Scrambling down the path, Ichigo tried to dodge-
Glass shattered, chill as Loki’s heart. The world grayed.
…When it came back, Isshin was whispering a father’s stern reassurances to the shivering boy in his arms. And two sets of awed girls’ eyes were staring up at him, then out a frost-shattered window, down an ice-slick street….
The shimmer was still howling. But now it was a frustrated, incredulous howl, as the lump of heat-shimmer skidded and thumped every time it tried to claw its way toward them.
His hands were blue on the window-frame. Loki didn’t have to look farther. Now they know. Now they can see the monster-
“Awesome,” Karin breathed. “Do it again!”
This family, Loki decided, carefully sitting down on the floor, is insane.
“Does it hurt?” Yuzu wondered, brown eyes wide. “You were blue before, and you were hurt! Daddy!”
“Hang on, Daddy’s got to get some potholders before he checks pulses,” Isshin said cheerfully. “And don’t even try shifting back right now, Loki. If that thing doesn’t get a clue, we might need some more ice.” He grabbed a phone by the wall. “Kisuke! Get your lazy perverted shopkeeper ass over here and swat this thing! I know you know it’s here. What did I tell you about training my kids?”
“Patients count on the do not mess with list, Kisuke. Or I’m telling Ryuuken about the demonic cell phones.”
A longer pause; Loki thought he caught an echo of yelling from the other end of the line.
Isshin grinned, all teeth. “He doesn’t know that.”