Thanks to my loyal reviewers! Kudos to Crazy_Packers_Fan for the critique, I receive it so rarely I really cling to it when I do get it. XD And to AkatsukIxGirL for the hilarious review, I was thinking the same thing. I also can't forget Wolf_Master_Uchiha who threatens my life daily to update this story. ^_^ And to Frank The Tank aka Temari aka 2-feathers-and-a-stone for inspiring some scenes in this chapter!
Chapter 5: I'm No Seed!
I want you to be everything that's you,
deep at the center of your being.
"My last day here, might as well go out with a party." Temari smiled to herself satisfied.
She adjusted her hair and made a few final touches to her appearance before heading out the door to meet up with the Leaf Kunoichi. As Sakura had said, Ino really did want all of them to get together before she left. It had been so long since all had gotten together, this was probably the last time she'd see them all in a long time. So why not go out and have fun? Sure, she could be spending her last night with Shikamaru, but after the passive jerk he has been this time, she thought it'd teach him a lesson.
"The Green Beast of Karaoke?" Temari read the title aloud as she walked through the doors. "What kind of name is that for a karaoke bar?"
"Temari! You made it!" Ino smiled running up to her friend, she was dressed to impress, of course. "We're still waiting on a few people, come on, let's have a drink!"
"Sure," Temari smiled "But what's up with this place? I don't remember ever seeing it."
"Yeah, well Guy-sensei just opened it up, we're here to party and help keep his business afloat."
Temari tear-dropped, why would a ninja aspire to open up a karaoke bar? Oh wait, it was Might Guy…
Looking around it seemed there were a lot of ninja around here, probably all dragged here by the Green Beast himself. Temari took a mental note to ask Tenten when on earth had Might Guy ever decided to do something so silly…
"It actually gets pretty fun once Guy-sensei stops singing and other people get up there." Ino assured handing Temari a drink.
Temari, Ino, Hinata and Tenten sat around a table patiently waiting for Guy to get tired of singing 'Total Eclipse of The Heart' and let some other people get a chance.
"While we're waiting on the inevitable, what's been up, Temari?" Tenten shouted over the noise of Guy's singing.
"Nothing much, just a lot of paperwork!" She shouted back.
"And A LOT of Sasuke!" Ino added.
Tenten, Hinata and Temari gasped.
"You're with S-Sasuke? I thought you were with Shikamaru." Hinata replied but felt bad for bringing it up.
"I'm not with Sasuke!" Temari shouted louder than she should have. She could have also added that she technically wasn't with Shikamaru either, they just liked each other for years and he refused to make a move. But she'll let that one slide.
"Oh please Temari, don't be ashamed, brag! Sasuke kissed her and everything!" Ino bragged for Temari, earning an evil glance from the Sand Nin.
Hinata and Tenten gasped again. "No way, The Sasuke Uchiha kissed you!" Tenten blurted out his name as though he were a god or something.
Temari only hung her head low toward her fruity alcoholic drink. "Afraid so…" She finally admitted.
"I had no idea he was interested in you." Ino now said, even she wasn't briefed on the whole thing.
"I didn't either until that happened." Was all Temari replied.
"Wait, back up, tell the whole story." Tenten said before she could continue on anymore.
"Okay, well, it started out when he wasn't looking where he was going then totally bumped into me like an idiot." Temari scowled remembering her hurt bum.
"Oh then he fell in love with you at first sight and asked you out! How sweet!" Ino smiled.
"No," Temari said plainly. "He stood up and asked me what clan I was from."
"That's an odd way to hit on someone." Tenten raised an eyebrow.
"Yeah, it was, but that was it. Next thing I knew he was at my office asking me to spar with him."
"Another weird move to put on a lady." Ino shook her head.
Actually, it sounded like a dream come true for Temari, nothing is hotter than beating up a pretty boy, but she wasn't about to say that. "Well we sparred and he beat me, but not before I hit him in the stomach and sent him flying!" This was the only part of the story that seemed to excite Temari in the least.
This earned a laugh from Hinata, but the other two were way more interested in details besides fighting.
"Then I left and went on a date with Shikamaru."
"How scandalous." Ino laughed. "I bet that pissed him off!"
"Well whatever it did for him, I don't care. All I know was I was ticked Shikamaru didn't kiss me goodnight after the date." She admitted not sure why she was willingly giving these girls the story.
"Yearning for love, you accepted Sasuke's night of passion when he came crawling into your room!" Ino squealed with perverse excitement.
"NOT AT ALL!" Temari looked at her blushing, this girl had potential to write erotic literature. "But he did show up at my house when Shikamaru left."
Getting bad thoughts in their head Tenten and Ino squealed in delight, Hinata only smiling sympathetically at her poor Sand friend.
"AND THEN." she interrupted their shouting "He asked me to take a walk with him."
"And that's when!-
"SHUT UP!" Temari yelled before Tenten could finish. "And that's when he was making stupid, casual conversation so I-
"So you…" Ino urged her to get to the good stuff.
"So. I. Told. Him. To cut out the casual crap and tell me what it was he wanted with me."
"I bet Sasuke likes feisty women." Tenten concluded to a nodding Ino. "I mean, you'd have to, to like a girl such as Temari."
Temari only took a deep breath, containing herself from repeating the Chunin Exams fight with Tenten.
"He wouldn't tell me what was up so I turned to leave." Temari said taking a drink.
"And that's when he grabbed your wrist and wouldn't let you go and kissed you!" Hinata added smiling.
Temari choked on her drink. "How'd you know?"
Tenten and Ino looked at Hinata for the answer.
"I was just…saying something that sounded romantic."
"Sounds like he really likes you." Ino smiled to Temari.
"Yeah well, I don't care, I have no interest in him." She sighed, stirring up what was left of her drink.
"Don't care about who? What did I miss?" Sakura smiled happily sitting down beside Temari.
"Uh, you know, boys! Saaand boys!" Ino laughed nervously. There was nothing more Ino would love to see than Sakura get torn up over Sasuke liking someone other than her. But she decided she wanted tonight to be pleasant and she'd save that for a time later when Sakura was pissing her off and Temari was far, far away.
"How was your mission?" Hinata asked Sakura, changing the conversation.
"Boring! As usual," Sakura said dully. "Wow, this place is…interesting. Is that Guy singing?" Sakura looked over her shoulder to Guy now singing 'Unbreak My Heart'.
"It's his joint so he says he gets first dibs on singing for the night. If I'm correct after he sings 'Love Can Build A Bridge' he'll be done for the night and we can all hear better songs." Tenten assured.
"At least he serves alcohol," Temari gulped down her last sip. "On that note, I need another drink, anybody want one?"
All the girls nodded, so Temari went to fetch everybody something so fruity and girly they couldn't taste the alcohol, that's the kind girls like, even Temari didn't like the strong taste of sake.
"Hey, can I get five- oh Lee, you're the bartender here?" Temari raised an eyebrow.
"Anything to support Guy-sensei's dream!" Lee said way more enthusiastically than he should have.
Why was her little brother friends with him again?
"Five of the girliest drinks you have." Temari smiled, she didn't know the name of specific alcoholic drinks, she just knew everybody wanted something sweet and fruity.
"Then you'll want the Plum Wine." A voice called beside her.
"Five plum wines, please." Ino smiled to Lee. She watched him make his leave to retrieve the drinks and said her piece, "Make sure not to tell Sakura about the Sasuke thing, okay?"
Temari only gave a curious glance to her platinum blonde friend. "Isn't she over him?"
"For the most part, yeah, I think…" Ino looked down in thought. "But I don't know, I think a part of her still likes him as more of a friend, she doesn't really talk about it. But incase, just don't say anything."
Temari only nodded, you didn't have to tell her twice, she never wanted to talk about that kiss again.
"I'll forget it ever happened if you stop bragging on my behalf." Temari half laughed taking a few drinks in her hand.
Ino nodded and took the rest with her.
The night went off without a hitch. All the girls talked about everything Kunoichi talked about. Which was exactly what regular girls talk about just instead of "I was chilling at the mall then all of a sudden…" it was more along the lines of "I was on a mission then all of a sudden…"
All exchanged the issues with their love-lives. Hinata very quietly and very slowly but surely talked about her unrequited love with Naruto. Tenten shared the same issue as Hinata except with Neji and she was way more vocal about her love for him. Temari was up next to vividly complain about Shikamaru being "a passive jerk" that was her most common insult of him. What could Ino say? Her love life was great, she was pretty, popular and had tons of boyfriends…Except the fact that her crush was an emotionless artist who took no fancy to her womanly figure or sweet voice…Damn Root!
Sometime between being sober and calmly explaining their life's dilemmas it turned into all of them up on stage slobbering drunk singing 'It's Raining Men' anybody there would have explained to you it was way worse than Gai's singing but far more hilarious. Genma would have the footage to prove it too.
And sometime after that when all were kicked off stage; Tenten went missing to 'bribe' Genma for that footage back, Hinata went to sit in a dark corner to sober up before she embarrassed herself to death, while Temari, Sakura and Ino continued to be drunk out of their minds, dancing to some song that hardly had a beat you could dance to. Temari loved nights like this even if it did mean regretting it for the next three months. She sure was going out with a party!
Then everything slowly started going wrong…
"Ow you fat bitch, you stepped on my foot!" Ino yelled to her pink-headed friend and rival.
"Sorry, no pigs allowed on the dance floor." Sakura smiled dancing with an imaginary dance partner.
"You keep dancing with that pretend boyfriend, billboard brow, that's all you can get!"
"You don't even have that!" Sakura cooed back.
Sobering up a little Temari tried to calm her friends before this turned into a bar fight. "Come on girls, just dance and have fun."
"I don't need an imaginary dance partner, I have a real man!"
"Real men wear belly shirts and have no emotions? Pffft."
"Oh? What is a real man to you?" Ino's tone turned aggressive now. It was getting serious and it was obvious they didn't even hear Temari's pleas for a merry drunk time.
The two were bickering so loud and in each other's face, it all sounded like a different language to Temari. Then again Konoha accents were pretty thick.
Everything became clear and stand still when Temari heard Ino's slip of the tongue. Something was mentioned with her name. Something about her being Ino's new best friend? Sakura contorted back that Temari would never be friends with a pig such as herself. How the fight turned out to be over Temari, no one will know.
Then things got bad fast.
"Oh yeah? Well if she was such good friends with you, forehead girl, she would have told you that Sasuke kissed her! Ohhh-" Ino sobered up and covered her mouth.
She glanced at Sakura wide-eyed and then to Temari who had fire in her eyes.
If Ino and Temari's faces weren't so obvious Sakura would have laughed and said "nice try" but it was all too obvious.
"You…you…kissed…Sasuke?" Sakura looked her in the eyes now ignoring Ino.
Temari looked down, what should she do? Lie? Run for her dear life? Laugh? She chose just to stand there and say nothing like an invalid, not a good plan.
"Oh, how interesting." Sakura smiled sweetly.
Temari eased up, happy she wasn't going to be attacked but Ino didn't seemed convinced.
"Let's get a glass of water and sit down, I'm tired," Sakura sighed, seeming to come to full soberness.
The two blondes nodded and followed, but one blonde was weary while the other was obliviously at ease.
"Soooo, you and Sasuke are together?" Sakura asked calmly as though Temari were her patient.
"No, not at all." she answered back flatly.
"But you two kissed?"
"Well yeah, but-"
"So you're together,"
"But you kissed,"
"Well yeah, but-"
"So you're together,"
"CUT IT OUT!" Ino interrupted. "He kissed her but she's not interested in him, are you Temari?"
Though Temari appreciated Ino was trying to rescue her, it was her damn fault she was in this mess in the first place. She nodded while drinking her water.
"I see," Sakura said taking a drink of her water. "it's about time he finds a girlfriend."
Temari's first instinct was to assure her that was the farthest thing from the case, but it seemed pointless at the moment. Hopefully next time she came to Konoha this would all be water under the bridge. But of course our little Suna Kunoichi wasn't so lucky.
The three sat in sober (and unhappy) silence.
"At least the rest of the evening was fun." Temari thought to herself staring in her glass of water. "Too bad it didn't end with a bang."
When Temari felt Ino squeeze her thigh she looked up at her. "Are you making moves on me?"
Ino just calmly stared in front of her, staring off in the distance.
That was hands-down the creepiest thing Ino has ever done. She complied staring in the same direction as her friend.
"Oh holy mother of Suna!" Temari shouted.
"What? What is it?" Sakura stared at the two across from her.
"Oh nothing, I was just… stroking Temari's sexy thigh. Mmmm." Ino smiled sweetly rubbing Temari's leg.
"What. The. Fuck. Ino…" Sakura went back to staring at her glass as though she were telling the future with it.
Temari elbowed Ino's ribs, was that really the best thing she could come up with? She was never going to the hot springs with her again if she kept making gay passes like this. Gay best friends was the least of her problems at the moment though, especially when Sasuke Uchiha just walked in with a group of friends.
"Keep your calm Temari, he won't do anything. Especially around a group of friends. You told him to 'piss off' he got the hint, right? He wouldn't dare make a scene here. He's already forgot all about you and moved onto someone else."
His movements seemed to slow down to slow-mo as she watched him walk through the karaoke bar and not once look in her direction. But when you're surrounded by loud-mouth Kiba, Naruto, and Chouji how could you possibly notice anything else? Well either way he wasn't looking at her and that's all that mattered.
Finally allowing herself to breath she exhaled deep, appreciating the air leaving her lungs. She sucked it all back in within .1 of a second as she looked up and saw the dreaded duck-butt boy looking at her.
Eager to escape his gaze the only way was down. She slammed her head down on the table but forgot there was a freaking glass of water in front of her.
"Look at her! She's so eager to get away from you she'd rather break a cup with her face! Leave her alone, Sasuke!" She could hear Naruto shout a distance away.
If she weren't so mortified she would have thanked him for such a statement.
Temari didn't look up, keeping her face in the puddle of water, possibly hoping to drown at the moment. She didn't even look up when she heard Ino and Sakura talking. What they were saying, she had no idea and didn't care, only wishing for this night to be over and for her to be back in Suna. Things tended to be less crazy in her hometown. Less fun and less awesome but indeed less crazy. The stereotype that Suna people were hot-headed was said by people who had never met a person from Konoha, obviously.
"Temari, are you okay?" She heard Ino's concerned voice beside her.
"Yeah, cloud nine." Temari gurgled through the water puddle now sweeping into her lap.
"Come on, get up, I'm sure you want to go home." Ino ushered her friend up and out of the booth.
Temari stood up obliging to her friend, she was ready to go to her little temporary home, take a bath, get rest, wake up and go back home to her two demon brothers that awaited her. Now that she thought about it, Shikamaru being a passive jerk didn't sound so bad after all. After the shape of a cup left her forehead she decided she should go see him before she left…
The two began to walk towards the door, both making sure to ignore the direction Sasuke was in. As much as she'd like to say she'd rather break her face with a cup than see him…she didn't want anybody seeing the results of the after math.
"Oh look! Sasuke is here!"
Temari and Ino turned towards Sakura who was now out of her trance and acting like she was 12 years old again.
"What the…" Temari watched Sakura prance in the direction of Sasuke.
"Didn't you hear us talking? Turns out that forehead girl had vodka and not water."
"Fuck," was all Temari said. Sakura wasn't the best drunk. She wasn't Lee type drunk, destroying a whole bar within seconds but she wasn't far from it when she was under emotional stress. Temari thought finding out her life-long crush was kissing some foreign girl would classify as such stress.
"We better go fast." Ino grabbed onto Temari. If Ino didn't want to see what was about to happen, you know it had to be bad.
"Temari! Temari! Where you going? Come back, Sasuke's here, come say hi to him."
"Don't listen Temari, keep walking." Ino ushered her out the door.
"Don't have to tell me twice." Temari sighed walking alongside her friend.
"Temari! Where you going?"
"Dear god, she's following us outside." Temari looked to Ino for help. "Surely her best friend will know how to take care of this."
"I sure do!" Ino nodded to eagerly. "GET BACK INSIDE YOU FAT COW!"
"Really Ino? REALLY?" Temari sighed.
"GO BACK TO THE MOUNTAIN YOU BOAR!" Sakura shouted back. "Come on back inside, Temari!" Sakura hummed sweetly dragging Temari along back inside.
Temari looked back to Ino pleadingly who looked back at her in confusion and followed closely behind the two.
"Okay Temari, here's Sasuke, why were you running away?" Sakura hummed pushing her towards the group of boys.
Our heroine's first thought was to turn around and run far, far away. But with Sakura's grasp on her and the aura that Uchiha kid gave off she couldn't turn away. Even though her mind said go her body said no. He was standing there, staring straight at her. Looking into his dark eyes staring back at her, he was a beautiful man. His gaze, his eyes, you could never tell what he was thinking, he was so mysterious…She couldn't look away. His hair, his eyes, his skin, his…
"Oh my god look! She totally has a cup mark on her face you were right, Naruto!" Kiba's roaring laugh broke the trance and Temari went back to mortified with a dash of pissed off.
"Yeah, she was so shy seeing her boyfriend!" Sakura giggled pushing Temari forward.
"Damn, shouldn't have worn heels tonight." That was the last time she took fashion tips from Ino. The heels mixed with the sleek dancing floor did not work well for gaining traction. It didn't help a vodka smelling piece of bubblegum was pushing her around into the direction of an even scarier sight.
A slip on something wet and she fell forward. She could have definitely recovered quickly, she was a kunoichi. If you threw her into a volcano with steel boots on she could have regained her composure in time to save herself. But even so she felt a callused hand grab her forearm and make sure she didn't fall.
"I didn't expect you to be pushed around this much."
Her breath hitched not for the first time because of him. If only it were the good kind too. But no, this was out of sheer anxiety being around him. This boy, ever since he bumped into her that day has caused her too much trouble.
"I could have caught myself, thanks." Temari jumped out of Sasuke's grasp around her arms. She couldn't have caught herself, but she would have rather fell.
"Oh look at you two, you look so cute together," Sakura slurred a drunk smile. "so happy…for you…both…"
"She is wasted." Kiba smirked.
Sakura was so wasted even Temari and Sasuke watched her in question, forgetting about the previous incident.
"Oh look at the happy couple standing so close together, so cute..."
Temari noticed she was still close enough to Sasuke to feel his breath, she uncomfortably shifted away and towards Ino.
"I would like to make a toast…a toast…to the happy couple…"
"Hey you wide-load stop wasting everybody's time and go pass out somewhere!"
"Why don't you SHUTUP Ino, I'm trying to talk!"
At that moment something happened. Sakura threw her drink and Ino dodged. All Temari knew was she tasted a bitter awful sensation on her face and dripping down her clothes. It didn't help she was already soaked from her own mishap from a drink.
"Oh Temari-chan, I'm sorry!" Sakura flung herself at Temari.
"I think we'll take her home." Naruto sighed grabbing onto his sloshed teammate.
"Let me get you a towel, Temari, I'm sorry." Ino rushed away to the bar to get something for her friend.
"A passive jerk sounds like nirvana about now." Temari sighed to herself, wiping the drink away from her face with her hands.
"Oh really? Not a nice shower or a clean dress?"
"I wasn't talking to you." Temari snapped at the raven haired boy.
"How conceited of me to think you were talking to the only person still here." Sasuke handed her a white tissue.
Temari glanced in question at the Uchiha symbol on it before accepting it. "Sarcasm doesn't suit you."
"Does it anybody?"
Even though he was the reason of her discomfort she felt his chakra was calm and relaxed. He rarely seemed to have any change in it. If she could tell he was at ease he probably could tell she was livid at this whole night.
She recognized that voice. That emotionless, lazy voice.
Without ever taking a second glance at Sasuke Temari was to the door and wrapped in speaking to the lazy genius.
Sasuke watched Temari walk away with him eagerly and even forgot to return his tissue.
"Hey I think we should take Sakura home now." Naruto walked up with Sakura's arm around his neck for support. "Where'd your girlfriend go?"
"Shikamaru is a threat."