She never complained or got mad. But I know all of the situations I kept finding myself in at school was hard on her. Finally, she married Gabe Ugliano, who was nice the first thirty seconds we knew him, then showed his true colors as a world class jerk.
When he first came into our lives I nick named him Smelly Gabe. I'm sorry, I know I should be above name calling by now, but it's the truth. The guy reeks like moldy garlic pizza wrapped in gym shorts. It's suffice to say me and Smelly Gabe don't get along. And unfortunately our interactions probably weren't doing mom any favors. He tries to intimidate me and I wind up nearly beating him to a pulp. That intimidates him for a little bit, but I guess he has memory problems because every time I come home from school for the summer he tries it again.
Take what happened as soon as I walked through the door as an example. I walked into our little apartment, hoping mom would be home from work. Instead, Smelly Gabe was in the living room, playing poker with his buddies. The television blared ESPN, chips and beer cans were strewn all over the carpet.
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My eyes narrowed as I said "Don't sound so disappointed. He looked like a tusk-less walrus in thrift store clothes. He had about three hairs on his head, all combed over his bald scalp, as if that made him handsome or something. Smelly Gabe looked up and his own eyes narrowed as he said "Watch your tone boy. And for your information, she's at work. The one time Gabe actually tried that I had him on the floor with his arm bent behind him less than a pound's weight of pressure away from breaking.
Gabe's poker buddies, Eddie our superintendent and two other guys I never bothered learning the name of both looked up from their cards. Meanwhile I resolved to myself to go sage as soon as I had some privacy and locate my mom before anything could happen to her. I began walking to my room as I said "Yeah, but you can't have it. If you can't keep what money you earn and actually use it for something useful than why should I give you mine? Gabe actually growled as he said "Somebody expects to live under this roof, he ought to carry his own weight, don't you think boy?
When was the last time you actually worked at your job? Gabe manages the Electronics Mega-Mart in Queens, but he stays home most of the time. I don't know why he hasn't been fired yet. He just keeps collecting paychecks, spending the money on cigars that made me nauseous and on beer of course. He keeps expecting me to provide for his gambling funds, and I keep shooting him down. The guy never learns. Gabe stood up and grabbed my arm as I passed him, tight. Growling, he said "You'll give me the proper respect I deserve boy.
Meanwhile Gabe's other two buddies passed gas at the same time. I looked down at the hand that was on my arm before I looked back up at Gabe's face and said "I would have thought you would have learned by now Gabe , that you really shouldn't touch me like that. Not satisfied with just that, I sent a palm thrust into his gut getting a satisfying "Oomph" out of him as he fell back into his seat.
Gabe stared at me with rage in his eyes but I was beyond caring.
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I had a bunch of monsters that could be tracking me down right at this moment and this walrus in cheap clothing was really ticking me off. So when he began to get back up to try and hit me, I glared at him while I blasted him with twenty percent of my killing intent which made him literally wet himself as his eyes widened in a type of fear that he couldn't explain. I leaned in so that there was only a foot between our faces and said in my Hokage voice "Now you listen to me. I don't care if mom did marry you. If you ever try to touch me like that again, I'll send you to the permanent ward of the hospital, am I clear?
I upped my killing intent another two percent at the end showing I was dead serious and he swallowed before nodding. I dropped my killing intent back to zero as I headed to my room once again and closed the door in a firm manner that while not quite slamming the door, did get my point across.
Once in my room which was Gabe's 'study' while I was away, I noticed that he had once again spread his disease of being a complete slob into this room as well. The thought of Gabe actually studying anything other than old car magazines made me snort before I made three clones who quickly got to work literally throwing everything that was Gabe's into a big pile in a corner of the room.
Meanwhile, I found a spot that didn't have old cigar butts or beer cans on the floor and began gathering the necessary natural chakra to enter sage mode. As soon as I felt my senses get an exponential boost I sent them out looking for a familiar presence. I sighed in relief as I felt that presence entering the building. Knowing that my mother would be here soon, I switched to trying to find any presences that didn't seem human. I didn't sense anything in range so I let the sage mode go with another sigh before I helped my clones throw the last of the stuff in the corner and dismissed them.
The smoke from the clones being dispersed hadn't been gone for more than a couple of minutes before I heard my mother's voice. I suddenly felt all of the tension leave my body and I smiled. A trait both of my mothers shared in common was making me feel good just by me being near their presences.
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Sally Jackson was most definitely a person who you could only find maybe once in a lifetime. Her eyes sparkle and change color in the light and her smile is as warm as a quilt. She's got a few gray streaks mixed in with her long brown hair, but you would never think of her as old. And when she looks at you, it's like she's seeing all the good things about you, none of the bad. I've never heard her raise her voice or say an unkind word to anyone, not even to me or Gabe. You've grown since Christmas!
She'd brought me a huge bag of 'free samples' the way she always did when I came home. She smiled and led me to the edge of the bed. She allowed me to attack a blueberry sour string as she ran her hand through my hair. I leaned into the touch always enjoying when she did that since I never got the chance to experience it with Kushina. When I finished with the sour string she demanded that I tell her everything that I hadn't put in my letters.
She didn't mention anything about my getting expelled although she was proud of how I had once again managed to get straight A's all throughout the year including in Latin class. What she wanted to talk about now was if I was alright or not. I smiled as I told her that I was fine even as I thanked Kami for the hundredth time for choosing me to come here and myself for agreeing to it. Growing up I never had a mother worry over me like this. The only one who came close was Tsunade but it wasn't the same. Oh sure, there were Ayame and Shizune as well, but they were more like sisters than mothers to me.
And having an actual mother who cared about you more than anything else was probably one of the greatest things in my life. Sometimes I could only wonder why some kids didn't truly enjoy the time they spent with their mothers. I know that if I had lived this life first with her and then had to live my first life without a mother afterwards I'd probably go insane.
I was brought out of those thoughts by Gabe who yelled "Hey, Sally-how about some bean dip, huh? I gritted my teeth as the urge to shove a rasengan right up that guy's ass made its presence known for the thousandth time since I met the guy. Sally Jackson was the nicest lady in the world. She should've been married to a millionaire who actually cared about her, not to some jerk like Gabe. For her sake, I put in as much of an upbeat tone into my year at Yancy as I could without telling a lie. I told her that I had actually managed to get through the whole school year without something blowing up and me getting blamed for it.
I'd made a new friend, and I'd loved Latin class. And really, the fights hadn't been as bad as the Headmaster said. The teachers just had rose tinted glasses when it came to some of the other students. Thanks to my previous life as a shinobi I didn't give away my true thoughts as I said "Yeah, we went to the Metropolitan Museum and looked at their Greek and Roman exhibits. I couldn't help myself, I grinned like the blond dead last I had been at the academy as I said "Montauk?
I wanted to punch him. Here he was acting like she was his slave when he could just go into the refrigerator and get some of the stuff instead of coming to my room. I knew that would make mom mad though. Still, I had officially reached the end of my rope so instead I gritted my teeth and let loose with my killing intent and knocked the fat slob unconscious. Gabe's eyes suddenly rolled into the back of his head and he fell backward into the hall landing with a solid sounding thump. My mom's eyes grew wide from surprise and she began staring between me and Gabe.
I couldn't really blame her since I had never used killing intent around her. She finally settled on looking at me with an unidentifiable look in her eyes. I shifted my gaze to mom and smiled as I said "Gabe should really lose some weight don't you think? All this summer heat isn't good for overweight guys. You go ahead and get changed. We can leave a note for him when he wakes up. She started to say something but I closed her mouth with my pointer finger before I grabbed my suitcase that I hadn't unpacked yet and began pulling it into the hallway.
Meanwhile, Eddie had come to see what the weird sound was and was staring at Gabe with a confused look as he muttered to himself "He doesn't look dead. His body just couldn't handle the heat and so he lost consciousness. I'd put him under a fan and damp cloth if I were you.
As I passed my room I saw that mom was still staring with that confused look causing me to shake my head and knock on the door frame to snap her out of it. She jumped before she looked at me and said "Percy, what-".
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Ten minutes later we were out on the road and I reclined into my seat even as I made sure that I could still sense anything that came even remotely close to unfriendly that came near us. As mom drove she kept sending glances my way but otherwise kept all of her attention on the road. Sally gave me another glance and she seemed to hesitate before she said "Tell me the truth Percy.
Did you make Gabe faint? I smirked and said "Yeah. I've been wanting to do that for years. Should have knocked the seiuchi out when I first met him. You're going to have to do some serious apologizing when we get back. Mom sighed before she seemed to choose another topic and said "You've said you've wanted to do that for a while. Can you do other things besides knock people out without touching them?
I could hear both curiosity and a trace of expectation in her voice, like she already had an idea and just wanted confirmation and specifics. I bit my lip as I debated with myself what I should tell her. On one hand, I had just confirmed that I wasn't exactly normal. On the other hand, I wasn't ready to tell my mom that I was a hundred and ten year old shinobi who could most likely completely level New York city within twenty four hours. But then again I had a bunch of ancient Greek monsters after me and my mom deserved to know about that even if I planned on protecting her so well that the creeps wouldn't get within a square mile of her if I could help it.
Finally, I sighed as I said "Mom, I'm not exactly normal. I could feel her frowning before she said "Percy. It doesn't matter to me if you are normal or not. You're still my son. You know you could have told me about this. Face it mom, me being able to knock anybody out without touching them and being able to make water do whatever I want it to isn't exactly something that is supposed to be possible in the real world. It's more like something out of a comic book. I sensed that she knew something about what I could do and why when it came to manipulating water and I was hoping I could get her to tell me about it.
At the very least she could probably confirm my crazy suspicions of who my father actually was. Although I wasn't looking forward to that particular meeting if I was right about one of those theories. I was about to ask her what that meant since in this world there were absolutely no other chakra users here.
Kami had been quite clear on that. However, something told me that this conversation was over and I looked back forward as our car continued down the interstate. Our rental cabin was on the south shore, way out at the tip of Long Island. It was a little pastel box with faded curtains, half sunken into the dunes. There was always sand in the sheets and spiders in the cabinets, and most of the time the sea was too cold to swim in if you weren't covered in polar bear fur.
I still loved the place. We'd been going there since I was a baby. My mom had been going even longer. She never exactly said, but I knew why the beach was special to her. It was the place where she'd met my dad. As we got closer to Montauk, she seemed to grow younger, years of worry and work disappearing from her face. Her eyes turned the color of the sea. We got there at sunset, opened all the cabin's windows, and went through our usual cleaning routine.
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