Quetzal - two in one day, hm, maybe ill go for three? :)

Departure

Ichigo faces Yhwach, and zangetsu knows that this is the end. Whether Ichigo lives or dies in this battle, he would question his true nature. And his careful web of lies would be torn down around him. "for what its worth, I'm sorry it ended like this old man, I was really beginning to like you"

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In this farewell
There's no blood
There's no alibi
Cause I've drawn regret
From the truth
Of a thousand lies

So let mercy come
And wash away

What I've done
I'll face myself
To cross out what I've become
Erase myself
And let go of what I've done

What I'v done - linkin park

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Zangetsu was silent, only for a moment had true despair ruled his heart when the Arrancar claiming to be a Quincy had appeared and attacked ichigo. He couldn't really call the feeling that held sway in his heart now as peace, merely acceptance, this was his end. The last battle that Ichigo would fight with him by his side. He could feel Ichigo's rage as they left Byakuya behind with the promise to protect Seireiseti, he closed his eyes, he didn't want to see his own face staring back at him, as the spirit he had once been was confronted by ichigo.

If he was lucky this fight would destroy him completely and he would never have to face Ichigo and explain why. He heard Ichigo's words as he demanded to know who the enemy's leader was, and tried not to flinch as he heard his own voice answer ichigo. To say the boy was unnerved would be an understatement. Appearance was one thing, you ran into people everyday that looked like others you knew, but the voice as well, Ichigo just didn't know what to think of this.

He felt Ichigo's rage rise higher as he pulled on his power, charging a getsuga, he gave everything he had whole heartedly, but he knew it wouldn't be enough, not against this. The attack was swept away like it was nothing. Zangetsu opened his eyes, it was like looking into a mirror, only that self assured vicious smirk had never crossed his face.

Yhwach's blade was only millimeters from ichigo throat when zangetsu decided that enough was enough, if he was going to be found out this day, he at least wanted to go out protecting the child that had somehow found a way into his heart. The blade pierced ichigo's throat even as zangetsu gathered his power, Yhwach's words only made him more determined to act, Ichigo would never be one of that mad mans servants.

"Blut Vene" He whispered, activating the technique, power detonated away from Ichigo, the Quincy nature of the energy undisguised for the first time ever. He almost chuckled when Yhwach completely misinterpreted how it had happened only moments later, better that he didn't know what happened when you combined the powers of a Shinigami and a Quincy. Wouldn't he be unnerved to know that a copy of him existed within Ichigo's soul?

He winced a moment later, all amusement swept aside as Yhwach mentioned Ichigo's mother. If there was one sure fire way to set Ichigo off beyond all hope of reason it was mentioning his mother.

Pain like nothing he had ever felt before tore through him a moment later as his blade was slashed in half when Ichigo tried to follow Yhwach's retreat, demanding to know what the hell he was talking about. He collapsed, absolute agony raging through him, this was nothing like those other times the blade had been broken. The hollow had collapsed as well, but he was shielded somewhat by the very power used to suppress him. "fo..for what its worth old man, I'm sorry it had to end like this." the hollow said through gritted teeth. "I was actually starting to like you.." he didn't answer letting the darkness at the edge of his vision sweep him away, there was no point in fighting.

"Goodbye Ichigo"

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quetzal - next time will be the confrontation from when ichigo was getting zangetsu reforged. zan may be hoping he wouldn't have to face ichigo, but he is certainly not getting his wish.