Studies and Half-Melodies

Disclaimer: I don't own anything! The songs are The Last Night by Skillet and Check Yes Juliet by We the Kings.

Author's Note: I've never been to or been in a talent show, so I'm just kind of winging it there. And PE is a biatch, seriously. And karate mixed with that is brutal, but I guess I'm just stubborn about it. I have finally watched all of She's the Man (I only previously saw it in parts) and I hafta say, it is one of my favorite movies now.

Blah—Naruto

Blah—Hinata

Blah--Both

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"Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs build the ark and experts built the Titanic." –Anonymous

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"Does the medicine taste that bad that you have to give it that look?"

Sasuke turned from the sink in the nurse's office to look at Naruto. As far as he could see, there wasn't anything wrong with the blonde. No bruises, bumps, cuts and he still had his normal skin color.

"I don't like taking medicine." Sasuke told him, grimacing before he knocked his head back, swallowing the pill.

"I can see that." Naruto sat on one of the squishy couch/beds that were always seen in nurse's offices. Sasuke had gotten better over the last week. He'd had some insomnia and a lot of headaches while his body adjusted to the medicine, but he was definitely looking better. The dark circles under his eyes could still be seen if you looked closely, but they had nearly disappeared. His clothes were beginning to fit like they used to and while sometimes, he would show discomfort, especially in small rooms, the reaction was more subdued.

"What's wrong with you?"

Naruto brought his knees to his chest, resting his cheek on his kneecaps. "The talent show's tonight."

"I thought that was a good thing for you."

"It is. But I have to perform in front of all those people."

"You've done that before. I've seen you."

"I suffer from a mild case of glossophobia." At Sasuke's confused look, Naruto added, "Stage fright."

Sasuke sat across from him in the nurse's chair. She'd gone out to lunch. "I'd never be able to tell."

"Kinda the point. And it only happens before a big thing like this."

"And you still wanna become a famous musician?"

"I wanna get over the stage fright. I don't wanna have to deal with it all my life. And I love music too much to be able to let go of it, so I figured being a famous musician would let me do something I love while solving my problem."

"The nurse knows?"

"Yeah. Before things like this, she lets me chill here. It helps calm me down a bit."

"Why? It smells like a doctor's office."

"I grew up with a doctor. That smell is really familiar now. And it's better than inside the classrooms."
Sasuke didn't totally agree, but…"Fair enough. But why'd you enter the talent show if you knew this was going to happen?"

"The opportunity's not for me. I got some friends who want to get into the big time but they have more stage fright than I do. And I know that if I can talk them into it, they'll do fine."

"So you're going to do something you don't totally want to do because it's a good opportunity for your friends?"

"Yup."

"You will never make any sense to me."

"That makes me feel that much better, teme."

"And you have a new song for the show?"

"Mmhmm."

"This should be interesting."

"You're gonna go?"

"I might."

A smile beamed across Naruto's face. "See you at the show, teme."

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"There's a lot of people out there." Gaara reported.

Naruto suppressed a groan at the news as he looked at the redhead. Gaara wore a white T-shirt with a black jacket over it, baggy dark blue jeans low on his hips. The red hair made him stand out even more when he dressed like that.

"Don't tell Hinata. If we tell her, she'll freak."

"Tell me what?"

Both boys turned to the soft voice. Hinata had been home-schooled her entire life. She was pale in the way Sasuke and Gaara were pale—natural and creamy rather than sickly. She had black hair that she'd highlighted with blue streaks for the night and it fell to the small of her back and she'd let it loose. She wore a black polo shirt with streaks of purple across it with a red miniskirt over jeans that were the light blue of too many washes.

"Nothing." Naruto lied easily, smiling at her. She'd liked him once upon a time, but as they got older, the attention shifted, although Naruto promised he wouldn't tell who.

"I grew up with you, Naruto. I can tell when you're lying." That much was true. They'd always snuck out after twilight to the park, the pier, just about anywhere.

"There's a lot of people here." Hinata bit her lip and Naruto added hurriedly, "But it's okay. We're gonna go out there, perform and if they don't like us, they're crazy and we can laugh about it at Ichiraku."

Hinata smiled. The blonde had always loved the ramen restaurant and that love had only grown when the manager had accepted them for live entertainment. She glanced at the electric guitar in his hand. It was a good luck present from his aunt and uncle. It was entirely black with designs all along the body of it in silver, gold, orange and crimson. Her own guitar was fairly standard, a sleek black electric with a sticker of a blue eagle on it. They heard their names being called and they all took deep breaths before stepping out onto the stage.

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The crowd watched as the three teenagers walked across the stage. The redhead of the group, someone that the entire school recognized as Gaara, stood behind the keyboard while the other two, a girl that no one recognized and Naruto both took guitars and stepped up to the mikes. None of them had ever seen Naruto dress like he was.

A dress shirt the color of burnt pumpkins had the first two buttons left undone and the shirt was tucked into a pair of black slacks. A black and silver tie was at half-mast and a bottle green jewel hung on a necklace. The blonde stepped up to the mike.

"Hey, everyone. I'm Naruto Uzumaki, the redhead's Gaara Sabaku and this Hinata Hyuuga and we're gonna perform a song called The Last Night."

The three glanced at each other before the echoing strains of the piano began.

"You come to me with scars on your wrist
You tell me this will be the last night feeling like this
I just came to say goodbye
I didn't want you to see me cry, I'm fine

But I know it's a lie

This is the last night you'll spend alone
Look me in the eyes so I know you know
I'm everywhere you want me to be
The last night you'll spend alone
I'll wrap you in my arms and I won't let go
I'm everything You need me to be"

The audience sat dumbfounded. Hinata had a soft voice and it meshed strangely well with Naruto's more powerful, deeper one. And the blonde had an emotion on his face that didn't entirely have a name. The piano continued strong behind the words and guitars.

Your parents say everything is your fault
But they don't know you like I know you

They don't know you at all

I'm so sick of when they say
It's just a phase, you'll be okay, you're fine
But I know it's a lie

This is the last night you'll spend alone
Look me in the eyes so I know you know
I'm everywhere you want me to be
The last night you'll spend alone
I'll wrap you in my arms and I won't let go
I'm everything You need me to be
The last night away from me

The night is so long when everything's wrong
If you give me your hand
I will help you hold on
Tonight
Tonight

This is the last night you'll spend alone
Look me in the eyes so I know you know
I'm everywhere you want me to be
The last night you'll spend alone
I'll wrap you in my arms and I won't let go
I'm everything You need me to be

I won't let you say goodbye
And I'll be your reason why

The last night away from me
Away from me…"

Both of the guitars stopped strumming simultaneously, while the piano let its final thrums echo into the crowd. The crowd sat stunned for a few long moments before bursting into applause. Gaara and Hinata stepped up on either side of Naruto, each taking his hand, squeezing gently, before the three bowed.

As they stepped off of the stage, each was bombarded with questions and hugs. Gaara felt a pair of strong arms go around him and was startled to find a beaming grin on a tan, strong-boned face with black eyes and thick eyebrows. "Excellent job, Gaara-kun!"

Naruto laughed but he caught sight of a shadow hanging back and smiled at the familiar young man. The blonde felt himself being pushed back onto stage and Iruka whisper-shouted, "They want an encore!"

The three looked at each other nervously before Naruto grinned and whispered the song name in their ears. They nodded and went back to their respective positions on stage.

"Check yes Juliet, are you with me?
Rain is falling down on the sidewalk
I won't go until you come outside
Check yes Juliet
Kill the limbo
I'll keep tossing rocks at your window
There's no turning back for us tonight

Lace up your shoes
A O A O ah
Here's how we do

Run baby run
Don't ever look back
They'll tear us apart
If you give them the chance
Don't sell your heart
Don't say we're not meant to be
Run baby run
Forever will be
You and me

Check yes Juliet
I'll be waiting
Wishing, wanting, yours for the taking
Just sneak out and don't tell a soul goodbye
Check yes Juliet, here's the countdown
3...2...1... now fall in my arms
Now they can change the locks
Don't let them change your mind

Lace up your shoes
A O A O ah
Here's how we do

Run baby run
Don't ever look back
They'll tear us apart
If you give them the chance
Don't sell your heart
Don't say we're not meant to be
Run baby run
Forever will be
You and me

We're flying through the night
We're flying through the night
Way up high,
The view from here is getting better with you by my side"

Naruto found a familiar pair of onyx eyes leaning on the wall watching him intently. Naruto smiled wider and returned his attention to the crowd.

"Run baby run
Don't ever look back
They'll tear us apart
If you give them the chance
Don't sell your heart
Don't say we're not meant to be
Run baby run
Forever will be...

Run baby run
Don't ever look back
They'll tear us apart
If you give them the chance
Don't sell your heart
Don't say we're not meant to be
Run baby run
Forever will be
You and me
You and me
You and me…"

The three bowed to the roaring of the crowd and Naruto's eyes strayed to the shadow that disappeared through the door.

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"You're not very good at being discreet, are you?" Naruto asked, leaning on the wall using his shoulder.

Sasuke looked back at him. They were back on the rooftop, the one that they'd been on before their detention. "Was I trying to be?"

"Is there some reason I should know?" Naruto stepped closer, shoulder to shoulder with the slightly taller teen, leaning his forearms on the railing. "What'd you think of the show?"

"I was a little surprised at the first song. And the Hyuuga girl has a good voice."
"The opportunity was for her and I wanted a chance to clear Gaara's name."

"So what was in it for you?"

"A chance."

"A chance at what?"

Naruto smiled sideways at him and Sasuke felt a little nervousness and a little something else he didn't quite know what to call in his stomach. Naruto leaned in quickly and pressed a light, chaste kiss on his lips.

"That give you your answer?"
Sasuke smirked and Naruto could see mischievousness in his eyes. "I don't think so. I might need a tutor to spell it out for me."

"Gladly."

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A/N: Whoo, that was loads of fun to write and I hope it was just as fun for you guys to read. Thanks for sticking with me all through this and if you guys have any requests, I'll be happy to take them.