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Mr. Ukki

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“Hey, Yamato. I need some help.”

Yamato looked up from the garden and groaned when he saw Iruka carrying a dead plant.

“Oh, come on. Not again!”

“Yes, again…” Iruka replied sheepishly. “Can you help?”

“I can’t keep bailing you out like this.” Yamato sighed. “Senpai already knows you can’t keep plants alive. I’m sure he’ll understand when he comes home.”

“But it’s Mr. Ukki!” Iruka exclaimed. “I can’t do that to him - he loves Mr. Ukki!”

“Mr. Ukki is burnt to a crisp, how am I supposed to revive him?”

“I’ve seen you do it before.”

Yamato looked at the dead plant again and sighed.

“Is it really Mr. Ukki?” He asked.

“Yeah.”

“Dammit.” Yamato cursed. “He really does love that thing, doesn’t he?”

“Yeah, because Naruto bought it for him. It’s sentimental.” Iruka replied. "He'll be sad if he comes home to find him dead."

Fine. I’ll do it.” Yamato said. “But you owe me for this.”

“Thank you, Yamato!” Iruka smiled gratefully. “Of course! Anything you want!”

“Well, in that case, how about a batch of your homemade choc chip cookies?”

“Absolutely!”

“Alright. Give me the plant.”

Iruka carefully passed Mr. Ukki over; and when Yamato had him, he examined him closely, searching for a sign of life – even if plants were burnt to a crisp, there could still be live parts; and he was hoping to revive it from that, instead of from scratch, which would take a lot more out of him.

Before long, he found what he was looking for. Somehow, Iruka had managed to set Mr. Ukki’s roots, which were buried in soil on fire, too; and a lot of them were dead, but there were several that were still alive. And once he had located them, he put the plant down and ran his hands through a series of signs; and when he was ready, he stuck his fingers in the soil, and channelled his chakra through the live roots; and Mr. Ukki began to recover right before his and Iruka's very eyes.

In no time at all, Mr. Ukki went from shrivelled and black, to growing and brown, to fully standing and green again; and when he was happy and healthy, and completely restored, Yamato stopped his jutsu and handed Mr. Ukki back to Iruka.

“Please try to be more careful next time.”

“I’ll try.” Iruka laughed sheepishly. “I still can’t believe you can revive plants like that – it’s amazing!”

“It’s nothing, really.” Yamato replied humbly. “But thanks.”

“No, thank you. You’re a real life saver!” Iruka grinned. “I promise I won’t forget your cookies!”

“I look forward to eating them.”

Soon, Iruka and Yamato said their goodbyes; and Iruka headed off home again, relieved that Mr. Ukki was no longer dead, and that Kakashi would never know a thing.

And now that everything was fine, he was really looking forward to him coming home.

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“Iruka! I’m home!” Kakashi called from the front as he slipped his shoes off.

“Welcome home, ‘Kashi.” Iruka greeted as he entered the room.

He gave him a deep, tender kiss, holding his lips against his for a moment as he tried to catch up on all the kisses he’d missed out on while he was gone; and when they eventually parted again, he pulled Kakashi into a warm embrace.

“I missed you.” He murmured against him.

“Me, too.”

After a couple of minutes, they separated once more; and Kakashi looked around, sniffing curiously.

“Something smells nice. Are you baking?”

“Yeah, I’m making choc chip cookies.” Iruka replied.

“For me?” Kakashi asked.

“Yeah, I wanted to surprise you.” Iruka answered. “They’re just about ready to come out of the oven. Do you want one?”

Kakashi studied him suspiciously.

“What?” Iruka asked nervously.

“What’s the catch?”

“W-What do you mean?”

“What did you accidentally do while I was gone?” Kakashi asked. “Poison the koi? Dye my spare uniforms? Set fire to the curtains? Or…”

Kakashi gasped, and his eyes widened in realisation.

“Mr. Ukki!”

Kakashi hurried to the living room, absolutely positive that he would find a dead plant, or a broken photo frame, or something out of place; but when he arrived, he saw that everything was fine, and that Mr. Ukki was as happy as ever.

“Wow, I was mistaken.” He said in surprise. “I really thought something had happened.”

Iruka chuckled.

“I promise everything is fine, ‘Kashi.” He replied softly.

He planted a kiss on his cheek.

“Those cookies should be ready now. What do you say we have some?”

“I like the sound of that.”

As Kakashi turned to head to the kitchen, something caught his eye; and he leaned closer to Mr. Ukki, examining him more thoroughly. And after a moment, he turned back to Iruka.

“Um, Iruka.” He began.

“Yes?” Iruka replied hesitantly.

“If nothing happened to Mr. Ukki… why are there scorch marks on his pot?”

“A-Ah, well… You see…” Iruka stammered.

Dammit.

He wasn’t supposed to get caught!