...yone at the moment, which is a first. Why'd you want to know?"
"Idle curiosity. Wait, who said I wanted to know?" I walked into that one.
Maiko shrugged, a grin on her face. "Who, indeed? Anyway, I know it's an imposition, but my lunch break ends soon, and I'm not gonna get to check on him."
Soi Fon's eyes narrowed. "What do you want?"
"Nothing much. Just, if you've got the time, swing past Grimm's quarters and make sure he's still breathing. Who knows, you might even get him to come in and actually do some work. And, in return, I don't tell Grimm that you were fishing for his relationship status."
It wasn't an imposition, that much Soi Fon could agree on. In fact, she'd already been considering the idea herself and, when combined with semi-blackmail... "Not a problem. I was going that way in a while as it was. Retrieving a wayward lieutenant won't disrupt things too much."
Maiko grinned at her. "Cheers. In that case, I won't take up anymore of your time." She turned to leave, but stopped, and looked back. "Look, this is probably really impertinent, but those rumours about you and Lady Yoruichi…?"
"Totally untrue." Soi Fon wished that this was the first time she'd had to answer that question.
Maiko sighed as she turned away. "Figures. All the good ones are straight."
Ten minutes later Soi Fon was flash-stepping across the Seireitei and into the officers' district, a woman on a mission.