(pls reblog here, no reposts!)
[...Ulquiorra soon learned that the piano did not know any songs at all. It was a means for people to reproduce them; it had no voice of its own. And yet he felt a kinship with that old piano, as if it were an orphan like him. He imagined that nobody else wanted to play with it because it was dirty, scratched up, hardly used to the point that it was falling apart… and no one seemed to care. For that reason he always pictured the piano like the little match girl from the Christmas picture books. She was dirty too, and no other children in the story ever came up and offered to play with her.
He decided to be friends with the piano, and took lessons with the old woman every day in order to give that mute little girl a voice. He wanted the piano to express itself, to tell everyone how lonely it was...
~~ From "Musings" chapter 4. - Nihilism
Ulquiorra playing the piano at the orphanage, with the piano's "soul" (a girl in the form of Orihime) sitting right next to him.
...a little something that came to mind after reading this chapter. It made me think that the girl Ulquiorra imagined to be the soul of the piano might as well have been Orihime, who was also going through a hard chapter in her life - tattered, broken, lonely...
This is dedicated to Carla (PrincessKitty) of course - the author of the story.
BG music: Nils Frahm - "Dedication, Loyalty"
Media: Manga Studio EX 4, Wacom Intuos 4
Ulquiorra & Orihime / BLEACH © Tite Kubo
Piano stock by =jocarra
Frame stock by =Black-B-o-x