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    Post by Serenity on Sat Apr 30, 2016 10:14 pm



    Sakura's appartment wasn't big. It was small and quaint. Now she shared it with someone fascinating. When she woke up, she slipped out of bed, got dressed, and cooked as quietly as she could. Once she had his plate ready, she placed it under a glass container to keep warm and ate while writing up a note. "Decided to train a little early today. If you need me, I'll be at the Ninth Division's training grounds." Once she was done eating, she left the note on top of his food and left with her Zanpakutō on her hip. The sun was barely rising when she decided to leave, but it would be up soon. It was a cool day, but that would change later. Sakura remembered today was going to get hot.

    Sakura was wearing a more modern exercise outfit. The pants were tight, stretchy, and had two light pink lines down the sides while the rest was black. She wore black well-made running shoes and a white tank top. The training grounds were empty like she thought they would be. It was embarrassing having to train with others. She started off with stretching and made sure to limber up. After she went on for a ten minute run, did sit-ups, pull-ups, push-ups, and was finally ready to get to the more fun training. Well, the training she had the most difficult time with. She was a fit woman, so she barely worked up a sweat, but the moment she went to her Zanpakutō, she sat down and stared at it.

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    Ryuunosuke was glad that yesterday was over. Dealing with the new Captain-Commander was an experience, and he still did not get an answer to his question. Why did Tsubine step down? There had to be a good reason. However, the fact he was to be married to his successor... Ryuunosuke shook his head. No, it wasn't proper. He read the note Sakura left for him and narrowed his eyes. Grabbing a bokken (a wooden training sword) he had requisitioned from the First Division, Ryuunosuke followed Sakura. He got to see the end of her stretching. She was attractive, and the tight pants were as well. Ryuunosuke thought of saying something, but instead he watched. She had decent form for someone of her rank.

    As she finished, Ryuunosuke shunpo'd in front of her. He was somewhat cross, and his face showed it. "Did we not agree that I would train you? What are you doing out here alone?" Ryuunosuke placed his haori on a nearby bench, neatly folded. "Your physical routine is average at best, and it does cover the basics. You should increase your run for another 5 minutes to best accentuate your workout. Beyond that, adding some light weightlifting would help as well. Thank you for the food, by the way. As it was yesterday, it was delicious." He noticed her holding her Zanpakutō. "Are you wishing for Zanjutsu training, or perhaps are you trying for your Shikai? Do you know its name yet?"

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    Sakura jumped and squeaked in terror when he suddenly appeared. She stared at him with a held breath and laughed it out with a hand over her heart. "You scared the heck out of me!" she said as she stood up and dusted the dirt of her pants. "Average...?" Sakura repeated and gulped, "Run longer... Weight lifting." She nodded and looked around the 'track' she created in her mind. "I'm glad you enjoyed it." she said with a nervous smile. She looked down to her Zanpakutō and clenched her fist around it a bit tighter. "I... have a-a piece... of m-my shikai, but not much else." Sakura looked around the arena, hoping no one else was going to show up. So far, it was just the two of them.

    "And to answer your question... Y-Y-Yes, I know we agreed to you training me, but... F-Frankly, you make me pretty nervous..." she explained and looked around for a moment, "Do you even realize who you are? You were a Captain Commander, okay? I-I-I... I am just some weak... little... girl.. in comparison to you. I-I-I can't keep up with you a-and I can bet that you're going to get annoyed at me. I suck at this. I really do suck at it. I'm trying to get better, but... I'm slow at it and..." she shook her head with her mouth open, trying to say something and then just sighed, "You'll give up on me."

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    Ryuunosuke gave a thoughtful nod. "You are right. I will get annoyed with you. You are also weak in comparison to me. However, you are wrong on one point. Until you give up, I will not give up on you. I am stricter than most other tutors. I will not accept failure, and I will push you past your limits. There will be times that I will have to carry you home because you will have passed out. There will be times that you will vomit while training, and I will still force you to continue. I never once said I'd get you to keep up with me. I said I would train you to be better. If your definition of better is keeping up with me, then I will get you up to that level. But for now, a standard improvement will do just fine. If you are still wanting to do my training, then good. If not, I can't blame you." If she said yes, Ryuunosuke would nod. "Your routine when you start. Do it again."

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    Sakura took a deep breath and stared at him for a moment. "Your training sounds like hell." she stated with another sigh and a hand on her hip, "But the normal stuff isn't helping me, so yes. If you're really up for it, I'd love it if you'd train me." His first orders were to repeat everything she just did, so she dropped to the floor and began her stretches again. She intensified them a bit more, bent a little farther, and held herself in odd positions a little longer, but after she was done, she immediately went for the run. She kept the run up for fifteen minutes, adding on that extra five minutes he told her to.

    Sakura went from there and doubled her push-ups and her sit-ups, but tripled her pull-ups. By the time she was done, she had pushed herself more than she normally did. She stopped and dropped from the bar, leaning over with her hands on her knees while trying to catch her breath. Once she caught her breath, she walked over to him and took in one huge breath. "Okay... So, what now?" Luckily Sakura was pretty fit, so this wasn't too hard to do. Right now, her concentration went to not letting him down.

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    Ryuunosuke watched her push herself more. It was obvious that she was trying harder just because he was there. Good and bad. The good was that she was pushing herself harder. The bad is that it might require Ryuunosuke's presence. He would have to train her out of that. If she was going to be stronger, she didn't need to be stronger because Ryuunosuke was around. He wouldn't always be around for one. And for two, Sakura would be better off having strength for herself. Ryuunosuke was proud to see her add the five minutes on. Then she doubled her pushups and tripled her sit-ups. It was well-done and impressive. He nodded in appgoval as Sakura panted back towards him. "Good. Now, release your Shikai. Once you have done that, I want you to sit down and speak to your Zanpakutō. You can do that, right?"

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    Sakura... tilted... her... head... "Just... talk to her? Yes, I can do that." Sakura sat down and placed her Zanpakutō over her knees. She closed her eyes and began the meditation. Within moments, she was in her spirit world. "Your new master is strange." "Yeah... I'm supposed to talk to you." "About what?" "I don't know. Do you?" "I have no idea, but I'm glad he's pushing you. Your routine has been repetitive and has gotten you nowhere." "I didn't know what else I was supposed to do..." "Ask for help? You never ask anyone for help, but always expect to be there for everyone else. It's a two way street and isn't that what friends are for?" "I don't have any friends!" "And whose fault is that?" "...Mine."

    "I'm not meaning to be too hard on you, but you've stagnated. If you wish to advance, follow your master's lead." "Why do you keep calling him my master?" "Is he not? He is your teacher, your guide... You follow his orders and I've noticed you've cooked for him and allowed him to stay in your home." "That's what you're supposed to do for friends." "But didn't you just say you have none?" Sakura's eyes snapped open as she left her inner world. She stared down at her Zanpakutō for a moment and then up to Ryuunosuke. "I did it..." she said kind of quietly and stood up, Zanpakutō in hand, "I talked to him."

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    Ryuunosuke watched as she meditated. He crossed his arms and waited. She was deep in concentration, a good sign. Sakura had a good connection with her Zanpakutō spirit from what Ryuunosuke could tell, and that would not need to be a focus for her training. It would need to be touched on, as she would need to learn more of her Shikai. Zankensoki would be her focus though. If she could get better at the four Arts, she'd be a decent Shinigami. In Ryuunosuke's eyes, however, she'd be an excellent Shinigami because of the hard work she would have poured into her training.

    Ryuunosuke nodded in approval as she stood up. "Good. Now what did he say? Anything of particular importance?" After getting the answer to that, he'd move on. "Okay, so I have judged many things since I have met you. Your connection with your Zanpakutō, thankfully, is not going to be a focus for training. That is usually the hardest part of training someone, as each person's Zanpakutō is different. Instead, I can focus on teaching you the Zankensoki. With that, you might be able to apply your Zanpakutō in different ways, and those different ways might lead to you unlocking more power within it. So, Sakura, what do you think is your weakest of the Zankensoki?"
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    "Well... Um. He said that I... finally have a friend..." Sakura kept her eyes to the ground and a strong grip on her Zanpakutō when she said that. She doubted that he thought of her as a friend, so it was weird for her to say that. Still, Sakura was hoping it was true. She'd do just about anything for him to be one. "The weakest? Zanjutsu and Hohō... No, wait... I'm worse at Hakuda and Kidō, actually. I'm really bad at all of it, remember?" she explained with an embarrassed blush, barely looking at him now, "I'd like to get better at Zanjutsu since my Zanpakutō's first piece's weapon is a sword."

    "Um... Before we get started again, do you mind me asking you a few questions?" Sakura brought up. If he said no, she'd stay silent, but if she was allowed to, she'd ask the following questions and give him time to answer each one before asking the next. "How long will you be willing to train me? What is your strongest and weakest skill when it comes to the Zakensoki? Before you were Captain Commander, which squad did you lead? How long did it take you to get strong enough to lead the Gotei?" And when the final question came, she'd look away, "How can I become your friend?"

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    "Interesting... I think that is a good improvement." Ryuunosuke didn't know whether it was or not. "You may ask, although I may not have an answer." Her questions were, thankfully, simple. "I will be willing to train you as long as I deem necessary. It could be a week, it could be five years. I will commit to my word. My strongest skill is Kidō. My weakest is probably Hohō at the moment, although my Hakuda isn't too much better. I was not a Captain before becoming the Captain-Commander. I rose through the ranks of the First Division. It took me about 330 years to become the Captain-Commander from when I entered the Shino Academy." The last question had him stuck. "Once your training is complete, then my role as your teacher will be complete. Perhaps then we can be friends. For now, though, I am your teacher and you are my student."
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    He didn't get it, which means he didn't think of her as one. That's fine, she didn't really either. It was her Zanpakutō spirit that had put that idea in her head. "How stupid..." she thought. She asked her questions and added the final one that seemed to stump him for a bit because she hoped it was still possible. "So... anywhere from one week... to five years?" she thought and sighed. She looked disappointed for a moment and then quickly accepted the fact. There was nothing she could do about it, so making a big deal over it was useless. There was only one thing she could do and that was train.

    For the next couple of hours, Sakura pushed herself more than she should have. After those few hours were up and she got her first break, she realized that pushing herself when he was already pushing her was only doubling that. It was painful. Her stomach was in knots and she was having a hard time breathing. Her blood pressure was almost too high and her pulse was way up there. Then they went through until the sun was going down and when he said they were finally done, Sakura fell to her knees and then all the way to the floor with heavy breathing. "It... hurts... so bad." she mumbled. "Can we go home now?" Sakura laid there with her eyes closed, hoping that he would say yes.

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    The training was a success and then some. Ryuunosuke nodded along as she worked harder and harder. Mainly because he pushed her harder and harder. Ryuunosuke couldn't let up on Sakura. If he did, she'd just lapse and fall back into bad habits. And that's what this training was to break. "Good. It is good that you have pain. You have earned your rest. But first, what did you think of your training? Sakura, you did well for your first day. But I'm going to warn you. This was a warm-up. It will get increasingly more difficult as time goes on. Do you still wish to continue?"

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    "Give... me... a moment... please." she said through breaths after he asked his questions. She took a minute or two to completely catch her breath. She'd rather not keep talking from her position on the ground, so when she was ready, Sakura pushed herself up to all fours. She then put one foot under her and forced herself to her feet. She stumbled, caught herself, and stumbled again. She fell over onto a bench and just sat there for a moment before looking to him. She could breathe now, but her body was not in a good place. "You definitely are a strict master and this is harder training than I ever experienced before, but I don't think I can give much else now... Only one day? I'll give you an opinion a week from now." Sakura took a deep breath as a pain shot through her right side, "It's the only way I get a friend, right? Then y-yeah... I have to continue. Don't have a choice... Even if it hurts."

    Sakura stood up and picked up her Zanpakutō. She winced with every movement she made. "L-Let's go home. I need to get dinner on before it gets too late." Sakura said, but wasn't sure if standing was smart. It was her job though, so she'd do it. She began walking back home. Her body was in so much pain that she clenched her jaw to make sure she didn't whine with every step. She didn't ask for help, though she would accept if it was given. "One last question. I like having someone around to talk to. It's even better that you're not a chatter box, but don't seem to mind some casual conversation, so if I asked you to stick around, would you? I mean stick around w-with me... in the apartment."

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    Only way to get a friend? That bothered Ryuunosuke. He didn't say much on it yet. He nodded in agreement to Sakura's want to go home. Her pained, limping steps impressed Ryuunosuke while also bringing a small smile to his face. She will do well. Ryuunosuke picked Sakura up from behind and began carrying her bridal-style. "You have worked hard. Do not think it is my intention to leave you alone. The job of a teacher is to also act as support when the student needs them." There was a smug, impressed smile across his lips. "At the current moment, yes, I will. If something happens and I am needed to based closer to the World of the Living or the First Division, I may reconsider. But right now, I would stick around if you wanted it. You have a quite comfortable couch, if I may say."

    After a moment of silence, Ryuunosuke spoke up again. "Do not think that I will be your only friend. Maybe I should not tell you this, but I think it should be said. This training is also for your mentality towards yourself. You think you are useless, you are not. You think you are weak, you only need training. You think people hate you, they do not. You are nervous because of your fears and anxiety. I will ride you into the ground, destroying those negative feelings you have. Once that is done, you will have many friends. You have a good personality for it—you simply need to break it out."
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    "Eep!" a short squeak came from the little young lady as she was lifted from her feet. She couldn't help but blush over the way he was carrying her. "This has never happened before..." she thought as they walked along. So he would stick around if she asked? Now, to get the courage to ask something like that. Even though it was implied, she doubted that either of them would take that obvious hint. "It's the most expensive thing in my apartment for that reason." Sakura said with a shy smile. Sakura relaxed a bit more in his arms. Keeping her body tense was causing her more pain than she liked.

    If this were an anime, Sakura would have gotten a bloody nose. So he was going to ride her into the ground? Hehe, fun. She stared at him while he told her all of that. Once he finished, she fell silent for a few moments. "I've always been useless and weak... Mom always told me so. If your own Mom says it, it has to be true. I tried feeling otherwise, but everyone and everything else kept proving me wrong and her right. I don't know how else to think anymore." she explained, staring at her fingers as she fiddled with them, "You don't like people who give up, but... I gave up a long time ago. I killed myself when I was human. With Mom telling me those things and me believing in heaven and hell, I thought my suffering would end, but it didn't... I just came here to feel it more. I hate being this way..."

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    Ryuunosuke eyed her as they walked. She was not only an odd case, but she was a hopeful one. He remained stone-faced as she explained, and only once she finished did he speak up. "You take the negative things people say to heart while ignoring anything positive. Was there not someone who said you were a kind young lady? Was there not someone who complimented your looks? Was everything everyone said to you negative? Of course it was not, Sakura. You gave up as a human, but then you didn't give up when you came here. If you had given up then, I would have been disappointed in you now. But you didn't. There is something that caused you to go ahead, forcing your way into this world of undeath."

    "You wanted to get to a better start, and you have. There are people that would beg for the chance to kill themselves but couldn't. You had a choice, and you took it. Was it the best choice? Of course not. Modern Christianity thinks that those who commit suicide either go to hell or purgatory. Your suffering would only continue. But here, you are allowed to rebuild and have a better life. You just don't have the skills to build it yet. You have the materials laid out, but no instructions. I will teach you what you need to know to not need guidance through everything, and you will end up with a better life because of it. I can guarantee it."

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    The two of them finally walked up to her apartment and made their way inside. Sakura would ask to be sat down on her bed or at the dining table. When he asked about the positive things said, Sakura just kept shaking her head. "I don't remember." All she could remember was her Mom and how cruel the one person that she wanted to love her was. Was she really that blind to everyone else around her? Sakura couldn't look at him, but she found herself clenching his shihakusho with one hand. She trembled while trying to hold back her tears, but they kept coming out. "I just want to be worth something... I want to be needed." Sakura kept her head lowered so her bangs would block the sad face she was making. Her tone showed she was crying, but she didn't want him looking at her face. "I just want to be happy for once... You're my last chance." she said as she wiped her tears and looked to him with a clean face, "If someone with your skill and methods can't get me to where I want to go, then I doubt anyone in either world can... I can't mess this up. I won't do it. It's the only way."

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    "I will tell you... Being needed isn't as grand as you'd think. Being wanted is better. Being needed is implying that you're the only choice. Being wanted means that someone else sees something in you and desires to have you. There is a difference, and I think you would prefer being wanted over being needed." Ryuunosuke gave an approving nod to himself. "I am glad you have such determination, Sakura. If I am your last chance, then I will be sure to train you harder than I initially thought of doing. If you want to be worth something, then I will make you worth something. You will be happy, not from your strength, but from your confidence that you will gain." "Promise?" "It is a promise."

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