Chapter 6

A Few Day's Latter

Ichigo stood in front of Rukia's house staring up at the dark windows. Renji had sent word to Byakuya that Rukia wasn't dead and that she was also a mother to an eight year old girl. He sighed knowing Byakuya he would kill Rukia when he arrived the next morning. He could only pray that it wasn't Ran who opened the door to her uncle. Who was her father anyway? He had know idea why he cared so much. Ok he knew the answer to that, even after nine years he was still in love with her, he had never stopped loving her. Sighing he walked away from Rukia's home and into his father's clinic.

Byakuya Kuchiki stood outside the house that was owned by his sister. He was trying not to kick down the door. Instead he banged his fist on the door and almost hit the little girl who opened it in the face.

"Sorry. Is Rukia Kuchiki here?"

"No, she went to the store can I help you. Byakuya get back here right now!" The girl yelled as big black and white dog raced out the front door. "I'll be right back," she called over her shoulder to the man as she raced after her dog.

Byakuya stood staring open mouthed at the girl as she ran after the dog. Had she really just called that dog Byakuya?

Ran finally caught up with Byakuya two blocks away. "You dang dog. What did you think you where doing?" She demanded as she grabbed him by his collar and half walking him half dragging him back to the house. Halfway there she froze. Dam it, she thought, not now! Why did there have to be a hallow around right now? Spinning around Ran looked to see where the hallow was and froze it was an Allon.

Renji, Ichigo, Byakuya, Orihime, Ishida, Chad, Isshin, Urahara, Yoruichi, and Rukia all stopped what they were doing. True they were in different parts of the city, but each one knew that a hallow was close by. They quickly flashed stepped to the spot where the hallow was. All shocked to see one another, but more shocked to see that the hallow was an Allon, and even more shocked to see that Ran was standing there looking up at the hallow and cling Byakuya's collar.

Ichigo quickly stepped in front of Ran. Turning to her he said, "Run." She didn't move. Orihime stepped forward pulled both Ran and her dog back. Rukia had stepped up next to Ichigo and was watching the hallow.

"Where is the child with black hair and orange tips?" The Allon asked. Rukia felt her stomach contract, No he couldn't mean Ran. He just couldn't.

Her daughter spoke in a quivering voice, "Mom, what is that thing?"

Isshin looked at her. "You can see it?"

"How could I not see it? That thing is gigantic; you would have to be blind to miss it."

"Can we worry about how she sees the hallow after we kill it?" Rukia asked. With that said Rukia, Ichigo, and Renji launched an attack on the hallow.

"What are hallows and why can I see them?" Ran asked when everyone was seated around the tiny table in the kitchen.

"Hallows are bad sprits." Ichigo said as he looked at Ran, Odd, he thought, she has black hair with orange tips. Is she the child the hallow was talking about? And if so why did he want her in the first place?

"Why can I see them?"

"Yes, Rukia why can she see them?" Byakuya asked, causing all eyes turned to Rukia.

"I don't know why she can see them. She never saw them before."

"I used to see them before Ririn, Noba, and Jinta went to the elementary school back in Nagano." Ran mumbled under her breath.

Dam! She thought as everyone turned to look back at her.

"What," Both Urahara and Yoruichi half yelled half asked.

"You used to see them," Ichigo asked, "why did you stop seeing them?"

"I don't know for sure, but I think it had something to do with a bracelet they gave me. They made me promise to always wear it, but I lost when we moved and I haven't found it yet."

"What does the bracelet have to do with anything?" Byakuya asked.

"I don't know. Who are you anyway?"

"Byakuya Kuchiki, and who might I ask are you?"

"Ran K. K."

"What do the two K's stand for?"

"Figure it out yourself," Ran said as she headed up stairs the dog following her. Then she added, "Uncle."

"What did she just call you?" Renji asked looking from an opened mouth Rukia to a wide eyed Byakuya.

"Uncle," Byakuya said staring at the stairs that Ran had just gone up.

"Did you tell her Byakuya was her uncle?" Ichigo asked looking at Rukia.

"No. I don't have any idea how she knew that."

"Someone must have told her or she's brilliant." Renji said as he stared at the place where Ran had vanished to. Rukia too stared after her daughter, but unlike the other two she went upstairs.

Rukia knocked softly on her daughter's bedroom door and then opened it. Ran was sitting at her desk reading a book. Hearing her mother come in Ran spun around in her desk chair to face her.

"Is something wrong?" she asked.

"How did you know he was your uncle?"

"I've seen pictures of the two of you together. I've also seen pictures of you and the red and orange haired guys together too. Who are they?"

"Just some old friends of mine."

"The orange haired guy, Ichigo, used to hang around the old playground back home, before they tore it down."

"Really?" Rukia asked feeling unnerved as she turned to go. Ichigo had seen Ran growing up without ever knowing he was her father?

"Mom are you alright?" Ran asked as her mother turned to leave.

"Yes. Why wouldn't I be?"

"You have a strange look in your eyes."

"Stay in your room and don't come out until I call you."

"Mom?" Ran asked when her mother walked out the door. Once Rukia paused to listen, Ran continued. "Hiroshi and Akira used to talk about Byakuya Kuchiki and how he was the second best captain in Soul Society. That was before they wiped my memory, but I remember everything, even the hallows."

Rukia visibly tenseioned, at this bit of information, before she continued walking back downstairs.