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Infestation Training thread (Open/Hanzo)

Post by Shiroki on Fri Sep 08, 2017 2:33 pm

No leads, no escapees, an in-folder overflowing with folders stamped 'urgent' and no sign of the Captain in sight.

A typical day in other words. And Shiro was bored already. He looked back at his desk, reluctantly unfolding a paper airplane pieced together from the empty carcasses of evil paperwork. Captain Tsuyosa's requisition request; written on expensive stationary emblazoned with her House crest, appeared just as complex as it did before he had pressed it into service as his airplane's cockpit. Sighing, he set it to one side. It was already overdue anyway, and procrastinating for a few more hours wasn't going to hurt. He could use a breather anyway. Maybe someone in the barracks would be up for a round of kido tag...?

Sadly, this was not the case. Not entirely surprising, given that anyone who was anyone in 2nd had likely heard enough about house-rules kido tag to unanimously decline. It was very odd indeed how so many of them remembered pressing appointments elsewhere or important business whenever he asked. Spoilsports.

He was about to leave when a single solitary figure caught his eye. It occured to Shiroki then that he had been mistaken. Not everyone knew of house rules kido tag. One person remained who didn't, a person who might even say yes. But for some reason, it seemed bad to be taking advantage of somebody like that.

The cub shook his head in confusion. Morality hadn't played that big of a role in his decision process before. Maybe the role of Lieutenant was changing him more than he would have thought.  

It didn't change him enough to abandon his alternate plan though; making an effort to dampen his spiritual pressure so as to creep up on an unsuspecting quarry without being seen. Shiroki stopped a hand's breadth away from his target, adjusted his lieutenant insignia and folded his arms in his shihakusho the way he had seen some Captains do, practicing looking imposing as he settled into the role. He had to admit he had a long way to go before mastering that trademark icy stare though. Did captains actually practice sneaking up on people and glowering? Given how every Division's captain seemed to be proficient at it, Shiro assumed the answer was yes. Better get some practice at doing so himself then. In case he ever became captain or had to fill in for one.

Not to mention because it was so darn fun.

Checking to see if his arms were folded the right way, Shiroki craned over the one remaining Shinigami seated in the barracks and cleared his throat, hardly caring that he had to find a stool and stand on it in tiptoe to do so.

''Up for some insect extermination, Judai-san?''
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Re: Infestation Training thread (Open/Hanzo)

Post by Hanzō Judai on Fri Sep 08, 2017 9:59 pm

Hanzo's head turned sharply, with a hollow crack of his neck. Inside the helmet, he winced. Though he loved the grinning Deva helmet, it was heavy and not meant for quick, sudden movements. He cleared his throat loudly, quickly pulling the sleeves of his uniform back down. The sleeves had been pushed up towards his shoulders, showing some of his tattoos on his shoulders and four heavy golden bands on his arms.

"Oh, it's you, Lieutenant. Um... Insect extermination, Sir?" Hanzo looked back down towards the paperwork in front of him. He wondered if reading all these complaints of 'improper usage of force' was something that should be delegated to the newest member, but the mounds of paper five inches high seemed to paint a picture of somebody higher up on the social ladder saying "not my problem".
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Re: Infestation Training thread (Open/Hanzo)

Post by Shiroki on Sat Sep 09, 2017 1:31 pm

The sudden motion was enough for Shiri to speedreed a few of the topic titles littering his newest teammate's desk, prompting another uncharacteristic flair of empathy.

''Yeah...about those. Don't worry about that, you weren't with us when we went on that; um, outing so you shouldn't need to handle the fallout. I'll do something about it later,'' After all, why not? He already likely had Captain Sabi from 13th breathing down his neck about overdue paperwork. Having another Division pissed wouldn't kill him. The whole thing was ridiculous anyway. Improper use of force be damned, as far as he was concerned that hollow had been resisting arrest and deserved what was coming to it. So what if they let themselves get carried away? Not his fault if those support teams from 4th couldn't deal with a little roughousing without checking himself into therapy. He respected how important they were in healing and stuff...but the bleeding hearts outlook was too much. They should just stick to what they knew and leave the head cracking to people who actually knew what they were doing.

''You look like you could use a breather Judai-san. It's too nice a day to be stuck doing paperwork. Especially if no one else is doing it. We could go out on a field trip, if you don't mind showing off your apartment. Or l could book the dojo for us if you like...that seems to be a little more up your alley. It'll be fun. Kido, combat, Jizen, whatever you like. And if anyone has a problem just blame it on me. We might even have you well on the way to shikai in no time...assuming you haven't already got one and are hiding it for some reason of course,'' mistaking the reaction, Shiro added quickly. ''Not that there's anything wrong with that, keep whatever secrets you like. This is Squad 2 so its pretty much standard here. As long as those secrets aren't stopping you from being part of a team we don't mind,''

From there he brought out the big guns: tilting head and widening eyes to Disney proportions. ''Pleease?''
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Re: Infestation Training thread (Open/Hanzo)

Post by Hanzō Judai on Sat Sep 09, 2017 9:58 pm

Hanzo looked at the paperwork, tilting his head in thought. Inside the helmet, his ears twitched. There was a lot of papers in front of him, at least a good portion already signed. It wouldn't be that much of a problem to just wait until later to finish.

Hanzō Judai shrugged, standing up and straightening his papers into nicely organized piles. "I suppose it won't hurt to step out for a while. I have to run to the apartment today anyways. If you'd like to come,
you're welcome.
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Re: Infestation Training thread (Open/Hanzo)

Post by Shiroki on Mon Sep 11, 2017 4:38 am

"How's everything so far then, any problems?" The pair made a strange sight strolling down Seireitei's avenue; a tall man and his diminutive companion. "Are they still making you process students over at the Academy? If it's not your thing, we can try something else more interesting. People think the 2nd's all about ninjas and arrests but there's more to it. We're spies, enforcement, wardens and talent scouts," the Lieutenant gestured roughly in the direction where that building lay just outside Seireitei's gates. "Overseeing the new students is just as important as catching people; more important even in some ways. For many of those students you'd be the first Shinigami they ever see, and some might even want to be like you, or surpass you. That's quite a feeling..." his tone turned contemplative. "I remember when I saw my first Shinigami. Seems like yesterday even though that must be centuries back. Black outfit, sword...I wanted to BE like her," Shiroki laughed wryly. "The real thing's more boring than I thought it would be and the cool black uniform turns out to be annoying to wear every day...but I wouldn't trade it for anything."

"But where was I? Oh right--Academy's important, don't let anyone tell you otherwise. It's not a posting that has much room for advancement though, so it depends on where your interests take you. If you like excitement and action it's probably not the best place for you. Try other things and see what you like, it's what I did. Or apply for a Seat and become Lieutenant if you want. If that's your thing, you'll need a testimonial and some endorsements saying you got what it takes. It's different for each squad I think--some make you do a test, others want to see your recent achievements," he snorted. "Maybe the 11th makes you kill the previous lieutenant before you can take their place. It wouldn't surprise me,"

They walked in companionable silence for the next couple blocks, the cub taking several steps for every one of his companion's larger strides easily. "Guess what I'm sayin' is that you start with where you want to be and work backwards, find out what it takes to get there and become better at those things. We can go over some of those, but I can't help you with what I don't know so for stuff like brawling you'll need to learn from someone else,"

Chalk it down to habit, but it troubled him somewhat to be out in the open street and not the more welcoming shade of alley shadows. "Are we there yet?"
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Re: Infestation Training thread (Open/Hanzo)

Post by Hanzō Judai on Thu Sep 14, 2017 10:18 am

Hanzo led the Werewolf to a smaller section of Seireitei that was mostly old stores and cheap housing. It was obvious when they came to the right area; everything just looked poorer than the rest of Seireitei. Maybe not as bad as Rukongai, but it certainly wasn't anywhere close to where a nobleman would live.

As they walked, Hanzo listened to his lieutenant going on and on about advancement, work and improving oneself. Under his helmet, he made a wry face. Hanzo moved towards a four story building that was in desperate need of a fresh coat of paint, pulling a set of keys from his pocket as he responded to the Werewolf. "Processing might be boring, but I don't yet have the strength for being a warden, the speed or subtlety for stealth,
and I still can't get my Asauchi to become a true Zanpakuto and tell me its name.
"

He unlocked the front door, leading the second seat into the apartment building and up two flights of stairs to the third floor. The building was a plain and ugly on the inside as it had been on the outside, and several of the doors they passed separated them from loud, angry fighting going on in the apartments.

He stopped before room 306, taking a smaller key to unlock the door, though he had to ram his shoulder into the door when it stuck. "I called an exterminator the other day, but I haven't been back since I joined the Division. I took your advice and started sleeping in the barracks, but my things are still here. There should be some frozen food in the freezer, and grounds for coffee on the counter next to the coffee pot."

The inside of the apartment was a single room, with a small bedroll on the floor under the single window, a chair in front of a TV, a table beside a refrigerator/freezer. Several boxes were stacked up along one wall, each marked by a word, 'clothes', 'books', 'uniforms'. The floor was four large tatami mats and nothing hung on the walls.
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Re: Infestation Training thread (Open/Hanzo)

Post by Shiroki on Sun Sep 17, 2017 10:29 am

It was a nice little place, by bachelor standards. Anything larger and he would have had trouble with what he intended to do.

"I wouldn't worry about the exterminators," Shiro took a glance around to satisfy himself that all windows were shut, before taking up stance. "Take a deep breath,"

"Bakudo #21: Sekeinton,"

Red smoke billowed out from point of contact and began to spread, slowly filling the room. Having no place to go, it grew thick and stifling as it diffused into the air.

He took a backward step out of the apartment, motioning for Hanzo to do the same and close the door behind them. "It's perfectly safe. I used to do this once or twice a month back when I was assigned cleanup duty years back. Pests get into the pantry like you wouldn't believe. Bit of smoke always does the trick, harmless to us but kills insects dead. And don't worry about the mess, Hado: Tenran will take care of that too. Speaking of which,"

He opened the door a crack, allowing smoke to waft out slowly instead of all at once. "There we go,"

Piled up at the other side of the door was a small heap of crawlies, struck dead in the act of finding an escape. Nothing could survive without access to air, and apparently insects weren't any different. The fact that he had been increasing his own spiritual pressure to weigh down upon the room's available oxygen certainly helped too. "I don't think they'll be bothering you for awhile. And if they come back, you could always get me to chase them out again, Judai-san. It's what I do anyway--chase things,"

"As for what you said just now, everybody's got to start somewhere. I'm here because I like to chase things. Do what you like long enough and you get better at it. I'll always be here if you need a sparring partner or help with anything. It excuses me from paperwork,"
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Re: Infestation Training thread (Open/Hanzo)

Post by Hanzō Judai on Tue Sep 19, 2017 9:50 pm

"No, sir, wai-" Hanzo began when he realized what was going on. Too late, he watched the smoke billow up and the room get closed off.

He groaned, thinking that the owner was going to have a fit. She hated kido being used in the building. Well, nothing he could do now, but he was still annoyed. He had wanted to get some of his things but decided against going into the oxygen deprived room for a while. He motioned for the Lieutenant to follow him back downstairs, leaving the door open; he had nothing worth stealing anyways.

He talked as he led the way downstairs, "Well, I definitely could use the practice. But I'm not sure how to go about it. I haven't felt comfortable holding my Asauchi since the incident with the Ryoka. It just feels... heavier now," he said, tossing his head back and pulling the ornate helmet off. His plain face was scrunched in though, lips pressed to a line. His large fennec fox ears were pulled backwards and flat as he confided in his superior.
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Re: Infestation Training thread (Open/Hanzo)

Post by Shiroki Yesterday at 7:20 am

Well, perhaps that could have gone better. While it was true that Shiro had always been a firm believer of 'better to seek forgiveness than to ask permission'; maybe sometimes it would be best to err on the side of caution and ask people before doing things.

After all, one didn't have to be a mind reader to sense Judai-san might be feeling miffed and only too polite to say anything about it. He made a mental note to apologize if conversation turned that way, or to make it up some other way if it did not. No sense making stuff more awkward than it already was.

"It's only natural," Dammit he was so bad at feelings. But so too were the rest of the Squad; neither Division 2 nor 3 were exactly known for their counseling abilities. Sad as it was, he really might be the best person to try. "You faced someone much more powerful than you, and did the best you could. We couldn't ask any more than that. Fighting on without any reason is useless. You did the right thing sending the alarm. There's nothing bad about running away. Heck, I do it all the time,"

He wondered if the pep talk was working. Given the lack of response, most likely not.

"Was that...your first time facing someone who wanted to kill you?"
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Re: Infestation Training thread (Open/Hanzo)

Post by Hanzō Judai Yesterday at 7:56 am

Hanzo led the way back outside and leaned his back against the stoop. "It was. Even in the Academy, I never had to fight, let alone be so overwhelmed. The girl... I thought she had just been some kid, probably someone who stole their dad's clothes to feel more like an adult. She really killed those people in the Academy, though. I... I don't know why she didn't kill me. She wouldn't even let me get hurt once she was done with me and I just don't understand it."

The fennec fox shapeshifter ran a hand through his short hair. It was getting shaggy and needed a trim. "But I can't do anything with my sword now. It feels wrong after she used it. It's heavier than I remember,
and the weirdest part is, I feel like it's... crying. That probably sounds weird,
doesn't it, Lieutenant?
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