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Please read Author's note at the end of the chapter. Can someone tell me how to get a beta? I need a new one. I fired my last 7! (LOL jk jk I just need one.)


(Recap)

"Come… Zangetsu, let me end these useless memories!"

Zangetsu brandished his zanpakto and charged Ichigo with everything he had.

When Zangetsu was upon Ichigo, his zanpakto was brought crashing down.

Neither Ichigo nor Zangetsu expected the blade to suddenly be deflected by a white blade….Someone wearing a completely white shihakusho appeared before Ichigo and had parried the blow, before it could even reach him.

"You!" Zangetsu whispered in shock as he struggled to bring his blade down on the unknown assailant.

Ichigo stared at the man before him in confusion.

'Someone else? Is he like Zangetsu… just another part of me, or is he something else…'

"No need to thank me now, let me get rid of this annoying obstacle first." The unknown swordsman stated before briefly turning his head towards Ichigo.

'Who is…' Ichigo's eyes suddenly widened as he caught a glimpse of the man's face.

"Your face…" Ichigo began.

"Looks familiar?" The man asked.

"Out of the way." Zangetsu asked in a composed tone.

"Don't go messing up my work of art…." A maniacal laughter filled the air as the nameless entity called out his opponent's name. "Zangetsu!"


Chapter 22

"Work… of art?" Ichigo asked as his confusion of the present situation vastly increased.

The man in white gave a short maniacal laugh as he pushed down on Zangetsu's zanpakto with his own and successfully used enough force to knock Zangetsu opponent off balance.

With a shift follow up kick, Zangetsu was pushed several feet away.

"Yeah, that's right. My existence made it possible for you to become the hollow you are…"

The mysterious man shrouded in white turned to Ichigo once again, this time, giving Ichigo a good look at his face.

"… But becoming a Vasto Lord, now that's your doing."

'I knew I wasn't seeing things' Ichigo thought, taken aback by the man's appearance.

Aside from Ichigo's hollow remnants and longer hair, the man looked exactly like a pure white version of himself.

'Who is he? Why does he look like me?' Ichigo thought in confusion.

"That face your making tells me you're lost…"

All of a sudden the man in white turned and brought his zanpakto up, in front of his face, just in time to block another attack from Zangetsu.

"Tch, Zangetsu. You've become impatient." The man said in an annoyed tone.

"Nothing needs to be explained to that mere shadow…" Zangetsu said, referring to Ichigo.

"A shadow? Is that what you think he is? You're a fool!" The man yelled before kicking the dark featured man in his stomach, and sending him clear across the building they were standing on.

Prior to hitting the ground, Zangetsu was able to regain his balance and land on his feet.

"Your nothing but a hollow, you shouldn't even exist!" Zangetsu exclaim righteously.

Ichigo's eyes widened.

'A hollow? It can't be!'Ichigo thought as he clutched his head. 'What's going on?'

"You're a hollow?" Ichigo whispered.

"Eh? What was that?" The man asked.

"You're a hollow… no, you're MY hollow." Ichigo realized.

"It wasn't exactly I that made you a hollow. I'm just a manifestation of your hollow's memories… Your memories. Your original hollow created me to…"

Before Hichigo (Hollow Ichigo) could finish speaking, Zangetsu once again charged him.

This time Ichigo's inner hollow was fully prepared and began spinning his blade by its long piece of cloth, successfully turning his weapon into a fail.

Without hesitation he flung his oversized, cleaver shaped, zanpakto towards Zangetsu, who evaded the incoming attack and vanished, causing his rival to lose sight of him.

"Tch!"

"GETSUGA TENSHO!"

Hichigo's eyes widened as he swiftly looked up just in time to be slammed into the building by an extreme amount of concentrated energy.

The resulting explosion caused Ichigo to use sonido to escape the blasts radius.

'What's going on? Why is this happening all of a sudden?' Ichigo asked himself for what felt like the hundredth time. He, himself, couldn't explain why he's wasn't trying to kill Zangetsu like he so desperately wanted. He was acting, almost, like he was frightened of what was going on in his head.

As he became lost in thought, Zangetsu slowly landed and waited patiently as the residual smoke from the half destroyed building began to lift.

"That had some power behind it." Hichigo stated as the smoke lifted up and fully revealed the hollow, completely unharmed by the surprise attack.

"It seems I won't be able to speak with Ichigo while you're here as well."

"Ichigo has long since died, after I end you, that mere shadow is next." Zangetsu said unemotionally as his brown eyes meet his opponents golden ones.

"I'm just a collection of his past memories! Killing me would do nothing!"

Once more questions filled Ichigo's mind as Zangetsu and Hichigo began clashing zanpakto.

'He's like Zangetsu, just remnants of my old self.' Ichigo thought as he felt a feeling a great panic fill his being. It was the first time he felt so confused.

'What should I do?'

Ichigo suddenly gripped his head as a vision passed through his head.

"In the end…you were still stronger than me." Ichigo's Hollow stated, suddenly he started becoming transparent as spirit particles flew out of his body and were subsequently absorbed by Ichigo.

"What's happening?" Ichigo asked as he began to glow.

"Didn't I tell you? We're merging."

"Then why did you say I might regret killing you?"

"Because, all killing me did was give you power. You have lost your life, when you go back to Hueco Mundo you will be an Arrancar, your only desire will be to kill Aizen and after that you will behave and live like a regular Arrancar." Hichigo said. Ichigo's eyes widened.

"You're lying." Ichigo exclaimed, his hollow laughed.

"Why would I?" He asked as he vanished completely

'So that's it, that's what's going on.' Ichigo realized as his feelings of panic were replaced by pure anger. 'These two standing before me don't belong here… their roles in my past life has ended; now they are just vessels for my memories.' Ichigo thought angrily as he felt himself pass his breaking point. 'Enough…no more confusion… no more questions.'

Ichigo brandished his zanpakto and looked above him.

Zangetsu, and Hichigo, had just unleashed a Getsuga Tensho at the same time causing the two blasts to cancel each other out.

'I'll kill them both!'


"What are you trying to accomplish, Zangetsu!"

"Ichigo would want me to do this. He wouldn't want to live like this." Zangetsu answered.

"You're pathetic, you…" Hichigo began. Suddenly he felt Ichigo appear directly behind him.

"You could have jus…" Before he could even finish speaking he felt his back slice open…

Hichigo's eyes widened at the sudden attack. He was so shocked, that for several moments, he couldn't even process what had occurred.

"What the…" The surprised hollow looked over his shoulder slowly narrowed his eyes glared.

Ichigo was staring at him unemotionally, with his zanpakto covered in Hichigo's blood.

"Bas…" Ichigo didn't allow him to finish and merely pointed a finger at his hollow.

"Cero." Ichigo whispered, releasing a blinding white doom blast.

"WHAT ARE YOU DOING?!" His white copy shouted as the cero hit a fraction of a second later. The hollow was unable to dodge such a close ranged attack.

Though it wasn't a killing blow, it had a slightly desired effect. Hichigo's left arm was immediately disintegrated as the raw power of the cero sent him crashing into the building below.

"One down." Ichigo said unemotionally as he turned to Zangetsu, who was staring at Ichigo with a shocked expression.

"Prepare yourself Zangetsu." Ichigo said carelessly as he flourished his Zanpakto and within a moment, speed towards Zangetsu.

The aged man's eyes widened at his opponents speed.

"BANKAI!" Zangetsu roared as he released his reiatsu's output to its maximum while his zanpakto transformed into Tensa Zangetsu.

Fortunately Zangetsu was spared from being sliced in half like Ichigo had aimed for; unfortunately the terrible force behind Ichigo's blade sent him crashing into a building as if he were nothing but a rag doll.

"Was this all there was to my power? Pathetic." Ichigo said soullessly as he looked down at his Hollow then turning to the manifestation of his old zanpakto.

"There's no point in not finishing them…" Ichigo said before using sonido and reappearing next to where Zangetsu had crashed.

"Come Zangetsu, you're not dead yet."

""I won't be caught off guard again." Zangetsu whispered weakly.

Ichigo stared uncaringly at his old source of power.

"You make it seem like you have a choice."

Zangetsu stood stunned as the Ichigo in front of him flickered before vanishing completely.

"After image!"

Zangetsu brought his blade up in time to parry Ichigo's blade that suddenly appeared.

"You've suddenly grown fast."Ichigo acknowledged.

"No, even though you are a mere shadow, you still fight like the old Ichigo... I can predict your movements."

Ichigo grew angry at that comment.

"GETSUGA TENSHO!" Zangetsu yelled, Ichigo used sonido to get behind the old man, but when he reappeared Zangetsu was gone.

"Predictable." Ichigo looked behind him and could only watch as Zangetsu pierced his left shoulder.

"Damn it…"

Ichigo suddenly felt himself grow weak as he felt his mind get assaulted by an unknown force.

"What are you doing? Why do you run Ichigo? You still have not called me. Face forward, Ichigo. You should be able to hear it now. That which blocks your ears is worthless fear. The enemy is one, you are one. What is there to fear? Cast off your fear. Look forward! Go forward! Never stand still. Retreat and you will age. Hesitate and you will die. Shout…my name is…"

"…ZANGETSU!!!"

As Ichigo felt the vision leave him, his shoulder began bursting with pain.

'Damn it, another memory… They're getting worse, but this one felt different somehow…'

"FIGHT!"Zangetsu abruptly roared. Ichigo refocused on the enemy before him and, with all his strength, brought his zanpakto down on Zangetsu's own.

In a challenge of reiatsu enforced zanpakto's, Zangetsu was no match.

Ichigo sliced through his enemy's zanpakto like butter and successfully cut open Zangetsu's chest, which sent him nose-dive into the building below them.

When he hit the bottom, Ichigo gave a sigh before once again using sonido.

'My body… It's broken.' Zangetsu thought sadly as he lay in the ruble of the destroyed skyscraper.

"Is this… all there is to my power?"

"I was thinking the exact same thing." Ichigo replied, causing Zangetsu's heart to drop.

Ichigo had appeared in front of him as was now looking down on him.

"You have to die 'cough' 'cough' you can't be allowed to… agh!"

Ichigo suddenly shoved his heel into Zangetsu's chest and began crushing his ribs.

"I'm tired of your voice. I'm tired of the memories you cause me to remember…"

Ichigo suddenly felt a sudden spike in reiatsu and swiftly moved his head to the side as a white version of Tensa Zangetsu soared past him at a speed he was barely able to dodge.

"I thought you were out cold?" Ichigo asked as he continued to crush Zangetsu's chest.

"How dare you attack me." A lowly echoing voice stated.

Ichigo narrowed his eyes.

"Your voice…" He quickly turned around and was shocked at what he saw.

His hollow was standing a few feet behind him, breathing heavily, and clutching his profusely bleeding left shoulder. This wasn't what shocked Ichigo though; his hollow donned a skull like hollow mask like his own, minus a slightly different design, a horn and instead of covering half his face the hollow's mask covered his face completely .

"This power, was your original power, don't underestimate it."

"How do you intend to fight me without your weapon?" Ichigo asked, while he slowly approached the hollow.

"My original self was right to create me as a failsafe."

Ichigo halted his advance and narrowed his eyes.

"Failsafe?"

His opponent grinned.

"That's right; I told you I was manifestation of your old memories. That was true, but my primary goal is to stop obstacles like Zangetsu from stopping you in your quest for power. I also had another objective. My original self also wanted me to suppress you if you ever began acting like your old self again. If I suppress you I will gain control and release my original self from your mind. I guess that's what I have to do. Your pathetic, even after fusing, I have to be wary of the original Ichigo's kind heart!"

"I haven't been acting like my old self." Ichigo denied.

Ichigo's hollow grinned.

"Haven't you? Caring for Orihime, protecting her! Hollows shouldn't feel the need to protect anything! You may not realize it, but you're slowly reverting back to your old self. This… I cannot allow."

"You can't suppress me. You're going to need a lot more than a mask that boosts your reiatsu." Ichigo mocked.

His hollow glared at him.

"Be thankful Zangetsu…" Ichigo replied while looking down at said man. "He just saved your life."

Hichigo let out a loud roar as he charged Ichigo.

"Should I take your other arm?" Ichigo swiftly parried a punch with the broadside of his sword and was surprised to find that his hollow's strength multiplied exponentially.

"You're just a remnant of my old self. If I kill you, the memories will stop coming to me and I will be able to live in peace." Ichigo explained.

"Killing me won't be that easy if that's what you're thinking. You needed me… you've always needed me and you always will. Ichigo, as a shinigami you were pathetic! You only fought to protect others, you sacrificed yourself for weaklings, and you even acted humble towards your enemies. You remember when you fought Ulquiorra? What was that crap about cutting yourself up to be on "equal" terms, I should have killed you for such a ridiculous statement! Fusing with me was your only hope of survival! At this rate, you're going to be back to your old self in no time!"

"Stop speaking, you'll be dead in a few moments."

Hichigo ignored the comment.

"Behold your original power at its max!" Hichigo roared as he began released enough reiatsu to stun even Ichigo.

All of a sudden Hichigo was engulfed by black reiatsu and within moments revealed himself to Ichigo in a completely different form.

"What… is that?" Ichigo thought to himself in confusion.

Hichigo had transformed into a humanoid lizard type hollow. The new hollow's body was marred with markings all over his noticeably more muscular body. His mask remained in the similar shape of a human skull plus jaw joint with dark red stripes on the left side of it. His feet changed into three toed claws and his remaining hand became a claw as well. As a final feature he had grown a tail.

The hollow let out a loud menacing roar before raising his hand and charging a blood red cero.

"Cero?!" Ichigo said in surprise as he barely managed to dodge the blast.

"Not bad."

The hollow roared once more before appearing before Ichigo.

'So fast'

The hollow started rapidly swiping Ichigo with its claw. Ichigo remained on the defensive and, just as fast, dodged all of the swipes.

"He's still to slo…" The hollow unexpectedly sped up and, in time, was finally able to graze Ichigo's check.

All of a sudden Ichigo felt another vision pass through his head.

"Ichigo, what's the difference between a king and his horse? I don't mean kiddy stuff like "One's a person's and one's an animal" or "One has two legs and one has four."If their form, ability and power were exactly the same, why is it that one becomes the king and controls the battle, while the other becomes the horse and carries the king?! There's only one answer. Instinct! In order for identical beings to get stronger and gain the power they need to become king, they must search for more battles and power! They thirst for battle, and live to mercilessly, crush, shred, and slice their enemies! Deep, deep within our body lies the honed instinct to kill, to slaughter! But you don't have that! You don't have those pure, base instincts! You fight with your brain. You try to defeat your enemies with logic! And it doesn't work! You're trying to cut them with a sheathed sword! That's why you're weaker than me, Ichigo!"

Ichigo quickly shook head to get rid of the vision just in time to use sonido and escape another cero aimed at him by his hollow.

'This memory and the one with Zangetsu, they are being forced into me. I can feel it, but...'

Ichigo felt a sudden spike of reiatsu behind him and managed to dodge a zanpakto.

"Zangetsu." Ichigo growled.

"I'm not down yet." Ichigo glared at him before moving faster than Zangetsu could follow and reappeared directly in front of Zangetsu with his palm on Zangetsu's chest.

"Yes you are." Ichigo said calmly and he released a point blank cero into Zangetsu's chest.

Zangetsu stared at Ichigo with shocked filled eyes, before once again falling out of the sky…

"Where's…"

Hichigo suddenly appeared behind Ichigo and, before he could dodge, clawed his lower back.

For the third time Ichigo's mind went blank as another vision entered his mind.

"Looks like your instincts, and your desire to fight, aren't completely gone. Guess there's no way around it. You got me. I have to recognize you as the king, for now. But don't you ever forget! Don't forget that either one of us can become the king or the horse. If you ever give me the chance. I'll drag you down and crush your skull! And one last warning. If you really want to control my power, make sure you don't die before I show up again!"

Ichigo once again shook the vision out of his mind.

'Again?'

Ichigo suddenly realized that the recent memories in his mind appeared after he was cut by either Zangetsu or Hichigo.

"You and Zangetsu are giving me memories… every time you cut me." Ichigo explained. The hollow gave no notice of understanding him and instead shunpo'd behind Ichigo.

"This just reinforces my reason to kill you."

This time Ichigo was prepared and swiftly turned while bringing his zanpakto up and successfully cutting his hollow.

"It's over." Ichigo decided.

All of a sudden a white snake like appendage shot out of the cut Ichigo had just inflicted and pierced Ichigo's chest before he could react.

"Damn it" Ichigo whispered as the white appendage abruptly wrapped itself around him and threw him into the building they were above.

Hichigo let out a terrible roar before looking down where Ichigo had crashed.

After several moments the residual smoke from Ichigo's impact, suddenly whipped around the air before dispersing to reveal Ichigo, the wound in his chest gone, and a fist aimed directly at his Hollow.

"Bala." Ichigo said simply.

Fast than a blink of ones eye, the lower half of Hichigo body was blown off.

The hollow gave a terrible roar of pain as blood flowed out of him like a fountain.

Ichigo stared emotionlessly as his hollow began to make jerking motions.

'Die already.' He thought to himself.

Unable to even move right, Hichigo plummeted into the building as he began regressing back to his original form.

By the time he hit the ground he had reverted to his original form fully, and was still alive.

"This… isn't done yet." Hichigo whispered as he coughed up a huge amount of blood and struggled to keep his eyes open.

Ichigo walked over to him.

"Yes it is."

"Just like Zangetsu, you won't get rid of me that easily. Enjoy a couple of days of peace, but I'll be back."

Ichigo raised his zanpakto.

"Don't say such ridiculous things." Ichigo responded uncaringly.

Before he could bring his Zanpakto down fully, Orihime's voice unexpectedly echoed though out his mind.

Kurosaki-kun!"

"What the…" Ichigo began looking around to find where her voice was coming from.

"Saved eh? Your time here is up. Go back to Las Noches continue living the life that was given to you." Hichigo said spitefully.

"No! I'm so close!" Ichigo yelled as he found himself unable to move at the same time as darkness began to encompass him once again…


(Szayel's Lab)

"Kurosaki-kun!"

At the sound of his name, Ichigo felt himself slipping back to reality.

His eyes immediately snapped opened; ice cold air filled his lungs, and the reality that he was soaking wet while on his hands and knees revealed itself to him.

"What happened?" Ichigo whispered after he took a deep breath and began looking around.

He realized he was directly in front the test tube he had just been in. The tube had been destroyed and the glass had shattered all around him while floor was under an inch of green liquid.

A quick succession of splashes, which Ichigo realized were footsteps, neared him and before he knew it soft hands wrapped around him.

"Are you alright, Kurosaki-kun?" Orihime asked worriedly.

"Orihime? Are you alright? What happened?"

"I'm fine, but…"

"You lost control of your reiatsu." Szayel interrupted. Ichigo swiftly looked up and saw Szayel approach him.

"Did I?"

"One minute you were fine, the next minute the water you were in started to bubble before the glass shattered and you fell to the floor. I thought you were hurt." Orihime explained, she was glad that Ichigo was unharmed.

Ichigo removed Orihime's arms from around him and stood up.

'Damn it, I was so close to killing them both. Why did I have to wake up now?' Ichigo thought irritably.

"How long was I out?"

"Several seconds." Szayel answered.

"Seconds?" Ichigo asked as he rubbed his head. 'It felt like hours.'

"What happened to you pales in comparison to the success of this experiment." Szayel addressed.

"What do you mean?" Ichigo asked. He had momentarily forgotten why both he and Orihime were there in the first place.

"Observe." Szayel stated.

Orihime quickly took off her hair clips and held them in her palm.

Like Szayel had observed the hair clips had changed. They had grown about an inch larger and while her old clips were smooth and blue in color, her new clips were slightly rough, clay-like and were colored white. They seemed to now be made of the same substance as a hollows mask.

"Wow" Orihime whispered in amazement.

"Aside from appearance I can't sense anything different about them." Ichigo stated, as before had had accepted the fact that he would have to wait for another chance at killing both Zangetsu and Hichigo, he had to focus on the matter at hand.

"For them to even be given an alternate shape is astounding. Like I said before, your clips are like a zanpakto, a sealed zanpakto would never be able to change shape under any circumstances. What a wonderful revelation." Szayel said dramatically.

"I wonder how more efficient your power has become." Ichigo wondered, Orihime stared at Ichigo dumbly for a moment before shrugging her shoulders.

"I don't feel any different." Ichigo noticed that Orihime seemed slightly happier than she was before getting into the test tube.

"Perhaps a demonstration? Outside of course." Szayel suggested.

"Will it be safe?" Ichigo asked.

"I'm sure it will, the dangerous part has already past."

"But why outside?" Orihime asked Ichigo. Ichigo looked at Szayel for the answer.

"You must remember, Inoue Orihime, your powers were just infused with Vasto Lord level reiatsu. Not even I can predict or calculate what you are now capable of. Actually, I'm not even sure Aizen knows how much power you now have."

"Aizen's not an idiot. He knows what to expect…" Orihime seemed slightly worried. "… don't worry about anything." Ichigo told her.

"I agree, so, shall we? I can hardly wait for the demonstration."

"Ready?" Ichigo asked Orihime.

Orihime nodded with a wide smile.

'Where finally leaving.' She thought happily as she vanished along with Ichigo with Szayel following closely behind.


(Sand covered field below the dome of Las Noches)

"This should be good enough." Ichigo said as he reappeared in a sand field with Orihime, who didn't appear to be affected by the swift speed of Ichigo's sonido this time.

" Wow!" Orihime said as she spun around. "It's soooo big!" Orihime yelled.

"Why are you happy?" Ichigo asked lazily.

"We are finally out of that place. I didn't like it one bit."

"You won't have to…" Ichigo was interrupted when Szayel appeared next to them.

"How slow." Ichigo commented.

"Do not expect me to keep up with a Vasto Lord." Szayel replied when he fixed the glasses on his face.

"What do you want Orihime to do?" Ichigo asked.

"What she normally does, of course. The way her powers work should be the same." The scientist clarified as they both turned to Orihime.

Orihime looked between the two a couple of times before realizing that they wanted her to use her power.

"Oh!"

Orihime closed her eyes and began focusing on her inner power.

"How long does this usually take?" Szayel asked.

Orihime opened one eye.

"I'm not feeling the…Oh!" Orihime said in surprise as her hair clips began glowing brightly.

"There they are." Orihime stated as three lights shot out of each clip.

"I've never seen this power before." Ichigo told Szayel.

"They are my power." Orihime explained as the lights materialized into 6 small fairy-like creatures.

"How interesting." Szayel commented.

Ichigo stared closely at the small creatures.

"Did they always look like that?" Ichigo asked. Orihime stared at him oddly.

"What do you mean?" Orihime replied before looking at her fairies.

"Um… this is new." Orihime answered while scratching the back of your head. Each of her fairies now donned hollow masks that covered the lower half of their faces and a hollow hole in the center of their abdomens.

"Hi Hi!" One of the "Fairies" said to Orihime.

"Hello Lily. My you all look different." Orihime replied with a smile. Lily nodded.

"What did you expect." Baigon, another fairy, responded.

"Yeah, you DID pump us full of hollow reiatsu." Hinagiku added.

"Leave her alone!" Ayame replied.

"Yeah, tell me you don't feel really great!" Shun'o shouted at Hinagiku causing Orihime to smile.

"Where's…"

"WHAT THE HELL DO YOU DO TO US!" An angry voice shouted.

"OWWW!" Orihime yelled as her last fairy began pulling her hair.

"You can't get away!" Tsubaki yelled.

"Get off, get off, get off!" Orihime cried as she began running around in a circle while trying to shake her fairy off.

"How amusing." Szayel stated as Orihime, through roughly shaking her head, finally got her hair away from Tsubaki.

"I'm sorry!" Orihime cried childishly.

"Don't listen to him Orihime." Lily stated.

"Shut up Lily!" Tsubaki yelled while throwing several strands of Orihime's hair at her. "This twit gave us hollow powers… HOLLOW POWERS!"

"Why are you complaining, you benefit from this more than any one, Tsubaki." Ayame retorted.

"Really?" Orihime asked interestedly.

"Why you little…" Before Tsubaki could finish Baigon and Lily covered his mouth and restrained him from attacking Orihime.

"Orihime, let me ask a question. Why did you need to give use more power?" Hinagiku asked.

"I'm sorry if you didn't like it. I should have asked you first, but Kurosaki-kun wanted me to do it." Orihime said guiltily.

"Oh! Ichigo Kurosaki!" Ayame said with a big smile. "The guy you L.O.V.E"

Orihime blushed a deep red.

"N…n…no. What are you talking about?" Orihime asked dumbly.

"ICHIGO, THAT LOSER! HE DID THIS! WHERE IS THE JERK!" Tsubaki yelled as he escaped his containment and glared at Orihime.

"He's behind you." Orihime whispered as she pointed behind him.

Tsubaki immediately turned.

"HEY LOSER…" Tsubaki lost the words he was going to yell out as he stared up at Ichigo menacing form.

"Y…you think you scare me you…" Once again Baigon and Lily captured him.

"I'm sure you want see what we can do now, right?" Lily asked as she slapped her hand over Tsubaki's mouth.

"Kurosaki-kun wants to see." Orihime answered.

Ayame suddenly flew over to Ichigo.

"So you're Ichigo?" She said as she inspected Ichigo.

"What do you want?" Ichigo asked causing Ayame to be taken aback by his response.

"N…n…nothing, you just take care of Orihime if we can't, alright?"

"How annoying." Ichigo answered. Ayame gave him a nervous smile before turning to her comrades.

"Okay then! Let's go guys, let's show Orihime what we can do!" She yelled and within moment's each fairy transformed into an orb of light before shooting back to Orihime and once again becoming her hair clips.

"Sorry about that."Orihime said as she scratched the back of her head and laughed.

"It was quite entertaining actually." Szayel replied.

"You should hurry up Orihime." Ichigo stated. In his opinion, this was taking too long.

Orihime gave him a confident nod before bringing her hands up in front of her.

"Koten Zanshun: I Reject!" Orihime exclaimed.

Within moments Tsubaki, once again, materialized in front of Orihime.

"What do you want?!" Tsubaki yelled.

"Can you show me how powerful you have become?" Orihime asked nicely.

"Tch, what for, you're not in danger. I have no obligations to you!"

"Please." Orihime begged.

'This is taking too long.' Ichigo thought irritably.

"Don't worry Orihime, he probably hasn't gotten any stronger." Ichigo told her.

Tsubaki's eyes widened as he turned to Ichigo.

"What was that jerk?"

Ichigo ignored him.

"Fine Orihime, you wanna see how strong I've become? Ready yourself!" The tiny fairy yelled before sticking his hand up in front of him. Ichigo raised an eyebrow.

"What big talk."

"Wait! Tsubaki stop!" Orihime yelled.

"WWWAAAAAHHHH! CERO!!!!!!" Ichigo's, Orihime's, and Szayel's eyes widened as Tsubaki released a massive, golden cero straight at Ichigo.

"Kurosaki-kun!" Orihime yelled.

"Impressive." Ichigo said as he held up his hand.

As the golden cero approached him, Ichigo used his hand to stall the cero.

"That cero…" Szayel whispered in amazement as he covered his eyes from the sand that was raging around them. "… it's as if a Numeros had released it."

When the cero began to push Ichigo into the ground, he lifted his hand up and redirected the cero into the air.

Fortunately the beam of energy dispersed before reaching the dome.

"Damn it." Tsubaki whispered while taking deep breaths.

"That took too much out of you, you should go back, you won't be able to shoot off another one any time soon." Ichigo suggested.

"Damn you Kurosaki."

Tsubaki said nothing more before transforming back into a piece of Orihime's clips.

"Are you okay Kurosaki-kun?" Orihime asked worriedly.

"I'm fine."Ichigo said impassively.

"I'm so sorry…"

"Don't worry about it."

"So that is what happens when you give a human a fraction of your reiatsu, eh, Kurosaki Ichigo? Numeros level destructive power." Szayel said with a wide grin. "Such glorious power, I'm so envious…"

All of a sudden Neliel and Lilynette appeared, via sonido, right next to Ichigo.

"What was that just now, Ichigo?" Lilynette asked interestedly.

"Orihime's new power." Ichigo replied.

"Now way, that cero was huge. She couldn't have…" Lilynette began

"Amazing!" Neliel exclaimed as she ran over to Orihime and gave her a hug.

"Ow! Nel too tight!" Orihime cried.

"You're so strong now! I'm so happy!" Neliel said happily.

"But I'm not that strong, only my powers are." Orihime whispered shyly.

"What a grand reunion Neliel Tu Oderschvank. You should stay and watch, she's still not done…" Szayel explained.

Neliel glared at Szayel.

"Quiet Granz! Let her rest. We can have our reunion later, when both you and Nnoitora are standing before me. "

"Such hostilities. Could it be that you know?" Szayel asked.

"Now's not the time to speak of it." Neliel replied unemotionally.

"It's Okay Nel, I can show them more."

Once again Orihime held up her hands.

"Santen Kesshun: I Reject" Orihime stated.

Three orbs of light shot up above her before spreading out and encasing her in a huge three dimensional triangle.

"Wow." Orihime said excitedly.

"Before it only protected her front side, now she protected completely." Neliel observed.

"How strong is it?" Ichigo asked before turning to the once tiny Arrancar. "… Lilynette?"

"My pleasure Ichigo." Lilynette replied as she drew her Scimitar-type zanpakto from the stump of her missing horn, situated on the top of her mask fragment.

"Orihime, can we test your shield out?" Ichigo asked. Orihime, who had been pounding on the shield from the inside, stared at Ichigo and gave him a smile.

"Sure." She yelled.

"Let's see how long it can hold against an Espada's strength… go."

Within seconds Lilynette materialized in front of Orihime's shield and attempted to cut through the golden screen.

"Here we go!" Lilynette yelled as she brought her zanpakto down only for her blade to bounce harmlessly off the shield.

"Damn it." Lilynette whispered. "I'll try harder."

Lilynette began striking the shield with an onslaught of swift and powerful strikes.

Ichigo smirked as none of the strikes had any effect.

"That shield can protect against Espada level zanpakto, good… Lilynette shoot a cero; let's see what that can do." Ichigo asked.

"Okay, Ichigo."

Lilynette immediately began charging her cero in her left eye and, when it was charged fully, released it.

Everyone's eyes widened when the moment it hit, the cero was dispelled. The cero didn't affect the golden shield in the slightest.

Orihime cocked her head to the side and stared at them childishly.

"Incredible!" Szayel whispered while everyone else was thinking the exact same thing.

"May I try Ichigo?" Neliel asked. Ichigo gave her a nod.

"I'll try bala."

Neliel immediately began shooting a barrage of bala's at the shield.

Like Lilynette's cero, Neliel's bala's were dispelled the moment they hit.

"Nothing." She replied.

"I'll try." Ichigo stated. Everyone moved away from Ichigo to give him space.

"I'll try a bala as well." He added as he held up his right fist.

Faster than anyone could see, reiatsu shot down Ichigo's arm and out of his fist.

Orihime's shield didn't stand a chance. It shattered into thousands of pieces, though leaving Orihime unharmed.

"Are you ok Orihime?" Ichigo asked, just in case. Orihime nodded.

"Yeah, I'm fine. Wow, my shield has gotten really strong."

"A shield that can negate physical and reiatsu based attack from all but the strongest. A terrific ability." Szayel commented.

"And for the last… most important ability?"

Every turned to see Aizen walking towards them with Ulquiorra following closely behind.

"Aizen-sama, I didn't think you would have time to come." Szayel stated.

"I have finished what I needed to do."

"So the reiatsu transfer was a success after all. Orihime…" Aizen held up a familiar glass vial. "…Yammy should be returned to us."

Orihime nodded her head and walked over to Aizen.

'So she is unafraid of him when accompanied by so many Espada. At least she trusts my word that I would protect her.' Ichigo thought.

Orihime grabbed the vial from Aizen and emptied the tiny mask fragment on the sand.

"Soten Kisshun: I Reject." Orihime incanted.

All of a sudden Ayame and Shun'o emerged from her hair clips, wrapped in a golden light.

"Testing us out so soon?" Shun'o asked. Orihime nodded.

"Yes please."

"Alright, Orihime, well show you how much more effective we have become." Ayame replied.

Both Ayame and Shun'o began spinning wildly over the mask fragment until it began lifting off the sand. Within moments the mask fragment was incased in a golden sphere.

It remained stationary for several seconds before growing and as the fragment grew so did the glowing orb.

After only thirty seconds had passed Yammy entire upper body was encased in the golden sphere.

'Her power increase exponentially." Aizen observed. 'What took thirty minutes before is now taking her thirty seconds.'

After a full minute Yammy's eyes snapped open.

"Such a phenomenal ability." Szayel exclaimed dramatically.

From within a golden sphere Yammy gaze meet Aizen.

"Aizen-sama, what is this? What's going on?" He asked as attempted to punch his way out the orb that encompassed him. The orb simply grew brightly, for several seconds, before shocking Yammy with enough power to sting him.

"Relax Yammy. Orihime, release him." Ayame and Shun'o, within moments, returned to Orihime's clips.

The moment Yammy's feet hit the ground his eyes, locked with Ichigo.

"You!" Yammy growled angrily.

"Do I know you?" Ichigo asked as Yammy approach him.

"I don't know why you're here but…" Ulquiorra, suddenly, appeared in front of him.

"Stop Yammy, don't make a fool of yourself." Ulquiorra said emotionlessly.

"Ulquiorra! I thought you were dead?"

"Yammy…" Aizen started. "Even if it's for my sake, don't challenge Kurosaki Ichigo. You were just revived, spare Orihime the trouble."

"Aizen-sama?" Yammy asked in confusion as Aizen began walking away from the group with a smirk on his face.

"Zommari, Nnoitora, and Aaroniero are the only ones remaining. Rest up Orihime, tomorrow all three will be revived, I'm counting on you…


Sorry for the irregularly long update. Next chapter, the remaining Espada revived!!!!!!!!!!

How was this chapter? My beta (my sister) refused to edit my story this time (due to laziness) and I was forced to do it myself. If you see any major blunders on my part please review. I'm sure I missed a few grammar corrections.

Now for some answers that some of you may ask.

Question 0. (lol I don't even know myself) Why was Ichigo not acting like himself while in his mindscape?

Answer: Because Ichigo truly didn't not know what was happening. He felt as if his mind was coming apart and he was going to lose himself in his memories. He is afraid of the unknown side of his life and wants to destroy it.

Question 1. Who is Hichigo?

Answer: Hichigo is short for "hollow Ichigo" for those of you that don't now.

Question 2. What exactly was "Hollow Ichigo?

Answer: Hichigo (the fake one that Ichigo just fought) is a manifestation of original Hichigo's and original Ichigo's memories. Original Hollow Ichigo created him as a failsafe incase Ichigo started to revert back to his old self.

Question 3. Why was Zangetsu so weak?

Answer: He was so weak because his abilities are restricted to Shikai, Bankai, and Getsuga Tensho while Hichigo and Ichigo have much greater abilities. Do not worry though; things may change in the future (Hint Hint)

Question 4. Don't you think you upgraded Orihime's powers too much?

Answer: Absolutely! But this is only because I felt that Orihime needed a greater power to stay in Las Noches even if Ichigo was there as well. Don't make the mistake in thinking I will have Orihime fighting in any way shape or form. She is weak and will STAY weak. I mean come on, even with those powers do you think she could defeat Neliel? Orihime's powers are amazing, but I wanted them better, that's it. She will not fight at all. Please don't flame me lol!

Question 5. (This is probably the one you want to know the most lol.) Where is Ichigo +Halibel romance?

Answer: Ichigo truly enjoys being with Halibel, but right now he has many troubling issues to deal with at the moment. Remember patience is a virtue and wait patiently, I will not disappoint!

Fun facts about Orihime's new powers

Her attacking ability (Tsubaki's cero)

-Is a cero that equals the level of a fraccion's cero.

-The process of using it is so slow that any fighter could dodge it if they know it is coming.

-Can only be used three times a day

Her shielding ability

-Can protect against all forms of attack except attacks from top/high-mid tier level fighters. (Examples: Ichigo, Stark, Halibel, Aizen, Ulquiorra)

-The virtually most powerful shield in my story

Her healing ability

-Increases the healing speed by 60 fold

-Orihime's healing is the best in my story with no equal. (Technically it's not healing but time reversal, but who really cares???)