"Dad, I --"
Something snaps inside Verdant, and the force he expected to use for a rebuke manifests itself as a fist instead. By the time he realizes and phases out, he's nearly made contact with his son's face; his hand passes through Mantis's head like water and pulls back clean.
Mantis is screaming anyway, sprinting out of the room as Verdant crumples. What did he just do? He just wanted to remind the kid about what a closed door meant. How could he --
Mercy's going to kick him out, Verdant realizes. Mercy's going to kick him out, and he deserves it.