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[Naruto Fic] Perception

dude. this is epic. this is unprecedented. this is a promised writing 22 days after initial promising. take a picture, it's a once in a lifetime event probably.

This is for one, tj_dragonblade in reference to the drabble challenge shown below. Alright, so it doesn't quite use the prompt given -- or at all -- this fooled around on the brain synapses until i agreed to write it down.

By: ken
Word Count: 838
No Beta Warning
Disclaim: Naruto is property of one, Kishimoto, i borrow only as the demons dictate.

The world ended on a Thursday afternoon. It was overcast, but the sun refused to remain hidden and peeked from its exile in blatant defiance. Nara Shikamaru strolled beside his best friend, Akimichi Chouji, a silent supporter of the sunrays that escaped pursuit of the clouds before they were again caught and locked away. If the sun did manage the prison break he hoped for, then Shikamaru would invite Chouji out to the field for cloud gazing and general laziness because Konoha was quiet and there was no telling how long the peace would last.

Chouji was quiet voice-wise. The only sound emerging from him was the crackling of the potato chip bag and the grind of his teeth as he ate. Eating wasn't a bad idea, Shikamaru acknowledged. A picnic basket out in the field, with the lounging, and atmosphere observation would ensure that he didn't stray back home for a while, which was definitely conducive to preserving his state of mind. Chouji would be game. Chouji was always game for whatever Shikamaru wanted to do especially if food were involved.

"Hey," Shikamaru's lazy gait paused, his dark eyes still on the sky. "You hungry?"

"I could eat," Chouji answered immediately, the chip halfway to his mouth.

True. Chouji could always eat. As well he should. Something the third member of their team hadn't been able to grasp. Akimichi Clan ninjutsu was a power oriented, calorie consuming practice, combined with the flexibility of the body and individual limbs at chakra driven will. If Chouji didn't have the extra calories on his person when the need arose, he would die in the performance of his duties. Plain and simple. Besides, Shikamaru didn't mind the extra.

The road they were on lead by Ichiraku, but Shikamaru knew Chouji preferred barbecue so he put one foot before the next, wishing he had the power to transport himself places by thought alone. If he’d had them when they passed the ramen shop his stomach wouldn't have gurgled appreciatively at the appetizing aromas drifting on the muggy air. If he’d had that power then the world would have continued on unscathed, resolute to turn long after his demise. But it was not to be.

Two events splintered perception.

The first was that his stomach's distress call triggered on Chouji's radar. And Akimichi Chouji, Nara Shikamaru's best friend, glanced at him from the corner of his eye before he expelled a mighty sigh. He had the look of a man about to do something that would change the dynamics between gravity and flight. But he set his full lips into a firmly compressed line and the bag of potato chips within large sarashi wrapped hands was offered.

Chouji did not look at him, did not, indeed, break stride, did not ask why Shikamaru did not stop and eat at this restaurant -- as it was closer -- because they both knew Chouji wanted barbecue and Shikamaru would very likely be paying.

The second sat at Ichiraku's itself in a loud orange jumpsuit, blond head bent over a bowl of ramen. Beside him, handing over a few bills to the vendor, sat Hyuuga Neji.

The world fell asunder.

Shikamaru watched.

Because never in all his thinkings -- and Shikamaru thought a lot -- did he ever consider the remote possibility that Neji, who had the ability to see 360 degrees far into any direction, would choose to never turn his sight from Uzumaki Naruto.

But there were other thinkings he'd put away, thinkings that he needed to sort through his brain and find and settle one way or the other because the world as he knew it had ended and the time for Final Prayers was at hand.

Everyone had their own taste when it came to what they found attractive. Nara Shikamaru liked them big-boned, well padded, wide-hipped, curvaceous, rosy-cheeked, and easy going. In a ninja village, the first two, wasn't likely, as the training tended to keep one in shape as it were meant to. And while there were ordinary villagers, it was rare that a ninja would become involved, or that said villagers weren't trim from their own work. Plumpness was for the rich.

As such, the Akimichi Clan did it for him. Truly set his libido in to overdrive. Often enough his musings turned to fantasies on just what Shikamaru would do with a beautiful, bountiful member of that clan if it were ever proposed. But it had never been. And risking rejection seemed troublesome enough in mere thought; the deed could wait.

But Chouji was offering.

The bag contained three potato chips -- the last. Chouji claimed the last was always sweetest. The clouds grew lax in their guardianship of the sun and it broke free. Nara Shikamaru accepted what Akimichi Chouji gave. The sky cracked like a whip in the air to order the sun into submission but it continued to watch as Shikamaru placed a salty chip on his tongue while a raindrop splattered on his nose.


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May. 23rd, 2009 01:30 am (UTC)
Noted and bookmarked; look for a real response when I've got time to read and absorb it properly. Quite sure I will have words then. School is happily murdering all my free time atm. Beta on Wish will get done at somepoint, also. >_< *harried drive-by love to you both*
May. 29th, 2009 05:10 am (UTC)
Hey, if the prompt wasn't needed, then it wasn't needed. This turned out quite well without it. ^_^

I like the train of Shikamaru's thoughts, and the silent intuitiveness between him and Chouji. That's one of the great things about the best-friends pairings. Also like Shika's personification of the sun/clouds and his sort of put-upon internal melodrama (the 'world' ending as his perceptions shift).

Also, you've inadvertently given me a setting/starting point for the NaruNeji you prompted me with. Must get that written just as soon as this paper I've got to write for school is off my plate.

If I wanted to post a link to this on the ShikaChou comm, would you mind? Or would you rather I didn't?

Have also not forgotten your beta for Wish. See strikeout above re: paper for school. It's doing to my free time what Godzilla does to Tokyo. Have barely been able to steal a moment for this.
May. 29th, 2009 11:22 am (UTC)
Shikamaru strikes me as the melodramatic type, y'know? Because everything can't be a complete bother right? makes me wonder what his oversized brain is coming up with to make it seem so.

evil plan worked E. She saw promise in a sentence or two. SCORE!

Sure you can post it. Have at.

I see your trouble. It's ok. School does technically come first. When is your semester over?
Jun. 5th, 2009 06:39 am (UTC)
Ehh. It's a fast-paced career-track school that goes in ten-week 'quarters'. Current quarter ends June 12, which is when this paper is due. 'Course, next quarter starts right up again the Monday after, but I'll hopefully have a little more breathing room at that point.

One more week; then I can hopefully go back to reading for the pleasure of it instead of for the sake of regurgitating it in MLA format. -_-x
Sep. 23rd, 2009 12:06 am (UTC)
Often enough his musings turned to fantasies on just what Shikamaru would do with a beautiful, bountiful member of that clan if it were ever proposed.

I love that line. This was a great read and very well done.
Oct. 10th, 2009 03:56 am (UTC)
you are good and merciful. glad you liked it. thanks for reading!
Mar. 29th, 2011 01:11 pm (UTC)
i start the story and the very first sentence hints at a dramatic battle and maybe deaths? well, to me it did. and then i read on and it's Shikamaru noticing Naruto and Neji and i almost fell off my chair laughing (though i think part of my reaction was my relief nobody was dying) :D
Mar. 30th, 2011 03:24 am (UTC)
*laughs* glad you enjoyed it. thank you for your comments.
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