Yeah. That has been a common one. That's generally when I reply "Well, then, that's a rather unusual and abrupt question to ask." and I just find ways to continue deflecting the question, because I want them to keep guessing if I am with someone or not.
When I do travel with someone, I don't give them up, if they see that I am surrounded by people. I just play it out and say that "my guys" are nearby. If I feel tension is building up in the conversation.
Truth, been trying my hand at this travelling butcher thing and so far I've gotten positive roleplay from what basically chalks up to "WANT SOME MEAT?" Been taking my tripod and cooking pot and setting up near towns to let people come and cook their own food and such. No robberies yet but a few close ones.
I managed to stumble upon 2 hacksaws, 2 rolls of ducttape and 10 parts of Sheet Metal in Chernogorsk in the span of 5 minutes, I was like "DayZ, you clearly want me to create metal armor, don't you? Why can't you just give me a radiator when I need one, but noooooo!"