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~ A Bleach/XXXholic Crossover ~
By aishuu
Note: Thanks to sache for being a great beta on this, and sophiap for egging me on. This is set in the "Butterfly's Web" universe, to be co-written with Sophia Prester, but serves as a stand alone drabble.



Ukitake has the luxury of appointing his own vice captain; it is why Kaien has had no successor.

There are tests for vice captain to make sure a captain doesn't chose someone incapable of performing the work, but first the captain must elect to let that person test for it. Without the captain's approval, the highest a shinigami can aspire is third seat – unless they disagree so fervently with the captain that they try to overtake him. It's a system of checks and balances, one Ukitake finds elegant and subtle. Both Kiyone and Sentaro have volunteered to take the test, but Ukitake will not approve of either candidate. He knows them better than they know themselves.

It only takes a trip to Tokyo to confirm what kind of character someone has. He has likely looking officers escort him to the city to shop at a store whose location he's not quite sure of. He claims to recall going to the nicest little niche store that looks like it's really a traditional Japanese house. They'll know the place by a fence with plenty of spirit power in it.

They meander for a while before Ukitake takes a turn down a certain street. He sees an empty lot, and proceeds to walk on, but with only one exception, all his candidates have suggested this might be the shop he's looking for.

And then he knows that this person is another who will not suit him.

Kaien was the only one who hadn't paused. Curious, Ukitake had asked if he could see. "There's nothing there but weeds, captain," Kaien snorted. "Maybe we should be getting you back."

The next day, Kaien received the armband of 13th's lieutenant.

Someday, Ukitake hopes he finds another man who won't see a quaint little shop, someone strong enough to work through problems on his own. Someone strong enough to make his own solutions, even if the problem doesn't have any.

Someone like Kaien.
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From:tdei
Date:May 23rd, 2006 02:54 am (UTC)
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Whoo! Real nice. I liked the content and the writing is great per usual. =) ♥
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From:aishuu
Date:May 24th, 2006 08:13 pm (UTC)
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Thanks, I like Ukitake and Kaen quite a bit myself.
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From:tjalorak
Date:May 23rd, 2006 04:54 am (UTC)
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Ohhh. Very nice. I wonder if the shop owner realizes what her shop is being used for ... and whether she cares/charges for that service. ^^
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From:aishuu
Date:May 24th, 2006 08:14 pm (UTC)
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I think she might view it as advertising. Gotta give samples sometime!
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From:incandescens
Date:May 23rd, 2006 09:17 am (UTC)
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Very nice! Elegantly done.
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From:aishuu
Date:May 24th, 2006 08:14 pm (UTC)
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Glad you liked!
From:barryr
Date:June 9th, 2006 02:43 am (UTC)
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Hey, I had a bit of a question that's unrelated.. (though this post is nice as always) ^^ but um, are there any plans to continue Nyctalopia? It's sort of the one I'm waiting for, though I'm reading a few of your fics in general, that was the one that really interested me. Just kind of being curious because it's going to be a year soon, I hope I'm not breaking any rules by asking ^^;;
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From:aishuu
Date:June 9th, 2006 03:01 pm (UTC)
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It's in the works.
From:barryr
Date:June 9th, 2006 09:28 pm (UTC)
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Yayness! ^_^
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From:alaceron
Date:June 26th, 2006 01:14 pm (UTC)
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Oh, just wow.