So the other day I spat out a Twitter thread where I headcanoned about Jack as a biker. I guess I should share it over here too. Enjoy.
Jack liked old cars as a kid, but he liked motorcycles better. Loved the freedom, the sense of not being sheltered. Having no buffer between him and the world.
Bikes can be dangerous even when you’re a safe driver. People are stupid on the road, and they don’t watch out for bikers. And Jack loved that too. The risk and the self-reliance, having his fate in his own hands.
But then he wasn’t always a safe driver. A bike can be a real exciting and fun way to court death, and on his bad days he kinda did. Rode like he was racing his own shadow. Wove through heavy traffic on the freeways and took the curvy back roads like a roller coaster. Looking back he feels stupid about it. He’s always ready with advice for young bikers on how to be sane and not take people down with you. But back then, sometimes it was his only outlet for the feeling of being trapped.
He likes all kinds of bikes, and he does have a soft spot for the speed and responsiveness of sport models, but his faves are the classics. The weight, the lines, the feeling of sturdy rebuildable invincibility. Sexy. He’s always on the lookout for a classic frame that’s still in good shape because when he can’t ride, he restores.
Torbjorn lets him use one of his less ridiculous workshops, and even joins Jack sometimes. It’s kind of a bonding exercise with them. Sometimes they’ll restore the things back to their original build, and sometimes they get…creative. Between the two of them, they do enough rebuilding that there’s no way Jack can keep them all. It becomes a charity thing. They auction them off for fundraisers. Motorcycle wonks can be real snobs, and custom bikes rebuilt by Overwatch heroes are quite a collector’s item.
Jack organizes charity rides too sometimes, even if he usually can’t participate. He seldom has the time, and anyway having a high-profile celebrity along just complicates things a lot of the time.
So mostly he keeps the biker thing low key, in Overwatch. He has other outlets for the crazy risk-taking these days.
Holy crap though, the way he rides.
So the thing about a bike is you drive it with your body. A man with strength & reflexes beyond human can take a bike beyond human limits. A couple of the other SEP subjects liked to ride too, and Jack used to go out with them. But few others are both willing or able to keep up with him. Although Reinhardt probably has been known to. The man does work with a rocket strapped to his back.
(And then there’s the part where he has a secret fantasy of Gabe fucking him over the back of a bike. But that’s for another time.)
A new label, Kaarage Cycle, has announced their very first series! Given the title, it looks like this series will have a plot that involves you and your significant other living together (à la Dousei Kareshi), with each volume being associated with having lived with your boyfriend for a specified amount of years.
The first volume will feature your boyfriend from college (center), 光佑 (Kousuke), whom you’ve been dating for a year and a half now. You have both decided to move out of your parents’ homes in order to start living together.
Expectation, anxieties, happiness—now that you two live alone together, you spend it contentedly in each other’s presence, experiencing all of these emotions for the life you two have begun to share for the first time.
The second boyfriend (right), 和磨 (Kazuma), is older than you by one year, and by the time you graduate, it’ll have been 3 years since you started living together. However, now that you two are both full-fledged adults, you and your boyfriend have both been busy with work, and you are rarely together as the days pass by. Unable to spend time with each other as you did when you first started living together, you both grow anxious. One day, Kazuma comes home from work earlier than expected, and you two begin to lapse into a few sweet hours together… until Kazuma suddenly gets a message, and that time is taken away yet again…
The third volume features 樹 (Itsuki), whom you started dating after meeting him at a client’s drinking party. 5 years have passed since you two started living together—the fact that you share a home comes naturally to you both now and life has also calmed down. On Itsuki’s birthday, you come home early from work to prepare the celebration. Itsuki also comes home early, but you sense that he can’t seem to fully calm himself for some reason…?