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29 September 2007 @ 10:05 am
[thread][A Study in Observation][open]  
While he was not quite "on duty" as a member of ANBU, Sai had been informed that a heavy ANBU presence would be preferred after what had happened the last time the Daimyo made an appearance. At the moment though, he was off shift, and left to his own devices. There was a new way to how the villagers moved, more energetic, almost enthusiastic, that hadn't quite been present since the first invasion. It seemed that people were finally beginning to "move on" in a sense? Sai wasn't sure.

Temari was now in the village, he knew, which meant Suna would be making at least some display at the festival. Miss Ino was already loosening up and 'having a good time', if that drunken shouting match she'd had with Shikamaru had been any indication. Sai frowned, he still wasn't sure how he felt about Ino anymore. It was confusing in the first place, and her behavior patterns did not make sense to him. Maybe Sakura could explain, since Naruto was now indisposed. There was another problem there however, as Sakura had not been acting normally since her return from Suna. If anything else, she seemed cagier, but at least with the help of Chouji her weight was slowly returning to normal. Which pleased Sai in a way that almost surprised him. It seemed that he had been worried about Sakura as soon as he noticed her weight dropping significantly, and the new improvements to her health were reassuring.

But now there was a festival to deal with, and Sai watched as people scurried to and fro with various articles that were intended for the celebration. It seemed like this would be an excellent chance to observe human behavior. Arms folded across his chest, he leaned against a gate, which afforded an excellent view of the entire square, while still protecting his back.
Yamanaka Ino: omgyay!!!!!!!!little__flower on October 6th, 2007 06:14 am (UTC)
"You're the older one here, you're supposed to be giving me words of wisdom, Senpai," she said jokingly. "You don't have to live happily ever after but just try to live, okay? It'll be boring if you're not around to bully. Ahhh, it's no good at all. When I think about it, I'm a little bit jealous," now Ino was grinning for real, all teeth and mouth, "I'm prettier than your wife-to-be, right?"

She was teasing him and that felt good. She wasn't good at being serious, not even in these sorts of situations.

Suddenly, Ino held out her hand to him. "Come here."
Kugutsushi no Kankurou: we pretty much think you suckshort_strings on October 6th, 2007 06:39 am (UTC)
"Pfft. My wife's from the Wind Country. She en't a heartstopper an' she en't bad, but she en't you. But you already knew that," he muttered tiredly, scooting closer. "An' I don't intend t'marry her, whether th' council likes it 'r not. I'll go missin'. Hide in a cave somewhere. I dunno."

When he was close to her---close enough to smell whatever softly sweet perfume she was wearing---he was almost tempted to go through with the cave idea and take her with him. They could live in a nice little cave. Have cave babies. Write crummy romance novels. It'd be great.
Yamanaka Ino: bluuuushlittle__flower on October 11th, 2007 10:54 pm (UTC)
Leaning over, she gave him a kiss on the cheek, stopping to mess up his hair. It was probably the last time for a while she was going to get to see his face up close like this. Ino ingrained it into her memory, as fuzzy as it was at the moment from sheer exhaustion.

"I have to go. My team is probably getting into heaps of trouble without me," there was a flash of an apologetic smile. "Responsibilities and all that. I'll be around later if you're still here. Though I promised dinner to Chouji... if he's sober enough after this to get there."
Kugutsushi no Kankurou: cleanshort_strings on October 13th, 2007 01:26 am (UTC)
What an anticlimactic end. Kankurou had half been hoping that she'd tell him to follow her and they'd have one night together, just one, where their positions meant fuck all and they didn't have the weight of their obligations to contend with. It was a stupid hope, though, because it would never be that easy for them---not when Ino was wavering on her feet with exhaustion because her village worked her too damn hard.

"Fuck that," he said flatly, resting a hand on her shoulder to balance her. "You're gonna keel over, stupid. Go...fuck th' festival an' take th' night off 'fore you land yourself in th' hospital. If you're not gonna be happy, be healthy. Jesus."

It was probably one of the most selflessly worried things he'd ever said, so he muttered it in an undertone, looking away.