Wahhh! I'm so sorry I've been gone for so long. Life sort of got on top of me but don't worry. I beat him down and now I'm back on the internet ;) Enjoy!
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What's in a name?
Two months had passed since the news of his death had reached soul society and by now it had already been swallowed by different issues. Students had their studies to worry about, Teachers had lessons to plan and Soul reapers had hollows to kill. Even Ichigo himself had assignments that he needed complete so he didn't have time to wallow in self-pity or over think his predicament.
Yukimura threw a book down and stomped over to the other side of the room. "I can't take it anymore, I'm dying! I have no idea how to write this report. How do they expect me to write about a time when I wasn't even born? I don't even know who Keisuke Urahara is! How can I write a 2,000 word essay on him." He ranted as he dived forwards and landed on Ichigo's bed and smushed his face into the cotton sheets.
Ichigo glanced down at his room-mate and rolled his eyes. He had gotten used to his idiotic ways, having spent almost all his time with him. "Why don't you actually read the book instead of throwing it around?" Ichigo suggested.
Yukimura groaned. "It's too much effort trying to find out what's truth and what's made up rumours. The 12th division captain has changed all the records." His voice muffled by the covers.
Ichigo blinked at the explanation and picked up the book that Yukimura had discarded. He flicked through it and tried not to laugh at the obvious lies. Ichigo put it down and shrugged. "Why don't you ask some of the lectures?"
"I can't!" He groaned. "This is 70% of my grade. They said I needed to research and write it on my own. Oh god, I'm going to fail." He said, almost inaudibly.
Ichigo sighed in exasperation. "Okay. I'll help you just this once."
Yukimura's head shot up, he looked at Ichigo with wide green eyes. "Thankyou Ichirou!" He sobbed happily.
Ichigo started to tell Yukimura what he knew about Keisuke, careful that he didn't say anything that would lead suspicion his way. Yukimura wrote notes furiously and listened intently to everything that Ichigo was saying.
"How do you know all this?!" Yukimura asked in an amazed voice.
"I guess you could say that he's a family friend." Ichigo said.
Yukimura smiled happily, believing everything Ichigo said. He showed Ichigo his notes with a grin. "I can definitely write an essay now! I could write a book! Thank you so much. I really owe you one."
Ichigo laughed. "I'll hold you to that."
Ichigo had already finished his essay; luckily he had been given someone relatively easy to write about. Byakuya Kuchiki, he just had to make sure he didn't put anything too familiar in the essay. He made sure to write about all the achievements that Byakuya had made with an admiration he didn't necessarily have. He also had to make sure he didn't say anything…insulting about the 6th division Captain, like the fact that he hadn't done anything when his sister was about to be executed. Actually…it was quite difficult to write.
Yukimura stretched a grumbling coming from his stomach. A light blush settled on his cheeks. "Haha, I guess I'm hungry."
Ichigo jumped to his feet. "Yeah, me too." Ichigo glanced at the clock in the corner of their room. 8:23pm and it was still light outside. Lessons had finished hours ago but the work load hadn't. Soul Academy was a lot more taxing than University.
The walked down the corridor together, heading towards the dining hall when they heard the screaming. At first they thought that it was just students sparing a little too enthusiastically but then the screaming started to get louder and more frantic. It sounded like the screams of pain.
Ichigo's eyes widened as Yukimura ran forwards to the window. "Oh god!" He shouted fearfully.
A terrible roar echoed through the halls.
Ichigo rushed to the window that Yukimura was currently hanging out of and did the same. A large menos grande was in the middle of the courtyard. Its voice like thunder made Ichigo jump, having not heard the sound in years. The Hollow threw back its head, jaw wide. Ichigo instantly knew what was coming next.
"Cero" Ichigo whisper to himself. "Get out the way!" He screamed down to the students standing in fear. Nobody moved, whether they hadn't heard him or they were too frightened to he didn't know. Ichigo cursed under his breath. He raised his hands and shouted. "Disintegrate, you black dog of Rondanini! Look upon yourself with horror and then claw out your own throat!" A red light flashed out of his palm and wrapped itself around the menos.
Ichigo felt himself jolt forwards as the menos was paralysed but he knew that this was only a quick fix. It wouldn't hold for long. Less than thirty second he guessed.
"Ichirou! I'm going down there." Yukimura announced as he jumped onto the windowsill.
"Are you crazy!? You can fight that thing. You don't even have a sword!" Ichigo shouted, worried for his friend. The blonde smiled at him.
"I was hoping to keep it secret for a little longer." He said as a bright light flashed and suddenly a black zanpakuto appeared in his hand. "If I told the teacher I knew his name they'd surely move me into different classes….and I wanted to stay with my best friend." He smiled and jumped out the window. "Glide through enemy flesh, Kurogane!" He shouted.
Ichigo bit his lip and tried to hold Geki a little longer. He jumped onto the windowsill as he watched Yukimura fall to the ground and start running towards the menos. With a roar of his own Ichigo pulled Zangestsu out of his hiding place and flash stepped to where Yukimura was.
Dodging and weaving his way through the students that didn't even give him a second glace, he made it to Yukimura within seconds. The teen looked to Ichigo in shock but a large grin soon covered his face.
"You have a plan?" Ichigo asked from the side.
"stab it with the pointy end." Ichigo joked. Yukimura laughed and together they charged in. By now the hold that Ichigo had over the menos had faded and it was starting to make that awful screech once more. Truthfully Ichigo didn't have a clue how he was going to do this without using getsuga tenshou, there wasn't another way. It wasn't as if Zangetsu had magically formed new attacks. Ichigo remembered that his father blade had the same attack. Engetsu. If Ichigo had a similar name he'd be able to use it without suspicious, right.
"Inazuma" Ichigo heard whispered into his consciousness. Old man? "Call getsuga tenshou, 'Inazuma'. I shall answer to that."
Ichigo nodded and looked to Yukimura. "We hit it at the same time." He called over to him. Yukimura was holding Kurogane in two hands as if he was about to pull it out of an invisible scabbard, the sword rested by his right side. Yukimura nodded. They were only meters from the huge hollow by now, with a glace out of the corner of his eye he nodded to Yukimura. Ichigo stopped running and brought his zanpakuto in front of him.
"Inazuma!" He screamed, making exactly the same moves as he would with getsuga tenshou. A blue familiar curve shot out of the blade, Arching towards the enemy. Yukimura was right behind the attack, moving in at a nanosecond after it. When Ichigo's attack hit the menos sending it back slightly but not having the same impact at it did before he died, he began to worry. Yukimura struck the menos in exactly the same spot that Ichigo had. His blade gliding through the air and slicing into the black clad monster. It screamed and Ichigo was surprised to see his spiritual pressure break through the hollow and slice it in half, without him even doing anything.
Yukimura jumped away for the menos to where Ichigo was standing. They watched together as the Hollow dispersed into the air and was defeated. Ichigo turned to Yukimura with a questioning look on his face.
"What was that attack?" he asked.
"Kurogane glides through others attack and makes them into its own. Without your Inazuma I would have been useless! We make an excellent team!" He beamed.
"Idiot! What the hell would you have done if I hadn't come?"
"I knew you wouldn't leave me to fight alone. We're room-mates, Ichirou! I think I know your personality by now."
Ichigo didn't have time to comment because within seconds they were surrounded by soul reapers. They flashed stepped into existence. Some started to help students stand and healed what wounds they hand.
"We heard of a hollow in the area. Where is it now?" A male voice asked from behind Ichigo. He kept his expression neutral as he turned around and watched a dark haired man in a white captain coat ask two students. The two girls had dark blushed on their faces whilst still looking stunned and afraid. They simply pointed at Ichigo and Yukimura.
The young captain turned to lock eyes with Ichigo. Ichigo hand not missed his cold expressions and his arrogant air. Byakuya Kuchiki. Ichigo and Yukimura both gave bows in greating to show their respect.
"You disposed of the hollow. A menos grande?" He asked them
"That's correct Captain Kuchiki" Ichigo answered with his head still bowed. Hopefully he wouldn't get noticed.
"What year are you in?"
"We're first years. Captain." Yukimura answered and raised his head to smile. "I'm Yukimura Mai, this is my room-mate and best friend Ichirou Shiba."
Byakuya looked disinterested in the two students but hand a secret gleam in his eye that hinted at something else. For two students to destroy a Hollow of that calibre on their own was impressive and not a scratch was on either of them. They would be prefect candidates for his squad.
"Make sure you're checked over by a member of the 4th Squad." And with that he walked away with a bored expression on his face. Ichigo was shocked to say the least, Byakuya hadn't paid any attention to him whatsoever and he was usually the observant one.
"I'm starved. Lets go get something to eat." Yukimura whined and pulled on Ichigo's arm as he sang about Dango's and melon bread.
Ichigo looked back at the soul reapers that were arriving on the scene, catching a glimpse of red hair before he turned around and walked away.
Yukimura stuffed his face with as much food as he could get and walked away with even more in his hands. He didn't even have to pay for it. The students that had been milling around doing nothing and had happened to witness the Hollow attack had taken to hero worshiping Yukimura and Ichigo, though Ichigo shrugged off their compliments.
They were on the way back to the dorms when their silver haired teacher stopped them. Ukitake had a stern look on his face that was a mixture of concern, anger and relief. "I'd like to have a word with you two, would you step into my office please." He said as he opened the door that he had walked out of. Yukimura looked to Ichigo with wide eyes.
They walked silently into the room followed by Ukitake. He offered them seats in front of his large desk that was piled with paperwork. He sat down in his chair behind the desk and sighed, resting his elbows on the desk and clasping his hands.
"I'd like to know what you two think you were doing? You could have been seriously injured." He scolded them.
Yukimura gulped. "Ah, well, err-"
"-we just couldn't do nothing. That Hollow was about to shoot a cero and none of the students were moving." Ichigo cut in to save Yukimura.
Ukitake nodded. "You should have gotten a teacher. My, I'm sorry for lecturing you but I was very worried when I felt two of my students fighting a menos grade. " He slumped into his chair. "You did well." He said quietly.
"Wha-?" Yukimura gaped.
"You fought the Hollow with skill and teamwork that I can only expect off of graduates. I'm putting in a request to accelerate your teaching. This is not a reward for reckless behaviour. Both of your school work is outstanding, the best I've seen in a long while. All your teachers are amazed with your understanding." He smiled.
Ichigo's eyes widened. "We'll jump a year?" he asked.
"One, maybe two." Ukitake explained. "I'm surprised you weren't put at a higher level when applying, afterall your entrance results were top of the class." He picked up a sheet of paper and looked over it. He made a noise of realisation before he continued. "I see. Neither of you had a zanpakuto at the time. Or did not know its name. I'm assuming you both do now?"
"Yes! He's called Kurogane!" Yukimura explained as he tapped the blade at his side.
Ukitake smiled. "That's brilliant, many soul reapers do not learn the name of their zanpakuto's till at least the third year. What about you, Ichirou-kun?"
Ichigo bit his lip. I know what you're thinking, Ichigo. That name suits me just fine. I shall answer to it. "His name is Narukami"
Sooooo…what do you think.
Narukami = naru (鳴, thundering/rolling) and kami (神, spirit or deity)
Inazuma = Thunder
Kurogane = Black steel.