You’re welcome, anon! I’m glad I could help you with your own writing path. 😀
I’m definitely familiar with Steven Universe which means I’ve definitely caught the reference for the title. Although how I’m going to adapt this is…
So, obviously, Silver Queen’s post about Shikako’s Gelel stone is fairly relevant for this AU. Will probably go with Tourmaline for her since Malachite
and Bloodstone … apparently… have canonical equivalents and while I do dig the idea of Shikako straight up calling herself Goldstone that does have the word gold in it and it’s not a very Nara like connotation.
Anyway, Shikako is Tourmaline. I’m thinking Sasuke is Obsidian–chosen because of color scheme, mostly, but also this description of its meaning. Especially DoS!Sasuke.
If anyone on the team is half human half gem it’s definitely Naruto. And I think he’d be Amber. In part because the Uzumaki vitality, but also because Amber can have non-mineral inclusions by which I mean the Kyuubi.
And I know this probably seems odd, but I feel like Kakashi is probably human. To keep up the student/adopted son relationship he has with Minato (who is the human half of Naruto) and also because I just find that hilarious(ly sad). Tired human trying to look after three teenaged super-powered gems.
As for what the plot for this would be?
I mean the timing would be a little…
Unless Shikako is, like Amethyst, a Tourmaline that came out of the kindergarten late. Unlike with Amethyst, though, Shikako was probably adopted by the Nara clan who are humans. And Sasuke is kind of like the Lapis equivalent? He was trapped in a mirror (sword?) and left behind and only recently released.
Which means Kakashi–barely functioning adult–had to raise half gem half human Naruto by himself? That is hilarious(ly sad) enough to work.
So Naruto is in his teens, recently stumbled upon Sasuke’s prison and released him. Shikako, hearing news of Sasuke’s no doubt dramatic reawakening, decided to take a trip to meet the only other gem left on earth. Shikamaru, entirely human but still protective of his “sister” goes with her–ah, wait, nah you want Team Seven only, yeah?
And then the big mystery is Sasuke and Shikako trying to figure out how Naruto came to exist, basically, and what the heck that ominous red glow in his gem is. Which is interesting because everyone has different pieces of the puzzle: Kakashi was possibly actually there when Kushina and Minato fell in love (but not when they encountered and sealed the Kyuubi). Sasuke as the only home world gem would have access to the vast histories and experiences of gem culture. Shikako, curious about her own (seemingly individual) existence, probably consumed all the information she could get from the kindergarten to explain herself–so very specialized scientific knowledge of gems.
And Naruto may or may not be able to speak to his mom. Or the Kyuubi. And is, you know, literally the topic of the mystery so…
With that, maybe this?
Strong In The Real Way
A prisoner, an outsider, an impossibility, and a human. A bunch of misfits trying to work together and maybe finding family along the way.
Or, Kakashi and his three pet rocks.
And then “Season 2” would introduce the extended Team Seven as the actual Home World Gems checking in on Earth–Sakura as Morganite? Sai as Hematite? Tenzo as
Aventurine? ALSO TOURMALINE?–and delve into the mystery of what the heck happened on Earth anyway? Why was it abandoned as a Gem Colony?
I’m thinking it wasn’t a civil war but rather… whatever the bijuu are, the gems CANNOT destroy them. Which kind of goes in line with Naruto having the Kyuubi sealed inside him? I DON’T KNOW. Anyway, Home World decided to cut their losses and leave?
Except now, after a couple of millennia, Home World is in REALLY dire straights resources-wise and they’re like… hey, what about that old mud ball we almost had as a colony?
Hm… I’m gonna think on this some more, no doubt, so if anyone has any questions about this ‘verse I might be able to answer them. (By which I mean, please ask questions so I can rant about the head canons I’m building for this ‘verse)
Thanks for the prompt, anon! 🙂