Here's to the final chapter! Don't forget to let me know what you think. S2

Epilogue – Unanticipated Convergence
Unanticipated – happening without warning
Convergence – the occurrence of two or more things coming together

As the last few minutes of the Kazekage ceremony slithered by, I started to go insane with impatience. It took all my restraint not to prance up and down with anxiety. It wasn't that it was taking longer than usual or that I had to pee or anything like that. It was because Gaara had promised me that I could take about a week and a half off in which I could go to Konoha, so long as I delivered the message personally that the Kazekage's position was official now. I had only just gotten back in Suna last night, but after three days on the road moving farther and farther away from where I wanted to be, it made my insides ache frustratingly.

As the events before me squeezed to an agonizingly slow close, I hardly even stuck around to give my obligatory congratulations. I made it back to my room in no time at all and grabbed my scrolls and pack, but when I went to leave there was a messenger blocking my path.

"Do you need something?" I tried to smile politely but I think I may have failed.

"Yes Kankurou-sama," he said, pulling out a clipboard. "I just need you to sign these as a witness to your brother's – I mean the Kazekage's – promotion in rank."

"Is that what you're calling it?" I muttered rhetorically and took the clipboard, signing the marked locations. "Can I go now?" The guy did a nod-and-bow thing as he moved to the side and I rushed passed him.

I chose to use the rooftops to get to the gates faster, stealing myself from letting things distract me in the streets below. When there were no more roofs for me to jump to, I landed softly on the ground and rushed up to the gate guards. I came to a hesitant stop though when I saw who was already talking to them.

"Kankurou?" Temari asked, turning to look at me. "What are you doing here?"

"I'm going to Konoha to deliver the message of the Kazekage's successful 'promotion in rank'," I squinted, using the messengers term.

"That's what I'm doing," Temari squinted back.

"Since when? Gaara gave me this mission before we even got back yesterday," I argued.

"Gaara gave me the mission a few minutes ago," Temari answered, looking startled. "He was asking for you in his office. I thought someone else would have found you already."

"This is bullshit!" I hissed. "You're sure that's what he said?"

"Kankurou-sama!" Before my sister could answer I heard my name being call from behind. I cursed under my breath. "Kankurou-sama! Good. You haven't left yet. Kazekage-sama—"

"Yeah, yeah," I growled, turning slowly with my gaze locked on my sister until the last minute. "In his office. Whatever." And then I rushed angrily back to the roofs and made a beeline for the Kazekage tower, hoping that I could get this sorted out quickly so I could catch up with my sister.

I slowed in the hallway leading to the office to try to calm my anger before I reached it. I paused with my hand on the handle, deciding if I wanted to barge in there screaming my frustration or step in quietly and hear my brother out. I chose the former and ripped the door open but hardly got one foot in the door before my body and mind shut down for a brief second as I realized someone else was already in there.

I noticed the hair at first – that cinnamon smelling, scruffy brown hair. I didn't believe my eyes for a second until I saw the white nindog at the ninja's feet. My heart leapt into my throat as both the ninja and his dog seemed to turn in slow motion at the sound of my intrusion.

"Kiba?" I whispered. My heart was hammering. He was looking at me with a silly grin on his face and Akamaru barked playfully. I had a million questions trying to force their way out of my head and I was ready to rush over to him and grab his lips thirstily with my own. What stopped me was the voice reminding me that my brother was also in the room.

"Oh, Kankurou, you made it. Good," Gaara said, ignoring the tension in the room. "I was afraid you'd left already."

"What's going on?" I asked, still standing by the open door.

"Forgive me," Gaara started. "But I'm afraid you'll have to postpone your vacation a little while longer. I need an escort for this ninja from Konoha and no one else is available." He said it all with a serious face that said he was just doing what he needed to as Kazekage. "I hope it isn't too much of an inconvenience."

"Stuck with the mutt again, huh?" I smirked. "I suppose I can handle it." Kiba continued smiling as he finally looked back at the Kazekage.

"Thank you for your hospitality, Kazekage-sama," he said with a bow.

"I assume you can figure out some sleeping arrangements for him on your own?" Gaara asked. It wasn't really a question.

"I'll see what I can do," I sighed as if it were a chore.

"Then you're dismissed."

Kiba and his dog trotted over to the door, which I held open for them and he winked at me on his way through. I looked back at my brother who was reading something in his hand nonchalantly, but the corners of his mouth definitely twitched upwards under my gaze. I smiled and nodded as if to thank him and closed the door behind me.

Before I even had a chance to make sure no one was around, Kiba's arms were around me and he was kissing me fervently. I breathed him in and was ready to enjoy it but then I remembered where we were. I pulled away and looked at him.

"Wha—How? Why?" I asked, smiling childishly.

"Pretty much as soon as you left I was summoned to the Hokage's office," he explained, smiling as well. "She said that Suna needed an ambassador from Konoha to attend the Kazekage's ceremony. Apparently, there was a special request that it be me."

"You were there?" I asked in disbelief.

"Yeah," he chuckled. "You looked so uncomfortable and anxious. I'm not surprised you didn't notice me. I was a little worried though when you took off so quickly. I was ready to chase after you myself but I was summoned by your brother."

I sighed in relief and wrapped my arms tightly around him, taking in the familiar scent of his hair. "I'm so happy you're here." He accepted my affection silently, gripping me just as tightly.

"So apparently you're in charge of my sleeping arrangements," Kiba teased, eventually pulling away.

'Yes, apparently," I agreed, poking him in the side, causing him to flinch. I made a mental note to use that to my advantage later. "Right this way," I gestured for him to follow me.

I was trying really hard not to smile while he walked beside me but my grin was ruthless. He seemed to be having the same problem. A few other people were around as I led him around through the halls, but they paid us little attention. A few inclined their heads respectfully towards me but none of them seemed to notice how close I kept myself to Kiba. When we reached the wing where mine and my siblings' rooms were, I slid my fingers around Kiba's. No one else would be up here.

I cracked open my door and gave Kiba a side-long smirk, and then quickly pulled him in after me and shut the door. I had hardly dropped my scrolls and pack and clicked the lock before he was attacking me, wrestling me into my room and knocking me over. I growled and flung the smaller ninja over and under me, pinning him to the ground. It all happened in less than ten seconds, and then that cheeky smile was grinning up at me.

"What exactly did you hope to accomplish by that?" I exhaled.

He didn't answer my question and I didn't wait for him to before my hormones took over and I was kissing him. I rushed it and I was fierce. I dug my hands into his hair and he took advantage of my distraction and attempted to roll me onto my back and next thing I knew we were tumbling around on my floor and our hands were searching and restless. When he reached around my neck and dug his nails into the top of my back I inhaled sharply and pulled back. He was smiling mischievously at me and we were both dishevelled and hot. My skin was on fire, in some places more than others.

"Wait," I suddenly said. "Why didn't Gaara tell me you were coming? He led me to think that I was going to Konoha until the last second."

"You just weren't told because Gaara didn't want you to get distracted or something like that," Kiba said, still showing off his fangs.

"Che. Distracted, huh?" I gloated. "You could never distract me."

"No?" he asked playfully, reaching up again to scratch his nails along the back of my neck. I shivered violently and jerked away. At the triumphant smile on his face, I stood up quickly with my fingers outstretched, forcing him to follow me. "Hey," he protested at the familiar tingle of my chakra strings. I silenced him with a kiss and pushed him backwards until the back of his knees hit my bed and he fell back onto it.

I fell with him until I was hovering over him slightly, breathing frantically. "How long are you here for?"

"At least until Sunday I think," he said thoughtfully. "I'm not really sure what for but I'm pretty sure Gaara was just making shit up." He shrugged.

"That's really not like him," I muttered. "I bet Tem had a lot to do with it." I thought of how she had acted at the village entrance: innocent but unnecessarily concerned.

"Most likely," he said. "She was just leaving the Kazekage's office as I arrived and she said something like 'Oh, thank god you're here'."

"She would," I mumbled, rolling my eyes and rolling off of Kiba at the same time. I lay on my back next to him and we stared up at the ceiling for a while. He took my hand and he sighed.

"I feel like I would be going insane by now if I was still stuck in Konoha without you. I hate not knowing how you are and what you're thinking. We got lucky this time but eventually it's going to get really difficult to see each other. I—I'm not sure… I feel so vulnerable when you're not around. I don't have any form of reassurance. I'm just overrun with a copious amount of anxiety." He paused and I waited. "I'm not asking to tell the world, or anyone for that matter, but I want to be able to say you're mine."

"Did you rehearse that?" I teased and he elbowed me playfully.

"Asshole," he grumbled, but he was smiling. I took a deep breath and sat up. He looked up at me as I watched him and when I started speaking, he sat up too.

"I've felt useless not having you around the past few days," I murmured, "like I've misplaced something important." My heart was erratic as Kiba stared at me unblinkingly. I swallowed. "I'm not ready to tell anyone either. And even though I know certain people have figured it out, I don't like talking about it too openly. This whole thing is new to me and I need some time to figure out all the possible implications it will cause for our villages – and for Gaara especially – before I claim you in front of the world. But…" I paused and stared at our joined hands before whispering the rest. "I want to be with you. I want to say you're mine too."

The grin that spread across Kiba's face and the way he tried to hide it at first was so adorable that my heart melted at the disgusting cuteness of it all. And it made everything worth it.

"Then I'm yours," he smiled and leaned in to kiss me softly. I kissed him back arduously and he once again reached around my neck and scrapped his nails lightly over my skin. I pushed him back and down agressively without breaking our kiss, senselessly running my hands any and everywhere. He snuck his hands beneath my shirt at some point and was driving me crazy as he grazed his nails all over my back. It was all I could do to contain myself.

We lost ourselves in each other, leaving only a small part of my mind free to understand that Kiba would be around in Suna a lot in the upcoming months – and thanks to my brother of all people. My mind and body were overwhelmed with emotions as I touched every reachable part of Kiba's body and whispered in his ear. He was driving me crazy with his nails that were all up in my hair and we only paused briefly to catch our breaths before we turned our backs on the world and let passion take over.