ENTER THE WATER DRAGON
”I suppose like father like daughter.”
Artist: Pink - Song: Luv - Word Count: 728
It was indeed interesting, and a pleasant surprise to say the least. Throughout the years, specially during her childhood, everyone commented on how similar she appeared to her mom in regards to appearance. She was certainly Lisa’s daughter. From her tall, womanly figure to the shape and contours of her face, even right down to the way she behaved at times. In fact, not long before she became appointed to the Soul King’s Royal Guard, her standard attire used to resemble a sort of outfit that highly mimicked her mother’s. She still wore that outfit from time to time since she still owned several copies. However, recently it was more of an occasional habit when she traveled to the world of the living. For the time being, the look of her Royal Guard attire was pleasant and serious enough to strike a balance of pride and content both on herself and most who’d seen her.
”I’m sure I could, but I meant more for you. It seems like you could use her company, or anyone else’s for that matter.”
It was also in part the reason why she had gone in the first place. She knew her father was trying very hard to fill the shoes that old man Yamamoto left centuries ago. And while Shunsui was doing a great job thus far, he needed to be careful not to burn out. Regardless of position or strength, it was wise to allow others to take the burden, even if only momentarily, to regain composure and keep going. Aiko wasn’t particularly accepting of the advice herself, but she had more of a do as I say, not as I do
mentality. And besides, it would do her father well to spend some time with a lady like he used to. Yea, his daughter’s company would have helped, but he needed something else, be it from her mother or someone else entirely. She could be wrong though.
Aiko had not said a word when her father pulled out the tobacco. Frankly, at first, she did sort of pass judgement if only ever so slightly. After all, while such an item should not be able to harm his health, she was aware that at least in the world of the living, it was widely thought to be a leading cause to terminal diseases. And while Aiko had always been one to live free, and wish the same onto others, at the same time she wished nothing but health for her family and those she loved. As he produced the peculiar smoke and explained what it did however, all her worries were gone. It stood to reason that such a particular item would have been crafted in rather particular ways. And it also stood to reason that with unnatural abilities, and an unnatural spirit energy, it would have unnatural
results. There was little to no chance of the tobacco causing ill effects for her father, and that’s all that mattered to her.”Those are actually really cool. I’m impressed dad.”
And she was indeed. The idea that potentially powerful items were disguised and used as everyday casual items was simply ingenious. It was the same principle behind her sealed zanpakuto. To the untrained and unfamiliar eye, it would seem as though Aiko was always without one, much like one of her former mentors, Yoruichi. Instead, most did not know that her zanpakuto was actually with her at all times. Disguised as the gloves she wore, they were a way to diminish the aggressive or daunting footprint she possessed, while still allowing her to be up and ready for any sort of potentially hostile scenario. ”By the way dad, anything new here…?”
The tone of her voice was strikingly different when she asked that question. There was even a little less smiling and a little more seriousness as she did. Of course, by here
, she meant Seireitei. While the Royal Guard was kept in the know about most things that went on in Soul Society, the details were usually kept hidden to all but the Captain Commander and its Captains. Of course, Aiko wasn’t trying to get her father to divulge any secrets that were thought to remain as so. Instead, she was simply inquiring about details she may not have heard of but that could be of crucial importance. On her end, there were issues of her own. There was a force that rivaled and threatened the Soul King and the Royal Guard, and they were growing in numbers and power rather quickly. Unfortunately, in Seireitei, most did not know what occurred at the Soul Palace, and as such would likely be unaware of the most current and prevalent dangers and threats to the Soul King.