title: Irritation
fandom: Naruto
characters/pairings: Shikamaru/Neiji-ish
rating: G
warnings: biting/vampirism
summary: Neiji tries to shake up Shikamaru. (Bloody Kisses Ficlet)
notes: for Kaitlin, her Bloody Kisses Ficlet. unfortunately, the only Naruto i'm familiar with is what Shonen Jump has given me, so...

Shikamaru frowned. He was trying to sleep, but someone kept poking him. Still, his powers of sleep were most astounding, and a little thing like a stick being repeatedly jabbed into his side wasn't going to deter him.

"Hey, Shikamaru!"

"Go'way," Shikamaru sleepily murmured.

"I want to test your intelligence!"

There was no response to that other than to snore lightly. Neiji was clearly much smarter than he was. What difference did it make to the other ninja-in-training? Shikamaru wasn't bothered.

"If you gain a power, but also gain a weakness, how do you assess the strength of the power? Is the efficacy of the power limited by the hindrance of the weakness, or is the power sufficient? Should a shinobi allow himself to be tethered to weakness, or is a shinobi above being tethered?"

It was gobbledygook, is what that was, and Shikamaru wasn't going to dignify it with a response.

Neiji sighed loudly. "Well, let me show you what I mean, then."

Shikamaru's eyes popped open, and he yelped in pain. "What the hell are you doing, freak?!"

Neiji blinked innocently, licking away the blood that covered his mouth. "Biting you."

"Well, stop it," Shikamaru sighed. "I'm trying to sleep."

Neiji leaned back on his haunches, and bit back his groan of protest. Clearly, his timing had been off. Still. He had gotten a taste, and that was pretty damn good...