He felt weak stepping would of the jail building. Like all the energy he'd had was sucked out of him. Leaning against a street light in front of the grim building, he panted. Toushirou wished Ichigo was here but that wasn't going to happen. Eyes closed he rested his head against the cool metal of the street light.
"Ya know, when I said that you didn't need to face anything until you were ready, I did mean it."
Toushirou's eyes flew open, then tears pricked in them as he turned to see Ichigo standing behind him.
"Sorry for leaving you like that, but I needed . . ."
Ichigo placed a finger on his lips.
"Shh, you don't have to explain."
Toushirou flung his arms around Ichigo's neck. Ichigo held him close.
"Thank you" Toushirou whispered in his ear.
"For being here, for waiting."
Ichigo smiled, carrying Toushirou to the car.
Climbing into the drivers sit Ichigo had just started up the car when Toushirou caught his wrist. Ichiog gave him a puzzled look.
"There's one more thing I need to do."
Momo sighed as she stood in her room. Granny had already told her that Toushirou would be staying with Ichigo from now on. Her stomach clenched guilt, while she knew it wasn't entirely her fault that Toushirou was moving out she was still a major cause of it.
When Granny told her about Toushirou's home life before he came here Momo had been shocked. Then the relization of exactly what she had said to Toushirou hit her and the real guilt set in. Now here she stood trying to decided what would be better, staying or leaving to join her parents in Italy.
There came a soft knock at her door, jolting her out of thoughts.
The door slowly opened to reveal Toushirou. Momo's eyes widened at the sight of him.
"Shir-Toushirou. What are you doing here?"
Toushirou looked down at his feet, taking a deep breath.
"I'm here to apologize, I haven't been the friendliest and I should have told you about my situation."
Momo's jaw drooped. He was apologizing to her? This was not how it supposed to go, she should be apologizing to him, not the other way around!
"You don't have to apologize to me Toushirou! In fact I should be apologizing to you!" Momo told him.
Toushiro sighed, "It's both are faults really, mine for not telling you the truth and yours for not noticing something was wrong."
"Yes, I suppose you're right." she said softly.
An akward slience spreed between them then Toushirou spoke again.
"Listen Momo, Granny said you were thinking about joining your parents in Italy, and well, I don't think your should."
Momo looked at him sharply. "But . . ."
Toushirou raised his hand. "Look, I know we got off to a rocky start but that doesn't mean we can't be friends. I'm not going to let my past get in the way anymore, so please, stay."
Momo smiled, "Alright Toushirou."
Later that day Toushirou and Ichigo sat on the roof of Granny's house, watching the sun set.
"You know Toushirou, I'm really proud of you today for facing your fears and talking to Momo. That took a lot of courage."
Toushirou looked up at Ichigo, then snuggled into Ichigo's arms.
"I couldn't have done it with out you, you baka"
Ichigo laughed as the sun when down.
Ten Years later
"Ichigo! Get up! You're going to be late!" Toushirou called as he stood with his hands on his hips at the foot of the stairs to his and Ichigo's two story houses. There came a muffled groan from the bed room and Toushirou rolled his eyes.
In the years that had passed he, Ichigo and the rest of their friends had grown up, gone to collage and moved on with their lives.
Ruka and Renji had married and had a few kids. Renji was fireman, an occupation that make Ruka both proud and worried at the same time. They had moved out of Karakura a few years back but Toushriou and Ichigo still heard from them often.
Uryu and Orihime had also married and had kids but they stayed in town. They had even opened up their own restaurant (Uryu did most (all) of the cooking).
Ikkau and Yumichika were still together to the best of their knowledge. He had no idea where those to had run off two, although he had rumors that Yumichika had become a fashion designer over in America and Ikkau was working as a martial arts teachers.
Chad on the other hand had of all things opened up his own toy store in Karakura. His store was by far the favorite toy store in town and all the children absolutely loved him.
As for Toushirou and Ichigo, Ichigo had gotten a medical degree and had taken over the clinic when Isshin retired. Toushirou had become a free lance artist. They had moved in together after high school. Several years after moving in together Toushirou suffered a devastating loss when Granny died. But her death was s peaceful one and she had lived a good long life.
Momo had ended up finishing high school in Karakura. She and Toushirou grew to be as close as sibling. The two still kept in close contact.
"Ichigo! Get you're lazy ass out of bed now!" Toushirou barked. Marching up the stairs when his lover failed to appear.
No sooner had he opened the door to their bed room and stepped inside when suddenly he was picked up and thrown onto the bed.
Toushirou sat up, glaring at the orange haired man who was bent double with laughter.
"Ichigo Kurosaki, I'm going to kill you!"
Ichigo just smiled at him.
"How as you're sleep last night love?" the orange haired man asked. Toushirou growled at him.
"Fine and don't try to change the subject!"
"I was just wondering since you didn't take any sleeping pills."
Even after confronting his father Toushirou still had problems sleeping at night years later. Supposedly a few years ago Toushirou's father was released from jail, but true to his word Toushirou had yet to see hide or hair of the man.
"I don't think I need them anymore."
Ichigo raised an eyebrow. Walking over to the bed he pulled Toushirou into his arms.
"Is that so?"
"Yeah, its easy to sleep now that all I dream about is you."
"You have no idea how corny that . . . ow!" Ichigo rubbed his arm where Toushirou smacked him. Toushirou glared up at him.
"That's for being an ass!" he growled. Then his face softened, reaching up he captured Ichigo's lips. They broke apart a few minutes later, breathless.
"And that's for being there for me."
Ichigo held him close.
"Anytime love, anytime."
Ichigo looked out their bedroom window as he spoke and saw that the sun was rising.
Well . . . I don't think I can get much cornier, well I suppose I could but . . . still that was pretty corny. Anyway I hope you have all enjoyed Attention to You and thank you so much to all that have reviewed! It's because of you guys that I write this stuff! Until next time