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-->''There was only darkness. I was small and helpless, lost and confused and alone and trapped in a body that would not, could not respond to my helpless panicked thoughts. I could hear a child, a baby, screaming but it wasn't me because I couldn't move, couldn't breathe couldn't do anything but lie still and hope we were hidden and please, please don't notice me…''

-->''Life as a ninja. It starts with confusion and terror and doesn't get any better from there.''

Shikako Nara is an average girl from the Village Hidden in the Leaves. She has friends, a loving family, but there is something different about her, a secret. And she's been keeping it from birth.

A ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' FanFic with a unique approach to the SelfInsert genre of fan-fiction, ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7347955/1/Dreaming_of_Sunshine Dreaming of Sunshine]]'' avoids many of the more common pitfalls associated with the poorer examples - via snappy dialogue and a plot that remains focused on the inner struggles of the protagonist as an observer.

The author has also started a supplementary fic, titled ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7898335/1/Sunshine_Sidestories Sunshine Sidestories]]'' - the purpose being a WorldBuilding one, as the Short Stories contained therein expand upon relevant material not seen through Shikako's eyes.

Another author has been approved to write a series of one-shots of different [=POVs=] and snapshots of Shikako's life. It's called ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9405615/1/Sunshine-and-Stormclouds Sunshine and Stormclouds]]'', and currently has only three chapters each with a different POV.

Also see: [[http://doscg.weebly.com/index.html Dreaming of Sunshine Chapter Guide]]. A fansite started in July 2012, it serves as a carefully constructed encyclopedia about D.O.S. whilst being highly accessible even to outsiders. Might be considered a tribute to the growing legendary status of the fic amongst internet-goers.

Overall, a massive DoorStopper guaranteed to keep you reading for hours.

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!!This fanfiction series contains examples of:

* AlmightyJanitor: To an certain extent - Shikako is fairly well-regarded by the upper echelons of Konoha's ranks for her intelligence and deductive ability, such that she almost received a promotion to chuunin after [[spoiler:Tsunade's instatement]], thanks to her war efforts in the Sand-Sound Invasion and also her observations during the Finals. Justified because she has a previous lifetime of knowledge about the world in which she now lives coupled with the naturally-gifted mind of a Nara, which makes her more mature, grounded and experienced.
* [[spoiler:AngstySurvivingTwin]]: Brought up by Tsunade due to [[spoiler:Ukon being killed/destroyed when he tried to possess Naruto, but Sakon surviving and being brought back to the village for interrogation.]]
* AuthorAvatar
* BadassBookworm: Shikako.
* BigBrotherInstinct: Shikamaru displays this thrice, [[spoiler:first when Sasuke hurt Shikako while under the influence of the curse seal,]] again [[spoiler:when she gets [[MindRape mind raped]] by Itachi,]] and finally [[spoiler:when she gets possessed by Gelel.]]
* BigDamnHeroes: ''Repeatedly'' in Chapter 61.
--> '''Shikako:''' [[LampshadeHanging Everyone is making such dramatic entrances today]].
* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: Ino, Shikako and Sakura.
* CallingYourAttacks: Lampshaded and justified by Shikako - it helps with one's focus.
* ChildSoldiers: Played straighter than usual, Shikako is enough of a modern person to find the concept offputting. [[DeliberateValuesDissonance Luckily]], Konoha has a careful desensitisation program as part of the education system.
* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler:The Sword of the Thunder God]] comes in ''mighty'' handy during Shikako and Ino's fight against [[spoiler:Kidomaru.]]
** Waaaay back in Chapter 6 Shikato muses that "You needed light to have shadows but there was a legend that the founder of the clan, many hundreds of years ago, could control the very night itself". Foreshadowing anyone? (pardon the pun).
** Shikako's ability to sense natural chakra got a mention very early on, but nothing came of it for almost sixty chapters.
* ChronicHeroSyndrome: Shikako's the moral compass on her Team - despite what she can't fix in the timeline, she's the reason Naruto has more friends from a younger age, and she's helped Sasuke open up to others as well. It frequently gets her in trouble, since she occasionally acts without thinking.
* CombatPragmatist: Shikako. She prefers to ambush her opponents or take them out with traps whenever possible. [[spoiler:Also see the entry for MurderIsTheBestSolution.]]
* ContrivedCoincidence: Noted by Shikako - see InSpiteOfANail below.
* CurbStompBattle: [[spoiler:Naruto's fight with Neji in the Chunin exams. Neji never even touches the real Naruto.]]
** [[spoiler: And then by the Sound Four against Ibiki.]]
* DeathByAdaptation:
** Type I: [[spoiler:Karin]], although the characters don't know [[spoiler:her]] name. [[spoiler:She gets mauled to death by a bear offscreen and they find her body.]] Though unstated, the reason for this is [[ForWantOfANail because]] [[spoiler:unlike canon, Sasuke didn't go scouting ahead and thus wasn't there to save her.]]
** Type II: [[spoiler:The Sound Genin trio die during the Forest of Death.]]
* DeadpanSnarker: Shikako, occasionally.
* {{Demonisation}}: Strongly averted - Shikako's narrative treats most people sympathetically, averting either DracoInLeatherPants ''or'' RonTheDeathEater. The only people depicted badly are the truly repulsive villains, with [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder Kabuto]] so far getting the worse of it.
* DemotedToExtra: Sakura due to Shikako taking her place on Team Seven (which she feels guilty about). After her team fails to pass their test, she eventually decides to turn towards the Medic Corps, with a little prompting from Shikako and Ino.
* DumbassNoMore: Naruto. He's only a little more powerful than in canon, but his tactics improve considerably, mostly due to Shikako teaching him how to strategize effectively. [[spoiler:This earns him a promotion to chuunin.]]
* EmotionlessGirl: Shikako has an accident while practicing the Nara clan techniques that leaves her completely detached from everything, to the point where she can't even bring herself to care that it isn't her normal state of mind. She recovers after a few days, though.
* FauxActionGirl: Justified - Ino's been hit by this during [[spoiler:the Retrieval Arc]], but mostly because she's facing an opponent miles out of her league, whom her SignatureMove is ''useless'' against [[spoiler:because of Orochimaru's seal having affected his psyche and chakra.]]
* FishOutOfWater: As noted in Chapter 63, Shikako still feels like an outsider due to having previously grown up in a society indoctrinated by different values, particularly regarding the value of life.
* FiveManBand[=/=]FreudianTrio[=/=]FourTemperamentEnsemble
** TheHero - Naruto: [[TheMcCoy the Id]], is Sanguine.
** TheLancer - Sasuke: [[TheSpock the Superego]], is Choleric.
** [[TheSmartGirl The Smart]] [[TheChick Chick]] - Shikako: [[TheKirk the Ego]], is Melancholic.
** TheBigGuy - Kakashi: the {{Mentor}}, is Phlegmatic.
* FollowTheLeader / FromClonesToGenre: Started several innovations that persist in the Naruto fandom, particularly in the self-insert genre. The SelfInsert being "chakra sensitive", since having memories of their past life means chakra is an unfamiliar feeling, like an extra limb; trying to ''not'' change things too much because they're aware of how the ripple affect could render their knowledge useless; feelings of alienation from their friends (despite befriending even Naruto); not remembering all significant details due to fading memories over time; and most of all managing to focus on the protagonist without making it feel like the world (or story) revolves around them. The nice thing is that many of these authors try hard to ''not'' copy the same formula, even with this sort of inspiration. For example:
** ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8139663/1/Little_Acorn Little Acorn]]'' a blind girl with fuzzy memories of a past life. Noteworthy in that she is not related to a major character - her older brother is Yoroi Akado (in canon, a MauveShirt at best and a ''villain'' at worst).
** ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8094086/1/Distorted_Reality Distorted Reality]]'', the main character is a branch Hyuuga, and remembers her past life, but knows nothing of the Narutoverse.
** ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8102398/1/Hacia_el_sol Hacia el sol]]'' ("Towards the sun") is similar, with the varient that the SI is Neji's younger sister.
** ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8521858/1/The-Cassandra-Effect The Cassandra Effect]]'' Hiruzen introduces his four-year-old daughter, Nanako, to Danzo, the allegedly-former head of ROOT. At her own insistance.
* FreakinessShame: When Team 7 are in Taki, some differing circumstances result in them meeting Fu. Seeing how the villagers are twitchy in her presence leads to this exchange:
-->'''Fu:''' "It's not you. They're afraid of me."
-->'''Naruto:''' "That's silly, nee-chan. Why would they be scared of you?"
-->'''Fu:''' "Because I'm a demon."
-->'''Naruto:''' "No you aren't."
-->'''Fu:''' "Yes, I am?"
-->'''Naruto:''' "No, you aren't. Demons have, like, teeth and claws and they growl a lot and are really mean. You're people-shaped and really nice, so you're not a demon."
-->'''Fu:''' "People shaped, huh?"
-->
-->'''Fu:''' "There. I took this burden on when I became a Genin. And now, because of it, people from my own village - people I grew up with - treat me like a stranger. No, like a mad dog about to bite!"
-->'''Naruto:''' "You have wings! That is so cool!"
-->'''Fu:''' O_O
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:Zabuza and Haku.]]
* HeroicSelfDeprecation: Shikako has a mild case of this. For example, when Jiraiya asks her if she had compiled her notes on fuinjutsu in the few months since becoming a genin, she assumed he was criticizing her, when it's fairly clear he was impressed.
* HeroKiller: The Sound Four - they [[spoiler:defeat ''Ibiki Morino'']] and subsequently prove themselves dangerous enough to threaten Shikako's efforts in preventing Sasuke's canonical FaceHeelTurn. Kimimaro as well, since he [[spoiler: nearly ''kills'' Naruto!]]
* HighlyVisibleNinja: Played with. Shikako notes that wearing clothes that are good for stealth is less important than blending in with a civilian population. This makes for a refreshing change from the standard fanfiction rant about how Naruto's orange outfit will get him killed.
* InSpiteOfANail: Several things that one might expect to play out differently don't. For example, most of the match ups in the chuunin exams are the same as in the original story [[spoiler:despite the fact that Shikako killed the Sound team. Shikako theorizes that this is because the selection of the participants was rigged.]]
** This borders on ContrivedCoincidence when the Finals are drawn - in canon they were matched-up by drawing numbers, which somehow ''still'' decree that the Naruto/Neji and Sasuke/Gaara fights happen in the exact same order! The other [[spoiler:five]] finalists are thankfully given a more fresh take on their match-ups.
** Also noteable in some other instances because for the most part Shikako has been attempting to avoid changing anything major - after all, the best parts of her inside knowledge depend on some things remaining consistent. At first. [[spoiler: Unfortunately she's forgotten some of it.]]
** Despite this, a number of things ''[[ForWantOfANail do change]]'' - the above DeathByAdaptation is an alteration which cannot be substituted easily, regardless of the petty whims of fate. Shikako being more proactive than [[NeutralFemale Part 1 Sakura]] means that whatever her limitations, she can still make... ripples, shall we say, that affect the plot (like Team 7 being more TrueCompanions than even canon portrayed).
*** And then there's the big one: [[spoiler:Sasuke ''does not'' defect to Orochimaru.]]
* TheJuggernaut: [[spoiler:Kimimaro. It takes the combined efforts of all the remaining Konoha Genin plus the sand trio to put him down after he was blown up at close range, effortlessly defeated Kiba, and almost became the HeroKiller by impaling Naruto through the gut. Even with Sasuke using his Curse Seal Level 2, Naruto pulling the Kyuubi out of his ass, and Gaara pinning him down with sand, it was STILL a close call. Juggernaut, INDEED.]]
* JackOfAllStats: Unlike most ninja, Shikako has a wide range of abilities instead of specializing in a single area, which gives her considerable tactical flexibility.
** AwesomenessByAnalysis: Not to the same degree as Shikamaru, but she's pretty good at figuring out her enemies weaknesses and coming up with plans to exploit them.
** CastingAShadow: Her Nara clan techniques.
** DishingOutDirt: Her element is earth, which she mostly uses to create defensive walls or tunnel underground.
** GeometricMagic: Shikako makes frequent use of fuinjutsu.
*** InstantRunes: She learns how to apply seals through touch alone.
*** HavingABlast: So far the most common use for her fuinjutsu skills has been to create [[ThrowDownTheBomblet explosive seals]]. Though she has developed multiple kinds- [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin 'Flashbang']], [[HavingABlast 'Touch Blast']], and [[StuffBlowingUp 'Explode!']] (aka: 'Art Is A Bang!' lite).
** HealingHands: She also knows how to use medical ninjutsu, although she isn't skilled enough to heal major injuries.
** MasterOfIllusion: She's decent at genjutsu, too.
** SupernaturalSensitivity / TheForceIsStrongWithThisOne: Shikako can sense chakra, which helps detect ambushes, spot imposters, and gauge how strong her opponents are.
* LaserBlade: The Sword of the Thunder God. It's similarity to a [[StarWars lightsaber]] is [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by Shikako.
-->''I was a ninja. I knew there were jutsu and weapons of every description and ability and more. And yet, some things were so deeply ingrained, like the cultural belief that the coolest weapon in the world was made of light and went zshooshm.''
* LateArrivalSpoiler: It's hard to hide that Shikako replaces Sakura on Team 7, making the latter DemotedToExtra.
* MeaningfulName: combined with PunnyName, sort of: Shikako could be written as 死歌稿,giving symbolic references to both Death and Writing ( UndeadAuthor ),while also referencing her most lethal techniques,which are written symbols that kill people.
* MindRape: [[spoiler:Shikako gets subjected to Tsukuyomi. It was so bad that she kept screaming ''even after she was knocked unconscious''.]]
* MundaneUtility: In chapter 14, Kakashi uses the incredibly powerful water dragon jutsu... to have a water fight with his students.
* MurderIsTheBestSolution: [[spoiler:Shikako kills the genin team from Sound because it was the least risky option available to her. This is a source of some guilt afterwards.]]
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Sasuke, [[spoiler:after he hit Shikako under the influence of the curse seal.]]
* NiceGirl: Shikako herself. She also regards Ino as this, and Choji as the male varient.
* NoodleIncident: Shikamaru threatens Sasuke [[spoiler:after he hurt Shikako while under the effect of the curse seal.]] We don't get to find out what he said, but it made Sasuke nervous around him.
** Also, we never find out exactly what earned Shikako her reputation as a MadBomber.
* OhCrap: Shikako's reaction to finding herself in the Narutoverse.
* PastLifeMemories:The source of some of Shikako's knowledge.
* PlotTailoredToTheParty: Invoked. See FridgeBrilliance.
* PoorCommunicationKills: Shikako comes up with several plans [[spoiler:to fight Zabuza and Haku.]] Unfortunately, she forgets to tell them to her teammates. [[spoiler:Fortunately, none of them actually die.]]
* PrecisionFStrike: Shikako delivers one [[spoiler:when Itachi corners her and Naruto.]]
* RedemptionEarnsLife: [[spoiler:Zabuza and Haku]], at least compared to canon where [[spoiler:Haku never actually turned and Zabuza simply went out via TakingYouWithMe.]]
* {{Reincarnation}}: Shikako obviously.
* RunningGag: Every C-rank or above mission they go on quickly goes to hell and becomes a higher rank mission.
* SelfInsert: By way of {{Reincarnation}}.
* ShoutOut
** ''[[{{Dune}} Fear is the mind killer.]]''
** Shikako also quotes Creator/WilliamShakespeare at one point.
** ''Lightsaber''. '''''Lightsaber'''''.
** A kidou spell from ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' is used as an identification code between Konoha ninja.
** In Chapter 29, ''[[{{FriedrichNietzsche}} "When you gaze into the abyss, the abyss gazes into you."]]''
* ShipTease: Nothing solid just yet - the kids are still young, and as the author notes Shikako wouldn't feel attracted to her juniors-by-maturity (yet) - but the one-sided Naru/Hina is there, and there is arguably some Shikako/Sasuke and/or Shikako/Kiba for those who insist on wearing ShippingGoggles. Again, it's too early to say as these characters are interacting more through FriendshipMoment bonding than potential romance.
** There appears to be [[spoiler:a little Shikako/Gaara]] subtext in Chapter 63.
* ShrinkingViolet: Shikako has shades of this, especially early on. Nowhere near as bad as Hinata, though.
* SkewedPriorities: The Director in the Land of Snow arc. Repeatedly. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by Shikako. Repeatedly.
--> '''Director''': "To film a movie using a real princess… that is something that happens once in a lifetime."
* SolarAndLunar: [[TitleDrop Sunlight]] is often used as a visual metephor, or motif, for when Shikako is content or healing. On the other hand, sad or pivotal scenes usually take place at night. Such as Shikako's big conversation with Kakashi after [[spoiler: 'discovering' Naruto is a jinchuriki]], and later Sasuke [[spoiler: convinceing him not to defect]].
* SparedByTheAdaptation:
** Pre-timeskip: [[spoiler:Zabuza, Haku, and Hayate. Sandayu from the 1st Movie as well. Most recently: Tayuya, Sakon & Jirobou.]]
* StuffBlowingUp: Shikako is fond of explosions, which turns into something of a RunningGag.
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: Shikako [[InvokedTrope does this deliberately]] in order to warn Fuu about the Akatsuki.
* TakingTheBullet: [[spoiler:Shikako uses the replacement technique to protect Sasuke from Itachi's [[MindRape Tsukuyomi]], which means she gets hit by it instead.]]
* TheseHandsHaveKilled: [[spoiler:Shikako after killing the Sound trio; Kiba follows suit when he dispatches a Suna ninja to save Shikako's life.]]
* TheStationsOfTheCanon: Followed for the most part, but kept interesting by having the narrator notice the logical inconsistencies of the original work and coming up with plausible explanations for them. Unusually, it includes a number of anime filler episodes.
** Said fillers, in turn, are utilised in order to ''expand on'' the plot, even more than the anime did - for instance, ''Sunshine Sidestories'' expands on Kakashi's previous visit to the Land of Snow, while in the main story Shikako, during the mission where Team 7 confronts [[FillerVillain Aoi Rokusho]], manages to wrest the Second Hokage's sword from him rather than destroy it. These are just two examples.
* TheUnfought: So far Shikako has managed to sidestep [[spoiler: Kabuto]] several times.
* ThrowDownTheBomblet: Shikako's first weapon-of-choice happens to be explosive tags and notes.
* TranquilFury: Sasuke enters this state after [[spoiler: Kimimaro nearly kills Naruto.]]
* TrueCompanions: Team 7 - the bond here is stronger than in canon thanks to Shikako establishing the traditions of post-fight discussions to critique on another on each others abilities, & post-mission dinner celebrations at the Nara Residence. To a lesser extent, the Rookie Nine are all fairly close friends and acquaintances.
* UnfazedEveryman: Shikako describes the civilians of the Hidden Villages as this.
* WeNeedToGetProof: One of the reasons Shikako doesn't run around changing things willy-nilly is because no one would ever believe her. Instead she painstakingly begins investigating [[spoiler: The Uchiha massacre - after being subjected to Tsukuyomi, and Akatsuki]] this even makes some sense, since she KNOWS the information is there and will thus notice things someone else would dismiss.
* WhyAmITicking: Shikako attempts this on Kimimaro. Either because she's [[YouCanBarelyStand exhausted]] or because he's a [[TheJuggernaut beast]], it doesn't work.
* WiseBeyondTheirYears: Shikako, due to having the memories of a previous life.
* YouAreNotAlone: [[spoiler:When Naruto lets slip his status as a jinchuuriki to Shikako, Skikamaru, and Choji, they reassure him that it doesn't matter to them and that they are still his friends. He - [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming and probably the reader too]] - has to hold back tears.]]
** Naruto also says this to Fu.
* YouCanBarelyStand: [[spoiler:Shikako faces off against the Sound genin by herself while concussed, sleep deprived, low on chakra, and nursing several broken ribs and a broken arm from the encounter with Orochimaru - and [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome she kills all three of them]].]]
* YouMonster: In-universe, Kabuto is the ''only'' person Shikako feels enough pure, unadulterated ''hatred'' to want to kill with her own bare hands - the only reason she's not doing so is because she realises he's too strong for her, which frustrates her due to knowing [[MoralEventHorizon how far his crimes will eventually go]].