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Ahhhh, this is lovely! Thank you so much! I am fascinated by your idea that they can only let the babies out of the cradle-stone all at once (at least, until they figure out another way) - that would certainly be a big complication to deal with! And I love the way you depicted Barbara and Strickler working together on the problems, gradually sorting out their relationship at the same time. I appreciate how you showed it wasn't an easy process for Barbara to trust again, and how Strickler understands that about her, but how she still wants to help all of the Changelings and children, even when others think the problem is insurmountable. They are such great characters, and you did a wonderful job of capturing them. Thank you again for this story!
Thank you so much! I'm glad you liked it :)I love the idea of Troll technology being entirely crystal based, and partially magical, so without someone who knows what they're doing the results could be completely different from one person to the next. Barbara was a really cool challenge to write. She's (completely justifiably) mad at Walter, but still relies on him to help figure out the whole Merlin situation, and even tells him "We're in this together" when they go to investigate the museum. So she *wants* to trust him, and she spends the entire series with her heart on her sleeve; that kind of vulnerability often has to come with a fair bit of strength. Your prompt was really great to get started with these two. They have such a fascinating relationship, it'll be interesting to see if they make a cameo or something in the new shows.
Yes, I really hope they do! It would be so interesting to see what's happened to them after the events of Trollhunters.