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Listening to: Iron and Wine – 'Such Great Heights'.

Ulquiorra opened his eyes. The room was bright, sun shining through the open window. He shifted and froze when he felt the arm draped across his stomach. Turning to find its owner, he saw a dishevelled and sleepy Neliel, who appeared to only be wearing the blanket, open her eyes and smile drowsily at him, before leaning over to thread the fingers on her other arm through the hair not covered by his mask.

That was the point he forgot to breathe.

She put her lips to his ear and whispered in her sweet, lilting voice, "Good morning, Ulquiorra." His eyes closed, and he felt those warm, too-soft lips delicately brush his cheek.


Only, this time, he didn't wake up. He was already very awake, thank you very much and profoundly grateful, as he turned his head to capture Nel's lips in a kiss. She drew back and grinned.

"Mmm, it is a good morning."

He smiled and pulled her closer. "Indeed. So, what do we have planned for today?"

She looked a little sheepish. "We really should attempt the budget, at least. We kinda left it on the floor somewhere yesterday. I have a sneaking suspicion that Maiko will kill us for the all the paper strewn around the office."

"I wanted to put you on the desk, it was in the way", he murmured, kissing her again when she smiled. "Besides", he added when they broke apart, "that will hopefully teach her not to lock her superiors in their office."

Nel raised an eyebrow. "Even if it's for a good cause?"

"I suppose. I also suppose it's time to get up."

"Not necessarily." Nel grinned. "Technically you're only late if you arrive after your captain."

A smirk crept across his face. "Really? I suppose I'll just have to keep you here until I'm ready to go. Any ideas on how I could do that, Neliel?"

"Oh, I've got a few."

"Well then, I defer to my captain and her superior strategy."

"I was hoping you'd say that."


And it's over! My baby is all grown up, whatever shall I do?

Well, write more. Duh. I should have a new one up soon, featuring the disturbing matchmaking team that is Grimm, Ran and Maiko and a very hapless Renji.

What could possibly go wrong? Yeah… Oh dear.

Anyway, thanks to all who read and reviewed, it's been great to hear from you!