Check and Mate (First Draft)Shikamaru continued signing the after action reports, ignoring the loud music and the raucous laughter outside. Parties just weren’t his thing. Even a blowout to celebrate the end of the Fourth Great war.
Even after he had dismissed them, his squad mates had tried their best to convince him to join them in the festivities. Ino had practically danced back into the tent, her long blonde hair flowing behind her, giving him a forced, flirtatious wink. “Come with us Shikamaru!” she had teased, the smile beaming through her sorrow and loss. “The war’s over! We won! Surely we can forget the paperwork and live a little!”
Ino had been drowning in her grief. She desperately needed an escape from the reality of things dragging her down. The optimal solution had easily presented itself.
His response had been a simple shrug. “Parties are such a drag... Standing around talking to people you barely know and will likely never meet again... I’m fine, beli
Konoha Children's crusade Chapter OneKonoha Children's CrusadeKonoha Children's crusade Chapter One3 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
Chapter One: A brand new day.
It was going to be a bright sunny day. The sun had just crept above the mountaintops and was beginning to burn off the morning mist. The light gleamed down through the forest like warm butter. It warmed the wings of a hawk circling through the sky. It lit up the six faces carved into the mountainside above the sleepy village. It shone down on the Hokage's residence, where it found a slightly parted curtain. Quickly, it stabbed inside and landed on the Hokage's face.
Naruto snorted and twitched, but the sun showed no mercy. He tried to brush it away with his hand but to no avail. He smacked his lips and slowly sat up in bed. He scratched his head and yawned. He looked around his bedroom. He looked down at his wife, and smiled.
"She will always be beautiful to me." He thought to himself as he reached over and brushed a lock of raven black hair off her face. His fingers traced her hairline A few silver strands were showing at her tem
Konoha Children's Crusade: PrologueKonoha Children's CrusadeKonoha Children's Crusade: Prologue3 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
Takumi took a deep breath and checked behind him for the hundredth time to make sure that he hadn't been followed. The darkened corridors of the Daimyo's palace were even spookier than usual this evening. It wasn't helping that he hadn't been able to sleep on the trek back from the Hidden Sand Village. His nerves were completely shot. Dark shapes seemed to be scuttling about within the shadows. His stomach was roiling and his forehead was coated with a fine sheen of cold sweat. He was regretting that sake he had drunk in the hopes it would calm his nerves.
He clutched the dark cloak he was wearing to disguise himself a little tighter. He was expecting to have to explain his way past the Daimyo's guards, but he hadn't seen any in the palace. Come to think of it, he hadn't seen anyone since the two guards at the main gate just casually waved him inside. No challenge or anything. At first he had just assumed that they had been forewarned of h
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Sun streaked through the open window. It hit the foot of the bed just enough to warm it, but not enough to actually wake the occupants. Despite the early hour, though, one of them was already laying with eyes open.
"Hmmm." Tenten sighed. She snuggled down into the blankets wanting to fall back asleep but finding it impossible.
The arms wrapped around her midsection tightened with the slight movements she had made. Neji's thumb began running smooth circles against her skin as he also began to wake. It was something he always did when the two shinobi lay in a bed together. Tenten knew it was an unconscious habit, but she liked to think he did it to her on purpose.
These types of missions were her favorites. It gave her one-on-one time with Neji that could rarely be found on other more dangerous jobs or even back home in Konoha. Plus the cover of being husband and wife came with the perk of sharing a bed.
She'd never admit it out loud t
Konoha Children's crusade Chapter 2 part 2 *******Konoha Children's crusade Chapter 2 part 23 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
"I've got to hand it to Naruto," thought Shikamaru. "He's come a long way. Seven years ago when he first became Hokage, he would have thrown these guys out a window. He's showing remarkable restraint."
" So you see Hokage-sama The Daimyo of the land of fire is most concerned about the drop in revenue from the Hidden Leaf village. Each year shows lower gains and thus a lower return on the percentage paid to the Daimyo." The old man delicately coughed into a lace handkerchief.
Naruto sighed and rubbed his temples. "Look, I don't know how we can just keep dancing around and around the same subject. We are at peace for the first time in decades. The five great nations and almost all of the smaller ones are at peace with one another. We have all negotiated our treaties so that we each have more than enough to support ourselves." Naruto gestured out the window. "Yes, the income of the village is slowly dropping year by year. What about ot
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Biwako scowled at the damage the hospital had suffered. Thankfully, no one was too badly hurt, and order had been quickly restored. She had just poured herself a nice cup of tea, and turned back to the heaping pile of paperwork screaming for her attention, when there was a polite cough behind her.
"Yes?" she asked, more sharply than was called for. It had been a very trying day, and she would have been done with the admission forms by now if she didn't keep having all these distractions.
"I wonder if you might be able to see me, now that all the ruckus has ended."
She knew that voice. "Hiruzen Sarutobi," she said primly, "If I've told you once I've told you a thousand times, I simply have no time to..." She turned and froze. "Good lord!" she gasped. "What is that?"
Hiruzen gave her that winning smile all the other nurses thought was so adorable. He took his hand away from his bruised cheek. "What this? It's only a little scratch that happened in the fracas upstairs. I w
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The war had ended, and despite all that had changed, when the shinobi that fought in it returned to their homes, life continued on as it had before the war. Sure, there was a lot to clean up, villages to rebuild, peace treaties left to sign, a new Hokage to be promoted, and shinobi to be recalled from formerly enemy, now ally, territories. But otherwise, life went on.
"Still the feeling of change is inescapable," Tenten mused as she munched on a crisp celery stick in her hand; part of the lunch she was eating while sitting at the base of the large oak tree that grew in one corner of hers and Nejis training field. The one that had the heart with the T, ampersand and N carved into it. The very same heart that for the longest of time Neji had mistakenly believed read "TEN" when in fact it was their initials that were carved into the wood. Of course this was before the two of them had started dating and the long time crush had seemed
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"Absolutely not." Neji Hyuga stood in the dimly lit living room, utterly livid as he stared past his girlfriend. She looked up at him, brown eyes shimmering, her lower lip protruding slightly as she tried to get his attention with her ever successful puppy pout.
"Oh c'mon, Neji," Tenten sighed exasperatedly as she saw that he was not breaking his very fixated gaze on the fascinating wall sconce behind her. "It's not like they'll mean anything!" she yelled. He blinked, continuing to stare blankly into space. She threw her arms up in the air and stormed over to the dining room table to clean up the remnants of their unfinished dinner. Banging cutlery and hastily stacking plates, she stormed into the kitchen and slammed the dishes into the sink, not really caring whether or not she broke any. Neji watched her with careful eyes as she came back into the living room and grabbed her half empty wine glass from the table and turned to him, swirling the red liquid around slight
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"Damn it!" TenTen growled as her keys clattered to the floor, slipping out of her hand before she'd successfully gotten them into the lock. Annoying as this was, it was made worse by the fact that her arms were full of bags of groceries, and bending down to reach them would crush her bread. She could bend down at her knees, but would she be able to get the keys without putting the groceries on the floor and opening up a way for a mouse or other foul creature to get into her apartment?
She was trying very hard to get all those things out, complicated by the fact that she wasn't sure whether or not she was supposed to touch chemicals and she was playing on the safe side for now. The last thing she needed was more of the buggers sneaking into her apartment.
Putting more weight on her right leg and trying to balance the groceries on the other as she bent into the best crouch she could manage, and most definitely not thinking about h
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The thought remaining in the Hyuuga's mind kept replaying over and over, as he questioned himself once more. It was pointless, his Uncle Hiashi had told him it would be good for him, never the less his cousin had gotten a date and was asked to take her there.
He leaned against the table gently, a blank expression on his face as he stared at his younger cousin dancing with who must have been her date. He couldn't tell who any of these people were, even for being classmates of him, they all had masks on. Taking another sip of his punch in disinterest he sighed slightly. Some of his classmates he hung out with had no clue he was there, but he was sure if he took one step on the dance floor, to where their pestering eyes could find the dark haired man, and never the less recognize him, they'd be sure to start bugging him with something stupid.
It wasn't until he heard a voice speak up that he realized he wasn't alone over in the dark corner at the ignor
The Set Up“Are you two dating?” the blond kunoichi suddenly asked the weapons mistress as she and her white-eyed sparring partner sat down across from her in the large room of the crowded restaurant where their group of friends had agreed to meet up for their monthly lunch.The Set Up5 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
“No,” Tenten quickly, but calmly, replied.
She hoped her quickness did not come off the wrong way, but the sudden question had caught her by surprise and she had not given herself time to think. It was probably a good thing, however, since she was certain it would have stung a lot more than it already did, if the response had come from him and not her.
“We're not,” she turned to Neji as he slowly nodded his agreement, while he helped the bun-haired kunoichi into her seat before taking the chair directly next to her.
“Really?” Ino sighed deeply. “That's a shame,” she added, looking back and forth between the two teammates. “You two look good together
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The slow, steady rocking motion of the wheelhouse was calming, which was a good thing because Neji was very distressed right now. He focused intently on the scenery slowly sliding past the window and tried to ignore the two men on the seat opposite from him.
There was a narrow table attached to the wall of the carriage that was piled high with fried octopus and daifuku cakes. Honan Hyuga was chewing noisily and talking at the same time. His accounts manager, a tall gangly man with a pinched face, sat beside Honan, handing him waybill after waybill to sign.
There was a large bottle of potent spirits on the table as well. The sharp aroma of the evaporating alcohol was mixing with the smell of the fried food and tart cakes and was making him feel slightly ill. The decor of the coach wasn’t helping either. The traveling compartment was so laden with ornaments and gold leaf that no matter which way he turned his head, there was sunlight being directly reflecte
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"Hi Aiko! What are you going to do after school?"
"Hi Masami! Tamiko and I were going to go to the new sweets shop that just opened. Do you want to come with us?"
"That would be great. I've heard that they have a raspberry jelly dumpling that is just amazing."
"Shh!" hissed Tamiko. "Not so loud! Tubby over there will hear you, and she will eat the whole place out!" All three girls laughed behind their hands at the large girl who was walking by. "Hey Inoji!" Tamiko called out. "Come over here! We want to ask you a question."
Inoji lowered her head, so that her long blonde hair covered her face. Ignoring them, she plodded past them and over to the school gate. Aiko frowned. "Hey she didn't even stop to say hello... That's rude."
Masami smirked. "Maybe she's too busy thinking about what she's going to have for dinner."
Aiko smiled a mean smile. "I don't care. Walking by like that and ignoring us? She just disrespected us. I think we need to go teach her a less
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That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune- without the words,
And never stops at all
- Emily Dickinson, Hope is the thing with feathers
So he's dead now. So they say.
It's night time.
She's crying silently into her sleeve, and she can't sleep because whenever she closes her eyes she sees him, his forehead and eyes blank. All she can feel is overwhelming despair, like a gaping abyss in front of her, a blank hole where her future should be, and there's just this ache in her chest, a dull pain that hurts so much she's doubled over.
It's still not real. She still can't believe it.
She wants to punch something.
… She misses him already.
(I should've been there.)
She can't help feeling like she will see Neji walking around, strong and silent, and he'll smirk-smile at her and everything will be alright.
(I should've been the one who died, protecting him.)