Confessed by strawberry-squidd.
This was so beautifully written I am just going to put it here like this.
I remember reading this for the first time and thinking how perfectly written it was.
I understand entirely why Darren made that decision. Yes, he wanted to spare all of his loved-ones from hardship, but, more than that, he wanted to spare them from futile hardship. The War was a meaningless farce, and that made everything so much worse. If the War had been genuine- not a product of Mr. Tiny’s powerplay- I think Darren would have thought on it a while longer, though he might ultimately have made the same decision. As terrible as the War was, it opened the doors to peace and reunification of the clan that would have otherwise remained closed. I think that’s the line- when everyone suffered and sacrificed for this great cause, they were noble and heroic. Many of them were glad to do it. But the fact that they died for no reason was a big justification for Darren.
However, because time is funny and I watch too much Doctor Who, I’d like to think that Darren’s decision didn’t rewrite time. Evanna updated him on the status of the clans and talked about her plan of peace through the baby. Her plan; plans are for the future. All of the people from the original timeline are going on just as they would have been. Darren didn’t erase it- he made an alternate timeline.
In both timelines, Darren would be missing something precious- his family and humanity or the family he found through vampirism. Darren could never have a life with all of the people he loved. No matter what decision he made, the consequences of his actions remained, though the consequences differed. There was no right answer, in the end, I don’t know which way I would have chosen if it was me in his shoes. The tragedy never ends, it’s just a question of what color you’d like it in. It’s just as happy as it is sad and that’s why I think the Saga had one of the most perfect endings to any series that I’ve read.
In conclusion, agree to the power of three!
Reblogging for what Novatastic said. How you do write so beautifully sob.