naruto answered.
"But we were relieved that you failed." Sakura added.
"Which comes to the question, how did you kill him?"
Harume looked away from the others and and looked down at the sheets that lay on top of her. "I don't remember." She started. "I only remember that I went behind him to kill the both of us, but by then I was already bleeding through my head. He somehow got me off of him, then the rest I don't remember how I did it. I guess I lost so much blood, I did it subconsciously."
Everyone else was quiet, that may just be the answer to it. For all they know, Harume was alone when they found her on the ground all bloodied and half dead.
Slowly, ever so slowly, hours had passed by and everyone was still talking to Harume, since the young twenty year old had finally woken up, everyone was telling her everything that had happen in the past two years.
When night fall had come by, everyone was leaving to theirs homes. Naruto told Shikamaru to report his mission the next day. Ino and Shikamaru were the only ones left in Harume's room.
Shikamaru acted as if he was leaving, but he was only waiting for Ino to leave so he can finally have his chance to talk to with Harume.
Shikamaru stood in the center of the room staring at nothing. Then that's when Ino stood in front of him. He looked down at her while she looked at him.
"I'm sorry." Ino blurted out, but not loud enough for Harume to hear.
"What?" Now Shikamaru was confused.
"A week ago, I didn't mean to snap at you like that. It was totally uncalled for, and I know you wouldn't be around Temari like that and-"
"Ino, it's fine. I don't blame you if you got angry, I was kind of mad myself, but not because of you. I forgive you." He said as he childishly poked her nose.
Ino smiled and kissed his cheek, and with that she walked out of the room. Shikamaru made sure she was far enough from the door before he got right down to business. When he felt that she was far enough, he turned to face Harume, but only to see her grinning like an idiot.
"You didn't tell me that you are with her." She said as she kept grinning.
"You didn't ask."
"True. So what is it that you wanted to talk to me about?" Harume said already getting to the point.
Shikamaru sighed. "Well I have been dating Ino for two years now, and-"
"Your breaking up with her! I swear man you break her heart I'll-"
"No I'm not breaking up with her!" Shikamaru gave her an irritated look.
"Oh okay. Continue then."
"Right, as I was saying, since I've been with her that long, and it may to early, and well you know...I love her... and...I-"
"Just get to the point! Your already boring the crap out me!"
"I want to marry Ino."
Silence had passed by for a few seconds, then minutes, the hours- No I'm just being dramatic here, but a few second have passed by.
Harume wasn't sure if she heard right, asked. "You want to what now?"
"I want to marry Ino." He repeated.
Harume slowly nodded her. "Okay so what does this have to with me?"
"H-How do I propose to her?"
"Just say it."
"Just don't think about it, and just say right out. Believe me the pressure will be less heavy for you. So again, don't think, just act." She bluntly said without even thinking.
Why couldn't Shikamaru figure these things out, he did not know, but at least he will try to follow what this insane Anbu said. But what will he do about Temari?
"Okay, but I have a problem." Shikamaru began.
"What is it?"
"Temari likes me, and she knows I'm with Ino, but she is just going to get in the way. In fact, about two weeks ago, I took Ino to that new fancy restaurant that opened up about two months ago. And I took her to this place I found, and it's actually a beautiful sight to see at night, and at that moment I was about to propose to Ino, Temari showed up and ruined everything. So how do I propose to Ino without Temari being in the way?" Shikamaru asked, hoping that Harume didn't say she didn't know.
"Easy. If Temari is there when your about to propose to Ino, and Temari interrupts, just tell her to shut up and just come out with it, and there you have it, you have now asked Ino to be your wife."
Shikamaru scoffed. "Easier said then done."
"Not if you make it seem that way."
"Tch, how would you know, your not proposing to anyone!"
"Your right. I haven't asked any guy to be my husband, but I am engaged."
Shikamaru's eyes were wide as hell when she said that. "Your what!"
"I never told anyone because we wanted to keep it a secret. When I woke up from my comatose state, he was here visiting me. Before anyone came in here, we spoke about our engagement, and we're still going at it, but we plan to keep it a secret for a little while longer. So please don't tell anyone Shikamaru." Harume pleaded.
The still shocked Anbu nodded his head. "Okay, I promise I won't tell anyone, but... Who is it that your marrying?"
"Ichigo." And once again she was back to being her blunt self.
"He's a sweet guy once you get to him!" Harume argued.
"Fine whatever. Anyway I'll be going now, and I guess I'll try to do what you said." Shikamaru spoke as he advanced toward the door.
"Don't be hesitant! It'll make proposing much harder."
"Alright. Later." And with that, Shikmaru left headed towards the exit of the hospital. Tomorrow. Tomorrow will the day when Shikamaru will propose to Ino. He may be rushing a bit too fast, but he really wanted to be with Ino, and he'll do whatever it takes just to be with her.
When morning came, Ino woke up early and got ready for work. When she left her house, she was passing by many villagers and waved at them when they said their hellos.
As Ino was around the corner of the hospital, she saw Temari walking her way. Ino chose to pretend that she didn't see her, but apparently that didn't work out.
"Ino hey!" Temari called.
"I have some bad news for you." She began.
"What about?" Ino frowned slightly, not believing what this jealous girl is talking about.
"I saw Shikamaru with another girl and, he cheated on you. I'm sorry." Temari said, looking like she was having pity on Ino.
"I see. Well then I guess it's over between us." Ino said as she frowned more. "I must be going now. Thank you for telling me."
"Yes." Temari said as she looked sympathetic to Ino.
As soon as Ino walked away from Temari, she started screaming in her head.
'That no good conniving little Bitch! Who does she think she is telling me that Shikamaru is cheating me. Ugh! I can't believe I almost believed her! I know Shikamaru isn't cheating me, he would never do that me, or anyone for the matter.' Ino shouted in her mind. She took a deep breath to calm down.
When she entered the hospital, she went straight into her office to check her list.
Once upon entering her office, she grabbed the list that lay on her desk and check the schedule Sakura had given her. Ino suddenly smiled when there was sticky note on the list saying she has a new assistant named Kara.
"Thank you Sakura!" Ino said aloud.
Putting the note away and read the list, she also smiled because Sakura gave her the opportunity to be Harume's doctor untill she got better. Reading the rest of the list, Ino was relieved that she didn't much work to do.
Ino put the list down and grabbed her hospital coat and went straight to Harume's room. When she entered the room, she found Harume reading one the medical books.
Noticing that she wasn't alone in the room, Harume looked up from the book and smiled when she saw Ino.
"So I take it you're my doctor?" She smiled.
"That's right. I'll be your doctor untill you get better. Or when something that's an emergency, then you'll have a different doctor." Ino said as she looked at the check board that contained all of Harume's health issues. Then she started writing things down.
"So when can I get out of here?"
"You just woke up and you already want to leave?" Ino laughed.
"Well yeah! It's boring here!" The older woman complained.
"You're already twenty and you're still acting like a child."
"Yeah I don't think I'll ever grow out of my childish behavior."
Ino just laughed and continued her work.
After many hours later, Ino finally left the hospital for her lunch break. Grabbing her things she walked out of the hospital. Ino wanted to eat something good and she felt like eating ramen, so she went towards Ichiraku's. She wouldn't be surprised if she saw Naruto there, but then again he is living with Hinata, so she must be bringing him something to eat.
Shikamaru searched for Ino when he realized she wasn't at the hospital, and that she was on her lunch break. He was really hoping for the perfect time to finally say it to her, and he planned to say it to her at the very place he took her after they had dinner, it was just the perfect spot.
Landing on the ground after jumping on the roofs, he searched through the crowed streets untill he saw blond hair. He smiled because he knew it was her. Walking over to her when she just walked out of Ichiraku's, he surprised her when she wasn't looking.
"Gah!" Ino squealed when a pair of hands tickled her sides.
"Hey beautiful." Ino smiled when she heard his voice. Turning around to face him, she smiled and pecked him on the lips.
"Shika! You scared me."
"I know I did." He grinned. "So do you have time before you go back to the hospital?"
"Ummm... Yeah! I do. Why?"
"Great! Come on."
"Where are we going?" Ino asked as Shikamaru dragged her into the forest.
Ino, was suddenly remembering the surrounding area. It was the same way where Shikamaru had took to see that stream after he took her to eat dinner.
Ino looked up at the sky and realized that there was no sun, when earlier there was, and now it was cloudy, but it didn't look like it was going to rain.
After a little while longer of walking deeper into the forest, they finally arrived at the beautiful stream/pond with a small waterfall. Ino, being curious, couldn't help but ask why Shikamaru brought her here.
"Why are we here?" She asked.
Shikamaru turned to face Ino, he took both of her hands into his and he stared deeply into her eyes. Ino started to feel flustered from the staring.
"Um... Why are you staring at me like that?" She asked slowly, her cheeks a bright shade of pink.
"Ino," He began. "I've been wanting to ask you something for a while now, and start off, I just want to say that I think you are the most beautiful person I have seen, and I love spending time with you. You have a personality like no other woman in this world, and you can be loud and sometimes troublesome, but I also love that shy part of you whenever I say something that makes you blush- Which I think is beautiful when you do that. And I've been thinking about it for a long time, so- " Shikamaru paused and grabbed the small velvet box that was in his pocket and held it in his hand to let Ino see.
Ino eyes began to widen and her blush is now a much darker pink. In Ino's mind was only 'Is he really doing this?' that kept repeating in her head.
Shikamaru was about to open the box when an interruption came. Again.
"Hi guys!." Temari grinned.
"Okay what the hell?" Shikamaru snapped.
"What?" A confused Temari asked.
"Do you always have to ruin the moment I have Ino? Do you stalk us or something? Because I'm pretty sure are." Shikamaru gave Temari an irritated look.
"I-I don't know what you're ta-"
"Know what? Just shut up and let me say what I have to say." Shikamaru turned his attention back to Ino and finally opened the box. To hell with being romantic right now, he just needed to ask her.
"Ino, will you marry me?" There! He said it! He finally said it. Now he just have to wait for Ino's answer.
Ino's mouth was wide open and so were her eyes. Her Shika just asked her to marry him. She looked at the ring, the diamond ring was beyond beautiful in Ino's eyes, the diamond ring was a light sapphire color that shined even without the sun. Ino looked up at Shikamaru with tearful eyes.
"Yes! Yes I will marry you!" Ino jumped in Shikamaru's arms and embraced him tightly.
Shikamaru felt relieved and happy. Relieved because she said yes, and happy because he finally gets to be with the one he loves for the rest of his life.
Temari stared at the two with shocked filled eyes, she felt like a ton of bricks had just hit her hard and her heart felt like it was torn into a million pieces that can never be put back together. Sadness filled her eyes, and she walked away from to happy couple. Shikamaru couldn't be her's anymore.
4 Years later.
Shikamaru was having a hard time catching the little child running around the house. When he couldn't find her, he scratched the back of his head.
"Now where could she have a gone?" The twenty-two year old man said to himself. He searched all over his house, until he saw something move from under the table. He grinned as he slowly made his way toward the kitchen.
"Oh where or where could have my little girl gone?" He said loud enough for her to hear. He heard small giggles and then he lifted the table cloth and found the giggling girl.
"Papa!" The little jumped out from under the table and into her dad's strong arms.
"You just love to play around don't you Maiyu?"
Maiyu giggled asher dad took her into the living room.
Maiyu is Shikamaru's daughter. She has short blond hair and dark brown eyes. She looks like her mother, and she has her mother's personality.
When they entered the living room, they saw a beautiful blond woman feeding a baby. She looked up at the two and smiled lovingly. Shikamaru gave Ino a kiss and looked down at his two month old son.
Just looking at the boy's eyes made him think back when he was younger. He had a good life then, and now he has the best life. He was a husband and father now, and he would do anything to be with his family and make them happy. If anything were to happen them, he wouldn't if he go on with out them.
From this day on, Shikamaru promises to always protect his family.
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