GOTTA LIVE THIS LIFE
Pacific Rim AU • Raleigh / Chuck
After the death of his brother, Raleigh Becket falls in with one Hannibal Chau, president of a local outlaw motorcycle club that’s known in the small California town for being, well, dangerous with a capital D. Though Raleigh does things his way, by his moral code, he doesn’t fail to impress Hannibal, and quickly makes his way up the club ranks until he can settle into a comfortable position at Hannibal’s right hand. Maybe not the most glamorous of jobs, being VP of the club, but it gives him purpose, and after Yancy, what Raleigh needs is purpose.
Dealing with his own loss, Chuck Hansen – who gets Yancy’s name from his father’s last will and testament – flies in from Sydney, looking for the Becket brothers, with the hopes that they’ll have the answers to questions left lingering after Herc’s death. But the last surviving Becket doesn’t have answers, just a laundry list of crimes he’s committed in the name of his club, and Chuck realizes he’s wasted all of his money coming here for nothing. He’s just a kid, a naive twenty-one year old who’s completely alone in the world, so Raleigh, despite Chuck’s arrogance and irritating behavior in general, helps get him set up in town with his own place and a job.
It’s a small town, so it’s no surprise that Raleigh ends up seeing Chuck everywhere. What is a surprise however, is that he and Chuck start to hate each other less and less each time. Soon, they’re exchanging flirty smiles and cheeky innuendos, which even turns into Raleigh spending all of his time with Chuck — that is, when Hannibal doesn’t need him for something, of course.
When Chuck doesn’t show up at Raleigh’s like was planned one day, Raleigh goes looking for him, only to find him beaten and bloody in a ditch. Raleigh knows there’s only one explanation for this – someone’s trying to send a message. The only problem? Chuck’s not talking. Whether it’s out of fear, or pride, or it’s his own stubborn way of trying to protect Raleigh, he refuses to tell him who it was. So Raleigh goes to Hannibal, and Hannibal? Well, he has a way of getting whatever he wants, whenever he wants, including information. Especially information.
And vengeance for the club is swift. After getting the names they’re looking for, Raleigh – with permission from Hannibal – goes out and takes care of it on his own. It isn’t pretty, and when Raleigh comes back to Chuck, blood-stained and bruised up, he says only, with dead assurance and a possessive look in his eye, “It’s over.”
And you know what they say: the fastest way to a man’s heart is through gang violence.