A/N: Wrote it in my LJ and posted it on naruto_fanworks. It is vague and confusing, but I kind of like it. About Team 7 and, as I've said, vague. No pairings, just friendshippy, and written in one sitting. v^_^v

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"Life Is This"

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Life is . . .

Life is . . .

Life is . . .

Sunshine. Flowers. Pain.

So much pain.

Life is . . .

His smile. Her smile. Your pain.

You miss them. You miss them. You miss them.

Why aren't they here? Why do you feel like you need them so much?

Life is . . . is . . .

Stupid pranks. Stupid crushes. The happiness you stopped letting yourself have.

Why are you here? You are too close to them. They are too close to you.

Why aren't they with you?

Everything hurts. Everything. And you don't want to need them, but you do now. They're too important.

But you can feel them. Their presence, so close. So sweet. You need them. You need them. You need them.

Why aren't they here? Why aren't they here? Why aren't they here? It's cold and it's dark and you're afraid that everything you've been striving for was wrong, even though you'd never admit it.

Warmth.

What . . . ?

Him.

Him. He's smiling- not the fake grin, but a smile. He's smiling and he's beside you.

And you're a little warmer. Then she's beside you too, and she is also smiling- her real smile, not the fake one.

Everything you've ever done, stupid or brilliant or strange as it may have seemed at the time or in retrospect, suddenly seems perfect.

It must have been. How else could they be here and be smiling at you?

This is life, and life is them.

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. : this is life : .