- "Stop being such a fool! Only stupid children believe in God!"
- —Dallas to Eve
Dallas Genoard (ダラス・ジェノアード, Darasu Jenoādo) is a deadbeat delinquent who becomes an incomplete immortal in November 1930. After he murders several members of the Gandor Family that month, the Gandor brothers stick him and his companions into oil drums and send him to the bottom of the Hudson River..
After continuously drowning for over two years, Dallas is retrieved from the river by the Larvae in September 1933, who use them for their own gains. That same month, he is reunited with his younger sister Eve Genoard.
Dallas has chestnut brown hair and grey eyes. He is normally drawn wearing a mulberry jacket over a pink shirt, suspenders, and brown trousers.
Dallas is a short-tempered and prone to violence, quick to take offense and one to hold long-term grudges. He is impulsive and self-centered. He has yet to earn money through legitimate means - thus far he has either stolen money or pawned off family possessions for it - and he'd planned to rely upon the family inheritance for a living until it was stolen. Such actions imply that he has little to no work ethic, and certainly no scruples about using others for his own benefit. Despite the fact that Dallas comes from a wealthy family, he is described as "uneducated" - again, implying a lack of worth ethic among other things.
It can be speculated that part of the reason Dallas ended up the way he did is due to bitterness over his father and brother. He's always been resentful towards the two (who viewed him as both incompetent and too young to get involved in the family business) and it is clear that he at the very least had a poor relationship with them. In fact, Dallas planned to go so far as murder his father and blame it upon his brother in order to get his hands on their shares of the inheritance. He shows no sign of grief over his grandfather's death in 1930.
The only person to whom Dallas is even remotely kind is his younger sister Eve. She has been described as his Achilles' Heel, and with good reason -- it is clear that he wants to protect her and keep her safe and happy, and woe upon whomever dares to threaten her because they will reckon with Dallas' fury. It should be noted, however, that he did plan to wrangle Eve's share of the inheritance out of her before the disaster of 1930 struck. Outside of Eve, Dallas appears to have no interest in "making nice" with others - only in how he can use them. He also refuses to take over the family, claiming that it is a "pain" (although Narita says that this is his way of being kind towards his sister).
He seems to have some sort of regret over his resorting to violence to solve his problems, since he had once promised Eve that he wouldn't get himself involved in more fights. However, he has stated that violence and threats are the only way he knows how to protect her (which is not surprising in the slightest).
Dallas is prone to using excess profanity when speaking and even moreso in his internal thoughts.
Dallas was likely born sometime in 1911, the second son of Raymond Genoard and his wife. In his teens, he grew increasingly resentful of his father and older brother Jeffrey, who refused to involve him in the family business because they thought him both incompetent and too young. Dallas eventually left home due to said family tensions and roamed the streets of New York, engaging in brawls and visiting the juice bars with his cronies.
In October 1930, Dallas receives word or otherwise learns of his grandfather's sudden passing, and unlike his sister feels absolutely no grief over his loss. He rushes back home to the family mansion in Newark, planning to kill his father and blame the crime on Jeffrey so that he (Dallas) can claim the inheritance. Not only that, he intends to take Eve's portion of the inheritance for his own gain as well. However, the night Dallas returns home (and the night he prepares to carry out his plan) takes a turn for the worse when the family fortune is stolen from the family safe by a pair of thieves. The next day, despite the situation, Dallas offers to teach Eve a little billiards. He returns to Little Italy by November.
1930 - The Rolling BootlegsEdit
In November 1930, Dallas and his cronies (Scott, James, and a third man) assault a beggar and rob him of his money. While Dallas is kicking the beggar, he scornfully remarks that mugging pays better than begging. This is the same beggar that kills Barnes' blender and later attempts to murder Firo; it is possible that Dallas' remark is directly responsible for the beggar becoming a murderer.
Some days later, Dallas and his goons harass a man in an alleyway - only to have their fun spoiled by Firo Prochainezo of the Martillo Family. Once Firo leaves and the group recovers, they brutally assault the man again and steal his crate (which originally contained two bottles of the Cure-All Elixir; however, Firo switched the bottles out with his own two bottles of alcohol while Dallas and co. were unconscious).
With the crate in hand, Dallas and his friends head to the Coraggioso (the headquarters of the Gandor Family). There, Dallas attempts to convince Luck Gandor to help him take revenge on Firo, offering for him and his buddies to become members of the Gandor Family in exchange. Luck declines and Berga Gandor roughs the four up and kicks them out of the building. The crate is now in the Gandors' hands.
Hurt and bruising, Dallas and his goons are skulking through the backstreets when they cross paths with Isaac and Miria. Lost in thought, Dallas accidentally bumps into Miria, leading both her and Isaac to chastise him. Dallas punches Isaac and sends him to the ground out of pure spite, and he and two of his companions kick the downed Isaac while the fourth man restrains Miria in a full nelson. Their stress relief is once again thwarted - this time by Ennis, who knocks all four of them out.
Ennis brings Dallas and his companions to the secret basement room that Szilard's elderly sponsors use as a meeting place. While the four men are passed out, Ennis injects them with the incomplete immortality elixir on Szilard Quates' instructions. Szilard devours Scott once they awaken, sending Dallas and the other two into shock. When they regain their senses, Szilard gives Dallas a proposal: he and his crew will steal back Szilard's crate for him. In exchange, they can enact their revenge on Firo.
Dallas accepts Szilard's offer, and he and the other two return to the Coraggioso's basement. There, they kill Mike and gun down four Gandor men with thompsons, successfully stealing back the crate. A few passersby witness them exit the building. As it stands, Dallas has no intention of actually complying with Szilard's orders and intends to either negotiate with him or sell the elixir instead.
Dallas' plan goes awry when his gang is ambushed by Isaac and Miria. The two pelt the three thugs with a pepper-lime mixture; while Dallas and the others reel from the burning sensation, the couple steal the crate from them.
The next day, Dallas and his two cronies hunker down in a juice joint and make plans. Dallas wants to kill Firo before he and the others leave town, and he learns that the Martillo Family is based in The Alveare after paying off an information broker. Thus informed, the three men head for the Alveare with their tommy guns, intending on wiping out the Martillos even if Firo isn't around. Unbeknownst to them, Isaac and Miria are nearby and recognize them as the same men Ennis assaulted the previous day.
The three men finally come across both Firo and Ennis in a back alley near the Alveare. Dallas' glee at finding Firo (for revenge's sake) is tempered when Luck Gandor appears and presses the barrel of his gun into the back of Dallas' head (Berga and Keith Gandor do the same with the other cronies). Luck asks him if he can explain why five Gandor men are dead; when Dallas attempts to blame the crime on Firo, Luck reveals that the Gandors and Firo are childhood friends. Dallas and company are immediately shot dead by the Gandors.
Dallas and his friends regenerate quickly,, and proceed to gun down Firo, Ennis, and the Gandor brothers. They turn the corner and run down the alley, only for Isaac to accidentally run them over with Szilard's car. The three go tumbling over the car and onto the ground behind it. Just as they are getting up, Isaac backs the car up and pins them to the ground. They remain trapped there for the rest of the alley showdown.
When Dallas wakes up in a dark warehouse, he finds himself inside an oil drum with his hands and feet bound. His cronies are similarly restrained nearby. In front of him stand the Gandor brothers; Dallas is horrified - and shocked - to see them alive and well, but Luck refuses to explain how he and his brothers survived. Keith throws a deck of fifty-two jokers into Dallas' barrel and Luck quips that Keith is too kind, remarking upon how boring Dallas' life will be from here on out -- after all, he and his men will be stuck on the riverbed floor until they die of old age.
Dallas is filled with terror at the implication of those words. In a display of black humor, Luck and Berga banter about what parting recreational gift they should leave the men, such a radio, a chess set, or an Arthur Conan Doyle novel - all items that are completely useless underwater. All three look into Dallas' eyes and ask him to choose which one he'd like; Dallas is reduced to tears.
The barrels are filled with cement, and Dallas and the others are thrown into the deepest part of the Hudson River. Dallas proceeds to continuously drown over the course of the next three years.
1933 - The Slash Edit
In September 1933, Dallas's barrel is retrieved from the river by the Larvae. They extract him from the cement, bring him to a small room and lay him out on a bed. He wakens to an unfamiliar man's voice talking about Nellie Bly, inventor of the steel barrel. Still unable to move, Dallas glares at the man (Tim) and is outraged at his snide remarks on how funny Dallas must have looked as he was sobbing down in the river. Tim claims that he's the one responsible for rescuing Dallas from his hell.
Dallas thinks back to his family, and wonders if his father and brother are dead yet so he can claim what's left of his inheritance. Maybe he'll buy Eve a present with the money. But first....Dallas silently vows that he'll kill everyone who ever looked down on him, including: Ennis; Szilard; Isaac and Miria (he doesn't know their names) and above all else, Firo Prochainezo - the root of his misfortune. When Tim disparagingly calls Dallas a good-for-nothing, Dallas silently vows that he'll kill him too. The feeling intensifies after Tim reveals that he injected Dallas with a paralytic agent.
Tim proposes a deal: if Dallas cooperates with his group, they'll pay him money in return. If he refuses, "someone" gets to go barrel diving in the Hudson again. Internally, Dallas sneers that he'll pretend to go along with the plan right up until he can make a getaway with the money - only to freeze when Tim continues, "naturally, that someone would be your little sister, Eve Genoard." Dallas silently panics, admitting to himself that he honestly cares about Eve and doesn't want her to die. He tacitly warns Tim that if he touches a single hair on Eve's head he'll get a "red carpet reservation right at the top of my shit list."
Time invites his colleagues inside, and in walks a group of odd people, led by Adele. Adele addresses Tim by name, and Dallas makes a point to memorize it. Tim assures Dallas that they're not watching Eve, but if he doesn't cooperate, Adele will kill her. Furious, Dallas wonders to himself what he did to deserve this...before immediately admitting that he's done "a lot." Barely recovering his voice, he manages to ask them what they are, and Tim introduces the group as the Larvae.
Once Dallas can walk, the group leave the SoHo hideout and head for Little Italy. Tim asks the straggling Dallas how much he knows about immortals, and bluntly identifies Dallas as more of a 'defective' immortal than a true one since he can die of old age. According to Tim, the real immortals are a group of alchemists who made a deal with a demon two hundred years ago. Tim asks Adele to explain the alchemists bit, and Dallas glares at her, remembering that she's the one who'll kill Eve if he does anything out of line - although she doesn't look much of a killer. Dallas shakes his head, recalling how he'd been thoroughly trounced b Ennis, a woman who'd looked just as non-threatening almost three years back.
Tim mentions that his group is led by true immortal Huey Laforet, and reveals that Szilard has been devoured by one such complete immortal. What's more, the man responsible for devouring Szilard is Firo Prochainezo. Dallas freezes - not only does that mean that Firo is an immortal, that means that Firo can kill him but he can't kill Firo. Sweating, Dallas is "gripped by the delusion" that he has become "the weakest being in the entire world."
Dallas asks where they're going, and is taken aback when he learns that they're headed for Millionaires' Row (where the Genoard manor is located). He says that the street isn't suitable for "chumps" like the Larvae, and a few seconds later realizes that they must be heading to his house. Tim assures him that Eve isn't there. .When they arrive at the manor, Dallas learns that a delinquent gang lives there as housekeepers, led by Jacuzzi Splot.
Dallas spots Isaac and Miria poking their heads out of a doorway and recognizes them as the couple who ran him over back in 1930. He tries to shout an insult at them, but his throat is promptly gored by Adele's spear. She pulls her spear out of his throat, and kicks his corpse away. Dallas regenerates, and as he's lying on the floor he is enraged to learn (through the overhead conversations) that Tim and Adele brought him here as a guinea pig, to demonstrate immortality to Jacuzzi's gang. Recovering his voice, he demands to know if that was really the only reason why he was brought to the mansion. At Tim's response ("kind of, but not entirely") Dallas gets to his feet and reaches for the man's neck, only to stop when he realizes the mood in the room has completely changed from what it'd been before he'd died.
Trying to figure out the tension in the room, Dallas scans his surroundings and notices a familiar looking woman in the room staring at him, whom he soon recognizes as Ennis. Consumed with anger, Dallas beelines toward a newly arrived Tick Jefferson and snatches a pair of scissors off Tick's person, knocking him down in the process.
Dallas whips around to face Ennis, but Tick grabs at his wrist from the floor and holds him in place. Tick asks that Dallas return his scissors; Dallas attempts to shake off Tick's hand but is irked when Tick's grip proves surprisingly strong.
Tick shouts that Dallas mustn't use his scissors for hatred or revenge, and Dallas raises the scissors upward - intending to drive them down into Tick's hand. In the next instant, Dallas' right hand is severed and smacks against the wall - still clutching Tick's scissors. The perpetrator, Maria Barcelito, preens at her success while Dallas screams in agony. Once Dallas calms down and his hand reattaches, he vehemently swears at Maria that that hurt. After a moment of shock, Maria laughs and says that he's just like her boss.
Dallas charges toward Maria, only to crash to the ground when she cleaves his right foot from his ankle. As soon as the foot reattaches, Maria lops off Dallas' left hand. Tim orders Adele to stop her, and the two women start fighting. Ronny Schiatto brings their battle to an end, and Dallas recovers from his latest wounds and staggers to his feet just as Ennis is confronting Adele. The chaos in the manor comes to a close when Nice Holystone sets off a smoke bomb. Dallas seizes his chance and escapes the manor while he can.
Dallas heads for the Alveare, stopping at a phone booth to call Eve. She doesn't pick up, and for a fearful instant, he thinks that the Larvae made good on their promise and killed her. It soon occurs to him that there's no way the Larvae could have travelled to New Jersey in such a short time period, and he relaxes. Once he reaches the Alveare, he stands on the curb opposite the store and spies Firo through a window. He glares at him for a while before leaving the premises.
While he walks, he viciously reaffirms his desire to kill "them all," and mulls over the events at the manor, including how he'd felt powerless when Maria was slicing him up, and how his murderous bloodlust had returned when he'd pictured Firo's face. Since Tim and Adele pose the greatest threat to Eve, he decides to kill them first. At the same time, he mentally apologizes to his sister: Sorry, Eve. Your brother never was very smart. I don't know how else to protect you. What can I say? I can't think of any way to keep you safe other than killing everyone who'd hurt you. He mutters that the rainy streets are just like the river--so dark that he can't see a thing.
For all the pent-up rage that Dallas has, he knows that there's nothing that he can do about it unless he can obtain power. Just enough to kill somebody, that's all. It isn't that Dallas lacks the nerve to kill someone - he has that just fine. The problem, of course, is that everybody on his hit list is out of his league. Most of them are either true immortals or severely outclass him in fighting skill (like Maria). Dallas briefly considers going after Isaac and Miria (whom he believes to be mortal), but concludes that Tim and Adele take priority.
Dallas arrives at the construction project by the Hudson and eyes the river that had been his own personal hell for over two years. The only reason he's come back to such a terrible place is because he vaguely remembers that he'd had two companions who'd also been dropped into the river back in 1930. He can't even remember their names anymore, but at the very least he remembers that they were incomplete immortals too. And thus they're potential tools for him to use, reusable and undying. Not seeing a sign of them anywhere, Dallas twists his face up in disgust at the river and turns to leave, only to find that that he's surrounded by a group of umbrella-holding youths.
Completely soaked, Dallas rudely asks what they want with him and asks them to kindly "fuck off." The leader of the group tentatively asks if he's one of the Larvae, and Dallas remembers that he was the tattooed delinquent back at the mansion. The one whose gang Tim wanted to use as bait. Dallas briefly wonders what the delinquents were doing in his mansion in the first place, but shrugs it off as probably a deal that "Dad or Jeff" worked out.
Dallas demands that Jacuzzi hand him an umbrella if he wants to live, and Jacuzzi apologizes reflexively as he hands over his own umbrella. With a swagger, Dallas orders Jacuzzi to take him to his hideout. Recalling Tim's words once more, Dallas chuckles and thinks that bait sounds like an awfully nice word. If he can make Jacuzzi's gang do what he wants, he just might be able to kill the Larvae off. He drawls that it looks like he and Jacuzzi's gang will be seeing each other a lot from now on, so they might as well try to get along.
Dallas holds out Jacuzzi's umbrella and tells him to stand under the umbrella with him since he's getting wet. Jacuzzi thanks him, and Dallas says there's no need to thank him - after all, Jacuzzi owes him one now. No, two. No, three, considering that Dallas will be helping him out from now on. Jacuzzi slowly counts the favors out: one for the umbrella; one for the....advice, but the third...? He doesn't know what for. Dallas reminds him that he and his gang have been living in his mansion. Ignoring Jacuzzi's questions, Dallas begins walking and chortles in glee over having finally found tools that he can use.
Jacuzzi and the gang lead him to an abandoned factory - their 'hideout', so to speak. Dallas pompously fills them in on what Tim had planned for them, and reminds them that they owe him now that he's decided to help them out. If he hadn't, they'd surely be dead by now. Jacuzzi asks about Ennis, and Dallas warns him not to be fooled by her pretty face - she's a cold blooded murderer who's killed hundreds of people (not that he actually knows the real number). Dallas also finally learns Isaac's and Miria's names.
Jacuzzi cautiously asks if Dallas is really a Genoard, and if it's really his mansion that the gang is staying at. Dallas snarls at him, only for Jon Panel to pipe up, "well you see, that's the part we find hardest to believe, boyo. You mean to tell us that your Miss Eve's brother, then?" Dallas' eyes narrow as he asks how exactly does Jon know about Eve, and Jon replies that she was the one who let them borrow the villa. Dallas realizes that this must mean that "dad and Jeff" are dead - which means this must be his lucky day. All he has to do is prove that he's still alive and thus inherit the family fortune.
Dallas emphasizes that now that he's back, he's the rightful heir to the family. Jon counters that Eve's been worrying herself sick over her brother, and critically says that Dallas wasn't really what they were expecting. Dallas ignores him, and prepares convince Jacuzzi that Tim and Adele are his enemies. He ends up driving home the point that Tim is sure to betray Jacuzzi's gang once they've completed Tim's task, and is pleased when Jacuzzi and several of the members look worried.
Nice and Jon remain skeptical, pointing out that some of what Dallas is saying is pure conjecture. Dallas inwardly grouches at them before calmly saying that it's up to them whether or not to believe him. Jacuzzi asks if Tim has a higher-up, and Dallas recalls that Tim mentioned something about a Huey Laforet. Jacuzzi's gang falls silent and turns to look at a woman with black hair and golden eyes standing at the back of the group. Jacuzzi asks Dallas if he's sure about Huey being the leader, mumbling that they sort of know him. Bewildered, Dallas asks him to spill the beans, who's the woman, why's she so important. Before Jacuzzi can stammer out an answer, a sudden change in atmosphere causes everyone to stiffen.
A shadowy silhouette appears behind the woman and hugs her, murmuring into her ear. Shivering despite himself, Dallas forces out a "wh-who...?" and the shadow spares him a single glance before ignoring him. Normally such a snubbing would have Dallas up in arms, but he can only stand there in petrified silence, hardly able to think straight: the man radiates such an impossibly overpowering sense of danger that he feels that if he looks away, he'll be killed. Dallas mentally concedes defeat.
The man calls the woman Chané, and Jacuzzi calls the man Claire and then Felix at the man's correction. After Claire and Chané 'talk,' Claire asks the room what they want him to do before turning his gaze towards Dallas. Spreading his arms wide, Claire says "you've got balls, daring to use me as a tool. Just make sure you don't hurt yourself trying to use it...understand?" Dallas attempts to stutter a "who are you" but Claire dismissively says that he doesn't need to hear whatever Dallas intends to say - he heard everything earlier, anyway. Dallas can only nod in response.
Claire casually deduces that Dallas is using "these kids" to get rid of the Larvae due to a personal grudge, much to Dallas' shock. Smiling, Claire puts a hand on Dallas' shoulder and remarks that he doesn't really care about whatever Dallas is up to, since it stopped being a threat the moment he got here. There's no way Dallas' harebrained scheme can pose a threat to his world, and it's not as if the "kids" were born yesterday either. So if Dallas is this bent on using Claire and the gang, then he can go right ahead.
The implicit threat is obvious. And then Claire actually voices it. "I'm gonna use you as it suits me, too." It is clear to Dallas that here is a man who is not to be trifled with. It is clear that this man has everything that Dallas doesn't, all the power he lacks. Dallas is filled not with envy, but with terror. Cowed, Dallas manages to keep up his appearance of outward calm while frantically trying to figure out how to salvage the situation. Claire cocks his head and observes that Dallas is still hiding something - though it doesn't matter to him what it is. Dallas, of course, is hiding so many things that even he has no idea as to which one Claire means. Knocked off kilter, he blurts "how did you know?"
Gut feeling, says Claire. Or maybe it's his eyes. Actually - if he had to express it in words..."for me, anything's possible."
Dallas leads Jacuzzi's gang to Tim and the Larvae's temporary hideout (where he'd first woken up) in SoHo. Dallas and Jacuzzi enter the house together, followed by Jacuzzi's closest friends. The rest wait outside. Tim comments that he didn't expect this to happen and grudgingly concedes a "not bad" in Dallas' direction - he'd thought Dallas would give up on his sister and make a run for after everything he'd been through earlier that day. A hostile Dallas asks if Eve is safe, and Tim lightly replies that he convinced Adele to wait on hunting down Eve.
Jacuzzi confirms with Tim that they'll go through with the job as long as he upholds his end of the bargain (which is to make them incomplete immortals). Tim cuts to the chase and says that if they're to make the delinquents immortal, they'll need to get their hands on an incomplete knockoff liquor that "some alchemist" made a long time ago. Tim's group has recently learned that the liquor in question has been stolen by a certain company called Nebula. All the Larvae and Jacuzzi's gang has to do is liberate the goods. How? The Larvae want the delinquents to help them storm the building and take it by force.
The next morning, Dallas hides explosives under his jacket and heads to the Babel Restaurant on the top floor of the Nebula-owned Mist Wall, aka the skyscraper where Nebula is purportedly holding the elixir. (He stole the explosives from Nice). He sits at a table of six along with Jacuzzi, Nice, and Donny - choosing a seat a little ways away from the three of them - and glares at the menu. A waiter approaches the group and asks if an insistent guest can sit at their table. Jacuzzi says that's fine, and Ronny Schiatto (the guest in question) takes a seat across from him. Behind the man are Isaac and Miria, who cheerfully take their own seats at the table two seats away from Dallas.
Dallas shakes with rage at the sight of them, wondering what those two are doing here of all places. He only barely manages to get a hold of himself with the thought that killing them would be wasting time. Someone nearby calls out to Ronny, Isaac, and Miria in an "infuriating whine" of a voice, and upon looking up Dallas sees the one man whom he hates the most in the world: Firo. Acting purely on automatic instinct, Dallas stands and howls out Firo's name, stalking over to his "hated nemesis" as everyone around him looks on.
Dallas 'thanks' Firo for saving him the trouble of having to find him, and Firo demands that Dallas tell him what he's done with Ennis. Dallas pauses, confused, and for a moment total silence envelops the restaurant. Finally, Isaac exclaims that he and Miria saved Ennis with a snap of his fingers, and Firo dashes over to him in relief. Infuriated that Firo had brushed him aside like he was no problem, Dallas rushes towards Firo with a vengeance.
Firo nonchalantly slams his shoe into Dallas' knee and flips him midair, sending him to the floor. After noting that Dallas is still "as weak as ever," Firo warns Dallas that he had no intentions of letting Dallas getting away with kidnapping Ennis, but the confrontation is halted when Ronny announces that he's heard gunshots on the first floor.
The elevator opens, and out step Christopher Shouldered and Adele. Firo and Christopher exchange uncomfortable greetings (as Firo effortlessly holds Dallas in place), and an elderly man raises his hand when when Christopher asks who the manager of the establishment is. Christopher immediately draws his gun and shoots the restaurant manager between his eyes. The patrons scream, and Donny (the first to react, the first to keep his cool) throws a table at Christopher which he homunculus dodges easily. Donny pushes his massive hand down against him; Christopher pushes back and slips between Donny's legs, twisting 'round and aiming his gun at the back of Donny's head.
Nice throws a flash bang at Christopher's face. Jacuzzi rushes him and Adele thrusts her spear in a warning gesture at his throat, followed by Christopher resting the tip of his modified Apache revolver to the youth's head. Firo exchanges barbs with Christopher and presses his knee against Dallas' neck, causing him to pass out.
By the time Dallas comes to, Claire, Chané and Christopher are nowhere to be found and the patrons have all fled. Scrambling to his feet, Dallas hurries over to Tim and Adele, who are lying injured on the floor. Tim wants Dallas to help him with Adele, but Dallas glares at him and spits that he didn't think he'd get his chance to take care of them so soon - this must be his lucky day. He draws his favorite knife out from under his jacket - the one he'd had on him back in 1930, now covered in rust - but Adele buries her spear into his chest before he can do anything.
Tim takes out his pistol and aims it at Dallas' forehead, admitting that he underestimated the other man. Dallas smiles, his teeth stained with blood, and continues, "but y'know what's luckiest of all for me? Yesterday, I met that crazy bitch with the bomb fetish!" Nice looks over and sees her high-end explosives spluttering under his jacket. As she yells for everyone to hit the floor, the explosives ignite and Dallas is blown back towards the elevator, his body somehow mostly intact (thanks to the make of the explosives). He lies there passed out as stray bits of him come back together, his torso nearly bare (his shirt practically destroyed) and his trousers blackened and burnt.
When he recovers, he staggers over to Tim (who is crawling over to the now further injured Adele) and steps hard on the man's wrist. Looking down at Tim, he sneers that "this immortality thing really comes in handy," considering that he's already on his feet while Tim is crawling around on the floor like a worm. Tim sarcastically replies, "I take it you didn't appreciate how we treated you?" Dallas responds that he doesn't care about what they did to him - but he had promised that if they laid a hand on Eve - if they even thought about laying a hand on her, he'd make them regret it.
Tim brazenly asks him why he'd even come to the Mist Wall - after all, he could have just taken his sister and ran. Dallas grimaces, looks away, and admits, "this is the only way I know to keep her safe." Tim snarks at him, and Dallas kicks Tim hard in the stomach before dragging him and Adele by their arms towards one of the shattered windows.
Tick stabs Dallas in his spine with a pair of scissors, stopping him before he can toss Tim and Adele over the edge of the building. Dallas wheezes with pain, and Tick solemnly apologizes, "...I'm sorry. So you're Dallas Genoard. Hello."
Dallas rasps that this affair has nothing to do with Tick, at which Tick sadly smiles and says that he understands how Dallas feels - how he loves his little sister so much that he can never forgive anyone who tries to hurt her. How even the thought of it makes him so angry that he can't even think straight.
And that's why Tick can't forgive him. How could he stand by and watch Dallas murder his little brother? Tim gasps and asks how Tick knew who he was, and Tick answers that he recognized him the moment he saw his face in the manor. Dallas reaches his right hand back in an attempt to grab the scissors that Tick is digging into his spine; with his other hand, Tick takes another pair of scissors from his belt and stabs them into Dallas' right shoulder. Dallas groans, his arm dropping limp by his side.
Tick apologizes again, and tells Dallas to hate him if he must. He takes a step forward towards the window, forcing Dallas to do the same, and as he talks to Tim he takes out yet another pair of scissors and rams them into Dallas' left side. Dallas' lungs begin to shut down, and he emits short, strangled noises. Tick takes another step forward, turns Dallas' head in his direction, and asks him to, "please look at my face. I'm the one who's putting you in so much pain right now, and I'm the one who's going to push you out this window. Tack...Tim has nothing to do with it. My name is Tick. Tick Jefferson. I want you to direct all your hatred at me."
Tick falls silent for a moment, and then continues. "If you're still determined to go after Tim, just remember one thing. I know what your sister looks like, and I know where she lives."
Murderous rage engulfs Dallas' soul. Tick nods, apologizes, and thanks him for understanding. After a pause, he adds that he thinks "someone" is waiting for Dallas "down there." So saying, he removes the scissors from Dallas' spine and nudges him forward with a few parting words. Dallas plummets off the building and splatters against the sidewalk below.
Eve and Fang take Dallas back to the manor and lay him out on one of their beds. When Dallas' consciousness returns to him the next day, he lies there quietly and recalls the face of that "squinty-eyed bastard" (Tick), swearing that he'd better not even think of laying a hand on Eve. Looking over at Eve crying by his bedside, he fuzzily wonders who made her cry, and he recalls his promise to keep her safe.
Dallas only realizes that he's not dreaming when Eve cries his name, buries her face in his chest and throws her arms around him. He wonders how many years has it been since he's slept in a bed this soft, and thinks someone like him isn't fit such a bed. Observing how tired Eve looks, he opines to himself that she should just shove him out and get some sleep, since he certainly doesn't deserve this sort of luxury.
Eve tearfully asks if he knew how worried she was, and Dallas affirms that he must have been the one who made her cry, and that he really is a terrible human being. He apologizes to her, confessing that he broke his promise and got into another fight. However, he adds that he at least kept the other promise - which was to keep her safe. Silently, he asks her not to cry - because if she cries on account of him he'll just have to go and beat himself up. Eve starts crying anyway, and he wishes that she would stop: watching her cry makes him want to cry himself.
(1935 under construction)
- He was probably born around 1910-1911, since he is twenty-two in September 1933.
- According to Tim, there's a rumor floating around that Dallas once won a neighborhood pool/billiards competition.