Rabbit and Carrot

Chapter 11

"Man, this term was surprisingly quiet," a blonde-haired boy said to another with brown streaks while lighting a cigarette. "Thanks to that Kurosaki Ichigo."

Streaks nodded his head, "We haven't been able to skip class in peace ever since she became the student president."

"I swear she has cameras installed everywhere! She always knows where we are!"

"I know right," Streaks exclaimed before tapping on his friends shoulder. "Hey, pass me one."

"No way, this is my last packet!" Blondie pocketed the packet with a grumble. "We gotta thank Ichigo sometime. It's so nice without that b*tch peering over our shoulders all the time. I mean, seriously, she needs a life!"

"Um…" Streaks pointed to the space behind blondie with a shaking finger.

Yes, as clichéd as it was…

Blondie turned his head to find yours truly standing there with her arms crossed and eyes narrowed dangerously. He gulped.

… it still happens to people in life.

"Wagger number 22 and 23, get in the line. Don't think of running away because when I find you missing from the line…" I said icily.

The two boys gulped again and frantically got into the line. As Blondie passed me, I snatched the cigarette from his hands and threw it in a nearby bin. I continued my hunt for more class-skippers.

Really, they underestimate my skills. I can tutor Ichigo AND keep an eye on the other delinquents in our school at the same time.

"Is this how you spend your schooldays?" Someone snickered behind me.

I glanced at wagger number 1 aka Kurosaki Ichigo.

"The student council members take turns." I kept walking while making sure no one had run away.

Really, our mid-terms were only a few days away but these people still skipped class? I would never understand the minds of those people…


A weekend filled with frantic last-minute studying and three days filled with tests later I stood, completely frozen, at the score board surrounded by hysterical students with one sentence echoing in my mind.

This… wasn't… possible.

"I tried my hardest," Ichigo said in a cheerful voice and patted my back. "Face the truth, Usagi-Kaichou"

"How did you do that," I said without removing my gaze from the score board.

"I told you I would try my hardest, didn't I?" Ichigo repeated.

I read and reread the result on the board.

My name was at the top as I received full marks as per usual.

But…

I stared at the name next to mine.

Kurosaki Ichigo had gotten full marks as well.

Kurosaki Ichigo.

Full marks.

Again, how was this possible?

My brain refused to make the connection.

Ichigo was meant to be a delinquent, right?

I turned to look at Ichigo's smug face.

"Uh, well done? Now you won't be expelled and I get to keep my position as student president."

"Thanks," he grinned. "This makes us even now, right?"

"Look, its Ichigo!" I heard someone whisper loudly and the students around us erupted into excited whispers.

"This is the first time someone tied with our school president!"

As more people swarmed around him, I wandered off silently.

I knew he could pass since he answered all the questions I gave him with correct answers…But to get 100%?

He always managed to surprise me. He really could get a spot working under my brother.

No. I clenched my fists. I wouldn't let it happen.

And, quite stupidly, a thought from before hit me again - hard.

Mid-terms finished and Ichigo passed. That meant… no more tutoring and no more reason for Ichigo to be with me anymore.

No… more… Ichigo…?

"Hey," sometime tapped my shoulder and I jumped.

"You alright there?" Ichigo asked with a concerned expression.

"Uh, I'm fine," I told him whilst still feeling a bit disoriented. I shook off his hand and quickly walked away. "I've got a meeting so see you later!"

"The f*ck is wrong with her today?" I heard Ichigo say as I hurried away.

I managed to avoid him for the rest of the day.

Somehow, I felt that when we chatted again he would tell me never to talk to him again. And that frightened the heck out of me.

I continued to avoid him for the next few days until…

"Oi," Ichigo grabbed my collar from behind.

"Uh… hi?" I looked at him sheepishly.

"Why've you been avoiding me?" He asked bluntly.

Sh*t, I hadn't prepared myself for this…

"I haven't been avoiding you?" I decided to act ignorant.

He pulled out his phone and showed me his call log, "Almost twenty calls in the last three days and you missed every, single one of them? Don't treat me like an idiot."

"Eh, but you are an idiot," I pointed out mischievously.

I jumped when Ichigo slammed his hands on the wall on each side of my head. He leaned down so close I could feel his breath when he said, "Why are you avoiding me?"

I made the mistake of looking into his eyes. Overwhelmed with the amount of concern for me I found there, I blurted, "I thought you didn't want to be with me anymore now that… our tests have ended…"

He blinked in surprise before letting out a shaky sigh, "I thought you had found out…"

"You thought I what?"

He shook his head, "Nothing."

"So…"

Ichigo rubbed his neck and looked around before he answered me, "Well, there's no reason for me to leave, is there?"

"But there's no reason for you to stay, either," I crossed my arms and stared at my feet.

"…How's this for a reason, then?" he said after a pause. "Rabbits can die of loneliness, you know…"

I looked at him in puzzlement, "What?"

"Nothing, I'll see you later," he waved and hurried away. "Don't avoid me again or else!"

I replayed what he said over and over in my mind but I still couldn't figure out what he had meant but…

It somehow meant we were still friends, right?

As I glanced out the window I spotted a familiar tuft of orange hair near the school gates and straightened up again with widened eyes.

How'd he get back there so fast? Wait… I looked closer to see who he was talking to and gasped.

Kaien and Gin? What was Ichigo doing talking to them?

Kaien and Gin didn't look happy at all. With a foreboding feeling in my stomach, I left my spot ready to run to them when my phone vibrated in my pocket. While still looking at the three of them, I reached for my phone.

"Hello?"

"R-Rukia-sama..." Renji's voice said from the other end. It was only then did I realise I hadn't seen him for the whole day that day.

I held my breath. Something about his tone was off…

"H-Hisana-sama… Hisana-sama is in hospital… She's in a coma."

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