Chapter Ten: Strawberry Flower

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Ichigo smiled, watching from his spot on the counter as Tousen arranged flowers for a customer. It had been two years since the war between Aizen's family and Ichigo's. Both of them had healed up from their time stuck with Aizen, although Tousen was sporting a new scar on his chest, but Ichigo was the only one who saw it, and he thought it was rather.... dashing on his lover.

"If you keep staring I'm going to think that something is wrong with the flowers," Tousen said teasingly.

"No, there's nothing wrong with them," Ichigo said. He leaned over and kissed the corner of Tousen's mouth. "However, it is our anniversary this weekend and I'm kidnaping you," He said.

"Kidnaping me?" Tousen asked moving so he was standing between Ichigo's legs, his hands on Ichigo's thighs. "Where are you taking me?"

"That is a secret," Ichigo said running his fingers across Tousen's strong jaw.

"How long are we going to be gone?" Tousen asked.

"A week or two," Ichigo said.

Tousen simply smiled and pressed his lips to Ichigo's. Ichigo's hands grabbed at Tousen's shirt, pulling their bodies flush against each other and let out a low groan. "I can't wait," Tousen said huskily and Ichigo shivered.

"Do you like the ocean?" Ichigo asked.

"I grew up by the ocean," Tousen said. "I love the ocean," He added running his lips down Ichigo's neck.

"Good," Ichigo purred. He pushed Tousen back lightly, and got off the counter. "I've got a few errands to run, I'll be home later," He kissed Tousen's cheek before leaving the shop.

Tousen sighed and shook his head.


"Is there a reason we couldn't take a normal flight?" Tousen asked.

Ichigo looked up from the book he was reading, then looked around the private jet he had borrowed from Byakuya. "We'll it's easier to travel this way," Ichigo said.

"Does it have anything to do with where we're traveling?" Tousen asked.

Ichigo hummed and leaned back in his seat. "Not telling," He said

"Don't be childish," Tousen said and Ichigo laughed and kissed Tousen's cheek.

"Did you know, Grandfather bought me an island for my twenty-first birthday?" Ichigo asked, his lips against Tousen's ear.

"I know now," Tousen said.

"Yes, well I haven't been there in a few years," Ichigo said. "Plus it's beautiful, no one else is on it, and no one will bother us on it," Ichigo kissed under Tousen's ear. "Happy now?"

"I'd be happy if you didn't tell me," Tousen said.

"You are very strange," Ichigo said, his eyes narrowing. "You're planning something, I can tell," He said.

Tousen chuckled. "Now who's being childish?"

"You still," Ichigo said turning back to his book.

"I love you," Tousen whispered kissing Ichigo's temple.

"Love you too," Ichigo mumbled, feeling his cheeks flush.


The island was small, only three miles from one end to the other, and the house that was built on it was also not big, made perfectly for two to spend time alone.

Ichigo chuckled holding on to Tousen's arm and leading him through the house. "What are you so giddy about?" Tousen asked.

"You'll find out," Ichigo said opening the door to the bedroom, and smiled.

"Tell me," Tousen said.

Ichigo didn't say anything, just pushed Tousen onto the bed with a soft thud.

"What is this?" Tousen chuckled looking up at Ichigo.

"Consider this our honeymoon," Ichigo said pulling off his shirt before straddling Tousen's hips.

"Our honeymoon?" Tousen asked putting his hands on Ichigo's waist.

"We've been together two years today," Ichigo said kissing down Tousen's neck. "I liked to consider it long enough to be married,"

Tousen chuckled and flipped them over, so Ichigo was laying on the bed, staring up at Tousen. "We could really get married," He said and kissed Ichigo softly. "Then have a real honeymoon," He kissed Ichigo again.

"Really?" Ichigo asked.

"Yes," Tousen said. Ichigo leaned up and kissed Tousen, wrapping his arms around Tousen's neck.


"What do you think Byakuya will say if I ask him to be my man of honor?" Ichigo asked looking over at Tousen who was laying in the sand next to him.

"He'd be angry," Tousen said smiling.

"Probably," Ichigo rolled onto his side and moved closer to Tousen, kissing down his dark toned chest.

"What are you doing?" Tousen asked putting his hand on the back of Ichigo's head.

"Kissing your chest," Ichigo said sucking below Tousen's right nipple.

Tousen groaned and tangled his fingers in Ichigo's hair. "Why?"

"Because I want to," Ichigo said. "Do you want me to stop?"

"Not at all," Tousen said. "But I have a something for you,"

"Oh what's that?" Ichigo moved so he was laying on Tousen.

"It's the last flower I'm going to give you," Tousen said.

"Oh? What is it?" Ichigo asked, watching as Tousen reached over to his shirt and pulled a flower from the pocket.

"It's my favorite flower. You asked me what it was a while ago, and I never told you," Tousen said.

Ichigo took the flower and twisted the stem lightly in his fingers. It was a small flower with white petals and a yellow center.

"It's a strawberry flower," Tousen said.

"You ass," Ichigo said, but he was smiling and blushing.

"It's always been my favorite," Tousen said.

"Really? Why? It's very plain," Ichigo said.

"I think it's beautiful," Tousen said running his fingers through Ichigo's hair. "Like you,"

"You are the strangest person in the world did you know that?" Ichigo asked resting his head on Tousen's chest.

"Why is that?" Tousen asked.

"You can't see, yet you call me beautiful," Ichigo said quietly.

Tousen chuckled. "Just because my eyes don't work doesn't mean I can't see how beautiful you are," Tousen said.

Ichigo mumbled something that sounded a lot like 'that doesn't make any sense' but Tousen didn't say anything.

"I know you're beautiful on the outside Ichigo, but you've also got beauty that goes beyond that," Tousen said.

Ichigo drew circles on Tousen's chest, again mumbling something 'only flowers and women are beautiful... Im a guy,'

Tousen chuckled and kissed Ichigo's forehead. "I love you," He said.

"I love you too," Ichigo said closing his eyes and resting his head on Tousen's chest. "Can we stay here forever?"

Tousen laughed. "It's your island isn't it?" He asked.

"Yes but, would you want to stay here forever?" Ichigo asked.

"Only if I'm with you," Tousen said.

"Sap," Ichigo said.

"So are you," Tousen said.

"We couldn't get married here," Ichigo said.

"Why?" Tousen asked.

"Because Byakuya would come here and kill you for not asking him if you could marry me," Ichigo said. "Rukia would have a melt down that I didn't let her design the whole wedding,"

"What about your grandfather and Renji?" Tousen asked.

"Renji would just laugh at me, and Grandfather would be disappointed that he didn't get to walk me down the isle," Ichigo said.

"Well we can't take those things away from your family," Tousen said. "So it seems we're going to have to go back,"

"Not for another week," Ichigo said with a sigh.

"Good," Tousen said.

"Why?" Ichigo asked.

"Do I have to have a reason for wanting to stay with you?" Tousen asked.

"Because you love me is a good one," Ichigo said.

"Then it's because I love you," Tousen said.

"Good," Ichigo said and pressed his lips against Tousen's. "I love you too,"

Tousen rolled them over and Ichigo's legs wrapped around his waist. "It's not a good idea to do it here," Tousen said, but was kissing down Ichigo's chest.

"Why?" Ichigo asked

"Sand," Tousen said.

"What about it?"

"It gets everywhere," Tousen said, his lips hovering over one of Ichigo's nipples.

"Oh yea," Ichigo said blushing. "We should go shower then," He suggested.

"Not yet," Tousen said.

"You said that we should go inside," Ichigo said and shivered.

"I know," Tousen said.

"Okay, inside," Ichigo pulled away from Tousen and pulled the dark skinned man into the house. Ichigo turned the shower on, then pulled Tousen in.

Tousen pushed Ichigo up onto the wall and kissed him.


When the couple finally returned home, it seemed that the two shared an inside joke, and whispering to each other.

Towards Ichigo's family, Tousen still seemed a little cold and off-putting, but to Ichigo he was the best thing in the world, which they still couldn't understand.

Ichigo was now sleeping in Tousen's lap in the family living room.

Ichigo's grandfather was reading a book in a leather chair. Renji and Rukia placing a racing game on the t.v. and Byakuya was sitting in the other armchair, leaning to look at paper work on the coffee table.

"Byakuya, can I ask you something?" Tousen asked making the other man stop what he was doing and look at the blind man.

"It depends," Byakuya said.

Tousen wasn't deterred by the bitterness in Byakuya's voice. "While we were away, Ichigo and I decided something," Tousen said.

The whole family had gone silent. Tousen carded his fingers through Ichigo's hair.

"I'm listening," Byakuya sat back in his seat.

"Ichigo said I should probably ask you first," Tousen said and sighed. "We can't actually get married, but the idea of being together as long as we're both alive is something we both want,"

Rukia was bouncing in her seat. Grandfather and Renji both looked very amused. Byakuya was very uncharacteristically tensed. "And?" Byakuya said.

"Ichigo wanted me to ask you if we could have a unity ceremony," Tousen said. "Would you be willing to give Ichigo over to me?" He asked.

Everyone was looking at Byakuya, who was staring at Ichigo who he knew was only pretending to be asleep. Byakuya took a few deep breaths and closed his eyes. "That's a lot to ask,"

"Oh come on it's been two years!" Rukia suddenly said, then clapped her hands over her mouth.

Tousen and Byakuya were both silent, Byakuya staring at Tousen, then at Ichigo who had his arms wrapped around Tousen's middle. Byakuya cleared his throat. "If I do... and you end up hurting Ichigo," Byakuya started. " I'll kill you,"

Ichigo couldn't pretend to sleep anymore. He was grinning like an idiot, so he buried his face against Tousen's stomach.

"I wouldn't expecting anything else," Tousen said.

"Byakuya," Grandfather said and the ebony haired man looked at him. "You still haven't said yes or no,"

Byakuya's jaw tightened. "Okay," He said. He barely had time to brace himself in his chair as an orange blur shot at him. He caught Ichigo with an 'ugh' and sighed. "Ichigo, what are you doing?" He asked.

"Hugging you," Ichigo said. "Shut up and hug me back before I change my mind," He said.

Rukia snorted.

Byakuya wrapped his arms around Ichigo's shoulders. "I'm glad you're happy," Byakuya said.

"Thank you," Ichigo said.

"You should let him go," Renji said.

"Why?" Ichigo asked.

"Your fiancee will get angry," Rukia chuckled.

Ichigo looked over his shoulder at Tousen. "I don't think he'll get angry," Ichigo said.

"Why's that?" Byakuya asked.

"Because he's the one I'm gonna blow hi-" Byakuya lifted Ichigo up, and over his shoulder. "What are you doing?"

"It's tradition to be abstinent until after the wedding," Byakuya said. "I'm separating you,"

"What!?" Ichigo struggled in Byakuya's grip. "I can't not have sex!"

Tousen leaned back on the couch.

"Tousen do something!" Ichigo said.

"It's part of the tradition," Tousen said sounding highly amused. He also made no move to stop Byakuya from carrying Ichigo towards the stairs.

"Wha! Tousen!" Ichigo cried as Byakuya took him up the stairs. "You're being overly dramatic Byakuya," He said crossing his arms as his older brother pulled carried him up the stairs.

"I'm not," Byakuya said. "I wanted to talk to you," He set Ichigo down on his bed, then knelt in front of him.

Ichigo looked at him. "What about?"

Byakuya sighed. "I've never been much for words huh?" Byakuya asked, Ichigo stayed quiet, knowing it was going to be one of those moments when Byakuya actually showed he had a heart, Ichigo wasn't going to ruin it by opening his big mouth. "The things that have happened in the last few years has opened my eyes," He started. "You've grown up, a lot," He bit his cheek, another thing that Byakuya Kuchiki never did.

Ichigo smiled, this wasn't Byakuya Kuchiki anymore.... in this moment this was his older brother 'Kuya, that had taken care of him.

" I'd like to pretend you're always going to be the little klutz who tripped over air, but your not anymore," Byakuya said. "It's time to let you go I guess Ichigo," Byakuya placed his hands on Ichigo's shoulders and Ichigo looked up at him. "You'd better take care of yourself, or I'll regret all of this and lock you in your room for the rest of your life," He said.

Ichigo grinned. "Don't get soft on me now 'Kuya,"

"Do you really want me to lock you in your room?" Byakuya asked.

"You know I'll just climb out my window," Ichigo smiled.

"What am I gonna do with you?" Byakuya shook his head and stood.

"Thank you," Ichigo said when Byakuya got to the door.

"What for?" Byakuya looked over his shoulder.

"For everything," Ichigo said.

Byakuya sighed, and did another thing he'd never do in front of any on besides Ichigo, he rolled his eyes. " I'll have Renji bring your dinner up at eight,"

"What! You're really gonna lock me in my room?" Ichigo said.

"I already locked your windows," Byakuya said.

"No!" Ichigo rushed for the door. Byakuya smiled and slammed it shut. "Byakuya! You ass!"

Byakuya chuckled from the other side of the door. "These are my terms," He said.

"That's totally not fair!" Ichigo kicked the door, but only got sore toes for his work.

"It's a sign of affection," Byakuya said and walked from the door heading back down stairs to finish his work. He allowed a small smile to form on his lips, he'd let Ichigo out in a few hours, but wanted his fun first of torturing his little brother.


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