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Neji looked outside through the window of his office with a soft sigh.

It was lightly snowing outside and it looked quite pretty against the pitch black background that was the evening sky. It was only five thirty in the afternoon – which was quite late to still be at the office on Christmas Eve – but it was already dark outside.

Standing up, Neji moved to the large window overlooking the main shopping-street. He watched as show-owners closed their shops for Christmas and as people rushed towards everywhere, most of them carrying gifts. With a sigh he let his forehead fall against the glass. He really started to regret not having accepted his uncle's offer to have Christmas dinner at the Hyuuga household. But this year, he hadn't felt like going. He didn't want to pretend to have a merry Christmas with his uncle, his aunt and his cousins while in reality all he felt as miserable.

He knew his uncle meant well, but the man demanded too much of him and that hovered over their relationship like a constant thundercloud. Besides that, the happy-family act had never been for him. He couldn't pretend to like everything like Hinata did – who only wanted to be with her boyfriend Kiba, but Hiashi hated the guy – or rebel like Hanabi did – who was just a teenager. He would be curt, rude even and that would upset Hinata and his aunt and that, in turn, would anger his uncle.

No, after last year's argument over the Christmas turkey he had decided that he wouldn't celebrate Christmas with his family anymore. It had ended with Hinata crying, Hanabi screaming at her parents and him fleeing the scene like the coward he was.

"Mister Hyuuga?"

Neji turned around when he heard the familiar voice of his secretary. She was watching him with an amused expression. Her hair was pulled up in her usual ridiculous tails and she wore her signature white button-up that was tucked into a wide pair of black dress pants. Neji'd always thought that if she cut her hair people would think she was a boy. But she was a nice young woman who did a good job.

"Moegi, what are you still doing here?" He asked her.

Moegi raised an eyebrow and chuckled softly. "I was just about to ask you the same question before I'm leaving." She said, holding up her coat. "Konohamaru is picking me up, we're going out for dinner with his family." She explained with a faint blush on her cheeks. She always had when talking about her boyfriend.

Neji nodded with a small smile. "I'm sure you'll have a merry Christmas."

"You too." Moegi returned the wishes. "Just make sure to leave before the security guy comes to lock the place down for Christmas, all right?"

Neji chuckled. It wouldn't be the first time Akira – the security guy, as Moegi called him – was to almost lock him in for the night. "I won't. I've just got one call to make."

"Okay," Moegi nodded and then grinned. "I hope he can make it."

Neji frowned in an attempt to hide his embarrassment. Had Moegi overheard his conversation with Hinata? "I don't know what you're talking about."

"Sure you don't." Moegi chuckled and then smirked. "I'm your secretary, I know everything."

Neji scraped his throat, deciding that she definitely must've heard him discussing his plans for the evening with his eldest cousin. "Shouldn't you be off by now?"

Moegi laughed. "You're right. Merry Christmas, mister Hyuuga."

"Merry Christmas, Moegi."


Neji heavily leaned against the back of his office chair. He clenched his mobile phone tightly in his hand while convincing himself that it was all right to dial Shikamaru's number and give his friend a ring.

The problem was, he wasn't just checking in with his friend for a chat. He'd wanted to ask his friend to spend Christmas – or at least a few hours of the holiday – with him but he hadn't quite dared to ask the question. Christmas was a holiday to be celebrated with family, after all, and Neji knew the Nara's had strict family traditions when it came to the holiday.

Suddenly his phone beeped, informing him he'd just gotten a text message.

It was from Hinata, asking: "And?"

Reading the text, Neji felt touched that Hinata had even bothered to send him one. It also made him feel like a bit of an idiot for not having contacted Shikamaru. He wouldn't know whether the other might want to come over unless he asked, right?

Having made up his mind, he called Shikamaru.

"Hi there," Shikamaru greeted. "What's up?"

Neji smiled affectionately at hearing his friend's voice. Throughout university their friendship might've been slightly awkward because of the newfound benefits of their friendship. But that hadn't broken them apart and after university they'd grown closer and closer. And all that time, Neji's feelings hadn't changed. But throughout their time at university he had come close to losing Shikamaru a few times and he didn't want to see that happen. Ever. So he kept silent.

"Hey," Neji replied, sounding quite happy – or at least, more than he usually did. "Just leaving the office, actually."

"You're shitting me... Neji, it's almost six!" Shikamaru scolded.

"I know, just had to wrap a few things up..." Neji trailed off, not even bothering to find any more excuses. Shikamaru always looked right through them anyway.

"Troublesome, you always have to wrap a few things up. Go home, it's Christmas Eve." Shikamaru teased light-heartedly.

"I will, I will." Neji chuckled and then licked his lips. "Just wanted to wish you a merry Christmas."

There was a few moments of silence on the other line before Shikamaru replied: "You too, Neji." Then suddenly Neji could hear the hushed voice of Yoshino yelling something at Shikamaru over the phone – bound to be a lot louder in real life.

Neji couldn't help but chuckle as Shikamaru yelled something back at his mother and then got back to their phone conversation. "This reminds me of why I moved out."

Neji laughed and asked: "Over at your parents' place for the annual Christmas dinner?"

Shikamaru huffed. "We're going to behave like starved pigs, but yeah, Christmas dinner. What are you up to?"

Neji swallowed and smiled a tight smile. He knew he didn't have to pretend to look happy with Shikamaru on the phone. But he felt that if he didn't he'd sound as disappointed as he felt. Of course he'd known Shikamaru was with his family right now. But hey, at least he'd tried, right? Although even he had to admit that the prospect of a Christmas alone sounded rather lonely. He should've just gone to his uncle.

"I'm up to a well deserved weekend off of work." Neji said. Even if he was spending Christmas alone in his apartment – his decorated apartment, though, courtesy of Hinata and Hanabi – he was looking forward to a few days off. Work was demanding and even in weekends he didn't really have any time off. So even though it was Christmas and he was alone, it was at least a blessing to be off of work.

Neji could hear Shikamaru sigh. "So you're spending it alone."

Not wanting Shikamaru to feel bad, Neji quickly said: "Oh, I might drop by uncle's tomorrow."

"Neji..." Shikamaru started but while he was thinking of exactly what to say Neji beat him to it.

"So, I just called to wish you a merry Christmas so I'll leave you to go have that feast with your family." Neji said.

"Troublesome." Shikamaru mumbled "You know mom would love to have you over, right?"

Neji laughed, although it probably sounded fake. "Come on Shika, we're not sixteen anymore. Besides, I've had it with family gatherings after last year's Christmas."

"Yeah, be stubborn like the grown-up twenty-six old you are." Shikamaru huffed.

"Of course." Neji smirked. "Now go stuff your face."

"Yeah, yeah. Merry Christmas, Neji."


An hour or so later Neji was at home, sitting on his couch. He'd changed from his suit to a pair of comfortable grey sweats and a long-sleeved black shirt. After turning on the lights on his Christmas tree he'd made himself a nice glass of steaming hot Glühwein which he now kept steady between the palms of his hands. Out of lack of any better – or out of poor misery, whichever – he'd put on Home Alone which wasn't all that bad. He still remembered that the movie had come out when he was still little. He'd loved it to bits back then and that made watching it now quite amusing.

He had to admit, there were better ways to spend Christmas Eve than sitting alone on the couch watching childhood memories. In fact, if he'd just toughened up once and told Shikamaru about his feelings he might find them returned. But that was just a hope and he didn't dare do too much of that.

Suddenly the doorbell was rang and Neji frowned. "You're kidding me." He mumbled to himself, put his drink down and went to the intercom next to his front door.

When he saw the video-image of Shikamaru standing downstairs in front of his apartment-building he felt his heart skip a beat before he broke out into a grin. He turned away from the intercom and took a small breath to calm himself down. No need to get too excited. But he couldn't deny that he felt very happy that his friend had come to visit.

He pressed a button on the intercom. "I thought the only time you could stand your mother was at Christmas because her food is to die for."

Shikamaru laughed and the camera fogged up because of his breath. "Opening the door would say thank you like nothing else."

Neji smirked. "Because you ask so nicely."

After he opened the door Shikamaru was up in only a few minutes and when he knocked the door Neji quickly opened it.

On his doorstep stood Shikamaru, wrapped in a thick scarf and knitted cap, holding up a pair of paper bags with a grin on his face. "Surprise."

"Indeed." Neji looked at the bags with a grin while ushering Shikamaru inside. "Is this part of your mom's Christmas feast?"

"You bet it is. She all but kicked me out the door with it when she heard you'd be spending Christmas Eve alone and wouldn't come over." Shikamaru chuckled and quickly made his way over to Neji's dining-table to drop his bags down. And since Neji's front door opened up to a enormous room which served as a living-room, dining-room and kitchen he was in luck.

Neji watched Shikamaru walk around, remove his scarf and cap, then his shoes and last his coat. "Sorry, didn't mean to interrupt your evening like this." He apologized, although he couldn't be more happy with his friend around.

Shikamaru huffed, standing still next to Neji. "Now don't get troublesome or I'll leave again. Seriously, Neji, you should know that I wasn't going to leave you alone tonight."

"Then don't threaten to leave." Neji smirked and then raised a hand to squeeze Shikamaru's shoulder. He let his hand rest there for a few moments. "Thanks." He glanced at Shikamaru with a small smile.

"Anytime." Shikamaru returned the smile and held Neji's gaze for a few moments, making Neji feel slightly uncomfortable. "Now, let's eat. I'm starving."


Laughing, Shikamaru poured himself and Neji drinks. He handed Neji his glass with a grin. "We were so stupid when we were kids."

Neji huffed in amusement. They'd been rattling up memories for half an hour now and so far, all were quite ridiculous. "Can't deny that, really."

"Do you remember how you used to call me Bambi 'cause you couldn't pronounce my name." Shikamaru asked with a grin.

Neji groaned softly and shook his head. That had to be one of the most embarrassing memories he had of their friendship. "I do. Please don't remind me."

Shikamaru let out a laugh. "Why not? It was cute, wasn't it?" He teased.

Neji raised an eyebrow at that. "Cute, Shikamaru?" Surely the other must've found it more troublesome than cute. Even at that age he was quite peculiar about those things.

Shikamaru grinned. "Well, you were at the age of six." He then paused, traced his upper-lip with his tongue and then with a small flush admitted: "You still are."

Neji felt shock go through him and froze at those words. He felt unsure and his heart was hammering in his chest when looked at his friend with widened eyes. "Shikamaru..." he whispered. Was the other joking around?
Shikamaru lightly scratched the side of his head and shrugged with an embarrassed smile. "Well, you are."

Furrowing his brow, Neji wasn't sure what to think. He knew there was at least a physical attraction between them, otherwise they wouldn't have done all the things they did while in university. But for Shikamaru to say this out loud on a night like this... Neji wasn't sure what to think. "Don't joke around."

"Joke around?" Shikamaru furrowed his brow and sounded slightly hurt.

Neji sighed and turned his head away. "Yes, Shika. Joke around. We did that enough at university, don't you think?" Please, he thought, please let him be serious. Because if Shikamaru was serious that could only mean one thing... But he wasn't about to ask his friend straight out. Gods, he was such a coward.

"You think that was joking around?" Shikamaru asked, crossing his arms in front of his chest.

"Well, wasn't it?" Neji demanded, looking up at Shikamaru with an expression mixed with both irritation and confusion.

Shikamaru smiled somewhat sadly and looked Neji in the eyes. "It wasn't to you." He whispered.

"W-what?" Neji could only stare at Shikamaru, slightly pale. Shikamaru had known his feelings back then and he'd never said anything? He idly wondered if that was a good thing or not. It probably wasn't.

"Back then, what we did... it wasn't joking around to you, was it?" Shikamaru asked softly with a small smile.

Neji shook his head, silently admitting what Shikamaru already seemed to know. He swallowed, thinking that perhaps it would've been better if his friend hadn't come over. If he'd be rejected on Christmas Eve he would probably come to hate the holiday all together for as far as he didn't already.

"So..." Shikamaru started and trailed off. He silently slid his hand over the table and gently took Neji's into his, fingers closing around Neji's long, slim fingers while a pink hue settled over his cheeks. "What if I were to ask you to do that again? But this time, on your terms."

Neji's breathing stocked in his throat for a moment and when Shikamaru gently took his hand he couldn't help but shiver. Was this going to be the moment he'd hoped for ever since he was nineteen? Nervously he asked: "My terms?"

"Yes," Shikamaru nodded, gave Neji's hand an almost affectionate squeeze. He then stood up and rounded the table so he could squat down in front of Neji with an honest smile yet a slightly awkward composure. "No joking around."

Feeling slightly lightheaded suddenly, Neji took a shuddering breath. "Why?" He murmured softly.

"You asked me that back then too." Shikamaru smiled.

Neji allowed a small smile to come to his lips and, finally mustering up his courage, said: "I'm hoping for a different answer this time, though."

Shikamaru smiled and started drawing circles with his fingers on Neji's knees with a grin. "What kind of answer are you hoping for?"

Neji shuddered when Shikamaru started caressing his knee and he took one of Shikamaru's hands in his. "Something more sappy than this, I guess." He murmured with a smile.

"Troublesome, sappy is not my kind of thing." Shikamaru said and then stood up. He watched Neji with a smirk, pushed the other's chair back a bit and sat down on his friend's lap. "Maybe I should just show you."

Neji watched as Shikamaru sat down in his lap and when the other had sat down he was quick to hug the other's shoulders. It felt perfect to have Shikamaru in his lap, like this was right. Not only that, he felt happier than he ever had in his life. However sappy it sounded, he could now finally show his love for the other and it felt both amazing and liberating.

He licked his lips and titled his head slightly so he could smirk at Shikamaru. "Why don't you?" He invited the other, feeling his heart skip a beat at the prospect of finally kissing Shikamaru.

Shikamaru merely hummed and cupped Neji's cheeks in the palms of his hands, leaning closer to the other. He hovered his lips over Neji's for a few moments, almost hesitant for a few moments and his fingers caressed Neji's cheeks. "Neji... I love you." He whispered and then he eased his lips softly over Neji's.

Neji gasped at hearing the other's declaration but when he was kissed, he sighed happily, revelling in the feeling of Shikamaru's lips against his. He kissed back with an excited and happy moan, and tightened his arms around Shikamaru's shoulder, pulling him closer to his chest.

The kiss started soft and gentle, both basking in the happiness of finally being able to kiss each other without holding back. But Neji wanted more, much more. He'd been in love with Shikamaru for so long and now that he had the other he was going to take advantage of it.

He slid the tip of his tongue across Shikamaru's soft but slightly chapped lips, begging for entrance. When Shikamaru opened his mouth for him, he moaned softly and slid his tongue almost needy into Shikamaru's willing mouth.

Shikamaru gave Neji a few moments to explore his cavern before teasingly sliding his tongue against Neji.

Neji groaned softly when Shikamaru's tongue brushed against his and again and again, stroking and exploring. He pulled Shikamaru's tie out of his hair which fell down and he immediately slid his hands through the soft, shoulder-length strands. And then, when Shikamaru boldly and teasingly sucked his tongue he tugged at the other's hair while a groan escaped him.

Shikamaru made a soft sound and returned the kiss as heatedly and excitedly as Neji. He pressed himself closer to Neji, their chests touching, and buried his hands in Neji's long hair.

Neji shuddered in excitement when Shikamaru roughly weaved his hands through his hair and he stroked the nape of his boyfriend's neck with his thumbs.

Gasping, Shikamaru broke their kiss by tearing his mouth away from Neji's, resting his forehead against the other's and his eyes boring into lavender ones.

"S-Shika..." Neji panted and pressed a tender kiss against the other's lips. "I love you too." He murmured and there was no way to describe how happy he felt being able to say the words.

Shikamaru laughed softly, closing his eyes while his shoulders shook. "Gods, Neji. We're such idiots."

But Neji didn't hear the words. All he saw was Shikamaru's gorgeous face adorned with that beautiful smile. "Shikamaru," he growled softly. "You're gorgeous."

"Hah," Shikamaru chuckled, still slightly breathless from their intense kiss. "Look who's talking~ aah, Neji!" Shikamaru called out when Neji roughly sucked his neck.

Neji smirked against Shikamaru's skin when his lover writhed in his lap as he sucked the other's skin, drawing moans from Shikamaru almost greedily. Shikamaru tilted his head, giving Neji the room he longingly demanded, and Neji took full advantage of that. He marked every part of the other's skin he could reach and meanwhile his hands slid down Shikamaru's sides. He stroked his hands quickly down the other's chest and teasingly slid his finger over the small patch of skin revealed between the hem of the other's shirt and pants. "Love you," he murmured against the other's neck. "Want you. I've wanted you for so long."

Shikamaru moaned when Neji sucked a sensitive spot and abused it with pleasure. And when the other's fingers slid under his shirt and started caressing his skin he leaned heavily against the touch – and Neji. "Me too, Neji. Gods, I want you."

Neji gently bit down on Shikamaru's neck, wanting to visibly mark him as his. He felt himself shudder in desire as Shikamaru's skin quivered under his touch and he dragged his mouth up to the other's again.

They kissed heatedly, almost rushed, and all the years of waiting and wanting were expressed through this one kiss. Tongues stroked and danced and meanwhile their hands were tugging impatiently at clothing.

Neji slid both his hands up Shikamaru's chest, dragging the other's shirt up with them, and broke the kiss to discard the other's shirt. Meanwhile, Shikamaru did the same to his shirt and his boyfriend. Then he immediately lowered his mouth to lustfully lick and suck one of Neji's nipples, teasing the other nub to pertness with his hand.

Neji moaned softly under Shikamaru's ministrations and arched his chest up into the arousing touches. "Shika..." he murmured and slid his hands down the other's naked back, trailing a finger over the other's spine and noting with pleasure that his boyfriend shuddered at the touch. Then he firmly grasped the other's cheeks and squeezed them teasingly.

He'd been waiting for so long, wanting for so long. He was sure Shikamaru felt the same if the disregarded the obligatory dating and just went straight to the sex part of their newfound relationship.

"I want you, Shika. I want to feel you around me, take you and make you mine." He said huskily, squeezing the other's ass again while releasing a shuddering breath as Shikamaru pulled away from his nipples.

Shikamaru moaned and he thrust his body against Neji's, both men moaning loudly when their arousals met. "N-Neji!" He moaned. "I'm yours. Even before I realized it, I was yours."

They rushed their way to the bedroom – Neji making sure to get the lube from the bathroom on his way – where Neji grasped Shikamaru by the arms and pressed the length of his body against Shikamaru's back.

"Can you feel it?" He asked, his hands making quick work of the button of the other's pants and pushing the jeans – together with Shikamaru's underwear – roughly down perfect hips. "Can you feel how different this is?"

Shikamaru groaned, leaning his body against Neji's and wriggling his ass against Neji's erection. "Gods, yes." He shuddered, kicking his jeans and underwear away to a corner of the room and reaching his hands backwards to tug at Neji's hair.

Neji uncapped the lube, squeezed a generous amount onto his hand and he teasingly circled the other's entrance with a slick finger.

Shikamaru whined softly, pressing his taut ass back against Neji's finger while he trembled with need. "Neji..."

"Look at you," Neji moaned, stroking the other's leaking erection with his free hand. "So gorgeous," he murmured and sucked the skin of his lovers nick while gently and carefully easing a finger past his lover's tight ring of muscles.

But his finger slid in easier than he expected – easier than it should if Shikamaru was a virgin – and he growled. "You've done this before." He squeezed the other's member and angrily thrust his finger into his boyfriend, feeling jealous.

The moan that passed Shikamaru's lip turned into a whimper when Neji kept thrusting his finger into him quite roughly. It felt amazing and his entire body was buzzing with desire. "N-no, not with a man." Shikamaru whispered wantonly, bucking his hips back and forth against Neji's touches that brought him closer and closer to the brink.

"Then with who?" Neji demanded, adding a second finger to the first and continuing to thrust into his lover without mercy. But Shikamaru loved it and the way the other writhed against him made Neji shudder, his cock leaking and his underwear felt uncomfortable with all the wet spots on it.

"N-no-one!" Shikamaru cried out, arching his back with a cry when Neji's fingers grazed against his prostate, sending waves of pleasure through him. "It was a vibrator... I bought it b-because I was afraid to ask you." Shikamaru admitted softly, his cheeks flushed in both embarrassment and excitement.

"A vibrator?" Neji's breath hitched and he rewarded Shikamaru's confession with a brush of his fingers against the other's prostate and a gently swipe of his tongue against the shell of the other's ear. He felt his cock twitch in his pants at the visible image of his boyfriend pleasuring himself with a vibrator on his bed. "And what did you do with it?" He asked, his voice raspy.

Shikamaru's knees buckled under him at the amount of pleasure that was coursing through his body and his grasp on Neji's hair tightened, trying to hold himself up. "I used it on myself, pretended it was you. Gods Neji, I wanted you so much..."

Neji moaned, his body shuddering against Shikamaru's. "You'll have to show me sometime, Shikamaru." He told his boyfriend and added a third finger.

"I will," Shikamaru promised heatedly.

After a few more thrusts Neji deemed his boyfriend ready and he huskily told Shikamaru to get onto the bed.

Shikamaru laid down and with hungry eyes watched as Neji removed his pants, his rock-hard erection springing free from its confinements and Neji moaned softly. When Neji stood next to the bed, Shikamaru crawled to his lover and stroked the other's erection. "You're beautiful, Neji." Shikamaru said with a smirk. "So beautiful and hard..." he trailed off and licked Neji from tip to base.

Neji threw his head back with a cry when suddenly, Shikamaru engulfed his tip into that hot, wet cavern. He reached out trembling hands to be buried in the other's hair and with the other he grasped Shikamaru's shoulder tightly.

Shikamaru, Neji found, had quite the talented mouth and after a few moments of delicious sucking and licking he gently pushed his lover away. He crawled onto the bed and hungrily kissed Shikamaru, pushing him down onto the bed. "Not like that," he whispered against the other's lips.

Shikamaru looked at Neji, his eyes smouldering with desire. "Then hurry up." He wantonly told Neji, spreading his legs for his lover.

Neji quickly grabbed the lube that he'd thrown onto the bed before taking off his sweats, and coated his member with a good amount of lube, hissing at the cold. Then, he positioned himself at Shikamaru's entrance and slid in slowly. With a moan escaping him, he bit his lip at the tightness around him and he rested his head against the other's shoulder while his body shuddered.

"Neji..." Shikamaru whimpered softly, body tensing up when his lover entered him but when Neji was fully sheathed inside him he paused, giving Shikamaru the time to relax. When he found his body relaxing against Neji Shikamaru impatiently wriggled his hips, the slight pain dissolved by the pleasure he felt. "G-God... move!"

Placing his hands against the other's hips, Neji slowly began to thrust into his lover. How he wanted to go faster, rougher, but he wanted to give the other the time to get adjusted to the feeling of being filled.

"W-we're fools, you know that?" Shikamaru shakily told Neji, reaching up hands to pull Neji closer by his shoulders while his body arched up against his lovers. "To know we could've had this y-years before."

"I know," Neji murmured breathlessly, clenching his hands against the other's hips to keep from thrusting into his boyfriend too harshly. "You feel amazing..."

"You know what'd be even more amazing?" Shikamaru asked with a lopsided grin that threatened to fall as pleasure was taking over. "I-if you moved faster."

Neji didn't need to be told twice and he leaned down to give his lover a quick, open-mouthed kiss. "Anything for you." He husked and then thrust into Shikamaru again, this time deep and hard.

Shikamaru cried out, arching against Neji's touch and bucking his hips in time with Neji's thrusts. He grasped at Neji's shoulder while his body was consumed by lust, his nails digging into the other's skin.

Shikamaru moaned as Neji kept sliding in and out of him at a rough, quick pace. Suddenly he cried out, back arching off the bed as Neji hit his prostate. "Shit, Neji! M-more, I want more."

Urged on by his boyfriend begging for more, Neji slammed into Shikamaru. He reached out a hand to roughly stroke the other's leaking member in turn with his thrusts, his hot mouth licking and sucking every patch of skin he came across.

After a few more thrusts, Shikamaru couldn't take it anymore. His climax hit him like a storm did the shore and arching almost completely off of the bed he came. A loud cry fell off his lips and he hugged Neji close as his body shook almost uncontrollably as his climax tore through him.

Feeling Shikamaru's body buck against him and the other's walls clenching and unclenching around him, Neji released deep inside his lover. "Oooh, Shika!" He cried, his body falling down on top of Shikamaru's as he was engulfed by waves of pleasure.

They lay like that, basking in the afterglow of their love-making. Shikamaru held Neji tightly and Neji pressed a constant stream of butterfly kisses against the other's neck.

Feeling his body calm down, Neji pulled out of Shikamaru and dropped down onto the bed, immediately rolling to his side and pressing his chest against Shikamaru's side. Shikamaru reached out a hand to pull him closer and with a happy sigh Neji buried his head against the crook of his lover's neck. "I love you."

"Me too." Shikamaru said, turning his head to smile affectionately at Neji. He stroked a hand down the other's cheek. "That was amazing."

"It was," Neji grinned and turned his head to look up at Shikamaru. "It really was."

Shikamaru chuckled. "We missed out on each other the past few years, babe."

Even though he was tired and drowsily from their love-making Neji still raised an eyebrow. "Babe?"

"You don't like it?" Shikamaru asked, amused.

"No," Neji furrowed his brow. "It reminds me of the movie with the pig." He complained.

Shikamaru laughed. "So what?"

Neji huffed. "So, I don't want to be called something that reminds me of a pig."

"You called me Bambi for years, love. And now you're complaining I call you Babe?" Shikamaru asked with a laugh.

"I did not call you Bambi because I liked you, Shikamaru." Neji said and if he could, he would cross his arms in front of his chest.

"Are you sure?" Shikamaru asked. "Because if you've secretly been in love with me since you were five, it's okay."

With an annoyed expression Neji nudged Shikamaru in the shoulder. "Did I mention you are incredibly cocky?" He asked, although he couldn't keep an amused grin off of his face.

"Tell me something I don't know." Shikamaru teased.

"Oh, for fuck's sake!" Neji shook his head.

With a happy laugh, Shikamaru took Neji's chin between his fingers and he lifted the other's head so he could gently kiss his boyfriend. When he pulled away he smiled at Neji and stroked the side of his face. "Merry Christmas, love."

Neji grinned happily and leaned against Shikamaru. "Merry Christmas indeed." He murmured happily. Because hell, as far as this was concerned this was the best Christmas of his life.

The End

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