It took a moment for dignity to ask for its dues, a faint red spreading over her cheeks at how alarmingly childish her position felt. It diluted the adrenaline awakening had produced, how eyes had swiftly opened to escape the monsters lurking in her unconscious mind. That was enough to remind her of the gravity of the situation and she frowned, drawing herself out of his lap with as much grace as she could muster. A quick limp settled her opposite to him, lips compressed in a narrow, uncomfortable line that greatly contrasted the shopkeeper’s seeming nonchalance.
What a question… she heaved a quiet sigh, contemplating it in silence.
Tessai returned shortly, bearing a tray with an assortment of goods. Tea, dango skewers and onigiri, and a small jar of honey, plenty enough to heavily dose a cup of tea if one wished. The corners of his mustache twitched upwards in a slight smile for Rei—a tiny gesture she returned along with a soft mumble of gratitude as he set the tray down on the low table between her and Urahara, arranged the cups for them, poured the tea, and then retreated, a slight motion given to the other male to indicate he intended to retrieve the gauze mentioned moments before his arrival.
She didn’t really want to talk just yet, still organizing everything in her mind whilst quickly reaching for an onigiri—half of it was gone with a single bite, a clear indication that she hadn’t eaten in some time. When had her last meal been, anyway? The hours were blurred in her head, too hard to tell how long her travel in the Dangai had taken.
Another onigiri and a skewer of dango were quick to disappear, practically inhaled; her stomach considered itself satisfied for the moment, and she turned her attention to the tea. Plain green, which suited her just fine. A dollop of honey gave it an amber tinge and she stared into it blankly for a small while, then blew and took a slow sip, finally giving voice to her thoughts.
"I don’t know whether or not you’re aware of the manifestation of certain captains’… Hollowfied sides. As a separate being."
"As a separate being?"
He knew of their…. abilities, mainly because he saved them from becoming completely hollow. However, never did he hear that their manifestations, their hollows, began to create their own person out side of their body. Whatever was happening, he had to make sure Ichigo’s hollow stayed within. That, though, was not of concern currently, and would be sticky noted to the back of his mind until he discovered more from Rei.
"I’m aware of their hollow sides, however, the manifestations I did not hear of," he replied, blowing the steam away from the tea before taking a sip, his mind in deep thought. "As a separate being? Hm. Interesting."
He did believe that this was connected as to why Rei was in the human world in such a ragged state— mentally and physically, he deduced watching her vacuum the food off the plate. “Do these manifestations have anything to do with why you are here? Are you afraid them? Hiding, perhaps?”
It was only natural for her to run and hide from such beasts— he had seen their hollow forms himself, they were not a force to deal with unless you were stronger than a captain.
"I can assure you, Rei-chan, beneath that mask is not a monster."