A Flashforward (Again)
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I’ve already sort of covered Gaara’s side of this here with 12-year-old Gaara meeting 15-year-old Gaara, but this was a great excuse to make a Naruto version of that comic. With the older Naruto not being 15, because Shippuuden already did that in the first episode, and anyway I think 15-year-old (and 16-year-old) Naruto still has a long way to go in terms of being okay with himself. You get the 20/30-something I more often draw him as when I depict him and Gaara as an established couple.
I feel like Gaara would never have had a problem with the gender of the people he’s attracted to; only with, well, being attracted to people in any way in the first place. Naruto on the other hand grew up more eager to fit other people’s definitions of acceptable, and as such, would probably have gone through a closet phase if we consider him anything other than heterosexual (which I obviously do, and not only for shipping purposes) and the world they live in to be at all like ours in that sense (and that’s a post for some other time). “All your friends will be fine with it”, though? Yeah, I like to think they would be.
(Obligatory disclaimer because I sort of mentioned another pairing, although only because it’s at least partly canon: I like NaruSaku, too. This is just my headcanon where Naruto had a crush on and probably was in love with Sakura, yes, but he eventually falls in love with Gaara and marries him and they live happily ever after. Shippers gonna ship.)
Sakura Week: Day 6 - Growth
"We are products of our past, but we don’t have to be prisoners of it."