A/N: The epilogue! I have completed my first chapter story! (throws confetti) Review people!

I will also be starting a new story. It's titled: Define Destiny and is Naru/Hina. Sorry Neji/Tenten fans but most people voted for that one. Check it out and review!

Disclaimer: I do not own Naruto or any of the other characters.

Summary: Sakura is sent to Sunagakure on a mission to train the medic ninja there. Yet, there is one little problem…She'll be living with the Kazekage and his family. Will she survive long enough to complete her task?

Chapter 12—Epilogue

Haruno Sakura stepped through the huge gates and smiled. She was finally home, back in Konoha. The village was thriving and peaceful, just how she had left it many months ago.


Her smile got bigger as she spotted her close friend, Naruto, dashing through the villagers towards her. He leapt at her and crushed her in a hug that sent them both tumbling to the floor.

"Naruto!" She exclaimed, both annoyed and happy.

"I really missed you, Sakura-chan!" He shouted, planting a kiss on her cheek.

They got up from the ground, ignoring the weird looks the villagers were giving them. "I missed you too."

He grabbed one of her bags and began walking, Sakura by his side. "I have to go to see Tsunade-sama."

"I'll take you," He said. "So, how was Suna? Did you see Gaara?"

A slight blush rose on her cheeks at the mention of the Kazekage. "It was very nice there despite all the sand. Gaara," Here she hesitated. She couldn't let Naruto know how close she was to him. "—san was kind. He's a very good leader."

Naruto laughed, "Yeah, he is, but what a temper."

"Oh, really?" She faked ignorance. "I never really noticed."

"Why try to hide it?" Asked Inner Sakura. She had been quiet for some time, so her sudden appearance startled Sakura slightly.

"If Naruto found out, he would tell the whole village." Replied Sakura.

"Hmm…true." Inner Sakura faded.

"Sakura? Sakura?"

She blinked. Naruto was waving his hand in front of her. Apparently she had spaced out in front of the door to the Tsunade's office. Ugh, she was so lame!

"Sorry," She mumbled and walked inside.

Tsunade was sitting at her desk, calmly sipping sake, reading a rather large scroll. She looked up when they entered and smiled. Sakura's eyes narrowed. She didn't like the look on her face. It was too…happy.

"Hello, Sakura. Welcome back." She said, closing the scroll and setting down her sake.

"Hello, Tsunade-sama."

Naruto set down her bag and sat down in a chair, looking curiously between the two women.

"I got the most interesting letter from the Kazekage today." She said.

"Oh, no…" Thought Sakura.

The smile on Tsunade's face seemed to get wider and…eviler. "He requested that you be sent back since his sister, Temari, needs someone to help her with all the paperwork."

"For real?" Her voice came out rushed.


"So, he did think of something."

"What did you do to Gaara, Sakura? Seduce him?" Asked Naruto. She could hear the teasing in his voice.

"No," She said. Yet, she was unable to wipe the grin off her face.

She became aware of the sound of sand moving, a sound she had come to know well. An arm wrapped around her waist and pulled her close. She could feel a well-muscled chest pressed to her back.

"Gaara!" Naruto exclaimed, almost falling off the chair in surprise.

Tsunade didn't seem in the least bit shocked. It was almost as if she had been expecting him… Hmph, she knew there had been something weird about her greeting.

"What are you doing here?" Sakura asked.

"I came to escort you back to Suna." He answered.

She sighed. "Okay, I'll go."

"As if you had a choice,"


He silenced her with a kiss.

Naruto almost went into cardiac arrest. He never imagined he'd see the day when Gaara, cold-hearted Gaara, kissed a girl, especially Sakura. But, he was happy for his friends.

They grabbed her bags and went on their way. As they were walking out, Tsunade stopped them.

"You better take care of her, Gaara." She warned. "If I hear one complain—" She drew her finger across her throat in a threatening manner.

"You won't." Assured Gaara, a smirk on his face.

"I'll be visiting soon!" Shouted Naruto after them. "I'll make sure to bring everyone else along too!"

Sakura groaned. "I hope your house is big enough."

Gaara shrugged. "We'll see what happens when the time comes."

"How long had you known this was going to happen?" She asked.

"About…" He paused, thinking. "A week or so,"

"And you didn't tell me!"

"It was a surprise." He answered with an expressionless face.

"Be grateful I have forgiven you." She said.

"And why should I?"

"Because you need me," With that said, she began running, cutting off his response. "I'll race you!" She shouted.

Gaara growled and ran after her. He was going to have a long chat with her once they arrived.