It’s Christmas Eve, and fourteen-year-old Integra’s under a lot of stress. It doesn’t help matters when Alucard decides to start messing around in her Nutcracker-inspired dreams. But the story (flashback dream sequence crossover parody ballet pastiche) proves stronger than Alucard.

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Christmas Eve. [scratch scratch] Yes, it’s another flashback. Integra: Walter. Walter (phone): Yes, Sir Integra? Integra: I’ve signed off on the Christmas bonuses. Come pick them up.

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Integra: I’m about to start reviewing next year’s budget. What preliminary advice can you give? Walter: Sir, I don’t think it’s my place– Integra: Walter! Your experience and your loyalty are invaluable to me. It will not undermine my authority if you give advice when I ask for it. Walter: In that case, you’re far… Continue reading Visions of Sugarplums 2/31

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Walter: Sir, I think the most advisable thing for you to do now is to go to sleep. It’s late, you need to keep your health, and you’re ahead of schedule. Furthermore, it is Christmas Eve… Integra: Fine. Dismissed. Walter: It may help you sleep to know that experimental weapons requests made during the year… Continue reading Visions of Sugarplums 3/31

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Integra is fourteen. She just finished signing bonuses to families of soldiers who died this year. It’s the first time she’s had this responsibility. Next, she has to predict what allocation of money will result in the fewest people dying next year. Again, it’s the first time she’s had to do this. She’s repressing a… Continue reading Visions of Sugarplums 5/31

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Integra (thinking): You are Sir Integral Wingates Hellsing. You do what you must. Don’t look back. Don’t doubt. Stop worrying. Go to sleep. Alucard (thinking): Sweet dreams…

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Alucard (thinking): When you killed your dog of an uncle, you looked like a worthy Master. Now you just look like a fragile, shaking little girl. Not that appearances can’t be deceiving.

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Alucard (thinking): So, “Master”, can you be constantly strong, or will you collapse? There’s no better time to find out than now, with your defenses down. Your true character will be revealed by what’s in your dreams… Llama: Hi! Alucard (thinking): …A talking llama.

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Llama: ‘Sup? Alucard: What are you supposed to represent? Llama: Do you expect everything in a dream to have some kind of deep meaning? This is the fritterings of a real subconscious, not an overused plot device. Alucard: I suppose that makes sense. Llama: Moo!

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That last scene is from Integra’s dreamscape in the TV series, Order 08. The first one is just from Aladdin. Alucard (thinking): Integra has to be somewhere in the dreamscape. But it’s mostly a discontinuous mess. Half-forgotten memories, archetypes, vague ideas… How can I find her dreaming unconscious here? It isn’t as if I can… Continue reading Visions of Sugarplums 10/31