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04 December 2008 @ 11:55 pm
Miss [Renji x Rukia]  
Title: Miss
Pairing: Renji x Rukia
Fandom: Bleach
Genre: Anst, Friendship
Rating: G
Word Count: 279

Miss

The words filter out of his left ear. She leaves a scent, pungent and poignant—calling back memories from dead years.

He sees her leaving and wants to call out, tell her that she’s being stupid, making a stupid mistake. But he doesn’t. Renji grits his teeth and learns control. Slow and steady, he teaches himself to breathe.

He learns.

-

She’s been with him for years. They are like the roots that entwined and became a trunk then branches and leaves. She is the lofty flower at the top, the only one left that he can still grasp.

And now, she’s fleeting away into a memory too.

Just like all of them, everything and everyone. Renji knows what being alone means and feels too, too well.

He has it ingrained in his mind; he has it tattooed on the back of his neck. A red dot, like a target.

-

Renji sees her sometimes, here, there, in the odd places where he never thought she would go.

He tries to speak to her but can never muster the courage (never reaches—breaches—the invisible wall he has constructed). He knows that she sees him too, through her glasslike eyes. Her all-seeing eyes. They scare him, but that, he would never say.

-

It’s been a year since they talked.

Renji brings her flowers all-of-a-sudden. Red, white, and yellow. Simple and understated. She would appreciate that.

Only not. Only—

He doesn’t know anymore.

Fast and discrete, Renji tosses the flowers out. They gather and fly and look like headless corpses where the stalks have been cut off.

They are in two different worlds now (he calls her Miss).



 
 
 
ohsoxalive: i will save you // renrukiohsoxalive on December 5th, 2008 07:28 pm (UTC)
Love your work in the Avatar fandom, and now you've just made my day by writing wonderful Renruki.
Y U no auto-translate?lye_tea on December 7th, 2008 02:36 am (UTC)
Thanks. :)
~o0o~: red & whitefine_lights on December 7th, 2008 05:06 pm (UTC)
I love the wordplay and imagery in this, and the pervasive sense of melancholy and longing.

"The words filter out of his left ear" ?
Y U no auto-translate?lye_tea on December 7th, 2008 10:21 pm (UTC)
This is the punishment I get for not editing!

Thank you very much. ♥
Have Fun Storming the Castle!: RenRukiaannieroo2 on December 8th, 2008 09:01 pm (UTC)
Ouch, so poignant and really very sad. It definitely had my emotions rolling. I love RenRuki, but damn did he screw up big. I always wonder if she'll forgive him someday, or if it's just entirely to late.

This was a lovely piece and a cool take on the prompt. :D