A/N: To all my readers, both old and new, here's a new story from me, and yet not from me at the same time. This story is my first attempt to work on an adopted story, and this one is probably going to be a challenge. This was originally owned by jmac615, then my good friend Rocker1600 took it up once jmac615 lost his zeal for it. Now Rocker1600 has lost his own drive, and he has entrusted me to be the one that can make this story complete. Since this is adopted, I'm going to try and make this a story both previous writers can still enjoy, but as the current owner I'm going to make this story my own too in my own way. But above all else, I hope I can make it a story my audience likes too, and for those that followed this story from its previous authors, I hope you can support it and me like you did with jmac615 and Rocker1600.
This chapter was originally written by jmac615, and revised by myself.
Chapter 1- A Hollow Beginning
Disclaimer: I do not own Naruto or Bleach.
[Aizen's Throne Room, Las Noches, Hueco Mundo]
In a barren desert stretching as far as the eye could see in virtually every direction except up, there was one lone feature that looked very out of place. It was a majestic palace with protective walls around it. It was clearly fit for a king, but the one who sat on the throne was a ruler most would bow to out of fear more than true loyalty.
That ruler was a man named Sosuke Aizen, once known as one of the most powerful shinigami of the realms. He was a man who had great plans for himself, ones that did not involve being a mere subordinate within the system of the Soul Society, even if he was a high-ranking subordinate. Hence why he was now dwelling in the realm where lost souls go, those that the shinigami tend to overlook in their line of work.
At the moment Aizen was sitting on his throne watching a projection of another world, and what he witnessed intrigued him. He was looking into a town, one where like the Seireitei there seemed to be a system and culture built upon warfare claiming it existed for the good of those that were afraid to defend themselves. Aizen doubted the sincerity of that claim but he was skeptical by nature.
In this town, a large mob of ordinary people was currently chasing a small blonde child, one that couldn't be older than six years old, yet somehow was able to outrun them all. Either the child had good legs or the adults were toying with him. It sure didn't sound like the latter was the case, as the people in the mob kept shouting the word 'demon' at the boy among other nasty slurs.
'What is it about this boy they find so interesting?' Aizen asked himself, feeling confused. Aizen was definitely not what most people would call morally proper, but he wasn't so immoral as to believe a group of adults chasing down a child with weapons in hand was something to overlook. If the adults had a reason, he wanted to know what that reason was.
He focused more on the boy, and at mere glancing there was absolutely nothing threatening about him. He looked about as dangerous as the lieutenant of Squad Eleven of Soul Society. But there was one thing Aizen could perceive, an immense amount of spiritual pressure. Far beyond what he knew to be normal. In addition to that spiritual pressure emanating from the boy, Aizen sensed something even stronger sealed away underneath like, like pressure within pressure so to speak.
"That's something I've never seen before. Kurotsuchi would love to get his pasty hands on this child." Aizen thought to himself, then got a wicked grin. "Maybe I should beat him to it." He then rose from his throne. "Gin! Tousen!"
Two men appeared in the room, one a normal-looking man with a snake-like expression and the other wearing a viser over his eyes.
"What is it, Aizen-sama?" Gin asked, grinning his unnerving grin as usual.
"This boy here, I can sense a lot of power within him yet I can't identify it. I want you to bring him here, I want to see if he can be trained by the Espada." Aizen said as he looked back at the image and saw that the boy had tripped and was about to be beaten by the mob. "Better get him right now."
"As you wish, Aizen-sama." Tosen said as he and Gin turned and left.
Aizen now had a wide smile on his face.
[Somewhere in Konohagakure]
Naruto was on the ground trying to back away from the mob. The people in the mob were wielding only knives and sticks but, unfortunately for Naruto, that was all the mob needed.
"Now we will vanquish this demon from our land." The leader of the mob proudly declared as the rest of the mob cheered in approval.
"I'm not a demon! Why are you doing this?" Naruto asked as the mob closed in on him.
"Now we get our revenge." The leader said, ignoring the boy's words as he brought his knife down at the boy's body. Naruto closed his eyes as he prepared to meet his end, but fortunately for him and the shinobi world, it never came.
"Shoot to kill, Shinso!" An unfamiliar voice said.
Naruto opened his eyes and saw that a very long sword had pierced the leader in the chest, and unless he was mistaken it had pierced another person too. He turned to see its wielder, it was a man with white hair, squinty eyes, and a wide smile. The sword he sported that had saved Naruo's life, was a ridiculously impractical length, but it allowed him to reach the members of the mob from a safe distance. The white-haired man stood next to a dark-skinned man with purple hair and some sort of silver visor on his eyes. Naruto could still see that the man's eyes had no pupils, however, giving the impression that he was blind or somehow connected to the Hyuuga clan. Given his complexion and the fact Naruto didn't know what the Hyuuga clan was, he was assuming the former.
"Wha-what the...?" Naruto stuttered as the two men walked closer to him.
"My, my that was a close one." The white-haired man said.
"Who are you and why did you save the demon?" One of the people in the mob asked as the white-haired man looked at him in confusion. The majority of the mob had backed away now, but none of it had left yet.
"Huh, demon? You mean this kid here on the pavement crying his eyes out? If so, your eyes are even worse than Tosen's and he's blind." The white-haired man said as the dark-skinned man, Tosen, just looked towards him with a scowl.
"If you're here to help the demon, then you'll die with him." Another member of the mob said as they charged at Naruto and the two strangers.
The white-haired man quickly grabbed Naruto and leapt back while Tosen jumped into the air.
"Suzumushi Nishiki: Benihiko." Tosen said as he made a counterclockwise circle around him with his sword. When he had finished, multiple blades came out of nowhere along the path then rained down on the mob. The entire mob was skewered in an instant, with only a few members dying instantly and others dying slowly. A couple would manage to survive if they got medical attention that night, but they would forever bear scars.
Naruto was amazed by such a technique and wished to learn a similar way to defend himself.
"What do you want with me?" Naruto nervously asked as the white-haired man gently put him down.
"Let's start with introductions first. I am Gin Ichimaru, and this is Kaname Tousen. We came from a place called Hueco Mundo and we're here to take you back with us to be trained." Gin replied as Naruto just looked at him, shocked at the news.
"Train me! Why?" Naruto asked, wondering why anyone would want to train him. Usually when people thought of 'training' and 'Naruto' in the same sentence it resulted in him being desired for target practice.
"Because, our master Aizen believes that you can be incredibly strong, stronger than the strongest person you'll ever know, and now that we're closer, I can sense that you do indeed have much strength hidden deep within you, begging to be cultivated and nourished." Tosen said. He had sensed Naruto's strength the moment he laid eyes on him, so to speak.
"If I say yes, will I be leaving forever?" Naruto asked. While he may have disliked like the villagers Naruto still had friends in the village.
Gin smiled, certain that the mere fact the boy asked that meant he had all but decided and just wanted confirmation his choice was the right one. "It all depends on what Aizen-sama has planned. Will you come with us, please?" He asked while extending his hand, which after only a moment's hesitation Naruto took.
Before they could depart, however, they were stopped by the arrival of the Third Hokage and a few Anbu Black Ops members.
"Hold it right there. Get away from Naruto this instant." The hokage commanded as his anbu prepared to attack the two strangers while some tried to save the still surviving members of the mob.
"I'm afraid we can't do that. We are taking Naruto to a place to be trained so he can stand up to the nutjobs, like these fools, in your village. And before you think that we're kidnapping him, you should know that he chose to come with us on his own accord." Gin said as the hokage looked at him in shock.
"What? Naruto is this true?" The hokage asked, and to his surprise Naruto just nodded.
"Don't worry, Naruto will return. Just not for a while," Gin said with a smile.
Sarutobi did not look placated. "Well regardless, it does not matter if Naruto approves this or not. He is but a child that does not know what is best for him and thus cannot make such a decision. I demand you release him and cooperate while we take you into custody."
"You claim you on the other hand know what is best for this child compared to him or us?" Tousen challenged. "How can you claim that if your security is so lax you do not even show up to this injustice until it's the mob who is attacked instead of the innocent child?"
"Very suspicious." Gin taunted.
"You have a lot of nerve accusing me of what I think you are." Sarutobi replied.
"Only if we're wrong." Gin stated. "I just find it strange that a man who does not even live in this country let alone this village can provide better security to this child then you yourself can. While we promise Naruto will return, I suggest you use these upcoming years to give him a reason to want to stay. Because we will know how this village reacts to his arrival, and we will react according."
Before any shinobi could act, the two Shinigami then turned around and opened a Garganta and walked through it, with Naruto in tow, before the portal slammed shut.
The shinobi looked at it dumbfounded, trying to make sense of what they just witnessed.
"Everyone, we are to tell no one of what just happened." Sarutobi ordered.
"Hokage-sama, why did you not fight them?" One of the Anbu asked.
"Because I've had enough experience in debates to know that here the argument was already over and not in my favor." The old man answered. "Besides, just one man was willing and able to slaughter complete strangers to save that child and he was blind. Do you think they would have done any different if I made any move to counter them?"
"But what if they don't bring the boy back?" The Anbu asked.
Sarutobi sighed. "Then there's nothing we can do and life will go on. All we can do is pray Naruto will be safe and come back to us, but as our ally rather than enemy."
'Be safe, Naruto.' Sarutobi added to himself as he and his anbu disappeared, wondering what would happen when Naruto came back. Would he still love Konoha? Or would Konoha give him reason to hate instead?
[Aizen's Throne Room, Las Noches, Hueco Mundo]
Naruto looked in awe at the massive castle/fortress he was now inside . Gin and Tosen led him into a huge room, the throne room from what Naruto could tell, where a man was seated on a throne on the opposite side of the room. The man had a white outfit on and had brown slicked-back hair.
"Welcome, Naruto. I am Sosuke Aizen, the one who sent Gin and Tosen to retrieve you." Aizen said as Gin and Tosen brought Naruto closer, and once the boy was close he decided to get up off his throne and walk to meet his newest acquisition.
Naruto bowed respectfully to the man, feeling it was the only polite thing to do. "Are you going to be the one training me?"
Aizen smiled gently at him. "No, I will have you trained by the Espada, the ten best warriors of my army. And if things work out, maybe other members will provide some lessons too."
Naruto was surprised to hear that he was going to have at least ten different teachers.
The opening of a huge door startled the young blonde, from which ten figures stepped out. The first guy was big and muscular with a tan and a ponytail. Another guy was wearing a helmet covering his entire head with a popped collar covering the rest of his head. There was man with pink hair, glasses, and a thin body, who looked like he had a thousand thoughts at once. The only dark-skinned member was bald with some spikes on his head and a forlorn expression. The guy next to him had a jaw fragment attached on the right side of his face as well as blue hair. There was another gangly guy whose outfit made him look like a giant spoon with a huge misshapen scythe behind him. The palest member had green eyes, black hair, and teal-colored marks that looked like tears. The only woman in the group had blonde hair, blue eyes, and had her face covered but exposed a good portion of her torso. There was an old man who had one eye closed and was wearing some sort of crown. The final member had a lazy look in his eyes and brown hair.
"Is that them? The ten guys you called Ess... " Naruto asked as he looked back at Aizen, unable to pronounce the foreign word.
"Yes, that is them, but introductions and training can wait until tomorrow. Why don't you go with Gin to your new room?" Aizen said. Naruto nodded in reply and began walking with Gin before he suddenly stopped.
"Hey, um, I have a quick question. Will I be able to go home when my training is done?" Naruto asked while Aizen still smiled at him.
"Yes, you are free to go when your training in Las Noches is done. What you do then when you get there, well, that's up to you." Aizen said as Naruto smiled and left.
"Are you really going to let him leave?" Tosen asked as Aizen turned to look at him.
"Yes, of course."
"Pardon me Aizen-sama, but if that is your plan, then why are you training him in the first place?"
Aizen silently chuckled. "It's called long term planning Tousen. You see, after we've taken the Soul Society and the ryoka world, we will take over his world too, but with him as the main weapon." Aizen said to his subordinate as he sprouted a wide smile.
"What does his world have that you want?" Tousen asked, not seeing the benefit of conquering a third world.
"Something that if in fact real, will make my zanpakuto look like a toy." Aizen answered, then went back to his throne to signify that was the end of the discussion.
If only he knew what would happen in the future.
7 Years Later...
Naruto sat atop a tower in Hueco Mundo staring out at the massive desert touching every horizon he could see. No longer did he wear a plain civilian outfit, now he sported a white jacket over a black shirt, black pants, and sandals. In a way he could pass for an inverted color scheme Shinigami, the image complete with his own zanpakuto at his hip, which was held in a black hilt with red wrappings around it and a red, round, spiral pattern tsuba looking like the crest of the Uzumaki clan.
"Ready or not Konoha, here come Naruto Uzumaki!" The boy said to himself, as if imagining Konoha not the desert was there to hear him.
Next Time – Departure and Return