SO here it is chapter 30. Kurono has a run in with Kenpachi and figures out her powers.
The Great Almighty Captain
We walked around the Seireitei until we came to into a courtyard with a fountain. A series of shops and bars were tuched into the walls. One sign read “Squad 11’s Accessories Shop”.
“Whoa! Moss-boy! Lets go shoping… please?!”
“Fine whatever, but you better pay me back”
“Why don’t you give ME a nickname Kuro-chan?!”
I ignored Seji and pushed open the door, surprised that it was open so late, and started looking threw the cloaks and coats. I grabbed a bunch of clothes and jewlry and started trying them on. I ended up coming out wearing a white collar shirt under my outfit, a white ribbion tied in a bow under the colar, a white sash around my waist, a black ring on the index finger of my left hand, knee high socks, and white gloves. I used a white rubber band and pulled my hair back, leaving some bangs in my face.
“How do I look?”
Seji started drooling
“It don’t matter what you wear!! You're always so cute!!”
I looked at Zoro and he grunted.
“Last I checked newbes had to wear the whole Shinigami look”
“Well I don’t like it. Too uniform. Anyways, lets go”
“Good, I'm hungry”
Zelo led me back out to the courtyard and towards a resurant with a bar. The sigh above the door read “Bar of the 11th Guard Squad”. We walked in and was greeted by the loud chatter of men. No girl was insight so you can imagine the looks I got when I came threw the door. I smirked and took a seat at the bar. My pride wasn't about to let a bunch of dirty men scare me into the house wife position.
“Give me a pint of the strongest sake ya got!”
The man nodded and went about getting my drink. Zelo knelt down to my ear while Seji sat to my right smiling like an idiot
“What are you doing? We need to keep a low profile!”
“Have a seat my Moss headed friend! Have fun, I havent had sake in a while!”
The mug apeared in front of me and I nodded my thanks. Zelo took a seat to my left to and put his head in his hands. All the men were watching in silence as I brought the mug to my lips.
I've done this before as a hollow, it's not that hard… I don't think… I should have a very high tolerence for sake. Anyway I need to forget about Grimmjow for the momment
Zelo shook his head as I took the first swig. I kept chuging as Seji’s face, added to everyone else’s, showed surprise, Zelo continued to give me the same stony look. I slammed the mug down on the counter.
“AHHH! That hit the spot!”
I turned on my stool like a gitty school girl.
“Any one up for a drinking game?”
The whole place broke out in cheers as I laughed. We started drinking and Zelo stayed out of it and watched. We started beting who could win. Needless to say I won everytime. Seji was my first victim. About three hours later, over half the place was drunk and drooling on the floor. My brain was just starting to get fuzzy when I started my 13th game. But before I could down another drop the door swung open and a huge shadow was cast on the floor. It was light outside but by the looks of it, the sun had just come up. The men flung themselves to their feet, drunk or not, and spoke all at the same time.
I slowly turned to face the figure in the door way and frowned. The person before me was a muscular Shinigami with a wild and aggressive appearance that seemed to fit his personality. He wore a sleeveless captain's haori that had a ragged look to it. On his head was spiked-hair with small bells at its tips. An eyepatch was on his right eye. His only visible eye was green under a pronounced hairless eyebrow ridge. A huge scar ran down the left side of his face. He was tall, approximately 6 feet and a half, making him slightly taller than Yasutora Sado and almost double the height of his lieutenant who was peeking over his shoulder. The light hit him in such away that he looked taller. The girl lept off his shoulder and stood in front of him with her arms crossed across her chest.
The lieutenant’s appearance was a very small, young girl with pink hair, dark pink eyes and a perpetual blush on her cheeks. She wore the normal Shinigami robes, and her Lieutenant insignia could be seen on her left arm.
Right behind them I could see two men. One wore the standard Shinigami Shihakushō uniform with some customizations. An orange piece of clothing sat on top of his uniform around his neck, which covered most of his chest that would otherwise be exposed by his uniform. This was connected to an orange sleeve on his right arm under the much looser fitting sleeve of the uniform. He had colorful feathers on his right eyelashes and eyebrow. He had, jaw-length, purple-black hair which, in conjunction with the feathers, gave him somewhat of a feminine appearance.
The other man was bald with red lines under his eyes like Grimmjow’s. There wasn't much to him except that he held himsef with a great ammount of pride.
The first two I knew from Ichigo’s stories. Eleventh Division Captain and Lieutenant; Kenpachi Zaraki and Yachiru Kusajishi. The other two I knew from what Rukia had told me. Yumichika Ayasegawa, 5th Seated officer, and Ikkaku Madarame the 3rd Seated; both of the 11th Division.
I felt small compared to the captain but as his gaze settled on me I couldn't help but grin. I just couldn't help it. The hollow part of me mixed with the sake made me want to challenge him while the Soul Reaper part of me told my body to stand and act resepctful.
“Who are you?”
His voice was gruff, fitting his look. I let out a little chuckle while Zelo shot me worried looks. Even Seji looked a bit scarred
“My name is Kurono Suzuki. I'm kinda new here and I thought I'd come in here and make my mark.”
“What are you doing in my Squad’s bar?”
I looked at Zelo, who was seated next to Seji, and pointed
“I met them like 2 days ago and we’ve been training together. I'm fresh out of the academy”
Kenpachi looked at Zelo and Seji and laughed.
“Their only the 6th and 7th seat. They ain't a challenge.”
Kenpachi turned his head back to me. He put his hand on his sword
“Ya wanna big challenge?”
I smiled and stood.
The captian smiled
“Then lets take this outside”
I followed the huge man outside. We were followed by the men of the bar, Zelo, and Seji. The men created an arena around us. The pink haired girl laughed and jumped up onto Zelo’s broad shoulders
“You know how to pick a girlfriend Moss-head”
“Shes not my girlfriend”
Yachiru laughed as well did the men around him. An older man with brown-black and a mustashe clapped him on the shoulder.
“Finally the famous stone-hearted moss-ball is opening up!”
“Shut up Freak-Makizō.”
Kenpachi pulled his sword out
“Enough talk, lets fight! You first. Unless you're afriad of fighting a real man?”
“Ha! Are you afriad to fight a girl?”
“Not on your life. Go ahead, try to cut me”
I stretched out my hands, reaching for my sword, smiling. The wind swirled around me almost like it was drawn to me. I could feel the ground rumple underneith me.
“Don’t fail me, Jiyuutuo”
I went to pull out my sword but it acted like it was glued into the scabbard
Kenpachi charged and I barely dodged.
“Why didn’t it work!?”
He started slashing like a maniac and it was really hard to dodge.
“Come on Jiyuutou! Help me out!”
“You are not ready. Nor are you worthy”
“Cut the crud! Do you wanna die?”
There was silence
“That’s what I thought. You better help me”
“Fine. The blast from before may seem like a blast from me but it wasn't. That came from your own Reiatsu.”
“Wait… you mean lke a Cero?”
“OK. I think I got it”
I stopped dodging and pressed all my Reiatsu into my hands. The white light from before blinded me and struck Kenpachi square in the chest. But at the last secound he blocked it with his sword and the light disapeared. I took the chance and ran into the crowd. Kenpachi frowned
“I can’t just kill you all”
I knelt in the shadows of the people yanking on my sword.
“Why won't it come out!!?? What is it supposed to mean?!”
“It means you're gonna loose”
“Have a little faith!!”
“You're supposed to learn your release by training. Not fighting a captian.”
“This is training!!”
“Well if you put it that way…”
“Just shut up. I’ll figure it out myself!”
A towering shadow blocked the little light I had
“There you are”
I rolled away just as the sword slammed into the place I use to be. I fired another cero to distract the captain and made a brake for it. But he caught up with me. His sword came around and I bloked with the band on my right arm. A flash of surprise danced in his eyes followed by understanding. I was faster and still able to fight. He laughed
“You have skill, I'll give ya that…”
He started banging his Zanpakutō agianst my arm bands, making sparks fly. We flash stepped all over the place as my former hollow fighting skills came back to me. Parry this way, step back, slash down, down block, slide back, repeat. We werent even getting hits on each other. He brought his Zanpakutō down while I blocked horizontally. He pressed down on my left wrist, like he was trying to force me to the ground. Sparks flew as I held my ground. I felt my hollow strength coming back to me, added to my Shinigami endurance for pain. Holding his sword back was no harder than holding a feather. But he put his Reiatsu behind his force, making my foot slide and my arms numb. He smiled psychoticly as he pushed harder. It was surpricing that these arm bands could with hold all this damage.
“That is because they are the metal as a Zanpakutō.”
“That explains it”
totally lost in instenct I grabbed at the sword at my waste and slashed it across Kenpachi’s wrist. At first nothing happened; I didn't even know I had the sword in hand. Only 5 secounds later blood sprayed out of a new wound and splattered the ground, but he didn’t drop the blade. Seji gasped as well did the other men, Zelo stayed silent as he watched. The Lieutenant showed no emotion. Zaraki smiled and started laughing.
“Nice, you used your Reiatsu to break apart my shield, clever. But being clever won’t save you!”
I looked at the sword releaved.
I tightened my hold on the new sword, gritted my teeth, and clashed the blade agianst his. I used every ounce of my Reiatsu added to my normal strength and started pushing him back. White and yellow Reiatsu flashed around our two blades. My brow furrowed but I smiled. Zaraki too was smiling. My old lust for a fight became fresh in my mind
One does not fight to live, but they must live to fight!
I pushed more Reiatsu into my sword, still smiling.
“I LIVE TO FIGHT!!!”
I pushed one last time and forced his sword down and his foot slid back several feet. My dark purple hair blew wildly and my eyes burned with the will to live and fight. My sword itself started giving off its own Reiatsu, adding it to mine.
I brought up my left hand and I blasted a white cero right in his face.
When the light cleared I saw Kenpachi pressed into the side of the bar wall. Burns were on his arms and neck. He pulled himself out as I brushed a strand of loose hair out of my face.
“Look, Jiyuutou, I don’t mean to rush you but can you show yourself to me? I kinda need to learn my 2nd and 3rd steps of power so I can really hold my own. Please?”
A girl’s voice spoke calmly in my head
“I am not Jiyuutou”
I didn’t have time to ask who it was if it wasn't my Zanpakutō spirit. After a deep breath I flashed stepped out of sight. Soon I was standing on the captian’s shoulders slicing my sword downward. I forced all my Reiatsu into the blow, just in case he still had the shield up. But before the stroke fell Kenpachi’s hand was wrapped around my blade
He used my sword to throw me off him, slamming me into the ground.
“Now I can really let loose!”
Kenpachi charged at me and I barely had time to block while I was still on the ground.
The only reason I'm doing better than Ichigo or anyone else for that matter is because I have over 2000 years of practice!
I used my Reiatsu to force his sword back and flash stepped behind him. In a last ditch effort I swung my sword out and the blade made contact with the nap of his neck. It tore the skin and his coat as I flash stepped away. I flashed stepped around to face him and decided to rush him straight on. Instead of blocking he merly reached out and grabbed me by the neck and shoved me down into the ground. I gasped out air as he pushed me farther into the ground. I felt water on my face and looked surprised to the sky. Rain had begun to fall and was starting to pick up. Thunder rolled, making the ground shake as the sky darkened.
I looked to my right and saw Zelo holding Seji back. The Lieutenant stared at me intencely from the sidelines. I now saw a few more people who werent there before. A man that looked to be in his twentys with long black hair and slate gray eyes stood a few feet away. His hair was kept up in intricate white headpieces, one on top of his head and another on the right side. He wore the standard captain uniform along with a white scarf. Next to him was another captain, this was a girl. She was a relatively short and petite woman with gray eyes and black hair. Her hair was worn short with two long braids bound in white cloth each ending in a large golden ring. Both captains were silent and stone faced as they watched Kenpachi push me farther into the ground. I looked to my left and saw yet another captain. His appearance had a very skeletal look to it with a skull-like visage. His face was painted entirely white with the inner portion of his face painted black with the exception of his nose. His eyes were a golden color and his mouth seemed to have no lips, giving the appearance of him constantly smiling. Both of his ears were seemingly replaced with stubbed golden cones. His voice came out in a tone that seemed almost arrogant
“Interesting, the weather was suppposed to be nice today… how… unfortunate.”
He cast his eyes at me and smiled
“Ah, I see”
I looked into the sky and relized it wasn’t normal rain. The little bits of so called water hitting my face was actually Reiatsu falling from the sky. My Reiatsu.
I looked back to the creepy captian and beside him was a petite and youthful, woman with green eyes and black hair with slightly parted bangs. Most of her hair was pulled back into a long braid. Her expression was melancholy as she watched. Her uniform consists of a short black kimono with a white nagajuban under it. The sleeves of her kimono were not as wide as those worn by most Shinigami and the upper parts of the sleeves were puffed. She wore a traditional wide white obi with a red cord fastening it. On her left sleeve was her lieutenant's armband. In addition she wore white gloves that covered only the back of her hands and wrists; as well as a dark red choker was around her neck.
I felt the ground cave more underneith me and I cast my eyes back at Kenpachi. No pain came as he pushed harder and raised his sword into the position to stab it into my shoulder. His hand was so large on my throat that it probably looked like he was squeezing a doll. I stayed calm as I looked deeper into his eyes. The expression I saw there would scare a normal man. It was the feaverish need to kill. This look put no fear in my heart because I had seen it too many times, as a hollow. That greedy, blood thursty stare that striked fear into the hearts of grown men had once played on my face. I smiled and reached down deep inside and found that hollow love for a fight and blood lust. I bent my feet up and shoved them agianst his chest, sending him flying. I stood in one fluid motion, casting hair out of my face. Kenpachi was standing up, sword still in hand, a few feet off. I twirled my Zanpakutō in my left hand and charged. I slashed and stabbed in a frency. Thuder blasted in the distance as everything was tinted red and my speed was out of my control. I was slowly loosing myself in the fight and bloodlust. I slashed up and cut him from his waist to his collar bone then down, from the base of his neck to his knee. Blood sprayed me, staining my new coat. His eyes dulled for a moment and he smiled. His sword came down and time seemed to slow.
This has to be his most common attack. The attack that no thinks will happen cuz he just got hit. I have to be ready
I brought my sword up and blocked the attack and at the same time brought up my right and and fired a large Cero right into the Reiatsu around his sword.
Kenpachi’s energy was forced back at him, sending him into a wall, breaking threw a shop wall.
“You're pretty good… for a girl. You haven’t even released your sword yet and you’ve cut me four times and I haven’t even scratched you. But it's time for me to get serious.”
“You said that a while ago… do you mean it now cuz before it felt like I was fighting a pathetic child”
“So you are for taunting are you? Big words for someone as small as you.”
“Look at your self. You're supposed to by the captain of the strongest squad?! Unbelievable! The Soul Society has really gone down hill.”
I fired another Cero and ducked behind the crowd again.
“Come on Jiyuutou or whoever’s there help me!”
The girl’s voice slithered into my brain like a snake
“You can't handle this. It seems I’ll have to take over”
“I'll save us”
Suddenly it was like my mind was pushed back, like I was taking a back seat. My body moved all on its own and it scared me.
The katana in my left hand twirled, flashing white light around it.
“Watch a pro”
My hands came together around the sword and my mouth opened to let out a deranged yell as I charged Kenpachi head on.
“Calm down doll, I have this”
My body back flipped like 8 feet in the air and out of his grasp. The crowd ooed and awed while I screamed in my head. I didn't like whoever was controlling me.
My sword came down above my head and my voice sounded hollow
“Kire Tenshi Anokoku” (Slice Angle of Darkness)
That’s when I wanted to really get back in control. A huge black blast came out of my sword wrapping around Kenpachi
He fell to his knees as his head and arms shot out as the energy wrapped around him. But instead of screaming he started laughing. His clothes were burning, ruining his captain's robe. But that wasn't the only thing burning. His eye patch was burning off as well to reveal his eye. It was a normal eye, no problem, but as the eye patch completely disintegrated his eyes turned yellow, causing fear to knot in my stomach. A yellow skull made out of pure Reiatsu flashed behind him as the energy disenagrated.
He surged forward and cut me from my shoulder to my waist before I even saw him move. He brought his sword back up and slashed me from my stomach to my collar bone. He kept making diagonal slashes, moving faster than my eyes could keep up with; blood sprayed everywhere as he did so. Then he paused right above my head, readying for the final blow. But before he could bring his sword back down for another blow I blocked it with my hand. I still didn’t feel any pain and everything was still red. I looked up and a flash of confusion mixed with surprise played in his green eyes.
My voice sound raw, I still wasn't in control
My right hand pulled back and stabbed into the captain’s chest, just under his collar bone. I thought his sword would loose force so I could slash my sword across his waist. But he didn’t even move.
“That’s a bit sadistic, even for a Soul Reaper. Dontcha think?”
“I don't care.”
I knelt my head and whispered as I swung my sword up
“Kire Tenshi Anokoku” (Slice Angle of Darkness)
He fell to the ground backwards as blood soaked his clothes. I wiped my sword on my coat. Everyone in the crowd was shocked into silence and the rain picked up.
“I'm done. You're not even worth fighting anymore. I've fought people harder then you.”
I sheaved my sword and I was in control again. I turned to walk away but heard him getting up behind me and I smiled to myself, the hollow in me seemed even more powerful than before. I yanked my sword out.
“Can't you just stay down?”
I turned and was about to attack when I froze. My knuckles turned white as I saw a silver haired boy standing behind Zaraki. Kenpachi took advantage of my pause and stabbed me in the stomach. I still stared at Arashi as Kenpachi smacked me in the face sending me to his right.
“Eh? What's wrong? Never take your eyes off the fight!”
I pulled myself out of the ruble; I could now feel every pain in my body from every wound I had just acquired. I was barely able to hold my sword. Suddenly I felt it pulse in my hand. A dark feeling grew inside me like a twisted pain
What is this feeling?
Blood ran down my head as the pain vanished. The darkness grew bigger and bigger. A calm soothing voice slithered into my head, sounding all too familiar.
“Do you remember me Kurono? I have been at your side, thick and thin… call out my name… feel every ounce of power within yourself. Let the blood lust take over, let the power guide you and take down this foe in one swing.”
It was the same girl’s voice from before
I let the feeling wash over me. The hurt, hate, and happiness of seeing Arashi added fuel to my fighting rampage for some reason. Plus I had just been sent threw a wall. I gripped my sword in my right hand and started walking back to the battlefield. My Reiatsu spiked and some of the men around me held their heads in pain. Black and white Reiatsu flashed and burst around me as I walked. Zaraki eyed me, not knowing what I was about to do.
“Kire… Tenshi… Anokoku” (Slice Angle of Darkness)
I swung the sword up, paused, smiled, opened my eyes, knowing they would be black, and brought my sword down. My hair wipped as the wind picked up.Wind and dust spiraled around me as a large wave of black Reiatsu flew out of the end of my sword and slamed into Kenpachi. But it didn’t only hit him head on. It slashed him veritcal, diagonally, all at the same time.
I dropped my sword as Kenpachi’s body fell to the ground, covered in blood. I took a step but my foot gave out and I fell to the ground. I saw Zaraki’s blank face as people raced to help us.
Was that my true power? But wasn’t that… my power as a hollow?! How can I have a new Zanpakutō spirit but still beable to use my hollow powers? I…I… I didn’t get to… eat… all I did was… drink… Yoruichi… will be… mad…