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What can I say? It's hard writing Narutofic when long-haired military hippies and dudes in bicornes take turns eating your soul for the better part of a year and change.

Itachi had not been entirely absent from Sasuke's life: it did not come out until years later, but it seemed that in the years after the massacre, he had returned to the Village of the Leaf a number of times for information-gathering. Never openly, of course, and never willingly, either, but he had nevertheless come to the village, sometimes disguised as a peddler.

Other times, he had simply flattened his chakra and creeping in along with a crowd. It was an old ninja trick for turning invisible, elementary in principle, though somewhat more difficult in practice. Thanks to the Sharingan and the control that it gave him over his chakra, as well as a certain quirks of personality, Itachi had always been a master of it. He was even better after having acquired the Mangekyou variant -- he had seen Sasuke from very close range indeed.

"Do you remember the way that you would lay out breakfast in the mornings?"

They were lying in the grass on a hill above another village. Both of them were on their stomachs; it was the first time that Orochimaru had designated the same task for them, and Sasuke had decided that he was going to speak to Itachi as little as possible. Itachi had studied Sasuke's demeanor during the journey out, and he knew that it would be hard for Sasuke to resist responding to this.

At times, after all, Sasuke still blamed him for the fact that he had become an orphan, that he was so lonely. He had refused to speak a single word to Itachi during this.

"Do you remember that period when you suspected that you were going mad because it was never the way that you left it? You would leave a breakfast bar, and you would find a hard-boiled egg there in the morning. You would set out cold cereal, and you would find a packet of oatmeal. If I remember correctly, you were ten that year."

Sasuke looked over, briefly, then returned to studying the village.

"That was me, of course. I used to visit you and look in on my little brother to see if he was well."

They were lying on their bellies in the grass. There was a little commotion down in the village, and Sasuke trained his binoculars on the cloud of dust.

"Oh, little brother," Itachi said. He had crept a little closer to Sasuke now. "I saw so much. I watched you study at night; I watched you put flowers in the vase that you kept for our parents."

Sasuke still said nothing; he did not take the binoculars from his eyes, and Itachi could see that a figure -- it seemed like a girl -- had come out of one of the houses and was putting her arms around the new arrival.

Finally, Itachi began to pick himself off the ground. "And oh, little brother," he said, casually. "I was also watching the night that Naruto went back with you."

That got a reaction. Sasuke's head whipped around. He stared, mouth open, while Itachi finished picking himself up off the grass and brushed the bits from chest. The binoculars had fallen out of Sasuke's hand, and now, he was trying hard to master his expression, but failing, and Itachi knew that his smile was growing more and more broad.

"Come on, Sasuke. It's time for work." Itachi gestured to the binoculars, and his smile now went cheek to cheek, in much the way of a snake's.

"And put those away. We're going to kill them all anyways."

Date: 2006-08-17 03:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dinghy.livejournal.com
ohhh it's always so great to read Naruto fic from you. I've been staring at this Itachi piece I started a few days ago wondering what to do with him since not a lot of people write him and he's a little flat to begin with, so this was especially nice. even though Naruto sucks a lot of the time, it's still like this ratty old security blanket I can't throw out, man.

Date: 2007-05-24 03:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rhoddlet.livejournal.com
This comment is, um. Slightly late.

But I'm glad that you liked it. It's been at least three years since I've read any Naruto canon at all, and goddamn, I still love the idea of the Sharignan, and I still love the whole dysfunction of the Uchiha brother setup.

Date: 2006-08-26 04:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] a-white-rain.livejournal.com
ooh. yes. I love.

Date: 2007-05-24 03:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rhoddlet.livejournal.com
(More than, um, a little late, but glad you liked!)

Date: 2006-09-05 07:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] octavius-x.livejournal.com
I like that you write Itachi all subtle and snake-in-the-grass-like rather than diverging into random violence, or bloodplay, or whatever people have been writing him as lately. It seems much more in character to have him perfecting how to wound Sasuke with words, regular wounding might just be too easy.

I also like how you compare the two of them. Itachi being able to mold his chakra, but Sasuke not being able to mask his expression. Or Sasuke needing binoculars and Itachi just being able to see everything just fine.

I'm glad you're back for however long. I've missed your writing immensely.

Date: 2007-05-24 03:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rhoddlet.livejournal.com
Um. This is slightly late. I am a bad, bad, bad author, but I wanted to drop you a line about how happy this made me the first (and the second, and the eigth, too) because HURRAY! Somebody who likes Itachi, all subtle and crazy in the grass! And somebody who picked up on all the little differences!

So about six months later, thank you. :D

Date: 2007-05-24 05:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] octavius-x.livejournal.com
Dude that's fine, don't feel bad. I have to admit Itachi is kind of a crazy mofo, but there is so much material and so many underlying problems to work with (he kinda reminds me of your riddle actually) it masks most of that other stuff.

Anyway I'm just glad you're (hopefully?) back for a bit. :D

Date: 2007-06-10 10:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rhoddlet.livejournal.com
I am! The one good thing about Deletegate, I guess, was the way it brought fandom together. In my case, it was less about, you know. Founding comms or fighting back against the man, and more about going back to my old LJ and remembering how much I liked being on there sometimes.

That is way more than you actually wanted to know. If I didn't owe you fic already, I'd offer to write you some -- and just in case you've changed your mind. Do you still want Warfic Ron/Harry w/back alley warfare or guerilla warfare or Riddle between Hogwarts and Voldemort for octavius_x? I'm thrilled with those, but if you want something else, just say the word.

Date: 2007-06-12 03:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] octavius-x.livejournal.com
Ah well it's interesting how fandom is usually at each other's throats until someone threatens their own and then it's like massive bonding time under fire --it's endearing and sort of ingenious in a way.

No no that's fine, I don't mind. Yes the Ron/Harry or the Riddlefic is fine. Your HP writing is always so good. Thank you!

Date: 2006-12-04 04:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kitsune13.livejournal.com
Hi Rhod,

Long time no see! :)

I sent you an email a couple weeks ago, but people have been telling me that their SPAM filters have been eating stuff from my official .edu address, so am trying here. Remember, way back when, when you gave me permission to quote and talk about some of your stories in my article on HP incest fic? That article hasn't come out yet, but it wound up being a chapter in my dissertation, which I'm hoping to publish as a book eventually. Anyway, I wanted to check and make sure that a) it was still okay to quote you, and b) would you prefer me to update your website address? I have the old jteers one listed. As soon as I hear back from everyone, I'll be posting it in my LJ, so you can see what i said about you. *g* (All good things, i promise.)

Also, I'm having some trouble getting ahold of Marvolo -- do you know how I could reach her, or would you mind passing the same request on to her? Thanks!


Date: 2007-05-24 03:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rhoddlet.livejournal.com
I am following up on ages, ages, ages month old comments, and if I remember correctly, I think I got back to you at some point on this, but it bears repeating. HURRAY for you doing this, and HURRAY for you being done with the article at long last.

Yes, I am logging into this LJ once every six months, as per court order. XD

Date: 2007-05-24 04:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kitsune13.livejournal.com
Bwah! You did get back to me. :) Also, if you want to see my dissertation (and the article), just let me know, and I'll send it to you. Thanks so much!

Date: 2007-06-04 02:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rhoddlet.livejournal.com
I'd love a copy, actually. Is e-mail or pointing me to a DL site more convenient for you?

Date: 2007-03-06 11:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pejhopanof.livejournal.com
Hey, it's jbutorsky. Deleted the other account and made this one. And I added you to my new account. :P


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