You said you wanted a smaller cast and a timeline for the AU meets canon, so what we obviously need is an Canon Itachi, Canon Kisame, and Canon Team Seven meeting AU Sasuke, Kisame, and Ryuishi (I did a random roll with a number generator on who would go with AU Sasuke and it turned out to be Kisame and Ryuishi lmao) And as for a timeline, how about the Chuunin Exams? I'm totes down for some bewildered dick jokes.
This turned into chaos. I tried to stick to Chunin exams, but the Akatsuki duo only show up right after them? And then Team Seven isn’t together for a long time, and also Sasuke doesn’t have much of a rapport with Kisame and Ryuishi? And all the OTRATS characters are post OTRATS, so the age gap? And and and-
-And here’s this piece which is thousands of words long, which is unedited and unbeta’d.