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Spewing out too many words since November 2003
fernwithy
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My roommate's ferret, Eve (short for "Evil Weasel"), had to be put to sleep two weeks ago. The roommie was upset about it and forgot to tell me. (A danger of two introverts sharing living quarters; we come home and close doors and don't talk much.) Eve was really up there and had only been coming out for fifteen minutes or so in the evening, so I wasn't sure whether this had happened or not until today. Just going up to L and saying, "Is your beloved pet dead?" seemed nasty, though I had a very strong suspicion. I didn't know Eve very well--she lived in L's room most of the time--but she was cuddly and sweet-tempered, and she loved to eat raisins more than anything in the world. I don't like living in a house without pets, and her scrabbly little claws on the floors were a cheerful sound.

Bye, Evie. You'll be missed. What will I do without my sweaters smelling like ferret and something little and furry scooting around my feet in the kitchen?

In other, less depressing areas, I will make up rules for a "good act" challenge tonight and post it tomorrow. I don't know about "pan-fandom"--any fandom at all--but since my journal is about evenly split between SW and HP readers, I'd at least like to invite both of those. Maybe LotR and Buffy as well.

Well, I have a chat to get to. This fic-related meme sounded fun, when I read it at apocalypsos's journal:

Are there any questions you'd like to ask any of the characters from any of my fics? Post it in a comment and the character shall respond.

(These can be canon or original characters.)

I feel a bit...: melancholy melancholy

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mafdet From: mafdet Date: April 27th, 2004 08:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm sorry to hear about your roomie's ferret. It's tough to lose a beloved pet. And I don't like living in a petless, or more specifically catless, house either. I only have done that briefly years ago and then I got Stella, who is now 15.

OK, questions for your characters:

1) Gilderoy, when did you get your teeth fixed, and have you had any other plastic surgery?

2) Andromeda, did you ever have a hot date with Gilderoy?

3) Ted, what do you think of the Rolling Stones?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: April 27th, 2004 09:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
1) Gilderoy, when did you get your teeth fixed, and have you had any other plastic surgery?
Ah, that's an interesting story, really. I was doing battle with a dark wizard during the summer after fourth year...

(Andromeda: Gilderoy...)

Oh. Right. Well, the truth of the matter--precisely--is that I really was rather good at Charms. I observed Madam Pomfrey repairing a dental accident after a Quidditch match during my fourth year, and designed a charm to assist those poor, suffering children who are dentally disfigured....

(Ted: Mate...)

Right. There was a pretty girl. I decided to straighten my teeth for her.

For what it's worth, it is the Charm Madam Pomfrey still uses.

(Looks defensively at Andromeda and Ted, who look back suspiciously but don't argue.)


2) Andromeda, did you ever have a hot date with Gilderoy?
:Wordless laughter for several minutes:

:gets control:

Er, all right. No. I could leave it at that, but it's not entirely satisfying, is it? No, Gilderoy remained our friend--despite his, er, freedom with certain facts--and we did arrive at a dance together once, at which point he spotted he spotted his dear friend Eleanor, who had come alone, and I went to dance with Ted. Bella was quite annoyed. I'd promised the family that I wouldn't walk through the door with a Muggle-born. I didn't promise what would happen on the other side of the door. :smiles:

(Ted: And she swears that she doesn't have a Slytherin streak.)

3) Ted, what do you think of the Rolling Stones?
Not my cup o' tea, really. Bit screechy, to tell the truth. Aside from the Beatles, I liked Herman and the Hermits and the Beach Boys. Liked the Monkees, too, mostly because they admitted flat that they were only playing around. They were funny. Late sixties, I started listening to the folk music. I like music I can understand the words for and sing along.

(Andromeda and Gilderoy shake heads sadly.)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: April 27th, 2004 09:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Gilderoy: Oh, forgot a bit--no, I've had no surgical alterations.

Andromeda: It's purely magical.

Ted: Bit of hair potion--

Andromeda: Skin charms--

Ted: Bubotuber pus to keep down the acne scars--

Andromeda: But to be fair, he did build up his muscles quite naturally. Lugging around the crates of potion supplies did wonders for his build.

Ted: Watch it.

Gilderoy: Thank you, Andromeda.

Andromeda: (sighs) You know, you really are quite good with skin and hair care products, Gilderoy. Why didn't you go with that idea?
mafdet From: mafdet Date: April 28th, 2004 07:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you! Ted, I bet you know the words to Peter Paul and Mary's "Puff the Magic Dragon" and even taught little Dora to sing it, right? ;>
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: April 28th, 2004 08:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
'Course I did. And I'm telling you, it's about a bloody DRAGON</>!!! One of those three was a wizard or witch, I'm telling you. It's about a Muggle-born boy whose parents made him give up magic.
h311ybean From: h311ybean Date: April 27th, 2004 10:44 pm (UTC) (Link)

Sorry to hear about your friend's ferret. Our dog is getting on in years and it hurts to see her limp around. I don't think we'll put her to sleep just yet, though; the vet said she just needed a diet and exercise.
volandum From: volandum Date: April 27th, 2004 11:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Err... sorry.

Vader (Grace of Lady Vader), how much sterilisation did your wife's hands need to go through before she could rest them on your shoulders?

Shmi (The Sand Fair), why did you accept the offer of marriage?

Dritali (The Penitent), how did the other people at Sanctuary respond to your ideas about heroism when you first arrived?

Vertash (The Penitent), what career choice did you finally decide on?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: April 28th, 2004 07:52 am (UTC) (Link)
Vader (Grace of Lady Vader), how much sterilisation did your wife's hands need to go through before she could rest them on your shoulders?
My shoulders are rather well protected, even during sterilization. But my wife is attentive to my health--moreso than I am--and she took great pains to avoid infection, submitting to an antibacterial spray on all exposed skin.

This was, nevertheless, a lesser concern than the length of her nails. My skin protects from most contagions, but is rather easy to puncture.

Shmi (The Sand Fair), why did you accept the offer of marriage?
Aside from love?

I was surprised. I know, it sounds strange. I'd gone to the farm to be a companion, to help with Owen... but marriage hadn't occurred to me. I was a slave for such a very long time--it seemed an impossible thing, and I had put it out of my mind. I wasn't a young woman when Cliegg met me--younger than I looked, after years in the desert, but still not young. There would be no more children. But Cliegg...

He loved me. And he desired me. And he was kind. When he asked me to marry him, I said yes before I really understood what I'd been asked. I have no regrets.

Dritali (The Penitent), how did the other people at Sanctuary respond to your ideas about heroism when you first arrived?
Hmmm. Ah...

Well, it's probably a lucky thing that Kit had strict rules about squabbling over the war at Sanctuary. I got a lot of dirty looks at first, when I talked about Lord Vader being a hero. Kit finally had to talk to me about it--tell me some other things. Uglier things. So that I'd understand what it meant to the other children when I spoke. He suggested that I should find a different way to honor Lord Vader. So I learned to fight. Vertash taught me at first, but then I wanted to go further. And I started taking care of the smaller children the way Lord Vader took care of me. After awhile, they all got used to it, and I stopped talking about him, unless someone asked. But I never lied about what my inspiration was. It was a compromise. But eventually, it worked out.

Vertash (The Penitent), what career choice did you finally decide on?
Kerea and I settled on Yirisu, where she designed dresses. Did well, too, I'll point out.

I drifted from job to job for awhile while she got established, and I built our house--it's Yirisan tradition for a man to build a house for his intended, which she doesn't see the inside of until the wedding day. It was a pretty house, and I got some attention for design, and did that for awhile, but ultimately, when the children were born, I chose to work at home. I studied Yirisan religious traditions and wrote extensively on them.

On a volunteer basis, I spent a lot of time advocating for other Imperial orphans and widows--the widows, particularly, were often in a tight spot. A lot of the new members of the Republic wanted to keep punishing them. I didn't like the idea. So I used my contact with the Chancellor to advocate for them. At least until Perup Taswell--he was still living on Indala, at Rison's Deep, which is a proper town now--was elected to the Senate, and could do it in a more official capacity. Then again, I kept working his campaigns.
volandum From: volandum Date: April 28th, 2004 08:46 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you.
myf From: myf Date: April 28th, 2004 05:11 am (UTC) (Link)
Remus! When are you going to open your eyes?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: April 28th, 2004 07:54 am (UTC) (Link)
I beg your pardon? What do you--

Oh.

:shuffles for old letters and drawings, and settles in his favorite armchair to look at them again:

:doesn't look at them; just stares into the fire for several minutes:

I'm sorry, did you ask me something?
calico321 From: calico321 Date: April 28th, 2004 10:46 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm so sorry about Eve :( I've got a house full of pets and two of my dogs are old or terminally ill. It's just a matter of time. *sigh*

Questions, questions...

Andromeda: What was your wedding like? (Of course if you just want to write a fic about this, you don't have to answer *wink*)

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: April 28th, 2004 11:06 am (UTC) (Link)
Andromeda: What was your wedding like? (Of course if you just want to write a fic about this, you don't have to answer *wink*)
Well, I believe Fern is planning a fic about this--she's written part of it, when my nosy little cousin was snooping on what was meant to be a private moment...

(Sirius: You were right out in the open in the middle of the Forbidden Forest.)

Key word, forbidden? :smiles: I forgive him though. He was helpful. And he was the only person who attended our wedding. That's all I'll say for now.
delleve From: delleve Date: April 28th, 2004 03:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm sorry about Eve. I just lost my gerbil two weeks ago so I know how much the little pet noises are missed.

Anyways, questions.

Sirius: When pranking your cousins (not Andromeda, never Andromeda) have you ever used any muggle devices of practical jokes? If so, what and to whom?

Ted: What are your thoughts on Yoko Ono? Heh.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: April 28th, 2004 03:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sirius: When pranking your cousins (not Andromeda, never Andromeda) have you ever used any muggle devices of practical jokes? If so, what and to whom?

I didn't have much access to Muggle pranks at Hogwarts, and certainly not before Hogwarts. By the time I was out of school, my cousins... avoided me. So no, I never used any Muggle pranking material on them. Does it count if I wished I had? That snake-in-the-can trick would have made Narcissa scream simply beautifully in the Great Hall. I'd have had to dress the canister a bit to look like a box from Honeydukes, and I'd have attached a card from Lucius. And maybe added some fireworks.

:eyes go glassy:

Er, no. I never did. One of those noise making cushions would also have been delightful for Nar-Priss-a.

Ted: What are your thoughts on Yoko Ono? Heh.
I expect the Beatles were going their separate ways before her, so I won't lay that on her, tempting as it is. But I'm not likely to be an adoring fan either, and I reckon John had to be a little crazy.

Their boy is cute as a billywig's ear, though.
mafdet From: mafdet Date: April 28th, 2004 07:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love the thought of Narcissa sitting on a whoopee cushion. In front of Lucius. :D
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