The Blind and Escort
A Bleach Fanfic
The next day
It was nine-thirty-seven when Ichi woke up. He found himself in bed, feeling a little groggy from last night. The voices and shaking carried on through the night, but had soon passed. The pain in his head had ceased and he could feel that his chest and shoulder were healed and bandaged. However, as he got up and reached around he could not find his cane; possibly the nurses took it.
Oh well, no big deal, he thought, and felt around for something to hold him steady. Grabbing a counter he brought himself off the bed, and took his time carefully mapping the area with his hands and feet. Two steps forth he came upon another bed so he turned to his left and followed forward with a hand on the bed. Soon he came to the bed-end, and turned to his right cautiously groping his left hand in the air and prodding the ground with his feet.
Making his way forth he let go of the bed but kept his right hand at that level. A twitch of his ears made him pause, as he heard muffled foot steps approaching. One followed by another it seemed. Biting his lip to keep himself calm, he waited and waited and soon the door opened and two figures entered; a soul reaper and a nurse.
“Had a good sleep, Minamoto?” asked the nurse.
“Very much, slightly rough but all around good!” he said with a smile.
The nurse approached him with an apology for having removed his cane, saying that since he was part of the scene he was to be treated with caution. To that he chuckled with embarrassment but understood the reasoning. As she looked over him the nurse checked off some things on her clip-board. Seeing if he was okay to be let out.
“You suffered no real injuries from what our doctors could see.” she informed with a smile, “Your head and shoulder shall be fine, in a day or two.” Looking over her shoulder she nodded to the soul reaper. Nodding back the soul reaper came up alongside the nurse. At the same time Ichi came up to the nurse asking if Kirie was alright. His face was pale with worry, and his eyes and hands couldn’t stop shaking.
The nurse finished checking off two more things and looked back to Ichi with a smile. Gently she took his hand and eased away his shaking as she assured him that Kirie was fine. Ichi looked to the voice with calm, sad eyes. Closing them he quietly sighed, nodding his head and lowered his hands.
“Just in shock with some blunt bruising, but she’ll live.”
“Okay...” said Ichi softly with his cheeks reddening, “I could hear so much pain in her voice!”
“Coming from one whose throat almost got stabbed.” the nurse giggled.
Ichi gulped, as he rubbed his throat, feeling a tiny prick at it’s center. The nurse finished up her checking and held out her clip-board before him. “Sign here,” she ordered, putting a pin in his hand, and guiding his aim to the X mark. Without question he did, clear and slightly sloppy. The nurse then introduced him to the soul reaper, and told him she would escort him out. The soul reaper’s name was Natalia Gozen.
Both greeted each other and without question Ichi held out his arm with a little smile. His escort standing six inches taller than him and the nurse, softly took him by the fore-arm and exited room six-teen. As they came to the main lobby, the nurse handed the clip-board to the main desk, and the woman there checked Ichi out, and also brought out his cane. Natalia took the cane, and headed out with Ichi where two other soul reapers were waiting.
“Caught a hottie, sister!” said one of them. Ichi recognized the voice as the referee from the arena. Natalia’s cheeks reddened as she shot back, “Jealous, Cecilia?” The referee shook her head laughing. Cecilia and Natalia were identical twins, same height and hair up in pony-tails. Except Cecilia’s hair and eyes are red and she wears an ocean blue scarf with the tails in the back; the latter has blue hair and eyes, and a vivid red scarf with a single tail at the front and back.
“Alright, let’s head out,” ordered the other reaper. “don’t wanna keep Senpai waiting.”
“Right,” obeyed Natalia.
Tsubame Machi then turned and went her way followed by the Gozen sisters.
She was the same height as the sisters’ five foot eight, leaving Ichi smaller by six inches. Her eyes shined a bright orange and her skin was a light tan making her darker than the sisters and Ichi. She also wore a headband under her chin-length, black hair along with plain white wrist-forearm guards each bearing the kanji for ‘Tsuruhime’ on the forearm. Unlike the rest she wore black shoes instead of sandals.
“Real shame for this guy,” Tsubame casually shrugged, “gets escorted by three beauties and can’t see any of them.”
“Don’t start the teasing,” Cecilia muttered.
“Am I wrong?”
“How many times have you been proven wrong,”
“Touche...” cutting herself off, Tsubame glanced over her shoulder to Natalia and Ichi. A smile had formed onto his face.
There are other ways to find out the beauty of things, but to Ichi his mind was elsewhere as he walked beside Natalia. Where was he going; what will the consequences be; how could he fix all that happened, and why was Kagerou there? All this going through his mind made him shiver. Seeing a change in Ichi, Natalia asked him about it.
A shadow loomed over his face as he said, “A lot is on my mind and it would be best to get this over and settled with as soon as possible.” “No need to get so hard on yourself it’s not like you’ve killed someone,” Natalia replied, softly. “besides it’s a tough place, and these things happen. Lucky for you, Senpai is not one to abuse!”
The walk for the most part was quiet. Little things said here and there, but not kept long. Orders were simple: Bring Ichi to this so called, ‘Senpai’
Soon enough they came to a shady, green building standing four floors and quite wide. It was the Detention/Interrogation station, where felons were brought in for questioning and to spend time. For Ichi it was one or both. Upon entering the building’s sliding doors, Ichi was met by the relaxing smell of incense burning. heading further in they entered a lobby; at one side was an occupied desk beside a guarded door, to the right there was two rows of seats and not far from it two tables with five chairs each, along with two other doors, one guarded, the latter not.
“Open up, stiff!” came a voice and a rapping behind the door. The guard rolled his eyes and slid the door open, letting two academy students in followed by another guard. The two students were messy with dust, and what looked like splattered blood. The two were known felons, Kaze Akuma and Renea Higurashi.
“Ah,” yawned Kaze stretching himself out, “two days in the hole was great!” Renea rolled her eyes and scoffed.
Kaze was dark in tan, and rather tall. Clearly from his build he was sculpted through some rough times, with toned muscles and fading scars. His hair, a faded green, only reached to his shoulders and was just as messy.
Done stretching, he looked to the four before him. “Just who I wanted to see-” Before taking a step, he halted with a hiss. Renea kept him back with a pinch to his side. Drawing back her hand she told him that she had had enough, and should leave it for later. Rubbing his side, he kept back from the four.
“Better listen to her, Akuma,” said Tsubame, crossing her arms. A leer formed in his silver eyes, as he retorted, “I haven’t got much to do, for now.” The two stared each other down, while the others around them went about their business. Natalia brought Ichi over to a table and they both sat down, Cecilia went off to sit alone in a row chairs. The two guards returned to their post, and slid the door closed.
Renea was at the counter filling out a form.
Six inches smaller than Kaze, her hair of strawberry blonde fell to her mid-back, and much to her dismay was unkempt. A rough beauty with pale white skin that was both soft and toned. She also kept her eyes hidden with a pair of blue lenses shades.
Having been in this building with Kaze for two days of punishment have left their mark. Sure they got food and water, but it couldn’t accommodate for the fact neither got to bathe and they had to deal with all the punks they got in a fight with. Gang members of all kinds in the academy; big names, no names, brawlers, bone breakers, name it they have it.
Renea signed the form for both her and Kaze. Receiving the stamp of approval from the woman behind the counter, she was handed two zanpakuto’s.
Breaking the silence between the two, Tsubame sighed.
“Keep out of the fights and there won’t be anymore trouble,”
“Bah, why do you guys give a damn about the academy?” smirked Kaze.
“Someone’s gotta keep things in check,”
“Uh-huh, as if anything here means a damn in the Seireitei,” a flash appeared in Kaze’s eyes as he boasted, “I say, let’s all have a brawl and all those still standing, pass the test into the Seireitei!”
All eyes looked to him, except Renea and Ichi.
Kaze took in the silence with an air of win, crossing his arms chuckling. “That’s right, and I’m not alone on this. Sure it may leave many with broken bodies and may have severe results-but in the long run, it gives motivation for others to stand up and be the best of the best!”
The silence continued till Renea held up Kaze’s zanpakuto and flung it into his gut. “Dammit Kaze, that’s the stupidest thing you said all day!” shouted Renea, as she put her zanpakuto into her obi. Kaze snarled as he picked up his blade and put into his obi. Looking up with a crazed look in his eye, he shot back. “So you wanna do this here and now, eh! Hitting me where I’m still sore is gonna cost ya.”
“You should’ve kept your mouth shut,”
“Oh like you weren’t interested in the idea,”
“I wasn’t open to it you, moron!”
“Not what you said the other day.”
The two continued to bicker and bicker.
As that went on Tsubame left them to it and sat across from Ichi and Natalia. Shaking her head with a sigh, Tsubame looked to a window and then back to Ichi. Ichi asked curiously, “So… What’s going on here?” “Well, Kaze’s stubborn and wants to do things his way and Renea’s the only one that seems to slap some sense into him.” answered Tsubame, glancing at the duo.
“That don’t sound too bad,”
“Least he’s got somebody to get him out of things.”
“However,” Natalia added with doubt. “she can snap just as well, if not worse!”
“They balance it out, almost like a couple!” Ichi giggled quietly.
Renea and Kaze finally came to a stalemate, staring each other down. One could literally feel the flames surging around them. Kaze gave a deep sigh and then looked over to where Tsubame sat down. A grin crossed his lips once more, and upon approaching them he noticed the little one beside Natalia. Renea palmed her face with annoyance and followed him.
“Say who’s this cutie, Tsubame?” he asked pointing to Ichi.
“Ichi Minamoto: brought in for questioning. And please refer to it as a boy.
“Heh, still cute though. Must be rough with looks like that, I dare say you guys got competition.”
“Say what,” Tsubame snapped.
“Whoa ho! That’s a first for me.”
Renea rolled her eyes and turned to leave and announced she was leaving. Kaze followed saying his goodbyes, but Tsubame told him to beat it. Natalia laughed softly seeing Tsubame’ face go red, even Ichi chuckled at her tone of embarrassment. But before the two left, Renea looked back at Ichi. With a shrug she looked away saying, “Cutie my ass…”
“You have an ass?” retorted Kaze with a slight smirk. Looking over her shoulder, a teasing smile formed on her lips, as she remarked, “Enough to bring tears!” Thus the two went off leaving the building with another figure standing by the doorway. It let them pass, and watched them head out for a moment.
Having taken two strikes from Renea, Kaze was feeling alittle justified to get back. But how? Then his smirk grew into a grin. With chance on his side he picked up the pace, and coming up alongside her he took a quick, light slap across her soft, round behind. She yelped from the impact and her face grew red as he passed by.
Kaze kept on his way with a bit of a swagger in his steps, as he chuckled, “Payback, Little Fox~” Rubbing her bum, she pouted at that nick name. However she shook it off and ran after him with a little smile forming, knowing she would get back at him.
The door slid shut.
Then came the familiar sound of a thud followed by jingling in a certain rhythm. Ichi’s ears perked up and his face turned to the sound. A bead of sweat rolled down his face, and he felt a shiver crawl up his spine. As the rhythm came to an end, Tsubame and the twins stood up along with Ichi. A familiar voice than spoke, “Did he cause any mischief on the way here or in my absence?”
“None at all, Senpai.” answered all three.
“Ichi Minamoto, this is Grant Fenice-senpai.” announced Natalia.