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[center Alaric gave out a heavy laugh, his eyes watching the now lifeless raider. He [i was ] going to question the guy, ask him exactly how many friends he had in the distance, but now, obviously, that wasn't happening. The information didn't seem to matter to Maddox, therefore, Alaric didn't really care either. [i If ] he were doing this alone he would have done things differently, but he wasn't alone. Besides, Maddox was the professional. Alaric just did things out of... Well... Boredom? The thrill? He didn't know.
Alaric listened with half-intent, munching on the sandwich given to him before. He nodded along as he swallowed down the food with the water, not saying anything as he readied himself. He was excited, however, he tried to stay as relaxed and casual as Maddox was. The guy seemed to be a very relaxed individual, except when they were drinking.
[b [#FF0000 "Killing makes you happy, huh? Well, lets make your night, Alaric." ] ]
[#008000 "You already know me so well. Well, I'm glad. This is the second date after all," ] A sarcastic but flirty tone coated Alaric's tongue as he flicked the words out carelessly, [#008000 "Or is it the first? I don't know if I should count our little night of drinking..."] Alaric stopped talking after that, stalking behind Maddox as they moved through the brush of the forest. They were both silent, a seriousness settling in. A large grin spread across Alaric's face. Shit was going to happen soon.
The two came across the camp and Alaric quickly moved away from Maddox, creeping behind a tree near them and putting down his bag silently. He watched as Maddox fired the first shot before removing himself from his cover and twirling around the tree, gun propped up towards the first 'victim.' He fired once before turning to the next target, now firing two rounds, one into the male's chest and the other into his skull. Alaric licked his lips before moving on, a ferocity building up as he continued.
There was one person left in his view by the time he was done his tiny rampage, spent ammunition below his feet. Instead of reloading his gun he threw it in his pocket, strolling up to the last man who looked up at him with wide eyes. [#008000 [i He's scared. Little shit. ]]
[+grey "Look man! I got a shit ton of money! Like tons. It's in the box beside-" ]
Alaric leapt forward and punched the guy in the jaw, his eyebrows furrowed in slight anger. [#008000 "Dude, don't tell me where the money is. Searching is the best part,"] He explained before shrugging, punching the guy again, this time in the stomach.
[+grey "What th-"]
Alaric didn't let him get another word in before hitting him again, readying himself for another fight. When the guy didn't hit back, Al let out a long sigh. All of this guys friends were dead and this guy really had no fight left in him? Alaric turned towards Maddox and gave him a defeated look, who he had assumed was finished fighting. [#008000 "He's all yours."]
[center [size12 Maddox kind of just watched from his seat as Alaric took care of the Raider. He bit into his sandwich, almost in an uncaring fashion. Raiders weren't a big issue for him. He had taken care of numerous of these psychotic humans that took a cocktail of drugs that were made from twisted minds, which meant that pain meant nothing to them. Maddox finished his first sandwich before Alaric was finished with the Raider.]]
[center [size12 Maddox dusted himself off as he stood up. He cleared his throat, approaching Alaric and pulling out his own pistol. He cocked the gun and fired a single round into the Raider's hand. [i [#FF0000 "I've dealt with enough of these pricks to let them live any longer,"]] Maddox spoke rather calmly, putting his pistol away. [i [#FF0000 "Let them come,"]] Maddox winked at Alaric.]]
[center [size12 Maddox wasn't a stranger to such violence. He had done worse and worse has been done to him for him to care about the real danger of being killed if more than dozen came into the area. [i [#FF0000 "There is probably a camp of them near by. Raiders live in a weird fashion, actually. They don't live in massive packs. They live with about 10-12 of them with a leader over them. There are several Raider gangs in the area, but all of them wouldn't jump to each other's aid because the less Raiders there are, the more drugs and violence to themselves,"]] Maddox explained before walking back over to his second sandwich, which he wanted to finish before anything else happened to interrupt his meal.]]
[center [size12 Maddox was more annoyed that his meal was interrupted than anything. It felt like he couldn't have a single moment of peace from anything. He used to hunt Raiders for fun, now it was a job and it made him miserable. For him to keep his free housing, he had to do this shit. It was frustrating, but he complied without question. Rarely complaining, as well.]]
[center [size12 Once finishing his food, he stood up. He placed his rifle back on a flat topped rock and began preparing his rifle once more. It was so normal for him, he had the thing put together in mere seconds. He cleared his throat before looking at Alaric with a smirk. [i [#FF0000 "Killing makes you happy, huh? Well, lets make your night, Alaric,"]] he cocked the rifle and proceeded to walk forward in a military fashion. He put his fingers over his lips to signal that they should be quiet for now.]]
[center [size12 As they crept up to the Raider camp, the Raider's fire could be seen from a pretty good bit away, Maddox signaled for Alaric to follow him. Maddox took aim, crouching slightly for a moment before firing off the first shot. It went right through one of the Raider's head. The entrance hole was small, but the exit hole was massive, spilling brain matter everywhere against another Raider's head. The whole group of Raiders stood up at attention, trying to figure out where the shot was fired from.]]
[center [size12 Maddox motioned for Alaric to head in to do whatever made Alaric happy. Maddox sat back, picking off as many Raiders as he deemed fit for Alaric to handle the rest. Maddox wasn't a huge fan of getting blood all over himself. He was a hitman, not a barbarian.]]
[center The sky was, as usual, breathtaking. It was hazy with hues of dark greens and blues, tinted from the chemicals from surrounding areas. The stars shone brightly, however, small clouds floated over the moon, making it so it was not visible.
Alaric had been staring off into the sky when Maddox said something about a tent, causing him to finally be pulled out of the weird moment he was in. A large grin plastered on his face as he turned towards the tent that was assembled before him. It was poorly executed but somehow, it made Alaric blush. [#228B22 [i Cute... Okay. ]]
[#228B22 "It's fine, dude, besides, look at this night! It's a beauty!"] Al gave out a chuckle before grabbing the items that Maddox had handed him. He bowed his head slightly, [#228B22 "Thanks, man. Looks good." ]Alaric first opened the water, taking a large swig of the drink.
A small snapping of a branch caused Alaric to quickly snap around, perking up slightly. His eyes scanned the dark area, sure that something was near. He quickly eyed Maddox before moving slowly towards the edge of their attempt at a campsite. He was sure that Maddox heard the noise as well and knew he would be on alert.
Soon enough, a large man with tanned, leathery skin leaped out from behind a tree in an attempt to gain the upper hand. The man was slow from his large build, however, making it so Alaric had the advantage. Alaric curved around the man, large grin still planted on his face. He moved behind the man, raising the gun and smashing it once against the male's temple. He knew that wouldn't be enough to knock the man out and that it would just disorient him, so he kicked the man in the middle of his back with a great force. The man stumbled forward but didn't fall flat, groaning as his hands flew towards the walkie-talkie that was in his pocket. Alaric, for a moment, thought of shooting the damn walkie-talking out of the brute's hand. Instead, however, he just kicked the man's hand, causing it to fly forward and crash into a nearby rock.
[#228B22 "Mads, we gots ourselves a raider. He's alone too,"] All of this commotion and Alaric was still smiling. It almost, made him look... Happier.
The man started to go towards his handgun but Alaric was yet again faster than the now wounded man. He folded the man's fingers back, breaking them as he kicked away the weapon. Alaric then pointed the gun directly at the man's head.
[#228B22 "He's probably a scout. That means more men will be here when he doesn't report back,"] His eyes moved towards where he thought Maddox would be. He didn't know for sure that he had followed, however, he did assume.
[center [size12 Starting a journey with someone that you just met can be a bit unnerving especially when Maddox could sense a rather dark side to this individual. Alaric was a pretty chill dude that Maddox was already enjoying keeping around him. His personality, or at least what he showed Maddox, kept things a bit happier than Maddox was used to, which was something that could grow on the deary Maddox. He took in a deep breath before nodding. [i [#FF0000 "Well, we are off them. Gotta catch those bad guys, right?"]] Maddox's attempt at a joking tone before quickly realizing that his tone was so dry that it sounded like he was more annoyed than joking.]]
[center [size12 [i [#FF0000 "Let me just start this out by saying, you are the first person that I have ever brought on one of these missions with me. It's a bit nerve wracking, since anything could happen and honestly, I don't want you to get hurt in the process,"]] Another attempt at trying to be kind and this time he kind of succeed. All he could do was awkwardly smile at Alaric before they headed out of the shack and into the town. He waved his goodbyes to the fellow residents and kids before they actually left the town.]]
[center [size12 Something that kind of bothered Maddox was the fact that he knew that there was a darker side to Alaric, that he had yet to share. I mean, the two boys had only met yesterday, so of course, Maddox wasn't asking Alaric to air out all of his dirty laundry to him. It was a just a bit unnerving to constantly think that someone could turn on you any minute, but that was how he always thought. Paranoid and cautious about every human that he came across because a lot of them have turned on Maddox and managed to hurt him in some way.]]
[center [size15 [b ~ That Night ~]]]
[center [size12 They were nearly a half way there and things hadn't gotten too rough just yet, but Maddox wasn't holding his breath for anything to be easy on this trip. He pitched a tent in between two very large boulders and exhaled once he was finished. [i [#FF0000 "Home for the night,"]] Maddox gestured to the poorly pitched tent. He was only making a tent for Alaric's sake actually. Maddox never slept under one before. He normally just raided a shack and slept in one of those.]]
[center [size12 [i [#FF0000 "Never really put a tent up before, sorry,"]] Maddox chuckled nervously before he sat down on a smaller rock and began looking through his backpack for something for the both of them to eat and drink before they even thought about falling asleep.]]
[center [size12 [i [#FF0000 "So I am never actually put a tent up before, so I apologize for how garbage this looks,"]] Maddox chuckled before placing out what looked to be sandwiches that he made at his home and a few bottles of water. [i [#FF0000 "But I definitely got dinner taken care of though,"]] Maddox handed off two sandwiches towards Alaric, along with a bottle of water.]]
[center [size12 Maddox leaned against a pile of rocks and sighed softly. He likes the night air in Colorado, even after the world came to an end. It was still clean smelling and pure, even with the pollution. Strange, but true. Colorado was one of the least effected places which was why it was able to come back so well. Grass was slowly turning back green and trees actually had leaves on it. He looked up at the starry sky and began biting into one of the sandwiches.]]
[center Alaric waved off Maddox, not needing to pack anything up at all. He had everything ready as soon as he came trotting back through the door. [#228B22 "I'm good, dude."]
Alaric tapped his finger against his chin, watching Maddox carefully. A small grimace came across his face, as if a memory was building up at the thought of himself using a gun again. He shook his head and sighed, knowing that he would have to do it eventually.
[#228B22 "Yeah, I can shoot. I'm pretty good, too,"] Alaric half-bragged while shrugging. He wasn't proud of some of the things he had done as a child, not by a long shot. Talking about it was a major issue that he didn't like to speak of. [#228B22 "No worries, my man. I am a hard worker and I can keep up with you. I prefer to deal with things with my hands." ]
[#228B22 [i Plus, I'm less deadly that way. Probably need to be my old self if I want to help Mads out. ] ] Al stood up and stretched, his body aching slightly from sleeping on the couch. He massaged his neck before slinging his large backpack over his shoulders. He grabbed the gun that Maddox handed him and slung it into his pockets of his cargo pants. [#228B22 "If you want we can have ourselves a pissing contest on who is a better shooter, although I believe I will lose."] Alaric gave Maddox a coy wink before chuckling. [#228B22 "I'm ready when you are, friend."]
[center [size12 Maddox shrugged on his coat before clicking his tongue for Shiloh to come to him. He hooked the leash onto her collar and grabbed a bag of her things that he always prepacked for situations like this. It had enough dog food for a few weeks, toys, and other things that they would need for her. With the back in one hand and Shiloh excitedly pulling on him towards the door, Maddox left to speak with his neighbors.]]
[center [size12 Knocking on the door, a young man came to the door and greeted Maddox, inviting him into the shack. It appeared to look almost exactly like Maddox's, but a bit more homey, of course. It was a young couple with a child on the way, who lived there. Maddox shyly thanked them before handing off the bag. [i [#FF0000 "You two know the usual. I'll be gone, hopefully, for only a few days, but there is enough to cover Shiloh for a few weeks, just in case. Here is some money up front,"]] Maddox handed them a small stack of cash. He knew he was helping the couple out, by paying them, even though they always tried to refuse payment.]]
[center [size12 Maddox waved a goodbye, after staying for a cup of a coffee and a chit chat about his work and their expecting child, and even Shiloh and how she's been doing. He said his goodbye to Shiloh before leaving. A small, but loud enough for Maddox to hear, whine could be heard behind the closed door, but Maddox had to ignore it as he walked back to his home.]]
[center [size12 When Maddox walked back into the house, he immediately lit a cigarette, puffing quietly on it as he walked around the house to pack some things that he planned on taking before pausing for a moment to tap ashes off his cigarette. He caught a glimpse of Alaric and chuckled softly.]]
[center [size12 [i [#FF0000 We're about to leave. I just gotta pack up my gun. You need anything else before leaving?"]] He hadn't noticed that Alaric was awake while he was packing up. He wanted to make sure Alaric was plenty prepared for this trip.]]
[center [size12 Once everything was packed up, Maddox was focused hard on a map in front of him. He was having his last cup of coffee with a cigarette as he sat at the kitchen table with his eyes glued to the map. He was kind of muttering to himself, running his finger over possible routes that would be safer to take, but everything led through heavy raider territory and even mutants.]]
[center [size12 [i [#FF0000 "How handy are you with a gun?"]] Alaric appeared as this tree hugging hippie that had never been violent with anyone, so of course, Maddox assumed that he hadn't ever used a gun before. Maddox felt strongly that he was assuming incorrectly. Alaric was a spitfire and Maddox felt good bringing him with him. An extra set of eyes would be handy in this situation.]]
[center [size12 [i [#FF0000 "This is supposed to be a 2 days there and 2 days back kind of trip, but we're heading through really volatile areas that might delay us somewhat. I want to make sure you can handle yourself,"]] Maddox folded the map up, tucking it in the inside of his coat pocket before finishing his cigarette and placing his empty coffee cup in the sink. He had had a backpack that he shrugged on and a rifle case that he was shouldering. He then turned to grab two pistols, handing one off to Alaric.]]
[center Alaric had a wide grin after every bite of food, satisfied with the meal he had made. It was good to enjoy yourself on days after a big night. Their big night? Getting absolute shitfaced. Al thanked Maddox for offering to do the dishes, his eyes peering into Maddox's. His general aura made Alaric feel bubbly, and he had no idea why. Maddox's tired eyes were warm to Alaric, drawing him in every time he stared into them.
[#228B22 "Man, I'm all cleaned up and ready. I think that means it's time for a nap while you go out. Wake me up when it's time!" ] Alaric was happy to have a moment to sleep, not getting the best sleep in the first place. He grabbed his backpack and moved to the longest couch and laid down. He closed his eyes, ignoring everything around him and slipping into a quick slumber.
[b ~~~Dreamies~~~ ]
A darkness swarmed around Alaric, lifting him into the air and crushing him into a gloomy sea of water. His vision blurred, a sudden feeling of dread washing over him the the water. As he sank in the water he heard voices, a callous woman, beckoning him to die.
[b "Swim to the bottom boy!" ]The woman started to laugh before another voice popped up.
[#000080 "If he swims down do I get to eat him? He's still pretty skinny!" ] A small boy, a sweet voice.
[b "Mama gets first bite!" ]
Alaric didn't want to swim down. Every inch of him begged for him to swim up, to get to the surface. Instead he swam down, unable to control where he went.
[b "What a stupid boy, he's coming this way! Get the tools ready, hon." ]
Suddenly, with a great force, Alaric was ripped from the water, able to breath. His eyes scanned for the person who saved him, confused that he was now standing in a light room.
[#FF0000 "Damn, you're cute." ] It was Maddox's voice this time, soothing and calm.
[b ~~~~~ ]
Alaric's eyes slowly fluttered open, an hour or so having passed by. He was confused but happy, as his dreams usually didn't end very well. This time he awoke with a good feeling in the pit of his stomach.
Looking around the room, Alaric came to the conclusion that Maddox wasn't back yet, and laid back down to wait.
[center [size12 [i [#FF0000 "Yeah, this little settlement has some great benefits to it and people have made some real progress here since it was actually safe to live on the surface again,"]] Maddox responded about Alaric finding the pigs. He did chuckle though, looking at the plate. He hadn't actually had decent food like this in a really long time. It normally was canned meat and stale bread for him. He was definitely a cheaper person. He wanted to keep his money more than actually spending it.]]
[center [size12 His reasoning behind saving his money was actually kind of surprising for him though. There was a large settlement that was further West from where they are now that was actually functioning like before the bombs fell. He wanted to move there and actually live out his whole [i old days] and it was an expensive trip, as well as expensive place to live. Just getting in was a pretty penny, but it all went into making that place what it was. He envied the people living there and wanted to leave this hell hole.]]
[center [size12 After taking a couple of bites, Maddox hummed in a happy manner. His tired, blank expression did not hide the fact that he was enjoying this meal. He then tilted his head and believed, for just a moment, that he might have heard Alaric wrong. Did he just ask if Maddox needed help on a job? He was confused for a moment before confirming it to be correct in his mind. He swallowed what food was in his mouth before chuckling softly. It wasn't a condescending chuckle though, he was amused though.]]
[center [size12 [i [#FF0000 "I was actually going to ask if you wanted to come with me. I can't let you go now that you've seen how vulnerable I was last night,"]] Maddox raised an eyebrow at Alaric and smirked at him. He was worried that he might actually never seen Alaric again if he went on this bounty, but now that Alaric will be joining him, Maddox was definitely happy about this. It had been a really long time since he had someone in his life and he was craving the attention something fierce.]]
[center [size12 [i [#FF0000 "We are going to leave in a few hours. I would like to get rid of this headache and talk to my neighbors about taking care of Shiloh while I'm gone. Maybe relax a bit, you know?"]] Maddox explained before finishing up his food. He had thoroughly cleaned his plate and you could almost swear that he might have eaten the plate as well with how fast he had eaten the food.]]
[center [size12 He did wait until Alaric was done before snatching up his empty plate and smiled softly at him. [i [#FF0000 "I got the dishes, don't worry,"]] Maddox had to stop himself from doing the weirdest shit that he has even thought of doing. He almost kissed the side of Alaric's head in a chaste manner, but he had stopped himself. It was almost a natural instinct because it was something that he did with that woman that was in his life. He felt his heart sink a bit, but quickly, stopped himself from getting upset about it and continued into the kitchen to wash the dishes.]]
[center Alaric heard Maddox say something from upstairs but paid no mind, assuming he was speaking to his dog. He continued to flip the bacon, breathing in the amazing aroma. He listened to the patter of footsteps coming down the stairs, one large set and another daintily following along. Just then he heard the knocking, realizing all this time he had been ignoring it. He cursed under his breath, thinking of his tom-foolery. He was really into the sizzling of the bacon, plus he was excited to see if Maddox was hungover.
When Maddox entered and spoke Alaric started to laugh, however, he felt his cheeks reddening.[#228B22 [i Again, eh? Maybe I will stick around. If he's so inclined. ] ]
When Maddox re-entered the room Alaric turned and laid out the meal he had just made. Steaming bacon and fresh eggs laid out in front of them, a pile of potatoes on the side.[#228B22 "Hope you enjoy it. I got so excited finding out that your neighbors three doors down had their own lot of piggies running around."]
Finding pigs around was a rare thing, same with chickens. They all had their deformities and only a few survived the war. Luckily, the only deformities were superficial, making their meat alright to eat. Elders even said the radiation must have made them tastier but a lot of people say that is just a myth.
Alaric sat down across from Maddox and dug into his own plate, listening carefully to Maddox. He started talking after swallowing a few bites. [#228B22 "So, this job? Would you be needing any help on it? I've got nothing better to do. You can keep the cash, I just want to scavenge." ] He flashed a grin, excited suddenly. If he could come along, chances are they were taking out a large group. That meant plenty of loot for Alaric. That meant plenty of rubbish he could make into innovative and elaborate tools.[#228B22 "I understand if not."]
[center [size12 Not only the smell of good food, but a loud knock was what woke Maddox up a little too early for his liking. He groaned quietly, rubbing his face before he was soon greeted by his dog, Shiloh. He chuckled quietly, running his fingers through the soft fur and pulled himself out of the bed. He was still in yesterday's dirty clothes which instantly made him feel disgusting. He quickly made work on fixing that issue before walking down the stairs.]]
[center [size12 Wearing something simple as a pair of jeans and a black v-neck shirt. He heard the knocking again and quickly answered with, [i [#FF0000 "I will be there in a moment."]] Maddox heard the sounds of someone cooking and finally remembered that he had a guest over.]]
[center [size12 [i [#FF0000 "Oh shit, I actually forgot you were here. Make sure I don't drink like that again, okay?"]] He didn't sound like he was upset that Alaric was there, he was actually grateful he hadn't robbed Maddox blind and left. [i [#FF0000 "It smells great, I will be back in a moment,"]] Maddox gave a quick compliment before finally turning to open the door to reveal the same man, who was there last night with a new contract.]]
[center [size12 [i [#FF0000 "Can you ever give me a break? I just woke up and finished the last contract,"]] Maddox huffed quietly, but the man shook his head and urged Maddox to take the paper that he was holding.]]
[center [size12 Maddox shut the door before turning to Alaric, who was still in the kitchen. Shiloh brushed past Maddox and right up to Alaric, sitting right by his feet. [i [#FF0000 "Looks like I got another job to take care of,"]] Maddox mumbled, mainly to himself before walking into the kitchen.]]
[center [size12 [i [#FF0000 "I actually cannot believe you got your hands on this food,"]] he chuckled before making himself a cup of coffee in what looked like an old world coffee machine. He desperately needed the caffeine.]]
[center [size12 With a couple of coffee in hand and a cigarette lit between his lips, Maddox was sitting at the table and running over the newest job that he was offered. It was a big bounty and something that be a bit more difficult to do since it was further away which means, he would be gone for several days and he began thinking that he wouldn't be able to see his new friend. That actually made Maddox a bit sad.]]
[center When Maddox started talking about the female he grinned although he couldn't help but feel disappointed. Was this man straight? He knew it was odd to think such things however he liked being around Maddox, even if it was just for a little bit.
Alaric started to laugh when Maddox's story ended. They both sat there laughing about such dark topics as if the world was made for their sick pleasure. Both had a fair deal of mishaps in their lives and for some reason, these guys could laugh about it. While others cried and complained they laughed and drank. Oh, how it helped to be mentally unstable.
Alaric peered into Maddox's eyes, his cheeks reddening at his comment. [#228B22 [i Okay, maybe he isn't straight. ] ] Al laughed to himself before turning towards the now-falling Maddox. [#228B22 "Woah there, bud," ] Although Alaric was pretty drunk he was beside Maddox quickly, sweeping him up and into his arms. He may not look strong but the guy could lift. [#228B22 "I think you are right. Time for bed for you, dear friend," ] Al grinned before walking to Maddox's room and tossing him lightly on the bed.
[#228B22 "See you in the morning," ] Alaric turned and started to walk but stopped for a quick moment. [#228B22 "You are pretty cute too, Mads."]
He left the room and went to the tattered couch.
The aroma of bacon filled the home of Maddox, something rare to come by in any town. Of course, Alaric had his ways. He had gone out early in the morning and had spoken with some townsfolk. He haggled and traded until he got enough food for a great breakfast meal.
[center [size12 Maddox's head practically bounced when Alaric's fists hit the table. He rubbed his chin for a moment before chuckling at the male's kind gestures of trying to wipe away a mess that wasn't there. It was kind of cute, Maddox's face got even more red, but he stopped the blushing when Alaric told the story of the toe headed dolls.]]
[center [size12 [i [#FF0000 "How barbaric!"]] Maddox cried out before chuckling. He was trying to picture what the dolls would look like, but could only laugh even more now. [i [#FF0000 "I shouldn't be fuckin' laughing, but the mental imagine is actually kind of funny,"]] Maddox had shown this amount of emotions, especially happy ones in a very long time.]]
[center [size12 [i [#FF0000 "Killing mayors and toe headed dolls aside, you're a pretty chill dude, Alaric. Like I haven't had a single person in this house since this girl that I thought was my only love. You know THAT WHOLE LINE OF BULLSHIT,"]] he groaned, rolling his head to face the other direction. [i [#FF0000 "But seriously, this chick was gorgeous, super fuckin' smart, and knew how to talk herself out of any kind of situation,"]] Maddox found himself wandering into bad territory, but he didn't stop himself.]]
[center [size12 Maddox unglued himself from the table and stood up. He stopped midway to keep his balance. He walked over to Alaric and lifted up his shirt. [i [#FF0000 "SHE TOOK MY DAMN KIDNEY,"]] he groaned. [i [#FF0000 "She was planning on making a quick buck off of selling pieces of me, but you know that cliche, wake up in a bath tub full of ice with your kidney gone? YEAH THAT WAS ME,"]] Maddox was acting well over dramatic, but stopped himself as he stared down at Alaric with a confused look for a moment.]]
[center [size12 [i [#FF0000 "You know, this is probably the moonshine talking, but damn, you are cute,"]] Maddox cleared his throat, swallowing hard with a dumb grin on his face. He felt stupid, but not as stupid as he was about to feel. He lost his balance, tried grabbing the edge of the table, but instead stumbled to the ground. [i [#FF0000 "Maybe... It is time to stop drinking,"]] he laid on his back, looking up at the ceiling with a small, defeated huff.]]
[center [#228B22 "Shitty, my man," ] Alaric nodded, letting the topic drop. He didn't really care about money, always trading furs and things he created for other various goods. He knew, however, that others held money dear to them, even after the war, and never judged. People still used cash while others didn't. Ric still, of course, kept change on him for the few people who wouldn't just trade their things.
Alaric gave Maddox a sweet smile, although his eyes darkened slightly at a stray thought. [#228B22 "Trust me, Mads,"] Alaric already nicknamed him, [#228B22 "I know nasty and nothing can surprise me." ]
Soon enough Alaric and Maddox shared one too many drinks, both opened up and tad bit vulnerable. Alaric watched Maddox, entertained by his every move. His cheeks were flushed red and he couldn't keep his goofy smile off his face, even though the subject was a bit rough.
[#228B22 "Well, then the mayor deserved to die. Most people do," ] Al blurted out the words, much too cheerfully for most peoples likings. He didn't believe the man in front of him was bad, even if he had just confessed to killing innocents. Alaric had killed innocents too, and not for money. At least Maddox was doing something with his bloodlust.
[#228B22 "I tell you, Mads, you may think someone is sweet and loving but then [b BOOM]," ] Alaric slammed his fist onto the table a little too roughly. He started to giggle, [#228B22 "Ooopsy, I am so sorry." ] He wiped where he hit even though there was no mess. A true gentlemen, or well, kind of. [#228B22 "Anyways, I knew this one group. Man, they looked like cheery group of dudes, right? Men were fucked. They collected toes and made them into doll heads. Yeah, fucking doll heads." ]Now it was Alaric who was oversharing.
[center [size12 [i [#FF0000 "Depends on what you think is a pocket full. This is small time compared to the other heads I gotten money for. Those raiders were small time bullshit,"]] Maddox could not help, but to chuckle at the thought of this envelope being full of the most cash that he had ever gotten at once. Before, he received the house that they were sitting in. Another time, he had gotten around ten times as much as what was in that envelope, but he wasn't going to share that. Maddox hadn't quite gotten around to fully trusting the male in front of him. Maddox was just that type of person though, keeping everyone at arms length and keeping himself on the reserve.]]
[center [size12 Maddox glanced from his, now, third beer which was half empty to the moonshine that Alaric was holding. He was silent for a moment, thinking about the consequences and how he would react. It had been quite a while since Maddox had drank anymore stronger than some beer or even whiskey, but moonshine and a good drunk sounded pretty good right now. He just chuckled to himself, giving in finally to his guilty pleasures.]]
[center [size12 [i [#FF0000 "A man after my own heart,"]] Maddox then stood up, stumbling just slightly. Again, the poor five foot eight man wasn't the best at keeping himself together when it came to any kind of alcohol. But he did know that Alaric would be there to pick him up if he fell down. Maddox headed into the kitchen to put the rest of his beer in the fridge. Shiloh was dancing around his feet, Maddox grumbled quiet [i go aways] to Shiloh, who padded back into the living area.]]
[center [size12 [i [#FF0000 "But I don't think you want to know the dirty, dark secrets of a bounty hunter. It can get pretty nasty,"]] Maddox joked before looking at the bottle of moonshine. It was so tempting, but Maddox had to keep himself restraint for the time being. Just a little taste for now.]]
[center [size12 A couple of drinks in, Maddox was half way across the table plastered. His head was lying on the table with a heavy huff in annoyance. Not at Alaric, or Shiloh. Just at himself. He was thinking about things that he hadn't thought about in a very long time. Annoyance was just the first word that could come to Maddox's blurred mind.]]
[center [size12 [i [#FF0000 "You know, I kill people for a living. Like not just bad people, but good people too. All for money that I DO NOT EVEN SPEND LIKE HOLY HELL, ALARIC,"]] Maddox's voice went from tired and calm to loud and annoyed. His arms sprawled out on the table, moving around in rapid movements as he spoke. [i [#FF0000 "Like hell, I killed this town's mayor because he was talking crazy shit, like he thought that this whole town needed cleansing and I HAD TO KILL HIM or he would have killed all these innocent people,"]] Maddox's inner mind knew that he was sharing WAY too much, but at this point, why would he stop himself.]]
Shiloh's head appeared in-between Alaric's legs and his face lit up, so excited to pet the dog. He put down the beer on the table and moved his hands, allowing Shiloh to sniff his hands. Soon enough he was on the ground with the dog, wrestling, and petting him so much the dog started to kick her leg whilst laying. [#228B22 "Such a good girl, aren't you? Aren't you?"] Alaric was excited to spend time with his new furry friend, so much so that he didn't even notice the knock on the door. Alaric looked up when Maddox crossed to the door, seeing the exchange of money and slight howdy-do.
[#228B22 "Better be getting a good pocket full for how flawlessly you took those dudes out," ] Alaric let out his signature chuckle, his hands still slightly pre-occupied with the dog. The only reason Maddox had any trouble was because of him, and he still destroyed the raiders' assholes.
Alaric got up and back to the table, Shiloh fresh on his feet from more attention. He sat down and quickly gulped down the beer Maddox so-kindly handed to him. Soon he was on to his backpack for something more strong. It took him a while to find what he was looking for, rifling around for at least a minute. A breath left out his lips when he found it, a small plastic jug with a clear liquid bouncing around inside. A sly smirk spread across his face as he looked up at Maddox once again. [#228B22 "Ready to share your deepest darkest secrets?"] He had no idea if Maddox could even handle his alcohol but this would get him truly drunk with just a shot. [#228B22 "This nice concoction is called moonshine," ] He winked.
Calling Alaric an alcoholic was a bit much, however, the man did love a good drink. He knew how to party and was often the life of it, sharing stories and joy to everyone who welcomed him. It was really hard to dislike the man and if you did, well, you probably disliked life as well.
[#228B22 "So, you down?" ]
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