Three of Kakashi's summon dogs are injured, and Kakashi has to leave on a five-week mission so isn't able to care for them. So, he decides to allow Sasuke, Naruto, and Sakura to care for them. Unfortunately the dog under Naruto's care, Guruko
, isn't exactly happy with his arrangement.
However, as he spends time with Naruto, he learns more about the 13-year old blonde and what exactly life is like for Naruto.
An Alternative Character Interpretation
story written by Windschild8178
and told from the focus of Guruko, it is a well-written story that can invoke strong emotions from the reader.
- Beauty Is Bad: Syne
- Big Damn Heroes: Might Gai seems to have this as a special ability.
- Blatant Lies: Pretty much everything that comes out of Naruto’s mouth when he’s around his precious people.
- Blood from the Mouth
- The Complainer Is Always Wrong: Team 7’s attitude, even when Naruto the complainer is right or just asking for help.
- Corner of Woe
- Deal with the Devil: Naruto makes one with Syne.
- Defiled Forever: A rare male example
- Definitely Just a Cold
- Determinator: Naruto is a darker take on the trope.
- The Dog Bites Back
- Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: Subverted. Sakura's 'funny abuse' against Naruto is shown to affect Naruto severely.
- Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male: SO averted. It is all levels of wrong in the fic.
- However, invoked in the author's notes. "One more thing. I'm not describing male on male. The rapist is a female for my sanity's sake..."
- Earn Your Happy Ending: Naruto thinks he’s in one of these kinds of stories when it’s a completely different one.
- Fair Weather Mentor: Dammit, Kakashi and Jiraiya; you’re spitting all over Minato’s sacrifice!
- False Friend: Naruto’s view on Team 7
- Flanderization: Kakashi, Sasuke, and Sakura can be seen as this.
- Freudian Excuse: Naruto, several times over.
- Greater Need Than Mine: How Naruto sees everyone around him after years of being pushed aside
- Gold Fever: In the sense of greed for money. It actually works out in Naruto’s favor.
- Heroic BSOD: Naruto after Ino’s prank and the resulting reaction from the villagers.
- I Never Told You My Name: Gives Naruto a real BSOD moment when a certain someone knew his name before he told them it.
- In the End, You Are on Your Own: Naruto’s view after years of abuse and neglect by the entire village.
- Jerkass: Kakashi, Sasuke, and Sakura.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: Naruto needs to learn just when to stop struggling painfully and get a little help from some friends, though that’s not Naruto’s fault.
- Loners Are Freaks: But it’s not like Naruto can help it; he’s tried making friends with Team 7, which failed.
- The Millstone: Team 7’s opinion on Naruto, including Naruto.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Sakura and Kakashi realize too late how badly they’ve messed up.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Sasuke delivers one on Naruto because Naruto refuses to fight him.
- Not Even Human: The justification used for Naruto’s abuse
- Not So Different: Several of the characters think this, such as Naruto and Sasuke and Syne and Naruto. Now, as to the truths of the comparisons...
- An Offer You Can't Refuse
- Rape as Drama: Naruto.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: Syne’s connections keep any sort of retaliation from happening, nor does Naruto have an opening for escape. At least, until the status quo falls to pieces.
- Security Cling: Poor Naruto; shame his first experience with this is after a ‘session’ with Syne.
- Sex Slave: Naruto, technically.
- Sexual Extortion
- Shower of Angst: Naruto takes one after extremely stressful days.
- Stepford Smiler: Naruto
- Tagalong Kid: This also seems to be Naruto’s role, as he doesn’t seem to accomplish any other role for the crew.
- Talking Animal: Guruko, like most of the summoned animals in Naruto.
- This Is Something He's Got to Do Himself: In probably the worst interpretation of the trope possible.
- Too Dumb to Live: How Team 7 sees Naruto
- Trauma Conga Line
- The Unfavourite: Naruto is a student version of this to Kakashi.
- A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing: Syne.