|Reviews for And Farther Still Than That|
| MidnightInDecember chapter 1 . 7/18/2010
Wow... just wow.
I am crying here. Really, seriously crying. This was so powerful and beautiful! At first, I was worried you might make it "Ok" for the Uchiha to rule (dont why i thought that XD) but then, you just took my breath away with the developments towards the end...
I love Shisui/Itachi, seeing how I love Itachi (and really, ItaSasu is kinda creepy...) and I absolutely adored their relationship in this story! It felt so deep, it didnt stop 'changing' which relationships have a tendency to do in most fanfics... so that there's really no progress at all the last five chaps...
I loved how this made Itachi's sacrifice in canon worth it, because when the Uchiha lived, they still ended up getting killed in the end, both them and Shisui killing himself, and then lots of civilians lost their lives too, and the poor Konoha kids had an awful upbringing instead of the peace Itachi created.
Also, Sasuke's death killed me. Thanks for a great story!
| loussi chapter 1 . 7/6/2010
That was so sad. Greed is such an ugly thing.
| The Darkest wizard chapter 1 . 6/5/2010
This is an amazing story!
| sodesne ON HAITUS chapter 1 . 4/19/2010
I'm practically in tears right now. The whole...feel of humanity and the failings of men just is so, so prominent. I honestly don't think I've been affected by a fanfic so much. This...I'm...well, I was at a loss for words. But I realized that author's typically like reviews so I had to wait like ten minutes before my words came back to me.
Thank you for this amazing story!
| sinemoras09 chapter 1 . 4/18/2010
"This, then, is the mathematics of sacrifice—-hundreds upon hundreds of insubstantial souls, faceless names and nameless faces, each completely weightless against the beating blood of Shisui's five fingers against his cheek. Konoha, he tells himself. Konoha."
I'm speechless. Seriously, speechless. I LOVED this. Loved the pain and horror and how Shisui becomes like Danzou himself, and how Itachi (omg) was caught between loving and hating him at the same time. Dude, you've got some wicked talent - there's a reason why I save your stories for a rainy day, and this is why!
Beautiful work! :D
| Heartless chapter 1 . 4/13/2010
Hello, you've written this so beautifully! I had tears in my eyes! I hope you'll write more Itachi X Shisui stories (maybe romantic comedy :) )!
| hewhoistomriddle chapter 1 . 4/12/2010
Ah, ShisuiHinata... in decidedly tragic proportions. Nonetheless, thank you, I got to see it. :)
Ha! I am so happy someone else thought of it - the "One look and Shisui will live" double-meaning scenario. Happier because it was YOU and no one can write out the premise better. Yesyesyes!
It's a good AU, how the entire coup progresses... the only thing I do not understand is how the other clans stood for the authoritarian rule in the first place. It totally destroyed the shinobi village, which is what - capitalist clan-o-cratic? Civil war should have completely taken Konoha before any of the other villages swooped in for the spoils.
I'm also quite a bit (I tell a lie, a LOT) surprised by your characterization of Shisui here, he is becoming so much like Danzo it hurts. But Itachi still lurrvves him. I'm sorry - is it inappropriate to laugh at this junction?
And war, war, war. I think you described how Itachi would react to it very nice and accurate-like. Madara - so insightful. :)
Anyway, thank you for writing this. Truly, truly, truly thank you. I am currently a runaway and this has given my soul repose for several minutes at least.
| theprincesshime chapter 1 . 4/11/2010
I've been struggling, trying to find a way to describe your writing style and I see you've already labeled it for me. Purple prose indeed.
This made me want to cry. Everyone always rails on Itachi for murdering the Uchiha clan and even once we find out why he did it, I feel like still fans are saying, "there must have been another way, a 'better' way.”
I kind of shake my head thinking, 'who knows?' But this fic, it really opened my eyes. This fic is a glimpse of what Itachi was trying to save Konoha from. This was what he sacrificed his family and everyone he loved for, his pride and his reputation for, and ultimately, Shisui and the love of his little brother for. Gosh, this is moving. (Goes of to cry in a corner.)
| Stumbleine8 chapter 1 . 4/11/2010
I really wanted to leave a review for this, but I'm somewhat lost for words (in a good way, I assure you.)
Though there is a small part of me that is connecting your story to how the manga has been recently-a killing spree. But that's because I've never really considered how bad things would have gone had Itachi not killed his clan. Your characterisation of Itachi is brilliant-he's a tough nut to crack, as he's postmortemly confessed to be a completely different person to how he acted, but you've managed to take the main facets of his personality we're given in the manga and build on it. Very impressed!
Just a few tiny issues I have:
1 - Absense of Kakashi. Though this is more a personal opinion, it's already been shown in the manga and anime that Kakashi knew Itachi before the massacre, and I doubt he would have stayed out of a war, and he's too good to have died early on.
2 - Calling Shisui 'brave' at the end. Really, what else could he do? I'm not certain it could be called cowardice (though I would), but we've got numerous examples of cornered leaders committing suicide as the 'easy way out'. (Just how I see it). Also, wouldn't Sasuke's death have activated Itachi's Mangekyou Sharingan? You implied it was Shisui's death, but from the manga it's shown (Kakashi and Obito) that one has to witness a very important person's death, and carry the guilt that activates the Mangekyou.
3 - The last issue - actually, more of a request - is to see a little less angst. His canon life sucked, and this AU was even worse. And as an ultimate nice guy, I'd like to see an AU where things actually go right for him.
Though right now I'm not much of a Shisui fan, I liked the interaction between Tsunade and Itachi, as in canon, as far as we know, they've never met. Actually, we only see Itachi acting outside his Akatsuki persona with his clan pre-massacre and - possibly - with Naruto. It's always interesting to see Itachi's possible relationships with others.
All in all, very haunting.
| Medicinal Biscuit chapter 1 . 4/11/2010
Absolutely beautiful. I love your fics examining what would have happened had things happened differently between these two. All of them are so beliveable and well written, but this one is definitely my favorite.
| SkywardShadow chapter 1 . 4/9/2010
Well, now you've gone and done it. My brain is melting out of my ears (translation: vocabulary and coherentnessgone, gone, gone), and I am crying as I type this. Your writing pulverizes egos more than anything I have ever seen.
This is just..beyond.
One moment of carelessness, and everything comes crashing down for Konoha, for the world, and for so many lives. It's amazing how easily everything was destroyed in those few seconds.
The transformations here were incredible. Itachi...actually ended up even worse off psychologically, it seems, than when he killed the clan in canon. And Shisui's evolution is just astounding; you actually made me dislike him in parts. It was a shock, watching him change from the laughing, loving guy we know and adore to an exhausted and bitter young (you forget how young he is) man.
The marriage to Hinata was a slap in the face. I suppose it figured. Destroying the village wasn't enough; essentially bringing the world to its knees wasn't enough-they had to go and crush the one good thing Itachi and Shisui had left. The one thing that had kept them sane, the one constant...gone, just like that. Horrible.
Itachi's slow breakdown was painful to watch. It's like, how much can he possibly take before he loses it? Itachi is Itachi, I guess-just kept taking it and taking it and taking it, sucking up the pain and the mess and still trying to save the village to the end.
The irony? He still lost everything. Except it's worse here, because at least canonically he had his brother, he had the knowledge that all those sacrifices weren't in vain and that many lives had been saved.
In this case, I didn't think he'd have anything left at all, but then you went and threw us a bone with that tiny shred of hope in the ending (the ending which reduced me to a sniveling pile of mush, thankyouverymuch).
*looks up* Oh my, I kinda went off on you there, didn't I? -.-'
Bottom line: You are ridiculously good. And this story is incredible.
| Aergiia chapter 1 . 4/9/2010
I wanted to post a review, but I didn't know how to do it without simply gushing over your style. You writing is just so poetic and heartfelt, and the diction you use is just so... so... BEAUTIFUL.
"This, then, is the mathematics of sacrifice—hundreds upon hundreds of insubstantial souls, faceless names and nameless faces, each completely weightless against the beating blood of Shisui's five fingers against his cheek."
This sentence did it for me. I was completely drawing into the story; I read every single word as though I would go blind if I didn't. And corny metaphors aside, your talent is as long and as endless as the Nakano River. (lol xD)
All in all, wonderful, wonderful, wonderful story.
- Wingless Fallen Angel
P.S. If I could have even a microscopic sliver of your talent, my life would be complete.
| Likes to Smile chapter 1 . 4/9/2010
Very sad, but it was so beautifully real.
I think it's the first time I've ever been a few words away from crying in a Naruto fic.
| M.E chapter 1 . 4/9/2010
Ah, damn, that was just too sad. I don't quite think this kind of ultimate worst case scenario would've come to pass had Itachi failed (the stars seem to align especially wrong in your fic, so many fatal factors all at once), but I can't deny that the possibility is real. Too real.
Congratulations for being the first person who ever made me sincerely wish to have Shisui hanged, drawn and quartered. Itachi is my personal soft spot, and for someone to have tortured him so... he'd have to be quartered very slowly. With blunt spoons. And liberal addition of salt and lime juice. Have I mentioned that your fic gave me a massive hate on for Shisui? Mark of a brilliant fic that, to get me hissing and spitting like this.
Ah, what the hell. I love every single one of your fics that I've read. You have shiny purrty talent, you do, and I'm thanking the powers that be that you chose fanfic for your outlet. Thanks for writing this one. It was one teeth gnashingny awesome read.
| Katelynn Shaw chapter 1 . 4/9/2010
Beautiful story, beautiful and sad.
I think the Naruto fandom often forgets that, without Itachi's sacrifice, everyone else would be dead too.