I seriously need a new hobby… *shrugs*

Title: Rest Break
Author: Shadow/Phantomness
Pairing: Senbonzakura x Rukia

Fandom: Bleach
Theme: #190, Renewal

Rating: PG
Disclaimer: Bleach belongs to Kubo Tite and TV Tokyo. This non-profit, non-copyright infringing fanfiction belongs to me under international copyright laws and taking it is plagiarism. Thank you. *Phantomness bows*

Warnings: AU, het, possibly OOC, fluff

Ichigo yawned as he got out of bed. He was glad that it was Sunday. The last thing he wanted to do was deal with Ishida or Keigo, especially after the night he had had! He eyed his suspiciously quiet closet, wondering just what Rukia and Senbonzakura were doing in there, before putting his perverted thoughts out of his mind.

He went into the bathroom, showered, and then went down to breakfast. He was not sure if he should bring up a tray for Rukia or not, so he knocked. When there was no response, he peeked inside. The closet was empty again.

Maybe Rukia went off to talk to Urahara again or something. That was her business. He was going to relax today!

Rukia sat inside a café, sipping her green tea. She picked up her chopsticks and took a small bite of grilled fish, then a bite of rice. She paused to glance over at her companion.

Senbonzakura was sitting across from her, although he had neglected to resume his gigai, so the humans milling around had no idea he was there. He had sampled the tea, but considered it substandard to what was normally available in the Kuchiki household, and had not bothered to touch anything else.

It galled him to see Rukia embrace the peasant culture, and eat heartily of their cuisine, but he reminded himself that she was from Rukongai and she had proven herself worthy of the Kuchiki name in the Winter War.

He wished they could return to Soul Society already. The presence of these Sword Fiends irritated him. Moreover, wearing a gigai was uncomfortable. However, it was almost nice to be held close, tucked in Rukia's arms as she petted his fuzzy ears, and he rejoiced that she was not afraid of him.

Perhaps everything would work out after all.

End Fic

Completed 7/9/10

Poor Ichigo! His trials aren't over yet! And thank you to all my reviewers who encouraged me to write more Senbonzakura and Rukia! Ten minutes…