That would the symbol for the conjoined version of Mal Duncan and Firestorm after the Zeta Beam accident...
MANHATTAN - Recently, an anonymous campaign staffer from the Petrelli campaign leaked news, to BPD of a possible affair between congressional candidate Nathan Petrelli and his brother Peter.
"I always see Nathan hugging and touching Peter. He likes to put his hand on Peter’s shoulder and let it linger there," professes the staffer. "When Peter was in a coma, I accompanied Nathan to the hospital and saw him caress the guy’s cheek and then... kiss him. Those lips were on Peter way too long to be just brotherly love!" It was obvious the staffer was perturbed by the experience. “I mean I love my brother too, but all that kissing reeks of man love and southern Europe.”
"Peter's very good with his patients," comments Leslie, a coworker. "He does more hand-holding than the other nurses do."
A member of the Petrelli household staff, Rosa, comments, "I rarely see Nathan here. I assume he has a lot of fund raising and campaigning functions and doesn't want to disturb la Senorita Petrelli and the children with late nights. Instead he stays at his brother's apartment where I assume he has his own bedroom." Rosa shakes her head sadly. "Truth is I haven't seen Nathan sleep here since the time Peter disappeared. The kids miss him a lot, but between you and me I don't think la Senorita misses him as much as the kids do." Her voice lowers dramatically. "Not since the accident!"
Nathan Petrelli and his wife were involved in a near fatal collision with a truck. Mr. Petrelli was uninjured, but his wife's back injuries left her a paraplegic. "I think she blames him for it," Rosa said. Charges have been filed against the truck driver.
Noted family therapist Dr. Jennifer Melfi advises, "All the kissing, hugging, and touching are not inappropriate. It's how families in Italian cultures express their love and affection for one another. People from and other parts of the world express more physical affection with their family and friends than their American counterparts. It is not uncommon for two men with a close emotional relationship to walk down the street holding hands.”
When this was pointed out to the homophobic campaign staffer, he remarked, "I still think it's inappropriate behavior. We're in America! You want Italian, eat spaghetti!"
Mr. Petrelli's released the following statement to the press, "I love my brother very much. There is no one who cares more for the city than Peter does. With the death of our father and my wife's accident, my brother has been my rock through this whole ordeal. As citizens of the greatest country in the world we must find ways to stand together rather than exploiting the differences that tear us apart. Loving relationships will be a part of that change. I intend to do my part by sharing my love often and with as many as I can. That is my promise and my duty."