|Reviews for Remain|
| Guest chapter 6 . 11/29/2013
Wut. Wut. Wut happened. Y no update... Please please please update
| bridmatt chapter 6 . 4/23/2013
I'm glad there's a sequel to Stay because I feel like more could still be done with Naruto and Sasuke as characters. The plot of Stay ended well. It was clear Stay was about giving Naruto the courage he needed to walk out of a troubled relationship. But Stay left me with a lot of questions about Sasuke, so I'm glad we get to see more of his perspective this time around. If anything, I would say Remain is a little more Sasuke's fic than Naruto's because we see much, much more of his world and the things he's dealing with in this fic, and also, I think he's got to do a bit more mental and emotional work than Naruto has to do before he can be happy.
In this fic, the main thing Naruto has to do is exorcise the little bit of his past with Sasuke that remains. Maybe that means he'll be able to tell Gaara about Sasuke, or maybe it means he'll continue to keep that private and agree to move in with Gaara. Maybe getting rid of his past hangups will allow Naruto to move forward with Gaara, or maybe it will allow him to start afresh with Sasuke.
Perhaps you even mean to put the shoe on the other foot and have Naruto be the one who's in a relationship with a person he's comfortable with, but doesn't entirely make him happy, while also having something going on with Sasuke. (I can't see them be stupid enough to have another affair, but they can be emotionally involved even if they're not physically involved.) Perhaps repeating history in this way will allow Naruto to better understand the past if he's able to understand the position Sasuke was in, and maybe it will allow Sasuke to truly makes amends if he feels a bit led on the way Naruto once felt.
In contrast, I think Sasuke has more work to do because unlike Naruto who really only has to figure things out for himself, Sasuke has to figure things out with Sakura, Naruto, AND himself. He has to accept his own mistakes, accept that maybe he might not be able to make Naruto happy the way he is now (and change himself), and somehow make amends with Naruto and Sakura so that they can truly move on from the past. It's a positive thing that Sasuke is out now (I'd be interested in seeing some of the homophobia he has to deal with as a way of explaining why he'd buried himself so far deeply into the closet. Is being a gay cop a problem for him at work? The bar fight from the previous fic only hinted at this.) I think even if the fic ends GaaNaru again, it would be a good ending for Sasuke if we walk away from the fic feeling like the next time he gets into a relationship with someone, he'll be able to make that person happy.
I don't think Sasuke is a terrible person. He hadn't allowed himself to accept that he was gay until he met Naruto, so he wasn't exactly in an easy position figuring it out after he got married, and to his best friend, a girl he'd been with for 8 years. He essentially broke his "Kiba's" heart. That's tough. I also give him credit for telling Naruto fairly early on in the relationship. Where he went wrong was in allowing himself to become comfortable with the situation between himself, Naruto, and Sakura, and not making a decision much, much sooner. If Naruto hadn't made the decision himself to walk away, Sasuke probably would've let it go on indefinitely. And if he didn't, as Kakashi said, going from an affair to a real relationship wouldn't have done the relationship any favors.
As for Gaara, I'm not all that attached to him. It's good he seems to make Naruto happy, but meh. He didn't show up until the very end of the 7th chapter in the previous fic, so I didn't get all that attached to him in Stay. Though his dates with Naruto were cute enough. But rather than Gaara specifically, the dates were more about Naruto being able to give *someone* a chance. I also find it problematic that in some ways, Naruto saw Gaara as Sasuke-lite. For that reason alone, if he really wanted to move on from Sasuke, he should have picked someone else. And besides all that, I really didn't like his confrontation with Kiba. What gave him the right to do that? Kiba was right to be offended about Gaara's insinuation he and Naruto were having an affair. And he jumped to such a wild conclusion simply because Naruto was being moody and said he had stuff he couldn't talk about yet. That's not exactly incriminating. What happened to trusting your partner?
| Sighcoe chapter 6 . 2/17/2013
Oh my #$$%#$%#$%# Gawd! You stop it when the story's just about to get really good. Where's the next chapter huny?
| TheMrsBrightside chapter 6 . 8/25/2012
OMG... i can't help but cry... for Sasuke, Naruto and Gaara TT they deserve to be happy... *cries* i hate Sasuke for doing that to Naru-chan but but... the two of them seem to be the "so right but so wrong" -pfffft - btw reading this story makes me remember the song Broken Arrow by Pixie Lott... it kinda decribes what Naru-chan's feeling right now... especially with this lyrics
"He's the thorn in my flesh
That I can't take out
He's stealing my breath
When you're around,
And now you're trying to convince me,
He wasn't worth it,
But you can't complete me,
It's the part that he's missing,
I miss him, I'm missing him,
Oh I miss him I miss him, i'm missing him,
And you're sitting in the front row,
Wana be first in line,
Sitting by my window,
Giving me all your time,
You could be my hero,
If only I could let go,
But his love has still hit me,
Like a broken arrow.
What do you do
When your hearts in two places?
You feel great but you're torn inside.
You feel love but you just can't embrace it,
When you found the right one at the wrong time."
*sniff sniff* puhleaze update soon...
| giggles88 chapter 6 . 5/8/2012
plz plz plz continue this fic! i've been hooked since 2010 and would love to see what happens next!
| gummybear1620 chapter 6 . 11/8/2011
Ehehe, my kind of late review, sorry! (stupid Life got in the way...) but, anyway, I loved this chapter too! We got to see Gaara try and figure out what's up with Naruto, and with Kiba no less XD I really like the way you described Naruto in university- it sounds exactly like how he is in canon (well, except the good grades thing, but lol this is real life)
And then it also made me hate Sasuke some more T_T how could he make Naruto all drawn into himself? He deserves to be loud! Outgoing! Aghh!
Even despite all that though, I have to admit I was so excited when Sasuke came...and then it ended. Cliffhangers will be the death of me one day, I swear! (Oh, I also gained a new respect for Gaara. He's so sweet to Naruto, I almost hope he ends up with him, but Sasuke...is the drug! ha!)
I wonder when Naruto will tell Gaara, will Sasuke sort this all out, will Kiba become even more the guard dog..? AND MOST OF ALL: WHAT HAPPENS NEXT? :D Update soon!
| kiki2222 chapter 6 . 11/7/2011
Love this story a lot!
| SilverSauce chapter 6 . 11/6/2011
you would end it there
| AVAuchiha chapter 6 . 11/3/2011
Really good but ah too short!
I love Gaara but he's just not for Naruto (for me)
Plus...Sasuke's my favorite hahaha...
| GoTrinba chapter 6 . 11/3/2011
Yes! Sasuke is at the door! How exciting I wonder what is going to happen! Just like the old times when he would come into Naruto's home : D Poor Gaara I really thought he was the kind of guy that was just going to back off Naruto for a little and give him his space, but then he goes around and asks Kiba about the things Naruto doesn't wanna tell him. It must really mean that he cares about Naruto. I did not expect him to try and snoop on Naruto during their off time, now I feel even sadder for him : ( I wonder how he will react when he finds out that the reason Naruto is having these issues is because he is thinking about an ex. I'm glad you made such a speedy update it made my day : )
| Kat chapter 6 . 11/3/2011
i wanna know what sasuke wants with naruto!
| Housenka chapter 6 . 11/2/2011
too lazy to sign in lol
...omg u cannot just end a chapter like this! wow i'm soo excited for the next!
loved the friendship btw kiba and naruto very sweet and it kindof gave us a glimpse of the real naruto as i've realized that in both your fics you've made him mostly sad and unhappy so it was nice to see the happy one even if it was just kiba talking about him:)
| gummybear1620 chapter 5 . 10/21/2011
My long overdue review! (sorry about that) XD
Remain is just as beautiful as Stay was, even though it's only 5 chapters long. It gives us more perspective into their lives and background, and even though we'd all like to hate Sakura, we can't. Because she's just as important to the story as Naruto and Sasuke is...if you think about it, Sakura must feel like Naruto did whenever Sasuke left him. (Especially the part where she was like 'Naruto...I finally have a name' and Naruto remembered hearing Sakura's name for the first time) I'm glad she moved on.
This is all Sasuke's fault. Darn you. You shoulda realized your sexuality earlier! -sigh- and now he's like a curse to Naruto.
I was reading the a/n to chap 5 and then I got to the second to last line. I was like readreadread then WHAT? and doubled back. ha! Didn't expect to see my name there XD But thank you!
And the way you wrote the last chapters were awesome! I love the memory/present format, honestly. It's a change from other authors who write set in stone.
This fic is so sad! But realistic, in a way. I don't want Gaara and naruto to break up, yet I want the SasuNaruness to start :( because Gaara will always be better for Naruto than Sasuke, but then again, isn't the forbidden love always the best? XD (though I suppose it isn't forbidden anymore...)
Now, to conclude this terribly long review, I loved this! I hope you update soon! :)
| Housenka chapter 5 . 10/19/2011
i was just upset about doing not so well on another midterm and then i see you've updated and i was all soo happy...until i read and it kindof made me sad but in a good way. though i agree with sasuke i hate thinking that their relationship wouldn't have turned out wonderfully, i do think there's some truth in it. i also think it connects back to naruto's fear of committment to gaara (and of course the fact that he's still not fully over sasuke) hmm a thoughtful chapter made me think more indept of the sasunaru relationship
looking foward to where you decide to take this:)
though i agree with kakashi i'm still hoping for a sasunaru ending lol just wanted to make that clear:P
| GoTrinba chapter 5 . 10/19/2011
Yayy an update! Finally Sasuke is divorced yay! Poor Gaara, I feel real bad for him because he is such a nice guy! He doesn't pry into naruto's business even though he really wants to know what's going on. Somehow Gaara being so nice makes me feel really bad that Naruto might not give him another chance T.T I wonder how Naruto and Sasuke will start up a new relationship O.O It's an interesting concept that they wouldn't have worked out either way, because it's true, I doubt Naruto would have been able to deal with the guilt of splitting up a marrige. Naruto is too good for that, and even though he was in involved in an affair, he is not free of his conscience. Can't wait for the next update! I'm really happy that u have stated in ur author's note that u don't ever give up on fics! Then I can forever look forward to an update, no matter how long it may be : D