Haha look! I put my pen name like the actual chapters!
First off on the agenda are some story statistics as of this moment, just for record's sake, I guess.
--Word Count [according to Microsoft Word and without disclaimer/author's note]: 113,011
--Total Word Count: 136,099
Second off, since I'm going to take it off of my profile, here is the full playlist-thing for Fangrlz: The Album [soundtrack much? haha]:
1. Teenage Recoil – Zeromancer
2. Wake Me Up – Zebrahead
3. Once in a Lifetime – DragonForce
4. Move Along – The All-American Rejects
5. Shadow of the Day – Linkin Park
6. Angel – Sarah McLachlan
7. Like Whoa – Aly & AJ (Kaitlyn)
8. Change Your Mind – The All-American Rejects (Kaitlyn)
9. I Love You Always Forever – Donna Lewis (Kaitlyn)
10. Behind The Grey – Paradise Lost (Sam)
11. Inside the Fire – Disturbed (Sam)
12. How Soon Is Now? – t.A.T.u. (Sam)
13. Famous Last Words – Zeromancer (Jowan)
14. We Are – Anna Johnson (Jowan)
15. Brighter Than Sunshine – Aqualung (Jowan)
16. Innocence – Avril Lavigne (Ashley)
17. Kiss Me – Sixpence None The Richer (Ashley)
18. 30 Minutes – t.A.T.u. (Ashley)
19. Life Less Ordinary – Carbon Leaf (Katie)
20. Echelon – 30 Seconds to Mars (Katie)
21. Missing – Evanescence (Katie)
And some possible extras to look into:
22. Reckless Youth – Pillar
23. I Don't Wanna Be In Love – Good Charlotte (Katie)
24. Can't Help Falling In Love – A*Teens (Kaitlyn)
25. I'll Believe You When – Matchbox Twenty (Jowan)
26. Throwdown – Pillar (Sam)
27. Let Go – Frou Frou (Ashley)
Now, I know the ending was kind of confusing for some people. I was going out on an artistic limb, so to speak. If you thought it was confusing, it was kind of supposed to be. I guess I was trying to reflect the confusion that the character was feeling when she got back – plus going through it all in a daze leaves details unclear. Then there's the questioning of the reality of the whole experience – blurring the lines between here and there. [sigh] It was an idea. I was inspired, and that came out. I actually like it that way.
So . . . yeah, we've finally come to the end of our girls' adventures -- or is this only the end of the beginning? Dun-dun-duuuun. Anyway, I'd like to send a big 'thank you' out to everyone who's been reading, reviewing, favoriting, etc. Fangrlz. It means a lot to me that you all have enjoyed [and hopefully will continue to enjoy] this fic so much! When I first posted it up, I was ready for tons of flames about how unoriginal and lame the idea was, blahblahblah, but I did it anyway, since I wanted the girls to be able to keep reading it when I was off at college. It was definitely a pleasant surprise to get so many reviews [over a thousand!!!] without a single flame and numerous "I didn't think I'd like this, but . . ." reviews. They definitely have made keeping this up worthwhile. You've laughed, cried, cheered, booed, and so much more with us all along the way, but in truth, our journey's just begun. Yes, you know what that means . . . [cue drum roll]
A sequel! [yaaay!]
You all asked for it [and really, it's been planned from the beginning], so here you go!
Indeed, Fangrlz II: Legends is already in the making as you read this, and as they say: "You ain't seen nothin' yet!" Running away never did anyone any good, so now everything the girls know and love about the Naruto world is about to be threatened by war, and they must return to fight for what is precious to them. But still, war isn't their biggest problem, for something else is amiss that threatens not only the Naruto world, but the "real" world as well. [oh no panda!]
[cue dramatic music and awesome narrator voice] It all began with five ordinary girls who were forced to become extraordinary. Stolen from their world by a twist of space and time, they found themselves lost in a very different place -- a world more dangerous than any of them could imagine -- the world of Naruto. Separated, but not alone, they fought to learn how to survive in a world of bloodthirsty ninja. For better . . . or for worse. Their adventure -- their fight -- their story -- was Fangrlz. But it seems that nothing good can ever last, and the girls were forced to return to their own world, left to wonder if what happened truly happened.
Now, they must return to the world they left behind, for darkness has risen once more, and those five girls are in for the fight of their lives. But what can five high-school girls hope to do when war looms deadly on the horizon? Can they find the courage to fight when each day might be their last? Can they ever hope to survive when the world around them is falling apart? And what will happen when the fate of two worlds rests on the decision of one?
Soon, the adventure will continue. Soon, the girls will face their biggest challenge yet. Soon, two worlds will collide, and legends will be born. [end dramatic music and awesome narrator voice]
Ahem. I'm getting ahead of myself. A few chapters have already been written, but it'll be a couple of weeks before I post the first one, just to make sure I don't get too ambitious with posting and have enough to get things going. I'm already planning on writing some chapters where other people than just the girls narrate. For example, you might get to see things through Gaara's eyes, or maybe even Tobi. That should at some variety and twist, don't you think? Also, I'll be going through Fangrlz and fixing some mistakes that might not have been seen to yet, maybe even adding some minor stuff here and there to beef it up.
In the mean time, though, I'll leave you with this little snippet from the sequel, narrated by Kaitlyn:
Jowan playfully elbows Kevin. "So, Leader-to-be, got any special plans for next year?"
Kevin just rolls his eyes and shakes his head, smirking slightly. Giggling, I turn to say something to Sam. As I open my mouth to speak, though, an all-too-familiar crack splits the air of the lunchroom. My eyes widen and meet Sam's, faintly registering the smile that's slowly spreading across her face. "Is that--?" I barely manage before a louder crackle fills the large room like thousands of chirping birds.
Students are yelling and scrambling away from the center of the lunchroom. There, a small orb of crackling lightning has appeared, slowly widening into a horizontal ring of jagged light. The center of the ring is dark as night -- like a black hole threatening to swallow us up. Then, without warning, wind explodes out from the ring, howling and swirling through the cafeteria. The force of the moving air shifts tables and chairs, whipping through hair and drowning out the screams of my fellow students.
As the wind dies, and I lower my arm from shielding my face, I can barely make out what appears to be shapes moving in the void of the portal. Those shadowy figures take solid form as they step through the ring of lightening, their feet making no sound as they drop to the tile floor. Of course, even if they do make sound, I can't hear it over the lightning and wind. I can't help but stare as I easily recognize the five figures now standing in the middle of the lunchroom – Kakashi Hatake, Naruto Uzumaki, Kiba Inuzuka seated atop a very large Akamaru, and (one of my least favorite people in the Naruto world) dear Kankuro.
The face-painted Sand Ninja looks around the room with dark eyes. "Great," he grunts. "We come out into a building full of kids. Do you have any idea how much I hate kids?"
Well, thanks again for all your support. I look forward to seeing you soon when Fangrlz II: Legends is up and kicking! Tata!