When Jūshirō's eyes opened a few hours later, he couldn't have been happier. Byakuya still loved him and had remembered that Jūshirō wanted to give him his virginity. Well, it may have been too late for that now, but it had been his and Byakuya's first time together, and that meant everything to him.

"You are awake…" Byakuya opened his eyes and pulled Jūshirō tighter to him. "I am glad… Did you enjoy it?"

Jūshirō blushed and nodded. The Kuchiki had made love to him several times that morning, but they had both been too exhausted to stay awake and talk about it – or talk about it as best as Jūshirō's damaged vocal cords would allow him.

"Was it everything you thought it would be?"

Jūshirō nodded again. He snuggled in against the bare chest, burying his face against the warm, sweaty skin.

They stayed silent for a while more, Jūshirō content with curling up against the raven-haired man, and Byakuya happy just running his fingers through the messy mane of hair.

Jūshirō wondered if he should tell Byakuya that he had already given his virginity to someone else during his period of being missing, but part of him worried about how the Kuchiki would handle such news. But then… there was also the issue with Grimmjow and Nnoitra; he was sure that they both would be furious about it.

Almost as if confirming Jūshirō's worries, a loud pounding on the bedroom door startled both he and Byakuya. The Ukitake whimpered and buried himself further into Byakuya's body, knowing that Grimmjow was the one demanding entrance.

When the door was pushed open, Grimmjow stormed in, followed closely by Nnoitra and Shunsui. Nnoitra was trying to get the blue-haired Vampire to calm down while Shunsui went to Byakuya and Jūshirō.

"What the fuck are you doing sleeping with him?!" Grimmjow shouted as he pointed an accusing finger at Byakuya. "You're my boyfriend – not his!"

"Grimmjow, he technically was before you took Jūshirō away!" Nnoitra tried to reason. "Calm the fuck down!"

"I won't calm the fuck down because he's just cheated on me!" Grimmjow turned on Nnoitra. "I told you he'd be happier here, but you fucking told me to come back! So I did, and look at how I am greeted!"

Byakuya wrapped his arms around Jūshirō, holding him close. He wisely kept his mouth closed, knowing that it was best to stay out of this and let the two Vampires argue it out.

"You treated him like crap!" Nnoitra was growing exparated with the blue-haired Vampire. "Did you stop to think that maybe he's pulling away because he's with people who are good to him?"

"I treated him like shit?! You fucking know everything I sacrificed to keep him happy! Maybe… Maybe I wasn't perfect to him, but at least I loved him!"

Nnoitra sighed. "Grimmjow… Maybe you should try asking Jūshirō what he wants instead of assuming everything."

"Why? And be told what I already know? That he'd rather be here than with me?"

"You can't just assume that, Grimmjow." Nnoitra tried his best to contain his anger, but it was seeping out with his words. "You know what? We'll take him into the living room. He can decide who he wants to stay with. Whoever he picks, he can go to them."

Grimmjow glared angrily. "…Fine! I'll be there."

Nnoitra watched as the Vampire stormed out of the bedroom before he turned back to the two humans. "Get dressed and come out into the living room. Grimmjow won't listen to reason, so this is the best we can do."

Jūshirō knew what was expected of him, but he didn't want to be forced to pick; he loved them all for different reasons.

Byakuya sighed and sat up, bringing Jūshirō with him. He reached down onto the floor beside his bed, pulling up their clothing. He was silent as he helped his lover redress and glanced at Shunsui. The Kyōraku was watching them, but there was a pained expression on his face. Was the brunet scared of losing Jūshirō again…?

When Byakuya stood up from the bed, he pulled Jūshirō into his arms and carried him out to the living room with Shunsui behind them. Grimmjow was pacing, his face contorted angrily. Nnoitra was sitting on the couch, looking troubled.

Grimmjow looked up when they entered. He pointed at the two humans. "You two! Find your own space and stand there! You, too, Nnoitra! I'll stand over here."

Jūshirō whimpered as he was left alone, not understanding what was happening. All he knew was that a circle had been formed around him. Instinctively, he tried to run to Shunsui and curl up in his arms, but a loud shout from Grimmjow stopped him dead in his tracks.

"You can't have all of us," Grimmjow growled to Jūshirō, "so make your mind up who you want. The first person you walk up to is who you pick. You'll lose the others depending on who you use."

Jūshirō hiccupped. He spun around on the spot, not knowing what to do. He didn't want to pick one and lose the others – he wanted them all to remain in his life! He sat down on the spot, crying as he ripped at his hair.

Shunsui hated to see Jūshirō like this. He knew this was too much to put on such a damaged man's shoulders, but there was nothing he could do.

Minutes passed by without much progress from Jūshirō until he stood up and stared at everyone again. He took one step towards Shunsui, wincing at the anguished cry from Grimmjow. He ran to Shunsui and grabbed his hand before he pulled his friend over to Grimmjow.

Grimmjow stared at Jūshirō in confusion; what was the white haired man playing at…? He looked down when Jūshirō's smaller hand grabbed his and connected it with Shunsui's hand.

Jūshirō just smiled up at them both before he ran to Nnoitra and pulled him over to Byakuya. He did the same to them before he pulled the two over to Grimmjow and Shunsui. He placed their conjoined hands on top of theirs and then put one of his over all four of them.

"You want us to…" Shunsui whispered, understanding what Jūshirō wanted instantly. "…To all be together…?"

Jūshirō nodded, a huge smile on his face.

Nnoitra looked up at Grimmjow. "Can we do that? It's not like we have anywhere else to go, and just think about how happy Jūshirō will be."

Grimmjow frowned as he looked at the pleading look in Jūshirō's eye. He sighed before he glared at Byakuya.

"Just so you know, Jūshirō is mine," Grimmjow growled.

The Kuchiki closed his eyes before he replied. "I figured as much. As long as he is happy with you, I will back off from him, but it is ultimately his choice as to who he wants to be with."

"Who do you want, Jūshirō?" Grimmjow growled, his eyes never leaving Byakuya's. "I don't share."

Jūshirō bit his lip. He looked back and forth between Grimmjow and Byakuya, before he moved to the blue-haired Vampire. He looked down at his feet as he spoke softly.

"…Grimmjow has my virginity…" Jūshirō explained to an upset Byakuya. "…But I will always remember you had my heart first, Byakuya…"

Byakuya nodded. "I only want you to be happy, Jūshirō."

"…I understand… B-but… We'll still be friends, right?"

The raven-haired man smiled gently. "Of course."

Grimmjow wrapped his arms around Jūshirō and kissed his temple. "I'm only going to say this once, so you had better be listening, Jūshirō. …I'm sorry for the way I have been acting towards you for the past couple of weeks… I hope you can forgive me…"

Jūshirō smiled and nodded. He kissed Grimmjow's cheek. "Forgiven."

Grimmjow smiled and turned to Shunsui. "Well, I guess if we're going to be staying here, you had better find us somewhere to sleep."

Shunsui chuckled. "In deed. I figure you could share Jūshirō's room and Nnoitra can have the spare bedroom."

Byakuya stood beside Shunsui, very upset about Grimmjow having been chosen over him, but knowing that Jūshirō was only trying to do right by what he felt in his heart.

"Do you think it is wise to let them stay here?" Byakuya whispered.

"Jūshirō knows what's best for him," Shunsui reassured. "I trust in him wanting this."

Byakuya nodded. He watched as a big smile crossed Jūshirō's face and said man hugged Shunsui tightly. He chuckled when the white-haired Vampire pulled his boyfriend down the hallway and into his room, probably so excited about the new living arrangements and wanting to spend time with Grimmjow.

Nnoitra stood off to the side awkwardly. "Well, I guess they're happy…"

"But you can be happy, too." Shunsui smiled. "That's the best thing about new beginnings. I give you my word not I nor any of my friends will tell people that you're Vampires, either. You're safe here."

A small smile crossed Nnoitra's face. "Thank you…"

"No problem. I'm going to take Byakuya home and let our friends know what has happened. I trust you to keep an eye on those two and keep the house in one piece by the time I get back."

Nnoitra chuckled. "I can do that."


With that, Byakuya and Shunsui were gone.

Nnoitra sat down on the couch, thinking over Shunsui's words. A new beginning, huh…? I guess we all needed one… But already, I have a feeling that things will be better for us here than they ever could have been if we left…

A/N So this is the last chapter. Personally, I'm not too fond of the ending, but there has been a lot of things going on in life and I haven't really been able to focus properly. I hope you have enjoyed this story as much as I enjoyed writing it.