Chapter 1

Ichigo, the Protagonist

It was the kind of sunset that resonated with your soul. The horizon was a wonderful array of orange and red. The colors seemed to stain the town, only to be accentuated by the way the water in the river sparkled and reflected the colors back into your eyes. It was truly a sight to behold, a sight often overlooked by people, people too absorbed with their daily regimen to take notice. Not everyone was oblivious though, there, sitting by the river, was a young man with a scowl on his face and peculiar spiky orange hair.

It was difficult to see him sitting there next to the water when another young man looked his way and called his name, "Ichigo, come on or we're going to be late." Noticing that he was being ignored, the man started yelling the name with an annoyed tone in his voice, "Damn it Ichigo! Quit looking ever so mystically into the sunset and come on! I know you can hear me, we gotta go!"

Waiting only half a second for a reply, he continued, "IIICHIIIIGOOOO COME ON ALREADY, WE'RE GOING TO BE LATE IF WE DON'T GO RIGHT N- OUCH, THAT FREAKING HURT!"

Ichigo was annoyed, he'd launched a rock at his friend's head, "Shut the hell up Keigo! I heard you the first time!" He finished, exhaling sharply. The strawberry began to walk up the hill, noticing not only Keigo, but his friends Chad and Mizuiro as well. He glanced back down at the grass as he walked, noticing the way the breeze made the long strands of green sway in the wind. Now that Keigo had finally shut up, he could hear the sound that the blades of grass made as it collided and shifted in the wind. He thought to himself, "Considering what happened her so many years ago, it's hard to believe that this spot could seem so nice."

As Ichigo peaked the hill, he turned to look back at Keigo.

Ichigo shouted, "HEY, let go of me Keigo!

Keigo had latched onto Ichigo's legs tightly, tears pouring from his eyes, the injured teen cried, "How could you hit me like that Ichigo, I thought we were friends!?"

Ichigo shifted, "I hit you because you wouldn't shut up!" He continued to try to shake the growth off of his legs, with no luck, he looked to his other two friends, "One of you pull this, this, this thing off of me!"

It fell on deaf ears as his friend Mizuiro answered, "Sorry, but I won't get involved in one of these childish skirmishes tonight, I have to keep my composure, there could be several gorgeous women there tonight." He finished by walking away with a cocky smirk planted on his lips.

"Oh shut up Mizuiro, as if any girl would want to go out with you!" Ichigo had replied with his own dose of sarcasm. The strawberry then managed to get one foot free and planted it on Keigo's face in an attempt to pry the other foot loose.

Mizuiro spun around and snapped back, "Hey, I get more dates than all of you combined, so you shut up Ichigo!"

Satisfied with his comeback, Mizuiro turned to continue walking away once more when Keigo, while still holding onto Ichigo's leg like an old man holding onto the good old days, turned his Foot smothered face and uttered a reply, "Yeah Mizuiro, didn't you have a date last week, wasn't his name Steve?"

This last bit of info made Mizuiro freeze as if he had been hit by a bolt of lightning, he screamed, "I told you guys to never bring that up again, besides, I didn't even know he was a guy!"

Keigo prodded, "What gave it away, when you were kissing his Addams apple, or when you grabbed his man-ass?"

The last joke even pulled a laugh from Chad, who'd been observing quietly up to this point, it mad Mizuiro furious, "Even you're gonna laugh at me Chad?!"

Chad answered in his usual stoic manner, "Sorry, it's just…Funny."

"That's it," Mizuiro had enough, and left.

"Ha! I'm impressed you were able to talk with my foot in your face Keigo!" Ichigo mocked while slamming his foot into Keigo's face repeatedly.

Keigo muttered words through the barrage of kicks, "Its…gonna…take…a…lot…more…than… your…stupid…foot…to…shut…me…up…Ichigo!"

Ichigo screamed desperately, "GAAAHHH, what's it going to take to make you let go of me!?"

Keigo immediately replied, "Apologize for hitting me in the face!"

Ichigo growled under his breath, "FINE, I'm sorry!" He followed it with several muttered insults under his breath.

"Okay," was all Keigo said as he, as almost as if he were on cue, let go of Ichigo, stopped crying, and headed off after Mizuiro with a smile on his face.

Ichigo spoke to his last present friend, "Hey Chad, is it just me, or does that smile look like one that a kid would have when he found out what candy was for the first time?"

"Yeah," was all the big Mexican had to say.

Ichigo spoke suspiciously, with a direct bluntness, "I hate it when he does that, I don't know how, but he can cry on command, and stop on command….it's weird.

Chat replied, "I think the word you were looking for…was creepy."

Ichigo chuckled, "Yeah," he waited a moment, then asked his friend a question, "So what exactly does the invitation say Chad?"

Reaching into his pocket and pulling out a shiny piece of pink paper, Chad handed the invitation slip to Ichigo, "Here."

After glancing back at the sunset one last time, Ichigo spoke, "Hey Chad, remind me to bring a camera back here and take a picture of the sunset." He then looked down at the invitation and it read:

Attention all Students:

You are officially invited to the welcome back celebration

In order to celebrate the starting of the new semester we are throwing a party

There will be food, a live band, and dancing

There will be a five dollar cover charge considering this will also serve as a fundraiser

So Come and have fun this Saturday at:

The Sphere-o-dome Complex

223 Main St. Karakura Town

It starts at Seven p.m.

Don't Be Late!

"I think what they meant to say is that this is a dance, I really hate dances…Well hopefully the band will be good at least," Ichigo Sighed as he finished the statement.

"Yeah," grumbled Chad.

"Well, we'd better hurry up and catch up with them Chad, Besides, I heard it could rain tonight, and I don't want to be soaking wet when we get there. Let's go."

So, as the last of the light began to fade, Chad and Ichigo began to run towards the falling horizon.