A/N: Okey dokey, here's the epilogue. The real last chapter. There's nothing after this. It's the laaaaast one. The END.

God, this is freakin' depressing. I feel emo now. I'm going to listen to the "Emo Kid" song. XD

Read, lovelies, read! It's good for the soul.

Disclaimer: Naruto is Masashi Kishimoto's. "Emo Kid" is Adam and Andrew's.

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April. Spring. The time when everything is fresh and green and new and alive.

But Temari was gone. Nothing was alive. Nothing could be. She was my sun.

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I was sitting outside with Ino, listlessly throwing rocks against a wall, when a car pulled up in front of us. Ino looked up. I didn't bother. Why should I have been interested? There was nothing there that would be useful to me now.

A car door slammed.

I heard the car drive away.

Then...footsteps.

Ino gasped so hard I thought she would cause a vacuum. She sobbed, and I slowly looked up to see what had cause this.

I dropped the rock in my hand and stood up, disbelievingly. Those four pigtails...I must have been dreaming. Or hallucinating. The warm spring sun had addled my brains.

But...none of my dreams had ever been so soft and warm when you incredulously walked up and then squeezed them like you would never let go. And none of them smelled so good when you buried your face in their neck, feeling the reverbations of their bright, joyful laughter through the skin.

Looking at this dream, I asked, almost to myself, "But...how?"

"He couldn't take having me in the house anymore," she replied, laughing. "I was so depressed, it was contagious. I guess he just got sick of me."

Seeing the look on my face, Temari pinched my butt.

"Yes, I'm real," she said. "This isn't a dream. Trust me, I've had plenty of them."

I just stared at her, drinking it all in. Then instinct took over, and I found that Temari was as good a kisser as she had always been.

As Ino jumped for joy, and the birds themselves seemed to sing louder, and the sun looked like it shone brighter, and my heart felt about to burst, I just held Temari. And held her. And held her.

This time, I promised myself, this time...

I won't let go.

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A/N: There. It's over.

You guys...this was an AMAZING experience. I've had so much fun writing this, and I've loved reading your reviews, because you're all such a fun bunch of people, and I feel that I have grown a lot in my writing.

This is one of the times that I wish I could actually meet the people I talk to on the Internet, because all I want to do right now is give you all, every single one, a giant panda bear hug.

But since I can't meet you all in real life, and since it's 11:15 pm as I'm writing this, and since I'm about to become a hunchback from bending over for so long, I'm going to have to end this, my last author's note of my first real story.

I'm reminding you all again, I am taking requesties, so if you got a pairing or a plot line or just something funny you just GOTTA have in a story, lemme know. I don't think I'm going to do anymore ShikaTem for a while. Still, ideas make me happy. Send them in. I desperately need something to write now that I'm done with this.

Oh! A piece of news. I have a new baby cousin! He was born last week. He's soooooo cute!

And I'm going to be taking Driver's Ed after Spring Break. I'm so glad. Can't wait to be able to drive legally. Right now I drive illegally all the time. XD Don't tell the cops!

Anyway, love you guys SOOOOOO MUCH. You have no idea. At this moment, I'm hugging you all in my mind, so hug me back. It makes me warm and fuzzy inside.

Peace, love, and all that good stuff. Hugs and Kisses, luvvies.

StoryOfMyLife975 4/03/08