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Teddy Lupin and the Hunter's Moon, Chapter 13: Brothers, pt. 2 - The Phantom Librarian
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Teddy Lupin and the Hunter's Moon, Chapter 13: Brothers, pt. 2
Christmas isn't entirely happy for Teddy, for whom spending it at home brings up thoughts of the family he doesn't have rather than joy at the family he does. The guests other than Harry and Ginny's family leave. Teddy tries to bring himself out of his funk by playing with James and Al, then trying to comb Lily's hair.

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It was snowing lightly when Teddy woke up the next morning, making everything muffled, even the sounds inside the house. He could tell that Granny was making breakfast again, and he could hear James and Al chasing each other, but he wanted to stay in bed for a few more minutes, to...

He wasn't sure why he didn't want to go down yet. He just wanted to be alone. He stretched his legs, then reached over and picked up The Treasure of Tirza Malone, the first of the Tirza books, and got brainlessly lost in the first chapter, which introduced Tirza as the orphaned daughter of a dispossessed noblewizard, who'd held onto one precious possession, the huge stone known only as The Birthright Ruby. She was trying desperately to regain her family's home, which had been taken over by the villainous Malacquis clan. In the midst of this, she heard rumors of the famous jewel thief, Holt Oakenwand, who had stolen an emerald necklace from a banker's wife who lived nearby. It was all quite stupid, and quite entertaining, and he decided that he ought to learn to transfigure the covers into something about pirates, so he could grab a chapter or two between classes.

There was a soft knock on the door. "Teddy?" Granny called. "Are you awake?"

"I'm up," he said.

She opened the door and leaned in. "I have breakfast out, and--" She stopped and raised an eyebrow. "Is that a Fifi LaFolle novel?"

"I found it in the nursery."

Granny smiled somewhat sadly. "Well, if you have an honestly-come-by quirk, it's Fifi LaFolle. Just tell me that you're not taking romantic advice from her now that you're going out."

Teddy, who was thinking about skipping ahead to see if he could find Holt and Tirza's first kiss to get pointers from, said nothing.

Granny came over, plucked it out of his hands, and winced at the prose. "This is not how it actually works, you know."

"Sure. Tirza never gives rules."

"Rules?"

"You know--no kissing in public, no googly eyes, that sort of thing." Teddy looked at her cautiously, wondering if the look on her face was because she didn't want to talk about his going out with anyone, or because Ruthless's rules weren't normal. He cautiously said, "Did you have rules with Granddad?"

"Quite a few. Most dealing with how to stay away from the Blacks."

"Was he allowed to say you were pretty?"

"It was a requirement of sorts. Ruth doesn't like to be called pretty?"

Teddy shook his head. "She thinks it's girly. Granny, do you like Ruthless?"

"Yes. In her own very odd way, I think she's a lovely girl."

"Do you think my parents like her, if they're watching?"

"They are. And I'd wager your dad thinks she's a smashing choice. Your mum might think she needs to be a bit friendlier, but she'd just wish she could be here to try harder to set a friendly example."

"What about Granddad?"

"Your granddad had a notable weakness for girls with a lot of danger attached to them. I'm sure he's quite fond of Ruth. Why the questioning?"

"I just wondered. Ruthless was sure that her brothers would all tease her."

"She has brave brothers." Granny smiled. "And at some point, she's going to have to drop the silly nickname."

Teddy wondered if she knew of any good books on kissing, if she didn't think Fifi LaFolle was a good source, but as he didn't really want diagrams and a list of possible curses that could be passed through the lips--along with detailed stories about having treated those curses--he decided not to ask. "Are the Potters leaving?"

"Harry has to go back to work, and the children want to go back to their rooms to play with their toys, though I don't think they've quite realized that we're not going back with them. Harry actually wondered if you'd like to go with him today. He's going to France, to talk to the cubs from Greyback's pack. I told him I thought you might enjoy it, but I didn't want to speak for you."

"It's all right for me to leave the house?"

"As long as you're physically traveling with Harry Potter, it's all right for you to leave the house. If you decide you want to wander around Knockturn Alley on your own, it's not all right. Are we clear?"

Teddy nodded. He said that he'd very much like to go, and asked if he could possibly get dressed first. By the time he got downstairs, most of breakfast had been polished off, so he just grabbed half a loaf of bread on the way to the Apparition barrier. Uncle Harry was dressed officially again today, with scarlet robes and shiny black shoes. He looked up sheepishly from the muddy, snowy ground and said, "Will you think less of me if I do an Impervius Charm on my feet as well as my glasses?"

"Definitely," Teddy said. "It's all anyone would ever think of Harry Potter--the Man Who's Afraid To Get His Shoes Wet."

Uncle Harry laughed and did the charm, then led the way out into the snow. The world had developed a soft white blanket, and the air seemed cushioned, flattening their voices. "I'm actually going to talk to Père Alderman's mother. She worked in the Werewolf Capture Unit for years--that's why Greyback took her son--and I was hoping to persuade her to come back to work to help us. I thought you might like to meet the others. And you could talk to little Neil Overby, who's settling in fairly well, now that most of his wounds are healed." They reached the Apparition border, and Uncle Harry held out his arm. Teddy took it. The world went dark and pinched, and Teddy felt like all of the air was squeezed out of him, then they were on a sunny mountainside, in an evergreen glade. A woman he at first took for Fleur Weasley was waiting for them, then he realized that she was younger, a bit thinner, and looking at him like she was waiting to be introduced instead of waiting for him to offer help in the kitchen.

"Gabrielle," Uncle Harry said, "I don't know whether or not you remember my godson, Teddy Lupin. Teddy, this is Fleur's sister, Gabrielle Delacour."

She smiled. "'Arry, eet 'as been DuLac for six years now. Teddy, eet is good to see you. My nieces write of you often. Especially Victoire."

"Victoire's my friend at school," Teddy said.

"Ah. Of course." Gabrielle turned down a path, indicating that they should follow. "Mirabelle is waiting beyond the trees," she said. "Zere is enough snow for the sleigh, no? She is in a 'urry. You weel see why."

Curious, Teddy followed. As soon as they cleared the trees, he saw a pure white hippogriff reined to a sleigh. Gabrielle bowed to it casually and it bowed back, then let her--along with Teddy and Uncle Harry, climb into the sleigh. There was a jolt, and then the sleigh was rushing along the ground, then over it. Below, Teddy saw the path winding up to the top. There was a large gap in it that would prevent casual hikers from getting to the sanctuary. He saw a flat area short of the summit, with two bowl-shaped depressions ringed by trees, and a narrow path leading to a collection of cabins arranged loosely around a village square. Gabrielle pulled on the reins, and Mirabelle circled down to it. As soon as the sleigh touched down, Gabrielle unhitched the hippogriff, which ran eagerly across to a paddock.

"Come," Gabrielle said. "You 'ave a moment. Fiona weel be zere anehway."

Teddy let himself be led across the square to the paddock, where he could hear strangely low-pitched chirping. Mirabelle was rooting in a barrel and came up with a dead ferret, which she chewed, but didn't swallow. Teddy was glad he hadn't had much breakfast.

Then he forgot entirely that it was nasty, as Mirabelle leaned over a fence and a tiny golden beak came up to take a bit of ferret from her. A downy head appeared, then ducked back down again.

"When did they hatch?" Uncle Harry asked. "Hagrid said that he'd been bringing Buckbeak down to visit, but I didn't know how well they'd, er... got along."

"Zey 'atched last month," Gabrielle said. "Buckbeak is a proud papa now."

"Can I look?" Teddy asked.

"Be careful," Uncle Harry said. "Hippogriffs are always a bit dangerous, and I imagine a new mother is nervous on top of it."

Gabrielle nodded her agreement. Teddy went carefully to the pen where the babies were, staying to the far side of it, where he wasn't in reach of Mirabelle's talons. He looked down. The bottom of the pen was lined with hay, and their foal-like hindquarters seemed more at home in it than their front talons, though they were quite wobbly regardless. One of them spread his stubby, fuzzy wings.

Teddy thought them both ugly and wonderful.

"Are you new here?" someone said softly.

Teddy turned around to find a small, frightened-looking boy standing in the shadows, holding a bucket of water. He seemed weak, and there were dark circles under his eyes. "I'm just visiting."

The boy nodded. "You don't look like you're one of us."

"Neil! That's rude." A woman came scurrying out of the shadows, brushing hay from her clothes and looking apologetically at Teddy. She was dressed in work clothes, but Teddy could see that she was very beautiful, with a cloud of curly chestnut-colored hair and a tiny, upturned nose. She smiled across the paddock to where Uncle Harry was now talking to an older woman, then looked back down, scanning Teddy's face hungrily. "You must be the Lupins' son. And Andromeda's grandson. I thought she was the most beautiful person I had ever seen. With the most wonderful name." She stuck out her hand. "I'm Evelyn Blondin," she said. "And you've met my foster son, Neil Overby. He came to us this fall. Neil, this is Teddy. His parents were very important in making a safe space for all of us."

"Where are they?" Neil asked.

"They died," Teddy said briefly.

Neil nodded. "Mine, too. Are you a werewolf?"

"No. My dad was."

"Oh."

There didn't seem to be much else to say. Teddy was always coming across the notion that there were worse things than losing his parents cleanly in battle before he was old enough to remember having them, but he rarely ran across a clearer case of than Neil's. He felt absurd even comparing it, and guilty for feeling sorry for himself yesterday. Neil had to have watched Greyback murder his entire family. Teddy had just slept through it while it was happening a country away. He didn't think he had any words of hard-earned orphan wisdom that would help.

Evelyn--Teddy guessed she must be the "Evvy" that Vivian had talked about--waved her arm widely, and a tall blond man came across the square toward them. He stopped to talk to Uncle Harry, then came around. He smiled, and Teddy was quite sure he recognized him from the pictures Dad had drawn, even though he'd been just a boy then. In the pictures, he'd been wearing rags, and had a skull around his neck. Now, he was dressed in perfectly ordinary robes, and was wearing a tool belt.

"I'm Nate Blondin," he said. "While Harry's off saving the world, he said it would be all right--if you'd like it--for us to show you what Lupin and Tonks gave us all."
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willowbough From: willowbough Date: November 7th, 2007 06:08 am (UTC) (Link)
Ooh, wasn't expecting this plot twist at all, but what a lovely one! If anything could dissipate the last of Teddy's funk, it's hearing from the cubs about what his parents did for them. And the baby hippogriffs were a plus, though it takes a vivid imagination to conjure up a picture of something that looks like a cross between a fledgling and a foal.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 7th, 2007 06:31 am (UTC) (Link)
I can sort of see them in my head, and they're very, very ugly.
marikenobi From: marikenobi Date: November 7th, 2007 06:20 am (UTC) (Link)
Hee. Hee. Buckbeak got some. Hee. (I'm 5 years old too)

I love Andromeda and her relationship talk with Teddy. Hee.

And yay more Teddy learning about his parents...
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 7th, 2007 06:32 am (UTC) (Link)
Buckbeak got some.

Perhaps that should be the chapter title. :)
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beceh From: beceh Date: November 7th, 2007 06:27 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, i love the cubs. It's nice to see them again :-).
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 7th, 2007 06:32 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm so glad! :)
jedi_chick From: jedi_chick Date: November 7th, 2007 06:27 am (UTC) (Link)
I've been rereading Shades, and I read the chapter where Fleur and Tonks are talking about matchmaking Mirabelle and Buckbeak earlier tonight. It was great to read that the two hippogriffs finally did get together and that they made little hippogriffs. ;~)

It's great to see Evvy and Blondin again--and I'm looking forward to them showing off the sanctuary. It could be just what Teddy needs right now.

I liked the conversation Teddy had with Andromeda about how the rest of the family would react to Ruth, as well as Andromeda's reaction to him reading Fifi LaFolle.

"It's all anyone would ever think of Harry Potter--the Man Who's Afraid To Get His Shoes Wet." Hee! That was great. :~)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 7th, 2007 06:34 am (UTC) (Link)
I read the chapter where Fleur and Tonks are talking about matchmaking Mirabelle and Buckbeak earlier tonight.
Coincidence is a good thing. :D

I hope that the sanctuary serves some plot and thematic purpose, though I'm happy with just walking Teddy around it, honestly.
From: (Anonymous) Date: November 7th, 2007 06:29 am (UTC) (Link)
"Perfectly ordinary robes." For some reason, I just love that. So Harry Potterish.

I'm not quite sure how I feel about Neil, too. Trying to see him from Teddy's eyes but I think I'm just seeing Teddy and Neil through my eyes, which puts them closer on par, even if I know Neil's been through a lot more trauma (and gets to turn into a werewolf. Is that what's causing the bruised eyes or is it that this is Neil's first Christmas since he lost his family?). I think, if I was Victoire, I might be resenting Neil for taking away Teddy's "special" spot as the somewhat isolated orphan within the large, loving Potter-Weasley-remanant-of-Black clan. Actually, as a reader, I find myself feeling a _little_ that way (Teddy's _our_ orphan! You go off and upstage Oliver Twist!) which is not reasonable, even if it's sometimes easy to think of Teddy as more real than he is.

Honestly, poor Neil. First, he loses his family and, then, he has reader's like me resenting him for it. I really should be nicer . . . .

Which, of course, is NOT some totally lame attempt to make you put Neil in his own fanfic where I wouldn't have to worry about him upstaging Teddy.

Ellen
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 7th, 2007 06:37 am (UTC) (Link)
I think of Neil as an opportunity for Teddy to angst about how self-centered and ungrateful he is. And then to angst about how it proves that he's self-centered, thinking about his self-centeredness in the face of terrible things happening to someone else.
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xtineebee From: xtineebee Date: November 7th, 2007 07:19 am (UTC) (Link)
My soon-to-be-six niece has become a *major* Potterhead. When I asked her what she wanted for her birthday, she told me (in a very serious, bordering bossy tone that is still cute 'cause she's not MY kid) that "You, Auntie, you must give me Potter things!". I think for the sanity of my sister and her hubby it is a very, very good thing that Buckbeak behbehs are not actually available, becuase Oh.My.Yes. she would have one in a heartbeat. I imagine they are gloriously hideous and insanely cute all at once as baby birds really, really lost out on the Cute Baby Animal thing.

I loved the 'evolved' Dudley, and I really like how you are working with teenaged Teddy. The entire scene of Andromeda warning him NOT to take his love advice from a romance author had me cracking up and remembering a few silly moment of my own teenage wonderings....
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 7th, 2007 04:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
I imagine they are gloriously hideous and insanely cute all at once as baby birds really, really lost out on the Cute Baby Animal thing.

Heh, yes. Baby chickens are sort of cute and baby ducks are still hanging on, but the bigger a bird gets, the uglier the baby birds are. Eagle chicks=not cute. Eagle chicks with half a horse sticking out behind them? Eeep!
amamama From: amamama Date: November 7th, 2007 07:54 am (UTC) (Link)
This. Is. SO. Good.

Andromeda/Teddy - I love the way they're able to talk, and can discuss Ruthless and 'not' taking love advice from a Fifi La Folle (so Barbara Cartland) novel without decending into awkwardness.

Harry/Teddy - oh, how I love Harry. Their exchange about Impervious was great. I'd love to be able to put that charm on my shoes.

Daddy!Buckbeack... Mirabelle sounds beautiful, and the babies - all babies are cute, though some hide it better than others.

Neil/Teddy - great how Teddy gets introspective and discovers that maybe his was of losing his parents were better, after all. If his whole "could've, should've been" world had been ripped apart and left him as an orphan, would that've been better? Maybe it is better to never have known your siblings, than for them to have died the way Neil's siblings and parents died? Or is some life better than noe? Oh, I feel I'm itching to get into a deeper analysis of this...

Me like story. Very. But I guess you can tell, eh?

Cheers!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 7th, 2007 04:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think we'd all like to be able to put the charm on our shoes. And glasses, while we're at it! I can stand having my head wet, but glasses require an umbrella. Blech.

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fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 7th, 2007 04:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
If you want to try to take one away from a protective hippogriff mother...
ada_the_mental From: ada_the_mental Date: November 7th, 2007 10:11 am (UTC) (Link)
Buckbeak/Mirabell,YES! I knew that was it when Gabrielle said she's in a hurry.

Poor Neil. :( Really, Teddy's angsting about missing his parents and his non-existent siblings, and then thinking he's being silly and ungrateful totally prevents him from coming across as an emosnot. If anything, the whole thing gets even sadder.

Teenage boy caught in the act of reading cheesy, smutty romance novels by his own grandmother. Ouch! :D
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 7th, 2007 04:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Teenage boy caught in the act of reading cheesy, smutty romance novels by his own grandmother.

It could have been worse. It could have been his friends. Grandmothers, after all, are supposed to not tease you too much. A pack of thirteen year old boys, on the other hand...
redlily From: redlily Date: November 7th, 2007 11:50 am (UTC) (Link)
Ooh, now I want for it to snow. But only if I get to play in the snow with baby hippogriffs.

I can't wait to see what the sanctuary is like now so many years later! Also, to see whether the child of two werewolves is a werewolf. (I assume someone's had a child by now!)

first kiss to get pointers from

That might be grammatically correct, but it sure is unwieldy . . . .
hermia7 From: hermia7 Date: November 7th, 2007 02:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think a woman who is a werewolf can't bear children because the monthly change would be too traumatic for a fetus? I feel like either we talked about it here after DH or JKR said something about it, explaining that while Remus was grasping at anything to panic about, a werewolf can father a baby with no trouble, it's carrying a baby that's the problem.
From: kobegrace Date: November 7th, 2007 12:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
There is so much I want to say/comment on, but it's far too early in the morning to do so articulately, so I'll leave it at this: Brilliant, in a sweet, hazy, lounging-on-Boxing-Day kind of way. I love how you always manage to do fluff without ever getting corny or ugh-whatever-ish. Excellent installment! :)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 7th, 2007 04:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. It's kind of random, but so are most things that happen during school breaks.
hermia7 From: hermia7 Date: November 7th, 2007 02:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ack, major wave of emotion for me at the end when Nate came in. I don't know why--I guess because Remus was so desperate to give these kids a better life, and he succeeded but didn't get to see how well it worked out? Love all of this, and it's definitely good for Teddy to see that it could indeed be worse.

My only quibble is with Gabrielle's "anehway," which took me a second to figure out and sort of stood out as too much accent? I see why, for consistency, anyway needs to be accented, but that stopped me in my tracks more than leaving it plain would have? You are really excellent at not pushing those dialects and accents into "kill me now" territory like most fanfic writers do, so I guess a minor things stands out more!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 7th, 2007 04:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I wasn't sure about that, either.

it's definitely good for Teddy to see that it could indeed be worse.

I'm not sure that it is. Teddy's so twisted up about getting cheated, and now he's feeling guilty and petty about it as well. It's like comparing it to Harry's loss of Lily and James--their deaths meant something and spurred the war. Is it worse for Teddy because his parents missed the protection spell by about ten minutes and didn't make any particular difference in the battle? Or for Harry, because he was left alone in the middle of a war? I don't think there's any good way for it to happen, and I think every orphan has a right to rail at fate now and then without guilt.
moonythoughts From: moonythoughts Date: November 7th, 2007 02:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
You inspire me :P
http://ashpri.deviantart.com/art/Teddy-and-Buckbeak-Jr-69225552

This was such a fun chapter! And I love seeing the cubs all grown up.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 7th, 2007 04:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Awesome!
From: (Anonymous) Date: November 7th, 2007 03:03 pm (UTC) (Link)

Yay!

Loving all this Fern!

13 was when I started dabbling in romance novels as well (this essentially consisted of reading the back covers and the steamy teaser snippets on the second page of the book before the actual book started). I didn't actually read my first one cover to cover until just before I graduated from college, if you'll believe it.

Anyway, loved the scene with Andromeda. And loved that Teddy figures he should transfigure the covers. Although, frankly, as long as he keeps them in his room, what with having no roommates, he should be fine.

Love seeing all the pups. Will we see Millicent too?

Sara Libby
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 7th, 2007 04:18 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yay!

Although, frankly, as long as he keeps them in his room, what with having no roommates, he should be fine.
Well, yeah, but with them Transfigured, he could actually have one in his bag to read between classes. He certainly couldn't do that if they showed something compromising! ;p
muridae_x From: muridae_x Date: November 7th, 2007 08:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
Aww, baby Hippogriffs. They've got to look like something out of a jumble sale, even if the tiny beaks are cute.

"Your granddad had a notable weakness for girls with a lot of danger attached to them. I'm sure he's quite fond of Ruth."

*sniff* That's my Ted. But yeah, I think if the extended Tonks/Lupin family had all survived, they'd have found Ruthless endlessly entertaining as Teddy's girlfriend.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 7th, 2007 10:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have a fantasy of their reaction in the afterlife, Dora going on and on about why Teddy just goes along with all of Ruthless's sometimes senseless and utterly unintuitive rules. "She's a nice girl, but really..." And Remus just looking at her, and deciding not to mention just where he gets that from.
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