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26 September 2009 @ 01:10 pm
FIC: Letters, PG-13  
Title: Letters
Author: megan_moonlight
Date of Posting: September 26th, 2009
Rating: PG-13
Fandom: Bleach
Characters/Pairings: Nanao/Tatsuki, Renji/Ichigo, Jyuushiro, Shunsui, Ishida, Chad
Disclaimer: All characters © Kubo Tite
Summary: Writing letters became a habit...
Spoilers: None
Warnings: None
Beta: cmc42, gokuma
Author's Notes: Okay, as far as I know I'm the only one who thinks Tatsuki and Nanao would be a great couple... but I'm still working on getting more poeple who'd see what I see in those two together. Even if I'm crap at writing fanfics, I'm really proud of this one.
Big thanks to gokuma who helped me with the storyline and cmc42 who was my fantastic beta. Thank you guys so much for help, you're the best! ^^
I really hope you all will like the story, and I also hope the story is somehow believable... I really wondered for a long time how those two could meet. I also found out it's easier for me to write Bleach yuri than yaoi. Funny, isn't it? And I finally had a chance to write something IchiRen. I'm really proud of myself.
So, enjoy! Comments are appreciated!
Mentioned at: bleach_yuri, asterisk_plus, kurosaki_clinic, all_for_bleach


Arisawa Tatsuki couldn't wait to see someone from Soul Society. She waited so long to hear anything from her lover. She knew that in Soul Society everyone was busy, but it was hard not to get impatient after not hearing anything for almost two months from the person who was the most important in her life. She kept looking through the window, even if it didn't help much. Damn, what was taking Renji so long?

In moments like those she kept thinking about the day she saw Ise Nanao for the first time, six months ago. It was the day she found out about Ichigo being a shinigami, Ishida and Chad having "powers"... it was so unbelievable. She thought they were joking at first, but then, it explained about every strange thing she remembered about Ichigo and the others. All the secrets, hiding, disappearing and appearing out of nowhere. It hurt to know her friends, especially Ichigo, hadn't told her about it and didn't trust her enough, but she understood. Ichigo didn't want anyone to get hurt because of his "job". She really understood. Of course it didn't stop her from yelling at Ichigo. Sometimes it was just too fun to argue with him because it was like the good old times, when they used to hang out together a lot. So she was happy when Ichigo one day said he had to go, and she had a chance to make him take her with him. She just knew him too well. As she expected, he complained and complained but finally agreed. Point for her.

"Just don't ask questions all the time, damn it," said Ichigo and turned around.

They reached the door of Ichigo's room. No-one was home, so it seemed to be a good time for meeting with strange people. Inside the room Chad and Ishida were already waiting for them, which wasn't very surprising. They seemed to be surprised to see her, but they didn't say anything.

Sitting next to them were three people she didn't recognize, but she knew Ichigo must have met them whilst spending time at Soul Society. By the window she saw Renji, whom she'd recognize anywhere. He and Ichigo seemed to be close friends, they were hanging out a lot together every time she saw them and it looked like they enjoyed each other's company.

The moment Ichigo entered the room, Renji smiled brightly and got up. She saw the redhead whispering something in Ichigo’s ear and in the next second his arms were around the boy's shoulders, embracing him tightly. Ichigo whispered something back with a smile and let go, sitting next to Renji on the bed. Their fingers entwined behind them. No-one besides her seemed to be surprised about the gesture. Everyone in the room looked like this closeness between the two men was natural. That was how she found out about Ichigo and Renji's relationship. But somehow, she knew it was to be expected,after all those times she saw those two fooling around. And it was really good to know there was someone who made her friend smile like that. She had to admit Renji was a really good man, even if crazy. He was a good match for Ichigo.

That was the moment she'd heard that voice:

"Can we begin, now?"

Tatsuki turned her head around to see beautiful face of the woman who, as she had later found out, was Lieutenant of 8th Division in Soul Society. She couldn't stop looking at Nanao, her face, lips, hands holding the papers and beautiful eyes behind the glasses. All professional, she kept explaining everything that was currently happening in the Soul Society, about attacks of monsters called "Hollows" and Ichigo's mission. Tatsuki couldn't understand half of what Nanao was saying or the explanations Captain Kyoraku and Captain Ukitake were giving, because all she could focus on was Nanao's voice. The strange feeling became harder after Chad and Ishida left, Captains took Ichigo and Renji to tell them something important probably top secret, and she was left all alone in Ichigo's room with Nanao.

They sat in silence at first. Nanao was wrapped up in paperwork she had bought with her, so Tatsuki stayed silent. She didn't want to interrupt; besides, there was still a chance that Nanao didn't want to talk with her at all. It was the first time she felt like that; normally, she liked to get to know people, she liked to talk and it was kind of terrifying to find a person like Nanao. At least silence surrounding them was comfortable, giving Tatsuki a chance to look at her companion a little longer. The minute their eyes met for the first time, she knew that she'd never forget it. Nanao's attention went quickly back to the paperwork as her cheeks reddened slightly. It was the reassurance Tatsuki needed.

"How did you meet Ichigo?"

It was the first question that came to her head. Great, the first question she asked was about Ichigo. Just fantastic. Fortunately Nanao didn't seem to mind. The story of Ichigo and the Captains was long, but surprisingly interesting. Or maybe it was just because Nanao was telling it. The more Nano was saying, the more questions Tatsuki wanted to ask. Mostly about Ichigo, but she was also interested in the whole Soul Society. She slapped herself mentally. What if Nanao couldn't talk about her job? She didn't want the other woman to have problems because of her curiosity.

"I'm sorry," she apologized instantly. "You don't have to answer. It all's just so... new."

Nanao smiled slightly. "It's fine. Ichigo is your friend. Nothing wrong with wanting to know what he is doing and is he safe. It's natural."

Tatsuki felt like smiling back. It was the beginning of something good.

After that memorable day, they met every weekend for three months. She was glad Nanao was chosen by her Captain to visit Ichigo in Karakura. The two women used every chance they had to meet even for a couple of minutes. Some meetings were shorter, some longer, and Nanao used three days of leave to spend time with Tatsuki when she offered to show her around Karakura. Nanao seemed very interested in the history of town and nearby landscapes. They spent a couple of afternoons watching the sunsets, talking, laughing... it was amazing how fast they became so close and how good it felt to spend time with Nanao like that.

"I will have to go back soon," Nanao said, locking eyes with Tatsuki after they finished eating.

Tatsuki nodded. "When you'll be back?"

"I don't know. Everything got complicated at Soul Society and..."

"It's okay," Tatsuki interrupted quickly. She knew Nanao couldn't spend so much time here... She had a job to do. "We can always write letters, right?"

Nanao nodded. Tatsuki decided she'd enjoy the moment of silence and closeness before her friend would have to go. She moved closer to Nanao and put her head on the other woman's shoulder. Nanao didn't seemed to mind. She felt an arm on her waist. It was a thousand times better to watch the sunset with someone who was so close. She could start... to love this feeling.

Tatsuki wrote the first letter two days later. It hadn't been long, but she already missed Nanao,their chats, spending time together... she got really spoilt by the fact that older woman spent three whole days with her earlier. It'd take some time to get used to being separated again. She couldn't hold it against anyone. She knew Nanao's job was important to her, so she decided to write it all down on paper. It was harder than she expected at first. She wanted to write about so many things, so many feelings, but she didn't even know how to start without sounding all mushy... after all Nanao would not appreciate that and she didn't want to ruin what they already had. Later, maybe she'd say everything she really felt to the older woman face to face, for now she'll enjoy what she already has. So her first letter was:

I hope you're okay. I told you that already, but I really can't wait for the next meeting.

Not bad for her first letter to a Shinigami, she thought.

Sending the letter also wasn't a problem. Ichigo was asked to visit Soul Society so it was exactly what she needed. She was incredibly grateful when Ichigo didn't ask any questions when she handed him the letter, just hid it carefully and promised to give it to Nanao when he sees her. She was sure she saw a grin in his face when he turned around and waved his hand, saying that he'd be back in two or three days and will visit her at home. Well, she always could make him pay for the grinning when he got back. After all she now knew a few facts about him and she was sure it'd be fun to get on his nerves a little. She didn't do that very often lately... well, they hadn't talked much at all for the last two months. She missed it.

Writing letters became a habit. That's why she was now waiting in her house for Renji who should have been there two days ago with Nanao's reply to her question about meeting. She was thrilled when Renji and Ichigo finally arrived in her house, with a letter from Nanao. It was a good feeling to know that Nanao was okay and everything was as they planned. Two more weeks and they'd see each other again. She was thankful to Renji who agreed to deliver their letters to each other; of course he had been sceptical about it at first but he became more enthusiastic when Ichigo mentioned it could be a good reason for Renji to visit more.

"When ya put it like that..." Renji smirked and winked to the orange-haired teen who blushed slightly.

"Pervert," he muttered and looked away from him.

Tatsuki couldn't stop a giggle that escaped her lips. "You guys just can't stop yourself, can you? You're so obvious!"

Ichigo groaned loudly as Renji grinned to her sheepishly, mischievous glint in his eyes.

"Look who's talkin'. Captain Kyoraku is worried ya'll snag his Lieutenant and keep her to yourself!"

Two weeks later she was waiting outside, sitting by the lake in the place she and Nanao came to every time they had a chance. It had become their own special place. She sighed again but relaxed immediately when she felt familiar arms around her waist.

"I missed you," she whispered and turned around to see bright smile on Nanao's face as she took place beside Tatsuki. This moment was perfect. She placed her head on Nanao's shoulder, one arm never leaving her lover's waist as she sighed happily; it was exactly what she needed. She couldn't help smiling when she felt a kiss pressed to her forehead. She looked in Nanao's eyes and giggled when slight blush covered Nanao's cheeks, thinking that it was still incredibly adorable even after those six months. Words weren't needed here, so they both stayed silent, just enjoying each other's warmth and company. She closed her eyes for a while but opened them instantly when she felt Nanao searching for something in her bag. After a second she handed her a white envelope. Tatsuki opened it and smiled, seeing a letter Nanao hadn't had time to send yet. The letter ended with three wonderful words they haven't said to each other yet: "I love you". This feeling was still new to both of them so it was safer not to say it too soon. They both agreed about it. But now, she stared at the letter for a while before embracing her love and kissing her fully on the lips. "I love you", whispered happily, between the kisses. It felt amazing to be able to do that: to kiss Nanao like that, hold her, laugh with her, looking at her... it was definitely the most beautiful feeling ever.

Tatsuki knew she'd always treasure this letter... the one letter that made two women so happy.

*Mood*: productiveproductive
*Music*: Gloria Gaynor "I Will Survive"
YXsharikqah on September 26th, 2009 04:22 pm (UTC)
The headline pairing in this fic caught my eye (I write with Tatsuki as the main character & ship her with whoever I can think of). As far as I know this is the first Nanao x Tatsuki fic I've seen.

So you should be proud that you're breaking new ground.

However, some comments from me if you plan to continue writing with these two characters:

1) As you've said, the question is whether the (crack) pairing is believable. Reading your story, I find that you've made it TOO naturally believable. Being a very rare pairing, the opportunities to construct a story are equally slim. So a chance encounter, a conversation, a stray thought could be enough. By establishing a full relationship, you've given the pairing a full blown romance (which is good, in essence) but you've omitted a huge slab of detail.

2) Otherwise, in a story which focuses not on the end point of the relationship but the content & process, I think there isn't a need to flush out so much background. I thought that the content of the letters themselves could've been the actual story.

3) All other factors being equal, Tatsuki's flashback takes up too huge a portion of the story. As mentioned in the previous point, you can use the story, dialogue or setting to tell us what happened before, instead of confusing us with a flashback which doesn't really end.

From your FF.net account, I can tell you're quite an experienced shouen ai shipper. So I hope the comments are helpful for you to improve. While I'm not a very big fan of either yaoi or yuri, I'll be interested in any future direction of your Bleach yuri fics like this one.
The Princess of Seyruun: Amelia blink.amelia_seyroon on September 27th, 2009 03:56 am (UTC)
Nanao and...Tatsuki? O.o

How? I need reasons! Or should I just read this to find out?
Megan Moonlight: dana/alicemegan_moonlight on September 27th, 2009 06:14 am (UTC)
There's no reasons, really. I just thought they'd look good together. They're my two favourite Bleach females, and I love pairing my faves up with each other XD Besides I always liked their personalities, and they'd be good match, imo! ^^
They both don't get enough love, lately XD
The Princess of Seyruun: YoruSoi playful.amelia_seyroon on September 27th, 2009 06:32 am (UTC)
This is true, they really don't. But I've always liked NanaoxNemu and Soi FongxNanao, personally. xD

So, I applaud you for a new crack pair. X3
Megan Moonlight: kenpachi/byakuyamegan_moonlight on September 27th, 2009 06:37 am (UTC)
Nanao/Nemu is cute :3 Are there any Nanao/Nemu fanfics out there at all? XD I've never even checked...
For me SoiSoi goes well only with Yoruichi XD Yoruichi on the other hand I also like with Matsumoto and Kuukaku, and once I've had a strange though about pairing up Yoruichi with Unohana *lol*
The Princess of Seyruunamelia_seyroon on September 27th, 2009 06:44 am (UTC)
I don't know, I never checked, either. DX

SoiSoi can't be with Yoruichi all the time, and Yoruichi is such a pimp. Like teacher, like pupil. >/

Huh...I didn't think about Yoruichi and Rangiku, Yoruichi and Kuukaku is common to me, but not Yoruichi and Retsu!

Nobody ever seems to ship Soi with Retsu, since they're the only two female captains. =/ But I am down with it! Even though I think RetsuxIsane is also adorable. :3
Megan Moonlight: dana/alicemegan_moonlight on September 27th, 2009 06:53 am (UTC)
We'll have to change that XD I'll try to find something.

Yoruichi and Retsu also wasn't common to me XD I just had a thought that it'd be fun to see Yoruichi trying to seduce Unohana. You know with Unohana being all shy about everything and Yoruichi being a pimp as you said... but it'd end up with Unohana being on top, becasue she's just too strong personality for it to end up different XD

Retsu/Isane is also one of my favourites XD Hm... Retsu and SoiSoi? You have a point here. Seriously. I haven't thought about that. I was too wrapped up in Retsu/Isane XD
Or how about Soi/Tatsuki? I bet they'd be arguing all the time and trying to kick each other's ass, but the dynamics would look great, imo. Fighting girls are hot XD
The Princess of Seyruun: NagixTsugumiamelia_seyroon on September 27th, 2009 04:41 pm (UTC)
Okay. I'm too lazy at stuff like this. XD

Yoruichi would try to seduce everyone. Especially the way she always teases Ichigo with her nekkidness. xD I...have a difficult time imagining Unohana on top. O= Only with Isane, but she has that death smile, so maybe! XD

I'm also wrapped up with Isane and Kiyone...I know they're sisters, it doesn't stop me!

SoiSoi and Tatsuki? I think it could work, I recall stumbling into a story about them together. X3

The one crack ship that I could not wrap my head around, but gradually grew on me, is SoiSoi and Lisa. o0

Megan Moonlight: rachelmegan_moonlight on September 28th, 2009 11:36 am (UTC)
Yoruichi is just this type, isn't she? She's totally sexy so she can afford it *lol*
For me Unohana always will be on top, doesn't matter who she's paired up with *grins* Top!Unohana is HOT! Not that she isn'tall the time, heh.

Kiyone annoys me too much, so I don't pair her up with anyone :P

I wonder if anyone would come up with any SoiTatsu fic... it's be really great! ^o^ SoiSoi and Lisa? Wow... how that happened, if I can ask? XD
The Princess of Seyruun: *Smirk*amelia_seyroon on September 28th, 2009 05:10 pm (UTC)
Yoruichi gets hotter every time, no contest.
Unohana can even top SoiSoi?! That'd be very HOT. *o*

Did you ever watch the shinigami golden cup when Soi wraps Kiyone into her scheme of trying to snap naked photos of Yoruichi, but fails miserably? It's just to darn priceless to overlook, I wasn't sure whether to feel sorry or not for Kiyone. xD;

I don't really know...it was mostly smut, so I didn't feel there were any emotions or plot to it. But if done right...>>;
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Megan Moonlight: dana/alicemegan_moonlight on September 27th, 2009 06:38 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for this comment. It's always good to know what I have to work on! It's very helpful!
I don't write much in English, I'm more fanartist type (I'm planning on drawing Nanao/Tatsuki fanart ^^), but when I don't see enough of the pairings I'd likt to see I just can't help myself ^^'

I like all yaoi, yuri and het (but I have only four favourite Bleach het pairings, though, and unfortunately they're not very popular). I'm very flexible when it comes to pairings I like, becasue I like a lot of Bleach characters.
The only people I pair Tatsuki with are Ichigo, Chizuru and Nanao. Unfortunately lately I don't find anything that caught my eye.
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Megan Moonlight: renji/ichigomegan_moonlight on September 27th, 2009 06:23 am (UTC)
Okay, now I'm totally blushing. Thanks very much XD

I tried to make it natural, becasue as much as I love crack pairings, crack fanfics are just not my thing most of the time. Unless they're very well written. I didn't wanted to make it more crack than it already is XD I love Nanao and tatsuki too much to do something like that :P

Wow, sequel? I haven't thought about it... well, maybe. Sometime. When I'll find good plot for a sequel to this story. Right now I'm out of ideas... unless you have any and wll share XD
vince_moon: Bleach Tatsuki Arisawa 3vince_moon on November 26th, 2011 12:49 am (UTC)
... Sometimes when I read a piece of work that I love so much, I have trouble finding the words to express it. There's just so much love and affection between these two. I have never read this pairing before, but I love it.

Let's just say this, this story is going straight to my Memories.

Sorry I'm late.
Megan Moonlight: renji/ichigomegan_moonlight on November 26th, 2011 07:54 pm (UTC)
Oh, every comment is appreciated, no need to apologize. I'm very glad you enjoyed it that much. It's my first and only Bleach fanfic, so I'm very flattered :D

I'm pretty sure I'm the only one who actually really ships those two (though I converted two friends with this story and the fanart :D), so thank you for giving this pairing a chance!