Author Notes: Hello guys! Thanks for reading the last chap and I'm glad you liked the lemon. Unfortunately, I was pretty busy to reply to your reviews so I wasn't able to. Sorry! Anyway, this is the latest and last chapter. Yes, I have decided to finally end this fic since I wanted to work on a new fic and our characters are finally together anyway. So, yeah, I guess there was really no use to make their lives a living hell if we want a happy ending, right?. Sorry and thanks for reading this fic. :D Hope you guys will enjoy the last chapter and thank you!
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Warnings: This fic contains yaoi, bad language, bad grammar and potential OOCness.
Disclaimer: I don't own Bleach.
The End of Misery and the Beginning of Good Things
For the first time in a long time, I actually woke up the next morning with a smile on my face, Renji's beautiful visage greeting me like a breathtaking painting as a few strands of his crimson hair cascaded down his face and neck, his eyes still closed and his body humming softly as he breathed.
The sun was already high in the sky and upon checking on the digital clock on the bedside table, it was already nine o'clock, a time wherein I was usually already up and about. I reached for his face and touched him, his smooth skin felt so good against my fingers.
He shifted a bit, his lips parted a bit as he moaned. His eyes fluttered open, still hazy but fire was still present in them. He blinked, a smile making its way onto his lips as he met my gaze, a small blush tainting his cheeks.
"Good morning." I greeted and shifted closer to him, planting a soft kiss on his dried lips.
He slowly responded and felt him smile against my lips. "Good morning." He greeted back once we broke apart.
We just looked at each other, silence lulling our minds and hearts at peace, our deep gazes mutely expressing our feelings and promise to each other. It has been a long time since I last felt relaxed, since I stopped caring about the world and everything about it, since I last thought of my own happiness.
I, myself wasn't certain what would happen now that I'd chosen him over everything I had prioritized before, but I was positive about one thing, I was happy and I would never let go of Renji again.
After sharing some short sweet moments on the bed, Byakuya's phone rang. He showed irritation at the sudden interruption and forced himself to answer his cellphone which was haphazardly placed on the bedside table.
"Hello?" He answered, his voice reverting back to that usual cold tone he used as the compassionless head of the Kuchiki clan. Then, he calmly climbed off the bed and grabbed his pants, struggling to slide it up his thighs as he got out of the bedroom.
I bit back a small laugh at what he did. It was amusing to watch Byakuya pretend like he was all composed and stuff when he was actually half-naked and had just finished flirting with me. Sighing contentedly, I rolled on my back and smiled like an idiot at the ceiling. My body ached like hell because we did it so many times last night, but happiness was practically oozing from my heart as the thought that I was finally with Byakuya ruled my head.
However, worry still nagged at me because of Rukia and what would my family say, but I didn't want to think about it yet. I just wanted to think about now and make up for all the times I couldn't be with Byakuya.
Byakuya went back to the bedroom after a few minutes, now wearing his pants and holding his cellphone with one hand. He strode towards the bed, his brows still furrowed in annoyance.
"Something happened?" I asked, the words fluidly rolling off my tongue as if we had been together for a long time.
A small smile broke out from his lips. "They want me to go back to Japan." He replied as he climbed on the bed and slid under the sheets that covered my naked body.
The worry that haunted me a while ago instantly came back, scaring the shit out of me. I didn't want him to leave and I didn't want to go back to Japan yet. I gave him a worried look. "Are you going to leave?"
"Only if you'll come back with me." He answered sincerity evident in his deep voice. I avoided his gaze and felt him take my hand in his. "Are you afraid?" He quietly asked.
I took a deep breath before I answered. "A-a little. I'm worried about their reaction, especially Rukia. She might get angry at us and…"
He held my hand tighter, his eyes radiating with promise. "Everything's going to be alright. I'll make sure of that."
We went back to Japan after three days. Happiness was apparent in Renji's face when we arrived though anxiousness was gleaming in his crimson orbs. We went directly to the Seiretei mansion, wherein the entire family and the whole organization had no knowledge that we were together and we would come back.
The car entered the main gate and the tension around Renji thickened as we drove up the mansion. He noticed me looking at him and tried to hide his nervousness with a crooked smile. The vehicle stopped in front of the main entrance and the driver opened the door for us.
The butler was amazed when he saw Renji as we went inside the mansion; happiness upon his arrival was clearly showed on the old man's face. We first went to Yamamoto's office, surprise apparent in the noble man's expression when he saw his grandchild and me together.
"Renji, you're back." He said, his voice sounded pleased as he looked at the young man in front of him.
Renji bowed immediately and smiled. "I'm home, Yamamoto-jiisan."
Then he looked at me, wonder swirling around his eyes. "And you came back with Byakuya? I thought you're currently on a business trip in Hokkaido."
It was a little difficult to provide a good and appropriate answer to his inquiry. I silently took a deep breath and prepared to explain. "I apologize, Yamamoto-sama. I was actually in Italy with Renji when I was gone." I replied truthfully.
Renji gasped and the old man's brows furrowed even more in confusion. "What do you mean?"
"I went there to pursue him. I'm in-love with your grandchild."
Silence filled the room in an instant as we stood there, Yamamoto's eyes focused on us like he had just heard an offensive joke which he clearly didn't like. Renji looked to the floor and started fidgeting while I slowly suffered from heartburn. Those words seemed to easily roll out of tongue but I was actually nervous when I uttered them.
Then, Yamamoto broke his gaze and looked at his table, shock still apparent in his face. He took a deep breath and tried to compose himself again. "As much as I want to think that you are joking, the look on your face says you're not." He said with deep seriousness in his voice and looked at Renji. "Is he the reason why you suddenly ended your relationship with Rukia and went to Italy?"
It took Renji some time to respond. "Yes."
The room fell silent once again which made me feel uneasy. I knew that revealing our relationship to the family would be difficult but it was actually harder than I thought. I suddenly had this urge to explain myself. "I don't have any intention of ending my relationship with him if ever you or a few members of the family will express incongruity about it."
The old man looked at me. "I have no feelings of disapproval about that, Byakuya. I just didn't expect that my grandchild and my business partner would actually develop romantic feelings for each other."
I almost sighed in relief while Renji gazed at his grandfather with wide eyes, dumbfounded. "Then you don't have any problems about us being in a relationship even if we're both men?"
"Didn't I just say that?" Yamamoto replied.
A wide grin curved up his lips, his eyes gleaming with relief and looked at me. I just looked at him, face still stoic and expressionless. I vowed that I would only let Renji see me smile.
When my grandfather didn't show any signs of displeasure with my relationship with Byakuya, I almost died from too much happiness. Getting his approval on this was enough for me since he's the head of my family, which meant getting the entire members to agree wasn't going to be that hard.
The only problem left was Rukia.
I've already talked to Byakuya about this and he said he wanted to tell his sister about us. He was also unsure of what would Rukia think or how she would react, but we both hoped that she would understand. So after our meeting with Yamamoto-jiisan, he left to go back to the Kuchiki mansion and talk to Rukia.
I saw him out at the main entrance and went upstairs to see Ichigo in his room. He was scowling when he first saw me then broke out in an excited grin, slapping the side of my head to punish me for leaving. I explained about what happened between Byakuya and me in Italy, happiness clearly showed in his face.
"I bet you're happy now, pineapple freak?"
I nodded. "Yeah, I am." I replied then noticed that sadness that still gleamed in his auburn eyes before I left. "You okay?"
He looked down to the floor, his face looked like he was dying and something was grounding his heart to dust. "Yama-jii wants me to be engaged to Orihime next year."
I just looked at him, thinking what I could do for him. There I was feeling all happy because I finally had Byakuya but Ichigo was… Ichigo wasn't just lucky as me and worse, he was being forced to marry someone he didn't even love. I sighed heavily. "So, what are you going to do about it?"
"What can I do?" He shot back, smiling bitterly. "I can't do anything but follow, right? I have no other choice and besides… maybe marrying Orihime would help me forget about that bastard."
I agreed with him. His heart was broken and his life was ruined by a man he loved and turned out to be the enemy. Ichigo was prepared to betray his family for him only to leave him like trash. And now Ichigo had no choice but to follow what the family wants him to do to pay for his sin.
I ruffled his hair, treating him like he's some kind of a kid. He scowled at me and slapped my hand away. "Stop that, you pineapple freak."
I just laughed, deeply hoping that Ichigo would also achieve happiness like me.
Rukia greeted me at the door with an excited smile on his face, immediately bowing to show her respect. "Welcome home, Nii-sama!"
I nodded at her and had this urge to smile at her as well but I didn't. My heart was frantically beating in my chest from nervousness and I was worried on how she would react once I told her about my decision to pursue her former lover. "Thank you, Rukia." I responded as the maid took my coat.
"How was Hokkaido?" She then asked.
I looked seriously at her. "I need to talk to you." I said instead. There was no use answering a question that had no specific response.
The smile on her lips, vanished, her expression transforming into that of worry.
We went to my office wherein the maid served tea. The room was brimming with an uncomfortable silence and somehow, I wished that the maid would take her time in serving our tea. However, she just had to finish her task immediately, bowed and finally left, leaving me alone with my sister.
I mentally sighed and proceeded into taking my cup, carefully tipping it to my lips to take a sip of my tea. Rukia just looked at it as if the hot tea was showing her images. I never expected that everything would come to this, that I would actually and possibly inflict pain to my own sister, but she needed to know the truth and I needed to do this.
She looked up, her wide eyes gazing at me with confusion and slight anxiety. "Yes, Nii-sama?"
"Remember when you asked me if I feel the same way about Renji?"
Her confusion deepened and she nodded hesitantly. "Y-yes."
I closed my eyes and gathered all my strength into finally telling her the truth. "It was a lie. I'm sorry." I waited for her to show any more emotions but she just looked at me, still confused, so I continued speaking. "As much as I wanted to throw these feelings away from him, I can't deny the fact that I love him as well. I just said I don't because I don't want to hurt you. I'm really sorry."
Rukia blinked then avoided my gaze. She stared at the floor, as if she was still absorbing the words I just uttered. My heart ached deeply in my chest, feeling sorry for my sister. I would understand if she would get angry at me for lying to her and for taking the man she loved. And if she would really hate me, then I had no choice but to face the consequences of her anger.
She took a deep breath and gazed at me again, her eyes suddenly twinkling with an emotion I could only define as happiness. "I'm glad, Nii-sama. I'm happy you're finally able to be true to yourself." She said with a sincere smile on her lips.
It was my turn to blink, surprised at her reaction. "Rukia."
"I've known for a long time that you loved Renji and I'm glad that you've finally gathered the courage to pursue him."
I felt like I was in a dream, glee and confusion filling my heart at the same time. I didn't expect that Rukia knew more of my real feelings than me and that she was being very understanding about it. I realized that I was really fortunate to have her as my sister.
I couldn't help the small smile that made its way onto my lips, a rare smile that instantly made her face light up as I showed her how happy I was, actually showing her my real emotions after years of hiding it from her. Now there were two people whom I could only show my smile to.
I nervously paced around my room as I waited for my phone to ring. I felt like I was some man waiting for his wife to give birth to their first child but of course, I wasn't. What caused me to act like one was because I was waiting for Byakuya's call and I really, really hoped that he would tell me something good.
I was about to bite my nails in apprehension when I felt my cellphone vibrate in my pocket. I jumped and quickly fished it out of my pants' pocket and answered. "Hello?"
"Renji." Byakuya's voice floated through my ear, immediately soothing my raging nerves.
"Um, hi. So, a-are you okay? Did you already talk to Rukia?" I stuttered, I didn't want to sound nervous but I couldn't help it. My body was shaking and my chest was practically thumping wildly.
He let out a very soft chuckle, a sound only enough for me to hear. "Don't worry. I already talked to her and I can say I received a very positive feedback."
I let out a really loud sigh in relief, like a heavy weight was suddenly lifted off my shoulders. "Really? That's nice! I'm glad! I was really fucking scared that she would lash out and kill the both of us! Hahaha!" I said excitingly and realized I was acting like an idiot. I quickly cleared my throat and composed myself. "S-sorry. I'm just really happy."
"It's alright. I'm also glad things went well." He said with a certain glee in his deep voice.
"S-so… are we still going to see each other tonight?"
"Of course. I reserved a table and a hotel room in the Hilton. I'll pick you up at seven o'clock."
My excitement increased ten-folds. Today was such a good day and I was really lucky that things with my family and Rukia went so well. I fought the urge to giggle like a girl. "Okay. I'll see you tonight then."
He let out another soft chuckle. "See you."
I ended the call, jumped on my bed and screamed like mad on my pillow, extremely happy. It was only last week that I felt like I was dying from too much misery and now, it was the other way around. I was drowning from too much happiness and I wouldn't mind dying from it if things were this good.
I took a deep breath and smiled stupidly on the ceiling, contemplating on what would happen tonight on my date with Byakuya. Now that we're finally together, I knew my life would never be the same again. Maybe we would face lots of hardships because of his position and our peculiar relationship, but I wouldn't mind facing all of those if Byakuya was with me.
The loud ringing of my cellphone immediately woke me up from my deep sleep. I quickly opened my eyes and reached for it on the table, ignoring the comforting arm that was wrapped around my waist. I looked at the screen first and immediately answered it, my heart beating like mad as the person I wanted to talk to finally contacted me.
"Byakuya-sama?" I answered, my voice brimming with respect and hope.
"Hisagi, I'll give you one last chance to make it up to me. I want you to accompany me for a dinner meeting with Renji tonight." The sound of my boss' voice said, lifting my spirits up in an instant. After he found out that I lied to him, he threw me back to Japan and had suspended me from my position. He told me to wait for his call and I've been waiting for it for five days.
"Yes, sir. I'll be there." I quickly answered and waited for my boss to hang up.
I placed my cellphone on the table again and glanced at the small clock located not far from my phone and sighed. I still had less than three hours to go to the Kuchiki Mansion and meet Byakuya-sama. I lay on the bed once more, the arm that was around my waist, wound tighter. A pair of lips softly caressed my neck and a warm breath tickled my skin. "You finally got your job back, huh?" A low voice said in my ear.
I didn't respond and placed my hand over his. "I told you he'll want me back." I replied.
He chuckled. "And I was hoping that Kuchiki Byakuya would fire you so I can finally have you."
I just smirked and closed my eyes.
The man behind me groaned and started caressing my chest which sent my spine and skin tingling in pleasure. "I wonder what Kuchiki Byakuya would say if he found out that his right hand man was actually in an intimate relationship with an enemy." He said teasingly.
"You already know the answer to that, Coyote Stark."
Author Notes: I have no excuse for this sucky ending and that little teaser with Hisagi. Seriouly, what the fuck was I thinking? So with that lame teaser I figured you guys already have an idea on what the new fic will be. I learned to like Hisagi when I included him in the last chapters of this lame-ass story and I thought maybe I could write another fic dedicated to him because I love him. I'm actually torn between Stark and Gin. I chose these two guys because they were already in Teal and Orange, both members of the rival family. I would really appreciate it if you can help me decide if Hisagi's partner is going to be Gin or Stark. I don't know what's up with Stark but somehow I feel he looks good together with Hisagi.
So there, sorry for my unnecessary last chapter ramblings and for the epically horrible ending. Thank you very much for reading!