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Chapter 1:

"Oh, Captain! Captain, hi!" Rangiku practically flung herself upon his desk.

Hitsugaya looked up from his desk, very annoyed. He growled back low and deep in his throat. "What?"

"So…" She rested her large chest on his desk and leaned into his face. "How did it go?"

He pulled some papers out from under her large breasts with disgust. "How did what go?"

"The meeting, silly!" she cried out in that high famine voice he hated so much. "The Captain's Meeting! You know, the important meeting all the captains have when something really big is going on. You know-"

"I know what you mean, Matsumoto."

"So? Tell me, tell me!"

Hitsugaya glared at her. "It's a private meeting for a reason. You are not meant to know."

She shrank away disappointed. "Oh… I was just curious."

Hitsugaya sat back in his chair with a huge frustrated sigh. "The meeting was about the possibility of one of the 13 Squads getting a new captain."

"They're replacing people?"

"No." Hitsugaya threw his pen onto a stack of papers. "You know how three captains have betrayed us and left, right?"

"Uh-huh."

"Well, the Head Captain said that we couldn't let that go on for much longer. So he managed to find someone who could take the missing captain's place. They're going to become the new captain of one of the squads: 3, 5 or 9."

"But, Captain, that's not how we do things around here. A new Captain can't be out of the blue like that. Are you sure he-"

"Yes. Head Captain Yamamoto-Genryusai said it himself at the meeting. He admitted that it was against regulations, especially considering the fact that this person isn't even a Soul Reaper."

"What?!" Rangiku all but screamed. "Then how in the world would-"

"Matsumoto!" His shout made her stop on the spot. "Now… He told us that he is only allowing this because she is very powerful and, even though she is not a Soul Reaper, she has already achieved bankai."

"She?"

"Oh, yes. It is a woman."

"And she has bankai?"

"Yes." Hitsugaya frowned harder and stared at the corner of his desk. "But I still don't trust her."

"Have you even meet her yet?"

"I… No, I haven't. But that's my point. What do we really know about her? She just shows up out of the blue, has no training, has never been a Soul Reaper, never been to the academy, and yet is allowed to become a captain just like that? I just can't trust a person like that. We know nothing about her. She's just a nomad with no home, no money and a zanpakuto which is probably very unstable. I can't believe that she's going to become a captain of one of three squads."

"But if the Head Captain requested it, then he must trust her, or at the very least knows what she's capable of."

"I just don't want other repeat of the whole Aizen incident. We've had enough traitors."

~*~*~

"Did you hear?"

"Hear what?"

"You mean you don't know?"

"How could I? I was sleeping!"

"Ikkaku, you sleep way too much…"

"Shut up!" Ikkaku balanced his sword on his shoulders and walked down the hall with Yumichika at his side. Some news was buzzing around the Soul Society but few knew what was actually going.

"One of the three squads is going to get a new captain!" Yumichika burst out.

"Eh?" Ikkaku cleaned out his ear with his pinky. "Don't be ridiculous. It doesn't happen just like that. You're lying."

"Am not! It's true! That's what the meeting was about! Squad 3, 5 or 9 is getting a new captain."

"No way."

"Yes, way!"

"Listen, man." Ikkaku took Yumichika by the arm and pulled him closer, draping his muscular arm over his shoulder. "There is no way in hell that's gonna happen anytime soon. And besides, I'd like to see the ugly bastard that tries to take on one of those jobs those asses left behind."

"We will prepare a room for you as soon as possible. Please take a tour of the Seireitei if you wish."

"Thank you. You have been very accommodating."

"Not at all. Right this way, please."

"Thank you very much."

Ikkaku and Yumichika stopped. They didn't recognize that voice. But it sounded suspiciously like a woman's. They watched as the door to the left of them opened and revealed a sight they had never seen before.

She was beautiful. Long blue and silver hair, long beautifully sculpted legs, flawless skin and big emerald eyes framed by long dark lashes. Whoever she was, she wasn't a Soul Reaper. She wore a short colorful kimono which hugged her hourglass figure in a most perfect way. She rolled up one of her sleeves to rub her forearm for a moment, showing off some skin that tantalized her secret audience in a most alluring way. She ran her slender fingers through her long blue and silver locks, as if teasing them.

She turned with a spin and spotted the two men gawking at her off to the side. "Oh. Hello there. I didn't see you."

Like hell she didn't.

Yumichika eyed her from head to toe. As he studied her white high heeled sandals and long white legs, his tongue turned to sand in his mouth. Beautiful didn't even begin to describe her.

"Who do I have the pleasure of addressing?"

"Uh?" He flinched.

"Was I too formal?" She brushed off her kimono and gave her hair a flip. "Who are you two?"

Yumichika went into a panic. He couldn't remember how to introduce himself. And here he had thought that that sort of thing was ridiculous and didn't happen. But it was happening to him right now! He couldn't remember his own name! Seeing that she was growing impatient, he tried his best. "Ahem. I- I'm… Yumichik-ka!" He hated how his voice cracked before he could get it out. "My name is Yumichika."

It was a good recovery. She was smiling. "Pleasure to meet you." She reached to shake his hand.

But that's where he froze. This was physical contact! Gulping, he lifted his trembling hand up and spread his fingers out. She did all the real work. She's the one who took his hand and shook it up and down for him. Yumichika's face turned pink when he realized that he had given her a sweaty hand to shake. How embarrassing!

But she didn't seem to mind at all. She shook it with no problem whatsoever with a smile that made him all but melt. "I think I like you. You have wonderful hair."

He lifted his gaze up to her eyes. "Y- you do? I- I do?"

"Of course! You must take really good care of it. I never knew that a man could get his hair like that and maintain it. Does it take long?"

He smiled sheepishly. "Oh… a few minutes… an hour…"

She giggled.

He could feel his heart pumping fast now. He had gotten her to laugh. The one thing he had done right so far.

Then the woman turned her attention to the other man on the right. "And you are?"

Ikkaku seemed to be in some sort of trance-like state at the moment, with his mouth hanging wide open and eyes focused squarely on her. Yumichika had to nudge him to get him to wake up. He snapped back to himself and cleared his throat. "I- I'm Ikkaku." He thrust a hand towards her forcefully. Unintentionally, of course.

She chuckled softly and shook it. "Pleased to meet you. My name is Hanabi."

Though Yumichika had heard that name before a couple of times, he couldn't think of a more fitting and beautiful name for her. Just the sound of it, the way it fell from her lips was like a song. He wanted to say that, he really wanted to complement her name, but all that came out was a question. "So, what are you doing here, Hanabi?"

"Oh, I was brought here to take a look around. I am being considered for a spot as captain here by your Head Captain."

So she was the one that may end up joining the 13 Court Squad!

I approve! Oh, sweet Heaven of Heavens, do I approve so very, very much! Yes, yes, yes! I want thins so bad! The most beautiful and radiant of all beauties working here side by side with me! Oh, happy day! Happy flippin' day to me! Yes! A thousand times, YES! That's what Yumichika was shouting on the inside while jumping up and down like a maniac; but on the outside he simply said, "Oh, that's nice. Good luck to you."

She smiled. "You're sweet."

Yumichika's heart leapt into his throat. She thinks I'm sweet! He nearly passed out right there.

"But I do have a problem." Her voice suddenly became very soft and sad. She put a finger to her chin thoughtfully. "I was asked to tour this place and see if I liked it, but I don't know where anything is. I might get lost. And the woman who showed me here left, she was so busy with other things. So now I don't have an escort. If only I could find someone to-"

"I'll do it!" both men shouted at one.

She clapped her hands together with glee. "Oh, how wonderful, volunteers! Please lead the way."

They each took an arm of hers, Ikkaku on the left, Yumichika on the right, and lead her down the hall like love-sick gentlemen.

~*~*~

"I still don't like her!"

"Captain, you haven't even met her yet! You can't make that call."

"I don't trust her. It doesn't make any sense at all to me. She shows up out of nowhere, has never been a student, never been to the academy, never was enlisted, never been a Soul Reaper, has had no training whatsoever… And yet she shows up out of the blue one day with not only a zanpakuto, but has achieved bankai as well and is asked by the Head Captain to join as the new captain for one of three squads? It just doesn't happen! I don't like it."

Rangiku scratched her head. "But the Head Captain is the one who recommended her in the first place so he must at least know who she is. He must know her."

Hitsugaya stopped suddenly in the middle of the hall and turned to face his lieutenant. "Look, Matsumoto. You're not going to change my mind. That's how I think and how I feel. I don't want another incident like the one we had with Aizen and Gin. I hated them from the start. I suspected them of betrayal, but no one would listen to me. And you know what? I turned out right! People dismiss my opinions because they think that I'm a child and don't know any better, but look what happened! Because of that, Hinamori got hurt! I won't have something like that happen again!"

"Captain…" Rangiku whispered softly. She had known that her captain felt strongly about that, but she had no idea how strongly. Clearly he was hurt by what happened as well but chose not to admit it. "But sir, you can't be that way about everyone. For all you know, she may turn out to be a nice person. She may be one of the bet captains we've ever had. You never know."

He turned away in a huff. "I still don't trust her."

"You haven't even met her," she sing-songed.

"Shut up."

"And over here we have another hallway."

Hitsugaya held up his hand signaling for Rangiku to stop and listen. Wasn't that Ikkaku's voice?

Sure enough, he turned out right again. Three people turned the corner and walked towards them. Ikkaku, Yumichika, and a woman he didn't recognize. The two seemed to be showing her around. Could she be the one?

Hitsugaya blocked their way and said, "Who are you?"

Yumichika frowned at the captain. "It's rude to ask for someone's name without introducing yourself first, you know."

"I wasn't asking you. Who is she?"

The woman smiled. "I'm Hanabi. And you are?"

"Captain Toshiro Hitsugaya."

"Pleasure to meet you, Captain Hitsugaya." She extended her hand to him, but he didn't take it.

Rangiku on the other hand jumped up with a lot of energy and introduced herself cheerfully. "My name is Rangiku Matsumoto. I'm Captain Hitsugaya's lieutenant. It's very nice to meet you! Are you the future captain?"

"Oh, I don't know about that. I'm just looking around today. I haven't decided anything yet."

"Oh, you should! We need more women around here! There are only, like, two female captains here! We can talk, do lunch! Do you like sake?"

"Matsumoto."

"Oh. Sorry, sir. Got too excited."

Hitsugaya gave her a little push to the side and stepped up to interrogate the woman. "I have a few questions to ask you. First of all, what's your background? Where do you come from? What of your family?"

She scratched the side of her neck. "Hmm… Well, first of all, I have no family. I grew up all alone, traveling from place to place. Which answers the next question: I have no home. I just travel and live in different places. Though, it would be nice to settle down and live in one place for longer than a couple of days. I suppose once I become a captain here, I can live in the Seireitei."

"If you become a captain," he corrected. "Which brings me to my next question: Where did you learn bankai? And how in the world did you get a zanpakuto?"

"I kind of developed it. I was always aware of a power inside of me and one day, poof! I got this." She reached behind her back and held up a sword. The sheath was a dark pink color and the hilt had a flowery pattern on it and the tsuba was in the shape of a heart. It was certainly original to say the least.

But he was still very skeptical. How could a zanpakuto just appear out of nowhere like she was describing? It took him years at the academy and lots of training before he could get his and master it. Things like that didn't just happen. "So how did you get it again?"

"Like I said. I trained myself and one day I finally achieved it."

"With no outside help?"

"Well, if you mean if I had a sensei of some sort, then no. But I did spar with other people who were also looking to become stronger. Why?"

He wasn't convinced. He knew she couldn't be trusted. Enough said.

"Captain, don't be rude. She asked you a question." Rangiku gave him a little nudge to get him going.

He glared at her. "I have nothing to say."

"All I was asking was why all the questions?"

"My reasons are my own." He folded his arms and stalked to the other side of the hall.

Hanabi called out to him. "I'm sorry if I upset you in any way, Captain."

"Hmph."

Yumichika took hold of her hand and stroked it with his thumb. "He's so rude, isn't he? He should know better to talk to a woman properly. To treat them like the delicate flower that they are." He tried his best to woo her. He never had much practice in the act of winning a woman's affection, but this time he just had to get it right. He really felt a connection with her. So he gave her his best charming smile and said, "Shall we continue the tour?"

"I would love to. Although…" She pouted and gave her calf a rub. "We've been walking for so long, and I had no idea this place was so big… And in these heels, I'm afraid that I need to take a short rest for a little bit. I'm sorry. I hope you understand."

Hitsugaya rolled his eyes. Oh, please. Only an idiot would fall for that.

Ikkaku and Yumichika suddenly sprang into action and escorted her into the nearest room. "Right in here, princess! I don't know who's room this belongs to, but I'm sure they won't mind. We'll only be a minute. But take as long as you need!"

Rangiku clapped her hands together. "Oh, how sweet! Such gentlemen! How come they've never acted like that before?"

"Because they fell for the stupidest trick in the book. That's why."

"What are you talking about, sir?"

Hitsugaya pointed at the two helping the woman to sit down in a cushiony armchair. "That! Don't you see? It's all an act! And a poor one at that. She's playing them both for fools."

"What do you mean?"

"Come on, Matsumoto. Even you can't be that oblivious. 'Oh, thank you ever so much.' 'You're so sweet!' Who talks like that? It's all an act. She's playing the helpless princess card. She's playing them like a con-artist. The way she talks, acts. Come on. I knew I wouldn't like her."

"Oh, Captain..!" she cooed sweetly. "I had no idea you were like this. I think it's cute!"

"Cute?"

"Don't get me wrong. I didn't mean it in a bad way."

"Matsumoto, are you trying to tell me that you think that I don't like her because I've convinced myself not to?"

"Well…"

He turned his back to her. "Don't be ridiculous. I don't trust her because she's untrustworthy. Anyone who has to put on an act while introducing yourself to other people can't be good news."

"Captain, I think that you-"

"I don't want to hear it! Come on, we have work to do." He quickly stomped back towards the office. I know she's up to something… But what?


I'm building. Stay with me…

But I am warning you now. There will be future yaoi. (Yay!)