Plain of Ice
... and if I am going to die, I will take you with me

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Started by Arion Katsaros at Apr 09, 2019 7:49 pm
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Arion Katsaros

Silver Fox

Courage is not the absence of fear. It is the decision there is something more important than fear.

? Years Young 13 Posts Goteijusantai Sanbantai Captain


He didn't know why he bothered, sometimes.

It was a stupid thing to wonder, and also not very stupid at all. He'd told Heru, a long time ago, that it'd serve him better to just ignore Arion ever existed, and go on with his life, find somebody less broken than Arion was. Still, he did tend to get a little pouty, if Arion wasn't around for a long time, and despite not really understanding why, he did have to admit, he didn't like it when Heru got pouty. ... well, maybe that was the wrong way to describe it. It wasn't exactly pouting, but, more what Arion had come to understand to be as close to it as Heru would get (Lucains were so above pouting, anyway).

Still, for whatever reason, Heru liked seeing him, and it wasn't like Arion was busy, right now. He could be. Oh, sure, he could find something to get busy with, but it wouldn't kill him to just, go see him, either. Besides, it also wasn't as if he didn't want to see him. Ultimately, it was all just, silly confusion-related junk, but he'd long accepted Heru was, and would likely remain, very confusing. It was a good thing, really, it was just also fairly uncomfortable, because he had no idea what to do with it and all. It wasn't even as if he was learning. But then, neither was he terribly trying to. He was probably still in that stage where he expected Heru to get his brain function back and change his mind.

Only a hundred years later, Theiko sighed in the back of his head. Yes. Well.

Semantics.

Anyway, it was lunch break in Sanbantai, so, Arion was wandering off to Yonbantai to presumably go settle down somewhere with Heru and the stubborn can rest easy knowing Arion actually did eat - this time, anyway. Sometimes, Arion wondered why he had to bother doing that, because ultimately, it wasn't as if it made him any less skinny, but you know, he expended probably far too much reiryoku on keeping his heart stable. Not regenerating as much reiryoku might well kill him, which he guessed that was fair. Still thought his keeling over would do the Gotei a lot of favours, but nobody really asked him.

For good reason, the naga huffed.
If you're going to keep being a pain, I can leave you at the office.

Unsurprisingly, Yonbantai was busy. When he got there, he just settled himself to one side, out of the way. Eventually, either Heru would notice his reiatsu signature, or somebody would tell him Katsaros-Taichou was here. Presumably for lunch. That was usually why he was here in the middle of the day.


Take me high and I'll sing, oh you make everything okay, okay okay~
We are one and the same, oh you take all of the pain away, away away~
Save me if I become my d e m o n s

Heru Lucain

? Years Young 14 Posts Goteijusantai Yonbantai Lieutenant


It had just sort of become standard, Heru insuring the paperwork was done every couple of days, if not every day. He tried, but things happened and sometimes the other tasks that Tachibana-taicho had him working took longer than expected. Today was a paperwork day, so he'd only gone into the labs briefly to make sure the results from yesterday had been notated properly and the he'd settled down here, for the moment.

Rokubantai seemed not to mind the occasional day or two - probably because Heru made such an effort to make sure Yonbantai never fell particularly far behind again. When he'd first ended up here, he'd spent ages just doing paperwork. He didn't mind, it needed to be done. But uh... that didn't mean he wanted to repeat the process any time soon.

Yonbantai was just too busy for one guy to run it alone. And Tachibana-taicho had far too many good ideas that would revolutionize their ability to fix Shinigami, if only there was enough time to try them. So, well, here they were.

It took a few moments, but Heru did eventually seen Arion's presence within Yonbantai. There was not that distinctive flurry of activity that made it clear something was wrong, so Heru wasn't really in a rush but he was quite aware that that meant that Arion was here for lunch or similar. It was kind of a nice change, Arion coming to find him rather than the situation being reversed. Not that Heru minded either way. So, he finished the page he was on, since he only had a few words left anyway, and then made his way over to where the silver haired Shinigami had settled down.

"Hey," Heru greeted with a warm smile. "How's your day been?" Nice and easy place to start, that one. Couldn't go wrong with it under most circumstances, and it would give Heru a chance to gage his mood a little.

Arion Katsaros

Silver Fox

Courage is not the absence of fear. It is the decision there is something more important than fear.

? Years Young 13 Posts Goteijusantai Sanbantai Captain


It wasn't very long of a wait, before Heru meandered his way. That was sooner than Arion was expecting, honestly. Most of the time, Heru was really busy; Tachibana-Taichou had been trying to run Yonbantai, by himself, for probably several decades before making Heru his Lieutenant, which meant lots of paperwork backlog, and the amount of stuff that went on in the division was somewhat staggering. Honestly, it was almost a miracle Heru ever had time for anything. Arion wasn't sure if he was glad he did, or somewhat annoyed he had time to bug him all the time.

You don't actually mind it and you know it, Theiko grumbled.
The naga was right, but Arion wasn't gracing that with an agreement. Fuck the snake and its rightness.

Whose side was it on, anyway?
The not stupid side, Theiko replied, snorting.

"Hey," Arion answered. "Ah... busy," he said, wrinkling his nose a bit. "A'leas' ain'nobody blow nuttin'up recently." That was, that was something to be glad for, even if only because it'd make Yonbantai more work and that probably came with more paperwork and then Arion would have to do some paperwork, and Seojin would probably be cussin' for weeks... as amusing as this all was, it really just kind of generated a fuck-wad of unnecessary busy, so perhaps that was something better avoided outright. Besides, his division had been doing good, demmit.

Certainly, and thankfully, they weren't a Juichibantai, but you know, it'd be nice if they remembered that, consistently...

"Figure'd'a'come by'is time. Wasn'inta nothin' serious." Just, you know, reports and stuff. Bouncing his bouncy-ball off the wall... stuff like that. (He pretended, and usually quite well, that he actually did work all day. Most of the time, he didn't, really.) "How's stuff'ere?" Also, probably, very busy. Funny, most of them seemed to be really busy, go figure that.


Take me high and I'll sing, oh you make everything okay, okay okay~
We are one and the same, oh you take all of the pain away, away away~
Save me if I become my d e m o n s

Heru Lucain

? Years Young 14 Posts Goteijusantai Yonbantai Lieutenant


Heru laughed slightly at that. Yeah that kind of made sense. Busy, the Gotei was usually pretty busy, it hardly mattered which division one was a part of. Even when there wasn't a ton going on they still had to take care of a lot of things... patrols, paperwork, training... the works, really. Especially in the higher ranks. So there was no surprise there.

But it was good to hear that there wasn't anything particular huge going on at the moment. It was always nice when no one's division was completely exploding, after all. And given just how important Sanbantai's job was it was always good that that division especially didn't have anything major going on.

It meant a minimum of major incidents in the living world, currently. Which, yes, everyone could agree that was a very good thing for obvious reasons.

"That is good, yeah." Actually like, saying something there was a good idea Heru, duh. Just because his mind spun in a half-dozen directions didn't mean Arion could follow any of them unless he actually spoke.

"Well it's nice to have you come by." Yes it was, certainly. Always made Heru smile a little to realize that Arion was clearly thinking about him at least a little. Ah... hm. He'd better stop that train of thought before he made himself blush or something stupid. "Breaks are always nice. I was catching up on paperwork from yesterday since I spent the day in the labs." Yeah, that.

And sometimes walking away from paperwork for a short while was nice because it needed to be done yes but they managed to generate so much of it. "No major explosions so far, but definitely busy." Basically that was Yonbantai in a nutshell. And then something huge happened and everything hit overdrive mode, so to speak.

"We're getting really close to a break through in the lab though. The reishi I've been working with trying to repair one damaged spinal columns with is reacting the way I was hoping it would and starting to form an extension of the cord. Er. That was... probably more than you meant sorry." Stopping before he spent an hour gushing about the results from yesterday.

Arion Katsaros

Silver Fox

Courage is not the absence of fear. It is the decision there is something more important than fear.

? Years Young 13 Posts Goteijusantai Sanbantai Captain


Sometimes, Arion wondered if he was just saying that. But there were some bonuses to dating a Lucain, and that was one; no matter how many times the voice in his head wanted to tell him Heru just felt sorry for him, or was just trying to make him feel better, there was always that other voice that said Sahura wouldn't have raised his children to be like that. They didn't lie - even to make others feel better. He supposed that was one of the many reasons he didn't understand, first of all, why and how Heru tolerated him so well, and seemed happy to, even. Secondly, why and how any of the other Lucains tolerated him so well. He supposed they didn't really know him.

Most people didn't.

It was kind of cute, how Heru had almost rambled off into the sunset on him, there. The ice that was always in his eyes might've thawed a little, but it seemed like it always did, around Heru. "I ain'min'much, you know'at," he said, quiet. "M'glad yer gettin' places." Arion wasn't entirely sure what they were doing and why, but there was a reason Tachibana-Taichou had decided to steal Heru from Twelfth, and Arion was fairly sure this was the reason. Even if he didn't entirely grasp what they were doing... then again, he could make a few passing guesses.

It was probably a very good thing, because then, perhaps they'd eventually have a more permanent solution for situations like Tullius-Taichou. He assumed that was why, as he couldn't think of anyone else that needed such drastic measures.

Try, yourself, Theiko snarled.
Arion, of course, ignored the snake, because maybe he did, but no one knew that. Besides, he was managing fine on his own, and still saw no reason to tell anyone about it. It wasn't like it mattered.

"Yer gettin' awfully far, though," he said. "Ya still stayin' in Yon when yer done?" That part had never been brought up, what it was Heru was going to do once this apparent mission had been accomplished. But he and Tachibana-Taichou worked together quite well, and Arion thought it wouldn't be too bad, if Heru decided it was something he wanted to keep doing.

On the other hand, Tahsin wasn't doing terribly on his own, but he wasn't do so hot, either. Maybe it was a Lucain thing, to suck at solo operations.


Take me high and I'll sing, oh you make everything okay, okay okay~
We are one and the same, oh you take all of the pain away, away away~
Save me if I become my d e m o n s

Heru Lucain

? Years Young 14 Posts Goteijusantai Yonbantai Lieutenant


"I know but... still." It was maybe a little rude to start running off into the sunset about something when all Arion had done was come to visit him for lunch. It was... well. Uncalled for, maybe, and likely to end in Heru getting distracted and not actually eating which was... its own problem for sure. Food was kind of important, after all. And he couldn't very well growl at Shigeru to eat more if he wasn't eating properly himself.

Besides, dad ... or Sahura, for that matter, would throw a small fit if they found out he wasn't eating when he should. It was just a better idea all around to avoid that mess and actually eat with Arion here.

"I am too." He said it in a genuine tone - and he was. It was exciting and challenging and while it was a lot of work it was very rewarding to be making so much progress. "Mm. I might, honestly." It was hard to say. "I'm doing better here than I expected to be, but I guess it really depends on if my particular skill set is still necessary or if a better equiped healer can handle it. ... Then again I am learning to heal." And he wasn't half bad at it.

"It also depends, I guess, on if Tahsi finds someone who fits in my place well there because Juni may well need me back." It just sort of depended on how things went, and Heru couldn't really predict that in all honesty. Things changed all the time, even if other things seemed to stay completely static all the time.

"How're you and Seojin getting on?" Some times the answer was very well... sometimes less so. And Heru always wondered how Arion's day-to-day was going. ... At least as much as the silver haired shinigami would tell him. It always left Heru wanting to know more but he tried not to pry too deeply. It was rude, and while Sahura didn't really have any closed doors, some people did.

And that was okay, or something like that.

"Did you have anything in mind for lunch?"

Arion Katsaros

Silver Fox

Courage is not the absence of fear. It is the decision there is something more important than fear.

? Years Young 13 Posts Goteijusantai Sanbantai Captain


Ah, so Arion had heard. That was among one of the first things the Yonbantai decided to do with him, was start teaching him to heal better, but he was actually very good with Kidou. The power levels may not necessarily always be there, but the precision control was, and that was more important when healing. No sense healing someone with something that'll really just do more damage in the longer run. Arion nodded, at that, and then shrugged slightly.

"Medicine an'science go'and'in'and, yeah?" he said, shrugging slightly. "Ya migh'always be able ta fin'somethin fer a scientist ta do'roun'ere." And maybe having a scientist permanently on staff wouldn't really be a bad idea. There were probably plenty of things he could improve, if given the time and the inclination, and really, there was no harm in that, for sure.

At the question, Arion snorted, softly. "We ain'kill each other a'leas'." Most days, though, they didn't really come into contact with one another. "Mos'ly, she do'er thin', an'I do mine. Ain'really talk much'ese days, sh'busy doin' livin'worl' patrols." They talked enough to get things done, and then didn't really bother with each other after that. It didn't matter too much. As long as things got done, that was the important part, or at least that was what Arion figured.

"Course, sh'ain's'posed ta be doin livin' world patrols bu'if'a Sotaichou ain'gonna say nuttin, I ain'either." There was very little sense in dragging it up and arguing about it if nobody really cared too much. Lieutenants were supposed to stay in the Seireitei, though. To be fair about it, supposed to and actually did, now those were two very different things, and more or less everyone's Lieutenant had disappeared out to Rukongai for a few hours more than they should've at least once.

Seojin was not unique in that regard. Surprising, though, because she was a Jeon, but neither she nor Seung were their father, either.

"Not really," Arion answered. "Ah figure we kin flip'a coin'er somethin'." They had a small set of places they went, and if they couldn't decide, Arion flipped a coin and did process of elimination. "... 'less yer up fer goin'over ta San." His place was over there. And yes, Arion could cook. If he couldn't he'd be dead by now.


Take me high and I'll sing, oh you make everything okay, okay okay~
We are one and the same, oh you take all of the pain away, away away~
Save me if I become my d e m o n s

Heru Lucain

? Years Young 14 Posts Goteijusantai Yonbantai Lieutenant


"I guess they do." Certainly they did in the living world, so why not here? And certainly his attempts at sciencing in the healing were having a positive effect. Apparently there were something that Kido alone just couldn't handle, go figure.In the end it didn't surprise him too much. And that was ... probably true. He could probably always find something to do around if he wanted to. And maybe it would be nice.

He and Tashi were two different people, and this kind of forced peopel to remember that. On the other hand, working with Tahsi was its own joy for a lot of reasons. He'd... have to think about it. Maybe when he was closer to actually being done with what Tachibana-taicho needed him for. But then, maybe Tachibana-taicho would have something more for him afterward anyway. That wasn't a stretch given the captain obviously didn't want to overload him when he was already doing the paperwork and a pretty major project.

Well that was a start. Maybe not great but that was... it wasn't bad either. Haru nodded slightly. "That makes sense." She wasn't, no, but if it wasn't hurting anything then well, it kept her happy so why not? On the other hand Seojin seemed to disappear an awful lot. But if it didn't bother Arion then, well, it wasn't hurting anyone. As long as none of the living humans got messed up by her spiritual pressure.

That wasn't unusual. It was better than Arion deciding not to eat anything at all just because he didn't know what he wanted though, so Heru certainly couldn't complain. "Hm... I must admit that is a tempting offer." Heru liked Arion's cooking. It was good, and the relative privacy of 'home' was certainly also welcome.

He was more outgoing than Arion most of the time, but certainly they both enjoyed their share of quiet time. And quiet time together was even better.

Arion Katsaros

Silver Fox

Courage is not the absence of fear. It is the decision there is something more important than fear.

? Years Young 13 Posts Goteijusantai Sanbantai Captain


It was supposed to be. Arion almost smiled, but it didn't quite make it. Of course, it never did, so that was nothing new. Mostly, he just looked rather amused and then it was gone as quick as it came, and people were so used to that kind of expression from him that no one ever questioned it. It worked out in his favour. Often, even he had no idea what was going on in his head. It didn't matter much, either.

"I jus'wen'shoppin'," he added. "Won'be much of a problem." Arion spent so much time working, he hardly had the wisp of a thought to spare on mundane things like doing his laundry and restocking the pantry. That was probably very bad, but this was Arion, Mister doesn't half-ass much of anything, and anyone that knew anything about him shouldn't be surprised in the least.

If nothing else, Arion figured the time away from people would be welcome. It wasn't like Heru was a very antisocial person, rather the opposite; he was certainly more outgoing than Arion was, at least. All the same, everyone needed time away from all the hustle and bustle of everyday, and Arion always figured that his decision to be the calm in the hectic of Heru's life, it probably said a lot about how much Arion cared about him. Arion might not be able to help with day to day things, but if he could be the person Heru relaxed and recharged with, then that was good enough.

"C'mon," he decided, standing up, reaching down and gently tugging Heru with him. "Ya look like ya need some time away from life anyway." The problem, of course, was that life was always doing something, and sometimes you needed to just do nothing. He could fall over on a couch in Arion's living room and do nothing for a bit.


Take me high and I'll sing, oh you make everything okay, okay okay~
We are one and the same, oh you take all of the pain away, away away~
Save me if I become my d e m o n s

Heru Lucain

? Years Young 14 Posts Goteijusantai Yonbantai Lieutenant


Well that wasn't so bad then, if he'd done his shopping recently and he really didn't mind. But Arion generally didn't offer things like that unless he meant them, and that was something that Heru was reasonably aquainted with by now. So if Katsaros said it was okay, then he could trust that. ... At least in regards to something like this.

Well... Heru wouldn't have asked for time away exactly. He was outgoing, and there was a lot to do, and mostly he just kept going forward because of course he did. There were things to do - but there always were things to do, and honestly sometimes the few minute pause was worth it. ... Arion was somewhat soothing to be around, and maybe a little bit of quiet time around him would be nice though.

Then he could come back to what he was doing here in the Fourth and things may go more smoothly. That happened, sometimes.

"Okay." Heru rose without any argument, prepared to follow the silver haired captain easily enough. "I don't think I'll ever really say no to a few minutes away." He admitted finally, sounding a bit amused. Okay, maybe, in the middle of a crisis or something like that. But Arion wouldn't ask in a situatoin like that, he would wait until the aftermath when there was nothing else that Heru could do.

At least, that was what Heru figured would probably happen. Hopefully they never really needed to find the answer to that because nothing like that came up. ... But the lieutenant wasn't going to hold his breath. Nothing ever stayed calm in the Seireitei for too long. Such was the life of a society at war, most likely.

Nothing would be hurt by either of them finding some quiet time though, so it would be fine. And if anything really did hit the fan, the invisor system would tell them. Yeah.

So, this way, out of the Fourth they went.