In The Blood is a Next GenNarutoFan Fic written by justplainrii. It takes place twenty-seven years after the current arc in the manga, and is a slowly unfurling mystery that starts when Sasuke finds a young boy who is the spitting image of his deceased older brother, Itachi. So he brings him back to Konoha, despite having a genin team of his own to look after. And that child turns out to be a clone of Itachi.Pretty soon, more clones start to show up, and all the evidence points to Orochimaru being responsible. Despite the scale of the plot and large number of OCs, the story manages to stay firmly grounded in Konoha.Complete as of May 2014. At 162 chapters (plus Appendices), it's really long.
Tropes found in In The Blood
Abusive Parents: Sasuke, full stop. He calls his children "failures" and "disappointments", is always dictating their lives and is pushing them too hard both emotionally and physically. And he disowns Nadeshiko for not living up to his expectations and later Hajime simply because he was in a relationship with a Hyuuga and unintentionally got her pregnant! Heck, he even tries to KILL Inou; his own SON, simply because he thinks he's too weak!
He's also abusive towards Ino, telling her things like "Shut up" and "stay out of my business". He's even hit her a few times!
Arranged Marriage: The reason why Kiine initially runs away from home. Seems to be shaping up into a Perfectly Arranged Marriage, however, as she gets along with her fiance quite well—though both of them are still opposed to the marriage.
Cloning Blues: With all the cloned children. Ooda, especially, who grew up knowing he was a clone.
Colourful Theme Naming: Shusuke, Masao, and Murasaki, former students of Naruto's, have names that contain the kanji for "Crimson," "Blue," and "Purple," respectively, which suits their nature as a team. Kurenai's daughter Benio shares a similarly red-themed name.
Dead Guy Junior: Lampshaded when Karin and Suigetsu talk about what he'd name his son. He refuses to name him Mangetsu. He informs her that he'd have named the promised clone of his brother this, however.
Heel Realization: Orochimaru unintentionally helps Sasuke FINALLY realize how abusive he is. Afterwards, after he's saved from an almost successful suicide attempt by his brother, he makes a genuine - and eventually successful - effort to actually be a good father and husband.
Theme Naming: The chapter names for each arc each follow a theme, with a healthy dose of Rule of Symbolism. So far we've had Birds (Act 1), Light (Act 2), Numbers (Act 3), Anatomy (Act 4), Fabric/Craft (Act 5), Flowers (Act 6), Constellations (Act 7), Musical Terms (Act 8), and Stones (Intermission).
The Nicknamer: Shingetsu, to everybody. He tends to work familial terms into the names of the clones, whom he's aware of. i.e. Kiine + neesan = Kineesan.
The Reveal: Karin is truly behind the creation of the clones.
Verbal Tic: Yakata has a stutter and a habit of repeating words and phrases.
The Uzumaki clan appears to have a genetic verbal tic. Naruto frequently adds "y'know" to his sentences; Kiine does the same with "yeah" like her predecessor, Kushina, an early sign that she's really Kushina's clone. Karin even appears to have one, saying "okay" quite frequently. When delivering Kotoji to Yamato in disguise, this tic becomes apparent when she grows upset.