BECAUSE I LOVE YOU, DAMN IT.

Those words echoed in her mind. She couldn't believe he confessed to her. Orihime actually cried tears of joy. It was one of the happiest moments of her life. But, then she remembered Rukia standing there crying her eyes out. It pained her to see her friend that way. And, she somehow felt responsible for it. Sure she wasn't trying to steal Ichigo away from her. The gentle woman even stepped aside so they could be happy together without her interference. Her misery in exchange for their happiness. It wasn't easy at all.

When the hollows appeared near her apartment, she wasn't thinking straight. Even though she defeated one of the hollows. Inoue let the other one attack her. It was a moment of weakness, a part of her wanted to die but, then she came back to her senses after the incident. Orihime knew she was lucky to have her friends. They're the ones who saved her.

Someone started banging on her front door. The loud noise quickly brought her back to reality. "WHO IS IT?" She yelled running to the door. The red haired lady froze when she saw him standing outside her door.

"Kuro-saki-Kun?" She stuttered.

"Inoue." Ichigo answered. His intense gaze made her shiver. He stormed in and slammed the door shut. He trapped her body against the door and kissed her passionately. Kurosaki placed her legs around his waist, gripping both sides of her outer thighs tightly. His heart raced whenever he touched her or whenever she touched him. Orihime wrapped her arms around his neck, pulling him close as possible. She didn't want to stop kissing him. But, she knew she had to break the kiss now before it's too late.

"Kurosaki-Kun. We can't do this." The gentle lady tried to catch her breath.

"Orihime. . .You don't have to worry. Rukia went back to the soul society." His breath finally steadied.

"What do you mean?" Inoue asked curiously.

He smiled brightly before he responded. His eyes focused on her silvery gray ones. "That means we're no longer married. So, there's no need for a divorce. We could be together now."

She burst into tears again. "I'm sorry. I shouldn't be-"

He wiped her tears away with his thumbs. "It's okay." His lips pressed against hers gently this time. Orihime kissed back with no hesitation.

Then the red haired lady broke the kiss once again.

Ichigo slowly opened his eyes to see her face. "What is it now?"

"You know, Kurosaki-Kun. You really hurt me. Seeing you with her made me sad. I thought you didn't love me. I've spent many nights crying myself to sleep." She wished she could forget those painful memories.

"I know."

I didn't want to ruin our friendship. That's why I distance myself from you. Tatsuki-Chan was there for me most of the time. It made me feel better until I thought of you again. I thought I was in the way."

"I know."

"And, when you told me you loved me. I didn't believe it. I was afraid to believe it."

"I know."

"Why do you keep saying that?"

"Because I do. I hurt you so badly. It was never my intention. But, I hurt the person I loved the most. Can you forgive me for being an asshole? For always disappointing you. And, not being there when I needed to be." Deep down he was disappointed with himself.

"You can let me go now." She stared innocently to his brown eyes.

"I'm never going to let you go." Orihime squeaked when he pushed her up to secure his hold on her. The blonde haired man carried her to room and dropped her on the bed and kicked off his shoes.

"Kurosaki-Kun?"

"Stop calling me that. It's Ichigo." He said seriously.

"Okay, Ichigo-Kun."

"That's better, Hime." He discarded his shirt. She blushed lightly when his body hovered over hers. Ichigo spread her legs apart before placing his form on top of hers. He brushed a strand of hair from her face before kissing her once again. Orihime ran her fingers through his spiky yet soft hair. His lips traveled down her neck. She moaned inwardly, slightly embarrassed by her action. The strawberry blonde squeezed one of her breast before squeezing the other. She moaned even louder.

"If you keep this up. I just might lose control." He brushed his erection against her clothed sex. "This dress needs to come off, now." Orihime sat up to remove her clothing. But, Kurosaki unzipped her dress before pulling it over her head and threw it across the room. The gentle lady discarded her bra as well. He laid her down and began sucking on her harden nipples. At one point the squeezed them to hard and she groaned in pain.

"I'm sorry."

"It's fine."

His hand caressed her soaking core. She unconsciously arched her back pushing herself further into his hand. "Don't . . . stop Ichi." Inoue pleaded.

"Mmm. Hime. You're so wet." He didn't know how much longer he could wait. The way she called out to him made him want her more. "You like this? Huh?"

"Yes."

He ripped off her panties. "Ichigo-Kun?" The gentle woman gasped."

He looked her dead in the eyes with a mischievous smirk. "Don't worry Orihime, I'll buy you a new pair." Ichigo surprised her by inserting a finger inside her core.

"I need you now." Orihime said boldly and barely able to steady her breath like him.

"I know." The man got up and started taking off his pants and underwear. He stood at the foot of her bed completely naked much like her. She wanted to touch every inch of his body. She knew he was well built but, seeing all of him made her blush more. Her face was practically red. Orihime smiled a bit when she saw him blush as well.

She crawled over to the edge of the bed. "Can I touch you?"

"Of course." She could saw the passion in his eyes. Almost like burning a hole through her soul. Inoue slowly ran her hands over his biceps than his chest.

"Hime, you're killing me." He thought to himself.

"You're so beautiful, Ichigo-Kun"

"Not as beautiful as you."

He pushed her down roughly on the bed. "Can I?" The substitute soul reaper waited for her approval. She nodded in agreement. He wrapped her legs around his waist. He entered her slowly and gently. She winced in pain, trying to keep her tears at bay. Orihime dug her nails into his back as a reflex.

"Are you alright?"

"I'm fine." She tried to answer bravely. The pleasure on his part was great but, he needed to control his urges. As in not losing complete control that can result in hurting her more. He didn't want his lover to suffer. Ichigo began breathing more heavily than before and Orihime noticed it. She wanted the pain to go away. And, after a few moments it did.

"Ah." The red head moaned. That was all he needed to hear to pick up his pace.

"Faster." She commanded.

His trusts became harder and faster. He pounded ferociously in and out of her.

"Ori-hime." Kurosaki whispered in her ear.

She pressed herself upward against him to go deeper. Another minute passed before they climaxed. He made a few shallow thrusts before collapsing on top of her. Ichigo kissed her tenderly on the lips. "I love you."

"I love you too."

He rolled over to his back snaking his arm around her. Then they fell asleep in each others arms.

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A/N: I'd like to thank CharNinja LOL, Sorakaii and Getsuga TENSHOU 15 for your reviews. And, to everyone else who followed and faved this story and add me to your author's alert list. I really appreciate all the support.

Only one chapter left. I hope the lemon in this chapter didn't suck too bad. I'm already finished with the last chapter. I just need to make a few final edits.