A sleeping Gaara was a peaceful Gaara, Naruto decided and smiled down on him.
It was still early in the morning and he'd been awake since quite some time now, but the raccoon in his arms still slept soundly. He still clung tightly to Naruto, as if he'd suddenly disappear any second.

The smile on his face disappeared, when he remembered what happened after they got home from the hill last night.

They'd gone to bed immediately, because Naruto could clearly see how sleep deprived his friend was.
It didn't even take him long to drift away. They settled down on the futon and Gaara blushed a bright red when Naruto pulled him into a hug, but he didn't complain. He just laid his head on the blond's shoulder and slowly drifted into sleep.
Naruto was content for a moment and felt how his own eyes grew heavy until he heard a weird sound.
The sound of shifting sand.
He could recognize it everywhere since Gaara seldom made other sounds while moving.
His eyes widened, when the sand build the form of a slim woman right next to their futon. Her hair fell down to her shoulders and she had a beautiful face with a loving expression. The only weird thing was the color of her eyes. Golden. Golden with a star-shaped pupil - Shukaku's eyes.
Naruto quickly closed his eyes and faked his sleep, peeking through barely see-able slits in his eyes.
The sand figure stepped forward and leaned down to Gaara, smiling lovingly. She softly kissed Gaara's hair and mumbled a "Sleep tight, my love." before her form crumbled to sand again.

It had been unsettling and soothing at the same time.
Unsettling because this had been without a doubt Shukaku's eyes. He dared to set foot out of his seal while he was right next to the Kyuubi container...
Soothing because this wasn't Shukaku. It was in a way, but it also wasn't. The woman may have had Shukaku's eyes, but she clearly hadn't his temper or character. She seemed to be a kind, loving woman.
But what does this all mean?

The raccoon-boy in his arms shifted and pulled Naruto out of his thoughts.
Whatever it meant, it could wait 'til morning. Now, he had a few more moment's to sleep...

*GAARA'S POW*

When Gaara awoke, he was still tightly encircled by Naruto's arms.
The blond's chin rested lightly on Gaara's head while he was snoring very quietly. Content for the moment, the raccoon relaxed in Naruto's arms.

He let the events of the past night play through his head and frowned a little. He was torn. He wasn't exactly sure what to make of them...
Yes, Naruto had said that he "really liked him", but was that all? Was that what he'd been looking for? The special affection?

Temari would jump up and squeal in an octave that hurt in his ears that: YES! This was what he'd been looking for! But Gaara wasn't sure. Didn't the blond also really like Sakura? And Sasuke?
He wanted to growl in frustration, but leaned his head against Naruto's chest instead.
He'd been so happy the evening before... so happy to hear that Naruto liked him. Now he couldn't decide what to make of it... It wasn't exactly that he had any experience with love he could rely on. Naruto was the first one he ever felt so strongly for and he simply didn't want to ruin everything.

Unintentionally, the raccoon held his breath when Naruto let out a slightly louder snore and tightened his arms around him for a short while. When Naruto woke, he let his friend out of his hug and stretch with a loud yawn. After this, he peeked through one tired eye over to Gaara and threw himself at the redhead.
"Gaara~! Good morni~ng!"
Said redhead had all the held in air pressed out of himself, when Naruto decided to cuddle him to death.
When the death-grib loosened a little, the raccoon managed to mumble a quiet "Morning...", but Naruto was as enthusiastic as ever and hyper enough for the both of them.
He pulled back a little to flash his friend with one of his brightest smiles. "Let's go out today! I'll make us something for breakfast and then we'll head out, ok?"
Gaara nodded a little taken back, which made Naruto laugh happily.
"Yes!" He rubbed his nose against Gaara's in a little Eskimo-kiss and jumped up.
While he hurriedly got dressed, he didn't see the deep blush creeping on Gaara's cheek's.
"What could we do? I mean... we could go into a theater or something? I don't know... where do two guy's go for a date? Have you ever been to a theater, Gaara?"
Yet again, the red-head was only able to shake his head lightly, while he felt his cheeks burning. This was a new sensation for him. Why did his cheeks burn? It happened last evening too, but Gaara had been too happy to give it any thought...

Naruto was happily blabbering to himself and rushed into the bath as soon as he was fully dressed. Gaara could hear how he still talked to himself in there.
Gaara couldn't help himself as he felt the corner's of his lips tug upward, stretching his lips into a happy smile.
His worries now crushed by a hyper blond, the red one sat up and started looking for clothes. For the choice of his clothes, he relied on some things Temari and Kankuro had been talking about some time ago.
They'd been eating in a busy restaurant when the two suddenly began to watch the passing guy's, talking about their liking's and the positive or negative aspect's of the clothes the guy's wore. At the time, he was simply amused to see how much his siblings were alike to each other and how open his older brother could talk about the "hotness" of some guy's with their sister. He mused that he could use the given information now to dress in a more appealing way for his date, how Temari would've said it. The memory of her ranting made him smile a little more.

"I can't believe all those guys!", She'd said. "Look at them! They're on a date and don't even dress up for their girls! I would've been furious if I were in their shoes! Where did the time go, when you would dress up for your beloved one? Did the Idea never come to them, that they could wear something more appealing for their date than their ninja clothes? They work in these, for Kami's sake!"
"You have a point there..." Kankuro had mumbled and looked after another guy. "They could wear something to show off their good part's... Oh! Look at this one! Damn are those pants thigh!"
"How can he even
wear those without hurting himself?"
"He either has little to be hurt or wears those more often. I'm sure you can get used to this kind of things."
"Could you both at least stop drooling?"
Gaara had amusedly pointed out. "It isn't something that the council wouldn't be happy to see you do in public."
"The shorty is right, stop drooling Temari!"
"What?! You were the one who pointed these oh-so-tight pant's out!"
From there on, they got into another friendly argument, amusing the red-head for the rest of the evening.

The raccoon was pulled from the memory, when he heard Naruto call to him. "Bathroom is free! I'll make us something to eat, so hurry up!"
He laughed happily and nearly skipped ahead.
Gaara chuckled lightly and pulled on some simple black pant's that sat a little lower on this hip's that the others, a black net-shirt and added a blood-red belt his sister had bought him - "Just take it Gaara! Most of your clothes are black and that's good, but you need an eye-catcher! Wear it with those pant's Kankuro unnerved you to buy and Naruto won't stop looking at your hip's, I promise!"
"Why would I want him to stare at my hips?"
"...Just do it! Naruto will really appreciate it, I can promise you this one!"
Gaara shrugged and went into the bathroom for the typical morning routine.

Still a little lost in thought, he heard a loud whistle, when he stepped into the kitchen. Startled he looked at his blond friend, who mustered him with a big foxy grin plastered on his face.
"You look good! Believe it!"
The burning sensation in his cheeks returned and seemed to thrill the blond even more.
"You're so cute when you're blushing!"
He glombed his friend and gave him another sweet Eskimo-kiss. Then he grabbed Gaara's hand and dragged him to the table.
"Come on, let's eat!"

Gaara smiled a little to himself. This day really looked promising...


Hey, my sweet's, I'm back! X3

I'm terribly sorry for the great delay, but there'd been so much on here! D:
I just barely passed my last exams, BUT I passed and that's all that matters! XD I now can proudly call myself a chemist! *makes a happy dance*I also have to move soon, 'cause I'll be send to work in another town, but that's ok.
And my best friend gave me a little kitten as a present for passing the exams and you don't believe how much attention she needs! 'cause she's still a kitten and such, but she's soooo sweeet! *squeal*
AND this chapter was happy to play bitch on me! XD I started at least 3 times anew, 'cause I was never fully satisfied with what I'd written... Gaara was always too much out of character and I didn't want that... (-.-)

Also, I chose to finally do something healthy and began Inline skating. Is that how you write it? (o.O) Oh Fuck it! XD
I mean... I'm 21 and I don't know when my body will finally see: HEY! She's never doing anything and is eating all day! I should start getting fat! XD
Ok... that's a bit over the line with 'never doing anything', 'cause I'm working and I'm hyper as shit, but who cares! XD
Inline skating is fun and I can sleep like a baby after skating for an hour or so! (^.^)

And is it how you call it? Eskimo-kiss?
I know that's how we call it here in Germany. A sweet and innocent action I always thought was showing more love than exchanging spit. In my opinion at least.
Sorry, I'm like that and I think it suits Naru and little Gaara better as first 'kiss' than actually kissing. This will come soon though. (^

I'm terribly sorry for the great delay, but there'd been so much on here! D:
I just barely passed my last exams, BUT I passed and that's all that matters! XD I now can proudly call myself a chemist! *makes a happy dance*I also have to move soon, 'cause I'll be send to work in another town, but that's ok.
And my best friend gave me a little kitten as a present for passing the exams and you don't believe how much attention she needs! 'cause she's still a kitten and such, but she's soooo sweeet! *squeal*
AND this chapter was happy to play bitch on me! XD I started at least 3 times anew, 'cause I was never fully satisfied with what I'd written... Gaara was always too much out of character and I didn't want that... (-.-)

Also is it how you call it? Eskimo-kiss?
I know that we say it like this here in Germany. A sweet and innocent action I always thought was showing more love than exchanging spit. In my opinion at least.
Sorry, I'm like that and I think it suits Naru and little Gaara better as first 'kiss' than actually kissing. This will come soon though. (-ω-)

So... I think I've said enough shit for now! XD
I try my best not to take too long for new uploads, but my life is just so busy these days... I don't even have time to draw! (o.O)
So please, bear with me, I do what I can! m.m

And don't forget that reviews always encourage me! ;D

So, see you later! x3