Ghost Touch 2 bit – Thorns

Don’t know how I ended up here… but somehow, some way, this has to be Kurosaki’s fault.

Thorns tightened.

Ishida hissed. Gathered his will, and breathed through the pain, mentally damning Ichigo and every other shinigami who’d interfered with his life to a thousand icy torments. This wasn’t quite like being paralyzed by Kurotsuchi’s blade. He could still breathe; still move, just a little. But being bound here, unable to do anything to save himself as his life froze away….

And if he could move one hand – just one! – he could snap a spark from the fire-starting kit some sadist had left by his side, and ignite dry branches protected by the tree’s own outer casing of ice into a blaze to save himself. If he could just push past the thorns, just a little-

Not fair. This is just – not fair.

Thorns trembled.

Suddenly suspicious, Ishida held still. If that Ukitake had anything to do with this, I’m going to have to-

A blast of ice, and tightening pain.

I am not going to die this way!

Loosening. Not enough to breathe easily, or free his hands, but the vines were definitely looser.

“The hell?” came a familiar, confused voice.

“Oh, yes,” Ishida got out through clenched teeth. “Just what I needed to complete a perfect night.”

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14 thoughts on “Ghost Touch 2 bit – Thorns

      1. Usually?

        Arghhh . . . sometimes thoughts and words are clear as mud . . .

        Think what I was trying to say is that Ichigo never does things that causes stuff like this to happen with full knowledge of the consequences. He might do so accidentally trying to save a life when certain people don’t warn about him about certain dangers . . . or otherwise mislead him. But on purpose or not, he still did something and that can be a source of annoyance for the effected person.

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  1. Don’t know how I ended up here… but somehow, some way, this has to be Kurosaki’s fault.

    Urr . . . probably. Sort of. To a degree.

    If it makes you feel any better, I doubt he did it on purpose?

    Didn’t think so. Well, I tried.

    “Oh, yes,” Ishida got out through clenched teeth. “Just what I needed to complete a perfect night.”

    Murphy does not believe in half-measures Ishida Uryuu.

    This is, unfortunately, the price you pay for being unlucky enough to associate with a weirdness magnet.

    You are not alone. There is a support group. Its member will not try to talk you out of your desire to strangle that idiot but will listen sympathetically and perhaps share their stories. The one with the worst headache that week doesn’t have to buy their drinks.

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    1. Weirdness Magnet Bystander support group? That sounds excellent!

      …Except it’d constantly be crashed by the Villain of the Week.

      (The supposed Bystanders keep KO’ing them before the cops can get there and leaving them stuck to the ceiling with duct tape, but every series villain keeps getting the same idea….)

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      1. Or maybe it’s a recurring bet/dare/hazing ritual the villain put the noobs through to introduce them properly to the aforementioned “bystanders”

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      2. Or maybe it’s a recurring bet/dare/hazing ritual the villain put the noobs through to introduce them properly to the aforementioned “bystanders”

        I like it.

        It’s kinda of like how the Assassin’s Guild in the Discworld series had taken to using Vimes to teach their students humility. They weren’t sent to kill him – not at anymore through in the past they had been, merely get him in sights – they didn’t succeed.

        Plus no sense in wasting resources. If these guys can’t take on the bystanders, they sure as heck can’t take on the actual trouble magnet (through methinks that is the villains underestimating the “bystanders” again – because sometimes the actual trouble magnet isn’t the most badass one in the group).

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