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Title: In the Breaking
Author: nyet khan
Fandom: Naruto
Rating: T
Story Links: FFnet
Author Links: FFnet
Summary: Akatsuki lies broken and Naruto hates the world. Where does he go from here?

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Kirigakure always smells of the sea. And for two decades there have been former Kirigakure shinobi venturing deep into the mainland, always knowing they are not home when earth and sky are clear and green and not right. But they know only the dead live in Kirigakure.

(run and never stop—only death sleeps in childhood homes)

Kirigakure is the sea. Kirigakure is storm and wind and vengeful days of tempest and days of miles and miles of silver bright oceans.

Kirigakure is blood and silver; Kirigakure is dark and paranoia and murder and insanity. Kirigakure is lost and falling and crying under a kage that hasn't realized he's become just like the man he deposed eight years ago.

Kirigakure is doomed.

(not enough, never enough—didn't you know? blood is never bright enough to light the way)

And Kirigakure is someone's home. Kirigakure was someone's home. Once upon a time, all the stories say, there lived a boy named Haku. A boy who carried a secret and before he could be called an adult the boy would have lost everything and died many miles from mist covered dunes.
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Reccer's Notes: This fic is... unorthodox, in a word. Both the writing style and the plot.

It's not a bad thing. It is a wonderful thing.

I adore the writing style- The metaphors and descriptions and descriptive metaphors are pretty. Very poetic. Just, lookit: axis of calamity. It's not perfect, of course- There are some spelling mistakes/typos, (a beta doesn't come in until later) and the narrative can be a bit disjointed, interspersed with metaphors as it is- especially at first- but it works.

And the plot. A simplified version: Akatsuki extracts Kyuubi, with a result of dead Akatsuki and not-dead Naruto. He ends up going to Kiri and starting an orphanage to honor Haku. And, well. Kiri is not a peaceful place. I would have very much liked to see where this goes, except it seems to be dead.

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