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Aug 20, 2019 12:00 PM
inanna's ring!sasuke wakes up in narutoverse
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"Sasuke, your brother- you may have been put under a genjutsu. I'm going to have to check your memories for signs of tampering."

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... Crap. Hopefully they won't go deep...

He bites his lip, since it'll already have been obvious he's nervous, and nods.

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Inoichi forms a triangle with his hands and aims them at Sasuke. His eyes go slightly unfocused for a brief moment before returning, and then he puts his hands down and sighs.

"...You'll be fine. You should stay here where it's safe for tonight, and tomorrow we can figure out something more permanent."

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He nods. "Is there. Something normal?"

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"Ordinarily you'd become a ward of the village, but with the circumstances and your clan, the Hokage will have to make a ruling."

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He nods. ...It's weird he wouldn't be adopted. Orphans don't really happen, not for long, but there's a plenty big mismatch between people who want to get pregnant and people who want kids.

"What did you find in my head? Did you see who -"

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"It seems like your brother, Itachi, he laid some kind of powerful genjutsu on you. As far as I can tell, it should be over. But there may be residual effects, which could explain any memory problems you're experiencing."

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"Oh. Okay." Itachi. That doesn't really sound like any of his siblings... Though he supposes Sasuke isn't too similar to Sugira either. Belatedly: "...Thanks."

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Inoichi smiles and stands. "Let's take you somewhere more comfortable."

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He nods, standing as well, and follows.

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He takes the boy to another room with a pair of beds, shows him where to find the bathroom, with a toilet, sink, and shower and some basic personal hygiene items, and asks if he needs anything else.

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It's been long enough he's thirsty, and his body feels like he skipped dinner then had a violent bout of nausea. "A cup for water."

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There's what looks like an office break room, with a small fridge, coffeemaker, and hotpad. Inoichi fetches him a cup and says to help himself to anything in the fridge if he feels like it.

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"Right." He'll investigate the fridge and any unlocked cabinets for - crackers or something? Rice?

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There's a couple servings of rice, a vegetable dish, and mystery curry in the fridge. There's cup ramen and instant coffee in the cupboards.

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So a pretty depressing break room. A small amount of rice shouldn't hurt his stomach, though, and, well, he's mostly currently weighing being paranoid about food versus going hungry (and probably coming off as suspicious), and they at least are assuming he thinks they're trustworthy. Or putting forward that front.

He hates double-think.

Water and rice for dinner it is.

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When Inoichi is satisfied that he's settled in all right, he'll be left alone for the rest of the night.

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...He should probably sleep. Sleep is important.

He can't, though. Spends the night mentally spinning through his lost spells, trying to reconstruct something -

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Morning comes all too soon, and with it two new masked guards, this time a bat and a bird. They take him upstairs to the Hokage's office at the top of the building, a wide space with a balcony overlooking the town. The Hokage is seated at his desk, an old man with a diamond-shaped red and white hat smoking a long pipe.

"Ah, young Sasuke. Come in, have a seat."

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...If they don't have immortality rings he's probably as old as he looks.

...If Sugira remembers the older settings on his ring right that'd put him in - sixties? To eighties? Sugira is probably twice his age...

He comes in and sits. Holds still. "You wanted to see me, sir?" he asks, keeping his voice quiet. (He hates formality, hates authority, but, well, sometime around age ninety he learned how to play along for his goals.)

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The Hokage has a big speech, says how tragic last night was, offers his sympathy and condolences, some words of comfort, and gradually winds around to the question of what to do with him. As the last remaining member of the Uchiha Clan associated with Konoha, he is now technically the clan head and heir to all Uchiha property and assets. Coupled with the fact that he is old enough to be enrolled in the Academy, this means that he is legally considered an adult and not strictly eligible for the support the village provides to orphans. However, the Hokage can bend the rules and get him placed in the free housing and provide him with the stipend if he would rather not have to deal with that right now.

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WHAT THE FUCK WHY IS A SMALL CONSIDERED AN ADULT.

Ahem.

"I can handle the property and stuff. I... Don't want to stay - there. So someone to help me find an apartment?"

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Of course that can be arranged. There's just some paperwork to take care of first...

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Oh joy. Paperwork.

He'll very thoroughly read everything and do his due diligence.

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If the Hokage thinks this is out of character, he gives no sign of it.

Once that's done, a man with a large scar running horizontally across his face will show Sasuke around some of the apartments that are available.

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