NARUTO: Like a Cat For a Summoning Contract by Megan
PAIRINGS/CHARACTERS: Ino/Sakura, mildly nsfw
SUMMARY: Ino’s had a bad day; Sakura’s there to help. Sort of.
REC: Because it’s Femslash February (at the time of this rec), I decided to hunt around AO3 for more f/f fic to work into my usual recs this month, and this InoSaku fic was one of the first I stumbled over. It’s a short piece, but it’s very nice, just a quiet unwinding after a long day of training for Ino and I really love some of the details in this—like Ino training with Kakashi (as they’re both people who copy others’ techniques, if in different ways). But mostly it’s the way this is a fairly laid-back piece, it’s not about the snarling rivalry that they sometimes have, but neither does it forget that these are two brash, intense girls. Instead it’s about these two girls who have such a solidity and confidence to themselves and how they’ve grown up but are still recognizably themselves and about helping each other wash the day’s grime off after a long training session. Ahhh, sometimes I think this pairing might come close to being my Naruto OTP on the right days.