Scorpius knows exactly who Albus is when they meet in the train carriage. He’s known for years that Harry Potter had a son his age who would probably be in his class at school. He knows that that kid is called Al. He’s seen pictures of him in the paper, of course he has.
Scorpius doesn’t even dare to dream of becoming friends with Harry Potter’s son. He imagines going to Hogwarts and having friends like Harry did, but he doesn’t think for a second that Al would give him any attention. Al is a Potter, and Scorpius is a Malfoy. Gryffindor and Slytherin, most likely, they’ll never even interact.
And then Scorpius is on the Hogwarts express and he hears the carriage door open, and he sees that stunningly familiar Potter face. The green eyes and messy black hair, and his heart stops for a second and he doesn’t know what to do. And Al has no idea who he is, clearly, because he asks to come in. So Scorpius goes out of his way to give Al every opportunity to leave, but he doesn’t. He stays. And he stays. And he stays.
And Scorpius pretends he’s just any other person. Asks what he wants to be called (Albus), offers him sweets, talks to him about Rose. Albus says he’s staying for Scorpius’s sweets, not for him, but still Scorpius has never been happier, and then Albus laughs at the steam coming from his ears as he eats Pepper Imps, and by the end of the train ride they’ve become friends.
That night when they’re lying in beds next to each other in the Slytherin dorm Scorpius can still hardly comprehend it. He’s living in a dream. Not even a dream, because he didn’t dare dream this. This is pure and utter fantasy, the wildest possible reality, and it’s his reality.
something that always struck me as odd about the prequels is how palpatine was able to forge a relationship with anakin in the first place.
this is definitely my biggest problem with the jedi, in relation to anakin: they let palpatine, a middle aged man, get anakin, a child, alone. the fact that palpatine’s even insistent on it at all should be ringing alarm bells. there should be Stranger Danger warnings going off, people! you’re dropping the ball, men!
and i understand that, according to the comics, palpatine threw his political weight around, saying that the senate has total control over the jedi. that you can’t deny the chancellor. but that’s incorrect - the republic is corrupt, but it’s not a dictatorship yet. as anakin’s legal guardians, the council has the full right to refuse palpatine access to anakin - it doesn’t matter who’s knocking at your door, you’re supposed to protect your charge.
but the jedi handed him over. the second palpatine pressed, they folded; and no one tried to curb anakin’s interaction with palpatine, even though it should be clear that an old man wanting to talk with a minor day after day after day is suspicious. especially since the jedi were suspicious of palpatine anyway.
Can’t we just put aside our differences and all agree that whether you love ice-skating boys or esper kids that what we’re all really excited for is another season of an egg and a toaster in domestic bliss?
Angsty headcanon, because I like to hurt myself and those around me:
When Molly learns she’s pregnant, Sherlock’s first instinct is to hide it because he’s afraid someone dangerous may find out. One day, he receives a small package, no return address…but the scent is instantly familiar. He’s terrified, but he hastily rips the paper off of the small box. He opens it to find a small, worn toy airplane, and a note:
“Make sure to keep your little one on the ground.”
hey hey it’s time for brooke to overanalyze a tiny aspect of this comic again!!!!!
okay, so, so far, we’ve seen that bitty’s mom is essentially his best friend, and that his relationship with coach is somewhat more distant. a lot of this fandom, including myself on occasion, has interpreted this to mean “bitty’s relationship with his father is awkward and maybe not great.”
but!!! that’s not necessarily true!!!
i mean, if one of your parents is literally your best friend, then in comparison, of COURSE your relationship with your other parent is going to seem relatively distant. but that’s only in comparison! really, we don’t have tons of evidence that bitty’s relationship with his dad is even too bad at all.
i mean, this man was supportive of (or at least willing to go along with) his son enough to get him a private figure skating coach, and then to support him as he shifted to another sport entirely as a high schooler. i can’t confirm this, obviously, but i also bet that this isn’t the first time coach has texted bitty to wish him luck before a game. we know from the twitter that he and bitty mostly talk about football when they’re home; maybe they don’t have a lot in COMMON, but that doesn’t mean coach isn’t absolutely supportive of bitty. i mean, we’ve only ever seen him briefly, but when we see bitty at home with jack in georgia, coach appears to be friendly and interested in what they have to say.
bitty may feel awkward and extra closeted when he’s home, but i’m willing to bet that’s far more about georgia and his hometown in general than his father in particular. though bitty may talk about his relationship about his mother more, that doesn’t mean his relationship with his father is bad. a slight lack of relative closeness does not equal a larger discord.
basically what i’m trying to say is: let coach be a slightly awkward dad who loves his son and supports him, even if he doesn’t always totally get him. let coach love his son!