Fandom Category: Bleach
Pairing: Rangiku Matsumoto/Byakuya Kuchiki
Fic Title: The Stage
Rating/Warning(s): M. Violence, mentions of character death, mild sexuality
Genre: Drama, futurefic
WIP?: No, completed MC.
Why This Must Be Read: It's called The Stage. Every woman in the Seireitei goes through it. Falling in love with Kuchiki Byakuya. The number one rule, however, is to never expect him to fall back. Psht. Rangiku never played by the rules.
Rangiku's wit, humour and strength are the cornerstones of this story, but its other strengths: minor characters are given development, odd pairings that somehow completely work, respect given to their more canon relationships, and, despite the story being primarily drama, the plot is surprisingly compelling. It also features Rangiku stalking Byakuya through the streets and eavesdropping on rooftops. And other places. What more do you need?
You know, I've never understood why so many people come to me for advice. Is it the boobs? Do they somehow scream 'EARTH MOTHER' when I'm not looking? I don't mind helping out, but to be honest I'd rather go to Nanao than listen to myself babble on. Then again, Nanao doesn't get out too much. I mean, between a paperwork obsession and Shunsui, who has the time?
But throughout my vague tenure as an advice-giver (there has to be a better word for that), there's one thing I've often been faced with.
Kuchiki Byakuya. The problem of him, that is.
Women keep falling in love with him and none of them seem to understand that they are never going to get him. Ice King, anyone? But still, generation after generation comes to me, begging to know how to catch the man of their dreams.
Personally, Captain Kuchiki isn't all that enticing. I mean sure the man's gorgeous, there's no mistaking that but high and haughty never did it for me and despite the amount of times he's saved her since, I'd always found it contemptible, the way he'd abandoned Rukia.
For once however, it wasn't a lovesick woman who barged into my room in the Tenth Division barracks at two o'clock in the morning. Well, it was a woman, but not a lovesick one. No, this woman was Kuchiki Rukia and she was pissed off.
Also pissed out of her mind, but we've all been there before and considering what had happened, I don't blame her.
What I do blame her for though, is totally screwing up my perception of her brother. I'd happened to be reaffirming my dislike for the noble after a particularly disturbing dream, when Rukia just had to go and have the mother of all arguments with her brother about her being at vice-captain level and he wouldn't let her be even twentieth seat, get rip-roaring drunk far more impressively than I think even I've managed then come to me at two in the morning while I'm doing paperwork and spill all his dirty little secrets. So before I thought he was a bastard. Now, I just think he's a coward.
Or rather, I know I should be thinking of him as a coward. I mean if it had been anyone else I'd don't think I'd be anywhere near as understanding. But somehow since Rukia spilled the beans three months ago my mind has taken a tortured soul approach to what I found out and Kuchiki Byakuya has suddenly become totally alluring as opposed to a sister-abandoning loser.
Bastard. Complete and utter total bastard.
But I'm pretty sure he already knows that.