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Every bad thing... has a good side too...

Could a day become much worse?

Even though that thought had passed the minds of at least a thousand of other minds, the exact same thought now passed Renichi’s. Her day truly had been beyond worse, far more beyond worse than you could possibly imagine. Cause? She’d had to run errands all day long for Byakuya. Only because Rikichi had accidentally set fire to one of his many towers of paperwork by accidentally bumping into a candle - seriously, don’t ask me how - and, blaming Renichi for the matter - even though Rikichi tried to take the blame, Byakuya wouldn’t hear of it - had hired her as his gopher for one day. And everyone can assure you, being Byakuya’s gopher is not something that enlightens the mind, body or soul.

Not unexpectedly, Renichi was exhausted and her mood wasn’t what it used to be either at the end of the day. So, when she did finally arrive at the headquarters of the sixth devision, she closed the door with a firm swing, cursed at some random objects in the room and fell headfirst on the couch, which was welcoming her with its soft cushions. And just when she was visibly relaxing her muscles, she heard the door open and a soft padding of feet across the floor.

“Ano, Renichi-san? Daijoubu?” She recognized that voice anywhere; definitely Rikichi ... the bastard. She knew she had no right to be angry at him but at the moment, she really didn’t care. She hated everything and everyone right now. Well, everyone, with an exception to a certain red-headed shinigami... She raised her head slowly and send out a death-glare to the black-haired boy standing next to the couch. His eyes were big and widened even more as he saw the blue rimmed eyes of Renichi. He took a few steps back, very clever.
But as Renichi looked at him, it downed on her that she really didn’t have any reason to be agitated with him. Her face softened and she sighed deeply.

“Ah, gomen, Rikichi-kun. I’m just really tired.”

Rikichi nodded vigorously and said, “I understand. I’m still very sorry that you had to take the blame for my mistake. But, what I really came here for, is to tell you Abarai-san s training with his Zanpaketou up on the mountain and he wanted to talk to you about something. So you better head up there.”

Rikichi then quickly padded away and closed the door behind him, while Renichi mused over what he had said. Renji wanted to meet her... it wasn’t as if this was abnormal - no, she met up with Renji all the time - but somehow it felt different this time. She could feel her stomach squirming as she walked to the door. What was that supposed to mean, anyway.

~~~~

She could already hear him from a distance; the power of his voice, echoing over the grassy hills, and the powerfull swishing of Zabimaru. When Renichi reached the top of the mountain, she smiled. It could’ve lasted hours that her eyes followed the smooth movements of his lean body, but, to be honest, only a couple of minutes past before he noticed her.

Smiling and calling back Zabimaru, he walked over to her and wiped his forehead with his arm.

“You came.” Two simple words. Nothing special. But they sounded like they held the whole universe. They even almost sounded relieved, why was that?

“I did. Rikichi-kun said you wanted to talk to me about something.” Renichi averted her eyes, setting them on the setting of the sun, the bright orange light blinding her for more than one second. When he didn’t say anything, she turned her head and saw that he was watching the sunset too. She saw him taking a deep breath and open his mouth to say something.

“I did. But I think I’ll rather say something else, now that you’re here.” He looked at her, his eyes held concern and something else, which Renichi couldn’t quite put her finger on. She looked confused.

“Why would you do that?”

Again, he said nothing, just stared ahead, and, after a few seconds, intertwined their fingers, his hand warm against her relatively cold one.

He flashed a grin at her, “Just because you look so stunningly pretty at the moment.”

Renichi’s eyes widened and then her expression softened again. “Ah, arigatou.” Renji stayed silent, seeming to ponder over what to say next. At that moment, Renichi knew she had to tell Renji what had been bothering her for the past few months. She couldn’t really keep it for herself any longer. And even if he didn’t ... didn’t return her feelings, she could live with that. But she needed to tell him.

“Renji ... Sukidayo.”

But when the four syllables filled the air, it wasn’t only her voice that had formed them. She looked at him, her eyes meeting his; wide and awake.

And this is the exact moment we leave the 3rd-person-perspective and enter the perspective of the all-knowing author. Because what happened next isn’t possible to describe for a person who feels it. They can only say that it was indescribable. That it was perfect, amazing, beyond believe, beyond words.

Because when both Renji and Renichi finally noticed that the word they had said had also been said by the other, the only thing they could do was smile, forgetting the tiring events of the day. Then slowly close the distance between them, feeling as if floating on air.

And as all of this was happening, a certain black-haired boy sat in a tree, and watched as the two shadows, silhouetted by the setting sun, became one.

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ren_chan_1
Dec. 18th, 2006 02:39 pm (UTC)
*squees* Eeeee! I love it, love it, lOVE IT!! <333

Seriously ! Even though I've read this about a hundred times over, I still enjoy it very much, for obvious reasons, heh xD

*goes off with happy Renji-loving thoughts in her mind*

^^

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