Lucky Dog 1 translations 04 Bernardo Route 01



Part 2: Escape

Chapter 4

Getaway Ride

     

Our Alfa Romeo makes a mad dash over the small country roads away from the prison like the hounds of hell are nipping on its back bumper.

Gradually, we catch sight of more and more people on the roadside.  Dawn is about over, and the town is starting to wake up, too.

Bernardo skillfully handles the wheel and avoids any faraway speck of human activity by swerving down a different road again and again.

We’ve got to get out of this town without being spotted, if possible.

Ivan: We’re heading west, right?  We’ll get there in a snap if we pull onto the highway.

Bernardo: Here it comes!

     

Bernardo pulls hard on the wheel and the car peels straight around.

Bernardo: Don’t get thrown out!

Clinging to the front seat, I keep my mouth shut tight so I don’t accidentally bite my tongue.

     

The driver of the car we’d hastily hijacked is Bernardo.  Ivan’s shotgun.  Luchino, Giulio and I fill up the backseat.

It’s pretty tight in the back with three guys crammed in.  Luchino should’ve gone into the passenger seat, but that’s a thought for another day.

Giulio: …Ah…!

A sudden G-force swipes across us, leaving Giulio’s weight on me.


I muster a bit of force and push him away.  Giulio pulls back, as though flinching away.

Giulio: Excuse me…
Gian: Scrunch into your end a bit more, would you?

     

Bernardo: Hm, was there someone by the roadside just now?
Gian: Should someone keep an eye out back?

Bernardo: If possible.  But we should be fine.  Even with five passengers, the horsepower of this car should allow us to outrun almost anything.

That’s awesome.  You’ve got my thanks, Chief.

I’d originally imagined us split between two slightly less conspicuous Fords…

I mean, don’t you think a carmine red Alfa Romeo’s just a tad too flashy for a getaway ride?  It is fucking cool, though!

About as cool as having a Lincoln, one of those with a roof (Those’re the standard for capos being discharged from prison!), coming to pick us up, perhaps?

Gian: What kind of ride’d you prepare for us anyways, Bernardo?
Bernardo: Two veeeery plain and subdued Fords.

Just as I thought.

Luchino: What a shabby getaway that would be.
Bernardo: I’d made arrangements for us to transfer in Suncreek, on the way to Daivan, to a Lincoln limousine more suitable for our triumphant return.
Ivan: We’ll just need to get to Suncreek then?

Bang!

The sudden thunder of gunshot causes us to swivel around in panic.

What was that?

Giulio: Ahead.

A Ford Model T-touring appears in front of us.  The slightly nostalgic model of a car is barreling towards us.

There’s a middle-aged man in the driver’s seat, suspender belts over his shirt and a badge pinned to his chest.  The hand not gripping the steering wheel’s gripping a revolver with its muzzle pointing skyward.

That’s the sheriff of the town … which makes the gunshot just now his warning shot!

Ivan: He’s coming this way!  You planning on ramming him?!
Bernardo: I can dodge him, no problem!

Bernardo, instead of hitting the brakes, slams the gas instead.  There’s no time for words.

     

We charge headlong towards each other before, at the very last second, Bernardo spins the wheel.

The cars’ bodies pass each other, one moment heading for a head-on collision, the next slipping by with a paper-thin margin.

In that instant, I catch a clear glimpse of the sheriff’s face, drawn tight in fear.

Ivan: Uwaaagh!!
Luchino: Bravo!

An unpleasant sound catches my ears from behind.

I turn and see the Model T smashed into a roadside building.

Teetering, the sheriff climbs out of the car…  It’s probably impossible for him to chase us any further.  Take care!  Relieved, I turn forward again.

Gian: …Man, that was really pushing it.
Bernardo: But we got through, right?

He’s pushing it a bit too much, though.  Bernardo’s already the very image of calm again (though that stunt’s probably stressed his receding hairline quite a bit)…  This isn’t like him.

Could he be high off the thrill of escape…?  I study Bernardo sitting in the driver’s seat.



Gian: Bernardo?  You all right?

Even after I talk to him, he’s still staring straight ahead.  Bernardo’s response only comes after a while’s passed.

Bernardo: …What about?
Gian: I think you’re riding on a bit of a high.
Gian: Don’t take this bad.  It’s easy to get carried away when you first get out.  I don’t think you’ve noticed it yourself, so I figured I’d tell you.
Bernardo: …

Luchino beside me’s stealing glances.

Bernardo: …You’re right … I might’ve gotten a little carried away.

Bernardo hunches his shoulders a bit before smiling at me from across the mirror.

The feeling he’s gonna keep pulling crazy stunts one after another –  or rather, the aura of a beast drunk on blood – had disappeared at some point during the convo.


     

…We’re almost out of the town.

The sight of countless dirt roads branching through excessively sprawling fields into the horizon greets my eyes.

There’s nothing jutting out of the landscape, so I can see pretty far into the distance.

Ivan: The view’s pretty good here…

Beyond the far edge of the farmlands, a village, larger than the one we’d just passed, stretches just barely into view.  To the right are some foothills covered in green.

Ivan: If we don’t find some cover, we’ll be sitting ducks.
Gian: Anyone would think we’d be heading to that town over there, so that’s out.  We’re gonna head for the hills and pull through the forest there.
Gian: It’ll be a roundabout drive to Suncreek, but whatever.  Let’s just head west.  We’ll get to Suncreek if we just head north somewhere along the way.
Giulio: Is there … a path … through this forest?
Gian: There should be.  ‘sides, it’s the only place we can lay low around here.

The car’s tires finally leave the town borders behind, violently kicking up dirt behind us as it does so.

Luchino: This is going to wear the tires down for sure.
Bernardo: We picked this up for free anyways.  …Fortunately, the tank’s still three-quarters full.

Ivan turns back to the village, as though reluctant to leave it behind.  The only thing we can see of the prison now is the tip of its walls.

Ivan: We won’t be able to fill up on gas for a while.  No phone, either … which means no way to contact Daivan.

Ivan glares at me.  I get the feeling he’s maliciously criticizing me.

Just when I’m about to say something back, Luchino cuts in.

Luchino: If we make a call nearby, the guards will catch up to us in no time.  We’ll find another chance to contact them.  Let’s just let the Lucky Dog call the shots for now … right, Gian?



I keep quiet.  With Luchino’s sound logic I also feel the responsibility of the whole affair hanging over my head.

Luchino’s eyes bore into me as I ignore him.  After a long while, Luchino snorts and turns his head towards the passing scenery.

Ivan shifts his gaze between me and Luchino, but finally ends up silently turning forward.

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11 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. akashini
    Jul 10, 2013 @ 09:53:44

    Do I have to be mean to Giulio? I like him too much to be mean. QAQ

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    • terracannon876
      Jul 10, 2013 @ 10:00:12

      In visual novel walkthroughs (which is what I’m following), generally you prioritize only one character. If you do more than that, then you run the risk of going onto someone else’s route accidentally.

      In the case of Bernardo, his route actually requires you to be nice to BOTH Bernardo and Giulio, with more affection to Bernardo. This means that if you are juuuust a bit too nice to Giulio, you might accidentally shift into Giulio’s route. Sorry, you’re better off being a bit mean to him =( It’s how the game rolls~

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      • akashini
        Jul 10, 2013 @ 18:45:55

        Okay. I’ll love and pamper him with affection in his route then. Out of all characters I can’t help but adore Giulio. his loopy side makes more adorable to me. X3

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        • terracannon876
          Jul 10, 2013 @ 19:27:29

          That’s exactly what you’re supposed to do 😉 They all have their turns.

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          • akashini
            Jul 10, 2013 @ 19:37:31

            Just recently, I’ve created a wikia for Lucky Dog. I’m still an amateur when coming things to things like this and since it is about Lucky Dog I was hoping to ask for your help (you’re pro and I admire you for your excellent work XD). Nothing too serious to breach the copyright or anything but to tell others who doesn’t know about this fantastic game.

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            • terracannon876
              Jul 10, 2013 @ 20:26:14

              I don’t think I’ll have time to write the articles, but you’re free to pull any information from this site. If you want to quote the translation, please credit, too. Other than that, you feel free to ask questions and I’ll answer best I can, including the spoilerific material I haven’t posted yet. I’ll have to admit I’ve only read about half the short stories so I can’t answer past what I know, but I know there’s someone here (psst, Saya) who’s read everything ^^;

              Sorry I can’t be of more help. And yay, more contribution to the LD community! \o/

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              • akashini
                Jul 10, 2013 @ 20:30:30

                Thank you for your permission and I’ll definitely credit in big capital letters. I can’t say too much about myself concerning LD but I will try my best.

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              • Saya
                Jul 12, 2013 @ 13:04:20

                呼んだ?(・ω・)Did you call me?

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                • terracannon876
                  Jul 12, 2013 @ 13:18:38

                  AAAAAAA! 出たぁぁ! どうやって見つけたの??!

                  I was just saying, Saya has read all the SS, so if we have questions about making a wiki, you would know most about it 😀

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                  • Saya
                    Jul 12, 2013 @ 14:15:39

                    I was reading the recent comments and I found my name…  OK,if you have questions about lucky dog 1, and if I know the answer , I ‘ll……いつでもお手伝いしますので、気軽にメールしてくださいねwでは。

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                  • terracannon876
                    Jul 12, 2013 @ 14:51:03

                    なんか…途中で英語から日本語に変えた気がするですが… XD

                    ありがとうね~ Thanks!

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