//So back when I was re-watching Naruto, I noticed something during the Sound and Sand Invasion Arc. Bear with my long post as I delve and ramble into detail ;)
Sasuke ran off to stop Gaara the moment the attack started, urged by Genma who declared he was already at Chunin level and to consider this the continuation of their fight. Genma holds off Baki who was supposed to capture Sasuke on Orochimaru’s behest. Without question Sasuke runs off ahead to do his part. Once Kakashi notices this, well aware of the danger that threatens his student, he has Sakura wake Naruto and Shikamaru from the genjutsu to pursue their comrade. He wants them to catch up and get Sasuke (and themselves) to a safe location before any harm can come their way. He also knew Gaara was no regular Genin (unaware that he was a Jinchuuriki at the time) and is worried for their safety. Sending Pakkun to help in tracking and avoiding the enemy, he declares it an A rank mission.
As we know, they catch up, Shikamaru separates to fend off a group of Sound ninja that ultimately was no match for him. Asuma’s timely arrival saved him.
Sasuke used too much chakra in pursuit, during his small/brief fight against Temari, and mostly in his battle against Gaara. He fought to the point of exhaustion, pushed himself near death by forcing a third chidori (which Kakashi warned him plain and simple that it could kill him) and ultimately succumbed to the overwhelming pain the curse mark manifested, causing him to become immobile. Gaara was going to kill him, but Naruto comes in time to strike him aside. While Sakura is immediately at Sasuke’s side, worry forming as she fears the worst.
Sakura defends him when Gaara bypassed Naruto, getting caught and rendered unconscious in the process. While she is stuck and Sasuke is incapable of moving, Naruto advances. However, he gets struck and sent flying back. Sasuke, despite the pain he’s enduring, lunges himself forward to soften the blow, something that wouldn’t have harmed Naruto all that badly had he hit the tree instead.
Afterwards, the two debate on the fight, wondering the best course of action to take. Sasuke overcomes the throbbing pain, managing to stand again. This is a very important character development scene for him. Although his whole life, revenge has been his fuel, his reason for existing, Sasuke willingly put the life of his comrades ahead of his own. Claiming that he’d sacrifice himself in order for Naruto and Sakura to get away, even if he only bought them a few minutes, he’d give that. He’s even out of breath as he explains, showcasing his growing fatigue.
It’s just as Orochimaru mentioned back during the preliminaries of the Chunin Exams. Being around his friends, mostly Naruto, changed Sasuke’s heart. For someone who should be preserving his own life, selfish in design in order to kill his brother, shouldn’t be so ready to die. But he takes no reproach upon himself for being weak here. He doesn’t even hesitate or pause to think of another solution. Deciding that if he died here, he was never meant to go further, tossing any chance of avenging his clan aside.
He lost his family, everything that was precious to him when he was merely seven years old. His heart and mind never fully healed, but being around Team Seven, living instead of simply surviving, caused them to become family. Just like in the Land of Waves, Sasuke stopped Haku from killing Naruto by getting in the way of a fatal attack. And later when he hears Itachi is back in the village, his instinct isn’t vengeance, it’s saving his friend.
Sasuke has taken loss after loss, structured his world on loneliness and sorrow, growing up in a devastation he learned to hon and tolerate. Yet, he’s grown. He managed to comprehend what truly mattered throughout his time with them. Although his protective instincts are usually buried in fear of losing more, he’s learned from those around him. Orochimaru’s offer of power is certainly desirable, but there was never a moment where Masashi depicted him contemplating the idea (despite the fact that he probably had at some point prior to the Sasuke Retrieval Arc).
His words stir Naruto into action, making him realize what it means to be strong. Sasuke sparked the notion of strength via protecting others into Naruto’s head, making him remember the power that lies in having people you care about. Due to Gaara’s ferocity, he nearly forgot, questioning it. He and Gaara were alike, so much that he began to fear the idea of what he could’ve become if he didn’t have Iruka and the others, that it somehow made Gaara stronger than him, unbeatable. Until this very instant, recalling all former mentions and selfless actions that were proved by Sasuke’s words, he knew he had nothing to be afraid of.
Naruto tells Sasuke that’s he’s done enough, that he should rest, while he decided to take over the fight. In obvious consequence to Naruto’s raging power and capabilities to take down Gaara, Sasuke is surprised to see just how much stronger his friend became. And as Naruto did the same during the exams, while Sasuke and Gaara fought, he belittled his own strength by comparing. It’s only natural that this occurs due to their rivalry and competitive nature.
However, in Sasuke’s perception, it’s different. He considers himself only strong when he’s stronger than those around him, stifling his inferiority by his nurtured superiority complex. He gets criticized over this, but it’s what he’s done in order to make it this far. He has to claw his way out of the past, out of the vulnerability that was exposed when Itachi took his entire world away from him. Rebuilding a future around the destruction caged inside was all he considered himself capable of until those ideals were squandered by his upcoming defeat at Itachi’s hand.
Once the fight draws to a close, the sand binding Sakura to the tree disappears. Her interference in order to protect him caused her to get hurt. The guilt is betrayed on his face. He catches her, placed her down gently, telling Pakkun to keep an eye on her as he goes to check on Naruto’s condition.
After reaching Naruto, hearing that Gaara wishes to stop fighting and go home, the other passes out with a smile on his face. Initially, Naruto is still trying to move, but Sasuke warns him that it’s enough, and tells him Sakura is safe, allowing Naruto to feel relieved. Their teamwork might not have been on display during this fight, but their devotion to protecting one another outweighed any question to how deeply they care for each other. This is a prime example to how much Team Seven has developed since they first formed as a team. They’re imperfect, maybe even mismatched at times, but their imbalance stabilizes them, forming bonds.
Now I can get to the actual point of my post. This is where Masashi decided to close on their progress and we only see these three later on, well after the invasion forces are being drawn back, this arc coming to a close.
But at this time, after the Sand Siblings leave, they still need to get somewhere safe. While his teammates are both unconscious, Sasuke is the only one able to move despite his physical exhaustion taking a toll. He has to take the both of them to a place they can hide from enemies. Now as Pakkun and Shikamaru stated enemy shinobi are lurking around, travelling in strategic groups to ambush any ninja they come by in the forest, all Chunin level or higher.
Sasuke had to manage all on his own, carrying his friends, probably running into numerous fights along the way in order to protect them. The strain he must feel on his body is enormous since the curse mark siphons chakra and he depleted himself the moment he decided to use a third chidori. Forcing himself to stand is one thing, but being on the verge of collapse, pushing past his lack of strength, he gathers himself, his friends, and fights.
They were sent out to stop him, and in the end, Sasuke is the one that has to safeguard them on his own against all odds. If that doesn’t display Sasuke’s development and where his priority truly lies before he was enticed by the lure of power, then I don’t know what does. But even then, Sasuke proves himself many times over before leaving the village that he cares and is no longer the child he used to be, clinging only to self-preservation. His devotion goes beyond revenge. It’s only the mix of fear and confusion that shatters that resolve later.
Imagine: Being Cillian Murphy’s daughter and falling for Joe Cole after seeing him play John Shelby. You’re off from University for break and go to the set of Peaky Blinders everyday with your dad. It’s supposed to be time for you guys to catch up after being away at school, but when you and Joe lock eyes there is an instant connection. It starts off with some flirting, him not wanting to piss off Cillian while he’s in Tommy mode and overstep his bounds. However the attraction just keeps growing stronger and everyone can see the looks the two of you exchange. It raises the tension between the two men, your dad always staying by your side to get his time with you instead of Joe.
One day when Cillian is full in character, his territorial and protective feelings for his daughter take over and with Thomas Shelby’s confidence he confronts Joe. The anger and adrenaline rushing through both of them is easy to see, when you’re dad walks back over you figure it’s better not to ask. When you think that’s the end of it and have to return to University, you’re heart broken. Only to leave class one day and see Joe in full costume, like he was when you first met, waiting for you. Cillian gave his blessing and now he’s ready to take you out for an official first date.
Your drawings are amazing! I especially love the Dear starboy one with the waterfall, it's very cute. Small request, can you draw tom and tord kissing? Idk do whatever I just want to see them make out in your style
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(requested by @puppycat-eyes sorry its so short lmao)
probably lives in one of those towns with a weird name tbh
he’s not rly one of the Popular Kids in town, he’s just cool with everyone and everyone knows who he is u feel me
is known as the Fashion Icon tho
everyone looks up to him and if he wears something it becomes a trend
isn’t part of any clubs or sports or whatever
tbh the most he’s contributed to the school is convincing students not to fight each other like timothy,,,,,,the only thing that’s going to come out of you punching kyle in the nose is a three-week suspension.
everyone finds him kinda mysterious tho bc they never really see him outside of school???
it’s just that he hangs out at places no one rly pays attention to
like he skateboards in abandoned parking lots and does homework at those lowkey, tacky diners and flips through dusty records in the record store downtown
he knows all the rly good places to eat and shop bc of this tho
and sometimes he just goes on long drives to nowhere bc he’s bored
(speaking of driving, he’s mastered the art of avoiding potholes)
the only time he really runs into people from school is at the 7/11 and the mall bc 1) 7/11 is cheap and 2) the mall has everything
when he’s not out-and-about, vernon’s in his bedroom with a dr. dre record spinning and looking through street fashion blogs
his bedroom is rly,,,,,,,,,,,him
he has one of those cool tapestries hanging up behind his desk, which is a mess of headphones and sketches and food crumbs tbh
he put up a bunch of photos from the nyc trip with his family and he’s always like tAke me baCk i’ll live on thE stReeT pLs
in his closet he has old drawings from sofia hung up that she doesn’t know about and he’s not gonna to tell her about bc like,,,,,,pft,,,i’m not a softie for my nOob sister,,,,,,,pft,,,,,,
that is false.
one time sofia wanted to get this dress but it was rly expensive so vernon spent 5 months making it for her
not a softie my ass
he does like to blare his music just to annoy her sometimes tho
only goes to block parties if there’s food tbh
one time he snuck a bag of chips out but he didn’t get caught so???
this is where ¼ of the movie night snacks originate oOps
and u know vernon because u live and the same town and have been best friends since like elementary school
he still teases you about your crush on seungkwan in 6th grade and that time you tripped and fell into the pool and blamed it on mingyu
u haven’t let him forget that time you two were in a thrift store and he screAmed when he found a wu tang clan tshirt tho
ur mom loves vernon and vernons mom loves u so like ur always at each others houses, sometimes even if the other person is home tbh
you pretty much welcome yourselves into each others houses like vernon knows ur garage code and u just knock before going into his house
one time tho vernon snatched some food from ur house so u changed the garage code and he got !!!!!!!!offended!!!!!!!!!!!
but like ur close with vernon’s friends too and u tag along to their movie nights sometimes
u, vernon and svt have a tradition of going out for deep dish pizza after football games and tbh the owners of the restaurant give you a discount bc u go there so often and they know you by name
and tonight is one of those nights when u all walk into the restaurant, looking a little sloppy after a crazy friday night game, and sit down and u and vernon order the usual pizza that you two share bc the other members can’t stAnd ur topping choice(s).
mingyu once called u a “Disgrace To The Pizza Gods”
so u put a pepperoni in his drink
he refuses to forgive u
but like the owner of the restaurant comes over to say hi as usual
and everyone’s chatting when she goes
“so, y/n and vernon, when’s the wedding hahahahah”
and vernon’s like :o (yk his meme face he does ye that’s him)
and ur like hUh
ur face = tomato
and soonyoung’s like !!!!!!!ooh they’re blushin!!!!!!!
do u wanna be pepperoni’d boi
but the topic changes quickly and it’s like it never happened
at least to the other members
u and vernon r dead quiet
like u can’t even look @ each other
(vernon keeps glancing at u tho lmao u thought)
the night goes on rly awkwardly and tbh u wanna leave but whatever
u and vernon are walking home after seokmin dropped u two off and ur like on one side of the sidewalk and he’s walking in the grAss bc its so aWkwarD
all of a sudden vernon like
reaches out and brushes his hand against urs
ur like !!!!!!!!!!??????!?!?!??!?!
u both stop and u look at him rly confused
and he’s like c-can i…….holdurhanditsfineifusaynoijust-
u grab his hand and keep walking
no offense but vernon is on cloud nine like he’s trying so hard not to smile rly big bc he’s vernon. he has to stay Cool and Mysterious
u two walk in silence for a bit
(vernon’s trying to muster up the courage to Say Something meanwhile)
he suddenly goes “i like you. like more than friends. imsorryishouldnthavesaidanything”
and ur like blushing like crazy thank god it’s like 11 at night
when u don’t respond vernon starts freAking out like oH my gOd they dOnt liKe mE fRick
u two finally reach ur driveway where u stop and look up @ vernon and ur freaking out like shOuld i??????????????????
ur contemplating ur choices and u like unconsciously squeeze his hands a few times and finally he’s hAd it he’s Up To Here with you
he leans in and quickly kisses you and he’s looking at you to see your reaction
ur basically a human question mark like wtf just happened,,,,,,,,,,,
vernon kisses you again, longer this time, and says “let’s do something tomorrow. you choose where.” and ur like oK yEp and run inside bc if u have to deal with his cuteness for one more second ur gonna spontaneously combust
u get to ur room and look at the window and he’s still at the end of the driving
he looks like a lunatic
he’s like jumping around and running his hands through his hair and he finally yells “yEs”
spoiler: u too go to an arcade and vernon gets upset when you kick his ass but u give him lots of lil kisses to cheer him up