Chizuru and Ichigo finally got to Kyoto but before they could settle, some men started to chase them. Ichigo could have easily taken them on but she didn't want to put Chizuru in any danger, so instead Ichigo grabbed Chizuru's hand, shouted "Run" and so they did.
After running for a bit they found a small well to hide behind. The men who were chasing them, then soon came. One of the men started to walk towards the wall, but before he could someone screamed with pain. The man turned to see his friend been killed by men with red eyes and white hair. Soon after he followed the other man into death, the men with white hair spotted the girls both paralyzed with fear. As the man with white hair was about to swing his sword Chizuru screamed, but before the man with white hair could bring it down, a group of men wearing blue coats arrived and, with blood splashing everywhere, killed them. Chizuru and Ichigo were just staring at the men, the two of them almost crying in fear. One of the men turned and smiled at his companion, but suddenly another man with jet black hair in a blue coat appeared, pointing his sword at the two girl faces.
"Don't try to escape or I will cut you down" he said coldly. His hair was waving in the wind, but before the sisters could explain anything everything went black.
Ichigo woke in a room she was not familiar with, and was tied up, but the only thing on her mind was if Chizuru was alright. An older man with very little hair came in saying "I'm so sorry" Ichigo gave him a look that revealed everything, yet nothing at all. The man sighed and bent down to untie her. While he was doing that he introduced himself as Genzabura Inoue. He finished untying her then led her to another room. Chizuru was there. Ichigo inwardly sighed with relief and sat down next to her younger sister.
The men started to introduce themselves, and explained why Chizuru and Ichigo were tied up, while explaining they joked with about the hidden girl's deaths. When they had finished the two girls pleaded with them, saying that they would not tell a soul of what they saw that night, but it was in vain, and they were dragged away back to the room that Chizuru awoke in. The man who dragged the girls away told them to expect the worst.
Ichigo and Chizuru were waiting within the room for their death or freedom. Nether said a word to one another, when Chizuru spoke up "We need to escape, they will kill us if we don't". Ichigo agreed but it was in vain, as shortly after they were caught by the man named Hijikata. The two girls struggled with all their might. The two of them tried to explain that they still had things to do, so the blacked hair narrowed his eyes and replied.
"If you're willing to risk your life, I want to hear the whole story". The two of them were brought back to the room that they had met the captain's in. when the other captains had arrived, Chizuru introduced herself first and her sister properly. The two of them explained that their father, Koudou Yukimura, went missing about 6 months ago and that he said he would write letter to them as much as he is able, but suddenly they just stopped. After a month had passed and their contact, Dr Matsumoto, was out of town, Chizuru and Ichigo could not take it anymore. So they decided to go off looking for their father, but they had no clues to where their father was and they were attacked by rogue samurai. The men found themselves sympathising with the sister's pain.
"And that's why a pair of girls would dress like men". Hijikata mused only partly to himself. Kondou nodded in agreement until he realised what the younger man said. Nearly everyone else was shocked to hear that the two captives were in fact girls. Ichigo quickly tried to deny it but to no use. Kondou began to apologize repeatedly while the rest of the men started to argue about if the two of them really were girls or not. One of the men, a man named Shinpachi Nagakura, muttered that, there was no proof that they were girls. The taller of his companions, named Sanosuke Harada, smiled and asked "why not strip them". Ichigo and Chizuru both whimpered and Kondou shouted "No that is utterly forbidden". The bespectacled Keisuke Sannan next to him told him to calm down. Sannan then asked the girls what their fathers name was again. When they said Koudou Yukimura the men around them all seemed shocked.
"So your Yukimura's little girls" Kondou murmured. When Chizuru asked how they knew their father the dark haired Hajime Saito, explained that a little over a month ago there was a fire where he had been working, and that he had been missing ever since. Ichigo and Chizuru were surprised to hear that the Shinsengumi were looking for Ichigo's and Chizuru's father as well.
Kondou then proposed that Ichigo and Chizuru stay until they find their father. The two girls thanked them, and then the green eyed Souji Okita smirked and said "it's good that you didn't have to at least of now". The two girls turned away from him slowly. Shinpachi spoke up and says "well if you're girls we gotta treat you better".
The youngest member Heisuke Toudou replied with "Shinpachi you're a sucker for women, but this change of heart is way too fast". After some time Ichigo and Chizuru were escorted back to their room and while the two girls went to sleep the Shinsengumi were still talking.
Morning came and the girl open the window to see a fresh blanket of snow had fallen. They had both gotten their swords back luckily and Ichigo looked at her younger sister. "I wonder when we can go looking for father". Chizuru simply looked down sadly. When they looked out the window Okita was sitting right outside and before either of the girls knew it Saito and Heisuke were there with the girl's dinner.
Saito said that he was busy so Heisuke said "Why not let them eat with all of us". But before Ichigo, Chizuru or Saito could object, Okita and Heisuke were walking with Chizuru and Ichigo's food, so the two girls walked out and filed to the dining room. Harada and Shinpachi were waiting, and proceeded to ask "why are Chizuru and Ichigo here?" Heisuke then replied "why can't they be here?"
Shinpachi replied "that's not it at all food tasted better when your with good friend". After that everyone sat down to eat, Ichigo sat next Heisuke and Chizuru sat next to Okita. Shinpachi leaned over to Heisuke's plate and stole a bit of his fish. While Heisuke was fighting to get it back Ichigo slipped half of her fish on to Heisuke's plate.
After all the liveliness and smiles, Inoue came in with a worried face. He said that Sannan received a bad injury, mainly to his left. Chizuru relived said "oh good" meaning that she was glad it wasn't life threatening. The rest of the men turned to her however and said that it was not good Sannan may never be able to use his sword again. After Inoue left, Okita said something about having Sannan take some medicine. Everyone said no to that idea, while Ichigo and Chizuru had no idea Heisuke tried to explain, but before he could finish Harada punched him against the wall and yelled "We can't tell them that Heisuke and you now that". Shinpachi told him to stop he turned to Chizuru and Ichigo and told them that was all they needed to know, the two girls asked why but they received no answers.