Rating: Green Cortina
Warnings: allusions to domestic abuse
Notes: Gene backstory. Inspired by the Larkin poem (They fuck you up, your mum and dad...)
Gene sat at the top of the stairs, shoulders tensed and feet planted firm on the step, ready to bolt should his father open the door and emerge from the bedroom. Gene was listening for the tell-tale sounds of slaps and muffled crying. He felt unwilling to leave his mother alone to face this every night, but also knew he couldn’t prevent what was happening to her. Protecting and damning in the same moment. No life for a seven year old, but Gene didn’t know that yet. Even if his mother never knew, he would stay there with her, vigilant.