In the Cat’s Ear Ficbit – The Last Place You Look

Ishida’s hand on his head was warm and impersonal; contact, without being intrusive. It could be worse.

Breathe in. Breathe out. Wait. Just like setting up a target.

“And one formerly possessed.” The doctor lifted his hand away again, face set. “The spirit left less than a day ago. From the damage, I would say it was inside you for years, and you are incredibly lucky it didn’t Hollow in that time.”

Mao’s stare was flat and hard. “What.”

Hei almost smiled, appreciating the irony. What had Mao said about not wanting to sound crazy? “He’s right.”

“What.”

Hearing their own echo, Huang and Mao glared at each other. Yin touched one finger to the corner of her lips, as if she’d pull them up into a wry smile, then looked at Hei. “Was it friendly?”

“Sort of?” Hei shrugged, feeling the doctor’s assessing stare. “I didn’t know until just before she left.”

“Hmm.” Ishida made another note. “So you have some idea of the ghost’s identity. Do you know how long you were possessed?”

“Five years.” Hei thought back. “I could probably tell you the date. More or less. Time got weird in Heaven’s Gate and I was… unconscious for a while after they found me.”

“Wait,” Mao muttered. “Five years ago, Heaven’s Gate… oh no. No, you cannot be serious.”

Hei gave the cat a wry glance. “What do they say about things always being the last place you look?”

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14 thoughts on “In the Cat’s Ear Ficbit – The Last Place You Look

  1. I love it when metaphysics and context of crossovers collide to create something very interesting and/or terrifying.

    There’s a very good Dresden Files and Stargate Crossover series that includes a oneshot explaining why the SGC never seems to encounter any human civilizations of Jewish descent. Moses. Moses happened in a setting with the White God (the Dresden term) fairly active through mortal agents, at a time and place where the Goa’uld, where Ra, were at their most powerful both technologically and magically. Moses happened. And the goa’uld learned to stay far and away from the Children of Moses.

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      1. Oh it gets better. The Goa’uld, also called Conqueror Worms, used to actually be gods with the power to match. Something happened which pit the Goa’uld against the Summer and Winter Courts, the White Council of Wizards, and practically every organised factions of supernatural races- ending with the vast majority of Goa’uld stripped of their godhood and most of their power. What is left has to be channeled through their ‘technology.’

        But back to Moses. When he did his thing. When he humbled the Egyptian Pantheon. He (and the White God) did it to the strongest goa’uld Pantheon at the height of their power, of Ra’s power, in their greatest place of power when they were still gods. They are still scared s%£@less.

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  2. Oh dear. Everyone gets to be involved! Good on Ishida, realizing that trying to get one of this group alone for Doctor/patient privacy would not end well.

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  3. It could be worse.

    Yes, it could be.

    But I think Ishida is smart enough that is something “worse” was necessary to wait until Hei was a little less tired and stressed. He knows how a tired and stressed dangerous people would react, even with warning, to “worse.” Between what you have told him about Contractors and Ishida’s own experience, he knows that Hei is dangerous. Not HOW dangerous. But he knows enough to be cautious. Because Ryuuken likes his blood where it is.

    . . . you are incredibly lucky it didn’t Hollow in that time.”

    Quite. *wince* Because that would have been very, very ugly.

    And Hei wouldn’t have been available to stop the Sydnicate from making a Brazil-sized explosion in Tokyo.

    Maybe some factor in what makes the Contractors / Dolls what they are prevented Bai’s soul from Hollowing and then eating her brother’s soul from the inside-out.

    “Was it friendly?”

    On the one hand, Bai was his sister. So yes.

    On the other hand, she was Contractor. So no.

    Or maybe not exactly?

    I think she was trying to help so . . . ?

    Hei’s “Sort of?” sums up that tangle pretty well.

    “Five years ago, Heaven’s Gate… oh no. No, you cannot be serious.”

    Oh, he is very serious.

    Hei gave the cat a wry glance. “What do they say about things always being the last place you look?”

    Well, in the interest of fairness, inside your body is a rare place to find one’s missing sister.

    Ichigo might finally meet someone who has had just as weird or weirder stuff happen to them. They will be able commistrate on being weirdness / trouble magnets.

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    1. Commiseration is a big thing in this cross. 😉 (Ichigo meets Li next chapter. Hee.)

      As for Bai not Hollowing – could be her star, could be just the fact that she wasn’t a ghost long enough, who knows. But Hei did not get out of that unscathed.

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      1. (Ichigo meets Li next chapter. Hee.)

        That should be interesting.

        Maybe not as interesting in some ways as Ichigo’s eventual meeting with Hei will likely be.

        But definitely interesting times.

        Still for all of thing . . . stuff . . . regarding Hei . . . Li (and Hei) are good people. As much as he might insist otherwise.

        But Hei did not get out of that unscathed.

        Didn’t think he had.

        Just the thought that Bai-kinda-of-possessing-him thing could have done a lot worse to him than what it probably did.

        Even if you discount the soul damage he took, there was that whole thing where he believed he was a Contractor. A weird one. One that somehow got made well after all of the others. But from what I understand, Hei genuinely believed it. And he got others to believe it too.

        AND the whole being an assassin thing before the Contractor mess . . .

        . . . almost makes you want to set up a support group for mostly decent, mostly reasonable assassins and mostly ex-assassins . . . . Hei, Kenshin, Ja’far.

        Okay, most of them are (probably) in another dimension but still . . .

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      2. *G* I’m plotting out Ichigo meeting Hei in chapter 3. There will be double-takes. And a bunch of action.

        Er, the scary thing about Contractors and Dolls? They’re not a one-time event. They’re still happening. Even now.

        So the only strange thing about Hei turning up as a Contractor was that he had Bai’s star and power.

        Hitman with a Heart support group. I could see Simon trying to run one…. 😉

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      3. Er, the scary thing about Contractors and Dolls? They’re not a one-time event. They’re still happening. Even now.

        Meep. Didn’t know that.

        If it keeps mattering, no wonder the rumors haven’t died down. And why trying to keep this a secret forever is an exercise in futility.

        I could see Simon trying to run one….

        And the most annoying thing is that he pulled it off. Because of course he did.

        It’s still a headache and a half. Because half of those people need their Herder of Cats accompanying them to reduce the craziness . . . and the other half ARE their group’s resident cat herder. Sometimes with literal cats.

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