Rabbit and Carrot

Chapter 21

"Ichigo, stop," I tapped on his shoulder to gain his attention. He swerved the motorbike to a stop in front of the wooden fence where there were already countless bikes parked there.

Unlike other days, the gate was closed. Without the roar of the engine, the noises from the other side of the fence were loud and clear. Sounds of shouted orders, pained cries, punches, kicks and gunshots filled my ears.

Gang War.

I clicked my tongue and pushed open the gate to see…

Hundreds of people were in the vast plain in front of Urahra's wooden building. Some people lay on the ground, wounded or unconscious, as others raced around them throwing punches, kicks, knives, swinging bats and firing bullets. I couldn't find anyone who appeared to be the Silver Snake. After scanning the faces of the fallen, I was relived I didn't know any of them - which was to be expected.

Kings was gang royalty, after all. Silver Snake and the people of the Fake Kings stood no chance.

But that doesn't mean I wasn't angry.

How dare anyone do this on our territory?!

"What the f*ck are you bastards doing?!"

Everyone slowly stopped moving and looked at the girl glaring viciously at them with her hands on her hips – aka me.

I scanned the members of Kings' faces and found guilt. They knew better than to fight.

The temperature of my tone could've frozen even hell. "What is the meaning of this?"

Urahara spoke up while releasing his grip on someone's hair. "We had no choice. They stormed in here baring weapons an-"

"All of you. Underlings of Silver Snake, Fake Kings or whatever you call yourselves," I ignored him and gestured to other gang. I was not in the mood to beat around the bush. "You should know better than to cause a fight, especially here of all places. Have you all forgotten the last gang that we dealt with?"

Everyone visibly flinched.

"Get out of here before I change my mind," I pointed to the gate. "And disband this gang before any more trouble is caused. Silver Snake is no more."

I didn't know who Silver Snake was and where he was or what he was doing – much less if he was alive or not - but the people in front of me didn't know that.

"F*ck you, b*tch! Who are you to suddenly show up and tell us what to do," a purple-haired male demanded. He appeared to be the leader of this pack of hoodlums. "Take this, midget. Girl's like you shouldn't even be here!"

It was like everything was in slow motion as the knife flew toward me.

I shifted my weight and ducked to my left only to realise Ichigo was standing right behind me. I swivelled on my foot, snapping my hand out I grabbed onto the hilt of knife, stopping it when it was within a centimetre from Ichigo's nose. Swiftly turning back to my attacker, I threw it straight back to him.

The knife struck him between the eyes and he slumped down without making a sound.

All that had happened in a blink of an eye.

"What the f*ck did you just do!?" Someone roared angrily and three males ran toward me. I ducked low as a metal bat was swung at me and I rammed my shoulder into that person's stomach. He stumbled before falling to the ground. From the corner of my eye I saw Ichigo send a kick to another man's stomach. I grabbed the metal bat and swung it with all my might at the third male. He doubled over with an agonised groan.

"My name is Kime. I have every right to be here." Calmly, I put my foot on that man's back and addressed the rest of them while resting the metal bat against my shoulder, "Any more objections?"

They turned to look at each other before they quickly picked up their fallen comrades and scurried out of my sight.

Half of me was relieved they left so easily but the other half cursed their infidelity. If it was Kings that was in this type of situation – not that K would ever let us be in one - everyone would fight until their last breath regardless if they were winning or not. Our pride for being in Kings and loyalty to K stopped us from doing anything else.

Putting that aside…

I turned to Ichigo and pointed to the guy who had a knife protruding out of his forehead, "And that, is why you should never stand behind someone during a chaotic fight like this, understood?"

Ichigo nodded and continued to stare at the puddle of blood forming around the corpse.

"Kime-Sama," Renji ran up to us. "Are you alright?"

"I'm fine," I rolled my eyes and gestured to the scene in front of us. "I want an explanation."

He scratched his head, "As Urahara-san was saying before, someone called us yesterday afternoon and warned us that sh*t was coming our way. Then we all came up here and found them already standing here preparing to raise hell."

I glanced at my phone. It was nearly 11am. I scanned everyone's faces, "This happened through the night? Why didn't anyone call me?"

"K told us not to tell you be-"

"Tell me later," I pushed him aside and ran to a certain silver haired man.

Silver. Haired. Man.

"Gin!" I shoved him into the fence and punched him.

"Hello to you, too," he answered with raised eyebrows whilst holding his face where I had hit him. A bruise was already starting to form and blood trickled from his busted lip but I didn't care.

"You did this," I poked his chest and said with barely controlled anger.

"Um, I did what, exactly?"

I waved my arm, gesturing to all the people on the ground, "No one outside Kings knows we meet here. You sent these men, didn't you?"

"You're mistaken, Kime-chan, they're not my men," he patted my head and tried to push me off.

I looked around and everyone nodded. I slowly let go of Gin's shirt. Either Gin wasn't lying or the whole of Kings had turned their backs on us while I wasn't looking. I refused to believe the latter.

"Hmph, I'll ask K," I stepped back from him and searched the faces in the area. "Where's K?"

Everyone avoided my gaze.

"Where is K?" I demanded, slightly louder.

"He's with the Silver Snake."

"What?" I spun back to Gin. "Don't f*ck with me, I already know that you're the Silver Snake."

His smile darkened.

Ha!

"You're one misled girl, Kime-chan."

What?

"Lies," I spat. "I saw you that day when I was kidnapped. And Kaien said-"

"Oh? You trust the words of that traitor?"

I faltered.

He had a point.

I remembered the letter Kaien wrote to me. No, he wasn't a traitor... But I couldn't say anything, in case the Silver Snake was here and went after Kaien's family... I pushed that thought out of my mind.

"Where is my brother right now?"

It was Urahara who answered. "A couple of Silver Snake's men, uh, invited K for a party on Silver Snake's ship a few hours ago."

"You let him go by himself?" I clenched my fists.

"We didn't have a choice, Kime-chan, not with all these people here," Renji muttered bitterly. I felt stupid for asking my earlier question. Wherever K went Renji would go, too.

I turned and climbed onto my bike without a word. As I started the engine Ichigo climbed on behind me and stated, "I'm coming, too."

I sighed but let it slide. There wasn't time to argue.
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