|Pride and Death
Author: NarutoNerd PM
Post HM. In returning Inoue to the real world Someone is lost in battle, but discovers something new on the other side. Meanwhile an old evil is coming back to haunt the shinigami courts, maybe worse then Aizen. M violence, lang, lemon ch19.Rated: Fiction M - English - Supernatural - Ichigo K. & Orihime I. - Chapters: 23 - Words: 77,415 - Reviews: 137 - Favs: 36 - Follows: 48 - Updated: 05-31-08 - Published: 09-16-07 - id: 3787153
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A/N: WELL HELLO EVERYONE!!!! I'm BACK!!! Well sorta. You'll never believe this, but I actually have to do work as part of going to college, worst of all I have actuall work on the side which along with all of those little real life concerns…The point is writing is low priority on my list of stuff to do. I won't burden you all with a list, suffice to say that it's long, and there may be some people reading this that never read my other story so you have no idea who I am or what kind of person I am. So I'll just stick to this story.
Here's the rundown, this thing is placed after Hueco Mundo, and I will be using information up to the most recent chapters in writing concerning character ability, personality, appearance…Excluding the stuff I feel like altering cuz this is fanfiction we're talking about. If you've read my other work you already have an idea of my writing style. If not, heres a basic rundown. Lots of cliffhangers. Lots of action filled fight scenes. Lots of drama.
And just a touch of lemon. There were probably be fewer lemons in this story due to character personalities. Let's face it, there are very few characters in Bleach that get really emotional unless they have some long blade shoved through/slicing through most of their body, but hey that's fairly often so lots of emotions going around. Anyway so the characters are all fairly withdrawn and softening them up to the point where they can feel comfortable with the Horizontal Mambo will take some time. As for the pairs, no details yet. Things I can tell you: No IchRuki (Much as I like this pairing in other fics, I don't think it's the eventual reality, and I did mention trying to stay as close to the characters as possible didn't I?) No IshiOri (This one will pretty obvious if you read the friggen summary, but I like to say anyway. Again, ok elsewhere just not realistic in my opinion.) NO YAOI, PERIOD. (Disgusting. I mean don't take me the wrong way, I don't care what two other guys do to/with each other or what other people write about two guys doing to/with each other but I will never write/read/watch/do anything like any of that. So there you go.) Yuri, maybe, but probably not. (I'm a straight guy I can't help what I'm attracted too, and Bleach has a cannon lesbian running around. Probably not, but I don't know yet for sure if I'll write this stuff. But no OriChizu, not realistic (at least in a two sided manner))
Besides that I'm taking this fanfic in a very different direction from the other one, as I noticed some flaws. When writing the other fic, I used the cannon baddies, and just a few manga issues later I'm aware of how horribly I underestimated said baddies. In an attempt to avoid this and give me some freedom with the story, I will be introducing some new baddies all my own. You heard me, if that offends you fine, I like the bad guys I've made up, and it's so easy to do in Bleach because there are such innumerous ways to give people their abilities and very few limits on what those abilities can be! I may even take suggestions.
Reviews: If you haven't read my previous work (or the work of a few other people who do this thing too) at the beginning of each chapter I will respond to most of the reviews my story has received since the last chapter was posted. I say most and not all because sometimes it's hard to respond. For instance, most of the time I will not respond to "Great story!" or "Keep it up!!" because generic reviews will get only generic responses. Rather, the reviews I respond to will be any that include questions, suggestions, powerful statements, or funny stuff I just feel like talking back to. I also try my hardest to respond to every reviewer at least once (even generic comments). On a side note about the reviews, my favorite kind of review is the kind which seriously and critically insults my work. You heard it folks, flame this story!!! How many times do you have a chance to get away with this without upsetting someone?! The more insults pointed at me the more I'll improve my writing to meet you're standards and the better my writing will become. So INSULT ME!!!
Alright, enough of my babbling. Most of you probably skipped it all anyway, to get right into the story. Whatever, here you go, NarutoNerd's Bleach Fanfic!!
They were breathing heavily. But then, they had earned the right to. Ichigo was exhausted, and was carrying an unconscious but alive Orihime Inoue over his shoulder. The others were all tired, but alive, thanks to Orihime. She had used up so much energy healing Chad and effectively resurrecting Rukia that she had gone unconscious. But here they were, back in the human world, being greeted by Mr. Hat and Clogs himself. "Ahhhh, Kurosaki-san, you made it. Is she alright?"
Ichigo brought her forward so he could see her face. It was a little pale then he remembered, but there was still a rosy color and the sound of her breath. "Yeah, we did it."
He gently placed her on the ground and dropped to sit down. Uryu and the others walked forward and decided to sit down as well. Urahara looked over the group. "Abaria-san, Kuchiki-san, where did you two come from?"
Renji cracked his neck and exhaled sharply. "We figured Ichigo would try something, so we went to help out."
Urahara nodded, he hadn't expected the help, but was very grateful that the two of them had decided to go. At that moment there was another voice heard in the large training area. "Urahara-san? Urahara-san? Can I please go home now? My sister's going to kill…Ichigo?!" Keigo had come into view from behind a rock, bearing many scrapes and bruises and holding onto a strange looking staff. He was looking shocked to see Ichigo and everyone else there. He turned around and started yelling. "HEY EVERYONE!! ICHIGO'S BACK!! AND HE'S GOT ORIHIME AND SADO AND ISHIDA TOO!!"
Tatsuki and Mizuiro ran around the rock, both in the same tired condition that Keigo was in. Tatsuki ran forward quickly. She approached Ichigo and pushed him out of her way so she could check on Orihime. When she realized Orihime was alive she turned back to Ichigo. "Jerk. Thanks."
Ichigo had been a little surprised at first to see his school friends but now he was more curious then anything. Tatsuki was wearing odd redish metallic open finger gloves and the same metallic substance was around her ankles and the top of her feet. Keigo was holding onto a six foot long staff that was silver and reflective. Mizuiro wasn't armed in any way, but he was just as beat up as the other two. "What's going on, and what is this stuff?" He grabbed Tatsuki's hand.
Tatsuki yanked her hand away from Ichigo and looked at it. "Yeah, Urahara's been teaching us to use our spiritual powers."
Ichigo scratched his head. "You guys have spiritual abilities?"
Mizuiro walked up. "Yes, let me explain. Back before you met Rukia and became a Shinigami you still had massive spiritual power, you just didn't know it. It was also difficult to detect, as you would just radiate reiatsu out uncontrollably. Anyone who spends a long amount of time with you absorbs that spiritual energy. For people like Sado-san or Orihime-san, who have their own spiritual powers already, your reiatsu acted like a catalyst, awakening their powers when you unleashed large amounts during the battle with all of the hollows that attacked. For people like us who didn't already have strong spiritual power, we needed to wait until we had absorbed enough reiatsu from you that we would fully develop our own powers. We just recently gained our abilities before you left for Hueco Mundo. After that, Urahara started training us." Mizuiro smiled smugly as he finished explaining.
Ichigo scratched his head. "How did you figure all that out."
Tatsuki scoffed. "That's the speech Urahara gave us during our first training session."
Keigo was slowly backing away. "Well I'm glad that everyone's back and happy but I really got to get home."
Urahara nodded. And then he and everyone else froze. Urahara turned to the garganta that was forming high up in the training area. "Everyone get moving out of here. I will handle…"
Urahara was cut off when the garganta suddenly expanded; stretching into a thin black line that looked like it would reach both horizons of the massive training room. Numerous claws began to scratch and pull at the portal to get it open quicker. There were screams and shouts coming from the slowly moving portal. "Good lord…"
Rukia didn't care who had said it, she agreed with the statement. She reached into her shihakusho and pulled out her emergency phone. With just a few button presses it was sending out a signal. "This is Rukia Kuchiki of squad 13 requesting immediate reinforcement in Karakura town. This is an emergency!"
Ichigo almost threw Orihime over Tatsuki's shoulder while yelling at them to leave. Urahara was ordering a defiant Renji, Uryu, and Chad to leave. A few moments of static, shouts and hollow screams later her phone finally responded. "Rukia Kuchiki, you and Renji Abarai have been AWOL for several days now, and as you know all Shinigami with the exception of Zennosuke Kurumadani have been recalled from that area until winter. Your request is den…What the hell is that?!"
Rukia reasoned that they must have finally picked up on the Arrancar's reiatsu. "Our previous estimations for Aizen's time table were false. The attack has begun. We require the assistance of any lieutenant or higher ranked Shinigami., or any others trusted with similar levels of skill." The garganta was finally open enough for arrancar to start spilling through. "NOW WE NEED IT NOW!"
From somewhere within the mass of arrancar flying at them a large cero was released. Urahara drew Benihime and negated the blast. The Arrancar were drawing close, but thankfully Tatsuki and the other students were safely upstairs. Urahara glanced at those who had stayed. "Everyone please stay behind me. You're all too tired for anything this huge."
Ishida smirked. "I don't have a problem staying back and attacking from afar, it's Ichigo and the others that will rush forward without thought."
Rukia stabbed her zanpakuto into the dirt and held her hands forward. "I actually prefer long range combat from time to time."
They all prepared their long range attacks, and unleashed them as the Arrancar came into range. The combination of Getsuga Tensho, La Muerte, Baboon Bone Cannon, Benihime's sing, and several kidou and quincy arrows quickly tore through the weaker arrancar. Those that were strong, fast, or smart enough to survive or dodge continued their charge with total fervor. The best of their opponents reached them, and the number of attacks created an explosion which clouded the area in dust. Several figures flew out of the cloud in different directions, several of these clouds being pursued by other clouds.
The clouds took shape, and became identifiable. Ichigo was being pursued by two released arrancar, Chad by three, and Ishida by four. Renji and Rukia had stuck together , Rukia standing atop Zabimaru's skull and firing Kidou at their pursuers. Urahara was the only one who hadn't moved, standing still and slaying the few arrancar that had similarly stayed in the cloud. After they were dead and fading away he began scanning the attacking force, searching for he espada that had launched the cero earlier. It had definitely come from the same one he had fought twice before, Yammy.
Urahara couldn't find him, he couldn't lock onto anyone's reiatsu. It was all shifting and entwining with the other sources to quickly to discern any single being. His eyes were having an easier time tracking targets. He could plainly see that more of the enemy arrancar were targeting Ishida and Chad, likely due to their weaker reiatsu. This was actually a good thing, as though the two of hem didn't put out as much conscious reiatsu as Ichigo or other Shinigami, their abilities were still just as potent. Besides, since they were not being actively targeted or defended against Ichigo, Rukia, and Renji were able to wreak havoc on the distracted and unorganized enemy.
Still, he desperately needed to find that Espada and kill it, none of the others had enough Reiatsu remaining to take on an opponent like that.
His shield held solid against the enemy, but Chad was filled with fear none the less. He was looking at the tenth espada with his wide face stretched by a wide grin. "Time to die. Piece of TRASH!"
Yammi's other fist was about to pound down into Chad's head, but it was diverted at the last second by kick from a sandal clad foot. Kisuke then wasted no time in impaling Yammi through the chest with the blade down. "Sing, Benihime." The bottom half of Yammy's body dissolved away in a bright red explosion. As the upper half of the arrancar's body landed Kisuke picked it up and stared at it's eyes. "Where is your leader, The Espada?"
The arrancar was beginning to fade away but it smiled and said. "I die for my master." It faded away as it was completely purified.
Urahara sliced through another approaching enemy while Chad similarly continued fighting.
Rukia and Renji had taken a position nearby the ladder that led out of the training room and were defending it from Arrancar attack. This was keeping them confined until a large blast from one of the enemies blew a hole in the ceiling. The Arrancar began pouring towards it, making it clear that their only real objective was recapturing Orihime. Ichigo flew towards the opening launching a Getsuga Tensho up to destroy a few of them. There were three more Arrancar that had turned to face him as he approached. They readied to attack him.
Ichigo didn't need to attack them. Three blue arrows flew past him and stabbed through each Arrancar's face. Ishida flew up by Ichigo. "I'll handle any that have gotten out, you just stop more." Ishida then flew past Ichigo and made it outside. He found landmarks which gave him his location. He turned and pointed his bow towards the shop where the arrancar were flying. A few shots later they were gone. He scanned the horizon for any that might have left in other directions. He didn't see any.
"Gotcha!" Yammy appeared behind Ishida and attacked with a Bara. Ishida barely dodged and brought his bow up. Yammy reached a hand out and grabbed Ishida's, crushing it slightly but more importantly Yammy had completely negated Ishida's bow. "Heh heh heh. I thought you were the weakest in close range combat. I'll need to thank Ulquiorra for teaching me to look at the enemy."
Ishida winced and grabbed his arm with his free hand. "This attack of yours won't succeed. We've already got reinforcements coming from Soul Society. And don't think about using me as a hostage, I'm not on good terms with most of the Shinigami."
Yammy smiled. "Why would I need a hostage? You idiots think you can keep her from us? What Aizen-sama wants, Aizen-sama gets." Yammy snapped his fingers and a new garganta opened, out of which a yellow beam shot down and surrounded the Urahara shop. I just needed to know where she was. Now the Shinigami can't do anything about us taking her back. And you? You're just a bonus." Yammy reached for his sword.
Ishida reached for his own sword as well. He drew a Seele Schneider in his left hand and brought it up to block Yammy's sword. Though the special arrow was able to block Yammy's blade, Ishida himself was not physically strong enough to hold his opponent off. Ishida felt the pain in his shoulder and then the searing and unimaginable agony radiating from his side. He thought about screaming but then he couldn't. There was a pressure in his chest. Yammi dropped him and he started to fall. Ishida couldn't gather any energy to fly. He could only just barely see. And he knew he couldn't breathe.
There was a flash of darkness followed by light. Ishida was standing again, on the ground nearby the hole that led down into Urahara's basement. He could see off in the distance that the Urahara shop was floating upward, being drawn in by the negacion. He took a step forward and her a strange clinking noise. He looked down at his chest and saw what he had dreaded. His chain of fate was visible, and cut off some four feet from his chest. He also saw his own body lying on the floor in front of him, dead.
Ishida was frozen. He thought about jumping back into his body as though it were a gigai, but he knew that wouldn't work. He thought about a lot of things, and all of them were ridiculous. The only person who could save him was Orihime, and she was being taken back to Hueco Mundo along with the other students and likely some of Urahara's other subordinates. Even as just a normal ghost he could sense something behind him. Yammy had landed.
Yammy was grinning wide and licking his lips. Yammy began to approach, purposefully slow. Ishida knew running was pointless, he didn't have any of his powers in this form.
"URYU!!! GETSUGA TENSHO!!" The black and red energy wave hammered into Yammy causing him to stumble and face Ichigo. Ichigo cursed himself, he hadn't used enough energy to make it lethal, but he was so tired he didn't think he had enough left. Though it would only last a second he had to use the mask. Ichigo took off toward the Tenth Espada. As he approached he brought his mask out and placed it over his face. Before he could reach though Yammy snapped his fingers and a negacion surrounded him. Ichigo sliced at it but couldn't do anything.
Yammy watched them. "Close, Shinigami. But see that over there?! You fail!!!! And don't try to save her again, or none of you will leave Hueco Mundo!! That's a message from Aizen-sama."
Ichigo glared at the Espada as he floated away. He heard more incoming and turned to face them. "Ishida are you…" He saw the two Ishida's, and the chain. His eyes were torn away by the Arrancar coming at him. All three were released and one was using long range attacks. Ishida was in close proximity to one of the attacks and went flying away in pain. The attack reacted with his chain and caused it to erode slightly. Ichigo grabbed Ishida and leapt away from another attack. "So I guess you lost all your powers when you…"
Ishida nodded. "Yeah when I died now let me go I'll be fine." He knew that was a complete lie but didn't care, telling off Kurosaki came naturally to him.
Ichigo readied his sword against the enemy. Then he spun and faced Ishida. "Yeah but not as long as you're here. Sorry Uryu." Ichigo lifted his sword above hi head and the bottom of the hilt began to glow.
Uryu knew what he was doing and he started to back away. "Don't even think about it!! I'd rather be eaten by hollows!!"
Ichigo shook his head. "Not negotiating." He slammed the hilt of the sword into Ishida's head. There was a bright glow for a second and then Ishida was gone.