Chapter 2

Opening my eyes, I saw morning light streaming through a window. My body felt heavy and my vision was slightly blurred, and I didn't know where I was.

"She's waking up, Lt. Abarai!" someone yelled. I tried to sit up but something was keeping me down. I looked down at my body and realized that I was strapped to the cot with restraints.

"W-what's going on?" I asked, looking around. I saw Lt. Abarai walking towards me and sighed.

"You were restrained because you kept fighting against treatment, even while you were unconscious." He said in amusement.

"Oh…well I'm awake now so can you un-restrain me please, Lt. Abarai?" I asked. Lt. Abarai laughed slightly and took off the restraints.

"Call me Renji. I am, after all only a year or two older than you so there's no need to be so formal." He said. I nodded and sat up, groaning.

"You need to lay down, Senna. You're still healing, and you could re-open your wounds. You should have let me look at your wounds earlier; Aizen almost hit your spine and came close to severing your arm. I'm surprised you could even stand after that." He said, putting a hand on my shoulder gently to push me back into a laying position. I shrugged off his hand and swung my legs over the side of the cot.

"I'm in the Squad 4 barracks right?" I asked. Renji nodded.

"Yeah, Captain Yamamoto ordered me to bring you here after you passed out last night." He said, as I looked around the room.

"What did they decide to do with me…since an Academy student killed Captain Aizen and not a ranked soul reaper like you?" I asked. Renji looked at me for a moment, before replying.

"My captain, Captain Kuchiki, was killed by Aizen. I was Captain Kuchiki's lieutenant so I will be moving up as the newly appointed captain of Squad 6 seeing as I have all the requirements and recommendations… and because a student took on a soul reaper at a Captain's status, you have been appointed as my lieutenant because you have shown that you are well deserving of it, that you have the skills…but only if you wouldn't mind missing another year at the Academy and being put into battles…" he said, laughing a little. I looked at him, my mouth gaping.

"What do you mean! You mean they appointed ME as a lieutenant? Are they crazy! I'm only a student; I can't possibly be a Lieutenant!" I said, panting a little. Renji looked at me seriously.

"Stop freaking out, Senna. You have the skills to be a lieutenant and any knowledge you need to gain will be provided to you. Captains and Lieutenants, along with their squads, are like family. So if you need help or something, ask one of them ok? You'll be fine." He said, smiling reassuringly. I looked at him and forced a smile.

"But what about my things at the Academy? And my zanpakuto? Where's my zanpakuto?" I said. Renji reached over me on the windowsill and hand me my zanpakuto, safely in its sheath. I sighed and tied it at my waist.

"Thanks." I said, standing up. I was speechless for a little bit, seeing that Renji was so tall. I was broken out of my speechlessness by a crash.

"No! You can't go in there Lieutenant! Miss Senna isn't fully healed yet!" said what I assumed was a squad 4 member, before the door was thrown open.

"Senna? Are you alright? I heard what happened and came as soon as Captain Ukitake said I could." Kaien, my older brother, exclaimed before gathering me in a bear hug. I winced and tried to squirm away.

"Kaien, I do believe you're hurting her wounds." Renji said, amusedly. Kaien pulled away gently.

"I'm sorry, Senna. So, you get to be a lieutenant now huh? You lucky duck." He said, smiling. I smiled back and stretched lightly.

"Well, I'd like to meet the other lieutenants and captains. So I know who I can befriend and who I need to stay away from." I said, turning to Renji. He nodded.

"Then let's go, Lieutenant. I'm sure they're in their barracks right now." He said, looking to Kaien. Kaien nodded and ran out the door. I looked at Renji.

"Where's Kaien going?" I asked him curiously.