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l'Aurore de la Félicité Universelle [Ulv/Julian]
Tue Jan 21, 2020 5:43 pm
Julian St. Vendemiaire, for the second time in his life, did not know what to do. He was perhaps lucky that the facade he had spent so long building remained intact, else everyone around might have seen right away that nearly nothing remained inside of him. But behind that smile was a heart which had simply burned to ash. Perhaps it had done so all those years ago, and only now had a breeze come to blow it away. He wasn't sure. It didn't matter.
He went about his business, he continued to pursue learning in kido and to entrench himself in the culture of the Gotei. The man was, by all accounts, still rather emblematic of a promising young shinigami. With the changes that the Captain Commander had brought into place, most saw everything Julian did as a sign that her judgment had been correct, that the people of the Rukongai could genuinely be quite intellectual, more than peasantry. Julian did not hear any of it, for all that ran through his mind was reprimand. Of himself, of Justice, of-
Oh, how the third voice tore him asunder, in those few moments he had only to himself.
"You swore to bring the people their freedom, to give them a new life. You have taken too long. Someone else has already done what you never could. How typical, that you could not keep your word when it mattered most."
"Oho, dear Julian~ You and I, soon, will be the last two within this book. Do you think the others will keep their blades? Perhaps they will even turn them upon you~ Their lives so much improved, a radical like you would be nothing but a threat."
"What happened, papa? Why couldn't you protect me? Why couldn't you avenge me?"
Even as these thoughts cascaded through him, Julian simply walked through the Gotei as serenely as ever. Out of nothing more than habit, he kept routine, kept his face. And yet, behind his smile, the only way he could describe this feeling was...hollow.
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