Cute Orihime drawing © rusky-boz.
Waking up to a blaring alarm, Bolin looked around groggily. Reaching with half-lidded eyes, he grabbed what he expected to be his phone. Instead, there was a high pitched screech that startled him awake. Becoming more conscious from the noise, he found he had grabbed onto Pabu’s tail which was now half-way across the room being licked by the poor animal. “Sorry buddy,” The boy stated as he realized what had happened. The poor fire ferret must have awoken from the alarm as well only to have his fuzzy tail viciously grabbed. Unable to really do anything else, Bolin leaned over and grabbed his phone whose noise had only just died down.
“Why am I awake this early?” Bolin asked himself as he scratched his head. Thinking back to the previous night as to why he would use a function never before touched on his mobile, he managed to remember. “Oh, right, the bakery!” With that, he was alive and awake moving from his bed to the shower. Knowing he had some time to spare, the teen enjoyed the water and took as long as he liked. He wanted to be completely clean and smell nice for his first day on the job. Enjoying his rare ten minute wash. Bolin stepped out and felt fully invigorated, something that didn’t happen to often in the morning. Still, he was about to work his first job! And it was at a bakery! With Orihime! The last portion of that thought was a little worrisome, but he hoped enough time had passed.
Standing in front of the mirror, he admired what he enjoyed most about himself, his figure. While the mirror only reached a bit above his waist, he flexed his muscles and smooth backed his hair. Wrapping the towel around his lower portion, Bolin began to brush his teeth excited for the day ahead. Once finished, he rinsed out his mouth and began to carefully style his hair with that single strand hanging down the top of his forehead. Satisfied with himself, Bolin stepped out of the room, grabbed a new pair of boxers, and let his towel drop. Pabu had already known what was coming and managed to open the window a crack enough to head out and do his own business. Alone in just boxers, he admired his new uniform.
The primary portion of it was a button up white long-sleeve with gold-colored trim around the cuffs. The white pants were clean and pristine after having never been worn before. They had apparently been tailored to just his size. While snazzy, it was only made more so with the teal vest holding his name on a white puffy stitch-on which went over the white shirt. The final aspect to an already great uniform was the gold and white bow tie. Looking over the uniform proudly, he couldn’t help but announce, “Bow ties are cool!” Excited, he nearly forgot the black shoes at the bottom. He had only met the Tinkers twice, but they were very nice people. Also, for a pair of old people, they seemed to have quite an amount of money. Still, even if they were rich, they were genuinely kind and helpful.
Pulling each portion on with care, Bolin looked himself over with a smile and fixed the bow tie. Stepping out of the room, he was sad to see Mako wasn’t in at the moment. He really would have liked to give his older brother a hug right them and ask him how he looked. While he was confident in such attire, he didn’t mind compliments. Besides, he was sure Mako would be proud of him for stepping up to the plate and getting a job. The only aspect he was unsure about was his brother coming in and seeing Orihime. That was still one little secret he wasn’t ready to announce. Taking another glance around however was an already prepared meal and a note reminding him not to be late. Smiling, he ate the specially made noodles just for today. He would have to give Mako a hug upon returning home for sure.
Washing out his dish, Bolin glanced at the time. While he still had plenty before arriving, he wanted to make a good opinion of himself to the owners. With that, he grabbed his phone and wallet, bid farewell to a now sleeping Pabu, and pulled open the door. Blinking in confusion, he saw that it was raining. It wasn’t horrible, but he wasn’t exactly fond of such weather. Maybe had he checked the forecast already and known if it would storm, but it just had to be raining on his first day? What if it developed into a storm? He couldn’t just up and run off. Gulping, he closed the door a bit and found a spare umbrella Mako had been sure to buy for him. Otherwise the lovely new uniform would be drenched upon getting in. Sighing at the lack of a car, Bolin opened the umbrella and stepped out, pulling the door closed with him. It wouldn’t be required till he was past the stairs, but he liked having it open just in case.
Rushing somewhat up to the store, he could see in just enough to know it was nearly empty. Only one person was inside, an auburn haired girl chewing on some bread. Smiling, he pulled open the door and heard the dingle of a bell up ahead. The inside of the bakery smelled of sweets and deliciousness. He had always thought the place fancy, and even more so upon stepping inside. Still, it had a warm and cozy atmosphere and the people who ran it were a lot better compared to most he had met. In fact, they faintly reminded him of someone from his and Mako’s past. Those memories were better than most, but that time was still unhappy and his life didn’t get any better until moving here. Still, those thoughts were for another day. Today, he was here to work and hopefully have more fun with Orihime.
“I’m here,” He announced as if it weren’t obvious from the bell. Looking directly at the counter, his mouth gaped a bit at what he saw. Orihime was in a very similar outfit. However, instead of the dress shirt, her sleeves only went a little past the shoulder. The vest had to have been custom made for obvious reasons and he gulped as he noticed his eyes wander. Bringing them back up to her face, he noticed the small cap which she wore and smiled at how it suited her. All in all, she looked absolutely stunning and was the perfect person for a bit of extra business. Of course, with him there, the Tinkers not only had a great crowd drawer, but also someone who could handle the place if anyone happened to get rowdy or a little too touchy with their order.
“Er, I guess the rain is keeping away the crowd?” Bolin asked her as he closed his umbrella and walked up the counter. While the question was what he had said, he couldn’t help but think how much her uniform suited her. Well, at least if no one was coming by, he had plenty of alone time with Orihime. That meant lots of fun or…well, yeah, there probably was a few subjects that needed to be discussed. At least maybe those topics could wait till later if the owners were in. “Are the Tinkers in the back?” He asked with a smile hoping they would note his early arrival, even if his shoes and pants were pretty wet.
The hands of the clock were steadily ticking, and time continued passing. When would Bolin make it here? He wasn’t late by any means. But in the bakery, Orihime was alone with only the sight of the raindrops sliding down the glass and rapidly slipping towards the dirt below to occupy her attention, same for the bread she was eating with a generous amount of honey. As much as she loved the rain, as much Orihime loved the honey-dipped bread, it was not as satisfying knowing she was only using them to measure the time and wait for the arrival of a person she regarded as a close friend, and now even, a fellow coworker at Tinker’s Delight! The environment would hopefully be more conductive to mirth and amusement after what happened earlier that week. In the space of days they went without seeing each other, she’d had time to gather up her thoughts and feelings.
No matter what, if permitted the chance, Orihime wanted to keep him in her life. Love was a wonderful emotion to experience and she would never wish to deny it from anyone. The love Bolin expressed to Orihime was not one she could return, however. It wouldn’t be fair of her to say anything else. At this point in her life, dating anyone was not utmost on her mind and would even be impossible, not the state she was in. Orihime considered it only yesterday when she flipped open her phone to read that untimely text message spelling out that Ichigo was attending the homecoming dance with Rukia. The surge of pain that threaded through her veins and choked her chest was unforgettable. It felt like a blade may have ruptured through her ribcage to tear her into two. Other things to her were important, like her job, her school, her friends, the safety of the town, but she was still just a seventeen year old girl who was in love.
Orihime was naive, but she was not blind. For years she entertained herself with girlish, romantic fantasies filled with Ichigo. They were recurring, strengthening and becoming more frequent as her fondness for Ichigo only grew. Her love for one of her closest friends was a constant element in her life encouraging her to try her hardest to better herself both as an individual and as a fighter. Try as she may, Orihime could not shake the jealousy that polluted her soul. As a young woman in love, she recognized immeasurable love when she saw it in others. The way Rukia inexplicably knew exactly what to do to awaken Ichigo’s spirit, it was intimidating. Shared glances, shared smirks, shared smiles, and Orihime’s view of her own self worth was distorted, because she was not a tiny-waisted, noble shinigami with sapphire eyes and an angelic halo of jet-black tresses. She was beyond Orihime, who was a mere slip of a mortal girl bound by flesh and uncertainty, just as surely as Rukia was bound to Ichigo in spirit and in heart. I want to be like her. I want to be strong. I want to be admirable. I want to be…-
In the end it never really mattered. She could wish to be more like this, more like that, but Orihime was Orihime and she was not Kuchiki Rukia. Rukia was a good friend of hers and easily earned that title and position in her life thanks to the many good deeds and formed camaraderie between the two. Even when Orihime left Karakura without so much as a goodbye and they reunited in the pet shop, Rukia did not push her away or wrinkle her face with disgust as Orihime cried mightily hard and dripped tears and snot all over her. She held her, and she whispered and she consoled Orihime much like the elder sister she never had growing up. Was it any wonder that Ichigo would choose her?
A sigh escaped Orihime’s lips. Was it any wonder why Orihime found the idea of a love confession to her unfair? Letting herself uselessly meander down such a self pitying thought process like that only furthered her resolve to not ever accept one. Rejection hurt, there was no denying that and not much she could do to cushion the blow rejection would deal out, but it beat lying or leading anyone on. That included, no it especially applied to Bolin. There was no way Orihime could ever do that to him. Her affection for him wouldn’t allow it. Today she did not know what was in store for Bolin and her, but she would do her best like always to make it not only clear how she felt but to make the encounter as least uncomfortable as possible. So when he entered the bakery, she blinked slowly, sweeping back into reality. Then, Orihime smiled wide and pearly bright.
"Huh? Oh, Bolin-san! It’s good to see you made it at last~!" she chirped, and Orihime really did mean it. She popped the last of the bread into her mouth, chewing around it and rubbing her hands together to free them of any leftover crumbs. Break time was over! There may not have been any customers to attend to, and doubtlessly would in this downpour, but she still had a job to do! Once she was finished with wiping her hands off, Orihime walked around the counter to where a medium-sized hinged door was. Pushing it open, she gestured for him to enter. Brown eyes perused Bolin’s dress attire, which consisted of a matching uniform but in a contrasting teal color and with long slacks, and instead of a pleated skirt which Orihime was wearing. His shoes, same for his pants were sodden with rain water, but Bolin looked to be in tip top shape and ready to go. And he was early! She couldn’t have felt more proud. He really pulled off the whole look too, an ideal employee at Tinker’s Delight ready to take on the day! "You look perfect!” Orihime gushed, clasping her fingers together and feeling totally overpowered with awe. If Mr. and Mrs. Tinker were here they would surely agree!
"Huh, oh, and yeah!" To Orihime, walking through the rain was a small, pretty much nonexistent price to pay if it meant her destination lead to her securing tasty, freshly made foods. Not everyone possessed a mindset like hers though! This was common place on days that were like this. The bakery would considerably be less crowded and business would be vastly slower. A couple customers with enough guts to brave the storm or whom were on their way elsewhere would maybe stop in to dry off and pay for their purchases of hot drinks and yummy treats, but for the most part it was like this until the weather let up. "I guess with how hard it’s coming down outside nobody wants to stop by for pastries. As delicious as it all is, not everybody likes to deal with the rain." Sheepishly, Orihime commented, “Personally I don’t mind it! Sometimes when the mood strikes I even go for a walk outside, as long as I have an umbrella with me.”
“Are the Tinkers in the back?”
"A-Ah, no - " Here came the part where Orihime was to fill in Bolin on what was the plan for today, or at least for the rest of their shared time here at the bakery. Her explanation came out long but truthful to what happened. "It’s just us! They went out on a last minute run to deliver a cake for a little boy’s ninth birthday party. The order only came in yesterday so…They really had to hustle to gather the ingredients and make sure everything was ready! And then with the rain, they had to leave a couple hours early. Mr. Tinker usually goes by himself, but Mrs. Tinker insisted she go too! He has trouble with directions so she wanted to make sure the drive went smoothly as possible and nothing went wrong. The rain only made her worry more." While immersed in her explanation, Orihime felt a jovial smile curve her pink lips and let out a light chuckle at the mental visual prompted. Mr. Tinker would be grumbling behind the wheel as Mrs. Tinker faithfully commanded him on where to turn or where to generally go in that rarely but surely booming voice of hers - but it was all out of good intentions!
They were a really cute in their own way, not to mention an inspiring old couple with a banter that belied how long their relationship stood the test of time. Orihime had a lot of reason to respect them, for many reasons including how long they stayed together.
"It’s just us!" Orihime repeated loudly, offering a bemused glance from beneath her eyelashes up at Bolin. "Eheheh. Mr. Tinker told me it was my responsibility to train you on everything you needed to know. So I promise, I’ll take good care of you!" This was followed by an innocent smile. Her expression brightened as she became more wrapped up in her assigned role; not that Orihime would not have done everything to help Bolin on the job. What kind of friend would she be otherwise? But knowing Mr. Tinker personally requested she do this did wonders for her enthusiasm and feeling of authority. "Trust me, I know what I’m doing! Ne, this doesn’t look like a face that would lie to you, riiight? So, now! First thing’s first… What experience do you have working at a place like this, Bolin-san? I’ll need to know what we’re working with before we can progress from here. And be sure to not leave out anything, please.”
Sode, I can’t wait when we’re both the proud grandmothers of blossoms! Then we’ll be even more of nakamas than we already are. Oh, oh, and M3, always~! - submitted by periwinklehairpins
Yeah, M3 fo sho Sode! <333 Our blossoms will be so adorable, I can see them now already! ;; TommyxFlower = Tower OTP forever~!
Haru came up with Anonymice which is so cute and now I use it when I can, but guess what?? I came up with a new word myself! I was talking to my friend, and I was like, “I want to have a whole cake to myself! Vanilla! Vanilla icing! I feel so depied!” I meant to say “deprived” but “depied” came out and then my friend and I look at each other and… There was happiness there. I feel so proud. ;; Because…dePIE’d! See??
It’s no problem at all, I love seeing you two together. Aww, don’t be insecure, I think a lot of people love seeing it. Yay, another Robin and Startfire shipper! <3333
Awww gosh okay I’ll try! It’s just you know how sometimes people can be really vocal fans of something and then annoy people like that?? I feel like that’s me and like it can be reaaaally troublesome to see it’s why I try to tone it down and was nervous to post the fanmix! But Yue was so sweet to do the graphics for me and I wanted to share it with Bolin so I did it in the end ;; Yes, RobStar is such an adorable pairing and they belong together! It’s impossible not to ship them!
YAAAAY~! I ship Robin with your Starfire too!! One of my favorite ships in AURP actually because they have been a ship I’ve proudly sailed on since I was younger aww just nostalgia and plus your roleplays with them are so precious ;; <333 Thank you for telling me you ship Bohime you don’t know how insecure I am sometimes! Like I worry I must be such an annoyance with how much I ship them!! It means so much to meet someone else who ships them <3333 You’re so sweet for saying that gah ;;
Slow Like Honey | A Bohime fanmix by periwinklehairpins
For Bolin, because you are so special to me and I don’t know what I would do without having met a wonderful person like you! I’ve been wanting to make a soundtrack for our crack pairing for a long, long time! I hope it brings you as much shipper feels as it does for me. =3 That and I hope you like all the music I put onto here; I did my best to have as fitting songs as I could! You’re such an amazingly, super talented romantic roleplayer partner, one of the first I ever met who didn’t mind my constant plotting and shippy feels bouncing around everywhere ! For what it’s worth you are my writing idol. You always push me to not only do my best in every reply I write for you but to try my very best to match you with a reply worth waiting for. ;; Thank you soo much! This Orihime wishes you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! <33
"BREATHE IN"; · · · Frou Frou
And I’m high enough from all the waiting
To ride a wave on your inhaling
And I’m high enough from all the waiting
To ride a wave on your inhaling
‘Cause I love you, no
Can’t help but love, you know
"SUCH GREAT HEIGHTS"; · · · The Postal Service
They will see us waving from such great
Heights, ‘come down now,’ they’ll say
But everything looks perfect from far away,
‘Come down now,’ but we’ll stay…
"GOLD” ; · · · Owl City
I know you’re gold
Oh I know, I knowI don’t even need stars in the night
I found my treasure
All I need is you by my side
So shine forever
"I’D DO ANYTHING FOR YOU” ; · · · Foster the People
Oo la love, I’ve fallen in love, and it’s better this time than ever before
Oo la love, I’ve fallen in love, and it’s better this time than I’ve ever known
Every day is a battle I face
Strange life I live but its what you’ve decided
I’ll give it all into your hands,
Do what you will with me, and oh
I’ll smile when you speak
Remember all those times I was hoping for something
And shaking my head from all I have done
But you never left me
"BESIDE YOU” ; · · · Marianas Trench
If your heart wears thin I will hold you up
And I will hide you when it gets too much
I’ll be right beside you
I’ll be right beside you
I will stay.
Nobody will break you
"I AM A PIRATE, YOU ARE A PRINCESS” ; · · · PlayRadioPlay!
We have a good thing
She is a bad thing
Why would she want to break us
Who would want to break us
Soon enough you’ll hear the black top calling your name
Every day your life will never be the same
I am a pirate you are a princess
We could sail the seven seas
Bring back some presents
For all the people
Everyone will love us even Courtney will love us
"BRIGHTER THAN SUNSHINE” ; · · · Aqualung
I never understood before
I never knew what love was for
My heart was broke, my head was sore
What a feeling
What a feeling in my soul
Love burns brighter than sunshine
Brighter than sunshine
Let the rain fall, I don’t care
I’m yours and suddenly you’re mine
Suddenly you’re mine
And it’s brighter than sunshine
"ANCHOR” ; · · · Mindy Gedhill
When people pin me as a clown,
You behave as though I’m wearing a crown,
When I’m lose I feel so very found,
When you anchor me back down.
There are those who think I am strange,
They would box me up and tell me to change,
But you hold me close and softly say,
That you wouldn’t have me any other way.
When all the world is spinning round,
Like a red balloon way up in the clouds,
And my feet will not stay on the ground,
You anchor me back down.
"GOODNIGHT & GO” ; · · · Imogen Heap
Skipping beats, blushing cheeks I am struggling
Daydreaming, bed scenes in the corner café
And then I’m left in bits recovering tectonic tremblings
You get me every time
Why d’ya have to be so cute?
It’s impossible to ignore you
Must you make me laugh so much
It’s bad enough we get along so well
Say goodnight and go
“RHYTHM OF LOVE” ; · · · Plain White T’s
We may only have tonight
But till the morning sun, you’re mine
Play the music low
And sway to the rhythm of love
My heart beats like a drum
A guitar stringed to the strum
A beautiful song to be sung
"BABY IT’S FACT” ; · · · Hellogoodbye
Baby, it’s fact
That our love is true
The way black is black
And blue is just blue
My love is true
It’s a matter of fact
Oh, and you love me too
It’s as simple as that
"IT’S GOOD TO BE IN LOVE” ; · · · Frou Frou
It’s good to be in love
It really does suit you
Just like everything
I’m happy you’re in love
Because every color goes where you do
I’m adoring you
It’s all good
You’re so beautiful
I’m black and blue all over
You’re breaking my flow
"DIGITAL LOVE” ; · · · Daft Punk
The time is right to put my arms around you
You’re feeling right; you wrap your arms around too
Suddenly, I feel the shining sun
Before I know, this dream is all gone
Ooh, I don’t know what to do
About this dream and you
I wish these dream comes true
Ooh, I don’t know what to do
About these dream and you
We’ll make these dream come true
Why don’t you play the game?
"TEENAGE DREAM” ; · · · Boyce Avenue
My heart stops when you look at me
Just one touch, now baby, I believe this is real
So take a chance and don’t ever look back
Don’t ever look back
I’mma get your heart racing if that’s what you need
In this teenage dream tonight
Let you rest your head on me if that’s what you need
In this teenage dream tonight, tonight, tonight, tonight
"STEAL YOUR HEART” ; · · · Augustana
Now love is like an ocean
Take it down to the depths
Yeah I’m taking you with me
Taking every step to steal your heart
I’m gonna steal your heart away
Gonna steal your heart
Gonna steal your heart away
Life is like a shadow
It never stays in one place
I’m standing here anyway
However long it takes to steal your heart
To: Orihime Inoue
From: Your Secret Santa
I-I know I asked for Bohime from my SS but I didn’t honestly expect to get it since it’s a crack ship!! I would have been happy no matter what I received but still this is soooo cute and shocking! Awww! Gosh this is so cute and in character! Bolin would so do that ehehe that cheeky boy! I love chibi Bolin and Orihime so much and with the mistletoe toe it’s an added cute, festive and classic touch! Thank you so, so, so much Secret Santa! <333 The quote is something I think makes it even more perfect! I never knew that about mistletoe toe before so yay for a little lesson regarding Greek mythology. =3 <33 Again thanks so much!! ;;
The morning sun was washing through the windows trimmed in lace, and there was a pleasant rhythm and murmur to the modestly sized bakery and its customers. A cluster of small, golden bells jingled overhead as Orihime stepped through the doors. The sweet fragrance of freshly baked pastries, paired with the scent of coffee and hot drinks, greeted her. There was a short line of customers already lined up, and Orihime cheerfully waved towards Mrs. Tinker to let her know she was ready to take over as she headed to her rightful place behind the counter. Dressed in a pink skirt, white, button-up top with a matching pink vest and simplistic red bow – not to mention her small, matching cap, she looked sharp and ready for the beginning of her work day. “Good morning!” she chirped, a cheerful smile gracing her features as she greeted a familiar customer, a little, elderly man who always swung by to pick up his order of coconut cream-filled donuts with an apple fritter. “The usual, right?” Orihime asked sweetly.
As Orihime tended to fulfilling their customer’s needs, Mr. and Mrs. Tinker continued to bake. They were in the midst of preparing a large cake for an order that came in just yesterday. It was short notice, but with their combined efforts it was coming along smoothly. The smell of bread and cakes was as strong as ever, mingled in with the fruits from cobblers and tarts along with the sugar from frosting. It did not take long to deal with the morning rush, although maybe that description was not correct considering there was a lull. On the week days, Orihime worked after school, but during the weekend she recently took on the morning shift. There was a couple seated at a small table chatting together as they ate their purchases. Curious as to what was being baked exactly, Orihime tilted her head to the side to peek into the back of the shop, just in time to see a two-tiered chocolate cake being pulled out of the oven to cool. “Wah…That looks so tasty!”
Orihime could tell already what it was going to be based on the icing Mrs. Tinker was preparing, and the strawberries being washed and cut. Strawberry shortcake! Whoever that little boy they were making it for, she was certain he would love it! Their strawberry shortcake was the best.
"Oh, Orihime," Mr. Tinker addressed her as he approached, using his apron to wipe his face. He nearly used the back of his hand, but after receiving a glare from his wife, quickly decided against it.
"Un!" Orihime grinned, swallowing around a mouthful of bread she was munching on for lunch. Some crumbs still clung to the corners of her lips. "What is it?"
"I wanted to remind you that our newest hire will be coming in today to start his training. 1:00 pm, sharp! That was what we told him. Although if he’s a little late that would be understandable on account of the weather…" His sentence drifted off on a thoughtful note as he peered out the windows to take in the change in weather. The stripes of golden light were gone, as the sun was covered by a darkening mass of gray that made everything look darker and dreary. It looked like a downpour was eminent, which spelled trouble, not that Orihime knew that. She was too surprised to fully understand.
Instantly, at the mention of Bolin, Orihime’s eyes had rounded. She’d forgotten today was his starting day! It was strange, only a few days passed since the events of Halloween…They still had yet to have a serious talk about anything that occurred, although there were doubtlessly tons of questions on both of their ends. After she tried and failed to let him down gently, their friendship was wracked by awkwardness and yet not damaged. Then again they hadn’t had the chance to really be alone together since. But today that would be changing. Once it was in the afternoon, he would be coming in and Orihime was expected to show him the ropes as the Tinkers put it. Not that she was complaining about such a task of course! If she was honest, she was just feeling more than a tad bit apprehensive about the whole thing. Not only was it a big responsibility to assume, but how would Bolin feel? Would he be up to it? Would he be up to talking to her face to face much less…taking orders from her? She would just have to try her best. Trying to act as normal as possible wouldn’t do any harm and was what she should do she told herself determinedly. Bolin deserved nothing less after everything he went through on her behalf.
"Oh, yes. I’ll do my best! I’ll teach Bolin everything I know! Ah…um…" Orihime tilted her head, only realizing what he was staring outside. "It looks like it may rain…Will that be a problem?" she asked, knowing he was going to be the one to deliver the cake to their customer’s residence as Mr. Tinker usually was the one to do that job. He chuckled heartily, and his next reassurance made her less assured, her nervousness blooming in her chest and straining her smile. "I should be fine, although you know how she is. That wife of mine refuses to let me go alone in this kind of weather, so it was going to be the two of us on the road. Flattering that we got an order from so far off, and the money is good, but I still wish they didn’t live almost on the outskirts of Bunkyo.”
"Eheheh!" Orihime laughed to herself. Her smile became more genuine when she imagined how worried Mrs. Tinker must be to insist she go with him instead of stay at the bakery. If it was about to rain, and with his occasional tendency to get lost, that was probably for the best. "Yeah, I understand why. She only wants to make sure you’re safe." Mrs. Tinker nodded, having heard her words even from so far away. Mr. Tinker rolled his eyes and groaned, having two women against him although Orihime did not intend that at all.
Time passed, the bakery emptied, and the married couple dressed up in their coats, Mr. Tinker carrying the box in tow. Orihime said goodbye but not before bidding them to be safe on their drive. The weather indeed changed, going from a light drizzle to a heavy downpour. It was supposed to keep up like this all day was what the weather reports said, although at least it was not going to worsen to become a full fledged storm. Orihime was left alone behind the counter, waiting for the moment Bolin would enter, and it would just be the two of them. He probably wouldn’t be expecting it so she would need to explain the circumstances to him. Orihime busied herself with eating some more bread which she dipped into a small bowl of honey. She was not expecting anymore customers, not for a long while at least, although she kept an eye out in case to be safe. Another bite was taken out of her piece of bread. She spared a glance at the clock, her eyebrows curving slightly. “Mou…” she muttered softly, “I hope Bolin-san is staying safe too wherever he is…!!”