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Fandom: Naruto
Pairings/Characters: Sakura
Rating: PG
Wordcount: 2,426
Spoilers for: through the timeskip
Author: demeter918
Website: Sui Generis
Summary: Sakura spends two and a half years learning.
Why: I love Sakura, and this story completely reminded me why. The author does a great job of capturing the fun of her character without forgetting just how tough she is. Not to mention that she does a great job with the other characters around Sakura as well. This story really made me miss Naruto fandom a lot. Sure, it can be frustrating, but it also turns out gems like this. Perhaps I'll have to start working on my Naruto reading list again.

Skip and Time by demeter918
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Fandom: Naruto
Pairings/Characters: Kakashi/Sakura (background Naruto/Sasuke)
Rating: R
Wordcount: ~13,000
Warnings: Sakura's 16 in this, so you can figure out the age gap yourself
Author: Larkspur
Website: dragonsnap on Ff.net
Summary: And now the wolf is at my door, and things are never going to be like before.
Why: Even though this story is Kakashi/Sakura, it's really all about Sakura as far as I'm concerned. It's a story about being a teenager and trying to find your boundaries and figure out your feelings. The author does a spectacular job of capturing all the awkwardness and confusion, in a way that makes this story definitely worth reading, even though it's been pretty much completely jossed by this point. In another time and place, you can't help but think that things could have gone like this.

Another Wolf by dragonsnap
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Fandom: Naruto
Pairings/Characters: Ino/Sakura, Shikamaru
Rating: PG
Wordcount: 465
Author: fangses
Website: Fic Archive Post
Summary: Shikamaru-facilitated Ino/Sakura. That's about it.
Why: I really love the Shikamaru in this, who says so much with so few words.

Troublesome by fangses
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Fandom: Naruto
Pairings/Characters: Sakura, Kakashi
Rating: PG-13
Wordcount: 1,400
Author: hello heartbreak
Website: hello heartbreak
Summary: The aftermath of their deaths: she starts living for the three of them.
Why: This is such a quietly sad story that I couldn't help but be affected by it. The author does a great job with creating the atmosphere of it, and I really loved the parallels that she draws between Kakashi and Sakura.

Aftermath by hello heartbreak
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Fandom: Naruto
Pairings/Characters: Sakura
Rating: PG
Wordcount: 1,700
Spoilers for: early Shippuuden/post-timeskip
Author: fahye
Website: mercurial_wit
Summary: Tsunade says, "The first thing you need to know is that not everything can be fixed."
Why: This could just as easily be titled, "Five Reasons Sakura Kicks Ass." The author does a gorgeous job of capturing Sakura in the years she's training with Tsunade. This is exactly the kind of Sakura fic that I want to read all the time. Beautiful.

Five People Sakura Punches in the Face by mercurial_wit
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Fandom: Naruto
Pairings/Characters: ensemble with various pairings, mostly yaoi, but some het
Rating: PG-13
Wordcount: 4,800
Author: Sadieko
Website: In Process
Summary: A series of vignettes taking all the Naruto fic cliches and turning them on their heads.
Why: There are about 15 of these, and they're short, which I usually find to be kind of a downside, but these work beautifully at just this length. They take some of the more prominent cliches in the Naruto fandom, and they basically debunk them by showing what would actually happen. I think my favorites have to do with Iruka, simply because his girlification by some fans drives me up the wall, but there are a lot of good ones here.

Naruto World Facts of Life by Sadieko
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Fandom: Naruto
Pairings/Characters: Kakashi/Sakura, background Sasuke/Naruto
Rating: NC-17
Wordcount: ~150,000
Warnings: non-con elements and graphic content
Author: SilverShine
Website: SilverShine on Ff.net
Summary: Sakura knew why Tsunade didn’t want a virgin on this mission. Things might get out of hand. Acts might be carried out too far. She was glad Kakashi was accompanying her, but right then she wouldn’t have minded the entire population of Konoha.
Why: This story begins with the premise that in order to get close enough to carry out a mission involving a very dangerous man, Sakura must put herself in a very dangerous situation where rape is a real possibility. And because this isn't a fairy tale, things do happen, and there is some non-consensual content in here that I want to make sure everyone takes note of. If this is an issue for you, please take heed and stay away.

Now that you're properly warned...Although parts of this story are dark and it certainly deals with serious issues, that is not the entirety of the story. There is also a great deal of humor, and some really spectacular interactions between Sakura and Kakashi. (Sakura is 17 in this, by the way.) I wouldn't say I'm a fan of this pairing, but the author writes it so well that I don't even care. She also does a really great job of handling a myriad of other issues that would definitely come up if Kakashi and Sakura were to actually get together, including but not limited to their former status as teacher and student, Kakashi's intimacy issues (we all know he has them) and Sakura's own romantic notions. I feel like there really wasn't ever a dull moment. The pacing is wonderful, and the entire story captivated me. And even though I wouldn't go so far as to say that I'll be seeking out this pairing in the future, I think I'll definitely look at it a little less warily for having read this.

Duty Before Honor by SilverShine


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