She abandoned the altar after another five minutes of lone respect for the fallen. From there, she left the Matsuki base: she had hardly fought, but she definitely needed to think out her strategy for the next time she was in battle. Obviously, she would need to follow through. Such a mistake that she hated on her part. She had no right to complain, so she made the decision to study more carefully a person's body language. That, and to not abandon a fight she, more or less, had started.
She had been wandering the streets when she realized an old woman had recognized her and was conversing with another lady. "Oh, there she is! Oh, I missed her so...," the older one said.
The younger lady looked in Suzu's direction as she gave a little scoff. "You must be mistaken. That can't be the girl whose voice you bragged about. Why, she must either be deaf or mute: just look at her."
The elder wagged her gray, little head. "You're too young to know, missy. Never mind. I know what I'm talking about," she retorted sharply before gently pushing the girl down the street.
At last, Suzu looked up from the street and wondered dully, "Where am I?" She peered around the area with slightly glazed eyes before she noticed Enoch training himself. She gave a customary, slow blink before continuing in the direction she had--unintentionally--been headed. If he wanted someone to train with, he'd ask eventually. It wasn't her business right then.
So, she went on, simply thinking the road she was taking would be towards the Matsuki hideout.
OOC: Enoch is up to his usual tricks.
Enoch felt Suzu's reiatsu and while he was still covered in purple, poison mist he pricked himself with one of Moloch's needles to turn invisible. He waited for the dissipate before he started to follow her, she was supposedly trained in stealth like him and while to his knowledge she was a member of the Gotei 13 squads, he wasn't going to underestimate her perception. If he left while the mist was too thick she would notice that the mist had moved around him. He was utterly silent and he followed off to the sides, circling her and trying to find a weakness or an interesting way to catch her by surprise.
She had claimed training in 'silent kill' techniques but she seemed to actually be a hybrid of stealth and combat. What he consided, Agility stealth. There were three kinds of stealth Agility stealth, Intelligence stealth, and Dexterity stealth... agility stealthers used speed to keep the enemy from noticing them and while quiet focus more on striking before the sound they made was registered rather than being utterly silent. To the victim their wasn't a difference. However, Agility stealth translated into straight combat better than intelligence and dexterity based stealth did. So while quiet, she would probably have more openings than him and relied more on moving quickly to prevent those openings from being exploited and then she had enough combat skill to recover if she was noticed.
Enoch was all dexterity/skill and intelligence stealth, since agility stealth did not suit his zampakuto. Rather than keeping moving he relied on utter silence and reiatsu control to prevent himself from being noticed. Combined with his intelligence he ambushed his opponent and crept up on his victim slowly, almost bathing in their unsuspecting scent, before killing them. However, his main liability was that everything he did had to be done perfectly or he would die. Their was no margin for error.
He sighed, however, she was moving slowly at the moment so he figured that as long as he was silent and didn't let his invisibility get torn he would be fine.
Then he noticed something interesting... he mouth was slightly open. Not enough to be noticed normally. But just that slight gap that sometimes happened when people's minds were not actively keeping it shut... he smirked too himself.
Very gently he slipped up to her. Not moving to fast so she did not even feel his approach from air motion. He had his hands, invisible and unnoticed in front of her before he moved.
Suddenly, he jabbed four of her fingers into her mouth and forced it open and tugging on her check from the inside bent her backwards, placing the flat of his dagger on the tip of her head with a gentle, mocking smack. Just when he had her, he let go and jumped back.
He knew if he held her she would counter him. When he had done this with Kera before, he could trust her enough because Yaldabaoth was around and he acted as a buffer between them and him, a sort of makeshift trust. However, now that he was dead, Enoch wouldn't trust these people with more than his lunch. And given his cannibalistic tendencies he didn't even trust some of them with that, he knew Shion would turn him in for it without a second thought.
Suzu straightened her back from Enoch's 'attack' after a minute of remaining in the stance he had left her in. She did not face him until she was ready. At last, she turned and walked in Enoch's direction, finally putting the techniques of covering one's body language she had learned at a younger age. He seemed not to trust her, nor anyone for that matter, but she wanted to test his patience.
When she at last arrived within an arm's reach, she stared down at him with an undecipherable look in her lidded eyes. Her silence continued as she took in his stature. Despite being four years younger, Enoch nearly reached her nose, she noted.
Suzu brought a hand up to the boy's shoulder and patted it. She began to step past him, but a smile never came to her lips. "Shion can't see that happening, again," she murmured.
She had begun to figure the Matsuki headquarters were back the way she had first come from...
OOC: Question for Luzifer: When you say that Shion would 'turn him in,' exactly what do you mean?
Shion began walking out of the alley, escorted by a couple of Shinigami Officials. No need to fret.... He thought. If all goes well, I can play it all off, put on an act to make them think I had nothin' to do with the other day.... He tried his best to ensure it to himself that he would be safe during this entire thing, although he didn't wholeheartedly believe it. There was a chance that he'd make it, though, and he planned to take that chance.
All of a sudden, he heard somebody calling his Matsuki alias out of the blue. He, along with the Shinigami officers, quickly turned their heads to see Ziraku coming toward them. Are you serious? Although Shion did appreciate it that he obviously wanted to help, but having one Matsuki member, or 'Duo,' under interrogation was enough. "The others need me?" Shion asked, playing along. "Well, there's not much we can do about that, is there? The two of you obviously have a way of tracking me down, seeing as you found me here," Shion said, turning toward Shinigami Officials. "So come and find me again at a better time. How does that sound?"
The officials were quiet, and their glares were cold. "Not to our liking. Excuse me sir, but I'm going to ask you to come with us as well." In almost an instant, the man unleashed a whip, which seemed to be made of pure reaitsu, from his fingers. The other man did the same, and they both lashed them out toward Shion and Ziraku, tying the two of them up.
Shion could have broken free with ease, but that would only increase suspicion of him having info on the Duos, so he resisted resisting. With a sigh, the two of them were lead out of the alley.
Shion and Ziraku stood in a large room, filled with members of the relatively new SEC, Shinigami Enforcement Corporation. Seeing as those of the Seiretei were not able to handle every and all problem that occured in the Soul Society, and they currently had their hands full with all of this Sayuchi business, this organization was created.
Over 80 different eyes looked upon the two 'culprits,' but Shion remained unphased. What happened obviously happened for a reason.
"Shion Kimagi....and Ziraku Kenzuichi. As it stands there is not much time for me to postpone explaining exactly why the two of you are here today, even though I'm positive that the reason goes without needing to be said."
How humble, Shion thought sarcasticly.
"We have reason to believe that you have been hiding something from us, Kimagi, Kenzuichi. Within the day of the attack, we were almost flooded with reports of soul reapers dealing 2 Zanpakuto in contrast to the average 1. I'm sure you've heard of the rumors of these specimen given the name 'Duos.' Am I correct?"
Shion stared at the man with a straight face. He didn't plan on giving the man the satisfaction of correctly finding the Matsuki right off the bat.
"Well, Shion Kimagi, I'm sure you should know about the attack better than anyone, seeing as you were a key player in the battle against it. Reports of you, and a few other like you, engaging in a battle against an enemy soul reaper were also given to us." The man had an annoyingly confident tone in his voice. It pushed Shion the limit that he simply wanted to wring out his neck to no end, but he kept his composure.
"I fought him. And yes....your right. There is something going on, but the chance of endangering those of this...'Duo' race," The words had to fight their way out of Shion's mouth. "I'm not telling you a damn thing!"
"Endangering them? It seems that you have the wrong idea on exactly what our organization is here." A stack of files lay before the man. He straightened them out before continuing his explanation. "Listen, if you give us your complete and total cooperation, we assure you we will bring no harm to the Duos."
Completely ignoring the fact that he continued to title them 'Duos,' Shion's eyes widened at his statement. Whether he could trust the SEC or not, he wasn't sure, but his mind simply told him to take this chance. ".....If you don't keep up your end of the deal....I sware on my life that you will regret it."
Shion took the liberty of walking out of the room. The guards allowed this, but before he exited, he beckoned for Ziraku to follow. "We're out of here."
Shion and Ziraku walked down the street of the Soul Society. The sun was near the end of its' setting phase, and people were still in the middle of the routine titled their lives. "I guess it's time for another meeting now, isn't it?" He said, looking toward Ziraku. Shion quickly unsheathed Kizetsubaki and sent reaitsu through the jewel embedded on the hilt of it. "This should signal everyone to head right toward the hideout...we've got some things to discuss."
OOC: This meeting is manditory, so no way out of attending it.
Enoch just looked at her dully until she mentioned Shion name, he didn't understand why she was deferring to him. He knew the qualities that made a leader and in his time with that waste of reiatsu, he hadn't seen Shion show a quality at all exemplur from anyone else. He was courageous, yes, but so was everyone else in Matsuki. He had no outstanding rhetorical abilities and his charisma could best be compared to a stone. His strength was merely mediocre so he could not have instituted a rule of the strong or on a softer side, reverence for the strong. Enoch had yet to see Shion show anything that resembled tactical and strategic sense, as well as possessing a sub-par grasp of the realities they were facing. Nothing about him was worthy of respect, and every bit of advice he gave were just cliches, though admitted not as heavily as Ziraku who bordered on melodramatic. But for some reason these people just sort of bent to him like grass in the wind... and perhaps that was as good a metaphor. Shion was like a bush on a plains. The wind blow and a line of grass bent towards him. It was not that the bush made the grass bow but that the wind of circumstance just happened to bend the grass their way.
Enoch sighed in annoyance, "Shion can go to hell for all I care. Screw him and whatever 'discipline' he may think he has the right to enforce"
With that he left. Annoying. All of these people were annoying little sycophants. Suddenly his gem started to glow. He looked at it a moment, debating whether he would go or not. On one hand, if someone was calling a meeting this soon after the ending of their other then something must have happen. The only problem was that it was probably Shion calling the meeting which could mean he was just going to talk about the same retarded crap he always said. Enoch sighed and decided he couldn't afford to bet on it, that even though shion's stupidity reduced the likely hood of useful information to 10% or less that was still a chance. However, he decided he didn't want to be seen, it would prove annoying to have to deal with those idiots, so he would go while invisible.
In short order, though probably not as short as everyone else since he was slower, he was standing in a corner of the room, out of everyone's way so that none of the barbarians would bump into him.
OOC: Guess who Enoch doesn't like!... I mean besides everyone
And it was more a joke than anything Cube. But I assume, that eating the bodies of dead people is just as much a crime in the Soul Society as it is where i live, and since what Enoch eats for lunch is people (Soyent Green anybody) he would probably be punished if that secret got out.
Kera had flash stepped across the roofs from her perch earlier to where Shion was taken. She followed him and Ziraku along with the officiers keeping to the shadows and her energy low. When they entered a building she crouched down low on teh roof across teh street and waited for the two to exit. After a while She was beginning to nod off when Shion seemed to rush out of the confines of the building. She decided to say hello by make an exciting enterance. She Stood straight of and jumped off the roof doing a front flip and landing between Shion and Ziraku witha cloud of dust forming at her feet.
"Hey Shion, What was that about? and how come Ziraku was with you?" She asked returning her mask that was a pleasant smile.
"Did they want to know about the Matsuki?" She aske putting her hands behind her head and walked with the two. She relized she was all but ignoring Ziraku so she faced him keeping teh smile on and did a false salute.
"Whats up Ziraku? Get into trouble?" She was messing around now knowing she shoudl most likely be more serious. But she wanted to liven up the mood or at least get some one to crack a smile. The jewel Kera had had glowed before she decided to suprise the two. Kera wanted to get to the meeting and listen to what enoch had to say But also wanted to talk to Enoch after wards even if she had to chase him down. She chuckled to herself. 'that sounds fun' She thought.
OOC: Enoch, here's just 1 more short reminder. The next time Shion and Enoch have conflict, Shion's gonna unleash all hell. *devilish grin*
The serious mood that Shion was currently end was almost instantly broken when Kera came on the scene. He wanted to talk to her earlier, but no was obviously not the time as the Matsuki meeting was much more important than this. The fact that the SEC was possibly going to expose exactly what the Matsuki was didn't make anything easier. Things simply didn't seem to be going well for Shion, or the entire Matsuki, lately.
There wasn't a good enough mask in the world that could hide the concern on Shion's face, but that didn't keep him from talking to Kera. "Well, yeah, they did. As a matter of fact, a lot of things are going on right now....I have a feeling that our entire world is preparing to be twisted upside down." Through his sorrow, Shion was still able to manage a smile. "But don't worry.....everything'll work out. There's just some things that need to be said at this meeting."
"By the way....I doubt that we'll be able to do it today because we still have somethings in store for tonight, but sooner or later, I'm going to need to talk to you. Without interruptions." Shion joked, pointing at Ziraku. His smile remained. "And by the way, you apologized to me earlier for what happened between you and Enoch. I wanted to tell you not to worry about it, I don't blame you for it."
It was at the moment that Shion realized Kera was, just as Shion had done plenty of times before, giving him a fake smile. "And don't give me a fake smile, it doesn't work with me." He mocked her, copying exactly what she had said to him before. These could be some of our last peaceful conversations....what'll happen tonight could be the end of peace. The end of it all.
OOC: BTW Kera, love the siggy. *chuckle* Who'd 'a thought somebody would go through trouble like that for something dealing with my lame RPG?lol.
OOC: I was bored. Thank you.
Kera's face quickly dropped but a real smile formed at getting Shion the smile. She then dropped the face and the smile and sighed.
"Hope its really important alot of people are becoming uneasy." She stated the fact she was alittle worried about the matsuki not being a secret any more. Kera put a smile back on her face it being a mask of caurse but it fulled most people.
"Hey i tried to full you." She said and slung her good arm around Shion's shoulders, Her right arm still unusable.
"Hey boss man, You need my help at all just come fine my arse some where in this place. I don't stick around long." She said patting Shion's left shoulder. She was acting as if the arguement yesterday never happened. But she felt guilty and still wanted to talk to Enoch even if they started fighting or mis understanding each other once again.
Enoch resisted making a sigh of annoyance... what an insipid conversation he thought to himself. Fake smiles... what a waste! If you don't have something to smile about than screw it! Why bother?
Oh and Kera was apologizing... he'd told her before to quit apologizing, he wasn't going to waste the breath or his invisibility to tell her a second time. Besides, how could you blame a idiot for being idiotic? How could that idiot apologize for it? Its like a cow being blamed for mooing, and then apologizing for it! He shook his head. He was half tempted to interrupt this conversation before it got anymore pointless and infuriating but he knew if he did he'd have to deal with these people. And that didn't sit well with him either.
He sighed, how long was everyone else gonna take! He couldn't even flash step and he was already here!
Kazuki sat in his normal spot with both legs crossed and a dazed expression on his face. Their however was a strange grin on his face. It was not normal and in more then one way held his true thoughts.
"So looks like both Shion, and Ziraku had been taken in for questioning.....Looks like I was right to stay out of it. Now he is probably going to tell up something that I don't really want to hear at this time." Kazuki was speaking to himself. However Tenro was standing behind him with the image of a lion made of pure wind. Kazuki didn't have to note or anything. Tenro couldn't be seen, the other people that could see them were the people on his level. Mainly Shion or some of the others with high spiritual energy. Other then that they could see nothing.
Now was time to finish. Kazuki had Hajeo on the ground with it's broken blade pointed toward him. Their was a spiritual barrier around it. It's blade was slowly reforming from the reiatsu around it and from the spiritual particles in the air and anything made from those particles. This would take till night to finish but Kazuki didn't care. He had to do this now. He could need him sooner or later. This was also something that Kazuki himself needed. This was a matter of connecting with his spirits again. If he could do this without thinking about losing or about the negative then he would be fine. Even if he still didn't have Tenro's full trust. He would earn it back one way or the other.
Although Ziraku tried to drag Shion out of the trapnest, Surprisingly that the officers seem persistent. After being taken in for questioning and asking them for cooperation, at first, Ziraku assume that they want to exploit Their "race" and somewhat take benefit from them. While after they left building with haste, Kera appeared, concerning Shion why he with the officers and why Ziraku was with him.
As Shion Calmed Kera and let lose her concern for awhile, unexpected, Shion joked about wanting to talk to me, without interruption, but no doubt Shion said that we will another meeting set. "My, can't guaranteed the members going to like it." He sighed without looking forward to the meeting. Ziraku get Shion's attention, "if you were to set the meeting, indeed that the clan will be seeing a last day of peace, of course, the members might begrudge you for this "accident " but I'll assure you, this will be the time that you must take a step forward as the Clan's true leader." He Stated with serious tone looking at Shion with calm for clod eyes.
"even if you were to prefer of being equal but know this, "without one to united their souls, shall befall in the hand of gapped darkness, One shall united, souls shall yearn for truth of themselves." Ziraku Prophetized, in sense of being tranced. Ziraku lay his hand on Shion's shoulder, "Let's go..." He exclaimed in quite tone.
Suzu looked upwards and saw the beam, to which she immediately began to run in its direction, constantly looking up. When she at last made it to the gathering, it seemed almost everyone was present. She sat at a little distance while Shion and Kera were talking and Ziraku was trying to get Shion alone for a talk that had probably been interrupted.
Selfless as it could be, fake smiles weren't helpful in the end. But she kept her tongue: it wasn't her place to say a word about it.
Instead, she made eye contact with Shion and slightly raised her hand in a gesture of letting him know she was there for the meeting. She let her hand drop as she gathered her zanpakuto in her lap and stared down at them. Hibiki and Mokumoku were like her past and present lives: Hibiki being her childhood and Mokumoku, her current situation. The spirits rarely spoke to her, but then was the time they had to talk.
Hibiki's voice echoed while Mokumoku's whispered to Suzu, chastising and encouraging her. She nodded before looking up once more and waited for the meeting to start.
The comforting words and gestures of his comrades seemed to assure Shion that though hard times were certain to come, time such as these had the chance to balance it all out. "Thank you......both of you." He didn't give neither of the two a glance, but he didn't feel as if that was necessary. His words, coupled with his tone, easily gave them a sense of how much he appreciated them. He took a glance forward and saw the hiding spot of the entrance to the Matsuki Hideout.
"Alright then....let's get this underway."
Soon, all of the Matsuki members had finally reached the hideout. All except one, of course. The "one" who wasn't present was obvious, although Shion figured he had his ways of learning exactly what happened during the meeting, so he didn't give it another thought. "Alright everyone, I'm sorry for calling you in for the 2nd time today, but this definitely is something that can not wait. As I said that it was a possibility, a new organization called the Shinigami Enforcement Corporation has tracked down a few members of the Matsuki, namely Ziraku and myself. To cut through the chase, we've been told to all meet at the SEC headquarters for a confidential meeting."
Shion couldn't help but take a break from the speech, as the probably mixed reactions of the news were almost garunteed to be overwhelming. "Now, I myself assure you that no harm will come to any of you, if this entire thing has frightened you a bit. Also, if the news about the Matsuki is destined to get out, then there's not much that any of us can do about it."
"Before we move on, I myself would like to know exactly what all of you think of the entire ordeal." Shion braced himself. That was all he could do.
So they were just going to go along with this farce were they? Someone says come and they just dance to their string? Tch... Enoch hadn't heard of this SEC and so he sure as hell didn't trust than more than he trusted a blind archer. These barbarians were far less threatened by this turn of events than he was. If they came out in the open it didn't harm their abilities in the slightest, and what more it protected them. For Enoch however, such an action was a death sentence. He had to remain in the shadows until he was certain that he wouldn't get killed. And from what he heard so far this SEC or whatever (why hadn't he heard of it? It should have been put up under the special forces!) showed him nothing that gave him reason to trust. They were trying to use them and while the barbarians could fight back if that happened, Enoch would be have his wings snipped and without flight he was less than useless.
Enoch would stay the hell away from this meaning, and anything that Shion said to the contrary was so much trash as far as he was concerned. Enoch had always worked under no authority because that was the nature of an assassin, they had to be utterly free to fulfill their objective. Besides, he was Sin-born, him and Yaldabaoth being the first since Cain and Abel. And Yaldabaoth was the Abel so it wouldn't take anyone long to figure out who was the Cain.
Enoch, had spent his entire mortal life hiding the secret of his birth from humans, it had given him a low trust, but that lack of trust had served him well as an assassin. No reason had thus far been given to change his ways so no change would be performed, don't fix what isn't broken.
After They arrived at the meeting room Kera walked to a corner of the room resting her foot against the wall and rested her Left arm over the wound on her right. She didnt know why it hasnt healed yet.
'was the attack poison?' she asked her self.
Kera listened to everything Shion had said she nodded in understanding but when he asked for ever ones opinion Kera's eyes shoot up.
"my opinion is its stupid, they shouldnt care as long as the threat to soul society is being taken care off." She said alittle angry.
"im not meeting any one i don't trust." she said with a stubbern face. Her mouth set in a line.
"I dont care if their monkeys the only way your getting me to go if im forced." she said with a slight glare but her eyes softened she didnt mean to sould so stubbern or selfish. She then sighed and slid down to wall in a sitting pastion. Waiting for Shion's angry reply. Kera didnt trust the Shinigami Enforcement Corporation as far as she could through them. She had a trust issue only trusting those who disserved it. She would most likely kill someone from the SEC then talk to them.
"You are my leader," Suzu began.
She joined Matsuki because she believed in what she had been taught when she was younger: there was strength in numbers. Another lesson she had learned was that once you joined a group, whoever the leader was, he or she became the one who told you when you'd be following him or her into death.
She had to accept this willingly, according to her tutors, or else she was unworthy to stay committed to the group.
And she did. She would become a dog in some eyes, but she'd be a dog with some degree of honor.
"If you go to this meeting, I will follow." Suzu stood from her place, belted Hibiki and Mokumoku to her sides, and waited for the others to respond. And even though he couldn't be seen, she was certain Enoch was close by. She did not expect either him or Kera to give their lives over as blindly as she could, but it could have been attributed to age and the grip it had on the concept of living.
She did not comment on Kera's attitude, but she still held to the belief that one ought to trust their leader, or else the reason for joining the group would be next to useless if you refused to release the passion for life when faced with danger.
Kazuki only exhaled and smiled. He was only three people down from Shion and the door was alittle farther down. "Funny.......That the day after we lose a battle to protect the lives of those that would shun us, we may end up losing are lives.....I respect you all for your firmness in the face of death but as you see we are not fit to even defeat a new enemy that dares to stand against the soul society.....To freeze those around him i place to to stand as a demon above you. Then I'll stand with you all. Till then i'm leaving the Matsuki. I will handle what I must till then. Then I'll return."
This hurt him in so many ways. To talk to them like that. To fill some of them with fear and depression. He knew he was no better then some of the people they fought. He had to handle his trust problem with Tenro. Then he could come back. Only when he was in his right mind.
Funny how these things can break up a family. Maybe Kazuki would turn himself in later. He didn't know what he was going to do. First however he had fix Hajeo. That was the main and only thing at this time.
Kazuki sat there and prepared to hear the worst. Maybe this wouldn't sit right with Shion. He know to well that he couldn't make them stay or be apart of the group. It was their individual things that they had to do. Their choose.
After the merely discussion with Shion as we went back to the hideout for 2nd meeting. after Shion he inform all that the Matsuki had been found out but will not cause for them including Ziraku. Shion question them of what they think of the ordeal, but surely Ziraku was surprise by it but it has blessed us with opportunity to get stronger.
"Well Shion, as you know this on that night but I'll say it again, I'm thankful that demon given us an opportunity to surpass him of course, it has its price, the death among Yaldboath..." He was silence for a moment and spoke again. "I can assure you that we may be found out by the corporation but we'll ask permssion for the use training ground to be stronger, prepared for the next ordeal, we, now, have a goal to fulfill."
He stated and he standed looking at all the members. "the Clan have to united to stand against the Sayuchi, even if the soul society know what of us but they're still incomparable to us, we have to grow, to realize our identites, souls even." He glanced around the room, "Surely it is regrettable to encounter them but in the end they give us something we have in common: a place to protect, hatred toward the sayuchi and opportunity to surpass them in every ways." He Spoke with fist clenched and held to his chest and speaking in somewhat emotional, it something that Ziraku for long time.
Ziraku snapped out it, looking at the members then turn to Shion nervously, "Uh sorry for taking your spotlight sir." he apologized nervously
Kaishou listened to the talkings and found himself disbelieving what he was hearing. He coughed and had to hold his chest while Ziraku talked and he held his silence patiantly (sp).
As Ziraku apologized Kaishou stood up and walked to the front to stand next to Shion.
"I'm sure most of us feel the same way as you do Ziraku." He smiled before continuing, "However I personally think that theres only one way to go about this; As a team."
He scanned the room and shook his head slowly smiling, Enoch truely was the stealthist person Kai had ever met.
"I think we should utilise all of our members and plan for tonight. Either Shion or Ziraku should lead a large amount of Matsuki into the SEC as they proposed. Then our very own master assassin, Enoch, should follow silently behind."
Kai didn't know whether Enoch was even there and he hoped he wasn't making a fool of himself.
"After this a smaller squad should follow to the meeting place at a distance and keep their reiatsu down. These should avoid all contact with anybody else and are only there to find out where and possibly why the rest of the Matsuki have been taken."
Kai looked over the crowd,
"Anybody who doesn't want to take part or is injured should stay hidden, if anything goes wrong we will somehow contact you and you should take your case to the Gotei 13, someone there will listen."
He smiled reasurringly as he could at the rest of the group,
"Shion? Anybody, got anything to add?"...
Shion was a little overwhelmed by everything that was said by his comrades. He took a second to take in everything, then turned to whomever was the first to speak there mind.
"Kera....." Shion was definitely suprised at what she said. At any other given moment he probably would tried his hand at persuading her to come, but now, this was different. He didn't have time for that, so he gave her the most straightforward response he possibly could have. "If you don't want to go, then don't. I'm not going to force anybody. It's not because I'm selfless and want you all to be happy with what's going on, it's simply because right now, I don't have the time to deal with views such as that."
Suzu was the next person on his list. He accepted and respected her decision to follow him solely because she was his leader. "Thanks." He felt as if he really should have said more to her, but at the moment, he was somewhat at a loss of words to find out that somebody seemed to completely respect him.
Shion hesistantly turned to Kazuki, whos response caught him completely and utterly off guard. He spoke of how due to strife that he was currently forced to undergo, he asked to take a break from the entire Matsuki business. At the moment, he figured that this ordeal would take a while to completely straighten out, so he walked to Kazuki and placed his hand on his shoulder. "Listen....I completely understand why you've said what you said. I ask of you one thing, though. Right now, I want all of the Matsuki to follow through with this entire thing, so I ask you to just stick with us through the meeting. Then I'd like to talk to you later about what you've said."
Shion then replaced himself at the spotlight of the meeting room before taking another glance at his comrades. This meeting seemed to be going quite mediocrely at the moment, but Shion didn't waste mind thinking of it. He turned to Ziraku with a chuckle and sighed, "Don't worry, the spotlights' still all mine."
The final person on his list was Kaishou. Kaishou seemed to have his heart in the perfect place, but what he said, Shion didn't necessarily agree with. "Uh, Kaishou, it's great that you want to 'fight the power' and all, but you do realize that the SEC are also fighting for protection of the Soul Society, correct? I myself believe that thinking of a plan and hiding our members would simply cause things to boil over poorly with them, so I'm afraid that an idea like that wouldn't do us much good."
"Now, I ask of all whom plan to undergo this meeting to follow through with our normal exiting routine." Shion walked toward the door. "There's no doubt that what happens tonight will change the lives of all of us, but I trust you. Handling this will be 2nd nature." Shion smiled, practically standing in the door way. At the doorway they were all to join together as a group, and then they'd be on our their way.
"And one more thing. The first one of you who calls us the 'Duos' is getting a Kizetsubaki to the throat," Shion ended on a comedic note.
OOC: More Enoch insults... sigh... Enoch's becoming meaner than I had intended...
Well, so the entire group of dysfunctional idiots had spoken. Some he disagreed with more than others. He had been pleasantly surprised by Kera showing some common sense. It was nice to see a barbarian showing sanity even though he expected that it didn't run all that deep. Still even the shallowest show of competence was better than nothing.
Sadly that didn't last long as Suzu said her bit about "leaders" and other concepts that Enoch found, while valuable, sure as hell didn't apply to Shion. This group, was little more than a loose coalition of people with relatively common interests. Shion had tried from the beginning to impose a certain sense of communal identity, and apparently the mindless Suzu had let herself be taken in by its allure. But as far as Enoch was concerned, when it came down to it, they were just individuals, their was no "Matsuki". Matsuki was merely an incidental to everyone's essence. To take it into their core was to enslave themselves to concepts and to Enoch that was an act akin to a spiritual death, and while these idiots could take their souls for granted and just assume they would always be there, Enoch had to watch over his like a miser, knowing full well how fragile it was.
Kazuki gave some sort of idiotic speech with needlessly ornate language. Oh really? Its a demon now? Like you were? He hated people who tossed around these lofty terms without concern. Elevating every pathetic little thing to a pseudo-divine status. He probably thought he was going on some grand spiritual journey to attain enlightenment. And in the process repair his broken sword and find some purpose in existence. Well, than he was a fool. Yaldabaoth was the only person he had met who had a genuine connection to the divine and even than Yaldabaoth had described it as a loosing. It was a destruction of the self, turning one's soul into a spiritual gate, through which the divine will could flow and act upon the world. But one lost in power... one grew weak. And that's why Yaldabaoth died... simple as that.
Oh and just when Enoch thought the worst was over Ziraku opened his mouth. Enoch sighed and just ignored him. When Ziraku nothing but hot air came out. Ziraku styled himself as someone with rhetorical ability but tragically he had not a hint of it, he said dull cliches like they were novel expressions of the intellectual. Enoch had long ago stopped trying to find a point in his words, there never was one.
Kaishou spoke and Enoch sighed at how close he came to competence. It was actually more tragic than watching the others fail, like watching an arrow just miss the target. Sadly, Kaishou, though his plan had some viable parts to it, lacked to much knowledge and knew to little about resource management to create a truly good strategy. It was a nice gesture that Kaishou had complemented Enoch but Enoch wasn't going to ignore an obvious failing just because he happened to be complemented.
First, there was simply not enough people to fight. 3 members were unable to fight (1 due to death 2 due to injury) and Shion was still wounded. And the rest were not nearly enough to stage more than a valiant death. There would be captains there, and he doubted that any of these people could truly hold his own against a captain in a one-on-one fight, not to mention that captains and captain level shinigami would out number than probably on an order of two-to-one. Finally, for Enoch to be used in the manner described, Enoch would have to kill the captain of the Special Forces. The captain was a counter-espionage expert, and she possessed the ability of True Sight. This would allow her to see him when he was invisibile. Thus before he could do any sneaking around in a meeting room, where the captain undoubtedly would be, he'd have to kill her first. This would result in a battle. Thus, Enoch's ability was essentially taken out before it could be used. Though he'd always want to kill her... he saw the Captain as his only real rival in stealth but he wasn't the type to kill pointlessly. No matter what others might think to the contrary.
Sighing, Enoch decided to leave, but just as he got to the door Shion stood in front him, not realizing it. Here he was at impasse. He wanted to leave but in order to do that he'd have to bodily move Shion, that would envolve dealing with these people, and he was not in the mood. And didn't expect to be for sometime.
So he thought, but ultimately decided to just stay and wait for Shion and the others to leave... he wasn't really in a rush anyway.
Kera growled and stood up her back popped as she stood. Her left arm clenched are injured arm. She was letting her inner self show, a side she hated. She slowly relaxed her body and face, but her stance was stiff. She then sighed and looked at Shion.
"ill go, but i wont talk. Ill wait outside and hide my reiatsu. I may not one to confront these people with you. But i do not wish harm on your or any one else." She said with down cast eyes. She let her right arm hand uslessly to her side as her left rested on her zanpakutos.
"I am sorry for my defience." She said with a bow of her head. She stood by the wall and waited for Shion and most of the Matsuki to leave so she could follow behind and hopefully talk to Enoch if she ever found the invisable sun of a monkey. She also wished to talk to him about the injury she had.
'maybe he'll no something about what the hollow could have done.' she thought to herself. Her arm lately has been throbbing but nothing to painful.
Enoch groaned audiably, just when he thought Kera was showing commonsense, she both apologizes for it and says something a stupid as that. Still, invisible he grabbed Shion's head and pushed him aside, making room for him to leave and breaking his invisibility in the process. Walking up the stairs he looked back, "I keep telling you not to apologize pointlessly..." he said annoyed, "But do you think you'll actually be able to hide? For members of the Executive Militia, like myself, a barbarian with reiastsu like yours is a beacon no matter how hard you hide it. Hell, there are members of the Special Forces that can track even me down when I don't have my invisibilty up. You're better off not being an idiot and staying the hell away. Get to close and they'll put two and two together. I suggest anyone who doesn't want to go not even show up within fifty miles of that place." With that he continued out the exit.
Kera growled at hearing what Enoch had said. Even though she was alittle shocked about him appearing out of no where. She ran after him as she past Shion she dropped her eyes and said
"Need my help just call." After that she increased her speed and ran up to Enoch just as she was in arms reach her left arm shot out and grasped Enoch's shoulder forcing him to turn around.
"What is your problem?" She asked with a glare her hand tightening alittle. She never liked to be angry but at this time she welcomed it. She could feel somthing rising in her.
"A person can say sorry if he or she has done something wrong that needs one to say sorry." She informed him.
"Why do you call every one barbarian? Why dont you get to know any one?" Her Right arm throbbed pain fully from the tension flowing through her body. She only winced and ignored it. She then sighed and lowed her voice.
"What have i done for you to treat me as you do? Why do you think of me weak?" she asked hes words were always rude and most of the time...she hated to admit it ...true.
Enoch looked back at her, matching her anger with resolved and confidence in his beliefs. "Instead saying your sorry, be sorry and fix it. If you do something wrong don't do it again, thats how you show contrition. If you fail, you get better, anything else is just a needless formality"
He ignored her second question. He didn't want to answer... he didn't think he could control his words if he started to answering. So much would be said and feared that he would something want to say. Not because the words would hurt but because his words could be used against him later and he didn't not like the notion of giving people he didn't trust weapons.
"Why do I? You look at the wrong way. Rather, ask why shouldn't I? You and everyone else has yet to show me one good reason why I should respect you or even give a crap! As soon as I think you are worth the respect it will be yours but not a moment before. So don't bother me begging me to treat you better than I would treat anyone else"
He looked away from her, "Hell, you can't even seem to realize that you have a reiatsu based poison in your arm! If you had any competence you would have already gotten someone skill in either poison or healing kido to get rid of it!"