Well, that complicates things, doesn't it? She saved his life and then she took it. Oh Tanith. No one will trust now, will they? A kill is a kill and you can't justify that no matter how hard you try. Or at least, you can't justify it and have Gryffindors as your friends.
I felt like this was the point in the story where you close your eyes and hope that someone will rescue them, that someone will save them. It's the part where you kind of start hating the author for killing someone (see: HP books 4-7). I of course, don't really hate you, but just a little :P
Poor, poor Jennifer. I'm almost a little surprised that scene wasn't more dramatic. I mean, it was fairly dramatic, but if it were me, I'd probably stun Nick or something to stop him. She probably had hope that something would change, that they could defeat the vision since they knew about it or something. How Gryffindor of them.
Brynmor's smart. I love schemes, etc., like that. It's terrible, but I love that he deceived Tanith. Although I hate the guilt she's going to carry around forever because of it. This is such a dirtier version of DH, because even though Harry was the savior, he never did anything that bad. Everything he did was very moral and "good." Tanith and Cal certainly can't say that for themselves any more.
I think I wish Tanith had fought a little more, had drawn the line at murder. Which I'm sure is what the reader is meant to feel. We want characters to do the "right" thing that we can objectively determine as readers, and if we're frustrated and upset when they don't comply, then that's the sign of a great author :)
Author's Response: Hope is an evil thing. Jen might be the one who believes Gabe's visions, but she still hoped that Nick and the others could persevere, that they could somehow beat the odds, and she was frankly a bit too lost and bewildered and guilty to do anything BUT sit there and hope. It is, yes, a rather Gryffindor reaction to go 'Screw the odds!' - but sometimes, the odds are there for a reason.
Brynmor is smart - and vicious. He has entirely, entirely won this round. He got rid of his rival, he took down two ringleaders of his enemies, and he punished Tanith without needing to get rid of her, which he won't do unless he has to.
I would like to think this IS a dirtier version of DH, if only because it gets into the nitty gritty of the occupation, while Harry & co were very removed. Then again, Harry popped the Imperius himself a couple times without thinking about it, and even threw the Cruciatus COMPLETELY needlessly... but that's still not the same as killing someone. And although Tanith would have needed to pull a rabbit out of the hat to get out of this one, although it could be EASILY argued that she was no more responsible than Brynmor's wand would have been if he'd done it himself, deeds like that still leave a scar - upon one's self, and upon the people who know about it. And, to be self-aggrandising, unlike Harry's use of Unforgivables, there will be consequences and ripples of this event which are, so far, spanning even from this story and into the next.
I am glad the chapter was entertainingly frustrating and fraught. This mini-arc of the Descent and End of Nick Wilson has been the darkest of the story, and so it needed capping off... suitably!
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