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[Naruto] 'The Things We Do For Love'

A series of ten interconnected drabbles of exactly 100 words focusing on one theme. And since they're Naruto drabbles, I decided to focus on the theme of love- mostly unrequited. Because, seriously- only one half of the of the series is about hardcore ninja battle. The other half is actually about angsty, one sided love stories.

Implied Pairings? SasuNaru, ShikaTemari. One sided Lee -> Sakura, Hinata -> Naruto, Neji -> Naruto. Uhhh, ruminations on Hyugacest?? And, uh, Gaara/Sand Village (ohohoho).


And since this is a post on my writing blog, I'm going to be a dork and seperate each of the drabbles with a line from 'I Would Do Anything For Love' by Meatloaf. Ahahaha. Ph34r my geekage.

The Things We Do For Love
Cephied Variable

He would fight for it. He would kill for it. He would drag himself through hell- up and down the rocky clifface, through the rain while bleeding his heart out through his mouth. He would drench his hands in blood, sell his soul, snap bones, break his own body, keep chasing, keep moving no matter how it destroyed him in the end- for all that was good in the world, damn it, he would die for it.

These are the things Naruto will do for love, and he realizes that they are also the things he will do for Sasuke Uchiha.

* * *

Ino watches them dance around each other at the flower shop.

He says: "Sakura-chan became a Chuunin today! I must buy her a boquet befitting of her marvelous beauty!" he pauses and a blush rises in his face, "Only..." he whispers, "I, uh, don't want her to think that I... even though I do..."

She says: "Lee-san has been so good to me. I want to give him something nice, since he finally made Chuunin. Only I don't want him to get the wrong idea. You understand, don't you?"

He's afraid of the inevitable rejection; she's afraid of accidently making the commitment.

* * *

He doesn't come to see her when he returns.

She should have expected it- had expected it, in fact- so it shouldn't have hurt as much as it did. She watches him from the shadows- a living, breathing incarnation of light moving through the streets like he owns them. When Naruto says that he will be Hokage someday, Hinata believes him. She will be the first to bow her head in respect as he passes.

Lately she begins to wonder whether it's Naruto she loves, or rather if it's the things he stands for (victory against all odds) that she truly admires.

* * *

"You will have an arranged marriage of course."

Her father's begun to talk in those terms again. More than ever Hinata feels the Hyuga name weigh her down like a chain. She can't possibly miss the way her father's taken a liking to Neji. He trains the boy personally and has made it quite explicitly clear that Neji is what he's always wanted in a son.

Hinata supposes that she could love her cousin. Maybe, if she tries. Not in the way she loves Naruto, of course, but love nontheless. She fears, however, that Neji will never be able to love her.

* * *

Naruto squints his eyes and chuckles, "You always get that look when we work together."

Neji's face is blank, "What look?"

"Like you're constipated or something. Don't tell me you're still holding that grudge?"

Neji thinks: 'What grudge?' and Naruto leans in too close and raises one eyebrow. Suddenly, Naruto is like a dizzying kaladiescope of color and noise. Neji's sharp and focused world is flooded with senses, wants and desires so intense it gives him a headache.

"Cause' that would be a little vindictive, even for you."

Neji presses his eyes shuts, bites his lip and tries desperately to think of nothing at all.

* * *

She might as well be a boy. In the village of the sand they don't give kunoichi seperate training, but rather teach them how to kill without discrimination- a ninja is still a ninja whether they have breasts or not.

Temari is like the desert that bore her- all rough edges and sharp wit, with wide expanses of uninterrupted peace. They argue often, but unlike most women he's known, she has mastered the art of a tactful retreat.

Temari is not the kind of girl he would ever think of marrying. Shikamaru realizes this is probably why he wants her so much.

* * *

Love is intangible. Gaara has trouble with intangible concepts, and thus has trouble grasping what love means. He runs his fingers across the word emblazened on his head and curses the irony.

The day he comes home from his second trip to the leaf, Gaara takes a deep, solid breath of the dusty, sand-saturated air. He takes a long look at the gourd shaped buildings and narrow streets. He looks into the eyes of the people of the Sand, staring back at him full of curiosity and maybe a little bit of admiration.

And Gaara realizes that he is in love.

* * *

It takes Sakura years to fall out of love with Sasuke. It takes years for her to kill the denial and admit that, in many ways, he has become a monster. It takes longer for her to admit that he never would have loved her anyways.

It takes ever longer for her to realize that Sasuke and Naruto are in love with each other- like twisted, storybook soulmates- and Sakura wonders what Naruto will do if he ever does drag Sasuke home.

Although she knows they can't live without each other, she doubts they'll be able to live with each other either.

* * *

Jiraiya's passes at Tsunade never seem to be anything but halfhearted. She turns red, gives him a black eye and the entire matter is chalked up to Jiraiya being a pervert. It doesn't take a genius to see the truth.

Tsunade claims that she's okay. She holds her breath and raises her eyes skyward- the very image of strong and quiet repose. You don't have to look very far to realize that she can still see her lover's blood on her hands.

Orochimaru thinks that his teammates get too caught up in their emotions and is proud to be the only one never to have his heart broken. This holds true until the day Sarutobi passes him over for the title of Hokage.

* * *

They stand at the point of no return, but it's not like they haven't been there before. Sasuke doesn't want to kill Naruto anymore than he did three years ago. He doesn't even want to fight Naruto. Whether he can beat Naruto or Naruto can defeat him is completely irrelevant now- they would kill each other. They've been killing each other for years.

The sight of Naruto makes his heart ache. Naruto isn't supposed to hurt people. He's supposed to save them.

He isn't sure how he's supposed to say: "I'm the one, Naruto. I'm the one who needs you the most."

Word Count: 1021
(All of them are exactly 100 words except for the Ledgendary Sannin one)



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Jun. 15th, 2005 01:50 am (UTC)
Heh, I'm surprised that I got some squeeing and melting out of you. Upon reflection, my romance is never very romantic. Or rather, I have a very different defintion of "romance".

no matter how it destroyed him in the end- for all that was good in the world, damn it, he would die for it.

I mean, come on, that's romantic. ^__________^


Actually, do it. And try to keep them at exactly 100 words. It's a really fun exercise to force yourself to tell a story in such a small clump of words. ^______^
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Jun. 15th, 2005 02:13 am (UTC)
These drabbles are like cookies,sweat neat and over before you know it. Thank you. ^_^
Jun. 15th, 2005 02:30 am (UTC)

I must say, quite honestly, that is the kindest analogy I have every recieved. Thank you. ^___^
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Jun. 15th, 2005 02:38 am (UTC)
these are GREAT!<3333
Jun. 15th, 2005 02:39 am (UTC)
Thank you. ^____^
Jun. 15th, 2005 02:42 am (UTC)
gyah...the last two sasu/naru ones made me want to cry. the whole thing is lovely. i'm impressed.
Jun. 15th, 2005 02:44 am (UTC)
Thank you. ^______^;;

Sasuke and Naruto are rather tear inducing. I'm continuously disgusted at how hopelessly and utterly tragic they manage to be even though they're only, like, thirteen. -___-;;
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Jun. 16th, 2005 04:31 am (UTC)
Thank you. ^__^ I've never really written about Hinata in the past, and I'm not particularily comfortable writing her, so it's nice to hear that my interpertation was totally and completely off.
Jun. 15th, 2005 04:35 am (UTC)
those were great. I loved all of them. Specially the Temari one, and the SasuNaru ones, and the Sakura one, and the Hinata ones, and the Sannin one... which one am I missing? Oh well... I specially adored the last one. *bawls* So nice...
Jun. 16th, 2005 04:31 am (UTC)
O__O Wow, you loved all of them? Thank you for the kind words. ^____^
Jun. 15th, 2005 06:06 am (UTC)
these were really good. i especially liked the temarishika one. that one was really sweet XD

but all of them were excellent. i appreciate the thoughts put into this.
Jun. 16th, 2005 04:32 am (UTC)
Mmmm, the Shikamaru/Temari one was really fun to write for some reason. I think personally that I like that one and the Lee/Sakura one the best. I'm, um, glad the effort I put into that particular drabble shone through?

Thank you- I appreciate that you took the time to review! ^____^
Jun. 15th, 2005 07:53 am (UTC)
Hn...Nice work...^^
Jun. 16th, 2005 04:33 am (UTC)
Thank you. ^_____^
Jun. 15th, 2005 12:08 pm (UTC)
Oh that last one....::snuggles:: Makes me all gooey and happy and sad inside...
Jun. 16th, 2005 04:33 am (UTC)
Well, gratitious Sasuke angst tends to have the exact same affect on me. ^___^

Thank you for the review!
Jun. 15th, 2005 01:03 pm (UTC)
I really like the Gaara one...it's so soft and quiet, compared to everyone else's.
Jun. 16th, 2005 04:35 am (UTC)
Ahhh, I had a lot of trouble with the Gaara one. There was another entire layer I wanted to add to it that had something to do with Gaara examining those around them and wondering if THAT'S what love was- however, his section kept coming out as, like, 175 words which just was NOT salvagable. In the end, I decided that showing his random love for his village was more important what with the whole Kazekage thing. ^___^;;

ANYWAYS. THE POINT IS. Thank you for this especially- I'm glad that you enjoyed it even if it didn't turn out the way I meant it to. ^__^
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Jun. 16th, 2005 04:39 am (UTC)
Generic thank you #69798.789
Thank you. I'm glad that the angst didn't give you indigestion? ^___^;;

< /LAME >
Jun. 15th, 2005 03:43 pm (UTC)
*stands and applauds* That was really, really excellent. Love-filled, yeah, but not at all sappy, and you got right to the cores of the characters in 100 words. Wonderful job!

or rather if it's the things he stands for (victory against all odds) that she truly admires.

Yes, yes, yes.
Jun. 16th, 2005 04:45 am (UTC)
*dies* Thank you. ^___^;; This was also a bit of an exercise for me since I suck really good at writing short, self contained things. I wanted to see if I really could get across and emotion or a concept in 100 words. Drabbles aren't nearly as easy to write as most people assume. Although they're bite-sized, you still have to put a lot of thought into them. A good drabble pretty much has a "punchline"- the ending line that is pretty much the whole crux of the issue. It's stuffing in all your tone-setting and symbolism before you get to the sentence that ties everything up that's the challenge.


Um, anyways, thank you again for the kind review! ^___^
(no subject) - ashoka - Jun. 16th, 2005 06:20 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jun. 16th, 2005 04:33 am (UTC)
These are awesome.

I like the Hinata ones--the HinaNaru and HinaNeji mixed up; I think it's very true to her character.

Also think the Sannin is absolutely perfect, and in so few lines.

And all of them. Very good drabbles. ^_^

Jun. 16th, 2005 04:42 am (UTC)
Hinata and Neji are really interesting characters to play around with. They're quite possibly my favorite characters in the series to write about. I tend to think that the things they admire in Naruto are very similar, so when writing in the romantic contect it's just kind of fun to throw everything together what with the respective "crushes" on Naruto and the possibilities of arranged marriage and...

... just, yeah. I love the Hyuga clan. *fangirl fangirl*

And once again, thank you for the compliments on my Hinata. I was terried that I totally got her character wrong- I've never written from her POV before and it felt a bit awkward. ^__^;;

I was also shaky on the Sannin one, but that's just because it wouldn't fit into 100 words. They were all like: MRWAR! We are ledgendary! We demand a higher word count!

And, as usual, I'm rambling. Thank you for the review- I always appreciate read feedback like, THIIIIIIIIIIS much.
Jun. 16th, 2005 09:24 am (UTC)
i take a break from studying to creep onto the sasuxnaru comm and find this lovely piece of work. wow. i highly enjoyed it, especially the last line. the ledgendary sannin one was also one of my favourites. keep up the awesome work...
no wait don't.
or i'll never study... ;___;

Jun. 19th, 2005 02:02 am (UTC)
I'm the one who needs you the most.


I love this.
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