New fic. Yes I know I haven't even finished Blood, Remember Me or From Hate to Love, but I NEEDED to get this idea out of my head before I loose interest in HitsuSaku.(Which is highly unlikely actually)
Disclamer: I do not own Bleach or Naruto. They belong to Tite Kubo and Masashi Kishimoto respectively.
Sake & Flowers
His turquoise eyes watched silently as the pink haired woman clean a grave. Her emerald green eyes were soft and filled with love, care, sorrow, regret and anguish. As she traced the kanji on the gravestone, a small smile graced her lips and a lone tear slid down her cheeks, followed by another until a steady stream of tears came.
The young captain's heart twisted as he watched his beloved cry in front of the grave. He longed to brush away those tears and hold her in his arms. He longed to stroke those soft pink tresses and to whisper sweet nothings in her ear. But fate was cruel.
Fate had separated them from the very beginning.
10th Division Captain, Hitsugaya Toshiro sighed as he continued doing his paper work. He wondered why he even had a lieutenant when all she ever does is drink on the job?
As if on cue, his dear lieutenant, Matsumoto Rangiku, barged in his office dragging along a drunken 3rd division and 9th division lieutenants, Izuru Kira and Shuhei Hisagi. The young captain glared at the 3 drunktards(My own word, don't ask, I just love using this word…). Rangiku had a drunken smile on her face as her companions drank more from their own sake bottle.
"Taichooooouuuuu!!!" Rangiku squealed as she staggered towards the glaring captain. She thrust her sake bottle towards him and grins. "Drink it, Taichou! You need to loosen up abit."
Toshiro stared at the given bottle as the three lieutenants walked – stumbled – out the door. He often wondered why Rangiku had insisted to drink on the job and continue to get drunk. He had never tried sake before… and even when he pretends not to care, he was a tad curious at to why she was addicted to the stuff. Turning around and making sure no one was close by, he lifted the bottle to his lips, just to taste the liquid when he suddenly had a major headache. He gripped his head, trying to get the pounding sound out of his head. He felt as if millions of rocks had been dropped directly on his head continuously.
When the pain subsided, he heard a soft voice in his head.
'It's not me kid, it's one of your buried memories. They're leaking.'
'From before you came to Soul Society.'
Toshiro groaned as he heard the voice again. He clenched his eyes shut and when he opened them, he was in a park. Few children played there as others were beginning to walk away. His eyes roamed the park confused until his eyes set on two children. One was a girl with short pink hair and the other… was a boy that looked exactly like him when he was younger.
Toshiro's eyes widened. Where exactly was he? Hesitating, he approached the children, aware that other children did not know of his presence. He watched, as the two played in the sand box together. The white haired boy stopped his actions and picked up his backpack and rummaging through it. The girl simply waited with curious eyes. Finally, he produced a small glass bottle that had the labeling Sake and the girl's eyes widened in shock.
"Toshiro-kun, where did you get that?!" The girl asked clearly shocked.
"I found it in my bag! Jii-san must have left it here. Have you ever wondered what it tastes like, Sakura-chan?" Toshiro asked grinning proudly and proceeded to open the bottle.
Sakura gasped and snatched the bottle away from him and threw the bottle on the ground, making it break to pieces and the contents to spill. The younger Toshiro's eyes widened and he glared at Sakura.
"Why did you do that for?!" He yelled.
Sakura flinched but glared right back. "Okaa-san said it's not healthy to drink sake! It can damage our kidneys and make us not able to hold our pee! Not only that, Okaa-san said we can die early because of it!" Then she paused and looked down, hiding her eyes. Her voice cracked when she spoke. "I-I don't w-want T-T-Toshiro-kun to d-d-d-die!"
The younger Toshiro's eyes softened and looked down. He the came closer to the sobbing girl and cupped her cheeks, lifting her face so he could meet her eyes. He smiled at her as Sakura blushed.
"I won't drink it, Sakura-chan! I swear that I will never drink sake, ever! I promise!" Then he lightly blushed. "So… So don't cry, Sakura-chan. I don't like to see you cry."
Sakura smiled at him before enfolding him into a tight hug.
"Thank you, Toshiro-kun!"
The Toshiro that was watching them closed his eyes as he felt a burning pain in his head. He clutched his head as he knelt down. He heard pounding sounds in his head and screamed. He felt himself falling as his surroundings turned black. He had a hard time breathing and screamed in pain. Then he heard someone calling his name.
"Dammit, Toshiro, are you okay?! Answer me! Unohana-taichou, what's wrong with him?!"
"I don't know, Matsumoto-san. My spirit energy is being rejected!"
Toshiro snapped his eyes opened and met with the icy blue eyes of his lieutenant. She looked at him worriedly as he breathed hard trying to regain his breathing. Turquoise eyes scanned the room and he notice the Captain of the 4th Division, Unohana Retsu was kneeling next to him.
"W-What happened?" He asked, clearly disoriented.
Rangiku and Retsu exchanged a glance with each other before turning to the panting captain.
"We were hoping you would tell us, Taichou." Rangiku said helping him to his feet.
"I had tried analyzing you but it seems as if you were rejecting my spirit energy." Retsu said standing up and dusting her clothes a bit. She smiled a little at him. "You gave me quite a scare there, Hitsugaya-taichou. When Hisagi came rushing to my office, saying something was wrong with you and that you were screaming worried me."
Toshiro stared at the floor as the pain in his head slowly fades away. He turned to Rangiku. "How long was I out?"
"About 10 minutes. I came back to take my sake bottle when I saw you on the floor clutching your head. Then you screamed." Rangiku said and turned towards the broken sake bottle. "You didn't have to throw it you know." She pouted and Retsu giggled.
"I had a memory." He suddenly said causing the two women to turn to him.
"Memory?" Retsu repeated confused.
Toshiro nodded. "Of when I was still alive."
Rangiku and Retsu's eyes widened. "Taichou, you have to report this to Sotaichou." Rangiku said sternly.
Toshiro nodded numbly and made his way to the 1st Division Headquarters and Barracks. All the way, his mind circulated around the pink haired girl he saw.
Haruno Sakura woke up from her dream in cold sweat. Her breathing was harsh as she observed her surroundings silently. She was in her bed. Not at the park. She raised a hand to her head.
'How could I have forgotten Toshiro-kun? It's been so long…' She thought, glancing at the clock. 7.00 a.m. She sighed. She still had 2 hours till she had to meet with Naruto, Kakashi and Sai. She got out of bed and stared at her calendar. December 15, Sunday. She had a day off from hospital work.
Sakura glanced at her bed and stared.
'Why did I suddenly remember him after all these years. How long has it been since...' Her thoughts trailed off as she remembered her white haired best friend was no longer in this world.
Her eyes saddened. She shook her head and bent down. Peering under her bed, she located an old dusty box marked Toshiro in her cursive handwriting. She pulled out the box and put it on the bed, coughing and sneezing as the dust got to her nose. Her fingers traced her handwriting before opening the box. She smiled sadly as her eyes landed on the first thing in the box. She picked up the necklace in her hands and traced the pendent lovingly. It was an oval shaped pendent that could be opened and hold a small picture inside.
Sakura's eyes watered as she stared at the opened pendent. It was a picture of her and Toshiro when they first met. Her mother had taken that photo. Brushing away her tears, she set the box and necklace on the study table and proceeded to change her clothes. Once done, she picked up the necklace and wore it around her neck. She traced the pendent lovingly with her fingers again before heading out to meet her team for the day with a smile she hasn't warn since Toshiro had died.
Sakura arrived at the bridge to see all three of her teammates already there. She was surprised to see Kakashi actually on time for once. She smiled when Naruto rushed to greet her.
"Ohayo, Sakura-chan! Guess what, Kakashi-sensei is actually early! And he said he had good news for us!" Naruto practically yelled in her ear as he walked by her side to the bridge. Sakura chuckled and turned her attention to her teacher.
"I'm surprised. What's the occasion, Kaka-sensei?" Sakura asked hands going to her hips. She nodded briefly at Sai in greeting to which he smiled his fake smile at her.
Kakashi smiled at her underneath his mask. "Tsunade gave us a day off, so I thought today might be a good day to do some bonding." He replied, his eyes still on his orange book.
Sakura nodded. "So, what are we going to do?" She asked.
"Well, we decided that you decide where we should go." Naruto said.
"Me? Well I don't…" Sakura trailed off as she traced her necklace again. 'Toshiro-kun…'
Naruto, Kakashi and Sai looked at Sakura as she gripped her necklace tightly. She finally turned her attention to them.
"Do you guys mind if we go to the cemetery?" Sakura asked.
Sai raised an eyebrow. "Who you wanna visit, Ugly?"
Sakura ignored her nickname that Sai had given her. "I want to visit… an old friend. Please? I don't want to be alone there."
Naruto grinned. "Are you scared, Sakura-chan?" He teased.
"No… It's just that I don't want to be alone right now…" Sakura said turning her head slightly.
The three men looked at each other before shrugging. Sakura smiled warmly at them, saying her thanks and headed towards the Yamanaka Flower Shop with 3 dazed men trailing behind her.
"Hey, Ino!" Sakura called as she entered the shop. Ino stared surprised as Team Kakashi entered the shop.
"Sakura? What's the occasion?" Ino asked clearly surprised at her best friend's sudden visit with her team.
Sakura giggled. "I need some flowers."
"Yeah, some pink camellia, red carnations, forget-me-nots and daffodils."
Ino stared at her best friend and narrowed her eyes in suspicion (sp?). "Why do you need flowers meaning that your longing for someone that your heart aches. And whats up with memories and mystery?"
Sakura smiled. "I'm visiting a friend at the cemetery."
Ino blinked. "Oh." She shrugged and set to work. "What's your friend's name? And why have I never heard of you having a friend that died?"
At this, the boys of team 7 were paying close attention to the girls' conversation.
"His name's Hitsugaya Toshiro. He died before I met you. He was my best friend before you." She smiled sadly as she traced her nacklace.
Ino eyed the piece of jewelry that she was sure Sakura didn't have before when she raided her jewelry box. "Where'd you get that?"
"He gave it to me for my 5th birthday."
"When did you guys meet?" At this, Ino had begun arranging the flowers.
"When we were babies I think. His parents and mine were close friends."
"Are his parents still here?"
"Nope. They died during the Kyuubi attack." At this, Naruto stiffened.
"Done. That's 1000 yen. But I'll give you a discount since your visiting a dead person. That will be 700 yen." Ino said handing Sakura the medium sized bouquet.
Smiling Sakura handed Ino the money and walked over to the cemetery while her teammates trailed behind after her.
"Are you saying you have glimpses of your human past, Hitsugaya-taichou?" The 1st Division Captain and the Captain-Commander of the Gotei 13, Genryusai Shigekuni Yamamoto asked.
"Yes." Replied the kneeling white haired captain.
Yamamoto placed his chin in his hand and closed his eyes in thought.
"Is it even possible for that to happen?" 2nd Division Captain, Soifon asked replaying what Toshiro had said in her head. 'There has been no one, Shinigami nor soul who has had glimpses or even remembers their human past. It is relatively impossible.'
'I must be allowed to experiment on Hitsugaya-taichou.' Thought 12th Division Captain, Mayuri Kurotsuchi. 'There must be an explanation as to why he could recall his past. I must be allowed to run some tests.'
"Sotaichou, perhaps I could run some experiments on Hitsugaya-taichou to see how exactly he could possibly recall his past?" Kurotsuchi grinned as he eyed Yamamoto and ignored the glare directed at him by the said captain he wanted to experiment on.
"That will not be necessary, Kurotsuchi-taichou." Yamamoto said. He turned towards Toshiro. "You will continue your duties as usual but if you experience more of these flashbacks, immediately inform Unohana-taichou."
"Of course, Sotaichou."
"This meeting is dismissed." With that said, the captains exited the hall.
Toshiro sighed as 5th Division Lieutenant and his childhood friend, Hinamori Momo approached him.
"Are you all right, Hitsugaya-kun?" She asked, worried clearly visible in her eyes.
Toshiro nodded and continued walking towards the 10th Division Headquarters. Momo called him but he tuned her out and focused his mind on the pink haired girl.
"Ne, ne, Sakura-chan!" Naruto called his best friend as he jogged to catch up to her pace. "Who is this Hitsu something person? When did you meet him? How did you meet him? Who is he to you?" He asked smiling, genuinely curious towards Sakura's dead friend.
Sakura chuckled lightly as Team Kakashi entered the cemetery. "I'll tell you later. But to me… he's my first best friend and the first person I ever liked."
"I thought you liked Sasuke-teme."
"That was after Toshiro-kun."
"So your saying your first love was this Toshiro person and not Sasuke?" Kakashi suddenly asked from behind his book.
Sakura glanced at him and nodded. The 4 walked to the back of the cemetery where only a few gravestones were present.
She came to a stop at a clean gravestone that had incense burning already.
'Guess jii-san came everyday…' A pang of guilt hit Sakura like cold ice. 'I'm sorry, Toshiro-kun.'
Sakura squatted down as she placed the flowers on the grave. She traced the kanji engraved on the marble stone as she felt tears starting to gather in her eyes. She gripped her necklace tightly as tears began to flow down her cheeks. Naruto tried to hug her but Kakashi stopped him, shaking his head. Sai just watched as Sakura cried softly.
"Toshiro-kun, I'm so sorry I haven't visited you since you died. I just wanted to forget everything about you… I'm so sorry…" She whispered quietly as she leaned her forehead on the cold marble stone. The rest of team 7 closed their eyes and stayed quiet as they waited for their pink-haired teammate to finish mourning.
Sakura wiped her tears as she stood up, her hand still on the gravestone.
"Sakura-chan…" Naruto called softly. Sakura looked up at him with a breathtakingly beautiful yet sad smile.
"Thanks for being with me guys." She said wiping away more tears. "Let's go for some ramen." She suggested and Naruto let out a big smile cheering and raced out the cemetery. Sakura laughed as Kakashi and Sai followed him out.
Sakura looked back at the gravestone, kneeled and place a soft kiss on it. She smiled warmly and followed her teammates towards Ichiraku's, not noticing teal coloured eyes watching them. The shadowed person picked up the flowers and disappeared. (Guess who?)
'This time, I'll never forget you, Hitsugaya Toshiro-kun"
Toshiro stared at his paperwork while holding his pen in one hand. He had to finish his paperwork by the end of the day if he didn't want to have triple paperwork tomorrow. But his mind was wandering again. His thoughts circulated around the pink haired girl.
He managed to remember the girls name and his memories of playing with her in a park. He also managed to remember where he was born; a place called Konohagakure. He reminded himself to ask Kurosaki Ichigo if he knew of a place like that. He rubbed his aching temples. Trying to remember his past was tiring and gave him a major headache.
A knock on the door led him out of his thoughts as Momo and Rangiku stood at the door with smiles on their faces. Toshiro raised an eyebrow at this as they approached him. He noticed they were hiding something behind their back. They were grinning like madmen who just finished their ultimate experiment. Which freaked him out a bit, not that he would ever mention it.
"Tada!!" The two shouted simultaneously bring out what they were hiding behind their backs.
Rangiku held a bottle filled with sake while Momo had a bouquet. Toshiro eyed the bouquet of different flowers In Momo's hands. He recognized all of them; pink camellia, red carnations, forget-me-nots and daffodils. His mind wandered towards another memory of him and Sakura picking flowers in a flower field.
He clutched his head in pain. But it subsided quickly. He stared at Momo who had a worried look on her face.
"Where did you get that?" He asked her.
"Huh? Oh this? This came in the mail with a card addressed to you. There's no return name or address though." Momo replied handing him a card that had faded cherry blossom designs and set the bouquet on his desk.
Rangiku watched as Toshiro opened the card and read its contents.
Remember the Cherry Blossoms' bloom and
the promise of playground sake.
Rangiku snatched the card as soon as Toshiro raised an eyebrow in confusion.
"Remember the cherry blossoms' bloom and the promise of playground sake?" Rangiku read out loud. "What does that mean?" She muttered and shrugged. "Ah well, how bout we drink some sake, taichou?" Rangiku asked holding up the bottle causing Momo to giggle.
Toshiro pushed the bottle away and stood up, walking towards the door. He stopped and turned to the two girls who stared at him in confusion. "I promised her I'd never drink sake." He said and left his two dumbfounded friends.
Owari. That is if you want it to be finished here. I could do a multi chapter one. But your gonna have to gimme ideas for it! So please review!!
Taichou – Captain
Sake – Japanese alcoholic drink
Sotaichou – Captain Commander
Owari – The End