The first, and most prominent reason, is that Fletcher is actually good for Valkyrie (Don't get me started on Caelan). Her life is already so doom and gloom, so violent and so hectic, that she needs someone she can fall back on, who she can tease and have fun with. His conversations with her are hilarious and he's adorable. He can take her places she'd never ordinarily get to go and whereas Skulduggery usually only takes her places for business Fletcher always liked to make sure she was happy. Plus, he helped keep her on track when she went too far. Did I mention he's adorable? Of course, all of this changed when Derek broke them up. Maybe it was a message to the readers that Valkyrie is going too far? Life can be so cruel...
Second, even though she doesn't treat him very well sometimes *coughmostofthetimecough*, it was good for him to be 'in the gang' because it meant there was somewhere he at least halfway belonged. His mam's dead and at least when he's with Valkyrie, Ghastly, Tanith (and possibly even Skulduggery) he has people to talk to. And he adored Valkyrie. Who seems very conceited at the moment, actually. His vanity is quite endearing because it's about his hair mostly, but she seems to think she can do no wrong - although who can blame her, because as Fletcher said, everyone who meets her tells her how amazing she is. Even if she is one of my favourite female characters, apart from Hermione Granger, Luna Lovegood and Darquesse. In no particular order.
He's so insanely useful! Seriously, if I had Magic I'd want to be a Teleporter. The amount of times he's saved Valkyrie, Skulduggery and co. is astounding. How do we get into the Necromancer temple? Call Fletcher. How do we get Skulduggery back from an alternate dimension? Bring Fletcher. The sad thing is that he's helped them all this time because he wants to be near Valkyrie. Yes, he has his faults, but so does everyone else. He is a bit of a coward compared to Skulduggery which means that it's very hard for him to measure up in Valkyrie's eyes but he tries. He was still new to the whole official world of Magic when he was kidnapped by the Diablerie and they can shake the best of people. I honestly felt sorry for him when he was sitting beside that tree after he opened the portal for the Diablerie. Not everyone is a hero but he's surrounded by them.
So in conclusion, Derek Landy has to put Valkyrie and Fletcher back together, and he has to do it soon. I suspect that the final two books and especially the last one, may be far too busy with events leading to the big finale to deal with 'trivial' things like relationships. The fate of the world may depend on it.
|My favourite picture of Valkyrie, from StormTrust's story: 'The Skull's Companion' on Wattpad.|
The picture of Fletcher is by tritanicus on DeviantArt.