Babysitting Hina-chan!

Chapter Eleven.

Alone At last! … Or not.

And Startling realizations

Gaara's POV

"Finally! I see land!" Naruto screamed loudly and everyone ran to see.

"This is where we leave you. You guys can swim or run to shore, the water is quite calm today." A crew member said and a couple of guys behind him were getting our bags and setting them down.

"Naruto! Make some clones and carry our stuff!" Ino exclaimed.

"Why me?" He whined childishly in return.

"Because you can make a lot more clones than we can." Ino stated.

"No!" Naruto stomped his foot like a child and I smirked.

"Well, since Ino volunteered Naruto she should carry all our things." Sakura said and Ino all but yowled in outrage.

"What's goin' on?" Silver asked as she and Hinata appeared.

"From here we run to land." I explained and Hinata stopped at my side.

"Alright, let's go then." Silver said.

As soon as we walked into our hotel suite Hinata flung herself onto the bed and buried her face in the pillows with a sigh and smiled sleepily up at me.

"Come lay down with me?" She requested and I slipped off my shoes and walked over to join her. "The walls are sound proof, right?"

"Yeah, why?" I asked with a raised eyebrow as I settled in beside her, wrapping my arms around her slim waist.

"Because Naruto and Sasuke are next door..." Hinata said trailing off.

"We aren't that bad!" Naruto whined as he opened our door and saw us laying on the bed.

"Yes, we are." Sasuke said and Hinata giggled.

"Anyway, dinner is at seven and Michiru and Hikaru are gonna meet us." Naruto said and began babbling on about what we were going to do until Sasuke grabbed his hand and dragged him off, leaving us in the peaceful silence.

"Ne, Gaara?" Hinata mumbled into my chest softly.

"Hm?"

"Remember when I was a tiger cub?" She asked me softly and I raised my eyebrow at the question.

"Yeah.." I trailed off.

"Silver taught me how to change into a tiger at will. But I can turn into both a full grown tiger and a cute little tiger cub." She explained.

I groaned as she said this and buried my face in her long hair. "Please don't turn into a tiger cub, I like having you in my arms."

"Don't worry." She giggled and her small fingers laced through my hair and massaged my scalp gently.

"Mmm." I hummed into her throat and began placing gentle kisses along her beautiful neck. "Can we skip dinner please?" I asked, my voice almost a whine as I sucked on her collar bone and impossibly pulled her even closer to me.

"Does the door lock?" Hinata asked, I could almost hear her bite her lip and she tugged lightly at my hair.

"Yes." I murmured.

"Too bad!" Kiba yelled as he walked into the room and Hinata, in her surprise, shoved me off her and I fell to the floor and shot Kiba a death glare. "Save it for the honeymoon."

"You won't live to see the wedding if you don't get the Hell out." I snarled, I was getting very tired of the interruptions our so called friends were causing. "I need a cold shower." I grumbled as he took off laughing.

"What for? Didn't you just shower this morning?" Hinata asked and I heard Naruto choke back a laugh as he walked by.

"No reason, really." I ground out as I got up and slipping my shoes on. "We better get going before someone comes back to drag us to dinner."

"I have a better idea." Hinata said as she threw my sash at me and told me to use it to cover my hair. "Sit down in that chair over there, be right back."

"Why?" I asked as I sat back in the chair and watched Hinata walk up to me with a make up bag in her hand. "What are you doing with that?"

"Just gonna cover up the bags under your eyes. We, are going to the beach."

"Your friends are some of the best trackers there is..." I pointed out.

"So? We simply have to fool them." Hinata shrugged as there was a poof and she turned into a full grown white tiger. "Now let's go. Apparently visiting there is some kind of King who also has a white tiger. All we have to do is get to the beach unnoticed and we're home free."

"You can talk when you're a tiger?" I asked with an arched brow.

"Yep." She said as she gently took my hand in her teeth and tugged me forward, shutting the door behind us with her tail.

As we walked through the lobby of the hotel there was quite a bit of whispering but none of Team 8 or 9 saw us and we were trying to get to and out of the door as fast as we could physically manage without looking suspicious.

"Where the Hell do you think you're going?" Ino asked as she popped up out of nowhere and Hinata and I bolted out the door and jumped up and over buildings as fast as we could, trying to get lost in the cluster of homes and stores. Hopefully Ino wouldn't find them.

"What is with them?" Ino asked Silver as she jutted her thumb to the man with the tiger and man who just bolted out the door.

"Dunno. Maybe they had somewhere to be." Silver shrugged her shoulders. "You think we should go find Hina and Gaara and tell them dinner isn't for another hour, Kiba was messing around with them."

"Dunno. Or we can have them figure it out themselves." Ino said with a snicker and the pair walked off the bar to get some drinks.

"Okie. Where are we goin'?" Silver asked.

"Ten Ten, and Sakura are meeting us at the bar to plan the bachelorette party." Ino explained. (Spelling?)

"Awesome!" Silver cheered as they walked off to the bar.

"Finally! Alone!" I sighed as I pulled Hinata down to the sand beside me. "Relax with me."

"Fine." She said with a smile, resting her head on my chest. "Wonder how our vacation will go?"

"I don't care." I grumbled, "but the interruptions are getting extremely annoying."

"I know." Hinata giggled as she began to draw random patterns on my chest with her small, elegant fingers. "They just like messing with us. They do the same thing to each other and you can't say you didn't help mess with Silver and Demon. And to Neji and Ten Ten."

"I did." I smirked at the memory of Naruto dragging me along to mess with them. "But let's not think about them."

"Mm... I think we can find better things to do." Hinata said with a small smile as she rolled over onto her stomach and kissed me gently.

But alas, it was not meant to be.

"Sorry!" Some kid yelled as he walked up to us to get the frisbee that had sprayed sand onto us.

"It's alright." Hinata sighed and we both stood.

"Hey, wanna play with us?" He asked, raking his eyes over Hinata and I wanted to growl.

"No thanks, we would have an unfair advantage." Hinata said, Naruto would have yelled 'Hell yeah' and creamed them. But Hinata didn't like playing with civilians.

"Advantage?" He asked.

"I am Hyuga Hinata, a shinobi of Konoha and this is Gaara, the Kazekage of Suna." Hinata introduced us.

The boy just stared at us like a fool before his friend explained to him who we were, "She is a very strong ninja that comes from a very high class clan. And he is the leader of his village, meaning he is the strongest ninja in the land of Suna." His friend explained.

"Oh." He said, staring at us bug eyed. He looked more like a fool doing this.

"Staring is rude, is it not?" I asked, rolling my eyes.

Hinata's POV

"Staring is rude, is it not?" Gaara drawled and I had to stifle a giggle. "Let's go swimming!" I exclaimed and began dragging him off toward the water, though Gaara didn't seem to mind at all.

I released his hand and ran towards the water, then jumped into the air and landed with a splash in the cool ocean water.

I loved the ocean, it was so beautiful and clear. And the fish were so beautiful and colorful and full of life. And said life seemed so simple and beautiful, almost careless.

I loved it.

I smiled to myself as I swam deeper and farther out into the water, simply thinking to myself and enjoying the beauty that seemed so amazing.

When I came up I looked around for Gaara, he was just watching me. And from the distance, I could not see the expression on his face but I smiled and waved and watched him wave back to me.

It was serene around me, and I sighed in disappointment at the thought of going back to the hotel, I loved my friends and all but sometimes I wanted the peace and quiet. But with the friends I had this was nearly impossible.

It was just then that it finally struck me that I was engaged, to be married.

It seemed so scary, so new. Where was I going to live? What was going to happen to me? Was I going to continue to be a shinobi? Was I... Was I ever going to see my friends again?

What happened to raising our kids together as we had been raised? What was going to happen?

Did Gaara even want kids?

Kages weren't like kings, they did not need an heir. And I was no longer going to be the head of my clan, so what was going to happen?

The shock of everything rushing to me just then almost brought tears to my eyes but I refused to let them flow. I couldn't cry, I should be grateful shouldn't I? I was going to marry someone I loved. Not some lecherous old man that was old enough to be my father.

And though I was happy to be marrying Gaara, whom I loved and cared for. But what was going to happen? I knew Silver would always be around, she was a wanderer and she was welcome in both Suna and Konoha so she was likely to visit me whenever she pleased. But I wouldn't be able to hang out with TenTen, Sakura, and Ino in our down time, between missions. Or even on missions.

There would be no more of any of that.

Yet, I was willing to let it all go. I knew I was, but I also knew it would hurt me to do so.

Would I make friends in Suna, or would the women there dislike me?

What was I going to do?

As of then it seemed so confusing, no more having fun before the wedding, as a way to get to know each other.

I then realized it wasn't just that, it was also a time to say goodbye. My last chance to be with my friends. Yet here I was wasting it away in the ocean.

What was I doing?

Was I ignoring my friends to see my boyfriend? When I putting one over the other, what was it I was doing?

Suddenly, I wanted to go back. I wanted to go back to the hotel and spend time with my friends. I wanted to say goodbye to them without saying goodbye, I wanted out last bit of time together to be as fun as possible, and not just us all separating to be with our teams and such. I wanted us to be together. I wanted us to get to know each other better, to catch up and have as much fun as we could before it all came crashing down upon us.

I knew then that my wedding was not just going to be a happy affair. But a tearful one, full of goodbyes and "Can't I just hide in your suitcase?"

With that I began to go back to the waters edge.

"Gaara?" I asked as I walked up to him and was within earshot.

"Yeah?" He asked.

"Let's head back?" I asked softly, almost fearing rejection.

"Okay." He said and held out his hand to me.

We didn't run back, there was no rush. We would simply enjoy the walk back and then have dinner with everyone. And we would enjoy it. Our time with our friends, who had become more like our family than our own family had.

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