It’s Shikamaru/Ino, set after the Genin boys try and fail to get Sasuke back way back when.
Ino is studying to become a medic ninja because she hates that she couldn’t go with the guys on their “retrieve Sasuke trip” and feels kind of useless (though she keeps it a secret from her team for a while), she learns some more Jutsus from Inoichi (one of which requires her to wear some gaudy glasses because it makes her eyes glow… pink? I think?), at some point she’s sent undercover on a Jonin-level (I think?) mission (not alone though, and Shikamaru is thoroughly against it), even though she’s not one, and then goes through the Chuunin exam again with Sakura and Chouji (that’s the last thing happening when I read it last, as it was still a WiP). Shikamaru’s a bit of a sexist and way too overprotective ass and oblivious to his feelings for Ino.
Ugh… I suck at describing things…
I don’t remember the title, or the author’s name, just that it was on livejournal (and I think maybe the author was a guy? though I’m probably totally wrong on this one) and really well written.
So… help? Please?
That moment when you really want to re-read that one frustratingly hot fic even though it’s from a fandom you’re not really part of anymore, and it was never even finished, and it made you tear your hair out and also squirm in your seat.