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Bleach: Shinigami Quest 20
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You are Tsukuda Ryouta, a Shinigami of the 12th Division with the unique role of an investigator of abnormal occurrences.

You've returned to Soul Society after capturing your target in the Human World's Berlin. You were given several days to recuperate, as your injuries were quite severe, and the fatigue of your previous battle has brought with it unpleasant health-related complications - namely, a cold. You're at no risk of dying, of course. A Shinigami is much harder to kill than that.

You were in hardly any state to leave your bed, so the mission report had to wait. Captain Urahara was too busy for a personal visit, but your jumpy colleague, Kagaku Oto, kept you up to date on the state of the human you've brought to Soul Society. Erwin has been successfully detained, and now awaits interrogation.

You've received a couple letters during your absence, and your Denreishinki also reports that you've been transferred a large sum of money. It seems that Kirino Moeka kept her word, though you can't verify if this really is 'half' of the bounties and not any less than promised; at this point, you can't help but wonder if the might have simply miscalculated.

Before you left, the red haired Shinigami had also entrusted you with a large cardboard box, which she wanted you to deliver to Minami Hikari, your ex-tutor back during the days of the Academy, as well as a mutual friend. Unfortunately, once again, you were in no state to give it to her. On the bright side, it should be easy to find her in the Shin'o Academy whenever you want.

As for the letters you've received, the first one is from Ito Satoshi, 8th Division, the Shinigami you've rescued from a Hollow during your first mission. He's thankful for your help, and promises to return the favor. "If you ever need me for anything, even if it's just for company, send me a letter, and I'll be right there!" Is what it says.

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>>45395975
The second letter is, coincidentally, also from a Shinigami you've cooperated with during another mission - Sasaki Soren of the 10th. His letter is rather curt, asking to meet with you whenever you are able. "This isn't urgent; treat this letter simply as an invitation to spend time together informally, preferably somewhere in Rukongai." It says. Schedules are tricky to align between people from different Divisions, considering the unpredictability of potential assignments and deployments to different areas of two different worlds, but it's not impossible to organize something like that.

As soon as the fever drops and you're able to walk, you tell Oto to notify the Captain. On the next day, you're summoned to Urahara's seldom used office and give him a report. As you talk about Moeka's actions during your mission, he chuckles.

"It seems that your 'partner' has given you quite a bit of trouble, Ryouta-kun. Because she's in a different Division, I obviously can't punish her directly. Her Captain is a good man, but still, I can't expect him to just take my word for it. If you think it's necessary, we can start a case." Urahara says, his smile fading, though a glint in his eye still betrays a slight amusement. "You won't need to do anything. Just give me the word and I'll have someone handle it."

...

>"I think Moeka should be punished for her actions."
>"I think Moeka learned her lesson."
>"I doubt I'll ever have to see her again, so I'll leave the choice to you, Captain."
>"What do you think a normal person would do?"
>Other. (Write-in).
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>>45395994
>>"What do you think a normal person would do?"
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>"What do you think a normal person would do?"
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>>45395994
>"What do you think a normal person would do?"
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>>45395994
"I just want her to stop wasting her potential and not make any more slip-ups."
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>>45395994
>"I think Moeka learned her lesson."
Just inform her captain and let him do as he sees fit. I recommend keeping an eye on her and only punishing her if she does those sorts of things again.
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>>45396036
Like I don't know, she really could be good, but she doesn't seem willing to make the effort to be good which is what got us in trouble. If she shapes up she's unlikely to make the same mistake again, and the process of becoming less shit would likely not be fun for her, so there's that bit of "justice".
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>>45395994
"It's complicated. I'm not sure she learned her lesson but I don't know if pursuing an official case against her would help. I feel like her being demoted would be a waste, but it's not okay for her to keep doing things as she has been."
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>>45396036
>>45396072
Mix of both? Backing this anons suggestion.
Expecting a crack of us starting to care.
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>>45395994
Voting over, writing!
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Technically the options aren't mutually exlusive, like we can ask what a normal person would do, but then try to clarify our thoughts.

Like it is true that there were times when Ryouta couldn't trust Moeka which wasn't really pleasant, and she made the mission more difficult than it should have been, but there were also some parts that could be considered enjoyable, and we have seen both when her potential reiatsu and how she defeated the spider hollow, that there's the potential of a decent shinigami.
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>>45395994
Current Character Sheet: http://pastebin.com/R1khCTQ5

Archives: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Shinigami%20Quest
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Well I'm pretty surprised nobody wants to punish her considering how the last thread became saltier than the Dead Sea about it after Mushroom left.
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>>45396448
This again?

Go home, you're projecting. There is no strawman.

Anon pls, just move the fuck on.
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>>45396448
She has a spiritual vagina and constantly reminds us of her hips, so she gets a pass.
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>>45396884
That'd mean they wanted to let her off easy. People instead voted for "feelings, what are those?"
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>>45396920
Ah yes, I forgot after the academy we became autistic
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>>45396920

I'm kinda new to this, and I wanna ask if it's normal for it to take this long for the next post from the OP? It's been just short of an hour.
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>>45396961
It started when the more autistic options would actually make our powers stronger.
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>>45396980
Yes, Mushroom isn't really the fastest.
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>>45396980
Mushroom is a bit slow, but we voted in favor of this. Quality over quantity, which I'm perfectly fine with.
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>>45396018
>>45396029
>>45396030
>>45396036
>>45396063
"What would a normal person do?" You decide to ask. The question gets Urahara to think for a little while.

"It'd depend on the person, Ryouta-kun." He finally answers. "I wasn't there, so I can't tell you what I'd feel about her if I were you, and I can't suggest to you what you should be feeling about her, either. Some people might sympathize with her and assume that she didn't mean any harm, whereas others might not believe that she has done it obliviously, or might feel that it doesn't justify her actions, regardless. Other factors might be at play, too, like greed or attraction. ...Well, as you can see, it's all rather complicated."

If it was simple, you'd have figured it out yourself. You don't hold a grudge against her, but, as always, you don't feel anything positive towards her, either. Both options have their objective upsides and downsides, as well as plenty of unclear factors and consequences; the only way to tip those scales would be through personal feelings, which you simply do not have.

Seeing as how the question still remains largely unanswered, the Captain decides to show some initiative.

"It's hard to judge this kind of situation from a purely objective perspective. Of course, protocol says that unruly Shinigami should be punished, but there are usually many more factors at play than just the fact of the misbehavior itself. She's not my subordinate, so I'm only thinking about this because you were affected, Ryouta-kun. But if you don't feel particularly wronged, then I'll leave it to the man responsible for her." He says, to which you nod. You've reached something of a compromise. "I'll tell Captain Kyoraku about her and leave it to him. But if you want to return the bounties you had to share with her, you'd need to make a case. Feel free to change your mind whenever you wish."

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>>45397234
With that subject closed, you continue with your report, approaching your battle against the two Hollows.

...It's not that you have any reason to distrust your Captain, even though it sometimes felt like that, for reasons you couldn't - and still can't - really explain. But this ability you've discovered, the ability to replicate unsealed Zanpakuto through your own sword... nothing like that has ever happened before. Considering the 12th Division's reputation, could it be better to keep it to yourself?

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>Tell Urahara Kisuke about your ability.
>Leave the details of the battle vague.
>Other. (Write-in).
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>>45397287
>Leave the details of the battle vague.
No brainer.
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>>45397287
>Tell Urahara Kisuke about your ability.
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>>45397287
Well this is tricky. I kind of feel like Urahara is a really smart and unscrupulous man, and it's unlikely we'd be able to keep it from him forever.
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>>45397287
>>Tell Urahara Kisuke about your ability.
He'll find out anyway, it's best to not break the captain's trust.
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>>45397234
>>45397287
>Tell him about ability
It may not even be our zanpakuto and if we're lucky, maybe he'll "feed" us.
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>>45397287
Hm, maybe tell him our zanpakuto did something odd, and ask him to accompany us somewhere private to see if we can replicate it? Like I'm not sure if we can only do it in moments of extreme stress or not.
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>>45397303
I mean it's complicated anon. It is true that Urahara probably cannot be trusted with that knowledge, but at the same time, the idea that we can conceal it from him until we're able to rival his own abilities or be in a position of power above him seems impossible.
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>>45397343
I'm just worried that we'd look crazy (again) if we can't pull it off a second time.
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>Urahara Aizen sweats bullets
>Kills us
Good job
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>>45397381
He's a very busy person and it will take a while before he figures. At the same time we can excuse it that we just got it and still trying to handle its basic powers, which is why we didn't disclose that information yet.

Either way, plenty of captains don't know about the powers of their subordinates. It's not considered out of the question to keep some privacy about it. It's culturally acceptable. I just think that for now it's safer to say nothing and see where it takes us.
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>>45397425
Aizen? You mean the man who, upon seeing a Quincy come out of nowhere and threaten to destroy the artificial vasto lorde he worked so hard on, responded like this?

I don't think you understand how arrogant scientists work, especially since right now Urahara could murder us with a teacup and zero effort.
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>>45397381
You can always tell him later if need be, or excuse it that you're still trying to understand your sword and so didn't bother with a report yet. However you can't untell him if that turns to be a mistake.
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If I actually knew the reason why we don't trust him I would definitely conceal it but I don't see why we should take this completely unexplained feeling of distrust seriously
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>>45397482
Yeah but the guy is pretty prideful about his sword. It's almost his entire schtick. Someone duplicating it is a major red line, and Aizen is big on preemptively taking on threats.
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>>45397528
The lieutenant doesn't trust him, and she's a great judge of character :^)
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>>45397528
I don't know, I think that instincts are important, especially when Ryouta is trying to discover something genuine.
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>>45397541
Honestly I'm not sure how replicating Kyouka Suigetsu would work since the only way to see it would mean that Ryouta is hypnotized by it.

Also I'm pretty sure he isn't Aizen, because if he was, why bring up his own rebellion at all? Like that doesn't make any sense because there's no reason to think Ryouta would know anything about what happened one hundred years ago.
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>>45397563
Wait, why not conceal it from the captain for now, but tell Hiyori instead? I mean we only got it just a few days ago, but Hiyori is perfectly fine.
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>>45397287
Voting over, writing!
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>>45397287
>Leave the details of the battle vague.
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>>45397541
Due to how Aizens sword functions I don't think it would even be possible to copy.
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>>45397605
Hiyori told us not to talk to her again until we fix whatever's wrong with our emotions.
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>>45397687
That's too bad.
I hope we can romance her eventually, she's an underrated bleach girl
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>>45397601
Maybe he just wants to share a half truth for the background of the wishing ball we need to find. He'd need to disclose something. Urahara managed to send the artifact away, but they switched bodies and Aizen is Urahara under passiveness.
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>>45397687
At the same time we asked her for assistance, for hours, on how to unlock our sword, so it's kinda fitting to show her we succeeded. Also she's our lieutenant, as a subordinate we can always go to her.
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>>45397777
agreed

and this weeks chapter was a gift holy shit Urahara going full tilt perv and converting Yoruichi into a catgirl
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>>45397777
>not going Shiori route
Pleb. Nice holy quads though.
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>>45398001
Best mom is for gentle hugs and pampering, not romance.
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>>45398123
I wonder if she heard about our return and awful injuries? She's probably worried sick if so.
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>>45397806
I'm not sure if this counts as unlocking our own sword. Hopefully contacting our zanpakuto spirit is possible now though.
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>>45397777
But anon, I don't like little boys.
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lightning goddess 3 when?
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>>45398651
I sure hope nobody is standing behind her when she does that pose...
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>>45398123
That reminds me, did we ever get her a book while we were in Berlin?
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>>45398776
just like last time, it wasn't explicitly stated/ done, but I assume it was as it was last time
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>>45398776
I'm not sure. I just hope we got enough money to buy her a nice house closer to us.
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>>45397311
>>45397321
>>45397338
>>45397343
You try to explain the situation in full, hiding nothing from the Captain. You tell him of the swords you've replicated during that battle, and of the swords you feel that you are able to replicate. You name the owners of those weapons, in case Urahara needs proof of the fact that the swords have been copied off of someone else, and aren't your unique abilities.

The lax atmosphere grows heavier. The Captain's eyes, having looked on without much apparent interest throughout your report, have briefly widened.

"Could you show me?" It's a reasonable request. You draw your sword. You can't say you're in your best shape right now, but it should be possible to do it. You don't think it was just a fluke, what happened back then.

"Flourish, Haname." Upon hearing you say that name, the steel reacts, scattering into a transparent disc of light. In a flare of Reiatsu, the energy solidifies, taking up its beautiful form.

"Hold it for a little while." He says, standing up from behind his cluttered desk and approaching the shield. After a careful examination, he adds. "Make another one."

On your whim, the power is sealed back into the manageable state of a traditional sword. An unpleasant weight burdens your spiritual body, even though you've held Haname for less than a minute. Ishiken should be easier to use, so you demonstrate the steel crossbow next. The Captain's eyes widen yet again.

"They even feel different..." Urahara mutters, his voice carrying notes of amazement. This time, his examination is brief. It seems that the variation in the sensations of these replicated weapons was enough for him to come to a conclusion. You cancel your sword's transformation. As you make to sheathe it, having concluded the 'presentation', the Captain grasps its blade; even touching the edge barehanded, his palm is unscathed. His eyes stare intently into yours, his expression clouded with severity.

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>>45399085
"...Just who in the world are you, Tsukuda Ryouta?" He asks, emphasizing your name with clearly pronounced skepticism. "I'll hold onto this thing for a while, is that fine?" That's a question you're not expected to answer; it's more like he worded his statement - his order - as a question, just for politeness' sake.

You let him take it. You give him the sheath so it won't be hard to carry the sword around, though in Urahara's hands, it seems almost redundant.

"You should rest for a few more days. After that, there's some more work to do. Don't worry, it's nothing dangerous this time, I just want you to contribute to some research." He says, sheathing your sword. "Make sure you don't tell anyone about this ability of yours, alright, Ryouta-kun? There's nothing inherently forbidden to it, but some people might... misunderstand."

You nod. The office descends into silence, the blond man staying where he is, glaring at nothing in particular. The office has been used as a debriefing room almost exclusively. You don't think the Captain does any work here. ...But then, where does he work?

You've just about finished your report, so you don't really have anything to add. But you can't just dismiss yourself, either.

"...Ah, that's right." Knocked out of his intense contemplation, Urahara remembers something. "Erwin Kramer - that human you've captured - does not have what we were looking for. He's not really relevant to our interests anymore, but if you have something you wish to ask him, then feel free. It won't be difficult to arrange." He ties your sheathed sword to his belt. "Was there anything else, Ryouta-kun?"

...

>"What did you mean, they might 'misunderstand'?"
>"Is something wrong with the sword, Captain?"
>"I want to buy a house in the Seireitei. Could you give me some advice?"
>Other. (Write-in).
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>>45399120
>>"What did you mean, they might 'misunderstand'?"
>>"Is something wrong with the sword, Captain?"
>>"I want to buy a house in the Seireitei. Could you give me some advice?"
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>>45399120
>>"What did you mean, they might 'misunderstand'?"
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>>45399120
What are you going to do with my zanpakuto? Contacting it's spirit is really important to me
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>>45399085
>>45399120
>"Will I be permitted to see my "partner" captain? Please take good care of it."
>"I want to buy a house in the Seireitei. Could you give me some advice?"
>Arrange a meeting with the man, ask where he got the book, how he discovered his abilities, and what else he may know about the occult or any others that have his sight of capacity for magic
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>>45399157
>>45399175
>Misunderstand
you, I, and the MC all know what this means. We're stealing abilities and all of those whome we've collected save the teacher have been stricken with a case of "needs squad 4 badly". Not to mention central is very nervous about super powerful zanpakuto. Imagine the panic attack they'd have if someone, even as low in riatsu as us, managed to snag one or two captain level shikais.
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>>45399120
>"What did you mean, they might 'misunderstand'?
>"Is something wrong with my sword, captain?"
>"I want to buy a house in the seireitei. Could you give me some advice?"

"What did you mean 'who am I?'"
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>>45399120
>"I want to buy a house in the Seireitei. Could you give me some advice?"
Do you think it's linked to my abnormal blood and lack of emotions?
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>inb4 our sword-stealing abilities work with any zanpakto we hold, even a shitty asauchi

Face it, we're reverse Muramasa.
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>>45399310
I don't know, in Ryouta's dream he had begun to contact SOMETHING.
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>>45399120
I don't know part of me wants to ask about Erwin, like get some closure there but I don't think Ryouta cares and honestly I don't know if I do either.
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>>45399349
It was the sword in his soul.

>[INSERT DRAMATIC SOUND AND UNCOMFORTABLE AMOUNTS OF ZOOMING IN TOWARDS FACE]
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>>45399373
Maybe ask how the book worked? Like can shinigami use it to command hollows or did it really only make sense for Erwin?
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>>45399392
Yeah, that's what Zanpakuto are supposed to have.
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>>45399120
>>"What did you mean, they might 'misunderstand'?"
>>"Is something wrong with the sword, Captain?"

Good job guys
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>>45399435
No, you read it backwards, the Zanpakto we wield doesn't have a soul in it, our soul has a Zanpakto in it.

You're ruining the bullshit, anon.
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>>45399472
Why are you asking questions you know he won't answer in the second case, and something we know the answer to for the first one? That's just wasting time.
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>>45399120
Voting over, writing!
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>>45399120
Just ask about the house.
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>>45399541
>>45399542
Ever goddamn time.
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>>45399516
Like I don't know what you guys expect to happen from picking every option.
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>>45399516
>>45399241

It;s almost like anons will pick things just because they are there.
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>>45399653

I felt that they were all legitimate questions. Asking something you know the answer to is something plenty of people do for clarification. Being concerned for your sword is pretty normal for a shinigami, and the house option we've already covered.
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Mayuri booby trap or double imprint?
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>>45399157
>>45399175
>>45399259
>>45399472
"Misunderstand? What do you mean?"

"It's hard to explain, Ryouta-kun. If someone catches you using their Zanpakuto, there's no telling how they might react. I suspect some people might not take well to seeing someone else wield what should be an exclusive and inseparable part of their soul. They might think that, for example, you've stolen it, as superstitious as that might seem to you. Others, especially the authorities, might deem your ability too powerful to allow it to be, and how they might go about assuring safety for Soul Society won't be something you'll enjoy taking part in."

That last implication is reason enough. There's certainly plenty of potential power contained in this ability, and in your emotionless hands, it might be considered a danger. It's a shame that discussing Zanpakuto abilities with their respective owners might be too risky of an option.

"But what is wrong with the sword?" You ask. Even though he just said that there's nothing 'forbidden' about it, he's still confiscating it.

Urahara smiles at that question. "There might be nothing wrong with it. It really could be as strong as it is completely coincidentally. But who can say for sure? I'll need to run some tests, and for that, I need your Zanpakuto."

"But do you have any ideas?"

Your question is at first answered with a pause. The Captain seems to be weighing the pros and cons of sharing his thoughts. "Sure. I do." He answers coldly. "For now, I'd rather not divulge them. You're probably better off that way, Ryouta-kun."

"I don't understand. Is it the sword, or is it me?"

He chuckles. "In the context of the Shinigami, just how different are those two things, really?" Urahara asks, though he doesn't wait for an answer. "Give me some time, and I think I might be able to answer your question, Ryouta-kun."

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>>45401058
He suspects something, but he won't say what it is. Asking more questions about this subject might be meaningless.

"Don't worry, I won't take long." The Captain says. "You'll have it back soon."

With that topic closed, there's only one other thing you wanted to ask. It's a little personal, but...

"A house? You don't like the barracks?" He asks, probably jokingly, but then pauses to consider it. "I suppose I could ask around. That kind of thing is hard to come by in the Seireitei... And are you sure it'd be worth it? It's expensive, and we'd still need you in the Division grounds most of the time."

You explain that the house isn't really for yourself. Urahara nods a few times, and promises to look into it. After that, the two of you take your leave.

...

On the next day, you feel well rested. You're still on your sick leave, but there are only a couple of days left of it. After that, you'll be working for an undetermined amount of time.

The cardboard box entrusted to you by Moeka is still sitting around in your room, even though it's a present meant for Hikari. You can't mail it to her, as you don't know her address; she might be living in the Academy, she might have her own house, or she might be living in the barracks of her Division. You can't send it back to Moeka for the same reason. You'll have to find Hikari yourself.

There's also Erwin Kramer, the would-be human magician, detained by the Shinigami. It's by no means a necessary thing to do, as that mission is over, but it's still possible to ask him something.

Neither of those things are particularly urgent or necessary, but this is a good opportunity to get one of them done.

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>Try to find Hikari and give her Moeka's souvenir.
>Go talk to Erwin.
>The captain offered to look for a house on your behalf, but you might still achieve something by searching yourself.
>Other. (Write-in).
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>>45401116
>Try to find Hikari and give her Moeka's souvenir.
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>>45401116
>>Try to find Hikari and give her Moeka's souvenir.

I'm telling you, we're a self-animated Asauchi.

Not really, but wouldn't that be something, eh?
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>>45401116
>Try to find Hikari and give her Moeka's souvenir.
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>>45401116
Go talk to Erwin
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>>45401116
Go see Shiori
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>>45401116
>Try to find Hikari and give her Moeka's souvenir.
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>>45401116
>>Go talk to Erwin.
it would be cool as fuck if we got to learn the Hollow controlling power as well.
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>>45401269
Not really an option. We only kill hollows, anything else would get us executed
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>>45401116

>Try to find Hikari and give her Moeka's souvenir
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>>45401116
>Try to find Hikari and give her Moeka's souvenir.
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>>45401116
Voting over, writing!
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>>45401269
IE: how to get on everyone's Shit list.
Mimic blade and hollow control. Full filler villain
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Really starting to wish the updates came a little quicker
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>>45401124
>>45401172
>>45401177
Shin'o Academy. You've never thought you'd be returning to this place. The wide, clear courtyards, the long wooden hallways, the same old classrooms - things haven't changed here. The crowds of uniformed students, the faces of whom have never mattered to you even during your training here, are different, but still as unimportant as always. You've been gone for only a few years, so perhaps it's strange to be expecting major changes.

Well, there is a single notable change among the teachers. The girl, her dark hair still tied up in a neat bun, looks just a little nervous as usual, even in her position of authority. You wait for the class to finish and for her students to leave. She forces herself to speak her farewells just a little bit louder, so that the leaving crowd might make it out among their loud chatter, and gets herself to answer the questions of the few students that stayed in order to clarify something about the lecture.

It somehow doesn't look easy on her, but she still presses on until her students are satisfied and finally leave, their questions answered.

As you approach, her eyes stay on you uncertainly, widening a little bit. She then smiles; it looks just as anxious as always, but it seems genuine.

"Ah, you're..." Hikari begins, unable to finish. Her eyes dart around, the thought she keeps trying to find twisting and treacherously slipping away. She finally gives up with a nervous chuckle. "S-sorry, I remember you, but I just can't seem to..."

"Tsukuda Ryouta." You remind her. The girl nods.

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>>45402704

You're just starting now?
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>>45402762
"That's right - Ryouta-kun! It's so nice to see you again! It's been so long... How have you been?" The conversation begins with small talk. You tell her you're doing well, and ask how she's doing in return. "I'm also doing really well! Being a teacher is hard work, but, um... It's also very rewarding when your students learn. I'm very grateful that you let me, uh, practice on you back then. It really gave me a huge boost, Ryouta-kun. I don't know how much else I can teach you, but if you ever need another lesson in something... W-well, please don't hesitate to ask!"

She really shouldn't feel indebted to you. It should probably be the other way around. But, still, you could probably get quite a bit of use from her offer. Well, you're not here for that. You explain the situation, about how Moeka gave you Hikari's souvenir in hopes of getting it passed on to her sooner. You didn't bring it with you today, as the box is quite bulky, so you need her address to mail it for her.

"M-Moeka did, you say..." She seems embarrassed about something. "So you've met her?.. Uh, what did you think of her?" Hikari asks uncertainly.

Moeka said Hikari is one of her best friends, and you think it might be a mutual state of affairs. Maybe Hikari wouldn't like hearing you badmouth her friend.

...And it feels like the subject of Kirino Moeka is cropping up far more than it should be, especially considering that your mission has ended almost a week ago.

...

>Be blunt about it. "We worked together, and she caused complications."
>Try to be polite about it. "She's... opportunistic. Perhaps not in a good way."
>Try to drop the subject as quickly as you can. "She's... alright."
>Other. (Write-in).
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>>45402807
>>Be blunt about it. "We worked together, and she caused complications."
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>>45402807
>Other. (Write-in).
She is quite lively...
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>>45402807
>Try to be polite about it. "She's... opportunistic. Perhaps not in a good way."
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>>45402807
>Be blunt about it. "We worked together, and she caused complications."
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>>45402807
>Try to be polite about it. "She's... opportunistic. Perhaps not in a good way."
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>>45402807
"She has the potential to be almost as good as she thinks she is, but doesn't seem inclined to earn it.,"
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>>45402807
Be polite.
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>>45402807
>Try to be polite about it. "She's... opportunistic. Perhaps not in a good way."
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>>45402807
Voting over, writing!
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>>45402842
>>45402931
>>45402975
"She's... opportunistic. Perhaps not in a good way." You say. It's a little hard to pick the right words.

Hikari sighs in a way that only someone who really knows can sigh. "She can be... like that. But she's... a really good person underneath." Hikari pauses, smiling in what appears to be fleeting reminiscence. "...But I'm not saying it's something that should be encouraged. It's probably not my place to say this, but I think she might have picked a Division that doesn't suit her... If there's no one around to push her on, she can really let herself go..."

It does appear that they know each other quite well.

"W-well, I owe Moeka-chan a lot. I don't know where we'd be if we didn't have each other..." She mutters. The girl reaches for some paper and writes down her address. She does have her own house, it seems, and not far from the Academy. "H-here you go, Ryouta-kun. Do you know what Moeka-chan got for me?"

You shake your head. The box was sealed with tape, and it would be impolite to pry. But it's something big...

"Something big from the Human World?.. I have no idea what it could be, Ryouta-kun. But I'll write you about it! Um, could you give me your address, too?"

You write it down for her. Even after you purchase yourself a new house, you'll still be living in the barracks most of the time, so this address should be fine.

Hikari nods, turning away to read something for her next class. The conversation has gone quiet, and there's a class coming up, so this appears to be all. You say your farewells and head out.

(1/2)
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>>45404431
You send off Moeka's present. A few days later, you receive a letter from Hikari. Inside the box you've sent her was a large CD player and a collection of musical discs. She's quite ecstatic about it - it's apparently something she's wanted for a very long time, as soon as she's heard of the Human World's 'legendary boomboxes' a few years ago. And the humans' music, the 'disco', is, according to her, way better than traditional instrumental music so common throughout Soul Society.

She invites you to listen to it whenever you get the chance, but unfortunately, there's work you need to do.

...

A few months pass in monotonous research and paperwork. You weren't inventing anything new, just helping improve the equipment that you already have.

You've heard that Erwin Kramer has been sentenced to several decades of imprisonment for his crimes. Surprisingly, not to execution. If you've ever wanted to ask him questions, it's still possible to visit him. But on the other hand, it might be best to just let it be.

Urahara Kisuke returns your sword. You ask him if he's figured anything out, but the Captain's reply is rather vague.

"I need some more time to make sure. Don't worry about it, Ryouta-kun. Actually, I think you should take a break. You've done really well on that last mission, and I want to reward you for it. Oh, and that thing you've asked me about..." He smiles and hands you an envelope. "You should talk to this person about purchasing a house. He's a trustworthy contact of one of my friends. He can probably get you something good."

You thank him and put the items away. It's still quite clear that he doesn't want to talk about your sword... or perhaps he just doesn't have any answers.

(2/3)
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>>45404497
"Make sure to stay available, though. You never know when a new trail might appear." Urahara adds in a hushed whisper. He then coughs exaggeratedly and walks away.

Well, you have plenty of things to do with this free time. The only question is how many of those things you'll manage to take care of before you get sent off on another assignment.

...

>Head home.
>Look into purchasing a house for Shiori.
>Arrange that meeting with Soren.
>Visit Hikari and listen to her boombox.
>Meet with Ito Satoshi.
>Other. (Write-in).
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>>45404575
>>Look into purchasing a house for Shiori.
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>>45404575
>Look into purchasing a house for Shiori.
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>>45404575
>Look into purchasing a house for Shiori.
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>>45404575
>Head home.
I feel like we should talk to her about it before buying her a new house. But making it a surprise would be nice too.
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>>45404575
>Look into purchasing a house for Shiori.
We should make it a complete surprise somehow. We just need a good excuse to bring her there without giving away the surprise
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>>45404575
Ending thread for tonight, it's getting really late for me! The next thread will start off with the most voted action!

Next thread will be announced on twitter:
https://twitter.com/Mushroomgami

Sorry for the slow (even more than usual) thread today! I felt a little resistance while writing, but I think I got over it now.

If you have any questions or feedback, shoot them my way!

Thanks for reading!
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>>45405015
Thanks for running
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>>45405015
Is next thread likely to be tomorrow?
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>>45405097
Nah, probably Friday like usual.
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>>45405097
I'm afraid not! Sundays are troublesome because I can't stay up too late, which means threads on that day would be even shorter!
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>>45405871
It's just that there wasn't a thread this friday so I assumed it would be a saturday + sunday thing but that's okay if you can't stay up too late, thanks for running.
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>>45404575
Find home
Attempt to make contact with blade

No way he didn't tamper with it
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>>45405015
Thanks for running!
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