Dear Kurosaki-kun,

You already told me over the phone that you're all right and there's nothing bothering you but I still worry. Your voice sounded different. I know you don't like it when I worry but as your friend, it is one of my many privileges. I like worrying about you.

You're probably stressed out with school and studying and "too much reading" so I won't press any further. Also, I drew you a masterpiece. It is one of my many masterpieces and you should feel lucky because I'm giving you one for free!

:p

lots of love,

orihime ( ´ ◡ ` )ノ

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FROM: Ichigo
TO:
Orihime
SUBJECT:
Masterpiece

Orihime,

I shouldn't complain but in your drawing of robots in samurai armors playing soccer, are they really supposed to use swords? In a soccer match?

Thank you, your "masterpiece" has found a place on my desk, framed because your rendering of my face is spot on. I look as though I'm about to cough out a vital organ.

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FROM: Tatsuki
TO:
Orihime
SUBJECT:
It's normal

Don't worry so much about it. You and Ichigo went through so much together so it's understandable that you two have a more powerful bond than what is normal between normal friends. Your boyfriend must have sensed that and he felt threatened so it's only natural that he's going to get a bit defensive and competitive with Ichigo. If your boyfriend tells you to stop communicating with Ichigo because he can't handle his feelings of insecurity, that's going to be a very big problem. (You know how important it is to Ichigo to know how you're getting on over there.)

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You have an instant message from: TATSUKI

Tatsuki: Hey you

Orihime: Hi Tatsuki-chan!

Tatsuki: Tired?

Orihime: I'm all right ^_^

Tatsuki: You've asked for another shift haven't you?

Orihime: Um- yes.

Tatsuki: I know you want to earn extra money for your trip but don't overwork yourself, all right? We're not going anywhere. We'll always be here waiting for you.

Orihime: Un! Besides I love working in the bakery! It's nice to be surrounded by people who love what they do. The positive energy is invigorating.

Tatsuki: Okay just don't overdo it. I don't want you getting sick.

Orihime: I'm going to be okay. I have strong immune system after all!

Tatsuki: Okay I trust you and your strong immune system. How are things between you and your boyfriend?

Orihime: I met his parents last week for Thanksgiving. They're very nice.

Tatsuki: That's interesting. Because the last time you stepped into the virtual confessional box, you told me you're thinking of ending your relationship. What changed your mind?

Orihime: I thought it's better to take what's possible instead of waiting for what I really want. I might not get another chance…

Tatsuki: What do you mean you might not get another chance? Anyone would want you. You could have anyone you want.

Orihime: It's funny, isn't it? I can get anything I want except the one I want the most.

Tatsuki: Orihime…

Orihime: Kurosaki-kun would always have that special place in my heart. No one would and could ever replace him. But I've got to try. This is part of growing up, isn't it?

Tatsuki: All right, you win this round because I have an early appointment tomorrow and I need my 8 hours of sleep. We'll have THE talk next time. Good night

Orihime: Good night, Tatsuki-chan!

Tatsuki has logged out

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ring

"HI I'M SORRY EITHER I'M AWAY FOR AN ERRAND OR BUSY FIGHTING THE BLUE SPACE PIRATES! PLEASE LEAVE A MESSAGE AND I'LL GET BACK TO YOU AS SOON AS POSSIBLE! THANK YOU AND HAVE A NICE DAY!"

"Hey, it's me."

"Can we meet? I need to speak to you. It's urgent."

click

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FROM: Ichigo
TO:
Tatsuki
SUBJECT:
Orihime

Did something happen to Orihime? I spoke to her yesterday and she sounded odd on the phone. Is she all right? Is she sick? Is her boyfriend hurting her or forcing her to do something she's not ready for?

I don't know what I'll do but I'll definitely do something.

Email me back ASAP.

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FROM: Orihime
TO:
Tatsuki
SUBJECT:
Please don't

Please don't tell him.

I don't want Kurosaki-kun to worry about me. I'm all right. I'll be all right.

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FROM: Tatsuki
TO:
Orihime
SUBJECT:
RE: Please don't

I'm going to be honest and confess that I'm very tempted to tell Ichigo what happened. But I'm afraid he'll get on a plane, find that dratted bastard, kick his ass and get arrested for physical assault.

I know you're confused and most likely blaming yourself for what had happened but this is NOT your fault. He cheated on you because he's an asshole who doesn't know how lucky he is to have you. You wholeheartedly did your best to make it work.

Call me whenever you need someone to talk to. I don't care about time zone differences. Call me. Okay? Never ever think you're a burden. And never forget we are always here for you. Always, Orihime.

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SEND | SAVE NOW | DISCARD

YOUR MESSAGE IS SAVED IN DRAFTS FOLDER

COMPOSE MAIL

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FROM: Ichigo
TO:
Orihime
SUBJECT:
(none)

I don't know what's going on but whatever it is you're going through don't forget your friends are here for you. The distance doesn't matter. Just say a word and I'll be there.

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HAPPY CHRISTMAS
THANK YOU FOR THE GIFT, THOSE KICKBOXING DVDS ARE ONE OF A KIND
LOVE,
TATSUKI

To Inoue-san,

Thank you for your gift. May this new sewing kit be useful to you.

Your friend, Ishida Uryu

TO THE MOST CHARMING INOUE-SAN, HAPPY CHRISTMAS!

LOTS OF LOVE FROM, URAHARA-SAN, YORUICHI-SAN (YES, ANOTHER PAW MARK), TESSAI-SAN, URURU-CHAN AND JINTA-THE MAN

Merry Christmas Kurosaki-kun! Tis the season to be jolly la la la la~
I'm not sure if you'll like this book; I haven't read this one but I read a book review that said it's very good! Thank you, thank you so much for everything.
Lots of love,
Orihime

This is the newest Chappy collectible – the limited edition tea set.
Thank you for your letter. I really appreciate it. After writing that letter and receiving yours, I felt much better. Talking (or writing in this case) had really helped me. Thank you for listening (or reading me). Visit us soon.
From,
Rukia

Merry Christmas
Thanks for the card and new book. Take care of yourself. I hope you like my gift.
From,
Ichigo

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I wish you all the best for the year

Ishida Uryuu

MAY THIS YEAR BE KINDER TO BOTH OF US
TATSUKI

TO MY DEAREST FIRST LOVE MAY EACH DAY OF THE COMING YEAR BE VIBRANT AND AS LOVELY AS YOUR FACE

FROM THE ONE WHO LOVED YOU FIRST SHINJI-KUN

Happy New Year! May the coming year look upon us kindly!
From,
Yuzu and Karin

TO MY BELOVED SON,

HAPPY NEW YEAR OH SON OF MINE! HERE'S TO HOPING YOU'LL BRING HOME A HOTTIE OF ORIHIME-CHAN LEVEL! REDHEADS UNITE!

LOVE FROM DAD (HUGS AND KISSES AND MORE KISSES)

P.S I hope ¥25000 is enough! Go buy a new shirt and wow the ladies! DO NOT TAINT THE FLAWLESS REPUTATION OF SEXY KUROSAKI MEN!

Happy New Year
from,
Sado

Dear Kurosaki-kun,
May every day of the new year glow with happiness and success!
May all your dreams come true!

To welcome spring, happiness to you on the dawn of the New Year
From, Kuchiki Rukia, lieutenant of Thirteenth Division

Happy New Year, Orihime
Stay safe
Ichigo

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Dearest Tatsuki-chan,

Thank you for the lovely photographs of hatsumode you sent last week! I was surprised to see you wearing kimono! It suited you perfectly! Kurosaki-kun's hair has grown longer and he looks so tall! What did he eat?! Sado-kun's hair has gotten so long too! He's got to make sure he keeps his hair out of his eyes! Has Ishida-kun lost weight or is it just his clothes? Please thank Chizuru-chan, Ryo-chan, Michiru-chan and Mahana-chan for the postcards they sent me for the New Year.

I framed some of the pictures and put them next to my brother's. I felt as if all of you were watching over me. Kurosaki-kun told me on the phone that you qualified for the national collegiate karate competition and breezed through the contest with ease! Ah my best friend the strongest girl in Japan… hmm I like the sound of that! You've always worked hard, unafraid to take on challenges, getting past them with the grace of the finest space samurai! I'm sure you'll do well. Not just very well – you'll be brilliant! I wish I was there to cheer for you. You need to be very careful, too. Don't overwork yourself when training! I know you're strong but when we overwork, we become vulnerable to diseases and injuries. Let me know how you did after the competition.

One more year and I'll be finished with school. One of my professors promised to endorse me to one of her colleagues who works in an animation company. But I'm not yet certain on what I'll do after graduation. My wonderful manager had promised me a full-time job once I graduated. Do you think I can do two different jobs at the same time? Can I be an illustrator and be a baker at the same time?

My other concern is if I should stay here or go back to Karakura. I've gotten used to how things are done here but I can't honestly say that I want to live here permanently. Despite the difficulties I've had, I still believe I have a future here. Anyway, I should not worry so much about the future! I have the rest of the year to figure out how to start my quest for greatness and happiness!

Don't worry about me, Tatsuki-chan. I know you do especially after what had happened last December. To be frank, I still don't know what I feel about what he did. Perhaps it was something that could not be avoided. He's very intelligent; he probably sensed I haven't been completely honest with him about my feelings. It was unfair. At least he's now with someone who will truly make him happy.

Okay I've finished my portfolio! I need to go now and prepare for my shift! Thank goodness my organizing and multitasking skills are better now! Talk to you soon!

Love, Orihime

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FROM: Orihime
TO:
Ichigo
SUBJECT:
Mysterious!

I heard from Tatsuki-chan that you've been going on dates. Mou so mysterious Kurosaki-kun!

( ´ ▽ ` )ノ

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FROM: Ichigo
TO:
Orihime
SUBJECT: RE:
Mysterious!

Sorry, I didn't tell you because it was embarrassing. Keigo had set me up on blind dates with random women. I tried to strangle him the first time he did but Ishida helped him get away. He should mind his own business and let me mind mine.

Damn I almost forgot; I'm heading out tonight again. I swear this is going to be the last. Where the hell did he meet those girls? And why did they agree on going out with a complete stranger? They should be careful on who they go out with. I'm surprised none of them had bailed out the moment they saw my hair.

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FROM: Orihime
TO:
Ichigo
SUBJECT:
Banzai!

They must have sensed that you're a good person. You always sell yourself short, Kurosaki-kun. Okay, have fun! And let the appointed shinigami representative to do their job so that you can fully enjoy your date.

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FROM: Ichigo
TO:
Orihime
SUBJECT: RE:
Banzai!

Actually I look forward to being interrupted by hollow attacks.

Okay that's not funny. Because hollow attacks meant some innocent souls are in danger.

Talk to you soon.

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FROM: Orihime
TO:
Ichigo
SUBJECT: RE:
Banzai!

Maybe tonight's the night you'll find your lady love. (≧◡≦)

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FROM: Orihime
TO:
Ichigo
SUBJECT:
Date?

How was your date yesterday?

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FROM: Ichigo
TO:
Orihime
SUBJECT:
Reporting for duty ma'am

No hollow interruption.

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FROM: Orihime
TO:
Ichigo
SUBJECT:
At ease space soldier

That's good! How was it? How pretty is she? Perfect ten? Super galactic twenty?

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FROM: Ichigo
TO:
Orihime
SUBJECT:
Super-what?

She's okay.

You're prettier though.

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FROM: Orihime
TO:
Ichigo
SUBJECT:
(none)

Ehh? Aha ha ha you don't even know how I look! But thank you, that was very kind of you to say. (≧◡≦)

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FROM: Ichigo
TO:
Orihime
SUBJECT:
RE: (none)

I know how you look. You think I'll forget your face? Besides you sent Tatsuki photographs.

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Tatsuki: Well, well, well aren't you two being flirty each other?

Orihime: Oh Tatsuki-chan, are you reading my emails again?

Tatsuki: If you want me to stop reading them then you should change your password "strawberry" to a less obvious password.

Orihime: Hmm I might change my password then!

Tatsuki: Anyway what's really going on between you two?

Orihime: There's nothing going on. We're two great friends talking to each other. That's all.

Tatsuki: He just said you're pretty.

Orihime: Kurosaki-kun is just being nice.

Tatsuki: He's nice to you. He's always been nicer to you.

Orihime: Oh Tatsuki-chan, it doesn't mean anything.

Tatsuki: You've tried it with another guy and it didn't work out. Your feelings for Ichigo are holding you back from completely committing yourself to others. Why don't you just tell him what you feel? Why don't you finally get all of those feelings out in the open?

Orihime: I'm happy with the way things are.

Tatsuki: Oh you're just as stubborn as Ichigo. You are happy NOW. But in the long run you'll be confronted by different scenarios of what-could-have-been and neglected chances. No one could ever return to a moment once it's passed. You know what's more painful to deal with? Regret, that's what.

Orihime: I'll live with it. I will bear it. I've learned that to be with those I love is enough.

Tatsuki: You're – I don't know what's worse than being stubborn but you're incredibly frustrating. I don't why I invest so many feelings in this. I normally don't pay attention to corny things but for you I do and believe that true love exists in this world and here it is right in front of me –not literally in front of me because what's in front of me is the computer but you know what I mean – and it is not happening. It's such a waste and that frustrates me.

Orihime: I'm sorry; I know you only want me to be happy but I can't do that to Kurosaki-kun. He's so kind and cares so much about his friends that he'll do anything to protect them. If I told him what I feel, what will he do? He'd feel responsible and he'd protect me. I don't want that. I don't want to be a responsibility. I don't want to be protected and I will not allow him to protect me by sacrificing his happiness when he could get that from others.

Tatsuki: Did it ever occur to you that he might have feelings for you? Have you ever wondered that maybe he's as scared as you?

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There are five people in this chatroom

Keigo: Oh man so many Valentine's dates, huh, Ichigo? You sly dog, you! I'm so envious! When did you get so popular with the ladies huh?! Tell me you secret, master!

Ichigo: What the fuck are you talking about?

Mizuiro: I've been hearing a lot of rumors, Ichigo. Already broke five hearts?

Uryuu: How brute of you, Kurosaki.

Ichigo: Shut up. I'm not a player or heartbreaker like Mizuiro.

Mizuiro: I agree you're not a player. You stopped going out with different girls every weekend.

Ichigo: That's because Keigo finally fucking listened to me.

Keigo: You didn't have to trap me in a headlock for five minutes! I almost died!

Ichigo: Be thankful I didn't go all out.

Mizuiro: Last Saturday was the third time you went out with that girl from women's college.

Keigo: Oh my god! THAT GIRL – SHE'S A TOTAL BABE! I didn't know you like girls with red hair!

Uryuu: You don't say.

Sado: Hmm

Mizuiro: Very observant, Asano-san.

Keigo: Huh? What?

Ichigo has logged out

Sado has logged out

Uryuu has logged out

Mizuiro has logged out

Keigo: WHAT DID I DO

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Orihime: Oh hang on; someone's calling! I'll be back

Orihime: Sorry for making you wait!

Ichigo: It's all right. Was it an emergency?

Orihime: Nope! Just my co-worker from the bakery asking if it's okay to switch shifts with me tomorrow

Ichigo: How's your boyfriend what's-his-name? You're happy, aren't you?

Orihime: Oh he's all right! How's your quest for true and everlasting love? ( ´ ▽ ` ) I heard you had lots of dates last Valentine's day

Ichigo: Oi who told you that?! That's not true.

Orihime: Ha ha okay I'll stop teasing you… for now! But you had a date right?

Ichigo: …Yeah

Orihime: Ooh she must be very cute! You two going steady now?

Ichigo: Not really. It's nothing serious.

Orihime: Oh still looking for true love then! I hope you find her soon. Any girl would be so lucky to have you. But be careful okay? I don't want to see you hurt. Just be patient, you'll find her and fall deeply in love.

Orihime: Kurosaki-kun?

Ichigo: I already did. So don't worry about it.

Orihime: What? When?

Ichigo: A few years ago.

Orihime: Oh.

Ichigo: Orihime?

Orihime: I'm sorry I just remember that I need to go to the library.

Ichigo: Didn't you say earlier that it's almost 9 in the evening over there?

Orihime: Actually I need to buy some eggs so I'll just run to the nearest convenience store.

Ichigo: Orihime it's late—

Orihime: I'll be fine, don't worry. Good night Kurosaki-kun!

Orihime has logged out


notes.

o my hime has appeared my muse my kokoro ahh my beautiful derpy dorks cuties ahem sorry ahaha i was really happy to finally see Orihime and Ichigo's dorky smiles are just precious! XD ok: Hatsumode- first shrine visit of the New Year in Japan; disclaimer. chapter title is an excerpt from a Bukowski poem. WELL that's it! This chapter's longer than normal, did u notice? XD

thank you very very much for reading! xx let's pray/wish for peace ok