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Fanfic: Where the Heart Is

Title: Where The Heart Is
Fandom: Bleach
Characters: Starrk, Lilynette, Jyuushiro, Shunsui, Yachiru, Zaraki
Rating/Warnings: Uhm... G, I guess, even with respect to language... work and everything safe.
Word Count: 2600 +/-
Beta'ed by: mysocalledhell
Author's Note: For theablackthorn's birthday. Sorry it's so late, sweet. Her prompts were Juushiro/Shunsei/Stark and "Happy Birthday Stark". Yeah, I spell names funny, just staying consistent with my own rhyme and reasons.
Disclaimer: I do not own Bleach or its characters. I do not make any money off these writings.



Coyote Starrk stood in the middle of a crowd of people. Being able to simply stand there, feel people brush against him, hear their laughter and conversations, and see their faces, frightened him. He wondered how long they'd last.

He was surrounded by people. Ever since he'd been cleansed, sent back to Soul Society, he kept wondering when the people would start dying around him. The physical hole had filled, but his mind was still catching up to the heart that now beat within his chest. Lilynette ran up and hugged him about the waist, her chin not even as high as his heart. He gently wrapped his arm around her slender body, and she smiled.

"They're all still alive," she said with a grin.

"They are," he said, trying to tamp down how frightened he was for all those innocents about him.

"And they don't die even if I play with them!" This time she laughed, and he found himself smiling.

There was a shout and another string of firecrackers went off. The constant crack of small explosions sounded all around them. It was Rukongai's 17th District's New Years celebration. The various districts had different practices, but the higher numbered ones were safe and clean enough that some of the Captains that liked it a little rougher than the capitol's celebrations, left the White City's walls and came out for festivals as they were celebrated by everyone else.

Kids ran by, and when Lilynette caught a glimpse of Yachiru's pink hair, she skipped after with a laugh.

"I'll be back!" she called and ran after the pack of children with a shout of laughter.

Starrk shook his head, bemused. People hadn't died in the weeks they'd been there. That was the longest he'd been around anyone other than the Arrancar and those in power in Hueco Mundo, and that had been an entirely different atmosphere.

"She looks very happy." Ukitake Jyuushiro came up beside him.

Starrk just nodded, not sure he could put his feelings into words that would make sense to someone who had never been Hollow. "I think she is."

"Mm... enjoying the festivities?" Kyouraku Shunsui's low voice made Starrk smile, and he turned to give a small bow.

Shunsui had been the one that struck the final blow. The only one finally strong enough to defeat Starrk and take them both down, and Starrk had found himself oddly grateful for that fact. He had wondered if he should hold a grudge, but after going drinking, napping, and shopping with Shunsui, he'd found a kindred spirit. Someone like enough that they often found themselves saying the same things to Lilynette, Nanao, or Jyuushiro.

Shunsui was the one that gave Starrk the sympathetic look. "It is amazing, isn't it? With all the things and people lost, all the pain available in so many ways, all the loneliness in the world, and all the circumstances that could be so bad, they all seem so happy."

Starrk gave a rough laugh. "You understand."

Shunsui shrugged. "Perhaps I marvel. It seems as much a part of the human spirit to be able to be happy in the worst of circumstances as it is to be miserable in the best of them."

Jyuushiro watched the two of them as if watching a tennis match. He laughed at the last. "Well, you'd better not be miserable with what happens next, or Yachiru will be very disappointed in us all."

"Hm?" Starrk asked, a little startled at even the mild threat behind Jyuushiro's words.

"This way..." Jyuushiro walked into the crowd. Starrk was amused to feel the Captain unfurling his power before him, so that everyone stepped out of their way quickly.

Shunsui walked with Starrk, his head down so that the hat shaded his eyes.

"All right, what's up?" Starrk asked.

Shunsui chuckled. "It's supposed to be something of a surprise, but it's how we used to do things. The last few centuries have made this practice moot, but it's nice to have tradition to fall back to when we have nothing else."

Starrk frowned at the obscured hints in the bigger man's talk. "You're making no sense to me at all."

"Was I supposed to?" Shunsui asked gently, turning his head just enough for Starrk to catch a glimpse of dark brown eye.

Starrk laughed. "I suppose not."

They were headed to a garden on the edge of the public park that they'd all first met up in. The snow still shone in the shadows, and the only green things were the bamboo. They headed toward an alcove surrounded by the fluttering green. The first thing Starrk sensed was the immense reiatsu of Zaraki. Even with his eye patch on, the man's reiatsu had cleared that part of the park.

As they came around the edge of the plants, Stark could see that one end of the table was piled high with gifts, the other end was mostly covered with a giant white cake. Scrawled across the cake were the words, "Happy Birthday, Starrk and Lilynette!"

Starrk stopped in his tracks. "Birthday?"

"Lilynette didn't remember any date associated with when she came to be," Jyuushiro said quietly.

"So we thought we'd go with older tradition, where everyone celebrated the next year of their age at the New Year," Shunsui finished. "It's been updated."

Zaraki snorted. "Yachiru figured she knew what ta get. So we let her pick. Hope yer girl likes it, too."

"Birthday..." Starrk breathed, and huffed a soft laugh. "A birthday party, even. That's..."

Lilynette and Yachiru came barreling into the grove giggling like mad. Neither seemed at all affected by Zaraki's power. Lilynette noticed the table, noticed what was on the table, and her eyes grew big like saucers. She looked up at Starrk, and he saw tears in her eyes. He chuckled as she drew close to him, and he pulled her close to him and hugged her warmly.

"Happy Birthday!" Yachiru crowed, and Lilynette blushed happily hugging her hard.

Then the two of them started chanting, "Cake! Cake! Cake!"

Jyuushiro laughed, and pulled out a small box of candles. He put one blue candle and one pink one. "One for each of you, for this first new year you've seen with us since your cleansing."

He lit them, and everyone sang a song that Starrk didn't know. Lilynette and Starrk bent to blow the small flames out. Everyone clapped. They all settled to cake and ice cream, coffee and tea for the adults, fruit punch for the kids.

The cake was a lovely cream cake, with a nice yellow egg sponge for the cake itself, ripe strawberries nestled in pure whipped cream between the layers, all covered with a simple white whipped cream frosting. Not too sweet, it tasted wonderful with both tea and sips of Shunsui's cold, slightly sweet sake.

"Present time!" Yachiru announced when she determined that they were all done with their cake by the simple expedience of threatening to eat whatever she found.

"Skinny!" she addressed Starrk. "Sit here, by Lilynette so I don't have to go as far!"

He obediently got up and settled next to Lilynette, and was surprised to find that Yachiru deposited a brightly covered package in his lap at the same time she found one for the other part of his soul.

He watched Lilynette open hers to find a delicate spray of silk snowdrops set in a hair clasp. She squealed with delight, and to Starrk's surprise, it was Zaraki who came over to set the spray in her hair. His big scarred fingers working delicately at the clasp to perch them just above Lilynette's right ear.

At Starrk's look, Zaraki shrugged a massive shrug. "After the bells, this is a piece o' cake."

Lilynette smiled proudly when he was done, and moved her head very carefully to look at everyone smiling back at her.

Starrk picked at the paper around the gift in his lap, and suddenly realized that it wasn't fastened in any particular way. It had been folded about his gift, each flap interlocking with the next so that the whole held itself together. When he flipped the first bit open, the whole thing unfolded like a flower.

He glanced up, and saw Jyuushiro watching, fascinated, while Shunsui's eyes were still hidden behind his hat. He grinned, pulled out the case, and opened it thoughtfully.

"A gun cleaning kit?"

Shunsui's hat nodded, and then tipped up as brown eyes met his own. "Thought it might come in useful."

Starrk paused. "It may..."

It was Jyuushiro who sat by him, on the other side. "You have hesitations about that?"

Starrk found himself pausing again for thought, and chuckled. "Hai. As Arrancar, our powers combined in order for me to release my full powers, and I don't want to take Lilynette's independence away from her." He brushed a light touch over her hair as she looked up at the conversation.

"You won't do that!" she said with a grin.

"How do we know that?" he asked, seriously.

She shrugged. "I just know it. We're us now together, never alone with our friends. It's just different than it was! Besides, even when we did release together in Hueco Mundo, I was still myself! Remember when I whacked you in the head when you weren't paying attention?"

"But here..." Starrk frowned.

"Here you don't know if you fully express your power if your soul won't go back to being what it once was, do you?" Jyuushiro said quietly.

Starrk blinked at him and then nodded slowly. "I hadn't thought of it just like that, but, yeah, what if the two of us heal and become the same soul that split apart to make us? I'd lose her, I'd lose myself, and worse yet..."

It was Shunsui that frowned now. "You were built as the Arrancar of those who died from loneliness. To become someone that died because they were alone, that could be very painful indeed."

Starrk took a shaking breath and bowed his head. "You've struck the heart of it."

"We would be here," Jyuushiro said, uncertainly. "We would take care of whomever you became."

"But I don't like the thought of losing either of you," Shunsui said firmly.

Jyuushiro nodded at that.

Relief flooded through Starrk. He hadn't realized he was so worried until they'd said that. Being cleansed had been hard enough. He closed his eyes for a moment, and felt Lilynette leaning against him, her warmth and presence more familiar than his own heartbeat.

He took a deep, slow breath.

Lilynette piped up, "But if we stop like this, and never jump into doing what we can do for everyone... I mean, I want to fight like Yachiru!"

Yachiru laughed and hopped onto Zaraki's shoulder. "But I jus' watch Ken-chan fight! He has fun! And I like seeing him have fun!"

"Right. She don't do much blade work," Zaraki said laconically. "But she kin take care of herself..."

"And you too. I carry you away, sometimes," Yachiru said darkly.

Lilynette blinked as big Zaraki nodded placidly at that. "Yeah, you're smart about when to get away, too."

Yachiru beamed at the praise, and turned to her friend. "So you don’t have to whack 'em if they do. Got it?"

Lilynette cocked her head to the side and nodded. "I think so."

Starrk tried not to let another sigh of relief alert her to his happiness at her acquiescence, but he caught Shunsui grinning at him. He shrugged. "Is there something we could do to test it without actually doing it?"

Shunsui frowned a little. "Maybe you should see Unohana-senpai. She knows more about how souls heal than anyone, and she might have a better answer for you than someone like Kurotsuchi might."

"Kurotsuchi is brilliant, but sometimes he ends up with more pieces than he can figure out how to put back together," Jyuushiro said ruefully. "I think you'll have better luck with the Fourth."

Starrk nodded. It would be better to know, and understand what to avoid in the end. "She won't insist that we go back together if that's what she think is healed, would she?"

Shunsui shook his head. "No, she very much understands the basic premise of do no harm, first. A sweet physician she is, the dear doctor."

Jyuushiro and Starrk looked at each other at Shunsui's poetic moment, and both of them smiled. Then, as much to change the subject as anything, he said, "What about the rest of these presents?"

Both girls squealed in delight, and dove into the rest of the presents. Most of them were for Lilynette, beautiful small things, art supplies, a music player, and accessories she could keep easily in their guest rooms in the Eighth Division. A few were for him. They both got Academy uniforms and classroom basics. Jyuushiro looked smug when Lilynette crowed over the notebooks and pencils with Chappy all over them. Yachiru happily presented few pieces of pretty costume jewelry. Starrk got everyday things like tabi, underwear, and one or two formal kimono.

At the bottom of the stack was an envelope with his name on it: "Coyote Starrk".

He frowned a little, and undid the seal, opening it cautiously. All of the Captains were sitting back, talking with each other, and he wasn't sure if they were trying to look oblivious on purpose or what, but he pulled the piece of thick parchment out from the envelope very, very gently.

He studied the paper, reading and then rereading the characters on the sheet. "What? What does this mean?" he asked, bewildered, as he got to the end of it.

Jyuushiro chuckled. "It's a declaration of minor nobility."

"I see that! I just... what does that mean?" Starrk asked frowning. "Is it a joke?"

"No, no. It's in response to the fact that a soul gave birth to another soul. A new soul. Usually it's done with two people, here in Soul Society." The wink Shunsui dropped made even Starrk roll his eyes a little at the implication. "But you've somehow managed it on your own. So you get rank here in Soul Society, and permanent quarters in Seireitei."

"Does that... do we have to move out then?" Starrk tried to sound calm, but he hated the idea of having to leave the people he'd just gotten used to being around.

"Well, you wouldn't have to stay in the temporary quarters, at least. The Captain's quarters Shunsui and I each have are near the barracks of our Divisions, but we also share a fairly large house in the City. It's just by the Academy, and we'd be happy to share with the two of you, if you wished. It's where we spend most of our time when we're not on duty," Jyuushiro said quietly.

It was also where Starrk had spent some late nights when Lilynette had stayed with Yachiru. He'd enjoyed the two Captains' company, and the prospect of being with them day in and day out was one he favored.

"I would certainly enjoy that," he said quietly.

"Hoorah! You're staying!" Yachiru pirouetted about.

"Wow, now I'll have a home you can come visit me at as well!" Lilynette beamed.

Starrk grinned at that. "So you're all right with it?"

"Yeah!" The smile he got back was brilliant.

"I think that seals the deal then," Jyuushiro said with a smile.

Shunsui chuckled. "Indeed."

Starrk felt a weight fall from his heart. His heart. He laughed softly, and touched his throat with his hand, feeling his own heart beat again under the skin. "Good then. Happy Birthday, Lilynette!"

"Happy Birthday, Starrk!"

And it was.

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Awww. Distinctly awwww.

Very clever, the declaration of nobility!

And I do like Ukitake being smug when Lilynette likes her notebooks and pencils. He is such a great uncle. :)
*beams*

It felt like a fun thing to do for them. And, yes, Ukitake does make a wonderful uncle. *laughs*

Thank you!
After the zanpakutou arcs, I now wonder if that's part of why Sōgyo no Kotowari is his zanpakutou. *grins*
*grins* I like it ... it's so adorable and cute in SO THEM that it feels like you're just sitting there, watching through the bamboo stalks ... and it's precious
D'awwwww. That was a wonderful fic to wake up to before class this morning ♥

Though I don't know what it says about me that my first reaction was 'OH MY GOD THAT CAKE SOUNDS AMAZING'.
It says...

MMmmmm.... cake!!

It's good to appreciate cake. *grins* Yay for making a day brighter!!

Thank you, very much.
Oh, naughty, you've made me cry… ; w ;

It was wonderful, all of it. Didn't realise I missed Starrk that much. Dammit...
Awww... I'm so glad you enjoyed it.

I miss Stark, too. I liked him so much and he was such a great match against Shunsui that.... yeah.

I'm so glad this worked for you!! *dances*

thank you!
Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww <3

You know.. right when they introduced those two I was like "They'd work perfectly together with Shunsui, Ukitake, Yachiru and Zaraki" - their personalities just fall into place, imo...

The piece was well written and sooooo beautiful. /sigh makes one want to wish it will happen...

+++

At Starrk's look, Zaraki shrugged a massive shrug. "After the bells, this is a piece o' cake."

*lmao* so true! XD If Zaraki weren't the bloodthirsty captain of 11th he'd be a hairdresser. (:

Only the "Skinny" part seemed a tiny bit off... but that was only because Starrk never striked me as being skinny. ^^'
*beams* You were right!! They would be, it's fun to be able to write about what I wish would happen, too, though it was theablackthorn who first requested a drabble of them together. Hee.

Hee. I like that you liked my take on Zaraki. *laughs* He has to try so hard with those things!!

Yeah, Starrk doesn't strike me as skinny, either, but Yachiru was probably comparing him to Zaraki. *laughs and laughs* I think...

Thank you so much!
Yeah D: We don't need out of the blue hero power ups. We need out of the blue suvivors [although... not everybody has to...]
oh cool : D

lol you did perfectly xD yup xD

haha could be xD But then he'd be more "Smaly/Shorty" then "Skinny"... I guess. xD

np - thank YOU for writing! : D
XD

Yeah, not *everyone* has to. *grins* I really want Aizen to go down hard and stay there. Ahem.
Lovely story!

It was almost heartbreaking how Starrk was surprised at people not dying, that really shows what sort of life he had had before.

And it's adorable how Shunsui and Starrk understand each other so well and are so similar.

Surprise birthday party was really cute - they didn't even know their actual birthday, poor things :( But at least now that they have people who care about them, they can celebrate the beginning of their new life.

The description of the cake was evil, though - it made me crave cake, and I can't get it in the middle of the night :DDD

Lol, Yachiru gave Starrk a nickname - that's the ultimate proof she has accepted him as one of their people.

And Zaraki putting the decoration in Lilynette's hair, that was absolutely beyond adorable <3

The whole conversation about Starrk being worried about releasing his powers was quite touching, it is understandable why Starrk would be concerned.

The part about nobility was quite interesting. I have never actually thought about how souls are born, I considered that something that wasn't really covered in the canon. It's interesting to find out that it is unusual enough to become a noble if one is able to give birth to a new soul, it totally makes sense.

And they lived happily ever after - that is my favourite sort of ending! :)

Thank you for writing the story, it was absolutely adorable!
*hugs you for the lovely comment* I love when you do this, you know? It's always so cool to know why a story worked for someone.

I'm so glad you liked all those things! I had just reread Starrk's past, and it just hit me how surprised he was at the mountain of dead Hollows that were by him when Aizen found him. And I couldn't imagine they'd know any dates for when they split. I was also researching Japanese birthday celebration practices as part of my Jyuushiro birthday chapter when I found out they didn't for the longest time, and the tradition here was used. The bit with Zaraki and the hair pin just... kind of came to me after omake of him putting his bells in his hair. *laughs*

It actually is in canon somewhere that if souls somehow gives *birth* to a new soul that they automatically become lower nobility as it's such a rare occurrence, I forget exactly where it is; but it might have been mentioned in connection to Kira or Ukitake, I forget. Given that most of the noble houses are passed on by birth (Byakuya knew his grandfather), it's kind of a piece with it all.

I'm very glad this story pleased you.
wonderful story!
thank you as always for sharing your talent with us! I always look forward to seeing your stories although sometimes I'm "behind" in getting to read them, but in a funny way it's almost like unwrapping a present slowly in order to gain the maximum enjoyment from the gift - when I see a notification email that you have updated your journal, it gives me a happy, anticipative (?) feeling to know that there is something new to read from you.

Loved this birthday story about Starrk and Lilynette. THANK YOU!
Re: wonderful story!
I'm so very glad you enjoyed it! And thank you, so much, for leaving such a lovely comment. I always appreciate them.

It's so neat to know that's how you feel about my stories! Wow. I'm glad I could bring something fun and good to you. Wow.

19 comments and apparently none of them was mine! I must rectify this situation.

I just reread this and I can't tell you how much I loved it. you always capture the characters so well and it just makes me love these three together. Lilynette's like there little girl even though she's technically a part of Stark so I guess kinda like odd twins :)

Thank you again for the wonderful story darlin' :)
*laughs* And I'm nearly a year late in replying. Mea Culpa! Mea Culpa!

I'm so very glad that you enjoyed this story. I do think of Lilynette and Stark as rather odd twins. *giggles*

You're so very very welcome, sweet!
This was so lovely - I was so sorry when so many of the Arrancar were killed off, particularly Stark & Lilynette, and I always wondered if there was any way any of them could ever be brought back. I also posted a question on the Bleach Wikia once, some time back, asking "what happens in the Soul Society when the people there die?" and never got any real answer that sounded authoritative. Is the cleansing that you wrote about for Arrancar canon? Is it just the same as what Shinigami do down below to mortals that die? I am relatively new to this fandom, and fear of fine details like this is one of the reasons I hesitate to tackle writing Bleach fanfics - there is SO much lore, it's so extensive, and complex, it's kind of daunting.

At any rate, this was a lovely read, one I thoroughly enjoyed. And any fic with ShunXUki is an automatic win for me, anyway, and I am also a Zaraki fan, so how could I NOT love this!? I also loved the "bells" line with Zaraki - have you seen the piece of fanart that has him, Yumichika, and Byakuya all at the hair salon having their various strange hair and eye things done? If not, I'll send you the link -it's priceless.

Thanks for this one - will read more of your things as I can work my way through them! If there are any in particular you would like me to read, feel free to suggest.

Goodness. Rukia actually tells Ichigo what happens to Hollows when they're cleansed the bad guy going after Chad and the boy in the parrot. (Sorry... had the wrong episode/arc)

She was very firm about it, too. That all Hollows, when they're cleansed, they're all cleansed of all their sins after they were a Hollow. However, if they were truly evil before they died, the really bad ones get swallowed up in Hell (this is why some of the truly evil Arrancar show up in Hell for a very very brief moment after the Winter War arc). But the good ones, presumably like Orihime's brother, get to go to Soul Society like any other soul.

*laughs* Now you have me waxing away on Bleach canon.

I've stalled completely on Twin Souls and it's nearly four years in the making, and it's been eight months since I've written anything for it. I do need to write multi-chapters all at once and post them as I go, too, but haven't had the time with four novels and a couple of series going with a co-author. And I really need to get my butt back in gear and write something.

I'd LOVE the link to the fic! That sounds wonderful!!

And I have a ton of ShunxUki. Lots as Captains, and a huge multi-chapter thing of them as Academy students. What kind of fic do you like? I'll readily admit I haven't read yours yet, either, but if you like ShunxUki are okay with hardcore AU, then By Moonlight can be fun. But if you want just romance between the guys and funny there's In the Summer Heat. Winter for Jyuushiro's birthday and a fight... (I like writing fight scenes) In the Deep Mid-Winter.

*laughs* and since I see you like the Saiyuki boys... and Buddhist teachings and no sex... *laughs* Laughing in the Rain. I do love just character studies.

And if you like Byakuya, I paired him with Hakkai/Tenpou in In the Autumn Woods. It does get explicit eventually. *laughs*

Edited at 2011-06-17 05:52 am (UTC)
I remembered the cleansing explanation, but I was not sure if that would apply to the arrancar, since they are basically compilations of huge numbers of hollows - who have then been manipulated by Aizen, yes? But I guess the logic would be that since the souls of their consituent hollows had never been cleansed, they could be cleansed, yes? Now, just for my edification, what about when someone else in the Soul Society dies, like, for instance, Byakuya's wife.... What happens then? (These are the kinds of things I sometimes think the authors themselves never think about, and only the fans angst over. *lol*)

Hardcore doesn't bother me, and I learned to love AU via the 7th Night exchange, where so many excellent Saiyuki writers do some truly amazing works (prior to that, based on some of the ones I had seen on ff.net, I had my doubts. O_o )

Your Twin Souls makes me feel better about Stranger. At least you have been getting lots of other stuff written in the meanwhile. I've only gotten a smattering of other stuff - the one this week is the first major thing I've done in a good while. All the things you mentioned of yours sounded intriguing to me, both the Bleach ones, the Saiyuki, and of course, that crossover sounds like a blast. I will bookmark them all and start working on the list this weekend. Thanks!

It does sound like we have similarly eclectic inclinations in our writing. I rarely write the mainstream pairings (GojyoXSanzo is as close as I get, and most people don't approve of that one), and think most of my best works have been the most off-beat and arcane things that have gotten read the least, while the short, fluffy smutty stuff gets much more attention. It's frustrating, but I have reconciled myself to it. And I also lean towards the character study, really in all my fics. Action is my short suit, and I sometimes feel a little weak in developing plot. But character and dialogue, I feel pretty comfortable with, comparably, and always enjoy. I guess that's what ended up intriguing me with AU, the idea of looking at how the familiar characters might react in unfamiliar surroundings and situations - I also like to think about them either before canon or after, how they got to be who they were, and who they might evolve into. One of my favorites (and least read) of my fics is The Sacred Hoop, where an elder Genjyo Sanzo, many years post journey, encounters a young journey-aged Genjyo Sanzo, in an interlude in a temple to the Merciful Goddess. (here's a link, don't know if it will work: http://helliongoddess.livejournal.com/11522.html - I suck at html and don't know how to do the underlined link thingies.)

I've only written two non-Saiyuki fics - this week's crossover, and one other RoyxEd ("Revenge is Sweet," a little fluffy smut. ) Everything else is all Saiyuki. Two of the best things I've done are two loooooooong AU's, one of which is really a novella. One of the things I'd like to do in the next year or so is the sequel to it that has been teasing around my brain since I finished it - it won't get read that much, the original didn't. It was an obscure pairing (Kougaiji/Ni) and a bizarre prompt (My Fair Lady!!) I was given for 7th Night - the very first time I ever entered a gift exchange, when I had only been writing maybe 18 months, if that. I nearly had a nervous breakdown. But it ended up being really near and dear to my heart, after all. You never know! It's probably the best thing I've ever done (although I do need to go back and do a bit of tidying up of some dialect in it, before I start the sequel - it's not quite right, and it bothers me still. *sigh*)

Edit: I forgot! About the Beauty Parlor thing, it was a picture, not a fic, by the lovely and very talented DeviantArtist, telophase. Here is a link: http://telophase.deviantart.com/gallery/306784#/dxhrzs
If you don't know her work, you might want to take a few minutes and peruse her gallery - she is fantastic.

Edited at 2011-06-17 02:33 pm (UTC)
So when someone from Soul Society dies, so long as they stay on the Wheel of Reincarnation (i.e. not go to Nirvana) they go back to the living world. My understanding was that all the constituent Hollows would be cleansed the same time the devouring Hollow was cleansed.

I LOVE the Beauty Parlor art! Thank you! I do like Telophase... but don't follow her as closely as I should, but do love her take on visual storytelling.

2metaldog really sold me on the Sanzo and Gojyo paring... *laughs* Love her work on it.

Sometimes the scariest fics are the best. *grins* My one Samurai Champloo fic Strange Edge, Combined Edge was probably one of my best... and really made me think hard. *grins*