A Gravity Falls Fan Fiction
The rain was doing very little to help Stan’s mood as he and Ford docked the Stan o’ War II in . . . wherever they were now. The older Pines twins have been sailing and exploring supernatural phenomena around the world for almost five years now, though they always returned to Gravity Falls every summer to spend time with Dipper, Mabel, and everyone else they left behind.
“Cheer up Stanley, Mabel said she and Dipper we’re sending us a care package, maybe we’ll get it when we check in” Ford smiled as they headed for a seaside hotel that they told everyone they were going to be staying at for a few days. “Yeah I guess you’re right” Stan shrugged. Something had been bothering him lately but he just didn’t know what it was, Stan wasn’t the best at expressing his feelings, still, he just couldn’t shake the feeling something terrible was going to happen.
Though he kept his feelings to himself as Ford had been in high spirits ever since he found some new species and started his fifth journal, he grabbed their bags while Ford checked in.
“Oh and was any mail delivered for Stanford or Stanley Pines?” Ford asked after the young woman at the counter handed him their room keys. “Let me check” she smiled happily “yep, there’s the big one, and this one arrived just this morning” she said handing Ford a box and a thick envelope.
“Hey you want to help me with these or not?” Stan snapped, but Ford seemed frozen in place “Hey did you hear me? it’s nearly eleven at night and we’ve been up for over twenty-four hours, I want to get some shut eye!”
Ford blinked and tucked the envelope into his pocket “oh, yeah, sure, I’ll help” he said grabbing his own suitcase as they headed up to their room.
“So what had you staring off into space?” Stan asked, feeling more comfortable once they were in the comfort of their own room. He couldn't help but smile as he looked at the box, which was clearly from Dipper and Mabel, as Mabel had taken the liberty of decorating the entire box with glitter and stickers. Stan missed those kids, he really did.
Ford hesitated “Let’s just open the one from the kids first” he said, Stan was suspicious, but he did want to know what the younger Pines twins sent, so they opened the glittering box and found some gifts from Dipper and Mabel, mainly things like sweets (which were a real treat when you’re out at sea) Mabel had given them each a sweater which had hand-stitched patches of their names on them, and some other little knick-knacks and memorabilia of what the kids had been up to, but on top was a letter address to them in Mabel’s handwriting:
Greetings Grunkles Stan and Ford!
How are you!
How have you been since we last talked!
Do you like the sweaters? They’re store bought but I put the patches on them!
Are you coming back to Gravity Falls for the summer!
When will you get there?
The paper then switched to Dipper’s handwriting, there was a line across the end of Mabel's question mark indicating he must’ve snatched it away from her.
We’re doing good, being a senior is nowhere near as hard as people made it seem to be (though I know Mabel’s still upset that any time she tried to burst into song people just told her to shut up) but she did end up getting noticed by the drama teacher and is now the lead in the school play this year. Oh and she wants you to know it’ll be videotaped if you want to watch it (not that she’ll give you a choice). She’s hoping it’ll be her big break and help push her through to this arts college she got accepted into.
As for me, I’m doing good, I was chosen to give a speech at our graduation, and I got accepted by several colleges but I’m still torn on which one I want to go to, but hopefully I’ll have made up my mind when we meet back up in Gravity Falls.
It went back to Mabel’s handwriting again:
Me and Dipper will be heading there as soon as we graduate, so don’t you dare be late, this is our last hurrah! and this summer will end on mine and Dipper’s eighteenth birthday! We can’t wait to see you!
I hope this summer last forever
Both twins looked to each other, they knew this had to be hard for Mabel and Dipper as this would be the first time they were truly drifting apart when they go off to separate colleges, “We’ll make it back to Gravity Falls by the time their graduation comes around” Ford said, but Stan seemed unsure. The last part of the letter was in Dipper’s handwriting:
We’ll keep in touch, you can always call us from whatever town you find yourselves in, and Great Uncle Ford, thanks for sending me your fourth journal after you finished it, it really helped me write my college admissions thesis. I just wanted to say that.
We can’t wait to see you both, and let’s make the best of this summer
Dipper and Mabel
There was also pictures of the younger twins inside both of them had grown up well. They still looked identical though the gender differences between the two had become a lot more obvious as Mabel had developed a more curvy body, the picture had her with her hair in a ponytail, wearing a skirt, beadazzled boots, and a tank top, as well as her Mabel-style accessories such as sparkly earrings, bracelets, a large necklace, and a bow in her hair.
Dipper was still rather skinny and slender for a boy, he was dressed casually in jeans, a solid-colored T shirt and, a jacket, but the picture had him holding a 1st place science fair trophy and looking oh so proud of himself.
“They really are growing up fast” Stan said looking over pictures.
“Yeah they are, they’re amazing kids” Ford said looking to his twin.
“What was in that envelope?” Stan asked seriously, Ford let out a sigh “I was going to tell you, but I wanted to know what it was for myself first” he said pulling out an envelope which had the logo for West Coast Tech for it's return address. “Isn’t that that pretentious university that . . . err . . .” Stan cut himself off, not wanting to relive the event that caused the biggest rift between him and his brother.
Ford didn’t say anything and opened the letter and read it to himself, “they want me to be a professor of paranormal studies and anomalies” he smiled, his face nearly lighting up, “Then do it” Stan said instantly.
Ford had gotten to know quite a lot about his brother as they caught up over the years, but that was not a response he saw coming, “what? Stanley-”
“Look I was the reason you didn’t get to go there when you were young, and I’m not going to be the reason you can’t go now, you would be an idiot not to go, and they'd be idiots not to take you.” Stan said firmly “but what about the Stan o’ War, and our studies-” Ford started to ask.
“Ford, we’re almost in our seventies, it has been a great ride while it lasted, but we can’t keep doing this forever, go, be a professor, they obviously took the time to track you down, and if it’s not what you want then leave on your terms” Stan said.
Ford thought for a moment “what about you?”
“Hey you know me, I can take care of myself, I’ll probably go back to Gravity Falls and help Soos run the Mystery Shack or move to whatever state one of the kids is going to be close to them, I’ll-I’ll be just fine” Stan said trying to sound a lot more confident than he felt.
“Well I still have until the middle of the summer to decide, let’s just focus on heading back to Gravity Falls” Ford said as he crawled into one of the beds in the room. “Yeah I guess so” Stan said and went to go take a shower before crawling into bed as well.
Things were changing, and Ford thought a lot about West Coast Tech. He now honestly believed Stanley when he said it was an accident that broke his machine all those years ago, but still couldn't help but think about how they had dismissed him so quickly, though he was probably just a name to them, one of thousands wanting to get in. He looked to the envelope and was starting to have flashbacks, but last time the story ended with him and Stan not talking for ten years. Ford had a lot to think about.
The next morning, before Ford woke up, Stan decided to call the Mystery Shack, to which Wendy answered the phone, “Hello, Mystery Shack” she said casually.
“Hey Wendy, it’s me, is Soos there?” Stan asked.
“Hey, Mr. Pines, no he’s not here, I’m managing the store until he and Pacifica get back” she replied
“Alright, well can you tell him-wait Pacifica?”
“Yeah didn’t you hear? Okay so her family went broke, as you know, though they’ve only gotten poorer over the years but apparently the thought of Pacifica needing financial aid for college is so disheartening to her parents that they made her get a job, so she works here now, and I got to tell you the girl is good, she can sell ice cream to an eskimo, she’s been a big help especially considering Soos tends to scare off any potential employees by accident” Wendy said.
“I see, well that’s good, you guys are . . . doing good” Stan sighed
“It’s still not the same without you” Wendy said sincerely.
“Thanks” Stan smiled “anyway, we should be back home by hopefully early June, so we’ll see you then”
“Yeah and then we’ll throw the two of you, and Dipper and Mabel the best welcome home party ever” Wendy smiled.
“Yeah, thanks” Stan said and hung up the phone.
Several months later, Stan and Ford were just now arriving on the coast of Oregon. It was already July 1st, Dipper and Mabel would’ve already been been back at Gravity Falls for two weeks now. “We’re almost there” Ford said, the two had done their fighting while at sea and they weren't going to fight now. It was a storm and a sea monster that delayed them and blew them off course, but none of that mattered now, the only thing they cared about was getting back home.
However as they returned to Gravity Falls things seemed . . . off, nobody greeted them, and everyone just went about their day like the older twins didn’t exist. Still, the people they cared about we’re most likely at the Mystery Shack, so that’s what they needed to focus on.
On the outside the Mystery Shack seemed just as they left it, heck it was even better as they fixed that S that kept falling down, the place looked cleaner and nicer, but on the inside things told a different tale.
The place was cold like nobody had been staying here for a while, or like they left in hurry. There was an open bag of chips on the couch, and something was in the middle of being rung up in the register. “Dipper? Mabel? If this is a surprise party you can come out and say it” Stan said running up to where the kids usually stayed when they came for the summer, but there was no sign that either of the younger twins had been there.
“Look, kids, we’re sorry we’re late, there was this thing with this sea monster and we got off course and-” Stan cut himself off and resisted the urge to cry as there was no sign of them.
“Stanley, I think we need to get out of here” Ford said grabbing Stan’s shoulder, “Something’s not right here” he said
“Oh good on you Fordsie, always on the ball” a voice said, a voice that was all too familiar.
“Bill!” Ford gasped
“You!” Stan yelled
The one eyed triangled demon then appeared in the doorway “yep, me, good to see you guys again, nice to know the ocean didn’t kill you and make things even more boring” Bill said.
“How are you back? we destroyed you!” Ford yelled, “not all of me, oh come on, didn’t you think it was even the least bit coincidental that Stanley suddenly got all of his memory back so quickly?” Bill said,
Ford and Stan looked at each other, in truth neither of them thought that much about it, they counted it as luck and moved on. “Your mind survived because I allowed it to. I’m still here, I was severely weakened for a long time, and for years I had no physical form but still had to listen to every boring, worthless, human go about their lives, oh it was the worst torture I could imagine, but over time I grew stronger, I don’t have the power to unleash Weirdmageddon again, but I will, I just need to-” Bill then got up in Ford’s face “LEAVE GRAVITY FALLS!” he yelled.
“Never!” Ford snapped, pushing him back.
Bill just smirked, he didn’t even have a mouth, but he smirked “alright, I guess we have to do this the hard way, I may not have the power to force you the fun way, but I still know your weakness Fordsie, I’ve cast an illusion on this entire town, nobody knows who you are, and since you identified everyone who could be a threat to me, I’ve made sure they're all as joyously miserable as possible!”
“Listen you one-eyed freak! What have you done with the kids!” Stan yelled.
“Well let me put things in perspective” Bill said, “Shooting Star had a hard fall, Spectacles can no longer see, Llama is left with nothing, Stitched Heart is hanging by a thread, Ice is slowly melting, Question Mark won’t believe a thing you say, Pentagram can’t predict anything, and Pine Tree . . . belongs to me” Bill said simply.
“I’ll kill you!” Stan yelled but Ford held him back.
“This can end here, Ford, just tell me how to leave Gravity Falls and take Weirdmageddon global and you can rule too, you can have your family beside you, or don’t, but if you want to get to me, you’ll have to go through your own family, is it really worth it? Think about it!” Bill said chuckling to himself as he left.
“This is all my fault” Stan said “no you can’t go blaming yourself, It was my fault Bill became that powerful in the first place” Ford said.
“We need to get the kids back, we need to get everyone together and hold hands and use that Zodiac thing to defeat Bill once and for all!” Stan said firmly, “yes, but you heard what he said, nobody knows who we are” Ford countered trying to speak rationally. “Then we make them remember us! By any means necessary!” Stan yelled.
“We can’t just go around kidnapping children, Stanley!” Ford said grabbing his brother’s shoulder again “look I don’t like it any more than you do but if we are going to beat Bill then we have to play his game, fortunately, I have a plan, Mabel. With her magnetic personality she can convince anyone to at least hear us out, we just need to focus on getting her to remember” Ford said.
“Alright, we should go check the hospitals and see if she’s okay” Stan said emotionlessly “hospitals?” Ford questioned. “Had a hard fall, Stanford, what does that sound like to you?” Stan snapped. “Well not everything has to be literal, you could fall emotionally, financially, or-” Ford shut up as Stan had that determined look on his face.
“Alright, let’s go try and find Mabel and we’ll start at the hospital” Ford said as they got their stuff together. Stan nodded and lead the way, he was quiet, though his mind was racing, with only one thought running through his mind: Mabel, Dipper, please be alright.