Works in Challenges/Collections
"Oh, Rukia, dear," Rukia's aunt said, sounding so genuinely earnest and cheerful that it made the situation even more bizarre than it already was. "You should have told me that this young man here is your intended! I wouldn't have made such a ruckus if I'd known," she chuckled.
"What," Ichigo finally found his voice. "Intended—"
The aunt turned to him before he could demand to know what the fuck was happening.
"Oh, dear, I'm so sorry for my early behaviour!" she chirped. "I didn't know you're going to be part of the family! Byakuya, you must tell me everything about this engagement. He has the Shiba look, doesn't he?"
Byakuya's face became so incredibly pinched at his aunt's comment that it wasn't a wonder that his next words were through gritted teeth. "That's because he is one."
"How wonderful! Congratulations to the both of you."
Ichigo took his cue from Rukia and dredged up a smile for the crazy aunt. Byakuya beckoned Shigeko with a smooth movement of his hand, and they made their way to the library. When they rounded the corner and were out of earshot, silence reigned between them for a moment before Ichigo finally turned to look at her.
"Rukia," he said. "What the fuck."