A/N: Awesome! there's some new fan art! Well... newish... It was drawn in September. Why did it take this long to update? Well a combination of bad timing (That was the month it was on the Fic of the Month Poll) writer's block (Duh...) and a pretty bad cold (It even effected my web show... please check out my YouTube Page!). But I finally updated! Thanks to Kippysaurus for the awesome fan art and enjoy!
Chapter 48: Stolen Shadows
The Spider Rats (or spider mice, but they looked more like rats) were very stealthy.
They knew how to dodge even the strongest people.
And right now they were stalking one of the groups. Team 1…
And thanks to the fact that they were creating using people shadows it was very difficult to sense them.
Although to be fair none of the Straw Hats were adept at sensing their enemies so it didn't matter anyways.
"So this is the mansion." Said Luffy as they approached the mansion.
"What is it with the living and choosing spooky places like this?" asked Renji.
"That's just how we living people see scary thing." Said Sanji with a shrug.
"It could be worse." Said Rukia with a shrug.
"How can it be worse?" asked Renji.
Rukia realized she really didn't have an answer and shrugged.
"Seriously?" asked Renji with a sweat drop.
"Well I guess there could be even more zombies running around." Said Franky.
"That's really not helping!" yelled Renji.
They found they're way into the mansion.
They looked around and saw nothing looked out of place.
"Okay, remember just force feed them salt!" said Luffy.
"He actually remembered." Said Sanji with a sweat drop.
"I know…" said Renji.
They fought off the zombies killing many of them and freeing the shadows.
However when they were done they noticed that someone was missing.
"Where's Sanji?" asked Luffy.
Everyone started to freak out which only meant one thing.
"It means that his shadow is getting stolen!" said Brook.
"Seriously!" yelled everyone else.
"How did we not sense them!" yelled Renji.
"None of the zombies have any spiritual presence as their souls are living people's shadows." Said Brook.
This made everyone sweat drop.
"So there's a bunch of zombies that can take us at anytime?" asked Franky.
"I'm afraid so…" said Brook.
"You have got to be kidding me!" yelled everyone.
Meanwhile in the Soul Society…
Soi Fon was wafting for the Soul Reaper she called for to arrive.
A man with spikey black hair in a topknot entered.
She sighed at them man, his skill was more towards fighting than covert operations but there was an incident involving him and Kenpachi many years ago that put him in her division.
"What do you need?" he asked.
"That thing you always wanted to do.?" Asked Soi Fon, "You have permission to do it."
"What." He said.
"You're allowed to go to Thriller Bark." Said Soi Fon.
"What's the catch?" he asked.
"So you figured out there's a catch." Muttered Soi Fon, "The Straw Hats are there."
"The Straw Hats!" he yelled.
Soi Fon sighed, "Yes… them." She muttered.
"The same pirates who got 2 lieutenants and a captain to join them?" he asked.
"Yes…" sighed Soi Fon.
"You have got to me kidding me." He muttered.
"I'm not." She muttered back.
"Great…" he muttered.
"Aren't you supposed to be some strong warrior who defeated a dragon?" she asked.
"I'm not an idiot." He muttered back.
"Look… this is a very dangerous mission, but I wouldn't be asking you to do this if it wasn't for the fact that you want vengeance for using your body for a zombie." Said Soi Fon.
"Fine I go…" he muttered.
"Good." She responded.
"If something happens to me it's on your head!" he called out.
"They're not going to kill you." Said Soi Fon.
"Probably not…" he muttered, "But it will still be on your head."
"Why you part of 11 again?" she muttered.
He left and Soi Fon sighed, hopefully nothing too bad will happen to him.
Back with Team 2, they looked around, while also trying to figure out what to do.
"Should we try to find Sanji?" asked Rukia.
"I say we continue." Said Zoro.
"Of course you would say that…" said Rukia with a sweat drop.
However before they could talk some more about their options, more zombies showed up.
"You have got to be kidding me!" yelled Renji.
"Time to salt them." Said Franky.
However during this fight, the Spider-Mice got the drop on Zoro, tying him up in spider web and carried him away in a coffin.
Little did the Spider Mice know that they made a huge mistake by doing this…
Back with Team 1 they continued on their way.
"So what should we do now?" asked Belle Mere.
But before they could say anything. A gateway from the Soul Society appeared and they all froze… well expect for Perona.
"I don't get it! What's so scary about that!" said Perona.
"That's the gateway to the Soul Society." Said Toshiro.
Usopp was starting to freak out the most… though to be fair, he was the worst of the enemies to the Soul Reapers.
That when the gateway opened and it was the Soul Reaper.
"Oh come on!" he yelled out looking at the group, "Of course I end up in front of you!"
"Let me guess you're here to fight us." Said Toshiro.
"Yes and no." he grumbled, "How about we have a ceasefire!"
"Why would you want a ceasefire?" asked Toshiro.
"Look, I was banished to arrest you… but at the time… well… I've been wanting to come here for a while…" said the Soul Reaper.
""Why?" asked Toshiro.
"Wait… is your body being used as a zombie?" asked Nami relating it.
"Yes, my name is Ryuma. And years ago Moria dug up my grave and sign my old body for a zombie." Explained the Soul Reaper.
Meanwhile with Zoro. He was muttering several things.
That was when the coffin was opened.
"Oh good you got the Pirate Hunter this time." Said a voice.
Zoro glared at the large man in front of him. He was very pale and had strange purple hair.
"So you're the one who's making these zombies, I take it." Said Zoro.
"I am." Laughed the man who Gecko Moira, the one controlling the zombies.
However Zoro found himself held up by the zombie Spider Rats, and thin a spotlight shined on him.
Zoro watched in horror at the man grabbed his shadow like it was a piece of cloth.
"What the!" yelled Zoro.
He knew that he stole shadows, but seeing it was just horrifying.
When he cut away Zoro's shadow he fell unconscious. However something happened that never happened before.
After all… Zoro's soul had become something different.
While Moria hadn't felt it. Every single spiritually aware person on the island felt it… an explosion of Spiritual Pressure!
With Team 2 they were debating once they beat the zombies if Zoro had been taken or if got lost…
"I don't he's lost this time." Said Robin.
"I mean come on! It's so obvious he wandered away… again…" said Franky.
That was when they felt it.
"This spiritual pressure." Said Rukia.
"Looks like he was taken." Said Luffy become serious.
Team 1 also felt this.
"That's Zoro." Said Usopp.
"Are you sure… it feels wrong…" said Chopper.
"Something's wrong." Said Toshiro.
Elsewhere on the island a rather distinct looking pink haired woman also felt it. But no one around her did.
"Captain Lola, what's wrong?" asked one of the people near her.
"I don't know… there's something wrong on the island." Said Lola.
Meanwhile in Zoro's mindscape, Zoro landed there hard.
"What the hell." He muttered, "What am I doing here?"
"Welp something bad happened." Said Mugimugi-Chan.
"What do you mean something bad happened?" asked Zoro.
They heard a warped laugher that sounded like the White Zoro.
"Something about that." Said Wadou.
Something bad was going to happen in the real world… and none of them knew what exactly.
Pirates Guide to Soul Reapers!
Soi Fon was doing paper work, when Kenpachi and Yachiru entered her office.
"What are you doing here?" she demanded.
"Is Ryuma around?" asked Kenpachi.
"Seriously! You suddenly want to fight him all of a sudden!" yelled Soi Fon.
"Actually whenever we bored he tries to find him. But we haven't had much luck." Yachiru explained.
"What…" said Soi Fon.
"So where is the old Samurai?" asked Kenpachi.
"he's on an ancient to the World of the Living! Sorry but he left a while ago." Muttered Soi Fon.
Both of them sweat dropped.
Kenpachi went to sit down.
"You can't wait for him! Leave!" she yelled.
"Fine…" muttered Kenpachi.
"Bye bye Bee lady!" yelled Yachiru.
Both of them left and Soi Fon sighed. Hoping it old be a very, very long until they returned.
End of Guide
Next Time: Thanks to the stolen shadow, Zoro looses control of himself... will anyone be able to figure out how to get back to normal? Find out next time!