Tempered In Water is a Alt Fic following the everyday life of A Master and His Servant (or so the Servant says) that is Naruto, our titular Idealistic but Idiot Hero, and Haku, a Broken Bird who almost lost her reason to live (yes, HER).
Tropes Covered in the story
- Accidental Hero: By means of stupidity, no less. 1. He tried to kill Haku, except he stabbed her in the WRONG places. 2. Not retrieving Kunai he used and preventing heavy bleeding to occur. As the result, Haku survives (if barely).
- Angst? What Angst?: Averted. Everyone, especially Naruto, Wangsts about their first kill, however said angst passes and becomes part of Character Development.
- Ascended Extra: Downplayed Sakura IS NOT really an Extra but she's given more attention than in Canon.
- Driven to Suicide: Almost but Naruto put a stop to it.
- Happiness in Slavery: Haku, for most of her life was only able to feel happiness when serving her master. She changed over time.
- Innocent Cohabitation: Naruto and Haku live together.
- Jerkass: Sasuke, even more so than the Canon.
- Lawful Good/ Lawful Stupid: Hiruze, accepts Haku despite the risk but had to enforce the law regarding Haku's behavior.
- Stepford Smiler: Sakura, beyond her cheerful nature and slightly cruel treatment to Naruto, developed Inferiority Complex over him (and Sasuke).
- What Is This Thing You Call "Love"?: Haku's 'reaction' upon her newly-founded jealously. She keeps reminding herself that Naruto is her Master and no more.