after her scare Kurono feels like shes unprotected and she misses a certin person from her past. Enter stage right, Gintaro Tetsu!! but wait, could Grimmjow be....jealous?!
Grimmjow stopped petting my hair and I stood.
“What is it?”
“Nothing, I need to talk to Aizen about something”
I walked over to Grimmjow’s closet and slid the door open. There was just a repetition of the same clothes, over and over again. I pulled out one of the pants and pulled them on. It was way too baggy but it would have to do. I buttoned up the shirt I was already wearing. I turned to Grimmjow who was now sitting and staring at me
“How do I look?”
He started laughing
“What are you? My fan club?”
I rolled my eyes.
Grimmjow stopped laughing as Harribel appeared.
“I need some clothes, as you can see”
“I thought you might. Here, I brought these”
I grabbed the garments she was holding. It was a pair of long pants and a shirt like Ulquiorra’s that looked perfect.
Harribel nodded and turned to Grimmjow. I went about putting on the pants as I listened
“Szayel has been dealt with. I was about to kill him but Aizen stopped me. He has been beaten badly.”
“Why didn’t you kill him?”
Grimmjow was staring at her with boiling anger
“Aizen was going to kill me, what was I to do?”
“I don’t know, die trying?”
Harribel rolled her eyes and turned to me.
“Forgive me Kurono”
“Don’t worry about it, Szayel will die. I can feel it. A Shinigami is going to kill him.”
They both stared at me in surprise as I buttoned the shirt all the way up under my chin
“What? Is there something wrong with me?”
Harribel shook her head and walked out. Grimmjow chuckled to himself and lay back down. I walked over to where my sword sat on the floor.
“That’s all that’s left?!”
I knelt down and took the hilt in my hand. Only about 3 inches of the blade were attached to the handle. I sighed and pulled the strap over my shoulder and headed for the door.
“Well, see ya later.”
“What do you need to talk to Aizen for?”
I walked out the door and ran into Gin.
“Captain Ichimaru, just the person I wanted to see. Can you take me to Aizen please?”
Gin smiled wider and tilted his head
“Now that’s titled I haven’t heard in a while. Brings back memories.”
“Oh, sorry. A habbit I guess”
“It is perfectly alright, I like you too much to let it bother me. And I will be more than happy to take you to Aizen”
I walked behind Gin for a long while. For some reason I had the feeling he wasn't as bad as the rest. But before I could get too deep into thought we arrived at the throne room.
“Here we are”
“Thank you, Captain Ichimaru.”
He still gives me the creeps, that’s for sure
I walked up to the throne but Aizen wasn't there
I turned and saw Aizen standing behind me
“What may I help you with?”
“Well, you might already know that Szayel attacked me.”
“Yes, Harribel almost killed him over it. What of it?”
“Well, Grimmjow, Harribel, Baraggan, Nnoitra, and even Szayel all have…. a fracción.”
“Where are you going with this?”
“Well, can I have a fracción? I know some Arrancars that would be more than willing to follow me. And since I'm supposed to be an Espada, I have that option…right?”
“Yes Kurono, you do.”
“Thank you Lord Aizen.”
“You know I care for your safety. Thus why I will let you have one”
I nodded and headed for the door, but stopped just before leaving
“No you don’t”
“You don’t care. We Espada are merely pawns in your game.”
I turned to him, fear screaming in my head
“We are only cannon fodder for you”
“It seems you are the only one to realize that or have enough guts to say something”
“I think I have the guts. Good day… Aizen”
I walked out the door and sighed.
“What were you thinking?”
I rolled my eyes
“Stay out of my head will ya?”
“Do you have a death wish? Or maybe you hit your head too hard?”
“No, this is how I am. Get used to it”
“He could have killed you!”
“Well I hope you'd avenge my death.”
“Very funny. And why do you want a fracción? Don’t think I can protect you?”
“No, that’s not it. I just want one that’s all. Now go away”
“Jeez you are so touchy”
I killed the connection and flash stepped towards the nearest door.
It took me over an hour to find a way out of the palace. Then I had to find a way down into the The Forest of Menos, which took about another hour. From there it was smooth sailing. I quickly found the right cave and entered. I heard a noise to my right and pulled out my sword fast enough to block another. The 3 inches barely kept my face from getting killed.
“Gintaro Tetsu. You made a noise, by doing so you gave away your position”
I looked to my right to see a thin male Arrancar holding a katana parallel with his forearm. He had a gray scarf wrapped around the bottom of his face, but I knew his hollow mask was under it. His mask fragment consisted of the sides of his face and his mouth. His mask fragment gave him a similar appearance to Grimmjow, at least in regards to the teeth. It looked similar to Harribel’s except his stopped just under his chin. He had dark red eyes that shined under short messy black-brown hair that hung down in his pale face. He had two long pony-tails pulled into gold bands, one in front on the left side, one in back on the right side. He wore a black arrancar shirt that looked more like a shaw than a shirt. He even had black gloves to match the ninja like outfit. He had black markings around his eyes much like Grimmjow.
“No, Kurono Suzuki, you're just hearing things”
He pulled his sword away.
“It’s been a long time. What brings you back to Hell?”
“Oh, you know. The norm. Evil master mind needs my help with some secret thing that involves a family member and my safety. The usual”
“It’s really good to see you.”
He bowed his head
He looked up
“Can I ask you a favor?”
He cocked his head.
“Well, as you can see by the outfit, I'm hanging out with the Espada…”
Just like I remember you Gintaro, a little kid with the fighting skill of a master ninja
“…And I get to choose my fracción. I want you to be my fracción.”
His red eyes widened
“I would be glad to serve you again, my lady”
“Ha! Just because your family served me in the real world don't mean you have to treat me like royalty.”
Its true, when I was alive Gintaro’s family served mine. I try not to think about it because it was my fault they got kicked out of a job. Gintaro and I used to play together. I knew he saw my ghost by the river but he never talked to me. He never told me how he died but he became a hollow none the less. We traveled together until I went to live with Ryu.
“Kurono? Are you ok?”
I shook my head, trying to dislodge the past
“What? Sorry. I was spacing”
“It’s ok. Thinking about the past?”
“Yeah. Well we better get back to Las Noches… My fracción”
I smiled at him and he smiled back as he put away his sword Kurotsuin (Dark Twin). It was a normal katana with a black grip. Though the way he held it was parallel with his forearm, much like a ninja fighting style. He put the sword away next to its twin brother Shirotsuin (Light Twin). This sword had a white grip. Both swords were crisscrossed over his back.
Okay, I got my fracción slash body guard. Now to introduce him to Grimmjow. I might have just added pointless drama. Yippee
Me and Gintaro flash stepped back to Las Noches. We were almost there when I saw Grimmjow standing outside. I slid to a stop and Gintaro did the same.
He looked from me to Gintaro. As he did so his thoughts flashed in my head
“Who is he?”
“My fracción. BE NICE!!”
I screamed the thought and Grimmjow winced
“Taro, this is the 6th Espada, Grimmjow Jaegerjaquez.”
I gestured with my hand towards Grimmjow, then back to Gintaro.
“Grimmjow, this is my new fracción member, Gintaro Tetsu”
Gintaro stared at Grimmjow in wonder
“Kurono-sama, what is your number?”
I looked at the ground
“Well, that’s funny. I don’t have one”
“Aizen only told me I'm between 4 and 5. I guess that makes me 4 and a half”
Gintaro chuckled while Grimmjow stayed stoic.
“Don't be a stick in the mud. Please”
“So you really don't think I can protect you?”
“No, I told you that’s not it…”
“Whatever, if you think this guy is stronger then be with him”
I was now staring angrily at Grimmjow
“Its not like I'm choosing him over you. Jeez, you are so jealous some times!!”
I didn’t mean to say it out loud but I did. Gintaro gave me a worried look
“I’m not jealous”
Grimmjow gave me a bored look
“You are SO jealous”
Grimmjow growled in frustration and turned towards Las Noches.
I reached forward and grabbed his arm. With lighting speed he pulled his arm away and pushed me. I fell into the sand. The action surprised me so much I just sat and stared at him. Grimmjow did the same. I quickly stood
“Come on Gintaro. Aizen might want to talk to you”
I turned and Gintaro followed like a lost puppy
“I'm not even going to ask”
I kept walking leaving Grimmjow staring at the spot where I just was. Suddenly he had his hand on my arm
Before the word was out of his mouth the hand was removed. I turned to see Gintaro between me and Grimmjow.
“Don't you dare lay a hand on lady Kurono! The next time you touch her you wont have a hand”
Grimmjow’s face went from surprise to anger
“You have no right to threaten me”
Yes, Gintaro can move faster than light. One of his best fighting skills.
“Come on, Gintaro”
I walked ahead searching for a door while Gintaro and Grimmjow stared angrily at each other.
I eventually found the door and draged Gintaro with me. After a few secounds of walking down an endless hallway I spoke
“Gintaro, don't pick a fight with him, he’ll kill you”
“No he wont, I can take him, for you my lady”
“The kid don't stand a chance, you're right”
“STAY OUT! I'm mad at you right now.”
I killed the connection and stopped at a fork in the hallway, Gintaro almost ran into me as I turned to him.
“Don't act brave Gintaro. I know you're strong, but Grimmjow is a sadistic killer”
“thanks a lot”
Gintaro was looking at me with a black stare
“There you go again, that blank, deer in the head-lights, look.”
I looked at him in concern
“Do you remember when you used to call me Taro?”
“I would like it if you continue that.”
“Of course, Taro”
I smiled at him as he nodded
“Thank you lady Kurono”
“And I repeatedly say, call me Kurono”
“Alright, my lady”
I rolled my eyes
Its hopeless, just like last time…
I tuned and faced the fork
“Now which way”
“I say left”
I closed my eyes and calmed my nerves. I faced the left hallway, but mad a sudden turn and went doen the right one
“Fine then, be spitful. See if I care”
“Darn it, get out of my head!!”
I walked on with Taro behind me.
“Uh, Lady Kurono…”
“Don't you feel that Reiatsu?”
I stopped and consetrated. Sure enough just ahead somewhere was a vast ammount of Reiatsu.
“I'm serious Kurono! Please turn around”
“Oh wow, since you said please… I don't think I will”
I continued to walk forward
“Lady Kurono, don't!”
I took about ten steps when someone was suddenly in front of me with long red hair and an outfit like Grimmjow’s. his hollow mask were two horns that added to the devil look.
I took a step back.
“Get out of there. NOW!”