Hot House Flowers Universe -- Based on Characters from: "Bleach" by Tite Kubo
This AU centers around "Kurosaki" (a flower shop that Ichigo owns) and the proprietor's relationship with one of his customers. It also shows connections to Ichigo's friends, suppliers, and employees. I might continue to add other relationships to this set...
Included in this universe are (1) "Paperwhite Narcissus", (2) "Bleeding Orchids", and (3) "Red Roses".
Paperwhite Narcissus (Ichigo Kurosaki/Kisuke Urahara) When I met him, I knew he was a narcissistic bastard, but that didn’t keep me from falling in love with him. Or keep me from fucking him. Or keep me from hating that he kept me around only to feed his ego. Of course, it didn’t help that I never told him I loved him.
Bleeding Orchids (Ichigo Kurosaki/Kisuke Urahara) I offered myself and my prized orchids. He crushed both, tossing bleeding orchids at my feet. Which was why it made absolutely no sense that he seemed as wrecked as me. An act of vengeance on Valentine’s Day brought him to my door once more. Unfortunately, he was still as lovely as the paperwhite narcissus and I still loved him.
Red Roses (Ichigo Kurosaki/Kisuke Urahara) I knew I fucked it up royally, throwing his heart and his prize orchids back at him like I didn’t want either of them. My only amends were the crimson roses that I raised just for him, and by all rights, he should crush them and throw them back in my face. Yet I was praying that he wouldn’t.
The funniest thing about the Hot House Flowers Universe is that it not only has a list of inspirational music --it has a list of inspirational poetry!
"Lookin' For A Good Time" by Lady Antebellum Because the story introduces a particular character as a bit of a happy-go-lucky playboy...
"I Don't Care" by Fall Out Boy "I don't care what you think as long as it's about me..." Best line ever and it captures my characters!
"Walking On Broken Glass" by Annie Lennox It's a great song, even though it's like 20 years old, and it captures that feeling of being left by a lover...
"Undone" by Lifehouse "When all your plans are made out lying on the floor / And all your dreams are turning into nothing more"
"Red is the Rose" (traditional Irish ballad) This song actually contributed the title. It was originally to be called "Pale Roses", but I thought this would suit it better.
"Possum Kingdom" by The Toadies Okay, if you watch the music video it's sort of salker-y, but I love the song for itself and some of the images it brings to mind...