AN: So its that time again, I finally reviewed after how many weeks? No seriously it was like two right..? I can't tell anymore. I need sleep ;-; ! Anyway, this is the last chapter to the three-shot. I'm kinda sad to have it end. I worked really hard on it. Oh well, I'm just glad you guys appreciated it. On a serious note, if you've stayed loyal and reviewed I give you so much respect. Your reviews and PM's not only keep me laughing but they get me inspired. I'm starting to sound kinda sentimental and mushy and stuff, so I'm gonna stop. Enjoy…
The two men laid bare for a few moments, simply enjoying each other's heat. Neither one of them dared to break the silence; which in essence was beautiful.
Ichigo laid flat on Grimmjow's desk, while Grimmjow rested his head on Ichigo's chest. Grimmjow didn't want to pull out of Ichigo. He wanted to stay connected with his young lover for as long as he could. Ichigo didn't seem to mind either as he had began to tangle his fingers in the mess of Grimmjow's short, blue, messy mane. Their worlds came together, and things seemed be so much better.
After a few more minutes of silence Grimmjow sat himself up, and finally pulled his limp cock out of Ichigo. Ichigo sat up and stretched out his back as if he had just woken up from a nap.
"Lets get something in our stomachs yeah?" Grimmjow spoke as he pulled his pants up above his waist.
Ichigo gave a thumbs up with a goofy grin, then slipped off Grimmjow's desk to dress himself.
They both finished dressing in silence, then headed out the door. Grimmjow opted to use the elevator for once but it was busy so he went to the stairs. They made it down the stairs and froze in their tracks at what they saw. Both men glanced at each other. They ventured forward to Nelliel who stood at the door of the elevator, waiting for them both to come.
In the elevator…
Nelliel fumbled around in her purse. The tears didn't seem to let up. She was finding it even harder to breathe. She couldn't think straight.
She found what she was looking for; her prescription Xanax.
Being the housewife she was, she had her own secrets. She wasn't happy with her marriage. Hell, she wasn't even happy with herself. She let herself fall into the role of the stereotypical woman. She had dreams. She had talents. She gave everything up for a family. For Grimmjow.
She popped open the cap and shakily poured the medicinal tablets on the floor. She grabbed eight of them and tossed them back dryly. Given the prescription was only two tablets she had grown a tolerance to them over the time she was married to Grimmjow.
Over the years she had her own struggles. Through losing her own personality she found prescription medication. It kept her chipper, and content with things. When she was alone she couldn't help herself from crying and questioning her own life.
She often considered suicide. But she could never ever betray Grimmjow or her children like that. Whether she liked it or not she had to live with that pain, and had to hide it with a smile on her face.
She had a love-hate relationship with Grimmjow. She loved him for giving her beautiful children. She loved him for being so loving and protective of them. She loved that the man spared no expense to show how much he appreciated her, yet still showed his love in the best of ways. She loved how generous he treated his family. How kind he was her.
Nel hated the fact that he stole her life away. Though she birthed two beautiful children, he took away her life. She didn't have time to grow and experience things either. She lost her career. He moved them from Germany to Japan estranging her from her family. She gave everything up for him.
She gave up everything that gave her a sense of individuality. Her life was falling apart, and the only thing she could think about was Grimmjow.
*Ding* The elevator spoke indicating she was finally on the bottom floor. As Nelliel realized she hit rock bottom, she knew she had to come to terms as to what Grimmjow did. She had to confront him.
"Gott gebe mir die Kraft." Nelliel spoke quietly. She cleaned up her medicine, putting it back in the prescription bottle. She slipped it back into her purse, then grabbed her compact mirror checking her make-up. Much to her surprise nothing faded. She made her way out of the elevator doors; her mood was stabilized for the most part.
As she took the first step out of the elevator she noticed Grimmjow and Ichigo making their way down the stairs and over in her direction.
She smiled and walked towards them meeting them half-way. " Sorry to drop in so unexpectedly I just came to check on you. Having a good time?"
"Y-yeah we're good." Grimmjow said rather tensely.
"We were actually heading to get some lunch, er…care to join us Nel?" Ichigo added in nervously.
She shook her head, holding back her anger. "I'm fine, but Grimmjow I need to speak with you tonight. So don't stay out too late."
Grimmjow snapped his fingers and responded, "Right, I need to speak with you as well. Me and Ichigo will be home before dinner don't worry."
"Peachy. See you guys then. I'll be at my mother's if you need me." She said in an overly chipper tone, then made her way out of staff building. She had a new mental mantra for herself and repeated it accordingly.
Grimmjow isn't gay. He can't be. He just can't…
After Nel left Ichigo and Grimmjow finished up a few things they had to do. Ichigo had to finish up his work for the day, while Grimmjow tidied up his office. When they finished their tasks they went for something classic.
They went to McDonalds.
It was pretty empty compared to any other day around this time so they quickly ordered their food and took their seats in a booth at the back of the restaurant.
Ichigo sat across from Grimmjow, his mind still dazed from what happened that day. Not just the love-making with Grimmjow, but how Nel was right there when they finished.
It bothered him.
Once their order was called, Grimmjow stood up and went to grab their food. Once he sat the tray down Ichigo looked up and spoke.
"Grimmjow do you think Nel-"
"Caught us? I doubt it Ichi" Grimmjow interjected then chuckled softly. "Wouldn't matter though remember? I'm gonna tell her 'bout us."
"Yeah." Ichigo felt his cheeks tingle in a blush, when Grimmjow finished his sentence.
Grimmjow reached his arm over to Ichigo and placed his hand on Ichigo's blushing cheek, letting his thumb gently brush against the warm skin. "Did I ever tell ya how amazin' ya look when ya blush? In fact, ya should do it more often. Looks better than that salty scowl ya've always got on."
Ichigo bit into his bottom lip, his face lighting up even more. He placed his hand over Grimmjow's on his cheek then gave a smile, not knowing how to respond.
Grimmjow's phone went off, which caused him to reluctantly move from Ichigo's cheek to see who it was.
"I'outta take this. Go on and start eating I'll try and make it quick." Grimmjow smiled then stood up and went outside to answer his call.
Gunter and Grimmjow were so much alike. Well no shit. They were both assholes to the core, and they made that quite evident. Though when they're with someone they really do like, they change. It's like Gunter with Rangiku. He's like a complete different guy around her. Same could be said about Grimmjow. He's completely different around his family and especially Nel than he was around Ichigo.
Around Ichigo he was so genuine and loving. It's sort of an honor to be able to share something so sacred with Grimmjow.
That's what made Ichigo so scatterbrained at times.
This is love?
Yeah, this is love.
Ichigo's smile grew, and he honestly couldn't help it. He felt so amazing. So euphoric. And for once sincerely happy.
Ichigo reached over and opened the box containing his chicken nuggets and grabbed one out. He sighed in content then took a bite from the warm, tender chicken and chewed it. Life honestly couldn't get any better at that point.
He dipped the rest of his chicken in the sweet & sour sauce popping the remains of it in his mouth.
McDonalds and love?
Best combination ever.
"Catch ya later Primera. Yeah. Bye." Grimmjow finished the call, and hung up. It was an old friend of his, as well as the number one golfer in all of Europe. Coyote Starrk. He would be in town with his daughter, and wanted to have a little get together. Which usually meant, him dropping Lillynette over his house with Gunter while the two men went and got blitzed.
Grimmjow was going to slip his phone in his pocket when he noticed he had a few missing calls, as well as a voicemail. They were both from Nelliel.
He listened to the voicemail, wondering what was up.
"I left my mother's house she was being a real pain. If you don't mind I'd like to hang with you and Ichigo for a while. That is if I can find you guys." She laughs. "Call me when you get the message. Bye."
Grimmjow raised an eyebrow at the message. Something was strange. She said her mother was being a pain. So she left. She find's him and Ichigo. Then goes back to her mother?
What the hell?
Grimmjow just shook his head. He was probably just over thinking things. He turned around to see Ichigo eating his food. He was still blushing, and he was smiling.
The boy looked really happy. Either the food was really, really good or he was daydreaming.
It made Grimmjow happy knowing Ichigo was happy. It felt good to feel this way about someone.
Grimmjow went back into the restaurant, and took his seat across from his young lover. He opened the box containing his own food and began eating.
Lunch wasn't too remarkable. They replenished their strength then headed back to the car. Grimmjow was surprised when Ichigo leaned over to kiss him. Ichigo hadn't been the first to do anything.
"Thanks for lunch Grimm." Ichigo said before settling in his seat.
"Don't worry 'bout it." Grimmjow responded with a smirk. He started the car, and slowly backed out of the parking lot. When they got a comfortable distance away from the restaurant, he felt something on his thigh. It was Ichigo's hand he looked over to him to see a smile on his lips. Grimmjow took a hand off the steering wheel and placed it over Ichigo's.
"Any place you would like to go?" Grimmjow asked looking straight ahead at the beautiful open road.
"Can we go back to the house there's something I would really like to do." Ichigo hinted.
"Oh? Alright Ichi. Whatever you want." He responded with a satisfied grin.
He made an deft U-turn making his way to his home. He was definitely in for a treat.
As soon as they got to the house Ichigo ran out of the car and to the dock. He quickly began peeling off his clothes until he was stark naked. He waited for Grimmjow to catch up, then he dove in. It was a hot day so the water was cold on impact, but within seconds it was warm. When Ichigo decided to resurface he saw Grimmjow diving in naked as well.
Somehow Grimmjow had swam behind Ichigo, and to Ichigo's surprise Grimmjow wrapped an arm around his waist.
"I didn't know swimming naked is what ya had in mind Ichi, but I'm not complainin' either." Grimmjow whispered into Ichigo's ear.
He shuddered a bit then reached his hand back to raise Grimmjow's face so that their eyes met. "That's not all I want to do in this water Grimmjow." Ichigo said carefully before taking the initiative and kissing Grimmjow once again.
Ichigo let his tongue extend out and press against Grimmjow's lips which seemed to part on touch. Grimmjow's grip on Ichigo's waist tightened and Ichigo's hand caressed the back of Grimmjow's neck keeping him close. Their tongues tangled together in a true fight for dominance.
Ichigo felt an sense of power. He figured it was Shiro trying to help him out again. Whatever it was he liked it, and he didn't want it to go away. He could feel Grimmjow's immediate arousal grinding between cheeks as they kissed. It only made his own arousal grow stronger. Suddenly he felt Grimmjow reach his hand down to wrap around his erection. Ichigo moaned into the kiss and gave up his fight for dominance.
Grimmjow walked them directly underneath the dock; the water hardly went up to their thighs. Ichigo placed his hand on the wall in front of him while Grimmjow stayed pressed against him. His erection continued to grind between Ichigo's cheeks creating warm friction. Ichigo began letting out strings of moans as Grimmjow began expertly toying with his cock.
His thumb brushed over the slit and around the head smearing the bits of precum which came out. His nails gently raked down the shaft. Even his balls were getting attention, Grimmjow was kneading his fingers into them with his other hand. Ichigo wanted to keep quiet, as Nel could return home at any given moment with Gunter and Menoly. He tilted his head back onto Grimmjow's shoulder and almost cried out to the heavens when he bit deep into his neck.
Ichigo could feel the pressure building in his cock just by Grimmjow's teasing and it frustrated him greatly. When Grimmjow decided to begin suddenly, and wildly stroking at his cock Ichigo couldn't keep his bearing.
He was letting out loud, longing moans for Grimmjow not caring who heard him anymore. "Grimm! F-fuck! Don't stop! I'm coming!" Ichigo quickly mewled out when his cock spewed out a stream of his seed onto the wall before him.
Ichigo could feel the friction between him and Grimmjow growing. His breathing was picking up and getting heavier. Then finally he just stopped, Ichigo turned his head to see what was going on and Grimmjow was rapidly stroking his own cock. It only took a few seconds before Ichigo's lower back was coated in Grimmjow's hot thick load.
Both men just breathed, enjoying their individual orgasm highs. Grimmjow pulled himself away from Ichigo after a while and ducked under the water. He swam from underneath the dock and out into the open. Ichigo went underwater following Grimmjow.
When they resurfaced they began splashing each other, and chasing one another. They were laughing, and even went as far as calling each other names. Grimmjow was chasing after Ichigo. Ichigo was surprised; Grimmjow was a really fast swimmer. Grimmjow grabbed onto Ichigo's leg and pulled him in close. Ichigo wiggled and struggled against his grip determined to break free.
"Ichigo, did you hear that?" Grimmjow asked gravely.
Ichigo froze. Grimmjow sounded serious.
There were several car doors slamming shut.
"They're here." Grimmjow said grimly.
"Fuck what do we do?" Ichigo panicked.
"Stay put. I'll go and put our clothes away."
Ichigo nodded and did as he was told. He watched as Grimmjow swam to the dock, grabbed their things and proficiently made his way into the house without being spotted.
After a few minutes he swam out to the dock himself to see if Grimmjow was anywhere to be found. A flash of blue was seen before, the person jumped into the water.
Gunter resurfaced in front of Ichigo, and laughed. "Hey man, I haven't seen ya all day."
Ichigo sighed to himself, but smiled. At least Gunter would keep him company.
"My dad said you lost your shorts while swimming, so I brought you a pair. They're on the dock. Please put them on underwater if possible." Gunter said aimlessly while practicing his backpedaling.
"Don't act like you don't love seeing my perfectly sculpted naked body Gunter." Ichigo laughed as he reached for the shorts.
Gunter began laughing as well and fell under the water while swimming backwards. A few seconds later he rose from the water both choking and laughing.
Ichigo shook his head and slipped on the shorts under the water as requested. "Dumbass."
A few minutes earlier…
Grimmjow rushed to picked up his and Ichigo's belonging. Then he ran into the house through the guest room. He left everything in the bedroom and walked out of the room nonchalantly. He was headed to his own bedroom, when he was stopped by Gunter.
"Why were you in Ichigo's room? And why the hell are you naked?" He spoke composedly as if he was not bothered by seeing his dad full on nude.
"I was getting'im a pair of shorts, he went for a workout in the lake and his shorts must've come off." He punched Gunter in his chest then proceeded off. "I'll walk around in my house naked if I please Gunter. Now go bring the boy a pair of shorts." Gunter held his chest and muttered a swear under his voice, then went into Ichigo's room to do as he was told.
Menoly and Nel were headed into the house together. Luckily Grimmjow was able to make it to his own bedroom before he was caught by either of them. He went into the bathroom, and decided to take a shower. Gunter definitely wasn't observant. Didn't even notice Grimmjow was soaking wet.
He stepped into the bathroom, and got into the shower. Things were under control now.
"Menoly start dinner please, I'm going to have a shower." Nel spoke from outside the bedroom door. Grimmjow heard her but didn't mind. Nel was still his wife, he didn't have a problem showering with her after all.
Within a few minutes Nel was in the shower with him. Something was different with her. It was as if she were flirting with Grimmjow.
She was touching him any chance she could, bending over in front of him, lathering herself very slowly with the soap, and she even offered to wash his back. She hadn't washed Grimmjow's back in years.
He wouldn't deny her the pleasure of doing so though.
"Grimmy-sama?" She spoke in the most seductive of all tones to Grimmjow.
He found it to be a little strange. She was flirting with him indefinitely. Using the Japanese custom which she knew turned him on. The strangest had to be the way she spoke to him; she only spoke that way to him when the slept together.
"Yeah Nelliel?" He answered distantly.
"You've got these scars on your back. Looks like someone just clawed into you." She spoke softly rubbing her hands in small circles on his back making the soap lather."
"Must've scratched myself on something. Don't really remember getting them." He answered straightforwardly.
Grimmjow turned around to look down at his wife. "Nelliel ya feelin' okay?"
When he turned around, Nel stopped touching him. She glanced down at his crotch then muttered. "Not even a little hard." She opened the shower door and wrapped a towel around herself and left the bathroom leaving Grimmjow alone.
"Wait, what?" Grimmjow asked himself. He finished washing himself up then left the shower. He dried himself off and went into the bedroom. Nel wasn't in there any longer. Something was definitely up with her.
He wasn't even semi hard. Normally all she had to do was look at Grimmjow a certain way, and he would be on her like white on rice.
Nel tried turning him on, and it didn't work. She wasn't going to give up. Grimmjow was probably just sexually frustrated and just using Ichigo as a release. That had to be it. There was no way Grimmjow was gay after all those years they had been together. She definitely had a few more tricks up her sleeve. She would just have to be a lot less subtle.
She went to the kitchen and helped Menoly finish the meal. The rice was finished now all she had to was make the entrée which was Grimmjow's favorite. Sweet and sour pork stir fry, with strawberry mochi ice cream for dessert.
She prepared the entire meal with no problem. The meat was tender while the vegetables were crisp. Instead of going to her mother's she decided to go shopping for dinner. Though most of the ingredients were easy to find, the mochi had proven to be a completely separate task. After a little while of searching, she found them.
Nel also bought a new out fit, and chose tonight to wear it.
She wore a tight red dress which hugged all of her curves well; which also showed an indecent amount of her cleavage. It was much too short, and if she didn't pull it down frequently the bottom of her ass would show. She wore a pair of fishnet stockings underneath the dress along with red heels. She did her hair special, and wore it up in a high bun as Grimmjow always preferred. And she even went out of her way and did her make up before setting the table.
There was no way he would turn her down.
Everyone was settled at the table. The table was set. The food was ready to go. It was show time. Nel walked into the dining room with the food in hand capturing everyone's attention.
"Dinner is served everyone." Her normal chipper tone, replaced with a wickedly sultrier one. It was safe to say everyone was stunned.
She sat down the entrée on the table, then turned back to get the rice. When Nel returned she noticed she got Grimmjow's attention. She took her seat at the other opposite end of the table. No one wanted to speak, as the room was suddenly tense.
Everyone got a fair amount of food on their plate, yet no one decided to comment. The only communication was between Grimmjow and Nel.
While eating she and Grimmjow still kept quiet, but they still communicated. Direct eye contact, licking and biting of lips, quiet groans after swallowing food, and Nel just so happened to get up more than a few times to serve Grimmjow personally.
Now that she had finally gotten her husband's attention, she decided to bring out the final thing. She silently excused herself from the table, and made her way into the kitchen. She returned with mochi. She sat one in front of everyone, then she sat herself down in Grimmjow's lap.
"Last one is for you and me Grimmy-sama." Nel whispered directly into his ear. She could feel his growing erection concealed in his pants. And could hear his breathing becoming huskier. When she looked to his face, he was looking at Ichigo.
Today was seriously an awesome day. Everything was just opening up and going his way.
He hung out with the man of his dreams. Not only did he reveal his true feelings to the man of his dreams, he even felt the same way.
He got to hang out with his best friend. Ever since he told Gunter he was gay things were awkward, but today things changed. They just hung out like nothing ever happened.
The one thing that had to kill everything he was feeling was Nel.
She was seducing Grimmjow.
The worst part of it was he was going for it. Ichigo knew how Grimmjow felt about him so he just ignored it. Besides he was going to tell her how he felt.
At least he hoped so.
Nel was different with Ichigo as well. It was subtle things. She would cross eyes with him and give him a dirty glance. When she would walk over to serve Grimmjow she would 'accidently' bump into Ichigo's chair. Even when she served the mochi she threw Ichigo's dish in front of him instead of carefully placing it.
When Nel went to sit in Grimmjow's lap Ichigo couldn't help but look up at him. He had the exact same look in his eye that he had when him and Grimmjow were about to sleep together.
Ichigo was hurt. He lowered his head to look at his mochi. He didn't want to eat it anymore. Gunter placed a hand on his shoulder and Ichigo looked up.
"You alright Carrot Top?" He spoke quietly.
"Yeah, I'm fine. Just tired. I think I'm gonna head to bed early tonight. Thank you for the meal Nel." He excused himself from the table then headed to his bedroom.
He needed to hurry and finish the painting soon.
He had a feeling he wouldn't be in the house too much longer.
What the hell went off in Nel? She went from stepford housewife to sexy housewife in a day. Grimmjow definitely wasn't going to lie, it was hot.
Though it called his sexuality into question. Was he really gay or was he just horny? Was he a bisexual at least? Did he truly love Ichigo? Did he truly love Nel? Was he really going to risk everything he built up to this point for something he wasn't even sure he truly loved? Was it all just lust?
Maybe this is what was missing in his life. Sex. Maybe that's what he really needed. A really good fuck. That definitely had to be it.
When Nel sat in his lap and whispered in his ear, he could feel the desire returning. He wanted to do to Nel what he did to…Ichigo.
Grimmjow looked over at Ichigo, and all of his questions stopped right there. He knew that he hurt the boy. It did more hurt to himself knowing what he did. He knew he loved Ichigo. He wanted to shove everything aside and take Ichigo into his arms to apologize for his behavior. He needed to be comforted. He didn't need to be abandoned. He needed Grimmjow.
Grimmjow wasn't going to turn on his word. He was going to tell Nel how he felt about Ichigo. He stood up with Nel in his arms, and took her upstairs without a word. He sat her on the bed, then stood in front of her.
She kicked off her shoes, and reached her arm back to unzip her dress. She peeled it off and stood in her most sexiest lingerie.
Grimmjow wanted to say something but he couldn't. She got on her knees and pulled Grimmjow by the front of his shirt into a kiss. The kiss didn't feel right. He placed his hand on her naked abdomen and softly spoke.
She ignored it and immediately went to work on his jeans. She quickly unfastened the button and unzipped the zipper. Grimmjow backed away, added more bass to his voice.
She got out of the bed, and strutted over to him. She wrapped her arms delicately around his neck, her face contorted in desperation.
Grimmjow growled and shoved her back onto the bed, now yelling. "STOP!"
She fell back on the bed looking up at him. "Baby, what's wrong? You want me! I felt it!"
"Nelliel no." He shook his head.
"Grimmjow yes! The way you looked at me when I walked in the room. It was like the way you look at Ichigo." Her voice began to crack and slow tears dribbled down her eyes.
"Don't. Please don't." He spoke softly, lowering his head in shame.
"I heard you guys Grimmjow. I went to the office. I didn't want to believe tha-that-"
"What that I might be gay? That I'm boning my sons best friend? That I'm cheating on you? That I'm no longer in love with you? What the FUCK did you not want to believe Nelliel?!" He raised his face. His jaw was clenched, and his eyes were ice cold.
She sprang from the bed, with streams of tears moving down her face and slapped Grimmjow across the face. "I didn't want to believe that after all the years we were married you didn't trust me enough to tell me Grimmjow. Did you not think I could handle it?"
Grimmjow rubbed the reddening cheek which was smacked and gave a deranged laugh. "You must think I'm fucking stupid." He grabbed Nel's wrist with a deadly grip and dragged her to the bathroom. "You want to know why I didn't think you could handle any of this?" He angrily swung open the medicine cabinet on her side, and slapped aside a row of ointments, toothpaste and such which only seemed to act as a front. Behind the row of items he grabbed bottle by bottle and read them to her with the deranged grin on his face. "Xanax, Vicodin, Ambien, Prozac. Should I continue Nel? Valium, Percocet, and boy oh boy does the list continue. "
Nel tugged her arm away and backed away from Grimmjow. Her mouth wide open.
"You really didn't think I knew that you had a god damned pharmacy in our bathroom? And you want to talk about fucking trust?" He was livid with the fact that she tried to seduce him, and then become hypocritical all in the same day.
"If your life was that fucking bad Nel you could've talked to me instead of swallowing down a handful of pills. You ever think about how much that hurts me? In fact how about you take some right now. I'm sure that's exactly what you need isn't it." He grabbed a random prescription bottle not caring opened it up and pulled Nel close. He forced her head back by placing his hand on her forehead and her mouth open by strongly holding her chin. Then began pouring the medicine into her mouth.
She fought against his strong grip and eventually won. She fell to her knees choking. Luckily none of the medicine got down her throat.
Nel made it to her feet, and wiped her eyes. Her crying had stopped.
Both of them were out of breath, and everything they had to get off their chests had been revealed.
The both walked over to the foot of the bed, and sat down next to each other.
"Should I get you an ice pack for you cheek Grimmjow?" Nel spoke softly.
"I'm fine Nelliel. You need some water for your throat?" He responded.
She shook her head. "I'm okay."
Grimmjow sighed and turned to face her, "I'm in love with him Nel."
She picked the hair tie from her hair as well as a few bobby pins letting her silky sea green tresses fall down to her shoulders. "I know Grimmjow. I've seen the way you look at him. You used to look at me like that."
Grimmjow chuckled softly, "Yeah I know."
"Grimmjow, I've loved you ever since I laid my eyes on you. Hell, I still do. I want you to be happy. And if Ichigo makes you happy. Then go for it."
"Nelliel Tu Odelschwanck Jaegerjacques. You're my wife. You gave me beautiful children as well as an amazing family. I know you gave up everything to give me this family and to try to keep me happy. But, knowing you were unhappy with so much made me unhappy."
"Gunter's headed off to college and Menoly will be in high school soon in a few more weeks."
"Nel. I want you to stay here in Germany with Menoly. I'll sign the resort over to your name. You helped me get this far, and I want you to have it. You deserve to live comfortably."
"What're you gonna do?"
"I'm going to continue golfing in Japan, and just chase after what makes me happy. Just as you should do."
"Sounds fair. You're going to have to tell Gunter about everything. I think I should at least spare Menoly a few details."
Grimmjow sighed and rubbed the back of his neck. "Yeah, I know. He's going to hate Ichigo and blame me. What do I do? How do I tell him?"
"For now." she stood up and walked to the bathroom. She returned with her bottle of Ambien. She popped the top and poured out four tablets. Two for them each. "Lets just sleep." She gave two of the pills to Grimmjow, then popped the remaining two in her mouth.
Grimmjow looked down at the tablets then he knocked them back. He grabbed a glass of water which rested on his nightstand to swallow them. He handed the glass to Nel and she took a sip of the drink swallowing down the medicine.
He kicked off his jeans, then slipped under the blankets while Nel went around turning off their lights. She slipped into bed next to him.
Before Grimmjow could clock out, he said wearily. "Nelliel?"
"Yes Grimmjow?" She spoke tiredly as well.
"I want a divorce."
"Me too Grimmy-sama."
Ichigo tried his best to concentrate when Nel and Grimmjow were upstairs being louder than they usually were. He figured Grimmjow told her about their relationship because they were yelling, stomping, slamming, and he could even hear Nel crying.
Menoly left to her tennis instructor's home, and Gunter went to Rangiku's. Neither of them wanted to hear their parent's argue, and neither of them had the courage to approach them about it.
Suddenly things got really quiet upstairs, and Ichigo was able to concentrate on his task. The painting was almost done. He painted with his brush using slow, smooth strokes. The colors he used were so vibrant, yet tame and ultimately realistic. He finished his first layer of paint and was pleased with the results so far.
He had never done something like this before, but it looked very well done.
The paintbrush dipped in the water cleaning it of the paint. He waited for a few moments for his work to dry before covering it up. He was done for the night. He simply needed to add a final layer to the painting to add a feeling of definition, then his masterpiece would be complete.
The entire house was silent, and it made Ichigo pretty uncomfortable. He took into account the events that transpired that day, and he truly hoped things would work out between him and Grimmjow.
Grimmjow was definitely the love of his life, and he wouldn't change that for anything. He rested back on his pillow and closed his eyes. He wish he hadn't released all the pressure with Grimmjow. As much as it pained him, he already missed Shiro.
The next morning Ichigo woke up and was greeted with a pair of intense blue eyes, and pitch black fur. Pantera was just laying next to him in bed, watching him sleep. Ichigo was happy to see the kitten, he loved the thing.
She licked curiously at Ichigo's hand as he reached out to gently scratch underneath her chin. "You've gotta stop sneaking in here Pantera. Grimm is gonna get jealous."
The kitten often found her way into Ichigo's room. Sometime's she would hide underneath his bed, other times she would be curled up in the middle of his bed having a nap when he came home from working.
She purred faintly and raised her chin up eager to be scratched even more. Ichigo gave her what she wanted, then faintly brushed his hands over her ears.
*Knock. Knock.* *Knock. Knock.* someone had gently knocked at the door. Ichigo turned his attention from Pantera to the visitor at his door.
"I'm awake, you can come in."
When Nel opened the door and walked in.
Ichigo felt his heart drop.
She left the door ajar, and slowly made her way in Ichigo's direction.
Each step she took toward him Ichigo could feel his heartbeat steadily increase. Pantera jumped off the bed, padded past Nel, and out the door.
It was just him and her now.
When she sat down on the edge of Ichigo's bed their eyes instantly locked Ichigo could feel himself trembling. His heart felt like it was in his ears. The beat was like a thousand drums. His eyebrows furrowed on his forehead, and he just froze. He wanted to back way and hide in the corner of the bed like a frightened child but he couldn't. He just sat there.
They both were silent for a couple seconds before Nel placed her hand on Ichigo's knee and tilted her head. "Ichigo relax I'm not upset with you. I just want to talk." she spoke in a comforting, soothing tone, and her eyes welled with genuine concern, and love.
"I know about you and Grimmjow. At first, I didn't know how to feel. I felt hurt. Lost. Betrayed. I even felt so much hate, not for Grimmjow but for you. I thought a few things Ichigo. Like I thought you turned my husband of over sixteen years gay. You took advantage of him. You purposely turned him against me. You made him feel the way he does about you. And you know what I was wrong. Though you did have sex with him, none of this is solely your fault. Last night me and Grimmjow truly communicated. So much was revealed, and it turned out we both had some things to hide."
Ichigo loosened up a bit as she talked. She wasn't berating him or calling him degrading names but she was actually talking to him. He didn't know what to say or how to respond without sounding like an idiot so he just nodded.
She continued speaking, but this time she cracked a smile. "Ichigo I want to thank you. You made the man I love happy. You are the reason we were able to communicate so freely, and express how we truly felt. It really was a fucked up way to open our eyes to how things really were but I appreciate it. The fact of the matter is, Grimmjow and I haven't been happy with each other at all. While he confided in work, golf, and eventually you I chose a different path. I've been taking prescription medication to ease my pain, to keep the family together. This morning I poured every single pill down the drain and I haven't had a second thought about it. I can't explain how good it feels to wake up and not feel like a stranger is in my bed, or like the entire world is against me. Ichigo it's because of you I am able to feel this way." She had been smiling, but tears were rolling from the corners of her eyes.
Ichigo's eyes began to water, and he couldn't help himself from crying as well.
Nel was a completely different woman than he thought her to be. She wasn't just a housewife. She was a woman. She was Nel. He never took the time to think about how such stupid mistakes have much deeper meanings. She shook her head and chuckled, brushing the tears away from Ichigo's eyes.
"I'm sorry mom! I'm so sorry!" Ichigo finally spilled out. He expected to be silenced or laughed at, but when she brought his head to her chest he couldn't help himself from crying even harder.
She stroked his hair and comforted him as any mother would. "It's okay Ichigo, everything is okay. Let it all out you don't have to hide anymore either. I know you've been through a lot too. Grimmjow told me about your father, and how you truly felt about your mother. I know that you were afraid to tell Gunter that you were gay. I know that you tried to kill yourself because you thought you were ruining everything. I know everything."
Ichigo couldn't stop the tears coming from his eyes. He wanted Nel to hate him for what he did. He didn't want her to be so forgiving and so kind. It was like when he was drowning, and his mother came to him.
It was like he was in his mother's arms after being picked on in elementary school. She would make everything feel all better, and even give him the strength to keep going it. And no matter what he did his mother would be there with open arms. He was feeling so evocative, and nostalgic.
He pulled away from Nel's bosom, tried speaking to her. His tears finally stopped for a moment, but he still wanted to continue bawling his eyes out.
"A-are you and Gr-Grimmjow sta-staying to-together?" He managed to stutter.
She placed her hand on Ichigo's cheek, and shook her head with a brief smile. "He's grabbing the divorce papers as we speak. It's what'll make us happy."
Ichigo was trembling a bit, but nodded. He reached over to the nightstand drawer and opened it pulling out a box of tissues.
Nel took one and gently patted the tears from her face, and Ichigo did the same. He blew his nose in one of them then took a deep breath.
"You feel better?" She sat her hand on his knee.
Ichigo nodded his head. He felt like if he said anything else he would start crying again.
"Don't worry about Gunter either. Grimmjow is going to speak with him. In the meantime, just relax okay? You're still on summer vacation." she said while giving his knee a reassuring shake. She smiled then stood up began walking toward the door "It's still a bit early. Take a shower, and get ready for work and I'll make you some breakfast hun."
"Nel wait." Ichigo managed to get out before she closed the door leaving him alone.
"Thank you." He meant so much by those words, and Nel seemed to understand exactly what he meant.
She simply gave him a warm, affectionate smile and closed the door.
He stood up and walked to the bathroom, and looked into the mirror. He gave himself a warm smile, then said softly.
"Thank you too mom."
Then he could have sworn that just for a split second he saw Masaki in the mirror looking back at him with the same smile. He didn't want to believe anything else.
It was his mother.
Ichigo sighed at ease, then turned to see Pantera wrestling with an empty toilet paper roll. The paper was scattered, and ripped all over the bathroom floor.
He laughed softly and picked up the mischievous ball of fur. "Seriously Pantera how the hell do you keep sneaking past me?"
She simply looked at him with her big blue eyes and licked her nose, then decided to speak. "Mew."
Grimmjow parked his truck in his garage upon being released from his lawyers. He told the divorce attorneys that he wanted to give Nel the company, and allowed her to keep the profits from it as well.
He got out of his vehicle and grabbed the small stack of papers which Nel had to sign. He sat them down on his work table, and looked down at them.
Gunter should've been on his way home at that point. Grimmjow called him saying that he needed to speak to him in person. The blue haired man gave a brief sigh. He didn't know where to start. There was his new found sexuality, the divorce, and the infidelity of course.
He saw a patch of orange in the corner of his eye, immediately knowing it was Ichigo.
Ichigo spoke first and sounded rather anxious. "Hi…"
"Hey Ichi. Did Nel have a talk with you?" Grimmjow turned his attention from the papers, to Ichigo. He walked over to the redhead, though kept a fair distance apart from him.
"Y-yeah." he rubbed the back of his neck, and averted his eyes to the ground. "Things make a little more sense now Grimm."
Grimmjow took a baby step forward and nodded his head.
"Well we still gotta talk to Gunter, and Menoly about all this. Hopefully it won't hurt 'em too much."
Ichigo took a step back as Grimmjow took a small step forward. Grimmjow raised his eyebrow then stepped forward again, which caused Ichigo to take yet another step back.
"Grimmjow did you mean what you said when you said you loved me? If I'm the reason this family is breaking up, I have to at least know that you mean-"
Grimmjow stopped Ichigo's ranting by raising his face, and crushing his lips against his soft ones. He brought his free hand down to the arch of Ichigo's back, and pulled him in closer deepening the kiss.
When the kiss finally broke, calm azure met with shimmering auburn.
"Ichigo I meant every word I spoke to you. I do love you. I want to make you happy. I want you to make me happy. If I didn't love you my family wouldn't be breaking apart would it?"
Ichigo shook his head in response, then pulled Grimmjow down to kiss him back.
Grimmjow hit shut the big garage door, and pressed Ichigo to the wall next to it. In a matter of seconds their lips were meshing, and tongues were tangled with each other's. Ichigo's wrists were pressed against his head, and quiet moans were escaping from him.
Grimmjow was too busy enjoying the taste of his young companion he didn't notice Gunter standing in the garage window watching him.
There was another garage door which one could walk in through foot a few feet adjacent to the big garage door. Gunter swung open the door, making it slam into the wall behind it.
Grimmjow immediately pulled away from Ichigo and turned to see who was at the door. Upon looking, he felt like a deer in headlights. Gunter must have been watching them.
"WHAT THE FUCK?!" Gunter furiously shouted out. He threw a jab at the frame of the garage door and immediately stormed out without speaking to either of the men.
"Gunter! Hold on son!" Grimmjow said running after his son, with Ichigo soon following after. He was at the bigger, metal garage door and he began assaulting it. His fists flew into the frail metal causing dents to form in it, as he lividly shouted out.
Grimmjow saw that his fists were bleeding. He must've not been able to feel it.
Gunter turned around; seething at the sight of both men.
He made his way toward Ichigo and gave him a hard shove pushing him to the ground. "You fucker! That was my dad!"
Grimmjow stepped between the two preventing him from hurting Ichigo any further. He wildly stepped back as if his father's touch was poisonous and shouted. "Don't you fucking touch me you damn fag! That was my best fucking friend!"
Grimmjow couldn't really speak to defend himself because Gunter was right. Even though it was true it still hurt for his own son to speak with such hatred in his eyes, and much venom in his words.
Nel came outside upon all the loud noise and yelling and spoke to every single one of the men. "What is going on out here?! Everyone in the house! The neighbors don't need to see this."
Gunter was the first one to be guided into the house. Grimmjow helped Ichigo off the ground and they headed into the house together. They all sat down in the living room. Grimmjow and Ichigo sat on the couch with an open spot between them both. Across from the men sat Nel and Gunter on the loveseat.
"Everyone sit down, and just relax. Grimmjow what the hell is wrong with my son? Why are his fists bleeding?" She spoke with great concern, though her expression proved that she was not pleased.
Grimmjow sighed then briefly said, "Gunter knows about me and Ichigo and he isn't happy."
"You were making out in the fucking garage!" Gunter stood up and blurted out in complete anger.
"Gunter, honey please calm down everything is okay. Your hands need to be cleaned and wrapp-" Nel began, but was abruptly cut off.
"OKAY? Are you fucking dense mom?! Since when is my dad being a fucking homo and making out with my best friend okay?!"
"Don't you speak to your mother like you're crazy Gunter." Grimmjow warned his son. "Just because you're pissed at me and Ichigo doesn't give you the right to be an ass."
Gunter might have been angry but he wasn't stupid. He sat back down on the couch and placed his face in his hands, as he let out a frustrated roar.
Ichigo just sat in silence, his face riddled with unbelievable guilt. His eyes met with his thighs.
"Gunter, your mom and I haven't been getting along and in fact we're getting a divorce. Ichigo and I have been 'together' a few times, its not his fault at all so don't hold any grudge toward him." Grimmjow added on carefully as not to overload his son.
Gunter looked up and it turns out he was crying in his hands. "You and mom are getting a divorce? What the hell do you mean its not Ichigo's fault?! It's all your fucking fault you fucking whore!" He looked over at Ichigo primarily as he spoke, and began violently bawling.
The door slammed closed, and in walked Menoly with a smile on her face. Her smile soon faded, and confusion smacked her in the face. "What's..going on…?"
"Come sit with me Barbie." Grimmjow said softly, avoiding the question.
She walked over to him, and sat between him and Ichigo.
"Nothing is wrong sweetie. In fact, lets have some pie." Nel spoke gently, then stood up and went to the kitchen to grab the pastry. She returned with a tray which had five plates with a slice of pie on it. she handed one to everyone, and served herself and Gunter last.
Gunter hiccupped and gave his mom a strange look then looked over at his father, then finally Ichigo. "You're fucking crazy, this isn't normal." He grabbed the plate and threw it to the ground and left out the front door.
Everyone just sat in silence until Menoly decided to speak.
"Let me guess. Gunter found out Dad is gay and has been seeing Ichigo and he's pissed." Menoly casually spoke as she took a forkful of the pastry into her mouth. Everyone looked at her dumbfounded, then looked at each other. She swallowed her food, then spoke once again.
"It was obvious. I could tell Ichigo was gay from the first time I met him and he's always blushing. Dad, you stare really hard at Ichigo like all the time so I kinda guessed you guys were up to something. Oh and mom? Since we're all getting this stuff out in the open I'm a lesbian. Loly wasn't one to worry about, she only made me a little curious. My tennis instructor is the one I slept with last night." Menoly took another forkful of the pie into her mouth then carefully licked the tip of the fork cleaning it of the fruit that lie on it.
Grimmjow was stunned. He didn't know his little girl was so observant, and so mature about everything. He placed his hand on her shoulder and silently scanned her face, then made eye contact with her. She smiled then placed a soft kiss on his cheek.
"Dad you're kind of a dick for doing that to mom, but you two didn't look so happy. I mean I don't know if you remember or not but my room is right next to yours in Karakura and here as well. I hear everything." She spoke nonchalantly.
Grimmjow smiled, and he could feel his own eyes watering and stinging with tears. He chuckled softly as a solitary tear rolled down his cheek. Through trying to pick up his life, his daughter grew up. "Is that so?" His voice cracked, as he softly spoke.
She nodded her head and wiped away the tear from his eye then flashed him a brief smile and kissed his forehead. Then she turned to face Nel, to see her wiping her eyes from tears as well.
"You're getting a divorce right?"
Nel laughed and nodded her head in response to Menoly's frank question.
Finally Menoly turned to face Ichigo. She ran her fingers through his hair, and grinned. "Thanks Ichigo. If it weren't for you I wouldn't have the courage to come out. Also, I'm glad my parents are going to have a chance at happiness again."
Ichigo looked like he was going to cry. He wrapped his arms around the youngest Jaegerjacques in response. She wrapped her smaller arms around his neck hugging him in return then she unraveled herself and stood.
"I'm going to change, then I've got to go. I have a tennis lesson in a bit. Thanks for the pie mom." Menoly gave a wave, then she left the adults alone as she marched up the stairs.
After everything that transpired Grimmjow felt selfish, and unworthy of having the family he had, let alone Ichigo. He had to distance himself from Ichigo. The redhead did make him unbelievably happy, but that didn't matter. For once he didn't want to think about himself. He had to think about his son too. He couldn't handle it all at once. He would allow Gunter and Ichigo to make up before anything else.
Grimmjow stood up and silently left for the garage. He opened the big door. He got into his truck, and backed out. He picked up his phone and pressed the number three on his speed dial list. As soon as Shawlong picked up Grimmjow gave him no time to greet He simply said, "Get my jet ready, I'm going back to Karakura."
He heard a soft cry on the ground of the passengers seat, then saw a pair of sapphire orbs staring up at him.
"Just me and Pantera. Alone." He sighed then gave a weak smile as the kitten hopped up into the passengers seat and curled up to watch him drive.
An entire day passed by and neither Grimmjow nor Gunter were heard from. Ichigo didn't want them to feel like strangers in their own home so he called Renji and asked if he could stay in their guest house for a while.
Ichigo wanted to do one final thing before he left the Jaegerjacques household, and went to stay with the his friends Renji and Rukia. He didn't have anywhere else to go, and he would only be there for a day or two. He wanted to head back home, and forget everything that happened. He had to go to work anyhow, so it was convenient that he had to leave.
He painted a portrait of the Jaegerjacques family making sure to title it, "The Perfect Family".
He grabbed the one suitcase that he had, then left out the door. Renji was in his car with Rukia in the passengers seat. He walked out without saying goodbye to anyone. He tossed his things into the trunk, then let got into the backseat. It was his last day of working and he was determined to talk to Gunter about what happened.
"Got everything you need Ichigo?' Renji looked up into the rear view mirror making eye contact with Ichigo.
"Yeah." Ichigo sighed then looked out the window. "I'm ready."
As Renji began to drive Ichigo watched as the home he lived at for the majority of summer got further and further away.
It was bittersweet.
He grew attached to the family more than anything else. They accepted him as he was and treated him like he was really a part of the family. He didn't want things to end the way they did, but it's not like he had a choice in the matter.
When he arrived at the golf resort, he saw a patch of blue hair amongst all the green and he cheered up. Gunter was working today hopefully Ichigo could get a few words in.
He made sure to thank Rukia and Renji for the final time before stepping out of the car. Afterwards he went to the staff building and changed into his work uniform.
As he stepped out of the building he noticed Gunter walking in his direction. He figured Gunter wanted to mend their relationship as well.
Ichigo gave a bright smile, then stopped walking as they were only a few feet away from each other at that point. "Hey Gunter listen I…" Ichigo trailed off, as Gunter huffed and simply walked around him and into the building not even giving him the benefit of eye contact.
Maybe this isn't going to be so easy after all…
Ichigo figured it wouldn't be a good idea to follow Gunter everywhere he went so he gave him his space.
Six hours finally passed and Ichigo's work was complete. Gunter was headed towards his car. Ichigo thought ahead and was sitting in the passengers seat of the convertible.
Ichigo could visibly see Gunter's muscles tense, and his jaw clench. He began to grimace as he walked over to the passengers side of the car.
He angrily pulled the door open, and he viciously tugged Ichigo by his shirt and tore him out of the seat and onto the parking lot ground.
Ichigo couldn't do much except stare up at his friend who was not happy to see him at all. Gunter stared down at him, and spoke with a aggravated tone, "Stay the hell away from me! I don't want you around me anymore! What part of that don't you understand?!"
"Gunter please I'm sorry you had to find out the way you did, but me and Grimmjow love each other. Why can't you accept it and be happy for us?" Ichigo made his way to his feet, as he had no intentions of begging on his knees for forgiveness.
Gunter sneered at the smaller male then shook his head, " If you really did love each other then why did he fly back to Japan without you? Did he even bother to say goodbye to you ? No? You know why? Because He never really loved you! No, all you were to him was just an excuse to leave his family. Fuck your apology, and fuck you Ichigo. I never thought I'd be able to hate the person I used to be able to call my brother. Now please, just stay the fuck away from me or you will be sorry."
Ichigo backed away from his friend's car and turned to walk away. Everything Gunter said started to sink in. He couldn't believe that Grimmjow would just leave after all they had been through without even saying goodbye. He risked his relationship with his best friend to pursue the relationship with Grimmjow and he just leaves.
Maybe he was just an excuse to leave his family. Grimmjow really must've used him, and that's what hit Ichigo in the heart. His feelings for Grimmjow were sincere, he had even given the man his virginity. He kept walking forward, trying his hardest not to cry. The man completely abandoned him. There's no way he would give the man his tears. He gave Grimmjow everything, but Ichigo wouldn't let him have his pride. XoXoXoXoXoXoXoXoXoXoXoXoXoXoXoXoXoXoXoXoXoXoXoXoXo XoXoXoXoXoXoXoXoXoXoXo
Gunter didn't return home the night he approached Ichigo as he thought the man would be there again. He crashed at Rangiku's house, and merely moped around. He took a shower when he came home from work, and tossed himself into Rangiku's bed .
She walked into the bedroom , wearing nothing but a towel from her own shower. Gunter caught sight of her, and surprisingly felt nothing. He just turned to his side and pulled the blankets over his bare body.
The strawberry blonde let out a soft sigh then crawled over into the bed so that she was in his line of sight.
"Baby what's the matter?"
Gunter turned his back to her and said tersely, "Nothing."
"Gunter please talk to me. You say that you love me, but you never tell me anything." She sat up against the headboard holding her knees to her chest.
He turned onto his back and sat up against the headboard next to her then sighed, "My dad was having an affair with Ichigo. Then today Ichigo tried to apologize and talk to me, and I just couldn't handle it so I told him that I hated him."
The busty female turned her head to face him then spoke tenderly, "That's horrible. Did you at least accept his apology or try and mend things yourself?"
"Why would I? This is all his fault anyway! He ruined my family. I-I trusted him Rangiku, I really did. Ichigo was like a brother to me I loved him. Then he just goes and screws around with my dad. Seriously? With my dad? That's just-no he doesn't deserve anything from me let alone an apology."
"Do you remember the day he almost drowned Gunter?" Rangiku asked carefully.
Gunter narrowed his eyes and let out a brief scoff, "Yeah, but the fuck does that have to do with anything?"
"You're not thinking about him Gunter. You're being completely selfish. All I heard was me-me-me-me-me. I might not be the smartest blonde out there, but its kind of obvious Ichigo tried to kill himself. He had to be in a tremendous amount of pain to do it. Look babe, Ichigo adores you so much and from how close you two have been I know you feel the same way.
If it took him four years to tell that he was gay, just because he was afraid that you'd hate him just think about how hard it would've been to tell you he was in love with your dad? And newsflash, falling in love isn't just one person's fault. Grimmjow had something to do with it.
At anytime he could've just sent Ichigo along, but no. They do love each other Gunter, just as I love you. I've been in love with you since the first time we met almost ten years ago. I didn't just catch feelings for you, just as Grimmjow or Ichigo didn't just catch feelings for each other."
Gunter gave a gentle sigh realizing that what she was saying wasn't wrong. He wasn't thinking about how Ichigo felt. He wasn't even thinking about how his parent's felt, let alone his little sister. Ichigo was his best friend. If his best friend was in love with his dad then who was he to deny them their happiness? He turned his head and gave Rangiku a warm smile, "I'm gonna call Ichigo. But first, how did you know I was upset?"
"Lets just say, if this were any time we wouldn't be talking right now. Oh, and I wouldn't have on this towel for as long as I have it on now either." she smirked and stood up from the bed, before it got too wet.
"Oh? Well you've got about two seconds to take off the towel before I take it off for you." He pulled the blankets off his body and moved to the edge of the bed.
"That's the Gunter I know…" she said in a devilishly seductive tone as she unwrapped her towel and let it fall to her feet.
Rangiku stepped into the bed, and both young adults showed their love for each other in raw,
passionate, unrestrained, blissful sex.
After they finished Rangiku slipped on a long tank top to cover her voluptuous naked curves, then headed to the kitchen to fetch them both a snack.
Gunter picked up his phone, and dialed Ichigo's number. *ring* …
Ichigo picked up the phone and spoke wearily. "Gunter?"
"…."He didn't respond. He couldn't respond."Gunter you there?" Ichigo spoke again, sound a bit more alert.
"Hey Carrot Top.." Gunter let a few tears go, and he sniffled. "Go Yomiuri Giants."
Gunter could tell Ichigo shed a few tears as well, as his voice cracked "I love you too man."
That was all that needed to be said for their friendship to be restored.
He hung up the phone and sat it on the nightstand.
He cleaned his face of the tears using the inside of his arm, then looked up at the door to see Rangiku holding a plate with a sandwich cut into two halves.
She got into bed with him and grabbed her half of the sandwich and then offered him his half.
"I love you Rangiku." He said as chewed a bite out of the well made sandwich.
"I love you too goofball. And don't talk with your mouthful its gross." she said with a mouthful of sandwich as well, making both of them laugh.
After that night Gunter and Ichigo went back to the house together, and they stayed together for the ultimate few days of summer.
It was officially the last day of summer, and fall had finally come. The portrait Ichigo painted was mounted on the wall above the fireplace.
Everything was as it should've been.
Grimmjow still wasn't home.
No matter how much Ichigo tried to convince himself he didn't care, he knew deep down he really did.
Grimmjow was his first. Grimmjow was definitely his only. And he wanted to say Grimmjow would be his final, but the blue haired man was no where to be found. He was in the plane terminal with Gunter, Menoly, and Nel as it was time for him to go back to Karakura for school.
"Ichigo it was nice meeting you, and you will always be a part of this family no matter what. Feel free to visit whenever you want." Nel spoke sweetly as she gave Ichigo a warm hug.
Ichigo hugged her back and sighed softly. "Thanks Nel, I promise I'll visit as much as I can."
Menoly had given Ichigo a knock on his shoulder and grinned, "I'd rather you come back then the jerk with blue hair I gotta call my brother." Gunter flicked her behind her ear which made her turn around swiftly and shoot him a dangerous glare. "Do it again and I swear you'll wake up underwater."
Gunter threw his hands up and let out a brief laugh, "Alright, alright my bad squirt. You have to admit that you're gonna miss me. I'm goin' to America, and playin' college football."
"No seriously. Just go Gunter." Menoly said with a smile.
Ichigo smiled at just how similar the siblings were. It reminded him of his own sisters, and how much he missed them. He couldn't wait to get home, just to see them. Hell he couldn't wait to see his dad. He really must've missed home if he missed Isshin.
"Carrot Top, it's been real man." Gunter spoke to Ichigo this time.
He chuckled and nodded his head, "Yeah, it has. Keep in touch man, and tell me what America is like. I've always wanted to go."
"I know bro, I gotcha. Behave yourself in Karakura, no more sleeping with your friend's dads right?" Gunter teased with a smirk.
"Haha, nah that right is reserved especially for yours." Ichigo teased back with a bigger smirk.
"Fuck you man." Gunter laughed at his best friends joke.
Now boarding the plane going to Karakura Town. Now boarding the plane going to Karakura Town. A woman spoke over the intercom.
Ichigo sighed heavily then found himself crushed in an intense hug with Gunter. He wrapped his arms around Gunter in response then pulled himself away.
"Auf Wiedersehen Gunter." Ichigo spoke in broken German.
"Sayonara Ichigo." Gunter responded in Japanese.
They looked each other in the face for a final time and grinned, then Ichigo turned around and left for his plane.
Ichigo was shocked when he didn't start crying as soon as he boarded the plane. He knew he was going to miss his best friend, the friends he met in Germany, the second family that loved him just as much as his own did, and especially Grimmjow. Yet he knew he was on to bigger and better things, so he had no reason to let it get him down.
He slipped his headphones on over his ears, then laid back so that he could rest.
"Surprise, surprise King." Shiro grinned.
"Oh c'mon! I thought I got rid of you." Ichigo whined.
Shiro let out the creepy bone chilling laugh that always sent shivers up and down Ichigo's spine, then responded "Aw, I missed ya too King."
Ichigo walked around in his inverted world for once embracing it, though he would never do it to Shiro. He sort of missed it.
"Tha' only reason I'm here s'cause yer repressin' shit again."
"No I'm not."
"Yea, ya are."
"No. I'm not."
"Yea. Ya are."
"Shut tha fuck up, ya miss that blue haired dude. We both know it."
Ichigo let out an exasperated groan then ran forward to jump off a building, hoping to get away from Shiro. He landed in the exact same spot he was before next to Shiro and went wide eyed.
"This place isn't fucking fair! I mean its my dream why can't I do what I want in it?"
"King, this is yer inner world. Anything ya truly wan' ya can have. Whaddya really want?"
"I want Grimmjow." Ichigo mumbled inaudibly.
"Say it louder!"
"I want Grimmjow." Ichigo said a little louder.
"Fuckin' say it like ya mean it!"
"I. WANT. GRIMMJOW!" Ichigo screamed out with all his might. He felt better after saying it he smiled, and said it once more. "I want Grimmjow. I want him Shiro."
Shiro gave a smirk then shoved Ichigo off the building once again. But instead of falling back into the same place he woke up.
He pulled the headphones off his ears, and looked around to see everyone getting off the plane. He got up and stretched out his back letting it crack some. He got off the plane, and headed into the lobby of the Karakura airport. He grabbed his luggage, and began walking towards the exit.
Something was strange. A man was holding his name on a piece of paper. If Ichigo wasn't mistaken it was that one friend of Grimmjow's.
Shaw something. He shrugged his shoulders thinking it was nothing then went to the man.
"Ichigo Kurosaki?" the man asked.
"Yeah?" He asked curiously.
"Your limo awaits, allow for me to take your things sir." Ichigo raised an eyebrow, and gave his bag to the mysterious man. He followed the man outside the airport, to see him walk over to a black stretch limo. He put Ichigo's things in the trunk of the vehicle then opened the door for the young man. Ichigo stepped in and sat down and was stunned to see Grimmjow sitting in the seat parallel to him. He didn't know what to say, so he said what first came to his mind, "I want Grimmjow."
Grimmjow chuckled softly and made his way over to the other side of the limo to sit next to Ichigo. "Well Grimmjow want Ichi too."
Ichigo shook his head and smiled a bit lowering his head, "Grimmjow what're you doing here, and more importantly why the hell did you leave?"
"It's really not what you think Ichigo. I left so that you and Gunter could work things out and so that I could work a few things out with myself. I didn't really think I deserved you nor did I think I deserved such a family. Gunter, Menoly, and Nel gave us their blessings Ichi. There are going to be a few stipulations though."
Ichigo was excited, and was completely onboard with everything Grimmjow was saying up until he heard 'stipulation', "What is it Grimm?"
"I'm kind of a celebrity. I don't want everyone knowing about my lifestyle, and how me and Nelliel are broken up. The tabloids would ruin my career, and drag Nelliel's name through the mud. Hell it would be a disgrace to the Jaegerjacques name if anyone of my fans, or something found out I was gay. You catching my drift?" Grimmjow explained intricately, though he never wiped the smile off his face.
"So, what you're saying is. You would rather keep our relationship a secret because you're ashamed of being gay? Or is it that you're ashamed of being with me?" Ichigo narrowed his eyes and the infamous scowl that crept on his face returned.
"Ichigo, don't take it the wrong way. It's just that I love what I do. I worked my ass off to get where I am today, and I don't want it to be taken away. The world isn't as accepting as I would like it to be. I want to be who I am, I just don't think people are ready for it. I'll even pay for your school tuition because I know your father isn't paying for it anyhow."
"Are you kidding me? You're offering me money now? What am I your whore?! You are just using me Grimmjow. I really didn't want to believe it, but this is the line. Let me out of this thing now."
"Ichi, I didn't mean it like that I just don't want ya to go. I love ya.."
"Let me out Grimmjow or I'll throw myself out."
"Shawlong, stop the limo." Grimmjow sighed heavily, and looked over at Ichigo as he got out of the limo. "Ichigo wait, just for a second."
Ichigo looked back hoping Grimmjow would at least take back what he said, "Yes?"
"Please don't tell anyone about what happened over the summer I'll pay you handsomely if you don't say anything." He pleaded.
"You don't deserve me!" He slammed the door, and began running the opposite direction of the limo. He didn't care about the things he had in the trunk of the vehicle. He didn't want to care about Grimmjow. He just wanted to go home. He wasn't ready for this. He was in way over his head.
Grimmjow placed his hand in face in his palm and sighed, he knew that he fucked up. He knew that he fucked up big.
It wasn't true, not in the least. He couldn't give a fuck if the entire world knew he was gay. He just couldn't put Ichigo through so much, especially when he was still in school.
It hurt to see the redhead leave, but at that point in time there wasn't much he could do. He didn't want to do to Ichigo what he did to Nel. He wanted the boy to grow, and enjoy life even if that meant him finding a different man to love.
With love there really are no second chances. There really aren't any mulligan's.
Raise your hand if you want to kill me? Everyone? Okay great. Haha. Well, I'd like to say that I'm gonna make a sequel to this if there is a demand for it. It'll probably be no more than a two-shot, but since I'm kinda busy it'll most likely be a really long one-shot. I really enjoyed writing this, but I especially loved reading the reviews. All of which that reviewed on both my chapters are fucking awesome. You're getting gold stars. Just sayin'. Alright, just to reiterate: there may be a sequel if there is a demand for it. So you must let me know what you think. Even if you're a guest user, hook it up with an anonymous review. I appreciate it greatly.
Until I write the sequel to this check out my other story I'm working on its called, "Friends With Benefits." It's another IchiGrimm tale which the whole family (unless everyone is like 17 and gets aroused by lots of yaoi)can enjoy ^.^. If you guys want updates on the sequel they're going to be in the author's notes for Friends With Benefits.
If you guys really did like this story let me know, let your friends know, and let your friend's friend let them not too xD pyramid scheme~ Alright I'm leaving it's 12 something in the morning and I'm exhausted. Stay cool. *snaps my fingers*
Translations: Gott gebe mir die Kraft :German for "God give me the strength."
Auf Wiedersehen : German for "Goodbye"
"Sayonara: Japanese for "Goodbye"