Heh, I guess ya found me in here too, huh? Well, since you're here I might as well take my time and talk to you. After all I have to give you credit for reaching this place. So, what may I help you with? Don't be shy and speak up, I don't bite *smiles* But the snakes sure do.

Stick around. Have a laugh. But watch your step *grins*

The Fox

Izuru dragged his feet across the wooden floor boards leading up to the 3rd Division headquarters. His sandals made flat shuffling noises in the silence at the late hour of his return. The stationed guards saluted the 3rd Division lieutenant as he opened the door and walked towards the dayroom of the headquarters. He was exhausted, and the latest vision hadn’t helped at all.

You’re looking in the wrong place…

The words still rang clear in his head as he opened the door with a bit more force than needed, his frustration unwillingly leaking out. He was expecting an empty room to clear his mind with a good book, but instead he found himself facing a startled Rangiku almost falling off the couch in surprise.

‘R-Rangiku-san?’ Izuru questioned with wide eyes.

‘Oh hiiii’ she answered, ending her sentence with a yawn and a wide stretch.

‘What are you… doing here? It’s late. Very late.’

‘Oh, I just…’ She yawned again. ‘Needed a drinking partner. And you were out, so I made myself comfortable and had a drink on my own.’

The bottles scattered all around sure told that story... It was a good way to escape Captain Hitsugaya’s reprimands. She yawned and stretched like a sleepy kitten, having the content face of one. How the hangovers always eluded her was an eternal mystery to Izuru. He sighed and plopped on the couch next to her, resting his elbows on his knees. His whole figure just sunk, his eyes down into the ground.

‘What’s up with you?’ Rangiku asked, her tone more mature and less playfully sleepy.

‘You’ve been gone for a few days, at least that’s what one of these pups told me when I asked.'

‘Yeah, I needed some time off to clear my mind.’ He didn't want to open the subject of his dreams with her.

There was a short moment of silence in which Rangiku looked him over, one of the rare moments she allowed herself to be completely serious.

‘Well… It doesn't look like it helped much.’

‘No, it didn't help at all. On the contrary, it got worse.’

He sensed the frustration and torment surfacing again so he tried to bite them back.

‘Nothing that a little bit of alcohol can’t help’ she chimed, suddenly lifting a sake bottle from the foot of the couch. ‘I got plenty to split!’

Izuru laughed. ‘What about you? What’s got you drinking tonight?’

Rangiku’s face suddenly became serious as she lowered the bottle. She had the guilty face of someone not having expected to be caught.
Izuru had just tossed that in, however her reaction spoke more than he had expected to hear.

‘You first.’


She folded her arms and upturned her nose. Izuru sighed.

‘Fine… I’ve been having… Nightmares lately. You know that.’

Rangiku made a discontent face as she leaned closer to Izuru.

‘That’s it? I was expecting something interesting. A lot of us have been having nightmares, but I guess that comes with age and the things we’ve seen. Psh…’

She took a swig of sake from the bottle as if to temper her annoyance, but to Izuru it seemed more like she was trying to drown out something.

‘One of them was different.’

The bottle paused on her lips for a bit as the ash-grey eyes turned towards Izuru, bearing a light frown.
Taking a trembled breath to calm himself before all else, the blonde spoke again.

‘Gin was in it.’

The bottle fell from Rangiku’s hand as the grip on the neck loosened. It caught in her hakama then rolled onto the ground, making the loudest noise in the room in that one moment. Looking at her expression, Izuru felt like he should have jumped off a cliff instead. Her eyes were wide and petrified, and her breath seemed like it had froze in her lungs.

‘I knew I shouldn’t have mentioned it. Forget it. Forget I ever said anything.’

The sudden grip on his collar surprised him, the force and determination behind the now fierce steel gaze surprised him even more.

‘Tell me.’ A tone of desperation, clinging to something intangible. But in that moment of closeness, that desperation that he could see in her – and that he himself felt inside – suddenly made the intangible become solid as stone.
He wrenched her clawed hand from the front of his shirt calmly – as calm as one could be while forcing a cat to withdraw her claws from her prey – and looked at her while he spoke.

‘He came to me in a dream. He said he didn’t know how he appeared there but he did. In the dream we were in a green orchard somewhere, so I…’

He paused. It was hard to admit, mostly to himself, then out loud that he had been silly enough to chase a dream such as that. And yet Rangiku was drinking his words with such diligent attention that it urged him to continue.

‘I went to look for it. And I searched everywhere I could think of but I could not find it. I was close to giving up and closed my eyes. I must have fallen asleep because I saw him again, and he said I was looking in the wrong place.’

‘It can’t be…’

She looked away, a scowl nesting itself on her pretty features.

‘And it probably isn’t. It’s just a dream. A stupid dream and I’m stupid enough to go chasing after it’ Izuru sighed painfully, his hands sliding over his face.


His hands were yanked away from his face and this time Rangiku latched onto the front of his shirt with increased strength and determination, her face so close to his he could feel her breath.

‘It has been haunting me for months, Izuru! Months! I can’t remember the last night I slept peacefully without it tormenting me, teasing me, always keeping just out of reach, just at the tips of my fingers! It comes closer and closer and closer each time and then runs away just before I touch it. It’s playing with me, I know it!’ Rangiku cried, her voice a mix of choked down crying and angry gasps.

‘What?! What has?’ Izuru asked angrily.

He couldn’t say what was making him angry, whether it was her not denying his visions but enforcing them with more hope, or his own helplessness. Maybe it was both…

‘The fox!’

‘What?’ Izuru questioned, making a confused face upon the incomplete answer.

‘The fox…’

Rangiku’s voice died out into a whisper then silence. Her eyes were staring fixed over Izuru’s shoulder. He slowly turned his head and his eyes widened as much as hers. The door was open. And in the doorway stood a silver-furred fox, its three tails swishing slowly as it tilted its head at the two soul reapers looking dumbstruck at it. It had the most mischievous expression, one that painfully reminded the both of them of a familiar face.

Where were the guards? Why was none of them reacting to the creature standing right at the entrance of the dayroom, bearing an eerie glow? And then he noticed it. Behind the fox, in the moonlight, shone not the yard of the third division, but a thick collection of trees and tall grass. An orchard.

Rangiku leaped after it, but the fox seemed merely amused as it swished around and disappeared in a whirl of smoke, taking the orchard with it. Rangiku’s outstretched hand met only thin vapors as she crashed onto the wooden floor, crying overtaking her as she sobbed into her sleeves. A young boy peered curiously through the door, wondering what the racket was all about. An older division member joined in, alerted by the noise.

For a few seconds, the boundary between dream and reality was the most difficult thing to set for Izuru, but it quickly fell into place like pieces in a puzzle at the hands of a sharp mind. And he wouldn’t brag about it but he had one. He stood from the couch and passed Rangiku, standing in the doorway between her and the curious soul reapers.

‘She just had a bit too much to drink. Resume patrolling’ Izuru ordered, taking his Lieutenant role.

‘Yes, sir!’ the two young men saluted and went about their way.

Izuru closed the doors and turned back to Rangiku, who was sitting on the floor looking at him shamefully.

‘I’m sorry… I must’ve had too much to drink after all, I’m starting to see things!’ she laughed it off awkwardly, running her hand through her now messy hair.

‘Rangiku… I saw it too.’

Her eyes widened once more as it became clear that it had not been just a hallucination, or just a nightmare. They had both seen it.

‘What do we do?’

‘We wait. It will come again.’

Sooner than you think…

The whisper was like a cold finger dragged over the back of his neck, more like a feeling than actual words. He rubbed the back of his neck to get rid of the chills.
Rangiku nodded slowly, wiping her tear-stained face with a dry patch of her sleeve.
The fox would come again.

As in all her dreams, it would always come back.

Dreams and nightmares

The wind rustled the grass and long weeds in the fields. He was far away from the farthest house, Seireitei just a white spot in the distance. Izuru sat in the long grass, bathed by the orange light of sunset. He had received permission for a few days off from his duties as Lieutenant of Third Squad. And here he was at the end of the fourth one, his goal still unaccomplished.

For months on end that dream had haunted him, along with the person in it. Surely a figment of his imagination, and guilts, and regrets – at least that was what he told himself at first. Yet he couldn't shake the feeling of reality that one dream – or had it been a nightmare through and through? – had left on him. Three days ago he decided that maybe the stress was getting to him, and he thought a break would be nice. He began with a walk, and his feet carried him outside of the city to get rid of that nagging feeling that he had been in that forest before. Under those trees, glimpses of bright sunlight shining from above. He started searching. He searched all the forests he knew of, but none of them held the familiarity that had calmed him on that stormy night. He caught himself repeatedly wondering why he was doing this because of a mere dream. He couldn't answer it, not truthfully at least, not to himself. Because if he admitted that he was secretly hoping for something impossible to happen, it meant opening the chest of demons he had locked inside of him and thrown away the key.
There he sat, looking over the horizon line as the sun slowly sank beneath it. He sighed, not knowing what to do, what to think. If only he could forget that cursed dream. He was foolish in believing he could bury the past, and when he thought he was safe, the past came knocking on his door again. He wanted to tell someone about that dream, hoping it would make it go away, but who could he tell? There was no one he could talk to about it without seeming like a desperately attached boy clinging to the memory of something long lost. There was always Rangiku-san but telling her about this would be cruel and selfish. Was she still thinking about him? Was she still clinging to hope or denying it with all her might and trying to bury the pain as he was? Did she maybe experience the same thing he did? Maybe not now, but what about the past? Perhaps she would understand him… No. He shook his head. He must keep it to himself.

He dropped back onto the grass with a rough breath slammed out of him by the hard ground. But the grass felt nice, surrounding him, rustling softly in the light evening breeze, like nature trying to soothe him with its songs. The sky turned red, then violet, then dark. The stars twinkled on the night sky, hidden here and there behind soft clouds. A new moon was in the sky, appearing through the clouds like a bright white fang from the jaws of a dark hound.

“You’re a fool, Kira Izuru” he said to himself, sighing painfully and drawing both hands over his eyes.

The night was cool and relaxing, and for just a brief minute, he allowed himself to close his eyes out in the fields. And when he opened them again, shock froze his breath in his lungs.
The familiar fox face peered over him from the standing figure of Gin Ichimaru, silver hair hanging down and framing his face. He was grinning.

“You’re looking in the wrong place” he said.

“Gin!” he caught himself almost screaming.

His cry however fell on no ears whatsoever as he found himself sitting alone in the field, breath heavy, heart pounding against his ribs like it was trying to escape.
But he had been there! Right there! With him in the field! He looked around agitated and anxious before the boundary between dream and reality became painfully obvious. It had been a dream, fueled by an illogical sense of hope. And yet the words were ringing in his head, like the echo of a lost man’s voice inside the maze of a dark cave…

You’re looking in the wrong place.

Prancing around

Fuhuhu~ Don't mind me, I'm just planting mischief~


A figment of Imagination

Screams, roaring, sounds of death and agony and destruction. Every tormenting battle that he had ever been through mashed together in one night terror. All the pain that had ever been seared into his body, every thought that had ever tormented his mind, plagued Kira Izuru's sleep for the fourth night in a row. He fought and he fought and he fought with his own mind, trying to escape the nightmare to no avail. A gaping hole opened up in front of him. He ran away, but the hole kept chasing him. He ran faster but seemed to slow down despite that. He ran even faster but the ground was slipping from under his feet. His panting echoed into his ears along with the pumping of his heartbeat. The dark chasm caught up, stealing him away to a possibly worse fate.
Grass? Wildflowers? He suddenly awoke in an orchard.

"My my, some nasty dreams you've been having lately."

The blood froze in his veins. His muscles protested when he turned his head to find the source of that familiar voice. The nightmare had morphed into yet another painful memory of the past. A person that after all this time he had still failed to understand. A person departed from both life and afterlife, and yet he was there. In his dreams. Or nightmares.

"What's with that face? You look like you've seen a ghost" he said with the ever familiar ironizing tone and wide smirk.

Izuru shook his head in disbelief, trying to shake off the dream.

"Nope, not going away that easily" he said, cracking open one eye to look at Izuru with its bright sky blue color.

Izuru took a moment to stare, trying to come up with either an explanation or an escape. Gin Ichimaru, on the other hand, was lying in the grass wearing a bright white yukata, relaxing with his arms folded under his head as the light danced over him through the tree foliage above, not caring about anything.

“How are you here?” Izuru managed to utter, his voice barely leaving his throat at first but then intensifying towards the end.

“Frankly I don’t even know. Can’t say I really care though. Lay down. Have a rest” Gin said in a carefree manner, closing his eyes again.

“But you’re dead.”

“Yep, pretty much am.”

“Then how come I’m seeing you? And talking to you.”

“Technically you’re dreaming, so loophole~” Gin chimed.

Izuru dropped back onto the grass, knocking the air out of his lungs, or at least he felt like it did.

“You’re not real, you’re just a figment of my imagination... An image of the past that came back to haunt me just like everything else I feel guilty for...”

Gin opened his eyes, looking up at the sky through the tree branches – it was the most beautiful shade of blue, with streaks of white clouds passing every now and then – and he thought for a few seconds.

“Nah, way too much goody-two-shoes in you to conjure up a sly bastard like me” he said, a grin spreading on his face. “You seemed like you were havin’ a rough time, I thought I might spare you from all that.”

“So you confirm. You’re just my imagination.”

“Maybe. Maybe not. Who knows~?”

Izuru felt like he was slowly sinking through the grass.

“Wait!” he cried out, reaching towards the man he could see still lying on the grass while the ground swallowed him into a dark nether.

But he felt no pain, it was like he was floating, further and further down until he felt like he was being placed down on a hard surface. And then his eyes opened to the cool darkness of his room. He was lying on his back, eyes wide open and staring at the ceiling, words echoing in his head over and over again.

Until next time...

Not so glorious return

I've decided I wanna haunt around for a little bit more. Some this and that to this world, new theme, new avatar, a little bit of change never hurt anyone, did it? *grin*

I'll stick around, occasionally post things. Maybe even write a bit, depends what takes my fancy~ Stick around if you'd like, the dark side really does have cookies *grins*