A/N: Guess what? I am not dead! (And thank God for that) I just got very busy with offline life. I'm so sorry that I haven't updated this story since last March! orz I have no excuse for this rubbish. Terribly sorry. Well actually…yeah I do, but it's not a good excuse. xD; I have been active here on this site just…not with all of my stories… My Hetalia ones are getting the most attention because…it's my current fandom (and oh boy am I ever absorbed in it…) But then, I said to myself, "My poor older fanfics. I should update them soon…yeah." Thus, your new chapter.

Lol You guys seem to really like Shinji! I read all your comments again recently (which motivated me to write again and stop lagging) and realized that he is an adored character, so yeah. xD

Ah ha, and excuse the very lame title for this chapter. I couldn't think up a better one…

Hope you like this chapter!


It Takes Two to Tango

"Shinji…Hirako?" Kimiko asked.

"Yup!" He put his hat back on his head. "I decided to drop by this school again, for old time's sake."

"Are you here for Ichigo or something?"

"Hmm? Oh no, I just wanted to visit! Do you mind if I join you in this little cubby hole you have here?"

"I don't mind, but I'm not much of a talker."

Shinji sat down next to her, a little cramped since he was taller. "Well, most people are like that, but if you start asking the shy one questions, they'll get to talking. Let's experiment with this: first off, why are you sitting here all by your lonesome?"

"That's not important."

"Of course it is! Just tell me. I'm sure it can't be something really bad."

"You like to pry don't you?"

Shinji laughed. "Nah, but I do like to know what's going on with the people I know."

"It wouldn't matter to you. It's just something stupid and me getting worked up over nothing."

"I beg to differ."

"You'd only stare and tell me to get over it."

"Try me Kimiko."

She looked at him a little shocked. "How…do you know my name?"

"Oh, a little birdy told me, but ever since I came back here, I know a little thing or two about you." He looked at her. "This is about Renji isn't it?"

"You already know my situation, so I don't see why I have to elaborate."

"True. I just wanted to get you to talk. I like conversing with people."

"Then you should talk to Ichigo." She bit into her sandwich again. "You know him better than I do."

"Ha ha, yeah I guess, but he's not always happy to see me. I think I annoy him or something. But anyway, I would like to know more about you."

She turned to him, surprised again. "…why?"

"Why? Why not?"

"I'm not that much of an interesting person."

"Hmm, I don't think so. You've gotta be if you're involved now with shinigami and stuff. Just start off by telling me what you like doing."

"…why are you doing this?"

"Because nobody should be without a friend."

Kimiko looked at him for a moment, no expression on her face. "Okay, I guess I can tell you. Well, for starters, I like cooking for my two little brothers, and just cooking in general. I also like to read books and graphic novels and…practice karate, usually with Tatsuki. I suppose that's about it."

"Do you like going places?"

"I don't get out much."

"Ah, so you're a homebody?"

"Sorta. I basically have no social life whatsoever, so I usually just stay at home cooking, cleaning, or watching TV if I don't feel like reading anything. My brothers always like to hang out with their friends and the mod souls living with us always hang out too."

"So basically you're by yourself every day?"

"Yeah."

"What about holidays or vacations?"

"I have no family here, and I let my brothers go with their friends to places."

"And you just stay at home all by yourself?"

"Pretty much yeah. I told you I wasn't interesting."

"Well, I don't understand why a pretty girl like you wouldn't go out with friends and stuff."

"First off, I have little to no friends and the ones I do have are too busy with their own lives to care about mine. Secondly, I am far from pretty."

"And you think that second statement is true because…?"

Kimiko blinked. "Because it is true."

"Who said so?"

"Ami…bullies…"

"And these are all people who either hate you because they're jealous or because they have emotional problems at home and need to take it out on somebody innocent right?"

The girl was very startled at his response. "…what?"

He laughed. "There is a reason why people are mean to others. They could have an inferiority complex themselves. Kimiko, have you ever looked at yourself in the mirror?"

"Only to put my hair up or when I brush my teeth. Otherwise, no I haven't."

"You should. You're not ugly like you believe you are."

"Shinji, you can keep trying to convince me that I am in fact beautiful, but it'll never work."

"Well, whatever you say. I just think you don't take much pride in yourself. Honestly, you should try to change your clothing style. All you ever wear are T-shirts and pants right? At least, when you don't have to wear your uniform?"

"I…I guess…yeah…"

"Maybe you should change around your wardrobe a bit."

"I want people to like me for who I am, not for what I look like, which is the primary reason why nobody has ever cared about me before in a romantic sense."

"How do you expect people to care about you if you don't even care about yourself?"

Kimiko was starting to get annoyed with all his questions that kept stabbing her because they were in fact true. "Look, lunch is almost over and I don't wanna be late to my next class. Could you please move?"

Shinji sat up and got out of her way. He offered her a hand but didn't take it. "Thanks, but I'm not handicapped."

"It's still a gesture anybody should do when somebody else is trying to get up."

"Hmm, I guess. Well, I'll see you around. Enjoy your time here in Karakura Shinji Hirako."

Kimiko threw away her trash and proceeded to walk to the building where her locker was at. The ex-Captain watched her leave.

"Yup. She feels this way because nobody has told her that she really is attractive, or because they put negative thoughts in her head over the years. Typical teenage girl stuff. I know how to fix this. 'Kill them with kindness' as the old saying goes."


Kimiko sat at her desk of her next class and tried not to look at Ami and Renji exchanging smiles or laughter. She tried to stay focused on her book with a straight face, even though her mouth was curving into a frown, and her eyebrows were dropping of sadness.

"Good afternoon Kim!"

She knew that voice. "Shinji, what are you doing here?"

"Oh, I have this class next!"

"You're lying."

"Ha ha! No I'm not, I'm serious! Mind if I take a seat next to you?"

"Whatever."

"I'll…take that as a yes then." He pulled up a chair and sat down next to her. "So what are you reading?"

"I'm reviewing the passage from last night's homework so it'll be fresh in my mind in case the teacher asks questions about it."

"Oh, I see. Well…is that all you read?"

"No. I like to read novels about whatever genre and magazine articles about the world happenings. Things like that not many people care about these days."

"Ah. Gotcha."

"Shinji?"

The blonde turned around and smiled. "Well hello again Ichigo!" Kimiko took this time to submerge herself in the book.

"What are you doing here?"

"I came to visit!"

"You're lying. I know you're only here to do something sneaky for your own benefit."

Shinji laughed, but then his face got a little more serious. "On the contrary. Why I'm here has nothing to do with me this time around. It's actually for somebody else who gravely needs some kindness in their life, otherwise, they might lose the purpose for living. I wouldn't want that to happen, considering the poor thing's soul could get eaten by a Hollow. We wouldn't want that, now would we?"

Ichigo knew who he was talking about, but didn't make it obvious.

"I'm here to try to repair the severely broken soul and put it back together, piece by piece, no matter how long it takes. If I don't, then who will?"

The orange-haired teen looked at him and then said, "Well…all right I guess. But just know that…it'll take a while, considering how shattered that…soul is."

"Your redheaded friend would know all about that, wouldn't he?" Shinji glanced over at the subject of the conversation, who was too absorbed in his girlfriend's charms to notice the gaze. "You're gonna help me."

"Huh?"

"I can't do this if the cause for this broken soul gets in the way. She needs to stay as far away from him as possible, otherwise she'll never heal."

"I see."

"Will you do that for me? And maybe tell your buddies too?"

"Sure." He began to walk to his seat, but before leaving, he said, "You better fix her, 'cause we sure as hell don't know how to." Ichigo then began talking with Rukia, she being the first person to get informed of what was going on.

"Don't worry," Shinji said to himself. "I know just exactly what she needs."


The final bell rang signaling that the school day was over. Kimiko walked to her locker and got all of her belongings and then headed out towards the front gate.

"Kimiko!"

She sighed and turned around. "Hello Shinji. What do you want?"

"To walk you home!"

"Why? I've walked home by myself countless times before."

"I know, but I'd still like to accompany you on your walk."

She looked at him curiously. "Fine. You can tag along, but I have to pick up my brothers first."

"Alright, that's fine with me!"

The strange young man did indeed accompany her on the walk to her brothers' school. When the twins saw her, they said goodbye to their teacher and ran to their sister.

"Nee-san!" they said in unison as they hugged her. She smiled.

"Hello you two. How was your day?"

"It was good!" They noticed Shinji standing next to her and they both blinked with their big brown eyes. "Nee-san, who is this?"

"Hmm? Oh, this is Shinji Hirako."

"Hello!" he greeted. "I'm a classmate of your sister's. It's a pleasure to meet you!"

"Oh, hello," they said.

"My name is Hiroshi."

"And I'm Keitaro."

"Well it's nice to meet you two! So what grade are you in?"

"We're in fifth grade but soon we'll be heading over to middle school after another year or something," replied Hiroshi.

"Oh, I see."

"Guys," Kimiko said. "Shinji is going to walk with us home, okay?"

"Oh, okay nee-san."

The twins didn't trust this guy, but then again, after what Renji did to Kimiko, they were never going to trust another male ever again.


Hiroshi and Keitaro watched from the couch as Kimiko cooked and Shinji assisted her in the kitchen.

"Keitaro," Hiroshi said. "What is up with this guy?"

"I have no idea Hiroshi, but I don't like him."

"Me neither. I won't like any other guy who starts to visit nee-san a lot now."

"Same here. We're going to protect her, right Hiroshi?"

"Right."

As soon as Kimiko left to wash her hands in the restroom, the twins walked up to Shinji who was sitting at the table. He noticed them standing next to him. "Oh, hey there you two!"

"What exactly do you want with nee-san?" they both asked.

"Huh?"

"We're keeping a close eye on you," Hiroshi said.

"We're not going to allow anybody else to hurt nee-san," added Keitaro.

"She's suffered so much."

"And we hate to see her cry. After the last guy who broke her heart-"

"—we're not ever going to let another guy do the same thing to her."

"We're watching you Shinji Hirako," they both said.

If this were a horror movie, Shinji would have been a bit disturbed. They really care a lot about their sister. Hmm, I thought Renji's jerkassery only hurt Kimiko, but I guess it affected the twins too. I suppose I gotta win them over as well. This is worse than I thought.

The blonde smiled. "Well don't you worry. I'm not here to hurt your big sis."

"That's what we thought about Renji nii-san."

"And about Shigeru-san."

"But they both lied."

"And hurt nee-san anyway."

"What makes you any different? Why should we trust you Shinji-san?"

"Hmm, well," he began. "I honestly don't know. You both don't know much about me and neither does your sister, but I do know a lot about her and you two."

"Huh?"

"I know what she likes, what she doesn't like, and what you guys like or dislike. I made sure to brush up on your profiles before meeting you so I don't make any of you three upset."

The twins just blinked in confusion.

"…you're weird."

"Yeah, what my brother said. And your haircut is strange too."

Shinji tried not to sound upset. "Well, that's not a very nice thing to say, now is it?"

"Just don't hurt nee-san," they said. "…and maybe we'll start to like you."

Kimiko walked out of the restroom and told the twins, "Could you please set the table you two?"

"Okay nee-san!"

Shinji stood up from the table and grabbed his hat. "Well, I better get going then."

"Huh? To where?"

"Home."

"You helped me prepare dinner. It would be rude for me to not invite you to eat it."

He beamed. "You'd really let me eat here?"

"Yes? Don't get so excited. It's just food…"


Shinji was allowed to stay even after dinner since he helped with the dishes and clean-up. Kimiko put her brothers to bed and then sat down on the couch.

"Well, I'll be going now."

"Okay, see you tomorrow at school then."

"Alright." He stood at the door before opening it. "You know, there's another reason why I came here."

"Yeah? What's that?"

"Kimiko, do you want to learn how to control your bankai more? I'm sure that the Hollow inside you is impatient to control your body."

She stood quiet. Shinji continued. "Your brothers mean a lot to you, and you mean a lot to them. I can tell. They're your only reason for living, aren't they?"

"…if I wasn't here, nobody would take care of them. I'm their only mother and father now. They're too young and too innocent. I have to continue protecting them, either from people, or from Hollows."

"Is that a yes then?"

The girl stood quiet as she stared at the blank television. "…yes, it is."

Shinji gave his trademark smile. "Well then, I'd be more than happy to be your trainer. Meet me tomorrow after class at the school gate, but only after you've picked up your brothers. I want them to come to."

"Why?"

"Well, they'd never trust me if I didn't include them. I want them to watch their sister train to see what an amazing person she is."

"Sure, I guess I can bring them along too."

"Good, good. Well, I'll see you tomorrow then. Have a good night and sweet dreams."

"Thanks."

With that, he left. Kimiko looked at the door, still puzzled by the enigma she knew as Shinji Hirako.


Like he had told her, Kimiko brought her brothers with her to the school. Tatsuki happened to pass by. "Oh, hey Kim."

"Hello Tatsuki."

"I haven't seen you in a while. How's everything?"

"Good I guess."

"Hello Tatsuki-san!" said the twins cheerfully. She smiled and knelt down in front of them to ruffle their hair.

"Well hello you two! And how are you guys doing?"

"Good! We're trying our bestest to get good grades!"

"Yeah, so nee-san can be proud of us!"

Kimiko smiled. "I'm already proud of you guys."

"But more nee-san!"

Tatsuki chuckled and stood up again. "Your brothers really are adorable."

"Yes, they are."

"I guess you're not going to practice today?"

"No, I have something to do."

"Oh, well alright. I'll see you at school tomorrow then."

"Okay. Bye."

"Later."

Kimiko waited a few more minutes and was getting impatient. Kiki and Nova popped out of her bag. "What is taking this guy so long?" complained the fox.

"I don't know, but he better be here."

"Well hello there!" Shinji appeared from behind. Kimiko turned around. "Oh, there you are."

"Are you ready to get going?"

"Yes."

"Hmm? Are those the mod souls you mentioned?"

"Oh, yeah, Kiki and Nova. I brought them with me too because they're like family to us and I didn't want to exclude them. Is that fine?"

"Sure! Well we better head on over to the place for your training. It'll be really bad for me if I'm late again…"

Kimiko and her brothers walked with him down the street and away from the school. Tatsuki had been watching this entire time from afar. "I've seen that guy before. He's one of Ichigo's weird friends. What does he want with Kimiko?" She sighed. "Nobody but Ichigo will give me answers. I should call him and ask what all this business is about."


"You're finished already Ichigo?" asked Yuzu. She and her sister Karin were still eating.

"Oh, yeah I am. The food was good Yuzu. Thank you."

"Hee hee! You're welcome!"

Ichigo left the kitchen before his annoying father exited the restroom. He closed the door and Kon shouted from the bed. "Hey, your cell phone rang while you were down there!"

"Ah, really?" He picked up his phone from the desk and saw that Tatsuki had called. "I wonder what she wants?" He dialed her number and called her back. She picked up after a few rings.

"Hello?"

"Hey."

"Oh, Ichigo. I called you a few minutes ago. Where were you?"

"I was having dinner."

"Oh okay. Well anyway, I wanted to ask you something about Kimiko."

"Me? Why me?"

"Because you're the only one who can probably give me an answer."

"Fine. Shoot."

"What is your weird blonde friend doing hanging around with her?"

"Oh, you mean Shinji?"

"That's his name?"

"Yeah, and technically he's not my friend. He's more like an acquaintance."

"Well whatever he is, you still know him. What's going on? It's like he suddenly appeared out of nowhere."

"Eh…well, it's like this. What Shinji is trying to do is…in a way, I guess fix Kimiko?"

"He's trying to mend her broken heart?"

"I guess? That's what it seems like."

"And how is he ever going to do that? What Renji did to her left her beyond devastated and crushed. She barely met this guy, what…yesterday? I saw him in class speaking with her."

"Look, I don't know how he's going to do it, but he said he's going to try."

"And who told him to do this?"

"Man I don't know! I'm just as surprised as you are!"

"Well…just make sure he does help her get out of this negative funk she's in."

"I know he will, but it looks like we have to keep Renji away from her for a while."

"Hmm." He could just imagine a smile forming on her face on the other line. "Okay, I see. Don't worry, I'll make sure he stays away from Kim then. Alright, thanks. That's all I wanted to know. Bye."

"Later."

Rukia entered into the room, already dressed comfortably to sleep for later. "Hello Ichigo."

"Hey Rukia."

"So?" asked Kon. "Who was that?"

"Tatsuki."

"Tatsuki called?" asked the raven-haired girl.

"Yeah, she did."

"What did she want to speak about?"

"It was about Kimiko. You know how important she is to Tatsuki."

"Oh, yes!" Kon exclaimed. "How is that lovely girl doing?"

"Eh, she's still the same. Hasn't cheered up at all. She's been melancholy ever since she found out the news about Renji and that one chick."

"I don't like to see such a beautiful girl so sad…"

"Well, there really isn't anything we can do," Rukia said. "Guess Shinji has to take care of this."

"Yeah, and let's hope for some progress…"


"We took long in the market Shinji," Kimiko pointed out. "And why do you have all these meals with you?"

"I had to pick up some food for everyone."

"Who exactly is everyone?"

"You'll see."

They walked into an abandoned warehouse. "There's nothing in here." The twins clung to their sister.

"Not on the surface at least."

Stairs appeared instantly leading down. Kimiko could hear voices coming from whatever room was below. There was arguing and ranting.

"Ah, yeah…she's mad."

"Who?"

"Hiyori. She always gets angry if I'm late. Well come on, you want to train don't you?"

"Yes…"

The girl and her brothers followed Shinji down the stairs. Before they got to the room, he said, "Hiyori will probably throw a fit, and throw things in addition, so wait a few seconds after you see me reach the end of the stairs before coming the rest of the way down."

"Okay."

As soon as Shinji reached the ground, a chair came flying at his head and he dropped the grocery bags.

"Oh my God!" Kimiko said surprised.

"Shinji-san!" the twins cried.

"YOU'RE LATE AGAIN!"

Shinji rubbed his head, which was now bleeding, and he stood up. "Well did you want food or not?"

"Yeah but how long does it take to friggin buy food you dumbass!"

"Well my companion and her brothers wanted to eat something, so I took them to go snack on something!"

"They couldn't have waited?"

"I wouldn't be a gentleman if I told them to wait."

"Since when are you a gentleman?"

Kimiko and her brothers came rushing down the steps. "Ah! Shinji!" She ran over to him. "Y-Your head is bleeding!"

"Ah ha, I'll be fine. Don't worry."

"No it needs to be patched up right now!"

"Shinji-san are you okay?" shrieked the twins.

"Ha ha, yeah I am. Honest! This happens all the time."

"It does?"

"Feh. Who are these three Shinji?" asked Hiyori.

"Ah yes! This is the girl I was telling you about." He turned to the rest of the Vizards. "Everyone, I'd like you to meet Kimiko and her twin brothers, Hiroshi and Keitaro."

"Uh, hello."

"H-Hi…" The brothers hid behind their sister.

"Oh, what a pleasant little family," Hachi said. Soon all of the Vizards introduced themselves to the girl and her brothers.

"Hmm…" Hiyori studied her. "Your name is Kimiko, right?"

"Yes?"

"Damn. Why is it that every new girl I meet that gets involved with us is more attractive than me?"

"What?"

"Not only does your name have a fancy meaning, "empress", but your body is almost like that Orihime chick's! Of course your boobs aren't as big as hers, but damn!"

"Er…"

"Of course Kimiko is attractive," Shinji said. "That's why I fell in love as soon as I saw her."

"Liar! You say that about every pretty girl you meet, EXCEPT ME!" She threw an apple at his head, but he dodged it.

"That's because you're a shrimp and your fang or whatever sticking out of your mouth doesn't look pleasant on a chick."

"The fang is my thing okay? We can't all wear hats like you!"

"Yeah yeah."

"Shinji," Kimiko began. "Let me take care of that wound. It really does look painful."

"It won't bother him," Lisa said. "Hiyori does this all the time."

"Besides, Hachi can take care of it," Rose said.

"Ah, really?"

"Yes." The large man got up and a yellow field began to appear over the wound. Kimiko was astounded because it looked exactly like, "…Orihime's power?"

"Ah, so you noticed!" Shinji said when the field was gone.

"This man can heal people?"

"Mm, yes you can say that. His power is stronger than Hime-chan's of course."

"Oh… Well even if your wound is healed, you still need to bandage it because it can reopen!"

"It's okay Kimiko-"

"No I insist! Hachi-san, do you have any bandages?"

"Of course."

Meanwhile, Mashiro was busy being amused by the mod soul dolls with the twins. "They're so cute!" she said.

"Aren't they? Nee-san takes them almost everywhere. This one is Nova," Keitaro held up the turtle.

"And this one is Kiki!" Hiroshi held up the fox.

"Ha ha, they really are cute!"

"Yeah! I like your costume Mashiro-san!"

"Me too! It's cool!"

"Thanks!"

Shinji smiled. "Seems like your brothers like playing with Mashiro."

"Yep. They get along better with people," Kimiko replied as she continued to wrap the bandage around Shinji's head. They were sitting on one of the various rocks of the field. "I wish I was like that. My brothers are naturals at socializing. It takes me a lot longer…"

"Well everybody is different."

"I know. There, all done."

"Thanks, but you really didn't have to do that!"

"I know, but you can never be too sure. Better safe than sorry. Besides, I don't know how I'll ever pay you back for helping me train. Thank you very much Shinji. I really appreciate it."

"No problem Kimiko. It's my pleasure! And don't worry about paying me back. Think of it as my gift to you!"

She smiled. "Okay."

"Well then, do you want to start your training?"

"Yes."

"First, I want to see how you fight as a shinigami." A sheath appeared out of nowhere in the palm of his hand.

"Okay. Kiki!"

The little fox ran over to her friend. Kimiko took out the pill and popped it in her mouth, her shinigami emerging from it.

"Look, nee-san is going to train!"

"With Shinji-san?"

"Looks like it!"

Kiki sat down next to her brothers, Mashiro very fascinated. "That's so cool! How did you do that?"

"It's a very complicated story."

"Alright Kimiko," Shinji said as he took out the sword. "I won't go easy on you, so give me everything you've got. I hate to be insulted."

"Don't worry. I didn't plan to use only a little bit of my strength anyway." She too unsheathed her sword and stood in a battle stance. This is for my brothers…!


It had been a few weeks since Shinji's return to Karakura High. Renji walked through the halls from the restroom to return to the cafeteria where his friends and his girlfriend were at. He saw through the window the grass area with shady trees, and under the shade sat Kimiko, eating her homemade lunch by herself.

"Hmm? So that's where she goes. She really should come to socialize with those girl friends of hers at that table. Why doesn't she ever talk to anybody? Gah, she's frustrating sometimes…" He noticed somebody walking towards her, and it happened to be her new blonde friend. "Shinji? What's he doing here? Come to think of it…he's been here for practically a month already."

He watched as Shinji greeted Kimiko, a smile soon forming on her face as she invited him to sit down next to her under the shade. She presented to him a homemade lunch, an extra box she had sitting there next to the one she already opened. He grinned and gave his thanks. Renji only felt the slightest pinch of jealousy, but he ignored it, although it grew when he saw the blonde place a yellow flower in her hair that he had picked up along the way. She looked at him surprised by the action, but said nothing and continued to eat, a blush creeping up on her face.

Renji didn't like what he was seeing, not because he was jealous, but because he thought it was suspicious, at least that's what he kept telling himself.

"Kimiko ~ !"

"Oh, good afternoon Shinji," she said as he approached her locker. It was after school and all the students were going home.

"Good afternoon! Thanks for the lunch today. It was very delicious!"

"Uhm, well thank you."

"Ah, you're still wearing the flower in your hair!"

"Y-Yeah I didn't want to take it off…"

"Really?"

"Y-Yes…because it's not often…people give me flowers or things like that…"

"Aww, ha ha! Well, next time I'll buy you a bouquet then with all your favorite flowers in them!"

"N-No, it's fine! Uh, anyway…I want to thank you for helping me with my training. At first my brothers were really scared when they saw my Hollow form, but…when they saw that you and the others were trying to help me to control it…they felt better."

"It's no problem. We're glad to help!"

"Hiyori seems to be a bit critical with me though…"

"Eh she's hostile to everyone, especially me. No big deal. That's just how she is."

"Oh, well if you say so."

"Hey Kimiko-can I call you Kim?"

"I guess?"

"Okay, well Kim, I was wondering…are you free Saturday?"

"Huh? Er, well yeah, I think so. I never have anything to do. I just clean and stuff. Why?"

"Wanna go out on a date?"

It had been a very long time since Kimiko blushed a dark shade of red that was even redder than the markings on Kyuubi's fur. It was not normal for her kind of personality. "A…a date?"

She's blushing! I haven't seen that before on her face! So cute ~ "Yeah, since you kinda helped me out whenever we'd have training sessions since you make us all food! I was wondering if we could go on a date someplace."

"Won't Hiyori get upset since you're always supposed to be with the Vizards?"

"She lied about that part the other day. We don't always have to be together in a group. She just needs somebody around to pummel is all. To be frank, I wanna get away from her for a while since…well damn I find a new bruise on my body every day…"

Kimiko giggled, causing her friend to smile. "So, is that a yes? Nobody else from my group will come. It'll be just you and me. Oh, well, if you brothers want to come, since I know you don't have a babysitter or any-"

"Actually, this Saturday they're going to a friend's birthday party and it's an all day thing so…I won't have anything to do."

"Wow, really? Then I guess we'll have the whole day to ourselves!"

"Yes."

"Sooo…"

"Hmm?"

"Yes or no?"

Kimiko looked at her feet for a moment. She had never went out on a date before, so she didn't know what to expect, but she trusted Shinji and Ichigo did too as well as Tatsuki, even though this guy was a very strong fighter. She knew this would make her brothers happy, and Tatsuki happy too, plus Shinji looked excited, and she had been growing quite fond of him ever since their training began.

"…yes, I'd love to go on a date Saturday."

"Great! How about I pick you up at 3:30 then? Does that sound good?"

"Yes, that's fine. Where are we going?"

"It's a surprise!"

She smiled. "Okay, then I can't wait to see what it is."

"How about I carry your books for you?"

"Like I told you over and over, I'm not handicapped so I can do it myself…"

"Aww, what happened to the cute blushing Kimiko that I saw just a few seconds ago?"

"She's gone forever."

Shinji laughed. "There's no harm in me carrying them though. You always have the heaviest text books with you!"

"Well okay. I guess it's fine. I am a little tired anyway." She handed him the text books. Shinji took them gladly and whispered in her ear with a grin, "Y'know, I'm also taking you out Saturday because I honestly do like you Kimiko."

She felt her eyes widen a bit and her heart rate increase, but she tried to ignore it as much as possible. Shinji only smiled at her but all she could do was blush and look flustered.

"There it is! That blush!"

"Be quiet or you can't carry my books!"

"Okay okay! Don't turn into Hiyori and get all violent with me…"

Tatsuki smiled from afar as she saw the two walking towards the gate, Kimiko finally with a genuine smile on her face as Shinji yet again escorted her home. "I have to thank him somehow," she said to herself. "She looks happy again."

Though Kimiko's emotions for her new friend started to turn pink with infatuation, Renji's took a slightly darker path as his own feelings became green with envy after he watched Shinji ask her out on a date, unknown to the both of them.

"I'm going to find out just exactly what the hell is going on here…"


A/N: Y'all didn't expect that to happen, did you? Hee hee. Well, sorry for the long wait. I hope you enjoyed this chapter nonetheless! Ah ha, and I'm super super sorry that I took this long to update. I swear I was going to post this chapter earlier, but then...I got caught up in trying out some new series...so I started watching Star Driver...which is full of lulz. And then...I promised in my mind I'd update asap as soon as I finished watching it, and then I started reading One Piece and forced myself to stay consistent and spend hours catching up since it has like 611 chapters. I am halfway there though! It's taken me about four days now! Just 307 more chapters for me to go and I will have caught up! Heck yeah! And the wireless internet here sucks ass so I actually got bored and decided to write the rest of this chapter, since I had half of it done last year. xD; orz Ha ha, anyway...sorry again! ^^;

There are only a few more chapters left to this story, and then it'll be finished! Thanks guys for keeping up with me even though I take forever updating! Hope you will all see this story through until the end!