Digital Spirits

Here's the first chapter of my Bleach/Digimon Tamers crossover. Originally, I'd intended to split it in two, but figured it was better off this way. Please tell me what you think. This one is unbetaed as I still need a beta. If there's anyone who wouldn't mind doing it for me, please notify me.

Summary: Bleach/Digimon xover. When Matsuda Takato moves to Karakura Town, he finds that digimon aren't his only problems. Forced to team up with Ichigo and his companions when Aizen becomes aware of the digimon and starts using them to increase the strength of his own forces, the sole Tamer finds himself in over his head. Things get worse with the resurgence of Millenniummon and Aizen's growing interest in the destructive force that is the Digital Hazard that could very well cause the apocalypse if used wrongly...

Disclaimer: I don't own Bleach or Digimon Tamers.


Chapter OneThe Deathberry and the Hazard Child

16-year old Matsuda Takato was rather bummed out. He and his parents were moving to Karakura Town because his parents were intending to extend their business into that area. Takato hadn't been very happy about it because it meant that he would have to leave the other Tamers, his best friends, behind.

They'd assured him that it wouldn't be so bad and that they'd keep in touch, but it wasn't the same. Now he'd be alone… well somewhat. He still had Guilmon with him, and Impmon was tagging along to. The poor Imp was partnerless again. Ai and Mako had broken their promise about not fighting and Impmon just couldn't handle it, so he'd run. He'd taken residence at the Matsuda Bakery and had become a welcome member of the family. They didn't mind him coming along either. The others supported the idea as well. If there was any chance of digimon bio-emerging into Takato's new city of residence, Impmon would be good support for the Hazard Tamer.

So there he was, unpacking in his new room. The new bakery was situated right next to a place called Kurosaki Clinic. Takato found it kind of interesting that it was a sort of business/home like his was. But other than that, he didn't really think much about it. They would be meeting the family for dinner in an hour or two.

"I wonder if there's anything to do in a place like this." Impmon grumbled, lying lazily on Takato's desk.

"We can always play." A childish voice called out. Takato, Guilmon and Impmon all looked curiously at Takato's backpack, which appeared to be squirming… they were all rather surprised when they saw Calumon pop out of it.

"What are you doing here?" Takato asked the tiny Catalyst of Digivolution in surprise.

"It looked like you guys were going on an adventure, so I decided to tag along." Calumon chirped happily. Impmon and Takato sweatdropped at the innocent digimon's decision while Guilmon, who was equally as childlike, looked rather pleased.

"You guys can play, but you're going to have to be quiet. The Kurosaki family from next door is coming over shortly and the last thing we need is a big commotion." Takato said. "Now be nice. I've got to go help my mom cook."

"Okay." Guilmon and Calumon said obediently while Impmon just grumbled his acquiescence.

Ichigo lay on his bed in a rather contemplative mood. There were still two months until Aizen's invasion. From his experience in Hueco Mundo, he had realized one thing. He was still a long way from being able to defeat Aizen. The power gap between them was still very large.

He was broken out of his musing when his dad burst into the room, a goofy smile on his face. "Come, my son! It's time to meet our new neighbors and welcome them properly to the neighborhood!" he exclaimed, doing a weird little dance.

"Stop being so weird!" Karin said, kicking Isshin to stop him. "If you act like that around our new neighbors, you're going to freak them out for sure!"

"How can you be so mean?" Isshin whined, putting a hand over his bleeding nose. Karin just 'hned' and dragged him out of Ichigo's room.

"Looks like your family is as lively as ever." Rukia remarked from where she sat at Ichigo's desk. "So, a family finally moved in next door to you?"

"Yeah, the Matsuda family. Apparently, they came from the Shinjuku district of Tokyo. They have one kid who is about my age. They're running a bakery at their home." Ichigo stated. "That's about all I figured out."

"Interesting. Perhaps you and their son could get along." Rukia mused.

"That all depends on what he's like." Ichigo remarked. "Do you intend to tag along?"

"Of course. It sounds like a fun experience and your father isn't one who would refuse to allow me to tag along." Rukia said with a small smirk. Ichigo just shook his head at that.

"I wonder what they're like." Yuzu said happily as they all walked next door and knocked on the door. Although it was a bakery and most people just walked in and out without the normal formalities, they figured that considering they were guests they would use the normal courtesy.

A man who looked like he was in his early forties with neat brown hair and brown eyes smiled as he opened the door. "You must be the Kurosaki family. Please come in." he said, moving aside to allow them. "I'm Matsuda Takehiro, by the way."

"It's nice to meet you, Matsuda-san." Isshin said, actually behaving for once. "I'm Kurosaki Isshin, and these are my three precious children: Ichigo, Karin and Yuzu. And this is Kuchiki Rukia, Ichigo's classmate and good friend. She's staying with us for the time being."

"It's a pleasure to meet you all." Takehiro said, bowing his head. "This is my wife, Mie and my son, Takato. He will be attending Karakura High starting in a few days."

"That's the school Ichigo and Rukia go to. Perhaps they'll be in the same class." Isshin said optimistically. They all settled down to eat and Isshin started talking comfortably with Mie and Takehiro.

Takato observed Ichigo silently. Ichigo stood out vividly thanks to both his bright orange hair and the permanent scowl plastered on his face. Takato was used to Impmon having a similar expression on his face, so he wasn't at all intimidated like some others would have been.

"So how's Karakura High?" Takato queried curiously, starting the conversation.

"It's just like any other school I'd say." Ichigo said. "Although we have our fair share of weirdos."

"I think all schools have that." Takato said with a dry smile. "This city has an interesting feel to it, wouldn't you say?" He'd felt something strange when they'd entered the city. Even the digimon could tell there was something odd about it. Ichigo and Rukia looked at each other. Takato wasn't able to sense reiatsu, was he? Karakura Town was more spiritually charged than most places so those with spiritual awareness could easily tell.

'Now that I think about it, Matsuda-kun has a very interesting feeling to him too…' Rukia thought with a puzzled frown. It was a disconcerting aura… she couldn't tell exactly what it was.

Suddenly, Takato heard a bit of a disturbance coming from the kitchen and turning, he saw a glimpse of a long red tail. He paled. "Er… I'll be right back." Then he scampered off into the kitchen.

"Is he always this excitable?" Karin inquired, raising an eyebrow.

"Sometimes." Mie said, sweatdropping as she tried to divert their attention as Takato furiously tried to drag his wandering partner back up the stairs to his new room.

"Didn't I ask you to stay inside?" Takato hissed, looking a little flustered. "What if they'd seen you?"

"I'm sorry..." Guilmon said, his ears drooping. Takato's eyes softened.

"I know it's a bit stifling in here, but can you all bear it a little while longer?" Takato pleaded. His partner nodded and then Takato returned to the dinner table.

"Sorry about that." The Tamer apologized. "I realized I'd left the stove on in the kitchen."

"That could have been disastrous." Yuzu stated. "It's a good thing you remembered."

They talked amiably for the rest of the evening before the Kurosaki family (and Rukia) had to leave.

"It was nice meeting you all. I hope you like it here in Karakura." Isshin said with a bright smile.

"I'm sure we will." Takehiro said.

"How about we meet to go to school together on Monday?" Rukia asked Takato with a bright smile.

"I'd like that." He said warmly, waving goodbye.

"See Takato? Things are going well already." Mie told her son.

"I guess." He said, still feeling slightly depressed about being away from his friends. However, he'd attempt to keep a positive outlook, to make his parents happy.

On Monday, Takato was preparing for his first day of school. He was a little nervous, both for the fact that he was about to be the new kid and it would be the first time in the new city that he'd have to leave the three digimon completely to their own devices. Of course, his parents were there, but the digimon would be cooped up in the house. Unlike in Shinjuku, they didn't have the luxury of being able to go about without causing mass panic. He promised to make it up to them big time when he got back from school, knowing they deserved a reward for their patience.

"Ya look like that Ken guy from the Digimon TV show in that boring gray uniform." Impmon said, sniffing disapprovingly at Takato's outfit.

"Not like there's anything I can do about it." Takato shrugged. "I guess I'll see you guys later. Be good for my parents. There's plenty of food in the day old bread storage area if you get hungry."

He walked out to where Rukia and Ichigo were waiting for him. "Ready to go?" the orange-haired teenager queried and Takato nodded. They could tell he was a little nervous.

"It won't be so bad." Rukia assured him. "I'm sure you'll adjust well."

"I hope so." Takato said shyly. After they arrived at the school, they bumped into Ichigo's friends.

"Ichigo!" Keigo cried out excitedly, running towards him, only to get knocked down by the scowling teenager. Takato felt a small smile fighting to emerge on his face. This guy seemed a lot like Hirokazu… "You're so mean, Ichigo." Keigo pouted before noticing Takato. "Who's this?"

"This is Matsuda Takato, my new neighbor and a new student at the school." Ichigo stated. "Takato, meet Asano Keigo. He's unfortunately a friend of mine."

"What do you mean 'unfortunately?'" Keigo squawked, looking wounded.

"Exactly what it sounds like, Asano-san." Mizuiro stated as he finally arrived.

"Again with the polite talk!" Keigo bemoaned, looking like he was ready to cry.

"And that's Kojima Mizuiro, Keigo's best friend. They're almost inseparable." Rukia introduced with a wide smile.

'Seems just like Hirokazu and Kenta.' Takato thought decisively. It felt a bit comforting seeing those similarities.

"Ichigo." Chad greeted simply and Ichigo grinned at the sight of his large best friend. Ishida and Orihime were with him.

"Meet Yasutora "Chad" Sado. He's my best friend. Trust me, he's a really good person to have watching your back." The Substitute Shinigami said with a smirk. Takato and Chad nodded at each other in acknowledgement. "The scrawny idiot wearing glasses is Ishida Uryuu and the girl next to him is a good friend of mine, Inoue Orihime. She's the real innocent type… kind of like you, I suppose." Ichigo completely ignored the glare he received from Ishida.

"Innocent…" Takato repeated, sweatdropping. Why was it that everyone seemed to believe he exuded that quality so much?

"You're not forgetting me now, are you Ichigo?" Tatsuki threatened, putting the boy in a headlock which he easily got out of. She then turned to Takato. "I'm Arisawa Tatsuki, Orihime's best friend and I've known Ichigo since we were both kids. We took martial arts together. It's nice to meet you."

"It's nice to meet all of you." Takato said politely. He then looked at his watch. "I suppose I should be going to meet the principal about getting my schedule, shouldn't I?"

"I suppose so." Ichigo said. "I'll show you how to get there."

In the end, Takato was in Ichigo's class (much to his relief). The entire class seemed rather interesting in Takato's mind. They seemed so… lively. He didn't think he'd get bored there.

Things just seemed to be fine for the next few days until Ichigo and his friends sensed the presence of a couple of Espada – more specifically, Yammy and Ulquiorra.

Making a quick excuse, Ichigo, Ishida, Orihime, Chad and Rukia rushed out of the room to go deal with the Espada. Not even five minutes later, Takato's D-Arc began to flash red from where it laid hanging from a string around his neck. 'Of all the times for a digimon to emerge.' He groaned before raising his hand. "Ano… sensei, I've really got to go to the bathroom."

The teacher stared at him before sighing. "Very well, but make it quick." She said.

"Thanks." Takato said, rushing out of the room. 'This was so much easier back in Shinjuku… I didn't even have to lie when I ran out of class to deal with a bio-emergence.' He was quite thankful that he'd opted to bring Guilmon (as Jyarimon) to school with him, hidden within his bag.

Ichigo and the others found Ulquiorra and Yammi in the same park area where they'd first met. "Figures you wouldn't be very original with where you popped up." Ichigo growled, placing a hand on the hilt of Zangetsu as he prepared to fight them. Ulquiorra just stared at Ichigo as if he was looking at an idiot.

"We are not here to fight you, Kurosaki Ichigo." He said coldly. "But if you so adamantly wish it, I fear we have no choice but to cut you down before going about our business." He fired a cero, forcing the group to scatter in order to avoid getting hit. Yet, they still got caught in the aftershock.

Ishida moved quickly to shield Orihime as they slammed into a tree (both being the lightest of all the warriors, and thus, the most easily affected by the blast) while the others managed to find stable ground and avoid hitting anything.

It was then when a beam of bright white light burst from the ground before spreading around the area in the shape of a foggy dome. Everything became obscure and it took a bit before everyone adjusted to the new atmosphere. "What's going on?" Rukia exclaimed, looking everywhere with wide-eyes. "I've never seen anything like this before."

Strange laughter filled the air, making the groups' hackles rise. Slowly, they saw a silhouette form in the center of the dome. He looked like the devil with a red mask covering his face, a red tail with a triangular barb on the end, black bat wings with a red interior and a black and red leather outfit that remotely looked like a vampire's. He had a red three-pronged spear in his hand.

"Who the hell are you?" Ichigo asked with a frown, on guard. The feeling he got from this creature made him uneasy.

"I am Phelesmon… and that's all you need to know because I'm going to kill you now." the Fallen Angel digimon exclaimed, about to attack Ichigo, Rukia, Orihime, Ishida and Chad.

"Pyro Sphere!" a childish voice suddenly yelled a basketball-sized fireball struck Phelesmon, distracting him. Everyone, including the Espada, turned their attention to the red dinosaur, that was about half as tall as Chad, run into the battlefield, golden eyes shrunken with a feral quality as he growled at the larger digimon. Phelesmon smirked at the sight of the Rookie-level digimon.

"A Hazard digimon… I haven't seen one of you in years. How fascinating." The devil stated, leering at the tiny digimon. "Your data will help me greatly."

"I won't let you kill him!" another voice called out and Ichigo and his friends were stunned when none other than Takato emerged with his goggles covering his eyes to help him see through the fog. Once he got through the heaviest bit of it, the brunette took the goggles off and glared defiantly at the Ultimate-level digimon in front of him. He took out a strange white device that had a gold rim with strange symbols on it around the small square LCD-screen and pointed it at the digimon. A holographic screen appeared as he read out the information he received. "Phelesmon, an Ultimate-level Fallen Angel digimon. A Virus type. He's said to be one of the incarnations of the devil himself… Special Attacks are Demon's Shout and Black Statue." He didn't look pleased. He then noticed Ichigo and the others, despite the fact that Ichigo, Rukia and the Espada shouldn't have been seen by a mortal. Then again, Takato wasn't an ordinary one. "What are you guys doing here? And what's with the weird outfits?"

"You can see us?" Rukia said, stunned.

"Um… am I not supposed to?" Takato asked, blinking in confusion.

"Annoying mortal…" Yammi said derisively. "Stay out of our way." He increased his reiatsu until Takato started choking, not able to take the pressure.

"Stop it!" Orihime yelled as Takato passed out, his digimon cards and D-Arc falling onto the ground.

"Takato!" Guilmon roared, angered at what happened to his partner. A red light surrounded him. "Guilmon Digivolve to… Growlmon!"

The Shinigami and Ryoka stared dumbly as the saurian digimon got bigger, as tall as a five-story building. He had also gained two spikes on his arms and a shock of spiky white hair.

"What the hell is he?" Rukia gaped, eyeing the dragon.

"I believe Matsuda-kun had referred to him as a digimon…" Ishida said, frowning ever so slightly. "I'm assuming these are the monsters that once appeared in Shinjuku on a constant basis."

"What are they doing here?" Ichigo inquired. For the time being, the Espada had been completely forgotten. They'd been obscured by the fog and had shown no signs of wanting to attack. They were just… watching.

"I don't know, but I'm sure we'll find out soon enough." Ishida said, frowning. "For now, I don't recommend getting between the two of them. That dragon doesn't seem very stable right now…"

"But look at all of the damage they're causing." Orihime stated, noticing that the park was taking major casualties as a result of Growlmon and Phelesmon's battle.

"Demon's Shout!" Phelesmon yelled, screaming and releasing a massive wave of energy in Growlmon's direction. The dragon dug his claws into the ground and stood his ground but everything else, namely the trees, started getting blown away. Phelesmon just grinned. "You saved yourself… but what about your Tamer?"

Growlmon whirled around, horrified as he saw a tree about to fall on the unconscious form of his Tamer. "Takato!!" he screamed, knowing he wouldn't be able to make it in time.