Early Life, First Mission
Ichigo at this time being thirteen years old, was at the training field training, practicing his Fire ninjutsu and weapon utilizing. Ichigo was often seen training, if not around his brother, helping village folk here and there, in this time period. As Ichigo being exhausted from training took a rest, sitting leaning on a tree, about to fall asleep, as his older brother Suzaku takes a seat beside him, Ichigo sits up attentively. "Hello Brother", says Ichigo with a gentle smile. As Suzaku replies, "Hey, you've been training all day, come inside for some refreshments", also with a smile. Ichigo hesitates for about 2 seconds, "But brother, I want to be as strong as you". stands, looking up to the sunset, "Don't worry, you have the skill, we're very close, almost equals, come, let's go inside", Suzaku helping his little brother Ichigo to stand, they both walk off, they enter their House, where their mother has prepared a meal of sugar rice balls and a cool drink. Their mother speaks, "Ichigo, isn't your external mission tomorrow?". "Yes mother", Ichigo replies. Suzaku not eating much hesitates to take a drink, he then speaks, " I know you can complete the mission brother ^^". Suzaku was only a few years older then Ichigo, Suzaku had took his similar mission 2 years ago, and passes some tips to Ichigo.
[Time skip..] The next day, Ichigo wakes, sharpens his tools, gathers food materials and makes other preparations. Ichigo then makes his way to the Academy to be issued his mission. Surprisingly, Ichigo recieves a mission to capture a Iwagakure missing nin who has been committing several crimes across the Land, Ichigo was even more amazed to find out his partner was his brother Suzaku, as Suzaku approaches, he already knew the mission, he approaches with a smile on his face. "Ohh well, Brother, let's go", with a slight smile. In 15 minutes time, the two shinobi leave the Village, hastily running to catch the Criminal at his last location seen, thaey continue to travel, as they stop for a short break 30 minutes later, they stop at a Sake Bar, take a few drinks of water and then to continue. They arrived the destination an hour and 30 minutes later, A small but busy town. Suzaku takes out a picture of the criminal, they begin searching by foot, each store and corner, until they encounter a similar man in a Betting Bar, Suzaku being positive it's him, charges forward, his kunai in his hand, he aims to slash the shinobi's chest, the Criminal resists, taking out a kunai to deflect Suzaku's, using one arm to hold off Suzaku, Suzaku leaps backwards. "I can't use jutsu in here or around these people, Dammit!" Suzaku says. At this time, Ichigo charges from behind, throwing a kunai with a fake paper bomb on it, the Criminal throws a kunai to deflect it, as his tatoo is exposed, His Name being Hizura, former shinobi of the Rock. At this time, Suzaku throws a kunai with a tag attached also, everyone evacuates the bar, Hizura thinking the tag to be face deflects it to his feet, as it explodes, launching him outside, his sleeve on fire, he outs it with his wallet. "Damn you Konoha Ninja". Suzaku attacks with a barrage of projectiles, it hits Hizura and he disperses to be a block of wood. He appears behind Ichigo, placing a kunai at his neck and promises to kill him.Suzaku now becomes furious, he speaks, "Leave my Brother alone". Hizura standing still, not knowing when Suzaku created a clone, immediately, the clone stabs Hizura in the back, Hizura falls to his knees, Ichigo ties him up, Ichigo carries him on his back, as they rest in a nearby Store, they return to the village with a mission success.
Ichigos leaders saw that he worked well with his brother and asked that they be put on more missions together. After 3 missions they had proven themselves to go on a classified mission. This mission was to invade a neighboring town undetected and capture a criminal that the leaf village had believed to have been infiltrating and killing the villagers of the leaf. Once the two got into the neighboring village, they figured out where their target was and carried out their mission. Ichigo threw a special kunai with an exploding tag into the targets window and made a hand seal. The two watched as it exploded and then left. They left the village and once in the woods, they were attacked by Grass Village ninja. Suzaku was badly injured during this battle. When they got back, Suzaku was immediately brought to the hospital. The medical ninja did the best they could but his injuries were too severe. Ichigo was torn apart by this and he blamed himself for Suzaku's death. Ichigo went into a bad depression after this and many people thought his ninja days were over. He had a dream one night and saw his brother. The dream was telling him to pretty much man up and get over his death, and that it wasn't Ichigo fault. He woke up that night, grabbed his gear, and left for the woods to train.
[Time Skip]: About 2 years later, Ichigo came back to the village and no one recognized him until he took his hood off revealing
his orange hair. He explained everything and everyone noticed the sword on his back, they asked where he had got it, he explained the battle that had taken place in order to get the sword: I was in a random town one day looking for a new weapon to use so I could have another means of protecting myself and fighting. I found a blacksmith shop that had this sword and I thought to myself "that's it, that's what I want". I had no money but the store owner saw me eyeing it for a couple days and said if you can beat me in a battle then you can have that sword. Well I quickly agreed. I picked up the sword and it felt right, when I fought with it, it was if I had years of experience with the sword, and I ended up beating the store owner. He asked what I was going to name it and I named it after the store owner; Zangetsu.
After an several exhausting days he asked if anything had happened to the men who attacked him and killed his brother. The answer was no, he was very mad about this and demanded an answer. After they calmed him down, he requested another classified mission to find them and bring them to justice. The answer was no: "if you couldn't get out of the village without injuries and death last time then how can we let you go on your own this time". What they hadnt realized was that Ichigo had gotten a lot stronger. After sending him on missions getting gradually harder and harder, they realized his strength after about 6 missions and granted him permission to find the people responsible for his brother’s death and bring them to "justice". After 10 days Ichigo came back and announced that the men that were responsible were dead. He had their headbands with blood on them and a slash through the middle of them. After this Ichigo was praised and was given his own squad of Jounins that was dubbed the Death Squad.