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In some cultures, what I do is considered normal.
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Roman’s jaw dropped when Acacia reveled that the gun was unloaded. The sheer audacity required to casually wave an empty gun around was almost mind boggling. It was either the most brilliant or the stupidest thing he had ever seen. His eyes flicked to his bag. No one would panic when they saw his weapon. He wasn’t even sure if he could wield it with enough strength to actually do anything with it. It was definitely something better suited to a person like Alex. There were plenty of times she had menaced him with a wrench or pair of pliers.

"It didn't come loaded. And I'll be honest, I don't even know where to start. What did you get?"

While he wasn’t a marksman or really even terribly comfortable with guns, his uncle and father had shown him how to properly load and handle one on one of the extremely rare and never fruitful hunting trips they occasionally went on. Roman momentarily contemplated feigning ignorance but he could hear Acacia’s panic creep into her voice as she admitted she didn’t really know how to prep the gun. He couldn’t leave the other girl high and dry in good conscience, not when her feeling so closely mirrored his own. ‘Besides, if you want help, you have to give help. I just hope this doesn’t come around to bite me squarely on the ass.’

“I, uh, I got a…hold on, I’ll get it out,” he said as he fumbled for his bag. “It’s called a sun baton. It has an instruction manual, but it doesn’t look terribly complicated. I think it’s just one of those collapsible batons that you see foreign police officers carry in action movies.” He pawed through the bag, looking for the weapon to show Acacia. “Didn’t your gun come with an instruction manual?”

Without waiting for an answer, he rushed on. “If it didn’t, I could…I could show you how to open the breach so you could load the gun. I mean, I think I can open the breach for you.” Roman kept his eyes fixed on the contents of his bag.
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Orientation · The Felled Forest: South