Disclaimer: I do not own Bleach or its characters.

Why hello there! I've decided to start up a new Bleach fanfic! If you haven't read in my profile this is all inspired by CarrieTheNinja's The College Experience and my exciting life as a Sophomore in High School. I know that TCE has inspired some other fanfics as well; I recommend that you read it because it's incredibly good :). Yes haha ok so I'm sorry but this chapter might be a little boring but it's the first chapter, what can you do? I hope that you'll enjoy this new story as much as I will writing it! Okay then, let's get this thing started!!

A Sophomore Life

Chapter 1: I'm Ready

-And today was a day just like any other-

I'm on the verge, I'm on the verge
Unraveling with every word
With every word you say, make me believe
That I won't feel your tires on the street
As I'm finding the words... you're getting away

A groggy groan escaped from the lips of a young girl as she lazily flung her right hand over to the counter next to her bed. The song immediately stopped as her slender fingers found their way to the snooze button on her iPod stereo.

"I'm Ready by Jack's Mannequin huh?" she told herself as she stared up at her blank ceiling. She rubbed her bleary violet/ dark blue eyes and yawned, letting her body stay in her warm bed for a little while longer as her mind registered what day it was.

"Rukia?!" came a shout outside her door, "Are you up?"

"Yes Hisana!" the girl called back, "I'm getting ready right now!"

'God I HATE Mondays." Rukia thought to herself as she slipped out of her warm bed sheets and made her way to her bathroom. She flicked on the light and looked into her mirror. The song that had woken her up suddenly began to play again, for had been 5 minutes and the radio was programmed to go off every 5 minutes after hitting the snooze button.

I come undone, oh yes, I do
Just think of all the thoughts wasted on you
And every word you say, say something sweet
Cause all I taste is blood between my teeth
As I'm finding the words... you're getting away

Her hair was still a bit messy, after all she had just woken up, and that one single bang still ran in between her nose and her eye, a few strands going in opposite directions. She stretched, bringing her hands up above her head, the sleeves of her light purple bunny covered pajamas slid down her pale arms. Rukia stared at her short stature for a second and then turned on the faucet.

"Ready for another day at school Rukia?" she asked her reflection.


Well I'm ready, I'm ready to drop
Oh, I'm ready, I'm ready so don't stop
I'm ready so don't stop, Keep pushing
I'm ready to fall, oh, I'm ready
I'm ready so don't call, I'm ready so don't call

I am aware, I've been misled
I disconnect my heart, my head
Don't wanna recognize when things go bad
The things that you'll accept
Except that I am finding the words... to say

In less than five minutes, Rukia was done brushing her teeth, her hair and washing her face. She came back into her room and glanced at her clock. It read in red numbers 6:27 a.m. Sighing to herself, she walked to her drawer filled with clothes and picked out what she would wear that day. She changed into a pair of blue jeans and wore a slim brown shirt that had a Hot Sauce Bottle and a Taco on it. With the Hot Sauce saying "Hola!" and the Taco saying "I Think You're Hot!". Quickly she looked at herself in the mirror to make sure she looked alright, even though she didn't really care what she looked like to school.


I'm ready, I'm ready to drop
Oh oh oh oh oh, I'm ready
I'm ready so don't stop
I'm ready so don't stop

(I wake up to find it's another
Four aspirin morning, and I dive in
I put on the same clothes I wore yesterday.
When did society decide that we had to change
And wash a tee shirt after every individual use:
If it's not dirty, I'm gonna wear it.
I take the stairs to the car
And there's fog on the windows.
(And I'm Fighting the words...)
I need caffeine in my blood stream,
I take caffeine in the blood stream.
I grip the wheel and all at once I realize:
(And you're getting away...)
My life has become a boring pop song
And everyone's singing along.)

Before heading downstairs, Rukia grabbed her backpack, cell phone, ipod and a black jacket.

"Whoa, whoa! What's the rush Rukia?" Hisana asked as she spotted her younger sister scurrying down the stairs and into the kitchen.

"I wanna get to school early so I can get my schedule!" she answered back as she returned from the kitchen holding a strawberry poptart in her hand.

"Alright, let's go then," The older sister replied with a smile, "Byakuya, honey, I'll be back, I'm just going to drop off Rukia at school!" she called upstairs.

"Okay" her husband answered in a monotone voice.

"Bye Byakuya!" Rukia added before following her sister out the door and to the car. The two hopped into Hisana's black Lexus and began their way to Karakura High.


Well, I'm ready, to drop, well, I'm ready
I'm ready so don't stop, oh
Well, keep pushing, I'm ready to fall
Well, I'm ready, I'm ready so don't call
I'm ready so don't call, oh... oh... oh...

"So Rukia, "Hisana began, "how's the life of a normal 15 year old sophomore going for you?"

"Oh, well you know, just as normal as a married 24 year old's I guess," Rukia replied back with a smile.

"God, you make me sound so old,"

"Whatever! A least you're not dead!"

"True,"

Both sisters smiled and Rukia turned the volume of the radio up to pass the time.

8 Minutes later the arrived at their destination.

"Bye Hisana, see you later!" Rukia told her after she kissed her sister on the cheek.

"Have fun!"

The vertically challenged girl stepped out of the car, slung her backpack over her right shoulder, closed the car door and started walking toward the entrance of Karakura High School. Rukia was glad that she had brought a jacket, it was a bit cold that morning, but the sun was up and shining through the cold. She made her way towards the cafeteria and found that other students had the same thought as Rukia had. She lined up for her schedule and told her last name to the person handing out the papers.

"Kuchiki… K-U-C-H-I-K-I… thanks" the girl took her schedule and scanned through her classes.

1) APEC (AP European Civilizations), Room 673, Teacher Luston

2) French 4, Room 265, Teacher Blak

3) Honors Humanities, Room 347, Teacher Gorgan

4) Honors Algebra 4, Room 464, Teacher Shean

5) Chemistry 2, Room 542, Teacher Runner

6) Drawing/ Painting 1, Room 165, Teacher Bitecor

"Damn, my periods totally changed from last semester except for Algebra!" Rukia thought to herself after looking through her classes. The girl was busy looking down at her paper and didn't notice a rather tall and orange- headed boy heading her way. The two knocked into each other and found themselves on the floor.

"Oww," Rukia said as she rubbed her left arm for it scrapped part of the concrete floor. She was in a sitting position and was lucky that she was wearing pants because if she wasn't everyone would have been able to see in between her legs. The guy who ran into her scratched his head and simply looked at the girl in front of him.

"Oh, umm… I'm sorry," he said to her sheepishly.

"Uhh, It's ok, really, I should have been looking where I was going," Rukia said back trying to put in a smile on her face. The guy stood up and offered his hand to her to help her up too. Rukia took it, and was surprised at how strong he was. In one pull she was fully on her feet.

"Thanks,"

"Yeah, no problem, well, I'll see you around…"

"Yeah…" With that the guy was gone, leaving Rukia to her thoughts. However, before she could think, a high pitched voice caught her attention.

"Rukiaaaaa!!!!" she turned her head to the direction of the voice and found Orihime walking towards her.

"Hey Orihime!" Rukia said to her friend giving her a greeting wave.

"Who was that?" Orihime asked her.

"Who…?"

"Oh you know! That cute boy who just helped you up!" Orihime smiled, her blonde orange hair waving in the wind.

"Uhh, I dunno we just accidentally bumped into each other,"

"Aww Rukia! You should have asked for his name!"

"Well, it shouldn't be that hard to spot him, he has orange hair like you"

"Yeah, well anyway, let me see your schedule!" Rukia handed her piece of paper to the gray-eyed girl and waited for her response.

"Aww man! No classes together! But we still have the same Humanities teacher just different periods, I have Gorgan 6th,"

"Yeah, hey have you seen anyone else around yet?" the raven-haired girl asked.

"Nope, I was just about to call Uryuu though," a tinge of pink was visible on Orihime's face after what she had said.

"Ohhhhhh," Rukia smirked, "did he ask you out yet?"

"R-Rukia! Of course not! We're just friends!"

"Mmmmhmm, come on I've seen the way he looks at you! Last semester when all of us had Gorgan 5th period! I'd see him stare at you from across the room!"

"I'm sure that was nothing, he was just probably staring out the window behind me!"

"Whatever Orihime, you just keep telling yourself that, you could have any guy in this school if you wanted!" Rukia emphasized any and looked at the girls' body.

"Just cause I have a bigger boobs size doesn't mean that I could get ANY guy!"

"Orihime, seriously, all guys are after one thing, SEX, and apparently you have the biggest sex appeal out of all the sophomores in Karakura High,"

"Are we talking about Orihime's boobs again?" the two girls turned around to see their other friend Mae standing there with her arms crossed over her chest.

"Hey Mae," Rukia greeted to the newcomer. Mae nodded in acknowledgement. Her dark brown hair was tied up into a simple pony tail and her long bangs covered her left eye.

"Let's see your schedule!" Orihime said, happy that the subject was changed.

"Here," Mae passed them her piece of paper.

"Sweet! You're in my APEC class Mae!" Rukia exclaimed happily.

"And my humanities class again!"

"It sucks that our 5th period got separated," Mae stated, "I was just getting used to everyone, and you, Rukia, Uryuu, Renji, CJ, and Chase were all in that class!"

"I know right? Man, that's what made that class fun!" Rukia replied sighing.

"Well what can you do? That's how the school works out," Orihime added. Rukia took out her slick black Krazr and checked the time.

"Wow, already 7:13, I'll see you guys later! I gotta go to my locker," the short girl told the other two and began to walk away.

"Alright, later Rukia, I'll see you 1st period!" Mae said.

"See you at break!" Orihime replied. While walking through the halls, Rukia took out her new 16 GB silver ipod nano and put in the earphones. She pressed the menu button and went to her playlists. Immediately, she went to her 'New Songs' and chose the song "Gone" by Matt Nathanson. The song began playing and the beat was in sync with Rukia's steps.

Love,
I'm aching to believe
give me something real enough
give me somewhere to fall from

'cause in the dark
I can't find my feet
built my world on promises
colorless and cold

She mouthed the lyrics silently and didn't really care if anyone was watching her or thought that she was a freak. All that mattered was that she was being herself. It was nice once in a while to just be in her own little world and not have a care for anything else because life was hectic as it is. She didn't notice someone was staring at her. The same guy who she had just bumped into minutes ago. He didn't mean to stare or see her actually. He was just walking and just happened to look up and BAM she was there. It was amazing to him that she didn't see him considering his bright orange hair. But no matter, he couldn't look away from her. He was heading to his locker too and no, he was not stalking her, not the least. Rukia finally got to her locker: 456 A.


I'm short of breath, I'm sure
gone, let it wash away the best I had
gone, and when I disappear
don't expect me back, don't expect me back

lost, sweetest things get lost
in the static far away
painted pictures of you
I fold
don't want to be holy then
don't want to be sold again
the way I was with you

Yep, she had gotten an A locker, the highest locker possible out of A,B, and C. She had gotten the choice of either and A or C locker and freshmen year she had a C locker. She definitely did not want to go through having the lowest locker, having to bend down to open it. So she took the A, it was amazing that she could actually reach it, considering her shortness. Yeah, a B locker would have been nice, but that was not an option, although there were some empty B lockers around her aisle. Quietly she went through her locker combination in her head.

I'm short of breath, I'm sure
gone let it wash away the best I had
gone and when I disappear
don't expect me back, don't expect me back

I'm short of breath, I'm sure
gone, let it wash away
the best I had
gone, and when I disappear
don't expect me back
don't expect me back

'21, 11, 37' she thought. It was kind of easy for her to remember because the numbers rhymed a little bit. She unlocked it and took out the books that she needed that day.

"Let's see," she pondered, "So I have APEC and French, then Break… I could come back at Break to get the rest…" After getting her APEC and French books and putting them into her backpack, she closed her locker and checked the time again.

7:19.

"The bell should ring soon, school starts in 6 minutes," Rukia said to herself. Sure enough at 7:20, the first bell rang and after another minute the students around her began to disperse to their new first period classes of 2nd semester. The violet-eyed girl made her way to room 673 for APEC. Once she stepped into the room she spotted Mae already there and sitting, she motioned for Rukia to sit next to her in the empty seat. Rukia smiled and walked over. The second bell rang and she turned off her ipod and took out her headphones. Mr. Luston stood up from his desk and began to take roll.

"Welcome to the beginning of 2nd semester for APEC!" he told his class. Everyone just groaned in response.


at its worse the heart is sober
at its worse the heart is cold, cold, cold

I'm short of breath, I'm sure
gone, let it wash away all the best I had
gone, and when I disappear
don't expect me, don't expect me back

gone, let it wash away
the best I had
gone, and when I disappear
don't expect me back
don't expect me back
don't expect me back

"Oh god! A test this Friday already?!" Mae said exasperatedly.

"I know! Sheesh, freaking APEC," Rukia agreed. The two had just gotten out of APEC and were amazed that they survived through 1st period.

"Well, I have Chem next, I'll see you at break Rukia," Made told her as she turned left to her next class.

"Bye," Rukia kept on walking straight to her French class. She and Chase had French last semester together for 6th period, and she wondered if he was still in her class this semester, it was a lot of fun, especially since they made friends with a Junior who was also in their class, Rangiku Matsumoto to be exact. All three of them had a fun time in French, from throwing things at each other to passing notes. Yep, Rukia hoped that all three of them had French together still. She walked into the room and looked around the room.

"Rukia!" Rangiku shouted out. She was sitting down already and waved to her.

"Rangiku, looks like we're in the same French class,"

"Yeah I know! I hope Chase is too! Last semester was sooo much fun!... Sit here Rukia!" The junior pointed to a seat behind her and began to talk to the people around her.

"Thanks," Rukia sat down and looked to the girl next to her.

"Hey Jenna," she greeted.

"Hi Rukia," Jenna replied. She smiled with her teeth covered in braces and brushed her golden bangs from her face. Her green eyes sparkled.

"Looks like we're gonna be partners," Madame Blak always partnered everyone up with the one sitting next to them.

"Guess so, hey there's this cute guy right there!" Jenna pointed across the room.

"Oh really, let me see," Rukia looked in the direction she was pointing and her eyes went a little big. It was the guy who had bumped into her that morning! There was no mistake, that spiky orange head was in her French class. He was sitting silently, his posture leaned lazily in the chair. His head was resting on the wall behind him. His auburn eyes were examining the class room.

"I think he's new, I've never seen him before," Jenna told her.

"I bumped into him this morning!" Rukia said. Jenna gasped and smiled.

"Really?! Aww Rukia! Do you know what his name is?"

"No, but he helped me up,"

"Rukia! What kind of girl are you?!" Rangiku busted into the conversation, "If it were me I would have totally asked for his name!"

"Well, Rangiku, I bet he'd give you it right away," Jenna said, looking at the juniors' body. Rangiku Matsumoto was probably the girl who had the most sex appeal in the ENTIRE school. Her boobs were the only ones that rivaled Orihime's and she was much more proud of them.

"Hell yeah," she smirked.

"Bonjour Class! Silence si vous plait!" Madame Blak instructed the class. Everyone quieted down and waited for her to say something.

"Class," the teacher said in English, "we have a new student from Hawaii here, if he would like to introduce himself," She motioned for him to stand up.

"Uhh, Hi, my name's Ichigo Kurosaki," the orange head said. He was wearing a shirt that said 'Nice Vibe' on it, a brown jacket was nicely fitted on him and it was unzipped, he wore a pair of slim black jeans with the end of his belt sticking out from under this shirt.

"Make sure you go up to him and say hello today," Blak told the students.

"Ichigo huh?" Jenna whispered to Rukia.

"Yeah… Strawberry," Rukia giggled.

I think this is enough…. Yeah so it's only about 1/3 of Rukia's first day of 2nd semester. Whatcha think? Boring? Lame? Well I'll continue this in the next chapter! Hope you guys like it:). I'll be starting up the next chapter right now, oh and if you guys liked the songs that I put in here they're

1) I'm Ready by Jack's Mannequin

2) Gone by Matt Nathanson

they're good songs, yep, expect some stuff in the next chapter, hopefully I'll have it up soon, I like writing this haha.

K well, if you'd like to Review, go for it, it's nice to get some feedback from people who read my story :).

-The Bleach Guardian's Heart