playing with pixels

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“I didn’t think you’d show.”

Westley shrugs, his eyes lighting up at the sight of Madeleine’s beautiful, beaming face. “I thought I told you, Maddie. I’d like us to be friends.”

“Well good,” she grins and tucks her arm around Westley’s bicep. “Because as much as I hate to admit it, I’ve really missed you.”

He nods and takes a deep breath, desperately trying to quell the throbbing of his heart as it races through his chest. “So what is this place?” West asks in what he hopes sounds like a cool and collected tone of voice. “Some sort of carnival?”

Madeleine gasps and swivels around to face him. “How have you lived in Bridgeport this long and never been to the boardwalk?!”

“I didn’t know it was here?” he says, chuckling at the look of astonishment on her face. “What’s so great about it?”

Shaking her head, Madeleine grabs his hand and drags Westley forward. “So much to do!” she mutters. “So little time!”

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some pixel headcanons

•He’s got two dads, both of whom are engineers – that’s where Pixel first got his interest in tech stuff

•Once he learned the basics, tho, he pretty much taught himself advanced coding and programming and shit. At science club in school while people were struggling to make the simple student circuit board activity kits work, Pixel was over here making whole robots out of that stuff. way way ahead of the game

•Pixel’s not his birth name, but from about age 1 he was always so engrossed in his fathers’ work and the computer games they played that his nickname became Pixel and that quickly took the place of his birth name

•His hair is also dyed. When he was about 7 or 8 he expressed interest in it, and at first his dads freaked tf out because robotics and computing? that’s a breeze compared to black hair….black hair is a science in itself, there’s so much complicated stuff you gotta do to take care of it and things like dyes can be potentially rly damaging. (I’m black and this is nothin but truth I’m telling you lol) But! they all sat down and researched a *ton* and finally figured out how to do it safely with a mild dye and thus their boy’s beautiful orange locs were born.

•Speaking of said locs, once Stephanie moved to town, that became something that Pixel and her bonded over– hair. Stephanie’s parents also started teaching her how to dye her own hair, so a lot of times when she and Pixel gotta touch up their roots they do it at Pixel’s house together and help each other out

•Pixel always geeks tf out over Robbie’s inventions. At the same time that he’s freaked out/annoyed by the contraptions, he’s also hella amazed by robbie’s creativity and craftsmanship and ingenuity….even tho Pixel has definitely been coming out of his house more since Stephanie and Sportacus moved to town, he still has reclusive tendencies, much like Robbie – which is why he gets the courage to go over to Robbie’s lair by himself one day and ask him about his work process, cuz he figures Robbie will relate and understand him, he’s got to, right? Robbie is obviously startled and suspicious when he sees the kid suddenly tumble out of the slide leading into his lair, but then when Pixel spots the all tubes holding Robbie’s costumes and the machinery hooked up to them and starts asking questions, Robbie can’t resist answering them, and they fall into a huge animated discussion about all things tech from there….and a few more impromptu visits from Pixel turn into scheduled visits where they’re eating cake and cookies while building things and also talking about their issues w/social anxiety and oh look, they’re kind of best friends now…!

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How to dad?

Don’t ask Theo because he obviously has no idea.

in honor of Pixel Appreciation Day, please consider pixel hangin out with everybody in his own way

  • he introduces robbie to pokemon go and robbie, to his surprise and everybody elses, loves it. actually u kno what pixel introduces robbie to pokemon in general and robbie is sucked in mainly thru the pokemon amie feature. they do a lot of wonder trading and battles together (pixel lets him win like the first 2 games)
  • pixel and trixie are totally Gamer Friends!!!! they mostly play fighting games together, pixel knows all the combo’s by heart but trixie sticks to button-mashing. pixel tries to tell her the combos bc he genuinely thinks it will help her and she’ll have more fun. trixie nods as he explains how to block, continuing to just completely jam on the buttons
  • since pixel is without a doubt the smartest kid and ziggy is the baby of the group i imagine pixel probably tutors him in math and science and stuff!!! he probably finds ways to make it fun like oh my god could u imagine pixel making like a little educational video game or something im sobbing
  • stephanie understands he has his Own Way of doing things but still tries her best to include him whenever she (or the whole group) tries something new, and tries her best to tell him in advanced!! also both of their interests are Very Different but she always listens to him when he infodumps about his favorite game or something new that he built bc it makes him happy and feel included!!!
  • u cannot tell me that he and stingy havent tried to trick out stingy’s little car before to make it into like some speed racer style Super Car like of course they did!!! they think of a new thing to add like every week
  • sportacus doesnt know probably anything at all about video games so pixel goes with him to an arcade and within 10 minutes sportacus has mastered ddr. within another 10 he has broken the ddr machine by trying to do a backflip and kicking a big hole into the screen. its the coolest 20 minutes of pixel’s entire life