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Chapter 10: the Decition.


Gaara started gathering his courage and with a deep breath he got even closer to Sakura, standing behind her he gently gave her a hug and whispered:

"I will always be here for you what ever you decide."

Sakura leaned in to his embrace and closed her eyes. This was just what she needed.

The cool air around them calmed her down, as well as being in Gaara's arms.

'I want to stay in this moment forever' he thought.

"What do you think the others are doing?" Sakura asked.

"Shikamaru and Temari are probably doing something, and I quote Shikamaru, Troublesome." Gaara said with the same tone of voice that Shikamaru used.

"The other ones, I have no idea." He continued.

'He is so handsome' Sakura thought with a slight shade of pink on her cheeks.

On the cold roof Shikamaru and Temari sneezed.

"Okay, plan is on!" Temari stated.

"Yes, but where are Kankurou?" Shikamaru wondered.

"He's in place." Temari saw her brother in the end of their street. And she continued:

"Now, it's a matter of waiting."

"Can't we do something else while we are waiting?" Shikamaru suggested.

Temari snorted with a sigh:


"Watching the stars come out is perverted?" Shikamaru looked at her questioning.

"Aaaw, Shikamaru, you're so romantic!" Temari exclaimed and hugged Shikamaru.

"So shall we watch the stars and Gaara at the same time?" he wondered.

"Of course." Temari leaned closer, sitting on the rooftop looking at the soon to be sleeping city of Suna with her love at her side watching her brother hugging the only woman beside herself that could melt Gaara's heart.

Gaara sneezed, Sakura turned around and watched the young Kazekage while asking:

"Gaara-sama are you alright? You're not coming down with something are you?"

"No, I'm fine Sakura-san, really." He answered.

"I'd like to see that for myself, thank you. Now come on." She said and before he knew it he was dragged inside by Sakura.

"I'm perfectly fine Sakura." He exclaimed once again and everyone's heads turned as they went in to the living room area. Sakura looked at her sensei that sat facing Shizune. And told them:

"Gaara-sama didn't seem well recently so I'm gonna go and examine him. We'll be back in about half an hour. I'll be using the women's room."

"Ah, good work Sakura-san." Tsunade nodded.

"We wouldn't want the Kazekage going ill on us while the medics of Konoha are here right." Shizune said and looked at Gaara with her best you-are-going-to-do-it-whether-you-like-it-or-not-look, the same one she used for Tsunade and her paperwork.

"Hai, Tsunade-sama" Gaara admitted his defeat and was dragged to Sakura's room she shared with some of the other Konoha women.

Sakura carefully closed the door behind them and locked the door, and he gave her a questioning look.

"We wouldn't like the others stomping in on your examination right?" she answered.

"You have a point." He nodded.

"Shall we get started?" she wondered and he nodded while she continued:

"Then take of your shirt."

"Hai." He put his sand container on the floor next to him and proceeded to taking of his shirt.

'Oh gosh, he is totally hot. Bad Sakura, no such thoughts you have enough on your mind, stay focused. Gaara and a probable cold.' She thought and looked at the ground instead of Gaara's well toned body and his incredible eyes. Who knew he had such a body under all of those clothes, Sakura mentally kicked herself.

Her small hands started glowing with a soothing green light of healing, she held her hands just a short distance from his back and infused some chakra to get a result of his sneezes. Gaara's body reacted to this simple but warm touch. A shiver ran down his spine and an actual smile formed on his lips, he was sitting with his back to her.

"Gomen Gaara. I have cold hands." She explained to him.

"Ah, but that's not it." Gaara answered and Sakura was dumbfounded and asked:

"What is it then?"

"Sakura… are you still in love with Uchiha-san?" Gaara asked.

"I… don't know… I love him, that I do. But more like a brother I think." She quietly answered.

Gaara didn't say anything but looked at Sakura and got up from his sitting position. He caressed her cheek gently and smiled. Her green eyes glowing with excitement, as she returned the gesture, Sakura's small hand on his warm cheek made his whole body tingle. He slowly guided her closer to him and a million different thoughts swirled in their heads


Temari and Shikamaru was up on their neighbours roof now and watching through the window to see Gaara cupping Sakura's cheek. Temari almost squeaked. Mission on the roll, the waiting game was on.

Gaara was mesmerized by looking in Sakura's eyes. He charged and his cold lips landed on her warm, at first she didn't respond but when he started to pull away Sakura whimpered. And Gaara wasn't the Kazekage for nothing, he then silently demanded another kiss. Now she responded carefully at first and then grew bolder after a few seconds.

"Success" Shikamaru gave Temari two thumbs up.

"He kissed her?" Temari asked and Shikamaru pointed at the window, she saw the two youngsters holding each other and kissing. Breaking their kiss and smiling.

Temari signed to Kankurou that fase 2 was in progress of their top secret mission.

"Sakura…" Gaara whispered with his forehead against hers.

"Gaara…" she answered equally quiet looking in his eyes.

"Stay here with me?" he asked.

"Mmh, I wish I could. But Tsunade-sama won't be happy." She answered.

"But will you be happy?" he directly asked.

"No, I want to stay, I want to be here in Suna but I can't be a medic here can I?" she was sad.

"Yes you can, stay as my medic." He whispered.

"Gaara…" tears started to fill up her eyes and he whipped them away with his thumb.

"Please stay with me and se what this road in life takes us." He was still caressing her cheek.

"I have to get an answer from the Hokage to and maybe some how I can get a long term mission here in Suna like Shika." She was thinking out loud.

"That is just a great idea love." He said and started to get dressed again, he then took her hand and entwined their fingers and continued:

"Come on now let's go talk to Tsunade-sama and tell her what we have talked about."

"Hai." She nodded and they unlocked the door, walking out of the room they heard another door close downstairs.

"We're back!" it was Temari's voice.

'So this is it.' Sakura thought, wondering what the others would say.

"Don't be afraid Sakura." He squeezed her hand reassuringly.

"Tsunade-sama, may I have a word with you." Gaara asked the blonde woman sitting next to Shizune.

"Yes Gaara-sama" Tsunade gave him her full attention.

"I want Sakura staying here in Suna." Gaara exclaimed

"Are you serious?" Tsunade looked from Gaara to Sakura back to Gaara again.

"I haven't been more serious in my life." Gaara said squeezing Sakura's hand and she smiled at him.

"I still want Sakura as a Konoha shinobi. She's my best medic next to me and Shizune." Tsunade reasoned.

"I know it's a lot to ask." Gaara said bowing his head down.

"But I think that the Suna medics would need a teacher don't you. In a non specific timeframe as the Suna academy needs Shikamaru as the teacher for the evil brats." Tsunade exclaimed.

"Tsunade-sama!" Sakura threw her arms around the older woman, she considered family.

"And with this Suna and Konoha are now stronger ally's than ever before." Gaara said and Tsunade agreed.

Then they heard Temari, Shikamaru, Kankurou and Baki, who had just arrived, discussing something vividly. Baki said:

"Mission status?"

"Mission; Success!" Temari gave her old sensei two thumbs up and he nodded approvingly.

Sakura was staying in Suna, with Gaara.