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Iruka woke up as the warmth next to him shifted abruptly, rolling off the bed and hitting the floor with thump. Iruka opened his eyes to see a flash of silver run to the bathroom. Retching followed. Iruka was off the bed instantly, making his way to the bathroom, the retching continued. He kneeled down next to the older man, rubbing a soothing hand on the tense back. The retching slowly subsided, leaving a panting, flushed jounin. Kakashi swiped at his mouth and a shudder ran through his frame.

"Are you alright?" Iruka asked softly.

"I -," he began to cough, as if something was lodged in his throat..

"Kakashi?"

His cough turned wet and whatever was blocking his throat dislodged, along with blood.

"Kakashi!"

"I-ru-," he began coughing again, blood spurting through the fingers that covered his mouth.

"We're taking you to the hospital! No complaints!" Iruka said, trying not to panic. His mind reeling, don't panic don't panic don'tpanicdon'tpanicdon'tpanic-


Kakashi woke up to a familiar white ceiling, a feeling of nostalgia coursed through him, making him shudder. He wearily looked around, and realized that doing so made his head hurt more, he grunted and laid back down. A warm hand squeezed his, making him crack open a blue eye. Iruka sat next to him, a worried expression on his face.

"How are you feeling?"

Kakashi groaned, "What happened?"

"I don't know. You started throwing up and coughing up blood. I brought you to the hospital and they're running some test," Iruka let out a sigh and squeezed his lover's hand tighter, "I just hope it isn't anything serious."

Kakashi weakly squeezed his hand back, "Ne, Iruka don't worry. I'll be fine," he gave his a reassuring smile.

Iruka opened his mouth to say something when Tsunade walked into the room, eyed the couple, and smiled at the blush that crept into Iruka's cheeks, "Well, brat you've done it again," Kakashi blinked at her before frowning, hardly visible through his mask, "Now now, it's nothing to really worry about, but you've got ulcers. A few actually."

Kakashi blinked again, "I've got what?"

"Ulcers. We can treat them, but you'll have to take some medication for a while to heal them and prevent them from coming back," Tsunade frowned, "Ulcers hardly ever occur due to stress, but apparently, you went ahead and defied that, didn't you? That's the only thing I can think of considering the fact that you don't smoke, excessively drink, or are on any current medication," she sighed before continuing, "Have you been having any abdominal pains? Heartburn? Loss of appetite?"

Kakashi frowned as he thought, "Yes. No. Kind of." He didn't catch the surprised then hurt look Iruka gave him, though Tsunade did.

"The abdominal pains, when did they start?"

"Uh, don't remember, they would come and go, so I didn't think anything of them."

"No heartburn, your appetite?"

"Same as the pains, came and went."

Tsunade sighed and pinched the bridge of her nose, "Seriously, brat, you need to take care of yourself better than this," she let out a frustrated sigh, "The medicine I'm going to give you will help heal them, but some pain may – ah, correction – will occur. Since ulcers affect the nerves surrounding them, and you have a few, the healing process will agitate those same nerves."

"Isn't that kind of…ironic? Healing…isn't suppose to hurt."

"Well this is what you get for not taking care of yourself and getting ulcers from stress! This is one of the results you get for not going to your mandatory, monthly psyche evaluation."

Kakashi wanted to roll his eye, but didn't want to be swatted over the head by Iruka. He shot a glance to the chunin sitting next to him, who was sitting still, listening to the conversation as he stared at the white, pristine linen that covered his legs.

"Iruka-sensei, will you make sure he eats small frequent meals? At least five to six a day, to regulate his diet while he's on the medication?"

Iruka snapped his head up at sudden attention, "Oh, of course, Hokage-sama."

She smiled, "I'll give you a list to take home of what to avoid in his meals. Also, make sure he gets enough rest; two weeks should be enough time. After that, I want you to come in for a check-up," she turned to leave, "I'll send your release forms." She walked out of the room, the door clicking behind her.

Kakashi sighed and leaned back down onto the bedding. He felt the warm hand loosen its grip, making him open his eye questioningly. The chunin looked as if he was deep in thought, his brows slightly furrowed together. Iruka looked at him and gave him a small smile as a nurse bustled in, wearing a bright smile.

"Here are the release forms, sign and you can be on your way," she handed Kakashi the clipboard and he signed them, "And here is your medication that Tsunade-sama prescribed to you. Take two a day, after a meal. Like one in morning after breakfast, and another after dinner," she handed him the bottle of pills, "She told you about the side effects right?"

Kakashi quirked an eyebrow, "The pains?"

"That and they may cause some dizziness, so she has given you two weeks off to recover," she took the clipboard from the jounin and unclipped a paper from the back, "and here's the list that Tsunade-sama wanted you to have, of things to avoid while preparing his meals," she handed him the sheet of paper.

"Thank you," Iruka smiled at her as he took the paper and looked it over, avoiding long periods without food. Foods to be avoided include high-fat breads and cereals, nuts and seeds, most pastries, raw vegetables, tomatoes and tomato products, citrus fruits and juices (if they cause discomfort), carbonated beverages, coffee, alcohol, and strong seasonings and condiments (such as garlic, chili powder, black pepper, etc.) Try to include: A combination of vitamins (A, C, and E) and minerals (zinc and selenium) and high protein (eggs, milk [at least at every meal, chicken, fish), and tea, ( If he does consume of these products, it may further irritate the ulcers.)

"Make sure he gets lots of rest," she looked over the release forms and nodded, "Alright you're free to go." She smiled at them before she turned and left the room.

They made their way out of the hospital, stopping by the grocery store on their way back to Iruka's apartment.

"What can't I eat?" Kakashi said in a near whine.

Iruka gave him a blank look, "I can't believe you're whining," he sighed, "It's not that bad, just no high-fat breads and cereals, nuts and seeds, pastries, raw vegetables, tomatoes and tomato products, citrus fruits and juices, uh, if they bother you," he paused and thought for a moment, remembering the list, "carbonated drinks, coffee, alcohol, and strong seasonings."

"So," Kakashi drawled, "nothing good."

"Pretty much," he placed a carton of eggs in his basket, "she said that you should eat a lot of protein…," he looked at the jounin, "and milk."

Kakashi cringed, "Milk?"

Iruka rolled his eyes, "It's just milk, Kakashi, what so bad about that?"

Kakashi shrugged, "Never really liked it."

"Well, you're going to get used to it," he put a carton of milk in his basket, and another as an afterthought, "Whether you like it or not."

Kakashi pouted, and despite the mask, Iruka saw it, "Iruka," he whined.

"You can be such a kid sometimes, you know that?" he sighed and made his way to the produce aisle, "What kind of fruit do you want?"

Kakashi shrugged, hands in his pockets, "Whatever, don't really care."

Iruka glared at him, "I'll get you prunes if you don't care then."

"That's gross, Iruka."

Needless to say, the trip to the grocery store took longer that it should have.