The Blind and Crimson
A Bleach Fanfic
Five days after the fight
Crimson red hair hung breezing over his eyebrows. One red eye and one green eye stared at the sky. Watching the grey clouds roll in. The sun lay in a clearing, shining on his pale tanned skin. “Storm is coming…” he muttered, quietly. “a battle too!”
Bringing a hand to his chin, he rubbed it with ponder. What could the battle be about? Where and when would it happen, would he be a part of it; all peaked his interest. When suddenly a soft voice came to his ear, forcing him to scream. Hopping forward he turned swiftly to the voice with readied fist.
He saw a hazy sight of a figure standing two inches smaller than him, with long black hair. It’s eyes were like glowing rubies, and it’s face was rather beautiful. However the redhead was not calmed by this, and he said, “How did you find me, Yuko! Please leave me be!” “You okay?” asked the voice one more, with confusion. The red’s sight began to blur and his body shivered with sweat, and shut his eyes.
After rubbing them, he re-opened his eyes to see that the figure was gone.
Now standing before him, was a figure standing four inches smaller than him. Hair black and blue, tied into a high ponytail, with the bangs hiding the eyes. Seeing the face he was struck through the heart, by it’s beauty. She then spoke again, with calm and soothing voice, “Is something wrong? Who is Yuko?” Relieved to find this was not Yuko, but something better he forgot what he was pondering about.
Little did he know that this girl was actually a boy. Ichi to be exact.
The redhead lowered his hands, with a sigh, “Thank goodness!” “Hmm?” pondered Ichi, with a tilt of his head. The redhead rubbed the back of his neck, and said, “Sorry for a second there I thought you were Yuko Hashiba. This is my only free time, where I can get away from her.” “Never heard of her, is something wrong about her?” Ichi asked, curiously. The red simply shivered, “She’s a mystery that is best left alone.”
“So what you doing around here?”
“Well I’m glad you asked, see… I seemed to have forgotten where the hospital is.”
“Yeah, ha ha…” he giggled embarrassingly, while tapping his cane, “Tends to happen, ya see.”
“Ha ha, no shame there. I got free time so I’ll take ya.”
“Oh yeah, the names James Ichimaru.”
Ichi raised his his cane and James took a hold of it and began walking as the guide. Ichi also introduced himself, and surprisingly James did not know him. Guess it’s a good thing on his part, but unfortunately James still saw him as a she.
Holding the cane, and walking beside this beauty. James kept his cool, and felt quite confident. But what to talk about and how to not make it weird? James ponder on what to say since they had been quiet for about a two minutes.
“So hey, you come here often?” he started, casually. She replied, “When I get free time, and classes are done.” “Same here. ‘cept I tend to do it to keep away from Yuko.” he chuckled. She asked with slight smile, “Why is that?” James went quiet for a time giving it thought.
A slight blush was forming on his face, when he replied, “Well… Not gonna lie, I like her and think she’s beautiful in her own way but… Under that cute and aloof demeanor I feel like she’s hiding something really frightening.” “Judging from your voice, and the grip on my cane. She sounds quite mysterious and quite a scary woman.” giggled Ichi, slightly.
“Woman? Please she ain’t that old.”
“Nah, she’s young. About our age I’d say.”
“And yet she still can give you creeps.”
“Oi, don’t joke about that. Go meet her and she’ll make you scream like a little girl.”
“Heh ha ha! Being blind has it’s benefits once again.”
“Tch… Then you got Fushi Shikima.”
“Never heard of her either.”
“Oh trust me, the very name should strike fear.”
“I swear Yuko and her, come from the same family. Only Fushi is far worse.” said James, with his hands trembling on the cane.
The two continued went on with their conversation. As things were said, even Ichi began to have a tremble in his grip, plus the image in his mind of these two girls only made it worse. Up in the sky the sun was now blocked out by the grey clouds. Stretching far and wide they the clouds came with the presence of another nearing James and Ichi.
Ichi tilt his head, with awkward stare to James. James look to him with a lifted brow, and asked, “Something wrong?” “You said, your last name Ichimaru. Any relations to one named Gin Ichimaru?” replied Ichi. James gave a laugh rubbing his neck, “Heh, I guess you got me. Sure were related in one way, but I’d guess you could say I’m a nephew.” “Ah.” Ichi nodded his head.
The quiet returned as the clouds finally covered the sky.
James looked up to see the clouds, and groaned. Ichi looked up with ponder, and sniffed the air. Cold with the scent of moisture. “Storm coming, eh?” asked Ichi. James agreed, “I had a feelin’. Good thing we're not far.”
Ichi gave sighed with a smile. James chuckled a little from seeing her cute smile again. All was good, when things were slowly getting foggy. Both kept on their way when James began hearing things. As if someone was following them.
He looked around casually but saw nobody. The fog was now getting slightly more and more thicker. Soon enough James had a hard time seeing where he was going, and kept a tight grip on the cane. Ichi could hear the sounds too, and they were getting closer. Foot steps, light, calm and relaxed they sounded.
Through the cold, moist air a new smell drifted passed Ichi’s nose. A light and sweet fragrance, like no flower he’s ever come across. There was also a chilling feel creeping up his spine. Something was just not right in this fog. James and Ichi’s hearts began to beat faster, as they both tried to keep themselves from shivering.
The footsteps were now very close, and growing louder. James was now looking around more frequently, and Ichi’s hand was fiddling down to the head. So if things went far he would have quick draw slash ready. James drew slightly closer to Ichi, with the need to be strong. Both narrowed their eyes, with the intent to protect.
Then James came to a stop. Looking to the ground he found a kiseru pipe, lying up still smoking. Only it wasn't smoke coming out of the pipe, it was the very fog swirling around them. Quite a very odd thing. As he went to grab it, the footsteps stopped. Everything was quiet between Ichi and James.
Both took their guard standing back to back. Ichi kept his cane close, and slightly drew his zanpakuto. James kept his hand near the hilt of his blade, waiting for something to happen. Suddenly a voice said, “Quite a couple.” Both James and Ichi screamed in terror dropping their guard turning to the direction where the voice came from.
The air filled with giggling and a figure came into view before them. Both their eyes opened wide, but only James saw who it was. What he saw made his eyes twitch with anger. It was the figure from before he met Ichi. The one he called, Yuko.
She was dressed in academy robes of white and red. Her skin was like the moon, her slick black hair falling to her hips. And she gazed upon the two, with narrow ruby red eyes.
“Damn, she found me.” growled James, palming his face. Ichi turned to him, surprised, “Wait that’s her?” Yuko came closer with a giggling with the attention. She also had an open umbrella overhead. “Hey Ichimaru,” she waved, “finally find ya, and what do I find? You got yourself another toy!”
“Oi, it’s not like that?” James spat out, with flaring eyes.
“Just being a guide to the hospital.”
“Tee hee, never thought you be so taboo.”
“Wha.. How.. What the heck did you say?”
“I said,” pointing to Ichi, “that’s not a girl.”
James’ jaw dropped, and he fell over dumbfounded. Yuko smirked as she walked over James, and passed by Ichi. Ichi slightly amused, and a bit offended by how people still saw him as a girl just laughed.
Yuko came across the pipe and picked it up. Almost immediately the fog coming from it, all swirled back into leaving the place clear. Sensing the difference in the air, Ichi asked, “Hey, what happened?” “It’s a simple trick from my pipe. No I don’t smoke, but I can use kido and a bit of incense to create this fog.” Yuko informed with glee. James got back up, with his face beet red.
“Seriously Minamoto, your a guy!” he shouted out of disbelief.
“Oh for the love of…” groaned Ichi. “Take a look, dummy!”
With that Ichi opened his top to show of his chest. James took a step back, and Yuko appeared beside him, peeking at that slim athletic build.
“Quite a catch, Jimmy.” remarked Yuko.
“Shove it, she’s just hasn’t bloomed yet.” denied James, averting his eyes. Ichi covered himself again, and growled. Yuko just shook her head laughing at the absurdity going on. Prowling around to find James, while catching him in the act sexual confusion between whether Ichi was a guy or a girl. “Ah, what a day.” she thought.
“Ah well guys, lets be off. Don’t want get caught in the rain.” she said, over the two’s bickering. However they did not listen, until a crack of thunder was heard overhead and the rain came down. Silenced by it Ichi lifted his cane, and Yuko took a hold of it. Both under the umbrella, and heading their way James followed outside. A cold shower to chill his rising heat.
Almost to the hospital.
There was room enough for three under Yuko’s umbrella, but every time she cooed for James to come under, he remained silent. So the three continued on quietly. The sound of rain, tapping above them, was quite peaceful.
“So, pretty boy.” asked Yuko, casually, “What d’you need down at the hospital?” Ichi replied with a sigh, “Nothing really, just going to see someone.” Yuko gave it a moment and kept on walking. Even James scooted in under the umbrella. Five foot two on left, five foot four in the middle, and five foot six on the right; all by two.
Yuko then added, “Friend or foe?” Ichi gave it some thought. James leaned in a bit to hear, since he had nothing better to do.
“Neutral, I just feel I should go see her.” he shrugged.
“Oooh, have you got a soft spot for her?”
“Well… No, considering I put her in there.”
“Jeesh dude, what the hell!” James jumped in with a glare. Yuko on the other hand, rolled her eyes.
“Oh hey, you acknowledged I’m a guy!”
“Can it you tease… How dare you smack a girl around.”
“I did not! It was an arena fight, that I got shoved into. Plus she gave me just as bad as a whoopin!”
The bickering commenced again, between the two. Yuko simply kept her cool, and zoned out. It was too much fun to watch a pretty boy, and a crimson fire head get into an argument.
Soon things came to cool off, and both came to an agreement. Ichi sighed deeply, “Alright are we clear on this?” “Yeah we’re clear.” he sighed and then smirked, “Though how you said it, I’d like to have a go at this Kirie.” Yuko then interrupted, “Well that’s all fine and dandy, but you see. We have other business to attend to, James.” “Wait we're already here?” asked James.
The three were standing right in front of the doors to the hospital. All in all it took an hour.
Ichi snorted, “What other business does he have?” “A visit with Fushi, of course.” Yuko grinned, with James’ groan of denial. But his groan went higher as Yuko stepped on his foot. James howled and then bit his lip, “Jeesh Yuko, I was kidding!” “Hmph, hard to tell.” she said, with a care. She then took his hand and dragged him off.
Ichi just shook his head, “Another day and more weirdos flock to me. Well… I guess it’s not so bad.” With a sigh, he smiled again then entered the hospital.