Say something, I'm giving up on you

I'll be the one if you want me to

Anywhere I would've followed you

Say something, I'm giving up on you

Hearing a familiar voice Temari's head shot up and a look Shikamaru had never seen crossed her face if he hadn't known any better he'd say it was almost panic as she turned around.

"There you are Temari I've been looking all over for you. Your brothers said you were probably out here." A very tall, well built, tan man, with short dark brown hair walked over to the pair. He was totally intimidating just by looks alone, a very common trait of Sand shinobi Shikamaru knew. But still this man seemed to have them all beat with his obviously muscular body, tough face and a look about him that said he'd fight anyone who looked at him wrong.

"Oh I was just sitting out here getting some fresh air." Temari said leaning even closer to the railing behind her as if trying to distance herself subconsciously. "I thought you were on a mission? I didn't think you'd be back till next week?" She asked confused he just let out a laugh and shook his head Shikamaru could smell the smell of booze radiating off him.

"Well that's a lot to explain I'll tell you later. But why don't you tell me who's this?" He said nodding his head in the direction of Shikamaru.

"Oh yeah that's Shikamaru Nara my guide in Konoha he was nice enough to escort me tonight at Gaara's request." Temari said motioning to Shikamaru.

"Well I've heard a lot about you." The man said grabbing the bottle right out of Shikamaru's hand. He was right about to protest but thought better of it.

"Well I can't say the same." Shikamaru said Temari just sighed.

"Shikamaru this is Takahashi Kazu. Kazu-" She started but he put a hand up to stop her.

"I think we got it doll. Now go get me a drink." The tall man said she just gave out flustered sighed not bothering to argue as she walked off.

"That's odd. She'd kick my ass if I said that.' he thought to himself.

"You know my usual." Kazu called after the girl loudly she just nodded and kept on her way. "Women sometimes you just got teach them. Am I right Dickamaru?" Kazu asked as he took a large swig from the bottle.

"It's Shikamaru." He said annoyed leaning against the rail putting his hands in his pockets.

"She should have already had my drink waiting for me just in case. But you know women always getting sidetracked talking. I am sure you know how it goes Dicka." Kazu said still not paying much attention to the boy as he yet again corrected him.

"Shika." He said annoyed now.

"Yeah whatever." Kazu said downing the rest of the contents of the bottle in one last big swig as he continued to ramble. "I swear she always takes forever. Not her fault I suppose she never had a mother to teach her about being a woman. Just got to teach her myself I suppose."

"You now she talks a lot about " Kazu said looking off the balcony into the night Shikamaru didn't say anything things just didn't feel right. "She said your family is deer farmers who make medicine. I suppose that's a good living for you right? Nothing that could ever support something like this but enough that you can marry some village girl I'm sure. But a girl like Temari she needs more then that. I mean look around you this is her life." Kazu said gesturing all around them with his hand.

Shikamaru hated to admit it but he'd always know somewhere in his mind that what the guy in front of him said was true. This was a part of her life he wasn't familiar with but knew it existed nonetheless.

"What are you trying to say?" Shikamaru asked holding the anger back in his voice. The smile & friendly tone was instantly gone from Kazu as he glared down at him.

"I'm saying do us both a favor & stay away from my fiancé got it?" For one of the few times in his life Shikamaru honestly didn't know what to make out of the situation.

"Fiancé?" He knew it sounded stupid & he was only repeating one word but still the word sounded so foreign to him now. It was a word he'd heard 100's of times & he always understood it so why now was it such an earth shattering word he couldn't make sense out of it.

"Yeah fiancé. Didn't Temari tell you? As daughter, well now sister to the Kazekage it only makes sense she's to be married off to someone worthy who has social & political stature around here. Someone not like you." Kazu said leaning now against the railing by Shikamaru a smirk on his face.

That was all that he could stand to hear. That couldn't of been right if she was engaged & knew it how come she kissed him. No there was something definitely not right about the whole thing.

Walking into the ballroom he saw the person he needed to talk to as she was making her way back out holding 2 drinks in her hands. Walking over he grabbed her elbow she looked at him startled.

"What's wrong?" She asked looking at him like he might of lost his mind as he pulled her to the corner. He looked at her right in the eyes.

"Are you engaged?" He said cutting straight to the point a look of shock came over her face quick.

"I…." She started trying to figure out what to say to him.

"You either are or you're not it's not a hard question Temari." He said as he continued to stare at her he could see something change in her eyes as guilt set in.

"I'm sorry Shika I-" She started but he held up a hand cutting her off.

"That's all I needed to hear." He said before walking away quickly.

"Shikamaru please just let me explain." She said following him but he was already out the door when she felt a familiar rough hand stop her. She looked over at her brother who grabbed her shoulder. They just stared at each other for a moment as if having a silent conversation before he shook his head.

"Temari I believe your fiancé is waiting for you." He said turning her around to go back to where she belonged.

And I... will swallow my pride

You're the one that I love

And I'm saying goodbye