"How long has it been…" She pondered to herself. Looking up at the sky. "Five years? Has it really been that long." She walked slowly down the street. "My life has changed so much since that day, that day I was deployed into the real world. It was the day I met Kurosaki Ichigo." Rukia looked up at the 8th Division Head Quarters. "Our meeting was rocky but he showed such bravery, I felt like I could trust him immediately." She smiled staring at the back of Ichigo's head. "He never dose what I say. He's reckless and stupid. Rushing into things he knows he can't handle. But he always comes through. When push comes to shove He's a fighter, even when his dark side comes out he's a survivor. He always knows how to lift me higher, and no army could keep him down. Whether we are dealing with Hollows, Arrancarrs, or Quincys. He never lets me down."

The Rain is Poring…

My Heart is Racing…

Your Pride is Broken…

Our Love is Spoken…

Rukia walked behind Ichigo remembering how much time has gone by since that day. The day, the rain poured. The Man from Soul Society left, Ichigo was barely conscious on Rukia's lap. The battle with the Grand Fisher was over, and the despicable hollow was gone, the battle a draw, Rukia stroked his hair, and whispered. "Thank you for surviving." She paused pushing the hair from his face, "I love you." So quietly she barely moved her lips, "I love you too" Ichigo whispered and he put his hand on her cheeks and pulled her down kissing her forehead. Rukia started to cry as she kissed Ichigo's lips.

Ichigo and Rukia walked into the 8th Division Building, they wondered past the many members of the division. Ichigo would give each a polite nod, until they arrived at his chambers. It wasn't long after the 100 year blood war against Quincy rebels had ended, that the New Caption Commander Kyōraku Shunsui had named Ichigo, now 20 years old, the Caption of the 8th Division for all his hard work, and for all he has done for Soul Society. And sense Ichigo could no longer return to the Human world, it would give him something to do.

Rukia was still the Lieutenant of the 13th Division, but she frequently helps Ichigo with his Division whenever she can. She acted as his unofficial Lieutenant. Ichigo sat down on his bed, Rukia walked over to him. He took her hands as she stood between his knees, gazing down at him. He wore his captions Haori normally, but he tore the sleeves off, and the ends of the white Haori were jagged and warn out, as was the bottom hem of the haori, but the 8th Division seal was displayed proudly on the back in mint condition. Rukia looked up at Ichigo, she smiled and leaned in to give him a tender kiss.