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Toshiro stared at Ayumi as she shifted under his gaze. Even after all these years, she was still scared of him? Oh well. He nodded and made his way towards the door, and he frowned in confusion as she stepped out into the hall.

"You aren't…coming in?"

He was aware that his voice sounded more high pitched than usual and wanted to hit himself. Honestly, he was a captain, and he was afraid of talking to his childhood friend (albeit, childhood friend he had more than friendly feeling for).

He gulped as Ayumi shook her head in negative, and stumbled back into the room after receiving a push in the shoulders from the Eight Division seated member. He was also vaguely aware that she had slid the door shut.

Freak out time? Possibly. Let's consider the situation here. Earlier in the day, he told her that he was jealous, and might as well have proclaimed his love for her (even if the kissing thing probably gave her an inkling), she had just faked delirium to apologise to her friends that she had left behind, and now he was almost probably locked in a room with her.

Yes. Freak out time indeed.

"Shiro-chan…"

Oh crap, she was aware he was in the room. He had been hoping he had somehow become invisible in the past few seconds. She was gesturing for him to sit on the bed beside her. Toshiro briefly wondered if she was aware of what implications that could be taken as.

However, he complied. What else could he do?

"I want you to shut up for a minute, okay?"

Did she just tell him to shut up?

Yes, you stupid boy.

Hyourinmaru, I did not ask you. Shut up and go back to your inner world.

Toshiro was satisfied when he didn't hear another peep out of the dragon. He completely missed the beginning of Momo's important speech, however, and only began to pay attention now.

"…and I want to apologise for doubting you, because I realise now that you would never lie to me or do anything, and I've done some serious thinking…"

He nodded. That's what you did when a girl was talking, right? Nod when they took pause?

"And I realised that in the back of my mind that I knew Aizen had betrayed me…I just didn't want to believe it…and I know that now…that he wasn't the person I thought he was…he betrayed us all…and I'm not even sad about it, I'm furious…"

Toshiro couldn't believe his ears. Was she really saying all this? He might as well get up on the bed and do a funky dance like Matsumoto had taught him to do that day she put twenty spoonfuls of sugar in his tea to see if he could take a sugar high. He did.

However, those thoughts were shoved from his head when Momo started staring at him very seriously. He was about to speak, when she clamped a hand over his mouth.

"I told you to shut up for a minute."

He shut up. Well, Toshiro didn't really have a choice in the matter, did he? He nodded, and Momo's hand removed itself from the bottom half of his face, and he waited patiently as she fiddled with the bed sheets.

"Shiro-chan, I realised that somewhere along the way, I fell in love with you."

Okay…

HOLD IT. WHAT?!

She wasn't in love with Aizen? She loved him? What the hell was he doing, she had just told him she loved him, this was not a time to be doubting her.

"Shiro-cha-"

"Momo, for once, just shut up."

-

Ayumi smiled up at the Fourth Division captain as they peeked in through the sliding doors at the kissing couple. "Ne, Unohana-taicho, do we just leave them there?"

A bewildered look crossed her face as the captain gave her an uncharacteristic smirk.

"Fujibayashi-san, I'll let you in on a little secret…"

Ayumi raised an eyebrow.

"I write the gossip column for the Seireitei News."

With a flourish of her haori, she was gone, leaving a gaping Ayumi in her wake.

-

the next day

"TAAAAAIIIIIICHOOOOOOOO!"

Toshiro threw his covers up over his head as his fuku-taicho screamed for him, and he did not like that tone of glee. He groaned as she barged into his sleeping quarters, waving some magazine around.

"Taicho, look!"

Toshiro did a double take at the picture of him and Momo, and the headline 'Our favourite young love pairing finally comes true! Read page three for details! Exclusive interview with Unohana Retsu and Fujibayashi Ayumi, both at the scene!'

"It's all over this week's Seireitei News!"

Toshiro just stared at Matsumoto in horror.


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OMG, IT'S OVER. FTW! –wails- I HAD SO MUCH FUN WRITING IT, I CAN'T BELIEVE I'M DONE! –hugs all reader- I LOVE YOU GUYS, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR READING THIS PIECE OF CRAP!

Ari, that little end bit was just for you. –smile-