Chapter 16

Chapter 16:

When they got back, Ichigo opened the front door and grinned at Grimmjow before pulling him inside. "I bet we've got half an hour tops to ourselves. Dad will be finishing off in the clinic and the twins aren't home yet."

"Yeah? What you wanna do?" Grimmjow pulled Ichigo closer and the younger teen smiled innocently, playing with the button on his shirt.

Standing on his tiptoes, Ichigo lent forward to whisper in Grimmjow's ear. "Anything you want."

"That sounds like fun."

"I thought you might agree." Ichigo pulled away to grab his hand and started leading him up the stairs, pausing when he glanced at the living room to see someone stood watching them. "Nelliel?"

Grimmjow stopped and frowned, turning to see it was indeed Nel and groaned. "What are you doing here? How did you get in? And how did you know I was here?"

She raised an eyebrow at him, surprised by the barrage of questions. "One, I needed to talk to you. Two, Ichigo's dad let me in, he's really nice by the way." She grinned at Ichigo before continuing. "Three, I searched Kurosaki and it came up with Kurosaki Clinic. How many Kurosaki's are there in Karakura?"

"Ok, ok." Grimmjow let go of Ichigo's hand to walk over to her and smiled, pulling her into a hug. "Nice to see you too Nel. So why'd you need to talk to me?"

"We need to talk."

"So talk."

She glanced at Ichigo before looking at him meaningfully. "It's private."

Grimmjow looked at Ichigo, who shrugged. "Fine by me, I'll be upstairs when you're done. Nice to see you Nel."

"You too." She waited until he'd gone before sighing heavily and shaking her head. "Mum and dad have been staying with me."

"Yeah? What they been saying?" Grimmjow sat down, patting the seat next to him and Nel sat down, looking down at her lap.

"They're taking you back to Germany."

Grimmjow stiffened, his eyes narrowing in annoyance. "Yeah, but I'm not going. They can't make me."

"You're seventeen Grimmjow, you're still technically under their care."

"Bullshit." He scowled and leaned back, folding his arms. "They can't force me to leave."

"But they can ruin Ichigo's life." She watched as he stiffened and shook her head. "They can ruin this Clinic. Do you really think Ichigo will love you for that?" She leant forward, whispering the last words quietly. "Please Grimmjow, just go, even if it's only a few months until your birthday. Don't make this harder than it already is."

Grimmjow groaned and lent forward, holding his head in his hands. "Fuck." He sighed deeply, rubbing his head. "I don't want to leave him Nel." Looking up at her, he shook his head. "If I leave until my birthday, that's still six months. Do you really think he'll wait for me?"

"Of course he will. If Ichigo loves you, he'll wait." Nel stood up, patting his back before looking at her watch. "I gotta go, mum wants to take me out for dinner."

"Oh lucky you, at least they like you."

"They love you Grimmjow, they just don't understand your choices. They think you do it to spite them, that's what they think Ichigo is. They don't understand you love him, you've gotta prove it to them." Touching his cheek, she smiled at him. "See you soon."

"Yeah." Grimmjow got up to let her out, squeezing her hand as she left. Closing the door, he banged his head on it, groaning loudly. "Fuck, fuck, fuck..."

"Is everything ok?" He lifted his head and turned to see Ichigo at the bottom of the stairs, pulling on his sleeve and eyeing him nervously. "I heard Nel leave so came down. Are you ok?" Grimmjow looked at him, unable to respond for a few minutes, in which time Ichigo became increasingly nervous. "Grimm?"

"Ichigo..." Grimmjow stopped and sighed, shaking his head. "I'm sorry."

"Why?" Ichigo looked down and tugged on his sleeve, biting his lip. "What's going on?"

Grimmjow's expression softened at the vulnerable picture Ichigo was painting and walked over to him, gently lifting his head. "I have to go."

"Go where?"


Ichigo stiffened, his eyes widening in surprise and he grabbed Grimmjow's arm. "Don't go. Please don't go."

"I don't have a choice. I'm legally under my parents care still, so I have to." He smiled reassuringly, tapping the end of Ichigo's nose. "Six months tops, only 'till I'm eighteen."

Ichigo shook his head, closing his eyes and pressing his head to Grimmjow's chest. "I don't want you to go."

"I don't want to either. But if I stay, my parents will destroy this." Grimmjow waved an arm to include the house. "They'll get your father's clinic shut down and then what? How will you be able to stay here? How could you love me after that?"

"I'll always love you. No matter what happens."

"I know, which is why I can leave and come back. Because I know you'll wait for me, right?"

Ichigo nodded without hesitation. "Of course."

Grimmjow smiled at him, leaning down to kiss him briefly. "I'll come back. Besides, I'm not going yet. I'm not leaving until I absolutely have to."

"Mmm..." Ichigo chewed on his lip for a moment before smiling and kissing him. "You're not going anywhere just yet."

"Yeah? What you gunna do to stop me?"

"Lock you up." Ichigo grinned and kissed him again. "Refuse to let you go."

"That doesn't sound too bad." Grimmjow smirked at him, wrapping his arm around Ichigo's waist to pull him closer. "You can do whatever you want with me."

"Now that sounds interesting." Ichigo wrapped his arms around Grimmjow's neck, his eyes half closing as he smiled softly and lent closer to brush their lips together. "Maybe I'll just have to do that." He pulled away when the door opened, smiling when his sisters came in. "Hey guys."

Karin took one look at them and snorted, dropped her bag on the floor to take of her coat. "Sorry for interrupting your fun."

"No it's fine, we weren't doing anything." Ichigo grinned at Grimmjow and held out his hand. "Coming upstairs?"

"Sure." Grimmjow took the offered hand a waved to the twins as Ichigo led him upstairs and Karin wrinkled her nose.

"Nice Ichigo, take it upstairs please, and try to be quiet. I don't want to be throwing up tonight."

"Shut up! We're not going to be doing anything like that, get your head out of the gutter!" Ichigo yelled back, his cheeks starting to turn red in embarrassment. "I've got homework and so does Grimmjow so that's why, so we can concentrate without your annoying ass around."

"Love you too."

Yuzu smiled to herself before butting in their banter. "Dinner will be ready in an hour Ichi-nii!"

"Cool, we'll be down then!" Ichigo looked at Grimmjow, raising an eyebrow when he saw the man was looking at him amusedly. "What?"

"You and your sisters."

"What about it?"

Grimmjow shrugged as they entered his bedroom and lent against the desk whilst Ichigo pulled his work from his bag. "I dunno, I guess it's nice to see you act like a family. Even if you seem to hate each other half the time."

Ichigo paused and looked at him with a frown. "What do you mean? Of course we act like a family, we are one. Weren't you like that with Nel?"

"Nah, she was ten when I was born so we never were that close until I grew up a bit, after she left home. It's only recently we've been getting closer." He sighed and shook his head. "My parents never really treated me like a son, it was always about Nel and when she left, it was like half the time I didn't exist. Hell I wasn't even planned; I was an accident so why would they like me?"

"Don't say that."

"Why not? It's true isn't it? You've seen the way they are with me. They hate any choice I make and try to force me into things I can't and won't do. They're trying to mould me into this perfect image of themselves and I refuse to be that. One of the other reasons they don't love me."

Ichigo dropped his books and walked over to Grimmjow, punching him on the arm roughly. "Don't say shit like that."

"Jeeze, what the hell was that for?" Grimmjow frowned at him, rubbing the red spot in confusion. "You asked."

"No I didn't, you just started talking." Ichigo sighed and touched his arm gently with a frown. "Of course they love you, you're their son. I know they don't show it but of course they do. Why else would they let you live in Japan whilst they're in Germany?" he paused before looking up at Grimmjow with a smile. "Even if I'm completely wrong and they don't love you, I do and I always will. You can always rely on me, no matter what."

Grimmjow looked into his eyes searchingly for a moment before smiling softly. "Thank you."

"Any time." Ichigo smiled back, turning to pick up his books again. "I know it's not easy, I saw what it was like for you. But you've gotta take the good with the bad I suppose."

"Yeah? So what's the good?"

"Anything I suppose, what makes you happy, Nel?"

Grimmjow thought about it for a moment before shaking his head. "Nah, she doesn't make me happy, she's a pain in the ass most of the time."

Ichigo rolled his eyes before shrugging. "Then whatever makes you happy, that's the good."

"Can it be you?"

He paused, glancing at Grimmjow to see he was looking at him with a frown and blushed. "Uh, I guess so, if you want me to be."

"Then you're the good." Grimmjow pulled him closer and kissed him softly. "You make me happy, more than anything else."

Ichigo grinned, leaning forward to kiss him again, dropping his books on the desk so he could wrap his arms around Grimmjow's neck. "Mmm, I love you."

Grimmjow laughed, swiftly picking Ichigo up to get him on the bed and knelt over him to kiss him again. "Love you too Ichi."

Ichigo threaded his fingers through Grimmjow's hair, pulling him down into a heated kiss, neither of them noticing as the door opened and Karin walked in, she stopped when she saw them and turned away, covering her eyes in horror.

"Ah jeeze, I thought you said you were doing homework?!"

Ichigo pulled away to look at her in shock as Grimmjow started laughing, attempting to muffle it by pressing his head to Ichigo's chest. "We are… were! I mean we will be in a moment!"

"Yeah, sure you are." She slowly turned to look at them, sighing in relief when Grimmjow sat up to put an appropriate distance between them. "Am I going to walking in on this a lot?"

"Probably, for as long as I'm here, I shall make it my solemn duty to make sure you walk in on me and Ichigo making out as many times as possible." Grimmjow said it in all seriousness, his face straight and placed a hand over his heart.

Ichigo snorted, almost believing him. "Whatever you say Grimm." Shaking his head, he looked at Karin again. "Ignore him, I promise to keep it to a minimum, okay?"

"Yeah sure."

"What did you want anyway?"

"Yuzu sent me up, says she needs help and I'm busy." Karin turned to leave, calling over her shoulder as she reached the door. "Have fun cooking!"

Ichigo scowled and folded his arms with a huff. "Busy my ass, she hates cooking as much as me."

Grimmjow grinned and shifted closer to him, turning his head so he could kiss him again. "It can't be that bad can it?"

"Trust me, with Yuzu it is. If it's not perfect and exactly how she wants it, you better start again."

"Why, does she get mad?"

Ichigo sighed and shook his head. "No, she puts the puppy dog eyes on, saying it isn't how she thought it would be. Bloody guilt trips me all the time."

"Well, looks like we've got no choice."

Ichigo frowned, watching as Grimmjow got up and stretched. "We've?"

"Sure, I'll help you out. I may not know much, but I'm a quick learner and I'll get the hang of it quickly. Don't worry, if something goes wrong, just blame me."

"I do that anyway." Ichigo stood up, grinning at Grimmjow before kissing him quickly. "Come on then, you'll regret volunteering yourself within ten minutes." Ichigo grabbed his hand and pulled him out of his room, laughing at the slightly worried expression on Grimmjow's face. "You asked for it."

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