Hey JackSGreyson! This is the anon that requested all of those Shikasuke snippets. I love what you wrote so I want to thank your talented self. Thank you! And I also love the hunter and nukenin verse (hoping that you would continue with that – Shikako meeting up with missing-nin Sasuke by chance). Oh, and I hope you still write about Grass Chunin Exam in Down Every Road verse. Thank you.

Hiya and you’re welcome! I’m glad that you enjoy my writing! 😀

I will try to do a Further Down Road Two, though I’m not sure how long that will take me to get to (especially given how, you know, I have a lot of other Shikasuke prompts to get through :P). As for the Grass Chuunin Exam…

Oh man, okay, so… I mean it’s probably been… not obvious per se but rather conspicuous how I keep trying to avoid doing the Grass Chuunin Exam (from now on referred to as GCE) and it’s. Well. I guess part of me is just like it’s still so new to me somehow?

It’s not like the Konoha Chuunin Exams which everyone and their grandmother knows by heart and so any changes to it is almost welcomed AND completely understood. Like, in the first Hail To The Queen installment I was pretty damn vague about what Shikako actually did and yet, somehow, people understood exactly what I was trying to convey.

With GCE I’m a liiiittle reluctant to change things but, at the same time, I wouldn’t want to not change things. If… that makes any sense whatsoever. Like, okay, witchbreaker’s The Grass Chunin Exams series is absolutely lovely because it does explore alternate POVs in depth and with such skilled turns of phrase that I don’t want to do a similar Sasuke POV of it and fall short.

And also because that doesn’t really appeal to me writing-wise. A lot of my writing is–”well what if this small thing was tweaked, let’s explore that”–and yes there are some introspective parts but it’s in reaction to those tweaks, you know?

I have maybe ONE idea for how to do a Shikasuke GCE fic but at the same time I’m reluctant to make any changes to the canon DoS GCE because Silver Queen crafted it soooo perfectly I almost don’t want to break it. 

Also, I guess subconsciously my brain has linked the GCE with my Shikako x Gaara feels seeing is how that is what inspired my very first DoS recursive fic… it’s a little hard to untangle that, you know? Like–gosh, their fight against each other? And even the night before? *dreamy sigh*

Uh… sorry, I didn’t mean to rant at you… I mean, I’ll probably do it–that one Shikasuke GCE fic, that is–but it’s kind of on par with my Hail To The Queen series? Like–pretty far out there in terms of AU. And it might take me while to get into the right Sasuke headspace for it–because this is very distinctly DoS Sasuke still, not my weird un-traumatized baby Sasuke from Even Further Down Road One.

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