Oops dumb AU involving gangs, kidnapping, vigilantism, and somehow, ke$ha
I’ll read more this because it’s long but here’s the summary: I listen to Blow by Ke$ha and imagine a really important scene in the dumb AU I never tell anyone about in which Lux has been kidnapped by the Hapsburg gang/mafia/whatever and Ned goes vigilante to save his little bro while Bel refuses to be left out and joins in the search for him. And then I wrote about it. And it became really long. And I just explained the whole scene.
This is gonna be a long explanation.
So first, basic background info you need to know. Ned, Lux, and Bel are siblings, with Ned the oldest, Lux the middle child, and Bel the youngest. Their mother abandoned them early in life, Ned raised his siblings, had to pay for shit, joined a gang to make that money. His siblings never knew about it, let alone how involved he became. Eventually, when he could afford to leave, he slipped out with the help of a rival gang — essentially a mixture of the Triads and the Yakuza; I have yet to come up with a name for it, but it’s the Asian gang — during a very important job. He did not know what the job was, as it was top-secret and he would only have it explained to him once he met his contact in China. He never met said contact. With the help of the Asian gang, he moved his siblings to another country, and changed their identities — the whole nine yards. There was no trail left behind. Ned, Lux, and Bel are not their real names, but rather their new names. Bel and Lux have never asked outright what it was all about, but they had their suspicions, and decided it was probably better they not know.
Basically, he had to completely betray his old gang to get out, but for family, he didn’t blink twice.
The gang he left is headed by Roderich and Antonio, although due to his better connections with the Italian mafia, Antonio has more power than Roderich. Antonio sees his gang as a family, and while Ned did not stay with them for long, relatively speaking, he got in close with their main center group of power, and Antonio saw him somewhat as a son. The betrayal was rough on him, for more reasons than Ned is aware.
Years later, when Antonio finds out where Ned and his siblings are, he sends his men to kidnap Lux. Cue vigilante movie cliches in which Ned declares he’s gonna hunt the bastards down and get Lux back, Bel says she can’t stay behind, insists she comes with, and they have many ass-kicking adventures getting closer to their brother’s whereabouts.
Now, it’s important to also know that Gilbert works for said gang — he’s not one of the coleaders, but he is only a step or two down. When Lux was nabbed, he was quick to pick him up and personally take care of being his watch guard. He does so for Lux’s sake, since he did not trust the men that Antonio had assigned to the job. Gilbert took this responsibility on because back when Ned was part of the gang, he kept an eye on Gilbert’s younger brother for him, and even took the time to teach him things that Gilbert did not have time to in his position. He sees it as a way to return the favor. Despite how nice he is though, he does still follow orders and will not just let Lux go, or even help him escape. He takes his job seriously and, frankly, feels it’s safer for Lux to go and do as Antonio dictates. They develop an odd relationship that almost verges on friendship/something more at times, but ultimately is dashed when Gilbert has to choose duty over Lux’s wishes. Lux is still a captive and Gilbert still has to keep him that way. To say their relationship seesaws would be an understatement. However, on average, they act friendly enough, because Lux has no one else who gives a shit about him in the gang. He gets very lonely.
However, at no time, even when it swings towards something more, does Gilbert ever pursue any actions he may want to. His code of morals would not allow him to even consider something like that when he is the man’s captor once-removed. Nothing ever occurs in that area of their relationship.
Now to set the scene. There is the Nordic Cross group, a gang that mostly works with running bars, brothels, etc. and so forth. They work hard to stay neutral in gang-related disputes, and will accept business from most any other gang. They will only pick sides if it specifically affects them. Ned has some connections with them since it’s not uncommon for gang members to meet up in the Nordics’ bars and joints. When he was part of the Hapsburgs, he was taken to the main club quite a few times where he met and befriended one of the leaders. All the heads of the Nordic Cross go by nicknames and keep their real names extremely private, to the point where only family and lovers will know them. They go by Den, Sve, Nor, Fin, and Ice — Ned in fact got the idea for his and his siblings names from them. Den is the one that Ned befriended, and they remained good bros despite Ned’s being careful to not touch that part of his history again. As well, Den owes Ned a couple favors to say the least. So when he asks, the Dane admits that Antonio has planned a visit to their main bar — Scandinavia. It takes a while to get the other heads of Nordic Cross to go along with it, but finally he agrees to tell Ned when, and to let him and his sister in without a fuss. However, he makes it clear that they aren’t to bring weapons, and he also makes Ned agree that this completely clears him of any and all favors, and that after that, Ned was on his own. Ned agrees.
Ned and Bel dye their hair and hit the club, pretending to be a couple.
Cue Blow by Ke$ha.
Antonio and the gang slip in the back. They’re all checked for weapons, come away clean, and are let in. Lux is with them, but he does not know why. Gilbert doesn’t bother explaining that it’s all a part of Antonio’s weird game. However, for Lux to leave Antonio’s side, he has to get handcuffed to Gilbert. Cue Gilbert dragging Lux off to dance and all the awkward Stockholm UST dancing. Yup.
It’s not long before Ned catches sight of their targets. He whispers to Bel that she go for Lux while he goes and takes Antonio on himself. They split up.
Lux recognizes Bel instantly, but she keeps up the act that she doesn’t know him, and gets all sexy and dances all up on him. It’s pretty awkward, but she’s being a sneaky spy. Lux ends up sandwiched between Bel and Gilbert and is so, so awkward. Before Bel can even try to ask to steal Gilbert’s dance partner, the German informs her that while it’s pretty hot, incest was never really his kink, so she didn’t have to keep pretending. As soon as it becomes clear that he’s not going to report her presence, and that she’s welcome to hang out with her brother while they’re there, Bel hugs Lux close and they ask about how things are and of course shed all the tears, all while occasionally remembering to move like they’re strangers just getting real close. Gilbert, for his part, just awkward dances against Lux’s back and tries to not listen too close. Bel mistakenly takes him for a possible friend on the inside.
Things are not so nice for Ned. Antonio is all smiles when he shows up, calling him by name and asking him to come sit. The disguise doesn’t fool him for a second. Ned tells him to give his brother back. Antonio laughs and asks why he would do that? Ned says he knows that Lux is in the club. Antonio smiles and says it’s such a shame that Ned had to go and dye his sister’s beautiful hair such an ugly black color.
The chips are on the board. Ned realizes that he’s at a disadvantage, but holds his ground. He asks what it is that Antonio wants.
The boss makes a gesture to one of his men. The man goes on to call Gilbert. He’s informed that he has one minute.
Gilbert freaks out, cursing, saying that he’s got to be joking, Tony said he’d have at least ten minutes to get out — but to no avail. One minute. He tells Bel that she needs to grab her brother and get out. Now. She refuses to be parted from Lux though, even as Gilbert grabs Lux by the arm and starts dragging him across the dance floor.
This all goes unbeknownst to Ned. After his question, Antonio smiles and says, “What I want is for you to go on for the rest of your life searching for your brother, never knowing if he’s safe, if you’ll ever see him again, or if he’s even still alive. I want you to know the pain of always searching for family that may no longer even be there to be found.
“I want you to know my pain.”
And then, boom.
The first round of explosives in the club go off.
Shit gets real.
Ned looks at Antonio like he’s lost it, but the boss just smiles, tips his hat, and tells him he should go find his lovely sister if he doesn’t want to deal with that casualty. It would be such a shame since she’s such a pretty thing. Perhaps he should have kidnapped her instead?
Ned nearly slugs him, but is held back by some of Antonio’s men.
Antonio just keeps grinning. Perhaps they could play this game another time?
Needless to say Ned is pissed as hell, but finally, as the crack of roof beams breaking echoes in the chaos of the club, he’s off like a shot, trying to find Bel.
Meanwhile, Gilbert is doing his best to get the two younger siblings out of the building a midst the chaos of all the guests fleeing. He knows the second round is following shortly thereafter, he knows where, and moves them to the safest exit. They get out just as the second round goes off.
Once outside, Gilbert makes it clear that Bel is to wait for her brother and then get out fast. Bel, however, refuses to let him leave with her brother. Argument breaks out — why does he act like he cares at all about them, when he’s the one that is working with the people holding her brother captive, keeping him leashed to his wrist with handcuffs, working for that loon of a boss? Gilbert scoffs and asks if she really thinks he’s about to just abandon what is essentially his family.
Lux plays middleman, telling his sister that it’s too dangerous for Gilbert to just let him go, and that he’ll be safe with the man. Whether he believes his own words is suspect.
Ned calls out to his sister, not aware until she turns and reveals the men she was speaking to that his brother is there as well. He stops, stares, and glances at Gilbert. The man sighs and rolls his eyes, and with that permission granted, Ned moves forward and pulls his brother into a hug. Bel and Lux sob. If Ned chokes up, he doesn’t show it.
He nods and thanks Gilbert for keeping Lux safe. The German shrugs and says it was the least he could do for his brother’s old english teacher.
A third explosion goes off, and Gilbert gets the call. Tension mounts.
Ned tells Gilbert to hand over his brother. If it was anyone else with Lux in their care, they’d be dead meat, but Antonio trusts and cares about Gilbert. He’ll be fine if Lux escapes his hands. He’ll be believed that it wasn’t his fault.
Gilbert shakes his head. Says that if he could, he would, but he can’t let Lux leave.
Ned calls his bluff. Gilbert will get off fine. There’s no reason for Antonio to punish an old friend.
Gilbert laughs a mirthless laugh. Tells him simply that things have changed.
Gilbert’s gets a second call.
Ned calls his bluff again, getting irate now. They don’t have time for this. Gilbert is just being stubborn. He reaches out to grab Lux’s arm, and Gilbert yanks Lux back against him. A gun that was hidden on the captive is pulled out. Gilbert does not hesitate to aim it pointblank at Ned’s forehead.
Things have changed, he explains. He can’t let Lux go, but Ned sure as hell has to get this kid out before it’s too late.
“I hate to say it ‘bout Tony, but the bastard’s losing it. He wouldn’t think twice about offing me for ruining his plans for Lux, and the minute I’m gone, Lux is a goner. He’ll find you, take him, and I won’t be there to watch him. I can’t give him to you, but you need to get him the fuck out, and soon, and have a plan for keeping him. I can’t guarantee his safety anymore.”
A third call, and Gilbert tells him to say their goodbyes.
With one last family hug, Ned and Bel have to watch their brother follow behind his watch and body guard.
Scene and close.
Don’t ask what this scene has to do with Blow other than just this image of Antonio walking in and playing everyone, watching the building explode, and coolly walking out as embers fall around him. It’s the scene where it’s made clear that the man has officially gone off the deep end, and even his own friends and allies doubt his state of mind. It gives a hint at what has him so intent on toying with Ned and his family. It touches on what has set off his madness.
It’s the big scene where Antonio is ready to destroy everything around him with a smile on his face, and Ned realizes that he needs to get Lux out before he’s taken down with him.