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Ethrenal, June 21st, 2014, 6:55 am     Reply

Curio must have a very sad home life. At his age having no one he wants to call is a pretty bad sign. On the other hand Adrestia has a whole other set of issues. Keeping silent is not a good way to keep people from worrying.

Mindsword2 (Guest), June 21st, 2014, 9:35 am     Reply

@Ethrenal: Could also be a smart thing. Until they know Amical's spells on the phone, you'd have no idea what you'd be able to tell them. A cryptic message of "I'm fine, don't worry" would produce a huge amount of speculation.
Also, its been quite a while since they were taken, so any search and rescue mission must have been attempted and now its a waiting game. If her people have little resources, then having them waste it searching fruitlessly would also be bad.

That being said, I'd probably have called.

W. (Guest), June 21st, 2014, 5:03 pm     Reply

They are probably supposed dead, not just missing (especially billy), or there is a sort of cover up.

Since amical even went to the point of making them change their name, i really dont think he would let them contact anybody "normally". Something will happen.

Ethrenal, June 21st, 2014, 9:15 pm     Reply

@Mindsword2: I suppose it is hard to know what the best course of action is with the limited information they have. Is it best to be thought dead? Do people believe that in the first place or are they still searching? Consider that Adrestia is taking care of several children. Should she re-assure them that she is safe and maybe cause them to waste money they need to live well, or should she let them believe she died and cause some fairly significant trauma in exchange for material safety? I would like to hear people's thoughts on this matter. I would say give them a call, as I believe depression is a good deal harder to suffer through than deprivation.

ChibiSilverWings, June 21st, 2014, 9:57 pm     Reply

@Ethrenal: While I'd agree that most of the time emotional suffering can outpace physical deprevation, would one get more mental trauma from knowing a loved one was alive but that they could do nothing at all to help them, or knowing a loved one is dead and beginning to try to cope with that loss? After a certain amount of time, a person can become more accustomed to the idea of someone they love having died, but it's much harder when it seems like there's still something you can do and yet you feel powerless to do anything, such as a loved one struggling with a very terminal cancer, or similar situation.

Ethrenal, June 22nd, 2014, 2:57 am     Reply

@ChibiSilverWings: That is a good point, and I agree. I had somewhat similar experiences with an illness of my father's, but I contend that doubt is just as bad if not worse. Adrestia up and vanished one day with no explanation. The police probably came and told the children that she was likely taken against her will, but at that age it is easy to think the worst. A lot of doubt goes through your mind, 'why did she leave?' 'did I do something wrong?' 'who's fault is this?'. Keep in mind this is all based on my biases and we know next to nothing about the situation; for all I know the kids were given state therapists and brought into good homes, and all a call would do is rip open new wounds. My opinion is that lacking information the least bad thing is to call.

W. (Guest), June 22nd, 2014, 6:17 am     Reply

@Ethrenal: In this case, she could call someone else. This person, being free to ask around, will know if the children received therapie or the like. The callee then will choose whether to relay the information or not or to lie.

Don Quixotes, June 22nd, 2014, 9:13 am     Reply

@W.: From what I've gathered Adrestia doesn't exactly have any people en-confidence like that. So with her, it's either break ze children's hearts directly or let them slowly deflate and maaaybe refill one day.

Ethrenal, June 24th, 2014, 12:03 am     Reply

@W.: I had not considered calling someone else. That is an excellent idea assuming Adrestia can find someone she trusts, as Don said. Even if she doesn't trust anyone with the kids she could call someone for information and hope for another opportunity to call the children later.