Disclaimer - I do not own Bleach however the plot as well as the OCs of this story are mine.
A/N - this is a second generation fic that focuses on the daughter of Captain Hitsugaya.
Chapter One - Forbidden Love, Unforeseen Consequences
"Come on Shiori you can do it," Yuzu Kurosaki encouraged as she gazed down into the eyes of the exhausted woman who was lying on the bed. The young blonde haired woman was helping her best friend bring her first child into the world and it was proving to be a difficult task for Shiori. Her black hair was plastered to her forehead as she struggled to give birth.
"I can't do this!" she screamed as her body convulsed.
"Yes you can," Yuzu said, noticing that the baby's head was beginning to show. She was refraining from stating the obvious, that Shiori didn't really have a choice in the matter. The baby was going to come whether or not she wanted to continue. "You're almost there, just a little longer and you'll meet your baby."
Shiori screamed as one final contraction threatened to split her body in two however all thoughts of pain vanished as she heard her baby's first cry of life. Struggling to pull herself to a sitting position Shiori's searching gaze sought out her child.
"It's a girl," Yuzu said with a smile as she quickly wiped off the newborn before she wrapped the infant in a blanket and handed the her to her mother. "A beautiful baby girl."
"Hello," Shiori cooed as she took the baby into her arms and held the infant to her chest. She could feel her chest swelling as her heart filled with love for her newborn daughter. "Welcome to the world my sweet little Tenshi."
Yuzu smiled at the name that her friend had given the newborn. Angel. A sweet name for a sweet little one. With a smile she set about cleaning mother and child and then left them to bond in peace.
Later that day Yuzu returned to the small room to check on mother and child and she found herself drawn into a conversation about Tenshi's father, whom Shiori hadn't seen since before she learned that she was pregnant. "I told him that I never wanted to see him again," the young woman said to her friend, holding her newborn daughter protectively against her chest.
"I know Shiori," Yuzu said to her friend as she sat beside the young woman's bed in a small room of the Kurosaki Clinic. "And I completely understand why you felt that way at the time but that was before you found out that you were pregnant." The young woman's gaze shifted to the infant that Shiori held in her arms. The child was peacefully sleeping, one of the few truly innocent souls in the world. "Don't you think that he deserves to know that he has a daughter?"
Shiori held a thoughtful expression on her face for a few minutes before she finally nodded. "I guess you're right Yuzu but I don't even know how to contact him. Unlike you I never learned anything about Soul Society or whatever it was."
"I think I can help you with that," Yuzu said with a smile. "You just stay here with Tenshi and rest."
Shiori nodded and watched as Yuzu got to her feet and left the room.
After leaving her friend's room Yuzu made her way down the hall to the small office that her father used. When she reached the room Yuzu knocked lightly on the door and then stepped back to wait.
"Come in," Isshin Kurosaki called out from inside the room.
Yuzu opened the door and stepped inside the office. Isshin's face broke into a wide smile as he saw his daughter, the only one of the family who had followed him into the medical profession, having gotten her MD only the previous year.
"Hey sweetie," Isshin said, closing a folder that was in front of him and gazing up at his daughter. "How's your friend?"
"The proud new mama is resting comfortably," Yuzu said. "But there's someone that she needs to talk to so I need your help."
Isshin was somewhat confused by this statement from his daughter. "My help?"
Yuzu nodded. "I need to send a message to a Shinigami in Soul Society and I was wondering if you could help me out."
"I can't," Isshin said, an uncharacteristically thoughtful expression on his face. Under normal circumstances he was notoriously goofy however he could occassionally be serious, when the situation called for it. "But I bet that your brother can. If you want I'll give him a call and see if he can help you out."
"That would be great Dad," Yuzu said.
"Then that's what I'll do," Isshin said. "I'll let you know what he says."
"Thanks Dad," Yuzu said.
"So what exactly did you need to speak to me about?" Ichigo Kurosaki asked his younger sister as he and his wife Rukia stepped inside the living room where Yuzu was waiting for them. Both were in soul form, dressed in their shihakusho, and it was obvious that they had just came from Soul Society.
"I need to contact a Shinigami in Soul Society," Yuzu said, gazing up into her older brother's eyes. "And for that I need your help."
Ichigo was rather taken aback by his sister's words. Although his sisters had known about Shinigami and Soul Society since the Winter War with Aizen he wasn't aware that they knew any of the Shinigami on a personal level. "Okay," he said slowly, a confused expression in his amber eyes. "And exactly who is it that you need to speak to?"
"Toushirou Hitsugaya," Yuzu said.
Ichigo's eyes widened as he heard this name escape from her lips. That was definitely the last name that he had expected to hear and he found himself desperately wanting to know how exactly his sister had met the stoic young captain of Squad Ten. "You're kidding right?"
Yuzu shook her head. "No I'm not kidding. I need for you to deliver a message to him for me."
"Okay," Ichigo said. "So what's the message?"
"Tell him that Shiori needs to talk to him," Yuzu said, her gaze locked onto her brother's. "He'll know who you're talking about and hopefully he'll come to see her."
"Shiori?" Ichigo repeated, his eyes widening in disbelief. "As in your friend from Med School Shiori?"
Yuzu nodded, not having realized that her brother was going to make such a big deal over the fact that her best friend knew a Shinigami. "Please Ichigo, it's really important."
Seeing the intense look in his younger sister's eyes Ichigo nodded his head. "Alright Yuzu I'll deliver the message for you. But don't get your hopes up where he's concerned. I'm not sure that he'll come even if I tell him that she wants to talk to him. Toushirou's a bit of a loner."
"He'll come," Yuzu said, her voice filled with conviction.
"If you say so," Ichigo said with a shrug as he turned back to Rukia. "Come on Rukia, looks like we're headed back to Soul Society a little ahead of schedule."
"Alright," Rukia said, slightly anxious to see where this was going. "I'll summon the Hell butterfly."
When Ichigo and Rukia arrived back in the Seireitei they immediately made their way to the Squad Ten barracks. Then, once they arrived, Rukia chose to wait outside while Ichigo made his way to the office to deliver his sister's message to the young captain. Ichigo made his way down a long corridor and when he arrived at the office he banged on the door with his fist.
"Enter," a voice called out, sounding more than a little irritated.
Smirking Ichigo slid the door open and stepped inside the office. His eyes surveyed the room and fell upon the white-haired captain, who was seated at a large desk working on a large stack of paperwork. "Oi Toushirou, you have got to learn to take a break every now and again," Ichigo called out as he walked across the office.
Hitsugaya raised his eyes to meet the gaze of the new Captain of Squad Five. "I don't have time to take a break. Unlike some people I take my responsibilities seriously."
"Damn," Ichigo said, shaking his head. Hitsugaya may have grown up physically but his personality hadn't changed much over the years that had passed since the Winter War with Aizen. He was still as cold as he had always been. "That was harsh Toushirou."
"Hitsugaya," the young man snarled. He may be even in rank with the orange haired menace but the fact remained that he detested being addressed by his given name. "What exactly do you want Kurosaki?"
"Touchy," Ichigo said, not even the slightest bit deterred by Hitsugaya's hostile nature. "Believe me, I didn't want to come. I'm here as a favor to my sister. She asked me to come here and tell you that Shiori needs to talk to you."
Hitsugaya's teal eyes widened as Ichigo spoke a name that he hadn't expected to ever hear again. The last time they had met Shiori had told him in no uncertain terms that she never wanted to lay eyes on him again and yet here was Kurosaki telling him that she wanted to talk to him. "Shiori," he said in a quiet voice, a far off look in his eyes.
"I take it this name is familiar to you," Ichigo said, not sure which surprised him more. That his sister knew a Shinigami Captain or that her friend seemed to know the same one. Karakura Town really was a town full of freaks.
Hitsugaya nodded as he got to his feet. If Shiori wanted to speak to him then something serious must have happened between now and the last time that he saw her. "Will you please take me to her Kurosaki?"
Ichigo knew how hard it must be for the young captain to ask him for anything and so he chose not to give the Hitsugaya any further grief. Nodding his head the orange-haired captain turned and led the way out of the office, followed a short distance behind by Hitsugaya.
The two captains quickly made their way down the corridor and out into the courtyard. Ichigo nodded in Rukia's direction as they passed the spot where she was waiting and she automatically fell into step behind them. The newly formed trio made their way to the permanent Senkaimon that Head Captain Yamamoto had authorized at the southern edge of the Seireitei and when they arrived Hitsugaya used his reiatsu to open the portal.
Once the portal had opened Hitsugaya reluctantly stepped back and allowed Ichigo to lead the way. The Squad Five Captain knew where they were going and so it was just easier to let him lead the way, even though Hitsugaya loathed the thought of following him anywhere.
"Welcome to Karakura," Ichigo said as the three Shinigami arrived in the world of the living. "Follow me and I'll take you to Shiori."
Hitsugaya nodded and the three Shinigami used their flash-step.
Yuzu was waiting outside the Clinic and her eyes brightened as the trio of Shinigami appeared in front of the building. She didn't know how he'd managed to do it but her big brother had came through. Captain Hitsugaya was standing a few steps behind him, a bewildered expression in his teal eyes. "You came," she said as she ran up to the young white-haired man. "Thank you."
Hitsugaya nodded, unsure what to make of this strange human woman.
"Shiori's waiting for you," Yuzu said as she seized Hitsugaya by the hand, seeming not to notice how uncomfortable her touch made him. "Come with me."
"Poor Captain Hitsugaya," Rukia murmured as she and Ichigo watched Yuzu drag the reluctant captain into the clinic and out of their line of sight. "I'm not sure that he realizes exactly what he's gotten himself into."
"Probably not," Ichigo said, his amber-eyed gaze focused on the door through which his sister had dragged the white-haired Captain of Squad Ten. "What I want to know is how exactly Toushirou knows Yuzu's friend from med school. This doesn't exactly seem normal for a Shinigami and especially not for him."
Rukia shrugged. "I'm just as confused as you are."
Completely confused by the situation that he now found himself in Captain Hitsugaya didn't say a word as Yuzu pulled him inside the clinic. Ichigo's blonde haired younger sister lead him down a hallway before coming to a stop in front of a closed door.
Yuzu knocked lightly on the door and then waited.
"Come in," a soft feminine voice called out from inside the room.
Yuzu slid the door partially open and motioned for Hitsugaya to enter the room.
The young man hesitated, unsure of whether or not he really wanted to face Shiori. After all she'd made it plain that she hated his guts the last time that he'd laid eyes on her.
"Go on," Yuzu urged in a quiet voice. "She has something important to tell you and trust me when I say that you'll regret it forever if you don't listen."
Hitsugaya nodded and, after taking a deep breath, he stepped inside the room. It took a moment for the young captain's vision to adjust to the room's dim lighting however once it did his curious gaze fell upon Shiori. Still as radiantly beautiful as he remembered the young woman was lying in bed, her head and shoulders propped up by a stack of pillows. "Hello Toushirou," she said in her musical voice, which had a faint lilting quality to it.
Hitsugaya opened his mouth to return her greeting but paused when he heard a muffled, whimpering sound.
Shiori's gaze shifted to a blanket wrapped bundle that she held in her arms and Hitsugaya's gaze automatically followed suit. "Shh," she cooed as she leaned closer to the bundle. "It's alright."
The whimpering subsided and Shiori's gaze shifted back to Hitsugaya, who was staring wide-eyed at the bundle that she held in her arms.
"Come and meet your daughter Toushirou," Shiori said in a quiet voice. "I promise she won't bite."
"D-daughter?" Hitsugaya stammered, his teal eyes widening even further.
Shiori nodded, enjoying his surprise to a small degree. "I found out that I was pregnant a couple of weeks after I left you."
Finally managing to regain a measure of composure Hitsugaya walked over to Shiori's bedside and gazed down at the infant that she held in her arms. The child had a tuft of snow white hair and clear teal eyes that were a perfect match for his own. "Looks like there's no way I can deny her."
"I don't expect for you to help," Shiori said. "But Yuzu said that you had a right to know that you have a daughter and she was right."
Offended by her words Hitsugaya said, "Of course I'm going to help. She's my daughter."
Shiori smiled and offered him the bundle. "Her name is Tenshi."
Taking his daughter into his arms Hitsugaya gazed down into her beautiful eyes. She was absolutely perfect in every way and Hitsugaya felt an immeasurable desire to protect her swell up inside his heart. He would kill anyone who ever made her cry.
"Tenshi," he murmured in a voice meant only for her. "I promise that I'll always be here for you my sweet little angel."
As though she understood his words the infant smiled up at her father.
A/N - and thus ends the first chapter of this fic focusing on Hitsugaya's daughter Tenshi. Hope you enjoyed, please review and let me know what you thought. Til next time this is Hitsu-taichou signing out.