Life After Death (12036 words) by gryvon
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Hatake Kakashi/Umino Iruka
Characters: Hatake Kakashi, Umino Iruka, Uzumaki Naruto, Haruno Sakura
Additional Tags: Physical Disability, Angst, Hurt/Comfort
Iruka’s first mission back in the field turns out to be his last when he gets caught in a dangerous trap. Kakashi gets him back to the village in time to save his life, but not his leg. Now Iruka must cope with the loss of his leg and what that means for his future in Konoha.
Kakashi was their team leader, which seemed a bit ominous to Iruka. His last mission with Kakashi had ended poorly, so poorly that Iruka had quit active duty to become a teacher. It was slightly fitting that it was Kakashi who led his first mission back out, but that didn’t make him feel any better about it. Some Sound ninja had stolen a scroll during Orochimaru’s invasion and they’d gotten a lead on its location. It must have been an important scroll to bring Kakashi out for it, and it must have been a dangerous scroll given that Iruka was out with another chuunin and two jounin besides Kakashi.
The jounin were in the trees, scouting ahead and scanning the area from above. He saw Kakashi flit ahead on the opposite end of the clearing. That left Iruka and the other chuunin, Midoriko, to search the low ground. The scroll was supposed to be hidden somewhere nearby and they couldn’t afford to miss any hiding spot. Iruka was surprised they hadn’t run into any other ninja yet. Surely whoever had hidden the scroll out in the woods would have left someone to defend it.
Iruka took a step into the clearing. Chakra flared beneath him. He had half a second for his stomach to twist, not enough time to move. He barely had time to open his mouth. His warning shout never made it out of his mouth.
The clearing exploded in dirt and fire and blood. Pain. There was so much pain. It washed red through him, taking away his sight and his hearing until all that was left was bright red pain.