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Title: My Other Life
Rating: PG
Genre: Angst
Comments: And sometimes the story is different.

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And sometimes you never leave your life behind and admit to yourself that you have a home—a family. You allow yourself to let go of the past, live and train hard just for the sake of being able to hold a reputation rather than a grudge. And you grow up, get promoted, and marry a girl with pink hair.

And sometimes you see that shadow of yourself that you thought you laid to rest, especially when your old teammate surpasses your rankings straight to the Hokage. Or when you look at your wife and two sons and wonder if it's possible one day a dark fate waits for them. Or when you pass the old district that still smells of blood.

And that shadow takes over you, creeping from the dark corners of your mind and into the light of your thoughts. And you spend your days wondering what you could have been, what you could have done, what you could have gained instead as your bride's eyes lose their spark to worry and fatigue. And your sons grow up knowing only of a father's bitterness.

And somewhere, you wake up one day realizing you never stopped being a 12-year old boy.

-owari


Authoress Notes

I know this isn't any of the requests I've recieved from my past reviews, but this is something that came into my head and wouldn't leave until I wrote it. And it's actually been sitting in my files for a while doing nothing, so I finally decided to dust it off and share.

Sometimes we must travel the dark path to realize we never wish to again.