Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Infiltration

Taro waited for the two guards to leave completely before he made his move. He was impatient, but he knew the costs of acting too quickly could be his life.

He scaled his way from the branch he was on towards to branch hanging closest to the window. He grabbed each branch and tested its strength before committing himself to moving forward, being careful not to rattle the tree anymore. Finally, the window was within reach.

Inside, there was a brightly lit room. The room was decorated with expensive looking vases and statues. It appeared to be an office with two wooden desks, a bookshelf, and a coat rack holding two coats. There was no doubt in his mind that this office was still being used, even this late at night. But for the moment, there was no one.

He began glancing up and down the window. The window was made up of many smaller squares of glass, held together by a frame and sealant. There was also a lock on the central divider which seemed to be in the locked position. A window like this was certainly not going to keep him out.

He narrowed his focus on one particular square of glass closest to the lock. He pulled out a small kunai blade and placed it against the glass where the frame was and began sliding it under the frame, breaking apart the sealant from the glass. He continued all the way around until the glass was loose. He then began diligently filing away one side of the frame until it was weakened and used his knife to pry the section from the rest of the frame.

The glass came easily out of place, giving Taro a sense of accomplishment. But he knew that the easy part was over. From here on out, he wasn't going to be dealing with just climbing walls and breaking into windows, he was going into an unknown area and facing real guards who were undoubtedly armed.

Taking a deep breath, he placed the piece of glass in his bag and unlatched the window through the hole he had created. He carefully pulled the window open and made his way in, closing the window behind him.

Just as he had closed the window, he could hear voices coming from outside the door.

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Having successfully made it inside, he now has to find Michio unnoticed. What will Taro do now? Find out in the next part of our exciting story "Taro's Ninja Spy High School" and don't forget to comment!

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What is a Ninja?

There is a lot of misconception about what a ninja is.

A ninja is a weapon. A ninja is a warrior.

First appearing in writing as early as 4th century according to some history, though it is hard to place the beginning of the ninja, and most scholars agree that they emerged around the 7th-10th century. According to most Asian historians, the ninja first developed in opposition to the elite samurai during the Heian Dynasty (794-1185).

By the 15th century, the role of the ninja was primarily hired mercenary or espionage. By this time, there was already boundless myths about ninjas, calling them demons and giving them mystical powers which were widely believed to be true, but in all reality, ninjas were very trained in silence and stealth and could easily hide or slip away quickly and unnoticed in a way that would lead others to believe they were magical.

Our story presupposes a modern Japanese society where ninjas have managed to survive and continue traditional methods of teaching and hired by clients and used as weapons and tools of espionage and mercenary. Taro is one such ninja, growing up in a civilization of ninjas long-thought to be extinct. But when Taro begins his first ninja mission, his whole world gets turned upside down.