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Title: The Trials of Nanao Ise
Genre: Romance/Drama
Pairing: Shunsui/Nanao
Spoilers: Through manga chapter 423
Status: Ongoing
Rating: PG-13
Summary: Nanao will face the consequences of her decisions during and after the Arrancar War. Can she overcome these trials, or will they divide her from Captain Kyōraku forever? Canon compliant through manga chapter 423.

Back to Chapter 16.
Chapter 1.

In the morning Nanao woke at her normal time. She was sleeping on Shunsui's chest again. Her night was free of nightmares for the first time since the night she'd brought him home from the Fourth. Nanao wasn't positive, but she thought that perhaps since the dreams involved Shunsui's death or disappearance, being with him when he was so obviously alive and present might prevent her fears from attacking in her sleep.

Alone in a dead world. Just the memory of the dream made her shiver. Shunsui's arm tightened around her back in response. It was no surprise to Nanao that he liked to cuddle even in his sleep. What surprised her was how much she enjoyed it. She would have expected to wake up well away from him, curled up in a small ball, perhaps, as she often found herself when she slept alone. Instead it seemed that she tried to get as close to him as she could in her sleep, covering him with her body or with her limbs clinging to his like vines climbing a tree.

She slid off his chest and rose to her knees. His hand didn't let go of her, but instead rested squarely on one cheek of her buttocks. Nanao's eyes narrowed, but he didn't seem to be awake. His face was wearing a half-smile while he slept, something Nanao recognized from his naps—he was having good dreams. Perhaps he was even dreaming of grabbing Nanao-chan's butt, she thought with an internal snort.

His yukata had never been pulled back up over his chest and back and had shifted further away from his sash in the night until it was barely keeping him decent. Nanao studied his chest and abdomen, the ridges of golden muscle dusted with brown hairs. She wondered if they would tighten when she touched them, the way the muscles of his back did when her hands brushed them during healing. Her eyes trailed a path down his body to the spot where his skin disappeared into the yukata. He didn't seem to be wearing a loincloth or any other undergarment. She glanced up at his face, but his expression was unchanged; he still slept.

She only wanted to look for educational reasons, she told herself. Surely it was good to have a clear understanding of all parameters before entering into a new situation. While she'd certainly felt what was under his yukata in recent days, most recently last night sitting in his lap, she hadn't seen it. And she wasn't going to ogle Shunsui; it would just be a peek, for logical, educational, reasonable purposes.

Slowly her hand crept up until it hovered a few inches over the loose cloth. She swallowed. Her eyes darted to Shunsui's face, but he was still wearing his happy sleeping expression, and his chest rose and fell evenly.

With a feather-light touch she took hold of the edges of the fabric with the tips of two fingers. She dragged it a bare inch lower, holding her breath. As the cloth slid off Nanao leaned farther over him. The cloth dragged over the area of Nanao's interest, slowly revealing the muscles of his pelvis.

His hand tightened on her backside, kneading the flesh. His hips shifted as if to press against her hand. Nanao panicked. He's going to wake up, and he's going to see what I was doing, and I will never ever hear the end of it.

She tugged his hand off her butt and pulled her searching fingers off of his yukata. Her cheeks flushed a deep red. She pushed at his shoulder, trying to get him to flip over. "Roll over, I need to heal you before I go to work," she said. She was surprised the words came out clearly. Although Nanao was certain a person couldn't actually drown in mortification, she was giving it a good effort.

Shunsui rolled over slowly, but as soon as he felt Nanao's hands on his back he tried to roll back towards her. "Stop that," she snapped.

He was sleepy and aroused and though the latter might have been her fault, she didn't want him to act on it right now. The flush in her cheeks was running down her neck and chest now. She pushed him back on his stomach and straddled his legs so she could press him down with more force.

"While I appreciate the effort, Nanao-chan, you'd have more success in taking advantage of me if I was on my back." His voice was thick with sleep.

"I wasn't!" The words were choked, and her mortification rose even higher, because she had been taking advantage of him a little while he was sleeping.

"It's alright, Nanao-chan, you have my permission to take advantage of me at any time you like. I promised to give you satisfaction, after all." He was less sleepy now, his tone lit with avid interest.

"I—did you—were you—well?" Nanao tried to ask him if he was awake while she'd been trying to peek at him, but she didn't want to tell him what she'd done if he didn't know, so her question fizzled into unconnected nothings.

"I would be happy to answer your questions, sweetheart, if I had the faintest idea what kind of answer you were looking for." He angled his head for a glimpse of her face.

Nanao was sure she didn't look good, with her hair tousled from sleep, her sleeping robe creased, and the scarlet flush running over her pale skin.

"Were you doing something naughty, luscious Nanao-chan?"

She pushed his head down with one hand so he couldn't see her face. "Of course not!"

"You were thinking something naughty, then."

"I wouldn't! Shut up!" She smacked him on one shoulder.

"You're making the face you make whenever you get caught at something."

"I am not!" She was.

He grinned widely and she felt it under her fingers as she pressed on his face. She sighed, defeated. He could be relentless when he wanted to be.

"I am going to heal you now. We aren't discussing this anymore, because nothing happened and there's nothing to talk about." She withdrew her hand from his face and started her healing kidō, trying to calm herself and focus on the spell.

"Hmm. That's not going to be good enough for me, Nanao-chan."


"Answer one question for me, and I'll let this go."

Nanao considered. Depending on the question, she could get off lightly. Otherwise Shunsui might make it his mission to find out what caused her scarlet flush. He might even know already and just want to hear her say it out loud. She narrowed her eyes at him. "What's the question?"

"Who did you vote for in the SWA's Most Interesting Men in Seireitei poll?"

Nanao laughed a little, startled. "Really? You want to know that?"


She made a disbelieving noise. "You just want me to stroke your ego."

"Nanao-chan is welcome to stroke anything of mine she wants whenever the urge strikes."

She rose a little from her seat on his legs to kick him in the thigh.

"Ouch, Nanao-chan, that's mean! Well, if you'd rather talk about this morning, I can tell you about the fantastic dream I had. You were there, and you had your hand on my—"

"Fine, I agree. I'll answer your question about the SWA," she said, ruthlessly cutting him off.

"That's too bad. It was a great dream, Nanao-chan."

"Don't tell me about it. Now, in the poll each woman was to vote for three different men."

"Why three?"

"The SWA doesn't have a lot of members and there aren't a lot of female shinigami in general. If there are too few votes given, members might be concerned their votes would seem obvious."

"So who did you cast your three votes for?"

"Obviously I voted for Captain Kuchiki."

"Why is it obvious that you'd vote for him?"

Nanao thought Shunsui sounded a bit sulky. She smiled. "Captain Kuchiki is widely thought to be one of the most handsome men in Seireitei, in addition to being a wealthy noble and a powerful captain. Everyone voted for him."

"Well, if everyone voted for him, it isn't as if he was a special vote for you."

Nanao rolled her eyes. "Captain Kuchiki always wins the poll. He's won every time we've taken the poll since I've been in the SWA."

"And your second vote?"

"I voted for Captain Ukitake, obviously."

"For Ukitake? And you said it was obvious again? Why would Ukitake be the obvious choice for you?"

Nanao smiled. It was fun to be the one to do the teasing, instead of always being on the receiving end of it. "Captain Ukitake is handsome, renowned for his kindness and good nature, and a powerful and hard-working captain."

"Ukitake, I can't believe it." He was definitely sounding sulky now.

"He's your closest friend," she scolded.

He made a discontented humph sound.

"He always lands very high in our polls." She felt a tiny bit of guilt about her teasing and sent her reiatsu flowing into his body to expand the healing spell, since she knew he enjoyed that. After a minute, she asked: "Aren't you going to ask about my third vote?"

"I'm not sure I want to know," he grumbled.

"Don't be ridiculous." The healing kidō faded but she left her reiatsu circling inside his body. She leaned down, pressing herself against his back as she spoke in his ear. "You already know I voted for you."

In a movement so quick she barely saw it he'd flipped over on his stomach and dropped her back in place on top of him. Her mouth hovered a breath away from his. "You should have spent all your votes on me. Maybe two votes on me and one on Ukitake."

"Don't be greedy. That would have been against the rules of the poll." Slowly, carefully, she fitted her lips to his and kissed him, a touch as light as a butterfly's wing. She pulled back after only a moment. "I have to go to work."

"But Nanao-chan, this is an ideal position for you to take advantage of me in."

She rolled her eyes as she rose off him. "I have classes to teach today, including one first thing this morning."

"I don't know who would sign up for a kidō course this early." Shunsui sat up and stretched his arms out wide.

Nanao watched appreciatively from the corner of her eye. "You know kidō is required in our division until all our troops can pass the intermediate level kidō exam."

"That doesn't make this less early." He sat in the bed, nearly naked, leaning back on his hands and grinning at her. She only wished he'd taken the tie out of his hair so it would hang loose.

"Ah, they do a lottery, I think. Losers get the early morning course." Nanao stared at him openly now, much to his obvious enjoyment. "I'm going to go to work," she said, but didn't move. She had the strongest desire to get back into bed with him and take a vacation there. It took several commands from her brain to her feet to make them move.

"Have a good day, lovely Nanao-chan," he called after her as she left to dress in the guest room, a smile in his voice. Of course he was smiling. He'd broken her icy barriers down so much she was ogling him openly in bed. It might take more effort than she'd anticipated maintaining professional behavior at work.

"I don't ogle," she said to herself, but her cheeks tinted pink.

Nanao was greeted warmly but quietly by the members of her division she passed in the hall of the Eighth. Many were nursing hangovers, as she'd expected, and in her morning intermediate kidō class someone managed to miss a target so widely that the fireball would have put a hole in the ceiling of the training room if there'd been any power behind the spell.

Out of consideration for her troops and a value for her life, Nanao canceled all scheduled sword training sessions for the day. Her later intermediate kidō course went somewhat more smoothly than the early morning class, but there were still several shinigami struggling to stay awake and chant the proper incantations.

She was surprised to find a gift from Shunsui on her desk when she went to their office after her first class; he must have left it there during the division party. It was a book with a faded and frayed cover. The note accompanying it said: To my clever Nanao-chan who loves to learn new things: This is a kidō book I've had in my personal collection for a very long time. There are few copies in print and the library doesn't have one. It has some unique information inside; some of it is forbidden now, so don't use anything without checking first! I hope you will read this book under the trees with me one day soon. Yours, Shunsui

The pages of the book were yellowed but still legible. She did a double-take at the publication date listed—the book was over a thousand years old. She glanced through the pages quickly, her eyes caught by various tidbits and interesting diagrams. Reluctantly she placed it to the side on her desk.

There was a fair-sized backlog of work on her desk—she measured the stack mentally and calculated it at about ten hours. She could probably catch up without really straining herself—the paperwork would be slow coming in while so many captains were incapacitated. Nanao reached for the first page in the stack, but her hand detoured to rub the gifted book. She was still smiling when her brush ran across the first page in neat, decisive strokes.

In the afternoon Nanao left the Eighth with her paperwork stack reduced by a few hours. Canceling the sword training sessions had given her some extra time to work through it.

At the First Division Sasakibe greeted Nanao cordially and invited her into his office to take tea. His office was full of trinkets and relics from the Living World. He was known to have a fascination with a specific area of the Living World called Britain, and this was clear in his decorating. He served her tea in a dainty china cup—"a nice Earl Grey" apparently—and then sat opposite her, looking quite serious.

"Ise-san, under ordinary circumstances, it would not be proper for me to discuss possible criminal charges directed at someone with the accused, but this situation is unusual and somewhat delicate. So I would like to discuss certain aspects of this matter with you, with the understanding that this conversation is confidential."

Nanao set her teacup down on a small plate. "I understand, Sasakibe-san. I will keep this conversation private."

"Thank you, Ise-san. First I must inform you that the Central 46 will be considering your case. The captain commander will not have any influence on the decision regarding your alleged crimes. However, he will still make a judgment on the matter of Vice Captain Takahashi's complaint."

"I see," Nanao said. That was a disappointment. On some level she had hoped to keep the whole matter inside the Gotei 13. Captain Yamamoto, while not a lenient man to her knowledge, might have been more understanding of decisions made under the pressure of battle and command than the nobles and sages of the Central 46 were likely to be.

"I believe that the Central 46 would have chosen to consider the case even without the pressure of Vice Captain Takahashi's complaint, but that was also a factor. Regarding the complaint from the Kidō Corps officer, you will be permitted to view it and make a written response." Sasakibe passed her a thick folder. "Here is a copy of the complaint for your review and the standard response forms. You may only respond to the questions posed within the forms. There is no space given to write out a particular defense or any other unstructured reply. These responses will be used as evidence in your Central 46 trial as well as in the judgment of the complaint itself."

Nanao accepted the folder and flipped through the contents. "When do I need to return my response?"

"The Central 46 will not be considering your case until the Aizen matter is resolved, so there is some time. However, if you can return the forms quickly, the captain commander will review the materials before sending them on to Central 46. Although he will not be deciding the outcome, it would perhaps be advantageous for Captain Yamamoto to be fully informed of all sides of the case, and after the Central 46 has rendered a decision on the primary matter, he will consider the complaint by Vice Captain Takahashi."

"I can return these forms to you tomorrow. Thank you for your consideration in this matter, Sasakibe-san." Nanao could complete this work within a few hours. It would push back the buildup of paperwork at the Eighth, but that work was not as urgent as this.

"Ise-san, I have always respected your excellent work as the vice captain of a challenging division. When I read your report on your command, I understood clearly your reasoning in your decision-making. However, what matters is not what I think of your actions. You disobeyed a direct order from the Central 46. That is a serious matter, and you will be penalized for it. But I consider it fair to keep you informed of events and to give you the means to address the complaint by Vice Captain Takahashi." Sasakibe poured out more tea into their cups.

"I understand, Sasakibe-san, and I will thank you again." Nanao sipped her tea. "Do you have any idea when I might be taken to testify and stand for judgment in the Central 46?"

Sasakibe hesitated. He took a drink from his cup and cleared his throat. "Let me be clear that I am speculating now, based on my experience with past Central 46 cases. It is unlikely you will ever be taken to the Central 46 directly. Because you are subordinate to one of the most powerful captains in Soul Society, and generally well-respected by your colleagues, the Central 46 will try to keep this matter as quiet as possible to avoid…unfortunate consequences. They will consider your written testimony, written testimony from witnesses and the complaint, and decide from that material. By the time you know your fate it will be too late for anyone to influence the outcome. That is my best guess for the events to come."

She stared down at her teacup, considering that for a long moment. "They don't want to risk my captain fighting their decision."

"Consider the manner in which the Rukia Kuchiki matter divided Soul Society. If Aizen's treachery had not become known, Soul Society could have fallen over the brink into outright civil war. How many lives would be lost for that one woman's sake? How much power would have drained from the Gotei 13? If a similar chain of events were set off by your trial, who knows what the outcome might be? Captain Kyōraku and your division, and Captain Ukitake and his officers, at the least, could be greatly damaged by their desire to defend you. If your loyalty is to your captain, your division, and Soul Society, you will keep these events secret from everyone until they are concluded."

"I don't want anyone to be hurt because of me. I knew at the time I chose not to activate the soul-destroying machines that I would face consequences for that. But no one else made that choice, and I should be the only one punished for it."

Sasakibe smiled. "Your resolve is admirable, Ise-san. I truly believe that silence is the only way to avoid jeopardizing the unity of the Gotei 13."

Nanao nodded. The thought of going through these secret proceedings alone ached in her heart, but she couldn't risk Shunsui trying to save her from the consequences of her actions. "Thank you, Sasakibe-san."

They spoke of other matters while they finished their tea. But Nanao could not stop thinking of a clock ticking down, measuring out the remaining minutes of her time as a vice captain.

On to Chapter 18.


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Aug. 13th, 2011 03:43 am (UTC)
"I don't ogle," she said to herself. Actually Nanao, yes, yes you do. The interaction between the two was adorable as ever :D

But it seems like things are going to get very messy, very soon... the Central 46 is so archaic - do they honestly think that their decisions won't be contested, just because they've made them official? Oh, this could get nasty. Can't wait for more!
Aug. 13th, 2011 04:38 pm (UTC)
The Central 46 is an interesting group. I think the Central 46 goes with what's worked in the past and operates on the assumption Yamamoto and the Gotei 13 will enforce their will. In the manga, we saw Yamamoto really not caring about what Ukitake and Kyouraku had to say about why they had interrupted Rukia's execution - he cared about what the Central 46 had ruled, and was prepared to hurt or kill them for their disobedience.

In TBTP with the Vizards, they get brought before the Central 46 quickly and judgment is passed immediately on the Vizards, Urahara, and Tessai. Only the interference of Yoruichi saved their lives. But we don't see how the other officers of the Gotei 13 reacted; if they were told that the Vizards had attempted hollowfication to gain power and been sentenced to death by the Central 46 and escaped, (and this is close to the information Isshin offers on them when asked by Urahara, though we don't know his relation to Soul Society) then it doesn't appear that any other officers acted against that information or the ruling by the Central 46, even though it involved numerous trusted captains and vice captains. Whatever they may have privately thought, they don't appear to have acted for the Vizards.

The Central 46 is an organization that has the weight of law behind their rulings, but they don't seem to take people's feelings or loyalties into account, and that probably works out just fine for them the vast majority of the time, because Yamamoto will back up their decisions and very few people have the power or the inclination to try to stand against him.

That's the reading I'm working with in this story, anyway. ^_^; I do think Yamamoto is aware that the situation with Nanao presents a possible problem, given how Sasakibe urged her to be secretive in this chapter.

But most of this story is just Nanao and Shunsui interacting together, so I'm glad you're enjoying that. ^_^
Aug. 14th, 2011 07:01 am (UTC)
That's actually one of the aspects I like most about Bleach - all the power plays - as much as it frustrates me (I can understand Tousen's desire for Justice, here)! It's because it reminds me of RL, and I like the reminder in my Bleach :D

I guess part of the way Yamamoto has kept power for so long IS by supporting the Central 46, other than his sheer power and age. So long as he doesn't tip the balance, things are good. And he is utterly committed to Soul Society, perhaps to the point that he no longer sees that it is the individuals that make up the whole, and sacrificing a few isn't actually all that acceptable. Well, that's how it seems to me anyway :D
Aug. 14th, 2011 07:46 am (UTC)
I've really wondered before, starting with the Soul Society arc, if we wouldn't see major reform in Soul Society by the end of the manga. There are a lot of apparent injustices--the state of Rukongai, for one--that it seems should be addressed.

That justice is delivered by an anonymous, archaic council of nobles and sages also seems like an issue. Tousen draws a lot of empathy because he's not really wrong--injustice has been done to someone he cared about, and injustice seems very common in Soul Society--but the way he pursues his justice is wrong.

Bleach has a lot of shades of gray, and it's one of the reasons it's such an enjoyable read. All Hollows aren't bad, all shinigami aren't good, and Soul Society itself is nobody's idea of a fair afterlife, so there's very little true black and white in Bleach.

The question of Yamamoto's morality is a good one. He does seem like the kind of person who would sacrifice the few for "the greater good" without any real hesitation. :x I really wonder how much of Soul Society and the Gotei 13 as it exists he built himself. We know he built the Academy at the least.
Aug. 16th, 2011 10:40 am (UTC)
Hm - the reform of Soul Society? That would be interesting! I think it would need Yamamoto at the helm though, and I get the impression he's too stubborn for that sort of change! Then again, he was stubborn enough to build the Academy all those millenia ago.

I reckon he built the Gotei 13 from the ground up - that he redefined what it meant to be Shinigami. And a lot of Soul Society would have been changed by that process, directly and indirectly. But this is idle speculation, of course :P
Aug. 13th, 2011 05:36 pm (UTC)
Loving it. Nanao almost messing with Shun in his sleep was adorable. But the darn Central 46. I really can't stand them. Hopefully things won't be TOO bad for Nanao. Also will you have your own version of Nanao's sword in this fic?
Aug. 13th, 2011 07:24 pm (UTC)
There are a few fight/training scenes in this story, and Nanao's sword will be mentioned/discussed a little, but I don't speculate too much on it. I am hoping we will see her shikai in the manga eventually (I am still hoping we will see Nanao again in the manga eventually!)

I've tried to write a strong Nanao in the fight scenes, because I really don't like that she gets written as weak so often in fanfiction. I understand the desire to write a heroic rescue scene for Shunsui, but I think there are ways to get there without undermining Nanao. (The man killed the Primera Espada with shikai only, surely he can be written as impressively strong without making Nanao incapable.)

In my own speculation, Nanao has to be at least as strong, and probably stronger, than Hinamori, who put on a good showing in the FKT arc. I think this because we know Hinamori was Renji's classmate, and that Rukia was in the Academy with them also when she was adopted by the Kuchiki's 40+ years ago. Nanao has been in the Eighth since 100+ years ago, as we know from the TPTP arc, so she should have actual decades more experience than Hinamori, Kira, Renji, Hisagi, and Rukia (Spoilers for 459! Rukia is relevant to the VC discussion as of the last manga chapter.)end spoilers

I'm a little anxious to see how people regard the fight scenes I've written, but the first one isn't for a few chapters, so I'll have to wait. I really hope Nanao comes across as strong, though, because I sincerely believe she is one of the more powerful current vice captains.
Aug. 14th, 2011 06:49 am (UTC)
Sorry to gatecrash... but my understanding of it was that Nanao is known for never having used her shikai in battle (which of course doesn't mean she doesn't have one), simply because she's never needed to. My take on that was that she is simply strong enough and skilled enough not to use it - the same way many of the older captains don't seem to use their bankai. Of course, another take is that she's never needed it because Shunsui always swoops in to save her, but I prefer the strong-Nanao option ;P

Aug. 14th, 2011 07:31 am (UTC)
That's interesting, I haven't heard that before about her shikai. I think I've read before that she's a kido master, but nothing about her sword. Do you happen to remember where you read/heard that? I'd like to learn more. ^_^

I've speculated that Nanao's shikai might not be something that should/could be used much for battle--if it's particularly dangerous for bystanders or has complicated rules like Shunsui's does, that could be a reason for limited use.

I prefer the strong-Nanao option too--Shunsui can't always be saving her, it's just not feasible. Would he really keep a vice captain that was not capable in combat situations at all? I don't know. It doesn't feel likely. At the least there's a vice captain exam that Nanao must have passed, though what that consists of we don't know.

I wonder if people get this impression of a weaker Nanao from the anime--the filler arcs have really done her no favors in terms of portraying her combat skills. I particularly remember one episode in the zanpakuto arc where she is cut on the arm and is like "I'm finished!" and Shunsui appears to save her (and Katen Kyokotsu) by killing the enemy with one strike. So the anime writing team are apparently also big fans of heroic Shunsui swooping/weak combat Nanao. It's a little unfortunate!

Ha, I love to discuss this stuff. ;P
Aug. 16th, 2011 10:51 am (UTC)
Me too! I can go on and on about Bleach theory :D

Well, I *thought* I read about Nanao's shikai on Bleach wiki, but I scoured that and no sign... it is possible that I read it in a fic and liked it so much that I made it my headcanon, lol!

I'm of two minds about the complicated rules idea. Either Nanao's shikai would be complicated, because she is so organised and controlled, or it would be incredibly simple, because she's not frivolous as Shunsui can be... I have all the bases covered :P

And the filler arcs drive me nuts... while Kubo draws ridiculously proportioned women, they are also strong women, at least on par with the men. I particularly appreciated that in the latest of the manga (I see you're up to date! but MANGA SPOILERS for anyone else reading) Rukia comes sweeping in to save the boys from certain death and despair, completely turning about the old damsel-in-distress trope. END SPOILERS

I get the idea that Kubo just likes rescues in general. The fillers though, they tend to be so much less *balanced* - Nanao isn't the only woman they tend to weaken, although to be fair, most of the main characters both male and female suddenly become pretty gormless. And yet, I still watch every week... *sigh*!

Edited at 2011-08-16 10:52 am (UTC)
Aug. 18th, 2011 01:15 am (UTC)
Thanks for checking on Nanao's shikai - I've certainly had that happen before with my headcanon too!

Oh filler anime, filled with quality animation and enough out-of-character behavior for all. I drop the anime from time to time, but I always find myself picking it back up eventually. XD
Aug. 18th, 2011 01:32 am (UTC)
No worries - if I do find a reference to it, I'll comment it for you :)

I almost always watch the fillers, just for the sheer horror of it all. I just can't help myself :P
Aug. 16th, 2011 01:48 pm (UTC)
Yeah. It irks me to no end that Nanao is always the damsel in distress or not there in fights at all. Like you said being over 100yrs old she MUST have more experience in fights than the others. And yeah I hope to see her in the manga again too. I was so heartbroken not to see her or her shikai in the Winter War. And congrads to Rukia on the promotion. I'm loving your fic. Can't wait to see more. I look forward to a fighting Nanao from you.
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