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
Just As You Are“What are you doing?”Just As You Are2 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
It wasn’t often Tenten kept Neji waiting. She was nearly as punctual as he was himself. Being late was not something tolerated. So when Neji found himself sitting on her sofa waiting for his teammate and friend to emerge from her bedroom, the Hyuuga prodigy had to ask why.
“Nothing. I’ll be out in just a minute,” the girl responded in a sweet voice.
“Hn.” Tenten laughed at Neji’s expected tone. He was ready for their daily training and wanted to get started.
But first the girl had to finish painting her nails for her date that evening.
She had been outright shocked when a civilian boy had approached her the previous day with the timid request for a dinner date the following night. Unsure of her answer, Tenten had reluctantly agreed. It wasn’t like she had any other plans. And since it was an… unusual event for her, she had decided to dress up a little; which included painting her finger and toe nai
While She SleptHe was her most fantastic obsession. That's saying something, considering her tendency to obsess. That is, after all, what gained her the world.While She Slept1 year ago in Short Stories More Like This
She'd seen him among the many that had shown up to her banquet. This city had pleased her in that regard; in many other places she had been forced to pull people from their homes to fill the tables in the banquet halls. But there he was, making the best of the situation and networking like a professional. He knew someone who knew someone who knew her chief accountant, so she learned his name without having to get technical about it. It sounded sweet to her ears, and she rolled it on her tongue like candy all night. She had him sent for the next day. Apparently he put up a fight, because he came in with a broken rib and a black eye; she had the men who had touched him beheaded on the spot, and hushed him as the blood stained the cracks between the marble panels.
He'd run away that first night, after refusing her. She was hurt and somewhat confu
Piano LessonPIANO LESSONSPiano Lesson2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Disclaimer: Kishi owns all characters.
“That’s not it, Neji!” Tenten shouted, frustrated. “You’re supposed to put your pinkie on the black key, and keep your point finger on the third white one!” she instructed, pointing to each key as she mentioned them.
She exhaled then, before glaring at him. Who knew how hard it would be to teach the prodigy how to play the piano?
And here she was, scolding him, but the Hyuga was unusually quiet. That was good. But what annoyed her most was that he even seemed to be enjoying it!
“What is wrong with you?” she asked. “You sick?” she placed a hand on his forehead, genuinely worried that he may have come up with something that would cause him to act like this. At the moment of contact, however, it was she who withdrew her hand. Not from any signs of sickness from the Hyuga, but from the own heat she f
World of Dream 6World of DreamsWorld of Dream 64 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
"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
NaruHina: breaking newsUzumaki-Namikaze Naruto was not a hard person to understand. He was happy, optimistic, and a strong leader. He was enormously intelligent – something that couldn't be denied, no matter how many times he cocked his head to the side and asked "What does 'concession' mean?" for the nth time – and a powerful shinobi. He had an unconditional love for ramen and his precious people and would give his life to protect them both.NaruHina: breaking news2 years ago in Romance More Like This
(Yes, this does include the ramen.)
Though the public knew him well, the Konoha 11 knew him better. Teams 7, 8, and 10 grew up with him, witnessing the enormous change from the "oblivious, loud, and foolish jokester" to the "strong, wise, but still kind of oblivious Hokage". Team Gai hadn't come along until their first ever Chuunin Exams but it didn't take them a long time to catch on. They had watched Naruto grow just as much as the Rookie 9 had, and in turn were just as close friends. All of them kne
Before the Black Throne There was a rattle of chains as the rusty iron cage dropped from the ceiling. It was accompanied by the rattling laugh of the Dungeon Lord himself. The same mechanism that had dropped the cage over the great stone altar had also revealed his terrible black throne.Before the Black Throne4 months ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
“You may have found my gems of power, thief, but I don’t think they—or you—will be going far.”
“No,” the thief admitted. “This cage looks pretty secure. Very sturdy. Lots of spikes.”
“I claimed it from the Keep of Akragokh, where it once held prisoners of the Thousand Day Siege. Still, I don’t think it has witnessed such suffering as it shall see today.”
“Oh no,” said the thief. “What are you going to do to me?”
Standing, the Dungeon Lord approached an alcove near the throne and retrieved a
The Game of Life Why did I have to come here?The Game of Life3 years ago in Romance More Like This
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
Quiet Moments NejiTen MANGA SPOILERSTenten got the news of Neji's death exactly 34 hours after he was declared dead. Hinata came to her while the bun haired girl was resting off a nasty gash on her arm, and the two sat together for a long time, neither crying, neither talking, just sitting in each others company.Quiet Moments NejiTen MANGA SPOILERS2 years ago in Romance More Like This
"Don't blame yourself Hinata." Tenten said eventually, her voice sounding horse and strained. Hinata nodded absently, Tenten's words were not taken to her heart as she knew it was her fault Neji was dead. "He wouldn't want it, and I don't want it."
"But Tenten-san, he was you special person." Hinata choked out. She had told her father and Lee and Guy sensei, but there was no one whose reaction she wanted to see less than Tenten's. The older girl put her hands over Hinata's.
"Yes, I love Neji with all my heart. This is why only I can abstain you from the guilt Hinata." Tenten took in another shaky breath and the Hyuga girl shook her head.
"I'm supposed to comforting you Tenten." Hinata said, looking into Tenten's
NaruHina Chronicles Ch. 1Part 1: Discovery: a New Mission and New Jutsus.NaruHina Chronicles Ch. 17 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
It was a warm sunny day in the Leaf Village, the birds were chirping, and a slight breeze cooled the air so it couldn't get any hotter. In a rather unused training field used only by Naruto, he was training himself to the point where he didn't have much Chakra to use. The Field was surrounded by forest and a cliff ran through the field, a river ran over the cliff and into the deep pool at its base and flowed on into the forest. Naruto was training to better use the Rasengan while his senseis' were either going off to gather info or just didn't come to check on him for progress. "Once more," he said with a tired confident voice. He gathered all his chakra into a sphere, it was working, he was starting to not use clones to help make it until it exploded just seconds after he succeeded. Naruto was blown back a few feet and landed hard on the ground. "Darn it!" he yelled. He could laughter as if someone was mocking him. -Shut up- he ye
Bound pt 3 - A Naruhina fanficA Naruhina Fanfic – Chapter 3Bound pt 3 - A Naruhina fanfic8 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
Hinata woke with a start, Naruto's name half escaping her lips before realizing her surroundings, she lay in bed her warm covers wrapped around her, she was wearing only her still damp bra and panties; her hoody and pants were hung on the wall to dry. She looked to the door noticing it was locked, exactly as she had left it, no one had been in she knew. It wouldn't be a difficult thing for any of the Hyugaa shinobi to pick the lock and enter, but it would prove very challenging to leave and lock it again from the inside, that left only…Naruto. Hinata lay back against her pillow, her cheeks adopting the pink red shade they always did when she thought of Naruto. She knew that the only reason Naruto had removed her cloths was out of worry for her, Naruto wouldn't invade her privacy, he'd proven that already; he truly genuinely cared for her. She looked out her window and knew she hadn't been asleep more t