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Time for the Ask-My-Characters-Anything meme again - The Phantom Librarian
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Time for the Ask-My-Characters-Anything meme again
I'm bored and not sleepy yet, while both cats are very sleepy and are therefore leaving me to my own devices.

Anyway, I like doing this meme. Any questions for any of my O.C.s from any story... ask, and the character will answer.

BTW, thanks for all the nice things about Cinderpelt. She's coming out of her shell a bit, and even tried to make friends with Jelly Roll today--went right up to him despite the hissing and growling and tried to touch noses. Jelly wasn't receptive, but he didn't bat at her or anything. Just kept hissing and growling. I hope he gets over it.
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kizmet_42 From: kizmet_42 Date: August 15th, 2006 04:05 am (UTC) (Link)
Andromeda, what were you thinking when Nymphadora asked you to open the gate?

Ted, did you like Peter Pettigrew?

Fiona, would you consider animagus training for people in the new werewolf community (presuming that it's going to work)?

Vivian, what do you like best in the place you're staying right now?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 15th, 2006 04:46 am (UTC) (Link)
Andromeda, what were you thinking when Nymphadora asked you to open the gate?
I'm not sure "thinking" was precisely the right word. At first, I didn't think I'd heard her correctly. I've always been a bit... circumspect about what I've learned, and she never showed the slightest curiosity. Even when she was studying to be an Auror, she neve as much as came to me and said, "You're the sister of one person in Azkaban and the cousin of another... tell me, Mum--is there anything you think I ought to know about this sort?" And then, out of nowhere, she asked me to do a dark spell. Ted told me later that he'd had to point out the idea, but still.

I must admit, though, I was glad that she found me useful, even if it's an element of myself that she doesn't especially care for.

Ted, did you like Peter Pettigrew?
We all liked Peter. Sirius included, though you wouldn't have known it from his grumblings last year. Peter didn't go about with a sign on his forehead that said "I am a Death Eater," you know. He was a nervous thing, always worried that he'd said the wrong thing. The sort of person you want to protect from people who'd call him on any mistake. I would have never called him a bosom friend--looking back, I suppose that may have been the only visible sign; Peter never invited friends from outside of his circle--but certainly, yes, I liked him.

Fiona, would you consider animagus training for people in the new werewolf community (presuming that it's going to work)?
Quite a lot of them aren't human in the first place, so it's not an issue. For my family and myself? No--I find the whole story somewhat troubling after a life spent among werewolves. The only proper answer when the moon is full is to stay away.

Vivian, what do you like best in the place you're staying right now?
Anything I ask to learn, she teaches me. Even Lupin didn't do that.
zyprexia From: zyprexia Date: August 15th, 2006 04:08 am (UTC) (Link)

for... Daffy in the Shades universe

Is Daffy a nickname? How did you get it? Do you ever get Muggle references to the cartoon character Daffy Duck?

:)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 15th, 2006 04:50 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: for... Daffy in the Shades universe

Is Daffy a nickname? How did you get it? Do you ever get Muggle references to the cartoon character Daffy Duck?

Oh, yes. My real name is Dafydd, which is actually pronounced quite a lot like "David," but one look at Welsh spelling by a pack of eleven-year-olds did me in forever. I don't mind it, really. It's sort of funny that I, of all people, have a nickname that's about being a little bit crazy, as the only strange thing about me is that, in my group, I'm more or less normal. Of course, it also might just mean "silly," which Maddie assures me I can't argue with.

And Sanjiv brought me a Daffy Duck sticker to put on my book satchel.
akilika From: akilika Date: August 15th, 2006 04:08 am (UTC) (Link)
Vivian: Are you sure it's really nice to be looking at everybody in the water? I mean, privacy . . . has the Lady of the Lake mentioned anything about that?

Granny: What's your take on recent events?

(Sorry, with the recent cat-things, I had to . . .>_> :))
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 15th, 2006 04:54 am (UTC) (Link)
Vivian: Are you sure it's really nice to be looking at everybody in the water? I mean, privacy . . . has the Lady of the Lake mentioned anything about that?
What do you mean? Oh, wait... oh, I don't watch them doing anything nasty! And I can't hear them if they're saying private things, so what does it matter if I look in on them now and then. The Lady does it.

Granny: What's your take on recent events?
Well, I'm glad The Man is at home quite a lot. He feeds and plays with me. I was left alone a lot when I was staying with The Girl. It's good to have a child nearby again. I'd forgotten how they purr. Or whatever it is that humans do when they're amused. The Girl smells different lately, though. She always looks the same, and her scent never changes. It's almost a sickly scent. I worry.
hobbitguy1420 From: hobbitguy1420 Date: August 15th, 2006 04:19 am (UTC) (Link)
Father Montgomery, how did you react when you found out about magic for the first time? Do you ever have any regrets?

Andromeda, how much of your family's... er... Darker tradition did you decide to learn? Do you ever consider passing it on?

Alderman - what would you like to do, once you've gotten away from Greyback?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 15th, 2006 05:03 am (UTC) (Link)
Father Montgomery, how did you react when you found out about magic for the first time? Do you ever have any regrets?

Well, I was very young when Ralph got his letter. I'd barely stopped believing in fairies in the back garden when it turned out that they were real after all... and all of those years of Ralph saying that there was no such thing! Ha. I'd like to say something profound about how it helped me to have faith in the unseen, but in fact, it's never been much more than a curlicue in my life or my faith. There is deeper magic, as Mr. Lewis once said, and it makes all of the flash and fireworks of what Ralph does seem trivial. But amusingly trivial. The darker aspects of magic were things I learnt of later on. I suppose I think of the dark side of anything as an integral part of it. Magical creatures are just creatures. And werewolves are just poor, cursed souls. When I first took Mag's confession... well, obviously, I can't share the details... I felt so horribly sorry for her.

What sorts of regrets do you mean? Family and children and so on? I suppose we all feel that sometimes, but I didn't choose this business; it chose me. It's hard to regret what I didn't choose.

Andromeda, how much of your family's... er... Darker tradition did you decide to learn? Do you ever consider passing it on?
I learned the important principles--various fluids used, the importance of desire, and so on. I learned some disturbing things one can use one's own body for. I stopped when I realized how often other's bodies were used instead. I would have happily taught my daughter what I know--within a moral context--but she never asked.

Alderman - what would you like to do, once you've gotten away from Greyback?
I want to get better at reading, and perhaps sit around with a book, as I saw Lupin do from time to time. He seemed to like it. And I reckon I ought to think about having a job to help pay my way in the world.
From: (Anonymous) Date: August 15th, 2006 05:07 am (UTC) (Link)
Fiona - How have your feelings towards werewolves changed over time? Were you always somewhat sympathetic, or did that come later? And what do you think it will be like re-integrating Robert into your family after he's spent so many years with Greyback?

-Cara
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 15th, 2006 05:15 am (UTC) (Link)
I hate lycanthropy, and there's a hearty subsection of werewolves who I would happily toss into Azkaban and put on a vegetarian diet. After Robert was bitten, I hated them all the more--you must realize that rather than thinking of Robert as one of them, I think of him as their victim. It took some time for me to come across the idea that there were others like Robert, clean ones who weren't there by their own volition. But I still believe that we mustn't take these exceptions as an excuse to be careless. Remus Lupin and Robert may be out there, but so is Fenrir Greyback and the rest of the adults in his pack.

It won't be easy, bringing Bobby back. I've tried to prepare my other two children and my husband, talking about what he once liked and how much I'm looking forward to seeing him, but how can I reassure them when every other minute, something is thrown at me that makes my stomach tie itself into some sort of complex sailor's knot? He taught that child to catch and kill birds with her hands? Who will my son be? What has Greyback done to his mind?

I don't have the answers to those questions. That makes me nervous.
From: (Anonymous) Date: August 15th, 2006 05:46 am (UTC) (Link)
Maddy, how do you feel about Remus Lupin and his current role in Tonks's life? He's broken off their engagement but doesn't leave her alone to move on with her life.

TDU
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 15th, 2006 12:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Maddy, how do you feel about Remus Lupin and his current role in Tonks's life? He's broken off their engagement but doesn't leave her alone to move on with her life.

Please excuse my mad gales of laughter at the thought of Tonks "moving on with her life" at any point before she's damned well ready to. He could move to Antarctica and take up with a penguin, and she'd still be writing to him every week and turning everyone else down. She's my best friend and I love her quite dearly, but when it comes to the people she loves, she is simply very, very stubborn.

That said, Lupin knows her as well as I do, possibly better (er, well, certainly better in some aspects). I get the feeling that he knows exactly where the boundaries of her stubbornness are, and he deliberately stays inside of them so that she won't give up on him. That's why Sanj and Daff are so annoyed with him. For myself? I don't think Tonks would be happy if she were to move on as he wishes, so I suppose it's just as well.
From: (Anonymous) Date: August 15th, 2006 07:28 am (UTC) (Link)
Sanjiv, Maddy & Daffy Have any of you considerd, now that Tonks has introduced you, going to Remus and having a talk with him. And if so what would each of you have to say?

Lady in the forest is there anything you would warn either Tonks or Remus about? Can you see only things as they happen or can you see things that are coming?

Alderman how are things really? Now that you are having to take care of the pups have you thought of being a teacher like Remus?

Thanks, Katsulas
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 15th, 2006 12:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sanjiv, Maddy & Daffy Have any of you considerd, now that Tonks has introduced you, going to Remus and having a talk with him. And if so what would each of you have to say?
Sanjiv: Well, I reckon that I'd have said it by now, with him living right across the village from me.

Daffy: That's just because you can't think of what to say any more than I can. If you tell him he's a cruel, sadistic bastard, he'll just agree and say that's why he thinks Tonks oughtn't be around him. And if you tell him he's just being a fool, he'll say, "You're right, she deserves so much better!" So, how exactly do you make him feel worse?

Sanjiv: Punch him in the mouth?

Maddie: (pretends to be Remus, puts hand to mouth) 'Yes, yes... I know I deserved that. And she certainly deserves someone who doesn't have a split lip...'

Sanjiv: It would be a lot easier to hate him for making her miserable if he didn't bloody worship her.

Lady in the forest is there anything you would warn either Tonks or Remus about? Can you see only things as they happen or can you see things that are coming?
Oh, dear--I believe Fern is goint to write something about this soon, though, like all matters of the future, it's all couched in obscure images. I've learned to read them over the years, but it's very easy to be wrong about particulars. When I look at the present, it's clear enough. When I look into the future, I see a broken man lying still on a bed, and I see a woman going to him. I see a swamp of blood. But I also see flowers and children. There's no clear path. Any time I try to see further than a year, it becomes amorphous. And lit only by flashes of lightning. It seems that every time I look into the future, I see lightning. It doesn't bode well for anyone. As to Tonks herself, of whom I am quite fond, I am concerned, but I can hardly warn her as to why. All I've seen is an image of her body torn and open, but as she is fully conscious and weeping, I have to assume that's a metaphor. Lupin is well aware of the things likely to go wrong.

Alderman how are things really? Now that you are having to take care of the pups have you thought of being a teacher like Remus?

A teacher? That would be a fine thing to be, but I reckon I'd have to learn to read better, and have a bit of schooling. Things are tense. Blondin is going to get himself killed, and I can't do a thing to stop it. Evvie kept trying to run away, which is really why I told her what we're doing--if she's going to run away, it would be safer to do it with the rest of us.
aeterna13 From: aeterna13 Date: August 15th, 2006 12:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Directed at any of the werewolf children who feel inclined to answer: What's life like for you now that Remus is gone? What would you want to do (ahem) *if* you were to get away from Greyback?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 15th, 2006 12:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Blondin: The miserable old coot thinks he can still pat me on the head and tell me I'm alpha, just like nothing happened. I saw him kill Mag, you know, and knock down the school. I never got to finish my book with the dragon and the hobbit and the dwarves, because he ripped it and threw it away. I got the rest, but they're getting sodden in the cave. If I got away from Greyback? I reckon I'd come straight back to kill him.

Alderman: Not if I can help it.

Blondin: Who says you can?

Alderman: I'm bigger and I can cuff you into next week.

Evvie: It doens't matter, Blondin. You won't be able to come back. (turns to aeterna) I'd like to be on the stage. I could be a very famous actress. So famous that they'd just let me skip plays when the moon is full. And I would have pretty dresses and everyone would make a fuss over me.

Hamilton: What'd they do that for?

Blondin: They always do that with pretty puppies. (pats Evvie's hair) Ooo, puppy want a dog treat? Woof, woof!

Evvie: (glares)
olympe_maxime From: olympe_maxime Date: August 15th, 2006 02:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
Vivian: what's the best thing you've learned from the Lady? Do you talk to her a lot? What she more like, your big sister or your mom - or is it neither?

Alderman: Did you ever want to leave the pack before Remus came along? Did you ever feel seriously negative towards Greyback before? Why?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 15th, 2006 08:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
Vivian: what's the best thing you've learned from the Lady? Do you talk to her a lot? What she more like, your big sister or your mom - or is it neither?

The best thing I've learned? That all girls are beautiful--even me!--and that being beautiful is something we own to do with as we will. She doesn't talk a lot with anyone, and if you ask me, she's forgotten how it's done. She always comes down like she's about to strike something with lightning, even if it's just to ask if I want something to eat. I don't really remember what it's like to have a mum, but I imagine that making sure I don't starve and giving me clothes and teaching me things is more like a mum than a sister. Mostly, we're still getting used to one another.

Alderman: Did you ever want to leave the pack before Remus came along? Did you ever feel seriously negative towards Greyback before? Why?

I never thought much about it one way or the other. I mean, what else would I do? That's what Greyback always said--that we had nowhere else to be, and he was helping us by letting us stay with him. Lupin told me that we could be more. I don't think I ever hated Greyback before that, because I didn't realize what all he'd done.
From: texasstar7 Date: August 15th, 2006 10:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Lady of the Lake, did you have a family once? What happened to your parents? Did you ever have children?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 16th, 2006 01:21 am (UTC) (Link)
I don't know about my past. I remember... a very long time. I think I've always been, in some way. I never remember parents. Could I have had children? I thought of it once, but I had other priorities then.
From: tonkstipied Date: August 15th, 2006 10:30 pm (UTC) (Link)

Finally...

I have got my livejournal id after everybody trying to convince me to do it. I must admit that you have got me hooked to your stories thanks to buckbeakie all through the year. Not only shades but the rest of it. And well, you have heard this a million times but i had to say it one more if you don't mind. THEY ARE BRILLIANT. So in any case, I'm rambling on and on and I do have a question for a character of yours.
- Meda, darling, where, how and when did you learn all that? It's bloody scary! I'm still traumatized
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 16th, 2006 01:33 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Finally...

Meda, darling, where, how and when did you learn all that? It's bloody scary! I'm still traumatized

Oh, dear. I didn't mean to disturb you quite that much.

I'm afraid I was just raised with this business. There wasn't even an idea that it was wrong to completely lose yourself in a spell. It was Maddie who found the spell in the bowels of the Ministry somewhere, but you have to be somewhat accustomed to the processes of dark magic to perform it. I knew enough--understood enough--to make it work, simply by osmosis, living in my family.
From: tonkstipied Date: August 16th, 2006 07:46 am (UTC) (Link)

What I don't understand though

is why didn't I ask? I mean, curiosity wasn't exactly a treat I was ashamed of, was it? so I ask myself now... why didn't I ask Mom?

--- I know I ask one question already and I won't abuse you. Thanks anyway for replying to that ---
From: (Anonymous) Date: August 16th, 2006 02:02 am (UTC) (Link)
You did say we could ask a question to characters from any story, right? So, unles it would constitute a spoiler for yet-unwritten fics...

Carina Lupin, how did your parents and siblings react to your being sorted into Slytherin, and how did you feel about it?

-Cara
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 16th, 2006 03:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't think it was much of a shock by the time I was eleven--Mum and Dad had already spent ten years saying, "Carina, you shouldn't take advantage of this" and "Carina, it does matter how you play the game"...

Mum just shook her head and gave a long-suffering sigh. She and Dad sometimes made jokes about "How did we get a Slytherin?" but of course, they know perfectly well where I come from. It's not like you need to be a changeling in my family to get sorted into my house. Mira had a betting pool going, and she won it, so she didn't mind at all. Orry said he was glad because now it gave him a reason to hate my guts. Which didn't stop him from throwing a Quidditch game when I fell off my broom and he ignored the Snitch to come catch me, mind. Gryffindors.
shadowturquoise From: shadowturquoise Date: August 16th, 2006 03:04 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm another one who has been lurking to read your absolutely wonderful writing for longer than is decent without introducing myself. I hope you don't mind too terribly.

Shadow

Alan: In that year you shared an office with Raymond, did you not notice anything unusual about him or Dora?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 16th, 2006 03:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Unusual? Oh, plenty of unusual things. But then, I spend my spare time with people who play with swords and dress in medieval clothes; "unusual" is a relative term. I suppose I was surprised to find someone who didn't know what Star Trek was. I mean, I can think of quite a few people who don't follow it, but you have to live in quite the coccoon not to have the slightest idea what the Enterprise is.

Of course, there were odd rumors about just how Mr. Lewis got home. The boys often noticed him walking into the woods at the end of the day when Dora didn't pick him up, and not coming back, even though they know perfectly well the woods end in a chain link fence above a river. There were any number theories, each odder than the last, finishing up with Daniel Morse's suggestion that he just went in there and disappeared. I suspect he was just birdwatching or whatnot, waiting for Dora to have time to come and get him. It's a full-fledged Smeltings legend now--the teacher who disappeared in the woods one day, and might appear out nowhere from any other shadowy place. (Landon Fitz utterly swears he saw a ghost that looked like Lewis--only younger--wandering out of the woods near Huntsford, and Stephen Wells claims he saw him disappear from Charing Cross Road one day. Also younger. I tried to explain the concept of aging as a continual process, but you know boys once they get hold of spooky story.)
sea_thoughts From: sea_thoughts Date: August 16th, 2006 08:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Fiona, what are the three most attractive things about Sirius? And what are the three most off-putting things about him? ;D

If he's not batting, that is a good sign. It means that he's not feeling quite as threatened. He's getting used to her presence, even if he doesn't like it. ;)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 17th, 2006 12:27 am (UTC) (Link)
I can't say I really knew Mr. Black well, except when he was a slightly younger student at Hogwarts. He certainly had charisma, and could keep people energized. Off-putting? He was awfully rude, as I understand it.
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