"Where's Rukia?" Ichigo alisema when she wasn't at the breakfast meza, jedwali before him. Yuzu set down her spoon as she answered. " She alisema she had to get to school early to finish a project she's been working on." Karin yawned." Dad's talking with some of the neighborhood watch captains about the girl." Ichigo nodded. "You two can wait for me to walk wewe home." Karin narrowed her eyes at him. "I've got practice tonight and we need to practice." Yuzu nodded in agreement. Karin winced, they had to be pretty bad if even Yuzu agreed. Karin went back to pushing the cereal into her mouth. Ichigo sighed, maybe he could get Chad to walk Yuzu nyumbani while he waited for Karin's practice to get over. Yuzu looked up. "My teacher alisema she would give any of us a ride nyumbani if we needed one. I could get her to give me a ride nyumbani and that way wewe could wait for Karin's practice to be over." Ichigo frowned in thought. "Which teacher is this?" Karin rolled her eyes. "Its her cooking teacher. The one whose been idolizing Rory McLaren's big cooking win over in the U.S. She's almost as obsessed as Yuzu is." Ichigo sighed. "Sorry. Guess with all the studying I've been having to do I haven't been really here." He wished whole heartedly that it could have been the truth. Instead that it was that these living nightmares had been really putting them all threw the ringer. A knock came at the door. Karin answered it.
"He's still eating. Wanna wait in here?" Ichigo gulped down what was left in his bowl and grabbed up his pack. "I'm ready to go. Yuzu wewe can either stay and watch au see if your teacher can give wewe a ride home. Karin no sneaking off, I don't care how much you've advanced in your martial arts classes. Are we clear?" Karin stiffened. "Yeah whatever." On the way down they ran into his father. "You guys stay together. Especially with Orihemia and Rukia....where is Rukia?" Ichigo felt guilt and worry roll his breakfast. "They alisema she left early this morning to work on a project at school." His father's face went red and then cooled. "Its not your fault, you've been working so hard lately....why don't wewe stay nyumbani today catch up on some sleep." Ichigo shook his head. "Any other siku would be great, but today is a big test siku I just can't miss."
Ichigo's father did something he didn't normally do. He hugged him. "I'm so proud of you. You've really grown up these last few years." He yawned
and let his son go. "Well be careful out there. I'll drop the girls off and pick them up tonight. I'll wait for Karin to be done with her practice. I'm sure I won't be the only one there, so I shouldn't be too bored."
Jamie found herself in the front yard of the most pathetic yard she had ever seen for a shop. If it was a shop. She looked again at the address on her phone. Everything was correct. She looked at the update, yeah it alisema it was a duka yet. Two kids, one boy-one girl. Came out with brooms sweeping the porch. She put on her best friendly smile and approached the children. "Excuse me, can wewe help me?" The kids stopped working and turned to her. "What do wewe want?" The boy alisema crabbily. While the girl was shy, quiet and dangerous, in Jamie's thinking. Jamie scuffed at the dirt as she came forward. No traps, triggers au anything declaring this place was anything but what it seemed to be. The boy kwa this time had put down his ufagio and folded his arms in annoyance."Well? What do wewe want?" Jamie made a face."Well aren't wewe the little gentleman. The soil is about as dead as the street...no that would be insulting the street. Now the map alisema that this place was a duka au is it a place that shops come to die?" The boy growled and made fists. The girl quickly came to his rescue. "Please excuse him. It is indeed a shop, but it doesn't have much." Jamie smiled lightly as she brought out one of her many pouches and weighed it in her hand.The jingling caught the boy's attention.
"Go get some better clothes and some breakfast. As long as wewe go two streets over to get it. Are we clear?" The girl looked up at her. "But we aren't open yet." The boy grabbed the girl and made eye contact with Jamie. "Two streets over at least. wewe can take the whole day." She handed the pouch over, the boy took a moment his eyes widening at the weight of it." Who are wewe lady?" Jamie narrowed her eyes at him. Fear entered the boy's face, he pulled desperately at the girl as fast as he could out of the yard. When they left she studied the duka in detail. It was pretty poor, going inside proved little better. As she looked around she felt eyes on her."Have wewe ever thought about redecorating? Maybe some new products? I mean I've been in some bad looking shops but this one...." The man behind her stiffly said." Are wewe here to duka au lecture?" Jamie smirked and then stopped as her nose picked up the scent of Voro's men in the yard. Without wasting any time she hit the big man with a hard enough kick to knock him into the inayofuata room that had luckily been left open. Quickly she locked it, putting a kinyesi against the latch. Without a sekunde thought she put on the apron hanging on the nearby hook and found a hat from the shelf to put on. Finishing just in time as the door opened. Shades peeked in and lowered his glasses. "Huh-who are you?" Jamie had to hold herself back from attacking."Oh me....
I work here au I think I do. I get so confused so easily. Yesterday I got on the wrong bus and it took me all siku to just make it back at closing time. Meaning I Lost a whole day....it wouldn't have been so bad if I hadn't Lost the other two days." Jamie started to cry, covering her face to hide the crystals. Shades sagged."Whoa....easy. I didn't ask for your life story." He was about to ask where the owner was when the bosses employer's watcher came in. Jamie had to kumeza the sudden vomit that hit the back of her teeth as she smelled the soul rot coming off the new man. What little was left would be better off buried. He was a cold blooded killer collector.
"Do wewe have the money?" Jamie's face went blank, she saw the man in shades take a step right before the man picked her up kwa the back of her shati and throw her threw the closed door. Luckily she had the presence of mind to curl, but still when she finally landed it hurt like hell.
Tessai Tsuabishi had had to twist and leap over the 3 gygi's whose soul reaper's were still fighting
the ill effects that came with inhabiting an earth bound body. Kisuke Urhara looked up at him. Then he heard the lock and kinyesi sealing them into the room. He put a finger to his lips frowning as they listened to the outside conversation.
"Dear God, the girl!" Tessai exclaimed. Kisuke stopped him as he was about to run threw the door pointing to the bodies. "But …." They then heard the body being thrown threw the door. Kisuke stood and said. " Stay with the bodies." He quickly cut threw the door and into his shop.
Jamie felt herself being lifted up kwa the back of the throat. Crazily the hat had somehow stayed on. Her thoughts might have gone deeper had the man holding her hadn't taken to shaking her like some dog toy. " If wewe can't pay the one way-you'll pay the other way." He threw her towards the entrance of the yard. Jamie curled herself into a ball and whimpered like any girl would. When the ghoul came over saying. "Get up!" She curled even tighter. The cold bastard was about to kick her, when he grabbed her up as he had the 2nd time standing her up. For a moment she thought she would black out from the lack of oxygen and then it cleared.Jamie Lost all color except for rage, rage boiled and rolled out in lava.
The man who held her didn't even have time to realize what was going on before he was devoured, not even his Bones were left as evidence of his life. Her poor baby was so bruised and beaten that she hardly looked like the same girl. Kisuke paused as he saw the girl in front of the imposter clerk. Monsters! He grit his teeth and had a hand on his sword when he felt the others jiunge him. "What goes on here?" Byakuya asked just before a wave of heat blasted them back. Renji had arrived just a moment before his captain had woken up.The girl, her face though beaten and bruised could not hide the beauty it had once held. The fear in her eyes looked from the clerk to him. A desperate plea that rang a 3 alarm kengele inside him. His feet took him past the man in shades who tried to stop him. The throw saving the man's life when the heat and flames erupted from the clerk. Renji only felt a gentle push towards their host. Arriving at the clerk's side, he found her to be one of the purest beauties. Rage allied with righteousness.
"Let me take her." The clerk hissed and slashed 3 of the man's fingers who held the beaten beauty. As she caught her daughter, Jamie screamed her heartbreak at her failure to protect her child. The flames raged higher. Renji saw her pain as raw as any freshly born wound. He softly repeated. "Let me take her to safety." Jamie looked at the young man and saw a part of her brother. Her rage sparked higher until she saw his eyes. They were sincere, concerned and open. A most beautiful hue that went well with his outrageous hair. Yet there still had to be some understanding. " If wewe harm her I will erase wewe from existence." The youth grimly nodded as his color faded slightly around his gills.He opened his arms.P.B. eyed the both of them. Jamie smiled softly. " He has promised to keep wewe safe. I believe him. wewe can trust him." Jamie eased her burden into Renji's arms, before
she turned back to the intrigued enemy.
"Power and beauty. It wasn't an ancestor was it on all those reports. It's always been you. I must have you." Voro licked the bloody stumps of his fingers and then reached out for Jamie. Jamie felt the need to burn him into nothingness. Those still around him suddenly picked him up and ran. Both her and Voro screamed at the Lost opportunity. Jamie started to go after him when a hand landed on her shoulder. Jamie staggered as she felt the flames go limp and die. How dare someone stop her ! "How dare you...." Her words left off as their eyes locked she fainted. Kisuke whistled low as he came up besides Byakuya who suddenly had the naked girl in his arms. Kisuke quickly took off his poncho draping it over her. "Well wewe certainly know how to pick up a girl." P.B. tried to go to her mother but the young man held her tightly to him.
"Please, please she needs me. She's in so much pain. Please let me go to her." A pink haired little girl made a pained face. "You need a healer, she doesn't. She's gonna take out the bad guy." Her face fell momentarily." Too bad Kenny's still a little groggy au he'd take a whack at him too. But maybe when she's done she'll still have some time to give Kenny a run. Yeah he's never faced someone like her before. She'll be a challenge. Kenny likes a challenge." P.B. started to cry. "Its all my fault she's like this. I should have jumped, I'm not worth her worry." Renji frowned and held her tighter to him.
" Accomplishing what ? Making her feel worse then she already does? Whoever she is she loves wewe greatly?" P.B. swallowed her tears. "She's my mother, of course she loves me. Even though I'm unworthy of her upendo she still loves me." Renji saw in his mind the girl of flame. No she couldn't be zaidi then maybe 16 and that was pushing it. He shook his head. "You don't believe me. Its alright she looks like 15 pushing 16." She laughed and smiled as best she could while a twinkle came back to her eyes. " Jamie's been mother to me and Mira for over 10 years. As for names, she's had many over the years, but for the moment Jamie's her favorite."
Byakuya had headed out after his Lt. when he sensed him entering the flames. As for the flames, they flowed like a gentle stream around him.Rolling past heading for the buildings too old and dry to take on any zaidi heat then they already had. He needed to reach the chanzo to calm the rage that had been let loose. As he passed Renji the man never even noticed him. The burden in his arms much zaidi important. As for the girl, she could only look behind them. Her tears all too real for Byakuya. Urgently he raced towards the ukuta of flame. To find that the only hint of a being at its core was a mere deepening of red at is center. Quickly he flung down his hand in the hopes of grabbing hold of the creature. His hand connected with an all too naked female shoulder, just as the body launched forward. At the moment his hand landed the flames died and a girl turned with a face born of hatred and guilt. zaidi at herself then for the perpetrator. Her eyes though....they reminded him of someone else's. "How dare you..." That was when she fainted and he was left to catch her. He averted his eyes as the flames had eaten away her clothes,except for the twin daggers that lay at his feet. Her hair lifted and flowed, while Kisuke covered her with his poncho. The hair trickling back towards its keeper, disappeared beneath the poncho. Twisting to make a cocoon covering her from neck to delicate pink toe before reforming itself into clothes. Kisuke reached out and found a strand eager to wrap, upangaji pamoja around his finger.Playfully pulling before letting go to jiunge the others as part of herb shirts collar.
Byakuya felt himself sweating profusely at the feel of her skin on his arms and hands. Soft, warm, and silky. He found his mind struggling to fight his bodies unusual reaction to her. For even when he had been married he'd never felt so...so bothered kwa a female's body. Not even when her hair covered her did it diminish his bodies tightness. It wasn't until Kisuke nudged him did he wake from trying to control his body. "We may have zaidi trouble." Byakuya stilled and tightened his hold on the girl in his arms. Two people were aiming guns at the both of them. All business no play. Murderers who wouldn't blink an eye at killing them all. "No." They straightened and eyed each other. They re-aimed their guns at the two. Jamie twisted and tried to curl in on herself as her body felt sore all over from the sudden release. "Damn me to hell. I...oh. Gee's." Jamie blushed deep red finding herself in a man's arms.She pushed up slightly while his arms tightened around her body. Strong, clean, oh so sexy. She shook her head and regretted it as her vision swam. "Oh put me down please. I feel sick." Byakuya eased her down behind him and then turned back with folded arms to confront the two again. Jamie took a shallow shaky breath, folding onto her knees, her stomach heaved but nothing came. She hadn't eaten for hours, whatever had been breakfast had been dissolved hours ago. The two on the other side of the two men coughed. Jamie sagged into herself. "What the hell? Lips-Mira put down those weapons." She pointed her hands at the two men, not caring weather au not they could see her au not. "These are the good guys. They helped me rescue Pompeii. Go get the car." At the mention of the girl's name, the gun pointing woman took off towards the porch. Lips eased and put his gun away. "Sorry about the guns, but all we saw was a shit pile of flames and her tracker going out cold. So we haven't had any intel on who we were facing. I better go get the car." The man left. Jamie eased up onto her feet. Her hair snapping off at her neck completing its covering. "Who are you?" Kisuke alisema as he helped to steady her onto her feet. Jamie let out a self deprecating laugh. It made her feel lighter and less sick. "That is one hell of a question. Nearly impossible to answer. So I'll give wewe my name, that's the best I can do. Name's Jamie. Just Jamie." She held out her hand. Kisuke took it with some caution.Shaking it slowly and then holding it overly long.
" Remarkable! wewe don't feel any different then anyone else." Jamie giggled. "I would hope so. What should I feel like? " Jamie then looked to where the casualty had been standing. "Oh I see. That only happens to my enemies. We aren't enemies, are we?" Kisuke smiled warmly. "No, of course not." Then a mid-size luxury car pulled into the yard. The man called Lips got out and handed Jamie the briefcase, mkoba he held in his hands. He then made his arms into a makeshift table. Jamie smiled. "You'll no longer need to worry about the shop." She clicked open the locks. A voice came out of the case. "Password please." Jamie dusted herself off and stiffened slightly. "Draco's Fortune." It took a few dakika before the case slowly eased itself open. "Password accepted." Then she took out a key. "Under no circumstances should this key be removed from its lock. au wewe get a big boom in your face. The nenosiri stops the boom from going off when wewe first open the case. The key kills the timer after you've opened the case. No key big boom. House crumbling kind of boom. Most of my big ticket items are in cases like this one. Nothing safer." Kisuke nodded. Mira stood kwa having returned from her errand, P.B. keeping her head down. Jamie raised the child's chin. Her eyes deep, drawing the other's pain away.
" Have no fear this to shall pass, I promise." P.B. for a moment clung to her hand placing it on her cheek before letting go of it. Jamie then picked up the false bottom. Byakuya's eyes widened as he had never seen jewels so big au pearls so perfect. "Did wewe steal these?" There were 3 soft clicks of safeties going off. Jamie just laughed.
"Come, come children. I look like an innocent teenager. Of course you'd be very hard pressed to find a 16 yr old who has a masters in nearly every subject ever created." She then frowned deeply at him, making sure to avoid making eye contact. " I am a little disappointed in wewe though, my lord.You should know above all others that appearances can be deceiving." The frown disappeared replaced kwa a heavy smirk on her lips, before continuing." Funny, Rukia hasn't quiet mastered your art of copying a victim of Medusa.Stone face. Though she must not have come from noble stock. Not quite enough stench. A courtesan's baby? No, then a sekunde wife of low born status." She dodged the ngumi, punch and pushed it into the kick without looking at who had thrown what. Dancing around to the porch. She laid down the open case. "Here my good man this is for my insults.This is for the rest. " She threw 3 weighty pouches onto the wood. Jamie flashed back to her crew hugging P.B. close flashing to the car's back door. "You alright?" P.B. nodded. Jamie eased her into the back seat. "Mira! Lips! We're done here. Now!" She looked at the scene. The young man and the overly starchy noble lord were making it to their feet as her people ran for the car.She smoothed the poncho over her arm and then gave a short salute. " Sorry I didn't mean it. She's a good person, I like her alot. So don't make her unhappy au I'll bite." Her smile took on the look of a wolves, her teeth flashing sharply.
" Trust me wewe don't want me to bite. My bark is bad enough." Jamie giggled and then climbed in shutting the door as the car pulled out.
Rukia sat in front of the head master who waited for her to tell him what she had come to say.
"You have never been at a loss for words Lady Rukia." That snapped her out of her silence.
"What is a Soul Smith?" At her words Master Yamamoto's eyes widened. "Where have wewe heard of them?" Rukia stiffened. "First tell me who they are." Yamamoto sat back. "They were myths even when I was a child. Once they were a people who could make a zanpakuto from a hollow. It is alisema that had they not died off they could have taken over the kingdom. Where did wewe hear of them?" Rukia thought about Jamie. She seemed open, warm and so alone. She was her friend. "How did they die?" Yamamoto frowned. " A great hole opened in the earth and swallowed them. None have dared to investigate for fear of their hollows." Rukia blinked. "So no one went there to see if anyone had survived au been in need of help. Why? We are not a society of cowards." Yamamoto nodded. "You are reasonably affected. wewe have met someone who professes to be one of them then." Rukia sat back, she had revealed her secret. "Yes, but she's not a power hungry devil. She's just a girl, who has Lost much. Her brother cursed her to the living realm." She became thoughtful. Her eyes widened. "His spell must have used all the soul energy from everyone in their village to create such a portal. He'd have killed not only humans but all of the surrounding nature." She looked up at the head master. "Is there such a spell?" Yamamoto nodded. "There is a book older then the society, older then my father. It is kept inside a vault, inside the high king's own chamber, protected kwa 12 spirit serpent's. Surrounded kwa a force field that not even the strongest zanpakuto can break. The wizard who owned it put it under such protections after it was alisema there was an incident with one of the spells." Rukia frowned. "How can wewe know for sure that the spell I'm talking about is even in the book since none have ever seen the spell." Yamamoto sipped at his chai allowing it to flow down his throat before answering. "The high king himself is the only allowed to pass through the protections.
When I began this school, the high king took me into his confidence's once I had proved my true intent. Only I know which spell was used. That which wewe now know. She must be very old, far older then I." Rukia shook her head. "No she looks no older then me. Her brother's curse made sure she would live forever. Losing all those she loved and who loved her. Never to return nyumbani again...
but she could. Couldn't she? Return home. Wait. If she returned nyumbani would that age her?" The head master eyed her as she thought. "No. She should be fine. Her true nyumbani was destroyed, what ever is left would not be considered her home." Yamamoto cut in. "If wewe brought her here she would be put under the research and development's control. Until we knew for certain where her loyalties laid." Rukia blinked and paled. "You know what he would do with her. How can wewe throw her to them? No. She's my friend." Yamamoto narrowed his eyes. "Indeed I do. But she is power, she is dangerous, if she is what wewe believe her to be. Do wewe believe?" Rukia nodded. "I do." Yamamoto nodded as well.
"Then guard your friend, as best wewe can. There is a book of their race in the achieves I will give wewe a note to give to the librarian he will know which one to give you. Was there anything else wewe wished to discuss with me?" Rukia blushed.
"The substitute soul reaper Ichigo....yes he is a handsome youth and one with much promise. But that is only part of the reason....the girl. In my kusoma the smith faints when meeting their soul mates eye to eye after reaching the age of 16. They say it is the overwhelming joy at finding their other 1/2. Did either of them faint?"
Rukia blushed again. Yamamoto allowed himself a small smile. "I do not believe your brother will be happy about this, but he does not own your heart. Just as the elders did not own his. If wewe should meet your brother in the living realm, tell him of his new mission. The new councel itself has demanded he investigates the rumors of a soul smith's existence in the realm of the living. If alisema being does exist he is to bring her in for questioning. The when is up to wewe my dear."
Voro after shooting another one of his guards calmed himself. His eyes still saw her, the very goddess of violence in all her luscious flaming glory. Her gift of cutting off his fingers still excited him to his core. She only had one weakness and it was fairly large and too much to pass up. Her family. Such a large and wide spread one was a vulnerability to be picked at whenever one could. He smiled. " Take me to the nearest news station, I need to get back my to be bride." The men left gave each other a confused look. Shades coughed. " Sir I don't think we should. She's got quite the guardian." Voro laughed. "No wewe fool. P.B is only the bait to the trap. No I want the goddess of violence for myself. Then I will be a god to this chintzy little town. With a fat enough reward even the most ardent loyal friend will turn on their best friend." Shades swallowed but came mbele anyways. "But boss we don't have the dough." Voro shrugged. "Anything can happen, use your imagination. As long as I get my goddess I really don't care what wewe do with the tattle tail."