(A/N): Hello! Thank you again for the wonderful reviews! I'm glad you guys are liking the story. Also, for those who were wondering if Grimmjow was the dad, he wasn't. He's Ulquiorra's and Nel's stepbrother and Aizen is the stepfather. Just clearing any misunderstandings. Now this chapter is fully Ichiruki, since it is a love triangle between Ulquiorra, Rukia, and Ichigo, so just telling you guys. So basically this chapter is a flashback, so I'm just telling you guys in advance.

Italics- are flashbacks

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*Flashback: Ichigo and Rukia's first date*

Here I am running as fast as I can, feeling the cold winter air in my cheeks. I was supposed to meet Ichigo in front of Urahara's store. Running, I thought how it shocked me so much when he asked me out. I could still remember what had happened:

Ichigo led me outside, during lunch, asking me if he could talk to me for a minute, so I agreed. He stopped near by a garden and turned around to face me. His eyebrows were slightly narrowed and his expression looked so serious.

"Would you like to go out with me?" he asked.

"Huh?" was my instant reply accompanied by a raised brow.

*Is he joking?" I thought.

"It's not 'Huh?', it's yes or no." he said impatiently.

"You're joking, aren't you?"

"I'm not." his voice filled with strength.

I looked at his face for a minute and all I saw was determination. I sighed and crossed my arms across my chest.

"Why would you want to go out with me? We don't get along and we practically argue and scream at each other everyday!"

He just shrugged and answered,

"Well…maybe I started liking you and grows even more every time I see you."

I couldn't help it, I started laughing, it just sounded so cheesy! Tears dangerously falling from the corner of my eyes. One hand clutched my stomach and the other covering my mouth to keep me from laughing even more. When I finally stopped laughing I looked up to see his face. It was expressionless. He turned around and said,

"I knew you weren't going to take me seriously."

Instantly, I felt guilty. He began to walk away, but I shocked myself when I said "Sure". It's so weird, my voice sounded…confident. He turned around, glaring at me, I would've too.

"Stop play-"

"I'm serious" I replied shocking myself even more.

He scratched the back of his head and sighed.

"All right, meet me in front of Urahara's store tomorrow at 4:00, you better not be joking around, shortcake."

And that's the reason why I'm running right now. I was 15 minutes late, since I was trying my best to pick an outfit. I ended up wearing jeans, a plain V-neck white shirt, and a thick black jacket to keep me warm. It was so cold, I could see a puff of white smoke coming out of my mouth. I finally saw Ichigo leaning his back on the wall, hands on his pocket.

"You're late" he said with a scowl on his face.

I stopped in front of him trying to catch my breath.

"S-Sorry" I breathed, looking up to face him.

He was wearing blue jeans, a shirt saying "Music is my life", a leather jacket, and a black scarf wrapped perfectly around his neck. I have to admit, he dresses up pretty nicely. He simply shrugged and began walking as I silently followed behind him. After a couple of minutes, we arrived in front of a booth. I blinked, in front of me was an amusement park. I hear people and kids screaming and laughing. I have nothing against amusement parks, but they're just too crowded and noisy. Ichigo stood next to me, handing me a ticket. I looked at him, shocked.

"This is your idea of a first date?" I couldn't help, but ask.

He just responded with a grin as he began to walk towards the entrance.

*Is he toying with me?* I thought.

"Are you coming?" he turned around, " Or are you just going to stand there looking like a lost child?"

Everyone around us started whispering and girls were giggling. I began to walk fast towards him and punched him in the arm. He just laughed, that made my heart skip…just a little. I clenched my fist preparing launch another punch, but stopped when I saw him offering his hand.

"C'mon"

I looked at it and walked past him and sarcastically saying,

"No, thank you, I'd rather hold Keigo's hand"

I could hear him laugh behind me. We just walked around for a few minutes, until I saw the Chappy the rabbit hanging on the wall. Ichigo must've seen me eyeing it, so he began to walk towards the booth. I followed him as he gave the man money. He was loading the gun as I whispered,

"I want the rabbit"

"Roger" he replied as he aimed.

He pulled the trigger and missed the plushie I wanted and instead it hit a tiger one.

"Your aiming sucks" I muttered disappointedly.

"Shut up" he retorted as he handed it to me.

I had no choice but to take it and thought,

*It's better than nothing, plus it's cute anyways.*

We began walking around trying to decide what to do next. We stopped in front a roller coaster ride. He asked me if I wanted to ride it and my instant reply was "Hell no!". We began to wander around again, until my feet halted to a stop. A few yards away in front of me was Renji, my childhood friend, and Kaien, my senpai and used to be 'crush'.

"Hey, Rukia, what's wrong?" Ichigo asked when he noticed me stop.

*Oh, shit* I thought when they noticed me.

I began to fluster as I thought of a way to get out so I hid behind Ichigo.

"Rukia…" he said, worried this time.

*Ignore them, Ignore them. They'll probably disappear* I hoped.

"Yo, Rukia!" I heard Renji's voice boom and all my hope was gone.

I stopped hiding knowing it was useless.

"Hey" I greeted and they just nodded.

"Well, well, well. What do we have here?" Kaien sing-song noticing Ichigo.

"Oh, Renji, Kaien-senpai, this is Ichigo my friend."

Ichigo offered his hand to Kaien, who shook it, then to Renji, who just smirked, but shook it firmly anyways.

"Nice name" Renji commented.

I could see an invisible vein pop on Ichigo's forehead as his grip tightened.

"Likewise, you pink baboon, and I'm not only her friend, I'm her date."

*Again, with the heart skipping!* I thought.

Kaien walked closer to Ichigo and looked closely at him.

"Wow, it's like looking at the mirror, except with orange hair." he said, while Ichigo backed up a little.

Then he turned to look at me.

"You're dating him because he looks like me?" he asked curiously.

"Not even" I scoffed and I could feel Ichigo staring at me.

"That's messed up," Renji joined in, "You liked Kaien, then stopped, and now you found a look-alike and you don't even try to go out with me!"

*Because it'll be weird* I thought.

"Last call for the ferries wheel!" I heard a man say.

This was my chance I grabbed Ichigo's wrist, leading him towards the ferries wheel.

"Well, we have to go!" I called.

Before they try to follow or join us I quickly shut the door and sighed in relief. I looked at Ichigo who was sitting across from me, his head down.

"Hey, what's wrong?" I asked.

"Is it true?" he started, "That you just went out with me because I looked like your old crush?"

He finally looked at me, his eyes filled with sadness.

"You're worried about that?" I sighed as I leaned back.

"But-"

"Let me finish" I hissed cutting him off.

He shut his mouth.

" I went out with you because I wanted to know if there was going to be a spark" I explained.

"So, is there-" he was cut off.

"Okay, you lovebirds, get out!" the constructor practically yelled, while Ichigo muttered beautiful curse words.

We stepped out and walk toward in front of a carousel. It was getting dark and standing next to the carousel made everything feel bright.

"It's cold…" I whispered, breathing warm breath on my frozen fingers.

Ichigo began to untie his scarf and leaned down to wrap it around my neck. I muttered a 'Thanks'. He didn't pull back instead he softly pecked his lips on my cheek.

"W-What was that for?!" I exclaimed, blushing madly at the touch of his lips on my cheek, while my hand was touching the part where he had kissed me.

"Was there a spark?" he grinned widely, making any girl swoon, unfortunately it worked for me.

I looked away with narrowed eyes, still blushing, and my hand covering my face. He started laughing at my reaction.

"This is bad" I muttered.

"Huh?" he asked, trying to stop laughing.

"I think I'm falling for you" I whispered.

That made him completely stop laughing as it was his turn to blush.

"S-Shut up!", he yelled as he started to walk away, "You're giving me false hopes, you dwarf."

"W-What did you say?!" I yelled back following him.

This is one of the weirdest date I've ever had. I expected everything to happen, but at the same time it didn't. Throughout the night, we argued, made fun of each other, and then we start laughing. Then I thought,

*This might work out…*

*End of flashback*


*Present…*

Nii-sama's car stopped in front of our house. I quickly opened the door and stepped out.

"Rukia…" he called out.

I faked a yawn as I said,

"I'm tired, good night, Nii-sama"

I quickly walked inside the house before he could start a lecture about me going over Ulquiorra's house. I walked upstairs and opened the door to my room. There in front of me was Ichigo standing. I shut the door and walked towards him.

"Ichi-"

"Rukia…tell me, what are we?" he asked all of a sudden.

The aura in the room was so uncomfortable, it was filled with a depressing tension.

"We're humans" I joked, trying to lighten the mood.

"That's right…what else?"

When I didn't say anything, he stepped closer and looked at me.

"They're alive"

I didn't get where was going with this.

"What's do you think our relationship is right now?"

*What are you talking about?* I thought clenching my fist.

"I'm just a mere ghost that used to be a human, you're a human and…you're alive. That's out current relationship right now." he explained.

"I don't get it" I said choking a bit.

"I'm pretty sure you're aware that our relationship ended ever since the night that I died."

I stayed quiet, knowing it was the truth. Here I am trying not to admit it and been running away from the truth.

"I mean I can't even hold you" he said as he tried to touch my face.

I wanted to cry, but the unshed tears just won't come out. Instead I narrowed my eyes, saying,

"It sounds like you're saying that after we've been through, right now is nothing."

"Maybe it is…" he answered before fading away.

I just stood there shocked. I felt numb, sad, hurt, but there was an unfamiliar feeling tugging in my heart. My knees gave out and collapsed on the floor.

I felt…free.


(A/N): Okay, so this chapter was basically about Ichigo and Rukia. The last part took me a long time to write, I was trying my best to build up the drama, but it ended up bad, so…yeah. You see that thing that says, "Review this Chapter" press it and tell me what you thought of this chapter.

Senpai- upperclassman

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