Get Free Copy

100 free copies left

This novel is limited to 100 free copies due to its part in Inkitt’s Novel Contest.

Free copy left
You can read our best books
Heather Campbell would love your feedback! Got a few minutes to write a review?
Write a Review

Small Developments

By Heather Campbell


Small Developments

Urahara yawned contentedly as he rearranged a shelf of goods. When he'd first set up shop, after more than a decade of running, he hadn't believed he'd ever get used to the mundane life that came with running a store; supernatural or not.

Truthfully, though, he'd become quite happy with his little out-of-the-way existence, especially in the years since the Winter War. To say that his relations with the Soul Society had improved would run similar to calling Aizen a meanie; horribly understated. He'd even gotten an offer to be reinstated as Captain (although he suspected that came from the fact that they hadn't been able to find anyone else to fill the last of the three positions left by the traitors).

The offer had come as nothing short of a surprise. He'd always known he'd never go back, but what had really shocked him was the fact that when he declined, his shop had come to the front of his mind. He'd actually grown attached to this life. The strangeness, once so normal for him as a Shinigami, only made the simplicity now that much more enjoyable

"Urahara-san!" a loud voice came from the doorway along with a very familiar presence.

"Kurosaki-kun!" The blond man pulled out his fan and snapped it open in front of his face, smiling. Think of the devil... "What can I do for you today?"

Even recently graduated from a police academy, the newly hired twenty-three-year-old never seemed to quite escape the second life he'd gained as a teenager. As far as Urahara knew, he still held his position as Substitute Shinigami, and rarely missed his daily hollow patrol. Because of this, whenever he dropped by the shop, it usually meant things had gotten interesting again.

Today seemed no different as he stalked down the aisle, looking far more nervous than the shopkeeper had seen him in a long time.

"Well I was...I"

The blond man couldn't help but raise an eyebrow. "Nee, nee, I won't bite, Kurosaki-kun," he leaned forward with a smile. That should propel the man into actually saying what he'd come here to ask.

Surely enough, he stopped stuttering and glared at the ex-Shinigami. "Like you'd ever scare me, Sandal-Hat."


The carrot-top sighed. "Look I just...can hollows reproduce?"

It had been decades since Urahara had heard anything quite so utterly ridiculous. He couldn't help but try to calculate what had spurred such a question from the man. Much to his surprise and displeasure, nothing came to mind.

Still, Kurosaki didn't often get the serious and almost desperate look in his eye. Urahara had many things; a death wish wasn't one of them. He decided to answer the question after a thoughtful pause.

"I suppose it would be possible," he mused. "Hollows were once humans and tend to have similar anatomy, even if they are reduced to basic instincts spurred by negative feelings. But when hollows seek others out, their goal is usually to become stronger by absorbing the others' powers. I've never heard of hollows breeding," he closed his fan and looked curiously at the Shinigami. "Why do you ask?"

Ichigo scratched his head, looking more than a little uncomfortable. This only made Urahara all the more curious. What would possibly have given the man that kind of a reaction? Perhaps he'd witnessed a birth? The shopkeeper couldn't help but blink at the implications. What kind of a hollow would be motherly enough to be able to give birth, let alone let her child live afterwords?

"Well," Kurosaki muttered, "I was talking to my dad...." Urahara had to suppress both a shudder and a laugh. Since when did Ichigo ever listen to his father, even after he'd learned of his Shinigami heritage? "Humans have human children, Shinigami and Souls have spirit children. One human and one Shinigami have a human child with Shinigami powers. I just wondered if hollows have genes too."

It was the 'one human, one Shinigami' sentence that tipped the shopkeeper off. Blinking, he lowered his fan again, slowly this time, and advanced incredulously.

" your wife pregnant?"

Urahara had to stifle a laugh when Ichigo blushed more deeply than he'd seen in years. Honestly, he never changed.

"You're worried about what you'll pass onto your child."

"Yeah," he said softly. "If I can get Shinigami powers from my dad, what will my children get from me?"

The man shook his head, putting a hand to the green and white hat. "And you didn't discuss this with your family before?"

"It was an accident, okay?" His eye twitched like it did whenever he started to get a little frustrated.

Yep, perfectly consistent. The ex-Shinigami sighed with a smile. "I don't think you have anything to worry about, Kurosaki-kun."

The other man's face almost instantly lit up, despite his cynical next question. "Why not?"

Urahara shrugged. "The walls between hollow and Shinigami are extremely difficult to tear down. Without some serious circumstances, similar to your own, I'd say the chances that your children will have that problem are slim to none."

Ichigo thought about it for several seconds before he nodded with a satisfied expression and bowed. "Thank you, Urahara-san," he said. "I'm sorry to have bothered you." With that, he turned and calmly walked out of the building. Urahara blinked. Maybe he did change after all. Since when did Ichigo have manners?

The green-clad man stared at the door he'd left through for a minute before a deep voice behind him spoke up.

"He will not be happy when he discovers you lied to him."

Urahara shrugged, hiding behind his fan again. "Did I?"

"The fact that he has Shinigami powers says the possibility exists," Tessai insisted.

The shopkeeper just smiled and turned back to his work. "I guess we'll just have to continue to keep an eye on his family."

Urahara loved the calm, and would never again want to be rid of it. Then again, he loved interesting too.

Write a Review Did you enjoy my story? Please let me know what you think by leaving a review! Thanks, Heather Campbell
Continue Reading
Further Recommendations

summerstone: Seriously this is one of the best books I've ever read. The plot is intriguing, I love the narrative style. Its very descriptive and unique, with minimal cliches. It makes for a great read and the sequels are amazing. Totally worth reading. ^^ That's me trying to be professional. But in all hones...

jasminedazz: A very cute short story with a good balance of all elements. The writing is quite detailed giving a visual image of what is being read which quite a commendable quality in writing. Just a small pattern that I have noticed is that there is no paragraph breaker between events that have elapsed time...

LesAnne: I've never come across a plot like this, and I like its originality. At first, the title gave me the impression that the story is about friends making bets, but I've been proven wrong. I like the personality of the female main character, how evident her strengths and weaknesses are. She's become ...

Alex Rushmer: I just want to say that the writing in this is amazing! I read the first couple chapters and was absolutely drawn in by it, The way you use first person in this story is extremely engaging and does wonders with your character development. I immediately had a picture of the characters and plotline...

Regina Lum: While the plot so far is kind of linear and loosely follows Pride & Prejudice's plot, I find this version of Pride & Prejudice a very enjoyable read!! I read all 13 chapters in one sitting!! I can't stop myself from reading! I hope to read more and feel the love blossom between Elijah and William...

Julia Summers PA: Reading this now. It's fun, hilariously fabulous yet taste of what you desire in a unusual read. I will post an actual review when I am finished. But so far loving the flow and the story seems to keep me drawn

Ben Gauger: Kudos to Dhira Vidhea, author of Boy Who Broke In My Window, an otherwise engaging tale of love and acceptance of the quirkiest of individuals, whose overall conception of the plot is spot-on and whose writing style is impeccable and as for her writing skills they are the best I've ever seen, tho...

Sinhala-Kella (aka Scandal Mania): Hey Fazio, I LOVED your story! The bus - I don't watch Grey's but that was vividly shocking! And the last paragraph where you said April was engaged to one man but rushed in to save another. It was sooo cute the way Jackson won April back - there were so many lovely bits - 'Shonda' (LOL!).You nee...

KBHumphrey: Fun story. It's like the author read several volumes on the future of wearables and other emerging technologies and crafted his tale around them. At some points, though, it felt more like he was unloading his research into the story, rather than allowing it to come organically.Great narrative voi...

This story wasn't for you ?
Look at our most viral stories!

FreakyPoet: "you made me laugh, made me cry, both are hard to do. I spent most of the night reading your story, captivated. This is why you get full stars from me. Thanks for the great story!"

The Cyneweard

Sara Joy Bailey: "Full of depth and life. The plot was thrilling. The author's style flows naturally and the reader can easily slip into the pages of the story. Very well done."

This story wasn't for you ?
Look at our most viral story!

Ro-Ange Olson: "Loved it and couldn't put it down. I really hope there is a sequel. Well written and the plot really moves forward."