Another excerpt from At the Crossing of Justice and Mercy: In this scene, Andy Burden is considering buying a gun for protection on his journey to seek out the truth to the whereabouts of former cult leader, Peter Smith. Andy has a phone conversation with his friend John about guns.
At the Crossing of Justice and Mercy is available at Amazon.
* * *
“Hey, John. It’s Andy. I’m calling about that gun you were telling me about the other day. The one your friend is trying to sell. Is it still for sale?”
“Well, I’m not completely sure about that,” John replied. “But the last time I talked to him he still had it.” Why? Are you coming to your senses?”
“I don’t know, John. Maybe it’s the opposite. Maybe I’m losing my mind, thinking about getting a gun. Man, I don’t know if I could ever shoot anybody if I had to.”
John was silent for a moment, then he responded slowly. “Andy, if you’re going to carry a firearm, you have to be absolutely sure you can use it. You have to know, that if push comes to shove, you can shoot to kill. Otherwise it becomes more of a liability than an asset.”
“I know. I know,” I said. “Maybe I should just forget the whole gun idea.”
“Let’s take a step back for a moment, Andy. Let’s talk about your reasoning. What are your reasons for getting a gun?”
“You know, this thing with Peter Smith?” I said…
…”Shit, Andy. Based on what you’ve told me about that guy, I wouldn’t put much of anything past him. If the guy faked his own death, I can guarantee you that he doesn’t want anybody to know. That means he could be dangerous,” John said. “But let’s go back another step. Why do you want to find this guy anyway? Maybe you should just let it go.”
“I don’t know, John. Maybe I’m just pissed off because he screwed my life up when I was younger. I don’t know.”
“Whoa. Wait a minute,” John snapped back. “First of all, that wasn’t much of an answer. You don’t sound very certain. And second, it sounds to me like you might be thinking about some kind of revenge. I hope you’re not thinking about taking the guy out. I don’t want to see you get locked up, man. Have you really thought this through, Andy?”