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19 July 2012 @ 04:59 am
Fear and Trembling [Byakuya, Äs Nödt]  
Title: Fear and Trembling
Character: Byakuya, Äs Nödt
Fandom: Bleach
Genre: Horror, Suspense
Rating: PG
Word Count: 458

**SPOILERS** for Chapter 501






Fear and Trembling


Fear and trembling have beset me; horror has overwhelmed me.

        —Psalms 55:5

"When the tried patriarch felt his end approaching, after having fought his battles and preserved his faith, he was still young enough at heart not to have forgotten the fear and trembling…"

        —Kierkegaard



Spiked

-in through the heart.

He is impaled.

Äs Nödt suspends over, poised for destruction. He is cool and knowing and calculates the passing of time. He waits exactly three seconds before striking. There is elegance to the art of annihilation, this tricky absurdity that feigns escape

—erose and lurid, reeking of decay.

The moths devour along a hell-bent craze. Paced, beat, they consume by the whole. Rapaciously, they gnaw off slivers of flesh and lap up bloody sweat.

Embalmed (absolved), Byakuya sees something riding—astride, a black knight on a pale horse. Enshrouded, the figure bares its face on the verge of a scream. Ugly, ghastly, and gruesome (head colliding in vertigo) the rider approaches sword-swinging.

Closing his eyes, Byakuya orders himself not to be afraid. It is all an illusion, a perverse manifestation of his mind. Again, he reaches for his sister, trying not to think of her mangled face. There is no one (nothing) there.


        The fear of fear in the fear of death is the death of fear.

Determined, he will subdue it.

(trembling in shattery bones)

"Why do you still resist?"

Äs Nödt sinks his hand further into Byakuya's chest, poisoning the heart. Here, Äs Nödt is told, is the origin of nightmares. And in waste, putrefying on a hot asphalt-field, he will rend open the lungs. Snip, he severs the organs individually—beautifully.

Äs Nödt is meticulous in his craft (techné likes nothing short of perfection).

"I'm sure breathing is nearing impossible for you by this point."

There is reason to madness, rationale to anxiety.

"This? I have explained to you. This is the truth to fear."

Pure, refined, it likes to claw. Has a nasty temper and is an ignoble foe (never cared for upfront tact). Crawls inside your innards to make a nest and slowly eats you from the inside. Decomposition is a game: takes a while and sometimes not, but will always leave you guessing.

Don't you realize? Goddam, thought you were better than the rest.

"I can make you feel and perceive anything."

Can, have and already crippled you.

Spitting out a coil of blood, Byakuya grips Äs Nödt by the neck and brings him in. Senbonzakura circles above like the imminent rising of a crucified corpse. Luminous, the blades shiver and convulse and down they approach. Astonished but amused, Äs Nödt straightens his arms and slams back.

"I will see you die."

Byakuya is ready. And so

-it ends.



 
 
 
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Y U no auto-translate?: v said solye_tea on July 19th, 2012 09:59 am (UTC)
Too early to tell. (He better not die, dammit.) There's speculation going around that he might die cos it's the last arc and le good guys have started to be killed off already. Bleach is getting really fucking good, especially the last two chapters. 501 totally reaffirmed my ByaRuki fangirly heart.

Probably. I can't remember all the attack motiffs Kubo's stuck in there. :D
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Y U no auto-translate?: v said solye_tea on July 19th, 2012 10:21 am (UTC)
Yeah shit's getting real this time. I have a feeling that a lot of characters will die so the Royal Guard can be "properly" introduced. But it just can't be Byakuya or Ukitake or Shinji or Urahara Everyone else can suck it.

How far behind are you? I say plow through it (just think of teh incesty possibilities). :D

Fandom takes the supremacy cake. Who cares about medication or nourishment? Even sleep is inferior.
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Y U no auto-translate?: v said solye_tea on July 19th, 2012 08:36 pm (UTC)
Mayuri will never die. That bastard is immortal. Literally.

Oh you're not too far behind. Honestly, start with Chapter 480 and just skip the Fullbring Arc entirely. It was pointless. Ichigo got his powers black, big happy reunion moment with the Gotei 13, blah blah.

Between the Mountains and the Sea: Bleach Byakuyaanat_astarte on July 20th, 2012 12:32 am (UTC)
I gotta admit, I read this fic when it first went up and my brain just stopped so I couldn't comment at the time. XD *cries* I don't want Byakuya to die!! Great fic, it killed me too!

I have to admit, I didn't read the Fullbring arc but I did watch the battle between Byakushi (tee hee Yachiru is too cute!) and Tsukishima (fandom friends, I am still searching for fic for these two, got any recs? XD) and loved it. Hopefully Byakuya pulls through this one too.

Y U no auto-translate?: v said solye_tea on July 20th, 2012 12:37 am (UTC)
If Byakuya dies, I'm divorcing Bleach and marrying One Peace. HE. JUST. CANNOT!!! Of all the people Kubo can kill -- oh god, I am going to be in happy, blissful, ignorant denial.

T_________________________T

(My emotional state is very fragile right now, kindly excuse any bursts of insanity.)

The only highlight of the Fullbring Arc was Byakuya's battle with Tsukushima. I haven't searched much found any good fics for those two though...
drabbleandfluff: Blu-Byadrabbleandfluff on July 20th, 2012 08:24 am (UTC)
FUCK. THIS IS AMAZING.

I LOVE YOUR IMAGERY AND WORDS, THE SHORT PHRASING, THE WAY YOU USE PARAGRAPHS!!! I want to rub myself all over this fic! I know, fucking inappropriate, but what about this whole situ isn't??

Brilliant, you are! XD
Y U no auto-translate?: v said solye_tea on July 20th, 2012 03:39 pm (UTC)
Thanks! :3

This whole war is getting ridiculous. I DON'T WANT HIM TO DIIEEEE!!!