Betrayal and Banishment
Disclaimer: I don't own Bleach or Rosario Vampire.
"Mugetsu" the transformed Ichigo Kurosaki said launching a very powerful blast of pure black reishi from his right arm. It travelled at the speed of light towards his enemy, Aizen Sosuke, who couldn't believe what was happening. His plan was perfect; he had played everyone for a fool and had defeated them all. Except for one of them; Ichigo Kurosaki had survived through everything and had gained power that far surpassed his own. Ichigo had completely outclassed him and now Aizen knew this was the end for him.
"IMPOSSIBLE" he shouted out his last word as the attack hit him and vaporized all of him including his zanpakuto and the Hogyoku. Soon the attack died down showing a large crater running for at least two miles. A now solemn looking Ichigo landed on the ground as his armor plating's dispersed and his hair went back to normal. Ichigo was now standing exactly the way he was from when he appeared out of the Dangai except he didn't have Zangetsu with him.
Ichigo sighed as he felt his power draining from him 'This is goodbye Zangetsu' Ichigo thought to him 'I wish it could have been different.'
"As do I" Zangetsu responded in a sad tone. His voice was growing more distant.
'I'll even miss you too Aibou' Ichigo said to his hollow.
"Don't be going all mushy on me now King" the Hollow responded in his normal tone, but then he said in a softer one. "And I'll miss you too Aibou."
Ichigo was interrupted from his thoughts when he heard the Sound of multiple Shunpo. He looked around to see many members of the Seireitei higher ups along with Kisuke "You did it Ichigo" Kisuke said with so much pride that Ichigo could taste it.
"Thanks Urahara-san" Ichigo said.
"Move in" Yamamoto said and then Soifon appeared next to him and they both began moving closer to Ichigo. Soifon looked like she had a really guilty look in her eyes "Step away from Kurosaki Kisuke Urahara."
Kisuke frowned "What's wrong" he asked. Soifon couldn't even look at him and Ichigo was looking more confused.
"It is finally time" Yamamoto said before signaling to Soifon. Soifon appeared directly in front of Ichigo.
"Forgive me" she whispered to him before Ichigo received a hard punch to the stomach. In his weakened state it hit really hard and Ichigo lurched forward with all the air blown out of his lungs. Then he felt a chop to the back of his neck and knew no more.
Ichigo was feeling drowsy as he tried opening his eyes "I think he is awake Head Captain" Ichigo heard Sajin Komamura's voice.
"Then we shall wake him up fully" came Yamamoto's voice. "Captain Kurotsuchi, if you would."
"With pleasure" came Kurotsuchi's sick voice and it sounded like barely restrained glee. Ichigo heard him press a button and then his world exploded in pain as he felt like lightning was coursing through every nerve in his body. Ichigo release a blood chilling scream of absolute agony before the pain finally vanished. Ichigo had his head crouched down and was panting harshly.
"What… the… fuck" Ichigo gasped. When Ichigo finally looked up he noticed that he was in front of every Captain that hadn't defected. He also noticed that almost all of them looked very remorseful. Toshiro, Ukitake, Shunsui, Unohana and even Soifon looked remorseful and really guilty. Komamura, Mayuri and Byakuya didn't look remorseful at all. Mayuri gave him a sadistic look while Komamura and Byakuya merely gave him cold looks although Byakuya's look half hearted as though he really didn't like what was going on here. Kenpachi just looked bored out of his mind.
Ichigo also found himself strapped to a chair and unable to move "Hey what's going on" he shouted. He received another powerful jolt to his body making him scream again.
"You will speak when spoken to boy" Yamamoto hissed. Most of the other Captain's gave Yamamoto harsh glares for that. "Now do you know why you are here Ichigo Kurosaki?"
"No" Ichigo grunted through the pain.
"You have been brought here to be tried for the illegal gaining of Hollow Powers" Yamamoto boomed "It is illegal for any Shinigami to have hollow powers and as such you are now deemed a threat to Soul Society and must be disposed of."
"What, that's outrageous I saved your ungrateful as from Aizen" Ichigo shouted. "AUGH" he shouted again as another painful jolt went through his system.
"My the boy sure is talkative" Mayuri said sadistically "I think he needs to be taught more of a lesson." Mayuri increased the voltage and Ichigo's scream increased by volumes.
"Enough Kurotsuchi" Toshiro finally shouted losing his cool façade. It surprised Mayuri enough to stop the voltage. "Listen to me now you sadistic son of a bitch, and I think this goes for the good half of people here, if Ichigo Kurosaki is to die then he will at least die without his final moments being filled with pain. So I suggest you stop that or you'll be the one strapped to that chair."
"My, my testy today Captain Hitsugaya" Mayuri mocked.
"If you are really as smart as you claim you are then shut up and do what he says" Soifon hissed at Mayuri. Mayuri wisely shut up as he knew he couldn't' deal with both Captains. Right now Ichigo was feeling grateful that he at least had some people on his side.
"Enough" Yamamoto boomed once again. "Ichigo Kurosaki, you shall be executed at noon tomorrow morning. Jushiro escort him to his prison cell." Yamamoto left the room with Mayuri and Komamura following immediately afterwards. Byakuya gave Ichigo one last look before vanishing as well and the other captains could only give Ichigo one last sad look before departing.
Jushiro walked up to Ichigo and unstrapped him "Forgive us Ichigo" Jushiro said softly. "We had no idea Yamamoto would do this. If we did…"
"Forget about it" Ichigo said softly. Jushiro looked at him surprised "Call it a hunch, but I had a feeling the Soul Society would turn on me in the end. I just wished Aizen had finished that old fart off so I wouldn't have to deal with this."
"Still I'm sorry for this Ichigo" Jushiro said before touching Ichigo's shoulder and shunpoed away to his cell. Ichigo was put in and a Kido Barrier was placed on it so he wouldn't have a chance to escape.
MEANWHILE IN THE HUMAN WORLD
"Dad how come Ichigo's not home" Yuzu asked Isshin.
"I'm not sure" Isshin replied truthfully. He had already checked Kisuke's place and Kisuke didn't have him and he was nowhere to be sensed.
"What if something happened to him" Yuzu panicked.
"Don't worry Yuzu" Karin assured her twin. "Ichigo's strong I'm sure he's just fine." Truth be told Karin was more worried about Ichigo since she knew he was a Shinigami and that he was probably out risking his life again.
"You girl's let me know if Ichigo comes back" Isshin said "I have some errands to run. I'll be back in a few hours." Isshin left the house and made a beeline for Kisuke's shop to find answers. He made it there quickly and nearly busted down the door to see Kisuke and Yoruichi sitting down.
"Isshin" Kisuke said surprised "What are you doing here?"
"I can't find Ichigo" Isshin said. "I don't know where he could be since I can't even sense him."
"Well" Kisuke said uncomfortably "Earlier Today the Soul Society came and Soifon knocked him out and he was taken to Soul Society."
"Why would Soifon do that" Yoruichi asked wondering why her old protégé would do that.
"I have a hunch" Kisuke said quietly "I really just hope that I'm wrong."
"Perhaps I can inform you of the situation" a voice said. Everyone turned to see Toshiro standing there in a Gigai that was dressed in blue jeans, white shoes and a long sleeved black shirt.
"Captain Hitsugaya, what a pleasant surprise" Kisuke said.
"Don't call me Captain" Toshiro said coldly surprising everyone since he always tried getting everyone to call him Captain. "Right now I've never been more disgusted to be a member of the Seireitei."
"Why" Yoruichi asked curiously.
"Only mere hours ago" Toshiro began "Ichigo Kurosaki was brought forth to the Seireitei underground prison level 5. Yamamoto" he said Yamamoto with so much venom that Kisuke was afraid that if Toshiro spit it would burn his products. "In his infinite wisdom has dubbed Ichigo Kurosaki a threat simply for having hollow powers. And even after saving the three worlds Yamamoto has decided that Ichigo Kurosaki is to be executed at noon tomorrow."
Silence reigned in the room for what felt like hours. Kisuke held a shocked expression on his face before it morphed into absolute fury and the same went with Yoruichi as she clenched her fists so hard she drew blood, but Isshin's was the worst as he clenched his fists and his eyes shut tightly trying to force back his own tears before he gave in and punched the wall as hard as he could.
"That old bastard" Yoruichi shouted standing up. "After everything Ichigo's done for him and the Seireitei, how dare he?"
"Aizen should have destroyed him when he had the chance" Kisuke said angrily.
"I'm sorry" Toshiro said softly interrupting their hate filled rants. "The good half of the Captains are trying our best to help Ichigo, but we don't know if we can do much. The best we could do if we succeeded is to banish him, but we can't get him off freely."
"What are you planning" Isshin asked.
"Any decision made by the Head Captain can be changed when seven of the thirteen Captains all vote against it. The decision can only be completely vetoed and dropped if 12 of the thirteen Captains vote no on it. We only have 10 Captains right now and so far five of us have already agreed to go against the execution."
"Who do you have left to choose from" Kisuke asked.
"Captains Zaraki, Kuchiki, Kurotsuchi and Komamura" Toshiro answered. "Forget about Komamura as he's nothing, but a loyal lap dog to Yamamoto and I'd sooner fight Aizen and Yamamoto at the same time then try and convince Kurotsuchi."
"So Zaraki and Kuchiki are our only choice" Yoruichi said.
"I'm afraid so" Toshiro said. "I need to get going. I came here without anyone knowing and I better get back before anyone notices I was gone. I'm truly sorry that it came to this."
"It would be best to inform Ichigo's friends and the other Vaizards as well" Kisuke said.
"It would also be best to inform your family as well Isshin" Toshiro said before he fully left. Isshin gave him a look "I met one of your daughters a few months ago. I believe her name was Karin, she knew about Ichigo being a Shinigami when I saved her from a Menos. Of everyone I think your daughters deserve to know the truth the most."
Isshin was silent for a few seconds "Yes… Yes you're right they do." Isshin wiped his eyes slightly and Toshiro turned and left through a Senkaimon. The three friends got up and went to do their tasks and inform everyone close to Ichigo about the tragedy he was about to go through.
Kisuke went to the Vaizards Warehouse since he knew them the best. He walked up and knocked on the door. The barrier around it lowered and Kisuke walked through to see all the Vaizards chilling about. "Kisuke, this is a bit of a surprise" Shinji said.
"Hello Shinji" Kisuke said softly.
"What's with the tone Hage" Hiyori said "Yoruichi reject you again." That gained some chuckles, but Kisuke didn't even respond worrying them slightly since he always responded to taunts like that.
"Kisuke what's wrong" Hachi asked gently.
Kisuke sighed "It's about Ichigo."
"What's wrong did something happen to him" Rose asked quickly. The other Vaizard sat up quickly; since Ichigo killed Aizen the Vaizard felt like they owed Ichigo everything for all that he had done.
"This isn't easy for me to say" Kisuke began "But Yamamoto came for Ichigo once he killed Aizen and they took him to the Seireitei underground prison level 5 and Yamamoto has decreed that by illegal gaining of hollow powers Ichigo is to be sentenced to death tomorrow at noon."
An explosion felt like it just took place as every Vaizard shouted "WHAT." Oh they were all downright pissed off at what they just heard.
Yoruichi waited outside the school as the bell rang and she saw Uryuu, Chad and Orihime walk out of the school. They seemed to spot her and noticing her serious/pissed off expression they immediately went towards her "What's wrong Yoruichi-san" Orihime asked "You seem upset."
"Oh I'm more than upset right now" Yoruichi growled making them back up slightly. "Come with me to a secure spot, we've got something to talk about." Yoruichi lead them to a secure spot before telling them the same thing that Kisuke told the Vaizards.
"WHAT" they all gave the same response.
Isshin arrived home quickly and at once he gathered his daughters into the living room "So dad did you find Ichigo yet" Yuzu asked "We waited, but he never showed up."
"Actually I've got something important to tell you two, but first I need to tell you what Ichigo and I are" Isshin said. "Karin I'm sure you already know so I'll just tell Yuzu." Isshin then went to explain to his daughter that he and Ichigo were Shinigami that guarded the world of the living.
When he finished Yuzu was wide eyed "Wow that's… that's… so cool" she gushed. "Oh wow so you and Ichigo are like some kind of super heroes."
Isshin chuckled "Well that's one way to put it." His expression went more somber "But right now something far more dangerous is going to happen. First let me tell you the story of Ichigo and what he's gone through these past six months." Isshin then began to explain everything from the moment Rukia came to the moment where Ichigo defeated Aizen. Don't ask Isshin how he knew about stuff he wasn't there for, he just knew.
When he was done Karin and Yuzu were completely wide eyed at what they just heard "Wow Ichi-nii is so cool" Karin grinned. They both began gushing about how cool it must be to be a Shinigami.
"Yes he is cool, but do you know what he went through" Isshin asked seriously making the twins stop. "He went through the kind of hell no sixteen year old should and he did it alone most of the time. And I'm ashamed to say I didn't help him especially when I knew I could and when he needed me the most."
"Well…" Yuzu said after a minute "We'll just be there for him this time right?"
"I wish it was that simple" Isshin said knowing that the worst part was about to be delivered. "The head of the Seireitei, Yamamoto Shigekuni Genryuusai has decreed that, simply because he has hollow powers, Ichigo is to be put to death at noon tomorrow."
"What" Karin shouted furiously. "They're going to kill him after all he's done for them."
"No they can't" Yuzu cried. "They can't kill Onii-chan they just can't."
"Where is that old fart who runs that messed up place" Karin shouted "When I get my hands on him I'll kill him I swear to God I'll kill him." Isshin brought his two hysterical daughters into his chest and they both cried for what felt like forever.
"We still have a chance though" Isshin said once they calmed down a bit. "Karin, do you remember Toshiro?"
"Yeah why" Karin responded wiping her eyes.
"Toshiro and the other good Captains of the Seireitei are trying to save Ichigo" Isshin said getting two large happy smiles on their faces. "But I'm afraid even if they do succeed Ichigo won't be coming home."
"What, why" Yuzu shouted.
"Because if it's not death then its banishment" Isshin said. "If Yamamoto doesn't get Ichigo executed then he'll have him banished."
"Then why can't he come back" Karin asked.
"When a Shinigami is banished, even a substitute" Isshin said "They are banished from the Soul Society, Hueco Mundo and even the World of the Living. Basically they are cast out of the very dimension itself."
"What" Karin and Yuzu cried horrified.
Isshin nodded "Only Yamamoto knows how to use the special technique. He will open up a dimensional portal in the space-time continuum and then Ichigo will be thrown into it and he will land in a completely random dimension. It's completely at random, but then again that's only if he's banished and not executed."
Ichigo was currently stewing inside of his own prison cell just waiting for his execution to happen, but while he was in there he began to discover something. 'My powers aren't fading anymore' he thought shocked 'Actually it feels like they're increasing again. Zangetsu, Aibou are you there?'
There were a few seconds of silence before "Yes Ichigo we are here" came Zangetsu's voice.
'But how' Ichigo said shocked 'I thought you said you guys would disappear if I used the Final Getsuga Tenshou.'
"I know" Zangetsu said. "I can't really explain it because even I don't know how it's possible. All I know is that your powers aren't leaving you. In fact their coming back even stronger than ever before."
"Great now that we have all our power back let's break out of here and split some skulls" Shirosaki exclaimed.
'And then what' Ichigo asked. 'We'll just be hunted down for the rest of our lives. I think it might just be easier if we were just to let them have their way. Besides they put a reiatsu seal on me so I couldn't use even a quarter of my power if I wanted to.' The three of them lapsed into complete silence after that and pretty soon Ichigo saw some sunlight peaking through his cell, but he passed it off as his imagination.
CAPTAIN'S MEETING HALL
"What is the meaning of this Captain Hitsugaya" Yamamoto thundered.
"I don't like repeating myself, but I'll do it anyway" Hitsugaya said annoyed. "We don't like what is being done to Ichigo Kurosaki so we decided to do something about it."
"You are overstepping your boundary Captain Hitsugaya" Komamura growled. Toshiro focused his ice glare on him.
"And by talking you are wasting my time so kindly be quiet" Toshiro said icily. "As I was saying before I was interrupted" Komamura growled at him. "I think it's unjust for what you're doing. You're going to kill a man who saved us all simply for having hollow powers. If that were simply the case you would also hunt down Shinji Hirako and the other Vaizards, but I see that you are not and are just focusing on Kurosaki. I can't help, but think there is an ulterior motive behind your planning sir" he said 'sir' mockingly.
"Silence" Yamamoto thundered flaring his spiritual pressure, but Toshiro didn't back down and only raised his to match the Head Captain. "You are forgetting your place Hitsugaya."
"And you are hiding your ulterior motive behind yours" Toshiro countered coolly. "As for my main point I call into effect Code HC594. In the effect the Head Captain is making an unjust decision then the remaining Captains can vote on whether or not to veto the rule or change it. If we can get up to seven votes then the decision is hereby changed and if we get twelve votes then it is dropped and forgotten, but seeing as we only have ten captains the second choice isn't possible. So we'll settle for the first one; In the matter of Ichigo Kurosaki we decide by vote whether he shall live, but be banished or die."
Yamamoto glared at Hitsugaya in fury. The little brat was way too smart for his own good "I vote for Ichigo Kurosaki's execution" Yamamoto said.
"I vote against his execution" Jushiro said "It's not right to execute him."
"I also vote against" Shunsui said "I also can't help but thinking that you're the real Hollow Yamamoto." The fact that he used Yamamoto instead of Yama-Jiji showed how much Shunsui hated him right now.
"I vote for" Komamura said "He's a young and foolish boy with a hollow. We can't afford someone like him being free."
"I vote against" Toshiro said "My reasons have already been stated." He gave another icy glare to Yamamoto. 'That's two for and three against, just four more.'
"I vote against" Unohana said softly, but there was fierceness in her voice. "He has saved many lives and would have made a fine edition to the Seireitei had things gone another way." She also glared at Yamamoto and this one was frightening as she never glared.
"I vote for" Mayuri said. "Once he's dead I can use his remains for all kinds of experiments." Almost everyone gave Mayuri a disgusted look.
"I vote against" Soifon said. "To betray a man with honor is sickening in my opinion and it is clear to me that our leader has no honor whatsoever." Yamamoto was losing respect fast and he didn't like it.
All that was left was Kenpachi and Byakuya "You know me I vote against" Kenpachi said. "No one's gonna kill Ichigo, but me and I don't want some pansy ass coward killing him instead of me." Everyone knew that was a shot at Yamamoto. Now Byakuya was the only one left and he stood there stoically.
'Ha, they'll never get Kuchiki to go against the law' Yamamoto thought triumphantly.
'C'mon Kuchiki' Toshiro thought 'You know what the right thing is.'
Byakuya was conflicted; on one hand he promised to uphold the law and on the other hand Ichigo did a lot for the Seireitei and for Byakuya himself and Byakuya knew he owed Ichigo more than his life. Ichigo taught Byakuya that family was more important than anything and without that Byakuya wouldn't have Rukia where she is now.
"I vote… against" Byakuya finally said. Soifon, Unohana, Toshiro, Shunsui and Jushiro beamed and Kenpachi smirked while Komamura, Mayuri and Yamamoto scowled. "I owe Ichigo Kurosaki a lot and this is a very poor way to repay him for all that he has done. I also have to agree with Captain's Kyoraku, Soifon and Hitsugaya. I think it is you Head captain who is the real hollow."
"Enough of this" Yamamoto thundered shaking the hall. "This debate is over and since he has received seven votes Ichigo Kurosaki shall only be banished and not executed. Now go and fetch him and bring him to Sokyoku Hill." Toshiro gave a mock bow before disappearing with Shunpo as the remaining Captains also went to the Sokyoku Hill.
Ichigo was broken from his thoughts when the cell opened up and Toshiro was at the door "Toshiro" Ichigo said surprised.
"Kurosaki" Toshiro greeted "Well I've got some good news. We managed to stop you from being executed."
"First piece of good news I've had in months" Ichigo said.
"Anyway" Toshiro continued "However we couldn't stop the old fart from banishing you. We would need all twelve Captains to stop that so we went with the best option."
"Hey you saved my life" Ichigo said "That's gotta count for something."
"Right" Toshiro said "Anyway let's go. I really wish things would have turned out differently."
"Yeah me too" Ichigo said as he got up "Who knows maybe in another hundred years when the old fart dies and someone takes over I can come back if you guys find me." Toshiro didn't respond and just shunpoed onto Sokyoku Hill with Ichigo by his side.
Everyone was already waiting there for him as Toshiro led Ichigo up to the front of the Sokyoku Hill. "Ichigo Kurosaki" Yamamoto boomed "Although you have been saved from execution that does not mean you are saved from your fate. By being banished does not only mean banished from the Seireitei, but banishment from this world Hueco Mundo and from the World of the Living."
"Then where the hell am I supposed to go" Ichigo asked.
"I will be opening up another dimension and you will be tossed in and be left there" Yamamoto said. "But I am not completely without mercy." Yamamoto put his fingers on the reishi cuffs that were on Ichigo's wrists. "In five minutes times those cuffs will disappear leaving you free to use your hands again."
'Too bad it's not 5 seconds or I would strangle you to death' Ichigo thought bitterly. Yamamoto was busy working on the portal when a Senkaimon opened and out came Ichigo's friends, family and the Vaizards "Everyone what are you all doing here" Ichigo asked shocked.
"Ichigo" Karin and Yuzu cried running forward and embracing their brother. Ichigo wished he could hug them back, but couldn't use his arms right now since both were sobbing. "Why, why are they doing this" Yuzu cried.
"Because of that old fart" Shinji said bitterly stepping up.
Karin turned and glared at Yamamoto "You wrinkled up old bastard, how can you do this to someone who saved your life?"
"You know nothing of the Seireitei's law and I have no time or patience to teach it to a mere infant like you" Yamamoto said impatiently.
"Infant" Karin fumed "I'll show you infant you old piece of-"
"Karin I think that's enough" Ichigo said though he was grinning slightly.
"Kurosaki-kun" Orihime said sniffling before hugging him tightly as well.
"I'm sorry Orihime" Ichigo said "I wish things were different."
"I'm sure we all do" Uryuu said stepping up and placing his hand on Ichigo's shoulder "I'll watch after Karakura Town for you."
"Thanks Uryuu" Ichigo said.
"I owe you a lot Ichigo" Chad said stepping up to him "You were my first friend and I promise I'll protect your family in your absence."
Ichigo smiled "Thanks Chad, I'm really glad I met you that day."
"All I can say is thank you and good luck Ichigo" Shinji said to Ichigo.
"I should be thanking you Shinji" Ichigo said "Without you and everyone else I would have lost myself to my hollow a long time ago. Hey Hiyori, make sure to keep Shinji in line."
"No problem" Hiyori grinned "See you Ichigo." The rest of the Vaizards gave their own goodbye to Ichigo.
Finally Isshin stepped up "I wish I could have been a better father to you Ichigo. Then maybe all of this wouldn't be happening." Ichigo stared at his father before giving him a head butt and Isshin fell to the ground "Ow what'd you do that for?"
"Don't go all sentimental on me now old man" Ichigo said. Ichigo smiled slightly "You know dad I still remember those words you said to me at mom's grave last year. I believe it was 'Live well, grow old well, grow bald well and die long after I've died. And, if possible, die with a smile on your face or I'll never be able to face your mother again.' Despite all this I'll die long after you will and I will die with a smile on my face." Father and son smiled at each other and Isshin embraced Ichigo and Ichigo only wish he could he could embrace him back.
"It is time" Yamamoto announced. Komamura came forward and ripped Ichigo from his father's grasp and dragged him over to the portal that was a swirling mass of purple and black. "This portal will land you in any random dimension. Before you go any last words?"
"Yeah I got some last words" Ichigo said darkly. "I wish Aizen had destroyed your wrinkly old ass when he had the chance. Oh and when you finally die and get to hell old man I'll be there soon enough and then I'll be whooping your ass for all eternity. And no matter how much you cry plead and beg for mercy every time I'll lean in real close and I'll say 'Mercy is not for scumbag old fucks like you.'" Everyone on Ichigo's side snorted with laughter.
Yamamoto went red with anger and slammed his cane into Ichigo's stomach making him lurch forward. Then Yamamoto released his sword and gave Ichigo a slash to the side making him yelp in pain and making almost everyone glare at Yamamoto. Yamamoto finally ended it by punching Ichigo hard in the nose breaking it and making it bleed open. "Your tongue has gotten you into more trouble than your worth. Now go to your new home and die." Yamamoto picked him up by the collar and threw Ichigo into the portal. The last thing Ichigo saw was his sisters crying out for him before the portal closed and Ichigo went spiraling through the space-time continuum.
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