...efore retreating to the settee to give the women some privacy.
"Damn Rukia, you really owe me for that one, "Ran said with a chuckle as she watched Ichigo's retreating form.
"Matsumoto…" Rukia gritted out, "Tell me what was so damnably important that you had to bust in here and interrupt me."
"Uhhh…yeah, sorry 'bout that, Ruki-chan. It was for good reason though!" She cleared her throat and announced with melodramatic flair, "I have received word that your illustrious clan leader requires the honor of your presence immediately."
"Otousama? Does he know I'm here?" Rukia asked quickly. Of all the blood demon clans, the Kuchiki brethren were known for their legendary control and ultimate discretion. Ran and Rukia had a long-standing joke that there is no way in hell Rangiku could be a member of the Kuchiki clan considering her outlandish tendencies. However, Ran was the one person the soudaishou allowed to act out like that…maybe because he knows it's a lost cause or maybe she just amuses him. Either way, it was pretty damned funny to both women.
"No, Ruki-chan, I don't think he knows you're here. He sent a messenger here because he knows this is one of my haunts. He thought I might know your whereabouts."
Rukia let out the breath she didn't know she was holding, "Good. Did the messenger say why otous...