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Even in casual clothes and her hood up, Yolotli Tenoch attracted attention and murmurs as she walked down the First District’s main street. It was hard to hide your presence when you were the captain of the police force… and had a slight, but obvious, different feel to you than most souls.
She slipped into a door, a small hole in the wall diner that was a favorite of hers. She gave a half-hearted wave to one of the store’s owners, a small Korean woman with a very matronly look to her. Mrs. Yun returned the wave with a warm smile, and immediately bustled into the kitchen.
The diner probably would have failed long ago if Yolotli hadn’t stumbled across it one day, and then recommended it to her subordinates. The Pluses of the richer First District tended to turn their noses up at places like this.
The captain sighed, taking the brief moment alone to relax, let down her guard slightly. She figured it would be the last time she wou
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“And with the destruction of the ninth’s barracks, what then? Who do you think will be able to organize the rebuild effort better than myself or my family? I should not participate in the purge… And, for the record, I still believe it’s a terrible idea. Running against the first still with no evidence as to what the Commander is doing is absurd.”
Captain Nitin Ruto slapped a large hand on the table, but his compatriots didn’t flinch.
“I hardly think we can afford to be a captain down, Ruto. Not with Tenoch and Faulkner tied up in red tape and Rios and Durani’s disappearances.” Captain Erganes spoke calmly, keeping her hands folded neatly in her lap. Her temper had been checked since the incident with Yolotli, and she was now in a calculating, efficient mood. She moved to continue, but a dagger flew by her head, interrupting her. It e
Bleach AU countdown: 99 weeks before the Big BangBleach AU countdown: 9 by snakes-on-a-plane
“When is the last time you spoke to Father?”
“… A few weeks now. I was on that mission retrieving Lieutenant Adams, and I’ve been dealing with some bizarre insubordination in my squad. Why?”
Merek the 2nd, a spitting image of his father, frowned at the holo-projected face of his sister, Regan. They were night and day, her complexion and mess of hair still apparently darker than his despite the glow of the projection. Her features were sharper, more exotic, making it clear she was not his sister by blood. Still, the siblings were as close as any could be. She studied him with mismatched eyes, the solid gold of the left glinting in the light.
“I haven’t been able to see him…” Merek said, slowly as if he feared the words. “You know what people are saying, and I am inclined to agree. Something isn’t right here… Father would never administer a public whipping.”
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The bright flash of light temporarily blinded the squad, but died down quickly to reveal the thin, masked Kido Corps attendant that had pulled them through the Senkaimon.
“Welcome back, Ma’am.” The attendant spoke quietly, voice slightly metallic sounding, almost artificial. The Tenth’s captain blinked to clear her eyes, realizing the attendant was the Vice Kido Chief, Mu.
“Please be mindful of the Seventh officers here, and be mindful of your own bodies. The disorientation will pa-“
“Seventh Division?” The Vice Chief was cut off when Captain Clio Erganes pushed them aside, stalking towards a figure she had spotted next to another portal.
“Tenoch!!” She roared, and the Seventh’s captain turned, slightly surprised until she saw who was approaching her. Captain Yolotli Tenoch’s black-lined eyes narrowed, her pupils shrinking to slits at Clio’s threatening approach.
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Slamming her mug down on the table earned Consuela a glare from the bartender, but with no other patrons in the bar he couldn’t say anything.
She stuck her tongue out at him anyway.
He looked like he was going to retort when someone else entered, who he greeted gratefully. The newcomer was a petite, boyish-looking man who smiled at the bartender and took a seat across from Consuela.
“Jesus, Valdez, causing a scene already? Barkeep looks like he wants to throw his wine key at you… Not that it’d make a difference, you look like someone threw the whole bar at you already.”
His companion rolled her violet eyes. “Shut the fuck up Pieter.”
He simply laughed at her and stole her beer to finish off. She ignored him, pressing a hand to a sluggishly bleeding cut over her eye. The pair couldn’t be more opposite, the frankly bland looking Pieter washed out
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“Third Seat Dorje, please report to lab seven. Captain Durani would like to speak with you.”
The cool, metallic male voice was one of the few things that could rouse Kelzang Dorje from his meditations, and he opened his eyes slowly. He felt serene and in balance, and got to his feet gracefully.
“Thank you, Ali. Tell him I will be there momentarily.”
There was no response, but Kelzang knew the computer would heed his request. He spared a minute to glance around his room, peaceful and bare except for a few items for meditation and his minimal furniture. He grabbed the beaded necklace that held the soul of his Zanpakuto, closing his eyes to reflect on his partnership with it before settling it around his neck.
Wangdue… I hope our meditations are as beneficial to you as they are to me.
Kelzang didn’t expect an answer from the Zanpakuto either. Wangdue h