Welcome to my one-shot collection. The reason I'm doing this is because I have so may ideas for one-shots and I don't want to post them separately. There's not really a theme, but they will all be IchiRuki. I hope you like them!

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Ichi

This or that?


I sat at my desk trying hard to concentrate on the math problem in front of me. I tapped the end of the pencil on the desk because the answer didn't seem to come right away. I scribbled something down, but as I checked over it, I realized that it made no damn sense. I threw the pencil down and leaned back in my chair in frustration. I began to wonderwhere Rukia was. She hadn't come to bother me yet. I turned around as I heard the door open and Rukia walked in with long strides.

Stupid midget can't even knock.

She walked up to my bed and sat down. She threw her shoes off and began to stretch her toes as if they were cramped. I scrunched up my face as she laid down onto my bed. I watched as her toes wiggled back and forth as Rukia stared up at the ceiling lost in thought. When I realized I was staring at her I turned back to my homework with a slightly red face.

"Ichigo?" She asked and I didn't make any movement to show that I had acknowledged her, but she kept on talking anyway. "Will you play a game with me?"

"No." I retorted. My face lit up as I figured out the answer to the problem. "I'm doing homework right now. Go ask Yuzu," I said as I worked on the next problem. I didn't even realize Rukia got up until she swung her shoe at the back of my head.

"Ow! Dammit Rukia! What the hell was that for?" I asked angrily as I rubbed the back of my head.

"You're playing." She said her voice rang with finality.

"Fine." I grumbled. Rukia beamed and sat back down on my bed with her legs swinging off of the edge.

"I'm going to give you two options and you pick the one that you like better." She explained and I nodded. I really didn't want to play, but the fear of Rukia hitting me again made me play her stupid idiotic game.

"Chocolate or ice cream?" She asked. The hell? What kind of freakin' question is that?

"Chocolate." I answered as I crossed my arms over my chest.

"Orange or green?"

"Orange."

"Figures you'd like that one carrot top." She said and my ears turned red with anger.

"Then why the hell did you ask?" I yelled and she shrugged. I turned away from her and resumed my homework.

"Idiot! What are you doing? The game isn't over yet!" She yelled and I ignored her. I heard her pick up her shoe and walk over to me.

"If you freakin' hit me with that shoe, I swear I won't talk to you for two weeks." I threatened and I heard her drop the shoe back onto the floor. She muttered something under the breath, but I couldn't understand what she was saying.

"By the way, where were you?" I asked and I looked over at my shoulder. Rukia stood there with her arms over her chest and her eyes glaring daggers at me. I tore my eyes away from hers and looked back to my homework.

"Were you worried about me Kurosaki-kun?" She asked using her fake school girl voice.

"Hell no. Dad was." I lied and she laughed a little.

"I told your father where I was going before I left." She said and she looked at me with victory written all over her face. I didn't say anything and Rukia laughed once more before she answered my question. She knew that I was lying. She always knows.

"I was at Inoue's." Rukia said and sat down on the wooden floor.

She looked at me for second and then she looked away. Rukia's gaze was fixed on her closet and she looked lost in thought for the second time that day. I stared at her for a minute, thinking of something to say, but nothing came to mind, so I went back to my homework. Five minutes later, Rukia spoke, but she spoke so softly that I couldn't hear her.

"What did you say?" I asked without turning around.

"Inoue or me?" She asked her voice still soft and hesitant. I turned around sharply and looked at her. She looked back and I saw something in her eyes that I had never seen before. Fear.

"R-rukia...I-I..." I stammered. I didn't know the answer. What did she want to hear? I didn't know.

Beep. Beep. Beep.

I never got to answer that question because a Hollow showed up right then. When we got back, we didn't even talk about it. She went downstairs and I didn't see her until the next day. We haven't talked to each about that since. I think she thinks that I have forgotten about it, but sometimes it's the only thing I think about.


Now I watch Inoue heal Rukia. As much I freakin' hate to admit it, I'm scared. I am afraid of loosing this midget. I can tell that Inoue is looking at me concerned. I don't want to talk to her, hell I don't want to talk to anyone right now. I just want someone to say that Rukia's going to be okay. My mind is wandering back to her question and I can hear her voice in my head.

"Inoue or me?"

Would I save Inoue if she got kidnapped? The answer comes to me right away. Of course. If she died, I would hunt that bastard down and kill him. But if she did die, would I move on? Could I get through my life without any pain or guilt? I would be guilty, but I think I could get through my life. Rukia tells me that I always blame myself for things that aren't even my fault. That midget is probably right.

I've already saved Rukia. I can't think of her as dead, it's too painful. She's the one that stopped the rain. She helped me through everything. She made my pain and guilt vanish. If anything did happen to her, I would kill that bastard, then when he went to Soul Society, I'd make sure he died again. I couldn't move on. No, I don't think I could. I would die without her. I need Rukia. I really need her.

Suddenly, the answer to her question comes to me.

"Kurosaki-kun?" Inoue softly calls and I look over at her. She points to Rukia who is still unconscious. She has a couple of busies that are still evident on her body. "I'm so sorry Kurosaki-kun, but it's the best I can do." I gently put a hand on Inoue's shoulder.

"Thank you Inoue. Thank you for saving her." I reply softly and then I scoop Rukia up into my arms. I cradle her against my chest and I begin to flash step away until I reach my house. I jump through my bedroom window and put Rukia on the bed. I sit next to her and move a few stray strands of hair away from her face.

"Rukia, you idiot." I say slowly. "I almost lost you again. You wanna know what kind of hell I could've been through if you left me?" I ask her and she doesn't say anything. I feel kind of stupid talking to an unconscious person, but I know that I would never be able to say any of this if she was awake. "Please Rukia. Please don't leave me, not now, not ever. You stupid midget, I need you." I whisper.

"I know the answer to your question now Rukia. I would pick you over Inoue any day."


Aw, isn't Ichigo sweet? I know he was OOC, I wanted him that way because that seems to be the only way he can really let his feelings out. I personally don't like the end. It's sort of weird, but I can't think of any other way to end it.

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