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Teddy Lupin and the Forest Guard, Chapter Ten: Reparo, pt. 2 - The Phantom Librarian
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Teddy Lupin and the Forest Guard, Chapter Ten: Reparo, pt. 2
Teddy has found an imbroglio of spells that govern the Marauder's Map, and they are frustrating him, as they are impossibly complex, in several languages, and--worst of all--bound to the Marauders, who are meant to be properly identified before anyone can act on several. An hour at the library doesn't sort anything out, and he's just decided to head out with Frankie and the Forest Guard.

ETA: Chapter 2 is at SQ, some fixes with blocking of various scenes, clarification of Artie's age, and Aimee appearing as Aimee instead of Hilaire. Thanks to Violet Azure and Hallie for helping me correct things that happen because I'm writing this way fast.

Table of Contents and Summary So Far




Teddy followed Frankie around several sets of high shelves to a little nook amongst the books on animals. Dragons and phoenixes swooped up and down the spines, and a gold-leaf werewolf prowled the length of an encyclopedia of dark creatures. It growled menacingly at Teddy. Teddy rolled his eyes at it and sat down at the table where Roger, Tinny, Bernice, Ruthless, Donzo, Zachary, and Ken were huddled. Frankie looked up, squinting into the stacks. "You, back there!" A pause. "Yes, you. Are you looking for us?"

"Saw Teddy," Maurice Burke's voice said. "I'll go."

"Is this a friend of yours?" Frankie asked.

Teddy nodded. "It's Maurice. He's all right."

"Can you keep secrets?" Frankie asked as Maurice slipped out of the shadows.

Maurice shrugged. "I'm a Slytherin. What do you think?"

"Oh, good. Full set of the Houses," Donzo said.

"The Sorting Hat will be so pleased," Zachary added solemnly.

"Where are we going?" Teddy asked.

"Just a quick patrol," Frankie told him. "Bernice thinks there may be something brewing. We should look into it."

"Saving the world and all," Zachary said.

Donzo raised an eyebrow. "And we're sure it's not going to turn out to be something Longbottom's growing for Herbology students, or Hagrid's raising for his classes?"

They all laughed, remembering the kappa. Frankie organized them into a loose group, and they headed out of the castle casually, trying to look like they meant to go to the lake. Hagrid, who was feeding the giant squid, gave them a suspicious look, then shook his head and looked away.

Something hard and sharp hit the side of Teddy's knee and he tripped into Maurice. The redcap grinned at him wickedly and raised its club for another blow. Teddy hexed it back--everyone in school got redcap lessons from the first day on--and it retreated.

"Couldn't we work on getting rid of those things?" he muttered to Frankie.

Frankie shrugged. "They'll fade out on their own eventually. Place was overrun with them during the goblin uprising of 1612, at least according to Binns. Mind, he wasn't quite old enough to have actually seen it, but I reckon, as obsessed as he is with goblins, that he probably knows what's what."

"You'd think their caps would be dried out by now."

"What?"

"When you dry the blood in their caps, they're supposed to die or disappear."

"Oh. Right. It's magic. Doesn't dry unless you force it, and you practically have to burn them up to do it, which half the time ends up with the rest of them attacking, so there's more bloodshed, and the next thing you know--"

"More redcaps," Teddy finished.

"I saw Longbottom dry out a handful of them once when I was a first year--they'd got a really stupid fourth year girl cornered--but I guess most of the teachers have just decided to let them die out on their own." He flicked his wand at one that was trying to come through the undergrowth; it scuttled back. "They're just a bother, really, as long as you can see them and have your wand. It's Muggles who really have to worry about them, as they can be beaten half to death without ever seeing them."

They'd entered the outer fringe of the Forest now, and Frankie signaled for the others to come close.

"All right," he said. "Stay in pairs, at least. No one alone. I'm with Lupin. No one's--"

"--seen the spiders for years," Zachary said impatiently, "but watch out for them anyway."

"And don't try to fight with them if you see them," Tinny added.

"Fine, go then. Look for anything odd."

They all split up. If it was anything like the last forest jaunt, they'd come back with weirdly shaped pine cones and maybe a strangely colored rock.

"Frankie, do you really think there's something evil in here, or is it just a game?" Teddy asked as soon as the others were out of earshot.

Frankie stopped. "I don't know. There's something really weird, though. Come on." He nodded down a shadowy path, indicating that Teddy should follow him. Teddy did so. "I saw this last time, but I didn't show the rest. I don't want Bernice trying to burn it."

"Burn what?"

"We're nearly there. It's up where the old spider nest was. You can still see where the webs were." He bent and went under a low branch, then said, "Here."

Teddy followed him. He hoped that Frankie knew the way back; he'd got entirely twisted up on the way here. At first, he couldn't see anything strange at all. The glade was full of a very pale ivy, growing in great profusion over old stumps, winding its way up the trees. It was just a pretty sort of forest glade. "What is it?"

"I've never seen leaves this pale," Frankie said. "They're nearly white."

"I don't know every plant there is..."

"Also, Teddy, it's the sixth of December. This is fresh growth. I may not be the best Herbology student in my year, but I know that doesn't entirely match."

Teddy bent and reached out to touch the creeping vines, which were almost beautiful. "I think it's fine," he said.

Frankie yanked him back. "You don't know it is. Don't stick your hand into it."

Teddy almost suggested taking a leaf back to Professor Longbottom, but the thought of pulling a leaf of this plant seemed somehow horrible to him. Far back, one leaf shivered. "Well, maybe we could--oh, bloody... watch out." Another leaf had shivered, further up, then a third. He raised his wand just as the redcap pounced up out of the ivy, waving its club. It fell back with a cheated sort of squeal. Teddy looked at Frankie. "Thanks for not letting me in there; it's probably crawling with the things."

"I didn't see that coming," Frankie said.

"The leaves were shaking."

"If they were, it was about as much as a mouse would shake them. You have eyes like a hawk."

Teddy morphed his eyes to look like a raptor's eyes, and Frankie laughed. They walked around the edge of the strange growth--keeping their eyes out for redcaps--and saw nothing else that seemed suspicious. Teddy made a mental note to find out what this kind of plant was.

They picked their way back along the dark forest path, and found Maurice and Tinny hunched over some large mushrooms, which they all decided not to gather up. Tinny checked her watch; to Teddy's surprise, it was already late afternoon. He couldn't remember spending so much time in the old spider's nest. Frankie raised his wand and sent up a shower of sparks, and a moment later, the other groups wandered in. Bernice and Ken were sure they'd seen a ghost they didn't know, but couldn't tell anyone anything about it. Donzo, who'd been off with Roger, Zachary, and Ruthless, leaned over to Teddy conspiratorially and said, "We passed them. She didn't see a ghost unless she was looking up his nostril for one."

"What?"

"They were kissing."

Teddy looked at them, not quite believing it, then shook his head. "All right. I guess."

"Well, at least she didn't burn anything this time."

They got back to the castle just before the doors closed for the night and there would have been trouble for still being outside, and separated to their House tables for dinner. Teddy ate with Ruthless and wondered if she had kissed anyone, which seemed like a very strange thing to wonder about.

When he got back to his dormitory, Checkmate ran to him eagerly to confirm that he was there, then hid under the bed to pout until she thought he'd been properly punished for not being here. He settled in to do his Potions work, and had got about halfway through when he heard something tapping at one of the narrow windows. A post owl was perched there, and he let it in. It had started to rain outside, and the bird brought in a rush of water. It was carrying a letter addressed in Victoire's "fancy" writing, which was her regular, round handwriting with a lot of curlicues added around it. Teddy dug around for something to feed the owl, finally settling on some of Checkmate's cat food and a bit of pumpkin juice he'd brought up from the Great Hall, then taking the letter.

Dear Teddy, she'd written, I asked if I could be the one to tell you, and they said it was all right, even Uncle Harry, as it's my own sister in question.

Maman had the new baby. Artie is very angry, as it is another girl. Maman has named her Muriel, after old Aunt Muriel, since she's the first girl born in the family since Aunt Muriel died. Maman doesn't seem happy about the name, but I think she is a very sweet baby, much nicer than Aimee, and I was allowed to hold her. Artie tried to switch baskets with Uncle George so that we could have baby Fred instead, but they caught him at it, and was sort of silly, as Muriel was only two hours old and not in her basket.

I hope you are still happy at Hogwarts and you don't need to answer, as it will be Christmas soon, and you can meet Muriel and say hello yourself.

Your friend,
Victoire


A picture slid out of the envelope, showing Victoire holding something that was red and squirming. Teddy stuck the picture beside the stick figures James had drawn of the rest of the family.

He smiled at it and finished his homework, then settled on the floor beneath it to spend a cheerful hour accomplishing nothing at all with the Marauder's Map.
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izhilzha From: izhilzha Date: August 21st, 2007 12:32 am (UTC) (Link)
"Full set of the Houses." :-) A nice spread of ages, too--it's rather fun seeing Teddy going about with students older than himself. One of the things which really distinguishes this story from Harry's.
izhilzha From: izhilzha Date: August 21st, 2007 12:37 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh! I forgot: that clearing with the pale plant interests me greatly, especially because of the location. Perhaps the Stone has an effect on surrounding plant life? Or something? :-)
shiiki From: shiiki Date: August 21st, 2007 12:34 am (UTC) (Link)
I love how accepting they are of Maurice! 'Oh good, full set of the Houses.' Nice!

That tree in the forest ... I could be horribly wrong, but I'm very seriously thinking of the Lady in the Lake now! And that makes me all hopeful that we'll see some of the werewolf cubs (Vivian in particular).
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 21st, 2007 03:20 am (UTC) (Link)
I don't know--I don't think Vivian's going to make it entirely into this story. (The werewolf thing is something I think of as later in Teddy's life. Maybe not quite as late as I had it in "Pointless," but somewhere close to the Prisoner of Azkaban timeline for Harry. And involving a prisoner of Azkaban.)
willowbough From: willowbough Date: August 21st, 2007 12:58 am (UTC) (Link)


Nice to see that this generation really is trying to narrow the chasm between the Houses, especially Slytherin. I thought of the Lady of the Lake also when Teddy and Frankie happened upon the ivy--if she's still around, she could tell Teddy more about his mum.

Why not "Raptor" as a possible nickname for Teddy? If Fred could be "Rapier," after all . . .
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 21st, 2007 03:22 am (UTC) (Link)
Raptor's not bad, though he'd need something more than Frankie commenting on his eyesight to get there.

I don't think they're trying to narrow the chasm; I think it just is temporarily in remission, until the next major problem arises. Maybe from Ravenclaw, if it's some radical ideologue.
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obsfuscation From: obsfuscation Date: August 21st, 2007 01:07 am (UTC) (Link)
My first thought was the Lady, too. (Fingers crossed for Vivian!) It's kind of nice to have the Forest contain not much more threatening than a redcap- at least as far in as the kids have gotten. I wonder if any of that has to do with the centaurs looking after the foals, or if Hagrid's just gotten cautious in his old age. :P

Victoire, I had fancy writing, too, when I was your age.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 21st, 2007 03:22 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm sure there's stuff deeper in than they've gotten, but maybe the teachers have decided to put more security spells to keep that stuff beyond where the kids can get to it!
karmyn75 From: karmyn75 Date: August 21st, 2007 01:33 am (UTC) (Link)
I am loving this story very much. i find myself checking several times during the day for updates. I am also in the process of reading Shifts and enjoying that one also. I look forward to reading more about Teddy's life at Hogwarts.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 21st, 2007 03:23 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! Hope you continue to like Shifts, too.
darth_pipes From: darth_pipes Date: August 21st, 2007 01:46 am (UTC) (Link)
Good post. Nothing like a nice jaunt in the woods.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 21st, 2007 03:23 am (UTC) (Link)
Gotta have the woods. It's not fantasy without woods. :)
1voice From: 1voice Date: August 21st, 2007 01:53 am (UTC) (Link)
Oooh, the glade in the forest like in Shades! I am reading that now (catching up on your stories, you see, before I have to go back to school).

Awww, little babies. :) Fred and Muriel. Cute! Ah, those Weasleys and children!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 21st, 2007 03:24 am (UTC) (Link)
They're going to re-populate the earth and make it all redheads. ;p
ladylothwen From: ladylothwen Date: August 21st, 2007 02:04 am (UTC) (Link)
Checkmate is so adorable, punishing Teddy like that. So cute.
I do hope baby Muriel doesn't turn out as goisspy as the older one was. And by lord old did that woman get? At the most 118. Good for her, she's probably pestering ol' Albus now.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 21st, 2007 03:25 am (UTC) (Link)
My cat is currently punishing me for hanging out with a friend. Not quite as severely as Checkmate is punishing Teddy, but she's sitting on the floor, looking determinedly in the other direction.
jedi_chick From: jedi_chick Date: August 21st, 2007 02:21 am (UTC) (Link)
Teddy wondering about if Ruthless had kissed anyone was priceless. ;~) It was a nice contrast to the letter from Victoire, who we know he ends up kissing later.

My suspicion is that the ivy is connected to the Resurrection Stone, considering the place where it's growing and Teddy's attraction to it. Look forward to finding out what it really is, though!
darth_pipes From: darth_pipes Date: August 21st, 2007 03:04 am (UTC) (Link)
He wasn't kissing Victorie...he was snogging her. ;)
marikenobi From: marikenobi Date: August 21st, 2007 03:04 am (UTC) (Link)
awwww, I love Teddy's crush!!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 21st, 2007 03:27 am (UTC) (Link)
Crushy boys are funny. :) Ruthless really is kind of heartless about it, though, so I hope he doesn't decide to declare his undying devotion.
anitaray From: anitaray Date: August 21st, 2007 02:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
Chugging along fine, with a lot of really sweet student interaction, but for some reason this chapter felt a bit slow moving to me. But I have faith: no doubt a cliffhanger will be along soon enough. :)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 21st, 2007 08:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, now that I'm in the meat of the thing, there's more building toward arc stuff, instead of little episodes. :)
dreamer_marie From: dreamer_marie Date: August 21st, 2007 03:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
They could have seen the Grey Lady and the Bloody Baron kissing, though...
And yay for the new baby! It looks like Bill and Fleur want as many children as Bill's parents!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 21st, 2007 08:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
They could have seen the Grey Lady and the Bloody Baron kissing, though...

Heh, only if they happened to be doing so in Ken's nostril. ;)
cornedbee From: cornedbee Date: August 21st, 2007 08:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Given the timing ... shouldn't Lily be born rather soon, too?

Eh, probably during second year.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 21st, 2007 08:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
Lily and Hugo are already born. :) (If Albus and Rose eleven in the epilogue, and Lily and Hugo seem to be nine, then Lily and Hugo are about two here.)
demonoflight From: demonoflight Date: August 21st, 2007 09:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hi there! I'm not a new reader of this story - lurked around since chapter two, actually. But just now I felt confident enough to praise you on this story. I don't read Harry Potter fanfiction, usually, but Teddy Lupin is my new favorite character (because I'm a huge fan of Remus and Tonks, and Remus/Tonks. I was a huge supporter of the "Pink Werewolf Cubs" school of thought) and I had to find something about him. I'm glad I found your fic, because honestly, you're an awesome writer and I really love your depiction of Teddy. And just about everyone else - I've read many of your other fics by now too and loved them all. And here's a little secret; Corky and Maurice are really helping me get over my anti-Slytherin bias (which already toned down a bit by the time HBP rolled out).

Now, a little question... in chapter 4, you mention that one of the kids in Teddy's year was born in Israel. Being Israeli, I can't help but wonder which poor soul was it?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 21st, 2007 10:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's not one of them that's actually there (unless it's Brendan Lynch, I guess, the son of the Irish Seeker, who I haven't said much about, but he's not all that pleasant). Oliver Wood used Quidditch connections to get a bunch of half-bloods and Muggle-borns out of the country, and some of the connections were sons and grandsons of old protectorate connections in Israel.
shoebox_addict From: shoebox_addict Date: August 22nd, 2007 12:12 am (UTC) (Link)
It's nice that they let Maurice in. Good for house unity. :D
What's with that pale ivy?? Hmm....I wonder.
Oooh, Bernice and Ken! <3
Haha, Victoire's 'fancy' writing it hilarious...perfect for a little girl!
Awwww, little baby Muriel!
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