Murasaki listened in intently to Miss Suika's words, and once she was finished speaking, put a finger to her chin in an (unintentionally) exaggerated sign of thought. “Well, I do definitely like the sound of having unlimited potential, so that's always a plus.” She laughed at her own comment, but it was no less a genuine statement, and she had to admit that being called “friend” was pretty neat too.
There was certainly a truth to the tranquility that Ibiki sensed within Murasaki. In some respects, it was hard to be as calm as she seemed to always be. It wasn't a matter of strict training, or some unshakeable iron will, it was simply that she couldn't really be bothered to worry too long about any one thing. If it wasn't an immediate concern, or something that really, really
needed handling, then why even worry about it? Right now she was comfy and relaxed, not a worry in mind and nothing that needed any other attention, so why should she be anything other than calm?
“Well, I'm not exactly what I'd call a healer. I'm a sword, that's just how it's always been. Swords are fighting, and that's what I'm the best at.” Murasaki took a rather long drink of the sake before continuing, knowing she was probably about to start rambling, or at least just talking a lot. It was pretty nice, honestly, and this wasn't a topic she was really used to talking about with other people. “But, like I said, I can help people out with their zanpakuto. I've got a closer connection to my own zanpakuto than anyone I've ever met, and using both mine and my mom's has taught me a lot about how totally different they can be. I can talk to the spirit of any zanpakuto, and if I can really get the chance to do that, I feel like I can help people who are having a little trouble how to really connect with theirs.”
As she spoke, Murasaki removed Keifu, still in its sheath, from her belt, and held it up for Ibiki to see more clearly. “They called me 'Hanpakuto' back in the academy, you know. It was a funny little pun, half-zanpakuto and all that. But I kinda like it now that I'm older. I'm proud of who I am, and I'm not gonna let old name-calling change that. It's something totally unique that I've got up my sleeve, so why should I be ashamed of it? It's come in handy in plenty of ways, and to be totally blunt, I just kinda think it's cool. Kagayaku no Murasaki, half zanpakuto. How many people can say that about themselves?”
With Keifu still sheathed in one hand,Murasaki took one more quick drink of sake before setting the dish down and holding her other hand out toward Miss Suika. It was honestly astounding how calm she was through all of this, especially with the request she was about to make, but that was just how she was. “If it's alright with you, the best way for me to prove I can do this would be for me to borrow your zanpakuto. I can talk to it, and if you'll let me use shikai here, I can figure out at least part of what it does, too. If you don't wanna allow that, I totally understand, but I figure you can probably beat me up with one hand behind your back if I even tried anything.”
Never once did Murasaki's voice waver, or lose one bit of that cheerful tone that seemed to permeate everything she said. What other way would get the job done as just showing Miss Suika firsthand how it worked, after all? Most people might be worried about being presumptuous, or just plain rude, but that didn't seem like something Murasaki needed to be worrying about with Miss Suika. She was cool, and Murasaki doubted she'd take this the wrong way.
“My bankai won't really help with that, though. It's not really about that at all, but I can still show you that too, and honestly, I would really, really like to. It's like I said, I don't really know too much about the Gotei right now. I didn't even know about all the big changes there were, so I figure you want as full a picture as I can paint ya here.” There was a fire in Murasaki's eyes now, one that marked an undeniable drive and a stunning amount of purpose
. She knew what she wanted. “But I want to help out the best I can, and I really think that I have what it takes to be a leader, Miss Suika. I know the whole Earth like the back of my hand, and I think I know more about swords than almost anyone. But this is something that only I can do, and I think it would be such a big help, you know? I know there are a ton of people who just can't quite figure out their zanpakuto, whether it be the real name or their releases or just how to handle it right, and I can help with that.”