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Reviving another meme - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
fernwithy
fernwithy
Reviving another meme
Well, I'm bored out of my skull, so I thought I'd bring back a meme I liked.

Ask any character from any of my stories any question, and he/she/it will answer you in character.
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kelleypen From: kelleypen Date: August 3rd, 2005 11:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
Dear Tonks: How do you plan on convincing Remus that marriage is a safe proposition for his wife and children?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 4th, 2005 12:03 am (UTC) (Link)
Not one for wasting words there, are you?

Remus is determined to be considered dangerous. I think it's man thing, though he'd never admit it. But he likes to have a nice, ordered existence I think, and when he feels safe himself, he doesn't tend to go overboard on the Big, Bad Wolf, if you follow. So step one is making a safe place. We lost one at Grimmauld Place, but there's another house out there, and things in that house, and well... if I can make him comfortable there, of all places...

Once he gets it through his skull that he is a normal man most of the time, and that he's good about controlling the other times, I think he'll be happy and I know he wants children of his own. You can just tell about some men.

That said, in the end, I can't convince him of anything. I mean, I can make him a safe space and nudge him in its general direction, but the only person who can convince Remus Lupin of something is Remus Lupin. I love him, but he's a bit annoying that way.
honorh From: honorh Date: August 4th, 2005 01:08 am (UTC) (Link)
If I may ask a question of The Honorable Senator Padme Amidala: What do you think of your daughter's wardrobe?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 4th, 2005 03:34 am (UTC) (Link)
Er, wll... Leia leads a somewhat different life than I did, and it's necessary for her to wear more practical clothing. It's...

Well, I think she probably needed to invest in some undergarments to put some shape in her clothes, but perhaps it was the wartime economy.
olympe_maxime From: olympe_maxime Date: August 4th, 2005 01:28 am (UTC) (Link)

Dear Dudley,

ever talk to anyone about Raymond Lewis after last year? Your classmates, or perhaps, your mum? Did Mr. Lewis do anything for you, you think?

- your Playstation,
or other inanimate object
that could never spill your secrets

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 4th, 2005 03:36 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Dear Dudley,

What'd I want to talk about that old fruit for?

All right, he did get me through my GCSEs in history, but he's still a freak.
mafdet From: mafdet Date: August 4th, 2005 01:29 am (UTC) (Link)
For Ted:

Do you plan on being The Cool Grandpa? ;)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 4th, 2005 03:40 am (UTC) (Link)
I've already started buying stuffed toys and pulling my favorite books out of storage. I've got plans to spoil them all rotten. Don't know if that makes me The Cool Grandpa, but I definitely plan on being the favorite relative. No question about it. I'll be underhanded if I have to.
likeafox From: likeafox Date: August 4th, 2005 01:59 am (UTC) (Link)
Dear Tonks:

I know you've thought about it, all girls do at some point or other...

Baby names?

(I suppose that, though it might hold with Lupin family tradition, you won't be going for Wolfy Biterson Lupin. :P)

&hearts, Ella
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 4th, 2005 03:42 am (UTC) (Link)
Oi... don't tell anyone... well, Remus knows, but don't tell my mum.

I've already had the star maps out.

It's a disease, I tell you.

Right now, I'm thinking that I'd like names that fit, but don't sound out of place. And I'll go with the Latin for Remus's family. Mira, definitely.
coralia13 From: coralia13 Date: August 4th, 2005 02:02 am (UTC) (Link)
For James of "The Whole Bloody Pack": What do you really think about Lily Evans (don't worry - we won't tell Sirius)?

For Luke of "Dragonslayer": What do you imagine your parents were like?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 4th, 2005 03:48 am (UTC) (Link)
James: I don't reckon there's much Sirius hasn't figured by now. Lily's beautiful. Bit uptight, but she'll loosen up eventually. You can see it in the way she sort of smirks when she thinks she's not supposed to laugh. And I've caught her pointing her wand at people who call her... that. She puts it away, but she thinks about it. I think she's definitely worth my time.

Luke: I dunno... I guess... Well my mother is just nice. And warm and stuff. I bet she's beautiful. My dad? He was a navigator on a spice freightor, and he died trying to save my mom. I bet he was brave and tall, and always went in and fought when someone was getting hurt. And Uncle Owen told me he whupped a whole lot of Tusken Raiders who kidnapped my grandmother, too, so he must have been really strong.
sannalim From: sannalim Date: August 4th, 2005 02:18 am (UTC) (Link)
To Molly, in "Loosety Lippity Lessons":
What's the hardest thing about home-schooling seven bright and active children?
What's your most favourite thing about it?
How on earth do you plan lessons for kids of such diverse ages, attention spans, and learning levels?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 4th, 2005 03:58 am (UTC) (Link)
The hardest thing? I think it's trying to make sure I split myself up evenly. The twins are a handful, and I could spend all day just on them. Ronnie's quiet, easy to leave be. Ginny pushes in, but she's so small. And Percy... well Percy has to be watched because he'll start teaching the others instead of doing his own lessons. He likes slipping under my sightline.

But the best thing about it is that I get to spend all day with them. I know what they're like, and what they'll do, and where they need help. Why would anyone want to miss that? I don't find the planning all that difficult, really, because I know where each of them is, and I know what they all need. If one of them wants to speed up, I can speed him up if it's time. If one of them needs more time, I can go ahead and give it. It's a good system. Though I do lean pretty hard on what they'll need to know when they head into first year at Hogwarts. I won't have my children unprepared.
super_pan From: super_pan Date: August 4th, 2005 02:40 am (UTC) (Link)

to Ted Tonks

Outside of your now sadly deceased mother, how much contact have you had with the non-magical world since you entered Hogwarts?
Thanks.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 4th, 2005 04:01 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: to Ted Tonks

I try not to lose touch, but it's not as easy as you'd think. I didn't have much family, and all of my friends were at Hogwarts. But we live in a Muggle neighborhood, and I go to a Muggle church and sing in the choir, so I'm in and out quite a bit, if not intimately involved. I go to concerts. And I'm a member of the library and I go to museums a lot. But when it comes to science and medicine--I'm hopelessly behind.
kizmet_42 From: kizmet_42 Date: August 4th, 2005 02:56 am (UTC) (Link)
For Kingsley,

Are you secretly using magic to get the paperwork done for the PM? Are you using the Imperius curse on uncooperative MPs to get the PM's platform through the House? Have you met the Queen?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 4th, 2005 04:05 am (UTC) (Link)
1. Of course I'm using magic. Why would I waste time filing? I'm on Ministry assignment and I have clearance.

2. No. The PM is a decent fellow and can do his own job.

3. Yes, I had the opportunity during the Minister's last audience. A charming woman, in my opinion, though I imagine she's a bit distant for the taste of some.
barbara_the_w From: barbara_the_w Date: August 4th, 2005 04:53 am (UTC) (Link)
Dear Joe and Miriam,

What would you do if you bumped into Dora and Raymond again?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 4th, 2005 05:15 am (UTC) (Link)
J: Well, I'd ask them why in bloody hell they didn't tell us they'd got back from Australia.

M: Hush, dear. They have family here, I'm sure, and if I saw them, I'd assume they were visiting. I'd be quite happy to see them, as I have a question I'd been meaning to ask about their flat...

J: That business about the landlady saying they were only their a few months? I think she was a bit turned around, Mir.

M: There was something odd about it.

J: Hmph. I think I'd ask for her sister's number. A wonder worker, I'll tell you. Wonder if she could do anything about my rheumatism.

M: You just like those gauzy scarf-things she wears....
malabud From: malabud Date: August 4th, 2005 05:13 am (UTC) (Link)
Leia, do you ever wonder what life would have been like if you had grown up with your real parents? Do you feel guilty for wondering?

Anakin, how much did your mother tell you of her history and family? Did you ever have the inclination to investigate your family roots while you were a Jedi or a Sith? I'm particularly interested in genealogy myself, and, since it seems your family is very important to you, I wondered....

Percy, did anyone tell you what Umbridge did to Harry Potter while she was at Hogwarts? Do you still think she's a delightful woman? And what is up with you during HBP?!

I suppose the last question for Percy might actually come up during your new story, Fern, so feel free to ignore it if you're going to address it later.

I think I'll save my questions for Remus and Dora until after you've finished the new story, assuming you'll do the meme again. I want to ask Remus what he thought of Dora's new Patronus, but I think we'll find out. *g*
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 4th, 2005 05:23 am (UTC) (Link)
Leia, do you ever wonder what life would have been like if you had grown up with your real parents? Do you feel guilty for wondering?
I think all adopted children do. On a few occasions--which I sort of regret--I actually threw it at my parents. You know, "If I lived with my real father, he'd let me do whatever it is you're telling me I can't." Which is kind of funny, if you think about it.

Anakin, how much did your mother tell you of her history and family? Did you ever have the inclination to investigate your family roots while you were a Jedi or a Sith? I'm particularly interested in genealogy myself, and, since it seems your family is very important to you, I wondered....
I know very little about her family. They were merchants, and she was taken by pirates on a trade route. I was very young when I left, and unfortunately, I hadn't thought to ask her much about she always called "the old times." Sometimes she would tell me stories about gods and princesses that her father told her, but she didn't tell me stories about her father. Cliegg Lars told me that she'd hoped I would ask her when I grew up. He and Owen offered to tell me, but unfortunately, I had to rush off before they could. Without her to talk to, there wasn't much I could discover. They weren't an especially prominent family, and no one took any notice of the slave trade until the Empire moved in and... (He casts ghostly eyes to either side.) Er, until the Empire moved in and brutally cut short the lives of many perfectly innocent... well... No, actually I still don't regret that. We shut them down. But I didn't learn anything.

Percy, did anyone tell you what Umbridge did to Harry Potter while she was at Hogwarts? Do you still think she's a delightful woman? And what is up with you during HBP?!
D'you think I wanted to sit there watching them all gloat? Perfect Percy, wrong again. And you know they'd do it. The twins barred me from their foolish shop, and Dad's still not talking to me. Mum is Mum... sort of. But I'm sure even she wants me to go on at great length about how very, very wrong I was and grovel down in front of everyone. As to Dolores, she put on a decent act. I never saw anything untoward, and I don't feel at all guilty for missing what there was no reason for me to see.

Really.
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fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 4th, 2005 01:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
To Sirius, of Shifts...or Shades really, since that's when the trouble starts... If you could somehow contact Remus from behind the veil what would you have to say about his foolish nobility? How would YOU go about knocking sense into him (I'm almost afraid to ask.)
Don't get me started. I should have expected it. Bloody Lupin--always taking two steps back. Poor old werewolf my arse. He's just got an attack of nerves. In school, he tried to back out of a date, and James and I just tied him up and dragged him down to the common room. She asked why he was tied up. He certainly wasn't about to tell her the truth, so out he went. I don't know if that would work. Might be worth a try. Though I suppose this whole new "I'm-poor-I'm-old" angle might still float. I think I'd probably just make fun of him for it until he laughed. That usually works with Lupin. You know, along the line of, "Oi, Moony--want a game of cards, or are you too dangerous to gamble with?" You know. Just constant stuff.

To Andy Tonks:
1. How do you feel about Remus pretty much breaking your baby's heart, even if it is his way of "protecting her"?

I'm so furious I can't even speak. Of all the utterly idiotic premises! Remus knows better. We took him in for years when he had no one else, and he opts for hurting Dora thinking that suddenly he's not good enough?

2. How's it coming with trying to make Tonks a big sister?
Ted and I are working on it quite diligently, but so far unsuccessfully. Well, at least in terms of actual babies.
sophonax From: sophonax Date: August 4th, 2005 11:25 am (UTC) (Link)

To young Mr. Morse (circa 2005, so not that young anymore)

What are your career plans? If you're still interested in the effects of disease on history, are you familiar with the work of Jared Diamond? If not, you really ought to be.

Also, will you go out with me?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 5th, 2005 12:56 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: To young Mr. Morse (circa 2005, so not that young anymore)

What are your career plans? If you're still interested in the effects of disease on history, are you familiar with the work of Jared Diamond? If not, you really ought to be.
Guns, Germs, and Steel... would I miss it? I plan to read further in his list, but I find myself quite occupied of late, and far from large libraries.

I pursued my morbid interest for years as entertainment, and became quite engrossed in the diseases themselves. I ended up reading biology and microbiology at uni. I've been working with a group physicians, traveling to plague-struck areas, since I finished my studies last year, and plan to go on and study . It's far less entertaining to watch plague history in progress than it was to read about it in retrospect, and now I think of my erstwhile microscopic companions as enemies.

Also, will you go out with me?
Goodness! Well, I'm a bit out of touch at the moment, and covered with excretia until I can get to the makeshift shower in the village, so I'm possibly not the best catch going!
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dudley_doright From: dudley_doright Date: November 22nd, 2005 07:18 am (UTC) (Link)

Dear Ted,

I'm ordering Abbey Road from Amazon right now, and if I add another album, I get free shipping, so I'm thinking it's gonna be another Beatles one. Which do you think I should pick up? While we're at it, are you more of a fan of their later work, or the mop-top days? Favorite song?
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