Artist: Nujabes/Idst - Song: BattleCry - Word Count: 731
Ryuzaki had a small assortment of tasks to see to today, but before he got started on that he felt it would be beneficial to attempt to communicate with his zanpakuto one more time. He sat once more on the ground and crossed his legs before taking a deep breath and placing his zanpakuto across his lap again. At first he thought that he was having no luck for the umpteenth time, but then he started to feel rather strange. Ryuzaki could feel the world starting to spin around him, and he began to feel a bit dizzy. He had his eyes closed but he imagined that if they were open he would have seen the actual landscape shifting around him. This feeling gradually increased in intensity and right around the time he began to think that it was becoming too much to bear it suddenly ceased. He felt that the ground he was sitting on was markedly different than what he expected, a strange shifting was happening beneath him, and the consistency was grainy. Opening his eyes he first saw Asanagi sitting in front of him, hair billowing outwards from his body as it always did, although there was no wind. Then he began to take in his surroundings. The terrain was grainy because he was on a beach, but it wasn't like any beach he'd ever been to before. The sand was a deep black in color and the air gave off an extremely strong scent of salt water. The ocean in front of him was wild and untamed, with giant waves frequently crashing into the shore and leaving behind a layer of foam. He turned back to Asanagi at last, and began to speak.
"So this is your world is it? Interesting place you've got here""I like it rather well, thank you. So you've finally managed to come visit me here, hmm? I must say I'm impressed with the recent show of dedication you've displayed, what with all of the training and meditation you've done"
"I was always dedicated, you just never payed it any mind Asanagi." "Perhaps. Or perhaps I was testing you, wondering whether or not your dedication was wavering and would eventually fail. At this point that doesn't seem to be much of a concern so I accept you."
"Are you saying I've passed your test then?""Indeed, I am. You've done well, and I believe you will be a capable warrior if you continue your training. Well then, lets get down to business."
"What do you mean by that?""Well I assume you've come to learn about the abilities of your sword. Hopefully by this point you've deduced that the powers of this sword are wind based, after all you've had some rather big hints."
"Yes, I've gathered that much, but I haven't had much luck actually doing anything with it.""Here, let me show you a few things."
At this point Asanagi stood and held out his hand. Slowly a sword materialized in his hand and Ryuzaki looked down to see that his zanpakuto was no longer in its sheath. Asanagi swung the blade a few times, apparently getting a feel for it, although Ryuzaki seriously doubted that this was necessary. Then he swung it one last time, mightily, and a visible crescent of air left the blade and traveled along at an impressive speed. Ryuzaki was stunned, and didn't know what to say."Well there, you've seen it now. Just concentrate on moving the air to your will. With enough practice and hard work you should be able master this technique eventually. There's not really a good way to explain it, you just have to feel it out. Now you better get out of here, if I'm not mistaken you had some things to attend to, and it may be later than you think."
As Asanagi finished speaking he gave Ryuzaki a small wink, then returned to his initial position with his back to the waves and closed his eyes once more. Ryuzaki thanked him for the guidance and then focused on waking himself up to get on with the day. When he opened his eyes, back in the forest, he looked upwards and realized that the sun was already halfway across the sky. Hurrying back towards the more populated areas of Soul Society he set about completing his menial tasks, he would have to wait until later to return to his training.