Percival taught Precious how to defend herself at a young age. The paranoid 'gator knew he would be unable to keep her from exploring and meeting strangers, so he did the best he could to make sure she could fend for herself, even if it wasn't the most legal thing to do.
Precious didn't like this much at first, but it was the compromise they had reached. She would be free to do as she pleased as long as she learned this one thing. The gal wasn't too fond of the weapon, finding it heavy and loud, but as she grew used to it the firearm simply became an extension of her person. Precious would always carry the gun on her person, and was a competent markswoman by the time she was 6 years old.
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