Pairing: Taylor Towsend/Ryan Atwood
Fic Title: In Bloom
Genre: AU, romance
Why This Must Be Read: Firstly XWaltzforVenusX is probably the BEST author around for this pairing - she gets all the nuances of those crazy characters downright perfect and natural. In a twist of fate, Veronica sent Taylor to a boarding school, so Taylor never met the gang until she attends Berkeley and becomes teaching assistant to Professor Sandy Cohen. Obviously, Ryan and taylor slowly but leisurely gravitate toward each other. Yet,getting together is far from being the difficult part. The hardship comes after, because even while being a couple comes rather naturally to them, Ryan and Taylor have their different and heavy load of emotional baggage to hinder them on the way to happiness. And so, you get a wonderful portrayal of Ryan inner traumas and Talor's quirky craziness. This story makes a wonderful job of reminding me why I miss this ship every time I read it.