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Teddy Lupin and the Hunter's Moon, Chapter 12: The Lost Treasure, pt. 2 - The Phantom Librarian
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Teddy Lupin and the Hunter's Moon, Chapter 12: The Lost Treasure, pt. 2
The Potter clan has descended on Andromeda's for Christmas, soon to be joined by various and sundry Weasleys and others for a family holiday. Teddy has managed to depress himself thoroughly by finding a bookmark where his mother had written down potential baby names, though he dutifully goes down to have late night snacks with his guardians.

Table of Contents and Summary So Far

Teddy woke up on Christmas morning feeling out of place and guilty.

For the last two years, he'd been at Uncle Harry's all day--the whole school holiday his first year, and most of it last year--and before that, he and Granny had always opened presents, had a quick breakfast (though she made a special breakfast cake each year, which they never had on any other day, to mark the occasion), then Flooed to Grimmauld Place. It had been that way since Uncle Harry had finished his apprenticeship and got married. That had been when Teddy was four, and the last Christmas he'd spent here at Granny's was Teddy's third. He didn't really remember it.

Christmas was at Uncle Harry's because it was the day that everyone wanted to see him, to pass the time, to reminisce about their harrowing lives. It was on Christmas that Teddy tended to come face to face with previously disembodied names like "Parvati" or "Ernie" or "Susan" or "Seamus." He'd once met a pretty woman named Cho, who was the only one of Uncle Harry's school friends who always seemed uncomfortable with him. She'd gone quickly. His favorite intermittent visitor by far had been Oliver Wood, who'd come the year he was ten and gone on for a long time about Uncle Harry's Quidditch exploits... and managed to not mention the war even once. Oliver was fun. It had been Christmas the year that he was nine that he'd met Dean Thomas, the boy his father had died to save, who apparently saw Hermione regularly and Uncle Harry reasonably often, but who had seemed utterly terrified to so much as speak to Teddy. Teddy had no idea what he did, though he, like Dad, was a hobby artist, at least. He made drawings for all the Potter children's doors each year, and had done an especially nice one of Dad in his classroom for Granny to hang on the parlor wall here. Teddy had no idea how he was meant to feel about Dean, and wasn't sorry not to see him again.

These temporarily embodied wraiths would drop in, spend ten minutes with Uncle Harry and a cup of tea, and then drop back out until the next time they had the urge to regroup. It always seemed to brighten Uncle Harry's day up.

Thanks to Greyback, none of them would come this year. Uncle Harry had decided to move Christmas away from Grimmauld Place so no one would have to be turned away; they'd just find him not home. The Burrow and the Romp were also on people's visiting lists. And he'd wanted to make it somewhere comfortable for Teddy, even though there were more children at Shell Cottage and not many people would think to drop by there. So here they were, at Gran's, for the first time in ten years, and Teddy felt sure he'd managed to spoil the day for everyone before he even got up.

There was a soft pop, and his presents appeared at the foot of his bed. He'd barely reached for them when the door cracked open. A puff of brown hair and a pair of hazel eyes peeked in. "He's up," James whispered in a tone of voice so full of importance that Teddy knew he was speaking to Al and Lily, for whom he made all laws. "Teddy, Al and Lily want to know if we can open presents with you. Daddy said we were to wait until you were up."

"I'm up. Come in. Happy Christmas."

James grinned and pushed the door open. He led in his siblings, Al looking around anxiously, Lily toddling along with a determined look on her face. Parcels of packages bigger than they were floated after them, and landed on Teddy's bed, followed by three bouncing Potters. James had to help Lily up, but she made up for it by jumping avidly up and down until she tumbled cheerfully over Teddy's right leg. She looked up at the Muggles and Minions poster of the chemist girl in her short, low-cut robe and said, "Pehty."

Teddy wasn't entirely sure how to explain the poster, so he diverted their attention by handing out presents.

James was delighted with the book Teddy had got him, and immediately started to read it--after a fashion--to Lily. Teddy dug into his own pile. James had written him another story. This one featured Teddy himself working with Checkmate to track down Greyback, who they defeated by flying a dragon down at him, picking him up, and dropping him back at Azkaban, where none of the other prisoners would play with him at all. Al and Lily had helped Aunt Ginny make biscuits, and decorated several in Gryffindor colors for Teddy. There were new clothes from most of the adults, including a roomy new red jumper from Molly; he deduced that Uncle Harry had told them that Teddy seemed to be outgrowing quite a pile of clothing.

"Where are--" Uncle Harry leaned in the door, looking exasperated. "James, I told you to wait until Teddy was up!"

"I was up," Teddy said.

Uncle Harry rolled his eyes. "Did he give you a chance to actually get up and wash up?"

"Well... I invited them in."

"Of course." He looked at James. "Take your brother and sister downstairs; Granny Andromeda has a special breakfast ready."

James pouted, but rarely disobeyed when he was put in charge of an operation. He helped Lily slither down, then marched the other two out.

"I have another present for you," Uncle Harry said, looking serious. "It's just between us."

"Oh." Teddy got out of bed and sat down at his desk. He pulled over another chair for Uncle Harry, who waved his wand and pulled a scroll out of the air.

"This is the deed to the Shrieking Shack. I have it in trust, since you can't own it until you come of age, but it legally belongs to you." He showed Teddy his name on the deed, which seemed quite unreal. "It was bought with money that's yours, anyway--at least as far as I'm concerned--so by itself, it's not a gift. The gift is little. The deed, a few things you'll find to help fix it up--"

"Will you help?"

"I'll help." He grinned. "We'll consider that a present as well. And this." He produced an iron key ring, with three keys dangling from it. "The big one is for the front door, the middle one is for the gate. They both have all of the charms you need to get in, even from the Hogsmeade side. The last one is just a key in appearance. Press it into the mantel--you'll see the spot--to connect to the Floo network. It doesn't make sense for it to be hooked up full time with no one living there, but in case of an emergency, you'll be able to get in and get away. And, though you're absolutely not to tell anyone this, you may Floo directly to Auror Headquarters from there, security be damned. Don't try to take anyone else through. Now, let's make sure the keys don't get away from you. Hold up your hand."

Teddy did as he was told, and Uncle Harry did a complex sort of tethering spell--"Not worth it when there's no good reason"--which attached the keys to Teddy himself, so that he could always reach out and find them. "Professor Longbottom helped come up with this spell," Uncle Harry said. "It's related to the spells that used be on the Room of Requirement. He still hasn't figured all of them out, but we thought this might at least be useful. If you feel you need the keys, think very hard about needing them, then close your fist three times and they should show up somewhere nearby, even if you've left them under your bed here."

"Wow," Teddy said. "Thanks. Where should I keep them?"

"I'd put them in your trunk. Seems safely away from questioning eyes."

There was a great crashing noise downstairs, then someone said, "Rosie, you have to wait until you're out of the fire before you take your dolly out of the box!"

"Sounds like Ron and Hermione are here," Uncle Harry said. "I'll let you get dressed."

He left, and Teddy cleaned up and dressed in some of his new clothes, including Molly's jumper. By the time he got downstairs, Percy Weasley and his family had arrived, and Bill and Fleur were in the process of coming through. Fleur was carrying baby Muriel and proudly wearing her own jumper, which was a pretty light blue with some fluffy, silvery yarn worked in. She always seemed the most pleased by the yearly gift.

Victoire came spinning gracefully out of the fireplace, wearing a light purple jumper with a fussy sort of neckline that must have taken Molly forever. She shook her hair out and dusted herself off, then came over to Teddy to wish him a happy Christmas.

Bill finally came through with Artie, and the flames went from green to red as everyone greeted everyone else. Teddy looked out the back window and saw Professor Longbottom and Vivian Waters coming up from the Apparition point by the pond, each of them carrying a basket with a cat in it. Victoire ran out to get Bushy, and Teddy followed, glad to see Checkmate again. While they were still outside, Molly and Arthur Weasley Apparated in, and they all walked back to the house together. They got in just in time to see the flames in the fireplace go green again.

George Weasley appeared, baby Freddie clutched in his arms. "One more run," he said, handing the baby to his mother, who immediately began fussing over him. George went back into the fire and a moment later spun out again, clutching his Muggle wife, Sophie, like luggage. She shivered when she got out and muttered something about never getting used to this, then began kissing her nieces and nephews. George came over to Uncle Harry, who was standing not far from Teddy, and said, "There's one more back there. Says he really wants to come and see Teddy."

Teddy wasn't at all sure who George meant. Uncle Harry looked surprised, but shrugged and took a handful of Floo Powder and said, "Number Fifteen, Wisteria Walk." He disappeared for a good deal longer than George did, and when the flames went green again, he came back dragging the most terrified looking Muggle that Teddy had ever seen.

Dudley Dursley took several harsh breaths, shook his finger at Uncle Harry, and said, "I'm not going back that way!"
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sophiap From: sophiap Date: November 3rd, 2007 02:48 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, hooray! I'm so glad you're bringing Dudley into this!

Anyhow, I love the way Christmas is so bittersweet for Teddy, given how he's surrounded by people who love him and whose presence reminds him of what he's lost.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 3rd, 2007 03:11 am (UTC) (Link)
I like Dudley. I was so proud of him in TDH!
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allie_meril From: allie_meril Date: November 3rd, 2007 02:48 am (UTC) (Link)
Ooo, so much *fun*! The details in this chapter made me grin hugely.

James is an absolute delight, and I can't wait to see Al and Lily as more fleshed out characters as they grow up. (And they call Andromeda Granny! I just love that.)

Parcels of packages Parcels and packages?

Dudley Dursley took several harsh breaths, shook his finger at Uncle Harry, and said, "I'm not going back that way!" *howls with laughter* Oh, Dudley! I'm growing to love you. Really, you shocked me with the comments in DH, but I'm liking you more here with every mention. Oh, now I wonder if he's going to talk about Shifts!Remus with Teddy? That would be fantastic.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 3rd, 2007 03:12 am (UTC) (Link)
Parcels and packages?

I meant bundled up parcels full of packages. But I think I'm going to change it to "bundles."
persephone_kore From: persephone_kore Date: November 3rd, 2007 02:52 am (UTC) (Link)
*howls* Dudley!

I do like your work with Dudley. And frankly, I'm not sure I'd be any happier about the Floo travel than he is! Although the part about what it's like behind the grate, I really enjoyed that.

I like that Fleur is extra appreciative of the Weasley Jumpers. It's a nice touch, reminding the reader of what Teddy wouldn't necessarily know, that they represent that she's getting on with Molly (the blue with fluffy silvery yarn seems very well chosen) and that she's well aware of it.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 3rd, 2007 03:13 am (UTC) (Link)
Floo travel even freaks Harry out after he's had a couple of years to get used to magic. Stepping into a fire goes against every human instinct!
miss_polyhymnia From: miss_polyhymnia Date: November 3rd, 2007 02:59 am (UTC) (Link)
Yay! First comment! (Maybe.)

I read this faithfully every day, but I rarely review. Shameful, I know, but I'm taking the opportunity now. I love several things about this segment, especially the little details, like Fleur appreciating her Weasley jumper more than the others, and Cho being uncomfortable. Hee hee. And Dudley came to see Teddy! Kudos to him for becoming a semi-normal person.

I love the key idea for the Shrieking Shack. I have the distinct feeling that this is going to come into play later on with the Greyback plot. Why else would Teddy need to make any kind of quick escape and be able to get ahold of Harry directly at the Auror Department?

One suggestion, though: "One more run," he said, handing the baby to his mother, who immediately began fussing over him. I think the antecedent of "his" is a bit unclear here--is George handing the baby to George's mother or to the baby's mother? I had to read that and the sentence following a couple of times before I realized it meant Molly.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 3rd, 2007 03:14 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, that's a good point.

Quick escape from Greyback is exactly what Harry has in mind.
From: (Anonymous) Date: November 3rd, 2007 03:03 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah! Dudley!

And he insisted on coming on his own? To help Teddy? Oh, that is just so _sweet_.

And what does Dean Thomas do for a living? He's half wizard, but I understand his mother, stepfather, and half-siblings are all Muggles, so he may have opted for a Muggle career after the war (adding up all the possible guilt and fear issues that might influence his decisions, and careers in medicine, banking [a Goblin was killed along with Ted, after all], security [Auror or other], and perhaps other related fields come to mind).

Anyhow, cheerfully enjoying this and looking forward to whatever comes next.

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 3rd, 2007 03:18 am (UTC) (Link)
I don't know what Dean might do. Maybe he even does art professionally. Who'd be able to tell if a hotshot new artist went to Hogwarts instead of a museum school somewhere?
redlily From: redlily Date: November 3rd, 2007 03:07 am (UTC) (Link)
managed not mention the war even once

Need a "to" in there.

So realistic, Teddy's discomfort at taking his foster family from their home on Christmas. Poor kiddo. At least he's got lots of people who love him around!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 3rd, 2007 03:19 am (UTC) (Link)
Got the "to." Probably the other kids are sort of interested in something new and different.
rdprice29 From: rdprice29 Date: November 3rd, 2007 03:17 am (UTC) (Link)

Oh, Fleur is finally getting jumpers! *love* But she's probably been getting them since after Bill was attacked, if I know Molly.

And Dudley! Wow, I can't wait to see how he fits into all of this! Great job on the chapter, I love just seeing everyday life and how much love Teddy gets to experience every day, even if he doesn't realize/appreciate it yet.

Great job!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 3rd, 2007 03:22 am (UTC) (Link)
She's definitely been getting them all along--that would also be from the first Christmas they were married--but she still digs them a little bit. :)
darth_pipes From: darth_pipes Date: November 3rd, 2007 03:31 am (UTC) (Link)
God, I love Christmas at the Potters. And Dudley's back too. Sweet! :)

Good job with Teddy as always. Poor kid. He really does have a good life and is surrounded by people who love him but it's still difficult to fill that void. He'll be able to fill that void in time like Harry did.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 3rd, 2007 04:23 am (UTC) (Link)
I don't know--do we ever really fill those childhood voids?

Oh, well, they can both make a good faith effort, anyway.
lollapulizer From: lollapulizer Date: November 3rd, 2007 03:33 am (UTC) (Link)
The image of little Lily thinking the...erm..chemist as "pehty" definitely had me laughing for quite awhile. I really liked that Neville came up with the tethering charm; it's definitely something he could have used in school!

And Dudley! I can't wait to see where his storyline goes!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 3rd, 2007 04:24 am (UTC) (Link)
it's definitely something he could have used in school!

HA! I was thinking of the RoR, and I didn't even think about Neville's propensity to lose things. No wonder he bonded with a room that would find things for him!
hermia7 From: hermia7 Date: November 3rd, 2007 03:38 am (UTC) (Link)
Wonderful!! I'm obsessed with that tethering spell. Like, bursting with envy. I'm also dying at Dudley's line. Hee!

One missing word:
He pulled over another chair for Uncle Harry, who waved his wand and pulled a scroll of the air. Needs an "out" before "of the air."
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 3rd, 2007 04:25 am (UTC) (Link)
Oops on the missing word!

I want the tethering spell, too.
kacates From: kacates Date: November 3rd, 2007 03:47 am (UTC) (Link)
Aw, I love Molly's jumpers...although as a knitter myself, I'm wondering how in the world she gets them all done in time for Christmas, with so much family to knit for now. Usually I can barely manage a few scarves and hats!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 3rd, 2007 04:25 am (UTC) (Link)
She probably designs them and figures out how they're to be knitted, then charms needles and does them several at a time.
willowbough From: willowbough Date: November 3rd, 2007 03:49 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, Teddy. He definitely inherited his overblown sense of guilt from his father! The other kids probably find the experience of Christmas elsewhere to be an interesting novelty.

Nice to see that Fleur really appreciates her Weasley jumper, even if she doesn't share Molly's fondness for Celestina Warbeck. And the account of Harry's old schoolmates dropping by during past Christmases was intriguing, if a touch bittersweet. Interesting that Cho still isn't completely at ease with Harry even after all this time. And it makes perfect sense that Dean is afraid of Teddy and Teddy has no idea how he feels about Dean.

And now Dudley's joined the party--this should be fun.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 3rd, 2007 04:27 am (UTC) (Link)
I think the dating issues are resolved, and of course she showed up to fight the battle, but I doubt she's forgotten the issue of Marietta's curse.
jedi_chick From: jedi_chick Date: November 3rd, 2007 03:55 am (UTC) (Link)
Teddy Lupin...keeping the Lupin guilt complex alive and well. ;~)

The Potter children's desire to unwrap their presents with Teddy was quite cute (including Lily's commentary on the chemist poster). Even if the circumstances are undesirable, I'm glad that all the Weasleys are coming to Teddy's house for Christmas. It's nice that Neville, Vivian, and Dudley get to join in as well!

And Dudley's line was absolutely wonderful; he's really come a long ways from the first time we met him.

It's related to the spells that used be on the Room of Requirement. I think there's a missing "to" between "used" and "be". :~)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 3rd, 2007 04:28 am (UTC) (Link)
Teddy Lupin...keeping the Lupin guilt complex alive and well. ;~)

Well, someone has to do it! ;p

I'll fix the language flow on that sentence later. I changed it around and I don't remember which way I meant it to end up.
moonythoughts From: moonythoughts Date: November 3rd, 2007 04:01 am (UTC) (Link)
Okay... Finally caught up.
This is my first time reviewing any of your stories, because I wanted to read them all first. I read Shifts and Shades, and a few others too, then I read Forest Guard, and now I've just caught up on this story. Whew. Crazy long fics you've got. But they are worth it :)

Anyway, back on topic - I thought the whole spell with the keys was genius. And the Potters are, of course, too cute to be allowed.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 3rd, 2007 04:28 am (UTC) (Link)
Wow, that's a lot of reading! Thanks! Glad you enjoyed them.
From: kobegrace Date: November 3rd, 2007 04:11 am (UTC) (Link)
Dudders is back! Yay!

Fleur was carrying baby Muriel and proudly wearing her own jumper, which was a pretty light blue with some fluffy, silvery yarn worked in. She always seemed the most pleased by the yearly gift. -- This was the part that stuck with me the most. How lovely; I'm so glad that you came up with it!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 3rd, 2007 04:29 am (UTC) (Link)
I adore the dynamic between Fleur and Molly. It has a very real ring to it in the books.
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