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Chapter 23

Chapter 23:

When they finally got out of the shower, Ichigo managed to stumble back into the bedroom, collapsing onto the bed with a satisfied sigh. "So much for not being able to go again huh?" He propped himself up on his elbows, sticking his tongue out childishly at Grimmjow.

"Shut up, aint my fault, you started it." He watched as Grimmjow came over and sat next to him before continuing. "Besides, I didn't see you complaining ten minutes ago."

"Yeah well, ten minutes ago I had no reason to complain." Ichigo rolled his eyes, using Grimmjow's arm as leverage to pull himself up to lean on the man's back. "Is it really that bad?"

"You try taking it several times and see how you feel afterwards."

"No thanks."

"Yeah, that's what I thought." Ichigo trailed his fingers over Grimmjow's broad shoulder, pausing when his ring glinted in the sunlight and grinned giddily. "Grimmjow..."

"Yeah?"

He moved his hand to press over Grimmjow's heart. "I love you."

"Love you too Ichi."

Ichigo kissed his shoulder before standing up slowly, dropping his towel on the floor before making his way around the room collect his clothes. Glancing back at Grimmjow to see he was watching him, he snorted and rolled his eyes. "C'mon Grimm, it's not like you haven't seen me naked before. Hurry up and get changed, my dad will be wondering where we are soon."

"Alright, give me a minute." He stood up with a groan a stretched, noting how Ichigo averted his gaze and smirked. "What's up with you? It's not like you haven't seen me naked before either and I'm still wearing my towel."

"Oh shut up!" Ichigo glared at him as he started laughing before turning away to get changed. "Are you ready to go yet?" He asked, turning to face Grimmjow again and was thankful to see he was fully dressed.

"Sure." Grimmjow walked over to him and slung an arm around his shoulders, pressing his lips to his head. "How do you think your dad's gunna take it?"

"Take what?"

Grimmjow rolled his eyes before grabbing Ichigo's left hand and linking their fingers. "Our engagement dumbass."

Ichigo frowned down at their hands before sighing. "No idea, think we and keep it a secret?"

"Ha, sure, just hide your hand and we'll be fine." Grimmjow grinned at him and they left, walking down the street at a leisurely place. "Do you want them to know?"

Ichigo smiled and bumped their shoulders together. "I don't have much of a choice do I? Besides, how bad can it be? After my dad calms down, it'll be fine."

"Mmm. We just gotta survive the first part."

Grimmjow looked down at Ichigo with a raised eyebrow, making the younger teen laugh lightly and kiss him quickly. "Don't look so put out. You know what he's like."

"Unfortunately. But I can live with that, as long as I have you."

Ichigo blushed and looked away. "Shut up." Grimmjow snorted but didn't reply as they continued down the street. Passing by Rukia's house, Ichigo paused. "Wait a moment, I need I find Renji."

"Ok?"

Ichigo dragged him up to the door and rang the bell, waiting patiently for several moments for Rukia to open the door. She looked at the both in surprise for a moment before grinning.

"I see you two got things sorted out huh?"

Ichigo blushed before clearing his throat. "Yeah, is Renji here?"

"Sure come in ad I'll go get him." They followed her inside and waited as she went upstairs and Ichigo turned to look at Grimmjow with a frown.

"Since when is she friendly with you?"

Grimmjow shrugged before looking away. "I, uhh, may have called her a couple of times whilst in Germany."

Ichigo's eyebrows rose in surprise. "You what? Why?"

He rubbed the back of his neck. "Just checking up on you I guess."

Ichigo's expression softened and pulled Grimmjow down into a kiss. "Thank you." He pulled away when he heard someone on the stairs and went to greet Renji when he saw it was him. "Hey."

Renji grinned. "Hey, what's up?"

Ichigo fixed him with a glare and pointed a finger threateningly at his friend. "Never, and I mean never, throw me a party again. I'm surprised this place is still standing and I sure as hell don't want a repeat of last night."

"What? When you almost got it on with a complete stranger?" Renji ducked as Ichigo threw a punch at him. "C'mon Ichigo, how's that my fault? Besides it doesn't matter, you got with Grimmjow in the end didn't you."

Ichigo snorted. "Yeah, luckily." He glanced at Grimmjow to see he was talking to Rukia. "Why didn't you tell me he was calling her?"

"I didn't know. I knew she was talking to someone, but she refused to tell me until last night. Probably for that exact reason, you know I would've told you if I knew."

"Yeah, I guess." Ichigo scratched his nose, flinching when Renji suddenly grabbed his wrist. "What?" He saw Renji looking at his ring and blushed, pulling his hand back and avoided the red heads gaze.

"Ichigo, are you two..."

He nodded and looked at his friend sheepishly. "Yes."

"Dude!" Ichigo flinched again and looked at Renji in shock to see he was frowning at him. "Not cool, me and Rukia should've been first!"

Ichigo bit his lip to stop himself from laughing. "Well you should've got a move on. Besides, have you asked Byakuya? He'll kill you if you don't."

"Not yet, I'm gunna."

"Going to what?" Rukia asked as she came over with Grimmjow.

Ichigo grinned as Renji tried to think of an excuse, glaring at him when he finally responded. "Look! Ichigo and Grimmjow are engaged!"

As Renji hoped, Rukia was thoroughly distracted. "What?" She asked excitedly, grabbing Ichigo's hand to look at the ring. "Wow, it's really pretty. Must've cost a lot."

Ichigo frowned, never realising that before and looked at Grimmjow. "She's right. How did you afford this?"

Grimmjow shrugged. "I had a job, saved up. How else do you think I got here? You really think my parents paid? That why I was later than my birthday, had to save up."

"Jerez that's rough." Rukia shook her head and let go of Ichigo's hand to smile brightly at them both. "Well I never thought this would happen, but congratulations."

"We gotta have-"

"No parties!" Ichigo glared at Renji who shut his mouth sheepishly. "No way, after last night I'm done for good." He sighed and glanced at his watch. "We gotta go, my dad's expecting us."

"Good luck telling him!" Rukia called as they left and Ichigo scoffed.

"We need all the luck we can get." He looked up at Grimmjow and smiled softly. "So that's what took you so long to come back? You're parents are really against us huh?"

Grimmjow frowned in thought. "Well my dad definitely is, but I don't know about mum. She seems to have accepted that I love you so she's just dealing with it now." He looked down at Ichigo and grinned. "Doesn't matter anyway, I'm here now and I'm not leaving."

"Good, I would follow you anyway, even if it was to just beat the shit out of you for leaving in the first place." Ichigo smiled back and sighed as the clinic came into view. "Well here it goes, you ready?"

"As I'll ever be."

Ichigo rolled his eyes and pulled him off the path towards the clinic and opened the door slowly. "Hello?"

"In the kitchen Ichi-nii!"

He glanced at Grimmjow who nodded and followed him to the kitchen. When they went in, Ichigo saw Yuzu putting something in the oven. "What's that?"

She straightened up and smiled brightly. "Cake! Dad wanted to celebrate you and Grimmjow being together again. So we're having a family dinner." She came over and hugged him. "Word of warning dad is very excited."

Ichigo sighed and placed his hand on her head. "Thanks Yuzu. I can't wait for dinner."

She grinned and went to hug Grimmjow who smiled at her. "Hey kid, I've missed your cooking."

"We'll I'm going to spoil you tonight!" She shooed them from the kitchen so she could continue. Ichigo sighed and turned to look at Grimmjow.

"I'll tell then tonight, during dinner."

"Sounds good." Grimmjow wrapped and arm around his waist and pulled his body to his. "It's strange to be here again after being away for so long."

"Well you're not leaving again." Ichigo stood on his tiptoes to kiss him firmly. "You're stuck with me now."

"Urgh, please stop, I think I'm going to throw up."

Ichigo turned to scoff at Karin who was watching them from the doorway. "Then don't look."

She rolled her eyes an jerked her head at Grimmjow. "Good to see you blue."

"You too Karin." She returned to her football and Grimmjow looked at Ichigo in amusement. "I haven't been called 'blue' in a long time. Last time I heard that it was from you."

He shrugged in reply. "Guess I'm not the only one who thought of the nickname. Besides, me and Karin are both good at that kinda thing." He pulled on Grimmjow's hand and led him to the sofa, sitting down with a groan. "I wonder where dad is. He hasn't ambushed us yet."

Grimmjow shrugged, sitting down next to him and gently tugged on an orange lock. "Who cares, gives us more space."

Ichigo glanced at him, smiling when he moved to cup his cheek. "Haven't you had enough? I would've thought by now you would be tired of kissing me."

"Nope, not yet." He couldn't help but snort in reply before leaning forward to kiss him slowly, fisting Grimmjow's shirt in his hand to pull him closer. "Ichi, c'mon we gotta stop."

Ichigo looked at him with a sly smirk. "What's the problem? No-one's looking."

"Except your dad!" Ichigo jumped as Isshin suddenly appeared and grinned at them both. "You should know I'm always watching when you're under my roof!"

"Dad!" Ichigo yelled back indignantly, glaring at the older man. "What is your problem?"

"Nothing my darling son!" Isshin bounded into the room and grinned at them both. "I'm just glad to see you two back together." He looked at Grimmjow seriously. "Ichigo wasn't himself after you left, so I hope now things will be ok since you're back."

Ichigo blushed and hit his father roughly. "Shut up! I'm fine and I always was! Don't make me sound so pathetic!"

Yuzu came in before Ichigo could continue beating their father and frowned disapprovingly at them.

"Stop it you two, dinner ready and you won't get cake if you don't stop."

Ichigo paused and looked at her with a frown. "You wouldn't."

"Watch me." She stuck her tongue out and Ichigo groaned, stepping away from Isshin an she nodded. "Good. Now go sit down and I'll bring in the food."

Grimmjow watched amusedly as Ichigo sighed in defeat and trailed over to the table. He paused and turned to look at Grimmjow expectantly who sighed and got up to join him.

"Wouldn't want to miss out on cake would I?" Ichigo scoffed, a small smile tugging on his lips as he sat down and Grimmjow sat next to him. "I wasn't lying, I really missed Yuzu's cooking."

"Well she'll have gone all out today so you're in for a treat like she said." Ichigo lent back in his seat and frowned thoughtfully. "I'm gunna miss her cooking when I leave."

"Leave? Where are you going?" Karin sat down and looked at him with a frown. "First I've heard of you leaving."

"It doesn't matter, I'll tell you later. For now let's just eat ok."

She eyed them both suspiciously for a moment before letting it drop, taking a plate from Yuzu. "Whatever."

Ichigo took the rest so Yuzu could go Ge the remaining plates and passed one to Grimmjow. He gave his father a warning look before handing him one and waiting until Yuzu returned for his.

"So Ichi-nii how was the party?"

Ichigo glanced at Grimmjow guiltily before replying. "Ok I suppose, we didn't stay long. Renji had the music jacked up way too high and I barely knew anyone." He shrugged and poked at the food. "This morning was definitely better."

Karin winkled her nose. "Eww. Way too much info."

"Shut up! I wasn't talking about that kinda thing."

"So what were you talking about?"

Ichigo hesitated and glanced at Grimmjow who shrugged. "They're your family."

Isshin looked between the two and frowned. "What aren't you telling us Ichigo?"

He sighed heavily and glanced at his left hand, pulling it back to rest on his lap. "Grimmjow asked me to marry him. I said yes." The table fell silent and Grimmjow reached to grasp Ichigo's hand under the table, smiling reassuringly at him.

"My darling son is getting married!"

They both jumped at Isshin's outburst and turned to look at him. "You're ok with it?" Ichigo asked hesitantly.

"Of course, why wouldn't I be?" He waved a hand dismissively, making Ichigo scowl. "As long as you don't end up hurt." He fixed Grimmjow with a steely gaze. "Understood?"

"Yes sir."

Ichigo snorted and grabbed his fork again. "Well now that's out of the way, let s eat I'm starving."

"Don't forget about the cake." Grimmjow added, making Ichigo nod in agreement.

"Like I would."


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