|Reviews for Ascendant|
| Anonymous chapter 10 . 3/1
I'm rooting for older Itachi. The younger... Just to naïve. Untainted
| Hat O' Doom chapter 35 . 2/21
This was a great story. I had a great time reading it. It actually teared up a few times. Thats rare so this is a gem in my eyes. Thanks again for the story
| idygfbywgef chapter 8 . 12/28/2013
I just wanted to say, I love your story so far and you have amazing music taste :)
| Arcaelia chapter 35 . 12/20/2013
I love those small scenes at the end... a bit of the future that lets the reader know how their lives end up... It just leaves me feeling really content. Very clever... The way you've pieced this story together is very clever... I've really enjoyed reading this! I've really really enjoyed travelling this journey along with Itachi so much :3 but alas... all good things must come to and end, eh?... Sigh... I've really enjoyed reading this fanfic. Thank you again for sharing this! :D
| Arcaelia chapter 34 . 12/20/2013
Well... I guess you've got another sobbing person here after reading your fanfic... I haven't felt so satisfied with a fanfic for ages! In fact... this fanfic was definitely more than enough! I love this fanfic! Thank you so much for sharing it! Ahh... such a warm fuzzy feeling at the end... I couldn't help but cry and smile at the same time xD This story is so sweet... I love the pace of the plot... you're ideas and how your beginning, middle and more importantly ending is so cleverly constructed... I wouldn't mind this being the ending but of course... another chapter wouldn't hurt! Onto the final one!
| Arcaelia chapter 33 . 12/20/2013
Oh my gosh... T_T Way to make a girl cry like mad... This is probably the most intense and emotional fanfic I've read so far... I'm an DEFINITELY favouriting this! The way you depicted the characters without making them seem OOC was genius! I haven't cried so much over a fanfic at all... The moment Itachi asked Haruko who he was... I just lost it and couldn't stop crying... :( this has just made me feel sorry for the character Itachi even more now... I don't think I'll ever forget about this fanfic. Thank you so much for sharing! Heheh time to read the last 2 chapters!
| Cream and Sugar chapter 35 . 12/12/2013
Congratulations on completing this story! I very much enjoyed the journey. Itachi's evolution through the course of your tale was marvelous, and I loved Sasuke and Shisui's roles as well! I look forward to reading another Itachi story from you in the future. :)
| P.A.W.07 chapter 35 . 12/3/2013
Another great story from you and its finished!
Anyway, I didn't know if I should love or hate you as I read through this. I just loved the idea of the mental struggle between Itachi's future and present self (the use of kitten was adorable). You just kept me guessing though and revising my theories as to what was going to happen all the way up to the end. I couldn't figure out what the end was going to be.
Part of me wondered if you were just going to mess with all of us readers and make Itachi kill all the Uchiha anyway. You seem to be a fan of killing characters off so I wouldn't have been surprised.
Then i wondered if you were going to have him commit suicide by ninja but that didn't happen either. Or maybe future Itachi was going to make his final stand. And towards the end I was sure you were just going to leave him 'brain dead' for a while there.
Regardless, I like the ending you chose. Its actually a very happy ending especially since the future self got to change the world in more ways then he thought he would be able to.
Yeah for not angsty Itachi! Now bring on the Kill bill music!
Now I'm off to rummage through the rest of your fics.
| swallowinthetwilight chapter 15 . 11/23/2013
SPOILER ALERT FOR THOSE TRYING TO SCOPE OUT THE FIC; please skip this review if you haven't read yet, and are just trying to see if the fic got good reviews! I can definitely vouch for it and say this is DEFINITELY worth a read, and worth reading all the way to the end, regardless of how upsetting it might be-just, don't spoil it by reading this review.
Okay, so, things that confused me (this isn't a review for this chapter so much as for this entire fic): why did the elder Itachi not try to stop things from happening, even though at the very end it seemed like he started to fight? To my understanding, at any rate, all was lost once Itachi was sealed by Root; I realize that the will suppression wasn't the only factor, as Madara could possess Itachi. But I thought the implication was that the only reason Madara *could* control Itachi was because his chakra was mixed into the seal, hence his opening. Given that the elder Itachi DID know about the seal (as he indicated when he talked to Shisui that morning after the younger Itachi had confessed to Shisui), it seems like he could have warned the younger about it and tried to prevent it from being placed. The whole time, obviously, the elder could have clued the younger in to try and work with him; clearly, the elder was tricked/compelled into the massacre, and presumably would not have carried it out if not for Danzo's order and Madara's possession. If that assumption is correct, the elder's resignation is both really confusing and really aggravating-and it was aggravating even BEFORE I got to the point where I found out about the seal and Madara, which explained everything. Was it just that the elder was so tired he couldn't be bothered, or was just that pessimistic that one way or another, Danzo and Madara would trap him, and resisting was pointless? Because I don't quite buy that.
Everything hinges on the assumption that Madara's possession of Itachi was *only* made possible by the seal. But I think that's a pretty safe assumption not just because of textual evidence, but because at the end, Itachi vows revenge on Madara. Now, if Madara could have possessed Itachi at will, seal or no, than that would have been a stupid vow. Why? Because clearly the elder Itachi was not able to resist Madara once he had a hold in the younger Itachi's mind, which is why he was so careful to hide when the 'monster' was present, and why, once discovered, his memories and thoughts were violated so easily by Madara. If Madara's ability to possess Itachi was not contingent on the seal, than this fear would still be valid, and revenge would be impossible. The elder Itachi was unable to resist Madara despite being older, so why would this timeline be any different? And speaking of the elder Itachi's timeline where canon events did occur... it seems to me that in that timeline, the seal placed on the elder Itachi was never taken off, which would explain why Itachi could never really retaliate against Madara and felt so hopeless. But this just makes the elder Itachi's resignation in the face of the younger's as-of-yet UNSEALED body even more perplexing. Wouldn't the elder have been extra adamant about not letting that happen? Since that moment, not so much Shisui's death, was really the point of no return? My only explanation-which is pure conjecture on my part-is that the elder did not REALIZE until AFTER the seal was removed that the seal and Madara's possession were linked. Obviously, in his lifetime, the seal was never removed, so that hypothesis could never be tested. As such, for the elder, avoiding the seal for the younger Itachi would be irrelevant because either way, he'd assume, Madara would be able to override him and ensure the massacre, regardless of the lack of a will suppression seal. But in THIS timeline, the seal WAS removed; the elder must have realized that NOW, he/they stood a chance against Madara because they could no longer be possessed.
Anyway, that's my current understanding. I would of course be ecstatic if you could clarify what, if any, of what I said is true in a PM, but I just had to get my thoughts out there. I haven't been able to get the story out of my head all day, and while I am starting to reread from the beginning to try and pick up things I missed the first time, I've had a low-level thrumming of anxiety all day because of the story, and the re-reading is just as nerve-wracking as the first time around not just because the story is just that good, but also because that unanswered question-why didn't the elder do more?-still hasn't been fully confirmed, beyond my own conjecture anyway. Since I'm trying to calm down, though, I'm thinking the re-read will have to wait till I'm not so primed to be a nervous wreck. T_T Anyway, I'd love to hear from you (or anyone else?) if my thoughts are along the right line! And thanks for reading this monstrosity of a review.
| swallowinthetwilight chapter 35 . 11/23/2013
!? ! ! &! This was perfect. Bittersweet, as the best endings are, but perfect. Seriously. You managed to 'redeem' both the 'other' Itachi and the 'kitten' Itachi-both have a new chance at life, and at changing the world. They've suffered, immensely, but have come out stronger. This was certainly a traumatizing ride, but the ending was incredibly uplifting, even if not un-besmirched by darkness (the shinobi world, of course, seldom isn't). Seriously, thank you. Thank you thank you thank you. I will treasure this fic. I truly love everything about it: how you had the plot play out-boy, did you have me cursing and laughing hysterically and crying one right after the other-how you handled ALL the characters...everything was so complex, layered, *real*, heartbreaking, rage-inducing, I can't even do you justice in a review. Thank you for all the minor characters, for thinking of such a brilliant plot, for being such an amazing writer. Ugh. I am so, so glad I came back and finished this. This is really the best kind of story-not just for Itachi, but in general. There is triumph here, not without great cost perhaps, but still triumph. And that's the most inspiring kind of story there is.
There's a lot I'm leaving out, for sure. But I'll just say this: I'm so glad you are continuing to write fanfic, and wish you the best of luck with all your writing endeavors-fanfic and otherwise. I very much look forward to reading your future work, and of course, rereading your older works.
| swallowinthetwilight chapter 34 . 11/22/2013
And now crying tears of joy. Thank you so much for that.
| swallowinthetwilight chapter 33 . 11/22/2013
I'm totally crying right now. For what the elder Itachi had to go through, for the current Itachi... And yet after all that torment, maybe it's better...
| swallowinthetwilight chapter 28 . 11/22/2013
EEEEEE! sorry no coherent reviews till I finish!
| swallowinthetwilight chapter 26 . 11/22/2013
...Well, that explains things. Fuck.
| swallowinthetwilight chapter 22 . 11/22/2013
Sooooo I had read up to this chapter several months ago, but I was so terrified and dreading how this was going to turn out that I had to go an a hiatus. Yes, a hiatus. No other story has mentally disturbed me as much as this one. (There's a compliment in there somewhere OTL) You get really invested in the characters and the plight of the Uchiha and the absolutely MIND BOGGLING mystery that is the plot, and knowing what's presumably going to happen just makes it 1000x worse, especially since the 'other' Itachi KNOWS and could maybe DO something about it (except this is maybe a futile hope, but you can't really acknowledge that in your mental state at the moment), but he doesn't, and basically you're just flailing in agony and aggravation and dread and it's making you physically ill and yeah. I had to take an extended break to recuperate. There are times when the Itachi angst becomes too much for me, but this story took the whole frigging bakery.
Well, anyway, I finally gathered the courage to return-because this story is absolutely brilliant and riveting and, as I said, mind boggling, and I knew I HAD finish it at some point. It would be a crime not to. I just had to, uh, brace myself for the worst.
I can't remember if I've reviewed before, but I just wanted to let you know that you've definitely accomplished everything an author sets out to do to his/her readers: get them painfully invested in your characters, bewildered but helplessly intrigued by the plot, and emotionally wrecked at the end of it. I love how your Itachi is characterized, imperfect, in denial, with both childlike arrogance and insecurity; how he's contrasted with the 'other' future Itachi (very interesting); how you've had the souring of relations between the village and Uchihas develop (I should clarify: I don't actually 'love' it, because it's so heartbreaking and makes you despair at there being any hope of avoiding the massacre, but it does make the canon progression of events realistic and believable, if not also more tragic); and just how many disorienting twists and turns the psychologically-driven plot has taken, making the reader really experience everything with Itachi, confusion, terror, dread, and all (this monster thing? Oh my god, I'm... I don't even know. What is going on!? This is by far the LEAST predictable fic I've read, even though I'm DREADING the (ironically) inevitable (?) end, simultaneously sitting on the edge of my seat in suspense and pacing around the room tearing my hair out because I can't read any more-and to pull that paradox off? Wow. Just wow.) I'm still terrified, but here goes nothing. Thanks for writing this horrifyingly brilliant piece of angst, even if I kind of hate you now.