by Takiguchi Aiko (滝口アイコ)
illustrated by calintz
The first thing Keith Manning had taught him was the workings of the Lair’s database.”You’re the one who wanted to be useful to me,” he had said when Elias had complained. “Utilizing your existing skills, that’s useful.” It had taken months of system administration before Keith finally relented and began schooling him in field work. Even then, Elias’ first martial arts lesson had been breath control.
“Breath is the foundation of life,” Keith’s arms had been loosely folded, hands buried in his gi. “You can’t throw a punch if you can’t breathe through it. There are myriad uses besides. If you’re undercover or being interrogated, for example. It helps you regain your rational mind in times of panic. Control is important in all things.”