Being efficient is a drag sometimes – lack of efficiency in others is frustrating. My major grievance is people who just stand in your way for no apparent reason. Why do people stop and chat in the narrow part of the sidewalk, preferably with strollers of bicycles in hand? Why block the supermarket aisle with your cart and glare at people who ask you to move aside so they can continue their shopping? Why sleep at the traffic lights?
Today, I stopped at a Bagels&Beans after sword practice. Three older ladies were looking at me as I locked my Vespa. I could see them studying the bag that contains my swords, but they didn't dare ask me what was in the bag until I had placed my order at the bar and found a place to sit. When they inquired, I asked them if they had been speculating on the contents of my bag. They had. So I told them that I wouldn't want to spoil their imagination and reveal the true contents. Sometimes, imagination is more satisfying than the truth.
They didn't look satisfied by my answer, though.
I'm not concerned about how I kill people, I'm just concerned about getting away and not leaving any traceable materials behind. Even if you use a suppressed Ruger .22, it still makes way too much noise. Also, to be effective, you either need to be a crack shot or be really close to your target. And if you're that close, a knife or dagger is more effective and, more important, silent. And you don't leave traceable materials behind - not counting the slivers of metal that get stuck in the bone. If you use ordinary knives, chances the materials get traced back is nil. Plus there are a lot of stabbing weapons that are so ordinary they can't be traced successfully and can even be left at the scene without consequences.
I call myself Loki for a variety of reasons:
Loki is short and easy to remember.
Loki stands for low key, which is the nature of my business.
Loki is a male, so clients will confuse my gender.
And I identify with the Norse god Loki, who is mischievous and a prankster, as well as a shapeshifter.
For those who don't know me, my name is Katla Sieltjes. Under the name Loki, I'm a freelance assassin, based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. To promote the first installment of my adventures, Peccadillo, due to come out as a Kindle e-book soon, I've created this blog, where readers can ask me professional questions.