The early morning sun cast strings of pale yellows and pinks across the forest. It was calm, a picture of silence and tranquility, and Kakashi Hatake was sitting on a small log, his favourite 'Icha Icha' book in hand. So far, the day had been somewhat boring and uneventful overall, so Kakashi had spent his time alone in the depths of the Forest, the usual training ground he used to teach his three students of group 7.
He had to admit, it was rather nice. Nobody to bother him, his students on a day off, the other Shinobi off doing whatever they usually did. On a day like this he'd usually be spending all day with Naruto, Sasuke and Sakura to train them, so the silence and peace was a pleasant change. However, he couldn't help but miss one person in particular.. Iruka Umino.. The beautiful bastard that won his heart. How exactly had he done so? He hadn't the slightest clue on how the fellow shinobi had won him over, it simply happened. From the very first moment Kakashi's dark eyes met the other's, he fell head over heels. However, what was even better was the fact that Iruka rather obviously felt the same way about him. The chunin could barely even contain his own feelings for Kakashi and he had to admit it was somewhat adorable.
The way he would fumble around with his words when Kakashi caught him off guard, that pale pink blush that crept onto his cheeks whenever they were close.. It was utterly to die for.
So Kakashi made it his goal to tease and whisper hushed, flirtatious comments and remarks into the other teacher's ear at every moment he got. Even just the flushed, dumbfounded expression on Iruka's flawless face whenever Kakashi made a move was enough to give the silver haired jōnin the satisfaction he wanted.
Unsurprisingly, it didn't take too long before he finally managed to privately ask the the other teacher on a date. Iruka had quite happily accepted and not too long later, they were officially a couple. Well, it was official to them and only them- they preferred to keep it to themselves to prevent any questions. Even their most perceptive students, Sakura and Sasuke, were completely oblivious to it all. Nobody else knew! Almost nobody.. None other than Anko Mitarashi had wandered in on the two of them one night and she was just oh-so-fucking smug about it. However, that was a long time ago.. A year and a half ago , actually.
Anyways, anyways, back to the present. Kakashi sat in the forest, nothing more than the birds to create a sweet chirping in the background. He flicked over another page of his 'Icha Icha Paradise' book, eyes fixed to the page. However, just as he turned the page, he heard a smug, chuckling voice from just beside him.
"Really? Reading that again?"
Iruka Umino- just the person he wanted to see. Trust him to sneak up on the silver haired teacher just as things started to get good.
"Hm? This? You know you like it too, I'm sure you'd just love it if we maybe tried something out from it sometime too, Iruka," Kakashi teased in response as he closed the book. He felt Iruka's arms wrap around his shoulders as the shorter shinobi hugged him from behind.
"Oh, be quiet, Kakashi," he laughed with a smile, "You know how long it took for me to find you? I've been looking all over the forest for hours."
"Well you found me now, so stop complaining. I'm pretty glad too, I was just about to start heading home to see you."
Kakashi pushed himself up from his seat in preparation to leave to head home, however Iruka quickly slid in front of him. "Wait- there's something I.. There's something I want to ask you first."
His curiosity piqued, Kakashi raised an eyebrow and paused. "Alright, what is it?"
Iruka glanced towards the ground, his tanned cheeks picking up a faint glow of pink as he swallowed down any of his fear. Slipping a hand into his pocket, Iruka soon pulled out a small box, clutching it tightly in his hand.
"I was just thinking.. Since, you know.. We've been together for a year and a half.." Iruka was struggling to keep his eyes fixed on Kakashi, glancing desperately off into every other direction with nervous eyes. Somehow, Kakashi couldn't quite put it all together yet, he was just staring with the same blank, unwavering expression he usually had.
"I was wondering if.." Iruka began to panic, his heart racing at a thousand beats per minute. His mind completely deflated and there was only one thing he could think of doing in the moment. Rather than finish his words, he clumsily shoved the small box out towards Kakashi, almost dropping it in the process. Kakashi took the box in surprise, still not yet catching on to what was going on. Curious, he opened the small wooden box, and as soon as he saw the contents he swore he was about to die.
Inside was a ring.
A beautiful ring engraved with a small leaf symbol on the bottom and multiple cleanly cut diamonds placed around the outside of the ring, each gem glistening in the midday sun. Then, to top it all off were the initials 'KH+IU' engraved on the inside of the ring.
"That was a shit attempt at a proposal," stated Kakashi bluntly, Iruka deflating in response to the remark.
"I'm sorry, I panicked!"
"Yeah, no shit,"
"I need to retry that.. I'm sorry,"
"I already made my decision."
For a moment Iruka felt his heart skip a beat. This was it, it was all over. That one very moment marked the end of it all, he'd fucked up so badly..
"I said yes. You're not deaf, are you?"
The chunin's face lit up immediately, like a child in a sweet shop. He wrapped his arms around Kakashi's chest, sending the taller shinobi stumbling back a few steps in the process. Although he was caught off guard, the taller shinobi simply smiled beneath his mask and returned the gesture, tightly wrapping his arms around Iruka and holding him closely.
"Oh thank god! I thought you were going to say no!"
"Why? You're the person I love more than anyone in this life, spending the rest of my days with you would be an absolute pleasure."
"Thank you.. Thank you so much, Kakashi.."
"I should be thanking you. You did all this."
The two tightened the hug, Iruka especially overjoyed as he rested his head against Kakashi's chest.