Honey Dish Rhapsody novel (co-authored by Tite Kubo and Matsubara Makoto)
…”But just from that Ichigo knew everything was going well for her. Ichigo was about to say, “Isn’t that good?” but he thought it will be weird for him to suddenly say that so he kept it to himself. He then offered to wash her dish so Rukia gave a bowl to him. She sat on the chair and was about to fall asleep while Ichigo kept babbling about how delicous her curry was and how people in 11th Division loved her curry. When Ichigo turned back to look at Rukia she had already fallen asleep. He smiled and thought, What a happy face you have here. Then he thought some more that he’s really glad to have come to Soul Society because he’s able to protect her. “Oi, don’t fall asleep here. Go to your room and sleep!”. Rukia jerked up and yelled back, “Bastard! What the hell were you thinking!”” [x]
The Death Save the Strawberry novel - (co-authored by Tite Kubo and Matsubara Makoto)
For Ichigo whose will to protect is stronger than anyone else’s, it must be an unbearable pain…..” I want to do something for him, she thought. Without any moment’s delay, using any means necessary. “Leave it to me”. Rukia took Orihime’s hand. Orihime who put her head up looked at Rukia with eyes wet with tears. “I will return to Ichigo his shinigami powers for sure.” She exerts strength in the hand she was holding. That was a promise both for Orihime and herself. A promise which meant she’ll accomplish the task for sure no matter how hard it was, no matter if it only held a narrow possibility.