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    A before, in which Arthur gets something he doesn't deserve. An after, in which he gets something he knows he does.

    And the aftermath, in which he falls apart and comes back together.

     

    (John Marston watches from the sidelines.)

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    What if Arthur Morgan deserved better? What if, during his journey, he had met Albert Mason a few times more? And what if the terrible ending that was expected for him had turned into something else entirely?

    This is the retelling of (some of) the events of Red Dead Redemption 2, from the Gilded Cage to whatever comes after.

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    Out of sheer luck, Charles and John manage to get everyone - even Arthur - out before Dutch digs any more of them an early grave.

    Freedom brings with it a new kind of pain - and a chance for healing.

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    Alternate take on Blessed Are the Peacemakers because Arthur didn't get the comfort he deserved.

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    Once you reach the age of eight-teen, the name of your soulmate is written upon your skin.

    When Arthur reached eight-teen, the name 'Charles Smith' in cursive appeared over his heart. A man's name. He didn't tell anyone, not even Dutch nor Hosea. It wasn't that he was ashamed. He just wasn't sure how anyone at camp would react. so he kept it to himself, and only wrote about it in his journal.

    until the man himself, Charles Smith joined them at camp. It was a miracle, at least Arthur would consider it one. Many people never got to meet their soulmates, much less even shake hands with them.

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    Arthur Morgan is fourteen years old when his father's shot dead in front of him in their small cabin in northern Maryland. With no one to turn to, he ventures into the wilderness by himself with only a few belongings, the clothes on his back, and very limited knowledge of how to survive. And then, when all seems lost, he's taken in by a pair of charitable bandits with silver tongues, sharp wits, and big dreams of taking down civilized society to bring America back to a purer state.

    Along the way, they find more wayward souls, building up a strong group that's the closest thing to family most of them will ever have. Has Arthur found his place, or will his second family crumble just like his first did?

    A fairly canon-compliant interpretation of The Van der Linde gang, mostly from Arthur's POV, 1878-1899.

    WARNING. As is the nature of most long fics like this, there's a bunch of ugly stuff going forward. Mostly violence, a few mentions of some darker stuff, but probably never anything too overly graphic. TL,DR; shit gets real.

    Updates are a bit slow, due to life sucking. Never more than a month and a half without an update. No plans of cancelation.

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    Dutch has become caught up in his outlandish plans once again, which is nothing new to Hosea. Except for this time, it involves an unruly teen.

    And Hosea is not happy.

    Although, he'll soon discover that maybe the boy isn't all that he seems.

    This story follows the gang and includes events that happened pre-game. It was originally going to be a series of one-shots but grew into a character study of sorts. The gang has been through its fair share of heartbreak, but there was also a lot of good in the past.

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    A sudden itch has begun to plague Arthur, one that makes it hard to focus on anything else except the crawling sensation on his scalp. He desperately wants relief but reluctant to accept the cause of whats ailing him.

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    Lizzie isn’t worried, not at first, when Uncle Dutch and Micah ride back to camp without her father with them.

    That’s not to say she believed Micah when he says her father has just “wandered off again” after he saw the meeting with Colm O’Driscolls was going… not well exactly, but that there had been no need to resort to violence, but she trusts Uncle Dutch when he nods, him adding with a knowing grin that they’ll be seeing Arthur soon, most likely with some new rare pelt slung over the back of Athena’s rump, with enough meat that they’ll be feasting for days.

    But as the hours start to stretch and day turns to night, the fear that something has gone wrong, that something terrible has happened to her father, becomes very real as it starts to sinks it claws deep in to her chest.

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    Arthur is burdened with a lot for an eighteen year old. He has to raise his little brother John Marston and provide for the house. He'd known Charles since grade school, but never as more than an acquaintance. Now that he lives next to him and can fully see just what Arthur has to put up with, he tries to help him every step of the way and help resume the personal life that he'd been force to put on hold.

    A story about the summer Charles and Arthur truly met for the first time.

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    “Hey,” Arthur says softly and reaches over, rubbing over the top of John’s back firmly, “S’gonna work out, John.”

    “I just… I wish I was,” John whispers, “Normal. I tried with Abi but that weren’t fair to her and it just… It just made me feel bad.”

    Arthur frowns at him softly and lightens his touch, gently rubbing up and down the younger man’s spine.

    “I just wanna forget about it,” John admits weakly and closes his eyes.

    “Forget about what?”

    “… I’m just gonna stay out here and be alone,” John’s brows furrow and he lifts his head to look up at Arthur, “Is that too suspicious?”

    “I… No, I guess not.”

    “I mean no one thinks you're gay,” John rubs at his eyes tiredly then stills, peeking over his hand at Arthur, “Sorry.”

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    John Marston never, in all his years, expected to be a father. The thought hadn't even crossed his mind. As Abigail liked to remind him, he was a dangerous criminal; a foul-mouthed, chain-smoking gunslinger; definitely not father-of-the-year material. However, it seems fate has a terrible sense of humor. There is absolutely no chance in hell he is cut out for fatherhood. What is he going to do? | i.e. exploring the mind of John Marston and the fallout of his year-long departure from the gang after learning about Abigail's pregnancy.

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    He’s this fearsome giant, with skin of a ghostly tone, bearing red marks like a warrior from a distant land. I can’t convey just how terrifying he really is, how his infernal glare burns my soul, and how I tremble when he speaks with a voice like rolling thunder that could only come from some kind of beast. I feel he could kill me at any moment, yet he’s the only reason I’m still alive.

    He found me and brought me here after I was left to die. I don’t know why he would spare me, and he’s not given me much insight as to how he cured me of my illness. He insists I rest up here, and he left no room for argument, to say the least.

    I should be dead by now. God knows folk would be better off for it, but this stranger seems to think my life is worth saving. He has some knowledge I have yet to grasp, but I’m left pondering how wise he is for keeping a bastard like me around. I guess I’d like to know what reason he has to show mercy to a wretched criminal.

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    “What are your thoughts on family, Cassiopeia?”
    “I… I think it’s important. To have one. Even when it’s not easy.”
     

    Cassiopeia is nine years old when she meets Arthur Morgan. He’s a strange man, who seems to have seen many things and lost even more. He helps her after she got out of the worst part of her life, and she welcomes him in her heart.

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    In an impulse decision, Dutch decides to sacrifice himself to Agent Milton in order to save Hosea. Now fully in charge of the Van der Linde gang, Hosea does everything in his power to get his family out of this wretched life and race against the clock ticking down to their destruction.

    And then, Arthur starts coughing blood.

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    She had seen a man who talked to horses and was respectful to women, and she had pointed at his stupid little brother, with too big of a mouth and the manners of a toad, and said – I want this one.

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    John's got Arthur, so everything should be smooth now right? Except... well there's the part where he kind of forgot to talk to Abigail about it. He's still not at ease around his son. Bears and wolves and a pissed off horse keep things from settling too. Who knew "normal" could be so hard?

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    Charles is a huge help at running a ranch. Uncle has a lot to say. Even with Arthur dead and buried, John can’t seem to escape feeling like a foolish little brother.

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    After being captured and tortured by the O'Driscolls, Arthur is a changed man. Now, it's not that he's never been tortured or beaten up before. No, he has been more times than he cared to admit. No... they did something far worse to him and it's gonna take the whole gang to set things right.

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    Charles is observant.
    He slowly starts to realize that Arthur is a deeply flawed individual, which sends him into a spiral of an intense longing to help.

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