XIX - What do they fight about? What are their arguments like? How do they make up? [UraIchi]
[What do they fight about? What are their arguments like? How do they make up?]
They don’t fight a whole lot. Of the two, Ichigo is definitely the more hot-tempered one, but mostly only when his friends are being threatened. He gets irritated pretty often by some of his friends’ antics, and Kisuke’s penchant for playful teasing can be annoying, but he rarely ever gets angry. When it comes down to it, truly pissing him off is actually a pretty hard thing to do, and he’s known Kisuke since his teens anyway, he’s pretty much immune to that idiot’s flair for dramatics. Kisuke does have a lot of secrets though, and to a degree, Ichigo understands the man’s habit of keeping everything to himself, so he tries not to push for more than Kisuke’s willing to give. It can be difficult though because Kisuke knows practically everything about Ichigo because Ichigo is pretty damn straightforward and Kisuke is his lover and after all the shit they’ve been through, the shopkeeper is probably one of the handful of people that Ichigo honestly trusts with his life, with his heart, with his sisters, but Ichigo can’t claim the same for Kisuke, and that kind of relationship is hardly fair or balanced, and when he thinks about it, he knows their relationship won’t last if Kisuke continues getting all evasive and vague when Ichigo asks about his past or anything really personal. Ichigo doesn’t even need to know everything; he just wants something, maybe more as the years go by, but Kisuke gets all secretive and shuts down in his own way when Ichigo presses, and that’s the biggest issue they tend to fight about. Kisuke learns to open up though, eventually, especially once it gets through his head (with a little help from outside parties coughShinjicough) that he will lose Ichigo if he doesn’t pull his shit together and start believing that Ichigo won’t leave him when Kisuke tells him about the blood on his hands, about the things he used to do, about the lies and manipulations that Ichigo would definitely not approve of.
And Ichigo doesn’t leave the moron, surprise, surprise, and that’s one issue more or less resolved over time. Then of course, there’s Yoruichi. They fought briefly about that too at the beginning when they were just starting.
Early on, people didn’t exactly approve when they got together, especially Shinigami who’ve known Kisuke for decades or even centuries. Isshin was very vocal with his opinion about just why Ichigo shouldn’t date Kisuke (which Ichigo ignored with the ease of long practice), and the Visored think he doesn’t know but he isn’t stupid he’s aware that almost every single one of them has dragged Kisuke off for a little chat. Other than that though, they haven’t said a word against it, aside from Hiyori who likes to fake-gag every time she sees them but that’s just her so Ichigo doesn’t mind. Shinji is the only one who doesn’t drag Kisuke aside; he drags Ichigo aside instead, not to chew him out or threaten him but to tell him about Yoruichi. Shinji is always refreshingly blunt when he isn’t fooling around, and the guy’s apparently guessed or even seen Ichigo wonder about the former Onmitsukidou commander, and Ichigo will always be grateful that Shinji seems to like him so much that he’d go out of his way to explain things to Ichigo when he needs it – “They’ve never been anythin’ but friends, and Yoruichi’s never liked Kisuke as anythin’ more than that, but Kisuke… well he used ta hold a torch for her. He should be over it now though.” In other words, ‘Don’t let him hurt you or I’ll hurt him.’ Ichigo’s never been prone to jealousy, so after that warning, he doesn’t say anything about the way Yoruichi likes to drape herself all over Kisuke – cat or woman. He keeps quiet about it because he understands the concept of best friends and he trusts Kisuke, so he doesn’t say a word until Sui-Feng of all people comes to fetch Yoruichi for a mission, sees Yoruichi half-drunk and sprawled on Kisuke, and she promptly (but somehow respectfully) drags Yoruichi off, kicks Kisuke in the face, and demands that Ichigo grow some balls and slap a leash on his mutt before she’s hauling Yoruichi off back to Seireitei without another word. When Ichigo looks over at Kisuke, the man is nursing his nose but looking right back, one eyebrow quirked in genuine bemusement like he really doesn’t have any idea how (okay he’ll admit it) fucking hard it’s been for Ichigo to hold his tongue, and just like that, Ichigo snaps and snarls the complaints he’s been holding back and maybe it’s not fair but do you really have to let her hang off you like that all the damn time Kisuke?!
That argument ends with Ichigo storming off to Hueco Mundo to pick a fight with Grimmjow who’s always up for brawl, and Ichigo needs the simplicity of fists and sore muscles right now. He slinks back to the Shouten in the early morning, ready to muster an apology because Kisuke and Yoruichi are best friends, and Rukia’s been known to hog half of Ichigo’s bed sometimes when she’s too tired to go home and that’s sort of the same thing and Kisuke’s never complained, but when he gets there, there’s dinner on the table, long gone cold, and Kisuke’s dozed off in his seat, and now Ichigo feels even more guilty because apparently the guy made him dinner and stayed up waiting for him. So he makes pancakes in return, which wakes Kisuke up, and it’s a bit awkward with Ichigo standing stiffly at the stove and Kisuke hovering in the doorway, but then he feels arms wrap around him and Kisuke quietly apologizing (Kisuke only ever apologizes to him, and Ichigo would be lying if he said some petty part of him isn’t pleased about that) and explaining that Yoruichi’s never outright encouraged Kisuke’s little… hero-worship/crush but she’s never discouraged it either, and that’s the way she’s always been, she’s a princess and Onmitsukidou, she takes advantage when she sees the opportunity, and being friends doesn’t stop her from doing that, and Kisuke’s just gotten used to Yoruichi being that close but he learned a long time ago that nothing would ever come from it, especially now because Kisuke has Ichigo now, and the thing he had for Yoruichi can’t compare to what they have now, can’t compare to what Ichigo’s freely given him without the games Yoruichi liked to play (not meaning to hurt Kisuke when they’d been younger but hurting him anyway). And Kisuke was stupid not to realize that Ichigo might take it the wrong way but he tells him I love you, Ichigo, and I certainly respect you too much to ever start anything with you if I wasn’t already over Yoruichi-san. We were never anything more than friends anyway; she made sure of that, and I accepted it long ago. It takes a while for Ichigo to really believe him but it helps that Kisuke now makes a point to sit with Ichigo even when Yoruichi’s there and looking for a lap to lie in, only for Kisuke to firmly refuse and smile slyly into Ichigo’s hair when Ichigo grumbles half-heartedly about Kisuke wrapping around him like some octopus even when they have guests. It’s embarrassing, and the insecure one should not be him, damn it, but Ichigo can’t deny that it’s… nice to have Kisuke pay more attention to him (not that he’d ever admit it under pain of death). Eventually, Yoruichi learns to back off, especially after she has Shinji glaring daggers at her one Christmas when she attempts to tease Ichigo by catching Kisuke under the mistletoe in cat form, poofing back into a very naked human form, and sneaking a kiss with him. Kisuke’s the one who dodges and drops a kiss on Ichigo’s lips before Ichigo is even fully aware of what Yoruichi was trying to do. It’s a hurdle they work through and come out the stronger for it.
As for Kisuke, there isn’t much of anything Ichigo can do to anger him. Ichigo’s very… single-minded about love. He loves his sisters and woe betide anyone or anything that does them harm. That was made very clear when Hell itself couldn’t stop Ichigo from kicking its ass and retrieving Yuzu. He loves his friends, and he’ll lead invasions and start wars for them if necessary. And he loves Kisuke, and Kisuke slowly learns that that isn’t going to change, that Ichigo’s heart is set on him, and he gets to keep it. There is one thing though, and that’s Ichigo’s tendency to throw himself into danger at every given opportunity, and it scares the hell out of Kisuke. It already worried him before he went and fell in love with Ichigo; it’s even worse to have to stand back sometimes and just hope and pray and trust that Ichigo will make it back safely from the latest danger. Kisuke even yells at him one time when Ichigo literally dies but manages to come back under Ryuuken’s steady hands. He wrings a promise out of Ichigo to be more careful; he knows better than to try and make Ichigo promise he won’t dive into the face of danger ever again. Kisuke learns to live with it because he knows this is one thing that won’t change about Ichigo, and in a lot of ways, Kisuke doesn’t want it to change because the resolve to go to any lengths to protect his people is something Kisuke also loves about Ichigo. Kisuke will just have to support him and look after him as best he can, as he’s always done.