Accidentally mentally bound? Check. Hostile acquaintances to friends to lovers? Check. Iruka being utterly badass and not realizing it? Check and check. This fic is fantastic, and I love the idea behind it so much. There’s a type of angst that my favorite characters are sometimes written going through in my favorite fics, that’s self-depricating and makes my heart ache in a way I gladly endure, and there’s a LOT of that in this fic. Iruka goes through a lot emotionally and it’s an incredible journey to follow him through.
Fic on AO3: https://archiveofourown.org/works/19865359