Hi, if drabble challenge 34 "He creeped me out. I'm not going to lie." isn't picked, maybe some Stay-at-Home Stan, please.
34. “He creeped me out. I’m not gonna lie.”
I haven’t written something with Marley in it for a while, so here’s just that! Marley taking over when Ford fails at babysitting his twin nieces. Marley’s got this; they’re a non-binary spider-person who loves Danny and Daisy to absolute bits.
Ford looked determinedly down at
the book open in his lap. He was trying
desperately to avoid any eye contact with the other person in the living
room. It had been humiliating enough,
caving in and calling the number Stan and Angie left, but the way Danny and
Daisy reacted to Marley’s arrival had been even worse.
believe it. I’m completely hopeless,
aren’t I? I can’t even babysit my nieces
for three hours.
“Look, um, Ford, right?” Marley
said finally. Ford looked up. Marley was avoiding eye contact with Ford,
still staring intently at whatever they were crocheting. “Don’t be embarrassed you had to call
me. I love the girls, but they’re, uh,
they’re kinda a handful. And Angie said
you’ve never babysat before. I’ve been
watching Danny and Daisy since they were babies. I know the cheat codes or whatever.”
“I should have been able to
handle at least an hour on my own,” Ford muttered. Marley shrugged.
“Like I said, the girls are
pretty much chaos incarnate. I, uh, I’m
not surprised by it. I mean, I’ve heard
stories from Angie’s parents about what she was like as a kid. And I’ve met Stan.” Marley let out a small chuckle. “Shoulda seen them at the engagement
party. It was pretty small, and no one
they had to impress was invited, so they had it at a bar. People went wild. First time I’ve ever
seen Angie get drunk.”
“Fiddleford had a high alcohol
tolerance as well,” Ford said. Marley
“Wait, you know Fidds?”
“He was my assistant in Gravity
“Gravity Falls, huh? I’ve got a cousin that lives a couple hours away
from Gravity Falls. Darlene.”
“I’ve never met her.”
“No, you wouldn’t have,” Marley
mumbled, resuming crocheting. Ford
“What does that mean?”
“Nothing.” The door opened. Ford and Marley both looked over. Marley beamed. “Hey, guys!”
“Marley, it’s so good to see ya!”
Angie gushed, making a beeline for her friend.
Marley rolled their eyes.
“I saw you, like, last week.”
“I used to see you every day, though.”
“Well, yeah, we were roommates,”
Marley said. “Did you and Stan have a
“Oh, yes. We never get to go out dancin’ like we used
to,” Angie gushed.
“Your outfit is really
nice. Yours too, Stan.”
“Thanks, Marley,” Stan said,
sliding off his jacket. He winked at
Ford. “The girls were a bit much for ya,
“I thought that I had seen them
at their worst by now. Clearly, I had
“Kids are always able to top their
worst, Ford. I assume they’re in bed?”
“Yes. Marley was remarkably efficient at
“Marley and Lute are the girls’
godparents for a reason,” Stan said. He
took a seat on the couch and began to take off his shoes. Marley and Angie’s conversation was now much
quieter. Ford had to strain his ears to
usually a sign it’s not something meant to be overheard, but…
“Thanks fer steppin’ in. Stanford’s got a tendency to bite off more ‘n
he can chew,” Angie said softly to Marley.
Marley waved a hand.
“No problem. I love the girls. And your brother-in-law’s cute.”
“Duh. He’s Stan’s twin.”
“There was one thing, though,”
Marley said slowly. “It’s, uh, not the
nicest thing but…he creeped me out. I’m
not gonna lie.” Angie sighed.
“He’s a bit eccentric, fer sure. Ford spent an awful long time on his own up
in Gravity Falls. I think he forgot some
of his people skills. And from what Stan’s
told me, he didn’t really have any people skills to spare.” Ford resisted the urge to roll his eyes.
people skills? I’m not the one who’s
gossiping about someone right in front of them!
“Oh, shoot, it’s late,” Angie
said, glancing at the clock on the wall.
“We shouldn’t hold ya hostage any longer.” She dug in her purse. “How much do we owe ya?”
“Nothing,” Marley said. “I keep telling you guys, you don’t have to
pay me for babysitting my goddaughters.”
“Okay, but you also babysat
Ford, so…” Stan interjected.
“Ford’s an adult. He didn’t need any supervision,” Marley said.
“Still,” Angie insisted.
“Nope! You can’t pay me, I’m already leaving,”
Marley said, walking out the door. Angie
rolled her eyes. “See you guys later!”
“Bye, Marley,” Angie called
after her friend. Marley closed the
door. Angie sighed. “So, Stanford, what did ya think of Marley?”
“An interesting individual,”
Ford said carefully. Angie nodded.
“Bet once the girls were put
down, there was a lot of quiet, wasn’t there?”
“Marley’s not the biggest talker
‘round unfamiliar folk.”
“I was surprised that Marley
knew where Gravity Falls was,” Ford remarked.
“Oh, yeah, Marley’s got a cousin
that lives in that area,” Stan said. “What’s
her name? Darlene?”
“Yep,” Angie said.
“We’ve never met Darlene,” Stan
“Uh, you haven’t met Darlene, hon,” Angie corrected. She shook her head. “I ain’t lettin’ ya meet her, neither. She’s a maneater, that one.”
“What? Angie, I wouldn’t cheat on you!” Stan
protested. Angie grimaced.
“I weren’t bein’ metaphorical. I’ll go check on the girls, see how they’re
doin’.” Stan and Ford exchanged a
“What the hell was she talkin’
about?” Stan muttered. Ford shrugged.
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“Being a teenager was like a storm because we didn’t have any answers. We didn’t know what we really wanted, who really loved us…who we really loved. We struggled with the answers. And by the time we’d miraculously figured it out, we had already become adults and experienced changes both big and small. That winter, the world was full of separations and goodbyes.”
A child of Busan, the slower, gentler life in the provinces is all Shi Won had known. With grades as low as hers, without an aptitude for the traditional kind of academics, no one expected her to leave. By a turn of events, she ends up turning her boyband fic writing hobby into a creative writing scholarship to a university in Seoul. It’s her dream come true. And for her parents, who’d long since given up hope of sending their daughter to university in Seoul, it’s both a blessing and a curse. When graduation rolls around, they must say their goodbyes as Shi Won heads off to the big city to find a life for herself.
It is in Seoul that she becomes an adult; she lives without the care of her parents, she studies. She graduates university and eventually goes to work in broadcasting. Though she clings to her roots as a Busan girl, refusing to adopt the Seoul dialect, she does not return to her hometown. Years down the road, she stays in Seoul even when her husband gets transferred to Daegu for work. They have children, they’ve built a life in Seoul. The city has become her home, and though she’ll never forget her origins, the separation of that winter had changed things irrevocably. It’s a byproduct of adulthood; homes become hometowns, parents become people you visit on holidays, though you love them all the same.
I just thought about what if Jason accidentally fakes his death? Like the batfam thought his still in a warehouse or something when it blew, and his comms destroyed so they can't call him, and he just went to a safe house after to sleep and like he doesn't know until a few weeks later when he shows up at the manor to meet up with Alfred for tea.
would it be better or worse if he wasn’t even really getting along with the rest of the family at that point? either way you play it, jason has a bunch of redundancies for his safe houses, and he was trained just as well as any of them. there has to be at least one or two he’s managed to keep secret from the rest of the bats.
jay doesn’t really make a habit of carrying explosives in his helmet anymore; that was really more of a one-off when he first came back to gotham. since then, he generally just carries more explosives with him to make up for it. because of that, and because he’s usually fighting standard-grade humans, it’s not all that likely that he tosses his helmet aside in the middle of a fight.
a warehouse blows. red hood was in it, they know that (it all but had “This Is A Trap For Red Hood”written all over it), and when searching it, the bats find the badly burnt remnants of hood’s shattered helmet. no body, but –
it’s easy to assume the worst. it’s already happened once, after all. they hold on to hope for a week, but they haven’t been able to find any sign of jason. he can’t be raised on his comms, he hasn’t been in any of the safe houses that they know of, oracle couldn’t find any sign of him on cameras.
no sign of him in a hospital or even leslie’s clinic, no body matching his description in the morgue. (that last doesn’t mean anything. no body at the warehouse, but someone had set the trap – they could have easily dumped it somewhere else.)
there’s no sign of him, living or dead, anywhere in the city so far as they can tell.
red hood’s been throwing himself into ever-escalating fights since he came back to gotham, and finally they have to assume that this time, his luck didn’t hold long enough for him to get out.
the family sinks into some kind of shock. it’s impossible to believe that they lost him again.
it’s not something that can even be explained to the public. how do you explain that you’re in fresh mourning for a son and brother that was declared dead over half a decade ago?
then again, all the bats are good at hiding how they feel.
It’s so easy to make Joe the bad guy. I mean… making him the villain takes the blame away, but in everything that’s happened with him, every single time… I deserve some of the blame, too. And it’s the same with you, you know? Things fell apart. And you did what you did, but a lot of it was my fault.