Lucky Dog 1 translations 12 Bernardo route 03 best

Part 3: Daivan

Chapter 12 Best

Always Right



giandaivanu3-2-2 Gian: Right… He always…

Inside my head, completely out of nowhere, for absolutely no reason…

…I remember that time Bernardo and I had those sandwiches. That time we drove together in the Alfa. But those aren’t the only times. Always, without fail, he’d…

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Bernardo: There’s no particular reason. I just feel more comfortable with choosing right…

…say those words. I don’t think I’ve ever seen him stray from that creed.


giandaivanu4-2-2 Gian: ……!!

I slide up tight to the lock on the door on the right.

Keeping a sharp ear out and jumping at the occasional spike of uproarious laughter from the gangsters, I fumble through my pocket with shaking hands. I pull out the lock picks I carry around with me everywhere…

giandaivanu2-8-2 Gian: …Fuck. My hands won’t stop shaking…

I force myself to take a big gulp of air. One. Two. Three.

giandaivanu4-2-2 Gian: …Phew. All right…

I thread the crooked metal needles into the hole. I feel around with the first one … stabilize the cylinder with the second … and … turn with the third…

giandaivanu4-4-2 Gian: …C’mon, baby… This won’t hurt one bit…

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Phew. Sweat’s erupting from my body like a fountain.

I steadily turn the knob, keeping my feelers on tight alert for the void beyond the whole time. I open the door…

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Across the completely wrecked lounge is a door left wide open. By the time I catch sight of the bedroom inside…

…Holy! Crap, that scared me, Jesus Christ…! Just past the bedroom door, there’s a lone man sitting asleep hugging a shotgun.

His thundering snores surf on waves of cheap booze stink. I slip past him into the bedroom…

And there…

???: …Who’s there…?

giandaivanu3-11-1 Gian: H-Huh…?!

A voice suddenly flies out of the darkness. I almost shriek my head off.

…But wait … was that Italian just now?!

giandaivanu3-1-1b Gian: Wh-Wha?

There, in the darkness … tied to the chair is a man in suit. …Bernardo?!

…No, wait. The one’s a bit stockier…

???: …Can it be?! Ho! Giancarlo!! Is that really you?! You’re a sight for sore eyes…

giandaivanu2-8-2 Gian: Wh-Wh-What’s going on…?! How’d the fuck you know my name, fucker…?!

???: Who are you calling ‘fucker?’ I mean, I do remember raising you like this, but, regardless! …Look at how you’ve grown, Gian.

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…?! …Don’t tell me thats…


I pull back the ragged curtains draped over the windows. The distant moonlight shines through the glass and illuminates the bound gentleman.

giandaivanu3-1-1b Gian: …No fucking way… This’s a fucking dream…
aless02 Alessandro: But it’s as real as reality be. …We’ll talk later. Get these off. Hurry.

Trapped there … is the true Capo, the CR:5 boss, the one and only Alessandro del Salto…

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giandaivanu3-6-1 Gian: Shit…! The hell is going on here…?!

I undo the ropes binding the Boss’s limbs to the chair. After being freed, the old man says,

aless02 Alessandro: Phew. That was cutting it close…
giandaivanu3-4-1b Gian: Close…? Pops, why’re you even—

But the Boss, without hearing a word I’m saying, quickly strides over to the window, throws it open…

giandaivanu3-4-1b Gian: …Close?! You were talking about taking a piss?!
aless06 Alessandro: You fool! I’ve been trussed up here the whole night, you know?! No way in hell I’m wrecking this suit.

The sound of him relieving himself drones on and on … and after the almost-hypnotic sound disappears, I come to my senses.

giandaivanu3-11-1 Gian: Pops…!! Why’re you here in a place like this?! Did they grab you, too?!
aless05 Alessandro: Mm, well, I’ve gotten rather soft lately… This will be a long talk. Besides, I despise repeating myself.
aless02 Alessandro: If we get out of here alive, I’ll talk to everyone at once. OK?
giandaivanu4-3-2 Gian: Damn you…! Fine! Fuck! Aagh! Here I come, looking for Bernardo, and all I get is this fucking dick of an old man… God help me, what now…
aless04 Alessandro: What? Oh, I see… You came to save Bernardo, not me. I’m disappointed in you, damn prodigal son.
giandaivanu2-8-2 Gian: Shaddap, stupid old baboon. …Fuck it, I really gotta look for Bernardo…
aless05 Alessandro: If you’re looking for Bernardo … he’s probably being held in the room opposite. I heard screams coming from there earlier…
aless03 Alessandro: It sounded like electricity… Damn atrocious lot…
giandaivanu3-1-1b Gian: Wh—?! Th-Then we’ve gotta hurry—
aless05 Alessandro: Hold your horses. We’re in the enemy’s base. …Let’s proceed carefully. I haven’t got nary a cent, watch, nor piece on me.

The Boss cracks his shoulders and rubs at his wrists and, despite his huge stature, slinks forward like a cat.

…Don’t know why, but the old man looks larger than life. He looks even more enormous than Luchino … especially since I haven’t seen him in so long…

The man by the bedroom door snores. Pops’s eyes fall on the drunk guard…

…Whoa…! I hear a booming sound across the wall that sets my nerves on edge. The snores have stopped.

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giandaivanu3-11-1 Gian: You a gorilla? How’d you even snuff him bare-handed…?
aless02 Alessandro: Hitting at the right angles, etc. Besides, this bastard mouthed off at my suit! Called it a cheap off-the-peg shirt. Should I have kept him alive?

…Oh. Really. I follow behind the old man, keeping my eyes averted from the body. Then…

Thud thud.

…!! I hear dirt-muddied shoes pounding from behind the door.

aless06 Alessandro: …Shit. This is what happens when you haven’t got a watch. They’re switching shifts!
giandaivanu4-3-2 Gian: Crap…! Pops…?!



GD Soldier 1: Hey! Shift’s over!

GD Soldier 2: Wha?! H-How’d you—?!

The shotgun-toting, brutish-looking duo glare at us after throwing open the door.

The thugs bring up their guns. But, even quicker…

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giandaivanu3-11-1 Gian: Wha—?!

GD Soldier 1: Gh … a-ah….

Without having any clue what happened … the two gangsters hug the newly-punched holes in their guts and collapse.

aless09 Alessandro: This way! Hurry! More are coming!

At some point in time … the old Western gun that should’ve been jammed into my belt was there in the Boss’s hand.

…I never saw when he’d… When’d he pull it out…?! Rather, how shots was that just now…?!

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giandaivanu2-8-2 Gian: Pops, what about this room? Bernardo migh—

Just as I’m about to pull out my lock picks, right beside me…

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giandaivanu3-4-1b Gian: Bwah?!

…the Boss blows the lock clean out of its socket with a shot. It’s not that he’s wrong, but … tell me first, fucking geezer. My ears’re ringing!


giandaivanu2-8-2 Gian: Bernardo…?! Where’re you?!

Fuck stealth. I shout for Bernardo as loud as I can…

berndaivanc3-7-2 Bernardo: Gh… Gian … is … that you…?
giandaivanu3-4-1b Gian: Y-Yeah, sure is…! Bernardo…?!

Bernardo’s also bound to a chair. Maybe they decided that he was less dangerous than the Boss, since it’s only his arms that’re tied tight to his body.

I undo the ropes and rip off the blindfold.

berndaivanc2-2-2 Bernardo: …Gian…?! How’d … I didn’t think you’d come for…!
giandaivanu3-7-1b Gian: Ha … haha…! What’re you on about? You left that shit behind ‘cause you wanted me to come!
berndaivanc2-8-1 Bernardo: Wh—? Gian, you… You found … the money … yet still you … came for me?
giandaivanu4-4-2 Gian: The mountain you stuffed in there almost blinded my eyes out.
berndaivanc2-1-2 Bernardo: …Gh…! Gian…! I’m so sorry…!

Bernardo’s large hands fall on my shoulders. He’s not even bothering to hide the watery eyes behind his glass as he looks at me…


berndaivanc2-2-2 Bernardo: …Eh. …H-Huh…?! Why…?!

Bernardo’s eyes finally catch sight of the Boss.

aless07 Alessandro: Hey. Looks like you got quite a bit of the rough treatment. Can you walk, Bernardo?
berndaivanc2-8-2 Bernardo: B-Boss?! Why are you here?! Just where have you been this entire time?
aless04 Alessandro: See? What did I say, Gian?! This is why I’ll apologize to all of you at once.

I shrug at Pops … before turning back to the bigger doofus of the two old men…

giandaivanu3-13-1b Gian: You dimwit, Bernardo…! I’m gonna lay it on thick and complain your ear off after this!
berndaivanc4-9-2 Bernardo: Y-Yeah… We can … get out? Dave’s men are all over…
giandaivanu4-2-2 Gian: …So he did … end up fucking you over in the end?
berndaivanc2-3-2 Bernardo: …Yeah. I’m sorry… But … he’s even more foolish… If we can get out of here alive…


Thud thud thud.

GD Soldier 3: Wh-Wha?!

GD Solider 4: Hey! Bruce?! …Shit, they popped him off!

The storm of footsteps and expletives rush up from downstairs and down the hall. …Shit, the exits are blocked…



GD Soldier 3: There they are!!

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The thug barreling into the room suddenly falls onto his butt, hole pierced perfectly between his eyebrows. Boss, his pistol still only half-raised at his waist, asks,

aless05 Alessandro: You got any spare lead?
giandaivanu2-8-2 Gian: Like hell I do!
aless03 Alessandro: Sigh.
giandaivanu4-5-2 Gian: Fuck! Hot!

Pops tosses the gun back to me … before crossing his arms. Then…



giandaivanu3-4-1 Gian: Uwah?!

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A hail of bullets rip up the hallway like a whirlwind of claws. The thugs are too scared to set a toe into the door … but … we haven’t got a way out.


berndaivanc2-7-2 Bernardo: Gh…! Boss, this way!

Bernardo picks up the chair he’d been tied to and hauls it to the window.

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…Right, the window!

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Again, the explosion of gunpowder and bullets rip across the hallway. …Shit, they’re closing in on us bit by bit. I plaster myself against the wall, creep to the door…

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…and there, on the ground, is the shotgun the guy’d dropped. I drag it into the room and, with a roll, pick it up.

giandaivanu3-9-2 Gian: Pops! Here…!
aless08 Alessandro: I don’t use the long things. There’s no beauty to them.

Fucking geezer! Now’s not the time! Then…

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The volley of machinegun bursts rips into the door.

GD Soldier 5: Gaaaaaah!!


Kicking aside the wreckage of a door, the thugs charge into the room. I turn the shotgun towards him, but…

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berndaivanc2-8-1 Bernardo: Gian…?!
giandaivanu4-5-2 Gian: G-Gh…

I barely manage to stop the butt of the gun from whipping down at me … but the enormous bull of a man pushes me back…

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GD Soldier 5: Eeyaaagh!!

The Boss twists the arm of the man from right beside me. The unsettling crunch of joints and bones crumbling. New thugs come pressing in.


GD Solider 6: Bastard!!

GD Solider 7: Whack ‘em!!


GD Soldier 5: Ee?! Sto- Aaaagh!

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The Boss pulls the man with the broken arm up and uses the body as a shield. The body gets pumped full of bullets. He thrusts it forward.

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GD Soldier 6: U-Uwah! Shi-…

Pushed back by the dead weight caused by friendly fire, the thugs falter and flee back into the hall. Now’s our chance…!

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I stick the shotgun out through the beat-up door and into the hallway. Make sure they won’t feel like showing their faces for a good while. Bernardo peers through the window he’d broken…


Bernardo: Boss! This way…!!

aless06 Alessandro: This is their base. They’ll find us in a heartbeat.


It’s then a rage-filled voice echoes down the hallway.

GD Soldier 6: Fucking guineas! Give ‘t up!! Th’Boss said we can’t off the geezer, but th’rest of ya’re fair game! Ya give up we won’t kill ya!!

…Their boss … said not to kill Pops…?


aless09 Alessandro: That bastard… He called me a geezer, did he?! Did he?! Be right back. Need to go kill someone.
giandaivanu2-8-2 Gian: Calm down, God damn it…! Aagh, why is our family full of nothing but useless old men…! Shit!

I spit out a curse, like I’m channeling Ivan. I look up at Pops.

giandaivanu3-2-1b Gian: …Hey. The Boss they’re talking about. Do they mean…
aless05 Alessandro: …Yeah. Just until yesterday … Ethan was here. A lot has happened between us…

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GD Soldier 6: Ya don’t … well, ya’ll all turn go down in flames with this place!

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…Shit… Should we bite the bullet and get out through the window? Bernardo and I look to each other.

berndaivanc3-1-2b Bernardo: …There’s no other way…
giandaivanu4-8-1 Gian: No regrets, right?
berndaivanc2-3-2 Bernardo: …Yeah!

Bernardo dashes towards the broken window as he says,


Bernardo: Boss, I will head down first! …Gian, I’m counting on you.


giandaivanu3-13-2 Gian: Aye, aye!

Bernardo straddles over the window … and then stiffens. His eyes aren’t directed downwards but … out at the street…?

giandaivanu3-1-1b Gian: H-Hey…? What’s wrong?

It’s then my ears catch the sounds, too.

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…Shit!! Backup…?!

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. o0oIKUTO0o0
    May 28, 2016 @ 04:02:24

    Woouuaah esta ruta! definitivamente es mi favorita!! esta llena de drama y sorpresas XD Me encanta !! me encanta x)



  2. Sinister_moonlight
    Jun 07, 2016 @ 16:57:49

    OMG! I’m so happy!! I love you for doing this! *bows down to you as y new yaoi god/goddess* You make my day so much brighter! I was so happy to see Bernardo again! Thank you! thank you!



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