A/N: Well, I was trying to write some fic, but then I caught on this idea and I couldn’t shake it, so here’s me expelling it from my brain. Sorry it’s so tiny.
Closer To Home
An entire nation cannot be destroyed in one night. Survivors flee, shed their names, take up new lives. But running away doesn’t always mean running far.
Sometimes, family is closer to home than you think.
So… what is this? It’s my EPIC UZUSHIO FEELS wrapped up with some “hey, wait a second, Tsunami’s name matches the Uzumaki naming convention” and a sprinkle of “where the hell did Tazuna even learn how to make such a giant bridge?”
And I blended it all up and got: OBVIOUSLY TAZUNA MET AND MARRIED AN UZUMAKI WOMAN WHILE HE ATTENDED UZUSHIO UNIVERSITY (because that’s definitely a thing) AND THEN A LITTLE AFTER TSUNAMI WAS BORN THE FALL OF UZUSHIO HAPPENED SO THE FAMILY HAD TO FLEE TO WAVE. And… well.
Naruto meets family waaaaay earlier in the series. And the thing is, they’re civilians. Like, straight up no shinobi skills whatsoever civilians. Maaaybe some tiny fuinjutsu skills but more like… kitchen appliances level than GIANT BULLDOZER or TELEPORTATION level, you know?
And I guess this would kind of let me navigate the repercussions of Uzushio’s fall as a parallel to the fall of the Uzumaki clan and sort of unleash all of my Uzushio feels (of which there are many) while not completely having to fabricate a whole bunch of interesting characters.
Because I do think it’d be fascinating (if I can articulate it well enough) to see how Tsunami as a completely civilian Uzumaki would be viewed by, well, everyone? No hidden secret abilities, no extra trauma or baggage–just the purest form of an Uzumaki after the fall. (Not that I’m disparaging Karin, Nagato, or Naruto’s histories, but to them the fall of Uzushio can never be the turning point in their lives even second hand. They have Orochimaru’s employee/test subject + Rinnegan wielder betrayed by Konoha + Kyuubi’s jinchuuriki and reincarnation of Ashura. Like… what? How could the fall of a homeland they’ve never known compare to those massive immediate problems).
And I guess some cameos from other somewhat minor characters who might also be descended from Uzushio peeps. Like, Iruka probably (Umino? Like… what). And maybe Yugao Uzuki.
I’m not really sure what the plot of such a story would be though? Because I wouldn’t want to do a giant rewrite but I don’t think the Tazuna family would have such a huge impact on the course of the world. Especially since I do want to keep them as civilians so…