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Title: Les Petites Morts
Chapter: III. Rukia & Hisana
Author: [personal profile] goat_dono
Rating: T (disturbing imagery, angst)
Word count: 697
Summary: In death or orgasm, one transcends one's self. Nine short fictions about Shinigami who died in the human world.

Disclaimer: Bleach is the property of Tite Kubo. I do not use its characters, settings and/or events for any profitable purpose.

~xXx~


Entreat me not to leave you,
Or to turn back from following after you;
For wherever you go, I will go;
And wherever you lodge, I will lodge;
Your people shall be my people,
And your God, my God.

Where you die, I will die,
And there will I be buried.
The LORD do so to me, and more also,
If anything but death parts you and me.

Ruth 1:16–17


~xXx~


Man, I see a lot of terrible shit in this job. When I was at the Academy, they taught us stuff like coping strategies and “empathetic detachment,” and they said we'd get used to it in time. Well, I've been with the Heavy Rescue unit for almost seven years now, and “getting used to it” seems about as likely as no one ever having another accident. Maybe if people showed less propensity to being monsters, then I wouldn't spend nights alternating between bad dreams and dry heaves.

There's this thing nowadays on the Internet. These websites—“shock sites” or “death sites,” I guess they're called. They get hold of investigation photos from gory accidents and crime scenes and post them for the viewing public to comment on. Lovely.

A few years ago, we got a call for a vehicle extrication. Usually, EMS or an Engine unit can handle that sort of thing on their own. We only go out when the situation is exceptional, and exceptional was an understatement for this one.

A mother and her two daughters were on the Mission Valley Freeway near Grossmont. This guy running from the Highway Patrol in a stolen SUV lost control at somewhere around 110 miles per hour and rolled over onto the woman's car. When we got to the scene, the perp was long dead and gone, having been ejected into oncoming traffic and run over a few times. Lucky piece of shit.

The three females were still alive in the car, crushed against the barrier under the SUV. The teenage girl in front was crying hysterically for her baby sister, who was trapped in the infant carrier in the back, screaming at the top of her lungs. I swear, that's gotta be the worst sound in the world. Only the mother was quiet.

When we took the teenager out, she went into shock and crashed on the spot. Her legs had pretty much disintegrated, she'd lost too much blood. We couldn't get the baby in time, either. Her crying got weaker and weaker while we were still opening up the front, and then as suddenly as turning off a switch, there was this silence. I think she and the girl died at the exact same moment.

The mother was by far the hardest to extricate because of her position against the barrier, but we finally cut her free. She had fractures everywhere and a punctured lung, but we got her, and she survived. She was unconscious the whole time, probably never knew what happened. God, just imagine—you're going about your merry way, and then suddenly, out of the blue, you wake up in traction and your kids are dead.

So, last week there was a story in the paper about a CHP investigator who's been suspended. He was on the scene that day taking pictures of the baby and the girl, including close-ups of the girl's mangled lower body. I remember hearing him behind us while we were working, laughing and cracking nasty jokes. Well, he leaked the worst of the photos and they ended up on some shock site, which is bad enough. But then, somebody emailed the pictures to the mother, complete with lewd captions about the teenager's body. That's about as sociopathic as it gets.

Too much awful shit in this job. They said I'd get used to it, but I just can't. All I really see in my future is PTSD and an early retirement. I'm not gonna quit though, 'cause it's guys like me, not that cop, who really influence the outcome of an incident.

And, once in a while, the story does have a happy ending.

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Rukia Kuchiki(Ruth Misaka) and Hisana Kuchiki(Naomi Misaka)
died AD 1992 La Mesa, California
born NE 3823 Inuzuri, 78th District, South Rukongai


Les Petites Morts
I. Rose
II. Hiyori
III. Rukia & Hisana
IV. Shūhei
V. Love
VI. Kensei
VII. Rangiku
VIII. Kaname
IX. Momo


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