The Put-Up Family
For most of
her childhood, Temari had been without a
she'd had two brothers and a father, and for a
while she'd even had a mother and an uncle, but
weren't what one would call "family". They were
like co-workers, or semi-casual acquaintances.
that Temari and her brothers had
relationship that she considered familial, she
willing to put up with a lot in order to keep
She was willing to put up with the
Kankurou took showers that lasted for nearly an
She was willing to put up with the fact that
managed to get sand in everything,
somehow, her underwear drawer. She ignored it
Kankurou tracked mud through the house, or when
played rap music and she ignored the way he
incapable of closing drawers that he'd opened.
ignored it when Gaara commandeered the TV
paced the house in the middle of the night, and
ignored his disturbing obsession with soap
put up with the fact that Kankurou was lazy and
and foul-mouthed, and she put up with the fact
Gaara was cranky and anti-social and
bat shit crazy. In turn, they never once
about the fact that she had more than sixty
shoes, or that she ate with her fingers, and
complained that she often trained in the nude.
With this delicate system of putting up
ignoring, they managed not to kill each other.
managed to get along. And they managed, most
for Temari, to become more and more like a
But there were some things that she
couldn't put up with. It wasn't that she was
hard-ass, because lord knows she had
tried to put
up with it, but some things were just too much.
Kankurou was naturally loud. He talked a lot,
talked loudly. He was loud on the phone. He was
the dinner table. He was loud when he trained.
loud when he sang in the shower. He was
loud when he masturbated, which she rather
embarrassingly discovered when she once ran
room, thinking his shouts meant someone was
him. But she put up with all of this, because
Kankurou's boyfriend was
He shouted when he was happy. He shouted when
angry. He shouted when he was bored, and he
he was excited. And the more he shouted, the
dog barked. But Temari put up with this,
loved her brother.
When Kankurou and his
boyfriend were together, they both grew even
seemed they had to scream at each other in
order to be
heard over the other's shouting. Everything
together, they did at the top of their lungs.
fought at the top of their lungs. They laughed
top of their lungs. They trained together at
the top of
their lungs. They even somehow managed to
at the top of their lungs. And Temari even put
this, although it did require the liberal use
But then Kankurou and his
to the point in their relationship where they
having sex. And this was the one thing she
would not put up with. Never in her life had
that anything could reach the sheer decibel
Kankurou and Kiba achieved during
The first time it happened,
had been sitting downstairs in the kitchen,
supper. It started with a thump. Then a bump.
CRASH BANG SMASH of a headboard being
hammered against the wall. Then the ceiling
shake. Temari, who had already inserted her
after the first "bump" sat, watching in shock,
light above her head flickered on and
then the moans started.
shouts of "yes" and "more", and moved to "oh
high-pitched keening. Then came the horror of
her own brother's dirty talk, and Kiba's
wails. When the wet, slick sex noises of sweaty
sliding against each other started to resound
the house, Temari fled.
repeatedly fleeing from her own home, Temari
was on the
verge of a nervous breakdown. She could no
Up. She could not possibly Ignore. She loved
brother, she wanted a family, but it simply was
worth the sacrifice of her
on the day that Temari had finally resolved to
that Gaara returned from his lengthy mission.
watching soap operas and eating chicken with
fingers when the bumping and thumping and
began. When the moans started, Gaara left the
stormed up the stairs, Temari at his heels,
just in case
she needed to prevent any
Gaara said, as he threw open the bedroom door,
Temari blanched at the sight of her naked
entangled with his boyfriend, "stop
Kankurou whined, and Kiba shouted, and Akamaru
and Gaara hissed and Temari developed a
And then Gaara said that the bumping
thumping and crashing was bothering the demon,
Temari realized she loved her youngest brother
"I-it's... why would it...?"
stuttered and shook, because he had never
entirely put up with creature sealed within
Gaara shrugged. "I don't know. I
he's jealous." He turned to leave the room, and
over his shoulder as he walked out, "Maybe he
After that, Temari's happy
went back to normal. As a group they continued
to Put Up
with and Ignore each other's little quirks and
mannerisms, and so they continued to grow
closer as a family.
And Kankurou and
a hotel room whenever they wanted to have sex.
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