OPENING NOTE: I just first want to thank EmoDiva for everything! She is one of the sweetest people I have met! Chapter 2 goes to you! I am so sorry I took so long in updating. I have been so stressed lately, plus I feel my stories aren't too great since I don't get many reviews. Then I just think about all the people who read and review to ALL of my stories. You know who you are, thank you very much! I love you guys!!! ON WITH THE STORY!

The Music or the Misery

After a kick to the shins and mad laughter, the two it to a park. It was rather empty except for the few kids and dogs that were wandering around. "You should really come and meet my band, Rukia. I'm positive they will love you!"

She looked away and pondered the suggestion for a moment. "No, I can't. I'm not that good, they wont like me...I don't wanna get in the way..."

He grabbed the top of her head and bent down in front of her. He had a knack at embarrassing her.

"Stop putting yourself down. You're beautiful!" Rukia looked at him dumbly and turned a bright pink.

Realizing what he'd said, he moved away from her and recovered himself. "I-I mean, your voice is beautiful! Yeah! I mean it's not like I care if you come to the are a girl after all!"

She looked as though she was going to kill him, and his orange head. "What exactly is that supposed to mean?"

"Well, I'm just probably couldn't handle it, that's all."

"Whateve-" She started, but stopped. Twenty feet away from them was her ex boyfriend. If he saw them together..."Ichigo, can we go? Please?" She asked. Her hands were shaking as they reached for his shoulders.

"Why? We just got here-" "ICHIGO! Please! He'll kill you!" She cried out. "WHAT? Ugh! Just come on darn it!" He said and they ran off. She looked back at the park, and her ex boyfriends hair red hair...which slowly faded away to nothing.

They walked in silence until the park was completely out of sight. "Who was that guy Rukia? You owe somebody money?" Ichigo asked in one of the most serious voices she had heard from him.

"He was my ex boyfriend. I didn't want him to see you." She replied.

"The jealous type?"

"I guess you could say that."

"He ever hit you?"


"Rukia?" She just kept walking.

"He did, didn't he? Oh my God, why didn't you tell me?"


His expression went blank and a wave of guilt washed over her.

"I'm sorry..." she sighed. It's true, he hurt her, bad. She went to the hospital two times before she even considered breaking up with him, she was scared. When she DID break up with him, she hid.

"It's okay Rukia. Don't worry about it. How about this." He took her cold hand and held it in his own. "I will protect you from now on, from any danger, and or mean things." He said with a smile so sweet, she wanted to kiss it off of him, but then it turned to a cocky smile, one he often wore.

"One condition..." he announced, getting on his knees as if he were proposing to her. "You have to sing Karaoke with me!"

She smiled, it sounded like fun. Thinking about singing with him, felt right. "Okay, thanks. If tonight goes well...I might go meet your band tomorrow." She latched onto his shoulder and looked up at him.

"Oh, goody." He murmured and tried not to sound excited. "I have known you for a good...four hours, and I already know a lot about you. That's a little weird. Plus, you're holding onto me like I'm some sort of balloon that's going to fly away at any second! I'm not that kind of person. I never leave my friends."

Friends, Rukia closed her eyes and thought about that. She made a friend. To be honest, she really only had one, but that was all she ever needed...and it was even better now.

When they walked into the karaoke club, it looked more like a bar. Men were drunk and eying Rukia like she was fresh meat, which gave her an uneasy feeling. She gripped Ichigo's arm a little tighter and whispered over to him. "This. is. A. BAR!"

"Don't worry about it. I come here with the guys in our group ALL the time!" The men were no hooting and whistling at her. A lot like her boyfriend and his friends used to do when he took her to some bar so he could get drunk. She was getting scared, and wanted to leave. But Ichigo wouldn't let her do that!

The part the karaoke machine was in had less people than the other parts. He typed their names into the computer and chose a song. They would be on in five minutes.

"So, Rukia. What's your family like?" He had to ask! She groaned, and replied reluctantly. "I only have a brother. I never knew my father, my mother and sister died..." She took a sip of her fruit punch. "I consider my brother dead too. It sounds harsh, but it's not. I haven't seen, nor heard from him in six years. He's a big shot in the business world. He doesn't care about me."

"Oh, I see." Was all he managed to say.

"Yeah, I was raised by him to be a robot. I'm surprised you wanna talk to me. I mean, I don't really fit in anywhere..." An awkward silence emerged between the two. "Rukia...I--" Ichigo choked out, but was interrupted by the sound of their names being called. It was time for their song.

All eyes were on her and Ichigo, and she hated it. That was the exact reason she didn't want to met with his band. They might like her, and-- the song started, breaking her thoughts. She knew the song! Even though it was American it fit her perfectly.

Joining Ichigo on the small stage, she read the words off the screen.

(A/N: the words will look how they are on the screen. Lyrics are in italics.)

Rukia: They're gonna clean up your looks, with all the lies in the books to make a citizen out of you. Because they sleep with a gun, and keep an eye on you son. She pointed at Ichigo teasingly, and strutted around the stage to the beat of the song. So they can watch all the things you do.

Ichigo: Because the drugs never work, they're gonna give you a smirk, 'cause they got methods of keeping you clean. He sang as he got in Rukia's face, mirroring the playfulness she displayed earlier.

They're gonna rip off your heads, your aspirations to shreds...

Rukia got in his face too, when it was her turn.


Both: They say all teenagers scare the living shit out of me. They could care less, as long as someone will bleed. So darken your clothes, or strike a violent pose, maybe they'll leave you alone, but not me.

Ichigo: The boys and girls in the cliques, the awful names that they stick, you're never gonna fit in much kid. He winked at her as he sang, then inched his way toward her slowly, almost seductively.

But if you're troubled and hurt, he reached out...what you've got under your shirt...he slid her shirt up ever so slightly, so she would have enough time to stop him. "ICHIGO!!" she yelled. WILL MAKE THEM PAY FOR THE THINGS THAT THEY DID!

Both: They say all teenagers scare the living shit out of me. They could care less, as long as someone will bleed. So darken your clothes, or strike a violent pose, maybe they'll leave you alone, but not me.

While there was an instrumental break, Ichigo grabbed her hands and spun her around. "Havin' fun yet?" He asked her over the loud music. "Yeah!!" she half hollered back. A huge crowd had formed around them. The women gawking at how cute the couple was, the men gawking at Rukia.

Ichigo shot them dirty looks and they backed off, but just about everyone except for Rukia could tell what he was up to. Some cheered him on, some sang along, and some prayed-for his sake-that it would work.

Rukia: Teenagers scare the living shit out of me, Ichigo jumped at her, just barely missing her lips, and kissing her nose. "ooohhhh!" The crowd exclaimed. "Ichigo! What are you doing? Crap the song!"

Strike a violent pose, maybe they'll leave you alone, but not me.

Ichigo: Teenagers scare the living shit out of me, they could care less as long as someone will bleed. So darken your clothes, or strike a violent pose, maybe they'll leave you alone but not me.

The song was over. He ruined it. His chance to kiss the beautiful girl he had just met. BUT JUST TO SEE WHAT IT FELT LIKE! He did not in any shape or form like Rukia that way yet! Did he? Nah!

The people in the crowd showed him great pity. One grabbed him by the shoulders and whispered to him. "We'll help you next time." The person next to him nodded. "Yeah, and you should use this song!"

He typed in a song name, and the machine told them they were next, since no one else would dare get in the way. The two men ushered him away for a moment to be back with Rukia. "What was all that about?" She asked him angrily. "It was nothing...say, you up for another song?"

"Sure!" She cheered. Good, he had another chance. Why was he doing this? He'd asked himself earlier, and he really didn't know. He had only known her for a little over five hours now, yet he felt that there was something about her. Something he liked. She proved she was more than a pretty face. But he couldn't shake the thought that he was rushing into their friendship or whatever more it could be.

Rukia glanced over at Ichigo once. Alright twice...Okay! GOSH! She stared at him for like five minutes. "What is he up to?" She asked herself, making note of the puzzled face he wore. There was something about hi. Something she couldn't quite put her finger on.

He showed her he could be a jerk if he wanted to, in his own little way, of course. But she wanted to be around him. "Be careful now, girl. You know what happened last time." She warned herself.

She remembered that, and the promise she made NEVER fall in love again.

WOW I'M DONE!!!!!!!!!! This took me all day!!!! Hope you enjoyed!