A/N: I haven't been doing much writing for a long time so this is something like a warm up for me. Light of Day will contain a collection of one-shots with different prompts and pairings, be it crack or canon. Enjoy!

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Light of Day

01. Have You Ever…

Pairing: Kiba / Ino

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"Have you ever been in love?"

That question caught him off guard.

He looked up from stroking Akamaru's fur and locked gaze with her. She seemed unabashed by the suddenness of her question, and merely stared back into his chocolate eyes, her turquoise ones betraying none of her emotions.

"Huh?"

His response caused her to narrow her eyes at him and she sighed in irritation, tucking her blond fringe behind her studded ear.

"I asked- Have you ever been in love?"

Kiba managed to process her words this time round and a bright red blush managed to paint his cheeks in response. Ino said nothing at this, choosing instead to raise an eyebrow at this reaction, a small smirk playing on her lips.

She jumped off the tree branch she was perched on and landed softly beside him and Akamaru. Kiba jumped when he realised that she was closing in on him quick – too close, he thought as he tried to fight down his blush but to no avail.

She sat comfortably in front of him, her knees touching his as she leaned even nearer to him, secretly enjoying the fact that this boy could elicit such a reaction.

"Well?" She prodded playfully; lips now turned upwards to form a grin which in Kiba's opinion made her look even prettier than she already was.

"I-I-I-," he stammered, mentally slapping himself for sounding like his teammate Hinata.

Since when do I get nervous around her?

A nudge from his side broke his train of thought and he shifted his eyes to his left. Akamaru watched him and gave a bark, clearly as a sign of support, Ino observed with interest.

But it seemed to have done its trick.

Taking a deep breath, Kiba finally managed to fight down his blush and fix his stare at the blond Yamanaka, his usually cocky smirk gracing his features.

Ino decided that he was quite good-looking at that moment.

Her train of thought was cut short when she felt his fingers tracing lightly on her arms. She shivered slightly from the contact but did not attempt to break eye contact with the Inuzuka. His smirk widened and his actions grew bolder, his fingers now tracing her collarbone and inching upwards to cup her cheek.

"I didn't expect to be asked that sort of question by you," he mumbled, finally answering her coherently since she first broke the silence.

Ino shrugged.

"I'm curious."

He cocked an eyebrow at her reply. His fingers stared to ghost lightly on her cheek, his thumb pressing lightly on her lips.

"And why is that?"

She noticed his gaze had dropped to her lips.

"I want to know."

His eyes flicked up to her face before he held her chin gently. Then slowly, he leaned towards her, never breaking eye contact and pressed his lips slowly to hers.

Ino's eyes fluttered shut at the sensation of the chaste kiss. But before she could lean into him more and respond to the kiss, his lips left hers.

She opened her eyes to find Kiba looking at her with a tender look in his eyes that made her heart flutter and her cheeks warm.

He let go of her chin and used his knuckles to brush lightly on her pink cheeks.

Smiling softly, he looked into her blue eyes and whispered,

"Now you know."

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