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Law and Aurors, teaser - The Phantom Librarian
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Law and Aurors, teaser
Well, I've been threatening for a while on this. Just the teaser for now.


Grand Central Station, New York, January 4, 1996.
Meet me in Grand Central, Edie thought bitterly, grabbing Joey's collar and pulling him out of another stream of people rushing by on their way to wherever they were going. Brilliant idea--take the place that's the synonym for "someplace really, really busy" and say, "Hey, let's meet there."

But that was Roland. Her brother had always been--

"Joey!"

Joey looked up with an impish grin. He'd been full of beans ever since they'd gotten on the train in Boston, and now he'd twisted out of her grasp again.

"Come on, Mommy!" he said. "Look!"

Edie rubbed her head and followed him toward the news stand, where he seemed to be headed, reaching out and grabbing him back. "Joey, look, if we're going to be spending time with Uncle Ro, we can't spend all of our money while we're waiting here. You don't need the comic books."

"But I'm BORED!"

"Do you want Mommy to make up a story for you? Something about Batman?"

"Batman sucks."

"Fine, who do you like?"

"I just wanna look."

"And I just said no. When I say no, I mean it. Now, come on." She peered through the crowd and saw what looked like a big enough space against the wall to put down a suitcase and sit both of them down on it for a long talk about who got to be in charge and when. "We're going over there." She pointed.

"But I don't want to."

"That wasn't a request."

She took his hand firmly, squared her shoulders, and started to push her way through the crowd. She could hear every accent on the planet, she thought, and at least half a dozen languages. The man beside her said something in Arabic to someone beside him, but they were already gone before she heard a reply. Someone with an Irish brogue was complaining about the heat in the pack.

"...y mama dice..."

"...so I told Greenblatt that..."

"...course he was late getting off the LEI..."

She pushed past a group of men who looked like bankers. A knot of role-players--or at least she guessed they were; they wore the kind of cloaks Ro and his friends wore when they geeked out with a dozen bags of dice--had gathered close to the blank spot where she'd meant to sit down.

"...muß ein Taxi finden..."

"...aqui por um fim de semana..."

"...avada kedavra..."

A bulb blew out overhead and people looked up with annoyed, impatient looks. Edie had time to think it was a very odd bulb--it had a kind of green trace to it when it blew. But she couldn't find a darkened spot on the ceiling, and now Joey was pulling her through the crowd, toward the role players. The were finally clear, and the river of people was running steadily again.

"Aw, shoot!" Joey said. "They're gone."

"Sweetie, they're probably going somewhere."

"Why?"

"To sit around and eat junk food and pretend to throw fireballs at dragons." She maneuvered the suitcase around. One of the role-players was still around, sitting quietly against the wall.

Joey, of course, noticed her. "Hey," he said, reaching over and poking her arm. "Great cloak. My uncle Ro has one."

"Joey," Edie said, "leave the lady alone." She looked up self-consiously, an expression she'd perfected over the last six years of parenting an uncontrollably social son. "I'm so--" She frowned. Sleeping or not, the role-playing girl hadn't even shifted when Joey poked her in the arm.

Edie tugged Joey's arm gently and put herself between him and what she thought with a very sinking feeling was a body.

"Miss?" she said, and gently pulled up the hood of the cloak.

The woman fell over sideways, sprawling on the dirty floor.

Edie screamed.




"No I.D. on the victim," the uniform said before Lennie's coffee even hit the back of his throat. "No purse, nothing. Lady who found her said there were a bunch of other freaks around just before."

"Freaks?"

"Oh, wait 'til you see."

Lennie bent under the crime scene tape, where Rey was already crouched beside the body. He looked up. "Hey, Lennie," he said. "Take a look. She doesn't even look hurt."

"Are we sure it's a homicide?"

"M.E.'s going to take her in, but she was in the middle of a bunch a people when she died, and they all left. I don't know about you, but if someone dies right beside me, the only reason I'd leave was if I killed him."

"Can I help with anything?" someone said at the edge of the crowd, with a very strong English accent.

Lennie rolled his eyes and stood up. The man was looking on with an expression of deep concern. He was a bald black man in a sharp suit--a sharp bright red suit--wearing an earring. Lennie shook his head at the suit. "I think we got it under control."

The man held up a badge. "Kingsley Shacklebolt, London police."

"You're a little out of your jurisdiction."

Shacklebolt seemed to consider this a bit too long, and Lennie put the name first on his list of very interesting people. "I'm on holiday," he said. "I heard the people around her speaking before they disappeared. I believe it may not be out of my jurisdiction."

"Yeah, well, crimes that happen in New York are ours, no matter how they pronounce 'em. We'll call you if we need help with an I.D." He turned and went back to the body. "Have we got anything?"

"Well, the witness--Edie Vines--said there's a gaming conference nearby. Her brother's going to it. She thinks our vic might have been headed there. Costumes. Once the M.E. clears the scene, we should probably head over and see if anyone recognizes her."

"Oh, great," Lennie said. "Murders and nerds and tourists. Oh, my."
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stephantom From: stephantom Date: December 2nd, 2006 02:49 am (UTC) (Link)
Yessss. Well done HP/L&O crossover. :) Are you going to be going all the way to the court half of this? (That is, is Jack McCoy going to be in it?)

I'm excited for this.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 2nd, 2006 03:04 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I'm going to do it like a whole episode. The year is OotP, so the L&O team is McCoy/Kincaid. I don't know who to bring in for the magical law part. Maybe Amelia Bones.
stephantom From: stephantom Date: December 2nd, 2006 03:12 am (UTC) (Link)
And Adam? My favorite L&O era, I think. Glad the timeline works out to put it there, heh.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 2nd, 2006 03:15 am (UTC) (Link)
I like Abbie a little better (and can just imagine her dealing with the Ministry legal system--"These people are aliens, Jack!"), but Claire's cool as well. I more or less like everyone. And Adam rocked.
shake_n_shimmy From: shake_n_shimmy Date: December 2nd, 2006 02:52 am (UTC) (Link)
Great idea!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 2nd, 2006 03:04 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks!
From: (Anonymous) Date: December 2nd, 2006 03:16 am (UTC) (Link)
Ha, awesome! I squeed when you first described Kingsley.

This is gonna be GREAT!
velvetmouse From: velvetmouse Date: December 2nd, 2006 03:19 am (UTC) (Link)
*brain explodes* oh wow. That's really awsome. Yeah, I wanna see the rest of this. :)
shogunsquirrel From: shogunsquirrel Date: December 2nd, 2006 05:45 am (UTC) (Link)

More!

I got the link from VelvetMouse and can't wait to read more!
From: severus_fangirl Date: December 2nd, 2006 03:31 am (UTC) (Link)
I love it! This looks awesome. (It's also my favorite L&O cast combo. ;))
marycontraria From: marycontraria Date: December 2nd, 2006 04:01 am (UTC) (Link)
SO GOOD SO GOOD SO GOOD!!
ciroccoj From: ciroccoj Date: December 2nd, 2006 04:04 am (UTC) (Link)
!!!!!!

Wow, I can't figure out which fangirl half of me is squeeing at the highest pitch right now.

And! Favourite L&O cast EVER!
sreya From: sreya Date: December 2nd, 2006 04:09 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, definitely looking forward to this! Should be a lot of fun!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 2nd, 2006 04:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm still mentally trying to figure out how the trial part is going to work. I know Adam Schiff isn't going to let them take the suspects out, but how, exactly, is he going to stop them? I think we may need to get the NYC wizarding legal community involved.
sreya From: sreya Date: December 2nd, 2006 04:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, I was hoping you'd bring in the NYC wizards!
purple_ladybug1 From: purple_ladybug1 Date: December 2nd, 2006 04:29 am (UTC) (Link)
Amazing. And you even have Lennie with a great one-liner to end the scene.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 2nd, 2006 04:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Getting Lennie's cadence is hard!
dreamer_marie From: dreamer_marie Date: December 2nd, 2006 05:52 am (UTC) (Link)
Yay! This looks good. I've been missing your updates since the end of Shades.
jetamors From: jetamors Date: December 2nd, 2006 05:59 am (UTC) (Link)
I love it, and I'll look forward to seeing more :)
hermia7 From: hermia7 Date: December 2nd, 2006 06:51 am (UTC) (Link)
HA, awesome. One tiny nitpick, the line "course he was late getting of the LEI," not sure if you meant the LIE (Long Island Expressway)? This looks SO FUN!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 2nd, 2006 08:02 am (UTC) (Link)
Heh, snerk, yeah--flipped letters while I was typing. :)
harriet_wimsey From: harriet_wimsey Date: December 2nd, 2006 06:52 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, hooray! I've been looking forward to this, and hoping you'd post it. It's promising so far.
sugarannie From: sugarannie Date: December 2nd, 2006 11:00 am (UTC) (Link)
What a great idea :)
I really hope to read more than the teaser soon!
thewhiteowl From: thewhiteowl Date: December 2nd, 2006 12:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
aqui por um fim de semana

I think you hit m's for n's there.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 2nd, 2006 04:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Nope, it's Portuguese. :)
tree_and_leaf From: tree_and_leaf Date: December 2nd, 2006 02:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have to admit I've never seen Law and Order, but this looks like a fine idea for a crossover.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 2nd, 2006 04:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, it's a fun show. TNT (cable channel) likes to run it in blocks for hours, so I frequently have it on in the backgrond when I write! Anyway, the six people you need for this particular season (the show has a constantly revolving cast) are:

Det. Lennie Briscoe
Det. Rey Curtis
Lt. Anita Van Buren

EADA Jack McCoy
ADA Claire Kincaid
DA Adam Schiff
tree_and_leaf From: tree_and_leaf Date: December 3rd, 2006 10:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for the links - looks like it's a diverting show.
butterflysteve From: butterflysteve Date: December 2nd, 2006 03:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
I do believe I've told you before how much I love you but omg Law and Order/HP. I now officially love you twenty million times more. I only just started watching it but omg loves the show and now fic, fic that I can like!
rose_in_shadow From: rose_in_shadow Date: December 2nd, 2006 03:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yay for HP and tv crime show crossovers!! :D izhilzha has started a crossover of CSI and HP here though she's taking a slightly different tack to it; the CSI gang are wizards.
izhilzha From: izhilzha Date: December 2nd, 2006 05:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, thank you, rose...hee. Yes, reading this is making me want to go finish mine. :-)
izhilzha From: izhilzha Date: December 2nd, 2006 05:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
You are completely awesome. (You write a good Lennie Briscoe, btw.) I want more! Teaser is right, darn you. Please, more?
From: (Anonymous) Date: December 2nd, 2006 09:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
Never having seen Law and Order, I'm wondering if I'll be able to follow along - are you writing this in a way that explains people and circumstances to those of us who don't know the details? I mean, take Kingsley, or the "avada kedavra" - knowing HP, I recognise them both, but a non-HP reader would need it explained to them later.

So... I suppose this can all be shortened to: Will I be able to follow along with your story? (And, thus, is there any point me reading it? Because it looks like fun.)
From: lianna_blanca Date: December 2nd, 2006 09:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oops, sorry. That was me. Stupid login.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 2nd, 2006 10:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
L&O is one of those shows you can join at any point, since it functions more on procedurals than character arcs--the L&O characters I'm using, I linked to their Wiki pages upthread a little, if it helps. But mostly, if you've seen a cop show, you can probably follow it. :)
st_aurafina From: st_aurafina Date: December 4th, 2006 02:44 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, this is brilliant and intriguing! (And I can practically hear the theme music!)
lapsus_0_calami From: lapsus_0_calami Date: December 7th, 2006 02:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
I confess to never having watched Law and Order but I've liked what I've read so far......If I continue to read will I be missing out by not getting the point of the L&O refs?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 7th, 2006 07:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
L&O is one of those shows that you can watch an episode (or read a fanfic) of without having any extensive knowledge; one of its conceits is that it doesn't get into a lot of long-lasting story-arcs that require constant vigilance. :)

Upthread, I linked to the Wiki articles on the characters from the season I'm using, if you wanted to find out who Lennie and Rey are.
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