Bennett is Sam's father. God, that guy is a fucking douche. Yeah, being dumped out to the pasture (literally) by giving his mother no choice in their empty marriage was an awful fate to hand over to the kid, but in a way he's kind of grateful that his parents aren't together anymore... They're both kind of pushy and annoying in different ways, but Bennett seems by far the more shitty parent, indicated by what little time they've spent together. At least he sometimes used to pay for things he wanted, growing up...? 🤷♀️ Nowadays Sam wisely keeps dear old dad close at bay to crash on his couch or ask for help getting connections for job prospects. And, ahem, still get him to pay for things. Sometimes.
Despite Sam being a whiz-kid and being so capable, Bennett just doesn't think about him all that often. When he does, he's very proud, of course, but, well... Sam's got his own life, and has never been very receptive to other people, much less him. Maybe he deserves that. Ben does try to make up for it by being as available as he can be, financially and physically, now that Sam lives much closer... They still don't see each other that often, though.
Connor's always gotten along with Bennett more than anyone else, somehow. They are pretty different from one another, but it's obvious Ben exercises patience toward Connor's questions and thoughts-- and Connor can kinda tell that Ben gets where he's personally coming from without saying a thing. There's something underlying in their connection that makes it hard for Connor to call them JUST friends...
Ben doesn't exactly like that Connor's a bit nosy for no good reason, but he understands the kid has endless energy he wants to get out. And besides, Connor knows quite a bit about Node, and it's satisfying to hear the relays when he can get Connor to focus enough and spill. Bennett often makes up for his transgressions of personal gain by hanging out with the kid in what little free time he has, trying to get to know him further.
Connor is a really cute guy! Having a guy like Connor around really brings ease to Tori's mind. He loves having someone who's more childish around, who he can have fun with, but Connor also brings out his mature side too because he's gotta look out for him
David is a really cool 'old guy' and Connor loves asking all the tough questions-- like "what's your favorite color" and "have you ever committed a heinous felony while on duty with no other option?" Whenever Connor spots David, he's quick to beeline over to that huge figure and kick back with twenty questions.
[AU] Man, they really vibe with each other. It's not like they have to try, on account of... Well, not talking at all in each other's presence, sometimes. Though when they do talk, it seems to all flow very simply and nicely, no stress. Sam appreciates Callahan, thinks he's a smart guy!
[AU] It's always nice to be treated kindly by pure humans. Sam doesn't think twice about who or what Callahan is, instead focusing on the engineering aspects of vessels and helpful tools, which is right up Callahan's alley. They work in PEACEFUL silence often; it just seems like Sam "gets" Cal better than anyone else has.
[AU] He was subtle with the flirting at first, trying to gauge Node's reaction, he never expected it to go anywhere and was beyond excited when found out he was into it too! He can't help but feel proud of himself, being able to gain the older man's attention, and though he knows he shouldn't take it too far he just loves pushing his buttons and teasing him a bit. (He gets so excited whenever Node uses that stern tone of voice with him.) And the fact that they're keeping their relationship a secret from their families makes it all the more exciting and fun. (Mav always ""tries"" not to call him Daddy whenever Johnny is around...)
[AU] Maverick can work under Node's skin and claim so much of his time, not that Node would care to admit it. Node is a bit stubborn and prideful in wanting to appear as put together as possible in front of the brat; their relationship is tenuously built upon teasing and a false sense of carelessness, and he intends to get the last word every time-- he likes to extend what little power he has by acting as another (much more warped) father-figure to Maverick. Sometimes the old man is positive the kid is just gonna chew him up and spit him out one of these days, despite trying to hold on to him. [And, jeez, don't tell his cousin Johnny that he's messing around with one of his wannabe 'nephews'...]
There's something about Lu that is kind of scary, to Chance... But they sure know how to show their gratitude...! It really wasn't a big deal to show some kindness and mercy to someone down and out-- though, he's not going to look a gift-horse in the mouth, hah..
[AU] Roman has a hard time coming to terms with Jackie's attitude sometimes; surprisingly, justifying the money Jack makes when he gets so many injuries doesn't make it worthwhile... But that might just be Roman's heart crying out for the guy. He seems to always fall for the most untouchable guys...!
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.