What SHOULD Have Happened

Set after the events of Episode 4.

Ichigo had just gotten back from the amusement park, and was lost in thought. She completely ignored her parents' attempts to get her attention, and went to her room, locking the door behind her.

I'm so confused… she thought. I thought I loved Aoyama-kun, but now I can't get Kisshu out of my mind. He said he wanted to 'play' with me. What does that mean? And why did he kiss me? Is that some kind of custom on his planet, or is he actually in love with me? But if he is in love with me, has he been watching me for a while? It's kind of strange that he would fall in love without even meeting me. Unless it's that 'love at first sight' thing. I didn't think that was real. Maybe Kisshu's a stalker or something- and if that's the case, I should probably stay away from him. But Aoyama-kun's actually pretty boring…

Ichigo sighed. She had more questions than answers, and the fact that she thought Aoyama was boring was also puzzling her.

I didn't really know anything about him before I asked him out, except that he was the school's kendo star, and a really nice guy, Ichigo realized. I don't really know much about him; he's nice, but you can be nice and boring at the same time. I wonder why Moe and Miwa dared me to ask him out. They normally like to make it clear that hurting me will land the person in the hospital. I wonder if they were trying to prove something. I think I'll ask….

Ichigo picked up her cell phone, and called Miwa. After two rings, she heard, "Ichigo? What's up?"

"Why did you dare me to ask Aoyama out?" Ichigo asked.

Miwa sighed. "Moe and I aren't too keen on him," she said. "He's too perfect, and that kind of creeps us out. It's up to you if you want to continue seeing him, but Moe and I just worry."

"I might not, then," Ichigo said. "I trust your judgment, and on top of that, he's actually pretty boring."

"I think that's good," Miwa said. "He can find someone else. Is there someone else?"

"I'm not sure yet, but I'll let you know if there is," Ichigo said.

"Good," Miwa said. "See you at school!"

"Yup, bye," Ichigo said.

"Bye!" Miwa said, and hung up.

Ichigo put her cell phone down, and went back to thinking about Kisshu, for reasons she STILL didn't understand.

Does he really love me? And if so, why me? she thought. There must be plenty of girls on his planet; why would he fall in love with the leader of his enemies? Maybe if I see him again, I should ask. He did say he'd be back.

Ichigo was about to get up when she got the distinct feeling someone was watching her. Looking closely at her tree, she saw the silhouette of someone, and hesitantly went over and opened the window.

She looked through the branches and leaves, and to her shock, she saw Kisshu, who was fast asleep.

That's an odd place to sleep; I wonder if he's okay… Ichigo thought. She carefully climbed out her window onto the branch, and made her way over to Kisshu hesitantly. She gently put a hand on his forehead, and her eyes widened. Kisshu was burning up.

Ichigo found that she was feeling really worried. She gently shook Kisshu, and he stirred, but didn't wake up. "Come on, you need to wake up," Ichigo said softly. She shook Kisshu again, and he opened his eyes, then looked wary. "Come on, you need to get inside," Ichigo said.

"Why?" Kisshu asked suspiciously.

"Because you're sick," Ichigo said. "It's not good for you to be outside in a tree while you're sick. Why are you in my tree, anyways?"

"I like it here," Kisshu said. Suddenly he grabbed her hand and teleported.

Ichigo was startled, and didn't struggle. A minute later, they landed in green bedroom- and Kisshu collapsed. Ichigo caught him, and looked around. She gently picked him up and put him on the bed, then took his boots off and tucked him in.

Spotting a door at the back of the room, Ichigo cautiously went over, and found a bathroom. Wow, he's got his own bathroom? she thought as she started looking around. Eventually she found a washcloth, and soaked it in ice water, then wrung it out and brought it back to Kisshu. She gently put it over his forehead, noticing he was waking up. "Kisshu?" she asked softly.

Kisshu looked up at her. "What happened?" he asked.

"You collapsed as soon as we got here," Ichigo said. "I don't think teleporting was very good for you."

"Great… I was ordered to attack again tomorrow," Kisshu said.

"You're going to have to cancel; you're in no condition to get up, much less attack people," Ichigo said.

"I can't!" Kisshu said. "I have to do something tomorrow, or my leader will most likely exile me."

"Well, you already kidnapped me; doesn't that count?" Ichigo asked. "If you attack in that condition, you'll die. I frankly think that dying is worse than getting exiled."

"You're wrong," Kisshu said. "If I get exiled, I'll be bringing shame on my family, and I'll have failed in saving my people."

"Exiling you for getting sick seems a bit harsh," Ichigo commented. "Just tell your leader you kidnapped me. I'm the leader of your enemies; won't that work? And I have no means of escape, so even though you're sick, it's not like I'm going anywhere. Besides, doesn't your leader need you to take over the Earth for him? That's not going to work if you're dead."

"What happens after I get better?" Kisshu asked.

"We can figure that out later," Ichigo said. "Judging by how high your fever is, it might be a while before you'll be back on your feet."

Kisshu sighed. "I guess you're right," he said. "Why are you helping me?"

"I like you," Ichigo said, turning red.

Kisshu looked shocked. "You… like me?" he asked.

"Yes…" Ichigo said. "Do you like me?"

"I love you," Kisshu said. "Why else would I kiss you?"

"Um…. I don't know," Ichigo said. "So I'm not just your toy?"

"No," Kisshu said. "I know it's weird that I fell in love with you, but that's just how things go. It's weird for me too."

"Oh well," Ichigo said. "I guess we'll have to hide it, though. Ryou and your leader would both have a fit."

"Do you think they'd get along well?" Kisshu asked.

"Doubtful," Ichigo said. "Ryou believes that aliens are heartless monsters, and it's pretty unlikely he'll let go of that view anytime soon."

"Why does he think that? We're not heartless," Kisshu said. "Just because we're enemies doesn't mean that the opposing side is heartless."

"I agree with you, and so does Lettuce, but Ryou's a complete jerk," Ichigo said. "Maybe he's just trying to make himself look like the good guy by saying you and your race are heartless monsters."

Kisshu started to respond, but started coughing instead. Ichigo gently put a hand on his forehead again as he stopped, and said worriedly, "Your fever's really high; do you have medicine here?"

"Yeah, but I can't get up," Kisshu said. His vision started going black then, and he passed out.

Ichigo was really worried when Kisshu passed out. Can this situation get any worse? she wondered.

Apparently it could, because the room suddenly dissolved into blue mist. A ball of light appeared, and a child-like voice asked, "Why did Kisshu bring a human here?"

"I'm not human," Ichigo said. "I'm Mew Ichigo."

"Kisshu captured you, then?" the voice asked.

"Yes," Ichigo said.

"Why are you not tied up?" the voice asked suspiciously.

"Kisshu collapsed before he got that far," Ichigo said. "He's very sick. I have no means of escape, however. Who are you?"

"I am Deep Blue, leader of the Cyniclons," the voice said. Ichigo heard a sigh, and then Deep Blue said, "I am sending Kisshu's older brother to join him; he is a healer."

"Good," Ichigo said.

"Remain obedient to us, and you will not be harmed," Deep Blue said. Before Ichigo could respond, she was back in Kisshu's room.

Kisshu was still unconscious when she went over to the bed, and Ichigo felt his forehead. His fever was even higher than before, and Ichigo thought, I hope it doesn't take days to for his brother to get here; I'm not sure he'll survive that long. She changed the cool cloth on Kisshu's forehead, and then settled down next to him.

Five hours later, Ichigo was starting to get tired. Suddenly she heard teleportation, and looked up, hopeful.

An older boy with purple hair appeared, and looked at her. "You are Mew Ichigo?" he asked.

"Yes," Ichigo said. "Are you Kisshu's brother?"

"Yes," the boy said. "My name is Pai. How's he doing?"

"Very badly; he's got an extremely high fever, and he's been unconscious for over five hours," Ichigo said.

Pai came over and put a hand on Kisshu's chest. His eyes widened, and his hand began to glow as he said, "Stay quiet."

Ichigo remained silent as Kisshu's breathing evened out, and the flush left his cheeks. Finally, twenty minutes later, Pai said, "That will take care of the fever and cough, but he needs to rest and take it easy for a few days. I'm not sure when he'll wake up; he's still pretty weak."

"I'll stay with him," Ichigo said. "You look exhausted too."

"So do you," Pai said dryly. "Where are you sleeping?"

"Um… that sofa over there?" Ichigo suggested, pointing. "Are there any spare blankets around?"

"Probably in Kisshu's closet," Pai said.

Ichigo got up and looked in the closet, then pulled out a blanket. Pai teleported out as she took her shoes off and curled up on the sofa. Soon she was asleep.

The next morning, she woke up because someone was shaking her. "Nyaa…" she said unhappily as she opened her eyes. She saw Pai looking down at her, and asked, "What's wrong?"

"Are you getting up today?" Pai asked.

"What time is it?" Ichigo asked.

"7:54 AM," Pai said.

"That's EARLY," Ichigo grumbled. "Why do I have to get up?"

"Because I can't cook without destroying the kitchen," Pai said gloomily. "Why do you humans sleep so late?"

"Some of us don't, but I'm half cat, and cats need nineteen hours of sleep a day," Ichigo said. "You should be glad I'm not a real cat."

"That's a LOT of sleep," Pai said. "Can you find something for breakfast? I know nothing about human food."

"Fine…" Ichigo said. She got up, and straightened her clothes, then asked, "Can you show me where the kitchen is?"

Pai nodded and led her to the kitchen, which was five doors down from Kisshu's room. Ichigo went in and started looking around. She found a loaf of bread, and got an idea. Leaving it on the counter next to the stove, she went to the large fridge and found milk and eggs. She took everything to the counter, and started making French toast.

Pai was watching her as she found a frying pan and spatula, and he asked, "What are you making?"

"French toast," Ichigo said. "Should I be making some for Kisshu too?"

"Sure," Pai said. "But what is French toast?"

"Bread soaked in a mixture of milk and eggs and then cooked in a pan," Ichigo said. "It tastes good with cinnamon sugar or maple syrup."

"What are those?" Pai asked.

"Cinnamon sugar is sugar mixed with ground cinnamon, and maple syrup is a type of sweetened tree sap," Ichigo said. "I like cinnamon sugar on mine, but we might be eating these plain; I didn't see any syrup or cinnamon. Maybe we should just have plain sugar."

"Let's just have it plain, sugar won't be good for Kisshu in his condition," Pai said. "It's not good to have drugs while you're sick."

"Drugs?" Ichigo asked, puzzled.

"Sugar is a type of drug, you didn't know that?" Pai asked.

"Not to humans," Ichigo said.

"Oh…" Pai said.

"It's done," Ichigo said. "Go get some plates and forks."

Pai sighed and got up, then got out three plates and three forks, and gave them to Ichigo. She put three pieces of French toast on each plate, and handed one to Pai. "Let's take these to Kisshu's room," Ichigo said. "You said he shouldn't be getting up, right?"

"Yeah," Pai said as Ichigo picked up the remaining plates. Then he took her shoulder and teleported.

They landed in Kisshu's room, and noticed that he was waking up. Ichigo went over and asked softly, "Kisshu? Are you feeling better?"

"Koneko-chan?" Kisshu asked.

"I'm here," Ichigo said.

"I feel better, but I still feel pretty weak," Kisshu said.

"Are you hungry?" Ichigo asked. "I made breakfast for us."

"I'm starving," Kisshu said.

"Do you need help sitting up?" Ichigo asked, putting the plates down.

"I think so, sorry," Kisshu said. Ichigo helped him sit up, rearranging the pillows to support him. She handed him the plate of French toast, and he was about to take a bite when he noticed Pai. "Pai, you're here?" he asked.

"Deep Blue-sama informed me that I needed to come heal you, and stay in case this happens again," Pai said. "Apparently Mew Ichigo told him you were sick, and I guess he didn't want you to die. You're our best hope, Kisshu."

"Why are you guys trying to take over Earth?" Ichigo asked. "I never really got that. What are you going to do with Earth?"

Kisshu sighed. "Our home planet is dying, and so is our race," he said. "We are attacking Earth in order to create a home for our people. Cyniclons used to live on Earth, but the conditions got to be unsafe for us, so we had to leave. Unfortunately, where we ended up wasn't that great either."

"You used to live on Earth?" Ichigo asked.

"We were here before primitive humans," Pai said. "But as Kisshu said, the conditions here were too bad for living; volcanos and earthquakes everywhere. This was millions of years ago; it says in our records that we used to live on Earth. We were the first ever civilization, at least in this part of the universe. And now our race is dying out, and we need a better place to live. Deep Blue-sama appeared to our people a few months ago, with a plan to take back the planet we once lived on. Our leader was more than happy to go along with it, and now here we are. We weren't exactly expecting that some humans would defy us, but I suppose it makes sense; we're all fighting for what we think is right."

"I HATE fighting," Ichigo said. "Lettuce is right; we should just cooperate to save your people."

"Pai, that's not a bad idea," Kisshu commented. "Koneko-chan is right; we could save a lot of time by not dragging this out into a lengthy battle. And then no one will get hurt."

"Maybe…. but why do you call Mew Ichigo 'Koneko-chan'?" Pai asked.

"She's my kitten," Kisshu said.

"Let me guess, you finally found someone who isn't a totally creepy fangirl," Pai said.

"Yup," Kisshu said.

"Please don't tell me you kissed her," Pai said.

"What do you want me to tell you?" Kisshu asked, smirking.

"You're doomed," Pai said.

"What's wrong with kissing?" Ichigo asked.

"Among our people, kissing means you've found the person you're meant to bond with, and kissing seals the bond," Pai said. "Did you kiss Kisshu back?"

"No," Ichigo said. "But after that I couldn't get him out of my mind. Does that mean something?"

"It means we're all doomed," Pai said gloomily. He glared at Kisshu.

"Can you explain this?" Ichigo asked.

Pai sighed and said, "By not kissing Kisshu back, the bond won't be as strong, but it'll still be a problem. If Kisshu dies, so will you. And being separated for more than a few days will make both of you depressed. In other words, either you're going to have to live with Kisshu, or he's going to have to live with you."

"This is going to be hell to explain to my parents…." Ichigo moaned. "And my teammates will have a fit. WHY did I have to become a Mew Mew?"

"Because you're special," Kisshu said.

"I don't like being special…" Ichigo said gloomily.

"You don't like the idea of being with me?" Kisshu asked sadly.

Ichigo noticed the sad tone, and sighed, then said, "It's not that, it's more what others are going to think about this."

"That's up to them, not you," Kisshu said. "You can feel whatever you want to, and if they don't like it, that's their problem. It's not your fault if they don't want to understand your feelings."

Ichigo smiled. "You're right," she said. "I guess we'll have to take things as they come, then."

"Yup…" Kisshu said. He looked tired, and Ichigo said, "You should get some more rest, you're still not fully recovered. I'll stay with you, 'kay?"

"Thanks…" Kisshu said. He settled back down, and went back to sleep. Ichigo smoothed his hair back, and gently started stroking it. She was surprised when Kisshu leaned into her hand, and thought, That's so CUTE….

This could be continued, but I think I'll wait and see how many reviews I get. I see plenty of people reading, but almost no one reviewing, except for a few of my friends. So to all the silent readers out there, please take some time to review, even if it's just a few words.