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++ Chapter VI: Beasts of Burden

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2:22 pm
January 20, 2017

dystopia
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  The scent of food drifted through the crowd as Jonas arrived at the steamer station, gunny sack slung over his shoulder. His dark coat was stained with tan dirt blotches, he hadn't had time to have his clothing sent in, his mind had been afire with images of the day before. With his free hand he shifted his dark glasses down, his eyes sweeping the crowd for one man in particular.
   ” Maybe it was all a dream? ” Jonas muttered under his breath before his eyes stopped on the carmine stain splattered across his right elbow. Someone's blood.” Maybe not. ” He exhaled as he moved onward, picking a spot near the food stalls. Jonas dropped his gunny sack, kicking up a cloud of dirt as he leaned against the stall's wooden post, his eyes drifting inward where an old maid was stirring a large pot of something. He would wait here until the duster clad man arrived, and if he did not, he would set out on his own seeking an answer he had been in pursuit of his entire adult life.
 
 
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Here we go!
Note: To start we're at the Lewiston Town station, not in New Oregon yet. 
 
 

2:57 pm
January 22, 2017

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After a good night's sleep, the events of yesterday felt as if they were months in the past. Over his name years, Alucard learned to never let the actions of the day interfer with his sleep. Sleep was one of his most valuable assets and Alucard learned to never let it be wasted.

After a quick shower, Alucard got ready and left his hotel behind as he headed to the steamer station. Alucard walked through the crowd with determination, the crowd subconsiously moving to make room for him. Grabbing a breakfast sandwich from one of the food stalls, Alucard spotted Jonas raising a hand in greeting as he walked towards him,
“Whens the next steamer out of here.” Alucard got right to business to help keep the memories of yesterday out of his mind's eye.

 
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8:02 pm
January 22, 2017

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  Another long hot day lay ahead as the sun shone down upon the sand steamer station. But there was a plus to this. The air was filled with the countless aromas of food, and the choices seemed endless. None tempted the stomach of a certain red coated man more than the advertised stall in front of him. He had been waiting patiently for what seemed like ages, but was really only a few minutes. The owner, a old woman with a stick began mixing ingrediants in a large pot, his blue eyes growing larger with each additive. As she began to mix them together a man entered the picture, dropping a sack and leaning against the stall aside them. Vash could see him eyeing the woman.
            ” Sorry sir but these donuts are mine! ” he would bellow out, sliding forward and dangling his finger just as another man would come up. Vash's face would then appear in a cat-like manner as his eyes darted back and forth at the two. ” Two on one huh.. but I still wont share! ” he would yell, sliding back just as fast to the old lady as she poured out the dough and began kneeding it down to form the donuts.
 
 
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9:26 pm
January 22, 2017

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  A warm breeze moved like a wave through the crowd, Jonas noting the unconscious movements of the people as they shielded themselves from it. Through this he spotted the man he was waiting for, his appearance setting him apart from the crowd, who seemed to move and make way for him as he approached. Jonas was still not sure what to make of Alucard, but it seemed that for now their fates were intertwined. As he prepared to greet the man Jonas was taken aback by the shrill voice of a nearby man, who without any provocation had moved in quite close, his finger waging in Jonas' face. Jonas quickly assessed from his appearance that the man was a fool, dressed in a heavy red leather coat on what seemed like the warmest day of the year, and leering almost obsessively over the old maid in the stall as she made her wares.
   ” Uh, I have no intention of taking your.. donuts? ” Jonas found himself replying somewhat confused as Alucard arrived. Jonas nodded to the new arrival, reaching down to grasp his gunny sack as he did.” We'll be on our way then. ” He said to the unusual man as he moved back into line. Jonas motioned to Alucard with his head that they should board, somewhere deep down hoping they didn't end up roomed with that buffoon.
 
 
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4:40 am
January 23, 2017

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Pushing his glasses so the lens covered his eye completely, Alucard smiled towards the man accusing Jonas and him of trying to steal his donuts. Long red leather coat, glasses with circular lense, Alucard liked the man's style.
“Enjoy those donuts.” Said Alucard as he turned to follow Jonas towards the steamer, something about the man stuck with Alucard as he boarded the steamer. “Were you able to find out anything else about our friend Bill?” Alucard's inquiries found nothing, but admittedly he didn't ask around much. He didn't want it to get in the way of his sleep.

 
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7:08 pm
January 25, 2017

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  His actions although stupid to some gave him the info he needed; the buldges on their clothing and they way they walked told him all he needed to know about what equipment they had on them. Vash had always had a knack for finding trouble.. and he sensed something off from the moment the first man walked into the area. Not to mention once again there was a man dressed all in red; another gunman claiming to be him? He hoped not. This 'sense' he usually had around people was the only reason he acted as he did.
            ” HA HA!  ” he would shout in victory, extending his arm once again, this time using two fingers to show a sign of peace.
Thank you for settling this like gentlemen! ” he continued on, the two already boarding the steamer. Then it happened. His ears would flap as the crackling oil and heavenly aroma began overtaking his senses. He would immediatly turn to stare with a wide-eyed grin and a small trail of drool to accompany it. The old woman would raise her eyebrow at the odd man ” You sure are a strange one ” she would mutter, shaking her head as she made the final touches for the fried treats.
 
 
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7:57 pm
January 25, 2017

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  The chaotic clamor of the many denizens of Lewiston Town making their way up the boarding ramp made conversing hard, though Jonas swore he heard the dimwitted laugh of a dope dancing through it all. Shouldering his bag he simply signaled with his hand that they could discuss what he had uncovered in a minute, when they had reached the room and left the raucous crowd behind. The interior of the steamer had a certain charm, though it's main thoroughfares were quite plain and in most cases showed the steel and iron rivets that held the ship together. Their room on the other hand was minimal at best, what seemed like a janitor's closet with four bunks and a porthole against the back wall. Jonas opened the door revealing the room and instantly cursed himself for not spending more.
   ” I found out a little, through a source. ” Jonas responded to Alucard's earlier question as he tossed his gunny sack on the lower bunk on the left hand wall. ” That he was a big time plant engineer but stepped away to enter private employment. ” He continued, taking a seat on the bunk before pausing. Swearing to himself again that he heard that moronic voice from before nearby.
 
 
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Vash indeed should be bunking with is! lol.
 
 

5:22 am
January 26, 2017

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With a final glance back towards the man with the donuts, Alucard made his way into the steamer following behind Jonas. The two made there way through the steamer in silence though the sounds of the crowd made up for that. Alucard looked over the steamer appreciating how what looked like a hunk of junk put together haphazardly worked for so long. 

The room that Jonas had gotten them left much to the imagination, but Alucard shrugged as he entered the room and sat on the bunk opposite Jonas'.
“Guess we won't know what's there till we get there.” Alucard laid down on his bunk trying to get comfortable as he overheard a familiar voice.


 
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8:39 am
January 26, 2017

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  His mouth continued watering as the woman began placing the round delicacies into a large paper bag. ” Enjoy ” she said placing the full bag of donuts on the table and extending her hand for payment. He would quickly rummage through his coat to pull out a few double dollars and laid it in her hand, swiping up the paper bag and skipping straight towards the steamer.
            ” Thankyou very much!  ” he shouted back before his boots began to make that familiar clank among the sand steamer floors. Vash would began pushing his way through the rushed passengers getting into their respective rooms. “ Excuse me! Pardon me.. AGH!! Sorry ” he would yammer out periodically before stopping at a final door. His eyes would gaze down to the handle but see the donut instead. He couldnt wait anymore. His head would dive in to grab one with his bare teeth as his hand extended to pull the door open. He would basically swallow the donut whole and then his eyes widened as he gazed upon the two men from earlier.
            ” AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH  ” his whole body jolting as he screamed bloody murder. With a pause he would begin to cry. ” These are so good ” he spoke, trembling halfway into the doorway before another voice could be heard.” All set people lets go! ” before a hand would slam the door closed, causing vash to be thrown forward straight onto his face in the middle of the room.
 
 
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7:36 pm
January 26, 2017

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  The ear-splitting cry grew in volume as Vash closed in on the cabin, Jonas' facial expression growing proportionally jaundiced each step of the way. Looking up from the bunk he stared into the source of the shrill voice, the donut obsessed weirdo from before. Jonas' face was blank, his eyes darting to Alucard then back as the door to their cabin was pushed shut by a passer by, flinging the buffoon inwards as a tumbling mess of limbs. Jonas shook his head, his vision of a peaceful overnight voyage raining down like wreckage around him.
   ” You have got to be kidding me. ” Jonas finally spoke, looking down on the blonde moron still in a lovers grasp with his donuts. ” Mayb— ” Jonas had started to speak when the entire steamer rocked into motion, the heavy duty breaks squealing as pressure was released allowing the gears to lurch forward, they were moving and would soon be picking up speed.
 
 
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9:21 am
January 28, 2017

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Looking over at the doorway with an inward sigh, Alucard sat up and smiled devilishly, “Well at least the trip won't be boring,” Alucard mumbled to himself, giving the man another look up and down behind his reflective lens. As the steamer lunged forward, Alucard sprung to his feet and make sure the stranger wouldn't fall forward. His left hand reaching and grabbing one of the donuts, “Hmm.” Taking a bite with his smile from ear to ear, canines showing, Alucard greeted the stranger, “You weren't kidding about these donuts. I'm guessing your not a first time customer.” Reaching his right hand forward, Alucard mumble through his second bite, “Namesh…” Swallowing hard, “Names Alucard.”


 
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8:03 pm
January 28, 2017

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  A slight twitch fluttered from his right eye as he watched the man in red begin to devour one of the donuts. 'Atleast hes not claiming to be Vash The Stampede' he thought to himself, a relief off his mind. The steamer was on its way now and with that his place in the cabin was set. With that he would stand, making sure to tighten the grip around his bag as he looked at them sternly.
           
No intention huh..  ” he mumbled under his breath before using his free hand to swipe some dust from his coat. He would extend his hand out still narrowing his eyes further as he shook the mans hand. Upon releasing his grip he would bring his hand up to his mouth to clear his throat.
            ” I am known as Valentinez Alkalinella Xifax Sicidabohertz Gombigobella Blue Stradivari Talentrent Pierre Andre Charton-Haymoss Ivanovicci Baldeus George Doitzel Kaiser the Third  ” h
e would sputter out before taking a handful of donuts and devouring them whole, his canines showing too as his face became almost feral. Seconds later he would be brimming again with a smirk ” Don't hesitate to call ” as he extended his hand to the other man within the cabin.
 
 
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10:16 pm
January 28, 2017

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  Jonas' face was slowly rendered into a state of utter disbelief as the scene between Alucard and the moron picked up steam, finally peaking with the spewing of an outrageous and wholly impossible name and a hand shake. Jonas was stationary for several seconds after the man extended his hand, his eyes drifting from the limb upward to the mans eyes where he tried his best to get a read on this character. They seemed weary to Jonas, completely the opposite from his outward act.
   ” I'm Jonas, uh… what was it? Valentino? ” Jonas finally broke his silence, extending his own hand, feeling the man's grip when their appendages joined, his noticeable calluses, the hands of a gunfighter. In Jonas' mind this picture did not add up, he did not share any likeness in spirit to any of the men at arms he had ever encountered. Jonas suddenly realized he was becoming quite intrigued by their cabin guest. ” Business in New Oregon? ” Jonas prodded, looking for more information.
 
 
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5:17 pm
January 30, 2017

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Firmly gripping the man's hand, Alucard looked at the man, reflective lens reflecting each other, “Nice to meet you, Junior.” Grinning from ear to ear, “Hope you don't mind if I call you Junior.” Backing up and sitting back on his cot, “Welcome to the cabin.” Alucard waved his arms by his side as if to display the room then layed on his backs, hands on the back of his eat, eyes showing from behind glasses as Alucard looked at Junior, “Any chance you got that coat at New Oregon?” Alucard wasn't sure what to take of the man. Through the man's odd behavior, Alucard could tell that this was not a man to test.


 
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8:59 pm
January 30, 2017

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  Vash would smirk at the man, eyeing the room and moving to position himself on the edge of one of the cots.
           
Sure that works!  ” he answered to them both, reaching his arm down and feeling around the nearly empty bag. He'd grip one and bring it up to munch on, crumbs spewing from his mouth as he continued. “ Just visiting my buddy Max ” answering with a mouthful before swallowing and diving his hand in for another. His smirk turned to a frown as the bag was empty. “ Oh and this old thing? I've had it for years.. truth be told it's been so long I couldn't tell you where I got it from ” looking down at his trusted gear. Vash would then bring his fingers up to his sunset hued lenses, slipping them from the bridge of his nose to reveal his baby blues.
            How bout you two?  ” he'd ask, folding the lenses and slipping them smoothly into one of his inner lining pockets.
 
 
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9:15 pm
January 30, 2017

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  The glutton's answer had not revealed much about him, a result that Jonas was less than pleased with. His senses told him that something was off about this man, his demeanor did not suggest he was a skilled gunman but his hand said otherwise, this bothered Jonas but it was clear that he was either an idiot or putting on a show. If the latter was true his attempts to pry information would likely be unsuccessful.
   ” Us? Just travelling, seeing the world you know? ” Jonas retorted assuming their cut had already given them away but refusing to admit to it. ” Listen, I'm going to try to get a little shut eye if you don't mind. ” Jonas followed up as he slung his feet into the bunk, shifting himself back so that he was fully laying down. ” I suggest you two do the same, there's nothing else to do on this tank of a steamer. ” he contained as he rolled onto his side, facing the wall and doing his best to shut out the others.
 
 
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7:30 pm
February 1, 2017

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Shaking his head disapprovingly, Alucard eyed the man's coat again, “Too bad, would have liked to get myself one.” Allowing his eyes to close and his mind to drift off, Alucard nodded, “Let's hope you're right there.” Within moments, Alucard was in a light sleep, snoring just under his breath.


 
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10:05 pm
February 1, 2017

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  The man known as Jonas was prodding over him as he talked, Vash watching the suddle movements of his eyes telling it all. This one was a suspicious type. 
            ” OH! Alrighty then ” he chuckled before he could ask anymore questions. Vash would then lay his body back, resting along the cot and stretching out his arms with a wide yawn. His head then turned to Alucard. ” It looks like you've got a pretty good outfit already.. I never liked hats though.. ” trailing off as another yawn filled the room before a snore arose from the passed out humanoid typhoon.
 
 
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9:11 pm
February 3, 2017

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  Jonas' eyes shot open as a sharp vibration shook him awake, it's force enough to rock the entire steamer for a brief moment. Jonas scanned the dark room, his eyes struggling tr make out the details and his mind still foggy from sleep. Again another tremor passed through, this time followed by what could only be described as extreme breaking. Jonas was now wide awake, his alertness coming on strong.
   ” Something's up, are you two awake? ”Jonas broke the silence, his eyes finally beginning to adjust, but something seemed off. ” What time is it? It shouldn't be dark. ” Jonas was thinking aloud as he moved his focus towards the small port hole window which was devoid of light. Looking closer it became clear, it was covered by something. ” Shit, it might be bandits, or worse. ” He continued to spout as he took to his feet, doing his best to avoid the obstacles surrounding him and find the door.
 
 
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5:12 pm
February 4, 2017

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Alucard was on sitting up, right hand already reaching for his Jackal, by the time Jonas said anything, “At least there's something to do now.” Alucard ejected the magazine on the Jackal to check it was fully loaded then checked his grader before putting the grader back in his coat. Looking out the blocked window, Alucard wondered how the bandits were covering the window and if every window was blocked. Grabbing his hat and placing it on his head, Alucard followed behind Jonas and turned to Vash, “Let's go welcome our new guests.”


 
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