It was a hot muggy night in the seireitei. Despite the sun having set there was still a thick humidity in the air.
At the squad 8 barracks a young girl sat outside reading a book almost as big as her. The moon was her only companion as she read. The dark and quiet would unnerve most others but she felt it calming and the best way to fully engage in her book.
Creaking floorboards alerted her that she was no longer alone. She could only see a dark silhouette that shrunk as it squatted down to her level before a familiar deep voice greeted her.
"Nanao-chan what are you doing out here so late?" her captain asked softly.
"I'm reading sir," she said softly, feeling nervous talking to someone so important.