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Teddy Lupin and the Hunter's Moon, Chapter 3: The Prisoner, pt. 1 - The Phantom Librarian
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Teddy Lupin and the Hunter's Moon, Chapter 3: The Prisoner, pt. 1
Aack! I didn't check my flist, and almost missed another Shades illo from knackard! It's from chapter one, with Remus and Tonks talking. ETA, and while I was writing, another one appeared! I feel so spoiled. :D This one is of Blondin, Remus, and some bloody rabbits.

Okay, I'm on chapter three, and it's a little embarrassing that the previously-on-Buffys still boil down to, "Greyback escaped. Teddy was camping and Harry came to get him." ;P Seriously, I left off with Harry saying that it was time to talk about Greyback.

Table of Contents and Summary So Far




Granny finally let Teddy go enough for both of them to sit down on a bench she Conjured. Teddy could could see that Bill and Fleur's girls all looked confused, except for Muriel, who, like Artie, just seemed mildly interested.

"Before we start," the priest asked, "I'd like to know about Millicent Bulstrode. Has she stabilized from the attack?"

Granny nodded. "Yes, Father Alderman. You may see her tomorrow to start counseling. She needs rest today. It was a vicious attack even by Greyback's standards."

"Her face?" Bill asked, and Teddy realized that he'd taken Bill's scars for granted all of his life--he'd once asked about them, but had forgotten after being told that he'd learn when he was older.

"Of course," Granny said. "The pack also mangled one of her arms, and she'll need a prosthetic leg. We had to take it from the knee down."

Victoire looked at her father, alarmed. "It was a werewolf who did that to you? That's what you didn't want to tell me?"

Bill held up his hand. "I was planning to tell each of you when you were eleven. I thought that was old enough. I'd have told you before you left for school. But now you all need to know."

"How come you don't turn into a wolf?" Marie asked, her confusion now turning to curiosity.

"He wasn't transformed when he bit me," Bill said. "And that's why I want you all to listen, even though it's frightening. I'd rather you be sufficiently frightened now than surprised later." He looked at Hermione. "Go on."

Hermione waved her wand and a thick file appeared. From it, she pulled out a photograph of a man with sharpened teeth and a tangled mess of filthy gray hair. He leered out at them. She held it deliberately in front of Teddy. "I want you to memorize this face," she said. "If you see it, run. Of everything we'll say here today, that's the most important part."

Teddy took the picture and practiced it, sharpening his teeth as he'd once done to frighten the rather horrible Honoria Higgs, forcing his hair out--

"Teddy, don't!" Victoire gasped.

He looked up. "I'm just learning the face."

"Learn it however you need to," Hermione said. "But don't just show up with it, because we're all cursing on sight." She sighed. "Bill, we're going to talk about things that I'm not sure the smaller children are ready for. Anthony Goldstein is doing desk work outside. I could ask him to watch Artie and Muriel. You and Fleur can find words for it for them later."

Bill considered this, then nodded. Hermione took his two youngest children to the door and beckoned the Auror called Goldstein. He took the children, and Teddy heard him offer to let them play with any number of funny little gadgets before the door shut again. Hermione leaned against it, then took up the folder again. "I've put together what we have, but I think it would make more sense if... if the people to whom I've spoken would tell everyone else what they remember. Some of us here don't know all that much about Greyback. Nearly everyone else has a little piece to add. Professor?" She looked to McGonagall.

McGonagall nodded. "Fenrir Greyback was a third year student when I began to teach Transfiguration. It was before he was bitten, of course. He was sullen and not particularly talented, magically speaking, but he caused no trouble in my class. We learned almost immediately that year that he had a cruel streak--he'd enjoyed learning about Dark Creatures in Defense Against the Dark Arts and been anxious to take Care of Magical Creatures from Professor Kettleburn, but Hagrid caught him burning bowtruckles to amuse himself. He was kicked out of that class in October. We kept an eye on him around animals. We thought he'd got it out of his system, as winter set in, and he didn't do anything else. But one day in February, after my first year Gryffindors were in, a little girl called Twyla Dorne came to me and said that Fenrir had cornered her in the Gryffindor common room. She said she thought he'd pulled his wand on her. He tried to bite her. I thought at first that she meant to say he tried to kiss her--which would hardly have been more appropriate, but would at least be comprehensible--but she lowered the cowl of her robe and showed me the bruise marks from his teeth."

"You expelled him?" Granny asked.

"No." McGonagall took off her glasses and cleaned them. Her face looked so naked that Teddy actually looked away, like he'd seen something he oughtn't have. She put them back on. "Dumbledore and I spoke to his mother. Astrid Greyback--she was a Squib, and she always maintained that her lover, Fenrir's father, had been taken by werewolves. She never named him. We strongly suspected it wasn't the truth, though she'd convinced herself by then that it was. I suppose it doesn't matter. It matters that Fenrir believed it wholeheartedly. The attack on the Dorne girl was at the full moon, though we didn't recognize the significance at the time. At any rate, we decided to give him another chance. He used it, the next month, to attack a first year boy coming out of the bath. Oliver Wood's father, actually--Roland Wood. He actually had managed to break Roland's skin, but Roland was still wet and slithered away. He got his wand and managed to Petrify him. He got dressed, then came to me. That was when we expelled Greyback. There were no authorities to notify about a violent schoolboy. He went back to his mother. Some time after that, he was bitten."

"Which he did on purpose," Vivian muttered.

Father Alderman, who'd been listening impassively, stepped forward. "It was three years later," he said. "When he was sixteen. Greyback boasted about it to us. In the pack." He looked cautiously around, then swallowed hard. "He said that he'd met a werewolf. He called her 'a silly little twist.' He didn't mention her name, though my Mum thinks it was a Muggle-born witch named Etta Huff, who disappeared around the right time. He said she didn't appreciate what she'd been given. He found her drunk between moons and took her home, and locked her in a cage. At the full moon, he put his arm in to take the bite. Not far enough for real damage, just enough to take the curse. The next morning, he--" He stopped talking entirely, looked at the littler girls, then looked at the floor. "He killed her."

Vivian nodded. "Right. He started collecting women right after. Old Mag said he was only eighteen when she joined him. She was a spot older. She hadn't found any work, because... well, you know. Werewolf laws. She'd found her own ways of getting gold. Greyback brought her in. Taught her to hunt and steal. He'd done that for all of them. All of them were equal then--just Greyback, and then everyone else. He started making up the alpha bit later on when some idiot told him about wolves. He'd forgotten how to read by then. I don't think he remembered until Lupin taught him again."

"What?" Teddy asked, his mouth dropping open.

Father Alderman smiled. "That's an entirely different part of the story. They made an agreement. Greyback taught your father to keep himself alive, and your father taught him to read. He taught all of us, actually. But that was years after all of this. I'm really not sure how Lupin ended up bitten, let alone how he got away. I read the report in Mum's file from the Werewolf Capture Unit, but I don't think they had all the details."

"They didn't," McGonagall said. "At some point over the next ten years, Lord Voldemort happened across Greyback. They shared a dislike of the Ministry, and Greyback certainly had no love for Muggle-borns. I don't imagine Greyback took quickly to having someone else in charge of him, but he adapted to the ideology quickly enough. One day in Diagon Alley, he saw a young Muggle-born woman and her son, meeting the boy's father--the Lupins. He made a rude comment about Muggle-borns polluting a wizarding line. John Lupin lashed out at him for the insult, returning... quite in kind. He had no idea to whom he was speaking. The next full moon, Greyback came for Remus. He was six. According to Julia--Dumbledore spoke to her at length before Remus started school, and Dumbledore passed most of it to me--Remus fought hard. He broke his ankle trying to hold on to a tree. That slowed him enough for John and Julia to catch up. Something had distracted Greyback by then. They set up fire spells to block Greyback, and they grabbed Remus back and got him to St. Mungo's."

"Greyback never forgave that," Vivian said. "He believed that wolves he had made belonged to him. Which was why it was easy for Remus to come to the pack when he needed to get information--Greyback thought it only natural that finally, he'd come back." She looked at Teddy, her magical eye rolling in its socket. "It's important that you understand this, Teddy, as little as you might want to hear it: Greyback believes your father was one of his. A traitor, of course, but his."

"And so are we," Father Alderman added. "Which is something else you need to keep in mind. Your parents helped take us away from Greyback--Vivian, me, ten others. They took what was his. I have no doubt that--if he knows you exist--he will attempt to take what was theirs."
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dudley_doright From: dudley_doright Date: October 4th, 2007 01:55 am (UTC) (Link)
why must you post when I have to TA in five minutes?

*wibbles*

*dashes upstairs*

*hopes students finish lab quickly*
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 4th, 2007 02:33 am (UTC) (Link)
*pictures trying to rush through potions, melted cauldrons/beakers...*

:p

Hope it's a good lab, see you on the flip side of it.
From: (Anonymous) Date: October 4th, 2007 02:08 am (UTC) (Link)
Very good, Fern. Greyback's backstory is just plain creepy. Nothing like learning about the past in HP.
darth_pipes From: darth_pipes Date: October 4th, 2007 02:08 am (UTC) (Link)
That post was from me. Sorry!
kizmet_42 From: kizmet_42 Date: October 4th, 2007 02:10 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, goodie, an early post!

A great way to fill in the backstory, and what a horrible backstory it is, Fern. If I didn't love you and your fic so much, I'd be worried about your bent toward horror.

Your NaNo really should be horror. Horror/Romance, actually. Just not vampires.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 4th, 2007 02:36 am (UTC) (Link)
My NaNo is not going to be held in NaNo month. I don't think I can keep this up and do something original, too! :) But I may NaNo in January or something, just for my own amusement. I have a horror story in my head--it's been there for a while--dealing with Lilith in the modern age, and a movie star (and the Professor and Mary Ann, by the time I'm done), and every time I start it, I start editing myself to death, worrying about everything. It would be a good thing to NaNo.
allie_meril From: allie_meril Date: October 4th, 2007 02:10 am (UTC) (Link)
*shudders* Oh, he's so horrible. There aren't words bad enough in the English language.

"I want you to memorize this face," she said. "If you see it, run. Of everything we'll say here today, that's the most important part." Gnah. Great, great turn of phrase. Showed in a single moment how completely real this danger is to Teddy, especially.

Bugger, I saw a typo, and now I've lost it.
allie_meril From: allie_meril Date: October 4th, 2007 02:13 am (UTC) (Link)
And that history for Greyback? Left my skin crawling. Really gets across how nasty a creature he is.
From: (Anonymous) Date: October 4th, 2007 02:35 am (UTC) (Link)
Perhaps the user above is referring to the following typos?

"Hermione waved her wand a thick file appeared." -- Missing "and"?

"He found her drunk between moons and took home, and locked her in a cage." -- Missing another "her" between "took" and "home"?

Also, I'm wondering about the tense in this sentence: "He believed that wolves he had made belonged to him." Since Greyback is still alive, would "believes" and "has made" be more appropriate?

Enjoying (if that's the right word) the well-constructed back-story.

--Tess
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 4th, 2007 02:40 am (UTC) (Link)
I'll get those.

On the tense... not sure. They're referring to his specific reaction to a specific thing, but at the same time, it's the fact that it's ongoing that makes it a danger for Teddy. I think you're right, but I'll have another read before I make the change.
jedi_chick From: jedi_chick Date: October 4th, 2007 02:43 am (UTC) (Link)
Creepy backstory so far, though it definitely fits what we know about Greyback! I'm glad that the two youngest Weasleys were sent out of the room.

Teddy's method of memorizing Greyback's face makes sense, even if it's somewhat traumatizing to Victoire.

You do such a great job with little details (such as Teddy being shocked that his father would have anything to do with Greyback, or McGonagall's comment about John Lupin's insult in kind)...keep up the good work!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 4th, 2007 02:51 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks!

I'll bet that Artie, at least, thinks he's missing a really "cool" story, and isn't making Goldstein's life easy, but yes, he isn't ready for it.
willowbough From: willowbough Date: October 4th, 2007 02:50 am (UTC) (Link)
Ewww. What a vile and disturbingly believable backstory you've created for Greyback. It makes sense that he was a wizarding child, albeit a disturbed and sadistic one even then. The Hogwarts staff seems to have dealt with him somewhat more effectively than they did Tom Riddle, by kicking him out after he kept attacking students.

Poor Millicent--not only a werewolf, but a maimed werewolf. At least she'll have a solid support system in France.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 4th, 2007 02:58 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, he wasn't as good at covering it up as Tom was--and I doubt he could have stopped, once he'd started, by exerting self control, as Tom did after Myrtle's death.
etain_antrim From: etain_antrim Date: October 4th, 2007 02:58 am (UTC) (Link)
Greyback is bad to the core, isn't he? This was a creepy segment. Poor Teddy. I imagine this is quite an eye-opener for him.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 4th, 2007 02:58 am (UTC) (Link)
I don't think he's going to sleep very easily, that's for sure.
purebristles From: purebristles Date: October 4th, 2007 03:12 am (UTC) (Link)
Tres bien, et I cannot wait for the next installment!!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 4th, 2007 03:39 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm glad it's keeping interest in the talky parts!
cleindori From: cleindori Date: October 4th, 2007 03:16 am (UTC) (Link)
Ew. Greyback. Ew. Evil.

Gah. Incoherent.

But in a good way, to be sure.

For all that it's absolutely horrible, and must be almost as hard for the adults to tell as for the kids to hear, it's so much better that they know some of the why than that they be kept in the dark about the background, I think. But ew, Greyback.

*shudders*
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 4th, 2007 03:42 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I think it was Bill's call to scare the living hell out of them in hopes that they'd take it seriously.
izhilzha From: izhilzha Date: October 4th, 2007 03:19 am (UTC) (Link)
*shudder* Greyback is the most honestly horrifying character in the HP series, and your additions and extrapolations just make it worse. (That's a compliment, btw, in case you couldn't guess. *g*)

I cannot wait for more!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 4th, 2007 03:45 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! In some ways, I'm sorry I'm writing all of these werewolf stories in the Potterverse, because I adore working with gross werewolves, but at the same time Greyback in and of himself is so deliciously evil.
marikenobi From: marikenobi Date: October 4th, 2007 03:27 am (UTC) (Link)
So awesome.
I'm even a bit tense reading it.

Can't wait for more!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 4th, 2007 03:45 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm enjoying writing it, so that works. :p
ladylothwen From: ladylothwen Date: October 4th, 2007 03:28 am (UTC) (Link)
Greyback gave me more chills than Voldemort ever did. Riddle just saw people as pawns and used them as such, Greyback played with people. Biting children, eating people's faces that sort of thing is much strikes more fear than just a straight up killing curse. I remember having to put HBP down when I realized he had been picking Bill's face out of his teeth.

Your backstory for him is so believeable and that makes it all that more chilling. I feel bad for Teddy, just as I felt bad for Harry during PoA.

I just love your characterizations so much, especially of the canon characters. It's just so spot on.

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 4th, 2007 03:51 am (UTC) (Link)
Voldemort's more dangerous to more people, because he actually is capable of planning, but what Greyback does is more horrible. Except, of course, that Voldemort leashes Greyback and sets him on people, which means that Voldemort gets his own scare plus Greyback's scare factor. Ick.
victorialupin From: victorialupin Date: October 4th, 2007 03:33 am (UTC) (Link)
I love this so much. It's dark and disturbing, but fascinating.

In fact, I'm so intrigued that I've been reading it in between lectures on my cell phone. I don't usually use the internet on it but I can endure having only 10-15 words on the screen and constantly scrolling for your wonderful writing. :)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 4th, 2007 03:52 am (UTC) (Link)
Oof, reading on those itty-bitty screens? I'm honored that you find it worth that!
plaid_slytherin From: plaid_slytherin Date: October 4th, 2007 03:56 am (UTC) (Link)
This was wonderful. I loved Fenrir's backstory, but, wait -- was he in Gryffindor? (Very interesting!)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 4th, 2007 04:06 am (UTC) (Link)
I couldn't think where else he'd be. He's not sly enough for Slytherin and he's no one's idea of a deep thinker, which left Hufflepuff (the pack-ness) or Gryffindor (the stupid, impulsive rushing in)... and he seemed more like a Gryffindor. Besides, it was a chance to use McGonagall. ;p
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