Hmm...my first Bleach story...I have a feeling it'll be shorter than other stories I've written...I don't even have much of a plot! Oh well. Hopefully it won't suck too much...

Back To School

Being a shinigami was a tough job. You had to go through years of training mental-wise and learning kido. Getting into the Gotei 13 was difficult. You had to be really good to get a seat. To become a lieutenant was even harder, and to become a Captain was the most challenging. You also had to fight Hollows, and some were even difficult to defeat. Not to mention those now extinct Bountos and the ruthless Arrancar.

Then there was the zanpaktou issue. You had to first learn how to fight with it. Then you had to learn how to release and control shikai. Finally, the most challenging was bankai, which took years to master.

Yup. Becoming a shinigami was tough.

But not as tough as becoming a normal human. That, is what Abarai Renji had realized the first day he went to high school with Kurosaki Ichigo and Kuchiki Rukia.

This is where the story begins.

"Welcome back class," said the teacher. "I hope you all had a fun summer this year. But now you need to get back on track and turn on those brains of yours. I think I'll give you some time to get to know each other, as I see we have new students this year."

It was homeroom. Ichigo had all of his friends in this period.

"Well, it's the second year of school," he said to Rukia. "How do you like being here in the real world?"

"It's a nice change I suppose," she replied. "There are so many things that fascinate me. And your school work is fairly simple."

"Easy for you to say…"

Rukia only smiled at her friend. "How do you like school so far Renji?"

Abarai Renji wasn't exactly your normal high school student. He was the lieutenant of sixth company in the Gotei 13. He didn't look much like a student at first glance, but once in uniform, it's hard to think of him as an adult. Although, his tattoos would state otherwise.

The red head looked at her. "Well, last time I was here, I didn't do much school work. But I guess since now I'm stuck here for Hollow duty, I'm pretty sure my experience will be different. It's strange to not be in my shinigami attire and be in these human clothes…."

"It's called a uniform Renji," Ichigo corrected.

"I know."

"And it's better than those hippie clothes you wore last time."

"Hey, I died in a different time period than the twenty first century. How was I supposed to know what you people wear today?!"

"I like what you humans wear!" said Matsumoto. She was also on Hollow duty as well, along with three other comrades.

Matsumoto Rangiku was the only woman who came with the five shinigami to the real world for Hollow duty. She's the lieutenant of tenth company. Matsumoto had never been to the real world, and loved it so far, especially the clothes. She could go shopping all day, especially since she brought her salary along. Even though she was posing as a high school student, she would look like an adult to a human, especially since her bosom attracted a lot of attention.

"Yes, some clothes are fashionable," replied Yumichika. "But not everybody looks good in them…" Ayasegawa Yumichika was another who was assigned to the real world. He's the fifth seat in eleventh company and tends to be a narcissist, which leads many to believe he is a snob.

"I don't care much for fashion," said Ikaku. "But I do like the fact that this town cares for martial arts and has classes for it." Madarame Ikaku is the third seat of eleventh company, and isn't afraid of anything, not even dying. He's a hothead and he's bald, but nobody ever dares tells him so. He was assigned Hollow duty in the real world and like Yumichika and Matsumoto, he had to pose as a high school student.

"They have that too in America," Ichigo said. "God…you guys need to be informed on the world of today."

"You should do that Kurosaki, and soon," replied Toushirou. "These three don't seem to understand the human world much." Hitsugaya Toushirou was the Captain of tenth company. He's the youngest of the Captains and is often mistaken as a middle school student to many humans. He actually took the time to study the world of humans so he doesn't embarrass himself if he is asked a question of today in school. Toushirou was assigned Hollow duty. It was strange that a Captain would be needed for this, but he had to look after Matsumoto, Ikaku, and Yumichika, since he's worked with them before.

So, all five shinigami had to get used to being human and having their powers limited. They were starting to adapt with their gigai, which made things a little easier. Technology and new food however, still perplexed them. But of course it would. After all, Soul Society was based on Feudal Japan, and they didn't have the things of today back then.

"Yeah…" Ichigo said. "Anyway, this is our homeroom. And I'm surprised I got you all for this class."

"What's homeroom?" asked Renji.

"It's the only class where you don't do any work. Well, sometimes, but not always. Also, announcements are made and my teacher usually gives out grades when the report cards are due…"

"Luckily I always get good grades!" Rukia stated. "This homework we get is so simple. I don't know why you have trouble with it Ichigo."

"Don't even start Rukia."

"Hey, where's Orihime?" asked Matsumoto.

"Oh she wanted to check her classes for this year, so she left to the office."

"What about everybody else, like Ishida and Chad?" Renji asked.

"Chad went to go help my other teacher move some stuff and Ishida is busy making sure he's taking all the right classes to get into a good college. We should see all three later on today."

"This school thing," Toushirou said. "How do we know where to go?"

"Well, you get a paper that tells you where to go. Then you find your class. You guys do remember all the buildings when I gave you the tour right?"

"Yup!" said Matsumoto. "And I actually remembered!"

"Ichigooooooooo!!"

The orange haired teen turned around to find his best friend, Asano Keigo, charge towards him. The latter was kicked in the face.

"Ow!" he said. "Why are you mean today Ichigo?! I haven't seen you all summer and you kick me in the face?"

"I was busy this whole summer. So I couldn't come and visit."

"Oh. Well, where's Orihime-chan?"

"She's at the office checking her classes."

"That girl was always a good student," said Tatsuki.

"Hey Tatsuki."

"Hey Ichigo."

"You remember Rukia right?"

"Of course. I never saw you without her. How could I forget?" She turned to the others. "But I've never seen them before."

"Oh, these are the new students. This is Abarai Renji, Matsumoto Rangiku, Ayasegawa Yumichika, Madarame Ikaku, and Hitsugaya Toushirou."

"It's nice to meet you all."

The others nodded.

"Well, I hope this school year goes by faster than last year."

"Why is that?" asked Rukia.

"I guess it's because I'm eager to face the world of an adult."

"Oh. So what kind of job do you want?"

"A professional wrestler!"

"Really?" asked Renji. "I thought you'd want to have a more…girly job."

"No. I can be anything I want. It doesn't matter if I'm a girl."

Orihime walked in, along with Ishida.

Tatsuki looked overjoyed.

"Orihime!"

"Tatsuki-chan!"

Then embraced each other.

"Those two are really good friends aren't they?" Rukia asked Ichigo.

"Yeah. They're like sisters to each other."

"Who's your best friend Ichigo?"

"I'm not sure. I guess it would be you since I spend a lot of time with you now."

Rukia blushed, but smiled.

"What about me?!" cried Keigo. "I've known you longer than Kuchiki-san!"

"Yeah, but you can get out of hand sometimes. And I also don't talk deeply about stuff to you."

"I thought only women do that," replied Ishida.

"And I thought only women like sewing."

"Shut up."

Tatsuki and Orihime walked towards their friends.

"It's so nice to have you all here!" Orihime said. "I can't wait to start school with you guys around!"

"Oh thank you Orihime!" Matsumoto said. "By the way, I'm still invited to stay right?"

"Of course! You and Hitsugaya are always welcomed at my home!"

"Yay!"

"And we're still allowed in your home, right Keigo?" Ikaku said somewhat angrily. Yumichika looked at the boy.

"Of c-course you are," said the boy nervously. "My sister loves to have you and Yumichika around."

"So…" said Tatsuki. "You guys live with them?" She was surprised and a little curious.

"We had a bit of a problem finding a place to live," Toushirou said. "Our parents aren't much of parents, so we basically had to live on our own. We've all been friends for a long time. Luckily, Ichigo and the others have been kind and generous enough to have us in their homes." He obviously made a fake story, but Tatsuki didn't notice.

"Who do you house, since the others live with Orihime and Keigo?" Tatsuki asked Ichigo.

"I live at his house," replied Rukia.

"Why do you only live in his house?"

"Tatsuki…" Ichigo said. "Don't start…"

"What does your father say about this Ichigo?"

"At first he was being stupid, as always. He kept saying things like 'I'm gonna get grandchildren!' and then he goes and worships my mom's poster…But then he calmed down a little and treats Rukia like family."

"What about you Renji?"

"Hmm? Oh…I uh…live with my…uncle...in a shop. Yeah, he runs this shop not too far from here."

"I see."

Tatsuki looked around. Everybody was talking in a group to each other. Some kids were chatting about their vacations, while some talked about the new school year. There were even a few who talked to the teacher.

"Everybody seems to be in deep conversation. Huh?"

She looked over at a girl sitting at her desk. She was reading a book on wildlife.

"Hey, did we have her in our class before?" asked Ichigo.

"I don't think so," Ishida said. "I don't remember seeing her around. And I'm surprised you noticed her, seeing as how you only know half the class Kurosaki."

"I know her," Tatsuki said. "She's in my karate class after school. I knew she came to Karakura High, but I've only seen her a few times in the hallway. I only talk to her when we're practicing our karate."

"Is she nice?"

"Yeah, once you get to know her. She's not very social, but she knows how to defend herself. You could say she's somewhat like me...well, strength wise. She helped us win our championship. She's sort of like my equal when it comes to martial arts."

Tatsuki smiled.

"I think it would be a great idea to meet her!" Orihime said.

"I wish it were that easy…"

"What do you mean?"

"She's not…well…she doesn't like to get close to people."

"But aren't you close to her Tatsuki-chan?"

"A little. Not really."

"Can we at least know her name?"

"It's Kawasaki Kimiko. She's our age and a good student. Gets strait A's on every report card…but…she tends to end up in detention a lot."

"Why?" asked Renji.

"When she gets angry, she's like a bull. Don't ever get on her bad side. Ask any of the people who tried to pick on her."

"Is it even possible to get good grades yet get in trouble all the time?"

"Kimiko made it possible..."

"I'm guessing she's not the popular type?" Matsumoto said.

"She's not. So…she doesn't have friends…I hate to say it…but I'm probably the only person who would be considered a friend."

"Well," said Ichigo. "I guess we should make friends with her."

"You guys can try, but I don't think it'll work."

Rukia was the first to go up and talk to her.

"Hello," she said sweetly.

Kimiko looked up from her book. Rukia noticed that up close, this girl was very pretty. She had amber eyes and her hair was black, in a ponytail that resembled Renji's except it was bigger and was in a terra twist style.

"Hey," she replied.

"I'm Kuchiki Rukia. And you are?"

"Kawasaki Kimiko."

"It's nice to meet you."

The girl smiled. But then she looked at her desk.

"Look…I know you're trying to be friendly Rukia…but…I don't think I want to talk at the moment."

"Oh...Ok. Well, see you around."

"Alright."

Rukia walked back to her friends.

"How was it?" Renji asked.

"Tatsuki was right. She's not very social. Why is that?"

"The people who have talked to her ended up back stabbing her. The people she thought were her friends betrayed her. I guess that's why she doesn't want friends anymore. Other than that, I don't know much about her."

"Alright," said the teacher. "Time for roll call so sit at your desks while I call out your names."

All the students sat down. The teacher began to call out everyone's name in order.

"Asano Keigo."

"Here."

"Arisawa Tatsuki."

"Here."

More names.

"Inoue Orihime."

"Present!"

"Ishida Uryu."

"Present."

"Kurosaki Ichigo."

"I'm here."

"Kuchiki Rukia."

"Present."

More names.

"And I think that's it for the regular students. Now, how about the new comers introduce themselves? Please, would you stand up and come to the front of the class?"

The shinigami rose and walked towards the board.

"Now," said the teacher. "Please tell us your names."

"I'm Abarai Renji."

"Matsumoto Rangiku!"

"Madarame Ikaku."

"Ayasegawa Yumichika."

"Hitsugaya Toushirou."

Kimiko looked at them all. She was a new student in this homeroom, but she didn't go up.

There was commotion among the students.

"That guy has a wooden sword on his belt…"

"Dude, that chick has huge boobs..."

"Seems like we have a pretty boy in the class…Gee...isn't that nice..."

"Why does that kid have white hair? Did he bleach it? And shouldn't he be in middle school?"

Toushirou looked irritated.

"And carrot top over there…wow, he has tattoos. And muscles!"

"Is he a high school student?"

You could see a vein on Ikaku's head. Renji's too. They were obviously annoyed.

"Calm down you two," Toushirou said. But he was trying to keep his own annoyance under control.

"Well," said the teacher as the shinigami sat back down. "Now that all introductions have been made--" She noticed one student who hadn't stood up. She looked over at Kimiko.

"Would you mind coming up here please?"

The girl hesitated, but eventually got up and stood in front of the class.

"I'm…Kawasaki Kimiko..."

The class made another commotion.

"Isn't she the one who likes picking fights?"

"I heard she took on a whole gang of soccer players before."

"Wow...soccer players..."

"Hey, they're pretty tough!"

"You're just saying that just because you're one..."

"She's the one who gets detention a lot huh?"

One of the girls giggled. "Looks like a girl but fights like a man. What a freak."

Kimiko didn't look happy.

"May I sit down now sensei?"

"Yes."

Kimiko went back to her seat and sat down. She continued to read her book.

"Ok," said the teacher. She began writing on the board. "These are the upcoming events this year."

Ichigo and the others looked at Kimiko. She was by herself again, but she looked even more irritated than before.

"I see what you mean when you said she wasn't the social type," Matsumoto said.

"Yeah," Tatsuki replied. "She's not a person who will warm up to somebody quickly. And you can see why after she stood up in class. Her reputation is better known for her faults than for her grades…"

Renji looked at the lonely girl.

She has strong spiritual pressure, he thought. Just like Ichigo…

"Ok class," the teacher said. "Here is your schedule for the year." She walked around and handed everyone their programs.

"I have…" said Renji. "Language Arts for first period. Huh? What's that?"

Matsumoto sighed. "I got math…"

"So did I," Toushirou said. "What a coincidence…"

"Yay!" cried Matsumoto happily. "You can help me with my work taichou!"

"I think the only periods in which we have all of us together is gym and biology," Ichigo said.

"I have you for all my classes," Rukia told him.

"Again?"

"Yes."

"So what is this gym class?" asked Ikaku.

"It's physical education," replied Ichigo. "We're gonna have it for the second to last period of the day. It's the exercising period."

Ikaku smiled. "Gym is now my favorite period."

"Not when it's hot outside," Yumichika whined.

"I don't care if it's hot. It's a test of endurance!"

"Geez…it's not like were gonna go extreme sports or practice using katanas..." Ichigo said. "We mostly run laps as warm ups and then our gym teacher decides from there. I guess I'm gonna have to explain to you guys how to play the different sports. Although…" He looked at Toushirou. "I don't need to explain to you about soccer Toushirou. My little sister Karin told me all about you that day you helped her and her friends beat those bigger kids."

"It's Hitsugaya-taichou. And I only did that because I saw she was struggling."

"I think taichou has a crush on your sister Ichigo," Matsumoto said.

"No I don't."

The bell rang.

"Alright class. Time to go to your first period. Good luck!"

--

The shinigami got to their classes safely, surprisingly, and with little trouble. Renji felt a little uncomfortable since a few girls kept looking at him weird. Not in a bad way, but he still didn't like it.

He also noticed that he had that girl Kimiko for all his classes. But, like in homeroom, she was still all by herself and didn't talk. He took notice of that too.

Now, he was never by himself, because he had one or two of his friends in his class.

He was glad when the day finally ended.

"Well," Ichigo asked everyone. "How does it feel to be a high school student?"

"It's actually quite fun!" Matsumoto said. "I absolutely adore this uniform and I like the classes. They're certainly more interesting than the ones back home."

Tatsuki and Orihime walked up to them.

"It's been a good day so far," Tatsuki said.

Orihime replied to her comment. "Yes, it has!"

"Where do you think you're going Kawasaki?"

Everyone turned around.

Kimiko was face to face with three guys, who were obviously bigger than her.

"Move it," she said.

"Not until you tell me why you rejected me," said one of the guys.

"I thought I told you that I'm not interested in a relationship right now. I don't like your personality anyway. And why would you even want me to be your girlfriend?"

"All the pretty girls are taken. So, I decided to just ask a mediocre looking chick, like you. What do you say?"

"Move it."

"Ami was right," he said. "You really are a loser."

Kimiko clenched her fists.

"You actually listen to that bitch?"

"Of course. She was my ex-girlfriend. But I'm thinking about getting back with her..." He looked pensive.

"Look, I don't give a damn about what she says about me. Just get out of my way so I can go home."

"I don't think so. Not until you apologize."

"For what?"

"For not accepting to be with me. You'd have to be a total moron to not want to be my girlfriend."

Kimiko kicked him in the shin. He fell down on his knees.

"You bitch…that hurt!"

"Good. Next time it won't be on your shin. It'll be somewhere else and that'll hurt a lot."

The other two boys ganged up on her.

Ichigo and the others watched.

"Shouldn't we do something?" asked Renji.

"No," Tatsuki said. "Kim's a big girl now. She can fight for herself. Watch."

"You won't get away with this Kawasaki." He smiled. "You may be a girl, but you're still able to defend yourself. Get her boys."

The two charged at her. Kimiko dropped her book bag and dodged them. When they tried to punch her, she stopped both of their punches with one hand. It was amazing how strong she was. They both decided to punch her with their other arm, but she ducked and pulled them both down. They ended up banging their heads against each other's. She then kicked them both in the stomach and elbowed one in the ribs when he tried to grab her. She picked him up (not really high because nobody's that strong) and threw him at the other one. They crashed on the floor.

"Do you want a piece of me too?" she asked the first guy.

"You're strong for a girl." He stood up. "But not strong enough like a guy."

He was about to punch her himself, but she kicked him in the stomach with her knee and punched him upwards in the chin. Then she took a good swing and gave him a black eye, as well as a bloody nose.

She shook her head and picked up her book bag. "Bastards."

Tatsuki smiled, especially when she saw the looks on everyone else's faces.

"She is just like you," Ishida said. He pushed his glasses up.

"Yeah. Kim's not one to mess around with. She's bullied because she has no friends and nobody to defend her. But those who are smart know better. She can take on multiple people at the same time, just like me."

They watched her walk away from the schoolyard.

"But…" began Tatsuki. "Even though she's tough on the outside…"

Kimiko saw a bird whose wing was tangled in some wire. She bent down and took the creature. She untangled it's wing, making sure not to hurt it. She held the bird in her palms, and let it fly away from her hand. She watched it soar into the beautiful sky, joining its friends.

"She's really sweet on the inside."

"Hard to believe somebody like that has a soft side," Renji said.

"It's true. You just need to get to know her more."

The red head watched the girl walk away from the school, and into the city.

I already have two more chapters written out. But I wanna see if I get good reviews first. And I used these five shinigami (Renji, Matsumoto, Toushirou, Ikaku, and Yumichika) because they appeared as highschool students in the actual anime/manga. So yeah.