Part 3 to Break Me! Kurono has now entered the Soul Society but she soon discovers its a whole new ballgame.
How Do I Get In?
I woke up like I thought I would, in the Soul Society. I really don't know what I did for the first few hours or where I was. But I soon found myself standing outside the large yellow gates to the Seireitei. People brushed past me. I was wearing a pair of clothes an old caring soul had given me. I found a mirror in an empty house. My hair, thankfully, was no longer blue, but a purplish black. It was still short but now hung to my shoulders. My eyes, much to my confusion, were no longer violet but a indigo color. I fit right in with the filthy and sad faces. Children played with piles of mud that I'm sure isn't mud.
Now how am I gonna get in here?
I must have been staring really hard because I attracted the attention of a little boy playing nearby. He stared with the same nasty look that I probably had on my face. I looked down and smiled
My soul is so much lighter now…
“Can I help you?”
The boy looked back and smiled. Blue hair blew in the wind reminding me of someone…
“I thought I might help you, you look lost lady”
“Yeah, well I am. I'm new here”
“I can see that. Why are you staring at the large yellow gate?”
“I want in”
“You can't get it lady”
“Cuz, only Soul Reapers can get in. And you ain't a Soul Reaper”
“How can I become a Soul Reaper?”
The boy pointed at the gate. I sighed and knelt down next to him
“Please, I really need in there”
The boy looked around like someone might see him
“Fine, follow me”
I followed the boy deep into the city to an inn.
“There's two Soul Reaper men in there that is helpin’ people in. The one with the stony look is Zelo Ki-Ra. That’s the one you want to talk to”
I walked in and saw the two Soul Reaper’s drinking sake in the far right corner.
One was an average sized, muscular young man leaning agianst the wall in a wooden chair. Four Zanpakutō hilts were held up with a green haramaki over his right hip, allowing him to easily draw them with his left hand. His right hand was resting over it. He had three identical black stone earrings on his left earlobe. A black bandanna was tied around his left arm.
He wore the usually Shinigami getup under a long, open dark-green coat, closed on his waist by a red sash and black socks tucked inside black boots. From what could be seen, his body was covered with scars. The most visible scar ran down under his left eye. His other remarkable feature was his cropped green hair. His neck was thick and muscular and covered in scars. As in face looks, he resembled a shark, a very handsome shark.
To his left was another Shinigami. He was a slim, long-legged, young man with blond hair brushed over the left side of his face, showing a blue right eye. In his mouth was a cigarette butt. He also sported a dark goatee, and stubble on his upper lip. His Zanpakutō hilt was yellow and stuck into a scabbard strapped to his leg. I stood at the corner of the table smiling. The strong sent of seafood, cigarette smoke and steel filled my nose.
I looked at the green headed one and our eyes met. By the look on his face I could tell he felt something about me. I sat across from him, smiling.
“So I'm told you're the man I want to see about becoming a Soul Reaper, Zelo Ki-Ra?”
The man’s sea green eyes stared at me.
“Why do you smell like a hallow? You should really do somethin’ about that or you might get killed.”
“It feels like you're a hollow. Who are you?”
I nodded as I threw a glance at Blondie. His right eye stared at me intencely
“My name is Kurono Suzuki and I was a hollow.”
I looked back at Zola after Blondie winked at me
“But if you were killed, that smell should be gone”
“I wasn't killed, I took my own life with a Reaper’s sword by the name Ichigo Kurosaki.”
“Why do you want to be a Soul Reaper?”
“Because I need to… you won't understand, I need into the Seireitei…”
“Why? So you can attack?”
I slammed my fist on the table
“NO! I'm on your side. I killed myself so I could join the right side”
He crossed his legs as he leaned his chair farther back, throwing a glance at his silent partner
“I can't help you”
I looked back at Blondie who seemed to have lost intrest in the conversation as a whole. But he still stared at me, now smirking
“Why are you in such a rush?”
“I have to get back to Hueco Mundo to…”
Zelo’s eyes widened as he set all four legs of the chair on the ground
“Do you have any idea how long it takes to become a Soul Reaper? If you wanna get back in time to do whatever it is that you wanna do, you won't make it”
I leaned forward in the chair
“Please! I really need in. I need to find Lady Yoruichi!”
Before I really new what I said I knew it was right. Yoruichi knew about my secret when she walked in on me and Kisuke training. She was supposed to be here…I think.
“How do you know Lady Yoruichi?”
I seethed but before I could answer a light voice interrupted
“Come, come, now Zelo. Can't you see? You have gone and upset her. Why spoil such a pretty face with anger?”
The blond Shinigami leaned forward.
“Forgive my partner, he's always this… Touchy. My name is Seji Kurosuki. What my partner meant to say is that we would love to help you”
Seji’s cigarette smoke seemed to make little hearts as he blew out. Zelo’s hand flew out of no where and slammed Seji’s head into the table.
“Shut up you flirt! You can't go helpin’ every pretty girl you see!”
Zelo gave me a stony look as he released his partner. Seji rubbed his head and frowned as he fixed his hair.
“Tell me, how do you know Lady Yoruichi?”
“I knew her before, I just…arg!”
“Kurono, that’s enough”
I turned to see Yoruichi. Her cat like eyes smiled.
“It’s been a while Kurono Suzuki.”
I stood, smiling.
“I knew you were here”
“Kisuke told me that you might try a stunt like this. Come on, we have to get your powers back and get you back on the battle field.”
I turned back to the Soul Reapers who were staring wide eyed. Zelo’s expression showed disbelieve while Seji gave Yoruichi a feverish stare.
“See, I told ya I knew her. Thanks for NOT helping me.”
“Whoa, wait, Lady Yoruichi can you really turn her into a Soul Reaper?”
Yoruichi looked at Zelo and smiled
“All I need is five days”
I nodded. The stare Seji was giving me and Yoruichi was starting to freak me out
“Time passes a little faster here than in Hueco Mundo. We have time to do this.”
“I don't believe this. That’s not possible”
Yoruichi gave the boy an irritated look. The boy furrowed his brow like a child about to throw a temper. He couldn't be older than 20 in appearances.
“Would you like to see for yourself?”
“Most definitely, this pathetic girl can't become a Soul Reaper in 100 years let alone 5 days!”
That old hallow anger burn inside me and I smirked.
“I bet I can become a Soul Reaper, learn my Shikai and my Bankai in FOUR days! Moss ball”
“Now your being childish”
Though he did not seem too upset, almost like he was used to it. Seji chuckled
“Oh, is the wittle Soul Weaper scarred to make a bet?”
“Shut up Seji! Fine you're on!”
His green eyes burned with excitement and mine smiled as we shook hands.
“Now that we have that took care of, Kurono, lets go. We need to find you some Soul Reaper clothes to sneek you in to the training grounds.”
“I can get the clothes for you. What squad you want?”
Yoruichi gave Seji a proud look
“What squad are you in?”
“Squad 11 ma’am. 7th seat Seji Kurosuki. Recruiter for Squad 11. And this is my partner, Zelo Ki-Ra 6th seat recruiter for Squad 11”
Zelo rolled his eyes as Seji did a mock bow towards Yoruichi.
“Squad 11 will be fine. Thank you for your help and tell no one of this”
Seji nodded and took off out the door, clearly excited. Zelo stood and followed him out. They were both around the same height, Zelo being a tad bit taller at 6’3.
“How was Ichigo doing when you left?”
I looked at Yoruichi and frowned
“Good I guess. I really don't remember. Only that I have to get back for some reason…”
“It will return in time.”