Chapter 7: First Day

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"So, you did it?"

Gaara looks a little surprised that we were actually able to convince the Kazekage to letting us go to the Academy.

"How many times am I supposed to repeat it to you?"

"Are you... sure? So... We can attend the Academy?"

"Yes, Gaara! Aren't you happy? We'll be together the whole time while learning cool new moves and we'll become super strong together!"

Gaara's face starts to slowly switch from a surprised look to a wide smile. He then runs towards me and, before I could react, he gives me a huge hug, which makes us both fall on the ground. He doesn't let go, though. I've never seen him so happy, I can't help but laugh out of joy.

"Kiu! Y-You did it! We're going to go the Academy together! You're the best!"

"I'm glad you're happy Gaara, but you're a little heavy!"

I was saying this while giggling. I'm also really happy about this situation, but, at the same time, in the back of my mind, the Kazekage's words echo... Terminated... We just have to be careful! Besides, Gaara won't easily go down, he's way too strong.

"Well, I'm going to leave you two to your celebrations. I have some things I need to attend to."

Temari gets up and heads for the door. I really should thank her for everything. After all, without her, we wouldn't have been able to even consider the possibility of attending the Academy.


She turns around and looks at me.

"Thank you... for everything..."

Her eyes widen a little bit. Then I hear a little mumbling from behind me. A little mumbling that sounds like a 'thank you'. Temari's eyes widen even more. She heard it too! It was Gaara wasn't it!

"Y... You don't have to thank me! I did it because I wanted to! Anyways, if you ever need anything, just tell me!"

She leaves in a hurry.

"Hey, Kiu?"

I turn around to look at Gaara, who's still smiling.


"Well, when are we going to go to the Academy?"

"Next week!"

His smile disappears and panic runs through his face.

"W-What? Next week? Isn't this going too fast? How are we supposed to get ready for this?"

"Stop panicking, we'll just go and see when the time comes."

"How come you're so calm about this? You're not worried?"

"Not really. I'm just really looking forward to it! I mean, we'll learn so many new things, and meet so many new people, and get so many new friends!"

"...Friends? I don't think that'll happen... Not as long as you hang out with me..."

"Well then, it's their loss! I won't ever leave you, even if no one ever talks to me again. As long as you still want me as your friend, I'll always be."

Tears start welling up in Gaara's eyes.

"Kiu... We'll always be together right? No one will ever break us apart right?"

I hold Gaara's shoulders and look him straight in the eyes.

"No one ever will! I promise you, Gaara. I'll always be there!"

A small smile appear on Gaara's face and he nods. I smile back. Gaara, I really will always stay with you. Nothing will ever make me leave you.

It's finally today... The day that Gaara's been worrying about for the past week... Now that it's actually here, I'm a little bit worried myself...

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