Not Mine Valentine
The small taicho of the tenth division sat at his desk writing down a list of items that the division would be needing. He glanced up to ask Rangiku about each of the items to double check if they were needed and saw the clock. "Hirako and Hinamori should be getting back right now. Do you wish to come with me to greet them?"
Rangiku glanced up from painting her nails. "Have you actually patched things up with Hinamori?"
"No, but with Hirako around she is easier to talk to. He's a lot better taicho for her then Aizen was." The boy stood up and rinsed his brush out and set it on his blotter. "So, are you coming or not Rangiku?"
The female frowned before standing up and following after her small taicho. "I guess seeing Hirako taicho would be nice. I still remember him from when I was around your age. He hasn't changed much really."
"I wouldn't know because I just met him during the Winter War. I've told you though that I think highly of the Vaizard." Toshiro's small footsteps could barely be heard. A smile though spread across his face. He and Rangiku finally arrived at the gate and he folded his arms across his chest. The woman came and stood behind them while they waited patiently.
The boy found himself opening his mouth to great the returning party as soon as the door opened only to have his mouth snap shut and the corners of his mouth that had been twisted up slightly twist down slightly. He turned his head to look up at Rangiku and saw that she was just as surprised as him, only her mouth was hanging open.
The female then shook her head. "No... it can't be."
Momo glanced up at the silver haired, frowning as she did so. Shinji however reached his hand up to scratch his head. "Apparently the Arrancar caught a prize for us."
"Wouldn't it be better to refer to him as a prisoner Hirako?" Toshiro frowned at the silver haired man before looking away uncomfortably.
"You and Ran-chan aren't going to say hello to him?" The blond haired taicho let out a deep sigh. "I would have thought she at least would have wanted to say hello."
"I..." Rangiku found herself shaking her head. "I thought he was dead." She watched as Gin glanced up, frowning at her. "And yet here he is alive not saying anything to me? No explanation to me about why he did everything he did?"
The man glanced away without saying anything. Shinji glanced at the man out of the corner of his eye. "Apparently he's been refusing to speak."
"He's not missing his tongue is he?" Toshiro raised an eyebrow. "I don't recollect anything in the report about him having his tongue ripped out by Aizen."
Gin suddenly turned to glare at the boy, his pale teal eyes widening as he did so. His characteristic smile had been absent since he had gotten there, but Toshiro's words suddenly caused his frown to widen. Shinji let out a deep sigh before reaching over to the man's mouth. "That is a good question."
The chains that were on Gin's arms clinked as he moved his hands and tried to pull away. Eventually he opened his mouth and the fifth division taicho shook his head. "No, I don't have an explanation for his behavior. I need to get him to a cell until his trial, so if you don't mind."
Toshiro watched as the group headed off. Momo turned to speak with him, only to receive a barking order to follow after. He then turned to look Rangiku in the eye only to find that the woman was staring off into space. "Are you all right?"
"I..." The woman blinked a couple of times before turning to look at him. "I'm fine."
"Are you?" The boy found himself frowning before he started moving away. "Let's take a walk. It's a nice day out. You'd think that the month of February would be a lot colder then it is."
"It's February?" Rangiku's voice suddenly strained and he turned to look at her with a confused look on his face.
"February?" The boy raised an eyebrow. "What is so special about... oh..."
"You know, don't worry about me." The woman smiled at him. "I've taken care of myself ever since he left, I very well can take care of myself."
"That's not the point. You've always been able to take care of yourself when you want to Matsumoto." The boy turned and looked her right in the face. "You and Gin... you weren't just classmates were you?"
"We weren't classmates at all. Gin actually went through the academy before I did." Rangiku frowned at the boy. "What are you getting at?"
"You two don't have a sibling relationship like Hinamori and me." Toshiro frowned at her while he folded his arms across his chest. "I wouldn't exactly call the relationship friendship either. You have feelings for him, don't you?"
"Taicho... Gin and my relationship never was romantic. That is what you were implying, right?" The woman shook her head at the boy.
"Yes. I think that was what I was implying." The boy frowned at her. "I don't know why it didn't click sooner."
"What didn't click?" Rangiku shook her head at the boy.
"That you have feelings for him. You do, don't you? Or at least you did and you're not sure now whether those feelings are still there." The boy frowned at her.
"Taicho... this is kind of personal isn't it?" The woman shook her head at him. "So please..."
"But how do you deal with such feelings, or even know that you like someone? How do you know that the relationship you're supposed to have someone is supposed to be more then just acquaintances let alone friends? I said that right, didn't I?" The boy frowned at her.
"I get that this is confusing you, but I honestly don't know how to answer to your questions."