“Let’s go!” I giggled as I backflipped away from Yumichika’s attack.
Ikkaku charged me from behind, completely out of his character. I turned and met him with the sword in my left hand. He was the stronger and more reckless of the two, that made him more dangerous than Yumichika.
Yumichika came at me raising his shikai. I rapidly pulled away from Ikkaku and slashed Yumichika’s wrist causing him to drop his sword and clutch his wrist in pain and to stop the bleeding. Ikkaku then jumped on me, knocking me back a few feet. He then barraged me with attacks coming left and right.
I just smiled more enjoying this. I found my opening and shoulder checked him in the stomach sending him flying back. I thought I had him, when I felt Hōzukimaru against my back pulling me forward with Ikkaku.
The sly bastard had grabbed onto his shikai with both hands trapping me.
He hit the ground first and I had hardly any time to continue forward, crashing into him, when Ikkaku rolled over, pinning me beneath him. He had Hōzukimaru’s blade pointed at my neck.
I couldn’t help but smile even after I lost.
“You win.” I told him.
“Yeah.” He smiled down at me.
“Smart.” I told him, still looking up at him, “Using my physical attack to trap me. I like it.”
“I acted on instinct.” He told me with a smirk.
“Your instincts didn’t lead you wrong.” I told him.
“Ikkaku, Shiai-chan.” Yumichika called to us, “If Captain comes by and see’s the two of you in this position he’ll flip his lid.”
Ikkaku finally noticed our position: me on my back arms up by head, legs both in between his. Ikkaku on top of me, his knees on either side on my hips, one of his hands were on either side of my head blocking me in.
His face went red and he jumped up and back, fast enough I could barely see him.
I sat up slowly and sat Indian style on the ground looking up at the two men.
“Guess we’re tied up again, huh?” I asked putting my Zanpakutōs away.
“Yeah.” They both said together. Ikkaku scratching the back of his head.
“You may want to get to the 4th division.” I suggested to Yumichika as I stood up and dusted myself off.
Yumichika nodded holding his wrist tighter.
“I just hope it wont leave a scar.” He sighed.
“If it does I’ll buy you a bracelet you like to hide it until it heals.” I offered.
“Thank you.” Yumichika said as he turned to leave for the 4th division.
“Please don’t tell Captain about that.” Ikkaku asked as I approached him.
“Tell Oto-san what?” I asked putting my hands on my hips and smirking at him.
Ikkaku smirked back.
I sighed to myself in contempt. It had been a good day. I had gotten all the paperwork done, some really good training with Ikkaku and Yumichika in, Yumichika wasn’t going to have a scar, even thought I lost the fight I had fun. I made a successful recipe at dinner tonight that everybody liked. And I had just had a nice hot shower and a long bath.
I was currently settled in my pj’s on my bed rubbing my short hair dry. I looked over and noticed that my pillow was out of place.
I lifted it up, half expecting Yachiru to jump up and try to startle me again.
underneath was not a person, but an envelope. I picked it up and opened it. There was a letter and a charm bracelet with a single crescent moon shaped charm on.
‘Shiai, please meet me by the forest on the far west side of the soul society tonight. I would really like to talk to you. -Shuuhei’
I thought for a second about why Shuuhei would want to see me on such short notice.
I sighed and stood up, making my way to my closet and and putting on my regular uniform. I pulled my damp hair back into a pony tail with a black ribbon and grabbed my Zanpakutōs before heading out of my room and out of the barracks.
I hurried over to the west wall the headed out to forest to try to find Shuuhei.
I took a few steps into the forest before pausing at what I heard.
“Oh come on, Shuuhei-kun.” Suki purred to said male.
“Suki.” Shuuhei warned staring at the girl.
I hid behind a tree not wanting to interrupt anything between them.
“Oh come on.” She said again, hugging his arm and leaning on him, “I know you’ve been into me for a while.”
Had he asked her out at a later time, and wanted to see me first so he wouldn’t say something stupid and I was late?
Shuuhei hadn’t said a word he was just looking away.
I knew he had to like her.
She was short, but very curvy. She had long dark hair that matched the night sky and bright honey eyes with brown specs in them. She had soft, feminine features and long lashes. She had lightly tanned skin and legs that went for a mile which she showed off under. She had a sweet and sultry voice that was alluring. There was nothing about her that was resistable.
But why was he not taking full advantage of this? Was Shuuhei shy when it came to women?
“Suki.” Shuuhei started and he finally turned to look at the girl. She interrupted him by smashing her lips on his.
A raw, raging, almost uncontrollable emotion I couldn’t place stuck me like a bolt of lightning.
He pushed away from her fast, but she pulled him back again. Suki, despite her looks, was far stronger than she ever let on.
I felt my chest tighten up to point of painfulness.
I didn’t need to know what he wanted. I dropped the bracelet on the ground and shunpoed back to my room.
I closed the door and slid down against it. I couldn’t comprehend what I had just seen. And I didn’t know why my chest hurt so badly after that. What I did know was I didn’t want to see Suki or Shuuhei again. Ever.
“Come in.” I said not looking up from the paperwork in front of me.
I heard the door slide open and then close behind the person before the soft padding of their feet made their way across the floor to the desk where I sat.
I didn’t have to look up to know who it was. I was all too familiar with that reiatsu.
“What’s up?” I asked still not looking up.
“I just wanted to talk to you was all.” Shuuhei told me.
I motioned to the chair in front of my desk for him to sit down.
He took his seat and sat there for a moment. I guess he was trying to find words.
“How are things with you and Suki?” I asked almost bitterly.
“That’s just the thing.” Shuuhei started, “I wanted to apologize to you.”
“Things not work out?” I asked moving on to another piece of paper.
“You could say that.”
“Seems weird.” I said still not looking at him.
“How does it seem weird?”
I finally looked up from my paperwork and bore my blood irises into his deep cobalt grey eyes.
“I got your note.” I snarled, “And that stupid charm bracelet you left for me under my pillow. And here I was happy and running to meet you, and all you wanted to do was shove in my face the fact I’m still single with Suki’s tongue down your throat.”
I seethed. I had to finish this now, there was too much coming up for me to stop.
“I never thought you were that kind of guy, Shuuhei.” I continued, “Did Rangiku put you up to that? Or was what happened between you and Suki an accident you didn’t want me to see so you could continue to toy with my emotions some more?”
“Shiai, what are you talking about?” Shuuhei demanded.
“The day after we went out shopping for that thing for your precious little girlfriend, I went into my room about to go to sleep and I found a charm bracelet and a note under my pillow. It was signed by you, and you asked me to meet you in the forest because you wanted to talk. And when I got there I saw you and Suki playing fucking tonsil tennis! Was that her idea!? Or did I just come at the wrong time?!”
“Shiai…” He trailed off.
“What?” I growled. I was on the verge of tears now and I didn’t know what to do.
Shuuhei just sat there in front of me opening and closing his mouth not knowing what to do or say.
I took the opportunity and shunpoed out of the room and as far away from him as I could. I couldn’t ever face anyone ever again if I cried in front of him. I didn’t want to cry.
I almost threw the doors to the training room off the rail when I slammed them open and stalked inside grabbing hold of two wooden swords.
“Come.” I told all of the lower ranked officers who were there. They all charged at me, not knowing the mood I was in. The only good thing going on was Yumichika, Ikkaku, Yachiru and oto-san weren’t there. But I felt sorry for all the men who were raising their swords to me, I only wished Suki was among them.
I sat on the roof of the barracks staring at the moon. I didn’t want to see anyone. But someone wanted to see me.
“You not hungry?” Oto-san asked from behind me.
I shook my head slowly as I pulled my knees closer to my chest.
I heard him sigh from behind me and come forward to sit with me. Oto-san dropped to my left, gazing at the moon with me.
“What’s wrong?” Oto-san demanded, “And don’t give me any shit about it being nothin’. You’re too much like your mother for me not to see it.”
“I’m more like you than I am her.” I said quietly.
“My blood’s too strong.” He started, “So of course you’re more like me. But that doesn’t mean you aren’t anything like her.”
I said nothing as I continued to stare at the moon.
He carefully reached forward and moved some of my bangs out of my eyes.
“You got her beauty.” He told me.
I smiled and looked down, “But I got your smile.”
“What’s wrong?” He asked again, this time with patience in his voice. He wasn’t demanding, but he was concerned.
“Boys are stupid.” I said without thinking. But being fair they were.
Oto-san let out a guttural laugh.
“I thought you weren’t in the dating business.” He countered.
“I’m not.” I said staring back up at the moon, “But, there’s this guy. And we became really good friends since I came here. And he helped me a lot especially with learning kido. And I thought, at the very least he cared for me like a comrade. But then he asked me to meet him in the forest one night, and I saw his sucking faces with a girl I’m not particularly fond of. And I felt hurt. Because he gave me something earlier that night that made me think, even for a second, that maybe he liked me the way I wanted him to.”
“That’s not all of it, Shiai.” Oto-san told me, “If that were the case I highly doubt you’d of sent twelve of our squad members to the 4th division and another six to bed rest for a week.”
I moved my gaze from the moon to the ground of the courtyard.
“He came to the office today while I was working to talk with me.” I continued, “And he acted like he had no idea what I was talking about. And I feel really bad now because I really let him have it verbally. And I left him sitting there like a fish out of water. And I doubt now, even if it was a giant misunderstanding, we’ll ever get to the point where we were before.”
“Go talk to him.” Oto-san encouraged.
I whipped my head around to look at him.
“What?” I asked, not understanding.
“Go talk to him.” Oto-san repeated, “Find out if it is a misunderstanding. Cause this kid seems to be just as clueless about the situation as you. And only if it was planned, can you be upset. And if it was, you come to me with his name.”
I smiled up at him, “For a blood thirsty, battle happy, berserker. You are civil at times, Oto-san.”
He smiled back at me and ruffed my hair.
“Your mother and I had a few misunderstandings in our time.” He told me, “I always found the best way to deal with it is to find out what actually happened.”
“Thanks Oto-san.” I said and stood up, “I feel better. I think I’ll go talk to him now.”
“Yeah.” He said staring up at the moon, “Tell Hisagi I say ‘hi’ when you see him.”
I whipped around and stared at him.
“How did you..” I trailed off seeing his smirk illuminated by the moon.
“Shiai, I know puppy love when I see it.” He told me with a laugh.
I couldn’t say anything as I felt my face getting hotter and hotter.