Reviews for Contagious
ShinoCoolGaaraAwesome chapter 21 . 3/3
This fic was amazingly well written! I loved the plot and the unusual way that Sakura became Akatsuki... I believe this is one of the better one that I've read!
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Cherry1315 chapter 21 . 3/1
Loooved this to bits! Thank you for sharing. :)
mickaylee chapter 21 . 2/22
awesome story I loved it
swallowinthetwilight chapter 21 . 2/15
THIS WAS SO AMAZING. I first stumbled across this on your LJ and had bookmarked it in my "Fanfic TBC" folder because you had only posted till chapter 2 on there, but THANK GOD I thought to check you out on FFN today when I clicked on the link to see if there were any updates! I did switch to read this on AO3 to catch the smutty bits (which were great, btw), but that's not really why I'm so ecstatic over this fic. I cannot say how HAPPY I am at how you had the ItaSaku play out-as you said, you did NOT rush this at all. I'm actually happy that it took until almost halfway through the fic before she even really MET with Akatsuki, and that their relationship really only took off towards the end, and during such dire straits. And I certainly did not expect the plot twist. It's probably horrible of me, but I am SO relieved that Itachi was not the character to die-not that I'm happy how Sasuke ended up-but when I saw "Major Character Death" on AO3 and how Itachi's illness was incurable, it seemed the most likely assumption (and I realize Itachi dying is canon, but it still wrenches my heart every time; you can tell you're a sucker for punishment when Itachi is your favorite character T_T). Of course, just like that twist with the virus's true purpose at the end, you managed to pull a fast one on the reader. There were a few times I had thought if *maybe* Sasuke had been the mastermind, but I immediately dismissed it because it because he didn't know the truth and thus wouldn't have a motive for revenge against Konoha, yet; alas, I was not as imaginative.

So let me start at the beginning. This fic had such a comical beginning, from the bizarre (almost crack-tastic) virus to Sakura hilariously & continually digging herself into an even bigger hole, and that tone just seemed to continue with Haji and Sora (whom I absolutely LOVED; best OCs ever, and best 'how-did-you-guys-meet' story, too, hahaha!). That twist with the miko's betrayal was a clever way to shift the tone from entertaining to tragic, a wake-up call to the realities of missing-nin life (and nin-life in general, really), though I was quite sad to see Haji and Sora go. The blue rose itself was, like the virus, a bit of a stretch, but I suppose any magical object./power not originally in canon, especially anything not directly related to ninja abilities, has that risk, really. Cue another set-up and a great surprise encounter with Kisame! I like how he just 'happened' upon the scene, not that the confrontation was between Sakura and Akatsuki directly, and that Akatsuki wasn't approaching her to recruit her; I think its clear, especially with the recent manga, that Sakura has amazing abilities and is no 'weak link'...but you could add, "as do many other shinobi." I don't think it belittles a character if they're 'only' A-rank and not 'upgraded' to S-rank, because that SHOULD be a rare designation-after all I think there are VERY few people who could compete with Orochimaru, for instance-even SASUKE and ITACHI couldn't totally kill him, not REALLY.

Moving on to Itachi's initial reactions-knowing the truth about Itachi, they made perfect sense. Even if the Tsukiyomi made you cringe (I think we can all agree that using it on Sasuke, especially the second time, was a critical mistake-your fic seems to especially emphasize this, since Sasuke ends in insanity...Itachi taking a 2 month guilt-trip, ha), it was a tactical move and would have been an efficient one, too. And Itachi's and Sakura's interactions developed very realistically. Even if you were a little frustrated that Sakura didn't figure out Itachi's true loyalties sooner (OBVIOUS when you look at his actions/words, but granted, I knew the truth already and it's a bit of a bewildering notion without the backstory). Highlights for me included: Sakura's observation about the 'taste' of Itachi's mind (legitimately the most romantic part of this fic, as odd as that might seem), Itachi's subsequent shyness after the Tsukiyomi incident, the whole festival fiasco, Sakura's immediate reaction to finding out Itachi's illness, and of course, the cave scene (it feels a bit weird to comment on smut, but I think the hottest part was Itachi scraping his thumb around Sakura's navel; I think little not-directly-sexual details are what really ground such scenes and make them visceral, since the 'main action' is sort of...par for the course). I *did* have a suspicion that it was Karin when she mentioned she was a chakra sensor and pushed up her glasses; and speaking of other characters, I loved Kisame, Deidara, and Tobi too (and Han! Damn I'm surprised I haven't had to go back and look up any of these names! Your OCs really made an impression!). And the fact that they all ate vegetarian (99% of the time) was just...adorable, really. Especially being so matter of fact about it as if it's just the obvious thing to do when you have a vegetarian in the house n_n.

Finally, the ending with Sasuke...it was undoubtedly a horrifying way for things to go, and it's clear that Sasuke's brief moment of madness after learning the truth about Itachi in canon was what inspired this twist. I'm glad his plan didn't succeed, and Ino saving the day with shintenshin was a very nice touch...but definitely an extremely tragic and horrifying end. As much as I love Itachi as a character, I have no illusions about how misguided he was, and how messed up many of his decisions were (noooooot that he was alone in them, AT ALL, but...yeah; COMPLICATED), and this was perhaps the cruelest way for Itachi to fully discover the error of his ways (at least in canon Itachi was the one who was dead, and Sasuke still lived). My biggest disappointment with the ending was that Itachi and Sakura decided to part ways. Itachi had previously asked Sakura to stay with him for his remaining time, and clearly Sakura's Konoha friends would be around after Itachi passed away-so why spend time with the latter when it's the former's days who were numbered? The blue rose was, unequivocally, a deux ex machina move, but since I'm so relieved Itachi had a happy ending as a result, I can't complain too much :D. The epilogue was also fitting, and I'm glad they retired from shinobi life and decided not to raise their son as one; a very lovely end.

I'm sorry that was so long and rambly, but I really enjoyed this fic! And I probably didn't do a very good job at conveying that; I only feel comfortable offering criticism on fics I really love, so please take that into account! I'm excited to watch for any more one-shots in this universe-as well as read your other fics, hehe! Thank you so much for writing! And good luck with your future work!
queenfirst chapter 2 . 1/24
THIS IS SO WONDERFUL I'M NOT CRYING. seriously, though, two chapters in and i'm already in love!
queenfirst chapter 1 . 1/24
oh, plot twist!
IMixDangerousChemicals chapter 21 . 11/23/2013
This is awesome! I loved this, and that emotional ride you took us readers on was exceptional. Keep writing!
xXxBlessxThexFallxXx chapter 21 . 10/11/2013
It...was beautiful 3
xXxBlessxThexFallxXx chapter 17 . 10/11/2013
Oooh he got pissed as soon as Sakura grabbed Itachi's hand...
xXxBlessxThexFallxXx chapter 13 . 10/11/2013
She should just tell him... this of course coming from a viewer who already knows Itachi's "Secret"...but still...
xXxBlessxThexFallxXx chapter 11 . 10/11/2013
Ooooh! Their relationship's gettin' better, I love it!
xXxBlessxThexFallxXx chapter 9 . 10/11/2013
Soooo wanna explain how this is ItaSaku? I mean I know that he probably has issues with her cuz of Sasuke but still.
xXxBlessxThexFallxXx chapter 8 . 10/11/2013
I always love the way Kisame is portrayed in these stories... He's so amusing and lighthearted with a sense of humor... but can be extremely deadly as well :3
xXxBlessxThexFallxXx chapter 6 . 10/11/2013
That's depressing, but for some reason I suspected betrayal from the miko... I just didnt expect Haji or Sora to die...
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