Wow, who would've thought Ernie had it in him? This was fantastic, he's slightly like Snape, a double agent. I really enjoyed this you've really given Ernie dimension.
Author's Response: Thank you! I liked the way this one worked out, so I'm glad you enjoyed it.
I was thinking about your story last night after I read it and there was one bit that I was hung up on--in the first part, there is that bit where Ernie is thinking and he says something like, the dementors have left azkaban, so it can't be that bad. then he said that he would help the MoM because it was the lesser of two evils. I really don't get it because if ernie dreaded the death of his family more than going to a dementorless azkaban, wouldn't he have not reported anything to the MoM out of fear? I don't understand his resolution to cooperate with the aurors if he feared the death eaters more...
Author's Response: Fair question! At the beginning, he was already having to report to the DEs, so when Robards wanted him to report to the MoM as well he basically decided that his safest course of action was to tell Gibbon, the DE contact, that he would have to pass on some minimal information to the MoM in order to stay out of jail, which Gibbon agreed to (as Yaxley mentioned in passing at the end). So Ernie's lesser of two evils ('lesser nightmare') wasn't helping the MoM in this minimal way, but being arrested by them for non-cooperation despite that 'help' -- his reasoning was that it would be better to say too little and risk arrest, rather than say too much and risk getting a DE hit squad on his family's tail. He was in a situation where he didn't have much choice but to play both ends against the middle. However, over the course of the year the DEs contempt and Melanie's growing determination to do something began to make him feel ashamed of what he was doing. So he made a few attempts to pass on more information to the MoM, pulling back into his shell when some DE- or Dementor-related incident occurred to scare him off. But after Melanie's outburst, he finally decided he'd had enough, and that the only way he could live with himself was to throw in his lot with the MoM against the DEs despite the risks. It was something of a spur-of-the-moment decision made while he was in a reckless mood, but having once made it he was stuck with it. :)
I really really like this fic. the end caught me completely by surprise. great suspense leading to a comprehensive conclusion. very original.
Author's Response: Thank you very much! I'm glad the twist wasn't obvious beforehand. :)
Ooh... I like this one. I've never seen an Ernie fic... Very awesome start, if I do say so myself. I love it. Please keep it up, keep us updated soon! You did an amazing job on your characterization, too, as well as all the allusions to familiar characters. Most excellent - Bravissima!
Author's Response: Thank you -- I've submitted the second part now. It was just an odd idea for a oneshot that grew unexpectedly. :)