When the Mask is On.

Ichigo walked to his gorgeous girlfriend and kissed her lightly on her lips, her answering kiss warmed his heart.

Ichigo pulled away slightly and looked into her eyes. "How are you, baby?" He asked, twirling a lock of her hair between his fingers, her warm eyes glowed over his and she smiled beautifully.

"I'm good, honey. I just got back from the shops. Someone missed you." She pointed to her stomach and Ichigo chuckled at the small mound forming. He kneeled and kissed the forming child within.

"Hey, buddy. This is your Dad talkin'. I know we haven't had a full conversation, but I promise we will. I'll even take you out for some yummy ice cream, huh?"

She let out a soft giggle. "I have to go okay? Gotta cook." She said and raked her hand through the orange locks. Ichigo straightened up and kissed her deeply.

"I love you baby, take care of my son." He whispered against her lips as she smiled.

"I always will." She said and walked out, leaving Ichigo standing alone in his office. He sighed and sat back in his chair, yawning softly.

Work dragged on for Ichigo and he soon couldn't wait to get home. Rukia had left early due to stomach pains so it was just Ichigo on his lonesome, his smile soon started to feel like a mask. He just couldn't be happy all the time, it was only his girl who seemed to make him feel any better. She always knew what was wrong and immediately found some kind of remedy because she always made him feel better.

It was just natural to feel better with her around, Ichigo loved her being there all the time, even loved having living in the same house. Kazumi was still a perfect angel and Orihime would always make him the best meals, no matter how crazy or weird they seemed, her pregnancy only seemed to spur Ichigo into action to protect her from everything.

The last thing he protected Orihime from was the evil clutches of the mailbox as she got the hem of her dress stuck and she couldn't pull free.

It still makes Ichigo laugh.

Though, when Orihime was newly pregnant, they got a letter from Ishida.

"I'll be back soon, and when I do, I'll make your life a living hell. You're going need police protection for what I have planned for your precious Orihime, Kurosaki. You better pray you keep her close.

You'll be seeing me soon.

Uryuu Ishida.

P.S: My father disowned me after he figured Orihime was pregnant and put an abuse charge against me. Believe me, she will pay dearly.

Ichigo still can't sleep at night without having nightmares of his one true love in pain.

He wakes up screaming.

Ichigo was joined in bed by his lovely partner, he held the tiny red velvet box in his hand and he looked at Orihime. "Orihime, I want to ask you something." Ichigo began, sweating bullets.

"Yes, Ichi?" She asked him, not looking up from her catalog which only served in his favor. He slid out of bed, only in his boxers and he walked to Orihime's side and she finally looked up, only to have her eyes wide as he sunk to one knee.

"Orihime Inoue, I love you so much. I want to protect, cherish and adore you forever and ever. Will you please do the extraordinary honor of marrying me?" Ichigo asked, popping the small box open to reveal a diamond ring with an intricate silver band.

Orihime's eyes welled with tears and a blazing smile fired her features. "Yes Ichigo Kurosaki! I will marry you." She whispered and she held out her left hand so he could put the ring on.

Ichigo smiled brightly, placing the ring on her second last finger and stood up, pulling her with him. Their lips met and they kissed deeply and lovingly.

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