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shiiki From: shiiki Date: October 30th, 2016 07:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Reyna, what was your first impression of Jason, Bobby, and Dakota?


Ruthless, what's your best/favourite memory from your Hogwarts days?


Effie, what's the most romantic thing Haymitch ever did for you?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 30th, 2016 08:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Reyna: First impression? They probably had money -- Jason said they did -- and I needed money. Second, Jason had at least some sense that he needed to be alert; Bobby and Dakota were hopeless. Third, I was being incredibly smug, then Jason defeated me without breaking a sweat. It was humbling.

Ruthless: As a general principle, it was being Teddy's best friend (and whatever other definitions you want to put on it). Specifically, though, it was a game down in Hufflepuff during my fifth year. Teddy and I were pretending that we weren't dating, but no one believed us. Frankie had the gang at a film premier, dodging the inevitable muggers and Mafia, and we just got silly, all throwing popcorn at each other and calling one another names. Teddy and I were supposed to be the bodyguards, and we ended up tripping over something, and I ended up with his arm over my shoulders, and we were both laughing our heads off.

Effie: I thought getting me out of prison was probably the high point of romance. Staying with me afterward, not getting out of my sight when I needed him -- that was the most important thing he did in showing that he loved me. If you mean something more... flowery? Well, I'm afraid he remains Haymitch. There were no houses full of fresh flowers and poetic proposals (ironically, as he was a poet in his youth). I think I would say that the most conventionally romantic thing was when he suggested that we have a big, three-day, Capitol-style wedding (though I insisted that we do it in District 12). I didn't peg him for the type, but he said that he wanted to show us off.
From: (Anonymous) Date: October 30th, 2016 11:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
Al Potter, what was your relationship with your parents, specially your dad, while you were at Hogwarts? How did you deal with being Harry Potters son?

Dakota did you ever did any bonding with your godly parent? (Aka what is Mr. Dyonisus as a dad)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 31st, 2016 01:02 am (UTC) (Link)
[Al]I always had a good relationship with my parents. I like them, despite the name they saddled me with. I don't think I did anything special about being "Harry Potter's son," but James and Lily would probably say something different. They'd probably say I deliberately set about not doing anything Dad did -- no Quidditch, no adventures, no great shakes at DADA. I liked potions. And Lily says I quit everything before anyone notices I'm good at it. That's stupid, though. I don't do that at all.

[Dakota]Well, Roman godly parents are a lot less chatty than Greek ones, as I found out when I visited at Camp Half-Blood, but... yeah. I actually did bond with my Dad, pretty early on. He told me not to tell anyone. But yeah, my mom's a party planner, and one time when I was seven, at a really big wedding reception, she was really busy, and told me to entertain myself. This guy in a purple shirt showed up and said he'd watch me. She said he was my dad. She looked a little, you know, flustered. But he told her she had a party to run. We didn't talk about anything important, but we played darts and he said I needed to learn Pac-Man. He got me laughing. Then after the reception, I went to look for him and he was gone. I saw him again that time Jason and I tracked down a leopard in Sonoma for him. Neither of us mentioned it.
From: (Anonymous) Date: October 31st, 2016 01:15 am (UTC) (Link)
Ok since you did took my Potter question.
Tiny follow up- Al, can you talk about your friends? (I remember Jane, and you two ended together right?) but were there others friends?
And what did you do after Hogwarts?
From: (Anonymous) Date: October 31st, 2016 01:01 am (UTC) (Link)

questions for characters from AU ficlets

I've been rereading a few of your HP AU challenges lately, and so I'm taking advantage of this opportunity to ask a little more about those worlds, if you don't mind.
For characters of the AU ficlet "The Whole Family": Remus and Dora, how have you been lately? What are your lives like? How are your parents doing? Do you still see the Smeltings teachers and the pups? Teddy, please tell us about you!Have you ever had dreams of a world similar to yours in escence, but different in the key details that Sirius and your parents were killed respectively before and just after your birth? How would you say you might be comparable to and different from such an alternate version of yourself?
For characters of the AU ficlet "Chosen": Neville and Harry, can you tel us a thing or two that might be of interest about your world? Professor Lupin, what do you teach and how did that come about? What do Lily and James and Sirius and Peter do, and do you see them often? How is Dora?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 31st, 2016 01:03 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: questions for characters from AU ficlets

(Give me a an hour or so... I need to refresh my memory!)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 31st, 2016 01:39 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: questions for characters from AU ficlets

From "The Whole Family"

[Remus]What's all the interest in us? Goodness, you'd think we'd been away.
[Dora]We are are war heroes, darling. I'm sure it's a school assignment.
[Remus]You may be a war hero. You blasted Greyback off Colin Creevey, after Bella... (gets quiet) I'm just a war survivor, thanks to Sirius.
[Dora]Dean Thomas has other things to say. (shakes head) Our lives are simple and plain. We still live up in the Shrieking Shack, and Sirius makes a lot of off-color jokes about what the name means. I'm a senior Auror now. Harry was my apprentice, but he outranks me these days. He's more ambitious. I've just enjoyed staying home with Teddy, so I went to part time for a while. Thanks to Aunt Bella, he was my only chick and I wanted to enjoy him. But I did have to work.
[Remus]She did. Thanks to Greyback, no one was in a hurry to hire werewolves. Hermione only got the laws lifted last year.
[Dora](smiles broadly) But he's back in the classroom now. I'm so happy.
[Remus]On the matter of Dora's mother and the pups, of course we see them. Poor Ted, of course... well, there's a reason Teddy has his name. Joe and Miriam Levinson have both passed naturally. Alan and Anna come over several times a year for supper. I think they want to make sure that no one takes it in his head to Obliviate them.
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[Teddy]I had nightmares like that all the time when I was little. They used to start with Kreacher laughing. I was scared of him until I got big. Anyway, I used to wake up screaming for Mum and Dad, and they'd come in and hold me and rock me and do all manner of embarrassing things until I calmed down. One time, Mum looked like a ghost and I yelled and yelled. Another time, I woke up screaming for Sirius. He wasn't in the house. I made Dad call him with a Patronus and he Flooed over. I was kind of a weird little kid. I don't have nightmares like that anymore. I outgrew them. I don't know how I'd be different. I mean, who'd have been in charge of me? I guess that would make a difference. I should ask Adhara what she thinks. She's my best friend, and she's really smart about things like that.

Edited at 2016-10-31 01:43 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous) Date: November 1st, 2016 02:58 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: questions for characters from AU ficlets

I somehow missed this the other night. Love, love, love!
May I be greedy and ask a few more from this 'verse? If so:
Remus, Dora, and Sirius, what did you all get up to during Harry's sixth year that we may not have heard about before?
Sirius, were you involved with the rescue of the pups? How did you react to some of the things that were happening to Remus and Dora that year? How did you manage to reconcile yourself to Number Twelve and decide to live there after all, instead of buying a place in the country as you proposed doing in Shifts?
Harry, what was your life like post-final-battle? Where do you and Ginny and the children live now?
Hogwarts-era Teddy and Remus, how are you navigating being family and teacher-student? How are things going generally?
Adhara, do you know Ruthless and do you get along? What about the people in Teddy's year?

Wow...those are more questions than I started out to ask...
Fern, I hope the troubles you're having sort themselves out as much as they can, or at least become less troubling.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 31st, 2016 02:26 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: questions for characters from AU ficlets

From Chosen:
(A/N: This is a fun little story that I almost forgot the details of. I wish I had the energy to get back to it. Maybe I'll do a longish-short on it.)

[Neville](uncomfortable) A thing or two about our world? Everyone knows the story. Really, I don't want to --
[Harry]Oh, please. Neville was in nappies and bam, Dark Lord soup.
[Neville]That's not true...
[Harry]It's totally true. We make sure never to wake him up suddenly still. I warned everyone in the dormitory. That was Voldemort's mistake -- he woke Neville up when he was trying to have a lie-in. Poof! No more Voldemort.
[Neville]Harry's completely full of it, just like his dad and Sirius. He's always been that way. You should have heard him explaining to my grandmother how we broke her favorite vase using it in a battle against evil.
[Harry]Absolutely the truth. We were five. There was a very evil squirrel living in the garden. (laughs) All right, all right. Neville's just Neville. Leave him alone about the Chosen One thing, or he'll have your head. And if he doesn't, it's because he's a better person than me, and I'll have your head.
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[Lupin]I teach Defense Against the Dark Arts. Frank Longbottom managed to get across that there was something cursed in the post, and I broke it by refusing to leave after a year. The parents didn't like it at first, but after I helped Lily capture Barty Crouch the younger, I had a bit of a following, and it helped. James built me a good, safe place to transform. Professor Kettleburn even asked me -- and convinced me after a few years -- to let his older students observe the transformations. It's embarrassing, but I volunteer, so it's better than having them observe the cages at the ministry, and they have a better understanding of lycanthropy. Lily is still with the Aurors' office, of course. James claims to be a gentleman of leisure, though I have not noticed being the primary caregiver of a very active son to be especially restful. Now that Harry's in school, he's talking about taking a job offer to coach Quidditch. Sirius ran for a seat on the Wizengamot on the platform of making the Prophet's news reports more amusing, and he actually won. He keeps his campaign promise by doing at least one outrageous thing every year, but he's actually a pretty conscientious member, and has introduced some good legislation about criminal trials.
From: (Anonymous) Date: October 31st, 2016 03:39 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: questions for characters from AU ficlets

Thanks for these--so much fun! More Chosen-verse from you would be great; it does seem like a fun world. Sorry you're having low energy at the moment; I hope things improve for you.
From: (Anonymous) Date: October 31st, 2016 02:57 am (UTC) (Link)

a fan letter, of sorts

Dear Miss Withy,
I don't follow the PJ-verse, but I do drop by occasionally to see that you are still writing something that gives you joy. I thought that since you've allowed people to ask here about old universes of yours, that I would like to tell you how very much your writing meant to me during my growing-up years. Shifts moved and fascinated me: I found your narrative of the lonely Remus Lupin gradually discovering how much he still could give and do in the world despite setbacks of grief and extreme social discrimination, and of Dora Tonks growing up and learning about what being the protector rather than the protected would entail, and of the way in which they came together and could be home to one another, one of the most wonderful things I'd ever read. It still is. _Your_ Remus and Dora remain some of my favourite characters in literature, and I find the world that you developed for them and the people you surrounded them with endlessly delightful. I was heartbroken when they were prematurely ripped out of the world in accordance with a philosophy or worldview that was never yours, and in the knowledge that their story of growth and interconnectedness with their world could never be finished. I've read your Teddy novels, and am touched and impressed at the way you have been able to salvage and build upon the lovely world you've created after its center was torn out. I'm afraid I've never been able to give them the careful appreciation they deserve as works of art, because I've never quite been able to contemplate your world with Remus and Dora as relatively unimportant war casualties rather than as the characters who have at last fulfilled the trajectories of Shifts and Shades and can appreciate peacetime and guide future generations as they begin to do in your novels. I have no doubt, however, that your later novels are equally compelling.
I've sometimes wanted to ask for challenge pieces in which you would write their story with the deserved ending you might envision for them, but I never felt it would be right to ask you to compromise your principles.
I'm very sorry if my obsessive fixation on novels you've written a decade ago, and that you were never able to complete for deeply upsetting reasons, hurts or offends you in any way. I simply wanted to let you know that I am and will always be deeply grateful to have had your writing in my life.

Your very own,
Fern Withy fan

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 31st, 2016 03:01 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: a fan letter, of sorts

Well, thank you.

I guess the closest to a fitting ending is probably "The Whole Family," linked above.

But I appreciate that people still read the stories (heck, I get comments on things two decades old, and appreciate them). Most of the time when I've dropped a story, it's not because of anything traumatic; I've just sort of... stopped believing.
From: (Anonymous) Date: October 31st, 2016 03:31 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: a fan letter, of sorts

Would it be teribly wrong to wish you could still believe in them? They are so beautifully, lovingly rendered and so real, and I do wish they could be living happily and productively in the world they did so much to build, and keep teaching and learning from the mentors and students and children and friends that they've only so lately discovered or realized they could let themselves want. There must be potential circumstances, other than the mere wish-fulfilling but otherwise purposeless happily-ever-after scenarios, in which their continued presence would involve periods of growth and transition for them and the people who come after them. But I am glad that you are still finding fulfillment in writing and exploring other worlds.
From: (Anonymous) Date: October 31st, 2016 04:19 am (UTC) (Link)
Valesca: how did you win over Fleur's grandfather who didn't believe you loved him at first? What was he like, and was it hard at first to live among humans? Can you tell us a bit about Appoline and her husband?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 1st, 2016 02:36 am (UTC) (Link)
Persistence -- which is rather alien to the Veela in matters of the heart -- turned out to be the key. These days, I imagine they'd call it "stalking," but in terms of what we usually do to human men, simply following him to the city and being in close proximity is mild. I think what finally convinced him was when I defended him from a Lethifold attack. They are a great fear of many Veela, myself included. He was an interesting man. He had a love of magical creatures, but it took him a very long time to understand that a magical creature could love him back. As to other humans? They did not love magical creatures to begin with, and I never got along with them.

Appoline was more Veela than human in many ways -- though of course, humans find ways to deny this -- but her husband was easier to convince, possibly because they knew one another at Beauxbatons as friends, without regard to her mixed blood. In fact, we passed her off as human at first, since Beauxbatons at the time was... somewhat retrograde. So they only found out that she was half-Veela just before her fifth year. By then, all of her friends knew her as Appoline before they knew her as in any way Veela.
From: (Anonymous) Date: November 1st, 2016 03:54 am (UTC) (Link)
Smeltings crew,
Did you ever get to meet any of Teddy's friends? If so, what were your impressions of them?

-- FFR
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 1st, 2016 04:36 am (UTC) (Link)
[Anna]Well, we know the Weasley children -- Bill's children, I should specify, though they are the only ones who'd really fit your classification of "Teddy's friends." The others are just younger relatives. Victoire is a sharp thing, if a bit... fussy. We didn't spend a great deal of time with Andromeda, though we liked her, and as a result, we drifted a bit from Teddy, and only saw him a few times during his growing up years.

[Daniel]Speak for yourselves! I spent a year a with him and all of his friends. I was very fond of Maurice and Ruth and Donzo (Cho says I would have certainly been a Ravenclaw, though I'm not sure I'd have liked to claim Geoffrey as a housemate).

[Alan]I think FFR meant the teachers. Joe and Miriam passed on within a few months of one another. Teddy would have been... twelve, maybe? I'm not sure. So they never met his friends. I do recall once during his fourth year, he brought a girl named Lizzie over. She was planning to take her Muggle examinations, and he asked if I could help her, since I knew about both worlds. Smart thing, though about halfway through the year, she stopped discussing Teddy altogether at our tutoring sessions. I imagine that was an ugly scene, though I give him credit for not trying to interfere with her tutoring. And, Anna, who was the redheaded girl?

[Anna]You're asking me? I'd forgotten about the girl who came for tutoring!
From: (Anonymous) Date: November 1st, 2016 09:24 am (UTC) (Link)
That's a pity about Joe and Miriam, but at least they had a full life.
For some reason, I have a feeling Joe would get a kick out of Maurice's spunk.

Haha at Teddy's girl troubles. And Daniel would totally be a Ravenclaw.

Anyways, thanks!

--FFR
From: (Anonymous) Date: November 3rd, 2016 02:18 pm (UTC) (Link)

HG fandom

Sorry, I understand that you've moved on to a different canon, but I have always been curious as to why Gia took a liking to Haymitch, so much as to traveling to the district when Digger and Haymitch's family passed.

PS. I love you HG fanfics, and read and reread everything I can find.

Best regards from New York!
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