Title: Straight

Author: milkychaitea

Disclaimer: I do not own Naruto. Sue me and you will meet Hades very soon.

Warnings: Gender-bended characters, mentioned slash, abuse of parentheses and tea. Expect ooc-ness since this is a fanfiction. May cause brain fart. Tread carefully.

Pairing/s: KakaFem!Iru, mentioned GenRai

Note: Any confusion in personal pronouns is intentional. If you are still confused, well- damn you. Just pm me!

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Chapter 6

"Congratulations, Iruka-san! You sure chose well!"

"Iruka-sensei! Don't forget to invite us, okay?"

"My my my! my dear Iruka all grown up! I'm so excited!"

"Iruka! It sure is high time you settled down! Old women like me feel much better seeing today's youth settle down instead of going on missions all the time."

Iruka politely inclined her head after the n-th or so person that had come up to her to offer some sort of congratulations for something. But what?

Iruka had spent a great portion of her morning pondering this.

She hadn't done anything amazing in the last few weeks, (Managing little hell-spawns of Satan himself wasn't really an amazing thing in Iruka's book. Though ninety-eight percent of the chuunin population and anybody who had ever stepped foot inside the Academy would say otherwise.)

She hadn't gone on any high ranking missions either, so she was stumped as to what could have caused more than half the population of Konoha to come in droves just to see her.

It was just plain confusing!

With all the pondering that was going on in Iruka's mind, she paid no heed to where she was going, and ended up bumping against somebody.

Oomph!

Large, warm hands gently took hold and prevented Iruka from face-planting. She splayed her hands out in front of her to gain her footing and came into contact with a lean, muscular chest. Iruka blushed furiously as she imagined running into the Hatake Kakashi.

Normally, Iruka paid no heed to the little voice inside her head that kept playing on repeat 'Handsome Male Alert! Handsome Male Alert!' every time she passed Naruto's genin teacher, but due to recent events, it simply made it quite impossible for her to completely ignore the voice entirely.

Kakashi's hands on her shoulder, his warm breath, the white chakra that Iruka found oddly addicting...

NO!

Iruka chastised herself. It was bad enough that she had spent most of her morning reminiscing about her date -er dinner-outing-with-a-male-friend last night, she had bumped into the very same man plaguing her thoughts! As the memories of the not-date flew by Iruka's brain, Kakashi's clothes, his ultra-sexy voice, the way he held my hands- STOP!

(Although Iruka found it extremely odd that her memories after the dinner at the restaurant were sketchy at best. Some thing about a propo-something... something. Oh well. If it was important then it will come back.)

"Iruka-sensei?" Iruka shuddered at the voice, realizing some things were just figments of her imagination. "Are you alright?"

Iruka tried to stall for time, but eventually she had to look up. If Naruto's bright orange jumpsuit was bad, this was worse. Much worse. Iruka never did think that green could be so goddamn blinding.

"THE FLAMES OF YOUTH BURN EVER SO BRIGHTLY!" Iruka cringed at the Green Beast of Konoha. Nice as Gai-san was, it was just too much enthusiasm in one package. Even Naruto wasn't that exuberant.

"MY DEAR RIVAL KAKASHI HAS FINALLY FOUND SOMOEBODY TO SHARE HIS INNERMOST THOUGHTS AND THAT IT IS SOMEBODY AS SWEET AS YOU, MY DEAR IRUKA -SENSEI!"

Gai was about to make a grab for the sensei but years of teaching experience kicked in and she simply sidestepped, making Gai hug empty air instead. Iruka thought that might dissuade Gai from grabbing her again, but instead he sprouted another sunset and exclaimed rather loudly.

"MY DEAR IRUKA-SENSEI HAS REFUSED MY YOUTH! MY DEAR RIVAL KAKASHI HAS FOUND A LOYAL COMPANION AND HAS BEATEN ME ONCE AGAIN! I SHALL NOW TRY TO FIND ONE AS BEAUTIFUL AS IRUKA-SENSEI AND BEAT MY EVER YOUTHFUL RIVAL!"

He tried to make another grab for Iruka, this time going for her hand in an attempt to kiss it, but Iruka quickly retracted it, bracing it against her chest for dear life.

"Ah- er, thank you, Gai-san. But why are you here?" She asked.

Wrong move.

"THE FLAMES OF YOUTH BURN BRIGHTL-"

"Gai-san! I think I see Kakashi over there!" She quickly exclaimed, trying to stop another sunset from materializing. "Quickly, before he escapes!"

She pointed frantically at a general direction that would take Gai far, far away. Gai looked at her, completely confused until she elaborated.

"Gai-san, Kakashi went that way-" She pointed again. "- I think. So if you want to challenge him, you should go, now." She urged him. Patient as she was, green beasts were not part of her resume.

Gai seemed to consider this for a while, and to Iruka's great relief, he just sprouted another sunset and roe off into the distance. Thank god for small mercies.

Realizing that the little episode with Gai had taken time off her, if she didn't rush, she would be late for her monthly Academy reports with Tsunade. She needed to know who was high risk (Iruka was actually the one who suggested the Sasu-Naru-Saku trio, and with it's current success, she was now dealing with the current Hokage to plan future squads for maximum benefit.)

An odd note had been sent to her in the morning by an extremely skittish Anbu, who refused to say anything about the note and kept muttering 'green pandas' over and over again.

Looking over the note written in Tsunade's horrible (and most likely drunken) scrawl, all she could decipher was a few important words...

...kage Tower...

...important meeting...

...as soon as possible...

...bring your husband...

Whoa, wait.

Bring your husband?

Did Lady Tsunade raid the bars again?

(Iruka sincerely hoped not. The last time that happened all Hokage duties were pawned off to her. Which was why Ibiki and Anko were still not stepping foot inside the Hokage Tower till now.)

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Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed it!
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Luv lots,
milkychaitea
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