We finaly meet Kurono's true Zanpakto spirit, but does this make her a Shinigami?
A Sinking World
I opened my eyes to a purple sky. I sat up to find myself in the middle a forest. Trees blocked the sky from view as birds flew over head. The trees disappeared in both directions. It was so peaceful…the silence. I could stand there and gaze off for days. But I looked to my right and saw a person standing in front of a large golden throne next to a random parking meter. I stood and walked over to him. I started walking towards him I realized I didn’t know him. He was a being that was close to 10 feet tall. He had the head of a jackal but stood up right on two feet with black fur covering his muscular dog like body. Between two large ears he had a mane of white hair that fell on his shoulders. Around his head was a ceremonial headdress made of gold attached to a large dark purple necklace. On each of his fingers were matching gold rings. Around his feet were large ankle bracelets. On his upper arms were matching golden bands. His arms were muscular and he had long claw like nails. He wore a white loin cloth and wings with black and white feathers were wrapped around his bare chest and shoulders. A black tail with white strips curled in the air. In his left hand was a large Naginata. On both his arms were large vambraces. He also wore a very large golden belt in the shape of a circle, with a purple stone in it. His eyes glowed purple and a shiver went up my spine.
“W-wh-who are you?”
“So you have returned”
His voice was deep and resonating; very kingly and fatherly
“Who are you?”
“I've been trying to tell you who I am for some time”
I ran over my memories and saw the creature I had fought before I died. What had I called it?
“You're not that creature I fought are you? My inner hollow?”
“No, Kurono, you should know me better than anyone. You just haven’t been listening”
I stared at him. The only thing I could connect to my memories was the cloak made out of wings.
“You're not ringing any bells, sorry.”
The creature sighed
“In time you will know it.”
The man was clearly aggravated.
“Kurono, how can you stand there and not fall? It amazes me”
I looked around and gasped as I fell. The ground had opened up at some point and was now sucking everything in. The trees started to melt as well as the sky. Purple goo oozed past me along with the green and brown sludge from the forest. I fell into the pool of goo at the bottom and slowly began sinking, like quick sand. The jackal-man floated in midair above me.
“You must get yourself out”
“Find your Shinigami powers”
“You make it sound like it's easy!”
“It is. You have restored your Reiatsu, now it is time to use it and grab hold of your Shinigami powers. Do this and you shall know me. But I’d be quick if I were you, you don’t have much time”
“But I've never been a Soul Reaper before!!”
“You had Soul Reaper powers, don’t you know what Arrancars are? Hollows that have uptained Soul Reaper powers, that’s what you were. That power is some where here!”
I sank lower, panic rizing. But then I saw it. The random parking meter just a few feet away. I used all my strength and pushed for it. I grabbed it and tried to pulled it free of the sludge. When I pulled a sword hilt pulled out of the slugde attached somehow to the meter.
“Take hold Kurono, feel the power inside you that was always there. You have the advantage over every one. You have already lived a life time of fighting and already now how to use your power. Take it and the next time we meet you will know my name!!”
I put my hand on the hilt as the last bit of sky dripped into the hole. I pulled and I suddenly heard myself screaming.
Then everything came crashing together. I was falling and flying at the same time. I felt something hardening on my face and I knew it should hurt but it didn’t. I felt coldness all around me as I blasted out of the dark place I had been sitting. I felt myself bouncing around and I heard someone yelling. My screaming stopped and I felt my feet on solid ground again.
I opened my eyes to see Yoruichi standing in front of Zelo and Seji. Seji’s voice came to my ears sounding worried
“Hey, Kuro-chan, Ya there? You a hollow or a Soul Reaper?”
Dust cleared and I could tell by the look on their faces that something wasn’t quite right. I put my hand to my face and felt a bone like mask. I used both hands and grabbed the sides of the mouth. With a powerful pull the mask broke. I pulled off the rest and dropped it on the ground. I could see the black sleek mask with blue around the slit eye holes. It had no teeth and three large spike like horns sprouted from the top and curved to fit around my skull.
I looked down and saw myself standing in a new outfit, one that fit me better. Across my back was my scabbard with what was left of my old sword.
“Yeah, I think I'm a Soul Reaper”