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Bleach Fanfic: 5 Years Later... Chapter 3Ichigo sighed, leading Renji and Rukia to his house. As they arrived at the front door, he rubbed his eyes, leaning against the door frame for slight support.
"Kurosaki? You all right?" Renji poked Ichigo's shoulder, with Rukia behind him. Rukia's face lined with worry. "Ichigo..." she began.
Ichigo waved his hand, dismissing the matter. "Yeah, I'm fine. Just a little tired." *Actually, I'm exhausted,* he thought to himself, *ever since Maiko was born, it's been constant work and taking care of Maiko. I don't know how Hime does it...& Smiling to himself, he turned to the two Shinigami. "Kids take a lot outta ya. You'll learn that soon enough," he explained.
Rukia's eyes widened in shock. "Ichigo! You have a child? When did that happen?!" she cried. Her face lit up with a small blush. *Did I really just ask that?*
Renji chuckled. "Rukia, I don't think you need to ask that," he teased.
"Idiot!" Rukia bantered. "I just need to catch up!" Smacking Renji hard on the back of his head, she le
Bleach Fanfic: 5 Years Later... Chapter 1Ichigo Kurosaki walked into his house, greeted by the smells of his wife's cooking. Letting out a sigh, he placed his knapsack by the door and walked through the doorway leading to the kichen.
"Kurosaki-kun!" Orihime Kurosaki stood by the stove, her hands covered in red bean paste and her apron fitting tight over her round belly. Embracing her, Ichigo kissed her forehead lightly, rubbing his fingers through her delicate, auburn hair. Smiling, he broke their passionate hug and kneeled down, kissing Orihime's slightly rounded belly. "How was work?" Orihime's quiet voice was angelic.
Ichigo shrugged. He had been working for Urahara for a while to get money to support his family. After all, he did have quite the hand-
"Daddy!" A little girl with orange hair and flower hairpins raced over, hugging Ichigo's leg. Ichigo chuckled and lifted up the little girl, tickling her sides. She squealed with delight and laughed.
Orihime giggled, rubbing her daughter's head softly. "Maiko-chan was wonderi
Bleach Fanfic: 5 Years Later... Chapter 5Ichigo rubbed a hand through his spikey hair, sighing in utter defeat. Staring at his younger sister, he smiled. "When did this happen?" he asked, his voice calmer and much more relaxed.
Karin grinned, her tomboy-ish clothes fitting loosely around her thin frame. Her medium length hair was pulled back in a loose ponytail. "Well Ichi-Nii, it happened about six months ago," her voice got misty. Ichigo's eyes widened in surprise. Is she daydreaming? he thought, shocked that the tomboy could be so girly.
Toshiro wrapped an arm around Karin's side, his stunning turquiose eyes softening. "Kurosaki Ichigo," he murmured, not bothering to look up at the twenty-two year-old. "I understand your protectiveness towards your younger sister. However," he paused, his voice becoming serious. "I honestly have no idea why you are so worried about us being together. Do you really think I would try to do anything to her?"
Ichigo stammered. "Well - no, I guess not." He felt his face flush a little bit. *I a
Bleach Fanfic: 5 Years Later... Chapter 4Maiko broke away from Orihime's hand, running up the stairs quickly. "Where's she going, Orihime-san?" Rukia asked, her right arm resting on her stomach.
Orihime smiled. "She's going to her room. Maiko-chan must want to show you something." Guiding Rukia into the living room, she helped the Shinigami sit down. "Now wait here a moment, Rukia-chan." Orihime turned, walking into the kitchen. Getting a plate out of the cupboard, she placed a generous helping of bread and red bean paste on the plate, she put a pair of chopsticks on the side of the plate. Walking back into the living room, she handed the white plate over to Rukia. "You look hungry. Eat."
Rukia blushed. "Oh! Orihime, you didn't need to make me a plate! I can wait." After saying that, Rukia's stomach growled loudly.
Orihime laughed. "Go on, Rukia! I know what it's like to be eating for two." Rukia hesitated, eyeing the food on the plate in her lap. "Is something wrong?" Orihime poked her head next to Rukia's, worry shining in
Bleach Fanfic: 5 Years Later... Chapter 7Rukia slowly stood up, stumbling slightly. "Then I guess Renji and I need to head out if you need to get Maiko to bed."
"Yeah, us too, Ichi-Nii." Karin got up, holding Toshiro's hand.
Ichigo jerked his head up quickly, opening his mouth to protest. "H-Hey! Just because Maiko needs to get to bed soon doesn't mean that you guys have to leave. Make yourselves comfortable in the living room."
Orihime got up, walking over to her husband. Hugging his side gently, she smiled. "Tonight's Strawberry-kun's turn to bathe Maiko, so I can show Rukia-chan how to prepare for the baby. Even so, it will take time to adjust to the tiny child in the home." Giggling, her eyes glowed with memories.
Ichigo blushed at Orihime's embarrassing nickname. Does she have to call me Strawberry-kun in front of everyone? Shaking his head, he chuckled softly.
Rukia's eyes glowed. "I suppose I will need some help. Thanks, Orihime. Renji-kun," she turned to her husband. "do you think that you could help Ichigo with bathi
Bleach Fanfic: 5 Years Later... Chapter 9Yoruichi cradled the sleeping girl in her arms, flash stepping quickly to Isshin Kurosaki's home. Sighing to herself, she came to a sudden stop in front of the residency. Walking up to the door, she knocked on the wood rapidly. Hurried footsteps sounded from behind the door and Yoruichi took a step back when the door slammed open. "Who's there?!" Isshin Kurosaki cried.
Yoruichi slapped her hand over his mouth quickly. "Quiet!" she hissed, trying to lull Maiko back to her sleep. "Your granddaughter is asleep!"
Isshin removed her hand from his mouth. Eyeing Maiko, his gaze softened. "She sure has grown since the last time I saw her."
"Here, take her." Yoruichi gently handed Maiko to Isshin, making sure her Kon doll was still in her hands. "Keep her safe. Ichigo will kill you if you don't."
Isshin sighed. "Don't worry. Get going."
Nodding, Yoruichi flash stepped away from the house. I have to catch up before they leave the World of the Living, she thought. Suddenly, an ear-piercing roar s
Bleach Fanfic: 5 Years Later... Chapter 6Karin squeezed Toshiro's hand as she walked through the door of her older brother's house. Toshiro squeezed her hand back in return and took a deep breath. "Is your brother always that paranoid?" he muttered, his turquoise eyes glowing from the artificial light coming from the living room.
"Well, Ichi-Nii can be a little protective," Karin sighed, pulling out her messy ponytail, her ebony hair settling on her shoulders and brushing her back. Putting the ponytail on her wrist, she walked into the living room.
* * *
"I can see you two have finally stopped fighting."
"Shut up, Rukia," Ichigo retorted quietly, trying not to let Maiko hear what he was saying; He didn't want her to repeat anything bad he said any time in the near future. Feeling Maiko tug at his Shinigami robes, he looked down at his cute daughter gently. "Pick me up?" she whispered, her voice innocent like Orihime's.
"One second." Ichigo walked over to his lifeless body. Bending down, he went back into his body and stood up
Bleach Fanfic: 5 Years Later... Chapter 8Rangiku Matsumoto cried out as a Hollow smashed into a building, debris pelting her. "Growl, Haineko!" she yelled, pulling her zanpaktou out of its sheath. Immediatley, a gray fog started to swirl from her sword and enclosed the Hollow. The Hollow roar, trying to force its way out of the whirling ash. Rangiku swiped her sword handle, and she heard the Hollow cry out as the ash cut its head straight down the middle. Letting out a sigh of relief, Rangiku summoned her sword back and sheathed it.
"Matsumoto-chan!" Rangiku turned to find Momo Hinamori running to her.
"Hinamori..." Rangiku murmured in surprise. "Is everything alright?"
Momo panted softly. "Has Shiro-chan returned yet?! He hasn't returned in 6 months! I've heard Central 46 is started to have suspicions that he's involved in Hueco Mundo's entryway into Soul Society."
Rangiku crossed her arms. "Captain Hitsugaya hasn't returned yet. I don't want him to be accused of treason again after that one incident," she said in a serious
Bleach Fanfic: 5 Years Later... Chapter 10Ichigo ran a hand through his hair, furrowing his brow in thought. "Ichi-kun?" Orihime tugged on his hand gently. "Is everything alright?"
Ichigo smiled, pulling his wife close to his body. Squeezing her shoulder, he murmured in her ear. "Yeah, everything's fine. Just thinking." *Dammit! Now she knows something's up! I'm worried on how long we'll be here... If she has our baby here, I don't know what I'll do!*
Orihime grinned. "That's good." Reaching up to peck him on the cheek with a kiss, she brushed her hand through his hair, placing one of her flower hairpins in his orange hair.
Ichigo reached up and pulled out the hairpin slowly. "When'd you get these?" he asked, remembering how the hairpins normally stayed in Maiko's hair.
Orihime laughed. "When I went to go kiss Maiko. I had a feeling something important would happen tonight."
Ichigo gave his wife a look of disbelief. "Why do you freak me out like that? You are so... Unique." He chose the word carefully, so as not to
Knowing the Past, Writing the Future Chapter 18Chapter 18- Flesh, bone and blood
Chapter's music Until the end by Breaking Benjamin
"It's impossible " Ichigo's voice resounded in the silent space, insulted, while, right beside him, Grimmjow was observing Harribel with frowning brows.
"It's quite possible!" the woman replied and Ichigo growled. How dare that thing try and deceive him with a fake Orihime! He knew her better than he knew himself. He spent years memorizing her features, touching her, following her, breathing into her scent, mesmerized by her perfection and now, this arrancar thought he was stupid enough to believe his lovely wife would look at him with those eyes, full of hatred? Sure, he said her name, but only as a reflex, because when her eyes fell over him he knew that that being wasn't Orihime, even if it had the same reiatsu, it couldn't be her, ever!
"I thought I co
Transforming Love: Part 13
If the servant had taken a sledgehammer and hit the young men over the heads, Ichigo and his friends could not have been more stunned than they were now.
As usual, it was Uryu who spoke first, asking the servant, "What do you mean when you say Queen Orihime has been saved?"
"Sir Aizen has succeeded in saving her and bringing her back to the castle. There is to be a ball held tonight in her honor and King Isshin has proclaimed that he will be making an important announcement. Is there anything else you require, sir?"
"No, no thank you for the information. You can go about your business."
As the servant scurried away, Uryu, Ichigo and the others turned to face one another with the same expression of bewilderment on their faces.
In a hushed voice, Keigo was the first to break the silence as he asked, "What is going on? How can Aizen have brought back Queen Orihime when-"
He was interrupted when Chad gripped Keigo's shoulder and shook his head firmly.
At Keigo's confused expression, Shuhei
Transforming Love: Part 16
The moment he reached the sandy beach, Ichigo raced to the shoreline and start to look for any sign of Orihime. Finally, he spotted a bit of white floating in the water and immediately swam out in that direction. Upon reaching the spot, Ichigo found Orihime's peaceful form floating on the water's surface. He wrapped a strong arm around her chest and successfully brought her back to the shore in order to inspect her for injuries.
When he finally laid Orihime's still form on the sand, he saw that she was not breathing. Not really knowing what else to do and only acting instinctively, Ichigo thought that maybe he just had to help Orihime get the water out of her system and then she would be fine. He just needed to clear her airway. So he tried a motion he had seen and used on people who were choking and so he held Orihime against his chest and pushed against Orihime's ribcage in an upward motion using his clenched hands.
After a time, Ichigo began trying to coax Orihime back to consciousn
Getting Caught in Cupid's Crossfire: Part 2It was a few days later when Ichigo finally got up enough courage to approach his sisters about something that had been bugging him ever since his ‘defeat’ of Shinji.
Trying to act nonchalant, Ichigo leaned up against the counter, looking rather bored and asked Yuzu casually, “So, what’s for dinner?”
Looking up at her older brother briefly in order to give him a quick smile before returning to what she was doing, Yuzu answered breezily, “Curry. Does that sound good to you?”
“Yeah, yeah,” Ichigo said smoothly, “Sounds great.”
Turning as if to walk away, Ichigo stopped midstride and went back to the counter and asked, “Hey Yuzu?”
Scratching the back of his neck, Ichigo said slowly, “You know, I was just wondering about something…”
This got Yuzu’s attention as well as Karin’s, who was supposedly listening to music in order to drown out any possible fights that mi
Hearts of Glass, Steel, Fire and Ice: Part 12The faint scent of tears
on my rain soaked cheeks.
The warm look on the face
She was singing again. He hadn’t heard her sing since the day they had met. At least, he was fairly positive that she had been singing when they had first met. He couldn’t be certain, though. His memory of that day and any before it were cloudy, but why be so concerned by trifles?
The music from our childhood
faintly echoes in the background.
The memories I hopelessly try to remember
As he made his way purposefully towards the Great Hall, he carefully went through the list of items he had to report to the princess. She had given him a task to fulfill and since the day of his initiation, he had done his utmost to prove himself worthy of her trust.
But with these tiny wings, launched by my dreams
over distant oceans and skies
we’ll soar together
to a place where memories never fade.
Pushing open the huge, double doors that led into the Great Hall, as he entered t
Two Halves Can Fill a Whole: Day 8Day 8-Trace
Another late night at the hospital had Ichigo literally dragging his feet walking inside his home, but definitely not figuratively. Coming home at the end of a hard day’s work always gave him something to look forward to. To work towards.
However, since it was already past eleven o’clock at night, Ichigo really hoped that Orihime wasn’t waiting up for him. He had made sure to call her right away when he found out that he needed to stay several more hours on his shift so that she wouldn’t try and keep his food warm or anything like that. Apparently though, from the scent lingering in the air, Orihime might have done just that. Bless her heart, she was so predictable.
Walking into the kitchen, Ichigo saw his dinner arranged on a plate and covered with plastic wrap. From the looks of it, Orihime had made noodles with spicy chicken and a few other side dishes. Ichigo was sorry he had missed such a tasty meal, but he could still enjoy it tomorrow for lunc
Two Halves Can Fill a Whole: Day 7Day 7-Eyes (the look he only gives her and vice versa)
“And so I told him that he might want to reconsider passing up the opportunity to fund this hospital since we just happen to have hired two of the most promising doctors in the past year onto our staff. ‘The future is looking much brighter Mr. Takeda,’ I says, ‘Karakura Hospital is going to be one of the most popular hospitals in the next ten years, mark my words, and I’m sure you’re going to want to have a slice of that prosperity.’”
The man speaking was of average height, but with very large proportions. His broad shoulders and big arms gave him the appearance of a boxer, only with the paunch in his middle it gave the impression of a once prominent boxer who has now gone out to pasture. His dark hair generously streaked with gray and a little white was immaculately gelled and combed back and his hands were well manicured. In every way, this man oozed charisma and success, usually qu
Two Halves Can Fill a Whole: Day 6Day 6: Feelings
“And so then I heard from my friend that she had heard from one of his friends that Shou thought I was cute! Isn’t that just the best Mom?”
Orihime smiled down at her fifteen year old daughter Reika and replied, “I see. That certainly is exciting for you.”
Reika leaned her elbows on the kitchen counter, rested her chin on her palms, looked at Orihime imploringly and said, “Mom, I saw this absolutely adorable shirt the other day, it’s exactly the right shade of blue which is Shou’s favorite color, so…” she let the question hang in the air.
Not taking her eyes from the vegetables she was chopping up, Orihime said, “If you’ll tell me what store it’s at, next time I’m out shopping I’ll take a look.”
Running around the counter, Reika threw her arms around Orihime’s waist and squealed, “Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you!!”
At that moment, Ichigo walked i
Two Halves Can Fill a Whole: Day 2Day 2: Promises
“Hey Orihime! Where’s that box with all the books?”
“Umm…I just saw it around here somewhere…where did it go…Ah! Here it is!”
Ichigo heard Orihime grunt in exertion and he quickly called to her, “Don’t worry about it! I’ll come get it!”
The next moment, Orihime walked into what would soon be the living room and said brightly, “Too late!”
Ichigo couldn’t help the grin he gave his new bride as he gestured towards the corner where he had just finished setting up several book shelves and said, “Right over there will be fine.”
As they started unpacking the books and arranging them on different shelves, Orihime looked up with a smile and said, “I used to think that my collection of books was pretty extensive, but even our two sets together will not be enough to fill up these shelves.”
Looking up from the book containing the complete works of Guy de Maupassant,
Bleach Fanfic: 5 Years Later... Chapter 2Orihime opened the cutlery drawer, pulling out spoons and forks. She smiled as she felt a tug at her pant leg. "Yes, Maiko-chan?"
Maiko looked up at Orihime, her caramel eyes blinking innocently. "What happened to Daddy?" Pointing a tiny finger at Ichigo's lifeless body, Maiko tilted her head curiously. "Is he ok?"
Orihime grinned. *Just like her father. Always worrying about others' welfare.* She thought to herself. Orihime got down on her knees awkwardly, due to the extra weight in her frontside. Putting a hand on Maiko's small shoulder's, the delicate woman kissed her daughter's cheek lightly. "He's fine, Maiko-chan. Daddy might do that every once in a while, but it's okay." *Can she not see spirits?* Orihime fretted to herself. *No, impossible. Strawberry-kun and I both can see souls. She might just be too young to actually process it...* Shaking her worries away, Orihime handed Maiko the silverware. "Wanna help Mommy put the forks on the table? We're going to have guests!"
on old sanzu - absolutely true fictionlast fall i stole my friend down by the tama river. we sang. we danced. we skipped dead fish like rocks and watched them get swallowed by the undertow. we got sick off of bad chinese food and went skinny-dipping and then a week later she drowned herself.
her uncle was a yakuza, i think, but he really just wanted to be al pacino or something. anyway, she loved him a lot. maybe that’s why she went down the way she went down; cement shoes. not real cement, but it was the same idea. she had two cloth bags with yellow-painted cinderblocks inside, and they were tied to her ankles like the prisoners’ chains from o brother where art thou.
in my mind’s eye i can see her, limping dreadfully close to the edge of the current, her left hand gripping at her breasts through a loose t-shirt. kneeling by the wastelands, elbows in the gravel, crawling forward out into the water. angry like a dermis under wool, all teeth and salt and sand. sleepy, submissive, sublimated.
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