Pairing: Jyuushiro Ukitake x Retsu Unohana
Disclaimer: I do not own Bleach or its characters.
Theme: #13 - Don't Nag
Summery: Sometimes Retsu worries about her boyfriend's work habits.
There were days when Retsu was tempted to hit her boyfriend over the head with something. Jyuu was a wonderful person, and she was glad that he was as passionate about his work as she was about her. But then there was his habit of getting caught up in his work and forgetting about things like eating and sleeping which really bothered both the doctor in her and the girlfriend in her. Jyuushiro had the tendency to worry about others and forget his own welfare, and there times when that took its toll. But it was a well engrained habit at this point, especially when there was something major like this current case going on.
So she wasn't at all surprised to find her boyfriend hunched over his desk with dozens of papers spread out in front of him. It was the same position he'd been in when she had dropped by this morning. It was now almost nine o'clock at time. Retsu shook her head and sighed. Then she went searching for Jyuu's legal assistant. Well, technically speaking, Nanao Ise was both Shunsui and Jyuushiro's legal assistant. And if one was being completely fair, they would acknowledge that this law firm could basically be run by the young woman.
Retsu found the young woman with her arms full of carryout boxes. She offered Retsu a tired smile.
"Hey, Dr. Unohana. Here to see Mr. Ukitake?"
"Yes. Would you like a hand with that?'
"Thanks," Nanao smiled, shifting the boxes in her arms. "You can take Mr. Ukitake's. I ordered extra for him. I thought you might be by. I'm going to go make Mr. Kyoraku eat something. Would you see if you can convince Mr. Ukitake to go home? I think they could both use some sleep."
"I'll do my best."
The younger woman held out a stack of boxes. "Thanks."
Retsu listened with half an ear to Nanao's conversation with Jyuushiro's best friend. He wasn't happy about being interrupted, but Nanao was just as stubborn as he was. If she had to bet on an outcome, it would be that Shunsui ate his dinner and went home. Retsu could hear Shunsui's voice even as she headed into Jyuu's office. "Don't nag, Nanao-chan."
"All right then, I'll just let you pass out from hunger next time."
Retsu shook her head once again and turned her attention to the silver haired man still hunched over his desk.
"Hey you. Have you eaten?"
Jyuushiro looked up, startled. "Sweetheart. I didn't know you were here."
"That much was clear. Nanao ordered you some dinner."
She began setting out the take out boxes.
"She really deserves a raise."
"She really deserves to run the law firm you and Shunsui keep talking about starting."
Jyuushiro grinned at her. "That too."
The two of them settled down to eat. After a few moments of silence, Retsu finally asked, "How is it going?"
Jyuu sighed. "We're getting there, but there's still a lot to do. The research is killing me though. I think I've read the same paragraph five times in the last ten minutes."
"Maybe you should call it a night and get some sleep then."
"I don't have time for that. The deadline for this is approaching quicker than I like."
"Is it going to get done faster if you have to do it twice since you made mistakes?"
Jyuushiro let out a sigh and nodded.
"You win. Sleep it is." He smiled up at her. "Thank you, Retsu."
She kissed him. "You're welcome. Finish you dinner. I can hear our bed calling us."