Title: Something about you
Summary: A Renji/Tatsuki story told in snap-shots. They were always fighting – against each other and against the Hollows. Time goes by much too quickly to change something – or does it?
Main Characters: Arisawa Tatsuki, Abarai Renji + the others.
Pairings: Renji/Tatsuki, Ichigo/Rukia, Ishida/Orihime
Disclaimer: nor Bleach nor its characters belong to me.
1) English is not my native tongue – please forgive my mistakes. If some sentences don't make sense, please tell me and I'll try to fix them.
2) For those who follow my other story "Sins of the fathers": I haven't completely abandoned it, but, unfortunately, I'm having a few troubles with the fourth chapter. I'm still trying to work on it, though. Sooner or later – hopefully sooner – I'll update.
SOMETHING ABOUT YOU
I: LIGHTNING STORMFive months ago
It was all because of Asano-san.
Or maybe it was Asano-san's fault – it depends which way you look at it.
Anyway, everybody agrees that it was Asano-san's nth try to catch vice-Captain Matsumoto's attention that tricked Abarai Renji's reaction.
Truth to be told, Renji was merely looking for an excuse to pick a fight with somebody because he was bored out of his mind. All they ever did was sitting through class – why bother taking notes when they would leave as soon as the whole mess was cleared? – and looking around for troubles that never came.
The only bright point of his whole day was his daily training session, when he could finally let out all his pent-up energy.
But that was becoming boring as well.
Renji tapped his pencil on the desk. He needed to find a distraction or he'd go crazy.
He couldn't make fun of Ichigo because they were on a mission together – that, and the fact that Rukia wasn't too keen on sharing her position as main-torn-in-Ichigo's-side. And he couldn't even make fun of her because she'd beat him to a pulp.
Renji sighed, leaning back on his chair. 'Life is so unfair!' he thought. 'I'm so desperate I'll end up missing my fights with Captain Byakuya – although I always got my ass kicked!'
A honeyed, shrill voice broke his trail of thoughts. Asano had started fawning over Matsumoto again – although he had finally learned to do so from a distance.
It had only taken a broken nose, after all…
Renji grinned. 'Looks like this day won't be totally wasted, after all…"
"Why won't you go out with me, Matsumoto-chan?" Asano was whining.
"She's blonde, not blind." Renji called out, smirking.
Asano looked outraged. "How-How dare you, you punk!"
The other Shinigamis stiffened. Baaad move.
Renji arched an eyebrow. "What?"
"Well, Matsumoto-san is a high-class girl!" Asano spat back. "She wouldn't even glance at trash like you!"
The Shinigamis exchanged worried looks. The kid was just digging his own grave – and Ichigo and Rukia where out to take down a Hollow!
Renji kept on smirking and slowly got to his feet. "But she'd rather look at men than at sissies like you."
"What! I'll show you!" Asano cried, ready to charge blindly at his opponent.
Renji barely raised his guard. 'It's too easy…'
Then, something unthinkable happened. A figure swiftly moved between the two, side-kicking Asano and punching Renji on his jaw.
"Enough!" a voice unmistakably feminine said in a ice cold tone. "Both of you! Do you want to get detention?" The petite brunette turned to Asano. "You! If you want to attack somebody, at least do it decently!" she turned and glared at Renji. "And you, if you want to mess around, then at least don't do it when a teacher is about to come in, you idiot!" she glared at them. "No fights in this class, is that clear?"
"Yeah, you're the only one who's allowed to, aren't you, Sergeant?" Asano muttered, but not softly enough.
Arisawa Tatsuki turned and glared daggers as him. "Did you say something, Asano-kun?" she asked sweetly.
The boy just yelped and scrambled away.
Tatsuki just shook her head. "What's this, a kindergarten?"
Abarai Renji didn't notice any of this. His brain was too busy replaying the previous scene on his mind.
That girl had hit him.
That skinny, weak human girl had hit him!
She had hit Abarai Renji, Vice Captain of the Sixth Division and Shinigami extraordinaire!
That was beyond outrageous!
"Renji? You okay?" the bald-headed Shinigami, Ikkaku, asked, waving a hand in front of him.
"She didn't possibly hit that hard…" Captain Hitsugaya remarked.
Renji pushed Ikkaku's hand away. "I'm fine, shut up." he growled, turning to glare at Tatsuki's retreating figure.
War had been officially declared at 11.02 of a Tuesday morning.