i don’t understand this “share a Coke with Tiffany” campaign. is Tifffany coming to my house? am i supposed to give her a ride home from the store where i bought the coke? is Tiffany gonna pitch in some cash before she drinks half my goddamn soda? do i have to hunt her down and find her first, like a blues brothers style mission from god handed down to me as holy writ on the side of a drink?
I was on the ‘team hot dads’ tag the other day and came across the idea that the first Hansen she had a crush on was Herc, not Chuck, which I love IMMENSELY (and I wouldn’t call what Mako felt for Chuck a conventional crush anyway, or maybe at all, idk). Anyway, Mako looks up to Herc, and respects and admires him, and Herc responds with a little befuddlement ‘cos he doesn’t even get this from his own kid, and Herc starts being warm to to Mako for a number of reasons, which PISSES CHUCK THE FUCK OFF ‘cos yeah he may hate his old man but that doesn’t anyone else gets to receive his paternal attention (which Chuck doesn’t see the best side of, lbr) and hey Mako just ‘cos you have no dad, doesn’t mean you get to—
Herc overhears that one. “Stern talking-to” is an understatement, and Chuck stomps off, and Herc knows why but he doesn’t know what to do about it. His attempts at building a relationship with his son is usually rebuffed, and Herc is only human, so sometimes he gives up until the next time he feels guilty enough to try again. And then Herc wonders, maybe that’s why he’s such a bad parent? Maybe parents aren’t meant to settle for being ‘only human’. He hears about children growing up and realizing how imperfect and vulnerable their parents are and then these kids, supposedly, finally understand. He suspects the problem is that Chuck has always known how imperfect and vulnerable he is. Chuck has always understood. That is the problem, precisely.
Meanwhile, Chuck’s little ball of anger and resentment just grows and grows.
OH NO I AM SORRY FOR ALL THIS CHUCK IN IT, IT’S JUST BACKSTORY I PROMISE
Meanwhile Mako is learning to restrain her smiles at his praise, which Herc is more generous in giving to her than Stacker. “You spoil her,” Stacker says to him when they are alone.
“You spoil her,” Herc says, and they are both correct.
FAST FORWARD SOME YEARS. The kids grow up, their fathers are more scarred over, but some things remain the same. When Mako wants something she goes and gets it. She knows she commands Herc’s affections, has done so ever since she was a kid, but she’s not a kid anymore; she has a theory and a coalescing desire, a burgeoning power, and she wants to test them out.
Stacker’s gonna kill me, Herc thinks, and then Mako leans closer and closes her eyes, and Herc closes his eyes too.