Bridge ficbit – Rescue Rukia 9

“…I want to fly.” No. Not quite true. “I want us to fly.”

Toushirou grimaced. “You know what the old bastards think about calling on bankai without a good reason. Usually a Menos Grande-sized reason.”

Ice cracked under Hyourinmaru’s claws, before he made himself ease his grip. “I know.”

“I’ll see if we can get patrol beyond the edge of Rukongai,” Toushirou said bluntly. “If we’re out of range of other souls – we can always say we thought we sensed something.” A shadow of a grin twitched the corners of his mouth. “Heh. If Zaraki follows us looking for trouble again, it’ll be true.”

I doubt we will have leisure for patrol. Not with intruders on the loose. Powerful, determined intruders. But his shinigami would learn that soon enough.

And the offer itself, to the part of his power Toushirou had once feared….

Pleased, Hyourinmaru soared down, coiling about the other half of his soul. “What if there were another way?”

Unflinching, Toushirou raised white brows.

Hyourinmaru laughed, ice crackling on winter branches. He knew his shinigami. He knew himself.

We never could resist a challenge.

I’m alive, sang on the wind; the howl of a wolf reverberating not just off the walls of Seireitei, but from the forest-laced concrete and steel that haunted Rukia’s dreams. I’m coming for you.

Rukia! Saeki! Stay alive!

Caged in the stillness of Sixth Division’s prison, Rukia felt her traitorous heart skip a beat. Impossible. It wasn’t possible. Yes, they’d laid plans with Urahara against her eventual capture; yes, she’d almost dared to hope. But she’d seen her brother strike. She’d kicked Ichigo’s hand as his soul lay dying in the street!

Loki’s power is illusions.

And Ichigo had never been just a shinigami.


20 thoughts on “Bridge ficbit – Rescue Rukia 9

  1. Yeah, Ichigo tends to resist being just anything. Labels are so limiting. 😉

    And he wants to state for the record that he loves Loki’s influence on him. (Be afraid, be very afraid).

    And awww for both Toushirou and Rukia.

    I hope Toushirou and Hyourinmaru are successful with embracing his youkai side.

    And Rukia can hang onto this newfound hope and strength. Hang on Rukia, you are not alone.

    Hmmm . . . just had a thought, what if Ukitake wasn’t the only target in the Incident? What if one of the other primary targets of that attack was Kaien? Because he followed the family tendency toward poking his nose in things Aizen wanted people to leave alone?

    The other people killed in that attack were simply colleteral damage or a means to end – what better why to get to Kaien than to target his wife? Since the couple were Vice-Captain and 3rd Seat respectively, those are pretty good people to target for possession in order to get around Ukitake’s guard.

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      1. Meaning get on your hands and knees and search and mentally review and then reason throuvh the events to see who would benefit from the outcome and if it is Loki… treat as an illusion

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    1. >*G* At least check it twice!>
      With a 10 foot pole to be on the safe side. Just make sure that it’s actually a pole you’re picking up and not a venomous snake under an illusion to look like a pole.

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  2. Hmmm . . . think part of Hitsugaya’s grumpiness is simple youkai ‘wants to kill something and can’t’?’

    I know he didn’t make the full transformation but he’s probably still youkai enough to have certain instincts and urges.

    At least in this universe.

    He might not be the only one suffering from that either,

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  3. Of course a dragon would want to pop open a can of worms… or might be worms. Depends on what happens next.


  4. … I’m sorry, maybe I missed an explanation previously, but ‘Saeki’?

    Also: loving these bits and integration of Yokai into Bleach. Though after the various reactions, and Hyorinmaru’s thoughts on Sode no Shirayuki as a Yuki-Onna… well.

    I just… have this image in my head of someone attacking Loki – possibly in his soul. And the attacker is met with a field of ice centered on a Jotunn sorcerer in all his might, with a supernatural wolf pacing to his side, a dancing feminine figure dressed in white, and an enormous dragon of ice behind them.

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