A/N: Not much to say about this chpater... Only, sorry for the delay. :) Theme music for this chapter: Lights Out BY Mindless Self Indulgence.

English still not my mother language. Mercy.

Reviews, please, if you happend to have enough time to write them. :)

Chapter five - A Little Run Away

"Let - me - go!" Kenpachi roared, still struggling frantically against Komamura's large arms which pinned him against the tall shinigami's chest. "Fuck! Hell! Shit! I'll fucking beat the shit out of your hellish ass!"

"It would be better if you would just calm down, captain Zaraki", Komamura's deep voice answered. He had no difficulties to keep Kenpachi in his arms. Kenpachi cursed and waved his legs which were now almost one meter off the ground.

Yachiru just giggled.

Kenpachi switched his tactics: "I thought we were friends!"

"We are", Komamura knew what Kenpachi tried to do. "Consider this as a favour."

"I won't!" Kenpachi throw the plan B into a trash can and started struggle again. "Shit! That old fart is going to feed some shit into my precious Ichigo's brains! That old shitty fart will - gyaah!" Kenpachi's yell turned into a painful wheezing: Komamura squeezed the air out of his lungs in order to quiet him down.

Yachiru still giggled. Hitsugaya sighed.

"My, my, Komamura", Shunsui looked at the pair. "Don't kill him."

"I won't."

"You can kill him if you ask me", Hitsugaya muttered. "He causes nothing else than trouble to us."

They were now in 6th Division Barracks dining room. Byakuya had decided it would be okay to serve some coffee to them since they were here. Yachiru had one very big bowl of candies right front of her.

Ukitake was resting on some pillows. He was still quite ill but had told everyone that he would be fine if he would rest just a while. Shunsui was sitting next to him, sipping his coffee. It also had some rum in.

"What do you think Captain Commander has to say to Ichigo?" Shunsui asked calmly. "If even we can't hear it, it has to be something top-top-secret."

"I don't know and I don't care", Hitsugaya sighed. "It's not really our business. It's Ichigo's choice, not ours! It's not something we should interfere."

"I believe this matter has something to do with Ichigo Kurosaki's great spiritual energy. Because of that he has to join our Divisions", Byakuya stated calmly. "I was just wondering... Well, maybe I should not say it. It's just my own opinion."

"What?" Hitsugaya frowned.

"Nothing", Byakuya said, not even looking at the young captain.


Ichigo stared at the old man. Captain Commander did not actually smile but he did not look angry either. He just stood there. He looked like he was waiting for something...?

"Um..." Ichigo coughed. "W - would you... like to, um... sit down, maybe?"

"Oh, how nice of you!" Captain Commander smiled and sat down at the edge of Ichigo's bed. Ichigo was not sure how to react this whole thing.

"I thought it would be wise to talk with you, Kurosaki Ichigo", Captain Commander said. "You've been trough a lot, haven't you?"

"Well, yeah..." Ichigo shrugged. "I guess so... I mean it was so big shocks to know that I have to join... I really wouldn't want to. But I guess I have no choice."

"Actually you do."

"What? Really?"

"Yes, there is one option, if you don't want to join some of our Divisions."

"Yes, what is it?"

"If you don't want to join some Division", Captain Commander did not smile anymore, "then become a captain yourself."

The happiness Ichigo had felt inside his heart melted away like it never existed.


Hitsugaya stared and tapped his feet. He was wise enough to keep his mouth shut but wanted every idiot around to know that he did not accept their acts.

Ukitake, Shunsui and Kenpachi - along with Yachiru - were eavesdropping. They had pressed their ears against the door and listened carefully.

"You guys are so breaking the rules..."

"Hush!" Yachiru hissed.


"What?" Ichigo stood up slowly. "I? A captain? No way in hell!"

"Why not?" Captain Commander said calmly. "You are strong as any other captain around. Actually it would be wiser if you just become a captain. That's an option. Like to think about this?"

"No!" Ichigo yelled. "I don't want to think about this shit anymore! No! I... Why you're doing this to me?"

"Doing what?"

"Messing up my life!" Ichigo snapped. "I don't want to stay here! I don't even belong to Seireitei or Soul Society! I'm still alive!"

"Oh, that can be fixed easily..."

"Shut the hell up and listen to me once, you asshole with white hair!" If Ichigo would not shouted that out so loud he would have been able to hear the shocked gasps behind the door.

But he did not hear them. He was too angry.

"I didn't ask these shinigami powers. I didn't want them, okay? I have a family to take care of. I have two little sisters. I have to take care of them and go to school every day and study and do my homework - I really wouldn't have time to whole this shinigami bullshit thing!"

Captain Commander said nothing. He just stared.

"And I don't give a shit about this 'joins us or die' method! I won't join any of yours hellish Divisions! Not today! Never! Actually, I just decided that I will go home right now!"

"You can't do that", Captain Commander stood up while Ichigo walked towards the door with very heavy steps. "We won't let you go."

"You and what army?" Ichigo spitted and pulled the door open.

Ukitake, Shunsui, Kenpachi and Yachiru along with Hitsugaya quickly straightened their backs when Ichigo suddenly pulled the door open. Ichigo shook his head and walked past their shocked gazes.

"Where are you going, Ichi?" Yachiru looked after him when he stormed trough the hallway.

"Home", Ichigo yelled, without looking back. "I'm walking home!"

"My, my..." Shunsui rubbed his jaw, but did not smile anymore.

Kenpachi went after Ichigo: "Hey! What you mean? What's all this going home bullshit means all of a sudden?"

"Go to hell, Kenapchi!" Ichigo suddenly totally snapped and turned around. He looked so furious that even Kenpachi stopped moving and just stared at him. "Just - leave - me - alone - already, you freaking psychopath!"

Ukitake, Shunsui and Hitsugaya also stared at Ichigo. He spitted again, turned around and ran away. Captains looked at each others. They still did not quite understand what had just happened.

"┬┤They won't let him go trough the gates", Shunsui shook his head. "My, my, my... What should we do now? Go after him, perhaps, Captain Commander Yamamoto?"

"Don't do anything", Captain Commander walked from the room. "He won't get away. This is not just a child game. He doesn't understand that yet."

"I think he does", Ukitake looked quite sad about Ichigo. "Maybe that's why he's acting like that."

"It's not an easy decision to make so quickly", Hitsugaya said. "He has to change his whole life within one week. That's not easy to anyone."

Kenpachi looked at them once, before murmuring something. Even Yachiru could not hear him: "Ken-chan?"

"You stay here, Yachiru."

"What are you going to do, Ken-chan?"

"I try to talk with Ichigo."


Ichigo had soon noticed he would not get out from Seireitei. He had been so angry that he had not realized it. But now he started to think clearly again. He sighed and just walked.

He wanted to curl somewhere and die away...

He sensed the very familiar spiritual energy soon and also heard bells ringing. Ichigo closed his eyes and sighed: oh, why, why it had to be Kenpachi who had come after him? Why Byakuya or someone who was not crazy could not come to talk with him? Why it always had to be this idiot?

"Go to hell, Kenpachi", Ichigo growled, not even looking back.

"Yeah, yeah, I'm working on it..." Kenpachi twirled Ichigo so he was now standing right front of him. Ichigo stared at the tall man, hoping he would be able to cut his head off.

He wanted to kill him so badly.

Unfortunately he had left his zanpakuto at the 6th Division barracks.

Ichigo sighed and pressed hands on his face, moaning and cursing.

"Why won't you join my Division, Ichigo?"

"What would make you stop torturing me, Kenpachi, hm? A bribe maybe? What if I just hand you 1000 yenis? Would you be so kind and let me fucking alone after that!"

"Why you don't want to join my Division?"

"Because I hate you?"

"That's not a reason."

"To me it is. Goodbye, Kenpachi", Ichigo smiled like an angel and calmly passed Kenpachi. He still had no idea where he supposed to go - but he wanted to walk now. Se he walked.

Unfortunately Kenpachi had terrible sense of understanding people feelings so he went after Ichigo.

"But..." Kenpachi was now desperate. "Oh, come on, Ichigo! We're friends, right?"

"Hardly", Ichigo sighed.


"I don't even know much about you and you don't know very much about me..."

"Well, yeah, maybe, but..." Kenpachi gritted his teeth. "Oh, shit! Fuck! Ichigo! My Division is the best one, you know it!"

"It's not the best one, Kenpachi..."


"Kenpachi, just... Go away, you're causing me a headache."

"You know me better than any else captain around here! I'm the closest one to you!"


"You even took Yachiru to the world of the living once, remember? And you helped me before that, remember? And - "

"Kenpachi!" Ichigo yelled. "Shut up! This is very hard decision and - seriously - you are not helping at all! I know. I know you're Division is the most familiar to me, but... I don't know... I don't know if I want to be one of you Division. I would have to fight under you command and everything and... That's a decision you can't just change so easily."

"But - "

Ichigo sprinted. He did not look behind him, he just ran. He could sense that Kenpachi did not follow him this time. Finally. Some time alone. Time to think these things clear...


Kenpachi scratched his head. He looked how Ichigo's back quickly moved further away. Kenpachi was confused.


Kenpachi blinked. And when he realized where that voice had come from he sighed.

"Didn't I tell you to wait me back at 6th Division barracks, Yachiru?"

Kenpachi gritted his teeth when he could feel how someone very small crawled upper so she could pop her head out from the back of Kenpachi's shirt. Kenpachi looked around his shoulder and saw pink hair and wide smile.

"You are so stupid, Ken-chan", Yachiru smiled. "You never notice when I'm under you shirt."

"Why you're here?"

"But your talk with Ichigo didn't go well, didn't it?"

"Don't change the subject..."

"You're so stupid, Ken-chan."

"Don't change the subject."

"And mean! You almost made Ichi cry!"

"Don't change the subject! Why you're here?"

"I thought it would be cool if there would be someone to keep you company because you're so stupid", Yachiru still smiled and Kenpachi could swear his self-esteem had just lowered a little bit after being called stupid so many times...

But because it was Yachiru his self-esteem could handle this.

"Whatever, let's go back", Kenpachi sighed. "Which way back, brat?"

"Umm..." Yachiru was thinking hard. "Ah! That way!"

"You're sure...?"

"Course I am!"

"It's a dead end. I can see it even from here."

"How strange... Okay, that way then!"

"You're sure about this...?"


Meanwhile Captain Commander Yamamoto was not happy. He was walking circle and murmured while he walked. Hitsugaya and Komamura along with Byakuya looked at him while he walked.

"What should we do?" Komamura spoke out loud. "Should we maybe go after Kurosaki Ichigo?"

"No", Captain Commander said. "It's better this way. Let him think these things through..."

"But this is big place", Hitsugaya stated. "What if he gets lost?"

"He will be fine."

"He really takes this hard", Byakuya said calmly. "So young, so naive. So full of dreams. So - "

"What do you think he will do, Captain Commander?" Hitsugaya stated out with very loud voice. "Will he make a Division of his own or...?"

"I don't know", Captain Commander said. "I really don't know."