Yes, there is a story to this explaining why Vash has a red tailed hawk on his shoulder. It involved an online roll play. We had a bunch of us playing favorite characters and one guy playing Vash the Stampede. My character happens to be a shapeshifting pickpocket. Her form? Red-tailed Hawk. She decided she liked Vash and was hanging out on his shoulder. In a fit of boredom, I drew this. First, I used one of my Trigun DVD's for an image of Vash so I made sure he looked right. Then I drew the hawk. I merged them together in Paint, of all things. Then, I colored them there too. Much fun!
Chapter One is completely re-written. Same basic thing happens. Froykell takes over. It's just better now. Ignore the strange indentation (or lack thereof). I blame Word. And I refuse to fight with it any longer.