Abalia Kyoraku-Hayden was a woman who had spent a vast majority of her life in in the pursuit of rightful duty. A woman who had spent over 20 years without a single moment to herself. Even now her life was comprised of nothing more than the work she performed. It occurred to Abalia that, in all of her time pursuing this, none had ever so flagrantly insulted her. She was not actually upset by it, given that she did not feel such degrees of emotion to begin with. However, the statement was so boldfaced in its nature that "tact" had been taken out of this discourse.
If Sylvia considered her own expression stern, then the crushing weight that now filled the office was infinitely moreso. It was good that those who guarded her were among the best of the best, for even they felt their chests tighten drastically from the overwhelming will of the Captain-Commander. The temperature of the whole room seemed to plummet, glacial was the stare Abalia gave to this woman, and even the few insects who had flown about the room simply fell to the floor, killed by nothing more than her presence. There was no spiritual power here, only the authority of a woman who had spent her life to better the world.
"In my time with the Gotei, I have watched the Vandenreich engage in assaults which have led to the near-annihilation of the Quincy people twice over. I recall the reports of Antarctica's annihilation at the hands of the Kokuryuteshi, as retribution for the hostility undertaken by Ghislain Eberhart. Do you think it prudent that I, a woman who must take into account the whole of the Soul Cycle, and the well-being of all within the Soul Society, ally myself with a people so apparently self-destructive?
"I will not tell my men and women to lay down their lives for the safety of a group who has proven itself incompetent in the past, Captain Brauer. I have already taken a great risk in allowing you to move through our lands. And if my men and women have failed in their duties, then I will correct it. They will receive the necessary disciplinary action for such egregious action outside their duty to the Soul Cycle. But do not accuse me of allying with Hollows, simply for refusing to so openly provoke Shadow Fall."
Abalia's gaze remained firmly centered on Sylvia, and it did not lessen in its inhuman intensity in the slightest bit. However, she unsteepled her fingers now, and looked through the drawer of her desk for the reports she had received on Sofia Montero. Placing them onto the table, they contained only the most cursory of information, quite a bit of the more relevant detail already redacted with thick lines of black ink.
"Speak with Captain Kuro Okami of the Fifth Division. I leave it to his discretion what information to share with you."