Chapter 13: A Frightening Visit to the Kuchiki Manor

After the next few days, Karin finally got a rest day. She spent her time avoiding attention and looking around the Academy grounds. She couldn't believe how huge the Seireitei really was. Feeling completely bored, she found a tall tree and climbed to a suitable branch and fell asleep. Several minutes later Rukia came and kicked the tree making it shake. "Hey Karin, you awake up there?" she asked.

"I am now, what do you want?" she asked sleepily.

"I just came to see how you were doing is all. The academy can really be tough on people." She said this from having experience herself. Right after she was adopted into the Kuchiki Clan, Rukia had been looked on as a threat, and everyone would say things behind her back. So she knew firsthand what Karin could be going through.

"I'm fine I guess." Karin said sitting up against the trunk of the tree. Rukia raised an eyebrow and could tell she was lying. She didn't know what it was, but she could tell when a Kurosaki was lying when their expression changed a certain way.

"Hey stop feeling so down on yourself!" she exclaimed kicking the tree really hard making Karin fall out.

"Ouch, that really hurt Rukia." Karin said rubbing her sore bottom.

"Look, we're going to do something fun today." Rukia declared.

"We are?"

"Of course! I'm inviting you to the Kuchiki manor for the weekend. I'm pretty sure It'll be better than that academy dorm you're staying at." Rukia replied. Though this was true, Karin wasn't sure if it was a good idea for her to be going off the academy grounds. "If you want, you can bring some friends with you. It'll be like a sleepover or something." Rukia added.

'Does she know what a sleepover is? Nevermind.' Karin sweat dropped. As much as she wanted to, she didn't know if she could ask her three friends to go to a massive mansion. It wasn't that she didn't want them to come, it was the thought of the many questioning she would get if she did.

"I'll…see what I can do. I think I could get some people to come." She finally said.

"That's great, I'll tell my brother that you're coming." Rukia smiled.

"Wa-wait, your brother? You haven't even told him?!" Karin exclaimed.

"I was getting to it."

"But what if he says 'No'? And then I'll have a bunch of people mad at me and…"

"Don't worry, I'll take care of it. My brother is a very understanding man." Rukia reassured her. Karin had the look of 'I'll believe it when I see it.' On her face but she shrugged and just took Rukia's word for it. "Well I'll see you in a hour or two okay?"

"Uh okay, I guess." Karin replied. With that said, Rukia flash stepped away leaving Karin alone. Karin then made a big sigh of complain. There was no turning back for her now, and the one person that would be the most difficult to ask would be Kasame. As far as Karin knew, Kasame still hated her. Ryku was too much of a pain, and she didn't even know if he would want to go. The only person she could think of that would be insane enough, would be Yuichi. But even then she still wasn't sure. All of these worries in her head started to make her head spin. She decided to go find Yuichi first. If he agreed to go, then she knew she would feel more comfortable asking the other two.

Karin walked around the halls of the academy and then walked into the library. She finally found Yuichi at a table playing mahjong all by himself. He would take one match, stand up, and then go to the other side of the table and take another pair of tiles. Karin sweat dropped and couldn't believe what she was seeing. 'This is just sad.' She thought as she walked up to her.

"Oh hi Karin, Haven't seen you around lately. I began getting worried." Yuichi smiled at her.

"Really? I thought you'd be upset with me like everyone else." She frowned.

"No, things happen. Honestly I think people are take things too personally." Yuichi said taking another pair of tiles and then walking over to the other side.

'He's talking to me and playing that stupid game at the same time? Really?!' she exclaimed in her mind.

"So was there something you wanted Karin?" he asked.

"Huh? Oh yeah, I was wondering…if it's okay with you…I was wondering…"

"I'd be glad to." Yuichi replied seeing that Karin was having a hard time asking him something.

"But I didn't even tell you what it was."

"It's fine with me if I'm with you." Yuichi smiled. Karin blushed a little but then it made her feel awkward.

"Well we'll be going to my uh…friends home for the weekend to have a…sleepover." She said. Karin didn't even know if boys did sleepovers, but she would find out now. "I mean it's okay if you don't want to come cause I'll totally understand." She added quickly.

"Hmm, a sleepover huh? Sounds fun." Yuichi replied. Karin smiled and thanked him. She then walked back outside and began reluctantly looking for the other two. It didn't take her long to find Ryku since it was actually him that found her.

Ryku had been lying in the hot sun on top of the roof when he had spot Karin walking around looking like a lost puppy. He was highly tempted to drop a big spit ball on her head, but decided that wouldn't be funny enough. Instead he decided to follow her and get a big water balloon in the process. Finding a high enough ledge, and knowing that Karin would be walking by it. He waited with the balloon over his head to claim his victim.

"Uh what are you doing?" Karin asked from behind him. Ryku jumped in surprise and dropped the water balloon that had been intended for Karin on his own head. Karin couldn't help but laugh when he slowly turned around with a scowl and soaked from his scalp to his shoulders.

"How long did you know I was here?" he asked annoyed of how cold the water was.

"You need to learn to pick your feet up. I could hear you clanking on top of the roof. Plus your spirit pressure gave your position away." Karin replied. Ryku was about to protest but changed his mind. Instead he got up and smirked.

"Tsk, I did that on purpose! A true assassin would never give away his position that easy. I just didn't want you to feel bad about not being able to find me." He said before chuckling loudly.

"Right." Karin sweat dropped.

"Anyway, why were you looking for me?" he asked becoming serious.

"Oh, I wanted to ask if you wanted to come with me and Yuichi to my friend's home for the weekend." She asked. She surprised herself how easy it was for her to ask this time. She didn't understand why she was having such a hard time with Yuichi.

"Why would I go to some dumb house?" he asked.

"I don't know, thought you'd want to get out of the academy for a while. I'm sure they'll have a bunch of food and…"

"I'll be there." He said as soon as Karin said 'Food'.

"Okay, just meet us by the tall tree in front of the academy then." She said.

"Yeah yeah, whatever." He said jumping off the roof and down the road. Karin sighed and then began looking for the one person she was not looking forward to see. Unable to find Kasame anywhere, she decided to head back to the dorms to grab a few extra cloths which weren't much. As of now, Karin only had the few kimonos that Yoruichi gave her, and her academy uniform. When she walked in, Kasame was already inside studying her homework. She looked at Karin once and then looked away.

Karin frowned and sighed. "Look, I'm really sorry if I embarrassed you in anyway. I hope we can someday return to being friends." She said before walking to her side of the room. Kasame sighed and then sat up.

"No, I'm the one that should be sorry. I blamed you for something that wasn't even a big deal, and I guess I just took it too far. So I should be apologizing. Friends?" she asked stretching out her hand. Karin smiled and shook it.

"Friends." She repeated with a smile. "Anyway, I've been meaning to ask you if you wanted to come over to a friend of mine for the weekend. Yuichi and Ryku said they would come as well." Karin asked.

"Ryku said that? Well if he's willing to go then I've gotta go." Kasame smiled. Karin was glad that everything had come to an understanding and she and Kasame were once again friends. They got a few things and headed out the door towards the tall tree. As they made their way to the tree, the two boys were already there waiting for them. Yuichi had a small bag of belongings and Ryku just had himself.

When Rukia came to pick them up, she froze when she saw Yuichi.

"Hey, you're that lady from the World of the Living." He said. "Don't you remember, I was the parakeet." He said.

"Yuichi, you know this lady?" Kasame asked.

"Uhuh." He said nodding.

"Oh yes, now I remember. It's nice to see you again Yuichi." Rukia smiled awkwardly.

"You were a bird?! That's hilarious!" Ryku laughed.

"Ryku that's not nice." Kasame snapped.

"I know, it's not nice that he was a parakeet. He shou've been a cooler bird!" he chuckled. Kasame started strangling Ryku and Yuichi just sighed in embarrassment.

"Anyway, what are you doing here lady?" he asked.

"Hmm? Oh please just call me Rukia. I've come to bring you to my home for the weekend. I'm sure we'll have fun." Rukia smiled. Kasame stopped choking Ryku and gave Karin a puzzled look.

"Your friend's a soul reaper?" she asked.

"Oh sorry, where are my manners? My name is Rukia Kuchiki, I'm the lieutenant of Squad 13." Rukia said.

"And she's a lieutenant?!" Kasame exclaimed in surprise. Karin was beginning to become uncomfortable and knew this whole thing was a bad idea.

"Um excuse me lady…I mean Rukia, but how do you know Karin." Yuichi asked. Kasame and Ryku also had curious looks on their faces. Uh-oh, this was the end for Karin. She knew too well if Rukia told them who she really was; it would create chaos for her.

"She's uh…the daughter of a very close friend of mine. I assumend that Karin was having a hard time at the academy and thought she could use a break. I also told her that it was okay if her friends want to come along as well." Rukia lied. Karin sighed in relief and then picked up her bag. Kasame raised an eyebrow at Rukia's explanation.

'Hmm, being friends with the Kuchiki's and yet she says she's from the Rukongai District. I don't buy one bit.' She thought as she followed the others. 'There's something you're definitely hiding from us Karin Asami, and I'm going to find out what.'

Next Chapter Coming Soon: Night of the Living Byakuya Kuchiki!

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