A/N wow havent updated in like a year. dkm. i apologize. REALLY I DO! IM SORRY! but i hope you like the latest chapter! enjoy!
disclaimer: i do not own naruto
Chapter 4: Thank You
It was Tenten's idea to barge into Temari's house. Barge being the key word. Although, it was Ino's idea to bring the entire group to her house so it was partly her fault too. It wasn't as if Temari didn't like Ino's idea, but she could have at least called her or warned her about them crashing into her house. Tenten on the other hand just made matters worse when she decided to take the more fun way into Temari's house and go through the garage door, instead of being a normal person and ring the door bell. (Kankuro told her the pass code to the garage.)
Saturday morning and music was already being played in the basement of the Sabaku house. You could hear the guitar and piano in harmony together with the beat of drums in the background keeping the beat of the music. The music echoed throughout the entire house, opening the front door that would leave neighbours complaining about the noise; they learned the hard way when Kankuro opened the window one summer day, though Temari still suspects that he did it on purpose and actually tried to piss the neighbours off.
The siblings were so occupied with their music however, that they did not notice the rush of footsteps going down the basement stairs.
"Yo!" the siblings heard suddenly, making Kankuro almost fall from his seat.
The three stopped playing and looked up. Tenten was standing there before them, along with everyone in the group crowding behind her.
"Tenten," Temari said first. She quickly looked at her brothers. Gaara had a blank face while Kankuro's mouth was slightly a jar and had the words 'what the hell' written all over his face. "What are you doing here?," Temari addressed to Tenten. No, she should have rephrased that, what are they doing here?
Tenten kind of laughed and scratched the back of her head. "Well you see," she began innocently "you know how I was suppose to come here this afternoon to work on our math project?" Temari didn't answer so Tenten continued. "Well, Ino called me this morning and asked what I was going to do today. I said I was going to your house, then Ino thought it would be cool if she could come over too so I said yes. But then she kinda called Sakura and Hinata to come along, and while she was at it she kinda dragged all the guys to come over too."
"I see….did you go through the garage?"
"Uhh... perhaps." she faked coughed. Tenten knew that technically she wasn't suppose to do that, unless she had a legitimate reason.
Temari looked behind to Kankuro, who was pretending that he wasn't paying attention, and sent him a 'I-told-you-not-to-tell-her-the-passcode' glare.
"So, you guy are friends with my sister," Kankuro said to the group after their brief 2 second introduction.
During their introduction, Kankuro wasn't sure if he was surprised or what. The fact that Temari's friends turned out to be people like Naruto, the Uzumaki Naruto and the Hyuugas struck him at first, but that quickly vanished. He should have expected it. Of course those rich a** families would send their children to Konoha, it only made sense that Temari's new friends would be people like them. What did confuse him though was when he saw Nara Shikamaru as one of Temari's friends. Temari's been complaining about him-a lot-so yes it did baffle him.
"Yeah," Kiba replied to Kankuro's question.
"Why?" he snorted, quickly earning him a punch on his shoulder from Temari. "Ow, what was that for?" He placed a hand on his shoulder where Temari had hit him.
"You should control that mouth of yours," the blonde snapped.
"I could say the same thing about your punches," he muttered. Another punch.
"Still the same as always," Tenten laughed. "But I have to admit, you guys do seem closer now-a-days."
"Close?" Kankuro said. "Man, if we were close then Temari wouldn't try to kill me every day."
"Well, if we weren't close then you would already be dead," Temari said with a devilish grin.
"Well, you guys just have a different way of expressing it," Tenten said.
"We're not close," Temari assured her. "See, between Gaara and Kankuro, I like Gaara better."
From the corner of Temari's eye she saw Gaara's lip twitched, which slowly formed into a smirk.
"Yeah well between you and-" but Kankuro was interrupted by Naruto's awing voice.
"Wow! Your stuff is so cool!" Temari and Kankuro glanced towards Naruto.
Naruto and Sasuke were by the CD shelf. Sasuke seemed to be observing each one at a time while Naruto just scanned through the rows of CDs in the shelf. He quickly read the titles of the CDs on the spine of the case, only stopping ever so often to look at ones he was a big fan of. It was only then he noticed the CDs that the Sand siblings recorded that his eyes completely started to slow down. He read the first couple: Piano Collection, Gaara Guitar Mix, Love Songs_Piano.
"You record your own songs?" Naruto questioned not turning to meet their faces.
"Yeah," all 3 siblings said in union.
"Let me see," Ino pushed pass the two boys. She tilted her head to one side in order to read the titles better. Drums and Guitar Mix, Blue Album_ Guitar. "Hmm," Ino's fingers trailed on the CDs, until it stopped on one in particular. She pulled it out from the shelf.
"Can I play it?"
But Ino didn't wait for a reply. She lightly pushed Naruto out of the way and took a side step to the stereos. She popped the CD and pressed play.
Instantly the music kicked in. It was a guitar and piano duet but then-to Ino's surprise-a voice came in; singing. Someone was singing; a woman. Her voice was so soft and calm, Ino would have described her voice as angelic. She was amazing.
Ino's head turned to Temari. "Is this…" she began uncertainly, "you?"
Temari plainly stared at her for a second before shaking her head. "My mom. She's the one playing the piano too. My dad's playing the guitar."
Your mother's voice is amazing," Hinata commented. Never had the Hyuuga heard such a beautiful voice in her life.
Temari merely nodded. She glanced over to Kankuro who was staring at the ground, then to Gaara who was staring back at her who then looked away. Ino continued to let the music run until the very end.
"Wow…let's play that again!" Ino said, but before she could move, Naruto reached over and pushed stop and stopped the CD. "Hey!"
"Great song and all, but I wanna listen to something else," Naruto stated.
Naruto's attempt of switching CDs ended in a failure when Kiba held Naruto back from his collar.
"You pick? Yeah, I don't think so, I'm picking," Kiba said.
Naruto shoved Kiba back, only to have Kiba push him back harder. Naruto stumbled backwards, bumping into Tenten. He regained his balance.
"Sorry Tenten," he apologized.
Naruto looked up. Neji's arms were around her. Seems that Naruto's crash was hard enough to knock Tenten down, that is if Neji wasn't there to catch her. Neji glared at Naruto and the blonde quickly took a few steps away from the Hyuuga.
After an hour of listening and switching CDs, everyone went upstairs and settled down in the living room.
"Hey, you have a piano in the living room too," Chouji pointed out.
A black varnished upright piano was pushed at the side of the wall. It stood by the television and shelf nearby.
"Play something for us?" the Hyuuga girl asked.
"Yeah sis, play something for us would ya," Kankuro said sitting down on the couch where Gaara also sat.
"Why?" their sister asked looking at her brothers. "You guys hear me play all the time."
"But they haven't," Kankuro pointed out.
Temari sighed before saying, "Play what?"
"I know," Tenten piped, "that song you played on my fifteenth birthday... You something.
"You mean Yours," Temari corrected (actual song: Do You Feel piano version. Original song is by Rocket Summer)
"Yeah that one."
"It's kinda old."
"You made it like... three years ago. Besides there's something about it that makes me like it."
Temari let a sigh out, before sitting down on the piano bench.
Tenten sat down beside Kankuro in the couch motioning Neji to sit beside her. Naruto was inspecting the games found on the shelf, while Sasuke leaned on the side on the piano and the rest of the group circled around Temari. Shikamaru on the other hand was leaning by the wall, not caring about the song that she was going to play. .
Temari placed her fingers accordingly. She memorized the song, in fact she memorized all the songs she's ever played. It was instinct when she plays a song she knew to, sometimes her fingers seemed to act on their own. Temari took a deep breath before beginning to play the song and when she began, she felt herself being drift away by the song. Ah yes, Tenten was right, there was something about this song, certain feelings that she felt whenever she played it. Happiness, peacefulness, relaxation.
Shikamaru lifted his head; he stared at Temari as she played the song. It...calmed him.
Temari assumed that she was going to have a good day, hoped for it too in fact. Her morning was actually pleasant, which was always a good sign. Her brothers did not do anything to kill her mood, so she had to thank them for that. The day itself was warm and bright, a light sweater would have been enough to keep her warm outside. Temari jumped into her car, slightly cranking up the radio up and made her way to school.
Before Temari was about to step into Kakashi's class, she was stopped when she heard a low "Hey," from behind.
Recognizing the voice she turned around to meet Shikamaru. "Hey," she returned back automatically.
Shikamaru had one hand buried in his uniform pocket and the other by his side carrying his textbook.
His lazy expression slowly turned hard and serious. "We should start on those songs today," he said.
Temari's mouth budged open. She narrowed her eyes a little.
Wait was Shikamaru actually willing to-
"Lunch. Practice Room," he said abruptly before Temari could exhale a word.
Shikamaru walked pass the slightly surprised Temari and went in the classroom
Temari was twirling her pencil around her fingers; a blank music sheet was set in front of her as she sat behind the grand piano in the Practice Room.
'Love song. Love song,' she thought hard. '2 songs, more than 2 minutes, but less than 5, each. Minor? Or major? ...how should the beat go?'
Temari scratched the top of her head before setting the pencil down. She pressed on one key, then another then another.
'No, that doesn't work.'
For the next 15 minutes, she played with the keys until she had a general idea on how she wanted it to sound like. She scribbled the first few notes. Satisfied, she set the pencil down again, playing what she had so far.
Temari glanced towards Shikamaru, before hammering her fist on the keys. Since the beginning of lunch, Shikamaru had been slouching back down on his chair, beside the piano, snoozing away.
Shikamaru's eyes popped open, staring back at Temari.
"Look, I know you're lazy and all, but when you suggested to start working on this during lunch, I was kinda assuming that you were going to help me."
"Disappointed?" putting his hands behind his head.
Temari ignored him. "Are you going to help me or not?"
Shikamaru let out a long and heavy sigh before shifting his chair closer to Temari.
Tenten popped her lunch tray down.
"Hey," she waved to everyone in the table, taking the empty seat beside Ino. She picked up her fork and started chowing down on her lunch. She lifted her head up,"Where's Temari?" She frowned, noticing her absence. She frowned a second time. "Where's Shikamaru?" also noticing that he wasn't there.
"They're working on the songs for Kurenai," Chouji answered.
Tenten's face lightened up. "It's about time," Tenten said, setting her fork down, "I was wondering when they'd start."
"I can't wait to hear their songs! I'm so excited!" Ino chanted.
"Don't get too excited, Shikamaru's probably too lazy to even help Temari," Neji said. Kiba laughed, almost choking on his drink.
"Don't be so negative guys," Sakura sighed.
"Yeah, I'm with Forehead," Ino agreed.
It was Friday, and for the entire week, Temari and Shikamaru has been working on the songs. They gave up their lunches to continue their work, though Temari found it harder to work with Shikamaru, considering how they would always bicker with one another on what they should put next. They constantly argued about how the song should go, so in reality they barely had anything done. Temari had thought about just giving up and allowing Shikamaru to have his way, but she was too stubborn. She was not going to back down first, she never did.
"No," Temari said flatly. She did not take her time to even think about it, Temari disagreed as soon as Shikamaru was done playing what he thought the next part of the song should have been. "You just make it sound worst."
Shikamaru rolled his eyes. "Well, at least it sounds better than what you thought of."
"You know, I had both songs thought of and done, but now you're just messing with what I had."
"You're the one being troublesome!" Temari exclaimed.
"Look I just want to do these songs in one go. Kurenai is pretty picky about songs, if we don't do these songs she's gonna make us restart as if I haven't wasted enough time already."
"And I wonder why we've wasted so much time," Temari shot a glare at him while raising her voice.
"Whatever… look, you know Itachi right? Couple years back Kurenai asked Itachi to make a song for her and he did. But Kurenai, as I said before, is picky about making songs, so when Itachi gave the song to her, she told him to restart. Not that it wasn't good, she just wasn't satisfied with them. In the end, Itachi had to redo the song three times before Kurenai took it." Shikamaru waited for Temari to say something, but when she didn't, he said, "Ok so now that's cleared up, let's just try and get these songs over and done with as fast as possible."
Temari stared at the music sheet in front of her, letting what Shikamaru just told her, sink into her brain. Honestly, Itachi had to be one of the best piano players Temari knew, so for him to redo a song- even if it was a couple years ago- really did emphasize how picky Kurenai truly was. Temari wouldn't have thought that Kurenai was the 'hard to please' type. After letting the information sink into her brain, it just occurred to her that she had just stumbled on a challenge. A good one too. Do two songs for Kurenai in one go; try to make satisfy her with the songs on the first try. This was going to improve her skills. It was obvious that it was going to be hard, but she'd accept the challenge.
"Hey, we all should hang out," Kiba suggested to everybody after school.
"Yeah, because a certain someones haven't been hanging out with us for the entire week!" Naruto emphasized the 'someones,' while glaring at Temari and Shikamaru. Temari ignored his comment attempting not to laugh.
The group formed a circle amongst themselves in the parking lot. The parking lot was void; only a few cars were still parked though.
"First of all Naruto," Shikamaru began, "the word 'someones' doesn't exist."
"No one cares."
"Well, what should we do today then?" Neji questioned.
"Mmmm," Kiba snapped his fingers, " Yuni has a party tonight."
"Yuni?" Temari said.
"She's the daughter of some high class car company."
"Yeah," Naruto butted in. "She hosts the best parties."
"Let's go then!"
Loud and crowded. Yes, those were the words Temari would have used to describe the party. The mansion was packed; everyone -literally everyone- in school was there. The entire first floor was transformed into a gigantic dance floor. Temari saw people in the middle of the room jump up and down, fist pumping and the people by the sides were mingling with each other. The DJ was playing music in the background. The music ran throughout the entire house, enough for neighbours to hear and make any kid that walked by the mansion, envious of not being able to go to the party.
Temari looked up. There were guys up on top of the flight of stairs drinking and plain out drunk. From the looks of it Temari thought that one of them was going to jump off the stairs.
Temari continued on, squeezing pass a group of girls talking amongst themselves; she assumed that they were freshmen. The group of girls looked up and quickly dropped their conversation.
"Hey Temari," they said casually, which caught Temari off guard.
"Great party huh," said the red head in the group.
"Uh…sure," Temari answered awkwardly. 'Whoever you are,' she added in her head. Temari quickly left after.
Temari looked to her left then to her right, trying to find people she actually knew, but with so many people around her, her luck ran short. Temari edged herself towards the wall. She let out a sigh.
She was with Sakura for literally five minutes when they arrived at the party. Then, the pink haired girl left Temari saying that she'd "be back in a few." Temari made herself a mental note that the next time Sakura says that she'd "be back in a few" really meant that she wasn't coming back at all. Temari wondered where the pinkette wondered off to anyways, when she left her to herself. With Sasuke? That seemed reasonable enough. Temari let out another sigh.
"Hey." Temari turned around.
Roichi stood behind her. He wore skinny jeans, a white V neck shirt and a black blazer. A pair of shades was hooked on the shirt and he had an open beer bottle in his hands.
"Hey," Temari plainly responded.
"Watcha doing here by yourself?" he asked. He took a gulp from the bottle and waited for Temari to answer.
"I was looking for people."
Roichi kept nodding his head. He quickly finished his beer and looked around and spotted a sealed beer bottle on the table beside him. He swap the two and opened the new bottle. Roichi brought it to his lips. After Roichi chugged the liquid, his head began to sway back and forth, trying to hold himself up. He shook his head.
"So, what are you doing here?" he asked again.
Temari frowned. She narrowed her eyes at him and said, "I just told you."
Roichi didn't answer, instead he leaned closer to Temari , dropping the bottle in his hands on the table by him. "You really are… beautiful, you know that Temari."
Temari closed her eyes. Trying to ignore his comment, Temari couldn't help but notice the alcoholic stench. She hadn't noticed until he leaned in. Temari reopened her eyes, taking a step back, but not with our Roichi grabbing her wrist
"Temari you're so…" but Roichi never finished his thought. Instead his eyes fired hard and fierce. "Go out with me." His voice, with the way he said it sounded more like a command than a question.
"You're drunk," was all Temari said.
Roichi frowned and grind his teeth together. "Damn it Temari just say yes," he growled. And began to push Temari's wrist back. His aggressive grip tightened. The more he pushed her wrist back, the more it hurt. Temari let out a small yelp. He was not holding back, Temari felt an excruciating pain as if a knife was piercing her wrist. Temari swore he was going to break it.
With so many people around her she'd think someone would notice, yet everyone was much too busy to notice the two by the corner of the wall. Their head was fixed on the party happening. And just when Temari was about to call out for help Roichi quickly covered her mouth with his other hand.
"Let her go," Shikamaru's voice came booming in. He appeared before the the brunette and blonde.
Shikamaru grabbed Roichi's hand and forcefully made him let go of Temari's wrist. Roichi dropped his hand from Temari's mouth bringing it back to his side.
"Nara," he snarled.
Shikamaru didn't say anything. Roichi sneered at him then left in the crowd of people.
"I can't believe you let Roichi do that to you," Shikamaru said angrily turning to Temari, after Roichi left.
Temari's mouth was half open. She was going to say 'thanks' to Shikamaru, but he spoke before she could let out a word. Honestly though, that was the first thing he had to say to her, 'I can't believe you let Roichi do that to you.' Normally, people would ask how she was or something along those lines.
Temari noticed her mouth was still hanging open. "Thanks," Temari said anyways.
Shikamaru was silent for a while, a bit surprised about Temari's thank you. He cleared his throat before saying, "You okay?"
"Uh…" Temari looked down to her hand. When she didn't answer him, Shikamaru took it to his own accord to take her hand. He leaned to grab it into his clutch and bent it a little, but Temari quickly yanked her hand out from his grip, letting out a small cry.
Yes. Yes, her wrist hurt,but she was going to say no to him. She wasn't going to admit it, that is until Shikamaru grabbed her hand and bent her wrist himself to get the answer out of her. She knew that he figured that the answer was yes, from her yanking her hand back.
"Sorry." That was the first time she heard him say that. "It probably just a minor sprain, but you should get ice on that." He looked around, before adding the words, "Stay here."
"Wha-"she began to protest, but Shikamaru was gone just like that, leaving Temari to herself again.
Shikamaru returned to Temari quicker than she anticipated, with a bag filled with ice in his hands. She took the ice and gently placed it on top of her injured wrist.
Temari bit her tongue, fighting the pain.
Shikamaru put his hands in his pocket, "You should be careful with Roichi. He gets pretty aggressive even after one bottle of beer."
Temari made her way to the table where Tenten and the others were eating. It was her first time in the cafeteria in a week. She spotted Tenten and the rest, in the usual table, in the middle of the room. She walked over and set her lunch down beside Chouji.
"What happened to your hand?" Hinata asked.
Hyuga had already noticed before Temari could even sit down in the cafeteria table. In fact, she was the first to notice. Temari was surprised that Tenten didn't notice, when she was at second period with her. It was evidently noticeable.
Other than Shikamaru, everybody's attention was where Hinata had pointed at.
"Whoa. What happened?" Naruto repeated what Hinata said as he slurped his ramen.
Temari had bandaged her sprained wrist and part of her palm, as soon as she got home after the party. Her brothers asked what happened when she arrived home and Temari kind of nudged them off.
"Oh..." Temari began sitting down.
"Did Kankuro tackle you or something?" Tenten asked. Shikamaru's head lifted his head from the table. He was waiting for her to answer.
"Um..yeah." Temari said. 'Let's go with that.'
Shikamaru put his head back down.
A/N wow chapter done! hope you liked it! pls review!
oh btw guys im not a pianist or anything, i dont know anything about music so dont be surprise if i screw up when i write about anything music related in the story. (hope what im saying makes sense) BUT i do have my editor look over those kind of music stuff...that and i have google soo yeahh:))