Genma Short Subjects

by Nezuko, Prince of Rats

This is a work of derivative fiction based on "Naruto" by Kishimoto Masashi. The characters and the world in which they live are the property of Kishimoto-sensei.

Chemistry

Genma first got interested in poisons when he was an Academy student. Takahara-sensei had showed them how to crush the leaves from a certain plant, then brew the mash with alcohol, add a few drops of lye until the solution turned opaque, then paint it on a senbon. All that was sort of interesting and the glassware was kind of cool. But it was the way the mouse test-subject had died almost instantly when sensei stabbed that senbon through its tail that had really gotten Genma's attention.

Soon enough Genma was brewing up poisons of his own. Trying different plants and chemicals and spores, reading books and scrolls that everyone said were way too complicated for him, books like The Neurobiological Poisons of the Mangrove Regions, and Venoms and Toxins in Animals.

He learned a lot about how poison worked, how to make it, how to use it. By the time he graduated to genin he was considered something of a prodigy. But it wasn't until he was a thirteen-year-old chuunin, hiding from Iwagakure shinobi high in the mountains of Earth country, that he really understood about poison. When he was choking and gagging and gasping for breath, and watching his sensei and his teammates all writhing and vomiting and turning slaty blue. It wasn't until he had too little antidote and too many people to try to save, that he got poison in a visceral sense.