Hi! So, I really, really liked the fic you posted - moving was a matter of not keeping still. I know it's completed, so there's nothing more planned for it, but I was wondering if you could explain why Madara had 'a shadow of grief'? Did he know the Tobirama of his world was dead? And.. what does Tobirama do? I assume he repairs his relationship with his brother(s? Was he on bad terms with the others too?), but what does he do about his attackers? Does he reveal his chakra? His shinobi skills?
I originally planned to write a full fic for the idea, but received some fairly mixed feedback and just scrapped it, so that’s why it feels more like a snippet than normal, sorry.
As far as Madara goes, magic!Tobi resented him deeply for being what he thought Hashirama wanted in a brother - someone magically powerful, politically influential, and an integral part of Hashi’s dream. Madara’s sadness mostly comes from Madara being in love with Tobi, but know it’s one-sided and awkward because of their situation. He has no idea that this Tobi is a different universe’s Tobi.
Magic!Tobi was on bad terms with pretty much everyone, because of how he grew up. I…kind of based it off of Orochimaru and how he grew up, only in this case Tobirama didn’t have a team and a teacher keeping him grounded. Between that and the harassment, he had pushed pretty much everyone away.
For the plot-that-could-have-been, it was mostly the idea of Tobirama trying to piece together his alternate’s life and situation, while using stealthy ninja skills to avoid the attempts to hurt/kill him (by Kinkaku and Ginkaku, bc parallels, and also because the school is dealing with a bunch of political pressures to not include students from all the Nations, which is what Hashirama has started allowing as Headmaster, and the Earth Country daimyo had the idea to make a show of power by picking off Hashi’s family). Madara gets so confused about all of this, because Tobirama? Is a librarian?? Trips over his own feet??? But suddenly he’s bouncing around the tops of bookcases and giving people heart attacks when he sneaks up on them.
(Picture Team Tobirama in the background with hearts in their eyes going we always knew you were the coolest, sensei, omg because they’re all nerds and he’s their Favorite.)
Eventually Tobirama gets to the root of the problem, builds a trap, and arranges for Madara and Izuna to catch Kinkaku and Ginkaku in the act. Madara flails a lot about inconsistency and I saw you trip an assassin out the window without even looking up from you book yesterday you bastard and so help me if you confront armed attackers alone again I’m tying you to your bed.
To which, of course, because he is a little shit, Tobirama answers wouldn’t you rather it be yours Uchiha, and then everyone gets to watch Madara’s head explode.