Chapter 37

Three whole days have passed without anyone managing to find Gaara.. Naruto scowled as he punched the wall beside him. The doctor had told them HInata could leave. She was currently being checked out by Neji while everyone waited at the dorms to help her with her bags that was already waiting by the corner of the room packed up and ready to go.

"Damn him!" Naruto exclaimed as he slid down the floor, his head leaning on the wall as he stared at the ceiling above him. He was angry, no, he was furious at Gaara. The only girl that he ever loved was about to leave and he had yet to show his face anywhere.

Naruto closed his eyes and Hinata's sad face filled his mind. Ever since three days has passed with Hinata crying on his shoulder and ultimately falling asleep, Naruto hadn't bothered to fall asleep or rest. He was doing everything he can to look for his red-headed friend. He hadn't had so much luck. Tears of frustration started leaking from his eyes.

Sasuke sat beside him, placing a hand on his shoulder.

"Get a grip, Naruto. " he says, "I'm sure Gaara wouldn't let her leave without saying goodbye."

Naruto opened his eyes, his eyes a tad bit darker than its usual sky blue color, "Yeah right." He says. "After letting Hinata suffer that much, I doubt he'd show up."

Sasuke sighed.

"I suppose you're right." He finally says after a moment of silence, "But try to understand him. We both know that Gaara has a lot of enemies, he's only trying to protect her."

"She's already leaving, can't he at least see her?" Naruto exclaimed. Sasuke didn't have a reply for that and the two friends just sat there, side by side, in silence.

Shikamaru approached the two after a little while, his hands stuffed inside his trouser pockets.

"They're here." He says before leaving abruptly. Sasuke turned his attention to his friend who still seemed a little lost. He stood up before extending an arm.

"Forget about Gaara for now." He says. Naruto looks up at him confused. "Why don't you say your goodbyes first?"

Naruto smiled at, not his usual wide grin but a small grateful one.

He grabbed on the offered arm and hauled himself up. Both friends entered the dormitory together and headed for Hinata's room.

When they got there, they saw Hinata already saying goodbye to everyone. She was currently latched on Kiba while he hugged her tightly, crying on her shoulder.

"I'm gonna miss you…" he says.

"I'm going to miss you too."

Once he let go, she stared right at him and said with a smile, "You'll let me see Akamaru again, right?" she says. Kiba gave her a teary grin, "Of course."

She seemed as though she had already finished saying goodbye to everyone when they entered because she then turned her attention to them.

Hinata walked forwards and wrapped her arms around Sasuke. His own arms wrapped around her lithe waist.

"I hope you and Sakura-san stay happy, Sasuke-kun…" she says in a whisper. Sasuke quietly chuckled and pulled back from the hug to smile at her, "Thank you. For everything."

Hinata smiled and then turned to the blond beside Sasuke. Naruto was looking away, his eyes closed, afraid of how he was going to react. He hadn't expected two arms to wrap around him gingerly, and soft silky hair brushing against the side of his face.

His eyes opened and found Hinata hugging him, her head resting on his shoulder. He felt a part of his collar starting to get wet and his eyes widened when he realized that she was crying.

His arms wrapped around her hesitantly. But as soon as they were around her, he quickly embraced her, burying his head in her hair.

"I'm going to miss you so much Naruto…" she sobbed, "I'm going to miss you so much…" she sobbed into his shirt. Naruto's grip on her tightened, "I'm going to miss you too… If only there was something I could so you wouldn't leave…"

Everyone watched as the two hugged, knowing the two had rather created a unique and special kind of friendship in such a short amount of time. They were also well aware at how Naruto felt about her. Even Neji seemed to feel sad for the two.

"I'm sorry I couldn't find Gaara for you…" Naruto whispered in her ear. Hinata didn't reply.

At long last, it was time for her to go. Most of the boys helped her with the bags while others just accompanied her to the car.

As she stood by the door, Hinata gave them all a smile.

She opened her mouth to say something when the driver had interrupted, "It's time to go Hyuuga-san."

Hinata nodded and gave one last look at them before entering the car. They all understood the message her eyes sent them although she didn't say anything.


Naruto was standing at the back, and tears streamed down his face when he watched the car drive away.

He closed his eyes and turned away. He ran towards the dormitories, wanting nothing more to lock himself in his room and cry.

That was when a mop of red hair caught his eye.

He followed it quickly and he was surprised to find the door to the old observatory open. He entered cautiously and he quickly ascended the stairs leading to the top.

Naruto's eyes widened when he saw Gaara sitting on the window sill, staring at the distance.

Blue eyes turned angry when Hinata's face flashed across his mind.

He stomped his way to Gaara, and the red head, completely surprised at the angry footsteps, turned around only to be met with a fist connecting with his jaw.

He fell to the ground and he tried to stand up when Naruto had straddled him and started to throw punch after punch at him. He fought back and managed to get a few hits in.

He managed to push Naruto off and he stood back up and quickly assumed a fighting stance.

"What the hell Naruto?" he exclaimed. Naruto said nothing as he lunged at him again. Gaara quickly side-stepped the attack and turned around, managing to kick Naruto on the gut. As Naruto doubled-over, Gaara came behind him and grabbed the blond's arm, twisting it behind him.

"F-ck you!" Naruto yelled at him. Gaara's grip on his arm tightened and he winced. "What the hell Naruto?" Gaara hissed at hi ear. "What the hell is wrong with you?"

"What's wrong with me?" Naruto snapped at him, "You're actually asking me that?" Naruto started laughing. He laughed so hard until tears started streaming down his cheeks. Before long, Naruto was just plain sobbing.

Gaara stared at his friend and let go. Naruto fell to the floor in a thud, crying. "She's leaving Gaara…" he finally told him as he stared at the red-head.

"She's leaving and you have no idea just how much she suffered waiting for you to come."

Gaara stared at him. His eyes growing wide.


"Hinata… she's leaving for America."

Gaara looked away, his heart starting to ache. He turned away and headed for the window.

"It's for the best. It's to keep her safe." He whispered to himself. He didn't realize it was loud enough for Naruto to hear.

"Damn it Gaara!" he yelled, "Do you know how much you hurt her?" Gaara winced, "Do you know just how much she cried for you? Just how much she missed you?" Gaara looked away, feeling the effect of Naruto's words weighing down his heart.

Naruto's soft whisper reached his ears and he turned to look at his friend who then looked down on the floor, "How much it hurts to have her in my arms while she whispered your name in her sleep…"

Gaara turned to look at his friend and he saw the hurt and pain in Naruto's eyes.

"She loves you Gaara…" Naruto told him quietly, "and you love her."

Gaara stared at his friend's eyes and he gave him a smile before he ran off to the staircase.

He stopped as he held unto the banister and he looked over at Naruto, "Thanks Naruto." He said before taking off.

He ran off to the gates and was surprised to see Sasuke standing there, leaning on the wall with a bike beside him.

Sasuke tossed him the keys with a smirk, "Good luck." He says. Gaara grins at him as he gets on and turns on the engine. He speeds down the road and heads for the airport, praying that he wasn't too late.

Hinata sat on the benches, staring at her lap. The plane that she was supposed to board was hauled off to a mechanic. Her father was currently trying to look for anyone else who'd be able to do him a favor.

Neji stared at his cousin and he gave a frown. He knew her cousin might not be able to recover emotionally from what happened, especially since the person who she needed the most never showed himself to her.

He swore that if he ever got back and saw the red-head, he'd kill him.

He stood up and told Hinata to stay put as he goes down to the office to talk to the management. He figured his uncle might need help.

Hinata nodded, but she didn't look up to meet his eyes. She felt the reassuring pat on her shoulder and from the corner of her eyes, she watched as Neji walked off.

Gaara's face filled her mind. His eyes that had always held power over her, the gentle smile that always made her heart flutter and her stomach do flips, his hands that always made her feel safe.

A sob escaped her lips and her eyes shot open and she quickly wiped away the tears.

She can't do this. She can't continue thinking about him. He left her. He left her and he didn't even say goodbye, or say what was wrong.

She looked up, looking beyond the window and at the planes. Her eyes skimmed over them before it trailed up to the blue sky.

She should've known that it was too good to be true. She should've expected this. She shouldn't have attached herself to him. She was used to moving; she was used to breaking bonds, but she was never used to the pain, that was why she should've kept herself at a distance like she originally planned.

With a determined look on her face, she held her head up high as she waited for Neji.

She saw Neji come forward and her cousin was taken aback when he saw her smile at him.

"Is the plane ready yet Neji?" she asked with a smile. But when Neji looked a little closer, he saw that her eyes looked empty and void of life..

"Hinata…" he started, but when he saw her look away, he sighed and thought that maybe it was for the best.

He nodded and started leading her away when they heard a yell from a distance.


Hinata's eyes widened and her heart skipped a beat as she turned around and saw Gaara struggling against the guards.

"Hinata!" he yelled again. Their eyes locked and they both felt as though time has stopped. The world only existed for the two of them.

Hinata's eyes watered and she broke into a smile.

"Gaara…" she whispered, but it was enough for the red head as he finally broke free from the guards and ran towards her.

She felt his arms wrap around her and she sobbed as she hugged him back, burying her face on his shoulder.

"I'msorryI'msosorryIdidn'tmeantoI'msosorry…" she rambled as they held unto one another. Gaara smoothed her hair out as held her tightly, not wanting to let go.

"What are you saying sorry for…" he said, "I should be the one apologizing."

Hinata pulled back to look at him, "I doubted you… and I wanted to forget you… and I'm so sorry…" she explained as she once again buried herself on his shoulder.

Gaara could feel the tears at the corner of his eyes as he hid himself in her hair, tightening his grip on her.

"If there was anyone here that has to apologize, that would be me." He whispered, "I hurt you… I hurt you so bad…" he trailed of as he felt Hinata shiver in his arms, "Please understand that I was only trying to protect you…"

He pulled back and looked straight at her eyes, wanting her to see that he meant every word he was about to say.

"I love you…"

Hinata broke into a grin as she wrapped her arms around his neck and pulled him towards her. She kissed him softly on the lips, trying to let him know that everything was okay for the two of them. She pulled away and let their foreheads touch.

"I love you too…" she replied and Gaara enveloped her mouth with his for another kiss.

There's really no need to go into details. After all, even through what happened, Hinata still needed to go. So with a last, lingering kiss, Gaara let go of her and watched her walk away from him. But a smile was still etched in place since he knew they'd see each other again.

It wasn't goodbye. Fate could try but the love they shared would never be broken.

As the plane Hinata was in disappeared from sight, Gaara walked off, holding a promise that he'd never get anything between him and Hinata ever again.

"It really looks good on you Gaara." Hinata says as she tried to stifle her laughter. Her cheeks burned red as she stared at her boyfriend and his friends who were standing outside her house in America, wearing dresses of all things.

Gaara's face burned with embarrassment as he looked down on the ground, "Please let me in?" he says and Hinata moves aside to let him through. Everyone scrambles in after him.

As they all sat in the living room, Hinata looked at all of them with an amused expression on her face.

"What are you guys doing here dressed in girls' clothes?" she asked.

Gaara, Sasuke, and Kiba all gave Naruto a pointed glare. "It was his stupid idea." They said. Naruto simply shrugged at them as he played with his long blond wig that reached his waist.

"Hey, it was you guys who agreed." He said with a smirk. The three boys went silent and Hinata did wonder why thy agreed.

With a sigh, Gaara sat beside her and he wrapped an arm around her waist and gave her a chaste kiss on her cheek when everyone else was trying to maim Naruto. HInata kissed back shyly. As she pulled back, she took one look at Gaara and broke into a grin, "You know what? I think I like you like this."

Gaara frowned at her before he kissed her lovingly on the nose. "Well, this would be the last time you see me crossdress." He said with a huff. "I'm not doing this again, not even for you."

Hinata pouted at him as she snuggled closer to him. As she rested her head on his shoulder and played with the ribbons tied to his hair.

"Why not? You do know, crossdressing was what got us together, right?"

Gaara smiled. "I'd rather if you crossdress rather than I do. If another man tries to grope my ass again, I'll kill him." Hinata laughed but was silenced as Gaara kissed her.

"I love you."

She smiled at him, "I love you too."

They were happy, and they sat there knowing that only in each others' arms is where they could fins this kind of contentment.

"You know what? I think I like wearing skirts. It feels really breezy!"

Needless to say, everyone enjoyed some feeling of content as Naruto lay on the floor, bleeding.

End Story

Well everybody... this is it. We spent 3 years together, and I must say that you guys made this a very enjoyable experience. I hope you all liked the ending of Crossdressing.

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