Byakuya's comatose body lay in a private room hooked up to monitors and a breathing tube. While blood was slipping into it, it was seeping out from the wounds he had received. Some prayed for his easy passing while others prayed for him to fight on. Either way he did not care, he was not there. Instead he was a child again in his families garden. The cherry blossoms were in full bloom, she never missed the day of her arrival. Not ever. He rushed to the tree but found her not there, he started to panic."Over here bone head!" She yelled from
over by the koi pond. He ran towards her and fell over his own feet. She giggled and came over to help him up. Her flame red hair slipping over him tickling out his wounded pride until he laughed. Those ever changing colored eyes crinkled as they did when she brought out her beautiful smile. He felt so much lighter just being in her presence. Yet why did it feel as if it had been years since he'd last seen her.Six months wasn't that long a wait.....No! Anger boiled up to replace the happiness. He looked up at her and saw she too had changed. His body tightened. Her eyes did not meet his and she was crying. Crying? "Your father chose me to live. I never meant to not keep my promise. I...I couldn't face you having failed you. A Glory flower never fails and I failed the most important person in my life." Her whole body shook and then knelt down in front of him. "Show me." This was his dream wasn't it. She raised her still dripping wet face up to meet his, seeing his attitude. She wiped them away and stood up stiffly. "You don't believe me." She said tightly. Byakuya looked down his nose at her. "I do not know you. Why should I believe you?" The girl stiffened further before shrugging it off. "Fine. Why not. No loss to me." She seethed and struck the earth that gave way to a sizable pond of a diamond mirror before them. " What? Are you scared, oh mighty one?" Before he could answer she pushed him into the mirror where it absorbed him. She smiled coldly."Memories open. Let the fun begin." She smirked as she stepped into the pond.
On the other side of sleep his body was causing a commotion.
" Doctor Come here and bring Captain Mayori!" The attending nurse yelled out Byakuya's room. Mayori was there before the screeching woman was even finished. "Oh my how interesting. He's not alone inside that pasty skull of his. " Mayori said pouring over the read outs. " Hmmm..." He quickly snipped away the worst of the bandages. He gasped in envy. "Look-look his injuries are healing at a fantastic rate. Damn how am I to study this miracle if it keeps going so fast. Stop! Please. Go slower. Let me watch....." He put his hand on the deadly gut wound and had it violently pushed out, as if he was an intruder. He raised his hand and sniffed it. Licking it even. Besides the blood there was a definite tinge of a fire. Something moved on his tongue. He stuck it out, his eyes popped as the collection of blood collected and rose up hissing at him before zipping back down into Byakuya's body. A body that was now forcing out the breathing tube, popping off the monitor's and draining the bags of blood dry in moments before his skin spit out the transfusion needles onto the floor. Mayori's continuous screaming of. 'STOP!' Had most of the healers and injured rushing into the room. Only to see a very healthy Captain Kuchiki breath on his own and stretching out his arms before opening his eyes to the crowd. Many cried while others just shrugged it off as if it was normal for the great Captain Kuchiki to come back from near death. He looked inside his head and found pieces of the dream still lingering. A large amount of blood and the day his father died. Why had he dreamed it? Was it the fact he had come so close to death? Yet he had not been with his father or even near enough to have witnessed his demise. He had only been told that his father had died giving his all for his people, and to be proud of such a honorable death....there was something missing. No someone.....but who? The light coming in through the window flashed off of something metal leaning up against the bedside. He reached out his hand and touched his zenpakuto....how was this possible? He curved his hand around the hilt and felt that something had been added. Bringing it up he saw the flower that never died.He had forgotten how he had acquired it, but it never needed water nor soil but it also never grew or sprouted offspring. It remained with its mostly blood red coloring covering most of the petals. Only one petal escaping such a fate, for some reason that one petal of white made him worry as if it represented a life. Was it his life or anothers? He frowned before looking up at the yet growing crowd. He looked at Renji who nodded instantly. "Come on he needs his rest." Most had the good nature to look embarrassed before leaving with a bow. At the end only Renji was left. "Leave me to dress." Renji paled as he hobbled over to him. "Sir you can't mean to...." Renji saw his Captain's look. "I'll come with you." Byakuya shook his head. "No you need to rest. I am sure I and Ichigo can handle things if he hasn't already." Renji snorted. "He's a pain in the ass." Byakuya huffed but thought silently. 'Yes he is, but one we need apparently.'
Captain Mayuri's lab with Nemu:
"Nemu what happens to a soul reaper when their weapon is destroyed?" Nemu blinked at him for a moment before answering. "They die, under normal circumstances." Mayuri nodded. "Exactly. Even when that one is Lord Captain Byakuya Kuchiki.Yet not only did he survive, he somehow healed both himself and his zenpakuto. There is something very interesting going on.....but its too dangerous to engage him at this moment. I must be missing something."
Somewhere in the Arabian desert.:
"Shit! Mom! Jamie! Damn it! Mac get your ass in here! We're losing mom!" Cleo yelled as the youth on the bed breathed oddly and spasmed uncontrollably. Her eyes suddenly stared up at nothing and her breath shuttered. "Mom....Mom....Please Mom don't go." The older woman turned to her husband who held her.
Then like a thunder clap the girl on the cot screamed and took another breath just to scream. Her eyes popped back to normal and she swore hoarsely. " Well that was a bad ride. What the hell happened?" Cleo and Mac grabbed up the girl into a hug, kissing her till she had to squeeze out of the mush. "Hey I get it.Glad I made it threw. But tell me what the hell happened?" The two paled and could not look her in the face. "You don't know. Well what do you know?" Mac put one of his huge hands on her head. "We were laying out the maps of where you were to go on this excursion and you just went out like a light.... then the screaming we tried to move you but you were grabbed up by something and pummeled as if you were getting gutted by a battering ram. That's what it looked like to me." Jamie sighed and closed her eyes.....she touched her stomach and felt something sharp. A something sharp that should not have been there. She dug it out of her clothing....and paled. A glass shard....she looked up and about her suddenly. Zen bon Zakura? The dream....what had happened to the host of Zakura? She closed her eyes and pressed on the bridge that had remained closed for so long.....it didn't even budge....She kissed the glass petal and put it into her pocket to place it in the ring box later.Maybe one day she could return it...."Mom? Are you alright?" Jamie stretched and twisted her forever 16 year old body. "I didn't miss my opportunity did I?" The two shook their heads at each other. "We don't need to take the job. We could just look for that ancient burial site that we said we were here for. " Jamie bounced through her sword dances before turning to them. "We can do both. So I go in take out the bad guys and then play in Bast's litter box, for a what is it...ah... come on help this ancient bitch out ah..." She looked at the two. "You mean an alibi." Bast said coming from the near darkness into their camp. "Well look what the cat dragged in-literally." Jamie laughed. Bast drew out her lightsaber. "You really are a bitch Glory flower." Jamie snickered. "Tell me about it. Sorry if I scared the crap out of you...it was a really bad dream." Bast looked her over and took a smell. Shauni smelled of blood, death,healing and dreaming. Not all of it her own." You've traveled far this night, my old friend. Let me take this one for you, since it is my litter box." Shauni winced." I'll owe you one." Bast chuckled. " You ever find a man who can handle you, make me your maid of honor." Jamie laughed. "Yeah right. The only man who ever loved me died over 3,000 yrs ago. Anyways he married another, so I guess I wasn't the best catch of his life." For some reason when she said it this time it actually hurt her deeper then usual. The 3 eyed each other worriedly. Bast had known her for millennia's and had never seen her friend so upset rehashing the past. Something had happened tonight, just what it would turn into only god knew. "Why don't you go spend some time at that message place in the states. See how P.B is doing on her own for awhile and you need some down time." Bast suggested softly purring. Jamie saw their concern. Shit! What the hell had happened?
Aizen watched again the video of his powerful copy become the societies toy. As for Gin? He had always been a traitor to him. All for a very pretty face. Oh well at least he had the extra copy and the material for more if the one he had went bad. He turned off the video and called down to the lab he'd set up. "Come on up Gin we have company. That very nervous young man in my lounge seems to be in need of money and respect." Gin was there in a flash eyeing him like the puppy Aizen had made him to be. "Yes, but you aren't serious about the deal he's offered in exchange for the samples are you." Aizen stopped. "I'm serious to a point Gin, to a point but no further. Yes he'll get the money. As to weather he'll be able to spend it ….that maybe another, but for now let him dream." He opened the door to Voro del Fuego who got up from his chair and bowed respectfully. " Its so nice to finally meet you Mr. Fuego. Mr. Fire. How intriguing. I had a sister once who was very much into fire. She died unfortunately. Call it a hazard of obsession." Strangely he felt it was the truth....how very strange. In all the years past, he had never remembered having a sister. For now he shrugged it off as they began negotiating the price of the viable samples he'd brought with him slightly drugged in his plane. Human trials, yes but it would take much longer then the creatures that were now almost done. As it was he would have to slow them down for now, being that he'd been so soundly defeated by that substitute soul reaper and that sawed off joker Urahara. Yes he'd have to wait at least a year. A year.
Arch-Angel Michael received the scroll from his father. He read it, committed it to memory and then destroyed the missive. Hisana came to him, as she could sense his worry." What is it my love?Bad news?" Michael felt her hands go to one of his newest wounds from the latest battle. "No not exactly. I am more concerned with how it will be received....." He went to his most prized possession after Hisana. A sword so beautiful and glorious it should have been his Father's to wield, but no this was his. Lucifer's Demise. In its brilliant blade he saw someone he had not seen for more then 6 years. At least for him it had been. HIsana came to his side and he offered his hand, she took it and squeezed gently. He smiled. "In a short while from now the seal on an old friend's power will be released. Not my brother's, but someone I looked to for hope for my brother. Things will get very complicated...where's that trouble maker....the one that loves to bet and loses all the time. " Hisana blushed. "You mean the one that sleeps through most of his classes." Michael nodded. "I like him..... I love all my lambs, but him....him I not only love but like. I
want him to be my go between and when you find the time my love send up the pendant maker, I have an order for him to make me." Hisana tried to pull her hand from his and found herself in his arms.His smile giving her hot flashes and then melting her insides as he kissed her. "Weren't you listening? I said when you found the time." Her eyes became half-lidded as she touched his inner wings feathers. "Yes and when will that be my love?" The Arch-Angel bent down to steal a kiss again. "That's for me to decide my Blessing."