A Man Bound By Nothing Isn't Free
“Hey Dracula, how’d you get yourself caught. Couldn’t you just turn into a bunch of bats and fly away?”
You wouldn’t happen the be referring to me, would you?
“I don’t see anyone else who looks like they’re about to take a bite out of me.”
To your relief, I’ll have you know that I harbor no such intentions.
“You speak funny. Where you from Dracula?”
My name is Nem, it would best behoove you to learn it.
“Sure thing Dracula, tell me where you’re from.”
Cease your ill speaking before I can no longer assure the safety that has been provided to you when they placed me in a cell opposite to yours.
“Hey cool it Nem, it was just a joke.”
A joke. How amusing.
“Well, I found it funny. Now tell me where you came from. What’s your story?”
I killed my brother and his wife in a fire.
“That’s messed up man. Do you regret it? I mean he they were family after all.”
‘Regret? What's there to regret? What I’ve done was out of my own volition, what’s more, is that I’ve done what needed to be done.’ such were the words of a fool.
“You need help man, like mentally. I don’t think you’re all quite right upstairs. But tell me more, what do you mean ‘needed to be done?’”
The night before he had tried to drown me.
“So it was a thing of pride? But why did he try to drown you?”
Do you really wish to know?
“I’ve been in here for quite some time and it’s not as though I’m leaving soon. Any story is one I want to hear, even if it comes from someone as screwed up as you.”
Very well, it looks like I’ll have to cancel my plans for later.
“All right, now that’s what I’m talking about. Start from the beginning, I want to know it all.”
There’s a fair amount to unlade. It will take quite some time.
“I already told you, I have nothing but time. Come on, get on with it.”
We Halls once tried to lead a peaceful life, but it was our benevolence to provide assistance to those who participate in futile wars that vexed us. The very souls who we once protected had scorched our lands and killed our own. We dwindled in numbers and were forced to go into hiding. Filled with hatred, we sought revenge on those who have wronged us. Ambushes, assassinations, nothing was beneath us anymore. The war soon ended but our tendencies did not. When soldiers were no longer a commonplace sight, ordinary civilians took their place as our targets.
“Did you guys ever try to go back to the way things were?”
That we did. There were some who tried to leave from the way we were living, but misfortune had always found them. For one reason or another, they never found the happiness they rought for.
“You guys must be cursed or something.”
You could call it a curse, but I think it to be their ambitions clouding them. Their desires brought them to make foolish choices. Their foolishness was what brought an end to them.
“Okay enough with your family history, what about your history? What things did you do? Where did you come from?”
I was born not too far from here. At first, it was just me, my parents, and-
“What have we here? Have we made a friend Mr. Hall?”
This fellow has taken an interest in my past, detective. Is there something you wish to discuss?
“As a matter of fact, there is. I’m here to tell you that your court date is scheduled to be on the fifth, just under a month from now.”
A month. Then I’ll continue to enjoy your hospitality until then.
“Enjoy it while it lasts, after then, I’m sure you won’t see the light of day for some time.”
“You’ve got less than a month. How can you be so calm?”
I’ve no reason to worry. That is why.
“But you killed two people. They’re not going to let you off with just a slap on the wrist.”
I’ve killed far more than just two people, let me remind you that you’re speaking to a true Hall.
“Then are you planning on escaping?”
Escape? How absurd. Escaping would mean that I have been captured. What imprudent thinking, my halfwitted fellow. There isn’t anything on this earth in which could keep me ensnared.
“But you’re here with me.”
“You’re here because you were arrested.”
That is correct.
“Therefore you’ve been captured.”
Not at all. I chose to be here of my own volition.
“Then why haven’t you left yet?”
Have you forgotten already? You’ve asked a favor of me and I gave you my word. What kind of man would I be if couldn’t even uphold my own promises?
“The hell are you talking about, what favor?”
You’ve asked for my history.
“Huh, I guess I did. Wait, could I have asked for anything.”
If it were within my power.
“Then can you get me out of here?”
You’ve already asked for a favor. What sense would it make for you to ask for more from the man you owe?
“Come on Nem, don’t be like that. Please Nem, help me out here. Do me a solid. Nem. get me out of here, Nemie-”
Don’t push your luck
“Alright, jeez. At least finish your stories. If I’ve used up my favor then I might as well get as much out of it as I can.”
As I was saying, I was born into the Hall family. We resided within the bounds of the forest. The Hall name was beginning to go extinct. At the time it was only me, my parents, and my grandfather. My upbringing consisted of hunting, thievery, and everything else it meant to be a Hall.
“What happened to the rest of the family?”
We weren’t many to begin with and our way of life wasn’t best suited for those who couldn’t keep up.
“Huh, well alright continue.”
Even though I was but a young child, my father would carry me around when he went out. It was later explained to me that seeing how to kill and steal would help form me into a true Hall. by the age of four, I was already set out to provide for my family. Conventional weapons were too unwieldy for my little hands, so my father gave me a knife he had fashioned out of a staghorn.
“Heh, imagine that, a tiny Dracula... I mean Nem, running around with a blade.”
“Sorry please go on.”