1986. Ino receives her first kiss from Kankurou, after coming to terms with Shikamaru and Temari's relations.
She had finally admitted to herself that Shikamaru and Temari weren’t just friends. There was a reason why Shikamaru was always her guide when she came to Konoha, even if stopping for just a few hours, and why Temari seemed to take the jobs that required someone to go to Konoha in the first place.
Not that she wasn’t unhappy about it—as far as she was concerned, Temari was decently nice if she felt like it and she cared for Shikamaru as a brother, so clearly she wanted them to be happy. No, she wasn’t unhappy. Merely jealous.
Quite a bit.
And when she confessed this to Kankuro, a rather rare meeting between two people that were distantly acquainted, he took a total of five seconds to stare at her before kissing the girl into a surprised silence.
"What did you think?" he asked.
She stared at him.
"Next time Temari comes to Konoha, tag along, okay?"
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