...gave a mental sigh of relief.
"Now," Rukia said as she began cutting through his bloodied bandages, "Let me redress these wounds and then I'll have Momo bring you something to eat." When Ichigo started to protest, Rukia silenced him with a kiss, "You're going to do exactly as Retsu ordered or I'll do something really drastic like...revoke your stable privileges!" Ichigo paled appreciably at those words and Rukia knew she now had his complete cooperation.
The truth about Ichigo's paternity was pushed to the back of her mind for now. While the knowledge Rukia now had about him was vital, the usage of it would wait until her 'operation' officially began several weeks from now. Right now, she just had to make sure that Ichigo was okay...and that's just what she did.
The next few days were rather surreal for them both of them. Rukia tended to him like she actually cared about him and he loved every second of it. For the first time in her life as a demon, Rukia was caring for someone else, and she was thoroughly enjoying her brief sojourn into domesticity. Ichigo told her countless times that he was a fast healer and that he thought he was well-enough to get up,...