"Stop being so weird," Ichigo huffs, and then she's free again, his passing fingers warm on her skin. "Are you sure you need to leave? We're not even finished yet."

Her brother will notice if she's gone much longer, and this isn't something she wants to share, to have to explain. So she merely meets Ichigo's amber gaze and says smartly, "You don't need me anyway."

"Yes he does," Karin deadpans, a sudden grin splitting her face.

Rukia catches his scowl as he makes a half-hearted grab for his sister. She misses the strange, fleeting expression before it.