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Genryusai Shigekuni Yamamoto, the Soutaicho of the 13 court guards walked to the Muken, the lowest of the underground prison where only the most wicked of criminals faced by Soul Society. Accompanying him were all the captains, vice-captains, Kurosaki Ichigo, and Kuchiki Rukia.
They stopped in front of a cell, which was made of concrete, sealed by thousands of spiked chains. As if the spiked chains, the dark atmosphere, and concrete door were not sinister enough, a feeling of death radiated from the door, as if it would kill anybody that touched it.
"U-uh, why are we here?" asked Ichigo, the former ryoka, had been wondering why he had been asked to join the high officers of the Gotei 13 into a creepy dark cave.
The Soutaicho kept walking for a long time without answering. It was only a few others that knew the existence of the prisoners they were going to visit, so it would be acceptable to let them know. Besides the shinigami representive had been very useful to them during Aizen's betrayal.
"Many centuries ago" he began. "There was a shinigami that was incredibly powerful. So powerful in fact that he could almost match my power." Many eyes widened at this admission, everybody knew that Yamamoto was the strongest shinigami to ever exist, and for someone to come close to his power meant that they were to be feared.
"He was loud, insane, and stupid. However he could also be quiet, tactical, and deadly. In fact, he was the best assassin to ever serve Soul Society."
Soi Fon's heart stopped beating for a second. She prided herself on being an assassin of the Gotei 13, but in her opinion the best was Yoruichi-Sama, after all she had being on several missions with her and she had seen her skill. For the Soutaicho to say someone was better was almost sacrilegious to Soi Fon.
"What's this guy's name?" asked Zaraki Kenpachi, an insane grin covering his face.
Unohana's, Shunsui, and Ukitake's eyes widened. They all knew Uzumaki Naruto; he was their friends before he was condemned to prison.
Yamamoto raised his right hand, palm facing the cell. The palm began to glow and so did the chains. They kept glowing more and more, the general's reiatsu poured out of him, making all those behind him short of breath. A glow came from the old general's throat.
The chains broke to pieces and fell to the ground, like metal raindrops.
The door opened and everyone looked inside.
In the middle of the cell, kneeling with his head bowed was a man. Blonde hair flowed from his head to the ground; he had natural tanned skin, and a slim yet muscular build. The man raised his head and showed everyone his handsome face. A square jaw, cheeks marked by solid black whisker-like marks on both cheeks, and looked to be twenty years of age. The man's most noticeable feature however was his eyes. They were as blue as the morning sky with slit pupils like a cat.
The man looked at the shinigamis in front of him with a blank face before his eyes stopped at Yamamoto. Then a smirked adorned his face, squinting his eyes, and making his face resemble a fox.
"Ara, you haven't changed at all…Old man." Said Naruto Uzumaki
Three Hours Later
Naruto stood in front of the Soutaicho, all the captains surrounding him with their vice-captains on their right side respectively. They were on the captains meeting room.
"Uzumaki Naruto, as one of the strongest Shinigami in Soul Society your help is needed in these desperate times. With three captains turned traitor, the Gotei 13 asks you to take the mantel of one of the captains. If you do so, your sentence will be erased and you will free. We will even ignore that power you possess so long as you don't use in the Soul Society. Are we in agreement?" Said Yamamoto.
"Sure, sure. Two things, however, one is I want my zanpakutou back, I've missed her. Two, I need a haircut, badly." Replied Naruto.
"Very well, Uzumaki Naruto, welcome back to the Gotei 13 and I hope you lead the 5th Division squad to its lost glory. Meeting Adjourned! All of you may leave except for Uzumaki-taicho." Said the old general.
The captains and vice-captains left the room all whispering of the new captain and the division assigned to him.
After everyone had left Naruto and Yamamoto were left in silence of minutes before Naruto broke the silence.
"So, where is my vice-captain? I didn't see her at the meeting." Said the blonde shinigami.
"Hinamori Momo-fukutaicho is catatonic at the moment; Aizen's betrayal affected her greatly. I suspect that she was in love with him and will have difficulty accepting him as a traitor, so I should warn you that you may have some difficulty with her." Informed the elder man.
Naruto had a thoughtful face for a moment. "Wouldn't it be easier if I just assigned a new vice-captain to work for me?"
"Yes, I think the same; however, Unohana-taicho and Hitsugaya-taicho have hopes of seeing her recovered and back on active duty. I think that helping her would get the trust of those two as well as most of the vice-captains."
Naruto sighed but nodded, he got the message. He was an ex-convict in the eyes of most of the captains and vice-captains. Helping one of them might put him in their good list.
"Right then I'll be leaving to get my haircut. Oh, by the way who is holding my zanpakutou?" Naruto questioned.
"The twelve division, they hold all zanpakutous of Soul Society's criminal. Kurotsuchi-taicho knows he will have to return yours." Answered Yamamoto.
Naruto nodded, turned and left. The Soutaicho's eyes followed him until he closed the door. As soon as the door closed, Yamamoto closed his eyes and sighed.
I hope I did not make a mistake with you Naruto, but if you unleash that power in Soul Society I will erase you existence from this after-life.
Unohana Retsu and Hitsugaya Toshirou stood outside of Hinamori's room discussing her health.
"I'm afraid that she is still unresponsive, Hitsugaya-taicho. All her wounds are healed but her mind has shut down." Unohana said.
"Hn." Hitsugaya grunted.
They stood in silence looking at the comatose shinigami, until a voice broke them out of their reverie.
"Ara, so this is my vice-captain!"
They whirled around to see a Naruto standing behind them. His hair was cut shorter reaching the nape of his neck, the bangs covered his forehead, and he had a zanpakutou on his left side of the waist. The zanpakutou was a nodachi, his hilt and guard was black as well as his sheath.
"What are you doing here?" demanded Hitsugaya.
"Well, I'm checking up on my vice-captain, she looks pretty bad." Naruto pursed his lips, and then looked at Unohana. "Ne, Retsu-Chan can I be alone with my vice-captain, maybe I can jog her out of her funk."
"As her captain it is your right to do so Naruto-taicho, however, I do hope that you address me formally from now on, ok?" Unohana smiled. Naruto did not know why he felt as if the devil had licked his spine; it was a nice smile. He smiled back his lips twitching nervously.
Unohana nodded and left with a protesting looking Hitsugaya. Naruto sighed in relief; he had forgotten just how tarrying Unohana really was.
Naruto opened the door and entered. He was going to do everything in his power to help his new vice-captain.