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Karin Kurosaki was no different then any other athletic seventeen year old. Sure, she could see ghosts and her brother was a Shinigami, but that's just the way life was. Karin had grown up with weird stuff going on all around her. Her father was a perfect example! He would talk to the poster of his dead wife as though there were actually some way for her to respond. Isshin accused her of being cold; she preferred the term pragmatic. She was captain of her school's soccer team, which meant she needed to be realistic when it came to setting goals and meeting them. Having a father who conversed with a poster was neither practical nor normal.

Beginning to stretch, she waited for her teammates to arrive, one of whom had the soccer balls. The field was quickly set up and everyone else went about doing their own warm ups as Karin studied the clip board that had the schedule for that days practice attached to it. Halfway through practice, however, she began to feel uneasy. Shivers began traveling up and down her spine for no reason. She covertly glanced around, looking to see if the source of the unsettling feelings were from humans or another source. Seeing nothing, she turned her attention back to the practice and prayed that whatever was coming would hold off until after the other girls had left.

She was pleased to see that her prayers had been answered as the last girl jogged away from the field, heading home for dinner. Karin would have been doing the same, but she wanted to be out in the open when whatever it was arrived. She had even gone ahead and kept the soccer balls, just in case it was what she thought it was. Sure enough, not two minutes after the last girl's footfalls had faded away, a low rumble reverberated through her feet. Jumping backward, she barely missed being grabbed by a large, clawed hand.

As the dust cleared, Karin was able to make out the familiar, horrifying shape of a Hollow. Its masked face leered evilly as it crouched before her. Karin narrowed her eyes, watching for any movement which would alert her to its attack. It, however, seemed more inclined to make small talk then to actually get on with it. "So you are Kurosaki's sister.... Impressive. Not many would have been able to avoid me that easily." It sniffed the air, and, if it were possible, the leer got bigger. Karin stayed loose, ready to move at a the first sign of trouble. "You smell wonderful...In fact, you smell rather like one of them...like a Shinigami. I know you aren't though...huh...must be the smell rubbing off on you....Now hold still like a good girl and let me see how marvelous you taste!" And with that, he lunged. Karin had been waiting all during his one sided conversation, so it wasn't that difficult for her to skip out of the way. She stayed loose, dodging his attacks easily enough. It hadn't expected her to do so well at avoiding him. It'd basically told her that already.

She figured her brother or Rukia would show up eventually and get rid of the thing; she didn't foresee any problem holding him off until them. That was, until she felt the second one coming. She sighed. 'Crap,' she said to herself. 'I didn't want to ruin a soccer ball, but...I suppose it can't be–'. Her  train of thought abruptly stopped. Not only was it another Hollow, it had something grasped in one large, clawed hand. "Yuzu!" she called, stopping in her sidestepping just a second too long. She was flying through the air before it even registered that she'd been hit. Landing in a ball, her hands stung and her arms ached from the sudden landing. She rolled over just in time to avoid being grabbed. Hurriedly, she faced both of Hollows.

So the first one had been stalling so its partner would be able to get Yuzu… Karin's hands clenched over her abused palms and her breathing deepened. Her younger twin was her responsibility! She had failed to keep Yuzu safely away from the Hollows. Karin's eyes locked onto her twin and never wavered, even as the first hollow rushed her. Not taking her eyes off her sister, she moved faster than the creature could blink, reappearing in front of its friend. Her brother and the other Shinigamis did something like that, but she'd never paid too much attention to it. In fact, looking back, she couldn't have explained how she'd done it. She'd merely wanted to get to her sister, and there she was.

The surprised Hollow before her took a half-step back, and Karin launched herself up in the air, planting a round house to the side of his head. Grabbing Yuzu as her captor fell, she disappeared again. Coming to a stop behind a row of trees a mile away or so, she lay her sister down. She didn't want her to get hurt by any flying Hollow parts. She was breathing, it just looked as though she'd fainted. Standing back up, Karin looked towards the soccer field. This time she wasn't going to just run away. She wasn't going to wait for her brother, either. She was tired of being rescued. This time, she would handle the situation. Taking a running leap, she reappeared before the two Hollows, who were rolling their heads around, trying to find her scent.

Karin didn't even say anything as both of the Hollows turned towards her. She felt her hair ruffle up a little in the wind before she remembered that there was no wind. Indeed, the air was perfectly calm. That couldn't be right, though. Her hair was most definitely moving. As she stood there, a soft ringing sound came to her. As the noise grew louder, the petite figure of a young woman appeared before her. "You have need of me, correct?" came the questioning voice of the being before her.

"Who are you?" Karin asked, watching the two Hollows approach in slow motion behind her.

"I'm…well, I'm your zanpakuto," said the girl, a little hesitantly.

"I think you've got the wrong person," said Karin, moving her eyes back and forth between the ghost image and the nightmares.

"But, that's not possible!" she said, her eyes narrowing slightly and her brow furrowing. "I've always been inside you…So how can I not be your zanpakuto?"

"Look," was Karin's answer, "I don't know who you are, but if you really are a zanpakuto, could you help me out here?"

Glancing over her shoulder, the young woman took in the two creatures quickly, "I don't think that would be a problem…And that way, we can protect your sister, correct?" Her desire to help, even though Karin had not been too kind, made the human feel slightly guilty.

Nodding her head, she watched as the brunette before her held a hand towards her. On the palm and traveling down her wrist, she could see a design drawn in red. A small ball of fire appeared there after a moment or two.

"Now what?" Karin asked.

"You pick it up. Simple as pie, correct?" came the answer, the girls head cocked to one side.

"Right," Karin said as she tentatively reached out and touched the fire. As the girl began fading away, she asked, "But…Now what?"

"Just say my name!"

"But you didn't tell me your name!" Karin was getting a little panicked now.

"You already know it. All you have to do is remember, correct?" the voice was so soft now, she could barely make it out.

As she opened her mouth to argue, three words popped into her head. Did she really know the name already. As the Hollow was nearly upon her now, she decided to try. "Arise, Honoo Fennikusu!" At the words, the little ball of flame shot out into a red hot projection that instantly solidified into the thinnest sword Karin had ever seen. Just managing to move away from the Hollow's fist, she spun around and jumped, slashing the sword towards its mask. Cracking it in two, she watched as it began to dissolve away. From there, she whirled and rushed at the other grotesque form, driving her sword into its forehead.

Only after the two Hollows had disappeared did she notice something extra about the sword in her hand. Wrapped loosely around the hilt and her fingers and traveling up her arm, was a bright crimson ribbon. Holding it to her upper arm was a slim gold armband, and at her wrist there were three bangles.

"You are happy, correct?" asked the woman as she materialized once again in front of Karin. She was still ghostly, but at least Karin wasn't having to watch Hollows through her anymore.

Karin could only nod, as she stared at the sword in her hand. Was there something up with her family? How come both she and Ichigo could wield a zanpakuto. Remembering her manners at last, she bowed towards the woman and said, "Thank you very much for your help. That could have gotten very ugly if you hadn't shown up."

"I'm part of you Karin," said the woman, her eyes smiling along with her mouth. "I'm still learning, but I do know this: I would be a very bad zanpakuto if I let you die when I could do something to assist." Her form began fading away once again, the bangles on her right arm catching the light as she did so.

It was at that moment she felt them. Several seconds later, three heads came into view. "Karin!" her brother yelled as he reached the field. Rukia and the other runner, who proved to be Renji, were close behind. They all came to a dumbfounded stop, however, when they were confronted with an empty field and Karin Kurosaki wielding a very thin, very sharp zanpakuto. "Karin?!" stuttered Ichigo, "Wha..what?! Where did you get that?"

Karin sighed, rolling her eyes. "I thought you were the Shinigami! Aren't you the one who's supposed to be explaining this to me? Anyway, I'm hungry, let's go get Yuzu so that we can have dinner...I just did a full soccer practice and dealt with two Hollows...I think I deserve something sweet-and-sour." And with that, she looked down at her hand, the sword, glowing red orange, disappeared. For a moment, the same markings on the woman's hand were etched onto her own. They then slowly faded away, along with the sound of a faint tinkling, as of bells.
Well, this chapter has now been completely redone. Hopefully it sounds better and flows more naturally than before.

Honoo Fenikkusu is Japanese for Phoenix Fire or Flame Phoenix. Hence the title, "Arise, Burning Phoenix."

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Figerox Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011
Awesome *-*
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animegirl-94 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I like it so far, can't wait for the next. Karin acting nonchalant about the zanpakuto "Let's just go eat something" xD Love it, great work :)
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greeneyesandglasses Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for commenting ^.^ I just redid parts of the chapter, but I did leave that part in. It just seems too much like something she and Ichigo would say!
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animegirl-94 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah it does seem like something they would say, they both have an uncaring attitude depending on the situation, but yeah they are all portrayed spot on :')
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blood-bleachlover Featured By Owner May 28, 2010
i hope u put up a next chapter !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1 this is gr8 ^.^
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greeneyesandglasses Featured By Owner May 30, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! This is one of those stories that comes in spurts, apparently :D
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blood-bleachlover Featured By Owner May 30, 2010
huh? dont understand, i dont have a big vocabulary
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greeneyesandglasses Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
My muse doesn't always talk to me...She's been quiet where this story is concerned for awhile :D
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KyawaiReeni-chan Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2008
oh you should write more!ur zanpakuto is somuch original and creative than other fanfics! and i kinda like it how she didnt become a shinigami! i cant wait till the next chapter...if there is one..please i hope there is ^_^
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greeneyesandglasses Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the lovely comment! I wanted something a little different for her...something that maybe hadn't been seen before. We'll see how her new powers progress :D Thanks again!
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KyawaiReeni-chan Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2008
You're welcome! yes i hate it when people make her have fire because Toushiro(who they usually pair her up with) has ice, and they copy his bankai or you know, she will have a fire dragon..=w= but when i read this, i was very suprised yet interested because it was so unigue!! Im totally supporting you in another chapter ^__^ If you don't mind, can i draw a picture for this, because when i read it, i really want to draw it!
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greeneyesandglasses Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Go ahead and draw it if you want to :D I have no issue with that! Just link me if you put it up here so that I may go and admire it!
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KyawaiReeni-chan Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2008
okay!! ..but it will take a long time...i've still got my hopes for the next chapter!!
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foreverM Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2008  Student Filmographer
ah! why did it end?!
its very interesting! cant wait for it to continue!
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greeneyesandglasses Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
:lol: Thanks for the comment! ^)__(^ I'm glad that you liked it; hopefully I'll get some more ideas soon for this particular story :D How will Hitsugaya react to this, I wonder...:mwahaha:
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foreverM Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2008  Student Filmographer
looool!! yeah thats what im wondering too:P
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greeneyesandglasses Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Again --> :mwahaha: :rofl:
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