Submission: Switch Up
So amusing thought. We all know that Ino is to Sakura what Sasuke is to Naruto. So what if we took their stories (NOT their personalities) and just…swapped things around…? Imagine this:
Sakura is an orphan, outcasted by the village for reason’s unknown (maybe in this world, she’s the jinchuuriki, maybe it’s for a different reason). So her goal is to become the best Med-Nin in the world, and FORCE the village to acknowledge her (maybe she also wants to become Hokage, maybe not, it’s a bit of a toss-up at this point). She’s got the smarts, the control and the willpower to do it, but has never has a friend in her life or any family to speak of.
Enter Ino, a traumatized clan orphan who watched her clan get slaughtered (Maybe the Yamanaka clan in this AU are what the Uchiha were to the village a la cannon. Powerful for their mind-control powers, but feared all the same. Maybe instead of the Sharingan being the catalyst for nine-tails attack, it was a Yamanaka who somehow managed to enter the mind of Kurama). I have no idea who does it, but maybe it’s someone close to Ino. Broken and alone, she pushes herself to the limit in an attempt to be stronger, to kill and avenge her clan. Her goal? Kill the person who took everything from her. Nothing else matters. (That’s not true. In her heart, she knows all she wants is to have a family again).
So of course they get put on the same team, why wouldn’t they…and sparks fly.
How could they not, with personalities so similar but so different at the same time. They’ve both been left behind by a village that was suppose to protect them. Left in the dust by a broken system, left to pick up the pieces of their broken lives. Both just want a family, friends to laugh with, a shoulder to cry on. But they go at it in different ways. Sakura gives life. She’s a medic, of course she does. She’s gonna save as many lives as she can, and prove to the world that she is more than her past, more than whatever it is that makes people look at her in disgust and fear (even if she has no idea why). Ino is the avenger, she brings death. It’s all she’s ever known, how can she not? She’s gonna kill who ever took away her world, and if someone stands in her way? She’ll get rid of them, one way or another.
They hate each other. They hate that they can see themselves in the other’s eyes. A sad, lonely child looking for a place, a person to call home. They are enemies, they are rivals…and somewhere along the way, they become friends.
Of course, cannon events still happen. Ino leaves the village, Sakura tries and fails to get her back. Ino becomes a missing nin, while Sakura claws her way up and becomes a hero. Ino still triggers the Fourth Ninja War, and Sakura still chases her relentlessly. The final epic battle is not between two overpowered boys with the power to level villages, but two overpowered women with enough power to destroy a world and a half, and the brains to do it with style.
I’d imagine things would go…differently. Of course, there’s still a matter of if everyone else keeps their roles or if that’s mixed up too, but hey details. (Also, I think the idea of Naruto and Sasuke being best friends since childhood, but also rivals in love would be…amusing, to say the least. It’d be even funnier if the object of their affection were Ino (because Ino and Sasuke switch roles) or Sakura (because you know…Team 7), who both either 1) do not have time for this shit, or 2) are too gay for this shit.