Have a cute AU that is just fluff tbh
Stan never leaves NJ and instead gets that job at the taffy shop and eventually a job part-time working with the fisherman but for the most part has an uneventful life that he’s not exactly happy with but he’s not homeless and he has some drinking buddies and has realized just what a looser his father really was etc. etc.
Then he gets the letter from Ford begging him to come to Oregon to help him and Stan stares at it for a moment before writing back “you want to see me then YOU come HERE” and Stan thinks that’s it, he’s officially cut ties with his brother with that letter.
Only a week later Ford shows up at his door looking half dead and passes out in his arms and is just gone for almost a week.
When he finally comes to he tries to get Stan to take the journal and Stan says no and kicks /him/ out, only Ford doesn’t give up and keeps trying to get Stan to take the book
And they start to talk
Even if the conversations always end with Ford trying to give Stan his journal
But they talk
And eventually /Stan/ gets through to /Ford/
And, well, Ford does still have some grant money and…maybe it wouldn’t be such a bad idea?
They have to return to gravity falls eventually to really destroy the portal but a few weeks out at sea wouldn’t be a bad thing right?
A few years….