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He'd been summoned to the First Division, before the new Captain Commander. Jaeden's records were clear and his family ties were also. Iriko Crow his brother, Tiamat his sister, with another brother and his son. All were disposed of and gone now from the world. He was the last one left of that family and his guilt by relation was easy.
He'd not stopped Iriko or protected him as a boy. It was his failure from the beginning of it all. He'd just failed in general from the moment he met Kaminari. His duty as a Captain was filled with nothing but failures. At least by his marking, they were failures. Higher-ups may have looked at numbers and saw other things. Jaeden had led the Vizardo Corps first Squadron for a while. Being considered a good teacher and the first one on the scene due to his speed.
But it still made his blood run cold, to be summoned by Captain-Commander Hayden Kyoraku. Would she summon him to execute him? That thought didn't feel that bad, his deeds against Hebi weren't much. He cut off the Doctor's arm and saved a girl. He tried his best to take the situation under control.
But sadly Captain Shinryu had other ideas and thought to sacrifice the girl. The thought disgusted him and his code of honor. How could you give up someone's future for a chance to strike? Captains needed to lay down their lives for the underlings. Perhaps Jaeden had outlived his usefulness.
His way hadn't saved his family, the men in his Division, or even that girl. Glum and guilt were the things on his mind often. This was Jaeden's cross and he bore it on his back heavily. Despite its weight as he came into the first Division. He made no effort to escape or run away. He made no plan to escape this was the judgment brought.
For the sins of a Captain-Commander such as Iriko were heavy, if his blood could dispel the dishonor on Iriko it was a worthy goal. Jaeden would sacrifice for his family what he could. If his head could settle this debt it was an easy price to pay. Dying to take Hebi out had been his original plan. But the girl is in danger made his instincts kick in. She had a future to protect unlike him.
He could feel the stir of his inner hollow within his bones. The feeling of that creature going through his veins felt comforting. Almost like the hand of a parent on a frightened child's shoulders. The only thing left to do was open these large doors. As his hands rested there for a moment. Jaeden paused, it wasn't fear but the idea. How many had come through these doors unaware of what awaited them?
How many stood here and entered into oblivion before him? Taking a breath he pushed open the door. And set himself down on one knee and his sword to his side. Bowing his head low as he said the sentence, he'd prepared for. "You summoned me Captain-Commander?"