Well, it’s been a very busy week and my reading schedule slipped a little too much, so I had to just dig something up quickly.
Cheaters Prosper by drakensis
This is another fun little comedy oneshot which asks a simple question: What might happen if Uzumaki Naruto took the idea to heart that to be a good ninja is to cheat.
I don’t want to spoil things too much, so I’ll just give one amusing little sampling of the phrasing and secondary humour:
“One of the genin has demonstrated a creative, if not technically illegal, perspective on the rules,” the Hokage explained. “It’s certainly a good sign that he’s ready to be promoted, but not the sort of thing to share with outsiders. However, with all these guards, I’m sure that nothing will go wrong. If anyone so much as tries to form a genjutsu my ANBU will be onto them in an instant. And as for sneaking in under a henge… no, nothing like that will be permitted.”
“How reassuring,” Orochimaru said, although the words tasted like ashes in his mouth as he started making covert ‘abort’ signals to Kabuto and his other minions.
I’d say it’s a good 4.5 out of 5. It’s got some clever ideas, and some amusing lines… but there’s still room for improvement.