Every year as a child and teenager we took a trip upstate New York to the woods and learned how to survive in the wilderness. It was a two week long trip at every level.
I am neither Venatori nor Human. I am neither straight nor gay. I knew neither my mother nor my father. I could probably go on, but you get the idea.
The greatest influences in my life have been women. Despite my feelings about my mother she greatly influenced the man I became today. And Both Dae'lin and Margo have helped me heal.
That is the main difference to NYC HQ and Boulder HQ, shit closes around here. At 8 am I was standing outside the main building of the HQ compound and no one was there yet. The woman who opened the door smiled at me and let me inside. I sat down and waited another 30 minutes for Michaela to show up. I was not impressed.
I've had a lot of time to refine my theories. I believe those who can see the patterns, whether it is something learned, or natural can touch them and eventually with enough training manipulate them.
I don't think I'll retire - I don't think I'll live long enough to get old and gray and hobble around on a cane and retire from my job. Most Venatori hunters do not.