Recoveries and Promotions
Disclaimer: I don't own Naruto or Bleach.
It was now sunset on top of Sokyokyu hill. Medics were rushing everywhere trying to heal the injured.
"Groups two and three care to Captain Kuchiki. Groups six, seven and eight care to Lieutenant Abarai and Lieutenant Uzumaki." Shouted the third seat of squad 3.
After the shock of seeing Aizen's betrayal, Naruto's moves and the spirits of three people who were once dead come back to life they started tending to the injured.
"Hurry, Lieutenant Abarai is in need of level six surgery. Lieutenant Uzumaki is so low on reiatsu that his life could go any second." He shouted.
The medics that surrounded Naruto were pumping reiatsu into his body to stop him from dieing. The people around him were Yoruichi, Soifon, Isane, and Rangiku.
The third seat then looked at the ryoka. "Group nine and ten see to the ryoka." He said.
"But sir," started one of them.
"But nothing." He cut him off. "You've all been made aware of their status. They are the saviors of the Soul Society, go."
"Yes sir." They said and went of to heal the Ichigo and friends. Renji was being gently lowered onto a stretcher and was going to be transported to the fourth squad medical center.
Then Captain Unohana appeared on the hill riding on Minazuki. Isshin walked over there and got there as soon as she landed.
"It's been a long time Retsu." He said.
"Isshin." She said surprised. "I never thought I'd see you again."
"Things came up." Isshin said. "So where did you just come from?"
"I just came back from the medical center. Captain Hitsugaya was injured by Aizen and is now in the recovery center."
"Is he okay?" Isshin asked concern for his young pupil.
"Right now his condition could go either way, but since he was trained under you he should be just fine." Unohana said. "Status report." She said to the third seat.
"Right." He said. "There's Captain Kuchiki, the ryoka and Lieutenant Uzumaki. Captain Kuchiki is weak right now, but he is recovering. The ryoka are being seen to by group nine and ten and Lieutenant Uzumaki is having a reiatsu charge. Right now he's out, but he is slowly getting better."
Unohana nodded. "I see. Then it appears I don't need to help anyone."
The person who looked like and older version of Rukia was beside Byakuya and Rukia herself didn't know whom to look at.
She new that Hisana was Byakuya's wife, but wasn't she supposed to be dead. She didn't know what the hell was going on.
Hisana smiled softly down at Byakuya. "You acted recklessly Byakuya, but it was for a good thing." Byakuya was too tired to retort all he could do was pant and try to stay awake.
"Rukia." He finally said. Rukia's head snapped up and looked over to him. "Come hear please."
She walked over to him and he took her hand in his. "If it's worth anything Rukia. I'm sorry. Sorry for everything I've done." He finally passed out.
Rukia had unshed tears in her eyes and held his limp hand. 'I forgive you brother.' She thought. Hisana smiled softly and decided to explain to Rukia later.
Back with Naruto he was finally in a stable condition. Kaien and Miyako were sitting right beside him. Kukaku was sitting next to Kaien. She had a million questions going through her head.
How the hell were Kaien and Miyako alive? That was one of them. She was looking forward to one thing. The look on Ganju's face when he saw that his older brother was still alive.
Finally after everyone was healed enough Unohana addressed her squad members. "Now everyone get them on stretchers. They may be out of danger, but they need their rest. We will now escort them to the recovery center."
"Yes captain." The said. Since Hanatarou was the only one who was les injured, granted he did have a deep wound, but he healed as son as Aizen left, he helped transport people.
Isshin, Karin and Yuzu watched as Ichigo was taken away to the recovery center. "What do we do now?" Karin asked.
"We're going to go visit an old friend of mine. I haven't seen him since I left this place." Isshin said.
"Who is he?" Yuzu asked curiously.
"My old subordinate named Toushiro Hitsugaya." He said and took them to the recovery center. Once he got there he asked which room he was in.
Toushiro was currently lying in his bed asleep, but he wouldn't be asleep for long. The door opened and they walked in. Karin couldn't help, but blush a bit at his handsome face.
"Oi Toushiro wake up already." Isshin called loudly.
Toushiro grumbled in his sleep. "It's too early to deal with you Captain." He mumbled not paying attention to what he was saying.
Isshin smirked and counted down from five to zero. On zero Toushiro's eyes sprung open and he sat up. His whole entire right shoulder and most of his torso was wrapped up in bandages.
"Captain Kurosaki, what are you doing here?" Toushiro asked shocked.
"That's a nice hello." Isshin muttered sarcastically "My son was part of the ryoka so I came back to help him."
"You mean your son is carrot top?' Toushiro asked smirking.
Isshin snickered quietly and Karin and Yuzu giggled quietly. Toushiro turned his gaze to them making them quiet immediately under his gaze.
"So, who are the squirts?" Toushiro asked bluntly.
Karin got a tick mark above her eye. "Who are you calling squirt midget."
Now Toushiro got a tick mark on his head. "What did you say pipsqueak?"
Karin got more tick marks above her eyes. "You heard me shorty."
The two of them glared with lightning coming out of their eyes. Isshin was openly laughing and Yuzu was trying to suppress her giggles, but was failing miserably.
This could go on for a while. Next patient.
Ichigo and Naruto were in the same room and were currently by themselves, but not for long.
"Hey Ichigo." Naruto said
"What." He said.
"How was your first battle against a captain?" he asked.
"It was challenging, but during the battle something weird happened." Ichigo said. He continued. "I was hit with Byakuya's kido right in the heart and I could fell my body shutting down, but I wasn't dead.
Then right when Byakuya was about to kill me it felt like something took over my body. It felt evil, almost like a hollow."
Naruto's eyes widened. 'It can't be. I have a theory for the first incident, but if the second is what I think it is then he'll have some problems in the future.'
"Ichigo." Naruto said getting his attention. "I have a theory about the first thing you said."
"What is it?" Ichigo asked.
"Since you were still a spirit with a human body your spirit couldn't die unless your body died first. When Captain Kuchiki hit you in the heart it might have killed your real body back in the real world."
Ichigo's eyes widened. If what he said was true then he wouldn't be able to see his family or friends ever again, or so he thought.
Hanatarou was sitting outside of the squad four barracks on top of the roof. After the whole mess was over he had gained a lot more respect and no longer got bullied by other people.
For the second time in his life he felt as happy as he could. The last time he felt this way was when he was found in the Rukon district by Unohana 70 years ago.
He had been a small child at the time. He immediately started calling her kaa-san until he learned about the Gotei thirteen and after that he would only address her as captain.
"Hanatarou." Said a voice. He turned around to see Kiyone.
"Kiyone-chan." Hanatarou said. Kiyone walked over and sat next to him.
"I just wan to say that what you did was very brave. I don't think half the people in the Soul Society would do what you did." She said smiling at him.
He rubbed the back of his head. "Thanks."
She smiled. "And a good hero always gets a reward." She leaned in and kissed him right on the mouth.
He was shocked at first before he kissed her back and pulled her in his arms. A few minutes later they stopped and just sat together blushing as bright as the sun.
Little did they know that Unohana and Isane were watching them. Unohana smiled, "I'm glad that he's finally happy. He hasn't been this happy in a long time."
Isane also smiled, but didn't say anything. She was happy for her little sister. They both left them to their business and went inside.
Byakuya was moved to a new room and he was in the same room as Renji. Renji had just come out of surgery and was going to make a full recovery.
Byakuya had a lot of thoughts going through his head. 'Things are going to change around here. I will treat Rukia as I should have been treating her these past forty years.' He then looked at the sleeping form of his Lieutenant.
'Renji you were right. I am oblivious when it comes to my subordinates. You have fought well and defeated a captain. Good job Renji.' With that last thought Byakuya went to sleep.
Back out in the forest of the Rukon district Rukia and Hisana were walking towards Kukaku's house.
Hisana had told her the whole story and begged for Rukia's forgiveness. Rukia said that she was forgiven and the two of them started bonding like sisters.
Rukia was holding Hisana'a hand since she was nervous. She was going to visit Kaien and Miyako. She hadn't seen them in a long time.
Since they were both back alive, for reasons still unknown, Kukaku made ties with Seireitei again and they were moving back in.
Soon the got to the strange house and saw Kaien and Miyako sitting on the grass looking out in the distance.
Rukia gave Hisana's hand one more squeeze before going over to them. Hisana smiled and watched silently as Kaien, Miyako and Rukia talked.
It has now been one week since Aizen's betrayal. Almost everyone had fully recovered. Byakuya was now back in the Kuchiki manor, but he still needed rest. Toushiro had gotten out a few days later, but had to take it easy.
Renji was the same. Naruto and Ichigo had already recovered and were spending some time at his mansion training.
Ichigo had improved greatly. When they heard that the execution date was only two days away Naruto took some time to teach Ichigo some kido. He was horrible at the low level spells since he had too much reiatsu.
So he taught him some high level spells and he took them on pretty easily. With encouragement from Naruto he contacted his zanpakuto spirit and asked it if there was any more moves his zanpakuto possessed.
Ever since then he learned that his zanpakuto had three more moves. The first one was Getsuga Kaiten. By rotating fast he could make his spiritual pressure rotate around him and create an impenetrable shield.
The second one was called Getsuga Ame. This literally causes tons of reiatsu shards to fall from the sky and it can pierce through anything. The best part is that when it is mastered it would take the strongest barrier kido to have a chance at stopping it.
The final move was called Getsuga Ryuu Rendan. This is his most powerful move. this move literally creates dragons from overflowing reiatsu and is shaped into dragons. The dragons stand at his side and attack or defend at his command.
Also when they attack and if they hit then it will leave a bit of Ichigo's energy inside their body.
This does one of two things. It could cause them extreme pain in the area he hit or he can use it to track them if they flee.
After another round of training they called it a day and they walked back to the squad 10 barracks were Ichigo and his family were staying until everyone was healed up.
Ichigo's friends were almost completely healed and were. Soon they got back and when they got back they saw Rangiku, Isshin, Kira and Hisagi almost passed out and shit faced drunk.
Ichigo gaped at the scene and Naruto started twitching. "Toushiro." He shouted.
Toushiro walked into the room. "What's with all the yelling?" he then noticed the four people pass out. "What happened here?"
Karin and Yuzu then came walking in. "What the heck is everybody yelling about?" Karin mumbled. Then they noticed the four people.
They gaped along with Ichigo. Their eyes were wide and their mouths dropped. Naruto and Toushiro kept twitching. Finally they looked at each other and were about to wake them up when Rangiku sat up panting.
"That was close I almost died." She muttered.
"How, what happened?" Toushiro and Naruto asked.
"I can't lie face down because of my boobs. Don't you know what that feels like?" Rangiku asked.
"We don't." the muttered.
"Well you two should be more sympathetic. It's not easy being a girl and being beautiful." Rangiku pouted.
"Shut up." They grumbled.
Naruto then looked at the other three who were passed out. "Ichigo, Toushiro would you help me with something?" they walked over and he whispered something in their ears that made them grin evilly and it scared the crap out of the three girls.
"Hado #31, Shakkaho." They said and shot their attacks at the hindquarters of their targets. Ichigo got his dad, Toushiro got Hisagi and Naruto got Kira.
The attack woke them up and had them smoking. The three girls were on the floor laughing at them.
After a few minutes of recovering Hisagi and Kira left for their own squads leaving the others here. After Toushiro told Rangiku to clean the mess up they all went outside to just watch the clouds role by.
Then Ichigo thought of something. "Hey dad, since you brought Yuzu and Karin to help me out does that means they've unlocked their zanpakuto?"
Isshin snapped his fingers. "Oh yeah, they did. Why don't you two show them."
They nodded and got up. Karin went first. "Freeze, Aisu Fuka." (Ice Shark.)
Her zanpakuto turned completely blue, but now it looked like an old medieval warrior sword.
Yuzu went next. "Destroy, Kuro Ro-Zu Ryuu" (Black Rose Dragon.)
Her sword turned completely black with a red jewel near the hilt, except the blade was much thicker.
"Looking good." Ichigo said.
"I'd hate to be on the receiving end of one of you two." Naruto said.
"Yep." Isshin said. "Yuzu hasn't told us what hers does yet, but Karin's we definitely know is an ice type zanpakuto."
He then turned to Toushiro. "Just like yours Toushiro."
Toushiro nodded. Karin looked at him and then smirked. "Hey Toushiro."
"What." He said.
"Lets have a spar and see whose zanpakuto is stronger." She said.
Toushiro knew he would win, but he's never denied a challenge yet. He smirked. "Sure why not."
Toushiro pulled his zanpakuto out and walked into the clearing. Naruto played ref and called the match. Karin charged at him with surprising speed.
Toushiro blocked her attack and was about to counter attack when he noticed his sword was starting to freeze.
He jumped back and snapped the ice of his sword. "I see so your sword freezes anything it hits. Very impressive." Toushiro said.
"You haven't seen nothing yet." She swung her sword and an ice wave came swinging right at him. He dodged the attack and went to attack her. She blocked the attack, but Toushiro kept on swinging.
She kept on blocking, but Toushiro was unprepared for ice teeth to come out and try to clamp onto his sword. He jumped back just in time to avoid it and see the teeth melt apart.
"I see." Toushiro muttered. "I should be careful when fighting someone like you or I might regret it later."
"Your damn right you will." She said.
Toushiro smirked, "In that case I shall take you seriously. Reign upon the frosted heavens, Hyorinmaru."
The sky darkened and then there was a giant ice dragon that was swirling around Toushiro. Karin gaped at the dragon.
"Wow, no wonder dad said you have the strongest ice based zanpakuto. He wasn't kidding." She whispered.
He swung his sword at her and the ice dragon went at her with impressive speed. She couldn't dodge it since it was too fast and it got closer until it stopped right in front of her causing her to squeak and fall on her butt.
The ice dragon dissipated and Toushiro sheathed his zanpakuto. He walked over and held his hand out. "That was pretty good for a beginner." He said.
She took his hand and he pulled her up, but apparently he pulled a little too hard because she fumbled a little and fell face first into his chest. this had mixed reactions.
Isshin and Yuzu had wide eyes except Yuzu was blushing. Ichigo and Naruto were laughing quietly.
Toushiro's eyes widened a bit and he also blushed. Karin also blushed, but she blushed a lot bigger than the others combined. She lifted her head from his chest and could no longer look at anything, but Toushiro who did the same.
Ichigo then smirked, "Don't worry Toushiro I give you permission just be gentle."
Toushiro blushed even more, but Karin glared at Ichigo. "Ichigo you are so dead." She screamed running after him with her zanpakuto.
Ichigo laughed, jumped up and dodged her strikes. He pulled out his own zanpakuto, which was no much smaller. It was still the same length, but now it didn't look like a hunk of metal on a hilt.
He blocked her strikes while laughing his ass off. After twenty minutes of failing to hit Ichigo she gave up, sat down and pouted.
Toushiro couldn't help, but notice that when she pouted she looked really cute. He quickly slapped himself in the face when no one was looking.
'What the hell is wrong with you Toushiro? Don't think things like that.' He berated himself. Then a hell butterfly came down and landed on Toushiro's finger.
A second later Toushiro turned to them. "There is an emergency meeting that requests all remaining captains and you two to come." He said.
"Wonder what they want with us." Ichigo said.
"Well let's go find out." Naruto said and then they shunpoed away leaving the slightly worried Kurosaki family.
Soon they got to the squad 1 barracks and found out that Renji and Hanatarou were also there. Once everyone took their places Yamamoto addressed them.
"This meeting has been called to address the missing captains issue. As you all know we are now down four captain. Aizen, Gin and Tousen have all betrayed us and Captain Komamura was killed by Aizen." Yamamoto said and there was a moment of silence in Sajin's honor.
"The missing positions must be filled since the Lieutenants cannot manage the squad for very long. That is why these four have been brought here today." Yamamoto said causing everyone to widen their eyes.
"Are you saying what I think you're saying?" Shunsui asked.
Yamamoto nodded. "These four have shown the strength and skill that is required for a captain and I'm sure the two captains here who battled them can testify to it."
Kurotsuchi reluctantly spoke, "While it pains me to admit it Abarai is strong. He is a little hot headed, but he was able to get past my guard and almost kill me. not only that he was able to block a kido spell with nothing, but his hand and didn't get a mark on him."
Byakuya spoke next. "Ichigo Kurosaki is almost the same as Renji. He, too, is hot headed, but he is smart in battle and can over come difficult situations. Also without any past training in the academy he was able to use a kido spell without an incantation and it was still as strong as if anyone else would use it."
Yamamoto nodded. "It would be safe to assume that you all possess Bankai?" they all nodded to shocked to speak.
Then Unohana spoke up. "But there is one thing we overlooked. Kurosaki is also a human and has a life on earth. It would not be right to tear him away from his life, friends and family."
Yamamoto nodded sadly, "that would be a problem, but now it is not."
"What do you mean?" Ichigo asked speaking up.
"Yoruichi Shihoin has contacted me back in the real world and it appears that during your fight with Captain Kuchiki your real body has perished." Yamamoto said.
"Wait how is that…" Ichigo stopped and then an image of when Byakuya fired the lightning through his heart and then Naruto's theory in the hospital.
He looked over to Byakuya who also seemed to come up with the same conclusion. He bowed slightly and averted his gaze.
"I know that this is a sad moment for you Kurosaki, but I need an answer from you." Yamamoto said.
Ichigo didn't know how to answer so he asked Zangetsu. 'What should I do?'
"That is for you to decide Ichigo." Zangetsu said. "But first tell me didn't you say that you wanted to protect everyone you cared about?"
'Yeah.' He answered back.
"Then by being a captain you will be able to protect them all, but it is your choice Ichigo." Zangetsu said.
Ichigo's head snapped up, "Okay I'll do it."
Yamamoto smiled, "Excellent then I'm happy to pronounce you four captains."
"Hanatarou Yamada is now Captain of Squad 9."
"Renji Abarai is now Captain of Squad 7."
"Naruto Uzumaki is now Captain of Squad 5."
"Ichigo Kurosaki is now Captain of Squad 3."
Yamamoto handed them their respected haori. Naruto and Hanatarou's haori had long sleeves while Ichigo and Renji's had no sleeves.
They put the Haori on and waited for Yamamoto to speak. "That is all for now. We will discuss this Aizen business later. Dismissed."
Naruto and his friends were the last ones out. Renji was grinning like there was no tomorrow. Hanatarou was also smiling and so was Naruto, but Ichigo looked a little sad.
They noticed this. "Hey cheer up Ichigo. You'll still be able to see your family again."
"Renji is right." Hanatarou said. "Since you were one of the main reasons Soul Society was not thrown into major chaos head captain Yamamoto will probably give you about I week off every month to visit."
Naruto nodded and slung his arm around Ichigo. "Trust me Ichigo. Old man Yama might be stern, but when it comes to family and loved ones. He understands more than anyone."
Ichigo smiled a little, "Thanks, well we might as well tell everybody and then you guys will probably drag me to a bar or something."
The others laughed and slung their arms over each other and walked out of the squad one barracks completely missing the smile on Yamamoto's face.
They then sent out some hell butterflies telling their friends/girlfriends to show up at the east part of Seireitei. Little did they know that was wear Naruto's mansion was located.
When they got there they saw them all dressed in their captains haori and they all rushed over to them. The ones in the captains meetings were shocked that the four of them made captain. When Ichigo's family showed up they looked shocked, happy and sad.
Isshin knew exactly what it meant and he couldn't help, but fell sadness in him. It was all his fault that his only sun was drawn into this. That was the reason he left the Seireitei in the first place.
The party went pretty well. There was good food and plenty of sake thanks to Rangiku. Some people inside were already passed out and the rest were outside watching the moon.
Ichigo was sitting with family and friends. Naruto was sitting with Soifon, Isane, and surprisingly Rangiku and Nemu. Hanatarou was sitting with Unohana and Kiyone. Renji was sitting with Rukia.
Ichigo was being held onto by his two sisters. He held them back in a tight embrace. He told them that he would not be going back home with them and once again it tore his heart that he would be leaving them again.
Orihime practically cried her eyes out when he told her the news. Tatsuki consoled her and even she let a few tears loose.
Uryuu and Chad didn't react much, but Chad said that he would miss his best friend and Uryuu said that he would also miss him.
Isshin called Ichigo over to a private spot away from the others. "So Ichigo, how does it feel to be a captain?"
"It actually feels pretty great, but soon it's probably going to give me a head ache." Ichigo said.
Isshin chuckled softly. "Ichigo I just want you to know this. I'm sorry for everything. For attacking you at random times and mostly for getting you involved in this. That's a main reason I quit this stuff. I sword I wouldn't let anything happen to my children and here I go bringing all three of you into this. I must be the worst father in the universe."
Ichigo patted him on the back. "You're not the worst dad. Anyway you did your best and that's all anyone can say. Now don't go getting soft on me old man."
Then the two embraced as a father and son should.
Hanatarou was sitting on a hill staring at the moon with Kiyone in his arms and Unohana sitting next to him.
"How does it feel to be a captain Hanatarou?" Unohana asked.
"It feels alright. I just never imagined that I'd be able to become a captain." Hanatarou said sheepishly.
Unohana smiled, "Remember what I taught you Hanatarou, anything is possible if you set your mind to it."
Hanatarou chuckled and pulled Kiyone closer. "You're right." Unohana smiled again and decided to leave and give those two some privacy.
"Congratulations Captain Yamada." Kiyone said giggling.
Hanatarou pouted, "You don't have to call me that. Too formal." He said making her giggle more.
"If you say so." She said looking up at him. He smiled and they leaned closer to each other until they met in another kiss.
Only this one was hotter and more passionate. He held her tightly around her waist and she had her right arm around his neck. Let's leave the young couple alone.
Renji was sitting alone looking at the moon until Rukia came from behind him and sat next to him. "Hey Renji." She greeted.
"Hey." He said.
"So you're a captain. Good job Renji." Rukia said.
Renji chuckled, "Thanks. I honestly didn't expect it though. I may have a Bankai, but I had no idea that I would be made a captain. It's out of this world."
Rukia frowned, "Do you not think you deserved the rank?"
"I don't know. I defeated a captain, but Aizen managed to nearly kill me without trying. Do I deserve this rank." Renji asked palming his forehead.
Rukia grabbed his chin and turned it towards her. "Renji you and the others risked their lives to save me. If that's not the courage of a captain, then I don't know what is."
Renji smiled and pulled her into a hug getting a small squeak from her. "Thanks Rukia, somehow you always knew how to cheer me up when I was down."
Rukia smiled and also returned the hug. "Your welcome and remember I'll always be there for you." They sat there for a while, both unaware that they were being watched by Byakuya and Hisana who were both smiling slightly.
Naruto was also sitting outside staring at the moon. He was happy being a captain, but that meant less time to spend with Soifon or Isane. He also missed some of those drinking games he had with Rangiku. He even remembered that one time when he talked to Nemu when they were alone.
He was broken from his thoughts when he felt four pairs of arms drape around him. One of them was over his head and leaning against his back. One on each arm and one in front of him with their arms around his neck.
It was Soifon, Rangiku, Isane and Nemu.
"Well this is a nice hello. Four beautiful women surrounding me from all sides. No ways to escape." Naruto said.
They giggled, but they still held onto him. "Well, we came out here to congratulate you on becoming captain." Soifon said.
"Then we were thinking of ways to reward you." Nemu said with her voice having a little happiness in it.
"We thought for a while until we thought of a way." Isane said blushing a bit.
"Come on inside and we'll show you what we planned." Rangiku said in a sexy voice.
Naruto sighed happily, "I love my life." He said making them giggle more and they escorted them into the house to do things in there.
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