A/N: I hope you have enjoyed my story so far. Here it is the last chapter.
The little boy ran as fast as he could through the near empty park. It was a run of fun and joy but of fear. A monster of nightmares was chasing him down; an aurora of hunger surrounding it. The chain on his chest rattled as he ran for his life. All he had wanted was to find his family but now he had to keep himself from being eaten. As he ran his feet ran into each other causing him to fall face first into the ground. The beast let out a roar of victory as it came down on the boy. The young child let out a scream for help that he knew no one would hear. He waited and waited and waited for the pain of his end to come, but it never did. He picked himself up from the ground and turned to see the nightmarish creature slowly dissolve.
"Are you alright?" he heard someone from behind him say. He turned to see a long auburn haired woman stand before him. He couldn't help but feel calm at the young woman's presence. She seemed to glow like the sun and produced its warmth as well. All he could do was stare in awe. "Little boy, are you alright?"
"Are you an angle?" was all he could say. The girl blushed at the comparison being made about her. She rubbed the back of her head and laughed nervously.
"No, I'm no angle," she said with a kind smile.
"But… But that monster… and you...," the little boy tried to say.
"Oh, that. Well I guess you could say that I'm a superhero!" She put her fist onto her hips and stood up tall to be dramatic. The boy just deadpanned. "But you still haven't answered my question. Are you alright?"
"I'm okay," he said but then he pondered for a moment. "No I'm not okay."
"What's wrong?" The boy responded only in silence. She felt she the need to create more of a connection with the little boy in order to get him to tell her. "My name is Orihime. What's yours?"
"Kenji," the boy responded.
"That's a nice name. How old are you Kenji?"
"I'm twelve." Orihime gave him a small smile.
"You almost a man Kenji."
"I am a man," the boy pouted. Orihime placed her hand on top of his head and began to ruffle his hair gentle.
"Then tell me what's wrong." She gave him a kind stare. "A real man doesn't bury their emotions." Kenji looked into the goddess' eyes and saw only warmth and kindness.
"I…I… I can't find my family!" the boy cried. He ran into her and hugged her as the tears flowed from his eyes. "I've looked everywhere for them but I can't find them." Orihime began to rub his back in an attempt to soothe him.
"Tell me what happened."
"I remember being in the car with my parents and big sister. We were on our way from our grandparents home in the country and… I think something hit us. The next thing I knew I work up on the side of the road with this chain on my chest and my family was nowhere to be seen. I've been looking from them ever since." Orihime listen to the young boy's sad tale and could only feel remorse for him at his lost.
"I think I know what happened to your family." Kenji looked up into her eyes looking for the answer. "You family has moved on to the next life," she said gentle. The boy stiffened at the news and the realization of what happened.
"Why… Why would the leave me behind?" he cried. "Why would they not take me with them?"
"They would never leave you behind." He quitted down upon hearing this. "Sometimes people find themselves stuck here, they need help to move on to the Soul Society."
"The Soul Society?"
"The Soul Society is a place where souls go to live their new lives. That's where your family is." She gave him such a serene smile that he felt warmth spread through him. "I can send you there to search for your family."
"You can do that?" She gave him a polite nod. A white glow began to surround them. Warmth surrounded them. He felt all the pain and loneliness leave him.
"You really are an angle." If he had stayed in the world of the living for just a moment longer he would have seen the blush cross the young woman's face.
"That was beautiful Orihime," someone said from behind her. She turned around to see her petite raven haired friend.
"Rukia!" Orihime jumped forward and embraced her friend. "It's been too long."
"It's only been a few months, but it's good to see you too," Rukia struggled to say while in the auburn haired girl's tight embrace. "Now could you kindly let go I'm struggling to breathe here." Orihime quickly let go of the raven haired and began to rub the back of her head.
"Sorry about that. I'm just happy to see you."
"That's alright Orihime." Rukia to a moment to look around the park seeing that the few people that were there had yet to take notice to them. "Maybe it is best he talk somewhere private. I'm not in a gigai at the moment. It would look weird if people saw you talking to yourself."
"My apartment is nearby. We can go there." The two friends took the short walk to the princess' apartment where they could continue their conversation without Orihime looking like a lunatic.
"So you are fully recovered?" Rukia asked looking at her auburn haired friend see that she was back to her enthusiastic old self.
"Yep. It only took a month for me to recover. Tatsuki and Ichigo made sure I got plenty of rest." A distant look came across the young girl's face as she looked back on the care that all of her friends gave her. Rukia took note to something else that came across the princess' face. She decided that she would have some fun with her friend.
"So how are things between you and Ichigo?" A blush quickly crossed Orihime's face.
"Wh… What? There's nothing going on between me and Ichigo." A Cheshire grin crossed Rukia's face.
"I didn't ask if anything was going between you two." If at all possible Orihime's face grew even redder as if her hand had been caught in the cookie jar. "So there is something going on."
"When did you figure it out?" she asked embarrassed.
"The look in your eyes a moment ago gave it away. Besides it wouldn't have taken long for me to figure out."
"What do you mean it wouldn't have taken you long?"
"Oh come on Orihime," she said as if stating the obvious. "We all know that you are in love with him." The blush quickly returned to Orihime's face. "And it was quite clear that Ichigo cares a great deal about you. Hell the two of you were taking way too long to figure your feelings out for each other that we took matters into our own hands." Orihime gave her look to explain what she meant. "Well on those night watches we attentionally paired you two together." She took a moment to see she was making Orihime uncomfortable. "Why are you trying to hide what's going on between you and Ichigo."
"Well… we kind of want to avoid all the hassle we would from everyone if they knew." Rukia looked at her dumbfounded.
"Trust me Orihime; everyone probably knows already." Seeing that Orihime was still a little uncomfortable with her pressing the issue; she decided to change the subject. "So I saw that you still can use your soul reaper abilities." Orihime brightened up at that.
"Yeah I can. Not much. So far I am just able to perform konsōs." Another distant look came across her eyes. "You mind not telling Ichigo that I did that. He gets a little upset when I use any soul reaper abilities. He's afraid that the seal might break."
"Has anything happened?"
"I've been having dreams. They seem to be Hoshi's memories. But I've been having them before I even started using my abilities and the dreams have been few and far in between. I can't remember anything about them; just that I had them."
"Does Ichigo know about them?"
"He does. He thinks that because part of Hoshi was in my soul that fragments of her memories would be there to." A wave of confusion hit Rukia.
"Wait what? What do you mean part of Hoshi was in your soul? And how would Ichigo know?"
"Well when I was in my coma Ichigo got pulled into my inner world by what was left of Hoshi and they had a talk."
"A talk. That's it?"
"That's it." There was an unexpected knock at the door which made them jump. "Who is it?"
"It's me. Ichigo," the voice said from the other side. Orihime got up to open the door completely missing the devilish grin on Rukia's face. "Hey Ichigo," she greeted him when she opened the door. He gave a small peck on the cheek.
"Hey Orihime," he greeted back with a kind smile.
"My my aren't we affectionate today," Rukia spoke up to make her presence known to the orange haired boy. Ichigo went wide eyed at realizing that he just been seen kissing his girlfriend.
"Ru… Rukia, what the hell are you doing here!"
"Just stopped by to say hello. But I see that the two of you are busy so I'll leave you alone." She got up and began to walk out the door. "Have fun you two," she said playfully. She was about takeoff but she remembered one more thing. "Orihime I want to thank you again for saving Renji. I really appreciate it." Orihime gave a kind nod before Rukia left.
"Great, now we aren't going to get a break from the others about this," Ichigo said frustrated. Orihime decide to tell him later that the others probably know already. "You said you wanted to show me something." Orihime quickly grabbed his hand and dragged him.
"Sit," she ordered gently. He did as told and sat on the floor cross-legged. Orihime soon did the same. "Now close your eyes and meditate." He found her request out of the ordinary but he did as asked. He felt a shift in the environment around him. He felt a cool breeze. The floor beneath him felt a little prickly. He could swear he heard a distant constant roar. "Okay you can open your eyes now. Welcome back to my inner world." He looked around and saw that it had change completely from the last time he had been here. There was no fog. He was sitting the grass field but it now had hibiscus blooming all over. The constant roaring had come from a distant waterfall. "Well? What do you think?"
"It's beautiful Orihime." He couldn't deny it. There was so much color and warmth he felt like he would never want to leave. He soon felt the gentle hands of the healer grip his own.
"I thought it would be nice if we had a private date. I honesty couldn't think of any other place; so I thought we could come here." He smiled at her.
"Not a bad idea Hime." They leaned towards each other and gave a passionate kiss.
A/N: There it is; the end. I hope you enjoyed. I know this story isn't as good as others out there. Hopefully I can improve in the future. Like for the sequel I have planned. Not sure when I'll get around to it. I have some other story ideas I would like to get around to. Special thanks to all my readers and reviewers. Once again I hope you enjoyed the story.