A Mother’s Love | Russell Adler Headcanons
A/N: So these are just some headcanons on how Adler’s mom was, I initially was going to put it in my mother’s day post about the entire safehouse gang, but it ended up being too long because I got pretty caught up in all of it. Sorry not sorry lmao
“A mother’s arms are more comforting than anyone else’s.” - Diana, Princess of Wales
Warnings: Strong language, mentions of domestic violence, childhood trauma, parental death.
^^ Gif not mine!! Made by @bi-ta from this post!
🚬 Aw, what a mama’s boy. If there is one person in the world Adler loves, it’s definitely his mom. Her name was Lucille, but everyone just called her Lucy. In fact, although Adler isn’t really planning on having children, he’d name his daughter after her.
🚬 His mother died back in ‘71 in a car crash and he misses her a lot. The only time he could remember sobbing uncontrollably, feeling that unbearable grief was the day of her funeral. That was the only time he ever cried in public as well.
🚬 But he doesn’t like to think of that. In his darkest moments, one of the things that he clings onto for comfort is remembering the way she held and comforted him, shielded him from his father, and gave him everything she had.
🚬 Nobody could comfort him him in the way his mother could. He could still distinctly remember the smell of her perfume while she’d hug him whenever he was upset -- no matter how stupid it was.
🚬 Or her smile, he remembers her always being sad when Adler was a child, but damn, it was always a welcome sight to see her laugh and smile on those rare occasions. It was a reminder that things would be okay.
🚬 She was just so goddamn selfless and strong. Strong in a way that Adler could never hope to be. His father was a sleazy, drunken, cheating bastard who’d always come home in the wee hours of morning ready to fight whoever was there to suffer his rage and she always made sure it was never Adler.
🚬 His mother would hide him away and tell him to cover his ears, but Adler could always hear it. But never once, no matter how old he was, did she ever let his father lay a hand on him. Over her dead body.
🚬 Sometimes he wish she didn’t force himself in between them while he watched her flinch in pain as while she’d cover the bruises with make up.
🚬 Divorce in the U.S was not the same as we know it today, and thus was not an option, as every time she attempted to file she was shot down as such a thing would require mutual consent. It’s a sad reality that most women during this time who were trapped in abusive marriages didn’t have a way out 9/10 times.
🚬 So, she kept Adler out of the house as much as possible, forcing him to play as many sports as possible and as many clubs in school as time would allow. It was her way of keeping him out of a broken home. He hated it as a kid, but grew to become grateful for it.
🚬 That’s also the reason she was so adamant about him joining in the military and getting as far away as possible from that god-forsaken town. She missed him a lot though, and wrote him as much as possible.
🚬 Adler missed her too and during Vietnam, there was a 50/50 chance you could find him writing a long, painfully detailed letter to her. Whenever he was back home, Adler was always with his mother. The two were inseparable.
🚬 She taught him everything he knew about life and how to navigate it, including how to treat women. It’s this old-fashioned type of chivalry that he wished his mother was treated with by men other than himself.
🚬 One surefire way to see Adler smile is watching him remember the person she was after his dad died in ‘59. She transformed overnight, always happy, always smiling. That’s the mom he prefers to remember her by and can’t help but wonder if that was what she was like before his father came along.
🚬 He’ll forever hate his father for many reasons, but especially for stealing that part of her for so long. What he would have given to grow up with his mother having always been like that.
🚬 In 1962, he bought her a modest yet nice home with what little money he had in the suburbs located a little while out of Arlington, Virginia. It was to get her out of his childhood home.
🚬 Searching for the place with her was one of his favorite memories.
🚬 “You don’t have to do this, sweetheart. I know you’re strapped for cash and-” His mom said, but Adler was quick to shut that down.
🚬 “You deserve it, mama.”
🚬 He’s still paying the mortgage on the damn thing but it was well worth it. Adler doesn’t really stay there though whenever he’s back home, it reminds him too much of her but he can’t find it in him to sell or rent it out.
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