Summary: Contact between their worlds is forbidden, until one night, a young shinigami saves a human...and falls in love.

Disclaimer: I do not own Bleach, or The Little Mermaid (which is what this story will be loosely based on.)

A/N: If you do not like IchiHime, then please don't read. :) Also, this will be my first multi-chaptered Bleach fic, so please tell me what you think of this chapter.

The sky was a bright blue in the sky of Karakura Town. Birds flew around the town, chirping their happy tunes, as people began to get ready for work or for school. 15 year old Orihime Inoue had just hit the alarm on her nightstand, which had been going off for some minutes.

She got out of bed and began to get ready for the day. She pulled her white button down blouse on, followed by the short pleated grey skirt that was required for the school uniform. She brushed her long orange hair, making sure to be as gentle as she could as she combed the knots out of her hair. She put the brush down by a picture of a young man with short dark brown hair and grey eyes matching the color of Orihime's.

For a moment she stared at the picture as she put two blue hairclips in her hair, to hang close to her ears. When she was done, she smiled as she picked the picture up. "Good morning Sora," She exclaimed as she kissed the picture before setting it back down. She then left her bedroom to put on her socks and shoes before grabbing her lunch for school.

A knock rapped at the door. "Orihime! Come on, we're going to be late for school if you don't hurry up!" It was the voice of her best friend, Tatsuki Arisawa. Tatsuki had a reputation for being a fiery tempered girl, but that didn't stop Orihime from being friends with her.

Although Orihime was soft and shy at times, when around Tatsuki she often became more animated and talked about her interests and what she hoped to be as she grew older. Orihime's other friends, Chad and Ishida, often hung out with them, but didn't seem to grasp Orihime's ideas much.

Chad was silent most of the time, a brooding tall young man, he looked quite imposing to the other students. Ishida was often silent, but when he did speak, he spoke of some unusual things.

Orihime had often heard of Ishida talk of shinigamis and of a place called a soul society. It had always intrigued her, but Ishida would never really broach the subject deeply, as if he were disgusted of such a topic. A knock sounded at the door again. "Orihime!" Tatsuki sounded really annoyed now. "Right! I'm coming!" Orihime called out, making sure she had everything she needed to take with her before she headed to the door.

"Honestly Orihime, the time I spend waiting for you, I could have been half-way to school by now." Orihime knew Tatsuki was joking, from the tone of the other girl's voice. "Sorry," Orihime said quietly. "I just have a lot on my mind." Tatsuki was silent. "Oh that's's today, isn't it?" Orihime nodded. Today was the day that her brother had died, five years ago. Sora had left Orihime alone after they'd gotten into a huge fight...that night her big brother, her only family after the death of their parents; had died.

"Shit, Hime, I didn't mean to forget, I'm sorry," Tatsuki said apologetically. Orihime blinked back tears. "Don't worry, Tatsuki. I know you were just teasing," Orihime said as she tried to smile at her friend, who frowned with concern.

"Want me to come home with you after school today?" Orihime shook her head. "No, thank you Tatsuki, but I think I just need some time alone tonight." Tatsuki ran her fingers through her short purple hair. "I understand." She wouldn't have asked if she wasn't worried about her friend.

Orihime was normally a cheerful person who was kind and caring to everyone she met. On these days, though, she seemed to...withdraw. Tatsuki didn't blame her though, she and Orihime had been friends since they were young. Orihime had been really close to her big brother, the only family she'd had.

"Ori-" she was cut off as Orihime looked ahead to see Chad and Ishida walking together towards the direction of the high school. "There's Chad and Uryuu, let's go say hello!" She said quickly, trying to dispell the depressing atmosphere.

She latched onto Tatsuki and ran after the two boys. "Chad! Uryuu! Good morning!" She called after them. The two stopped and turned to see Orihime dragging Tatsuki with her as she approached them. "Good morning," They both mumbled. "How are you doing today?" Ishida asked Orihime. He knew what today was and for some reason he was always friendly to her on the day of her brother's death.

The change in attitude was a bit confusing to Orihime, but she always shrugged it off with a grin. "I'm alright. How are you?" Ishida shrugged slightly. "I'm fine." Chad nodded, signaling that he was the same as well. As the four made their way to school in silence, Orihime looked up at the clear blue sky and she smiled. It looked like it was going to be a perfect day.

In fact Orihime zoned out for several moments that she wasn't paying attention to what was going on with the others until she heard "-death gods." Orihime blinked at that.

"Excuse me?"

Tatsuki was frowning at Ishida before she looked at Orihime. "I was just asking Uryuu here why he is so obsessed with these things called death gods, or what he calls them, shingami."

That word again.

Uryuu frowned, pushing his glasses up his nose. "That is none of your concern." Tatsuki snickered. "Shinigami's don't even exist, they're myth!" Uryuu began to walk away from the group, but when Tatsuki had finished her sentance, he turned and gave her a peircing stare. "I wouldn't be too sure about that." He then looked at Orihime. "Be careful today." Then he left the three of them to walk to school on his own.

Orihime frowned at Tatsuki. "Did you have to ask him about that? You know he doesn't talk about that." The other girl shrugged. "Well I was curious! You are too, I know you are, don't deny it." Orihime sighed, but merely shook her head with a grin. "Well...maybe a little." "I KNEW it," Tatsuki cried.

Chad, Tatsuki, and Orihime continued on their way to school, unaware of the changes that were soon to come.

A/N: Well, that's the end of chapter One. In the next chapter we shall be introduced to Ichigo and friends. Please review and tell me what you think. Should I continue or not?