Realizing he is finished, Ulquiorra requests Ichigo finish him off, or else the fight will never be considered finished. When Ichigo, declining, states he did not want to win this way, Ulquiorra, woefully stating even to the very end, Ichigo never does what he wants or expects, expresses his growing interest in Humans . When Ulquiorra, reaching out, asks Orihime if she afraid of him, Orihime, stating she is not afraid, tries to grab hold of Ulquiorra's hand, but it begins to dissolve into ash before she is able to. From her gesture, he, realizing what a heart is, believes there, in his disintegrated hand, is a heart. Ulquiorra fades into the wind.