Teddy Bear(A Hisagi Shuuhei Love Story Part 9)


Warm hands ran up and down and back under my shirt, slightly pulling me closer to the man whose lap I was in. One soft, wet kiss ended as I let out a light sigh and another one quickly followed. My hands were running through his dark hair, messing it up more than it already was.

When this kiss ended I bit his lower lip gently, pulling him more towards me, teasing him, before letting go and dipping my head down to mess around with his neck.

“Shi-Shiai!” He gasped in surprise as I started running my tongue along his neck.

“What?” I asked, as I ran my tongue over his jugular and pushing his shirt open more so I could have access to his collar bone.

“What if someone walks in?” He said urgently, moving his hands from my back to my arms, half attempting to push me off.

“In my room?” I all but scoffed as I moved back from his neck to look at him. He looked scared, and he was flushing heavily.

I smirked and leaned in close to his face again, “No one’s going to disturb us.” I assured him, “Not unless there’s another hallow invasion, and we’d have a lot of warning about that because everyone would be yelling.”

“But…” He trailed off.

“Are you not comfortable going this far yet?” I asked, realizing it might be me coming on too strong, “We can stop if you don’t want to. I didn’t mean to push you this far.”

“It’s not that.” He said looking away.

“Then what is it?” I asked lifting his chin so he could look at me, “We can’t work through it if you don’t talk to me, Shuuhei.”

“I’m afraid of your dad.” He muttered.

I let out a little giggle, “Everyone is.”

“With good reason!” He all but yelled, “He’s Zaraki Kenpatchi! The ruthless, blood thirsty, battle crazed captain of squad 11. On top of that, I’m kinda feeling up his daughter, in her room. I’m not in a good position.”

“I’d say you’re in a pretty good position if you ask me.” I smirked, linking my hands behind his head, “Believe it or not, my dad actually likes you.”

“What?” He asked.

I nodded, “He likes you. Thinks you’re a good guy. Has no problem with you dating me. He’s not going to kill you, unless you somehow hurt me so bad that I can’t kill you and have to go crying to him.”

“You really think I would hurt you?” He all but snarled.

“No.” I told him, smirk still pulling at my lips, “But that’s also part of the reason he’s not worried. You won’t hurt me. And if you do, I’m more than capable of taking care of it by myself.”

He let out a half scoff, half sigh at my words.

“The fact you’re still concerned about him trying to kill you is what amazes me.” I told him, kissing his forehead lightly.

“I can’t help it.” He told me, “You’re his daughter. You’re his most prized possession and he’ll do anything to keep you safe.”

“I’m a big girl Shuuhei.” I told him, “He doesn’t worry too much about me anymore.”

“God, are you beautiful.” He sighed, pressing our foreheads together.

“What are you talking about, sexy?” I teased.

“If I could show you what I see when I look at you.”

“A blob of white?” I asked pulling back to look at him seriously.

His smirk fell for a second as he lunged forward and tackled me down below him kissing all over my face as I laughed and squealed lightly when he started tickling my sides.

“Shuuhei!” I squealed louder than I wanted to when he started tickling my stomach.

“I’m not stopping!” He laughed down at me.

“Please no!” I laughed almost to the point of crying as I tried to cover my stomach from his assault.

“You have to say something if you want me to stop, Shiai-chan.” He sang.

“I love you!” I sputtered out.

His hands recoiled instantly and he was laying on his stomach next to me as I calmed down.

I wiped some tears that appeared at the corners of my eyes away before looking at him, still with my stomach quivering and a smile on my lips.

“I love you too.” He smiled and kissed my nose.

I scrunched up my nose when he did that and grinned like and idiot.



Teddy Bear(A Hisagi Shuuhei Love Story Part 8)


I was slashing everything that stood in my way. The Soul Society was under attack again from various levels of Hollows. The 11th squad was tasked with the front lines, taking out every and all hollows we could. I laughed as I released my shikai. I whipped the chain around with ease, causing the fan to smash into various hollow’s masks, killing them instantly.

“Save some for us!” I didn’t have to turn to know it was Ikkaku and Yumichika coming running up to me.

“Then hurry your asses up!” I called to them and back flipped to avoid an attack from a hollow before swiping at the large, veiny, blue arm that destroyed the ground where I once stood.

I wrapped the chain around the arm and pulled to remove it, momentarily distracting it as Ikkaku broke its mask. We then turned our attention to the next Hallow that was coming up on Yunichika. Even before I could get close enough for my shikai to be effective the Hallow was cut down. As its body disintegrated, we saw who was responsible for it. Our captain, and my father.

“You guys are slow.” He smirked at us.

“Did you take them all out already?” I asked my father, matching his smirk with my own.

“Yeah, you guys were playing, so I thought I should too.” He shot back at me.

“All in a day’s work I suppose.” I laughed and changed my shikai back and sheathed my zanpakuto, “What’s next?”

“I have to report to the old man.” My father groaned, “But after that, play time and training for the rest of the day.”

I hummed as I spun the short hairs on my boyfriends head around and then braided certain areas.

“Sh-Shiai,” Shuuhei stuttered.

I hummed letting him know I was listening.

“I know you said you wouldn’t bother me while I’m working as long as you could stay here, but…” He trailed off.

“Am I making you uncomfortable?” I asked, knowing that I was.

“Only a little.” He sighed, “Why don’t you find Mashiro? Or go train until I’m done?”

“Oto-san dismissed us for the day after the Hallow attack.” I informed, “He said we were free to train and play as we wished. I don’t wish to train, I wish to play. And my favorite play mate is currently busy, so I’m biding my time until he’s done.”

“You can’t just come back later?” He asked me.

“No.” I said simply, “Someone else might claim you before I can get back here.”

He sighed again, knowing I wasn’t going anywhere.

“You know if you take a break I wouldn’t be back for a while so you can get your work done in peace.” I told him.

“Maybe take the braids out and I’ll think about it.” He countered.

I started pulling the small elastics out of his hair and running my hands through his soft locks until all the remnants of the braids were long gone.

I sighed and rested my cheek against the top of his head and wrapped my arms around his neck as I watched his strong arms work.

After a few moments Shuuhei set down his pen and sighed before turning his head to face me.

“1 hour.” He told me sternly, “Then I have to get back to work.”

I felt my eyes light up and I giggled before grabbing his hand and leading him out of the ninth division barracks and down the streets of the seireitei. Our pace wasn’t fast, but I held his left hand in my right hand as we walked. Neither of us said anything for a while. The silence didn’t bother us, it was welcoming as long as we were in each other’s presence.

I sighed lightly enjoying the sunshine on my pale skin and leaned onto his arm.

I felt Shuuhei look at me before asking, “You don’t have a place in mind you want to go, do you?”

“No.” I told him, “I just wanted to get you out of that office before you suffocated.”

He half laughed, “Well it’s nice of you to do that.” He told me, “I will admit I should probably drag myself out of the office a little more often to be with you. It isn’t right to have you seek me out all the time.”

I made us both pause in the middle of our walk and I reached up to pull the raven haired man down to my level so I could place a soft kiss on his lips.

“Shuuhei, I’m a hunter.” I told him a devilish smirk pulling at my lips, “I like seeking for you and dragging out against your will. That’s the kind of person I am. You, on the other hand, are not a hunter.”

“Does that make me prey for you?” He questioned, almost offended.

I shook my head, “You aren’t prey. You just aren’t that kind of dominant personality.”

“So I’m the submissive one in the relationship?” He seemed appalled with himself.

I laughed lightly, “No.” I assured him, “How do I put this. If I’m fire, you’re…” I trailed off for a second and thought, “You’re wind.”

“Wind?” He asked.

I nodded, “If you were water you would be my complete opposite. If you were earth you would be easily drowned out by me. If you were something like lightning you would always piss me off. But, you’re wind. You’re air. You feed me when I need you, you can put me out if you’re cold or spread me if you’re strong and warm. But without you I couldn’t be.”

I blushed after realizing the full extend of what I had just said. Shuuhei’s face probably mirrored my own. I had inadvertently said that I needed him to survive. Wasn’t that the equivalent of saying ‘I love you’?

I opened my mouth to try to fix what I had just said but I was cut off by Shuuhei placing a short kiss on my nose.

On instinct I scrunched up my nose before looking up into the steely orbs of the man before me.

“Then let me feed your fire.” He told me with a large smile.

I couldn’t help but mirror him.

Teddy Bear(A Hisagi Shuuhei Love Part 7)


I cracked my knuckles after almost two hours of sitting at this desk doing paperwork. I was just half way through and getting really hungry, but I needed to finish up the one stack first.

My stomach growled as I reached for the next paper and started reading before dropping the stamp on the page and moving on.

Before too long there was a knock at the door as I was in the single digits of the pile.

“Come in.” I said with a sigh, trying to hold in the growl in my stomach.

“Hey.” Shuuhei said with a warm smile as he came in with Izuru, Omaeda and Iba, “Are you busy?”

I raised and eyebrow and leaned back in my chair, letting him see the various piles of paper of my desk.

“Oh…” His face dropped.

“What do you need?” I asked teasingly, leaning forward.

“We need a favor.” Iba said awkwardly.

“I’m listening.”

“The woman’s society has been severely encroaching on the men’s society’s boundaries.” Iba said finally, “Taking away our budget, our meeting room and even our reputations just because they feel like it.”

“That sounds horrible.” I said dully, “What do you want from me?”

“You have connections with the women in the society.” Izuru started, “We were wondering, if, maybe…”

“You wouldn’t mind talking to them and maybe see if we could get recognition as a society here?” Shuuhei finished.

“And let me guess, you came to me because I’m with Shuuhei?” I accused looking at Iba, Izuru and Omaeda.

“Isn’t this the kind of stuff a good girlfriend is supposed to do for her boyfriend?” Omaeda growled at me.

I smirked and leaned back into my chair again, “Yeah, if Shuuhei had come to me himself, asking as a favor for him. But since this is for the men’s society, what’s in it for me?”

“What do you mean what’s in it for you!?” Omaeda all but yelled, “We’re asking you for help!”

“And I’m very busy.” I smirked.

“What do you want, Shiai?” Shuuhei asked me, knowingly.

I opened my mouth, about to mess with the raven haired man in front of me, but I was cut off by my stomach growling, loudly.

I felt my face heat up as I looked away.

Shuuhei, like the good boyfriend he was, laughed at my little outburst, “How about we get you some lunch?”

“That’ll work.” I said quietly still not looking up.

“Any particular requests?” Shuuhei teased as he turned to leave.

“Beef.” I said shortly, picking up my pen and getting back to work.

“Don’t starve to death before we come back.” He teased and shut the door.

“Shi-chan came to join us for snacks! Yay!” Yachiru cheered as I entered the women’s society’s meeting room.

“Hi.” I said as I closed the door behind me.

“What brings you here, Shiai-san?” Isane asked.

“I wanted to talk to you guys if you had a minute.” I said clasping my hands behind my back.

“Of course we want to talk with you, Shi-chan!” Yachiru exclaimed, “Come sit!”

I walked forward and sat next to my adopted sister.

“So, what’s going on?” Yachiru asked happily as she grabbed a mochi cake and stuffed it in her mouth.

“What’s the deal with you guys and the men’s society?” I asked, cutting to the chase, “Seems like there’s some bad tension.”

“There is.” Nano all but growled, “That damn Iba thinks just because he’s a man he can get away with murder if he wants to, and try to intimidate women just because he can. Now he thinks that because he has an unofficial club he’s on the same scale as me, in all of his stupid pride.”

“Sounds like you and Iba go back a ways, Nano.” I said non nonchalantly.

“He’s a moron, nothing more.” She snarled.

“Okay, but why are they unofficial?” I asked.

“They require the authorization of a captain to be official.” Nano growled down at me, “They do not have that.”

“What counts as captain authorization?” I asked.

“1 captain is to be a member of the society, and to be present for every meeting at least.”

“Like you have Soi-Fon-tiacho and Unohana-taicho?”

She nodded.

“They have Joshiro-taicho.” I stated.

Nano seemed to be amazed by that fact.

“Ukitake-taicho is a member of the men’s society?” Kiyone exclaimed.

I nodded, “And as far as I’m aware he attends every meeting and outing that they partake on. Does that not make them official?”

Nano let out a growl, “Why are you on their side, Shiai!?” She demanded, “You are a woman of standards just like us! Is it because you and Lieutenant Hisagi are together now!?”

My red eyed glare caused her to shut up immediately.

“No.” I said coldly, holding her stare, “I’m here because the men’s society asked me to come here just to find out why they end up with the short end of the stick. Now I understand why that is, and what has to be done to get them out from your self imposed shadow. Now,” I said standing up, keeping my right hand on Arekuruu Arashi just to show I meant business. “Unless you have something else you would like to scream at me, Nano, I will take my leave.”

I turned to the door.

“Aw, but you didn’t even eat with us!” Yachiru wined, “And all you did was talk about the boys.”

“I don’t like mochi outside of soup.” I smiled back at the pink haired girl, “And I’ll see you at dinner, Yachi.”

“Glad to see you all could make it.” I said before yawning. The entire men’s society was sitting along tables in front of me.

“Why did you call us all here, Shiai?” Akon asked me unamused, “Kurotsuchi-taicho won’t be happy about me being late.”

“Tell him it was my fault.” I yawned again, “Anyway, according to the official handbook of Soul Society Clubs -”

“There’s a book about that?” Omaeda asked amazed.

“I know, who’d of thought.” I replied, “One club can only a maximum of 1 room plus 2 additional storage closets if the proper paperwork has been filled out for the additional room. Meaning, with the woman’s society’s use of three rooms they are over the max limit. This room has now been reserved for the men’s society.”

“What?!” They all exclaimed and stood up staring at me.

I nodded, “The room’s yours. But,” I handed a clip board to Iba, “It’s still your responsibility as president to keep reserving this room every year. On top of that-”

“You did more than this?” Shuuhei asked almost in shock.

“I read a book, not broke my back.” I smirked at him, “Anyway, because of the over use of space from the women’s society their budget has been cut for the rest of the year as compensation. It’s only about 100, 000 for the rest of the year, but again. Iba has to apply for the funds every year. I-”

I was cut off by a dog pile of people on top of me.

“Thank you!” Were the only cries I heard.

I could barely breathe underneath all of that.

“Shō.” I wheezed out, instead of using my hand like I normally would I focused the energy on my back sending all the men flying.

I sat up with a huff and cracked my back.

“You’re welcome.” I snarled, “The one thing I wasn’t able to do it make the women’s society see you as equals. But what’cha gonna do?”

I was swiftly picked up from my sitting position on the floor and brought into a tight hug by my dark haired boy.

“I don’t deserve you.” He mumbled into my hair.

“You saved me from starving to death.” I muttered, wrapping my arms around his torso and burying my face in his neck, “I owed you.”

“Other way now ain’t it, red?” He asked before kissing my forehead.

I blushed as he pulled away. He had such a big grin on his face.

“We really owe you.”

I shrugged off his hands from my shoulders and the comment, “No.” I said and turned to leave, “It’s what a girlfriend does, just promise me one thing.” I directed my attention to Izuru, Iba and the rest.

“Name it!” Iba all but cried from joy.

“Don’t turn into paparazzi and try to snap a picture of me and Shuuhei together. Or a picture of me at all.” I grinned.

Izuru snapped his fingers, “Darn, there goes my weekend activities.”

I giggled at his response, “Glad we’re on the same page. Now, I’m going for a nap. You guys get to work.”

I closed the door behind me as I left, only to over hear:

“You lucked out, Hisagi.”

“She’s something alright.”

I smiled to myself as I walked away. I was glad they were happy, that’s all that mattered.



Teddy Bear(A Hisagi Shuuhei Love Story Part 6)


There was a distinctive spring in my step as I made my way to the 6th division with paperwork. Shuuhei and I had just gotten together after all, and he was so sweet too.

I knocked on the door before hearing Renji’s voice calling for me to come in.

“Hi, Renji.” I said with a smile as I enter the room.

“Oh. Hi, Shiai!” The red head said looking over a giant stack of papers at me.

“Where’s Byakuya-taicho?” I asked noting the empty desk.

“Captain’s meeting.” Renji said with a sigh, “You can leave those papers on his desk.”

“That time already?” I asked myself, “Thanks.” I directed that at Renji before doing as he suggested.

“So…” Renji started with an evident smirk on his face.

“What?” I asked shooting him a smirk aswell, with my hand on my hips.

“I’ve noticed you and Lieutenant Hisagi have been spending a lot of time together recently.” He wiggled his eyebrows at me, “There a particular reason for that?”

I rolled my eyes. I should have known that’s what he was going to ask.

“I’ll answer if you answer.” I countered, crossing my arms over my chest and leaning against the captain’s desk behind me.

“Shoot.” He told me.

“Why do you think we’ve been spending a lot of time together?”

His smirk just grew, “I think, Hisagi finally grew a pair and told you.”

“Nope.” I told him popping the ‘p’ sound in it. Renji’s face fell, “He kissed me instead.”

The red head instantly broke into laughter, “When the hell did that happen?” He managed out.

“After we defeated a couple of hollows during that invasion about a week ago when he came looking for me.” I answered.

“And you and Hisagi?” He asked amazed.

I raised my right arm and showed him the charm bracelet that adorned my wrist.

“That make you his?” He teased.

“At least I have a partner.” I smirked before pushing off the desk and taking my leave, “Have a good day, Renji.”

I was doing pull ups in the weight room when Ikkaku and Yumichika came up to me.

“What?” I groaned out pulling myself up again.

“So, you and Hisagi?” Yumichika started, “I like how you get a boyfriend right after Rangi-san and I stop trying to help you.”

I sighed and dropped myself from the pole to be eye level with them.

“Yeah, Shuuhei and me.” I told them, huffing slightly, “And of course right after you two are done meddling with my love life. You practically went around posting flyers that you were trying to find me a boyfriend making some people think I wasn’t available. And once you stopped that, it became apparent I wasn’t taken, allowing those who were actually interested in me to express it.”

“Alright, but how’s he treating you?” Ikkaku asked.

I turned and glared up at him, “How’s that any of your business?”

“Captain asked us to find out.” Ikkaku said, still smirking down at me.

“He thought you wouldn’t tell him if he asked.” Yumichika added.

I looked between the two of them for a moment before stepping forward, out from between them, and walking out of the weight room and down the hall to his room where I knew he would be taking a nap about now. Ikkaku and Yumichika at my heels wondering where the hell I was going.

I pushed open the door of his room and saw him laying there snoring, with Yachiru laying on the floor colouring.

“Oto-san!” I called waking him up.

“Huh?” He asked groggily looking up at the three of us.

“Hi, Shi-chan!” Yachiru sang from the floor.

“You know Shuuhei and I are together, right?” I already knew the answer to that question, but I was more focused on catching these guys red handed than anything else.

“Of course, why wouldn’t I?” He all but growled, “He’s a good kid.”

“Do you feel that if you have any questions about our relationship you couldn’t just out right ask me?”

“Course not.” He said almost dumbfounded, “You’d tell me anything as long as I asked.”

“Would you get one of the other officers to ask me for you?”

“Hell no!” He growled, “That should be kept between us!”

“So why did you guys want to know how Shuuhei treats me if it wasn’t captain’s orders and it’s non of your business?” I asked, directing my question, not at my father, but at the men on either side of me.

“Huh?” Oto-san growled at Yumichika and Ikkaku.

“We just wanted to make sure he was treating you right.” Ikkaku was the first to defend their antics.

“Hisagi was not our first choice for you.” Yumichika added.

At that point I had enough and pushed past the raven haired man to leave.

“You don’t have a choice, or a say, or a decision, or anything in my relationship unless I come to you and ask for advice.” I snarled as I made my way down the hall, “And that will be a cold day in hell when that happens.”

“Ouch.” I heard Yumichika say to my words as I rounded the corner.

They had crossed the line.

I watched the clouds go by in the crystal blue sky as a soft, warm breeze passed over me. I was laying on my back in an open field of grass. I was still a little pissed off from earlier. Not only was it Renji, Ikkaku and Yumichika, but Rangiku, Izuru, Rukia, Mashiro, Iba, even Shunsui! They were all pestering me about my new found love too.

I sighed thinking about it again, I wanted nothing more than to beat one of their faces in. That was until, a shadow fell upon my form and I sensed a familiar reiatsu. I opened my blood red eyes and saw those soft slate orbs staring down at me with nothing but warmth.

“I’m not late am I?” Shuuhei asked as he sat down next to me.

I shook my head, “I got here early.”

“Don’t tell me, everyone was bugging you about being with me?” He asked flashing me a million dollar smile.

I couldn’t help but smile back too, “Even Shunsui-tiacho was curious.”

“Really?” He asked amazed.

I nodded, “It’s stupid.” I said staring back up at the sky, “Everyone who has no business butting into our relationship is, and the one, maybe two, who do have the right to butt in, aren’t.”

“Your dad really hasn’t asked about us yet?” Shuuhei asked laying down next to me.

I nodded, “I think he trusts us. Or at the very least, trusts that I’ll kill you if you try something I don’t like.”

He just chuckled at that, “Like I would ever.”

And without another word Shuuhei turned over onto his side and tangled his arms around my torso bringing me so close to him that my side was touching his torso and my hip was pressed against his thigh, but I was still on my back. I brought my hands up to hold onto his arm as he nuzzled his face into the nape of my neck.

“I like being close to you.” I said softly, not caring how stupid it sounded, “You calm me down a lot.”

“I like being close to you too.” He said. I could feel the grin appear on his face, but he hid it from the view of the world by burying it in my neck, “You take away my stress.”

I felt my face heat up, but I kept my gaze up at the sky.

He was always so sweet.

“Was it one of those kind of days?” I asked after a moment and turned onto my side to look at him. Now we were chest to chest.

He sighed, indicating his exhaustion.

I reached up a little bit and kissed his forehead, encouraging him to continue.

“Mashiro spent the entire day goofing around and not doing her work. Muguruma-taicho spent almost the entire day chasing her down to try to get her to do it. At the end of all his work it ended with her spilling coffee all over the lay out for this week’s magazine, so I’m going to have to pull an all nighter in order to get it done for Friday.” Shuuhei sighed again after taking a deep breath, “And then to top it off the entire day I was getting pestered about being with you.”

“Long ass day.” I summarized hearing him finish.

“Yeah.” He mumbled before kissing my forehead and bringing my head down to be in his neck.

I heard him take some slow, deep breaths and relax almost completely in my embrace. Hearing his heart beat fast, but steadily. I knew my heart beat mirrored his own. It was the kind of thing we did to each other.

“Byakurai.” I said pointing my left pointer finger towards the bushes where I sensed something.

“Kya!” Rangiku shrieked and jumped out of the way of my blast and into the open.

Shuuhei and I were both sitting up at this point.

“What do you think you’re doing?” I all but snarled at her.

She laughed nervously scratching the back of her head, “Nothing.”

“Then explain the camera.” I ordered.

“Fourth seat Zaraki, you have no right to give me an order like that.” She frowned, and put a hand on her hip.

“I’m not asking you as an officer, Rangiku.” I held back a hiss, “I’m asking you as one person to another.”

I saw sweat starting to form on her brow as I bore my gaze into her.

“Is that the camera from the magazine!?” Shuuhei accused and jumped up, pointing a finger at her.

“Oh, well, you see.” She started unsure of where she was going.

I sighed before rising from the grass and placing my left hand on Soyokaze.

“Rangiku,” I began, “It has been a very long day for me. A very long and very stressful day at that. So, if you value your life I suggest you answer these questions and then return the camera you took from the magazine office.”

She swallowed, knowing her options of escape were getting slimmer. I was known to be just as cruel and blood thirsty as my father, but with much more sword skill.

“It is the camera from the magazine office.” She sighed in defeat, “And I was trying to get a picture of the two of you together as a special for the woman’s association.”

“Why were you trying to get that picture?” I asked, having a fairly good idea why.

“We’ve spent our budget for this month already, and we need more funds. We thought being like paparazzi from the world of the living would work. And what better thing to photograph than Soul Society’s new power couple!” She said with a smile.

I sighed, “Rangiku, paparazzi are despised because they invade in people’s private lives. Which is what you are doing.”


“No.” I snarled, I couldn’t hold much more in anymore, “Now return Shuuhei’s camera.”

Rangiku looked like she wanted to argue, but stopped seeing the glare in my eyes and the grip on my hilt.

“Fine.” She sighed handing the camera back to its rightful owner and walking away sadly.

“That damn girl.” Shuuhei growled to himself as he inspected the camera, “At least she didn’t break it this time.”

He looked over at me and grabbed my left hand from its almost death grip on the hilt. My anger disappeared with his touch. I found my glare turn into a longing look as I stared up at him.

Shuuhei reached forward and gently tucked a stray piece of hair that was in front of my eye behind my ear, before coming closer and placing a ginger kiss on my lips before he straightened up and kissed my forehead too.

I was smiling at this point completely forgetting about what had just transpired.

“You hungry?” He asked grinning down at me.

I nodded and tangled the fingers of my left hand in with his on his right hand.

“A new noodle shop just opened up on the edge of Soul Society.” I grinned, “Wanna check it out?”

“Sounds perfect.” Shuuhei grinned.


Teddy Bear(A Hisagi Shuuhei Love Story Part 5)


I stretched out in the early afternoon sun as I made my way to the forest. It had been a couple of days so it took me a few minutes to find the spot I was looking for. When I did I knelt down and started searching the area for what I was looking for.

I turned over stones and looked through bushes, but I couldn’t find it.

“Shiai?” I heard from behind me.

I looked over my shoulder to see Iba and Ikkaku standing there staring at me.

“Hi.” I said as I moved from a crawling position to sit on my knees, “What’s up you guys?”

“I think we should be asking you that.” Ikkaku countered, “We were going to spar and enjoy a drink together.”

I nodded.

“What are you doing out here?” Iba asked.

“I’m looking for something I dropped.” I told them.

“What was it, maybe we can help you find it.” Iba offered.

I shook my head, “I don’t want to take away from your guys’ sparring.”

“Friends help each other out, Shiai.” Ikkaku told me, “You should know that.”

I let out a sigh in defeat.

“It’s a charm bracelet.” I relented, “It only has one charm on it, and it’s a crescent moon.”

“I think I saw Hisagi holding something like that the other day.” Iba said absent mindedly.

I nodded, “He said he lost it around here, and he wanted to know if I could maybe help him look for it if I had time.” I lied, “He seemed to be really adamant about finding it.”

“And you have time?” Ikkaku snorted.

“I finished the paperwork for the day.” I said with a smirk, “Made breakfast for everyone, got in a morning jog and a good training session with Oto-san, and still have time to help look for this before the day’s out.”

“Are you trying to say I’m lazy!” Ikkaku growled.

I opened my mouth to give him a smart ass comment, but Iba interrupted.

“We’ll keep and eye out for you if we come across it, Shiai.” Iba told me, “But I think we will get to our sparring.”

I nodded and waved them off to continue my search.

I sighed to myself for what seemed like the hundredth time that day. I was still searching around on the ground for the stupid chain and it was almost too dark to see my hand in front of my face.

I got up onto my knees and leaned back, cracking my sore back.

“There’s still a little bit of light, Shiai.” I said to myself, “You got a couple more minutes.”

And so I continued my search through the ever deepening darkness.

—no one’s pov.—

Runners were sent to every division to inform about the state of emergency. Over 100 Adjuchas Hollows had invaded the Soul Society.

Upon hearing the news, the grin on Zaraki Kenpachi’s face grew even more.

“Men!” He called to the shinigami around him, “Prepare yourselves, we’re about to have fun!”

The men under him all cheered.

Yumichika approached him and asked, “Shall I inform, Shiai-chan about this?”

“Of course!” Kenpachi laughed, “She’d be upset if we left her out of this.”

Yumichika then left the room and went down the halls to the 11th division barracks to Shiai’s room and knocked.

“Why are we all clustered here!?” Kenpachi demanded seeing all other 12 captains and their subordinates standing in the designated area.

“To assign the designated zones all squads shall cover during this invasion.” Kuchiki Byakuya informed his fellow captain, “As if a fool like you would ever understand strategy.”

“What was that-

Kenpachi was cut off by Yumichika running up to him screaming.

The second the raven haired man was in front of his captain he bent over huffing and puffing.

“What’s wrong, Yumichika?” Kenpachi asked grinning like a mad man, “Cat got your tongue?”

“Shiai?” Yumichika huffed out.

Kenpachi’s ears along with Yachiru and Ikkaku, perked up at the mention of the missing albino.

“I can’t find her.” Yumichika finished.

“What do you mean you can’t find her!” Kenpachi roared, gaining the attention of every other captain and squad members that was present.

“I checked her room, your room, the kitchen, the office, the archives, the training room, the bathroom. I ran all over the barracks, I can not find her any where, captain. I’m sorry.” Yumichika breathed out.

Kenpachi’s smile fell faster than anyone could have imagined, his dark eyes zeroed in on the lieutenant of the 9th division and pushed his way towards him.

Hisagi Shuuhei swallowed hard as the much taller man approached him.

“The last time I saw her, she said she was going to look for something you gave her that she dropped.” Kenpachi growled down to the lieutenant, “Where is she?”

Shuuhei swallowed again. He hadn’t seen the red eyed girl all day, but of course he couldn’t very tell that to her very pissed off father. His reiatsu was basically suffocating him. But what then? She was looking for something?

It finally dawned on the lieutenant where she was, and with the distant roars of the Adjuchas growing ever closer, he knew he had to get her.

“I know where she is.” He said before turning to his captain, “Muguruma-Tiacho!” Shuuhei then bowed, “I request you allow me to go and retrieve 4th seat Zaraki Shiai to bring her into battle.”

“Why should allow this request?” Kensei asked, crossing his arms and glaring down at his second lieutenant.

“Because Zaraki Shiai is out there because of me, and if she were to die because of that I would not be able to live with myself.” Shuuhei said confidently, “The task of a shinigami is to protect the world of the living and the Soul Society, but I also believe it is our duty to protect our comrades.”

Kensei closed his eyes a moment before nodding, allowing his lieutenant to leave.

“She better come back alive and in one piece.” Kenpachi threatened.

Shuuhei just smirked up at the 11th squad captain, “She takes after you.” He said, “I wouldn’t worry about that.”

Before Kenpachi could reply, Shuuhei had shunpoed away in search of his friend.

My hand closed around a small chain. I felt my face light up feeling the small crescent moon shape along the bracelet.

“I found you.” I said to myself, falling back onto my knees from the crawling and hunched over position, “Now all that’s left is to find, Shuuhei.”

I put the bracelet in my pocket and stood up, brushing the dust off and stretching out.

“Man it got really dark.” I said looking at the sky. My eyes then grew wide as a giant shadow formed above me. I managed to shunpo out of the way before the beast landed.

It was an Adjuchas Hollow. I wasted no time in unsheathing both of my Zanpakutōs and placing the tip of the blade of one against the bottom of the handle of the other and saying;

“Soyokaze, sing for Arekuruu Arashi!” (Gentle breeze sing for the raging storm)

The Zanpakutō that was in my right hand was now a chain that was wrapped around my forearm, and the one in my left hand was now a blood red fan with curved blades along the frill.

The Hollow turned my way as I opened the fan. I swung it from above my right shoulder down to my left side as I said, “Cry!”

The force of the wind created by the fan was enough to send the hollow back and stun it as I shunpoed right in front of it. The fan was now in my right hand, and I used it to enhance my punch, completely shattering its mask.

I landed on the ground as the hollow dispersed.


I turned hearing my name. I saw Shuuhei running up to me, a little winded.

“Hey.” I said as he got to me.

“We’re in a state of emergency.” Shuuhei got out between breaths, “Adjuchas Hollows have invaded the Soul Society. Over 100 from what we know. We need to get back to our squads, being out here by ourselves if almost assured suicide.”

“What about the villages around the Society?” I asked, more concerned for everyone out there than myself.

“In the middle of evacuation,” Shuuhei told me, he finally regained his breath, “But Zaraki-Tiacho flipped when he found out you were missing. What were you doing out here?”

I reached into my pocket and picked up the chain I had in there, showing it to him in my palm.

“I had to know.” I told him, staring into his dark eyes.

Shuuhei pressed his lips together, unable to say anything.

“You don’t have to say anything yet.” I told him putting the bracelet back in my pocket, “Let’s get out of here.”

Shuuhei nodded, and we both turned to leave when 4 Adjuchas Hollows fell from the sky, blocking us in.

“Shinigami!” One yelled, “My favorite treat!”

“Easy Prey.”

“I want the girl!”

“The boy looks strong!”

“Let’s hurry this up and move on! I want to eat more than one!”

I couldn’t help but let out a laugh at everything they were saying.

Shuuhei, who was behind me, looked over his shoulder at me like I was crazy.

Once the Hollows surrounded us we stood back to back to eliminate blind spots. My shikai was still activated, and Shuuhei had his Zanpakutō drawn.

“We’re gonna have to fight our way out, Shuuhei.” I laughed before licking my lips.

“You are the embodiment of squad 11, you know that?” Shuuhei told me, turning his attention back to the hollows in front of him.

“Yeah.” I admitted, “But you’re too uptight.”

“Would you please-

I cut Shuuhei off by jumping away from him, sending the chain of Arekuruu Arashi at the leg of the Hollow nearest me. I pulled the chain hard, knocking the Hollow off of its feet and onto the ground. I maneuvered myself with my fan, Soyokaze, readied to break the mask. Bullseye.

I giggled as the Hollow disappeared from the impact. But moved as a second hollow let their claws into the earth where I was standing. It was in shock having realized that I was no longer there. But it let out an ear piercing cry when I wrapped Arekuruu Arashi around their arm and pulled as hard as I could, removing its arm from its body.

I took this opportunity to look out of the corner of my eye at how Shuuhei was making out. His Zanpakutō was still in its sealed form, and he was breathing heavily and was still taking on the 2 Hollows.

I hurried and took out the one Hollow with a point blank wind blast, that caused its mask to shatter.

I channeled my reiatsu to my fan, I took aim and the Hollow on the left.

“Hadō #31. Shakkahō!”

The red fire blast went straight at the Hollow I was aiming for with just a flick of my wrist.

It took its attention away from Shuuhei, who saw what I was doing and turned his full attention to the other Hollow he was fighting.

“Bakudō #62. Hyapporankan!” I said sending the light blue rods at the Hollow. It surprised me by deflecting them easily, but that was what I was hoping for.

I used it as a distraction to get behind it. As I did I sealed my shikai, and got on the top of its head. I drove the Zanpakutō that was in my right hand down into the Hollow’s mask, killing it almost instantly.

I was done, breathing heavily, I looked over at Shuuhei, who was more out of breath than I was, he had just taken down that 1 Hollow.

I smiled as I made my way over to him, “That was fun!”

My smile faltered as I saw his death glare before completely slipping off my face.

“What?” I finally barked after he kept staring at me for a few minutes.

“Nothing.” Shuuhei said before turning to leave, “Let’s go.”

“Don’t give me that shit, Shuuhei!” I snarled as I grabbed on to his arm, pulling him and turning around to look at me.

“Fighting shouldn’t be fun!” He barked not looking at me, “It’s life or death, it’s-

“That’s not it.” I cut him off, “If that were it, it wouldn’t be nothing. Now tell me what’s actually going on.”

Shuuhei just stared down at me for a few minutes, his lips pressed in a thin line. His dark eyes boring into my red ones.

Before I knew what was happening, Shuuhei had grabbed onto one side of my uniform and pulled me up a bit to him smashing his mouth onto mine.

I felt my eyes go wider than anything and my face heat up. But his warm lips felt wonderful against my cool skin.

Shuuhei had pulled away slowly, a thin trail of saliva still connected us until we were standing in our original positions when it broke.

“Don’t put your life on the line for me, Shiai.” Shuuhei told me softly, placing his forehead against mine.

“I don’t want to lose you too.” He told me, not breaking eye contact, “Fighting isn’t a game. It’s to protect those close to you, and defend what you stand for.”

I smiled at him and ran my right hand through his messy black hair, “You need to lighten up.” I told him, “Life’s too short to take it too seriously.”

Before pulling him down into another kiss.

I pulled back after a minute and smiled up at him. He looked just as shocked as I was sure I did the first time.

“I’m not gonna die.” I told him softly, moving my hand from his hair to rub his cheek, “But fighting is fun. That’s how I see it.”

Shuuhei just looked away from me, I pecked his cheek and grabbed his left hand in my right.

“Come on.” I said tugging at his arm, “We have to find our squads. We don’t want to die out here.”

Teddy Bear(A Hisagi Shuuhei Love Story Part 4)


I took deep breaths as I made my way to the 9th division. I knew Shuuhei wasn’t going to be all that happy to see me, especially after what I said to him. But I had to talk to him, and, more than that, I had to apologise.

I paused only to ask a few lower ranked 9th squad members where I may be able to find Shuuhei they pointed me to the magazine office. I thanked them and continued on my way.

I got to his office and knocked on the door.

“Come in.” He said hurriedly.

I slid in quickly and closed the door behind me. I looked over and saw Shuuhei bent over a table with his back to me, going through and editing the magazine for next week.

“You got a minute?” I asked softly.

Shuuhei jumped, almost out of seat, before turning around and staring at me.

“I get it if you don’t want to see me.” I said staring down at the hardwood floor, “But I just want to let you know I’m sorry for what I said. And if you want me to leave I understand.”

Shuuhei jumped up and shook his head furiously.

“No please sit down.” He said pointing to a chair  and pulling it a little closer to his.

I walked forward and sat down as he did. There was only maybe a foot and a half between our torsos and our knees were brushing.

“Shiai, while I understand your anger I still don’t have any idea what it is you’re talking about.” Shuuhei started, “I didn’t leave you a note that night. And I certainly wouldn’t have been able to get into your room to leave it with Ikkaku, Yumichika, Yachiru and you father all around.”

“But what about the charm bracelet?” I asked, “The only ones who know I like them are you, Renji and Izuru. And I don’t see either of them playing a joke like this.”

“I did buy you a charm bracelet.” Shuuhei told me, “It had a silver crescent moon charm on it too.”

I nodded, “That was the one that was under my pillow.” I told him.

Shuuhei shook his head, “I didn’t leave that.” He told me, “I haven’t even seen that bracelet since the day I got it.”

“What were you doing in the woods?” I asked.

“I got word from Aiko that Rangiku wanted to see me in the forest that night. I happened to run into Suki, and she forced herself on me.”

I stared at the ground.

“I’m sorry, Shuuhei.” I said again, “I really am. I got mad at you for no reason and you were just as uncomfortable with the situation as I was.”

“It’s okay, Shiai.” Shuuhei said placing a hand on my shoulder, “You didn’t know any better than I did.”

I smiled a little feeling better by the fact he didn’t hate me.

“Hey.” I said something finally dawning on me, “Aren’t Suki and Aiko really close friends?”

Shuuhei looked at me questionably, “I know they hang out together a lot.”

My soft smile turned into a scowl.

“I think I know what happened.” I told Shuuhei.

“What?” He asked.

I stood up, “Can you afford to step away from this for a bit?” I asked motioning to the magazine.

He just smirked and stood up with me.

“Good, I’ll explain on the way.”

“Oto-san!” I called pushing open the doors to the training room. He was there as were Ikkaku, and a few other lower ranking members.

“Yo.” He said looking back at me, “You two on talking terms again?” He asked motioning to the taller, raven haired male behind me.

I nodded, “Thanks to your advice.” I told him, “But there’s still one thing we gotta figure out.”

“And what’s that?” He asked.

“We need to know where Suki is.”

“Suki?” Ikkaku asked in disbelief, “What does she have to do with anything?”

“You’ll see.” I said with a devilish smirk.

“He room last I checked.” Oto-san told me, “I think her friend is there too.”

“Aiko?” Shuuhei asked.

“Yeah, somethin’ like that.” Oto-san said turning his attention back to Ikkaku, “Now get lost.”

“Yes sir.” I giggled and closed the door pulling Shuuhei after me.

“Are you sure it was okay with everyone for me to spend the night?” Shuuhei asked as I set out breakfast for the squad.

I nodded, setting out the last of it in front of him.

“Oto-san doesn’t mind.” I told him as I took a seat next to him, “He actually kinda likes you.”

“Really?” He asked almost shocked.

I nodded, “Ask him yourself if you don’t believe me.” I motioned to the door of the mess hall where he, along with Yachiru, Ikkaku, Yumichika and a few others came stumbling in.

“Good morning you guys.” I said as they all took their seats at our table.

“Morning Shi-chan! Morning Hisa-Hisa!” Yachiru cheered.

“Yachiru, you’re too hyper in the morning.” Ikkaku groaned as he sat down.

“What’s for breakfast today, Shi-chan?” The pink haired girl asked me, completely ignoring Ikkaku’s complaints.

I smiled at her, “Rice, baked bass, miso soup with spinach and green onion, pickled plums, omelette, and boiled tofu.”

She looked like she was about to pout.

“With sweet red bean paste.” I said pushing a dish towards her.

“Yay!” She cheered.

“Eat up.” I encouraged everyone as I picked up my own chopsticks and grabbed some omelette.


Two, very pissed off, feminine voices echoed through out the barracks.

I smirked and continued to eat, as every other man, excluding my father, went rigid at the sound. And they began to shake as the sound of heavy foot stomps came closer and closer.

All I did was look at Shuuhei with a knowing look, and he looked back at me.

Time to see if it worked.

The door flew opened. And I instantly realized it did.

Both girls were standing their in there skimpy pjs, consisting of tank tops that didn’t reach their short shorts. Aiko’s long blonde hair had streaks of green and black in it, she had a sticky black substance covering her soft face and torso in swirls and complex designs. Her legs had a similar design but in green.

Suki on the other hand had her long dark hair bleached almost white with hot pink liquid dripping down her hair onto her body and the floor. She had the same dark sticky liquid on her, but with an addition of white feathers on her torso.

Both girls had little, tiny red dots all over their bodies.

I had unleashed a new experiment of Kurotsuchi tiacho’s. it was just a cosmetic bug that caused unattractive red dots and some irritation.

I picked up another piece of omelette before saying;

“You girls trying a new look or something?” afterwards popping the omelet in my mouth.

“You did this?” Suki seethed as she advanced towards me.

“I don’t know what you’re talking about.” I told her with a straight face.

Suki lunged forward and hauled me up by my uniform top.

“You little cunt.” She growled.

“Suki.” Oto-san warned, “Let her go.”

“Captain, look at what she did to me!” Suki screamed, “To Aiko!”

“Let her go.” Oto-san repeated, this time standing up.

Suki, in her fear, let me go. Throwing me to the ground in the process. Oto-san approached her.

“Suki! Aiko!” He started, “It has come to my attention that not only have you both been trespassing into another’s room. But lying to a superior officer!” He said turning his attention to Aiko, “Sexual harassment!” Turning back to Suki, “And stealing.”

Suki opened her mouth to defend herself but got cut off.

“I can let that all slide.” Oto-san told them, “This time. If you would like to continue your little fight with my daughter, simply because she’s giving you a well deserved justice. Fine. But I will be bringing all of this up with the Captain Commander and he will deal with both of you.”

Suki glared at me, knowing she was caught between a rock and a hard place.

“How can you sexually assault a man?” She asked bitterly.

“Anybody can do that to anybody.” Oto-san started, “As long as the urge is not reciprocated. So don’t give me that bull shit.”

Suki just glared even harder at the ground.

“What’ll it be Suki?” Oto-san asked.

She didn’t say anything.

“I’m not going to ask again.”

“I’ll take this punishment.” She hissed.

“Good. Now go clean up.” He told her.

“Yes, sir.” She said and stormed out with Aiko.

Only when I knew they were out of earshot I let out a snort.

“Came out better than I thought.”

“How did you do that?” Ikkaku asked.

“Ask her.” Shuuhei said pointing at me.

I smiled and hurried to chew and swallow my fish.

“Karin, Yuzu and I did something similar to their dad for April fools day one year.” I explained, “Without the body designs and bugs.”

“It’s ingenuous.” Yumichika told me.

“So it’s seriously going to stain their skin for about a week!?” Shuuhei exclaimed.

I nodded, “It was either that or a month.”

He sighed and fell back against the tree we were sitting under.

“By the way.” I said turning to look at him, “I never got around to asking you; why did you buy me that bracelet?”

Shuuhei smirked at me before saying;

“Find it, and I’ll tell you.”

Teddy Bear(Hisagi Shuuhei Love Story Part 3)


“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.