Chapter 4: Memories of Dark Times (Part 2)
(Yamaguchi Village, Streets, One Year after Shinsei's Death)
Feet pounded across the stonework as the Plus woman ran, scared out of her mind as the Shinsei chased after her, his hunger unending. His claws scraped and clawed the ground as he ran on all fours after her, his yellow eyes devoid of compassion or caring, just anger and rage. He had been stalking this girl for a few hours now, feeling particularly cautious today.
However, now Shinsei had been seen when she passed a shadow and saw his figure, and his instincts flipped to kill. His mind kept screaming garbled words of hunger and killing, eagerness in it as he chased her down. However, the woman was fast, darting down side paths as he leaped, and letting her put distance between them.
However, as she slowed a little to turn, the Hollow demon took advantage of this and went into action. He leaped up off the earth, jumping onto a tree and using it as a rebound, flying over the Plus lady and landing in her path, his claws digging down and making him skid some. The woman skidded to a halt, fear in her eyes as Shinsei crept closer, homing in on the kill.
"Bakkudo Number 4: Hainawa!" A voice calls out, surprising both the woman and Shinsei. A rope of crackling yellow energy shoots out around his arms and torso, restraining them and immobilizing him as he growls and roars in anger. He struggled and strained against the bindings as a man, dressed in black garb and carrying a sword, appears in front of the woman, acting like a shield.
"You will not touch any more Pluses, Hollow!"
(Shinsei's POV, Yamaguchi Village)
The black figure in front of him kept yelling, confusing and angering Shinsei. Even with his limited intellect, he could make a simple conclusion in his mind as the figure brandished the sword: this thing was keeping him from food. Remove the thing, get to the food. It's stomach grumbled at the thought, and he began to growl, his arms beginning to press outwards against the yellow light chain that held it.
He struggled and strained more, snapping and breaking being heard as the Kido was being destroyed. The black figure held their weapon at the ready, and charged Shinsei, yelling himself. He was getting closer and closer, the metal of his zanpakuto shining in the light of the pale moon.
With a heave, the rope shattered, and he jumped back as the sword came down, missing where his head had been a moment before. Growling louder now, his spiritual pressure unconsciously rose as he stood tall, casting a shadow over the Shinigami, the obstacle that must be destroyed.
With that, Shinsei roared, before charging at the black-garbed man, claws, teeth and tail bared as he descended, intent to kill and maim the thing that stood in his way. Nothing would keep him from his meal.
(Yamaguchi Village, Normal POV)
The Shinigami raised his blade as Shinsei charged, blocking as a claw came down to behead him. Grunting, he slid back, his brown eyes narrowing as he raised a hand for another spell.
"Hado Number 4: Byakurai!" He yells, and a bolt of lightning surges from his hand towards the Hollow. However, its movements are fast, sliding out of the way of danger before charging in, striking at the man's blade and making him grit his teeth. Shinsei roars again, his tail lashing out and attempting to blindside the man. Unfortunately for him, the Shinigami notices too late, and can't dodge in time as his shoulder is stabbed through. He yells in pain, slicing off the tail and making Shinsei roar in agony as well, jumping away from the man.
Panting and grunting in pain, he pulls out the tail from his shoulder, glaring at Shinsei, who's snarling in rage. However, bubbling from the tail makes him stop, and he glances up as his tail regenerates, a new bladed tip formed. For a moment, he paused, examining it as a dull flicker of intelligence told him that he could heal, and he turned his head back to the Shinigami. Blood dripped from the tip of the new tail, and for a moment instincts took over.
Flicking the blood off the tail at the Shinigami, the black-robed man's eyes widened as the blood hardened, becoming little spears that impaled him in the gut. His eyes widened in disbelief and shock, as he dropped to his knees, failing to comprehend the pain from the spears ripping his organs up. He looked back up, and a claw sliced through his neck, ending his suffering and dropping the man to the ground.
Shinsei roared in victory, looking around for his meal, before snarling as she had run away. Angry and put-off, he looked down, and smelled the blood coming from the Shinigami, before digging into the freshly-made corpse. Food was food, and as he tore through flesh and sinew, he felt his hunger grow more than it did from eating normal food.
Growling at the new level his appetite was at, he began to look around and smell out for food when a new scent caught his attention. it smelled...different, like he did. Slowly, he turned, walking forwards towards the new scent, into the forest. He could smell other black-robed things coming closer, but right now he was enthralled with this new scent.
Stopping just at the top of a small hill, he smelled the air, and blinked as the world seemed to tear itself open, and a creature like him lumbering out of the space. This one was more like a centipede, clicking large pincers as it noticed Shinsei, and went over to him carefully.
"I didn't realize that their was another Hollow around, but I can sense the Shinigami closing in so I can understand why. Well, if you are simply going to stand there, instead why don't you help me eliminate the Shinigami?" The centipede asks in a deep voice, making Shinsei cock his head.
Something about that other thing...smelled good to Shinsei. It made him even hungrier, feeling his own mouth salivating. The centipede Hollow was too busy focusing on the Shinigami that were coming to notice the hungry stares, or that Shinsei crept closer.
With a snarl, the demonic-looking Hollow moved, slicing deep into the body of the centipede, making it roar in pain. Wheeling on it's unexpected foe, claws and a tail slashed out, cutting through it's mask, breaking it apart and wounding it greatly. It still wasn't dead yet, the mask holding together some as it spit out a poison. Shinsei moved out of the way as it splashed on the rocks and trees, corroding them rapidly.
"I'll make you pay for striking me, filthy bastard!" The centipede screamed, spitting more acid as it's wounds began to heal. Shinsei kept dodging them all, moving fast around his next meal, something he had an advantage of. With a few strikes, he clawed more into the creatures body and mask, making it roar in pain again, before rearing it's head back for a large spray of poison.
That rearing, however, also opened his stomach up to attack, where Shinsei moved in, clawing out his stomach with two strikes. Pain coursed through him, and the centipede Hollow fell over, only for it's head to be severed by the victorious demon. Growling, Shinsei began to devour his new-found meal, all the while the Shinigami got closer.
Voices began to be heard, just as the monstrous beast finished up the meat, growling in satisfaction. However, the drive for more was still there...he needed more of these things. Remembering the air opening up, Shinsei raised a palm on instinct, and reiatsu unconsciously coursed out of it.
The air itself split, revealing only darkness to the Hollow. However, that didn't bother it, as more food layed upon the other end for it. It had to have more, it's hunger must be satiated. With a growl, did he walk into the void, it closing behind him as the Shinigami arrived, finding scraps of the dead Hollow and the small battlefield, not a trace of Shinsei around.
(Hueco Mundo, Sands)
The quiet, eternal night of Hueco Mundo gave way as the air split, and Shinsei emerged, his feet lands on the sands. Looking around slowly, and sniffing the air, his body shivered as it felt more energy than before fill it, like the air itself was charging him. Growling, he smelled more food all around him, the area teeming with prey for him.
Growling, he began to walk towards the closest smell, his stomach growling.
He was getting even hungrier, he must have food soon.