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Teddy Lupin and the Forest Guard, Chapter Twelve: Family Tree, pt. 3 - The Phantom Librarian
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Teddy Lupin and the Forest Guard, Chapter Twelve: Family Tree, pt. 3
Teddy and Harry aren't having much luck with the Map, even though Teddy's brought in Victoire to help with Sirius's French spells. Teddy can't spend Boxing Day working on it, though, as he has to go with the Apcarnes to visit Tonks's old friend Sanjiv in St. Mungo's, where he's been since the war, having been kissed by a Dementor.

This scene is kind of a mixed bag, long--finishing up the holidays.

Table of Contents and Summary So Far




Teddy woke up the day after Christmas to James pouncing on his camp bed. "Breakfast! Mummy's making breakfast for everyone, and there are eggs! And sausages! And all sorts of things! Mummy said to get you up before Al eats everything."

Teddy rolled groggily out of bed and made his way down to the kitchen, which smelled delicious. He loaded up a plate with everything he liked for breakfast (Hermione, who was feeding Hugo a bit of scrambled egg, looked at the pile with astonishment), then sat down with Marie and James, who seemed to be planning an adventure in the attic. Uncle Harry said a grown-up ought to go with them if they were going to play up there, and Bill volunteered. Granny said she might join them later, and have a peek around for her book, if it was all right with Uncle Harry (it was).

"Are you coming, Teddy?" Marie asked.

"No," Teddy said. "I have to visit someone today. My friend Frankie will be here at ten-thirty."

James, apparently getting used to him being around, didn't pester, but did promise to bring him any interesting treasure that he happened to find.

"Well," Bill said, "if you're going treasure hunting, you'll need the proper equipment." He waved his wand and Conjured several toy shovels, toy wands (these were carefully constructed to not channel any accidental magic), and two plastic shields meant to keep off dragon's breath. "There," he said, handing them to James and Marie, "just like mine, when I was off treasure-hunting."

James ate the rest of his breakfast wearing his shield on his left arm.

After he'd finished eating, Teddy wandered upstairs, following Granny, who'd disappeared with Kreacher. He found her in the drawing room with the elf, peering at the family tree. Victoire, who had apparently slipped out of the kitchen without Teddy noticing, was padding along after her, trying to look deeply serious.

Kreacher stopped at a spot on the tree and said, "This is where Miss Andromeda belongs, of course. Mistress..."

"Mistress was unwell," Granny said, as kindly as she could.

To Kreacher, Walburga Black--referred to in anyone else's presence as "Mad Auntie" or, more commonly, by names Teddy wasn't allowed to use--was called "unwell." Bellatrix Lestrange, who had killed Teddy's mother, wasn't accorded this euphemism, and Kreacher himself had come up with a way to deal with his memories of her, saying that "Nasty Miss Bella tricked Kreacher once." He now passed over her spot on the family tree with a wrinkling of his nose, but didn't make a comment. "And Master Sirius," he said.

"I know where Sirius and I are, Kreacher," Granny told him. "And Uncle Alphard. But do you know who belongs in these other spaces? And why Auntie burned them off?"

Kreacher frowned at some of the ancient burn marks. "Kreacher isn't sure," he said, then brightened. "But Miss Andromeda might ask the portraits!"

"Very good! Kreacher, would you be kind enough to send whatever portraits you pass on the way to Phineas Nigellus's, then call for Phineas to come from Hogwarts? I'd very much like to speak to him."

Kreacher hurried off, clearly happy to be about this business. He passed Teddy in the doorway and gave him what Teddy thought was meant to be a smile.

"Why are so many named for stars?" Victoire asked Granny, running her finger over the tapestry.

"It's one of the mysteries," Granny said. "I actually mean to find the answer. Would you like to see where the Weasleys belong? I don't know all of the burn marks, but I know where Cedrella's was. She was your grandfather's grandmother."

Teddy coughed to let them know he was there, then came in, glancing at Granny's burn mark, as he usually did in here. He sometimes imagined being able to repair it, to see Granny's name come back, and have Granddad's appear beside it, then a line would come down and show Mum connected to Dad, and then, beneath them, his own name, in the same gold thread as everyone else's. But the tapestry, apparently, was unfixable. Surely, someone would have fixed it before now if it wasn't.

"Are you coming with us to St. Mungo's?" Teddy asked Granny.

She shook her head. "I sit with Sanjiv every day that I work. If he's hearing anything, I'm sure he's quite bored with my voice by now. Besides, aren't you going around with the Apcarnes after? Daffy mentioned something about looking at all the decorations at the Palace, and maybe catching a Muggle film. There's some Muggle money in my bag." She waved her wand, and her handbag flew in. She rooted around in it, then said quietly, "You may want to tread a bit carefully. Maddie's been working very hard lately, and last I knew, she was a little short-tempered."

Teddy frowned. This didn't seem like the Maddie he'd always known, whose temper was about as sharp as a stick of half-melted butter.

The Black family portraits began to arrive a moment later, and Granny was occupied with asking them questions. One portrait told her stiffly that she ought to have learned the answers to her questions before she abandoned the family, but most were intrigued by her plans to actually write the stories down. An Arcturus Black--Sirius and Regulus's grandfather--seemed to think that she meant to save the name from being erased, even if neither of his grandsons had taken the time out of their personal wars to find suitable wives. Teddy personally thought it would be a very long time before anyone forgot the Blacks, even if no one did have the name anymore.

The doorbell rang just before ten-thirty, and Teddy ran down, grabbing his winter cloak and calling a goodbye to Uncle Harry. Frankie was waiting on the front step, his father behind him, with Carny holding one hand from each of them. She grinned at Teddy and he saw that she'd lost two teeth.

"Hi," Teddy said, and looked behind them.

"Maddie's held up at work," Daffy said tightly, and Frankie shuffled his feet in the snow.

"Oh. I--"

"She'll join us at the hospital."

They set off together to the Muggle bus stop, and caught a route across town to the abandoned storefront that was the concealed entrance to St. Mungo's. "Visitors," Daffy said, and the mannequin let them in. They went up to the fourth floor without speaking, and a Healer let them into the Spell Damage ward.

A man with carefully curled white hair wandered out to them, smiling. "Hello and Happy Christmas!" he said.

"Hello, Gilderoy," Daffy said. "It's good to see you again."

"Have I seen you before?"

Teddy smiled at him. Poor old Lockhart had got as far as he was going to get--he remembered who he was, and how to write, but he never managed to remember visitors from one visit to the next. Granny said that he even forgot some of the Healers, if he didn't see them every day. "He's forgotten your grandfather," she'd said once. "I gave him a picture of the two of them in school, so he'd remember, and he always asks me who the nice fellow in it is."

Behind a curtain at the end of the ward, Teddy could hear Professor Longbottom's voice, but couldn't quite make out what he was saying. The sharp voice of his grandmother said, "Well, Alice, I told him that girl was never good enough for him, but..."

And then Daffy led them past another curtain, through a Muffling Charm, and there was Sanjiv, lying still on the bed where he'd been since Teddy was only a week old. Healers cleaned him and turned him so he wouldn't get sores and moved all of his limbs so they wouldn't curl up, so he looked like he was just sleeping deeply.

"Hey, Sanj," Daffy said. "It's me, Daffy. I brought the children. Frankie's thirteen, believe it or not. And Teddy's eleven!"

"I'm eight!" Carny announced, sitting on the bed and grabbing Sanjiv's hand happily. "I turned eight last month, and Daddy took me to see ice skaters who were dressed up like cats and had a swordfight. Mummy couldn't come, but then she let me stay at work with her the very next day and I got to play with a ghost!"

"Maddie's working on a way to help you," Daffy said. Teddy didn't think he looked very happy about this. "Go on, boys. Tell Sanj about Hogwarts."

Frankie and Teddy looked at one another awkwardly, then Frankie started the story of the Forest Guard and the kappa and detention with Professor Longbottom--they both looked over their shoulders toward the gap in the curtain to see if he was somehow listening through the Muffling Charm--and Muggles and Minions. Teddy took over to talk about being the only Gryffindor, and tell him about the other first years and Ruthless.

"Oh," Frankie said, finally having warmed to it, "tell him about that Slytherin girl--Higgs, isn't it?"

"Right," Teddy said. "Honoria Higgs. A right spoiled brat. But there's another one, a Muggle-born boy, who's just as bad, just the other direction. He's--"

Daffy looked up, and Teddy looked over his shoulder. Maddie was coming through, smiling faintly. "I'm sorry I'm late."

"We're used to it," Daffy said, and from the corner of his eye, Teddy saw Frankie flinch.

Maddie sighed and sat down beside Sanjiv, taking the hand that Carny wasn't holding. "I finaly got clearance to transfer to the Identity Division," she told him (which surprised Teddy, as no one was meant to know exactly what the Unspeakables did). "I'll find where you are. I'm working on everything we know about Dementors and what happens... after."

Daffy shifted uncomfortably, then seemed to take on a heavy burden and put his hand on Maddie's shoulder. "If anyone can help," he said, "it's Mads. You know that."

"May we go to the tea shop?" Frankie asked.

Daffy nodded. "We'll pick you up there."

Frankie grabbed Teddy's arm and led him out, nearly walking into Professor Longbottom and his grandmother. Mrs. Longbottom looked at them in an irritated way, but Professor Longbottom said, "Let it be, Gran." He frowned at Frankie and said, "Come see me when you get back, if you'd like."

Frankie nodded, but kept moving, bringing Teddy along in his wake. He didn't speak until they'd got hot chocolate and biscuits and settled themselves in a red-velvet-lined booth with a Privacy Charm on it. "She worked on Christmas Day," he said.

Teddy wasn't sure what to say to this. "I--"

"They fought about it, but she thinks she's got some lead on things. Dad yelled at her and said she needed to accept it. She said it was an abomination and she never would. I never heard her say anything like that before. Dad started yelling about her trying to bring back the dead--he asked if she meant to bring back--" He stopped abruptly.

"My mum?"

Frankie nodded miserably. "Sorry. I didn't mean to say that. She's off on a tear, anyway, ever since they let her go to Identity. They weren't letting her for a long time. I'll bet they knew this would happen."

"Maybe she'll find something," Teddy said. "No one knows what happens after Dementors kiss someone. Well, to the part they eat anyway."

"I just wish they wouldn't fight about it. Dad just wanted her to spend some time with us, but..." He stirred his hot chocolate. "She promised to stay the rest of today. I hope they won't fight again. I don't like it."

Teddy looked down at his biscuits, not really wanting them, but picking crumbs off of them for something to do.

"So," Frankie said jovially, and Teddy looked up to find him smiling, as if he hadn't been upset only seconds ago, "what shall we do when we get back to Hogwarts? Sneak into Hogsmeade? Try to get further into the Forest? I think Roger wanted to see if we could find any of the spiders..."

Grateful for the change in subject, Teddy let him start to make grand plans for their next term, and they were both quite cheerful by the time Daffy, Maddie, and Carny came up to gather them. Daffy and Maddie seemed to have maintained their truce, and even held hands through the film they all went to see (a story about a spy who tried to make up for his bad deeds by helping the innocent). By the time they brought Teddy back to Uncle Harry's, he might have imagined the tension of the morning. Frankie clapped him on the shoulder and said they would sit together on the train going back.

The cousins had all left by the time Teddy got back, and the house seemed oddly empty. Victoire had left a note reminding him of everything he needed to remember about pronouncing French. Granny was still working with the family tree, now sitting on the floor with piles of notes around her, commanding several quills to take down names and dates. Uncle Harry had been called out on an emergency, though when he came back, he rolled his eyes and complained that Savage would declare an emergency if the weather forecast turned out to be wrong. Teddy thought he still looked troubled about something, and wasn't surprised at all when he retreated to his office for the rest of the evening, though he was surprised that Granny went to talk to him there. Teddy supposed they'd got used to talking to one another about work problems when Uncle Harry had still lived with them during his apprenticeship. After that, things returned to normal.

The day before Teddy was scheduled to go back to Hogwarts, he and Uncle Harry were having one last go at the Map. Teddy was poking at the dog's paw prints, trying to figure out where on the grounds they were, exactly, and idly said, "We never did find out if we could find your dad's things."

"True. I meant to look up how to say 'Potter' in Latin. I suppose we could look up Pettigrew, but I don't really want Wormtail's things." He Summoned the Latin dictionary, which had started to look well-thumbed indeed, and tapped it to open to the word "Potter," then shrugged and said, "I think this is right." He pointed Dad's wand at the deer and said, "Revelo Figularis."

The deer perked up and leapt gracefully over the Map, stopping here and there--James Potter seemed to have been fond of what Teddy suspected were more loose floor stones in the common room--leaving hoof-prints around the castle and on the grounds. Uncle Harry was smiling, then abruptly looked puzzled. Teddy looked down. The deer had stopped beside the lake, about where the White Tomb was now, though with the Map out of date, it didn't appear. After leaving that mark, it jumped into the Forbidden Forest and left a heavy print deep inside. It cast around a bit more, then jumped back to its place.

Uncle Harry blinked at this for a long time, and Teddy said, "What is it, Uncle Harry?"

"Something I need to think about quite carefully. Teddy, will you wait for another letter before you do anything with this? I want to keep the Map, but only for a few more days. I'll owl it back to you, I promise."

"All right."

"I wish I'd tried this a week ago. Oh, well. That's stuck in a broken Time Turner now. I'll get it back to you soon."

Teddy went to bed feeling excited about his return to Hogwarts and optimistic about the Map, now that Uncle Harry seemed to have something in mind. He dreamed of the White Tomb, and a man was standing outside of it. Teddy at first thought it was Dumbledore, but as he got closer, he saw it was his own father.

"Dad!" Teddy said, running down to him.

Dad winked and handed him a golden key. "Some things are yours now, Teddy," he said.

"Is Mum with you? Are you together still? You're not fighting, are you?"

"We're together always, and there's no fighting. Your Mum is watching over you." He put his hands on Teddy's shoulders. They seemed to have no weight, but weren't cold and unpleasant like a ghost's. He was still smiling, but his face was very serious. "Find what's yours, Teddy. Find what was always meant for you." He faded away, and Teddy saw the clean wall of the White Tomb behind him. A hoof print glowed at the base of the wall, then disappeared.
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marycontraria From: marycontraria Date: August 28th, 2007 04:41 am (UTC) (Link)
You write little tensions well - I mean, you do big plotting well too, but in this story of relative peace, it's things like the tension between Daffy and Maddie that build up to give the story its interest, and that tension is really believable.

Also, continuing love for that amazing Map.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 28th, 2007 04:45 am (UTC) (Link)
Someone's stars were in retrograde when they let Maddie have this position. Hopefully, she'll get it through her head that it's not good for her.
ladylothwen From: ladylothwen Date: August 28th, 2007 04:42 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm getting a little teary over here. That was so --- wonderful and sad at the same time.

And may I enquire as to what has been lost in the forest? I don't want to assume...you don't have to answer if it's important to the plot and all. Just curious is all.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 28th, 2007 04:46 am (UTC) (Link)
When Harry writes back to Teddy and returns the Map, hopefully, you'll know what's lost.
willowbough From: willowbough Date: August 28th, 2007 04:50 am (UTC) (Link)
Ooh! While I'm a bit sorry to see the holidays end, there's plenty of set-up here for some exciting things to happen once Teddy's back at school. The sadness over Sanjiv was balanced by the trace of humor related to Neville's unsuccessful love life. I can just imagine old Mrs. Longbottom coming to visit Frank and Alice and complaining about their son's unsatisfactory girlfriends.

The Map continues to fascinate. I'm glad that Harry now knows how to find his own father's lost items--will Teddy go in search of them, once he has the Map again? And it was a bittersweet delight to see Remus again, even if it's Dream!Remus dropping cryptic hints. Looking forward to the next installment, naturally!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 28th, 2007 04:57 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm waiting for the first great-grandchild, who will of course not measure up to his illustrious father, just as I'm sure Frank didn't quite measure up to his dad. Alice, I'm sure, had to go through the wringer to get in-law approval from Augusta. I love her, but she's amusingly short-sighted.
From: (Anonymous) Date: August 28th, 2007 04:55 am (UTC) (Link)
Whoa . . . .

Keys, Sanjiv, and some very interesting bits and pieces here.

So, will Maddie find a way to help Sanjiv?

The kappa somehow got me thinking of Mongolia (Snape's comment about them being from there instead of Japan) which got me thinking of what I understood the Mongols believed about the soul (or what they believed about it when the Khans were overrunning China). They thought a person had three souls. One was simply the lifeforce. That goes back to the universal lifeforce when you die. I'm a little less clear on the other two since they both seem to be identity bits. But one stays put as an ancestor to watch over the family and the other one goes on to heaven, hell, reincarnation, or whatever.

Just scraping around for options other than eternal misery (or even life long misery. I don't go for misery long term if I can help it).

Ellen
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 28th, 2007 04:58 am (UTC) (Link)
I'd just like them to not all be bored out of their spectral skulls! :) I lean toward reincarnation just because I think sitting around with no challenges for eternity would be deathly dull.
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kizmet_42 From: kizmet_42 Date: August 28th, 2007 04:57 am (UTC) (Link)
Being a natural-born contrarian, I really want to know what was Pettigrew's and where those things were found.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 28th, 2007 05:00 am (UTC) (Link)
Teddy may eventually go there, but I'm afraid most of the things Peter dropped along the way were just junk. The magazine Teddy already found was Peter's. Maybe there are some Potions notes. Although maybe Peter secretly had to keep notes on how to do the Animagus transformation, and always hid them away from the others?
marikenobi From: marikenobi Date: August 28th, 2007 05:00 am (UTC) (Link)
Dream Remus! Sigh... I really like this story. it has me so intrigued about what's going to happen next! :)

Oooh Neville's romantic life seems quite interesting...
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 28th, 2007 05:04 am (UTC) (Link)
Neville's romantic life seems quite interesting...

It's definitely more interesting than mine. :)
coralia13 From: coralia13 Date: August 28th, 2007 05:02 am (UTC) (Link)
I am continuing to adore this story. In this chapter, I particularly like Harry using wizarding expressions ("That's stuck in a broken Time Turner now"). He's clearly integrated. It makes me smile.

Also, OOOOH! about the Map! So, is Harry already somehow bound to it, in that it's marking things HE'S left behind, as well? Or is it just that the Hallows belong to anyone with the name Potter, because of their ancestry, and so the Wand and Stone count as James's? Can't wait to find out! You weave a greaty mystery!

Thank you so much for writing this, and keeping up the pace so well! It always provides such interesting thoughts to go to sleep with!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 28th, 2007 05:05 am (UTC) (Link)
Wizarding expressions are fun, and I don't do enough of them.

Harry is curious about exactly the same question, though of course he can't very well share that information with Teddy.
teldreaming From: teldreaming Date: August 28th, 2007 05:17 am (UTC) (Link)
Did Teddy ever give Granny the pictures?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 28th, 2007 05:19 am (UTC) (Link)
Oops, yes, that was supposed to go in the Christmas morning stuff. She's pleased as punch, though she doesn't believe he randomly discovered a loose baseboard.
jedi_chick From: jedi_chick Date: August 28th, 2007 05:23 am (UTC) (Link)
The younger kids continue to be cute, especially James insisting on wearing his shield for the rest of breakfast.

Andromeda working with the family tree and the portraits was quite interesting. It's fascinating to see that Kreacher was able to justify working with Bellatrix and Walburga.

There are lots more little things that I liked about this chapterlet--Augusta commenting on Neville's love life, the way you were able to convey the tension between Daffy and Maddie, the fact that the Map seems to be picking up the missing Hallows, and of course dream Remus. There can never be enough Remus (even if he's leaving cryptic clues).
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 28th, 2007 01:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
There can never be enough Remus

This has always been my opinion.

I believe Andromeda's book will be rushed to publication so Teddy will have a look at it in the story. (No, there would be no pressing need, other than me wanting to get there.)
sciathan_file From: sciathan_file Date: August 28th, 2007 06:10 am (UTC) (Link)
I've been lurking for a while, but it seems almost criminal to to compliment you on your glorious writing. :)

So, I will just say that this is incredibly interesting (I have some ideas as to what that hoof print deep in the forest and what's near the White Tomb are...but I'll keep them to myself for now). And, your characterization is impeccable, by the way.

I can't wait for more because this is impressive stuff!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 28th, 2007 01:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you! (And thanks for de-lurking.) Your ideas are, very likely, right.
amamama From: amamama Date: August 28th, 2007 06:37 am (UTC) (Link)
I really like all the levels in this story. Bottom is Teddy and his personal journey, then comes the Forest Guard, Andy's uncovering of Black family history, Harry and his stuff, the Weasleys, Victoire, the Apcarne's, Neville & Co... All tied into Ted but still standing alone. Well done.

I feel awfully sorry for Maddie, but some lessons you just have to learn the hard way, I just hope Baffy will manage to keep hold of the love so that they don't lose their marriage before she needs to let Sanjiv be.

The hallows showing up on the map was a bit surprising, but as they belonged to a Potter... And I wonder what Dream!Remus (does Teddy have seer tendencies?) mean about things being Teddy's - he's not talking about the wand, is he? Are the Lupins and the Potters related through these long gone three brother's, so that the wand should be Teddy's by inheritance?

I'm spell-bound, as I'm sure you can tell. *grins* And I wouldn't have it any other way.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 28th, 2007 01:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Harry's quite curious about why the Hallows showed up as well. No--the wand isn't going to Teddy; that's definitely Harry's. There's something else that belongs to Teddy, though, that he wouldn't necessarily think of as his.
i_autumnheart From: i_autumnheart Date: August 28th, 2007 06:42 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh goodness - the Forest clearing and the white tomb? And Teddy's merry little band has already found the forest clearing once, and already has plans to go in there again looking for spiders... I'm really looking forward to seeing you unfold that one!



fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 28th, 2007 01:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, I'll say that they won't find what's there, but that clearing has a little more power than it really ought to.
From: lianna_blanca Date: August 28th, 2007 07:36 am (UTC) (Link)
The above comment about hoofprints belonging to ALL Potters fascinates me...

And as your movie references are usually to something real, might I ask what film they went to see? Maybe I'm just missing the blatently obvious, but...

Anyway, thanks again - I do love your stories!
From: (Anonymous) Date: August 28th, 2007 11:14 am (UTC) (Link)
I was wondering that as well. IIRC, DH plays in 1997/98, plus 11 years would make Christmas 2009, right? Maybe the movie hasn't been shot yet...
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shiiki From: shiiki Date: August 28th, 2007 08:33 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh dear, Maddie. I know Daffy's right, but I can really see where she's coming from, and I sympathise with her.

It's interesting how you seem to be setting something up with the grown ups that goes right over Teddy's head now as he's not privy to the adult conversations. I wonder how that'll play out ...
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 28th, 2007 01:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
I kind of like hitting these things by glancing blows, witnessed by someone who doesn't entirely understand.
ada_the_mental From: ada_the_mental Date: August 28th, 2007 01:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
So many thinks I like about this chapter!

Dromeda trying to fix the family tree (what Walburga did with it was criminal...You just DON'T erase interesting family history!), and Remus in the dream! In a way I agree with you that reincarnation sounds much more interesting than afterlife, but in Remus and Tonks's case I prefer the "together always" solution...since JK barely gave them anytime together in canon while they were alive...

Oh , Augusta! Leave Neville and his awesomeness sort out his love life on his own, will you? I don't care if she's finally 'proud' of Neville, or if she got away from the DEs and fought in the Battle of Hogwarts, I still want to get Kreacher's frying pan and slam it on her head.

So the Map identifies the Hallows as any Potter's? Interesting. Hopefully, it will finally dawn on Harry that the Wand and the Stone are less than safe where he's left them.

Poor,poor Sanjiv...He was my favourite of Tonks's friends.So sorry to see him in such a state.
And I was pretty sad about the tension between Daffy and Maddie. She really needs to let go and move on.


fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 28th, 2007 01:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Maybe they could get reincarnated in tandem and actually get a life together?

(I'm one of those bad people who's not interested in making friends with Death.)

Yes, Augusta can be annoying. I love her, though--she's so weird. And at least this time, it's because she thinks Neville is too wonderful for anyone else to be good enough, rather than that he doesn't measure up.
obsfuscation From: obsfuscation Date: August 28th, 2007 03:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
Great installment! I like the mixed bag. I'm glad Andromeda's book will be rushed to publication. Would that I could pick it up locally. (But I'll look forward to the excerpts! :)

Poor Daffy and Maddie. And Poor Sanjiv. I would have a hard time letting go, too. I hate Umbridge with the heat of a thousand suns. Frankie's such a 'Puff, sucking it up for Teddy's sake. And poor Teddy asking Dream!Remus is he and Dora are fighting. Sympathy for everyone, really.

Love Augusta, love Kreacher. His interacting with the kids continues to crack me up.

Fantastic as usual. Thanks for a very enjoyable read.
obsfuscation From: obsfuscation Date: August 28th, 2007 03:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
I forgot to mention- we have a horse thief, too. :)

And of course, that should be Teddy asking if Remus and Dora are fighting. Oops.
From: (Anonymous) Date: August 28th, 2007 03:33 pm (UTC) (Link)

Oh, I just love Maddie, she never gives up hope =]
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 28th, 2007 05:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
She's definitely tenacious, but probably should have taken time off while her son was home from school.
etain_antrim From: etain_antrim Date: August 28th, 2007 03:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love the way you write dreams! While I'm asleep, mine always feel logical and true, but I only remember snatches of them when I'm awake. Perhaps because of this, I have a hard time imagining how to write a dream realistically.

Love the glimpses of Maddie and Daffy's tension, and that of Neville and his grandmother. I'm not sure there are family get-togethers where there is no personal strain, and you've managed to show this, even if it's often happening over Teddy's head.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 28th, 2007 05:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think of dreams like little surrealist paintings with trains coming out of fireplaces. Of course, in the Hogwarts world, that might not be surreal--imagine Flooing a train! Build a great big fire on the tracks, and bam, send the whole train through to another set of tracks somewhere else!

Er, never mind... ;p
dreamer_marie From: dreamer_marie Date: August 28th, 2007 03:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, dear, Harry is going to have to make a much better job of hiding the Hallows, now...
I love Neville's complicated love life. Does he get fan mail from scantily-clad witches, too?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 28th, 2007 05:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Probably with pictures.
From: kobegrace Date: August 28th, 2007 05:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Did Luna break Neville's heart, and if so, was it too badly? Or was it vice-versa, and was Neville the guiltier party? How has Parvati managed to get herself caught in the crossfire?

Or shall all this be revealed later on, or perhaps in another fic?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 28th, 2007 05:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
It probably won't make the story. My notion is that Luna and Neville had a pretty serious thing going on, and it got to a point where it was either fish or cut bait... and they realized that it wouldn't work. He wanted to be at Hogwarts; she wanted to travel the world. Either claimed to be willing to make the compromise, both would be miserable if a compromise was made. So they split. Only Luna got things together in the post-'ship world sooner, met Rolf, and has created a pretty happy life, while Neville is still alone.
From: (Anonymous) Date: August 28th, 2007 08:42 pm (UTC) (Link)

Oh i love maddie she so full of hope, even though most just thinks thinks she crazy (Daffy, Grrrrr) and all she wants is her friends back =[
darth_pipes From: darth_pipes Date: August 29th, 2007 01:03 am (UTC) (Link)
I find all of the storylines to be quite compelling and this story is excellent. Well done, Fern. The St. Mungo's scenes are bittersweet but well-done. Nice seeing Kreacher, Augusta, and Lockhart.
kiwi_kimi From: kiwi_kimi Date: August 29th, 2007 11:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
So many lovely touches here, especially in the family interactions.

A "finaly" has sneaked in, by the way.
thornyrose42 From: thornyrose42 Date: September 1st, 2007 01:12 am (UTC) (Link)
Neville's lovelife is turning into a very tasty minor plot line. I aprove.

And the tension between Daffy and Maddie is tragic but very well written. As is Frankie's reaction to it. I do hope that they manages to get things sorted out, although obviously that is going to involve Maddie coming to terms with her friend's deaths first, which is going to be very painful for her.

I also liked the contrast between the older boys' attitude towards the vist and Carny's, who obviously doesn't quite grasp the full horror of Sanjiv's situation.

And I want to hear more about Andromeda's research, but then I'm a shameless Black family fan and anything with them in it interests me.
sowritesauds From: sowritesauds Date: September 22nd, 2007 07:19 am (UTC) (Link)
This story is so awesome. I'm in love with the way you're writing Teddy. The Weasley-Potter Christmas at Grimmauld Place was so warm and busy... just what they deserve! Having Mrs. Tonks write a Black family history is a great idea. And the map... the map is perfection. The hoofprints in the forest and Dumbledore's tomb, and Harry's veiled reaction are brilliant. I also adore the way that you have Harry and Teddy spending time together working on the map their fathers made. The little hints of Teddy/Victoire are perfect too.

I can't read this quickly enough! :) Great job!
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