Cecil Gagnon | Characters
Created: June 14th, 2020
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Languages: Spanish (mother tongue), French and English
Cecil is a man that keeps to himself. He fillets fish at a local fisherman's store in San Judas, a colonial French town in Mexico.
He rarely talks, and when he does his voice is low and subdued, as if afraid to make too much noise. Most people assume he is very shy or suffers from social anxiety. He doesn't express his thoughts much, but what everyone can tell you about Cecil is that he loves listening to music while he works.
That is how everyone sees Cecil Gagnon.
What Cecil really is like is a completely different matter.
The son of two drug addicts, being neglected, being beat up if he became overly fuzzy, or "too needy" (asking for food whenever they were busy, or wanting to show them something he created). His only friend was an old street dog named Taquito. One day his mother went missing, his father didn't care and neither did he; he felt nothing for either of his parents. Now that his mother was not there anymore, cooking meals was his responsibility.
Days later, his father sent him to get groceries; on his way he found his missing mother: dead in an alley; an overdose no one witnessed. Next to his dead mother, he saw his friend Taquito eating his mother's corpse.
That is when he realized... people were just meat: like the cow heads displayed in the meat store, or the dead fish in ice, or even Taquito.
He stared at the meat he formed in, cut a few chunks of it, and brought it home along with the rest of the groceries. He made dinner with his mother's pieces, but dared not to take a bite. Eating the meat where you came from felt extremely wrong to Cecil, so he served it to his father (he wasn't born from her, after all), it would be a shame if she was wasted. That was the first compliment he ever got from him. Later that week, Taquito was nowhere to be seen.
Just because he rejected that meal, didn't mean his curiosity wasn't piqued. He felt that impulse every time he saw someone he deemed as "beautiful". Not in a 'I want to marry them' sort of way, but in a way someone sees a particularly fresh fish. His impulse went ignored for decades, until it was finally forgotten.
He turned 25, lived on his own and got a job with the old fisherman as his butcher. The days went by as usual; until a gruesome accident took place in front of the store. A young man was killed by a vehicle, his corpse smeared on the asphalt like butter and his body in pieces. The impulse returned ten-fold.
He stopped fighting that impulse. He hunted a young couple down, killed one of them easily, but the other one put up a fight Cecil was not expecting. His prey struggled, scratched and bit at his arms. They both ended up in a plate, regardless. It was the best meat he had ever tasted. From there on, he knew it could not be a one-time thing.
People began going missing, parts appearing in random locations. The found limbs had bite marks on them, chunks of flesh missing. The city dismissed it, San Judas was not exactly a safe place... until it kept happening for 5 years, with no sign of stopping. The police took interest, jumping to every chance they got to look like heroes.
Police concluded that only 7 of the people who went missing were killed by the same person, who they named "The Butcher of San Judas"
Cecil watched from the shadows, eyes peeled for his next meal while politely keeping to himself.
=======ABILITIES & SKILLS=======
Cecil may be only human, but through his life, he honed certain skills
- Strength: He is used to carry very heavy things: scrap metal, boxes, fish, humans...you name it.
-Stealth: He developed this skill when he was a child while in a grocery run. He lived in a very dangerous part of San Judas, so he learned to be as silent as a cockroach. He perfected this skill when he began hunting others.
-Stamina: Used to beatings since childhood, Cecil can deal with both pain and endurance. Sometimes he has to wait until his prey gets tired to catch them.
- Anatomy Knowledge: He knows exactly where and what to cut to render someone completely useless. Or what to push to make the removal of something easier.
- Butcher knife
- Meat cleaver
- Cecil loves piggies, thinks they are adorable (and delicious)
- Loves to cook, but isn't that good at it (not for lack of practice, he just prefers most things under cooked)
-When he is in hunting mode, he is way more expressive, and even might chat a little bit with his prey. He gets so eager for the hunt he hums or (rarely) sings.
-He has two doves and a dog: A black Afghan hound named Hubert, he has no plans on cooking them. (Doves are named Cuca and Chata)
-Cried when he ate Taquito
-Knows the flavor of meat is greatly influenced on the animal's diet. He wants to find out how a human that only eats human meat tastes like. Is a lifelong project he wants to get into someday.