Ahatake was sitting up in a tree resting from his battle with Ryuka. He had fought for so long the parmedics actually took his body away thinking it was in a coma or something. He didn't care. He preffered life as a Shinigami to a human with the exception of his Hollow.
"I'm getting there kid!!" The Hollow's voice cam from Ahatake's concioussness. "Soon all your power will be mine!"
Suddenly Ahatake felt a strong spiritual pressure coming from around him and called "Who's there?"
Ryan Getsueikirite, a shinigami and captain of the 10th Squad appeared above, in the skies of Karakura town. It had been several months since his previous visit to the small town and he was enjoying the air. His personal mission was to track down and find a boy who had obtained hollow powers before the Soul Society found out.
"He's up there?" Ahatake thought jumping up from the tree into the air and standing right in front of the captain.
"Who are you?" Ahatake asked. "Why do you feel so powerful?"
Ryan turned around, looking rather comical at the boy, "Why do I feel so powerful? Well that could be for several reasons. For one, I am a user of bankai and two, Im like you." Ahatake looked confused at this. Ryan snickered and made a motion with his hand, summoning his hollow mask to his hand. "See, I'm just like you." he said to the boy.
"A.... Hollow mask!" Ahatake said taking a look at it. "But what's Bankai?"
Ryan gave the boy a puzzled look and then responded, "Well it's hard to explain. Bankai or final release, is the second stage of a zanpakuto. Since I'm a shinigami captain, I am required to know bankai." Ryan explained making his hollow mask vanish. "But in order to know bankai, one must first know shikai. Do you even know your zanpakuto's name?" Ryan asked, almost sarcastically.
"You named your Zanpakutou?" Ahatake asked looking slightly puzzeled.
Ryan looked dumbfounded at the boy, but knowing that the boy mostly trained himself, this was not a surprise to the captain, "Ok listen up, shikai is first "upgraded" form available to a zanpakutō. To activate it, a Shinigami needs to learn the name of their zanpakutō. This is not as easy as simply picking a name for the blade, as the living spirit of a zanpakutō already has its own name. Therefore, a Shinigami must be able to communicate with their zanpakutō effectively, which requires being able to speak to the spirit within its world." Ryan allowed this to sink in before continuing.
"You can't just start talking to the metal blade so I'll do some exercises with you so that the zanpakuto will speak to you and mabey you will be able to hear it's name." he explained. He took the boy by his arm and used shunpo to transport them outside of the city and onto the rocky shores of Japan's coast. "Okay, your first exercise is to try and cut these two bells off of my belt." he explained, fastening two bells to his belt. Ryan also drew his zanpakuto and dropped into a defensive stance.
"Ok!" Ahatake said his mask forming, knowing he would need enhanced power and speed. "What's your name by the way?"
"My name is Ryan." he replied to the boy, "and what is yours?"
"Ahatake Noriko Kurosaki." Ahatakle replied. "Now sir, let's begin."
Ahatake used shunpo to get straight at the captain, aiming staright for the bells with his Zanpakutou.
Ryan arced his blade sideways to block the oncoming attack. "Just for demonstration purposes..." he said pushing Ahatake away, "Let our wrath be known to all creation, Butaimaru!!" he yelled, his blade becoming it's shikai form.
"Such spiritual pressure!" Ahatake thought looking at it. "So that's shikai."
Ahatake used his Zanpakutou to cut his hand and fired a cero out crying "Sangre Cero!"
Ryan slashed the cero in two, "You forget, I'm a Vizard too. Cero is second nature to me. The reason you cannot communicate correctly with your sword's spirit is simple, you are too hollow-like. You rely too much on your hollow powers and it is causing a tension between you and your zanpakuto. Take off that mask for now, we will work on your hollow powers later, for now, focus on harmonizing with your zanpakuto." he lectured charging at Ahatake and knocking him into the ground.
Ahatake cracked his mask. "Yes sir..." he said
Ahatake used shunpo to get behind the Captain and made a swipe for the bells and at the same time slashed at him with his sword.
Water poured from Butaimaru's blade in the form of a shark, which swirled around and protected the captain. The captain then struck out with his sword to clash blades with Ahatake. "You're too reckless! Focus! Try to communicate with your zanpakuto! If you don't...mine might overwhelm yours."
"Water... our natural enemy." Came a voice much different from his inner Hollow.
Ahatake gripped his sword tightly. "If you do have a soul, please trust me." Ahatake thought as he took a swing at Ryan.
Ryan felt a noticeable difference in the power of this swing. It wasn't full powered, but it would be momentarily. He thrust his blade forward again shoving Ahatake off. Ryan's next blow was strong enough to slightly crack Ahatake's blade. "That's it! Focus!" Water poured out of Butaimaru again, completely engulfing Ahatake.
"Trust me." Ahatake thought to his sword, "And I'll trust you. My power is yours."
Ahatake swung again, aiming not for the bells but for the Captain.
"It seems they now hold each others trust. Now for the final push." he thought to himself. Ryan used his free, left hand and balled it into a fist. Green energy formed a horizontal line across the horizon, morphed into a ball and then fired in the form of Ryan's own green cero.
Ahatake tried to duck but was hit full on with the cero.
"This is a Captain's power?!?!?" Ahatake thought to himself. "I feel... fear.... and he's not even using full strength..."
"What is this emotion I feel from you Ahatake?" Came the voice again serious this time. "Why do you fear him? Stand and fight!"
Ahatake was motionless taking in every word. "If you truly trust me..." and Ahatake saw the fierly black Dragon around him, "the call out my name!"
Ahatake cried out as he readied his sword.
"Hinote!!"And his sword changed to a golden sword with edges on the side and his spiritual pressure increased.
"Captain..." Ahatake said as he raised his blade. "Try to dodge. I'm not sure I can control this..."
Ahatake swept his blade down sending a gigantic mass of flame at Ryan.
"Now to start the next lesson." he though as Ahatake's flames flew at him, "Bankai!" The captain, erupted with green reiatsu and water. When he emerged, he possessed a serpents tail made of water. His reiatsu had blown the fire away. "Now for the next lesson. I applaud you on achieving shikai, our next step, is to master it. Mastery of shikai is marked by learning an attack and it's name from your zanpakuto. Since you will need to achieve bankai later on, you will need to fight my bankai while trying to master your shikai." he explained.
"All right sir." Ahatake said. "Now please let's fight together this time."
"All right," the dragon responded. "You'll learn as you go."
Ahatake released all his spiritual pressure and his sword burst into flame and he grew wings of fire. Ahatake literally flew high up into the air.
Master your power
"Alright I can fly!" Ahatake thought as he was up in the air.
"Focus Ahatake." the Dragon told him sternly. "You must master all of my abilities."
"Right!" Ahatake thought trying to remember how he pulled off that technique earlier.
"Captain try this on for size!" Ahatake yelled pouring a huge amount of spirit energy into sword and shooting out a huge flaming crescent from the tip.
"You learn fast." The dragon complimented him. "Listen and remember this well. An attacks strength differs greatly whether or not you know it's name. That technique is called the enen wangetsu."
"Enen... Wangetsu..." Ahatake echoed. "I'll remember that."
Suddenly Ahatake's Inner Hollow Flashed in front of his face and he heard the Hollow's maniacal laughter.
"Damn!" Ahatake thought, "Go away!"
"Just a little longer kid...."
Ryan chuckled, "So, it seems you just can't knock that Hollow off of ya, huh?" he stated as he approached Ahatake closely and punched his gut, making him unconcious.
Within the Realm
Ahatake soon awoke in a very bright land, where Ryan was sitting down, waiting for him to awake.
"Where the hell am I?" Ahatake asked out loud
"Reiji Maigo." replied Ryan who now faced Ahatake. "This will be the sight of your training from here on."
"I see." Ahatake said getting up and grasping his sword. "Out of curiosity am I ready to learn Bankai yet?"
"Don't ask me, ask him." he stated, as another figure came out from nowhere. "He will oversee that descision."
Ahatake turned to look at the new figure. "Who are you?"
The figure looked over, "You can call me Sei." he replied to Ahatake as he jumped off, meeting the two eye to eye.
"It's nice to meet you Sei, I'm Ahatake Kurosaki." Ahatake replied
"No biggie. But trust me, it won't be that nice to meet me after I'm done with you."
"I'm up to it!' Ahatake said grinning.
Seireitou narrowed his eyes, and lifted a finger at Ahatake's face. "Hado 88, Hiryugekizokushintenraiho." he calmly stated, as the massive attack blew up in his face.
Ahatake jumped back screaming in agony. "What the hell was that for? I was as polite as I could be and you try to blow my head off?!?!?!?!?"
Seireitou sighed, "It's because you are naive. You think you can master Bankai and control your hollow like it's a game. Well let me tell you something, kid. I've been around for a while, and naive people like you... are the first to go!" he called out, as he disappeared, reappearing above Ahatake, holding a Cero in his hands. Without warning, he shot it at Ahatake, straight down.
Ahatake felt it coming and countered by firing a flame crescent from his Zanpakuto to block the cero but was still thrown down by the force. He got up still grinning. "To me fighting is a game. It's like a simple game of chess and these power's I've gained just add to the fun."
Seireitou frowned, as he disappeared and reappeared infront of Ahatake. He layed his hand on Ahatake's blade. "You seem so confident with a sword in your hand. What if you lost it?" he stated, as he took the blade right out of his hands with a series of martial art moves, and also knocked back Ahatake. Seireitou held the blade in his hand, "It's a game to you? So I see, you win and lose? So let me tell you this, if I chose to kill you right now, did you lose a game? Or your Life?" he asked.
"Depends on whether I went down having fun or not." Ahatake said now glaring at Seireitou. "Gimme my sword back."
Seireitou didn't reply, and shattered the blade into pieces. "What's wrong? What happened to that grin of yours, huh? Not so tough now that you lost your sword, huh?" he stated as he dashed at Ahatake, and kneed him in the stomach, and punched him in the face a few times, and finally grabbed his neck. "You are a Fool. A Naive Fool. You think this world is so easy. You know, I lost many of my friends in fights. And hearing you call that all a game, pisses me off to no extent. Learn to stand on your own two feet, Ahatake!" he yelled, as he punched ahole in Ahatake's chest, straight through.
Learning a Lesson
Ahatake coughed up blood and made no movement.
"Pathetic." Seireitou declared, dropping Ahatake to the floor. "A Hollow taking over you would probably be a good thing. A naive fool like you, who doesn't understand the first thing about pain, wanting to dominate death? Yeah right." he stated, "If you want power, then you need a purpose. Power comes in time of need, not desire. It ain't a plaything for you to toy around with."
But then Seireitou saw a cero whizz by him at like 100mph and heard maniacal laughter.
Seireitou turned to see Ahatake being overcome by a Hollow mask and chuckled evilly. "I see, so that's the hollow in you. How disgusting." he replied, as he faced the Hollow-infested Ahatake.
"Actually I owe you." The Hollow said the hole healing slightly. "I've been waiting for a chance like this to take over the boy's body and you made it easier." The Hollow went on laughing again.
Seireitou closed his eyes, and flashed at Ahatake, placing his finger upon the healed chest hole, and stated, "Forbidden Kido: Horokyuusha." and with that, the Hollow began to scream and retreat back into Ahatake's subconcious. Ahatake awoke the following moment, grasping his face in terror. "You're lucky I am here. If that happened, with Ryan, then you would be done for, Ahatake. Now do you see, this isn't just a game. It's your life." he finally stated.
"I get it sir." Ahatake said his eyes changing from black to white. "Can you teach me though?"
"I can teach you many things, but you must decide if you are willing to take it." he asked Ahatake. "If you decide to, then follow me." he continued, as a Garuganta was summoned and Seireitou stepped inside.
Ahatake followed but was slightly irritated as he felt empty without his sword. "I can handle so long as you don't try to kill me again."
Seireitou smirked, "Right. Oh yeah, one other thing. Here." he replied, throwing Ahatake's Zanpakuto back at him. It was restored and back to normal, but before Ahatake could ask, the two entered and reappeared in a new sector of Reiji Maigo.
Becoming a Hollow without becoming a Hollow
"Shouldn't making a place like this be illegal somehow?" Ahatake said tightening the grip on his blade to make sure it wasn't taken again. "Is this a different dimension or one big place?"
"Reiji Maigo is a sector of the Soul Society unknown by anyone. It is like a Rukongai but kept secret by the Order of the Vizards. Feel lucky you are even here, boy." he continued, as the two stopped in the middle of a beach. "Alright, here is where we will continue. So tell me, what did Ryan promise to teach you?" he asked.
"How to master my hollow, Gargantua, Kido, and Bankai." Ahatake said counting on his fingers. "Oh and Shunpo as well. He said he's teach me to master it."
Seireitou looked bored, "That's all? Wow, I didn't think he was such a boring teacher... Alright, Kid, listen up." he began, showing Ahatake his hand, "We are changing it. I'll be teaching you to become a Xiāochú, as well as the techniques Wúpiào, Āoshǎn, Dàn, and Cháxún techniques. Yes, I'll get teach you Bankai as well as Kido. Maybe I'll even throw in some Jubaku techniques in there. You with me so far?" he asked.
"I have no idea what any of those are." Ahatake said looking blank.
Seireitou narrowed his eyes comically, "Moving on. You will learn what they are when you master them. Alright, first and foremost, you need to shatter your blade into pieces. Understand?" he ordered.
"Al...alright." Ahatake said looking confused and poured spiritual pressure into his fist and punched the blade shattering it into pieces. "Now what?"
Seireitou picked up one of the sharp pieces and handed it to Ahatake, "Now, stab yourself with this, and kill yourself." he said.
"O..ok." Ahatake said taking piece and stabbing himself quickly in the heart.
Seireitou smirked, as a large pillar of black energy shot up from Ahatake's corpse, shattering through the clouds in the sky, as Ahatake soon awoke, with his new blade next to him. Ahatake stared at his hands and at his blade's new transformation. "What the..." he began. "Let me explain." stated Seireitou. "When you killed your "blade" and then yourself, you set the stage for your Hollow and Zanpakuto to merge, and keep you from dying. And your soul, in turn, refused to allow your Zanpakuto and Hollow to die. Basically, you kept each other from dying, and resurrected yourselves. Follow me now?" he explained.
Ahatake stared at his new blade. It didn't look much different than his old except it was pure black. "Yes. What now?"
Seireitou sighed, "Boy, you have a one track mind, don't you? Well, anyways, enter your Shikai. You might notice that you are more Hollow like now then a Vizard could ever be. In your Shikai, you will notice that your Hollow powers are far above that of a Vizard. Let's see your Shikai, shall we?" he requested.
"Ok." Ahatake held his blade and and said the words almost unconsciously, "Force my hand at Hell's beckon and Hollowfy me to crush my enemy, Kuǎnwánguó!" he yelled, erupting in a massive amount of reiatsu, as his hollow mask took over his face, but showed that Ahatake was in full control.
Seireitou clapped his hands, "Alright. Good. Now then, let's see your Bankai now."
"I haven't learned Bankai, Seireitou." Ahatake said.
"Yes you have. Via your transformation, you should already know it. Go ahead, try it out." he beckoned.
"You haven't steered me wrong yet." Ahatake began to foucus his power and muttered, "Ban...KAI!"
A large piller of red/black energy overtook the surrounding area, as Ahatake began to shift into his Bankai. His Shihakusho became white, like an inner hollow. His mask remained, but gained two dragon-like horns on it. His body was overflowing in an inverted aura, like his inner hollow's aura. His eyes remained a menacing yellow and black, like a Hollow's. Seireitou stared, "So, how does that feel, Ahatake?"
"Like I can do anything." Ahatake said gripping his sword. "So this is bankai."
Seireitou smiled, "Really now? Let's test that."
"How?" Ahatake asked looking confused under his mask.
Seireitou smirked, "By fighting me. En gaurd." he declared.
"Alright!" Ahatake said shooting a cero out of his hand at Sei.
Seireitou narrowed his eyes, and knocked the cero away like swatting a fly. "More agressive, Ahatake. You aren't fighting with enough agressiveness!" he yelled, shooting a larger cero at Ahatake, with 3 times the power of the previous cero.
Ahatake jumped p out of the way. "What about you?" Ahatake said shooting out a special taladardor cero aiming to pierce Sei's shoulder.
Seireitou swished away, returning at Ahatake's front, with Sei's blade calmly rested at Ahatake's neck. "What about me?" he asked, as he acrobatically, flipped, and sliced at Ahatake's shoulder.
But Ahatake just managed to get out of the way using Shunpo. "Don't you have more power than what you're using?" Ahatake sadi sending a massive crescent of fire at Seireitou then using Shunpo to get around him and firing a Cero at his back.
Ahatake took the mask off though his eyes were still black/yellow. "If you're gonna train me you have to go with no holds barred or I'll never get stronger!" He said.
Seireitou sighed as he kicked Ahatake in the face, sending him flying. "The reason I hold back is because I don't want you to die, idiot. If you want to go farther, prove to me you can best my Shikai, and then I'll consider using more power."
"Fine!" Ahatake muttered sending a huge cero at Seireitou. "I'll show you I'm strong!"
Seireitou smirked and said, "Not bad, but..." He sent a smaller Cero towards the other, but the smaller Cero ripped through the other. "Your energy is too wild and bloated. You need to compress the energy so it will have more force in the attack."
"Damn you!" Ahatake said jumping up and firing a special taladrador cero at Seireitou aiming to pierce his shoulder.
Seireitou narrowly avoided the Cero that was fired. He chuckled and said, "OK, that's better, but not as good as it could be."
"Damn!" Ahatake thought. "I'm in Bankai and he isn't even breaking a sweat!" Ahatake put the hilt of his sword in his mouth and cupped his hands at his sides. "I'll show you!" Ahatake growled through his teeth. "My special cero!" And Ahatake put his hands out in front of him releasing a cero the size of a barn silo.
Seireitou struggled as he blocked the blast, "Good..but...not good...ENOUGH!!!" He reversed the cero back at Ahatake.
Ahatake had merely used that cero as a distraction. He appeared in front of Seireitou. "Eat this!" He cried firing a cero form point blank range.
Seireitou flew through the air from the impact of the Cero. He smirked and said, "You're getting better, kid. Keep at it, and MAYBE I'll take this seriously."
"Fine, I'll hold you to that!" Ahatake said forming a cero-like blade in his hand and extending it out with amazing speed to cut Seirietou.
Seireitou smirked and said, "Well, well. Quite a technique. Using cero energy and sharpening it into a blade." He sighed and raised his and and charged a cero. "How lame." He fired a high intensity cero toward Ahatake, that ripped the top of the earth as it sped toward Ahatake.
"Heh.." Ahatake laughed as he gripped his sword and cut the cero clean in half. "Got anything better?"
Seireitou smirked, as the cero halves redirected themselves toward Ahatake, and went back towards him.
Ahatake waited until they were close to him and swatted them away. "Anything else?"
Seireitou sighed and said, "Still don't get it." The cero's continued to attack Ahatake. "Those cero's are incredibly focused energy that will continue to attack you. Keep trying all you like to swat them away, they will continue to come back and attack."
"Damn!" Ahatake thought using Shunpo to move out of the way as the ceros came for him. "Alright." Ahatake thought running around as the ceros chased him then ran straight at Seireitou and jumped in front of him at at the last second and the ceros hit him. "Oldest trick in the book."
"Missed one," whispered Seireitou. A high speed Cero was blitzing toward Ahatake, leaving him no time to retaliate or dodge.
"Aaaaarrrrrgggghhhh!!!!" Ahatake screamed as the cero his him but he managed to catch himself but his mask was cracked. "Damn you!" Ahatake said sending a huge cero at Seireitou.
Seireitou smirked as the cero came toward him. "It's not focused enough." He charged a cero into his plams, and shot a small dense beam toward the other, ripping through the other Cero, and impacted on Ahatake, blowing him back with an incredible force.
"Alright let's see." Ahatake thought sending as much spiritual power as he could without draining himself into his sword and swung it down firing a huge red crescent at Seireitou. "Crescent cero!"
Seireitou appeared in front of Ahatake for a second, then behind him. "Too slow." Two big slashes, shallow cuts, but nonetheless, causing Ahatake to fall to the ground appeared on Ahatake's front and back.
But Ahatake had just managed to dodge again using Shunpo. "Damn. I'm not getting anywhere with bug flashy moves." Ahatake thought watching Seireitou who seemed unfazed by any previous attack he had made. "Alright let's try to focus my spritual power." Ahatake thought as he was surrounded by aura.
Seireitou scowled and said, "You could NOT have dodged that."
"It's fine Grayhairs-sama, I'll handle it," said a familiar cheerful voice. A large disc of purple energy sped toward Ahatake.
"Who the hell are you?" Ahatake asked dodging the purple disc and turning to the new person.
"Who am I?" responded the man. "Just a guy passing through." He smirked and said, "Training to control Vizard powers, hmm? Fun."
"Xiāochú powers." Ahatake said mending his mask so as not to look stupid.
"Wonder which blade to use," mused the man. "Also, I'll tell you my name. I am Hikaru "Shadow" Kurosaki."
"I am Ahatake Noriko Kurosaki." Ahatake said gripping his blade and eating what looked like a green bean and he seemed to be retunred to full strength
"Huh, your last name is Kurosaki as well," said Hikaru. He smiled and said, "Interesting."
The Test: Part 2: VS Hikaru
"I guess." Ahatake said sounding annoyed.
Hikaru held out two blades in front of him, "Which blade should I use: my Zanpakutou, or my Shadow Blade?"
"I really don't care." Ahatake said. "I just want to be trained by one person."
Hikaru laughed and said, "Not gonna happen anytime soon. Sides..." Hikaru's spiritual pressure flooded the area, making the air around 30 times denser than normal. "You need to learn your place." He twirled the left sword, which was white, "No one could withstand those attacks."
"You all think I'm weak." Ahatake said furious. "Why can't you all just teach me the techniques I need to learn so I can challenge Ryuka again"
Hikaru spat, "Because control, calmness, and thinking wins battles. Not how many tricks one can pull out of one's hat."
"But you all act like I have to beat you before I can learn a new technique." Ahatake said furiously. "Well I can't do it."
Hikaru smirked, "If you give up, you'll never win. If you have the resolve to attack to win, you will be stronger. Putting doubt into all of your attacks will do nothing, but hurt you." Hikaru clipped his white sword to his belt. "Land 3 fatal blows on me, and you win."
"Three?!?!?!?!?"' Ahatake thought. "Does this guy FEEL his spiritual pressure?"
Hikaru smirked and said, "Unless you don't have the resolve to kill me, you will never win."
"Fine!" Ahatake said scowling under his mask and opened his mouth firing a cero from it. "DIE!"
Hikaru smiled impishly, "Death is so harsh." He sliced through the Cero sending it two different ways.
"Damn!" Ahatake thought sending what seemed to be 12 cero's from his finger.
Hikaru smirked as he raise his hand and shouted, "CIEN!!!" He fired 100 blasts at Ahatake, each with the power of a high-level Cero.
"Damn!" Ahatake thought trying to dodge but getting hit by about forty of the blasts. "There's got to be areas that govern spiritual power." Ahatake thought eying Hikaru. "Maybe if I can hit those but not crush them it'll count as a fatal blow." Ahatake thought vanishing and reappearing before Hikaru stabbing him in the chest twice in a different place. "Die!"
Hikaru looked down at the wounds and said, "1 fatal blow down..." He then gut-punched Ahatake, and kicked him away. "2 to go."
"Alright." Ahatake said appearing behind Hikaru and striking him in the back.
Hikaru stood perfectly still. Then he stepped forward and rubbed his back, "Ouch...that stung."
"Did that count?" Ahatake said not waiting for an answer and firing a massive cero at his new teacher.
"The attack previous to your slap, yes." Hikaru lazily swatted the Cero away with his hand. "That one, close, but no dice."
"DAMN!" Ahatake said sending what lloked like a skull shaped cero at Hikaru. "Eat this!"
Hikaru watched the Cero and said, "Ah, no thanks. I'm a a strict 'no skull-shaped Cero' diet." He then charged energy into his palm, and fired what appeared to be an Aoshan, which intercepted the skull blast, and tore through it like rice paper.
Ahatake moved out of the way like the devil was on his back an appeared in front of Hikaru and stabbed him in the stomach.
Hikaru looked down at the blade which was straight through him. He smirked and said, "That...wasn't...fatal enough." As he said those words, the blood below him, began to stir, and then wrapped itself around Ahatake trapping him. The hole in Hilaru's stomach began to heal rapidly. "Surprised?"
"Alright." Ahatake thought thinking. Ahatake used shunpo to run around Hikaru and sliced him up to fifty times but he seemed to be running out of breath.
Hikaru smirked and said, "Idiot, sturggling will do nothing. My blood is one of my weapons. I can use it anyway I wish." He raised his hand, and Ahatake began to float in the air with Hikaru's blood binding him in place. "I could kill you easily, but try to find a way out in about 30 seconds."
"Damn!" Ahatake thought. "Damn Damn DAMN DAMN!"
Hikaru smirked and said, "10 seconds."
Ahatake shook his head and sent his mask flying at Hikaru whaking him on the head.
Hikaru's concentration broke as the mask shattered against his forehead. He staggered, then regained himself. "Ok, that hurt."
Ahatake muttered bankai and transformed again his mask forming. "Now die." He said appearing in front of Hikaru and slashing his throat.
Hikaru smirked as he melted into a pool of blood.
"Damn." Ahatake thought using his spritual pressure to make a barrier around him. "Where are you?"
"Over here," said Hikaru who was under a tree, eating an apple.
"What the hell?!?!?!?" Ahatake yelled looking comically angry as he removed his mask. "Are you gonna take this seriously?!?!?!?!?"
Hikaru tossed an apple to Ahatake. "If you keep going like that, you won't be able to fight at your full power. I understand this is training to go beyond the limit, but you shouldn't tire yourself out. It get's boring when I can't fight a person weakened, while I am still strong."
Ahatake ate another bean and was restored to full power and then threw the apple at Hikaru's head. "I need to learn techniques. With your power I'll never score another two fatal blows unless you looking in another direction. Have you ever felt your spiritual pressure?"
"Why waste the Fiber?" asked Hikaru as he ate the apple tossed to him. "You can hit me with 2 more blows. I just added a twist to this challenge. You have to find a way to block my ability to use my blood."
Ahatake ate the apple and muttered through his teeth, "You want to kill me don't you?"
Hikaru smirked, "If you think that will work, then go ahead. But even the most complex of situations can be solved, even with the most simple of questions."
"Fine." Ahatake said putting his mask back on. "Don't kill me." Ahatake muttered sending a wave of spiritual energy at Hikaru from his sword.
Hikaru laughed, "OK, I won't." He let the energy hit him. "Fatal Blow 2. The last won't be so easy."
"I'll give it my all." Ahatake said appearing before Hikaru and aiming a slash at his throat.
Hikaru turned into a pillar of blood, which wrapped around Ahatake, and trapped him once again. The real Hikaru stood in front of Ahatake and said, "You are foolish to go for such an attack."
"Not really." Ahatake said as his barrier repelled the blood. "I'm not insane." He said from behind the slashing his back with his sword.
Hikaru smirked, "Better. You are learning kido." His blood flowed back into his body, and he unsheathed his white sword, and his black sword. "Let's kick it on."
"Damn that wasn't fatal enough!" Ahatake thought furiously. "Fine I'll have to really kill him." Ahatake thought using shunpo to get at Hikaru and slashing at his chest and stomach ten times each. "DIE!"
"No thank you," said an impish Hikaru as he blocked each attack. "Dying hurts, and it's effects are long lasting."
"I won;t lose." Ahatake thought fiercely. "I have the resolve to win!" He thought as he sent all his spiritual power into his blade and swung it down upon his teacher. "I WILL WIN!"
Hikaru looked shocked as the blade came down on his temple. He tried to block it, but the slash, left a deep wound on his face. He jumped back, breathing heavily. He then smriked and said, "You pass." He then raised his palm and charged energy into it saying. "If you can absorb the energy of this attack, a new technique will be bestowed to you. But...this is a high powered blast. Almost 45% of my power." He smirked, but winced. "At this point, you have gotten better to match 39% of my power...so good luck." He fired the blast, sending a dense wave of energy toward Ahatake.
The Test: Part 3: Learning Aoshan
"Damn." Ahatake thought as he caught the blast in his hands. "I can't hold onto this!" he thought as the power started to burn slightly.
Hikaru called out, "YOU NEED TO SYNC YOUR SPIRITUAL WAVELENGTH WITH THE BLAST'S WAVELENGTH!!"
Ahatake began pouring his power into the blast wondering whether that would work.
Hikaru smirked and thought, Fast learner...He then said, "Keep doing that and you'll win in no time." When he said this, the blast then intensified it's energy.
Ahatake began feeling the power of the blast and tried to even his power out sending in power when necessary. "This better work."
Gradually, the blast calmed, and synced with Ahatake's spiritual wavelength. Hikaru smirked and said, "Now, charge energy into either your finger, toe, or palm."
Ahatake charged up power and a blast shot out of his finger bigger than most of his ceros.
A crowd of Hikaru blood clones applauded, and Hikaru slapped Ahatake on the back. "Congrats, you learned Aoshan!"
"Thank you." Ahatake said wondering where the clones came from. "That's one move down."
Hikaru smirked and said, "One a day, hmm?" He yawned and said, "How long do you have to train?"
Ahatake returned to his unreleased state. "As long as it takes. As far as I know there's no one seeking my life."
Hikaru stretched and said, "How bout we continue tomorrow? I want you to be in tip top shape for training. Sides, learning Aoshan, and all that fighting already has given you more power."
"Fine." Ahatake said wondering where do you sleep in a place like this.
Hikaru put his hand on Ahatake's shoulder, and teleported to a large mansion. "This is the gate to my personal training area. We'll spend the night here. Your room is on the second floor, third room from the left."
Ahatake entered the mansion followed the directions and fell asleep as soon as he hit the bed.
A small wolf was standing near the door. It slowly crept in and jumped onto Ahatake's bed. It fell asleep as soon as it got settled near Ahatake's feet.
The Next Test
Ahatake woke up feeling renergized and got up of the bed and didn't even notice the wolf until he turned around. "What's a wolf doing here?"
The wolf yawned cutely as it woke up. It jumped down to the floor and looked up at Ahatake.
Ahatake reached down and petted the wolfs head then walked out of the room. "Where's the blood user?" Ahatake wondered as he descended the steps.
"My master is off training at the moment. He will be back soon," said a female voice behind Ahatake. When he turned around, he saw the same wolf sitting on the fourth step from the top.
"You can talk?" Ahatake wondered bewildered. "Wait how did you know what I was thinking?"
"All the wolves in the mansion can read minds," responded the wolf. "By the way, my name is Kamisori."
"Nice to meet you." Ahatake said wondering why he was talking to a wolf.
"Because we live here and you are bored," said another wolf sitting in the main hall. It was full grown, and had gold streaks upon its gray fur.
"Stay out of my head." Ahatake muttered looking for a chair to sit down in.
"Right here," pointed Kamisori.
Ahatake sat down and decided to ignore the wolves. "What's taking him?"
The other wolf walked over to the door and looked outside. He smirked and said, "He's right outside."
Ahatake got up and walked outside. "Hey blood user where are you?" Ahatake called out.
"Right here," said Hikaru, hanging upside down in mid-air. "Do you like the wolves? They are pleasant company..."
"I'm more of a serpent person myself." Ahatake said. "Is it time for my next lesson? I'm supposed to be learning Wúpiào now."
"Right..." sighed Hikaru. "Might as well-" He disappeared, with only a static sound left behind. He reappeared at a field not to far from the front of the mansion, "Start training now."
The First Failure
"Right!" Ahatake said holding out his sword. ""Force my hand at Hell's beckon and Hollowfy me to crush my enemy, Kuǎnwánguó!" Ahatake cried entering his Shikai as his hollow mask covered his face. "Ban....KAI!" was Ahatake's other cry as he entered bankai his outfit turning white and his hollow mask gaining dragon horns. "How do I learn this?"
Hikaru blankly stared at Ahatake, "Really...you already are in Bankai..." He looked up, "Come to think of it, you were in Bankai yesterday, and I beat you without using my Zanpakutou or my Shadow Blade in Shikai or Bankai..." He looked over at Ahatake and said, "What does that say about you?"
"I need to get stronger." Ahatake muttered. "Answer my question Hikaru."
Hikaru smirked and said, " Yes you do need to get stronger..." He pulled out a sheet of paper, and wrote 'Kick Me' on it. He walked over to Ahatake and gave him the note. "In this test, all you have to do is get that note on my back. You may use any weapon you want, but at your own risk."
"Fine." Ahatake said taking the note. "I'll do it."
Hikaru smirked as he disappeared in another static sound. "Good luck," said Hikaru from all around.
"DAMN." Ahatake thought. "Gotta feel for his spiritual pressure." Ahatake focused and felt power to the left of him. "There." he thought racing towards the direction to the left of him. "Don't move happy-go-bloody!" Ahatake cried slapping the note on what he thought was Hikaru.
Instead it was dummy that read, "So far off, dumb@$$."
"Damn." Ahatake thought cutting the dummy to shreds. "Where is he?"
"I apologize for the sign," said Hikaru who was behind Ahatake. "The wolves wrote the comments on the dummies. They are able to turn into a human form indefinatly, but they like to be in their wolf forms."
Ahatake wasted no time in using Shunpo to get behind Hikaru and slapping the note on his back. "There!"
But unfortunatly, the Hikaru was yet another dummy. This one read, "Really...you fell for that..."
"I'll be having wolf for dinner tonight." Ahatake thought running around searching for Hikaru.
"Over here Snakey," called Hikaru.
Ahatake jumped up above Hikaru determined not to let him get away and shot a cero down at him.
The Cero only blew up yet ANOTHER dummy. It's head rolled to Ahatake's feet as he landed. It said, "Usually, third time's the charm really works...Not in this case, idiot...XP."
Ahatake crushed the dummy's head under his foot. He charged up energy in his finger and fired and Aoshan the size of a barn silo getting rid of most of the tree's. "Come out bloody."
Hikaru popped out of a hole in the ground near a giant Whac-a-Mole hammer. He smirked and said, "Over here!"
Ahatake fired an Aoshan at the idiotic Kurosaki hoping to whack his head off.
"Missed me!" chimed the impish Hikaru who was above ground.
"Damn!" Ahatake thought firing what appeared to be twelve cero's at the ground.
Hikaru kept dodging each blast without any trouble. "Come on, are you so slow?"
Ahatake stuck out his hand and finger shooting a cero out of his hand and a Aoshan out of his finger aimed at Hikaru.
Hikaru dodged the cero, and swatted away the Aoshan with his hand. He then looked at Ahatake's finger which shot the Aoshan and said, "Hey, come on. No need to shoot an Aoshan with your middle finger, man..."
"Die." Ahatake muttered slapping the note on Hikaru's back.
Hikaru looked around and smirked, "Nice job...but not nice enough..." He then melted into a pool of blood beneath Ahatake's feet.
"Damn." Ahatake muttered under his breath. feeling around for Hikaru's spiritual pressure and felt some three minutes to the right. "Don't move!" was the only thing Ahatake said as her rushed in that direction.
Hikaru poked out of another hole and said, "Sorry, I have to disobey that." He then vanished in a static sound, and appeared not too far away from the hole.
"I don't have much of a choice." Ahatake said jumping into the air. "I'll have to blow this whole area away."
Ahatake shot a massive cero out which erased most of the tree's if not all of them from the area. "Nowhere left to hide."
Hikaru looked over at the trees that were blown away. He sighed and said, "That was rude...many wolves were almost killed..." His eyes glowed a dark purple, "You have failed this test...You do not see what you are supposed to do."
"I'll show him." Ahatake thought to himself charging up spiritual pressure. He ran at Hikaru with new speed and ran behind him, slapping the note on his back again.
The Hikaru who was there was only another blood clone. "You do not understand. You are nothing but a berserker, lacking control, and wasting energy. I am embaressed to even have given this test to you. Can you even learn control?"
"I lose control when people like you piss me off!!!" Ahatake said his spiritual pressure rising.
Hikaru looked over to Ahatake and said, "You lose control because you can't use your power correctly. In a real battle, you'd be dead by now. You only waste energy in big flashy attacks."
"I get that, but you're not helping."
"You need to strategize in this exercise," said a stern Hikaru. "If you had payed attention, you would have heard that there would have been a slight static sound from reentry of using Wupiao. The moment to strike would be open for you. Instead," he glared at Ahatake, "You blow up half a forest, AND FOR WHAT? TO SHOW YOU HAVE THE POWER TO DESTROY?! All you have done is waste my time, and your time with those big attacks. Without strategizing, you will be defeated by a smarter opponent. In real battles, every attack counts. After this training session, I can tell that you would have died 7 times today." He cracked his back and said, "We'll continue training later on."
"Lazy bastard." Ahatake muttered refusing to return to his unreleased state merely taking off his mask though his eyes were still yellow and black.
Instantly, Ahatake's mask shattered, and Ahatake had numerous shallow cuts all across his face and stomach. "I'm lazy?" asked Hikaru. His black sword was almost covered in blood. "You are in fact, the lazy one. You only use your highest level of power instead of training in a lower level till you can equal your higher level in power."
Ahatake brought his mask back and stowed it in his robe. "That's no fun. Now should I go back to the mansion or is my punishment to sleep out here with the wolves?"
"First off, how can you put back you mask in your cloak, when it has shattered?" said Hikaru comicaly. "And second, there is no punishment."
"Mask Regenerration." Ahatake said simply. "It's a power of mine you saw it earlier."
Hikaru sighed, "I'm glad I'm not a Vizard..."
"Neither am I." Ahatake replied. "So what do I do?"
Hikaru sighed and said, "Fight me in your Bankai for a sec, and I won't use my sword. Nor will I use my blood, or any energy attacks. I will show you why you need to strategize."
"Why?" Ahatake said not trusting the man. "You gonna try to kill me and make it look like an accident?"
Hikaru smirked and said, "If I wanted to do that, you'd be meeting Jesus right now."
"True." Ahatake said gripping his sword his white outfit rippling. "Fine, let's go."
Hikaru stretched and said, "Your move."
Ahatake sent a small narrow cero at Hikaru hoping it would hit.
Hikaru simply sidestepped, letting the cero by. "Lame..."
"Not really." Ahatake said from behind the Kurosaki having used the cero as a distraction. He slashed the man the times and jumped back sending small a cero at the man's new wounds.
"What was that?" asked Hikaru. Not a single scratch was upon his person.
Ahatake's black and yellow eyes narrowed as he pulled on his mask. "Looks like I need this extra power." He thought using Shunpo to get around Hikaru and shot a massive cero at him.
Hikaru ran swiftly out of the cero's blast radius. He smirked and said, "I'm not using any spirit energy, and yet, I can still dodge..."
Ahatake concentrated and began drawing spirit energy from the surrounding area to replenish his own. "What's the point of this?"
"To see if you can outmanuver me in a fight," sighed Hikaru.
"Which will never happen." Ahatake sighed sending waves of white flame from his sword at Hikaru. "You're too powerful."
Hikaru laughed, "Now now, with that attitude, you won't win..." Hikaru dodged each of the flames, but one of them slightly scorched him.
"I'd win if I could cut off your arm and leg maybe." Ahatake said blasting an Aoshan from his middle finger.
"How rude..." Hikaru swatted the blast away, leaving some scorchmarks on his hand.
Ahatake landed on teh ground and began looking over Hikaru for some weak points. "There's a got to be a weak spot on his somewhere."'
Hikaru yawned and said, "Ahatake, why won't you be serious about this?"
Ahatake ignored him. "There's gotta be a spot on his body besides the obvious one that's weaker. I guess I have to attack everything." Ahatake charged up all his spiritual power into his blade and feet and cut Hikaru everywhere then blasted him with an Aoshan. "That had to work."
"If you mean for the ground to be destroyed, then yes, it worked," mused Hikaru as he was eating some candy from a dish.
"Damn you." Ahatake muttered. "You're useless you know that."
Hikaru then appeared in front of Ahatake, holding Ahatake's sword. "Am I now?"
Something inside Ahatake's head clicked. "No one...rakes...my sword." Ahatake charged up a massive cero. "You son of a bitch. Let go of my sword, now."
Hikaru smirked and said, "Only if you say please..."
Hikaru tossed the sword back. "There, was that so hard?"
"Yes." Ahatake said expelling the cero at Hikaru.
Hikaru swatted the Cero away and said, "You always are so serious. What are you trying to prove?"
"That I'm strong." Ahatake shouted. "I don't have time for this. You should be training me."
Hikaru smirked, "I have been training you."
"You've only taught me one technique!"
"Really?" asked Hikaru. He pointed to the mansion, "Go over there."
Ahatake concentrated and tried to use Flash Step and was suddenly in front of the building accompanied by a static sound and it was faster than Flash Step. "What the..?"
Hikaru smirked, "See? I was training you. You just couldn't see it..."
"I see." Ahatake muttered. "I'm sorry."
Hikaru came behind Ahatake, and slapped him on the back, slightly putting Ahatake off balance. "It's just fine, kid. I get that my training methods are hard to decipher for some."
"Too true." Ahatake muttered taking off his mask. "So what do I do now?"
A bell rang, which echoed quite loudly to those near the mansion. "Well, it's time for dinner, then we'll train a little more tomorrow."
"I see." Ahatake replied walking up to the door of the mansion. "Where's the dining room?"
"Second room on the right," responded Hikaru, "Right next to the Arcade."
"Arcade?" Ahatake thought to himself but then remembered the wolves. He found the kitchen and made himself comfortable.
On of the wolfs trotted in and opened the fridge. It pulled out a small dish of what appeared to be a soup of some sort. The wolf took the dish, and put into a microwave that was at it's level.
"What are you?" Ahatake asked the wolf.
"A wolf," responded the wolf. "that is hungry."
"I know that." Ahatake said his black and yellow eyes narrowing. "But are you a spirit?"
The wolf titled it's head, "Aren't you a soul? How can you eat?"
"I have spiritual pressure."
"So do I," said the wolf. "And now you understand." The microwave signaled that the food was ready. The wolf pulled the dish out of the microwave, and began to lap up the contents.
"Strange wolf." Ahatake muttered. "When do I eat. If I don't I 'm going to sleep."
Hikaru walked in with a bowl of chili peppers, eating one of them as he entered. "So, I see you've met Katsu."
"Not interested in his name." Ahatake said. "I told you I'm a snake person."
Hikaru shrugged, "Oh well. Just felt like telling you his name."
"Well it's nice to meet you Katsu."
Katsu wagged his tail, and held up his paw.
"So what am I eating?" Ahatake asked placing his sword where one would place a knife.
Hikaru brought over two bowls of soup. Ahatake looked wary of the dish, but Hikaru smirked and said, "Don't worry, the wolves don't eat out of the regular dishes."
"I hope not." Ahatake said finishing the soup in three minutes.
Hikaru sighed and said, "Geez, where's the trust?"
"Sorry." Ahatake said. "Is there anymore? I haven't eaten anything since the paramedics took my human body away thinking it was in a coma. I never bothered to get it back though."
Hikaru got 4 more bowls, and placed two for him, and two for Ahatake.
Ahatake finished them all fast, thanked Hikari and went up stairs to sleep collapsing immediately, still in Bankai form.
Hikaru sighed, "Do you ever go back to normal?"
"No... I like the eyes." Ahatake said before falling asleep.
The Next Test 2
Hikaru yawned as he woke up to the next day. "Another humdrum day, training some kid..." He cracked his back and said, "Might as well get ready."
Ahatake woke up the next day feeling energized. "Alright another day of training."
As Ahatake walked downstairs, he saw that Hikaru was in the Arcade, playing Rock Band with 2 other guys, and a beutiful woman. Hikaru called over to Ahatake, "Hey, we need someone to play Bass, you in?"
"Not interested." Ahatake said flatly. "I want to train."
Hikaru shrugged, "Suit yourself." As he said those words, the others with him turned into wolves, and snarled at Ahatake. Hikaru pulled out a bottle of water and said, "Next test, outrun the wolves."
Ahatake's black and yellow eyes narrowed. "Why?"
Hikaru smiled impishly, "Because they will tear the flesh from your very bones if you don't."
Ahatake pulled his mask on. "Sounds like a nice way to get my batteries going." Ahatake said as he disappeared out the door with a static sound.
The wolves easily kept pace with Ahatake as he fled. They snapped at him, narrowly missing each time.
"It's easy to see why I hate all canines." Ahatake said as he leapt into the air and kept moving from there.
One of the wolves caught up with Ahatake, and bit him on the right leg, hanging on as he ran.
"Sorry, Hikaru." Ahatake thought as he sent a medium-sized cero at the wolf forcing it off and he only increased his speed.
The wolf easily recovered and kept at pace with Ahatake. He shouted over to Ahatake, "You'd have to do better than that, Snakeskin!"
Ahatake disappeared with a static sound and reappeared 20 feet away still running.
Instantly, the other two wolves appeared in front of Ahatake, slamming him to the ground.
"I will NOT be torn limb from limb!" Ahatake thought sending a massive cero from the only free arm he had pushing the wolves off and he started running again.
The wolves continued to pursue Ahatake, one of them cackling at Ahatake's behaviour of fear of them.
"Bastards!" Ahatake thought as he ran. "I'll kill them!" Ahatake turned around and shot a massive Aoshan at the wolves.
The wolves dodged the attack, and pinned Ahatake to the ground. They then bit his arms and legs, locking his spirit energy away. Hikaru walked over and said, "Well, that was a good warmup." He turned around, and the wolves dissipated. "Time for the real training."
"You bastard." Ahatake said as his mask and Bankai disappeared.
Hikaru looked back at Ahatake, "Last time I checked, my parents were married when I was born." He smirked and asked, "So what am I supposed to teach you now?"
"Garganta." was the simple reply.
"Ah yes...Sorry, I don't know that one," He laughed uneasily.
"What do you mean you don't know it?"
"Remember, I'm not a Xiaochu," stated Hikaru. "I could only teach you so many techniques, but Garganta wasn't one that I learned."
"Dammit I was looking forward to that one. Well, I guess Dàn is next."
"Alright then, I know that." Hikaru looked around till he spotted a very large tree. He then charged a compressed amount of spirit energy in his fist and punched toward the tree. Within a split-second, a small fist shaped hole was clean through the tree. Hikaru looked to the blast and said, "Keep firing bursts of energy till you can do that."
"Shouldn't be much different from my cero punch." Ahatake said. "Just one problem. My spirit energy is sealed."
Hikaru smirked and said, "Why, yes. Yes it is. Good luck!" He disappeared from Ahatake's sight.
"Fuck you." Ahatake muttered as he tried to charge a cero but he only got slight static.
"Keep trying," said a large owl in a tree.
Ahatake kept trying but this time aiming for the owl. Nothing happened. He tried again and again, Slight static.
"Now now, I am not Hikaru," chuckled the owl. "I am just a friendly passerby."
"And I'm a droid." Ahatake muttered as he tried yet again and a small red orb escaped his hand. "Yes."
"Yes R2-D2, keep firing your little balls of fire..." hummed the owl.
"Burn in hell." Ahatake muttered as he kept trying but only got a similar small ball. "Damn him. I hate his wolves!"
"I am not a wolf at all. I'm an owl that speaks the human tongue," sighed the owl.
Ahatake was getting furious. He tried charging spiritual pressure into his hand and shot it out. Surprisingly a huge red ball escaped his and shot through five trees.
The owl looked over and hooted, "What a feat, now blast through the tree Hikaru blasted through. Oh, and also, that tree is as durable as adamantium, and it is 100 yards thick."
Ahatake turned to said tree and sent a blast a bit bigger than the one before at the tree. "Why am I taking orders from a bird?"
The blast didn't even scratch the surface of the tree.
"I gotta break the seal." Ahatake thought as he shot another blast at the tree.
A smal scorchmark was barely visible.
Ahatake was getting furious as he charged up spiritual pressure. He shot a massive Dan blast at the tree.
This time, there was no recognizable scorch.
Ahatake charged up some more power and shot a Dan blast the size of a beach ball at the tree.
The blast was deflected from the tree, leaving no mark.
"Tch..." Ahatake muttered as he was getting angry and he heard a crack and his body flooded with both pain and spiritual pressure. His hand glowed a deep crimson as he fired a huge Dan blast larger than the others.
The blast dented the bark immensly, but it didn't burst through the tough bark. The owl looked over to Ahatake and said, "You need to compress your energy, and fire it at a high speed in order to shred through the tree."
Ahatake focused his power into his hand, and fired again.
The blast tore through the tree for 11 yards, but the hole was twice as big as the one Hikaru shot. The owl hooted, "Whoo Whoo, you need to compress your energy a little more kid..."
Ahatake charged up his spirtual pressure and compressed it as much as possible and fired it again.
The blast only ripped through half of the tree, and the hole's radius was 3 inches wider than Hikaru's blast.
Ahatake compressed his power some more and fired out a blast that was faster than the others.
The blast ripped through the tree, going through 5/7th's of the tough wood. The blast was compressed enough, that it was exactly the same size as Hikaru's shot.
"Yes." Ahatake cried as he saw what he did. "Well I guess I have no more use for Hikaru if he can't teach me Garganta."
"You need to go through all the wood Ahatake," said the owl. "Unless you can do that, the technique will not be as strong..."
"I;m perfectly satisfied." Ahatake said glaring at the bird. "Unless bloody-sama can teach me Garganta he's no longer of any use to me."
"Why are you against his use of his blood?" asked the owl. "Hikaru has an ability that gives him perfect manipulation over his blood, his life, and is able to shape it into a defense and offense. Why do you loathe it so greatly?"
"Shut up bird, or you'll know where my next meal is coming from." Ahatake ordered. "Now how the hell do I get out of here?"
"Such a rude boy," mused the owl. "Are you always this impatient? Such attitudes lead to the downfall of the prideful."
"You're wasting my time!" Ahatake said. "Either your owner teaches me Garganta or you all show me out."
The owl sighed, "Very well." A portal opened up near the tree where he was perched, "But I must warn you. There will come a day where you are faced with a fight you will never win, and it will be because you are too stubborn and unthinking to do anything different."
"Yea yea." Ahatake said. "Now I gotta bully someone into teaching me Garganta. Maybe Kisuke knows." He stepped into the portal. "Tell Hikaru-sama thank you from me."
The owl smiled and said, " No prob."
Ahatake stepped into the portal. The moment he stepped out he heard someone call out. "Yo, Shinigami!"