"That's wasteful, as you are one of the most powerful shinigami have ever met, but if it is truly your wish to stay under me, I will respect your decision,"

I nodded, tears leaking freely, "Hai. Had you asked me that only a few days earlier, I would have agreed and jumped at the chance,"

"What changed?"

I looked at him, "Nothing,"

"You're lying,"

I smiled bitterly, "Hai, I am,"

He nodded, "Well, we should be getting back to the festival,"

"Yeah," I wiped my tears away.

We walked back to the festival in silence yet again. Only this time, instead of wild music barely audible over all the talking and celebrating, soft dancing music was playing. Everyone within sight was dancing quietly. Shinigami couples, friends, and even enemies were dancing with each other. Byakuya and I looked at each other, being the only people not dancing.

"Well, it is customary," He said and grabbed me.

I blushed as we started to dance. It was was slow dance, so I got to enjoy my moment a bit longer. As the song changed, I noticed Byakuya pulled me closer. I blushed and rested my head on his heart. Surprisingly, he didn't pull away. To the contrary, he pulled me even closer.


I couldn't hear the rest of what he said as the music grew louder and more rambunctious. But he didn't release me. I shook my head, knowing I was dreaming. There was no way this could be real. No way.

Then, he kissed me. In front of everyone. I lost all of the feeling in my body as he took my breath away. For a minute, I thought I had died in his arms.

"Sayuri, I love you," He said so only I could hear, as by now everyone was watching us.

I shook my head, "Iie, iie, iie! Don't say that!"

He looked at me in confusion, "I thought that you felt the same?"

"This is a dream! Only a dream! I need to wake up before I make myself hurt in the morning!" I pushed him off and ran as fast as I could.

I ran home to my room, thinking that once I saw my sleeping body, I'd wake up. A bit stupid, but my mind was still spinning form that kiss. I ran straight to my room, and froze as I saw that Byakuya was still waiting for me. Stupid flashstep!

"Sayuri, you aren't dreaming," Byakuya shook his head.

"I have to be. You don't love me! You love your wife," I fell to the floor and cried.

Byakuya knelt next to me, "Iie, I love you both,"

"Both?" I sobbed, "Don't lie to me. You don't have to pretend! I'll let you use me as you will,"

"Sayuri, I already told you that you are better than that. Besides, I'm not lying. You are one of the only people I can be completely honest to without thought. I love you,"

"Really?" I slowed my tears and gave a slight smile.

He nodded and hugged me to him, "Sayuri, I'll keep telling you that I love you until you believe me,"

"But what about after I believe you?"

"We'll see," He smiled and kissed me again.

There was noise in the hallway, so it was clear that we were no longer alone, "Want to take this elsewhere?"

I smiled, "Oh, being a bit forward, aren't you Captain?"

He kissed me again, "That's nii-san to you,"

"Hai sir!" I laughed.

"Oh, uh, sorry!"

"Yeah, don't stop on account of us!"

I wasn't sure who was talking, but since it wasn't Byakuya, I didn't care, "Byakuya, let's talk elsewhere,"

We got up and walked into my room, it being the closest to us. I looked at my bed to be sure, and it was empty. So this wasn't a dream. But it was still odd and out of character. Then again, they do say that love changes you, I mean, look at me and my transformation.

If you're wondering what happened next for Byakuya and myself, I'll tell you. After the first night of the festival, we became an item. Once everyone got over the shock and scandal of our relationship, they were full of well wishes and the like. But all of that is irrelevant in comparison to the last day. On the last day of the festival, things happened that where very unlikely. For one thing, I am no longer Yonai Sayuri, but Kuchiki Sayuri, wife of the head of the Kuchiki house. Hai, Byakuya took a second wife, but I was just as loved as the first wife, if not more so. It took us all by surprise and even on our honeymoon, I am still getting used to the idea of being married to the love of my life and death.

Ok, maybe a bit too fast and out of character, but overall, I think I have a decent job of keeping the characters in character. Better than I normally do at any rate. So, yeah, I don't own Bleach and I hope you review.

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I thank you once again for reading!