Chapter 4

Chapter 4:

*Few Months Later*

Ichigo jumped and fell out of his seat when his phone vibrated, not realising he'd fallen asleep on it. With a grumble he stood up and grabbed the offending object, seeing that he had a text and opened it with a frown, wondering who would be texting him at ten at night.

Hey Kurosaki I'm bored, wanna meet up?

Ichigo snorted, of course it was Grimmjow, who else did he expect it to be? With a sigh he quickly typed a reply before throwing his phone on the bed to hunt for his shoes.

Sure, I've got nothing better to do. Where and when?

He tried not to act like a girl, but he couldn't help but grab the phone quickly when it buzzed, almost tripping over his own feet in the process.

Meet me outside the dojo in a half hour.

See you then.

Ichigo smiled to himself and pocketed the phone before finishing putting his shoes on. He left his room quietly, attempting to sneak down the corridor but failed when he tripped over someone in the dark and crashed into the floor. The light was turned on and he lay in a daze for several minutes before sitting up, finding out what he had tripped on.

"What the hell dad?!" Ichigo glared at his father who was currently lying on the floor, sporting a large red mark on his face. "What are you doing? Lying in the middle of the floor like that! You could've killed me!"

Isshin jumped up with a big grin, ignoring Ichigo's question. "Where are you sneaking off to at this time of night Ichigo? Are you running away? Am I not giving you enough love?!"

Ichigo sighed and rolled his eyes. "I'm not running away, I'm going to meet... a friend." Isshin's eyes lit up with excitement and Ichigo groaned, obviously his hesitation hadn't gone unnoticed like he'd hoped.

"My darling son has finally found love!"

"No I haven't!" Ichigo groaned when Isshin pulled him into a crushing hug. "Goddamn idiot, let me go!"

"What's going on out here?" Karin came out of her room, glaring at them both for all the noise. "Some of us like the quiet you know."

"Sorry Karin, your dad's just proud of Ichigo here. He's finally in love!"

Her eyebrows raised in surprise. "Really? Who's the lucky woman?"

Ichigo finally managed to push Isshin off and he fixed his clothing with a huff. "There is no 'lucky woman' Karin, I'm going to meet a friend, that's all. I'm definitely not in love."

Ichigo left before they could ask any more questions, he definitely didn't want to explain to his family about Grimmjow, or about what they had been doing for the past few months. Walking down the street, he shivered and pulled his jacket closer as the wind picked up, wishing he had brought a coat.

When he finally got to the dojo, the small shivers had turned into uncontrollable shaking. "Fucking idiot, why did he have to pick a cold night?" Rubbing his hands together to stop the numbness spreading, he fumbled with his keys, cursing loudly when they slipped through his fingers.

He bent down to pick them up, jumping and slipping when someone grabbed them first. Luckily for him, the person caught him as well, saving him from a fall and a few bruises. Looking up, Ichigo found it was Grimmjow, smirking down at him.

"Alright Kurosaki? You seem a bit jumpy tonight."

Ichigo blushed, not altogether annoyed with the arms currently encircling his waist, but he scowled anyway. "I wouldn't be jumpy if you weren't sneaking up on me. Make or noise or something next time." Pushing out of his arms, Ichigo grabbed the keys and went to unlock the door.


He sighed heavily when Grimmjow caught his hand and turned to look at him. "What?"

"Let's go back to mine. I'm betting the heating's not on in there and I don't fancy freezing to death."

Ichigo scoffed but put his keys back in his pocket anyway before raising an eyebrow sceptically. "And what would your parents think of you bringing me back?"

Grimmjow just shrugged and looked away for a moment, seemingly lost in his own thoughts before he replied quietly. "I don't live with them. They live in Germany and rent a flat for me here. So it's completely fine, no-one will know."

"Oh." Ichigo said dumfoundedly, not expecting such a piece of personal information.

Grimmjow just rolled his eyes and walked back onto the path, glancing back at the still confused Ichigo. "You coming or not? It's freezing out here so hurry your ass up."

Ichigo snapped out of his thoughts and hurried to Grimmjow's side, glancing up at him shyly. "You sure this is ok?"

"I wouldn't offer if it wasn't, would I?"

Ichigo couldn't help but laugh lightly and the look on Grimmjow's face. "No, I suppose not." He shook his head when Grimmjow gave him a confused look and followed him to a block of apartments further into Karakura. "You live here?" He asked, generally surprised considering the price of some of the flats around there.

"Yeah, why?"

"What do your parents do? These places are expensive." Grimmjow just shrugged and started walking again, Ichigo hurrying after him. "Sorry, I didn't mean to pry."

Grimmjow glanced back at him to see Ichigo had his head bowed slightly and sighed, reaching out to lift his head. "Hey."

Ichigo looked up at him with hesitant eyes. "Yeah?"

"You're not prying; I'm just not used to telling anyone about my personal life."

Ichigo frowned in confusion. "What about your friends?"

Grimmjow snorted and let go of Ichigo's head, turning to continue walking. "If you can call them that."

Ichigo frowned but followed him, asking no more questions of him. They entered one of the buildings and Ichigo was surprised at the friendly, yet expensive decor inside. "Wow."

"What?" Grimmjow turned to look at him, chuckling when he saw the impressed look on his face. "You ok?"

"Yeah, yeah of course." Ichigo smiled and rubbed the back of his neck. "I've never seen a place like this, that's all."

"C'mon, if you think this is something, you should see my apartment."

Ichigo gulped and followed Grimmjow to the elevator, steeping in the small space next to him. "So, uh… Which floor?"


Ichigo's eyebrows rose in surprise. "You live on the top floor."


Ichigo just shook his head and lent back against the elevator wall. "You're just full of surprises aren't you?" Grimmjow glanced at his relaxed form and grinned, moving to lean over him slightly. Ichigo's eyes flickered open and they widened in shock when he saw how close Grimmjow was. "Wha-?"

His sentence was cut off when Grimmjow cupped his face and bent down to kiss him. By now he was used to the spontaneous treatment and he quickly lifted his hands to grasp the front of Grimmjow's shirt, moaning when his mouth was forcibly opened. Ichigo jumped when the elevator doors opened, blushing furiously when an older couple entered.

Grimmjow grinned and bent down so he could whisper in his ear without them hearing before stepping back from him. "We'll continue this when we get off."

Ichigo felt a shiver work its way down his spine and by the look on Grimmjow's face, he noticed too, which definitely didn't help his blush. Biting his lip, Ichigo carefully averted his gaze from the couple, who he was sure were looking at him with scrutinising eyes.

When they reached the top floor, he all but ran out of the elevator, with Grimmjow following behind with a chuckle. He glanced back as the elevator doors closed, hearing the word "Teenagers…" being mentioned. With a roll of his eyes, Grimmjow followed Ichigo and caught his arm.

"You ok?" Ichigo turned around, his blush still spread across his cheeks, almost reaching his ears and for some odd reason, Grimmjow found the sight endearing.

"I'm fine." Ichigo smiled and ran a hand through his hair, making it stand up on end. "I can't believe they just walked in on us making out like that."

"Who cares what they think? They don't even know us."

Ichigo just hummed in affirmative, letting his gaze wander around the short corridor to rest on the only door there, apart from the elevator. "Can I ask something?"


He looked back at Grimmjow, a small smile twitching at his lips. "Do you live in a penthouse suite?"

Grimmjow just grinned and held out his hand. "Want to find out?"

Ichigo looked down at the outstretched hand and smiled, taking it in his own. "Sure."

He let Grimmjow pull him back to the door and he let go of his hand so he could get his keys and unlock the door. Ichigo hesitated when Grimmjow opened the door and went in, Grimmjow noticing when he didn't follow and he glanced back to see Ichigo still stood at the door.

"Are you coming in?"

Ichigo slowly walked in, closing the door behind him with a sigh. He looked around, his eyes widening in surprise when he looked out the windows. "Wow."

Grimmjow glanced behind him and looked out the window before shrugging and walking through the house. "You want a drink?"

"No, I'm fine." Ichigo shook his head and followed Grimmjow into the kitchen, gently grabbing his wrist. "Grimmjow?"

He paused when Ichigo said his name; the only time he'd ever heard him say it was when he was screaming it in pleasure. "Yeah?"

Ichigo grinned and trailed his fingers up Grimmjow's arm to play with the strands of his hair at the base of his neck. "How about we forget about the drinks and move this into the bedroom?"

Grimmjow looked at him with a frown for a moment before smirking and wrapping an arm around his waist. "I like you're thinking, c'mon." He grabbed Ichigo's arm and pulled him gently into his bedroom.

Ichigo sighed softly when Grimmjow's arm draped over his waist and his shoulder was kissed. "What're you doing?"

"What does it look like?"

He rolled over to face Grimmjow, touching his cheek with a frown. "It looks like you're being nice."

"When am I not nice?"

Ichigo snorted and broke out of his hold, standing up to stretch. "Right, you're always the perfect gentleman."

Grimmjow just laughed and grabbed his arm, pulling him back on the bed. "Where are you going?"

"Home." Ichigo tried to pull him off, but only succeeded in making Grimmjow's arms tighten around him. "My dad will be going nuts by now. I've been gone longer than I really should have."

"Then stay."

Ichigo froze at the words, his hands still over Grimmjow's. "W-what?"

Grimmjow sat up and rested his head on Ichigo's shoulder with a sigh. "You might as well stay; it's gone one in the morning. Just call home and tell your father you're staying at a friend's."

Ichigo hesitated, glancing at his phone sat innocently on the side. Stay? Stay with Grimmjow? We've never spent the night together before. We usually just have sex then go home. Do I want to stay? What happens if I do?

He blinked and came back to reality when Grimmjow let go of him and lay down again. "Or you can just go. I'm not bothered either way."

Ichigo glanced down at him to see he'd covered his face with one of his arms, but he was pretty sure it would be a disappointment to him if he left. With a sigh he quickly grabbed his phone and rang home before he could regret his decision.


"Hey dad." He flinched and held his phone away when Isshin started shouting exuberantly. Grimmjow sat up with a grown and glanced at the phone.

"Who's that?"

Ichigo looked at him with a wry smile. "My father."

Grimmjow just shook his head and lay down again. Ichigo waited until the shouting had dies down and gently held it back against his ear. "Dad?"

"Yes son?"

"I'm uh, staying at a friend's house for the night. Don't worry about school; I'll come back early to grab my bag so I can get to school on time."

"Which friend are you staying at?"

"Umm… One you don't know."

Isshin must've noticed the slight hesitance in his voice because the next thing he heard was an overexcited squeal. "My darling son!" Ichigo jumped and accidently dropped the phone and Isshin's voice rang through, loud enough for both him and Grimmjow to hear. "Are you staying with your secret girlfriend?! I knew you were in love, you can't lie to me Ichigo!"

Ichigo snatched up the phone and yelled down it. "I'm not staying with my girlfriend! I don't even have a girlfriend! I'll come home earlier tomorrow see you then!" Ending the call, he put the phone back on the side before turning to look at Grimmjow sheepishly, who was looking at him with an amused expression. "Sorry about that, my father thinks I've got a girlfriend and he won't let it go."


Ichigo groaned and rubbed his face, pressing his head into Grimmjow's chest. "Don't say it. My father's an idiot ok?"

"So you've been telling your family you're dating someone?"

Ichigo looked up with a scowl. "No! That idiot just assumed I was because I've been sneaking out to meet up with you!"

"Ok, ok. No need to get stressy."

Ichigo sighed heavily. "Just shut up and let me sleep then."

"So you'll stay?" Ichigo sighed and curled up against Grimmjow's side, smiling into his chest when Grimmjow lay down and wrapped an arm around his waist. "Grimmjow?"

The man chuckled. "You know that's twice you've called me by my name today."

Ichigo blushed but propped himself up on his elbows to look at Grimmjow. "Actually, it's three."

"Ok fine three, but I don't count the one when you practically screamed it."

Ichigo just ducked his head for a moment, but Grimmjow knew he was hiding his now furious blush. "Shut up."

Grimmjow just laughed. "So what were you going to ask me?"

He looked up again with a questioning gaze. "Why did you ask me to stay?"

Grimmjow frowned and contemplated the answer for a few minutes. "What does it matter? Just go to sleep already." He reached over Ichigo and turned off the light before lying down again. Ichigo just sat frowning into the darkness for a moment before he was pulled down. "Just go to sleep yeah?"

Ichigo smiled softly and pressed his head to Grimmjow's chest. "Yeah."

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