There is a touch of violence to the Mab and Clyde relationship. I’ve mentioned this before in passing, but now I’m going to think a bit more. It is an important dynamic to how they operate and it’s not a common, or healthy, thing to add. At least when the people are mortal because it takes a really bizarre tone when it’s being done between immortals who can heal quickly. Still, I find it strange at how this came about organically and stuck for the long haul.
First, I did notice that there is a difference between when Mab strikes Clyde and the other way around. She definitely does it more often, which stems from her thinking that she couldn’t possibly kill him. This done either playfully or out of anger. In a way, Mab will punch Clyde before a wall because it takes more time to fix a hole in the wall than for him to regenerate a few ribs. There’s no malicious intent here and he deals with it to a point before he gives her a warning that he’s getting tired of the treatment. For his part, Clyde only does it when Mab is about to do something very dangerous and he can’t stop her with words. Locking her up won’t work because of her shadow abilities, so this turns into the only way he can stop her from causing trouble. Again, they take each other’s regenerative abilities for granted.
I have toned this down a lot since the beginning, but it turns up usually when Mab gets anger at Clyde. That’s going to be happening a lot as the series progresses for various reasons. Many people won’t like it because it is abusive. Yet, I also see how a pair of immortals wouldn’t think twice about this action. They aren’t delivering lethal blows or anything that can’t be healed in a matter of minutes. I’ve always found that giving a mortal mentality to immortals doesn’t work in all ways. They have different concerns and thoughts on diseases, injury, time, etc. If the couple is a fairly violent one by nature then this is a possibility, especially when this is presented as a bizarre, sado-masochistic style of flirting. Even so, I do have some trouble with parts of it and usually have it be that Mab is hitting Clyde.
Honestly, I might be making a mountain out of a molehill here. Nobody has mentioned this aspect of their relationship beyond stating that it’s kind of funny at parts. This takes on a slapstick type of reaction, which may be due to there being no permanent damage and their reaction isn’t one of pain. Normally, Clyde will sigh or just keep on talking as if he doesn’t have slash marks across his chest. Mostly because those marks will be gone before he finishes his next sentence. The incident comes and goes fairly quickly between them and they don’t revisit it. It’s almost like how we might do a gentle punch to the shoulder or a playful tickle. Only there’s blood being drawn.