Precious Times Together Ch 28Karin was surprised to find Isane Kotetsu and 9 other Shinigami from squad 4 at the entrance to their barracks waiting for her.Precious Times Together Ch 283 years ago in Romance More Like This
"Am I late?" she asked as she walked towards the small group of healers.
"No, not at all," said Isane. "Morito just arrived himself. Now that you are here, we are ready to go."
One of the male Shinigami walked up to Karin and knelt down. Karin saw this action, but didn't quite know what was going on.
"Uh ok?" she said aloud.
"Karin, this is Fujikawa," said Isane. "He is the strongest of the ten of us and has graciously offered to carry you to the 49th district of the Rukongai today."
"No, that's ok. I can walk," said Karin, politely declining the offer.
Fujikawa stood straight up again so he could talk to her properly. "I don't think you fully grasp just how far away the 49th district is. Not using shunpo, it would take a three-day walk to get there." He knelt down aga
Precious Times Together Ch 12"Taicho, isn't it about time for you to take a break?" asked his fukutaicho, Rangiku Matsumoto.Precious Times Together Ch 123 years ago in Romance More Like This
"I just ate lunch an hour ago, Matsumoto" Toshiro replied.
"No, taicho. I mean a real break like maybe for a couple of days," clarified Rangiku.
"Why do you say that?" he asked.
"Well, you never seem to take any time off anymore," she said to him. "Other than sleeping in on mornings after you were here late, you are never not here." Ever since his last visit to the world of the living and his conversation with Karin Kurosaki, he's back to being the taicho he used to be. No breaks, no vacations, and no happiness.
"Matsumoto, what would you have me do?" he asked.
"Taicho, I know you have to miss her. You should go visit her and apologize .," started Rangiku.
"You are out of line, fukutaicho," he said sternly.
"End of discussion," he interrupted, his head still down looking at the pa
Precious Times Together Ch 14Toshiro watched as Karin Kurosaki left the room. He felt her run straight for her father and brother and then leave. He sat there for a few seconds in a daze he couldn't quite believe what just happened. Though he didn't know how she would react, this was probably one of the worst possible scenarios apart from her dropping dead from the surprise of seeing him.Precious Times Together Ch 143 years ago in Romance More Like This
He made his way outside of the building and looked up at the sunlight.
What do I do now?
"Let's go," said Karin roughly as she bolted past the men in her family and out the door. She briskly walked in front of them.
Isshin looked at Ichigo as if to ask what Karin's problem was and Ichigo shrugged his shoulders in response.
"Karin, I was thinking that we could treat you to dinner out tonight to celebrate," said Isshin.
"No, thank you," she replied. "I'm tired. I just really want to go home."
Precious Times Together Ch 16Once they got back to Karin's room, Karin shut the door and looked at the man in front of her. She smiled as she stood with her back against the door.Precious Times Together Ch 163 years ago in Romance More Like This
"What's with the look?" Toshiro asked her.
"First of all, I can't believe you knocked on the wrong door," said Karin. "And....I'm just really happy to see you. This is the perfect time to come visit."
"You did tell me to come early in the semester, didn't you?" he asked.
"Yes. And I was right....I haven't gotten any homework yet," said Karin. "Are you staying the entire weekend?" Karin moved to sit on her bed while she was talking to him.
"As a matter of fact I am. I wanted to see where you were going to live now," said Toshiro. He moved to a chair in the corner of the room to continue the conversation.
"It's not much, but it's all mine....for freshman year at least," said Karin.
"Why no roommate?" asked Toshiro.
Precious Times Together Ch 20"My wonderful daughter is home at last!" remarked Isshin Kurosaki from the couch in the living room when the front door opened and Karin walked in.Precious Times Together Ch 203 years ago in Romance More Like This
"Dad, we just had dinner together last week when you came to visit me," remarked Karin flatly.
"I know, but you're home now. It's just different," said Isshin.
Whatever, thought Karin. She knew that was just the way he was and it wasn't worth the effort to say anything else.
"Hey Toshiro," said Ichigo, who noticed that Karin did not come through the door by herself.
"Hi, Ichigo," said Toshiro.
"Where's Yuzu?" asked Karin.
"She should be home anytime now," said Ichigo. "She said she'd make it home for dinner tonight."
"I see," said Karin. "And what's on the menu for tonight's meal?" asked Karin. She gave Ichigo a look that he understood immediately.
"Ooohhh no," he remarked. "I can already see what you are thinking.
Precious Times Together Ch 13Toshiro's world went from black to gray to white in a matter of seconds. He began to blink his eyes in the sunlight that was coming through the window.Precious Times Together Ch 133 years ago in Romance More Like This
Where am I?
He sat up a little too quickly...a motion that he immediately regretted.
He let out a groan as he flopped back down and buryed his head back into the pillow. He wouldn't be trying that again anytime soon.
At least I somehow made it back to my place.
There was a light tapping at the door. "Taicho? Are you finally awake?"
"Ugh. Matsumoto. What are you doing here?" he asked.
"How do you think you got home last night?" she asked.
"Not so loud," he immediately answered.
Toshiro turned over, but left the pillow over his face so he didn't have to deal with the light of the world quite yet.
"Do you want me to escort you to squad 4?" asked Rangiku.
"What for? I'm not sick or injured. I'm j
Precious Times Together Ch 10Toshiro walked into the squad 10 office after spending yet another weekend in the world of the living.Precious Times Together Ch 103 years ago in Romance More Like This
"Taicho!" said Rangiku a little louder than Toshiro was prepared for this early in the morning. He held his hand to his head.
"Would you mind keeping it down a bit?" he answered her.
"Sorry, but a message from squad 1 arrived for you after you had already left on Friday. I think it is from the soutaicho," said Rangiku.
Toshiro grumbled under his breath. He did not want to walk in on some mandatory taicho meeting first thing on a Monday morning.
He walked around his desk and sat down. Then he let out a gigantic yawn.
"You seem more tired than usual, taicho," Rangiku noted.
"Would you mind getting me some tea?" asked Toshiro. "Maybe it will help."
"Late night with Karin?" asked Rangiku suggestively.
"Get your mind out of the gutter, fukutaicho," he replied.
"Well, she is almost 17 now," replied Rangiku.
Precious Times Together Ch 15"Is Ichigo home yet?" asked Karin.Precious Times Together Ch 153 years ago in Romance More Like This
"No! Now stop nagging me," said Isshin Kurosaki. "I know you are excited, but bugging me every five minutes is not going to make him come home any sooner."
Isshin's comments went in one of Karin's ears and out the other. She was excited to have her brother return home not because she missed his company, but because she had sent a note to the Soul Society with him and eagerly awaited a response.
She sat back down in the living room with a book she was reading. Well, a book she was pretending to read (she determined that the effort was futile since she had been stuck on the same page for nearly 20 minutes now). When the front door clicked, she immediately jumped up to greet whoever it was just in case it was Ichigo.
Karin ran into the kitchen only to be halted abruptly by Isshin flying in front of her, leg extended to give his son a good kick in the ribs. Fortunately for Ichigo, he e
Precious Times Together Ch 29"MARRIED?" exclaimed Karin. She had not been expecting that bombshell for a long time, if at all. "Ichigo, are you sure?"Precious Times Together Ch 293 years ago in Romance More Like This
Karin was very happy that Ichigo and Rukia decided to try out a relationship that transcended the boundary between the Soul Society and the world of the living. She knew that she and Toshiro taking the big step of agreeing to date helped encourage Rukia and Ichigo to finally try dating themselves, but now apparently they had been surpassed in terms of what steps they were willing to take to further their own relationship.
"It won't be any different than it is now. We just want to take that last step that shows how in love and committed we are to each other," explained Rukia.
"Not to mention the fact that Byakuya is driving us nuts whenever we are in the seiretei. Something about honor and being a noble family and not doing anything to embarrass the family," added Ichigo.
I see, thought Karin t
Precious Times Together Ch 11"You look stunning honey," said Isshin to his daughter, Yuzu, as she walked down the stairs. Her boyfriend during her junior year of high school, Hoji Fujiwara, stood in the living room with Isshin watching his date for the junior formal enter the room. He placed a corsage around her wrist and kissed her on the cheek.Precious Times Together Ch 113 years ago in Romance More Like This
Ichigo stood in the kitchen watching the whole scene go down. Although he didn't particularly like the kiss, he knew that chances were, that two 17 year-olds had done a lot more and this was mild at best. In the two-plus years it had been since he found out Yuzu was dating, he had come to accept the fact that his sisters were not so young anymore and would be on their own in just over a year anyway.
Isshin posed the couple in the living room and took a few photographs.
"Yuzu, you look fantastic!" came a voice from near the stairs. It was Toshiro. He was also dressed formally and he was adjusting
Precious Times Together Ch 32Karin and the ten Shinigami from squad 4 diligently did their healing work throughout the day in the 75th district of the Rukongai. Most of the sick seemed to be very nice folks with nice friends and relatives bringing them into the storage area of the shop for care. Some were not so nice demanding services and even trying to boss the Shinigami around as if they owned the place but it wasn't anything that couldn't be ignored or handled casually or calmly.Precious Times Together Ch 323 years ago in Romance More Like This
After the Shinigami had a bit to eat (many of the patients brought morsels of food as the best they could do in terms of payment, which wasn't required anyway), there was a loud explosion heard coming from the street right outside of the food stand.
Those Shinigami who were not engaged with patients or could afford to leave their patients behind, leapt up to see what the problem was. Karin was one of them. In all six Shinigami ran outside.
They found a gan
Precious Times Together Ch 09Toshiro and Karin showed up in the largest common room belonging to squad 10 the indoor training room. It was by no means as well-equipped for squad practice as the outside practice area, but it would do depending on the size of the group and the condition of the outside weather. For events such as a lunch gathering, it was just fine.Precious Times Together Ch 093 years ago in Romance More Like This
Rangiku had done an admirable job getting the food to the squad on-time and all those who were expected had showed.
Karin ate quickly in-between the formal acknowledgements she gave each time someone said "Happy Birthday!" to her.
While the normal socializing was going on, Ichigo sought out Toshiro and found him in the corner of the room eating obviously keeping an eye on Karin as she nervously interacted with many of the Shinigami she had just met today. Toshiro noticed the orange-haired substitute coming towards him and readied himself for the conversation he knew would be coming his way.
Precious Times Together Ch 08"This just isn't fast enough," stated Toshiro and he stopped running. "Quick, climb onto my back."Precious Times Together Ch 083 years ago in Romance More Like This
Karin, being completely out of her element, did as she was told.
"Now hold on tight," he emphasized.
"Uh o .," but before she could get out her 'ok', Toshiro had taken off through the dangai using shunpo. At first Karin clung to the Shinigami as if her life depended on it, but then, after a minute or two, she got used to it and eased up just a bit. Finally, he stopped and put her down, seemingly in the middle of nowhere.
"Toshiro, where are we?" she asked.
"We're here," he noted and as he took a step forward, another set of doors appeared before him.
"This is unlike anything I've ever seen," Karin said aloud. "I-I mean, I can see things that most humans can't, but I never imagined ." Just then, the doors opened leading them to a beautiful courtyard and an obviously historic mansio
Precious Times Together Ch 25Medical school was more difficult for Karin, though she very much enjoyed the subject matter. Now she was given the opportunity to work with real people and on real bodies. For the most part, her professors were kind and knowledgeable, though there was one older professor Dr. Mikogi - that she didn't care for very much. She couldn't quite figure out how someone that miserable and sarcastic in real life could turn around and be a friendly, helpful doctor when it came to his patients.Precious Times Together Ch 253 years ago in Romance More Like This
One day, Karin sat in Professor Mikogi's class in the back row with her friend and fellow medical student Nagisa.
" .and that's why a diagnosis of epilepsy should be made as soon as possible," said the professor.
Karin turned to Nagisa and began to speak lowly back and forth.
"Ms. Kurosaki, is there something you'd like to share with the class?" Dr. Mikogi asked.
"Um, no, professor," she answered.
"Come, come now. You have a bad
Precious Times Together Ch 01ProloguePrecious Times Together Ch 013 years ago in Romance More Like This
"Taicho!" interrupted Rangiku Matsumoto.
"What?!" Toshiro Hitsugaya, taicho of squad 10 yelled back at his fukutaicho.
Rangiku sighed and her shoulders slumped. She was, quite frankly, a little sick of this. He just wouldn't stop talking about her. Rangiku was happy that finally, her taicho seemed to be interested in something other than being a taicho, but this was getting a bit old.
"I'm doing it again, aren't I?" he asked his close friend.
"Yes," she replied. "Once and for all, will you just go visit her? We're all sick of you talking about her all the time."
"But my work, and training, and the soutaicho, and -," he started.
"That's what vacations are for, taicho," she explained. "And one of the benefits of being a taicho is the freedom to go there whenever you want. Face it, you are a workaholic and it is time to make a decision. What is going to make yo
Precious Times Together Ch 26Toshiro would feign a need to visit Urahara's shop later that afternoon. He never did tell Karin what he needed to go there for, and under the circumstances (both Toshiro and Urahara being tied to the Soul Society), Karin didn't question the need to go there...at first. But in making casual conversation on the way there, she did end up asking.Precious Times Together Ch 263 years ago in Romance More Like This
"What did you need to see Urahara-sensei about, Toshiro?" Karin asked as they walked.
"Uh, there's .I just wanted to see if he had heard anything about a recent situation in the Soul Society. I left while there was a bit of an investigation going on and you know how he and Yoruichi are the best at keeping tabs as to what's going on there," said Toshiro. Almost screwed that one up, he thought. Karin seemed to accept that explanation without question.
Once they entered the shop, they both greeted the owner.
Toshiro gave Urahara a look that he immediately understood.
"Excuse us for a
Precious Times Together Ch 21Toshiro sat on the porch at granny's house with Momo. She looked much younger than he remembered. She smiled at him and talked away while his thoughts took him elsewhere.Precious Times Together Ch 213 years ago in Romance More Like This
I can't believe she's leaving in a few days...I'm going to miss her so much.
He knew, however, that he would never tell her that directly. Instead, his usual pride would get in the way and he'd tell her to get lost as fast as possible and that he'd be happier without her. In truth, she was like a sister to him. And now she was leaving the home they shared together to go to the Shino Academy.
He looked at her babbling, smiling face and he let himself grin just ever so slightly.
"Huh?" he came to. Momo was trying to get his attention as he had let his mind wander.
"What is that on your mouth?" Momo asked.
"What?" was his automatic reply. His hand immediately found its way to
Precious Times Together Ch 30That evening, Karin appeared back in the squad 10 office area.Precious Times Together Ch 303 years ago in Romance More Like This
"So how was your afternoon?" asked Toshiro. "Any progress?"
"A little," Karin said. "I'll definitely be meditating with Iyashinomizu again tomorrow to see if there is anything else she needs to tell me. My jelly puddles are still there, though I'd like to be able to control them well enough so that they off the ground at least."
"That will just take more reiatsu on your part," said Toshiro. "And after you've gotten the hang of it, it is sure to become automatic."
Karin flopped down on the couch in front of Toshiro's desk. "I'm tired," she complained.
"I don't doubt it. I'm surprised you lasted as long as you did today. You aren't used to this kind of energy or physical output," said Toshiro.
"I could certainly use a large meal..," added Karin. "I'm also starving."
"I'm ready to go," said Toshiro, straightening up the last pil
Precious Times Together Ch 31Karin's eyes fluttered open. Her world was much darker than she had expected. She looked around to get her bearings. The lake, the sakura trees, squad 6 barracks and..... She looked down beside her. ...and Toshiro.Precious Times Together Ch 313 years ago in Romance More Like This
She leaned over and kissed the visibly sleeping taicho on his mouth as he slept. Not even opening his eyes, he said, "I think I need another one of those if you want me to wake up."
Karin smiled at him and kissed him again.
"How long have you been here?" she asked.
"Only about an hour. I went looking for you after I was finished what I needed to do in squad 10 today. I finally ran into Renji who did me the courtesy of notifying me where you had been all day."
"Yeah, I think I found my meditation spot," Karin said. "I think I'll be coming here quite often."
"Just be careful. There's a cranky taicho who likes to come here as
Precious Times Together Ch 27Retsu Unohana met Toshiro in the courtyard outside of the building where Karin was being housed. It was early a little too early for regular squad activities to be happening just yet. Retsu, however, knew why he was here. It was the third day he had come to visit her in squad 4. After the first day, he knew he had to do something in squad 10. Sitting by her bedside, waiting for her to wake up, wasn't accomplishing anything for anyone. But he made sure to visit her both morning and evening in hopes that during one of his visits she would finally wake up.Precious Times Together Ch 273 years ago in Romance More Like This
Squad 4 had not found anything. The most they could tell her condition was some sort of delayed shock from exiting her human body followed by the stress of entering the Soul Society in her soul form. Her vital signs were all normal. Under the circumstances, Unohana-taicho recommended just letting her be for now though they would still
Precious Times Together Ch 04It was winter in Karakura Town. Snow and ice were all around Karin Kurosaki as she walked home from school. With her was a good friend from her class, Ayume Obushi.Precious Times Together Ch 043 years ago in Romance More Like This
As they walked silently along the street, Karin's thoughts suddenly turned to the taicho she knew so well the taicho who personified ice and snow and cold weather.
It has been so long since I've seen him. I wish he could come more often.
Her crush hadn't diminished in the least, though for her own sanity, she really didn't think about him quite as much as she did right after he had left the last time.
I wonder what he is doing right now.
"Hey Karin. Ayume," came a voice from behind them.
Karin turned around. It was a boy from her grade, though not from her class. His name was Asahi Satsuma.
"Oh hi, Asahi," Karin replied. They stopped so he could catch up.
"Ayume, I was, uh, wonder
Precious Times Together Ch 06It had been a few months since Toshiro had last appeared. Karin was back to being Karin again and not some wannabe fashion statement. She was happy this way and the only thing she wished she could change in her life was somehow getting Toshiro to accept her as more than a friend, despite their differences.Precious Times Together Ch 063 years ago in Romance More Like This
She heard a knock on the door and ran to open it. Outside she saw a Shinigami a woman she was not familiar with.
"Hi," said Karin. "Can I help you?"
"Hello. Um, yeah. I am, uh, a Shinigami. But then, you probably already guessed that one, huh," said the young woman.
"Please, come in," said Karin, hoping a bit of hospitality would make things a bit easier on the seemingly nervous soul reaper.
"T-thank you," the young woman replied meekly.
Karin showed her to the living room and went to make some tea.
"So, I didn't catch your name," said Karin as she started to prepar
Precious Times Together Ch 03"Goal!" came a shout from the stands next to the soccer field. Virtually the entire team piled up on one particular player on the field Karin Kurosaki.Precious Times Together Ch 033 years ago in Romance More Like This
"You did it Karin!" shouted one player. Another said, "That was amazing!"
Karin was on top of the world. Her school team had won their final soccer game of the season by beating one of the best teams in the city. They had proven themselves. Karin's contribution to the team had been widely noticed and she was expected to make an all-city team. Last year, Karakura Junior High School's team was mediocre at best, but Karin truly brought them into the top tier of the city this year.
The crowd on the stands started to disperse and the soccer team calmed down after their big win. They were about to hit the showers when Karin took notice of a familiar figure remaining on the stands. She ran over.
"Toshiro!" she shouted.
Precious Times Together Ch 02The white-haired taicho appeared outside of Urahara's shop. Jinta was playing ball with some of his friends while Ururu sat there and watched. Jinta immediately stopped what he was doing when he saw Toshiro he knew exactly who he was. Ururu ran inside to get Kisuke without even being asked.Precious Times Together Ch 023 years ago in Romance More Like This
Kisuke appeared on the porch of the shop in no time and met the taicho of the 10th squad.
"Hitsugaya-taicho. To what do I owe the pleasure of your presence here at my fine establishment?" Kisuke asked, ending his question with a more-than-flamboyant bow to the taicho.
"Urahara, I need to get that gigai of mine that you keep in storage," said Toshiro.
"Hai," answered Kisuke. "Right this way." He swung his arm out indicating that the taicho should come into the shop with him.
"Please, sit," said Kisuke. "Tessai, some tea please?"
"No, that's not necessary," said Toshiro. "I won't take up too much