"Where are you going Ichigo?"
The orange haired teen turned to look at his small friend who was glaring at him. "I'm going to go and visit Toshiro. I really haven't been able to visit him since I lost my powers and I barely got to see him after I got them back. I want to see how he and Ran-san are doing."
"Ichigo..." Rukia frowned, crossing her arms as she did so. "Hitsugaya Taicho isn't the only person who wishes to see you again. There are a lot of people who missed you. Plus... Matsumoto fukutaicho told me that Hitsugaya Taicho had plans today."
"I'm just going to go and visit for awhile. Come on... the kid's like a brother to me." Ichigo stopped short upon realizing that the small female was glaring at him. "What ever is the matter?"
"Ichigo..." The small female looked away with a miffed look on her face. "My taicho wanted to see you and I promised I would bring you to see him. It's not easy for him you know, what with his illness."
"Yeah, but..." The Substitute Shinigami let out out a deep sigh. "Fine, fine, I'll go and see yout taicho. I'll visit Toshiro a bit..."
Ichigo stopped short, the clacking sound ringing in his ears. He watched as his companions eyes suddenly widened, before narrowing. Her lips also pushed shut. The orange haried teen looked in the direction he had been heading. "You know... tenth division is closer then your division. We can get an answer about what is going on sooner."
Rukia let out a sigh. "Fine, fine. We'll go and see if Hitsugaya Taicho has any answers as to what is going on. Seriously though... you need to stop being so brash in what you do."
The Substitute Shinigami simply ignored her and headed over to where the tenth division offices and slid into the room, his small female companion close on his heals. He stopped short upon seeing the looks on Rangiku and Kyoraku's faces. Rangiku leaned against the wall, her arms crossed. Kyoraku continued to look around, glancing up when he saw Ichigo. "Ah... I see you got here before Nanao-chan or the head captain."
Ichigo blinked a couple of times, a frown appearing on his face. "Wait... where is Toshiro?"
"Taicho isn't here."
The orange haired teen let out a sigh. "This isn't another one of those incidents where he's trying to do things on his own again?"
Rangiku suddenly flinched, and she turned to look the teen in the eye. Her voice raised up and the words snapped out. "Taicho didn't just take off like that! You have it wrong! You have it all wrong and I would have thought you of all people would have known that!"
Ichigo scratched his head. "But... doesn't Toshiro need a break sometimes? I mean, he of all people could use some time off. I mean, while he's really smart and stuff he does need a mental break. You of all people... both of you should know that he's still a kid." Ichigo watched as Rangiku's eyes began to water. He felt his body tense up. "Toshiro didn't just take off, did he?"
Kyoraku let out a sigh. "I'm sorry to say that Hitsugaya Taicho has been kidnapped Kurosaki. It had to have also been someone he knew."
"Because Toshiro isn't the type to let his guard around strangers." Ichigo looked at the ground. "Toshiro's not close to very many people and the people I know he is close to are all here in Soul Society."
Rukia looked at the ground. "Ichigo's right. It's a scary thought that someone close to us would take the captain."
The eighth division captain let out a sigh. "No, no. By me saying that it has to be someone he knew I mean it has to be someone who knew him. Someone took advantage of the fact..." The man paused. "Let's just say that he took advantage of something."
Nanao slipped into the room, pushing up her glasses as she did so. "The head captain has made the decision to lock down the gates." The female paused upon seeing the look on Ichigo's face. "Is something that matter?"
"What if this person already slipped through?" Ichigo frowned. "Whose going to look for him then? Urahara? Yourichi? My father?"
"Why would they head to the living world?" The fukutaicho of the eighth division began to examine the room for places to place kido spells.
"Because..." The orange haired teen folded his arms. "... if I were to do it, that is what I would do. Staying in Soul Society means having a bunch of guys on your ass that you have to fight."
Nanao glared at him. "Who ever kidnapped Hitsugaya Taicho has to be very stupid in the first place."
"Really?" Kyoraku folded his arms across his chest. "Tell me Nanao... how many people know that Hitsugaya's favorite food is annatto?"
Ichigo slammed a fist into his hand. "Karin told me that."
Nanao blinked at the Substitute Shinigami. "There would be us three, Kurosaki-san and who ever this Karin is along with the head captain, Unohana, Ukitake and also Ichimaru and the previous captain of the tenth division."
"Karin-chan's a non treat." Rukia piped up. "To be exact she's Ichigo's sister and can't come to Soul Society. None of the captains would kidnap him, nor would the fukutaicho. Ichimaru is dead, so that leaves his previous taicho."
Rangiku let out a deep sigh. "It couldn't be Shiba Taicho. He like Ichimaru is dead."
"I take back what I said. None of the Shiba clan would kidnap Hitsugaya Taicho." Rukia frowned
"Shiba Isshin..." Nanao placed a hand on her chin while Ichigo and Rukia's faces went pale. "Could one of the members of the Shiba clan have taken Hitsugaya Taicho?"
"Nanao... you know as well as I that the Shiba clan has always treated taicho as family." The busty female of the tenth division shook her head. "Taicho knows that he is free to visit anytime he wants."
Kyoraku frowned, closing his eyes and scratching his head. "They might want to surprise him, but they would have also told Ukitake and myself that they were planning such a thing. It's not the Shiba clan."
"Wait... you said that the former captain's given name was Isshin-dono?" Rukia frowned.
Instead of answering her the eighth division captain turned to Ichigo. "Hey... borrow Rukia's phone. Call your father and have him keep an eye out."
"Um... yeah." Ichigo stopped short, not flinching when the small fukutaicho's phone hit him hard in the chest. His hands simply went up. "Um... sure." He thought carefully for a bit. "Hey... why would you have brought up Ichimaru? Why would he want to kidnap Toshiro? I mean, I understand Toshiro's connection to the Shiba clan, but Ichimaru?"
Nanao glared at him. "That is a rude question to ask."
"No, it isn't. If Gin were to have kidnapped taicho then taicho would be dead." The busty female looked at the ground in a depressed manner.
Ichigo took a deep breath. "No, he wouldn't be."
Rangiku looked up. "What did you just say?"
"I said that if Gin-san were to kidnap Toshiro he wouldn't kill him."
"Gin's a psychopath Ichigo." Rukia frowned. "Hitsugaya Taicho would be dead."
"No... he wouldn't. Gin's not a bad guy."
The fukutaicho of the tenth let out a deep sigh. "Don't worry about it. Even I have a problem seeing him care about more then just him and I. I can even see him being jealous of taicho because of the relationship taicho and I have."
Ichigo frowned. "No. I crossed blade's with Ichimaru. It was like..." The male frowned. "... it was like crossing blades with Toshiro."
Nanao shook her head. "The two always have had a lot in common, so it is no surprise that you felt that."
"No... it was more like." The Substitute Shinigami turned on the phone. "Never mind. I'll try to get a hold of my father through Urahara."
Note – One of the reasons I trashed this draft was because I thought it better to do things from Rangiku's point of view. Another reason I trashed it was because I felt I was forcing the reveal about Isshin. There were other things I didn't like about this draft, but they are minor in comparison to these two issues.