As requested by anon. :)
Tessai and Hachigen used to be in the Kido Corps together. Then they both ended up in exile - Tessai with Urahara, Hachigen with the Visored. And so far as we know, they never saw each other again. But let’s say they did meet up again. How might that conversation go?
Tessai: Hello, Hachigen.
Tessai: You wear green now, I see. It’s a nice color on you.
Hachigen: Thanks! Yes, I found out quickly that a large man in a pink suit draws a lot of attention.
Tessai: But not in a pea green suit?
Hachigen: Strange but true.
Hachigen: You shaved off your horns.
Tessai: Yes, the boss thought they were scaring away customers.
Hachigen: Yes, I heard you work for Urahara now? In a shop?
Tessai: It is very gratifying work.
Hachigen: Oh, that’s good.
Tessai: You still hanging with the Visored?
Hachigen: Yeah. We masked guys stick together, I guess. Unless we get invited back to Soul Society.
Tessai: I see.
Hachigen: Look, man, what happened to you? You were the commander of the Kido Corps! You dressed like a wizard! You didn’t take shit from nobody! What are you doing working in a shop?
Tessai: What do you want from me? There aren’t a whole lot of kido jobs here in the human world. You know that.
Hachigen: You didn’t even come to Fake Karakura Town.
Tessai: Somebody had to watch the shop and the children.
Hachigen: …the entire human world was put to sleep.
Tessai: Sleepwalkers can be vicious.
Hachigen: Come on, it’s me! What are you hiding?
Tessai: What am *I* hiding? What about you?
Tessai: You know, our paths almost crossed once before. About 17 months ago. When you came to Urahara Shoten and sealed Urahara in a kido box!
Hachigen: Oh, um, yeah. I sort of promised Soi Fon.
Tessai: Our kido skills aren’t meant for that.
Hachigen: But they’re meant for working in a shop?
Tessai: What exactly do you have against shops?
Hachigen: Nothing! I love shops! I have something against you letting your skills go to waste!
Hachigen: I mean, sure. Maybe I’m still in exile, but I’m still helping! I went to fake Karakura Town. I helped defeat Barragan. And now I’m helping fix the distortion between Soul Society and the world of the living!
Tessai: Haven’t you considered that I might be helping too? I was the Kido Commander. A very shadowy figure. Does it surprise you that my help wouldn’t be visible to the casual observer?
Hachigen: I’m not a casual observer.
Tessai: I know, Hachigen. I know.
Tessai: Why don’t you come inside for some tea? We can’t talk more in comfort.
Hachigen: All right.
Tessai: It’s good to see you again, you know.
Hachigen: Good to see you too, old friend.
Tessai: And Hachigen?
Tessai: I’m sorry for sending you into that forest. I’m - really sorry.
Hachigen: I know, sir. I know.
This made me some sad and happy at the same time. Then Tessai apologized!! TuT the feels….