In her mind's eye, she sees two kingdoms, torn asunder because of the terrible war between them.
The kingdom of ninjas, led by the brave and beautiful Ninja Princess, need wool for their cool, black outfits to keep warm! But the kingdom of sheep, led by the brave and Innocent Shepherd Boy, are angry, because their sheep are always cold in winter!
The war is long and terrible, and many innocent sheep are slain! There seems to be no end to the tragedy, until one day, a Mad Scientist comes to the Kingdoms. The war makes the Mad Scientist very sad, and she is determined to reunite the two kingdoms into one!
So she invents SYNTHETIC WOOL, and at last there is hope! Now the ninjas may always be warm, and the sheep need not be shorn, and finally the two kingdoms can be at peace!
The Ninja Princess and the Shepherd Boy can now be friends! And the heirs to their one big kingdom together! And happy that Synthetic Wool has saved the land, the Mad Scientist gives them both a big kiss.
Ichigo surfaced, startled, to gape at her.
Tatsuki, sitting three feet away, blinked, then recovered. She gave him maybe 10 seconds to recover, before she got to her feet to loom over him, hands on hips.
"And you'd better take good care of Orihime, because I'll kick your ass if you don't," the Ninja Princess informed the Shepherd Boy.
He blinked, then scowled at her. "What?"
"What do you think?" she said, scowling back. She turned. "I'll just leave the two of you alone n--"
But the Ninja Princess was not escaping so easily from the Mad Scientist. Orihime's hand reached up, caught her by the back of her shirt, and yanked.
Caught off guard, Tatsuki tumbled backwards to find herself sprawled flat on her back. Then Orihime leaned over and calmly kissed her too.
"There," she said with perfect calm. "Now the two kingdoms are united for ever!"
If Tatsuki were listening, she might have heard Ichigo close his slack jaw with an audible snap. She was too busy gaping at Orihime herself to pay attention.
"Orihime, WHAT WAS THAT FOR?"
Ichigo just spluttered, speechless.
The Mad Scientist took in their stunned reactions and blinked. "But Kurosaki and Tatsuki are both my most precious people," she pointed out.
"And I want you all to be happy," she added, firm.
A firework scattered above them in a cascade of violet and blue, celebrating the end of the war. She looked up at it and smiled. Ichigo and Tatsuki looked at her, then each other.
"... I'm not kissing you," Ichigo told her in ominous tones.
Tatsuki glowered back. "I don't want to kiss you either," she snapped.
She looked at Orihime, sighed, and propped her chin in her hand. Ichigo followed her gaze.
"She's always like this, huh?"
"... Pretty much. You get used to it."
Orihime turned to smile at them. The Ninja Princess and the Shepherd Boy might argue but they were friends after all. And that, at the end of the day, was the important thing, wasn't it?
Maybe one day they'd even kiss each other and forget the terrible war that tore them apart for so long! She thought of ninjas helping to take care of the sheep on beautiful rolling plains, under a sky full of sunflowers.
Ichigo sighed. "Eh. Could be worse," he commented. "Could be Rukia," he muttered under his breath.
"What's that supposed to mean?" Tatsuki demanded.
"What do you think it means? I said it could be worse! I didn't say it was!"
The Mad Scientist smiled, listening to them. The last firework exploded in gold and silver and red, and they all turned to watch it.
The sky here was pretty too, she thought, even if it wasn't full of flowers like the sky over there. And so long as the Ninja Princess and the Shepherd Boy were here, and everyone was together, it's a good ending, right?
And then they all lived happily ever after.