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[Audio] | Week 2; Day 2

[There's silence for a while before Rukia begins to speak. Her words are said slowly, and carefully. If anyone is intently listening to what she's saying or knows her voice well, it's easy to hear that she's exhausted (she hasn't slept for almost for days).]

I know I haven't been in contact, but I am fine.

[Another long pause before an exhale is heard. Why did she choose audio and not video? Well, she believed that video would give away her location to Renji and Byakuya and she rather not keep in contact with either of them at the moment. The line above is really for Renji more so than for anyone else.]


[She was going to say something but refrains from doing so. There's a long silence before the Hitomi hits the ground. There's a thud right after this. It's the sound of Rukia hitting the floor in Rin's home.]


Feb. 26th, 2010 05:22 pm (UTC)
[Rin is just coming in from chopping wood outside. She's a little frustrated; the axe is heavy and hard to handle for her, and so she often misses her target and altogether didn't get much done. Strangely, she had to think back to Anotsu Kagehisa and his axe, to when he told her that 'even his thin arms can wield it', if he just goes with the motions of the weapon itself. Maybe she should try that next time.

It's evening now; the evening of the first full day Rukia has spent here. There's an extra bedroom in the house which is now Rukia's and might well be for an indefinite amount of time. Rin has no idea how long Rukia plans to stay here, but she finds she wouldn't really mind if she decided to stay permanently. It's certainly different, like this, and she'll have to get used to it, but it's not at all a negative thing. A bit of company truly goes a long way. Rin feels more secure now.

So she's closing the door and puts the wood she chopped into the stove's opening, getting a fire going. It takes her a while, but she needs to make dinner soon. Her stomach is already growling quietly, making her grimace.

Once the fire is steady, she gets up and down the hall, looking for Rukia in order to notify her that she was making dinner. Then she hears the thud; the unmistakable sound of a large living body hitting a tatami floor (she's heard it often at home, father's students sparring in the training room). It makes her run into the room, where she sees Rukia lying on the floor without much movement.]

Feb. 26th, 2010 08:01 pm (UTC)
[Rukia doesn't respond. There's a good five seconds of no movement, no nothing until she opens her eyes and realizes she's on the ground.]


[She sounds completely confused. She's on the ground. She wasn't on the ground before. And there's this eerie silence as if something's wrong... that she's worried someone. Although she didn't hear Rin call out her name, she only assumes she's there. Rukia's body is heavy and she can't move.. at least how she would like to.]

Rin? [Her words are softly said, but should be loud enough for the girl to hear]
Feb. 26th, 2010 08:14 pm (UTC)
[She's conscious! Rin breathes a sigh of relief, but wastes no time in running up to Rukia and kneeling beside her in order to assess the damage. Upon closer inspection, she seems unharmed, if weakened. Still, she thinks it prudent to ask to be safe.]

Are you all right?
Feb. 26th, 2010 08:24 pm (UTC)
I believe so, yes. [Even though she says that, she hasn't moved. It's that heavy feeling she got once she arrived in Kannagara.]
Feb. 26th, 2010 08:28 pm (UTC)

[Rin puts her palm to her head, and the next words she says without thinking much about them.]

Geez! You did seem exhausted to me when you arrived here yesterday, but I didn't realize it would come this far! Are you sure you're fully healed?

[She looks down at Rukia again and lightly takes put a hand on her shoulder.]

Do you need help getting up, or will you manage?
Feb. 26th, 2010 08:34 pm (UTC)
[Rukia takes a moment to stare at Rin's outburst. It had been some time since she was scolded like that.]

Physically, yes. [And that would be Rin's hint that any other subject matter wasn't 'healed'.]

I think I can-- [She tries to get up... tries. Her body is heavier than she thought. Rukia only managed to sit up a couple inches before...]

I may need some help.
Feb. 26th, 2010 08:39 pm (UTC)
-- oh.

Physically. [Rin comprehends, and gives Rukia a conflicted look. She knows she shouldn't pry -- but on the other hand, Rukia's staying with her. It makes Rin feel kind of responsible. Well, in that case, she should probably hurry and help her guest; so she supports Rukia's body and pushes her upward.]
Feb. 26th, 2010 08:40 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Rin. [She smiles. It's the same one she's been using this whole time. Smile so no one knows nothing's wrong. Smile to be overly nice and direct the attention off her. She sits up now and looks out the window.]

A lot has happened is all.
Feb. 26th, 2010 08:48 pm (UTC)
[Rin still has a hand on her shoulder to support her. Sympathy is plain in her face. They've all been through a lot -- just arriving in its world and learning of its peculiarities is a lot of stress. Adding to that the seemingly difficult family situation Rukia was experiencing and you have a generally very exhausting situation. Not that Rin knew very much about that situation; Rukia hadn't been all that talkative about that one, either. It seemed like she was a very private person. On the one hand, Rin felt she should respect that, on the other hand, a less-nice part of her thought that if Rukia wanted no one to know, she shouldn't make other people worry about her, either. She chose to strike a middle ground with her following words.]

I know that, and I think you're not alone in that experience, not here -- but you really need to take care of yourself, hm?

[For emphasis, she added a smile that she hoped was reassuring.]
Feb. 26th, 2010 08:54 pm (UTC)
I understand. This battle... I already know I was going to lose. [Because think about it. How many can be emotionally and mentally drained and go for four days without sleep? She had been fighting the feeling so long. But she knew she was going to lose. Why even bother?]

I will rest. I have not slept in four days.
Feb. 26th, 2010 09:05 pm (UTC)
Four days?

[Rin looks at her incredulously. There must really be some great turmoil going on within the woman to make her omit sleep for so long. Commendable, in a way... but how was that even humanly possible? But Rin remembered that Rukia was probably not the same kind of human she herself was. She gave Rukia a cautious look and ventured a guess.]

... nightmares?
Feb. 26th, 2010 09:13 pm (UTC)
No. I do not like the idea of my dreams being broadcast. Right now, it's the reason as to why I left my brother's care. I feel I have destroyed what little relationship we have. [She pulled her knees into her chest.]

I can not keep my outside personality in check if the things I feel or think or being displayed.
Feb. 26th, 2010 09:19 pm (UTC)
Ah... so that's what you meant.

[Rin makes a short pause.]

I can't say I haven't thought about doing the same thing, but I'm afraid I don't have the kind of self-discipline something like that requires. [And here, she rubs the back of her head and laughs sheepishly, only to get a little more serious again.]

But really, even if you're a shinigami, it's obviously not healthy to deny yourself your rest like that.
Feb. 26th, 2010 09:22 pm (UTC)
It's not often that I do this, if ever. At least, not in this state. [She knows she's in the wrong. She looks at Rin.]

I know. I was being selfish and I have to pay the consequences of my actions.
Feb. 26th, 2010 09:35 pm (UTC)
Nonsense. What you have to do is let yourself be fed right now and sleep later.

[Rin's expression allows absolutely no protest, this time. Her hands are stemmed onto her waist to emphasize her resolution.]

I was going to tell you that I'm making dinner now, anyway. And once you're truly well again, you can help me figure something out. Something to do about this whole situation. Because there's gotta be a solution -- there's just gotta be!

[Is that Rin shaking her fist in the air? Why yes, it is. She is super fired up!]
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