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We all suffer them.
We all have those moments where we wish we could just melt into the ground and die.
My name is Ino Yamanaka.
And everyone knew when I got my period.
I heaved a heavy sigh as I leaned into my mirror over my bathroom sink and dabbled a bit of pink lipstick onto my lips. It was my first day back from my month long vacation and I wanted to look my best.
I leaned back and admired my reflection.
I had long, blonde hair tied up in a high pony tail that I curled so it cascaded beautifully down my back.
My gorgeous, blue, iridescent eyes were lined with black eyeliner, painted with purple eye shadow, and encased in long, false lashes.
I wore a revealing purple halter top that stopped at my hips, with white short shorts and purple pumps.
I never looked better; without a backward glance I left my bathroom, flicked off the light, and grabbed my purple clutch then left my apartment. I lived at the top of one of the most expensive apartment buildings in the city; which meant it took me awhile to get down to the ground. I locked my front door, made my way down the hall to the elevator and clicked the lobby button. It took me about ten minutes to actually reach the lobby what with all the stops it had to make on the different floors. Around the seventh floor I fished my shades out of my purse.
I was meeting up my boyfriend, Shikamaru Nara and some of my other friends. See, I work as a model, a tough but very rewarding job. My boyfriend however works on the city council, lazy as he is. So it's difficult getting to see him; but we make do.
It was midmorning when I finally left the apartment building.
The sun was shining and extremely hot, it was summer after all. But the wind was nice and cool, the perfect weather for going to the seaport.
We had plans to go to the seaport, a beautiful place that was once an actual working seaport. They had ships of all kinds, old and new plus a ship themed restaurant as well as a simple diner like place. It was something I was looking forward to ever since he suggested it.
Plus, our friends were coming along as well.
I hurried across the crosswalk and slipped my diamond encrusted sunglasses on then began to walk do to the small café we all decided to meet at. It wasn't a long walk, maybe ten minutes tops.
When I arrived, my best friend Sakura was already seated outside on the patio waiting patiently for the others. She was a pretty girl I admit, not as hot as me but still pretty good looking. She wore a simple white men's tee-shirt she had cut into a v-neck with black short shorts and ankle-high Converse. Her long, pink hair was tied up into a messy bun at the crown of her head and she wore her ever present aviator shades on the bridge of her nose. She was a doctor, and a good one at that; she worked at Lady Tsunade's hospital and specialized in poisons.
"Hey Sakura." I waved and walked up to her, placing my clutch purse on the table. "How are you?" I asked and leaned down to hug her.
"Morning Ino." She smiled and hugged me back. "I'm fine. How was your trip?" She motioned for me to sit down opposite her then nudged her glass of water towards me.
"Oh it was great!" I grinned and sipped the water. "So you know how I went on this cruise right? Oh you've got to go yourself! Its marvelous! There weren't any annoying kids and everyone was so nice! It stopped at every port and I went shopping-by the way remind me to give you your gifts! I brought some things for you! Anyways it was relaxing, every day was simply luxurious and the food was simply fantastic!"
I laughed and sat back.
"Sounds like you had a good time." Sakura grinned at me and leaned back.
"Yeah." I nodded and tossed my long, curled hair over my shoulder. "So how long have you been waiting?"
She shrugged and touched the screen of her phone to read the time. "About…three minutes maybe? Naruto said he'd be here really soon, so did Hinata and Kiba."
I twisted my lips and nodded. "That's Naruto's shirt isn't it?"
"Yup. Took it from him…on Monday? Or was it Saturday?"
Naruto was Sakura's boyfriend; an annoying, hyper, airheaded blonde who I have no idea why she bothers dating when she could defiantly get someone better.
Hinata was a sweet, quite girl and Kiba was one of Naruto's best friend. Just as loud and obnoxious as he was.
"Sasuke's not coming?" I chewed the corner of my lip and stared at her nails she painted black.
"Nope. He had to work today. Morning Shikamaru."
I looked up just as he crashed his lips to mine. I giggled as he pressed his tongue between my lips and his large, warm hands rubbed the side of my neck.
"Awww cuteeee…" I heard Sakura coo.
"Oh it's cute when they do it but you slap me the second my hand touches your leg?" Naruto's amused, slightly offended voice reached my ears.
I pulled back away from Shikamaru to see him gazing down at me, his dark, intelligent eyes inches from my own. "Hi." I mumbled reaching my index finger up to trace along his temple, down his cheek and over his lips. "I missed you…"
"Missed you too." He stated huskily as I stuck my finger into his mouth and he licked it.
"Now that's fucking-"
"Naruto!" Sakura cried then slapped his arm. "Shut up!"
"Why?" He whined, and I watched out of the corner of my eye as he wrapped one arm over her shoulders and pulled her closer to him.
"'Cause they haven't seen each other in a month!"
"So?" He inclined his head down to hers. "I haven't seen you in three days cause you were working…"
"And the gangs all here." I looked over Shikamaru's shoulder to see Kiba standing there with Hinata at his side. He wore a gray shirt and black cargo shorts while Hinata wore a lavender summer dress with her long, violet hair tied in a loose pony tail at the nape of her neck.
"Yeah we all are." I raised an eyebrow and leaned into Shikamaru who stood up so I was now snuggling into his toned stomach. "We going now?"
"Sure." Sakura stood up with Naruto clinging to her hips.
Both his arms were wrapped around her hips as he stood up behind her.
I snorted and stood up while my boyfriend took my hand.
"Whose car are we going with?" I asked as Shikamaru led me out of the café patio and onto the sidewalk with Sakura and Naruto behind me.
"Mine." Kiba answered and began leading the way. "I brought my Hummer." He led us down the sidewalk and into a parking lot. It was a bit crowded but nothing compared to the weekend rush.
"The H3x?" Naruto asked as we approached Kiba's jet black Hummer parked towards the far corner of the lot.
"It's a five seater…" He trailed off suggestively.
"I'll sit in Shikamaru's lap." I jumped in, saving Sakura as Kiba unlocked the doors.
"No, it's cool. Sakura can sit in my lap." He insisted, pushing past me to open the back door.
"I think its best if-"
"Would you all just shut up?" Kiba sighed and opened the driver's door. "Ino sit in Shikamaru's lap." He ordered and sat in the driver's seat while Hinata climbed into the passenger side.
"Aww…" Naruto pouted, helping Sakura into the back seat.
It took about two hours to reach the seaport.
Two long, leg cramping, back aching hours filled with complaints, arguments and insults. All of which were forgotten as soon as Kiba pulled into the parking lot.
Within seconds we were all out of the Hummer stretching, grunting, laughing and making plans.
"Oh we need to visit the gift shop." Sakura pointed out, arching her back while Naruto stood behind her, ready to catch her if she fell. "I want a little scale model of a ship…and a map!"
"I want a Captin's hat." Kiba grinned shutting the trunk and walking over to the group. "We ready to go?" He asked, glancing around.
"Yeah." Shikamaru answered, taking my hand in his.
Kiba nodded, locked the doors then shoved the keys into his pocket. "Alright! Let's go!" He yelled and wrapped one arm around Naruto's neck and proceeded to drag him up to the ticket booth. Sakura laughed and fell in step with Hinata who was walking in front of us. "Energetic aren't they?" She asked, lopping one arm through Hinata's.
"Yeah, its nice though." She answered calmly.
"Hurry up you guys!" Naruto yelled back at them as a young man attached the pass to his wrist.
"We're coming!" Sakura yelled back, quickening their pace. "No one told you to run ahead and buy the tickets." She muttered as they approached the ticket booth.
"Hold out your wrist Miss." The young man blushed as he looked down at Sakura who held out her left wrist for him to attach the wristlet.
"Yeah well…" And then Naruto trailed off.
"We bought you guys own too." Kiba interjected, waving us over to another young man attaching the wristlets. "So you better buy lunch."
Shikamaru sighed but nodded anyway as we followed Naruto and Sakura out into the seaport.
It was beautiful.
Never mind the faint scent of horse poo.
Or the loud clanging of bells.
Or the obnoxious cries of children.
It was beautiful.
It was like being back in the ninetieth century.
There were ships, little houses, horses and people dressed in the century wear. I gasped. There was a boat you can actually ride on!
"Well someone's excited." Sakura's amused voice brought me back down to earth. She stood off to the side, her arm looped in Naruto's. "Let's go this way." She nodded down the trail nearest her that was closest to the water. "We can go aboard the ships."
And that we did.
We spent about an hour and a half just touring the ships, asking questions, pretending to sail them, hopping from one ship to another.
Naruto and Sakura ended up spending about ten minutes exploring a shipwreck; climbing all over the thing, finding every possible hiding place, and treating the preserved ship like their own, personal playground.
After that we moved onto the village surrounding the seaport.
There we explored each and every building, down to the convenience store and local church.
Spending a total of about three hours.
"Hey, how about lunch?" Naruto asked, standing in the shade of a large tree with Sakura. "I'm hungry." He frowned, rubbing his stomach.
"I agree." Shikamaru spoke up, kissing my temple. "What do you say Ino? After lunch we can ride the horse drawn carriage."
I nodded smiling.
So we went to the restaurant, Kiba leading the way.
"Don't forget your paying Shikamaru." He warned, holding open the door for us to enter.
"Yeah yeah." He sighed and greeted the waiter. "Table for six please."
"Right this way sir." The waiter led the way down to the back of the empty restaurant, seating us near the open doors.
"Empty today huh?" Shikamaru asked, holding out my chair and striking up a conversation with the waiter.
"Ah yes. We don't have many guests for lunch but we're always busy for dinner."
"Can I get you all some drinks?"
"Water for now." Kiba spoke up, sitting on the other side of Shikamaru." The waiter nodded and placed the menus on the table. "Alright, I'll be right back."
I sighed and settled down into my seat, Sakura sitting beside me. "This is nice." She commented, looking around at the décor. "Mhm." I nodded, flipping though the menu and playing with my boyfriends fingers.
I was hungry.
But I also needed to use the restroom.
But I really wanted to order first.
What to do?
I sighed and crossed my legs.
Alright, restroom comes first.
After a few seconds I cleared my throat. "Okay, I think I need to use the ladies room. How about you two?" I asked, standing up.
"I do." Sakura sighed, removing Naruto's hand from her lap.
"Ino…honey…?" Shikamaru looked up at me, a slight tinge on his handsomely tanned face.
"What is it?" I asked slowly.
"Babe…I…I think you've started your period…" He trailed off, his face completely red.
My heart started pounding.
The blood roared in my ears.
No no no no no!
It couldn't be!
I bit my lip and turned to Sakura, silently begging her to tell me he was lying.
She frowned and leaned back to stare at my butt.
"I-Ino…I'm so sorry…" She whispered, her emerald eyes shining in pity.
"NO!" I whispered, my face hot.
She jumped up and turned me around and pushed me in the direction of the restroom, my brain completely shutting off.
"Here Ino." She directed me through the doors and into the restroom, Hinata at her heels. "Lock the door Hinata." I heard her order and she pushed me towards the sink. "Okay…alright…" I watched the reflection as she inspected the damage.
Beside me Hinata walked up and patted my shoulder. "Ino…do you have any tampons or something in your purse?" She asked gently, her eyes wide and filled with sympathy.
I bit my lip and shook my head. "No! I wasn't expecting till next week!"
"So you have nothing?" Sakura repeated dubiously.
"NO! Oh God how bad is it?" I shrieked my red completely red with embarrassment.
I couldn't believe this happened to me.
It was so fucking embarrassing!
And in front of the guys too!
I whimpered and buried my face in my hands.
Sakura sighed and patted my shoulder. "Well you're wearing white so it shows…" She mumbled softly.
This was one of the worst possible things that could have happened today.
And everything was going perfectly too!
"But don't worry."
"Don't worry?" I whirled on her, my eyes wild with panic. "How can I not?"
She rolled her eyes and scratched the back of her head. "Hinata has a tampon you can have." She stated simply looking behind me.
I looked at her and blinked.
Then turned around to see Hinata standing there, a light blush on her cheeks holding out a tampon. "Here Ino." She mumbled, staring down at her feet.
"T-thanks Hinata…" I mumbled back and accepted the tampon, noting her open purse dangling in her hand.
"Now you stay here with Hinata and I'll go buy you something to wear." She chewed her inner cheek and moved towards the door.
"Don't worry Ino, Hinata's here with you." And with that, she left.
I groaned and turned back to see Hinata standing off to the side, her face completely red. "Uh…Ino…maybe you should go put in the tampon…" She mumbled awkwardly.
"…Yeah…" I kept my gaze to the ground as I walked to the stall, tampon in hand.
About twenty minutes later a knock was heard at the bathroom door followed by Sakura's voice. "It's me, open up."
I rushed to the door and yanked it open to see Sakura standing there holding a dark blue bag out to me. "It's not designer label." She stated, walking in and shutting the door behind her. "But it'll do."
I opened the bag to see black sweats staring up at me.
"It'll hide whatever stains you have." Sakura stared bluntly, strolling over to the sink and turning on the pipe. "It's a size small." She looked at my through the mirror as she washed her hands. "I told the guys that we need to leave as soon as you come out. They said alright. Kiba and Naruto are pulling the car around and Shikamaru is waiting for you outside."
I blushed and nodded then scurried into the stall to change.
My white shorts were completely ruined.
And I mean completely.
I shut my eyes and ripped them off and quickly pulled on the black sweats.
They were a lot more comfortable.
I chewed my lip as I tossed my stained shorts into the bag and walked out; Sakura and Hinata stood waiting. "It looks good Ino." Hinata offered smiling.
I nodded. "Thanks." I walked over to the sink and washed my hands.
"Do you want the shorts or should I toss them for you Ino?" Sakura asked, a smile dancing on her lips. I turned to face her, my hands wet with water. "…Toss em." I closed my eyes. "This is so embarrassing…"
"Yeah well…lucky we were here right?" She asked, raising an eyebrow as she chucked the bag into the trash and opened the door. Hinata walked through first and I followed her. "Yeah." I stopped as soon as we were in the hallway and turned to face her. "Thanks Sakura. Really thank you." I chewed my lower lip and fiddled with the drawstring of the pants. "I don't know what I would have done if you weren't there…"
She shrugged, her cheeks turning pink. "Yeah well…what are friends for?"
I let out a pathetic laugh and hugged her. "Yeah…what are friends for?"
"Ino? You okay?" I let go of Sakura and turned around to see Shikamaru standing there at the end of the hallway with Hinata at his side. He looked awkward, one hand shoved into his pant pocket, the other just dangling there. His face was contorted into worry and bashfulness and his eyes kept darting to me and back to the ground.
I couldn't answer him.
I was completely humiliated.
I didn't know what to say.
What do you say to your boyfriend in a situation like that?
Then I felt Sakura grab my hand and give it a squeeze. "She's fine Shikamaru." She pulled me down the hallway to him. "Just completely humiliated. Go easy on her okay?" And then she dropped my hand, grabbed Hinata's elbow and left Shikamaru and me completely alone.
We stood there for a few seconds.
Not saying anything.
Just standing there, awkwardly, in the middle of the hallway.
Then he reached up and cupped his hand around the side oh my neck, his thumb stroking the side of my cheek. "So you're okay?" He asked.
"Good…I was worried…"
I stared down at his shoes.
This was awkward.
Completely and totally awkward.
"Ino look at me."
I shook my head no.
This was too much.
He was my boyfriend!
He was Mr. Perfect.
He worked on the city council.
He was a complete and totally genius.
And this was the most humiliating thing that could have happened to me in front of him.
Why him? Of all people why him?
He sighed and wrapped his arms around me and pulled me into his chest. "Ino its okay. These things happen." He whispered, rubbing my back. "If you want I can carry a tampon or whatever the hell it is you use in my wallet for you." He mumbled into my ear.
I cracked a smile.
"Really, I mean it…"
He always knew how to make me feel better.
No matter what.
"Really? You would?" I looked up into his eyes and he nodded. "Yeah…but now I think I'd better get you home."
He was the best.
He was completely understanding.
I was stupid.
I got myself worked up over an accident.
I laced my fingers through his as he guided me through the restaurant.
Of course he would understand, he was the best boyfriend ever.
I smiled as I stared at our hands interwoven.
And I was stupid to think otherwise.
The ride back wasn't as awkward as I thought it'd be.
Sakura sat on Naruto's lap, Kiba drove, Hinata sat shotgun, and no one mentioned what happened.
Well, at least not for the first twenty minutes they didn't.
It was at a red light the questions started.
And wouldn't you know it; Kiba was the one that started it all.
"Hey Ino…what the hell was that back there?" He asked, looking at me though the rearview mirror. "Sakura wouldn't tell me anything…you're not dying are you?" He looked a bit worried as he eased the gas.
I blushed and looked at Sakura who shrugged and tucked her head beneath Naruto's chin.
"You mean you don't know what a period is Kiba?" The blonde asked bluntly.
I wasn't to hear the answer to that too.
Kiba glanced back at us though the mirror and merged into the right lane. "No I know what it is but…don't they…I mean…why…I…?" He stuttered, completely confused. "Look I don't know what the hell happened back there." He finally spat, slightly annoyed and discomfited.
To my amazement Naruto reached forward and thumped him on the head and answered for me. "She had an accident Kiba. It happens. She wasn't expecting her period to come this week so she wasn't prepared." He stated simply and wrapped his arm around Sakura's body.
"Oh…" Kiba nodded in understanding. "Wow…sorry Ino…" He muttered. "Being a girl must really be a pain in the ass…"
I pursed my lips and ignored him.
But silently I agreed.
Being a girl was a pain in the ass.
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