Thirtieth Incarnation: The Day Before
"Ichigo wake up, wake up..." Rukia said quietly as she shook him awake, he groaned, shaking his head and trying to go back to sleep, "Ichigo come on, it's the day before Halloween, we have things to do," "Why do you think that makes me MORE eager to get up?" he muttered under his breath, she rolled her eyes, "Get up Ichigo, please?" she pouted, he sighed loudly, reluctantly turning to look at her, "Do I have to?" "Yes, because if you don't..." she smirked, suddenly lifting the puppies onto the bed and letting the three of them attack Ichigo, "H-Hey!! No fair!!" he cried with a laugh, trying to squirm away, though it didn't exactly work, Josette was licking all over his face, Isabo was pulling on his hair, and Saraphina was jumping on top of him eagerly, "You awake yet?" she smirked, "Do I have a choice?" he huffed, "Looks like that would be a 'no'," she teased, "Hey Rukia?" he muttered, sitting up and trying to arm himself against the eager pups, "Hm?" "Where are the cats?" Ichigo swore that he could actually SEE the color drain from her face...
"Annabel!!" Ichigo called as he ran down the stairs, "Madeline!!" Rukia hollered, sighing and shaking her head, "The more they're gone the more I'm worried.." Ichigo grumbled, "Me too, Abigail!" she cried, finally there was a small sound, a tiny, almost inaudiable, scratching sound, she put her finger to his lips, trying to keep him quiet, he paused, for a moment it was just their breathing... but then... the scratching sound was heard again, they glanced at eachother and wordlessly started down the stairs, trying to be as quiet as possible as they rounded the corner and spotted one of the kittens scatching at the dish washer, they smirked, Ichigo sprinted after her and she turned to run away, Rukia, having anticipated this, had gone around the corner to cut her off and when she saw Rukia, turned around.... and ran right into Ichigo's arms... "One down and two to go," he smirked enthusiastically
"We shouldn't have that much trouble finding the others," Rukia mused as she turned a corner, "Really? Are you SERIOUSLY trying to tell me that?" he snorted in disbeleif, she frowned, "How many places could they be hiding?" "HA!" she narrowed her eyes, turning the corner into the kitchen and glancing around the corner, "Just be quiet Ich-... there!" she hissed, pointing to the counter were she saw Madeline, trying to get on top of it and into the flower vase, "I'll charge from the front, you grab from behind," she instructed quietly, he nodded in agreement and slowly crept up behind the cat, she ofcourse noticed and started running in the other direction... and straight into Rukia, "W-Was that your real plan!?" "Yep! And now .... for the third,"
"How did she even get up there?" Ichigo frowned as he shook his head slowly, staring up at the kitten in dismay, "I have no idea... all I know is that we have to get her down," Rukia replied, listening as the kitten mewed and meowed in distress, clinging desperately to the top shelf of the pantry were she had perched herself, "Ichigo, sit down," she demanded, he blinked curiously at her, "Why?" he asked, "Just do it," obediantly, he sat down as he was told and groaned as she climbed on top of his shoulders, standing up and causing him to huff in agony as she reached the top shelf and grabbed the little kitten, "Annabel, never do that again," she frowned sternly as she got down, he sighed, falling onto the floor and rubbing his eyes, "I-Ichigo?" Rukia squeaked suddenly, "Hn?" "W-We're late..." his eyes suddenly popped open and he glared up at her feircely, "....WHAT?"
"I can't believe we're this late," Rukia cringed as she rushed into the hospital, "Yeah me neither, if that guy was already here Uryuu is gonna skin us alive..." Ichigo shivered, "Even if he isn't, he'll STILL probbably skin us alive," Rukia corrected as she rushed, holding up the ends of her dress as she ran towards the elevator, pausing suddenly, "What's wrong?" Ichigo asked with concern, "What floor is the children's ward on?" she asked, Ichigo blinked, "Um..." "THERE you two are!" they heard, turning and seeing Uryuu rushing towards them, not yet in costume, "Sixth floor, quickly!" he demanded, "I see you're running late too..." Ichigo muttered as Rukia pressed the button for the elevator, "Th-That's irrelevant! Just go!" he cried, running off yet again, "Boy he's strung tighter than a ten cent watch..." Ichigo muttered, shaking his head slowly as he and Rukia stepped into the elevator
"Mulan, do you think I'm a baby for being scared of shots? I always cry.." Rukia smiled gently at the little girl in front of her, "I don't think so at all, did you know that I'm afraid of needles too?" she said softly, the girl's eyes widened and she stared at her in utter shock, "But... you're a hero! You're so brave!" "Heros can be afraid too, and just because you're brave doesn't mean you're fearless, isn't that right Shang?" she asked as she glanced up at Ichigo, he stared at her for a second before nodding in agreement, "Y-Yeah ... I'm afraid of spiders," he said quickly, the little girl laughed softly and tilted his head, "But how can you be such a brave warrior and still be afraid of little stuff?" she asked, Rukia thought for a moment before answering, "You cannot be solely one thing you see, in order to truly be a warrior you have to be BALENCED, so yes, wile you need to be brave, you also need to know that being afraid is not a bad thing," the girl still looked at her curiously before she finally stood up and began.... singing, "One, alone is not enough, you need both together, winter, summr, moon and sun- lesson number one," she took Ichigo's hand and moved to the center of the hospital room, starting to do a little hand-to-hand sparring with him, "Like a rock, you must be strong, like an oak, you must stand firm, cut quick, like my blade, think fast, unafraid," she paused, wrapping one of his arms behind his back and smirking, "But you're still out of balence, you're only half-way there," she explained, letting go of Ichigo's arm and slowly walking in circles around him, her fingers grazing against his shoulders as she walked, "Like a cloud, you are soft, like bamboo you bend in the wind, creeping slow you're at peace because you know, it's ok to be afraid," she smiled, by this point all of the children in the room had gathered around, leaning over the foot of the bed and watching in amazement, Ichigo chuckled softly as she continued, he could tell how happy the little act was making these kids... and for the moment, he didn't have any complaints about being here...
"I wonder if that was good enough for Uryuu's hospital to get the extra funding," Ichigo mused curiously as he and Rukia walked through the hospital halls, "I hope it was, the staff did alot but regardless of that I know this is a great hospital," she added, "Yeah too bad our clinic isn't in the running," he smirked playfully, "Mm... but this was fun don't you think? I wouldn't mind doing this every year," she noted, "Well it's... something to consider..." "I bet tommorrow will be fun too, I can't wait to cosplay Draculaura! I'd love to do Raven Queen too... you know from Ever After High? Ohh maybe next year your dad's clinic can do an Ever After High theme! I could be Raven and you could be.... someone... actually you know I don't like any of the boys so far..." she mused, "Haha, ha... ha... please don't mention that to my dad..." he wimpered seriously, she rolled her eyes but didn't say anything else... quite yet... "You know by this time next year that movie 'Frozen' will be out and I bet I could do Elsa, ice powers and all, maybe we could change it up every year, you know they say variety is the spice of life," "I feel like you and I have completely different opinions about what 'the spice of life' is..." he muttered, she rolled her eyes and was about to make a remark about that before feeling a small tug on her dress, blinking in surprise, she glanced behind her at a little girl and smiled, "Hello," "Mulan, how come you and Shang didn't kiss in the movie?" she asked innocently, Rukia was a little taken aback by this, not quite sure how to answer, "W-Well... there was alot going on, with the war and everything... not to mention that Shang is rather shy about his feelings," she chuckled with a small smirk, Ichigo looked down, hanging his head to immulate what she was proclaiming, "Ohhh... can you kiss now?" she smiled, "You two are married right? So can you kiss?" Rukia and Ichigo both looked rather stunned and exchanged glances, "Um.." "Pleaaaase? I'm going home today, I REALLY want to tell my sister that I got to see Shang and Mulan kiss," she pouted, Rukia gave a gentle smile, unable to resist the little girl, and glanced at Ichigo, "Well?" she asked, Ichigo's face immediately turned bright, bright red and he gulped, but knew Rukia would skin him if he broke charector... they were supposed to be married as per the second movie... "S-Sure..." he finally managed to squeak out, she gave a shy smile and leaned up on the tips of her toes, giving him a light peck on the lips, but for some reason... she didn't part right away, and neither did he, neither of them made a move to get away from eachother, they both just stayed there in a momentairy pause, neither wanting to move or part, neither doing anything except enjoying, reveling in this moment, before finally they heard a sharp, "Are you two kissing!?" and were forced to pull away, blushing furiously and staring behind them at Orihime, dressed as Rapunzel, as she pranced up to them, carrying a huge bundle of hair, "N-No... not exactly..." Rukia squeaked, "Thank you!" the little girl squeaked, running away happily, Orihime stared at them quizzically and pouted, "But I just saw-" "O-Orihi- I ... mean... Rapunzel! Where are you!?" Orihime turned her head and gasped, "O-Oh sorry!" she cried as she ran over to Uryuu, dressed as Flynn, and dragged him towards the other pair before he ran into a wall... again... "Bright idea not to wear your glasses today Einstein," Ichigo taunted, "Don't go there with me, I wanted it to be accurate and I thought my contacts would be in by now..." he grumbled back, "Yeah well, looks like that's a no, so we have to go now bye!" Ichigo shouted, suddenly grabbing Rukia's hand and sprinting to the elevator, "W-Wait!" Orihime cried, trying to rush after them only to hear Uryuu crash into the check-in desk, "O-Oh... h-hang on Flynn I'm coming!" she cried as she rushed towards him
"So are we going to talk about that at all?" Rukia glanced up from the box she was packing, raising her eyebrows curiously at Ichigo, "Talk about what?" "That... kiss..." he wispered, she felt her heart flutter and her face heat up, "Mm... well..." "I mean that... it ... wasn't just a stage kiss.... was it?" he breathed, she blinked curiously at him, tilting her head curiously, "What's a ... 'stage kiss'?" "It's a kiss that only takes place during acting, pretending to kiss.. that wasn't just pretend... was it?" this time his question sounded a little more confident and a little less awkward, "I... no... it... it wasn't..." she breathed quietly, "I didn't think so..." he admitted honestly, "Well... did it mean anything to you?" Rukia asked with uncertainty as she looked up from wat she was doing, "Ofcourse it did, I don't just go around kissing people for no reason," he huffed, turning around so that they were now facing eachother, "Rukia.... I... I'm in ... LOVE .. with you," he confessed quietly, his face starting to turn bright red, she smiled, moving closer, "You are?" "Y-Yeah... don't say anything mea-" "I love you too," she blurted out, he blinked, apparently caught completely off guard by this revelation, she bit her lip, staring up at him before placing her hand on top of him, "I.. well... let's make sure this one isn't even CONSIDERED a 'staging kiss'...." she said softly, leaning closer, "Well it's called 'stage kiss'... but whatever you say," he chuckled as their lips pressed together
"No way... are you being serious or trying to be funny?" Ichigo asked with raised eyebrows, restraining a chuckle, "I am not joking, I am not attempting to be funny, I am COMPLETELY serious," she replied with a small smirk as she leaned back, "You're REALLY telling me that Squad 12 is responsable for the dinosaurs going extinct?" he snorted, "Yes that is what I'm telling you, but keep it to yourself, it's supposed to be a very well kept, well guarded secret," "So how did you find out then?" he asked curiously, "Well it's a long story but basically it involves Leuitenit Kurtosutchi and ALOT of sake'," she said with a small smirk, "And why did you decide to tell me about it?" he chuckled, "I... don't remember what brought it on to be honest..." she said with a small laugh of her own, "Well last I remember we were talking about dragons and comparing them to dinosaurs, then you asked how I thought they went extinct and I said it was a commet and you laughed and I asked why and you told me Squad Twelve caused them to go extinct," she nodded slowly, "Right... why were we talking about dragons again?" there was a pause on his end, "I... I don't remember..." he muttered back, "Mm seems to be a running problum between us, we start talking about one thing and by the time it's over I'm divulging militairy secrets," she laughed, "Right... why'd they kill off the dinosaurs again?" he asked curiously, "Oh it wasn't intentional, it was an accident," he nodded slowly, taping up the last box and sighing, "Yeah that sounds about right... do I even want to know how?" "No I REALLY don't think you do," she snickered, "I sort of thought not," he admitted, standing up and rubbing his sore back, "Well let's just say if I told you.... you'd probbably never look at salt water the same way again..." there was a pause but he nodded slowly anyway, "Right because that isn't vague or frightening AT ALL..."