The Return Ch.9
Change of Plans
The next day dawned as Ichigo woke up only to accidentally fall onto the floor head first as he grunted and winced.
"W-What was that? Damn that hurt...that has got to be the worst possible way to wake up in the morning..." he stated in a sleepy haze as he rubbed the side of his head "...my freaking head. I'm such an idiot," but it was then he realized that the wounds he had felt completely fine. He quickly unwrapped his bandages as he saw that he was entirely healed.
"It's healed. Who did this?" He placed his hand upon his head as he concentrated, "This spiritual pressure..." but he was interrupted by the sudden opening of his window as Hitsugaya interrupted "...it was probably Orihime Inoue. Come immediately Ichigo. It's an emergency."
Ichigo soon arrived with Hitsugaya at Orihime's living complex as he entered into the room that contained the large communication screen as he joined up with Rukia, Yumichika, Ikkaku, Renji, and Matsumoto to be there already.
The Return Ch.8
"Who the hell are you?!" Grimmjow rudely demanded to know, irritated that his fight was once again interrupted.
"Shinji," Kein spoke to herself in silence, glad that he had actually come along so that Ichigo wouldn't be further battered on her account, but it still didn't take away the shameful sting of guilt from her actions.
"Are you a friend of theirs?"
"Do I look like I am?"
"Who are you then?"
"Does it really matter?"
"No, you're right. Whoever you are..." stopping midway in his sentence as he quickly grabbed his sword from Ichigo's leg and yanked it away as he burst into the air towards Shinji "...your dead, because I'm going to RIP YOU TO SHREDS!"
Grimmjow swung vicious attacks at Shinji, but the blonde haired Vizard merely dodged them with ease.
"Ugh! If every time I dodge an attack you destroy a building, I won't be able to dodge because then I'll feel so guilty. Try to hold back a little when you're fighting," he requeste
The Return Ch.7
A horrifying dark aura surrounded Kein's body as she powered up her reiatsu, overwhelming Grimmjow. Quickly removing her scythe, she swung it back and yelled aloud in a battle cry, but at the last second sounds of cracks could be heard and suddenly
her mask cracked
It broke into pieces upon mid air. Both her and Grimmjow gasped as the pieces floated idly in the sky before gravity took over and began to drag the pieces down back to the earthen ground. At first Grimmjow was surprised, but his bloodied face quickly glowed with a renewed sense of confidence as he grinned wildly and yelled, "Your luck's run out Shinigami!"
Giving her a similar treatment from earlier that she had given him, he bent back his leg and then thrust it forward as it kicked against her cheekbone, nearly breaking it as she went flying downwards. Ichigo was quickly becoming worried as he stated to himself in irritation, "Kein! Damn it...why didn't she finish hi
The Return Ch.6
Like the previous course of the month, the weather had proved itself to be quite beautiful as everyone was preparing for the winter battle. To properly train Orihime, Rukia had taken her back to the Soul Society in the training grounds with Captain Ukitake's permission. Kein and Ichigo were of course steadily battling with Hiyori to hone their Vizard mask skills while Chad and Renji were training under Urahara's shop. And last but not least; Matsumoto, Yumichika, and Ikkaku were trying to meditate with the resonance of their Zanpakutou's under the guidance of Captain Hitsugaya.
However, despite this peaceful and gorgeous day, within the sky opened up a dark and blackened cavity as it sliced open the peacefulness. Hitsugaya and the others suddenly looked up above them as this massive empty like mouth opened up in the atmosphere as they could see four Arrancars.
The first was Grimmjow, the second Luppi, the third Yammy, and the fourth Wonderweiss.
The group wa
The Return Ch.5
Upon leaving the facility, Orihime ran into Yoruichi who was waiting for her outside as she took Orihime to Urahara upon his request in his subterranean training grounds. When they arrived, the three were watching Chad and Renji fiercely battling against each other in preparation for the Winter battle to come.
"What was it that you wanted to talk to me about?" Orihime asked Urahara as his expression was rather serious, but solemn.
"Well, a little while ago Rangiku Matsumoto came here for a visit."
"So you know about the Ouken and the danger that lies ahead? This situation is sudden and a little unexpected, but whatever the case may be, all of us including the Soul Society will have to focus and prepare for the upcoming battle this winter from here on out. It's going to be all out war. More blood will be spilled than ever before. Both we and the Soul Society will need more offensive power than we already have."
"I see. I...I want to become strong
The Return Ch.4
Aizen's Frightening Plan
It took a moment before Ichigo was able to stand up on his own, but Kein was over exhausted as she plopped over on her back as the Vizards around her looked at her in concern.
"Kein! Are you alright?" Mashiro asked. Panting rather heavily she replied, "Y-Yeah. I'm fine...just...c-completely drained. Feels like I-I'm gonna faint."
Suddenly she heard footsteps come up towards her as she found herself engulfed in a spiky haired shadow. "Looks like you got your ass kicked. Care to fill me in?"
Ichigo asked in banter as Kein chuckled and smiled up at him. "You're one to talk Mr. I-took-an-hour-to-control-my-Inner-Hollow. While you were bouncing around in your inner world, in the physical world I was fighting your monstrous Hollow form...your real Inner Hollow. Looks completely different than what I saw moments ago."
Ichigo grinned nervously as he asked, "Moments ago?"
"I wanted to give you as much time as possible to control your Hollow so I decided to
The Return Ch.3
A King and His Horse
When Ichigo found himself conscious again, he looked around to find himself amongst the same familiar proud standing skyscrapers as he stood sideways upon them with a beautiful blue sky adorned above him. It was silent as he stared off in the distance as his eyes fell on a not so welcoming image that was of pure white as he was met with a jeering grin and black and yellow eyes.
"Hey, long time no see......king."
The white inverse Inner Hollow being slowly stood up as he taunted, "What's wrong? By the expression on your face you look...glum."
Ichigo looked around in both directions as he saw that Zangetsu was not in sight. "Where the hell is Zangetsu? Answer me!" he demanded to know as he readied his sword as Shiro could only grin back at him.
"I want to know now damnit!"
"I'm confused. When you talk about Zangetsu do you mean the one you're holding......in your hand? Or is it this one..." as Shiro withdrew his sword as well
The Return Ch.2
The boy was frozen in place. Just what the hell was Kein planning?
"You're probably highly confused right now and rightfully so, but I want to introduce you to my Inner Hollow."
He gasped as he repeated, "That's your Inner...Hollow?!"
Ernesto grinned widely looking upon Ichigo like he was fresh bait, cackling with a snide expression.
"What's the matter...Ichigo...are you afraid?"
Ernesto's taunting nature was all too familiar of his own Inner Hollow, finding it unnerving wild uncontrolled.
"How...how is it that he's just standing there right beside you?!"
Ichigo gasped as the name she spouted brought on a familiarity, but he couldn't quite remember.
"Tenshintai is that cut out doll you used to bring out Zangetsu when you trained in Soul Society to learn your Bankai. Well, I decided to borrow it from Urahara and bring out my Zanpakutou's spirit. Since my Inner Hollow is the center of my spirit energy right now, he c
The Return Ch.1
The previous story to this fanfic is, On Hollow Grounds The link can be found in the artist description.
Story Summary The protectors of Karakura Town as well as Soul Society only have a few months to prepare for the final battle with the Arrancars, but a group of Arrancars decide to show themselves a bit earlier than planned.
Face Your Fears
Kein slowly crawled herself out of the large dent in the ground as she released her Bankai and returned back to her regular form, her Zanpakutou disappearing back into her reiatsu. As she got to ground level she stood before Ichigo and Rukia with a rather depressed look on her face. Ichigo flinched slightly as he felt the tension from her.
"I'm sorry " she stated bluntly "...about what I said earlier."
She fell to one knee as she bowed her head "I mean no disrespect. I"
Ichigo sighed in slight interruption "...don't worry about it. I know you didn't actually mean that you would kill us if we interfered in you