Author's Note: THIS IS IT GUYS!!!! THE LAST CHAPTER!!!!! KYAAA!!
I'm so happy yet so sad that this story is now done. It was a great ride, with so many reviews! THANKS again to everyone who reviewed. And if you go to the bottom you will find your names in alphabetical order.
It's finally graduation time...which means Ichigo and Rukia are now able to have a free and open relationship. Read and enjoy this last ride of Love Me, Sensei and again, THANK YOU for reading!
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Chapter 26: Graduation
Ichigo watched from below as his student got up and walked up on stage. A smile came across his face as each of his homeroom students came up to receive their diploma.
Luckily everyone in his class was graduating.
It was probably the first time in Karakura High School history.
"Asano Keigo," the principal called out.
Yes, even Keigo passed.
Ichigo clapped along with the rest of the school body and the guests. They were all inside the school gymnasium as the seniors waited for their names to be called to go up on stage.
Ichigo let out a sigh of relief when he noticed he was actually wearing his uniform without bedazzling it. In fact all of the students were wearing their school uniforms neatly with their shirts tucked in and their neckties/bows neatly done in front of them (A/N: in Japan, high school students don't wear robes for the graduation. They just wear their school uniform).
Ichigo took a quick glance to the side and smirked when he saw the big smile plastered on Hitsugaya's face. And it got noticed by shy fiancée because she was brightly smiling back at him with a huge blush across her face.
The baldy, who looked uncomfortable wearing the necktie for the first time, carefully walked up on stage and got his diploma. Ichigo could literally hear Kenpachi roaring in laughter from the stands as he watched another one of his students graduate for the first time in his kendo club history.
Every thing was going by really smoothly and it was a good thing. Besides, who would want to discipline a misbehaving student on the last day of school? Yes, this place seemed like the perfect school.
A perfect school for perverts.
Ichigo groaned as the busty woman walked across the stage, flipping her long blonde hair back as she received her diploma. And just before walking off, she looked over to the crowd and threw a wink, causing a massive amount of blood to spew out of the majority of the male population there. He should have suspected that would happen.
This time there were cat calls from half the female population in the stands.
"KYA! He's so cute!"
"Make me your girlfriend too!"
The young man merely smiled as he grabbed his diploma from his awkward principal before looking out into the crowd and waving. Nearly all the girls fainted.
But Ichigo still couldn't see what was so great about that kid.
"And finally, our valedictorian: Kuchiki Rukia."
A sense of pride swept over Ichigo as he clapped harder upon seeing Rukia slowly walking up on stage with elegance. She was smiling brightly as she walked over to the principal. She bowed as she received her diploma, and grinned even more as the gymnasium filled with a loud cheer. She looked over to the crowd on her way down and caught Ichigo's eyes. A sweet smile was sent his way and Ichigo felt amazing love fill his body at that moment.
The principal returned to the podium and made his last speech. And then… "Congratulations, seniors! You're now all DISMISSED!"
An even greater noise erupted as everyone cheered, especially the students, as they quickly gathered their stuff to leave the gym.
Rukia was quickly pulled by her friends and was outside before she knew it.
"It's finally over!" Matsumoto squealed.
"Let's take a class picture!" Hinamori called out as she dragged Hitsugaya with her, who was holding a digital camera.
"Good idea!" Rukia was suddenly surrounded by her classmates and everyone readied their pose.
Hitsugaya rolled his eyes as he turned on his camera. "Stay still!" he shouted as he got down on one knee to try and get a better angle. Just as he was about to take the picture, a sudden orange caught his eyes and he immediately pulled away. "Kurosaki! Come over here and get in this picture!"
Ichigo looked up and was shocked to see his homeroom students shouting at him to join them.
"Hurry up and get over here Kurosaki-sensei!"
"Our last day together!"
A smile came on as he walked over. "Alright already," he snickered as he came up to his students.
"Get in the middle," Tatsuki ordered as she pulled him into the center of the picture. And she suddenly pushed him to one side, landing him next to their class rep. "There that looks better," she grinned.
Rukia smiled at her friend before looking up at Ichigo. "Let's take a memorable picture together, sensei."
Ichigo smiled as he placed a hand on her shoulder. "Yeah, our last picture as 'student and teacher.'" The two looked back front as Hitsugaya got his camera ready again.
"Okay!" he shouted, "Three! Two! One!"
"CHEESE!" Everyone shouted as they suddenly changed their pose into something more mischievous and just them. Most of the girls were holding up the 'V' sign while some of the guys were sticking out their tongues and pushing the tip of their noses upwards to imitate a pig's nose. Some even jumped and made a hilarious pose in the air, while a few others just remained still in their spots with bright smiles.
"Oi! That just ruined the entire picture!" Hitsugaya shouted, although he was smiling at their hilarious antics.
"Let's take more!" Matsumoto squealed and the short teacher immediately brought up his camera to take more pictures of the graduating class of 3-2. And in the center of all the pictures were Ichigo and Rukia, standing next to each other with huge smiles on their faces.
After another five minutes of taking picture after picture, Ichigo finally got pushed out of the group so the students could take pictures with other teachers. He smirked as he walked off to watch his class from afar.
"It's good to see them all smiling like that."
Ichigo looked over and nodded his greeting when he saw Orihime standing next to him. "Yeah, it really is."
The young woman giggled as several students started to climb up on Chad for another picture. "I can't believe they're already graduating. Kind of reminds me of when we graduated."
"We were as happy as them," he nodded.
"Nope," she shook her head, earning her a look from the man standing next to her, "You're much happier now than back then."
Ichigo stared at her for a second before his smile came back. "Yeah, I guess you're right."
"Treat her well, Kurosaki-kun, or else you'll have Ishida-kun, Sado-kun and me to talk to," she half-heartily threatened, "There's a lot more people siding with Kuchiki-san over you."
Ichigo laughed as he nodded. "I got it. And don't worry; I'm planning on doing something later to make sure she never leaves me again."
Orihime looked at him before smiling again once she got what he was insinuating. "I can't wait to hear the official news. Remember to call us immediately afterwards."
"Promise," he smiled back.
"Inoue-sensei! Come take a picture with us too!" Matsumoto screamed out and Orihime quickly left Ichigo's side to join the 3-2 group picture.
Ichigo just continued to watch as more pictures were taken. But this time, a twitch came on when he noticed who suddenly came to stand next to him. "What do you want?"
"Just want to know what you're planning to do from now on," Uryuu smirked as he shoved his hands into his pockets. "School is finally over and you don't have to hide your relationship anymore. But letting it out too soon might bring some problems as well."
Ichigo nodded in understanding. "We're most likely going to keep away from the school for awhile and wait several more months before making it public. Rukia is planning on telling the rest of her friends after they start college."
"That reminds me, where is she going?" Uryuu asked as he pushed up his glasses.
"Karakura University. It's only a bus ride away so she doesn't have to move out or anything. We were actually thinking of going to Tokyo and stay at my father's place, but most of her friends are going there so she wanted to stay. It's good for me since I'm still going to be teaching here."
"Too bad. She could have done so much better at Tokyo. But this school isn't that bad."
"It'll help her in pursuing her dream," Ichigo nodded, "And I'm more than happy to support her."
Uryuu smirked when Keigo was suddenly being chased by Tatsuki when he tried to wrap his arms around Hinamori and Rukia. The two male teachers laughed at the scene in front of them. "I have to say that I'm going to miss these kids. When I first taught them last year, I remember wanting to strangle them. But now it's a bit sad to let them go."
Ichigo nodded. "Especially for me. These are my first students."
"Well, good luck when her friends find out. They're most likely going to come after you," he chuckled. "By the way, where's her brother?"
"In London," he answered, slightly annoyed at the mentioning of the man. "Rukia invited him but he couldn't make it. So instead we're going to go over there to visit him this weekend. It's some sort of present for her."
His friend tried to block out his laughter by grabbing his mouth. "I have a feeling you might not come back alive after this."
"Shut up," he glared.
"Whatever. Anyways, good luck with that guy, and don't forget you still owe us dinner." Uryuu slapped him on the back before walking away to enter the picture when the students started to call out for him.
Ichigo smiled as his friend disappeared. His eyes then caught Chad's hidden ones, but instead of coming over to talk to him, Chad was just himself as he gave his good friend a nod of his head. Ichigo nodded back, knowing full well what it implied.
And Ichigo was really going to need it.
Rukia breathlessly ran up the stairs and pulled out her copy of the key as she reached the door. With a twist and turn, she finally got it open and swung it open. "Ichigo?" she called out, poking her head out through the door.
"Right here," Ichigo answered from the side.
Rukia smiled when her eyes landed on him and passed through the door. It immediately closed and locked behind her as she slowly walked over. "Why did you suddenly call me up here?" she asked, looking over the school roof to see most of the students leaving the grounds to start their break.
Ichigo, who was also looking out, smiled when he caught sight of some of his friends. "I wanted to get away from everyone. And my family is most likely at our place to celebrate your graduation so I just wanted to come up here before all the chaos begins."
Rukia stepped closer to him and leaned her head against his shoulder. "It's finally over."
"Nah," Ichigo shook his head, "It's only the beginning."
"That was cheesy," she laughed.
"Yeah, it really was," he snickered.
Rukia turned to face him with a bright smile. "So, did you buy me anything for my graduation present?"
"Am I not good enough?" he smirked, earning him a light kick.
"You're really pushing your luck."
Ichigo laughed along with her as he reached down to grab her left hand and started to play with her fingers. "You know, I really hated you back when I first met you."
"The feeling was mutual," she said.
Ichigo smirked as he laced their fingers together. "But somehow you squeezed your way into my heart and I couldn't get you out, not that I wanted to though."
"I'm nothing without you," Ichigo whispered.
Suddenly the smile slipped away and Rukia looked at him skeptically. "What are you trying to pull here, Kurosaki? Is this about that new game station that just came out? Because I'm not falling—"
"Shut up midget! That's not what I'm talking about!" Ichigo snapped, pissed at her for suddenly ruining the moment he was conjuring up.
"Then why are you saying such weird things?!"
Ichigo gawked at her. "'Weird'? I was jut trying to be romantic!"
Rukia scoffed. "'Romantic'? More like fucked up."
"Rukia," Ichigo growled, "You're not making this any easier!"
"Then just say whatever you need to say and get it over with! Don't go around in circles!"
The two kept their glares fixed on each other, the once happy and peaceful moment now long gone. Finally pulling away, Ichigo sighed as he slid his free hand into his pocket. "Man, and I had this planned out so much better."
"What are you mumbling about now—"
But Rukia's words got cut off when Ichigo suddenly went down on one knee and slipped a diamond ring on her left ring finger. "Will you marry me?" he slightly groaned and slightly whispered, breathlessly, as a small blush crept up his face.
Rukia gasped when she saw how the perfect ring slid perfectly to fit around her finger. She could only stare between Ichigo and the ring for several seconds, her mind slowly processing what was happening. And the moment she finally figured it out, her big eyes started to get overwhelmed with tears. Before she knew it, a big grin appeared on her face.
Ichigo smiled when he noticed the change in her expression. "Well?"
"Yes," she nodded before jumping down to wrap her arms around his neck. "Yes!" she shouted this time.
Ichigo laughed as his arms came around her waist and hugged her tightly to him. He stood up and lifted Rukia into the air, who squealed at his sudden action.
Rukia pulled away to smile down at her fiancée's glowing face. "Yes," she repeated, "Yes, I'll marry you, Kurosaki Ichigo."
"And I love you, Kuchiki Rukia," Ichigo responded.
Rukia quickly shook her head as she leaned to lightly brush her lips against his. "You mean, 'soon-to-be' Kurosaki Rukia."
A big ass grin appeared on Ichigo's face as he set her down. "I like the sound of that."
Ichigo pulled her closer as Rukia tip toed so she could keep her arms around his neck as they leaned in for a kiss to show each other exactly how much they love each other.
They might have started off wrong, cursing each other to hell at every possible second, but now their love was impossible to penetrate through. Now, nobody would look at them as teacher and student but they will be known as husband and wife that not even death could part.
A/N: THIS IS THE END!!!
I can't believe I actually finished this baby! Let me tell 'ya, I was so close to stop writing this because of my hectic schedule but I stuck to it because of YOU GUYS! All the reviews and love I got was enough to really pull this story off. THANK YOU again!
This was probably the shortest chapter in this entire story. I thought it was longer but there really wasn't much I could include. And the proposal was the main thing I wanted to focus on. I debated over where it should take place when I remembered I never written about the school roof after that one chapter oh-so-long ago. So I thought I use it. It would be great if I could write a chapter on Byakuya finding out about the engagement when they go to visit him, but I'll leave that up to your imagination lol.
Also, it wasn't until a friend of mind reminded me that I haven't written any chapter with Ichigo's birthday or Rukia's birthday. Hmm…I wonder why I did that. But it's too late to do anything about that so I apologize. I wanted to add them but that's too much work and I really need a break before starting a new story.
Finally, here's the THANK YOU REVIEWERS! list I promised. Usually I write some side comments...but there were too many people so I decided not to do it this time. Sorry, but I'm still very grateful and I read every review!:
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