CAL. He's alive. Thank god. How long this will last, I don't know. I have warned you what will happen if you kill him...
OH GOOD GOD he was being drugged? That makes ME feel so much happier. Though I feel bad for hating Cal for bonking Perkins now.
Ah. So THAT's how they know where Toby is. No traitors. Good good.
I had a horrible feeling, just before Nat was brought in, that this EXACT thing was going to happen. You horrible person. I've told you what I want; a big Cal/Nat brood. If this doesn't happen ... ugh. Devastated. And I HONESTLY don't know what Cal is going to do here...
Toby has more chance of surviving, if Cal opts to save Nat, than Nat does if Cal opts to save Toby. I think. Therefore, got to go along with it here. Toby will understand. I hope.
May the first. Oh god. It's coming.
WHOA how do the Ministry know where David lives? That he even EXISTS? Ugh. I guess they know all, don't they? Oh. OH. Obliviated. Oh, poor David! :( I guess it's best for him in the end... because T/T WILL happen. Right? And Tanith can't just leave a Muggle, once he knows about magic. She kinda has to stick with him. As James has discovered, bless him. But yes, it's all kicking off now. HOPING that nothing too bad comes of this, because in 24 hours' time things will be going down at Hogwarts, and naturally everyone will be there, fighting ... OH GOD I NEED MORE PLEASE I WILL BEG LOTS.
Author's Response: He lives! He is in one piece! I would say an ominous "for now", but these become gratuitous. But it is Not Over, and the trials and tribulations of circumstance will continue. Though yes - he was being drugged, bewitched, take your pick. I mean, there was a bit of genuine desire and manipulation going on there, but it took some magic to tip him over the edge. And even HE, by then, believed he was capable of it. Which is a well done job by Thanatos; unfortunately, the truth coming out NOW merely strengthens Cal's resolve against him.
And then that resolve is undermined by Nat. Because if Thanatos was only keeping her alive with the knowledge that Cal would turn against him otherwise, he now knows that Cal HAS turned against him. And yes, his 'betrayal' has logic, and is, I think, the only thing he can do. Because if he refuses, Nat dies now. If he agrees, Tobias has a chance. Not that Cal wouldn't hate himself forever if Tobias died because of this.
There IS a reason why the Ministry know who David is. I am wondering how the hell I can get this across in the story, but I think I know how I will be able to pop it in (stupid characters have to witness these things). But yes, it's hard to just DUMP a Muggle once they know about magic! Tanith wasn't really thinking of the long-term when she told him, though it's hard to blame her. Though she's lucky it's easier for the Ministry to Obliviate him than murder him and cover it up (because a cover-up would take effort and probably Obliviations anyway!). And now, well, I guess we'll see, because if it's the morning of May 1st, then in 24 hours it'll all be over.
More on Thursday. You know the drill! :)