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he ate my goldfish, and now he is eyeing +Julia Hawkins.
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i woke in the dingy, dull walled  贅沢) Zeitaku (宿) Yado, or Luxury Inn
half past four in the morning. outside, dim lights flickered in the hallway running past my front door, clearly visible through the large i.d. window in the upper part of the door. around me was the scattered flotsam and jetsam of a day spent helping the comfort droids. rags, bits of skin, scissors, thread. a dozen other things as well, of course. bits of metal, stuffing, a remarkably bent bit of rebar (that had been inside a terribly injured bot) and enough damaged positronic material to declare the place a laboratory, though it looked as much like a warzone.
i was exhausted. my arms felt like lead, and my hands moved clumsily, when they moved at all. i had used every reserve of my training to be precise, to control my wavering, tired muscles, and i was paying for it now. i stumbled, rather than walked, to the restroom in the small flat, leaving a trail of clothing behind me on the floor, much like a windstorm leaves a trail of wreckage.
i had every intent of turning the shower to a warm setting, and basking for an hour; as it was, the allotment of hot water had been used the day before, so i sulked in a cool shower, gritting my teeth and rubbing my knotted muscles. 
i thought, or i tried to, about what my meeting with Jubei would be like. His killer androids would also have to be dealt with, though Aiko had, in her strange and serene way, told me that these bad men would, and could, be overcome. i hadn't pressed, busy as i was wiping coolant from the insides of  a battered ふたな, a small Futadroid. 
the shower ended as it began, with a cold drizzle aimed at my face of water that tasted terrible and looked worse. i flopped gracelessly out of the shower, and into the Jet-dry system, the first warmth i'd had all day.
here, at last, i could relax. i could feel my muscles loosen, unknot, untighten. my thoughts began to form a plan, based on what little information i had on Jubei's personality. i would need to know him a bit better, but Aiko had promised as much. Then?
then i would lay the rest of the plan down. right now it was very nearly a blank sheet still, with certain known things forming boundaries, but enough unknowns to keep me from trying to press home any kind of attack sooner than a week.
still, the outline was there; i would be some invisible entity. a street vendor, perhaps. yes; a flower girl, selling flowers and small trinkets in an open air market that Jubei frequented.
when he approached, perhaps a handful of flowers could be used to hide a small electromagnetic bomb, to eliminate the hulking droids, and stagger Jubei; enough, at any rate, to close the distance and bury
a certain white dagger in his chest. first would come the two  two hulking 静かな怒り(Shizukana ikari,) Quiet Fury androids, though. they had to be felled, or they would be fast enough stop any attack save a ballistic one. i sighed, reaching for a cigarette, letting the warm air raise gooseflesh on my nude skin. this was heaven, this rush of warm air over sore muscles. or as close to heaven as this  kakure oni 隠れ鬼, this hidden devil, would ever likely get. perhaps Aiko would reveal
her method of stopping the droids today. i would live in that hope.
for now, the warm air was a distraction: i had to get myself up, get myself motivated enough to get some breakfast, to check the small 衣類ボックス(Irui bokkusu), the small vending machines, for money, and buy, in small quantities, the things necessary to build a bomb, should Aiko not have a way of stopping those droids. if i could not build them, i would have to overide a dozen or more safety protocols, and make them myself, a time consuming process at the best of times. Atarashī Wakusei, like most settled planets, took a dim view of random people getting access to such weapons. i sighed, enjoying the nicotine as it hit me. i exhaled slowly, feeling the vertebrae in my back shift and pop as i began to warm up.
for the first time since the ikiryō (生き霊) of Prince Oda had visited me, i felt something like peace settle on me. as sore as my muscles were, it was a delicious strain compared with the years of Mr Sataki's
careful tended safety. I owed Prince Oda (and the Lady Subaru) much, and looked forward to discharging that debt with real skill, not a bomb.
i was brought out of my reverie by a small sound from the hallway. i shrugged, tiredly, knowing, in my mind already it was some injured comfort droid. and i would fix them as best i could. i sighed again, snuffing my cigarette, and opened the door.
only to scan a hallway littered with thousands of mandaras 曼荼羅, bits of cloth with prayers on them, left by the various droids i had repaired, and others, perhaps, who had heard what i was doing. 
all prayers for my soul. that 'friend Woe' find peace in the loving arms of The Buddha.
and i do not know why i cried at these small, tattered bits of paper, except that these comfort droids had nothing but their faith that things would get better, if not now, then perhaps later, if the Buddha recognized them as having a worthy soul, or a soul at all.
and i stood there, crying, because i do not know if i have a soul; and if i do, i do not know if i want it to ever find peace.
peace is a prison.
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“Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand--and melting like a snowflake...”
                              ― Francis Bacon
(h/t +Bobbi Jo Woods, & Bacon)
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nappy-time, i iz so sorry i used to resent you as a kid!
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Yahoo! I swear by all that's holy, if it has Jenner or Kardashian as a last name, it isn't news, or even newsworthy.
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YES! Here, have some smooches from some random Internet guy. 😙😙😙😙😙
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too early for #carporn  ??
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Dat color doe....
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"Ernest Hemingway once said 'we are strongest where we have been broken'. What do you think?"
"Eric, I think Ernest was an optimist on the human condition. I think where we are broken remains a faultline, waiting for the next shock, the next shift, the next let down. But even when it does happen, we've been through it before, and we are, on some level, sadly prepared. So... It's not that we've been made stronger by our breaks, Eric. It's that we're too scarred to notice them anymore."
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off to play some Skyrim, then bedtime. Y'all have an excellent evening.
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Mark Vidler, of Go Home Productions presents the mashup “Dancing Like Blood” it’s the Bee Gees vs Killing Joke…..this is killer, I just can’t stop playing it…enjoy!
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also, some much needed color for my stream. <3
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we often see Barsoom when we've been too long in the Bar-room.
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some early color for my stream, before breakfast.
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I'd love to have views like this!  Splendid photograph!
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