Authors note: Okay, so this is my first attempt at writing fan-fiction so sorry if this story is terrible and full of errors! I would love constructive criticism so I can make my stories better!

I was reading someone's fan-fiction the other day and in the reviews someone had asked if anyone had written a fan-fiction about Hichigo in soul society, so I said, "why not?" and so this story was born! XD

Enjoy!

Disclaimer: I wish I owned bleach and its characters, but Alas, I am not as awesome as KUBO TITE who completely owns bleach :(

Strawberry Tome De PosesiĆ³n

Chapter one: Hidden Struggle

Ichigo was walking toward the Kuchiki Manor where he was staying while in Soul Society. He was exhausted; he had spent the whole day fighting hollows in Rukongi with Hitsugya Torshiro. There had been an unusual number as of late, and it was irritating Ichigo. He wasn't getting any sleep. That and the fact that his inner hollow had begun fighting him for control again. It seemed that his fight with Ulquiorra had strengthened his inner hollow, and it wouldn't stop pushing at the barriers of his mind taunting him.

He was interrupted from his thoughts when a small fist punched him in the face. Ichigo stumbled backward clutching his nose and looked at his assailant,

"What the heck, Rukia! What was that for?" Ichigo said angrily.

"That!" Rukia replied "was for leaving so suddenly and not telling anyone where you were going! Where were you?" She gave Ichigo a fierce glare. Ichigo sighed and ran his hand through his hair,

"Sorry Rukia, Torshiro asked me to help him with this hollow problem in outer Rukongi. The hollow's kept on showing up and we were fighting them all day. I didn't get the chance to tell you because we were in a hurry; sorry for making you worry like that." Ichigo said with a sheepish grin. Rukia starred at him for a moment before she turned away and muttered something that sounded like,

"Who was worried? Baka." Ichigo smirked and walked past her and into the Kuchiki House.

~Ichigooooooo~

Ichigo gasped with pain and fell on his knees clutching his head, "No. No. No. No not you. Not now. G-GO AWAY!" He screamed in his head. The hollow just laughed.

"ICHIGO!" Rukia screamed and rushed to his side. "Ichigo what's wrong! Ichigo!" He gasped and sat back with a groan releasing his grip on his hair.

"Nothing's wrong Rukia, I'm just tired and stressed out from fighting hollows all day. I just have a small headache, don't worry about me." Rukia stared at him with a worried expression before saying, "Well, you should get some sleep then, I'll be outside so if you need anything, just call." He agreed and she walked out of the manor and into the gardens, deep in thought.

"He is hiding something from me, THAT I know. I should keep an eye on him, something is not right here."


Back in the Kuchiki Manor, Ichigo had crawled into bed and instantly fell asleep, his hollows voice echoing in his head. Unnoticed by Ichigo and Rukia, however, was a shadow that quickly and silently slipped out of sight.