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[fic] Mirror Mirror

Title: Mirror Mirror
Rating: PG-13, T may go up later
Fandom: Naruto
Characters: Hyuuga Nejime (Neji), Tian (Tenten), Li (Lee), Mai (Gai) and Rookies
Notes: Genderflip AU. What if the members of Team Gai were born the opposite gender of what they are in canon? (Rest of the Rookie 9 may/may not be similarly flipped. Although for sure Yamanaka Ino remains the same.) Definitely inspired by the awesome Naruto RP narukorp  and especially by Nejiko and Tentsuke (played by the lovely istoria  ) although I deliberately tried to write it as somewhat different from their much more plausible take.

Mad props also to tainted4life  , who let me natter on at her about the idea, came up with the names Nejime and Li, and did some AIM RP with me to help develop the whole concept.

Fate, she decided, had a horrible sense of humor. And irony. (Among other things)

Why else would it have let her fall in love with _Tian_, of all people?

It was an entirely unsatisfactory situation. Hyuuga Nejime was not in the habit of lying to herself about her own capabilities - and her own allure. She knew she was not entirely ugly - in fact, she took carefully-hidden pride in her long, dark hair which was nicer than Yamanaka's, it WAS and she detected no abnormalities in her features. And she had the toned body of a kunoichi - a _genius_ kunoichi, moreover - so while not entirely _pleased_ with her lean, trim build she did not think it shameful either.

But Tian? Tian would never look twice at her.

It was not that Tian did not look at girls. He did this often, and with great glee - Tian ru Jian had a great appreciation for female beauty, that no one could deny. And more often than not, girls looked back, because Tian was good to look at.

(Nejime stomped down that part of her mind that wanted to linger on how good Tian was to look at.)

It was only because Tian's ambition to become a powerful shinobi - one spoken of in the same breath as his idol, Jiraiya of the Sannin - did not allow for the distractions of a girlfriend that he did not spend all his time flirting and wooing civilian girls, Nejime was sure. A kunoichi girlfriend might have worked, but (and she refused to feel relieved at this - she would have _rather_ he had one, so she could just _move on_ and forget about him, and NO she wouldn't have been unbearably jealous - not for too long, anyway) all the kunoichi in their age-range were hopelessly fixated on other boys.

Well, Nejime wasn't. Fixated on other boys, that is. But, as she told herself again, he'd never look at her _that_ way.

Not when he saw her as a rival; an opponent. Someone to beat. (And not in the fun way either) Nejime remembered being twelve years old, graduating from the Academy and being pleased that Tian would be her teammate. They were an odd team - female sensei, which was unusual - no assigned number, because Mai-sensei had insisted they deserved an actual NAME (and if the name was hers, so much the better) - and a complete reversal of the usual kunoichi-to-shinobi ratio. Tian was the only male in the team and sometimes Nejime wondered (hoped) that all his so very _guyish_ tendencies to ogle were just a reaction to that.

And Tian was someone Nejime respected. They didn't talk much in class - Tian too often surrounded by his gang of buddies (he wasn't into looking at girls, then, though some girls were already looking at him) and Nejime just alone, usually. But they had exchanged conversation - mostly centering around weapons, which Tian already knew more about than the Academy sensei. And Tian was the shinobi closest to her top-of-the-class ranking.

Yes, she had been pleased that Tian was on her team. Li was an annoyance, and her sensei quite possibly insane (and looking to infect Li with said insanity) but Tian would be a welcome companion....

...this happy daydream (that's what it had been, a daydream) was promptly skewered - as completely and neatly as one of Tian's kunai into a target - when Tian had stood up, confidently announced that his hobbies were weapons and blades (and no one pointed out to him the overlap) and that his dream was to become as great as Jiraiya of the Sannin, and then - just as Nejime was nodding her head and mentally approving of setting high goals to strive for - turning and pointing at her, and said, "And to beat YOU, Hyuuga Nejime. I should have been Rookie of the Year, not you."

And that had set the tone for their relationship as teammates.

It was not that they hadn't become close - Nejime knew full well that there was no one who she was closer to than Tian - no one who knew so much of what was going on inside her head. And she also knew (hoped, actually, but with a good deal of evidence to support that hope) that she was the one to whom Tian confided his hopes and his dreams - the one who got to see Tian first try out his moves and maneuvers - someone he wasn't afraid to be himeself with.

They were _established_ partners. Sparring partners, that is - ninja who trained together come snow or sleet or driving wind. They had each other's backs in combat. They made snarky comments - Tian made comments, Nejime made pithy one-syllable remarks - about everything and everyone else to each other.

It was ironic, that was all. That the reason she had gotten close enough to love him - being sparring partners - was the same reason he could never look at her as anything else.

But Nejime was well-versed in the practice of quietly suffering through whatever comedies - or tragedies - Fate decided to throw at her. She could live with this. Tian's worth as a sparring partner and friend was enough - most Branch House Hyuuga did not even have that much, too restrained by duties to the Clan to cultivate friendships outside. It was worth enough that she did not want to endanger the balance of it by even mentioning her inappropriate feelings.

(She had been utterly furious - with herself, with Tian, with the _universe_ - when the realization that she was in love with her infuriating, hot-tempered, girl-chasing sweet, strong, funny, handsome, ABLE TO MAKE HER LAUGH teammate hit her over the head like one of Tian's lead-weighed tonfas. But she got over it. After screaming and fighting and utterly decimating a good parcel of forest.)

She was a Hyuuga. She was good at meditation. She could live like this.

This is what she told herself until the day she saw Tian kissing Yamanaka Ino in the street.



( 27 comments — Leave a comment )
May. 13th, 2007 09:10 pm (UTC)

(XD Poor Nejime. Much love to this. ♥)
May. 13th, 2007 09:27 pm (UTC)
Hee, glad you like it. And yes, exactly, BIG THINGS are going to go down after this kiss.
May. 13th, 2007 09:26 pm (UTC)

For some unbearable reason, throughout the whole monologue of thought, I had the image of Neji in a pink dress scribbling furiously in his her diary. Probably why I cant seem to take Nejime seriously XDDDD -is shot-

ROFL @ Mai. And Li. OMG THE IMAGES. -dies laughing-
May. 13th, 2007 09:30 pm (UTC)
Ahahahaha. Oh my god. Now that you've said it, I can totally imagine the same thing for myself. The dress would be, like, white, though.

May. 14th, 2007 07:34 pm (UTC)
-headdesk- White, of course. WITH FRILLY LACEY EDGES, TOO.8D

LOL @ your icon.
(no subject) - skrappy13 - May. 13th, 2007 11:50 pm (UTC) - Expand
May. 16th, 2007 04:36 am (UTC)
Oh he knows. He reads as much IIP as Kakashi - sekritly, though. *grins*
May. 14th, 2007 12:30 am (UTC)
Oh, Mishi. Mishi, Mishi, Mishi.

How I love thee. Glad to see the ideas being put to use. Are you going to continue this snip?
May. 16th, 2007 04:36 am (UTC)
May. 16th, 2007 07:50 am (UTC)
OMG!!! The images!!! The images!!!!!! GYAAAAARRGGHHH!!! Nyahahahaha! LOLZ. Wonderful idea! Hahahahahaha... I imagined about a prideful long-haired Hyuuga girl and... nyahahahaha... Continue, continue, continueeeeeeeeee!!
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May. 16th, 2007 04:51 pm (UTC)
Heh, thanks. And it gets EVILLER. ^_^
May. 16th, 2007 11:03 am (UTC)
*dies* I can't stop laughing just because...OMG gender switch! Haha, Tian x Nejime = OTP!

You go get that guy, Nejime-chan!

I seriously need fanart. But OH, bushy-browed Mai and Li! *falls off chair laughing*
May. 16th, 2007 07:04 pm (UTC)
Genderswitch is a LOT more fun than I thought it would be. Tian has a bit of a "I can't let a GIRL beat me" attitude at the beginning but Nejime beats it out of him. XD

And Nejime DOES need to take the initiative. Which she will.

OMG fanart. Heh, after reading this comment I spent a few hours on Devart looking for genderflipped Naruto pics. Lots of Neji-as-girl pics, a few nice Tenten-as-male ones too.
May. 16th, 2007 03:19 pm (UTC)
Aww the ending. Why? ;_;
May. 16th, 2007 07:04 pm (UTC)
Because Nejime needs her butt kicked into gear. *grins*
May. 18th, 2007 09:47 am (UTC)
Ignore this!
You don't know me and this has no relevance to anything, but I LOVE YOUR ICON! Combined with the good fiction of the last half hour I am killed DED! It's so CUUUUUTTEEE!
May. 16th, 2007 07:13 pm (UTC)
You gets so much mad love for this. ♥ ♥ ♥

(And you reminded me that I need to finish the one that I'm doing for you! YOSH.)
May. 16th, 2007 07:35 pm (UTC)
OMG I cannot wait. *rolls over and begs happily* Squeee, Sahara Storm fic!

Tell you what, I'll trade you more Tian/Nejime fluff/lime oneshot for yours. *grins*
May. 17th, 2007 12:20 am (UTC)
Gender switch??? Oh gosh, I love it...*tries to picture Neji as a girl*

Aside from the humor, I thought you did a really good job of making your writing plausible. But the idea of a gender switch is just brilliant...a female Gai! *dies laughing*

I love it!
May. 17th, 2007 01:42 am (UTC)
i love it! such a great idea, and you write it so...amazingly believable XD
and i love the names. especially GMai-sensei. that is too good.
please update soon, okay? (there IS a more, right??)
oh yeah, good call keeping ino as a female XD
May. 17th, 2007 01:43 am (UTC)
yes. don't i suck at html?
May. 18th, 2007 09:41 am (UTC)
You Rock My Friggin' Socks OFF!
Two lines in I was already stifling my chuckles so I don't wake my parents up. I'll review later once I've gotten myself under control. Had to say this now or I would be rolling on the floor laughing by the end of the first paraghraph! *_I [fangirls]
May. 18th, 2007 09:44 am (UTC)
Re: You Rock My Friggin' Socks OFF!
*Snicker,snarf,mufle* Had to stop again. Tian's idol JIRAIYA?! rofl. This would be so much easier if I could just laugh out loud like normal people who aren't in their bedroom across the hall from their sleeping parents at 4:44 in the morning.
May. 18th, 2007 09:55 am (UTC)
Re: You Rock My Friggin' Socks OFF!
Girly Nejima screaming fighting decimating TANTRUM! Hilarious. *constricts throat to stop laughter*
May. 18th, 2007 10:05 am (UTC)
Re: You Rock My Friggin' Socks OFF!
Okay, I finished the fic. Tian kissing Ino did a quite a bit to kill my laughter, but oh well. This was really well written. I'm not a good enough author to tell you exactly /how/, but I'll do my best to tell you the things that I could notice conciously, (as opposed to subconciously, which I'm sure there was a great deal of as well.)

Your characterization rocks! For one thing, you grasped Neji's personality and thought process beatifully. For another, you grasped what characteristics (at least in the naruto world)...well characterized the males and females. It's no surprise then that you also did a good job switching them. I'm not sure if you got Tenten's personality, but since that's pretty ambiguous to begin with let alone changing it to male, I can't really say one way or the other. You also do a great job of the monologueness (is that what this type of writing's called again?) and Negima's thought process. I've seen good and funny denial portrayals before, but I think this one might just be the best. Or at least one of the top two. Go you!

Last and foremost is the HUMOR! I absolutely SUCK at humor and thus I can truly appreciate how much work it takes to create it. Ah, turning Neji into all that he probably considers weak, and then having herself still consider herself just as highly as he always did. It tickles me to no end. This is SO going on my memories list.
May. 21st, 2007 07:01 pm (UTC)
^^ I very much like this. It's a very different perspective on the gender switch. I look forward to future chapters.
May. 29th, 2007 01:45 am (UTC)
I'm not dead yet!
Oh. God.

That was less weird than I thought it would be, with the entire gender bender situation and all. You made it work. And oddly enough, I could see a male version of Tenten being actually a skirt chaser.

The last line was full of win.

Poor Nejime. First, her name sucks. Then Tian sucks. Is she going to Kaiten his dumb ass into submission? She totally should.

Tian: Hi Nejime!
Nejime: *KAITEN*
Tian: @.@
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