Ahh! Happy Birthday Shikamaru! This story has nothing to do with his birthday but here's something cute and fluffy like a yummy birthday cake.
Summary: After a less than memorable first date with Temari, Shikamaru is determined to make the next one better.
Chouji and Ino were surprised walking into the dimly lit room with the curtains pulled tightly closed. A half eaten meal left on the table. This didn’t look like the living space of someone who just had a date with the love of their life.
“You okay?” Chouji poked at the lump on the bed and said shinobi sat up to brush a hand through his unruly hair.
“I’m fine.” They looked thoroughly unconvinced. Shikamaru should have known that they’d be showing up after he kept avoiding seeing them.
“So…uhm how was your date with Temari?”
Their friend groaned into the hands that were covering his face. “It was a disaster.”
“From where we were it seemed like you two were hitting it off.” The utterly smitten look on his face was a surprising sight to see.
He bit back an annoyed statement about them snooping to sigh.
“The date was fine. We talked, the food was good but it just didn’t seem like a date would feel like I guess. It was just like… a dinner between friends. We’ve been friends for so long that I don’t know that we know how to be any more than that.”
“Is that what you want? Just to be friends with Temari?”
He’d contemplated that question since their date but kept coming up with the same answer. “No, I like her. I wouldn’t have asked her out otherwise. I just don’t know if she feels the same way and I worry that after our date she might think that all I’m interested in is being friends.”
“How did the night end?” He was annoyed knowing that Ino was fishing for information.
“Why? Was your date with Sai any better?”. He bit back as their dates had occurred around the same time.
She threw her hair back with a smug smile. “It was perfect. He gave me a bouquet of flowers. He was sweet and charming all night. And the kiss at the end of the night was just incredible.”
Even socially stunted Sai knew how to have a better first date than him. This was all so unfamiliar and new. He didn’t thrive in unfamiliar places and having to navigate relationships and feelings was challenging.
The tense look across Shikamaru’s face halted Ino’s daydream.
“How did the night end?” Ino asked again carefully.
“Well we were standing outside her door for a while. She was playing with her keys so it seemed like she wanted to go inside. It was starting to feel awkward so I shook her hand and said good night.”
“You shook her hand?” Even Chouji was shocked.
“What was I supposed to do?”
“Kiss her you idiot. She was clearly waiting for something.”
He blushed at the thought. “What if she didn’t want to kiss me?”
“Does Temari seem like the type to just let someone kiss her. She would have made it painfully obvious if she didn’t.”
“Fuck.” He groaned and laid back in bed. He prayed that he hadn’t messed up his one opportunity.
“So what do I do now?” Chouji and Ino couldn’t help but be a little amused. Shikamaru was their resident genius, smart and shrewd. Having him ask for their advice must have been humbling.
“Ask her out again, be really honest about how you feel and this time kiss her.”
Once his teammates left, Shikamaru made his way to the inn where Temari was staying. He wanted to ask her out again and was sure that this time things would be different. If he was lucky she’d agree and perhaps this time their night would end differently.
“Shikamaru?” Temari was surprised to find him a nervous wreck at her door.
Shikamaru saw her and his rational plan to talk about their relationship and it’s possible future came crashing down. He quickly prayed that his teammate's advice was correct and pulled Temari into a kiss.
He felt her tense before she melted into him. Her arms crossed behind his head. Soft and warm her lips fit so perfectly against his.
He took a quick breath once their lips parted. His hands were firmly around her waist never wanting to let go.
“More…kiss me more…”. Her breathless whimper propelled him forward.
His hand moved to cradle the back of her head as he pushed her against the door. His weight heavy against her. Lips hungry. Needy. His rough hands moved wherever they could to feel warm skin against his finger tips.
He’d always known that Temari was incredible. Strong, lean body with sun rayed hair. And teal eyes that were so unique and her own.
Her lips though were his weakness. The way that they’d quirk up into that smug smirk. But sometimes soften into that sweet smile only he knew. Right now firmly pressed against his own he was left undone.
He’d been worried after their first date that perhaps that spark wasn't there to push them beyond friendship. He was so happy that he’d been wrong.
She pulled herself closer to him and yet it didn’t feel like enough. She knew it never would be.
Her heavy pants sang in his ears but her soft whimpers wordlessly asking him to keep kissing her was making him dizzy.
It was a state of weightlessness, disorienting but free that he’d gladly stay in.
Later, they sat together and he held her perched on his lap. He preferred to spend the night using his mouth for other things but he wanted to clear the air. It wasn’t easy but he told her what he thought about their first date and some insecurities that he had. It was awkward and embarrassing but honesty was what they’d built their friendship on.
“I was worried that I’d bored you, or maybe you thought it was just a normal friendly dinner. Perhaps I should have made it much more elaborate just so you really knew how I felt.
Temari paused to stare at him intently. He tried to keep his eyes on hers but they inevitably drifted to stare at her lips. They quirked into a sweet grin.
“I look at it differently. I think that it’s something that I’ve learned from you. There can be a lot of joy in everyday life. Cloud watching, deer keeping, lazy, familiar, quiet moments. So yes, perhaps there will be parts of our relationships that seem normal or routine but in some ways I like it. Because you’re my safe place, my stability. That’s all I’ve ever wanted.” Her hand affectionately brushed through his hair. Love shining in her deep eyes.
He was surprised by her response even though he shouldn’t have been. Their lives had always been marred by a touch of chaos and uncertainty. He’d gladly be her anchor.
.“Tem…”. He pulled her in tight kissing her surely and soundly.
“Life together with you will always be an incredible adventure. As long as it’s you and me in the end.”
She relaxed into him and his view of their future did sound incredible.
“They were right by the way. I really did want you to kiss me that night.” She admitted with a blush. She’d never been more annoyed at the supposed genius.
“I’ll never make that same mistake again.” And he sealed that promise with a kiss.
My deers! How have you been? I miss you all. I hope that you enjoyed this little story from me. It was inspired by something that I think I read somewhere about Temari and Shika's first date.
I have so many WIP/ideas but I'm terribly unmotivated to write. This story has been sitting in my folder for months now so I decided to clean it up for Shika's birthday. Okay, babes please continue to take care of yourselves. I love you all!
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Dick: what disney princess would everyone be?
Tim: *passed out on the floor*
Steph: Well since sleeping beauty can’t answer he’s aurora because he’s been cursed to sleep forever and his parents also ignored him for 16 years. I’m Rapunzel because my parent was a terrible villain that was never home and pretended to care about me… and I have great hair
Jason: Belle, because I was taken from a life as an outcast into the home of a rich furry and the only reason i’m still here is because of the library. And yes, bruce, like the beast, you’re uglier without the mask.
Damian: Mulan, because I need to protect my family’s honor since none of you seem to be able to, and i’m skilled with a sword - and I have many animals
Harper: I’m the best Disney princess, Kuzco, cause I’ve got the most groove and, similarly to Jason, I’m only here because of the pool
Dick: ……...well i’m Elsa
Steph: because of the daddy issues?
Jason: your blatant queer energy
Damian: your incessant need to sing at the top of your lungs despite the fact that everyone is ASLEEP
Dick: ……because she’s independent and looks great in blue, what is wrong with you people
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