By: eternalsailorsolarwind AKA youkai_girl

Disclaimer: Bleach and all of its characters are owned by Tite Kubo, his Japanese publishers, and Viz. I only play with them for grins and giggles.

A/N: I hate to think how long it's been since I wrote Bleach fanfic. This one comes from the bleach_contest week 77 prompt: Dark. The title comes from the Roman god Janus, he of the two faces. They call him Ichigo's dark twin.


His friends think of me as some kind o' alien. Some kinda outside force that makes him do all these 'bad things' when he loses his temper and gets overwhelmed by ev'rything they ask him t'do. Ichigo don't tell 'em otherwise; he thinks the same way. There ain't no way the Horse the King rides on is natural – that's what he believes.

Don't matter that Zangetsu keeps tellin' him otherwise. That all three o' us are one person. Ichigo can't believe he has a dark side – he's s'posed to be the hero o' this piece, after all. Heroes don't attack people and consider paintin' walls with their blood (hey, it was just the one time). They don't gut their friends as soon as lookin' at 'em.

Believing otherwise'll break him.

Ichigo's strong, don't get me wrong. But he's brittle, like a badly tempered blade. When he breaks, I step in. Take care o' the mess he's gotten us into. If he don' like the way I do business, then he needs to stop shatterin' all the time.

Zangetsu agrees wi' me: Ichigo's gotta learn we're all part o' him. The King'll accept him, 'cause all those idiot Soul Reapers he's friends with got zanpakuto too. It's normal to have one whisperin' in yer head. But not an inner Hollow. Oh no, that's wrong, an' dangerous they say. Bastards. As if they'd know anything about right an' wrong.

Me, I don' care about all that crap. I jus' want t' get out there an' let 'er rip. Carve up anybody'd who try to stand against me. Wade in blood, if necessary. Hell, it'd be like takin' a warm bath for me. Eventually, when I unseat the king and set things right 'tween the three o' us in here…then it'll be my time to shine.

So stop bitchin' about me been Ichigo's dark side. I'm ain't the one you gotta explain it to – I already know it.

An' I'm proud of it, too.