Chapter 39: Now What?

Miyako and I stood in silence. She opened her mouth to say something, but decided against it. I mimicked her action. This was the twenty-seventh time we had done so in the past hour. Eventually, I just sighed and decided it was time to repeat the question that got us here.

"Now what?" I asked Miyako.

"I don't know! We spent so much time plotting on how to get Mikomi and Hanataro together that we don't have anything to do anymore! It's driving me crazy!"

"I know." We fell silent and started to think again.



I sat in my chair and stared at the ceiling. I had the itching feeling that the woman I both loved and hated was going to come by at any second. Ok. I don't hate her. She just gets on my nerves on purpose. Anyways, she came by and pouted in front of my desk.

"What is it Miyako?" I asked while moving to sit up. She moved to stand by me and kissed me before pouting again.

"Now what?" she asked. "Mikomi and Hanataro are together. She can protect herself and Hanataro can take care of her if she needs it. I don't know what to do."

"You'll think of something." I pulled her down into my lap and held her. "I know you can figure it out. If anyone can, it's you."

"Thanks Renji."

"Of course Miyako." I pecked her lips and then put my forehead against hers and smiled at her.



The silence was glorious! I don't believe that I have felt this amazing since I met Mikomi. She got a boyfriend and now she is no longer bothering me. She's serious when I need her to be. Other than that, she sits silently and daydreams about the boy. It's amazing, but a little bit too quiet. I guess I do miss her bothering me sometimes.

I looked out the window after realizing this. Mikomi was sitting under a tree with a blissful smile on her lips. Renji and Miyako had just left the office together, though I'm unsure as to what Miyako was doing in here anyways. That is aside from the point. Mikomi was just sitting under a tree and staring at the leaves above her head with that blissful smile on her face. She was silent.

"Now what?" I asked, wondering what to do to keep myself busy during her silence.



I was at Orihime's party to celebrate Hanataro and his girlfriend finally getting together, though they were both busy for months so we were celebrating without them since it took them long enough. I was here because Rukia dragged me along with her. Uryu was here because he liked Orihime. Chad was here because he was invited. I have no idea why Rukia is here, but she is and she pulled me along. Now I'm just holding her while sitting against a wall.

"Now what?" she whispered.

"What?" I asked.

"Now what?" she repeated. "I've spent so much time trying to get those two together with Miyako that now I can't do anything with her because that was the most recent basis of our friendship."

"You'll stay friends. Just find another couple that needs you to help them get together. You'll be fine." She smacked me. "Ow."

"It's not a joke Ichigo!"

"I know! I was making a suggestion!"

"It sounded like a joke!" We argued, but we cared.



It happened. My precious Mikomi was no longer single. She was with a boy! It would have been horrible, had it not been Hanataro Yamada. He may have been a simple soul reaper that couldn't fight, but he was pleasant and he cared a great deal for Mikomi. The two have been dating for a good amount of time. I still find it hard to believe. My daughter is dating a boy that is pleasant and that knows exactly how to act. He is much better than the nobles my wife tried to make Mikomi marry. I'm happier this way. As I think about the two on their picnic, I don't want them to change anything, but I have a feeling that it will.

"Now what?" I groaned as I tried to ignore the feeling I had.



My work was done. I got Mikomi and Hanataro together. They are on a picnic to celebrate their ten month anniversary. I'm bored. Renji is off doing something important, or so he said. Rukia and I still don't know what to do together. It was just me laying down in pure boredom until they got back.

"Now what?" I said after a sigh.



I smiled at Hanataro after we got everything set up. He lowered me to the ground by his hold on my hands and then sat beside me. We leaned over to each other and shared a wonderful kiss. We pulled away with smiles on our faces.

"This is great Hanataro! It was such a great idea to come out here for our picnic today!"

"I know. I chose this spot for the beautiful view we would get. I was hoping you would like it. After all, it is our anniversary today."

"That's why we're out here, isn't it? To celebrate?"

"Exactly. I spent three days trying to find the perfect spot."

"Aw! Hanataro, that's so sweet! To think I just put in a few hours of work on the food. Then you helped me pack it when you got there and you carried everything here since you grabbed it while I was getting Chiyuhime and my shoes." I looked over at our zanpaktos leaning against a nearby tree with a slight smile at my own zanpakto. He gave a cute laugh.

"I didn't want you to be the one carrying the basket and the blanket. I should be the one to do it. Let's eat."

"Ok Hanataro."

I smiled and opened the basket. I reached in and pulled out the first plate I had in there. On top of the food was a ring. I picked it up after setting down the plate and looked at it in awe.

"Hanataro, I found a prize inside the basket!" He laughed softly and I looked at him just before he started to talk. I got him to stop stuttering when he was nervous, but now he talks fast when he's nervous so this is what I heard,


"Hanataro, I didn't understand that. Take a deep breath and then try again. This time, go slower."

"Mikomi, I love you. I will do anything so that we can stay together for the rest of our lives. Will you marry me?" he asked, leaving out a lot so he wouldn't get too nervous with a big speech. I smiled and knocked him over with a mixture of hugs and kisses.

"Of course," I answered between kisses.

"I'm so happy you said yes," he replied between the kisses that followed my answer. We paused so he could put the ring on my finger.

I was straddling him since I knocked him over. That caused a smile to cross my face. I remembered a situation because of this. It reminded me of the time I was straddling him after I forced him into his recliner and I was conducting research on him and how he acted towards me to see if he liked me. He observed my smile.

"Now what?" he asked me cautiously.

"Now I do what I did to you in your recliner that one day, except this time, we actually kiss."

I planted my lips against his and he soon swept me away in a kiss. It was amazing, though we ended up laying side-by-side and not doing anything like the recliner incident, just sharing sweet kisses. We eventually ate our food and then returned to laying side-by-side and sharing the sweetest kisses anyone will ever know until we packed up after what seemed like too short a time and went back to tell everyone the amazing news.


I smiled at everyone I had gathered. I had even gotten our friends from the World of the Living in here, all of them. Those that weren't here during my false alarm wedding were shocked by the soul society, but I didn't give them much time to pay attention to it since I was so excited.

I got everyone's attention. They all had their eyes locked on Hanataro and me. I smiled and took Hanataro's hand in mine. I had to tell them. It was just so exciting that I couldn't say anything. I guess Hanataro found his voice first since he was able to speak before me.

"Mikomi and I have a great announcement," he told them with a smile on his cute face. I could feel myself blush at the same time he did for our news.

"We're getting married," we said together. Silence for twenty minutes since everyone is stunned.

"Now what?" Miyako cried suddenly.

"What? Miyako, what's wrong?" I asked.

"There's so much we need to discuss that will change! Help me!"

"Miyako, I'm so confused by what you're doing right now!" She ran to Renji and started crying into his shoulder before pulling him away. "Miyako! Wait! Come back! I'm so confused! Miyako! Mika!"

"Ok. So is anyone else going to burst into unexplainable tears?" Ichigo asked.

"Shut up Itchy-chan. It's very emotional for her. I was always dependent on her, even as Mikomi Watanube, kick ass soul reaper."


"Sorry Mom." I smiled at my ex-fiancé and his now pregnant wife. "Looking good," I told them with a smile.

"You're not going to make him sit five feet away from you at your wedding like you tried when you and I were getting married, right?" I rolled my eyes and shook my head.

"Shut up." I looked out the way that Miyako had left in with a sad look on my face. She was my best friend and she just left.

"Mikomi, what's wrong?" Rukia asked.

"Miyako just left. I don't know why and it's sad that she did."

"Don't worry about it. She still cares about you."

"That's not what this is about. I got engaged and my best friend left."

"I know. I'm sorry that she did."

"I guess I'll just have to go on without her." I said that, but I kept standing there, staring straight ahead, waiting for Miyako to come back. She eventually did and hugged me right away.

"I'm so sorry Mikomi. I was just a bit overwhelmed because I won't be your protector if you're married. Then you get a special protector. I have an important question for you about our friendship."

"What is it?"

"Now what?"

"I refuse a special protector so that you will have been my one and only protector and we stay best friends," I answered without hesitation.

"You thought all this through?"

"Yeah. It's amazing what you can think of when you're just staring straight ahead for two and a half hours."

"I wasn't even gone for a full hour."

"I know. We're just using that time because I said so."

"Ok Mikomi." I smiled and hugged Miyako again.

"Let's go mingle."

"Ok Mikomi." We joined everyone else and talked and had fun. That's when I took Hanataro's hand and made sure we would stay together for the rest of our lives.

That's it. That's all there is. I finished everything. I did the big evil mastermind and the love story. I got it all. Oh! And Chiyuhime gets to attend the wedding as a soul instead of a zanpakto. It's nice for her. Anyways, that's all there is. I don't own Bleach or its characters. I never have and I never will. It's probably a good thing I don't though. I own Mikomi, Miyako, Mikomi's mom. Mikomi's dad, Mikomi's ex-fiancé, and his wife. Thank you so much for reading and for your continued support! It was really great to have all of that from you! Thank you! Have an awesomnessedissness day/night!