It's been a while since I posted anything Henry Stickmin related, but I hope you guys like this one:
Dad!Charles X Toppat!Henry!!!
Just a bit of context, btw: Dad!Charles came from a bunch of headcanons inspired by the single dad Charles post by @bambidoodles and Toppat!Henry was just my take on Toppat!Henry, because everyone else was doing it😅, so I just thought I'd combine the two because, why not??
So a little alterations: Charles is in his early thirties, but Cameron is a little older, around 14-15. Henry is around 34-ish(?). Galeforce is alive and still his metal, badass self, and the gang from Toppat!Henry is here with the addition of Victoria Grit, who, in the story, was just pulled into Charles's and the gang's shenanigans and became something of a mother to Cameron.
We began more subtly at a heist as it occurs. Henry is stealing a pearl and succeeds, much to the anger of the government, but the pearl isn't in their hands for long as a pesky pilot shoots at Henry from his helicopter and makes him drop the pearl in the ocean, in shallow waters.
Henry and Charles glare at each other, though Henry smirks at him, even as Henry is 'beamed' back the the orbital station. On Earth, Charles takes it as incentive to tell the museum staff to hide the park somewhere and swap it out for one made of something like wood or simple carved stone; they won't be able to tell the difference, if they paint it right.
The staff agree and just as Charles leaves Henry reveals to have fooled Charles, as he is currently leaning against the museum wall outside.
Charles draws his gun to shoot him, but Henry also draws a gun, smirking at him.
"Been a little while, Charles. How've you been? You look good."
Charles asks what Henry wants, as he already lost the pearl, and will be arrested if anyone sees him. Henry shrugs and admits that he isn't worried as he lowers his own gun and approaches Charles, stating that he knows the pilot won't do anything because there's still a part of him deep down that still thought making friends with a criminal, and that part WANTS Henry to stay around or to be by his side for a change.
Btw, as he says this, Henry approaches Charles and murmurs into his ear with one hand on the side of his face while the other somewhat disarms him, lowering Charles's gun to make sure he isn't shot.
Charles doesn't move, instead trying to raise his gun so he can shoot Henry for realsies.
Henry chuckles at pinches Charles on the cheek as he tells him to not play with guns, because he could hurt himself. Charles actually tries to shoot him for that, but Henry jumps back before he gets a bullet in the foot.
He tips his hat, bids Charles a farewell, and is actually beamed away, leaving Charles shaky and annoyed, and a little unnerved because he should've shot Henry, but didn't because of what he said.
Charles seats himself in the helicopter and groans right as he gets a call from his child, much to his relief.
Cameron is currently finished with school and is on their way to book club and they're just calling to see if their dad is okay, even apologizing if now is a bad time. Charles waves it off, as he just finished stopping a heist and will explain more when he picks them up. Cameron asks Charles to include all the details before they say goodbye and hang up, Charles flying back to the base and reporting what happened to Galeforce, who's glad the master was solved, but is passed to know that the Toppats are being very active.
Charles mutters about how he had a small run in with Henry and Galeforce asks how times many it's been that Henry ran into Charles.
12, counting today's.
Galeforce sighs and tells Charles to stay alert, he may have a kid of his own, but he's STILL Galeforce's kid. It gets a chuckle out of Charles and he sighs that he's not afraid of taking on Henry, as he can handle himself.
Galeforce would politely disagree, but there's more to worry about: Dimitri and some workers on The Wall are coming to the base in a couple of days and want to discuss what's happening with the Toppat Clan.
Charles's mood falls, as he hates dealing with The Wall. Good news, though: Matteo Gurtchev will be coming as well, so there's one thing to look forward to.
One more thing that bugs Charles: Cameron gets off school in less than a week. They CAN stay on their own, but they have some seperation anxiety and it's rubbed off on him.
Galeforce calls him soft and simply tells him that if he HAS to bring Cameron to the base, they cannot be seen by anyone from The Wall, so basically leave them in the twins' care, since they're probably not going to be noticed by anyone on The Wall.
Charles agrees and takes his leave, Galeforce asking ine more favor of him: Tell Cameron their grandfather said hi and is looking forward to teaching them how to shoot a gun for real.
Charles objects and the two laugh before Charles leaves to go pick up Cameron from school, still mulling over the fact that he and Henry keep running into each other and he has a problem of not taking him out when he should.
Charles is not the only one dealing with this as we catch up with Henry in the Orbital station. He's reading through Charles's file, including some updated bits and sulks over how it's been a while and Charles, even after knowing about the morally grey area between black and white, still holds his beliefs and stays with the government.
He's interrupted from his thoughts by Ellie as she struts in and asks if he's going to mope again or if he's going to think of a way to get the pearl or some other treasure.
Henry chuckles and admits that he's thinking about the latter, but isn't fully on board with the idea of sending himelf and a dew toppats into a mine where the caves can collapse and they can all die. That's something Ellie can agree with because she's not keen on ot either.
She then looks over Henry's shoulder and asks if he ran into Charles again.
Henry stands up and admits that he did and it went the same as every other time: the two almost shot each other, Henry called out Charles for not killing him, joining him, or knowing better than to trust him, and also on the fact that he hasn't really changed, and then left so Charles could think and reflect on his life.
Ellie sighs and asks what his obsession is with Charles, as the pilot is something he can never NOT think about. Henry, honestly, isn't sure, but he knows he likes being around Charles and getting under his skin. And, besides, Henry rules the Toppat Clan and is a theif. It's in his nature to want things and then get them, eventually.
Ellie laughs, as Henry hasn't changed. He asks if it bothers her and Ellie admits that she'd rather be around so Henry doesn't bite off more than he can chew. The two laugh and Ellie leaves, Henry looking back at Earth from space and thinking about Charles.
Speaking of Charles, he's outside of Cameron's school as his child talks with their friends and decides to screw with them a little bit by honking the horn and waving at them.
Cameron is mortified, but gets the hint amd says goodbye to their friends before running over to Charles's car.
The two hug, Cameron buckles up, and they drive hime, Charles asking how Cameron's day went.
They had a relatively good day. They didn't do well on an English quiz, but it was a quiz, so they're not too worried, as those aren't worth a lot of points, but did get to mess around with bottle rockets in science, to show laws of physics.
Charles is admittedly not too glad with the quiz results, but is glad they had a good day.
Cameron's turn to ask, and they ask if Charles arrested anyone in the Toppat Clan. He asks how they know and we get something of an outsider's perspective as Cameorn reveals the Toppat Clan is a pretty hot topic at their school, even to the point where some kids are wondering how to join up because a few of the members are attractive(the other students' words, not Cameron's).
Charles is appalled and hopes Cameron doesn't share those sentiments, because they're grounded if they do. Cameron indeed doesn't, as the only thing they want is for the clan to be taken down.
Charles sighs and gives an almost melancholic, "Me, too," which Cameron notices because they know their dad, and changes gears to a more light hearted subject: he invited uncle Rupert, Calvin, and Konrad over for dinner and, when the three are gone, the two of them, Charles and Cameron, need to check out this recipe for deep fried chocolate chip cookies, because sugar and cavities. Best part: Grandpa is not allowed, though he does say 'hi.'
Cameron agrees and they head home, though Charles watches Cameron whenever there's a stop light, like he sees them staring out the window or checking their phone really quick or messes around with the radio to find a good channel.
HE DOES NOT DO THIS TO BE A CREEP. Charles is just seeing Cameron being calm, relaxed, and happy and that makes him calm, relaxed, and happy, which he needs after his encounter with Henry. It's also because he knows what he has to lose if he messes up with arresting Henry, or rather DOESN'T arrest Henry.
Cameron eventually catches him and asks him why he's staring.
Charles, when they stop home, pulls Cameron close, hugging them and just admitting that he loves them, always has, always will. Cameron hugs him back, reciprocating the sentiment as they don't know where'd they'd be if Charles hadn't found them.
The two stay hugging for a little while before pulling away and getting out of the car, Charles asking if Cameron didn't bring up homework because they either didn't have any of it assigned or just don't want him to see. They did it all before book club. He asks about who they were talking to, as he doesn't recognize the student, then proceeds to tease Cameron about having a boy/girlfriend. Cameron is once again mortified and threatens to tell Galeforce.
The two laugh and go inside to prepare for dinner and for when Ruper and the twins arrive.
We close on Charles as he remembers his encounter with Henry and fights the urge to throw up, because he knows he doesn't want to join the clan. It slightly has to do with the fact that it feels wrong, but most of the answer lies in the fact that he knows what it's like to be without a parent and would never, EVER put Caneron through that.