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What do you think the chances are that Crowley will start to treat their cottage mouse almost like a pet? Not naming it exactly, but sort of gently looking out for it, breathing life back into it, that sort of thing?
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(Another Anon!  You guys are out en force tonight.  Actually, it’s kind of comforting to know I’m not the only one who can’t sleep—er, in the event that we share a time zone…)

Right! In CoT [A Better Place / The Walls, the Wainscot, and the Mouse] ‘Verse, he’s certainly already demonstrated a great deal of gently looking out for it (seeing to it that Aziraphale doesn’t buy a trap as threatened, giving it a good head-start in frantic chases around the house, and so forth).  Given that the average life-span of a field mouse (excuse me, seaside mouse) is about three or four months due to the risk of predation, it seems to me that this mouse is already living on borrowed time that’s been granted by one (or both) of the cottage’s occupants.  In the ‘verse timeline, they moved in late in 2005 and it’s now early 2013 in the most recent story, so, assuming that mouse was very young in WW&TM, where it first shows up, it’s at least 8 years old and doing very well under Crowley’s watchful eye.  And now you have me wondering if perhaps he’s found it dead at least once by now and resurrected it.  I don’t let myself have all of the answers until I discover them.

ETA: mmhawkes, in your comment below, I think you’ve just guaranteed that the next addition to the series will be a ficlet (or full-length story, who knows) addressing this very subject.  From the bottom of my heart, bless you.  As if I needed the excuse…

  1. mmhawkes said: Some strange part of me is now in love with the idea of Crowley just continually reviving that poor little mouse because it’s part of the cottage, and it’s theirs, and he just can’t let it go.
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