(1 – anonymous – Shikako/Sasuke, jounin, realization of feelings)
Night has fallen, their mission completed, camp set up against a rounded cliff-face that can only very generously be considered a cave.
Sasuke has made a fire, but it’s the line of his arm against hers that makes her feel warm; solid and steady and supportive.
“I love you.”
(2 – anonymous – Shikako & Kakashi, those left behind)
They left; she can still feel them slipping away, like water through her fingers, futilely trying to hold on.
She’s taken up a more nocturnal lifestyle–as if the light of day will make her loss seem worse–and their old training ground looks almost serene in the moonlight.
It’s the crackle of lightning, dangerous and familiar, that signals Kakashi’s arrival and there is comfort in knowing that someone else has been left behind, too.
(3 – anonymous – Shikako/Kankurou, Chuunin Exams)
They are laughter and sarcasm and well meaning lies, shrugs and second-born children and casual competition.
He is a puppeteer for true–an enthusiastic prodigy of a dying art–but she is a Nara, shadow jutsu and shogi.
He thinks he is fighting for a father already dead; she knows what the real stakes are.
(4 – @xxriverspirit – Shikako/Gaara, reincarnated modern!AU)
By the time she is walking and talking again, she has already mourned and moved on.
Or so she thinks.
But every time she spots–red hair, green eyes, dark tattoos on pale skin–it takes her a while to remember how to breathe.
(5 – anonymous – Shikako/Neji, high school!AU)
There is a girl looking for TenTen that he doesn’t know–a second year, from the color of her tie, one year below him. At first he’s concerned it’s just a convoluted excuse to talk to him, but she’s really just here to drop of a notebook.
“Ah,” the girl says, eye catching on the advanced mathematics on his desk behind TenTen’s, “You might want to use a different formula for problem nine,” she continues, easily, and then turns and leaves.
A/N: I’ll post them up five at a time, I guess? This is fun! 😀