Artist: Nujabes/Idst - Song: BattleCry - Word Count: 1259
Ryuzaki's sandals scraped against the rough terrain audibly as he made his way lazily through a rather abandoned area of Soul Society, at least for the time being. He looked down at his feet as he walked, something he often found himself doing when he became lost in thought. There hadn't been much to do lately but that wasn't such a bad thing, he did have his own reasons for being in Soul Society after all, even if he hadn't had a chance to get to them yet. Even as he thought this Ryuzaki found himself coming upon a strange scene. A tall, beautiful woman in an elegant red dress stood ahead of him, a few men were huddled around her, they seemed to speak in hushed whispers. Ryuzaki found himself, without giving it much thought, sneaking off to the side of them, so as to pry in the affairs of others, if only for a moment. A small wall stood to the right of the small group, and Ryuzaki made his way towards it, then stealthily propped himself against it and listened."Oh you idiots. I can't believe you've let them escape. How can I possibly explain this? We simply must recover him before this whole situation comes to light.
The woman in the red dress finished speaking to what appeared to be her servants and then straightened her dress, presumably preparing to leave. Ryuzaki couldn't contain his curiosity any longer, and so he sprung up from his hiding place, and made his way towards the woman nonchalantly.I'm sorry Ms., I was sitting just over there and I couldn't help but overhear that you were having some sort of problem. Maybe I could help you out with whatever's going on.
The woman turned to Ryuzaki frowning and looked him up and down. After a time her frown became a small smile and she began to speak to him."Oh, I'm quite sure you could have helped overhearing,
but no matter now. You're a shinigami aren't you? You're not wearing that tell tale clothing but you've got that kind of air about you. Well the answer is yes, I do have a rather large problem. There's one other thing though. No one can know about it. Don't tell anyone you saw me here please, and if you do end up helping me don't tell anyone what you're doing or where you're going. Besides, if you do say anything I'll just deny it.
The woman seemed desperate. Ryuzaki knew that he should probably keep his nose out of this, but in the end his curiosity inevitably got the better of him. He really wanted to know what was going on with this woman.Alright fine, I'll help you, and I won't say anything to anyone. Now would you mind telling me what exactly is it that you need help with?
The woman seemed once more reluctant, but after a moment she sighed. Walking over to and sitting on the wall Ryuzaki had previously been hiding behind she moved some hair out of her face and then addressed Ryuzaki once more."Very well then. I've lost someone very important to me. More than I've lost them, they've been kidnapped. I don't know who took him, but I do know that they've gone to earth, and that the man who took him was wearing a mask and had one missing hand. The left one, to be precise. I need this to be taken care of as soon as possible,
or things could get messy. Here's a picture of the person you're looking for.
She handed Ryuzaki a small picture and he took it carefully. Looking at it, the man in the photo appeared to be fairly young, with short black hair and brown eyes. Ryuzaki had never seen him before, but he looked slightly familiar, mostly because he had common features. Ryuzaki studied the photo for a few minutes, committing it to memory in case something were to happen to the photograph. It would be quite a task to track whoever this man was down. He had no information other than that they had gone to earth, and the general description of the kidnapper, as well as this picture. Truth be told, it wasn't much to go on. Ryuzaki sighed and put his hand to his forehead. He'd really gotten himself in deep with this one."Look, I know you said not to tell any one, but you really haven't given me much to work with. I don't think this is something one person can do, especially not me with the small amount of information you've given me and the fact that this isn't really the kind of thing I do every day. Perhaps if I told just one other person? Someone who knows what they're doing and seems trustworthy? It would make this mission at least somewhat feasible.
The woman seemed uncomfortable with the thought, biting her lip and looking down for a moment, but eventually she relented. Ryuzaki could tell that she'd given in before she even said anything, and that was certainly a relief. It truly seemed impossible to him that he'd have been able to locate this person in any reasonable amount of time on his own, but with someone who knew about this kind of thing, maybe it wouldn't be too difficult of a job after all. "Alright fine, just one other person. You'll both be rewarded greatly if you manage to pull this off without alerting anyone to what's going on. Just return to this place on the night that you return and one of my men will find you. If you do happen to fail, or say anything about this to anyone else though..."Yes, yes, I know. You'll deny any involvement. I'm not planning on saying anything to anyone else, I just can't do this alone. I'll make sure to find someone who can keep a secret.
Ryuzaki winked at the woman then turned and made his way back the way he'd came. He thought, as he walked towards the Seireitei, that he'd need to find someone who could help him, who wasn't too high up the chain of command, and who seemed trustworthy. Shouldn't be too hard right? He'd wandered a good distance out, so it took him around twenty minutes to make his way back to the hustle and bustle of the more populated areas. He approached the head quarters of the fifth division and made his way inside. Ryuzaki wasn't sure if he was allowed to be in here or not, but he'd been wondering what was inside for a while now so he chose to press his luck. There was nothing too impressive, and in fact he was just a bit disappointed, he'd expected something a little more... interesting. He saw several individuals working on different things but he wasn't quite sure who would be a good candidate. Maybe if he stuck around for a while someone would stick out. Actually, he'd heard of someone recently transferred here who also interested him. Maybe he could solve two mysteries at once. It was the best plan he had. The only plan he had really.