Kurono discusses some problems with her Spirits
A Sword Problem
I opened my eyes to see the tops of large trees. I sat up and looked around me. The ground was covered in spots of grass, tree trunks, and sand under green tree tops and a dark purple sky.
I stood and started walking on a path threw the trees. I heard no birds as I walked. A twig snapped up ahead and as I looked I stopped. Jiyuutou stood before me. I took a step towards him and he beckoned me to follow him into the woods. Following him I saw the old bench that Anokoku used to sit on. The puddle and parking meter were there as well along with the large golden throne. Jiyuutou sat on the bench.
“Hey Jiyuutou, what's up?”
Jiyuutou sighed and closed his eyes
“We’ve got a problem Kurono. Two problems really, now sit”
He pointed beside him and I sat.
Do you remember what happened during the battle and you said to finish it off?”
I remembered my fight with the captain; how my body got taken over and I had said…
“Yeah, oops don't even cut it. He’s returned but I doubt you’d recognize him… or her.”
Suddenly out of the puddle a black smoke came out like steam. The smoke swirled around my feet until it stopped by the parking meter and started to take a shape. When it was finished forming I stared in confusion.
Standing before me was a girl around my age. She had long grayish hair that stuck up in the front. She was fairly tall and lean-built with white skin. Her eyes consisted of black pupils, light purple irises and black sclera. She also had black nails. While I wore a standard black Shinigami Shihakusho, this girl wore a white Shihakusho with a black cloth belt. A psychotic grin played on her lips and shown in her eyes. My old sword was on her back.
“Well well, if it isn't the queen herself, Kurono! Hows it been doll? Miss me yet?”
The voice sounded like snakes, the same girl’s voice from the fight
“Who… arent you…”
“It's me, Tenshi Anokoku”
I shook my head
“That can't be, Anokoku was an older man. You have to be my inner hollow… then agian that was a boy too”
The girl shook her head.
“Since you’ve died and came back together with more power, me and Anokoku have fused together to just plain Anokoku. The Tenshi part no longer applies to me.”
I threw my eyes to the ground
“So you became… a girl?”
“I became the opposite of you and yet at the same time I am you”
“I made you come back by saying that name, didn’t I?”
Jiyuutou shook his head
“No, she was recreated when you went threw the shattered shaft. She just wasn't allowed to appear and fight until you needed him, I mean her. She is what is left from the split and rebirth. Scraps really”
“So don’t I have to fight her?”
Again Jiyuutou shook his head. He leaned down and whispered in my ear
“No, not yet. She holds no real threat and has no real power… Yet. As soon as you know how to use this power she will make her move. But as for now her hands are tied”
“I get it. So is that problem number one, what about two?”
He nodded and the hollow sat on the ground, staring angrily at Jiyuutou
“Training. You see, I'm a very complex Spirit. While my true form is a naginata it may be split into two different parts. A sword and spear. Whichever is easier for you to use. But you will learn it all in time. So that you get what you’ve always wanted deep down; power.”
Have I always wanted power? The answer was yes, it made me feel good to have power. Having power ment I couldn’t get hurt
“I have a question, are you an energy Zanpakutō? I thought it was mind control or poison?”
“No, I’ll let you in on a secret. We fit into the combat type of Zanpakutō but also into Kido style.”
At that Anokoku who chuckled
“Kire was my own personal touch. You see, my power has advanced from what it was. More direct. After all I am my own being”
I nodded and Jiyuutou cleared his throat
“One more problem”
“You need to focus your mind”
I looked at the ground. Jiyuutou was right, my mind was all unfocused. I had no idea what I wanted.
Now that you have all this power Kurono, you can use it to go back to him.”
Jiyuutou pointed to the line of trees and I followed his finger.
Grimmjow gave me a confused look.
My Zanpakutō spirit disapeared off into the woods and the sky darkened. I walked over to him and he smiled. His arms wrapped around me and he kissed the top of my head. I was stiff, staring, as he pulled back.
“Kurono, I have to tell you…”
I pulled away from him
“Are you still keeping up this act?! I'm gone now, no need to fake it”
“I'm not, Moron!! Jeez, hear me out will ya?”
I eyed him but nodded
“Aizen did tell me to get close to you…” His voice started to fade as his figure started to disapear. “He never said to be nice or to screw with your feelings. He never told me to pretend that I love you. Just to stay close. You assumed that the love was fake but I swear… every thought, every action was real. And I’ll prove it…somehow.”
It was almost like he wasn't even talking to me
“If Kurono returns, and accepts me, then I won't kill Ichigo. No matter where I am in the fight, I'll stop. But until she gets here, that Shinigami is a dead man…”
“I'll get there! I promise!! Just wait, don't kill him!”
“Great, I'm going crazy…I can still hear her voice…”
“You’re not crazy! I'm here; don't…kill…Ichigo…please…”
My own voice began to fade as well as the trees, ground, and sky.
Why did I sound so desperate… because I still love him, that’s why