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- Naruto - Fair Play by nescione - [Note: Kakashi Gaiden spoilers.] ........WAH. ;____; Kakashi and Yondaime and a brilliant little story that just... makes my fangirl heart hurt and yet attracts me at the same time, because Yondaime and Kakashi and you just do not see enough of that in fic! Much less in fic that feels so absolutely right and true to both characters and the way they interact. Yondaime is just... I can't imagine that this is anything other than accurate, the way he smiles, the way he's such a dangerous fighter, but still such a likable, sunny person, the way there's a real bond between teacher and student. And little serious!Kakashi and an absolutely killer ending to the story that broke my heart. This was really good. ;__; (No warnings/pairings.)


- Naruto - Genius Under Fire by sna - [Note: Spoilers for the Kakashi Gaiden.] Oh, well, now this was just... there were one or two moments I was nearly thrown out of the story (Kakashi couldn't count past eighty? If he's a genius, he can figure out the patterns, I'd think. If you can count seven-eight-nine, you can get seventy-nine, eighty, eighty-one, etc.), but the overall effect was breath-taking. The comparison of Hatake Sakumo and Hatake Kakashi as they moved through similar points/milestones in their lives and the punch the author hit the readers with was intense. It brilliantly showcased the differences and heartbreak father and son went through, the way their lives eeriely ran parallel, yet are completely different, but both hurt like hell. Just... the writing is gorgeous here, the effect the author was going for brilliantly achieved and I really can't go "....holy shit." enough. *__* (No warnings/pairings.)


- Naruto - Persistance of Vision by sna - [Note: Kakashi gaiden spoilers.] Quite literally, Kakashi's always got someone keeping an eye out for him. Oh, my god, this was so good. Just brilliant, really. The people in Kakashi's life, the ones he's loved and lost and how they continue to watch out for him, the way Obito, even in death, still watches out for him, because Kakashi needs it. The entire story, whenever Kakashi would get better or worse, whenever he would get closer to people or more alone, whenever he would lose another person, it all tugged at my heartstrings, because it makes beautiful sense of the characters and their relationships, it just nails the heartache of them (Kakashi especially). It's got a lovely pacing to it as well, the way it covers years and everything just flows together and... brilliant writing, brilliant tone/style, brilliant heartache, brilliant characterization, and a brilliant ending. I ached reading this. ♥ (No real warnings/pairings, I wouldn't say.)


- Naruto - Icarus by Chevira Lowe - [Note: Kakashi Gaiden spoilers both in the fic and the rec.] I've been on a Kakashi fic-reading spree lately and I finally got around to reading this fic and... I'm not sure what took me so long to finally get here, because this is another one of those stories that's really good. The writing is sharp and clever, it strides the line between angsty and too angsty, so that everything hurts even more because it's so Kakashi about it. The interaction between Yondaime and a young, worn-down Kakashi is heartbreaking and sparkling all at the same time, the way the chirping sound of the Chidori is woven into the entire piece, the way the ending hit me like a ton of bricks. Just... ouch. Heartbreaking and beautiful. ;__; (No warnings/pairings.)


- Naruto - No Perfect Endings by link no miko - Okay. See. I am a Kakashi fan. So when I read a story that's genuinely really well-written and packs this amazing emotional punch, it makes my heart hurt and I feel like I could start edging towards tears. Especially when the heartache of the story isn't so amped up that it becomes overwhelming, instead it's deftly written and manages to show how much pain and loss Kakashi goes through, the events that have shaped him from the beginning and just... it's the kind of story that forces me to take a deep breath at the end because it hit me just right. And I love, love that this is the Kakashi I recognized from the Gaiden, that this feels so exactly like what Yondaime must have been like, that young!Kakashi must have been exactly like this, so cold and hard-edged already, but not cruel or inhuman. He is a genius, but he is also human and, gah, I wish I could do a better rec, because this fic was fantastic. The kind that rips your heart out but doesn't stomp on it because he's still there and still human. (No warnings/pairings.)


- Naruto - Conscience by Lisse - I'm sure I've mentioned before how much I geek out on Kakashi fics, because, man, do I. I adored this story because it was a beautiful way to show the effects of the various people in Kakashi's life on him, the way he's taken on--or wonders if he'll ever take on--aspects of them, the way he takes pieces of those people and makes them a part of himself. But the fic never has to say that, it just shows it to the reader, shows how much he cares about these people, how tired he is, even how quirky and kinda batshit insane he is. Each little section, each fragment of Kakashi's life that we see here is beautiful and just the right tone to make me hurt for the character all over again. Lovely fic. (No warnings/pairings.)


- Naruto - Spirals by nescione - Oh, man, how much do I love the whole interconnected quality of Naruto? So much. I love the way this fic is written, the way you start at one point and a thread spins off the first scene to the next, with a related character. Which then spins off a thread of its own to connect to the next character. Each scene has a moment or a particular insight about my favorite characters as I do so love the Konoha characters, from Jiraiya and Tsunade and Orochimaru and Sarutobi-sensei to Yondaime and Kakashi and Obito and Rin to Naruto and Sasuke and Sakura, but it makes it even better when you get a fic like this to see those connections and parallels. Then on top of that, each scene reminds you of all the tough lives these characters have to live, the pain they go through in their lives, all wrapped up in beautiful language. And god did the Kakashi parts hit me especially hard. I don't usually get hit as hard by Team 7 interactions, but somehow, here, the author really nailed Kakashi in those scenes, I thought. Brilliant fic. (No warnings/pairings.)


- Naruto - Right Enough by sna - So, I've mentioned that I have this thing for Kakashi/Rin, yes? Because there's something about the pairing that appeals to me, something about the character, even with what little we know of her, that would fit with Kakashi, someone to ground him in that way he needs, yet can still shuffle through the morass of complications that is Kakashi. And this fic does a really fantastic job of showing that... even if things went as right as they could, even if Kakashi and Rin hurt and heal each other in equal parts just by being there, even if they're absolutely necessary to each other, it's never going to be idyllic and... yeah, I love that about Naruto. Even when they're in love and they're good for each other, it still hurts and that comes through beautifully in the writing. This is the kind of fic that just makes me fall even further in love with this pairing, because they FIT here, both with each other and the series in general. And I know a fic is good and I love the pairing when it can make my little fangirl heart ache. ;__; (Kakashi/Rin.)


- Naruto - Fair Play by nescione - [Note: Kakashi Gaiden spoilers.] ........WAH. ;____; Kakashi and Yondaime and a brilliant little story that just... makes my fangirl heart hurt and yet attracts me at the same time, because Yondaime and Kakashi and you just do not see enough of that in fic! Much less in fic that feels so absolutely right and true to both characters and the way they interact. Yondaime is just... I can't imagine that this is anything other than accurate, the way he smiles, the way he's such a dangerous fighter, but still such a likable, sunny person, the way there's a real bond between teacher and student. And little serious!Kakashi and an absolutely killer ending to the story that broke my heart. This was really good. ;__; (No warnings/pairings.)


- Naruto - Genius Under Fire by sna - [Note: Spoilers for the Kakashi Gaiden.] Oh, well, now this was just... there were one or two moments I was nearly thrown out of the story (Kakashi couldn't count past eighty? If he's a genius, he can figure out the patterns, I'd think. If you can count seven-eight-nine, you can get seventy-nine, eighty, eighty-one, etc.), but the overall effect was breath-taking. The comparison of Hatake Sakumo and Hatake Kakashi as they moved through similar points/milestones in their lives and the punch the author hit the readers with was intense. It brilliantly showcased the differences and heartbreak father and son went through, the way their lives eeriely ran parallel, yet are completely different, but both hurt like hell. Just... the writing is gorgeous here, the effect the author was going for brilliantly achieved and I really can't go "....holy shit." enough. *__* (No warnings/pairings.)


- Naruto - Persistance of Vision by sna - [Note: Kakashi gaiden spoilers.] Quite literally, Kakashi's always got someone keeping an eye out for him. Oh, my god, this was so good. Just brilliant, really. The people in Kakashi's life, the ones he's loved and lost and how they continue to watch out for him, the way Obito, even in death, still watches out for him, because Kakashi needs it. The entire story, whenever Kakashi would get better or worse, whenever he would get closer to people or more alone, whenever he would lose another person, it all tugged at my heartstrings, because it makes beautiful sense of the characters and their relationships, it just nails the heartache of them (Kakashi especially). It's got a lovely pacing to it as well, the way it covers years and everything just flows together and... brilliant writing, brilliant tone/style, brilliant heartache, brilliant characterization, and a brilliant ending. I ached reading this. ♥ (No real warnings/pairings, I wouldn't say.)


- Naruto - Flowers on Old Graves by Vikki - So there are about a bajillion ways that I love Vikki, right? Well, now it's a bajillion and one. This story is just so incredibly right on the mark for Kakashi and Iruka that I feel this sense of... being sated that I rarely feel with Naruto fic, much less KakaIru fic. Vikki's way of describing Kakashi is just so painfully on the money that... I think this could ruin me for a lot of other fic; it just... it took these characters that are so often cliche and made them not cliche anymore, made them feel like the Naruto characters again, like they really had just stepped right out of the manga--right down to the tone used in the story. They weren't schmoopy, they weren't in love, they weren't OMG TRU SOULMATES, they were two three-dimensional characters who maybe had some sort of connection or maybe they didn't, they were stunningly in character, and the entire story had this sort of... undercurrent that I can't explain, but was just so explicitly three-dimensional and so incredibly Naruto that I fell in love all over again. The amount of little details that went into the story, that affected the way the characters thought/felt/reacted, but weren't tacked on (it wasn't so much that there were a lot of details worked into the prose, just that they were sort of factored into the way each character reacted), and just... I guess the best way that I can think to describe my reaction to this story is that it got me discussing the characters on AIM, got me thinking about them and expanding my views on them, looking at them in new lights, yet in the way that made this fic make all the more SENSE and feel all the more REAL to me. And I guess that's what I love, that it just sort of clicks together with the manga so clearly in my head. Much, much love. (Some very light KakaIru.)


- Naruto - Remnants of Solitude by paxnirvana - [ part 01a - part 01b - part 02 ] - [Note: I feel I should mention that the author says there may be spoilers up through the most recent chapters (250+), but I haven't noticed much yet. Still. Be warned.] Okay. I'm going to make an attempt to reign in the gibber here, seriously, because this story is one of those that is taking my breath away, that is KakaIru that's in the style of the series itself, that does justice to both the characters/pairing and the storyline. I know that sounds rather fawning of me to say (though, that is just the way I am ^_~), but there are few stories that really get me to believe them these days, especially after 250 chapters worth of exploring the complexities of the characters. (Well. Mostly Kakashi, but the fic hardly makes Iruka a lightweight, either. *__*) The beautiful thing about the story is that it does an amazing job with Kakashi's character, the depth of everything that's weighted on his soul, the weariness of the character, the harshness of the character, yet without making him gloomy or hopeless. Instead, he's a brilliant jounin who has far more talent than perhaps any one person should have (even if there are still people who are far stronger than he is), but... not much else. In his personal life, that is.

And it's not a case of cute puppy love and following Iruka around or even particularily easy, Kakashi is just... Kakashi dealing with being laid out for a week because of what Itachi had done to him (the way it affected his dreams afterwards, the affect what Itachi had done to him was beautifully done, it measured up to what happened in the series, the pain and trauma of it, without making it too over the top angsty, it was a quieter sort of impact, making it all the harder to watch) and that Iruka's stability helps him rest better. A lot of what makes it work are the little touches--Kakashi's frustration that Konoha is stretched too thin right now and he, being one of their most valuable assets, can't do anything or the way he finds amusement and annoyance in one of the other chuunin assigned to him that is way too twitchy or the absolutely brilliant scene with Tsunade that made me squee and sparkle over both characters--as well as the sparkling dialogue between Kakashi and Iruka.

....oy, I'm explaining this rather badly, mostly just fawning and gushing over various parts rather than making any sort of coherent rec, but... well, I just finished reading it, what more would you expect from me? So, trying to sum it up... beautiful writing, excellent characterization, a fantastic believability factor for this pairing, absolutely fantastic and hilarious dialogue, and an insightful Kakashi perspective that makes me wibble like whoa. (Kakashi/Iruka.)


- Naruto - Butterfly in Reverse [ part 01 - part 02 - part 03 - part 04 ] by Bite the hand that feeds - [Note: There may be faint spoilers both in this fic and this rec, if you're only watching the anime.] There are a couple of things about this story that give me a moment of hesitation in starting to write this rec, because the first chapter was a little difficult to get through, it was a little confusing and hadn't quite found it's rhythm, but somewhere in the middle of the second chapter, I think it found the stride it was searching for and really started to get good. I mention this because I want to point out that the story isn't without its faults (the inconsistent addresses and details that might not be quite right and the occasional misspellings and I'm still not entirely sure where the story takes place, because it's after Naruto travels with Jiraiya, after Sakura becomes apprentice to Tsunade, after Sasuke--in an AU twist, I think?--comes back from Orochimaru, but they're still acting as Team 7 under Kakashi-sensei), but they're surprisingly not that distracting (I'm really being nitpicky here, which isn't really the author's fault because the Naruto timeline can be kind of confusing, especially with the way the anime screwed around with it) and the rest of the fic? Fascinating.

Because it's a story that's tackling something that's so damned difficult--a Kakashi perspective, really delving into what makes him tick on a day to day basis. There was a comment in one of the author's notes that struck me, that the author said it was difficult to understand the character, not just mimic him, but I think she's doing a really bang-up job of it here. Kakashi's mind games with his students, the genuinely clever ways the author has him being kind of a bastard teacher to them (instead of falling flat or dull, they actually work, they feel like they do justice to the series itself). Kakashi's world-weary, tired personality that winds together with the way he's such a brat sometimes is beautifully done, it doesn't feel schizophrenic here, it feels like he does in the series.

And then there's the way the other characters look at him, the way Jiraiya sees him or comments on him, knowing him better than one might think or being rather fond of him, what with Kakashi being his favorite student's favorite student. There's a definite sense of connection between all the characters, nothing is really left out, not Jiraiya, not Tsunade, not Yondaime, not Sarutobi-sensei, which really builds this immensely satisfying read for me. There are also action scenes, good action scenes!, and Team 7 is hardly forgotten and, oh my god, the brilliance of the glimpses you get of Kakashi and Shikamaru interacting! And, man, Kakashi's weaving in and out of all those different moods is really amazingly done, he's so human here, so full of little touches that make him a fully-fledged character, not just an insane amount of skill and a shitload of chakra or just a perverted bastard teacher. When he's coming back from a ANBU-equivalent mission and hoping Sakura doesn't recognize him because he doesn't want his team to think of him as little more than a dangerous killer, the undercurrent that he actually cares about them and how they think of him? Brilliantly done.

As you can see, I really wanted to talk about this story, because it's one of the better ones I've read recently, even aside from the KakaIru. Hell, even after four chapters, there's really not a whole lot of interaction between them--there's been some and it's obviously building somewhere, but it's not taking over the story, I would actually put it as second to the Kakashi characterization, actually. Just... there are moments in this story that floor me, whether because I had to muffle my laughter into my pillow or because I was wibbling over my favorite characters and what terrible lives they're forced to live. I'm only halfway through chapter four and already I've been itching to talk about it because it's one of those stories that's fabulously paced, it's long, but no scene really feels wasted or overly stretched just to fill time, the narration flows smoothly along and it's epic without being dull. It's an awesome story and totally does justice to the characters and, god, this is the kind of fic I've been pining for lately. (Some Kakashi/Iruka, but it's fairly light.)


- Naruto - Butterfly in Reverse [ part 05 - part 06 - part 07 - part 08 - part 09 ] by Bite the hand that feeds - [Note: There may be faint spoilers both in this fic and this rec, if you're only watching the anime.] Having finished chapters five through nine now, I feel compelled to talk about them. In a sense, the chapters didn't hit me quite as hard as the first few did and I find myself oddly not-rabid about getting back to the KakaIru parts of the story, that I'm enjoying this for the Kakashi gen parts more than anything, because... so rarely do I see good Kakashi fic that does something with him. It can get a little confusing at times, especially with the whole ANBU thing and the coming war/past war, but I can generally follow what the author is getting at, the way the romance is worked into the plot, but isn't the point is really quite lovely, and you have no idea, NO IDEA how much I spazzed in happiness over any scene where Kakashi and Jiraiya were together.

It's just... that is the kind of stuff I secretly pine for but know would be hell to write/justify, because I understand that they don't really have that much reason to interact, even aside from Yondaime or Naruto, but then this author went and did it, the way there's a reason there and the way Jiraiya looks at that little Hatake brat (I love, LOVE that both Jiraiya and Tsunade think of him as a total brat and, oh, man, the Jiraiya/Tsunade-friendly scenes? TOTAL LOVE. I don't think the author is necessarily intending them, but I just loved the interaction so much. I love the way she writes these characters.) is just absolutely fabulous, especially when Kakashi is sort of losing it because he's been under too much stress lately. Well, really, all of the supporting characters get some serious love from me with this story, because it's still Kakashi-centric but each scene sort of builds somewhere or uncovers a new facet or is just interesting, like Sasuke's little breakdown that you don't actually see 'on-screen', but Kakashi's attempt to reach out without crack was lovely or the way Gai is actually a lot more three-dimensional in this story than he is a lot of times or the way Kakashi has Sakura help him with a problem he has, everything is just... I adore it because it's not just people sitting around and angsting, they're doing stuff.

There are dozens of little lines in this story that, as I read, strike me as being the perfect sort of thing to quote (chapter nine really sort of put that into focus for me with the Kakashi is like a broken vase, hurriedly glued back together, he thinks, and hes found his way close enough to the Copy Nin to notice the cracks. line), all these little insights into the characters. I will grant that I don't know if the more dramatic parts of the story work as well as the less dramatic parts... err, what I mean by that is I'm not sure when Kakashi "breaks" that it's as stunningly in character as when he's sort of holding himself together on a day to day basis. It's not entirely the author's fault (as much as a word like "fault" can be used here), because we don't really see that and I fully think that she's doing a fantastic job here, that with a lot of other writers, I would have been rolling my eyes instead of enjoying the story on the level it was meant to. And I'm a little wary of the KakaIru parts of the story, actually, but... it sort of feels like I'm picking at tiny little details and forgetting that the majority of this story is really kind of awesome.

This is one of the best Naruto fics I've read for any corner of the fandom, this fic is doing an awesome job of Kakashi's character (which isn't easy) and I will forever love this fic for the way it brings everyone together in an unofficial family sort of way. I am absolutely addicted to this story because I'm dying to know where the subplot with Jiraiya and Kakashi is headed, especially because the author is doing a fantastic job with Jiraiya's character, too. I'm fascinated because the author really does include a lot of little details in the writing, all these details of being a shinobi and the way things work, yet she doesn't overshadow the writing with it, it's still about the characters themselves, which really lends it even more of a feeling like the manga itself. The pacing continues to be just right, stuff happens and moves along, but it's not too glossed over or too dragged out, it's the kind of writing that sucks me in and won't let me back out, because I always want to read that next scene. Oh! And Rin's involvement in the story was... ouch and it was perfect because it wasn't overdone, but it still hurt like hell and just... man. And I also mentioned Jiraiya = ♥ here, right? Okay, just checking. (Kakashi-centric, some KakaIru that's not the point of the story, really.)


- Naruto - The Perfect Trap by Maldoror - You know what I love about this fic? Even if I might quibble here and there (though, as the fic gets further along, it tightens up and I have zero complaints about the second half of the fic), the writing isn't just decent, the humor isn't just smile-inducing, it's FUCKING FUNNY, more than once I had to put the fic down for half a minute to just laugh hilariously. It also does an awesome job balancing out all these various elements to the story, the kind that left me with stars in my eyes by the time I was done. I mean, you've got genuinely clever and sharp humor that's written with a damned fine sense of comedic timing, you've got jutsus at work and the theories behind them and how they made sense, you've got some really fabulous characterization, there are heavy and weighted things between them but there's also genuine amusement and attraction, Kakashi is his BATSHIT INSANE genius self, Iruka is his good-natured and warm self, but there's so much more than that going on with both of them, and you've got beautiful, beautiful writing. This thing was approximately 60k long and I didn't stop ONCE while reading it, didn't even THINK of it, because it was so brilliantly smooth to read.

And it's not just that it has these things at different points in the fic, no everything is blended together and balanced out, so it's complex and layered the entire time and it just fed my love for this pairing, because it was just... it felt like the Naruto series. I could believe this, without reservations, especially the ending. Oh, man, this rec is totally fangirl-squee, I'm sorry. I wish I could be cooler and more hip when I'm detailing what I like because this story deserves better, but it left me with such a perfect fic-high that I'm just going to explode over everyone's shoes instead. This fic was awesome. (Kakashi/Iruka.)


- Naruto - As Plain As by The Hoyden - *squeaks* Oh, my god, you have no idea how fangirly I'm about to get. It's just... *flaps hands uselessly* my pairing! Done so brilliantly well! The take on the characters here just hits me like a ton of bricks, the way Kakashi can be so distant, especially when he's just gotten home, the way Iruka is okay with what he gets from the relationship and doesn't ask for more because he doesn't think Kakashi can give it, but without being bitter about it or compromising himself, not really, the way they can maybe find a space for them to genuinely connect in between. And, god, Iruka is just... he's perfect here, the way he's so utterly recognizable as the character I love, the beautiful writing, the gorgeous sex they have, the way it ties into their relationship dynamic so well, the way how they have sex is a reflection of them, the way it's like the best sex you can get from fic--both hot and very insightful. Just... oh, man, this fic hit pretty much every KakaIru button I have, so sharp and really brilliant usage of the stray cat metaphor throughout the fic and with that imperfect brilliance the series itself has, just a fantastic story. ♥ (Kakashi/Iruka, NC-17.)


- Naruto - Knowledge by Kilerkki - I admit, I didn't know if I was quite onboard with the little!Kakashi characterization, even if he was probably four (maybe five?) at the time, but I really liked the take on Sakumo's characterization, I really liked the point of the fic, and the second half of the fic was very strong, the ending of the fic hit with the right level of impact to really drive the point home and send a twinge through my fangirl heart. But it was also those little touches, the way Sakumo ruffles Kakashi's hair, the way the important people in Kakashi's life are all tied together at the end, all of it came together really well. *wibbles* Plus, you don't often see genuinely good Sakumo characterizations. (No warnings/pairings.)


- Naruto - Handle With Care by Kilerkki - So, I've mentioned before that I have a weakness for Yondaime and Kakashi interaction fics, right? Because, man, I do. And it's especially nice to run into one that doesn't have angst, but also is really sort of fun (because Yondaime thinking about his surprisingly young new genin, being surprisingly young himself, about legends, about Jiraiya, about the expectations put on their shoulders, about how very human Jiraiya is sometimes, too, all of that was just delightful fun), and the Yondaime characterization is really solid. Which is what you're reading this fic for, really. Also, I liked that I didn't even notice the lack of a name to call him until afterwards, which I thought was sort of neat. (No warnings/pairings.)


- Naruto - Butterfly in Reverse by Bite the hand that feeds - [ part 10 - part 11 - part 12 - part 13 - part 14 ] - Admittedly, there were a few chapters towards the beginning of this batch (and, you know, this is the third time I'll be rec'ing this fic, which I sort of feel weird about, because anyone who's interested has probably read it already by now, and yet... I'm not sure, somehow I still feel the drive to rec these particular chapters, perhaps just to show I'm still reading, that I haven't drifted off? Or, more likely, because I have things to say often times, and good luck getting me to be quiet over here.) that I didn't feel were quite up to par with the rest of the fic, they did feel a little slow, but things quickly picked back up again and I continue to find this story to be one of the most readable I've come across lately. It's one of those rare longer stories that I don't wait for it to finish up, I don't wait months between chapters to catch up all at once, because the author is really good about giving the readers something satisfying every few chapters.

Which is helped, of course, by that each chapter is about 50k, so if you wait for five chapters to build up like I did here, you've got a good 250k of story to read. It helps that the story is developing a plot, that Kakashi has to undertake a rather stressful mission, but the charm of the story continues to be the character interaction between the rest of the village. Watching Sasuke, Naruto, and Sakura trying to figure out what the hell to do with the puppies Kakashi left them was delightful. Getting to read a really rather nice Asuma/Kurenai scene or watching Kurenai's team be cute together or even the slight hints of Neji/Tenten was all a lot of fun. I do think that it's fairly telling that the author is wandering along as she goes, that she's lost some of the focus she had early on, that she's getting further and further into her own atmosphere for the characters, that it's losing some of the edge it had in early chapters, but I also think it's still one of the better longfics out there in the fandom. It keeps my attention the entire way and there's not a lot of Narutofic above 100k that can do that. And it really is one of the best fics I've read for balancing the sprawling cast that it does. ♥ Plus, OMG. Jiraiya and Iruka having a conversation? LOVE. (Some Kakashi/Iruka, but it's more a side-thing than it is a main focus. A little bit of Asuma/Kurenai, a little bit of other common pairings you might see.)


- Naruto - That He Should Weep by UE - You know, I'm not quite sure how to catagorize my reaction to this fic, because it can be a little difficult to keep your focus in the fic, almost like the picture is just a notch fuzzy, but at the same time that adds a certain atmosphere to the story. Part of it is also that so little actually happened that I'm having trouble remembering what it was that I liked about it, what left me with the feeling of, "That was a good fic!" Because it was, the way Kakashi moves through his life, before things went to hell, during, after, all the while a vague sense of loss and bitterness and aching and pain present, but without going overboard. It's more felt than told, in the little details with the way Kakashi holds himself or the way people react to him or what's expected of him (the expectations with Itachi hit me especially hard in this fic), even the way Sakumo reminds him about the way to treat the dogs he summons. And there's really ouchy ending to go with everything, creating an overall really interesting take on Kakashi's character that I liked a lot. (No warnings/pairings.)


- Naruto - Not Found In Stone by Phoenix of Eternity - You know how some fic leaves you breathless or heartsick after reading it, because it hit the exact right notes that made you want to cry because the characters go through so much pain? Yeah, this one had my little fangirl heart hurting because of the way it recounts the tragedies in Kakashi's life, the way so much has been piled on shoulders so young at the time. But it's also the interaction between Kakashi and Yondaime that drew me to this fic, the utterly brilliant way the author portrays child!Kakashi around his Sensei, around his teammates, around his father. This was brilliant and perfect and all those other gushing adjectives, for all the little details (the description of Kakashi and Yondaime sitting in front of the Hero's Stone was magnificent, really) and reactions and just... I wish I could describe it better. Every little piece of it hit me exactly right, every little piece of it was just as sharp as the rest. *wobbles* (No warnings/pairings.)


- Naruto - Pity by gelfling8604 - As I've mentioned many times before, Yondaime and Kakashi fic is an all too rare treasure, especially by an author that I glee over their work. And this fic is such a fantastic one because it gets that line between pity and sympathy and brattiness and loss and anger and not-quite-coping that Kakashi went through after his father died and the beautiful way Yondaime handled it as best he could, two genius nin who stumble through these moments. But it's not a fic that makes me hurt necessarily, it's almost a lighter sort of fic without sacrificing the weight of what happened. Because it's about Kakashi being such a bratty little kid, but still respect and loyalty for Yondaime, almost anger in a way because he can't say no to him, yet you can still see the person he's going to grow up to be... in a way. Anyway, yes, it's a fabulous character piece on Kakashi that I was rather well over the moon for. ♥ (No warnings/pairings, not really.)


- Naruto - The Perils of Anthrax by gelfling8604 - I was a little nervous to click on this link. It was labelled KakaYonda and slight KakaNaru, two pairings that I like better as gen and feel sort of squicky about with romance. But I read. And it was vaguely romantic. And almost outright romantic towards the end. And, oh my god, this is the only fic, the only way that Kakashi/Naruto would work for me. Because of all the weight and history and Kakashi's feelings and it's so, so screwed up, even when nothing happens, only that sort of flutter in my chest of a raised heartbeat sort of feeling. That's what I felt like reading this, what I felt between them. The physical reactions this fic got from me were fantastic and the atmosphere of this piece has this really strong intensity to it and the writer actually pulls off the feeling of immediacy and sticky sense of feeling like you're covered in blood and bone-tired. Also, there are moments of humor where the author wants them and I just. I... I just. I keyboard mash in love at the connection between Kakashi and Jiraiya here. (Kakashi/Yondaime, Kakashi/Naruto implied a little.)


- Naruto - Count on Me by namistai8 - [Note: Some spoilers for recent-ish manga events.] A few years back, I was vaguely interested in the potential of Kakashi/Kurenai (this was before Asuma/Kurenai really had much to go on in canon), but it never really went anywhere. The idea still lingers just a little, so I was curious to read this fic, especially after Asuma's death and I knew it wouldn't exactly be a happy fic. And the fic is indeed utterly heartbreaking, the language is beautiful, the Kakashi perspective as he watches Kurenai mourn and hurt and cry, he thinks of his own loss, and the author does it beautifully. The connections the author weaves between the two characters, the parallels between them, the sense of loss they both feel, it's all beautifully done. The final scene just... it made my fangirl heart just hurt, in the way that was so true to the series. (Kakashi/Kurenai that's really gen, Asuma/Kurenai, and Kakashi/Rin.)











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