C.I. Works
Troublesome Shadows

Chapter 2

Chapter 1 - Stalker...?

The clouds were pretty today, so puffy and crisp in their shape. Even though they were nice, I hadn't the time to stare at them. I would have liked nothing more than to lie in a tree and gaze at the sky, but circumstance told me that I wasn't going to be able to get that pleasure this fine day. No, this fine day, I was in hell and the day stayed bright and cheery for only a moment it seems like, fore I only saw the darkness and horrors of that previous day.

"You're out early young miss. Are you all by yourself?" a man said to a small girl no older than seven.

"Yes. It's only for a short while, I only need a light bulb," said the girl.

"Well, they're over that way," the man said pointing towards a tiny electronic section of the store.

The girl grabbed a light bulb and paid for it. She then proceeded towards the outskirts of the village. "Ya' know...it's such a nice day out, I think I'll stroll around town for a while," she said to herself. She placed the light bulb in her pouch and started to wander.

As she wandered through town, she noticed a small boy around her age wandering just as she was. He seemed to have a destination rather than aimlessly traversing the town like she'd been doing. On an unpremeditated spur, she decided to follow him. The boy stopped in a large field surrounded by many trees and laid down in the grass. She was so taken with the trees, she wandered through them forgetting about the boy and found a nice, big tree to climb into to stare at the sky. It was clear with a few white puffy clouds and in the peacefulness, she fell asleep. Although she didn't know it, the boy had fallen asleep too, for he also got caught up in the peacefulness of staring at the sky.

She awoke to see the sun setting, "Oh NO! I've spent the whole time sleeping!!" she cried as she hopped down from the tree. In the distance as she started to walk through the field towards her home, she saw that the boy had just been waking up. "Oh no, was he asleep too? Did I wake him?" she said to herself.

"No," said the boy who overheard her muttering to herself.

"OH! I'm sorry, I didn't mean to intrude or anything, I was in a near by tree and-"

"I saw you following me earlier," the boy cut into her sentence.

"HUH?!" she gasped.

"I'm not offended or anything, if you'd been a threat, you would have attacked me whilst I was sleeping," he said.

"I suppose you're right," she answered with a slight laugh.

"So...why did you follow me?" he asked.

"Oh. Well, I was only curious as to where you were headed since we both seemed to be wandering through town," she answered.

"Ah, I see," he replied. "So, shouldn't you be headed home? Your parents must be worried, I know mine are," he said.

"Well, actually, I don't have any parents or relatives," she said in reply.

"Oh...I-I'm sorry," he said sounding a bit shocked. "Well then, do you want to walk home together?" he asked.

"Sure, I'd love to!" the girl said in excitement.

The two of them began to leave the field and headed towards the village. Luckily for the girl, her house just happened to be in the direction they were headed. The day had been hot earlier, but it seemed to have cooled down a bit. She couldn’t help but feel a little cold.

"So, what's your name?" the boy asked her.

Completely distracted from her train of thought by hearing the boy's voice, "Oh! Um, it's Nanami!" she said a little startled. "What's yours?" she asked a bit more calmly.

"It's Shikamaru. Nice to meet you Nanami," he said.

"Nice to meet you too," Nanami said smiling. She began to smile a bit too much.

Shikamaru's face grew a bit sour looking, "What's so funny?" he asked.

"Oh, nothing's funny. It's just, I'm really happy, that's all," Nanami said smiling still.

"About what?" he asked sounding not amused.

"You're the first friend I've ever made," she answered smiling directly at Shikamaru.

Shikamaru looked a little shocked and partially red; noticing this, he quickly placed a frown on his face and looked in the opposite direction. It was silent the rest of the walk towards their houses. They continued to walk through the village as the sun still was setting. By the time they reached Shikamaru's house, it was nightfall. There was a loud yell full of anger from somewhere in the house, "SHIKAMARU NARA! WHERE ON EARTH HAVE YOU BEEN, DO YOU KNOW WHAT TIME IT IS MISTER?!!" yelled the feminine but scary voice. Nanami assumed it was his mother.

"Yes, I'm aware; I'm sorry, I lost track of time again," Shikamaru groaned. "You should get out of here while you can, this could get ugly," he whispered to Nanami. She nodded and ran off before the angry voice came to the door. Shikamaru was in for long lecture that he simply didn't want to hear, he only wanted to sleep and wake up the next day with his ears not ringing. 'How troublesome...' he thought to himself as his mother yelled at him.

Chapter 2