Author's Notes: I know it's been a while since I updated this story.

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"Don't stop." The woman said to her blonde haired as he entered her slowly. Her legs gripped tightly around his waist and nails digging into his back. Both bodies melded together.

"Want me to go f-faster." He answered filled with lust. The man picked up his pace before she could respond.

"H-Harder. Please . . . Andrew. HARDER DAMNIT." Mulan yelled out the last words.

"YOU LIKE IT ROUGH? HUH?"

The couple's breaths became more shallow each moment. His thrust were more desperate than before. They climaxed few seconds later. Andrew collapsed on Ms. Kurosaki. It took a moment for them to catch their breaths.

"That was great."

He rolled off her small form. "I know." Mister Norton gave her a cocky grin. "Aren't you going home now? It's already 1 o'clock in the morning.

"Of course. I wouldn't want my husband to worry too much. But, I need to take a shower first."

This man was 22 years old with pale skin, medium muscular build, with dark green eyes and average height. Mulan loved every inch of this man. She just couldn't keep her hands to herself. Every other day or so they would meet each other at the same hotel. They first met at a local bar. This affair has been going on for nearly a year. And, she doesn't feel too guilty about it. "It's only sexual. I don't love him." She thought.

She made it home around two in the morning. She changed into her night gown before going to bed. Ichigo had a good idea about where she's been. But with who was the real question. He wanted their marriage to work. It didn't seem like Mulan cared anymore. Sooner or later he'd have to confront her about her late nights. He just didn't have the energy to do it now.

Mr. Kurosaki needed to find out what his wife was really up to so he decided to hire a private investigator later on that day. He told Mister Kojima to contact him when he got some leads. Deep down he felt that she was having an affair for almost a year. There were too many late nights with the smell of cologne over her body. Or secret meetings, odd phone calls in the middle of the night. Not to mention no sex for months.

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Orihime and Zao already feel into the same routine for days now. She was content with the way things were going at work and school. Nothing really seemed out of ordinary. Except she barley saw Ms. Kurosaki home. Something was definitely up between the family but she didn't pry.

"Hey, you want to help me make red velvet cupcakes?" The red haired lady asked the small girl.

"Um hm." She smiled at her sitter. "I finally get to make something. Daddy always tells me to stay out of the kitchen.

"Oh, really? Does your dad cook most of the time?"

"Yep. Mommy barely makes anything. I miss her."

"Why do you miss your mom? You see her everyday don't you?" Orihime was looking for a cupcake pan.

"Only in the morning."

Inoue walked over and hugged the sad girl. She tried her best to comfort her. "Don't worry. Your mom loves you. I bet she wishes she can spend more time with you. But, she's busy at work. Let's get started with the cupcakes."

It only took a few minutes before the batter was set in the oven. Orihime let Zao eat the remaining batter in the bowl. Red velvet mix were all over her face and clothes.

"Hello. How was your day?" Ichigo asked. His daughter ran to him giving him a bear hug.

"Daddy, you're home early."

He smiled at her. "I guess I am. What is that stuff all over your face and clothes?"

"Cake mix. Me and Miss Inoue are making cupcakes."

"Then what's it doing all over you?" The man couldn't help but laugh.

"I'm sorry Mr. Kurosaki. I hope I didn't break any rules." Said the babysitter.

"Don't worry about it. It's fine." He wiped his daughter face clean with a paper towel.

"How was your day?" The lady replied.

"Today was a slow day But, still managed to leave early. But, everything else is fine. How's school?" He was a little curious about her.

"Great so far."

"That's good. Did Zao take a bath already?"

"Yeah. But, her pajamas are a mess now. We already ate dinner."

"Zao, go change your pj's."

"Alright." She went upstairs to change.

"She's a really good kid."

"I know. I wish I could spend more time with her."

"Are you doing the best you can now?"

"I try."

Awkward silence filled the room for a few moments. Their conversation came to a dead end.

"Dad, can she come with us tomorrow?" The little Kurosaki asked excitedly.

"I don't think she'd want to go. She probably have other things to do on her days off."

"Are you busy tomorrow?" The girl ignored him.

"Where are you going?" Orihime responded.

Ichigo sighed before answering. "To the beach. We haven't been to one in a while. Do you want to come? My daughter won't be satisfied with me not inviting you."

"Of course. What time?"

"Around noon."

"Um, you have to tell me which beach so Tatsuki-Chan can drop me off."

"I thought you had your own car?" He was a bit confused.

"Me and my roommate share the same car. I usually drive to work though."

"That's why I didn't see the car outside. I'll pick you up before noon."

"Are you sure? I don't want to trouble you." The red haired lady said worriedly.

"You're not troubling anyone. It's not a problem."

Orihime went back into the kitchen to take the cupcakes out of the oven. She was glad that they didn't burn. "We have to let them cool a bit before adding frosting."

"Okay!"

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Orihime was actually excited about going to the beach with the Kurosaki's. Maybe because it's been ages since her last visit. Inoue was thinking about what she would wear. "Should I wear the yellow or blue bathing suit?"

"Orihime what are you doing?" Tatsuki asked leaning on the side of the doorway.

"I'm trying to figure out what to wear to the beach." She turned around to face her best friend/roommate.

"Oh, really? Are you going alone or not?"

"I'm going with the Kurosaki's. They invited me to come. They're going to pick me up around noon."

"Do you mean the family you work for? Don't you think it's a little odd? You shouldn't get too attached to them, you know?" The brunette crossed her arms over her chest with a scowl on her face. She didn't want her to get hurt. She was starting to worry.

"Don't worry Tatsuki-Chan. They're nice people." Orihime defended.

"I hope you're right."

Ring . . . Ring . . . Ring

"Someone's at the door." The tomboy rushed to the door. Once he opened it she saw a tall figure with light orange hair.

"Who the hell are you?"

"I'm Ichigo Kurosaki. We came to pick up Miss Inoue."

She stood there blankly for a few seconds. "What do you mean by we? I only see you."

"My daughter is in the car." He pointed to the car. It was a black Navigator 2012 model.

"Nice ride you got there."

"Thanks. Is Miss Inoue ready yet?"

"ORIHIME,THE KUROSAKI'S ARE HERE. ARE YOU DRESSED?" Arisawa yelled loudly to get her attention.

"Coming." The gentle lady half yelled. She walked out the room with all her things. "Hey Mr. Kuro-" He cut her off before she could continue.

"Call me Ichigo." He felt more comfortable with her calling him by his first name. His face soften when she came into view.

"Um, really?"

"Yep. Come on let's go."

"Bye Tatsuki."

The black haired lady waved goodbye. She became more suspicious about that family or better yet the husband. "Where is his wife?"

The sitter was a bit nervous when she entered the car. Sure she was used to them by now. Maybe the lady felt guilty about coming with them without Mrs. Kurosaki. But, she got over it eventually or so she thought.

"We're here."

Orihime was so caught up in her own thoughts that she didn't notice right away. "Oh?"

Everyone got out the car. He took a few things out of the trunk. Everybody walked around until they found a decent spot to put their things. "It's such a nice day." The lady said.

"Very crowded and hot too." Ichigo set up the beach umbrella for shade and a big blanket for all of them to sit on.

"Daddy, can we get in the water now?" The little girl beamed happily.

"We need to rest a bit before going in the water. And, you need to finish you juice."

Orihime smiled lightly at the girl. "Can I have a drink?"

"Of course you can. You don't have to ask, Orihime."

"Okay, Mr. I mean Ichigo."

She drank a whole bottle of water under a minute. He stared at her in disbelief.

"Wow you really were thirsty."

"Can we go now? I already finished my juice."

"Alright, we can go." He took of his red tropical shirt so it wouldn't get wet in the water. Ichigo held his daughter's hand on their way to the ocean.

The red haired girl couldn't help but blush when she saw him shirtless. She didn't imagine he'd be so . . . Orihime stopped her thoughts from going any further. Her face lit up when she saw them playing in the water. It looked like they were having a lot of fun.

Zao yelled for her to join them. For some reason Orihime smiled brighter. She removed her shorts, sandals and tank top before joining them.

The water was cool and refreshing for everyone on a scorching hot day. For once in a long time Inoue felt like a child playing in the water. She had so much fun with Zao and Ichigo. The sitter slipped and fell on her back. Kurosaki tried to catch her in time but, was too late. So he helped her up.

"Are you okay? Did you get hurt?"

"I'm fine."

Both adults blushed when they realized he was still holding her hand. The blonde released her hand quickly and turned his head in embarrassment.

"Are you guys hungry?"

They both nodded in agreement. Everyone went back to their spot to dry themselves off. Ichigo opened a special container that keeps food cool. There were a few sandwiches and chips.

"What kind of sandwiches are they?"

"Turkey and ham." He answered.

"Do you by any chance have a coke in the ice cooler?" Inoue asked.

"Can I have one too? The small Kurosaki also asked.

"Yeah, they're probably at the bottom."

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When Orihime arrived home she saw Tatsuki sitting on the couch.

"Were you waiting for me Tatsuki-Chan?"

"Of course I was. You know what time it is?" Her roommate chastised.

She looked at her watch. " 8:15 pm. It's actually still early."

"You never answered my calls. Did you not hear your phone ring?" Arisawa got up from her seat and marched over to Orihime.

"Sorry. I didn't hear my phone ring at all. I was having so much fun that I lost track of time." She laughed nervously.

"You're okay now, that's all that matters. Can I ask you a question?"

Inoue felt uneasy about her tone.

"Yes."

"You know, earlier when Mr. Kurosaki came to pick you up?"

"Tatsuki, what are you trying to say?" She became more nervous.

"Why didn't his wife go with you guys? I found it very odd that a older married man asked you to accompany him and his child to the beach without his spouse. What's really going on?"

"I don't know? When I'm there I barely ever see her." Orihime always thought it was weird for her to be gone all the time.

"Barely there? Hmm, Maybe she's a workaholic or having an affair."

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"It makes more since if she's having an affair. Staying out odd hours of the night."

"It's not really my place to say anything about their personal life." She held her head down in shame.

"You're already involved in their personal life. You are the babysitter." Tatsuki stated seriously.

"Can we talk about this later?"

"Fine, I'll drop it. I just hope he's not trying to make you his second wife or mistress.

"Ichigo's not like that. He's a good guy."

"You're still defending him. You must really like him. Be careful, Orihime."

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Author's Notes: Let me know what you think about this chapter? Was it good, bad or okay?