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Rida watched as the last of the smoke exited his father's corpse, gathering in an orb above the body, which was now crumbling into dust. The smoke slowly began to compress itself, coalescing into a physical form as it floated down towards the ground.

Rida felt himself begin to sweat, the presence of this demonic hollow was unnerving by itself. Pure, uncaring malice was what this thing was, hate without reason, evil without a purpose. It didn't care about the suffering it caused, it did so merely because that was a part of its being. The absolute embodiment of evil, and the most powerful pure hollow in recorded history.

The physical form of the hollow finally manifested, a foot with black scales that looked like armor stepped onto the black marble floor, followed by another. The demon's entire body was humanoid, with the same black scales covering it except for it's head and leathery black wings. The things face was, for lack of any other word, demonic. Long horns grew from it's forehead, blood red, pupil-less eyes glowed from its sockets, with skin as black as night and long white hair that could only barely be made out through the aura of dark energy that coated the demon's body. It's reiatsu wasn't being exerted, but it still overflowed from the physical body to shroud it in darkness.

The demon looked to Rida, then spoke, revealing its fangs "you are next it seems, and you intend to fight." it hissed. The words reverberated throughout the room, making the very foundations shake. "Another pathetic worm determined to sacrifice themselves to bind me here, how utterly tiresome"

Rida gritted his teeth, he had known the hollow would be powerful, but standing before it now was far worse than he could have ever imagined, not only was it's power immense, he could feel how insignificant he was to it. To it, he was just another shell to inhabit for a generation, to bide its time until it could find a way to free itself. All of his power meant nothing to it, such was its unfathomable strength.

With an audible gulp, Rida took a ready stance "neither of us have a choice in this... so come... our fates await"

The hollow sighed, a haunting sound that would drive most men mad "To think that I would find myself in such a situation. The humans in the world of the living have been breeding and multiplying like rats, billions of souls to consume, and I'm stuck with one worthless shinigami boy"

Rida charged and leapt up into the air above the hollow, his fist bursting into flame as he descended with a flaming punch.

The hollow raised one finger up above him, meeting Rida's punch and stopping it dead in its tracks. Flames blew around him as Rida released the wave of fire and explosive punch, but it wasn't fazed in the slightest. As the attack faded away, Rida found himself not having pushed back the hollow so much as an inch.

"You are stronger than the others of your family who decided to fight me" The hollow commented "but you are weak"

With a casual flick of the finger it used to block. Rida was blasted across the room by a pulse of dark energy, landing on his back and sliding into the wall.

Rida quickly got back to his feet despite having been hit so hard, the hollow had been
able to stop him without the slightest effort, and it had been able to deliver a blow like that with one finger.

"I suppose a hollow that inspired such legends amongst the humans could be no less" Rida said, wiping blood from his mouth "Satan"

The hollow cocked its head slightly "is that the name I have been given this era? It means little. Lucifer, Shai-tan, Satan, The pretender, the devourer, father of lies, humans come up with all manner of names for me, all kinds of legends to contextualize something they cannot understand or fully comprehend. Call me that if it suits you, it changes nothing, and whatever the next name I receive is will matter just as little" it said

Rida gritted his teeth and began to raise his reiatsu, even against a foe like this, he would give his all to try and win, even if it was hopeless

Satan casually walked forward, unfazed by the spike in power "go on then" it said emotionlessly

"BANKAI!" Rida called "Kazan no Akuma!"

The tornado of flame that erupted from Rida at the release was as majestic as ever, but its glory seemed to fade in the presence of the demon standing before it, it was as if the light of the flames was being cancelled out by the dark aura Satan gave off.

The flames destroyed the roof of the building, giving enough room for the lava golem to stand as the flames dispersed. Rida wasted no time, shunpoing directly at Satan while using jets of flames from his feet to propel himself with even more force as his fist burst into flame again. Rida got up close to Satan and shot another jet of flame as well as an explosion from his elbow to propel his punch into the demon's gut. Using all the strength he could he drove his punch and flames into the demon, lifting it off its feet and driving it back as he drove it all the way back across the room and into the wall in a blaze of fire and repeated explosions. As soon as the demon slammed into the wall and the first punch ended Rida launched another one identical to the first with his other arm, ramming it into the gut of the hollow.

The second blow was just as devastating as the first, making the entire massive marble wall shatter in an instant and driving the demon through it and outside of the manor, into a courtyard where it managed to slide back and regain its footing, stopping Rida's forward progress quickly.

"once more!" Rida roared "HAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!"

Rida launched a vicious rocket propelled explosive uppercut, putting his whole body into it and emitting jets of flames from every available part of his armor to hit with as much force and heat as he could. Satan was hit in the gut and sent skyward with Rida right underneath him.

Rida unleashed a flurry of punches, he knew he had absolutely no chance if this fight dragged on, he needed to blow everything he had on one assault and end this fight before it began. He hit the demon twice, four times, 8... 16... 30... 50.... 100, each strike as vicious as the last  and targeting close to or directly on the gut, trying to overwhelm the hollows defensive capacity with repeated vicious strikes to the same location.

Satan sneered "insolent brat!" he snapped, a hint of pain in his voice as he was nailed again and again, Rida heard it and picked up his assault even more, he was getting somewhere! He was hurting it!

Satan unleashed a pulse of dark energy, blasting Rida to the ground as it spread its wings and hovered in the air, but before it could follow up a shadow passed over it, causing it to look up in time to see the lava golem's double-fisted smash score  a direct hit and smash it to the ground. The golem didn't stop there either, as it raised it's fists and punched Satan on the ground again and again, driving the demon into the ground further with each strike. Rida took the opportunity to get back up and jump into the air, charging up the flames on both fists, pouring the rest of his reiatsu into them, then firing them down into the hole the golem had punched the hollow into, the tight space of the hole contained and concentrated the flames until the pressure built to be too much, causing the ground for dozens of feet in every direction to erupt in an explosion of flame and molten rock.

Rida fell to the ground, having expended his reiatsu and only barely managing to maintain his bankai. Gasping for air he looked at the destruction his assault had caused, was it enough? His lava golem shuddered as the reiatsu from Rida ran out and the bankai ended. The lava of the golem crashing down onto the ruptured land where the hollow was still underground somewhere, filling it with lava and then solidifying. Creating a mound of obsidian stone like an over-sized grave marker.

Rida watched anxiously as one moment passed, then another, and another, each second felt like years to him as he watched the mound. Then, just as he began to relax, the mound exploded.

Massive tentacles of dark energy ripped the mound apart as a massive demonic head and torso erupted from the top, stone and dust flew everywhere, two massive clawed arms sprouted from the torso as the tentacles relegated themselves to the bottom of the beast. It stood at nearly 200 feet tall, a monstrosity even larger than Rida's golem had been.
"You filthy shinigami scum, how dare you injure me!" The beast roared "In all these years being sealed inside your pathetic bodies I have never met a shinigami quite so insolent as you! Normally I'm content to possess you shinigami and live apathetically, but now for you I'll make an exception! Your life will be filled with torment as i leave your mind intact and wreak havoc inside your body, using my power to sustain your life for centuries while I inflict wound upon wound to your insides and soul! You will know true agony!"

Rida looked up in horror at the beast, after all he'd done, he'd only managed to make it mad, what had he been thinking? He couldn't beat this, this was the hollow that humans dubbed the source of all evil! he was just one fledgling captain!

"Now suffer!" Satan roared as one massive hand reached out to grab Rida. Rida closed his eyes and looked down, preparing himself for his fate.

"KURISUTARUBIMU!" A familiar voice roared, causing Rida's eyes to open in shock just in time to see an arc of white energy sever the arm reaching for him at the elbow, With Torin in his bankai landing on the ground in front of him.

"GRAAAAAAH!" Satan roared in pain as it drew its severed arm back, the severed limb quickly regrew, and Torin's crystals didn't seem to be forming, but it was clear that the attack had hurt the demon. "Who the hell are you! There are never any second combatants here!"

Torin took a defensive stance "I am Torin Izanki, Captain of squad 3 of the gotei 13, and I am here to put an end to you!" he said firmly "you will NOT harm my friend"

Rida looked at Torin, then the demon, then back at Torin "no you idiot! Why did you come here! Do you have any idea what you've done!?!?" he exclaimed as everything sank in

Torin looked back "I'm saving you from your own pigheaded stupidity" he said harshly "again, only this time you seem to have set a new record for how much trouble you've gotten into. This ritual ends if the hollow dies right? so we'll just team up and kill it, dummy"

"YOU MORON!" Rida roared "DON'T YOU THINK THERE'S A REASON WHY MULTIPLE PEOPLE NEVER FIGHT THAT THING IN THIS RITUAL!"

Torin was taken aback "I..."

"IF AN OUTSIDER FROM OUTSIDE THE FAMILY INTERFERES WITH THE FIGHT THEN THE HOLLOW IS NO LONGER FORCED TO POSSESS ME" Rida screamed at him "YOU JUST SET THE STRONGEST HOLLOW IN EXISTENCE FREE"

Satan began to laugh, a blood-curdling sound filled with evil "how ironic, an Itazura and Izanki responsible for my release from the prison an Izanki and Itazura crafted for me. History comes full circle."

Torin looked to the demon in shock, then his expression hardened "Then we kill it" he said

"What do you mean we kill it! look at that thing! we can't beat that!" Rida shouted

"Does it matter? We don't have a choice now" Torin said "Aurora is on her way too, if we're lucky she'll have found a weakness to exploit

Torin turned and extended a hand to Rida "come on partner, you know when we work together there's not a hollow alive that can beat us, it'll be just like the academy that one time" he said with a smile

Rida looked up to Torin, then in spite of himself burst out laughing. "It's always the same with you! Fine, you win, let's kick this thing's ass" he said as he reached up and took Torin's hand, being pulled to his feet.

Torin closed his eyes and placed two fingers on Rida's wrist, then sent his reiatsu through the pressure points in the wrist to replenish Rida's own, it was a little trick Urahara had taught him during the years they had spent working on specific techniques after his hollowfication training, he didn't think he was going to need it so soon, but still, he silently thanked Urahara for it.

Torin and Rida face the demon, standing side by side as The armor of Rida's bankai flared back to life.

"LET'S DO THIS!" They shouted in unison as they charged.
BDD CH53 part 1, Fighting the Devil
On a bit of a writing kick today, so here's the are treat of a second upload in one day, you're welcome

this fight is a big deal, so I'm going to be making this one a two, maybe three part chapter, this will most likely be the biggest fight in this story arc apart from the final confrontation with Crisis, so brace yourselves, it's going to get intense.

bleach is owned by Kubo
story written by me

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Rida approached the gateway of what appeared to be a run down estate somewhere in the rukongai. Several guards stood watch at the entrance to the estate. They were dressed in the attire of guards for a noble family, but the men were old, and their equipment older. To the casual observer, one would think that using such outdated noble family guard equipment was just a financial splurge of some rukongai merchant who wanted to bolster his ego and pretend to be a noble. The entire estate was like that. Filled with things that in their day were signs of being the pinnacle of nobility, pieces of art, decorations, architecture, all from a time long past. Serving no purpose but to allow the residents to pretend they were actually nobles. Most people looked upon the estate with either disdain or absolute indifference, "rich people and their egos" they would think, and write it off without a second thought.

Rida was not a casual observer however, he knew the truth behind the crumbling estate. True the continued usage of the facility was for the sake of ego, but not in the way the common folk of the district thought. Everything here remained as a reminder as to what had once been, to an era long past that could never be reclaimed. It was there both to allow the residents to fantasize about the good old days, as well as to bitterly remind them of the failures that had brought those days to an end.

Rida walked to the guards, who stood to attention as he drew near. "Lord Itazura" one said "welcome home... are you here for... that?"

Rida waved one hand dismissively "yes, go home, all of you, everyone other than those essential to the ritual are to leave the estate at once and not return until otherwise ordered." he said, barely even looking at the guard who has spoken as he walked through the gate, and into the Itazura estate.

Rida's presence brought much commotion, servants who saw him dropped what they were doing on the spot and made a polite, but clearly hasty, exodus from the estate. Some went to notify others before leaving, but the message was clear, everyone was to leave, and everyone knew it.

Rida paid no mind to any of this as he walked deeper into the estate, it was an expansive place, easily spanning several acres of land. Once the place would've been all gardens and displays of beauty, stages for musicians to play in and picnic tables to enjoy the weather at. None of that was there now, the gardens had withered and been overrun by weeds, the benches rusted, the stages reclaimed by nature and fallen into disrepair.

There was only one fully intact building left, the main manor in the center.

Walking slowly, Rida took some time to reach the manor, then looked up at it. "Here again, after all that happened, I almost thought I'd never have to return" he mused aloud "but in the end, guess it was unavoidable"

A servant at the door, an aged woman in a rocking chair, squinted at Rida "my lord... you've returned..." she croaked "I hoped to never live to see the day..."

Rida walked over to the woman "nana..." he said softly "I..."

the woman shook her head "I know... there is no choice, no fairness or mercy in this, still... having raised you... I had hoped death would claim me before I would witness it..."

Rida looked down and gently took the woman's hand "thank you for everything, go now, you don't need to be here for this" he said, giving a light squeeze before letting go and turning to go inside

"I will stay here, praying for a miracle" the woman said "if none comes, then I will accept the death that I receive, I have lived a long and hard life, I raised your father, and your grandfather before him, each met their fate in turn, I raised you knowing this day would eventually come, and I have no desire to live on to raise the next in the line of cattle to be led to the slaughter"

Rida paused, his hand on the doorknob "if that is your wish" he said "I will respect it, there's a first time for everything after all." Rida cracked a small, forced smile at his little joke, but his heart wasn't in it

"It's about darn time you listened to your nanny" the woman huffed in false frustration "I lost count of the times I had to spank your naughty behind for breaking the rules"

"it stings even today" Rida said, then fell silent again "goodbye nana" he whispered as he opened the door and stepped inside, letting it close behind him. The interior of the manor was unnaturally clean. There wasn't a speck of dust anywhere, but there were no signs that anyone had cleaned in here in years either. The manor was deserted, empty except for an ominous presence, radiating from up a flight of steps and behind large ornate double doors.

Rida walked up the steps slowly, lost in thought. He recalled all of the times he had spent with Torin, with his squad, at the academy, all the people who he'd bonded with over the years. Would they be alright? The war was still raging on, many of them would probably die... but they had Torin, he'd protect everyone. There was nothing to worry about, not that it mattered anyway, worrying was meaningless coming from him now. If he'd wanted to do something to help everyone, he should've done it sooner.

Rida stood before the double doors and took a deep breath "Torin, Aurora, everyone... thanks for the life, even if it is ending so soon, it was a good one" he said, then pushed the doors open and walked into the room.

----meanwhile-----
"What!? Rida left?" Aurora exclaimed over the phone in a near panic, hurting Torin's ears with the volume "Shit!"

"Calm down, do you know something about why?" Torin asked, he was still at Rida's quarters, he would've liked to already be on the move to find Rida, but having no idea where to look made things difficult, and so he stood by the doorway having called the one person who was smart enough to figure out what to do here.

"this is bad, this is very very bad Torin" Aurora said, still a bit panicked  "I was going to drop by your office to tell you about this later today once I got more details, I didn't want to freak you out without knowing everything, I'm in the Seireitei databases right now reading up on it."

Torin frowned, this sounded bad, if Aurora was worried about freaking him out and was going to such lengths to research it... "What IS it though?" he asked, a worried edge creeping into his voice

"You know how Rida said now and then his family was once nobility? And how as a kid they were training him incessently so he could try to restore the family to grace? That is an understatement of ridiculous proportions. The Itazura clan used to be a great noble house!" Aurora said quickly "Held in even higher renown then the Kuchki clan, they specialized in powerful sealing kido, and were responsible for maintaining seals on some of the soul society's most troublesome threats."

Torin found this slightly hard to believe considering Rida's absolute lack of any talent for kido, but Aurora's research was never wrong, he'd already lost a few bets doubting that fact. So he remained quiet and said "then what happened? one of the great houses doesn't just fall from grace because of poor financial management like Rida claimed"

Aurora took a deep breath "the details are vague, it seems that the vast majority of files on this subject have been thoroughly destroyed, what little I've gathered has been by recreating files from trace bits of code and snippets in related incidents that missed the cleansing of data on the subject" she said "A long time ago, there was a particular hollow. It was the first confirmed vasto-lorde class hollow in recorded history, and its' power was beyond anything ever seen since. This was a hollow that could take on multiple captains at once and not even be threatened. Not only was it powerful, it was smart and knew it's limits well. Many times the gotei tried to surround it and strike it down using all 13 captains at once, but it would always slip away, split them up, and fight them individually, many captains were killed, some escaped with severe injuries, but none ever reported even so much as wounding the beast.

Torin frowned, a hollow like that would definitely be a serious threat, but... "what does this have to do with Rida" he asked, starting to suspect a bit of the truth

"With an enemy that couldn't be slain in battle, the Itazura's were called into the situation, they formulated a plan to confront the hollow and seal it away with a god-class sealing kido, it was the only kido of sufficient power to even snare the beast, let alone keep it sealed. Unfortunately the result of this was that a living person needed to be used as the catalyst and container for the seal, this person was Rida's ancestor, the head of the family at the time." Aurora explained "the seal should've sealed the hollow away completely, then slowly sapped its energy until it died inside of the seal. However they underestimated it, it lashed out against the seal as it was drawn in, and in it's struggles damaged the binding. Instead of being harmlessly sealed inside the body of Rida's ancestor, instead it possessed that body, overriding the man's mind and seizing control. With the powers of the head of the Itazura clan at it's disposal, the gotei would've been doomed."

Aurora paused "what happened next is... poorly illustrated by the snippets of text I found... But I do know the end result. When all was said and done, the Itazura clan was removed from grace and wiped from the annals of history, the 5 great clans became 4. A mutual agreement between the clan and the gotei it seems. In addition, whenever the former head of the family would reach the end of his life, the hollow would be able to escape, so a ritual was prepared in which it would be transferred to the next head of the family, renewing the seal for another generation. After the transfer they would bind up the person containing the hollow so that even after being possessed he or she would be kept in check." she explained after several moments of hesitation

Torin's eyes widened "then the reason Rida left is..."

Aurora sighed "most likely, the records also indicate that before the ritual is complete, each head of the family has a chance to fight the hollow, if they can kill it, the cycle will be broken... none have come close. Rida's father is likely about to die, and he's going to take the place as the seal. I wanted to tell you in person, so we could work out a way to save him... but if he's already gone it may be too late"

Torin spat a curse "That idiot! if he had told us this before we could've...! When I find him I'm going to kick his ass so hard he'll WISH he'd been possessed by the hollow so he wouldn't have to feel the pain anymore!" he raged "where is his home? I'm bringing him back!"

Aurora smiled slightly on her end of the phone, that was Torin for you, present him with a captain killing beast that required a god level seal to stop, and his main concern was not how to beat it, but how to save his friend and reprimand him for being an idiot. In spite of herself, she laughed.

"Rukongai east district 39" Aurora said "I'll be on my way too, leave enough of him unscathed for me to scold him too"

"Right!" Torin said as he broke into a shunpo and hung up. He put the phone away as he ran at breakneck speed for Rida's home. "I just hope that I'm not too late..." he thought "Rida... you idiot"


--- back at the Itazura manor-----
The room was a black throne room. The walls, the pillars lining the walkway to the end of the room, the throne, everything was a shade of black. The room was bare, unfurnished except for the black marble throne at the end of the room, where a man sat.

The man was ancient looking, a shriveled old man who looked like he was barely even still breathing. His eyes were closed, but his face was pained. His arms and legs were shackled to the throne, rendering him unable to move. Rida knew those shackles were made of 100% pure sekiseki rock, bindings so strong that even a head captain would be powerless to move while bound, the ore completely suppressing their reiatsu to the point where they would be paralyzed

Yet in spite of this, the shriveled old man's eyes opened as the door closed behind Rida, and he shifted in his chair slightly as he sat up to look at Rida.

Rida took out his zanpakto and laid it before him as he knelt before the man. "Father" he said deferentially. The creature before him was not his father any longer, the demon may have worn the flesh like a cloak, but it wasn't the man who had existed before the ritual any longer. Still, Rida paid his respects to his father's shell at the very least.

The man was silent for a good minute or so, working up vocal chords that had not been used in centuries, before finally speaking in a hoarse and raspy voice "Rida... my son..."

Rida looked up in surprise at this "Father!?" he asked in a confused tone, wasn't his father supposed to be possessed?

The old man cracked a toothless smile "the same reaction I had to my father before my ritual. The one thing that nobody ever knows about it. In the hour of our deaths... we become ourselves one last time, allowing us to see our kin before we pass on the curse. It is... a small blessing... to be able to see my son as a grown man"

Rida looked down again "I see..." he said "so it is soon then"

"very soon" the man sighed "I feel it coming, straining against the confines of my feeble old body, it will escape soon, and then it will be your turn to sit in this chair."
Rida nodded "I know, I am... prepared" he said, his voice choking up at the last moment

The man smiled sadly, a kind, understanding smile "it is not easy, but the Itazura line has no choice in this matter... the fact that you are here of your own free will is enough... I had to be forced... I couldn't bring myself to... leave everyone... like your mother... I know that I... do not have the right to say this... but I am proud of you... Rida... I can tell... you grew into a fine man... I am... sorry that things are this way..."

Rida shook his head "don't apologize, this is the fate we were dealt, we all know this going into life, that it will end this way, I accepted that fate and choose to live my life rather than ending it as a child. I choose to grow strong, so that when this day came I could maybe, just maybe, be the one to end the cycle."

The old man's eyes widened "then you came here to... fight it? You do realize... that none of the Itazuras... have ever had the strength to win that contest... why would you choose to prolong your suffering so?"

"None of the Itazura's have ever become captains since the days of old either" Rida said "and no matter how slim my odds, I have to try. I have friends... a squad... people who are dear to me. Even if the chance is only one in a million, one in a billion even, for their sake if nothing else I have to stand and fight. My best friend, he taught me that many times with his actions... I didn't quite understand what it was like until now. But standing here, I think I finally understand how he feels every time he takes up the sword and risks his life, at least a little"

The old man let out a hoarse chuckle "what an impressive man you became... as your father... there is nothing I wish for more than to have been able to spend more time with you than this... but... my time is up... it is coming... good luck... my s...o...n..."

The man's eyes closed and his head fell back with a deep exhale, then it was still. Slowly, a dark smoke began to rise from the open mouth and nostrils of the now deceased body. The stream of smoke began to grow thicker and move in unnatural fluctuations, as if it had a mind of its own. Smoke began to ooze from the rest of the corpse as well, bursting through the skin in little puncture holes that steadily grew in size. The body was dissolving into dark smoke that hung in the air about it, writhing, pulsating, coalescing into something even more black then the smoke itself.

Rida rose to his feet and drew his zanpakto. "Erupt, kazan no ken" he said grimly, releasing his shikai and gaining the gauntlets of lava. It was time to begin... His final battle.
welp I found a song that, when translated to English, reminded me so much of Torin during his early years that I felt obligated to share it, all aboard the feels train


Song


English translation
At night when silence
Envelops the town
It is raining white (snow)
I hold up my palms
The snow melts as soon as I touched it
A transient piece of life

Snow accumulates without a sound
Like light
You smile as you gathered it
Hey, how do I sound?
Even if I reply, you
Cannot hear anymore

Say you're in pain
Say you're lonely
I'll find you
Wherever you are...
Don't leave me behind, aren't we always
Together as one?

As the snow becomes thicker
You gradually fade away
I can't do anything but embrace you

I wish, just one more time
To hear your voice
One more time, just one more time...
Say my name...

From your unfocused, blank eyes
A drop appeared

In this gray world
Everything has stopped
Except for the quietly falling snow

You are becoming cold
Your voice has not come back
We've given up understanding each other
Hear my voice, smile for me once more
I have ran out of tears
I cannot
Melt you...

If possible, my voice
Take it all away
And give it to the person dear to me

If I'll be in a world alone
Without you
Just...
Take me away
With you

I love you, even that
Cannot be said
Our era
Is about to close
Forever

Even if I shout, I can't get
You or your voice back

To the falling snow
Please don't stop falling
Take me away with her

Everything transient, my voice, my life
Erase all of them

Until all is white...
It had been a few weeks since Torin had tested Rida in the captain’s exam, they both needed time to recuperate after the intense battle, even with Captain Unohana’s healing kido. Torin was back in action first, as most of his injuries were easily healed. Rida was completely drained of reiatsu and had more subtle injuries from circulating his reiatsu through his body at a high level for an extended period of time.

Torin got back to work at the division when he got out of squad 4s care, Kira had done a relatively good job keeping the amount of work in check, but he was only one man handling the paperwork of two. Not to mention that Torin’s rukongai improvement program had its own massive set of paperwork to sort out. Budgeting details, approval seals, strategies and implementation plans. Without Torin around to handle everything it piled up quick.
Torin walked out of his office and into a small garden area he’d had set up for periodic breaks. With a yawn and a stretch he tried to loosen up after a hard day’s work. “I’d rather fight another daichiken than keep coming back to these massive piles of paperwork” Torin groaned “at least that isn’t so bloody tedious”

Torin walked to a bench in the center of the garden and sat down “I know Izuru does his best, but with me gone for such long periods of time all the time he can’t keep up… I can’t delegate the tasks I leave behind to anyone of a lower rank than Lieutenant… so there’s not much to be done about it” he said

Torin sighed and laid his head back for a time, then perked up “but wait, back in squad 13 the 3rd seat is shared by Kiyone and Sentaro, why not have two Lieutenants?” he said suddenly “That would solve everything, and then I could spend my time worrying about war matters rather than administration”

Torin leapt to his feet and began to pace “but who should I appoint? There’s Heizo, he’s got the brains, but he’s old and not strong enough for the position. Yuka is easily strong enough now that she got her shikai mastered, but she’s got that split personality issue, not really good for someone I’m going to be trusting to handle the duties of a captain.”

“There’s Ankoku sir” Kira said, making Torin jump

“Izuru-san?” Torin asked “when did you show up?”

“I was here the whole time” Kira said “you must’ve been too lost in thought to notice”

“Oh” Torin said, he felt a little bit awkward getting caught like this, he’d just been discussing appointing a new Lieutenant in front of his current one “So… you’re fine sharing your rank then?”

Kira seemed to sulk a little bit “yes Ca… er… Torin… I heard your reasoning, and it makes sense, I can’t do everything myself, and you’re too powerful of a fighter to waste behind a desk” he said, clearly not happy about the situation, but accepting of it.
Torin sighed with relief, he had thought Kira would react poorly to the idea, but he seemed to be handling it well.

“Well alright then, so who’s this Ankoku you mentioned? Is he new?” Torin asked, he knew the names of all of his squad members, but this one was new to him

Kira nodded “he just graduated from the academy, but he’s already one of our most deadly fighters, I think he had a lot of combat experience before going to the academy, and the whole process of graduation was more of a formality. I was going to recommend you make him a seated officer once you had time”

“And personality-wise?” Torin asked

“He’s… how do I describe him…” Kira said “well… he has an unusual obsession with balance and justice, he’s very calm and composed at all times, to the point of seeming cold. But he’s fair and a good leader of his team, I think he’d made a good lieutenant if he meets your standards for strength.”

Torin crossed his arms and thought, it sounded like this Ankoku fellow was a good candidate, but he couldn’t go on word of mouth alone…

“Call him to the sparing ground, I’ll evaluate him personally” Torin said

---- shortly afterwards -----

Torin stood in the sparring arena, it was a circular arena near the training grounds, plenty of wide open space and few structures to get in the way. It was designed so that squadmates could spar and hone their skills without causing property damage. Across from him was a man who looked unusual, to put it lightly.

The man was in a suit of armor that looked custom-made to allow mobility, and had a variety of weapons strapped to every part of him, Torin saw everything from a sickle and chain to a spear, and he wasn’t even sure which of the swords or daggers was the man’s zanpakto.

Even more unusual was the man’s head. He had a mixture of white and black hair that was almost perfectly split, one side with white, the other with black. His eyes were different colors too, his right eye was blue, along with his black hair, and his left eye was red. Torin thought back to Kira saying this man had an unusual obsession with balance, and now he could see what his lieutenant had meant in earnest. What’s more, it looked like this was his natural look.  

“You are Ankoku Hoshi?” Torin asked

Ankoku nodded “I am captain, it is an honor to meet you in person” he said

“Do you know why I called you here?” Torin asked

Ankoku shook his head “I do not captain, however based on our location I would assume a spar is part of it”

Torin nodded “As you likely know I am often very busy with the war, and am not around to handle my duties as a captain, Lieutenant Kira does his best to handle my work while I am away, but he is a single man doing the work of three. Therefore, I have decided to appoint a second Lieutenant”

Ankoku nodded “then I presume you are considering me as a candidate. Wouldn’t that be unwise? I am very new to the division after all, how do you know I am suited to the role?”

Torin smiled “that’s what we’re here to find out, they say when two skilled fighters cross blades, they can see into each other’s souls. If you are suited to be my Lieutenant, I will know after this spar”

Ankoku nodded and drew a pair of throwing knives

“Begin when you are ready” Torin said

Ankoku nodded and threw both throwing knives at Torin and began to move.

Torin grabbed the knives out of the air, but the act of doing so put his hand in front of his face, momentarily cutting off his view of Ankoku. Torin turned his head to see Ankoku appear in a shunpo next to him, wielding a battleaxe now and slashing at his midsection.
Torin stepped away from the attack, but the axe still cut his clothing slightly. He had to crack a smile, this one was skilled, it wasn’t just that he had above average reiatsu or speed, he was smart, using all of his tools to their fullest even against a superior opponent in order to level the playing field.

Torin stepped back in to counter with a punch while Ankoku was still mid-swing, but the armored man lifted his other arm and pointed it at him, firing a hidden mechanism that shot a shuriken at him. Torin switched his punch into a grab, snatching the shuriken out of the air, but this bought Ankoku time to drop the axe and draw a katana to slash again.
Torin jumped back and threw the shuriken back at Ankoku, who blocked it and pressed the attack, now pulling out the sickle and chain and throwing the blade at Torin.

Torin dodged the blade by twisting and grabbed the chain, pulling Ankoku into the air with him by doing so. Ankoku seemed to have predicted this though, and had already begun pulling out the spear, as he flew through the air towards Torin he stabbed with the spear, using the momentum to make up for the awkward method of attacking

Torin dropped the chain and instead grabbed the spear just below the spearhead, using the weapon to violently throw Ankoku into the ground. Ankoku was obscured by a cloud of dust as he crashed to the ground, but the lack of an immediate counterattack gave Torin time to land on the ground and reset his stance. “He’s doing pretty well, for not even using shikai” he thought “I don’t see why he’s going through the trouble though, there’s no way stuff like this would work on me, or any captain for that matter”

Ankoku shunpod out of the dust cloud, moving around Torin and leaving behind the occasional afterimage. Torin easily followed the man’s movements, but was impressed by the fact that he could move so fast.

From various angles around Torin, a barrage of throwing knives and shuriken sailed towards him. They came rapidly and from enough different angles to rule out a dodge, meaning the only option was to block. Torin sighed “enough of this” he said as he spiked his reiatsu, a white aura burst from him, the shockwave of the sudden increase in power knocking all of the knives out of the air.

“You’re clearly skilled with all of your weapons Ankoku, and that’s well and good against low-level opponents, but I’m a captain” Torin said “regardless of how skilled you are, fighting me without your shikai is a fool’s errand”

Ankoku stopped moving a good distance away from Torin “I agree, I simply wished to evaluate you myself, I’ve never faced a captain before see, I wanted to see what it was like. But the time for personal curiosity has passed… Light the path” he said as he drew two katanas, presumably his zanpakto

Torin tensed slightly, waiting for the release

“Shinseina kurayami” Ankoku said, the blades glowed and vanished, leaving only the hilts. Then energy shot out of the hilts, forming two new blades. One was white, the other pitch black. They were equal in length, and exact opposites of each other.

“Balance huh? Even in the zanpakto” Torin thought “a dual zanpakto too, this will be interesting, until now only Captain Ukitake and Captain Shunsui have been given true dual zanpakto. If this is anything like theirs I may have to be careful”

Ankoku made the first move, slashing with the black blade. A black energy came out of the blade, forming a crescent arc and shooting towards Torin at incredible speed. Torin turned his body sideways to dodge the arc narrowly, feeling the breeze as it shot past and hit a small boulder, cutting it in two and continuing onward.

“Was that wind?” Torin thought in confusion “it was black, but it definitely felt like wind element energy”

Ankoku slashed with the other blade next, this time forming several fireballs of white flame and sending them at Torin, who jumped away. As Torin retreated from the fireballs they changed direction and shot up at him, catching him by surprise and exploding.

Torin landed on the ground, his clothes smoking a bit, he’d deflected the blast for the most part with a pulse of reiatsu, but even so he hadn’t escaped without some singing. Torin turned to face Ankoku, only to have his vision filled by the sight of Ankoku’s black blade forcing him to duck. “Geez, this guy… he’s ruthless” he thought as he had to throw himself backward away from a thrust from the white blade.

Torin placed his hands on the ground as he threw himself back, turning it into a somersault and landing on his feet, then shunpoing to the side as the flames that had erupted from Ankoku’s blade engulfed where he had landed

When Torin landed he sensed reiatsu beneath him “what?” he exclaimed as the black wind from the first attack burst from the ground and cut his shoulder, delivering a shallow gash. “ngh” Torin grunted “so he has total control over both”

Torin heard the whistle of air and ducked as one of the knives from before shot over his head, thrown by another tendril of black wind. While Torin was looking at this Ankoku sent another wave of flame at him, forcing him to shunpo again, only to be beset by the first wave of flame that had missed.

“Damn” Torin cursed as he grabbed his zanpakto “there’s no openings”

Torin grunted as he drew his buster sword zanpakto and slashed, dispersing the flames surging towards him, finally giving him a moment to assess the situation. “Ankoku is, undeniably, good at this” Torin thought “he may not have the same speed or strength I do, but his combat skills are incredible. Every move sets up and leads into the next, there’s no wasted motion, no openings in his offense to counter with, and it only gets stronger over time, as he generates more dark wind and white fire”

Torin frowned at the two masses of energy now surging back to Ankoku to set up a defense. It seemed that Ankoku had recognized that he’d demonstrated his ability to attack more than sufficiently.

“I think I was wrong about the elements of your zanpakto” Torin said aloud “it’s not just wind and fire, but darkness and light as well. There’s something about you that’s off, but I can’t quite place it”

Ankoku seemed surprised “how did you guess?” he asked “nobody ever notices the sub-elements”

“So I was right after all” Torin said “there are a few things that give it away, one is that you never attack with the two in unison, you always alternate, maintaining balance between light and dark. Your fire would be stronger and faster if you used wind to amplify it, but you don’t. Also a close friend of mine uses a light type zanpakto, so determining that your fire was light was easy, and the wind has an opposite feeling to it, so it must be dark”

Torin frowned, he just didn’t get it, something about this man was… just not right. His appearance, his zanpakto elements, his demeanor, the almost inhuman sense of tactics, even his reiatsu felt wrong. “Just what the heck ARE you?” he asked aloud “you’re not a normal shinigami”

Ankoku seemed stunned by the question, then lowered his blades “of all the people I’ve met, you are the first to notice. You’re right, I’m not a normal person like the rest of you”

Torin relaxed his guard slightly, as far as he was concerned Ankoku had proven he was a Lieutenant level combatant, and one of the stronger ones at that, but he needed a grasp on if Ankoku could uphold the same values he did if he was going to appoint him. “Well then, what are you?” he asked “I can’t put my finger on it, there’s just… something”

“I don’t know exactly why myself, but my body is made up of equal parts light and dark energy” Ankoku said “kept in a very delicate balance through my own willpower alone. My unusual appearance is a result of that. Whenever one side of myself gains dominance, my body changes accordingly.”

Torin listened, taking things in, that explained why Ankoku looked kind of like a humanized yin and yang sign. “So your obsession with balance is because you need to be balanced within yourself, what will happen if the balance is upset?”

“When one side of myself begins to gain ground, the process is difficult to reverse, my personality becomes increasingly angelic or demonic, respectively. Eventually, it would result in the total destruction of myself as I am now. What would remain afterwards I do not know, nor am I eager to find out.” Ankoku said “However, I know why you are inquiring into my nature, what you truly wish to know is how well I will uphold the values you have set for the division, particularly in your absence.”

Torin smiled sheepishly, this guy was something else alright. “I think I understand already though” he said “if one side of you is pure light, and the other pure darkness, then what you are now must be completely neutral. Unbiased in any way towards either side. I heard from my Lieutenant that you were obsessed with justice, and that you were a fair leader of your teammates. If that is true, then I think I understand you and what your values are.”

Ankoku nodded “yes, you are exactly right” he said “so, knowing this and seeing my power, do you have a decision? I will also mention that your rukongai improvement program is the reason I joined your squad to begin with.”

Torin frowned, he was starting to realize what it was like to deal with someone far more uptight than himself, no wonder Rida always got on his case about it, this guy made him seem like Shunsui by comparison. Of course, that meant he would make the perfect person to work hard and keep things running smoothly.

“I have” Torin said “congratulations Ankoku Hoshi, your Lieutenant badge will be given to you as soon as it is received.”

Ankoku nodded “I am honored captain, I shall uphold the reputation of the division to the best of my ability” he said

Torin smiled “In the meantime, why don’t you go speak with Lieutenant Kira, he’ll brief you on how things work” he said “as for me, I have some things to take care of myself”
Ankoku nodded again “yes captain, that sounds like a good plan” he said as he retrieved his weapons and went off to find Kira.

In the meantime Torin went to Rida’s new place, he had been meaning to help his friend move in for a while, but had been too busy. He knocked on the door, but there was no answer.

“Oy, you home Rida?” Torin called, opening the door as he did so and stepping in, then freezing. In the middle of the room Rida’s uniform and haori were neatly folded in a pile, with a note on top.

“Torin, you’ll probably be the one to read this,  I am resigning as a shinigami. There are things about my background that have recently resurfaced. I need to go back home to deal with it. Odds are I will be unable to ever return, or at the very least I won’t be able to fulfil my duties as captain. Since we will likely never meet again, thanks for being my friend Torin, knowing you let me forget about this fate for a good long time, but I’m out of time. Farewell my friend” the note read

“what…?” Torin said in shock as he dropped the note, he had no idea what was going on, but he wasn’t about to let it happen. He pulled out his phone and called Aurora, if anyone could figure this out it was her, he just hoped he wasn’t too late…        
Bleach Dark Dawn CH51, The Forgotten Fate
there... it's done... I uploaded something... after taking WAAAAAAAAY too long to do so... Depression and writer's block go hand in hand, but since the former is getting better the latter is as well. I'm getting back to writing stories, I've started to RP on other sites more and more frequently, working myself back up to the point where working on my stories isn't such an effort when it comes to motivating myself to do things.

I'm also making my steady return to DA in general, so yeah, I'm back

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welp I found a song that, when translated to English, reminded me so much of Torin during his early years that I felt obligated to share it, all aboard the feels train


Song


English translation
At night when silence
Envelops the town
It is raining white (snow)
I hold up my palms
The snow melts as soon as I touched it
A transient piece of life

Snow accumulates without a sound
Like light
You smile as you gathered it
Hey, how do I sound?
Even if I reply, you
Cannot hear anymore

Say you're in pain
Say you're lonely
I'll find you
Wherever you are...
Don't leave me behind, aren't we always
Together as one?

As the snow becomes thicker
You gradually fade away
I can't do anything but embrace you

I wish, just one more time
To hear your voice
One more time, just one more time...
Say my name...

From your unfocused, blank eyes
A drop appeared

In this gray world
Everything has stopped
Except for the quietly falling snow

You are becoming cold
Your voice has not come back
We've given up understanding each other
Hear my voice, smile for me once more
I have ran out of tears
I cannot
Melt you...

If possible, my voice
Take it all away
And give it to the person dear to me

If I'll be in a world alone
Without you
Just...
Take me away
With you

I love you, even that
Cannot be said
Our era
Is about to close
Forever

Even if I shout, I can't get
You or your voice back

To the falling snow
Please don't stop falling
Take me away with her

Everything transient, my voice, my life
Erase all of them

Until all is white...

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things I know enough about to do include, but are not limited too
poetry (to an extent, i know some basic forms and I know Shakespearean sonnets, that's about it, and depending on if i have inspiration the quality varies)
Bleach stuff
Naruto stuff
Kingdom Hearts stuff
Fullmetal Alchemist stuff (been a while since i've watched the series, but i've watched both)
Oh My Goddess stuff (I doubt anyone has even heard of this... but i've watched the anime and read all the manga they have at the library, which is about books 1-28)
Air Gear (I've only seen anime)
Pokemon
Final Fantasy (have played 7, all sequels/prequels of 7, 10, 10-2, a quarter of 12, and tactics)
Avatar the last airbender/Legend of Korra
Fairy Tail




For all categories the quality of what you get will be greater or worse based on how much info you give me to work with. For example if you ask for a sonnet and leave the rest to me that means i have to come up with the topic, what to be said, and how to word it all by myself, if you give me a topic that I know about then it makes things way easier and I can focus on the actual writing. Or if you want a Bleach OC fight but only give me one OC then I have to create his opponent, which I CAN do, but I can't spit out OCs like i'm some sort of machine.
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Heyy thanks so much for the fave!! it means a lot :hug:
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cmd1095 Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Writer
you're very welcome, as someone who occasionally struggles with depression myself, your piece really resonated with me. You deserve the fave
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:hug: it's inspired from personal experience. My friend (the one with purple hair) really saved me from suicidal attempts twice, just by sitting there with me. I want to return the favor too. Its a tribute for her ^^
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I'm sure she's very happy with it :)
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Slave y u ignoring me?  :iconyunoguyplz:
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sorry, haven't been on DA much these past days
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Sorry it gets lonely without you.
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Thank you for the fave (and sorry for my late reply)!
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Sorry you feel this way dear *Strokes your hair* If you need someone to talk to just tar to me slave *Kisses you*
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