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2nd Nov '16 9:19:26 PM intastiel
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* In ''Literature/TheBlackMagicianTrilogy'', Sonea faces an Ichani mage in a high-powered WizardDuel while her wounded lover Akkarin boosts her magical power with his own. Only after winning does she realize that he channeled his [[CastFromHitPoints life force]] as well as his magic into her.
2nd Jul '16 11:35:28 AM lady_peaseblossom
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* In ''VideoGame/TheCrookedMan'', [[spoiler: David's mother suffers from some sort of dementia and undergoes surgery to correct it. The surgery appears to be a success, and David is able to reconcile with her and come to terms with his guilt for abusing her out of frustration when she was in his care. David leaves to get a glass of water for her, and returns to hear her heart monitor flatlining. It's heavily implied that she sent him out of the room on purpose so as not to witness her death.]]
15th Jun '16 11:10:10 PM PaulA
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* Comes up in ''Assassin's Apprentice'' by RobinHobb. [[spoiler:Fitz's dog Sooty]] is stabbed multiple times, and Fitz is aware of it from his psychic connection to him; he maintains that connection to monitor him while going back to save him. Unfortunately he's attacked on the way and in the process of fighting them off, [[spoiler:Sooty]] dies.

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* Comes up in ''Assassin's Apprentice'' ''[[Literature/RealmOfTheElderlings Assassin's Apprentice]]'' by RobinHobb.Creator/RobinHobb. [[spoiler:Fitz's dog Sooty]] is stabbed multiple times, and Fitz is aware of it from his psychic connection to him; he maintains that connection to monitor him while going back to save him. Unfortunately he's attacked on the way and in the process of fighting them off, [[spoiler:Sooty]] dies.
25th May '16 4:37:52 AM Kid
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* Comes up in ''AssassinsApprentice'' by RobinHobb. [[spoiler:Fitz's dog Sooty]] is stabbed multiple times, and Fitz is aware of it from his psychic connection to him; he maintains that connection to monitor him while going back to save him. Unfortunately he's attacked on the way and in the process of fighting them off, [[spoiler:Sooty]] dies.

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* Comes up in ''AssassinsApprentice'' ''Assassin's Apprentice'' by RobinHobb. [[spoiler:Fitz's dog Sooty]] is stabbed multiple times, and Fitz is aware of it from his psychic connection to him; he maintains that connection to monitor him while going back to save him. Unfortunately he's attacked on the way and in the process of fighting them off, [[spoiler:Sooty]] dies.
25th May '16 4:37:14 AM Kid
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* Happens in ''Diamond'' by Creator/JacquelineWilson. Ellen Jane's mother is giving birth, so her older sister sends Ellen Jane to go to the pub and get their father to come back. He forces Ellen Jane to stay and show off her gymnastic skills for the crowd; and by the time she gets back, her mother has [[DeathByChildbirth died in childbirth.]]

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* Happens in ''Diamond'' by Creator/JacquelineWilson. Ellen Jane's mother is giving birth, so her older sister sends Ellen Jane to go to the pub and get their father to come back. He forces Ellen Jane to stay and show off her gymnastic skills for the crowd; crowd, and by the time she gets back, her mother has [[DeathByChildbirth died in childbirth.]]]]
* Comes up in ''AssassinsApprentice'' by RobinHobb. [[spoiler:Fitz's dog Sooty]] is stabbed multiple times, and Fitz is aware of it from his psychic connection to him; he maintains that connection to monitor him while going back to save him. Unfortunately he's attacked on the way and in the process of fighting them off, [[spoiler:Sooty]] dies.
25th May '16 4:32:46 AM Kid
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* There's a minor example in the book ''Literature/HeartShapedBox'' by Joe Hill. Both the main character Jude and his dog Angus are injured in a car crash. Jude goes in and out of consciousness for awhile, but he comes to, (albeit in shock) and sees that Angus is still definitely alive (albeit barely) in the backseat of the car, and Jude briefly speaks to Angus and tries to encourage him, which Angus can only respond to with a miserable whine. A few minutes later when they reach their destination, he goes to get Angus out, and then realizes that Angus is dead. He is completely unable to believe it for several seconds, because it seems like Angus was definitely alive a few minutes ago and there was no noise or other sign to mark his death.

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* There's a minor example in the book ''Literature/HeartShapedBox'' by Joe Hill. Both the main character Jude and his dog Angus are injured in a car crash. Jude goes in and out of consciousness for awhile, but he comes to, to (albeit in shock) shock), and sees that Angus is still definitely alive (albeit barely) in the backseat of the car, and Jude briefly speaks to Angus and tries to encourage him, which Angus can only respond to with a miserable whine. A few minutes later when they reach their destination, he goes to get Angus out, and then realizes that Angus is dead. He is completely unable to believe it for several seconds, because it seems like Angus was definitely alive a few minutes ago and there was no noise or other sign to mark his death.
25th May '16 4:28:32 AM Kid
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In most cases where this happens, a character is already near death for some reason. Maybe they've been [[IncurableCoughOfDeath seriously ill]], [[AlmostDeadGuy wounded in battle]], or are SecretlyDying. Whatever the case may be, someone else is taking care of them, and either briefly leaves or stops paying attention to the dying character for a moment, (maybe because they went to get help, grab supplies, or were distracted by someone else coming over to them or another situation coming up) and when they return or start paying attention again they find that the other character has died during the relatively brief time they were distracted.

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In most cases where this happens, a character is already near death for some reason. Maybe they've been [[IncurableCoughOfDeath seriously ill]], [[AlmostDeadGuy wounded in battle]], or are SecretlyDying. Whatever the case may be, someone else is taking care of them, and either briefly leaves or stops paying attention to the dying character for a moment, moment (maybe because they went to get help, grab supplies, or were distracted by someone else coming over to them or another situation coming up) up), and when they return or start paying attention again they find that the other character has died during the relatively brief time they were distracted.
5th May '16 7:54:06 AM Neakal
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** In another example, a terminally ill man is watching a film together with his boyfriend and some other friends. Halfway through the film, he passes away quietly, noticed only by his boyfriend who simply holds him in an embrace until the film is over.
21st Oct '15 4:47:00 PM eroock
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->''So you wait by her bedside day and night, thinking if you can stay with her all the time and never ever leave to sleep or eat she'll magically get better. And she dies while you are having a wee.''

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->''So ->''"So you wait by her bedside day and night, thinking if you can stay with her all the time and never ever leave to sleep or eat she'll magically get better. And she dies while you are having a wee.''"''
24th Aug '15 9:04:22 AM zrice03
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** During the D-Day invasion, Miller turns to a radio man, and has the radio man relay their status to command. He turns back to the battle, then after a few seconds he gives more information to the radio man. He goes to talk to the radio man again after a few seconds, and finds that the poor guy's head was blown off while Miller's back was turned.

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** During the D-Day invasion, Miller turns to a radio man, and has the radio man relay their status to command. He turns back to the battle, then after a few seconds he gives more information to the radio man. He goes to talk to the radio man again after a few seconds, and finds that the poor guy's head was blown off while Miller's back was turned. To emphasize the point, it's also all done in a single shot.
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