oh wow, i was the anon that asked for the reminder to sleep ‘verse and i love how it turned from fluff prompt to full on au, this definitely cheered me up especially since i had a bad day yesterday. thanks!! wish i had more to contribute, but all i could think about is that Shikako in your Reminder to Sleep au reminds me a lot of Austen from a webcomic called Always Human. this is a minor question, but would the mood of the story be dark or calm/tranquil-ish like Always Human or something else?

I’m glad this helped out, anon! 😀

I haven’t read Always Human, but I’ll be sure to check it out.

Hm, let’s see… tone wise I don’t think it’ll be too dark since the main point of the story is for Naruto and Shikako to enrich each other’s lives. There’s a sweetness there, of Shikako rediscovering the world through Naruto’s eyes, and becoming better people not for each other but because of each other.

And, also, for the horrifying things wouldn’t be nearly as effective if the mood were originally dark >:)

So I guess its more I, Robot or Bicentennial Man than Blade Runner? But I’m not really basing it off of something in particular so much as a generic cyberpunk sci-fi future. I’ve been wanting to play around in that sandbox, but it always seemed a bit daunting, so your prompt let me find an entry point for it.

I feel like, in Remember to Sleep, Sasuke would be a good choice for the “does cybernetics make you less human” question, where the tropes about getting cybernetics make you less empathetic and more evil come into play. Especially with the “family madness” that comes with the Uchiha Sharingan and Mangekyou stuff. Especially since Sasuke seems like a generally good person, before the curse seal and the desire for the Mangekyou sort of screw him up in a major way.

donapoetrypassion:

jacksgreysays:

anonymous: Oh, I love the Reminder to dream verse! What about kakashi in that AU? and does Shikako ever create robots or AI?

Yeah, that sounds about right. There’s a lot of “the human brain isn’t designed to do this” in regards to the Sharingan, and their clan history is full of… dubious self/family-experimentation. (I think the Byakugan’s a little different, mostly because the Hyuuga probably have satellites which their Byakugan link to as opposed to the Sharingan which is entirely self-contained).

Ooh, Kakashi. I actually think he’s a private detective–he thinks he’s Noir-esque, but really he’s kind of just like in canon where he’s a walking disaster of a human being. I don’t think he has the Sharingan, per se, but Obito might have given him something LIKE the Sharingan? Or only one part of the overly engineered cybernetic amalgamation that is the Sharingan. Which is still enough to get some of the neat tricks, with a significant decrease in the mental problems.

Also, I like the idea that while he’s frequently on really tawdry or minor jobs (find my cat, is my spouse cheating on me, etc. etc.) he became a private detective in order to figure out the truth of what happened to the Uzumaki-Namikaze family. Which puts him on track to enter the story since, hey, there’s an android that maybe looks like your dead teacher. And that might also draw in Sasuke into the story since I imagine the Uchiha keep an eye on Kakashi (but so long as he’s seen as a frumpy string bean no one really thinks he’s a threat) so they tend to assign it to the rookie. Which is obviously Sasuke in this case.

If Shikako does make robots/AI, they’re probably the deer summons. Or she names her security system Heijomaru, she has the equivalent of a Roomba named Nagaoka, and Gemmei is her own coding language? I’m not sure.

I’m imagining a slightly backstory for AI!Nagaoka…. So, Shikako’s condition is pretty rare. And many safety features for children (access to the updated city map, the emergency alert system, the bus passes, signals to change the light at a crosswalk, FIND MOM apps) are activated via cybertech/ a simple signal from your Basic implants… which Shikako doesn’t HAVE. Has never had. Sure, there were workarounds (although the easiest thing was to just have Shikamaru or Ino do all that for her).

But maybe smol!Shikako (early middle school, maybe?) built Nagaoka as her ‘seeing eye deer’, to help her out when she’s using public transportation and not privately arranged (and thus, very expensive) transportation. Maybe she doesn’t really need Nagaoka now so much, but keeps him around anyway? His AI was excellently designed considering the age of his creator, but he’s very much a ‘young child’ AI, albeit one more responsible than most because of the ‘handicap accessibility’ aspects of his programming.

I’m wondering what kind of arrangements had to be made for Shikako’s schooling.

(And also wondering how Shikamaru’s arm ties into her not going home for a while.) Thing is, RIGHT after the accident, I think she stayed close. She worked on his arm; maybe even deferred most of her other projects. Then… oh.

Then there was another accident.

She doesn’t mention the details to her family, of course. No need to worry anyone. It wasn’t public- it was in the labs, at night.

She was fine, anyway- she’d left the building and forgotten to register herself as leaving.

And it doesn’t seem to twig anyone’s attention as a suspicious thing. Lab accidents in their school happen; they work with dangerous stuff, sometimes.

A shame it destroyed most of her work in the lab; bad timing, too, with that virus that was in the school servers.

With a normal researcher, or course it would have been nothing to recreate the project despite that- but Shikako had to tearfully admit that she doesn’t have the kind of cybernetic-assisted immediate -notetaking that would allow her to recreate her work on the Gelel project the way someone else would.

(And her work on the project had been better than anyone else assigned to the study, although once or twice her equipment had picked up too much- more than the top-large proto-AI the team was studying. Other signals. (…One in particular, oddly bifurcated. Like glass it was, clear and true, speared the yeah no AI she’s seen had been separated.)

Not quite a lie- Shikako would have to recreate her project solely using her brain and her (downright primeval) handwritten coded notebook, which is definitely not the way “someone else would” do it.

It is not the first time Shikako uses her handicap to her advantage, nor the first time people assume an inability to use cybernetics somehow make her a less reliable scientist. But it kind of hurts to have it work.

She distances herself from her family afterwards- just a bit, just in case it wasn’t enough and she still looks like a threat-

And, well.

It’s after that she finds Naruto.

Ack, now Nagaoka Feels™?!?! Dona, please. It’s too cute.

Was Nagaoka’s processor/drive on a bracelet? And then, in solidarity, Ino and Sakura also wore bracelets (and because Ino did it, it became fashionable, so everyone wanted bracelets and to this day its still something that middle school girls do).

In regards to schooling arrangements, I myself am wondering what Lee’s inability to use chakra is translated to in this ‘verse, how it differs from Shikako’s “hypersensitivity,” and what the school had to arrange for him…

Ooh, what IS Gelel in this ‘verse? (And for that matter, what is Jashin? O_O)

I feel like, in Remember to Sleep, Sasuke would be a good choice for the “does cybernetics make you less human” question, where the tropes about getting cybernetics make you less empathetic and more evil come into play. Especially with the “family madness” that comes with the Uchiha Sharingan and Mangekyou stuff. Especially since Sasuke seems like a generally good person, before the curse seal and the desire for the Mangekyou sort of screw him up in a major way.

anonymous: Oh, I love the Reminder to dream verse! What about kakashi in that AU? and does Shikako ever create robots or AI?

Yeah, that sounds about right. There’s a lot of “the human brain isn’t designed to do this” in regards to the Sharingan, and their clan history is full of… dubious self/family-experimentation. (I think the Byakugan’s a little different, mostly because the Hyuuga probably have satellites which their Byakugan link to as opposed to the Sharingan which is entirely self-contained).

Ooh, Kakashi. I actually think he’s a private detective–he thinks he’s Noir-esque, but really he’s kind of just like in canon where he’s a walking disaster of a human being. I don’t think he has the Sharingan, per se, but Obito might have given him something LIKE the Sharingan? Or only one part of the overly engineered cybernetic amalgamation that is the Sharingan. Which is still enough to get some of the neat tricks, with a significant decrease in the mental problems.

Also, I like the idea that while he’s frequently on really tawdry or minor jobs (find my cat, is my spouse cheating on me, etc. etc.) he became a private detective in order to figure out the truth of what happened to the Uzumaki-Namikaze family. Which puts him on track to enter the story since, hey, there’s an android that maybe looks like your dead teacher. And that might also draw in Sasuke into the story since I imagine the Uchiha keep an eye on Kakashi (but so long as he’s seen as a frumpy string bean no one really thinks he’s a threat) so they tend to assign it to the rookie. Which is obviously Sasuke in this case.

If Shikako does make robots/AI, they’re probably the deer summons. Or she names her security system Heijomaru, she has the equivalent of a Roomba named Nagaoka, and Gemmei is her own coding language? I’m not sure.

So in the reminder to dream au what would have happened to his parents lab? Attacked by the corrupt police with Kurama? Oh maybe the tailed beasts are actually part of an ancient entity that the police stumbled upon and had put a piece in an Android to try and control. The one they used to attack Naruto’s parents escaped so they uploaded it along with Naruto?

donapoetrypassion:

Ooh… maybe the Hyuuga own this universe’s equivalent of Google Map (and related apps)? Mapping and visual technology in general.

Maybe the Aburame cornered the market on robotic substitutes for pollinating insects (and have special preserves where they keep the endangered species called ‘bees’ alive).
I’m trying to think of a non-creepy Yamanaka specialty- something that fits them having a happy, cheery public face of a company, with the potential for some darker applications.

And ‘forensic scent analysis’ might have been my first thought for Inuzaka, but it alone just doesn’t seem to FIT them as a clan. Maybe they help dogs adjust to prosthetics and cyber implants? Vetinary cyber implants with a side specialty in scent implants?

Did I mention how much I love your headcanons of Shikako not being able to tolerate any implants at all- not even an ID chip. (Hey, maybe that’s part of the reason she needs Naruto for some things. Most ports to the ‘net aren’t ‘handicap accessible.’ And not just those. For security reasons, some DOORWAYS don’t even accept outside-the-body identification chips- not without Shikako having to use the equivalent of an intercom and going through some extra steps.

Maybe, in addition to Shikako’s guilt over Shikamaru’s arm, Shikamaru is feeling newly overprotective of Shikako due to this incident. (Maybe it wasn’t a fan who attacked so much as it was a -rather unhinged- attempt at corporate sabotage. And maybe, like DOS, Shikamaru is overprotective in a way that causes some problems with their relationship.

(Shikamaru has lived with his-sister-living-with-her-handicap for most of his life. He never considered it a big deal until his accident, when he looked between his bionic arm and her flesh one and realized… SHE wouldn’t have been able to get a replacement. She would have been stuck with only one hand. Forever. And worse- what if it hadn’t been her arm that was injured? What if it had been her eyes, or her lungs, or her heart? He could lose her. So very easily.)

jacksgreysays:

@donapoetrypassion’s questions:
(I’m just gonna float some ideas/questions your ways as they occur to me): Shikamaru has a new cybernetic arm- in this verse, how did he lose his flesh one?

Does Shikako’s hypersensitivity diagnosis have an in-universe equivalent?

Oooh… Danzo’s stolen mind-control eye… in a universe where so much runs on robotics and (presumably) many people have robotic limbs…

If the word ‘enslaved’ possibly applies to Naruto, what word applies to this world’s equivalent of Sai? And why?

Shikako seems like an adult with a job- that do the other Konoha 12 do?

(Does the internet affect what kind of shogi/strategy games Shikamaru plays? Who he plays? Are there competitions? Is he a professional shogi player who doesn’t actually need an income from another kind of job?)

(As you can see, I took that invitation and ran with it. I’ll stop bugging you now, though.)

Oh wow, okay, I totally asked for this and I’m grateful for the questions, so let me just wade through these first… (Also, dona, your questions are in no way bugging me. Actually your questions almost always make me contemplate deeper ramifications for my AUs, so thanks!)

I’m still not entirely sure what happened to Naruto’s parents exactly, but I do think they were probably working on something to do with the Kyuubi. The problem is I don’t know what it is exactly, either, beyond something like a… sentient “nature-made” AI. Like… something on the scope of the internet. Or The Machine from Person of Interest. A sort of cybernetic eldritch horror that lives in machines and consumes code… so maybe the bijuu are a virus?

Um, yeah. So whatever Kyuubi is, the Uchiha probably had some kind of secret epic code to control it and the Kyuubi in turn took over the lab Naruto’s parents were working in?

Maybe they were working on putting the Kyuubi in a robot body so it could properly “live” except the Uchiha found out about it, wanted the Kyuubi robot, tried to buy it from Naruto’s parents, and ended up just taking it by force. Leading to the deaths of the Namikaze-Uzumaki family. (Unsure if I also want Naruto to have physically died but been uploaded into the robot body along with the Kyuubi, or if he’s still alive but doesn’t know it and his body has some kind of uplink connecting him with the Kyuubi robot body).

Shikamaru probably lost his flesh arm in an incident involving Shikako. I’m thinking something like… a tech expo and an overzealous rival/fan attacked her? But then Shikamaru got on the way and so there’s still guilt on Shikako’s end, as per canon–maybe this was pretty recent and the reason why she hasn’t gone home for family dinners in a while?

Shikako’s hypersensitivity diagnosis… it might be that she can’t have any cybernetic implants/mods. I know in cyberpunk universes, nearly everyone is modded to some extent, so the people who aren’t are unusual for some reason. Everyone has a ID chip, at the very least, but Shikako doesn’t even have that? (Which does make it a little ironic that she’s a genius with cybernetics)

Yup. Danzo’s got a Sharingan. I think in this AU the Uchiha clan are still alive, but Danzo might have stolen more the design for the Sharingan than actually plucking out Shisui’s eyeball. Then again, that imagery is gruesome enough to fit him.

“Enslaved” does also fit Sai, though perhaps it’s more… oh no… “groomed.” Danzo’s ROOT are actually human, but they have an implant that basically lets him wipe their memories and such and turn them into meat puppets.

All of the Konoha Twelve? I guess it depends mostly on what the clans would be in this ‘verse… except for Sakura who is, like in canon, a doctor/medic, TenTen who is also an mechanical engineer (though not so much cybernetics), and Lee who… what does Gai do?

As for the clans, they are probably like companies (or yakuza crime families) in the sense that the clan as a whole runs a business and the clan heads/heirs are probably the CEOs/training to be CEOs or are major shareholders who CAN live off the company but decide to work anyway. So for example, the Nara clan is probably a huge pharmaceuticals company (beginning to branch into cybernetics due to Shikako) but Shikamaru is also a professional shogi player.

Hm… what do the other clans do?

@panegyricwilliwaw: The Akimichi run high density hydroponic farms that supply food in cities

I always figured that the Akimichi were probably the wealthiest of the clans, so them having farms and a monopoly of the food supply matches. Like, if the Akimichi were even vaguely evil, it’d be so concerning, but since they’re not (OR ARE THEY?!) no one really minds.

Ooh, I like the Hyuuga one. I was trying to figure out how to make their Byakugan different from the Sharingan so that works really well! Sharingan can control cybernetics/robotics/code(?) but the Byakugan is mostly about AR and mapping–so the foundation of their abilities aren’t from their eyes so much as it is from a satellite (and since the Uchiha can’t see the satellite without becoming astronauts, the Byakugan is immune to the Sharingan?)

The Aburame are nanotech, I think, more than literal robot bugs. Which is similar enough to the Nara clan’s specialty that they don’t really have many dealings with each other, but different enough that they aren’t direct rivals. Or maybe they’re programmers for information hives?

Alternatively, it might be the Inuzuka that do AI. So probably the most advanced AI (barring whatever the bijuu are) aren’t sentient, but they designed around people. Distinct, but complementary. Maybe as a show of faith/training, all Inuzuka kids are raised alongside a learning AI which is their respective ninken. I do also like veterinary cyber implants, though.

Ooh, yeah, the Yamanaka. They have to edge that line of creepy yet fabulous. But there’s also the urge to match their specialty with the Akimichi food monopoly and the Nara pharmaceuticals (and cybernetics) so that their clans are still the perfect trio… That’s tough. Hrm… Unless they’re all “cyber security” and frequently jump between white and black hat hackers. Or maybe they have something to do with the ID chips… I suppose it depends on how extensive the level of cybernetics is in this ‘verse. I’m not saying they can go full on master puppeteer with other people via their ID chips, but I’m also not NOT saying that they’re the only ones who can break into the encryption on the ID chips so…

The idea of a “null” in cyberpunk or fantasy AUs have always appealed to me to some extent. Especially when a character’s lack of cybernetics or magic turns out to be useful in the future. Like they have no magic, so much so that they create an anti-magic field around themselves. Or because Shikako has no cybernetics whatsoever she can sneak into a highly secure place that scans for intruders via ID chips, which are always on so long as the person is alive, so to come security systems Shikako doesn’t even register.

Early on they probably do use the ruse that Naruto is Shikako’s “guide robot” when Naruto wants to go out and see the world and Shikako’s super paranoid that whoever Naruto ran away from would come looking for him.

Nara Twin Feels™ T_T why you gotta play me like this, dona?

So in the reminder to dream au what would have happened to his parents lab? Attacked by the corrupt police with Kurama? Oh maybe the tailed beasts are actually part of an ancient entity that the police stumbled upon and had put a piece in an Android to try and control. The one they used to attack Naruto’s parents escaped so they uploaded it along with Naruto?

@donapoetrypassion’s questions:
(I’m just gonna float some ideas/questions your ways as they occur to me): Shikamaru has a new cybernetic arm- in this verse, how did he lose his flesh one?

Does Shikako’s hypersensitivity diagnosis have an in-universe equivalent?

Oooh… Danzo’s stolen mind-control eye… in a universe where so much runs on robotics and (presumably) many people have robotic limbs…

If the word ‘enslaved’ possibly applies to Naruto, what word applies to this world’s equivalent of Sai? And why?

Shikako seems like an adult with a job- that do the other Konoha 12 do?

(Does the internet affect what kind of shogi/strategy games Shikamaru plays? Who he plays? Are there competitions? Is he a professional shogi player who doesn’t actually need an income from another kind of job?)

(As you can see, I took that invitation and ran with it. I’ll stop bugging you now, though.)

Oh wow, okay, I totally asked for this and I’m grateful for the questions, so let me just wade through these first… (Also, dona, your questions are in no way bugging me. Actually your questions almost always make me contemplate deeper ramifications for my AUs, so thanks!)

I’m still not entirely sure what happened to Naruto’s parents exactly, but I do think they were probably working on something to do with the Kyuubi. The problem is I don’t know what it is exactly, either, beyond something like a… sentient “nature-made” AI. Like… something on the scope of the internet. Or The Machine from Person of Interest. A sort of cybernetic eldritch horror that lives in machines and consumes code… so maybe the bijuu are a virus?

Um, yeah. So whatever Kyuubi is, the Uchiha probably had some kind of secret epic code to control it and the Kyuubi in turn took over the lab Naruto’s parents were working in?

Maybe they were working on putting the Kyuubi in a robot body so it could properly “live” except the Uchiha found out about it, wanted the Kyuubi robot, tried to buy it from Naruto’s parents, and ended up just taking it by force. Leading to the deaths of the Namikaze-Uzumaki family. (Unsure if I also want Naruto to have physically died but been uploaded into the robot body along with the Kyuubi, or if he’s still alive but doesn’t know it and his body has some kind of uplink connecting him with the Kyuubi robot body).

Shikamaru probably lost his flesh arm in an incident involving Shikako. I’m thinking something like… a tech expo and an overzealous rival/fan attacked her? But then Shikamaru got on the way and so there’s still guilt on Shikako’s end, as per canon–maybe this was pretty recent and the reason why she hasn’t gone home for family dinners in a while?

Shikako’s hypersensitivity diagnosis… it might be that she can’t have any cybernetic implants/mods. I know in cyberpunk universes, nearly everyone is modded to some extent, so the people who aren’t are unusual for some reason. Everyone has a ID chip, at the very least, but Shikako doesn’t even have that? (Which does make it a little ironic that she’s a genius with cybernetics)

Yup. Danzo’s got a Sharingan. I think in this AU the Uchiha clan are still alive, but Danzo might have stolen more the design for the Sharingan than actually plucking out Shisui’s eyeball. Then again, that imagery is gruesome enough to fit him.

“Enslaved” does also fit Sai, though perhaps it’s more… oh no… “groomed.” Danzo’s ROOT are actually human, but they have an implant that basically lets him wipe their memories and such and turn them into meat puppets.

All of the Konoha Twelve? I guess it depends mostly on what the clans would be in this ‘verse… except for Sakura who is, like in canon, a doctor/medic, TenTen who is also an mechanical engineer (though not so much cybernetics), and Lee who… what does Gai do?

As for the clans, they are probably like companies (or yakuza crime families) in the sense that the clan as a whole runs a business and the clan heads/heirs are probably the CEOs/training to be CEOs or are major shareholders who CAN live off the company but decide to work anyway. So for example, the Nara clan is probably a huge pharmaceuticals company (beginning to branch into cybernetics due to Shikako) but Shikamaru is also a professional shogi player.

Hm… what do the other clans do?

“reminder to sleep”, narukako (it can be the waking up starstruck verse or some team bonding!!), dos; thank you!!

This is a sci-fi!AU. It has to be.

Sleep is such a natural biological imperative that unless it’s a literal matter of insomnia (which doesn’t lead to much) or divinity/jinchuuriki status making it unnecessary. But even then, aren’t there poetic thoughts about gods and monsters sleeping?

So sci-fi. More specifically robots/androids/cyborgs. Even more specifically, Naruto as an impossible android and Shikako as a genius robotics engineer (and Sasuke from a family with OP cybernetic eyes who may be the corrupt police force behind the company that illegally funded/created/enslaved Naruto?)

And we can even put in insomnia with workaholic!engineer!Shikako and divinity/jinchuuriki status if you do the whole “deus ex machina” and what are the bijuu in this ‘verse anyway? Ghost code? Sentient AI? Unstoppable viruses?

Unsurprisingly, there’s a lot of “what does it mean to be human, anyway?”

Of course its revealed that Naruto was actually human but his parents had to upload his mind/replace his entire body with machinery because… Kyuubi?

Anyway.

Sci-fi domestic shenanigans! Naruto not being very good at housework because he doesn’t need to eat and he’s lived in the labs/basement without stuff. Shikako being okay at housework but not really having much time because SCIENCE! But eventually they develop a rhythm.

Shikako decreasing her workaholic tendencies because, hey, its not fair that Naruto has never done *insert normal activity here* so they go out to the park or to the ocean etc. etc. She goes home for dinner for the first time in months(?) and while her family doesn’t presume he’s her boyfriend, they do think he’s good for her.

Although Shikaku does stare at Naruto like he’s seeing a ghost. (He looks an awful lot like another genius robotics engineer he once knew, and maybe Shikaku’s worried his daughter might go down that same path. Although I’m not yet sure what that path was…)

Here’s a summary:

Remember To Sleep

In which there are no electric sheep, but maybe androids do dream.

Or, Naruto has hopes and a hoard of mysteries, Shikako works for a brighter future, and somehow, someway, they meet in the middle.

(Please ask me questions about this ‘verse, everyone, because I want to know more about it too but I sometimes don’t develop headcanons until my brain is stimulated and I really don’t know what direction to go in for this because there are so many possibilities…)

… AH! I JUST REALIZED I READ YOUR PROMPT WRONG! It’s reminder not remember! Sorry, anon!