Location: Sakura's HouseTime: July 3rd Recap: Sakura invited Shikamaru to her house for her homemade choclate cake. An expirement so to speak...no one else would do it.Warnings: NoneWalking down her street he wondered why in the hell he'd ever agreed to it. Everyone knew Sakura was no cook, it's not that she couldn't cook... she just.... couldn't cook. She wanted someone to try her homemade choclate cake, he thought she didn't LIKE choclate, but she said she'd made it for some little kids at the hospital.He'd found that sweet... not that he'd admit to that.So anyway, she finally asked him because no one else would do it. So he said yes, what in god's god name had he been thinking he didn't know. But seeing that hopeful face she had after so many people wouldn't do it he couldn't refuse her. Standing at her doorstep he gave a long and tired sigh. He knocked on the door and stood there waiting for her to open it with that same dull look on his face....He secretly hoped he wouldn't get food poisioning.
Sakura paced back and forth in the doorway, palms brushing as her feet gave a continued 'pit pat pitter pat'...Damn it where was he?!She had to force herself not to look out the window again, her lip trembling as she waited even longer. No, no that's not true the exact time he was supposed to come was about five seconds ago and she couldn't logically expect such a miracle. Kame, this was the worst--what would he say? Shikamaru complained about everything!There were so many other candidates who just happened to not be able to do it. Naruto was too overbearing and would give her thousands of compliment and not tell the truth if he hated it. Kiba, well he was just TOO truthful to the point you wanted to...Neji, she hadn't bothered with or her sensei; besides Neji got on her about how he'd end up having HER treat him and not several medics or Tsunade-herself. Then there was Lee-in a heartbeat the perfect candidate for the taste test, but he was off on a mission with his sensei! Her gal friends? Tenten and Hinata had kidnly rejected, and Ino had straight out called her last creation 'a creepy pile of mush'; the hell she wasn't that bad!Okay, so she'd accidently dropped some egg shells into the batter and hadn't noticed, but not this time! Also, she couldn't help the giddy, perky feeling she got when cooking...Lost in her thoughts she jumped at the knock on her door. He was finally here! Okay, this would go well-he'd love it, she'd give it to the brother and sister and they'd smile again...it'd be like happily ever after!She opened the door and the warm smile melted from her face-she was letting a guy into her home."Shikamaru, eleven seconds late."She teased trying for a smile, but not moving to let him inside quite yet.
"Shikamaru, eleven seconds late." For my death? He added to his thoughts as she spoke, she didn't move and her smile was slightly fake..."So am I going to be let inside or am I eating outside?" Smirking he leaned his weight to the right slightly his hands casually in his pockets as always. His thoughts turned to the fact that this was kind of the first time he'd been in a GIRL'S house... he hoped it would be all... pink.
The calm exterior of her's twitched just slightly, her hand slipping where it was currently blocking the door. "O-of course. That was the whole point." She knew her mother would get on her about letting any boy in her house, but this was an emergency and Mrs. Haruno didn't exactly pop up all the time, always busy doing whatever her mom did. She was also to giddy or soemthing to reply and she blushed at not being able to make the lazy nin flustered as well.Oh well, she didn't want to get him angry-he might lie about the cake or endlessly complain, or worst of all LEAVE!"Make yourself comfortable."She nodded to a chair, the furniture not pink or flowery, or even that girly--it was a comforting set up with darks and lights, really dull colors at best...her room was different but the wouldn't be heading there. "Be right back!" She smiled, for real this time and headed for the kitchen, but paused after a few steps. "Oh, and you can sit down if you're not sexist against furniture." She smirked over her shoulder at him.
"O-of course. That was the whole point."Rolling his eyes he wondered at her blushing as she continued after a moment, "Make yourself comfortable." He looked over at the direction she indicated surprised at the ungirlyness. Infact it was even manly, it was slightly.... blah. It was so unlike the Haruno, he always suspected her house being more girlish...Not that he ever thought about her house! He meant... like... well, nevermind. Different thought.Going over to the couch he was startled when she spoke, "Be right back!" He nodded sitting down frowning at her next comment, "Oh, and you can sit down if you're not sexist against furniture."Greeat... he tapped his fingers along the arm of the chair wondering what he should do now. He was never one for conversation and he didn't entirely know what she liked anyway. But unusually he wanted to talk to her for some reason, plus the silence was awkward and he hated that more than Naruto waking him up on an odd day for a mission."So why'd you make this cake for again?"No he hadn't forgotten, but he needed something to strike up a conversation...
She suddenly looked nervous, her smirk dissapearing. "Well, I know I told you it was for those kids at the hospital, butI guess you can keep a secret so..." She turned back to him meeting his gaze in an almost shy manner. "They don't really like chocolate really; the truth is there's this male medic and he told me before he likes sweets so..." She smiled to herself, hands pressed together with compassion like the days when her crush would say something to her. "You're a guy so you'll help me know if it's good enough! Thanks again Shikamaru-kun." Giving him an wink, she finally headed to the kitchen to retrieve the chocolate cake...only bursting out in laughter when she was out of sight.
As he looked up at her he noted her nervous appearance, he raised a brow as she started to speak,"Well, I know I told you it was for those kids at the hospital, but I guess you can keep a secret so..."A secret...?"They don't really like chocolate really; the truth is there's this male medic and he told me before he likes sweets so...""......" A guy? He was here.... for a guy? He almost got up and left had it not been for thathopeful look again... but something told him he should wait before making the conclusion she was telling the truth. For some reason... his mind wouldn't allow him to..."You're a guy so you'll help me know if it's good enough! Thanks again Shikamaru-kun."With that wink she was off wondering what in the hell she could be thinking? And who was this male meic? He hoped he wasn't like Sasuke, if he was he would worry this guy would leave. He sighed his head hurt with the vast possibilities and the fact he didn't want Sakura hurt again like he'd seen her.Like he'd seen her...
Just looking at the, what was it-slight anger; was well worth it. She bit her lip to hold in another burst of laughter as she cut off a fresh slice of chocolate cake. She wondered if he really believed that...who was she-INO?! She snerked aloud and picked up the slice heading slowly for the living room, hopefully he wouldn't be too pissed off but he was smart enough to remember her reason right?She looked to the cake and felt a little nervous. Really, she'd followed the recipe this time, and it even looked good! Right? Yes, that was what cakes were supposed to look like. She tried to reflect on his look again to calm her nerves; he was probably sitting out there thinking seriously or he'd left...Oi! That'd be really bad, she'd have to run after him and he might dissapear or something.Holding out the slice of chocolate cake as peace offering; Sakura entered into the living room hiding a light grin behind the plate. "Ah, don't look serious Shikamaru. I was joking."
Looking up from the couch once again as she hld out the cake to him with a small grin on her face. He rose a brow, "Ah, don't look serious Shikamaru. I was joking."He could've died. Right there. Just...died. He took the plate with a 'this is so troublesome' face plastered on as he took the fork taking a piece and lifting it. In truth... he was afraid to eat it. He looked at it for a moment before biting on it slipping the fork out the frosting bits left on his cheek a little, i was actually,"Good..." He muttered out with a full mouth. Knowning Shikamaru would not lie one should take this a compliment.He hoped she would believe him. Though it should as he almost instinctivly took another bite the choclate still a little on his face.
She giggled a little as he took the cake; he'd completely believed her. "Jeez, I'm so hurt Shikaaa." She gave a mock pout, having moved so that she was leaning against the back of his chair as he watched him and waitied..."Just good?"This time she gave a real pout, but before she could complain he took another bite.She stared at him wide eye, NOONE had ever eaten any of her cooking twice, this couldn't be an act. Her face went a bright pink as she watched, her eyes slipped to the ground, then back to him-she felt a little funny. She shook her head, trying to get rid of the weird embarrassment and grabbed the nearest chair, sitting down. "Nee, then let me try nee? I can't have my own slice anyway since the rest is for the children..." She scooted the chair closer waiting for him to break of some or whatever he had to do to give her a peice-her lips were still slightly parted out of surprise.
"Nee, then let me try nee? I can't have my own slice anyway since the rest is for the children..."He looked over at her blush and wondered what she could be thinking as she scooted closer to him making him oddly nervous and jittery as his swallow seemed to go down with a little more difficultly. "Eh... sure." He lifted the new piece on his fork torward her glancing away hoping she'd grab it rather than bite it...How troublesome.But he could't think of anything else.
"Eh?" Was he serious? He was holding out his fork in such a weird way. She didn't take it, nor bite-instead she gave a tentive lick of frosting.Sugoi! The kunoichi perked already disliking the after taste of chocolatey in her mouth, but it was well worth it! She thought of just taking a peice that he already had but since she'd licked and all..."Thanks Shi-kun, I didn't want to plead for my own cake."Without any sign she took a bite, but not what he'd expected-it was like a nip of the small peice, a small bite for everyone else and a complete one for her. She never did eat much, it was natural.
He looked back over to her as she licked it. The hell?Was she some kind of cat or something? Maybe she should've just sniffed it first..."Thanks Shi-kun, I didn't want to plead for my own cake."About to nod he almost was startled as she took the bite...or half of one. Sometimes she worried about her and her eating habits as he gav her sort of a flat look, not about to waste it since Chouji would get on him about it finding out somehow. He ate the "piece" that was left and took another full bite again actually enjoying it. Been awhile since he had cake... "Well, I'm sure those kids'll be happy..." He muttered trying his best to make it sound like a compliment.He wasn't good with compliments...
She swallowed her small peace, inwardly blehing at that chocolate leftover flavor, but it wasn't so bad. She started to lean forward for another small bite. "Yeah I hope s-Shikamaru I wasn't done!" Frowning back at his flat look and she huffed lightly and straightened out her chair grumbling. "I was just eating slow..." Pouting lightly she put on a tentive smile. "So, can I have some more since you fin-"She suddenly irked, face darkening. He-she-he'd eaten after her a-and she'd licked it and bitten and-the hell?!
I was just eating slow...So, can I have some more since you fin-"One look at her and he almost choked, "What?" He said confused as to what he'd done wrong. Women were troublesome! He thought she wanted him to eat it. "I thought you wanted me to eat it?" He said clueless for once, the genius dumbfounded by her reaction.
She felt her face go redder and held up her hands with a shaky smile. "No, well; ah it doesn't matter much anyway I guess I'm done." This was really embarrassing...kame him saying she wanted him to eat what she just...Her stomach gave an un natural flop and she started to stand up, regretting her decession because that small bite had tasted pretty good; ah well some had chances and others didn't.
"No, well; ah it doesn't matter much anyway I guess I'm done."He stood up placing the plate on the coffee table, "Well...I guess I'll go then..." He looked oddly nervous as an awkward silence hung over the room. Stupid cake... how troublesome.
Still blushing the pink haired girl looked to him in surprise. "You ate it all?" She was beaming inside and nodded heading to the door giving him a playful grin. "Ah, right I'm sure your day is just packed." As she reached the wooden frame she started to open it, looking back to him with a warm smile. "Thank you, very much for coming over and trying it Shi-kun."
"You ate it all?" He gave a small nod torward the empty plate and following her to the door. "Ah, right I'm sure your day is just packed." He rolled his eyes remaining silent at that remark thinking it too troublesome for him to think of a come back for that. "Thank you, very much for coming over and trying it Shi-kun." He gave a lopsided grin and and gave a warm nod, "Eh, it wasn't a problem. I didn't have anything else to do today..."
She blinked at the returned smile and suddenly felt a little shy-he'd only ever smiled like that at Naruto. Unlocking the door she placed her hand on the handle and slowly turned it. "Well, I won't hold you up then. Just..." She got onto her tippytoes a little; since he was taller and she very well couldn't at her normal height-and kissed his cheek; pulling away. "It means the world to me Shika-kun. Oh and..." She stuck her tounge out a little. "You've got some chocolate on your other cheek."
"Well, I won't hold you up then. Just..." He froze as she kissed his cheek confused as well as flustered. No girl had ever done that to him before, or much less had thought about it. He absently touched his cheek where her lips had touched it. "It means the world to me Shika-kun. Oh and...You've got some chocolate on your other cheek." His brow quirked and he frowned a little wiping his cheek and walking out with his eyes closed in frustration. "Th-thanks..." he muttered out before leaving not knowing what he was supposed to do after she did something like that. He didn't even know what that could've possibly meant."Troublesome woman...." He half-heartidly said before turning the corner from where he came.