Fanon/Alternate Universe Ideas (Bleach/IchiRuki): 42/∞
Inoue’s Bakery is a popular bakery, known for it's ‘interesting’ pastries that many brave souls tend to try, more often and not rushing out to relieve their stomach of their contents. They do have other more common pastries and dishes, the strange and exotic combiantions are what most people go for.
For Inoue, she is quite content with her business, especially when it comes to conversing and greeting customers finding inspiration and feedback on her new dishes each week/month (although most are too worried to lie to such a sweet girl so she doesn’t really get an honest answer, not that she knows that.), but her latest creation was one inspired by a customer that has caught her interest.
Orange hair as bright as the sun, sharp features and an ever present scowl, Inoue was enarmored and inspired to create her newest pastry ‘orange moon,’ a pastry shaped like a crescent moon filled with custard, carrot cream, and blackberries mixed together with something biting like cayenne pepper and spicy curry all topped with a drizzle of orange syrup. However, due to the coloring, she found herself renaming it to ‘'black moon’ since the coloring turned to be more of a harder shade, but oh did she hope he tried it and maybe even give her his name!
And to help the pastry stand out she made another one called ‘’ white sun’ a small rounded donut covered in pink sprinkles, white powder that actually turned out to be finely grinded salt rather than sugar, with the same hot curry blended in with the same concoction she made for her black moon. Only rolled up into the puffy donut pastry.
With bated breath, Inoue sets her newest pastries on the counter with a bright colorful sign and a little note saying how she was inspired by someone special, and waits for her orange haired knight to walk through the door.
Kurosaki Ichigo finds him frequenting the strange bakery shop on a near daily basis. He can’t say much for the pastries, opting to buy a croissant or chocolate donut or muffin–any of the more normal baked goods.
He doesn’t notice the look of disappoint on the young woman’s face as he exchanges the money, completely bypassing the new pastries on display. He even has to fight not to gag as the strong scent of–peppers? Curry??–assault his olfactory senses as he puts some distance between him and the counter to plop down at an empty table, sipping at his coffee absentmindedly staring at the doors.
No, it wasn’t the food. Or the coffee. Or the atmosphere. Or even the distance, this place was actually a bit out of his way and it was by chance he decided to come here one fateful day.
And then the small chime of the bell rang as the true reason he frequented this odd bakery stepped in through the door.
Kuchiki Rukia loved sweets and loved to start off her morning with something from Inoue’s bakery. Not only was the baker very kind and sweet, she had the cutest pastries shaped into adorable animals–one in particular was chappy the rabbit.
The taste, however, was not really to her liking.
But she had formed this habit, buying the strange pastry all for the sake of her love of cute things and rabbits, while giving Inoue a kind greeting, noticing how down the young woman looked and her untouched creations sitting at the table.
Understanding and feeling pity, Rukia buys one or each in addition her usual purchase. Inoue seems to brighten a little and thanks Rukia, eagerly awaiting her to try her pastry, hoping Rukia will praise her as she casts a sidelong glance at the orange haired man seeming to watch them.
Rukia does not notice that they are being watched, paling when Inoue is encouraging her to try them and now stating she will give them to Rukia free of cost if she will tell her how they are. Rukia quickly recovers and states how she can’t do that and hurt Inoue’s business and she must pay for them and that she’s in a hurry so she can’t possibly eat them at this moment–she wants to enjoy them in a relaxing setting where she can sit down and truly enjoy the favors–then she will let Inoue know!
Inoue looks a bit disappointed and defeatedly smiles with a soft thank you and Rukia feels a jab in her heart.
She supposes she can try one…
Inoue is estatic and Rukia slowly brings the ‘’ black sun’ pastry to her mouth. ?It’s actually runny and the scent of spices mixed with sickly sweet orange is overwhelming her senses. Tears are already forming as she swallows back bile but scrunches up her face as she trembles and slowly brings it to her mouth as Inoue watches with wide eyes.
Rukia feels someone grab her wrist and she opens her eyes in surprise as a tall orange haired stranger is hovering over her, bringing her hand with the treat to his mouth and taking a large bite. She hears Inoue gasp in shock while she feels the sticky treat drip down her hand, nearly dropping it as she watches the young mans face.
He is scowling quite hard, his brows furrowed together so deeply they practically touch and he seems to turn green for a moment. He looks ready to heave, but hits his chest with a fist before forcing himself to swallow, the color of his face going down with the pastry as he looks deathly pale before looking at Inoue and manages a weak grin before glancing at Rukia.
She is staring at him with wide eyes, gaping and Ichigo suddenly feels like an idiot, although his heart is pounding and he wants to cover with something smooth–but he feels something coming back up and quickly turns to run outside. He is about to stop at the trash can just outside the shop, but knowing the petite young woman and baker can probably see him, he strides quickly away without looking back.
He makes it around the corner before he heaves, groaning at his stupidity and just how fucking uncool he must look as he bends over emptying his stomach into the gutter. He takes a drink of his coffee and swirls it around before spitting it out, stumbling back until he hits the wall and places a forearm over his eyes.
So stupid. Stupid, stupid–
He feels a tissue in his limp hand and he clutches it, wiping his mouth before dropping it. He hears a huff of irritation before another tissue is placed in his hand and he’s about to grab it when he realizes he doesn’t have tissues and they shouldn’t just magically appear in your hands.
He jerks his forearm from his eyes and looks down to see the petite dark haired woman looking up at him with her sapphire colored eyes, her brows drawn together and a frown adorning her pale face a she is holding a packet of tissues–
And the tissue he just used to wipe the vomit from his mouth.
The young woman is amused as the young man before her stiffens, wondering if it’s healthy or normal to go between extremely pale to glowing red in the face.
After introductions are made and Rukia is thanking him for ‘saving’ her, she tells him how much Inoue was pleased, but Ichigo is too embarrassed and overwhelmed to care as he is finally talking to the girl he’s been visiting that damn bakery for over a month.
And then she’s biting into the bunny shaped pastry, grimacing as she forces herself to swallow. Amused by her antics, Rukia sees him staring and jokingly offers him to have a bite.
She’s shocked once more when he leans down and takes the offer, biting purposely where she’s just bitten. Ichigo swallows, too nervous and excited to notice the horrid taste at first, but soon makes a face and frowns, asking why she buys it if she doesn’t seem to like it.
Now it’s Rukia’s turn to blush and she reluctantly admits she just buys it for the novelty although she does feel guilty biting off Such a cute rabbits head…
And Ichigo can’t help but laugh. And Rukia doesn’t know or realize how rare it is for kurosaki Ichigo to laugh, but she feels warm at the rich sound–
Until he calls her an idiot. And silently calling himself an idiot because it would have saved them both a lot of trouble if he had just approached her earlier.
He doesn’t expect the kick to the shin when he doesn’t stop laughing, but the power behind her foot effectively does the trick and he’s hopping after her–he’s not swear if it’s to retaliate or apologize.
Rukia and Ichigo end up meeting near Inoue’s shop as he shoves a bag in Rukia’s face before she can enter.
It’s cute, covered in little strawberries, bright yellow and smells wonderful. She eyes it warily and Ichigo flushes, brandishing it her more nervously for her to take it. She does but realizes Ichigo is waiting for her to open it.
Rukia is well aware of Inoue’s gaze from inside the bakery and they head off to the side–back to where they had initially got acquainted as she opens up the bag.
She gasps then looks up as Ichigo rubs the back of his head awkwardly. He tells her the favors are more… Sweet and common… Like strawberry and custard and chocolate and other ones his sister rattled off but he can’t remember and he doesn’t know what she likes so he made them all.
Rukia’s eyes are wide and mouth gaping. How could someone so… She couldn’t think of the word to imagine him in an apron the same style as the bag he had given her while making such adorable rabbit filled pastries was enough to have her giggling.
Ichigo seems to take this as an insult and snaps for her to give it back if she is just going to make fun and makes a grab for it but she snatches it away, causing him to reach around her, putting his body closely to hers as he struggles to take the bag back.
Rukia is finally able to stop her laughter as Ichigo has his arms around her, hands clutching at her hands as she smiles at him brightly and thanks him.
Ichigo flushes and quickly backs away, hands in his pockets and face turned away as he grunts something unintelligible.
It becomes a routine, as they share their homemade pastries–though they realize it is better to change their meeting spot, much to Inoue’s disappointment. They do wave to her and greet her, just much less frequently as they had before and Inoue comes to accept that the orange haired knight was not her knight after all.
At least she has a nice young man with glasses who seems more than happy to encourage and taste her new recipes.
As for Ichigo, he’s surprised to find Rukia is actually an accomplished cook herself as she uses Ichigo as her own guinea pig for her own recipes. He’s a harsh critic but Rukia can see he truly enjoys her cooking and he can be honest with her.
They’ve also tried their own versions of Inoue’s black moon white sun pastries, although they decided to rename them black sun and white moon, combining them into a swirled mixture that has different tastes that completely compliment each other. After all, if it weren’t for Inoue’s abhorrent pastry, they would never have met.