This Thing Of Ours

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This Thing Of Ours is a story written by shukyou and illustrated by safelybeds. It ran in Issue 22 and can be found at and


An Italian-American mobster and a member of the yakuza form an alliance.

Thinking back now, I remember it in slow motion, like when the film gets caught in the projector at the pictures and everything spins down until Greta Garbo moves like she's underwater and sounds like a foghorn speaking Swiss. But at the time, it went so fast that the only real, conscious thought my brain got off was what the hell is Bruno Battaglio smiling about? Then the pistols started shattering the glassware above the bar, and I grabbed Ken's tie, and we hit the floor hard.
S2b2warning.png Content Warning: Violence, Crime

The author wishes to note that this story contains some sensitive material, including descriptions (some just stunningly inaccurate) of violence, injury, racism, and organized crime.


This Thing of Ours is unconnected to other stories or universes.

Author's Notes[edit]

Given that this entire story was inspired by an episode of the Deadliest Warrior, historical accuracy was not paramount. In fact, it was almost entirely beside the point.

The author also knows that 'Swiss' is not a language.

Artist's Notes[edit]

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External Reviews[edit]

  • "So there's a gangster, a yakuza, and a frame-up. ... On the chance you haven't read this, then let me commend it to your attention as a really awesome, fun original m/m story. WITH GANGSTERS."
  • "Gangsters and shootouts and people being tied to beds, oh my! Great evocation of atmosphere and place, with a hot and lovely ending."