Renji worked his way slowly down the second floor hallway of the fourth division,
leaning heavily against the thick guide rail that had been attached to the wall so that patients could walk to regain their strength.
And if there was one thing that Abarai Renji needed at the moment, strength was it...
both strength to keep walking and strength to keep fighting, although he felt already the change in his reasons for fighting.
Like every shinigami in the Seireitei,
he wanted to fight back against the enemy who had come suddenly out of the darkness and had used a cheap trick to steal the shinigami captains' most powerful advantage, the bankai,
then used it against the very ones it was meant to protect. And as a seated officer of the Gotei 13, he wanted to fight to defend his home, and his friends and comrades.
As a man, he needed to fight to remove the dishonor of failing to protect his home, friends and comrades.
But the greatest sting to Abarai Renji was that he had been unable to do what was the most sacred duty of a fukutaichou...to protect his taichou.
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