Sunday, October 30, 2011

Edith and Ben - Gun Safety

[Originally posted at Ana Mardoll's Ramblings.]

Charlize checked that she had removed the clip from her gun and that the chamber was empty, knowing her this was the third time she'd done it since getting off duty. Once when she emptied it, once before getting the car to drive home, and now again to make sure she didn't leave a loaded gun lying around. When that was done she put the gun back into its holster and hung up the entire belt.

Then she turned to me, made introductions, “Ben, gun. Gun, Ben,” and finally asked, “Ben, rules?”

And I recited, “Never point the gun at anything you don't intend to kill. Do not use any gun unless you understand how to operate it. Always point the gun in a safe direction. Keep the gun unloaded when not in use. Treat the gun as if it is loaded unless the chamber is open and empty. Never pass the gun to someone unless the action is open and you can see it is empty. Do not put any body part anywhere near the trigger until you are ready to fire. The gun is our friend but it is an extremely dangerous and stupid friend. It will do whatever we tell it to do even if we don't really mean it. We must treat the gun with caution.”

Charlize smiled and said, “Do you have any problem with the gun being here?” I didn't so she told me, “The ammunition is in the drawer of little table in the hall. Remember that the werewolves are our friends.”

She sniffed a bit, "Do I smell food?" She seemed surprised.

I told her, "I like to cook."

[Note that she has no idea that werewolves are real, she's being silly. Neither she nor Ben particularly want to be talking about deadly serious things, so once the necessary stuff is over it's time for silly.]

1 comment:

  1. This I like. I vaguely find the accusation that Charlie never taught Bella gun safety unfair, since she's been spending a month/year there her whole life. But a gun safety refresher? Still important, and good for bonding.