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Itachi Uchiha

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@Lenalee Lee | May 20th, Year 109 | Breakroom, 10:34 AM

He had been employed at Daye's Investigation for just over a week now. What work he's done so far has been satisfying, and the people nice. In a way, it reminded him of the home he had left behind all those years ago. It was a nice break from the organization he had once been part of. While he has yet to familiarize himself with all of D.I's members, thus far they have proved themselves far more hospitable than the Akatsuki. It was a low bar to clear -perhaps the lowest- but that was one comfort in this strange land. The Pantheon had interrupted his plans in irreparable ways, but Pandora itself was pleasant so far. That said, he still could only hope that his stay would a brief one.

As a newcomer, his workload was still incredibly light. He had worked through what cases were given to him thus far, though there was still one remaining. A robbery, non-fatal though the culprit had managed to escape with merchandise he had stolen from a store. Police officers had hit their own brick walls during the investigation, and once the files were brought over to D.I, he was the one fortunate enough to receive them. The folders were spread out in front of him on one of the breakroom tables, a cup of tea sitting by his hand.

There was a police sketch of the thief, and he had sat them by photographs of suspects that the local department had found. Crime-scene photos were lined up opposite of his cup, though there was nothing left to be gleaned from them. TTV footage was blacked out. Only one eye-witness (an employee), one he'd spoken to the day before. His notes, scribbled neatly onto a paper on top of a report, were filled with the facts he had unearthed. A diagram of the timeline, a sketch of the store and its escape routes, a list of what was taken. It would seem that even he was hitting those same walls.

It was his break, but Itachi never felt truly comfortable anymore unless buried in work. He pushed his glasses up the bridge of his nose as the door to the breakroom opened with a loud squeak. He glanced at his coworker before nodding his head in greeting. "Good morning, Lenalee." She was the receptionist who worked at the front lobby, pleasant to speak to though they've never truly talked. Sometimes he would see her with a blond, though he was someone Itachi had yet to meet at D.I.

 
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Lenalee Lee

D.Gray-man
The Saint-Girl, Fallen Into Darkness
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Itachi Uchiha was a new hire, someone not that much older than Lavi. Lenalee knew very little about him, apart from the fact that Toby had hired him, which meant that he was probably trustworthy. Apart from when it came to men she was dating, Toby was a good judge of character. Still, she had barely interacted with him beyond polite morning and afternoon greetings, and the basic small talk when it came to delivering a new case. Still, as she entered the break room to organise a new round of coffee for the staff (she didn't have to, knowing that it was the interns' job, but Lenalee enjoyed making coffee, enjoyed how it made the people around her happy), the door creaking loudly, she was surprised to see him looking intently at a recent case.

They really needed to get that door oiled.

"Good morning, Mr Uchiha," Lenalee replied politely, moving past him to start to prepare another pot of coffee. "How do you like your coffee?" It was a simple question, and the only one that she truly felt comfortable asking. People working through breaks wasn't uncommon or common at DI, but it was mostly seen on big cases, like serial murders or things like the Morgana incident. For just a robbery, it was rare to see. Still, she wasn't going to judge someone for being a workaholic.

It wasn't too long ago that she was doing fourteen hour days, trying to avoid going home to an empty apartment.

 
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Itachi Uchiha

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Even a decade later, Itachi could still recall why he had been so persistent in his youth to work, to grow strong. At a point in his life, he believed that the road to peace could be achieved if only he became the strongest Shinobi. If he was Hokage, he would have the power to change the way the world worked. People of any village wouldn't need to die needlessly, there would never again be a battlefield akin the likes he had seen as a six-year-old.

It went without saying that his plan was no longer such a naive dream. The blood of his clan stained his hands, a necessary cost to save Konohagakure the pains of civil war. Sasuke loathed him with every fiber of his being, and if this was the Elemental Continent rather than Pandora, his life would soon come to an end. But there was one constant that hadn't changed, not since the first day he started as an Academy student: his work ethic.

It was a minor case, yes, and one that wouldn't take him long once he figured out the necessary angle. Routine work that in the scheme of things, compared to the cases his colleagues shouldered, was minor. But, it was a distraction to occupy his mind during the thirty minutes he was meant to be dragged away from his work. The silence was calming, but only when it wasn't disturbed by his own thoughts.

It was a pleasant change, then, to see Lenalee walk through the breakroom door. Even without speaking often to her, he knew that she made it a job of hers to refill coffee cups throughout the office. It was telling of her personality that she went to such lengths when that sort of duty would fall to the interns at D.I. She was polite as she was kind but firm enough to work as a receptionist at an office plagued by their celebrity boss's fans. It would be rude to deny her question, then.

"With milk and two teaspoons of sugar, thank you." Sweet, perhaps overbearingly so for a drink meant to be bitter. He shuffled the papers set before him, organizing them back into order before tucking them back into their folders. Small talk wasn't his avenue; never was nor would it ever be. Itachi was more than content to sit quietly and watch the way his coworkers interacted with each other.

 
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Lenalee Lee

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Lenalee...hadn't expected Itachi to like his coffee sweet. Admittedly, requests for bitter coffee were uncommon at DI, most people preferring at least a teaspoon of sugar. Allen liked coffee that was more sugar than coffee, a sort of gelatinous sweet brown sludge that she still didn't know how he brought himself to drink. About the only person who drank pure black coffee with an regularity was Nick, and she was quite sure that was because he was mechanical and may not be able to taste what he was drinking. She made up the drink, finding comfort in the small, everyday actions. They were reassuring because of their mundanity, a constant that had followed her throughout the universes.

"Here," she said, putting the coffee stirrer in the sink and she moved to place the cup in front of Itachi, carefully avoiding the case file.

The silence hung in the air. Lenalee thought of herself as good at small talk, but it was hard to enter a conversation with someone who didn't seem interested. She was just coming on to break herself, and she didn't want to eat in silence. He seemed comfortable with it, but she wasn't. She had given him the case file herself, so the question was redundant, but Lenalee had an overwhelming need to say something. "What are you working on?"
 

Itachi Uchiha

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Sweets were his last indulgence, and one of the few luxuries he had ever allowed himself. There had been a point when he was younger when he was more embarrassed by his sweet tooth. He would eye Izumi's Dango whilst desperately trying to pass off his expression as something normal and routine. His face would flush red whenever she caught him staring, and on impulse, he would turn away from her in shame. From time to time, Father would tease him, but he never denied him of a request to buy sweets.

But the both of them have been dead for a long time now. There would never again be a moment for him to enjoy tri-colored Dango with either of them. Just like the rest of the Uchiha Clan, they existed only in fading memories and abandoned mementos. At one point, he had planned to join their ranks among the dead, though Pandora had seen to thwart him. Now he was stuck in yet another mission that he could not see the end of.

"Thank you." It was all he had to say when he took the cup from her, giving it a tentative sip to taste how sweet she had made it. As expected of someone who brewed coffee so frequently, it was good enough for him to continue drinking. His short meal had already been eaten minutes earlier, though the coffee would help him with the rest of the case.

Among everything he excelled at, Itachi had never been one for small-talk. It wasn't that he didn't want to socialize with his peers, nor that he didn't know how to. He simply preferred to sit back and observe the people around him in an attempt to better understand them. His plan had been much of the same even in D.I., perhaps more so given Pandora's transient tendencies.

Both of them knew that Lenalee was well aware of what he was working on. It was splayed across his table, and she had been the one to deliver that very same scroll to him. But, he answered anyway. "A robbery of a local store. Police enforcement believes that it's not the culprit's first time, though they have been struggling to find who is responsible."

 
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Lenalee Lee

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Something in Itachi reminded Lenalee of Kanda. How quiet he was, but it wasn't borne of a quiet seething anger, but instead of....simple contemplation. He didn't talk because he had nothing to say. Instead of trying to fill silence with meaningless chatter, like herself or Allen, he instead...he was comfortable with silence in a way that she had never been. Silence reminded her too much of the Order, before Komui, when the halls had been quiet, and they forced silence into her heart and mind, emptiness in all that she could here.

That room had been silent. She remembered that, what little she remembered of that time, she remembered that. No one had visited, except the occasional CROW, who said nothing as they looked down on her with cold, empty masks. Silence dripped into her veins like poison, silence that flooded her mind, until there was nothing of her left, just silence.

Lenalee had always had trouble with silence, since then. There were times, even now, where it seemed inescapable. The wrong face, the wrong voice, and all that seemed to be left in her head was silence. Maybe that was why she had welcomed the telepathy. Even when there was nothing left of her, there could be another voice to break the silence.

So she continued to smile, tapping her finger against her chin thoughtfully. "Maybe look through the files, see if there's been a case like this before? The file room is a mess, but if it's recent, it will probably be in the online database."

 
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Itachi Uchiha

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No one could answer why he has always been as quiet as he was. Even as a young child, he had been habitually silent but never to the point of muteness. He talked when spoken to, voiced comments when he felt that they were needed. He had been this way even before the day his father had introduced him to the horrors of war on that battlefield. Itachi simply preferred to sit back and observe the world around him. That was the simple truth of it.

It was easier to understand others that way. Watching them gave him opportunities to pick up on their smaller microexpression, to truly listen to what they had to say. Their perspectives, goals, fears, it became easier to read when he simply stayed quiet. He knew that others rarely felt so at ease when the air was still without noise. It was something he ought to keep in mind more often, especially around strangers.

Kisame had grown used to his habitual silence. Before he was Jūzō who understood so perfectly they simply needed an A, B, C system to communicate. There was no way to know if such would be the case with Lenalee, not when her small-talk could simply be born out of a desire to help the new guy. So it would be for the best if he invested more effort into the conversation, left smaller pauses after she finished speaking.

"The online databases on the work computers?" There had been monitors and computers in Konoha, though nowhere near as sophisticated as the technology in Pandora. He had once sat down for a year to get acquainted with the new software available for him to use. But it would be his first time formally using the nonphysical database for his work. "Given the organization of the crime, it's most likely not the unsub's first time. It is possible that he has struck somewhere else that could be recorded on file. Thank you, Lenalee."

 
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