Three Sentence Fic, the Grab Bag edition (2016-04-05)

A/N: Just a bunch of three sentence ficlets that my brain didn’t want to elaborate on…

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It just didn’t seem fair, that he had loved so much, had lost so much, and didn’t even get to keep a trace of them. No scars on his skin, or trinkets to be carried around.

Just him and his ever fading memories.

“Not everyone gets second chances,” she says, hands fisted at her side, knuckles pale from the strength of it. She doesn’t want to fight, but it needs to be said:

“Sometimes, we don’t even get a first chance.”

Uzushio developed sustainable peace decades before the rest of the world did. There is danger in being the first.

They suffered the consequences for it.

Their son would never be king, regardless of his heritage. But he would be loved and, if nothing else, be kept safe.

Or at least, that’s what they had planned.

Sometimes she wants to shut her eyes, ignore Ryuk’s gravelly laughter, Light’s polite inanities, and L’s monotonous stream of conscious. She wishes she were anywhere else but here.

She can almost imagine the clicking of stones against wood.

“I wasn’t trained for this,” Starling says, brows furrowed above the line of his mask. Caleb looks away from the seething crowd of monsters thirty stories below them to his stepbrother, and stifles a laugh.

“I don’t think any of us were trained for this.”

Leanne wakes up with pain in her shoulders; one, due to a stab wound wrapped and recovering, the other stretched awkwardly with a set of handcuffs around her wrist to the bed. She smiles obnoxiously at Officer Sheridan and asks:

“What’s my safe word?”

Be brave, he thinks, stepping into the light, remembering the dragon’s words. All you need to succeed is imagination and courage.

He leaves the shadows and tries to remember what he is outside of dreams.

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A/N: I don’t know if I want to tag all the things that these are from? I will for the ones explicitly stated but otherwise… guess that fic?

Aiko in Canon (the Revenge of Uzushio remix) (2015-11-25)

A/N1: No doubt this will be jossed when @electraposts puts up Part 13 of the Aiko in Canon tumblr-only spin-off of her Deja Vu and Dreams series. But I couldn’t help myself…

Anyway, this is heavily based off the recent Part 12, so read that first.

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Over thirty years ago, Kirigakure utterly destroyed Uzushiogakure.

It was a pre-emptive strike to ensure Kiri’s survival. Uzushio was a small country and yet, in comparison to Mizu, had greater prosperity, longevity, and skills. An entire clan of fuinjutsu experts was a dangerous thing, a weapon only sheathed at the whims of people known for being led by their emotions.

It was nothing personal, it had to be done.

There are very few shinobi in Mizu who actually remember the Fall of Uzushio, fewer still who actually took part–the lifespan of a Kiri-nin is short and, unlike Konoha, fifty years is a near impossible achievement. And yet, when an Uzumaki rains destruction on their village, the forces of Kiri are not surprised. Actually, they’re rather… blasé about the whole two bijuu unleashed upon the village thing.

They know a lot about holding grudges, more so about enacting revenge–the types of missions given to Kiri are far more bloodthirsty than their continental counterparts. Uzumaki is only doing what an avenger is expected to do, and quite thoroughly at that. Really, the only question is why it took her so long.

Utakata knew that no one could really be that dumb. But it still stings that he fell for it anyway.

For all that he’s a missing-nin of Kiri, he was still once a Kiri-nin. He learned of their history as much as any other shinobi. He had already figured out that Aiko was an Uzumaki who time-travelled, dropped decades after the complete slaughter of her people, he has experienced her cunning schemes first-hand, and she had allowed him to see her vulnerability over her lost comrades.

He should have known that something like this was brewing.

But instead he was blinded–by his own jealousy, perhaps, or his dislike of the Yondaime Mizukage, or his desperation not to be left alone again–and went along with what he thought was her hare-brained plot to instigate a regime change by bringing an assassin directly to the center of Kirigakure.

One rogue shinobi and two missing-nin, one of them a jinchuuriki, directly confronting the Mizukage who himself is a jinchuuriki? Of course there would be mass chaos and destruction.

Now Aiko has the Sanbi, she’s clearly asserted her dominance over Kiri’s strongest shinobi even without the bijuu’s aid–everything about this absolute clusterfuck of a venture seems to have worked out pretty well for her.

And perhaps that was her plan from the start.

No one could really be that dumb, Utakata thinks, but even after all Aiko has put him through, he will still stand by her.

The Godaime Mizukage is not a Kiri-nin, something which is explicitly stated from the very beginning. She is an Uzumaki, a rogue shinobi with no heritage but that of a fallen land.

She stands upright before the bodies of the dead, no doubt vindicated with having avenged her clan. And yet, she is not without mercy. Impossibly, miraculously, she revives the corpses; they are restored as if death had never touched them.

It’s a stroke of brilliance, Mei thinks, anger controlled but simmering. History is written by the winners and there is only one obvious winner in this situation. It doesn’t matter if Uzumaki is the reason why they died in the first place, there is no faster way to earn someone’s loyalty than literally being their source of life.

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A/N2: I’ve always kind of wondered about Uzushiogakure (and their fall) and figure that as their closest neighbors/the likely cause of their destruction, Kirigakure would have a very strange perspective on a time-traveling Uzumaki becoming their leader via destroying a large majority of their village.

Also, electraposts, if you would like me to make changes or take this down, I totally understand and would be willing to do so. Just let me know.

Uzu no Kuni brainstorm (2015-03-17)

Headcanon brainstoming on Uzu no Kuni, aka Land of Whirlpools, aka home of Uzushiogakure.

I like to imagine that Uzu no Kuni is a series of islands with the largest one being the one where the village is. Additionally, I like to consider there being volcanos, because many island nations in the real world are made out of volcanic activity. It would explain Terumi Mei’s lava-jutsu, since Mizu no Kuni is also a series of (far larger) islands. Also, that due to the naturally bright hair color of the Uzumaki, at least, that maybe the islands are tropical and the people also sort of evolved to be colorful like the rest of the surrounding flora/fauna.

Obviously, the Uzumaki were a significant clan both in the village and in the country. But I think there was more to it–doesn’t there have to be? To that end, maybe the other islands of Uzu no Kuni are much smaller than the main one and maybe they keep them hidden behind seals. Perhaps each clan was in charge of a different island, with the Uzumaki island being the largest and most influential, it would become both the capitol and the ninja center–unlike the other nations in which the capitol for civilians and the shinobi hidden villages were separate, in Uzu they were one in the same. Whereas most other countries (or perhaps, not, we do only hear the origin story of Konoha) were clans banding together as martial alliances… I’m thinking that Uzushio was formed more as a university of sorts. A metropolis where all of the different clans could interact.

Which leaves an opening for what the other islands are doing and who they are controlled by. I’ll be honest, mostly this is a way to fit in cameos from other media:
edit: The seven islands of Uzushio are named things like destiny and amity and prosperity, but for the most part they are called by the names of the ruling clan. 
Unmei Island = Destiny Island = Kingdom Hearts, anyone?
Hamaguri Island = Clam Island = Katekyo Hitman Reborn
etc. etc.

Mostly because the reason why the other nations went after Uzushio wasn’t just because they were allied with Konoha but because they were too powerful. And while the Uzumaki longevity/chakra weapons/sealing is interesting, strictly put… longevity isn’t so much a threat, really. Chakra weapons didn’t seem like a bloodlimit per se, and sealing can be taught. So there must have been other things that made Uzushio a threat. Say, a clan of people whose fire actually can melt Mizu’s Yuki clan’s Hyoton? A clan whose swords can change and do jutsu in contrast to Mizu’s Seven Swordsmen? I DON’T KNOW. The possibilities are endless.

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A/N: Just some short headcanon brainstorming for Uzushio. BECAUSE THEY DESERVE BETTER.