Dreaming One Shots — now on ao3!






Combining all of my Dreaming of Sunshine recursive one shots into one collection called Dreaming One Shots on archiveofourown.

For now this includes:

  1. Becoming a Legend
  2. Stories of Ancient Gods
  3. Netsui/Shikako Three Sentence Fic
  4. Dropped Off Stitches (On The Loom Of Fate)

Check it out here!

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5.  Chances Gone By
6.  You and Me and Baby (Makes Fifteen)

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7.  Winter in the Fields
8.  Semi-Phenomenal, Nearly Cosmic

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9.  Reshuffle the Deck
10. Primadonna Girl (Says No Thank You)

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11. River Running High
12. Our Share of the World
13. Walking Around (Like Regular People) (+ outsider!POV omake)
14. Take A Step That Is New

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15. Baby Grows Up
16. Breaking The Shackle
17. Friendship is a (Mutual) Con
18. Heathens Outside And Ready
19. Lies Beyond The Morning

Shikako and Neji are a POWER COUPLE. A seriously scary power couple. (Nice ficlet by the way, really enjoyed it)

😀 Thanks, anon! They’re very much a different sort of couple than those I’ve already written, so scary power couple does sound about right.

It’s true, a Shikako/Neji ship doesn’t really translate to fluff. Like, at all. They both honed themselves into weapons and appreciate/respect the other as such to soften themselves, unlike with Gaara or Sasuke, who Shikako has actively tried to guide away from them thinking that way about themselves.

People who got hurt and scarred over, skin tougher and gnarled, but no less alive for having been injured once. Neji having to recover from his parent(s? He has no mother?) death as a child and carving out a life for himself under the shadow of the Hyuuga Clan’s hierarchy. Shikako constantly aware of the incoming shit storm and preparing herself for it.

Another reason why I’m so upset at Neji not surviving in canon (besides his life continuously sucking and the lack of justice, his and the Branch Family’s plight brushed under the rug with his death) is that we didn’t get to see how exactly he would adapt to peace time.

Breaking The Shackle, a Shikako/Neji fic (2016-11-13)

aka, Shikako and Neji’s Revolutionary Crusade of Fuinjutsu and Great Justice

She’ll admit it wasn’t a particularly noble beginning–certainly not on her end–it wasn’t outrage at injustice, or empathy for the oppressed.

It wasn’t even the opposite: scheming to overthrow the largest and most powerful clan in Konoha, or gain the allegiance of over a hundred people with a blood limit.

It was just curiosity… and not a small amount of ego. Riding the high of her own ability.

Because if she could outmaneuver Danzo, could best Orochimaru in sealing, could survive battle against a literal goddess–

(could defy death over and over again)

–what were the Hyuuga clan’s laws to her?

TenTen is a fuinjutsu master in her own right, though with a different specialty and style.

She’s been friends and teammates with Neji for so many years, as close to family as she’s ever known–she has nearly as much a stake in his freedom as he himself does.

But she is an orphan without a last name; the Byakugan has great worth to Konoha.

Neji has long since changed his view on fate.

Or, at least, his relationship to it.

He still thinks fate exists, but who is he to say what it might be? Who is he to say who will fail and who will succeed?

Lee has long since surpassed the predictions a younger, brattier Neji had once made for him. So, too, has his cousin grown into her potential despite his pessimistic bullying.

He has watched, time and time again, as his friends and his village have defied the odds–rejected what should have been their fated ends–and lived despite everything against them.

But perhaps that is fate. Perhaps fate is kinder than he thought. Beneath his forehead protector is a curse, but perhaps fate will be kind to him this once.

But if its not–if fate is not kind–then he will do as he has been taught and fight against it with all he has.

Sai has a scar on his tongue, a remnant of the seal of secrecy that all ROOT members once had.

Given the placement and size, it’s not noticeable at all–more importantly, it doesn’t hinder his ability to speak.

Sai has a scar on his tongue, a remnant of Shikako’s attempts to remove the ROOT seal of secrecy.

Shikako has many secrets, some of which she shares and some of which she will keep beyond her last breath.

One of them is simply this: she did nothing to save Neji’s life.

Oh, she never put him in harms way, always had his back in battle–she treated him the way she treated all of her friends and allies.

She would’ve died for him, if such a thing had been necessary, but she never went out of her way to save his life. Never warned him of his future, never even hinted at the possibility.

She did nothing.

And yet, somehow, he still lives.

She doesn’t know if this is some kind of apology that only she’ll understand, belated and inexplicable as it may be. Doesn’t know if this is out of guilt or some sense of debt…

But she thinks: late though it may be, she should do something.

Lee remembers the first time he actively noticed Shikako–surrounded by carnage and flames, the bodies of her enemies lying at her feet.

It’s the kind of first impression that lingers, on which every interaction after that is influenced by.

No matter how approachable and helpful she is after that, Lee will always remember that at Shikako’s core is ruthlessness and efficiency.

It’s not as if Neji thinks Hinata will renege on her vow to change the Hyuuga clan–she is not that cruel, not like he used to be–nor does he think Hanabi, if she is to be head instead, will do the same.

But he thinks Hiashi-oji-sama must have once thought the same for his twin, for his twin’s son, and yet Neji still bears the brand.

He knows that the Main Family is more than just his uncle and his two cousins. The Hyuuga Clan is expansive, numbering in the hundreds.

While the Main Family is a small percentage of that, it is still a few dozen. A few dozen who can inflict pain or death on the Branch Family at whim.

The Hyuuga Clan Elders won’t let their elitism be taken away so easily.

Promises are nice, but actions are better.

Kakashi figured that if ever one of his students and Gai’s students got together it would be the end of the world. He was only a few months off, really.

Hm, is it too early to joke about that?

The aged scrolls Hanabi passed along to them have been much appreciated, necessary for Shikako’s endless notes working out different permutations and removal methods. But there is a time for theory and there is a time to put said theory into practice.

Neji removes his forehead protector, hands trembling minutely. Shikako takes a moment to marvel at how green the seal is, before berating herself.

She looks away, to give him the chance to compose himself, and when she looks back it’s to a Neji with closed eyes, sitting with resigned patience.

One way or another, this will end his world as he knows it.

Closed eyes doesn’t mean vulnerability for a Hyuuga, not truly, but she can appreciate the gesture for what it is.

Absolution. Faith. Trust.


A/N: For @cadalie who wanted that revolutionary Shikako/Neji vs Hyuuga Clan fic and got… this.

I tried to make it less feels based, but lets be honest here, isn’t that my wheelhouse?

Unsure if this is Shikako/Neji proper or more pre-Shikako/Neji…

Also, unimaginative title is unimaginative.

Post Word Count: 907, Running Word Count: 4874

Another anon, but reading your last bit about the ,er, logistics behind Sakako!verse reminded me that in DoS everyone loves Tsunade because she came up with an almost idiot-proof complete control over one’s periods, hence fertility. So baring shenanigans, Sakako must’ve been a planned baby. Huh prompt idea. Sauske and Shikako having a frank family planning conversation and Shikako being super methodical like taking vitamins at exactly -oclock or. Aka opposite of unplanned baby fic.



Oh, right! I forgot about that! Thanks for the reminder 🙂

I guess that means EVERY child born to a Konoha kunoichi is planned to some extent. (Some poor paper nin in charge of making Kareru’s records laughs hysterically that only Team Seven would find a way to have an unplanned baby.)

I actually have the idea that their usual approach to things would be reversed in the face of Shikako’s pregnancy. Like, Shikako’s cool with just asking her mom what to expect and then just listening to what the medic nin suggests, whereas Sasuke is the one to read ALL of the books and interrogate the medic nin for exact details on EVERYTHING and he’s the one that keeps time for Shikako’s meals/vitamins (because it’s been shown that when she gets into a research groove, Shikako has no idea what time or even, sometimes, day it is).

Shikako takes to hiding, but her stealth is severely reduced due to being massively pregnant. Sasuke tracks her down everywhere in the village, just like “Have you seen Shikako anywhere? It’s three o clock which means she’s supposed to take these vitamins and also eat kale.” (“Sasuke, kale is gross.” “It’s also nutritious.”)

(The Lee swap out evasion technique stopped working after the fourth time, which is unfortunate because he was just getting good at his pregnant waddling. He was going to try to incorporate it into a new taijutsu style.)

I’ll see about filling this prompt properly, anon, but it’ll probably just be more of the same silliness of above. 😀


I suppose no jutsu is 100% full-proof, that’s true; though it’s probably 99.99% since this is Tsunade we’re talking about and it wouldn’t be taught en masse to female Academy students if it hadn’t been thoroughly tested beforehand. It’s also something that is probably checked every time a kunoichi goes to the hospital which, considering who we’re talking about here, would be fairly frequently. 

Deliberate choice vs plan does seem about right for these two–though it’s probably more societal expectation than familial pressure. Especially since all of her friends were starting to get pregnant/have kids too?

I feel like Yoshino and Shikaku are probably way more liberal than the other parents when it comes to their kids–or at least, Shikako specifically–given their own beginnings and how they’re still a little surprised that their constantly quiet hyper-sensitive child became this grown badass woman.

Like, the “my tiny child wants to go to the Academy even though she probably won’t be able to become a ninja? Sure, whatever she wants” mindset is probably still strong. The twins don’t often want things so when they do (and it’s not actively harming themselves or their family) then Yoshino and Shikaku are probably just like, definitely go for it, I believe in you. Shikaku, in particular, is big on NO PRESSURE mentality for raising his children.


Unexpected periods would be EVEN WORSE as a kunoichi–ugh, having your position given away because your uterus will not stop bleeding. 😡

Yeah, I get that. It’s not ill-willed or anything, just a “what makes me happy might make her happy” kind of thing.

Hahaha, I should have known mentioning it would lead to something. I’ll add it to my list, cadalie, though I’m not really sure how I’ll pull it off. Like the subject matter is serious for obvious reasons, but “Shikako and Neji’s Revolutionary Crusade of Fuinjutsu and Great Justice” just SOUNDS like an amazing title. 😛

edit: filled here “Breaking The Shackle”