Chapter 4

The Next Day

Ran woke to the sound of the doorbell ringing. Rubbing her eyes she opened the door to Ichigo, Renji, Orihime, Ishida, Chad, Isshin, Urahara, and Yoruichi.

"Hi! I'm Orihime and we just wanted to welcome you to the neighborhood. Oh I'm sorry; we didn't mean to wake you."

"It's okay," Ran said rubbing her eyes again. "Who are all of you?"

"Isshin, I own the clinic next door."

"Yoruichi, I'm the martial arts teacher at the junior high."

"Urahara, I own a shop about two blocks over."

"Ishida, I'm a doctor at the local hospital, but I help Isshin at his clinic when I'm not on call."

"Chad, I help Yoruichi out with her martial arts classes."

"Renji, I'm the fencing teacher at both the junior high and high school."

"Orihime, I own the restaurant two doors down."

"Ichigo, I'm the CEO of Soul Society Inc."

"What's your name?" Orihime asked.


"Ran?" Urahara asked.


"How did you get a name like that?" Ichigo asked.

"My mom likes water lilies."

"Long time no see Ichigo." Kon said as he marched into the front room. Staring at him Ran seemed to have finally woken up.

"Am I going crazy or did the stuffed animal just talk?" Ran asked staring down at Kon.

"Yes I did, and I have a name! It's Kon."

"Where the hell have you been for the last five years?" Ichigo asked glaring at the stuffed animal.

"Ichigo watch your language!" Orihime said exasperatedly.

"I've been lying on the top shelf of her closet gathering dust."

"And whose fault is that?" Ichigo demanded still glaring at Kon.

"Her mothers." Kon said pointing a stuffed paw at Ran.

"How is it my mom's fault?" Ran asked finally comprehending that she wasn't going crazy and that there really was a talking, walking stuffed animal in her living room.

"She never wondered where I had got to," Kon said with a small sniff.

"Is your mom home?" Orihime asked suddenly.

"No she went to the grocery story."

"Do you know when she'll be back?" Orihime asked.

"Um, I'm not sure."

"Ran, can you come help me?" A voice called from the kitichen.

"That's her now, I'm coming mom." Turning to them she said, "I'll be right back. You can stand or sit on the floor if you want. Sorry we don't have and furniture yet."

"Ran Kuchiki Kur…"

"I'm coming mom!" Ran yelled cutting her mother's words off as she left the room.

"Kuchiki?" Both Renji and Ichigo said at the exact same time.

Going into the kitchen Ran saw her mother trying to keep a black and white dog off the table, stopping dead Ran stared at her mother before asking.

"Who's that?"

Looking up Rukia smiled at her daughter, "This is Byakuya. He's yours if you want him."

Rukia laughed as her daughter threw her arms around the dog.

"Thanks mom, I love him. Oh there are people in the front room. They live in the neighborhood and they came by to welcome us. The lady, with red hair, wanted to meet you."

"All right," Rukia said as she put the milk away. Then she turned and walked into the front room. "Hi I'm Rukia…" she said her voice trailing off as she came face to face with, her worst nightmare, Ichigo, Renji, Orihime, Ishida, Chad, Isshin, Urahara, and Yoruichi.

Everyone just stared then Ichigo managed to ask, "Ru…ki...a?"