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Side by Side - Chapter 3Here begins Gaara's story, having returned to Sunagakure two days prior to the meeting.Side by Side - Chapter 3 by KarunaKitten
Gaara was rather silent, which seemingly concerned Baki, but he didn't delve any further. He left Gaara to his siblings. Kankuro took him to their room before Gaara sat down on the bed, taking off his Kazekage hat and smiling slightly. Kankuro found it unusual to see him smiling after a meeting and grew curious.
"Hey, why're you smiling like that? Didn't you just finish a meeting? I thought you'd be more miserable.." He gave him a teasing smile before being surprised to Gaara smiling back.
"I met an unusual girl from their village..." Kankuro grew more curious.
"She spoke her mind with no hesitation at all out of pure passion for her village..." He sighed before looking out the window.
"Sadly, her intelligence is being wasted .. and she knows no freedom.. even if they give her the illusion of it." Gaara lied back on his bed and stared at his hat. He was unsure of what to do to hel
Never Thought You WouldChapter 1. A chance to move onNever Thought You Would by Kitsune1978
Matsuri braced herself for the inevitable, and entered Kazekage's office. Gaara was seated behind the desk, frowning at the document lying in front of him. When the door creaked slightly, he looked up at her for a second, and nodded to her. Then he rolled up the paper, and put it aside. Matsuri stepped up closer, and halted just in front of the desk, forcing a smile onto her lips.
"You wanted to talk to me," Gaara said. it wasn't a question.
"Yeah," Matsuri replied vaguely. "I'm—It's about—I have a request, Kazekage-sama."
Gaara winced inwardly at her using the honorific with him. True that he had never asked her not to use it. He wanted to, but there were doubts. What if she saw the truth?
"Please, go on." Gaara was really curious what could make her ask him for an official meeting.
"I'd like to... I'd like to enlist in our special force in the north," Matsuri blurted out quickly, her fists clenched as if she tried to make them stop tr
Side by Side - Chapter 1Many years have passed since two particular people, a man and a woman, made a difference in their villages. One had once strived to be acknowledged and loved, while the other, had once been raised to know no freedom, living a sheltered life she could not break free from..Side by Side - Chapter 1 by KarunaKitten
Here begins Haruna's story; at the time, she was a young kunoichi within the village of Yokuchikagure, where the lilies blew in the wind within the barrier of the village; it was known for being lush with greenery and life in the dust bowl known as the Land of Wind.
Higaku, knelt in the presence of the council elder within council hall; they were in the middle of a discussion.
"You want her to be apart of the council? What use will she be, milady? She's only a child.." He questioned with concern while his face showed worry and detest.
"She is the only other shinobi of our village... and I do not doubt her talent as you may, just because you still consider her a child in skill.. It is the right to speak and act fr
Side by Side - Chapter 2Years had passed sinse Higaku had begun to train Haruna with ruthlessness. She had suffered from insecurity thus far, and chose to avoid failure by giving up her taijutsu completely, except for her speed, and became a support class kunoichi instead. This greatly disappointed her father, but refused to scold her any further, since, it was his fault. He wouldn't be able to live with himself if he made her want to quit being a ninja altogether; something she loved being. By this time she was now 14, and her dog, Ame, was accompanying her on missions. On one day in particular, someone new had arrived in the village...Side by Side - Chapter 2 by KarunaKitten
The day had just begun, it was hot, but a dry heat - a young man with red hair was admitted passage into the village accompanied by his advisor. The young man wore a Kage's attire, a hat which read, "Kazekage", on the blue patch in the front, and wore a long white robe with a ruffled collar.
"Thank you for letting us in," The boy had stated before he walked to Yoku'