and i would let you keep the sunglasses on

Close As Strangers 4

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Close As Strangers 4

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Luke’s POV

The weekend after that phone call with Y/N was a weekend off for the boys and I, and decided I would fly home to confront my relationship with her. I couldn’t let it end that way. The boys decided they’d just party it up near the next venue that we were playing it, and wanted me to keep them updated on things once I got there. With black sunglasses and my black leather jacket, I sat in the back of a taxi frantically texting Y/N telling her I was back home, and that we needed to talk. My phone was saying the messages were delivered but I didn’t know if she turned off her read receipts or if she really wasn’t getting the messages. My heart beat quickened as I approached our apartment and practically ran out of the taxi carrying my duffle bag and pushed the button many times to get up to my floor as fast as I could.

I tried calling her phone upon coming to our door, and my fingers shook and fumbled with my keys. I slammed the door opened and looked all throughout the apartment, calling out her name.

“Y/N! Y/N! Oh my god please still be here…” But she wasn’t. Our furniture, pictures, kitchen appliances, and nic nacs were still in tact, but all of her clothes, beauty things, and other necessities were gone, and the place was still spotless. It was earily quiet, and the heaviness of the room weighed in on my chest as I sank down to my knees. In front of my face I saw a piece of paper, and quickly scooted closer to grab it. It was Y/N’s handwriting, I could spot it a mile away.

Luke, if you’re reading this then that means you’ve realized I’ve left you. Things haven’t been going well for us for a long time, ever since you left actually. It’s been getting harder and harder to stay away from you, and I was beginning to think we were only wasting time. But I just want you know, I never was unfaithful to you. When Andrew came over and told me he loved me, I realized that day that I will always want you no matter who comes into my life. You never let me finish that explanation and then you told me about Arzaylea. I just hope you guys have a good relationship going for you, and I only wish you happiness and success with your band. Tell the boys I miss them. And I miss you, so much. I’ll always love you Luke, but we have to move on. Now it just feels like you’re a stranger. Goodbye Luke.

I crumpled up the paper in my hand as the tears welled up in my eyes. I soft sob came out of my lips, and I threw the paper in the trashcan, only for my eyes to be stopped by something else again. Something that made my heart stop, seriously.

It was a white and pink stick sticking out of the trash can, with two lines etched into it. My arm, without even hesitating, slowly went to pick it up and look at it closer to see if this thing was even real. My chest sank bringing it closer to my eyes and seeing the positive lines. She was pregnant.

My body was feeling so many emotions at this point that I didn’t know what to think; I didn’t know what was true and what was false. Y/N said she wasn’t unfaithful to me, but my mind was going in all different directions and the first thought that popped up in my head was her sleeping with Andrew. And that she was pregnant with his kid. In the back of another taxi, I was huffing and puffing still trying to desperately get a hold of my girl, but still nothing. I was on the way to Andrew’s place since that was the only place I was sure Y/N was. Her parents didn’t live close enough to us and she didn’t trust her other friends the way she trusted Andrew. I’ve driven her there enough times before to remember where he lived.

Once I got to his house I banged onto the door as hard as I could multiple times, the anger coming out in me. I was scared that if I didn’t calm down, I’d do something detremental, and wouldn’t forgive myself if I did. Andrew opened the door first with an annoyed face but once he saw me his face went pale and his eyes wide. I grabbed him by the collar and pushed him against the wall behind him. He started breathing rapidly and his muscles tensed.

“Who the hell do you think you are coming into my apartment, telling my girlfriend you love her, then getting her pregnant! That’s low man! I trusted you! I trusted you to take care of my girlfriend and be her best friend while I was away, not to try and move in on her all of a sudden!”

“Luke!” That voice. That heavenly, beautiful voice, even though she was yelling. Her small figure emerged from his kitchen, pulling off yellow gloves, the ones you use to wash dishes. She chucked them onto the counter and rushed to pull me off of Andrew.

“Don’t hurt him! He didn’t do anything for you to be angry with him!” My body softened at her finally being in front of me, trying to calm down my anger behavior. She seemed slightly frightened by me, but still tried to have confidence as she yelled at me. She sighed, and faced Andrew.

“Give us some time to talk.” She turned to look back at me for a second, then at the ground. “Please.” Andrew gave me a deadly look before rubbing Y/N’s arms then walking out of the living room slowly. Without looking at me, she started walking over towards his couches and sat down still staring at her feet. Her fingers on her temples, and mine rubbing my chin as I sat down next to her.

“How’d you find out…”

“I read your stupid note that about made me lose my mind. And when I threw it away, I saw test. Just tell me Y/N, are you really pregnant?” I heard her sniffle and her hands made their way to her eyes trying to stop the tears from dripping. I could only take that response as a yes.

“Well, Andrew’s a lucky-“

“It’s not Andrew!” she screamed looking up in my eyes finally. I gulped and felt my lungs tightened before I could utter a response.

“T-Then…” she nodded, only causing her to cry harder and this time she didn’t care about letting me see her walls break. This was the saddest I’ve ever seen her. She was broken, confused, terrified, every bad emotion put into one person, and I only wish I could take all of that away from her, but this was the only thing I couldn’t help her with physically.

“B-But…how, I mean it’s been so long since…”

“Luke it hasn’t been that long. I didn’t want to tell you but…the day after you left for tour I was feeling really sick and really down. That’s part of the reason why I didn’t go out a lot. I was throwing up for days and didn’t eat because nothing looked appetizing to me, it all made me sick. And my moods had been changing. One second I’d be so happy then the next I’d start crying into my dinner. I’m guessing that’s why I was so mean to you sometimes. I was just too scared to test out the possibility of being pregnant so I waited until I knew for sure. Then, my period didn’t come, and I just had to finally test out the theory.” She grabbed my hand and placed it on her growing tummy. She wasnt showing yet, but I could already feel something different, something I’d give my whole life to.

I smiled and rubbed her belly, and she giggled at my touch, before having a straight face again.

“Luke, I don’t expect you to be a huge part of this baby’s life…and mine. I know you got Arzaylea and I know for a fact she isn’t going to be happy about this so, just take care of her and I can take care of this baby.”

“What the hell are you talking about? I want this baby more than I’ve ever wanted anything in my life. I can’t wait to deal with your mood changes and food cravings. To take care of you when you’re feeling sick and going shopping with you for baby goodies. Y/N…let me be a part of this journey. You can even come on tour with me. I don’t want to miss a single second of this any further.”

“But Arzaylea, you guys are together now I can’t pull you away from that.”

“Y/N I was lying. I only said I loved her because I thought you loved Andrew. It was my way of coping with pain but I know now that wasn’t the way to do it. I’m so sorry Y/N, please let me be a part of your life again, and our little munchin.”

Her hand fell on top of mine on her stomach and began rubbing circles on her smooth skin. I could tell she was thinking hard about this decision. This wasn’t just a makeup or breakup thing anymore, this was about bringing in another human being together and being responsible adults.

“I know this decision is going to be hard for you, but I love you so much, and now, I love this little baby more than I ever knew I could love anything. You don’t have to forgive me right now, but let me be in my childs life.” She looked up at me with hopefuly eyes, and her lips soon fell on mine. I was shocked, I didn’t expect her to even want me anymore since Andrew has been the one doing my part since tour started. But I wasn’t going to complain, so I picked up her face in hands and deepened our kiss, giving her all the love and passion I had inside of me that I couldn’t and wouldn’t give to anyone else. She smiled as I kissed her, and I pulled away staring into her gorgeous hazel eyes that I missed so much.

“Come on tour with me, we’ll leave tomorrow babe. The boys are going to be so happy that they’re going to be uncles.” She smiled big and nodded, giving me a sigh of relief. I was going to be a father, and I got my girl back. Life just couldn’t get better.

Captain retirement plans


As requested by anon. :)


It is unclear whether or not Bleach characters can retire. The TBTP arc said no - “retirement” means death or the Maggot’s Nest. On the other hand, Byakuya’s old lieutenant is super retired and sells sunglasses. So what is the truth? Who knows, but nevertheless, let’s find out what retirement plans the captains and former captains have!


1. Kurotsuchi

Kurotsuchi: “Retirement”? You mean, the Maggot’s Nest?

Kurotsuchi: I don’t care to go back there, actually.

Kurotsuchi: I will keep this post until Urahara Kisuke pries it from my cold, dead hands.

Urahara: Uh…

Kurotsuchi: FROM MY COLD DEAD HANDS


2. Byakuya

Byakuya: When my former lieutenant retired, he opened a shop and sold sunglasses. I would like to do the same.

Renji: Y-you’re going to sell sunglasses, Captain?

Byakuya: No. Do not be ridiculous.

Byakuya: I will sell Admiral Seaweed merchandise.

Renji: Oh.

Renji: Wait, what??

Byakuya: I think I will do very well.


3. Yamamoto

Yamamoto: The Head Captain does not retire.

Yamamoto: If I did, though…

Yamamoto: Then I would nap. I would nap so much.

Sasakibe: Much like now, then!

Yamamoto: …

Sasakibe: S-sorry! I’ll go!


4. Komamura

Komamura: I understand that there are excellent retirement homes for dogs!

Komamura: I would be honored to spend my retirement among friends, eating and enjoying the sunshine!

Iba: Have you been on the Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary facebook page again?

Komamura: They just all look so happy.


5. Kenpachi

Kenpachi: Retire?

Kenpachi: Sure.

Kenpachi: For a few seconds. While I bleed out after having been killed by Ichigo.

Ichigo: Wait, what now???

Kenpachi: Let a man dream, Ichigo!


6. Tosen

Tosen: When justice has been served, I plan to go back to the Steves.

Tosen: Spend my days among them, observing their behavior.

Gin: Is there really that much to observe?

Tosen: And I will battle the ignorance of people like you.

Tosen: They are…majestic creatures.


7. Unohana

Unohana: Retire from Squad 4?

Unohana: I rarely think about it. Perhaps I would then be able to pursue my hobbies.

Ichigo: Do you mean murder? I worry that you mean murder.

Unohana: I might mean murder.


8. Shinji

Shinji: Oh man, I will do NOTHING when I retire!

Shinji: Just listen to jazz, read, relax.

Hinamori: Much as you do now, really.

Shinji: Hey! I do paperwork sometimes!


9. Kensei

Kensei: I’d like to think retirement would allow me to relax, perfect my cooking, travel, read.

Kensei: But I imagine I will still be taking care of all of my knucklehead friends.

Shinji: You are the only one who can really cook.

Kensei: YOU GUYS COULD LEARN YOU KNOW


10. Soi Fon

Soi Fon: The captain of the Punishment Squad does not retire.

Soi Fon: I will die in my post. It is the only way.

Yoruichi: …awkward.


11. Aizen

Aizen: One does not retire from occupying the empty throne in the sky.

Urahara: Or from occupying a prison bondage chair!

Aizen: Shut up, Urahara. 


12. Hitsugaya

Hitsugaya: I think, if I retired, I would…go back home.

Hitsugaya: Find a place with an excellent view of the sky.


13. Gin

Gin: I would go away.

Gin: To somewhere.

Matsumoto: WHY ARE YOU LIKE THIS?!


14. Rose

Rose: I would be able to devote myself entirely to my art!

Rose: Finally finish that rock opera I’ve been working on, with Izuru’s help.

Kira: Why am I in your retirement fantasy?

Rose: Why, because you’re my muse, of course!


15. Ukitake & Kyoraku

Ukitake: Kyoraku and I have imagined being retired!

Ukitake: We’ll get some land with beautiful trees and a giant koi pond…

Ukitake: Plenty of land for the grandkids - if we have any - or for dogs if not!

Kyoraku: Yeah, just two old guys napping, drinking, and enjoying the sunshine.

Ukitake: Kinda makes you wish we could actually get there, huh?

Kyoraku: Yeah. It does.