The beautiful light blue sky spreads far and wide, blanketing the marvelous lush green plains of the Soul Society. A world separate from the world you know as the Human World. It is here that souls go to dwell in until they pass on and eventually reincarnate back into the human world. It is the afterlife, and here is where a group of souls manages over the natural cycle of things. They are called Shinigami, Soul Reapers who help keep balance within both worlds. They live in the heart of the Soul Society, this 'Capitol' is called Seireitei. A circular shiro with four main entrances called the Four Great Pure Soul Gates. In the castle one night, a Captain was sitting at a desk writing on paper with a fude. His light blue eyes were locked on the words he was writing down and when he took a short break, he gave a hefty sigh and batted down his pure white hair. He stacked several sheets together and pat them on the surface of the desk before setting them off to the side to begin a new stack. Momentarily he finally pushed himself away from the desk and stood up. Waltzing around the room and peering outside the window every now and then to take his mind off of the work he had been doing. He was thinking about long ago when things were so much simpler and he wasn't such a high rank. He didn't ask for this to happen but it did and as such, he accepts it. There was a knock at the door, followed by a fellow shinigami who entered only about two steps into the office. With a great and respectful bow, the man spoke, "Captain Arita is here to see you... as you've requested Captain Hitsugaya." "Thank you... you may go now..." The man replied with a calmness in his subtle and deep voice. Once he had left, only a moment passed before his presence was replaced with another Captain. Captain Otonashi Arita closing the door behind him and finding a place to sit down, "Toshiro... What was so urgent that you needed to speak with me so early in the morning?" Toshiro turned from the window and sat at his desk facing across it to look at Otonashi's Bluish-grey eyes. At first, it was truly an urgent subject that Toshiro had been keeping in for a rather long time. And at first, he deemed it necessary to bring it to Otonashi's attention. However, with more time to think, all he can really assume is his own thoughts. He could just jump to conclusions when things in fact are just fine. For now, when it is all so soon, Toshiro decided that he would tell Otonashi later, "It's not really urgent my friend, I just wished to see you while I was free from my papers." he answered. Otonashi looked at the mountain of white that only he could assume was about sixty trees behind the Captain and then took his eyes back to Toshiro, "Well I understand that. It's really good to share time with you Master but, are you really sure you are free with paperwork that high?" "Oh, I've handled worse..." he replied with a faint smile. "Master, I don't mean to pry on a matter that could be personal to you but, in recent months, you've been rather... distant. Even your own division have been gossiping about how you've started being less social than usual. A lot of the Gotei 13 are aware of this activity and are questioning your actions. Many, including myself believe that something very important is on your mind... Are you certain everything is all right?" Otonashi adjusted himself in the chair and leaned forward. After a few moments of silence, Toshiro just gazed at Otonashi before shaking off the tension in his shoulders, "I've told you, it is nothing... really... I understand and respect your worry but there is nothing at all wrong that is on my mind. I just asked you here to enjoy a nice game of shogi. Is that too much to ask?" Otonashi sat himself straight up though with disappointment in his expression, he still cracked a smile and nodded, "Of course Master Toshiro..." the pair set up a board and played until the very eve of dawn with both Shinigami winning three matches each.