THERE’S BEEN AN INCIDENT AND THE PRESIDENT’S SON (WHO IS SO VERY LOVED BY THE PUBLIC) NEEDS TO BE MOVED NOW
[movie narrator voice] IN A WORLD WHERE THE LEADER OF THE FREE WORLD’S ONLY WEAKNESS IS HIS QUICK-TO-DODGE-SECURITY- ENTHUSIASTIC-FRESHLY-GRADUATED-FROM-COLLEGE SON, THE COUNTRY IS ON EDGE WHEN THE FIRST SON DISAPPEARS. THE RANSOM DEMAND IS HIGH BUT THE STAKES ARE CLEAR THE KIDNAPPERS MEAN TO SEND A MESSAGE AND DON’T PLAN ON RETURNING HIM ALIVE. THE ONE FORMER SECRET SERVICE AGENT WHO QUIT HIS JOB MONTHS AGO BECAUSE HE WAS AFRAID OF GETTING TOO CLOSE TO HIS CHARGE NOW IS DETERMINED TO BRING HIM BACK
[dramatic fade to black, the music swells and then fades, and then the only sound is the slick slide of leather over skin]
I saw this yesterday and I was thinking about it all night.
I kind of want Peter to be the kidnapper. Peter, who has warrants out for his arrest not only in several states, but in several countries, who somehow always manages to escape arrest. I want Peter Hale to be a big name in the criminal underworld, because Peter has stolen who knows how many valuable items around the world: rare and expensive gems, one of a kind works of art done by the great masters of old, and he even once kidnapped the twelve year old princess of Japan and took her on a tour of China for a week before safely delivering her into the hands of Japanese police. I want Peter to have barely escaped being caught or killed, the last time being literally by the skin of his teeth. He knows his time is running out, that next time he won’t be able to get away, so why not go out with a bang?
And I want Chris Argent to be the bounty hunter who’s been chasing Peter for years between the smaller jobs he’s taken. He’s nearly caught Peter a dozen times in the past few years, and he knows he’s close now, knows that there’s no way Peter can get away with kidnapping the President’s son. It’s a race for him, because if he can get to Peter first, then his name will be the one in all the papers as the man who took down Peter Hale and saved the President’s son.
Meanwhile, Stiles is stuck spending a lot of time with Peter, and at first he’s afraid, but then he finds out that the man in front of him, while conceited and vain and with a dark humor, simply has done all those things because, aside from having a taste for the finer things in life, he thinks that it’s fun to do them. It’s a challenge for him to successfully conduct a heist and escape death or imprisonment. And Derek comes up in conversation, too, and Peter tells Stiles about how his nephew is a good man, that he quit the job because he was getting to like Stiles too much, that Derek has a guilt complex a mile wide and deprives himself of the things he likes because he thinks he doesn’t deserve them. And there’s no Stockholm Syndrome or anything, but Stiles thinks in a different life, he and Peter could have been friends. Peter tells Stiles straight up that he doesn’t expect to live long. If he doesn’t get shot during Stiles’s rescue, he’ll be given the death sentence by some country or other. So he makes the most of the time he has, and maybe he takes Stiles on trips to Paris and other places, showing him parts of the world he’s never seen before, sometimes barely slipping by Derek or Chris.
And I don’t want this to be a happy ending for Peter. There is no escape in his future. He will be shot, or he’ll go to jail, and during whatever’s left of his life he’ll think fondly about the fun he’s had, the heists he pulled, and the few times he got Chris Argent to fuck him in dirty back alleys. Maybe he’ll tell Derek to stop with the guilt tripping and to tell Stiles that he loves him. Maybe he’ll be sitting in prison and see on the news that the President’s son, Stiles Stilinski, got married to one of his former guards, Derek Hale, and he’ll smile for them because they deserve it.
(If this were a Marvel style movie, there would be a twist ending after the credits, where Chris Argent walks into a prison, goes up to Peter Hale, says “I need your help” and Peter just…grins.)