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Challenge call - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
Challenge call
Mmm. Made my word count quota. Alas, I'm in an "I don't really care" phase, but I'm powering through anyway. ;p

Anyway, I slept in late, have nothing to do tomorrow (it's the last day of my vacation), and I feel like goofing around. Anyone have something short they want me to write?

ETA: I'm going to go out and have some fun on the last day of my vacation, and then I have my NaNo to do. I'll get to the remaining requests when I get my word count quotas in over the next couple of days.


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gloryforever From: gloryforever Date: November 20th, 2006 03:21 am (UTC) (Link)
A Marauder prank, possibly involving some food?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 20th, 2006 03:46 am (UTC) (Link)
Narcissa Black wasn't paying any attention to her dinner. It appeared in front of her--some sort of foreign noodle dish--and she toyed with it with her left hand while she continued her letter to Lucius with her right. He had been interested in knowing all the details of life at Hogwarts this year. He made a vague pass at calling it interest in her life (and, to be fair, he did seem interested in her trials and tribulations, and helped her through them), but she knew what he was really after, and for whom. So she wrote regularly about the activities of the Mudbloods and the ridiculous political causes they espoused. And she wrote about Dumbledore's repeated absences. Over Christmas holidays, the two of them had sat down with a calendar, trying to make sense of the patterns of his travels and--

Her wrist was suddenly yanked backward, her fork flying over her shoulder and clattering on the floor under the Ravenclaw table.

"Lose something, Cissy?"

She groaned and turned to find her cousin, Sirius, grinning on her other side, holding out a fresh fork.

She took it. "What are you doing?"

"I'm not doing a thing. Is it my fault you can't hold onto your flatware?" He laughed. "Or your quill."

Narcissa turned just in time to see her quill go flying toward the Head Table.

And down the length of the Slytherin table, other students were diving for forks, spoons, quills, and--in Severus Snape's case--a wand he'd been practicing charms with.

Sirius laughed merrily.

"Whatever you are doing," Narcissa said through clenched jaws, "stop it now, or your mum will hear about it."

"I'm just standing. Would you rather I sat?" He dropped down beside her, even put his wand down to show that he was harmless. "Come now, how can it be my fault that Slytherins have slippery fingers?"

"And your friends?"

Sirius gave a generous wave of the arm, and Potter, Lupin, and Pettigrew all waved back from the Gryffindor table, smirking insolently.

She heard a clatter and saw her spoon skittering toward her bowl. She slapped it down.

A noodle rose from the bowl, and slapped her across the face.


It had worked even better than James had anticipated--leave it to Moony to invent an undetectable charm on food. He had a one track mind. Of course, if Sirius hadn't sweet-talked the house-elves into letting them in before dinner, it never would have worked. He shook his head and gave Moony the thumbs-up, then felt a bony hand on his shoulder.

"Mr. Potter," McGonagall said, "perhaps you would be kind enough to explain why you're smiling..."
alkari From: alkari Date: November 20th, 2006 04:00 am (UTC) (Link)
ROTFL - great snippet, Fernwithy!

Now, just what *did* James explain to poor Minerva? He and the others will just have to learn not to be *quite* so obvious about their enjoyment of Slytherin disasters ...
eir_de_scania From: eir_de_scania Date: November 30th, 2006 07:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
I bet James DID manage a good explanation, though! :-P

kizmet_42 From: kizmet_42 Date: November 20th, 2006 03:50 am (UTC) (Link)
A snitch gets loose in Hogwarts. Who caught it and how?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 20th, 2006 04:20 am (UTC) (Link)
It was entirely against the rules, of course, and no one knew about it except for the five of them, so naturally at least two dozen spectators showed up in the Great Hall at midnight--half of them Ravenclaws, even though their prefects had absolutely forbidden any Ravenclaw to actually participate in the chase. The Gryffindor and Slytherin prefects might have made such announcements, but neither the Gryffindor team of Minerva McGonagall and Augusta Gamp (both fifth years, and inseparable since first) nor the Slytherin team of Bugga Black (another fifth year, and everyone knew better than to call her "Bugga" to her face) and little first year Tom Riddle seemed to have paid the slightest attention. The Hufflepuffs would have obeyed such a rule, but it hadn't been given. Amelia Bones knew this because she had promised the other prefects that she would take care of it. She hadn't specified how.

"Let's straighten out the rules," she said.

Minerva rolled her eyes. "I'd think it would be obvious, Millie. Just catch the Snitch. First House to get it wins."

"Wins what?" Tom asked. "There's no prize for illegal stunts." He didn't look like this bothered him, but then, he always seemed to have his own goals. Amelia had actually been surprised when Bugga had said she was bringing him along. It wasn't his style. Or hers, as Tom was Muggle-born, and Bugga had never hid her contempt for him--or any of them.

"Well," Augusta said, "if you get it, you can say you beat four fifth years who are all on their Quidditch teams."

"So what? You lot were the ones who let the Snitch loose in the first place."

"So we win," Bugga said. "I told you what you'll get."

"What did you tell him he'd get?" Minerva asked.

Bugga gave her a fake smile. "The respect of his House, of course."

The Slytherins in the crowd of spectators gave an encouraging cheer.

"All right," Amelia said. "The first one to bring the Snitch to the Head Table then?"

They all nodded, picked up their brooms, and hovered above the long house tables. Amelia scanned the enchanted ceiling and caught the motion of the escaped Snitch in a corner. "Go!" she said.

Minerva flew quickly, easily beating Amelia to the corner, even though she hadn't seen the Snitch right away and had picked up on Amelia's motion. But the Snitch had other ideas.

It dove under the Hufflepuff table, speeding along just above the floor. Tom dropped off of his broom and rolled under the table, making a grab at it. It flew directly at his face, taunting him, and he flailed at it with a kind of atavistic horror. One of its wings slapped him, then it broke away and flew. Tom raised his wand at it and yelled, "Petrificus Totalis!" He missed, but the hex hit the stonework, and part of it fell away.

"Idiot boy!" Bugga yelled and spiralled up to the ceiling, chasing the fleeing Snitch across the false image of the night sky. She shot her arm up, then yelled with sudden pain as her knuckles rapped the stone. The Snitch flew away.

Augusta was ready for it. She had picked up a decorative silver bowl, and as the Snitch skimmed over the top of the Slytherin table, she matched it in speed. Suddenly, she slammed the bowl down upside down. Amelia heard the Snitch struggling inside.

"I got it!" Augusta yelled. "I won!"

Amelia swooped down, Conjuring a flat plate as she went. She swept the bowl--with its captive--onto it, and flew to the Head Table. She set it down in front of Dumbledore's chair.

"Sorry, Gussie," she said. "But it helps to be the one setting the rules." She stuck out her tongue.

"You both cheated," Bugga said.

"This from a Slytherin?" Minerva said. "Not to mention someone who doesn't even know where the ceiling is?"

Bugga stormed out. Tom followed her, but she cuffed him to the ground. He glared after her. Amelia would have got up and gone to him to make sure he was all right, but he dusted himself off and went back.

Amelia rolled her eyes. "It really is yours, Gussie," she said. "It's only fair."

Augusta shrugged. "Don't worry. We'll split the winnings."

"Which," Minerva pointed out, "are as likely as not to be detention."

Amelia grinned. "I'm free this week. Are you two?"
ella_menno From: ella_menno Date: November 20th, 2006 04:24 am (UTC) (Link)
Adorable! (And I can't help wondering - is "Gussie" Neville's Gran?)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 21st, 2006 03:39 am (UTC) (Link)
That was the thought. :)
kizmet_42 From: kizmet_42 Date: November 20th, 2006 03:28 pm (UTC) (Link)

I didn't specify what generation because I was curious who you would pick. I didn't expect this group. (Bugga Black. Too funny!)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 21st, 2006 03:40 am (UTC) (Link)
I just love that that's an actual nickname for "Walburga." I found it online somewhere. It's perfect for her, and she'd perfectly loathe it.
hobbitguy1420 From: hobbitguy1420 Date: November 20th, 2006 03:54 am (UTC) (Link)

A prequel to Shifts and Shades, detailing Lupin, Sirius, and Dora's experiences and adventures, either during GoF or otherwise.

But in a short drabble-type sense...

Alan and Anna (possibly with some of the other Smeltings Bunch) run into an uncharmed Lupin. Do they recognize him? How do they react to the strangely familiar man?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 20th, 2006 05:01 am (UTC) (Link)
I may eventually do that. But for now, I'll hit the drabble. It will be a post-war time.


Alan had never cared for the brutalist architecture at the Institute of Education at the University, though he supposed it was appropriate enough for the meat-grinder of the educational system its students would be entering when they embarked on their careers. Anna had been cajoling him to teach advanced mathematics pedagogy during the summer term, on the thought that somehow, it would lead to him admitting that he rather liked teaching. She thought he didn't know that she, Joe, and Miriam had a betting pool on just when he would finally make a statement in that vein, but he shared an office with Joe Levinson and he knew most of what they all thought were secrets. He supposed they knew his secrets as well, not that any of them were particularly dire.

He hadn't intially planned to teach the course, but the other lecturer had got an invitation from Cambridge and Anna had finally pushed him to take the university's desperate job offer. She was standing in the shadows near the front door under the heavy, forbidding overhang of part of the building. He hurried up to her, scurrying her inside before it could fall on both of them. "Well," he said. "I wasn't expecting you. I did actually find my way to the classroom. I thought it would be a poor message of a teacher of teachers couldn't find a classroom."

She laughed. "I thought I'd audit today," she said. "Do you mind? You've audited a few of mine."

"It's fine," he said. "Glad for the company."

They were quite early, and when they got to the classroom, only one student had beaten them there. He was a very thin man, older than most of the students, but early in his middle age. He had light brown hair threaded with white, but his face was young, and his wedding band was still shiny. He was looking out the window, and seemed to be scribbling into a notebook, though when Alan got closer, he could see that it was actually a sketchbook, and he was capturing a group of teenagers hulking around their cigarettes on the street below.

"There's got to be something better to draw," he said.

The man spun around, his eyes wide. His mouth dropped open, then he quickly shut it. "Oh, sorry about that," he said. "For a moment I thought you were someone else. Someone I was definitely not expecting to see." But when he held out his hand, his eyes still held a certain wariness that was...


Alan frowned. "I'm teaching this class," he said. "Alan Garvey."

"Oh, yes. Professor Garvey."

"A mere lecturer, I'm afraid. I plan to go by Alan." He pointed to Anna. "This is Professor Garvey. My wife."

"I have a mad urge to learn pedagogy," she said. "You look familiar. Have we met somewhere?"

A smile played around the other man's lips. "I'm Remus Lupin," he said. "It's good to meet you both."

The other students started to arrive, and there was no further time to sort out why Remus Lupin seemed familiar, though the feeling grew as Alan taught the class (or Lupin did; he participated so much that Alan considered just handing him the lecturn). As the class ended, Alan saw him look over, start to take a few steps toward them, then shake his head and leave with a smile.

He was left alone with Anna.

"Is it just me?" Anna said.

Alan shook his head. "He seems damned familiar."

She drew out her cellular phone, an irritating accessory that she'd acquired a year ago and now grew out of her ear.

"Who are you calling?" he asked.

"Directory information," she said, then asked for the name of a company. "I have a theory. A relative of someone. I just need to get a number to find out and ask."

She had the operator put her through and said, "Ah, yes. I wonder if you could help me. A dear friend of mine, Dora Lewis, works for you company. She was transferred to your Australian office three years ago and... What?"

She frowned as she got more information from whoever she was talking to, then thank the person and hung up.

"You think it's someone related to Lewis? You're right--that's exactly who he reminds me of. Spitting image, when I think about it, and... what is it, Anna?"

"They don't have an Australian office," she said. "They never did."
From: (Anonymous) Date: November 20th, 2006 09:42 am (UTC) (Link)
This was one of the things I was going to ask for. I love the Smeltings staff and there wives. I love how well you have fleshed them out. I would love to see more of this maybe Remus and Dora meeting with the Garveys after class or just happenstance around town?

kizmet_42 From: kizmet_42 Date: November 20th, 2006 03:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
A cliffhanger! You give us a cliffhanger like that!!!

You're so cruel.
ella_menno From: ella_menno Date: November 20th, 2006 04:03 am (UTC) (Link)
I've always wondered if Remus might feel it his responsibility to make sure that Harry knows about "the birds and the bees." Your Remus and Harry have such a lovely dynamic between them, I think that sort of conversation could be rather sweet. Possibly dreadfully embarassing for both of them, but sweet as well. ;-)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 20th, 2006 05:37 am (UTC) (Link)
Harry arrived at the Shrieking Shack the day before Bill's wedding, more troubled than he ought to be at Lupin's summons, which had been very careful to emphasize that their meeting would have nothing to do with the war, and was not caused by an emergency. The house looked as out of repair as ever, and as deserted, but as Harry approached, there was a flicker of motion, and Tonks appeared out of nowhere near beside a broken gate. "Oi, Harry!" she said. "Let's get you inside." She waved her wand in a complex pattern, then did a second one and a third, and suddenly, the gate became whole, and opened up into a well-kept back garden that had looked like nothing but a weed-choked empty lot from the road.

"I have to go off to work," Tonks said. "He's waiting in the kitchen. Fidgeting. He's been fidgeting all morning."

"What, er..."

"Oh, you'll find out." She laughed as she walked away.

Harry went to the door and knocked. "Er... Professor Lupin? It's Harry. Tonks let me in."

"Yes, yes. Come in, Harry. I've got my hands a bit full."

Harry opened the door and found himself in the pleasant, sunny kitchen of a house he couldn't even connect to the Shrieking Shack he'd been in third year. "Wow," he said. "You've been working."

"Yes," Lupin said. He put a pile of books and scrolls down on the table. "Please sit down, Harry. I wanted to talk to you."

"So you said." Harry tipped his head and read the spines of the books. They seemed to largely be anatomy textbooks. The scrolls, rolled up, revealed nothing. "What is it?"

"Well," Lupin said carefully, "I've been thinking, with your father and Sirius both gone... well, I don't suppose your uncle has ever sat down with you, and it would be awkward for Arthur, of course, since you've been seeing his daughter..." He took a deep breath. "All right. That's enough. Harry, has anyone ever sat down with you and talked to you about sex?"

Harry felt his face go hot. "Er, well... eh... "

"I know, it's strange to just jump into it, but I don't know if anyone has taught you anything, and you're getting a bit old to not know."

"I, er..." Harry stammered. "Well, my last year in Muggle school, they gave us a cartoon book about, you know, changing bodies and so on. Drawings of where we'd get hair and how things happen. You know. There was a little cartoon fellow--" Harry couldn't quite say that it had been a cartoon of a sperm. "Sperm" was not a term one used with a former Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher. He made a sideways waving motion with his hand instead, and Lupin, who was also blushing now, nodded understanding. "It, well, explained."

"Right, then. We don't have to cover the how-to. Do we need to cover the how not to? I mean, how not to have... mistakes. Or pass certain social diseases."

"Well, Dudley had a box of"--Harry made a square shape with his hand and mimed tearing away the foil--"on his desk. I read the instructions."

"That's good to know. There are also magical alternatives." Lupin fished for a scroll and unrolled it. It showed diagrams of various complicated-looking charms directed at parts of the body Harry had not tried to charm before. Lupin shrugged. "Most people think this is bit more to think about than they're prepared for at such a time. Most wizards are happy enough to use Muggle methods."

Harry scanned the pictures for a few minutes, trying to imagine having the wherewithal to cast what amounted to an Imperturbable Charm on a very perturbed organ and the moment of its greatest, well, perturbation.

Lupin took a deep breath. "But you know... this is all just mechanics," he said, and his blush fell away. He grew serious. "There are more important things to know, and you're not going to find them in cartoon books or on tin foil wrappers..."
victorialupin From: victorialupin Date: November 20th, 2006 07:21 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, that was wonderful! Very in-character, and appropriately embarrassing. I always wish that we saw more scenes like this in canon. Er, not "birds and bees" scenes, of course, but Lupin and Harry interaction. :)
From: (Anonymous) Date: November 20th, 2006 05:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
Liked this but, also, found myself wanting to add things to Remus' quick bit on social diseases. I think that's an adult-female-with-teen-relations reaction, which means I found him fairly convincing. Very Lupin.

Still, I have this embarassing urge to explain to Harry that "safe sex" is really "reduced risk" sex and that there are some diseases it does very little to limit, discussing symptoms and consequences . . . . Oh, there are reasons kids feel the adults in their lives were put there to embarass them to death.

So, I think I know exactly what Lupin is feeling as he moves on from the mechanics to the really difficult part.

From: (Anonymous) Date: November 20th, 2006 04:39 am (UTC) (Link)
If you still have time for more requests, anything post-Shades that hints at the pups' future?

Or else an R/T with children futurefic. I love Lupinlet fluff!

I love the first two, by the way!

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 20th, 2006 06:29 am (UTC) (Link)
Carina was less than a month old, but she still knew she was the star of the show, Tonks thought, watching the baby make imperious waving gestures at her guests. Her hands were curled into fat little fists, and she looked for all the world like a petty dictator giving an impassioned four-hour harangue.

"The most adorable little dictator in the world," Tonks cooed, burying her face in the good, powered smell of Carina's skin and kissing her several times. "Aren't you? Are you Mummy's little demagogue?"

Carina gurgled something that sounded affirmative of the idea.

"What sort of thing is that to say?" Hermione asked, drifting over and smiling. Well, perhaps "waddling over" would have been more accurate--her fourth child was due within the month--but she always managed to look dignified, even while tipping precariously from foot to foot with a hand placed squarely on her lower back. She tickled under Carina's chin. "Little demagogue," she said. "You're too sweet for that, aren't you, Carina?"

"Just a joke she and I have," Tonks said.

"What is?" Remus asked, weaving through the crowd with Mira riding on his back.

"That Carina is a dictator."

"It's not a joke," he said. "I was the one getting the orders for nine months. That didn't happen with this pair." Orry was crawling industriously after him, distracted only by someone's dropped biscuit. Remus waved his wand and tossed the biscuit into a bin, and Orry hitched in his breath for a huge cry. Remus slid Mira off his back (kissing her forehead so she wouldn't start) and scooped him up. "I know," he said. "Daddy's just being petty and nasty, but you'll have to get used to it."

Orry's threatened cry became a loud sniffle or two, and he clung to the front of Remus's robes, pouting dramatically. Tonks shifted her nose at him, making it into something that looked like a pink potato. He giggled, and his thin hair turned purple. The biscuit thus forgotten, he reached for her, and Remus put him in her lap beside Carina.

Mira held up her arms to be picked up, but someone else called, "Mummy!" and Regan Weasley toddled over, carrying a picture book as tall as she was. Hermione went to get her out of the way of guests, and Mira ran after her, talking about the wonders of whichever of her books Regan had found. A moment later, they were curled up together, Mira reading aloud and Regan clapping for the pictures. Hermione was watching them fondly.

Remus sat down on the sofa beside Tonks. "I could hold the baby for a bit, if you're tired," he offered.

"You had through the whole of the social hour. It's my turn." Tonks smiled, and Remus kissed her over the babies' heads. "I promise I won't keep her for nine months this time."

He laughed and put his arm around her shoulders. He looked young and happy.

Tonks watched their friends milling about. Bill and Fleur and their little ones had brought in several of Greyback's pups from France--hardly pups anymore, of course. Evelyn was a tall young beauty who made a fat living having her picture taken for Muggle fashion magazines (she'd convinced them that she was just eccentric about not working on the full moon), and she was looking at all the children in the room with flat envy. Nate Blondin hugged her and her face softened. Vivian Waters was having an animated conversation with Harry Potter; Tonks guessed it was about Quidditch, with which Vivian had become utterly obsessed. Ginny had drifted over to Bob Alderman and his wife (a lovely girl from Beauxbatons whose name Tonks never remembered), and Frankie Apcarne was flirting hopelessly in Gabrielle Delacour's general direction. Gabrielle tolerated this with good grace.

Tonks leaned back into Remus's arm, the babies a warm and welcome weight against her chest. Until Carina thumped her little fist into Tonks's chin.

"Ah," Tonks said. "I believe I'm getting a summons. Would you care to take Orry?"

"I could take Carina," Remus offered hopefully.

"Er... not this time."
From: (Anonymous) Date: November 20th, 2006 10:15 am (UTC) (Link)

I'd love it too if you still have time

I agree with one of the other posts. When you are taking breaks from editing your book I would love if you would consider doing a prequel to Shifts and Shades. I would love to know what your Remus did in book 3 while teaching (during office hours like at Smeltings) and from the end of book 3 after leaving Hogwarts. What Remus, Sirius and Tonks were getting up to until Harry 1st met Tonks in book 5.

As for a short bit I would love to hear more about Tonks' school friends...Sanjiv, Daffy & Maddie. I had previously asked if they could give us more dirt on Tonks' school past including a reason for a few of her detentions. Maybe information they would be sharing over dinner with Remus helping him to know Tonks better and getting him to open up getting info from him for Tonks about his time at school.

Thanks Fern,

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 21st, 2006 03:42 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: I'd love it too if you still have time

I think book 3 from Remus's point of view would have way too much canon crossover. ;) But book 3 from Tonks's point of view, as she's in her last year of training and her department is hunting Sirius, might be fun. Book 4 from Remus's, maybe...
From: (Anonymous) Date: November 21st, 2006 09:41 am (UTC) (Link)
I'd love to get book 3 from Tonks' POV that would be great too. Although I thought as far as Remus is concerned it would be an opportunity to see how Remus saw his students like you did for him with the Smeltings kids. Maybe even times with his interactions with the rest of the staff: teas, gatherings, just sharing time with Minerva or Albus? Would he be able to call them that...his view on the full moon night when they finally meet up with Sirius. Because we always see things from Harry's POV in the books I thought it might be good to see just Remus...hey...how about both?

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 21st, 2006 04:19 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: I'd love it too if you still have time

Oops, forgot to do the drabblish thing!


"That was Tonks," Daffy said, coming back from the fireplace. "That bloody slave-driver Dawlish has her re-copying all of her paperwork. Something about her penmanship."

"Her penmanship is fine," Maddie said. "I'll bet she just filled it in with pink ink again."

Remus raised his eyebrows. "Again?"

"McGonagall made her do a detention to re-write a paper after she did it in pink ink." Sanjiv shrugged. "Like McGonagall couldn't have just Transfigured it into black ink if she couldn't read it. Honestly. And a woman who sends out business letters with bright green ink shouldn't talk."

"Well, she does have her rules," Remus said. Baby Francis, who had deigned to sit on his lap for a few minutes, stuck two chubby fingers in Remus's nose, and Maddie plucked him up, clucking at him for his bad manners. Remus didn't mind. "And Dora never has got along well with rules, has she?"

Maddie laughed, securing Francis on her lap for Daffy to aim strained peas at more easily. "Not at all. And I can't get used to Tonks being Dora."

"And I can't get used to Dora being Tonks."

"Trelawney actually insisted on calling her Nymphadora," Daffy said. "How she hated it. Of course, that's the only time I remember Trelawney giving anyone detention."

Remus smiled. "What on earth did she do to Sybill Trelawney?"

Maddie laughed. "She charmed all the crystal balls on the shelves to spell her name over and over. Tonks-Tonks-Tonks... Trelawney thought she was getting a special message from beyond and had told half the staff that she had a vision before Flitwick realized it was charmwork. Trelawney was furious. She made Tonks come up to that horrid, smelly room for hours and count out tea leaves every day for a week."

"Well, you wouldn't want inexact numbers of tea leaves to read," Remus said. "Can't blame her really. Were all of Dora's pranks like that? I've heard of flowers in Snape's dungeon and pink ink."

"Yeah, it was mostly decorative stuff. Or sneaking out at night. Over and over. But that was mostly with Charlie Weasley. She was bound and determined that she could be as reckless as any Gryffindor. Charlie liked to test that theory." Daffy managed to tip a spoonful of peas into Francis's mouth. "I don't suppose anyone ever dares Gryffindors to be as helpful as Hufflepuffs."

"Not that I recall, no."

The doorbell rang and Daffy waved his wand to open it before Remus had a chance to remind him to check the identity of his visitor, but it was just Dora. She looked around. "What are we talking about?"
From: (Anonymous) Date: November 21st, 2006 09:51 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: I'd love it too if you still have time

Thanks, Fern. I love that you did it with Tonks/Dora not there. It's just how things happen as friends and loved ones are left together. They start to share the other parts of us with each other to help flesh us out more completely. This is why we should never leave them alone together ;)

It was good of you to take the time.

Thanks again,

tdu000 From: tdu000 Date: November 20th, 2006 10:36 am (UTC) (Link)
They're all brilliant. You should get bored more often!
buckbeakbabie From: buckbeakbabie Date: November 20th, 2006 11:22 am (UTC) (Link)
Am I too late? I'd love to see some Daniel Morse/Mira Lupin. I just love the idea of those two together!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 30th, 2006 03:04 am (UTC) (Link)
It was finally morning, but Mira couldn't summon much happiness at the sight of the sun through the haze of smoke. She'd been up all night, scrambling from hut to hut, searching for survivors. The official story was a bombing. She ground her teeth at this--the Congoese Ministry was still tightly wound up with the Belgian Ministry, and held most of their countrymen in disdain, and they had thought nothing of blaming it all on just one more bit of African violence, and spreading it all over the world's media that way.

Well, what media bothered to report such things anymore. Destruction of African villages? How very common, dear.

That it was a curse cast by a foreigner whose business was somewhere else entirely?

It apparently couldn't even be suggested.

She tipped her head from side to side, trying to work out a crick in her neck, then looked up to the ridge. Daniel Morse was sitting there on a rock, his head in his hands.

She went to him.

"What is wrong with you people?" he asked when she reached him, not bothering to greet her. "Why are we cleaning this up?"

She sat down beside him but didn't look at him, looking instead at the mist rising over the land. Four months ago, in a confused and frightening week, they had been together in every possible way, but they knew it couldn't work, and had avoided temptation since. "I talked to Mum. The Ministry is sending someone. If they find out you know what really happened, they'll Obliviate you."

He sighed. "And I suppose they'll punish you and your family for not doing it after the incident with the nundu, when you had me up in Scotland?"

"We prevaricated a bit on that," she said. "Daniell, will you agree with the bomb story?"

"Right. Of course, one more--"

"I know, dammit," Mira said. "I think the same, but that's the cover story that they're going with. If you don't want them messing around with your memory then just play along."

"You're all mad. You think you know so much--"

"It's not that!" She stood and dusted herself off. "Daniel, everything we can do for Muggles is temporary. Every Muggle disease we can prevent uses the patient's natural magical strength to do it. We could keep a witch from getting cancer or AIDS, and we could clean out Ebola. Or we could clear a curse from a Muggle, since that's magically based. But we couldn't cure a Muggle of the same things we cure witches and wizards from, because we don't have the material to work with, but do you think anyone would understand that? Do you think they woulnd't blame us for only helping our own or whatnot? They'd expect us to work miracles, and honestly, you're more likely to be able to help than we are. But it would turn everything upside down. What do you think would happen to science if people started thinking magic would solve everything?" She sat back down miserably beside him. "Daniel, will you please promise to play along?"

"Maybe I should just let them Obliviate me. They do it all the time. They probably wouldn't too much, and I wouldn't have to to know about this nonsense. This offensive, arrogant, bloody--"


"Why not?"

"You'd forget everything, Daniel."

"That would be the point."

"You'd forget me."

He looked up at the sky. "So marry me," he said.


"You said there's no statute to worry about if people are married..."

"I don't want you to marry me just because--"

"Mira, I'm not going to lie to your Ministry. And there's only one way to tell the truth."

"I'm not going marry you just because you don't feel like lying to Ministry--"

He kissed her. "I love you," he said. "I have no intention of forgetting you, but I'll be damned if I spend the rest of my life lying to everyone. I want to marry you. It's mad, it's impossible, and it's what I want. We could have the elder do it before the Ministry gets here."

"My parents--"

"Call them. You sort don't take very long to travel."

Mira felt her heat beating hard against her ribcage.

Slowly she raised her wand.

Her Patronus flew into the distance.
buckbeakbabie From: buckbeakbabie Date: November 30th, 2006 09:06 am (UTC) (Link)
Poor Daniel feeling all frustrated. And then he asks her to marry him! Wow. Lovely scene, I really can't get enough of this couple. Thanks!
author_by_night From: author_by_night Date: November 20th, 2006 12:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yay, good for you!

Hm, something sort (if you're still in the mood)... how about Tonks and Remus in the snow? That's the prompt - the rest is all in your imagination. ;)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 30th, 2006 04:44 am (UTC) (Link)
Tonks had a week free of her training at Christmas, though Moody advised her to watch for sudden and unexpected tests, as she was nearly finished. She personally doubted that they had much time to spring surprise examinations on her. The monthly examination of the Black family vault at Gringotts had revealed the disappearance of some gold, and there were several goblins to interview about this curious fact. They were maintaining that anyone who wasn't wanted and came with a proper key, and that they had not seen Sirius Black. No one offered information on who had the proper key.

Tonks herself couldn't imagine where Sirius, a convict on the run, would have obtained it, especially as, according to Mum, he'd been disowned before he was arrested. He wouldn't have had a key to hide away at Azkaban.

Which was also a mystery.

"It's all right to stop working for Christmas."

She looked up, surprised, as she'd barely heard the pop from the Apparition. Remus Lupin was standing in the shadows of the Apparition shed, looking wan and weak--the full moon had passed the night before last, and he was obviously still weak--but smiling.

"Happy Christmas," she said. "I've been waiting for you since I got your owl. I wasn't expecting you."

He shrugged. "The students have enough questions about my frequent illnesses. With so few of them there, I had a feeling they might start asking me directly if I went to lunch at Hogwarts. Happy Christmas, Dora."

"Hmmph." She stood and headed out into the lightly falling snow. "Honestly, you could say, 'Well, I do love spending Christmas with my old friends instead.'"

"Oh, right. Because you doubt that."

She stuck her tongue out and caught a snowflake on it. Remus grinned and stuck his own out, but all of the snow missed him.

Tonks laughed and scooped a handful of fresh snow from the fence at the edge of the garden, lightly flinging it at him. This became a half-hearted snowball fight, until Remus moved his arm wrong and winced. Tonks led him over to the little wrought iron bench and sat down beside him.

"Sorry," she said. "I always forget that you're sick."

"I'd rather not be. Can I pretend I'm not?"


He leaned back. Tonks watched the snowflakes settling into his hair, blending into the improbable streaks of white. She'd had a mad crush on him as a child, and she still thought this spoke well of her taste in men, though it was good to have outgrown it, good to have him as a friend.

"The Wolfsbane potion is amazing," he said. "I'm still a bit weak and ill, but I can often think right through the whole thing. And it does kill some of the pain."

"That's good. I've read quite a lot about it in Potions Weekly. Not many know how to brew it. I wonder if old Snape would teach me, if I asked."

"Given his apparent love for teaching," Remus said dryly, "I'm sure he'd be happy to volunteer more time at it."

"Especially since he just adores me."

Remus shrugged. "I'm afraid you have me to thank for that. And Sirius, of course. Sirius wasn't kind to him. And I didn't stop him." His eyes grew distant. "I never stopped him. I never stopped him in time."

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 30th, 2006 04:45 am (UTC) (Link)



"No, I'm sorry. I don't mean to be maudlin on Christmas Day. I really haven't been this year. And if he does anything to contact me, I will stop him this time."

Tonks tapped the tip of his nose with her fingertip. "It's all right to stop working for Christmas," she said.

He smiled. "I should have you come in and talk to my NEWT classes," he said. "The newest Auror and all."

"I'm not there yet. And I know I'm going to fail Stealth."

"You just need practice."

"You know me--if it's worth a whole Gringotts vault to be graceful, I'll fall on my arse."

"You make yourself nervous. Once you're not nervous, you'll be fine."

"Oh, good. So I'll be nervous about how nervous I'm getting."

Remus looked around the back garden, frowning, then waved his wand and Conjured a paper snowflake. He handed it to her.

She looked at it curiously. "All right."

"Find a way to put it on me today at some point today without my knowing," he said. "Just for practice."

Tonks put it in her pocket. "We're both terrible at taking days off, you know."

"Oh, yes. Horrible." He smiled faintly, then out of nowhere, Tonks felt something freezing strike the back of her neck. Snow slid down under her collar, and Remus smiled wickedly. "Being ill doesn't prevent wand work," he said.

"Oh, if we're doing it that way--"

"Are you both mad?"

They looked up. Mum was standing at the door, pointing surreptitiously at the houses to either side of them. "Put that away."

"I cast a Distraction Charm," Remus said.

"Keep it inside anyway."

Remus nodded and put his wand away, then stood up. "By the way, Andromeda--Happy Christmas."

Mum, who had been on edge since July, just went back into the house, muttering.

Tonks followed Remus to the door, the little paper snowflake in her hand. As he opened the door for her, she tried to move casually, slip her hand over to his bony hip while they were accidentally close. Unfortunately, he turned back to the garden for some reason--she would never ask, as she would never acknowledge exactly where she ended up slapping him, and he would never mention it again. Tonks felt color rush up into her cheeks and struggled to morph herself to cover it, but when he turned around, she saw that he was more than a bit red himself. His hips brushed her side in the narrow doorway, and she scurried inside, tripping over Dad's nativity and falling into the kitchen.

She continued to trip over things throughout the day, and she was fairly certain that when she finally managed to get the snowflake attached to his cloak on the way out to the shed that he let her do it.
From: (Anonymous) Date: November 30th, 2006 12:04 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: continued

This is exactly the type of stuff I was hoping for. This gives us a view of PoA from Remus and Tonks' perspective. I love this. Oh please Fern may we have some more? Ok I really would love a Shifts/Shades sized amount of more but i'll take any other bit you have time for. I adore how you write Remus and Tonks/Dora. And think there is a lot more you could give us from both inside and outside of Hogwarts using our favorite characters.

I hope Nano has gone well for you too.

Thanks again as always for your wonderful writing,

olympe_maxime From: olympe_maxime Date: November 20th, 2006 03:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
If you're still taking requests - SIRIUS FIC! :) And since you've got 5th year nicely covered in Shades, could you do something with him during GoF?

The rest of what you've written is brilliant, though. I especially like the Anna-Alan one. I wish the WW let one make an exception in the Statute of Secrecy in the case of such lovely friends...
olympe_maxime From: olympe_maxime Date: November 20th, 2006 03:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
*facepalm* Shifts. I meant Shifts. And of course exceptions are made to Statutes, not in them.

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 30th, 2006 05:56 am (UTC) (Link)
The first thing Sirius had done when he'd arrived in Rio was get haircut. He'd gone to a Muggle barber--the first time he'd ever tried such a thing, and he felt quite daring about it. On a whim, he had it brought back to the style he'd worn the last few years before Azkaban, the way he'd worn it at Lily and James's wedding.

He stared at himself in a mirror when it was done. When his hair had been long and matted, he could fool himself that he was still the same foolish boy he had been then, just unkempt. Now, he could see the changes--the lines that had begun to form around his eyes, the strange, nameless difference in his skin, even a tiny spot where he thought his hair might be starting to recede, though, to be fair, that was covered by his fringe.

He was also too damned skinny.

"It is all right?" the barber asked in accented but perfectly understandable English.

"It's fine," Sirius said.

"You should get sunlight," he said. "English people... you all need sun."

Sirius smiled. "Yes, I suppose we do." He paid the barber with a bit of Muggle money that Dumbledore had sent him (well, actually, with money he'd exchanged Dumbldore's money for, but it was still Dumbledore's; he would need to get a job, and soon), and went out into the tropical afternoon. The world felt full of possibilities. Two pretty girls went jiggling past, wearing only the bottom parts of their bathing suits (how Mum had loathed that fashion... possibly the only thing she and Lily had agreed about), and he appreciated the scenery. One of them looked over her shoulder and winked at him.

He waved at them, and they giggled.

It drilled into his head. The scenery wasn't good enough to put up with giggling. Sirius liked women who laughed--big, loud belly laughs that made their feet twitch... or the promise of the same, at any rate. He'd rather a girl didn't laugh at all--or, even better, fought against laughing until she couldn't help it and doubled up, curling her legs under her and collapsing into a pillow, possibly waving her hands around in surrender to King Laugh--than have that silly, self-concious titter. Narcissa always giggled and Bellatrix always tittered (Mum, of course, did not laugh at all). Andromeda had once had a full, fine laugh, but the war had sobered and quieted her. He wondered what sort of laugh Nymphadora would have by now. Lily, for her part, had an honest enough laugh, but Sirius had never been able to get a real belly laugh out of her, even when they'd all managed to get her going.

He shook his head.

The girls had long since moved on, and he was standing stupidly on the pavement outside the barber's, staring into the sun and lost in thoughts of people he no longer had. That was no way to start a new life; he'd have to break that habit.

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 30th, 2006 05:56 am (UTC) (Link)


Slowly, he made his way down to the Muggle hotel near the beach, where, again, Dumbledore was providing for him, though he supposed it was through a lot of hidden accounts. Buckbeack, Disillusioned, prowled inconsolably around the small area, and Sirius knew they'd need to go flying soon.

An owl was waiting with a note from Remus, who had, for some reason, removed himself to the bloody Orkneys, where he was undoubtedly going about in sackcloth and ashes. Come winter, he'd be sleeping on the snow to chastise himself, or maybe taking daily skinnydips in the North Sea for that purpose. In carefully worded sentences using only nicknames, he assured Sirius that Harry had got safely to his aunt and uncle's, and was now just miserable. Ron had taken the little owl. Sirius should not, under any circumstances, attempt to come back until they'd found Peter. Was that clear?

Moony, Sirius wrote back, You always were a lousy correspondent. Stop scolding and tell me something. Padfoot. A week later, an owl arrived with a message that said, The Chudley Canons are still losing. Moony.

Sirius considered continuing the game, which went back to the summer after first year, when he'd written daily to James, Remus, and Peter in the hopes that they would distract him for a few weeks. Remus's parents had him out of the country chasing cures and he'd been short-tempered about being stalked by owls, and his lack of skill as a pen pal had been a running joke ever since. But when there was an ocean between them and everything needed to be written in code--Remus was undoubtedly being watched, even though he hadn't seen anyone--it was idiotic to continue the childhood game. So Sirius wrote a real letter instead.

The weeks passed. Sirius found a position at the hotel, which didn't pay enough to stay there without help from the gold Dumbledore had given him, but at least let him support his own meals and owl post (though they didn't use owls here). He sent a letter to Harry, and his first on-time birthday present.

He killed every rat he saw, on principle. None of them turned out to be Peter, though they did fatten Buckbeak up. Sirius himself ate well for the first time in years, and got as much exercise as he could. He was beginning to feel younger again, healthy and strong. The hotel had a weight room, and he worked desperately to fill out his sagging muscles, which would have the added benefit of making him less recognizable as well.

The Prophet came a week late, and Sirius didn't dare buy it--he was always afraid of finding his own picture on the cover, and being recognized as he stood there looking at it--but he read it at the dust bins outside the wizarding news stand. The stories were unchanged... but he was starting to see things between the lines, things he didn't like. Disappearances.

So when he came up from his job in the kitchens and found Hedwig, exhausted and hungry, waiting on the balcony of his room with a carefully newsy letter from Harry that casually asked about pain in his scar, he wasn't surprised by anything other than Harry actually choosing to ask him about it.

Nor did he hesitate.

He combed his hair, picked up his final check, and used it to buy clothes heavy enough to survive the winter in Scotland.

He didn't even look over his shoulder when he left.
tdu000 From: tdu000 Date: November 30th, 2006 06:55 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: continued

These are all so good! Thanks for letting us see them. I'm always amazed at how well you write (I don't write at all so I'm in awe of anyone who can) but how you can produce something so brilliant at a moment's notice just leaves me totally speechless!

From: (Anonymous) Date: November 30th, 2006 12:19 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: continued

I like this one too. And I guess I am greedy. ;-) Sorry.

Would again love some more.

Thanks again Fern,

redlily From: redlily Date: November 30th, 2006 04:55 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: continued

An owl was waiting with a note from Remus, who had, for some reason, removed himself to the bloody Orkneys, where he was undoubtedly going about in sackcloth and ashes. Come winter, he'd be sleeping on the snow to chastise himself, or maybe taking daily skinnydips in the North Sea for that purpose.

Goodness gracious me, that made me laugh for five full minutes. Sirius's thought processes -- when as well-written as here -- are hilarious.
olympe_maxime From: olympe_maxime Date: November 30th, 2006 04:57 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: continued

Oh WOW. *dies*

This is a wonderful bit of writing, so evocative and real, and yet it has a fantasy-fulfilment element to it in the way you let us see Sirius live, breathe, eat, and enjoy himself in the sun. Perfect.

Just so many things I love about this... his thoughts on girls (*dies**dies**dies*, and Sirius, I have a BIG HUGE laugh, how about that?), his killing every rat on principle, his devotion to Harry... Something in my stomach twists at the thought of all the might-have-beens. Why do I mourn for Sirius so much more than for Dumbledore?
From: (Anonymous) Date: December 1st, 2006 05:44 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: continued

Because with Dumbledore, there weren't really any might-have-beens, he was old! Sirius was young, and very hot. ;)

Great job, Fern, this was great. Any chance of a continuation? Perhaps all of GoF from Sirius's view? *Dares to dream*

lucathia_rykatu From: lucathia_rykatu Date: November 30th, 2006 07:48 am (UTC) (Link)
My favorites were the Anna + Alan one and the Sirius one. ♥
marissa_214 From: marissa_214 Date: November 30th, 2006 03:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
I loved ALL of these. Thanks for sharing them with us!
shiiki From: shiiki Date: December 1st, 2006 12:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
Fern, you are a spectacular author! I've read all of the little drabbles, and I'm so in love with them. But then, I love everything you write. Thanks for sharing all your work!
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