Gintaro's older brother shows up with a message from her sister.
Ginshiro Tetsu and a Break Down
I looked at the hollow, fear mixing in my stomach
“I told you to go the other way. But no you had to be spiteful”
“Now is not the time”
He was tall with long red hair under his hollow fragment of two devil horns. His eyes were a light blue that pierced into what seemed like my soul. He was wearing an arrancar outfit like Grimmjow’s; chest open but with a long black cape. He had a yellow sash tied around his waist. In the sash two Zanpakutō handles stuck out. One was a very broad sword that had a red grib with a round golden pommle, the other was a simple kantana with a blue-gray grip. But the most haunting thing about him was a long jagged scar that ran from his hair line to his chin. It continued down on his chest where it spread out into a bunch of little scars that disappeared under his shirt. They reappeared on his arms where they all joined together in his palm after spiraling around his wrist.
Gintaro flashed stepped in front of me; both swords out, ready for a fight.
He looks really familiar…
Taro spat it like a curse. The hollow held out his left hand and stuck the other one in his pocket.
Ginshiro grinned on the right side of his face as he said the greeting. His voice was cool and smooth, like a biker.
“What do you want Ginshiro?”
Taro’s voice was harsh
“Chillax! I'm just here to see Lady Kurono”
Taro didn’t ease at all.
He called me lady… and called Taro brother… that means…
“No don't, I can handle this”
“Let me fight my own battles. I'm not made of glass”
I looked at Ginshiro. He had placed both hands in his pockets and was looking at me with an eyebrow cocked.
“Who are you, and how do you know my name?”
“Tisk tisk. Have you forgotten my name already?”
I searched my brain until I came to my life as a human. I couldn't remember past the day I died and my few fights with Sensei Ookami.
“I…You look familiar….”
“Has your time in the real world stolen your memory? Or maybe you're blocking me?”
“Never the less, I have a message”
That remark brought back a moment from my child hood
I stood by the river watching the waves. I was only about 15. After a few seconds I could hear some one running up to me from behind. I turned to see Gintaro and a tall red headed boy a little older then Gintaro and me. The red head spoke
“Lady Kurono. I have a message”
I looked at the boy and smiled
“Ginshiro, its good to see you made up with your brother”
The boy dug his foot into the ground
“Well, we’re brothers and all. We always bounce back”
He put his arm around Gintaro
“Isn’t that right little brother?”
Gintaro looked up at me. He was only about 2 years younger than me but he still had that childish look about him.
“Well that’s good. What was the message?”
Ginshiro ran his hand threw his hair
“Well now I've gone and forgot it”
He smiled and laughed as the memory faded.
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“Gin….Ginshiro! Taro’s older brother”
Ginshiro pulled his hands out of his pockets and clapped
“Congrats! Give the girl a cookie!”
“Shut up Ginshiro! You will speak to lady Kurono with respect!”
Ginshiro waved his hand at his brother
“Hush, hush little brother. I'm not here to kill her. Heavens, I would never raise my hand against her.”
I rolled my eyes.
“Why are you here?”
“Tell him to relax and I’ll tell you”
He jabbed his thumb at his brother before hooking it on the edge of his pocket
“Gintaro, relax. Now why are you here?”
Gintaro stood and stepped aside, swords still in hand. Ginshiro eyed him with a bored look
“Like I said, I have a message”
“Well what is it? Does it have something to do with Aizen?”
He ran his hands threw his hair and closed his eyes
“Jeez, you and your sister are more alike then you think. Always impatient, yelling, and blabbing about Aizen”
At the mention of my sister and Aizen my brain back tracked to what Suki had said during the fight
“Shut up Kurono!! Do you know who told me where you where? Aizen-sama. He said if I killed you then I get to have your spot!”
“How did I miss that?” I whispered
Ginshiro was looking at me; grinning
“Nothing. What was the message?”
“It’s from your sister. She wanted me to tell you that the games afoot”
He started examining his finger nails like he was getting bored with the whole thing
“Why didn’t she tell me herself?”
“Personally I think its cause she’s scared of your absent body guard. What was his name? Grimmjoe? Grimmy? Grimm…”
He smiled at me as I corrected him.
“Thank you. Now as I was saying…”
“I don't care what you were saying. Is there anything else to the message?”
He rolled his eyes and placed his hands back in his pockets
“Jeeeesus Women! You are an inpatient one aren’t you?”
I put my hand on my sword
“I don't have all day”
He put his hands up in a stop motion
“Ok ok! No need to get your pants in a twist!”
He put his hands back in his pockets
“Lady Suki just wanted you to know that she’s watching you, blah blah, the games afoot, blah blah, she will avenge her parents by killing you and your brother. Personally I think she’s off her rocker but…”
“Then why do you follow her?”
He ran his tongue over his teeth
“Why does Taro follow you? Cuz you’re Lady Kurono. She’s Lady Suki”
“Why don't you join me? I could use another fracción member”
He looked at his finger nails again
“I suppose you do. But I can’t leave Lady Suki. She offered…”
“Why cant you?”
Ginshiro looked at me with annoyance
“Jesus women! Cool your jets. Stop cutting me off. I can’t leave her because I owe her. She saved my life and all that good stuff. Plus she told me that if I followed her then I could be her fracción and she wouldn’t kill Gintaro”
“Like you care what happens to me. You’d kill me if she told you to. When she offered you power you ran after her like a love sick puppy”
Ginshiro’s eyes saddened and he sighed
“Alas brother, that’s where you’d be wrong.”
I could feel a great amount of Reiatsu getting closer.
“Ginshiro you better go. Some ones coming you don't want to meet”
Ginshiro looked behind me then himself
“Is that so? Then at your command my lady, I will take my leave.”
He acted like he took off a top hat and made a bow, sweeping his cape
“Good day my lady…”
He looked up at his brother, who was putting away his swords
“Farewell brother. I wish to see you both soon…very soon”
Without another word he flash stepped down the hallway and out of sight
So Suki is with Aizen some where in the palace…and they plan to kill me
It wasn't Grimmjow who appeared in front of me, but Ulquiorra. He glanced at Taro and then at me.
“The women requests to see you”
I glared at him
“The woman has a name.”
“It is unimportant, follow me”
I rolled my eyes as me and Taro followed him. He led us down several hallways until we got the big door that belonged to Orihime’s room. He opened it, allowing us both in. Orihime was sitting in a chair, staring out the window. When the door closed she stood smiling at me
“Kurono! You're alright”
I smiled and nodded
“Thanks to you Orihime”
She threw a worried glance at Taro
I took a step forward
“Don't worry about him. This is Gintaro. He won’t repeat anything said to anyone.”
“Think of him as my body guard”
Gintaro stepped forward and bowed
“It is an honor to meet any of Lady Kurono’s… good friends”
After the last bit he threw me a glance, as if hinting at something. He stood and walked towards the door
“I will leave you to your business.”
“Thank you Taro”
I turned to Orihime as the door closed. Suddenly her arms were around me and she was crying
“Oh Kurono! I've been so lonely in here! I worry about Ichigo and Rukia… Chad and Uryū! I miss them!”
I patted her on the back
“Orihime, stop crying their fine! Ichigo is strong! You're strong. You don't need to cry and feel lonely. That shows that you're weak. Orihime, you might think you're weak, but I have news for ya. Your not”
She pulled back and smiled threw her tears.
“Thank you Kurono, I wish I could be as brave as you”
“I'm not brave. I'm stupid”
She shook her head
“You are brave. You're like Ichigo. Always fighting for the good even though it seems hopeless!”
“Orihime, if I was fighting for the good, then I would be prisoner like you…. But instead I'm here… working for Aizen”
“But you’re like an undercover agent!”
My guilt slammed into me like a speeding train
I slumped to the ground. She sat in front of me with a confused, wide eyed, look
“I'm not a good guy; I was an undercover agent for the wrong side…”
“What do you mean?”
Tears started falling down my face as I stared at the floor between us.
I can’t even look at her…
“Knew what? Kurono you're not making any…”
“I knew they were going to take you!”
I yelled, the tears started to fall faster
“I knew, I knew, I knew!!! They told me the plan. They told me how they were going to do it. I could’ve told Ichigo… but I didn’t!! I could have stopped it all… but I didn’t! Why do I have to be so stupid and selfish!? I told myself I didn’t care what happened to you… I told myself it would be ok… but its not! I’m so stupid!”
Orihime’s arms were suddenly around me again.
“Shhhh. It’s ok Kurono… I… I forgive you”
“How can you forgive me? It’s my fault you’re here!”
Man, I'm sounding so sappy…
“You told me they promised your sister. That’s why you didn’t tell. If they had my sister I wouldn’t have told, even if I knew Ichigo could save her. You put yourself in danger to protect Ichigo like I did. Just by doing what Aizen says you're risking your life”
We sat there, waiting for my tears to stop
“Thank you Orihime… I… I have to”
I stood and helped her up. She smiled at me then frowned
I looked at the floor
“We got in a fight”
She started laughing
“Well unfight! You and Grimmjow were kinda cute together!”
“Uhhh ok. And thanks again”
She gave me a quick hug
“Thank you Kurono”
I opened the door to see Taro sitting on the floor. Ulquiorra was standing close by with a solemn look on his face.
“Ulquiorra, where is that room Aizen gave me?”
Me and Taro followed him for several minuets.
“I can’t believe she used my name and cute in the same sentence…”
“Oh wow, no shut up or smart remark?”
“I'm done being mad…”
“So does that mean you're gonna come…”
“No. I need time alone”
“Oh…Well its not like we have years of time. Aizen is on a time line you know”
“Yeah whatever. Go away now”
“That’s my girl!”
I rolled my eyes and killed the link as we came up on the door to my new room. Ulquiorra opened the door and then walked away with out a word.
“I will sleep on the couch”
Gintaro stepped in behind he and flopped onto the couch
“Good night my lady”
“Good night Taro”
I sat on the edge of the bed and waited for him to fall asleep. I waited a little while afterwards and then crept out the door.
I need time to think alone and what better way to do that the getting lost.