one: red string of fate (ABTSF-15.2)
It’s a good thing soulmates are the only one who can see their shared string, Shikako thinks, staring blankly at the ethereal red thread tied around her pinky.
Otherwise, it’d be such a point of weakness for any shinobi.
“Soulmate,” says Gaara, voice raspy but still perfectly audible–of course, she sighs internally, ignoring the gasps around her, it only works if the soulmates keep quiet about it.
two: inkblot skin
Shikamaru is the first to see it–actually, for nearly a decade, he is the only one to see it–the dark ink on his sister’s face where before there was empty skin.
They are young, but not so young as to be naive.
From then on, both Nara twins wear headbands on their brows: one out of solidarity, one to hide love.
three: shared dreams
Perhaps they did, when they were children, but childhood dreams are easily forgotten after time and tragedy.
Gaara doesn’t sleep, and so he doesn’t dream.
For many years Shikako just assumes she doesn’t have a soulmate.
four: death clock
She chose the path of the ninja because there was no other choice–Shikako could never abandon her friends, her family, to the fate that loomed ahead.
(And also, maybe, because the timer on her arm only had a decade left; her soulmate had to be a ninja, too.)
Gaara’s timer had always been at zero.
five: shared injuries
Gaara knows pain: it’s followed him ever since he could remember, even if it’s never been firsthand. Rebellious chakra system to small scrapes and bruises, his soulmate’s medical history blossoming onto his own flesh.
Sasuke’s chidori breaks through the shell of sand; in the audience Shikako starts bleeding.
six: colorful eyes
Shikako can’t see shades of green.
Ino thinks she’s lucky, having a soulmate with such a beautiful eye color, but it’s pretty inconvenient considering they live in a forest.
… Almost as inconvenient as living in a desert and not being able to see shades of brown.
seven: first words
“It was just a misunderstanding. It was nice to meet you,” says the soul mark around Gaara’s bicep in hasty, slanted letters.
What mild words from the soulmate of a monster.
eight: polygraph skin
“I’m sorry for any trouble he caused,” an obvious lie, given Gaara’s complete lack of interest.
Elsewhere and elsewhen, Shikako would let it go, give a platitude of her own, and get the hell out of range–but here and now, his words are accompanied by a stinging sensation and the appearance of neat, blocky writing on the back of her hand.
“No you’re not,” she blurts out, less confrontational and more absolutely baffled.
nine: countdown to contact
The Nara twins grow up knowing that they’ll meet their soulmates within days of each other, probably when they’re genin.
The Sand Siblings grow up knowing the same.
Too bad they’re on opposite sides of an invasion when it happens.
A/N: Fill for this anon: three sentence fic with different Shikaara soulmate AUs!
In case I wasn’t concise enough (though I hope I was) the AUs are the following:
1. soulmates are connected by an intangible red thread around their pinkies (visible only to the parties involved in this version)
2. whatever is written on one soulmate’s skin appears on the other
3. pretty self explanatory… presumably soulmates dream at the same time or dreamscape is outside of time–I liked this one better than the one dreams what the other sees while awake and vice versa
4. a timer on your body counting down to when your soulmate is going to die–luckily for Shikako, Gaara gets better. Luckily(?) for Gaara, Shikako’s a reincarnation and so technically already dead(?)… regardless, she gets better, too.
5. also self explanatory, I think… I feel like the Gaara of this world would be vastly different having grown up with Shikako’s pain, but I don’t know how
6. a person can’t see shades of whatever their soulmate’s eye color is until they actually meet. I’m a little unsure how this works with people who are soulmates with a Hyuuga, though…
7-9. Chapter Sixteen of DoS was very helpful. 7 is the “traditional” first words soulmates say to each other is their soul mark. 8 is less traditional, in that whenever soulmates lie to each other it shows up on their skin. 9 is also also self explanatory.
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