i would do a neji ~over the years~ but you know

       Although I respect people’s opinions, I can never bring myself to understand why there is so much hatred for Hinata. She loved Naruto since the very very beginning. I think that itself is enough reason to adore her because she was never against him. He didn’t have to prove himself to her and she acknowledged his beautiful personality before anything else. Meanwhile, mostly everyone had to witness Naruto’s physical strength before actually taking him seriously. Hinata was on Naruto’s side even before he could summon a shadow clone properly, before he could call himself a ninja, when everyone was so fixated on the nine tails that they treated him like he wasn’t human. 

     Forgive me if it seems like I’m comparing but when people put team 7 before everything, I close my ears. Don’t get me wrong, I love team 7 but when I think about Naruto, I don’t just solely think about Team 7. When we put team 7′s bonds before everything else, we are demolishing the bonds that Naruto shared with others. We are demolishing the fact that Naruto was alone. Every aspect (even the bad ones) in Naruto’s life should all be taken into account and not just a fraction of it. The fact that he found the woman of his life, I would think that people would be happy because the manga starts with this…

And ends with…

     If you truly think about it, Naruto’s life is being told chronologically from his years as a boy, to a teen, to a young adult, to a full grown man. The ending is quite beautiful because it shows us just how much Naruto has grown; the fact that he found love! Who would have ever thought that knucklehead Naruto would get married… being the first one out of Konoha 11 at that?! It shows that in the very beginning, he was bereft of love… and the ending is basically his earned blessing because now, he’s united with the woman who loved him even when he was just that kid who sat on the swings and sadly watched everyone from afar.  It depicts his adulthood. When watching this wedding, we shouldn’t be thinking “Why did it not end with team 7!” Instead, we should be thinking “Naruto has grown up” or “He’s not that kid anymore!” It’s his wedding. That marks one of the best days of his life. 

     Meh, everyone’s entitle to think what they want. This is just how I look at it. This is why I truly adore Hinata and the ending. While I do feel like Kishimoto should have added more into the ending, I am still grateful for the results. In fact, it makes me want to cry when taking in the beginning of the manga to the ending. Watching Naruto as that lonely kid and seeing him now…Kishimoto did such a wonderful job with explaining the aspects of Naruto’s life. I am so proud of Naruto. He’s accomplished so much and now he’s gifted with a woman with such a beautiful heart.

   She even faced death for him. We see this puny little kunoichi fight a super strong evil shinobi like Pein and lost with the intent of  protecting and revealing her love for someone who has saved her from herself; someone who broke the chains of insecurity and self affliction out of her. That itself tells you that Hinata has a story of her own. She went through spiritual battles herself so you shouldn’t trivialize her feelings and the role she plays in Naruto’s life. She’s a person too… and she is not perfect. People spend so much time with expressing their hatred for her character when even Hinata herself admits her flaws and expresses her need for change; expresses how she doesn’t even like herself. 

    In a way it’s kind of like you tell someone “I hate you” and they respond “I hate myself.” She’s not ignorant of her character flaws and that itself makes her even more of an incredible character because this whole time, she acknowledged her bad sides and it gave her more of a reason to want to change into someone stronger. Naruto was the prime source of her strength because he is the perfect example of what she’s trying to become. He motivated her to pick herself up and continue to work hard as both a person and a ninja. In return, she felt like she owed him her life which is why she didn’t care if she died on the battle field. Her sacrifice confirmed how strong and genuine her love really is. This moment in the manga defines just how strong Hinata had become over the years as both a person and a ninja.

      I don’t see why it is a problem that she wants to be by Naruto’s side. We are already aware of the fact that she loved him since young. When you love someone, being by their side is more like an instinct. This is why she impulsively intervened in the battle the way she did… and other times…

    And, you wanna know something that I find hysterically hilarious? Is that she actually makes it her duty to be by his side. She legit wants to protect Naruto more than he does for her. She wants to be there for him more than she is actually capable… and she BLAMES HERSELF for why he always ends up being the one to save her in the end. It’s hilarious because this girl legit loves this guy and there are still people that don’t actually realize that (I respect your feelings though, but still). Even when she is tired and out of energy, she still tries to make a way to be by his side. Even when she knows she will die, she still tries to find a way. It is plain and simple… Hinata LOVES Naruto. Period, point blank.

    But then again, who’s to say that she’s the only impulsive one? 

              Those subconscious feelings are stronger than a bitch. 

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Every time she helps Naruto, it is suddenly a “problem”. But, the crazy thing is… every time she DOES help him, he BENEFITS from it completely.

   He even admits it every time. If it wasn’t for Hinata’s encouragement, he would have never had the confidence to defeat Neji in the final competition. In fact, he probably would have gotten his ass kicked simply put ^_^ He even THANKS Hinata for uplifting him so sincerely. Naruto’s depression vanished very quickly and now he is back to being himself… positive and full of energy; full of life and strength. Turns out, he actually likes Hinata as a person and understands her better.

   Even her intervention during his battle with pein benefited him seeing that Naruto was going to die on spot after all. Next thing you know, he was able to meet his father, he was able to defeat pein, rewarded the title of the village hero, and luckily for him, he is still alive.  He even acknowledges that Hinata’s sacrifice was a “save” on his part. He knows that Hinata wants to protect him hence he clearly assured her that she has already been doing that.

        You want to know what’s really interesting about this panel? It reminds me of this…

     Mind you, Naruto wasn’t exactly confident about his match against Neji (Like I mentioned before). Hinata uplifted him very quickly just like Naruto was able to uplift her as soon as he sensed how dejected she felt for being saved by him during the war. They are both very good at encouraging each other. It’s like an “eye for eye” sort of thing because they have the answer to each other’s insecurity. You would think that Naruto would have shared his worry to this team mates for those who believe that Team 7 is EVERYTHING. But apparently, he didn’t. For a girl that he considered weird, gloomy, dark , and timid , it truly amazes me that he entrust telling her about his weaknesses than the people he’s been “bonded” with throughout his early journey as a ninja. I’m not necessarily belittling the importance of Team 7 but rather proving that it is NOT the most important thing in the series. We have to be mindful of other characters too because they contribute a lot to Naruto’s character alone.

     He even acknowledges the fact that she saved him from falling into the traps of Obito.  He genuinely thanks her and also acknowledges that she “stayed at his side.” So, if Naruto can happily come to terms with that, then I don’t see the “problem.” In the end, he is back on his feet and being the happy knucklehead that we all know and love. We should be happy that Naruto has people like Hinata in his life that will sacrifice a leg and an arm for him; like his parents, like neji, etc. When putting Team 7 over everything, you are forgetting about those other precious people and things that were put in action to ensure his growth, his potential, and the extent of his passionate feelings as a character. Deny it or not, Hinata aligns with all of that and there is nothing no one can do about it. 

   “But Hinata isn’t relevant to the series because she doesn’t get a lot of                                                screen time.” 

Does the quantity of moments dictate how strongly Naruto feels about a person? Are we really going to let time away from a character dictate someone’s relevance to another person? Because, as far as I’m concern, Naruto has never spent a day with his mom or dad… but they are still upheld as important to him. Sasuke has been away from the leaf village for over 2 years. Even in their adult life, Sasuke has been away from the village for around 12 years (if I’m correct). It doesn’t change the fact that Naruto and Sasuke are very close. If screen time was genuinely relevant, then he would have let Sasuke go over the years that he actually spent time trying to find him. Jiraya has been dead for quite a long time… but Naruto’s feelings for Jiraya hasn’t changed. He still cherishes his god father with every drip of blood in his body. Gaara and Naruto are from different villages (we don’t get to see Gaara all of the time) but even that doesn’t dictate his bond with Naruto. Shikamaru is not even on Team 7 but he and Naruto are basically close as well… just like the of rest of konoha 11. Iruka hasn’t had all the screen time in the world but who did naruto ask to be his father in the wedding? Naruto even cherishes that sweet adorable ramen guy (the dude who NEVER gets screen time).  So, can we please stop making everything about screen time? It doesn’t necessarily matter. The QUALITY of the moments he share with another character is what truly defines those special bonds. Believe it or not, he shared quality moments with Hinata hence there would be no point in the genjutsu meaning anything to him. Once he was able to genuinely decipher those moments, that is when he came to terms with his own feelings for the Hyuga. He was able to realize how he felt about Hinata all along… and it didn’t take THOUSANDTHS of moments for that to happen.

36. “Wow she’s way better than you, does that make you feel bad?” Shisui to Sasuke, discussing Sakura in a non-mass AU.  Requested by @rhosinthorn.


Sasuke was no stranger to hatred.  

It had been coursing through his veins for so long that there was not an inch of his body that had not been touched by its flames.  He welcomed the sensation of lead settling itself in his stomach and relished in the hollowness of his chest - it always preceded the powerful roar of the Uchiha Clan’s signature move, an expulsion of the fire in his blood that would demolish everything in its path.  Soon, then.  Soon, the object of his hatred would be destroyed.

“I swear vengeance,” Sasuke hissed.  Shisui and Itachi exchanged A Look over the top of his head.  They had just hit a new record, too.  Three whole hours had gone by without Sasuke swearing vengeance upon something, and Itachi, ever the optimist when it came to his brother, was hoping to hit four.  

“Now, now, Sasuke-chan, we’ve talked about swearing vengeance upon people,” Shisui paused and immediately tacked on, “And objects.  And animals.  And food.  And-”

“What Shisui is attempting to say is that this is not a healthy medium for your anger.  Please consider the breathing exercises we learned from the DVD we purchased last week.” Oh, the breathing exercises.  Itachi loved his brother dearly, he really did.  It was why he was willing to brave the masses of weaker men and women who threw themselves at him in an attempt to slow him down.  It was why he stood the test of time and walked through the most deadly of arenas, dodging close encounters with bacteria and other subtle poisons.  It was why he resisted the most potent of decadent temptations.  All for his sweet little brother.

Konoha’s weekend bazaar was honestly more dangerous than anything the Forest of Death could hope to come up with, but it was the only place to get discounted items and Itachi was a stickler for a good sale.

“Can you believe this!” Sasuke ranted, pointing up at the bulletin board outside the Academy doors.  “Look at these class rankings!”

Itachi and Shisui both leaned in (Itachi because he had forgotten his contacts again and refused to be seen outside with glasses on; the Laundry Incident was still a fresh wound in his mind) to read the paper pinned to it.  “Congratulations, Sasuke,” Itachi praised him.  “Second place is nothing to scoff at.  You beat Hyuuga Neji by a whole point.”

“Better watch out, I hear that kid is a fucking destiny nut.” Shisui snickered.  “Apparently he swears ven-fuck, we cannot let them meet.”

“Don’t you see anything wrong with this!” Sasuke exploded.  “Look at who got first!”

“Haruno Sakura,” Itachi read off.  “I do not know her or her kin.”

The eight year old made a gargling noise in the back of his throat that sounded a lot like the same sound the toilet made after Shisui flooded it and gestured towards the park.  “Her!”

Pink hair, green eyes, and a smile too gentle to belong to anyone considering their line of work.  Itachi was half ready to barge into the Academy himself and ask just who the fuck was running admissions and how they allowed a literal cinnamon roll, too small and pure for this world into the bloody shitfest that was the first step into the shinobi world.

Then, Itachi caught sight of the way she was using her chakra to manipulate a small doll to destroy small pebbles and realized she was probably very fit for duty.

“Wow, she’s way better than you, does that make you feel bad?” Shisui asked his youngest cousin.  “I mean seriously, Sasuke-chan, you can’t even levitate a leaf and Sakura-chan is already out here mastering the art of puppeteering.  We should invite her training sometime, ‘tachi-chan!”

Sasuke’s eyebrow twitched.

“I will have vengeance! Vengeance on her! Vengeance on you! Vengeance on your cow!”

Penthesilea [8/?]

Cover & Disclaimer

AN: As usual, unedited until I get to it. It’s on the to-do list…


With Sakura’s continued treatments, Itachi is soon at the point where he can receive visitors for short periods of time. To make the most of it and to offer a show of his own strength, he has Sasuke convene a counsel one morning with his remaining advisers.

The war council of the Uchiha is a different sort from ages past; time and bloodshed have robbed them of the traditional council of twelve, and these days they settled for barely more than half that number.

The last of their father’s council, Yakumi, sits at attention beside Shisui and Obito, frowning at the younger men in disapproval. Obito’s grandmother and the oldest living Uchiha, Masumi, sits beside Uruchi, Itachi and Sasuke’s maternal aunt. Their uncle Teyaki once joined them, but his mind has left him in his old age, and as such he is often left with an attendant. Finally, Itachi’s mother-in-law Hazuki has been invited since the death of her husband.

Now, she peers worriedly at Itachi. “Are you well, my son? It has been so long since we’ve seen you, and I worry at your pallor.”

“The medics assure me I will be on my feet again soon,” Itachi says, waving dismissively. Only Sasuke notices the effort he puts into the gesture.

They’ve been circulating the story among the camp that Itachi has been fighting a stubborn strain of pneumonia. Considering the poor battlefield conditions and the general stress of his position, it’s entirely plausible, and even healers sometimes have difficulty with the disease. Many a common soldier has succumbed to it over the years.

“Medics?” Yakumi echoes. “None of our camp healers have been in to see you for weeks.”

“Hopefully because they’re seeing to the men,” Itachi says in a way that isn’t really an answer to Yakumi’s unasked question. “Let us return to the matter at hand. My brother assures me that the latest conscription efforts have been successful and there are more than enough recruits at the ready should there be an imminent attack – yet the same cannot be said for our supplies.”

“Another eight months to a year, at most, barring unforeseen circumstances,” Sasuke elaborates.

“There’s a village to the southwest offering supplies in return for manpower,” Yakumi says. “Enough to keep us going for another six years if necessary.”

“You speak of Oto, yes?” Itachi asks, glancing at Sasuke in confirmation; he nods. “Then, no.”

“But Itachi-sama –”

“Orochimaru betrayed the Senju, there’s no reason he wouldn’t think to do the same to the Uchiha. His purposes are his own and separate from ours.”

“Then the army will starve!”

“If our army is starving, you can be sure that of the Senju is as well,” Shisui interrupts. “My people report that they’re dealing with the same concerns over supplies and rations as we are.”

“So it’s a long-game – who can outlive the other in the face of starvation,” Obito says, grim.

“Or perhaps it’s the opposite,” Itachi suggests. “If we bring this war to an end, then both sides will be able to focus on survival, and our children and their children will not have to

There’s almost a palpable collective sigh. It is not the first time Itachi has expressed interest in a permanent cease-fire with the Senju, but given the unsuccessful nature of all future attempts, everyone tends to react with the same weary exasperation.

“Peace is obviously the preferable solution, but not if it comes at the price of the Uchiha being relegated to second-class,” Uruchi says.

“I remember my mother telling me stories,” Masumi says quietly. “Before the peace, of how the Senju tried to claim all Uchiha on their land as their serfs. They wanted us to be no more than a mercenary class, bred to serve them and guard them.”

“The Uchiha were not blameless in this,” Itachi reminds her. “Madara and his tried to utterly eradicate the Senju from the face of the planet.”

“As a preventative measure to ensure our own survival,” Yakumi reminds him. “If any of the Senju continue to sympathise with the ways of Senju Tobirama, there is no possible way to reconcile. We cannot be the vassals of our enemies, or war will commence again in another generation.”

“There won’t be another generation if we don’t at least try,” Shisui argues.

“But it’d be stupid to rush it just on account that we’re desperate,” Obito shoots back.

“Itachi – why not wait a little longer?” Hazuki suggests softly. “The floods will end soon, and then request a parlay with Senju Tsunade. Find out what they would expect for a truce – or a long-term peace. In the meantime, we can go amongst our people and learn what they will tolerate and what they will not. If we then present our demands to the Senju, whether they choose to honour them or not will indicate whether they have the same wish for peace as you do.”

“And if they don’t accept everything we simple continue as we have done for so long?” Itachi asks mildly, but his distaste for the idea is clear.

“Well, obviously there are certain things we wouldn’t budge on, but we too can be flexible,” Shisui suggests, briefly putting a comforting hand on Itachi’s shoulder. “If it’s just a matter of convincing our people what we should be willing to bend on, I can manage that.”

“That’s not an option I would like to pursue,” Itachi replies darkly.

Obito snorts. “If after charging it up for ten years you’re finally going to use your kotoamatsukami, you should use it on the enemy. It’d be nothing for you flutter those pretty eyes of yours and make the old woman do exactly what we want.”

“You think I’m pretty?” Shisui asks, affecting an air of surprise.

“Have some decorum,” Yakumi snaps at the younger men in disapproval.

“You know why that isn’t an option, Obito,” Masumi interrupts the argument, and her grandson frowns as if he has been chastised. “You too, Shisui. Peace that is not arrived at openly will fester. It would be a short victory for us, yes, but in another generation the children of those you’ve ensorcelled will begin to question. And we’ll be back in this same conundrum.”

“Brother?”

The question makes Sasuke startle, and the rest of his relatives adopt an uncomfortable quiet. It is no secret that he doesn’t support peace initiatives, that he believes them to be no more than idle fantasy and naivety. His enjoyment of battle is also well-known.

But he envisions Sakura’s eyes shining at him, and Naruto’s idiot grin, and Hinata’s hopes for peace before he is forced to kill the other man. And there are deep, secret hopes that he barely wants to pay attention to, that linger in his heart and could only exist in a world where there is peace.

And so out loud he says, “If peace is what you deem best for the Uchiha, then it should happen as soon as possible.”

There is a sense of astonishment and disquiet among his relatives, but Itachi nods slowly, with an irritatingly unsurprised gleam in his eyes that suggests he knew Sasuke would say this.

“Go, then,” he tells the others. “Obito, inform our generals that we will continue this ceasefire as long as possible. Have them focus on finding new providers for our supplies if necessary. Shisui, you have a means of getting a message to Lady Tsunade’s forces that we wish to consider a truce?”

“Of course.”

“Keep it quiet. The fewer people who know of this – on either side – the less likelihood of sabotage. The rest of you will go among the people, find out under what conditions a peace could be possible. But be careful in your information gathering. Sasuke –”

“Yes?”

“Speak to Neji and gauge what the Hyuuga might think of the truce. It’s best we know their frame of mind before we broach the subject in earnest.”

“Fine.”

As the other members of the council speak amongst themselves, Sasuke stands to leave. He pauses, sparing a moment to study his brother, who is smiling wanly at something Shisui is whispering in his ear. For a brief instant his brother manages to look carefree and happy, and Sasuke decides that alone is worth attempting a peaceful resolution to this conflict.

戦国時代

Later that day, as he leaves the Hyuuga compound, Sasuke finds his way blocked by several of his relatives and members of their vassal clans. Heading up their little group is his cousin.

“Inabi,” Sasuke says, attempting to walk around him, but the other man steps to one side to plant himself in front of Sasuke. He stares down at him, jaw-clenched in the same annoyance he always displays when they interact. Inabi has never made a secret that he dislikes deferring to Itachi and Sasuke in matters of leadership, especially given they are younger than he, but he has never tried to argue with clan law. “Was there something you wanted?”

“You were in counsel with your brother this morning. What’s the news?” he asks. “Should I prepare my raiding squads for departure?”

“It’s been months since we’ve left this godforsaken camp,” one of his cronies adds.

“The Senju still have many deaths to pay for!” another agrees. “Their blood will be sufficient recompense!”

The statements are met with cheers of agreement.

“You are to continue to mind your posts and remain on the defensive,” Sasuke says. “There will be no incursions into enemy territory until the order is given.”

“If we simply wait, they’ll take us when we least expect it!” Inabi protests.

“It’s not their style,” Sasuke dismisses. “Go spend your time doing something useful like rebuilding our fortifications or distributing the non-perishable supplies to our caches.”

“But –”

“Until there is credible threat, we are not launching any attacks,” Sasuke snaps. “Those are my brother’s orders, and if you disobey them you’ll answer to me – is that understood?”

He allows his Sharingan spin to the surface as a means of hammering the point home. Inabi steps forward, his own eyes bleeding red to meet the challenge, but Sasuke doesn’t move, unimpressed by his cousin’s show. They both know that in a fight, Inabi is no match for Sasuke.

Eventually Inabi looks away and grunts, “Understood.”

Nodding, Sasuke deactivates his Sharingan and turns his back on the group. He begins to walk away.

“That’s a change,” he hears one of Inabi’s lackeys mutter. “Remember the days when he’d have jumped at the chance to spill Senju blood?”

“He’s gone soft.”

Someone else snorts. “Some men are like that when they finally get a woman on her back.”

“Heh,” Inabi jeers, “who would have thought the great Uchiha Sasuke would turn into a weakling because of some common whore?”

Sasuke tenses.

His first instinct is to draw his katana and cut the man to ribbons at the insult, but he forces himself to remain utterly still. Killing these bastards now, while his brother is desperate to promote peace, will be counterproductive.

Breathing through his nose, he tries to ignore the disbelief and dismay that threaten him, because he and Sakura have been very careful since Kakashi expressed his concerns. No one among the men should know of his dalliances – unless they noticed Sakura slipping away following those first illicit encounters.

“Maybe if she disappears he’ll get his balls back…”

The words are said at just the right volume that they could either be a passing comment between chums or an actual threat.

Rage at the audacity threatens to overwhelm him, and his fingers clench around Kusanagi, but he stays his hand. If this is meant to provoke him, his reaction will show that they have touched on a nerve. That will make him look weak, which historically leads to people trying to pick fights - either with him, or someone foolhardy enough to try to find Sakura.

He imagines her crushing Inabi’s bones for his trouble, and smirks.

Turning ever so slightly, only to indicate that he has heard them, he levels meets Inabi’s gaze.

Perhaps he and his cronies take note of the expression, and the message behind it, because a general atmosphere of uneasiness falls over them at the sight.

Sasuke leaves them like that, his languid gait meant to show he isn’t worried about their bluster.

But when he is far from their line of sight, his mouth turns downward.

Peace aside they are, all of them, running out of time.

戦国時代

Whisperings of a truce aside, the temporary ceasefire is not utterly without incident.

During a routine visit to one of the neutral villages nearby to find workers for their fields, Sasuke and his men encounter Naruto, accompanied by his own cadre of men. It isn’t the first time it’s happened – there have been times throughout the years where they have met outside of the battlefield, but there is usually a tacit agreement not to cross blades until far away from possible civilian casualties.

Usually.

This time,certain words are exchanged – also, certain kunai – and the skirmish begins before Sasuke or Naruto are quite able to stop it. Once their hotblooded comrades are set off, it becomes a chore for them to prevent any fatalities that might spark an full-fledged assault.

The only saving-grace for Sasuke is that Inabi and his crew are patrolling in a completely different area, or they would be winding up for their next siege.  

“Considering you’re they’re leader, shouldn’t you be able to better control them?” Sasuke sneers as he uses the hilt of his katana to knock some face-painted lunatic in the face.

“I could say the same for you,” Naruto shoots back as several of his shadow clones try to divert the growing melee away from any of the village’s structures. “Or maybe you people don’t have the same understanding of ‘ceasefire’ as we do?”

“The fact that you understand what a ceasefire is at all impresses me,” Sasuke snorts.

“Oi!”

Sasuke snaps at his men to fall back and leave the village, but they are too far away to hear him.

“Maybe you’re just having an off-day,” Naruto suggests. “Maybe you’re a little…distracted? Possibly thinking how it’s not worth it anymore? I bet you’re getting tired of all this fighting, too.”

“Don’t project your wishes on me.”

“Aw, come on – I say we get over the past and think of the future,” the blond man declares, ducking a stray kunai. “I don’t even know what we’re fighting about anymore. Your man insulting Kiba’s mother or some pissing contest from way back.”

“If you feel that strongly about it, you could always surrender,” Sasuke suggests.

“Where’s the fun in that?” Naruto shoots back, as the momentum of the fight brings him and Sasuke into close quarters. Both of them have unsheathed their katanas, and the blades cross as they meet. “Speaking of fun, asshole – check out my latest jutsu!”

He disappears in a cloud of smoke, and when it clears a bevy of buxom, half-naked women stand in his place. It’s a version of his favourite idiotic jutsu, which has never worked on Sasuke, who disperses it easily with a light Katon.

“Moron,” he adds as Naruto reappears, diving out of the way of the flames.

“You just wait! One day I’ll figure out what your poison is!” the other man insists with a grin that isn’t affected by Sasuke’s actions in the least. “Then you’ll be knocked out cold on the floor and I’ll win.”

“Sure.”

“And after that, we can put all this stupid clan stuff behind us and be friends again.”

Sasuke bristles. “Who says were we ever friends?”

“We were when we were kids,” Naruto reminds him insistently.

“Those days are long gone.”

“So? We can start over. And I was also thinking –”

“You? Thinking?”

“Shut up! Anyway, when this war is over –”

As if it’s the exercise of an afternoon and not a generations-long feud, Sasuke scoffs inwardly.

“ – you should come over for dinner. We can eat ramen!”

“No.”

“Fine, if you don’t like ramen, I’ll get Sakura to cook something else – but just so you know, she’s a terrible cook.”

Sasuke is startled at this.

She wouldn’t have told him…would she…?

What does Naruto know about Sasuke’s connection to Sakura? Is he somehow informed about their liaisons?

Carefully controlled, he asks, “Why on earth would your medic be cooking your food?”

“Huh? I dunno…that’s something a wife’s supposed to do, right?” Naruto asks absently, pulling back his fist. “I mean, I guess we’d be married by then, but maybe you’re right. Maybe we won’t be yet…”

At this point Sasuke is so caught off-guard that Naruto’s next blow sends him reeling backwards.

There are distant cheers from Naruto’s people and rallying cries from his own, but Sasuke barely hears them. The words ring in his ears, over and over like the fading echoes in a bell.

Wife. Married.

His eyes film over with red.

“Oi! You were supposed to duck that!” Naruto yells at him, hurrying over. “Listen, that was not me breaking the truce, okay, I was just –”

Sasuke is barely cognisant of the palm of electricity that jumps to his hand, or his body moving forward. He’s on a collision course with Naruto’s face, and the other man barely ducks out of the way in time.

“What gives?” Naruto demands, but Sasuke doesn’t bother answering, instead swerving around and taking a second shot at him.

And suddenly, the lighthearted skirmishing transforms into the usual duel to the death – lightning and wind clash against one another, until their comrades finally manage to drag them away from one another.

It isn’t until Sasuke’s recovered his breath that he recognises the feeling that flooded his entire system just now.

Jealousy, he realises with disbelief that borders almost on horror.

つづく


So, it’s a little short and we didn’t get a lot of SasuSaku action, but I’m trying to set the stage for something (seriously, I just spent the last three days plotting this entire freaking fic, there’s a lot coming that you guys are going to like…and a lot I’m pretty sure you might hate me for haha). I’ll try to get the next chapter up ASAP.


クリ

Next Chapter

Sakura vs hinata

I’ve seen and read a lot of these arguements from both sides and (from hinata fans) have seen the most used argument (the only argument) on why hinata would win was because of the byakugan. So i decided to make one of my own arguments

First the facts. We’ll go over each of the characters abilities

Hinata:
-byakugan
-twin lion fist
-air palm
-64 palm
-chunin

Stats:
Ninjutsu: 3
Taijutsu: 3.5
Genjutsu:2.5
Intelligence:3.5
Strength: 1.5
Speed: 2.5
Stamina: 2
Handsigns: 3

Stat total: 21.5

Sakura:
-monstrous strength
-medical ninjutsu
-knowledge of poisons and antidotes
-great evasive ability
-can easily see through genjutsu and is unaffected by it
-yin seal
-summoning
-jonin (though is sannin level)

Stats:
Ninjutsu:3
Taijutsu:3
Genjutsu:3.5
Intelligence: 4
Strength:3
Speed:3
Stamina:2.5
Handsigns:4

Stat total: 26

Now before we move on let me clear up a few misconceptions about the byakugan and gentle fist that i’ve seen.

1) the byakugan does not see in slow motion
2) the gentle fist style does not drain stamina or chakra. It just closes the chakra points.
3) having the byakugan does not automatically make you some powerful ninja

Now let’s go over these two throughout the series

We’ll start with hinata. Hinata as a genin was meek, quiet, and shy. She was considered a failure by her father and lost to her 4-5 year old sister. She was no very proficient at the byakugan and was passed over as the heiress to the hyuuga clan due to her weakness. During the chunin exams she did show a bit of fighting spirit in her fight with neji and despite her loss it seemed to affect her somewhat. In part two Hinata had a promotion to chunin and had improved slightly with her byakugan. Though she still could not perform the 64 palm until near the end of the war and still cannot perform the rotation she did learn two main branch moves. The twin lion fist and air palm. In part 3 she is no longer a ninja and works simply as a house wife.

On to sakura. As a genin sakura was smart, vain, barely trained, and at times could be very mean (especially towards naruto). Though she was shown to be a kind character from giving candy to a starving young girl and, despite how much he annoyed her, giving naruto tips on tree climbing to defending lee when naruto was being rude and even wanting to jump in when lee was fighting gaara. Sakura also shows bravery more than once throughout part 1 from jumping in front of tazuna, protecting naruto and sasuke in the forest of death, and saving sasuke from gaara’s attack. In part two sakura has changed drastically. She discarded her vanity and took her training much more seriously. She is now capable of break solid earth with one punch and even a rock much MUCH larger then her. She is also a highly skilled medic nin with knowledge of poison and antidotes, being able to creat an antidote to a poison that no one else could. The creator, sasori, even says that he believed it to be impossible without his formula. Sakura also has great evasive ability as shown in her fight with sasori. She is also highly intelligent having been able to predict sasori’s attack pattern by watching his fingers. During the war sakura awakened the yin seal. By releasing the yin seal she is given both a strength boost and an amazing regenerative ability. Finding out about the yin seal also shows that sakura had not been fighting at her full capacity as to achieve the yin seal it requires that the user store up to 75% of their chakra in the seal. Upon awakening the yin seal sakura took out dozens of juubi clones with one punch and during the sealing of kaguya her punch held enough strength to break off one of her horns. After the war sakura is given a promotion to jonin. In part 3 sakura is still an active jonin and medic nin and has opend a successful child mental health clinic along side ino. Sakura also managed to sneak up on shin, a character that neither naruto nor sasuke could touch despite being at their strongest, and took him down with one hit. He was so badly damaged that he needed surgery to stay alive.

Now on to the analysis. Now the most popular thing that i’ve seen thrown around is that hinata would win because she has the byakugan and can close all of sakura’s chakra points. However, as i said before having the byakugan doesn’t automatically make hinata a powerful ninja. Also we know from tsunade that medical ninjutsu can fix a closed chakra point and given that sakura’s speed stat is higher then that of hinata’s plus sakura’s great evasive ability it will be EXTREMELY difficult for hinata to close sakura’s chakra points. In the fight with sasori sakura was capable of dodging thousands of needles in an enclosed space and then dodged one hundred puppets attacking at once.

Hinata does get a range advantage due to the air palm plus it is very difficult for sakura to sneak up on or get behind hinata due to the almost 360° sight of the byakugan. However seeing as sakura was able to predict sasori’s attacks by watching his hands it’s entirely possible that she can do the same with hinata’s air palm especially considering that the air palm travels in a straight line as opposed to sasori’s puppets attacking from all directions. Sakura doesn’t really need to get behind hinata as she can merely destroy the ground and mess up hinata’s movements. One should also take into consideration sakura’s summon, katsuya. Even summoning a moderately sized one gives her a ranged attack in the form of spitting acid. In a real fight hinata is simply outstripped by sakura. Sakura evasion skill, medical ninjutsu, strength, and intelligence give her the advantage.

Honestly so many hinata fans will almost always use the fact that hinata has the byakugan to prove that she would win while completely disregarding not only the fact that having the byakugan does not make hinata some amazing fighter but also everything sakura can do to neutralize it. Sakura is a sanin level jonin while hinata was a chunin for years until she quit after getting married.

If people think that hinata would win JUST because of the byakugan they need to think again. Sakura worked too damn hard to lose to their biased backwards logic.

fineillsignup  asked:

KakaSaku, same age AU. Sakura is in ANBU with Kakashi and Tenzou and lil Tenzou has a crush on Sakura-sempai and gushes about her non-stop to Kakashi-sempai.

Sorry for the delay. Here’s some scarred Tenzou, sixteen-year-old Shikamaru and KakaSaku late night adventures.

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“Starting today, you’re a part of my squad,“ Kakashi announced proudly, patting the younger brown-haired man’s shoulder.

Tenzou allowed a hesitant nervous smile to tug at the corner of his mouth. “I’m honoured, Kakashi-sempai.”

“Come on now, let’s introduce you to the two other members.” The silver-haired captain ushered his new teammate along the narrow plain corridors, taking multiple turns that Tenzou now knew by heart, having been here for the past two years of his life.

He would often be partnered with Kakashi-sempai but today, he was officially a part of his squad, and to say he was excited would be an understatement. He didn’t think there was a possibly cooler ninja out there—

“Here we are.” Kakashi-sempai shoved the heavy metal door open to reveal two figures hunched over a table, a man and a woman, who looked up expectantly at them.

The man is lean, tall and lithe. His dark hair is pulled tightly onto the top of his head in a spiky ponytail. Tenzou briefly wondered how he didn’t look utterly ridiculous with a hairstyle like that, but rather unexpectedly, it suited him in a weird way.

He didn’t have much time to ponder that as his eyes were drawn rather forcefully to the pink-haired woman next to him.

Ruffled cerise hair, bright emerald eyes and ivory smooth skin.

Tenzou’s jaw threatened to fall open and he whirled on his sempai and hissed, eyes starstruck, “Sempai! You didn’t tell me the legendary Sakura Haruno is on your squad! Oh my god, she’s so cool…”

Kakashi dissolved into mirthful chuckles and ruffled his kohai’s hair, “team, this is Tenzou, and from today onwards he’s a part of our squad, so treat him well.”

The dark-haired man raised a lazy hand and waved, “Nara Shikamaru, pleased to meet you.”

Sakura smiled warmly at him and he utterly failed to comprehend how someone so lethal could have such gentle features, “Haruno Sakura! It’s awesome to finally meet you, Kakashi told me a lot about you.”

Tenzou’s jaw did go slack this time and he looked at his sempai with wide eyes. He was torn between feeling proud and embarrassed.

Kakashi chuckled once again, rather bashfully and redirected the conversation, “anyway, it’s team bonding time with the new member, we’re going camping so pack up.”

“Troublesome,” Shikamaru grumbled and moved to the other door inside the room, disappearing into it.

“We’ll have fun, Shika,” Sakura said cheerfully, but her tone held the undertones of a threat.

“Hai, sempai!” Came the grumble.

Tenzou sent a questioning look to Kakashi, “‘sempai’?”

“Shikamaru is the youngest member of our group, he’s sixteen.” Kakashi explained, “Sakura trained him like I trained you.”

“Oh,” Tenzou said, taken aback. It was nice to know he wasn’t the youngest in the group. He’s heard there’s only two ANBU members younger than his young eighteen years, and it looks like Shikamaru is one of them.

He’s sure the other person’s name is Neji or something similar.

“Go,” his sempai said pushing him towards his room.

“Yes, sempai.”

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“…and then he got so scared he sprouted a tree twig out of his left ear.”

“Sempai!” Tenzou cried out in indignation, “you weren’t supposed to tell anyone about that!”

Kakashi chuckled but not in a mean way, “Was I not? Sorry. It’s just Sakura and Shikamaru, they won’t judge you.”

But looking at the various shades of red his new teammates were turning trying to swallow their laughter, Kakashi amended his statement, “…too hard.”

Tenzou buried his face in his palms and let out an anguished sigh, “right.”

His sempai is being really unfair embarrassing him in front of Sakura like that, he knows she’s his role model and inspiration. Unfortunately, he was unable to say as much as a word to her without turning into a stuttering mess so he just stopped trying. It got worse when she gave him one of her kind smiles and he felt his cheeks growing hot for no reason. He’s sure his sempai is quietly enjoying his torture by the way he and Sakura kept sharing secretive smiles.

“Alright, sleep time for the kiddies.” The rosette clapped her hands and stood up.

“We’re not kids,” Shikamaru grumbled unhappily and she bent waist down to flick his forehead.

“Yes, you are.” She insisted with a sly grin. “Now, get going. Be a good boy and listen to your sempai.”

“You just want to screw Kakashi-sempai.” The Nara muttered under his breath as he got up and stretched.

“What was that?” At the evil gleam in Sakura’s eyes, Shikamaru nearly tripped over his own feet in his rush to get to his tent, throwing a squeaky ‘nothing!’ over his shoulder.

Sakura smiled smugly at his retreating figure and turned to eye Tenzou expectantly, who stammered, “Uh… I-I’ll be going too Sakura-sempai! Good night!”

When he joined Shikamaru in their shared tent he gave the Nara boy a questioning look, “Is she always like that?”

“Oh, gods, no. She’s only being this nice not to scare you off.” Shikamaru patted his shoulder in what Tenzou suspected to be a comforting gesture, but it only inspired unease.

Shikamaru undid his hair tie and his hair fell down his shoulder in messy strands, proving to be even longer than Tenzou anticipated. They both got in their bedrolls and soon were dosing off. It was two in the morning after all.

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“—Shhh!”

“S-sorry, hold still.”

“Ah, shit.”

“S-slow down a bit.”

Tenzou’s eyes flew wide open and he froze, all sleep vanishing from his system. Shikamaru was evidently in la-la land because he didn’t as much as twitch.

He tried to recall how far away is his sempai’s tent was and if he was in any danger if they suddenly found out he’s awake.

A quiet feminine moan reached his ears and he felt his whole face heat up. Oh, god, no…

Tenzou stared up at the tent’s ceiling, absolutely mortified. Did his sempai not realise that the thin cloth provided no sound barrier whatsoever?

The sound of accelerated breathing reached his ears and he buried his face in his pillow, oh, no, oh please no…

“…do that again,”

“…Like that?”

“Oh, yeah…”

PLEASE, NO. Teznou’s eyes ridiculously started to water against his will, his respect for Kakashi-sempai was slowly but surely sinking into the ground with no hope of ever rising again and he had no place to go and no way to block out this horrifying experience. And oh my god, why here?

And I’m forever tainted now. I’m going to hell and it’s all Kakashi-sempai’s fault.

As Tenzou’s horror and mortification grew, he swore vengeance on Hatake Kakashi. His eyes started burning when what sounded suspiciously like skin slapping against skin echoed from a nearby place. Oh god, kill me, kill me, kill me, where’s Orochimaru when I need him…

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Next morning saw morning saw Tenzou rocking back and forth, staring dazedly at his knees, that were hugged to his chest.

“Dude, are you okay?” At Shikamaru’s touch, Tenzou jumped and nearly sprouted a twig.

He shook his head vigorously, eyes wide and bloodshot, “no-no-no-no-no-no-no.

The Nara boy looked extremely concerned, “Shall I get Kakashi-se—”

“NO!”

Shikamaru fell back in alarm, “Whoa-whoa! Okay, no Kakashi-sempai! Calm down. What happened?”

“They… I… we’re in a forest… Why would they…” Tenzou was muttering to himself, shaking his head over and over.

“Ah,” Shikamaru made an enlightened sound. “I see you suffered through their two a.m. ah… bonding time.”

At Tenzou’s anguished cry, the Nara dissolved into a fit of laughter. “It’s exactly why I learned to sleep early. What I don’t know can’t hurt me.”

Tenzou’s tears were very real.

anonymous asked:

Oh gosh, the Izumi fic was perfection Kat <3 Can't wait for the next part filled with badass missing female nin! It does sound like someday they would go back to Konoha though. Would they actually, or would they change their minds when they meet Yugito? Speaking of waiting for the next part, hows the Akatsuki!Kiba sequels coming along?

💕

Tbh I haven’t really decided yet? It’s one of those things that’s still in the works. As for the Akatsuki!Kiba fics, want a snippet? ^-^


Neji doesn’t know why the Suna mission leaves him so shaken.

No.

No, that’s a lie, because he does know. He was familiar with Kiba even before his encounter with Naruto, knew his cousin’s team and its worthless members, the lack of skill that made him scoff when he heard they had been entered in the Chuunin Exams.

Inuzuka Kiba, he had thought, was the most worthless one of all, without Naruto’s hidden brilliance to redeem himself. Inuzuka Kiba was a clown and a loudmouthed braggart and an obnoxious façade of a shinobi, who would end up a chuunin when he decided to put in the effort and never rise higher than that. Even after learning the truth about his father’s death, Neji hadn’t spared the other genin a single thought.

And then he’d woken up one morning, barely a week after Tsunade’s appointment, to grim faces all across the village, whispered rumors that he couldn’t—wouldn’t—believe. He’d kept on not believing right up until he met with the rest of his team, and Gai had stared at them with an expression Neji had never seen him wear before.

Village elder Shimura Danzō is dead, he’d told them. Inuzuka Kiba, his murderer, has been declared an S-rank missing-nin and is to be captured alive by any means possible.

Neji had stared, uncomprehending. Impossible to imagine that the braggart twelve-year-old he’d watched fight just a handful of weeks ago could be a missing-nin, and especially an S-rank one. Ludicrous to think that he’d killed a war hero, a veteran noted for paranoia and caution, said to be nearly on par with the Sandaime Hokage.

It’s true, though. Neji hasn’t thought about much else in months, because that braggart twelve-year-old is now a dangerous sixteen-year-old, part of Akatsuki and trying to take over the world.

He rubs his arm unconsciously, hardly seeing the door to the Hokage’s office before him. Tenten is occupying Lee, mostly by waving her newest set of kunai under his nose and cooing over them like other people do kittens, and Gai is speaking with a tired-looking Kakashi, which leaves Neji alone with his thoughts.

It’s not the most comfortable place to be.

There’s a bone-deep bruise on his arm, shades of black and purple even days after the Suna mission. He can’t remember the last time someone bruised him, but Kiba managed it, even in the bare half-second they actually fought.

That encounter in Wind Country was the first time Neji has seen Kiba since the Chuunin Exams. Hinata and her team had encountered him a few months after he joined Akatsuki, and Neji can remember their faces when they returned, pale and horrified and shaken right down to the core. He thinks he understands it a little better, now.

Inuzuka Kiba is supposed to be loud and aggravating and loyal, steady and steadfast and devoted. The shinobi who stopped them outside of Suna, who barred their way and so easily tore through the Kiri nin accompanying them, was only the Kiba that Neji knew in the most superficial of ways.

SasuSaku Month 2017 - Day 6 - Thank You

AU in which Sasuke travels for a year than comes back to Konoha for the Ootsutsuki mission

*****

Long, brutal winters. Sakura spent them all alone. All at once, she cracks.

Tears flow. The world is white.

Is it snow?

More like artfully replaced sanity with other people’s presence. She passes the street, Ichiraku shining brightly among the moonlight, warm lives talking to each other. Small ripples in the calm lake of hers disturb her.

She cries small tears without sobs and returns to the lonely apartment she lives in. Some days that apartment is not so lonely, filled with laughter of Naruto’s, Yamato’s and Kakashi’s bickering and Sai’s horrible jokes (which get better by the day) and Ino’s nagging.

Some days even the Shadow Hokage visits her.

He is busy with his travels – she knows – but her heart is more selfish than that. It yearns and hurts and Sakura can’t take it some days, but she will wait. The world is more important than her. The pain of knowing it is another story, yet as the soft shimmer and the waft of ramen call her grumbling stomach after a late shift in the hospital, she ignores it as she leaves home, to spend her New Year’s alone. Kakashi’s inauguration will be taking place in the spring, leaving her lonelier for one friend. Naruto married Hinata, but the good thing is that her Master is going to share the Hokage seat and the office with Kakashi, the future Rokudaime.

The state of affairs is mingling constantly. Shikamaru and Temari are to be married soon, leaving Sakura, Chouji and Tenten the only single ones. As Sakura tramples the snow, she is lightly smiling about the fact that Sai is now a taken man, courtesy of her loud blonde friend.

The dark-skinned Kumo kunoichi is eyeing her chubby friend, so Sakura wonders how much will pass until only she and TenTen remain the only single ones who are not taken or married. TenTen will never get over Neji, the beautiful kunoichi training day after day, looking wistful at the weddings of her friends.

And Shino.

How did she forget Shino.

Her house awaits her like she left it, a bottle of wine in the cooler, perfectly clean. In some part of her brain, a strange loneliness appears and a wish for her apartment to be even messy or visited by someone is stronger than ever.

The fireworks will begin in an hour. It’s a New Year, after all. Another year of peace, without a pesky war or some other issue that would disrupt the Alliance. An ocassional missing-nin or a dramatic criminal who tries to make a name for themselves. Nothing special, really.

She takes the wine glass, filling it to the verge of spilling, slams the bottle down her throat instead. She doesn’t drink to get drunk – always had a too good of a tolerance for that – only for the sweet sourness on the back of her throat as she thinks about Uchiha Sasuke, the rebel, the shadow, a ghost of Konoha. Somebody who thanked her at the gates, seen only a few times after, breaking her heart over and over.

Thank you.

It meant;

I love you.

I’m sorry.

I will miss you a lot.

I am so lucky to have you.

She aches to tell him, no, to shout to him and to scream and yell and kiss and be prideful of, because I love you Sasuke!

Chugs the glass down. Pours another. Fireworks go off, and she doesn’t bother looking at them – just starts crying, and small, cold body is now overcome with sadness why am I like this she begs why am i so alone, and nobody screeches back to her.

She sobs, scared and small, and something whooshes past the cold air of the opened window – too fast for her to open her eyes and register it.

If he was an enemy, she’d be dead. But instead a gentle, calm hand guides her face upwards, to his, voice soft, yet raspy and deep as fresh as if it were straight from her memory.

“Wipe those tears.”

“Sasuke…” He stands before her, the dim room not doing him justice, his coat still covered in a small array of shiny snowflakes and afterthoughts of mud. He closes the window, murmuring something about her carelessness as she wipes her eyes harshly. “Sasuke-kun… you didn’t mention anything about visiting! Why now?”

“Hn. Do I need a reason to?”

“I guess not.” She whispers softly as he settles himself a few decimetres away from her. She physically aches to kiss him and hold him, ask him all about his journeys and other questions she has, there is too many…

“Why were you crying?” He is blunt and on point, piercing her expectantly – it hurts him to see her cry but alas, if she wants not to tell him he will respect that. “Haha, Sasuke-kun, how silly of me! I was just, crying for no reason! Maybe I have drunk too much…”

“You can choose not to tell me, but you don’t have to lie.” As always, defeat. Sakura can never deceive her black-haired companion. “I came to ask you something… very important. Can I?” He is overly cautious with this question, which is out of character for him.

“Of course, Sasuke, what is it?”

“Will you come to travel with me?”

Her heart stops. She has expected many things, but not this certainly. She is certain that yes of course she does but what about what Tsunade and Kakashi say? What about the hospital and-

“I know you are thinking about your duties in Konoha and such. But I have already spoken to those above you. They approve.”

She looks at him small and wide eyed, and breathes out a ‘yes’ because this night was such a rollercoaster for her – it was like out of a fairytale, the dark, cloaked figure strikes up the deal of the maiden’s life. Somehow, Sakura didn’t know if she was hallucinating because of the alcohol. She begged life not to.

“Then good. Pack yourself tomorrow, and I will sleep on the couch.”

He moves lithely, setting his cloak and boots away, settling away from her eyes, and before he can smooth out now shoulder length hair she begs, “Would you sleep next to me tonight?”

They look at each other impossibly long, Sasuke’s face seemingly passive as he nods. She jumps immediatelly to put away the wine and her glass as he murmurs about getting the bed ready. She is blushing furiously – they have kissed once, many things have happened, yet Sasuke always kept her waiting with the thank you, and as the words were not his way of showing love, he could not have said I love you more properly.

“Sasuke-kun, I’m ready to go to bed,” she declares once she is all dressed up, comfy pajamas covering her entirely, warm and fluffy as the blankets she will sleep in tonight. Sasuke is already perched casually, his lean form overwhelming her strangely as she is silent on the top of the matress. He shuts the lamp out and it starts being slightly uncomfortable from there.

Sakura fidgets as if someone put a stick in her butt, maybe closer to Sasuke, as if he was a magnet of the opposite pole. He flutters farther away, or perhaps even he gravitates closer? It doesn’t matter in the next moment since they are both starved for both physical contact of each other.

He drags her to himself, terribly so, so she is capable of feeling all his yearning and warmth – so when he murmurs the epic, earth-moving thank you in her heair she knows that his kindness is rare but more brilliant than a waterfall of diamonds. He murmurs more now than he talks through the day, speaks of his gratefullness and apologies. And wishes her a happy beggining of the upcoming year. Her heart full of him, as she leaves for the last boat to dreamland.

Alternative Universe - Soulmate

The soulmate!AU NejiTen style for NEJİTEN MONTH 2017!

—–

Every person who has a soulmate bears ‘Soul-Marks’ consisting of the first words their soulmates will say to them. The words start to appear as the child grows and only the soulmates can see it. The gold letters turn black once one meets their intended.

—-

Neji Hyuuga is five years old when he learns the concept of soulmates.

His mother, always tired yet finds the strength to smile fondly at the bright-eyed child sitting comfortably sitting on her lap, tells him about her meeting with her father. Her fingers are long and she contently combs back the long strands very much like her own.

“What’s havin’ a soulmate like?” Neji asks, childish curiosity pitching his voice.

Her mother smiles once more and leaves a small kiss at the top of his head. There is a knowing far-away look in her eyes masking the pain her constant illness weighs upon her. She is silent while she searches for a way to describe the concept to a five-year-old. “It’s like coming home.”

Neji tilts his head to the side, scrunching his eyebrows together.

“But we already have a house.”

A heartbeat of a silence and the soft, clear and genuine laughter rings out in the stiffen hospital room. Neji is stunned and confused as he watches the face in front of him come truly alive for the first time since she was admitted to the hospital.

“You will understand when you find her, dear.” His mother assured gently. Way-too-pale fingers caressed his forearm. “When the words will appear and you’ll hear them said, you’ll understand.”

“I’ll find her then.” Neji dutifully nods. It seems, like everything else around him, he will just have to find his soulmate.

—–

Neji Hyuuga is ten years old when he notices the faint incomplete lines of his own very Soul-Mark beginning to shimmer into existence alongside his left forearm. He is awestruck and keeps hours gazing at the gold ink tattoos, trying to will their forming faster.

He is beyond excited and a little bit smug that he began showing before Hinata and he wants to start looking for his other half immediately. The promise he had made years ago to his mother sneaks to his mind, steeling his resolve to find his mysterious soulmate. It’s like a race, Neji thinks, will he find her first or will she the one?

Every morning little Neji checks his Soul-Mark, it’s almost a routine now for him and he just wants it to appear completely so he can start searching.

—–

Neji Hyuuga is twelve when the tattoo in his forearms completes.

Confused eyes glare down at the words as if the intensity of his gaze could bring sense to them. The lines and loops look nothing like the kanji he practices at school.

His heart beat is loud in his ears and only when he sees spots dancing in his vision Neji remembers to breathe. His arm is shaking in a way that blurs the long awaited Soul-Mark, but still, Neji can’t read them. All he sees is gold.

Scared of the intelligible letters, Neji runs to his father.

“Father! Father! My mark!”

The young boy dashed to the gardens and crashed into his father’s back. He is a little out of breath and there is a suspicious stinging in his eyes that makes him rub them repetitively.

“What is it, Neji?” the concerned tone he hears just make him rub his eyes faster.

Panic and dread build up to the point Neji explodes, “I can’t read them!”

His father is silent as he thinks over the blurted words cracked with emotion. He takes in the trembling lips and watering eyes of his son and reaches out to calm the distressed boy. Later on, Neji would deny with all his being that he cried and sniffled but the prospect of not understanding the soulmate he so eagerly expected for years terrifies him.

“Try to write them on paper,” his father suggests faintly. “Your soulmate might not be Japanese.”

There is no mistake in the hidden pity. After all, those with oversea soulmates finding each other were terribly low if not near-zero. Soulmates born halfway around the world from each other. The promise of finding her long-long ago in a white hospital room is just empty now.

——

Neji is fourteen when Hinata completes her own Soul-Mark and falls head-first into Naruto Uzumaki’s lap the next day.

Her parents are alive, she is next in line for the family company, a part of the main house with an adorable little sister worshipping the ground Hinata walks. And now she has found her soulmate and Neji curses faith for being so unfair and unjust.

He’s been bitter, rude and a total ass since that morning at the gardens with his father. Everyone will find their soulmates while he will be alone so he thinks it’s fair to be a jerk.

—-

Neji is sixteen. And once again woke up with his arm flung over his face and just about the first thing he sees in the morning is the non-kanji gold inked letters that are his Soul-Mark.

That particular morning, too early yet too late, he distantly watches the suns ray’s dance over the gold letters. Shining and taunting him in a way that makes him frown.

“It’s like coming home.”

After all this time the words are still imprinted in his memory.

Should he really just give up like that? Without even trying once to reach for her?

He has a suspicion that had his mother been still alive, she would have encouraged him to at least try.

Neji remembers how Hinata is enamored with Uzumaki, how her eyes always follow his form, how she smiles when he is near, the way she tilts her body to his, the loving blushes and secretive glances.

He wants someone to look at him like Hinata does to Uzumaki.

5 years after the golden letters came alive Neji decides to look for his soulmate.

“Ciao Bella”

Okay, obviously his soulmate is Italian and according to Google, it takes 12 hours to fly to Rome. There are 60.8 million people living in Italy and one of them is Neji’s soulmate.

Neji is still sixteen and doesn’t have a passport to travel and even if he did go to Italy he didn’t know the language. So, he starts with Italian classes.

He learns that bella is the feminine form of beautiful and he does get mistaken for a girl with his long hair and aristocratic features. Neji is kinda happy that the first thing his soulmate will do it’s greet him with a compliment and his it’s much much better than what most people get. (Hinata’s reads ‘where did my sandwich go?’ while Hanabi’s ‘suck my math homework, loser’ makes no sense whatsoever)

—–

Neji Hyuuga is twenty-six and an accomplished writer with best-selling books to his name. He is fluent in Italian and picked up enough Spanish to get by. He studied hard to enter an Italian college and stayed there after graduating.

He’d been living in this beautiful country since then traveling from city to city and never staying more than six months. Neji walked the historical roads of Rome, passed through the canals of Venice, hiked the Alps, enjoyed the liveliness of Sicily, eaten the best pizzas in Napoli, relaxed in the beaches of Sardinia, fell in love with Milan…

But he never heard the words he ached to hear.

Neji is beginning to think that the gods are trying to tell him something that sounds a lot like give up.

—-

Neji Hyuuga is thirty-one and back to Tokyo for Hanabi’s wedding.

He came back a few months ago to help with the preparations and pass time with the Uzumaki-Hyuuga twins. Neji certainly missed his family even if they tried to hide their pitying looks from him; he knows what they were thinking about his situation.

Dropping the over-excited brats he has the misfortune to call nephews, Neji takes a stroll through the busy roads of Tokyo. For all their differences, Neji did miss the countryside of Italy and especially the cuisine.

Passing in front of a small restaurant, Neji halts. He can smell the ripe tomatoes, fresh basil and a hint of garlic. His mouth waters with the promise of good quality oil olive and a warm slice of pizza quattro stagioni.

The place is small, warm and vintage with peach colored walls, sturdy tables and chairs. He is the only customer in the restaurant but he doesn’t mind. The scent of well-cooked food reminds why Neji has stepped inside for a snack so he sits on one of the tables with the red-and-white- tablecloth. Just from the corner of his eye, he can make out a stone pizza oven.

The moment he glances up, the waitress smiles as she sees him and hurries towards his table. She is petite with dark eyes and even darker hair pulled back in double buns. Her red blouse is clean and the white apron tied over her black skirt is wrinkle-free. With practiced ease, she fishes a little notebook from her back pocket and smiles warmly at him.

Neji’s heart skips a beat at her shining smile but he keeps his polite mask on, absently he scratches his forearm. He nods to the girl who unashamedly sweeps her eyes over his form. She likes what she sees, evidently, and her smile takes a flirty edge.

Neji clears his throat and wills his blood away from his warm feeling ears. Smoothly he orders, “A slice of Quattro Stagioni,” he claps his back when his voice doesn’t waver, and adds, “Prego.” Because it’s polite to say please.

The girl nods in affirmative but the pen poised to write stops. Without another word, her cheeks burn a bright pink and her face shines in a way that hurts Neji’s eyes. Before he could say anything, the waitress leans over the desk bringing her face closer to his, she purrs with the most butchered ‘Ciao Bella’ he’s ever heard in his entire life.

The pull – the forming bond – is instantaneous. His forearm is burning and Neji doesn’t have to look to see the golden letters turn black and settle on his skin. In that small moment, Neji understands what his mother had tried to explain.

“It’s like coming home.”

All the puzzle pieces click together into place. It’s finding something essential that he ever realized missing, to begin with. It’s coming up for air after spending minutes. It’s the cold kiss of water under the scorching sun and heat.

He feels complete.

And he also feels extremely frustrated.

His soulmate isn’t Italian, and by the sounds of it doesn’t even know anything remote to correct Italian. The person he searched for the last 20 years has been just six blocks down his home and not halfway across the globe.

So Neji laughs. He laughs and laughs and laughs until he is crying and banging his head ın the table. The girl –his soulmate! – takes a step back, unsure and confuse from the turn of events. He can easily see the black inked letters etched onto forearm.

Inhaling deeply, Neji tries to control himself and says dryly, “It’s ‘Bello’ not ‘Bella’. I’m not a female.” And for the benefit he adds, “The name is Neji Hyuuga, charmed.”

The girl snorts, eyeing his long hair she comments, “Could have fooled me, mister. I’m Tenten by the way.”

“Ah, Tenten, you know my life would have been much easier if you hadn’t tried to impress me with your non-existent linguistic skills.” Okay, so, one lifetime of ass-jerkness doesn’t vanish in the next minutes he had met his soulmate.

“Oh dear, you haven’t seen my full capabilities yet.” She challenges him, not taking offense from his harshness. Neji likes her even more; she isn’t fragile or insecure and definitely not so weak to bow to his snappiness. Yes, Neji likes her a lot.

“I fear for the future then.”

Tenten –his soulmate! – twirls her pen expertly between her long fingers. The smile is still upon her lips and her other hand rest on her cocked hip.

“I’ll try not to traumatize you much,” Tenten teases lightly. “Well, not before you buy me a drink first.”

Grocery Shopping

Dojutsu Bunch #1

“Toilet paper, toilet paper,” Itachi murmured to himself as he clutched the wrinkled grocery list in one hand and pushed the cart with the other. “Already got the ketchup… and eggs… Oh yeah, I can’t forget the bubble bath–hush, Hanabi, it’s okay.  Don’t cry,” he prodded the two year old toddler who began to bawl in the front seat of the cart. “We’re almost done, almost done.”  He handed her a bottle of milk and she quieted her fussing.

“Alright, got the milk and grape juice,” Neji announced, placing the items in the cart with a thunk.

Itachi scanned the items on the shelves to his left without looking up. “Tomato juice for Sasuke?”

“Done,” Neji replied, patting Hanabi on the head, who had begun to reach one chubby arm out for him.

“Cinnamon buns for Hinata?”

“Got it.”

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NejiTen Day Out

A while back some anon asked me to write about Nejiten hanging out at the mall. Here you go anon, hope you like it. (it contains some ShikaTema, I couldn’t help it soz) oh and, it’s 2 am please excuse any typos I’ll fix em tomorrow.


“So…” Tenten said quietly as she surveyed the busy food court before turning chocolate brown eyes onto her companion, “what do you want to eat?”


Neji let out a soft sigh, for the fifth time that day, “I’m really not hungry.”


Tenten glared fiercely at him, “you haven’t eaten anything all day Neji, you’re worrying me. Pick something or I’ll pick for you.”


The Hyuuga’s shoulders slumped in defeat, “fine, McDonald’s.”


They both waited in line for a few moments, Tenten’s foot tapping rhythmically against the floor and Neji staring into the distance, hands shoved in his dark hoodie’s pockets.


Tenten cleared her throat when she went to the register, “Hi, can I have two Happy Meals, chicken nugget, please? Coke instead of juice.”


Her friend’s head whipped around so fast it was almost comical. “Happy Meal?”


“Sure. You could use it.“ 


The man looked torn between sighing again and smiling. "Whatever.”


Tenten paid before Neji even had the chance to and he scowled at her but she pointedly ignored him.


“So…” She spoke after they sat down with their meals. It earned them a few amused smiles and raised eyebrows from the people sitting nearby as Tenten began to munch on chicken nuggets. “Will you tell me now what’s bothering you?”


“I told you, I had a fight with Naruto,” Neji told her but that earned him an eye roll.


“Neji you and I both know that’s not what’s bothering you,” Tenten said, brown eyes telling him to ‘cut the crap already’.


He pursed his lips, “Fine. My uncle… he kicked me out of the house.”


Tenten froze, fries hanging from her mouth. If Neji wasn’t too busy feeling uncomfortable about admitting the truth, he would’ve found the sight rather funny.


“What?” She growled, “why?”


Neji tried not to squirm under her gaze, “Well… it’s complicated but according to him, ‘I should be able to handle myself now that I’m an adult.’”


“He can’t just kick you out suddenly!” Tenten’s palm smacked down on the table with enough force it echoed loud enough to get the attention of a few people.


Neji let out another sigh, silently begging her to keep it down, “he’s been hinting at it for a month, apparently, it’s my fault for not taking the hint sooner.”


“Bullshit.” Tenten sulked, slumping back in her seat, her appetite momentarily gone. “Where are you staying?”


“Naruto’s… well, not anymore. I’m not going back there.” Neji said firmly, the corner of his lip tilted down to match his frown.


The brunette gave him an exasperated look, “why not!?”


“It’s a guy thing.”


Tenten’s jaw dropped open. Wow, who would’ve thought Neji could be so stubborn, and childish! “I can’t believe you.”


He shrugged and stuffed some fries in his mouth in hopes she’d seize questioning him for a few moments.


“Okay but now where will you go?” Tenten asked, suddenly concerned rather than annoyed with her crush.


“Hotel.”


Her forehead hit the table with a quiet smack, startling even Neji who asked, confused, and slightly self-conscious, “what?”


“You’re dumber than Naruto you know? Forget it, you’re staying at mine, I’m sure Temari won’t mind.” Tenten all but demanded, and Neji knew it was a lost cause. 


He wouldn’t even be surprised if she decided to drag him along thrashing and screaming. He sighed once more, might as well go down with some dignity, “really Tenten, it’s okay, I’m looking for a plac–”


“Just shut up,” she moaned, dragging a palm down her face, “and eat. Please? I don’t want to have to spoon feed you.”


The was enough warning for him to shove a nugget in his mouth and chew. The brunette’s mouth lifted up in a small smile and he struggled to hide his embarrassment.


After feeling awkward for a few minutes, Neji was interrupted by Tenten’s suggestion, “so, movies or shopping?”


The obvious answer would’ve been the cinema but Neji actually secretly enjoyed shopping. Now, though, that seemed like a bad idea, since he was nearly broke at this point.


“Um… whatever you want.”


Tenten brightened considerably, “alright, we’ll go shopping.”


The Hyuuga wasn’t even sure why he was suddenly glad he let her pick for them. But Neji wasn’t really in the mood for making choices right now, god knows he’s done that enough this past week.


Fifteen minutes later, both nineteen year old’s were done and walking together in a companionable silence.


'Shopping’ in their books didn’t necessarily entitle buying things. Sometimes they simply settled for window shopping, and that was fine by both of them


Neji stopped by a mirror in one shop, having accidentally caught sight of his reflection. Frowning, he studied the boy in the mirror. He could really say he’s had much better days.


And then a cap was placed over his head and Tenten was suddenly next to him, grinning, her brown hair falling just past her shoulder in gentle waves. “Lookin good,”


He scowled momentarily but Tenten’s smile was contagious and he couldn’t help but return it after a moment, removing the cap of his head and pushing it down Tenten’s, briefly blinding her. It earned him a pout.


“Hello!” A worker suddenly greeted them, her smile wide, “would you like a bag?”


“Err…” Tenten straightened, suddenly embarrassed, “no it’s fine we’re only…”


“Getting this.” Neji finished for Tenten, eyeing the cap on her head. Tenten turned to stare at him with wide chocolatey orbs and he couldn’t help but smirk.
“This way then!” The blond guided them to the register, humming under her breath. Neji wondered how she could be in such a cheerful mood working in such a tiny shop.


Once Neji paid he placed the cap over Tenten’s head again and they walked out, her blushing fiercely and him holding back laughter. She looked this close to whacking him over the head.


“Why’d you do that!”


“Do what?”


“Buy me this.”


“It isn’t like this is the first thing I’ve ever got you Tenten, calm down.” Neji reasoned and watched as the brunette struggled to come up with a valid argument.


Finally, she huffed, grabbed his arm and dragged him to another shop.
Ten minutes later saw them buying another cap and Tenten placing it over Neji’s head, much to his confusion. “Here. Now we’re even.”


“Are you serious.” The Hyuuga deadpanned, watching his reflection with incredulity. 


Tenten only grinned, shoving her hands in the pockets of her red hoodie. “Sure am.”


They looked so silly, in his opinion but weirdly, a small part of his brain noted, they kind of suited each other.


Neji nearly recoiled at the thought and quickly discarded it, turning around and marching out of the shop, Tenten close behind him.


And for the rest of the day it seemed like the world was playing some cruel game with him as everywhere he looked he saw people holding hands until at some point, a girl behind the cashier commented on how cute he and Tenten looked together which caused Tenten to flush an endearing red and stammer out that they’re just friends.


After that they headed home, taking the eight o'clock bus to the closest stop to Tenten’s apartment.


She leant against his side for the entire ride, the place too crowded and the bus too unsteady. It was too bad all the seats were taken and they had to stand.


Sometime during the ride, someone thought it was appropriate to grope his butt and Neji had twitched in annoyance when he turned around to come face to face with a grinning thirty-year-old man and contemplated whether he should smack him or avoid causing a scene.


At the end, he settled for glaring at the bald headed guy until the man had the audacity to look away. 


When they arrived at Tenten’s place, the faint sound of something smacking against the wall was echoing through the apartment and Tenten frowned and called, “Temari?”


The noise immediately seized and was followed by quietly muttered curses from two different voices. 


Tenten’s eyebrows shot up when her blond friend scrambled out of her bedroom, hair dishevelled and clothes wrinkled, “uh, hi Tenten, you’re home early…”


The brunette eyed her suspiciously before pointing to Neji, who looked increasingly uncomfortable, “he’s staying the night.”


Temari shrugged and both Neji and Tenten froze when none other than Shikamaru Nara walked out of Temari’s room, in the process of putting his shirt back on. 


To her credit, Temari didn’t blush, choosing to only look away innocently. 


“Yo,” Shikamaru greeted the two newcomers before moving to the kitchen that was connected to the living room. “Nice to see you guys.”


Temari sighed and gave Tenten an apologetic look, “I’ll get rid of him.” And then turned to eye Neji before saying, “make yourself at home.”


Oook,” Tenten said, awkwardly, turned on her heel and dragged Neji to her room, “I’m gonna pretend I didn’t see that.”


Neji snorted, “Shikamaru and Temari? Can’t say I saw that one coming.”


Tenten shrugged and dropped on her bed with a sigh, “I always suspected it, especially back in high school when they’d both 'coincidentally’ miss class at the same time.”


The Hyuuga shrugged his shoulders as well and lowered himself on the only couch in Tenten’s room. 


They took turns showering and getting ready for bed, Neji even longer than Tenten, having much longer hair that the brunette had the habit of eyeing enviously.
When Neji began to head for the couch, Tenten stopped him by catching his wrist and pulling him down onto the bed with enough force to make them bounce slightly, “where are you going?”


He stared at her in bewilderment, “uh, the couch?”


Tenten rolled her eyes, “there’s this nice big bed.”


“It’s your bed.” He told her, his mouth suddenly drying.


“Yes,” Tenten agreed, her eyes dancing with amusement, “but it’s a big one. Get over yourself, Neji.”


The Hyuuga wondered if he should start regretting agreeing to stay over now. He couldn’t remember the last time he shared a bed with anyone; that drunk night with Lee last summer did NOT count. 


Nevertheless, he settled down, feeling nervous for no apparent reason as he stiffly laid on his back. 


Tenten had already switched the lights off and got comfortable on her side of the bed, phone in hand.


Glancing at his own phone, Neji found three missed calls from Naruto and felt slightly bad. It wasn’t like Naruto did anything wrong, he simply lectured him about dealing with his uncle and Neji didn’t appreciate being treated like a kid.
He decided he at least owed him a text and so he dropped a quick message to his blond friend, explaining he was staying at Tenten’s.


The reply was instantaneous. 


'Is someone getting laid? ;-)’


Neji felt his eye twitch as he texted back, 'No, stop reading that lame smut you’re always reading it’s making you dumb.’


'Hey, Icha Icha is a masterpiece!’ The blond replied, and Neji could almost imagine him pouting.


'Shut up, idiot.’


'Now you just sound like Sasuke,’ The blond typed.


'Don’t ever compare me to Uchiha.’ Neji scowled as he hit the send button.
He didn’t get any reply for many minutes later until finally, his phone buzzed in his hand; new message from Naruto. 


'I think you should use this opportunity with Tenten.’


'Would you shut up about that?’ Neji was getting annoyed, and the warmth next to him didn’t help his anxiety.


'Why? You like her.’ Oh hell, Uzumaki is surely being especially annoying tonight.


'I don’t.’ he lied.


'Pfft, sure, K. Keep denying it.’


'Good night, Uzumaki.’


'Oh, we’re doing last names now? Fine. Good night Hyuuga.’


Neji huffed, slumping back against his pillow.


“Why is Naruto texting me telling me to give you a hug because you need it? Are you okay?” Tenten suddenly said, sounding confused and concerned.


That’s it, Neji thought, he’s going to murder Uzumaki.


“Ignore the dumbass.”


Soft flesh pressed against his side and his eyes flew wide open as he froze in place. “T-Tenten?”


“We’re best friends, you can always talk to me, y'know?”


“Of course,” but you’re not wearing a bra Tenten and I can feel that and I’m not sure if I even dislike that but please, please for my sanity, back off.


To his relief she did and he let out a breath he hasn’t realised he was holding.


“Thanks,” he said after a few minutes of silence, feeling the need to at least let her know he was thankful. “For earlier. And now.”


He could almost hear her smile, “you’re welcome Neji.”


“You didn’t have to do this,” he went on because he felt if he stopped talking he’d start thinking about the fact that he’s sharing a bed with Tenten.


“I know, but I don’t mind.” She assured him, sounding somewhat sleepy now, “I’m here for you…” She broke into a yawn and he dared spare her a side glance. She looked too adorable, he instantly looked away. “’M gonna sleep now if you need anythin’ wake me up,”


Not two minutes later, her quiet breathing filled the silence of the room and Neji found himself slightly relaxing.  


He dared glance at her one last time, noting how she cocooned the blanket around her and snuggled into her pillow like a little child. 


Neji sighed and reached over to gently brush a few loose strand out of her closed eyes before retreating his hand to his side, wondering why he was feeling affectionate all of a sudden. Secretly, he couldn’t be more grateful for having her in his life. 


Yawning, he cursed Uzumaki one last time before succumbing to sleep too.

Sakura and Ino

On May 24th, I was asked by an Anon:

“Could you please explain Sakura and Ino’s friendship?”

Anon, this is for you :)


During Sakura’s early childhood, she was the victim of bullying due to her large forehead. Ino eventually took notice of this, and introduced herself:

She noticed Sakura’s futile attempts to cover it up, and encouraged Sakura to proudly flaunt her forehead, rather than try to hide it. Ino knew that by trying to conceal it, Sakura was wasting a great deal of her visual appeal, and so tried to make Sakura have more confidence  in herself:

Ino’s efforts would slowly but surely start to bear fruit, as Sakura would eventually start displaying her forehead proudly, as well as confidently proclaiming that she had found someone who she had feelings for:

When Sakura confirmed that Sasuke was indeed the object of her affections, the news shocked Ino, as she had also been harbouring feelings for Sasuke:

This perhaps marked the beginning of when Ino subconsciously began to think of herself as the alpha in their relationship. She knew that at that point, at least in terms of feminine charm, she had Sakura beat, and probably began to feel a little too comfortable in their relationship because of this; as if she was silently telling herself that even if Sakura liked Sasuke too, she had nothing to fear.

Shortly following this, Sakura’s bullying would return to haunt her once more. However, this time, she had Ino by her side, and the latter confidently dispatched of Sakura’s bullies: 

And she did so by using her botanical know how in conjunction with her expertise in Shurikenjutsu, which was no doubt a product of her training as the Yamanaka heiress:

This only made Sakura not only admire Ino even more because she just seemed to be so perfect at everything, but it also made her feel as though she was just sinking deeper and deeper under Ino’s shadow: 

Many people like to claim that Sasuke was the reason for Sakura initiating the break from their relationship, but that’s not true at all. Sasuke was only ever the trigger; the final push, but was never the main reason for the rift between Sakura and Ino.

What caused the rift was Sakura feeling that as long as she remained as she was, following Ino around like a lost puppy, she would never break out of her shell. And the thing is, Ino’s words herself clarified that to Sakura, when she condescendingly stated that Sakura was “just a bud”:

Ino was demonstrating that she had indeed gotten too comfortable with their current relationship, with her being the undisputed alpha, and Sakura essentially being her subordinate. This was because as stated before, Ino was well aware that she was ahead of Sakura in basically every category, which undoubtedly served as a confidence booster for her.

Sakura knew that she wouldn’t be able to grow and develop if things stayed as they were, and that was her main motivation for distancing herself from Ino:

And you could tell this was the case because Ino’s condescending words from that time had resonated in Sakura’s mind. She obviously really took what Ino said to heart there, and used that as motivation to better herself and attain acknowledgement from her rival; her goal:

So when Sakura found out that Ino liked Sasuke too, and that they were in direct competition for his affections, she used that as the last bit of extra incentive she needed to finally gain the courage to distance herself from Ino, and try and better herself and succeed on her own two feet:

She no longer wanted to be carried by Ino, only to continue living under her shadow; she was gonna succeed by herself. Whether that be in terms of fending away her bullies, succeeding in the academy, or winning Sasuke’s heart; she was determined to do it all by herself:

It’s not as if Ino didn’t think Sakura had the potential; she knew that Sakura had what it takes to bloom into a flower even more beautiful than a cosmos:

However, Ino didn’t always believe Sakura would realize that potential. That’s precisely what Sakura wanted to prove wrong, and that’s why she distanced herself from Ino. She wanted to grow as a person, attain more self confidence, and gain Ino’s acknowledgement that she had indeed bloomed into the flower that Ino always knew she had the potential to become:

And Sakura knew that she wouldn’t gain the acknowledgement that she so earnestly desired, if she didn’t surpass Ino herself:

As I said earlier, this is one of the more prominent themes in the manga; that scenario where one person strives to better themselves in order to gain the acknowledgement of their rival. We saw it with Jiraiya towards Orochimaru, Obito towards Kakashi, Lee towards Neji, and indeed Naruto towards Sasuke. And for each of those relationships, during the person’s struggle to obtain their rival’s acknowledgement, only Lee and Neji could have been considered actual “friends”, but even that’s a stretch.

Kakashi even makes a point of highlighting that recurring theme here, by comparing Sakura and Ino’s relationship to that of Naruto and Sasuke:

Sakura makes the reasons for her actions as clear as day here. She no longer wants to be known as just that girl that follows Ino around. She wanted to break free from Ino’s shadow and become her own person. And she then made a promise that when she puts her forehead protector on her forehead, it’d be an indication that she feels she’s reached that point:

Ino acknowledged it as a good idea, joined her in the bet, and looked forward to when that time would eventually come:

Ino herself made it crystal clear over here that she fully understood Sakura’s incentives and reasons for distancing herself from her. She got it, and put on her forehead protector:

Because this wasn’t about Sasuke and it was never about Sasuke. The rivalry with Sasuke just gave Sakura more incentive to do what she had wanted to do for a while. This was an “all out battle” to determine if Sakura had truly become someone who wouldn’t lose to Ino, to see if Ino would no longer be the undisputed alpha in their relationship:

As the battle raged on, Ino would slightly demonstrate the overconfidence that I had alluded to earlier, by showing her agitation that Sakura was actually proving herself to be a match for her. Sakura would respond with a snide remark concerning how Ino prioritized her appearance over her skills: 

Sakura’s side jab at Ino apparently hit a sore spot, because it proved to get Ino very worked up:

To the point where she too cut the hair that she had been growing for years, in order to prove to Sakura that she was wrong; her appearance wasn’t a priority:

This moment also serves to further emphasize the fact that the rift between them wasn’t about Sasuke. They both grew out their hair in order to impress him because they heard that he apparently had a preference for long haired girls. However, now they had both discarded their long hair, because Sasuke was never a focus in their relationship or their rivalry; they were both simply trying to prove to the other who the better Kunoichi was.

And as the both of them charged for their final attack:

It was easy to see how far they had each come from their days in the academy, regarding both their relationship and their skills as kunoichi: 

But as it turns out, on the day, they were dead even, and managed to knock each other out with their final blow: 

However, a tie proved to be good enough for Ino, and in the end, she acknowledged it. Ino acknowledged that Sakura had indeed realized the potential that Ino knew she possessed from day one, and both of them were probably aware that Sakura would have never been able to bloom had she persisted in following Ino around all the time:

That’s what their rift was about. Sakura never “abandoned” her friendship with Ino over Sasuke. Sakura distanced herself from Ino in order to grow as a person, to which Ino herself acknowledged was a good idea. And in the end, Ino acknowledged that Sakura had finally realized the potential that she knew she possessed. And they were subsequently able to mend their relationship, while still retaining their dynamic as vitriolic best buds :)


They didn’t have many opportunities during Part 2 of the story to really spend much time together due to how much was going on at the time. However, after the war ended and an era of peace dawned on Konoha, Sakura and Ino remained the best of friends:

And they also managed to welcome Temari into their friendship, transforming the Dynamic Duo into the Terrific Trio :D


The importance of what Ino did for Sakura during their childhood cannot be overlooked. She bestowed upon Sakura the confidence that she needed in order to become the world’s strongest Kunoichi that she is today, and Ino always knew that Sakura had that potential.  But because Ino was growing too comfortable with the alpha-subordinbate relationship that she had with Sakura, it caused the latter to want to escape Ino’s shadow and blossom on her own.

Ino, although initially upset, ultimately understood Sakura’s reasons, eventually culminating in their fight at the Chuunin exams which ended in a tie.

However, following this, they were able to fully mend their relationship, and by the time of the Boruto movie, became even closer than they had been previously. Only this time, they had Temari with them as well, and the three of them looked very close knit ^_^

bc @blanket-fictions complained about a lack of neji and @okashiras asked about sakura’s pov in all of this

like most monday nights, sakura found herself out with ino, a pitcher of sangria between them as they talked smack and vented and did what they did. on this particular evening, ino insisted sakura open tinder, the dating app she’d forced her to download nearly a month ago, so that they could look at some of the profiles together.

“but this is dumb,” sakura complained.

“what’s dumb?”

looking up, sakura and ino found tenten already sitting at their table. behind her, neji was slowly approaching. “honestly, tenten, there’s a cocktail bar some blocks from here that i’ve heard great things about,” neji muttered, eyeing the little spills on the table that sakura and ino had made with utter disdain.

“what’s the matter, neji?” ino asked. “this place not good enough for your prissy ass?”

“now, now,” tenten interrupted, “leave my boyfriend’s ass out of this.”

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anonymous asked:

I disagree with anon. There's hating a ship, then there's hating the character itself. Even without SS, Sakura was still largely hated across the fanbase for the most shallow of reasons. Some still blame her for Neji's death. I really doubt SS expected Sakura to get shafted to this point; from what I've seen, they are just as angry and sadden by this. At the same time, I'm aware that NH (not all shipper, if they are reading!) really only "supported" SS just to get Sakura out of the way. (1)

Honestly, I never meet Sakura hate so strong from that fandom. I remembered how the majority started acting all haughty with SS after The Last, then outright dropped SS when Gaiden came out. Some were even disappointed that Karin wasn’t outright confirmed the mother and called the manga a waste. For those NH who used to “support” SS, you would think they’ll have some sympathy for their “sister” shippers? (2)

The legit hate for Sakura is honestly so incredulous to me. The only fandom I’ve been in with character hate half as strong was Kingdom Hearts with Kairi. And even then the hate was half as strong, and only within fandom. The hate died down over the years. But Sakura? The fandom, SP, SJ, assistants, editors, hate her to this point? They are absolutely okay with erasing her importance within the manga? Okay with giving Hinata everything they hated in Sakura? The interview with Kishi (3)

comparing Sakura to a secondary character, overall downgrading her importance in the manga made me sad. But the reaction from NH succeed my disappointment in Kishi, and I only felt even more bitterness towards NH and Hinata. (4)

It’s why I can never like Hinata or NH, no matter how much they try and convince me. To be happy that they aren’t force to acknowledge Sakura as a heroine? Was NS that intimidating? Was Sakura that bad? I’m sorry that this small thing turned to a rant, but I felt if Sakura (and Team 7) was in a different fandom than this one. To have hate so strong that even her own creator hates her along with the franchise? To STILL blame her for Neji? I’m just so sad that this is what she is reduced to. (5)

I only wanted better for her, but with this fandom it’s like you have to go above and beyond for her just to get that fandom to like her even a little. On top of that, deal with a franchise that wants nothing to do with her either. Yet they will put Hinata on a pedestal and call her the heroine? The franchise legitimately putting her as a main cast, when she was barely a secondary in Part 2? How did she became relevant and shoved into our face as being better than Sakura? (End)

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Granted, that was/is also a factor but it’s the SS that was the fuel to NH by some sort of sick alliance, and then trying to bury every shit Kishi threw at Sakura via Sasuke because of her proximity to Naruto and the possibility of her being with Naruto in the end. But these are old shannenigans.

Granted, Sakura was hated in the fandom because of the most stupid reasons, however when it came down to comparing her with Hinata, if it weren’t for a let’s say very ardent fan of Hinata’s everyone knew and acknowledged the fact that Sakura tops Hinata no matter what. It was basic knowledge 101.

But then Studio Pierrot came and started the stealing. Sakura is a medical ninja? Everyone is a medical ninja.

Sakura has a superior chakra control, even moreso than her powerhouses of teammates? Everyone gets it.

Sakura can tell via her medical ninjutsu where it hurts in the body or it’s a certain problem? Throw that away, make Hinata tell her via her Byakugan because lol Sakura surely must’ve forgotten to do that with only medical ninjutsu via water detection, in order to force down our throats a friendship that never really was there - at most, some respect showed by Sakura to Hinata, never the viceversa. 

Some still blame her for Neji’s death because things were written as such. That was the effect they wanted. While Sakura the medical ninja couldn’t be there when Naruto called for a medic-nin, have Hinata-hime-sama be there and offer him the emotional support he needed (although via Sakura was shown to us what he really needed, but anyway). Sakura was written off at that point to make place for Hinata, all while in the meantime Studio Pierrot via their shitty interventions was already stealing everything from Sakura and giving it to Hinata. SS-ers saw that, they were here with us as well. We were already screaming about the damage control Sakura was taking because of Hinata but most of them didn’t care, as long as it took NaruSaku out of the way…

And dear boy I know I screamed right and left about this because I saw the bullshit they’re trying to pull. I don’t know exactly for how long you’re around the fandom anon, but as I said before, I came from a NH and SS background that went along with NS given the development. And also besides that, what made me distance from NH mostly was their hate for Sakura. I was a NH shipper that happened to like Sakura very much. And so, being accustomed to how these pairings function, I saw the impending shit that was about to come, and screamed about it, but who was going to listen? I was a NaruSaku, to hell with me, despite me saying multiple times that before being a NaruSaku or any other type of shipper, I am a Sakura fan. 

So you see, here it’s a mix of many elements at the middle, and sadly they did have a major contribution to this, sorry to say it. Not all of them, ofc, but…

And it was never a sister ship with them… It was an alliance against NaruSaku. That was the immediate threat to them. Everyone knew that Kishi wouldn’t have the balls to end it with NaruSasu because of the controversy (despite drawing them in also), so the next best thing was NaruSaku - especially given the story’s construction mechanisms - everything was pointing at NaruSaku, no matter how much some still want to deny it. It’s basic storytelling 101 in a piece of literature (more or less).

Hell, they even changed the story triangle. There was one always inside team 7, and now in his newest interview Kishi mentions one that was nonexistent between Naruto, Sakura and Hinata. He literally took all the things that NH were fantasizing about and used them as “logical explanation” when his own story was contradicting him.

And yes, for some stupid reason people hated Sakura because Kishimoto pulled at the heart strings of people with poor orphan Naruto, but God forbid someone points Naruto’s horrible behavior, they must be linched - which Sakura does at the beginning of the story. Naruto was after all a pretty stupid kid that did stupid things. Yes, he had ulterior motives, but does that excuse his behavior? If we cannot excuse the behavior of one, why excuse his, know what I mean? 

And also people aren’t used to look at the broader picture because somehow … reasons. Yes, Sakura told him all those things, but at the same time supported him and his stupid dream with her love for Sasuke and her “horrible” behavior still did much more than Hinata with her love for Naruto.  But then people come with the excuse that she was shy. So we can excuse Hinata of her shyness for NOT helping Naruto when he most needed it, but we cannot excuse Sakura for expressing her pissed self at Naruto whenever he did something stupid DESPITE ACTIVELY doing stuff for him? Hmm, I smell double standards.

And yes, it’s funny how when they take stuff from Sakura and add them to Hinata everyone is okay, because it’s Hinata. This only once more shows the double standards and hipocrisy that lies deep within the collective counsciousness of this very fandom.

And, after all, it’s not the fandom’s fault as much as it is Kishi’s and how he never put his finger on something for certain, out of God knows what reasons… I can only speculate, but some are for certain - he doesn’t have a backbone.

From defending fiercely your heroine to actively replacing her… pfft. Laughable.

If he would’ve had a backbone he would’ve finished the story properly. You know how they say “Stand for what you believe in, even if you stand alone”.

Something he tried pushing with Naruto, too bad he failed miserably.

I wanted better for her too, and actually trusted Kishi he will do better. I created theories about where he’d be going with her, things that eventually come to fruition (her seal, chakra nature and some others), but the thing that disgusted me the most about this was seeing some things that were clearly going to go to Sakura, being used for Hinata, dare I say some ideas I layed down in my theories, being used now, via other means.

At first I thought it’s me being crazy, they couldn’t possibly use that… and then the latest chapter of Boruto comes and they use for him what the NS fandom creates for Shinachiku. 

To answer your question - yes, NaruSaku was that intimidating. That intimidating that they cannot erase 15 years of development, that they now try to steal ideas from the NS fans to burrow us as deep as possible because otherwise we won’t shut up, that bad of an intimidation, that they make it so defiant to NaruSaku fans, so that we’ll eventually shut up and stop being the thorns in their back.

Well, too bad. We’re here and we’re staying. They can steal how much they want. The records showing that we were there with ideas and whatnot long before them it’s here.

For someone who writes about Gods and whatnot, Kishi and his editors should know about the Akashic records. They’re imprinted in the human collective counsciousness, and no matter how much they want to silence and erase Sakura and NaruSaku, they can’t.

And this only pushed me to continue my initial analysis on Sakura’s character. Ohoo, it’s going to be so much fun to demask all the bullshit mechanism behind their actions. SO MUCH FUN!

Anyway, I turned this into a rant and went into deeper stuff myself, I should probably end it here. But yeah, this thing is a mess. A salad, to be more exact. ;)

Ridiculous Things

Pairing: Neji x Tenten | Read Time: 11 mins

“Good work today.”

Tenten glanced down from the treetop where she sat as she watched over their target’s residence that rainy evening.

Twenty feet below her stood her teammate, Hyuuga Neji, who was clad in a dark gray raincoat to ward off the expected overnight chill during his shift. For the next few days, they would be taking turns keeping an eye on a B-class criminal who was assigned to them for capture by the Tsunade-sama.

Rock Lee and their temporary team member for this mission, Uzumaki Naruto, had already taken their respective shifts during the day. She took the early evening to midnight hours, while Neji was slated for the graveyard hours.

(She initially got the overnight shift when they drew lots to decide their assigned hours, but the Hyuuga clandestinely switched hers with his upon learning what she picked.)

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Pompeii 30

the chapter where you realize that the authors really, REALLY like cars. ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)


“You driving?” Karin asked, eyes alighting upon the Camaro.

Sakura laughed. “Not a chance. I can’t put any mileage on it. Pein is taking it back.”

The looks Ino and Karin gave her clearly let her know what they thought about that. Still, mercifully, Ino held up her keys. “I’ll drive,” she said, guiding Sakura over to her white 1969 Pontiac GTO. “Backseat, Karin.”

Karin rolled her eyes but climbed in. Sakura marveled for a moment over the vehicle before tentatively taking a seat, barely trusting herself as she relaxed against the red interior.

“Yeah, I’ve updated it a bit,” Ino said, voice tinted with pride. “It’s a bonding activity for dad and me.”

“She’s spent the last few decades on it,” Karin said. “Soon enough she’ll move onto a new one. What was it before this? Horses?”

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domestic sakuhina hcs that go along with this post [here] where after 700, sakura married hinata tagging @sakuinohina, @insertobscurereference, and @myboysolf because lately i’ve been seeing the in sh tag yearning for that good sakuhina shiz so here’s sakuhina domestic hcs for the soul (some of these might be taken from the alternate 700 post to over here because come on, who doesn’t love sakuhina <3)

  • hinata makes sure sakura takes care of herself because everyone knows that sakura has a tendency to overwork herself
    • she makes sakura a lunch before she leaves to go work at her hospital
    • occasionally visits sakura at work and makes her take breaks if needed
  • sakura and hinata worry a lot about sns a lot because they are pretty sure those idiots would die in 15 seconds otherwise
    • sakura literally goes over their groceries lists and wants to scream because naruto, sasuke, a grocery list doesn’t just have tomatoes and instant ramen on it
    • so sakura and hinata usually make large dinners and takes the rest over to the sns house
  • sakura knows how much hinata likes pressing flowers and gardening so sakura helps out with the small garden that they have
  • likewise, hinata knows how much sakura loves mind games like crossword puzzles, word searches, and sudoku graphs so she always buys sakura a bunch
  • when sakura and hinata first started dating, kiba and shino gave sakura the obligatory ‘if you break her heart, we break you speech’
    • likewise, when sakura and hinata tried kissing on a date, neji sent a kunai flying from the distance to land right between them. no kissing
  • hanabi is a little shit who likes to sakura about hinata’s failed love confessions. hinata gets really flustered and usually chases hanabi off before she can say anything else
  • sakura has always known hiashi since he was an important figurehead in konoha politics but the first time she met him up close, she was very intimidated since he talked in short sentences and with prying questions. luckily tho, at the end of the very tense meeting, hiashi told hinata and sakura he approved of the relationship
  • sakura loves her parents, but she lowkey dreaded introducing hinata to them because all she could picture was her dad making a bunch of dad jokes and her mom showing off the old baby pictures
    • sakura was absolutely right and she was constantly flustered because she had to run and hide every photo album in the house
    • hinata ended up laughing loudly because of it. she really loves how lively the haruno family is and couldn’t wait to be a part of it
  • sakura and hinata dated for at least a year and a half before either of them started talking about marriage
    • there is no real proposal story either. it was ino and sai’s wedding (because let’s be real, ino was probably the first to get married knowing her) and they were at the reception as each other’s dates and sakuhina were happy for ino who was gettin’ turnt on the dance floor and sakura smiled softly and said “maybe we should get married” and hinata smiled back and said “i would like that”
  • they got married in the spring. why? hinata the sap wanted there to be a bunch of cherry blossoms during their wedding
    • their wedding was huge. not only did it just have sakura and hinata’s immediate family and friends, but it also had the entire hyuga clan there. sure hinata hyuga was becoming hinata haruno, but sakura was marrying a hyuga and was an honourary hyuga as such
    • naruto and kiba gave drunk best man speeches. they were both the best man because naruto and kiba were this freaking close to killing each other over it so sakura and hinata just declared them both the best man. kiba enjoys the fact that naruto cried during his own speech and sasuke sighed quietly and just pulled naruto off the stage
    • tsunade was drunk and made a speech too as sakura’s second mother and her mentor. she’s proud that sakura became the strongest kunoichi in the land and surpassed tsunade herself. shizune had to drag her drunk ass off the stage
    • neji and hanabi had to make a speech as well. so many speeches. it was originally just neji’s speech, but hanabi the troll enjoyed interrupting it with her own quips. hinata has really grown out of her shell since then and she was still kind, gentle, and sweet. she invented her own technique, bought naruto time in his fight against pein, helped neji in hyuga clan politics and got the cursed bird seal abolished for good. thanks, hinata! sakura, take good care of her
    • ino, of course, gave a maid of honour speech about how she was proud that sakura finally blossomed into be the most lovely flower of all and told hinata to take good care of her because sakura has a problem with taking care of herself. ino would also like to add that sakura has punched a goddess in the face and lived
    • kizashi, mebuki, and hiashi all chipped in on a big present for the two of them: a house. a house that was ofc the perfect distance from both the hyuga clan compound and sakura’s parents house
    • their honeymoon was in the land of spring
  • after being narusasu’s surrogate mother and giving birth to their son boruto, a few months later when sh wanted a child of their own, sakura wanted to be the one to carry their child to give sakura a break. sasuke was the donor
    • when sarada was born, sakura and hinata were a little worried because sarada rarely cried and was really quiet and calm. eventually, they just agreed that sarada probably got that from itachi (the amount of angst and pain sasuke made team 7 go through, sarada definitely didn’t get that from him)
      • hinata relished in the fact that aside from the black hair and black eyes, sarada looked exactly like sakura
    • sarada was a sweet kid but as babies, she and boruto– her cousin– didn’t get along. usually because as toddlers boruto didn’t care about his toys until sarada wanted to play with them so it would cause a big fight
  • when sarada was 2, himawari was born and sarada was so excited to be a big sister. naruto and hinata combined their genes to produce a cute navy blue haired baby with four whiskers in her skin
    • himawari was a big crier back when she was a baby and usually kept her moms up late and sarada too
    • sarada loved her sister, but why did hima have to cry so much? sarada wanted to hold her all the time but then hima would start crying and it was awful
    • but when hima got over her crying stage, sarada was finally able to hold her baby sister in her lap on the couch. victory at last
  • now sarada and himawari are 12 and 10 and sakura and hinata couldn’t be happier
    • sakura is more of a strict parent, wanting her gets to have more of a strict but firm upbringing. hinata is more of the lax parent since she had such a strict childhood. together, they make a good parenting combo
    • but sakura has many a time been weak to hinata puppy eyeing her way into letting sarada and himawari stay up and hour later to watch a movie. sakura constantly says “this is the last time i do this” but it isn’t lol
  • it is mutually agreed with the sh kids that they think hinamom is the sweetest between their two moms, but she is also the scariest when they make her really mad. thankfully, that is a rare occasion because hinata is pretty patient
  • the winter they were 18 (so their ‘the last’ outfits), hinata knitted sakura a jade green scarf for the rinne festival. sakura still wears it to this day when it gets cold out and she’s 27 now
    •  hinata has now knitted their children scarves as well. a red one for sarada and a pink one for himawari
  • hinata makes the best snacks. cookies, zucchini bread, etc. and when it starts getting colder, hinata will make these large cinnamon rolls fresh out the oven with a cup of hot chocolate. sarada and himawari love it
  • sakura has, on more than one occasion, done one armed push ups with hinata, sarada, and himawari sitting on her back. such a show off XD
  • sakura and hinata do go on missions from time to time, and if one of the wives are staying behind they always promise the house will still be in piece when the other gets back. when sakuhina both leave, narusasu or inosai babysits
    • speaking of inosai, inojin and boruto are usually fighting over who is auntie sakura’s favourite nephew and sakura is just like ‘you’re both my fav’ and that just don’t fly and sakura looks to hinata for help but hinata is like ‘…. imma leave’
  • sakura and hinata have trained their daughters in both of their fighting styles. sarada just has a preference for fighting like sakura and now that hima has unlocked her byakugan she likes to train more in the gentle fist. it doesn’t mean that they both can’t pull a switcharoo tho. sarada and hima both want to have a combined jutsu.
    • and sarada does get trained by her uncle sasuke from time to time so she’s like ‘hima, we need a jutsu where we combine uncle’s chidori with mama’s (mom = sakura, mama = hinata) twin lion fist
  • back when sarada was still in the academy and sakura was really busy at the hospital, hinata would surprise sakura with a visit and bring along sarada and himawari and they would all go out for lunch together on sakura’s breaks
  • when hinata cut her hair short, she and sakura took a selfie that was captioned with ‘wives with matching hair’
  • sakura’s adult outfit is the same but with her haruno clan circle thing and inside that circle is the hyuga clan symbol
  • hinata has a necklace that she wears that has the haruno clan circle thing on it
  • mebuki and kizashi spoiled the living hell out of their granddaughters
  • hanabi loved dressing sarada and himawari up when they were tiny enough for it
  • neji is highkey the protective uncle. he isn’t saying sorry about it. leave him alone.
  • hiashi tried to act like the firm and intimidating grandpa, but sakura and hinata have seen him walking in between sarada and hima and holding their hands and swinging their hands at the same time on their way to get ice cream. he’s a fuckin cream puff. a teddy bear.
  • when birthday’s come up, sakura leaves the hospital in ino’s care. she doesn’t miss her families birthdays unless something really important comes up
    • when it’s either sakura or hinata’s birthday, they always wake up to breakfast in bed and a messy kitchen. they wouldn’t change that for the world
    • for the kids, it’s always a big at home celebration with cake and a bunch of food sakura and hinata cooked together. they spend all day doing whatever their kids want. and that’s usually just staying home and watching movies all day, or sparring. or a mix of the two
  • honestly, sakura and hinata rarely argue. maybe they’ll argue about something once every three months. but they can literally count the amount of super serious arguments they’ve had on one hand
  • they have so many photo albums and pictures in their house
    • team 7 pictures
    • team 8 pictures
    • konoha 11 pictures
    • the two group photos that were taken before and after the war
    • a photo album full of their wedding and honeymoon pictures
    • photo album of sarada and himawari as babies and toddlers and during important events of their lives
  • they are konoha’s most lovely couple

anonymous asked:

IYO, who are the worst characters in this series and why?

Naruto Uzumaki. (answer is kinda long)

  • Many unresolved issues people complain about in the ending are failures on Naruto’s part
  • Naruto embodies the dangerous ideology of this series
  • Fundamentals of his characterisation have been mutilated gradually throughout the series
  • The narrative failed to portray his character flaws as flaws

1. Many unresolved issues people complain about in the ending are failures on Naruto’s part

He promised to change the Hyuuga clan for Neji, he’s not shown to have done anything.

He promised Nagato to break the cycle of hatred, and find peace. He’s not shown to make any changes to the system which thrives on conflicts and breeds hatred. He’s not done anything for the smaller villages, they’re not even included in the Kages meeting in Gaiden. They continue to be marginalized by the big power just like in Nagato’s time.

He has not done anything about Orochimaru who killed many innocents in his experiments except keeping an eye on him. His approach is to deal with threats as they come, he’s not interested in addressing root cause or breaking any cycle.

He’s kept the uchiha massacre under the rug. Again, he’s not interested in facing up to truths and learning from history. He even said “cold hard facts don’t matter, only feelings matter”.

Naruto is the Hokage, Child of Prophecy, the person Neji, Jiraya, Nagato and Konan put their faith in; he’s the character who should bring resolution to these plot points and themes, and he didn’t.

Naruto fanboys argue “we don’t know, the changes could be off panel”. This is pathetic, it’s like saying “just because the defeat of the villains wasn’t shown doesn’t mean it didn’t happen, the fights and defeat was off panel!”. Why shouldn’t the defeat of the source of evil and tragedies in this series be shown on panel?

2. Naruto embodies the dangerous ideology of this series

This series is a brainwashing propaganda which:

Defends corrupt system

That’s what Naruto did for the whole series. He’d meet a villain who’s a victim of the system (Gaara, Neji, Nagato, Obito, Sasuke), he’d defeat them and tell them to stop being angry and just find love and faith, that’s all. He’s never challenged the authorities over the practice of jinchuuriki, Hyuuga clan slavery, child solider or the uchiha massacre. He’s just defending the system the whole time.

Puts the blame on the victims, demonises rebels

Naruto’s Talk no jutsu never acknowledged the system is the root cause for the antagonists’ tragedies, he dismissed their cases by branding them as “lonely” “filled with hatred”. He reduced real political issues to personal emotional issues, he blamed the victims for being emo.

Glorifies subservience to oppressive regime, undermines real families

He told his son he should endure his loneliness for the village cos he’s a shinobi. He told Sarada the village is her family. He’s indoctrinating the next generation, telling them to put the system above their real family, above themselves, and make sacrifice for the village.

3. Fundamentals of his characterisation have been mutilated gradually throughout the series

He’s a fake underdog

He’s supposed to be untalented, and made it up with hardwork. It’s bullcrap, Neji and Sasuke only had bloodline power, Naruto had both bloodlines and bijuu power. Neither did he lack natural talent, he learned rasengan in two weeks, mastered perfect sage mode in a few months, a feat Jiraya and Minato, a genius, never accomplished their whole life.

He never needed to change destiny, he’s destiny itself.

Self explanatory, he’s Child of Prophecy, the chosen one, his destiny was decided before he’s born.

He’s a follower and a tool like all shinobi

In part 1, he said he didn’t like the shinobi system, he didn’t want to be a tool with no feelings, he sounded like a rebel, he’s different. He ended up following will of fire like previous generations and telling his son to suck up his feelings and endure for the village, cos that’s what shinobi do.

“I will never give up”

His “ninja way” is overrated, just because he says it a lot doesn’t mean it has substance. Most of the time, he had no reason to give up in the first place cos he’s rarely challenged. Except for Sasuke, his TnJ was never resisted, antagonists bowed to his TnJ easily even when he had no answers to their grievances.  Basically Kishi didn’t create enough obstacles for his MC to show him overcome them through persistence, optimism and problem solving skills. Instead he just constantly wrote some corny symbolism to force down readers’ throat that he’s the light, he’s hope, and let his MC plot shield and plot device like TnJ take care of the rest.

His “empathy” is narcissistic

We’re supposed to believe he’s understanding. But he’s incapable of empathizing with people unless he sees himself in them in some ways. He often only focused on common superficial quality between himself and others (we’re both jinchuriki! we’re both uzumaki! we both want to be hokage!), and seemed uninterested in understanding experience he didn’t share. Most of his TnJ boiled down to “you’re just like me”, he’s only interested in certain parts in the antagonists’ stories cos he could turn the conversation about himself. This is not empathy. Read more here

He doesn’t value his bond, he’s emotionally inept and a liar.

He doesn’t spend time with his family, he rarely sees his friends, didn’t even know if Sakura was pregnant with Sarada. People say he’s busy, but he’s he one who spent 699 chapters preaching about the importance of bond, not “putting work before bond”.  He lectured Zabuza about love but he couldn’t tell difference between love for ramen and love for people. He said he hated people who lied to themselves, he lied about his feelings for Sakura for years.

4. The narrative failed to portray his character flaws as flaws

He’s shallow, vain and has unhealthy hunger for acknowledgement

He wanted to become Hokage cos he wanted his face on the mountain, he wanted the village’s recognition and wanted to be treated as someone important. His goal and motivation were shallow. He did show some maturity in the chunin exam arc and started to see there’s more meaning to being Hokage and promised Neji he’d change the Hyuuga clan. Unfortunately, that’s just a blip, he regressed to his vain and shallow self in the war arc. He said ‘It’s the person who’s recognised who will become Hokage’,  to him, Hokage is a prize and a medal to show that he’s recognized. The writing tried present his selfish and shallow reason to aspire to a leadership position in a positive light, that’s stupid.

His chief motivation in life was his thirst for recognition, he wanted it from Sasuke, from Sakura, and from the whole village. He dedicated himself to getting approval and validation from everyone, this obsession with other people’ opinion of oneself is terribly unhealthy. But unsurprisingly for this series,  it’s portrayed as something positive again.

He’s needy and self absorbed

These two traits are best explained in his quest to get Sasuke to acknowledge him.  Naruto wanted to bring sasuke back for his own emotional needs, he said Sasuke was one of his first bonds, he didn’t want him to leave, and he wanted him to acknowledge him.  He’s never interested in understanding Sasuke’s desire for revenge or helping him during their VoTE battle. He did two things in VoTE: talk about his own feelings and put a scratch on Sasuke’s headband to prove a point. That’s all he cared, his own feelings and proving himself. Why would anyone want a friend who tried to prove to you he’s superior when you’re already so insecure about your own power you left to train with a pedo?

Remarkably, Naruto Uzumaki was again portrayed as the victim here when in reality, he really was just pestering someone to make him satisfy his emotional needs.

Naruto Uzumaki is no sunshine, he’s a self absorbed whiny little bitch.

Boruto, the Byakugan and the Hyuga

Most of this has probably already been said by others here but I wanted to pull together my thoughts on these topics.

Firstly with regards to the Hyuga and how they train - we know from what we’ve seen of Neji, Hinata and Hanabi’s childhoods that they really didn’t have childhoods. Neji, Hinata and Hanabi were made to fight - properly fight - from about the age of three and Hinata was basically disowned for not wanting to inflict injury on her little sister. We’ve never had a real explanation as to just why the Hyuga are so draconian in their training other than Gentle Fist being very difficult to master, but the anime’s finally nailed the reason why - they train with that intensity in order to awaken and then train the Byakugan. The Hyuga train their eyes the way athletes train their muscles, So they intensively train their children to get their eyes as good as possible before they’re out on missions. And much like Obito felt inadequate without his Sharingan, I’d bet any Hyuga would be mortified if they became a shinobi before they’d mastered their Byakugan - and it would be seen as a sign of weakness - something no shinobi could risk in times of hostility. This attitude towards their eyes both within (and likely outwith) the clan has morphed into a culture. Given the harsh times that the clan has lived through, I doubt it was until there was a period of peace and they saw the toll their clan’s ways had had on Neji that there was any pause for though.

I used to greatly dislike Hiashi, but I now see him more as a product of circumstance rather than him being specifically nasty. In following clan doctrine he punished his eldest daughter for her kindness and nearly drove a wedge between her and Hanabi, and he let Neji live a lie that was slowly destroying him. But after seeing how hard Neji had worked and how much he had hurt, Hiashi realised he was wrong. He told Neji the truth and begged for forgiveness.

As for the Byakugan itself - awakened and mastered it’s a great advantage to a shinobi and it seems to be used in different ways (Hinata used hers as part of a tracking team alongside Kiba and Shino, Neji as a way to further his taijutsu through Gentle Fist on Team Gai), but if a Hyuga hasn’t mastered their eye, it makes them a target, as would make that Hyuga seem weak. It’s a testament to the clan’s dedication and skill that Kumo deciced to target three year old Hinata rather than any other Hyuga - they likely they did their homework and realised none of the others would be an easy target.

So the Byakugan also makes the Hyuga a target, hence the horrid horrid seal, or at least its origin. I’m betting it was originally given to all but the strongest Hyuga as a status thing (same as long hair being a luxury only originally afforded to skilled Kunoichi, a Hyuga with a bare forehead would be afforded status as a particularly skilled shinobi). Over time this likely morphed into the ‘head family v the branches’, and the horrible human tendency towards creating and retaining power - the seal that was once meant to protect the secrets of the Byakugan became a mechanism for control within the clan.

As for why Neji still retained the seal after he made amends with Hiashi? I’ve got some theories - perhaps the seal cannot be undone, perhaps Neji decided to keep it to remind Hiashi of the head family’s actions, or perhaps Neji decided to keep for its original purpose - to stop the Byakugan from falling into enemy hands. As a Jonin on a team as good as Gai’s he’d be exposed to a lot more danger than Hinata as a Chunin would.

I’m almost certain the practice of using the seal has been abandoned, and the reason for that is Hinata. Hinata might have been removed as heir, but she was still a member of the head family and the likely choice as backup heir after Neji’s death should anything have happened to Hanabi. But Hinata chose to leave the head family to marry Naruto, and she doesn’t have a seal.

So the seal is likely no longer in use at all…but the strenuous training for the Byakugan remains…

…Hence Naruto and Hinata’s reactions to Boruto’s claims he’s awakened the Byakugan. I believe this may have been preceded by whatever the aftermath of Himawari’s Byakugan awakening was.

What I think happened was family interference - perhaps Hiashi immediately assumed that once Himawari had the Byakugan she’d automatically start training to master it, and perhaps at this point Naruto and Hinata said “no thank you”. Hinata clearly did not enjoy her childhood - she would not want the same treatment for her children and she’s obviously discussed it with Naruto at some point. It’s worth noting that Hinata did not visit her father and sister - it was left up to Naruto (who doesn’t have much free time and is clearly suffering from exhaustion). Hinata clearly did not want to see her father, and Naruto remarked to Hiashi and Hanabi that it had “been a while” since he himself had seen them. Hiashi was loving and affectionate towards his grandchildren, but he was pretty formal - if polite - with Naruto. I think there’s been a falling out since Himawari awakened her Byakugan. It also might explain Boruto’s apprehension - if he’s witnessed animosity between his parents and his grandfather that might explain why he was afraid of his seemingly cuddly grandpa.

Boruto suddenly claiming to have awakened his eye would be alarming for Naruto and Hinata. He’s already becoming a bit of a rebel and is desperate to look good in front of his friends. Hinata and Naruto might be able to keep Himawari away from Hyuga Clan training and politics - but Boruto’s different - he’s old enough to make up his own mind.

And it’s worth noting that at the first opportunity, Hiashi’s wanting to test Boruto’s abilities, and Naruto did not look at all happy. Hiashi probably thinks there’s nothing wrong with Boruto receiving intensive training - he’s at the Academy and wants to be a shinobi. He probably thinks he’s doing his grandson a favour and can’t understand why his daughter and son-in-law don’t want “the best” for their children.

A final aside - perhaps Boruto does get drawn into Hyuga clan politics and that’s why he know Gentle Fist by the time of the Chunin Exams. Perhaps he’s been trained by Hanabi, because I get the distinct impression that Hinata’s trying to keep her children away from all things Hyuga.

How I fell in love with Sakura  Haruno

This is going to be very long, but it’s very important to read especially if you’re a hater.


I started Naruto pretty late despite years of recommendations. It took me total 25 days (I counted) to watch complete Part 1 and 2 and catch up with Manga. During this time, I didn’t check out any Naruto fan sites or met any Naruto fan over the internet. I didn’t even know how Naruto fandom worked, what they liked or disliked about this series or characters. So my feelings and impressions of all Naruto characters were completely pure and uninfluenced. Keeping that in mind, I want you guys to know what I felt about heroine of this series Sakura Haruno without knowing what anybody else thought about her.

Starting off with the very first arc, I was surprised to find out that she was the main girl of the series, because she appeared very…. ordinary… and average. I didn’t take her crush on Sasuke seriously and didn’t care much about her character. When I finished first arc and my friend asked me how the series was going, here’s what I told her:


“Naruto is awesome. Sasuke is really cool. And Sakura is the most useless ninja ever.

Believe me those were my exact words. And my friend was kind enough to not to spoil anything and just said:


“She gets better.”


Fast forward to forest of death, the episode “Sakura Blossoms” left me unsatisfied. I appreciated that she tried to protect her team and all but all she could manage was cut her hair and get beaten up. (Just a reminder, these were my very first and raw thoughts as a new fan. My opinions changed, of course, drastically.) Despite all this, I was very surprised when Sakura hugged Sasuke from behind and calmed him down. That’s when I thought, “wow, this “crush” shit looks pretty serious”.


There were moments where Sakura annoyed me. I was annoyed when she constantly bugged Sasuke about his mark. I was annoyed whenever she would act mean to Naruto. And I always had this desire to urge Naruto do something to make her respect him. I mean Sakura was like never impressed by Naruto!


Sakura vs Ino was really good though, and in this fight I also realized that Sakura could be hard on Naruto sometimes but she never really hated him. I was really moved by the bond Sakura and Ino developed after their fight. Their friendship inspired me.


The next time I noticed her was when she attended to Sasuke in the hospital after he got his ass kicked by Itachi. I was a bit taken aback when an asshole a cold guy like Sasuke was letting her feed apples and hug him. By that time I was certain that Sakura is one stubborn girl who doesn’t know when to back off.


Her love confession on the night Sasuke left was a big surprise. I didn’t even think it was that serious. I was like, “You’re 12, what could you possibly know about love?” And Sasuke’s “Thank you” gave me the impression that he too felt something about her in his heart. Another surprise.


I’d be honest here. From the end of part one and until after Pain’s arc in part two, all I really cared to know about Sakura was this:


“Is she nice to Naruto yet?”


I mean sure she was nice with him most of the time, and all those scenes where she punched him were comical and Naruto deserved them, but I’m talking in regard of her acknowledgment of Naruto’s powers. When Naruto was about to leave to train with Fukasaku after Jiraya died and asked where Mount Myōboku was and Sakura was like “He is supposed to save us? We’re doomed.” I took this statement rather offensively and exclaimed:


"C'mon woman! Are you ever gonna be impressed by him?”


Before I go ahead, let me clear up one thing:
I never hated Sakura. Sure she annoyed me at times and seemed un-nice to Naruto, but all of these were first impressions. And I didn’t have time to stop and think about the characters anyway because I was kinda in a hurry to catch up. But I never really hated Sakura. Moreover, I’ve come to realize that to hate Sakura you have to be a Hinata fan, which I’ve never been.


Moving on. Sakura’s “confession” to Naruto was a jaw dropping moment for me. Not because I thought that somehow she really was in love with him. But because I believed that the writer (I didn’t know Kishimoto’s name that time) had completely buried any chances of Sakura being with Naruto. Yeah and I also believed that that confession was a mean thing to do. And when Sasuke tried to kill her twice in the gap of few minutes, my impression was that the writer had also buried any chances of Sakura being with Sasuke too.


Fast forward to the moment where I absolutely loved and was greatly impressed by Sakura. The moment where she outfoxed Neji-Zetsu, strangled him and beat the shit outta him. That’s still one of my favorite scenes. Even though I had been a bit irritated few moments earlier over the fact the she still loved Sasuke even after everything he had done. You guys know which moment I’m talking about right? Where she received the love letter?


Anyway, nothing important about her happened in the anime after that. I watched all episodes, all movies, caught up with the manga, found out that Sakura had obtained the diamond on her forehead and had punched few ten-tails.
After all this, I sat back and relaxed. Then one fine day, me and my friend were discussing Naruto and it hit me like a spaceship (seriously, the impact was that big) and I told my friend:


“I love Sakura!!!”


It was bizarre! I couldn’t believe I was saying this. But it was true. I knew it was love. The feeling was very strong. I had never felt like this for a character before. After this realization, I went back and rewatched all episodes, trying to figure out what moment could possibly have made me fall in love with a girl with pink hair!!


Honestly, I’m still not sure why I’m so in love with her but I have managed to create a list of possible reasons of Why I love Sakura Haruno :


1. She overcame her complexity over her forehead.


2. She rivaled, matched and surpassed her best friend. And still maintained their friendship.


3. She had the urge to compete with Sasuke and Naruto despite them being way out of her league.


4. She aimed to become powerful and achieved it.


5. She has this “Don’t mess with me or you’re gonna get it” attitude.


6. She is fierce, but she’s also kind.


7. She healed Kankuro and created antidote. To me it’s bigger than her fight with Sasori.


8. She smiled at Sai moments before punching him.


9. She explained to Sai how nicknames worked and then kicked his ass for getting it all wrong.


11. She asked Shikamaru to back off when Tsunade was in her mourning period over Jiraya’s death.


12. She took down the giant centipede at the start of Pain arc.


13. She soft-punched Naruto and then hugged him after he defeated Pain.


14. She kicked hard at Kiba’s foot for asking her to tell Naruto the truth.


15. She managed to knockout Sai, Lee and Kiba


16. She told Sasuke that she had deserted Konoha for him.


17. She healed Karin while crying.


18. She received the love letter.


19. She politely declined.


20. She still loved Sasuke.


21. She was in an emotional state when Neji-Zetsu came up to her and she still managed to trick him.


22. She deceptively calmly asked Neji-Zetsu to sit down


23. And punched him before he could attack.


24. She strangled Neji-Zetsu, explained why he was an idiot


25. And punched him again.


26. She’s just that smart and Zetsu is impressed


27. She has breathtaking eyes.


By this time I was already in love with her but here are some more reasons that came afterwards:


28. She asked Sasuke why he was here instead of being happy about it.


29. She did not trust Sasuke.


30. She gave Naruto CPR and grabbed his heart. Literally


31. She nosebleeded over Naruto’s reverse harem jutsu.


32. Those eyes.


33. These expressions: mixture of despair, anger and hope.


34. Don’t interrupt Sasuke-kun.


35. Can I come with you?


36. Reaction to the poke and “thank you”


37. She has a daughter. And she too is allergic to stupidity.


I don’t know if you noticed but I didn’t include the common “shining” moments of Sakura because this post isn’t what other fans think or see in her. It’s about how I feel about her. Also I’ve not included moments from part one because I believe that Sakura of Shippuden is the Sakura I fell in love with. 

Also I’ve refrained from touching SasuSaku too much because this post is specifically about Sakura and I as a person believe that she’s the kind of girl who doesn’t need a man to complete her.

There are other moments in movies but this post has already taken me over 5 hours..

The point of all this is that don’t hate a character by the first impressions. Give them some time. A character like Sakura is the most realistic character in entire series. You will find girls like her in real life, and these girls are something to aspire to.

I’m very tempted to make one post on critical analysis of Sakura’s character and one on why she was badly handled by her creator. But all in a good time.

Thank you for reading.