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Dante walked onto the training ground the afternoon sun slightly covered by the clouds as if embracing it. He looked to his side at Aurora walking confidently at his side as they made there way back to the rock Dante liked to sit on. Once they arrived at it he took a slight jump and sat in a comfortable meditative state upon the huge rock. He beckoned to Aurora to take a seat before he started his lecture. 

Aurora, this part of your training requires you to make contact with your spirit in order to receive training specific to you. Draw your zanpakuto and place it down on your lap and hold placed in your hands at both ends and considerate. Make you spirit learn you new techniques and listen carefully to its instruction. I know you are ready for it now

Dante looked forward and slowly closed his eyes as they sat in silence only the wind moving over the grass and their hair as if gently embracing them with its will to move them forwards with their training. 

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 Aurora sits in front of Dante, crossing her legs on the grass path growing on the rock face. Then she does as instructed and put her hands on each side of her sword. she concentrates on the slight vibration she could feel from the spirit within the sword and softly whispers. 




 The world around her changes and shifts into a dark space with a shiny purple mist surrounding it. Yukiko calls on her from behind as Aurora turns.


Here for practice again? alone?


Seems I need your power, time is moving against us.


And why would I teach you my secrets?


 Aurora looked down on the black floor and the purple thick mist moving softly in mystical circles around her legs. Yukiko was silent, looking at her intently, like she had all the time in the world to wait for her answer, she crosses her arms on her chest and standing like a ranked military officer. Aurora finally raised her head looked in her eyes and said.


 My survival is linked to yours. I should know because I am as much a part of you as you are of me.


 That's true, but you should show me that you are worthy of my power before I grant it to you. There are trials which you have to pass for any ability I teach.

She walks around Aurora trying to intimidate her.


I will take you to your worst fears, to your deepest desires, to the facts you are running from, break you with the most heartbreaking memory of you, chock you with the words you never said and show you the real you.


 She then stops in front of Aurora, gazing into her eyes.


And there is no guarantee that you won't die or that your darkness might return to interfere. I won't help you unless you prove yourself worthy of me. Do you accept my conditions.


 Yukiko said loudly. Aurora frowns slightly before nodding. 


I couldn't hear you!


 Yes, I accept.


Good so let us start right away.


She smiles at Aurora. Aurora hearing heavy steps coming from behind, she turns around and sees a burned body like a zombie approaching her with slow dragging steps. As it notices Aurora it growls and runs towards her in a fit of rage. She immediately takes hold of her sword, quickly taking it out before spinning round stretching her arm out to cut the creature in two. She breathes in deeply looking at the creature laying before her in silence. She blinks when suddenly hundreds of burned bodies attack her from everywhere around her.


 She panicked for a moment before gripping her sword tighter in her hand, flash stepping forwards to the ones in front of her arriving behind them. In that instant she cut through three of them, as they fell many others swarming towards her reaching out their hands to grab her as she Flash Blossoms rapidly in a circle and kills many making a safe space for a fleeting moment catching her breath. She stood at the ready before vanishing into faster flash steps soon leaving after images in her wake. 3'other Auroras were fighting alongside her in the circle. But they were too many and could destroy the shadows easily. She then gathered more reiatsu under her feet, moved even faster disappearing and appearing here and there among the creatures killing many. She appeared for a brief second turning around before killing even more with Flash blossom. Her breathing now accelerated as she clings to every breath as she uses even more reiatsu and concentration on flash stepping. The creatures were getting closer as they were running to her from everywhere, she closed her eyes and called on her sword.


Yukiko. Tama!!!


 A compressed ball of reiatsu shaped in her hand it was so strong that it was shaking her hand. She keeps her hand up above her head, straight toward the dark sky, it shines brightly and made the creatures blinded that they reached to covering there eyes. Aurora floats up into the air, up enough to see the circle of creatures, stunned to see the ever increasing light from her palm, as the ball of pure energy was getting bigger and bigger covering half of her forearm as she finally opened her arms looking down at the circle of creatures aiming with her Tama in hand in front of her as she shoots it down . when it hits the first one it explodes in a huge explosion turning all the creatures into ash and charred remains spreading out over the area. She falls down onto the ground having used lots of her reiatsu to accomplish the technique. Yukiko appears standing beside her.


Well it wasn't all without my help but you used only your own reiatsu so that's something. You could develop my Tama to Bōrushūto. That's not bad.


She smiles proudly.


Now we start the REAL training.


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Yukiko looked intensely into Auroras eyes, like she was piercing her soul as she said.


Now it is time to learn Sakasama no Sekai ( Upside Down World ) It creates a purple thick mist. Those who are captured in the mist, fall subject to an optical illusion. The release of the technique will force yourself and opponents into fighting reversed. So, Up and down, left and right as well as forwards and backwards are reversed. However, it is not just the sense of direction that is changed; the opponent's eyesight, direction of incoming attacks, and injury locations are also inverted. I must say that countering the damage from the inverted directions simply by processing it all within the mind is not possible. No matter how powerful the opponent, especially if one is accustomed to fighting, their body will not be able to adapt due to their reflexes preventing proper reaction, which causes them to continuously succumb to the power's effect. The effect of the Inverted World can be targeted at or neglected from specific opponents, making it ideal for use in group fighting as I think you love to team up with Dante.


Yukiko chuckles and continues:


 It also severely affects the equilibrium of those its power is used on giving them vertigo, causing confusion, disorientation and nausea.

 She then picks up a stone and throws it to Auroras face, Aurora immediately moves her hand in front of her face and looks away to block the stone but it hits her on the back of her  leg. She turns but sees that the world is upside down as above her head is the ground and under her feet is the black sky. She holds her sword up. Yukiko's voice echoes in a very fearsome tone in the dark space.


Say hello to your worst fears!


Mysterious shadows run around her, as she hold tighter on the swords handle, then suddenly the shadow stops in front of her she could tell it was almost as big as a hollow but she could feel it is much stronger than a simple hollow that she had defeated in training ground with Dante, and now she was alone.


The shadow had slight movements like shaking in its place like a smoke but then suddenly it opened its furry glowing yellow eyes and laughed with its huge glowing fiery mouth and dived on Aurora. She moved her sword up to block the attack but the creature had bitten down on her leg. Blood splashes out of her leg, she feels the pain but tries to concentrate on the creatures moves as it was moving all around her legs like a fast smoke dashing around at speed. She tries to attack but it moves its dark claws on Auroras legs but it leaves marcks on her neck and hurts her badly as it moves over her right shoulder. Aurora pressed her teeth together and endures the pain as she uses “After Image” and attack the creature but it seemed that her attacks was in the wrong direction all the time and the creature could perfectly detect her true self and attack her without any difficulty. With every attack the shadow laughs echoed in the dark upside down world around Aurora as she desperately tried to block or attack.


You can never beat me, I am going to eat away your little soul as the starter before I take over the delicious soul of the boy.


 It licks around its lip less mouth with its fiery tongue which leaves glowing embers around its smoky skin. Aurora's anger boils up as she tries to attack but she falls backward while she got too angry to remember that she shouldn’t ran forwards, in the upside down world. But before she falls, the black being throws a golden rope of a burning whip around her and pull her back to itself. Bending on her with its fiery eyes, laughing like a crazy person. Aurora was scared, she couldn’t breath as the whip was too tight she opened her mouth to call on Yukiko but she couldn’t she tried to move her hand to use her sword as she was so close to the creature but still she couldn’t, it was like she had lost her control over her muscles. The dark being laughs like it is enjoying all her helplessness.


Well now you try to protect yourself against who? The darkness inside YOU?


He said all the words in a very threatening and scary way that even the darkness could go solid in fear. It opens its mouth and it becomes so unnaturally big like snakes jaw opening to devour its prey. And eats Aurora head to toe and leaves her in the complete darkness as she had no power to move, talk or even breath properly.


This is it. This is what would happen when you are hollowed. Complete darkness and no control. Silence and darkness takes over. Aurora seems to float in an endless space. An unending fear kept her heart beating fast and gave her an unnatural fast rhythm of breath like a breathing about suffocation. Then a light shines. She looks down at her bracelet shining dimly blue for a second and fades like the light of a dying firefly. And then again it glowed and died. She could hear a weak voice of a woman calling to her from the bracelet.


 Aurora! … Is it who you are? Do you give up that easily because of your pathetic fear?


Aurora wanted to call on her but couldn’t move her lips.


My power is illusion because I KNOW what illusion is and still it is your greatest weakness… Don’t you see Aurora … all your fears are nothing but ILLUSIONS.


 Auroras eyes opens wide, all her fears… were nothing but illusions!?


 When you find your courage in your deepest fears… you can wield it, bend it, use it to grow bravery ! as there is nothing else in this world to shake your roots for you. You should know fear is an illusion and illusion is your POWER!


Her heartbeat softly returns back to normal, she had no fear anymore, she could move her lip in a small smile as she wilds her sword and shouts.


 Yukiko Borushuto!


The shining ball in her palm moves fast in a round shape as her reiatsu was increasingly gathered in her hand with a magnificent speed and it grew bigger and bigger.


If this is a reversed world. Then there is no demon outside…


 but INSIDE !!!!


She shout the words as she pressed the Tama on her chest , the world around her burns in an immense explosion of blue fire as the training ground slowly appears behind the dying flames. She falls down on her knees, holding on her sword keeping herself from falling. She was sweating and was breathing heavily. Dante was siting on his favorite rock and deep in concentration as he was also training.


Congratulations girl, you made it.


 She hardly stands and drags herself under the tree, she sits and picks up the flask and pours herself a cup of Dante's weird drink. she knew it regenerates reiatsu which she needed a lot after this hard training.


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Dante sat in a meditative manner facing Aurora and cleared his mind of all thought. He focused on the blade held within his grasp and opened his mind. He now stood in the cold snow covered inner world as snow covered everything in its wake. The freezing wind touched his open face covered by his long white scarf stretching down his back. He felt at home in these conditions having endured it on long trips of training deep within the mountains he secluded himself on when training. 

The feeling of warmth was interrupted as the pale girl made herself know to him walking in the snow towards him with a grin on display drawing attention to her face. The paleness of her skin akin to those left frozen fighting to keep themselves alive but inevitably giving in to there situation and having there life force frozen in place. Dante was so lost in thought observing her she managed to close the distance and now stood face to face with him.

He found it strange that she did not say a word or giggled as he was growing accustomed to since she took over a part of his soul and absorbed TÅketsu Tengoku merging with him. He noticed her dead looking eyes filled with hate and despair but also lusting for more power to send chills down his spine like never before. She walked around him slowly as the long cloths on her forearms moved behind her the only indication she was still moving before she stopped in front of him again and looked deeply in his eyes once more. 

So are you not going to say anything? she giggled finally. I was expecting some sort of reaction but here you stand as if the cat got your tongue.

Yuki-Shi...I know you know why I am here.

My dear Dante. I know everything there is to know about you. But a girl still needs to hear the words uttered. I might be the one in submission, although certainly, we can have a decent conversation could we not? 

The freezing cold swirled around her and even made him with his resistance to it feel its cold touch. He stood firm a serious look still on his face as he stared back at her. 

I know you are hiding more from me and I think its about time. I'm not interested in playing games, I don't have the time to just sit around idly.

She giggled again as she turned around as if she was hiding her face from him. 

My dear Dante, you are not ready to have this power yet. Even I had difficulty controlling TÅketsu Tengoku. He is a lot like you in his obvious attempts to try and force himself through any obstacle he might encounter. I must say having you two around with your constant problematic emotion and rage is really invigorating. I wonder what those close to you would be like if they had to see the real you hiding behind that soft and gentle smile you use so often. Even now just looking at you it burns my desire to have you unleash that part of you. 

I have no desire in becoming your plaything Yuki-Shi. Stop playing with me. 

Dante, Dante, Dante. She said in a calm condescending tone of voice. You really want to just force your way through. She giggled this time almost shaking trying to keep her composure. This power comes with a risk, one you might not be able to overcome so easily as before. Especially if the risk to those near you is the same as your own. Your silly attachment to others you hold dear is your worst enemy in attaining your full potential.

I don't care what you say. I believe power can still be wielded without abandoning one's care for others. 

Yuki-Shi turned around and reached out to Dante's cheek touching it slightly. The touch of her palm on his face burned, the cold of it freezing him almost to his core in that instant as he stepped away from her touch rubbing at his cheek. He was shocked his eyes wide as he looked at Yuki-Shi still standing her hand remaining in the air where his face was before.  

You see what your power truly is Dante. No matter how hard you fight or how much power you gain it will always force those close to you away. Do you still want to proceed having seen it for yourself? This will change you, you might not like the person you become after gaining this power for your own. Did you think my appearance to you here in this world was the real me? You are wrong, I was affected by TÅketsu Tengoku my appearance only this way because he is now inside me. 

Dante looked on, still in shock at the revelation of Yuki-Shi's words now entering his thoughts. He regained his composure and stepped forward, his cheek once more placed on the palm of her hand. The cold quickly filled his body draining life and color from his face and hands the rest hidden under his kimono. He always took pride in the fact that he loved the cold weather and the cold itself his resistance to it, but this was something more. He wanted to scream out in pain, gritting his teeth and narrowing his eyes. He had known this feeling before having found himself loosing color after using Bankai and using his hollow powers thinking it was her power. This was much more intense than that, he knew that for sure and then he through the pain hardly able to think it dawned on him. She was restraining this power, holding him back from it, he knew fighting was no longer a possibility if he had felt like this during his fights. And this no less from only a mere touch on the cheek.

You surprise me, Dante. Willing to just jump on back and risk yourself buckling under this power. You really are a fool.....

Yuki-Shi raised her leg from the snow before kicking Dante sending him sliding in the snow. He curled up into a ball as the pain of the cold he felt from her palm combined with the pain from her kick. He laid in the snow feeling as if every bone in his body shattered to pieces, he gasped for air trying to catch a breath with his eyes closed and blood dripping down on the snow from his mouth. This unbearable pain was something he had never experienced before even though the torture he had received. His body twitching involuntarily in the snow. Yuki-Shi appeared next to him looking down at him as he opened his eyes still curled on the snow before she kicking him in the face, he tried to block the attack but his reactions were so slow he could not manage it in time. He slid over the snow slowly digging into it as he moved over it. He held on to his face and stomach screaming out in pain. Yuki-Shi appeared before him again still looking down with her cold dead eyes locked on him.

You come here demanding power from me...You defy logic and keep pushing further even though I tell you not to. Do you see now what consequences your actions have? Do you feel it as you lay there in pain unable to move Dante?

Dante removed his hand from his face barely able to see out of one eye the other now closed his face bruised and cut from the kick he received. He looked Yuki-Shi in her eyes trying to get words out of his bleeding mouth.

You..... will teach...Me!!!!!!!!.......

Yuki-Shi seemed even more angered by his words as a spear of ice took form in her hand extending into the snow. She lifted it up the edge pointed at Dante's face. 

You still defy me. You seem to not comprehend anything I say or do. This should open up your mind to my warnings then. 

She thrust the spear of ice down piercing right through Dante's shoulder into the ice under him. Blood streamed from the wound mixing with snow turning it red with him struggling, screaming out and clenching the ice spear with his hand.

Yuki-Shi bent down and took hold of his kimono just under his neck lifting him from the snow up into the air above her face. Blood from Dante's forward hanging face dropping onto her cheeks freezing solidly as she turned her head looking out into the world noticing it grew darker and distant. 

You are close to death my dear Dante. I can see it slowly closing in on you. What a strange feeling knowing each breath you take could be your last. You're hopelessly clinging to life is admirable Dante. You must be surprised by my actions thus far, not even giving you a chance to draw your Zanpakuto in defense against me. Oh, how the mighty have fallen.

Dante raised his head slowly reaching out towards Yuki-Shi when she moved her hand across her chest now covered in ice cutting Dante's arm in a single instant as it dropped to his side motionless and partially frozen.

Back in the training ground Dante remained seated with his eyes closed and a pained expression upon his face his reiatsu leaking out wildly and uncontrolled from him, blood was now running from his closed mouth down his jaw and neck merging with his black kimono staining it. 

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Aurora leans back on the tree feelings healed and relax as she notices Dantes Reiatsu and sees the blood. she runs to Dante and shakes him out of his training. 

He must have pushed himself too much!

her heart was beating in stress.  she didn't want to admit but she was so worried about him. 

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Dante snapped back with Aurora shaking him back to reality and opened his eyes taking a big breath and moving his arm up to his face wiping the blood from his mouth. A look of shock filled his eyes the memories of what took place was still fresh in his mind as he took hold of his shoulder the wound felt so real but was not there. The pain he felt was as real as it gets though. He looks towards Aurora as the memories replay in his mind. 

Thank You, I was a bit surprised...

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to see his eyes are open and he is talking to her so casually again gave her a sense of relief but she knew he had endured a tremendous amount of pain due to his condition. she wanted to reach out and  move him into her arms holding him warmly  and whispers :
stop pushing yourself like that. Cell 2 needs you ...
 but instead she softly lets go of his shoulders..looks in his surprised eyes, and bows . wind moves between the two vizards, moving their long hair and carrying particles of snow from the valley, which now were shining brightly in the sun.
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Dante grips at his sword placed within his hands looking slightly up at Aurora her feelings made it known through her wildly fluctuating reiatsu. Dante remained seated the wind moving between them as his eyes met her's and smiled brightly to reassure her of him having returned to his normal self before he softly spoke to her. 

I need to return...... I have unfinished business waiting for me. 

Renewed sparks of light, reflecting his determination lit up the gentle blue of his wide open eyes.


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Aurora feels his determination in his eyes ... takes one step back, looks around uneasy and unsure of what she should do. she just didn't want him to go back to training but she knew as well that she can't stop him, so she rushes back to the tree and brings the flask with a cup, sits in front of the rock and pours him a glass of drink. offer him the drink with two hands politely . and when Dante drinks it she feels a slight reassuring feeling that allows her to goes back to training with Yukiko again even more determined.

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 It wasn’t long after her short rest that Aurora met Yukiko once more. she was determined to get stronger. her goal is Hell overseer, she doesn’t want to be a weakling but a powerful vizard next time they meet again. Stepping into the dark, was not scary for Aurora anymore, as Yukiko shines with her silver hair, walking slowly towards her.

-didn’t take you long to come back here.

Aurora frowns:

-keep your insults for yourself Yukiko.

-hahaha, its one of your weaknesses taking all words too seriously . learn that words never matter if …

-if you cut the tongues out!

Aurora bends her head on a shoulder and looks deep in Yukiko's eyes totally out of patience, Yukiko moves weight from one leg to another, smirk:

-hmmm, you are learning to talk ! is it because of Dante? He makes you want to fight for him! that’s good but I must warn you its like a double-edged sword, he makes you stronger and still makes you vulnerable.

-shall we go to training?

-running away from it won't fix it but you are not ready to face this fact yet, poor child.

She sighs in disappointment and continues:

For now, you learned “upside down world” but you need to master the technique so you can use it efficiently in battle.

she then folds her arms on her chest moves her chin up pointing to Auroras left . as she turns she finds Dante kneeling on her own body covered in blood and half naked. the pictures fade in the purple mist as her face appears in pain and tears as Dante was at her side, trying to keep her away from hell overseer. Aurora was breathing deep in anger and shame. the pictures fade as Yukiko walks towards her with an emotionless face:

You know what it means right? You are a weak princess in need of a hero to be saved!

Aurora looks down, frowning with guilt, breathing deeply as she was pressing on her biggest fear "weakness":

It is not so.

-who are you lying to ? … weakling!

Aurora shakes her head in anger screams. holds her sword up, attempts to attack Yukkiko but she falls back. she was in her “ upside down world “ again, she exhales tries to concentrate but Yukiko kept producing clones about 20 around her each insulting her and attacking her from different directions.

-you call yourself a vizard? You are more like a poor little soul!

-so weak ! not worthy of my Zanpakuto to gets dirty with YOUR blood!

-ha!!! Can't even block a simple attack like that?

Their words make her even more furious she runs and falls, attacks up and cuts legs, and can't even block a single attack. her rage and anger increase as she cants even fight the simplest kind of attack. She looks down, concentrates and all her reiatsu gathers on her sword as her zanpakuto turns the shape into a red long sword. Yukiko's voice echoes in her ear:

Tama shield!... it can block any attack for 3 seconds …. Just spin.

Aurora kept her glowing sword up and moves it down as the shining blue reiatsu was pouring out of it. she turned it horizontal as she spins and creates a huge tama ball around herself as she has a 360-degree shield of pure reiatsu rotating in fast speed around her , gives her enough time for her to concentrate and calculate the attacks and adjust her movements . two other fighters attack her tama shield. it breaks as they dive on her she successfully block their attacks.

-that’s it, princess, now I am going to help you a bit.

Aurora was exhausted as she has used all her spiritual power on the shied . Yukiko runs her reiatsu into Aurora's mind and gives her a clear vision so “ upside down world “ doesn’t affect her anymore and regenerates her reiatsu. With Yukiko help now she could fight the clones . their words and visions Yukiko showed her was playing none stop in her mind that she moved her long red blade cutting through clones and made them vanish into the purple mist. before her rage calms down she kills the last one and turns to Yukiko:

Is that all you got?

Yukiko smirks and the world goes back to upside down , this time Aurora could feel the moves and it was like she used to live in this world before and could control her reflexes, seems Yukikos reiatsu have changed something in her mind, it was so familiar that she could feel it is a bit easier to fight . she struggles at first a bit killing a few clones but then it becomes like a dance for her, moved her sword faster and faster, getting used to the world more and more and running faster with her reiatsu, she could even perform a triple attack on one of the clones, and a few minutes later she could even perform Flash blossom and appear in front of real Yukiko and before she draws her sword she performs an After Image as four after-image clones attack the Zan spirit , Yukiko made 8 more clones and made Auroras images to surrender but suddenly Aurora appears with Flash blossom in front of her as she was breathing deep, and keeping her sword under Yukikos neck. she smiles and moves toward Aurora as the sword moves through her like she is air, the purple smoke comes out of her body where the sword has cut her.

-congratulations. It wasn’t that bad. you may rest now.

- NO, we continue.

-as I said you have lost lots of reiatsu, and also mine, we both need a little rest.

-I don’t have much time, I give you five minutes.

-You cant order me around princess. we practice again when I call on you.

-Look Yukiko, you know we are running out of time. don’t play me around with your riddles.

-hmmm… you need to prepare, not only in increasing the amount of your reiatsu but also your control on it above all you need to emotionally get stable to use new powers they can be so destructive for you and others if you don’t have enough control over your emotions.

-I take all the responsibility, I have no time to be weak anymore. you have the power so please lend it to me. 

Aurora looks in her eyes insistingly, Yukiko looks away, thinking:

-hmmm …. Rest for now … I give you a test next time if you pass it ... we move for other pieces of training a bit faster.

  Purple mist moves in circle climbing up around Aurora's body before she opens her eyes in the training ground again. The first thing she sees is Dante on his stone meditating on his sword. His face was calm but his forehead was filled with sweat. she frowns and fists her hand resting on her knee as she knew that he is in a harsh training. It bothered her that she couldn’t be there to help him.

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Dante felt his reiatsu stabilizing after he finished the drink and placed the cup onto the hard rock he was seated on. He bowed his head in thanks to Aurora as he watched her noticing a change in her reiatsu a more powerful feeling bubbling inside of her. He took comfort in the fact that her training was going well when blue and white reiatsu started flowing out from him disturbing the cup next to him as it swirled around his body violently. He stabilized the overflowing energy, focused on the task laid out before him when he closed his eyes once more.

Returning to the soft snow covered inner world was now no longer a comfort or warmth to him this time. He walked forward drawing his zanpakuto from his side gripped tightly in his hand exposing the blade to the cold wind moving across from him. 

Yuki-Shi!!!! Show yourself!!!!......

He stood with his zanpakuto held in front of him, his reiatsu pushing outward moving the snow away from him in all directions. 

Ban-Kai!!!!!....Ame, TÅketsu Tengoku...

Wings of ice slowly took form over his back, his blade extending and turning into a bright shining white as the snow he stood on. The strands of indigo hair turning white, the red glow fighting his normally blue eyes changing them to its glowing red form. The snow near him took flight outward with his reiatsu moving around him as if enraged.

Back again after you left so quickly?

The pale girl drifted closer towards him from the sky the snowflakes drifting up into the sky parted by her immense power. She landed gently in front of Dante their reiatsu colliding fighting for space. 

Dante looked Yuki-Shi dead in the eyes. You caught me off guard before. I won't let that be the case this time. 

Yuki-Shi giggled sticking her tongue out at Dante. Do you think anything will change this time? 

Yuki-Shi vanished from Dante's sight, he turned his blade to his side before he moved it over his back blocking her hand placed over the blade. She was drifting upside down behind him.

I can see you.

Dante slowly turns before flash stepping behind her swing his blade down towards her back. Yuki-Shi vanished again just before the edge of the blade made contact with her exposed back reappearing on the ground where Dante stood.

Her voice changed as she began to speak, her dead eyes covered by a mask with black frozen blood running down her cheeks. 

I like the fire and determination coming from you Dante. I wonder though, Did you think that was my full speed? 

Yuki-Shi vanishes as Dante swings his blade back over his shoulder in front of him. The blade hit nothing but air as a small line of blood sprayed out from Dante's shoulder instantly freezing in the air with part of his shoulder. Dante quickly switches the sword to his other hand before the ice crawled down to his hand. He swung the sword hitting his frozen arm bloodstained ice falling from the kimono sleeve down to the snow below. Yuki-Shi drifted inches from the snow, Her smile was taunting, her face intimidating, staring up at Dante with a sword held in her small pale hand dragging in the snow below her. 

Do you still feel confident, reassured of your success in beating me. You might have gotten stronger my dear Dante but I have not just been hanging back looking on all this time. I won't let you have this power, you can try and try and try as you want, you're just not ready.

Dante took hold of his sword in both hands glaring back at Yuki-Shi in silence. Words he knew had no effect on her only having her play more games and distracting him clouding his mind. He gathered more reiatsu into his feet flash stepping towards her as their blades clashed sparks of light lit up the darkness. Dante removed his hand from his sword while the other gripped it tightly, his palm glowed brightly as a cero shot out from it covering Yuki-Shi and blasting into the snow, melted snow and steam rushing past his face as he squinted his eyes. The debris soon cleared as no trace of Yuki-Shi remained, Dante remained on guard his glowing eyes scanning the surroundings in search of her. The darkness lit up when a beam flew towards him, he had just enough time to swing himself out of the way before it passed by him. He looked back at the direction the beam came from before he felt a cold chill instantly turning around a beam brushing his kimono sleeve. Dante dropped down to the snow and pushed his reiatsu out closing his eyes focused on the flow of reiatsu flowing through the snow on the ground and in the air. He determined Yuki-Shi's position and held his palm out in the direction she was firing lances of ice out in a circle. The sound of it hitting its target made him rush towards it at speed but arriving there he found nothing. He focused once more he had multiple traces around him. 

Dante............. came from behind him. Dante..........Now in front........Dante.......above him this time......

You cant hope to track me like that. I know all your techniques and all your weaknesses. 

Dante opened his eyes waiting for the next attack to come from any direction. A sudden touch on his back made him move forward, ice slowly spreading from it. Dante turned in haste, a kick hitting him in the stomach he managed to block it just in time only moving a few feet back using all his strength to stop. Yuki-Shi was slightly surprised at Dante being able to stop the full force kick, he swung his sword in her direction as ice parted from the blade flying off it towards her at speed. She swings her self round in the air but some of the ice still managed to hit her in on the leg. She lost the grin on her face looking visibly angry at Dante.

You're really making me angry now Dante. I'm done playing games. Stop this childish tantrum and give up on this. I won't hold back anymore if you continue.      



To be continued 

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after drinking the liquid she felt refreshed and relaxed, though Dantes reiatsu was a bit uneasy she respected his determination on making himself stronger.

if there is a war, we both need to prepare. many would suffer whether they want to take a side or not. this gonna be ugly ... so we need to train hard. 

she decided to take a walk around to let Dante practice in peace That a carriage from cell 2 with a butler and two workers arrived. 

- Mam, we brought the equipment. where should we set up the camp? 

Aurora pointed at three trees bending a bit because of the recent fights and said :

- just under the trees, on the grass. 

the workers immediately moved and set up 2 grand tents and decorated them with comfortable beds, sofa, office desks, and chair,  closets of clothes, bathtubs with traveling water boiling machines, which was separated from rest of the huge tent with a partition plus two heavy boxes of potions and medicines which were set on the beautiful carpets on the floor. after an hour they were done. before they leave Aurora turned to the butler :

 -Don't forget to bring us the meals an hour earlier before the regular time at the mansion so our guests can have a proper meal on time. bring me the documents and letters every day and be careful not to lose anything. if a letter is top secret send a worker to me and I will personally come to Cell 2. 

butlers and workers bow and leave. Aurora looks back at Dante, his reiatsu was getting even more unstable and she knew why his inner fight was accelerating.

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There was a small device at the far end of her tent with two pedals to walk on and two handles for hands to hold. Aurora grabs the handle… she frowns as she immediately feels the absorption of her Reiatsu by the device.

-So … if I remember my lessons right… this thing can give me more Reiatsu…!

She climes the device and immediately feels the drain, she starts to run on it while grabbing the handles. it was harder than she thought. she could feel her fingers and toes are going cold and a cold sweat sat on her forehead.

-I will make myself stronger, no matter what !  by losing and gaining Reiatsu I can gain a higher amount of Reiatsu. I need to train from the basics , before learning any other technique. Yukiko is planning a test and I HAVE to pass . I MUST get stronger . I must !!!

Moon said Farwell to the night sky and dawn spread its huge skirt of twilight in the horizon, Aurora could see Dante still sitting on his stone, meditating with his sword spirit … or hollow. She couldn’t breathe well …

-just one more step…

As the pedal moves one more time … she falls down on the floor unconscious!

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warm hands of the sun touched her eyes when she finally opened her eyes after a few hours, it was around noon and she could see Dante on his stone far away. 

- he is so strong he is training with his spiritual power,... he had no food or drink and still his body can withstand this long ! he is really amazing.

Aurora was awake but couldn't move any muscle . after half an hour she could finally move her hand hardly up on a table near the bed and pull herself up, she took the Reiatsu regeneration potion which she had prepared already and drank it all.

the breakfast which butler has brought earlier was still on the table untouched. she took a piece of bread and looked at Dante, she felt guilty to eat without him but still didn't want to disturb his training.   

- if I want to be like him. I need to eat well. 

she convinced herself and ate a bit and went back to the machine.

her practice took another day, just before she notices sun sets and butlers brought lunch and dinner but Aurora didn't stop the training for any of the meals as Dante also was still in practice. seeing him all strong after two days eating nothing encouraged her even more made her put more energy and effort on her training. 

the moon rose up into the night sky again, and Aurora couldn't feel her legs and hands anymore but she was struggling to push herself as much as she can. she was satisfied that she could withstand the practice longer this time as it was the sunrise and she was still conscious but she had no feeling of her body anymore, slowly the breathing became harder for her  as her reiatsu was about to vanish that she saw a blurry picture of the butler in front of the tent's door before she falls unconscious  again . 

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The butler almost drop all he had in hand for breakfast and rushed to her calling her

- vice commander! 

he hastily grabbed another bottle of reiatsu regeneration from the honey table not far from the Machine and helped her to drink. she breathed deeply like someone who have just rescued from drowning, opening her eyes!  

-Thank you ... I am ok ... you may leave. 

- b..but vice commander. 

Aurora smiles and nods to butler reassuring him . he put a pillow under her head before standing to bow and leaves. Aurora looks out from the tents waving door and notices Dante, still sitting strong on his stone, though she could feel his reiatsu leaking more making a shaking mist around him he seemed all fine.  she smiles softly and forces herself to sit and moves a hand on the table to push herself up on her feet again . with shaking steps reach herself to the chair and sits at the table. 

after having a full breakfast she felt all fine, she didn't need to look outside to know Dante is still there training. his reiatsu was so strong all around the training ground. it was more than a motivation for her to climb the training machine again and push the pedals. 

the sun climbs the sky to the top and rolls down the western sky to sets down in another red dust. twilight didn't last long as the moon poured its silver rays in the night sky. both vizards were still training hard and neither the sky king nor the queen couldn't shake their attention and determination. another day begins and goes by with the same cycle. the butler brings the second dinner and picked up the untouched lunched plates from the table. Aurora couldn't breathe well and was wet in sweat. butler moved his words in the mouth, lingering around the table but in the end, just shook his head and left, he knew commander and vice commander of cell 2 were training hard for something big, letting them know that everyone in cell 2 are worried wouldn't make them feel better. he has ensured Alia that her brother is fine and they need peace to train. though the troublesome young Youta always tried to follow him to the training ground and guards could always catch him as he still didn't know how to hide his reiatsu and his excitement even made him more visible with his shaking vibes in the atmosphere. butler leaves knowing that Alia is waiting for him in front of the mansion he needed to make another happy story about Dantes training to cheer her up. 

not long after he left Aurora felt her breath is going to become even more unstable.

- I need to use the potion now, I shouldn't faint again. I don't have time for that. 

she reached for the table and with shaking hands opened up another bottle of the reiatsu regeneration and drank it all. not long after she felt better but not fully recovered as her reiatsu had been constantly draining by the machine but she was fine enough to continue her practice none stop for 3 days. it was 5 nights that she was on practice and she could feel her reiatsu getting stronger each day.  

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the sixth day was the weirdest of all she had many bottles of reiatsu beside her and as she felt being chucked she drank one immediately before falling unconscious, and it made her feel tired all the time. she had a good view to Dante that now after 6 days straight haven't moved an inch on his training rock and his reiatsu was all over the training ground moving grasses near the rock fly in a tornado around him. 

- after all these days he still has such a tremendous amount of reiatsu!

all these days Dante was his motivation, she had to use all the reiatsu regeneration bottles in one of the chests and now butlers had orders to bring another one but Dante was there training none stop without eating or using any of these regeneration potions, it made her to constantly admire him and therefore train even harder . 

on the sixth evening, she felt less tired as the morning, it was a strange feeling of having energy while your body is about to fall apart. she felt she could start all over and even practice for another week. it made her move the pedals harder and harder and go faster and faster.

moon once more danced with stars and hide in the horizon as the king of the seventh day shined upon its lands of its kingdom once more. Aurora felt full of energy and tired at the same time and Dantes reiatsu leaking around him made the rock freeze along with the grasses. the small particles of frozen grass were flying in the tenet now and then as his reiatsu had reached the camp and was slightly shaking the tents. the cold wind gave Aurora a slight shake on the shoulders. she remembered the first time she felt his reiatsu and it made her fall on the ground twisting and turning in pain and finally falling unconscious in the hallways of the cell 2 but now he could endure his reiatsu even though it was still so strong that gave her shivers even from that far distance. the more she felt the coldness the more reasons for her to train more she wanted to withstand his reiatsu and never fall on her knees again . if she could raise his reiatsu in a level that could withstand Dantes, then she could finally end this training.

she pushed harder on the pedals as the sun rolled down the western horizon once more. she could barely breath when the moon reached the highest in the sky. it was midnight when she finally felt she is about to faint and she drank her last bottle of reiatsu. she climbed down the machine and with shaking hands grabbed a sit and sat on it. an unnatural strong wind blew into the tent. it was so strong that it could take the tents off the ground. Aurora walked out of the tent, it was Dantes strong reiatsu that was turning into an ice storm all around the training ground. her long hair was shaking and moving all around her with the force of the wind. she felt worried for Dante, as she didn't know what kind of practice he is taking. but the strong reiatsu all around must mean that he is putting his all on this technique, suddenly the fact that she is standing there in Dantes strong reiatsu force made her feel proud for the very first time after entering soul society. she knew it meant that she had developed her own reiatsu power at a very high level that now she can withstand the tremendous amount of reiatsu all around. she smiled though she was worried for Dante, she respected his abilities and experience in training and also his honor to leave him to practice on his own and didn't interfere.  standing under the moonlight, watching silver frozen grasses flying all around the training ground made her feel finally ready to train with Yukiko again . she was ready for her test.  

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 Aurora walked back to her training spot, in front of Dante. walking in his storm was not as hard as before for her and she wanted to test her own new amount of reiatsu as well. 

soon she closed her eyes while keeping Yukiko in hands and opened her eyes in the black world of inside. Yukiko walked out of the dark as the purple mist around her was shining. 

- hmmm, where did you get all that power? 

she smirked.

- no time for chit chat, I am here for your test.

- ah... why are you always so offensive? isn't it because of your insecurity? 

she smiled in a way that Aurora felt being humiliated and looked down upon which made her fist her hand in anger. 

- truth!! ... is bitter and painful. the fact that you are angry is because you are resisting to face your true self. she pauses for a second then continues: tell me how many times have you ever looked at the mirror all naked?

her smile had vanished and was looking at Aurora with her eyes half open as her long white lashes were shadowing her light gray eyes. Aurora frowns :

- what is this nonsense? what are you talking about?

- something really simple. 

she walks softly closer and stands in front of her. looked down on her deep dark brown eyes as she was taller than Aurora but like always Aurora didn't step back, looking straight into Yukiko's eyes which had a soft look in her eyes that made her heavy words even sharper. 

- can you look at yourself, naked from all masks you built to hide your weaknesses behind ? are you brave enough to face your true face? or at least to dig back to your greatest regret ? to what you blame yourself for? can you open your eyes on your worst nightmare? something that you preferred to forget rather than facing it? are you ready .... she suddenly grabs Aurora's arms .... to remember?

Auroras eyes widen in pain as Yukiko dug her nails on her arms. so many pictures flash in front of her eyes. Yukiko's huge reiatsu was mixing with hers, making a huge purple whirlwind around them, moving Aurora's hair all around. 

she was there . in that horrible night. she was holding on the burned body of her twin sister or what was left of her. she cried in misery looking up in the sky as tears were running down her cheek. she was calling on Gods, asking for help and there was no angel to help or no voice as an answer! have Gods abandoned her and the village?  then suddenly a thought made her gasp for a second. the one who had abandoned the village was her. she was not there when it all happened . she was watching Auroras on the hills. and still, among fire and smoke, those Auroras was still up in the sky, hanging above her like nothing had happened down on the earth. suddenly a dark figure stood upon her tearful gaze to the night sky. she cleans her tears and sees the most hideous creature she had ever seen. a hollow was standing right behind her and before she can scream it attacks and kills her. 

Aurora screams in tears and looks around with fear as she was breathing heavily. Yukiko still had her arms in her hands.

- what is your greatest regret Aurora?

Aurora couldn't talk in shock and tears. 

- wrong answer!

she disappears suddenly in a purple smoke just then in the far end of the black horizon a figure appears, a pale girl with the same face of Aurora was looking at her.

- oneechan!

Aurora's throat goes dry as she hears her sister calling on her . 

- .... Ay...Ayaka ...!

Another hot tear rolls down her cheek as she falls on her knees. the figure moves slowly to Aurora .

- I needed you. where were you? 

- I'm sorry Ayaka! I'm sorry I couldn't make it in time !!! if only.... if only...! 

tears didn't let Aurora talk more as she was shaking and had put her both hands on the ground keeping herself from falling !

- If only you were there. no one would die. why did you leave us oneesan?






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Dante was still seated on the rock lost in his inner world training he was now so closed off to the outside world he had lost touch with time. Inside the battle raged on with Yuki-Shi as she stood within the center of a raging storm facing Dante. Her Anger was boiling over at Dante's disregard to head her warnings and continual pressure to make her give him his true power. The white blade grasped in both their hands was still shining brightly out into the dark sky the only beacons of light for as far as the eye could see. Frost was formed all over Dante's kimono hanging from every piece of cloth exposed to its touch, He stood firm in the raging blizzard still just as eager to defeat Yuki-Shi and take his true power and ready himself for the upcoming war. 

I won't stop Yuki-Shi. I won't let you keep it from me. Are you really that scared that my power would finally exceded yours? 

The frost seems to have clouded your judgment, Dante. You have lost yourself in this quest for power. 

Well then, I think I will be the judge of that myself. I don't need you to keep looking after me like I am some child that needs to be saved or protected.

Dante released more of his spiritual pressure forcing it up to its upper limits extending his sword out towards Yuki-Shi. Spiritual pressure swirled at its tip as a cero formed mixing with the ice gathering at its core growing larger and larger warping the world with its power. 

What are you doing Dante, that won't work on me. 

You seem to be misunderstanding, Yuki-Shi.

No, you can't.... Have you completely lost your mind. 

Yuki-Shi lowered her sword and placed her open hand towards Dante. She shifted her weight and her eyes grew wide as if she knew exactly what Dante was up to. 

Dante. She called out to him. Stop this now!!!!!!

The cero fusion was out of control at this point. The sheer weight of it turning around growing larger and more powerful with every second. Dante was no longer visible behind it and the screech coming from it was overwhelming with its intensity. Dante was breathing heavily, the toll of constant fighting was weighing heavily on him. He forced every ounce of strength into this last attack a gamble to end it all. He knew the risks and he felt terrible for once again having to resort to such means even though he knew that it could end in nothing but disaster. He completed the attack and closed his eyes taking what exhausted breaths he could trying to keep the power under control, shaking, feeling crushed under its force. 

Time to end this. We will finally find out which one of us has the right to rule. 

Dante had a painful smile on his face. He gathered what power he could under his feet before flash stepping forwards toward Yuki-Shi the cero fusion shot from the blade as he arrived within striking distance before exploding engulfing them both as he closed his eyes at the last second. The pain and screams followed the explosion outwards before the pain covered his whole body burning, freezing and ripping his kimono and body. He fell from the air as the white blade shattered into pieces leaving a trail behind him as he crashed down into the snow below. 

Dante opened his eyes slightly having no feeling or control over his bloodied body covered in snow and ice. The hilt of the sword still grasped in his hand in front of him as he looked at what little remained of it. his eyes stopped glowing his attempt to shield himself using his wings had little effect as he recalled the last few seconds of battle. He drifted off into a dream as he lost consciousness.

Back in the real world, the reiatsu spread out from his body creating a shock wave with everything near Dante freezing the rock he was sitting on vanished only a crater left in its place and him lying in it bloody and frozen almost completely covered in a frozen crystal. His skin was blue and dark mixed with the blood covering parts of him behind the ice.  


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  Ayaka was standing 20 steps away from Aurora looking at her with blame. Aurora bows even lower her tears running down her cheeks like a river. 

- I couldn't see you sacrificing yourself for me Ayaka chan!  

her sister chuckles softly.

-sacrifice? Do you think it was a sacrifice? To marry for ending a war is not a sacrifice! It’s a duty oneesan !

Auroras eyes go wide tears were falling down on the black ground. She bends her head, bowing even lower as her hands were on the ground, her long hair slides down her shoulders exposed white skin of her neck.

-Kill me now oneechan. I can not ask for forgiveness!

A harsh male voice responded :

-the pleasure of killing you should be mine!

Aurora looks up.

-Kakeru Zabatsu ?!



there were no sign of her sister but a tall thin man with green short hair was pointing his arrow towards her with his drawn bow. He shouts:

-Do you think you could easily disrespect Zabatsu family? what ? you think we are as dumb as YOUR pathetic human clan? Your spiritual pressure was totally different from your sister, even the dumbest Quency could feel that ! now you thought only because you look like your sister you can trick us?

Aurora gasps  :

-Quincy !?

She wanted to stand up but she could n’t, it was like she was frozen on her place. He lowers his voice and as he was walking closer, continues with a smirk :

Well yeah! Don’t tell me you didn’t know ? we caught your brother spying on us, my father was so generous that didn’t kill him right away . he thought he could make an alliance so we kept him alive to gain what? Another lie ! anyway … Isamu clan paid the price! but unfortunately, as father asked we had to let the hollows to do the job

he bends to whisper in Aurora's ear :

 I wish I could taste your sweet blood on my arrow after killing you by my own hands... Aya Isamu.



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Aurora's shoulders shook in anger, she screamed and draw her blade as she jumped backward in a swift move. She shouts with a shaking voice :

-You murderers killed innocent people!

She attacks to him as he dodged and jumped over a burning roof. it was her old village in flames and she could hear screams with pain all around as her people were dying.

-Can you hear it Aya? The symphony of revenge!

He draw his bow and shooted three arrows of blue light to her which she dodged two of them and blocked one with the sword. she took her sword's handle tighter in hand :

-I am going to bath in your blood Kakeru! “ In your mind the cleverest confusion: a slowly unfolding delusional illusion. “

her swords change into a red long sword

-“ Senka! ( flash blossom ) .

she appears behinds him and she wilds her sword right into his chest. But it had no effect on him like crossing your sword over a shadow! He laughed and draw his arrow on her forehead with his big threatening smile.

-Farewell dead spirit!

-Senka. (flash blossom )

Aurora appears on a tree branch beside the house. as his arrow hits a house and makes a huge explosion which caused all building to collapse. the dust and sand mix with the smoke and fire in the air!

-Aya Isamu, is running away the only fighting technique your father thought you?

-Shut your filthy mouth! “Onmitsu”(after image )

She rushes towards him and makes 3 after images around him attacking him at the same time. he smirks and jumps in the air easily . his bow glows brighter in blue light as he shoots. in a blink of an eye, all images get a powerful arrow in the chest which throws them all back in the air as they disappear. Aurora's dodge wasn’t fast enough to avoid the arrow so the arrow hits her left shoulder and throws her back on the ground with a strong force causing a deep hole on the ground around the point of impact.

Aurora hardly stands. it felt like all her Reiatsu is draining into the arrow on her shoulder, she takes it out with a painful shout and it vanishes in the air as her blood jumps out. Kakeru lands on the roof of the opposite house, facing Aurora.

-I am disappointed! I heard Isamu clan had the best warriors!

“ he looks around “

-so is THIS how you fight? Screaming in fear and pain,

“ his eyes fix on Aurora “

-covered in your own blood and dust of your own houses?

Aurora breath deeply in rage, holds the handle of her sword with both hands, her reiatsu was moving around her like a huge purple fire it runes down on her sword made it glow in amethyst color. the amount of energy in the sword made it heavy and it was like the sword was alive and roaring. it was moving in the heavy waves of reiatsu! her zanpakuto had absorbed and condenses Auroras reiatsu at the tip of the blade in the shape of a strong amethyst light which made it difficult for people to see the sword or Aurora's arms. she shouts in anger :


Kakerus eyes go wide as she swang the sword down with all her power! the sword releases all the energy with great force in the shape of a purple boomerang or wave which turned in a high speed that creates a hollowed circle of amethyst light for the eye. Creates a large scale of damage and destruction and destroys everything in its way to reach Kakeru . all the houses fall into pieces and even the ground cracks open in its way.

In the real world, a huge amount of amethyst reiatsu and energy burst out of Aurora causes the strong Ice around Dante and Aurora and a huge space around them in the training ground breaks and shatters into pieces.

In the inner world, Aurora couldn’t move and her hands were shaking and she was breathing deeply . all the world around her disappears as they all turn into smoke and fade in the darkness and purple mist. Yukiko walks toward Aurora,:

-my-my! you discovered Amejisutoburedo ( amethyst blade).

Aurora stumbles and keeps herself from falling by her sword. The pictures of the fresh memories were still in her mind. she couldn’t collect herself yet!

-hmmm, I train you, princess. You proved that you are worthy of my power.

These words gave her slight relieving feelings which made her fall unconscious still holding on her sword.

She wakes up in the real world, Dante was laying down on a crater covered in particles of shattered ice. Aurora wondered what happened to the stone and she was worried if she is responsible for all the destruction and if she had hurt Dante, she didn't want to hurt anybody else, especially not him. there was no sign of the storm of his spiritual energy. small little pieaces of ice were everywhere like a weird snow! She was breathing hardly and she couldn’t move or talk, just looking around at the frozen valley and the little diamond like small particles of ice all around. It was sundown and shattered ice reflected the golden rays of the sun in a mystical soothing way. The memories were still there and she didn’t know what should she do now with her new identity and the fact that she herself caused her whole clan to die ! the only thing she could understand was the painful feeling of guilt and revenge which made a heavy feeling on her chest.


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Dante..... Wake up... How long do you plan to remain in the snow like that?

Dante heard the voice it was strange it felt familiar but also strange. He opened his eyes the broken blade was still in his hand and the first thing his blurry eyes good focus on. He looked up the unknown figure stood looking back at him.


Who are you?

Well, I guess my appearance is something strange to you. I find it hard to accepting it myself. The truth is, this is the combination of Yuki-Shi and my powers fused together. You finally freed me, Dante. I dare say it took you long enough idiot.

Dante remained quiet before turning on to his back and staring up at the sky.

I see so I managed to survive in the end. 

Just barely you hotheaded fool.

Could you spare me your insults? 

Well, I think its a side effect of my change. This is new to me.

She looked her self over and held the strange scythe by two hands out in front of her.

What is up with the scythe?

Oh, this? Mmmmm I guess you never knew this is the true form of your unlocked power.

She swings the scythe round her dancing in the snow before the scythe crashed down on the hilts tip in Dante's hand before the hilt shattered. 

There you go. 

A small smile covered her face. The blade was now restored and had a bright glow to it as if it never shattered at all. 

Dante, you never completely mastered my powers. You see Yuki-Shi was right your power was incomplete. I know you could feel it deep down, could you not?

Are we playing a game again? I am really not feeling up to it. 

The smile faded from her face as she stood firm. 

Once an idiot, always an idiot. 

Dante coughed, drenched in sweat and wounds.

So what do I call you? 

Mmmmm, I wonder about that. 

She stood looking up in thought at the snow raining down on them. 

How about Ame, Yuki-shi..... Yes, I like the combination. Rain, snow death. Fits me don't you think?  

You always had a weird name before. I guess this one is no different. 

She stood with an angry puffy face looking down at Dante.

I see even a near-death experience is not enough to change your rudeness.  

I guess not.

Dante closed his eyes and placed his arm over his face. 

So what happens now? I can't feel much of my body. What is going on?

I managed to buy you some time. Your body in the real world is frozen in crystal ice to keep you from dying after you nearly killed yourself. 

Well, I had a plan. And it worked in the end.

You mean you winged it, just like you always do. Now get up Dante.

Do you think I was lying when I said I could not feel my body?

You got to get up. You will die if you don't. So get up. 

Dante slowly rolled and moved his hands under him pushing himself up trying to get on his feet. He finally manages to get himself up and stood taking heavy breaths looking like he was pulled through a meat grinder. Ame, Yuki-shi threw the scythe towards Dante, he barely managed to catch it using it to keep himself from falling over. 

Now, Dante, that is not a walking stick. 

Dante felt the incredible power from the scythe grasped in his hand burning his touch the cold traveling up his bleeding arm felt like there was no stopping it.

Do you feel the difference now? Not the same as before. Does it burn? Does the endless cold grip at your heart?

Dante did not answer he was so focused on trying to control the overflowing power with the little power he could force himself to use. He took hold of the scythe with both hands his feet buckling under him. 

What is wrong Dante? This is your power why do you shake and fear it so much. This is what you wanted. Focus your mind, Dante, feel the power and make peace with it let it flow through you and stop resisting it. The less you resist it the faster this will go. 

Dante loosened his grip and slowly let the power reign free moving into him. The power was so intense it felt as if every pulse of it crushed him with its weight. He felt like he had no control over it at all a feeling he hated and that hatred was holding him back. 

Let go Dante. Let it all go!!!!! Do it now!!!!!!

Dante's eyes turned red with a blue glow circling his outer eyes. He fell to his knees and screamed out violently as the blinding blue and white light surrounded him. He was on laying on the snow with the scythe held in his hand barely conscious. 

Ame, Yuki-Shi walked closer and stood over him before moving her face closer to his. 

Well done Dante. You managed to pull through. Now rest........




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Dante opened his eyes. The training ground was devastated by his and Aurora's Training. Dante felt as if he had changed as if a blindfold had been removed from his eyes letting him truly see for the first time. Dante could feel the power coursing through his fingertips as he rubbed his thumb over them. He looked up and felt

Aurora's spiritual pressure has changed significantly. 

What power. I am not the only one that found something different within. 

Dante turned towards Aurora. He walked towards her. 

How are you feeling? We both had a hard time judging by the condition the training ground is in. I can feel a change in you. Your power is truly something. I can feel it.  

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