Sai helped her on the deliveries and once they got back to the shop, he took her hand again and smiled at her. "Beautiful? Can I ask you a question...?"
Shikamaru smiled and checked his phone. "Ah...sorry, guys, but I have to go for a little bit. But I'll meet you for food in a bit?" he offered and then headed out.
Ino smiled at her best friends and nodded. She led them out and locked the shop up until they got back
"I'm happy for you, Ino," Shikamaru promised and smiled at her. "You deserve happiness."
Sai held her hand carefully and remained close to her side, enjoying her touch. He smiled at her and then said, "Are we ready to go, Beautiful?"
She nodded to Sai's question interlacing their fingers and blushed at Shikamaru's teasing. "Yeah so what?"
Sai leaned into her touch and closed his eyes. When she pulled away, he watched her then went to her side, staying close to her. He hesitated but soon took her free hand. "Couples can hold hands, right?" he asked her quietly.
Shikamaru watched and smiled. "So you're actually dating now, Ino?" he questioned teasingly.
She smiled at them and paused cleaning the blood from Sai's cheek. "Let me grab the the delivery list." She said and grabbed the papers off the clipboard and the store keys.
Shikamaru nodded and picked up the flowers with a soft smile. Choji helped as well, wanting to be useful to Ino too. They looked to her and smiled. "Where to, Ino?" Shikamaru asked.
Sai looked at her as well. "Beautiful?"
"come with me and Sai for this big delivery? Maybe we can all go eat after that?" She asked.
Shikamaru chuckled and shook his head. "We're not busy for the next day or so. Why do you ask, Ino?"
Sai looked at Ino quietly, not sure how to join in on the conversation.
"you were more the leader than i was, Mr only chunin in our class." She said and nudged him. "Are you guys busy?"
Shikamaru pat her back gently and sighed. "Ino...as I said, we will always be there for you. You've always been there for us. You were like our team leader once...once Asuma died. We need you, Ino..."
She hugged Shikamaru back and sighed. "I know and i hate bugging you guys about helping me around here... You have other stuff to do that's more important than saving me from perverts...."
Shikamaru hugged her then and frowned. "I'm sorry, Ino. I know you've been through a lot lately..." He frowned and kissed her forehead. "But just know, Choji and I are ALWAYS there for you, okay? No matter how late."
Choji nodded quickly. "We love you, Ino. You're like a sister to us!" He smiled lovingly at her.
She teared up again and swallowed. "You guys...." She said and sighed. "I'm just... I miss my dad and Sai had to save me from a guy...." She mumbled what the guy had done and hoped they wouldn't ask her to repeat it as she stood brushing herself off.
Choji noticed the fake smile and looked worry. "Ino, come on, what's wrong? I can buy us lunch and we can talk about it. You know we're always here for you! You're like family to us, after all! You're our girl, Ino."
Shikamaru nodded and sighed. "You might yell a lot, but you know we love you."
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