Title: The Pretender.

Genre: Angst.

Rating: K.

Summary: He likes to make them all believe he does it all without even trying. The best part of believe is lie.


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Because he liked to pretend. So he became the pretender.

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He was up again, always up, always awake so late. Not even the sun was awake yet.

Four am. Four am. Four am. Just a little more study. The cellular stucture of a cosmos flower stem... Just a little longer.

Shikamaru had to make sure everyone believed he didn't have to try. He liked to have everyone fooled.

Maybe he wasn't a prodigy like Neji or Sasuke. Not as spirited as Ino or Sakura. He didn't have hobbies like Tenten or Lee.

But he did have his smarts.

So he liked to pretend he didn't even have to try to reach his goals.

Somehow, he had everybody fooled.

He fought back a yawn, pressing on with only raw determination. He had to be the top of the class. He had to. They wouldn't expect any less.

"Hey Shikamaru! 100 percent on the test again?" Ino congratulated, holding her 50 percent score in biology.

Shikamaru nodded with a lazy grin before slipping out of consciousness.

Because he had to make them believe he could do it so effortlessly.

And in the end, the only person he fooled was himself.

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Without the mask, where will you hide?

Can't find yourself lost in your mind...

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