I turned on the TV to see the aftermath of another battle. It was out in Yokohama, far from here, and the damage didn’t look too bad, although the JSDF lost another suit.
They were burning through their budget this season, I thought, as I chopped vegetables and added them to the simmering hotpot.a
Life had finally returned to normal since the original Kaiju Disaster over a decade ago. And things were much better than they had been in those first lean years.
Prosperity helps, I thought as I added a writhing batch of fresh tentacles to the bubbling stock.

The Mountain’s Shadow, the first Everyday Drabbles collection, is now available for preorder from Amazon!