The man yawned as he woke up. He got up avoiding that creaking floorboard. At least he slept on a futon this time. He walked up the stairs and knocked on the door. "Tereya wake up. It's time to eat."
A gentle push of the door, and Tereya peeked her head out. Part of her sleeveless shirt could be seen a bit through the door, but nothing else. "That you, 'Hatake?" She whispered, one eye open.
"Yeah." He yawned. "Did you sleep O.K.?"
"Like a rock... you?"
"Alot better with that futon. I'll give you first use of the restroom, 'K?"
"Whatever you say." She said, pushing the door open. Like before, she wore no pants, and her underwear revealed itself, carefree as their wearer. Her black-brown hair was a mess, hanging loosely from her head and down to cover her bare shoulders. Even in her morning look, she still retained a certain level of herself, her lazy expression simply helping that fact.
Again Ahatake just stared.
Placing one hand on her hip, she reached over and grabbed her usual outfit, draping the articles of clothing over her shoulders. "I'll be done in twenty-five minutes, if the water's already heated." She reminded dryly. "Feel free to do whatever you want 'till then, other than anything fucked up and stupid." Her slow legs carried her out of her room, her hand grabbing it and shutting it quietly as she walked away.
It wasn't very long before she disappeared from sight.
"Alright." Ahatake replied and used Shunpo to get down stairs.
It wasn't much of a shock to see the other Seishou prodigy standing a few ways along him, arms folded across his chest, and a serene but sleepy expression covering his face. Like Tereya soon-to-be, he was wearing his usual sleeveless T-shirt and jogging pants, his wrists covered in their proper guards. His silver hair stook up in its regular spike fashion, indicating that he didn't need to do much in order to keep it so.
When he spotted Ahatake, he gave a respective nod of acknowledgement. "Morning, Ahatake-san." He greeted dryly.
"Yo." Ahatake replied, again dazed.
When the Kurosaki reached Smirnov, he shifted his position, beginning to walk side by side with him. What gap in the sound of footsteps that Ahatake had created was filled in by Smirnov's own, and vice-versa. "So...?" He pressured, cocking an eyebrow at Ahatake's clouded pupils. "What did you see?"
"Same as when she got out of the bathroom." Ahatake replied, jumping a shoe someone left carelessly there.
This caused Smirnov to sigh, his posture bending, and his hand grabbing the shoe. "That bitch..." He muttered, pulling himself back up and continuing to walk with Ahatake. "Leaving her stuff around for me to pick up. A brother can never do enough to please his little sister..."
Ahatake sighed, and blasted Smirnov with a Cero. "Stuff it."
The explosive blast of the Cero not only connected with the Seishou... but what was behind him.
It tore straight through the wall and to the outside, like a hand piercing through the back and out of the chest. It continued to tear across the morning grass like a road runner, glowing with its illuminescant light before it disappated into the cool air.
What was left behind was a smoking ruin of a wall.... along with a charred Smirnov, who lay facedown on the wet grass.
Ahatake sighed again. "How much will this take to fix""
Faintly, he could hear the sound of running water still in another room. But there was no distant opening of its doors, no approaching footsteps coming from the hall. Had Tereya really not heard the sound of thunder go off in their home?
"Guess I can blame Akiko." Ahatake muttered. "Maybe she'll take the heat."
"Urgh...." Smirnov's pained voice sounded from the dirt, as he attempted to at least move one of his arms. But he must've been nearly unconscious, because his body fell still again.
Ahatake walked outside of the hole to help him get up.
Immediately after Smirnov got to his feet, the first thing he did was strike his helper in the jaw to send him facefirst onto the ground. His teeth were bared a bit, and he gave an irritated stare at the man. "Crazy bastard..." He snapped. "If you wanna go play target practice, then go somewhere else. It's too early."
Ahatake got back and sighed. "Don't call Tereya a bitch and I won't have to blast you from here to Las Vegas."
At the statement, Smirnov's eyes widened a bit, before he gave a sarcastic stare. "Oh, that's right. How could I forget you're her knight in shining armor now?" He asked, walking past Ahatake and in the direction of where he was heading.
Ahatake forced a laugh. "Stuff it." He warned his fist glowing red. "How about we see if my sister cooked something, while I look in a magazine for my coffin."
"Tereya's bound to kill me for that hole I put in the wall."
"Oh." It was a simple statement, uncaring and indifferent, even lazy like the girl that was mentioned. Hands in his pockets, he walked off, disappearing out of sight into the household.
Ahatake used Shunpo to get into the house and down to the table faster than Smirnov and was surprised to see Shunsatsu and Asuka sitting there.
"And so he says..."
Shunsatsu immediately cut himself off at the sight of the Kurosaki, and he gave a smile that would've made even Ukitake proud. "Good morning, Ahatake-san. How're you feelin'?" He asked innocently.
"So-so." Ahatake replied. "Tereya's about to kill me though."
"So I've heard..." The man replied sagely, nodding in the direction that the two had came from. "I assume that was you who made that loud bang?"
"Yea. Smirnov called Tereya a bitch so I blasted him through the wall."
"...." That immediately caused Shunsatsu's eyes to stare skeptically at Smirnov, who shrugged. "Hey, don't look at me, I'm not the one who disintegrated one of her shoes lying around." He defended, raising his hands up.
This caused Shunsatsu to sigh, his gaze switching from Ahatake. "You really have to stop doing that...." He muttered.
BAM! Bala right in Smirnov's stomach.
"...." Raising his palm to his face, the blue-clad Shinigami put on a look of embarrassment as Smirnov fell to the ground, coughing up blood.
Ahatake sighed and sat down putting on some headphones.
It was then that a familiar, white-clothed woman came through the door. Her footsteps came calmly and soundly, as if she had not just passed by heavy damage to her and Smirnov's house. She had a calm expression about, even as her eyes cast on Smirnov's wounded form.
Ahatake had his eyes closed listening to music, so he didn't notice.
All it took was a few more steps to get behind the man, a hand to shove the headphones off, two fingers to reach around and grip him fiercely by the pressure points in his neck, and a tight squeeze to send intense waves of pain through Ahatake's head. "Hey there, Red..." She said sweetly, a hidden and venemous tone as painful as her "bite" to his neck.
"Hello." Ahatake said cheerfully as if he wasn't just about to be killed.
"I'm off to run an errand or two. Probably won't be back in an hour or two..." She continued, leaning her mouth over next to his ear. "And when I come back... I'd better expect my brother to be bleeding all over the floor, and that huge-ass hole in the wall gone like Houdini's magic act. Got it?"
The chill in her voice caused even Shunsatsu to tense a little, scooting over to his own girlfriend for protection.
"O.K. I'm sorry by the way. He deserved it."
"Oh? And why's that?"
"He called you a bitch so I blasted him. I didn't intend to break the wall."
"Is that so?" Tereya whispered. "Well, I wouldn't be the first one to say this, but..."
She roughly released Ahatake's neck from her viper-like grasp, turning to walk out the door. As it closed behind her, they could all hear her amused statement as it escaped her lips:
"...I am a bitch."
With that, everything went silent.
Ahatake's face was red he got up and instructed Akiko to tend to Smirnov and he opened the phone book to scan for a repair company.
Hueco-U-Call it said. "Need something fixed? Call us." Ahatake dialed the number and they arrived at the house in half an hour.
Ahatake looked at the pure white truck. "Need to move? Call our sister Company, Hueco-U-Haul."
Needless to say, Tereya was very pissed off.
Her hilt of the Zanpakuto was gripped calmly, yet tersely by her tensed hand. Her face was set in a scowl, and a look that would make even Lucifer proud. She tried the best she could to maintain a cool and calm gait around herself, but one look by passing Pluses told them one thing.
When she got back, she was going to have quite a mouthful to unleash on Ahatake. Spitting on the ground at the thought, her footsteps became a bit rougher along the ground, as if her body was cringing in itself.
"Someone give me a reason to draw this...." She grumbled to herself, not expecting a smooth voice that answered her, one that made her instantly stop in her tracks.
"Am I reason enough?"
Her ears perked up in surprise, but she took a look over her shoulder.
What stood behind her was a dark-clothed man, who was giving her a serene look, yet it held an undescribable extent of malice. His hands were in his pockets, as if his intentions were not hostile. Oh, she would've laughed if she didn't feel the sense of hostility coming from the stranger who dared to address her.
"It's been a while, Tereya." He said dryly. "Thought I'd never see your face again after all those years."
It was apparent that she had recognized him too, for a small smirk appeared on her face. "So glad you recognize me, Shinigami. Saves me the trouble of introducing myself..." She allowed herself to turn around, facing the man completely. "Injiki, wasn't it?"
"If you've come to beg on your knees and say sorry, I'm telling you know: I won't have any of that emotional bullshit." She warned, a slightly venemous tone of her own coming to her voice. "You can't correct the damage you did, especially not now."
In turn, a smile came across his face, and he raised a lazy finger to point at her. "On the contrary, Seishou..."
In an instant, he was behind her, hand on his Zanpakuto, and about to draw. "...I've come to finish what I started."
In that moment, their adrenaline-filled eyes took a gaze towards one another, and soon, their swords were unsheathed.
The sounds of metal rang in the darkness once more...
Meanwhile back at home Ahatake was sighing in relief. "There we go!" He gasped. "Everything's fixed and I'm outta money."
The Seishou folded his arms across his chest, a seemingly dissatisfied frown on his face as he looked at the newly-fixed part. "I guess a good job was done..." He murmured. "Could be better..."
"I'm NOT calling them again. I am BROKE!"
"Well... you kinda put the hole in there in the first place..." Shunsatsu pointed out from the doorway.
"It was your fault."
"....Come again?" The blue clad Shinigami cocked an eyebrow at the man's statement, mirrored shortly by Smirnov. "I just sat there and watched with Asuka, while you punched a Bala through Smirnov-san's stomach." He defended.
"Sorry, I thought you were Smirnov." Ahatake replied.
Shunsatsu fell silent, an incredulous and disbelieving expression on his face. But he said nothing more, as Smirnov interrupted with his lazy statement:
"I didn't blow a hole in the wall just because of a petty word..."
Then Ahatake turned and stared towards the door. "Spiritual Pressure.." He muttered. "Tereya's...and an unknown's."
The silver-haired man behind him chuckled. "Have I ever told you that you have a short attention span?" He asked, looking over in the direction that Ahatake was looking.
"I'll be back." Ahatake muttered and took off out the door.
This caused Smirnov to sigh, not even looking at the other man that walked to stand beside him. Both of their gazes had took off towards the Kurosaki who had sped so hastily out of the door. "Does he even know what the hell he is doing?" He asked.
"Not really. But all we can do is wait."
"Yeah.... wanna play some chess?"
"Eh, why the hell not?"
"I don't like the feeling of her opponent." Ahatake muttered as he ran. "I feel murderous intent. Of course it could just be hers..."
Flashes of light, along with the sounds of heavy breathing became clearer and clearer to hear as Ahatake neared. It was definitely the sounds of a struggle going on between Tereya and the unknown force that assaulted her. Yet, as he came closer, the heavy breathing seemed to become more feminine to his ears.
It was Tereya.
And she was losing.
"Crud. MOVE KUROSAKI MOVE!" Ahatake yelled at himself moving faster.
When he finally got to the destination, his eyes immediately searched for the two combatants....
...and saw the middle of what seemed like a quick end to the battle.
He had seen the way Ryuka's free hand hooked around Tereya's ankle as she attempted a high kick, the way he moved his arm when he slammed her mercilessly on her back into the ground. Then, he raised the blade over his head again to bring it down like a pendulum, only to be barely blocked by Tereya in time from cutting her chest open. The girl looked like she was struggling more, a bleeding gash down her arm, and herself on the losing side of the swordlock.
"Die, you Arrancar scum..." Was the only thing he muttered as he pushed harder, the blade coming inches from her neck...
'Shit!" Ahatake thought and he pushed harder. "Just seconds!" Ahatake jumped and landed a kick right into Ryuka's jaw.
His expression suddenly changed from amusement and serenity... to shock and amazement, as the foot struck him in the face. Off of his feet and away from them, he fell to the ground, his face skidding in the dirt, and his Zanpakuto colliding into the grass. That gave Tereya the opportunity to sit up, standing at Ahatake incredulously.
"Good news. We got the hole fixed and your brother is back in shape."
"Fuck that...." The woman scowled, pushing herself off of her feet. The Injiki, a distance away, was doing the same. "I'm more concerned about the bastard over there!"
Ahatake turned to the man. "He resembles the description you gave me of the one who got away."
She clenched her teeth and smirked. "Yep. Former 3rd Seat of the 11th Division, Ryuka Injiki..." She explained. "Apparently, he wanted to kill me quickly..." She pointed over towards his released Zanpakuto, which he had stooped over to pick back up.
Ahatake began to walk forward. "I see." He ran his hand over his face forming his mask. "In that case, I'll kill him!"
That was when Ryuka spoke, his tone a bit incredulous. "And who in the seven hells are you?" He asked, balancing the sword blade on his shoulder. "Another shit-eating monster come to die?"
"I'm the man..." Ahatake vanished and reappeared to the side Ryuka slamming his fist into his face. "...whose gonna kill you."
The fist connected.
But this time, there was no reaction. No recoil of his body to send him flying again. Instead, he only gave a glare of annoyance, slowly reaching with his free hand to grip Ahatake's wrist tightly. "Quite. I'm ready to die, but I'm afraid today just isn't the time." He said calmly.
With that, he used a one-handed shove in order to force Ahatake back a few feet, settling back into his usual fighting stance.
Ahatake caught back up effortlessly. "Is that all you've got?"
"I would say the same for you." Ryuka retorted. "So much spiritual power and potential... and yet you waste it on the use of Hollows.
"You got something against hollows? Racist!"
A sigh of exasperation was his reply. "If you wanna put it that way, then yes... I have something against Hollows." He replied dryly.
"Alright then. Die former 3rd seat!" Ahatake cried, extending his palm. "CERO!" He fired a massive cero at his opponent.
The Cero blast came closer and closer, ripping up the ground with its devestating target as it sped screamingly at its target, who didn't even bother to move. Instead, he lowered his sword to the ground and waited, as it came closer and closer...
....only to have it stop. Abruptly.
"Wait for it...wait for it..."
"You gonna stand there all day?" Ryuka called out impatiently, arms folded across his chest. His sword was still balanced on his shoulder, as he moved aside a bit. Time resumed for the Cero blast, as it continued on its regular path. "Or was that your best?"
"No..." Ahatake muttered, and then pointed up. 'THAT a friend of your's?"
"Of course not."
It didn't take eyes to hear the mad roars of the Gillian-class Hollow that hovered over him, but he didn't move from his position, eyes still cast on Ahatake. "What'd ya plan to do with it?" He asked.
"Cero." Ahatake commanded and the Gillian obeyed fired a massive Cero downward at Ryuka while Ahatake fired his own.
"You're going to have to try something better than a Cero attack...." Ryuka chided. "Shin..."
That was the only word he had to mutter, before the blasts vanished into mid-air when nearing him once more.
"You seem skilled in blocking Ceros. Have you had much practice?"
"Is that what you think I'm doing, Vizard?" The man closed his eyes and shook his head casually. "I'm not blocking anything...." He unfolded his arms once more, letting them come to his sides.
"Let's get one thing straight. I am NOT a Vizard. I am an Xiāochú. And what do you have against Hollows Ryuka?" "Stay still." Ahatake ordered the Gillian.
"What is there not to have? They are the bottom feeders of the Soul Society, nothing more or less than worms that consume the flesh. Such creatures insult the honor of the Seireitei and the Gotei 13, and thus, they must be destroyed." The Injiki stated.
"I see." Ahatake muttered. "I on the other hand happen to like Hollow's. I won't just stand here and listen to you insult them! STOMP HIM FLAT!" Ahatake ordered and the Gillian obeyed raising and then lowering it's foot.
All Ryuka had to do was turn to the side a bit, swing his sword backwards...
...and the creature let out a fierce scream, as its foot was slashed in half, black blood staining the ground heavily.
Ahatake was getting mad. He opened a Garganta and let the creature fall into it. "I'll deal with him later."
"Hey Racist. Release your Zanpakuto."
Surprisingly, Ryuka let out a loud yawn, shrugging his shoulders a bit. "Eh... I don't think I will...." He sighed, balancing his sword onto his shoulder.
"Then you're going to die." Ahatake hissed and he shot a Dàn blast at Ryuka...
...only to have it stop when it neared him, frozen in place.
"You really think I'm stupid enough...?" An annoyed tone was coming in his voice, as he cocked his head to the side. "...to let a reckless attack hit me like that?"
Ahatake had dissapeared and reappeared behind him making a wide slash. "Not quiet sure. The Jury's still out on that one."
Ryuka's elbow came backwards, slamming into Ahatake's stomach with great force. "Naive fool... you still haven't got it? I've already released my Zanpakuto!"
Ahatake clutched his stomach and jumped back. "A constant release type then?"
This time, Tereya used the opportunity to interrupt. "Don't you listen, Red?" She called out, smirking. "He already released it when he fought me!"
"I see." Ahatake embarrassed at all. 'Guess I'll release mine." He held his blade up. "Force my hand at hell's beckon, and Hollowfy me to crush my enemy, Kuǎnwánguó!" He cried and his power rose as his blade turned into a giant cleaver.
"Fuckin' typical..." Ryuka folded his arms across his chest, turning to the side and spitting a bit. "That's still not going to make a difference, you shoddy Arrancar wannabe. Shin..."
And in a horrifying instant, those same two Ceros that had descended upon him before now descended on Ahatake instead, too close to dodge, and too into his guard to block. He could only stand, as the blasts collided into his back...
But Ahatake was still standing. Bleeding profusely but still standing.
"Two blasts and you're still managing to stay on your feet?" The Injiki asked, folding his arms across his chest. "Impressive..."
"Not really." Ahatake replied. "That might have killed even me if one of those cero's hadn't been mine. I can absorb my own spirtual energy easier than other's so I completely halved the damage. And I can't die anyway. If I do you'll kill Tereya won't you?"
For a moment, Ryuka remained silent, using one hand to balance his sword on his shoulder, the other arm joining in a casual shrug of his shoulders. "That's my job: killin' Hollows." He replied bluntly. "That's why I have this thing with me."
Ahatake removed his mask. "We're NOT Hollow's." He hissed. "Tho' I can become one at will, she can't and she's not a hollow. I don't know what issues you have with Hollows and Half-Hollows like us but that's between you and your Psychiatrist."
"Geezus...." Ryuka grumbled, lowering his shrugging arm back to his side. "What was the point of that speech?" He pointed his sword horizontally, the blade gleaming in the dim rays of the sun. "Even though you're not a Hollow... you still insist on using their power. Relying on those organ-loving corspeeaters as your strength... is something that only a coward dragged by temptation will do. As long as you have it..."
His own spiritual pressure flared at that moment, causing a small swarm of dust to kick up underneath him. His hair flew upwards in the violent burst of wind, and his narrowed eyes stared at Ahatake with an unforseen intensity.
"...you are just the same as those shit-eating monsters..."
Unconciously, Tereya's hand clenched around the hilt of her sheathed sword. "That bastard...."
"We'll see about that." Ahatake replied his own spiritual pressure flaring up as well. He pulled his mask over his face. "I'll end this in three minutes. I won't even need Bankai."
Who kills who?
"Three minutes? That ain't happenin'." Ryuka taunted, his blade slowly shifting to a pointed position, the tip straight at Ahatake. "As long as you can't figure out the puzzle of my Zanpakuto, you're going to be on the losing end of my blade. Got it?"
"My guess would be it absorbs and then reflects." Ahatake replied. "I could be wrong."
"Hmph...then test out that theory. If you're going to kill me, then come at me with all you've got. I want to see this end in three minutes."
"You asked for it." Ahatake replied. "Have at you then!" Ahatake charged in. "DIE RACIST!" He clashed his blade into Ryuka's.
Just a few inches away. Ryuka's smirk got wider, and he let his defense pull back a bit. He allowed the cold metal to press into his chest, and Ahatake's hand get closer to pushing as hard as it could.
Then, the same effect that he had used on the Ceros had come back: Ahatake's aggressive attacks immediately slowed to a crawl.
"What the hell?"
He didn't get to think of an effective counter method for very long, for it was the Injiki who decided to attack. His blade sliced through half of the man's midsection, nearly severing the spinal chord in two. The blood sprayed the ground like a geyser, turning the grass into a red lake of spikes.
It was silent for a moment. The laughter was heard. LAUGHTER!
"Never thought that kid would come to his senses and give ME a chance to use his body." Ahatake cackled standing up and his wound seemed to heal.
Ryuka's eyes widened immediately, and he involuntary took a step back, amazement filling his once-confident expression. "No way..." He muttered, staring at the now-possessed man. "That fool..."
"He cares for that woman very much you see. He wants to see just how well I can do against you! Now are you ready to die?"
That caused the surprise to fade, and he remained blank for a moment, his grip lessening on his Zanpakuto a bit. "Of course I'm ready to die. But not to the hands of you, Hollow scum." He said quietly, a small smirk climbing up his face. "But I think the question is: have you figured it out yet?"
"Unlike Ahatake, I actually have a brain." The Hollow replied. "I'm not completely stupid. You're Zanpakuto's power center's around time. The exact nature I'm not sure yet. Nor am I sure of it's weaknesses if any."
"Now you're getting somewhere!" The Injiki exclaimed, laughing heartily. "Yes, you've simply understood, but it's definitely a start." He spread his feet out from him, holding his sword in a kendo stance.
Ahatake's stance was more wild and seemingly left many holes in his guard. He laughed and charged in his maniacal expression obscured by his mask.
Taking one step forward, Ryuka began his counter when he was close enough to stand eye-to-eye with the crazed Hollow. Using aggressive and powerful strikes, he unleashed three strikes upon Ahatake, two connecting with the blade, and the other going past him to cut into his side once more.
But the Hollow vanished and a Cero hit Ryuka right in the back.
Too fast, and too unpredictable to keep up.
He staggered forward, gritting his teeth and feeling the pain of a burning hole in the center of his back. He knew flesh had been burnt severely, as he could hear his own skin sizzle.
Within an instant, he was gone, clashing his own sword with the wild attacks of Ahatake. But, he could barely keep up with each one, having to narrowly dodge, or take being pushed back as they fought.
Ahatake charged in firing random blasts at Ryuka and then he made a wide Jump and sent a small cero down at him which actually connected.
'Hmmm...." The Hollow murmured. "Hmmmm..."
It would be meaningless to drag it on any further. The Injiki had to end it.
With gritted teeth, he closed his fingers around the blast that consumed his palm, dispelling it entirely. Then, he pointed a finger towards the Hollow in his distracted humming, and whispered only one thing:
"Bakudō 33. Rikujōkōrō!"
On his command, the rods of light came forth and slammed into the Hollow's midsection, preventing any further movement. With another Flash Step, he re-appeared behind Ahatake, sword raised, and eyes narrowed.
This time, Tereya's eyes widened.
But it had almost no effect on this new pseudo-Ahatake who managed to not only break it but swing his blade up to meet the oncoming blade of Ryuka. "Like that can stop me!" Ahatake laughed firing a cero from point blank range.
"Piece of shit...!"
It was bare reflexes that kept the Cero from piercing his stomach, his palm intercepting it once more. But it roughly pushed him back, into the air before he could toss it away to dispel it once more. But his hand was now smoking and sizzling viciously, and it hurt more just to think about it.
Suddenly Ahatake went rigid and motionless for only a minute and then he looked up. "Well that was a nice intermission."
The hovering Injiki narrowed his eyes down at his opponent. "You just proved my point, you weakling." He taunted, bringing the blade to rest on his shoulder once more. "It took someone else to continue this fight for you, something that you could've done yourself?"
"Not quite. I needed time to analyze your powers and I've discovered it's weakness. You control time but only attacks that you are aware of. Therefore any attacks aimed at your blind spot or your back are unable to be controlled by you."
"Fuck...." The Injiki swore, his lip curling into a bit of a snarl. "That's why you summoned that Hollow. But you're missing one crucial thing, Xiaochu."
"What would that be Racist?"
"Your spiritual energy is making you a locked mark for my senses. Even if you get past my time aura, I'm well aware and capable of seeing your moves. If you really wanted to kill me, you should've ended it with the first blow that you made."
"True...well all is fair in love war and dinner time they say." Ahatake muttered. 'I could have some people gang up on you and beat you senseless."
The girl who was watching cocked an eyebrow out of surprise. "People?"
"People, hm?" Ryuka mused, slowly descending to the ground again, standing level with Ahatake. "And who exactly are these people do you speak of?"
Ahatake removed his mask again. "Well let's start it with this. If you can't block attacks that you can't see, that must mean that you can't block attacks your OTHER senses can't detect as well, am I right?" He asked with a Kisuke-ish smile.
"You're losing me, shit-eater." Ryuka asked dryly. "There's no way You can shut down all of my senses. You'd have to kill me first."
"That's NOT completely true. Anything is possible, you just have to know where to look."
"And where are you looking at?" Raising the sword blade to point at Ahatake once more, Ryuka gave an annoyed glare in Ahatake's direction. "Because I sure haven't seen anything."
"Calm down, you time to die will come. I've already planned on how to shut down your hearing. Or most of it anyway... you sight is the last crucial factor and the most annoying one."
"I'm going to just take a guess..." Ryuka swung his sword around a bit, out of exasperation. "...that you're gonna attempt to cut off my ears?"
"Of course not." Ahatake replied in a mock hurt tone. "I have ways of blocking your hearing and I will repress my spiritual energy to make it impossible for you to detect. But like I said you SIGHT is the bothersome part."
"But let's begin." Ahatake replied and he vanished with Shunpo.
That was the signal.
A millisecond after, Ryuka vanished into thin air in order to counter it, leaving an observant Tereya to look on.
To the normal eye, their movements would've been unseeable and impossible to deduct, but hers were able to see every single one that they made. She put on a smirk as she watched, only regretting that she didn't bring something to eat with her.
Ahatake and Ryuka seemed a bit more even now, but he wasn't controlling time to mess with his attacks. Maybe it used a lot of Spirit Energy or maybe he was faking? Ahatake didn't know.
Howeve, Ryuka did know his time aura was still up. But, as he was no longer stuck to the defensive, it was becoming more unnecessary to use, although it did still had some effect on the attacks he predicted. This allowed him to match the Kurosaki move for move, giving little room for an opening.
CLANG! CLANG! CLANG! Their sword attacks could be heard clearly, along with the flashes and sparks that were created when they did so.
Ahatake vanished again repressing his spiritual pressure so to avoid detection. He kept moving around out of sight using silent Shunpo. "Wait for an opening."
Immediately, Ryuka stopped in his tracks, his eyes searching around for his opponent. But, he had hidden himself too quickly, his spiritual pressure masked once again. He clenched his Zanpakuto in frustration, having now found himself cornered. But he closed his eyes, kneeled down a bit, and waited.
It would only take a second. But that was all that he needed.
Ahatake stopped behind a tree. He looked for anything reflective and saw it. A house only 3 miles away. "Perfect." Ahatake thought firing a medium-cero in the houses direction. It hit the window and reflected off heading towards Ryuka's front. Ahatake quickly changed his location as the attack had exposed not only him but his spiritual pressure.
But, as soon as he attempted to change his position....
Ryuka had caught the sense, and took it as the chance to deliever another gash to the back of the Kurosaki.
"Heh..." Ahatake snickered.
"Nice try..." The Injiki commended. "But I've been a Lieutenant for too many years, and I believe I know what I'm saying when I say this: that trick won't work."
"Idiot." Ahatake muttered. Ryuka shuddered as the the reflected the Cero had reflected AGAIN off the neighboring house and connected hard with his back. "Every move with a purpose."
He fell to one knee, balancing himself only by leaning on his sword. Once again, the previous wound that had been inflicted was burning with pain, and he almost yelled, sure that he had severed the muscle this time.
Ahatake forced himself up. "I'm not as stupid as you think I am. Now if you can do Bankai you'd better release it!"
"Or what...?" Ryuka hissed, fighting the pain once again in order to stand up straight. "You'll kill me? Can't even do that with your Shikai."
Ahatake made a wide slash and it cut Ryuka perfectly. "I wonder...is pain also a weakness for your time crap? Pain dulls most of the senses if it is severe enough."
"Tch..." Ignoring the scrape to his chest, Ryuka stepped forward and readied himself into a defensive position. "Then I should've dulled yours long ago, and yet you still stand."
"As long as you are a threat to Tereya I will live!" Ahatake replied fiercely. "You won't kill her as long as I live."
A smile came across the man's face. "Your spirit's strong as hell...I'll give you that." He breathed. "But your body, as well as my own, can only handle so much. If you love her so much... then I'll kill the both of you, and bury you in the same grave."
As if to emphasize, he twisted his sword into his hands, giving off a dull click of the blade and guard.
"Like I'll let that happen!" Ahatake replied his energy peaking. "If you control time, I'll shatter it with pure force of will! YOU'RE GONNA DIE!" He cried expelling massive power that forced his opponent down.
Letting himself go, he allowed his own spiritual energy to expel from his body, acting a shield against the offensive reiatsu. He slowly stood back up, sword poised into a one-hand stance. "There ain't much supressing me is gonna do when I can simply repel it with my own energy, whether you like it or not!"
"I see." Ahatake replied. 'To block my reiatsu you must have captain level power."
"How else was I able to hold you off for so long?" Ryuka retorted, settling into a one-hand stance once again. "I didn't slack off immediately after I became a Lieutenant, and I'm sure you didn't either."
"I was never officially a member of the Gotei 13. I was a human who gained Shinigami powers."
"I meant that you didn't slack off as I didn't." Ryuka corrected, raising a finger to point at Ahatake. "But you carry yourself like a god, thinking that pure will can win fights. You are no more or less stupid than those damned Hollows!"
"Not true." Ahatake replied. "I'll show you how. Ban...." He held out his blade to the left of his body. "KAI!" He cried and his power shot as his mask grew horns and outfit changed to a white Soul Reapers outfit complete with a ragged jagged splitting at the ends. He looked at his enemy, and he so resembled an Arrancar. 'I'll show you what true power can do."
The feeling was incredible.... especially to Tereya.
She widened her eyes at the sudden surge of pressure on her body, sweat rolling down her face uncontrollably. It was ridiculous, as if she had been swept into a hurricane. But, she now knew what it was, breathing hard and looking to the direction that Ahatake and Ryuka was in.
"Fine." He swung his sword, his eyes widening in a furious glare. "Then I guess it's my turn."
He closed his eyes, and let it rip.
His body immediately expelled the pent up energy, and his blade began to transform. His hair billowed along with his clothing, and his own energy began to rise rapidly. "Ban...kai." He muttered, with a final explosion of his energy.
"At last. The fool gets serious."
"Taking my words, hm?" The Injiki asked, raising his new cutlass up in the air. The thin blade glimmered brilliantly, ready to fight once more against the Vizard. "Well, I'll make sure that nothing else comes out of that shit-talking mouth of yours."
"You think so? This is only HALF of my bankai power."
"Like I care. You can unleash it all, but I'll still break you. I know where to hit."
"Sure you do."
The End no?
"Of course..." A sinister grin came across his face, his teeth shining with a murderous intent. "Even if I have to break you mentally, I'll do it, for your arrogance has only blinded you."
"The time for chatting is over. It's time to end this."
With a boundful leap, he closed the gap between Ahatake and himself, his blade clashing with his opponent in an intense deadlock.
Ahatake calmly placed his hand to the back of his sword. "Enkou Wangetsu..." He muttered creating a blast that enveloped them both.
It seemed to have worked.
The resulting firey shockwave caused an upheaval in the area they were fighting in. Trees, animals, insects... anything that was unfortunate enough to be close to Ahatake was now a sizzling mass of ash and bone. The entire area was set ablaze, a match of the Earth.
Excluding Tereya who was screened out of the attacks blast.
"I don't think he's dead. That'd be just too easy."
The next move Ryuka made was quicker than a viper.
In the midst of the flames, which had allowed him to hide effectively, his rapier lunged, straight and true to Ahatake's chest. The tip pierced like a needle to a balloon, hoisting the man up into the air. Then, with a grunt, the Injiki tossed him back down, jumping away once more.
Ahatake lay bleeding. The attack had pierced his heart.
But the Injiki wasn't so sure. "Get up." He commanded, pointing the blade of his cutlass at the bleeding man. "Or, are you not playing possum?" His voice, although having retained its serenity, held a tense tone to it, having caught itself to into the fight.
"Full...Power..." Ahatake muttered. Instantly he glew white and he changed into a Hollow. He stood up.
"I didn't want it to go this far, Injiki." Ahatake hissed. The blood had stopped as Hollows had no hearts. "You forced this on yourself."
There was no response. When Injiki looked up Ahatake wasn't standing there
Ahatake had slashed him in the shoulder making blood spurt.
"I'd prefer not to drag this out. This form takes alot out of me."
He felt his wound come alive once more. But it was far past his mind at this point. Grabbing Ahatake's cold hand, he once again struck the man in the chest, but this time he quickly yanked it out and Flash Stepped away.
"What was that?" Ahatake asked. "Don't you have something else?"
"Only one other thing..."
He re-appeared a distance behind Ahatake, but was once again hidden by the flames. "But you'll have to come closer." His voice called out, as the loud crackling was drowning him out slightly.
Ahatake waved his hands and quickly dispelled all the flames he had created. He extended his fingers. "I don't think so... DIE." He fired a Cero.
Ryuka raised his sword to slash it in half when it got close. "What? I'm being honest..." He mused.
"Never trust your opponent is the one of the first rules of fighting."
"It's not like I'm attempting to give you a hug, am I? If you wish to see my attack, you'll have to come closer. That's all there is to it."
Ahatake spread his wings. "Not like I have a choice." He thought and he took flight, as fast as a falcon and as silent as an owl.
This was his chance.
The Injiki pointed his blade straight at the rushing Ahatake. "This is the honor I bestow upon you, for fighting so hard..." He whispered. "Remember it well, the next time we confront, Ahatake. Decomposition."
It was like a cannon.
The rushing man, in his flying speed, was hit by an invisible wave of energy, and it sent him back into the ground like a meteor. A shockwave, due to momentum and the power of collision, was created, nearly knocking himself off-balance. But he stood his ground, pointing the sword blade to the side.
"I haven't thought of a name for it... but the attack turns my time magic into an offensive capability. The wave that just hit you vastly causes your body to increase or decrease its aging, depending on how much of the energy you took. But I made sure to hold back so you would not turn into a skeleton. However..."
As the smoke cleared, a weakened Ahatake lay on his back, Hollow form gone. "...due to its nature, it also had to reverse your transformation. That is the power of my Bankai... the full assault of time."
"Coward... to scared..to fight my full power!"
"You wanted to see my attack? You got it." The Injiki replied coolly. "I told you before, your arrogance blinded you from the beginning of this fight to the end, and it was your downfall. That's why you couldn't beat me..."
His eyes lost their hostility. "But... you are indeed a formidable opponent. I guess some of the other species aren't complete scum of themselves after all."
Ahatake's eyes, however did not. "What do you mean?" He asked forcing himself into a standing position.
"I don't have to tell you. For now...this is goodbye." His Bankai withered away to its normal state, and he sheathed his blade. "I will spare you. But in return, you have a lesson to learn."
Ahatake growled. "The next time we meet, if we even make eye contact I will blow you to bits. There will be nothing left not even a cell."
Instead of a reply, Ryuka was where the Kurosaki feared, and what Tereya was caught off-guard by: near her.
"I'll make sure of that, Kurosaki."
Her eyes widened, and she turned her head...
...but she stopped short, when his hand ripped through her back and out of her chest. A shocked look came over her face. "Wha...?" She could only manage to mutter, her gaze unconsciously on Ahatake.
Ahatake's eyes widened. "You son of a bitch!" Ahatake cried charging in. "I'll kill you here and now!"
In turn, the Injiki jerked Tereya up to her feet, placing her in front of him like a human shield. "Remember this, Kurosaki. You cannot kill someone when you're defending someone else, and you cannot let your pride blind you like it did today. If you wish to face me again, you'll put aside that thing you call arrogance and strengthen yourself. For now..."
He removed his hand from her back, and she collapsed on the ground like a broken doll. "Good bye."
He disappeared into the mist, leaving the two alone.
Ahatake put fumbled in his pocket and dug out a green bean. He opened Tereya's mouth and made her chew it. After she managed to swallow her wound instantly healed.
"C...couldn't resist....getting a last hit in...." She groaned, shutting her eyes.
Ahatake sighed with relief. "You're alive. That's great!"
"Y...yeah. Whoop de...fuckin'...do..." She tried her best to put on her sarcastic front, but the pain in her voice kept her from doing so. "Hoo boy, this hurts like hell."
Ahatake put his arms around her and he had a very sad look in his eyes. "I'm sorry... sorry I was so...useless...."
She didn't reply with a usual smart-aleck comment. Nor did she give him a withering glare. Instead, when she opened her eyes, a serene look had overcome them. "You weren't useless." She replied solemnly. "You defended me as best as you could, and the good thing is that I'm still alive. Hadn't you shown up, I would've been killed for sure."
"Yes...that is true. But I should have been able to kill him! I will nest time. I won't let anyone harm you like that again!"
She sighed, allowing herself to accept the warmth of his embrace. "That's good to hear. But I won't let a chicken-shit like that catch me by surprise again. Just to keep you from worryin' less."
Ahatake smiled. "Then let's both get stronger. That wau I won't have to worry, as long as we both get more powerful."
"Sounds like a plan..."
Ahatake picked her up. "Whaddya say we go home, eh Princess?"
A rough elbow knocked into his chest a little. "I told you to stop callin' me that, you bastard...." She said gruffly.
"You'll learn to like it." Ahatake said as he took off at a run. "When we get married and you live with me, you will feel like a Princess. My house is huge."
"If you gotta call me by something other than my name, at least make sure it matches me."
"Trust me, soon it will." Ahatake replied laughing slightly. "You just complain too much." He jumped over and boulder and they were momentarily upside down in the air.
"Maybe when I die..." She allowed herself to smile, closing her eyes once again. But this time, she did not open them, and soon, the sounds of steady breathing could be heard. She had fallen asleep.
"She's so pretty when she sleeps." Ahatake thought staring at her. He kissed her forehead. He landed in front of the door to Terey'a house and knocked.
"FUCKIN' TELEMARKETERS!" roared Shunsatsu's voice, as soon as the knock sounded within the house.
Ahatake sighed and just opened the door. "Shut the fuck up!" Ahatake hissed.
Shunsatsu immediately stopped in his tracks, voice catching in his throat as he saw Tereya, being carried bridal-style by the Kurosaki prodigy. The brown-haired woman didn't seem to be in much of a cheerful mood either, and that fact was only magnified by an annoyed glare, and a simple "What the fuck're you lookin' at?"
Ahatake sighed and kicked a pencil that was on the ground towards Shunsatsu's forehead.. "You woke her up you idiot."
"Like I care."
Instinctive reflexes allowed Shunsatsu to catch the pencil on the ground, tossing it on the table. "What were you guys up to?" He questioned, cocking an eyebrow as he sat on the couch.
"Fighting for our lives." Ahatake replied setting Tereya down on the couch.
Shunsatsu immediately sat up, surprise having now gripped him. Eyes furrowed in curiousity, he tilted his head inquisitively. "Who did you fight?"
"Ryuka Injiki." Ahatake replied.
One of Tereya's hands managed to wrap themselves around a grapefruit, and she waved it around a bit, her other hand behind her head in a relaxed position. "Current Lieutenant of one of the Shinigami Divisions, but he fights like a Captain." She added.
"He controls time." Ahatake muttered.
"Oh...so that's why those slash marks are on the both of you..." Shunsatsu's eyes drifted over towards Tereya, or more specifically, the hole in her shirt where Ryuka's hand had impaled her. "I don't even wanna know what he did to you...."
"He sounds like he could crush even the Oji-sama." Asuka replied eying the same hole.
Their gaze was interrupted by a quick hand covering the area, and Tereya's gaze of annoyance directed onto them. "What the hell am I, a mirror?" She grumbled.
Ol' man Yamamoto." Asuka explained. "The Captain General."
"But...." Shunsatsu frowned a bit. "Yamamoto's not in the Gotei 13..."
"He was when I left."
Shunsatsu gave her a blank gaze, adjusting himself on the couch in order to look at her. "Every former Captain's in the Zero Division, Commander-General included." He stated.
"Well whaddya know?" Asuka laughed lying down and kicking her legs up.
Out of laziness, Shunsatsu also swung himself around, resting the back of his head on Asuka's leg. Folding his hands across his chest, he closed his eyes and sighed. "It's a pain in the ass. I think that most of those Captains probably just got the position for power."
"I don't think it concerns us, but all of a sudden I wanna become a captain!" Ahatake said, a maniacal expression on his face.
"Don't even think about it." Tereya had her own eyes closed and furrowed, tossing the grapefruit with one hand. "You'd be discharged before they even gave you the title."
"What makes you say that?"
"You are impatient, quick to anger, rash, impulsive, and hate your weaknesses with the same spite that you would feel for a petty rival. A great warrior and a great man is thoughtful, patient, sensible, wise, and accepts his faults as a part of himself." Tereya explained lazily, finally giving up and tossing the grapefruit back onto the table.
"Wow." Ahatake said. "Aw well, maybe it wouldn't be that fun. I don't like to be ordered around."
"Speak for yourself." Shunsatsu interrupted coolly. "In a battle, what your officer commands could be the thing that decides your life or your death, should you choose to follow them or not."
"Or you can just kill your commanding officer and do things the way you want." Ahatake replied, a maniacal glint in his eye.
"Shun-kun why does he get crazy when he talks about battling? Doesn't he have a special Psychiatrists or some meds for that kinda stuff?"
"Oh..." The blue-clad Shinigami shrugged. "That's normal for someone who has a love of intense battles. Ahatake simply takes it way too out of logic."
Ahatake sighed. "I'm not sure about you guys but I am getting hungry. Anybody wanna eat, I can fix something up in a hurry."
"Plus, he has the intelligence of a fly." Shunsatsu decided to add, scratching his nose.
WHAM! Ahatake comically punched Shunsatsu right in the head. "Watch what you say or I might poison your food."
The large lump appeared on his head, but he didn't pay any attention. "All right, all right..." He replied lazily. "I'll just lay here in boredom with Asuka-chan, then..."
"I'm boring?" Asuka asked, eyes looking hurt.
"Of course not. You're the only thing that's keepin' me from goin' asleep right now."
"Yay!" Asuka grinned.
"What do you guys want to eat?" Ahatake asked. "Hopefully something from this country."
Tereya chuckled, turning her head backwards to look over at him. "What? Too good to eat foreigner cooking?" She asked.
"No I'd just prefer to make something I've had experience with before. Besides I'm afraid one of these days you'll wanna eat haggis."
"Do you really expect me to eat that piece of shit?" Tereya muttered, scoffing. "Besides... you're lookin' at one of the cookers of this household. Don't you think you could learn something from me?"
"Yes, but shouldn't you be resting?"
Gripping the couch with one hand, she pushed herself from the couch to stand on her own two feet. "Besides, you cleared up any fatality with that bean of yours." She said smoothly. "I'm all good to go."
"Alright but if you faint from blood loss or something, don't blame me."
That caused her to give a blank stare. "Blood loss? What're you talking about?"
"Blood loss or something I said." Ahatake opened the door kitchen. "Ready when you are."
Putting one hand on her hip, and one hand on her forehead, she closed her eyes and shook her head in disbelief. But her feet followed Ahatake into the kitchen. "Ugh....whatever...."
"Alright so what are we having?"
"I thought you had the great idea..."
"No I was aksing you all what you wanted, but I'm in the mood for Burgers."
"Ah. You know how to get started?"
"Yeah." Ahatake replied. "Do we have any ground beef?"
She nodded over towards the cabinet. "There's some in the upper cabinets."
Ahatake opened the cabinet and took out the bagged beef. "I have a question."
"Hm?" She tilted her head to the side as she watched for a moment. "Spit, then."
"When would you like to live at my house?" He asked. "I inherited from my uncle and it's more of a mansion than a house but still.."
"Well...." She paused for a moment in thought, looking at him while she did so. "I'd figured it be best to wait until later to do that. Don't wanna move outta my brother's shadow just yet..."
"Alright." Ahatake replied sounding slightly disappointed. "Which reminds me I need to call Consuela."
"Consuela? Who're they?"
"One of the many maids. Uncle also left me alot of money, and it's payday for them."
Tereya nodded impressively. "How lucky you are, to have such an economically educated family to back you up."
"I guess." Ahatake replied. "Well let's get crackin'."
With that, Tereya folded her arms across her chest, kicked back, and shut the door behind her. "All right..." She instructed calmly. "Listen clearly, because I won't repeat myself..."