Amaterasu – Posted 2019.06.17
The following are the recorded responses of Eyazahrid to the feedback he received on the above listed chapter and the story in general for the week following. This document is to serve as a replacement to the traditional Author’s Note at the beginning and ending of chapters and will be kept separate from both the above listed chapter and any future chapters unless deemed sufficiently important.
This seems to be a very big concern among my readers- and understandably so – but I don’t think anyone’s quite as vocal about it as CamTheThief. While I won’t go too far into the specific secrets I do want to address an aspect of them that I fear might be misunderstood.
This should not be a spoiler, but if you’re a massive fan of the secrets being kept between Mai and Naruto I would advise skipping this section. It shouldn’t be too long.
First, I would like to make two things clear.
- No, this is not good for any relationship. With all they’ve been through together they shouldn’t be keeping secrets from each other.
- Neither of them are keeping secrets with any intention other than to protect those they care about. Is it a good idea? No. Are the intentions good? Yes.
When it comes to Mai and her secrets, it’s not a matter of subverting Naruto or because she doesn’t think he’s capable of handling the situation. She’s keeping this from him to spare him from knowing his actions caused more deaths of his children. Her intentions are to resolve the matter so he doesn’t have to but she knows that if she cant’ she has to turn to him. Again, she has more faith in his abilities for this situation than in her own, she just doesn’t want to burden him with them.
As for Naruto, he was well aware that Mai would find out that he had been injured almost immediately he was just avoiding a scolding. It would have been very easy for him to keep her from knowing at all.
Was it a good idea? Not really, because the way she then learned makes her thing he’s unaware that she knows when he was fully expecting her to find out that way rather than telling her himself.
Oh, look, I’ve started going into specifics after saying I wasn’t going to. Fuck it, let’s just finish this part up.
The existence of Tsukuyomi – refering to his clone- is probably somehing else being considered a secret.
That is not intentional on his part. He’s been meaning to tell her, he just keeps forgetting. recently, I believe- it can be hard to remember what you’ve read versus what I’ve written, so I hope this has happened already – he even had a thought that he was forgetting somethingimportant- Tsukuyomi- but figutred that if it was important Mai would have reminded him.
You can see the obvious problem there. Naruto’s still getting used to there being two of him as well and usually doesn’t think of Tsukuyomi as himself until after it dispells. When he has all the memories of spending time with Mai as Tsukuyomi and was for all intents and purposes there with her, it doesn’t even cross his mind to let her know he was doing it through a Jutsu.
To him, it was simply him being there.
I do hope I managed to explain that part well enough.
In summary; Yes, secrets bad. No, they aren’t intending to hurt each other with them. Yes, this will effect their relationship when it all settles.
And for now, I’ll leave it at that before I spoil anything.
Yes, It’s going on the fridge.
There are still a few of you who would like to see some Smut in the story but I’m afraid it just isn’t going to happen. I’ve taken plenty of risks with the story already- and you all know how well those turned out- and I thought those were good ideas at the time. I know smut is going to end poorly and I don’t feel comfortable trying to interject it into this work.
Perhaps in future works- after a couple of dirty oneshots- I’ll feel more comfortable about it but I just don’t think I could do such scenes well enough to fit the current story. if any of you are familiar with Botsuraku you’ll know of my only published lemon and the quality you can expect if I try in Sealkeeper.
It’s less than inspiring.
Then again, I wrote that forever ago so maybe I would do better these days. I’ll have to try it on a different project to see how it goes before subjecting Sealkeeper to it.
A guest review from RuneCrafter was near the bottom of my list when I was going back through them but what they mentioned stood out to me.
I’d like to welcome them- and I hope everyone else will too- to the Naruto FanFiction Community. Apparently Sealkeeper was their first introduction to Naruto stories and we managed to not scare them away.
If you’d like to find some better works feel free to peruse my favorites list where I’ve stashed many dozens of them but I’m glad to hear you enjoyed Sealkeeper and I hope to one day see some Naruto stories of your own on the site.
Once again responses seem mostly favorable and I hope to continue that into the future. The next chapter should be posted about seven hours after I post this and I look forward to seeing how it’s received.
Until I next have your attention,
Just know, I’ve embraced my verbosity. Ranting and bitching is my life-blood alongside tea. I could try and hold it back… or I could just roll with it. I chose the latter.
For the “secrets” themselves, I feel like a bit of a broken record at this point, but I know this plot-line just isn’t for me. If I were to offer a more… shall we say “objective” (please note the quotes) analysis on their characters, their relationship, and the nature of secrets and where they fit… well that’d definitely be a different conversation.
With your expressed intent (in story and here) that their secrets are born from the desire to playfully avoid a minor scolding, or to the larger “he shouldn’t have to deal with this”, I respect the reasons but I think they’re bull-shit. Well, more Mai’s than Naruto’s. She KNOWS he’s going to find out that some of his Wolves died. This is an absolute, irrefutable fact that she’s aware of. She knows he’ll find out. She knows he’ll be upset. So in theory solving the source of their deaths before she has to inform him is great and all… except that it’s a large scale military operation that requires examination on multiple fronts and she’s already anticipating the need to inform him. So really she’s just trying to delay him having a bit more work and sadness in the short-term and trading it for undoubtedly more emotional distress in the future… I get that the girl has been on an emotional roller-coaster but that level-head she was known for in earlier chapters – where’d it go? I miss it.
Yes, her intentions are the same as they were when she stole his paperwork and stayed late to take the load off his shoulders. The situation is so vastly different though that it’s impossible for me to see it as anything but melodrama. Which stands opposed to other times you had drama in this story that I thought was intriguing and well crafted. Yes, my perception is colored by my tastes (hence why I will always put “objective” in quotes or better yet, the more sarcastic air-quotes), but I also see a genuine difference in the depth of writing that’s presented.
Oh, and Naruto’s “secrets” are barely worth mentioning. I thought him not telling her that he settled things with Shizune was dumb since the girl obviously works with him and will (most likely) have more of a presence in the Wolves than before, so it just read as a very awkward source of again, melodrama. His other playfully kept secrets shouldn’t be a problem assuming Mai gets her head back on her shoulders and realizes Naruto never lost faith in her. Which, as I said in my review, should hopefully occur once the afterglow dims and she realizes the source of her distress didn’t really exist. If I’m wrong… well, that will be something to be revisited and discussed at that time. I don’t imagine my opinion would prove to be positive, but nevertheless I’ll wait. xD
The lack of smut, while unfortunate, I can live with. Those morning-after scenes are providing me with some of the elements I enjoy that can accompany smut, so now that my opinion has been expressed, I can accept your words and move on. Disappointing, but no real harm to the story by them not being present. (Which is far better than what I’ve seen other authors do and have smut scenes included and have important relationship delvelopment in said scenes only to cut them later.)
Oh! I’m a guy by the way. Gender neutral name and long hair + androgynous features if you saw my picture on Twitter, so the mistake is one I’m familiar with occurring, just thought I’d set the record straight. (It happens a lot in person, until people hear my voice I’m frequently mistaken for being a girl or trans. The price I pay for long hair and the absolute inability to grow facial hair.)
Until next time, cheers, mate.
I had to go back to see if I had used female pronouns because I usually try to keep things gender-neutral but I can’t seem to find any. My apologies regardless.
Once I believe in the update rather than this post. All the same, no harm caused.
Ah, so I did. Strange. Again, my apologies.