Yes, Melanie and Ariane! That's what I'm here for! And they don't disappoint, they truly are amazing. Oh, poor Ariane, with her scarves. She really did go through a lot in the end, the poor thing. I AM glad you didn't kill her, mostly because I don't know what I'd do without this double act.
And this, of course, is Tanith's turn to be told that there are two people in this relationship and thus two people who are letting work commitments get in the way. Though clearly Ariane and Melanie's reasoning that it's because they've not slept together is slightly left-field, and, you know, WRONG. I think. And it's so IMMENSELY typical that Tanith sees her job as more important than Tobias', even if it is a sub-conscious musing.
Uh oh. Hospital explosion. Dark robes. THIS IS NOT GOOD.
Intrigued about Annabelle. I kind of like that she doesn't give a fig who Harry is. And I really do feel for her, but I'm not so sure that she's not guilty, or at least partly guilty. Hmm, this is a mysterious case indeed.
I actually LIKE that Tanith hasn't gone to Manchester regardless of orders. This was a good thing for her more than anyone else, given her this responsibility. She HAS to toe the line now, and it's just generally going to force her to be more mature and to THINK more in some matters. Hopefully. We shall see. Desperate for more right now!
Author's Response: This is why, of ALL the characters I've ever planned on killing, Ariane is the only one to get a reprieve. Because she's hilarious and she's hilarious with Melanie, and Melanie couldn't be written alone. She'd A) Be too maudlin, and B) Exactly, they're a double act. You can't kill half a double-act. So Ariane gets the reprieve that Annie, Altair, Nick, and Jacob never had.
Tanith's been told it takes two to tango - but she's not really listening just yet. As you say, she does basically think being an Auror is more important than politics, so that justifies, in her mind, the things she's done. It might be WRONG for Ariane and Melanie to make the assumption they do about the relationship - but it wouldn't be A&M if they were entirely useful. ;)
Glad the Annabelle scene came out good. The whole lack-of-faith-in-the-system thing is a pretty major theme of BTP so her perspective needed to ring true! And yep, bad news with robes around hospitals. Tanith is going to have to be more grown-up - not just as the mentor for her trainees, but just in and of herself. No more running off half-cocked. Vaughn IS on the case. It's selfish to ignore her superior's orders for personal reasons like that. She's learning, and growing - and by default, trusting, because she has to trust Vaughn to do the job.
More is in the queue! So, soon. Thanks for reviewing!