Chapter 9

Ichigo looked down at the ground as he walked. When he looked up he was standing in the old park sighing he waked over to the swing set and sat down on one of the swings. He was lost in thought when he heard the squeaking sound of the chain moving. Ichigo glanced to his left and nearly fell of the swing when he saw Ran sitting on it.

"Why aren't you at home?"

"I'm mad at my mom."


"Because she won't tell me who my dad is?"

"Are you asking me if that's why you're mad at your mom or are you telling me that's why you're mad at her?"

"I don't know. I'm just mad at her."

"You shouldn't be."

"Why not, everyone else is."

"Yeah well that's a little different."


"Ran, your mom was my best friend and a good friend to the rest of us. When she faked her death and when she did that she hurt all of us."

"Why did you have to tell her that I was a soul reaper?"

"I didn't tell her my dad did."

"Yeah but you told him and you knew he would go and tell her."

"Alright you've got me there."

"So do you like living here so far?"

"Not really."

"Why not?"

"It's too different here and I miss my friends."

"You could always visit them or they could visit you."

"I know."

"Does your mom know where you are?"

"No I ran away."

"Don't you think you should go home know or at least call your mom so that she knows you're alright?"


"Still mad at her?"


"You know Ran you're mom just wants what's best for you."

"I know."

"Come on I'll walk you home."

"I'm not ready to go home yet."

"Okay how about you come to my dad's and I'll fix you dinner and you can call your mom and tell her you're alright?"

"Do I have a choice?"

"No," Ichigo said laughing.

"Alright then let's go."

Opening the door to his father's house Ichigo and Ran walked in.

"Ran the phone's in the kitchen, why don't you go in there and call your mom."

"Alright," Ran said as she headed to the kitchen.

Ichigo sighed and looked around. It didn't look like his father was even home, which may or may not have been a good thing. Running a hand through his hair he headed towards the kitchen where Ran was on the phone.

"Mom I'm fine."

"No I won't tell you where I am."

"Yes I'll be home before ten."

"Mom nothing is wrong."

"No I'm not mad at you."

"Okay. Bye I'll see you when I come home." After hanging up the phone Ran gave a sigh of relief."

"It couldn't have been that bad."

"No it was ten times worse."

"What do you want to eat?"

"Ichigo," Isshin's voice called from the front room.


"I brought food!" Isshin sang happily as he did his happy dance into the room.

"What are you doing?" Ran asked looking at her grandfather.

"My HAPPY DANCE!" Isshin said as if it were the most obvious thing in the world.

"Why," Ichigo asked as he looked up from the table. "I thought you were only going to do your 'happy dance' when your first grandchild was born."

"Well I couldn't do my HAPPY DANCE when my precious granddaughter was born."


"Opps. Umm I've got to go. I umm have lots of work I need to do," Isshin said running out of the room as fast as his legs would carry him.

"Dad get back here right now!" Ichigo yelled running after him. Ran just stood there staring on in bewildered amazement.

"What the hell did you mean by that," Ichigo snarled at his father when he finally caught up to him.

"I was joking Ichigo.

"I can tell when you're lying, dad."

"Ichigo, I was just joking." Isshin said not meeting his son's eyes, "Ran your mother's worried about you."

"She already called Rukia. Now stop avoiding the question." Ichigo snapped at his father.

"Don't you think that if I really had a grandchild already you would know about her?"


"Or him," Isshin said quickly correcting his mistake, before it was too late. "Let's go eat dinner; it is a school night after all."

"Ran can you give me a minute with my father?"

"Sure," Ran said as she turned and walked back into the kitchen.

"We are not finished with this discussion," Ichigo snarled at his father as he walked back into the kitchen. A forced smile to forming on his face for Ran's benefit alone.

"I'm dead," Isshin mumbled to himself as he followed Ichigo back into the kitchen "If Ichigo doesn't kill me then Rukia surely will."