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Fandom: Naruto
Pairings/Characters: Kakashi/Naruto
Rating: NC-17
Wordcount: ~4,000
Warnings: genderbending - Naruto is in Sexy Jutsu form for the majority of this encounter
Author: Permetaform
Website: the author on ff.net
Summary: Wherein Naruto has a scheme to remove Kakashi's mask, and Kakashi plays a game of gay chicken (he cheats).
Why: I've never really found the Kakashi/Naruto pairing appealing before, but the concept of SexyJutsu!Naruto (pretending to be a callgirl, no less) facing off against Kakashi, of all people, left open possibilities that I was too curious to pass up. With any other character than Kakashi in this situation, you might be able to predict the outcome. Kakashi, however, is far more unpredictable, and I couldn't resist the opportunity to find out his reaction to this situation. I wasn't expecting very much though; this is a plot that would be far too easy to do wrong, and very difficult to do right.

To my great surprise, I highly enjoyed the story. (In truth, I was so surprised that I had to read it again on a different day before I decided that it really was as good as I'd originally thought.) Permetaform really nailed the characterization of both Kakashi and Naruto, and then went a step further and created enough convincing emotion between the two of them to also completely convince me of the pairing.

If you're still not convinced, here's an excerpt, from the beginning of the story:

Excerpt, NSFW )

Better than Perfect by Permetaform
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Fandom: Naruto
Pairings/Characters: Kakashi/Iruka
Rating: NC-17
Wordcount: ~9,500
Author: JBMcDragon
Website: McDragon's Lair
Summary: He could feel Kakashi's eyes on his tush. He whipped around quickly, glaring, and was met with a lazy upward turn of mismatched eyes. "Don't get any ideas," he said sternly. "I'm not having sex with you anymore."
Why: This is exactly the kind of borderline crack humor that I absolutely love. I think that I beamed and snickered my way through this whole story. I also really appreciated the characterization of Iruka in this story. I tend to be a little picky about him, but the author perfectly captures the capable prankster who I like so much. Not to mention that the interactions between Kakashi and Iruka sparkle with wit. Despite the relative length of this story, it really passed in the blink of an eye for me, leaving me with a smile on my face and laughter in my heart.

Getting a Rise by JBMcDragon
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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: Kakashi/Iruka
Rating: NC-17
Wordcount: ~155,000
Warnings: some side character deaths
Author: checkerbloom
Website: checkerbloom on Ff.net
Summary: Someone wants to hurt Kakashi, and where better to aim for than his heart?
Why: One thing I hate about Naruto fandom is the tendency to make Iruka into the helpless character who always has to be saved, so whenever I find a story with a capable Iruka, I always get excited. That's what first really drew me into this story, despite some persistent grammatical errors and the occasional spelling mistake. The next thing to draw me in and keep was reading was the author's Kakashi, who manages to tread the line between believeably flawed and overly angsty. The thing that really kept me reading was the adorably awkward relationship that develops between the two of them. Add in an admirable amount of action and a nicely 3D villain who I ended up feeling sorry for despite everything, and this is a highly enjoyable story. I do wish it had a beta reader to eliminate some of the mistakes that I already mentioned, but as long as you can get past that, this is definitely worth the time it takes to read.

The Heart of a Ninja by checkerbloom
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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: 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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Fandom: Naruto
Pairings/Characters: Kakashi/Iruka
Rating: T
Author: Princess Tyler Briefs
Website: ode2sokka on deviantART
Summary: Odd conversations lead to odd realizations.
Why: This is not an original idea. In fact, it's rather cliche. However, if you're really jonesing for some cute Kakashi/Iruka fic that doesn't require a great deal of effort on your part, this could be just the thing for you. You see, sometimes I just want to read something short and uncomplicated that leaves no room for doubt about how things are going to work out. This is one of those. It doesn't take much time to read, and it could be just the Kakashi/Iruka fix you've been looking for.

Midnight at the Missions Desk by Princess Tyler Briefs

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