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Yay! New story! I don't intend on making the chapters super long, but they'll be longer than drabbles. And the main couple will probably be Naruto/Kagome, but I left out specific details in case I change my mind. :)


"Where are you going?"

Big blue eyes blinked and turned in the direction of the accusatory voice. "Um, out?"

Nara Shikamaru sighed. "Seriously, Kagome? You say that every time: you should know by now that I know something's up. Even Souta can come up with a better excuse than you."

Kagome pouted at the tiny insult before she let her eyes glisten and fill with fake tears, hoping she could convince her dear older brother he was wrong. "But Shikamaru, I really am just going out to see my friends."

Shikamaru gave her a blank stare, clearly not believing a word that left her lips. She batted her pretty blue eyes, and smiled.

"Kagome, I'm your brother, not some random guy you're trying to get into bed with."

The smile turned into a glare. "Thanks for the reminder," Kagome mumbled and crossed her arms across her chest. "Anyways, why are you so determined to know where I'm going? Am I not allowed to hang out with my friends or something?" she asked with a raised eyebrow.

"According to dad, no, you're not."

'Why do they both have to be so overprotective?' Kagome mentally questioned herself before sighing. "I promise I won't be gone long: I'll be back before dad even notices I'm gone!" she swore.

'Why does she have to be so stubborn?' Shikamaru mentally sighed as he stared down at his bothersome sister, who was only a year younger than him. He scratched the back of his head. "You make my life really difficult, you know that?"

He closed his eyes when Kagome widely smiled and pressed her lips against his cheek in gratitude.

"Thanks so much, Shikamaru! See ya later!" She said before scrambling out the door, into the still brightly lit streets of Konohagakure while Shikamaru watched her leave.

"I hope you know this means you have to go follow her now."

"What a drag," Shikamaru muttered before turning around to face his dad, who had finally decided to make his appearance, and was now casually leaning against the wall. "Come on, dad. Kagome's naive but she's not an idiot."

"That's true," Nara Shikaku said as he stood up straight and gave his oldest child a pointed stare, "but there are still a ton of men out there who would gladly take advantage of her. You should show a little more concern when it comes to your sister, Shikamaru."

'It's because I did show concern that I'm now in this mess,' Shikamaru thought with a frown. "If you're so worried, why don't you go after her?" He questioned as he shoved his hands in his pockets.

"Don't be an idiot. She'll know something's up if she senses me following her around," Shikaku replied.

The frown on Shikamaru's face deepened. 'Yeah, that's why she sensed you when she was getting ready to leave in the first place.' However, he stopped voicing any more complaints (because Shikaku was just gonna nag at him until he finally gave in) and walked out the front door, reluctantly following his paranoid, overprotective father's request. He dragged his feet in a straight direction, already having an idea of where Kagome was headed.

'You owe me for this, Kagome.'

End of chapter.

a/n: yaaah...I thought it was very fitting for the person who hates troublesome situations to be the older brother of the person who always gets into those sorts of situations. Heheh, poor Shikamaru. XD