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24 March 2005 @ 05:32 pm
Naruto ficlet thingywhatsit, part 3  
Training is finished -- I even have a nice shiny certificate proving that I'm done. Tomorrow it's back to the hospital diet items lists... but on Monday, I get to start my OWN project, remote-coding recipes for a client!


I'm not sure it's a good sign that I actually find that exciting.

Note, 3/4/06: This has been written over by the real "Guardian," which you can find in the rough version with comments here on my livejournal, or in the cleaner version here on ff.net.

The Guardian in Spite of Herself

Setting Sasuke's accounts in order seemed to require someone to claim cosignatory authority until he turned sixteen or became a genin, whichever came first. "Do you have anyone in mind?" she asked the boy.

He shrugged minimally and went back to glaring out the bank's window at the busy village streets.

Yukiko sighed; she'd spent a lot of time wishing Naruto talked less, but right now she'd give anything to be dealing with the kid. Getting answers out of this boy was like pulling kunai out of stone jutsu traps.

"Fine, then. I'll cosign; if you ever need major withdrawals, just bring me the forms."

The boy jerked his head around and scowled. "It's my money."

"Yes, I know," Yukiko said, drawing on her rapidly diminishing store of patience. "This will be a legal fiction -- I don't care what you spend or what you buy, but we'll pretend so the bank will be happy."


She signed where the bank representative pointed, slid the papers to Sasuke, and left as quickly as possible. The sullen boy trailed behind her, trying to look like he wasn't following -- oh no, he just happened to be walking in the same direction she was.

Yukiko wondered if arrogance was bred into the Uchiha the same way the Sharingan was. It might explain a lot.

On the other hand, she decided half an hour later, the foster family's attitude might well put anyone into a bad mood. The woman had fawned over Sasuke as if he were a combination of a long-lost prince come to grace her family and a delicate, injured bird. Yukiko had figured out within two minutes of meeting the boy that he didn't like being touched; the foster mother constantly hugged him and rested her hand on his shoulder.

Yukiko revised her opinion of the boy upward when he didn't turn and attack the woman. She collected his small suitcase of clothes and necessities, handed it to him -- she was fairly sure he'd accuse her of insulting him if she tried to carry it herself -- and hustled him away from the fawning woman and her worshipful children as quickly as possible.

"Was she like that the whole time?" Yukiko asked.

"Yes." Sasuke switched his grip on the suitcase so he held it with both hands; he leaned to the left to compensate for its weight. His scowl shifted slightly into a more neutral expression of determination.

Yukiko patted herself on the back for letting him carry the luggage himself. This boy was nothing like Naruto -- well, okay, the kid was touchy and proud in his own way -- but she thought this might actually work out without any bloodshed.

Then she remembered that Naruto still didn't know Sasuke now lived across the hall from him.

Oh, shit.


Next we have either Sasuke settling into his new apartment, or Naruto discovering his new neighbor. Probably Sasuke, then Naruto. And then the next day Yukiko takes them to Sasuke's old house to pick up the rest of his stuff. And is very disturbed by his reaction (or lack thereof) to the place where his entire freaking clan got slaughtered a week ago.

Because I think one of the things wrong with Sasuke (even in canon timeperiod), is that he never properly grieved for his family. He never fundamentally acknowledged that they were gone. He just shifted right into anger, hatred, and a desire for vengeance.

I think, on some subconscious level, he still believes that if he kills Itachi everything will magically be all right again.
Current Mood: pensivepensive
Asuka Kureruaskerian on March 24th, 2005 11:58 pm (UTC)
I think, on some subconscious level, he still believes that if he kills Itachi everything will magically be all right again.

O_O wow. You know. that makes so much sense, said like that. @_@ *beats up plotbunnies*

Anyway, i still love prickly!chibisasu X333
Elizabeth Culmer, only a *little* bit crazy...edenfalling on March 25th, 2005 12:05 am (UTC)
At some future point I will collect these snippets and edit them into something a bit more coherent and detailed. Mostly because Yukiko's reactions aren't quite right, and I want more physical description... but I think Sasuke's pretty much where I want him. :-)
Willowgreenwillowgreen on March 25th, 2005 12:47 am (UTC)
OK, I'm going to have to track down some "Naruto" canon.
Elizabeth Culmer, only a *little* bit crazy...edenfalling on March 25th, 2005 01:29 am (UTC)
www.narutofan.com has manga downloads. And the first twenty-some volumes have been collected and released, though I'm not sure how many have been translated into English. You can usually find them at big chain bookstores, and probably local comics shops as well (although those can be a little scary for the uninitiated and often don't carry a particularly wide selection of manga).

Which reminds me... I should drop by the local shop and see if there are any new "Finder" graphic novels since a year ago. *makes weekend plans*
red wolf: wisdomredwolf on March 25th, 2005 03:05 am (UTC)
I like. SHould be fun seeing Naruto's reaction.
Elizabeth Culmer, only a *little* bit crazy...edenfalling on March 25th, 2005 03:20 pm (UTC)
*imagines the meeting* Poor Sasuke. Poor Naruto. They are not going to be happy.
RhysDigitalrhysdigital on June 30th, 2005 09:31 pm (UTC)
amagad. I have infiltrated your LJ :3 :3

I love this story. I forsee tricks galore.
Elizabeth Culmer, only a *little* bit crazy...edenfalling on June 30th, 2005 11:35 pm (UTC)
Yeah. On that fabled day in the far-distant future when I finally return to this story after great travails and woes... meaning, after I finish "The Way of the Apartment Manager." :-)
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Elizabeth Culmer, only a *little* bit crazy...: red floweredenfalling on October 27th, 2005 05:44 pm (UTC)
Btw, I usually don't read fics with original characters but yours were so well-rounded and so nicely developed throughout the fic that I couldn't help being pulled in...several hours later I'd looked up and the sky was lightening and I didn't regret any of it.

YES! *raises fist in victory*

These snippets are in a very rough draft form -- well, I wrote them during breaks in a training session, and well before I finished "Apartment Manager," so that's not surprising -- but they do form the nucleus of chapter one of "Guardian." In a somewhat altered form, of course. :-)