April 8th, 2013


Chapter 36 -- Reflections

Title: Chapter 36: Reflections
Arc: Twin Souls
Characters: Kyouraku/Ukitake
Rating: PG-13 for violence
Summary: Shunsui and Jyuushiro go up against the adjucha and find themselves overmatched and in need of help.
Author's Notes: It's been a really long ride, and I'm grateful for everyone who has kept with this and supported this story. In many ways, this chapter is for all those people that reread the rest of the story while waiting for the next chapter to come. I hope that I've fulfilled many of the promises I made. Many thanks to incandescens's unceasing support, betaing skills, editing chops, and knowledge of the Bleach Universe.
Standard Disclaimers: I do not own Bleach or its characters, nor do I make any money from these writings.

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Open Road

Dark Angel and the Devil's Garden

On Tuesday morning, we didn't get up until nearly 10. All right, truly it was that *I* didn't wake up until nearly 10 am, and the boys were kind enough to let me sleep until I actually woke up. We knew that we were going to explore Arches National Park the first day, and then maybe the other parks in the southern Utah area for the other days we were out there.

Once up, we went into Moab, found a nice little bakery called the Moab Bakery and had breakfast. They made their own specialty roll, from a challah bread dough, and they mixed in sun-dried tomatoes, jalapeños, red onions, and rolled it up like a cinnamon roll. Spicy and nice, and they made it especially so in an egg and bacon sandwich.

We'd never been to Arches, before and weren't sure what to expect. We didn't get to the gate until 11 am, and there were very long lines to get into the park. Once we paid our park fee for the three days, they handed John a map, and he handed it to me and said, "Pick where we're going to go."

I looked over the map, and saw, at the very end of the park, was the Devil's Garden. It was the longest trail in the entire park, and at the very end of the the Garden was The Dark Angel, a lone monolith on the end of the whole of the Devil's Garden array of arches. The Windows complex had a few things around a short trail, and the Delicate Arch was just three miles as a round trip, so I figured that if we did the longest one first, we'd be able to do any of the short trails afterward. It was only supposed to be four miles as a round trip to the very end of the trail, and the three of us did the three mile walk around Lake Macintosh on a regular basis.

Little did I account for the terrain and altitude gains of The Devil's Garden.

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