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@sillyandquiteawkward​ got me thinking about this.

Short version: Begrudging tolerance.

Long version: He’d go after Pick if it weren’t for Diamond City’s approval of him, to the point where if he were dragged into a cell, they might let him out again. 

Yes, he’s a deterrent to crime, but he does it by traumatizing people who are likely pretty fucked up as it is. Nick, at least, recognizes the situations driving people into that life, while Pickman seems to not give a shit. Obviously, this doesn’t give them a free pass for their crimes, but it’s something to keep in mind when dealing with them. If they’re convinced that they had no choice, something that Nick can’t prove at first glance, tormenting them with crap like that is unnecessarily cruel. It further alienates them from society and kills any chance that they could find a new path, slim though it may be.

And, well… Nick can hope, can’t he? …Besides, looking at his “public work”, the bodies he leaves scattered about the Wastes, the average person wouldn’t distinguish it from a Raider’s kill until his legacy began circulating. Even then, it’s easy to mix up. They’d mistake him for the very thing he hates, and raise more fear in settlements already drowning in it.

He wouldn’t brush this off, because his namesake would not, could not treat trauma as just “no big deal.” To him, it’s personal in a quite literal sense. Bottom line, if Pick’s gonna kill raiders, fine, but don’t fuck with their heads. Don’t play bloody mind games, especially if others get sucked into them.

It goes without saying that if Pick shifted from Raider to bystander, all bets are off. I doubt Nick’s anywhere near thrilled about the fact that they share a heart motif, although this was unintentional on Pick’s part. 

He’d relent and choose something else, partially because Nick used it first- It is his surname, after all- And partially because he fears what Nick will do if someone mistakes him for Pick on account of the symbol. Probably wouldn’t happen, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. This hostility is one-sided, as he admires the detective’s work, if a bit irritated that Nick doesn’t understand his artistic vision- 

Oh, yeah, just remembered all the eyes in his paintings are yellow, like synth eyes. Reeeeal comforting sign, that. /sarcasm.

Anyway, he attempts to curry favor by dropping off supplies at the statue just outside Diamond City. While Nick accepts the gift, he makes it crystal clear he still loathes Pick, only passing it on to the residents out of necessity. If he were to find evidence of a big raid planned out and warn the settlement beforehand, so they could repel an assault that would’ve otherwise crushed them… Then Nick would let on him a bit. Maybe.

Didn’t Pickman also kill some Goodneighbour people Hancock sent to do recon? I think Nick would stop him for that, since he’s proven he will happily kill anyone whether or not they pose a threat.

September 2017

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