A Man Bound By Nothing Isn't Free
“Woah, all that and you were only, what, eight years old?”
‘Twas but the life of a Hall. No ordinary man would have sufficed in this line of living.
“Hey tell me about that brother of yours. What happened between you two for him to want to off you?”
Guy had found himself a girl. Other than her name, information on her was unbeknownst to even me. He knew he wasn’t strong enough to continue living the life of a Hall so he thought it would be best to leave it all behind and take Mildred with him. Fear is a helluva thing. Though no one was stopping him from leaving, Guy feared that which you have called a curse.
“What does your family curse have to do with him trying to kill you?”
As cowardly as he was, I have to admit, he dreamed big. It was incredible how foolish he led himself to be. In all his great judgment, Guy had believed that the only way he could escape the curse would be to rid himself of the family that follows it.
“How did that go for him?”
Well seeing as the last Hall stands before you, it didn’t go very well.
“Last Hall? Did Guy do in you folk too?”
Guy? Ha, you give him too much credit. No, it wasn’t him who killed them.
“It wasn’t you, was it?”
There was a bit of a complication between us. If you believe that it was in cold blood, I will not ask you to curb any malice you hold toward me.
“Nem, why would you do such a thing?”
At the time, I still considered Guy to be my brother, even after he had lashed out against our family name. My father wasn’t as kind as I. to protect him I had to put an end to their quarreling. Sure enough, things soon got too out of hand and I ended up killing both my parents. I helped Guy leave with Mil but he still felt that I posed a threat to the life he sought.
“He believed the curse was still there since you were alive.”
“Did Mil also believe in the curse?”
I can’t say with full certainty, but I wouldn’t bet against it.
“Then I guess we’re caught up with your story.”
Just about. Some details have been left out, but I’ve given you the heart of it. Pardon, but I can’t seem to remember your name.
“That’s because I never told you it.”
Would you be so kind as to introduce yourself to me?
“Sure thing, my name is Caderousse.”
Caderousse, what a strange name.
“I wouldn’t be talking, Nem.”
Yes, yes. Well, I do believe that sets us even.
“Even? What do you mean?”
A favor for a favor, we are even.
“Sorry I don’t follow, what exactly did I do?”
You’ve told me your name.
“That’s all? Wait, if we’re even then can I ask another favor of you?”
I don’t see why not. As long as it is within my power, it will be done.
“Then I’ll keep that in mind. There's nothing I really need or want at the moment.”
Oh? Don’t you wish to escape?
“I did but I’m not going to be here for much longer. They picked me off the streets for public intoxication.”
Very well, then I do believe it is time for me to leave.
“Hey wait! You’re leaving?”
But of course, I’ve got plans that can no longer be postponed.
“Then I guess I’ll ask you for that favor before you go. My daughter had run off with somebody she met in a bar. It’s been well over two years now and I haven’t heard from her since.”
To find your daughter. Such a task is simple enough. Should you not hear from me within a week, know that she no longer is among the realm of the living.
“Don’t you need to know her name? Or anything about how she looks?”
It won’t be necessary, but if it were to quell your worries then I will not stop you from telling me what you will.
“Her name is Eugenie. Last I saw her she had long blonde hair, but for how long I’ve gone without seeing my little girl, she may no longer look the same. If- when you find her, please tell her that daddy misses her.”
It shall be done.
“Do you know where to find me?”
I’ll just look in all the bars, I’m sure you’re bound to turn up.
“How do you plan on escaping? Maybe I can learn a thing or two from you.”
I do dislike repeating myself.
“Right, then how are you going to leave? These doors are pretty tough and I doubt they let you in here without first checking to see if you had anything on you.”
This door can not hold me back. As far as I’m concerned, there isn’t even a door in front of me.
“That’s a lot of talk but I don’t see you doing anything.”
Caderousse, close your eyes and don’t open them until I say otherwise.
“Okay but I still don’t believe you can just waltz on out of here.”
“Jesus! How did you get into my cell? I didn’t even hear the doors open.”
Doors like these could never hold back a true Hall such as myself. I suppose I can have you pay off your debt to me now.
“You want me to help you leave?”
It would be appreciable.
“Sure thing, what do you need me to do?”
I want you to yell for an officer. Once he sees that were are in the same cell, I’ll need you to follow along for a bit. If you can do that, then I can assure you that staying here will become an option for you. Leaving will be solely your decision.
“I’ll do what I can. All you need is for me to get someone over here?”
For now, that will do.
“Alright. HELP ME, SOMEBODY! DRACULA IS TRYING TO SUCK MY BLOOD!”
“Hey, it worked. I can hear footsteps.”