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Rachel nodded to the Katana Dawn was holding. "New toy?"

"Birthday present."

"Spike knows you well."

Dawn shook her head. "Wolf gave it to me."

"So, what's the problem?"

"I'm pretty sure it was designed for me." Dawn ran a finger lovingly over the tsuba. "It must cost more than our business clears in a year."

"Ah, you're another victim of Wolf's non-existent social skills. She thought you'd like it, but has no concept that it can feel awkward and a little creepy. With the way her mind works, next year you're just as likely to get a CD."


open_on_sundaychallenge #222: birthday
Part of the London!verse and the Wolf&Declán!verse


( 15 howls — talk to the wolf )
26th Jun, 2007 14:11 (UTC)
Wolf gives the best prezzies! No awkward or creepy... okay, sometimes a little extravagant, but that just makes people appreciate how special she is!

And possibly try to out-gift her the next time, heh. ;P
26th Jun, 2007 21:57 (UTC)
That would be special, like the special bus? Maybe you shouldn't answer that.
27th Jun, 2007 05:50 (UTC)
What an awesome present; I'd love to receive something like that. And I like how it goes from Katana to CD in the blink of an eye.
27th Jun, 2007 07:10 (UTC)
Wolf's funny that way.

I wouldn't mind that kind of present either. Alas, I shall have to buy my own.
28th Jun, 2007 09:52 (UTC)
Okay, American ignorance time: What's a tsuba?
28th Jun, 2007 21:03 (UTC)
Not so much American ignorance, as evidence that you have a life and aren't obsessed with Japanese swords. It's the guard on a bladed Japanese weapon; from Wikipedia:

The tsuba is usually a round or occasionally squarish guard at the end of the grip of bladed Japanese weapons, like the katana and its various declinations (tachi, wakizashi etc), tanto or naginata. They contribute to the control of the arm (the right index of the fighter typically touches the tsuba), and to the protection of the hand.
29th Jun, 2007 05:50 (UTC)
Thanks for the info. I only have one sword, an American cavalry type, and as it carries no markings whatsoever I have no way of determining where or when it came from. (You find the oddest things at rummage sales.)
29th Jun, 2007 21:28 (UTC)
I have an Hanwei Gustav Rapier that arrived this week. It only occurred to me after the fact that it would have been very handy for encouraging the annoying door-to-door salespeople to bugger off the other night.

My other half has several Katanas.

You appear to have a period piece, which is quite nice. I suspect that a lot of these were churned out during the civil war as ornaments, much like Katanas in Japan during WWII. Whether you have a gem or a shiny rock, would be down to an expert. Still, a seriously cool find. I feel quite jealous, I never find cool stuff like that at rummage sales.
30th Jun, 2007 06:13 (UTC)
gem or shiny rock
Shiny rock, is my guess. I'm guessing it's a parade piece, because the blade doesn't appear to have ever been sharpened to a battle-ready status. Because it's a bit shorter than you'd expect and not overly ornate, I suspect it may have been used by a high school level military school, or as you suggested it was mass produced as a Civil War ornament. That's all guess work, of course - but it's still cool to speculate.
30th Jun, 2007 13:40 (UTC)
awkward and a little creepy
With you there. And I totally forgive you for cutting out the nice sword bit from Analogous now.
30th Jun, 2007 23:43 (UTC)
The sword bit may go back in if I ever get my finger out and extend the other drabble.
1st Jul, 2007 06:28 (UTC)
*Get it out. Get it out*

There's a voice with that in my head. The guy with the big nose and the hat - damn W C... Fields?
1st Jul, 2007 10:18 (UTC)
Oh dear. If extended version does not appear soonish, feel free to poke me. That usually works.
1st Jul, 2007 10:19 (UTC)
Jimmy Durante?
1st Jul, 2007 16:56 (UTC)
I'll have to go look later.

Heeeeeeee - I have your permission to poke you.
( 15 howls — talk to the wolf )