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Ginjo Kugo finds the girl he's been looking for in his motion picture and brings her aboard the SS Venture. There she meets the captain Urahara Kisuke and First Mate Kurosaki Ichigo while embarking...
DISCLAIM3R: The Flying Lion does not own Bleach or King Kong and he also isn't a movie director with ninja skills.
Later on Ginjo and the young girl were now at a café away from the cold outside. He walked over placing a coffee cup on the table which the girl gratefully drank holding it tenderly in her small hands. Now that he had a good look at her Ginjo didn't realize how petite she really was, but it didn't change anything.
"Yes thank you. You're very kind sir." The girl said.
"Oh I'm not doing this out of kindness. I'm curious." Ginjo took a seat. The girl's shoulders tensed as he drank his own coffee. "How'd a girl like you get into this fix?"
"Bad luck I guess… but then there are a lot of girls like me…" she said softly.
"Yeah, but not many girls like that have your looks."
"I can get by just fine…" the girl then eagerly cut into the plate of food handed to her by a waiter. Ginjo could see from the way she ate that she probably hadn't had a good meal in a long while.
"Do you have any family?" Ginjo grabbed a
"I'm supposed to have a half-sister somewhere. She sends me money sometimes…"
"You ever do any acting? You got the looks for it." the girl blushed at the comment.
"W-Well… I did some extra work at a drama theatre near Long Island. But it closed down and I've been out of a job ever since…"
"What's your name kid?"
Ginjo's eyes brightened. "Rukia, that's a lovely name. It's settled, you're just the girl I'm looking for! You'll be the star of my motion picture and will make this the greatest film ever seen or heard!"
"Uh… pardon me, sir I don't even know who you are?" the girl asked. Ginjo then remembered that he hadn't actually introduced himself.
"Oh that's right. Pardon my manners miss, I'm Ginjo Kugo, ever heard of me?"
Rukia's brows scrunched as she thought. Actually she had heard that name before but she couldn't quite place where she heard it from, was it back at the theatre? Wait now she did remember it was at the movies.
"Oh yes! Yes you're that man who makes those moving jungle pictures. Oh with those cute little rabbits too, did you get to hug the rabbits?" Rukia asked very excitedly. She'd watched the film where Ginjo was in Europe and filmed wild fluffy rabbits.
"Uh… sure yeah I did." Ginjo decided not to mention that the people there ate rabbit and he even had some off screen, in favor of continuing on. "Listen Rukia, I'm on the level of no funny business. I'm in a rush to make the greatest motion picture in the world, something that nobody has ever seen or heard of, but I need a girl as my star"
"But you've never had a girl in any other picture. Why one now?"
Is everybody gonna gripe on that? Ginjo inwardly thought before composing himself. "Well… uh… it's the idea of my picture, beauty that shows us this new world! And she has to be fantastic, beautiful, and a definite charm which I can clearly see in a young woman like you."
Rukia blushed spinning her spoon in her cup. "Oh… I don't know Mr. Ginjo. I'm no professional like those famous actresses; you could get a better girl…"
If only she'd known that no other actress would be able to sign on. "But Rukia you've got a spunk and beauty that none of those women got! I can see your name on Broadway shining in lights. Ginjo Kugo introduces Kuchiki Rukia! Yeah that sounds good, c'mon Rukia this is your big chance to make it out in the world!"
Rukia remembered hearing those words before. The day the theatre in Long Island closed the owner Yamamoto tearfully bid her farewell after letting the other actors leave. He told her that now she wasn't stuck to such a dump and could go out and do better make it out in the world. Was this chance meeting with the famous director a sign for her to take the chance? Rukia thought through it before smiling gleefully.
"Alright Mr. Ginjo I'll do it!"
Ginjo smiled with relief. "That's good. We leave tomorrow morning."
"Tomorrow morning? But why so soon?"
"We've got to get to the place we're filing really soon. Don't worry Rukia we've got lots of outfits onboard, though maybe they might not fit, I can get them for you right now if a couple shops are open. This is show biz Rukia, you're gonna be a star!"
Rukia smiled before Ginjo grabbed her hand and lifted her up out the door. "C'mon I'll get you the best outfits for you to shine like a star! Then we'll leave in the morning!"
"Mr. Ginjo you're quick with things like this all the time aren't you?" Rukia held her hat as they were running outside in the cold. Now that she thought about it did Ginjo even pay the café before they left?
"You've got to be fast in this business Rukia, or else you miss every opportunity that comes at ya!"
The next morning Kuchiki Rukia was onboard the SS Venture alongside Ginjo Kugo and several of his assistants. They were all setting up equipment to be loaded onboard while sailors and seamen were loading cargo and boxes aboard before leaving. Some of the men who were used to the rough environment of the ship were surprised to see the petite but beautiful figure of Ms. Kuchiki aboard as she was wide-eyed in amazement at the new sights of the voyage.
"It's the best ship I know Rukia." Ginjo told her as he led her aboard. Several of the assistants followed behind struggling to carry her boxes of outfits while cursing their director for going overboard with the spending.
"Wow…" Rukia replied as she was led onto the deck. The sight of workmen from all corners of the globe pulling ropes, fixing things, and making sure the ship was ready was interesting to the young girl who only knew life back in the city. In fact this was the first time she'd ever stepped onto a boat.
"Ah! Captain Urahara, there you are. Look this is our actress, Ms. Kuchiki Rukia. Didn't I tell you I'd find a girl?" Ginjo said nudging the man's shoulder. Urahara was a middle aged gentleman who didn't show too much signs of aging aside from the stubble of some beard on his face and sleepy eyes. He was finely dressed in a collared shirt and a captain's long coat hung over his shoulder as well as the captain's hat seated firmly on his head which for an odd reason was more like a Stetson hat with green stripes.
"Ah I see… well did you have to marry her Ginjo?" Urahara joked while Ginjo told him to hush. The captain walked past the director and stood in front of Rukia who now only realized that he was taller than Ginjo and certainly casted a shadow over her.
"Well Ms. Kuchiki, you're quite the pretty sight. Are you ready for this voyage?"
"Yes I am." Rukia said without any hesitation.
Urahara pulled out one of his cigars. "Nervous?"
"Nervous? No… why? Should I be?" Rukia questioned not sure of the tone of Urahara's voice.
"Not every woman would take such risk." Urahara lighted up his cigar grimly. Though he still retained his characteristic smile.
Rukia had no response to that. Wasn't he supposed to be the loyal captain that Ginjo talked about? Or was he just playing games? This guy was just too mysterious.
Ginjo though broke the silence with an awkward laugh that even the sailors could tell was corny. "Oh Urahara, you're a real kidder. Seriously…" Ginjo slapped Urahara's back several times causing him to flinch. For a second Rukia almost thought he was actually hitting him.
"But of course Ginjo…" Urahara mumbled something incoherent before smiling back at Rukia. "Do not worry Ms. Kuchiki you will be in perfect care on my ship. We've got the finest sailors on board."
It was just then that another person walked over to the captain, he was a bit taller than he dressed in a navy blue coat and gray trousers also with an official hat on his head. What stood out the most to Rukia was his serious eyes and his bright orange hair.
"Captain we're almost ready to set off, just waiting for the manifest."
"Excellent Kurosaki. Have you met Ms. Kuchiki Rukia? She's the girl staring in Ginjo's motion picture. Ms. Kuchiki, this is the First Mate, Kurosaki Ichigo." Urahara stepped aside letting Ichigo walk forward in front of her.
Getting a full glance at him like this Rukia had to admit this man was handsome. Despite his somewhat rugged figure and serious eyes he was rather attractive and Rukia's eyes couldn't move away from him. Likewise Ichigo stared at Rukia with chivalrous regard.
"Hello Mr. Kurosaki." Rukia shook his hand. His hand dwarfed her own and was rough and strong compared to her gentle slender one.
"Ma'am." Ichigo spoke somewhat gruffly.
"Ichigo why don't you show Ms. Kuchiki to her room? Rukia if you please, I have much to discuss with the captain." Ginjo turned back to another part of the ship followed by Urahara who nodded a goodbye leaving the young girl with the First Mate alone.
"Well… come along miss…" Ichigo said somewhat hesitantly. Rukia followed behind while some of the crewman stared oddly at the scene. Some were even laughing and joking with each other while Ichigo discretely swore at them. At one part of the ship two of the crewmates Abarai Renji, a young man with red pineapple shaped hair, and Grimmjow Jagerjaques, a man with blue spikey hair, both eyed the young Miss Kuchiki.
"Whoa… I never thought I'd see a girl that pretty on a ship like this." Renji said hanging from the side of the top overlooking the deck.
"Pfft. She's kind of small ain't she?" Grimmjow said while dumping old fish off the side. "Besides a good girl is a nice tall and curvy lady, ya know?"
"Aren't you selective?" Renji said to his fellow crewman turning back to whatever he was doing.
Ichigo led Rukia into the hallways of the ship within which were somewhat cramped and small though contained clear elegance for a ship this size. Rukia's eyes marveled at the decorations of wood pattern and foreign carpet while also peering outside a window at the sea just around the boat.
"This is awfully exciting! I've never been on a ship before!" Rukia said
"Yeah? Well I've never been on a ship with a woman before." Ichigo said in his gruff serious manner. Rukia eyed the back of his head wondering if he was always like this.
"I guess you don't think much of women on ships do you?"
"No… they're a nuisance."
"Well… I'll try not to be." Rukia spoke with upmost cheerfulness. Ichigo turned back smirking at her. She was kind of cute.
The two were then in front of a far back room with a framed wooden door. Ichigo abruptly kicked it open causing Rukia to jump back as he then stepped back holding his hand out. "After you Miss."
Rukia giggled. He was tough but he had his charm. She walked in to a mostly simple room but with a fine bed and a night stand at the end in front of a circular window. A wooden wardrobe sat at the opposite wall with a bathroom attached in another room. Though simple Rukia couldn't help but love it.
"This is your room. I hope you like it ma'am."
"Oh it's perfect Mr. Kurosaki."
"Call me Ichigo." Rukia turned around at Ichigo who then blushed. He was scratching his chin a bit. "Uh… well you don't have to be so formal. I mean with me, that is."
Rukia smiled. "Sure… Ichigo…" she liked the sound of his name on her lips. It was catchy.
Ichigo nodded removing his hat with a bow before turning on his heel out. Rukia was left to herself for the moment and jumped back onto the bed. It felt good to be on such a comfortable bed after such a long time.
"Oh, Miss Kuchiki!" Ichigo stepped in suddenly gaining Rukia's attention. He bowed his head for entering so loudly and spoke again. "IF you need anything just ask me or the captain. He's creepy sometimes but a nice guy once you get used to him."
"Right, thank you Ichigo." Rukia told him with a bright smile. He turned around to leave until he heard Rukia call back. "And you can call me Rukia too you know?"
Ichigo looked back and nodded before walking back into the hallway. Sure he didn't like women on ships, but Ichigo felt relaxed around this Kuchiki Rukia. He didn't know where Ginjo found her but Ichigo kind of liked her, it brightened things up on this boat with the crazy director trying to make a movie.
Meanwhile outside Renji and Grimmjow had their ears held to the floor of the top deck before laughing out loud. Now they had something new to joke about with the rest of the sailors on board.
This would be a long voyage.