March 3rd, 2008

devise wit; write pen

[Naruto: the listening sky -- part 1]

Title: The Listening Sky
Fandom: Naruto
Rating: PG-13
Wordcount: 16,149 *weeps*
Notes: Finally, a Naruto fic written in full knowledge of the manga, even though this particular story should be considered AU after chapter 345. Ish. NO HEBI. ALAS. The first draft of this was part of ryokophoenix's 21st birthday present, so it's Sasuke/Naruto, and I actually found myself warming more and more to the pairing as I wrote this and explored different aspects of their personalities and motivations. It took me a while and got a hell of a lot longer than I expected -- ain't that always the way? -- but its intended recipient has now read it and blessed it for public consumption.

I'm splitting it across two posts because of a) length, and b) the fact that it's neatly divisible into two sections anyway. The first half is written from Naruto's POV; the second from Sasuke's. Epigraph from this poem by Stephen Spender.

Warning: contains extended metaphors, possible overuse of the verb 'to punch', and the author messing around gleefully with chakra theory.

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