ONESHOT Sasuke never plays with Naruto so when Naru-chan is requested to guide Gaara around the village, he makes a new friend who finally lets him play with Magic Sand...Gaa/Naru drabblish-fic
Gaara x Naruto
(Slight Sasuke x Naruto)
Dedicated to Linda (Warning - Shounen ai!)
don't own Naruto...or the actual magic sand but I DO own this story and whatever
happens in it! >.<
It was a beautiful, sunny day in the lives of the people of
Konoha. The shinobi especially, since it was their day for relaxation - in the
sun, swimming in the rivers perhaps - or maybe at the beach building
sandcastles. There was a month of relaxation, or a break rather, since the
preliminary matches of the Chuunin Exam had ended. Sasuke was usually training
with Kakashi, Sakura was elsewhere since she hadn't passed the preliminaries
and Naruto...well, Naruto was usually off to train with 'ero-sannin', the
Legendary Jiraiya (The Super Pervert).
Usually, on days like this, you would hang out with your
friends or your team or just be off on your own doing who knows what.
But not for Team 7.
Kakashi was busy with some report filing and, as much as
Sakura would have loved to go, the pink haired girl and promised to go out with
Ino to catch up with things since they hadn't been able to see much of each
other lately. Whether this was a good thing or a bad thing, it didn't matter,
for it left a certain blonde youth with his rival and best friend, the dark
haired, alabaster-skinned Uchiha Sasuke.
"Ano sa, Sasuke-teme!" the blonde haired, blue-eyed Uzumaki
Naruto began, shifting uncomfortably beside his thirteen-year-old friend. "I'm
bored. Play with me."
Onyx eyes regarded the energetic bundle of energy, otherwise
known as Naruto, before flickering down to the metal kunai that was balanced
between pale, slender fingers.
"Ne, Sasuke-teme, you're no fun at all," Naruto grumbled under
his breath with irritation at the boy, who remained under the shade of a
particularly large oak tree.
"You," Sasuke began, his eyes never leaving the crucial
examination of his blade, "are annoying, /dobe/."
His eyes, which were hidden beneath thick bangs of raven
hair, were only met with the incredulous sound of...silence.
For the second time in the first fifteen minutes that he had
begun the scrutiny of the dagger, Sasuke's charcoal black eyes left the sleek
metal surface to look up at his loud-mouthed friend. He blinked in surprise.
Naruto was gone.
"Baka no Sasuke-teme!" Naruto growled angrily as he left his
best friend sitting there, stunned and unmoving. He shot a fleeting glare at
the head of his best friend and crush, who had resumed the study of his
precious kunai. He failed to see exactly WHAT THE HELL was so interesting about
the stupid piece of metal that it would demand and consume the Uchiha's full
The sun suddenly began to feel extremely hot in the sky and
Naruto cursed the fact that he wasn't carrying any money with him at the
moment. He was beginning to regret ever leaving the cool shade of the tree,
since the sun was blazing hot and there were stands selling icy cold drinks and
freezing popsicle sticks and delicious COLD ice-cream. All of which, had
glaring shopkeepers as they watched the kyuubi carrier walk by.
Naruto shrugged it off as he glanced up and was met with the
general sight of the Hokage mountain. It was truly an amazing monument -
something that was similar to the mountain in a book he had read called Mount Rushmore in Am-something. He shrugged, figuring
that he might as well go visit Sandaime Hokage, the third leader of the village
'Well...there was the forth,' Naruto noted as his eyes fixed
upon the handsome, well sculpted face of Yondaime Hokage. 'But he died.'
He grinned as he ran for the tower and, with his prankster
skill, managed to scale the wall until he reached the window of the Hokage's
"Heh! I'm a genius!" Naruto chuckled to himself, seeing the
ANBU members guarding the door unmoving. They wouldn't allow him to ever see
the Hokage since he had such a reputation of being a prankster and would often
disrupt the Hokage whilst he worked.
"Naruto," came a soft sigh from the occupant on the desk,
hastily scribbling something down on a scroll before placing it aside. "Get out
from there. You're blocking the chakra waves."
Naruto blinked in surprise when the chair turned slowly and
he was met, face to face, with one of his idols, the third Hokage. The old man
chuckled merrily when he saw the half disappointed, half surprised look on
Naruto's youthful face.
"One, Naruto, I can sense your chakra signature from miles
away," he began, turning back to his desk. An eyebrow rose.
"Two, I saw the shadow you cast over my desk. Your spiky hair
"Gee, thanks jii-chan. I dunno whether to take that as an
insult or a compliment," Naruto replied dryly, taking a seat in front of the
"Anything I can do for you?" Sandaime asked warily.
"Yes. Is there anything I
can do for /you/?"
"As a matter of fact, yes. The Kazekage," he began, looking
over some scrolls and parchments before raising his head to meet the blonde's,
"has sent word requesting that someone take Gaara and his siblings around
Naruto quirked an eyebrow as well as a matching smirk.
"And you want me to do it?"
"It would be much appreciated if you did."
"What do I get out of this, anyways, old man?" Naruto
smirked again, seeing the opportunities begin to tip in his favour.
"A treat for ramen."
That was all that was needed to be said for Naruto to beg to
have the job.
"So who is this Gaara, anyways?" Naruto asked nonchalantly
after accepting the task. Sandaime's head shot up and a small smile graced his
"Do not tell me that you don't know who Sabaku Gaara is?" he
sighed, dropping all the scrolls on his desk.
"I know of one."
"Then it's that one."
"Naruto-" he began in a warning tone, glaring sternly at the
boy. "You've accepted and I expect you to carry the 'task' out as ordered.
After all, you are getting a treat afterwards."
Naruto grumbled curses under his breath before the door
opened and a trio of siblings were ushered inside. Naruto stiffened as three
simultaneous footsteps echoed inside the now empty room. A blonde haired girl
of around fifteen bowed and sat in a comfortable chair to his right. A boy, who
was probably around fourteen with strange, purple tattoos on his face, sat on
Naruto trembled as he looked up over his left shoulder
shakily and was met with cold, teal coloured eyes, which were brushed over with silky, red coloured hair. It looked
almost as soft as Sasuke's! His skin was not as pale as his rivals, but still
pale, meaning that he probably didn't go out much.
Naruto's cerulean blue eyes were drawn to the red tattoo,
which was symbolic for the word 'LOVE' that was emblazoned upon the left hand
side of Gaara's forehead. An eyebrow-less forehead. An eyebrow-less forehead
that belonged to a handsome face with eyes so dark, so tainted with the intent
to kill that there were dark, black circles enshrouding the eyelids and the
"Panda..." Naruto choked out. An invisible eyebrow rose.
"Ahem," Sandaime cleared his throat, earning the attention
of all four of the teens (or in Naruto's case, pre-teens) in the room. "Now
that I have all of you assembled, Gaara, Temari, Kankuro, I would like you to
meet your guide for today, Naruto."
"I'll pass," Kankuro muttered, glaring at the blonde when he
remembered the first time that they had met. Temari shook her head and sighed
before agreeing with him.
"Gomen ne, Hokage-sama. But if Kankuro doesn't go, I must
look after him. I take it that Gaara will politely refu-"
Four surprised heads turned their attention to the silent
redhead that stood behind a nervous looking Naruto. His teal blue eyes lowered
until they were fixed upon Naruto's cute face.
"I need someone...to play with..."
"Well," Sandaime managed out shakily, standing up and
bowing. "You may go about your ways. Dismissed."
Everyone, save for the Hokage himself, exited the room.
Temari tried to change her baby brother's mind but was only met with a chilling
'Whoa...hell freezing over...' Naruto thought as he stiffened
again. The four parted ways and Naruto walked almost robotically around Konoha
with a stoic sand-nin following him. He was as silent as Sasuke - and that was
He still had, around his back, the large sand gourd fastened
with a black sash. That thing was full of sand. Dangerous sand that had
absorbed the blood of many - ninja and citizen alike. Dangerous sand that was
under the control of the boy standing before him.
"Where would you like to go?" Naruto asked nervously after
they had walked everywhere, save for the beach - a place where he doubted the
sand-nin would ever step foot upon if unnecessary.
The answer was almost immediate and it suddenly hit Naruto
like a ton of bricks.
'Of course, baka. Sand-nins like sand!'
Naruto grinned shakily at the thought of all the sand that
would be under the boy's control.
He resumed walking automatically and robotically again, to
the beach, Gaara following. Gaara sensed the blonde's distrust and unease
around him and decided that maybe this annoying and loud-mouthed, obnoxious -
the list could go on and on but he stopped there.
For they had stopped, and finally arrived, at the beach.
Naruto stretched his arm out and pointed to the ocean.
"Ne, Gaara, isn't the beach beautiful?" he asked rather
stiffly. Gaara's eyes flickered over to the boy's face and then over his
shoulder to look over the beach, seeing people looking up at the pair with
"Hnn..." was the short reply. Or rather, grunt.
For Naruto, that was the last straw. He had tried to be nice
- perhaps out of fear, but he had no fear, right?
"Gaa-ra!" he shouted, causing the boy to turn his attention
slowly to him. Another impassive look that rivaled Sasuke's. "I'm trying to be
nice here so pay attention!"
Gaara gave him another impassive stare before turning and
walking down to the shore of the beach. Naruto followed hesitantly, his anger
still running and was fueled even more when he saw Gaara stretched out a single
hand and the sand of the beach began to flow towards him like a river. The
occupants of the beach immediately cleared out upon sighting the two dangerous
"What are you doing?" Naruto shouted, glaring at the male
who was, so casually, taking up all the sand from the beach. Quite selfishly
too, he might add.
Naruto's eyebrows marred together. For some reason, Gaara
and 'building a sandcastle' did not seem to fit in the same sentence together.
However, Gaara's sandcastle was not what he had had in mind.
It was, /literally/, a /sand castle/.
"How did you do that?"
"It was chakra training."
No wonder he was building a bloody sandcastle! An enormous
one at that!
"You coming?" Gaara asked emotionlessly as he opened an
invisible door in the wall. Naruto nodded before, reluctantly, stepping inside.
Gaara followed suit and the door was immediately sealed.
It was probably a trap, for all Naruto knew. And now he was
stuck in a sandcastle with a KILLER! And the favoured weapon for this killer was sand and they were on a
bloody beach! Panic rose to high levels in the leaf genin's body.
He had to get out of there! And fast!
Naruto, in his frenzy, stumbled over a bucket that had been
drawn in with the sand, a clear food container and a bottle of water. Amongst
the other random things were beach balls, towels, umbrellas and, to his
disgust, a bikini top.
With all the things running through his mind, Naruto opted
to stay calm. Gaara sat himself down in a corner and began to control the sand
around the castle using his fingers. A clone of Naruto appeared from the
collected golden brown grains before Gaara fisted his hands and it crumbled to
its original state. Naruto shuddered.
"You know," Naruto began, trying to find a way to start a
conversation. "When I was younger, my friend Iruka, gave me something that he
had when he was little. It was a tiny plastic bottle full of pink sand."
Gaara raised an invisible eyebrow. Naruto continued.
"He said that it was 'Magic Sand' and it would stay dry even
if you put it in water, and you could shape it into many things like castles,
or a tower, or people if you want, if you were really skilled."
"Your point is?" Gaara muttered, glaring at the blonde who
was babbling senselessly. Naruto sniffled, slightly miffed by his rude
"Well I lost it-"
"Point," Gaara reminded him coldly. Naruto nodded shakily.
"I want to play with it again but they don't sell it
There was a moment of silence before Gaara got up, picked up
the bucket, the container and the bottle of water and set it down on the
cleared ground beneath them.
"I don't know what you're talking about," Gaara began,
motioning for Naruto to sit down. "But I might be able to help."
Naruto's frightened eyes lit up and a bright, 1000-watt smile
brightened his face.
"Honto ni? You'll make me one, ne, Gaara?"
Gaara nodded silently and his hands moved smoothly as he
moved some sand into the bucket and placed his hand atop it. Focusing chakra
through his fingertips, the sand remained unchanged to the visible eye. Naruto
raised an eyebrow. Gaara then opened the bottle of water, poured it into the
container and then began to pour the sand into the container of water.
Naruto remained unimpressed until he saw the sand begin to
take form. He lowered himself onto his stomach, propping himself up onto his
elbows as he watched with absolute fascination as the sand 'hardened'. Gaara
was amazingly skilled for someone who had never played with magic sand before.
Then again, this was HIS SAND controlled by HIS CHAKRA. He was someone who had
controlled sand for nearly all his life. Naruto was still impressed no matter
What threw the youngster off guard was that Gaara made two
little figurines in the miniature water/sand village. Two little figurines that
He recognized one from the gourd on its back. That was
Gaara. The other one had unmistakable spiky hair. Naruto sighed. That,
obviously, was him.
'Gaara' reached out for 'Naruto's' hand and the two began to
run around the village amuck, still hand in hand. Naruto felt his cheeks colour when 'he' tripped and
'Gaara' fell atop him.
He looked up with amusement to see that Gaara had a light
tint of pink on his cheeks.
"It's okay, Gaara," Naruto grinned cheerfully. A moment of silence
stretched out before Gaara righted the two figurines and they began to run
around again. Naruto let out a sigh and Gaara's head shot up, a face of
curiosity that showed he was interested in what made the boy so flustered.
"Daijabou desu ka?" he asked softly, reaching out to touch
the smooth skin of Naruto's cheek. A pink flush immediately appeared on
"It's just that...Sasuke-teme, who is my best friend, refuses
to play with me today," Naruto began, his eyes trained upon the sand in the
mini village. "Yet you, a stranger, has come and made an entire castle and even
made magic sand for me."
Gaara's hand lowered slightly and rested beside the
container. They were both on their stomachs now and Gaara's teal coloured eyes met Naruto's cerulean
"You are my first friend," Gaara declared softly as he
pushed the container aside. Mini 'Gaara and Naruto' stumbled again until
'Gaara' lay upon his back with 'Naruto' atop him. Naruto flushed a brilliant
red and the faintest of smiles appeared on Gaara's lips.
"So friend, I offer you whatever I have. You were excellent
to play with."
Naruto smiled this time, a genuine smile. No traces of
nervousness or distrust, falseness or hatred for that matter. He was happy. A
new friend and free ramen all in one day! Not only that but he had got to play
with Magic Sand again!
Gaara, his cold eyes finally softening, crawled closer to
the younger boy.
"I've never had a real friend before, Naruto-kun."
"I'll be your best friend from now on then. But you have to
share me with Sasuke-kun."
There was a pregnant pause between them before Gaara smiled
softly and nodded.
"I've never been kissed before either. Nobody ever loved
me," he mumbled, like a confused and wondering teenager.
"I got my first kiss from Sasuke by accident."
Gaara seemed slightly miffed yet shocked at the same time.
Naruto's eyes filled with wonder and yet sorrow, mixed and jumbled together
with happiness, love, hatred...so many emotions that Gaara never practiced, much
less knew - aside from killing intent and hatred as well as confusion.
Gaara blinked and before he knew it, the blonde had pressed
his lips gently against his. Naruto's lips were soft and tasted like miso of
some sort - salty yet very pleasant. Gaara's lips were slightly chapped and dry
yet moistened as Naruto kissed him further. He returned the exchange with much fervour, wishing that Naruto
would truly be his best friend forever. Just wait until he found out what a
lover was! Naruto's hands were clasped through his hair, running through the
soft red locks in imitation to what the redhead was doing to his golden
tendrils. They broke away slowly, a tiny cord of saliva slipped against Gaara's
wet lips and onto his chin.
"Play with me again someday, ne, Gaara?" Naruto grinned
brightly at the shocked sand-nin. Gaara nodded as he formed a dispelling seal
and the sandcastle crumbled and began to flow away to its proper place all over
"GAARA!" came the shouts of the red-heads siblings. Gaara
looked up in surprise to see Temari and Kankuro calling out to him. He nodded
to Naruto one last time before upping and leaving, silently following in the
wake of his older sister and brother with a hidden smile of his face - his
insides were leaping with joy and new found excitement. Naruto smiled as he
watched the sand-nin's retreating back.
A new friend, huh? Would they be enemies after or during the
Chuunin Exams Third task? Gaara was going to fight Sasuke after all...whilst he
had the first match against Hyuuga Neji.
"Dobe," came a familiar voice from behind him. Naruto turned
around slowly and was met with his other best friend, Uchiha Sasuke.
The two acknowledged each other with a single nod. Sasuke
rubbed his arm gently as Naruto looked away, a faint blush spread across his
cheeks as the glowing sun began to set across the horizon and was reflected in
his eyes, his smile and his face.
"Were...were you bored all day?"
An eyebrow rose again that day.
"Not at all, teme."
"So, what are you going to do now?" Sasuke asked, his eyes
lingering on the back of Gaara's head as the sand trio retreated.
There was a comfortable pause before Naruto turned back to
meet Sasuke's eyes again. His bright blue eyes were glowing with such mirth
that it lit up Sasuke's darkened face.
"Let's go get ramen now! Your treat!"
"But you didn't hang out with me today! Besides, jii-chan
said I could!"
Sasuke sighed and shook his head.
"YAY! I want an extra large serving of miso ramen with pork
This went on and on until the two just so happened to 'run
into' Sandaime Hokage and he treated them both to ramen.
"You've got sand on your face."
"That's not sand," Naruto answered smartly, a grin on his
face. Sasuke raised a brow.
"What is it then?"
"It's Magic Sand."