Ichigo laid on her bed staring up at the ceiling. She didn't know when or how, but she had developed feelings for the one person she never though possible. She had fell in love with Grimmjow Jagerjaquez. She has only ever told one person about this, Rukia Kuchiki, her best friend. Rukia is the only person who really understands her. Ichigo hadn't told him yet. For one she hadn't talked to him. Two the only times she sees him is when he randomly pops us an watches her. She never even notices until the last minuet and then poof he's gone again.
"Have you seen him lately Ichi?"
"No, unfortunately midget I haven't."
"You know if we talk to Renji, he could help."
"Yea Rukia, all I need is your boyfriend trying to kill him."
"Ichigo, Renji loves you like a sister. He would never want to hurt you. Besides the war has been over for a while and he was the only espada to survive. As far as I'm concerned he is no longer a threat. If he wanted to cause trouble he would have already done it."
"I know Rukia, but what will everyone else think?"
"We won't tell them yet. I love you Ichi. I promise I won't let anything bad happen."
Ichigo hugged her tiny friend.
"Thank you Rukia. Fine call Renji, we'll talk to him."
Renji was patrolling when he spotted him,
"It can't be."
He shunpoed to the rooftop where he saw him. To Renji's surprise he didn't move.
"What the fuck are you doing here Grimmjow?"
"Look Red,I don't want any trouble right now. I need your help."
"You are Ichigo's friend right? I know for a fact that your girlfriend is close to her."
Renji raised Zabimaru and took a defensive position.
"What could you possible want with Ichigo?"
"Look I told you, I don't want any fucking trouble!"
He pulled pantera off and put him on the ground
"I want, no. I need to talk to her."
"What if she doesn't want to talk to you?"
"Look all I wanted in the beginning was to fight her. For that matter I wanted nothing more that to kill her. But the last time that we fought, she let me live. Then she saved my life when Nnoitora tried to kill me."
"What then Grimmjow, do you feel like you owe her? She doesn't need anything that you have to offer her."
Renji as continuing to piss Grimmjow off.
"Look I'm not supposed to feel this way, I'm a fucking hollow! But I just..."
"What, you just what?"
"Fuck! I fucking love her okay!"
"You have to be kidding me!"
"Wait, you know my name?"
" Yea, I just chose not to use it. Are you going to help me or not?"
"Let me think about it. Meet me here tomorrow."
"Alright, your not setting me up are you?"
"Just fucking be here!"
With that Renji left. Grimmjow bent down to pick pantera up.
"I hope I'm not making a mistake."
Renji was heading back to Urahara's when his soul pager went off. He answered it
"Hey Renji, it's me."
"What's up Rukia?"
"Ichi wants to talk to you about something."
"Okay where are you guys at?"
"We are at home."
"Okay then, I'll be there in a few minuets."
He hung up the phone and continued to Urahara's to get his gigai.
At the Kurosaki Residence...
Rukia hung up the phone and looked at Ichigo
"He'll be here in a few minuets"
Ichigo pulled her ponytail out and shook her head.
"Are you sure about this Midget?"
"Yes, now sit down so I can braid your hair."
Ichigo did as she was told. Rukia quickly braided Ichigo's hair and flopped back on the bed. Ichigo stretched and flopped down next to her.
"So berry, can I ask you a question?"
Ichigo turned on her side so she was facing Rukia.
"What is it?"
"When did you fall in love with him?"
"You know I guess I realized it when we were in Heco Mundo saving Orihime. the first time that I fought Ulquiorra, and impaled me through the chest, I thought for sure that I was going to die. Grimmjow showed up with Hime to heal me. I mean sure it was so he could fight me but he still had me healed. I fought him after that. Then Nnoitora tried to attack him. I saved his life Rukia. At the time I didn't realize it. But after that he just disappeared. I think I knew once he was gone. What about you, when did you know that you loved Renji?"
"I guess I always kind of knew. But I think it hit me when I was adopted by my brother. When he told me to go, it broke my heart. That's why when they came for me that night, it was even worse for me."
"It's alright, it's all in the past now. We're happy. And you deserve to be happy Ichi."
Rukia turned so she was facing Ichigo and smiled.
As the two girls hugged, they heard a familiar voice
"What have I told you two, no being sexy without me!"
They both laughed
"Shut it Pineapple head!"
"Alright keep your skirt on Berry."
H flopped down on the bed behind Rukia pulling her close to his chest. Ichigo couldn't help but smile. They always looked so happy together.
"So what did you want to talk to me about?"
Renji's voice brought her back to reality.
"Oh yea that, but first you have to promise that you won't get mad, no matter what."
He glanced down at Rukia and she nodded her head.
Ichigo took a deep breath and closed her eyes. When she opened them again she looked right at Renji
"Okay look here it is. You and I both know that you can't help who you love."
She watched as he squeezed Rukia tighter.
"There's just not stopping it when it happens. I want you to know that I didn't mean for this to happen."
"Renji, I've fallen in love with Grimmjow."
At first, he didn't say anything.
"Renji, please say something."
He reached out and touched her face.
"It's okay Ichi. Like you said you can't help who you love."
"Renji, I don't know what to say. I was so scared to tell you, afraid that you would hate me."
"I could never hate you Ichi, you are like the bitchy sister I never had."
She laughed and punched him in the arm.
"Does he know?"
He had to ask even though he already knew the answer. She shook her head.
"I haven't talked to him, I've only barely seen him around."
"Well if this is what you want, then you have my full support."
"Thanks Ren, but what about the rest of the soul society?"
"We will cross that bridge when we get there."
She was so happy, the two people that she cared about more than anything understood what she wanted.
"Thank you both, group hug!"
She hugged both of her friends. At least now she didn't have to be afraid.
They laid there for some time before Ichigo fell asleep. Renji looked down at Rukia who was falling asleep as well.
"Hey Midget, I should go, She's asleep and you are falling asleep."
"Okay, you going back to Urahara's?"
"Yea, walk me out?"
"Sure give me a sec."
He stood up and let her get out of the bed. She walked to the closet and grabbed one of Ichigo's hoodies. They walked down the stairs and headed to the front door. Isshin looked at the couple.
"Going out daughter?"
"No just walking Renji out."
"He can stay you know."
"Thanks Mr. Kurosaki, maybe another day."
Isshin nodded to Renji
"See you late then."
Isshin went back to what he was doing and the two younger shinigami walked outside. Renji grabbed Rukia and hugged her close.
"Hey Rukia, I've gotta tell you something."
She looked up at him
"Okay, what's up?"
"Maybe we should sit down."
He sat down on the grass and pulled her into his lap.
"Well I was out patrolling today and I saw Grimmjow, he apparently needs my help."
"Well that's what I wanted to know. So he told me that he needed to talk to Ichigo. He said that he knows that I'm her friend and that you are close to her. So them I asked him what he wanted with her. I wasn't expecting his answer though."
"What did he say?"
"He told me that he loves her."
"So what are you going to do?"
"I'm going to help him. I'll get him a gigai for Urahara. When I meet with him tomorrow I'll let him know that I am willing to help. After I talk to him I'll let you know what I need you to do."
"Sounds good. So if this all works out the way we want it, then what?"
"I'm not sure we just have to wait and see what happens."
She nodded and stood so he could get up.
"I'm gonna go so I can explain all this to Kisuke."
He gave her a kiss.
"Alright don't forget to call me."
"Don't worry I won't. I'll call you in the morning and let you know what Urahara says."
"Thank you Renji"
"No problem, Midget."
He left the Kurosaki residence that night knowing that he had made he right decision. Now to convince Kisuke.
After Renji left Rukia went back inside. She climbed the stairs and headed back to Ichigo's room. She went in and pulled a blanket over her sleeping friend and watched as she pulled it tighter around herself. She leaned down and brushed a few strands of hair out of Ichigo's face.
"I hope Kisuke understands."
She kissed Ichigo on the forehead and climbed into the closet. She made herself comfortable. The only thing to do know was wait and see.