the smuggler’s bible


It’s wretched the lengths people will go to in pursuit of something they think they want. Naoko acknowledges this fact—considers it, judges it to be true—then slams the garage door and  tosses her duffle into the back seat.

“She said not to call.”


“I know you like taking advantage of ambiguities, but—”

“It’s an integral pillar of the canon,” Naoko says, starting the car. “Coyote, Ulysses, Baron Munchausen. These characters exist because humanity consistently finds value in abstract problem solving.”

“Listen, don’t waste the speech on me. I imagine you’ll be having this argument again real soon.”