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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: 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: Sandaime, Asuma, Konohamaru
Rating: PG
Wordcount: ~2,000
Spoilers for: Asuma, post-timeskip
Author: digthenym
Website: Nymbis on Ff.net
Summary: The men of Sarutobi have a long history of nicotine addiction, facial hair, and death in the battlefield. Konohamaru shaves each and every morning.
Why: This is a beautifully written look at the Sarutobi men, starting with the Sandaime, then going down to Asuma and his younger brother, and finally stopping at Konohamaru. It was interesting seeing the cycle that the Sarutobi family had developed, and even better seeing Konohamaru's reaction to that cycle, which is just what you might expect from him. I have to say, I like Konohamaru a lot better after reading this story.

Legacy by Nymbis
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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: Gaara/Naruto
Rating: NC-17
Wordcount: 22,500
Spoilers for: post-timeskip Gaara arc
Author: crazy_toffee
Website: none?
Summary: Temari wasn’t entirely honest when she sought Naruto’s help. She said Gaara had been missing for a few days, but he’d been missing for a few weeks...
Why: This has been next on my to-rec list for a while, but I've been skipping over it. You see, the problem is that this is the best Naruto fic I've read in a while. It completely knocked my socks off and now I don't know what I can say to do it credit. Still, I guess I'll just have to do my best. The first thing I loved about this story was the mood that the author creates: quiet, melancholy, full of longing. The second was probably the emotional intensity. Naruto and Gaara are both pretty intense in their emotions, and the author did a wonderful job of capturing that. Third was the way that intensity pulled me into the story; once I started reading, I just couldn't stop. Fourth, the characterization in general is amazing. Even though this is a Gaara/Naruto fic, the author is a Naruto/Sasuke fan, so she really works hard to convince you of the Gaara/Naruto. At the same time, she doesn't discount the depth of the connection between Naruto and Sasuke, which I really appreciated. I also particularly loved Naruto's emotional progression in this story. It really reminded me of just how much I love him. I just...there are so many things right with this story that I'm never going to be able to tell you all of what makes it amazing. It's really that good.

Haven by Toffee
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Fandom: Naruto
Pairings/Characters: Team 10, implications of Ino/Shikamaru
Rating: PG
Wordcount: 1,539
Author: Sadie Dragonfire
Website: The Dragons Gate
Summary: Team 10 is given an important mission. More or less.
Why: This is just a nice slice of life from the average day in the life of pre-timeskip Team 10. I like it for the amusingly accurate Shikamaru voice and for the chance to spend a little more time with some of my favorite genin. Not deep, but great for a few moments of entertainment.

Walking the Dogs by Sadieko
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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: 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: Iruka, Izumo, Kotetsu, Ibiki gen
Rating: PG-13
Wordcount: 2,800 so far
Author: H. E. Gray
Website: H. E. Gray on FF.net
Summary: Iruka's genin team was never normal, by any definition of the word.
Why: This is exactly what the title says it is: a list of things that Team Nineteen (made up of Iruka, Kotetsu, and Izumo with a jounin sensei of Morino Ibiki) are no longer allowed to do and it is hilarious. Technically, the author is still working on it, but since none of the parts really depend on the others, I see no reason not to post it. The author has also written one ficlet at this point based on the rules, and may write more. But even if she doesn't, this is a highly entertaining way to kill some time.

Excerpt: 1. Team Nineteen is banned from any missions involving cats. Ever. Just because you're curious whether a cat really will always land on its feet, Iruka, doesn't mean you can drop it off the Hokage monument. Kotetsu, Izumo, stop encouraging him. And Ibiki, your name is now down as one of the four jounin-instructors who've managed to fail a D-rank. Ever. In the entire history of Konoha.

Things Team Nineteen are no Longer Allowed to Do by H. E. Gray
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Fandom: Naruto
Pairings/Characters: Chouji/Ino/Shikamaru
Rating: PG-13
Wordcount: 3,255
Author: Ayien
Website: Ayien on Ff.net
Summary: Are you actually encouraging me to enter into a bisexual threesome?
Why: I love the way that the author writes the Team 10 relationship in this story. Also, I really liked the Chouji voice and the way the story kind of centers around him because he gets far too little love from fandom. There are a few formatting issues, but the cute moments and lines that made me smile outnumbered them by far.

The Open Door by Ayien
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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: Hinata, Kurenai
Rating: PG
Wordcount: 408
Author: rilina
Website: rilina's fic
Summary: During her years as Hinata's sensei, Kurenai is continually frustratedby her student's apparent inability to speak up for herself.
Why: I love Hinata to pieces, and what I really like about this is that it's so true to her. It's not long by any means, but it says exactly what it needs to say and does so with style.

Gentle, and low by rilina
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Fandom: Naruto
Pairings/Characters: Ino/Naruto
Rating: PG-13
Wordcount: ~6,100
Author: Ronsard
Website: Ronsard's fic list
Summary: In which everyone in Konoha has relationship problems, and Naruto and Ino may just turn out to be the most well-adjusted of them all.
Why: The first thing that drew me to this story was the idea of Naruto and Ino being the most well-adjusted of them all. I have to admit, that intrigued me, even though it's a pairing I never thought I would read with one of the two main characters being someone I'm not too fond of. What kept me reading was that Ronsard really makes this pairing work. Sure, parts of it are silly, but other parts of it are just perfect for both characters. I loved the idea of Ino being the one to corrupt Naruto, and the way that the author never loses sight of the fact that no matter how much Naruto and Ino complain, they are always there when their friends need them. Most of all, I loved how sweet the romance between Ino and Naruto is, and the way that it kind of creeps up on you until you realize, "Yes, that's just exactly right."

Green Apple Elixir and Sugared Vanilla by Ronsard
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Fandom: Naruto
Pairings/Characters: Shikamaru/Temari, Sasuke/Naruto
Rating: PG-13
Wordcount: 4,100
Author: Penelope-Z
Website: Penelope-Z on Ff.net
Summary: During a diplomatic mission to Suna, Naruto and Sasuke discovertheir hormones, the Kazekage discovers he is rather annoyed by thisdevelopment, Sai discovers dog curry and Shikamaru discovers he standsalone as the sole pillar of common sense, against the rest of theworld. While wearing Temari’s skirt.
Why: The summary pretty much says it all. Penelope-Z writes brilliant crack with one-liners that a lot of writers (like myself) would love to be able to produce. I laughed like crazy reading this. Definitely one of the best Naruto fics I've read recently.

Mission Troublesome by Penelope-Z
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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: Gaara/Naruto
Rating: G
Wordcount: 1,600
Author: two_if_by_sea
Website: Fic Memories
Summary: Sand Country smells of sand and chlorine all the time.
Why: I'm almost afraid to write a rec for this. You see, I just finished reading it, and it put me into a gentle, dreamy sort of mood that I'm sure the reality of my words is going to crush it. It's made up of gorgeous sensory imagery, lost Gaara, and rain. It's the kind of thing that I read and then despair about my own ability to write anything descriptive or introspective that could ever compare. I'm really at a loss for a way to tell you just how amazing this is, so perhaps you'd better just read it and find out.

water displacement by two_if_by_sea
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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: Sasuke/Naruto
Rating: PG
Wordcount: ~700
Author: crazylittleme
Website: vnilla
Summary: In which Sasuke attempts to discover the way to Naruto's heart.
Why: Sasuke's approach to 'wooing' Naruto is simply priceless, and the ending teleports this from the realm of highly amusing to amazing.

The Way to a Man's Heart by Vnilla

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