A/N: So I had everyone vote in their review about what is gonna happen in this chapter.
Some were on the fence, others had a clear opinion and some just didn't care. So I took that all into consideration and added up all the votes:
No Lemon: 5
However, I felt...there are many more IchiRuki authors who can write better lemons than I. I'll leave it up to your imagination!
Rukia ran her hands through the orange messy spikes on top of Ichigo's head. "W-wait" Rukia bit his lower lip to make sure he heard her. Ichigo stopped, his mind hazed, what just happened? Why did she say that?
"Ichigo, before we take this any farther. I need to know something." Rukia's voice was serious and her violet eyes were guarded. Ichigo swallowed and nodded allowing her to continue.
"If you want this, us…I need to make sure that it's real. That you're not gonna leave me for someone else. 'Cause I swear to God Ichigo, if you cheat on me…I'll cut it off." Rukia said this time with just a hint of playfulness in her voice but Ichigo could feel the cool edge of her words. Rukia wasn't like Orihime, she would fight and kick and challenge him. He couldn't dream of leaving her and he sure as hell wasn't going to hurt her again.
Ichigo lifted her hand and intertwined their fingers; Rukia suddenly felt her face flush when his brown eyes met hers. How could he say everything without saying a word? Rukia touched her forehead against his and their lips met and melded together.....
Rukia rested her head on his chest as the carrot top pulled the blanket over himself and his lover. Rukia's hair was damp and clumped where Ichigo had been running his fingers through it. Rukia propped her head up with her hand.
"Don't fall asleep you idiot! You owe me pillow talk!" Rukia said slapping his bare chest; Ichigo glared at her but didn't object.
"What do you want to know?" Ichigo asked with a sigh, turning on his side to better see her in the soft moonlight.
"What would it be like…if you never came into the café?" Rukia asked, her violet eyes glinting with curiosity.
"You mean if we never met?" Ichigo clarified and Rukia just nodded. "My life…would be dull and boring…it would be as if…everyday I was hitting a repeat button. The same routine over and over again until I lost my mind." Ichigo said. Rukia just nodded with understanding. Her life would have been the same way.
"Sing." Ichigo said suddenly causing Rukia's eyes to go wide.
"You heard me. Sing." Ichigo said only this time in a more commanding voice. Last time he heard her was when she was on the stage at the Café, her voice was melodious and beautiful. Ichigo felt like he could fall asleep just listening to her sing. But he would never tell her that.
"I don't know if I can…" Rukia said feeling a blush heat up on her cheeks.
"Fine." Ichigo said with a huff and he closed his eyes, peeking at her from under his eyelashes. Rukia let out a long sigh.
"Never knew I could feel like this…like I've never seen the sky before." Rukia's voice was nervous at first, but as she went on, it grew stronger and less guarded. This time she was singing for Ichigo and only Ichigo.
"I want to vanish inside your kiss…everyday I love you more and more. Listen to my heart can you hear it sing?" Rukia watched Ichigo as she sang the lyrics of 'Come what may' from Moulin Rouge.
"Telling me to give you everything. Seasons may change, winter to spring…" Rukia stopped when she realized that the idiot had fallen asleep. What the hell? He wanted her to sing and then he goes on and falls asleep! How dare him! Rukia lifted her hand to hit Ichigo but stopped herself. He looked too damn peaceful. His chest raising and falling slowly and a slight soft snore escaping from his lips.
"But I love you. Until the end of time…" Rukia whispered the last line. She suddenly felt warmth spread through her body, it wasn't like the heat before, this time it was soft like the warm sun on a spring day. Rukia was almost positive that she loved Ichigo, but she wasn't ready to say it to him. He wasn't ready either. He was still going through a divorce, most of the settlements had been made, but money was always an issue. Rukia was career driven; she knew that before long, she would be on an Art Tour with Ukitake.
There was still a gap between them, after all the drama, Rukia wanted to hate him. She said that she hated him. She cursed his life and wished they never met. But, there was always just a smudge of fondness still there. Maybe she was a fool. But Rukia believed in second chances and Ichigo really wanted this to work.
Rukia sighed, tired of her inner musings, she wanted to go and get something to drink.
Rukia kicked off the blanket and felt her way around Ichigo's room. She found her panties and one of Ichigo's shirts. It was long enough to cover mid-thigh. Rukia tip toed out of the bedroom and clicked on the kitchen light; setting it so it dimmed, only covering the kitchen in a soft orange glow.
Rukia looked at the clock, 11:30pm.
Knock, Knock, Knock.
Rukia's heart jumped a little, who would be here at this time? Did she and Ichigo wake up one of the neighbors? A million questions went through the young Kuchiki's mind before she answered the door, not even thinking to check who it was.
"Oh…uh…is…Ichigo there?" The woman at the other side of the door was very flushed as she gave Rukia the quick up and down look.
"He's sleeping." Rukia answered rather stiffly.
"I'm…so…sorry. I didn't intrude, did I?" The woman said keeping her gray eyes to the floor. The man by her side, black hair and glasses, had his arm around her shoulders.
"No…I can tell Ichigo that you stopped by…" Rukia offered and the woman nodded.
"Just tell him that Orihime wants to see him." Orihime said with a bright blush on her cheeks. Rukia managed to smile despite the awkwardness. Rukia knew who Orihime was, but Orihime had no clue that Rukia was the woman that Ichigo left her for. In different circumstances, Rukia was certain that she and Orihime could be friends.
"Of course I will…" Rukia said about to shut the door on the polite Orihime and her silent companion.
"Are you Rukia?" Orihime suddenly asked. Shit. Talk about awkward. Never mind about Orihime not knowing.
"Yes." Rukia answered stiffly again.
"I don't hate you." Orihime said, catching Rukia off guard.
"I don't know what to say." Rukia admitted quietly.
"I'm so happy!" Orihime was suddenly in tears, causing Rukia's eyes to widen in surprise.
"Ichigo found someone, even if he was unfaithful, he found someone that can still accept that." Orihime broke down in sobs and the man by her side was holding her, allowing her to cry into his shoulder.
"I didn't know…about the marriage…until after. I'm sorry, that you have to go through this pain but I'm glad to see that you're not going through alone." Rukia said passing a glance at the man again.
"Its fine, it's all in the past now. Let's keep it that way." Orihime said softly.
"Goodnight, Orihime. Please drive safe." Rukia said politely shutting the door and locking it. Rukia waited till she heard their footsteps fade away.
"Who was that?" Ichigo said, his voice still hazy from his short sleep, Rukia whipped around to see the orange haired man standing in the doorway of his bedroom.
"Orihime." Rukia answered unconsciously tugging at the hem of Ichigo's T-shirt.
"Oh. For a second, I thought you were leaving." Ichigo said with a slight shrug.
"Stupid. You know me better than that!" Rukia snapped and Ichigo gave her a tired grin, causing her heart to flutter.
"Well…Orihime, I'm sorry you had to see that." Ishida said when they had got back to his car.
"No, no, it's okay. I'm glad that he's moved on…she's really beautiful." Orihime said nervously fidgeting in her seat.
"He deserves to be happy too, isn't that what you always said?" Ishida said with a smile. She was always so selfless.
"Yeah…" Orihime smiled and leaned back in her seat, "I'm really happy for him. I guess splitting was the best thing for us, huh?"
"Well…since you split with Ichigo, hasn't your life improved?" Ishida asked, pushing his glasses up on his nose.
Tatsuki yawned looking at the cardboard boxes around her living room.
"So you're really gonna move in with him?" Orihime asked over coffee that morning.
"Yeah…I'm not saying we're going to get married or anything. It's just…we want to take that step, y'know?"
"I'm happy for you. Renji really cares about you, doesn't he?"
"Just like Uryu cares for you."
Tatsuki smiled despite the exhaustion that was taking over her body.
Rangiku tied her hair in a long braid. "Hurry up! The movie is going to be on soon!" Hisagi called from the other room.
"Pause it!" Rangiku called out turning on the faucet to wash her face. She heard Hisagi groan before the sound coming from the TV was cut off.
Rangiku washed off her make up and stared at her reflection in the mirror.
"Hisagi…he's the only man who never cared what I looked like. Without makeup, I was beautiful. I could walk into his house with a trash bag on, and he would still see my beauty." Rangiku said proudly to Rukia one morning while cleaning up the café.
"That's because you are beautiful Rangiku." Rukia said like it was the most obvious thing in the world.
"My ex, Gin, used to always compliment me on my outer beauty. Hisagi when he first met me, he never looked down, not once. Find a man like Hisagi…and you'll be happy for a long time." Rangiku said with a smile.
Rangiku looked down at her hand where the ring was.
"I'm not watching this movie alone." Hisagi said playfully suddenly in the doorway of the bathroom. Rangiku smiled and threw her arms around his neck.
"You're so cute when you're impatient!" Rangiku cooed kissing his cheek.
Hisagi's eyes locked with hers. And just through his eyes, he said she was beautiful.
"She can kill with a smile, she can wound with her eyes,
She can ruin your faith with her casual lies,
And she only reveals what she wants you to see.
She hides like a child but she's always a woman to me."
"Hey Ichigo?" Rukia's soft voice floated over him like a cool breeze.
"Hm?" was his response.
"What do you want to do tomorrow?"
Ichigo's eyes looked out the window and saw white specks falling, landing against the glass.
"Make a snowman." He answered in a serious tone.
Rukia looked out the window and smile slightly.
"My snowman is going to be better than yours." She said softly before pulling the covers up to her chin, feeling his arms wrap around her protectively.
"We'll see about that." He whispered.
"Skipping beats, blushing cheeks I am struggling
Daydreaming, bed scenes in the Corner Café
And then I'm left in bits recovering tectonic tremblings
You get me every time."
A/N: So the two songs in here…"Come what May" from Moulin Rouge was what Rukia sang, it was just the intro though.
And then "Goodnight and Go" by Imgoen Heap. (It was the song that inspired the title).
I'm sad that it's over. But I give a huge thank you to Alice001 for beta'ing. It was a lot of fun. :]
Thank you, all my reviewers! I LOVE YOU!
I seriously can't thank you enough! This story really made me want to write more IchiRuki stories. I have two more stories in mind, but they won't be showing up till later on. Once I finish 'Little Butterfly' and 'Midnight Curse'.
Preview for the new stories. These are the summaries.
[AU] Rukia was a strong and independent woman, yet she needed a room mate to help pay for rent. Ichigo Kurosaki, she didn't like him-he was rude but he was better than all the other choices. He didn't like her-she was a control freak. Now they have to live together for a year, will chaos ensue? Or will love somehow blossom from this unlikely pair?
Rukia Kuchiki, Ichigo Kurosaki, and Renji Abrai. They were best friends and were students at the Shinigami Academy. Renji has feelings for Rukia and she returns them, but Ichigo…her affection for him grows day by day. The three are trapped in a love triangle and there's no escape without getting hurt.