Summary: You’re part of Yondu’s crew and the two of you have been involded for a while now. Nothing serious but you want more. You’re in love with him but is certain he doesn’t feel the same. Yondu keeps pushing you away because of his past and who he is, thinking he doesn’t deserve you. But you are determined to show him otherwhise.
A/N: Thank you @missmendelsohn for this wonderful idea and also for beta reading for me!
Every night was the same - shadows of the Kree Reapers slithering through the darkness of his dreams; soon his breathing increased rapidly and become gasps of breath. On awakening, despite the nightmare ending, a ghastly feeling of being watched by invisible eyes prolonged, leaving an uneasy feeling and Yondu felt paralyzed for minutes, staring into the abyss.
Every night you were woken by the screams next door and every night you wanted to run in there to hold Yondu in your arms, while whispering soothing words to calm his mind. But you never did, despite that his haunting screams cut through your heart and pained your soul. You never did because you knew that he didn’t feel the same as you. Too many times had he pushed you away upon showing him any kind of affection or asking too many intimate questions.
Tonight was different however. You heard his footsteps outside in the ship’s corridor after the screams ended and you frowned. This was highly unusual. You got out from underneath the sheets and opened the door to walk outside, only wearing a pair of loosely fitted pyjamas shorts and one of Quill’s old t-shirts he didn’t use anymore.
At a rifle class taught by a retired commando a few years back, I remember hearing the saying that the worst time to learn how to shoot was in the middle of a gunfight.
If there is anything you should take away from the insanely unrealistic “The Handmaiden’s Tale”, is that being prepared for the worst and having the skills and ability to save your, and your loved one’s life is never a bad thing. You’re not going to be very effective at escape and evasion if you’re learning fieldcraft on the fly.
The second thing is that the concept about as unrealistic as a Zombie Apocalypse. Margaret Atwood, the Canadian author of the original novel, must have written it as an intellectual exercise. I’m a bit more concerned about the nitty gritty: where are uptight hyper religious assholes going to recruit an Army for their ranks? Given that literally a quarter of my active duty or retired Army and USMC grunt friends have been married to strippers for a portion of their lives, pretty sure that they will NOT be joining the American Taliban. I am also pretty sure the fellas who never married strippers… the barbarians, the warrior poets, the adventurers, or folks who just needed a job and purpose for a bit would also find an authoritarian, theocratic regime outright distasteful and worth destroying. Pretty sure you’re not gonna find many experts in chaos, violence, and high explosives in the puritan camp.
Furthermore, the scenario is pretty insulting to average Christians who just want to do their own thing and not impose christian style Sharia law on others. I’m like… Jesus! Did Margaret Atwood ever meet a real cop, soldier, or practicing christian ever in her life?
This series has been praised to the high heavens by the fawning entertainment press as a relevant mirror to the United States of America (with its recent SCOTUS ruling supporting gay rights) but skips right over the fact that homosexuals are literally hung in Iran, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Qatar, Somalia just like the “brutal” scene in episode 3. It is certainly interesting to see the mental gymnastics folks are using to somehow use this to attack conservative positions in America while skipping right over the DIRECT parallels to Islam.
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.
After some investment in materials and some continued testing one of the ideas I had last year seems to be getting closer to a final product. When other items came along it got put to the back burner and then brought out again as time allowed. In short I was asked for a lighting method that could be turned on and off, that glowed and did not produce large volumes of light, that could be used to allow navigation and signalling as well as be Jerry rigged for other covert uses. Also it had to be totally stand alone not requiring batteries or further components adding to the bulk or weight of the item.
I had tried chemical lights in a variety of ways but its a one shot deal and you cant exactly turn them off. You can throw them in your shoe or sometimes in a pocket but that can lead to light escape from the pocket depending on what the material is. Also you need a lot of them if you intend on doing anything for extended periods of time.
After some further experiments with glowing materials from hard plastics to soft granules all the way down to dust the final product was reached. Above is the final prototype of the material to glow, without the correct top coat. The final top coat to affix it is on order and the vacuum chamber is not set up yet to remove the bubbles. The final top coat is also crystal clear and is UV stable magnifying the sunlight inbound to the particles.
What we have is a container that holds a simple to charge glowing powder that is long lasting and durable. Its sealed into the holder with a clear top coat. You can charge it with sunlight, UV light or any other form of light. The big difference is a sliding lid makes it easily to turn off or on or vary the intensity..
Once the final components have arrived and a final sample is made I’ll post some further images and some further demonstration photos. Double sided tape could allow for a permanent marker or simple velcro for fixing to a jacket, bergan, helmet etc.
More details to follow, any thoughts or views on this idea please feel free to let me know.
You know I made a list of people that we need to talk more about:
Matilda of Flanders- wife of William the Conqueror
Empress Matilda- the first woman to fight for the right to rule England
Queen Matilda- Stephen’s wife, who was pretty bad ass too
Eleanor of Aquitaine- Was the Queen of France AND England, Duchess of Aquitaine in her own right, went on a fucking crusade, successfully secured a divorce, evasively escaped two men who were trying to kidnap her and force her into marriage, rebelled against her second husband, basically ruled England during Richard I’s reign, and was a HUGE influence over John when she was still alive. Ran around Europe, even as an old woman, getting shit done.
Edward III- BEST KING EVER (also an adoring husband but whateves)
One of the world’s rarest and most unusual animals…The FLYING JACKALOPE
is most frequently found in South Dakota’s Badlands around Wall. It is
extremely shy and capable of blinding speed to escape detection. Because
of its evasive nature it has not been considered one of the “endangered
species” despite its rarity. This prize photo was taken with a
telephoto lens a short way east of Wall.
This final prototype is one thats really simple but really useful! An elastic closure holds everything tightly together and expands or contracts depending on what you carry. Once you pull it back over itself you can unfold the roll and lift the cover.
Inside there is plenty of space for a combination of tools, and if required a light to help you. Sections that are sewn help organise your shims, EZ Decoders, lock pick sets, Photon Freedom light, handcuff keys, quick sticks or anything else you need including mini cyalumes! Not just one of each, you can pack a few of each into the kit and it will still close.
The rear has a loop for adding a lanyard for easy carry or just drop it into a pocket. By far one of the most useful tool kits you can have with you at any time no matter what you are wearing. The all black 1000D cordura means it will take all of the work day you have and still not cause a problem.
The lid is sewn to favor it wanting to close preventing loss while you get to grips with the task at hand! When you are done, fold the sides in, pull over the elastic closure and off you go. Simple works best, this is the most complex item in its simplest form.
Once final testing is complete these will be made available! How do you feel about an item like this?