Bleach isn't mine, and I am not Christina Perri. Therefore, I own almost nothing except the idea.

The next time they met, it was entirely by coincidence.

His father had a medical conference in Tokyo and had insisted they all come along, shouting something about "family bonding time." Ichigo had managed to escape, and decided to stop into a restaurant for some well-needed coffee.


The tray slipped from Orihime's hands as she stared at the man who entered.

Ichigo had frozen, standing in the doorway. Neither knew what to do.

Orihime made the first move, dashing for the back door of the restaurant with tears in her eyes.

Why? Why is he here? He's not supposed to be here!

"ORIHIME!" Ichigo shouted, running after her. Damnit! I wish I could use shunpo in this body!

They ran through the Tokyo streets, Ichigo catching up to the healer slowly but surely. Finally, she turned into an alley and stopped, trapped. Ichigo stood between her and the street.

"S-santen kessun, I reject!" Orihime's trademark triangular shield lit the dim alleyway, separating the two.

"Orihime…" Ichigo had backed up a step, shocked by her reaction on seeing him.

"Ichigo-kun, why are you here? You…you're not supposed to be here! You'll get hurt…I'll be a burden again…"

"Orihime." Ichigo's voice was firm, though his eyes were gentle. "Is that why you ran away?"

She turned away, trying to hide the tears streaming down her face.

"You're not a burden, Orihime. You never were." She shook her head, so he continued. "You're my strength."

She looked up, surprised.

"You're the one who patches me up after battles, the one who blocks the attacks I can't see." He stepped forward, reaching his hand out. "If I'm protecting you, I have to win. If you're by my side, I can't lose."

Orihime sobbed, but for a different reason than before.

"I love you, Orihime."

He reach out further. Her shield didn't shatter, as it did if it was broken by an enemy, or disappear like it would if she called it back. Instead, the center of it parted, to let Ichigo through.

"Your heart wasn't into putting a shield between us, was it?"

"Ichigo-kun…" she whispered, burying her face in his chest. "I love you, so much…"

"You too," he murmured, stroking her hair.

She no longer had to worry about him rushing to her house at midnight.

She now spent every night in his arms.

You put your arms around me

And I'm home.

That's the end of "Arms"! My first completed multi-chapter fic on this site!

No, I'm totally not posting this in order to justify starting a HP/FMA crossover fic...despite needing to work on my other Ichihime fic 毒姫 and my Byakuya/Hisana fic "100 Petals"...what are you talking about? -.-

In any case, please review!