Ever thought about writing a fic about Arthur and his rise to elder? There would be so much angst with Sarah's death and the whole situation with the outcasts.
yes. but I don’t know enough about that time period (I’ve only played Fallout 4 LOL FAKE GAMER*) and I feel like my usual hand-waving ‘if I state this with enough confidence people will think I actually researched it’ style would be… less appreciated.
also… I can’t say I’m a huge fan of the ‘privileged nerdy boy becomes mega-hero genius heartthrob despite borderline abusive upbringing and tragic death of an influential woman’ trope, at least not as a standalone story.
(note: privilege doesn’t guarantee a fun or desirable experience. that doesn’t mean it’s not a factor at all. just want to make that distinction.)
whereas the man with all this baggage who starts to stray down a dark path from which he may or may not ever be redeemed… that is my bread and butter. that’s why he’s my favourite character**, after all. he is on a knife-edge and the direction he takes is utterly dependent on who he is exposed to in the Commonwealth. I love that, it’s so rich in fic-potential I could slice it and toast it and butter it for breakfast.
having said that, if I were going to write a fic about younger Maxson, there are two core questions that I’d be most likely to consider:
is he being used by the other Elders? he’s very young to be sent on a mission like this, despite his status as genius heartthrob, and I wonder if there’s an element of him being set up to fail. if that’s the case, the moment of realisation for him would be awesome, not to mention him then turning it around on whoever it is wants him out of the way.
was Sarah Lyons killed, and who did it? I know there are headcanons that he did or ordered it (I don’t agree) but if it’s intentional at all, I see it more as the machinations of someone who’s either close to him and actually wants the best for him, albeit in a bit of a twisted way, or just has a vested interest in getting him in charge. that realisation would be great angst-fodder.
thanks for the ask!
* I don’t actually believe this is the case, before anyone takes me too seriously and gets offended. ;)
** yes, Danse is also my favourite. so is Deacon. are you trying to make me pick one? while they’re right here and can hear us? you monster.