Father turns to me, a bright smile on his face. "Ah! Hinata, so nice of you to join us. Kazekage-sama and I were just discussing the arrangements made earlier, do you remember me speaking to you about them?" Ugh. Formalities. I absolutely hated them.
I turned to look at Father, I felt Gaara's eyes boring holes in my face. I tried not to react to the glare.
I bow to Father "Please forgive my lateness. Yes I do remember the arrangements." I turn and bow to Gaara.
"My apologies for making you wait Kazekage-sama." Ew. That left a nasty taste on my tongue. Father cleared his throat, drawing our attention to him. He smiled at me.
"Hinata will you please escort Kazekage-sama around the compound, I believe a few of your cousins are at the training grounds practicing. He wishes to see their-"
For the first time Gaara spoke "I have already seen your clans fighting style, I was wanting to see the medical knowledge you posses and how some of the ointments were made, if you please Hyuuga-sama."
Father looks at Gaara in blank shock but nods none the less. I motion for Gaara to fallow me as I walk out of the room. He was so quiet I have to look over my shoulder a few times to make sure he was still there.
When we finally got to the green house I explained. "All of our herbs are either grown in our green houses or in the gardens outside. Most of the herbs cure certain things but when they are combined they can make a whole new solution for a different aliment."
He nods and starts to walk around the green house, I'm grateful that he did ask me questions.
I spoke to soon, he looks at me and points to one of the plants "You grow flowers in here to?" He questions pointing to a poppy flower planted in the soil next to the mint.
I felt the heat rise to my cheeks. "Their not just for looks. Poppy's are used in the making of many drugs, I think they have a numbing effect, but it does cause drowsiness, so dosing has to be precise."
He seems impressed at my knowledge. Its not that difficult, its one of the basic things that you learn. You learn how to take the plants around you to make all sorts of different ointments.
For the rest of the day I walk him around the compound gardens, he asks questions every now and then but other then that, stays silent and listening to me talk about the different plants and the things they do.
After a few hours being around him wasn't that hard, he wasn't the creepy kid that I saw at the chunin exams, he was more mature and in control. He was actually a pleasant person to be around.
He asked me if I could show him some wild plants that grew in the woods that would good for headaches. I guess he wanted to know because being Kazekage has to give you a migraine every now and again.
When I got to my room it was 10 o'clock and I was wide awake. I grabbed some clothes out of my bureau and rushed to the bathroom. I was covered in dirt, I was around it all day. Gaara got his clothes messy to but he didn't seem to mind.
I was in the shower for only a few minutes, all the cold water was gone for some reason, and the hot water scalded my skin terribly.
When I came out in my shorts and T-shirt, Gaara was leaning against my door frame. I yelped in surprise and jumped back into the bathroom. I pulled out the sweatpants I had been planning to wear and yanked them on. I raked my finger threw my hair and stepped out.
He was still there.
"....." There was a long silence, finally I couldn't take it anymore. "Is there something you need Kazekage-sama?"
I looked at him confused, I could feel my eyebrows furrow. "Pardon?"
He shook his head, with what seemed like a smirk on him lips "Just call me Gaara, Hyuuga-san."
I smiled at him warmly, after today I really couldn't feel awkward around him "I'll call you Gaara if you call me Hinata." I countered when he said 'Hyuuga-san'.
He smirked "Fine then Hinata-chan."
I nodded "Gaara-kun."
The atmosphere was light and cheerful, which anyone would think odd in the presence of Gaara. But I was totally at ease.
"Was there anything you needed Gaara-kun?" I asked again sitting cross legged on my bed. I patted the space in front of me. Gaara sat down without another hint.
He nodded, serious again "I need someone to talk to Hinata-chan." I looked at him confused again, since when did the Kazekage talk to people?
I got up and closed the door, giving us some privacy. "What do you want to talk about Gaara-kun?"
He looked at me apologeticly. "Hinata-chan...I was wondering...if...I could..." whats this? Gaara struggling for words?
He took a deep breath before continuing. "I believe I can trust you Hinata-chan. You are a very nice woman with a very big heart. I was wondering if I could confide in you."
I nodded smiling again. I'm happy that someone wants to talk to me. It seems like the only people I talk to anymore is Sasuke and Haru...not that I mind talking to Sasuke.
"Sure, go ahead Gaara-kun, talk about anything I'll listen."
Thats all he needs, he takes a deep breath and lets everything out. I learned why he was the way he is, everything from his childhood till the present day. His thoughts, his feelings and about what a good person he really is.
It's 3 in the morning when he finishes, he looks at me and smiles, not that blood thirsty grin he usually gives but a real smile.
"Thanks for listening Hinata-chan, I just had to get all of that out." And with those words he hopped out my window and down the street.
A couple days later, and a few more heart to heart talks with Gaara, I was starting to feel like I had a new friend on my hands. I haven't seen Sasuke in a while, I wonder where he could be. I didn't have to wait long for my answer.
I was walking in the woods thinking about how many new things where going on when Sasuke popped up right next to me.
I jump in the air and hide behind a tree at the loud 'POP'. He laughs "Well nice to see you to Hinata." I blush and come out from my hiding spot. He seems to have a thing for scaring me.
I stand there panting with my hand on my heart. "Oh gee, thanks. Nice to see you to, Sasuke."
He chuckled and looked into my eyes. 'Whats sup with him?'
A/N: sorry its so short, with school and everything its been so crazy i might not be able to update in a while, so i apologize before hand. Blame high school, my midterm exams start on wensday T.T