I agree with Erisalia
. The scene where Ichigo was shown with Rukia in chapter 436...that wasn't pride, that was pain. You don't feel pride in watching the closest person in your life disappear in front of your eyes. Nobody would feel good about that. In fact, it would downright tear you apart. All of the nakama, even Inoue, realized how painful this was for Ichigo, so they just kept shut and let them have their last moment together. IH fans constantly brag about how Inoue's come much closer to Ichigo since Rukia left, but I always preach that actions are louder than words
. When Inoue's relationship with Ichigo was tested against this false bond with Tsuki, it was clear how much she really trusted Ichigo. Chad, on the other hand, decided to trust the ground over both of them
I mean, Byakuya of all people, trusts Ichigo more than this falsified bond with Tsukishima.
Look what Rukia brought to the table: SHE was the one who gave him his powers back, SHE was the one who kicked him and punched him until he was smiling, and SHE was the one who told him he could overcome his despair (as well as some X-rated eyesmex
). How ANYONE can say that Rukia does nothing for him, that "she's a heartless bitch" is something I don't really understand. That's not even detracting, that's just straight up being a damn idiot. I mean, these are the kinds of people who say things like "the world is ending in 2012" or "don't vote for Ron Paul."
I'll go back to my fantasies of Ichigo & Rukia concieving babies now...-goes back to daydreaming-