A/N- Written for alistaere, who requested Shunsui/Nanao and the theme "After the Battle". Second person POV, my first time with it.

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Commander Yamamato's reiatsu is frightening as God's own wrath, and it chokes you even as it fades away. Somewhere out there, there is a report. Aizen has betrayed us, you know, but still, the battle you couldn't fight has left you paralyzed and frightened as a child.

How can you help? Your strength is dismissed with the barest of glances and forgotten in moments.

The book digs into your palms, and the pain reminds you of your weakness.

Then He stands above you, smiling wide and gentle.

"Come on, Nanao-chan. Let's go."

He grips your hand, and takes you away.