“to be honest, i thought i’d achieve the same success as a bar mitzvah, jazz singer in 2017. but to my surprise, your ears are loving it a little more than i could have ever anticipated. number three on the top chart, baby! so, what do you say we celebrate? i’ve already got five shots of vodka into my system and it’d be an awful waste if you said no. lets put our differences aside, and join a conga line. what do ya say?”
Humans, Yato had already learned, were shockingly fragile. A mobile maze of organs, all trembling on the verge of collapse. It only took one finger in the socket. One step into a busy intersection. One drop of venom in the bloodstream.
Some humans were built tougher than most.
Hiyori was built tougher than most.
She felt so alive—soft in her curves, sharp in her joints. Warm and messy, and flawed, and present.
She hadn’t moved for a little while. She hadn’t made a noise.
“I’ve got you,” Yato said. “You can rest for a few minutes. Then get up. Okay?”
He shifted with her in his arms. Her forehead slid against his chin. A nod.
“We’ll take something back with us to Kofuku’s, when we go tonight,” Yato said, musingly.
They would stop by the bakery. Hiyori loved the bakery. She would go out of her way to walk past it, just to smell the steam coming out the door. She would probably like walking past it today.
The wind teased her hair, lifting it against his face and carrying the smell of her shampoo. Her hair stuck to his cheek. She liked the kind of shampoo they sold in a little pharmacy a few blocks away.
She liked it because, she said, it smelled nice.
Nice like a worn tracksuit.
Or, maybe, she had never said that at all.
“You aren’t ready to go yet. Are you?” Yato said, knowing she wasn’t.
She was happy to sit here, tucked into him. They could sit here for a while longer. He didn’t mind. She would never have let him hold her like this before.
After all, she was tougher than most.
Yato’s nose wrinkled as the next breeze carried a blunt, metallic scent into his face. A war smell. A dying smell.
He angled Hiyori’s face into his scarf to shield her from it. Her eyelashes spidered against his jaw. Her nose pressed into the hollow of his neck, right behind his chin.
Warm, her skin against his. Maybe he was the one growing colder.
Hiyori might be tougher than most, but he wasn’t.
Gods, Yato had already learned, were shockingly fragile. A breath away from extinction, hitchhiking from century to century in the hopes that a wish might stick. It only took one worshiper lost. One shrine unused. One name unremembered.
Yato had let himself go. He had anchored himself too firmly.
“We’ll go back together pretty soon, all right?” he asked.
He had woven his existence into her fibers—absolutely, unreservedly bound to this girl who was tougher than most.
Let’s have a critical role one shot with the more memorable/recurring visitor characters (e.g. Zahra, Kerr, Kashaw, Tova, Lilith, etc). Imagine how cool this could be. Send them on a fun mission. Let’s have breather from Dis nonsense and enjoy some guest characters dicking around in Whitestone.
“[Jon Snow]’s incredibly introverted. It’s like if anyone in Game of Thrones didn’t want to be on the show Game of Thrones, it’d be Jon Snow. If he could see the cameras, he wouldn’t want them there. He lives in his head.” ~ Kit Harington (Mr. Porter 2015)
An exercise in plausible deniability: We are composing a set of items that help us GTFO of urban environments should the need arise. Think HVT hostage situations or comparable in non-permissive environments. Carry everything you need in such a situation to at least get out of restraints, closed confinements, and be able to run. You will be searched; more or less cursory. Everything that can’t be explained away is out. No carbon fiber and no Zirconium dioxide. No dedicated tools. Handcuff keys? Nope.
Pictured is a sample collection of stuff that just happens to be useful, if you know how to use/combine/create further tools from the ingredients:
Safety pin, large/small
Paper clip, large/small
Plastic wrapper band
Here is some tradecraft: In a suit, you won’t be able to explain away most of even these items. But in a casual jacket, you just worked on your car, house, whatever; all of that, kept loose in a pocket, doesn’t arouse suspicion. The trick is to carry it wrapped in the cloth, it’s small and light, but as a bundle, it becomes suspicious. So, whenever a potentially tricky situation is to be expected—just open the safety pin and sprinkle the contents inside the pocket. It becomes just a bunch of unrelated stuff.
An old credit card
A piece of leader wire
A couple small zip ties
CD/DVDs are nice to have, if they make any sense in a pocket dump.
That’s about it. Bring any dedicated GTFO tool or implement and you will be treated quite differently, you’ll lose any element of surprise and won’t even have left the makeshift tools above.
Rule: The more you bring, the less you’ll have left.
One possible version of a PSK or personal survival kit .
All the above items fit into a belt wearable pouch in this case a Kifaru GPS pouch , this can also then be fitted to other kit such as packs or to a larger knife sheath via the malice clip .
My personal choices for this kit include energy tablets ,small survival tin , a Spyderco Native 5 , TOPS folding saw , Boker Ti VOX tool with bottle opener and tungsten carbide breaker .
A Leatherman PS4 multi- tool , refillable Peizo lighter with fuel window and built in red LED flashlight , Fire steel wrapped in jute tinder with tungsten carbide striker and a silver foil emergency blanket .
Also included are a Fenix PD20 180 lumen with SOS and strobe with a 66 hour run-time on low 9 lumen setting plus a spare CR123 battery in a Delrin case, a Cyalume 10 hour Visipad , wet fire tinder and several feet of Kevlar sleeved cord from Twinlineusa.com.
The small Tin is 11cm long x 6.5 wide and only 1.3cm deep meaning its compact enough to stash away in clothing if I need more space in the pouch .
It features a basic personal first aid kit compromising of steri-strips ,plasters , disposable gloves and a resuscitation shield and water purification tabs .
The lid features a mirror circle , 3m orange high reflective and a GITD dot , £40.00 in tenners , x3 4hour mini Cyalume light sticks and a micro fire-steel with needle .
Also included are a folding razor /saw , mini tungsten carbide saw , photon freedom with a 12 hour run -time , P38 can opener , surgical blade and a custom made fire spark'er with jute tinder wrap .
All these items can of course be interchanged with other kit depending on the carry needs and environments traveled in and would always carry a more comprehensive first aid kit as standard .
Custom knives ,sheaths and gear from firstname.lastname@example.org