((Candice Banks continued from I've Swallowed Half an Hourglass
Candice heard the faint sound of people talking from around the corner. Well, she'd been planning on just passing through on her way to the southern half of the island, but if there were people here now she may as well check them out. Especially if they were people of the non-murderous variety.
Her first instinct was to try peering around the corner to learn a bit more about who it was, but she wasn't so sure that that would turn out so well. If it were someone hostile, they'd probably just see her and shoot her. If they weren't hostile, they'd see Candice, decide she was acting suspiciously, and then either run away or shoot her.
Let's be real, anyway. Even if they were friendly and I could hide from them, I'd just end up getting cold feet when it came time to introduce myself to them, and would just end up letting them walk off without knowing I was even here. Might as well just take the plunge before I chicken out.
She took a moment to make sure the safety on her gun was on to prevent any accidental discharges like from the first day. She'd gone back and forth for quite some time that morning regarding whether she would even carry the gun openly. Keeping it hidden definitely had the advantage of not scaring anybody else away, and after what had happened with Al that was certainly something that needed to be taken into consideration. Candice had been pretty sure that that would be the way to go about things... up until the time came to actually set out on her own.
In the end, it seemed that her gun would barely fit in her bag, and getting it out quickly in an emergency was going to be difficult. Thus, Candice ended up ditching the idea of keeping her weapon a secret. If these people had a problem with her gun, then so be it. She took a couple of deep breaths and a few seconds to calm her nerves.
Okay... let's get this trainwreck started.
Taking care to ensure that she keep the gun pointed at the ground and not at anybody, Candice stepped out from behind the corner and revealed herself to the three people who were talking amongst themselves.
"Hey, mind if I approach?"