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18 March 2009 @ 08:26 pm
Bleach recs  
Tall boy, short girl.  He's alive, she's dead; they're partners, they bicker.  And they send lost souls to the Afterlife.

My slow-growing list of bleach fic recommendations.
(Last updated on 27 August 2016.  Man, that ending hurt.  Have some fic to soothe away the dissatisfaction.)

Gen:

Five deaths Kuchiki Rukia has never seen, and one she might, by Commie
"Rukia is not afraid of death."

Homework, Houseguests, and Happiness, by tokyofish
"It was the last day of summer vacation, sunny and warm, and she was inside, glaring irritably at the last of her summer homework."

Parting is All We Know, by rilina
"A new arrival’s first twenty-four hours in Soul Society."

The Idiot's Guide to Rescue Situations, by afrai
"Renji still wasn't completely sure how the hell he'd wound up here, but he knew it was Ichigo's fault in some way."  [Imagine if it had been Renji, and not Rukia, who'd saved Ichigo in the first chapter of Bleach.]

Pirate House, by scathachdu
"The 11th throws Yachiru a birthday party. Ikkaku barely survives."


Ichigo/Rukia

Pre-timeskip:

Scar, by Truant Pony
"Some things cut through muscle and skin, and other things cut through memory, but either way, if it keeps, it's a memento." [#7 in a collection of one-shots.  Set near the beginning, when Ichigo is still getting used to his shinigami duties.  #10, Resemblance, is also a favorite of mine.]

Eyes Turned Inside Out
Eyes Closed
Close Your Eyes, Maybe He Won't See It
I Can See With My Eyes Shut
Eyes Turned Inside Out (Punchdown Mix)
Eyes Open, part 1
Eyes Open, part 2
by tenebris
[This is an amazing series.  Go read it.]

What a Kiss Means, What a Kiss Means (Strawberry Mix), and A Secret Between Them, by tenebris
A Secret Between Them (and All Who Would Behold It), by jaina (a remix)
"Rukia does not understand why her female classmates get so worked up over the "first kiss." Her imaginary classmates, the ones from the manga she reads for language and culture, are equally concerned with it. It is only when Ichigo has a fit about the mod soul kissing his classmates that she begins to understand how important this idea is, to girls and to boys."

When the Sun Comes Up You'd Better Be Moving, by hecatehatesthat
"Instead of Byakuya and Renji, some noname shinigami are the ones sent to the human world to retrieve Rukia. Ichigo is able to defeat them, and he and Rukia go on the run."  [Incomplete]

Someone Who Outdrew You & Not a Victory March, by hecatehatesthat
"She's a strong girl. Strong enough to know inevitability when she sees it."

One Two Buckle My Shoe, by Fushigi Kismet
"Ichigo tries to figure out how to respond to a confession of love. Rukia tries to figure out how to react to Ichigo trying to figure out how to respond to a confession of love. Karakura High eats popcorn."

Feelings, by missthornbirds
"Ichigo and Rukia have never been good at these."

Maybe We Forgot, by kubotits
"Nearing the end of their time together in Karakura, Rukia is somehow still oblivious to the raunchy rumors circulated around the school about her and Ichigo, so he opts to tell her. "

So Caught Up, by tosca1390
He is just a human boy, and she won’t be with him forever.  Set in the Substitute Arc, post-battle with Grand Fisher."

Waiting for Shambhala, by Descrime
"Rukia has been dead for over a century. It’s about time she grew."

Beneath the Surface, by Galaxia Alpha.
"Ichigo always wears a shirt at the beach.  A look into the way Ichigo and Rukia relate to each other."

Rituals, by lovediamond
"There are little things Rukia is familiar with."

Runaway, by lovediamond
"He meets her at the university gate and carries her the rest of the way on his back."

Fascinated with the Way You Move, by lanvaldear
"Kurosaki Ichigo, Soul Society' hero, comes undone under her fingertips and mouth."  [Rated M]

It's You That I Hold Onto and We Slow Hands, by tosca1390
[Two takes on what might have happened at the end of the Soul Society arc.]

Girl in the Box, by paperiuni
"Ichigo and Rukia have a heart-to-heart, and egos get knocked about. Both ways. With love."

All the Empty Spaces, by dystopic (tasteofshapes)
"It's not like Ichigo will miss Rukia, and he'll definitely be glad to have his room back, but there'll still be an empty space there anyway. Secretly all about the things that they don't say."

If I Had Never, by milkmoth
"Can there be love without memories?"

Take Care, by empath apathique
"'If you let me, here's what I'll do—' Ichigo and Rukia, post Grimmjow's fist."

A Summer Job, by MultipleCyrosis
"Ichigo gets a summer job as a temporary captain of the 5th division. But it isn't what it seems. However, spending more time with the ravenhaired shinigami may give the two a chance to reveal their feelings..."  [Incomplete, but still a fun read.]

Friendly Fire (A Little Wasted On Desire), by sequence_fairy
"She knows he doesn't count the scars, or the costs, but Rukia sees what the Soul Society (what she) has cost him."  [Rated M.  See also Kissing Death and Losing My Breath, by the same author.]

The Heart of the Storm, by rii no ame
"After Ichigo leaves the Living World for Soul Society, he realizes that the rain never stops for long."

Feels Like Dying Over Here, by arrankaara
"Ichigo didn't know that dying could be so painful. Especially when one was already dead in the first place. A wedding proposal, and his life was turned upside down."


Post-timeskip:

Every Heart Will Find Home, by rii no ame
"Everything and nothing has changed."  [Set after the Winter War, but before the Fullbring arc, featuring a powerless Ichigo.  For a kind of prequel, see In Absentia, by the same author.]

A Winter's Tale, by paperiuni
"In the end, Ichigo breaks. Rukia tries to pick up the pieces."

And All These Differences, by the general girl
"Seventeen months is a long time, and they have both changed." [Post-Fullbring arc, as are the rest of these stories below.]

Seven Times You, by sallythedestroyerofworlds23
"Seven oneshots featuring Rukia's favorite things."

Anabiosis, by LoquaciousQuark
"Because not all reunions are easy. Ichigo and Rukia have a conversation, and broken edges are smoothed down again."

What the Living Do, by kubotits
"Sure, absence may make the heart grow fonder but...are those sideburns Rukia sees?" [For a smuttier prequel and sequel, see Where Your Hands Were Missing and Confrontation With A Kiss.]

Farewell to Goodbyes, by TruantPony
"These quiet in-between moments never last long enough for them. But it's enough for now that they don't have to say goodbye."  [Rated M]

The Cracks We Live In, by hariboo
"She's laying on his back, her cheek between his shoulder blades, her fingers trailing the lines of his new tattoos. They're---they're new. They're odd."  [Rated M]

No Love Potions of Interest, by fated-addiction
"Nobody actually calls it a date, you know. Ichigo, Rukia, and the fact that everyone else knows but them.  Oh, and handcuffs."  [This one's light-hearted and cracktastic.  See also Snake Charmers and The Great Chappy Murder Mystery, by the same author.]

It's These Little Things, by tosca1390
"She wants it to stop, to breathe, just for a moment; she doesn’t know how to ask."

Roadmaps, by TruantPony
"Sometimes the only way to get to your destination is to stumble around blindly in the dark with your hands held out in front of you. One-shot." [Gets the relationship between these two just right-- the easy banter and the deep trust and friendship that's always on the verge of turning into more.]


Post-series or AU:

Storm Clouds May Gather and Stars May Collide, by colorilluminates
"Sometimes, it was fun living with someone small enough to use a coffee mug as a bath tub."  [You may need to read the original pilot chapter of Bleach first-- it's where we meet tiny!Rukia.]

Secrets That We Knew, by tosca1390
"There are secrets hidden in Isshin's faraway gaze, and Ichigo is tired of them already."  [A medieval-ish AU, but it works.]

At the End of All Lines, by tosca1390
"They say every time things will be different. Rukia has stopped believing them at last.  High School AU.]

Variations On, by the general girl
"Orihime wishes that she could be the one to make him smile so, so badly, but she is not Kuchiki Rukia."  [University AU.]

The Death and the Strawberry (Star-Crossed Remix), by kubotits
"When Rukia goes on her first mission in the Land of the Living, she thinks it will be an easy one-- until she comes across two young, headstrong Quincies to complicate things."

Cabin Fever, by Nobody's Princess
"Ichigo and Rukia live alone in a small mountain town, banished from everything they once knew. But learning how to live with the scars left behind and the consequences of their choice is not easy. Slowly they will uncover their unique brand of happiness and in the process, learn how to live without wars."

Deathsong, by LoquaciousQuark
"An accident has unexpected ramifications, and Ichigo suddenly faces a new life and a new threat in Soul Society. Living is never as simple as it seems."

Setting Sun, Rising Moon, by jaina
"At the end of his life, it's time for Ichigo to become a real shinigami, but with death comes unexpected challenges—not the least of which is that presented by seeing Rukia again for the first time in years."

A Foregone Conclusion, by SportsAnimeRuinedMyLife
"There's never really been another option for him. It's always been Rukia. Or...Ichigo and Rukia might not have a white picket fence and a perfect kid, but they're still pretty happy."


Rukia/Kaien

What You Wish For, by starvinbohemian
"Drown not thyself to save a drowning man.  An AU wherein Aaroniero really was Kaien. Rukia comes to terms with what it would have meant for Kaien to be alive."  [I haven't read Bleach fic in a long while, but I stumbled across this on the internets and fell in love.  A bit angsty, hot, and Rukia's written just as she should be.]

Undertow 1/2 and Undertow 2/2 by jaina
"There are many ways a person can love."  [Kaien/Rukia.  Rated M.]

Moving Forward, by Melitza
"Shirayuki had seethed for decades over Rukia’s intractable guilt, and yet now, gutted and dying in Huecho Mundo for her hesitance to strike against one who wore Kaien’s face.. wielded his sword, flaunted his stance, quirked his lips.. the sword was silent."  [Rukia-centric, dark and angsty.  Sweetly hopeful at the end, though.  Kaien/Rukia, Ichigo/Rukia]


Rukia/Renji

Fever, by Katsu
[Young Rukia and Renji in Inuzuri; Rukia is sick and Renji takes care of her.  The last line hits you like a punch to the gut.  For happier things, see Yuki Matsuri, Tanabata, and Sakura Matsuri, by the same author.]

Loose Ends, by Katsu
[After the Soul Society arc, Renji confronts his captain about Rukia.]

Forever Young, by White Aster
"Renji, Ichigo, and Rukia getting every prize she wants from the shooting gallery."

Unwise, by Empatheia
"It was all and always the river's fault."

Signs of Spring, by fine-lights
"Renji and his captain have non-verbal communication down to an art form."

What I Came Here For and What I Didn't, by eosdawnaurora
"Renji invites Rukia to a division event and is flustered when she sees him there in the company of other women."

Asymmetry, by eosdawnaurora
"After entering the Shino Academy Rukia feels her bond with Renji slipping, and decides to employ an intimate solution."  [Rated M.  See also Stay, by the same author.]

Hey, Jealousy, by ehvul_butterfly
"
Renji is bringing all the girls to the yard and Rukia doesn't like it."

Ginseng, by PolarisAmane
"Because tea is always the answer to drunken revelry and insomnia."


Hitsugaya/Matsumoto

How to drive your Taichou up the wall in five easy steps, by aviss
"What to do when you have the most strict and sour faced Taichou of the Gotei 13? Try to make him loosen up a bit... which might work if the Taichou in question wasn't a midget with a complex and no sense of humour."

Two minutes without you, an eternity by your side, by aviss
" 'I see they're giving you hell, Rangiku.  We'll give them hell instead, you'll see.' "

Eyes the Colour of the Sea, by Scarlet66
"The first time Rangiku meets the boy with the ocean in his eyes, he is hurt. A series of snapshots about the relationship — one built on a strong foundation of trust and mutual respect — between Matsumoto Rangiku and Hitsugaya Toushirou, starting from when they first meet to a year after the Winter War. Told from Rangiku's perspective."


Shunsui/Nanao

Written on the Wind, by incandescens
"A story about Nanao and Shunsui, and Katen Kyokotsu, and a game. Set just after the Pendulum Arc."

Breathing Lessons, by DarthAmmonite
"Nanao couldn’t imagine what she’d do without the Eighth, or its captain. She supposed that she loved both, although it wasn’t the kind of whitehot passion that her friend Matsumoto was always waxing eloquent about. Maybe that was the problem."

This Wish, by Ms Western Ink
"Captain Kyoraku is a romantic, Ise Nanao is not. So the idea of granting wishes at New Year's doesn't mean too much to her."

Kissing a Fool, by Technoelfie
"Nanao only longs for a little peace and quiet. Doesn't she?"

Numbers, by Charis M
"She is comfortable where she is, for all that she grumbles to Masumoto regularly she and her captain suit each other. There is no sense to disrupting that equilibrium."


Urahara/Yoruichi

Asymmetry, by Rabbitprint
"Similarities and differences can change over the years. So can familiarity."

Homecoming, by Technoelfie
"Yoruichi comes home, and is forgiven. Eventually."

Hourglass, by Technoelfie
"Kisuke was never good at metaphors."

Him, by debbiechan
"Yoruichi, Urahara, Soi Fong. Someone’s jealous."

Out of Sight, by artemisrae
"One time she kicks him out of her bed and one time she comes to his."


Byakuya

Nocturne, by overtoned
"To Hisana, life consists of a tired father and a dying mother and a tiny sister that never stops crying. Life is the pain of breathing, the tedious chore of remembering to open her eyes in the morning. Hisana tries to forget life, because life is heavy; life is day after day after day of sore eyes and aching limbs."

The Dark, by seppuku_doll
"Dainty fingers combed through his hair, unraveling each strand from the kenseikan."

Breath of Silence, by AzarDarkstar
"Byakuya leans in to kiss her then, but she deftly tilts her head away."

Rules Drawn in Red, by jc_eastling
"Yoruichi and Soi Fong, Byakuya and Hisana, and Rukia thrown like a wrench into the proceedings. This is how some people, or at least Kuchiki Byakuya, learn to live and love."

Iris, by Empatheia
"The wheel of life goes round and round, round and round, round and round again. May god have mercy on his havoc-wrecked soul."

Interpretations, by Narilsa
"When everyone in a certain noble house tells you that you were taken in because you looked like the late wife of its master, there are several ways you can interpret it."

Immolation, by Quagga
"Byakuya and Rukia make a mistake on the night Kaien dies, and it's both the reason why he never looks at her and why she's glad he doesn't."  [ByaRuki, in an angsty and wrong but also believable way.]

Eligible, by firefly
"Where Kuchiki Byakuya suddenly becomes the object of everyone's affections and Rukia and Renji try to avoid his overly inquisitive admirers."

Palisade, by firefly
"Rukia was nothing like Hisana...but she entranced him all the same, without even trying and without even intending to. Slight ByaRuki."

Emptying the Nest, by cccpirate
"In which Byakuya learns a lesson.  Or something."  [Byakuya deals with Rukia's wedding.]

Uncoiling the Snow, by lurk_stiltzkin
"Shiba Kaien and Ukitake Jyuushirou, attending a not so joyous wedding at the Kuchiki house."


Tatsuki
[She's become only a minor character in this manga, but I've always had a soft spot for Tatsuki-- all the more so after re-reading 239 and 25.2.   Ichigo's oldest friend, she's been there first for Ichigo and then for Orihime ever since childhood; she's tough, loyal, and nobody's idiot.]

Sealed, by Puaena
"IchigoTatsuki: Written for 30 Kisses LJ Community."

Throughout the Years, by YamiPaladinofChaos
"[Ichigo x Tatsuki] The story of a smile that went away, and the girl who missed it the most."

Two Fighters, or 20 Truths about Ichigo and Tatsuki, by debbiechan
"A look at the canon relationship of Ichigo and Tatsuki from their first meeting to the beginning of the Arrancar arc in the manga."

Push Comes to Shove, by Aoife-hime
"Tatsuki is sick and tired of being weak, so she takes matters into her own hands. Picks up from middle of Chapter 239 of the manga."

Ichigo's Funeral, by debbiechan
"A Shinigami captain doesn't need a human body, does he? The gang goes to Ichigo's funeral. Cremation ceremony, anyone? Ichigo, Tatsuki, Chad, Karin, Isshin, even Chizuro and a little IchiRuki."  [Ensemble cast, but something about the way the author depicts Tatsuki's and Ichigo's long friendship really hits home.]


Others:

A Grudge Not Held, by Simply Christian
"AU. Three men never find Rangiku. Because they never find Rangiku, she is never harmed. Because Rangiku is not hurt, Gin does not swear vengeance. Because Gin does not swear vengeance, he never joins Aizen. This is a tale how Gin's allegiances remain with the Gotei 13, and the consequences it produces, both good and bad."

The Chaos Theory series, by AnotherSpoonyBard
"Chaos Theory is a Bleach AU that begins with a deceptively simple premise: the Grand Fisher killed not only Masaki Kurosaki, but also her firstborn child. The world still moves apace, however: Aizen schemes, Urahara counter-schemes, the first seeds of a thousand-year war are planted all over again. But a single altered fact can have repercussions of staggering magnitude, and without Ichigo Kurosaki, the world looks at once familiar and utterly different."  [Featuring Ishida as our new protagonist!]

Another Day Another Pain, by Redhoodlyn
"Due to an unfortunate start, Ichigo’s habit to think in a homicidal and bipolar fashion, and your terrible ability to read minds—well, neither of you have been able to get along. You don’t have any qualms with being civilized when the situation calls for it, but you’d really prefer to not be on the receiving end of his apparently named death-sword or something…"  [An actually well written, intriguing Ichigo/Reader fic.]

Metaesthesia, by lucymonster
"You can only spend so long living another man's life before it starts to change you.  Renji can see the inside of Byakuya's mind now, and it isn't the place he thought it would be."  [Not actually a slash fic, though very much about how these two men relate to each other.]

Last to Know, by triste
"The one in which the pot calls the kettle black." [IchiHime]

The Roots of Heaven, by paperiuni
"After the year of the war, Renji and Ichigo find themselves on a rescue mission (cum road trip) featuring: parallel worlds, lost friends, wine, women, dead souls, demons, male bonding, mind games, sex, angst, campfires, metaphysics, thrilling heroics, kindly lies, and Rukia."  [Long, multi-chaptered fic.  Eventual Ichigo x Renji x Rukia, but it takes its time.]

Phases of the Moon, by Elle917
"It seemed almost inevitable, and looking back, maybe it was. When a sudden wave of Hollows attacks Karakura Town, Yuzu and Karin's lives change forever. The two of them must now get through the Shinigami Academy, and all it entails. HitsuKarin. IchiRuki."

Patch, by Branch
"Renji gets an offer and (wibbles) hesitates over it; Byakuya (pounds) talks some sense into him."

This Wild Abandoned Star, by paperiuni
"After heartbreak, the only way is forward. Renji is cast adrift, and Orihime needs to anchor someone."

The Closet, by Asuka Kureru
"Rukia snorts. 'We can't have a housewarming party in my closet. Who would fit in here with us? ' Orihime's voice goes quiet. 'Kurosaki kun could, if we tried.' Post HuecoMundo. RukiIchiHime Romance, friendship, humor. [See also the angsty prequel and cracktastic sequels here.]

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Jubilee (There is no 3)starvinbohemian on May 21st, 2010 03:35 am (UTC)
Thanks so much for the What You Wish For rec! :)

We have a lot of pairings in common! Spock/Uhura, Zuko/Mai, Ichigo/Rukia, and Kaien/Rukia... Gotta go through all your recs!
Mayra Vieira Maiamayself on May 23rd, 2010 02:09 am (UTC)
If you happen to like Bya/Yoru fics, I'd rec you to read "Swayamvara", by Amaratta. It's absolutely wonderful. It's hosted at ff.net, but I don't happen to have the link right now. Anyway, with this title, it's quite easy to find.
Please let me know if you liked it. =)
PS: I'm not the author.