Okay! Here is the Epilogue. It's so fluffy and corny I fight the urge not to slap myself silly. But today I'm feeling like an optimist.
Disclaimer: I do not own Naruto.
"Okay," Sakura said to the night nurses gathered in the hallway. "I just finished rounds. There shouldn't be any problems."
"Even with that annoying old man in room twenty three?" one of the nurses asked.
Sakura sighed. "I just gave him some morphine so it should be okay."
"Dr. Haruno?" the receptionist called, emerging from around the corner of the adjacent hallway. Her eyes landed and Sakura and she smiled. "There is a visitor here for you."
Visitor? Sakura wasn't expecting any visitors. That's when she sensed a familiar Chakra signature. She dropped the clipboard she was holding and raced down the hallway. She didn't breathe until she saw a lone figure sanding in the middle of the reception area and even then she didn't stop running. Without giving him anytime to even utter a hello she flung herself into his arms and buried her face into his neck. "Gaara!" she cried. "You're here!"
Gaara laughed and held his ground. "I'm happy to see you too." He gently pried her off of him and held her by the shoulders. Sakura could see the excitement in his eyes. "There is something I have to tell you," he said. "And then something I have to ask you."
Sakura felt her heart start to race. He was smiling. "So, spill!"
"The kage's have all signed a peace treaty. The war is over."
The war is over. Sakura felt her legs give out from under her, but Gaara caught her before she could hit the ground. Before she knew it tears were rolling down her face. "Thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you."
"I wanted to be the one to tell you." Gaara wiped her cheeks. "This is for real." He carried her over to one of the chairs against the wall and set her down. "It was all finalized this morning."
Sakura put her hand on her chest and tried to steady her breathing. "This is just…" she laughed. "Finally."
No more piles of dead shinobi. No more sobbing family members forced to identify maimed corpses. No more war. They could begin to rebuild.
Gaara sunk to the floor at her feet. "To continue what we have is going to be complicated. There isn't a precedent or protocol for this."
"What are you saying?" Sakura asked slowly. Was he… breaking up with her?"
He took her hands and kissed them. "I know that this is really sudden and I don't need an answer right away. I completely understand if you don't want to be married to me but just know that I really, really, really want to spend the rest of my life with you."
Sakura blinked and her face broke into a stupid smile. "Kazekage-sama, are you proposing to me?" It was a wonder she didn't pass out right then and there.
"Yeah." Gaara nodded slowly. "This is me proposing. Am I doing it wrong? I don't actually have a ring yet but I can get you a really nice one if you want. In Suna it's customary for a man to buy a woman a goat when he's proposing, but I didn't think that you would want one… but if you do…"
Sakura laughed. "You can keep the goat and save the ring for the ceremony. I'm going to marry you and we're going to have the biggest wedding in the history of Suna and Konoha. Just you wait."
"So…" Gaara reached upwards and cupped her face. "That's a yes then?"
"Yeah…" Sakura said. "That's a yes."
Sakura almost jumped out of her skin when the entire reception erupted in applause. She looked around and saw that all of the night nurses and patients who weren't sleeping had crowded into the halls and had watched their entire exchange and were now clapping and cheering.
"Kiss her!... Kiss her!... Kiss her!..." the crowd chanted.
Sakura's face turned beet red and before she could protest, Gaara pulled her to her feet and captured her lips in a kiss. She didn't put up any struggle and wrapped her arms around his neck and gave into the kiss.
The war was over and the next chapter of her life was just beginning. Sakura realized that she had a lot of look forward to and she was ready to face any hurtles that might stand in her way.
I wrote this in like 20 minutes. hahaha. Oh boy. Well, its over. Finally. COMPLETE! No unfinished business and no tragedy. It feels good :)
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