I don't own bleach; I just enjoy making Ichigo suffer.
"Yo" Zangetsu speaking
'Yo' Zangetsu thinking
"Yo" Shirosaki speaking
'Yo' Shirosaki thinking
Chapter 1: Life, Death, and… a Child?
Ones pride cast aside,
We beasts take a step closer,
One heart killed,
We beasts will fade away.
Kurosaki Ichigo a boy of age 15 is now standing on the threshold of death. The full reason for this is a long complicated story that would bore you to tears. The immediate reason is he fought a captain of the gotei 13. The reason for this, he was trying to save a friend from being wrongfully executed. In his near death state as he watched the captain walk away, he had few thoughts running through his head.
'Damn it I can't die now. I have to save Rukia and get Chad, Uryu, and Orihime home safely, he thought not even realizing he used Orihimes' first name. Suddenly time seemed to slowdown and then come to a complete stop. He looked at the retreating back of Kenpachi Zaraki, and saw his sword standing beside him.
"Do you want to fight" he asked and without even waiting for an answer he continued,
"To fight or to live, chose" he finished staring at Ichigo dead in the eye through his dark tinted glasses.
"… Want to win…" was barely heard.
"I can't hear you" he replied calmly.
"I want to win…! It's pointless to just live… It's pointless to just fight… I WANT TO WIN!!" yelled Ichigo at the top of his lungs.
"… Very well, I'll take you there" was his only reply.
In a dark flash both disappeared. When everything cleared he was standing on the side of a building in his mindscape.
"… This is…" he then remembered the last time he was here. He fell; it was as simple as that. He rushed to push his body to the edge of a window ledge and tried to keep his body as close to the window as possible.
"What are you doing" asked Zangetsu in an annoyed voice.
"If… I don't do this I'll fall" he almost screamed.
"You don't need to worry about that. When you were turning into a hallow… your inner world started breaking apart piece by piece… but now it's different. Look, even after such a fierce battle, your inner world is still fairly normal" said Zangetsu.
"Wait. Wait. What do you mean normal? How is this kind of upside down effect normal?" asked Ichigo confused.
"You have really become strong…" said Zangetsu continuing.
"Wow… pretending not to hear me" said Ichigo annoyed.
"Stand up Ichigo" said Zangetsu.
Once Ichigo did, Zangetsu threw him a sword without a sheath. Ichigo fumbled with it trying not to cut himself with the blade.
"That was very dangerous man!! Who the hell passes a sword like that" yelled Ichigo pissed.
"Take it. It's yours" was all he said.
"…Eh? But… mister… Zangetsu… this is…" but before he could finish Zangetsu cut him off.
"Asauchi. It's the class of nameless Zanpaktou that all low class Shinigami wield" said Zangetsu with disdain.
"No. I mean this isn't my Zanpaktou. Mine is Zangetsu…" he started only to be cut off again.
"Zangetsu as in the one your enemy broke just now" he said before continuing, "I can't give this to you" he finished before throwing said Zanpaktou over the edge of the building.
"What are you doing" yelled Ichigo as he made a mad dash to get Zangetsu.
"Down boy" yelled a new voice before overtaking Ichigo and catching Zangetsu.
The figure caught Zangetsu and landed on the building right next to them, cracking the cement. He was dressed in the exact same thin as Ichigo except the colors were exact opposites. His teeth were black and his skin a deathly white. He looked almost like a clone of Ichigo, with the exact same features.
"…What… What the hell are you" Ichigo asked sweating profusely.
"What a mean thing to say partner" said Hollow Ichigo (Now to be called Shirosaki for simplicity sake).
"Now begins… the test to see if you are worthy of wielding me. If you want to wield me again take me back with your hands. Your opponent: is yourself" said Zangetsu.
"Hahah. Yeah take it back" said Shirosaki tauntingly.
He charged at Ichigo and swung in a downward arc. Ichigo barely had enough time to put up a defense. He pushed back with all his might but Shirosaki just wouldn't budge.
'I can't push him back' thought Ichigo terrified.
Shirosaki forced Ichigo back several meters and let out a massive amount of reiatsu.
'So strong… Zangetsu is so strong… the spiritual pressure alone is pulverizing the stuff around it. It's a monster sword… compared to that… a nameless zanpaktou is like a wooden stick… using such a useless thing… it's impossible to win' thought Ichigo.
"What are you doing partner? If you just stand there…" said Shirosaki before he threw Zangetsu while holding on to the hilt scarf.
'What' was the only thing Ichigo could think?
"Ch… I missed" said Shirosaki annoyed. He pulled Zangetsu back and started spinning it above his head.
'Using the scarf to spin Zangetsu? What kind of fighting style is that? I've never… even thought of something like that…' thought Ichigo distraught.
"Heh you're really ridiculous. You had such a powerful sword. How did you end up on the ground half dead bleeding like crazy? I don't understand how that could have happened. You! Do you think that a complete stranger will suddenly become your best friend if you ask him his name?" asked Shirosaki tauntingly.
"…What?" was all Ichigo could say.
"I'm talking about your sword!! You think you would be able to use Zangetsu fully just by knowing its name. You only think of yourself never drawing on Zangetsus' power!! This isn't all there is to Zangetsus' power!! If you open up and lend it your power it will become even stronger!! But you can't do that. You won't rely on your zanpaktou. You think all you need to do is to train yourself, and you will become stronger" finished Shirosaki while throwing Zangetsu at Ichigo again.
'That's true. I never tried to understand or get to know the old man Zangetsu. A zanpaktou isn't just a tool. Each has its own name… and I… "My zanpaktou has no name." "That's good to know, that means your zanpaktou won't get any stronger." "That's good to know" what a joke. We're the same. I'm the same as him. All I know is the name, but I really don't know anything about the old man Zangetsu. Only knowing the name is the same as not knowing anything. I'm exactly the same as the guy who doesn't know the name of his zanpaktou! I… I want to know' thought Ichigo as he came to a revelation.
"Oi, time to end this. I'm going to… show you the right way to use Zangetsu. Since you probably won't… ever learn how to do it to save your life" said Shirosaki while charging Ichigo to finish him off.
'Can you tell me about yourself? Even if it's just a little bit… tell me about you… I want to know! I want to know how to borrow your power. Please tell me… and then once more… you and me… we'll fight again together. Old Man' pleaded Ichigo. Just as Shirosaki was about to strike both noticed that Zangetsu was once again in Ichigos' hands.
"…What…" said Shirosaki stunned.
'Does this mean you will… give me one more chance…? Thanks old man' thought Ichigo.
Suddenly he exited his mindscape with a surge of power.
'What the hell… This spiritual pressure' thought Kenpachi.
(Back in the mindscape)
Zangetsu dismissed Shirosaki. He stood staring at the sky and repeated the thoughts that always ran through his head.
'Ichigo… I hate rain. It rains here too. When you are moody, it becomes cloudy. When you are sad, the rain comes down. I can't stand it. Can you understand? How horrible it is to get rained on when you are all alone in an empty world? In order to prevent that from happening…I'll lend you whatever power you need! If you can trust me… I won't let one drop of rain fall from the sky.'
"Trust me… You aren't alone in battle… Ichigo" said Zangetsu for Ichigo to hear.
(Back to the real world)
'…What happened… his fading spiritual pressure… suddenly… burst out… in a tremendous amount… The bleeding on the wound… is slowly stopping…' thought Kenpachi. Before he could continue his observation Ichigo charged. The sudden attack caught Kenpachi so off guard that Ichigo gave him a long deep wound on his left shoulder. Ichigo turned Zangetsu to swing up for another attack, but Kenpachi blocked.
'I can't… push him back' thought Kenpachi.
"Ichigo continued his assault until Kenpachis' guard broke and he got another gash the same size as the one on his left shoulder on his right. The force of the attack sent him skidding back several meters and he would have continued if he didn't slow himself down with his zanpaktou. Kenpachi was doubled over huffing and puffing.
"Sorry, but I don't have time to waste here. I'm going to finish this in one strike" said Ichigo.
"Finish…in one strike… that's not good… It's just starting…to get interesting! Isn't it?" said Kenpachi yelling the last part.
"We should drag this out… as long as we can!" he continued yelling as he charged Ichigo.
Ichigo pulled up Zangetsu and thrust it forward right into Kenpachis' face. He just moved to the side as the blade cut him, grinning like a maniac. He moved his sword for a thrust and grazed Ichigos' cheek.
"I don't get it. How did you revive yourself? How did you get so strong? I don't get it at all, but that doesn't matter. Right now we should just enjoy the moment" said Kenpachi laughing all the while, with a maniacal gleam in his eye.
'Damn it, I'm winning here n both successful number of attacks and spiritual pressure. But no matter how much I cut him he won't stay down' thought Ichigo.
"You… You're crazy. Ridiculously crazy. Do you like to fight that much that you're not afraid to die?" asked Ichigo.
"I'm crazy… You're the one who's crazy. You're so strong why don't you like to fight. Enjoy it! Enjoy the carnage! Enjoy the pain! They're a small price to pay for the enjoyment of battle!" said Kenpachi.
The battle continued for a little while before Kenpachi came to a conclusion. Ichigo was just a little better than him in his current state.
"How long has it been… since I've last had this noble feeling…" said Kenpachi removing his eye patch. A huge burst of spiritual pressure engulfed the area.
Just as he was removing the eye patch a messenger came up behind Yachiru, Kenpachis' adopted daughter and vice captain.
"Vice captain Kusajishi an emergency order" said the messenger.
"Ok tell me later" said Yachiru not taking her eyes off the fight below.
"I'm sorry but this order is sent under the combined authority of captain commander Yamamoto and captain Hitsugaya. It's a 1st class order…" continued the messenger.
"Ok tell me later" repeated Yachiru quickly losing her patience.
"But…" started the messenger only to be cut off by Yachiru.
"You're so noisy… Ken chan is fighting so stop bugging me" she said finally turning around releasing high amount of spiritual pressure that seemed to take the form of a tiger head above her.
Ichigo couldn't believe how much spiritual pressure came off Kenpachi in waves.
'How come his spiritual pressure increases so much after he takes off his eye patch' thought Ichigo.
"So what's the deal with your right eye? Why did your spiritual pressure increase so much when you removed the patch" asked Ichigo.
"You see this eye patch? It's really a little reiatsu eating monster I had the freaks at the R&D come up with for me to use. You should feel honored, once I remove it, it means I'm giving my all. I haven't needed to do that in… well it's actually the first time since I got the thing" said Kenpachi smiling like a maniac again except this time it was even wider.
"Do you hear it Ichigo? Do you hear his blade mourning?" asked Zangetsu.
"He has never listened to that voice. If they do not trust each other while fighting side by side… they will diminish each others' strength. For someone who believes in his own strength… it is impossible to understand that. Ichigo do you trust me" asked Zangetsu.
"…Of course. I'll give you… all of my power… use it as you like… and then… please lend me yours" said Ichigo solemnly.
"Yeah…" was his only reply.
As soon as Zangetsu said that Ichigos' spiritual pressure rose to that of Kenpachis'.
"So you can increase your spiritual pressure even now? Interesting" said Kenpachi grinning even wider.
"Of course I can. I'm borrowing Zangetsus' power, and fighting side by side with him. I'll never lose to someone… who only fights by himself" replied Ichigo indignantly.
"Zangetsu? is that the name of your zanpaktou? Borrowing the power of your zanpaktou… fighting beside your zanpaktou… That's bullshit. Zanpaktou are just tools of war. Fighting side by side with a zanpaktou is… just the whining words of those too spineless to fight by themselves. It's not something someone like…you and me should say Ichigo" said Kenpachi.
"He's coming my ability to stop your wound from bleeding is at its limit. Take him down with one blow" said Zangetsu.
Ichigo flared his spiritual pressure and both men charged. The explosion from the collision was massive leveling any buildings within the blast radius. When the smoke cleared two figures were clearly visible in the center. Ichigo was impaled in his side with Kenpachis' zanpaktou. But Kenpachi was impaled in the shoulder at an angle that completely severed his carotid artery. He knew his end was near so he said a few things to the barely conscious Ichigo.
"Listen, I want you to do a few things for me. First take care of Yachiru for me, be the father that I couldn't. Next please take my zanpaktou and wield it with Zangetsu, be the warrior I could not and learn its name. Lastly take my name so all will know it's you who is the strongest fighter in all of Seireitei" asked Kenpachi before he fell over backwards dead. Ichigo with the last of his consciousness said,
"I will, Kenpachi. I will be the father Yachiru needs, I will be the warrior you should have been, I AM KENPACHI ICHIGO KUROSAKI" he shouted to the heavens as a bright light struck him. Behind him could be seen a silhouette of Kenpachi grinning his maniacal grin. Yachiru jumped out of her hiding spot and walked over to the newly christened Kenpachi just as he passed out.
(In the streets of Seireitei)
"Uryu did you hear that. It sounded like Kurosaki kun" asked Orihime a buxom brunette.
"Yes I did, I also felt his reiatsu increase by an insane amount. Whatever he got himself into he should be fine" replied the bespectacled man while thinking 'Kurosaki if you don't come out of this unharmed than at least come out alive, for Orihimes' sake.'
(At an undisclosed location several hours later)
Kenpachi Ichigo Kurosaki was finally waking up from his battle with Kenpachi Zaraki.
"Well it's about time Ichigo. I was starting to wonder if you would ever get up" said Youroichi in that deep voice of his.
"Shut up, besides that's not my name anymore. After I killed Zaraki he gave me his name, and sword, and… Ya…chi...ru… HOLY SHIT I'M A FATHER" he screamed.
"Ken chan you're awake. I was so worried about you" said Yachiru as she glomped onto Kenpachi.
'Guess I better start watching my language. Oh man my dad and sisters are going to freak out so much when they learn about this' thought Kenpachi.
He just held his new daughter and stroked her hair as she hugged him. Unfortunately all good things must come to an end.
"Well as touching as this is we need to get back to business. Kenpachi do you notice anything odd about Zangetsu and your new sword" asked Youroichi.
"Both are sealed" said Kenpachi.
"Correct, but what else" pressed Youroichi.
"Both are the size of a regular katana" responded Kenpachi.
"Correct, but now can you answer the question why. Your control over spiritual pressure is abysmal so how are you controlling it enough to control the size" asked Youroichi perplexed.
"No idea but all that means to me is I can use both at the same time. Maybe they will compliment each other" said Kenpachi happily.
"By the way how did I get here" he asked looking around the strange cave-like room he was in.
"Simple I carried you and Yachiru followed, saying something about Zaraki giving you things" said Youroichi.
"Thanks, it must have been awkward you having that small body and all. And I'm pretty heavy too" he said.
"Oh I just transformed into my true form, it was easy then" said Youroichi nonchalantly.
"Wait true form" inquired Kenpachi.
As an answer Youroichi started to turn into his human form. When the smoke cleared standing in the place of the cat was a buxom woman with purple hair and dark skin. Oh did I mention she was completely naked.
"THAT'S YOUR TRUE FORM" yelled Kenpachi.
"I love the surprised look on people's faces when they see I'm a girl" said Youroichi in a much more feminine voice.
"I THINK IT'S MORE FROM THE FACT THAT YOU'RE STARK NAKED" yelled Kenpachi covering both his and Yachirus' eyes.
"You think" asked Youroichi.
"Yes now put some cloths on" said Kenpachi irritated.
"Geese never thought you'd be such a prude. Are you sure you don't want another look it may be the only chance you get" said Youroichi.
Before he could come up with a response he felt a wave of familiar reiatsu. It came from Byakuya Kuchiki, the mane responsible for bringing his own sister to seireitei to be executed. He noticed a strange device and felt compelled to pick it up. When he channeled his reiatsu into it, it transformed into something that flied.
"I'm going" was all he said. He bolted to the door and Yachiru latched onto his shoulder like she did for Zaraki and they both flew off to save their comrades.
Hey everybody, Thymistacles here. I know some of you may be thinking some of my other stories are dead, but they're not. I have just been having massive writers block. This idea came to me a little while ago so I've been working on it since then. I hope you enjoyed this first chapter and will continue reading. Please review or flame either is fine. Ja ne.