Well, I really wanted to write a mini-fic about the moment Scrooge finds out that he is, in fact, Webby’s biological father, and that F.O.W.L. created her to find the Papyrus of Binding for them. After all, Bradford didn’t include those details in his villain speech, and Scrooge probably just figured Webby wanted to start calling him “Dad,” because he’s the closest thing to a father she’s ever known.
The more I tried to write it, though... I dunno, I couldn’t quite get it the way I wanted. Ever had that happen with a story or a drawing? I feel like I’ve lost my edge, or my style. Maybe I should re-read my old stuff to get back on track. Not only that, but writing a fic focused around a character or characters explaining something to another character we, the audience, already knows, can feel sort of repetitive and cheesy.
At any rate, I wanted to at least share some thoughts I had with you about the kind of scene I imagine.
Putting the Sunchaser/Cloudslayer back together was probably a team effort that took a while, and in that time, Scrooge may have found a moment to ask Webby what made her want to start calling him “Dad.” He doesn’t immediately believe her when she tries to explain. Beakley admits to Scrooge it’s true Webby was a F.O.W.L. creation she rescued, but even she seems shocked at the part about her being made from Scrooge’s DNA. Scrooge asks Webby if this is something she heard from Bradford, but she says she heard it from Ludwig Von Drake. At that point, Scrooge and Beakley scan the courtyard, find him, and take off to question him about it.
Ludwig explains/confirms everything, and as Webby listens to his explanation of Bradford’s plan again and it sinks in just how close he was to succeeding because of her, she grows emotional and tries to apologize to Scrooge. She didn’t mean to help Bradford.
But Scrooge is only half-listening. He’s so overcome with emotion he falls to his knees in the sand in front of her, and begins to see features of his relatives in her face he’s never noticed before... his mother’s forehead, the little wave at the bottom of her short hair like Matilda’s... and as he places his hands on her temples and runs them down her cheeks until he’s cupping her face in his hands, he finally realizes her eyes look just like his did at her age, albeit with fuller lashes.
It’s like he’s seeing her for the first time.
He thinks back to when he did see her for the first time, and how he did feel an instant paternal affection for her, but at the same time, she reminded him too much of Della, and also the great-nephews Donald had taken from him who’d be about her age. It was too painful, and he wound up ignoring Webby for the first ten years of her life.
He and Webby both wind up weepy, sniffly messes of love, regret, and forgiveness as they hug.
And I can only imagine what Della’s reaction would be if she came over to ask what was going on. “Webby’s our... cousin?! WE HAVE A BABY COUSIN?!?!” She’d lift Webby off the ground in a tight hug, swinging her back and forth a little like a ragdoll. “AHH SWEET BABY ANGEL COUSIN!!! Where’s Donald? DONALD! SHE’S OUR COUSIN!!!” And she’d like awkwardly and clumsily walk away still holding Webby so Donald can join in the cousin hugs. And as cute as Scrooge finds her reaction, he’s not quite done absorbing the information himself and would really appreciate it if Della didn’t walk off with Webby just yet. XD
Beakley would be speechless. To think she’d been raising Scrooge’s daughter all this time... it would certainly make sense of a lot of things. But the odds of being the one to find “April,” when she was such a close friend and ally of Scrooge himself... and she went to Scrooge because of who he was to her, not who he was to the baby she found. She didn’t think he was anyone to the baby. But she’d brought Webby straight to her own father and none of them had any idea.
It’s a lot of information for everyone to take in, and they’d all process it in different ways. But regardless of Bradford’s evil scheme, they’re all grateful to have Webby in their lives, and happy for her to have found out the man she’s idolized her whole life is her dad.
Maybe I’ll still be able to write all this out in a proper fic one day, but I just wanted to share my vision at least. I want there to be this sweet parallel between the moment Scrooge finally finds out Webby’s his daughter and the moment Della met Dewey. And I want Louie to be recording the whole thing on his phone. lol