Hearts of Glass, Steel, Fire and Ice: Part 4As winter began to melt away to give room for spring to bloom, Orihime found it much harder to keep her spirits up. The days were growing warmer and all Orihime could think about were the times she and Ichigo had spent going out into Karakura Town and even beyond the wall, enjoying the freedom the nicer weather brought. Not that they hadn't ever been able to see each other during the winter time, but one can't deny that frolicking in the fresh spring air with the whole world seeming to come back to life after a long nap is so much more invigorating especially for children.Hearts of Glass, Steel, Fire and Ice: Part 4 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Orihime would feel an especially sharp pain in her heart whenever she would wake up in the morning. She would get out of bed, walk to the window and stare over at the Kurosaki residence straight into the room where Ichigo used to sleep. Thinking about all the times when Ichigo would raise his window, scowling because his dad had once again tried to kill him in his sleep, before turning, smiling and returning Orihime'
Hearts of Glass, Steel, Fire and Ice: Part 2Being creatures of habit, Orihime's footsteps eventually led to the front steps of Urahara's Shop and Ichigo followed along after her.Hearts of Glass, Steel, Fire and Ice: Part 2 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Also out of habit, Orihime called out as she approached the threshold, "Good morning!" in her usual cheerful tone to which there was a just as cheery reply from the back room telling the visitors to come in.
In the back room of the store, Kisuke Urahara had a ledger open and seemed to be taking inventory. While he seemed to give off an air of breezy carelessness, the shop owner was impeccably dressed with a crisp white shirt, pressed pants that were slightly wrinkled from the work done so far that day and a deep purple apron protecting his clothes from dust and dirt.
As soon as he saw Orihime, Kisuke's smile widened as he said, "Well, well, well. You'd think I'd be used to you both dropping by my humble establishment so often, but it is always a pleasure to see you two come walking through my door each and every time."
Orihime's cheeks were a little pin
Hearts of Glass, Steel, Fire and Ice: Part 3Ichigo shivered slightly and pulled his cloak more tightly around himself. In the daytime, the winter weather could be chilly, but at night sometimes it was downright unbearable. And yet, as a part of the Night Watch, Ichigo had to bear the cold.Hearts of Glass, Steel, Fire and Ice: Part 3 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
At fourteen years old, he had finally achieved his dream of joining and training in the Night Watch. While he didn't have near as much free time as he used to, Ichigo found that he actually preferred having such a rigorous training routine. Sometimes, when he was really focused on learning a new technique, memories of his mother and her death ceased to plague and guilt him. However, at times like these, when all he had to occupy his time was vigilant watching over the area where he could see both the Arrancar Forest and the Shinigami River, his gaze would constantly shift to the exact spot where his mother's body had lay sprawled on the ground before townspeople had come to carry her into Karakura.
Masaki's death had been mourned by nearly all
Hearts of Glass, Steel, Ice and Fire: PrologueOftentimes, people will say when the winter wind blows they swear they can hear a mournful voice moaning on the wind. When children ask their parents who the lady is who is crying so loud outside, the parents wisely calm their children simply saying that the children are only imagining things that it's only the regular wind outside trying to get inside now go back and finish setting the table for dinner.Hearts of Glass, Steel, Ice and Fire: Prologue in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
However, little do the wise and knowledgeable parents understand that their children are actually right. There is a lady who rides upon the cold yet strong North Wind bringing the blessings and curses of winter with her. And as she passes by homes inhabited by those same families, she will oftentimes look inside the frost covered windows and sing in her low, melancholy voice to the occupants of that same residence, though only the children heed her song.
She is the Snow Queen.
Hearts of Glass, Steel, Fire and Ice: Part 1"Good morning Ichigo!!"Hearts of Glass, Steel, Fire and Ice: Part 1 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
The twelve year old boy's eyes snapped open and he had less than a split second to react before he registered a large palm about to smash into his face. Rolling himself off of his bed and onto the floor, Ichigo kept rolling and knocked into a pair of man-sized legs, which he remorselessly barreled into. As he had hoped, the owner of the legs lost his balance and fell with a loud thump onto the floor.
"Owie!! Ichigo! How could you do that to your own father?"
From his spot on the floor, Ichigo sat up, crossed his arms and said unconcernedly, "I could ask you the same question."
Before any more words could be exchanged, the bedroom door opened once again to reveal a woman's head as she looked around the door to see what was going on. When she saw the grown man lying on the floor in tears and the young boy sitting up showing no signs of remorse, she mouth twitched upwards ever so slightly before she managed to compose her features into a neutral expression.