You're a Genius to Me

By lisbeth-dragon

I own nothing. Gaara might be OOC in this

Naruto dragged himself into his room, unleashing the tears he had kept bottled up the whole day.

'Why did everyone have to be so mean?' he thought sadly. He flashbacked to what had happened at school.

Everyone at Naruto's school had to take a school sanctioned IQ test. The teacher finally gave their class the results.

Everyone scored from high to average ratings on the test.

Naruto looked down at his score.

According to the test, he had the lowest score in his class. He crumbled up the paper and tried to hide it but Sasuke saw it.

"Hey dobe, I wanna see what you got," Sasuke yanked the paper away from him.

His eyes widened in surprise. "Damn, Naruto," Sasuke laughed smugly. "I knew you were dumb but not like this."

Sakura heard (of course) and came to Sasuke's side. "Wow those are really low scores," she said looking at the paper. "Whose paper is that?"

"It's Naruto's," Sasuke chuckled.

"Shut up baka!" Naruto shot back angrily.

Sakura was now laughing hysterically. "Wow," she said between giggles. "I always knew there had to be a reason for you being so dumb."

The teasing went on. Not just from them but from the rest of the class. He even heard his teacher making fun of his grades inside the Teacher's Lounge.

And now here he was, in his room a mess of tears. Naruto sat alone in his room and cried. He was sobbing so much that he didn't hear Gaara come thru the window.

"Hey," he said. He noticed Naruto's tears. "What's wrong?"

Naruto wiped his eyes and tried to smile. "N-nothing," he sniffled. "I'm fine."

But Gaara knew better, "Come on Naruto," he said sitting on the floor with him. "You can't fool me with a fake smile. Now come on, tell me what's wrong."

Naruto looked in his bag and shoved the paper angrily at Gaara. "Take a look," he murmured.

Gaara read the results. "You got the lowest score?" he asked.

"Yep," Naruto said stuffing the paper back in his bag. "You should have been in school to hear what everyone said. Everyone was like 'Oh mi gawd, this explains everything about you!' 'I always knew you were dumb but, not like this.'"

Naruto sighed and fell back on his bed. "I don't know I'm just really upset."

Gaara sat on the edge of the bed. "Didn't your teacher do anything to stop them?" he asked.

"My teacher doesn't give a shit about the students." Naruto said bitterly, with tears in his eyes again. "I could hear him making jokes about me in the teacher's lounge!"

He flopped down on the bed again, and started crying. "Gaara, you don't get it! Everyone was making fun of me.

Gaara was silent the whole time. He felt really sad for Naruto but couldn't figure out what to say.

FInally, he sat next to Naruto & wiped off his tears.

"Naruto," Gaara cleared his throat. "Listen, don't worry about any of this. These IQ tests only test 2 forms of intelligence and there a bunch of ways that you're intelligent."

Naruto wiped his eyes and stared back at Gaara. "Oh really?" he asked sarcastically. "How?"

Gaara started to explain. "Dude, of course you're smart. You're musically smart. You can name most songs just by hearing the opening notes or lyrics. You're really good at drawing and art stuff. You're smart with sports. You know a lot of random stuff about celebrities that will probably get you a lot of money on some kind of freaking game show! Don't let people judge your intelligence because it doesn't fit with with society's standards!"

Gaara snatched the paper out of Naruto's bag. "While this paper says that you're an 'stupid' you're a genius to me."

When he was finally finished with his rant, Naruto hugged Gaara. "Thanks man," he said softly.

Gaara smiled (just barely) "No problem, I just really hate seeing you upset. Want to go skateboarding?"

Naruto smiled and grabbed his board, "Sure, lets go!"

That's my story, hoped you guys enjoyed this little one shot :)