Moonlight Shadow 5For a while, Orihime fell into a familiar pattern: wake up, go to school, and always come home before dark. As irrational as it seemed, she didnt want Ulquiorra to show up in her apartment, only to find out she wasnt there. It left her wondering--if her will was what called him to her, did that mean he would appear to her anywhere?Moonlight Shadow 5 in Fan Fiction More Like This
Can anyone else see you? she asked, one week after he started visiting her.
He shook his head. I do not know. I would assume not, since it was your will that created me in the first place.
So, hypothetically speaking, if I called to you when I was around other people and started talking to you, it would look like I was...talking to myself?
Thats one theory. Perhaps it would be best if we did not test it out.
They talked about other things, too, though she was always the one asking the questions. He didnt seem to mind. No matter what the question, no matter how ridiculous it seem
Moonlight Shadow 3The silence between them was starting to become oppressive. Yes, she had been the one to call him. Yes, he had appeared to her, just like he had done the past two nights. But now that he was there in front of her, she found herself at a loss for words.Moonlight Shadow 3 in Fan Fiction More Like This
You seem pleased, she said, mostly to break the silence, but also because...it was true. There was something about him that seemed to exude pride.
And how do you know that I am pleased, woman?
Orihime shrugged, a small smile gracing her lips. Im not really sure. You look and act the same, but theres something different about you, too. I cant put my finger on it, but its like the aura around you has changed. Its lighter than normal.
I see, Ulquiorra said. Without warning he held out his hand, his thumb and index finger pinched together to hold a small, silver circlet. Here, take it.
Her eyes widened as a bit of moonlight reflected off its smooth surf
Moonlight Shadow 6Orihime sat across from Urahara, her legs beneath her, watching as he placed the boiling pot of tea on the tabletop. He poured her a cup first, gently pushing it over to her, before pouring himself some tea.Moonlight Shadow 6 in Fan Fiction More Like This
Now that weve gotten all the formalities out of the way, he started, taking a small sip, what was this request you had for me?
She looked at her cup--but didnt touch it--then at him, her eyebrows furrowed. She was still worried he wouldnt be able to do anything to help her.
I need to go to Soul Society, she said, without ceremony. Urahara nearly spilled his tea on his lap. I know you can created a door from here; you did it when we went to rescue Kuchiki-san. I realize Im asking too much of you, but I need to do this.
She bowed deeply, her head touching the floor. Please! She swallowed, hoping to push down the lump that had formed in her throat, and looked up. You
Moonlight Shadow 12They waited a day before heading back to First District, getting some much needed sleep in the process. Ulquiorra seemed less-than-pleased that he had to be in such tight quarters with the former Octava Espada, which unfortunately seemed to amuse Szayel all the more. But even Orihime could tell he was anxious to be home, where he could sleep in his own futon.Moonlight Shadow 12 in Fan Fiction More Like This
Then, before she knew it, the day had come.
"While this little trip has been...enjoyable," Szayel said, hoping to break the awkward silence that had settled, "I think it's time for all of us to be heading back to where we belong." He turned to Orihime. "Isn't that right?"
She blushed. "Yes."
"You'd better make sure she returns to the world of the living, Szayel," Ulquiorra said firmly. His eyes narrowed. "If something happens to her, know that I will be paying you a visit."
"I wouldn't dare let anything happen to her," Szayel said, with a mock-gasp. "Besides, it would be a shame if something were to happen before I got to see the
Moonlight Shadow 7Orihime couldnt stop staring at him, no matter how hard she tried. He looked odd without the glasses that, in her mind, distinguished him from the others, though she supposed his pink locks were more than enough to define him. Like the other residents of Rukongai he wore a dark kimono, simple but practical for the colder weather.Moonlight Shadow 7 in Fan Fiction More Like This
Finally, her senses came back to her. What are you doing here?
I should be asking that of you, Szayel shot back, his eyes not as wide as before. A smirk crossed his face. Did those Shinigami friends of yours mistake you for a traitor and off you before you had the chance to explain? Or was it Aizen himself who did the deed, thinking that if he couldnt have your powers, no one else could?
Im not dead-- She stopped, taking in what he had said. Looking up at him, she asked, Wait, no Aizen-sama?
Why would there be? he said, shrugging carelessly. True, he had
Moonlight ShadowIt was a quiet night in Karakura, the stars shining down on the quaint town. An odd sense of peace filled the air, as though the city had never been in danger of being completely destroyed. Orihime knew better.Moonlight Shadow in Fan Fiction More Like This
Even though they had managed to stop Aizen from creating the King's Key, they had not been able to destroy him before he hid once more, this time deeper into Hueco Mundo. Gin and Tousen, the other Shinigami traitors, followed behind him; neither looked worried at this slight setback.
All the Espada that he had so lovingly created had been killed. Soul Society took this as a victory, albeit a small one. Orihime wasn't sure she agreed with them, not completely. While many of the Arrancar she had met were cruel, heartless, or blood-lusting creatures, not all of them were. He had been different.
"Are you afraid of me, woman?"
Those were the words he had asked while his hand reached out towards her. Not to strike her down, not to cause her bodily harm in an