A/N: Be sure to read the author note at the end of the drabble!

One Year

Kidou Class

"Aren't you two a little young to be in this class?"

Karin tensed as Yuzu frowned a little, consulting her new schedule as if it were an honest question, "I'm not sure, but this is the third level kidou class, isn't it?"

The kid who had sneered at them, an upperclassman if his uniform was any indication, folded his arms arrogantly, "Yeah, but you two are first year students. You wouldn't get into this class—it's only for the strong kids in the Academy."

Karin glared at him, "I'll have you know that we're both fully qualified to be here. Probably more so than you."

The upperclassman rolled his eyes and motioned towards the door, "You're going to get yourself hurt pretending like this. Get out of here."

"No!" Karin snapped.

Yuzu glanced between them, slightly panicked as she sensed an impending attack, "Our apologies, but this really is the class we were placed in." She tried to reason with the older kid.

"Is there a problem?" a husky voice from behind them asked, and the upperclassman straightened, automatically assuming a respected position for the teacher who'd walked in during their argument.

"N-no, ma'am. I was simply redirecting these two first years; they're lost."

"We are not!" Karin whirled to face the teacher, about to plead their case, and froze when she noticed Rukia smirking at them. The shinigami folded her arms, surveying the twins.

"I know you're not. The entire reason I agreed to be a substitute teacher today is because you two were signed up for this class," she said casually, turning her gaze towards the upperclassman. "But that was kind of you to be helpful enough to redirect them."

"Uh…" the kid swallowed, realizing that, despite her words, Rukia had seen right through his act. He bowed slightly, muttered, "No problem," and took a seat on the far end of the room. Rukia watched him sit down, shaking her head slightly.

"Does this sort of thing happen often to you two?"

Yuzu shifted the weight of her backpack on her shoulders, nodding a little, "Not with that kind of force, but sometimes. I think it's because we're condensing four years of study into one year, so we get put into the higher-level classes."

"The upperclassmen get jealous," Karin remarked casually. "But we show them pretty quickly who's stronger."

Rukia smirked, "Well, you know the Academy's teachers wouldn't put you in any class they didn't think you could handle. If you're here, it's because you're fully capable of managing the curriculum."

Both girls beamed at the praise, and Rukia scanned the room, noting that it was quickly filling up. She glanced back at the twins and clapped her hands together, "Well, I should probably get to teaching. Just so you two know, Ichigo's coming to visit sometime this weekend—the hollows in Karakura have been keeping him occupied, but I promised to take over his shift for a few days so he can stop by."

"Really?" Yuzu looked thrilled at the prospect of seeing her brother for the first time since they'd started school. Karin rolled her eyes, deciding that, hollow or not, their brother was a slacker for not visiting sooner.

Rukia looked thoughtful for a moment, "I think Isshin said something about coming along as well…? I'm not entirely sure. Either way, keep an eye out for them."

Karin groaned. She really didn't want their dad to visit—he was embarrassing enough in the privacy of their own home. To see him at the Academy was a thing for nightmares. However, Yuzu looked thrilled, so Karin plastered a smile on her face and joined her sister at the nearby desk.

First this class, then the weekend, then what's left of the year. They could get through this.

… Right?

A/N: So, I know I'm a horrible person, but I'm just not following Bleach any more. I found this little drabble on my hard drive this morning and thought I'd post it for all the people who've alerted this fic, but this is going to be the last update. Sorry to lead you all on, and I promise I'm working on actually *finishing* one of my multi-chapter fics ("Trial Run," in the Doctor Who fandom. Check it out-it's going to be epic. :P ). Either way, I felt bad about all the people reviewing to update, so I thought I'd give you guys one last bone.

Thanks for the run, and I hope you all find wonderful Bleach fics in lieu of this one! (There are *way* better reads out there, trust me. :P )