3 Days after Crow fight with Western Fairy
Because of Kuro-San idea of airing the fight live to a paying audience the battle had changed dramatically the video had gotten out and was spread around the criminal underworld like a plague. Soon everyone knows of Crow’s battles and worst yet more people wanted in now. Almost every single crime boss, criminal, syndicate leader, etc. who had a grudge against the Last Gunslinger was putting a bounty on his head even random individuals who wanted to make a big name for their selves were getting in on the fight hoping to take out the Rail-gun themselves and cash in. Skilled mercenaries who knew of Crow were stepping up to kill him in order to prove they were the best and become a threat to anyone, like killing the gunslinger would mean they would gain his powers, there were even people who had no clue about anything and were just going with the crowd. Some of the individuals sided with Kuro-san trying to get under his payroll for this job; others were going with the various crime bosses under their payroll, a few were just going free lance and working for their own motives. Rumors circulated that this was all part of the Yakuza Emperor plan, that Kuro-San show the fight live so it would get out and more would go after the gunslinger in his attempt to push Crow to his limits, it seemed that the Numbers were the least of the gunslingers problem. It wasn’t long before bounty papers began to spread though the mercenary, criminal, and hero community as well as anyone who would care; these bounty papers were not government approved but instead were created by the criminals after the Thunderbolt Gunslinger. The paper was simply in the center was a picture of Crow with the words Wanted: Dead above below was the bounty, which was the totaled amount of all the bounties and rewards on the gunslinger’s head, a total of 60,000,000 dollars. Along with this poster news that Crow had been joined by a 12 year old boy also spread and soon people know this boy was Caius Weaver who also now had a similar bounty paper of 1,000,000 dollars. Finally word had it that a woman known as Western Fairy was wanted for questioning by a secret organization. It seemed that the Numbers were stacked against Crow.
In the town of
The moon was high in the sky and cast a pale white glow over the partially destroyed town, where two great warriors and sharp shooters battled 3 days earlier, the stars dotted the sky randomly as a single coyote howled sharing his sadness with anyone who would hear. Within the former mining town in the old medical building, that was a little beat up but for the most part intact, the unusual group stayed. Crow, Caius and Fairy had been staying there on Crow’s advice; that it would be better if they stayed low and healed first before moving out. Fairy had taken the worst beaten out of the two but thanks to the “care” of Caius and Crow she was saved from blood lost and would be able to move soon, Crow had also taken a beaten but again thanks to Caius his wounds were healed and the ones he reopen during his fight were properly cleaned and patched up. Despite the late night Crow was seemingly the only one still awake he was sitting against a wall with a piece of paper and pencil doodling something on the ground next to him was the heavy damaged dual rifles, that Fairy had used they seem to mean as much to her that his revolver meant to him, Fairy Pair. The Last Gunslinger had felt bad that he had nearly destroyed the rifles because they were crafted so well and meant so much to Fairy he had decided that he would rebuild them from what remained and upgrade them for her deep down inside hoped that she would share her Fairy Dust and Star bullets with him. During his fight with her Crow had come to respect Fairy and also wanted something else from her, Fairy is really skilled she is one of the best sharp shooters I seen to date she was able to go toe to toe with me just using her sharp shooting. I just hope she hasn’t been contaminated by these Numbers to the point where I can’t conceive her to join me and Caius. We could really use her skills right now and I would really love to team with her again/
The gunslinger put down the paper and pencil that had the blue print for the upgraded version of Fairy Pair, from what could seen the new gun had a snipe rifle design, written above it was the new name Fairy Pair Revolution. The Rail-gunslinger picked up a map that Caius had with and began looking it over, we can’t stay in this town too long I am sure that another one of these Numbers will be coming sooner rather than later and here we are a sitting duck. Plus are supplies are low we barely have food, medical stuff, and we kinda need clothes at least I do. As Crow thought that last thing he looked at himself his shirt was in tatters, his jeans were filled with holes, and his jacket was in bad shape as well in fact the only thing that seem to remain in one piece was his cowboy hat and the ribbon and bell he wore. Fairy outfit was in pretty bad shape as well, Caius would probably just love the idea of getting a new outfit and picking one out for Crow. As the gunslinger inspected the map he saw there was a town only a few miles from where they were now using the car Caius brought if they left in the morning they could get there by late sundown. This place is good we can eat, shop, rest and relax for a little after all I think money is the one thing we are not short on at the moment. Hmm rest and relax that funny in a time like this I am thinking about something like that I haven’t been able to sleep for weeks now, my entire body is beat up, and mentally I don’t know how much more I can take. As Crow inspected the map his eyes widen suddenly as he noticed a town not to far from where they currently were and where they were going. WHAT?! How could I have not realized that?! I should have realized that it was close I totally forgot about that! Damn it I can’t go there I can’t take Caius and Fairy there! The gunslinger got up tossing the map aside the spot that had made him worry so much was a town called Rayo Rosado and it was Crow’s home town.
The gunslinger needed some air he needed space, I can’t go there! Damn it! I have so much on my plate already and now I have to deal with this! As the Thundering Cowboy walked past Caius he noticed his jacket was lying next to the 12 year old telepath; he carefully place the jacket over the boy as a blanket as he tipped his cowboy hat low over his face walking outside. I swore I won’t kill anymore people or let anyone else die because of me but can I really keep that promise, I seen so much death and destruction already and there is sure more to come. Worst yet I am risking Caius’s life in all this not to mention Fairy if I get her to join us she is just in as much danger as me. The gunslinger walked out into the night looking at the stars as tears watered his eyes, it was ironic how peaceful the night earlier the moon had a reddish glow to it and there appeared to be symbols within it, I can’t do this I can’t go though the same thing as when my town was destroyed, when I lost Abby, when Saki was killed I can’t witness that same thing with Caius or even Fairy. Gramps please help me give me a sign of what to do. I am at my breaking point! Crow began to look at the town for a sign, the bodies of the iron eagles were buried but, there weapons were scattered about rubble covered the whole town and blood stained random spot, then a glint of silver caught the cowboy’s eyes. His super trained eyes could see that it was small and round oval shaped though the gunslinger walked over to it and was shocked once he could determine what it was. It was a pray medal just randomly laying there on the ground but what was shocking was Crow had been though this town already and he never saw it there before it seemed like the item just appeared there a few minutes ago. The Rail-gunner picked up the pray medal and his eyes widen as he inspected it; the medal was for Saint Jude the saint of lost cause. Crow began to remember after his fight with Western Fairy when he caught get up and he prayed to Saint Jude for help and received it allowing him to stand and probably survive. Tears began to fill the gunslinger’s eyes as clenched the pray medal in his heavy bandaged hand a smile coming to his face as he realized what he must do. Thank you Gramps Alcide I understand now I think. My fight is no lost cause because I still believe and more so Caius believes in me, Toni believes in me, all my friends believe in me. I WON”T LOSE!
Before the modern cowboy went he gathered a few things like weapons for both Caius and Fairy for Caius he got a pair of small dual revolvers figuring the Weaver Heir would like to be with Crow and for Fairy, until he finished with Fairy Pair Revolution, he got her a rifle and pistol. Crow place the guns on the ground and threw on a shirt that he had found, it was too big for him but it last, he still had the pray medal clutched in his hand as he noticed that Caius was still sleeping with his jacket on. Crow smiled as he turned to look outside again sighing a little he wasn’t sure if Caius or Fairy was awake but he suddenly felt the need to speak, at least to Caius. “Hey Caius…you are probably not awake which is okay but if you are can I tell you something all you have to do is listen. I want to say thank you for coming for me unfortunately you are now apart of my problems but this may sound hard to believe but I am grateful you are here. I was close to losing it but you being here helps I would have gone crazy out of sheer loneliness I needed a friend or at least someone to help me though this hell and thankfully it was you.” A world of emotions ran thought the gunslinger as he continued clutching the pray medal in his bruned and sore hands, “Do you remember when we were in the Dream World and you were torturing Kaine and I told you I did things I regret? I was only 5 years older than you are now when I lost everything and everyone I love.” The gunslinger couldn’t believe what he was about to reveal but felt it should be done strangely it had to be to Caius. “I grew up in a town called Rayo Rosado it was quite peaceful and normal I grew up there with pretty much most of my family in that one town; I was trained by my grandfather to be a gunslinger there so it holds a lot of emotional value to me. I had quite a lot of friends at the time but my best friends were Vergil and Abigail. You see me and Vergil were always friends growing up and we both had the same dream to be great gunslinger we trained together, played together, and pretty much did everything together. We met Abigail some time and we instantly liked her; the three of us became the best of friends especially Abby and Vergil they seemed to get closer with everyday. Eventually I past my gunslinger test and with that I had to do missions for the town; small things retrieving this item for this person, deliver supplies to other towns, represent our town in peace talks, you known random jobs but no matter what is was I always took Abby and Verg with me and the town began to call us the Gunslinger Trio or the Next Gen Heroes my favorite was Brown, Black, and Blonde because of our hair color.” Crow began to get choke up as he talked about his hard past and the saddest part was coming he took a deep breath gathering himself. “We continued this way for years till I was 17 then…it happen. The three of us were on a job for the town and when we came back we were horror struck for a mile out we could see smoke but we never thought it was our town. Once we got close enough we saw that our town was in flames we couldn’t believe it we had no idea what happen, it turns out while we were away a villain came in town and gave the adults a ultimatum for them to side with him or be destroyed the town had a big debate but in the end some of the turns icons had convince almost everyone to turn away from the man offer.”
“The man filling disrespected and angry with my town decided to punish the people he infected the town with Insanity wavelength they corrupted almost everyone the wavelength turns anyone infected by it into a berserk maniac.” Tears were now sliding down Crow face as he kept telling his story he didn’t care if Caius or Fairy was listening anymore he needed to get this out “The people affected by the Insanity began to kill and slaughter everyone in town the acts of violence would make those who weren’t corrupted weaken and they would be infected and it spread like a plague. There were a few who remained resistant to the Insanity and they were force to fight and protect the others. Me, Verg and Abby rushed in town panic to see if our families were okay we decided to spilt up and reunited to help the ones fighting. I learn that most of my family were okay and not affected we all had pretty much strong wills and could resist the Insanity; my grandfather was fighting and defending the town he had told me to get back with my friends and get out of town. So me and Verg met up I never learned what happen to his family, he didn’t talk about but from what I learned later not a single one of them survived.” The tears were coming hard now and there was no stopping them Crow choked on his words as he forces himself to continue. “Abby hadn’t come back yet so we went looking for her…if only…if only we had stayed together…if only we had got to her sooner!” The gunslinger violently slammed his fist into the wall, “When we got to her…she was being attack by…by her own father,…I would learn later…that he trapped the rest…rest of her family in the house and burned them alive. He…he was trying to…to kill his daughter…me and Vergil did the only thing we could…the man was corrupted by Insanity…we had to kill him in front of her! Maybe...Maybe if did something else…maybe then it wouldn’t have happen.” Crow was becoming an emotionally wreck in front of Caius and Fairy he was squeezing the pray metal so hard it would have hurt if his whole body wasn’t numb. “As we were trying to leave the town…Abby started acting differently, her personality…began to change. Me and Verg didn’t even realize it…we didn’t realize she had been affected by Insanity. I think…it was seeing her father killing her family…or maybe just the horror of everything but she was affected. She attacked Vergil with a knife he had given…given her to protect herself.” Crow was crying he could barely talk as he relived every detail of the worst day of his life he was sure that Caius was awake now but it didn’t matter the world had shrunk to just him he was alone on a planet of darkness. “She was going to…she was going to kill him! I tried…I tried to stop her but…but there wasn’t nothing I could do I was weak…I was weak and I couldn’t save my best friend! All my training and I couldn’t save the two people who meant to the world to me! I…panic I knew that if she killed him…she was coming for me after…I was scared I didn’t want to die…I didn’t want anyone to die. So in a moment of desperation and panic…I shot her!” Crow punched the wall again this time his hand going though it as the pray medal dug into his hand and was making it bleed tears blinded him. “I shot one of my best friends because I wasn’t strong enough to save her! There was nothing else…I could do! Damn it! I was scared and weak…and wanted to live…I wanted to survive! What is wrong with just SURVIVING! Now I am trapped in this never ending war and I want to survive…its just like back then all I want to do SURVIVE!”
Crow turned around his was enraged, more with himself than anyone or anything else, tears were sliding down his face he was a little surprise that both Fairy and Caius were awake and staring at him, but he to be honest he should have known that his rant would wake them, he took a deep breath and regained his composure wiping the tears away. “I realize that I don’t just want to survive anymore I want to win! I want to keep fighting and moving forward; if I have to fight a million Numbers then I will I will continue to walk forward no matter what even if an army of mercenaries await me. I am going to win this and when I find who sending these mercenaries after me I am going to stomp him into the ground.” A smile forming on his face of the gunslinger as he looked at the Sniping Maiden and the Weaver’s Heir. “This is my battle and mine only I understand if you want to walk away. Caius I appreciate you coming to help me but I don’t want to risk your life an Fairy I understand if you want to leave you are and therefore my enemy. If you two want to join then so be it but I can’t promise you what will happen but I can promise I will protect you no matter what. On my word as a Gunslinger I will protect you!” Despite the smile Crow eyes were charged with his determination as he unclenched his fist a little to reveal the pray medal for lost causes. Fairy suddenly bows catching Crow off guard for a minute unsure of what she was doing as the Fifth number bows her head in respect. “Crow Cementerio you save my life despite the fact I am your enemy and tried to kill you moments earlier. My honor, dignity, and respect dictates that I indebt to you. My rifles, my body, my life is yours to command until I repay my debt to you. I Ann Mary Wheelock also known as Western Fairy am at your command” Crow was surprisingly blushing a little he put his hand behind his head laughing a little, he had saved the Sniper Maiden because he felt it was the right thing to do she was an amazing warrior and sharp shooter and he had sworn no body else would die. “Wow thank Fairy…I mean Ann. So your name is Ann Mary that is very pretty. What about the Numbers aren’t they going to come after you now?” Ann Mary was blushing even worst then Crow currently was when he said her name was pretty she fumbled her words from embarrassment. “What…oh um…thank you Cemen…I mean Crow.” She quickly regained her composure and became serious once again, “I am done with the Numbers it seems to me that I wasn’t meant to be you I was just a tool to them. I am nobody’s tool! Besides I failed my mission and therefore failed the Numbers even if I were to go back to them alive they would view me as a disgrace and have me killed anyway.” Crow smiled but on the inside he was filled anger towards the Numbers that threaten to boil over, damn these Number I don’t know who they are but I don’t care just because Fairy lost to me they would have her killed. That is sick she is a one of their own for god sake and they would kill her. I swear I am going to beat each and every single Number no matter what! Crow smiled and noticed that Fairy was still bowing he realized what he must do. “Oh right…I Crow Cementerio, the Last Gunslinger accept your service Ann Mary Wheelock, Western Fairy until your debt is paid to me.”
Crow handed the Sniping Fairy of the West the rifle her got for her she looked up confused and took the rifle gingerly like she was unsure of what this was, “Thank you…I think. Um…where are my rifles? Where is my Fairy Pair?” Crow smiled and laughed again a little, “Oh well um…you see your rifles were damaged in our fight and I felt so bad for ruining guns that were crafted so well and probably meant something to you. I took the guns and I decided to rebuild and upgrade them for you they were due for one.” The gunslinger suddenly noticed the confuse look on the former Fifth Number’s face, “Oh…don’t worry I work on my bike and my Quicksilver all the time so I know a few things about engineering and gunsmithing. But um..if you don’t want me to…um I won’t I haven’t done a lot to them yet.” Fairy looked at the gunslinger taking the rifle he given her blush brightly this was possibly the nicest if not the first nice thing someone did for her and what shocked her it was coming from someone she was trying to kill 3 days earlier. ‘No…um its okay thank you I really appreciate that Crow.” Embrass Ann Mary became silent not saying much after that; the Rail-gun then looked at Caius smiling brightly “Well Caius what about you are you going to go home to your mansion or are you staying with me?” After listening to Caius the gunslinger smiled brightly he now had two new allies in this fight and even though he was worried about their safety he was determined to protect them, the Lightning Revolver got the map and put it between the three of them. “There is a town not to far from here where we can resupply ourselves and get new clothes plus I will get the items I need to upgrade Fairy’s weapons. It is not to far from here we could probably make it there late tomorrow evening if we left in the morning but it will take us a little longer. If you two don’t mind I want to make a personal stop before we do anything I want to go…home.” Crow pointed down at the map at a location in-between where they were and where they were going it was his home town Rayo Rosado.
Meanwhile the bounty posters of Crow were spreading and more people were getting into this deadly game against the Last Gunslinger. Eventually several mercenaries had gotten the paper; a boy playing a hand held video games smiled seeing the bounty then continued his game, man in a god armor smoked a cigar then preceded to put it out on the picture of Crow’s smiling face, another man wearing a trench coat and holding a black pistol shot at a dummy with Crow written across it chest the bullet blew the dummy up, a Russian woman drinking a deep red wine her sharpen fangs showing chuckled a little as she saw the bounty poster. These scenes echoed themselves throughout the criminal and mercenary world even heroes were getting wind of this it seemed Crow, Fairy, and Caius may be up against the world along with the Numbers. Everything was going accordingly to the Underworld’s Emperor, Kuro-San, plan.