Disclaimer: This is a work of fanfiction. It is not intended to infringe on the rights of Hideyuki Kikuchi, Yoshitaka Amano, Asahi Sonorama, the Vampire Hunter D Production Committee, Studio Madhouse, Urban Vision Entertainment, or any other entity. Memories, Chess, and New Travels. By Cassa A. Dellinger My youth I remember fondly. My father teaching me the noble ways. My mother bringing song into my each morning. I did not much like the books I had to read. I enjoyed the horseback riding and the sword fighting lessons. I learned to dance and how to be polite among others. I learned a few games of chance known as Black Jack and Spades. Though my father didn't care for those games. I also learned to play chess. I had even gotten to were I could match my father. Though I have yet to win a match I have been getting harder and harder to beat. I visit my father now and then though not too often since my mother is gone. My father has fallen in love with another human woman and she is pretty though nothing close to matching my mother's beauty. I am glad in a way. I sit across from my father as he moves his knight across the chess board. I look and see that he has taken my bishop. I half smile as I take his knight with my rook. "Good move son." His voice is still the same even after so long. Like my own quiet and yet powerful. I nod and watch as he takes my knight and then sits back with a smile. "Check." I look at the board and think a moment before moving my King out of harms way. I watch as my Father ponders his move and we both turn to see his new love watching from the doorway. Her dark auburn hair is long and wavy. Her eyes are like polished jade. I stand up with my Father as she walks softly closer. She looks at the board and smiles. "He is going to beat you this time." My father chuckles and strokes her hair and let's her kiss his cheek as she leaves the room again. Once we are both seated he takes my Queen with a bishop. I then use a pawn to capture his King. "Check mate. Though I know you let me win this time." My father smiles and stands up. "I do not have the heart to tell her she was wrong. Though you have improved. I think the next time we play you will win for real." I stand up and slowly put on my hat and then my sword. It is time I left I have heard of a noble mistreating children to the west. I shake my father's hand and then start to walk out of the study door. "Good luck with Arrina Father." I say as I walk out. "Thank you D, fair travels to you son." I hear him say softly as the door slowly closes behind me. "That was touching." the symbiot says snidely. "Shut up." I mutter as I go down the hallway. I walk quickly outside to the stables and saddle my newest DL-6 cyborg. I pull my cloak tighter about my shoulders and then get into the saddle. As I ride through the gates of my home I can see the sun setting. The sky is crimson and violet. After riding for a while the stars and soon the moon comes into view. The bright silver light shines down on the dirt road as I go on.