Fandom Category: Naruto
Pairing: Hyuuga Hinata/Uzumaki Naruto
Fic Title: White Dog Night (series)
Author: Nate Grey
Link: White Dog Night
Rating/Warning(s): Teen. Disturbing family dynamics. Major character death. AU.
WIP?: No. Completed MC (though the series itself is ongoing).
Why This Must Be Read: Kiba gives his life to save Hinata, and she and Akamaru must unite to save each other. But with the biggest threat to their lives being her own clan, the only safe place for a shy girl and her little white dog may be outside Konoha's gates...
This isn't the sort of story that normally gets labelled an 'epic', I think, because it's so tightly centred on one character and her development, but I think this qualifies because of its unparalleled look at clan politics -- and the range of emotions that come with them. The author writes human nature more than he writes fanfiction, progressing the characters without it ever once seeming forced or unnatural but definitely including a dollop of humour, and that is something that makes me love the story so much.
This is actually a series of stories. The other multichapters are:
Hyuuga Secret Arts (completed, which can be read concurrently with WDN)
Rise of the Rokudaime (complete, set during WDN)
Building Clan Uzumaki (oneshot series)
There are also two sequels that feature the next generation and seem to be going in the femmslash direction (though with plenty of het too).
He plucked the bag out of her trembling arms, tucking it under his right arm before grasping her elbow with his free hand. "We need to talk," he said simply as he guided her down the street.
"About what?" Hinata asked, blinking in confusion.
"What you're going to do about Tenten," Neji answered shortly.
Hinata instantly stopped moving. "I... I can't."
His eyes narrowed. "And why not?"
"Neji-niisan... what I did to you isn't the problem. At least, it's not all of the problem." She paused, taking a deep breath before going on. "Tenten reacted that way because... she cares deeply for you."
Neji snorted. "You obviously don't know Tenten as well as you think, Hinata-sama."
"I would say the same for you," Hinata countered. "I have found that using the Byakugan too often makes it harder to see things that should be perfectly obvious, even without it. If you never believe anything else I say, believe that. You're right, I don't know Tenten. But I do know how she feels, because I lost someone I care deeply for. She is upset because she has never known the fear of nearly losing you, until now."