The End of the Winter War
Disclaimer: I don't own Bleach.
A/N: This story will take place right before Ichigo shows up to defeat Aizen once and for all. There will be people there to witness Ichigo appear and fight that weren't there, but should have been. Without further ado, let the story begin.
Tatsuki and Keigo were hurrying along the deserted streets of Karakura. On their backs were two of their friends. Tatsuki was carrying the self-proclaimed lesbian Chizuru Honsho while Keigo was carrying one of his best friends Mizuiro Kojima. Right now the two of them were a little freaked out because everyone in the town was asleep except for them and they didn't know what to do right now.
"Tatsuki, what are we going to do" Keigo asked in a quiet voice. It was quite unlike his own, which showed how freaked he really was.
Tatsuki was silent for a few seconds, "We should head for the school and stay there since it might be the safest. We'll grab Karin and Yuzu on the way there. The two of them are probably more freaked then we are."
"Okay" Keigo nodded. "I hope Ichigo is okay" he whispered softly worried for his friend.
Tatsuki heard Keigo, but stayed silent. She hadn't seen Ichigo since that one time at school almost two weeks ago. It was when Orihime had just gone missing and she had confronted Ichigo about it. Ichigo said he didn't know where she was, but Tatsuki could see in Ichigo's eyes that he did know and she was determined to get answers out of him. Even if it meant beating it out of him.
Keigo had to physically restrain her from hitting Ichigo more as her first strike busted his lip and sent his head through the window. She even questioned her friendship with Ichigo and brought up some old memories of how she had constantly helped him out when he was bullied when they were younger. Ichigo coldly dismissed her and walked away, but before he did he told Keigo and Mizuiro to take care of her. His last words to them were to stop associating with him. That was one of the few times in her life that Tatsuki actually cried.
Tatsuki resolved that if she ever saw Ichigo again she'd hit him again and then she'd get answers; one way or the other. After a little bit of walking they had made their way to the Kurosaki clinic. Setting Chizuru down Tatsuki turned to Keigo. "Keep an eye out in case anyone else comes along" she said. Keigo nodded and turned to keep watch. Tatsuki walked up to the front door and opened it since it was unlocked. The house was quiet and empty. "Yuzu… Karin" she called out.
No one replied. Tatsuki crept slowly into the house and looked throughout the living room. It was empty so she moved onto the upstairs area. She started off with the rooms. Their dad's room was empty, all of the bathrooms were empty and even their own room was empty. That only left one room left in the house.
Tatsuki stopped at the door that had a '15' nailed into it. It signified it as Ichigo's room. Tatsuki smiled despite herself since she had gave him the idea to do that since his name had the numbers one 'ichi' and five 'go' in them. She opened the door softly and saw both twins asleep on Ichigo's bed huddled up together. Tatsuki knew why; since Ichigo had been gone for a few weeks now they must have come into his room to wait for him to finally come home. She knew how much the two of them loved their deer brother.
Tatsuki gently shook Karin by the shoulder, "Karin… Karin wake up" she whispered. Karin stirred a bit before opening her eyes.
Wiping her blurry eyes Karin sat up. When her vision went back to normal she saw Tatsuki. "Tatsuki… what are you doing here? Have you seen Ichigo" she asked quickly at the end with a very hopeful look in her eyes.
Tatsuki was going to hate herself with what she was about to say next, "I don't know where Ichigo is." Karin's eyes went from bright and hopeful to dull and hopeless.
"Oh" she said quietly.
"Maybe we'll find him later, but right now we need to get out of here" Tatsuki said and went to wake up Yuzu.
"Get out of here" Karin questioned raising an eyebrow "What do you mean?"
"I'll explain on the way" Tatsuki said as Yuzu began to wake up. "Keigo is already outside. Go on down I'll meet you there." Karin really didn't know what was going on, but she trusted Tatsuki and went downstairs and outside to wait for Tatsuki.
As Karin exited the house she saw Keigo standing there with an asleep Mizuiro on his shoulders and Chizuru on the ground asleep as well. She also noted that the whole entire town was quiet as a battlefield after the battle had been won.
"Keigo" Karin said walking up. Keigo turned around to face Karin.
"Hey Karin" Keigo greeted friendly.
"Do you know what's going on here" Karin asked.
Keigo shook his head, "No. All I remember is waking up in the middle of town on the way to school to a bunch of people sleeping in the road. I eventually met up with Tatsuki and we eventually found Chizuru and Mizuiro. Tatsuki figures that the school might be the safest place to be. We were just on our way there when we came to pick you guys up." Karin nodded in understanding.
Soon Tatsuki came out with Yuzu and the four of them, plus the two unconscious ones, began moving towards the school. Yuzu and Karin still wanted to know what was going on. Tatsuki tried explaining things as best as she could, but in the end she didn't know much either.
As they were halfway down another street an enormous pressure came over them making them barely be able to stand and breathe. Walking towards them were two men. One of them was wearing a white trench coat with white hakama pants, black tabi socks and sandals while having a wakizashi sword strapped to his waist. The man was fairly tall with medium length silver hair covering his eyes slightly and a wide grin on his face. The second man was the one who was emitting the incredible pressure. He had on skin tight clothes the same color as the other man with while boots. In the center of his chest was a little glowing marble. He had long brown hair with a single long strand going down his face. His eyes were interesting though. Where the white of the eyes was supposed to be it was purple instead and the rest of the eyes were a light lavender color. He also had a sword gripped in his right hand. The two of them neared them and the pressure got larger.
Tatsuki and Karin were the closest and felt it the most and tried to withstand it, but it was too much and Tatsuki fell to her knees while Karin fell on all fours gasping for energy. "Tatsuki" Keigo called.
"Karin" Yuzu said as they both moved towards them.
"Impressive" the man said in a soft voice. Sosuke Aizen gave them a condescending look "You are this close to me, yet you're still able to maintain your existence."
"Who are you" Karin managed to say lifting her head up. Aizen didn't say anything, but the grip on his sword tightened. "Yuzu, run away now" Karin screamed. Yuzu gazed worriedly at her sister.
"You too Keigo" Tatsuki screamed almost hysterically. "Hurry up… or is there something you can do here." Tatsuki's eyes were wide, full of fear and pleading for them to run.
Keigo eventually nodded, "Yuzu, let's go" he said. Yuzu had no choice, but followed Keigo as he ran down the street next to them.
Aizen stopped a few feet in front of them and seemed to gaze at them. He took a particular close look at Karin. "I see" he said making them look up and the pressure on them lightened a little bit. "You are the little sister of Ichigo Kurosaki, aren't you?"
Karin looked up at Aizen with wide eyes, "You know my brother" she said.
Aizen smirked, "Of course I know Ichigo Kurosaki. He is quite the interesting young man. Since you are his little sister I shall permit you to live, but only long enough to see."
"See what" Karin said.
Aizen's smirk widened, "To see me tear him to shreds right in front of you." Karin and Tatsuki's eyes widened to impossible sizes. "For you see he has thrown quite a wrench into my plans in the past. And right now he is the only current threat to me at this very moment. Judging by the looks on both of your faces you have no idea of the secret life that young Kurosaki leads."
'This guy knows Ichigo' Tatsuki thought to herself. 'And he says that Ichigo is a threat to him. Just what is going on?'
Karin grit her teeth and forced herself to her feet, "Ichigo will win" she said quietly. Aizen stared at her curiously. In a louder voice she continued, "Ichigo will show up and he will beat you and he will put an end to whatever is going on."
Aizen smirked again, "Interesting" he mused. "There is unwavering conviction in your voice. You are so sure of his showing up and his victory. Perhaps letting you live will let you see that when he shows up your hopes and assurance will be crushed to dust. But the other girl is a whole different matter."
'My body won't move…' Tatsuki thought trying to make her legs to move. Aizen neared her with his sword poised to strike. Karin couldn't move either as she stood paralyzed. Then a blue ball of energy shot forward and ended up smashing directly into Aizen.
"Don Konoji has arrived" shouted out the ridiculous T.V. man. Okay it's time for a time skip. It goes as Tatsuki and Karin managed to escape with Don Konoji from Aizen thanks to Rangiku Matsumoto showing up and giving them time to escape. They met back up with Keigo, Yuzu and a now awake Mizuiro. They didn't have much time to stick around though as Aizen had found them shortly. The only Shinigami in Karakura showed up and helped them get away from Aizen for the moment. Then Gin showed up and said he'd take care of them, but Gin had ended up backstabbing Aizen and pierced him with his Bankai, Kamishininoyari. Gin explained that his Bankai didn't go at the lengths he told Aizen nor as fast as he told Aizen, but that his zanpakuto was a poison type. A piece of the blade was missing and Gin said that his blade turned to dust the instant he releases it for an instant and when he pierced Aizen he left a bit of it inside him. "Kill him, Kamishininoyari" Gin had said and then it obliterated the center of Aizen's chest and Gin no had the Hogyoku. "It's over, it's finally over" Gin said to himself as he gazed at the Hogyoku.
Unfortunately it was not.
There was a massive power output that came from the spot Aizen's body was in followed by a massive scream. It shook the whole town and some unforeseen events happened. Back in the fake Karakura town the remaining pillars suddenly began cracking and soon they disintegrated into dust. The Soul Reapers and Vaizard that were still alive looked on in shock.
"The pillars… are disappearing" Toshiro Hitsugaya, captain of Squad 10, said shocked. He was terribly injured as he clutched the stump that use to be his left arm to try and stem the bleeding. The remains of his left leg were also bleeding pretty badly, but with one arm he had managed to wrap it up to stem the bleeding.
"Is Aizen coming" Shinji Hirako, unofficial leader of the Vaizard and former Squad 5 Captain, asked as he clutched his bleeding shoulder that Aizen had stabbed earlier. "Did Ichigo manage to beat him?" No one had an answer as they too did not know. Then the town had come back to normal and all the ruined area they had been fighting in faded away and was replaced with the normal buildings. It looked almost normal except for all the unconscious bodies of Shinigami lying around.
Meanwhile Tatsuki and the others had just rounded a corner and they saw the Soul Reapers and Vaizard in the area. They rushed forward to see if they had answers. "Hey are you guys okay" Keigo asked as they neared them.
The others looked over towards them and hesitantly put hands on their zanpakuto. Toshiro raised his hand to stop them, "It's okay" he said. "They're friends of Kurosaki and the two smaller ones are his little sisters." The others took their hands off of their zanpakuto, but were still on their guard.
"Just what is going on here" Tatsuki asked as she stared wide eyed at all of the injured people.
"That's really none of your concern" Soifon, Captain of Squad 2 and leader of the Onmitsukido, said. She too was terribly injured and missing her left arm like Toshiro and had a massive gash wound on her back.
"The hell it is" Karin shouted at her. "We already saw some freaky guy with a marble in his chest that seems hell bent on killing my brother and you say it's not our concern. It damn well is our concern."
Toshiro laughed weakly as he heard Karin "Yep you're definitely Ichigo's sister."
"Toshiro" Karin said when she noticed the familiar white haired boy. Her eyes widened when she saw how severe his injuries were. "Your arm and leg… what happened?" she immediately went towards him to see of his could try and help his injuries.
"I got my ass kicked, that's what happened" Toshiro said with a weak smirk. He grunted as he held his stump of an arm tighter.
"Hold still I think I can stem the bleeding" Karin said trying to be strong even though all the blood was making her feel sick.
"Karin, I could help you" Yuzu said walking up to them.
Karin nodded, "Can you try and work on his leg. It looks like it's got some pressure on it, but not enough to stop the bleeding fully. When you're done can you try and help the others?" Yuzu nodded and went to Toshiro's leg to stem the bleeding.
Toshiro looked at Karin as she moved his good arm from the stump and began trying to stem the bleeding. He vaguely registered the others going off to try and help the others. She was completely focused on his wound and not paying attention to the blood staining her clothes. 'She must be a nurse to not freak out' Toshiro found himself thinking. Toshiro hissed in pain when Yuzu finished tying off the bind to his leg to stem his bleeding.
"You're leg has stopped bleeding" Yuzu said "Try not to move or you'll reopen the wound and you've already lost a lot of blood as it is." Yuzu stood up and went over to Shinji to try and help him since his shoulder wound would be serious if she didn't help it in time.
"Hey Toshiro" Karin said as she tried to distract herself from the blood with conversation. "Can you tell me what's going on?"
Toshiro was silent for a few moments as he felt himself becoming light headed, but he shook it off. "We're in a war fighting the Soul Society's main enemy Sosuke Aizen. You've already met him from what you've said earlier." Karin remembered the guys with purple eyes, long brown hair and a marble in the center of his chest. "He plans to destroy the town to create something known as the Oken. By doing so he can go to the dimension of the King of Soul Society assassinate him and become the new king."
Karin was silent as she comprehended all of this, "What does he want with Ichigo?"
"Ichigo Kurosaki is the trump card in this war" Toshiro said. "Aizen's zanpakuto, Kyoka Suigetsu, can hypnotize someone to the ultimate level when he releases it. Only Ichigo has never seen Aizen release it and as such he has the best chance at defeating Aizen. I don't know where Ichigo is now, but hopefully he is finding a way to destroy Aizen once and for all." He hissed again as Karin finished up with his arm and he ended up looking into Karin's eyes. "You've got the same determined look in your eyes as he does." Karin flushed slightly as Toshiro's piercing emerald eyes looked into hers. Toshiro felt his vision blurring slightly and he swayed a bit.
"Toshiro are you okay" Karin asked worried.
"I've lost a lot of blood" Toshiro said tiredly. "I need to recuperate" he mumbled as his eyes closed and he slumped against Karin. Karin held him to he wouldn't fall to the ground and then lowered him gently to the ground and watched him sleep.
Then there was an explosion behind her. Everyone turned to it to see Gin on the ground with a giant slash wound on him, plus a stab wound in his chest and he was missing his right arm. "It was a good try Gin, but not good enough I'm afraid" Aizen said walking through the rubble into everyone's view.
"Aizen" Shinji hissed angrily. "So you even turn on your own subordinate?"
"Turn on him" Aizen repeated curiously. "What an interesting way to put it. It was not I who turned on him, but he turned on me." Everyone awake was wide eyed. "You see I've known that Gin was against me from the very beginning. Long before he joined my squad I knew he would try to take me out. I was just curious to see how he would do it. I was surprised when he figured out Kyoka Suigetsu's only weakness. He would have succeeded in killing me had the Hogyoku not already synchronized into my system." Now everyone was staring at Gin's down body. Who would have thought that Gin was a good guy in the end?
"Gin" Rangiku cried as she appeared in the air with a Shunpo. She landed near him and checked him and found he was not moving one bit. Tears came to her eyes as she began sobbing over his body and tears fell from her eyes onto his face. Aizen watched impassively and raised his sword to finish her off as well.
Then someone else appeared before them on top of some rubble. Aizen turned slightly and gazed impassively. But his eyes gave a tiny glint when he saw who it was. Standing there holding his unconscious father was none other than Ichigo Kurosaki only he looked different. He was taller than he had been; his spiky orange hair had grown to shoulder length and obscured his eyes slightly. His normal tabi socks and sandals were missing leaving him bare footed. His normal Bankai outfit was different as well. The sleeve on the right side was missing and his Zanpakuto was different as well. The hilt was gone now leaving on a glove that covered Ichigo's hand and most of his forearm. The guard was much larger defining the swastika symbol and the chain elongated massively and coiled all up his arm and most of it hung loosely at the end.
Everyone conscious, besides Aizen of course, was gaping in shock; none more so than Ichigo's childhood friends and little sisters. Not only was Ichigo's look so different, but so was his attitude. The way he stood was as though he radiated strength and confidence. Ichigo then set his dad softly on the rubble and stood back up, "Thanks… dad" he said softly. Isshin may have been unconscious, but he had changed as well since he now had a full beard instead of only fuzz. Ichigo turned around to face Aizen once and for all.
"Ichigo… i-it is Ichigo… right" Keigo asked eyes wide to anybody. No one could answer as they were too shocked. "Why is his hair long?" Only you Keigo. We have a guy trying to destroy your town and you ask about someone's hair. "Maybe it's because of the hair, but does he look a bit taller as well?"
Ichigo turned his head slightly and closed his eyes expanding his senses. After a bit he opened his eyes, "Good, everyone's still alive" he said partly relieved. Turning his head again he gazed at his friends and family, "Yuzu… Karin" he said. Both looked at their brother wide eyed. "Tatsuki… Keigo… Mizuiro… Konoji… Shinji." All could only stare back at Ichigo. They couldn't seem to form words in their mouths. "Everyone, just stay where you are and don't move. I will take care of the rest."
"W-what do you mean Ichigo" Yuzu asked regaining her voice. Karin only kept her shocked gaze on the form of her older brother.
'I can't feel anything' she thought. Her gaze switched to Aizen, 'I can feel overwhelming power coming from this guy, but from Ichigo I don't feel anything.'
"Ichigo Kurosaki" Aizen said. Ichigo turned his gaze back to Aizen, but ended up looking past him to see Gin on the ground apparently dead with a tearful, but shocked Rangiku over him. Ichigo only turned back when he heard Aizen's voice a second time. "Are you really… Ichigo Kurosaki?"
"What do you mean" Ichigo asked.
"If you really are Ichigo Kurosaki, then you're a disappointment" Aizen said plainly. "I don't feel an ounce of reiatsu from you." The conscious Shinigami and Vaizard widened their eyes further and tried to sense Ichigo's power, but they couldn't. "Even if you were suppressing your reiatsu there would be no way I couldn't detect it." Aizen continued in a tone of disappointment, "You failed to evolve. You let the final chance I gave you slip away, but no matter as now you will be easier to kill and especially in front of everyone present." Ichigo ignored Aizen and kept his face stoic not showing any emotion at all surprising them since they figured he'd lash out at something like this.
Gin opened his eye slightly and gazed at the new Ichigo, 'Ah' he thought. 'You're eyes have more power in them now. That's good. You are at a level now where I can die and leave the rest to you.' Gin's eyes closed again.
"It's unfortunate Kurosaki" Aizen began.
"Aizen" Ichigo said interrupting him. Aizen narrowed his eyes at Ichigo. He didn't like being interrupted. "Let's do this somewhere else. I don't want to fight here."
"A meaningless suggestion" Aizen said. "Only someone with the power to give me a challenge has the right to say those words." Aizen continued in a softer voice as though talking to a small child. "Do not worry. There will be no need to destroy Karakura town. You will…"
Aizen was cut off when Ichigo's left hand grabbed Aizen's face silencing him and then Ichigo took off into the air and sailed through Karakura and into the outskirts with one jump. When Ichigo decided he was far enough he through Aizen to the ground and landed safely away from him. "Let's do this Aizen. I'll end it all in an instant" Ichigo said.
Aizen stood up while brushing his face slightly, "End it in an instant?" Aizen stared at Ichigo in wonderment before a smirk settled on his face once again. "I understand now, Ichigo Kurosaki" Aizen said. "You didn't lose your reiatsu, you discarded it." Ichigo gave Aizen a blank look, "I don't know how you did it, but you somehow converted all of your spiritual pressure into your body's physical capabilities. Arm strength, leg strength, gripping, throwing and running; in exchange for increasing every one of your physical capabilities, you have discarded your reiatsu. All because you gave up fighting me reiatsu versus reiatsu. But… do despair. I will teach you… that the physical strength you were counting on is incomparable to my own power." The Hogyoku in the center cross in the hole in Aizen's chest glowed and then the wings on Aizen's back expanded greatly and spread out.
"What's that" Ichigo asked seeing the change. Aizen didn't respond and instead he dissipated into particles. Ichigo looked around and sensed Aizen appear behind him. Ichigo turned and parried Aizen's attack, but the resulting backlash from their attack blew up the mountain next to them. This battle could take a while.
Meanwhile there were others observing the battle as well. In the King's dimension Squad Zero, also known as the Royal Guard, were observing the whole entire fight from start to finish. Inside the King's living area, it was a manor about the size of the Kuchiki clan house with the Royal Family symbol on it. The King had learned that there was someone after his and his family's lives to become the new ruler. The King had immediately taken precautions to make sure his wife and three children were safe. He had two sons and a daughter. He had two twin sons and they were the youngest while his daughter was the oldest and heir to the Thrown of Soul Society when he finally stepped down. The king looked a traditional noble. He had on a black robe with silver wind designs on them, tabi socks and sandals. He had long white hair, green eyes and a silver scarf wrapped around his neck. Believe it or not that scarf was worth ten times more than the scarf of the Kuchiki clan was. The King's wife was a woman of middle age, but she still looked beautiful as she had smooth skin with only a few wrinkles, bright blue eyes and long black hair tied into braids and she wore a plain purple robe.
The twin boys both wore blue robes with white moons on the front and back of them. They had long hair like their father, but brown in color. Both boys had their mother's blue eyes and looked to be about the age of 11-12. The daughter was almost the very definition of beauty. She had a lovely figure and her red robe did nothing to hide it. She had her mother's long black hair, but it went straight down her back instead of being in braids. She had her father's green eyes and she looked to be around the age of sixteen.
"Father" one of the twins asked meekly, "How much longer until we can leave?"
The king sighed, "I've told you before Hiroshi. We can't leave until the threat has been dealt with."
"But we've been here for three months now" the other twin whined. "Surely the Soul Society's captains could have taken the threat out by now, right father."
"Satoshi" the mother said sharply making the other boy back down. She continued in a softer voice, "I know that you don't like being cramped up, but it's for your own safety." The queen turned to her daughter, "Haruka, honey, you've been quiet the past few days. Is something on your mind?"
The daughter, Haruka, shook her head, "I'm just bored like Hiroshi and Satoshi. I wish we could at least get a view of the World of the Living to see what is going on." Before anyone could comment further there was a knock.
"Who is it," the King asked.
"Kirio Hikifune, my liege" a feminine voice answered.
"Enter" the king said. The door opened and another beautiful woman entered. Kirio was a woman with beauty comparable to that of Yoruichi. She had long black hair tied up into a high ponytail with two twisted bangs framing her angelic face. She wore the usual shihakusho top and hakama pants. She also had on a long sleeved Haori on over her uniform with no insignia on it. In the royal guard, only the captain had a symbol on the back. She had a normal sized zanpakuto strapped to her waist. "What is the latest report Kirio" the king asked.
"Unfortunately my Liege the Thirteen Court Guard Squad and all of the Captains that were sent to fight the traitor Sosuke Aizen… have failed." The family could have sworn that they felt their hearts stop. Their eyes were wide in fright and shock. The twins began shaking slightly in fright and the mother quickly pulled her two boys close to her.
"I see" the king finally said. "What are our options now?"
"Well the only option we could come up with is…" Kirio was interrupted when her communicator rang. Quickly she flipped it open. "Yes, what is it…" Kirio's eyes got wide. "No way… you better not be joking because if you are I'll kill you… you're not. I understand" Kirio shut off her communicator.
"What is the news Kirio" the king asked.
"We have just gotten a new report" Kirio said. "Sosuke Aizen has fully merged with the device created by Kisuke Urahara known as the Hogyoku and has broken the boundary between Shinigami and Hollow. He has become a transcendent being."
"That's impossible" the king said shocked. 'Only by completing Jinzen does one manage to break the Boundary and even then most of the time it doesn't work. Only one being every two thousand years is able to break the boundary between Shinigami and Hollows.' "Then there is truly no way for us to win" the king said tiredly. The family's eyes quivered a bit.
"That's not entirely true" Kirio said making them look at her. "The report has also said there is another person who has shown up to fight Aizen. So far from what we've heard this boy is beating Aizen without even trying."
"Wait… did you say boy" the King asked. "Bring this fight up on screen, now" the king demanded. Kirio nodded and hastily used a Kido that allowed them to see into the world of the living. She knew when the king spoke in that kind of voice that he meant business. The family gathered around to watch with interest. The two boys sat in their mother's lap while Haruka took the spot next to her father. They turned it on just in time to see a mountain explode. "Just what is going on down there" The king whispered to himself.
Then they saw two combatants jump back. One of them they immediately recognized as the traitor Sosuke Aizen who was trying to kill them all to attain the thrown for himself. The other one they didn't recognize. They boy was very young, with long orange hair wearing a black outfit and had a long sword that seemed combined to the glove and chain on his right hand.
"Freeze that image" the king said. The image froze on Ichigo's form. "What is the information we have on that boy?"
"Nothing yet," Kirio said flipping her communicator cell phone on again. "But we'll have it in a few moments. Research Team this is Kirio Hikifune. I'm sending you a picture of this boy. I want you to look him up and give me all the information you have on him… good… call me back when you got it." She shut it off and turned back to the King, "Shall we continue?" the king nodded and Kirio began again.
(A/N: Okay during this scene Aizen and Ichigo's speech will be LIKE THIS.)
"YOU PARRIED THAT WELL" Aizen complimented. "HOW SHOCKED YOU MUST BE THOUGH. I CAN CHANGE THE FACE OF THE LANDSCAPE WITH JUST A SINGLE SWING OF MY SWORD. TO BE HONEST I DIDN'T THINK THAT MY POWERS HAD INCREASED THIS MUCH." Aizen smirked and stared at a calm Ichigo. "I'M HAPPY ICHIGO KUROSAKI. THANKS TO YOU I CAN NOW TEST THESE POWERS THAT TRANSCEND THAT OF HOLLOWS AND SHINIGAMI TO MY HEARTS CONTENT."
"So he's just testing his powers" Hiroshi asked his mother. She nodded.
Aizen flew at Ichigo and attacked. Ichigo parried the attack and swatted it away, but another part of the landscape exploded spraying rocks everywhere. Then another clash and more exploding rocks. Two more slashes from Aizen that Ichigo blocked with ease and then a larger amount of the landscape exploded. Ichigo blocked a horizontal slash without his facial expression changing on bit and another part of the landscape blew up. Aizen did another slash and knocked Ichigo's sword out of the path. More rocks blew to pieces. Ichigo effortlessly blocked another strike and swatted Aizen's zanpakuto away and more of the land blew to little pieces.
"I'M NOT DONE ICHIGO KUROSAKI" Aizen said and went in for another attack. Ichigo used a Shunpo and disappeared before Aizen's strike could hit him. He appeared on top of another cliff. "DID YOU REALLY THINK I COULDN'T FOLLOW YOUR MOVEMENTS?" Aizen appeared above Ichigo and went for a downwards slash, but Ichigo jumped out of the way and the cliff was blown away by Aizen's blow.
"He has good reflexes" Satoshi noted as he saw Ichigo parry and dodge all of Aizen's strikes.
Ichigo landed on another cliff and expanded his senses. He looked to his left and turned just in time to block another one of Aizen's attack. The image then froze.
"My Liege, we got the information" Kirio said. "And if I must say then this information is a little overwhelming."
"What is it" the King asked.
"The boy's name is Ichigo Kurosaki" Kirio said. "His Zanpakuto Shikai name is Zangetsu while the Bankai is Tensa Zangetsu. He is one of the few Shinigami to have a compression type Bankai instead of an expansion type as that is the reason why his Zanpakuto is as small as it is."
"You mean that is his Bankai" the Queen asked referring to the sword that Ichigo was using. Kirio nodded to the Queen.
"This is where the overwhelming part is" Kirio said. "Although this may be hard to believe I assure you it is the truth. Ichigo Kurosaki is a human and sixteen years old…"
"Human" Hiroshi cried out shocked "There's no way."
"That's impossible" Satoshi agreed with his twin. "There is no way a human can have so much power inside to be able to fight a transcendent being."
"What have I told you two about interrupting" the Queen scolded. Both boys looked sheepish and apologized. "Please continue Kirio" the queen said.
"Thank you your majesty," Kirio said. "Here is probably the most shocking thing. He only became a Shinigami five and a half months ago. In less than six months he has become a Shinigami, learned Shikai and nearly perfected Bankai and has an amazing growth rate. He stormed the Soul Society to save a friend who was wrongly accused and sentenced to execution. He managed to take down a Lieutenant level at full power in the Seireitei. He defeated a Kenpachi Captain without his Bankai and Kenpachi was fighting at full power too. Then he defeated the Twenty-Eighth head of the Kuchiki clan after just obtaining his Bankai."
The King and the family were positively wide eyed at the young man's accomplishments. Haruka looked at the form of Ichigo. 'Wow, what a guy… and he's really cute too' a blush came to her face, but she was thankful that no one noticed. Kirio continued with the clip:
"BY SOME ODD COINCIDENCE, WE SEEM TO HAVE ARRIVED AT A SIMILAR EVOLVED FORM WHERE OUR RIGHT ARMS ARE COMBINED WITH OUR ZANPAKUTO" Aizen said as he and everybody else gazed at Ichigo's right arm seeing the chain coiling around his arm and the blade that seemed attached to his forearm length metal glove. "PERHAPS THIS IS THE TRUE FORM OF THE ZANPAKUTO" Aizen mused. Then he chuckled at Ichigo.
"The true form of the Zanpakuto" Haruka questioned looking at her dad.
"Only one, maybe two Shinigami ever achieve that form; only every few millennia. That's the technique called Jinzen and it allows one to fuse with their Zanpakuto and use it to its fullest capabilities" the King said. "Well that's one thing to add to this boy's accomplishments. Completing Jinzen in less than a year even when it takes the most gifted Shinigami thousands of years to accomplish. This boy is more surprising than I thought." The kids looked at their father in wonder. He had never shown this much excitement over anything before.
Ichigo looked at Aizen for a second as Aizen chuckled, "WHAT'S SO FUNNY?" It was the first time they heard him speak. His voice was soft, calm and had no emotion in it.
"I REALIZED IT DURING OUR CLASH JUST NOW" Aizen said. "AS I SUSPECTED, YOUR EVOLUTION AND MINE ARE ON DIFFERENT LEVELS. IF I SO WISH I CAN SHATTER YOUR ZANPAKUTO WITH A SINGLE SWING." Aizen gave a wide smirk as he swung his blade at Ichigo. Now Ichigo stared impassively and raised his left hand. The blade connected with his hand, but Ichigo caught it in a firm grip and held it in position. The land behind Ichigo completely blew apart from the backlash. Aizen stared in absolute shock at what just transpired.
"H-h-h-he caught it" Satoshi stuttered.
'Catching a zanpakuto is never easy' the King thought. 'Yet this boy caught it effortlessly. He also still looks like he's not even trying.'
"WHY SO SURPRISED" Ichigo asked noticing Aizen's shocked face. "IS IT SO UNBELIEVABLE THAT I CAUGHT YOUR SWORD?"
"WHAT" Aizen said.
"DOES IT SCARE YOU" Ichigo asked in a completely calm voice. "THAT SOMETHING YOU CAN'T SOMPREHEND HAPPENED RIGHT BEFORE YOUR EYES?"
Aizen closed his eyes and took a small breath before opening them and chuckling. Ichigo looked at him curiously, "INTERESTING, ICHIGO KUROSAKI" Aizen said. Aizen yanked his zanpakuto from Ichigo's grip and jumped back to create a longer distance between them. "SOMETHING I CAN'T COMPREHEND YOU SAY? DON'T TALK AS THOUGH YOU'VE WON. IT WAS SIMPLY A CASE OF YOUR PHYSICAL STRENGTH EXCEEDING MINE FOR A MOMENT. MIRACLES LIKE THAT HAPPEN FROM TIME-TO-TIME, BUT I, A HIGHER BEING, AM ABOVE THAT."
"Damn he's conceited" Haruka muttered. Her brothers laughed. Her mother tried to hold in her giggles. Kirio gave a short giggle, while the king had a small smirk on his face.
"IN THAT CASE I WILL SEE TO IT THAT MIRACLES LIKE THAT DON'T HAPPEN AGAIN BY CRUSHING YOU WITH KIDO" Aizen shouted and raised his left hand in the middle with one his pointer finger pointed outwards and a purple aura took over the area. "THE OOZING CREST OF CORRUPTION! THE ARROGANT VESSEL OF MADNESS! DENY THE SEETHING URGE… STUN AND FLICKER… DIRSUPT THE SLEEP! THE CRAWLING QUEEN OF IRON! THE ETERNALLY SELF-DESTRUCTING DOLL OF MUD! UNITE! REPULE! FILL THE EARTH, AND KNOW YOUR OWN POWERLESSNESS! HADO #90: KUROHITSUGI."
Aizen had finished chanting out his spell and the black coffin formed from the ground and began going high up into the sky and began to envelop Ichigo. "NOW THAT I TRANSCEND BOTH HOLLOW AND SHINIGAMI; THIS IS KUROHITSUGI AT FULL POWER. IT UNLEASHES ENOUGH GRAVITY TO WARP TIME AND SPACE. THE LIKES OF YOU COULD NEVER COMPREHEND IT… ICHIGO KUROSAKI."
"Get out of there stupid" Hiroshi yelled at the screen as he saw Ichigo just standing there. The last thing they saw was Ichigo's calm and unwavering eyes before the coffin enveloped him. Then the coffin was complete and it stood proud and tall. Aizen smirked something big as he stared at the massive coffin. Then before everyone's eyes the coffin shattered. The shards of the coffin went flying everywhere in front of Aizen revealing Ichigo with his left arm outstretched as though he just pimp slapped something, which he did. Aizen and the others gaped as the coffin shattered and dispersed revealing Ichigo, who was just standing there as stoic as ever. "YOU DON'T SEEM TO REALIZE IT DO YOU" Ichigo asked. "THE POWER THAT I HAVE IS GREATER THEN THE POWER YOU HAVE. IN OTHER WORDS I'M STRONGER THAN YOU." Ichigo then began walking towards Aizen with his hair obscuring his eyes. "THE FORCE THAT DESTROYED THAT MOUNTAIN BEFORE… WAS NOT YOUR SWORD. IT WAS MINE." Aizen gaped at Ichigo with his eyes wide, finally losing his cool. "HERE I COME… AIZEN." Ichigo sprang forward faster than Aizen could see and slashed Aizen hard across the chest spraying his blood everywhere.
All was silent for a few seconds before Aizen dispersed and reappeared on top of the cliff above Ichigo. Aizen panted and gripped his injured chest grunting softly.
"WHAT AN ODD FEELING" Ichigo mused. "WHEN I BACKED AWAY FROM YOU IN OUR LAST BATTLE YOU ASKED WHY, BUT NOW YOU'RE DOING THE SAME THING. SO LET ME ASK YOU THE SAME QUESTION… WHY DID YOU BACK AWAY JUST NOW?" Ichigo just seemed to stare up at Aizen with his brown eyes piercing his very being… AKA: Mind Fuck to the Max.
"I like this guy" Hiroshi said in awe "I like this guy a lot."
"Me too bro" Satoshi said. "I so want a zanpakuto like his." The king and queen smiled despite their selves at their son's eagerness. Haruka was silent as she gazed at Ichigo and a bigger blush came to her face. Unfortunately this time her brothers noticed. "Hey Hiroshi, look at sis, she's blushing."
To her sister's embarrassment her brother's began making goo goo eyes and making fun of her making her blush in embarrassment and anger. Faster than lightning she struck them both in the head making them freeze. Their lips quivered and their eyes watered before they rolled on the ground giving off fake cries crying to their mom. "Well you two deserved it" was all she said. They stopped fake crying and pouted. Haruka looked over and stuck her tongue out at them.
Aizen glared down at Ichigo, "I SEE" he said. His sword arm was shaking slightly, "YOU'RE PLEASED THAT YOU STOPPED MY SWORD." Aizen's body began shaking as well, "ARE YOU PLEASED THAT YOU OVERCAME MY KIDO?" Aizen's body and eyes were shaking massively and the scar on his chest was bubbling from the regeneration. "ARE YOU PLEASED THAT YOU PUT A SCAR ON MY BODY?" Aizen finally lost it, "DON'T BE SO FULL OF YOURSELF… HUMAN" he shouted. The thing on Aizen's forehead shattered revealing an eye. The eye widened sideways and blood began leaking out of it. Aizen's eyes quivered and he gasped out before his head went slack and his heartbeat increased. The eye on his forehead looked around rapidly and Aizen's heartbeat began beating way too fast. Then Aizen's eyes focused and purple energy exploded from his body and Aizen screamed loudly.
"Oh this can't be good" Satoshi muttered slightly.
Then Aizen's body seemed to explode and he formed into a hole different form and sprayed blood everywhere. Now Aizen's form was a lot more hollow like and so was his appearance as it seemed that his face split exposing a hollow like face and the hole in his chest was definitely like a hollow hole. "I SEE" Aizen said in a newer deeper voice. "THIS IS INUXCUSABLE, ISN'T IT, HOGYOKU? THAT I… LET A MERE HUMAN GET THE BETTER OF ME." A hollow like mouth appeared from Aizen's back and had a purple cero in its mouth. It then fired the cero at Ichigo and it head dead on. The attack was so powerful that it exploded like a nuclear bomb without the radiation.
Back in the town every awake Shinigami and Vaizard was wondering how the battle was going. They had felt the shockwaves from the clash and saw the giant black coffin. Now they were seeing a giant blast blowing up the outskirts of town. The shockwave hit them and nearly knocked them off of their feet. "Ichigo" Karin said softly as she shielded her eyes.
A massive pillar of fire was rising into the air and Aizen was standing on the cliff nearby waiting for it to clear. Soon it parted slightly to show Ichigo, "I SEE" Aizen said. "YOU WERE ABLE TO TAKE MY ATTACK WITH SO LITTLE DAMAGE. BUT, I'M AFRAID, THAT LEFT ARM OF YOURS IS NO LONGER USABLE." Ichigo's left arm was completely burnt up and half of his Shihakusho top was missing.
"Okay that has to hurt" Satoshi said wincing slightly.
Aizen charged forward and grabbed Ichigo by the neck and hurled themselves out of the fire and then the hollow things in Aizen's back formed a circle around Ichigo making him unable to escape. "CAN YOU HEAR ME ICHIGO KUROSAKI" Aizen asked. Ichigo remained still as though unconscious or dead. "INDEED, FOR A MOMENT, YOUR BROKE THE BOUNDARY BETWEEN SHINIGAMI AND HOLLOWS TO BECOME A TRANSCENDENT BEING. BUT THAT POWER IS NO MORE! NOT A TRACE OF IT REMAINS! YOU ARE NOT EVEN WORTH TRYING TO UNDERSTAND ANY MORE. I, A TRUE TRANSCENDENT BEING, WILL KILL YOU. BE KILLING YOU, I CAN COMPLETELY BREAK FREE FROM BOTH INSIGNIFICANT SHINIGAMI AND HOLLOWS ALIKE. IT'S OVER ICHIGO KUROSAKI."
"Oh man he can't lose" Hiroshi exclaimed frantically.
"He won't lose" Haruka said with conviction.
"OVER YOU SAY" Ichigo said. Aizen gaped slightly. Ichigo lifted his head up to gaze Aizen right in the eye. Ichigo's hair covered most of his right eye and all of his left eye making him look like a total badass. Hey don't ask me, it's the hair. "IS THIS ALL YOU'VE GOT?" Swinging his zanpakuto up Ichigo completely broke Aizen's hold and created another shockwave that destroyed more of the landscape. Aizen glared hatefully at Ichigo, but Ichigo ignored it. "LET'S END THIS ALREADY, AIZEN" he said lowering his arm. "I'VE GROWN SICK… OF YOUR… ARGUMENTS." Ichigo raised his sword up again, "I'LL SHOW YOU." He then pointed his zanpakuto at Aizen and put his charred left arm on his right arm. "THIS IS THE FINAL… GETSUGA TENSHOU." Black and blue reiatsu surrounded Ichigo and created a pillar into the air. As this was going on Ichigo had flashbacks of his training with Tensa Zangetsu to learn this.
Ichigo had been fighting Tensa Zangetsu for nearly three months and Ichigo knew he was running out of time. He held his broken sword and parried another attack, but it knocked him back, 'Why is he continuing this? If he was so against it he could just hide instead of fighting me. Why can I only sense sadness flowing through his blade?'
"Give up Ichigo" he shouted and slammed his blade against Ichigo's again. Ichigo was flown back, but it was a standstill as they gazed at each other. Tensa Zangetsu averted his gaze with a sad look on his face. Ichigo's eyes widened slightly, but then Tensa Zangetsu kicked him away. As Ichigo flew through the water he looked to see Tensa Zangetsu flying towards him for another attack. Ichigo closed his eyes, smiled and then opened them. His grip on his sword slackened and he let it float away. Tensa Zangetsu's eyes widened at this, but it was too late to stop and he pierced Ichigo through the chest.
Blood flowed freely through the wound, "You've realized it" he said. "The only way to acquire the Final Getsuga Tenshou is to accept my blade."
"There's no… pain" Ichigo said softly.
"Of course not. I, Tensa Zangetsu, am originally you" he said. "If you truly accept me then there can be no pain when I run you through." A tear leaked down Tensa Zangetsu's face.
"Why… are you crying" Ichigo asked.
"Ichigo" Tensa Zangetsu said. "Do you recall what I said to you at the beginning of our fight?"
"Yeah" Ichigo said and thought back to it.
FLASHBACK WITHIN A FLASHBACK
"Do not misunderstand Ichigo" Tensa Zangetsu said. "What you want to protect is not what I want to protect."
FLASHBACK WITHIN A FLASHBACK END
"What I wanted to protect was you Ichigo" Tensa Zangetsu said.
Ichigo's eyes widened, "What do you mean?"
Tensa Zangetsu let go of the blade and floated away, "The answer will be conveyed to you through this blade… along with the secrets of the technique. Ichigo… if you use this technique… you will…"
The energy surrounding Ichigo faded to show a new Ichigo with waist length black hair, black reiatsu for pants with some king of armor for his torso and mouth and his right arm was glowing black as well. "THE FINAL GETSUGA TENSHO IS… ME… BECOMING GETSUGA ITSELF." Ichigo looked at Aizen with his new red eyes.
"Holy…" was all the twins could say while the others were wide eyed.
"THE FINAL GETSUGA TENSHOU" Ichigo mused softly. "IF I USE THIS TECHNIQUE… I WILL LOSE ALL OF MY SHINIGAMI POWERS. THAT'S WHAT "FINAL" MEANS."
'He's preparing to give up all of his power to protect those he cares about' the King thought. Then he smiled slightly while thinking to himself 'He will do just fine.'
'I still can't sense his power' Aizen thought. 'I've evolved far beyond that of a regular Shinigami and hollow. Just as two-dimensional beings cannot interact with three-dimensional beings; no Shinigami or human could detect my power unless I deliberately brought it down to their level of awareness.' Aizen's eyes widened, 'Could it… possible be… that he has evolved into a fourth-dimensional being.' Aizen grit his teeth in anger, "ABSURD… THAT CAN'T BE" he shouted. "A MERE HUMAN CANNOT SURPASS ME. IT JUST CAN'T BE."
Ichigo merely raised his hand and a black lance formed in his fist. He raised it high into the air and looked Aizen directly in the eye, "MUGETSU" he said and brought his arm down.
Tensa Zangetsu's voice filled his mind again, "If you use this technique, you will lose all of your Shinigami powers. Goodbye, Ichigo." The biggest wave of black reiatsu was then released into the air. It took up the whole entire area. The family watched as it struck Aizen in the middle and he disintegrated. The black reiatsu then cleared showing a perfect straight line going through the landscape. It was over fifty feet wide and extended about 300 feet. Ichigo landed on the ground with a forlorn look on his face. His armor dissipated around him. Ichigo looked over to see the remains of Aizen. He was split directly in half, but then he started putting himself back together.
"HE'S STILL ALE TO REGENERATE" Ichigo said shocked. He used a Shunpo to appear before Aizen. Aizen was grunting and growling loudly as he stood up. Ichigo was losing more power as he reverted back to normal, but his orange hair was still long. Ichigo fell to his knees, 'No… my Shinigami powers are… disappearing.'
"No, he was so close" the two twins groaned out.
"ICHIGO KUROSAKI" Aizen said "YOU LOSE." Aizen held up his zanpakuto, "LOOK AT THIS. MY ZANPAKUTO IS DISAPPEARING." It's true as Kyoka Suigetsu was disappearing into nothing. "DO YOU KNOW WHAT THIS MEANS? THE HOGYOKU HAS DECIDED THAT I HAVE NO NEED FOR A ZANPAKUTO. LIKE YOU I HAVE BECOME ONE WITH MY ZANPAKUTO, BUT IT APPEARS YOU NO LONGER HAVE THAT POWER" Aizen said ranting and raving like a lunatic. "NOW I SHALL REACH A LEVEL FAR BEYOND THAT OF YOUR'S. IT'S OVER ICHIGO KUROSAKI." Then red blasts burst through Aizen's chest to everyone's shock. "WHAT'S THIS… KIDO… BUT WHEN WAS I HIT?"
"SO IT'S FINALLY TAKEN EFFECT" a lazy voice said. A man in a green battle robe top, green pant, clog sandals, and blond hair appeared. "KISUKE URAHARA" Aizen growled.
"MR. URAHARA" Ichigo said surprised.
"I FIGURED THAT ONCE YOU FUSED WITH THE HOGYOKU THEN IT WOULD BE NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE TO KILL YOU SO I DESIGNED A NEW KIDO TO SEAL YOU AWAY" Kisuke said. "IT'S ONLY THANKS TO ICHIGO HERE THAT IT WAS ABLE TO TAKE EFFECT. HE FOUGHT HIS HARDEST TO WEAKEN YOU AND NOW THAT YOUR POWERS HAVE BEEN SEVERELY CRIPPLED THE SEAL WAS ABLE TO TAKE EFFECT."
"IS THAT SO?" Aizen said. "I HATE TO DISSAPOINT YOU, BUT I AM ABOUT TO EVOLVE EVEN FURTHER THEN BEFORE. YOU CAN'T SEAL ME OFF WITH THIS KIND OF KIDO." Then Aizen's right arm lost the white cloth surrounding it and his zanpakuto fully dissolved. "WHAT" he said shocked as the Kido began to envelop him. He looked at his body as the Kido spikes in his chest burst from his back. Aizen stared in shock.
"IT'S THE HOGYOKU'S WILL" Kisuke said getting Aizen's attention. "IT IS SAYING THAT IT DOES NOT RECOGNIZE YOU AS ITS MASTER."
"THAT'S ABSURD… THERE'S NO WAY… THAT CAN'T BE" Aizen muttered in denial unable to accept it. Now the Kido began fully enveloping his body. "KISUKE URAHARA, ICHIGO KUROSAKI, I DESPISE YOU BOTH. WITH BOTH OF YOUR GREAT POWER AND INTELLECT WHY WON'T THE TWO OF YOU TAKE ACTION? WHY DO YOU SUBJUGATE YOURSELVES TO THAT THING?"
"THING, YOU MEAN THE SOUL KING" Kisuke asked. "I UNDERSTAND NOW. YOU SAW IT DIDN'T YOU? WITHOUT THE EXISTANCE OF THE SOUL KING THE SOUL SOCIETY WOULD BE TORN ASSUNDER. THE SOUL KING IS THE LYNCH PIECE; WITHOUT IT THE BALANCE WOULD CRUMBLE AWAY. THAT'S THE WAY THE WORLD IS."
Ichigo was silent for a few seconds, "WHY MAKE THE WORLD THE WAY YOU WANT IT TO BE?" Kisuke and Aizen turned to him. "IF YOU MAKE THE WORLD ALL FOR YOURSELF, THEN YOU HAVE NO ONE TO SHARE IT WITH. NO ONE TO LOVE AND NO ONE TO CALL FRIEND OR FAMILY. IT'S TOO MUCH OF A SOLITARY LIFE AND IT DOESN'T SEEM WORTH IT."
Aizen glared at both of them, "THOSE ARE THE ARGUMENTS A LOSER WOULD MAKE. A VICTOR SHOULD ALWAYS THINK ABOUT HOW THE WORLD SHOULD BE RATHER THEN HOW THE WORLD IS." Aizen tried breaking through the Kido to try and get to them, "I…" the Kido finally enveloped Aizen and he was fully sealed away for good.
The sun began shining through the dark clouds that have been over Karakura for a while. Everyone back in town could somehow sense that the battle was over. In Hueco Mundo Uryuu and Orihime smiled at each other and looked to the sky. In another section of Hueco Mundo Chad, Renji and Rukia were looking up at the sky, "It's over isn't it Ichigo" Rukia said softly.
Ichigo stared silently at the seal that was holding Aizen and stood up slowly and stood next to Urahara and both of them stared at the seal with blank expressions on their faces. That was it; it was over. The Winter War was finally over.
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