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Teddy Lupin and the Forest Guard, Chapter Nine: The Mapmakers' Mark, pt. 1 - The Phantom Librarian
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Teddy Lupin and the Forest Guard, Chapter Nine: The Mapmakers' Mark, pt. 1
Harry has just come up to Hogwarts for a teaching visit, and snuck in visits to both Teddy and Neville while he's there. Teddy sneaks out to the greenhouses to say goodbye and witnesses Neville and Harry acting like comfortable old friends, and this trips something in his mind about his problem with the Marauder's Map--he realizes that the Marauders were, in fact, bonded by the map, which is in turn bound by them, and he wakes up from a dream about this realizes that his father's wand might be the key to it.

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Teddy froze, his father's wand poised over the Marauder's Map, unsure what would happen... or--worse, somehow--if anything at all would happen.

"It won't do anything," he told himself, trying it out to see if he could stand it. "It's just a different wand. I'm still not them, and perhaps they didn't make it do anything else at all."

Bracing himself for this possibility, trying not to hope too much, he pointed his father's wand at the Map and said, "I solemnly swear I'm up to no good."

The words "Messrs. Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot, and Prongs..." didn't appear.

Instead, four animals formed themselves in the center of the page--wolf, stag, dog, rat--pulling the map outward by its corners, then taking their places at the points of the compass. The werewolf leapt to the center of the top, marking the north; the dog ran to the south. The stag took up the west, and the rat nibbled at bit of ink in the east.

Teddy felt himself smile, though he wasn't sure what difference it might make. "Hullo," he said.

The animals fidgeted.

"What... er... what do I do now?"

He wasn't sure whether or not to expect an answer--the inspiration to use Dad's wand had come so suddenly that he hadn't really thought about what he meant to do with it--but the center of the map cleared almost immediately and showed a small picture of a boy bent over a map. The boy was labeled "Teddy Lupin," and it tapped the top of the map. A bubble appeared, saying, "Revelo Lupinus."

The boy disappeared, swallowed by the lines forming the center of the castle, and Teddy curiously tapped the top of the map, then realized in a flash that this wasn't exactly right. He tapped the picture of the wolf, sitting at "North," and said, "Revelo Lupinus."

The wolf jumped down from its compass point and began leaping from point to point on the Map, circling back repeatedly to Gryffindor Tower, but also flitting to the antechamber outside the Great Hall, the Astronomy Tower, and an office on the second floor where Robards was currently prowling back and forth. At each place it stopped, it left a tiny, inky footprint. It finished its run and jumped back to its North point, its tufted tail curled around its feet and twitching slightly. It regarded Teddy coolly.

Teddy frowned, looking at the paw prints curiously. Most of them--five--were in the top floor dormitory, where the third year Gryffindor boys seemed to be jumping around quite madly at the moment (Teddy guessed they were having one of their periodic hex wars, which inevitably ended up with at least one of them in the hospital wing and another in detention), but three were in the Common Room. No one else was there yet.

He dressed quickly, checked again to make sure he'd have the Common Room to himself, then slipped down the stairs. He looked at the Map, comparing it to the paw prints. One was at a book shelf near the fireplace, another apparently on the sofa, a third at a seemingly random spot between the door and a cluster of study tables. None of them seemed particularly special to Teddy.

He went to the sofa first, examining it carefully. He guessed that if it had been charmed or hexed somehow, someone would have discovered it in thirty-odd years. Methodically, he ran his hand over the upholstery, then turned each cushion over. The elves kept it meticulously clean; there wasn't even spare lint. They'd repaired a tear in the base that had opened up when some of the second years jumped on it--

Teddy stopped.

He flung the cushions aside, revealing a pristine strip of cloth over the springs. He touched it. There were some wooden supports, but there were also spots where the cloth just stretched over the hollow part inside. He looked over his shoulder, checked the Map again for anyone coming, then--feeling guilty about the extra work he'd be making for an elf but unable to help himself--tore through the thin fabric at the back, near where the cushions would come to a rest. He tried to see through the small slash, but it was impossible, so he widened it, then probed into it with his wand.

"Lumos."

The inside of the sofa was dusty and one spring was broken. Teddy could see quills, balled up sweets wrappers, a few spare Sickles, and a long, thin box, lying forlorn and trapped behind a spring. The light of his wand picked up gold letters: "R.J.L."

Wonderingly, he drew it out.

It was a simple, leather-covered box, the initials its only decoration. Teddy opened it. There was a fine quill inside, and a crystal bottle with long dried-up ink. On the inner cover of the box, spiky handwriting said, Remus, it's not much for coming of age, but we'll call it hope for the things we talked about over Christmas. Work with Professor McGonagall--we know she wants to help with the apprenticeship! We hope you'll also enjoy your grandfather's watch; we know he'd want you to have it. Love, Mum and Dad.

Wonderingly, Teddy sat down on the edge of the sofa, then hurriedly got up and put the cushions back, imagining his father sitting here, putting his birthday present down, maybe to open another one. It slipped between the cushions, into a hole in the fabric, down beside the spring, and before he noticed it was gone, the elves mended the hole and sealed it away. How long had he looked for it? Had his parents been disappointed when he didn't have it, or had he just never told them that he'd lost it?

He took the quill out of the box and held it in his hand, which was shaking. The feather trembled.

"What's that?"

Teddy's head jerked toward the staircases, and he saw Ruthless coming down. He grabbed the map and cleared it before she could see him over the top of the sofa (with no surprise, he noticed before everything disappeared that the paw print by the sofa was gone), then smiled at her. "A quill," he said. "What does it look like, dragon's gold?"

"It's a nice one. Is it your birthday or something?"

"No."

"Oh."

"It's my father's."

Ruthless nodded vaguely, and again said, "Oh. Are you coming down to Hufflepuff today? Frankie's got a game going, and he said something about planning a forest run. I was starting to think he wasn't going to do them this year."

Teddy thought about the other paw prints on the map, wanting nothing more than to spend the day chasing them down, but the Common Room would be overrun until bedtime, so he smiled and nodded. He wished desperately that he'd got the room two floors above his to himself--he knew now that all of the paw prints were there because it must have been their dormitory, the place where the other lost things would be, and he couldn't think how he meant to get in and search it. "Do you want to get breakfast?" he asked Ruthless.

"No, I thought I'd go hungry, and not have anything to bring for the game."

"I'll just get my character stats. Why didn't Frankie tell me there was a game?"

"Probably because you hid in your room for a week, and he figured I'd have to."

"Oh. Then why didn't you tell me?"

"I just did."

He ran back to his room, more to stash the map and the quill than to get his character stats, which could have been retrieved from a stat-coin. Checkmate attacked his shoelaces and mewed pitifully, so he picked her up to take her along. He ate breakfast with Ruthless, followed Frankie and the others down to Hufflepuff, played Muggles and Minions for two hours, and barely noticed any of it. When lunchtime came, Frankie put a hand on his shoulder and said, "Lupin and I will get food. The rest of you amuse yourselves, but if you touch my game plan, you'll find yourselves purple and green."

As soon as they got out from behind the still life, Frankie steered Teddy in the wrong direction entirely, into a broom closet where several plant-tending tools were stacked on wooden shelves.

"Wake up, will you, Ted?" he said.

Teddy blinked. "What do you mean?"

"Your brain's not with us. You tried to cast a spell. You can't do that. You're a Muggle in the game."

"Oh... sorry. I'll try to play better."

"Hang the game," Frankie said. "Where's your head? Did your godfather tell you something from home, or--?"

"No, no. Nothing like that." Teddy shrugged. "It's just... well, I found something of my dad's in the Common Room. That's all."

"Something was still there after all this time?"

"I know, that's why it's weird."

Frankie eyed him with kind suspicion. "Is there something you're not telling me, Teddy?"

"Yes," Teddy admitted. "But it's sort of a secret."

"It's not going to get you into any trouble, is it?" Frankie asked, evaluating this, not demanding to be let in. "'Cause you're not right in the head from it, mate."

"I'm fine," Teddy said, irritated. "And I have enough guardians."

Frankie shoved him against the wall without much force. "I'm not your damned guardian. But if I happen to notice you running out in front of a fire-breathing dragon, I'll probably say, 'Hey, Teddy, did you happen to see the flames shooting out of its nose?' You're just going to have to deal with that."

Teddy looked down, now annoyed with himself, remembering Uncle Harry's warning about dwelling on dreams and forgetting to live. "Sorry, Frankie," he said, then smiled. "Let's see if we can catch Winky before she loses her temper for the day."

Frankie stepped back and nodded smartly. "All right, then. Though with that one, I think we may be too late before breakfast..."

Teddy followed him, clearing his head with each step.
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anj1290 From: anj1290 Date: August 17th, 2007 05:31 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, this is fantastic. And it raises even more questions about the nature of the Map--if Remus didn't know he'd lost the quill and ink, how did the Map? And what else can the animals do? That's some pretty complicated magic for a bunch of school kids, and since you established Remus as being good at Charms, a lot of it was probably his. Frankie was great as well--it would be wonderful to see Teddy getting to know other Gryffindors better, and I hope he does, but it's nice to see the others noticing and keeping an eye out for him.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 17th, 2007 01:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
if Remus didn't know he'd lost the quill and ink, how did the Map?

Well, compared to the trick of adding full names of people who weren't born yet when the map was made, I'd guess that keeping track of lost items is probably easier. ;)

One way or another, the map is pretty darned amazing, given their age when they created it. And I know enough really smart kids to know that they wouldn't think of the incongruity of using their high-powered brains to make something that insults people randomly and helps keep them from losing stuff that would get them into trouble.
petitecrivan From: petitecrivan Date: August 17th, 2007 05:32 am (UTC) (Link)
Ooh! So this is some sort of magical ink that Remus used on the map? This is going to be cool. You would have to drag it out, though...
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 17th, 2007 01:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's still got some stuff to do--it didn't actually repair itself (in his excitement, Teddy forgot to ask about that!).
marikenobi From: marikenobi Date: August 17th, 2007 05:38 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm really interested in seeing all of the map things now.

This is awesome!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 17th, 2007 01:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
Icon love. Lots of it.
From: sleepingfingers Date: August 17th, 2007 05:41 am (UTC) (Link)
The scene with the map was very interesting, especially the paw prints and the 4 animals running to the 4 corners of the map. I also like Frankie very much in this piece. :)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 17th, 2007 01:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, I've left Frankie behind a little, but he really is one of the few other kids that Teddy's actually close to (Victoire and James being the others).
From: (Anonymous) Date: August 17th, 2007 05:44 am (UTC) (Link)
Brilliant! In other words, just about what I expected from you!

Somehow, I don't think that the fact that the Marauders' old dormitory is being otherwise occupied is going to be much of a barrier to Teddy...

-Cara
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 17th, 2007 01:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Love, or obsession, will eventually find a way, though Robards' office may prove trickier!
ladylothwen From: ladylothwen Date: August 17th, 2007 05:47 am (UTC) (Link)
Oooo...that is really cool. Teddy's finding stuff that belonged to Remus -- it's so sad and touching.
I'd be more thoughtful but it's getting late and I wanted to read this before bed.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 17th, 2007 01:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
Now, if he could just find instructions on how to fix the map!
From: (Anonymous) Date: August 17th, 2007 06:21 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm livind in the other side of the Earth, so I see this after I woke up this morning (or afternoon... lol)
This does make my day. Great.

So lovely that he can find out more about his father... I'm longing to read more about Remus too!

Kuroe
From: (Anonymous) Date: August 17th, 2007 06:22 am (UTC) (Link)
Typo...
"I'm living in the other side of the Earth"
From: (Anonymous) Date: August 17th, 2007 06:35 am (UTC) (Link)
Interesting use for the map, but why wouldn't Remus just use that function himself if he'd lost something? I'm glad that Teddy's got people around him that can pull him back from the brink if he seems likely to get too lost in the past. Poor kid.
mathslut From: mathslut Date: August 17th, 2007 07:19 am (UTC) (Link)
why wouldn't Remus just use that function himself if he'd lost something?

It seems possibly strange that he would have left so many things behind (though some might be from when he was a professor, if the map can just sense "belonging" like it seems it might?), but since the quill is from his coming of age, it would've been not too long before he graduated, and surely there was enough going on then. And Filch ended up with it, right? So they must have lost it somehow before they left Hogwarts. And maybe they did use it to find lost things, but there were so many things of theirs all over the castle back then that he didn't have time to hunt it all down!

Obviously I'm adoring this still, since my imagination is going so crazy. I'm in awe of your continuing rigor in posting new things, and appreciative!
jedi_chick From: jedi_chick Date: August 17th, 2007 06:38 am (UTC) (Link)
Ooo, it was worth the wait to see the Map reveal more of its secrets! I'm sure Teddy will figure out a way to get into the dorm soon (it's the same dorm that Harry had too, isn't it?). And I'm glad Teddy has Frankie as a friend, to make sure his head is on straight.

the rat nibbled at bit of ink in the east.

Should it be, "the rat nibbled at a bit of ink in the east"?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 17th, 2007 01:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Either that, or just "a," but I think I meant "at a". Thanks.
shiiki From: shiiki Date: August 17th, 2007 12:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, that's an interesting function of the Map! (Strangely, though, I wonder why Remus himself never used it to find his own lost items.)

Frankie's certainly proving himself as a first-rate friend. I'm glad Teddy has friends watching out for him when he gets caught up in 'dreams'.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 17th, 2007 01:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
He used it all the time, but couldn't once Filch took it!

Teddy needs to appreciate Frankie more than he does.
willowbough From: willowbough Date: August 17th, 2007 01:17 pm (UTC) (Link)


The range of abilities shown by the Map continues to intrigue. And it looks like breaking and entering into the third-years' dorm may be in Teddy's future, at least if he wants to find the rest of his father's stash. Eagerly awaiting the next installment!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 17th, 2007 02:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
I might well need to make some Gryffindor third years soon... Of course, he also has an office to break into.
heather916 From: heather916 Date: August 17th, 2007 02:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oooh, I'm fascinated! Did Remus really never realize that he'd lost the quill? Or did they purposely leave it there for a future student with the map? Thinking ahead to their own children, perhaps?

And Frankie is great. I can see him trying to balance between friend and "watching out for Teddy".

I'm looking forward to what else Teddy finds while hunting Moony's pawprints!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 17th, 2007 02:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
Remus knew he'd lost the quill--later, after the elves had fixed the sofa and it didn't show any tell-tale signs of a place the quill might have fallen--but had no idea where it went, since Filch had the Map!
contrail From: contrail Date: August 17th, 2007 02:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's quite an interesting (and useful) feature for the map to have. The one in Robards' office must be left over from when Remus was teaching. It would be interesting to see what the others left behind as well.

As far as Teddy searching the third year dorm goes, I can think of a time when it would be empty for a while, and Teddy doesn't seem to be that interested in Quidditch...

- Contrail
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 17th, 2007 02:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, that's a good idea. I was thinking during class, but Quidditch would be better.
obsfuscation From: obsfuscation Date: August 17th, 2007 03:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Fantastic! The Map doesn't disappoint. Could Teddy Revelo Nigellus too, since Tonks and Sirius are cousins? Thanks for the frequent updates. This is really enjoyable.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 17th, 2007 03:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
He'll actually be able to do all of them; the Marauders didn't care if they could find each other's stuff. :) Of course, I'll have to figure out how to Latinize "Pettigrew."
dreamer_marie From: dreamer_marie Date: August 17th, 2007 03:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow. I love what you're doing with the Marauder's Map! It's getting more wonderful by the day!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 17th, 2007 03:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. I love the Map with a great, passionate, unconditional love. :)
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