Hello my dear readers! Naru-koi here, giving you SIMB v2, on schedule, as promised.
First off, I'd like to share the same warning I gave in the last author's notice in SIMB v1.
"Make sure to pay attention to the kissing/confrontation scene, the rooftop scene, the walk home and the burn scene at the end of chapter 4. That's where it changed the most! It follows the basic story line, but after that, the story will change a decent amount."
Indeed, Past me, indeed.
For readers who are new to the story, welcome! To past readers, welcome back!
Here is the edited, original storyline for SIMB. If you're new, I suggest not reading version 1, unless you need a good laugh. But now I'll stop going on about this, and let you read.
Drop me a review if you'd like, I know I'd appreciate the feedback. Was this good? Bad?
For past readers: Feels exactly the same? Or "OMFG, WHAT DID YOU DO?"
Haha. No, seriously though. No pressure, but I'd like to know if version 2 is any better. I know I certainly feel that way. Anywho. Go on you scamps, and get reading!
Chapter 1: Peaceful Bliss
A boy sat at the top of his high school's steps; headphones on and blaring. He was dressed in a black hoodie over a dark t shirt, black leather gloves, black skinny jeans with chains, and converse. His dark teal eyes - set under an Ai tattoo on his forehead - probed the grounds, watching, waiting.
The breeze ruffled his spiky blood red hair. Gaara was waiting for his friend to arrive. People walked past him, not really noticing him. He's something of an outcast here you see; with his dark attire, attitude, and bad-ass reputation. No one comes around him much anymore. It's not like no one talked to him or wanted him there. He simply did not want anything to do with them (outside of a select few), and as long as they left him alone, he didn't try and start fights with anyone. They stopped trying long ago. Well, except a few..
Speaking of which.
Gaara glanced to the side when he noticed someone standing beside him. He looked up to see a young raven haired girl standing in front of him. He pulled his headphones off his ears, and sighed inwardly. It was the Hyuuga girl, Hinata, who had a crush on him. Not that there was anything wrong with her. She never really even talked to him. He looked her over. This morning she was wearing a light purple halter, and black capri's, and black flats. He supposed she was cute, and with her short black-blue hair, and lavender eyes; she stood out from a crowd. She was just so.. quiet. He looked up at her.
She blushed. "I ... I was w-wondering if you've seen Naruto yet today." He regarded her expression for a moment. She seemed a bit hopeful.
"Not yet. She should be here soon though." Hinata's face fell slightly. Gaara assumed she needed to talk to Naruto about something important.
"Um, yes, t-thank you Gaara san." She bowed slightly before turning away, and heading for the school entrance. Gaara followed her with his eyes. He called out to her just before she reached the doors.
"Hinata?" She stopped.
"Yeah?" She asked turning slowly to face him. He gave her a small smile.
"Please just call me Gaara like Naruto does," he said quietly, "there's no need for all the formality." Hinata blushed deeply.
"A-alright, thank you Gaara kun." She turned quickly and fled into the school, not looking back.
He sighed. He sympathized with her, seeing as she grew up in a really traditional family setting, and was taught to give people the utmost respect they deserved, but she should know by now it was okay for her to just call him by his name.
Gaara turned back to watching the front of the school yard, wondering if he had just made a mistake encouraging Hinata to refer to him without the honorific. Would she see it as him accepting her as a good friend? Or would she assume he liked her now? He didn't need a problem such as that at the moment. It was bad enough he was in love with a girl who was oblivious to every move he made on her. He sighed audibly, and ran a hand through his hair.
He was in love with his best friend. He's been in love with her for as long as he could remember. As long as she was by his side, he was right with the world, or at least, that's how it felt. He was fine with her being friends with other guys, he just didn't want her to date anyone that wasn't good enough for her.
He chuckled darkly under his breath to himself, scaring a few passing students. He rolled his eyes at them, and went back to his thoughts.
Okay sure. He freaked out on a few guys for wanting to go out with Naruto. He had to kick a few asses now and again to get his point across, but really.. who's counting? Naruto was oblivious to everything, and just thought it was odd when guys didn't seem to find her "date-able." He felt bad, extremely bad, that day last year when she approached him with the fear that she had been doing something wrong, or wasn't physically attractive. He'd managed to convince her she was fine, and get away with keeping his feelings a secret.
That's not even taking into account the fact that people started avoiding her when she was with Gaara.. and avoiding Gaara in general. But it was high school after all. People get isolated, people become popular. People get picked on, and people get worshipped. Give and take, it's how it worked. As long as they kept their mouths shut, and their hands to themselves, Gaara didn't really care who hung out with Naruto, and who refused to approach him.
Anyways, where was Naruto? Gaara glanced around. There weren't many people outside anymore. It must be close to homeroom. He looked over towards the front gates, in time to see Naruto come running through, headed straight for him. She caught sight of him on the steps, and waved.
"Morning Gaara!" She yelled out to him. His eyes warmed at the sight of her. He raised a hand in a wave, and stood. He watched as Naruto approached him, running up the stairs. His eyes widened though, when he realized she had no intent of stopping. He had enough time to brace himself - a bit - but it wasn't enough. She jumped from three stairs away, and he stumbled back as he caught her, falling onto the cement. As his arms were busy keeping her from hurting herself when they fell, he took the full force of the impact.
The wind was knocked out of them for a second, and Naruto recovered with a moaned "Shit.." Gaara tried to move and groaned.
"Ouch, fuck. Naruto, you idiot ..." He grumbled as he winced, trying to move his shoulder. Naruto opened her eyes, concern and pain laced in her expression as she looked own at him.
"Oh! I'm so sorry Gaara! I didn't.. think." She looked away, ashamed that she'd hurt him. She tried to getting off him, to no avail. "Uh, Gaara you can let go now.." He looked up at her, realizing his arms were still locked tight around her.
"Oh, sorry." He let go, and she stood up.
"Ow, remind me not to do that again." She said, brushing the dirt off herself carefully. He rolled his eyes as he pushed himself up.
"No problem." He stood gracefully, wincing slightly at the pain in his back. He stretched himself out, back cracking loudly. Naruto winced.
"Ouch." He raised a non-existent eyebrow, as if to say 'no kidding?'. She raised her hands defensively.
"I get it, I get it ... my bad" He chuckled at her expense.
"It's alright Naru." She sighed, and bent down to gather the things that spilled out of her bag. He looked her over. Shaggy blond hair to her shoulders, and a fringe of hair falling into her eyes. Black leather jacket that came mid torso, covering a tight, midnight blue t shirt with a pink skull on it. A black skirt with black leggings, and pink converse. Her beautiful blue eyes were outlined with a thick black line of eyeliner. He took in her beauty for a long moment, and then as she stood, he smirked.
"No orange? What's wrong with you today Naruto?" He asked, his voice full of mock worry. She shook her blond bangs out of her eyes, and winked.
"Oh, there's orange alright." Gaara chuckled, shaking his head to rid himself of images of lacy things.
"Didn't need to know that." She stuck out her tongue.
"You love it." She said, hiding a smile and grabbed his hand. "Come on! We're gonna be late you slowpoke!" He sighed, letting himself be dragged along.
"You do realize you are the reason we're late almost every day?"
She made a face at that comment. "You do realize you could come pick me up for school sometimes ... Or you could just head to class yourself," she said in a know-it-all voice.
Gaara smiled slightly and shook his head. "I wait for you to make sure you get to class on time ... or at least close to the right time." Naruto laughed, a simple carefree sound that pleased Gaara.
"Anyways. I want you to come over after school. Kyuu chan said to tell you she misses seeing you in the mornings." At this comment, Gaara actually looked worried for a moment. Naruto gave him a pitying glance. "I swear, Kyuubi isn't gonna try anything this time, she got herself a new boyfriend." A look of relief washed over Gaara's face. His face quickly emptied of emotion a moment later when they entered the classroom. No need to ruin his reputation, of course.
Naruto watched his face change, and screwed up her own face in distaste.
"You know, I wish you wouldn't cover yourself up like that Gaara.." She muttered, quietly so only he would hear. Suddenly they were interrupted.
"Naruto chan! I was looking for you!" They looked up to see Hinata making her way over to them. Naruto smiled.
"Good morning Hinata!" she said cheerfully. Gaara slipped his hand away from hers as the girls embraced. He made his way to the back of the classroom, weaving though students. He felt no need to intrude on their conversation. Hinata seemed disappointed that he walked away, but resumed talking to Naruto with vigor.
A few moments later, she and Naruto came and joined him. She usually sat at the front with Kiba, Shino, and that annoying blond.. Ino-something.
"Gaara san?" She caught his expression, and backtracked sheepishly. "Gaara kun, would you..? Hinata trailed off quietly, looking away. He just looked at her curiously, glancing at Naruto. Naruto watched them, nudging Hinata when she didn't respond. Gaara raised a invisible eyebrow. Naruto sighed, irritated at something, and leaned over to whisper in Hinata's ear. Hinata blushed very deeply at that. She looked at anything but Gaara.
Gaara sighed. This is what he was afraid of. He felt stupid for encouraging her when he'd have to let her down. He stood, and held a hand out to Hinata. She looked up at him confused.
"Could I talk to you in a more private place please, Hinata?" She blushed and looked towards the front of the classroom. The teacher wasn't here yet. Naruto smiled, knowing what she was thinking.
"I'll cover you guys if he comes, okay?" Gaara nodded, and pulled Hinata gently out of the classroom, getting odd looks from various students. He pulled her down the hallways, and into a deserted corridor. He then stopped and turned to her. She blushed and looked away. After a moment of silence, she spoke. "Y-you wanted to say something, Gaara kan?" He gave her a kind look.
"It's you that wanted to say something Hinata. What was it?" She blushed and looked away.
"I-it's nothing ..." She tried to turn away, but he caught her hand turning her back to him and pulling her closer. He turned her to face him. He met her eyes for a moment, then he looked away and sighed deeply.
"Hinata. You can tell me anything, you know that, right?" She nodded slightly, and looked down. They were silent for a moment, and when it looked like she wasn't gonna confess anything, he spoke up.
"Hinata ... there's something you need to know." Her breath caught in her throat, and he winced slightly. "You see, I know you like me, but I can't return your feelings." She looked crushed at that, but didn't cry or turn away, so he took it as an okay to go on. He put his hand on her shoulders and leaned down a bit to meet her eyes. "I know this is a bad time, but could I confide something to you?"
She was quiet for a moment, then looked up at him slowly. "Wh- what is it?"
"I -" He stopped for a moment, not sure how to say it. "It's not that I don't like you. You're a sweet, kind girl. I hold a lot of respect for you. I'm just ... in love with someone else." Hinata looked thoughtful for a bit, before she smiled sadly.
"I thought so.. It's Naruto chan isn't it?" He froze for a moment. She laughed weakly. "Don't worry about it, I just had a feeling. She doesn't have a clue."Gaara breathed a sigh of relief.
"I kinda wish she knew though." He said, letting his hands drop. Hinata frowned.
"Why haven't you told her?" Gaara sweat dropped and looked away. He fidgeted, and dropped his voice to a whisper.
"I ... don't wanna ruin our friendship." Hinata smiled sweetly.
"That's really sweet." Gaara smiled faintly at her. Hinata watched him for a moment. He looked up to see her staring at him thoughtfully.
"What?" Hinata gave him a small smile.
"I-I could ... find out if she l-likes you." Gaara blushed. He flailed his arms defensively in front of his face.
"No, don't worry about it Hinata! I'm fine. I'll just ... tell her myself ... just, I'm just waiting for the right moment." He mumbled the last part, turning away from her. She laughed lightly, leaned forward quickly, and kissed Gaara on the cheek.
"You are so cute Gaara kun. You better be careful with Naruto though ... She won't stay single forever." She said blushing. "Hurry up. We must get back to class, Kakashi sensei will be arriving shortly." And with that she smiled at him lightly before she turned and walked back down the hall towards the class, leaving Gaara standing alone.
He stood in quiet contemplation. A light blush grazed his cheeks, a hand raised to his face where she kissed him. He shook his head. Hinata had a point. He needed to let Naruto know, and quickly before she's snatched up by another guy. He frowned. Yes ... that would be very bad. He then turned and followed Hinata back to class, her words echoing in his head over and over.
"You'd better be careful... She won't stay single forever..."