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Tear Jerker / The Dresden Files

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No matter how funny, heartwarming, or awesome the Dresden 'verse can be, it's still a very dark place that will always gutpunch you right in the feelings.

Short stories

  • The end of the short story 'Love Hurts", when Harry and Murphy realize they have to end the spell and go back to the way things were.
  • A subtle but very, very dark one in Backup: Thomas confronts the Stygian Sister at the end, and, while horribly poisoned, he rapes her and feeds her to his Hunger, killing her and letting his Hunger fight off the poison to keep him alive. The worst part is how simple and understated the scene is. Thomas has been fighting his demon for so long, working to not abuse others around him, but is forced by both the poison and his enemy to consume her life force. Itís dark and subtle and quiet and incredibly tragic.
  • Bombshells has Molly looking at herself in a mirror, and she tries to see herself as someone else, someone who hasn't betrayed the man she loves and sent him to his death.
    That bitch deserved to be run over by a train or something.
  • In Cold Case, Molly, just beginning her role as the Winter Lady, and Carlos develop a budding romance, and even start to have sex. She wakes up in the shower with blood all over her hands, and Mab explains that due to her being the Winter Lady and thus the maiden of The Hecate Sisters, the mantle reacted automatically and brutally hurt Carlos, as it will anyone with whom Molly tries to have sex with, because having sex would make her not a maiden anymore.
    • The main plot is worse. Molly has to collect a tribute that hasn't been paid in some time from a Fae tribe. When she asks them for it, they tell her that their children have been abducted by enemies, and unless they get their children back, they're not giving her the tribute. Molly and Carlos heroically destroy the enemies and rescue the children... and then Molly finds out that the children are the tribute- they're going to be raised as soldiers to fight the Outsiders at the Outer Gates, and will never see their families or home again. And there's absolutely nothing she can do to stop it.
  • The very end of Day One. Butters managed in the end to triumph over his fear and defeat the baku baku... but he still had no choice but to kill something that was supposed to be a protector, something that he desperately wishes he could have redeemed instead.
  • Zoo Day: Harry and Maggie trying to tiptoe around each other's weak spots. Each of them has experienced suffering almost beyond imagining, had friends and relations torn from them... and now that they've found each other, each of them is terrified that they'll do or say something wrong and lose the other.
  • Goodbye: Nearly every word is designed to bring the tears as Ivy confronts Kincaid for his part in Harry's death.
  • The flashback images of young Harry from Ghoul Goblin are pretty touching, the moreso when you think about how long those experiences (finding his father dead, having killed Justin) are going to haunt and isolate him.
  • Since the time he was a boy, Joseph Talbot from Ghoul Goblin spent his life trying to find out why his family kept dying in terrible, violent ways. He eventually uncovered the curse and turned his home into a fortress against the supernatural with every scrap of knowledge he could gather and stayed on constant guard against supernatural forces. When he tried to convince his siblings to move in for their safety, they thought he was crazy, or pathetic, and abandoned him, forcing him to watch as they died one by one. He never knew a moment of peace in all his life...and all his preparations and dedication still did him no good as he ended up dead anyway.