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The Hollow Princess Ch 5
It was Ichigo's turn now. Standing up, he made his way to the front of the room to the incense urn where he bowed, probably lower than anyone else had before him, but he didn't think he could grovel on the floor and be too low. Not in honor of this girl whose life he had so taken for granted, had completely ruined because of his own idiocy. No, he could not bow too low for her.
Lit incense and another low bow later, Ichigo was back to kneeling on his cushion, his little part in the ceremony almost ludicrously short, compared to the part he played in getting all these people there at this time. That was a thought he couldn't rid himself of; that thought of guilt and responsibility.
Back into that haze of indifference, Isshin had to grab the back of Ichigo's head to force him into a bow when the priest finished reading the sutra. Ichigo didn't even care to fight back.
Finally free of the service, Ichigo stood up and practically led the way out of the room. Completely ignori
The Hollow Princess Ch 4
The priest began reading the sutra in his nasally voice after he had lit the incense. At a signal from him, Inoue's relatives stood up to do their part.
Ichigo didn't think much of them, her relatives. He had wondered if someone had paid for Inoue to live alone the way she did, and without a job of her own, and it seemed like these were the ones. They had waltzed in from wherever they came from and took over the funeral preparations, stating that it was only right. Only right? Only right to let a young girl live by herself since her older brother died? Since she was twelve? Only right to just have contact with her in the form of a monthly check? Only right to not know anything about her, even in the end?
Ichigo had to grit his teeth to keep from making any noise amidst this quiet assembly. Another glance around the room revealed the people come to mourn Inoue's passing. Besides her family, sparse as it was, there were a lot of people from school, which really had bee
The Hollow Princess Ch 3
Ichigo could only stand and stare. His hand slipped from Zangetsu's hilt, having never drawn the blade. His brain refused to function, to assimilate the scenario that had just unfolded before him. He just stood there, useless and confused, but he could feel the break coming. Something had to happen, be it a phone ringing in one of the surrounding apartments, a car coming around the corner or even a meteor falling out of the sky to crush him, but when that something happened, Ichigo would break.
Behind him, Ishida swore quietly and that was that.
Whirling around, Ichigo grabbed the Quincy by the front of his perfectly white shirt.
Why didn't you do anything?! You could have taken care of this before I even got here!
'Taken care of this'? Ishida quoted back to him, getting angry. Meaning what? Kill her? Kill Inoue-san so you wouldn't have to face her? If I shot her then she would be gone!
That made Ichigo freeze, but Ishida kept talking. I oblite
The Hollow Princess Ch 2
She was sitting there on the peak of the roof, her legs crossed. Her whole body was changed now; armored and predatory. Her arms were longer and ended in elegant claws. Three pairs of gossamer wings came from her back, making her look disturbingly fairy-like. Her mask came from her forehead into a point over her nose, bone-white plates covering her cheeks, mouth and chin. On either side of her head were six pronged fans in larger, sinister versions of her hairpins. Her hair, bright as ever, floated gently behind her in the light breeze.
I...Inoue? Ichigo gasped in horror. What...what happened?
She laughed, that horrible, twisted imitation of her familiar laugh. Kurosaki-kun, do you remember my brother?
As if it hadn't made a home inside him already, horror seemed to seep into his bones and turned them to ice. The Hollow he had failed to defeat. Repelled, yes, and protected Inoue that night, but he had failed to defeat him to really protect her
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