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18 July 2012 @ 02:37 am
Elemental Eye Colors (Caricature Series, II) [Hitsguaya Toushirou, Yamamoto]  
Title: Elemental Eye Colors (Caricature Series, II)
Character:  Kenpachi & Yachiru
Fandom: Bleach
Genre: Varies
Rating: PG
Summary: Irony in the name of the greater good. Character studies on the captains of the Gotei 13, featuring an associated TV Trope label for each.

I. Komamura Sajin
II. Hitsugaya Toushirou
III. Zaraki Kenpachi


Hitsugaya: Elemental Eye Colors

What a bizarre child, Yamamoto thinks.

Cursorily, he inspects the new captain of the 10th Division. Short, dainty, Hitsugaya Toushirou was—well, ineloquently put—rather uninspiring. Savvy (reputed to be a genius) yet banal. Forgettable.

Except for his age, which isextraordinarily young. And perhaps the peculiar, pale luster to his eyes.

Before their first encounter, Yamamoto had already (correctly) guessed the boy's zanpakutou type. Easy and straightforward.

The boy isn't one to play games.

"Show some respect for the Captain-Commander," Soi Fon hisses at the boy.

Raising a skeptical brow, Hitsugaya glares at her but complies (Soi Fon is notorious for her temper). "It's an honor—sir," he grumbles and inclines his head the fraction of an inch.

Agony is the grudging bow of a stubborn child.

For the first time in days, Yamamoto finds himself feeling somewhat cheerful.

--

There's a rumor circulating among the thirteen courts. Yamamoto pretends—à la decorum—not to notice or comment, which is considerably the more difficult of the two.

But he has the keenest ears in Seireitei, is practically legendary for them. And honestly, he can't help but overhear (eavesdropping has such an ugly connotation).

The new boy-caption is reputed to be having a hard time, quote-and-quote, adjusting to his lieutenant.

—Serves him right.

Yamamoto lightly contemplates sending her a letter of thanks. That, or a bottle of sake.

--

When Hitsugaya performed his bankai at his captaincy interview, he was all seriousness and intensity.

Tomorrow, when he is scheduled to demonstrate Hyourinmaru for his division, he'll probably wear that same face. Hard angles and frigid lines and a viperous tongue, the boy thinks himself a king. A god-king, king of the gods.

It's decided. The boy needs to be knocked down a notch—maybe an entire cliff.

And so, Yamamoto generously accepts his request to spar. It's almost cute. The boy has no idea whom he's dealing with.

--

In so many ways, they are different. One is old, the other young. One is composed, the other irascible and vinegary, prone to falling for the infidelity of fury.

But sometimes, Yamamoto thinks that he and the boy are not so different. To start, they both have white hair.

--

On the first Friday of each month, the Captain-Commander hosts a tea ceremony. Attendance is hit or miss (mostly miss). But Yachiru usually pops in about a quarter of the way through to gobble down sweets. Plus, she likes to play with the whisk.

Agitated, Hitsugaya sneaks a peek at Unohana. Statuesque and beautiful, she is the epitome of feminine grace. Damn, that woman can look disturbingly serene. And Captain Kuchiki doesn't seem exactly pained either. Obviously, it's only him who's suffering.

Come to think, he really hates these functions, can't believe that he's here—of all places. He could be doing significantly more productive things, like teasing Momo or hunting down his lazy lieutenant (god knows where thatwoman is). But the invitation had come directly from the Captain-Commander, and he couldn't very well refuse.

At least not this time.

"Is something wrong, Captain Hitsugaya?" Unohana turns to him.

Ominous. He swears her smile just got bigger.

"Uh, nothing. I was just…"

"Lost in thought?" she supplies.

"Yeah. That."

He exhales in relief as she redirects her attention away.

--

"I hear that you've become more comfortable with your subordinates."

Quickly choking down the bite of his red-bean bun, Hitsugaya bows to the Captain-Commander. "Yes, I have—sir."

"It's difficult to inherit a division, but even more so when the division has been without leadership for a while. There's a reason you were selected as a captain."

With that, Yamamoto leaves. His steps are slow but sovereign.

It suddenly dawns on Hitsugaya that he was just praised. Shuddering, he finishes his meal, grateful for the silence.

--

It's been years since the boy joined the Gotei 13, and he hasn't changed much. Yamamoto predicted this.

There remains that constant frost glazed over the boy's eyes—his general demeanor. And he's still short (some things will never change). Still can be a prick, but now, only occasionally. He's become more confident—less of a snot-nosed demon-brat.

Hitsguaya will go far, Yamamoto thinks.



 
 
 
Between the Mountains and the Seaanat_astarte on July 18th, 2012 10:02 pm (UTC)
This is wonderful!
Y U no auto-translate?: v said solye_tea on July 18th, 2012 11:20 pm (UTC)
Thanks. Love your icon, by the way. I recently saw Brotherhood. :)
Between the Mountains and the Sea: FMA SmilingLustanat_astarte on July 19th, 2012 12:40 am (UTC)
Thank you! I've been a fan of Lust since the first anime, and am still a fan with Brotherhood.
I love your icon too!
Y U no auto-translate?: v said solye_tea on July 19th, 2012 01:24 am (UTC)
OT: You seem really cool, and we have a bunch of fandoms in common. Add?

I won't get mad if you refuse. :D
Between the Mountains and the Sea: FMA SmilingLustanat_astarte on July 19th, 2012 02:42 am (UTC)
*beams!* Aww, thanks! You seem really cool too, and talented. Sure, I would be honored! Will add you too if you like! :D
Y U no auto-translate?: v said solye_tea on July 19th, 2012 02:54 am (UTC)
Sweet, adding now. And of course, I'd love it if you added me back. :)

Edited at 2012-07-19 07:33 am (UTC)
exvee: 1 Gordonthe_pursuer on July 19th, 2012 03:34 am (UTC)
Awesome, Troper! Waiting to see more of this series. Yamamoto never struck me as a character that would observe people like that, but your interpreation makes a lot of sense. Komamura's is really good too. Thanks for sharing this!
Y U no auto-translate?: v said solye_tea on July 19th, 2012 07:29 am (UTC)
I have sacrificed my life to TV Tropes. :D

exvee: 1 Gordonthe_pursuer on July 20th, 2012 03:23 am (UTC)
You know what they say, TV Tropes Will Ruin Your Life. XD It certainly already ruined my vocabulary.