a.63 - Major Character (Ichigo)

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Ichigo felt an icy rieatsu and knew Toshiro was near. Turning his head to look into two bright eyes he knew Toshiro was mad at him. He found himself having to fight back his laughter as the boy's facial features were twisted up in an amusing manner. This lasted until the boy spoke up. "Where is he?"

"Where is..." Ichigo's face faltered.

"Don't play with me Kurosaki. You know who I'm talking about."

"No... I do know who you're talking about. How did you come to find out?" Ichigo watched as the boy's face suddenly paled. "Toshiro..."

"I saw a picture on your sisters phone."

Ichigo heard the door bang downstairs and let out a sigh as he placed a hand on his forehead. "Did you leave Karin standing there?"

Toshiro's tone of voice became sheepish and he wiggled about. "Maybe..."

"Toshiro..." Ichigo let out a sigh. "What am I going to do with you?"

"Am I in trouble? Was I not supposed to ask about him?"

"No. I'm thinking more along the lines of Karin wanting to throttle you for leaving like you did."

"Oh..." The boy stared at Ichigo. "Where is he?" Ichigo swallowed, his own face paling this time. He watched as Toshiro's eyes widened in horror. "He's avoiding me... isn't he?" Ichigo opened his mouth, but found himself unable to say anything. "He hates me?"

"No..."

"Then why..."

"He's been trying to protect you." Ichigo flinched as the door to the room slammed open.

"First Toshiro takes on me... to your room none the less... and now Yuzu tells me dad's not going to be making dinner." Karin watched as Toshiro stared at her for a few minutes before flopping onto the bed and curling up into a ball. "What the... Toshiro. What ever is the matter with you today."

Ichigo took a deep breath. "Dad hasn't told you yet?"

"Told me what."

The orange haired teen sighed again. "Dad used to be a Shinigami."

"Great. What does this have to do with Toshiro suddenly spazzing out like he is?"

"Toshiro used to be dad's third seat and he thinks dad is avoiding him out of hatred."

"That..." Karin frowned and folded her arms across her chest. "That's stupid."

"Really? Dad just took off because he felt Toshiro's reiatsu. He's done that every time he knew he would risk running into him."

"I'm saying the idea that dad hates Toshiro is stupid."

"Not in Toshiro's mind." Ichigo watched his sister give him a look of disbelief. "I already tried explaining it to him."

"Excuse me." Karin went out into the hall and Ichigo could hear her voice raised, but not the words. After a bit Yuzu came hurrying up the stairs and spoke in a rather excited manner. Karin stepped into the room. "I chewed out dad and he'll be attending dinner after all." She paused for a bit. "Also... Yuzu thinks I'll be introducing my boyfriend to dad."

Toshiro sat up. "What! No!"

Ichigo laughed.

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