Ichigo sighed for the umpteenth time since leaving the village, he had been walking for a few days just randomly in every direction until something would block his path and he would turn and walk in another, if he could estimate how far he had gotten from the village in the last five days, he would probably not even be a full day if he really tried to get back. He was lost, hungry and still pissed off about the whole Soul Society thing. Didn't help that Zangetsu started to tell knock knock jokes with his inner Hollow. It was slowly driving him to the brink of insanity.
"What to do what to do." Ichigo pondered as he walked.
"Perhaps you should find a map and find where you are Ichigo." Zangetsu said. "It will be at least a start."
"With what money?" Ichigo questioned. "It's not like I have any money and if I did I have already seen that this place currency is totally different from home."
"Fucking steal it." His Hollow told him. "It's not like you will get caught few shunpo here another shunpo there."
"I'm not a thief." Ichigo growled.
"I'm sorry to say this Ichigo but the Hollow has a point. Maybe just until we know more information about this place." Ichigo groaned as his Hollow laughed in amusement.
"Never thought I would see the day Zangetsu! Haha! You agree with me!" The Hollow laughed.
"I agree with your idea not you. Now. Knock Knock."
"Not again!" Ichigo shouted gripping he sides of his head making the surrounding people look at him and he raised his eyebrows and noticed that while he had been talking with Zangetsu and his Hollow he had wandered into a town. "Now even more people thing I'm a fucking lunatic." Ichigo looked around and noticed it was a well sized town simple enough. "I guess I can try it your way Hollow, I won't get anywhere if I don't get a map."
"Pick me up a magazine!"
"Fuck you ya bastard!" Ichigo roared back before he got set on walking more into the busy streets of the town, a few people gave him odd looks or got out of his way as he marched past them with a scowl on his face. "Now where to find a map..." He thought to himself as he looked around. He noticed a small stand and sighed seeing it held maps he quickly glanced around to see if anyone was watching him and used two quick shunpo to appear for less then a second while picking up a map before disappearing again.
Ichigo sighed to himself as he walked over to a bench and sat down and opened the map and his eyes opened wide in surprise. He had an idea he wasn't in Soul Society or Japan anymore but for fucks sake! This was a lot to take in. He looked over the map and put his finger on a small town. "Alright it say's that I'm in a place called Otafuku town in the land of fire." He mused as he traced his finger along a road before he growled.
"I have been wandering around for almost a week and only got fifteen kilometers away from that stupid village!" He growled out. He looked down to the map again and trailed his finger down to a small country in the center of the rest. "That's the Hidden Rain or Amegakure or whatever that woman called it. That's where I rocked up." He mused as he looked up to the sky leaning back. "But... where do I go now?" He questioned himself.
A large explosion rocked a hotel he was seating near and he sighed before turning away but his head shot back as he saw a black cloak with red clouds and looked up to see lighting around a kids arm while one of the members of the Akatsuki held the same arm. There was another member of Akatsuki there as well with a sword almost the same size as Zangetsu.
"What are they doing here?" He asked standing up and pocketing the map. He jumped up onto the building and just simply watched as both members of the Akatsuki turned to him. "So this is what the oh so Akatsuki does huh? Between fending of War they beat up children?" Ichigo asked sarcasm dripping from his words.
"You are Ichigo Kurosaki." The one holding the boys arm said. "Konan spoke highly of you."
"Oh you mean that busty beauty's centerfold?" Ichigo asked and the larger man laughed and Ichigo took a good look at him, his skin was a light blue with gill like markings on each cheek, his eyes were small and round and his teeth were shark like, all his features reminded Ichigo of a shark, his dark blue hair acting as a fin.
"I like you kid." He chuckled.
"Quiet Kisame, if Konan heard you laughing about her..." The other trailed off and the now named Kisame instantly shut up. "My name is Itachi Uchiha."
"I am Kisame Hoshigaki." Kisame introduced himself.
"Ichigo Kurosaki." Ichigo told them. "Now why are you beating up a bunch of brats?"
"I'd like to know the same." Kisame said. "Itachi, we're only after the blonde brat." Ichigo looked over Kisame's shoulder to see Naruto who had run into him at the Chunnin exams.
"Itachi! Die!" Sasuke shouted as he went to punch his older brother.
"Enough." Itachi simply stated before breaking the boys arm with a painful snap making him cry out in pain and Sasuke crumpled to the floor in agony.
"Sasuke!" Naruto shouted before Kisame drew his own bandaged sword making Naruto take a step back.
"Reunion I take it." Ichigo sighed.
"Are you here to take us up on our offer? After seeing what happened in the Leaf?" Itachi asked. "Surely you didn't simply walk out of the village."
"Well... I was going to. Then this weird guy with a music note printed on a head band of some sought attacked this girl in front of me... I kind of just reacted." Ichigo chuckled as he rubbed the back of his head awkwardly. "Nice girl though said if I was ever there again that I could get free Ramen." He shrugged. "But after that I walked out, the rest wasn't my fight."
"So for the last five day's I have simply been wandering around." Ichigo told him. "Not really sure what I'm going to do next."
"That then asks the question of joining the Akatsuki."
"Yeah... that's not going to happen." Ichigo told him as he saw Itachi raise an eyebrow. "From being banished from the Soul Society not even getting a chance to see my friends before I left... Don't take it the wrong way, but I don't trust you guys."
"Smart." Kisame chuckled. "We're an organization shrouded in mystery."
"Plus the last group I joined up with just wanted to take my power." He growled this time. "They all but succeeded." Ichigo turned to walk away when Kisame spoke again.
"That sword... It wouldn't happen to be a sword from the seven swordsman would it?"
"Uh no." Ichigo said over his shoulder. "This here sword has been with me since the day I was born. Sometimes won't shut up either." He mumbled the last part to himself so the others didn't hear. "Why do you ask?"
"Oh it just reminds me of my own Samehada." He grinned lifting his own bandaged sword and resting it over his shoulder. "Would have been nice to test steel on steel with you. Konan said you were rather good with the blade. Quicker then me even." Ichigo simply shrugged his shoulders and continued to walk away.
"Ichigo." Itachi called out and threw him an envelop which he caught and looked over his shoulder at Itachi. "Konan suspected you didn't know much about this land. She told me to give you that. Just encase. Think of it as a partner ship of sorts with the Akatsuki." Ichigo looked into the envelope to see it was filled with cash.
"Will do." Ichigo said as he walked away.
"We will be in touch." Itachi said turning away and turning to Naruto.
"That was... different." Ichigo said looking into the envelope before placing it in his pocket.
"Perhaps we should leave this town Ichigo, if the authority's get word of what has happened back there they will be looking for a man with a big sword."Zangetsu said and Ichigo sighed. "It was odd, I sensed something from his sword but it wasn't the spirit of a Zanpakuto."
"You don't say huh?" Ichigo questioned as he pulled out the map. "Where should we go old man?" Ichigo asked as he looked down to the map.
"I have always wanted to see a waterfall in person." Zangetsu said. "Perhaps the land of Waterfalls would be sufficient."
"Better then nothing old man." Ichigo said as he folded the map up and placing it away. "Maybe we should get a few supplies before we leave."
"No shit! King I know your stupid and all but seriously! Get some food, get some equipment and for sake of all that is evil in this world get a root already!"
"Shut the fuck up you crazy ass hollow! No one asked you!" Ichigo roared at his Hollow before continuing to walk down the street and soon found himself in front of a small ninja store. "Guess this will do." Ichigo opened the door and walked into the store and with a ding his presence was alerted to the store owner.
"Oh a customer!" The man behind the counter said with a smile. "We don't get many here since this ain't no ninja village. What can I do for you?"
"Well... I was looking to get a few supplies. If this is a place I can do that."
"Sure as sure can be! Now what are you looking for kunai? Shuriken? Ninja wire? You name it we got it."
"A tent?" Ichigo asked and the man faltered for a moment.
"Yeah we got them too, but you will need weapons won't you? Come on say you will by some." He pleaded. "We don't get many customers and it's rare when we do."
"Perhaps a wooden sword Ichigo."
"Huh why old man?"
"Taking from our experience with Konan." His Hollow chuckled at the innuendo Zangetsu's words held. "A lot of people, if they were to fight you, would freeze up if you were to unleash some of your power with me in your hand. A wooden sword would not kill them but leave them injured enough to not be a bother."
"Yeah I guess your right." Ichigo responded before looking up at the store owner who had pleading eyes. "Ah... a wooden sword."
"Right away sir! Would you like the essentials in a medical kit? Maybe some basic supply's, food pills, lock picks, you name it we have it!" He cheered, Ichigo sighed as the man tried to sell him more supplies, this guy was worse then Urahara.
"Ah is there something that has all of that in it?" Ichigo asked and the man's eyes lit up.
"Yes! Original to our store only! Because I put it together." He mumbled the last part. "This highly resistant backpack!" He shouted holding up a simple blue bag. "It has a large medical kit two sets of kunai and shuriken, a jar of food pills, a set of exploding paper tags with many more! All for cheap just for you sir!"
"Plus the sword how much will that all cost?" Ichigo asked as he pulled the envelope out.
"Eight thousand Ryo for you! Cheap price just for you." Ichigo pulled out the wad of notes and looked them over and flicked his fingers through and handed the man the money who nodded his head in thanks and walkde into the back to get his sword as Ichigo looked through the backpack that was sitting up on the bench.
"I bet I could have got it for cheaper."
"I do believe that it was a fine deal."
"What you never learned to haggle King!"
"Just shut up the both of you!" Ichigo growled as he zipped up the back pack and slung the one band of the bag over his head so it went diagonally across his chest.. "It's already paid for." The man came out and handed Ichigo a simple wooden sword and Ichigo grabbed it and slipped it through the white belt surrounded his waist.
"Anything more I can do for you?" The man asked.
"Yeah one more thing." Ichigo said. "Which way to the land of Waterfalls?"
Alright quick chapter this time but the next one should be longer. I'm surprised that this story has got so many reviews so far, almost twenty reviews for the first chapter, I think that's a first for me I could be wrong so don't hold me to it. Ichigo turned down the Akatsuki once more and has picked the interest of Itachi. I do plan to have Ichigo travel with a few people and if you know what's in the land of waves you might be able to pick up who's the first companion will be. He won't simply look for companions they will just simply follow him much to his distaste. There will only be a few around two or three. Hope you enjoyed the chapter no matter if it was short or not. I feel that the start with Itachi and Kisame passed too quickly but let me know. On another note Ichigo will not learn to use Kunai or Shuriken.
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