Hello, I'm here to present a pairing I've been thinking about, HitsuYuzu! This takes place five years after the Arrancar arc so the Fake Karakura arc will NOT happen. Besides that, this will not follow the usual Bleach plotline and it's totally AU. Again, I'm still working on my grammar so if there is any grammatic errors, please do not hesitate to point it out to me. Lots of thanks.
Summary: Five years after Karin, Ichigo and Isshin left stating that they will only be away for a day, Yuzu became more than what she expected when Hitsugaya came back from Soul Society bearing a message from the three missing Kurosakis. HitsuYuzu, IchiRuki, ByaKarin. AU
Note: Yuzu's hair became long in this fic.
I do not own Bleach.
It has been five years since Onii-chan, Karin and Otou-san left saying that they are going to stay at their respective friends' house for a day. Yeah right, a day. I waited everyday at home hoping that they would come back until I reached the age of 14. However, I continued living in our house even though Jinta-kun offered me to stay at Urahara-san's. I gave him the reason that I wanted to try to depend on myself but the truth is: I still believe they will come home some day. Living alone is tough, being only a high schooler now; I can only take a few part-time jobs. Plus, I missed my family.
And Karin's soccer friends and Onii-chan's friends aren't helping.
"Ne Kurosaki-san, has your sister returned yet?" One of Karin's friends asked.
"Yeah, Ichigo should come back to school before he misses out the new hot college girls." Another one, Keigo I think, said.
"I've told you that if Onii-chan and Karin returned, I'll tell them that you asked for them." I rolled my eyes. Can't they tell that I'm already upset enough over them? At least Jinta-kun and Ururu-chan knew not to dampen my mood further with such questions. "If there is nothing else, I have to go." I said and ran before they can say anything.
I sighed again for the most probably hundredth time before making a splint towards home. Ah, home sweet home.
"I'm home." I said to no one.
"Welcome home." no one said in a mocking tone…what? I frowned in confusion at the strange boy sitting casually on the stairs without any consideration for the world. "You should really make sure you locked all the windows. What if someone sneak into the house?"
"You did that!" I retorted.
"Whatever." The boy said casually and stood up. He has slightly tanned skin, sharp teal colored eyes and spiky yet stylish bleached hair. He is wearing a simple black shirt and blue jeans, "You're Yuzu Kurosaki aren't you? Kurosaki Ichigo and Karin's little sister and Kurosaki Isshin's daughter."
"You know them?" My eyes widened. "Where are they now?"
"I can't tell but they want me to tell you that they're fine and they won't be home for awhile." The boy said as if he was forced to.
"For awhile?" I narrowed my eyes. "They haven't been home for five years after saying that they will only be away for one day. How many more 'awhile's do they need?"
"Who knows." The boy shrugged.
Great. Five years without seeing them and a boy randomly popped out of nowhere claiming to be their errand boy. Who did he think I am? Onii-chan?
"Why should I trust you?" I said.
"Are you implying that I'm lying?" The boy scowled.
"Exactly. You just randomly pop out of nowhere in MY house saying all these stuff. How should I know you're not some relative kid of my neighbor planted here to play a prank on me?" I challenged. Our neighbor hates us by the way. Not surprising since it was Onii-chan and Otou-san's morning antics that caused it.
"Kid?" A vein throbbed on his forehead. "I'm NOT a KID!"
"Yeah right. It would be an insult to adults if I recognize you as one." I retorted.
"Are you sure you're Yuzu Kurosaki? Your personality doesn't fit what the Kurosakis claimed." The boy said.
"Five years of living alone is enough to change one's personalities and views!" I shot back. "It would do a lot more help if you'd just tell me where they are."
"And I told you I can't tell you!" The boy retorted.
"What's your name?" I asked out of the blue. What? I've nothing more to add to his last comment and I'm curious.
"I don't see the need to tell you." I scoffed at his reply.
"Fine then. I shall call you 'kid' until I know your name." I taunted.
"Toushirou Hitsugaya." Toushirou gritted out. Looks like he hates being called 'kid' and from how easily he gave me his name…I get the feeling this won't be the last time we'll be seeing each other.
"Nice to meet you Toushirou." I beamed. "Have a safe trip." I chimed holding out my right hand to the door expecting him to walk out. But nothing ever goes what I expected anyway.
Toushirou stood there unmoving. I blinked. He stared. I stared. … Whew I'm tired.
"Are you…going to go now?" I asked carefully.
"No." was the curt and short reply. "And it's Hitsugaya-san."
"Why…?" I asked slowly ignoring the last part.
"I'm staying here."
I wonder why am I here watching the girl in front of me trying to calm herself down. Not that it worked. Oh well, I've met crazier people. Not only that, I'm stuck with the craziest bunch of group the gods have to offer. For example;
Kurosaki Ichigo: Oh I have a lot against the guy. For one, he called me a little kid the first time we met! If it weren't for the dire situation I would have bankai-ed his dick. Two, he ALWAYS calls me Toushirou no matter how much I corrected him it's Hitsugaya-taichou. Three, he can't sense a single whiff of reiatsu to save his ass. If it weren't for the fact that he is a powerful substitute shinigami, I would've left him to the hollow's lunch while it sneaked behind him.
Kurosaki Karin: Nothing much against her except she keeps calling me an elementary schooler when we first met. I do respect her for her endurance or rather to put it harshly, her stupidity for continuing the match although her knee is injured. I swear I just saw a glimpse of Kurosaki Ichigo within her but that's not the reason why I helped her. Not at all. I helped her simply because she needs it. It's not because I'm nice either.
Kurosaki Isshin: I really respected him when he used to be my taichou and he still is now. However it all went downhill when I found him jumping on Kurosaki Ichigo and Karin only to be slammed back into the opposite direction. Imagine my horror when he snapped open his shirt buttons for Karin to jump into his 'bosom' which she reacted with an instant kick to his face. I know that I'll never see him in the same light ever again.
Matsumoto Rangiku: There are a lot of times when I just want to demote her. She's lazy and pushes all her paperwork onto me. If it weren't for her loyalty, I would've demoted her at the very first nanosecond I became taichou. She also likes to reveal her chest for the whole world to see, not that I'm interested but I don't see the reason why all the guys get nosebleed every time she flirts with them. Weak.
But aside from all that she's actually a good lady. She did help me out when I was ONCE a stupid little kid who almost got cheated of my money. I won't admit it out loud but she's very caring like a mother when she wants to be. But she really needs to look out for herself during battles; I can't constantly keep turning my head towards her battles.
Hinamori Momo: She's definitely not included in the 'craziest bunch of group' even until Aizen decides to defect and she became literally crazy after that. That bastard had already points his sword at her back ready to spear her like a shish kabob and she just had to freeze there. But after all of that, she's still my best friend. Bed-wetter Momo…
Kurosaki Yuzu: Sure, we've just met and my first impression is that some family must be losing their idiot. She's definitely not as sweet, loving, gentle and shy as the Kurosakis described. Not. The. Least. Bit.
After what it seemed like eternity, the crazy girl finally calmed down. And she chose to believe me when I showed her a letter from Isshin-taichou. I wonder why she didn't suspect that letter may be fake. Then again, it's not like I wanted to stay here either but Inoue is still in Soul Society and Isshin-taichou specifically stated that I can stay here as long as I don't make any funny moves on her daughter. Why would I want to do that? Whatever, as long as I have a place to stay while I'm on my mission.
"So my dad allowed you to stay here?" Yuzu repeated.
"Yes." I sighed. Where the hell is Matsumoto anyway?
"Okay then…" Yuzu nodded before narrowing her eyes at me. "Any funny moves and you're dead!" Like father, like daughter.
"Why the hell would I want to do anything to you?" I retorted.
"Thanks for the vote of confidence." Yuzu scowled.
You really know nothing about girls. Hyourinmaru said with a hint of disappointment.
What does that got to do with anything?
"Taichoouuuuu!" Matsumoto greeted as she appeared at the living room doorway.
"Who is she?" Yuzu asked cautiously.
"Hello! My name is Matsumoto Rangiku, I'm Toushirou's mom!" Matsumoto interrupted. What?! Unfortunately Matsumoto decided to bury my face into her valley before I can protest against that ridiculous idea. I can hear Hyourinmaru laughing.
"Mom?!" I heard Yuzu cried out.
"Yep! Thank you for having us." Matsumoto's cheery voice said. I finally got myself out from her torture.
"Matsumoto…" I said warningly. Matsumoto seemed to ignore the malice in my voice and slapped the back of my head.
"What have I taught you about respect young man?" Matsumoto chided. I would have demoted her on the spot if it wasn't for a human around.
"She's really your mom…" Yuzu concluded. "Nice to meet you Matsumoto-san, my name is Yuzu Kurosaki."
"Ah, Isshin's daughter right? Aw, you're such a cutie." I rolled my eyes at her comment.
"Thank you. Matsumoto-san is beautiful as well." Yuzu blushed.
"Just call me Rangiku." Matsumoto grinned.
"Okay. By the way why did you call Toushirou taichou?" Yuzu asked.
"It's Hitsugaya-san!" I growled. For some reason the Kurosakis always insist to call me by my first name no matter how much I correct them.
"It's because Toushirou once dreamed of being one." Matsumoto lied. Dreamed? Unfortunately I am one.
Funny, you didn't resent that idea when you were promoted.
That's because I hadn't been introduced to paperwork.
"I see. That's a weird dream." Yuzu commented as she eyed me. Did I mention I hate being stared at?
"You got a problem with that?" I snapped.
"None whatsoever." Yuzu said defensively. "And you never mentioned of having one more person to stay here."
"You already freaked out when you knew that I am staying. What do you think one more will make you just now?" I retorted.
"I don't have a problem with a female staying here." Yuzu defended.
"You're being a sexist." I snorted. I really regret what I've said when Matsumoto and Yuzu burst into fits of giggles.
"Hahahaha! Y-You're such a girl, taichou!" Matsumoto managed to gasp out. I glared at her silently sending a 'you-better-shut-up-before-I-demote-you' look and she did but Yuzu continued.
"Hahahahahaha! I expected that coming from a girl!" Yuzu grinned.
-chuckles- I like the girl already.
"Shut up." I growled at all three of them.
Whew, today has really been an eventful day. I couldn't even remember the time I laughed this hard. That Toushirou sure is fun to tease, and he's staying at my house… Speaking of which, the story Otou-san made up was really sad. Want to know how I knew Otou-san made it up? He told us before as one of our bedtime stories. Now that I know they're fine, I can relax a little.
Karin's letter goes like this: Hey Yuzu. How've you been doing? It's not like you can really reply me but I expect you to be fine when I get home. I hope you won't get fooled by that goat chin's story like before. Typical Karin.
And Ichigo's: Yo Yuzu. Sorry for being away for so long. Just stay safe. If I find you dating some guys, you better be prepared to be single again. Hah, I never knew Onii-chan has a protective side.
But that still leaves their disappearance a mystery. If only I can get it out from Toushirou somehow.
Maybe not Toushirou. Rangiku seems really kind. She can tell me, right? I pondered as I stared at the said woman from the side. Good thing Toushirou is showering right now.
"Hm?" She replied as her eyes are still fixed on the TV.
"Do you know anything of Onii-chan, Karin and Otou-san?" I asked hopefully. Rangiku turned towards me.
"I'm afraid I can't tell you." Rangiku said sadly.
"Why not?!" I narrowed my eyes. "They're my family, I have the right to know don't I?"
"I'm sorry but they also asked me not to tell you."
"…" My throat feels like something is stuck there. Why? Why don't they want me to know? Am I not part of their family? Families are not supposed to keep secrets from one another right? "Why…?" I asked softly.
"Yuzu-chan, please bear with it for awhile. I'm sure they'll tell you everything." Rangiku said. And then it hit me.
"It has something to do with spirits right?" I asked quietly taking the risk. Rangiku's eyes widened and I knew I've hit the jackpot. "I don't know about Otou-san but out of the family, Onii-chan and Karin can see spirits clearly."
"…" Rangiku stayed silent.
"You know about them too right?" I asked.
"I-I uh…" Rangiku stammered. Looks like she's not very good at keeping secrets.
"It's got nothing to do with you." Toushirou said coldly as he entered the room. I stood up and glared at him.
"Nothing to do with me? Ichigo Kurosaki, Karin Kurosaki and Isshin Kurosaki are my family." I said. "Is it really that secretive that not even me can know about it?"
"You should stay out of knowing what might harm you." Toushirou said with the same cold tone. I closed my eyes for a while.
"Fine. I'll stay out of this for the time being." I said. "But if anything happens to them, I have the right to know. Deal?"
"You're easier to persuade than Karin." I hear him mutter. I shrugged.
"It's not like you're going to tell me anytime soon and I know how it feels to be forced to say something you don't want people to know." I said. It's really hard when friends keep questioning you about your living conditions and how you feel about being alone in the house.
"…" Toushirou looked at me silently as if trying to decipher what I'm saying.
"To put it simply, you can keep your mouth shut to refrain from spilling to me." I rolled my eyes.
"I know that." Toushirou retorted.
"Then what's with that dumb look?"
"Dumb?!" Toushirou snarled. "I was just curious how people like you know how it feels."
"To clarify, taichou is interested in that 'something you don't want people to know'." Rangiku translated cheerfully.
"Really?" I raised an eyebrow in Toushirou's direction, "Well too bad cause I'm not spilling."
"As if I want to know." Toushirou growled before heading to his room.
"What's his problem?" I asked Rangiku after he left.
"Taichou is always like that." Rangiku reassured me.
"I can tell." I remarked dryly. "By the way you aren't really his mother or you're just calling him taichou for fun?" Rangiku grinned and I already know I'm stepping over the line. I've a feeling there's more than just huge bad spirits roaming around. If they don't want to tell me, I will have to find out by myself. Hopefully I will.
Well, I need your opnion on how it turned out. So please review!