Desert Snow

Gaara: Well...Emo Lighty felt like updating.

LightBender: ((groans)) Felt like it? More like I was forced to! By my evil editor! I should be sleeping right now…but I'm writing.

Gaara: Sleep is overrated.

LightBender: I'd like to—wait, you don't sleep.

Gaara: Yes, miss observant. I don't sleep.

LightBender: I need some sleep…

Lee: ((appears in a poof of smoke)) YOUTHFUL YOUTH!! ((disappears))

Itachi: ((wanders in)) Have you seen—

Sasuke: ((glares)) Get lost, Itachi! I hate you.

Itachi: Yes, nii-kun. ((disappears))

Sasuke: See you later, Emo Lighty. ((walks away))

LightBender: That was really strange…and random and weird…

Gaara: Deal with it. Emo Fluffy Kitty owns nothing. R&R if you value your life.

LightBender: Don't threaten people!

Gaara: ((glares)) I'll do what I like.


Gaara tried to loosen his tie, only to have it get tighter. Hinata laughed softly and performed the task for him. He twined his fingers with hers, smiling down at her. She smiled back at him shyly.

"Hina-chan! Temari's having second thoughts!" Ino shouted, bursting out of a room. She saw Gaara and blushed. "Oh…sorry. But, we need Hinata…"

"It's all right. You can take her," Gaara kissed her forehead and then gently pushed her over to Ino. "Just as long as I get her back."

"Of course," Ino replied, smirking. "Come along, Hinata."

Gaara leaned against the wall, still smiling at the slightly puzzled expression on Hinata's face. God, she was so cute. And beautiful. And perfect for him in every single way possible. He could spend the rest of forever thinking about Hinata.

"You ready?" Gaara looked up to see Kankuro standing in front of him. "The sooner we start, the sooner we can get it over with." Gaara nodded, knowing that there was more meaning to the words.

-

Hinata hugged the single rose to her chest, a smile fixed on her face. Taking her cue, she started to walk down the aisle. Ino, Sakura, and Tenten had already done their walk. It was so nice to be at a wedding. So peaceful and elegant. She had to hold back a laugh. They were in the same church—or chapel depending on your view. The same minister was there too, glaring at Shikamaru at every chance he got.

Hinata took her place with the other bridesmaids and met Gaara's eye. He winked at her, causing her to blush.

"And now, the two soon to be wedded have decided to write their own vows. Will Temari no Sabaku please proceed?" the minister asked, smiling pleasantly at Temari.

Temari tugged surreptitiously at her very clingy dress, one that had Shikamaru staring at her curves more than he usually did. After a moment, she laughed. "This is hard."

The people in the church—chapel laughed along with her. Temari took a steadying breath and then started to talk.

"Shikamaru Nara, I'll admit it: I never thought that we'd actually get here. Heck, I didn't think we'd even make it farther than a first date. Maybe you really are the smarter one." Shikamaru smiled while others laughed. "You told me that even though you planned to have a normal wife, you would probably end up with someone as troublesome as me, if that was possible. Instead, you got me, the most troublesome person you ever met.

"I honestly don't know what I'd do without you. You get me to slow down and look at the clouds. You keep me smiling. You also take me down a few notches. We're so perfect for each other. And to think that we wouldn't have connected if you hadn't been so lazy to surrender during the Chuunin exams. I never would think that I'd end up here with such a lazy crybaby. What I guess I've been trying to say is that I love you, Shikamaru Nara."

The minister turned to Shikamaru. "And now you, Shikamaru Nara."

Shikamaru scratched his head. "I don't know how I'm going to be able to top that, Temari." There was scattered laughter. "Well…Temari no Sabaku, you were right. I'd always thought that I'd be with an average girl, living an average life. But, I met you, the most troublesome and bothersome person I had ever laid eyes on with this attitude that you were the best thing ever. That was right. You are the best thing to ever happen to me. Some people might say you're a rose with lots of thorns." Temari smiled even through the faint insult. "I don't think so. You're no rose. You're a desert flower, tough and strong but one of the most beautiful flowers of them all. Temari no Sabaku, I love you."

"I hereby pronounce these two husband and wife," the minister said.

As Temari and Shikamaru kissed, many of the guests were misty eyed. Hinata brushed away the tear that ran down her cheek. It was a wedding to remember.

-

Music pounded through the reception hall. Temari turned her back to the large group of people and tosses her bouquet over her head. After hitting him in the head, Naruto caught the roses. As everyone looked around to see who had caught it, the music was drowned out by the laughter. Lee caught Naruto's eye and raised his eyebrows seductively. Naruto's face was stricken with fear. With a little scream, he threw the bouquet in the air.

Hinata caught the bouquet. She looked up at Gaara who stood next to her and smiled. Her smile dropped. She didn't understand the strange emotion in his eyes; something so deep that it was almost too intense. Hinata dropped her eyes. Tenderly, Gaara tucked a strand of indigo hair behind her ear.

After that, people started to dance, following Temari and Shikamaru's lead. Gaara and Hinata danced a few songs before stepping off to the side.

"I'll go get drinks, ok?" Gaara said, kissing her. She nodded and leaned against a nearby wall.

"You really love him, don't you?"

Hinata gasped and turned around. Standing next to her was her father. His face was pensive, not aggressive. She blushed, looking down as she nodded.

"I never would have thought of this…your relationship with the Kazekage is one of opposites. You are so quiet and meek…he is strong and a rebel. It is a relationship almost unheard of."

Hinata's smile widened. "Yes, we are a strange couple. Almost like desert snow."

"Hinata." Gaara had appeared at her elbow, two drinks in his hands. She took her drink, Gaara wrapping an arm around her waist.

"Take care of her," Hiashi said, giving Gaara a long look. Hinata was puzzled.

"What does he mean?"

Gaara kissed her cheek. "It's nothing."

"No it's not—"

Gaara kissed her. "Believe me, it's nothing."

Hinata didn't believe him, but she didn't bring it up again. People came to talk and then disappeared into the crowd. They saw the newlyweds for a moment before they were engulfed among the well wishers.

Gaara led her to the middle of the dance floor during a slow song. Hinata clung to him as they rocked slowly in a circle. As the song ended, Gaara slowly pulled away.

"Gaara—"

"Hinata, I have something to say." The music was turned off; people all turning to stare at the two. Hinata looked around, very confused.

Gaara's gaze was steady, fixed on her. "Hinata, I love you. I've almost died for you. And I will die for you if the chance was to come. And now I ask you one question," he knelt down on the ground, grasping her hand with both of his. "Will you marry me?"


Gaara: You forgot something.

LightBender: ((wiping away tears)) What?

Gaara: 'For you, Hinata, I've been through two extremely horrific fanfics written by LightBender and edited by Marcella, who doesn't even really edit!'

Marcella: I do edit!! ((starts crying))

Ino: ((whiny)) Be nice to her, Gaara!

Gaara: What does the word 'nice' mean?

LightBender: ((crying)) I failed! I didn't teach Gaara anything!!

Gaara: Oh well.

LightBender: Well…I have some very sad news…This is the last chapter. There will not be a sequel to a sequel, as suggested (though I like the idea!). I'm sorry.

Lee: ((appearing)) YOUTH!!

Everyone: ((staring)) That was weird.

LightBender: I just wanted to thank all my reviewers. Especially all of you who have stuck with me from ER and helped make that as popular as it was/is. You all rock!! Thank you so much!!

Marcella: Keep an eye out for Emo Lighty and me in the future.

Gaara: Don't.

Hinata: By the way…Gaara, yes.