What an interesting concept. Meant to be a sort of process in which a soul is separated from its decaying body, and is given the chance to be reborn at a new stage of "life". Yet for some reason, some would believe that life isn't where some go after "death". But that is all based upon what you believe in, even though the realms of Heaven, Hell, Soul Society, and so forth have been made aware to all, some would still believe in such things as a "Religion" for some false God, or even for some pathetic Demon who aligns with something called "Khalism" or whatever. Truth is, that in the end of things, we all end up in the same place...
An ominous aura began to grow in the back of the room as a shadow which belonged to no one began to grow against the wall parallel to the empty casket to which onlookers would weep. Those who were used to seeing this type of entrance would know by now who was coming, and most should not be pleased. In place of the deceased's father, his partner and liason came instead to the public memorial of the fallen Vanguard leader, Azure Iramasha. Walking out, wearing his classic attire of black slacks, a white dress shirt with black blazer and red tie, Matthew Hinote entered the scene with his hands in his pockets, cigarette lit in his mouth, and a very foul attitude. Matthew was not pleased in the sense that he had to come to the funeral of someone he was in no way related to, but more of the fact that Ketsu himself didn't wish to show himself in public and asked Matthew to do so in his place. Now normally Matthew would just laugh his ass off and move on, since in a way, Matthew has NO RIGHT to come to the funeral of any fallen, nor of anyone's child, considering the man killed his own kids years ago. But not everyone would know such facts, seeing as the only ones really who would be aware of Matthew's true self would be Shadin Yuudeshi, since Matthew grew up in Karakura for a few small years during his development before falling to the curse of his breed.
Walking forward, Matthew paid no attention to those who surrounded him, as his attitude was radiating an aura of "Do not mess with me". Now while most within the Vanguard would most likely not dare attempt to confront Matthew, a couple would have the balls and the power to match the Demon Overlord, as he wasn't the only one there with a rousing sense of fame. Shadin Yuudeshi, while not direct allies, share some similar goals. Matthew and Shadin do not mess with one another, as they understand that each of them have their own objectives, and their own goals. These goals do not interfere with one another, and more over, if they had to deal with one another in which to complete their goals, it would only make things harder. Additionally, the silent truce Matthew made with the Yuudeshi in that he will not attempt to retake the Underground, leaving it for Zin was a sort of peace offer he made while he resides and grows on Devil Iramasha Island. The other potential objective in the room would have to be Radioactive, the giant hulk-like beast of their realm. Now while Matthew was indeed very muscular for his age, he was nowhere near in comparative bounds with Radioactive when it came to brute strength. Additionally with research, the speeds in which the Shark beast can top would prove to be a true test for Matthew's strategic genius, but once again, the two do not come to cross blades in their objectives. Instead, they merely stay out of each others ways in that Radioactive is a member of the Vanguard, which generally work with the Devil Iramasha, which Matthew is a sleeper agent for by those on a "Need to know" basis. But most know that Matthew and Kin work together, and thus the respect to understand Matthew's presence should be known that he is not there for himself, but instead for the dead.
Rudely bumping past whoever is in his way as he approaches the memorial, he feels the shadows in the room speak to him as the voices of his corruption and madness slowly speak in his mind the things he does not wish to hear. It was almost as if something was distracting Matthew, as if something recently happened and it bothered him, but whatever it was, had nothing to do with Azure. It was something that could be sensed as Matthew could feel Shadin Yuudeshi in the area, as well as Radioactive, and a few other beings in the surrounding parts. He could also sense someone else with an affinity to Darkness, and reeked of Demon Blood. Perhaps later Matthew would do research on the peon and see what they're capable of. If anything, Matthew might show the individual why he's earned the title of "Demon Traitor".
Finally reaching the memorial, and leaving a very rude presence in his wake of those he carelessly walked through to get there, Matthew looked at the photo of Azure, as well as the flower arrangements and decorations selected for such an occasion. The black casket was a nice touch, even with the pathetic wings on the side. A small smirk escaped his lips as he could sense from the empty darkness within the casket that it was empty. It was almost as though there was nothing left of him to bring back. Was he completely obliterated? Well, the truth is out there, but who knows what really happened to the body and soul of the Vanguard Leader. As he stood before the memorial with his hands still in his pockets, and carelessly dragging from his cigarette as he made the surrounding atmosphere fill with animosity, Matthew began to remember a couple interactions he had with Azure. The one in fact that Matthew remembers most, is the day that Azure had Matthew place his own gun against his head, and blow his own brains out because Azure thought it would be smart to have a major diplomatic meeting with the Sugiuran people, INSIDE A FUCKING IGLOO!!
The thought alone made Matthew sick to his stomach, as he didn't want to think too hard on the past event. Instead, Matthew was here to do a favor to the only one he really calls a friend in the realm, and that was to 'honor' his son at the public gathering.
Pulling his hands out of his pockets, Matthew summoned a shadow to appear beside him, as he reached into it and pulled out a single wine glass. The glass was filled with the Devil Iramasha blend, a specialty drink that the Devil Iramasha share in times of importance, as it was a blend of pure blood and the finest wines that the Iramasha can produce. Taking the glass into his hands, he held it over the black casket, and proceeded to pour the blend onto the casket. Matthew spoke out, but not too loudly for all to hear. Only those with good hearing, or those close enough would be able to make out the words he spoke.
"Ashes to ashes, dust to dust. This ones for you kid..."
With the last drop coming from the glass, it was almost as though Matthew actually gave a shred of respect to Azure for having the balls to be a man in his fight, and not back out at any moment. Taking the empty glass, Matthew carelessly threw it behind him, where it would most likely land and break on the head of some poor onlooker within the event. Taking a deep breath with his cigarette, Matthew then turned and began to make his stage exit right. He did what was asked of him in regards to honoring the son of Ketsu by being a representative of the Devil Iramasha, even though Matthew is not a Devil Iramasha. Matthew is a pure blooded Demon, and he just did things his own way.
As Matthew made his way to the adjacent wall in which the casket faced, Matthew's eyes scanned the room for but a moment, as his eyes met Shadin Yuudeshi, and while words were once again never shared, it was almost as if Matthew was attempting to communicate with him. His eyes, which were always filled with a deep and sinister blood red glow, were almost trying to say "Be ready", as if Matthew was going to throw something his way, or even attempt to communicate with him again. Even so, what was it Shadin needed to be ready for? What was it Matthew was going to attempt to speak with him about? Was it related to the events of Azure's death, or was it possibly something deeper to Matthew in what was causing him grief? Either way, Matthew proceeded to turn his head back to the wall, and approach the growing shadow against the wall to make his exit. He didn't want to stay and talk to anyone, as almost everyone in that room wasn't worth his time or effort.
Instead, Matthew needed to get back to work. He needed to return to planning the death of the Demon God, and to get deeper to the meaning of a recent death within the Demon's ranks.