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Joel Hiataka

"Everyone dies, but now isn't your time."

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a character in “Bleach|| A New Era Cont.”, as played by Damioa

Description

Joel Hiataka




Theme
Rebearth | Capture the Crown



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GENERAL INFORMATION


♠Race
Shinigami

♠Rank/Affiliation
Unseated||13
♠Gender
Male

♠Nickname(s)/Alias(es)
None

♠Age
25
♠Love Interest
None

♠Face Claim
Some from God Eater




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APPEARANCE


♠Height
5'11

♠Weight
168 lbs

♠Build
Slim muscle

♠Hair Color
Grey

♠Eye Color
Grayish Blue and gold

♠Scars/Tattoos/Piercings
Many different tattoos on his arm to form a half sleeve.

♠Description
Joel has dirty grey hair that only seems to get washed and not fixed up for any occasion. While he's tall he's also toned, a result of routinely doing calisthenics and body weight exercises. He dawns a scowl on his face that could freeze lava in its tracks, though breaks into a sarcastic smirk or genuine smile pretty easily. His tanned skin and silver hair, while uncommon connect him to his forefathers who have had the same type of abilities as him. While his hair only goes to his neck, he complains when it gets wet that it pretty heavy and hard to dry, though he doesn't have any plans on cutting it. Joel has a family tattoo on his left shoulder, symbolizing family is closest to the heart and anything should be done for them when the time calls.

♠Preferred Clothing
He wears a jacket at all times, and keeps his clothes all black, wearing his own version of the shinigami uniform. He can usually be found in clothes and robes twice his size that seem to not fall off for whatever reason and is rarely seen in something that actually fits him. During his one trip to the human world, he wore a buttoned shirt with a collar and tie. If he's not inside of a division building or dojo, he wears black boots, claiming they not only keep his feet warmer, but also provide good toe protection. He can also be seen wearing a tie from time to time under his coated shinigami uniform.




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MENTALITY


♠Oddities
Seems to have a scowl painted on his face.
May be overly sarcastic to the point where people think he doesn't take anything seriously.
♠Likes
Training
Kids
Seeing people happy
Helping people
Calm and quiet environments
♠Dislikes
The awkwardness of meeting new people
Loud and destructive environments
Those who fight for selfish reasons

♠Hobbies
Besides training, Joel watches the clouds in the sky for long amounts of time if he can, and also likes to draw and write. Though the former he really isn't good at.
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♠Phobia(s)
Spiders, Being the cause of a friend's death, and being alone
♠Sexuality
Heterosexual

♠Personality

Joel was once timid and soft spoken. He use to be the person who no one knew was in the room and would only talk if he found it really important to do so. However, after losing some people close to him, Joel always speaks his mind, even if most of the things on it presently have been nothing, but sarcastic remarks towards people and their beliefs. Joel believes if a person says they're going to do something then they should do so and stop talking about it, so he doesn't usually talk about himself or his own beliefs. Though he can be a chatter box sometimes, not many people besides a selected few know what drives Joel to act the way he does or even live life the way that he does.

While not being the most quiet person in the room anymore, he still has a habit of disappearing or ghosting from a room and that's without using his speed. Joel once went into the Soul Society thinking that he could make a difference somehow that would separate him from the others in his family, though he realized that he was much too weak to not follow in their footsteps, for he couldn't even protect his friends. Even though only a few people have died while he worked with them, he had softly blamed himself, for not being fast enough nor strong enough to handle his workload before rushing to their side. He's fairly new into the society, but still has faced a lesson all soul reapers learn eventually. When the job called for someone's life, there was nothing anyone could do to stop it from taking it's payment. Joel hated the fact that no matter how hard he trained, no matter how many hollows he struck down, there would never be a hundred percent chance, or even a ninety percent chance that he'd be able to save everyone he cared about. This caused him to shut out those who cared for him most. He quickly realized that wasn't a good idea and set his heart on at least not making any more friends and focus on the people closest to him as well as the ones he worked with.

His new resolve helps him to continue training even though the whisper of useless behavior and effort rings in his ears. It also caused him to relax more and take life slowly, though he doesn't really join in activities often. Instead he makes an excuse or leaves the conversation and group before asked, though he does tend to bump into those who he knows he can trust when he's bored.

The peculiar thing about Joel, that anyone can realize from a glance is that he is always scowling. This comes from being deep inside his mind at all times where he talks to his Zanpakuto about the many reasons to keep on doing what he does and reason for living in general. He also changes this look to a more relaxed demeanor when talking to someone as not to alert them to how he's really feeling. This is because he feels that if he talks about himself, then the person will talk about themselves as well which, in turn, will make them grow closer to the point of being friends. Joel believes he doesn't need any temporary people in his life and has enough friends as it is. Thus he really tries to keep control of a conversation and doesn't mind the negative opinion people obtain from talking to him in his sarcastic persona.



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BACKGROUND


♠Relationship Status
Single

♠Family
Jerol Hiataka - Alive - Father
Monia Hiataka- Alive - Mother
Dias Hiataka- Alive- Grandmother

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♠Personal History
Not many people know about Joel's past, because he rarely talks about it. Not many people know of the boy who grew up with a family who never wanted to have him in the first place. To them, he was the black sheep and even displayed it by having their ancestors signature eyes. He lived his childhood basically with a roof over his head, but nothing else. His own mother wouldn't even nurse him. The only person he had was his own grandmother who loved everyone in their family equally, maybe even him more because he resembled her father. Her father. she said, who was just like him. Kind and courageous. Though she had said her father, for whatever reason, betrayed the soul society and thus tarnished their families name. In truth, maybe that's why he had decided to go to Shin'ō Academy and become a shinigami in the first place.

Being used to his families actions it wasn't hard for him to pass off the hate and discrimination he had against him while at the academy. He just took each day as it came and left it behind as he walked towards the next. Though, eventually, something unexpected happened. He made actual friends. For the first time in his life, besides from that one perfect woman, he met people who would grow to actually care about him and like him for himself. For that, he had vowed to get stronger for them. So that if they were to stand side by side on the battlefield he could protect them. In addition, he was surprised as anyone when told which division he was going into. He had thought he'd be in something. . . well, other than hope. Though, even though it's only been a few weeks he's been feeling more and more at home there.

Almost as soon as he joined the Society, him and a group of people were attacked and he experienced firsthand how serious his job was. Taking heed from this lesson, he vowed to not let it happen again and respected the memory of his fallen comrades with a long fast. This fast ended with the soul festival, a place where he met the lieutenant of another division who showed him that he could be strong and outspoken, which helped him grow out of the bubble his father and mother put him in. It was also yet another thing which pushed him to become stronger.

There are a lot of other stories revolving his past. The scar, the tattoo, his grandfather's full past. Things he doesn't usually like talking about. Though, with time, he may tell all the tales.




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♠ Zanpakuto
Jinouga||From the looks of the sword itself, it resembles an average Katana, though the sheath seems to have a trigger. This is for catapult access. It should also be noted that the blade cannot be sheathed in any other sheath, even one designed to fit it.
♠Shikai
Skewer our enemies Jinouga
Jinouga||The fast thin blade of its previous form is gone, replaced with a broad weapon that looks to be half saw and half sword. By the looks of it, it's too big for one to carry and use reasonably in battle. The only known ability at this time is that the blade flickers with lightning to vibrate the ridges on the blade. Thus making it easy to slice through even the hardest of terrain like butter.
♠Specialties
Specialty|| Shunpo
Specialty|| Strength
Believing speed and power ends fights faster, he specializes in Shunpo and his Strength is matching to people ten times his size.




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So begins...

Joel Hiataka's Story

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Characters Present

Character Portrait: Ryuu Shosuke Character Portrait: Joel Hiataka Character Portrait: Yasei Kuma Character Portrait: Junko Kita Character Portrait: Kaito Minami Character Portrait: Iehira

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Prelude


To think it had been a mere five months since they had graduated. It seemed like just yesterday they had been stressing over exams or acing the physical components needed to become a full fledged shinigmai. A lot has happened since they had graduated. There was their first encounter with that band of Hollows that nearly killed them their first few weeks of graduating. Then they all attended the festival of the Founding of the Thirteen Court Guard Squad, or the Gotei 13. Most of them had been able to acquire the names of the zapakuto while they had been on probation, and thankfully probation had ended two weeks after the festival. Of course there was also a few group members who served another probation period of their own accord.

It would seem however that not everything would be going as smoothly as just that. It has recently been brought to the attention of the Captain Commander that many of the squads have been getting into arguments, both petty and real. While the Captains are generally able to keep the peace, it is hard to track down and determine who exactly started what when each account is different from the one before. After much thought, and of course with some input from the Captain’s themselves, Captain Commander Myugamine has decided that various members from each squad will undergo a training session within the Human World. The purpose of this excursion is to force the shinigami to work together, and the way in which this will be done is through a point system.

Each and every member of the Gotei 13 must leave with an equal amount of points, regardless of their specialties. In order to achieve these points for the first portion, one must either kill a Hollow or send a soul off to the Soul Society. In regards to the second portion, these points are gained by participation/teamwork. This means that a shinigami must help their fellow comrades regardless of their squad however a shinigami cannot help the same comrade over and over again. Until every shinigami has reached the necessary amount of points for both categories, they cannot return to the Soul Society.

With that being said, the Captain Commander made sure that each Captain relayed this information to the men and women in their squads.





All the squads have been notified as of this morning, and will be given a week to prepare for the excursion. In this time, a seated official will approach those who they believe to be best suited to the task, or in some cases, the least suited to force that individual to get used to teamwork. Many of those chosen will be of varying levels of ability, including seated officers. The excursion will be led by the Twelfths division Lieutenant Chiho Hosoi.

As of now, some members of the excursion party have chosen a location to gather together. This meeting place is none other than the Shining Star.

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Characters Present

Character Portrait: Ryuu Shosuke Character Portrait: Joel Hiataka Character Portrait: Yasei Kuma Character Portrait: Junko Kita Character Portrait: Iehira

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#, as written by Damioa
Joel



The silent air couldn't have been a greater warning. With the rush of déjàvu once again greeting him with open arms, the thought occurred to him that didn't even know why he was in the woods to begin with. He felt flushed. It was so unbearable that he could have puked, leaving a trace of grape corpses to bathe the clean innocent grass beneath him. His body was heavy and only did half the things he would have been able to do on any other given day. He tried to speak out, but everyone was unreachable. He could see some were fighting and others were running to fight and there he was chosen to also partake in the war. He wasn't scared. He had always been ready to die. Ever since he could remember. However, he wasn't prepared for something so inevitable. It was a scar that would hurt him forever. It was what weighed him down in his dreams. It was what made him shed tears. It kept him focused and alert. It bathed him in an essence of invincibility. This beast of an internal wound left him in hell to drown in his dream. To see the pain of someone he felt he was close to, along with seeing the drawn out wait for their end.

He knew he was only sleeping, for this was natural for him. He had been living two lives his whole life. Maybe it was because he was always thinking too hard about things. He hadn't a clue, but he knew this was his life. Someone would probably tell him not to worry about it, but he would anyway. There no way he can prevent it from happening again if he did. He looked as he did before and saw in the cuff of the woods, a picture of his own consequence.
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Joel sprung upwards from his sleep. His eyes darted to his hands which seemed to be responsive. He swayed his legs back and forth under his covers just to make sure he hadn't still been trapped in his dream and double checked his surroundings to make sure. He sighed along with the welcoming view of his empty chambers. He gazed over the wall that lead to the restroom area. Looking next to it he saw his kitchen and the exit to his room which made it apparent that dawn was approaching. He looked to the other side of his bed at the folded curtains that shielded the small blue light of day. Joel didn't want to wake up with the bad taste that dream left in his mouth. It would be good to try to roll for a better dream and sleep a few more hours. However, he knew it was not only his duty, but punishment to wake up this early. He shifted his feet off the bed and readied his hands to push him up. He gazed over to the head of his bed and looked at low growling entity next to him. It wasn't a living being, if you could call it a being at all. The only thing giving it a claim to life was the noise coming from it. Joel wondered if all zanpakuto's were like this.

"Feed..... Hunger.... Free..... Devour......"
It whispered verbs of one directive. That was the way Jinouga had always been. Joel couldn't remember if he had heard it first, or if it had spoke to him, but ever since he started speaking to it, it only said it's wants. What it wants to do. It made Joel wonder if it was only referring to hollows. When he used it on one for the first time, that sense of anger was unlike any he'd ever felt. Was it because of the event itself, or the sword. Joel didn't know, but he had a gut feeling. He placed his hand on the zanpakuto and whispered, "Sorry," stood up, and lazily began preparations for his morning exercises. He took his hood and poured fish food into a bowl to fulfill his punishment of feeding the fish in the morning and headed to the door. He wouldn't leave before looking at the hilt leaning on his bed only to contemplate taking it with him or getting chewed out for not carrying it again. He couldn't remember the last time he carried around a zanpakuto. If not for training sessions, he'd never do it if it wasn't on a mission. He decided to leave it and headed towards the ponds.

"I was thinking I was too old to dream," he told the fish as he fed them. "I guess some would find my situation to be a lucky one. I just wish more nights were filled would good kind of dreams. Last night was another bad one. You know what would be funny, if I had a heart attack in one of them and didn't wake up. That'd solve my problems eh?" He watched as the fish ate their chow, each fighting for a nibble. He focused deeply on them, practicing a calm meditation of his surroundings. The sky was turning from blue to red as the sun was rising from the horizon. Joel stood up to go to the dining hall where the orders of the day would be given out.

Each morning before eating, the squad members would show up minutes before meal time to wait for the captain and lieutenant to show up so they could all greet them. Lady Hanakonawa always gently raised her hand for them to cease their cheers for her arrival, while lieutenant Watanabe blushed and bowed respectfully. This was normal morning routine however, usually followed by a feast between friends and sworn family. Outside, most would only see the thirteenth division as sophisticated and commendable, and while those titles were true for all of them, Joel felt that only during the times when they were all together could someone truly see their strength. They had a bond unlike any other division and were almost as close to Joel as his long time friends. It was for this reason that he was always a little uncomfortable at the table, choosing to eat quietly instead of joining in loud conversations.

"Hey Joel! Why're you so grumpy all the time?"
Glancing to his left, Joel saw Tayo, who always sat next to him just to talk about nothing. "I'm not grumpy," he replied before taking a bite of bacon.

"Yeah? You look like someone ate one of your fish."

"That's funny, because I was thinking you looked like one of my fish."

Tayo pouted causing to Joel to grin which made him grin in return.

"Joel, Tayo, Hishi, Rollin, Ukiah." Joel lifted his head to see Maria reading something off a scroll, which would be usually out of place in other places, but the Lady of the house likes to run her company with tradition. "The five of you will have to come to Lady Hanakonawa's office after meal time to receive special orders."

"Oooh. What do you think these special orders are, huh," Tayo asked.

"Just wait," Joel answered. "We'll find out soon."

The rest of the time eating was spent with Tayo coming up with crazy theories on what they'd be made to do. Everything from killing a few hollows to time traveling which at that point made Joel ease off the table and leave when Tayo took a break to blink. Joel didn't mind him most of the time, but the man was a real talker. Most would say he didn't know how to stop. Joel went to the shower and changed his clothes as per usual not heading the "right after" part of the message since he believed it was known that he needed to shower after a workout. Afterwards he headed to the office and seemed to be the only one around, which meant the normal line of people trying to see her for favors or small talk were gone. Joel knocked on the door twice and waited to be greeted by the lieutenant. She opened the door and leaned outside blocking his path. She calmly looked around his person and then towards him before saying, "Um... If you don't mind. Can you go back and get your zanpakuto." Joel's eyes thinned as he looked into hers and she could tell he didn't want to do it. "I'm not trying to abuse my title by telling you what to do, but it is our policy to always carry our zanpakuto's on us at all time while out of our rooms and on duty."

Joel looked at her determined expression, which betrayed her with hints of nervousness, and sighed. "I'll grab it when I'm done here. Is that okay?"

"Well.... I suppose, but Lady Hanakonawa probably won't take seeing you without it lightly."

"I'll apologize to her."

Still looking worried, Maria opened the door to let him in, closing it behind her. Inside the office, there was a circular red carpet, placed in the center of the room for people to stand when talking to the captain. She wasn't much for decorations, but she kept two big portraits of her parents on both sides of her and pieced her room to look like art. He windows were outside of the portraits and her desk was centered with the room. The place also shined with cleanliness and always smelled like flowers and air fresher than outside.

Joel went to the center of the round rug and knelt down bowing his head. "My lady, I have come just as you've asked. Let me apologize for my tardiness and also for not having my weapon on my person."

"Stand up," The lady said with a quiet assertiveness. "Apart from what you do every day, I don't mind your misgivings. Your life is on your hands, but without your weapon you can't fulfill your wish."

Joel stood up and looked at her. She seemed to be all knowing and reminded him of his grandmother and a little of his own mother in terms of her eyes. He could tell just by looking at them that she had seen some things he couldn't even imagined and respected her without having to be told what she had laid them upon. "I just need some time. It would be better if I could carry it for use. Not using it gets hard after awhile when it's on me."

"It's up to you to control that, though it shouldn't be a problem given the expedition you were chosen for. You've never been to the human world before, but I'm sure you'll do fine."

"The human world? By myself?"

"And with the other men called this morning. You can't work with them though. The other divisions are choosing their members as well and do to this being a branch wide exercise, you must accompany and help as many as the other divisions as possible. You will meet at the Shining Star."

"As you wish Milady."

"Also," She leaned towards her desk, folding her fingers together in front of her chin. "I've been told your peers will be there. Make sure you don't get into any unwarranted trouble with them and show the squad why we're the hope of the Gotei 13. We all need to make sure we stop these petty squabbles between the squads as soon as possible."

Joel bowed and left, glancing at Maria who waved him out the door. He was sure something was up, even before now. Being a member of the Gotei 13. No. Being a soul reaper, wasn't like he thought or like the stories past soul reapers in his family told him. There were so many secrets. So many unanswered questions and rushed important conversations. Why were hollows that close to Seireitei? Why were all of them picked out for this mission which would be more of a reward than a punishment? He could go on with the questions. He knew at least one would be answered soon. His friend Yasei had been released from containment today. Joel had always wondered why exactly he was arrested and thought the answers given to him were lacking the actual facts of what happened. For now, he decided to just go to the shining star and worry about the answers to his questions later. There was no need for stress when he was about to be around good company.

He headed from the division headquarters to the meeting place taking in the sights and sounds of the people. After a half of day of waiting for this moment, Joel couldn't 't help, but to feel a little excitement. The noise from the building could be heard from down the street, but couldn't really be appreciated until he was standing outside. He hoped they wouldn't have to stay long. Joel wasn't much for crowds, let alone crowds of drunk soul reapers. He hoped nothing got out of hand

Once inside he surveyed the area, relieved to see that normal faces were right in the entry way and a little worried about the spot giving to much attention their way. He slowly walked to the table and sat down, leaning back in a slouch in his chair. "Sup," the hooded man said with a slight grin on his face. "What have you guys been talking about?"

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Character Portrait: Ryuu Shosuke Character Portrait: Joel Hiataka Character Portrait: Yasei Kuma Character Portrait: Junko Kita Character Portrait: Kaito Minami Character Portrait: Iehira

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Yasei Kuma
"Family means never being out of trouble."



Experience had told him that some human adages held true, and speaking of the devil was one of them. No sooner had he thought of Junko then was she upon him in her awkward commanding way, trying to socialise with the commoners whilst maintaining her attitude. After a month and a half it was almost endearing, and he had no complaints as he was dragged to a better spot deeper into the bar, sat next to the queen herself. A rare privilege.

A happy smile warmed his features and he looked at her with affection, ignoring the off-handed comments and resisting teasing her stiff and uppity nature. His smile only widened as Ryuu placed herself in front of him, and he nodded to her question as he turned to face his friend and rival. "We were just about to discuss our selection for the human world mission and wait for familiar faces," He nodded around the bar and joined his hands underneath his chin, leaning on the table as if to get comfortable. "But you all gathered so fast, we didn't even have time to settle."

The giant waved his hand to Iehira and Kaito whom were away from the group, just as Joel joined the table. "Before we get into it, allow me to collect the clown and the hermit." He sighed as he looked again at Iehira and pushed himself away from the table. "It seems as if some of us haven't learned how to skirt troubles border yet." He half-complained.

Before the clown could start an argument or worse, a fight, with his behaviour, Yasei leaned down and scooped him up by the waist, flopping him over his shoulder with one arm. He kept a firm grip on the wily shinigami as he gave an apologetic shrug and shake of the head to the table he had disturbed, moving over to Kaito and waving him over to follow to the table. Once there the giant dropped Iehira roughly into the chair beside Joel and took his own seat. With a deep breath, Yasei intended to start the gathering again.

"Glad to see some of you haven't changed, although I'd hoped for some more awareness, Iehira." He half-joked half-scolded, shifting his chair into a more comfortable position. "So it looks like we've all been picked for this human world mission, but I guess we'll find more out more about that when it starts, for now..." His expression softened and he smiled kindly at those in front of him.

"Welcome to the first post-probation family meeting! what have we all been up to while I was locked away in the Maggot's Nest?" He announced enthusiastically, stretching and wiping at the blood that stained his cheek. "It's been a long and sleepless month and a bit for me, but I want to hear all about what I've missed." He finished, finally going back to Ryuu's question. Yasei would seem a bit off to those who were particularly close to the giant, his demeanour was subdued and he lacked energy, above all, he looked truly and unbearably, tired.


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Character Portrait: Ryuu Shosuke Character Portrait: Joel Hiataka Character Portrait: Yasei Kuma Character Portrait: Junko Kita Character Portrait: Kaito Minami Character Portrait: Iehira

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"Sometimes the only person you can trust is yourself."

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As people began filtering in, Junko couldn't help but scoff to herself. What a motley crew this was, ignorant and loud, or irrational, or just foolish. This group would surely be . . . Trying for her. Thankfully, Joel was on the team and although he was a quiet type, well maybe that was why, but regardless Junko appreciated the boy more than most her current company. Soon enough after everyone's opening comments were shared and Yasei had gathered the strays to the table, Junko cleared her throat, her steely eyes prodding and searching over her companions. Her arms were folded tight over her chest, enough so to pull at the fabric of her coat. Posture was perfect, upright like a board as she listened to Yasei's second-round discussion.

"Welcome to the first post-probation family meeting! what have we all been up to while I was locked away in the Maggot's Nest?" The giant spoke, wiping his cheek and smiling like a dope. "It's been a long and sleepless month and a bit for me, but I want to hear all about what I've missed." After his mention of the human world mission Junko had been preparing her speech of how she should rise to be team leader, as it was the only logical choice. However this newly introduced small talk had thrown a wrench in it and now she'd have to wait until the discussion filtered back around. She huffed softly and then spoke with her uptight authority.

"I have been training hard and cleaning up the barracks even harder. I have been doing exactly as my captain bids me so that I could better myself. Now I am in top form, knowing that I could surely stand up to any challenge." She snorted softly at herself, feeling her own pride welling inside of her and why not? She had put in the work, hell, she had put in the work since she first chose to become a soul reaper. She had always worked and worked harder than anyone else around her, until it hurt to breathe. Why shouldn't she boast a bit about her talents? Why shouldn't the others know who they are messing with!

However, she'd keep what she knew about her Zanpakuto to herself. The name and personality of her partner, which would serve her well in the human world. After all she had been selected by her squad for this mission and she'd die before letting them all down. So, she remained seated, her eyes watching everyone at her table. The only two she knew would be trouble were Ryuu and Yasei. Though thankfully another sensible shinigami had been chosen, Joel. With him there it wouldn't be quite as bad. She sighed internally, something in the back of her head told her this was going to be a long journey.

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Character Portrait: Ryuu Shosuke Character Portrait: Joel Hiataka Character Portrait: Yasei Kuma Character Portrait: Junko Kita Character Portrait: Kaito Minami Character Portrait: Iehira

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Iehira


For not the first time, Hira felt the familiar strong arm of Yasei throwing himself over the large man's shoulder. Balance was a fundamental aspect of Hakuda and fighting so Hira was able to take a couple drinks from his bitter soda during the giant's trip to deposit him next to Joel. As his mouth was full at the time, Hira silently held out the far from empty gourd as an offer to his table neighbor with a questioning look on his face. However just like a father can command order at the family table - Yasei's voice drew Hira's attention and a reflexive placing down of the gourd. A look of confused indignation formed on his face at the statement of his awareness - after all he hadn't been in the wrong was his conviction before drifting into thought about what the giant could be talking about. Hira's ever expressive face shifted towards a thoughtful expression before the blank stare of a mental absentee as a rather tall woman started talking. However something of a snort or cough from the lady brought his attention slightly back into the moment - seeing as the woman looked health Hira just mentally wrote off the noise as his face lit up.

" Yasei, I got a cabinet full of the best new drinks I've had every day since we got in trouble - shoulda told me you were getting out. I'da brought something better than the bitter soda I brought with me to work today. Oooh also I helped design last months purple cat plushie and the fluffy pink fox plushie that's coming out later this month." From his medical supply bag Hira pulled out two keychain size plush dolls: one of a purple cat possessing a happy smile and a bell on its chest; the other being a curled up fluffy pink fox with a ball on its neck with a sleepy yet content expression. Hira slipped a finger into the back of each while talking.

" Squad 12 helped by letting us make something that can expand to a pillow when you put some energy in it," Hira demonstrated while talking and sure enough the fluffy key chains become fluffy pillow sized plushes. "Additionally, the fox's orb if you stare into it will have wandering clouds or swirling stars depending on if its night or day - shrinking them back just requires you twist their nose." Concluding his demonstration with shrinking the plush dolls back to keychain size before tossing them on the table with a 'how you like that' type of expression. Hira had spouted out his whole pitch in one solid breath without a single pause - and completed the unending word stream with a question.

" So is it true that they made you squash bugs in a giant nest this whole time without kido or zanpakuto? Did they look like ants, cockroaches, or spiders - and were they like normal sized bugs in a massive nests or are we talking like a bug big enough to ride on like a trusty steed?" Against all common sense, Hira hadn't payed attention to discussions on what the Maggots Nest was and thus remained oblivious to the places true nature. In that regard, his curiosity could be akin to a human child asking about what santa is like during his visits - and much like the truth of Santa, would find the reality of the situation far more banal.

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The loud commotion caused by Hira was quite distracting, but Ryuu was already aware of who it was by the look on Junko’s face. While he was certainly a proficient medic, Hira was not the exactly serious in regards to affairs not relating to medicine. Ryuu turned around in her seat to watch his antics while the rest of the group settled in. “Is there ever a moment that he is ever serious?” It was rhetorical question that she voiced aloud, glancing at her table mates for reactions. Kaito was as silent as ever as he watched over everyone else it would seem. Ryuu watched him with equal scrutiny before her attention was stolen by Joel. He was always a welcomed presence. Seeing him slouched in his chair, Ryuu briefly contemplated the thought of challenging him but they hadn’t even been served drinks yet.

Now that Joel was seated and relaxed, Yasei got the nearly impromptu meeting started. He did so by gathering up those who had chosen to seat themselves elsewhere, and brought them to their table. Iehira received a playful scolding for his foolish antics. Yasei continued to lead the conversation based upon the question Ryuu had initially asked him. Now that she had a better look at him, she could see that he was a bit off from his usual self. As he spoke of his time in the Maggot’s nest Ryuu realized it was because he was tired. That’s a first. Ryuu found it to be a little unusual for the giant to be tired, or to show an ounce of lethargy. The redhead hoped to hear more from him, but then Junko spoke up.

Almost at once Ryuu rolled her eyes, cupping her chin in her hand. Ryuu took Junko’s statement personally and snorted as she brought her hand down. “Any challenge you say? Is that for a fact?” Her fingers gently tapped the scabbard of her zanpakuto with this question. A playful fire light up in her ruby red eyes, and a smile adorned her lips. It may not have been the best time to challenge Junko, but her words irked her enough to not care for the consequences. They could either prove who could take on any challenge here and now, or they could take it up while in the human world. Or would that take away points? As she mulled this over to herself, the brief tension was broken up by Iehira.

There was no doubt in her mind that the older shinigami had a way of doing such things. She was often left wondering how such a foolish man was even able to graduate from the academy. Hearing him voice his obvious misconceptions of the Maggot’s nest, Ryuu burst out into laughter. “Yasei? As a bug exterminator? I doubt he needs kido or his zanpkuto to kill bugs, unless you’re scared of them?” Her eyes were light as she took a playful jab at her rival.

“Silliness aside, I was relieved of my second probation a few weeks ago.” Ryuu’s eyes shot to Junko’s, connecting with her steely blue eyes briefly before proceeding. “I was also given back my zanpakuto just the other day.” Ryuu’s eyes flashed an angry red then they softened. Many typically missed unless you knew how to distinguish the shade her changed. With fingertips stroking the scabbard of Ten no Bana briefly before retracting her hand. Her gaze drifted back upwards, cuing the next person to speak up about what they had been doing the past month or so.

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And that's when he wished he stayed in his comfortable little observatory bubble. Kaito wasn't good with people, not really. Or maybe people weren't good with him, an iffy guess either way. And Yasei's circle of friends? Well, Kaito never did know them that well. Sans the giant and the clown with a doctorate (from his time in the fourth squad, admittedly, but still). Everyone else was strictly from second hand. Rumours tend to travel fast, and whether they were true or complete fabrications from someone else's biased mind; there usually was some truth to them. And Kaito could feel his own anxiety seeping outward as he approached the table.

“Yo.” He commented in a practised, monotonous tone. His attention focused more on Yasei in an attempt to avoid accidentally staring the wrong person in the eyes. Something about wanting to keep the peace. They'd be doing plenty of fighting after this reunion was done and over with.

When the moment came for everyone to speak their piece, Kaito was intent on keeping his to himself. Bragging rights were for those bothered enough to compensate for their lack of personality, and he was nothing if not content just mentally taking notes what the lot had been up to while he was holed up in his base of operations.

Mostly training business, it seemed. Getting sweet with their respective squads and captains, which was all but familiar to Kaito who didn't even know half the names of his fellow scientists. Strange thing, that.

He had managed to pay enough attention to remember some bits, like, 'soldier princess's a bit uppity about herself' and 'red-hair sure likes jumping into fires, don't she'. He'd also noted the little gizmo Iehira flopped onto the table after his short demonstration. He remembered something about his squad working on a similar tech, captain called it a waste of time as he recalled. And, in hindsight, it probably was if Iehira had the only working prototype.

'Not the brightest specimen, that one.' Kaito mentally scolded the idiotic rant from his ex-squadmate, though not without cracking a subtle smile (the image of Yasei riding a giant bug amused him somewhat).

Then silence fell on the group, and Kaito had the feeling that they were waiting for someone to break the ice. And so it was, with a tiresome sigh and a forced smile that Kaito began to say his piece; a hand nervously rubbing the back of his head. “Can't say I've done much, honestly. Not in the way you all have.” His eyes darted back to Yasei. “Then again nothing quite tops spending the night with large insects, I guess.”

He was joking, obviously. Kaito was fully aware what the Maggot's Nest contained, and they weren't the nicest customers. The fact that his friend had managed to get out of there mostly unscathed was a feat he wouldn't dare to tackle himself. Not even out of sheer curiosity or mere fact checking. Suicidal was an apt description.

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Joel


Through the storm of laughter and echoes of chatter throughout the place, Joel could barely hear what Yasei said before standing up and leaving the table. He didn't have to wait long before Iehira landed in the seat next to him. Joel waved to him with a slight gesture of his hand in greetings. After Yasei sat down, Kaito followed and Yasei asked about what everyone else was doing, which made Joel remember, that his friend, who had just been in the pen, hadn't even explained his situation at all. Joel didn't ask either. He considered it something that would be better done without a crowd. It sure was strange to him. Joel recognized Yasei as a caring guy, but he wondered if this could be him taking control of the conversation. If he could be avoiding the topic of his imprisonment. It worried the lad for a second, but he decided there was no point in getting flustered over a topic he hadn't planned on bringing up. Keeping things calm was always a good route to go. Besides, he believed it was his friends night, even if it was for a mission. His questions could be asked later.

Joel took off his hood to get a clearer sound from the people around him. He had a dead stare on Junko as she talked. Every word out of her mouth made him feel like he was supposed to give her his undivided attention. While her explanation of her working time had been short, it carried all the power of a speech and was something Joel felt himself respecting to and slightly nodding at. All up to the snort at the end. A grin peeked on the lads face and he chuckled softly and said, "Nice," lowly under his breath. When Ryuu got up from her seat, Joel wondered if she had missed everyone more than anyone. She sure seemed eager to challenge, something Joel had felt since he sat down. It was really too bad he hadn't brought his own zanpakuto.

He then turned to Iehira, who Joel just called Hira. Being a member of the fourth squad, Joel was actually able to see him on more occasion than most in their group. Playing the messenger and picking up items between his squad and the others were also part of his punishment. It seemed he had been working on some kind of key chains. Joel glanced at them and wondered if that was Hira's punishment though the proud expression on his face about them said otherwise. It wasn't until he pulled out the inflatable pillow that he began to question what exactly it was his friend did all day at work. It seemed he was busy collecting items and with no word of his zanpakuto, Joel gave up on expecting anymore from him. He did giggled a little at his mix up of the facilities name for an actual nest of maggots. It was good enough to get him invested in the conversation to see if something else interesting would come off. If he were to laugh like this all night, he wouldn't know what he'd do.

When Ryuu began speaking about her time, Joel realized that maybe she didn't miss everyone, but wanted to test out her Zanpakuto after no having it for a while, though she still could have missed them all. It was weird, because they both made sense to him so he decided to go with both in his head. She still seemed glued to her sword however, but that was normal. It wasn't long until Kaito said something. Joel was surprised when he heard him speak because it seemed like he wasn't even there for a moment. He wondered if he was just being quiet the whole time. Sure wouldn't be a bad thing to have someone who was also quiet in the group. He found himself letting out another brief chuckle when reminded of the mistake Hira made about The Maggots Nest. He considered that to always be a classic memory he could look back on.

It seemed he was the only one left to speak. He brushed his hair forward with his hand and tried to think of something good to say, but found he had nothing to really report. "Still on probation from that one time. Mixed with a little discrepancies here and there I probably won't get off for a while, but they let me come here so that's something." He didn't want to tell them he had been continuously been getting chewed out for not carrying his zanpakuto so he evaded the topic all together. He looked toward Yasei who seemed as though the life was being taken out him. "Hey man," he said turning his head towards Yasei's direction. "You feeling alright?"

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Yasei Kuma
"When bed calls, I let it ring."



Despite having been the one to bring up the topic, Yasei found himself unable to focus on what was being said. He tried to pay attention to the important sounding bits, but missed whatever joke Iehira had made, although the references by others helped him piece it back together. He smirked with good intention, happy to be amongst his family again. Even if they were more than a handful.

His instincts forced a flare of Reiatsu when Ryuu tried to challenge Junko, his primal side taking over in his tired unattentive state as if the challenge had been directed at him, the action akin to a lion roaring to warn off a challenger. It earned him a few odd looks from the nearby table, although it was barely register-able and he hoped the others would let it slide as his attention returned to quell the gut-reaction.

Bringing himself back into focus he smirked at those who'd played on the oddly named Maggot's Nest. "You know me, terrified of insects, they were huge too these ones. Surprised I made it out with my mental and physical state in tact." He joked, stretching heavily and stifling a yawn. Joel expressed concern after saying his piece, but Yasei waved him off good-naturedly, clapping him on the back gently. "Nothing a night's rest won't fix." He responded, reaching behind himself to grab his Zanpakuto and place it on the table.

"Glad it seems most of us are out of the woods, new and improved, and since it looks like we're back to my turn. It took a month and a half in prison, but I finally got her name." He paused, giving himself time to decide whether he'd completely fill them in. In reality he'd just woken up one morning with a name echoing in his head, and with no access to his Zanpakuto he hadn't even had time to confirm it, not that meditating with his blade had ever gotten him even a glimpse of the inner world. Still, he felt it like a heartbeat in his soul every time the name entered his thoughts, beating in time with his bodies. It had to be it.

He gestured as if a show-girl presenting a prize, sweeping across the weapon. "Allow me to introduce, Jizen-jū (Benevolent Beast), the current Mrs Kuma, and one stubborn sword." He flirted, he could only assume at least some of the others had made similar progress, he doubted that blind luck had given him any edge over any of his fellows. He'd be dissapointed if it had. More than likely they wanted to keep their progress private, Yasei hoped to break the ice, and in the case of the ever competitive Ryuu and Junko, play poke the bear. Serious thought lay beneath the playful tone.

His eyes lit with a new energy as the gauntlet had been thrown. Junko was obviously pushing for a leg up going into this mission, and Ryuu was a blink away from a drawn sword. With Yasei's achievement listed boldly, and with pride, the game began for whom would trade blows. In the case of Junko, it was a matter of whether she'd risk revealing she'd been hiding things, and the pride loss that would follow. Honesty was important to her image, and her image was everything. He had already taken the advantage by being the first to announce and gaining the attention and image boost that followed.

In the case of Ryuu it was more simple, would the bait of his advancement entice her to the battleground, and would he be able to capitalise on her bloodlust to raise his own image of character with a counter. The giant aimed to be captain commander, in his plotting's and machinations did he and Junko share their character, something one would not expect from the muscle-bound brawler. He hoped at least one aspired for a stronger role in this upcoming mission, he looked forward to a long awaited return to old habits, and old battlefields.


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"Sometimes the only person you can trust is yourself."

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The rest of her "team" spoke, to Junko Yasei and Ryuu seemed to be issuing her a challenge for dominance. Yasei wanted to boar his way into being the leader of the group, more subtly than usual for the giant man, which concerned Junko a lot. Her steely eyes shot to Yasei, he was speaking of his sword. Boasting of his progress, it made her want to tell him of hers. To show off the white sword at her hip, to humiliate the other giant in the room and knock him down a peg so she could overtake the momentum he was building. Like a panther on the hunt Junko was ready for any slip-up, any misstep to where she would take control. Ryuu's readiness to fight issued a challenge that Junko wold happily oblige however, she wouldn't risk showing off her newly developed skills as of yet. Her hand rested on the scabbard of Kami Senchineru, it boosted her confidence and caused a new light of patience and a feeling of superiority toward her comrades to blaze up ten-fold. She knew the potential of her sword was one that could fall the gods themselves, let alone these misfits around her.

It seemed to her this meaningless chatter would go on and on, nothing would get accomplished. She wanted to do something productive. Everyone had spoken, even Joel had spoken up, surely Joel would understand that she was the rightful group leader for this excursion. Junko cleared her throat and spoke up with confidence and charm, well as much charm as a woman like her could have.
"So, do we intend to play catch-up like a bunch of housewives all day when we should be deciding crucial things? I for one think we should have a 'leader' of sorts to keep the tasks at hand up-front and keep an order." She ran a hand through her hair with a knowing smirk. "If no one else would step up, I'll happily volunteer to lead us through the human world mission to success. After all I am the most suited for leadership among us. Everyone has their own strengths, leading just happens to be mine. Besides I know how each of us can work to our top potential! Doesn't that sound agreeable? Who's with me?" She asked enthusiastically, her eyes looking at the faces of her soon to be comrades as she did.

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Iehira


Iehhira had reached out for his soda gourd as the fight for team leader broke out. It didn't take long for a certain realization to take place one that resulted in a flare of spirit energy being used to slice open his gourd with a loud screech as he slid his finger down the side and spilled the rest of the contents on the table. His voice still low but cold when he spoke with a serpentine smile.

"Ladies, you're all pretty - now shut up. Since as leader you'll ultimately end up talking to me a lot as the de facto medical head of the squad - I'd imagine none of you dumb enough to ignore the weight of my concerns." Hira began tapping his still charged finger against the table - slowly but surely creating a mark similar to a scalpel being pushed into the surface. "Given the analytic specialties of Squad 12, I'll have to trouble you to ensure the accuracy of mine." Hira's eyes wandered to Kaito before continuing without waiting for a reply.

" Out of interest in the safety of my patients: in this situation Commander - to the best of my knowledge we shinigami will be in the human world for an unspecified duration. In this period: actions and duties will be performed as usual in the sake of teamwork until release is granted. Given teamwork is the goal: we can assume the teammates must by some standard have an equal contribution into the exercise. In this outline I present the following concerns: standard regulations forbid Squad 4 from entering the Living World as it's an effective active combat zone.However Squad 4 is still present: what battle formations and tactics will be implemented to ensure safety of medics while accounting for the Squads lack of combat preparations is likely to make them a team liability. In addition, as this is a long term expedition: supplies must be considered to account for energy expenditure in the event the healer runs out of energy. Lastly: as every shinigami present has their own amount of Reiryoku - spirit energy but only so much is manifested in usable value at once which is measured as Reiatsu aka spirit pressure; this will inevitably influence the Reiryoku of the area they are located.By how much due to expect this to increase the Reiryoku in the area and what does this in turn mean in regards to Hollows being attracted to high amounts of Reiryoku to feed and the potential collateral to humans dwelling there." Hira folded his hands together as his expression and energy dropped back to normal.

"Given my responsibilities over the protection of the lives of my patients you can understand why I as medic cannot discharge my patients into the care of a leader who can't address at least this level of concern lest they end up wasting the very lives I'm obligated to look after.However, Im not unreasonable: you can consult what relevant experts we have on the table; but i trust as Commander you're up-to-date on our various growths and developments since school or at least can make a good estimate without asking right?" Hira didnt even bother suppressing the mockery in his tone at the end of his verbal assault. After all, in his view the argument over a leader at such a period of time was ridiculous. He could understand people liked trying to look good. but his time with Mamoru had influenced his thinking in prioritizing the risk of the lives involved over something like glory or something equally trivial. He was however rather surprised at how much a situation assessment for battle was to the snap judgements he had to make during emergency treatments. The result created something of a smugly amused expression on his face.

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'We're really doing this, heh?'

Kaito might've let out a subtle groan as he felt somewhat let down that, well, so far he was the only one done with formalities. He had other shit to get on with, and whether letting them swim in their own sweat was another cleverly planned out part of this exercise or just a plain lucky bonus didn't exactly subtract from the feeling that they were just delaying for the sake of it.

And then the lot of them had to resort to old habits, prompting Kaito to mentally brace for the worst case scenario and assume something of a defensive stance in case tables went flipping in the process. Not that some of them have a tendency to display patience the likes of spoiled children, anyway. In spite of their competitive nature, none of the louder individuals here struck Kaito as that petty. 'The clown doctor, maybe.' But even he wouldn't snap that easily, right?

Wrong.

There was something about the way Iehira pretended to sound intelligent that had Kaito utter a single grunt in the face of another long-winded speech that, quite frankly, made his head throb. And it was when he noticed the smug, self-satisfied smirk on the medic's face that the taller man realised his “friend” felt like he managed to one up the volunteer leader(s).

“Actually,” Kaito began. Formulating a response that didn't rely on verbal assault. “with the number of shinigami here, I'm expecting less opposition.” He had to give Iehira some credit, he was half right. If they'd all stuck together there'd be enough spiritual pressure to attract a handful of hollows, but, “If we split up, so will the amount of spiritual energy. It's far more likely that we'll have to hunt them down.”

Never mind that, despite the fact that they weren't a threat on their own, an army's worth of shinigami had enough spiritual power to effectively chase away their enemies instead. Not all hollows were simple, mindless beasts.

“As for any collateral damages, I trust the officers leading this expedition will have taken the necessary precautions.” A respectful nod followed, and Kaito returned to his usual introspective self.

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It was quite interesting to see how everyone responded. Ruby red eyes darted towards Yasei after she issued her challenged. They lingered on him for a few seconds before dancing around to the next person who spoke. It didn’t surprise her much with Kaito’s response, or rather the change in his demeanor as he spoke up. He typically kept to himself, favoring quiet over pointless banter. Ryuu found amusement in most forms of banter however when it occurred just to make some noise, she found it annoying. Tilting her head just enough to have Joel in her full vision, Ryuu was under the impression that everyone had gotten off probation. “Surely they don’t intend on keeping you on probation any longer? I’m surprised you still are, then again, each Captain functions differently.”

With this being said, Ryuu thought of her own Captain who simply made her training far more rigorous and unpleasant than most other members of the squad. As Yasei took his turn in speaking, Ryuu focused her attention on him. A blossom of pride swelled in her chest at the idea of him learning his zanpakuto’s name however it was a feeling she quickly squashed in the event Yasei noticed. He was her rival after all. Instead Ryuu turned that pride into a sarcastic remark. “It was about time you caught up to me Yasei.” Her fingertips glided over Ten no Bana’s scabbard with care. Taking a firm grip of her sword, Ryuu lifted her off the table and locked eyes with Yasei. “Which do you think is the better lady?” It was a blatant challenge, but it was obvious that Ryuu did not mean to fight now as leaned her sword against the seat beside her.

Ryuu was aware that everyone would no doubt want to keep their new improvements a secret for the time being, or at least until a better opportunity arose. She felt the same way. It would be much better to show off her newly developed skills in the human world so that the others would see how much she had improved. A smile stretched across her face as a fire lit in her eyes however that smile turned into a frown of annoyance. With a roll of her eyes, Ryuu let out an exasperated sigh the moment she realized what Junko was saying. As usual the younger woman spoke of herself as if she truly was superior to everyone around her. It was a personal opinion that Ryuu had hoped would be broken at some point. There will be a day where it will come back to bite her in the ass. Ryuu could only imagine what those circumstances would be, but she certainly hoped she could be there to witness it.

To her surprise, Iehira spoke up. Unlike his usual aloofness, he spoke in what Ryuu could only take as a belittling tone to Yasei and Junko. The smug expression he bore at the end of his rant only further reinforced her feelings on the matter. His harsh assessment of the two was something else entirely, and Ryuu couldn’t help but snort at his words. Leaning back in her chair, Ryuu folded her arms across her chest in a relaxed manner. “Look, you all have wonderful points, but belittling one another does us no good.” Ryuu looked at Junko briefly before glancing at everyone else. “I, for one, have no desire to be leader of this expedition for the time being.” Leading others wasn’t her strong suit, in fact it was one of her weakest points. She had always been a fairly independent woman, so anything that involved leading others in any collaborative attempt was often scrutinized by her. Ryuu was competitive by nature and was always aiming to overcome the next person.

She knew she couldn’t work well with Junko due to their past history. They were also very different in nature and so they often clashed heads. Kaito and Joel were easy enough to work with as they were typically quiet, and gave good feedback without being too snarky. She had worked the least with Iehira due to their different skill sets. From what she remembered from the Academy, Kaito was a pretty good strategist and his calm demeanor was a plus to that. As much as she didn’t want to admit to it, Junko was fairly qualified for the job however her superiority complex was an issue that Ryuu has seen get in the way of basic team work activities. On the other hand, Yasei was like the glue that stuck them all together. He applied himself accordingly to each of them, and did not try to purposely outshine the others. Yasei also knew how to handle everyone, so that toes weren’t stepped on out of ignorance.

Ryuu looked back up, and scanned the expressions of everyone. They knew she intended on being Kenpachi at some point in time, so hearing her say that she did not intend on taking on a leadership role was unusual. At the very least, it would have given her some experience but Ryuu knew she would constantly receive opposition from Junko, if she somehow became leader of the group.

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Joel


Joel had decided to follow his gut feeling and leave Yasei without many questions for the time being. He knew his friend had been tired and he'd have better luck without exhaustion in the way of his answers. Nodding he turned to Ryuu as she asked him about his probation. "Well, Lady Hanakonawa is just and her means aren't as harsh as one might think. It's actually my fault. It seems every day I get in trouble for something which adds more time to my punishment." He gave away half the truth, flapping the bottom part of his jacket over his legs under the table. In truth, it had been because Joel never liked carrying his zanpakuto. While on normal occasion he's able to keep people from noticing because of how big his shinigami jacket is on him, when he takes it off they always find out. It wasn't something he was particularly ashamed of. The thought of one day being able to carry it around without any anxiety kept him at ease for the present. However, until that day, the day he could tame his blades hunger, he'd only carry it if he were on a mission. Thinking on it, he both dreaded and awaited the day they would go to the human world, because he'd be forced to carry it at all times there. At that time, he'd see if he could continue to call himself it's master.

Yasei had began talking about his own zanpakuto and told everyone it's name. Joel grinned when hearing it. It made him want to tell about his, but he remembered he was trying to keep attention away from it. Luckily, Junko seemed to grow weary of the conversation, deeming a SMEAC among the group. She seemed to skip all the way to Command and Signal, declaring that she would make the perfect leader for the team. Joel lazily gazed at her as she made her plea for the lead with his eyes darting from one person to the other to catch their responses. Once his eyes and hers caught, he gave her a thumbs up to make her feel as if he were on her side, but honestly he didn't care who called themselves leader. He had his own agenda in mind and wouldn't do anything that would hinder it, so it didn't matter which one of them were giving the orders. He had always just planned on doing what he knew he should do.

Once Iehira began talking Joel began to zone out. He didn't realize he was electing the head of the Gotei Thirteen. He wasn't sure if he was trying to call himself to become leader or just trying to question Junko's leadership, but it went on for far too long. He could see past the mans banter, since there were a few good points he had. Protecting the medic and supplies was probably the number one task their squad should have besides the eradication of shinigami. It would definitely lower casualties and make the job easier. Joel sighed and glanced at Kaito who didn't seem enthusiastic about this planning the group was doing, maybe less than Joel. However, Joel couldn't agree with everything said by him since he thought relying on others even those in positions higher than them was a good way to get killed. However, Joel had nothing to add to the conversation and kept quiet seeing that nothing he said would really matter at this point. Everything said thus far was pretty pointless to him. Joel grinned when Ryuu was basically saying what was on his mind.

"Ryuu's right. We don't need to pick a leader if it's just going to make us bicker. Besides, we're all from different squads with different skills. We'll work together off of our strengths. Should be easier than a squad full of the same type of shinigami who are use to the same daily routine," he said before turning his head to Iehira. "You don't have to worry about formation or anything. I've hear it usually falls apart during a battle anyway. If you're too scared to be left alone, you could always stay close to me. I'll protect you." Joel grinned do to his mix of sarcasm, insult, and truth. It was all fun though with him. He was sure Hira would notice the little bit of teasing. Though, even in his joking tone there was a hint of seriousness for he had always planned to protect him. Him and everyone else at their table.

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Yasei Kuma

"It's like fatherhood without the special holiday."



Junko reacted exactly as predicted, and he had been prepared to start a back and forth, a smirk spreading across his features. However that mood was immediately soured by a stream from Iehira. Criticism and planning would have been welcome, were it not for the manner he conducted himself, prideful, cocky, smug. An undeserved sense of superiority over his peers rivalling Junko, and over such standard problems. Were the squads incapable of handling such things, especially with seated officers present, then the Gotei 13 would have fell apart millenia ago, and those involved would have long been removed to the Maggot's Nest.

He tensed in annoyance, bringing a hand up to hold his head, the others had already reprimanded or dismissed him, to wade in now would be overkill. He had to bring the conversation back around instead, though Joel and Ryuu had little enthusiasm for a leader, perhaps something else would be more suitable.

"I don't think we need a leader, but we do need a formation, even a loose one. We all almost died, and I won't let that scene repeat." He commented, he brought out a pencil from his pocket and a piece of paper, scribbling on it for a bit before throwing it on the table along with the pencil.

"That's my idea anyway, if it falls apart, then we regroup around whoever needs help closest to us." He added.


Idea

Vanguard: Ryuu (Great strength, strong solo swordsmanship, best to hold front-line vs groups or stronger hollow)
Disruption: Kaito, Me (Subjugation and heavy impact is Hakuda speciality, I'm tough, Kaito good head for positioning, help support Vanguard)
Interference: Joel (Fastest, great strength for going solo, able to move between groups to assist and hit and run)
Support: Iehira, Junko (Tactical prowess and organisation, healing and restrictive Kido, best at organizing wounded and panicking shinigami, can hold and rally wounded line in a pinch, Junko excellent swordswoman.)



He was aware that the support section mainly praised Junko, and emphasised leadership responsibilities, but he hoped the others picked up on his intent to flatter and placate Junko into accepting the position and rolled with it. In the end it was just a loose formation, but he had a good idea of what the groups specialities were from his individual time with them, and their styles.

Ryuu was a true 11th shinigami, she wanted to fight and win, front-line was her domain to be wild. Kaito was intelligent, a careful planner with strong Hakuda skill, he was effective at choosing when and where to be to provide support and disrupt enemy movement, or to pick up a kill before it turned into a threat. Joel was a lone wolf, letting him run free meant they had a scout, as well as letting him clean up kills wherever he could get them and be there as an extra hand in split-second moments or to replace someone long enough for them to be healed.

Iehira and Junko were more complicated personalities, but with his Hakuda and her Swordsmanship, they could disrupt and kill any strays that snuck by along with Joel, and their Kido would be invaluable in giving time to rotate. The two could provide additional support, heal wounded, and with Junko's barriers the wounded would be protected. Her reputation and unyielding air of superiority would smash through any panic or fear and create additional supporters.

Yasei had had plenty of time to think about what he'd do differently in that forest, and this was a huge part of it. He didn't want to just pass, he had to prove to himself and the seated officers who he was, and who his friends were. They didn't need to just pass, or even excel, they had to win. They had to build a bonfire of co-operation between the squads where there had barely been embers.

One last spark to ignite.

"What do you think? The faster we decide the faster the serious stuff is over." He paused and grinned wolfishly at Ryuu. "Then we can talk about how my lady's going to show yours up." He taunted, a glint of mischief in his eye.

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"Sometimes the only person you can trust is yourself."

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It seemed to Junko that this meeting was falling apart in total disagreement and bickering from all sides. This was to be a teamwork operation and so far they were failing. She'd never failed anything since she was born! As everyone spoke Junko found herself lost in her own head, her first day back and her pride was already sinking her productivity. It would never do, a hundred laps would suffice as punishment for her shortsightedness. If she was ever to be captain commander she'd need to be able to transcend her own desires when it was time to work. She'd need to become the leader everyone needed instead of herself. She sighed a bit at her foolishness. Though she knew with this group not reverting to her own selfish self would be hard.

She had been so deep in thought she practically missed Yasei's addition to the debate. Junko puffed her cheeks slightly at the plans the large man had drawn out. She and Iehira? Support? Though she had to admit. . . It would most likely be the best plan of attack. With a resigned expression and through a clenched smile she looked up at Yasei.
"I hate to say it Yasei but that seems to be the best plan I've heard thus far. . . " Damn it all did it hurt to talk like that to anyone! She despised being outplayed yet, she respected progress and tactics when handled correctly. So, she'd let Yasei have his moment, she'd have her time to shine in the human world. Although the respect she had growing for Yasei diminished at the childish jab at the end. It was as if Junko had forgotten who she was dealing with for a moment. All of them were so pointlessly standoffish- yet, she supposed she could be the same way- so again she swallowed that anger to save face.

"I will support Yasei's plan of action. Any of us who deny this moment of tact from our large companion, will answer to me and my blade. . ." She shot a poisonous glare around the table and then smiled with an uncharacteristic glow. "All in favor?" She had a feeling not many would speak out against both her and Yasei, the two of them together would be an imposing force to reckon with, that she could admit with an ounce of pride at least. Junko had a sinking feeling she might come out of this with a very damaged sense of pride indeed.

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Iehira


Hira tilted his head as Kaito pointed out that in all probability groups would be split over large distances...he actually hadn't considered that and had expected everyone to be lazily dumped into one location. His own little shock kept him from adequately paying attention as Ryuu chimed in her two cents as well - the voice was recognized but words were unintelligible through the noise created by his own thoughts. He only vaguely even registered Joel's turning to him and saying that his security was assured and could only stare in confusion since he didn't recall mentioning any fear for his own safety. After all, Hira didn't mention that he was afraid of dying - after all that was just part of living. The line of thought only left the medic to ponder where the misunderstanding of increased chance of survival for the squad translated to fear on his part.

It wasn't until Yasei put a piece of paper forward that Iehira found his focus back on the conversation. After all a formation itself was an increase in safety for everyone involved and the fact that Hira couldn't poke a hole in it left him more than satisfied with the result and a stupid grin to match it. Of course, he wasn't shocked that the big man understood what he was getting at given the history of strong communication abilities Yasei demonstrated in school. Unfortunately the medic couldn't keep the shock from his face at Junko conceded the point - she struck him as unreasonable.

"Yeah sure I'm for it. Can we go now, cuz all this official talk is a pain. So in blah blah packing - anyone got requests for drinks alcoholic or otherwise? I've kinda over built up my stock." True to typical Hira form, his expression went from an annoyed grimace to a mischievous smile with the sentence change. It was also at this moment that he noticed the lack of a certain weight on his back.

" Huh - where's Mamoru...coulda sworn I brought it with me." In continuation of the thought, he spun around in his seat to scan the building for his sword.

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Ryuu Shosuke





Ryuu nodded her head in understanding listening to Joel explain himself. It never really occurred to her that Joel would be that kind of person, and it was a shame that they somehow found such a hard working shinigami. Among the group, Joel was someone that Ryuu respected after Yasei and saw as an equal in terms of skill. “That is a shame.” As the talk of forming strategies continues, Ryuu couldn’t help but smile at some of the remarks they each made. Joel’s last comment made her smile, but she took notice of the underlying note of seriousness of his words. Although she was an independent player, she was by no means unwilling to help her friends, even if some got on her nerves.

When Ryuu thought of it longer the six of them were like family of rambunctious and quiet misfits. They were each different in some regard, and they each had their own strengths and weaknesses. Something that Joel had pointed out and Yasei had the idea to continue that thought.

Upon remembering what had happened that night, Ryuu paused. The soft smile that had been on her face throughout the conversation faltered. Her eyes narrowed slightly, and her hand went to her shoulder. Her fingertips traced the scar that was now there. Despite the length of time that had passed, the old wound still ached. It would forever be a reminder of her shortcomings, and that she was already limiting her ability to fight. She never wanted to be in that same position again which was why Yasei’s strategy made sense to her.

The redhead leaned closer to Yasei to watch him scribble out his thoughts. Her scarlet eyes followed his pencil move across the paper and oddly enough her head bounced softly in agreement. The basis of Support was a good idea, and Ryuu could tell that Yasei’s choice of words was to appeal to Junko’s pride. It never quite occurred to her how well her old friend understood the group. Ryuu would have never been able to come up with such a strategy as it wasn’t her thing to these out. She had no choice but to accept Yasei’s plan of action, but she certainly wasn’t expecting Junko to think the same.

Her attention was briefly taken away from her at Yasei’s jab. The wolfish smile returned as it spread across her face, and a fire light up in her eyes. Ryuu’s hand brushed over the scabbard of her sword at the idea of being able to draw her again. “My only warning is that she is one of those women who fights with a burning passion.” In some sense, Ryuu’s choice of words was a hint to her zapakuto’s main ability, but it wasn’t enough to give away her trump card altogether.

Ryuu turned her attention back to Junko. “I didn’t expect you to agree so easily Junko, but Yasei does have the best plan so far,” she said with a snort. Junko’s threat was pointless, causing Ryuu to roll her eyes and groan a bit. “I’m pretty sure we all agree with Yasei on this, so threatening us with your blade is a pointless effort.” Junko’s glare was returned in kind, but the tense moment passed once Iehira spoke up.

Red eyes focused on Iehira. A welcome distraction from another argument to form between Junko and her. Her eyes glided over him. Curious as to where his zanpakuto had gone. “Iehira how could you have lost your zanpakuto? It’s not like it can just get up and walk away.” The expression on Ryuu’s face was a mixture of annoyance but there was some teasing involved. “You would make an awful caretaker. You know that?” The annoyance was gone from her face and replaced by a chuckle. Since Iehira had mentioned it, she was rather parched. “Does anyone want something to drink? We are at the Shining Star after all.” Ryuu’s eyes landed on each of them, but stayed focused on Yasei as a challenge.

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Joel


Though Yasei agreed that they didn’t need a leader, he seemed to think having a formation of some sort would be beneficial. Joel couldn’t disagree on the matter since going somewhere completely unprepared would just be insane. Once the paper the bear was writing on was laid on the table, Joel leaned over to take a quick peak, quickly reading what was on it before slouching back in his chair. Though his expression didn’t change much he gave a slight nod of approval. He thought the position he was given was best for him. Everyone else seemed content with their positions as well.

While Yasei and Ryuu talked about their zanpakuto’s, Iehira spoke of missing his, to which Joel looked around his chair for. Not finding anything, he gave up and began twiddling his fingers. He began to think about how he would move in the formation. If they were split up, he doubted the trip would be very linier and he wasn’t confident in his ability to step around things at high speeds. He still had a lot to learn about managing a step while putting force into it for maximum speed, but he knew that if he wanted to be a hundred percent useful he’d need to learn how within the next two weeks.

Ryuu snapped him out of his preparations when she asked if anyone wanted a drink and when he looked behind him at the clock over the bar, he realized that they’d been there for twenty minutes, which surprised him not because it seemed much longer than that, but it had to have been a record for how long they sat inside a bar without drinks in front of them. “Well. Sobriety felt good while it lasted” he said, though he only planned on having a few social beers.

Once the drinks arrived, Joel raised his glass to the sky. “I don’t usually drink, but you guys always seem to get me in the mood to. This drink goes out to Yasei for getting out of the dog house and to our group for not only getting to go on our first mission to the human world, but for also being able to share this experience together.” With that, he pulled his glass to his lips and began chugging till it was all gone, jokingly sticking his tongue out in discuss afterwards. He looked around the table and watched his friends talk and joke with smiles on their faces. It was this moment that he wished he could keep forever. Even if he couldn’t keep it, he’d like it to be a guarantee to come again. So he believed it would. He believed that this mission was a restart for them all; that after this they wouldn’t be known as trouble makers or criminals, or even jokes. They’d all get the respect they’d deserve after this and they’d be able to carry on after this with pride. This is something he was sure of.

The setting changes from seretei to City of Igarashi

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The First Expedition



After bearing witness to the disunity between the 13 court Guard Squads, the Captain Commander has declared that various members of each squad will venture to the human world. This is so that they may all learn to cooperate under different circumstances. The expedition group will be led by Lieutenant Hosoi of the Twelfth division. As for why the Captain Commander chose Hosoi over others is not yet known.


All the members of the expedition have gathered together in front of the Senkaimon to travel to the human world. It had been some time since so many have left for the human world, but it was deemed worthwhile by the Captain Commander. The only lieutenant among the expedition group was Hosoi. There were also other seated members of different squads, however, the rank only went as far up as the fourth seated officer. Many shinigami have already formed groups of four or more while there were still a few that chose to start off as a lone wolf. Of the many groups, our protagonists were found closer towards the front of the crowd due to Junko’s insistence. Shinigami began to feel restless, waiting for the call to open the gates of the Senkaimon.


After ten or fifteen minutes were spent waiting, Lieutenant Hosoi gave the call and the gates were opened. Streams of shinigami rushed through and were immediately dispersed around the city of Igarashi. The group consisting of Yasei, Junko, Joel, Ryuu, Iehira and Kaito were placed in an area close to a university and large shopping complex. They were to wear gigais until it was no longer necessary and to interact with the population to avoid any disruption among the city while dealing with hollows.


Currently, the group is staying in an apartment complex with two other groups from the expedition.

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Ryuu Shosuke






The large crowd that had gathered for the expedition was quite unexpected to Ryuu. She was aware that there would be many from each squad going through with this plan, but she didn’t think it would have been this many. It didn’t surprise her though when some of the other shinigami were getting restless. The redhead herself was also beginning to feel antsy. They were all waiting for the call to pass through the Senkaimon but alas, it wouldn’t be for another ten minutes until they were allowed to leave. Ryuu examined the faces of her peers with interest, trying her best gauge what was going through their minds.


She had only gone to the human world once however it was just for a training exercise. It was completely different to what they were doing now. They had to wear gigais for the majority of this mission unless they had to confront an adversary. Ryuu grumbled under her breath and held her sword closer to her body. Earlier that morning one of her seated squad members suggested that she get something to hold her sword in so that she could free up her hands. Ryuu understood that having a sling of some kind to hold her zanpakuto would be helpful. She would have full mobility of her arms, but Ryuu couldn’t bring herself to. As much as she hated to admit, and she had no intention of sharing this knowledge with her friends, Ryuu has begun to depend on the warmth and security Ten no Bana gave her while in her arms like this.


The thought of the others hearing such a sappy line made Ryuu scowl at them. Her eyes darted away in a fruitive manner. Those same eyes noticed Lt. Hosoi was approaching the mass of shinigami. The shinigami that had gathered for the expedition became alert immediately. Ryuu watched the Lt. for a moment and a grin began to make its way on her face.


Finally the lieutenant gave the call. The downside to being so close to the front was that those behind them were rushing to get through. To avoid being trampled Ryuu ran ahead of the others but made sure not to separate from them completely.


Few days later



It was the early morning with the sun just barely peeking out over the tops of the houses. Ryuu was already up along with whoever else however she was outside. They were stationed at some apartment complex along with a few other’s for the duration of the expedition. There wasn’t much to do that she found interesting, but there was a large river that Ryuu was currently spending her time at. Ryuu liked the way the water sparkled with the morning sun, and the air still felt crisp. Looking around, Ryuu made sure no one was around to see her. Satisfied that she wouldn’t be spotted, the redhead began going through some exercises. Under normal circumstances she wouldn’t have cared if someone saw her but being in a gigai was not something she was used to.


Like almost everyone else, Ryuu moved around in her gigai awkwardly. She felt heavy and sluggish wearing the damn thing. It was also frustrating. She couldn’t get it to move the way she wanted it to sometimes which was why she was going through these exercises. Ryuu needed to get used to moving in this body.


At one point, Ryuu tripped over her own feet and fell to the ground with her face red with anger. “Dammit.” She punched the ground out of irritation before sitting back on her heels. The human world was a strange one at least to her. They hadn’t gotten any calls and they hadn’t noticed anything amiss just yet, so they’ve been exploring the area. Today would be a good day to explore again. Standing back up, Ryuu brushed off the grass and dirt from her body. Once back at the apartment Ryuu checked in to see who was still around. “Hey I’m gonna go exploring. Does anyone want to come with?” The expedition seemed like it would be some crazy hardship but so far it was relaxed. Ryuu got a towel to wipe off some of the sweat but decided changing clothes entirely would be a better idea. She threw on some random tee shirt she had found and grey sweatpants. Wearing clothes that weren’t her uniform also felt weird, but she was getting used to it.

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Joel


Departing in the morning was one thing, but having to wait until half noon was another. The hurry up and wait approach was a reminder of his time in the academy and gave him a feeling of gratitude to his own squad for not having to deal with time saving efforts of this sort. Joel didn't like to see it as such, for he knew this was just to prevent people from being late. It was even worse considering that he had never been late due to his speed which was the downfall to being so fast. It didn't keep him from trying to get faster each day, but it was an annoyance none the less. More so because when given an early time to be somewhere, Joel couldn't take his last minute approach of being the final or close to the last person to show up to a gathering.

He crossed his arms and sighed as he stared up at the grey morning sky. The sun hadn't even arose yet, and by the time it did, it would still be awhile before the event actually started. No doubt, the wait was for people to still gather into mixed teams before being forced into ones. Surprising as it was, he had a few stragglers walk past him and ask him if he had a team, most of whom were people he's never seen before, despite his time as a shinigami. He was relieved when the first of his friends came in to save him from the unwanted interactions and though he wouldn't say it, being around them made the wait pass by quicker. It was then he learned that only the people without a team had to show up early, which made him feel bad for feeling so negatively about the ones who talked to him. He had to admit, he wasn't a morning person and everyone in his division knew so. Especially fourth seat Forza, the man who told Joel and the rest of the squad members departing thirteenth to arrive early. No doubt a prank for the first time human world visitors. Joel hadn't seen the others since they left and had a feeling he might not get to see them for a long while. He looked towards the direction of the base area and realized he wouldn't see a lot of them for a while. This brought him both a sense of relief and a hint of sadness. They were like his family after all. How lucky that he'd be able to spend this time away from them with others whom he'd call family. How lucky indeed.

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"47....48....49...........50!"
Joel flopped over to his back, giving his arms a rest and taking a moment to relax his chest. He couldn't believe how weak the Gigai's were in comparison to his non-corporal body. Everything felt different with it on. The way the earth's gravity was more apparent. How he could only do fifty push ups, twenty pull ups, and a hundred sit ups. Even the way his balance felt when he walked. Everything was out of whack. Usually, when he walked he felt light as a feather and he could exercise all day in one muscle group before getting tired. This was even worse than being a child again, he thought. He sat up, wincing and using one hand to grab his stressed chest area and the other to grab his abdomen, which he think he totally destroyed the night before. When he was finally able to relax he curled his legs together and began his breathing training while looking around the room. The humans really did believe in comfort of the mind as well as the body. Joel hadn't even used his bed since being there, seeing as his carpeted floor was so comfortable. He couldn't decide if he'd rather sleep on the patch of grass near the koi pond or sleep on the soft floor lining. It made him especially happy, that he could literally work out, then nap and go to working out again without having to worry about pulling off heavy sheets, or getting away from the clutches of a mattress. He wondered if the mattresses in the human realm were any different from the ones in his. The only one in the room who would know the difference was Jin. Jin was the name Joel's zanpakuto growled out one night. The growl was so slurred, Joel could tell that Jin wasn't all there was too it, but the fact that spirit in his blade was calm enough to try saying something that didn't have to do with eating something meant there was progress happening in their synergy. He looked at the sword that was leaning against his bed thinking about how there wasn't even a peep from it since they've arrived. The man could only hope it wasn't a bad omen.

Joel sprung to his feet, forcefully stepping back while flailing his arms to catch his balance. He was able to avoid the fall and was relieved that none of the others were currently in the room to see his close fail. It was then that he started to wonder where the others had run off to and if they were ever going to get a call to actually do their jobs. He headed to the bedrooms exit to leave and get something to eat when he heard a loud bang sound, followed by a smaller thump and some muffled voices. Joel went back to grab his zanpakuto and a pill of his nightstand just in case.

When he opened the door he could see Kaito down the hall checking out his person. Surely he too was feeling weird in his human prison. Joel sighed and walked towards him thinking to maybe start a conversation, but kept his eyes away until getting closer when as soon as he was opening his mouth, he heard Ryuu call out to them. "Exploring..." Joel repeated under his breath to register the thought completely in his head. 'As cold as it is?' This thing the humans had called winter wasn't something to laugh about and made the young man instantly use his "allowance" to buy heavy hoods and clothes. Kaito seemed to be game, as he had said so himself and Before he realized it, he blurted out, "Sounds fun," He still had his zanpakuto in hand and the pill in his pocket so he believed he was set to leave anyways. There wasn't an excuses not to go and frankly, Joel didn't think he really wanted one. He knew as well as anyone else that you can't just stay in a box exercising all day and night without any interaction. It wasn't good for the psyche. He threw on some really baggy Jeans over the sport shorts he had on and put on long shirt over his t-shirt and then a jacket before throwing a hood jacket over that one. "Ready when you guys are," he said dressed as if the winter holocaust was beginning.

The setting changes from city-of-igarashi to Seretei

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Iehira


Hira wasn't enjoying the stay in the human world - sure the drinks were plentiful and there were more books available to read than he'd ever have the time to fully read. But the sensation of being in a gigai just ruined the whole affair - the tastes were as vibrant as they should and aromas were just flat to the nose; worst of all he couldn't see the stars! The human world just had so much going on that the night sky was pitch black save for the moon...and it just made it sky feel so lonely.

The reality of the situation made the formerly excited shinigami little more than a husk of depression as the stay lasted. In fact, his answer to the invitation of a walk was little more than a blank stare and a nod. Hopefully there was SOMETHING is this world that could bring him joy would show up. His lack of skill made the action of standing up far more reliant on his "cane" than his usual lazy habit.

"...Me...too." Half crazed from boredom from the whole affair, Hira was desperate to actually come across a chance to do something or actually have some fun.

The setting changes from seretei to City of Igarashi

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Character Portrait: Ryuu Shosuke Character Portrait: Joel Hiataka Character Portrait: Kaito Minami Character Portrait: Iehira

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Ryuu Shosuke





Her red eyes snapped over to where Kaito stood. Ryuu hadn’t noticed him being there, so she was a bit surprised by his presence. “Well that’s one person. Anyone else want to come with?” It was frustrating not being able to sense the spiritual presence of her friends. Not as well as she would have without the gigai. She leaned against a countertop, waiting for someone else to join them. It wasn’t that she didn’t enjoy Kaito’s company, but it would be a lot more bearable to have more to interact with. Kaito wasn’t the most talkative of people, but Ryuu wasn’t much of a talker either.

Joel was the second person to pop. He carried his zanpakuto with him which Ryuu realized she should probably take with her. She looked over his attire with some disbelief before snickering. “Joel we’re not going to Antarctica if that’s what you were thinking. It’s not that cold, but I guess I should throw on a jacket so you don’t look too out of place.” As stood up straight and went to her room. She grabbed a random jacket as well as her sword. Ryuu kept it in a case that the humans used for some game called lacrosse. Leaving her room, she came upon Iehira as well.

“Well you’re an awful sight. Are you already getting sick of the human world?” She poked fun at his dull mood. They all gathered in the main room, and Ryuu looked around at the bored faces. They were missing Yasei and Junko, but she was desperate to head out. “Well I guess the other two went off on their own or something.” Ryuu wasn’t expecting to be the one to lead the group as it just wasn’t her thing.

With the way they carried themselves and the mood that was radiating off of them made anyone they passed by uncomfortable. If the public didn’t know any better they were all delinquents being led by some angry looking red head. Ryuu didn’t help the situation much either by glaring at anyone who stared at them too long. They had already gone through this area before, so there was nothing new to see. Eventually they reached the shopping district which was bustling with activity.

Ryuu hadn’t been through this part of the area yet, so she was curious as to what was inside all the buildings. “Well I guess we can just explore on our own for a little while. I haven’t been through here yet. I’ve heard that these areas are like candy to a baby. Hollows can be found here, so maybe we’ll find one or two?” A wolfish grin flashed across her face. Ryuu was aware that wishing for Hollows to appear wasn’t exactly great but in all honesty she needed something to do. She knew the others probably shared the same thoughts.

As Ryuu explored a bit, she saw a boutique full of clothing. When she got close enough she saw that it was full of frilly gowns. She stood in front of the window at just the right spot to where it looked like her reflection was wearing one of the dresses. She snickered at the idea of being forced to wear it. Turning on her heel, Ryuu decided to lean against the wall of the building with her hands stuffed in the pockets of her jacket. Red eyes surveyed the area in hopes of finding something interesting or maybe one of the others. A frown began to grow on her face. She was becoming increasingly frustrated with the lack of activity around the area. Ryuu had heard news of Hollows appearing in other areas and groups were already gathering points.

With a frustrated sigh Ryuu stepped away from the wall, turning her back to the rest of the shopping district as she took the first steps back to their apartment. Suddenly a man scream and there was a loud boom and debris was flung everywhere. She whipped around with a grin on her face. “Well it’s about damn time something happened!” The mask belonging to a Hollow appeared among the dust. The large creature walked towards her general direction. At first Ryuu was thinking of just taking care of it on her own but then the dust settled and Ryuu saw just how large the thing was. “Well shit. I guess there’s more for us to cut down.”

Ryuu found an alleyway and quickly disposed of her gigai. It was a bit of a struggle, but she got out somehow. With zanpakuto in hand Ryuu ran back out. The Hollow was indeed big. The front arms were thick while the legs were thinner but they ended in points. A long tail whipped around destroying a bit more of the surrounding area. The shopping district was nearly empty save for a few stragglers, but Ryuu didn’t particularly about that. “Y’all better get your asses out here!” she looked around for the others before she ran at the Hollow.

She at one of the back legs, severing it completely. The Hollow began to tilt and struggle to stand up right but it didn’t fall. Ryuu was focused on the Hollow itself, so she was unaware that the leg she had cut off was beginning to morph into something. It was turning into a smaller Hollow. It was much larger than they were, but only half the height of the big one.

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Character Portrait: Ryuu Shosuke Character Portrait: Joel Hiataka Character Portrait: Kaito Minami Character Portrait: Iehira

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If anyone was talking, Kaito wasn’t hearing it. For all his lack in diligence, he hadn’t exactly radiated calm. The human world had a talent for making him love and hate it at the same time, and the fact that the others were just about as ecstatic didn’t help the situation. So there he was, clothed in as casual an attire as he could find and walking somewhat behind the three other Shinigami in disguise and thinking of where the bear and the stiff upper-lip lady had gone to. It felt uncharacteristic of Yasei to go without a word.

Then again, he was unusually quiet at present. But Kaito hadn’t felt like lingering on that fact any more than he’d already had done, and quickly decided to let the thought go lest he grow a depression streak.

“Well I guess we can just explore on our own for a little while. I haven’t been through here yet. I’ve heard that these areas are like candy to a baby. Hollows can be found here, so maybe we’ll find one or two?”

’Don’t jinx it.’ Kaito gave his own little smirk. Somehow Ryuu’s excitement was a welcome change in an otherwise quiet gathering, and the scientist couldn’t wait to see some of it himself. It’d at least sate his boredom for a while, and at this point hollows were as good as any distraction. Not so much for the humans, of course.

So he went off on his own, outwardly disinterested but keeping a keen sense out for anything out of the ordinary. Shopping was never his thing, so instead Kaito had remained somewhere close the the centre of the district and finding a nice bench to sit on while waiting for the problem to come to him. On the other hand, Ryuu seemed eager to look for it. Always was the way with her, impatient to get on with things.

*Crash*

The Shinigami garb stood out among the oblivious humans, and Kaito wasn’t slow to react either when a hollowing rivalling the size of two double-decker busses jumped into the lovely dinner table that had been the shopping district. His gigai was hastily removed inside a photo booth that was “out of order”, and not a moment too soon he’d closed the distance between himself and Ryuu, and greeted the second (much to his own surprise), smaller hollow with an elbow to the face and knocking it back into a wall.

“Just two, huh?”