TITLE: Makeout Tactics

PAIRING: kakashiXsakura

TIMELINE/SPOILERS: Shippuuden. Timeline not relevant to the story, though. (again)

WARNINGS: ... contains kisses? XD

DISCLAIMER: Masashi Kishimoto owns Naruto and all related characters, etc etc etc.

Last Edited: April 20, 2009

Chapter 03 - Necessity


The third time was necessary, and it was, once again, unexpected.

Team 7 was now mostly sent on B and A-rank missions, and their current one at Mist had them setting out to kill a notorious gang boss who had terrorized several villages near their headquarters. While Naruto provided the main distraction by attacking the front guards, Sai had gone and infiltrated the base from the west side. Kakashi took on the eastern entrance, and since he was already running high on a fever, Sakura was forced to assist him as a medic instead of taking on the southern entrance.

Sakura inwardly frowned. The eastern entrance was fronted by a river, which made it difficult to unbalance an enemy from a distance, and then of course there's the problem of Kakashi pushing himself to exhaustion.

"Kakashi!" Sakura said through gritted teeth. "I swear I'm going to maim you if you use 'that'!"

Unfortunately, Kakashi chose to play deaf and lifted the headband that covered his left eye. With the Sharingan card played out, the nins fell down with relative ease— five, twelve, seventeen. But not long after, he was exhausted, and Sakura was left to finish the remaining three as Kakashi sank down the river, drowning, with no energy left to swim up.

When the last enemy nin was sent hurtling down the river via a chakra-infused fist to his solar plexus, Sakura dived in as well, thankful that Kakashi was caught at a rock below instead of being drawn away by the current.

'Stupid Kakashi, when the hell are you going to listen to me?!'

After a short check on the eastern entrance, Sakura bodily threw the unconscious jounin to the wooden veranda, muttering her intense disapproval while she hauled herself out of the water.

'Honestly, why can't you look out for yourself?!'

Part his mouth— breathe air in, then another one— pump on his chest— one, five, twelve, twenty, thirty— repeat until he regained consciousness. It took some time, and when Kakashi finally coughed out the water from his lungs, Sakura gave a short sigh of relief before berating the man for being so careless. He just grinned tiredly at her and muttered his thanks, and Sakura still scolded him. After all, he forgot to say he was sorry for not listening to her, a medic and a concerned teammate, and went and had himself drowned.

"Honestly, I don't know who's much more stubborn— Naruto, or you."

Kakashi only gave her a creased eye, and she resorted to continuing their mission before she lost her patience once more and maim the guy before her.

It was only a few hours later, when they were taking some rest after completing the mission, that she realized she had actually seen his face, and her lips had actually directly touched his, although it was more of a necessity rather than impulse or anything else.

Sakura inwardly giggled as she stole a glance at Kakashi, who was silently reading one of his porn books as they traveled back to Konoha.

'Naruto's going to flip if I tell him I saw Kakashi's face.'

: to be continued :

Author's Notes: As always, comments, reactions, and bursts of fangirling squee are most welcome :D