doug being doug

Eiffel’s favorite book is James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl.

He’s never been quite sure why. He never liked to read much, his ADHD made it hard for him to sit down and concentrate long enough for him to really get into a book, but something about Dahl’s work made it easy.

Sure, James and the Giant Peach funny and has magic and giant bugs, what 10 year wouldn’t like that?

Or maybe it was just that it was his first real book. It had been a gift from an aunt, and Eiffel had almost forgotten about into he picked it up one day and decided to read it out of boredom.

He finished it in two days.

And maybe, in fact most likely, though Eiffel hasn’t really though about it himself, he wanted to be James,who didn’t have any friends, who got away from his shitty guardians and had magical adventures and who become a hero.

And Eiffel always wanted that.

He found more by Dahl and loved it all, practically Fantastic Mr. Fox and George’s Marvelous Medicine.

Of course he brought James and the Giant Peach with him on the Hephaestus, the same copy he got in 1992, primarily held together by duct tape.

Minkowski laughed when he told her.

“So.. uh, what’s your favorite book…?” had been an awkward ice-breaker type question posed by Eiffel.

“To Kill a Mockingbird” said Minkowski, “what’s yours?”

She wasn’t sure what she was expecting, maybe Lord of the Rings or maybe a comic book or something. She was not expecting

“James and the Giant Peach”

and she couldn’t help but laugh.

“Really, Eiffel? Isn’t that a children’s book?”

She did feel a little bad when she saw the hurt look on his face. 

Later, she assumes it’s because Anne loves it, and she’s not entirely wrong, Eiffel did plan to read all of Roald Dahl’s books to her.

They only made it halfway through The Witches.

He brought that one with him, too.

About a year into the mission, Eiffel decided to read it again, late one night when he couldn’t sleep.

“Officer Eiffel…?” asked Hera.

“What’s up, Hera?” 

“This is stupid… but will you… read me your book…?”

He was a little taken back by the question.

(He thinks of Anne, climbing into his lap, insisting “Read to me, Daddy!”)

“Yeah, of course.” he said, flipping back to the beginning of the book.

Every night before he went to sleep, he read her couple chapters. He did voices too, even though he’s terrible at it.

Hera loved it anyway.

(Anne always loved it, too)

Kepler, Maxwell and Lovelace laughed too when they found out. (who even knows how the topic had come up) They weren’t expecting his answer, either. They weren’t sure what to expect, but it was not that.

Jacobi, on the other hand, scoffed.

“Please, Eiffel. Matilda is way better.”

Eiffel just looked at him for a moment.

“Figures,” he said.

Jacobi has yet to figure out what that means.

Eiffel has read James and the Giant Peach several times since the mission started. It helps to fight off the homesickness, the paranoia, and the anxiety. He’s got it practically memorized by now, but he doesn’t care.

It’s his favorite book.

songs for doug eiffel // a wolf 359 fanmix

8tracks // playmoss

1.Cream and Bastards Rise // Harvey Danger
[someone has to win and you know what that means / it means someone's gotta lose / it’s probably you, oh whoa ho ho ho]

2.Infinitesimal // Mother Mother
[millions and billions and trillions of stars but I’m down here low / fussing over scars on my soul]

3.Spaceman // The Killers
[and you know I’m fine / but I hear those voices at night sometimes]

4.Rapid Decompression // Against Me!
[take a look at yourself / how can you expect from someone what you won’t do yourself?]

5.X-Kid // Green Day
[and you were searching your soul / and you got lost and out of control / you went over the edge of joking, died of a broken heart!]

6.People II: The Reckoning // AJJ
[the world won’t care whether you live or die / in fucking fact, mrs robinson / they probably hate to see your stupid face]

7.Neon Orange Glimmer Song // the Mountain Goats
[got a friend of mine living in Dallas / and that’s a two days’ drive from here / and I, I am a monster / I can’t believe the thing I’ve done]

8.Nobody Loves You Like Me // Jonathan Coulton
[air in my lungs, a cough and a wheeze / holes in the bellows and blood on the keys / you move along, there’s nothing to see / nobody loves you like me]

9.Space Lullaby // Chris Hadfield
[you say i’ve been away too long / i’m only here, and then i’m gone / but i am coming home to tuck you in to bed]

lovelace // minkowski // all

Okay, last thing well not really but for now it is. I’ve seen many posts, well quite a few, about what the sequel needs. We’ve got a year left and honestly there’s so much that could possibly happen (plus if I remember correctly, the next book is coming out too). And while I agree that Disney should try and actually have a canon queer couple and not pull any tricks or other small random things like the need for Cameron and Booboo to actually sing or to bring in the other children from the Isle. Or most importantly, just more character development for practically everyone because all of these children need it. I feel like the most important thing that needs to happen, whether in the next book, in the Wicked World shorts (though I highly doubt it) or even in the sequel, are apologies. Because everyone has been wronged in some shape way or form, and no one should be getting away with it.

  • The obvious first one is King Adam/Beast apologizing to Mal, Jay, Evie and Carlos or just other future children of the Isle that come to Auradon. I talked about this before (though untagged to avoid any drama really), and I agree with the fandom, to a degree. What Adam did was wrong, no doubt about it. He’s made a pretty shitty decision and even if he had some good intentions (I really wished he talked this out more with someone), he just…messed up. But it wasn’t like he could just, take the children of the villains away from their parents. Whatever legal system this world has, I highly doubt they’d do that. But subjecting not only the parents but the children into unhealthy living conditions, all because you wanted to keep your enemies in one place. He’s partially responsible for how ‘corrupt’ (and I use this term loosely) the children are. The parents are still mostly the blame because, well, they’re villains, and they go on and on about how a villain should act. Though Ben is crowned king, I’m not even sure when he’s actually going to take the throne officially. So until then, Beast has got a lot of making up to do.
  • Piggbacking off of that about Ben, let’s talk about the second apology that needs to happen; Mal and Ben need to apologize to Audrey for publicly humiliating her in front of the ENTIRE school (and another school too considering it was a tourney game) because of Ben serenading Mal. And yes, I know this was under the effect of the love-spell, but there still should’ve been a lick of common sense to not sing to another girl when you’re dating someone else. And even after the spell was worn off of him, he still could’ve apologized to Audrey, even privately. And Mal in general, because those two have a deep history, and honestly it’s just like being slapped in the face when you’re being wronged by the child of the woman that wronged your entire family. And that little bow near the end of the movie does not cut it. There’s another issue I have about that mistreatment to Audrey but I’ll leave that for another time. And yeah, Ben didn’t really seem interested in being with Audrey, but it’s still a douche move to kind of do that (and Ben is a sweet child, but my son no).
  • I want Audrey and Mal to apologize for Ben to using him to his advantage. If you watched Auradon Secrets (and if I remember correctly), Audrey dated Ben mostly because of appearance sake. She was mostly concerned about her little popular world. I think that at some point, she probably did fall for Ben (and honestly she probably was heartbroken about what happened, in regards to the previous point. But I will also defend my pretty pink princess). And we all know the reason for Mal. I don’t really remember if she really apologized, but I feel like an apology should happen and it shouldn’t be swept under the rug because ‘he makes you happy’. Ben deserves better than that.
  • Jay, Evie, and Carlos also need to apologize to Audrey for following along with Mal. Yes, they were going along with the plan, yes it’s what they know, but they need to apologize.
  • I would really love for Jane to apologize to the rotten/core four for basically just, being a bit of a hypocrite. Though I see her as following the crowd, because it’s high school so follow the cliché social pyramid, and she’s impressionable/low self-esteem, she was wrong too. She shouldn’t have been all ‘buddy buddy’ with Mal because she changed her style (even though Mal was using her too at one point) and then just turn on her the next. I think the popularity did get to her head, and she was slightly punished for it by Mal. I still feel like somewhere she’s guilty because she did a dumb, and she just needs to apologize, to at least start to make things right.
  • I want Lonnie and Doug to apologize for kinda just, bailing out on the rotten/core four after the events of the parents’ day scene. These were the two kids that seemed to have more faith in the children of the villains than everyone else (besides Ben but he’s obvious). And yeah Doug kinda did attempt, but he got called back by Chad. I mean, it was kind of an ‘us vs. them’ thing, but again, you can’t just sweep this under the rug by dancing with Evie in the last song.
  • I want Chad and Audrey to apologize for not having enough faith in Ben about trusting the four. Now Audrey, I understand why she wouldn’t really trust them (or at least Mal mostly), but not much for Chad. Then again, there is still the whole ‘they’re bad news, can’t trust them’, and whatever else they were told about the children of the villains. But honestly, if they were Ben’s friends (and I use that lightly too), they should’ve had just a bit more faith in him.
  • I want Chad to apologize for all four in general, but mostly to Evie. He used her and that was wrong, and to call her a ‘gold digger’, like no that’s messed up. Again, I still want Chad to apologize to all four (though he hasn’t been super rude to Carlos, so praise for that), but it runs deeper with Evie in my opinion.
  • And finally, and this is also for the sake of @geniiied, I would like Jay to apologize to Jordan and Mal about the lamp thing. Though it may have been because of his kleptomania (something that I see him struggling to work on), I feel like an apology is in order for 1) framing your best friend in a theft you did and 2) stealing someone’s home.

I know that even with these apologies, there’ll be people in this fandom that won’t change their opinions about characters (like Jane and Chad for example), and I get that. All of these kids did something wrong, whether it was big or small, and it shouldn’t be swept under the rug or just played off as a ‘oh that was because you were evil but now you’re good so it’s all good’. Taking responsibility is just the first step of growing up, and it’s just really important for everyone.

And even if all of these apologies aren’t met (which will be a bummer) as long as some of them are handled, I would appreciate that more than anything else in the world.

okay but please imagine

lao as a dad

imagine lao being the embarrassing dad that takes photos of anything and everything his kid does

imagine lao being kinda standoffish and awkward around people but?? as soon as his daughter shows up?? he just SMILES and LAUGHS and everyone is like… what is this witchcraft…

imagine lao hauling charmaine and chenshi along for a FAMILY BONDING CAMPING TRIP but none of them have a clue on how camping works and they just cuddle up in the suv for the night

imagine lao and doug meeting up for coffee and lao is just ‘lemme tell you what chenshi did today YOU WON’T BELIEVE’
'did she look at you’
'she was CUTE ABOUT IT’

also imagine
UNCLE/GODFATHER DOUG
IMAGINE DOUG BEING THE BEST MAN AT LAO’S WEDDING AND DOUG GETTING REALLY UPSET AND LAO IS JUST… chill…

imagine lao always hugging his kid because he’s a softy and she’s embarrassed by it but!!! she loves it really!!

imagine lao seeing a bit of his daughter in lin and him trying to look after her when it’s actually… her… looking after him…

just imagine

papa lao

and then
imagine him after his family dies