Hero's Diary: Day 1, Part 13
11/02/10 at 13:11 EST

From a safe distance I planned my next moves. The Gimp-goons and wolves had been joined by a small handful of Cacti and zombies in bandage wrapping, and the lot of them appeared to be engaged in casual conversation with one another. An ample distraction if necessary, but by sticking to the shadows, I would be able to reach the suspicious duo at the far end of the cavern undetected. It was time to carry out the plan I had spent the last ten minutes formulating.

I rose to my feet, and promptly fell flat on my face. Something had struck me from behind, making me curse my carelessness for a brief moment.

"Whoa, sorry there!" Pirohiko blurted, stooping forward to help me back to my feet. "See, Etranger? He's just fine! He didn't need our help after all!" His pride in me echoed throughout the chamber, catching the attention of everyone else, including the dozen creatures that wanted to kill me. It's the thought that counts, I suppose, but it's the idiot in the red cape that kills.

"He isn't any more," Etranger pointed out as she descended the stairs, catching up to us at her own pace. "Is this your way of cutting his teeth, Pirohiko?"

Pirohiko folded his arms and grinned. "A hero can overcome any odds! Watch and learn!" He extended his hand, offering me something. "Here, take this and show her what I mean!"

The object Pirohiko presented to me was a handgun. I took it in my own hands, giving him a confused look.

"I don't think shooting animals with a gun counts as being heroic," Etranger pointed out.

"No, you don't understand. They're not animals, they're monsters! And...monstrous people!"

"Explain to me how a gun isn't cowardly?"

"A hero must always use the tools available to him to overcome evil!" He encouraged me to make use of the weapon by pointing his fingers forward like a gun and pretending to shoot. "Long Ranger!"

It's his fault that I'm in this mess in the first place, so I don't quite appreciate him putting the blood on my hands. Still, the ordinance will prove useful. I'll just start with a warning shot to see if I can get them to back down, but I'll do what I have to in order to save Maria, wherever she is.
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