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Sal Vidon Not part of Riordanverse

The following article/section is from the Sal & Gabi continuity under Rick Riordan Presents and not the Riordanverse canon.

There are very few things in life that can't be fixed by a Cuban feast.

–Sal when he inadvertently brings his dead mother back from another dimension a fifth time in, Sal & Gabi Break the Universe.

Salvador Alberto Dorado "Sal" Vidón is one of the main title characters of the Sal & Gabi series along with Gabi Real. He serves as the narrator for the first book. Sal is a troublemaker and self-proclaimed magician.

History

Early Life

Sal was born in Connecticut to two Cuban immigrants. He was bullied for his light brown complexion at his old school. He also dealt with bullies in his old school, making two of them cry.

Car Crash and Mother’s Death

When he was eight he and his mother were in a car crash and both had only minor injuries. When he was nine his mother died of diabetic ketoacidosis. During that time a clown came up to him and pulled a fake dove out of a newspaper, he laughed and decided to practice magic to make others feel better. His father remarried his elementary school‘s vice principal after successfully trying to get the two together.

At one point, Sal was diagnosed with type-one diabetes and went through various forms of therapies to learn to cope with it.

Moving to Miami

He also moved to Miami, due to both unicorns turning his house into a stable from a rip that could not close and alternate versions of his mother destroying the house, and attended Culeco Academy of the Arts.

On his first day he was sent to the principal to inform her of his diabetes. The following day he was sent to her again for eating candy in gym class, the principal explained to the gym teacher that Sal has type-one diabetes.

Sal & Gabi series

Sal & Gabi Break the Universe

Sal is in his first week at Culeco Academy of the Arts. On his third day he goes to his locker to get his diabetes bag as he was feeling a little light head in his last class. As Yasmany Robles is having trouble with his locker, Sal offers to help him. Yasmany gets offended by this and knocks Sal’s diabetes supplies on the floor. In retaliation, Sal says Yasmany keeps dead animals in his locker. Yasmany calls his bluff until a girl sees blood drip from the locker. He works the lock, since Yasmany keeps the combination on the back, and steps back to let Yasmany open the locker. When he does a dead chicken falls on the floor. The students scream and flee before a teacher arrives. He and Yasmany are soon in Principal Torres’ office. He explains that Yasmany knocked his diabetes supplies bag on the floor. She apologizes and turns towards Yasmany, who she expels, however seconds later Gabi Real enters the office. Once she explains that Yasmany was unable to op his locker all year, but Sal could, Principal Torres turns her attention back to Sal. He claims it was an illusion, Yasmany protest and Principal Torres calls the janitor, to check in on the cleanup, but he says it vanished. Principal Torres concludes that it was an illusion. This causes Gabi to lash out to try and win, but he stamps her palm with his GOTCHA ring and impress everyone. As Yasmany is about to be expelled, he convinces Principal Torres to give him another chance, she agrees.

Sal heads to his locker to eat something in the last nine minutes of lunch when Gabi chases after him to apologize. He speeds up and trips on the stairs. When Gabi catches up to him he says he does not want to talk to her for defening Yasmany and tryng to get him in trouble. When he hears the bell he heads to class. He arrives in his textile class and sits with his group, with Gladis Machado and Juan Carlos Chaviano calling him brujo, sorcerer. At gym class Coach Lynott tries to get Sal to do yoga instead of the hardest of the three rock climbing walls. He convinces the coach to let him do it and he even spots Sal. Halfway up he decides to do a trick, but he decides not to since he thinks he will be branded as a brujo for the rest of his time at school. He slips and is lowered down. A tall boy, Octavio Murillo, calls him mago, magic user before the bell sounds.

School Paper

The school paper on the incident where he pulled a raw chicken out of Yasmany's locker

During interpretive theatre workshop, the teacher asked her students to put on a performance. When he asks to go first she denies this and wants Sal to go last. The performances are well received and when Gabi is up, she chooses Sal for her lie detector. He walks up onto the stage and Gabi hooks him up to her lie detector. When she gets to the chicken incident, he reveals that he pulled the chicken from another dimension. Everyone thinks this a collaboration act between the two and applauds them.

He tells Gabi he wants to speak with her later, much to her excitement, and goes to his locker to get something to eat. He stops when he sees Yasmany, but decides to go anyway and tricks Yasmany into accepting his help. After he opens his lock and goes to detention, Sal looks into the locker to see the rip is still there. He finds and reads a note Gabi wrote before Mr. Milagros finds him and points out a camera. Sal puts the note back and heads home.

On the way home he remembers the car crash he and his mother were in, he starts to breath hard and heads home to eat. When he got home he hears a woman singing in Spanish. He realizes that she is an alternative version of his mother and they spend hours cooking. Later, when his fath and stepmother return he tries to tell them that his mother is back, but they figure it out before he can tell them. The four eat dinner and he tells his step-mother that he told his mother she was an architect renting a room. The four enjoy the meal and he puts on one of his father‘s records. His two mothers dance and he passes out and wakes up in the hospital. He wakes up and, pretending to still be asleep, overhears his parents talking about his abilities. His father scans him and finds nothing out of the ordinary. He “wakes up” and his parents come over to him. He falls asleep before eating and wakes up later when his parents are asleep. He goes to the vending machines to get a snack and disracts two of the three nurses there. The third, Dulce Sotolongo, takes him to a family party to perform. They give him a plate of food before Gabi arrives, he wishes her brother happy birthday. After the Real family introduces themselves to him he tells Gabi he’s jealous of her family, unknowingly becoming her friend. The atmosphere in the room darkness when he asks about her brother. Gabi takes him to the intensive care unit to see her brother who was born with a week immune system. Sal feels this is unfair as no child should have to go thr this. At Gabi’s urging, he puts his hand in a sterile sleeve and Iggy grabs his finger. The doctor says he can go home and go to school. The Vidóns get home and shower and have hot chocolate. They ask him if he brought his mother back intentionally and he says no. He asks his father about his device to fix rips in the universe, he says he does not know. He goes up stairs and gets ready.

He goes to school and sees everyone reading the school paper. Gabi comes up to him and gives him a copy. He reads it and scolds her for defending a bully and cementing his reputation as a brujo. He goes inside to cool off but Gabi stops him. In response he summons a bouquet of flowers in the news paper and, when he asks again to lean in closer, a tarantula launches at her face. She starts to scream and cry once she realizes what hit her. Sal reveals that it was fake and she cries. He goes over to her and apologizes. She has him carry her backpack while she rixes herself up in the bathroom. While he waits he talks with Yadmany, who tells him his paper is going good. When Gabi gets out she asks for an interview after school and he agrees to do one at his house. He watches as Gabi playfully attacks Yasmany for suggesting they are romanticly interested in each other. He wishes he has a friendship like that. At his textile arts class, he sees that Gladis is afraid of him. To try and make her lik him more, he searches the multiverse and sees and alternate Gladis and himself. They trade out her scarf with the alternat dimension scarf which had a muerto ojo on it. This freaks her out and he goes to Principal Torres’ office for the fourth time that week. Principal Torres gives him two days detention and has him write Gladis an apology letter and help Yasmany with his paper. He plays with a goat mask during interpretive theatre workshop and Gabri takes him to the detention room in the library. He has Gabi read his apology note out loud and everyone is captivated by it.

He and the others help Yasmany with his paper and gives him a demonstration of the blo glucose meter. After they finish Sal is both surprised and thrilled that he has to come the next day. He and Gabi head to his locker for the interview and, when she sorts Yasmany’s locker, she backs up in fear, Sal realizes that she can see the rip and pulls a chicken from the other side. He explains that he can open rips in the universe and takes things out of them. Just then an alternate Principle Torres comes partly through and demands the chicken back. They give it back and Gabi eagerly demands an interview.

As they walk to his house Gabi asks him how his powers work, to which he says he is not sure himself. She asks him to open a rip into another universe and he creates a peephole, she sticks her head in it and he tries to get her out. She tells him what they see and they head to his only to find an eighteen wheeler out front and unfamiliar voices inside. They barge in and find scientists working on a computer. His dad comes in and says this is the machine he was working on. He helps his father with Sundaes and his father explains the he thinks Sal can fix the rips, but he just needs to know how to fix them. During ice cream he eats beef jerky and notices Bonita, one of Gabi’s dads, isn’t eat. She says she is a robot but he does not believe it as everyone tries to convince him, he finally believes it when she gets a text in her head telling Gabi to go to the hospital as Iggy‘s condition just got worse. The others leave soon after and, to keep his stepmother from freaking out, they take her out to dinner and tell her about the machine in the living room when they are out. Later that night he goes over the th machine and sees calamatrons in the shape of his mother. As he is about to get rid of them, Lucy comes over to him and they talk. He asks Lucy what he could do about Iggy and she suggests he text Gabi, he does and she asks him to take notes for her from her classmates since she will not be in school that day.

Early the next day, he sneaks into Culeco with his father‘s Entropy-sweeper to check out Yasmany’s locker. After distracting Mr. Milagros he heads to it and scans it for calamatrons. It senses thirty-seven, but the measurement drops when he thinks of how to lower it. The sweeper tells him that he inhaled one of them. He stashes the Entropy-sweeper in the prop room and heads to the court yard. He sees Gladis under a tree and goes over to her, after talking to her, and realizing she is friendlier and has a thicker Cuban accent, that this is the Gladis who gave him the scarf. He asks what happened and she says her Sal switched the two. They learn from the alternate Sal that his Gladis is freaking out. He has Gladis and two other girls agree to give Gabi their notes. He sees Yasmany being dragged to the Principal‘s office and goes to defend him, but is kicked out. In gym he sees that the climbing walls are all set to easy. Everyone is upset but Sal gets the red wall to it’s old self. After his last class he goes to detention and, after realizing Yasmany is missing, goes to Principal Torres to ask her. He meets up with Alternate Gladis in the prop room and he scans her but gets no calamatrons. She explains that equal trades do not leave calamatrons. They head to the administrative office and Mr. Zacto tells them Principal Torres is in the cafeteria and gives them the scarf. The Alternate Sal let’s them know he’s switching them back and they head to the unisex bathroom to do it. He gives his Gladis the scarf, which the other Gladis left left behind, Gladis takes it and goes outside. He goes to the hospital to give Gabi the notes. He goes to the cafeteria and talks with Principal Torres. The two talk and play around in masks for a little. When he asks about Yasmany, she says she can’t tell him but hints about a troubled home life. She tells Sal to try and be his friend, as at the moment Yasmany needs all the friends he can get.

At the hospital he wears the mask and Gabi tries to get him to talk. She succeeds and they they think of doing an Everyman play. He calls his parents about spending the night at the hospital and they agree. They bring him somethings and get to know Gabi and her family. The two leave to get Dulce Sotolongo some coffee and see Iggy. They watch him and tal about how unfair it is for him. He explains his father‘s line of work and Gabi thinks he can fix the universe.

Sal and Gabi go to school after getting permission from their parents. He is surprised that she has a key to the school and learns that the security cameras are off. They go to the prop room to get the entropy-sweeper and head to the lockers. He snorts three before the others stop him. When they go to the multipurpose room they see mats arranged to form a makeshift bed. Gabi starts to text angrily before Sal realizes it’s Yasmany. After Gabi scolds Yadmany he farts and they all laugh before Yasmany agrees to go to the hospital and he and Gabi go to get his things. Sal says behind and scans for calamatrons but gets nothing on the first and second floor. He meets up with them and notices the red wall is back it easy but notices that both the original and new red walls are overlapping each other. They leave for the hospital. When they arrive he sees Gabi‘s family treat Yasmany kindly and playing with him. He notices some of Gabi‘s relatives talking with police officers and Gabi tells him Yasmany’s mother is the problem. He and Yasmany share a room for night and they talk a little before bed. A few minutes after they stop, Yasmany repeatedly apologizes to him.

At 5:30 the next morning Gabi texts him to come to the cafeteria and has Nurse Sotolongo drag him there when he does not come. She tells him they need to work on their Everyman play and they enlist their parents to help. After learning Aventura has a sewing machine he invites her over to help. The dads thank Sal and make him a dad for helping them. After Yasmany comes down he asks Sal for his phone to call Principal Torres. After Principal Torres arrive with Cari-dad, a police officer, and a social worker, they talk for a little before they take Yasmany to his aunt’s house. Principal Torres indirectly thanks him for being there for Yasmany. He hugs Yadmany before he leaves and tells him Nurse Sotolongo left a few hours ago. When he leaves Gabi announces she has finished her script. On Sunday he and GabI put on their play in front of their families and various hospital employees, it is well received.

As they drive home his parents praise the show and tell him he has a promising future in show business. Just then his stepmother gets an urgent message and they head back to the hospital. When they arrive they learn that Iggy‘s immune system has shut down and he could go at any moment. Gabi asks for him to come inside and he does and stays with her as she asks her mother to leave. She begs Sal to save Iggy by switching him out for a healthier version of himself but he refuses saying that it won’t be the same Iggy is she knows and that the Iggy she is holding is one of a kind. Gabi agrees with this and he agrees to search the multiverse for a cure. They search through multiple universes until they stop at one where his mother is holding a prayer session. He sees his alternate self complaining and begging to leave when he throws his phone on the floor and he cry’s on Mami‘s lap. She asks if they are good or bad spirits and they say they are good. They explain their Iggy and they realize the two Iggys have different diseases. They realize that they have to concentrate to cure the two Iggys. They manage to save both Iggys.

The following week he and Gabi get an A on their Everyman play. He also slowly snorts up the calamatrons in Yadmany’s locker, Gabi sans him and gets no reading. One night she brings Iggy and a cat is the Coral Castle and she explains that the cat is using Iggy as a portal to travel to the other universe will the other Iggy they saved. They scan Iggy and get nothing. They two vow to explore the multiverse.

Appearance

Sal Vidon is a Cuban boy with light brown skin. He has brown eyes and brown hair, which he keeps pretty long, as it gives him a place to hide stuff in the middle of a trick.[2]

He wears canvas pants and a cargo vest, each with four pockets brimming with pretty much all his having a lot of pockets to help in his magic performance.

Personality

Sal Vidon is shown to be quick thinking and witty when in the right situation, as shown when a raw chicken appeared in Yasmany’s locker.

One Sal that came from an alternate universe developed an ability to speak without opening his mouth.

A non-diabetic Sal from another alternate universe was a more moody, independent and cool teenager. He'd much rather play Murder Fun Five on his phone than partake in a ritual to save Iggy Real, he thought it was boring. He occasionally got into fights with his parents, he wails like a baby when he doesn't get his way and is occasionally a coward to the point where he would go into his mami's lap. Sal Vidon hated this version of himself so much, he nicknamed him StupidSal.

Abilities

  • Spanish: Sal knows some Cuban Spanish.
  • Magic Tricks: Sal is good with magic tricks, often performing for sick children in one of his local hospitals. He was able to stamp Gabi's hand multiple times without her noticing, figure out how to trick people into believing he climbed the red wall in gym, and has performed amazing sleights of hands, seemingly pulling giant skittle bags out of nowhere and pickpocketed his father's lighter without him noticing.
  • Spatio-Chronokinesis: Sal is able to control the space time continuum to a degree.
    • Dimensional Summoning: Sal can summon people and objects from different dimensions.
    • Seeing Dimensional Rips: Sal can see tears into the space-time continuum into other dimensions, he can even see into different dimensions.
    • Dimensional Clairvoyance: Sal can see into other dimensions.
    • Dimensional Telepathy: Sal can telepathically speak to alternate versions of himself.
    • Dimensional Rip Creation: Sal can open tears to other universes.
    • Calamatron Absorption: Sal can absorb calamatrons.
    • Dimensional Exchange: Sal can switch people and objects from one universe to another, such as the red wall, The two Gladises, and parts of two Ignacio Reals.

Items

Med Bag

His med bag

  • Diabetes Bag: Sal’s bag for managing his diabetes. It contains insulin, syringes, a blood glucose meter, a sharps disposal container (for used needles), band aids, and a fun-sized pack of candy.
  • GOTCHA Stamp Ring: Sal owns a stamp in the form of a ring.

Relationships

Family

Sal cares for and respects his father. After the death of Floramaria the two clung to each other for support. His father would use him for his research into calamity physics, but Sal did not mind.

Sal misses his dead mother greatly. He would bring alternate versions of her to his dinemmtion to have her live with him and his father and stepmother. However the three would almost always end fighting.

Some alternative versions gave him support, such as when saving the two Ignacio Reals.

Sal greatly cares for his step-mother, being the one to set up her and his father. He thinks of her as a good mother figure after his own mother died and greatly cares for her, with the feeling being mutual.

Friends

Gabi Real

Gabi Real, his friend.

At first, Sal thought of Gabi as annoying and invasive, wanting to get him in trouble to save a bully and not letting him have his secrets. However after getting to know her the two became friends.

As time went on, Gabi would help him discover the limits of his dimension powers and Sal would explain everything he can to her whether noticed her own powers.

Yasmany

Yasmany Robles, his bully turned friend.

At first, Sal saw Yasmany as a bully for knock his diabetes bag on the floor. However, the two boys bonded over their mutual friendship with Gabi Real, becoming acquaintances.

Yasmany would come to understand Sal’s struggle with type-one diabetes and Sal would learn of Yasmany’s troubled home life. Over learning of each other’s struggles, Sal and Yadmany would gain respect and semi understanding for one another.

Trivia

  • Sal has type-one diabetes, making him the second diabetic character under the Rick Riordan Presents imprint after Jazz in the Storm Runner series.
  • Sal's favorite foods are ropa vieja, plátanos, bacalao, and pernil.
  • Sal Vidon is the first human protagonist of a story to begin the story with a grasp on how his powers work at the start of the story as opposed to discovering them during the story. 
  • Sal was based on a grown-up theoretical physicist in The Assimilated Cuban's Guide to Quantum Santeria, a short story also written by Carlos Hernandez that was published in a collection of the same name.[3]
  • His favorite book is A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle.
  • He reads a lot of fantasy novels.
  • Sal wears black silk pajamas to bed.

References

  1. https://www.instagram.com/p/BrQGjOzFfPY/
  2. https://www.readriordan.com/2019/01/29/sal-and-gabi-break-the-universe-sneak-peek/
  3. https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/childrens/childrens-authors/article/78991-a-universal-adventure-spotlight-on-carlos-hernandez.html
Sal & Gabi series
Books: Sal & Gabi Break the Universe | Sal & Gabi Fix the Universe
Main Characters: Sal Vidón | Gabi Real | Yasmany Robles | Gladis Machado | Floramaria Vidón | Entropy-sweeper
Secondary Characters: Gustavo Vidón | Lucy Vidón | Dulce Sotolongo | Ignacio Real | Gloria Torres
Minor Characters: Reina Real | Gabi’s Fathers | Mr. Milagros | Dr. Doctorpants | Coach Lynott | Daniel Miranda Rivero | Juan Carlos Chaviano | Octavio Murillo | Mrs. Waked | Aventura Rios | Mr. Zacto | Adam Hoag
Related Content: Carlos Hernandez | Rick Riordan Presents

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