GLOOMVERSE THEORY: Wallis DOES NOT want Harold living on the streets!
I recently got this ask on my Wallis askblog ( @askwallisgloom ) and I decided that since this is something I feel… Pretty passionately about, I’d write up my thoughts on it!! As always, this is just MY theory, it may or may not be canon, only CQ can say that! So, here we go-
Wallis does not want Harold living on the streets.
their differences and arguments, Wallis and Harold do love each other.
Seeing his little brother out on the streets would probably hurt Wallis a
Personally, I believe that Wallis HAS tried to get Harold to
live with him before, but Harold… Really, really does not like
accepting help. Probably because he thinks he’s a burden or something.
This is shown here:
Where Harold is visibly uncomfortable at Assy offering to buy him stuff.
So Harold has PROBABLY declined offers for help- ESPECIALLY from Wallis, someone he might feel a lot of guilt around- before.
As a more… Obvious pointer, though, please follow me through this look into the finer details~!!
We can see here that Harold stole $400. Enough money, in Wallis’ humble opinion, to need to be paid back- And how he does that is, of course, by forcing Gloom to work for him.
Now is a fantastic time to point out that Wallis has an unlimited supply of workers, it’s not like he NEEDS the extra help. He’s also a brilliant actor.
Moving on, we have this:
Assistant’s weekly paycheck is $600- $200 whole dollars more than what Harold stole. And in Wallis’ own words- “Whatevs. It’s not even that much.”
So, we can deduce two things from this. 1. If Wallis doesn’t think $600 is much, he certainly wouldn’t think $400 is a lot. 2. Harold would have completely paid off his debt by now, and yet, Wallis hasn’t made any indication that he wants Harold gone.
Those are the basics, but for a deeper look, I’d like to point you in the direction of this interaction:
Wallis hasn’t been working Harold very hard at all. In fact, the worst he’s done, is force Harold to be more HEALTHY. If he was truly upset about his money being stolen purely for the fact his money was gone, wouldn’t you think Wallis would be working him WAY harder??
If we take into consideration that for the most part, Harold MAY have some form of depressive disorder- Or at the very least, is stuck in a rut in his life- Wallis forcing him to be active and do something is probably the best thing he could do. Keep in mind that Wallis has 3 definite layers to his personality:
1. Flashy angry show persona, the main one we see throughout the comic. 2. Less flashy, normal, “I think I’m pretty great” persona. 3. The ‘real’ him, who doesn’t think he’s very good at all, and probably has a few self esteem issues.
I think it’s… Fairly safe to assume that anything Wallis does shouldn’t be taken at face value, since he’s buried his real feelings so deep down. This in mind, it’s very plausible that Wallis’ true intentions to HELP his brother are cleverly hidden by a guise of “Wanting to be repaid”- Something that fits his top, and foremost, persona.
Moving on from this, we have this exchange:
This is proof that Harold’s condition and situation has been on Wallis’ mind for longer than he lets on. Wallis always has trouble articulating how he feels, so for this interaction to even HAPPEN is a show of how much this means to him- Even if he does run away from the conversation before it can be continued.
Wallis was mad that Harold stole his money, yes- But he wasn’t mad that he was down $400.
He was upset that Harold didn’t think he could just ASK for help.
Honestly, I believe that Wallis’ anger towards Harold was just misdirected anger at HIMSELF- After all, who was it that separated himself from his brother? Who was it that made Harold’s limbs disappear? Who was it that saw, with his own innocent eyes, his brother scream for him to get away?
Here we can see that Wallis notices that Harold is upset by this on a personal level, and is probably… Projecting a bit onto Assistant. He immediately moves forward to try and remedy the situation, and ‘comfort’ his brother to the best of his ability.
…On a more speculative note, you could see this as Wallis indirectly promising Harold that he’d help him, too.
Harold and Wallis love each other. They have their disagreements, and they have things that they don’t like about each other, but when it comes down to it they only want the best for the other. Neither of them is a “bad guy”- They’re just two kids that happen to be a victim of circumstance.
And Wallis absolutely would not want his brother living on the streets.
what she means:
He straightened and turned to find Andrew had shifted closer. There was nowhere for Neil to stand except up against Andrew, but somehow Neil didn't mind. They'd been apart for seven weeks but Neil keenly remembered why he'd stayed. He remembered this unyielding, unquestioning weight that could hold him and all of his problems up without breaking a sweat. For the first time in months he could finally breathe again. It was such a relief it was frightening; Neil hadn't meant to lean on Andrew so much.