Number: 15

Title: A talk with Haineko

Date: May 25, 2009

Summary: The title says it all, really...

Characters/Pairings: HitsuxMatsu and Haineko

Word Count: 625

Dedication: Ronneygirl, thanks for your support 8)

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Hitsugaya sat down in his office and started filling out Matsumoto's old paperwork as she snored on the couch.

Suddenly, he noticed that Matsumoto's zanpakuto, which she had left next to her on the couch, was glowing. As he watched, Haineko's blade dissolved into grey ash which flowed over to his desk. The ash condensed until a small grey cat was sitting on top of his desk (and paperwork!).

"It's nice to see you, Toshiro." the cat said.

"Haineko?" Hitsugaya queried. It was almost unheard of for a zanpakuto to converse with one who was not their wielder.

"Of course. I'm sure you are wondering why I came here, so I'll be brief. Though I approve of your relationship with my mistress and I am pleased that you are making her happy—" The cat's body grew larger, until she was as big as the desk. Her claws and teeth were exposed and her eyes glowed yellow. "If you do something to hurt her…you'll regret it"

Hitsugaya found himself involuntarily shivering. Note to self: if this is what her inner self looks like when she's angry, NEVER mess with Matsumoto when she's in a bad mood.

Haineko continued. "My mistress does not give her heart easily and it takes her a long time to recover when it is broken. I would not have another do to her what Gin did."

"I would never harm Rangiku," he said, his green eyes locked onto Haineko's yellow ones. "Nothing will sever the bond that we have with each other." The white-haired captain's gaze turned icy as he saw a glimmer of red eyes in his mind. "And I will never do what he did. Never."

Haineko looked at him for another moment, before dipping her head and shrinking again. "I'll hold you to that." Then she closed her eyes and started to purr. "We made a wise choice when we chose you." With that, the ash cat vanished.

On the couch, Matsumoto opened her eyes sleepily and yawned. "Morning, taicho."

Hitsugaya rolled his eyes. "Matsumoto…it's four in the afternoon!"

"Meh, same thing..."

Hitsugaya noticed tear tracks on his fukutaicho's face. "Were you having a bad dream?"

She didn't answer him.

Hitsuagaya glanced at her. Uh-oh. The only time she gets like this is when she's thinking about him. Haineko's words ran through his mind: My mistress does not give her heart easily and it takes her a long time to recover when it is broken.

Having no desire to be ripped apart by the irate cat, Hitsugaya knew he had to act.

Rangiku," he said, walking over and placing his arms around her.

She looked up at him unhappily. "I'm sorry, Toshiro. I love you but he haunts my dreams. You deserve somebody better than me."

He cut her off. "I don't care. Why would I ever settle for anybody else when I have you?"

She leaned into his embrace as he continued. "It doesn't matter to me. Nothing will ever change the fact that I am yours and you are mine."

She looked up at him. "Promise?"

"I promise." he replied, bending down to kiss her.

As he lost himself within the taste of Matsumoto's lips on his, Hitsugaya thought that he could hear Haineko purring.

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i must have written this thing over at least three times and the ending seems a little rushed to me, but it's as good as its gonna get...

don't worry, i'll be back soon enough

-stormwolf527