Title: Not Sick Author: Ser Serendipity Rating: T Genre: Adventure Status: WIP Fandom: Naruto Pairings: None/Of no importance Summary: In one world, after defeating his brother, Itachi Uchiha dropped dead, victim of a mysterious disease, and the future of the ninja world was set for the worse. However, in another, Itachi was not sick. From this small difference, many changes will spring, and many plans will be overturned. The path of the last of the Uchiha, and the world itself, will be altered forever. Link: Not Sick This fic came up on the Naruto Quality Thread/Almost Rec, but that was several chapters and months ago. The summary is pretty much self-explanatory, if slightly inflated and even inaccurate. In this fic, Itachi overcomes the disease that canonically lead to his death early on, and alters his plans accordingly. This isn't a fix-it fic by any means. It merely spawns a different progression of events, complete with its own failures, tragedies and battles. I believe the author has handled it well, in that I can realistically see things going the way he leads them in these circumstances, even with the occasional raised eyebrow. It's a great fic, and one of its few flaws imo is that sometimes fights seem skewed, in that characters who should stand no chance theoretically against another specific character are shown to fight on equal footing for whatever reason. It sounds worse without context, because the author does make it work, but it was one of my only complaints that some fights really should not have gone the way they did. Many characters are explored, the author managing to, for the most part, nail their voices and behavior. Moreover, I really like the author's writing style. It's not without the occasional typo or missing space, but those are easily ignored. Honestly, this fic gives me the creeps. I keep expecting it to crash and burn, but it doesn't. I have this sense of apprehension that all the carefully cultivated quality of the last however many (26 as of now) chapters is going to be unmade in this chapter, in this update. It hasn't yet. If it does, I'll be the first to switch my 5/5 rating to something more appropriate.