Once Ed is gone do you think Amelia's relationship with her oldest brother will change?
//OMG this is a fantastic question. Short answer, yes.
Amelia loses a lot in the war, her parents, Edgar and his family, not to mention friends. while she and Lance have never been close, by the time the war ends he’s basically all she’s got. I don’t think they really start to reconcile until Amelia meets Susan. For the first year or so of her niece’s life, Lance and his family are no where to be seen, Amelia didn’t even know she had another niece. As soon as he found out they were pregnant, he packed up his family and got the hell out of dodge. He wasn’t about to risk allowing what happened to Edgar happen to him and so he cuts ties. For someone like Amelia, who already has abandonment issues and difficulty getting close to people because they always seem to leave her, it’s incredibly difficult to get over. She needed her older brother, needed her family to come along side her and support her and instead, Lance basically tells her that as long as she’s supporting the Order and fighting the war, she’s as dead to him as the rest of their family.
She didn’t learn of her namesake until the little girl was nearly 3 years old. Lance moved back to London once he was sure the war was over, and while he’d kept Susan out of Amelia’s life, he hadn’t kept the knowledge of his sister from his daughter. He showed her pictures and told her stories and made sure that when they finally met, Susan would know about her aunt – the woman she was named for.
So when, one day, Amelia is shopping in london and hears a tiny voice calling from across the shop “Auntie ‘Melia, Auntie 'Melia!” it nearly kills her. No one had called her that for years. Little arms latch around her leg and she just stares down at this tiny ginger child who clearly has her confused with someone else and just can’t move. If she moves and discovers it’s a dream or a mistake, it would be like losing her family all over again so she just stands and stares, noticing things like the lopsided pigtails and the freckles on the bridge of her tiny nose. Bright blue eyes, so familiar, blink up at her as her tiny face splits into a grin. It’s Lance’s voice that brings her out of her trance, calling for Susan.
It takes a lot of time for the two to reconcile, for Amelia to be able to trust Lance again, but Susan makes her smile like nothing else has since Edgar’s death. Amidst all the darkness, she’s the bright spot.