Chapter 1: Best Friends

~Tatsuki ~

The petals of cherry blossoms blew in the soft wind, near Karakura high school. Tatsuki walked down the side walk, smiling at the beautiful pink trees. It has already been a month, since she started high school. She liked the wind that lightly blew her black hair.

Tatsuki is a teenager of average height with black hair and light brown eyes. Her hair is short and dark, kept spiked out at the sides in tune with her less than feminine appearance. Tatsuki is boyish, and has a very lean frame. The meaning of her Japanese name 'Tatsuki' means dragon.

She continued to walk to school, until suddenly a student with orange hair was calling out for her.

"Hey Tatsuki!" called the orange haired. Tatsuki turned around and realised that it was her best friend.

"Hey, Orihime!" smiled Tatsuki.

Orihime is a teenager of average height. She has brown eyes and long, waist-length burnt orange hair. Her most noticeable physical trait is her slender yet curvaceous figure for a teenager, especially in terms of her large breasts. She wears her hair in bangs tucked behind her ears with hairpins, which she only removes to sleep], as they are worn in the memory of her brother. Her name '-hime' in the end means princess. She and Tatsuki had been best friends since they were juniors.

"Are you ready for school today Tatsuki?" asked Orihime cheerfully.

"You bet I am" winked Tatsuki. The two girls walked to school together until they joined their group of friends who are hanging out at the bench in the front yard. It was Ryo, Michiru, Mahana and then Chizuru. The girls were all gushing about their first high school dance that was held on Halloween, but Ryo as always was sitting on the bench zoned into the book she was reading. Chizuru immediately ran over to Orihime; however this results a punch in the stomach by Tatsuki.

"What did you do that for?!" pouted Chizuru.

"Back off Chizuru! Its broad daylight!" growled Tatsuki.

"You got a pretty face but you're too butch for me" grumbled Chizuru.

"As if! Nobody asked you to like me instead of Orihime!" snarled Tatsuki trying to advance on her; however Ryo spoke up to calm Tatsuki down. Suddenly, they saw Rangiku and Rukia walking over to them.

"Hey girlfriends!" said Rangiku waving to them happily. "OMG, are you excited for the dance? I already got costumes made for you guys!" The conversation suddenly went on and on about dancing and dates, however the bell suddenly rang.

As the students sat in the classroom, Tatsuki noticed that someone was missing. It was Ichigo. Normally Tatsuki would always walk with him to school, however when she went by his house, his little sister Yuzu said that he might have walked with Mizuiro to school. She saw Mizuiro was here, but somehow Ichigo wasn't here.

"Don't worry. He'll turn up" muttered Tatsuki. Class soon began with Ms. Ochi teaching them boring history as always.

The girls were having lunch in the classroom. They all sat around and started gossiping as usual, however Rangiku brought up an annoying subject which involves having dates to the dance.

"So girlies, who are your dates to the dance?" gushed Rangiku. "I'm going with Shuhei~".

All the girls were in awe.

He finally asked her to the dance! Shuhei had a crush on Rangiku for a while and the two were close. Shuhei was one of the most popular guys, with Rangiku being one of the most popular girls.

"I'm going with Renji" spoke Rukia. Some of the girls looked surprised.

"Really?! But I thought you liked Ichigo!" said Mahana. The girls looked at her in agreement.

"No way! Like I told you, Ichigo and I are just friends, but with Renji it's…. different" Rukia blushed slightly.

"Of course, I'm going with Orihime!" said Chizuru. Tatsuki almost choked on her strawberry a jam sandwich, even Orihime looked like she was about to puke.

It was only Tatsuki and Orihime who were the only ones who said that they didn't have dates yet, however a bunch of boys did asked them a few times, but they rejected them nicely. Tatsuki never liked this kind of stuff. All this talk about boys, dates and dances was starting to irritate her ears. She looked around the classroom and still didn't see Ichigo.

Suddenly she saw Ichigo who was walking towards them. Tatsuki instead ran over to him, without even realizing that the girls were watching her.

"Ichigo! Where were you?" asked Tatsuki. "I waited for you, but then your sister said that you already left!"

"Sorry about that Tatsuki, I...ran off to do some things!" said Ichigo, scratching his orange hair. Tatsuki looked puzzled.

"Oh by the way, here's your book back that I borrowed from you yesterday" he handed her back the shojo manga book he borrowed. Their finger tips touched as he handed her the book.

"Did you like it?" asked Tatsuki.

"It was…ok" said Ichigo, scratching the back of his head. Tatsuki snickered and then thanked him. She then ran back to the girls to continue her lunch.

"Oooooooooooh~" cooed Rangiku. The rest of the girls looked either surprised or stared at her with big gushy smiles.

"What?" asked Tatsuki, taking a bite of her sandwich.

"Tatsuki, do you like Ichigo?" asked Michiru.

"SAY WHAT?!" Tatsuki freaked. She almost choked on her sandwich again. There was no way Tatsuki would be in love with her childhood friend!

"Come to think of it, didn't you two use to date?" asked Rangiku.

"That was just a big horrible rumor spread around in grade five!" said Tatsuki. "Honestly you guys, first you thought Rukia likes Ichigo and now me again!"

"Well you guys always walk home and to school together!" stated Mahana.

"That's because we live close to each other!" Tatsuki then noticed the uncomfortable look on Orihime's face.

"You two use to practice karate together in the gym everyday" said Chizuru.

"That was back in Junior High!"

Tatsuki suddenly looked at Orihime. She looked tense and was not taking a bite out of her butter bun.

These idiots thought Tatsuki frustratedly. Don't they know that Orihime has a crush on Ichigo?

"Orihime come to the bathroom with me" said Tatsuki leaving her seat.

"Sure" she replied. When the two girls left, the rest of their friends giggled except for Rukia and Ryo.

"She is so in denial!" said Rangiku.

"Actually, I think Orihime likes Ichigo..." said Michiru.

"She does" spoke Ryo, putting down her book.

"You know, I think Orihime and Ichigo would make a cute couple!" said Mahana.

"No way! Orihime is perfect for me girls!" snarled Chizuru.

"Shut up"

"Do you think Tatsuki and Orihime both like Ichigo?" asked Michiru.

Rangiku sighed and shrugged.

"I doubt Tatsuki does, however we'll just have to wait and see" said Rukia, taking a bite of one of her rice balls.

Tatsuki went to sink and scrubbed water on her face.

"Tatsuki are you alright?" asked Orihime.

Tatsuki stared in the mirror for a split second and then turned to Orihime.

"I just want to get away from those girls" grinned Tatsuki. Orihime smiled back. Tatsuki then turned around and looked at Orihime in the mirror.

"Orihime ignore what they said today. Whatever they said was not true ok?" Tatsuki wanted to make sure her best friend wasn't mad at her for socializing with her crush.

Orihime smiled and then walked over to Tatsuki.

"Don't worry. I'm not jealous or anything, and you two are best friends so I understand" Orihime smiled, putting a hand on Tatsuki's shoulder.

Best friends for sure thought Tatsuki with a smile.

Preview of Chapter 2

Ichigo sat with his friends in the hall during lunch talking about school and especially the dance.

"So Ichigo, are you going to the dance?" asked Keigo.

"Um, maybe…"

"Who are you going with?"

Ichigo paused to think.

To be continued~

Full Chapter 2 of 'Dragon in Love' will be coming soon!