...s lucky she hadn't leapt on her friend yet-Very lucky, because in her anger, she seemed to have forgotten that Nel was one of the most powerful blood demons alive. Either that or she just didn't care, "Nel, exactly what is your relationship to Ichigo?" She practically growled the question.
Nel was a bit shocked at Rukia's abrupt change in manner but recovered quickly, "What do you mean? He's my friend, of course, and before you say that I'm overreacting, I would do the same to protect you from someone who tried to harm you!"
Her words served to deflate Rukia's anger and she sank into the nearest chair. She was right. Nel has always been like that...always ready to defend a friend. She spoke softly, "I'm sorry, Nel. I'm just so confused right now. I love him and yet, I don't know how to love him properly. I'm so angry with myself because of how I behaved yesterday and you're right, I could have done things so differently. I guess I just panicked." Rukia sighed heavily, "Just so you know, Nel...I'm doing my best. I don't want to hurt him and I'm going to try my damnedest to keep from doing it."
"See that you do, Rukia. Just know that I will protect him...even if I have to protect him from you."
Rukia was afraid that dinner was going to be a tense affair; however she was immensely relieved when Nel seemed to act like nothing was wrong. She'd given her warning and now they were back to being f...