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Welcome Back, Mr. Nightcrawler

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Nightcrawler, Jun 26, 2006.

  1. Nightcrawler

    Nightcrawler Well-Known Member

    A Place to Crash

    I hate flying commercial. I'm a tall guy, and twelve hours in coach class does nothing for my temperment.

    Neither did spending forty five minutes in line at US Customs upon landing. So I was pretty grouchy when I finally made it to the counter. I had to stifle it, though. Look natural. I handed the lady my passport.

    "Welcome home, Mr. Hale," she said, looking through it. "You've been away a long time. What on earth did you do over there?"

    "Pipleine technician, natural gas mainly. Paid well, but I'm ready to come home and eat bacon again." I put on my best impish grin. She smiled sweetly at me.

    "Well, again, welcome home." She stamped my passport.

    "It's good to be back, Ma'am," I said, and walked away. Making my way through the crowded terminal, I pulled out my Nokia cell phone and turned it on.

    NO SERVICE, it told me. What? I cursed aloud as I realized my phone wouldn't work in the United States. Get a tri-band, they told me. Works anywhere in the world, they said. My butt.

    Muttering to myself, I found a payphone, used my credit card, and punched the digits. The phone rang six or seven times before I got an answer.


    "Jeff. I'm at LAX. Can you come pick me up? I need a place to crash."

    "What? Who is this? It's two in the morning!"


    "Nightc...Mike? MIKE! What the hell! It's been like a year man!"

    "Long story. Can you come get me? I'm tired, and I don't really have anywhere to go."

    "Uh...yeah....yeah, sure. Gonna be a couple hours. Can you wait?"

    "I'll be here. Thanks."

    Two and a half hours later, my friend arrived. He bombarded me with questions, and I frustrated him by not answering. I wasn't trying to be distant, I really wasn't; fatigue was setting in. I fell asleep in his car and didn't wake up until we were back at his place.

    As the first rays of dawn began to peek in the window, I found myself sitting across Jeff's kitchen table. He still looked astonished to see me. I'm sure I looked like hell, too.

    "What's going on, man?" He asked me again. "You disappear for a whole year, and I hardly get an email from you. Now you fall out of the sky and want to stay at my place? What the hell?"

    "I need a weapon," I said.

    "What? Why? Look, we're cool and everything, but..."

    "It's important," I said, interrupting.

    "Uh...yeah. Wait a minute." He left the table, and returned with a pistol in his hand. He laid the Beretta 92FS down on the table, along with three loaded magazines.

    "Not really your style, but it's all I can spare." I inserted a magazine and chambered a round. Satisfied, I set the weapon back down.

    "This will do. Thank you. I need new ID, too. This passport's gotten too broken in." I laid my Parker Hale passport down on the table. Jeff picked it up and looked at it. He chuckled.

    "Parker Hale. That's funny. Come on, man. I need to know what's going on here. You're asking a lot."

    I sighed deeply, and collected my thoughts.

    "So there I was..."


    *Only, of course, if I have the blessing of the mods. It's been two years since I've engaged in such antics and it was a bit of a misappropriation of the forum. If there's any problem, please, simply remove the thread and I'll understand. I must say, though, I miss the spontaneity of this kind of writing...

    **Assuming I have time. Most days I'm kind of gone for fifteen hours a day.

    NOTE: Okay, I've got the go-ahead from Oleg. So, here's how this works. I'm writing the story spontaneously. I only have a rough idea in my head of how the story is going to go. It is 100% fictional, and I make no bones about that. I can only wish I was half the badass I am in the story. It's written in rough draft format with little proof-reading or editing, so it's going to lack some polish. Please bear with me on that, and thanks again for all of your support.
    Last edited: Jun 27, 2006
  2. pdowg881

    pdowg881 Well-Known Member

    sweet story. sounds like the beginning of a book i would like to read. and thats saying a lot. I'm not much of a literature fanatic other than the sports page and thr.
  3. the 22 junkie

    the 22 junkie Well-Known Member

    man, it wasnt until halfway down i realized it was a story. great stuff.
  4. fiVe

    fiVe Well-Known Member


    It has been so long--too long--since we've had one of your stories. I hope the mods let you stay.
  5. Nightcrawler

    Nightcrawler Well-Known Member

    Well. If they choose to remove it, I'll utter not one word of complaint. This is Oleg's party after all. Though they occasionally let me use it as my own whiny blog... :cool:
  6. pdowg881

    pdowg881 Well-Known Member

    dude you should write a book. I'd buy it.
  7. fiVe

    fiVe Well-Known Member

    Well, yes, I agree, too. If you do "get the boot", please move your story over to APS.
  8. Dionysusigma

    Dionysusigma Well-Known Member

  9. Nightcrawler

    Nightcrawler Well-Known Member

    That whole thing where I went and lived in the middle east for a year kind of nixed that story tangent. Apologies. :eek:

    Well, that's my excuse. In reality...writer's block. Just hit a wall, basically. THEN I got wrapped up in my excitement about going overseas, and...holy hell, as it been two years already?

    14YEAROLDGUNADDICT Active Member

    Wow great story man :cool: i read it then i read the replies and relsied it was a story :rolleyes:

    good story :)
  11. Oleg Volk

    Oleg Volk Moderator Emeritus

    Go for it...reading with interest, Mr. Parker Hale.
  12. Radagast

    Radagast Well-Known Member

    I've bookmarked this thread. :)
  13. BluesBear

    BluesBear member

    Everytime he's out they pull him back in!

    Don't miss the next thrilling episode!

    Coming soon to a computer near you!
  14. Brian Williams

    Brian Williams Moderator Emeritus

    Oh Boy here we go again, time to get out my Fried apple Pies and start fitting a one piece trigger to some 1911a1 while I am waiting...

    UPDATE AS OF 14 AUG 06
    added 2 zip files of the .doc files the first is 'Crawler & Corriea and the second has some commentary by C&C and the Bluesbear/sm commentary/soundtrack.
    Last edited: Aug 15, 2006
  15. one-shot-one

    one-shot-one Well-Known Member

    welcome back

    glad that it looks like you got their blessing.:)
  16. BerettaNut92

    BerettaNut92 Well-Known Member

    [giggling maniacally]
  17. steveracer

    steveracer Well-Known Member

    Welcome back, indeed.

    Good online "fiction" is hard to find.
  18. OEF_VET

    OEF_VET Well-Known Member

    True, but are we certain NC's stuff is really fiction? Maybe the whole "boring Middle East security guard" story was just a ruse for some kind of CIA sanctioned wet work? Maybe NC is really a SuperSpy? He very well could be the inspiration for the films "The Recruit" and/or "SpyGame"
  19. Black Dragon

    Black Dragon Well-Known Member

    Here we go again ! ! ! ! :evil: :D :evil: :D :evil: :D :evil: :D
  20. MissileCop

    MissileCop Well-Known Member

    Welcome Back, Sir.

    You've kept us waiting too long. :cuss: ;)

    *slowly wrings hands, eagerly awaiting the next 'installment'*

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