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Whistling Through the Willow's Leaves[]

It was mid-day in the Seireitei. Not much activity was going on right now. A gentle song could be heard in the calm of the day. It was the wondrous music that was skillfully played by the graceful Sayuri Kuchiki. She was sitting upon the large stone near the 7th Company's Barracks. Beside her were her two friends, Nodoka Kumori and John Kakusei. Nodoka was asleep, but it was easy to tell that he was listening to the melodies that Sayuri played, for his breathing resonated with the notes in her music. John was staring at the cloudless sky, but he was humming along to the music Sayuri was playing. He then looked up at her and said, "It amazes me that such a fiery spirit like you can play such soothing music."

Sayuri gave John a glare that said, "Don't mess with me," but she didn't miss a beat in her music. She finished masterfully and said, "It's amazing how Nodoka has been a target all this time."

Nodoka opened his eyes and shrugged. "That Shirokaze kid was annoying though."

John grinned and slapped Nodoka on the back. "Come on, man. You HAD to enjoy the fight."

"I did not."

"Stick in the mud."

"You're one to talk, John. You haven't fought against anyone. Akireiki must be crying."

John leaned back and said, "Probably. I just never feel like fighting, ya know?"

Sayuri slid down the rock to join them on the ground. I hear ya, bro."

Nodoka closed his eyes and went back to his nap. He then shot up and said, "Someone's coming here."

In the distance, the former Captain of Squad Five,Kaworu Yamamoto-Genryusai, now known as Ray Martinez in the human world, was running back to the one place that he left behind, but behind him was a girl wearing a special custom Executive Militia shihakushō carrying her Zanpakuto on her back.

"Stop Kaworu, or I'll kill you!!!" she yelled shooting blasts of Kidō towards him.

"Aki, I won't stop I can't go back!" Kaworu yelled as he Shunpō'd forward and instantly passed through the two people without notice, Aki did the same and kept chasing him.

"What the HELL was that?" exclaimed John.

"Kids playing tag," replied Nodoka.

"Really?"

"No, you dunce," retorted Nodoka. "I don't give a rat's behind about those guys. Let me sleep."

Sayuri stood up with a big grin on her face. "Enough resting Half-Pint. Let's go have us a chase!" She then used a Shunpō to give chase after these new people.

"Wait up Sayuri!" called John. He looked back at Nodoka and asked, "Coming?"

Nodoka sighed heavily and said, "I might as well. Knowing Sayuri, she'll most likely get in a fight where Iruyas will have to bail her out."

John nodded, "That's what I'm worried about."

Nodoka looked at the sky and said, "The clouds...."

"What's up Nodoka?"

"Nothing," spoke Nodoka. He then used a Shunpō to go after Sayuri.

John stood there completely still. Nodoka spoke...and not for releasing his Zanpakutō." John looked at the skies and thought, What is going to happen? Nodoka never actually speaks if there isn't something to worry about. He then took his leave.

Ray kept moving and moving trying to get away from her but then found himself trapped near 1st division and knew he had to do something fast.

"It's over Kaworu, you have no where to run." Aki said as she started to draw her sword to attack Kaworu.

"Put thy enemies into a trance, Kusafue!" called Sayuri. She blocked Aki from drawing her sword by putting her staff blade on Aki's sword. She smirked and said, "It's dangerous to draw your sword. You should be more careful."

Aki turned her head and growled."Stay out of this, this has absolutly nothing to do with you!" She yelled.

Ray saw his chance and shunpo'd farther away from them.

"Change the Seasons, Akireiki," said John. He was standing near the path of Ray's escape while his blade transformed into a skeletal maple leaf. His shihakushō transformed into a trenchcoat and slacks combo. He also wore a shirt with a weasel holding a small blade. The winds seemed to respond to John's reitatsu by giving him increased speed as he gave chase to Ray.

Meanwhile Aki looked at the girl with anger before she shunpo'd out of her grip and stared at her, Aki decided to show her who she ws dealing with."Roar to divide, Ryuu Kyoushusha". Suddenly the energy warped all over her sword as she drew it and she held two dual-swords in her hands.

Interference: Sayuri VS Aki[]

"This is official buisness, interfering is considered an execution." She said.

Sayuri smirked, "Geez, lighten up. I saw you chasing that guy so I thought I might as well join in. Sides, I'm bored."

Aki shunpo'd and swung at Sayuri.

Sayuri blocked the attack with the blade of her staff's blade, and deflected the attack to the side. She then jumped back and said, "That was dangerous."

"That's not even half my strength." Aki said as she put her sword in an X-formation and a few fireballs appeared from the middle before she slashed and made them go forward."Honoo Tama.

Sayuri slashed her staff in her perspective of northwest, and a gust of wind came in front of her. The fireballs were redirected to the skies, but they were now larger than before.

Aki smiled as she shunpo'd to the sky and absorbed the fireballs back into hher sword as she concentrated all that energy into one giant fire ball and launched it towards Sayuri.

Sayuri's eyes widened as the fires approached her. She held her ground as the fireballs approached, but a figure in front of her swatted the fireballs as if they were nothing. Sayuri's expression of determination changed to one of delight. "Mizu!" she exclaimed.

The Mongoose Sharpens His Fangs[]

Mizu looked over at Aki and inspected her. He then teleported over to Aki, kneeling on the ground and holding her left hand. "And who might you be my voluptuous beauty?"

Aki then had a vein in her forehead as she kicked Mizu far into the side of the building."I don't have time for this, thanks to you my target is getting away." She says as she shunpo'd and started to go after Kaworu but was stopped by a ivasion of personal space.

"Now now," said Mizu soothingly, "That was rude." He was had his arm around Aki's waist. He was without any sign of injury. "I was just trying to be a gentleman."

"You're anything but that," mused Sayuri.

"Anyway," Mizu's tone changed to a suspicion. "What are you doing making such a racket? I can't get any sleep with everyone trying to kill each other."

Aki started to get irritating as he grabbed his hand and twisted it behind his back. "It's none of you're buisness." She says growling.

Mizu's expression didn't change. He sighed and said, "Really. You think I would be so defenseless?" He then jumped and spun to where his arm was in a normal position again. He released his hand from her grip and said, "Now tell me, what are you doing?"

Aki was suprised being that he was the first person to break out of her grip,"I'm hunting someone down, now you can either let me pass by or I cut you down with my sword." Aki said gripping her blade waiting for the responce of Mizu.

Mizu smirked and said, "Who are you hunting and why are you hunting him? If he is an enemy of ours, I have a man after him right now and he'll help to capture him."

Aki took a good look and sighed,"He is a rouge Soul-Reaper and must be brought in for questioning." Aki said putting her sword away and looking at the two of them.

Mizu nodded and said, "Gotcha." He then got out a communicater and put it near his hear. "Yo, John. Yeah the guy yur tailing. Yep, catch him. OK, I'll send help. See ya later." Mizu put the communicater away and said, "OK, let's go already." He then teleported away with Sayuri following suit.

Aki went and followed them knowing that with their help, she'll finally be able to capture Ray.

The Autumn Breeze[]

John continued to follow Ray as he headed toward the western gate. He then sent an shock wave of air to attack Ray.

Ray sensed the change and dropped to the floor then looked around and knew someone was following him "Who are you?!" Ray shouted.

John covered his ears and said, "Quieter than you apparently."

Ray threw his sword and closed his eyes to focus energy into his ears, then he heard the wind and shunpo'd to put his blade on the throat of the guy following him,"I really don't appreciate people following." Ray said dangerously.

John tilted his head up, letting the blade slip by. He then kicked Ray in the stomach, sending him flying away. He then grabbed the hilt of Akireiki with both hands and sent a huge gust of wind in Ray's direction.

Ray saw the wind coming and focused his energy into his sword then slashed and send a wave of energy towards the wind and both canceled each other but Ray crashed into a building and had some blood coming out of the corner of his mouth.

"Well that was smart." Ray said getting out of there and jumping on top of the building.

John smirked and said, "Whew, that was pretty good. You're at least vice-captain class." Akireiki then changed to where all its blades seemed to make it look like a skeletal one-edged claymore. John then held the blade to where it divided his face and swung it to his right. "Akireiki, Zankutai."

Ray saw that his Zanpakuto had changed and got ready to attack, Ray decided to not underestimate him and went into his Shikai as well,"Roar and Split Yukkan Raion." Black energy appeared under Ray's feet then went into his sword before it warped and split the sword into two seprate black swords.

John knelt down, then launched himself to attack Ray. He then swung his blade saying, "Kaze Daikama!"

Ray saw the attack coming and went on defense by stabbing one of his two swords into the building. Spikes apeared in front of Ray and took the blast."Kasui Tategan."

John stopped in mid charge just before he hit the spikes. He smirked and flashed away. He was behind Ray, charging another Kaze Daikama.

Ray smiled as he let first blade go and swung his second blade with both his hands as the energy build up."Kuroi Kuchikukan"

The clash of the two blasts was incredibly powerful, but only John was blown away. He stopped in mid air and wiped off some blood on his forehead. "That was unexpected."

Ray smiled as he saw the left sleeve of his shirt was ripped but there was no blood,"You said that I was a vice-captain class but here's a frendly warning." Ray said as he looked at John and then suddenly the area became heavier with powerful spirit energy eminating from Ray." I'm more powerful than that." said Ray.

He shunpo'd out of sight and grabbed his other sword and went for the attack.

John barely saw Ray at the last second and deflected his blade with his own. "This isn't good."

Ray kept on slicing at an incredible speed, but only managed to get a few scratches in.

John jumped back and said, "You're a quick one, huh?" He looked at Akireiki and said, "Guess I have to up the ante." He then held his blade sideways and said, "Akireiki, Akumukokkaku." Akireiki's blades began to switch around to where some of the blades looked like a skull right near the hilt while 2 blades with one edge were sticking out of the skull like they were a skeleton of a double-edged sword.

Ray smiled as focused the energy around him and his blade and summoned five energy lions at his side,"Take this!!" He swung and the lions went in for an attack.

John positioned Akireiki to be above his head, and slashed the direction in which the blasts were coming from. A strange gate seemed to open in front of John, which sucked the blasts into it. The gate then closed and John put Akireiki on his shoulder.

Ray looked at the portal and realized this was gonna be a problem, so he shunpo'd around the entire area making replicas of himself then they all focused a black orb into their hands and smiled.

"Ryuusei Keshigomu" They released the black energy into powerful blasts.

John looked in all dierections, and saw that there was no way he could dodge. He then said, "Akireiki, Sei!" His sword then switched back to its normal fan form. He then swung Akireiki to deflect the blasts with air, but that had no effect. He was then hit with all four blasts, which sent him crashing to the ground.

Ray smiled and went for the kill but then sensed spirit energy's coming towards him so he wen towards John then put his sword away."Listen, i don't wanna fight you I'm just running away from her." Ray said then shunpo'd and wasn't felt anywhere.

John tried to stand up, but he had to lean on Akireiki to stay up. He coughed, spitting up some blood. He then said, "Hey, I'm not finished with you..." He then fainted standing up. Akireiki stayed the same though.

Capturing Ray[]

Aki then felt the sudden change in spirit energy and started going faster than the others.

"So, what's the story behind this Ray guy?" asked Mizu.

"I'm under strict orders not to say anything." She said but then decided that they could really help her,"He learned some very secret informaiton and if it got out then the Soul-Society will be doomed." She said jumping from building to building.

Mizu narrowed his eyes, "I'm a lieutenant, you can tell me."

"I'm sorry but this information goes way beyond you're level of security." Aki said as she kept her eyes focused on where she was going." It's direct orders from the Soul-King himself."

Mizu looked up and mused for a moment. He then said, "Oh yeah, him. I remember when he was a teen. He was a stiff-necked guy."

"You know nothing, it's not the current Soul-King that gave this." She said.

Mizu looked at Aki and said, "The existance of the universe isn't as vast as you'd like to think. It's only been around for about 6000-7000 years. This old Soul King was the leader of a caravan that Hikaru traveled with when he was a kid. The Royal Family wasn't established until after the Great Soul War."

"Good continue to believe the lies that you were told, it's better that it's not known." Aki said sighing as she kept going.

Mizu smirked, "They aren't lies. If the Earth was millions of years old, it would have eroded away some 50+ times from the water, and the moon would've had 137 feet of dust on it in the late 1970s instead of less than an inch?" He then caught up and passed Aki, "Plus, the crest that the Royal family uses now was on a tunic that Hikaru got from the caravan when he was 25."

"Like i said, continue to believe what you want all that matters to me is capturing him." Aki said as shr gripped her fists and went ahead of the both of them.

Sayuri sighed, "Very antisocial, isn't she?"

Mizu smiled evilly, "I'll sic Nodoka on her."

"Like he'd do anything." Sayuri looked down and saw John dragging Akireiki behind him, heading west from their viewpoint. "AKI! WAIT!"

Aki stopped and was standing on the side of the wall."What is it?! We're going to lose him if we don't keep going." Aki said but then looked down and saw John.

Sayuri was the first to catch John when he began to fall. He still held Akireiki, and told it to seal again. Sayuri leaned him up against the wall. She smiled and said, "You idiot, you were too reckless."

John laughed a little, "He was...stronger than I thought."

Aki looked at him and started healing him with her Kido,"Where did he go?" Aki asked.

John pointed to his right. "That way. He was headed toward the West Rukon District." He cringed as his wounds continued to be healed. "I already told the Captain about where that guy is headed."

Sayuri smiled and said, "Hikaru can stop that guy easy!"

"I wouldn't underestimate him if I were you." Aki said finishing her healing." I'm going to make sure that he is captured alive." Aki said shunpoing towards Ray.

Mizu sighed, "She's really impatient, huh?"

Sayuri nodded. "At least she healed John."

John looked at his limbs and tried to move them. He felt little twinges of pain from each quick motion, but he was battle ready. He stood up and said, "I'm going after her."

Mizu clapped John's shoulder. "Leave it to Hikaru now. You've done your part."

John looked at the direction that Aki was heading, but he didn't go after her. He drew his sword and said, "Change the Seasons, Akireiki." His sword transformed into a skeletal maple leaf again. He then said, "Let me go now."

Mizu shrugged and said, "Your choice. I'll tell the other 12 to not interfere. This is 7th Company's problem now." Mizu and Sayuri teleported away. John then chased after Aki.

Aki kept moving farther and farther into the Seiretei then she could feel John's spirit energy following her, "Why are you following me?" Aki asked looking back at John.

John smiled and said, "Letting a lady go off into the unknown isn't the chivalrous thing to do."

"Really, and I thought chivalry was dead all these centuries." Aki said smiling as she kept going forward.

The Willow Sways, the Lion Bites[]

Nodoka sighed and said, "When is he gonna get here?"

Hikaru pulled out a pocket watch and said, "A few more minutes."

Nodoka narrowed his eyes. "It's so weird that you have something like that."

Ray kept jumping and jumping from building to building as he kept turning to feel two others on his tail but suddenly he felt two more in front of him and stopped,"I know you're there, get out here!" Ray yelled.

"Stop yelling," sighed Hikaru. He was standing right behind Ray, but he had his back to him. "We're right here."

"Listen, I don't want to fight you but if you don't leave now I will regret it." Ray said camly as he had his back to Hikaru.

"I don't want to fight either," replied Hikaru. "Besides," He turned his head toward Ray. "I don't fight children."

"Hahahahahaha." Ray laughed and turned his head the same way." You are in no postion to talk about age, I'm way older than you are Child." Ray smirked as he got ready to fight.

Hikaru sighed, "Nodoka, can you take care of this guy?"

Nodoka nodded. He then drew his sword and appeared in front of Ray.

Ray looked then smiled "Don't talk much do you?" Ray said then jumped back on Hikaru's back with his hands and lanched himself into the sky where he released his Zanpakuto." Roar and Split Yukkan Raion!" and landed on the other building.

Hikaru looked up at Ray blankly and said, "Such a disrespectful kid. Reminds me of Yama when he was a kid."

Nodoka sighed and said, "Do I HAVE to fight this guy?"

Hikaru nodded, "He already defeated John. I won't let that go by."

Nodoka shrugged, "Fine." He then held his sword, a claymore as long as he was tall, and charged at Ray.

Ray looked at him and knew that these two would be trouble, so he put his swords on two sheaths on his back then jumped while focusing black orbs in his hand and started thrusting his hands making them seprate into a shower of black orbs.

Nodoka blankly stared at this, then he held his sword in the manner of a bat, and then he swung his sword while charging spirit energy into it, and swatted a majority of the blasts away. Nodoka dodged the rest because of his short stature.

Ray smiled at this and decided to up the ante. He shunpo'd around Nodoka and left replicas around him as all of them focused black energy into their hands and focused it into multipule blasts, then released it."'Ryuusei Keshigomu'"

Nodoka was completely calm, despite what was happening. He then spoke, "Ensnare, Itoyanagi." His sword transformed into a myriad of vines, with which he hit all the blasts. His sword returned to normal, but the blasts shattered into green reishi, and flowed into Itoyanagi. He looked at Ray and yawned.

Ray growled and looked at Hikaru while he just stood there." So this is your plan Hikaru to make me waste my energy on this shorty, I want tot fight you Captain not you're subordinate." Ray said while on guard for the attack from Nodoka.

"What makes you think you can win?" asked Nodoka.

"Indeed Ray," mused Hikaru. "What makes you think you can win?"

"Ray is just my allias name, if you say you're older than me then should have remember who i really am." Ray said smiling.

Hikaru sighed, "Ray is shorter than Kaworu Yamamoto." He looked at Ray and said, "Also, Genryusai was his name. Shigekuni was his middle name, and Yamamoto was his last name. He's one of the few who had a middle name in the Soul Society's history."

"I didn't want that name but my mother gave it to me and i always keep it with pride." Ray said as he drew his blades out one more time." So Hikaru "Shadow" Kurosaki, what do you say?"

Hikaru was now lying down, staring at the sky. "I say, fight Nodoka. He needs the practice."

"If you say so but I'm not stupid Hikaru i know he's holding back." Ray said as he got at the ready.

Nodoka sighed, "Force of habit. I wanted to test your power."

"I don't have time for this so i better better give it everything i got, BANKAI!!!!!!" The entire area started to shake and crack as the energy of his Bankai roared like a lion then manafested itself into a black lion that surrounded Ray and cpmpresed around him, then the energy dispersed and Ray was standing on all fours with Armor covering his entire body and his mouth.

"Kuroi Kyuukyoku Yuukan Raion!!".

Hikaru raised his eyes and said, "Bankai, on a kid who's only used a Shikai for a moment?"

Ray just stood there on all fours and in a instant was gone.

Nodoka looked around slowly and said, "I think this may not end well."

Hikaru sat up, "Who knows?"

All that could be seen were was just one flash of Ray's feet as it kept spinning around and around absorbing the reiatsu from the building and warping them into a twister that suddenly covered Nodoka."Raion Tatsumaki!"

Nodoka looked around at the twister and thought, If I use the third release against this, it would cause a serious backfire. He then spoke, "Show your sorrow, Itoyanagi, Datsuryoku." As he said this, the sky turned black and the sun was eclipsed. There was also an eerie presence in the air. Nodoka's sword transformed into a scythe, with which he began twirling in the opposite direction of the twister.

Little did Nodoka know that in the center of the twister Ray was charging one of his most powerful tecniques as the twister was a powerful supply of reiatsu as he absorbed it into his left eye and released at Nodoka.

"Raion Tatsumaki" The energy was blasted and started supressing Nodoka's Zanpakuto.

Nodoka continued to spin Itoyanagi in the opposite direction, despite the blast approaching. He then said, "This power I have now is not from Itoyanagi. Za Mokumoku always activates when I release it in this Shikai forme." His scythe began to spin faster now. "This power comes from me being a Fushi Genmu." His twirling of his scythe now was faster than the speed of the twister, causing a purple aura to appear when he spun his scythe.

Ray just kept the blast focused on Nodoka Ignoring everything else.

Nodoka then spoke, "Ensnare, Itoyanagi, Urahara." His sword then transformed into the vines from before, but at the rate Nodoka was spinning, he slashed through the twister of reishi. It continued to go through the twister, and it stopped the blast from reaching him temporarily.

Ray's control of his mind decided to return the blast back knowing that something was about to happen, he summoned five black lions and controlled them to spin themselves into a vortex that had the same gravity pull of a black hole, then as the energy came back Ray abosorbed it back into his body but knew he wouldn't be able to us his move again.

Nodoka was exhausted from his last attack. He then looked at Itoyanagi, but there was nothing wrong with it. Although, a small amount of blood trickled from his sword arm. Itoyanagi returned to its original form, but the damage was noticable then. There was a fracture in the blade that divided the edges. Nodoka sighed and said, "Well, I guess I have to stand down now."

Hikaru clapped, "That's good, at least you didn't feel the full backfire."

Nodoka smirked, "Yeah, I didn't." He then began to fall to the ground.

The Wolf Howls for Thee[]

"You did good," said Hikaru as he caught Nodoka. He then set him in an alley, and headed back to face Ray.

Ray absorbed the last of the energy and felt refreshed, then turned to see Hikaru coming and got ready to pounce as he instantly disapeared again and went for the attack.

"WAIT!" called Hikaru as he easily dodged Ray's attack. "I wasn't coming to attack you."

Ray stopped and looked at him while growling listening to what the Captain had to say.

Hikaru pointed behind himself and said, "The woman looking for you is here now." As he said this, Aki and John flashed right to his side.

John smirked and said, "Miss me, Ray?"

Ray turned his head and saw Aki starting to draw her sword. "Ray Martinez, you are under arrest," she said smiling.

At that moment Ray had two choices to fight and hopefully run away or surrender and go quietly.

"Not a chance," said John as he drew Akireiki. He then used a shunpō to block Ray's escape from the rear. "I still need to get back at you for beating me earlier."

Hikaru looked at the three and said, "Hold on. Before we start trying to kill each other, couldn't we discuss this without swords pointed at each other's throats?" He looked at Aki, "I know you have been given your orders, but I think that it is reasonable that we of the 7th division find out what is happening. We may be able to offer some assistance. It would be much better to do so than to play hide and seek in the Seireitei."

"As i told you comrads this is not of the Seireteit's opinion I have my orders and as such i have to take them." Aki said then she snapped her fingers and hand cuffs were put on Ray which made him revert back to his normal form.

"He must die" Aki said going towards him with her sword.

Hikaru caught Aki's blade within milliseconds of her charging. He then said, "I said, let's talk it over peacefully." He looked at Aki with such power in his gaze that it would cause many to crumble. "I am going to listen to what this man has to say, regardless of who has ordered you. Such trivial things means nothing to one who has seen enough bloodshed because of the rashness of individuals."

Aki smiled at him and snapped her fingers causing the shakles of Hikaru along with another set of leg cuffs on his feet binding his from moving an Inch."You're power is strong but I kniow you're weakness." Aki said getting closer to Ray.

"You still don't get it," said Hikaru. A wave of blood then appeared in front of Ray, blocking Aki from getting to him. Hikaru then snapped off the shackles like they were nothing. He sighed and said, "All I can't do is cast Kido or Hado or use my fists. Those are trivial to me."

"Why do you continue to interfere with me, why do you care about this worthless scum?" Aki said slashing his shield like it was nothing and putting her sword near his neck getting ready to finish it.

Hikaru simply pushed down her sword gently and and said, "I do not see this man as scum. I want to know what is happening." He walked past Aki and said, "How 'bout this? We take him back to my barracks, and if I don't like what he has to say, you can whack him. As I see it, he is unfit to battle us. Though he won't admit it, he used up a lot of energy against Nodoka, and he is no threat."

"Eat me, I was in full power but these cuffs block all spirit users." Ray said.

"Very well, i guess i don't have a choice." Aki said putting her sword away.

Hikaru smiled, "Good, at least we've come to peace." He then undid the shackles on Ray and said, "I trust you will come with us to the barracks, correct?"

"I really don't have a choice do i?" Ray stated the obvious.

Exposition[]

Saya sighed as she looked over the garden near the 7th Division barracks. She noticed a few squirrels playing tag, and anither squirrel wanted to join them. However, the other 2 rejected the other from joining. Saya could tell that the first 2 were of the same gender and were just playing around, and the other was a female. She sighed and looked back to the sky. She then felt an arm come around her waist. She looked up to see that it was Hikaru. She then turned around and squealed, "Hikaru-kun!"

Hikaru smiled and said, "Good to have such a warm welcome."

Saya smiled, then she saw Ray and Aki. She then asked, "Whats with the guy who smells like wet cat and the girl with the big boobs?"

Mizu sighed, "She can never be subtle..."

Ray just ignored everything he heard and just sat down on a side any of them weren't on while Aki stayed close to Ray to make sure that he wouldn't try to make any attempts to escape or attack everyone while there guard was down.

"You two have a history?" asked Mizu.

"I just have my orders to kill him at any cost." Aki said glaring at him.

"And i have to run away from her, it'sd been like this for two years now." Ray said looking out into the sky.

Mizu smiled, "Ah, young love."

Suddenly the air in the room became very cold as Aki looked and had a demonic look on her face,"Would you like to repeat that?" She started to drew her Zanpakuto.

"Ha, i wouldn't touch her with a ten-foot pole." Ray smirked.

Mizu laughed and said, "Kids nowadays. And I'm with you there Ray. I don't like the tsundere-type either."

Hikaru sighed, "Children, settle down."

Aki settled down and put her sword back,"This is a waste of time, i have my mission and i need to keep it." Aki growled looking at Ray.

"Of course you do." Ray said.

"Alright, Ray," started Hikaru, "Why are you running away from the Soul Society's Assasination Corps?"

"Aki should have told you, i went into centrel 46 and learned deadly secrets so they think I'm going to use it to destry the Seiretei." Ray said.

"We know you are!" Aki yelled as she got her sword out.

"Morons," said Mizu. He was right behind Aki and was holding her Zanpakutō. "This is why I almost refused to join the Gotei. Everyone thinks everyone's out to destroy the Seireitei."

"That's why i left. They thought those secrets would be their downfall and I had to leave in order to protect the Seireitei." Ray said closing his eyes.

"You liar!" Aki tried to kill him again.

Mizu then took Aki's Zanpakutō away from her. "Calm down kiddo."

"He told his reason and you're protecting him?!" Aki yelled.

"You know nothing." Ray replied.

"He's not lying," said Saya. "Over the years, I've been tormented by many people. I've seen through all their lies. All their false promises. I've been a joke to them and everyone else. And yet," she clasped Hikaru's hand. "Someone showed true kindness to me."

Hikaru smiled and said, "And I haven't regretted it." He then looked at Aki and said, "Saya Kōkiaru is one of my most trusted officers. She would definitely know whether this man was lying or not. I believe Ray Martinez's story."

"As do I," said Mizu.

"Why? I'm a fomer Captain who dishonored his rank. Why do you believe me?" Ray asked looking at them while Aki glared at all of them.

"Because I have been in the same position before," answered Hikaru. All looked at him with shock.

"And even if you were lying," added Mizu, "we could easily dispose of you before you could even wonder what we'd do."

"Haha. Well I guess...So now what? The order to exterminate me is still in affect and Aki won't stop," Ray said looking at her.

"I don't care what these people have to say. I will exterminate you," Aki said growling.

Hikaru sighed, "What is the information that you found anyway?"

"I'm sorry but I can't not tell you it's too important to tell anyone and too dangerous." Ray said.

"I don't even know what he knows." Aki said

Hikaru sighed, "Could it have to do with the Center?"

For the first time, Ray actually looked at him and felt true dispear and started to get into the fetal position which actually shocked everyone including Aki who looked at him with suprise.

"H-h-how do you know?" Ray asked.

Hikaru looked down for a moment, then looked up with a goofy smile on his face and said, "You just told me! I had no idea what this was about! I just threw a wild guess!"

Mizu then punched Hikaru on the back of his head and said, "YOU MORONIC DUMBASS OF A BROTHER!!!"

Saya then said, "The...Center?"

"It's something so evil that if i said it I'd die a painful death but I never say what it actually is." Ray jumped up and stuck his tongue out at them which Aki repiled by hitting him in the back of the head like Hikaru.

Saya narrowed her eyes, "You guys are idiots."

Hikaru rubbed the back of his head, "So, this Center-thing is why the Soul Society sent Aki to whack you?"

"More or less, This pain-in-the-butt opened the Senkamon when i was trying to enjoy MY EXILE!!!" Ray shouted and looked at Aki.

"You're the one who won't just accept his punishment!!!!" Aki yelled at Ray.

Hikaru sternly looked at them, but this was a look that seemed to envoke vast amounts of power behind it, and said, "Be quiet."

Ray glared back at him and laid back against the wall while Aki flinched and sat down back to where she was at.

Hikaru smiled and said, "Many undesireables are known to wander around here. It's getting hard for Nodoka and John to tell them to leave." He looked over at Ray and said, "From the gravity of the situation, you wouldn't want any snooping pests to stick there noses into where they don't belong, correct?"

"Yes, i just want to fufil my purpose in life." Ray replied.

"If it's ok with you, could you tell what said purpose is?" asked Hikaru.

"To wander the world for the rest of my days helping others when I can." Ray said closing his eyes.

"It doesn't matter to me, I will kill you." Aki growled at him.

Hikaru looked at Aki and said, "Then at least let me be his ally before you do so." He looked at Ray and said, "Do you accept my help? I know not what I delve into, but I wish to give my aid to you in any way I can." He held out his hand and added, "I do not want to force you to let me help, but I think that it may be more difficult if you have to deal with Aki constantly."

"I could use all the help i could with this girl." Ray said shaking his hand.

"Very well, I have no choice to kill anyone that affiliates with Ray Martinez." Aki said with a cold stare.

"Then why don't you come with us?" asked Saya. "It'd be nice to have another girl come along!"

"Like i just told you people, I can't. Anyone who is involved with Ray I must eliminiate." Aki said cracking her knuckels.

Saya then hugged Aki and begged, "PLEASE?"

Aki looked at her and blushed but pulled her off and walked towards the door,"One day Ray, you have one day to leave the Soul-Society before I hunt you down and kill you." Aki said opening the door and shunpoing out of there while Ray just watched with confusion.

Saya sighed, "Aww...I wanted her to come..." She then began to cry.

"There, there," said Hikaru as he patted Saya's head.

"Wait, if she came with us, wouldn't she try to kill Ray?" asked Mizu.

Saya sniffed, "I figured that she could come with us, see that Ray was right, save the world, and everyone lives happily ever after."

"I always think the same thing about her." Ray said outloud without thinking then blushed and turned away.

Saya jolted and looked at Ray. She then pointed, "You do like her!"

"No I don't!" Ray shouted as he kept looking at the wall," Besides you heard her I have to leave tommororw or she's gonna kill me!."

Saya giggled.

Hikaru sighed. He looked at Ray and said, "So where do we go from here? You are the one who knows more than we do, so that puts you in charge."

"like i said for now I just need to follow my destiny, I need you guys to open the Senkaimon for me." Ray asked.

"Alright," answered Hikaru. "On one condition."

"What would that be?" Ray asked turning around to face them.

Saya blushed and looked to the floor. Hikaru smiled and said, "Saya hasn't ever been to the World of the Living for recreation, so is it alright if she and I tag along?"

Ray sighed but knew that he would have no choice if he wanted to get back to the world of the living." Sure, you two can come along." Ray said getting up and streaching.

"THANK YOU!!!" squealed Saya as she hugged Ray.

Ray smiled and rubbed her head," no problem." Ray said smiling.

"Okay," said Hikaru as he stood, "Let's go already." He walked over to a wall with an ink painting on it and knocked on it three times. The wall then transformed into a Senkaimon. Hikaru smirked and said, "It'd be better if we left in secret."

"Haha, you read my mind." smiled Ray.

Next Story: That Hollow Feeling: Return of Ikasoruke

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