04 October 2007 @ 04:25 pm
Epilogue  
Title: Push Comes To Shove - Epilogue
Author: [livejournal.com profile] aoife_hime
Fandom: Bleach
Rating: Teen (overall)
Word Count: 476
Summary: Karin and Yuzu speculate about their brother's future.
Notes: Story picks up in the middle of Chapter 239 of the manga (roughly where the anime is at currently, I think... I haven't been following it closely so I'm not entirely sure), so beware of spoilers. However, beyond that everything is of my own imagining, and thus is AU. This last part is the result of the devious part of my brain's machinations after reading the beginning of Chapter 197. Think of it what you will.

Link to Part I
Link to Interlude
Link to Part II

Push Comes To Shove
- Epilogue -

Karin slams the door shut behind her, chest heaving from running home. She spent the entire trip back cursing herself for not remembering to bring an umbrella along to the store – it’s only a short trip, after all, and it didn’t look like it would rain when she left – and now she’s cold and wet, two things she absolutely hates, especially in conjunction with one another. She grumbles as her hair drips water onto the floor, and her shoes squelch a bit as she takes them off. The soles so waterlogged it will probably take over a day to get them completely dry. That’s when she notices it: an extra pair of shoes. Obviously a girl’s, based on the size. But who’s shoes…?

“Yuzu, who’s the guest?” she asks plainly when she finds her sister sitting at the table working on homework. Karin grabs a towel from the kitchen and starts to dry her hair off. A hot bath would feel really good right about now…

Her sister doesn’t even bother to glance up from her homework, just keeps working the math equations as she answers. “Oh, it’s just Tatsuki-san. She came home with Ichigo a little while ago. They’re up in his room.” She suddenly slams her pencil down, though, making Karin jump. She stares back at her sister, who is looking uncharacteristically manic at the moment.

“Yuzu… are you alright…?”

“Honestly, though! Ichi-nii is never going to get a girlfriend if he keeps acting like this and only inviting tomboys over! It’s just so frustrating!”

Karin wonders just who it’s frustrating for, because from the looks of things her brother seems to be doing just fine. So he can be a little moody and overprotective at times, and the whole giant sword-wielding, world-saving alter ego deal would undoubtedly put him at a disadvantage on the dating scene if he ever entered it in the first place (there’s baggage and then there’s that), but he seems to be a happy, healthy teenage male. Her sister, on the other hand, seems to have an unhealthy determination to become an aunt sooner rather than later. Karin wonders, not for the first time, how she can possibly be related to someone like Yuzu.

Her musings are interrupted by a rather loud thump as something crashes to the floor in the room above them. Karin and Yuzu both look up, confused and a tiny bit apprehensive: the room above the kitchen is Ichigo’s room. They glance at each other before looking at the ceiling once again. There’s a little shuffling and then nothing.

“It’s… just Tatsuki-chan up there,” Karin mutters, desperately reigning in her imagination. “Just Tatsuki-chan.”

“Uh huh,” agrees Yuzu. From the distant yet curious look in her eyes, however, Karin can tell her sister isn’t making nearly the same effort as herself. “Just Tatsuki-chan…”

- THE END -

(Thank you, everyone who read this. It was an absolute blast to write and I hope to be back sooner rather than with another project.)
 
 
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[identity profile] cal-reflector.livejournal.com on October 4th, 2007 05:14 pm (UTC)
Just in case you didn't see it there
I insist on hijacking your story and imposing my OTP on top of it like a jerk:

In far recess of her mind, Tatsuki felt surprisingly unsurprised by the way things turned out. She didn't think of such things often--didn't think of such things ever--but now that she did, she always imagined that if she was ever going to kiss someone it would be him, and it wouldn't be a on a romantic date or sweet-in-the-rain nonsense they filled in mangas and television. It would grow out of a tussle, a fight, some sort of argument or disagreement or by accident, or all of those things.

Yes, she knows he's powerful, yes she knows he's way of her league, that the mere flick of his pinky would strike her and every normal human being dead. But the more she thought of it the angrier she grew, irrationally, over something which she had no control. She remembers the days when she was the one who flattened him on the floor, when they fought alongside against hoodlums who knew not what they were up against, and the fresh memory of the effortless display he put on against her ground her pride to no end in spite of their making up.

So what began as a tease grew into goading, and goading turned into baiting, and baiting turned into insults and questions against his manhood and all the embarrassing details of his infancy, when he was something less of an all powerful protagonist and savior of the world. She reveled in her knowledge of his buttons that no one else knew and pressing them, this one small power she still had.

What she didn't expect was for him to vent all his pent up frustrations and scores from their childhood now, resulting in her pinned on the ground next to his bed, all his weight on top her and his mouth covering hers in heated exchange. When they parted for breath, he had an almost vicious grin on his face; the competitive animal exposed. "What was that you said, something about about a wussy fruit and my name?"

She was held fast and there was nothing she could do; entirely out of her league. But she was smiling, grinning like she had not grinned in ages and reflecting the look in her childhood friend's face, because she knew, and he knew, who the true victor was.
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[identity profile] aoife-hime.livejournal.com on October 4th, 2007 05:58 pm (UTC)
Re: Just in case you didn't see it there
Excuse me as I go squee for a few hours.

If this is the result of a fic hijack, I really don't mind. But what about that other plot bunny from the last section? When will that one make an appearance?
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(Anonymous) on October 4th, 2007 06:26 pm (UTC)
Re: Just in case you didn't see it there
I was going to put it in this one, but I forgot. I guess I'll use this as a base and rework the phrase in under a different context.
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[identity profile] cal-reflector.livejournal.com on October 5th, 2007 05:35 am (UTC)
Oh yeah, don't forget to post this to the Ichitatsu community.
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[identity profile] grass-angel.livejournal.com on October 5th, 2007 12:52 pm (UTC)
I have to agree with Cal up there, it was a moment of "Noooo!" as you ended it there. (Although, I do have to say, my mind cooked up something similar to what they provided via hijack, only a bit more straight to the point and more wondering on the twins part.)

However, I would still like to thank you for sharing this little series with the Ichigo and/or Tatsuki fans.
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[identity profile] aoife-hime.livejournal.com on October 5th, 2007 01:32 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I wanted to end it deliberately vague; however, there are plans floating around for something a little more definite in the next one.

You're very welcome, and I'm glad you enjoyed it!
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[identity profile] furato.livejournal.com on October 6th, 2007 02:46 pm (UTC)

Got here from [livejournal.com profile] bleach_news. Tatsuki's not featured enough in fics (or in Bleach, for that matter), so seeing one this good is double the pleasure. Triple that pleasure by the IchiTatsu undertones that I insist on seeing in it (I guess IchiTatsu fans are all blackbelt at squinting by now) XD
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[identity profile] aoife-hime.livejournal.com on October 6th, 2007 11:42 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I'm glad you found this and enjoyed it!

Hehe, yeah... I'd have to agree with the blackbelt in squinting thing. I promise in the future there will be less squinting and more staring :)
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[identity profile] shadowsinfire.livejournal.com on October 10th, 2007 05:12 am (UTC)
XDDDD those last two paragraphs!

Yuzu and Karin FTW...
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[identity profile] aoife-hime.livejournal.com on October 10th, 2007 07:19 am (UTC)
*grin* They're very fun to play with!

Glad you enjoyed it!
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