Konnichiwa Minna-san! I'm back with the second chapter of this little fic. I'm honestly not sure how long I'm going to drag this story out for but I'll let you know there will be at least three chapters so just hang tight. My stories like going in random directions that I don't anticipate so I'll let you know as soon as I know where this story's going. I don't have much to say about this chapter so, after the disclaimer you can get started, enjoy.
Disclaimer: I don't own Bleach or the characters. They belong to Kubo Tite-san.
Chapter Two: Let Me Stay With You
"Uryuu," Ryuuken's harsh voice came, "Why are you wearing your school uniform?"
"Today's a school day," An eleven year old Uryuu responded, "I'm going to school."
"Go back to your room and change back into your pajamas," Ryuuken said as he got ready to leave for work, "You spiked a fever last night, you're not going to school today."
"But I'm not feeling sick right now," Uryuu protested, "I'm fine."
"Don't argue with me Uryuu," Ryuuken said, "You're not going to school today. I know how you get when you're sick. You're fine for a little while then your fever spikes and you usually end up fainting or vomiting. I don't care if you're not feeling sick right now. You are not going to school today. I can't take time out of my busy work day to pick you up because you went to school ill. I've done that too many times in the past." He put his shoes on and turned to his son, "I will call you during my lunch break. I'll be calling at twelve sharp, I expect you to answer."
Uryuu sighed as his father left the house, "I'm sorry father," He thought, "But I'm going to school today." He waited for about ten minutes after his father had left the house before started his walk to school.
"Ishida-kun," One of Uryuu's classmates called, "You don't look so good. Are you feeling okay?"
"I'm just a little tired," Uryuu said, "I didn't sleep very well last night."
"Okay," The girl said, "Are you ready for today's endurance run practice during P.E?"
Uryuu's eyes widened he had completely forgotten about the endurance run practice that day, "Yeah," He said. "I completely forgot about the endurance run," He thought, "But if I ask the teacher if I can sit the practice out he'll know I'm not feeling well and send me to the nurse. I can't let father know I came to school. I'll just take it easy."
"I am too," The girl said, "I can't wait! Cheer up Ishida-kun, I know you'll do well!"
Uryuu sighed and put his head down on his desk, "I hope nothing bad happens today," he though, "Maybe I should have listened to father and stayed home today…I don't feel so good all of a sudden…"
Ryuuken sighed as his home phone went to the answering machine. "Pick up the phone Uryuu," He said, "I told you I would call at twelve sharp."
He ended the call and sighed "Perhaps he's sleeping," He thought, "He sleeps a lot during the day when he's feverish. I just hope he didn't go to school…If he did, he'll just have to suffer his stupidity."
Uryuu panted hard as he tried to keep his aching legs going. He couldn't let himself stop running but at the same time his illness weakened body couldn't keep going.
"What's wrong Ishida-kun?" One of his classmates called, "You're slowing down."
"I can't…"Uryuu gasped as his head started to spin and his stomach lurched, "I can't…keep…going…"
"Huh…Ishida-kun!" Uryuu heard as his legs gave out and he fell to the ground and vomited the little he had eaten for lunch. "Ishida-kun! Hurry someone go get the teacher! Ishida-kun's really sick!"
"Okay!" Another student called.
Uryuu wasn't sure how much time had passed from the time he fell to the time the teacher came running to him but it felt like a lifetime, "Ishida-kun, Honda-kun, Yamaguchi-kun," The teacher called, "What's wrong? What happened?"
"We don't know," One of Uryuu's fellow classmates said, "He muttered something about not being able to keep going, then he fell and threw up."
"Honda-kun," The teacher said he placed his hand on Uryuu's sweaty forehead, "Go get the nurse, he's got a bad fever."
"Hai!"The boy said as he ran off.
"Ishida-kun," The teacher called as he carefully rolled the boy onto his back, "Can you hear me?"
"Just hold on Ishida-kun," The teacher said, "Honda-kun is going to get the nurse right now."
"Please…" Uryuu pleaded weakly, "Please…don't call my father…I…I wasn't supposed to…come to school today…he'll yell at me…if he finds out…"
"We have to call your father Ishida-kun," The gym teacher said, "You're very sick and you have to go home."
"No…" Uryuu gasped as breathing became difficult, "Please…don't call him…"He then started to cough violently before he could protest anymore.
"Ishida-kun, what's wrong?" The gym teacher called as the boy in front of him continued to cough and struggle for breath.
"I…can't breathe…" He gasped as the nurse ran over.
"Hold on Ishida-kun," the gym teacher said, "The nurse has your asthma inhaler."
"Ishida-kun," The nurse said as she unbuttoned the boy's shirt and put a thermometer under the boy's arm and an icepack on the boy's forehead, "What on earth are you doing here with such a fever?" When the small device beeped the woman gasped, "Call for an ambulance, his fever is well above forty degrees (one hundred four degrees Fahrenheit). He needs immediate medical attention. I believe his father just became the director of Karakura Hospital we'll have him taken there."
"NO! Not there!" Uryuu's mind screamed out as the nurse helped him with his inhaler. He couldn't find the strength to verbally protest, "Father will get angry with me if he finds out I went to school! Please, anywhere but there!"
Ryuuken sighed as once again tried to call his son. "Uryuu never takes long naps when he's sick," He thought, "I believe he'll have some serious explaining to do when I get home." Ryuuken was beginning to wonder if leaving Uryuu home alone was such a good idea, "If he's still sick tomorrow perhaps I'll take a day out of work. Just to make sure he stays home and rests."
It was a long and painful trip to the hospital. Uryuu knew that his father would be working in the emergency room that day. His breathing had eased up but the fever was still wreaking havoc on his body and he struggled to stay awake.
"Ishida-kun," The school nurse said, "You should sleep a little bit."
Uryuu weakly shook his head and tried to speak but couldn't because of the oxygen mask over his mouth and nose.
"Are you afraid of going to the hospital?" She asked.
Uryuu nodded, "Father will be there," He thought, "I can't let him see me like this…"
"It will be okay Ishida-kun," The nurse said as she stroked Uryuu's hair a bit, "Everything will be fine."
"No, it won't," Uryuu thought as tears streamed down his pale and flushed cheeks, "You don't know my father! Please! Don't take me to the hospital!"
"Ishida-sensei," One of the nurses called, "We just got a call from your son's school."
"What did they want?" Ryuuken asked, "If it was about Uryuu's absence, I'll call them back later."
"It wasn't about that," The nurse said.
"I swear if he went to school with the fever he was running this morning…"
"The call wasn't about your son at all. All they said was that they were sending a student here," The woman said, "A fifth grader collapsed during gym class. They should be arriving any minute. Apparently the child has a high fever and severe asthma episode."
"Call pediatrics and let them know," Ryuuken said, "Depending on how bad the child is we'll send him there when we're done with the preliminary treatment."
"Alright," The woman said.
Ryuuken sighed. He would have someone call the child's parents when they learned more about the child's condition. But he had a bad feeling that he couldn't shake or explain about the child they were bringing in from his son's school. And for once, Ryuuken Ishida was extremely apprehensive about a patient.
"Ishida-sensei," Another nurse called, "The child from Karakura Elementary School is here."
"I'll be right there," Ryuuken called. He looked over at the child that had just been rushed in and he gasped. He didn't even need to see the child's face, there was no mistaking the reiatsu he felt. The child was Uryuu.
"Eleven year old male," The EMT called, "Collapsed at school with a forty point five (one hundred four point nine) degree temperature…"
Ryuuken didn't hear the rest of what the EMT said. He had rushed to the trauma room they had prepped for the boy. "That idiot boy," He thought, "Is he trying to kill himself?" Uryuu was brought into the trauma room and Ryuuken gasped. Uryuu was almost deathly pale and extremely flushed at the same time, despite the oxygen mask on his face his breathing was extremely shallow and from what Ryuuken could tell, the boy was barely conscious.
"Should we call the child's parents?" One of the nurses asked.
"There's no need," Ryuuken muttered, "He's my son…"
"He's…your son?" The young woman responded, "Ishida-sensei, do you mean…?"
"Yes," He said, "This is my son, Ishida Uryuu." He walked up to the child, "What were you thinking?" He asked softly trying to keep his composure despite the fact that his son had just been rushed to the hospital with a dangerously high fever, "I told you not to go to school today…"
"Otou…san…" Uryuu muttered as he looked up at his father, "Su…su…sumima…sen…"
"Don't talk Uryuu," Ryuuken ordered, "We'll discuss this later. For now," He said in a gentle tone that Uryuu had never heard from his father before, "Just rest."
"H-Hai…" Uryuu muttered as he slipped into a blissful and pain-free unconsciousness.
Ryuuken's eyes snapped open. It had been a while since he had had that dream. It was the recurring nightmare of the incident that could have killed his only child. It plagued his sleep whenever Uryuu fell ill. He wiped the sweat from his brow, "How long has it been since Uryuu last fell ill?" He thought, "That time couldn't have been the last time he was ill." He put his glasses on and got out of bed so he could get a drink of water, "No, the last time Uryuu fell ill was about a week after he started high school. Just two weeks after he moved out. He got really ill that time too because he pulled the same idiotic stunt as that time." He walked back to his bedroom, "At least this time he has someone watching out for him. I don't have to be at the hospital until midday tomorrow, perhaps I'll check up on him." He then removed his glasses and fell back to sleep.
Uryuu woke up at the same exact time his father did, from almost the same exact dream.
"Ishida-kun," Orihime called softly, "Are you alright? I could hear you moaning from the other room. Were you having a bad dream?"
"Inoue-san," Uryuu muttered, "I'm alright. I wasn't having a nightmare, it was just an odd dream."
"Was it about what happened at Hueco Mundo?" Orihime asked as she handed Uryuu a glass of water.
"No," Uryuu said, "It wasn't. We'll talk more in the morning. I just want to get back to sleep."
"Okay," Orihime said, "Do you want to take more medicine first? It's been more than six hours since you took the last dose."
"What time is it?" He asked.
"It's almost three in the morning," Orihime said as she took the box of medicine off Uryuu's nightstand, "Do you want to take another dose? Your fever is still rather high."
"Yeah," Uryuu said, "That sounds like a good idea."
"Here," Orihime said as she handed Uryuu two pills.
"Thank you, Inoue-san," Uryuu said, "I'm sorry if I woke you up."
"It's alright," Orihime said, "I left your door open on purpose. I wanted to be woken up in case you started having trouble during the night."
"You should get back to sleep," Uryuu said, "I wouldn't want you to be tired during school tomorrow."
"I don't think I'm going to go to school tomorrow," She said as she walked towards the door, "I want to stay with you."
"You don't have to," Uryuu said tiredly as the medicine started to take effect, "I don't want you to miss another day of school because of me."
"I know I don't have to," Orihime said, "But…I want to. Sleep well, Ishida-kun."
"You too, Inoue-san."
Orihime woke up a little later than she normally did. At first she didn't recognize her surroundings and started to panic thinking that maybe she had been kidnapped again. But then she remembered that she had spent the night at Uryuu's apartment and she was able to calm down. "I hope Ishida-kun is feeling better today." She walked to the bathroom and changed into the outfit she had packed the day before then she checked on Uryuu. The raven haired Quincy appeared to be sleeping soundly. His face was no longer flushed or slick with sweat. She carefully placed the back of her hand to Uryuu's forehead and smiled, "Oh good," She thought, "His fever's gone. I'll let him sleep for a while longer, he still needs the rest."
Orihime quietly left Uryuu's room and started rummaging through the kitchen to see what she could make for breakfast. "I guess I could make some eggs," Orihime thought, "They'll be a little bland though, Ishida-kun doesn't have any maple syrup or red bean paste."
Uryuu woke up to the sound of someone clinking dishes around in his kitchen. He quickly sat up and went to go confront the possible intruder when he remembered that Orihime had spent the night. He sighed and relaxed a bit. He was feeling much better than he had the day before. "My fever must be down," He thought, "Hopefully Ryuuken doesn't hold this against me somehow." He got dressed and walked out into the kitchen.
"Ah Ishida-kun," Orihime greeted cheerfully, "Good morning!"
"Good morning Inoue-san," Uryuu greeted in return.
"How are you feeling today?" Orihime asked, "You look like you're feeling a lot better today."
"I'm feeling much better today," Uryuu said, "I think my fever fell."
Orihime placed the back of her hand to Uryuu's forehead and he blushed a little bit, "Your forehead is nice and cool today," Orihime said with a smile, "I think it's safe to say your fever is down. Would you like something to eat? I made some eggs."
"That will be fine," Uryuu said, "I'm sorry, I don't have much food in my apartment. I was supposed to go grocery shopping after school the other day but after falling asleep during last period I decided to come straight home instead. I might go shopping later on."
"If you do go shopping later on, can I come too?" Orihime asked as she placed a plate of eggs in front of Uryuu.
"You can if you want to," Uryuu said, "We'll go a little later on. Kurosaki-san said that he would stop by to see how I was feeling."
"I wonder how long it's going to take for Kurosaki-kun to wake up," Orihime said softly.
Uryuu sighed, "It's Kurosaki," He said, "You know how he is. He pushes himself too hard but he's always alright in the end. Urahara-san and Unohana-taichou both said that he would be fine but…"
"He will lose his reiatsu when he wakes up," Orihime said softly, "He won't be a substitute shinigami anymore."
"Everything will be alright," Uryuu said, "He was always protecting us so now it's our turn to protect him. With Aizen gone, the worst we'll have to deal with will be the Menos Grande. We've all taken on much stronger enemies than the Menos."
"I guess you're right," Orihime said as Uryuu's doorbell rang.
"Hold on just a minute Inoue-san," Uryuu said, "That's probably Kurosaki-san." He opened the door and the person standing there was not the person he was expecting to be there, "Ryuuken!"
"You never change do you Uryuu," Ryuuken said.
"What are you doing here?" Uryuu asked still in shock that his father was standing in his doorway.
"I was just making sure that you weren't doing anything stupid today," Ryuuken said, "But seeing as though your school started an hour ago and you're still here, I'm guessing you finally decided to listen to me for once."
"I didn't think what I chose to do was any of your business," Uryuu said, "So why do you seem to care?"
"I'm your father Uryuu," Ryuuken said, "It is my business to make sure you don't do anything to stupidly get yourself killed. Is Inoue-san still here?"
"Why do you want to know?" Uryuu asked.
"She left something in my car yesterday," Ryuuken said, "I wanted to return it to her."
"She's still here," Uryuu said, "Would you like to come in and see for yourself?"
"I was wondering when you were going to ask me that," Ryuuken said, "It's rather rude to have a person who went out of their way to visit you stand in your doorway for too long."
Uryuu sighed and stepped aside so his father could enter his apartment, "Is that better?" He asked.
Ryuuken didn't answer he walked up to Orihime, "You left this in my car, Inoue-san," He said as he handed the girl a blue hair pin, "This is important to you, is it not? You wouldn't want to lose it."
"Thank you so much Ishida-san," Orihime said as she bowed, "I didn't even notice it was gone."
"You could learn a thing or two from this girl," Ryuuken said, "She seems to have much more respect than you do."
"Would you mind not criticizing me in front of my friend?" Uryuu asked as the doorbell rang, "Excuse me." He walked towards the door.
"Would you like some tea, Ishida-san?" Orihime asked, "I was just about to make some."
"That won't be necessary," Ryuuken said, "I won't be staying much longer."
"Okay," Orihime said.
"Uryuu-kuuuuun!" A voice from the living room screamed as there was a loud crash. Orihime and Ryuuken rushed into the room to find Uryuu half pinned under Isshin Kurosaki, "Good morning!"
"What the hell do you think you're doing?" Uryuu roared as he struggled to get Isshin off of him, "Do you do this with Kurosaki?"
"Yeah," Isshin said, "But it's no fun when I do it with Ichigo because he always moves out of the way or he hits me back."
"I don't blame him," Uryuu said, "You could have seriously injured me!"
"I'm sure you've been through worse," Isshin said, "Based on the condition you were in yesterday. But I see the lovely young lady saw to your injuries. You appear to have full mobility of your left hand again."
"What is this all about?" Ryuuken asked.
"It's nothing," Uryuu muttered as he cursed Isshin for coming over while Ryuuken was over as well.
"It's not nothing," Isshin said, "You had some pretty severe injuries yesterday Uryuu-kun. You were in quite a bit of pain and your left hand was completely immobile."
"Is that true Uryuu?" Ryuuken asked, "This is the first I heard of it."
"Inoue-san was able to heal my injuries," Uryuu said, "I'm completely fine."
"Your reiatsu is weak Uryuu," Ryuuken said, "You're pushing yourself too hard again." He checked his watch, "I have to go. Take care of yourself Uryuu. If your reiatsu doesn't strengthen in a few days I want to know about it. Isshin," He said as the other man stiffened, "I will be calling you later. I will take my leave now."
"Uryuu-kun," Isshin whined after Ryuuken left, "Your father is a scary man."
"How's Kurosaki?" Uryuu asked softly.
Isshin sighed, "He's the same," he said, "Yuzu won't stop crying and I can't tell what the hell Karin is thinking about. I know he'll wake up eventually but…things will be a lot different for him when he does." He looked over at Uryuu, "Now that your father isn't around, would you mind telling me just what happened to you at Hueco Mundo? Honestly I'm surprised you could stand yesterday. I'm guessing you sustained some pretty grave injuries."
Uryuu sighed, "Kurosaki had been badly injured," he said softly, "So to buy Inoue-san some time to heal him I challenged the enemy that Kurosaki had been fighting…despite knowing that I had no chance of beating him. During that fight, I had my left hand severed off and I ended up with a sword through my stomach. If Inoue-san hadn't have been there as well…I would be dead." He couldn't tell Isshin that when they found Ichigo he was seemingly dead with a large hole through his chest. He also couldn't tell Isshin that his son had turned into some sort of Arrancar-like monster that stabbed him through with his Zanpakutou and would have killed him if Ulquiorra didn't intervene.
"You should have told your father about that," Isshin said, "I know the two you have a less than close relationship but he is your father Uryuu-kun. He has every right to know about what happened to you. I mean, he did give you the opportunity to run off the way you did."
"Ryuuken did what?" Uryuu asked.
"He kinda figured you'd run off as soon as he left you alone so I think he left you alone for a while on purpose," Isshin said, "He never read the note you left. He had a feeling he knew what you were up to."
"How do you know this?" Uryuu asked.
"Your father and I are old friends," Isshin said, "I can't go into details but we've know each other since before you and Ichigo were born."
"I see," Uryuu said.
"Well," Isshin said, "I think I'm done here. You seem to be feeling better Uryuu-kun. But it's as your father said you're still not one hundred percent yet. Your reiatsu is still weak so take it easy for a few more days. No Hollow hunting until you regain your strength okay? Those are doctor's orders alright?"
"Alright," Uryuu said, "Thank you for stopping by Kurosaki-san. Please, keep us updated on Kurosaki."
"Don't worry," Isshin said, "I will. Have a good day you two."
"You too Kurosaki-san," Orihime said as Isshin left the apartment.
"Did you sleep alright last night Ishida-kun?" Orihime asked, "Aside from that dream you woke up from, did you wake up another time?"
"No," Uryuu said, "That was the only time I woke up during the night."
"I'm glad," Orihime said, "Do you mind if I ask you what you were dreaming about?"
"Do you remember me telling you about the time I was rushed to the hospital because I collapsed from a high fever in school?" Uryuu asked. Orihime nodded, "I basically relived that incident while I slept last night. And…I'm pretty sure my father had the same dream. He always dreams about that incident when I'm ill."
"Your father really does care about you," Orihime said, "He may not show it in a compassionate way but he does worry about you."
"I guess you're right Inoue-san," Uryuu said, "He was able to restore my powers. He probably knew full well that as long as hollows continued to show up I was going to continue to try and fight."
"I have another question," Orihime asked, "Before you showed up to fight Yammy, what happened to you? You mentioned to Kurosaki-kun that Kurotsuchi-Taichou had healed you. Did you fight an Espada?"
Uryuu sighed. He really didn't want Orihime to know about what had happened during his fight with Szayel. "I fought an Espada with Abarai-kun," He said softly, "But neither of us were able to defeat him…Kurotsuchi had to save us. I never thought the madman who nearly killed me once would come to my aid." He paused, "The Espada we fought created little voodoo dolls of Abarai-kun and I. He then proceeded to use those dolls to crush our internal organs and major tendons. I was done in much faster than Abarai-kun," He muttered, "I almost couldn't move after that monster destroyed my stomach."
"You had your internal organs destroyed?" Orihime asked.
"Yeah," Uryuu said, "We were lucky Kurotsuchi was…prepared so to speak. He defeated Szayel in a rather…unusual manner then he healed his lieutenant, Abarai-kun and then myself. I don't trust that man at all but the internal bleeding from having several organs destroyed would have killed me. I didn't have a choice but to let him heal me. His method of healing people is much…different than yours. And to be quite honest I prefer your method of healing over any other method."
Orihime blushed, "R-Really?" She asked.
"Yes," Uryuu said.
"Thank you…" Orihime muttered.
"You're welcome," Uryuu said, "Now, since I know I don't have much food in my apartment, what do you say we go out for lunch?"
"Eh?" Orihime gasped, "Ishida-kun…"
"It will be my treat," He said, "You did save my life at Hueco Mundo and I think that deserves lunch on me."
"You mean…like a date?" Orihime asked.
Uryuu blushed a little bit, "I guess you could call it that," He said.
"You don't have to do that," Orihime said, "I can pay for whatever I order."
"It's like what you said to me last night," Uryuu said, "I know I don't have to but I want to. I feel as though you're always doing things for me but I never return the favor. You've saved my life several times and I feel as though I've never properly thanked you. If it wasn't for you, the injuries I sustained during the battle against Ulquiorra would have killed me."
"That's not true," Orihime said, "You've done things to help me in the past. You were the one who warned me when those Shinigami were about to explode back in the Soul Society. You protected me from Kurotsuchi-Taichou. You went to Hueco Mundo to rescue me from Aizen. You challenged Ulquiorra to give me time to heal Kurosaki-kun. You've done a lot to help me out Ishida-kun."
"None of those things can compare to what you've done for me," Uryuu said, "Someday I hope to return the favor in full but for now I'll settle for treating you to lunch."
"Thank you Ishida-kun," Orihime said as she realized that she would not be able to argue the matter.
"We'll leave in a little bit," Uryuu said, "I want to do the homework from the other night and from yesterday. Could you tell me what yesterday's homework was?"
"Okay," Orihime said, "I already copied yesterday's notes for you."
"Thank you," Uryuu said, "In return, you can copy the notes that Sado-kun took for me the day before yesterday. Sado-kun took notes for me that day since I couldn't use my left hand and I'm left handed. I probably should have stayed home that day."
"Okay," Orihime said, "Why did you go to school that day anyway?"
"The same reason why you asked to stay the night," Uryuu said, "To distract myself from everything that had happened. The only thing I accomplished that day was making myself sicker and irritating my injuries more. Sado-kun wouldn't let me walk home by myself either, he followed me here just to make sure I made it home safely."
"I think I would have done the same," Orihime said, "I'm pretty sure Kurosaki-kun would have done the same."
"Kurosaki would have carried me to my apartment," Uryuu said as he took one of his notebooks out of his book bag, "Just to tick me off. Here," he said as he handed the girl the notebook, "These are the notes from the other day."
"Here," Orihime said as she handed the notes she had copied the night before, "The assignments are in there as well."
"Okay," Uryuu said, "We'll leave in about an hour."
"Sounds good," Orihime said as they both started on their homework.
So, what did you think? The section at the beginning was a sort of combined dream between Uryuu and Ryuuken. Like I said in the first chapter, I'm trying to keep everyone in as much character as possible. There will definitely be at least one more chapter after this one. So until next time, see ya!