“We can sneak up easier if we go over the roof.” I think we might be over-thinking this a bit. If I am wrong I will take all the blame, but over the top– That seems a bit much.
It was training day. Our mission, have 2 people completely sneak up on someone in broad daylight without being seen.
Planning to Attack
Despite that we could have easily gone through the roof, what happened if one of us fell off the roof. We were a team… a team of ninjas. Even in broad daylight, we would have easily been able to climb up and go over. The fear for me was the 15-foot drop.
I knew my surroundings really well, and I also knew it was very windy that particular day, so we had the advantage of sound on our side.
The plan, split up. Go around the building (not over) both prepare a distraction. Communicate via comm who would provide the distraction. Once the mark was distracted, MOVE!
I start walking through the shrubs, almost crawling. There wasn’t enough room. Plus complete silence. The wind that I had hoped for was nowhere to be found. I knew I wasn’t going to be in place… what if I have to do the distraction? What if the mark can see me right now?
As I get to the end of the building, I wait… apparently, I got here first. I wait longer… it seems like forever. Then I hear 2 beeps over comm. I am up, the mark’s back is to me. I have to create the distraction.
In these scenarios, the mark knows it is coming. They know something is about to happen. You can always play to that just like I did.
“Guys, guys… GUYS!!! You can’t set the tree on fire!”
“Mark down,” was said in unison over the comm. See the Mark is always expecting you to do something stupid. They are after all looking for you. It is their job when you are training. So when white smoke started coming out of a magnolia tree, the mark assumed we did something to give ourselves away. Little did he know… we were right behind him.
This is another story from my new book “Becoming the Modern Ninja”
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