Gift Of The Magi

Author's Notes: Hello there dear readers! I just came back after facing a strong typhoon, flood and a long battle (still going on) over my Thesis. Ha! Falcon (The name of the typhoon) and the new heart disease I called THESIS are the one to be blame that I wasn't able to post this chapter right away. Tsk! But no matter how terrible that typhoon and that flood was, the sun still shines brightly in the azure sky and giving me the chance to update. Hurray! What a beautiful day it is today! (Smiles)

Anyway, to those who read and reviewed the last chapter. Thank you so much. It made me happy. Really. Haha. Another thing is that last July 11, 2011 (Monday) is my BIRTHDAY! I'm hoping (and pleading) that you, my readers, will leave a comment for this chapter. Think of that as your birthday gift and presents for me. Please? Please? Please? Hehe.

Kurosaki Ichigo: Belated Happy Birthday Shachiecoh Hime!

Rukia Kuchiki: Today the day you were born is truly a special day. Thank you for being born.

Bleach Characters: Happy Birthday!

Shachiecoh: (Blushing) Thanks minna! Belated happy birthday too, Kurosaki-kun!

You probably would find some mistakes about the grammar, prepositions and punctuations marks in this chapter (I'm really sorry about this) but I hope you can read it well. Besides, I really admit that I'm not good in English so please don't criticize me. Hehe. I'm doing my best to learn. Wish me luck!

Wait! Leave reviews I need that. It serves as my barometer for updating. Now, here's Shachiecoh Hime. Signing on!

Disclaimer: I do not own Bleach. I do not own any episodes of the series Bleach or a hardcopy issue of its manga. I do not own Ichigo, Rukia and Renji, etc. or any Rukia and Ichigo sweetness you are going to witness in this chapter. I'm not the super genius Kubo Tite. I'm just Shachiecoh Hime

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"Have you reached Ichigo?" He asked.

"His phone is ringing but he's not answering it." Karin replied.

Clicking his tongue, Isshin thought. "Damn it! Where are you, Ichigo?"

Chapter 5: Rukia's Birthday Part II:

Tonight Was a Fairy Tale

Ishida Hospital,

Ichigo's watching Inoue as she sleeps peacefully. Just to tell you Inoue lives by herself, and is supported by her relatives living elsewhere and by taking part time jobs. Previously, she lived with her older brother, Sora, who was fifteen years older than her. She and her brother were raised by a drunken father and a prostitute mother, who always argued and beat their children. It is unknown if her parents are still alive.

When Sora turned eighteen, he ran away with Orihime, who was three years old, and raised her from then on. For six years, Orihime and Sora lived in harmony. One day, Sora was wounded in a car accident and died.

Back to Ichigo, he puts his hand on her forehead and checks her temperature. "It's not going down." He thought. Then he casts his eyes on the clock hanging on the wall. It's already 10:00 in the evening.

Suddenly, Ishida comes inside the room. "Kurosaki." He called.

He looks at him. "Where did you go, Ishida?"

"I talked to my father." He answered. "And he gave me this." He added as he hands Ichigo a bottle of medicine. "He said it will make her fever go down."

Ichigo accepts it. "Thanks." He then gently wakes up Inoue. "Hey." He called.

Inoue slowly open her eyes. "Ku… Kurosaki-kun?"

"Don't speak. Here. Drink this."

"What's this?"

"A flu medicine."

Inoue gets the tablet. Put it on her mouth and swallows it along with a glass of water. "Thank you." She said. She lies down again on the bed. Ichigo assists her.

"Sleep now." Ichigo told her.

"Anno…"

"Hmn?"

But before Inoue can reply, Ishida calls the attention of Ichigo.

"Hey, Kurosaki." Ishida said.

He turned his face into him. "What's wrong?"

"Aren't you going back? It's already 10:30."

"Why would I go back? I have to stay here and watch Inoue."

"But what about Kuchiki-san's birthday? Did you inform her on what happen?"

Ichigo shook his head. "I forgot my phone at Palm Tree."

"What? Then let you use mine." Ishida said offering him his latest i-phone.

"I can't. I don't memorize her phone number."

Inoue then joins the conversation. "I'm sorry." She said in low tone.

They look at her.

"If it weren't for me... Kurosaki-kun might have been able to attend Kuchiki-san's birthday party. That's why, I'm really sorry."

"Don't worry about it." Ichigo replied. "I know Rukia will understand the reason why I wasn't able to come. I'm sure that if she's in my place she'll do the same. Besides I can't let a friend be alone in this situation."

"But…"

Ichigo smiled. "It's alright. Go back to sleep so that you'll recover fast."

"Kurosaki." Ishida called.

"Huh?"

"You go now to Seventh Heaven Hotel."

"What are you saying?"

"I'll be the one to look after Inoue. Besides, it's all my fault in the first place why Inoue had to go through this. If I hadn't called her last morning to helped at the shop she should be in her house resting. So I'll take all the responsibility so go now where Kuchiki-san is."

"Ishida-kun's right." Inoue answered. "I know I caused so much trouble to everyone for being so stubborn. But I don't want you to miss this day to be with the girl you love. So go to Kuchiki-san now. She's probably be waiting for you."

Ichigo looks at them. "Guys…"

"Don't worry. I'll be fine." She added.

"But I forgot my costume inside the locker room of Palm Tree."

"It's alright." Ishida told him. "I have some spare costume with me. I'm planning on using it on our shop's anniversary but I want you to use it right now."

Ishida handed the new costume at Ichigo. He looks at it. "This is…"

He nodded.

"Can I really?"

"Yeah. Go. You don't have any much time left."

Ichigo nodded. Gathering his courage he stands up and says: "I owe you once again, Ishida."

He smiled. "No problem."

Ichigo looks at Inoue. "I'll come back to see you tomorrow, Inoue."

Inoue smiled at him. "Yeah. Ganbatte Kurosaki-kun."

And so Ichigo gets the new costume and headed immediately at venue where Rukia's birthday is being held. "Seventh Heaven Hotel." He said to the driver. "Hurry."

The way to the Hotel starting from Ishida Hospital is almost one hour. Could he make it? He doesn't know. So Ichigo decided to put on his new costume inside the cab. Once done, he thought; "Wait for me. I'm coming."

Soon after that, he finally reaches the Hotel. There are still people around. He enters the hotel entrance immediately and looks for Rukia. He looks around. From the right side, left side, even above but- but there's no image of Rukia.

Matsumoto who is about to go home as well as her friends spotted him. "Eh! Isn't that Ichigo?"

"Where?" Ikaku asked.

"There." Matsumoto replied as she points her finger to where Ichigo stands.

"Ah! You're right. It's Kurosaki-kun." Momo said.

"Ichigo!" Ikaku called so loud enough for him to hear.

The said guy looks at the one calling his name. "Guys!" he answered as he comes running to their direction. "Where's Rukia?" He asked.

"She already went home." Momo told him.

"Wh-What?" Ichigo asked surprisingly.

"She seems sad that you weren't able to come." Yumichika said. "Where the hell have you been?"

Hearing what Yumichika said, he replied; "I'll tell you all the details the next time we see each others. As for now I have to go and see her so see yah!" he said as he starts leaving the Hotel.

"What the hell happened?" His friends thought.

Ichigo then headed immediately at Rukia's House. "Damn!" he said as he finds himself outside the mansion. "The gate's locked."

"Need help?" A voice said.

Ichigo looks at the person over his shoulder. "Ch-Chad! What are you doing here?"

"I followed you." He answered.

"Since when?"

"Since you left the hospital."

"Ahhh…"

"Let's pass this gate together." Chad told him.

"But how? The door's locked and the doorbell seems to be not working either."

"Then let's climb it."

"Huh?"

"You don't have any choice, right?" Chad asked.

He nodded. So both of them climb up the steel gate of the Kuchiki Manse just like Spiderman and once finished the two ran into the garden. "Rukia's room is above." Ichigo said.

"The light's on. She must be inside her room." Chad replied.

Suddenly, one of the maids of Kuchiki Household happens to spotted them. "Kurosaki-sama?" She called.

He looks at her. "Yoruichi-san!"

"What is Master Ichigo doing here?" Yoruichi asked.

"Is Rukia up there?" He asked pointing at her room.

Yoruichi nodded. "Yeah. Do you have any business with her? Why don't you come inside together with your friend and I will call her."

"Anno…" Chad said.

"Do you have something to say, Sir?"

"Could you tell her to come here in the garden?"

"Hey!" Ichigo surprisingly said.

"Leave it to me." Chad whispered. He then looks at Yoruichi again. "Could you tell her that someone's looking for her? But don't tell her that it's Ichigo."

Yoruichi nodded.

When she's gone to call Rukia, Ichigo asks Chad; "What are you doing?"

"I told you to leave it to me, right?" Chad answered. He then gets his bag placed on his back and pulls out something. "Here."

Ichigo gets it. "What's with this lamp?"

"I bought it at Toy Kingdom." Chad replied. "It's really awesome and it fits your costume too."

"Huh?"

"Kuchiki-san might be disappointed in you that you came so late on her birthday. If you're going to make up for it I think it should be dramatic."

"Dramatic?"

Chad nodded. He gets the lamp again from Ichigo at places it on the ground then drags him behind the bushes.

"Why did you place the lamp there and why are we hiding?" He asked.

"Once Kuchiki-san comes here in the garden and spotted that lamp I'm sure she will get it. Then she will rub it with her hand. Once she does that, a huge white smoke will come out of the mouth of the lamp. Use that time to come out and stand in front of her. And the rest will up to you."

"Huh?"

"Oh look she's coming." Chad said as he spotted Rukia. He then turns around and starts walking away.

"Oi! Where are you going?"

"I'm out of here." Chad replied. But before walking away he turns to face Ichigo once again. "And by the way, I brought this with me." He said as he shows him something that Ichigo knows well.

His eyes widen.

"Chad… this is my…"

"Yeah. I find it at the locker room back at Palm Tree." He then gives it to Ichigo and leaves.

On the other hand, Rukia, still on her costume, comes out of the garden and looks for the person Yoruichi said that is looking for her.

"Hello?" She called.

Ichigo, hiding in the bushes, hears her voice. He takes a glimpse and blushes to see how beautiful Rukia is. Meanwhile, Rukia sees the magic lamp on the ground. Wondering what it is, she gets it. "What this?" She asked herself. "Rub here?" She said again to herself as she reads the same words imprinted in the lamp's body. She did. And as soon as her skin come contact with the lamp, a huge smoke starts to form from its mouth.

Seeing this, Ichigo's eyes widen. "Wow!" he said. "It did form a huge smoke just like what Chad said. I want to have one too." Then he remembers.

"Once Kuchiki-san comes here in the garden and spotted that lamp I'm sure she will get it. Then she will rub it with her hand. Once she does that, a huge white smoke will come out of the mouth of the lamp. Use that time to come out and stand in front of her. And the rest will up to you.

Before the smoke disappears, Ichigo manages to run in front of Rukia.

(*Cough! Cough!) Rukia cried. "What's with this…" She said when Ichigo's image stands before her when the white smoke finally disappears. "Ichi…go?" She asked surprisingly.

"You called me?" he asked.

"Is that you?"

He nodded.

"I thought you're not going to see me…"

"I'm sorry. Something happened back at Palm Tree."

"I know." Rukia replied. "Uncle Isshin informed me that lots of customers came into your shop and that Ishida needs a hand."

Yeah. But something aside from that happen…" Ichigo explained. "Inoue… she got sick and she collapsed. And she doesn't have any family to look after her that's why I stayed there taking care of her."

"Is that so?" She asked. She paused for a while and continues; "I now get it. There's no need for you to say sorry. I think you did a great job staying with someone who needs your help. If that were to happen to me I will do the same too."

"You're not angry with me?"

"Why would I? I have another birthday next year but you only have one Inoue as a friend so I'm not angry. You did a great job."

"Rukia…"

"Besides you still come for me after all what happen, right? Thank you."

Ichigo blushed.

"So how's Inoue?" She asked. "Is she alright?"

Ichigo nodded. "She's with Ishida right now."

Rukia smiled. "It's good to hear that she's fine."

Ichigo then calls her. "Hey Rukia!"

She looks at him. "Hmn?"

"I have something for you."

"You do?"

Ichigo nodded. "It's not something that I get from e-bay but I did this with my heart especially for you."

"Really?"

Ichigo then gives her his gift. Rukia happily accepts it. She tore the pink wrapper and there it is-a painting of her. The one Ichigo drew back at school. The one they called 'The woman who change my life'. Rukia's eyes widen. "This is…"

"Yeah."

She looks at him. "You're giving this to me?"

Ichigo nodded. "Do you appreciate it?"

Rukia agreed. "Of course! I love it. Really. Thank you so much, Ichigo."

He smiles at her.

Together with that painting is a letter. Rukia notices it. "Eh? What's this?"

"A letter." He answered.

"Oh? Love letter?"

"It's not!"

"I see… Can I read it now?"

"Huh?"

"I said can I read it now?"

"No!" He said blushing. "Not in front of me."

Rukia chuckled. "You wrote this letter but you're embarrassed." She paused for a while. "Fine! I'll read it later."

"…"

She then looks at him from head to toe.

"What's wrong?" Ichigo asked.

"Could you possibly be Aladdin?" She asked talking about what Ichigo's wearing.

"Eh?"

"Magic lamp… Genie costume… hmm... Is this all part of your idea especially made for my birthday?"

"Well…" Ichigo explained. "I was supposed to arrive wearing a knight costume. But when Inoue got sick, we rushed her immediately at the hospital. And inside the car, that's when I realize that I left my costume as well as your gift back at the shop. Then at the hospital, Ishida give this genie costume to me as s replacement. As for the lamp, it's Chad's idea. He's also the one who brought your gift back to me."

"So cute." Rukia commented. "Good thing you have such good friends."

"Yeah."

"So will this handsome genie grant me wishes?" She asked.

"Huh?"

"It's me who made you out of the lamp, right? Don't you think I deserve something as a reward?"

Ichigo smiles. He gets what Rukia's been talking about. "Alright." He answered. "So what's my beautiful princess wants? Just to tell you, I can't make someone fall in love with you nor can't I give you powers or wealth so…"

"I know."

"You have three wishes. Think about it carefully."

"Three wishes? Really?"

Ichigo nodded. "So what's your first wish?"

Rukia thought for a while. "A bouquet of red roses that matches up my age."

"You mean 15 red roses?" Ichigo asked.

She nodded.

Ichigo then looks around the garden and there he spotted some roses near the koi pond. "Close your eyes." He said to Rukia.

She did. "Now what?"

"Count one to ten."

"Huh?"

"Just do it."

"Alright. One… Two…"

"Count slowly!" Ichigo told her as he run to the bushes to pick 15 roses out of it.

"Eight… Nine… Ten!" Rukia said as she finishes counting. She slowly opens her eyes and there it is! 15 roses without the thorns are in front of her. "Oh?" She said surprisingly. "You did manage to get me 15 roses!"

"I'm a genie, right?"

Rukia looks doubtfully at him though she knows where Ichigo gets that. "You didn't get these from Nee-sama's roses, right?"

"Wh-What? I did get that using my powers. Don't you have any faith in me?"

Rukia laughs. "Alright. I believe you."

"So what's your second wish?" Ichigo asked.

She looks at him. "A glass green house."

"A glass green house? Why?"

"My sister and I love taking flowers, you know. It's my dream to have one. So will you give me one?"

"That maybe difficult." Ichigo answered. "My powers right now are not that powerful enough to give you a glass green house. But…"

"But?"

"Will you mind waiting?"

"For how long?"

Ichigo thought for a while. "Three years…" He replied. "…How about that?"

"Are you sure that you'll be able to give me one after three years?"

"We'll never know."

"If it's three years from now then I'll be 18 at that time."

"Yeah."

Rukia smiled. "Fine. I'll wait." She raises her little finger in the air. "Promise?"

Ichigo crosses his little finger too in Rukia's and said; "I promise."

After that the two look at each others and laugh. "We both look like idiots." Rukia commented.

"Why? Just ride with it, okay?" Ichigo replied. "So what's your third wish?"

Rukia shook her head. "I'll save that last wish for later."

"Huh?"

"Ichigo…" Rukia called.

"Hmn?" He said.

"Thank you. You made my birthday really memorable. Even though lots of things happen today still you manage to give me a birthday that will always be engraved in my memory and with my heart. Thank you so much."

"No problem." Ichigo tell her. He looks at his wrist watch and the time says 11:59 in the evening. Then he remembers that there's one thing that he wasn't able to do for Rukia. "Hey, there's still I haven't able to tell you."

"What is it?" Rukia asked.

Before the clock strikes at 12, Ichigo manage to say those three important words to her.

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"Happy birthday, Rukia."

The clock inside the mansion starts tolling.

Teng! Teng! Teng!

Teng! Teng! Teng!

Teng! Teng! Teng!

Rukia's eyes widen. Later she smiles. "Really." She told Ichigo. "You've done so many surprises for me tonight. As a thank you…" She comes closer to Ichigo and kisses him on cheek. It made Ichigo's heart skip a beat and it made his face red. Rukia then looks at him as she says, "Thank you so much, Ichigo."

To be continued.

Notes:

There you have it! Chapter 5! What do you think about today's chapter? Is it your liking? If it does, why not press that review button below? It will make my world happy, you know. Haha! Another thing, Rukia kisses Ichigo on cheek! Haha. It's kinda disappointing that it not happen on the lips, right? Haha. Don't worry. Who knows what gonna happen on Chapter 6 or maybe in Chapter 7. Just keep on tuning Gift of The Magi and I will also grant your wishes. Haha.

Well I have to go now, Thanks once again. I'll see you all next time. Don't forget to greet me and Ichigo on our birthdays, alright? Haha. (Am I persistent? Hehe)

Take care, gal and guys!

(Bows)

Shachiecoh Hime