Disclaimer: This is my ELEVENTH time to put this (because I now have eleven stories that are all Bleach. Hey for some, it's probably their twentieth time.) So look, I don't own it, ok?? I mean, it would be sweet if I did, I'm not gonna lie, but I just don't.
Ch. 10! And let me just apologize for the extremely long update for this. I just finished my first semester of college, and it was pretty time consuming. I'll try to catch up and finish this story though within the next month!!
X Enough Surprises for One Day
He couldn't believe it.
"Rukia, am I missing something?" Or better yet, had he been missing something all along.
Rukia shook her head with a deep sigh. "I had this…feeling something was going on, but it was extremely small, microscopic." Rukia replied, staring blankly at the piece of parchment in her hand.
"Let me look a-at it again." Ichigo stuttered. Rukia handed in the paper, covered in white. His eyes scanned the paper over and over again, until after the fourth time, Ichigo set it down on the couch next to him.
"It's only a month away." Ichigo whispered out.
"I'm guessing she's going to live here, since he obviously can't live in the human world." Rukia muttered out, standing up from the couch.
"Yah that definitely wouldn't work, him being a captain especially." Ichigo mumbled.
"I wonder if they will ask for Hajime to be the ring boy." Rukia questioned, placing a hand on her chin.
Yes, that was right, Kurosaki Karin, Ichigo's little sister, his sibling since she was born, was engaged and getting married to—
Ichigo suddenly rose from his spot on the couch. "But when did this suddenly come about? I think it's a little fishy that no one knew about it." Ichigo said, wanting to give Hitsugaya Toshirou a little "chat".
Rukia rolled her eyes. "Calm down Ichigo. I'm sure there's a perfectly good reason as to why Hitsugaya Toshirou did not want to tell everyone about his relationship with a human. In fact," Rukia paused, taking a step towards Ichigo. "It sounds intriguingly familiar."
She was now directly in front of him, her hand touching his chest. "Weren't we the ones who decided to hide our relationship for…several years? And then you purposed to me out of the blue. Lucky for you though, Yamamoto promoted you to captain." Rukia finished.
"So what's your point?" Ichigo asked, staring down at the short woman. She backed away from him, rolling her eyes even more dramatically than the first time.
"I'm saying it's not that big of a deal, at least it shouldn't be for us. We hid our relationship because we lived in two different worlds, and they probably did the same!" Rukia exclaimed.
"Ah." Ichigo replied, sitting down again. "I just, I can't believe my sister, Karin, is marrying Hitsugaya Toshirou. I always figured she'd marry some athletic guy, or at least someone in the human world. But, Hitsugaya Toshirou? Can she even live here?"
Rukia sat down next to him. "That I do not know. She is the child of a shinigami, so she might be allowed." Rukia chuckled a little. "I wonder how your father is feeling right now."
Ichigo sighed. "Now that I do not want to know."
"I better go check on Haji and see if he's done eating." Rukia said, standing from the couch. Ichigo didn't respond, he just sat on the couch, still puzzled by the turn of events. Usually Ichigo could care less about things like other people getting married, but the bride being his sister, and the fact that she was marrying a member of the Gotei 13 definitely had a hold on his mind.
It was July 22, a day that had started off as nothing but a hot summer day, but ended up becoming something stressful.
"It's eight o'clock at night, how come we receive the…invitation so late?" Ichigo thought to himself, struggling just to think of the word invitation.
"When is the date?" Rukia asked from in the kitchen. Ichigo stood from the couch and moved to the kitchen, not even noticing Hajime's face covered with ice cream.
"August 25." Ichigo mumbled, frowning at how soon the wedding would be.
"Hitsugaya Toshirou is a smart man, and I'm sure he knew that it might be a problem for Karin to live in this world, so I'm sure he's discussed the matters with Central 46." Rukia replied.
"Daddy? Are you ok?" Hajime asked. Ichigo finally looked down at their five year old son, finally letting a grin come once he saw the ice cream everywhere.
"You sure are messy Haji. Yah, I'm ok." Ichigo replied. Hajime gave him a huge grin back, and continued eating his ice cream.
"Look Ichigo, don't worry about it so much. Karin is an adult now do not forget, and a smart one at that. She knows how to make her own choices." Rukia replied. "You should be excited for her, she's getting married."
"Who's getting married?" Hajime asked with curiosity.
"Your aunt Karin." Rukia replied. Hajime gave another huge grin.
"Cool!!" Hajime paused, his expression changing to confusion. "Wait, what is that?"
Rukia chuckled and moved to the sink, rinsing out a dirty dish. "A marriage Haji, is when two people decide to…um," Rukia paused, and Ichigo knew she was trying to think of some way to describe marriage to a five year old.
"Me and your mommy are married." Ichigo replied. Hajime tore his gaze from Rukia to Ichigo.
"You are? Does everyone get married?" Hajime asked.
"Not everyone, only when you find the right person." Rukia replied. "When two people really love each other, they get married, so they can do things together rather than separately."
Hajime still looked confused. Rukia sat down at the table next to Hajime, and Ichigo watched curiously to see what his wife would say. "You know how daddy and I live here together with you?" Hajime nodded. "Well, when two people get married, they live together and do everything together."
"But then how did I come?" Hajime asked. Rukia through Ichigo a frantic look.
Ichigo scratched his head. Geez, the kid was only five, and he was already asking about that sort of thing?
"That's something for another time kiddo." Ichigo replied quickly. "You went to Aunt Yuzu's wedding a few years ago, do you remember?"
Hajime shook his head, and Rukia gave him a smile for quickly changing the subject.
"Well, why don't we talk more about this another time. You need to get going to bed." Rukia stated, standing up from her seat. Hajime frowned, but jumped out of his seat, waiting for his mom to tell him what to do next.
"Do I have to take a bath?" Hajime whined. Rukia turned her head to him with raised eyebrows.
"What do you think?" Rukia asked.
Hajime's frown deepened. "Yes." He mumbled out.
Only a second later were the two gone, and Ichigo walked back into the living room again, plopping down onto the couch.
"I shouldn't let it bother me so much." Ichigo whispered to himself, running a hand through his hair. "I should be happy for her I guess."
He'd accepted Yuzu getting married, but why couldn't he for Karin?
"Just give it time." Ichigo whispered. Who was he kidding? Ichigo never gave anything time. He was probably the most impatient person in the universe.
"Goodnight Haji." Rukia called out, shutting his life off.
"Goodnight mommy." Hajime mumbled.
Rukia left his room quietly and walked to her bedroom, wanting nothing more than to sleep. The previous week had been a tough one. Working and trying to make preparations for Ichigo's birthday had been stressful. It was the next week, but Rukia felt she still hadn't recovered.
Perhaps it was lack of sleep…
Reaching her room and seeing her cozy looking futon only made her body tire more. Rukia changed into her yukata and quickly brushed her teeth. The more she thought about sleeping, the more her body begged for it.
Exiting the restroom, Rukia found Ichigo settled on the futon, his back leaning against the wall.
"I'm going to bed." Rukia said before Ichigo could say anything. Something in Ichigo's eyes looked disappointed, but he said nothing.
"Why are you so tired? It's only 9 o'clock. Didn't you say you go into the division later than usual tomorrow?" Ichigo asked.
"Only the more reason for me to go to bed now." Rukia replied, shuffling under the blankets. "I didn't get much sleep last week, so I'm trying to play catch up here."
"Well you were the one that had to throw that party for me. I told you I didn't need it, but you insisted." Ichigo muttered back.
"We've already had this discussion Ichigo." Rukia mumbled back. She just wanted to sleep.
Ichigo was silent after that, and it began to bother Rukia, quickly. Why wasn't he continuing to argue with her? Why was he silent?
"Why are you being so quiet?" Rukia asked, sitting up from the bed. Ichigo sighed and scooted down into the futon.
"It's nothing, don't worry about it." Ichigo replied. "Let's just go to sleep."
"You're going to sleep in your shinigami robes? And I didn't see you brush your teeth." Rukia replied. Ichigo rolled his eyes.
"I'm fine. Don't worry about it." Ichigo replied. Rukia watched his movements skeptically. Why was it so hard to figure out what was bothering him? She tried to think of the reasons. First of all, he was annoyed that she was going to bed so early, second, he was being quiet, an obvious sign of something wrong, and third, he wasn't ready for bed.
Exactly, he wasn't ready for bed.
Well, he was ready, in a sense.
Rukia sat up from the bed, perplexed. "What is wrong with me?" Rukia whispered to herself.
"What?" Ichigo asked.
"Why didn't you just ask me or at least bring it up? Why are you being so…shy about it?" Rukia asked, turning her head to Ichigo. He raised his eyebrows at her.
"What are you talking about?" Ichigo muttered back.
"You know exactly what I'm talking about." Rukia shot back. Ichigo sat up, sitting with her.
"No, I don't." Ichigo stated.
Seeing the open opportunity, Rukia connected her lips to his, letting them linger for a while. When she pulled away, she brought her lips to his ear. "That." Rukia whispered.
"Yes, what about it?" Ichigo asked back softly.
"Why didn't you just try to make a move? Why am I the one that had to make a move?" Rukia asked.
"Because you said you were tired." Ichigo replied. Rukia smacked him on the head and ignored his bitter remark.
"And when has that ever stopped you from pouncing Kurosaki Ichigo?" Rukia demanded. She didn't know what had gotten her so worked up, but she wanted to know what was the deal with his strange behavior. No, Ichigo didn't usually bluntly say the words out loud, but he'd at least make a move of some sort, give off the obvious hint.
"I don't know Rukia. Look, why don't we just go to bed since your so tired. I just thought that since it was a little earlier than usual that we could, but if your tired, then forget it." Ichigo replied.
Rukia stared at him. It was really getting on her nerves what he was trying to spit out. "No Ichigo, I won't just forget it. Tell me, now." Rukia demanded. She would get it out of him, one way or the other.
"No." He replied.
"So there really is something! Tell me." Rukia commanded.
"There isn't anything just—never mind!"
"Is it about today? About Hajime's questions?"
"No Rukia, just stop!"
"Does it have to do with Karin? Is it really bothering you?"
"Then just say it Ichigo!"
"Fine! You want to know what's bothering me? Everyday you've been tired Rukia! It wasn't just last week, but the week before that! Do you realize we haven't had sex in two weeks?" Ichigo snapped.
Rukia stared at Ichigo with surprise.
Two weeks, had it really been two weeks?
Ichigo and Rukia had intercourse well…quite frequently. Several times a week in fact. But had it really been two weeks?
"No Ichigo, I-I didn't." Rukia replied, sinking back a little.
She suddenly felt…guilty, which didn't happen too often.
"I'm sorry Ichigo. I've just been so busy with work, and then last week was your birthday." Rukia mumbled.
Something in the pit of her stomach felt strange, different.
"It's ok." Ichigo replied. "I just don't understand how you could be so tired. I mean, you've been taking naps lately. Don't you think that's a little strange?"
"So what are you suggesting? People do get stressed, and when they are stressed, they get tired." Rukia replied.
"But you've been stressed before and you've never wanted to take naps." Ichigo mumbled.
"I only took a few naps, and I had a lot to do for your party. I actually had a reason to take naps. I mean, the last time I took a nap was when I was —" Rukia stopped dead in the middle of her sentence, her eyes widening.
No, it was impossible.
Rukia stood from the bed and quickly. "Rukia? Where are you going?" Ichigo asked. Rukia ignored his question and walked straight to the bathroom.
The feeling at the pit of her something felt like something much much more.
Rukia opened up every drawer and cabinet in her bathroom, searching for what she needed.
Ichigo was…confused to say the least. He'd snapped at Rukia for being tired, and now she was in their bathroom, searching for who knows what.
"Rukia, what are you doing?" Ichigo asked, standing in the doorway while Rukia shuffled through each drawer, frowning every time she'd finished looking through one. After the third or fourth drawer, Rukia froze, her eyes widening at the sight of something. Her hand reached into the drawer, and slowly, she brought her hand back up.
In her right hand was a pregnancy test.
Collecting himself, Ichigo let out a chuckle. "Rukia, it's impossible. You've been taking that birth control pill Unohana gave you." Ichigo replied.
Rukia slowly lifted her head, showing a face filled with guilt.
"Rukia, no—you didn't." Ichigo stuttered out.
"I just remembered. I ran out of pills a few weeks ago. I placed an order for them, but they didn't come until several days later. In between that time, we — " Rukia didn't finish her sentence. She didn't need to.
"Is that so?" Ichigo whispered. "Look, you've just been tired. Fatigue can be caused from anything Rukia. We don't need to jump to this conclusion that you're, that you're—"
"Pregant?" Rukia finished, staring at Ichigo.
"Yah, that." Ichigo mumbled.
"Ichigo, I just have this feeling." Rukia said softly, staring at the box.
He closed his eyes.
There was just no way.
"I'm going to take the pregnancy test, so could you step out of the bathroom?" Rukia asked. Ichigo wordlessly walked out, closing the door behind him a little harder than he should have.
Why was she just jumping to a conclusion? What did she mean by a feeling she had?
His day had gone hill from the start. Heat from the outside had made him grouchy, his sister was engaged to another captain of the Gotei 13, and there was small chance his wife was pregnant.
"Why didn't she tell me she didn't have the pills? Why did she forget?" Ichigo thought to himself. He would have accused her of purposely not taking the pill, but she'd said nothing of even wanting another child anytime soon.
Rukia walked out of the bathroom a moment later. "We have to wait for a few minutes to see." She said softly.
"You know those things aren't completely accurate. Just because it says yes doesn't mean you will be —pregnant." Ichigo mumbled out.
Rukia was silent next to him. "So what if I am pregnant? Do you not want another child?" She asked. Ichigo sighed.
"Yes I want to have more children, but not like this, not unplanned. Rukia, imagine if you got pregnant every nine to ten months. Do you know how many kids we'd have after a hundred years passed?" Ichigo asked.
"It's been five years Ichigo." Rukia mumbled back.
"Well look, you don't even know yet. I doubt you are Rukia. We only had sex once without you taking the pill."
"Twice actually." Rukia replied.
"How could you forget Rukia?" Ichigo asked.
"I told you, work has been crazy!" Rukia replied.
"Remember, just because it says yes doesn't mean it's yes." Ichigo reminded her.
"And just because it says no doesn't mean it's no either. I have more than one pregnancy test, and I'll be taking every single one to see." Rukia stated. "It's time."
She moved away from Ichigo and walked back into the bathroom. Ichigo watched her go.
Rukia walked into the bathroom slowly. She was nervous for what it would say, even if like Ichigo said, it wouldn't 100 percent accurate.
But still, she had a feeling…
Her eyes slowly came to the small test sitting on the counter, and her heart nearly jumped out of her body.
"Positive." She whispered. Rukia picked up the stick looking object, staring at it closer.
The test was…positive.
"What does it say?" Ichigo asked from outside the bathroom.
"Come and look." Rukia called back. Hopefully they hadn't woken Hajime up by their loud voices. When Rukia heard footsteps behind her, she turned around to face him. Ichigo stared into her eyes for a moment before glancing down at the test.
"How many more of those things do you have?" Ichigo asked.
"Three or four." Rukia replied. Ichigo met her gaze again.
"Take all of them." He demanded.
Rukia took each and every test. All four were positive.
It was ten o'clock, and Rukia and Ichigo were on their futon, both staring at the ceiling.
"So all it takes is two times for you to get pregnant?" Ichigo asked.
"It could have happened the first or second time." Rukia corrected.
"And two just makes the chances higher." Ichigo replied.
"Well we didn't use protection."
"Because I didn't know you needed to, since you forgot to mention you weren't taking those pills."
"It's not my fault you distract me." Rukia turned body to face Ichigo. "Why are you mad at me? I didn't do it purposely. I mean, I almost forgot about picking up my prescription entirely. The only reason I remembered was because I saw a note I had written to pick them up. I'm sorry." Rukia whispered.
Ichigo turned his body to face hers. "Rukia, I'm not mad at you. I just, I can't believe it. It seems like so long ago that we had a kid."
"Five years can be a long time." Rukia replied with a smile.
"Go see Unohana tomorrow." Ichigo demanded.
"I will." Rukia replied. She scooted closer to Ichigo, and his hand snuck underneath her waist.
"Well you better go to sleep then. If you are pregnant, I don't want you getting so tired like the last pregnancy." Ichigo stated. He didn't like the goofy grin Rukia gave him.
"You really are protective of me." She whispered.
"Shut up." Ichigo murmured, his lips scooting closer to Rukia's. He kissed her, and it felt so great. Two weeks without feeling her was such a long time. He needed Rukia, to feel her warmth, to just…be with her, and he felt like he hadn't seen much of her.
And now she was pregnant. Well, they were 99 percent sure.
"Nii-sama will be thrilled." Rukia whispered once they pulled away.
"Why did you have to bring up your brother right now?"
A/N: Wow, so this chapter took a complete turn of what I originally wanted to write, but that's ok. So, Rukia's pregnant (ok, so she only took four pregnancy tests that were all positive.) I don't know much about pregnancy tests since well, I've never been remotely close to being pregnant, but I'm pretty sure that if all four tests are positive, it's a sign. Hope you enjoyed the chapter, and I'm sorry it's taken so long to update. I also realize that it is 1 in the morning (where I live at least) and I'm updating this, but hey, it's done, you know?? Enjoy you late readers, and I'll update when I can!!