TITLESurprise! Chapter 1
RATING: M/ NC 17
Language, Sexual Innuendo, Boy Sex, Yaoi
SUMMARY: Ichigo's 20th Birthday, A few years after the war…
DISCLAIMER: I don't own Bleach, wish I did! All persons written in my stories are above the age of 18. This is a fan fiction based on fictional characters that have grown older, and are of legal age. Ichigo in this story is 20. .
BETA BY: Vindictivefreak
Ichigo arrived at the bar. He really didn't care about celebrating his birthday but he knew that he would disappoint his friends if he didn't show up for it. As he reached for the door he thought to himself, I can't believe I'm twenty. Has it really been five years?
Five years since that fateful night Rukia changed his life forever. He started to recall the monumental events of those years that made him the man who he is now; meeting Rukia, becoming a Shinigami, going to Soul Society, rescuing her, and then the War with Aizen. The war that taught him the true meaning of friendship, loyalty, pain, anguish, loss, and of course love. How ironic that love seemed to hurt more than the other emotions that were stirred up by his memories. Involuntarily, he let out a sigh. He started to turn the knob to the door. But before he opened it, he thought man I'm so depressing. It's my birthday, a time for celebrating not willowing in the past.
He chuckled to himself, "I'm gettin' old."
Finally opening the door and stepping in to the bar, he immediately stopped his forward momentum by what he saw there. He was expecting the familiar crowd of friends Chad, Orhime, Ishida, Tatsuki, Kiego and so on, but not all that were present. All his old friends from Soul Society were there!
All of a sudden a shout of "SURPRISE!" was roaring in his ears.
An uncharacteristic large grin spread a crossed in his face. Ichigo was happily shocked to see all of them since after the war he rarely got the chance. He hadn't really been in contact with most of them for the past two years. Ichigo did get a letter here and there about the events and changes that had been taking place in Soul Society, but not much else. He understood though because he knew they were all busy reestablishing and rebuilding Soul Society from the aftermath of the war. He wondered how they'd managed to be here.
He looked around at the familiar faces, Rukia, Matsumoto, Yumichika, Ikkaku, Shuuhei, Ikkaya, Hitsugaya, and then he came upon the face that had haunted his dreams for the past few years, Abarai Renji.
Renji hadn't been so nervous in his whole life, as he was while waiting for Ichigo to arrive to his surprise birthday party. He hadn't seen him in two years, and during those two years his desire for Ichigo did not fade but seem to get even stronger. He silently cursed Rukia for talking him into this. Renji never thought of himself as a coward, but when it came to his feelings for Ichigo he could defiantly keep running away from them. But deep down inside, he knew why he had to come. He had needed to hear his voice and to see those chocolate brown eyes, those eyes that had haunted his dreams filled with desire. When Ichigo made his entrance, with that startled look in his eyes then that huge grin spread a crossed his face, Renji actually forgot how to breathe. Quickly he tried to recover, hoping no one noticed his reaction. So he casually lend back against the bar, acting like nothing was wrong. This gave him the opportunity to fully look at the man Ichigo had become.
And what a man he was! He had grown a few inches, his shoulders broader, his chest, arms and legs a little more muscular. Ichigo had filled in all the right places. He also had an intriguing round silver piercing in his right eyebrow. Ichigo made his way over to all of them at the bar greeting, hugging, and slapping backs with enthusiasm. Finally, Ichigo turned to him.
All Renji could come up with was, "Yo Ichigo, Happy Birthday"
Ichigo replied with a, "Hey ya, Renji."
Renji was shocked when Ichigo actually looked him over from top to bottom with a small grin upon his face. Renji forgot how to breathe again. Ichigo's eyes rested upon his forearm. Ichigo suddenly reached out and touched his forearm with a light touch.
Ichigo proclaiming, "I can't believe ya got more ink done!"
Renji shrugged, trying desperately to release the tension between his shoulder blades and also tried to relearn how to breathe.
A few seconds later he responded, "Well of course, I had ta celebrate for becoming the fifth division captain."
Ichigo replied, "I heard about that, Congratulations by the way."
"Thanks," Renji said.
Then Ichigo announced, "I had a little work done myself."
When out of no where Ishida spouted, "Yeah, a little work my ass."
Ichigo turned toward the voice and quickly replied, "Why are ya always talkin' about your ass? I give it to ya; it's a nice ass, but man ya do have to be so conceded about it."
This made Orihime burst out in laughter while Ishida's cheeks tinged with red. Renji did a double take thinking, did I just hear Ichigo talk about Ishida ass and actually say it was a nice ass? He looked around and saw the same dazed look upon the faces of his companions from Soul Society. Another thought came to him, and why is Ichigo checking out Ishida's ass? Ichigo turned his attention back to the red haired shinigami noticing his confusion and let out a small chuckle at Renji's expense.
Ichigo returned back to the conversation he was having with Renji.
He asked, "Renji, do ya want to see the work I had done, or what?"
Renji replied with a, "Yeah sure, why not."
Renji tried not to show how much he wanted to see the work. Ichigo turned his back to him and lifted up his shirt. Renji's heart began to pound rapidly in his chest, and tried not to drool at what he saw. Below his neck he had a foot long replica Zangetsu and Ten Sa Zan Getsu. Ten Sa Zan Getsu crossed over Zangetsu forming a narrow at the top but wider at the bottom X shape with both blades facing out. Below the two zanpakutous was a quote which read
To be, or not to be, that is the
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them? To die, to sleep,
No more; and by a sleep to say we end
The heartache, and the thousand natural shocks
That flesh is heir to, 'tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wish'd. To die, to sleep;
To sleep! perchance to dream: ay, there's the rub;
For in that sleep of death what dreams may come,
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
Must give us pause: there's the respect
That makes calamity of so long life;
For who would bear the whips and scorns of time …
Hamlet Act III, Scene 1
The cloth wrapping of Zangetsu and the chains of Ten Sa Zan Getsu encircled around the quote meeting each other at the base of Ichigo's lower back then went their separate ways disappearing under Ichigo's pant line.
"Wow", Renji gasped, "That's umm... very…umm," he was a lost for words.
So were the others that peered over to see.
"What does the quote mean?" asked Renji as his hand slowly reached out to trace the amazing art work and quickly pulled it back in.
"It's a long story." answered Ichigo.
Renji saw that the tattoo disappeared under Ichigo's pant line. "Umm, how far down?" he gulped.
In which Ichigo over his shoulder answered back, "Far enough."
"Yeah," chimed in Chad who had come over to see the show, "No one has seen the whole thing."
In which Ichigo retorted, "That's not true Orhime has."
All eyes then turned to her, and her face started to turn red.
"Hey, I accidentally walked in on him in the bathroom, and since I was there I ogled a little bit. You can't blame me, he's sweet man candy!" Orhime giggled.
Orhime then closed her eyes mentally recalling the image of Ichigo's work. You could see the slight strain of concentration on her face, and a sly grin began to appear.
"Hmm, the chain from Ten Sa Getsu curves around part of his firm ass and the wrap from Zangetsu curves towards his hip and ends on his upper thigh," she recalled.
Ichigo come back was, "You're such a slut, Orhime." He dropped his shirt back down, and turned around so he could see Renji's expression. Renji just stood there his eyes now focused on Ichigo's chest his hands shoved into his pockets. His eyes slowly made their way up to meet Ichigo's stare and locked. Neither one could stop pull away until…
Ishida gasped, "Orhime!"
Orhime turned towards him with a pout and a seductive stare, and leaned into him.
"Ishida, you know I only have a sweet tooth for you." she said, as she wrapped her arms around him and kissing him vigorously. All those from Soul Society were very perplexed by what they had seen and heard.
After the kiss broke, Ishida made the declaration, "Maybe I should get some work done too since you seem to like it so much?"
In which Ichigo cracked, "Yeah, ya can just a Quincy Arrow done down your back pointed at your ass so everyone who sees it knows you're an asshole."
Making everyone roar with laughter!
The Quincy answered back "You would just use it as diagram to find the right spot, Ichigo!"
Ichigo smirk in response, "Well, ya can't blame a guy with that fine asset ya have."
Ishida's mouth fell open and yelled, "Stop talking about MY ASS!"
Ichigo just grinned and loving the fact he could get a raise out of him and made his way over to the bar calling out the name, "Michi!"
The bartender turn around answering, "Hey Ichigo, what ya like?"
Ichigo said, "The usual."
"Right way," he heard from Michi.
Ichigo turned back around to face his friends. He leaned against the bar, and listened to the conversations that were taking place around him. Ichigo hadn't felt this content in a long time. He looked around the group until his eyes found what he was seeking. Ichigo looked directly at Renji, and Renji was looking directly at him again. He couldn't tear his eyes away from the amber gaze. Ichigo's body went into overtime. His heart was pounding, his breathing coming faster and faster, and all his blood flowed straight to his groin giving him a hard on from hell. He couldn't believe all it took was a look, and what was in that look. His mind raced with questions; Did I see what I thought I saw? Was that … Could he … Oh God… Fuck … Can I hope… Maybe… he might feel the same as I do?
At that moment, Michi returned with his drink drawing his attention away from the amber eyes, "Ichigo, I heard some of the guys were going to swing by tonight." remarked the bartender.
"Huh," Ichigo stumbled as if coming out of a haze, "what did ya say, Michi?"
"Ichigo, I said, that I heard some of the guys were going to stop by," Michi answered as he handed him his Long Island Ice Tea.
"Thanks for the info, Michi," Ichigo said and, "oh, could ya run me a tab, Michi"
Michi responds was, "Not tonight, it's your birthday and it's on the house."
Ichigo smiled thanking him again. Ichigo thought, this was going to be an interesting birthday.