Into Hueco Mundo
Summary: What if Orihime had the courage to actually kiss Ichigo eight before she went to Hueco Mundo. I'll tell you what, a series of events that would have never happened before. Read and Review. Flame me and you will die a painful death.
Disclaimer: I don't own Bleach, but I wished I owned some of their zanpakuto.
Orihime felt her eyes water with tears as she stared down at the injured form of the person she loved. Ichigo Kurosaki was very injured after his second fight with Grimmjow. He had numerous slash wounds, a few puncture wounds. His face was bruised and his right arm was broken.
It turns out that the whole battle had been a diversion from the start. The arrancar invasion with the Espada was only a distraction so the Cuarto Espada, Ulquiorra could engage Orihime as she left the Soul Society. He told her that she had to come to Hueco Mundo because Aizen had taken an interest in her abilities. He also told her that whether or not she agreed to come didn't matter as she would be going no matter what. He did allow her to say goodbye to only one person.
She chose Ichigo as that one person.
She took a few seconds to look around his room. She blushed a little realizing that this was the first time she had been in his room by herself since she's known him. "It has his scent." She said quietly. She looked down and saw Yuzu and Karin asleep on the ground next to his bed. She smiled slightly. He hasn't been around much, so they must have missed him a lot.
She looked down at his face looking somewhat peaceful, but he looked to be grimacing slightly as though he was in pain. She gently took a hold of his right hand. His face instantly relaxed. She leaned her face down towards his. Her hair falling onto his face as she moved closer. She gently stroked his hand and finally her lips connected with his.
It was soft. His lips were surprisingly soft for someone like him. She could fell his steady breathing and his increasing heart beat. Little did she know that Ichigo was slowly waking up.
Ichigo woke up to feel something warm and soft over his mouth. He was still tired and sore and his vision wasn't returning as fast as it would. Once it returned to him, he looked up with half-lidded eyes to see…
'Orihime,' he thought blurry. 'Is she kissing me?'
The warm feeling left him as Orihime pulled up with a big blush on her face and her eyes full of tears. "I'm sorry Ichigo, there are so many things I've wanted to do. I wanted to be born in five different places with five different families, each would love me. And I would fall in love with the same person every single time. I love you Ichigo, and I'll miss you. Good bye." Hot tears fell on his face as Orihime disappeared.
Ichigo's mind was too hazy to comprehend anything and he passed out. The next morning was cold, gloomy and rainy. Ichigo woke up with a start and fell to the ground.
"Damn it, that hurt." Ichigo cursed. "What the hell happened last night." He scratched his head a little. His eyes widened. He pulled the cast and bandages off his arm. It was perfectly healed. Suddenly the memories of last night came to his mind.
He hesitantly touched his lips and his cheeks. His mouth still felt warm to the touch. He also had some dried tear stains on his cheek. 'It actually happened.' Ichigo thought with a blush coming over his face.
A little while later he went over to Orihime's house after getting a visit from Toushiro. They then managed to get a message to Soul Society and were now having a conversation with Yamamoto. It turns out that Orihime was missing. Ichigo's eyes widened when he heard that.
It was a guess that she was taken by some arrancar after she left the Soul Society to return to the world of the living. It was presumed that she was either taken or killed.
Ichigo angrily proclaimed that she couldn't be dead because his no one besides Orihime could heal wounds like the ones he had and he could sense her spiritual pressure on his wrist.
"If that is that case than she must have left on her own free will." Yamamoto said.
"What are you saying?" Ichigo asked angrily. "Are you saying she willingly betrayed us?"
Yamamoto nodded, "If it was one of the other cases then she wouldn't have been able to get to you while you were sleeping." Ichigo's eyes widened further. They were proclaiming her a traitor.
He grit his teeth in anger, then a senkaimon opened and out stepped Captain of Squad 6, Byakuya Kuchiki and Captain of Squad 11 Kenpachi Zaraki. "Everyone is to head back to the Soul Society immediately." Byakuya said.
Ichigo grit his teeth harder and started grinding them. He was furious. They were just going to abandon her just like that. One by one he watched as Toushiro, Rangiku, Ikkaku, Yumichika, Renji and Rukia walked through. Each of them gave him an apologetic look as they passed.
"You are to stay in the world of the living Kurosaki. We need you for the upcoming battle. Don't do anything stupid." Yamamoto ordered.
Ichigo looked up, "Yes sir." He said very coldly.
Yamamoto said nothing, but did frown slightly. Then the screen went blank. Ichigo slowly fell to his knees. He then started pounding the floor screaming his head off. He screamed and pounded until his throat was dry and his hands turned red. Thank God he was in Shinigami form or else all of Karakura would hear him.
Ichigo went home in a very bad mood. He was more furious than he had ever been. He was even more furious than when he found out Grand Fisher had killed his mother.
"Temper, temper King." Cackled a voice.
Ichigo stopped and his eyes widened. 'What are you doing here? I thought a got rid of you.'
His hollow cackled again. "You may have beaten me, but you will never be rid of me. Now I suggest you watch your temper or you might do something you'll regret."
'Shut up and go back to wherever the hell you came from.' Ichigo yelled at his hollow. The hollow cackled one final time and disappeared.
Next morning at school Ichigo was getting a lashing from his teacher for being out for a month. Ichigo just stood there and took it not saying anything, which surprised his classmates since he never took stuff like this from anyone.
Later that day he was confronted by Keigo and Mizuiro. They asked if he was feeling ok. Before he could answer he was confronted by Tatsuki.
"Ichigo, Orihime is missing." She panted. "I've been looking all over the city and can't find her."
Ichigo had to lie. It would devastate Tatsuki if she learned the truth. "I don't think she's missing. She'll turn up."
"You're wrong." Tatsuki said more forcefully. "I can't sense her. I've always been able to sense her. It's like she has just vanished." She grabbed Ichigo by the front of his vest. "You know where she is. Tell me."
"I don't know where she is Tatsuki." Ichigo said.
"Liar," she screamed. "I could barely sense it before, but I could see you in that black robe, that giant sword and when you go off and kill those monsters. Where is she?" Tatsuki asked once again.
Ichigo's eyes widened once again. Tatsuki could see him. For a while she's been able to see him. "Sorry, Tatsuki, but it's none of your business." He said coldly. That earned him a punch to the face that sent him back and smashed his head through the window.
Keigo was shocked, but he quickly restrained Tatsuki. "Tatsuki are you out of your mind." Tatsuki didn't say anything; she just tried to break out of his grip.
"Let me go, I'm going to pound this idiot." Tatsuki screamed. Ichigo got up and spit some blood out of his mouth. Finally Tatsuki broke out of Keigo's grip and was about to hit Ichigo again when Ichigo's fist shot out and hit her in the stomach.
Her eyes widened and she slumped down into Ichigo's arms, before she passed out she heard Ichigo mumble, "I'm sorry."
He handed her over to a shocked Keigo and Mizuiro. "Take care of her and do both yourselves a favor. Stay away from me. You'll live longer." He walked away leaving too shocked former friends.
Back at Urahara's shop, Urahara was standing outside apparently waiting for something or someone. "Welcome back Ichigo." Urahara said. Ichigo walked out from behind a dark alley in his Shinigami uniform. Urahara noticed that he seemed different. He had a cold look on his face and his spiritual pressure was fluctuating wildly. 'He must be pretty angry. Note to self, don't piss him off right now.' Urahara thought silently.
"How did you know I was there?" Ichigo asked monotonously.
Urahara grinned, "I had a feeling you would show up looking for a way into Hueco Mundo. Since Soul Society won't help you then you'd come to me hoping I'd know how. You are correct."
Ichigo raised an eyebrow, but followed Urahara into the basement. Once down there Urahara explained his way to get into Hueco Mundo. Then Chad and Uryu came from around some of the rocks.
"Chad, Uryu, what are you doing here?" Ichigo asked.
"We're going with you to Hueco Mundo." Chad said. Uryu nodded. Ichigo couldn't let them, no; he wouldn't let them get into more danger. They hadn't fought any Espada before and would most definitely get killed. The only one of their posy that could face an Espada is Ichigo.
Before anyone else could blink Ichigo used Shunpo to appear in front of Chad and drove the handle of Zangetsu into his gut causing him to lurch forward and pass out. Ichgio, using Uryu's shock to his advantage, appeared behind him and chopped him in the back of the neck making him fall unconscious.
The Garganta was open. Ichigo walked towards it. He stopped and glared over at a shocked Urahara. "My life is already forfeit. There's are not. Don't ever bring my friends into something like this again because even if I'm dead I'll come back and kick your ass for all eternity. Now shut this thing after I go through and don't let anyone else go through."
Urahara only nodded. Ichigo was about to step in when Urahara put a hand on his shoulder. "Your life isn't forfeit Ichigo. You'll come back alive. I know that all this is my fault, but if it means anything, I'm sorry."
Ichigo smiled slightly, "Thanks, and if I do die than tell my sisters that I love them and that I'm sorry I wasn't a good brother. For my dad you can tell him that his idiot son is out of his life now." Ichigo walked through the Garganta and it closed.
Urahara frowned at his last statement. He and Isshin had to have a long talk about some things, but first he'd have to tell Shinji about Ichigo. He stuffed some bandages in his pocket because he had no doubt that the Vaizards were going to kick his ass.
It's true. Despite what they say. Each of the Vaizards cared for Ichigo. They didn't like seeing him in pain. Some of them may look his age, but they were hundreds of years old and couldn't imagine what this was like from Ichigo's point of view. Shinji was the strongest of the Vaizards and also the one who cared for Ichigo the most. You should have seen what he did to Grimmjow when he saw Ichigo's beaten form.
Ichigo was currently trying not to fall into the in between world. He still had horrible control over his spiritual pressure, but it was enough to get him through. 'Note to self work on control if I survive.' He thought.
He saw an opening to the other side and finally came through. He took a moment to look around. He saw nothing, but dessert and, what looked like, old buildings. There was no water to be found anywhere in this desert area. Thank God it was cool in here or Ichigo would go crazy.
'Okay Ichigo, try to sense her.' He told himself. He tried sensing Orihime's spiritual pressure. A few minutes later he managed to sense a small amount of human spiritual pressure coming from his right. He quickly set off in that direction hoping he could find her quickly and get out.
Meanwhile in a huge castle, ten powerful beings were heading into a room. "They say we have an intruder." Said a voice.
"So, why should we be worried?" asked an old grumpy voice.
"Entered through the old 37th area." Said a deep voice.
"The 37th, that's not far from here." Said another voice. All of them quickly took their seats waiting. Those ten people were the ten Espada of Aizen's army.
Then the doors opened again. Three men walked in. one was dark-skinned, had long black hair and a strange visor over his eyes. The second guy had silver hair, closed eyes and a wide grin on his face, almost like a fox. The final one was a man with slick brown hair but had one strand hanging in front, brown eyes and a charming smile on his face.
"Good morning my dear Espada," Aizen said getting their attention. "It seems we're under attack, but before we talk about that, let's have some tea first."
Once everyone had some tea Aizen began, "Now please listen to what I have to say. Kaname prepare the presentation." Tousen nodded and flipped a switch. A light shot up in the middle of the table showing the deserts of Hueco Mundo. "There is currently one intruder trying to break in. Ichigo Kurosaki."
Grimmjow's eyes widened and he looked more closely at the screen and indeed it was Ichigo. Aizen watched him with an amused expression before he took a sip of tea.
An Espada with a head shaped like a tall cylinder with wrappings over it spoke. "You mean this boy," he said in a deep voice. "Is our enemy." He finished in a girly voice.
"When you said we were under attack I was expecting it to be some sort of army, not a child." Growled the grumpy, old Espada.
"I don't see what the fuss is about. " Said an Espada with pink hair. "What's the danger?"
Aizen suddenly turned serious and set his cup down. "I wouldn't underestimate this so-called 'kid.' He's a human that was once labeled a Ryoka. Some time ago he and three others broke into the Soul Society and successfully took on the Thirteen Court Guard Squads. He is unnaturally strong. If I had to guess I would say that at his best he is probably on Nnoitra's level."
This got their immediate attention especially a tall lanky Espada. A mere human was as strong as the Quinta Espada. A tall dark-skinned Espada spoke up, "You said, there were four, where are the other three?"
"We have one of them. Orihime Inoue and the other two are Uryu Ishida and Sado Yasutora. They must have been left behind." Aizen said.
"Aww, he's come to save his girlfriend. How touching." Taunted Nnoitra the Quinta Espada. "Why not let him try. He looks weak as hell."
"Have you been listening." Said the only female Espada. Nnoitra looked at her lazily. "Lord Aizen just said not to underestimate this boy."
"If I didn't know any better, I'd say you were scared." Nnoitra said with a maniacal grin.
"What did you say?" she growled.
Grimmjow slammed his hand on the table interrupting all conversation and stopping the presentation. He got up and headed to the exit. "Where do you think you're going Grimmjow?" Tousen asked.
"I'm going to kill him." Grimmjow growled. "You've got to exterminate pests the moment they enter your home."
"Lord Aizen has given no such order." Tousen said. "Sit back down."
"Hey it's clear what he wants done, I'm just doing it." Snarled Grimmjpw. Tousen said nothing.
"Grimmjow." Aizen said.
"Yes." Grimmjow said dully.
"I appreciate your enthusiasm and your intentions, but I haven't finished speaking yet. Could you please sit back down?" he asked kindly. Grimmjow didn't move. "Well." He still didn't move. "I can't make out your answer Grimmjow Jeagerjaques." He flared some of his spiritual pressure. Grimmjow sucked in some breath as a heavy pressure settled on him. He gasped as it was forced out of him. He fell to his knees and then Aizen stopped. Grimmjow sat there and panted. "Good, I see that you understand. Members of the Espada. As I pointed out there is one enemy. It is unwise to underestimate him, but there's no need to cause a riot. You are to return to your quarters and act as if everything is normal. Wait for the enemy to come to us. As long as you stick with me and stay calm he is no match for us. We're unstoppable."
Back with Ichigo, he was having a tough time. He was making good progress. He could see a giant castle in the distance, but he ran into a small arrancar child, who was being attacked by some very huge hollows he quickly intervened seeing as he couldn't stand to see a child getting hurt. He quickly killed half the hollows. One of them fired a cero at him, but the little girl jumped in front of it and seemed to absorb it. He quickly killed the rest of the hollows.
The little child was Nel. She could be kind of annoying at times, but she was a generally nice and innocent little girl. Ichigo couldn't leave her there so he took her with him. He just got over a dune when…
"What so you think you're doing here?" a cold and monotonous voice asked.
Ichigo recognized that voice. He turned around to see Ulquiorra. He quickly put Nel down, "Stay back," he whispered. He quickly went Bankai and donned his hollow mask making Ulquiorra slightly surprised.
"Getsuga Tenshou." Ichigo shouted. Ulquiorra thought the blast would be weak and easy to deflect, but he was wrong. The blast actually started to push him back. His eyes widened slightly as he used both hands to block the attack until it finally dissipated.
Ichigo quickly went on the offensive striking anywhere he can. Ulquiorra blocked every strike with his arm. He wasn't getting cut at all. This went on for a while before Ichigo started to tire a little. Ulquiorra saw that and attacked relentlessly. He fired a cero that hit Ichigo dead on shredding his cloths and hurting him badly. He was blown back and landed near a shocked Nel.
'I can't win.' Ichigo thought. He quickly picked up Nel and ran avoiding cero's as he did. A few of them scrapped against him burning him slightly. One cero blew right beneath him making him fly off. He lost his grip on Nel. He flew through a pillar in the sand, while Nel flew into the rubble.
Ulquiorra quickly appeared and stabbed him in the chest with his hand. Ichigo's eyes widened and looked down at his chest. Ulquiorra spoke, "You have impressed me a bit. Not many can make it this close to Las Noches. As I reward I shall tell you the name of the one who killed you." He unzipped his jacket a bit revealing a four on his left peck.
"I am the Cuarto Espada, Ulquiorra Schiffer." Ulquiorra said watching the light go out from Ichigo's eyes as he died. Ulquiorra stared at him for a few seconds before using Sonido to leave.
A few seconds later Nel crawled out of the rubble, "Itsygo," she called. She saw him lying down face first, "Itsygo." She said softly. Her eyes widened when she saw him not moving and his eyes wide open with no light in them and the fact that he wasn't blinking. She started crying and crawling towards him.
"Itsygo." She cried getting closer to him. Then someone appeared in front of her. She looked up to see a tall guy with blue hair, blue eyes, a hollow hole in his stomach and a giant scar going down his chest.
"Hey kid, beat it." He growled.
"The Sixth Espada, Grimmjow." She muttered in fear. Grimmjow turned to Ichigo's lifeless body and growled again. He walked over and kicked Ichigo until he was on his back staring right up at Grimmjow. Grimmjow saw the hole in his chest, "I knew it." He said and then unraveled the sheet he was holding revealing Orihime with a gag over her mouth. He quickly cut the gag before she fell to her knees in front of Ichigo.
"Ichigo," she said quietly looking at his lifeless eyes. It couldn't be, he can't be dead.
Grimmjow sat on some rubble, "Heal him." He ordered. She looked back at him shocked. Why would he want her to heal Ichigo. Still she didn't need to be told twice and started healing him hoping to save him. As she got to work healing him, she managed to heal all of his wounds except the fatal wound administered by Ulquiorra.
'I can't reject this wound.' She thought. 'I don't understand. Who would do such a thing to him?'
"It was Ulquiorra." Grimmjow said somehow knowing what she was thinking. "It's a little quirk of his. When he finds pray that catch his eye he stabs them in the spot where his own hole is." Grimmjow stood up and clenched his fists together. "I'm going to teach him the nature of punishment for taking someone else's pray."
Ichigo's fingers twitched a bit catching their eyes. They looked and saw that life had returned to his eyes. "Nel and Orihime." He said quietly.
"Ichigo," Orihime said happy that he was alive.
"Itsygo," Nel cried also happy that he was alive.
Grimmjow stomped his foot, "Shut your mouth girl. If you've got time to talk then heal."
"What the… Grimmjow, what are you doing with Orihime?" Ichigo asked shocked.
"Shut up Ichigo. She's healing you alright and when you're fully healed you and I are going one-on-one soul reaper." Grimmjow said.
"You've got to be joking, is that the only reason you wanted him healed?" Orihime asked outraged.
"Shut the hell up. If it wasn't for me he'd still be lying here dead. Now get to work and hurry because it's not going to be long before Ulquiorra finds out." Grimmjow said. Then his eyes widened as he heard Ulquiorra sonido in right behind him.
"What are you doing?" he asked. Grimmjow didn't answer. "Regardless of your answer I must take that girl ack. Lord Aizen has entrusted me with the care of that girl. Hand her over."
Grimmjow smirked, "No I don't think I will." He shot forward and fired a cero at Ulquiorra. Ulquiorra deflected it and was above Grimmjow. He fired a green cero from his finger. Grimmjow deflected it with his hand blowing the top of the pillar apart.
Grimmjow appeared behind Ulquiorra and put his hand over Ulquiorra's hollow hole and slipped something in it. Ulquiorra's eyes widened as he was whisked away. "Damn it." He muttered before he was gone.
Grimmjow landed back to where they were and quickly explained that it was a type of Naggacion used by the Espada to punish subordinates. It's not meant to be used on Espada so they had about 2-3 hours before Ulquiorra escaped. Ichigo was now fully healed and now their 3rd and final battle would begin.
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