I knew what was wrapped in the canvas before Ty unfolded the last layer, but on this occasion being right gave me no gratification.
The sun had melted across the tree tops, casting a golden glow on the dull metal before me whilst the anxious sweat on my brow was beginning to cool.
"What we have here Satchmo, is two semi-automatic pistols and a submachine gun." Ty said matter-of-factly.
"Have you ever fired a weapon before?" he asked.
"Of course I haven't!" I snapped "I'm not some homicidal fucking maniac who goes around kidnapping and killing people..."
"OK, then we'll have a crash course in firearm use. Come and sit down."
Reluctantly, I sat beside him in the long grass, eyeing the guns before me with the utmost suspicion.
"Why do we need them at all? What happened to the one you took to Michaels's," I asked.
I hated guns, gun crime, and even target sports. During my father's time on the police force he had been shot at several times and his experiences had ingrained a loathing that I had never shaken.
"That was well past its sell-by date. Besides, it doesn't pay to hang on to such things once they have been seen by someone who can use that information to harm you. Dexter sells the real deal." Ty straightened the three weapons on the canvas wrapping.
"Where the hell does he get this stuff from?" I was looking at some serious military hardware.
"He has friends who can make this stuff vanish from quartermaster's stores across the world. Plus he confiscates a lot from the kids on his patch, but that stuff is all crap."
"I'd really rather not have one," I pleaded.
"Better to have it and not need it, than need it and not have it," Ty replied. "Don't forget that Sharp has killed. The two men he brought today were both armed, one held a gun on us while we talked. With luck, when he returns with Martha we will have to do little more than threaten them," Ty tried to sound reassuring.
"And if we're out of luck?" I said, knowing the answer.
"You'll know what to do Satchmo. This will be yours." He handed me a dull black, blocky-looking pistol with an ergonomic grip and large square trigger guard. I took it from him and cradled it in both hands as if it were a tangled ball of baby vipers.
"What you have there is a Glock 20 10mm semi-automatic pistol, manufactured in Austria. The casing is principally synthetic, you see how light it is?"
I nodded, it was a lot lighter than I expected.
"I chose this for you because it is light and easy to handle, the 10mm cartridge gives good stopping power and the clip holds fifteen rounds. It is unloaded but this is how you check." He took the pistol from me and held it out so I could see what he was doing.
"Are these legal?" I took the gun back and began to mimic what I had just seen, confirming that the weapon was unloaded.
"Don't ask silly questions. Dexter provides untraceable hardware. You know he had a wire-guided anti-tank missile in that basement?" Ty smiled playfully.
"I know, I nearly bought it! One of those would make a hell of a mess of Sharp's flashy motor. OK, now onto the pistol. Firstly, point it well away from you and anyone else, then release the magazine like so..." He ran through the procedure he had just shown me, flipping a little switch on the butt behind the trigger so that the magazine dropped slightly. He removed it and laid it before him.
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Quid Pro QuoMystery / Thriller
Satchmo Turner is a failed private detective from the rusting heart of the Black Country who is reeling from the loss of his sister and fiancee. He's going nowhere at work, and treading water in life, until he picks up a simple missing person case a...