"Oh suck it up, Perce. We transfigured Ron's teddy bear into a giant spider and tried to make him make an unbreakable vow to be our slaves for life. It isn't like you were singled out!"
Bu the things about their dad made Fred pause, frown - glare at the ground at at his feet, and lose the steam he'd built up while he'd been yelling.
"He was stressed," Fred said finally, the anger all drained out of his voice. "Everyone was. Can't trust the Ministry, or the Papers, or the people you're trusting to protect your back if things go all sideways. So he was stressed - " Fred didn't like having to be in a position where he felt like he had to defend his father, really. And just calling Percy a traitor didn't mean that Perce had to go and become one.