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Teddy Lupin and the Hunter's Moon, Chapter 20: The Clabberts' Alarm, pt. 2 - The Phantom Librarian
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Teddy Lupin and the Hunter's Moon, Chapter 20: The Clabberts' Alarm, pt. 2
Teddy's been angsting because of a fight with Harry, though a memory from the ring calmed him down a little bit. Meanwhile, the March full moon is getting close. Harry tells Teddy that interrogations of the werewolves they caught told them how Mathilde had broken the spells protecting Hogwarts to Apparate in, and if they try again, it won't work.

Table of Contents and Summary So Far




The full moon rose on Friday night, and Teddy went to the Astronomy Tower to watch it for a bit. Professor Firenze had given an assignment of reading the sky and he did it absentmindedly, wondering where the Aurors were, if they were running across Greyback's pack, if anyone had been hurt. There were no alarms. Nearly Headless Nick floated up to tell him that it was nearly curfew, and Teddy nodded. He looked up at the moon and said goodnight to his father.

"Do you suppose he hears?" he asked Nick.

Nick looked less than enthusiastic, and said that he didn't know. "I wonder sometimes if I might still make the choice to find out," he said. "I find myself wondering more and more since the battle." He sighed wistfully.

Teddy frowned and went inside.

There was a Quidditch game the next morning, but the atmosphere in the Great Hall lacked the usual playful atmosphere, at least until the owls swooped in with the morning post, and everyone checked the front page to make sure that nothing had happened at home while they slept. Ruthless glanced at her copy, seemed satisfied, and handed it across to Teddy. She started warming up her bat arm.

There had been an attempt at crossing the boundary at the Ministry, to the place where four registered werewolves were transforming in their cages (there was a picture of the miserable little iron cages, and Teddy tried not to think of Dad transforming in one of them), but it had been unsuccessful. No other attacks were reported, though an "undisclosed source" gave a warning to people not to drop their guard. Teddy could almost see Uncle Harry rubbing his forehead and trying to get away from reporters demanding answers after he'd been up all night. He started to write a letter assuring Uncle Harry that it was a perfectly fine answer, then stopped, remembering that Uncle Harry might not be overjoyed to hear from him just now.

The Quidditch game lasted an hour, during which Gryffindor pounded Slytherin repeatedly on goals. Slytherin might have won anyway, as the Snitch appeared very close to their Seeker, but Ruthless sent a well-aimed Bludger in his direction, knocking him off course long enough for the new Gryffindor Seeker--a second year girl named Sylvia Neill--to swoop in for the capture and the game. There was a party back in the Common Room, but Teddy didn't stay long after congratulating Ruthless, who was engaged in her rather dangerous form of dancing. He ducked her flailing arm, then went to the library with Professor McGonagall's list of books on the Animagus transformation. Only one of them was on the open shelf--the rest were in the Restricted Section--and he pulled it out sneakily, though he had every right to it. It just seemed like something that ought to be sneaked.

He would have expected a book like this to be quite popular (there was glamor in being an Animagus), but the card in the front pocket only had ten names, and they went all the way back to the nineteen-forties, when the first one was "M. McGonagall." It had also been checked out by an R. Skeeter in the fifties, as well as by a handful of people in the sixties. In nineteen-seventy-three, nearly covered over by a blood red stamp that said "LATE RETURN," was J. Potter. Several weeks later, also nearly covered by the LATE RETURN stamp, was S. Black. The only check out in the interim since then was to H. Granger, in the spring of nineteen-ninety-five.

Teddy thought about actually checking it out, just so he could add his name to this particular list, but decided to wait until he'd actually learned to transform. No sense having people pay attention to his reading material just yet. He holed up at a secluded study carrel near a drafty window, so no one would bother him, and read several chapters. He deduced early on that his accident with his eyes was a rather common one people made when they were deliberately studying the subject. He'd done it clumsily, based on his natural shapeshifting ability, but he'd apparently tapped into the magic involved. Unfortunately, he didn't understand the vast majority of what he was reading. No wonder standard training required an Outstanding O.W.L. in Transfiguration... but of course, the O.W.L. just meant that a person had mastered it. There was nothing preventing him from reading and learning ahead, and not bothering with the actual exam. But he'd definitely need to do that if he had the slightest thought of becoming an Animagus. It looked like there was a lot in there about holding one's identity as well. He guessed the book may have helped James come up with his identifying spells on the Marauder's Map as well.

Reluctantly, he put it away when Madam Pince came around, ordering everyone out for the night.

On Sunday, there was a Muggles and Minions game in Hufflepuff. Victoire maneuvered her character into uni, so she was now working with Donzo and Teddy, though Story was on the fringes. Ruthless decided that her character wanted to show up Victoire's character, and they spent most of the day rolling against each other in various staged contests. Teddy thought it wiser not to take sides, as Victoire had a bag full of Weasley pranks and Ruthless had a bat and a temper.

By Monday, the sick feeling from the fight had passed, and he resolved to apologize. He was on the way down to Care of Magical Creatures with Tinny and Roger when he saw Uncle Harry arrive for guard duty, switching off with Williams on patrol near the greenhouses.

He stopped. "Er, Tinny... could you tell Hagrid I'll be along in a minute?"

Tinny drew her eyebrows together. "You'll be along? You want me to tell a professor that you'll be 'along' for a class?"

"Well... yes."

She shook her head at him like she thought he'd gone round the bend, but agreed. Teddy watched her head off with Roger, then squared his shoulders and took the path toward the greenhouses. Uncle Harry was chatting with Professor Longbottom, looking tired and morose, and Teddy wondered if things had been worse during the moon than the Prophet had let on. Professor Longbottom looked up and spotted him first, and pointed at him, giving Uncle Harry a smile.

Uncle Harry turned, and his face brightened. Teddy guessed it was a show. He was always good about not letting work get into his family. He started up the path and met Teddy halfway.

"Hi, Teddy."

Teddy bit his lip and took a deep breath. "I'm sorry," he said. "I'm sorry I said those things. I know it was the worst thing I could say--what I said about you not caring about my parents--and I know it's not true and I'm sorry I said it and--"

"Teddy, it's all right," Uncle Harry said. "I could have handled it better. I expect it's not the last time we'll run across it. And as Hermione reminded me, when I was thirteen, I did a lot of raging about losing my parents, too."

Teddy nodded. "Still..."

"Teddy, listen. What you said wasn't true, but I know where you got it from. I was there when Remus died, and I gave my son Snape's name. But I didn't need to give him your dad's name. Your dad gave his name to you, and it's yours to pass on when the time comes, not mine."

Teddy tried a smile. "It's probably a good thing," he said. "'Albus Severus Remus' would sound awfully funny."

Uncle Harry laughed more than the joke was worth, and said, "Yes, I suppose it would, though that's not really my first reason for thinking it's a good thing that you're here. So, let's say we found the last functioning Time Turner and gave it a twist back to Thursday night."

"Right," Teddy said. "We just decided--very calmly, of course, and with no knife-waving--that we couldn't fix the floor."

"And then came back here and talked about deep and interesting things." Uncle Harry still looked sad. He sighed. "You'd best get to class. And I'd best get on patrol. I'm meant to be on the far side of the castle by now."

Teddy nodded. Uncle Harry squeezed his shoulder and started up toward the castle. Teddy went on to Care of Magical Creatures, where everyone was gathered in the paddock, around the Clabbert cage. Vivian was there as well, standing behind Hagrid, smiling broadly with the half of her mouth that worked properly.

Hagrid was grinning madly when he looked up. "Teddy! Glad yeh could make it. I was jes' tellin' the others, we go' some good news. Seems our pair o' Clabberts really is a pair!" He reached into the cage and a green hand found his wrist. "Come on out 'ere now, girl, an' show 'em yer surprise!"

The smaller of the two Clabberts hobbled out into the sunshine, and Teddy could see that her belly was just the littlest bit swollen.

"Is she--?" He looked at her.

"Expecting!" Vivian finished. "It's so exciting!"

"Never did have summat born fer a class," Hagrid said. "There was a baby dragon once--Teddy'll know all about tha'--but that was before I was teachin'."

The boys looked at each other, no one really knowing whether or not they were supposed to express interest. Tinny and Jane looked cautiously optimistic, but when Jane noticed Teddy looking at her to see how she was reacting, for some reason, she turned bright red and looked away.

Roger, who loved animals best, finally broke the impasse by going up to the female Clabbert and touching her belly. "Professor Hagrid," he said, "could you Conjure a stethoscope?"

"A what?" Hagrid asked.

"A stethoscope. You put it in your ears, and put the flat part on something, and you can hear. We could hear the baby Clabbert's heartbeat."

"I don't reckon I know what that is..." Hagrid said.

"Does anyone have an Extendable Ear?" Teddy asked.

"Where do you mean to extend it?" Corky asked. "Down her throat?"

"I don't know..."

"Oh, stop it," Jane said. "You're being absurd. Roger, just write home and ask for a stethoscope. Look--you're all scaring her. Isn't that pustule only supposed to glow red if she thinks she's in danger?"

Teddy looked over. The pustule on the Clabbert's head was indeed bright red. He looked to the cage, where her mate had been gloating uselessly a moment before, and there was now a reddish light in the shadows as he looked up the hill.

Teddy turned toward the Whomping Willow, and something flashed like lightening.

"It's not us!" he said. "Get in Hagrid's house!"
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chienar From: chienar Date: November 30th, 2007 07:19 am (UTC) (Link)
I think, you have now gone far far beyond perfecting the cliffhanger!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 30th, 2007 12:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you!
got_it_bub From: got_it_bub Date: November 30th, 2007 07:38 am (UTC) (Link)
I formally award fernwithy with order of merlin first class, for a antagonising cliffhangers that made me fall of my chair.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 30th, 2007 12:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'd like to thank all the little people who who work behind the scenes to help, but they're mostly evil, and might come after me. :p
From: (Anonymous) Date: November 30th, 2007 07:45 am (UTC) (Link)

Nooooooo!

Oh Fern, what a cliffhanger! I have no idea how any of your readers are going to fall asleep tonight; I know my pulse is racing far too quickly.

It's wonderful and real how you're having Teddy pursue becoming an Animagus. And what a wonderful addition to this story arch you've just given us. I hope Teddy does check out the book some day. A quick confession...I giggled and sighed like a thirteen year old school girl when I saw "M. McGonagall" at the top of the list.

One tiny correction: "A stethoscope. You put it in your ears, and put the flat part on something, and you can here. Should that be "hear?"

Sorry to go rambling off on my first review; I've been reading for months (and went back through Shifts, Shades, Forest Guard, etc. etc. etc. so I feel like I should have posted before now. Like everyone else who posts here, your Remus/Tonks/Teddy verse has become part of my canon and reading about Teddy is just about the best part of many of my days.

Thanks!

-sqveege

cornedbee From: cornedbee Date: November 30th, 2007 09:25 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Nooooooo!

I have no idea how any of your readers are going to fall asleep tonight; I know my pulse is racing far too quickly.

See, that's why I read her stories in the morning. I've just woken up properly.
jedi_chick From: jedi_chick Date: November 30th, 2007 07:46 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm glad nothing horrible happened on the full moon, but what's going to happen now? *bites nails nervously*

On another note, I liked the book with its list of names and Teddy realizing how difficult becoming an Animagus is going to be. Also, Teddy's apology and Harry's reaction to it was very well written. And I liked the discussion about stethoscopes versus Extendable Ears.

I'll be looking forward to the cliffhanger's resolution tomorrow!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 30th, 2007 12:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think this is the first time Teddy's trying to actually duplicate something the Marauders did (the Animagus experiment). He may have a harder time of it without the Invisibility Cloak to sneak into the Restricted section with, of course...
amamama From: amamama Date: November 30th, 2007 08:01 am (UTC) (Link)
Eep! Suddenly I understand the chapter title, I've ben waiting for that revelation. But, oh... *clutches heart* Do you need to scare us like that? I'm sure I can hear you sniggering all across the Atlantic. :) Well, you've got good reason for that, you're certainly perfecting the art of the cliffie!

Great chapter - and regarding the extendable ear - couldn't they just hold the listening part up close, use it like a stethoscope?

Thanks!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 30th, 2007 12:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
couldn't they just hold the listening part up close, use it like a stethoscope?

I'm not sure. It could just be for distance hearing, rather than magnification. If anyone had had one, I'm sure they'd have made the experiment. ;p
persephone_kore From: persephone_kore Date: November 30th, 2007 08:15 am (UTC) (Link)
...Eep!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 30th, 2007 12:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks!
hermia7 From: hermia7 Date: November 30th, 2007 09:28 am (UTC) (Link)
Eek! (Also, I know it's not your invention, but glowing pustules? ew.)

Glad Harry and Teddy were able to make contact and move forward. I hate that sick feeling from fights, even when it's not magically induced.

Clarification: They might have won anyway, as the Snitch appeared very close to their Seeker... took me a second, I'd already re-read that part once before I got to Ruthless and realized it was Slytherin almost winning. I know it should be obvious from context but you have been talking about the actions of the Gryffindor chasers... Anyway, might be clearer if it said "Slytherin might have won anyway..." despite close proximity to another use of the name.
nundu_art From: nundu_art Date: November 30th, 2007 11:45 am (UTC) (Link)
I have to agree with Hermia on that one. I reread the sentence several times before I just read on to figure out who had actually won. Just a minor stumbling block though.

As to the cliffhanger? EEEEECK! Like CornedBee, I read the stories in the morning, which is a good thing!
From: (Anonymous) Date: November 30th, 2007 11:59 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, my - hope they all get safely inside! Good thing Harry's on patrol ;)

- Amber
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 30th, 2007 12:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
On the far side of the castle, of course. Must give our guest time to ramble a little.
From: smishli Date: November 30th, 2007 12:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
NOT ANOTHER CLIFFIE!!

Great work as usual. And I see Jane's joined the ranks of the Teddy-crushers...he's turned into quite the catch, hasn't he? :)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 30th, 2007 01:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
Jane is one of the girls he mentions having kissed in "Marauders' Roost," though here, I think it's just that squickiness of "OMG, we're talking about something being pregnant, and a BOY IS LOOKING AT ME!"
marikenobi From: marikenobi Date: November 30th, 2007 01:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
C'mon Harry!!! Go get 'em!!!!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 30th, 2007 01:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
His broomstick needs a name. Should be "Silver." Hi-ho, Silver... AWAY! Of course, he doesn't actually have his broomstick with him. (Sure wish someone had gotten his Firebolt back for him after the first battle in TDH.)
willowbough From: willowbough Date: November 30th, 2007 02:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yikes! I see you've mastered the dictate, "When you least expect it, expect it!" Another fiendish cliffhanger--and just when Teddy (along with the reader) was starting to relax and return to normal. I don't suppose Greyback could sustain a nasty injury that lays him up for a month or thereabouts so he buys the other side some time?

On a lighter note, I liked Ruthless being a "dangerous" dancer. Given that Teddy seems to have inherited some of Tonks' clumsiness, it's just as well as that he and Ruthless never tried cutting a rug together. Lives might be lost.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 30th, 2007 05:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
it's just as well as that he and Ruthless never tried cutting a rug together. Lives might be lost.

True, that--you've got Ruthless flailing around near people's heads, Teddy tripping and landing on their feet... it's not an OSHA-approved activity, that's for sure!
allie_meril From: allie_meril Date: November 30th, 2007 02:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
*yelps* Augh! AUGH!!

Plz to write more very quickly, so your readers don't fret themselves into dust? ;D
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 30th, 2007 05:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'll get to it tonight, I promise. :)
lollapulizer From: lollapulizer Date: November 30th, 2007 02:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
GAH CLiFFHANGER! On the bright side, it is broad daylight so if the "guest" is who we expect it to be (i.e. Greyback or DuBois) then they are just the teensiest bit less dangerous. And he's with two adult protectors.

But I can't wait until your next post!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 30th, 2007 05:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Also protected by the "not quite time for the big showdown" clause. ;p
From: kobegrace Date: November 30th, 2007 03:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, snap.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 30th, 2007 05:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
:curtsy:
moonythoughts From: moonythoughts Date: November 30th, 2007 03:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh wow. This was a seriously good cliffhanger. I'm torn between being impressed and annoyed by it :P
And the Clabberts were a very clever addition to this story. I always thought they would be neat creatures, really, and I always love it when people include the less known magical creatures in fic.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 30th, 2007 05:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
I keep my Magical Beasts at my writing desk, just to be handy.
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