Artist: n/a - Song: n/a”So she was responsible for the sense of solace, interesting.”
Raijin’s voice cut through the darkness of Magnolia’s inner world. His rich, deep cadence, a note of familiarity. It brought a sense of solace to Magnolia as she listened to the words that were said. A subdued blanket of darkness lingered in her gaze as she thought about those words. Of the nightmares, and a soft sigh escaped her lips. Still, that personal turmoil didn’t escape to her exterior. Only that glimmer in her eyes, and the small smile that curled upon the corners of her lips.
Magnolia crossed the threshold she had been lingering on, hand slipping back to her side as she crossed the space between them in a few, serene steps. The light clunking of her geta against the old, polished wood dissipated as they came into contact with the courtyard grass. Almost as if it was an errant thought, her thoughts were caught by the notion that lay in Saiko’s words. How she spoke of using her power for a gentler purpose, of using it to help mend and bring solace to others. It was a noble thing, and it spoke volumes of the caliber of person she was. Magnolia could feel the tenseness in her muscles slipping away, after all, even someone stained black in sin could be hiding true goodness within if they could wish so deeply for such a humble purpose.
Was she deserving of such a thing? She didn’t know, and that unsurety left her feeling hungry for absolution, even if she knew it remained out of reach, always out of reach. That thought however was quickly banished from her mind. When she was good and ready, she would face that question herself. For now though. ”That is noble of you. I can respect your resolve.”
Magnolia’s words were laced with the steel that often filled her voice. There was a valiance there, but also an intensity. A more timid person might find it intimidating, or rude, but that was just how Magnolia was. She was a warrior, and had lived her life as such. She wouldn’t try to change that for anyone.
When Saiko introduced herself, it garnered the smile upon her face growing a little more. Common edicate meant slightly different things for her than most after all. A name was more than such, it was an Oath, and even a means of connecting. In giving Magnolia her name, she had started those first steps to forging a bond with the woman, whether she knew it or not. ”Well met Saiko. I am Magnolia, Vice-Captain of Realm Enforcement. “
Magnolia greeted her as such because it was her formal greeting. The one she extended to all members of the Gotei United in her capacity as Vice Captain. She’d pause before the smile upon her face gentled, and a small sparkle glimmered in her golden eyes. ”But please, call me Magnolia okay? Or if you can think of one, nicknames too are acceptable.”
This was her informal greeting. The one that was extended outside of her capacity as Vice Captain of Squad One.
Once greetings had been given, and names were exchanged. Magnolia’s thoughts wandered back to Saiko’s statement on power. On just how strong they were in comparison to everything else. How unlike others, a careless action could mean calamity. Magnolia’s eyes dulled faintly as she nodded some. ”Yes, there are few that are as strong as us. Yet that power comes with it a heavy responsibility, one that sometimes feels downright crushing.”
Magnolia spoke of the pressure of being a pillar for the Gotei. Not a spiritual pillar like their captain commander, but rather a pillar of strength. The kind of strength required in crisis, but not always in times of peace.”Tell me, what does strength mean to you?”
Magnolia asked softly to the fair-skinned maiden that stood beside her, Magnolia’s golden eyes contemplatively roving the gotei’s landscape as she thought more about what strength to her atleast, truly meant.