DISCLAIMER: I DO NOT OWN BLEACH
This chapter takes place after Byakuya loses the child. It carries into the story 'Just Gets Better With Time'. I have completed this story. Now to finish the others. ;) Italics = Flashback
Gin looked at Byakuya as he sat at the window looking outside. He looked at how Byakuya sat in the chair with his stoic posture. Gin did not hear the sobs but he knew that tears were running down his husband's cheeks as he walked into the room.
"Bya, it's time," Gin said as he placed a hand on Byakuya's shoulder.
Byakuya wiped the tears from his face as he rose and gave Gin a weak smile. "I'm ready."
They both walked out of the room and down the stairs to the restaurant. Kyoshi held the urn with the ashes of the baby that they lost a few days ago. Aimi placed an arm around Kyoshi as they walked in front of Byakuya and Gin. Ukitake and Shunsui walked along side Jiro and 'Mother' with Nobou and Raiden following them. As they walked to the gravesite, the town's people followed behind them. The crowd grew as the whole town attended the funeral.
They decided to place their child next to Mikio because Byakuya and Gin knew he would watch over their baby's spirit. As Kyoshi was placing the urn in its place, Gin felt Byakuya stoic wall start to give way; Aimi and Ukitake felt it also.
As the prayer started, Byakuya fell to his knees and started to cry.
"I'm sorry. I am so sorry I didn't protect you," he choked out between sobs. Gin knelt down and hugged him.
"It's not your fault," Gin whispered to Byakuya. "It is not your fault."
Ukitake turned and cried in Shunsui's arms. Aimi's heart could not take it. She grabbed his hand as tears started to flow down her face. Kyoshi helped her keep her resolve. Kyoshi knew the only time Aimi was weak was when it came to Gin and Byakuya. Her mother's heart kicked in and her weakness showed. Kyoshi knew she wanted to go to them but he would not let her go.
"Let him handle it," Kyoshi whispered to Aimi. She looked at him and saw that he too had tears in his eyes. She knew that he had a soft spot for Gin and Byakuya.
Gin picked Byakuya up in his arms and started to carry him away. His grandmother reached out to him. She whispered in his ear and gave him a kiss on his cheek. Byakuya continued to cry in Gin's arms. He carried him away as Kyoshi, Aimi, Ukitake and Shunsui complete the funeral ceremony for Gin and Byakuya.
Later that evening, Byakuya and Gin sat in his grandmother home. Byakuya sat facing the window as he laid his head on Gin's shoulder. The tears still flowed from both of them. Gin thought about how they got to this point.
After Byakuya met with his aunt, Mira Kuchiki, and his cousin, Keiji, he became sick as he made it to his room. Although they had an argument that morning, Byakuya called out to him because he knew Gin would come no matter how mad he got with him. Byakuya felt the baby slipping away. When Gin arrived, he saw what was happening to him and panicked. All he thought about was getting him to the Fourth Division; to Unohana taichou.
Gin waited outside of the door to a private room at the Fourth Division. Unohana came through the doors and the look on her face told Gin that the news was not good. Byakuya had gone into labor and the child was born. She stated that the child had respiratory distress and will not live long. "Your son can not survive outside of the womb. It is too early. Go to him. Be there for him."
Gin started to go to him as Unohana grabbed his hand. "Gin, I have not told Byakuya yet." Unohana lowered her eyes as she let Gin go. Gin remembered walking into the room.
He saw Byakuya holding their child. The baby was small. Byakuya eyes were filled with tears as he hummed a lullaby to their dying son. He looked at Gin as he came into the room. As Byakuya looked into his eyes, Byakuya knew that their son would not live long.
For a few minutes, the baby breathing became shallow. As the babies breathing slowed, Gin felt Byakuya's mental state started to break. As the child passed, Gin held them both as Byakuya started to yell 'She killed my baby! Mira killed my baby.' He yelled it over and over again as Unohana took the child and gave Byakuya a sedative.
Gin sent for Ukitake to stay with Byakuya while he went to home. His mind was racing so fast that he had to just sit somewhere and cry. He knew that Byakuya's mental state was so far gone that he had to be strong for him.
Gin sat on the edge of his bed and held his head. He felt the tears start to fall as he felt someone behind him.
"It's okay to cry, Gin," Shunsui said from behind.
"I got to go back," Gin said as he got up.
"Gin," Shunsui said as he could see how much he was hurting, "I know that you have to go back to him. He is going to fight to wake up from the sedative Retsu gave him. He is going to be looking for you. As much as you are hurting, I think Byakuya may not be able to come back from this one alone. Either you two are going to make it or it will tear you apart." Shunsui gave Gin a hug. "I have sent word for your parents to come. Don't worry; we will handle arrangements for your son. Go, go to Byakuya."
Gin took a deep breath as he realized Byakuya had finally gone to sleep. He picked him up and carried him to the room his grandmother set up for Byakuya. As he placed him in the bed, his grandmother walked into the room.
"It's only been a few days and he doesn't even know where we are." Gin stroked Byakuya's cheek as he slept. His eyes started to water as the thought of the night.
"Gin, please cry. Go and cry your heart out. Cry until you cannot cry anymore. Then I need for you to go back home. Leave Byakuya with me. You are right, his sorrow has blinded him. It's eating him up inside. You need to be strong but neither of you cannot move on if you stay here." She walked and sat in the chair she had set up for her to sit and watch over Byakuya. "Gin, we have to get him past the hurt and pain. When you come back, he will be ready and stronger."
Gin hugged his grandmother and started to cry. She hugged him and let him cry. She continued to speak to him as he cried. "You have to find out what happened to your son. Byakuya knows something happened to the baby and he will be looking to you to find out."
After Gin cried, he got in the bed with Byakuya and for the first time in the last few days, he and Byakuya slept through the night.
The next few days both he and Byakuya sat and looked out the window. Byakuya cried but Gin didn't. He started to become stronger and he began to get Byakuya to talk about his family. Now Gin was getting suspicious of "Kuchiki" family and the death of his son.
By the end of the week, Gin was ready to go back to work. Ukitake was going to stay with Byakuya. Unohana wrote both of them out for two months. Aimi wrote a letter to Unohana on Byakuya's condition stating that physically he was fine but his grief due to the lost of the baby had him on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Aimi and Mother were determined that he would not have this breakdown.
The day Gin left, Byakuya gathered all his strength to see him off. As they hugged Gin whispered to him, "I will be back for you. You will be ready to come home to me. I love you." With that statement, they all saw Byakuya smile. The healing has started with that statement.
Shunsui and Kyoshi left with Gin. They wanted to make sure that Gin remained focused. If his suspicions are correct, he will not stop until he has his revenge for Byakuya and their son.