I'm back again with the last chapter of The Chronicles of Life and Death! Thank you to all who have reviewed for me, I really appreciate it! I hope you have enjoyed the chapters of this story too. I present you chapter three.
Disclaimer: I do not own Bleach.
-Chapter Three: Reincarnations-
Shinigamis and Ichigo, together with his friends stood on the tallest hill of Seireitei. They crowded around the two tombstones erected on the hill. Solemn and grim expression lay on their faces as they bowed their heads.
The tombstones read: In memory of Hitsugaya Toushirou, who was an excellent captain and friend; may you rest in peace, and another one similar to his inscribed onto the other stone. The war was over and many other death gods died along with Hitsugaya and Hinamori but their tombstones were the only ones placed on the highest hill in Seireitei. Matsumoto thought that they would like it there.
Ichimaru and Tousen were held in the Shrine of Penitence, awaiting their verdict. When the others had arrived at where the battle with Aizen took place, they found a moribund Ukitake, a near-unconscious Ichigo, a dead Aizen and a bloody Hitsugaya on top of Hinamori, both of them lying in their mixed blood.
Hitsugaya had died with no regrets, he had lived with the girl he loves, managed to help kill Aizen, took his revenge on him for hurting Hinamori and died protecting her. It was more than enough. Hinamori was somehow glad that she died along with Hitsugaya, she knew she could never live without him.
As the shinigamis paid their last respects, it was already late afternoon and they started to leave. The sun was beginning to set and golden rays of sunlight streaked across the horizon, casting long shadows on the tombstones and the sunset seemed to be the most beautiful one ever.
50 years later
Two shinigamis, a boy and a girl, both about the same age, stood in front of the doors that led to the room where captains attended meetings. The girl, who had jet black hair tied up into a bun said to her companion beside her, "Ne, Shirou-kun, I have a feeling that we've been here before."
The white-haired boy looked at her and said, "That's impossible. We've just been given the seats of captain and vice-captain." His teal-colored eyes gazed upon the big doors. "I guess you're right," the girl with coffee-colored eyes mumbled. "But I can't wait to know what division I've been posted to Shirou-kun!"
"Hinamori, for the last time, stop calling me Shirou-kun!" he replied grumpily. She was about to say something but a shinigami called for her. "Are you Hinamori Momo?" he asked.
"Yes I am," she answered.
"Follow me please."
"Okay. See you later Hitsugaya-kun. Good luck!" she smiled and waved to him.
"Good luck to you too," he answered before he was summoned into the large room. Captains stood in two straight lines facing one another with the commander at the far end between the lines and all eyes were upon him. Matsumoto stood at the beginning of the line near Yamamoto so-taichou and her eyes were as big as saucer plates.
"What the hell?" Zaraki said a little too loudly but regained his composure when they all stared at him. Hitsugaya walked down the aisle to the commander and bowed. "Hitsugaya Toushirou, sir."
Yamamoto opened his beady eyes and took the captain's haori from his vice-captain. "Hitsugaya Toushirou, you are assigned the seat of a captain of the tenth division with Matsumoto Rangiku as your vice-captain. Congratulations," he said in his usual raspy voice as Matsumoto bowed.
The captains congratulated him but no one mentioned anything about him having a splitting image of the tenth division captain who died fifty years ago. Matsumoto stood back and with tears in her eyes, whispered, "Welcome back taichou."
After that, she walked with her 'new' captain to the tenth division headquarters and kept glancing at him and Hitsugaya soon noticed it. "Is there something wrong Matsumoto?" he asked. Matsumoto could have cried and hugged him to death hearing that nostalgic voice of his but instead, she replied, "Nothing."
They arrived at the headquarters and Matsumoto showed him to his office. She stood staring at him as he looked around his office. Just then, someone came bounding in. "Shirou-kun! My captain told me that you were posted to the tenth division as captain! Congratulations!" Hinamori said cheerily and hugged him.
Matsumoto's eyes would have popped out of their sockets when she saw her. Hitsugaya blushed at the sudden contact and asked her, "So which division were you posted to?"
"Thirteenth division as a vice-captain under Ukitake-taichou," she replied, releasing him. "Then why are you here? Aren't you suppose to be in your division?"
Hinamori shook her head. "Ukitake-taichou gave me some time to rest. Besides, Sentarou-san and Kiyone-san seemed to take care of things really well." It was then that she noticed Matsumoto standing there watching them. "Ah! I'm sorry. I didn't see you there," she apologized and bowed to her, surprising Matsumoto a little. "I'm Hinamori Momo, nice to meet you. You must be Shirou-kun's vice-captain right?"
Matsumoto smiled and said, "I'm Matsumoto Rangiku, nice to meet you too Hinamori-chan. And yes, I am Shirou-kun's vice-captain." Both ladies laughed when se emphasized on 'Shirou-kun', causing Hitsugaya's eyebrow to twitch in annoyance.
"Hinamori, I've told you, stop calling me Shirou-kun! I'm a captain now, so it should be Hitsugaya-taichou to you."
"But it's too hard of a habit to break! It fits you well too, Shirou-kun!" They began a light banter with each other. Matsumoto looked at them amusingly and suppressed a giggle. They resembled so much like the previous Hitsugaya and Hinamori in more ways than one although there were some differences between them.
The Hitsugaya now was just as tall as Hinamori already and she called him 'Shirou-kun' instead of 'Shirou-chan'. They probably have different zanpakutous too. However, they had almost identical personalities as if they had just come back from the dead. There was one thing that they shared in common though, something so obvious.
Matsumoto felt reiatsus coming her way and Renji and Kira ran in. Hitsugaya and Hinamori were still bickering in a cute way and didn't notice them. The two vice-captains faced Matsumoto, panting at the same time. "I heard about them. That they look exactly like the other two last time," Renji said.
The woman nodded and told them to look in front. They did and their mouths hung open. They couldn't believe their eyes; it was too true to be true. Hitsugaya and Hinamori were back. Kira looked as if he was about to cry.
The three of them stood there and as they watched them continue their little argument, one thing came to their minds: It was so obvious that they like each other but are not together…yet. That means that they would have to set them up together (Renji and Kira knew that Matsumoto would force them to be her 'partners in crime' one way or another). Matsumoto smirked while Renji and Kira groaned.
"Here we go again!"
And that is the story of Hitsugaya Toushirou and Hinamori Momo; how they are bound together by fate and spent their lives as humans, shinigamis and as reincarnations. They will never be apart. That is the fate that destiny has chosen for them.
This concludes the love story of Hitsugaya and Hinamori.
For real this time.
I'm so glad I'm done with this! Thank you all who reviewed! I have started on another story but its not going to up anytime time soon, heh. What can I say? I'm an ardent HitsuHina fan! HitsuHina forever!!