Sitting in darkness is never fun. The only positive being that both Ichigo and Shiro were not chained by their ankles. They were able to get a hold each other rather than Shiro be in constant fear that Ichigo would once more attack. They even managed to sit on the concrete that was farthest away from the putrid green water. It was relaxing to hold Shiro and be alone even if they were not in the best situation. They didn't really speak. Each finding solace in each others arms and the blackness surrounding them.
There had yet to be another occupant in the room and that was just fine with Ichigo. He ran his fingers through Shiro's hair and began humming a lullaby their mother sang them when Ichigo was nothing but a human child. This was the first time Shiro had heard this song from Ichigo. When Ichigo had left Shiro to protect him their mother would sing this comforting song to Shiro and try to invoke some emotions when Shiro was nothing but and empty had hummed this song in his head every night he had been from Shiro. Knowing that they would be reunited once more and become one.
" Hey Ichi?" spoke Shiro.
"Yeah?" asked Ichigo.
"Can we sing ninety-nine wings of KFC chicken on the wall?" asked Shiro.
"The song is ninety-nine bottles of beer," Ichigo corrected Shiro.
"Yeah but I like chicken better than beer," stated Shiro.
Ichigo just shook his head and began the beer version. Only to be interrupted by Shiro's fingers digging into Ichigo's side. Gasping at the feeling and squeaking, Ichigo began to laugh. A blush forming on his face for squeaking but laughter still bubbled from his lips. Shiro was now on top of him while tickling Ichigo in the dark. The pale twin having fun and smiling as Ichigo squirmed and wiggled from Shiro's touch. Shiro wanted to sing the chicken version and he would do anything to get it. He would win both the battle and the war. Ichigo was squealing and while begging for mercy Shiro shouted that Ichigo had to sing his version of the song. It didn't take long for Ichigo to succumb. The need to breathe properly had his lungs screaming at his brain to agree to Shiro's demands.
Thankfully, Shiro was a man of his word and backed off. Allowing Ichigo to wrap his arm around Shiro's waist and pull him down. Ichigo resting his chin on Shiro's forehead. The twins began to sing ninety- nine wings of KFC chicken on the wall. Ichigo could feel Shiro's happiness as they sung. Ichigo would sing this song for Shiro a million times if it always made Shiro this happy. However, after ninety-three the two forget their place. Feeling a surge of power. It thrummed through the castle. It was immense power and from what Ichigo could deduce it was Akira's spiritual pressure. Very strong as well. The only people who could have sensed it being Ichigo, Shiro, Lauren and maybe, just maybe if Aizen was lucky he too could.
Ichigo felt Shiro stiffen. Asking what was wrong even though he knew the answer. Akira was the closest thing Shiro had to a friend. Ichigo's friends were Ichigo's and Lauren was their mate. Waiting for the response Ichigo ran his fingers through ashen locks. Knowing Shiro would speak on his own him and not one he was foraced to unless it was Aizen speaking.
"What do you think happened to Kira?" asked Shiro using Akira's nickname.
Ichigo shrugged his shoulders. He didn't know and the only response he could think of was that someone angered her and caused her to go one a rampage. Shiro spoke on who didn't piss her off.
"I can't believe you like her like that, she's crazy Shi," teased Ichigo.
"I'm crazy too, whispered Shiro since he was all hollow unlike Ichigo.
The comment lead to an awkward and pregnant silence. Ichigo felt bad for mentioning how Akira was nuts because Shiro was bat shit crazy before they grew up together. As much as Ichigo feared that side he loved his brother no matter how he would act.
"Wanna know what's weird?" asked Shiro.
"Sure," agreed Ichigo.
"That Tousen is usually in the surveillance room," stated Shiro.
Ichigo realized the irony of that and began to laugh. Shiro was right. Why did the blind man sit in front of surveillance cameras when in the end he couldn't see the invaders unless and alarm had been triggered. Hell, no one suspected Ichigo when he opened a garganta to come back to Hueco Mundo. Really, what was Aizen thinking. No wonder why it was so easy to invade Las Noches. Made Ichigo wonder if he could write 'Aizen is a fruity fairy' in the sands and see if anyone would notice. Gin would keep it a secret since their Uncle was awesome. They didn't see him much but he proved to be very entertaining.
Soon enough the conversation escalated to other conversations. The two playing would you rather for interest. That neither would tell a soul of the answer so that they could answer without fear. The subjects went as far as anal sex to zebra riding. There was nothing that was not covered. When Shiro had chosen between eating a tarantula or kissing Cirucci Ichigo made fun of Shiro for kissing the messed up dominatrix slut. Shiro said he wasn't going to die from kissing a girl unlike he might from eating a spider that was all hairy and disgusting. At least Cirucci wasn't hairy, from what he could tell from her attire. Then there was Ichigo's ungodly decision to make. Eat Orihime's weird cooking or kiss Ulquiorra. Ichigo said to eat Orihime's cooking instead since Lauren would maim him for kissing someone. Especially another man who was not Shiro. To get his ass cooked would make Ichigo the laughing stock of Hueco Mundo. Ichigo and Shiro had switched positions half way through the game. Shiro resting in Ichigo's lap while Ichigo ran his fingers through Shiro's hair. The two sharing a kiss every now and then. Ichigo had lacked giving Shiro attention since Lauren had been pregnant and Ichigo felt guilty. This was the other half of his soul. He knew how vulnerable Shiro was and he wanted Shiro to know that he loved him.
The darkness wasn't so bad. It was the bright light that came when the door opened. Closing his eyes, and then blinking them to adjust to the bright light it took a few seconds before Ichigo noticed it was Aizen at the door. Standing up, Ichigo held Shiro close. Aizen's smug, arrogant smirk made them cautions on moving forward. For all they knew it could be a trap set for them. Aizen did like to toy with people of course. It wasn't until Aizen had told them that they were free to go. Thanking Aizen and bowing the two began to leave but were stopped when Aizen placed a hand on Ichigo's shoulder. It wasn't a tight grip but it still caused Ichigo to freeze and turn around.
"I hope in the near future you are on your best behaviour so we don't have another repeat," said Aizen.
Ichigo and Shiro nodded their head in agreement. Bowing once more before walking off. The two using sonido right after rounding the corner. When they went back to where the espada were he noticed each and everyone of them were there. Sitting down. Christmas music playing and the tree was set up. The espada seemed to be sober now. As soon as they entered Ichigo and Shiro were surrounded and hugged. The two shocked by such an action since the espada hadn't been like that since Ichigo had decided to stay in Soul Society to protect everyone.
Shiro still clung to Ichigo. Like a magnet once everyone was done hugging. Apparently a few hours had passed. They said they party didn't feel the same without them. The two were touched needless to say. To have them stop partying because Ichigo nor Shiro were away. There were still some decorations needed on the tree. There were some trinkets on a table. Ichigo and Shiro went forward and Ichigo felt himself lifted up. Screaming in shock, Ichigo blushed when he noticed his Daddy was the one who lifted him. Looking down, he noticed his father was grinning his infamous grin. Ichigo was confused until he was passed the star. Ichigo hadn't put the star on a tree since he was really little. He and his sisters had taken turns when Ichigo was younger.
It made Ichigo smile and laugh. Placing the star on the tree. Shiro had been lifted by Shiro who had been distracted by talking to Stark and Lilynette. Shiro got to place the candy canes on the trees. Placing them really high and low. Shiro was cackling since he hid a good majority of them inside the tree so that only he could find them. Meaning he could have the candy and share with Lilynette, Lauren and Akira...The other two since they could be very scary Shiro did not want to be the source of their anger.
However, when Shiro was near the top he had knocked a Christmas ball and it had hit Szayel. The man grabbing a shiny blue one and hitting Nnoitra in the face in retaliation. Nnoitra had dropped Shiro. The war was on. Everyone was scrambling around trying to grab the Christmas balls that had not been put up or the ones on the tree and evading the ones being thrown. Ichigo and Lauren had teamed up. Shiro was with Akira and each were on other sides of the couch. Hitting each other. The only real vulnerable one was Ichigo since he didn't have hierro unlike the others. Ichigo was able to have high spiritual pressure making sure he didn't get hurt. Thank God, Zangetsu had taught him that or else he would have been dead a hundred time over already.
Ichigo was laughing. He had hit Lumina in the face. The fraccion crying and running to Szayel only to be smashed with one since Szayel couldn't handle the lower hollow's annoying voice. After Lumina had been hit a few more times Szayel ate the hollow. Angered and not wanting to hear the bitching the arrancar gave.
That wasn't the only oddity from playing with the balls. Yes, there was more. Szayel had been intrigued by the broken glass. Picking it up and blowing at the handful he had sweep in his hand. Unfortunately he had blown the glass particles into Hallibel's eyes. Rage swirled in the blonde arrancar's eyes and she smashing some in his eyes. Szayel screaming and trying to depict the pieces out while screaming. Threatening to ear Hallibel as well.
Then there was poor, poor Avirama. His poor wings would never be the same. The bid like hollow had gone in his release form only to have Nnoitra twist them after Avirama had hit Nnoitra in the back of the head. Those wings, if Avirama were ever lucky enough would grow back. Maybe then they would look less bent. He had then been knocked over by Po. Po landing on top of him ruining those poor wings even more.
Apache and Mila Rose had taken the mini war as an opportunity to attack each. Sun Sun was the one to win the war. While Apache and Mila Rose had been hitting each other with their fists and then with the Christmas balls they were attacked. Sun Sun coming from behind and dumping the spiked eggnog on their heads. The two were soaked and screaming. Mila Rose covering her chest since you could see her breasts if not. Apache did as well but Mila Rose had commented that Apache had nothing to hide. That started a new fight but that would maybe be another tale for another time.
With the addition of drinks added food was put into the equation. Lilynette using the shortbread cookies shaped like stars as ninja stars. Hitting anyone she could. Mainly Stark but hey, he was sleeping so it was acceptable. It was interesting how it went. Besides Stark being her target Shiro was struck as well. The girl hitting Shiro with ease since he was somewhat blind. Shiro ended up picking her up and dumping her in the other bowl of eggnog. Smashing the chocolate cake in her face. Lilynette shrieked and threw some of the cake on Shiro. They ended up laughing about it.
However, all the fun was ended. Aizen came in. He looked exhausted and angry. His normally cool demeanour was no longer in place. Everyone was frozen in fear. A loud gasp resonating within the room. Some where in awkward positions while some were caught red handed in the act.
Aizen sighed." Just clean up this mess. I've already put you in the room, I don't need to be up any more just to let you out."
Everyone nodded their heads. Soi Fon grabbing a vacuum and Shiro grabbed a mop. Coming back and cleaning up the eggnog. Soi Fon then came back and got one area, then she handed the vacuum to Ggio. He hit another area as well. Handing it off to the next and so on. Ichigo had been the last to clean and the room looked normal. He was happy. At least they hadn't been sent to that blasted dark room again. When they turned around they saw Gin sitting on the couch. Ichigo felt his eye begin to twitch. That lazy ass just sat there eating a bag of potato chips while everyone worked hard to get the room as clean as possible. As they got closer they noticed he was putting the television off of pause. Just when they were about to smack him he turned around.
"Ichi! Shi!" greeted Gin," my two favorite nephews."
"We're your only nephews," Shiro stated dryly.
"Potato potato," said Gin and waving his hand," so why don't my adorable nephews not call me uncle any more?"
"We're not five any more Gin," Ichigo pointed out.
"I'm hurt," Gin said feigning hurt.
"Whatcha watching?" asked Shiro.
Gin gasped." You mean you've never heard of the show Grandma got run over by a reindeer?"
"What's a reindeer?" asked Shiro.
"You must watch!" exclaimed Gin and pressed the rewind button.
Shiro watched as the movie began to play. A tune started playing for the beginning and then bam! Santa ran over Grandma. She just stood there watching. What the hell? Shiro then spoke out loud that Yammy could drive better than Santa could. Seriously, Santa should get his license revoked. Then the little light bulb on Shiro's head went up as well as on Ichigo's. Yammy would make a great reindeer. He was brown like them and he was strong enough. The only problem would be getting him to actually agree to it. That would be hard since the man wasn't afraid of Daddy and Ulquiorra wouldn't make Yammy agree either. Gin would help but there would be a cost to it. The show itself didn't leave much room for planning. It was only around twenty-two minutes. Like any regular television show. It didn't leave much time for plotting. Maybe because Ichigo was running through his mind every now and then.
Lauren was back and she was soaking up Ichigo's attention. Shiro got a kiss every once in a while during the show but he wasn't holding anyone, nor was he in anyone's arms. Even though Shiro loved Lauren too, he loved his Aibou more. They were the same soul. Shiro just wanted someone to hug. When the show ended Lauren went to bed claiming that she needed to be well rested for their little one to grow.
Yammy was still in the room. Time to put there plan into action. Shiro had been speaking with Ichigo through their mind link. That was until Shiro started getting a little jealous. Grinning like the insane person he already was, Shiro moved to Yammy. Rocking back and forth on his heels while having his hands behind his back. Yammy then turned to face Shiro. You could tell he was nervous.
"Wanna be my reindeer and pull my sleigh around Hueco Mundo?" asked Shiro.
"No," replied Yammy.
"Awe c'mon please," begged Shiro," if not I'll tell Aizen it was you who ate his KFC chicken."
"So?" replied Yammy not caring.
"I'll make the chiefs put you on a diet," stated Shiro," all you will eat is organic stuff. Not meat at all. Not even hollow meat. Only vegetables and fruit. You will become a vegan I think that's what they are called. So not even cheese, or milk!"
"Fine," agreed Yammy with a sigh.
"Yes!" exclaimed Shiro.
Grabbing Ichigo, Shiro made Yammy follow them to Zommari's workshop. The man had apparently liked to build things out of wood unbeknown best to those around him. His room was silent proof making his dirty little secret more secret. Shiro had stumbled upon it one day while waiting for Ichigo to return to him. It fascinated him. Wanting to try out some of the machinery but after the loud noise of the bansaw Shiro turned it off. So now they were in there. Yammy was confused but complied to handing them the pieces of wood they would use for building the sleigh. Ichigo helped instruct Shiro what to do even though they were clueless. After about an hour all they had was uneven pieces and nothing that resembled a sleigh. Wood chips in their hair and some broken machinery thanks to Yammy's bitch fit over how human machinery was stupid. Thankfully nothing was set on fire. Yet. That would alert Aizen and then they'd for sure be sent into the room again.
They decided this time to draw a picture...Well Ichigo did. This time they had a plan. It was a short sketch of what it would look like and it was pretty good for a five minute sketch. It was done. Ichigo grabbed some paint so that they could paint it when it was done so it wouldn't look so lame. They got to work. Building the sleigh only to fail once more. Even with the blue prints Shiro and Yammy were clueless. Shiro didnt' have memories of when Ichigo did wood shop class since he wasn't really alive during then. Yammy didn't know since he was dumb. Eventually Shiro just got angry, picked up a bucket of royal blue paint and threw it at the wall angrily. Screaming obscurities at the wall. Ichigo would have laughed, but Shiro still had a can of gold color paint in his other hand. Ready to smash it into the wall. Which he did. The walls and floor now leaked blue and gold. If Zommari had seen his room now, Ichigo was sure he'd have a bitch fit. He'd never seen the ex septima but he figured it seemed like a proper reaction. He only knew it was Zommari's since there was a rocking chair with a gothic seven on it. Ichigo was painting on it while he had Shiro and Yammy painting. Even though he never made it, he'd give it to Lauren as a Christmas gift. So sue him, he forgot to get her something. Like he knew what day it was in Hueco Mundo compared to the human world. On the headboard he etched a note to Lauren. It said 'To my lovely Lauren, I hope you and our cub enjoy this chair as much as I do, love Ichigo'. It was kind of sappy but a rocking chair would come in handy when their cub needed to rest.
After it was done, Ichigo checked up to see the progress that was made and could only sigh. They would never get to have Yammy be their reindeer and go around Hueco Mundo. That was until Ichigo heard the door open. Seeing Gin smiling like the sly fox he was.
"So are my favorite nephews gonna call me Uncle Gin?" asked Gin.
Shiro snorted." We ain't five no more Gin."
"But I got a sleigh," bribed Gin with a grin.
Ichigo and Shiro bit their lip. They were unsure but nodded their head. Asking if their Uncle Gin could give them the sleigh. After that Gin gave them a beaming smile and made them follow him out to Hueco Mundo. There, standing in the sands was a sleigh. Red and green and just right.
"Whoa did you steal this from the world of the living?" asked Shiro in awe.
"I like to think of it more as...Borrowing," replied Gin.
The twins hoped in. Gin putting on the reigns for Yammy since he was going to tow them. Shiro wore a Santa hat and put a elf hat on Ichigo. Laughing and calling Gin forward. The fox like man jumped in but not before placing a red clown nose on Yammy.
"Rudolf!" shouted Shiro in glee.
Ichigo then gave Shiro a weird look. Shiro may not have been there to witness Ichigo's childhood, but he was able to remember fragments of it. One of them being that Rudolf the rednose reindeer was Ichigo's favorite Christmas song. With that explained the two began to have Yammy run around the dunes of Hueco Mundo.. Ichigo, Gin and Shiro singing Christmas carols while laughing all the way.
Briar: I realized Twin devils is not as popular as Twin Terrors. I will try to get it there. Hope you all enjoyed this chapter.