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"Talking"

'Thinking'

"Hollow Talking"

'Hollow Thinking'

"Spirit Talking"

'Spirit Thinking'

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(Flashback)

Naruto smiled as he watched his apprentice make a dive for the bell, failing to catch him once again.

"C'mon, Bya-baka! I'm barely trying here!" Naruto mocked Byakuya as he stood up and brushed himself off.

"I told you not to call me that… Why are we doing this? You said you'd be teaching me some 'Great Secret' today," Byakuya complained.

"I am!" Naruto said as the clock went off, "Well, looks like you're getting tied to a post!"

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"You still haven't explained the secret you taught me…" Byakuya mumbled as he munched on the ramen his Sensei had bought them both. They had finished up training an hour ago, and, seeing the darkening sky, Naruto had offered to treat him to ramen.

"You mean you haven't figured it out yet? The secret is team work!" Naruto said as he slurped up more noodles.

"Team work..? But I didn't have a partner or a team!" Byakuya said, confused.

Naruto grinned and shook his head before tapping Byakuya's Zanpakuto, "Your 'teammate' was right here!" Naruto exclaimed.

"My Zanpakuto?" Byakuya asked, glancing between it and the blonde, "How is it my teammate?"

Naruto smiled, before ruffling Byakuya's hair, chuckling at the annoyed look the boy grew, "Nothing is more important for a Shinigami than the bond they share with their Zanpakuto! Remember, it has a mind and will of its own! You should always treat it as your most valued partner! Trust me; listening to my Zanpakuto has gotten me out of a few jams."

"Is that how you see yours?" Byakuya glanced at his Sensei's blade. It was no secret that Naruto's sword was the strongest lightning-based Zanpakuto there was, just like Yamamoto had the strongest fire-based one.

Naruto grinned before looking up to the starry sky.

"It's funny…at first, we didn't want to have anything to do with each other. He thought I wasn't worthy to wield him and I thought he was an arrogant jerk. But something happened that bonded us together. We've been friends and partners ever since," Naruto stated.

"What happened?" Byakuya asked, a curious look on his face.

"Nope, sorry Bya-baka, but it's getting late and you have to get up early for tomorrow's training!" Naruto chuckled at Byakuya's disappointed look as he paid for the ramen.

"Naruto-Sensei, I just have one more question… Why did you pick me for an apprentice?" Byakuya asked.

"…Heh, you know, I've been thinking about that," Naruto said, looking to the sky once more, "I think I finally know why. Back when I was alive, I had a friend who I considered a rival and a brother. His name was Sasuke Uchiha, actually, you kinda remind me of him… But, anyway, he got so caught up in getting power and revenge that he got started down the wrong path. When I saw you that first day, I recognized that look on your face. It's one Sasuke and I used to wear. You were lonely. I didn't want you to go down the same path he did, you're better than that. That answer you're question?"

Byakuya nodded, contemplating the new information.

"Good, then meet me here tomorrow at 9 a.m. sharp!" Naruto said as he walked away. Had he looked backed, he'd have seen the small smile that broke out on Byakuya's face.

(End Flashback)

Byakuya shook the memory out of his head as he looked at his former Sensei's Shikai. It was black, the hilt seemed to be a dragon's claw and at the end of the handle was a roaring dragon. The most striking feature, though, was that the handle seemed to be made of scales. (Pic on profile)

"So…who's first?" Naruto asked, as he pointed Ryuujin at the group.

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Ikkaku started to dance on his toes before he slammed his feet down and held out his sword.

Ichigo and Ganju stared at the man, still knee-deep in Ganju's sand.

"…WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU TWO STILL DOING IN THERE?! I DID THE "LUCKY-LUCKY DANCE" SO YOU TWO HAD TIME TO GET OUT OF THAT SAND!! BUT YOU TWO JUST STARED AT ME! UGRATEFUL CREEPS!" Ikkaku yelled.

"What's up with him?" Ichigo asked.

"Hey," Ganju whispered, "Let's get the hell out of here!"

"What?! Now is not the time for more of your stupidity!" Ichigo said.

"You're the one being stupid! Their spiritual strength is much higher than a normal Shinigami!" Ganju retorted.

"What are you two arguing about?" Ikkaku asked as he looked at the pair, "Oh well, go ahead and argue. Nothing can change your upcoming demise, anyway."

"But if we keep waiting, someone will come and steal our kill," Yumichika said.

"Okay! I'll give you a limited amount of time to argue! You have until I finish my next dance!" Ikkaku said.

"I don't care! I am running! If you want to fight, have fun doing it alone!" Ganju yelled as he started to run away.

"…What is he doing? Are you two splitting up?" Ikkaku asked Ichigo.

"More or less…" Ichigo mumbled as he got out of the sand.

"Damn it…Yumichika!" Ikkaku said.

"Affirmative!" Yumichika said before taking off after Ganju. Ikkaku turned to Ichigo with a smirk on his face.

"Hey," Ikkaku said, "I have a question. Why didn't you run away, too? That guy noticed we are stronger and ran off, which I thought was a smart decision."

"…If you really are stronger than me, what would be the point in running? You'd have caught me…however, if you're a weakling…I can simply kick your ass and move forward. That's what I thought," Ichigo said, placing his hand on the handle of Zangetsu.

"I see. You're not as stupid as I thought," Ikkaku said, grabbing his Zanpakuto.

Suddenly, Ikkaku sprang forward, bringing his sword down on Ichigo. Ichigo, seeing this, took a step back and slashed at Ikkaku with Zangetsu.

Ikkaku grabbed his sheath and blocked Zangetsu at it's hilt.

'He's using the hilt?!' Ichigo thought, shocked.

Ikkaku stomped on his sheath and sent him up into the air. Ichigo readied his blade and fell towards Ikkaku as they both slashed at each other.

Blood was thrown in the air and the two panted slightly.

"Hey…what's your name?" Ikkaku asked, ignoring his bleeding head.

"Kurosaki Ichigo," Ichigo said, also ignoring his bleeding head,

"Kurosaki Ichigo, huh? Nice name. My name is Ikkaku Madrame, 3rd-Seat of the 11th Division. Since were both already bleeding, let's make this a good fight!" Ikkaku declared.

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Naruto pointed Ryuujin at the group and smirked, "Strike them, Ryuujin!"

"You got it!"

Suddenly, five orbs of electricity surrounded the blade of Ryuujin and began to take the form of dragon's heads. They then opened their mouths and fired lightning at the Taicho's.

"Move!" Yamamoto yelled as he and his subordinates jumped to the side.

"It won't work, Jiji! As long as you guys are holding your swords, you're a living lightning rod to Ryuujin!" Naruto shouted out. He smiled lightly as he looked at the dancing lightning. He hadn't always been so appreciative of it.

(Flashback)

"So, boy, you have returned. Are you finally ready to hear my name?" Ryuujin asked.

Naruto looked up and took in the form of Ryuujin. He was a long, blue dragon with long whiskers, two horns, and orange ridges running over his body. His most intimidating feature was not his long claws and fangs, but his glowing blue eyes which lightning was currently shooting out of. (Pic on profile)

"Y…yes, I am! So…what is your name?" Naruto asked.

"My name is…Ryuujin; Raikuri-Ryuujin!" Ryuujin declared, "Well, Gaki, did you hear it that time?"

"Yeah, your name is Ryuujin!" Naruto said happily. He did it! He had met his Zanpakuto Spirit!

"Good, it is about time! I have waited far too long for you, Gaki! Are you truly so pathetic that it has taken a year since our first meeting to hear my name?!" Ryuujin roared.

"Hey, I wasn't even in the academy when I met you the first time! I'm one of the few to ever unlock their Shikai this early!" Naruto yelled.

"INSOLENT FOOL! DO YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE TALKING TO?! I AM RAIKURI-RYUUJIN, KING OF ALL RAIJU(Thunder creatures)! I DO NOT KNOW WHAT CRUEL DEITY ABOVE ME HAS SUMMONED ME TO BE YOUR ZANPAKUTO SPIRIT, BUT I WILL NOT BE DISRESPECTED, BOY!" Ryuujin yelled.

"YEAH, WELL I'M UZUMAKI NARUTO, YOU OVER-GROWN LIZARD AND I'M THE ONE HOLDING THE SWORD! I NEVER GIVE RESPECT TO ANYONE JUST BECAUSE OF SOME DAMN TITLE! IF YOU WANT MY RESPECT, PUT YOUR MONEY WHERE YOUR MOUTH IS!" Naruto yelled back.

And that was the start of their beautiful friendship.

(End Flashback)

Naruto rolled to the side as Hitsugaya tried to strike him with Hyourinmaru and then jumped up as a large flame came waving towards him, courtesy of Yamamoto's Ryujin Jakka.

Aiming Ryuujin downward, all five dragon head's came together to form one large head at the tip of the blade and, with a mighty roar, it opened it's mouth and fired a large lightning bolt at Hitsugaya.

Hitsugaya, knowing he couldn't block with his metal blade, tried to use Hyourinmaru's ice to intercept it, only to be shocked (Heh, shocked. It's a pun! Okay, I apologize, that was terrible) when the lightning maneuvered around the ice and struck him, leaving him temporarily paralyzed.

"You know, for my replacement, you sure do seem up-tight, Hitsu-chan!" Naruto called to Hitsugaya, earning a growl.

'How did I lose to him?!' Hitsugaya thought to himself.

Suddenly, Ichimaru Gin fired Shinsou at him.

"Gin, don't you know? Lightning always strikes the tallest object!" Naruto said as the five lightning bolts he had fired at the beginning of the fight struck Shinsou and Gin, knocking him out.

'That's two down…' Naruto thought, glancing down at Yamamoto and Byakuya, 'Two to go…'

"I see you still have the skills to carry your title of "Denkou-Jouten". The Lightning-God…such a fitting title," Yamamoto muttered, "No matter! PREPARE YOURSELF, UZUMAKI NARUTO!"

Naruto quickly jumped backwards to avoid another inferno that was sent his way, but found himself surrounded by Byakuya's petals.

"What will you do now, Naruto-Sensei? My weapon is no longer touching me. You can't shock me through my sword anymore," Byakuya said, frowning when Naruto broke out into a grin.

"Bya-baka, don't you remember what I taught you? The second rule in becoming an expert Shinigami?" Naruto asked.

"…Always have two aces up your sleeve…" Byakuya muttered.

"Exactly!" Naruto exclaimed, "You're forgetting I was the second fastest Taicho on record, second only to Yoru-chan! So, let's see how fast I really am! I'll block them all if I have to! I won't let you even get a scratch on me, Bya-baka!"

Naruto readied his Ryuujin and crouched down slightly. Yamamoto had stopped attacking momentarily, interested in how this event would turn out.

'Naruto-Sensei may be strong, but there is no way he could take on four of the strongest Taicho's and come out without a scratch!' Byakuya thought, "Finish him, Senbonzakura!"

Naruto smirked as the flurry of blades rained down on him before launching into action.

Byakuya and Yamamoto looked on, shocked.

'It's not possible!' They both thought.

Uzumaki Naruto was blocking each and every blade that flew at him in a flash of movement.

Snapping out of his stupor, Yamamoto readied Ryujin Jakka and fired another inferno at Naruto. Seeing this, Naruto began dodging the in-coming blades and fired a bolt of lightning at the fire.

As the two attacks collided, a large explosion occurred, and Byakuya was blown back, losing his concentration and canceling Senbonzakura's attack. Quickly, Naruto appeared behind Byakuya and delivered a hit to the back of his neck, knocking Byakuya out cold.

"And not a scratch on me, Bya-baka!" Naruto said before his eyes widened and he quickly brought his blade up to block Yamamoto's slash.

"Uzumaki…you truly were my best student," Yamamoto said as the two struggled against each others blades, "Being able to take down four Taicho's and while fighting me without gaining a scratch in no small feat. However, neither of us has activated Bankai, yet."

"What's you're point, Jiji?" Naruto asked as he began to sweat from the heat of Yamamoto's blade.

"Simply that one of us is going to lose here, right now!" Yamamoto roared as his flames increased and he began to push Naruto back.

"Heh, you're right, Jiji," Naruto muttered as he struggled to push Yamamoto back, "One of us is about to lose, you!"

Hearing static, Yamamoto looked up to see a large bolt of electricity soaring down towards them. Yamamoto's eyes widen before he jumped back, just as the lightning struck the ground and created a bright flash.

Momentarily blinded, Yamamoto shielded his eyes. When he had recovered and looked back up, Naruto was gone.

'Uzumaki…'

"Yamamoto-Sotaicho!"

Yamamoto turned to see Unohana Retsu, Isane Kotetsu, Shunsui Kyouraku, and Joshiro Ukitake running towards him.

"What happened here?" Shunsui looked as the scorched land that was once the Kuchiki Manor's land.

Unohana and Isane ran to check on the Taicho's.

"They're out cold and Hitsugaya-Taicho is paralyzed but they should all make a full recovery after a full-night's rest," Unohana said, "But what happened here exactly?"

"Uzumaki Naruto has indeed returned, stronger than ever. He defeated those four without as much as a scratch…" Yamamoto muttered as he glanced at the shocked faces of the Shinigami, "And he escaped capture…again."

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Naruto landed in the 11th Division and sighed. "That was a close call," Naruto muttered, "Jiji almost had me back there…"

Naruto smirked and wiped a smudge off his sunglasses and turned around.

"It's been awhile, hasn't it Gaara?" Naruto asked as Gaara appeared next to him.

"Yes, it has…" Gaara stated, handing Naruto a bottle, "Here. Consider it a "Welcome-Back" present."

"Sake! Gaara, you are amazing!" Naruto exclaimed as he took a sip of the drink, "Ah, you can only get the good stuff in Seireitei!"

"Yes, now about the matter at hand…" Gaara stated with annoyance growing in his voice, "80 years and you haven't changed a bit…"

"Heh, and you wouldn't have it any other way! But, you're right, time for the matter at hand! So, what information do you have on Sosuke Aizen?"

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Ganju looked back to see Yumichika running after him.

"Damn, so persistent! Stop chasing me!" Ganju yelled.

"The way you run is so ugly!" Yumichika called out to him.

'What do that have to do with anything?!' Ganju thought before looking ahead of him, "Damn, a dead end!"

"Change to sand! Sebba!" Ganju yelled, slamming his hand into the wall, turning it to sand.

"Oh, so he can use weird magic!" Yumichika said to himself as gave chase.

"But you should be more careful," Yumichika said with a smirk, "Ahead is…"

"Gah, how am I supposed to run with all this smoke?!" Ganju shouted as he tried to get through the veil of smoke, "He'll catch up to me at this ra-wah!"

Ganju stopped talking as he stared at the large hole he nearly fell into.

"W-what is this?! If I fell in that thing, I'd die for sure!" Ganju yelled.

"That is an execution pit," Yumichika stated, "We used to put Hollows in there with criminals while we watched from the stands."

"Shinigami…have cruel hobbies…" Ganju muttered.

"It's nothing compared to your face… Besides, that type of cruel punishment was abolished a long time ago," Yumichika said, drawing his sword, "I think you've run long enough…"

"I'll let you choose. Would you rather have me kill you or jump into that pit and die?" Yumichika asked, "I can't stand it when people are facing a life or death situation and don't know what to do."

"…When I said you're hobby was cruel, this is what I meant," Ganju said.

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"Tch…You're to strong… Tough luck…" Ikkaku muttered before falling to the ground.

"Damn you…That's my line," Ichigo panted lightly, glancing at the cut on his arm. Ikkaku had been stronger than he had expected, there was no doubt about that; still, it was nothing he couldn't handle.

"Oi, I have a question," Ichigo said, glancing at Ikkaku.

"I thought you might…What do you want to know? My birthday?" Ikkaku mocked.

"Where is Kuchiki Rukia being held?" Ichigo asked.

"Kuchiki? That girl on Death Row? Why do you want to know?" Ikkaku asked, surprised.

"I'm here to rescue her!" Ichigo said, jerking his thumb towards himself.

"EH?! R…rescue her? How many of you are there? Seven, eight maybe?" Ikkaku spoke, shocked.

"Six people and a cat," Ichigo answered.

"A CAT?! Your really think you can rescue her with six people?!" Ikkaku asked, shocked.

"Yeah," Ichigo replied.

"…HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! H-how's that possible?! Are you guys all stupid?" Ikkaku laughed, before cursing as his wound opened up, "Shit! I laughed too hard…"

"Baka," Ichigo said, "So are you going to tell me or what?"

"…Go south from here and you'll find the main offices for the Gotei 13… West of those offices is a tall, white tower. She's probably in that tower," Ikkaku said.

"Really?" Ichigo asked, staring warily at Ikkaku.

"You think I'm making this up? Who's the one on the ground—me or you?" Ikkaku pointed out.

Ichigo nodded and stood to leave when Ikkaku stopped him.

"Oi, I have a question for you, now!" Ikkaku called out as Ichigo turned around, "Who is the strongest in your group? Is it you?"

"…No, it's not me. If I had to guess, it'd probably be this Baka called "Uzumaki Naruto", but I've never seen him fight, really…" Ichigo said.

"Naruto Uzumaki?!" Ikkaku asked in shock, 'He's that guy Zaraki-Taicho told me about!'

"Yeah, you heard of him?" Ichigo asked.

"…Only a little, nothing big," Ikkaku lied; Kenpachi had told him tales about how strong Uzumaki Naruto was. Kenpachi had even called him the "best fight he had ever had".

"Well, see ya," Ichigo said as he walked off.

"Oi, watch out for a guy named "Kenpachi Zaraki", you'll know him when you see him!" Ikkaku warned.

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"ANOTHER DEAD-END?!" Kenpachi Zaraki yelled as he glared at the wall.

"Ken-chan has a lousy sense of direction~!" Yachiru giggled from his shoulder.

"It's because of your intuition! Forget it, let's try another way! Uzumaki has to be around here somewhere!" Kenpachi said turning around.

"Ookie-dokie~!" Yachiru said as they walked off.

Orihime chose this moment to poke her head over the roof of a nearby building.

"Are they gone?" Ishida asked.

"Yeah…" Orihime mumbled, "He felt strong, good thing he didn't see us."

"He was probably like Ichigo—powerful but stupid," Ishida said.

"Anyway, which way do we go?" Ishida asked.

"That way! I see a large tower over there!" Orihime said, pointing in a direction.

"Tower? Where?" Ishida asked turning around.

"Look! It's over there…" Orihime said before a large body jumped onto the roof, slamming his sword down where Orihime would have been if Ishida had not pushed her out of the way.

"They were able to dodge so quickly? Not bad…" He mumbled, "Nonetheless, farewell! Be remorseful, if you hadn't appeared before me…you might have lived longer!"

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"DAMMIT, GANJU, WHERE THE HELL ARE YOU?!" Ichigo yelled out as he ran about before seeing fireworks go off in the sky.

"Oh…there he is. Oh well, looks like he won…" Ichigo mumbled.

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Chad and Yoruichi were walking across a roof of one of the many buildings in Seireitei when Yoruichi stopped and looked back.

"Yoruichi?" Chad called to the cat.

"…An hour ago, I sensed an amazingly high amount of spiritual pressure… It has me worried," Yoruichi said.

"You think it's Naruto?" Chad asked.

"Most likely. The Baka never was one for being subtle…" Yoruichi stated.

"…Earlier, when he was explaining to us about his past he mentioned that you were and could transform into a woman, right?" Chad asked.

"Hai, I am and I can," Yoruichi stated.

"Yoruichi-san…do you like Naruto?" Chad asked, smiling slightly.

"M-m-me? L-like th-that Ba-baka?! D-don't be r-ridiculous! C-c'mon let's h-hurry!" Yoruichi stuttered before walking faster.

Chad just chuckled and followed.

'Naruto…don't die,' Yoruichi thought.

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Well folks, it is 2:35 in the morning, so I'm going to go ahead and respond to some reviews then close up shop.

Aldo Montoya: Your idea for the Naruto making fun of Ukitake/Unohana is…just genius! I'll definitely have to use that one!

Kenta-Sonek-Raikiri: That's right, he is here and he is not going anywhere! And don't worry, Kukaku's grudge with Naruto will be revealed in greater detail in time!

Well folks, since I am about to pass out, I think that's all I can do for now.

Gin, get your ass in here!

Gin:*YAWN* It's 3 A.M.! Do I really have to do this now? Plus you knocked me unconscious this chapter!

To bad you're doing it!

Gin: NO!

Gender-Bender powers active-

Gin: Okay, Okay! *AHEM* Bye-Bye!