Bleach: Words of the Copper Chain Book 2


PHIL COULSON walked into his office and sat at his desk. He keyboarded on his PC and live feeds from the Council came on the TV across from him.

"Director Coulson, can you give us an update on what's been happening," A woman on the screen said.

"Just came back from a mission and it seems these attacks are getting more frequent," Phil said, "We came across some strange people on the field, might be Inhumans, but we didn't have the chance to engage them and now an interested party has captured one of them,"

"They slipped out of your hands?" A man asked.

"Apparently so, but we have an even bigger problem," Phil said, "These creatures and these people fighting them are from another dimension, as Stark told us. Whether these people are hostiles or not, they have power and if people like Hydra, or whoever captured one of them, get their hands on that power, it would be disastrous,"

"Were you able to get a trace on them?" A woman asked on the screen.

"I'm having Agent Skye follow the assault vehicle as we speak," Phil said, "It shouldn't be long now,"

"Okay, keep us posted," A man said.

Phil nodded and pressed a button on his computer, shutting off the feed.

PHIL WALKED down a hallway and Skye walked up to him with a tablet in hand.

"Phil," Skye called.

"What you got for me?" Phil asked.

"I put a trace on the vehicle that took the unregistered gifted and it was traced to a Pacific Vista Laboratories building about an hour ago," Skye said.

"AIM," Phil said.

"You sure?" Skye asked.

"I've been on missions hunting down AIM and PVL is one of their subsidiaries," Phil said.

"Should I prep a team to get over there?" Skye asked.

"No," Phil said, "Hack into their servers and find out what they are doing before you take a team on the field. We don't want any surprises,"

"Yes, sir," Skye said.

Skye walked away from Phil and he continued down the hallway.

URAHARA WALKED around his lab and walked passed his main computer. A video call came on his computer and he pressed a button.

"Urahara, where're we on finding Aizen?" Yamamoto Genryuusai asked.

"It's been a bit tricky," Urahara said, "I've been having a hard time pinpointing his reiatsu,"

"Didn't you say that he was in Hueco Mundo?" Yamamoto asked.

"Hueco Mundo is a massive realm," Urahara said, "Pinpointing one being is a hassle even if you know that they are in the dimension,"

"We need to work fast, we don't know how much time we have left before the Hogyoku activates," Yamamoto said.

"All we can do is wait," Urahara said, "I placed a tracker on a Hollow as it went to Hueco Mundo after the recent attack,"

"Why track a Hollow? They are mindless beasts," Yamamoto said.

"The attacks have become more frequent and centred; they aren't attacking on their own," Urahara said, "If my hunch is correct, Aizen is controlling the Hollows for more planned out attacks. It will definitely return to whoever sent it,"

"You need to hurry, Urahara, we're running out of time," Yamamoto said.

"I have everything under control, Yamamoto," Urahara said.

Yamamoto nodded and the video feed ended.

PHIL SAT in his office and a knock came at the door.

"Come in," Phil said.

Skye walked into the room.

"Did you find anything?" Phil asked.

"I've hacked into PVL's servers and I've found something a little odd," Skye said, "There's a spot off the Atlantic coast where PVL has been making classified deliveries to and they have been doing so for the past six months,"

"That's a place to start," Phil said.

Phil got up from his seat and walked out of the room with Skye.

"Prep a team and meet me at the hangar bay in twenty," Phil said, "We'll take a sub and go check it out,"

"Yes, sir," Skye said.

Skye left the room.

URAHARA SAT at his computer and looked at a radar on screen. The tracking device's signal had stopped at a point in Hueco Mundo and he had been watching it for any movement.

The signal went out and Urahara wrote down its coordinates. Yoruichi walked up to him.

"You found something?" Yoruichi asked.

"I think I've found where Aizen's hiding," Urahara said.

A PINK-haired scientist walked through a lab with many Hollows in large capsules filled with liquid. Several scientists checked on the capsules.

The pink-haired scientist worked on his tablet and an icon blinked. He clicked on the icon and it showed an image of a Hollow's skeletal system. A small part of its left scapula blinked and the man clicked on it, enlarging that portion of the image.

A notification of a foreign device in the Hollow came on the tablet.

The scientist walked through the lab and walked up to a Hollow in a capsule.

"Unlock this capsule," The man ordered.

Other scientists walked up to the capsule and one pressed a button on it, draining the liquid and opening the case. The scientists held the Hollow and placed its unconscious body on the floor.

A scientist handed the pink-haired scientist a scalpel and he sliced the Hollow's left shoulder blade. A scientist handed the pink-haired scientist forceps, which he used to hold the flesh apart. The pink-haired scientist reached into the Hollow's shoulder and pulled out the device Urahara shot into it.

The pink-haired scientist looked at the device.

THE PINK-haired scientist walked into a large room and up to Aizen Souske who sat on a large throne.

"What is it, Szayelaporro?"Aizen asked.

"I found a tracker in one of the Hollows that returned from earth," Szayelaporro said, "The Shinigami have found us,"

"Summon Aaronierro, I have a job for him," Aizen said.

"Yes, my Lord," Szayelaporro said.

Szayelaporro left the room.

ICHIGO AND Rukia were playing carnival games while they waited for the others to arrive. Rukia ate some cotton candy while Ichigo tried to hit the target using a toy crossbow.

Ichigo missed the target, which was a dragon moving around a field. The cashier chuckled as Ichigo missed again.

"You got bad aim, dude," The cashier said.

"Shut up!" Ichigo yelled.

Rukia chuckled as Ichigo's face got red with rage.

Ichigo focussed on the target and shot the dragon in the eye. Alarms went off and the cashier groaned.

"Okay, seems it's your lucky break," The cashier said.

"Yes, got it!" Ichigo yelled.

"Yeah, after six tries," Rukia said with a smirk.

Ichigo groaned and the cashier walked up to shelves with several plush toys.

"Which one do you want?" The cashier asked.

Ichigo looked at the animals. There were ducks, bears, cats, lions, rabbits and a large Baymax toy.

"Ooh, ooh, pick the blue rabbit," Rukia said.

Ichigo turned to Rukia and smiled at her.

"Okay, give me the rabbit," Ichigo said.

The cashier picked up a blue rabbit from the top shelf and handed it to Ichigo.

Ichigo took the rabbit and gave it to Rukia.

"He's cute," Rukia said and looked at the rabbit, "I'm gonna call you Chappie,"

Ichigo placed his arm over Rukia's shoulder and they walked away from the stand.

"Didn't think you liked rabbits?" Ichigo asked.

"Well, there's a lot you don't know," Rukia said.

"Like your birthday coming up next week?" Ichigo asked.

"You knew?" Rukia asked.

"Well, I did some digging around," Ichigo said.

"Because you can just dig up birthday dates from the ground," Rukia said.

"Uh, I just knew," Ichigo said.

Rukia looked at Ichigo angrily. He could not decide on whether to be afraid or just pat her on the head. She just looked so small and cute and she was adorable when angry.

"You looked in my journal, didn't you?" Rukia said.

"Uh …," Ichigo said.

"How dare you read my journal?" Rukia shouted, feigning anger.

"I thought we weren't supposed to keep secrets," Ichigo said.

Rukia smacked Ichigo's head with her handbag.

"You really invaded my privacy," Rukia said.

"That ship has sailed," Ichigo said and nudged her, "If you know what I mean?"

Rukia looked at Ichigo disapprovingly.

"Not funny, not funny at all," Rukia said.

Rukia folded her arms and Ichigo grabbed her, holding her close to him.

"You're not angry with me," Ichigo said.

"I am," Rukia said, pouting.

"Come on," Ichigo insisted.

"I'm angry with you, don't change the subject," Rukia said.

Rukia pushed Ichigo back and continued walking. Ichigo chuckled and hugged her from behind. Rukia laughed.

"Okay, okay, let go of me," Rukia said.

Ichigo let go of Rukia. Ichigo chuckled as they continued walking.

"Don't touch my journal again," Rukia said.

"Fine, I won't do it again," Ichigo said.

"You know about my birthday now, so what were you planning to get me?" Rukia asked.

"Well, how's about a rabbit?" Ichigo asked.

"You already got me one," Rukia said, "Ichigo Kurosaki, are you cheap?"

"I'm not cheap," Ichigo said.

"You made your girlfriend live in a closet for two months," Rukia said.

"It was your idea! Besides, you weren't my girlfriend back then," Ichigo said.

"Yeah," Rukia said.

Rukia tore a piece of cotton candy and looked at it.

"Two months with a girl in your room and you didn't even make a move," Rukia said, "I still can't believe that,"

"It's not like I knew you for two years and did nothing," Ichigo said.

"Two months, two years, still too much time to do nothing," Rukia said.

"Ah well, whatever," Ichigo said.

Ichigo and Rukia sat at a bench. Rukia held her bunny close to her.

"I'm not sure what I'm gonna do for my birthday," Rukia said.

"There isn't anything you want?" Ichigo asked.

"Not really," Rukia said, "Living with the royal clan was like being the daughter of a king. I always got what I wanted,"

"Well, how's about a party then?" Ichigo asked.

Rukia looked at her lap.

"I'm not sure about what to do at a party," Rukia said.

"You've never been to one?" Ichigo asked.

"I've never had one," Rukia said, "Sure, I got what I wanted whenever I did, but my family never really accepted me. We didn't talk much and we were so distant,"

"Why?" Ichigo asked.

"Well, Byakuya's dad took my mom as a second wife. I was from Rukongai, the poor outer part of the Sereitei and so my mom was considered lower than the other Kuchikis," Rukia said.

"I didn't know," Ichigo said.

"Well, you couldn't have," Rukia said with a chuckle, "I think Byakuya was the only one who cared about me. We didn't talk much either, but he told me that he stood up for me when the head of the Kuchiki clan tried to have me killed to keep the royal name unsullied,"

"My mom just got killed by a Hollow, didn't think others had it so rough," Ichigo said.

"Well, what should we do at a party?" Rukia asked.

"Well, just a party basically," Ichigo said, "You have some cake, music, presents, some cold ones –,"

"I don't drink," Rukia said.

"Whatever drinks you want," Ichigo said, "If you want something special, you decide,"

"And I thought I missed a lot; that sounds a little boring," Rukia said.

"Well, if you just say it, it might," Ichigo said, "But, experiencing it makes all the difference. Spending time with your friends and family; I don't know what's better than that,"

"What do you do when you celebrate your birthday?" Rukia asked.

"Oh, I don't celebrate birthdays," Ichigo said.

"Then why are you pitching it to me?" Rukia asked.

"You asked," Ichigo said.

"Then what was all of that about spending time with family and stuff?" Rukia asked.

"I meant just spending time with them," Ichigo said, "Birthday parties are for babies,"

Rukia frowned playfully and nudged Ichigo.

"Don't let me stop you," Ichigo said, "You should have one on your birthday. At least do it once,"

"I'd like that," Rukia said.

"When is your birthday?" Ichigo asked.

"I thought you checked my journal," Rukia said.

"I just wanted to see you mad," Ichigo said, "I'm not some freak or anything,"

"You wanted to see me angry?" Rukia asked.

"You're cute when you're angry," Ichigo said.

"Be careful or you may get the bad kind of angry," Rukia said.

"The way your nose points up like a nursery school kid," Ichigo said.

"I'm outta here," Rukia said rising to her feet.

"You're doing it again," Ichigo said.

Rukia sat back and pushed Ichigo's shoulder.

"What's wrong with you? I'm not some toy you can play with," Rukia said.

"Well, it's fun," Ichigo said.

"I'm gonna break up with you," Rukia said.

"And leave me to the long line of girls I can find on campus?" Ichigo asked then started counting, "Chizuru, Lirin, Riruka, Tatsuki –,"

"As if you could find anyone else," Rukia said, "I just took pity on you,"

"You took pity on me? Who took you in when you had nowhere else to go?" Ichigo asked.

"And who had to make the first move?" Rukia asked.

"I was about to," Ichigo said embarrassedly.

"When?" Rukia asked.

Ichigo turned away from her.

"You looked like a kid to me," Ichigo muttered.

Rukia chuckled.

"This is getting old, when're the others coming already?" Rukia asked.

"Let them take their time," Ichigo said.

"It's nearly been an hour," Rukia said.

"Well, it gives us more time alone," Ichigo said.

"Well, yeah, I guess," Rukia said.

"We don't spend much time anymore, it's nice to get out once in a while," Ichigo said.

Rukia smiled at Ichigo and leaned into him.

"I got word from the Sereitei," Rukia said, "My Division will have to switch with another in a few weeks,"

"What does that mean?" Ichigo asked.

"It means that we won't see each other for a long time," Rukia said, "It could be months or years before my Division is stationed in Amerisia again,"

"I could come with you," Ichigo said.

"You still have a couple years at Karakura," Rukia said.

"Screw it, I'm tagging along," Ichigo said.

"Ichigo, you can't throw everything away because of me," Rukia said, "You've got a life of your own to live,"

"Will I see you again?" Ichigo asked.

"I don't know …," Rukia said worriedly.

Ichigo placed his arm around Rukia.

"Well, it doesn't matter where you are, Rukia," Ichigo said, "I love you, and distance won't change that,"

Rukia pulled away from Ichigo looked at him concernedly.

"I love you too, but, it might be years before I come back here," Rukia said.

"Then we'd better spend as much time with each other as we can before you leave," Ichigo said.

"And then after I leave?" Rukia asked.

"I won't stop loving you, Rukia, I promise you that," Ichigo said.

Rukia smiled slightly. Ichigo kissed Rukia and she kissed him back.

"Ichigo!" A familiar voice called.

Ichigo pulled away from Rukia and turned, seeing Orihime, Keigo, Tatsuki and the short, raven-haired Mizuiro Kojima.

"Hey, Ichigo, look who managed to pull away from 'work' to come see us," Keigo said.

"I really was busy," Mizuiro said, "I always wonder why you're always free when you've got assignments piling up,"

"Well, at least I value my friends!" Keigo yelled.

"Please lower your voice, Mr. Asano or you're going to draw attention to us," Mizuiro said.

"Stop being so formal!" Keigo yelled.

Ichigo and Rukia walked up to them.

"I'm so pumped for this," Orihime said.

"Yeah, if you were, you'd be here an hour ago," Rukia said.

"Well, we had to wait for Mizuiro and Orihime was too busy combing her hair," Tatsuki said.

"I told you, I got gum in my hair," Orihime said.

"While making a BB and J?" Tatsuki asked.

"It's true!" Orihime insisted.

Rukia shook her head.

"Well, let's not waste anymore time," Ichigo said.

"Yeah, let's check out the –,"

A Hollow's roar echoed around the park and people started looking around.

"A Kaiju?" Keigo wondered.

"Oh, great, just when I thought we could catch a break," Ichigo said.

People ran away towards them as a store's roof exploded into pieces. The guys ran away in the direction the crowd did.

"Where'd you park the car?" Ichigo asked.

"Mizuiro drove us here," Orihime said.

"Follow me!" Mizuiro said.

The guys followed them and Ichigo and Rukia ran slowly, easing into the crowd and making their way back to the carnival.

Ichigo and Rukia ran out of the crowd and summoned their Zanpakutou, transforming into Shinigami and Ichigo went into Bankai.

Ichigo ran toward a Hollow and it stepped out of the way and went towards the crowd. Rukia cut its face in half and three Hollows ran after the crowd. A Hollow jumped toward the crowd.

Ichigo teleported in front of the Hollow, kicked its head and slashed its torso with so much force that it went hurling onto a carnival ride. Rukia ran after a Hollow and sliced its hind leg off. Ichigo threw his Zanpakutou into a Hollow's back, stopping it in its tracks. Ichigo ran up to the Hollow and dislodged the Zanpakutou from its back.

A portal opened above the crowd and a masked man in a white Shinigami kimono flew out of it. The man swooped down and grabbed Orihime, flying toward the portal.

Ichigo flew up to the man and tackled him, releasing Orihime from his grip. Rukia jumped and caught Orihime as she fell, landing near the crowd.

Ichigo flew toward a street, smacked the man against a lamppost and threw the man onto a sidewalk. People in the street ran away as the man rose to his feet.

Ichigo looked at the man and was surprised at his odd mask. It was a large, yellow, cylindrical mask with a metal strip going down the middle and three going across. The man wielded a spear and he brandished it, waiting for Ichigo to charge at him.

Ichigo ran up to the man and slashed at him twice, colliding with the man's spear as he blocked the hits. The man swung his spear at Ichigo who ducked and kicked the man's torso. Ichigo flew toward the man who head butted him, knocking him against a car.

Rukia landed before the man and swung her blade at him. The man dodged, grabbed Rukia's head and tossed her away. Ichigo shot a Getsuga Tenshou at the man who dodged and swung his blade at his midsection. Ichigo dodged the hit and the man punched Ichigo. The energy blast hit a diner and exploded.

The man flew away and Ichigo flew up to him with a swing of his blade. The man dodged the swing and stabbed at Ichigo. Ichigo held the man's spear and swung his blade at his head. The man dodged and punched at Ichigo. Ichigo dodged the punch, grabbed the man's spear and smacked the man's head with its rear end.

Rukia stabbed at the man who spun out of the way, grabbed her leg and tossed her onto a car. Ichigo screamed angrily as he shot a Getsuga Tenshou at the man. The man teleported away from the blast, letting it hit the ground and explode. The man appeared behind Ichigo, grabbed his spear and kicked Ichigo in the back. Ichigo swung at the man who teleported away.

THE MAN teleported back to the carnival and grabbed Orihime who was running out of it.

"Let me go!" Orihime yelled.

The man let go of Orihime as Ichigo and Rukia appeared. Orihime ran away.

Ichigo appeared in front of the man with a swing and he kicked Ichigo. Rukia appeared behind the man and he punched her, sending her falling some feet back. Ichigo swung at the man who stepped back and swung his spear at him. Ichigo stepped back and swung at the man who blocked with his spear.

Ichigo and the man locked blades twice and the man swung at Ichigo's legs. Ichigo flipped out of the way and Rukia swung her blade at the man. The man dodged the blade and swung at her shoulder. Rukia blocked the blade and slashed the man's leg. The man kicked Rukia away and Ichigo swung at the man. The man dodged and swung at Ichigo. Ichigo sidestepped and slashed at the man. The man dodged, but Ichigo's blade slashed his back slightly. The man smacked Ichigo's blade, sending him hurling some feet back.

Rukia ran up to the man with a swing and the man teleported away. Ichigo got to his feet and he and Rukia looked around.

"Where'd he go?" Ichigo asked.

"I don't –,"

A blade pierced through Rukia's stomach. Ichigo's eyes widened with shock as he saw the man dig his spear through her back and out of her stomach. The man held Orihime's body at his side.

Sounds muffled in Ichigo's ears, as the man dislodged his blade and tossed Rukia aside. The sight of Rukia bleeding out on the ground drowned out Orihime's screams.

Rage filled Ichigo as his eyes turned black and his face turned white, from his mouth spreading upward. His face turned white and white liquid seeped out of his skin and wrapped around his face, hardening and forming a skull mask.

"Getsuga Tenshou!" Ichigo yelled furiously.

Ichigo swung his blade down and sent a huge wave of black energy with a red trim that moved toward the man and burned everything in its path.

A portal opened before the man and he stepped into it, carrying Orihime with him.

"Ichigo!" Orihime screamed.

The energy hit a wall and exploded.

Ichigo turned to Rukia and dropped his Zanpakutou. The Zanpakutou disappeared and Ichigo turned back into a human and the mask disintegrated.

Ichigo ran up to Rukia, knelt beside her and held her. Rukia dropped her Zanpakutou and she turned into a human.

"Ichigo –,"

Rukia coughed and blood spurted out of her mouth.

"Don't talk, don't talk," Ichigo said, "I'm taking you to the hospital,"

"No, no, it's too late," Rukia said.

Rukia coughed again. Ichigo looked at Rukia and she bled profusely. He frowned, realizing that she was right, but he would not let that happen. Ichigo rose to his feet and began to run.

"Ichigo, it's over," Rukia said.

"No, don't say that," Ichigo said.

"Ichigo, I'm dying," Rukia said weakly.

"Don't talk, I can get you to the hospital in time," Ichigo said.

Rukia shook her head and smiled slightly at him. Ichigo stopped running.

"Ichigo …,"

"Rukia, I –,"

"It's over, Ichigo," Rukia said.

Ichigo fell on his knees and held Rukia tightly.

"No, it can't end like this," Ichigo said, tears welling up in his eyes.

"Tell Byakuya that I love him, okay?" Rukia said.

"No, no, I'm not letting this happen to you," Ichigo said.

Ichigo tried to rise to his feet when Rukia placed her hand on his face. Ichigo started crying. Rukia smiled weakly.

"I love you, Ichigo … don't ever forget that," Rukia said.

"No, please," Ichigo said barely, a lump forming in his throat.

Rukia's hand dropped and her arm fell limp.

"Rukia," Ichigo called.

Rukia closed her eyes slowly.

"Rukia, Rukia!" Ichigo yelled.

Ichigo shook Rukia's body and she did not respond.

"Rukia!" Ichigo yelled.

Rukia died.

"No … no, no!" Ichigo yelled, "Rukia!"

Tears dropped on Rukia's cheek. Ichigo cried and held Rukia's corpse closely to him.

Ichigo hugged Rukia and cried bitterly as he rocked her.

Rukia's body slowly turned white and Ichigo's eyes widened with shock. Rukia's feet slowly disintegrated and swept away with the wind.

Ichigo's body shook uncontrollably as he watched Rukia's body disintegrate. Rukia's body disintegrated from her torso and her head and the ashes swept away with the wind.

Ichigo screamed angrily at the sky as Rukia disappeared.

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