Teaser: "I looked over at my personal aid, who was bowing deeply just inside the doorway. 'Yes?' He rose at my acknowledgement. Honestly, if I'd simply ignored him, he still would have stayed in that deep bow until I acknowledged him –even if it was a week later."
Inspiration: …I really have no idea what made me want to write this! It provides a nice change of pace from my Bleach stripper-fic problem, though, haha… If I have to blame something, I think this could have been inspired by a fan-fiction called "The Prince and the Rebel" by ArtemisMS... I enjoy it so much each time I read it!
Rating: M, because… well, because Ichigo's in it, okay? lol
Warnings: -Secrets -Sensuality -Prostitution -Bureaucrats/Politics -Negligence -Assassination attempts -Dancing -Some mentions of abuse -Violence -…anything else that crops up…
Main Pairing: Byakuya Kuchki/Ichigo Kurosaki (Ichigo Shiba; Strawberry)
Setting: AU! In a far-away kingdom called Nigotta where Byakuya is the crown prince :P
POV: Renji, who watches over the crown prince; Byakuya, who is the crown prince; Ichigo, who would be the consort to the crown prince; Rukia, who is the crown prince's sister; Kaien, who guards the princess. First person from all of them.
Summary: The Kōketsuna Prince, Byakuya, is the crown prince of the small kingdom of Nigotta. He is, by far, too serious for his youthfulness. But when he comes of age, his personal aid drags him to the red-light district, sighting that he had the perfect gift for the chaste prince. He introduces him to the most prestigious prostitute in the kingdom: an orange-haired boy not much older than the prince himself. The prince spends one night with the boy, then invites the boy to come and live as his personal servant in the palace, leaving the public to speculate about the next three months, which they spend most of together. No one is more surprised than Princess Rukia when her brother makes the boy -who he now calls Ichigo- his personal bodyguard. Who wants the prince dead and what in the name of all things holy and unholy possessed him to make him believe that a boy whose only known talent involved his mouth could protect him from them -let alone, protect him at all?
Additional ANs: This story… the plot promises an epic, not a short story, for which I apologize profusely. The last thing I need is a legitimate excuse to drag a story out like this. The plot line of this one, however, lends it length. I can't make it short and tie it up with a bow without rushing things and surrendering some of the elements that were to characterize this piece. So please: wait on this story. From what my muses tell me, it will be worth it. Oh, and in case you wondered: The kingdom this takes place in is called Nigotta (濁った), which means "murky". The neighboring kingdom is Kōsei (公正) which means "justice". Byakuya's title, Kōketsuna (高潔な) roughly means "virtuous or honorable". The club Kisuke Urahara runs is called Amai Kisu! (甘いキス!) which means "Sweet Kiss!".The capital city of Nigotta is called Kakoku (過酷) which means "severity". When anyone is addressed as or referred to as Ōji (王子), that means "prince". If my translations are wrong, blame Google Translate :P
Universe: "One Trick Pony" 'verse. This story named and originated this universe. Word Count: At last count, aroung 37,000 words --and more to come!