Baby, I Like It
Waking up the next day, Sakura rolled over and let out a groan. Today was the day she needed to decide, since Gaara was leaving. She got out of bed and stretched. Deciding that she was going to prolong this for as long as possible, she went into the bathroom and took a lengthy shower. Once that was done she got dressed and walked back into her bedroom. She fell onto the bed and stared up at the ceiling.
This room had so many memories of her and Gaara in it. Whether they were making love, sleeping, talking, or just enjoying the other's company. She sighed, knowing that the time for stalling her decision making was over.
Both men were very attractive, that much was certain. Taking their careers very seriously, they kept their bodies in tip-top shape. They also had political connections, and had a lot of wealth. Although they were different, both Gaara and Sasuke had troubled childhoods that had affected who they were today. Both made choices that they regretted, and both made choices that changed their lives for the better.
Sasuke lived in the same village as she did, whereas Gaara lived far away. But Gaara paid her more attention when they were together than Sasuke did in a month. Gaara always complimented her, while Sasuke criticized her, giving her small compliments every once in a while.
She rolled over and buried her head in a pillow, letting out a frustrated scream. Who did she want? She thought back on the night she had given herself to Gaara. He had told her that love was not only expressed through words, but through actions. Every time they were together he was extremely attentive and tender with her. So while she suspected that he cared, she didn't know if he loved her. She didn't even know if he was capable of loving anyone because of his past. But Sasuke told her that he loved her all the time. He said it when he left for missions, and when he came back, which was quite often, since he enjoyed taking a lot of them.
A few times in their relationship Sasuke had shown her affection physically, whether it was in a kiss, or a touch. But Gaara had never told her that he loved her. Sure, he said she was beautiful, but that was it. Sasuke had told her plenty of times that she was beautiful.
She sat up in her bed suddenly. That was it! All she had to do was find out if Gaara loved her! She enjoyed his company more than she did Sasuke's, and his ways of showing affection made her feel cherished. Determination setting itself on her features, she pulled on her boots and left her apartment.
Walking down the streets, she began to think about where to find the redhead. He wouldn't be at the Hokage Tower, because his meeting with her Shishou was already taken care of. That only left Naruto. Suddenly she remembered that Gaara had promised to train with the blonde at his birthday party. So she headed off in the direction of the training fields.
Once she reached her destination, she closed her eyes and focused her chakra. Finding two very large chakra signatures about a mile off, she headed towards them, knowing that it would be Gaara and Naruto. It made sense for them to use the farthest field from the village, since both of their fighting styles could be very destructive.
Spotting the man she was looking for, she broke out into a run. Both boys stopped fighting when they saw her approach.
"What's up Sakura-chan? Is something wrong?" Naruto asked, worry and confusion all over his face.
She ignored him and turned to the silent redhead next to him.
"Gaara, if you had to share me with Sasuke, how would that make you feel?" she asked, panting slightly from her run.
Before he could answer, Naruto was in her face. "What are you talking about Sakura-chan?! You're marrying the teme! You and Gaara aren't even friends!" the fox boy yelled.
Irritated, she grabbed him by the collar and threw him across the field. Then she looked back into Gaara's jade eyes, doubt beginning to creep over her. Maybe this wasn't such a good idea after all.
He was searching her own green depths, "I wouldn't." he said simply.
Sakura tried to hold back the tears that quickly began to form in her eyes. That definitely wasn't the answer she had expected, but she didn't really understand what it meant. Finally finding her voice, she uttered out, "What?"
"Not even if you were married to him would he be allowed to touch you. You belong to me."
Well, now his answer made more sense. Every time they made love he had her voice who she wanted or who she preferred. And every so often he would tell her that she was his. She decided to ask him another question, not yet ready to come out and ask what was really on her mind.
"Do you care for me at all? Or am I just an object to you? Something to claim?" she asked, still dreading the answer. But she needed to know where she stood with the redhead in order to make her decision.
At this point Naruto had run back over to them. "What are you talking about Sakura-chan?! Gaara doesn't care about anybody! Least of all women! Heck, he won't even let someone touch him unless it's in a fight!" Naruto yelled.
This time, it was Gaara who sent him sailing away, using his sand. "Sakura you are not an object." He told her, his gaze softening. "I just…" he stopped, did he dare reveal his true feelings for her? Why was she even asking these questions anyway? He looked away and decided to tell her, it had been three years since they began their complex relationship. "Sakura I…" he stopped again. This was a lot harder to say than he thought. "I…I really care for you…I love you…" he finally admitted, looking down. He felt foolish now, why had he confessed? Now things were only going to become more complicated. But he felt he needed to explain. "I never told you because you were with Sasuke and I didn't want to ruin what we had…and if what we had was all I could do for you then…it was alright. I just wanted to make you happy."
Before he could even look back up into her face, she was in front of him, gripping him in a fierce hug. Her lips met his in a passionate kiss, and when she pulled away his breathing was ragged from lack of oxygen. "I'm glad. I love you too Gaara. I just didn't want to say it because I didn't know how you felt. And then when you got with Matsuri, I didn't want to ruin that."
She stepped away from him slightly to see his whole face. Stroking one of his cheeks, she smiled. "Sasuke told me that I needed to choose last night, because what I was doing wasn't fair. And I choose you. Forever."
He stared at her, shock all over his face. "What?"
"I choose you. I want to be with you, even if it means I can't see you very often. To me, it's worth it." She repeated, her gaze filled with the love she had been hiding all these years.
He wrapped his arms tightly around her, kissing the top of her head lovingly. He could almost feel his heart soaring. All this time she had felt the same thing and he never knew. It was like a wakeup call. "I love you Sakura…" he said again, bringing her even closer.
Jade met onyx, a glaring contest already beginning between the two men. Sakura stood in the middle of them, trying to keep them apart from one another. The redhead crossed his arms pride fully, watching his woman closely.
"Well?" Sasuke finally spoke up. "What is it Sakura?"
"I did what you asked Sasuke. I chose." She said, not yet ready to tell him. Because she did love the Uchiha, it just wasn't with the same intensity that she loved Gaara.
"I see." Sasuke wasn't stupid. He knew who she had chosen. Sucking up his pride, he held out his hand to the silent redhead. "I wish you well. Forcing Sakura to be with me would mean nothing." He said, not really planning on saying anything more.
This seemed to catch Gaara off guard. It certainly wasn't an action he expected from the Uchiha. He was surprisingly impressed. He reached his hand out and took the Uchiha's, the tension still between the two. "You continuously surprise me Uchiha."
"Yeah well, I'm not going to embarrass myself by throwing a fit." Sasuke said seriously. The two locked gazes once more, small smirks creeping up both their faces. "Just know Sabaku, the second you mess up, I'll be there."
Gaara laughed, "I guess I'll have to watch my back then. Though…I doubt Sakura would ever leave me. But I will do my best to make her happy…I know it's what you want."
The dark haired man nodded, he knew that the kind of love that his longtime friend required was something he couldn't give right now. Unfortunately, he knew it was true that Gaara would be able to give it to her, but he would be the bigger man. They released hands and Sasuke turned to Sakura giving her a small nod.
Then he closed the door in their faces.
Sakura turned to Gaara, another smile gracing her lips. "Well that went smoother than I thought it would."
"He's not so bad after all," he gave her a smile back and held out his hand for her to take. She placed hers in his and let him pull her towards him. "How about we celebrate?" he smirked, letting his free hand trail down her backside.
"Well…" she said, bringing up a hand to play with the hair at the base of his neck. "I did buy some new lingerie the other day that I've been dying to try out…"
Gaara's interest sparked, "And you waited this long to tell me?" he laughed, giving her a soft kiss on the lips. The sand around them picked up and whisked them away.