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22 April 2008 @ 10:42 pm
Ok...this one turned out a little better than the last  
A little Gin/Matsumoto moment inspired by the most recent manga chapter.  There are spoilers if you haven't read it.

“Please tell me it’s not true, Gin.”


The young boy in question looked up into the face of a sweaty and panting Rangiku Matsumoto.  She must have run all the way from the academy grounds.  She was still dressed in her red and white practice gi and hakama.  It was quite a hike to the small grove of plum trees Gin had recently discovered and made his new favorite spot to get away from it all.


“Oy, Rangiku-chan,” he chimed.  The grin on his face spread a little wider when she sputtered at the honorific.  She absolutely hated it when he called her that.


“Don’t Rangiku-chan me!  It’s all over the academy.  They’re saying that you beat out the third seat.”


The Cheshire Cat grin went wider still.


Matsumoto’s expression slowly contorted into a muted sort of horror.  She fell to her knees directly beside him.  “It is true.  Oh, Gin why?”


Cocking his head to the side to regard the other girl, he asked, “This is somethin’ upsetting to ya?”


“You’ve only been with the squad for a few days.  You didn’t have to kill him.”


Gin shrugged noncommittally.  “It was a fair fight.  If he wanted to live so badly, he shoulda fought harder.” 


Matsumoto swiped a hand through her hair in frustration and smoothed back sweaty bangs.  Her hair was getting longer.  Gin liked this new look.  She was also filling out a bit more these days.  He couldn’t help but appreciate the way her gi hung open just enough for him to catch a glimpse of cleavage. 


“Look, Gin,” she began slowly as if she was choosing her words very carefully, “This isn’t like you.  I know you thi—don’t give me that phony grin of yours!  I don’t know where you picked that up, but this isn’t you.”


The silver-haired boy let his smile become more natural.  “Don’t worry, Rangiku.  I’m the new kid in town, gotta shake things up if I want to make a name for myself.”


That seemed to placate her a bit.  “I’ve got to get back,” she said suddenly, rising to her feet.  “Just promise me you’ll be more careful, Gin.”


“When did I inherit a mother?”




“Yes, yes, mother, I’ll be more careful,” he responded playfully.  Seemingly satisfied for now, she took off running back to the academy grounds. 


“The two of you are close friends?” a voice inquired behind him as soon as Matsumoto was out of earshot.  It took Gin completely by surprise.  That was unusual since he was very talented at tracing reiatsu.   


“Aizen-fukitaicho,” he said with a bow he hoped covered his shock. 


Stepping out from behind a tree, the older man walked over to him with all the confidence of a taicho.  “Take my advice, Ichimaru Gin, friends like that are a liability.  You don’t need them.”


“Yes, Aizen-fukitaicho.”  While he couldn’t necessarily argue with that statement, Gin still managed to work in a little of his own brand of sarcasm into his reply.  He wasn’t sure what to make of the other man.  He had definitely taken some sort of interest in him and the hell if Gin knew exactly what it was.  But that still didn’t keep his eyes from following the girl with the strawberry-blonde hair as she ran all the way home.



Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
Fran: Aizen Day (Bleach)franwi on April 23rd, 2008 09:26 am (UTC)
Waah! I want to read it, but I'm not up to date on the latest jump releases! Is this what it spoils, or are you talking book chapters?
evilkat_meowevilkat_meow on April 24th, 2008 12:52 am (UTC)
The only spoilers from this was Gin's rise through the ranks and Aizen as fukitaicho. I added Matsumoto's reaction on my own seeing as how they grew up together...sort of.

The last few chapters have been a flashback arc to when Urahara was first made captain. You must read them right this second! There are sooo many revelations I can't even begin to go into.
http://www.bleachexile.com/ There is an online manga reader at this site. You can read the last four chapters.^^
Fran: Matsumoto (Bleach)franwi on April 25th, 2008 01:24 am (UTC)
I enjoyed that! I love how unbalanced their relationship seems, yet we've seen Gin surrender a couple of times when it comes to Rangiku. He'd rather back off than lift his sword against her. She's definitely his weak spot. So I love that despite the warning from Aizen, Gin's not about to let her go.
evilkat_meowevilkat_meow on April 25th, 2008 01:55 am (UTC)
Thanks! I just re-watched episode 63, when Aizen and Co. reveal themselves as the bad guys, and was once again struck by Gin's "confession" to Matsumoto. There is definitely something between them and I feel she is the one thing he regrets about his decision to follow Aizen.

Did you read the most recent manga chapters?
Fran: Devil Inside - Aizen (Bleach)franwi on April 25th, 2008 02:05 pm (UTC)
Recent Bleach Chapters
OMG, I don't know if I can get through these chapters of their past.

I'm already spazzing over seeing Shinji!! I can't imagine Aizen catering to his personality. I love Hiyori, though, same old Hiyori, lol.

I really didn't picture any of the Vizard being in the Gotei, let alone as officers. Now I'm trying to think if Urahara has seen the Vizards in Karakura already, but I don't think he has. Hmm.

Also never realized Urahara was a seated officer under Yoruichi in squad 2 before becoming a captain. And Mayuri - they should have left him where he was!

Little Byakuya - omg, how cute! Playing with Yoruichi - I love that so much. Mmm, young Gin - and evilish Aizen, what a pair. And a weeping Shuhei, lol.

Interesting to see the Vizards like this. There was so much going on back then. I wonder what really happened to make them half-shinigami, half-hollow.
evilkat_meowevilkat_meow on April 25th, 2008 09:47 pm (UTC)
Re: Recent Bleach Chapters
I know! The whole Vizard thing blew my head wide open. Totally didn't see that one coming. And Aizen as Shinji's fukitaicho?! Now you know *something* huge had to happen in the SS to make the Vizard leave and them give Urahara the boot. Can't wait to find out^^

The newest chapter was released today, so I'm off to read it.
rookafrk on April 25th, 2008 07:53 pm (UTC)
i'm so behind on Bleach that I decided to read despite the spoilers... And I don"t regret, I adore, litterally adore Gin/Matsumoto
evilkat_meowevilkat_meow on April 27th, 2008 07:40 pm (UTC)
The do have an interesting dynamic, don't they? Thanks for reading^^