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Teddy Lupin and the Forest Guard, Chapter Nine: The Mapmakers' Mark, pt. 2 - The Phantom Librarian
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Teddy Lupin and the Forest Guard, Chapter Nine: The Mapmakers' Mark, pt. 2
Teddy has used his father's wand on the Marauder's Map, and discovered a view of it that only belongs to the mapmakers, which includes the feature of finding things they'd lost. Using this, he finds a birthday present of his father's (a fancy quill) buried in the springs of the Gryffindor common room sofa. He's delighted with this, and wants to keep searching, but so distracted by it that his friend Frankie calls him on being more than a little bit out of his head. Teddy makes a conscious decision to keep up with his current friends and not get lost looking for lost Marauder artifacts, though he has no intention of stopping altogether.

Thanks to contrail for thinking of the best way to get into the third year dormitory.

Table of Contents and Summary So Far




Teddy kept Frankie's words firmly in mind over the next several days--he had no interest in being thought mad, let alone in actually going mad--and was scrupulous about finishing his homework and spending time with his friends before his daily search for the lost traces of the Marauders that were to be found around the castle. His marks continued to rise in Charms, though they'd flattened out in Transfiguration, despite using Mum's wand (he was now more determined than before to continue using Mum's wand in class, as Dad's wand had other uses). He got full marks on a test that Robards gave, the first at least partly practical Defense Against the Dark Arts test. He helped Frankie and Tinny devise a visit to the Forest, using the hidden door near the staff room, and he went with the Guard, discovering nothing more threatening than a nest of sleeping fairies, though, as usual, they had to dodge redcaps. Teddy brought up that they were actual Dark Creatures, but everyone else seemed to think of them as annoyances, rather like mosquitoes that happened to enjoy clubbing people on the knees. Hagrid caught them coming back, and gave them a detention that involved chopping lettuce for third years studying flobberworms, while he made the mistake of telling them all sorts of dangerous things that lived in the forest, piquing Roger Young's interest greatly.

A reporter from Witch Weekly showed up on Tuesday to follow Donzo McCormack around for a few days, and Donzo warned most of them to keep their heads down, but Tinny got caught slipping him details for Saturday's Muggles and Minions game, and somehow ended up portrayed as his best friend, with an insinuation that she was his girlfriend. Her father sent her a Howler about being too young to have a boyfriend. She hid under the Hufflepuff table while it yelled, and Donzo answered the letter, trying to explain the press.

Honoria Higgs continued to find lower and lower ways to insult people, at one point opining that Teddy's parents had to be extremely stupid if they couldn't even figure out how to stop a baby from coming in the middle of a war, or maybe they just couldn't control themselves. Teddy didn't think Mum would mind when he used her wand for a Jelly Legs Jinx that sent Honoria face-first into a bowl of mashed potatoes and gravy. When she tried to explain how she knew that Teddy had been the one to curse her, Slughorn gave her detention and told the entire Slytherin table that he never wanted to hear anyone in his House insulting the war dead again. After that, Honoria kept it to hissing whispers. A blurb appeared anonymously on the letters page of the Daily Prophet suggesting that Hogwarts was slipping back toward the days of Dolores Umbridge, stifling the free speech of its students. Honoria looked quite pleased with herself on this count.

Through all of it, Teddy continued his search. The book shelves in the Common Room turned out to be difficult. There were no holes in the wall, nothing gathering behind the baseboard. He finally noticed fresh mortar around a stone on the third shelf and guessed that it had been replaced, but he had to trawl through fourth year Charms books to find something that would let him take it out without doing any damage. Behind it, he found a nearly complete essay, very complicated, about the Transfigurational potential of several different substances. Teddy couldn't really follow it, and couldn't imagine how it had ended up behind the book shelf. In contrast, the one that had seemed nothing more than a random spot on the floor turned out to be easy. Several stones had been etched with designs--bored students across the centuries, Teddy guessed--and one here had the letters MWPP faintly scratched onto it, twined around with leaves. It had been deliberately faded, and if Teddy hadn't known something was here, he'd have taken it for something done centuries ago, but since he knew it, he just pointed his father's wand at it and said, "Alohomora." It revolved twice then sank into the floor, revealing a hiding spot. Inside it was a dusty, wrapped package.

Teddy drew it out. There was a note on the front in large handwriting that he thought, from the Map, was Sirius Black's: Moony--Prongs and I have a bet that you won't remember this spot until May with the You Know What locked up in Filch's office. Well, Prongs says May. My gold's on June. Whenever you find it, happy birthday. But you have to tell us, so I can collect my gold. Padfoot.

Teddy wasn't at all sure whether or not he should unwrap the present, but he supposed, in some morbid way, that things for his father would probably be his, he finally chose to. There was a card signed by all three of them (showing a scantily clad witch winking over a stack of books), and the gift was a long-soured potion that was meant to make him confident and irresistible to some witch named Genevieve who he'd apparently fancied at the time. (Don't worry, Wormtail had written, I didn't let either of them near the cauldron, so it does what it says it does, and nothing else.)

Teddy didn't know what to do with this, so he just put it in a box with the quill and the essay.

In the antechamber where he'd come with the other first years, he found a half-written (and very horrible) love poem, unsigned but definitely in Dad's hand, shoved into a gap behind the mantle. This one was written to someone named Constanza. Teddy winced at it, but put it in with the rest. There was an ancient, dusty quill behind a box in the Charms classroom and an old button in greenhouse one. Worthless or not, Teddy added them to his growing collection.

Two weeks after Uncle Harry visited, Teddy had exhausted all of the marks in the common areas, and the Map looked oddly empty without them. The wolf didn't seem to tire of making its rounds of the remaining hiding places--Robards' office and the third year dormitory--but Teddy couldn't think of anything else for it to do. He finished his homework late Friday night and sat in the Common Room, staring at the sofa where he'd found the quill, thinking.

A cloud of red, tousled hair flipped over the back of the sofa, and resolved itself into Ruthless, somersaulting onto the cushions in the shorts and t-shirt she slept in. Her glasses had gone askew in the tumble, and she straightened them as she lounged backward. "Going to the game tomorrow?" she asked.

"Frankie said there wasn't one."

"The Quidditch game."

"Oh. I forgot."

Ruthless smiled. "Are you sure you're Ginny Potter's godson?"

"Well, I'm not, actually, she's my godfather's wife..."

She feigned a yawn. "Are you doing anything else?"

"I wasn't planning on it," Teddy said. "Did you, er... want to go to the game with me?"

"Not in the least, no. I have better things to do than watch a lot of coddled flyers chase balls." She shrugged. "Besides, I tried out for Beater and they didn't take me."

"They were probably just afraid of giving you a bat."

"You're all right, Lupin," Ruthless said, laughing, then sat up and leaned forward. "What are you up to, anyway? You have to have been doing something to miss the Quidditch talk."

Teddy's first instinct was to brush it off, tell her he wasn't doing anything, and let it drop, but he remembered Frankie telling him to keep his head on straight, and, even more, thought about Uncle Harry, and how he talked about everything from defeating Dark Wizards to worrying about his godson's loneliness with Ron and Hermione, and decided, on the spur of the moment, to say, "I want to break into the third years' dormitory."

Ruthless looked surprised, her eyes getting even bigger than usual behind her glasses. "I hope you mean the boys' dormitory. Unless you can morph further than you say you can, you won't get up the girls' staircase."

"The boys," Teddy said.

"Are you playing a prank on them?" Ruthless asked, warming to the subject. "They deserve it, right little pains in my arse, they got in one of their hex wars and broke my ink bottle all over my Defense--"

"No, no prank. I just... there's something in there that I want. It belongs to me," he added quickly.

"Did they take it?"

"No." Teddy sighed, wishing he hadn't opened the subject. He was sure Ruthless would demand a full accounting, and he wasn't sure he wanted to tell her about the Marauder's Map (though a part of him did; he imagined her eyes getting even wider, watching all of the things it would show).

Instead, she thought about it for a minute, then shrugged again. "All right. They'll all be at the game. Chet Fleming made Chaser this year. Two of them are his friends. The other two hate him--they say they're all playing in their hex wars, but they really aren't--but they'll be there anyway, hoping he falls or something. I could keep watch if you want to go in."

"Would you?" he said. "I mean, would you really?"

"No, I just thought I'd say that to tease you," Ruthless said, then grabbed his nose and twisted it a bit harder than was necessary to show she was joking. "Honestly, Lupin. If I can help Frankie sneak out of the castle, I can help you sneak into a dormitory."
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ladylothwen From: ladylothwen Date: August 18th, 2007 03:55 am (UTC) (Link)
Ruth(less) wins at being my favorite non-JK character. I like her character.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 18th, 2007 04:14 am (UTC) (Link)
I like her, too. She's fun.
cornedbee From: cornedbee Date: August 18th, 2007 10:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
I agree. Well, in this story, at least. And despite what she says, I actually like the name Ruthless.
victorialupin From: victorialupin Date: August 18th, 2007 03:55 am (UTC) (Link)
The third years are studying flobberworms? Oh, Hagrid.

*hugs Teddy* He's just so wonderful, and I'm hoping that including Ruthless in the plan is a sign that he won't try to find all the things on the map alone.

And he even kept a button of Remus's. Wow. :(

I love this so much. ♥
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 18th, 2007 04:13 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, since Frankie got his fingers burned on the first day, I can see Hagrid defaulting to safe Flobberworms.

I think, even without mourning worked into it, I'd keep everything I found on a Map like that.
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fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 18th, 2007 04:12 am (UTC) (Link)
Hey, he fought in that battle himself. I think he's posthumously "collected" everyone who died there.
darth_pipes From: darth_pipes Date: August 18th, 2007 04:16 am (UTC) (Link)
Heheh. Slughorn definitely deserves some props for joining McGonagall and Kingsley in fighting Voldemort himself.
kizmet_42 From: kizmet_42 Date: August 18th, 2007 04:09 am (UTC) (Link)
but the really aren't--but they'll be there anyway,

I think the should be they
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 18th, 2007 04:11 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks, got it.
petitecrivan From: petitecrivan Date: August 18th, 2007 04:12 am (UTC) (Link)
Ruthless is quickly turning into my favorite character. I bet Teddy ends up telling her about the map eventually.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 18th, 2007 04:20 am (UTC) (Link)
I think he will. I'm surprised. I think he may even be on the verge of telling Frankie. I didn't think that would be in the story.
petitecrivan From: petitecrivan Date: August 18th, 2007 07:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
Don't you love how unpredictable characters are?
cornedbee From: cornedbee Date: August 18th, 2007 10:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Do you actually have something resembling a plan for this story, or are you making it all up as you go? (Aside from it being about Teddy finding out things about his parents.)

I don't know which would impress me more - that you have a plan so shortly after DH came out, or that you can make up a coherent and great story as you write it.
brightcukettles From: brightcukettles Date: August 18th, 2007 04:13 am (UTC) (Link)
I just wanted to say i've really been enjoying the story so far. You've done a fantastic job of making Teddy a very complete, likable character, who fits right into Potterverse.
About todays segment, i was a little surprised that a reporter was allowed in the school and actually allowed to follow Donzo around.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 18th, 2007 04:21 am (UTC) (Link)
Different management, maybe Sprout's more eager to please, as a Hufflepuff, than Dumbledore was?
kizmet_42 From: kizmet_42 Date: August 18th, 2007 03:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Maybe this being the first class of post-battle babies, Sprout was agreeable to showing the school off. McGonagall did say in the first chapter that the repairs were finally done.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 18th, 2007 03:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
There you go. That works.
kacates From: kacates Date: August 18th, 2007 04:14 am (UTC) (Link)
I am loving your Teddy more and more with each chapter. Also, seeing Teddy find all of these pieces of his dad's time at Hogwarts makes me want to see you write more Marauder-era fic. :)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 18th, 2007 04:16 am (UTC) (Link)
I do love my boys. :) I've only written a little bit of Marauder-era fic, some of it turning out to be wrong because I do my best to block Snape out of all things, but I try to work it into later stuff like this. :)
obsfuscation From: obsfuscation Date: August 18th, 2007 03:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
As I flove your Marauder era stuff, I really enjoy seeing the little glimpses of them that Teddy's getting. Getting to know more about them is a great addition to getting to know him. I can't wait to find out what Remus lost in the dormitory!
willowbough From: willowbough Date: August 18th, 2007 04:14 am (UTC) (Link)
I like how Teddy's "scavenger hunt" is giving him a more complete picture of his father, especially the terrible love poem! And Ruthless is turning out to be an invaluable partner in crime--looking forward to the break-in.

On another subject, I'm just waiting for the entire first-year to turn on Honoria en masse and hex her into next week, she's so obnoxious. She's as big a know-it-all as Hermione but malicious, which Hermione never was. Does she honestly think she's impressing anyone by being such a bitch?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 18th, 2007 04:18 am (UTC) (Link)
She may be impressing some older kids, and she's probably getting plenty of attention from Rita. She also gets along with Brendan Lynch (sort of), and I'll bet Geoffrey's all over the "freedom of speech" thing.
darth_pipes From: darth_pipes Date: August 18th, 2007 04:15 am (UTC) (Link)
Teddy wants to break into the third floor dormitory? Hee's definitely Harry's godson.

Very nice post, Fern. Finding out more about the Marauders is always a good thing. I'm glad Slughorn put Higgs in her place. I always liked him.

Wouldn't trust Ruthless with a bludger either.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 18th, 2007 04:19 am (UTC) (Link)
Wouldn't trust Ruthless with a bludger either.

Yeah, she's a fun character, but a little, erm, dangerous. She is related to the guy who burned a hole in Harry's shirt while he was wearing it because he couldn't entirely control his temper.
dreamer_marie From: dreamer_marie Date: August 18th, 2007 04:57 am (UTC) (Link)
I love that Remus Lupin continued to hide things when he was a teacher...
I also love the third years and their hex wars. They're true Gryffindors, even if they don't get along and are probably rather nasty.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 18th, 2007 05:05 am (UTC) (Link)
Some of the things aren't hidden so much as lost, which may be what's going on in Robards' office (haven't decided yet, actually).

And the third years... yeah, they're Gryffs. ;p
From: (Anonymous) Date: August 18th, 2007 06:25 am (UTC) (Link)
Aww... These little updates always make my day.

Slughorn = the shiznit
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 18th, 2007 02:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Slughorn's weird, but he can be counted on in the end to do the right thing.
marikenobi From: marikenobi Date: August 18th, 2007 06:27 am (UTC) (Link)
Seriously loving Teddy here.

I can't wait to see him learning more about Remus.

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 18th, 2007 02:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think he'll learn more about all of them. Awkward to learn that your father was pretty hopeless about girls, though... :)
marikenobi From: marikenobi Date: August 19th, 2007 03:54 am (UTC) (Link)
Awkward to learn that your father was pretty hopeless about girls, though... :)

Time was just waiting for the right one... ;)
jedi_chick From: jedi_chick Date: August 18th, 2007 07:01 am (UTC) (Link)
Teddy collecting all of the objects his father left behind reminds me of the scavenger hunts we used to do during youth group (especially the random things, like the button).

I like the contrast between Remus's various crushes and Teddy's crush on Ruthless. Teddy was rather cute when he was thinking of Ruthless's reaction to the Marauder's Map. :~)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 18th, 2007 02:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
I like the contrast between Remus's various crushes and Teddy's crush on Ruthless.

Heh, yes. You can bet that Genevieve and Constanza (probably not their real names) were beautiful and distant and didn't really pay much attention to Remus (they were also apparently dumb and lacking in taste), while Ruthless isn't very pretty and tends to somersault right into the middle of Teddy's plans. Which is more like the girl his father really did fall in love with... except, of course, that Ruthless laughs in his face about the idea.
shiiki From: shiiki Date: August 18th, 2007 07:46 am (UTC) (Link)
Ruthless is completely made of win. I love her!

Teddy collecting all the lost bits and pieces of his father's life as a boy gives me such a bittersweet feeling. It really tugs at my heartstrings.

This is, as always, perfect. Thanks, Fern!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 18th, 2007 02:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
You're welcome.

There are a couple of valuable things hidden around, but mostly what Teddy's going to keep finding is junk they never bothered looking for. But yes, he'll collect every scrap.
kizmet_42 From: kizmet_42 Date: August 18th, 2007 06:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Or they may have looked for it, but with the loss of the You Know What, they couldn't find it.
mrs_redboots From: mrs_redboots Date: August 18th, 2007 09:10 am (UTC) (Link)
I woke up in the night crying because Moony, Prongs, Padfoot and Wormtail are all dead, and Teddy never got a chance to meet any of them in the flesh. How sad am I???
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 18th, 2007 02:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
About the same level of sad as I am. I've totally done that a lot since TDH came out.
painless_j From: painless_j Date: August 18th, 2007 10:11 am (UTC) (Link)
Hi,

a latecomer here. What a wonderful story! I'm completely caught up in it :) Am looking forward to the next instalment!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 18th, 2007 02:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! If I meet my own challenge, there'll be an installment every day.
kizmet_42 From: kizmet_42 Date: August 18th, 2007 02:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Was that a sort-of vague, kinda almost date that Teddy asked Ruthless out on to go to the game?

LOL

Loving this story, Fern.

About the map: Does Teddy need to be told not to trust something magical if you can't see where it keeps its brain?

Is there a girl-friend function in the Map?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 18th, 2007 02:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
It sort of almost was. Teddy's going to have way less trouble with girls--provided he starts crushing on ones who don't laugh at him!--than Remus did.

Does Teddy need to be told not to trust something magical if you can't see where it keeps its brain?

He's probably grown up with it, but his much-trusted godfather gave him this map, and he knows what it is from stories, so he doesn't really have anything to worry about.
contrail From: contrail Date: August 18th, 2007 02:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Go Sluggy! :^)

The notes accompanying Remus's lost birthday gift were just perfect.

I'm definitely enjoying Ruthless's presence in the story.

And I'm glad my speculation on when/how Teddy could get into the third year dorms was helpful to you. :^)

- Contrail
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 18th, 2007 02:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
The notes accompanying Remus's lost birthday gift were just perfect.

I'm sure that in the afterlife, Sirius and James are trying to figure out who wins the bet when they were both off by thirty years or so!
From: walkerhound Date: August 18th, 2007 05:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ruthless smiled. "Are you sure you're Ginny Potter's godson?"

i like how it's Ginny the famous Quidditch player, and harry's just some guy that played on the school team for a few years ;).

also thanks for making wormtail like actaly part of the marauders.
gloryforever From: gloryforever Date: August 18th, 2007 07:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
I loved this bit:

(Don't worry, Wormtail had written, I didn't let either of them near the cauldron, so it does what it says it does, and nothing else.)


Because you just know a little thing like a birthday wouldn't get in the way of a prank, you know?

ncp From: ncp Date: August 18th, 2007 10:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
This continues to be great. Obviously, the Maurauders kept the REALLY importnat stuff in thier dormitory.

Is Honoria ever going to do anything except be a big giant pill? Even Draco wasn't quite so openly nasty until about third year. (Honoria's my favirote character aside from Teddy, BTW.)
shoebox_addict From: shoebox_addict Date: August 20th, 2007 12:32 am (UTC) (Link)
I really love Ruthless! Well done with her! :D I also love that Teddy keeps finding things of Remus'. I wonder if it's the map's doing or Remus' old wand's doing. Hmmm.
thornyrose42 From: thornyrose42 Date: August 29th, 2007 02:25 am (UTC) (Link)
Remus seems to have a thing for women with unusual and long names. And there was such a bittersweet melencoly to Teddy finding the present that Remus never found, especially with that letter attatched. Your Peter, even in note form, is amazing.

I find it odd that despite growing up with all those people loving him so much he still doesn't seem to expect little gestures like Ruthless offering to stand guard for him.

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