A new story!
I've always wanted to write my own SI story after reading masterpieces such as Vapors and its sequel Clarity by ElectraSev5en and Lang Noi's Catch Your Breath. Go read them if you haven't, they're definitely worth it.
So, yeah, this is my take on it. Please tell me what you think of it and if I should continue writing this. Thank you!
Disclaimer: What, I don't own Naruto?
Prologue: 'Tis Good to be Alive
Oh my God.
This can't be true. I refuse to believe that
I cannot move a single muscle as I stare at the piece of cloth hanging on the wall right across from my crib. A sheet with an all too familiar symbol stitched smack in the middle of it, its red and white coloring in a stark contrast against the dark blue surrounding it.
Oh God. I'm still here. Why am I still here?
Up until now, I have never been fundamentally shocked in my whole relatively ordinary life.
Of course, like everybody else, I've had my share of dumbfounded, slack-jawed, wide-eyed moments. Surprise of both positive and negative nature, unexpected flashes of happiness and excitement, devastating backlashes followed by phases of near depression – sure.
But an event that was the emotional equivalent of an earthquake?
I don't think that the human mind was supposed to handle a shock of this magnitude.
That, at least, is the only answer I can think of when I look back at the first six months of my new life which I had spent in a state of total shut-down.
Yeah, that's right. First six months of my new life.
And not the I-decided-to-overhaul-my-current-uneventful-existence kind of new life. More like the I-died-in-a-car-accident-and-found-myself-in-the-body-of-a-newborn kind of new life.
All the stories I have read on the Internet are true. Reincarnation is real.
Which is an amazing thing, really. Believe me, I was fascinated about this for the first approximately five minutes after calming down from the trauma of being squeezed out of a dark warm place through a tunnel into the glaring lights of a hospital room.
Not to mention the sensation of being picked up by giant hands and placed on top of another giant person.
I guess that that was the point where I realized that I had been reborn – and man was I excited!
I know, a lot of people would say I was insane for not going at least a little bit bat-shit over this but I can honestly say that my fascination crushed any shred of panic that might have popped up.
Because, people. Think.
Score for Buddhism, Hinduism and all those other religions and spiritual belief systems that I don't know about, because, yeah, they're right. Reincarnation is a real thing.
Oh gosh, I gotta tell my brother. He's gonna freak out and then we're gonna freak out together because he's awesome like that and then my mom is gonna ask us if we're insane and we're gonna tell her and –
I started giggling madly, because, gosh, I was so giddy.
"Oh" a voice suddenly exclaimed. "Kanojo ga waratte iru!"
Can you say that again please. 'Cause I don't think I understand … is that Japanese? My existence as an avid anime watcher is only just enough to identify that. And I'm mighty proud of that. Don't judge me.
"Shiawasena kodomo" the giantess underneath me cooed. "Uchiha Etsuko. Sore wa kanojo no tame no kanzen'na namaedesu, ne, Nobuo?"
Can you say that again please. 'Cause I think I understood something this time.
I think the giantess just named me. And as an avid anime watcher, there was no way I could have missed that word.
And in that moment it all came crashing down on me.
I had died.
I had been reborn.
As a character of the Narutoverse.
Right into the midst of one of the most dangerous clans in the Elemental Nations.
This, I decide, is as good a moment to freak out as any.
It didn't get any better when I was sent away with the giantess and another giant – my new mom and dad.
Upon arriving at some house – excuse me for my vague descriptions but I couldn't see shit from my place in the giant's arms and, yeah, I was busy having a mental break down – I was placed into a crib and they each gave me a kiss on the forehead before leaving the room.
I think they might have been concerned about my sudden muteness that stood in a stark contrast with the mad giggles right after my birth.
Mental distress is quite exhausting and I guess even more so for the body of a baby. I quickly fell asleep, only waking up when the sun was shining brightly into my room again.
So, here I am, staring open-mouthed at the Uchiha banner on my wall.
I'm still here.
Which probably means that this is real.
I, formerly of the name of Elizabeth Wang, have been reincarnated as Uchiha Etsuko into the Hidden Village of the Leaf.
How is this even my life?
Kanojo ga waratte iru! = She's laughing!
Shiawasena kodomo. = A happy child.
Sore wa kanojo no tame no kanzen'na namaedesu, ne, Nobuo? = That's the perfect name for her, don't you think, Nobuo?
Etsuko = joyous child
Japanese directly taken from Google Translate. I have no idea if this is right.