An Evening Stroll

A night on the town

Chapter 1 by Extraordinary Machine Extraordinary Machine

You lie in bed. You've been lying there in the still, silent darkness for two hours, unable to sleep. Something inside you is just itching to get out and it's keeping you wide awake.

It's been a rough few weeks. You've been so busy at work you've barely had a moment to yourself to be alone with your thoughts. The stress has been weighing on you heavily as you drag yourself out of bed every day and work yourself stiff. You've barely had time to sit down and relax, let alone find a woman. Is that what this is? Stress combined with lust? Whatever it is you need to do something about it.

How about a walk? That seems like it'd do the trick. You can unwind a bit and maybe relax enough to sleep. Your home is in a more suburban area of the city, so it's pretty quiet at night with the odd passerby here and there. There are some small lakes and forested areas close by that would be perfect for going to clear your head.

You toss the bed sheets to the side and swing out of bed, then walk over and press the light switch. It's a cool night, so you throw on some jeans, a t-shirt, and a light jacket. You also grab a neck gaiter. It can be pulled up as a half mask if you get cold or run into trouble and need to conceal your identity.

Before leaving, you stop and think if you want to take a weapon. You live in a pretty safe part of town, but you never know what can happen. You got a concealed pistol license years ago because you felt it was better to be safe than sorry. You own a handgun and a folding knife.

*Your handgun is a snub-nosed revolver in .38 Special. It's very light and compact, packs a moderate punch, but is very loud and holds 5 shots. It's worn in the appendix position, at 12 o'clock on your body in a holster. It's very fast to draw and because it's a revolver, can make contact shots pressed up against an attacker without malfunctioning. This is what you normally carry.

*The folding knife is a basic liner-locking knife with a plain-edged 2.5" blade. It's a very compact and useful tool, but not very good as a weapon. It's been said that a knife is more intimidating than a gun, however, if that interests you...

Do you take anything else?

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