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AU Fan-fiction. *It is somewhat before the fullbring arc, but not entirely. It relates to Bleach, but not at the same time. I think if you read you'll understand.

A/N: Rukia is visiting Ichigo in a Gigai aka faux body.

This is my second fan-fiction, and I'll try my best to update frequently, but I'm not really good at all that stuff. Sorry if you actually like my story. If you can critique that would be awesome! I really need all the critiques I can get.

Shout out to my onee-chan for editing this! xp

So… um thanks for checking out my story! :D I hope you like it!

Chapter 1: The Rabbit at the Grave

The rain fell as heavy heart beats on the rough envy green grass. Thump. Thump. Thump. They fell from a brown, sad sky that only saw his happiness fading away. He couldn't comprehend what was happening right in front of him.

His mother lay on top of him. "Mom. Mom." Ichigo tried to get his mom to wake up, but something was wrong. He looked up to his mother's face, which had grown pale. Her eyes had turned dull, and worn, as if they had seen their last moment.

Ichigo knew he could call out to his mom all he wanted, but she would never come back.

Ichigo woke up with a start. Sweating and panting a bit he tore off the sheets that clung to him like a baby to his mother. Eyes wide and startled he sat up abruptly and calmed down. He had been dreaming about her again.

'I should visit her grave.' Ichigo thought suddenly out of the blue.

He got out of bed and started to get dressed. Then he realized something. Rukia wasn't here.

'Huh, I wonder where that shorty went. Oh well, it's not my concern.'

He checked the time. It was 7:30 in the morning. 'I have enough time to go visit my mom. I hope Rukia doesn't freak out when she realizes that I'm not home.'

He headed out the front door quietly. He made it outside and breathed a sigh of relief. 'Thank Goodness that no one woke up, especially dad.'

He walked along the road to get to the cemetery. Sometimes he went without his family. It felt more peaceful as he walked alone, surrounded by the ghosts of his past.

He had finally gotten to the cemetery where his mother lay in peace.

"Hi mom. Um, I don't really know why I'm here, but I guess it's because I just wanted to say hi. We've been good; Yuzu, Karin, Me, and even the old man. I hope you're doing well wherever you are. I guess that's all I can say now. I'll come back soon mom. I love you."

This was one of the rare moments when Ichigo was exposed to his emotions. They gnawed at his heart and for a moment he let a cry of pain escape his lips.

Out of the blue an explosion shook the very ground that Ichigo stood on. Ichigo looked up, from his mother's grave, startled out of his misery. 'What the hell was that?!'

He asked the question, yet he knew exactly what the explosion was. Without a doubt it was a hollow. He thought to himself, 'Oh shit. I don't have my powers anymore.'

In an instant the hollow came charging at him and Ichigo knew that even though he couldn't see it, all he could do was run. Then, out of all the things he could have possibly done, he tripped on a tree root.

The hollow fiercely let out a menacing cry and dove at him.

'What the hell… this is an ironic way to die. I mean, I defeated plenty of hollows, I've survived the Shinigami, the Bount, the Arrancar, and hell I've even survived Aizen! And this is how I get beaten, huh? The irony is killing me.'

Ichigo closed his eyes for what he thought would be the last time. He couldn't have been more wrong.

There was a sudden flash of light and the hollow vanished leaving Rukia in its wake. But something was off about her. She was dressed as a bunny, and she didn't seem like she noticed him at all.

And there was something else; she had kept muttering, "I'm late. I'm so late."

'What the hell was Rukia doing here? And why the hell was she dressed like a bunny?'

"Rukia!" Ichigo cried out trying to get her attention.

Rukia started to run in the opposite direction, ignoring Ichigo's desperate cry to try to get a grip on what was happening.

'What the hell is she doing?!'

Ichigo started to give chase to Rukia.