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lye_tea ([personal profile] lye_tea) wrote in [community profile] ironic2012-08-06 07:59 pm

Dysfunction as Heritage [VI. One Sentence]

Title: Dysfunction as Heritage VI
Pairing: Byakuya/Rukia-ish(???) with cameos of other pairings
Fandom: Bleach
Genre: Drama, angst, "family issues," backstory, futurefic, romance, friendship
Rating: PG-13
Summary: Not all legacies are noble. Byakuya learns this the hard way. Series of semi-related oneshots. 

v. betrayal | vii. contrition


VI. One Sentence



01. Motion


They move in symmetry, a little at a time, and all very furious—all the while she simply thinks: this isn't right.


02. Cool


Her hands are always icy (like his heart), a hundred degrees below freezing and still raging harsher.


03. Young


She is too young, Byakuya thinks, too young and too naïve and too Rukia to the bone.


04. Last


Rukia is used to being last, the last to choose (be chosen)—last to die—but now, she wishes that she really is his last.


05. Wrong


Incest is vile and hideous and altogether wrong (they're not exactly related).


06. Gentle


Gentle pleasantries come naturally to him (called birthright), but she isn't born a Kuchiki.


07. One


She embeds this trite, tart problem deep inside: that she isn't the first one, the only one, the one, one-one.


08. Thousand


A thousand years is far too long for a dead relationship, especially one that still contains her sister's ghost tightly wedged in between.


09. King


Sometimes, she imagines him as a king, because only a king act that indifferent.


10. Learn


Distance, he learns, is imperative and bitter and cruelly righteous (when it comes to her).


11. Blur


Tonight, he is nothing but a blur tipping down scales as she dreams and lies awake, deathly starved.


12. Wait


She realizes that waiting is eternity plus one plus a baleful more.


13. Change


Seasons change—as do people and dead people and half-dead people—and Rukia can't stand how dramatically he has changed.


14. Command


Responsibility is a weighted word (a heavy burden) and Rukia seethes at the thought of how odiously responsible he orders her to be.


15. Hold


Byakuya holds her close and whispers childish enchantments to her: that she is safe, she is well, is not-sick-free from here on out.


16. Need


When they are together, there is love and need and hate (but mostly hate).


17. Vision


She and he and their entire messy, nervous somethingness is blind, fails to realize that this is not a fairytale—that this is all too faked real.


18. Attention


Attention screams murder, which she knows (and he knows) is what he secretly, terribly wants.


19. Soul


Rukia soon understands that souls can hurt (eternally) and souls can love (rarely), but souls cannot hurt and love without expecting to be smothered out.


20. Picture


Ichigo took a photo of her yesterday, and today—strange—Byakuya is more callous than usual.


21. Fool


She fools herself to think that he truly, really, sincere-to-god is her brother.


22. Mad


Her sister had gone crazy and now is dead and Rukia will soon follow and alone he will be (how it's supposed to be).


23. Child


Hisana promised him a child and she delivered—one fully grown.


24. Now


A moment ago she was nothing, now she is something, and a moment later she will again be nothing.


25. Shadow


When she passed, she consumed herself, and all he could do was sigh and remember the last time this happened with her sister's shadow centuries ago.


26. Goodbye


The word "goodbye" scathes and sticks on the roof of her mouth, much like their hurried, furtive, sorta-sordid gestures (it really has been too long).


27. Hide


They act as if they're in a game with him trying to crawl up her achy spine and her grimacing back with what they both know as he won't.


28. Fortunate


Hisana was most unfortunate while Rukia is most fortunate, and Byakuya thinks (bad of him) that it's better this way: Rukia is more defiant against suffering.


29. Safe


Safe, Rukia discovers, is just an absurd word because no matter what he says, she cannot feel at peace around him.


30. Ghost


Normalcy is impossible not because she married her dead sister's husband but because denial is an all-too-powerful lover.


31. Book


When she wakes up screaming at corpses, he simply continues reading (she wouldn't want it otherwise).


32. Eye


Byakuya comments that her eyes are strangely ashy and grey and darting (and vivid and lively and everything he cannot say).


33. Never


Never is endless as are his demands.


34. Sing


Her voice is soft and low, and sometimes, he imagines she is singing to him instead of the other.


35. Sudden


He can be suddenly there, but he likes being suddenly gone more—it's less excruciating for both of them.


36. Stop


"Stop," she orders and pushes him away (please lie, just once more).


37. Time


Time kills in an unruly manner, uncouth and crude, and that is why Byakuya despises it for ending her (when it was his duty all along).


38. Wash


On accident, he saw her coming out of the bath and wondered if her skin tasted salty or sweet or an erosive collision of bitterness.


39. Torn


He is torn between no-way-out, but she refuses to forfeit.


40. History


History is never accepting, just like how their liaisons can never be accepted.


41. Power


Power is unforgiving, is infinite, is the only thing he has over her.


42. Brother


At least he never pretended to be her brother.


43. God


He can play god as often, as quick, as clever as he wants—until god decides to inflict reprisal and then, he is reduced to mourning another wife.


44. Wall


Propriety constructs a wall that neither of them can breach (one that Byakuya is resolute in destroying).


45. Naked


Rukia gives him her heart naked and blank: "Take it, now, before he does."


46. Drive


She has no strength, no resistance, and so he assaults without qualms (she always surrenders in the end).


47. Harm


He will never let her come to harm, but danger is something innate from within (from him).


48. Precious


She is precious to him only when she is no more.


49. Hunger


He kisses her, hungry and intensified by a thousand electrified pulses, and she closes her eyes and thinks it's all a flawless, rehearsed paly.


50. Believe


Rukia does not believe he feels guilt (repentance is a sham) and so, he pours every one of his regrets into her.




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