After getting the horrid stuff out of my system, I promptly passed out. They had me hooked up to IVs and were pushing pain meds, and so I had really, really weird dreams. (In one, Fuu-chan was chasing me all over Konoha, and I had three fiances, and Lee got turned into a Tanuki and... okay, I'll stop here.) When I woke up, Shizune-san was removing the IVs. "How do you feel?" she asked.
"... much better, actually." And I DID feel much better, miraculously, compared to the OMGIMGOINGTODIE pain that I was in the day before. "Are you going to let me go home today?"
Shizune-san looked unsure. "Your father is away, is he not? Who is going to -- "
My cheeks burned. "I can take care of myself!"
Shizune smiled. "Of course you can. But it's going to be hard for you to move around at first. You did extensive damage to the infrastructure of your toe, you know."
"I have Lee and Gai-sensei," I muttered, clutching Fuu-chan
"I suppose I can't keep you here," she said, sighing. "And we do need the bed. Kurenai has been clamoring for a room change. It seems the medic in her ward keeps hitting on her."
SCANDALOUS~! Must tell Ino.
"Oh~!" said Shizune, moving away from the IVs. "I found these here this morning. Whoever brought them was very stealthy." She smiled secretly. "And has wonderful taste."
There was no note, only the most perfect bouquet of flowers that I'd ever seen in my life. I could tell Ino's work from miles away -- the girl is extremely talented. Did she make it for me? Or did she make it for someone to give me? I reached over to touch the petals and thought that it was so amazing how something could be so beautiful and yet so outwardly plain. There was nothing remarkable about the components alone, but together -- together -- it was almost mesmerizing.
Shizune-san's voice knocked me out my thoughts. "We'll send Aoba later with your things, if you'd like. He'll be careful with the flowers."
"Yes," I said absently. Because suddenly my heart was beating wildly in my chest and I couldn't think of anything else. "The flowers."
Will I ever find such beauty in myself?
I hobbled merrily home, stopping only a couple of times because of the pain. I supposed I could have waited for Lee or Gai-sensei, but really, I was fine. I could totally take care of myself. At least, I could, until I encountered a hill somewhere near Shikamaru's cloud watching spot. Honestly! When did they put this silly HILL here?! With rocks that someone could so easily trip on and find themselves clamoring down said hill, clutching crutches in fear and pain? DANGEROUS~! I must tell Shizune-san to rid Konoha of all of these silly land formations.
I hit the bottom and my ancestors rolled over in their graves.
I watched the clouds as I cursed my miserable existence. You know, I can almost tell why Shikamaru likes it so much. It was almost peaceful. I picked out a scythe, kunai and shuriken, all in the first five minutes, and wondered if anyone would find me. Shikamaru might, but he didn't seem like the kind of person who would carry me home. And ow ow ow ow, I really needed someone to carry me home. At least he could go find help, if he found me...
I turned to the side to see if anyone was coming, and lo and behold, what did I see? A LITTLE PINK TENT with THE MANY FACES OF SASUKE (
"WHAT THE HELL - INO!?"
Long story short: Ino is living in a tent. She is incredibly angry with me for an incredibly stupid reason though I managed to somehow convince her that, no, I am not trying to win Shikamaru over with my womanly ways (*snort*) and could she please help me home and maybe cook me dinner? She looked like she didn't know if she wanted to believe me or not, but I guess my, "Come on now, it's Shikamaru" argument finally won her over because she looped an arm around my waist and helped me home.
I must try to convince her that this tent situation is silliness. She was spewing something about independence and whatnot, but really. She can't live in a tent.
And... and... no matter how horrid she is... every girl needs her mother.
WERE YOU AWARE OF THIS TENT SITUATION, NARA!? YOU BETTER USE THAT GENIUS BRAIN OF YOURS TO COME UP WITH SOMETHING BECAUSE INO IS THE MOST STUBBORN PIG I'VE EVER MET AND SHE REFUSES TO MOVE OUT OF THAT TENT! IT HAS LITTLE SASUKE FACES ON IT FOR GOD'S SAKE~!!!!!!!
Okay. Calm now. But seriously... the situation has escalated.
What are we going to do?
P.S. I'd advise you to stop lying to Ino about her dates. She isn't stupid - sooner or later she's going to figure out that most guys that ask her out are not molesters, cross-dressers or gay. And then she's going to wonder why you're lying to her. (I'm wondering this myself -- care to explain yourself?)
P.P.S. There is no Hyuuga situation~! I have no idea what you're talking about. /ignores.