No no no! No more chapters! :( Now you have one more loyal reader waiting! (/me hopes that that is motivation!)
On these last few chapters.
Poor Albus, so broken. :( Or, not broken as such, but hungry, tired, hurt, out of his element and vulnerable, almost human. I wonder if he could see that coming when he refused to let Scorpius save Hogwarts?
I don't think Rose will really judge him for the killings. Or, at least I wouldn't, and she has been through a lot to get perspective. He did what he had to to survive. Maybe he could have just stunned them or something, but many fighting curses would have left them with injuries, quite possibly killing them anyway, but with more pain and suffering. And they were criminals, and they were attacking him, even though, of course, he did steal a wand first. But no, I don't see how killing in self defense would be so much worse than the things he has already done.
And the scene with Daphne... Eww. She could almost have been me. I would definitely have been a Ravenclaw at Hogwarts, but I still enjoy allowing myself to be naive, just like she was. It's in those scenes I see the monster Albus is, not when he fights and kills to survive.
Now, waiting and hoping for another chapter soon!
Author's Response: No, I don't think Albus saw ANY of this coming. (but honestly, did anyone?)
You bring up a couple of interesting points-- and I think Albus would agree with your rationale about the killings. Back in chapter three, he tells Rose that the Killing Curse yields, in his view, a more merciful death and here he really delivers on that. Sure he's fighting for his life and to some extend that's justifiable, but a small part of him (if we really really analyze) enjoys it. He's disgusted shortly afterwards, but I don't think he regrets doing what he felt had to be done. Rose might be a diff. story. We'll see.
On a side note, you may have noticed that there are no easy black-or-white, good-or-evil characters in this story. Rose and Albus consistently find themselves in tough moral situations, often where consequence of indecision may be death. It's easy to condemn Albus, but I think it makes very little sense to ignore the tortured-victim aspect of him. That fact that there are readers that still pity (and maybe root for?) him thrills me and really makes me excited for the next couple of chapters (where I turn you on your head again mwhaha).
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