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"Common Ground - Renji Abarai & Tatsuki Arisawa" by Kittie-Marie
Characters: Renji Abarai, Tatsuki Arisawa
Description: It's a devastating thing when the person you've fallen in love with chooses someone who is so much like you and yet NOT you! Especially if you were childhood friends and grew up alongside one another! After high school Arisawa Tatsuki finds her friends slowly drifting away from her and living their own happiness with the love of their lives. Orihime - her best friend and confidant - married Uryu, Ichigo found happiness with Rukia, and Chad is even on the brink of proposal. Even Mizuiro and Keigo are doing something with their lives! Tatsuki isn't one to burden others with her problems so she burries her feelings of rejection, solitude, and depression while doing her best to keep up a job and volunteer at the dojo. Secretly she is torn at losing Ichigo to another woman and relieved that it isn't Orihime...and yet she can't get over the thought that she is significantly behind everyone else.
Renji Abarai is somewhat in the same boat except that he is actively still pursuing his long-time crush Rukia. Much of his life he had always cherished her friendship but feels he didn't take a chance with her soon enough. Now Ichigo has stolen her heart and Renji bitterly resents that he was a fool by not allowing himself to let go of his insecurities and take her. Therefore he makes it a point to visit Rukia and Ichigo everday, causing him to lose faith that things might turn in his favor and he can steal back the woman of his dreams.
Call it fate, destiny, what have you, but on one crispy fall afternoon Renji and Tatsuki come face to face on the Kurosaki residence and things gradually begin to change both their perspectives.
Requirements: It can be short, it can be long, it doesn't really matter so long as there is a RenTatsu theme about it. You can set the story in the Bleach universe or alternate it to a human based world (meaning all characters would have been part of the Karakura community all their lives and soul reapers would not exist.) Renji is Rukia's childhood friend and Tatsuki is Ichigo's childhood friend just like in the anime/manga. Any genre aside from yaoi, yuri, non-con, and rape are acceptable. Romance, angst, lemons, and limes are encouraged. I would prefer keeping any adulterous themes out, but I will leave it up to you. Be creative and change the setting or the plot if you must; just give me a RenjiXTatsuki FF!
Posted: 09/03/12 | Deadline: None