Shonen Heroes Unite! Chapter 1
All three groups lay on the ground, unconscious. The first to wake up was Luffy, starting to recover to his feet while scratching his head.
"What the heck just happened?" He mumbled, then looking at his friends who still lay on the ground knocked out and grew afraid. He rushed to all of them.
"Guy's wake up! Nami, Zoro, Jinbei, everyone come on!" He shouted shaking one after another. Finally they began to stir from sleep.
"Shut up Luffy, you're being noisy!" Zoro said annoyed, but Luffy gave his usual bright smiled and laughed.
"Shishishi, you guys are alright." He said. The crew all tried to remember what happened, but then it suddenly rushed back to them in a hurry. Nami, Sanji, Usopp, Zoro and Chopper gave him a death stare.
"YOU IDIOT!" they shouted as they hit the rubber boy over the head, giving him large bruises and lumps.
"We told you not to go near it, and what do you do? You idiot, Look where we are!" Nami scolded, but suddenly realization hit her, where were they? The group began to look around, it seemed like they were in a grand castle. They were in the middle of some grand hall, with a throne at the head of it that was empty. Suddenly they noticed the two other groups who were also laid out on the ground. Jinbei and Robin walked up next to their unconscious figures, Ichigo's group, first.
"Who are these people, another group of pirates?" Robin inquired as she looked them over, Jinbei did the same.
"They don't look like pirates I've ever seen. Their clothes may indicate something though." He said as he saw the strange clothing they all wore. Luffy and the rest came to look upon the groups as well. Sanji spotted all the girls, and began to twirl around.
"What beautiful women lay before us, who might they be! Mellorine~"
"Shut up ero-cook and be serious for once"
"What was that marimo, you wanna fight!"
"Bring it on dartboard brow!"
"Will you two shut up?" Nami shouted as she hit them over the heads and into the ground. Suddenly Ichigo sat up, looking very annoyed.
"I wonder if they will let me see there-", Brook began but was also slugged by Nami
"Will you stop trying to sexually harass girls!"
"Nami-san, you're so harsh!"
"Shut up will ya, I'm trying t-", he realized what had happened, and looked up at the pirate crew who were eyeing him in wonder. Suddenly he crawled backwards in surprise.
"What the- who the hell are you guys? And where am I?" Ichigo said looking around. The crew looked at each other and back at him, but gave him no answer, but Luffy walked up to him.
"I'm Monkey D. Luffy, and this is my crew, we're pirates!" He said with his usual grin, making Ichigo sweat drop.
"I'm Ichigo Kurosaki… are pirates supposed to be this cheery?" Ichigo said looking at the rubber boy before him, but suddenly something struck him and he looked at his friends.
"Guys, wake up, are you ok?" He said almost like Luffy had, although less comical. Chopper walked up to him.
"Don't worry, I checked them all, they're ok just unconscious. I'm a doctor." Chopper said to the substitute Shinigami, who gave him a weird look.
"What the hell, a talking raccoon?" Ichigo said staring at Chopper.
"I'm a reindeer, not a raccoon!" Chopper yelled, but Ichigo still sweat dropped.
"That doesn't make it any less strange." He said, but finally his group began to wake up, as well as Naruto's.
"Where are we?" said a dazed Rukia, making it to her feet.
"I don't know, when I woke up, all I found were these pirate guys. By the way, do you guys know where we are?" Ichigo said now directing his question to the Straw Hats.
"Nope, not a clue! We were pulled in by the mystery light." Luffy said in his usual tone, making everyone sweat drop.
"This guy's way to cheery about the situation... wait a minute, you guys can see us?" Rukia said looking at them, making the pirates confused.
"What do you mean, of course we can see you, why shouldn't we?" Nami said as if it were obvious.
"Ichigo, Renji (the red haired one), and myself are Shinigami, you should not be able to see us unless you have high spiritual power or are dead." Rukia explained making the Straw Hats yell, except for Luffy who was processing what she said.
"You guys are Shinigami? That's so cool!" Luffy yelled, making all his friends fall backwards and Ichigo's group sweat drop. "Wait… does that mean we're dead?" Luffy yelled as he finally understood the rest of her words, but was hit over the head by Nami
"Stop saying that kind of stuff you idiot!" She screamed.
"No, none of you are dead; we would be able to tell." Rukia said calming Nami down. She was going to say something more, until she noticed Naruto's group.
"Wait who are they? Friends of yours?" she said looking at the Straw Hats, but they replied no with a nod. Naruto and the rest began to wake up.
"Aw man, what happened?" Naruto said trying to stand, but his prior injuries prevented him from doing so. Sakura had stood up herself now while helping Hinata up.
"You idiot, don't move your injured. Let me heal-", finally she noticed the other two groups looking at them. "Um hi there…" The three groups stood there just looking at each other awkwardly, until one Straw Hat wearing pirate broke the silence.
"Hi there pink haired girl and white eyed girl!" Luffy said waving his hand, which got him a punch to the head from Nami. Chopper ran up to Naruto and Killer Bee.
"Oh no, I didn't see these injuries before! I'll help them, I'm a doctor." Chopper said next to Sakura, who had just noticed him. Rukia and Orihime walked up as well.
"Oh my, these two are badly hurt what happened…" Orihime said until Rukia and herself spotted Chopper. The four girls looked at him for a little, making him nervous.
"Wh-whats wrong?" Chopper said sweating, but was suddenly grabbed by Rukia and Orihime.
"He's so cuuute~!" said all four girls in unison as they held him. Sakura and Hinata joined in on trying to hug him. Chopper blushed at the compliments and pushed away.
"You idiots don't think such compliments will make me happy!" He said although more happily than scolding as he did his happy dance. The girls all marveled at him and squealed at the little reindeer, while the rest were sweat dropping, save for Sanji who was incredibly jealous.
"How dare that damn reindeer take all the beautiful women?" He said heated
"Uh is someone gonna help me and Bee here or not?" Naruto said as he lay on the ground, but to no avail, Kakkashi walked up to him with Sai.
"Sorry Naruto, it seems they will be preoccupied for a while." Kakkashi said
Zoro on the other hand was getting annoyed, not by everyone being here, but by everyone not asking the right questions. Finally he had enough of this.
"Will you all shut up? We need to be wondering where we are, not about our crews doctor!" Zoro said angered, but was attacked by an angry Sanji.
"Shut up shitty swordsman, how dare you talk to these beautiful ladies like that?" He said with Zoro now getting in his face.
"What was that nose bleed? You have an early death wish or something?" Zoro began to draw his swords, and the two began to fight.
"Great now those two are fighting, what the hell is going on here?" Ichigo said sweat dropping
"Those two always do that, don't worry!" Luffy said with his grand grin.
"Well besides being an idiot again, Zoro has a point, where are we exactly? My log Pose is spinning." Nami said while looking at her wrist. Jinbei looked at it.
"Well, we certainly are not on the Grand Line anymore." He observed, but the other groups looked confused.
"Grand Line? What is that?" Renji asked, surprising the Straw Hat Pirates.
"That, Renji Abarai, is the name of the world the Straw Hat Pirates hail from."
Everyone suddenly turned to the throne where the voice had come from. An elderly man stood there, he was tall and stern looking, similar to Captain Yammamoto. He wore a purple robe that looked like it belonged to royalty. He wore a golden crown with a golden scepter in his hand. He had a long silver beard going down to his belly. Everyone (save for Naruto and Bee who were hurt still, and Orihime who didn't choose violence first as usual) readied themselves for battle, preparing for anything.
"You the one that brought us here, old man?" Ichigo said sternly grabbing a hold of Zangetsu which was on his back.
"Why yes, Kurosaki Ichigo, I am. And there is no need to raise your weapons against me, I mean you no harm." The man responded, but no one listened.
"How do you know my name, and who are you?"
"Straight to the point, just as I have seen. Very well, let me explain what has happened, starting from the beginning." The old man sat in his throne and looked at the three groups calmly.
"I am King Amaron, king of the Tarians. My people are the watchers and over seers of your worlds."
Everyone was thrown off by this statement, but Nami talked first
"What do you mean 'worlds'?" She said, everyone felt the same and looked to the old king.
"Exactly what I said, each of your groups is from different worlds, ones that are different in many ways. I have brought you here for a very important task." He stood up now and looked from each group to the next.
"I ask you all; help me to defend this world, and all of yours." He said gravely. Everyone sweated and didn't understand.
"You see, my people live for hundreds of years, watching the worlds carefully. We were never allowed to interfere unless it was absolutely necessary for us to do so. About 200 years ago, I and my brother Malkar became the supreme rulers of this land. We were twins, but I was born first giving me the right to be king. At first, my brother had no problem with this, and was happy for me. But one day, we both fell in love with the same woman. Her name was Sicilia, she was the most pure and beautiful woman of the land. I was the one she fell for, creating great strife between me and my brother. He began to meddle in dark dealings, and under my nose was beginning to raise an empire against me."
"My brother started a war against me with dark forces he had gained control over and some Tarians who wished him to be king. His powers had become very great; even I could not best him by myself… so I called upon the heroes of your worlds. My greatest allies were the Sage of Six Paths and Captain Yamamoto."
The groups all gasped in surprise, save for Luffy and the Straw Hats who didn't understand any of it, but pretended to know what was going on.
"You mean you know the old man? You're gonna have to prove that." Ichigo said after recovering from surprise.
"The Sage of Six Paths is legendary where we come from, we'll need an explanation." Kakkashi said seriously. The old man only smiled.
"Fair enough, first I will start with Yamamoto. He is a good friend of mine, still is actually. As for proof, he did leave me this." The king snapped his fingers, and out appeared a captain's jacket of Gotei 13. It floated over to Ichigo's gang. It was old and tattered, but on its back bore the mark of Captain Commander Yamamoto.
"He really does know the Captain Commander, this is his mark!" Rukia said pointing it out.
"And as for the Sage of Six Paths, he left this for me." He snapped his fingers again, and out appeared an old headband. It made its way to Naruto's group. It bore strange markings on the metal head. Kakkashi was dumb founded.
"These marks… they're just like the ones from the ancient scrolls." He muttered. The others looked at it in shock.
"Now that you have your evidence, may I continue?" Akira said as he looked at them. They all were silent but nodded.
"As I was saying, I summoned those two among others, but they were the strongest to help me fight against Malkar's forces, for Malkar now also seek to control all worlds in his path. The Sage of Six Paths had teamed up with Yamamoto to battle Malkar… but he proved to be the strongest of the three. Finally after much battling with him, my wife Sicilia used a special power on Malkar, one that would seal him away for hundreds of years. The worlds were back to stability again, and Malkar would not be able to escape… until now. My wife had become pregnant about 17 years ago. We were overjoyed, but..."
The king began to cry softly at the thought, but continued on as strongly as he could.
"When the time of the children's birth had come… we learned that she did not have 1 child… but 7. That is a hard task for any woman to bear."
"EHHH!" everyone yelled, but the king seemed to not notice
"That was a strenuous trial, but she was strong and was able to push out each child, all who were girls, before she had… faded away. Each child bears her gift, but they must gather together for it to fully work. Also, after the death of the one who imposes that power, the seal becomes greatly weakened, making his return inevitable. Knowing this, I sent away each daughter to 7 different worlds to be safe. There is one in each of your worlds as well."
The groups were left speechless, finding it hard to ask any of the thousands of questions running through their heads.
"And now, Malkar has broken free from his prison, and seeks out each of my daughters, so that none would stand in his way. And so, I have called upon you heroes to help me combat him and his tyranny. What do you say?"
"Why us though?" Zoro inquired now, "Sure I don't doubt our strength, but we aren't the strongest in our world yet, there are still others who do surpass us. We may get stronger in the future, but at the moment, we don't have that amount of strength to fight this Malkar guy."
This was true among all groups, even though Ichigo was more powerful than Yamamoto once, he didn't have nearly that kind of strength anymore. The king smiled again.
"Because Roronoa Zoro, you and the Straw Hats, Ichigo and Naruto and their friends, are the future of your worlds. Luffy: the boy who wishes to become the Pirate King, Naruto: the boy who fights to become the next Hokage and Ichigo: hero of Kankura town and the Soul Society. You all also share one thing in common; very good luck" The king said, chuckling softly.
None knew how to respond; the Straw Hats all looked at each other, but said nothing. Ichigo's group began to talk quietly about what to do, while Naruto's group did the same as the Straw Hats… save for their captain.
"Sure, I'll help you out old guy!" Luffy said shocking everyone around.
"LUFFY!" His friends called out, but he continued to smile.
"Come on guys, this sounds like another fun adventure. Besides, if our home is at stake, can you really stand by and do nothing?" He questioned. All his friends were unsure what to say. Finally Zoro, Sanji and Jinbei walked up.
"Well, I guess it's decided then, we're gonna fight." Zoro said
"It is captain's orders after all." Jinbei said proudly, admiring Luffy. Sanji lit his cigarette in his mouth.
"I'm surprised Luffy even understood that much of the story huh?" he said.
"Well, I guess there's no stopping you then." Nami huffed but smiled.
"Alright then everyone, let's save our world!" Luffy shouted pumping his hand in the air.
"YEAH!" all the Straw Hats responded. He turned to the king.
"Count us in, old guy!" Luffy said with his usual grin. The king smiled softly and nodded
"You have my thanks, Monkey D. Luffy."
Ichigo and Naruto admired the boy before them. Just a while ago, he seemed like just some idiot who didn't belong, but judging by his friend's reaction to him, there was much more to him than they thought. Naruto smiled and stepped forward.
"You can count us in too; we'll do what we can!" Naruto said proudly, making his group yelp, but Hinata stood next to him.
"I'll do what I can if I'm with you Naruto." She said blushing, he smiled and nodded. Bee stepped up now
"We'll protect our homes, even if it's out of our zone!" Bee said patting Naruto on the shoulder. The other three from the group walked up.
"I guess we're in as well." Kakkashi said
"We have to help in anyway we can right?" Sakura said. Sai nodded in agreement.
"Well what the hell, I'll fight too." Ichigo said walking up. His friends stood next to him.
"We shall do this together." Rukia said smiling with Renji beside her.
"Can't let you play the hero by yourself all the time, now can we?" Renji said smirking and Ichigo returning it.
"We're with you Kurosaki-kun!"
"I'll always have your back, Ichigo."
"He is quite useless without us, isn't he?"
"Shut up Ishida!"
"Hahaha, I am quite impressed by all of your resolve. You all have my thanks." The King said while bowing. Luffy walked up to him.
"Hey old guy, can we have something to eat? I'm hungry." Luffy said while rubbing his stomach.
"No matter what situation we're in, you're always thinking about food." Zoro said sweat dropping
"Do not worry, young pirate, we shall get to that very soon, but first I must speak on another matter at hand." The groups looked to the king as he walked down to them.
"You see, there were four more groups I had tried to summon here, but as I brought you here, Malkar caught on to what I was doing, and started to disrupt my magic."
"What happened to those guys then?" Ichigo asked
"They are here in Taria, but they have been spread out all over the country. I would like to see if you all could go in search for them. I tried to summon them again, but the disruption is still great."
"Can we eat first?"
"Shut up Luffy, we'll eat when we get back!" Nami said knocking him on the head again
"That girl is really violent with her friends huh?" Ichigo asked Zoro, who he stood next to, as he sweat dropped
"Seeing as how we're probably gonna be here for a while, you'll see just how violent she can be." Zoro answered. Naruto walked up to them
"That's nothing, Sakura is way worse than that, and she has crazy strength." He whispered to them and trying to discreetly point to his old friend, only to be seen and heard.
"What was that, Naruto?" She said as a vein popped in her head.
"Ah Sakura, I was just-"
She picked him up by his shirt and punched him into the wall. Zoro and Ichigo shuddered at the sight. She patted hands of dust and walked back to her group.
"Why are all the women we know so friggin crazy?"
"Well, since I know you all are most likely hungry", the king said trying to change the subject, "I had meals prepared for you all to eat on the go." He clapped his hands twice, and out came servants with an incredibly large bag which was twice the size of Jinbei. Luffy drooled at the site of it.
"Do we need this much food with us?" Rukia said looking at it all
"I have observed each world carefully, and from what I have seen from Luffy's appetite, this will not last him for longer than 3 days." The King explained to them, and the Straw Hats all nodded in agreement.
"This guy looks real skinny, but he can eat way more than this easily." Nami said disappointedly of her captain. The other shrieked in surprise.
The groups all prepared to leave now, with the food being pulled on a cart and the groups all riding in carriages. "Alright, before you set off, let me give you this." The king began to pull out what looked like compass.
"These are for tracking each group, for it points in the direction they each are in. Once you find one of them, press this button on its back and it shall teleport you all back here." He said as he handed it to Nami who seemed like the best choice.
"Why not split up to find the groups? It would be much faster that way." She asked the King who smiled
"I figured this would be a good chance for you all to get to know each other, for you will no doubt be here for quite some time. Be careful though, there are monster around the country, some are just regular beasts, but Malkar is no doubt going to send his forces to stop you as well. The only reason they are not here is because of a magical field surrounding my palace."
"Alright, I understand. Leave this to us!" She said as she rushed back to the groups. They finally set off on their task, searching for these other group of heroes.
"You are our future, young ones, I believe in yo. Let your bonds become strong on your journey." The King said as the carriages left out of site. Unknown to them or the king though, dark forces watched them closely.
"These are who he brings to fight me? They look pathetic." The dark lord Malkar said as he observed the group through his a crystal ball.
"Yamamoto and the Sage were at least a challenge for me, but these pests will be nothing. Dakken, come to me!" He called out; a man in black armor came to his side and kneeled.
"Yes my lord?"
"Release the death lizards; let us test this group of so called "heroes"." He said darkly, the servant smirked.
"They will not be a challenge for them my lord."