First Comes Hurt, Then Comes Love
Shikamaru Nara, Shikadai Nara, OC
It's been three years since Shikamaru Nara's wife Temari died. Since then his life has been a delicate juggling act as he struggles to manage the tough task of being the advisor to the Hokage, a renowned Jonin, and a single father. He believed that he would never love again, but will his son's attachment to a kind-hearted teacher be the change of all that?
Shikadai stared at the clock on the wall, watching the seconds slowly tick by. The droning of the teacher was far, far away, as his attention has lapsed nearly thirty minutes ago. Why do we even have to learn history, anyway? What a drag, he thought with a yawn, glancing down from his seat at the lovely woman who was excitedly teaching, writing feverishly on the board now and then. It was a little known fact that in addition to the basic ninja classes, the Ninja Academy required students to take other courses as well, history included. Shikadai didn't really see the point of focusing on the past, and so this was his least favorite class.
As the final bell rang, all the students leaped out of their seats and dashed out of the door. Shikadai, however, calmly rose from his seat and proceeded down the steps until he reached the door. He paused in the threshold, staring out with his hands in his pockets. It was pouring outside, and so the students' mothers and fathers had come to greet their children with umbrellas. However, Shikadai's father was nowhere to be seen. What a drag, he thought sadly as he went to step into the rain.
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