I don’t even know how I got into this pairing. I blame a variety of people who made me appreciate Tenzou, and then I was like eh he’ll get along well with Iruka, and then now I’m in this mess. adfksjals;df
I guess I’m just fond of how Tenzou is just serious with a dash of opportunistic mischief (with his ghoul face) and Iruka is similar, in a way! And the juxtaposition of someone with little connections to the village (until Kakashi and Naruto and the lot) and someone who’s in the midst of the social network (though I’m not sure how much I subscribe to this headcanon that holding two jobs and being at the mission desk means an actual network in place, since that’s not much time to network at all, anyway - ) is also lovely.
a primer to get people interested in this ship, if anyone is!
- beneath the sun by panda_shi and sub_textual (complete, novel length, nsfw)
I legitimately consider this the best fic to read within the pairing. fuckbuddies to falling in love, isn’t that a classic? the authors have also written for kkir. Includes an ongoing sequel that is currently promising to rip my heart out.
- Kawarimi no Jutsu by lolani (ongoing, nsfw)
Iruka and Yamato share a couple of things, of which being rejected by Kakashi is included. Hopefully Kakashi pulls his head out of his ass at some point, but I don’t mind if he doesn’t tbh
- Sorrow by panda_shi (complete, nsfw and major character death)
One of them dies, and the other is left to deal with the grief. The events they went through before the death though… tragic, in the best way.
BUT! usually this pairing is found alongside kkir, so here are some kakairuten recs
- How to Influence Jounin and ANBU without a single Jutsu by megyal (complete, nsfw)
Iruka persuades the other two (in sexy ways) to have a threesome. Iruka succeeds.
- The Geisha Network by drelfina (complete, nsfw, explicit non-con)
An AU where instead of being an Academy teacher, Iruka decides to join Konoha’s geisha network. (contains Itachi/Shisui, if you don’t like that pairing)
- Okagesama De by lolani (complete series, nsfw)
An ABO AU where Tenzou is a late blooming alpha navigating his relationship with Kakashi and Iruka. Mpreg (as usual) included.
I could probably find art too, but now that I think about it (at 4 am) no one prolly is gonna read this post for a rec list ahahaha. But since I’ve come this far…
Hope someone likes yamairu as much as i do, out there!