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This story fills a square on my second card for the [community profile] cottoncandy_bingo fest. This fest encourages people to create and share material focused on what is variously called fluff, schmoop, gentle fiction, light reading, comfort reading, positive thinking, chicken soup for the soul, or anything else that offers a fun alternative to usual run of sex, violence, and angst of modern media. I'm hoping to attract some new readers for my writing.

The following story belongs to Schrodinger's Heroes, featuring an apocryphal television show supported by an imaginary fandom. It's science fiction about quantum physics and saving the world from alternate dimensions. It features a very mixed cast in terms of ethnicity and sexual orientation. This project developed with input from multiple people, and it's open for everyone to play in. You can read more about the background, the characters, and a bunch of assorted content on the menu page.

Begin with Part 1. This is a crossover with BBC Sherlock. You can read how these characters found each other in "THE Woman" and formed a team in "Texas Sunrise," "Seeing Things," "Fighting Through the Fog," and "Still Alive." The sentient coffee table is introduced in "Getting a Room."


Fandom: BBC Sherlock and Original (Schrodinger's Heroes)
Prompt: Favorite
Medium: Fiction
Summary: John gets back his favorite gun that he thought he'd never see again. Then Ash shows him hers.
Content Notes: Fluff. Domestic. Guns as security blankets. Cleaning rituals. Favors for friends. Team bonding.


"Smoke and Thunder" Part 2


"That -- is that authentic?" John said, his eyes widening. "It doesn't look like a replica, but I'm no expert on long guns, especially American ones."

The shotgun lay on its case of buckskin, the fringe decorated with beads spaced so as not to click against each other. The wooden stock was old and dark from the touch of many hands. The wide barrel had an odd pattern of scratches.

"Authentic," Ash said. "This shotgun has been in my family for generations -- what we call a gravel gun, because the warriors would reload with rocks after they ran out of shot. When my relatives found out what I do these days, this came to me, to protect our land. His name is Bloody Thunder."

"Gravel, wow," said John. "And that works? I mean, it doesn't damage the parts?"

"The old guns were made to last. This one isn't even a factory model, but custom, like a lot of things before the country went commercial," Ash said as she began her own cleaning ritual.

"So no serial number," John said.

Ash gave a secretive smile. "Out here, the unregistered frontier guns are worth more than new," she said. "But this one is priceless." She tapped the stock. "If we had to, we could remake any part of this gun with a very low tech base. Some of the dimensions we visit, that really matters."

"I can see that," John said. "I like the SIG because it's a sturdy gun. Stands up to the desert, you know?"

Ash nodded, her hands busy. "Durability is a vital feature."

"The leatherwork is beautiful too," John said.

"Thank you," Ash said. "My grandfather made this case. There have been others. We always save the crow beads, though. Bloody Thunder counts many coups, as my Lakota cousins would say." She stroked a fingertip along the beads. "Blue for enemies killed, red for those wounded, and white for the ones touched but released unharmed."

John looked. There were, indeed, very many beads attached to the leather fringe. "You must have so many stories about that gun," he said.

"Yes," said Ash. "I'll trade you, if you ever feel like sharing some of yours."

John rubbed a thumb over the SIG's grip. This had become his favourite gun the first time he touched it. He felt deeply grateful to have it back. "I'll have to think about what's safe to share, but yeah, I'd like that," he said. Then he traced the faint irregularity in the finish and added, "His name is Smoke. Bit silly, I suppose, but it suits -- he's hard to see, and I'm hard to hit."

"Names are what they are," Ash said. "You're lucky to have a gun that could tell you his name." She finished her work and carefully slid Bloody Thunder back into his leathers.

John could see how much the antique weapon meant to her, and had an inkling what inspired her to track down his own favourite. He packed the SIG into his case. "You know, you don't have to bribe me," he said, just to make matters perfectly clear. "I'd protect the team anyway."

"I know," Ash said with a wide smile. "That's why I did it -- not as a bribe, but as a favour between friends."

"Yeah," John said with a firm nod. "I'm good with that."

* * *

Notes:

You can read about the history of shotguns online. As mentioned above, many early guns were individually built rather than belonging to a model line of many identical guns.

Here is one example of a leather gun case. Decoration on these is highly individual with different patterns of fringe, paint, seed beads on the main body, and occasionally larger beads on the fringe.


~ CASE CLOSED ~

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Date: 2012-12-10 07:55 am (UTC)
technoshaman: Tux (Default)
From: [personal profile] technoshaman
*smiles* somebody else feels at home too. :)

It is good to find one's home. No matter how far away.

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Date: 2012-12-11 10:50 pm (UTC)
brushwolf: Icon created by ScaperDeage on DeviantArt (Default)
From: [personal profile] brushwolf
I'm reminded of just how much I liked handling a Mosin-Nagant and the Smith & Wesson Model 629. They are big and inelegant even by gun standards, and they look like you can carry them anywhere and with a modicum of care, they will work just fine anyway.

Re: Yes...

Date: 2012-12-12 08:08 pm (UTC)
brushwolf: Icon created by ScaperDeage on DeviantArt (Default)
From: [personal profile] brushwolf
Oh, geez. I'm not a serious gun nut so I don't think I could really give you a good opinion. I know serious gun nuts though so I could bug them.

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