Hey! Do you think Percy was physically abused by Gabe? I do, and it's heavily implied that he was, but I wanted your opinions bc your blog is perfection. You made me love dark!percy and slytherin!percy, btw (Bye, bye, badge cinnamon roll Percy) <3
Now, I completely and entirely believe that Percy was physically abused by Gabe. I had to get out my books for this cause nothing bothers me more when people try to downplay Percy’s abuse.
“Whenever I was home, he expected me to provide his gambling funds. He called that our ‘guy secret.’ Meaning, if I told my mom, he would punch my lights out.”
Woah, woah, woah. Let me repeat that. “He would punch my lights out.” Yeah, for some reason I can’t just take that line as an exaggeration or joke, especially since child abuse should never be exaggerated or joked about. I think it was heavily implied that whenever Percy quote-on-quote ‘messed up’ in Gabe’s eyes, he would get hit, punched, or knocked around to whatever extreme Gabe saw fit as punishment.
And something else that stands out. “Our ‘guy secret.’” This a commonly used line used by abusers of all sorts. The ‘our little secret’ is often said as to ensure that kids won’t go telling on them and is a form of manipulation.
“He raised his hand, and my mother flinched.”
It’s already canon that Gabe was abusing Sally’s mother, so I really wouldn’t put it past him to hit Percy as well, since Gabe’s dislike of the kid was so strong and obvious whenever they were near each other. I felt like Percy had the mentality that if he took the abuse quietly and let Gabe take out his frustrations on him, then there would be nothing left for his mother. Obviously that wasn’t the case.