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i love the bartimaeus trilogy because it’s like. a demon, a corrupt politican, and a terrorist. these are your heroes.
So I know this was never established in canon and it’s rather far-fetched, but I always imagined that when Nathaniel dismissed Bartimaeus that one last time, they didn’t separate as cleanly as they came together.
I mean, Bartimaeus even says it- they are, for all intents and purposes, one being. I would imagine that all KINDS of stuff would get left behind when you tried to find all the pieces of yourself separate from the pieces of him. Especially since it was highly experimental magic and had literally NEVER been done before.
Maybe I’m just grasping at thin air and I’m desperate for Nathaniel to still be alive in some form or another, but I headcanon, that from now and into eternity, Bartimaeus had a piece of his essence ripped away, a piece that died with Nathaniel. And in return, there’s a small, nonsentient piece of Nathaniel soul floating around in the Other Place with Bart. Just like a small, foreign bit of soul that Bartimaeus pokes at every now and again, and ultimately finds himself happy with it.
And in the future, if he’s ever summoned again, he leans toward that spark of intelligence- he’s confused that his mind translates the smell of old books as something good, he has distinct cravings for tea at teatime, and his arrogant streak has gotten even worse. And maybe- just maybe, he realizes that he feels just as comfortable in Nathaniel’s form as he had Ptolemy’s.
fdsjak I need to stop now.
:C :C :C
So you humiliate Nathaniel, leave him open to harm, lock him in his room for a month, don’t let anyone talk to him, never tell him what he did wrong or what he did right, fire his favorite teacher, AND THEN YOU LET THIS HAPPEN
He made swift progress with his studies, for his mind was fired with hate
I DON’T EVEN KNOW IF I’M UPSET AT ARTHUR UNDERWOOD OR AT SIMON LOVELACE OR AT JONATHAN STROUD
I’M JUST UPSET
Ptolemy’s Gate (Jonathan Stroud)