A/N- Okay, just so you all know, Naruto will NOT be paired with any Bleach character. I might find a way to add in a character from his universe, I haven't decided yet. Ichigo may or may not be paired with anyone. (I, as far as I know, am not very good at romance.) If he is paired with anyone, it'll probably be Nell, Unohana, or Rukia. (Most likely the former) Feel free to make suggestions, but, in the end, I'll decide.

Ulquiorra slashed his sword at Naruto, who ducked under it and tried to slice Ulquiorra stomach open. Ulquiorra quickly leaned back to dodge, but Naruto continued his attack by springing forward and clawing at the Espada's face. Ulquiorra blocked that attack with his sword and jumped back.

"Not bad, not bad at all! I's been a while since I've had any sort of exercise," said Naruto, nodding to himself. "shall we take this up a notch?"

"Indeed. Enclose, Murciélago."

"Interesting!" He snickered. "Orochimaru would be going bloody nuts!" Laughed Naruto as the smoke obscuring Ulquiorra's form dissipated.

Naruto leaned forward slightly and simply disappeared. Ulquiorra brought a javelin up to block Naruto's strike to his neck. He retaliated by stabbing his weapon at Naruto's head. Naruto tilted his head to the side and rushed forward.

"I guess now would be a good time to tell you about Ginsora's other ability."


"No, just joking. However, the form you are currently using is the lowest state of her shikai. Full shiaki allows you to bring things from within your mindscape to the outside, to a certain extent. You have to be able to manifest it on the inside of your mindscape before you can materialize it, though. Essentially, you have to split your mind in two: one part fighting the outside battle, and another to create things in here, which you can then use. Or, if you rather, you could just give me a little leeway to create some things in here..?"

"Yeah, no. That's not happening. Besides- battle meditation, remember?"

"Since when did you master that? I know for a fact that you've never used it. I would have known!"

"Ha. Sure you would have. I mean, it's not like we're having a conversation in the middle of a battle or anything, nooooo. Because everyone always thinks faster than their synapses should be able to fire."

"How did I not notice that, again? Oh well, I'll get you back for that later. For now, though, split your consciousness and let's kick this up a notch."

"And that is one thing I can agree with you on!"

Naruto spun the sword once, and channeled further chakra into it. The sword instantly changed, with just a small cloud of energy briefly obscuring it beforehand. It changed into an elegant black sword that gently fades to an ocean blue near where the point would be. Instead of a point, however, the blade curved back into a small hook shape, with a slightly smaller hook just a little bit behind it. In the center of the blade, there was a electric blue design, vaguely resembling lightning. The blade curved out and back in in the center of the blade lengthwise, to form a small point. The handguard was formed by the lower half of the blade curving into another hook shape, this one not as extreme as the others, to protect where Naruto's fingers would be. The top went straight into the back of the blade. The tsuka curved gently as well, ending in a vague bat wing design.

Naruto blocked Ulquiorra's thrown javelin, and his mindscape-clone formed a long, thin beam of lightning chakra, ready to be used. Dodging the second javelin, he thrust the tip of the sword at Ulquiorra, triggering the switch from mindscape to reality.

"Heki!" he shouted as the black beam of energy shot at Ulquiorra, almost taking out an eye.

As Ulquiorra was recovering, Naruto rushed forward and hacked at his opponent's head. Ulquiorra saw this, and ducked under the blade. He instantly made for the opening left in Naruto's guard and stabbed a javelin at his stomach. It hit.

"Ouch." was all Naruto said as he gripped the javelin and crushed it, leaving behind a small hole that healed in a few seconds.

Ulquiorra jumped back, away from Naruto, and started his second transformation. Naruto saw this and smirked.

"Resurrección: Segunda Etapa."

"I don't think so!" Naruto appeared behind Ulquiorra and stabbed Ginsora through his stomach.

Ulquiorra instantly disappeared. Naruto let Ginsora poof away, and dropped to his knees, clutching his head.

"Goddammit, that hurts!" Naruto growled. "Shoulda asked the fox first..." Naruto shook his head and got up. He turned to Ichigo. "Now, what's going on?"

Ichigo blinked at him. "You- don't know?"

Naruto glared at the younger male. "If I knew I wouldn't be asking. Frankly, the only thing here I have a clue about are the zanpakuto."

Blink. Blink.

"Oh, just get over it already."


"Get. Over. It. Now."


Naruto just gave him the Look.

"Fine. We are currently in Hueco Mundo, world of the Hollows. Hollows are souls that give in to their negative emotions and transform into a monstrous state. I'm here to rescue Inoue." He points in her direction. "I'm a Substitute Shinigami. Shinigami live in Soul Society and protect normal souls from Hollows, among other things. There's also the Human World, which is in between Soul Society and Hueco Mundo."

Naruto nodded. "Makes sense. Thanks. Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm about to pass out."

Ichigo barely got a "Wha-" out before Naruto hit the dirt.

There was silence for a few moments. Then,

"Awww, shit! Now I have to carry him along, too!"