Liking Oneself II
~Home Stay (Part II)
When Soifon nudged his foot, a jolt of pain surged up the small taicho's spine. This caused Hitsugaya to let out a loud yelp followed by a quick whimper while his teal eyes ended up tearing up. As he fought off his tears, the taicho of the forth division stepped into the room, glancing at the frost that was spreading slightly from the small taicho.
"If you don't mind, I would like to treat Hitsugaya Taicho. He will be less stressed with the fewer people here." At that, Soifon simply left, while the other two bid their farewells to the small taicho. Unohana pulled up a chair and gently touched the foot. "Now how did you come to have this injury."
"I stepped off a ledge without realizing it." The small taicho muttered, glancing away as he bit his lip. "I am sorry to cause you trouble like this."
The female simply began to use healing kido on the small taicho's foot, causing a cool sensation to float up his foot. "This is my job, so don't worry about it."
At this, Hitsugaya turned his head back to her. Remembering what he was tasking himself to do he took a deep breath to say what he felt to say to the female taicho. "Unohana Taicho..."
However, when Retsu glanced up, her face was not smiling, her serious look appearing loud and clear. "Yes?"
"Uhh..." At that, the small taicho found himself glancing away.
"I am not mad at you, Toshiro-chan. I merely don't like seeing it when you are hurt." The female stated, her voice smooth and calming.
"I am really sorry." Hitsugaya blurted out.
The female simply didn't speak up for a few minutes, while Toshiro glanced away. "You were having an interesting conversation with Soifon taicho and the others when I came in."
"You mean... about that?" The small taicho let out a deep breath, his cheeks flushing up slightly.
"Take this from my professional opinion. It is completely normal for someone your physical age to start liking the opposite sex. Understandably, it is an embarrassing feeling and it is the kind that will feel childish and immature at first, but you'll come to understand it better when you get older." The female continued to maintain her professional demeanor.
"Doesn't..." At that, the small taicho paused. "Doesn't liking someone mean that I'm a pervert, just like Hisagi and Abarai?"
"You should know by now that I am here to talk to, when you have questions about growing up and such." The female stated.
"I can't tell her that, it is embarrassing." Toshiro let out a deep sigh and glanced away. "It is weird you know. Finding out that my former taicho is the father of Kurosaki Ichigo."
"Yes. That was a surprise for myself, that... and finding out that he had two daughters." The female continued her healing kido and some of the bruising had faded, but not by much. "You've met them. What are they like?"
"Actually, I've only met one. K..." Hitsugaya closed his eyes as he paused with his words. "The one I met is nice. She didn't choose to judge me, like many other people have in the past. She also likes playing sports and is very strong. She's they type who, if she can, will take care of herself. She has strong reiatsu like her brother and also has the need to protect that which she cares about."
At that point, Isane came into the room, carrying a tray with her, which she set down. At that, Unohana leaned forward to whisper something in Toshiro's ear. "Believe me when I say, it isn't liking a girl that makes you a pervert. It is how you act upon that crush and how you treat and respect said girl and other females around you. You are a very respectful young man, don't you ever forget this."
"I brought the bandages." The fukutaicho of the forth turned to look at the small taicho. "That looks to be pretty bad."
"I wouldn't have had you bring the supplies for casting if there wasn't a break." Unohana smiled at the other female. "Would you poor Hitsugaya Taicho some water and give him the medicine."
"It... is broken..." The corners of his mouth suddenly twisted up in dismay.
"Unfortunately, yes." Suddenly there was a pause in what she was doing. "I know you dislike the fact that you are still growing, but from a medical perspective, this is a good thing. You are going to be out of your cast a lot sooner then an adult with the same break."
"Oh..." Toshiro took the cup from Isane along with the pills, swallowing them despite the fact that his face twisted up in disgust. "These are going to make me drowsy, aren't they? So I am not going to be able to do my division paperwork."
"I doubt that you will be able to do much paperwork, what with your foot being in as much pain as it will be either." The female remained calm. "Better to dull the pain and let it heal properly and take a time to relax from your work, don't you think?"
"I'm being put onto medical leave, aren't I." The corners of his mouth began to twitch. "Haven't I missed enough work already?"
There came no reply to his questions, the answer being obvious on the first and the second not being very important to her. She simply began to bandage up his foot, which caused him to frown and cause his eyebrows to rise up. He took the medicine and soon he found himself rubbing his eyes as the medicine took effect, though he could feel the pain leaving.
As Unohana was finishing up the bandaging, a soft voice came from the doorway. "Shiro-chan?"
At that, his head darted up, only to sag back down slightly as he noticed a familiar face looking at him with a worried look on her face. "Hinamori?"
"Hisagi-san told me you were in the forth division." The female walked over to the small taicho and sat down on the bed next to him.
"Yes..." The small male blinked a coupled of times, then his eyes narrowed as something finally clicked. "It's Hitsugaya Taicho, remember?"
At this, the younger female turned to her eldar only to have the female taicho smile at her. ""I am sorry Hinamori Fukutaicho. He is heavily medicated at this point."
Momo simply turned toward Toshiro, not saying anything to him at first, but as Unohana continued to apply the cast to the small taicho's foot. Finally though, she found the courage to speak up. "This means you don't have to work anytime soon, right?"
"Of course. It goes without saying that I am going to put him on medical leave."
"Now you say it..." The small taicho folded his arms across his chest, his cheeks puffing out. "I can still do paperwork."
"Not if you are on pain medicine. It is likely you won't be acting like your normal self." Unohana stated, just as Toshiro's head suddenly titled to the side as his body tried to fall asleep, only to snap back up.
"So then, Shiro-chan can take the chance to visit Granny? We haven't spoken with her for some time now." Momo stated.
"Ne..." Two teal eyes glanced at the small female, slightly glazed over. "How am I to do that if my foot is in a cast? It will take awhile to get used to the crutches."
"I'll get Kira or Abarai to help then." Momo smiled at him, closing her eyes as she did so.
"What are they going to do. Carry..." At that, Toshiro paused for a few minutes, and the spoke up. "Hinamori, that won't work. It can wait a few days, right?"
"It doesn't sound like a bad idea though, you going home to rest up a few days and getting used to using the crutches." The female taicho smiled.
"Home..." At that the boy paused, closing his eyes and thinking for a few seconds. The then spoke up slowly. "Isn't... tenth division... also home?"
"Really!" Momo folded her arms across her chest. "You can be so stubborn about things. Plus, you just need someone to carry your bag for you, right?"
"That's..." The small taicho blinked. "Do you know how long it is going to take to get there? I always go and get there early in the morning, and then stay all day and leave late in the evening." His face also paled. "Please..."
"Come now. I am giving you the order to go home to rest up a few days. You should take my advice." Unohana shook her head as she finished the bandaging. She then gently pushed the small taicho down onto the bed. "You need to get some sleep."
As the female walked away, Toshiro saw Momo sit down next to him in a chair. "Seriously Shiro-chan."