Disclaimer: *twitches and runs off sobbing for a different reason than usual*

Her back pushed up against his, so frail, so delicate, so stubborn. He'd told her, hadn't he? She shouldn't be here, she needed to be safe. He railed at her, what was she thinking—

"Let me protect you."

"Kurosaki-kun…" He didn't have to turn to picture the way her face was turned up just a little bit, pointed to his level. Her fingers tightened around his for a heartbeat before she let go, and he felt one elbow brush his back as she raised it to her hairpins to prepare for the horde of Hollows. They'd get through this.


A/N: Ah, corny endings, where would we be without you? Anyways, speaking of corny endings...

I'd like to thank the Academy. Not sure which one, but I'd like to thank it. Moving on to serious thank-yous, though, I have a lot of people to thank. And that will be uploaded as a separate chapter, because I was waaaaay too busy today to actually do anything other than nap (and that only because I really, really, really needed it; it was my first one this year). It'll also probably in story format. So look for that tomorrow. Sorry about this being so late, like I said I've been really busy!