It did make sense, Kaku decided, laying on the roof of the judicial tower, to use capture the flag as a training exercise. It was easy enough to rile up the competitive spirit of a bunch of eleven- and twelve-year-old boys.
Competitive boys got creative very, very fast. Some of the strategies his classmates had come up with to hide and find the flags had been impressive.
And violent; the infirmary was already half-filled with injuries caused by careless—or, he added, allowing himself a grin, careful—rankyaku or shigan.
Still, when looked at the right way, Capture the Flag was a good, basic mission: identify and locate the target, work with team to create plan, eliminate obstacles as necessary, eliminate target. If the instructors were lucky, the trainees would remember something from this later on. It was almost perfect.
“There he is!”
It made sense, Kaku repeated, jumping off the tower, his classmates in fast pursuit, but he hated being the flag.(Tumblr post)