Chapter 39: Dawning of a New Day.

Nigthshroud: My last chapter. Hope you like! Don't be sad, though. I will have a sequel soon. It will be called Puppy Love. You will have to read it.

Dear Dashi-sensei,

How are you? I'm doing fine. It's spring again, and the flowers have bloomed. Konoha is once again rebuilt, and the people have resumed their lives.

I thought you might be wondering how everyone is doing. Well, Gai and Lee established the Mighty Rock training grounds to hopefully find attractive females. Those guys…

Asuma and Kurenai just got married. It was a wonderful ceremony. I think they'll be very happy together.

Iruka and Kitana just got engaged. I knew it would happen! I owe it to your meddling ways.

Neji introduced Tenten to Hiashi Hyuuga, and it seems he accepted her. How nice! Those two can always be seen training together. And it also seems that Tenten has broken some of that shell that Neji used to hide in. I'm so happy for them.

Ino made a full recovery, and she and Shikamaru are currently dating. But of course, Choji is always there with them. Those guys are inseparable!

Kiba now had a dog sitting service. It's hilarious to see that guy trying to walk twenty dogs, with Akamaru sitting on his head.

The Sound Trio returned back and helped establish a more peaceful government there, and Kabuto has become the new Otokage. I guess we'll find out more in the future.

The Sand Siblings have gone back also, though they pay frequent visits. Gaara is an excellent Kazekage, and Kankuro is still his careless self. As for Temari and Sai's relationship, I couldn't even guess.

The other village ninja that helped were given honorary awards and given special privileges in Konoha. They deserve it.

Tsunade created a new position for Shizune so that she can do all the paperwork for her. Poor Shizune…

Jiraiya returned to his hermitage and is currently working on a new Icha Icha Paradise. Embarrassingly enough, he says that I'm his inspiration. Kakashi better not buy it…

Sasuke and Sakura are together, and Sasuke's really come along way. Of course, he's had an effect on Sakura too. Those two perfect one another.

And we can't forget Naruto and Hinata. Hiashi was pretty unsure of them, but in the end I think he accepted it. Those two are really something else. You never see Naruto so quiet as when he's with Hinata. And you never see her so lively and outgoing as when she's with him. It's so nice that after so long they realized their feelings for one another.

And I'm sure you're dieing to know about me and Kakashi. Yes, we're engaged. We're not rushing though. As Gai would say, we're still trying to enjoy our youth. Maybe in the summer…

Well, I love you very much and hope to see you soon. I'll bring up Kakashi and the team soon.

Always loving,


Kayume finished writing the letter and sat back with a sigh. The birds chirped outside and the sun shone with a comforting warmth. Kayume heard a scuffling in the hall, proceeded by a knock at the door. She answered it and found Naruto.

"Kayume, we're heading to the training grounds. Are you coming?"

Kayume smiled down at him. "Of course I'm coming!"

Kayume, Naruto, and Sasuke went to the training grounds. Sakura was already there, waving at them cheerfully. And there was Kakashi, that irresistible smile on his face.

"All right. Let's get training!" shouted Naruto. The three chunin walked a short distance away, smiling and laughing. Kayume rested her head on Kakashi's shoulder. They nuzzled heads before kissing. She rested her head back on his shoulder again and sighed. Her gaze drifted to the clouds, and she found herself saying:

"I wouldn't miss this for the world."

Oh - thinkin' about all our younger years
There was only you and me
We were young and wild and free

Now nothin' can take you away from me
We bin down that road before
But that's over now
You keep me comin' back for more

Baby you're all that I want
When you're lyin' here in my arms
I'm findin' it hard to believe
We're in heaven
And love is all that I need
And I found it there in your heart
It isn't too hard to see
We're in heaven

Oh - once in your life you find someone
Who will turn your world around
Bring you up when you're feelin' down

Ya - nothin' could change what you mean to me
Oh there's lots that I could say
But just hold me now
Cause our love will light the way

N' baby you're all that I want
When you're lyin' here in my arms
I'm findin' it hard to believe
We're in heaven
And love is all that I need
And I found it there in your heart
It isn't too hard to see
We're in heaven

I've bin waitin' for so long
For something to arrive
For love to come along

Now our dreams are comin' true
Through the good times and the bad
Ya - I'll be standin' there by you

Nightshroud: My story is finally at an end. Alas, it is over, but it will still remain as good as the day it was written. I'd like to thank all my reviewers and supporters. Love you guys, and thanks so much for all you did.