This is my first time writing for the FAHC. I haven’t really ever written anything like this before, but after reading some of the stories on Tumblr and watching a GTA I had missed from months ago, I was inspired to cover a duo that I haven’t seen on here. Hope you enjoy!
Axial never really goes in the field. Not because he doesn’t
want to, nor because he’d be incredibly less effective than any of the others.
He tends to hang back to work on the comms and hacking for the team because he
knows he’s the best at it. No one else could co-ordinate the communication
between the chaos within The Fakes, it takes someone with a will of steel like
him to ignore all of the snark and push back with both authority and advice. He
also knew that, without specific instructions, no one else in the gang could
hack into any targeted building like he could. He also is one of the best at
on-the-fly adapting when shit goes south and a plan needs to change. When it
comes to field duty, however, he makes exceptions on special occasions. In
particular, he will go into the field if requested.
As it turns out, Matt’s actually pretty adept in at more
than just communications, planning and hacking. He’s a stellar driver. This
fact wasn’t well known to The Fakes until he trounced them in another Mario
Kart tournament, to which a drunk and furious Mogar loudly proclaimed that he
could outrace Axial in real life any day of the week. Once everyone was sober, Michael
doubled down – and got beaten by Axial. It was a close race, since Michael was
brilliant at driving, but Axial had something he didn’t. Knowledge. The hacker
knew the city like the back of his hand due to his life on the streets, and
once he was told the destination he knew every turn and how to safely make
them. Everyone was stunned, as Michael shook Matt’s hand with a smirk, calling
him a piece of shit.
Matt only drove for the crew on missions when requested
personally, leaving his communications job to The Boss while he would hack
remotely from the car. He’s only ever done so for three people, up until this
point. Once for Rimmy Tim, since he knew it would be fun. Once for The Golden
Boy, because he knew he’d get a good laugh out of it. And once for The Sauce. Almost everything in The Fakes was an unofficial
competition. Who got the most kills on a job, who could escape the cops the
quickest, even who could piss off The Vagabond first. And there was no one more
competitive in the group than Alfredo. Even though these contests meant little-to-nothing,
they meant everything to him. He had to win. And, most of the time, he would. So, when he
was told the next job involved multiple hits at different locations, utilising
teams of one gunman and one driver, he knew exactly who was going to drive him.
Convincing Matt wasn’t as hard as The Sauce had thought. Deep
down, he had a competitive streak that was just shy of Alfredo’s. All it took
was the promise of victory over Gavin, Jeremy and even The Vagabond to convince
him. It was getting everyone else on board with having one of their least
experienced members in the field to leave the penthouse, to go on a mission
with just one other person, that was harder. They knew he could handle the driving
job, but they also figured there must be a reason he locked himself in his room
during a Heist. The pressure could get to him, and that could get one or both
of them hurt. Besides, he’d only ever driven before and this particular job
required the use of covering fire from the driver to assist in the gunman’s run
inside. As far as The Fakes knew, Axial had no training with a gun.
With a face that reminded the others of the calm before a
storm, Matt pulled out a pistol no one had ever seen on him and cleanly shot three
of The Kingpins most expensive vases on the other side of the room in as many
shots. As he put his gun away without a word, everyone was quick to agree –
Axial was on the mission.
The robbery teams were; Axial and The Sauce, or ‘Sweet Sauce’; Supernova
and The Golden Boy, or 'Chungə’;
and Rimmy Tim and The Vagabond, or 'The Battle Buddies’. Each team would be
simultaneously hitting a different building. Each building was the home of one
of the many idiotic celebrities living in Los Santos, those with lots of money
and little security. The plan was to steal as much expensive looking gear
and/or cash as possible and leave. This was, in turn, a distraction for the main
job. With the simultaneous big-name robberies, the police would be spread
incredibly thin, allowing Mogar and the Pilot, or 'The Betting Buddies’, to 'covertly’
enter LSPD headquarters to locate and take information the cops have compiled
on The Fakes. Or, as covertly as one could do a job like this with Michael.
Once Alfredo had recruited Matt to his team, he began to
really play up the sense of rivalry they all had. He made sure they all knew
the newly christened ‘Sweet Sauce’ were planning on doing everything the best.
Fastest to the house, fastest in, most cash grabbed, fastest back to HQ. He
enthused with the utmost confidence how they were going to destroy everyone –
with a silent grinning Axial standing behind him. The others eventually got
riled up enough that they laid down a bet. The team who did each aspect of the
job the best would win $1000. Everyone involved in the job, even The Boss and
The Wildcard who would both be staying at the penthouse as comms and backup
respectively, put in cash to make a prize pool of $3000. Due to the constant
feed that would be going to The Boss, he was going to be in charge of timing
each team’s work. Michael and Jack then began a betting pool to see who would
win the most cash, for those who weren’t participating to have some fun too. In
the end, only The Kingpin placed a bet on Sweet Sauce. Everyone thought Matt
too inexperienced and Alfredo too cocky. But, for some reason, Geoff saw
The job was simple, and it went off without a hitch. Each
team did their job even better than they normally would, since they had a lot
riding on it. Chungə
tried to focus on just getting one part as fast as possible. As such, they
broke every speed limit and ran every red light to get to their house the
fastest. And they succeeded, beating both Sweet Sauce and The Battle Buddies to
their destination, both earning $500.
Battle Buddies, however, wanted to humble Alfredo, and figured with Matt on the
job it would be fairly easy. Even so, not wanting to take the risk, they tried
their hardest at getting each aspect as quick as possible, with Rimmy behind
the wheel and The Vagabond storming the woefully unprepared home to rob it of
as much as he could, before they raced home at record pace.
were shocked to see Sweet Sauce had arrived in the garage just seconds before
them, with two full duffel bags of loot. Axial and The Sauce had worked
incredibly well together, even more so under pressure. It was Matt’s idea for
them to take a gamble and both storm the house. If it worked, they’d clear it
quicker and they could steal double the gear. The risk was potentially losing
their car, which was one of The Sauce’s personal vehicles. Shockingly, he
didn’t bat an eye at the idea. Even if, at most, he was only going to make
$1500 on this bet and would be losing a far more expensive car the victory
itself would be absolutely worth it. And so, they executed their plan to
perfection. Axial found the most simplistic and expedient route to their target,
they both entered the premises with guns blazing, loaded up their bags and left
in complete unison with Alfredo behind the wheel, Axial giving him directions
from the passenger seat. Even though he was famously not as good at driving,
the two of them wanted to rub in their victory. Matt and Alfredo had just
gotten $1000 richer.
victory in two of the three categories had pipped Geoff as the biggest victor
in the betting pool, winning a cool $400. After returning from the successful
police headquarters heist, Michael was thrilled to learn he won $200 by betting
Everyone else don’t make any winnings by betting on ‘the sure bet’ of The
Battle Buddies, much to Jack’s dismay.
was not the first time that Axial would work out in the field with The Sauce.
Doing this job was one of the many reasons that the resident computer expert
had decided to be out in the field. It didn’t hurt when The Vagabond tried
desperately to earn his winnings back, and The Sauce requested his assistance again.
They wouldn’t always work together, but whenever they did it was damn near
impossible to top them.
Hope you guys liked it! I don’t know how much FAHC I will be writing, but this was a fun thing I liked in my head. I might try to write more dialogue next time. This sort of recount style fit this story but I want to try my hand at figuring out these characters a little more. If I do more, I think I’ll probably focus on Axial/Matt. No surprise, but the boys my favourite.