Pairing: Jyuushiro Ukitake x Retsu Unohana
Disclaimer: I do not own Bleach or its characters.
Theme: #10 - Take Care Of Your Reputation. It's Your Most Valuable Asset
Summery: The Gotei Thirteen had a very active rumor mill.
Heard It Through the Grapevine
One of the things you learned very quickly about being a part of the Gotei Thirteen was that gossip spread far and wide. It was not exactly an accurate barometer of what was going on, but it did very often give a basic run down of what might be going on at any one time. It was both useful and supremely frustrating at the same time. Gossip had a way of getting out of hand around here, and Nanao knew better than to pay it much heed unless she was looking for a good laugh.
For example, take the latest hot topic to make the rounds. The word was that Captain Ukitake was passionately in love with some mystery women he had met in a bar. There was quite a bit of effort being put in to trying to figure out who the woman was, where she had come from, and if any one knew her. There were all sort of rumors and speculation flying around about the whole thing, and the interesting part was it this was both true and untrue.
Nanao knew this because she had been there at the bar when they had been spotted by some lower ranked shinigami. Her captain had dragged her along for the anniversary celebration of his and Captain Ukitake's graduation from the academy. Nanao really had not minded much. They had been in a booth, and the shinigami who had spotted them really had not gotten a clear look at the other woman with them. This was in part because Jyuushiro Ukitake had been kissing her senseless.
It was true that Jyuushiro Ukitake was passionately in love with the woman he had been kissing. But, he had not met Retsu Unohana in a bar, and the relationship was in no way new. From the stories that Shunsui had told her, Captain Ukitake and Captain Unohana had been involved with one another romantically for centuries. They had, amazing though, managed to keep the whole thing rather quiet over the years. Nanao could understand that. Some times it was nice not to have your private life the topic of public conversation.
In the end though, the latest round of gossip probably would not matter. It was not one of those things that needed to be nipped in the bud to protect some one's reputation, and clearly, Captain Ukitake and Captain Unohana did not mind. Nanao sighed. Now she could just get her fellow division members to focus on their paperwork instead of the gossip.