Bleach Shifter Arc: Episode 2: Hear My Roar
“Whaaah? Ohnichan brought another girl home?!” Yuzu stands there with her mouth open and a silver ladle in her hand. Ichigo walks past her and his dad,
“This is Katsumi.” He casually waved his hand towards her. Katsumi awkwardly says hi. The three head upstairs and Ichigo closes the door to his room. “So who exactly are you?” Ichigo frowns at Katsumi. Yuzu and her dad are listening outside his door with drinking glasses.
“Ichigo!” Rukia slaps Ichigo on the head.
“Oy! What was that for?” He rubs his head.
“What Ichigo means,” Rukia says to Katsumi, “is where are you from? We’ve never seen you at school before or around town.” Katsumi looks at the ground and says,
“I’m from the town orphanage from the next town over. This is my first time coming to Karakura town.” Ichigo stops frowning,
“Oh.” He tries to think through how to word his next question right, but it still doesn’t come out sounding very polite, “What are you doing here?” His voice came out sounding irritated. She scowls at him,
“Not to be turned into a death god by one of your little buddies for sure.” Ichigo twitches angrily.
“Buddies?” He stands up and shouts, “You think I’m buddies with that thing?!” Rukia stops him before he could go on.
“Katsumi, why did you leave the orphanage?” She asked. Katsumi looks at her,
“My parents left me there when I was 7, saying they’d come back as soon as they could to get me. 10 years later and they still haven’t. So I...I guess I left to come look for them. I’m not quite sure where to look though. Or where I’ll stay.” Ichigo’s dad bursts into tears outside his room. “Katsumichan!
That’s such a touching story! You can stay here with us as long as you like and we’ll help you look for your parents! I already love you like my own daughter! It’s so sweet I can’t stand it!” Ichigo kicks his door open and punches his dad in the face. “ *insert Japanese cuss words*” . He slams his door back shut and points at Katsumi. She widens her eyes innocently but Ichigo still says,
“Nope, you are not staying here.” He grabs the small bag she was carrying and had on the floor, threw it at her and said, “Let’s go.”
“Go where?” She asks. He ignores her. The 3 walk out of his room. Ichigo’s dad jumps towards them with his arms out.
“Katsumichan!” He cries out with hearts in his eyes. Ichigo kicks him onto the floor. His dad lands face down with his butt sticking up in the air. They casually walk over him. As they walk outside Katsumi asks again,
“Where are we going?” Ichigo scowls.
“Urahara’s place. He’ll let you stay, and maybe he’ll know if there’s something wrong with you.”
“Wrong with me?! Like what?!”
“Like if you’re part hollow or not, and other stuff.”
“Other stuff? What are you talking about?”
“Quit asking so many questions! You’ll just have to wait and find out won’t you?!” Rukia murmurs quietly,
“Ichigo, you ask too many questions all the time too.” Ichigo shouts defensively,
“I do not! Shut up both of you!”
*At Urahara’s shop*
“Oh. I see. Very interesting.” says Urahara while fanning himself and sipping tea.
“ ‘ That’s interesting?’ That’s it?” Ichigo shouts.
“Uh… yeah, that’s it!” Urahara says happily. Ichigo pouts depressingly. “So
Katsumichan, tell me all you know about what you saw happen when the hollow turned you into a soul reaper.” Urahara says, still drinking tea. He burns his tongue and starts jumping up and down screeching.
“Idiot.” Ichigo mutters. His combat pass and Rukia’s phone start sounding.
“It’s a pretty small hollow.” Rukia says looking at her soul phone.
“I’ll take care of it.” Ichigo jumps up, changes and then leaves. “Finally a chance to get away from the clowns.” He thinks to himself as he jumps through the air towards the hollow, taking his slow sweet time. He hears a hollow roar. He tracks it down and he sees it about to crash a building.
“Getsuga Tenshou!” Ichigo shouts (very dramatically). It cuts off the hollow’s arm, but doesn’t kill it. “Damn it! I missed!” Ichigo cusses some more and he chases the hollow to the top of the building. He fights the hollow briefly before he cuts its mask and it disappears. Then out of nowhere, the afro guy appears.
“I’m ready, let me at him! Waahh?! HEY! What do you think you’re doing here? I’m the town’s shinigami and you punks are always showing up and taking my gig and stealing my thunder! Just who do you think you all are?” He starts walking away without waiting for a reply, an angry cloud looming over his head.
“Uhh…” Ichigo makes his confused/amused face. He can still hear the afro dude angrily muttering in the distance. Ichigo starts back. He lands on the ground outside Urahara’s shop. “Useless, good for nothing…” insulting thoughts toward Urahara went through his head.
“WOAH! Really? Incredible! You found all that out just from him turning you?” Urahara’s voice boomed from inside. Ichigo hurries in. “Wow, incredible!” Urahara repeats himself.
“What’s so incredible?” Ichigo walks in and asks. Katsumi looks up at him from her cushion on the ground.
“You’ll just have to wait and find out won’t you?” She said in a mocking voice.
“Oh! Ichigo perfect timing!” Urahara happily claps his hands together. “Katsumi here can…”
“Wait.” Katsumi cuts him off. “I want to show him.” Urahara gets quiet, slowly looks up. His eyes slowly looking up from behind the shadow of his hat.
“Follow me.” Everyone stand up and goes to Urahara’s underground training arena. Urahara points the end of his cane at Katsumi, “Pardon this Katsumichan.” He jabs his cane at her forehead and her human body hits the ground. Katsumi stands facing Ichigo in her soul reaper form. Ichigo looks at her zanpakto.
“It doesn’t have a sheath, it’s just like mine.” He looks confused.
“I know, and that’s not all that is similar to what you have.” She answered.
“Huh? What does that mean?” She grabs her zanpakto,
“You’ll see.” Ichigo grabs his zanpakto. Then Katsumi disappeared and landed behind him.
“What?!” Ichigo spins around, “When did you learn flashstep?” She didn’t answer, but flashstepped circles around him, cutting up his robe. He’s still surprised and only then snaps out of it.
“Ok, you asked for it.” He pointed Zangetsu in front of him and said, “Ban...kai!” (very epically.) He is now able to keep up speed with Katsumi and they clash swords now and then. Then Ichigo yells, “Getsuga...Tenshou!” His black spiritual pressure hurls toward her. Then as if echoing him, Katsumi shouts,
“Getsuga Tenshou!” Her zanpakto emits the same shaped spiritual pressure, but it looked as if made of light. The two getsuga tenshous collided, one terminating the other.
“What the…?!” Ichigo’s eyes grow wide. Then he decides to try again and gets ready to fire another getsuga tenshou when Katsumi shouts,
“Shine, Hikari!” Then Ichigo’s vision goes white. The blinding white light hurt his eyes, he couldn’t see anything. He felt himself crash into the ground. Then the light faded and he opened his eyes. Katsumi’s zanpakto is under his chin. He looks at her in shock. “Want to keep going?” He stand up and immediately sends her crashing into a rock with a getsuga tenshou. She gets up, flashsteps towards him, but stops dead, as if she ran into a wall. She drops to her knees, holding her head in her hands, groaning.
“Katsumi!” Someone shouted her name. She slowly looks up, the whites of her eyes turning black, her irises turning yellow, a white mask slowly making its way across her face, a terrifying voice cackling with laughter.
TO BE CONTINUED…