Thisis why Franky, and Franky alone, is the ‘father’ of the Straw Hat Pirates.
When he was only a small child, he was abandoned on the Grand Line by his parents for being a 'nuisance’. Franky knows what it’s like to be abandoned. Not orphaned–his parents are very likely still out there somewhere–but abandoned, not because his parents died, but because they freaking didn’t want him. Franky knows all too well the loneliness that results, of being small and scared in the big wide world, with no one to turn to.
But he also knows what it’s like to be accepted, to be taken in by someone who became more like 'family’ than those he was actually related to. He knows what it’s like to be given a new sense of hope, to be given direction, to discover that he is not a nuisance at all, that he is actually worth something.
…But then he knows what it’s like to lose that all over again, and by actions he perceives as his own fault, just as he viewed the abandonment by his blood father as his own fault. Losing Tom totally shattered him, so much so that he was willing to forego his lifelong dream of creating ships, the thing that basically defined who he was.
But one thing remained. Foremost to being a shipwright, he wanted to be like Tom. Franky wants to be the father-figure to others that Tom was to him. He wants others to know that they are not hopeless. That they are not a 'nuisance’, that they actually deserve to take up space in the world.
So when he returns to Water 7, he gathers up all the misfits and outcasts, all the 'nuisances’, and gives them a family. He gives them a home, and a purpose to live, so much so that they want the same for him. They want him to revive his dream of being the shipwright aboard the dreamship.
And once he does this, he is every bit the father figure he wanted to be. In Dressrosa, when Luffy hears about Ace’s fruit, Franky is the voice of reason. To Usopp, who’s come from a similar-yet-different situation of parental abandonment, he is the first present father figure in that kid’s life, and helps guide him in their similar areas of interest, in which he is more experienced. He knows when to be serious and when to be silly and can switch between the two without a moments warning, entertaining them with his inventions, not because it makes him happy, but because it makes them happy, and that’s what makes him happy.
Because he doesn’t want others to feel the loneliness he felt as a child. He doesn’t want others to feel as though they’re a waste of space or a nuisance. Because he has lived and breathed with a fully human body and with a cyborg one and knows regardless that just existing is never a crime, and while he’s around, no one is going to feel unwanted or worthless.
While he’s around, no one is going to feel fatherless.
Pairing: Gabriel x Reader (there are also some ass hole kids)
Word Count: 1,797
Warnings: high school (most of us have been there- or are there lol), fluffish
A/N: The new series is here! This first part is quite long, but I’m confident you guys will LOVE it! Feedback is welcomed and appreciated! I’m not sure how long this series will be. I’ll see where it takes me. You’re also welcome to suggest where you’d like to see this story go!
Another town, another high school. You couldn’t remember how many schools you had gone through already this year. Two, maybe three? It was hard to keep track when you never had the chance to fully unpack any of the boxes in your room. Your mother was a real estate agent. She went where the biggest opportunities were, and those opportunities presented themselves fairly often. She was good at what she did and the company that she worked for knew she didn’t mind traveling.
You were now attending a new high school in Lebanon, Kansas. You moved so many times last year that you had to be held back. You were going to be the oldest person in your senior class. Most people assumed that you weren’t intelligent enough to graduate, but that was the exact opposite. You educated yourself most of the time, reading as many books as you could. Your favorite kind of books were about space and history.
You opened a book as you grabbed the paper bag that carried your lunch. You were currently reading a book on psychology. You took a bite out of your sandwich as you read about the frontal lobe and how it controls impulse control, judgements, language, memory, motor function, problem solving, sexual behavior, socialization, and spontaneity. It was an interesting read. The psychology of the brain was fascinating to you.