Connor is a big cutie with a big heart. Most guys can be pretty boring, but Connor knows how to have a good time without trying so hard. It really was a shock to learn he was a lawyer! ...And it also made their friendship get a little... off kilter.
Ohhhh boy. Now HERE'S someone Connor KNOWS he shouldn't be associating with. But, the weird thing is, Roman's actually a really great guy under all the greediness...? It's super hard to explain. And, er, in turn, most of their relationship is easy to explain, but Connor will plead the fifth.
"Why does my dad hang out with all the cool guys? It's so weird..." Beside this nagging tidbit, Travis really likes Connor! He's so dedicated to his work, but you'd never know when he's not, you know, at work. He's a really chill, funny guy. Not that Travis would ever admit it, er, unless Connor was okay with it, but... He's really hot...! So built, so smart, and so much fun... Whew! I guess you could say Connor is kind of a dreamboat, haha. But seriously... why be friends with Node, of all people?
Travis?? Node's kid? He's so funny. Now THERE'S someone he can understand! Maybe he's getting a bit older to be having a friend like Travis... Like, jeez, when he was the guy's age, he was already hustling to get his attorney's badge (and what does Travis do for a living, anyway)... But at the same time, it's really fun to let down his hair and be goofy with someone as equally goofy. Total breath of fresh air.
Connor's got a babyface and an immature attitude-- not really his type (if you can say that he has one when he's normally impartial), but at least they get along okay. It's better than Node can say for, oh, literally ALL of his other coworkers... Connor's approach to anything is kind of infuriating, in that he does not. drop. a single. tidbit. Node tries his best to keep his business to himself while still giving the kid a scrap or two.
'Node' is a really fun guy-- Connor means that in an ironic manner, or at least, he used to... After a while he kind of took pity on Tano and got to know him better (if you can say that). Connor had been annoying enough, always bugging the old guy just 'cause he was always at his desk. They don't have much in common..? But that's okay! Sometimes it's nice to have company, Connor thinks. He likes asking Node all sorts of stories about where he's been and what he's done, but he never seems to let on as much as maybe he could.
Ryuzuo's an old grouchy thug. This is exactly the kind of person Node likes to avoid at all costs-- there doesn't need to be TWO assholes complaining that the world is stacked against him. But... Well, at least they can understand one another. Sometimes, anyway. ...It's just better to steer clear of the guy. Maybe.
Node is an annoying, cocky asshole, and for some reason, Sorata finds him undeniably charming. But he won't give him that satisfaction of knowing that though.
They clash in the best way possible.
He loves him to pieces.
"Just how young do they let them in these days?" Sorata is one of Node's coworkers. They don't see eye-to-eye on a lot (and even when they do, they still fuss and fight), but their chemistry is intense, and that alone keeps Node from completely lashing out at the kid. That, and... Well.. It's kind of hard to look away from Sorata. He's very handsome and very well built. ...He sometimes wonders how it's physically possible that the uniform hasn't been ripped to shreds under all that thick muscle the boy's been graced with.
Node? What a damn tool. He's so overprotective of his own son that he doesn't even give a shit about. And just because he's a cop he thinks he's better than all the gangsters he works with! What a corrupt, double standard bastard.
It's safe to say that Yoto is a little pissed with Node. But he admits that the man can do work just fine and take orders. He's not bad at putting up a fight either.
Yoto is one of Node's 'coworkers' in his illegal dealings, and he didn't pay any attention to the short weirdo until Yoto started getting in his face, knowing all these intimate details about Node's personal life. Unsettled didn't even cut it. Yoto thinks he's such hot shit, and worse was that he knocked Node down a peg or two with a fistfight (he likes to think that he was caught off-guard)... He hopes to never see the smarmy cockroach again, going so far as to tell his son to stop messing around with guys like this with a heavy threat.
Node is a crooked cop who's got no loyalties to family or groups. While shin doesn't respect the man's morals, he does find him interesting. He can teach him a thing or two. Shin can tell that this old creep is just as twisted as himself.
Is Node dead or not...? Pop wants his head on a platter! So much for blood is thicker than water... Joey thinks Tano was pretty brave for sneaking off like he did; there's not a lot of family that held it against him, never sought him out after it was all said and done. But if Joey saw Tano now, he would be a little stunned. First, the kid was always pretty tall, but to know he turned into the fucking Jolly Green Giant is another story. Then time ravaged the hell out of that mug. The crux of Joey's feelings, however, lean toward betrayed-- and various negative things. How could Tano not say goodbye? Did he really not trust any of his siblings? It was harsh. On the other hand, Joey knows that this shit isn't a cakewalk, and everyone's lying to each other anyways. It's... Complicated. Yup.
Bah. Giuseppe was this pudgy little whiny punk. Node never got along with his siblings, but with Joe... They fought the most. Always sniping each other and getting into fist-fights, wrestling, etc. If they met now, Node wouldn't hesitate in giving the fucker a knuckle sandwich... A little for old time's sake, and a little because he knew the bastard would always stick with their family's awful 'tradition' through thick and thin. It doesn't feel good to know his hunch about his brother being a little wimpy ass-kisser was right, y'know.
Underneath all that flashy flirting, Node is painfully stubborn and a bit tetchy. He seems to tolerate Ro well enough, though, and it's nice to take things genuinely easy with someone. The boy knows his line of work doesn't leave a lot of room for friends... And while Node IS a a friend, it'd make more sense to admit that they have way too much tension to simply label one another as buddies. The temptation to go down the rabbit hole for something seemingly stable is always there, but Roman refuses to 'settle'... He does a good job not letting on to his deep considerations.
To be frank, one would think these two are a match made in heaven. But Roman hits Node's limit on how much he'd shell out (he has to make a living, and Ro wants triple that-- impossible for his means). Despite that big issue, he thinks of Roman as a friend constantly teetering the line toward something more serious. Maybe someday Ro will lower his standards, 'cause Node ain't gonna beg. But for now, the old cop knows he's being used; Roman makes it look and feel so good.
Gene doesn't really remember Tano all that much. He did remember when his big brother left, though! Everyone was so tore up about it. Or at least, that's what little Gene thought was happening. They were more mad than anything in all reality. He hasn't forgotten the man, and surely blood is thicker than water, but Gene couldn't possibly go against his family's wishes to get in touch with Tano.
If Node were ever to see Gino again, he would whack that little snot-nosed brat upside the head! He was such an awful kid! And worse was, he was always tasked to clean up after him! But beyond taking care of the babiest of his brothers, he still did love him. Not enough to miss for long, once the death threats and chases started happening. Even if it wasn't close to being Gino's fault or anything, it just wears on one to be under that heat, and Node has some bad feelings about the whole lot of his relatives now.
Shocking to no one, Travis is completely open with this rough-around-the-edges man and calls him 'dad' with no sense of shame or unsurety, despite barely knowing one another. It's hard to turn away family-- and besides, even though Tano is kind of grumpy, mean, and cold, he still shows he cares for Travis (er... Travis assumes, but kindly so).
Not even knowing Travis existed until the kid came to him at the ripe old age of 21, Node isn't entirely sure how to process this news, or this boy. It does not make ANYTHING better knowing Travis looks like he could be his clone. He is already easily annoyed by his son's inability to keep his big mouth shut, saying all sorts of shit nobody wants to hear. Surprisingly enough, Node already has a paternal sense for him, defending him from others, even though he does feel threatened by Travis' bumbling politeness (he thinks it could be a facade)...
Tano is Johnny's cousin! The guy acts like he's such hot shit for being a cop and avoiding the rest of their family. Johnny doesn't really care about any of it, he's just happy to keep in touch when they can. Can be an absolute blast to play street dice with, mostly because it means he'll be winning all of Tano's money.
Johnny baby is Node's cousin. About the only relative he can safely keep in touch with, and even then it's a cautious option whether or not to spend the time with him, since he's not exactly cut ties with the mob. Baby himself is hilarious and a lot of fun to be around, but Node can see himself getting tired of all the excitement that follows Baby easily.
Node works at the foodstand Shea visits the most. All those tricks he does with the utensils are actually pretty cool! One time, Node offered Shea a looooot of credits (don't ask why), and from that point on, Shea started to learn a little bit more about the 'droid. He's not very fun to be around, though, he's pretty... Dull.
Node is a spooky android that is apparently one of Travis' great, great, great-Aunt's creations. He didn't even know he had one of those! Regardless, it's hard to take the tall 'droid seriously. He's very dull and old-looking, and does not seem to be the bodyguard he said he once was. He's already kind of annoying, and acts like another parental figure, as if Travis didn't have too many as it is. But deep down, the young man is interested in his seemingly strong connection to this 'droid, and his family's past come back to life.
The feeling to protect was dusted off from his servos: his master's DNA screamed across his sensors when he barely saw a sliver of Travis' skin-- Node knew he was screwed. He knew he'd never be able to shake the feeling of needing to keep Travis safe; the feeling is probably similar to something like a father and child, but what does an android know about those kinds of things, right?