Don't own Bleach.

'Are for thoughts'

"Are for talking"

"Bold is for hollow and Zangetsu talking"

"Bold italic is for hollowfied Ichigo talking"

Chapter 9:

The occupants of the underground training facility were shocked that Lisa was defeated so quickly. Their collective glaze turned to the young soul reaper that was still being healed. How could a boy his age be as powerful as Lisa said. That could not be possible.

Just then the orange shield fell and Ichigo slowly sat up. His eyes were still closed. He now stood and said one word, "Zangetsu." His Zanpakuto slide across the ground then shot up into his hand. He walked towards a scar in the earth, still not opening his eyes.

"Ichigo?" Yoruichi's voice was soft and full of emotion. He stopped walking but did not look at her.

"Ichigo." she whispered as she got closer to him and hugged him from behind. "Ichigo what's wrong?"

"Yoruichi I'm so glad you're alright. I was worried about you." he took a step forward but she pulled him back.

"Where are you going?"

"I need to get into my body."


He did not answer as he stepped forward again but Yoruichi was having none of that. She stood in front of him, effectively blocking his way.

"Ichigo, look at me."

"I can't."

"Ichigo if you love me, you will open your eyes." Yoruichi demanded. She was scared when he didn't open his eyes right away. She took a step back as she feared that he didn't love her. Then he slowly opened his eyes.

"Oh Ichigo." she sighed as she hugged him closely to her. A second later he hugged her tightly.

"I can't stop it. I can't stop him." he stated in a depressed voice.

"Ichigo." Yoruichi said so softly and lovingly as she pulled back and stared into his eyes. The whites of his eyes looked like someone had dropped black ink into a glass of water. The blackness was swirling around and clouding his beautiful eyes. She reached up and cupped his cheek. He lent into her touch. He sighed at the display of affection. She leaned forward and captured his lips in a soft gentle kiss. The love and passion was still there but not as firey and hot. The Visord women sighed at the two love birds as the guys had a little envy.

The kiss ended and the couple broke apart.

"I can help you with this, Ichigo." his girlfriend told him.

"How?" hope shining in his eyes.

"Them." she pointed at the Visord.

"How?" he asked again.

"Because we are like you." a blond man with straight cut hair spoke, "We are called the Visord. A group of soul reapers that were forced to cross the line between whole and hollow."

Ichigo stared at the group of people before him. They were all 'different' as some people would say. Ichigo thought this must be what he and his friends must look like when they walk down the street.

"Prove that you are."

"Certainly." the blond man said. He put his hand out in front of him and slowly a hollow mask appeared in his hand.

"And?" Ichigo said not looking impressed.

"What do you mean 'And?'!" he yelled.

Ichigo raised his hand and half a mask formed. To say the Visord were shocked was an understatement.

"How did he?"

"It took us forever to do that!"

"Who is this kid?"

"I'm Ichigo Kurosaki. Substitute soul reaper." he stated towards the crowd.

"He's not even a captain! What the fuck!" the guy with the Afro yelled.

"Holy shit I bet you gave the soul society a right good scare." said another guy with a combat knife.

"Yeah you should have seen him." Yoruichi stated as she wrapped an arm around Ichigo, "He beat Zaraki without Bankai." the visords jaws' dropped, "Then he learned Bankai in three days and after that beat the crap out of Byakuya. Then without recovering charged Aizen."

The visords mouths were open and their shocked expressions turned into smug smiles.

"Oh we are definitely going to get along." A short blond girl with a fang tooth smiled. The rest agreed with her as they shook Ichigo's hand and introduced themselves. After a round of handshakes and pats on the back they all returned to the tea room. Sitting down around the table with Yoruichi by his side Ichigo was filled in on who the Visord really were. After about a hour Ichigo was impressed and pissed off.

"So let me get this straight." Ichigo said with a slight frown. "You all were soul reapers in the soul society." they nodded. "And you were captains, lieutenants and third seats." another nod. "But Aizen betrayed all of you when he found out what the Hōgyoku could do. He changed all of you so that the hollow part in you would awaken. He used all of you as experiments so he would know what to do when he tries to gain hollow powers. So after using you all he then made it like you all were going rogue and planned to attack the soul society as well as proving that you broke a law that states you cannot have hollow powers." taking a breath he continued, "Now after all that shit happened you were all sentenced to death without being able to explain yourselves. That's fucked up and one reason why I hate central 46. They don't care as long as they look good. I'm glad those assholes are dead."

"What do you mean dead?" Shinji asked.

"I'll tell you in a minute." Ichigo sighed, "I just want to understand everything that happened to you guys first." Shinji nodded and waved for him to continue. "Now you all escaped with the help of Urahara and Yoruichi. Then Central 46 made it so you were exiles and could never be allowed into the soul society again expect Yoruichi cause she's a head of one of the four noble families. Finally since you've been here in the world of the living you learned to master your hollow powers before they consumed you." Ichigo let out a puff of air. "That's everything right?"

"That's basically it yeah." Shinji answered. "Now what's with Central 46?"

So then Yoruichi and Ichigo launched into the whole invasion of the soul society. They left out a few bits about what they did themselves and then ended with them becoming a couple.

"Ahh!" Mashiro sighed, "That's so romantic how you too love each other."

Kensei burst out laughing, "If you call embarrassing the crap out of a lieutenant for payback as romantic then I have got to find a girl like Yoruichi." The female visords all glared at him.

"Hey hands off pal!" Ichigo joked as he pulled Yoruichi onto his lap, "She's mine."

"Oh I'm yours now, am I?" Yoruichi narrowed her eyes at him. Everyone else tried not to laugh at Ichigo.

"I-I... no of course not!"

"So I'm not yours?" Yoruichi frowned and looked away from him.

Ichigo face-palmed before he answered. "Your mine Yoruichi." she turned and glared at him but he wasn't finished, "Your mine just like I'm yours."

Yoruichi smiled brightly as she leaned forward and kissed her Ichigo. Another "Ahhh! So cute and romantic!" came from Mashiro but she was joined by her fellow female Visords. While the guys rolled their eyes and Urahara had a pang of jealousy.

"Now Ichigo we were wondering if you would like us to teach you how to control your hollow and gain hollow abilities and power?"

"That would help out so much, thanks. My zanpakuto told me if I dominated my hollow then he would shut the fuck up and do what I wanted."

"What da ya mean shut up?" Love asked.

"Like he just keeps talking and talking. He won't shut up and then when he does he usually does something like attack me."

"He talks? Really?" Shinji asked.

"Yes he does." Lisa answered. "He's a bit sadistic, isn't he?"

"Oh you don't know the half of it. He's a narcissist and loves to kill. He enjoys causing pain." Ichigo darkened a bit. "I'm really sorry about earlier Lisa. I should have controlled him better."

"It's ok Ichigo. I know it wasn't you." Lisa accepted the apology. "I'm just amazed at his strength."

"Yeah I'm glad he didn't use all of it on you." Ichigo said casually.

Lisa blanched, "What do you mean 'all of it'?"

"I was holding him back most of the time. If I hadn't fought him then I would hate to see what would have happened to you."

Ichigo's last statement met silence. Everyone was in deep thought.

"How much power would you say your hollow has?" Kisuke asked curiously.

"He's about the same as me." Ichigo shrugged.

"You think you can beat me?" Lisa asked.

Yoruichi smirked at this. "I think he can."

"Oh really. Let's make a bet then. Lisa and Ichigo fight tomorrow." Urahara announced.

"You bet!" Lisa smirked at Ichigo as Yoruichi cuddled into his embrace.

"You better not get beat by a girl." Yoruichi teased.

"I'm not going to be beaten by anybody." Ichigo smirked back.

The rest of the day was spent on what Ichigo's training would consist of. He found out that most of his training would be, first: to dominate his hollow to the point where it no longer existed. Second: to be able to hold the hollow's power in a controlled state for long periods of time, i.e. Wear the hollow mask. Third: to be able to use special hollow abilities for example the Bala and cero.

They all ate dinner together as the sun started to set in the distance and Ichigo remembered why he had originally came over to see Yoruichi.

"Urahara where's my body?" Ichigo asked.

"Down stairs still. Why?" he asked while peering over his fan.

"Come help me get it." Ichigo said as he stood up.

"Do I have to?" whined Kisuke, "You can manage on your own."

"Just come here." Ichigo grabbed Urahara's collar and jumped down the hole.

"Jeeze, Ichigo." Kisuke dusted himself off, "If you wanted to talk to me all you had to do was ask."

"Fine, next time I'll ask." Ichigo huffed as he climbed into his body. "Urahara."

The bucket hat man looked up when he heard the seriousness in Ichigo's voice, "Yes."

"Does Yoruichi have a gigai?"

"Um let me think..."


Kisuke blinked as he looked at Ichigo. "I think that's the first time you've used my first name."

"Yes it is, now please answer the question."

"Yes, she has a gigai. Why?"

"I'll tell you later!" Ichigo called as he climbed the ladder back up to the shop.

"Yoruichi!" Ichigo called as he neared the top of the ladder. She poked her head over the hole as Ichigo neared the top.

"Yes, Ichigo?" she called down to him. He just got to her and kissed her as he climbed out of the hole.

"Wow what has you excited?" she asked as soon as the kiss ended.

"Go get your gigai and I'll tell you on the way."

"My gigai? What gigai?" the tanned goddess asked in confusion.

"Urahara said you have a gigai."

"No I don't."

"Urahara!" Ichigo yelled as said person appeared out of the trap door.

"You called?"

"You said Yoruichi had a gigai."

"Yes I did."

"Well how come she says she doesn't have one?"

"That's simple. As soon as I learned you two were dating I made her a gigai so you could show her off to your friends." he smiled evilly.

"You did?" Yoruichi asked with a smile as Ichigo looked ready to beat the shop owner to a pulp.

"Yep it's in your room waiting for you." Kisuke smiled while putting his fan in front of his face.

Yoruichi raised an eyebrow but quickly left the room and returned a few seconds later. Ichigo's jaw dropped. She came in wearing a black skirt that showed off her slender legs and made her hips flare out. She had a long sleeved white shirt. On top of that she had on a small black jacket that stopped just under her breasts with short sleeves. Her jacket was unzipped so Ichigo saw the large red number fifteen in the center of her white shirt. On her head was a hat the was half baseball cap/toque (sorry don't know what the hell you call it. It's a hat with a soft woolly part that sits on your head with the bill of a baseball cap.)

"Wow!" Ichigo finally said as he picked up his jaw. "You look great."

"Thank you, Ichigo." Yoruichi smiled, "You look good yourself."

Ichigo smiled back as he looked down at himself. He was wearing a pair of black jeans with a silver chain hanging out of his pocket. A thin black jacket with a red strip running down the sleeves and across the shoulders. He wore his favourite red shirt with a white fifteen in the center.

"Ahh! You two are matching!" Mashiro purred as she stared at the couple, who were blushing.

"That was unintentional." Yoruichi and Ichigo burst out together which caused everyone to laugh at the couple. Both continued to blush until Yoruichi asked a question she was dying to know the answer to.

"Kisuke?" he looked up at her and nodded, "How did you get my measurements?"

"W-what d-do you mean?" Urahara stuttered as all colour in his face disappeared.

"I mean this gigai is the exact measurements of my body." Yoruichi's predator nature came through as her eyes flashed her anger.

"I-I-I h-have no i-idea-"was all Kisuke got out before Yoruichi's fist hit his eye and then her foot connected with his jewels and sent him through the wall. All the males covered their own jewels as they feared to be the next target.

"Well Ichigo," Yoruichi smiled and grabbed his hand, "Let's go!"

"Er- yeah let's go." the couple left the shop and a nut crushed shop keeper behind them.

~Karakura Town Outskirts, Karakura Hills.~

"Ichigo where are we going?" Yoruichi asked as they continued to walk.

"You'll see in a second."

They had left Urahara's Shop then quickly Ichigo had run into his house to grab his backpack then they had walked straight out of Karakura town. They had climbed into the hills and were now walking through a forest.

"Did you just want to find a secluded spot?" she smirked.

"Sort of." he answered uncertainly.

"Oh Ichigo, are you going to take advantage of me in the forest. Away from everyone." Yoruichi teased.

"I-I-I-I-" Ichigo was blushing and unable to form a sentence.

"No one will hear my screams all the way out here." She continued with a sexy purr.

'Two can play this game!' he thought. Ichigo summoned his courage and smirked at her. Yoruichi raised an eyebrow at him.

"Those screams will be of extreme pleasure." he said in a deep lust filled voice.

Yoruichi's eyes widened and her face turned a cherry red. Ichigo just laughed and put his arm around her waist.

"Wow a speechless Yoruichi." he chuckled, "Have to mark this down on my calendar."

Yoruichi snuggled into his side, "I'll get you back, Ichigo."

Ichigo felt himself shutter and heard a giggle from his tanned goddess.

They walked up a small dirt path in comfortable silence. Soon the trees started to thin a bit and they emerged on a grassy cliff. Yoruichi looked around and her breath was taken away. Below them was Karakura river which she followed until it snaked into the town. The city's lights were twinkling as the natural light faded. Glazing across the horizon she met a beautiful sunset as it hid behind the distant hills in the west, painting the sky in a soft pink.

"Beautiful." she whispered.

"Yes you are." came Ichigo's voice from behind her. She turned around, madly blushing, to see that Ichigo had laid out a blanket to sit on as he pulled out a bottle of wine and two glasses. She smiled as she sat down next to him. "Thank you, Ichigo." He just smiled as he poured her a glass.

"How did you find this place?" she asked.

He took a small sip before answering, "Whenever," he wavered his hand around, "whenever life, I guess, gets too much I used to go for a long walk to clear my head." he took another sip, "One day I had had enough and ended up running away from home. I just ran and ran until I finally collapsed." he stared off into the distance. Yoruichi was hanging onto his every word at this point. She wanted to get to know Ichigo better and this was one of her opportunities.

"Well," Ichigo continued, "I had passed out and woke up at around this time. The sun was setting and I had no idea where I was. I was scared and all alone."

"How old were you?"

"Maybe ten." he smiled as he remembered. Yoruichi's heart melted at his smile when he turned to look at her. 'The SWA would feint if they saw him like this.' she smiled to herself.

"I was wandering around in the forest back there." he vaguely pointed to where they had been walking, "I started to panic and broke out into a run. I wasn't looking where I was going and almost ran off this cliff. Well when I got here I had the same reaction as you." he smiled more at her, "Beautiful." he leaned forward and kissed her lightly on the lips. He backed away before she could really return it. "I continue to come here whenever I just need a break from the rest of the world. Just me and this." he waved his hand out in front of them. The beautiful view was just that. Beautiful.

"You always came by yourself?" Yoruichi asked.

"Until now." he smiled as a bit of a blush appeared on his cheeks. He reached out and grabbed her hand. "I know we really haven't been together for very long but I-" he took a deep breath, "I've never felt this way about anybody before." he stared deep into her eyes as he spoke, "I guess what I'm trying to say is that-" Yoruichi's heart hammered in her chest as she waited anxiously, "-is that I lo-"


They both jumped a bit as the sky lit up in colours as the fireworks started. They both turned and watched the beautiful display in the night sky. Their wine was forgotten as they held each other tightly as they stared at the sky. The many colours flashed and splashed before the stars as every face in the city below stared up in wonder and joy. The loud bangs and pops that accompanied the colours were like an orchestra. The sounds and colours grew and grew as the climax was closing in. Then the rapid bangs and flashes stopped as one final blast of white filled the sky and silence fell.

Ichigo sat still as he held his beautiful goddess in his arms. The fireworks had interrupted them but Yoruichi would make him finish.

"You were telling me something before, Ichigo." she broke the silence.

He pulled her into his lap and stared lovingly into her eyes. "Yoruichi," she held her breath, "I love you." Tears had flooded her eyes and slipped down her cheeks. Never in eternity would she think those three little words would impact her so much.

"Yoruichi?" Ichigo asked with a little fear, "Did I do something wro-" he never finished as her lips crashed onto his in a needy and loving way. Their lips smashed together and their tongues slipped into each other's mouths as their passion for one another burst forth. The heat and lust could be felt but was drowned out by the mutual love for each other. Finally the need for oxygen forced them apart.

They were both panting as they stared in their lover's eyes. Tears still fell from Yoruichi's eyes. Ichigo quickly and gently wiped them away. His concern was shining through and he opened his mouth to voice his worries but a single finger stopped him.

"Shh, Ichigo." Yoruichi whispered, "I'm crying cause I'm happy." she smiled which Ichigo returned.

"I've never," she started, "had someone say they love me nor have I ever been in love with someone." Ichigo flinched a little as sadness filled his brown eyes, "But that is before I met you." she smiled lovingly at him. "I love you, Ichigo Kurosaki, with all my heart."

This time Ichigo was the one that crashed his lips against her lips. They continued to kiss until their lips were sore and swollen. Then they laid on the blanket together as Ichigo through another blanket over them. Yoruichi was using Ichigo's chest as a pillow as they held each other close and started to drift asleep.

"Ichigo "


"Can this be our special spot?"

"I thought it already was." he smiled down at her.

Yoruichi shifted a bit to kiss him on the lips then settled back onto his chest.

"I love you, Strawberry."

"I love you too, my Night Goddess."

~The next day~

Yoruichi woke to the sound of birds chirping and the warmth of the sun on her face. She was completely fine with that but what really had her concerned was when her pillow moved. Her eyes flashed open an she froze. Trying not to move too much she looked up to see orange hair and for once a peaceful look on her strawberry's face. She cuddled more into him and rested her head back on his chest. She could not remember the last time she had fallen asleep in a man's arms, probably her father was the first and last. Yoruichi did not trust a man to just hold her and do nothing else but Ichigo. Ichigo was different. He was someone who respected her and her privacy, even though she always let him see her in all her glory.

She moved closer to him and she had the urge to be touching him. She was on his right side so she slid her right leg and arm around his body and pulled more of herself on top of him. Her head was just under his chin and her breasts were squished against his chest. Their stomachs were rubbing against one another and she felt his morning sword press against her. This brought a blush to her face as their legs now became intertwined. She held him tightly and then she stiffened as his arms wrapped around her. A sigh escaped both of their lips.

Yoruichi relaxed in her new position and with Ichigo's arms around her. She felt as if the world was millions of miles away as she focused solely on the comfort that her strawberry gave her. Yoruichi knew that nothing could ever harm her with Ichigo at her side. She sighed again. She felt safe in his arms and drifted off to sleep once again.

Ichigo woke up to a feeling of weight on his chest. He opened his eyes and looked down to see his Night Goddess asleep on top of him. He ran his hands slowly up and down her back, stopping just above her bum. It was a smoothing jester that he had done to his sister when they were upset or grumpy. Regardless it was relaxing and Yoruichi started to purr. She woke up with a smile and kissed him on the lips. "Good morning, Strawberry."

"Good morning, Night Goddess." Ichigo replied as he kissed her on the lips. Yoruichi sighed and sat up, straddling his waist. He stared up at her as the light shone through her hair and made her glow. 'How was I this lucky?' he asked himself. "Just be thankful that she is with you, Ichigo." Zangetsu answered him. "And remember to hold onto her. I like the sunny sky in here and have no wish for the rain to return."

"What is it?" Yoruichi asked as she noticed him staring at her.

"Nothing." he smiled.

"Ok. Well you have a busy day today."

"I do?"

"Yep." she said, popping the p. "You're fight Lisa today, remember?"

"Arrggh!" he groaned as he rolled over and toppled Yoruichi. "Do I have to?"

"Hey! I bet Kisuke that you would win. Don't make me lose."

"Fine let's head over there then." he picked her up bridal style and headed to Urahara's store.

Once they arrived he put Yoruichi down and she instantly felt the loss of his embrace. She wanted him to hold her still. Reaching out she grabbed his hand and smiled at him. He squeezed her hand back and they entered the store. Tessai had just made breakfast and quickly filled two plates for them.

"So Ichigo," Urahara said with his fan in front of his face, trying to hide the black eye Yoruichi gave him. "Are you ready to take on, Lisa?"

"Of course."

"Well just a friendly tip, don't get too close to her." he smiled at Ichigo.

"Ok, thanks." Ichigo said a little wary of his mentor.

"Well then. Good luck!" Kisuke cheered bubbly as he snapped his fingers and Ichigo fell through a hole, straight down to the training grounds. He landed in a heap and heard the laughing of the Visords and Urahara. 'I'm going to give that smug bastard another black eye.' Ichigo thought to himself.

Standing up and dusting himself off Ichigo approached Lisa.

"Are you ready, Strawberry?" Lisa smirked.

A tick mark appeared on his head. No one calls him a strawberry except Yoruichi. "Sure thing, pervert."

Everyone laughed at that as Lisa's face went red. "How did you-"

"Know that you read porn?" Ichigo finished for her. She nodded as she fumed.

"You where reading it the other day when you all told me all about what happened to you."

Lisa just pulled out her zanpakuto and charged him.

Ichigo expected the attack and easily deflected it to the side. He countered by slashing at her sword arm. Lisa flash stepped away at the last second and looked to where Ichigo was... or was supposed to be. Her eyes darted around in search of him. It was not until she felt the cold steel on her neck that she then knew where he was.

"Give up?" Ichigo asked politely.

"Not a chance!" she spun around batting the cleaver like sword away from her. She flash stepped behind him and slashed downward towards his unprotected back. The blade was inches away from hitting his spin when his hand shot out and grabbed the zanpakuto. Lisa was shocked that he grabbed the blade without bleeding. The shock was replaced by a weightless feeling as Lisa realised that Ichigo had lifted her off the ground and through her over his shoulder.

Lisa looked at her intended landing spot to see Ichigo standing there with his blade extended and pointed right at her. If she didn't move she would be speared. Quickly flash stepping to his side she attacked his ribs. Again Ichigo smacked the sword away and countered. Lisa flipped backwards and kicked him on the chin at the same time.

She smirked to herself as Ichigo rubbed his chin and glared at her.

"So that's how you want to play it?" Ichigo more so stated than asked.

She just smirked more at him.

"Fine, then." he said and Lisa went flying to her right and crashed into a rock pillar. She held her ribs as she knew a few where cracked. 'What the hell happened?' she wondered as she glanced over to her friends and they were staring in shock at Ichigo.

"D-did... Did he just leave an after image?" Shinji asked as he stared at the young Strawberry.

"I believe he did." answered Urahara, "Yoruichi did you teach him that?"

"No." said the stunned and equally proud Goddess.

"Interesting." Urahara commented, "Ichigo seems to be full of surprises."

The rest just nodded in agreement as Lisa crawled out of the rubble.

"You little bastard! You're going to pay for that!" Lisa roared as she waved her hand over her face and a hollow mask appeared. The diamond-shaped mask materialised across her face with a cross-shaped opening instead of eye and mouth openings. Her mask reminded Ichigo of a bishop on a chess board.

Ichigo could feel the spiritual pressure increase greatly around her yet he knew she wasn't as powerful as Zaraki or Byakuya Kuchiki in his Bankai release. He knew he could deal with it.

She lunged at him, moving faster than she had previously. He smacked the blade again and stabbed at her open stomach. She flashed behind him and slashed his back open.

"Impossible..." Lisa whispered. Ichigo raised an eyebrow at her. His clothes had been cut through yet there was no blood. Hell there wasn't even a scratch on him. The others watching had there jaws drop as they noticed blood dripping from Lisa's hand.

"Having trouble?" Ichigo asked as he stood mostly relaxed.

"Damn you." Lisa said as she charged him again. If her anger hadn't blinded her she would have noticed Ichigo's eyes change.

In a flash Lisa was sent flying with a powerful backhand to her face. Everyone was rather shocked that Ichigo would do that until they heard the cold, sadistic laughing.

"Thanks girlie!" he laughed. "Without you putting on that mask I wouldn't have gotten control again! As a reward your death will be quick yet very painful." the hollow laughed crazily as he raised Zangetsu over its head. "Getsu-."

The hollow's body jerked and he dropped the zanpakuto. "What the hell!" the half masked hollow roared.

The visords, Yoruichi and Urahara closed in on him. They encircled the hollow with the intent of ripping the mask off but before they could a black smoke like vapour bled out of Ichigo's zanpakuto.

A middle aged man appeared as the vapour took shape. He had a long black cloak on that blew in a nonexistent wind. The same could be said for his long brown hair. The only other thing about him was that he was wearing translucent sunglasses.

"What are 'you' doing here!" the hollow roared at the man.

"Ichigo sent me." he answered the man in a deep voice.

"For what?!"

"So you two can have a little chat." He stated as he bent to pick the dropped blade.

"You're breaking the rules, Zangetsu!"

"No. I'm simply obeying my partner and wielder." He spoke as he impaled the hollow and Ichigo. The blade shot through the chest and stayed lodged in.

"Bastard." the hollow hissed as its eyes closed yet it remained standing.

"Zangetsu?" Yoruichi asked hesitantly.

"Yoruichi Shihoin?"

"You know me?"

"Of course. You are what stops the rain." he stated as if it was common knowledge.

Yoruichi was baffled by that statement yet pushed it aside, "What's going on?"

"Due to the Visord releasing her mask her spiritual pressure changed to that of a hollow. As my counterpart stated earlier, that pressure was enough for the hollow to gain control again. When he did he thrust Ichigo into his inner world and Ichigo came to me for a way to stop him. Which I just did."

"What is Ichigo doing?" asked Yoruichi worriedly.

"He is fighting his hollow for dominance. The winner will gain the other's power and hopefully the hollow's personality will be purified as well."

"Amazing." Urahara exclaimed as he examined Zangetsu. "How does Ichigo hold so much power to manifest his zanpakuto without even trying. And then to fight his hollow. Ichigo must be at his limit."

"Limit?" Zangetsu asked with a raised eyebrow.

"Yes. His limit." Urahara said. "The point where he cannot go any higher or gain more power."

Zangetsu smirked, which was extremely rare for him to do, "Limit. Ha! Ichigo and I do not have a limit. We can only continued to grow."

Urahara's eyes went wide like everyone else.

"That's not possible." Urahara said. "It's impossible to have no limit."

"Ichigo can and will make the impossible, possible." Zangetsu smirked again, "Or I would not have let him gain Bankai."

They all turned to stare at Ichigo's body as he stood rooted to the spot with a sword run right through him.

"Please win, Ichigo." Yoruichi whispered.

~Ichigo's Inner World~

Ichigo and his Hollow had their blades locked, sparks flew as the identical zanpakuto ground against one another.

"Why can't you be the horse!"

"I will never be the horse!" Ichigo vowed, "And by the time I'm done with you, you won't even be a fly on the horse!"

The Hollow's face twisted in rage as it brought it's free hand up and touched the blade, "Getsuga Tensho!"

Ichigo got blasted backwards and crashed into a building. His hollow laughed as a cloud of dust blocked Ichigo. The laughing came to a halt as spiritual pressure crashed down onto the hollow. Out of the dust Ichigo dashed forward and stabbed the hollow through the shoulder, just missing it's heart.

The hollow grimaced as it peered down towards Tensa Zangetsu sticking out of him.

"Damn you!" His hollow screamed before summoning a red ball at the end of his finger. "Cero!"

Ichigo flash stepped to the right, leaving his Bankai blade in his hollow. The cero raced past him and his hollow slashed his own zanpakuto at Ichigo. A clean cut sliced up his chest. Blood sprayed out of him. Ichigo didn't notice that his hollow activated Bankai until it was too late.

As Ichigo was trying to shrug off the attack on his chest his hollow stab him in the stomach with the clone Tensa Zangetsu. Ichigo doubled over as he coughed up blood.

"Who's the horse now?" the hollow said as he twisted the blade in Ichigo's stomach, making more blood come up.

'Damn it.' Ichigo thought as his vision blurred, 'I lost to him. I'm sorry, Yoruichi.'

"Don't give up, Ichigo." came her voice.

~Real world~

Blood shot out of Ichigo's chest and then blood poured out of his mouth yet he remained standing.

"Ichigo!" Yoruichi screamed as she rushed to him. She hugged him tightly as his body jerked again and blood poured out of his stomach.

"He is losing." Zangetsu told everyone in a depressed tone.

"No." Yoruichi said defiantly. "He won't leave me." she hugged him tighter and put her lips to his ear. "Don't give up, Ichigo. Don't leave me. Please, don't leave me."

Spiritual pressure started to bleed off Ichigo and Zangetsu appeared beside Yoruichi and ripped her off Ichigo.

"No!" she screamed as she tried to grab Ichigo but Zangetsu held on tightly to her and flashed away from his partner.

Everyone stood off in the distance as pure black spiritual pressure shot into the air and created a black pillar of power. Then it shot back towards the ground and a shockwave blasted everyone off their feet.

~Inner world~

"Don't leave me." echoed in Ichigo's head. Yoruichi's voice had pleaded for him to come back and that was what he was going to do.

"I won't." he said as he started to build up pressure.

"Won't what?" asked his hollow."I won't lose. I won't leave her!" he roared as he gripped Tensa Zangetsu, that was still imbedded in the hollow's shoulder. Ichigo twisted it painfully.

"AHHH!" his hollow screamed.




The black beam of power blasted from the blade and split the hollow down towards his right hip from his left shoulder.

"AAAHHHHHHHHH!" the hollow screamed as it was ripped in half.

The black beam continued and cut the building that they were standing on in half right before it exploded.

~Real world~

Yoruichi was fighting to break Zangetsu's grip.

"Relax, Yoruichi." said a higher voice than Zangetsu's deep one. Yoruichi turned around to see who it belonged too. Her eyes widened as she saw a young man that could have been Zangetsu when he was a teenager.

"Who are you?" she demanded.

"Ichigo's zanpakuto." he stated as he walked towards the crater that Ichigo had created. The rest of them followed the strange young man.

"Hello, Ichigo." said Zangetsu. As he stood before a man with long orange hair, wearing a hollow mask and holding Ichigo's Bankai.

"Hello, Tensa Zangetsu." Ichigo spoke in a hollow voice.

"I can no longer sense him. I take it, your battle was a success."

"Yes. He's gone. Hopefully for good." Ichigo replied. Tensa Zangetsu nodded at him.

"Ichigo?" came the uncertain voice of Yoruichi. He turned his head to look at her and she froze when she saw his intense golden eyes.

"Yoruichi." he waved his hand in front of his face and the mask disappeared and his hair went back to its normal length. She rushed to him and tackled him, kissing him as they fell to the ground.

The Visord woman sighed as the guys rolled their eyes and Kisuke walked over to Zangetsu.

"Am I right to assume that you are Zangetsu in your Bankai form?"

"Yes, Kisuke Urahara."

"Amazing!" the scientist said as he examined him more closely. "I've never seen a zanpakuto spirit change when they are in Bankai form."

Tensa Zangetsu raised an eyebrow at him before walking over to Ichigo.

"If I'm not needed, Ichigo, I'd like to go home." he said in a slightly amused tone as he watched his partner and wielder being sexually assaulted by his girlfriend. Ichigo was lucky that Yoruichi wasn't wearing any lipstick or kiss marks would have covered his face.

"Um yeah, go ahead." Ichigo finally said as his lips broke apart from Yoruichi. Tensa chuckled before turning into shadow and slipping into his blade. Ichigo stood up and lifted Yoruichi with him. He picked up Zangetsu and returned it to his shikai state. He turned around to face Yoruichi when a hand slapped him.

Yoruichi was glaring at him and he stared at her in shock before getting slapped again.

"What the hell, Yoruichi?"

"That's for making me worry." she slapped him again, "And that's for almost leaving me." He caught her hand as she tried to hit him again but he pulled her towards him. Their bodies were pressed against each other as he hugged her tightly and whispered in her ear.

"I will never leave you. I may be away from you for awhile but I will always come back to you." he whispered tenderly.

"Do you promise?"

"Yes. I'll always come back to you."

"I love you." she said as she pulled slightly away to look him in the eye.

"I love you too." Ichigo said just before their lips met.

A/N: Hi everyone. Sorry for the long delay but I had some personal problems then went on holiday. Anyways I hope you enjoyed this chapter. Thanks for all the reviews I love reading them but I find it hard to reply to you all so I'm sorry about that.

Also I have made another profile on this site as a backup in case this one is deleted due to sexual content in Sisterhood. If that happens then I will move Catnip to that profile. The name of the new profile is VanguardXIII-2. I have a new story posted there which is a Harry Potter fic. Check it out if you want. And thanks for waiting guy and gals I know waiting is a pain.

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