Hello, even though this story is over I keep getting story alerts for it. So, I thought that I would write more for it. But I don't want to do any more on the end. So I thought I would add more chapters and things onto the beginning. So, basically, I'm going to re-do the story (kind of like I just re-did another one of my stories, I'm having fun with that, apparently).
So, here it is: the new, and longer, Hollowfication.
It had been many days since Ichigo had agreed to become a Vizard. He had defeated his inner hollow and was able to control himself in battle, now. It was time for him to leave the warehouse and go back to school and life. Except now, he would have to explain to Rukia that he was no longer a Shinigami.
He walked slowly away from the large rusting building, only looking at the ground. He was tired, very tired. He didn't get nearly enough rest when he was in there. He was training the entire time.
Then he heard the calm voice. "Ichigo?" He looked up. Rukia stood about twenty feet away. "Ichigo. You're finally out of there."
"Rukia? How did you know I was here?" He was surprised to say the least. He knew that Inoue had been here but Rukia? Her black hair moved softly in the breeze but the rest of her was still and pained. "What have you been doing?" She was holding her hands, together, at her stomach.
He closed his eyes. "Training."
"You could have told me. You could have told us all. We've been worried." She looked away.
"I'm sorry." He looked at her. "I…have something I have to tell you."
"What is it?" She dropped her hands to her sides.
"Rukia, I'm no longer a Shinigami." He closed his eyes. "I met some people, they helped me. I'm with them, now."
"What do you mean?" She took a step forward. "What does that mean, what are you saying?"
"I met a Vizard. They taught me how to control my inner-hollow. So, I became one of them. I'm no longer a Shinigami." He started walking past her. "I'm sorry. I understand if you don't want to talk to me anymore." He walked away.
It took him a few steps for her to speak loudly, "No!" He stopped. "No, you can't just do this!" He let out a breath. "You have to tell them you've changed your mind. Vizards are enemies of Shinigami. You can't do this!" She walked up to him and shook her head. "Don't you realize what you're doing?" She looked up at him with anger in her eyes. "You can't do this." She whispered. "Please."
"It's too late." He spoke. "They are who I am, now." He walked away. "I'm sorry."
Rukia sat on her bed in the closet waiting for Ichigo to come in his room. She waited, patiently for him for thirty minutes. She took in small breaths, her violet eyes surveying the room over and over.
She slowly laid down on her bed and closed her eyes, sadly.
"Rukia?" Her eyes opened. "You actually came here? I figured you'd go back to the Soul Society."
"No." She shook her head and sat up. "I-um…no." She put her hand through her hair.
He sat down on his chair. "I just got done trying to explain to dad where I've been. It was difficult coming up with a story, you know?"
"Yeah." She nodded, some hair falling in her face. She brushed it back. She seemed disheveled and she didn't like it. She sat up straight and brushed her shirt down. "What did he say?"
"Just that he was glad I was okay." He watched Rukia. "Are…you okay, you seem strange."
"No, I'm fine." She shook her head.
"Listen." He paused, creating a tense atmosphere in the room. Nothing was said and Rukia nearly died because of it. Then he let out a soft breath and spoke. "I'm not going to change my mind, you know. I'm sorry."
"I'm sorry. But I'm not."
She clasped her hands together and turned her gaze to the side. "You don't know what you're doing. You don't understand." She closed her eyes. "You're throwing everything away."
"They helped me get my life back. Without them I'd be completely controlled by…him."
Rukia's eyes watered and she spoke in anger. "The Soul Society won't recognize you as a person any longer after this, do you understand that?" She jumped down from the closet and walked to him. "Just take what you can from them and stay as a Shinigami."
"That wouldn't be right." He looked away.
She had sat down on his bed by this time. "What are you going to do?"
"Live my life. Just as a Vizard."
"What does that even mean?" She looked at him.
"I'm not sure yet." He sighed. "But you don't have to stay here with me."
She looked out of his window. "No, I'll stay."
Orihime, Ishida and Chad all stared at Ichigo and Rukia.
Chad spoke. "Vizard?"
"Yes. I'm a Vizard, now."
"That sounds space-agey." Orihime smiled. "I like it."
"It seems as though there is a downfall to this arrangement." Ishida adjusted his glasses.
"There is." Rukia crossed her arms.
"The…Soul Society and the Vizards aren't on…very good terms with one another." Ichigo said, nervously. He wasn't sure what the reaction would be.
"That is not a good thing." Chad pointed out.
"No, it's not." Rukia looked at Ichigo, making sure Chad's assessment got through to him.
"So…you won't be enemies with the Soul Society, though, will you, Kurosaki-kun?" Orihime looked worried. "Will you?"
Rukia, Chad and Ishida looked at Ichigo for the answer.
"Well…" Ichigo put his hand up behind his head. "Yes, yes I will be."
"No!" Orihime sat back in her chair, her hair moving forward as she did. Her amber eyes were full of hurt. "How could you, Kurosaki-kun!" She closed her eyes. "I refuse to believe it!" She put a hand up in front of herself as if she were stopping him from saying anything else.
"It's difficult to explain." Ichigo closed his eyes and brought his hand up to his forehead in thought. This wasn't going too well. "It's just how it has to-"
"Ichigo." Everyone looked to the side. Hirako Shinji was standing next to Ichigo. He put his arm around Ichigo's shoulder. "Talkin' to your friends, huh?"
"Yes, I was explaining how I'm a Vizard, now." Ichigo's orange hair stood out terribly next to Shinji's plain blonde hair.
"Really?" Shinji smiled. "And what did they say?" He winked at Orihime.
Orihime looked flustered. Rukia closed her eyes. "We weren't too happy."
"Aww, that's too bad." He let go of Ichigo. "I was counting on being your good friend." He looked at Ishida. "Even with him." Ishida sat up straight. "Just kidding, man, I don't discriminate between humans and Quincy's; you're all the same to me." He laughed a little.
"Rukia wants to know what I'll be doing as a Vizard." Ichigo turned to him.
"What you'll be doing?" Shinji leaned in a bit towards Ichigo. "You want me to put a name on it?"
"Yeah." Ichigo leaned his elbow on his desk.
"Saving the world from impending doom on a daily basis at the risk of your own hide, oh great and mighty Kurosaki Ichigo." He bowed. "Do you think you can lower yourself to that task?"
"Shut up." Ichigo growled.
"Saving the world!" Orihime held her hands together at her chest and looked at the ceiling. "What could be better than that?"
"I know, right?" Shinji went to her side and put his arm around her shoulder. "It's what I do." He smiled. Ichigo smacked his hand away from her. "Ow! How'd you get over here so fast?"
"And what happens when Ichigo can no longer be accepted by the Soul Society?" Rukia stared Shinji down. "What then, saver of the cosmos?"
"Not my problem!" He sat on a desk. "That's the Soul Society's problem. They're too hung up on the past." He shook his head and closed his eyes. "No imagination." Then he opened his eyes. "Hey! Maybe Ichigo becoming one of us will change their minds, eh?" He looked at everyone. "Eh?" No one said anything. "Right." He played with his tie.
Orihime looked determined. She stood and walked to Ichigo. She nodded her head once, fervently. "Kurosaki-kun. If this is what you have chosen, then I will accept it and say 'good for you.'" She smiled. "Good for you."
He smiled. "Thanks, Inoue."
She smiled, back. "You're welcome, Kurosaki-kun."
Shinji grinned. "You're so wonderful, Orihime-chan."
"Thank you, Hirako-kun." She wasn't sure what to say.
"Well, enough of that." Ichigo pulled Shinji far away from Orihime. When they were far away from the group Shinji looked at him seriously. "You do realize that you're not done training, right?"
"You still don't know how to properly use your powers."
"I can use my mask just fine."
"For how many seconds?" He laughed. "And you don't know how to use Cero at all. You have to learn."
"Cero?" Ichigo said it as if it were a foreign word. He hadn't even thought about the fact that he could use it. He had figured cero was just for hollows only.
"Yes. Didn't you know you could use Cero?"
"Well, no." He looked at the group of friends that were watching him, but looked away quickly as he turned to them. "I can, really?"
"Yes, once you learn."
"Well, I can't come and stay for days and days like I did last time. It has to be in small bits this time."
"Fine by me." Shinji nodded. "Start today after school?"
"Alright," Ichigo nodded.