Juliet: Sorry for the change. I had to make a few corrections that I hadn't caught earlier. ^^; I don't own Bleach cuz I'm not Kubo, Kit is mine and Marena& Zurui belong to friends. Enjoy and REVIEW
Chapter One: Leaving So Much Behind
Kitsune looked around, confused and scared. Something was wrong, she could feel it, but she didn't know what it was.
"Zuru-nii… Where's Oto-taichou?" she asked, looking up at her big brother.
Their mother, Kira, let out a choked sob, and Zurui rushed to console the blonde. His face was gentle, but Kitsune could sense his inner rage.
"He's gone, Kit. He's left us, and he won't be coming back. I hope he doesn't come back, that bastard doesn't deserve to be called a father." Zurui spat. Kitsune took a step back, surprised at her brother's sudden venom. She turned to her sister, Marena.
"I don't understand… where did Oto-taichou go?" she asked, innocently.
"We're all confused, Kit, just drop it." Marena muttered her expression blank and her voice, empty.
Kitsune blinked back tears. She turned and ran from the house, unable to handle the heavy, dark emotions weighing down on the air. She wasn't sure where she was going, she just knew she had to get out.
What's going on? Why did Oto-taichou go? Why is Zuru-nii so mad at him? I don't know what's going on, and no one will explain anything… I want my Oto-taichou!
She searched for him, running thorugh the Seireitei, reach out with her spiritual pressure, but she could find no trace of him, anywhere.
"Oto-taichou!" she called. "Oto-taichou, where are you!"
She tripped, landing with a soft cry. Sniffling, she sat up, on her knees and moved to press her back against the white, stone wall. It was cold, and rough, but she didn't care. Her hands were scraped and bleeding, but her blue hakama had protected her knees.
She wrapped her arms around her knees, pulling them against her chest, and cried.
"What's wrong, little one?"
Kitsune looked up, and blinked her tears away.
A beautiful woman with kind eyes knelt before her. She had long, black hair tied into a braid down her front. She also wore a white, captain's haori.
Behind her was a tall, silver-haired woman, with a chest almost as large as Matsumoto's. She was blushing, and seemed shy.
The first woman, the captain, gently took Kit's hands and healed the scuffed wounds.
"Surely these small scrapes are not the source of your tears?"
Kitsune seemed to fall into a warm trance. This captain was so kind and friendly, she had a maternal air about her.
"My… my Oto-taichou…. I can't find him, and my Zuru-nii's really mad, Iduka-chan's crying, and Marena-Nee-Chan's acting strange. I don't know what's going on, and no one's told me anything. I just want my Oto-taichou, because, if I can find him then… then everything will be okay again!"
She was crying, and the captain wiped away her tears with a soft touch.
"Who is your Oto-san, little one?"
"I see, you must be young Kitsune then."
"Well, Kitsune-chan, I am Unohana-taichou. And if you wish, I will explain the recent events."
Kit nodded again, desperate to learn what had torn her family apart.
Unohana explained the betrayal of Aizen, and his companions Tousen Kaname, and Ichimaru.
"I'm very sorry, Kitsune-chan, but your Oto-san is gone. I don't know why but he has chosen to follow Aizen."
Kitsune sat for a moment, soaking in the information.
"He's… he left? Without even saying good-bye?"
"Yes, I'm afraid so."
Kit began to cry again, and Unohana could do nothing to help her.
It's so hard, seeing a wound that I cannot heal. Especially one that causes so much pain. Unohana thought, placing a comforting hand on Kitsune's shoulder, and sitting on the ground beside her.
"Unohana-taichou?" The silver-haired woman asked.
"Let's sit for a moment, Isane-chan. She could do with the small comfort we can offer. Such an event has torn her life apart, and her family is, at the moment, at odds with themselves. She will find no comfort with them."
"Why not?" Isane asked.
"They must deal with their grief in their own way, until they can come to terms with what has happened. Only then can they hope to heal each other."
Kitsune leaned against Unohana, crying helplessly and staining her haori with tears. The woman embraced the young girl. Isane sat down beside her captain and the trio stayed there for a long while, until Kitsune cried herself to sleep on Unohana's lap.
Zurui appeared then, and he saw Kit asllep.
"I'm sorry, Unohana-taichou. It's been a rough day and I… well…"
"It's fine, really. I did explain to her what happened."
Zurui's expression darkened,
"I should have explained. But I was so angry, I just snapped at her."
"I'm sure she'll forgive you. She doesn't seem the type to hold a grudge."
Zurui picked Kitsune up, and she curled against him.
"Thank you, Unohana-taichou." He said.
"It's no trouble. Please tell her that she is welcome at 4th Squad anytime, should she need someone to talk to."
Zurui nodded and carried Kitsune home, silently cursing his father, the whole way home.
I can't ever forgive him for what he's done. He's completely destroyed everything we had. I don't know how Iduka-chan will ever heal from this…