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Teddy Lupin and the Hunter's Moon, Chapter 10: Enemies, pt. 3 - The Phantom Librarian
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Teddy Lupin and the Hunter's Moon, Chapter 10: Enemies, pt. 3
Teddy's year continues its baffled wandering along the paths of romance, not remotely certain what they're seeing along the way. The round of breaking up has begun, with Lani and Donzo splitting peacefully and Jane and Roger splitting acrimoniously over a science argument. Corky and Laura follow suit when she asks him who he'd go out with next, and he answered; he still has no idea what he did wrong and is being snubbed by all Hufflepuff girls. Teddy and Ruthless, who were friends before, are now nervous about what will happen to them when they break up, and making all sorts of promises, including a blood oath, that they won't be idiots.

Meanwhile, Greyback has decided to be Teddy's pen pal. He follows up his initial brief note with a package of papers he found at his old hide-out--Remus's drawings, papers he made up for the pups to study, and so on. Each one has been defaced, both with nasty additions and with... er, biological onces... which express what he thinks of Remus's airs of humanity.

Table of Contents and Summary So Far




Teddy crouched down and picked up one of the drawings, carefully keeping his fingers on a part of the page that was still white. This one showed a teenage boy with sharpened teeth and narrow eyes. His hair had been hacked off at the shoulders, and Dad had rendered it with jagged pen lines. He looked familiar.

"That was Alderman," Vivian said. "Before he learned to read, let alone went through seminary."

"And the others?" Teddy asked.

"Coral, Evvy, Blondin... I think it's likely all of us. Father Montgomery got us the notebooks. Your dad drew when he got bored, which I think was any time that Greyback wasn't actively tormenting him. Not much for someone like Lupin to do stuck out in the woods." She toed one of the maths pages. "He tried very hard to get us up to where we would need to be for Hogwarts, but we were quite far behind."

Teddy reached for a paragraph that someone had laboriously written out. It seemed to report the events of the first chapter of The Hobbit. Dad had corrected the spelling, and jotted, "What do you make of Bilbo's Tookishness?" in the margin. "Do you need these?" he asked Uncle Harry. "I mean, can you use"--he pointed at the stains--"to track him?"

"No," Uncle Harry said. "We have all we need to work with magically from what he left in the Overby house. He's not particularly careful about leaving behind bits of himself."

"Can they be cleaned?"

Uncle Harry crouched down beside him. "Teddy, this is vile. It's not a present. It was meant to hurt you."

"Dad's things won't hurt me," Teddy said. "If I could just clean it." He frowned and raised Mum's wand, not sure what spell to use to make sure the old paper wouldn't be damaged by the cleaning. Evanesco might be too strong. He decided to try it on one of the maths papers first.

As he reached for one, the stain on the picture of Pere Alderman suddenly disappeared. He looked up to find Ron standing over him.

Ron shrugged. "Don't tell Hugo I told you this, but he used to have a bit of a problem at night. I asked Mum. Turns out she had a good spell for it. Never lost a sheet." He carefully prodded another one over, avoiding the stains. "The spell is Abluo Clementis. Pretty simple."

"But what if it cleans off the ink?" Teddy asked.

"Well, let's practice on some of the ones that are just doodles first then, shall we?" He nodded to Uncle Harry, who hunkered down with them, and a moment later, Vivian and Professor Sprout joined them as well. Teddy ruined one drawing of a forest stream, accidentally over-applying the spell and shredding the paper to nothing, and Uncle Harry singed the edges of a history timeline on his first try, but in the end, they got most of the filth off. Vivian asked Teddy if she could have the picture of herself--it showed her sitting on a rock beside a waterfall, laughing--and he agreed, but he kept the rest. He decided to put the classroom business in the box with the flotsam and jetsam he'd found with the Marauder's Map in his first year. The drawings would go on his wall.

He had other drawings of Dad's, but there was something he liked about reclaiming these particular ones. They weren't the best--or even especially good--but they'd been meant to hurt him, and it felt good to not let them.

Uncle Harry waited for the others to leave, then Conjured a cloth band to tie the papers together. "Are you all right, Teddy?"

"Fine."

"Are you sure?"

Teddy nodded.

Uncle Harry looked at him like he meant to say something--he'd always been uncomfortable with Teddy's collection for some reason--but ended up just taking a deep breath. "All right."

Teddy went back out to breakfast. Ruthless asked about the package and he showed her the drawings. She nodded politely and didn't rush him, but he could tell that she didn't find them interesting, so he finished quickly. She kissed his cheek and went to class. Across the table, Victoire was craning her neck to have a look. He nodded to her to come over, and she crawled under the table to come up on his side.

"They're like in your nursery," she said, leafing through them.

"Dad drew them."

"Like the you-know-what, too, then."

"Yeah." He showed her a few more. "Are we talking again?"

She shrugged. "Do you really especially like Ruth?"

"Sure."

"Why?"

"I don't know. I wish you liked her better, though. This is sort of a pain."

She wrinkled her nose. "All right. I'll like her if you want me to."

"That's the spirit," Teddy said.

Later that day, he saw her outside the greenhouses, dancing madly until she managed to get her shoes off. She threw them after Story, who was running back up toward the castle, laughing madly, and that evening, he saw her trying to sneak up toward Ravenclaw Tower. Groups of roaming Ravenclaws kept going by. He tapped her shoulder and shook his head, then went on by. The next morning, he went up to the Owlery and used a barn owl to send the Marauder's Map downstairs. Neither of them acknowledged it at the table. As soon as Story entered the Great Hall for lunch, his robes burst into scarlet and gold feathers. Victoire nodded somberly at Teddy as she passed him, bumping against his book bag, and he wasn't surprised to find the Map back inside of it.

On Thursday night, he tucked the drawings into his bag before he headed down to meet Uncle Harry for his Patronus lesson. They talked about the Greyback case on the way to the Shrieking Shack. There was no news, and there hadn't been any new attack. He was working with departments of Magical Law Enforcement in other countries.

"Take languages, Teddy," he said. "As many as you can. I've been chasing down translators at all hours. Anthony Goldstein's more than made up for a little lack of judgment--they've been having a werewolf problem outside Tel Aviv. His parents had him there the summer we were thirteen. I don't think there's a connection, but they've been trading information and I think we may have been able to help them out. Which doesn't help you much, but at least it's something."

"No, it's good," Teddy said. They'd reached the trapdoor, and he pulled himself up easily, but caught his toe on the edge and fell flat down before he could stand up. His nose was nearly in the blood stain. He really wanted to clean it, but he never seemed to get around to it. Maybe Molly Weasley's spell would work on it as well.

He went to the entrance hall and took the drawings out of his bag. The wallpaper was stained, but he thought he could clean it later. For now, he just put the drawings up, in the place where he'd imagined pictures of his family together here. He thought about naming the young werewolves the names Mum and Dad would have given his siblings, but they were real people and had their own names, so he supposed that would be weird. He left room in the midst of them for the photographs he'd managed to collect.

"Are you done?" Uncle Harry asked.

Teddy examined the wall. "I think so."

"Let's have dinner." He had set up the kitchen while Teddy was working, and served out Aunt Ginny's stew. He produced a loaf of fresh hot bread, and Teddy took one of the knives from the mug on the counter to slice it before they sat down across from one another, and Uncle Harry said, "There are three things I want to say to you tonight."

"You don't think I should have put the pictures up?"

"That wasn't one of them, actually. It's your house and your pictures. Is there some reason you think you shouldn't?"

"Well... I know you don't like it when I spend too much time in the past. Dwelling on dreams and whatnot."

"And are you?"

"No. I'm fine."

"All right then." Uncle Harry opened his briefcase and brought out a binder with a lot of heavy pages inside of it. On the cover was the seal of the Auror Department. "Do you know what this is?"

Teddy shook his head.

"This is a collection of defensive spells that we use at work. There are at least ten of them that I think you'd be able to do. Once we finish your Patronus, and teach it to talk, I think we'll move on to them. Keep up our lessons. Unless you're bored with them."

"No, not at all." Teddy looked eagerly at the book, wondering which ones Uncle Harry meant to give him. "What's the second thing?"

"I've had a long talk with Kirley Duke."

Teddy frowned. Kirley Duke was Donzo's father (neither of them was actually named "McCormack," though Donzo used it professionally and Kirley kept it visible, as it was his mother's name). "Why?"

"It seems he's invited all of Donzo's friends and their families out to their concert."

"I know," Teddy said. "I guessed it would be too hard."

Uncle Harry grinned. "Well, as it happens, it's pretty easy to secure Weird World. They already have good defenses, and no one is coming in for the concert other than their guests, and the American band that's performing with them. The Pondhoppers, I think. None of them seem to be spies for Greyback."

"Then I can... What about Granny? Will she let--?"

"Andromeda has been invited as well, and has said quite frankly that if you don't want to go, she'll just have to go without you."

"I can really go, then?"

"Why do you think your friend asked his father to do the concert there?"

Teddy laughed, not from amusement but from sheer delight. "What's the third thing?"

"As long as you understand that we're going to keep up our lessons," Uncle Harry said, grinning, "will you please just do the Patronus Charm? We both know you can."

Teddy pulled his wand out of his pocket and yelled, "Expecto Patronum!"

From the tip of his wand, a white hawk exploded out, its feathers clear, its beak sharp, its eyes glowing. It flew around the kitchen, doing a loop around the floating candles, then circled down and landed on Teddy's outstretched arm. It dipped its beak to him and disappeared.

Uncle Harry smiled at him, then tucked into their supper. They spent the rest of the evening getting the kitchen cleaned up, Teddy periodically sending his Patronus soaring around, racing with Uncle Harry's, just for fun.
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allie_meril From: allie_meril Date: October 28th, 2007 04:51 am (UTC) (Link)
HA! "Will you please just do the Patronus Charm?" Can't fool Harry!

It's such a nice change seeing a kid whose well-adjusted, who didn't grow up in a war like the Marauders or Harry. The difference is monumental, and so relaxing. Teddy's a really great character in your stories: very adaptable and laid back. I appreciate that even more after re-reading bits of DH this afternoon.

Yay, a fun outing for Teddy! Though I'm sure we can expect to see trouble there, it'll be enjoyable for sure.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 28th, 2007 05:19 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm not sure how much trouble there'll be. Not much more than the Yule Ball, anyway. :P

Teddy does have some anger issues, which he deals with by avoiding the subject entirely, but yeah, for the most part, he's quite well-adjusted.
darth_pipes From: darth_pipes Date: October 28th, 2007 04:55 am (UTC) (Link)
I understand Teddy wanted the drawings but damn, I don't think I could touch anything that someone pissed on. Especially Greyback.

Good post as always, Fern. Liked the ending a lot.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 28th, 2007 05:20 am (UTC) (Link)
Definitely a gross thought to touch Greyback piss, but at least he found a white spot on the paper to hold onto!
demonoflight From: demonoflight Date: October 28th, 2007 05:01 am (UTC) (Link)
A werewolf problem outside Tel Aviv? Oh, no, I'd better watch my step, four years from now! XD

I knew there'd be a spell to clean that vile gunk off.

And I'm really, really glad that Teddy's lessons will continue. And that Teddy can go to Donzo's concert after all. I'm glad he has all those fun things to distract him.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 28th, 2007 05:22 am (UTC) (Link)
I'd better watch my step, four years from now! XD

At least at the full moon!

Fun things are good. One of the things that makes HP different from a lot of the knock-offs is how much time JKR spends letting Harry do fun things that aren't directly plot related.
ladylothwen From: ladylothwen Date: October 28th, 2007 05:02 am (UTC) (Link)
I love the little things in the chapter. Remus' drawings, Victoire agreeing to be nicer to Ruth, Andromeda (she's just so awesome), Ron and Harry..oh I just loved it to bits.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 28th, 2007 05:23 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! We'll see how well Victoire keeps that agreement, of course. ;p
From: (Anonymous) Date: October 28th, 2007 05:06 am (UTC) (Link)
I really like how Teddy handled the defaced papers from Greyback. He refused to be intimidated and was able to keep the good of his fathers work. I'm really enjoying your story. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Maureen
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 28th, 2007 05:24 am (UTC) (Link)
You're welcome!
willowbough From: willowbough Date: October 28th, 2007 05:21 am (UTC) (Link)
Good for Teddy, finding a way to salvage what Greyback befouled. And it's interesting that while Ruthless is fond of Teddy, she doesn't have much interest in where he comes from, as opposed to Victoire who can understand and even share his rediscovered mementos of the past. Their common history, no doubt.

Grinned over Harry knowing that Teddy had already mastered the Patronus spell but was holding back because he didn't want the lessons to stop. But he will have other things to learn now, even if for a most unpleasant reason;

The Weird World concert could be either a good thing or a bad thing. I'm very interested in finding out which!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 28th, 2007 05:26 am (UTC) (Link)
I thought it was time to put in a reminder that Victoire really is a better fit, no matter how fond of each other Ruthless and Teddy are.

But he will have other things to learn now, even if for a most unpleasant reason
Eh, Harry's barely bothering to kid himself... Teddy's learning the spells because Harry feels like spending the whole year teaching Teddy cool stuff.
marikenobi From: marikenobi Date: October 28th, 2007 05:32 am (UTC) (Link)
Awww.. I love Uncle Harry and Teddy time :)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 28th, 2007 06:04 am (UTC) (Link)
(g) So do I.
persephone_kore From: persephone_kore Date: October 28th, 2007 05:36 am (UTC) (Link)
Go Teddy! Reclamation!

...Er, yes, anyway. I liked that. I also like that Harry's troubled, because some of what Teddy's doing doesn't make sense to him as healthy or even something someone would want to do, but is open to the idea that Teddy's reacting differently from how he'd do things.

And I like that Ron got a spell from Molly that would fix the papers. And Victoire going under the table. And the excuses to keep working together so Teddy can get on with the Patronus.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 28th, 2007 06:06 am (UTC) (Link)
Harry's keeping a wary eye on Teddy's attitude, but yes--he's willing to find out what it all means to Teddy instead of imposing a meaning on it.

And regardless of Teddy's tendency to hoard Marauderiana, I think it was good to clean the papers just for the privilege of thumbing his nose at Greyback's behavior.
From: (Anonymous) Date: October 28th, 2007 05:39 am (UTC) (Link)
Good chapter. But hmm, going to an open location where Teddy's nervous Greyback might be, even though he's been assured that there's absolutely no way possible Greyback can get there...makin' me nervous. Although, that's probably due to the fact that it's almost Halloween and I spent all day watching stupid horror films. Heh, can you just imagine if Hogwarts were the set of a teenage slasher flick? I'd love to see how Teddy & co. would handle a Jason, Freddy, Pinhead or Michael Myers, but then again, I guess Fenrir Greyback isn't too far off.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 28th, 2007 06:07 am (UTC) (Link)
I think Fenrir would fit right in with a slasher movie. Or become Hannibal Lector's half-witted dinner partner, I guess. :p
From: (Anonymous) Date: October 28th, 2007 06:05 am (UTC) (Link)
I really liked this chapter! Greyback is gross, but good for Teddy for making the best of it. And we will get to see Weird World, won't we? *hopeful*

One typo I noticed: "I've had a long talk Kirley Duke." I think you're missing a "with."

~Maryann
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 28th, 2007 06:08 am (UTC) (Link)
Oops, yes I am.

We'll definitely get to see Weird World. :)
From: kobegrace Date: October 28th, 2007 06:09 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, how stellar this was!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 28th, 2007 06:11 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks!
jedi_chick From: jedi_chick Date: October 28th, 2007 08:04 am (UTC) (Link)
Good for Teddy that he fixed the drawings. It's always a nice feeling to turn something negative into something positive.

I liked that Victoire was able to understand the importance of the drawings when Ruthless was not able to. And she was cute, climbing under the table to get over to Teddy.

Harry's three things were great! I'm glad that they'll continue having an excuse to get together, and that Teddy will get to go to the concert. I especially loved the end of this section, with the relaxing evening of cleaning and the racing Patronuses. They both deserve a fun break!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 28th, 2007 03:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ruthless tries, as she really does care about Teddy, but she just doesn't have the same connections to his past and his identity that Victoire has. For her, it's very nice that Teddy found something of his dad's. For Victoire, Remus and the pups and Greyback are all part of the story she lives in herself. So there's a disconnect. Of course, Teddy is so dense that he still doesn't get why Victoire is having Ruthless issues. Chalk it up to the Y chromosome. ;p
From: (Anonymous) Date: October 28th, 2007 08:05 am (UTC) (Link)
"Then I can... What about Granny? Will she let--?"

"Andromeda has been invited as well, and has said quite frankly that if you don't want to go, she'll just have to go without you."


Gosh, Andromeda's just awesome.

I wish my granny was like that!
got_it_bub From: got_it_bub Date: October 28th, 2007 12:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
oops that was me x
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fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 28th, 2007 03:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
What bet that he didn't share with Teddy exactly why he knew that his mother was good at spells for cleaning up bed-wetting...?
mrs_redboots From: mrs_redboots Date: October 28th, 2007 10:14 am (UTC) (Link)
I do like your Teddy - he is such a sensible boy, far more so than his godfather at the same age!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 28th, 2007 03:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sensibleness is a luxury Teddy can afford. Though not everything he's doing is especially sensible.
From: smishli Date: October 28th, 2007 01:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love all the little mentions you make that make your picture of the world so very real - poor Hugo, Andromeda's remark about the concert, the Gryffindor/Ravenclaw hex war.

Harry, as usual, is just amazing: "Will you please just do the Patronus Charm?" :) And thank goodness Victoire and Teddy have made up! I'm also proud of Teddy for turning Greyback's giftie that was meant to hurt him into something good, and I'm very glad he has some fun coming up. The boy deserves it.

Thanks for another great read, I just love your Teddy!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 28th, 2007 03:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
You're welcome. I enjoy Teddy. He's fun for me.
From: ethnotechno Date: October 28th, 2007 01:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
This was such a fun chapter. Uncle Harry's so smart, giving Teddy a really great piece of good news and then asking him to just do the Patronus while Teddy's still in a happy mood!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 28th, 2007 03:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Harry... he should have been a teacher! :)
lorelei_lynn From: lorelei_lynn Date: October 28th, 2007 03:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
The whole story is wonderful, but I especially love the way you write the Harry - Teddy conversations.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 28th, 2007 03:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
I like writing Harry and Teddy. I think Harry will grow up to be a very awesome adult.
From: (Anonymous) Date: October 28th, 2007 03:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, enjoyment, enjoyment, enjoyment.

There just isn't any other way to summarize this.

For Weird World, I keep picturing something Michael Jacksonish, which isn't a good image. I'm interested to see what it's really like.

And you hinted in one of the shorts that Dudley would be teaching Teddy boxing. I figured that for the same year Greyback would be attacking and that there's some reason Teddy may not be sure magic will always work against Greyback. I'm wondering if that's right or if that's part of a future/discarded storyline? I've been kind of looking foreward to it.

Ellen
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 28th, 2007 03:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
It'll be there, along with the scene with James. I'm not entirely sure how I'm going to work up to it, but it will be. I'd best get cracking, though.
etain_antrim From: etain_antrim Date: October 28th, 2007 05:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm so pleased that Ron was able to rescue Remus's drawings and other papers -- if I were Teddy, I'd want to keep them too. And isn't it just like Ron, who has always had hidden depths? Cheers to Victoire for extending an olive branch and sharing Teddy's pleasure. And to Harry for his honesty and concern.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 28th, 2007 05:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, Ron got to keep his father at the expense of Teddy's, so he owes him, right? ;p

Nah, I like Ron, and it does seem like the sort of thing he'd learn to do and decide to apply. Not a lot of deep thought about Teddy's hoarding behavior going on, either.
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amamama From: amamama Date: October 28th, 2007 08:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh I love Harry - just do your patronus, ok? He so understood why Teddy didn't "manage" - he really is the perfect godfather. Andromeda rocks, and so does Donzo. It warms my heart to read about caring, empathic kids, fictional though they may be. Also thumbs up to Teddy for changing Grayback's attempt at hurting him into something that brings him joy.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 28th, 2007 08:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
If there's one thing I've learned about teenagers, it's that no matter how crazy mean they seem at times, they're capable of incredible generosity and empathy. It just kind of needs to be on their terms rather than someone else's.
keestone From: keestone Date: October 28th, 2007 10:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
Lovely as usual. I like that Vivian asked for the sketch of herself.

Oh Victoire! And Harry finding a way to extend the lessons so that Teddy won't hold back. You draw each character so skillfully and lovingly. It's beautiful.
obsfuscation From: obsfuscation Date: October 29th, 2007 03:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
This is great! Uncle Harry = amazing. He's such a good grown up. So glad Vicky & Teddy have made up. Aaand so glad to see more pieces of Remus. I'd hoard them, too.
gypsy_thief From: gypsy_thief Date: October 30th, 2007 03:47 am (UTC) (Link)
I am enjoying this story so very much.

I couldn't help but think of Hermione when I read this chapter. It seems that she might suggest to Harry that he should show Teddy new spells to coax the Patronus out of him. "Oh Harry, isn't it obvious? He just wants to keep up his lessons with you!"
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