the wallman

consider: wolf 359 star wars au

Part 1- Callsign: Hephaestus

  • eiffel is communications for the rebellion. it’s not a fancy job, and he gets overlooked a lot
  • somehow he is both passionate about the rebellion and lazy as all hell at the same time
  • he spends most of his free time (and some of his non-free time) hanging out with the droids
  • he has a poster of captain isabel lovelace on his wall
  • man, wouldnt it be so awesome be a pilot?
  • he has tried out for the position
  • multiple times
  • however his habit to just do “cool tricks” instead of following actual orders, and his tendency to crash, and one time actually break, the simulator whenever he attempted the “tricks” meant he wasnt really cut out for the part
  • when he was taking his flying test once, he was in the same class as now-lieutenant renée minkowski
  • at first he admired her skills
  • then he talked to her and it all fell apart from there
  • according to him, she was a stick-up-the-ass who looked like she had never even had a teenage rebellion phase, let alone become part of the resistance
  • according to her, he was a slack-off with a horrifying disregard for protocol who probably only joined the alliance to get out of paying taxes (and yes, he did seem like that much of an idiot to her)
  • they had absolutely no plans to ever talk to each other again, however there was a fault with the internal comms on minkowski’s ship, and guess whose job that is to fix?
  • “officer eiffel, you’ve got a request for maintenance on the comms unit of a quinjet”
  • “oh, sure. who is it?”
  • “lieutenant minkowski, sir”
  • “…goddamn it. can’t you do it, hera? you can do stuff like that”
  • the lens on hera’s eye narrowed in a useless, yet emotive, way
  • “officer, i am capable of assisting repairs, not conducting them. and please may i remind you that my designation is V-J34, not-”
  • “yeah, yeah, yeah, i know. lets go fix lieutenant stick-up-the-ass’s comms”
  • when eiffel was first assigned V-J34, he scribbled down her name
  • he later forgot it, rummaged around for his scrap of paper, and then read it upside down and bleary-eyed as hErA
  • it was easier to remember than the designation, anyway
  • minkowski is about as happy to see eiffel as he was to receive her call
  • wasnt there some other comms officer available for this?
  • of course not. they were all off doing important business, while eiffel threw paper airoplanes in the comms room
  • (eiffel mutters that he was the only one on the night shift god damn couldnt these repairs have waited til morning when he couldve passed the job off onto someone else?)
  • while he and hera are making repairs, there’s an emergency and minkowski takes off, assuming eiffel is already done and off the ship (foolishly, she realises later, not that she buys eiffel’s “you underestimate the time and effort necessary for this” excuse. more like she greatly overestimated eiffel as a person, in her opinion)
  • this, however, was not as crucial as the mistake she made immediately afterwards, which was letting eiffel touch any buttons, at all
  • they crashed on a cavernous planet in the middle of nowhere
  • hera really regrets tagging along on this simple repair job