"What time is it?" Ichigo's mum, Mrs Momomiya, asked.
"It's 4:30," Mr Momomiya replied.
"That's strange, Ichigo should be home by now."
"She isn't here yet?" Mr Momomiya turned off the TV and looked up, "I thought she went to one of her friends' house today."
"No that's meant to be tomorrow."
Shintaro had a worried look on his face but he tried to stay as calm as he could. He stood up and walked towards the door. He put his shoes and his coat on and opened the door, allowing cold wind coming through.
"Where are you going?" She asked.
"I am going to her school to pick her up. She should be there."
"Wait!" Mrs Momomiya stopped him, "We should phone her friends, she must be with them."
"Then she should have told us!" Mr Momomiya shouted, angrily. He didn't mean to and he told himself that he was probably worrying for no reason, but he was panicking nevertheless. He was very protective of Ichigo and didn't like the idea of his daughter coming home late. Usually she would call him and tell him that everything was alright if something like that did happen. But when her mother tried to call her, she didn't pick up. She tried calling her friends but they didn't know where she was either. This built up more of their worries.
"Yes, who is this?" Lettuce asked over the phone.
"I am Ichigo's mother, how are you, Lettuce?"
"Oh, Mrs Momomiya! I am fine thank you. How are you?"
"Lettuce, sweetheart, is Ichigo there with you?"
"Um...no," Lettuce replied, confused, "Why?"
"Ichigo didn't come home!" Ichigo's mother whispered. Her hands started to shake and she could hardly hold the phone.
"What!?" Lettuce gasped, "I tried calling her when I reached home because she told me to but she didn't pick up. So I thought she was busy..."
"You don't know where she is?"
"No, I was walking home with her but my aunt fell ill and had to go to hospital so I had to go. Ichigo was going home."
"She was coming home? You mean, she isn't at school? Her father just went to school to check."
Lettuce shook her head and apologised, "I will check if she's at work."
Mrs Momomiya thanked her cut the call. She ran to the door when she saw Shintaro from the window. Ichigo wasn't with him.
"She isn't there," he said.
Mrs Momomiya gasped in shock. She couldn't hold back her tears any longer. Mr Momomiya pulled her close and hugged her.
"We will find Ichigo," He promised.
"Ichigo! Our Ichigo..." Mrs Momomiya sobbed.
DRIP! DRIP! Tiny droplets of water started to fall from the sky. Mr and Mrs Momomiya looked up, and he wiped her tears away. He felt like crying himself but held it in. Crying would not help in such situations. They had to do something. Fast.
"It's raining, honey. Go and get your coat and we will look for her. If we can't find her we have to call the police."
Mrs Momomiya nodded and ran inside.
"Let's go," she said when she came back.
"You won't find her anywhere," said a voice from above.
Mr and Mrs Momomiya looked around, confused.
"W...Who was that...?" Mrs Momomiya whispered.
They heard a loud growl in reply. She screamed when she turned around. A creature which looked more like a dog, with big fur and dark, red eyes, stood in front of them. It had sharp teeth and white fur. It had four legs and pretty much all characteristics of a dog or more of a wolf, only bigger in size. It gave another growl when Mr Momomiya stepped back.
"What is that?" Mrs Momomiya asked.
"Like I said, you won't find her anywhere," A boy a little younger than Ichigo, floated above them. He had shining, orange eyes, a little like the strange creature below him. He had light brown hair and was wearing strange clothes. But what surprised them the most was the fact that his sharp fangs could be seen when he talked and he had big elf-like ears.
"What are you?" Mr Momomiya shouted.
"What do you know about our daughter?" Mrs Momomiya asked.
But he only smirked, "Who I am is not important. And about your little Ichigo, I can tell you she is with us."
"What have you done to her?" Mr Momomiya screamed.
"Oh she's safe for now, we haven't done anything yet."
Mr and Mrs Momomiya could only stare at him. So many questions were going through their mind. Why was there a boy with elf-like ears floating in front of them? And what had Ichigo got to do with him?
"Please give us our daughter back to us," Mrs Momomiya pleaded, "We have done nothing to you. Please give her back to us." Mr Momomiya had never seen his wife in such a state. She was shaking and she was in such a shock, it seemed that she would cry her heart out any moment now. So he held her tightly and closer to him, "It'll be fine," he whispered in her ear.
"No it won't! No it won't! I want my daughter back! Give her back to me!" She started to scream, "We didn't do anything! What did we do to you?"
"I wouldn't scream if I were you," his eyes shone brighter and his face turned emotionless. There was hatred in his eyes and he gave them a cold stare.
Mrs Momomiya stopped screaming and started sobbing quietly instead. Tears could be seen in Mr Momomiya's eyes too.
"What did you do to us?" he repeated the question, as if it was the most stupid thing to ask.
Mr and Mrs Momomiya stayed quite, they had no idea what was happening or what he was going on. The strange looking boy floated down to the the ground and stood. He looked at the animal next to him and then looked back at Mr and Mrs Momomiya. He then pointed his finger at them revealing his long nail in one of his fingers.