if bijuus are an earth phenomena, would that mean other jinchuriki also exists? (from another planet, maybe?) and would they also be half-gems or would their gems have the special ability to contain jinchuurikis?

I’m not sure, actually. Hm…

The idea with the Kyuubi was that as Home World began turning Earth into a colony, it was a group of Obsidians who woke it up in the heart of a volcano and led to its angry rampage causing Home World to retreat…

I was keeping Strong In The Real Way fairly close to Konoha–both the human town that Naruto and Kakashi live in and Home World are full of Konoha characters–so I hadn’t thought about the other villages.

…Actually, now that I think of it, I don’t think my timelines work out very well?

Naruto is only a teenager but Shikako has been with the Nara clan for generations?

Oh, unless the Obsidians were sacrificed to contain the Kyuubi for several centuries or so, and there were a lot of gems left behind in the scramble to get off planet. Then when the seal broke on the Kyuubi, Kushina and Minato were the one to deal with it.

Mikoto and Kushina were probably friends and Mikoto asked her to keep Sasuke safe (which is why he was bubbled in the house).

The administration of gem kindergartens left with the evacuation so Shikako’s belated “hatching” went unnoticed and she just hung out with the Nara clan?


So yeah, I think there are a lot more half gems than just Naruto. Or, actually, maybe Naruto is the only half gem but the other jinchuuriki are part gems? Their gem ancestry are several generations back, while Naruto’s is more directly his mom?

Like with the theory going on that Connie might have gem ancestry since, not only was she able to fuse with Steve, but she brought up the idea that maybe there have been other half human half gems in the past.

in the strong in the real way verse, how would sasuke, shikako, and naruto feel about fusion? (and maybe kakashi too?)

I guess it depends on what Sasuke and Shikako, as the two full gems, know or don’t know about fusion. And whether or not they know Home World’s opinion of it (which I’m not even sure what that opinion is in this AU, anyway)

I feel like Sasuke and Shikako both know about fusion in theory but have never fused before–Shikako because, as far as she knew, she was the only gem left on the planet; Sasuke because he was the youngest obsidian (and obsidians generally didn’t need to fuse anyway). But I also feel like the first time any of them fuse it’s Sasuke and Naruto and on accident and more about the fact that Naruto is half gem half human.

Shikako is far more interested in the technicals of fusion involving a half gem half human and what that means for the two species. Kakashi is frankly weirded out that fusion is even a thing. Naruto is excited because he has been having trouble with his gem powers (wasn’t even sure he had gem powers). 

And Sasuke meets the Kyuubi.

Internally, of course. Externally, Carnelian is more mystified at existing than anything else.

I’m prompting you again because I CAN but if you don’t write something that’s 100% legit. AND because I like to make myself cry, 18 + Strong in the Real Way. Thank you for the Pokemon drabbles, btw, I loved them!

I don’t know how to make things right.
So I’ll just keep pretending
that nothing’s wrong.
(you know that I’m no good)

Kakashi wakes up with a paw to the face followed by the slobbery swipe of a dog’s tongue. Three thumps of furry bodies jumping up onto the bed and he’s edged out to the floor.

Better than an alarm clock.

“To the pound, all of you,” he groans into the floor, before Naruto comes running in behind Guruko, laughter loud and bright. Kakashi gets stepped on twice more, and in moments his bed is filled with seven dogs and one kid and no Kakashi.

“All of you,” he repeats, vowing revenge, to an audience of overly pleased faces, “even you Naruto.”

His vengeance is ignored.

“First day of school! First day of school!” Naruto cheers, and all of the dogs start barking and howling along because this is Kakashi’s life and so nobody in this house is well behaved whatsoever.

When Kakashi is eight years old, his father commits suicide, leaving him orphaned.

It takes a few months, but he’s lucky enough to be adopted by Minato, who was nice and patient and far too good for the surly, angry mess that was a child Kakashi.

A decade later, Minato dies, leaving Kakashi orphaned once more, this time with a baby to take care of.

He tries his best, really, but just because Kakashi is no longer so surly or angry, doesn’t make him any less of a disaster.

Kakashi drives an SUV, top of the line, with all the latest tech and safety features and a healthy coating of dog hair on the upholstery no matter how many lint rollers and vacuum cleanings he attacks it with.

He used to ride a motorcycle with a sidecar for his dogs, but the first (and only) time Gai saw him trying to load a carseat in it, he was highly encouraged into buying a real vehicle.

Normally, Kakashi would ignore Gai’s nagging, especially considering Gai’s definition of cool is vastly different from his own, but given Gai had recently gotten custody of his nephew, one year older than Naruto, he’ll gladly defer to the one with slightly more experience.

(And if that means he can foist Naruto off onto Gai for weekly playdates with Lee, well, nobody’s complaining).

The thing is, he did like Kushina, strange as she was; a weird rock lady with mystical abilities and a literal alien mindset. But she was fun and interesting and kind and made Minato so happy. She made life exciting.

Maybe too exciting.

But that’s not fair.

It’s not Kushina’s fault that the Kyuubi attacked.

There’s a room in the house that Kakashi can’t open. There is no door handle, no hinges, just a single cabochon the same color as the gem on Naruto’s belly.

He probably should have been more worried when dinner passed–ramen, even!–and Naruto didn’t appear. But none of the dogs were concerned when he asked them, waving their tails and hoping for leftovers.

At the very least, he should have put two and two together.

Three hours later, when Kakashi’s on the brink of forming a search team despite the dogs’ blasé attitudes, the door bursts open: Naruto rolling across the ground, inelegantly fighting a kid with an obsidian in his forehead. They bust a hole in one wall, knock over a shelf of books, break the bathroom sink, and nearly flood the whole first floor. The dogs remain unconcerned, Kakashi is far less amused.

Later he’ll learn that inside the room he can’t open, Naruto found an obsidian inside a bubble and popped it. Because that’s the kind of shining example of decision making prowess he’s been living with.

This is how they meet Sasuke.

Meeting Shikako requires a lot less clean up, but raises far more questions than answers.

Kakashi never really considered the implications of Naruto’s existence, beyond not accidentally poisoning or otherwise killing the small life he’d been put in charge of. And he tried his best because Naruto was Minato’s son, and Kakashi couldn’t do less than that.

But Naruto is also Kushina’s son and that has an entire legacy that Kakashi can’t possibly comprehend.


A/N: Hell yeah you can prompt more than once, to-someplace-else! ( ˘ ³˘)♥ I’m glad you liked the Pokemon ficlets and I hope you like this one, too.

Human disaster Kakashi trying to raise a half human half gem kid (with the help of seven dogs and Gai).

Number + Ship + (optional) AU –> my ask box

[If anyone else wants to do a softer world prompt that isn’t on the list, you can just send the page id number for the original comic instead.]

1123. Some friends you see / every day, / and some friends you see / when there’s blood / in the air. / You need both. / (Your daytime friends are no help in the dark.) Sai/Shikako

Some friends you see every day,
and some friends you see when there’s blood in the air.
You need both.
(Your daytime friends are no help in the dark.)

(the dark side of the moon)

This is a story about mistakes.

Shikako makes the mistake of trying to help. It comes to naught–an entire clan massacred regardless of her attempts–and worse, she catches the eye of a predator far more dangerous than the rogue S-rank Uchiha.

Shikaku mistakenly tries to protect his daughter, rearranging team assignments to give her a less hazardous placement. But high risk yields high rewards, and he doesn’t know he is playing against an opponent with even more influence than the Jounin Commander.

But for all his power it’s Danzo that makes the biggest mistake of all:

When he takes Shikako for ROOT, he pairs her with Sai.


(The Queen’s Silver General)

A war.

This is what her presence has wrought.

She thought she was helping or, at the very least keeping equilibrium, the mathematics of human lives.

Clearly not the case.

She has been preparing for a specific crisis, all of the villages against an elite twelve person organization. She hadn’t trained for a war in mind. The entire continent’s teeth and claws turned upon each other instead.

What can one sunny optimist do against politics and generations-long grudges? How can one bloodline heir stand up to armies?

The saga of Naruto and Sasuke had been a personal thing, intimate, a matter of individuals and differing beliefs.

They aren’t meant for war.

She needs a soldier, not a hero.


(Strong In The Real Way)

“I’m not a tourmaline,” Hematite says, factual but almost hesitant, as if he were internally considering the offer even while his mouth rejected the idea, “You should ask the captain.”

The native tourmaline–to differentiate from the tourmaline that is captain of their scouting team–gives a wry smile. “I know that, Hematite,” she says, and he’s grateful for that.

The human-amber fusion has taken to naming all of the gems. The captain and Morganite have both adopted theirs quickly enough, but he doesn’t understand what the function of it is. The native tourmaline, at least, as chosen to respect his reluctance.

“I already know what it’s like to be a tourmaline,” she continues, and reaches out her hand, “Don’t you wonder about being something–someone–else?”

It takes him a while to consider it, but the tourmaline–Shikako, if she respects his preference, then he should do the same–is patient.

He takes her hand; they dance, they converse, they fuse, they become–

Titanite stands tall and strong and powerful.

More than that: together, Titanite understands.


A/N: … sorry, I don’t know what that last one is about. But thanks for the prompt, anon.

Meaning of Titanite! I also considered Diopside, but that seemed more in line with a Shikako/Sasuke fusion?

Number + Ship + (optional) AU –> my ask box

[If anyone else wants to do a softer world prompt that isn’t on the list, you can just send the page id number for the original comic instead.]

31+DOS+ platonic team seven

I love the way your face lights up
when someone says,
“It might be dangerous.”
(I am glad we are friends.)


Sasuke smirks, Naruto laughs, and Shikako tries to suppress an unprofessional giggle–it’s not their clients’ fault that they’ve hired a team of adrenaline junkies.

“We’ll be fine,” she assures them, perfectly polite smile on her face, before the three of them set off.

Supposedly there’s a monster in the forest preying on the citizens of the town, a behemoth with claws and teeth and no real solid description: it’s just as well, they’ve been kind of bored lately.


(Strong In The Real Way)

“You’re a researcher, not a fighter,” Sasuke says, trying to discourage her, trying to protect her.

“I’m a scientist,” she corrects, “danger isn’t unfamiliar to me.” She steps forward to complete the line–her and Sasuke and Naruto, ready to take on whatever force Home World may be sending, “We’ll both stand with you, Naruto”

Naruto looks over at the two of them–surprised and more than a little touched, eyes suspiciously shiny–and grins.


(Remember To Sleep)

The old Uzushio stomping grounds are a nightmare ghost town–teeming with erratic Uzumaki tech and an unstoppable electromagnetic field–but it might hold a clue about Naruto’s past and that’s all the reason Shikako needs to make the trip.

“What are you doing here, bastard?” Naruto shouts, more surprised than actually angry–it’s just as well they’re not aiming for stealth right now.

“As if I’ll let the two of you go without me,” Sasuke scoffs, “Who knows what kind of trouble you’d get into.”


(Call On Your Angels)

“You said that about the last one, too, but the worst that happened was that thunderstorm knocking over a tree and almost flattening Sasuke,” Naruto responds when Shikako brings up her newest expedition.

Sasuke glares at him, “Yeah. How boring,” he says, deadpan, but he starts packing up his stuff alongside Naruto–she’s honestly a little surprised. “Even if it is just looking at rocks all day, of course we’re coming with you.”

Unfortunately–or maybe fortunately–it is not just looking at rocks.



“This is my city, all the people I love live here,” she says, gearing up, “I may not have powers like either of you, but I’m going to do what I can to defend my home.”

Shikako is human walking alongside an alien and a demigod, ready to take on an ancient horror.

She can’t fly–urban myths aside–but they hold out their hands to her and she soars.


A/N: Thanks for the prompt, oliviaphoenix! I don’t know if this is the format I’ll be taking with the all of the prompts for the a softer ask box event, but for this one in particular it felt right.

Number + Ship + (optional) AU –> my ask box

for your strong in the real way au, do you believe that gem placement is indicated by the nature of the gem? if so where do you think naruto’s, shikako’s, and sasuke’s gem is located?

Gem placements here.

I don’t think gem placement is indicated by… well, I guess it depends on what you mean by nature of the gem. Do you mean gem type? Because if so, then no, since it’s canon that, for example, Rubies who are all the same type may have their gems on different parts of their bodies.

Or do you mean like… their personalities?

If Sakura is Morganite, maybe Inner!Sakura is some variety of black Beryl – maybe even just called Beryl? – to call back to her animation style, i.e. all black with white lines? Then when they fuse, the colors from Morganite’s pale pink and Beryl’s black would naturally flow into a darker red, meaning she could be called Bixbite. (Sorry, I only just saw you’d replied to that post – Whoops!)

(No worries, kuiper!)

Hm… see the thing is, black beryl is actually white/colorless beryl (Goshenite) that has a lot of black spinel inside. So Black Beryl would be a pretty cool fusion idea for a Goshenite and a Spinel but not really a good component gem in and of itself.

Maybe we could use that same color theory reasoning, though? So Sakura is a permafusion Morganite and her two component parts are Goshenite and Bixbite (so white/colorless dilutes the red to make pink)? Goshenite’s white/lack of color could be Inner!Sakura’s monochrome animations style or Bixbite’s red could represent Inner!Sakura’s passion. Hrm, but Goshenite means truthfulness while Bixbite is about harmony so that’s the opposite.

… maybe Shizune is Black Beryl and since both she and Sakura share the Goshenite aspect that could represent their medical training from Tsunade? (Or the sassiness they’ve gotten from her.)


@kuipernebula: given sapphire and rubies are somehow different types of gem despite both being corundum, i don’t think we have to worry too much about what make the gem the color it is

That’s true, canon SU is pretty lax about gemstone naming/choices…

if you could choose anyone from your gem au to become a permafusion, who would it be?

The problem is, the Earth bound Team Seven gems are only two (and a half), and while there are the extended Team Seven gems that join them later, none of them really fit as a permafusion to me.

On Home world, though, whatever type of gems Kotetsu and Izumo are–they’d be a permafusion if they could be (maybe the Home world culture is different regarding non-matching fusions, or maybe Kotetsu and Izumo are the same gem type…)


@kuipernebula: As a random suggestion (I haven’t followed this AU though, so sorry if this is covered) but Sakura could be a permafusion, with pre-time-skip!Sakura and Inner!Sakura as her two component gems.

Ooh! Good point, kuiper… I do have Sakura as a gem (instead of human like most of the Konoha Twelve), more specifically Morganite (because it’s light pink and is connected with healing and such) but maybe instead Sakura is a permafusion Beryl and her two component gems are Morganite and one of the other Beryl types (I’m thinking Bixbite, Heliodor, or Aquamarine)?

yknow reading your gem au, i thought that you might want to check out houseki no kuni. the manga isn’t exactly like steven universe but it’s also about gem people. it might be a stretch but i felt like it fits more to the naruto’verse than steven universe. but seeing both sides are also interesting!!

Oh, have never heard of it, but thanks for the rec anon! I’ll check it out 🙂

an important question about the gems!! since in the canon su, singing is a part of expressing their… feelings? (or something like that) and they actually do it irl – so does that mean tourmaline, obsidian, and naruto (and maybe kakashi) would be singing a lot? (for the whole day i couldn’t keep my head off the two SU openings reimagined as dos!su au smh)

Hm… I think that’s more of a medium thing–in that, music and singing is frequently included in children’s cartoon, whereas a written fic could just do these are character thoughts directly–and a SU specific thing because Steven was raised by his rockstar dad.

I mean, you could very well imagine the gem-ified Team Seven singing if you like, but I don’t know how I would write that in a fic without it getting cheesy.