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Teddy Lupin and the Hunter's Moon, Chapter 22: Despair, pt. 3 - The Phantom Librarian
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Teddy Lupin and the Hunter's Moon, Chapter 22: Despair, pt. 3
After April's full moon, it's discovered that Vivian has been set up to commit a vicious attack while transformed. Neville gets a note from her indicating that she means to hurt herself and rushes off; he shows up late that night with Evvie and Alderman, who went with him. They weren't able to get through a pack of werewolves in Romania, but saw that Vivian's alive and believe that Greyback means to keep her that way (it hardly needs to be said that Greyback's motives aren't exactly altruistic here). Neville wasn't able to get her wand back to her. Alderman tells Teddy that he's free to talk to him any time. Teddy chooses not to talk at that particular moment.

Anyway, it's time to do a Streaming Spell of my own.

Table of Contents and Summary So Far




For the first few days after Professor Longbottom's return, it seemed almost blasphemous to think about anything other than what had happened. Students were gossiping--Teddy and Victoire, who knew the truth about Vivian and Professor Longbottom, and Ruthless and Donzo, who'd figured it out, all did their best to steer questions as far from the truth as possible--and Professor Longbottom himself was hard to miss. Some of the wounds he'd taken during the battle in Romania had apparently been cursed, and he appeared in classes with bandages on his hands and wrists. When they came off a week later, he had clear, round bite scars in several places, and one particularly nasty rip coming back from one of his knuckles. Teddy guessed he'd thrown a punch at one of the Romanian werewolves and caught his hand on a sharpened tooth. The mind might be thrown from it for a moment, but it always came back: Vivian wanted to hurt herself, Greyback was under the protection of a foreign official, and Professor Longbottom had gone out by himself after them because the Aurors would have to take Vivian in as a criminal.

It couldn't be possible to think of anything else.

But of course, it was. First, there was schoolwork. Final exams were coming up quickly, and all of the teachers were assigning reading and review assignments, as well as big projects like Robards' project on Dark Creatures. Professors Firenze and Trelawney assigned separate projects in Divination, and Gardner gave each student a box of objects they were meant to Transfigure before the exam. Professor Flitwick always did a practical exam, and Charms students were going through everything they had learned. Teddy, who had read several years ahead of himself in Charms, went through his third year book carefully, reminding himself of which ones he'd be expected to know for the test.

Then there was the Quidditch final. Gryffindor had been knocked out of the running--barring a really catastrophic loss by Ravenclaw, Teddy supposed--so the last game of the season, Gryffindor-Slytherin, was all but irrelevant. The real decider was between Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw, who were only a handful of points away from each other. Teddy had friends on both teams, but rooted for Hufflepuff, as his mum and grandfather had been 'Puffs, and no one had been a Ravenclaw. It seemed like as good a rationale as any, and Joe Palmer, their Seeker, was the best flyer in the school. Frankie loaned him some yellow and black clothes for the game. Ruthless was just rooting for low scores on both sides, hoping that, with a lot of luck, they could beat the point spread, and Victoire was madly cheering the Ravenclaws, as she and Story had succeeded in turning the war into a grand alliance, though Madam Hooch had made them take a magical vow that they wouldn't interfere in the Quidditch game.

Most of the goings-out dried up toward the end of the year, as there were no more Hogsmeade visits to plan, and studying for exams seemed more important. There was a rumor that Donzo was looking for a girl to be on his summer tour, and be interviewed by magazines, and he was inundated by girls auditioning for the role, until he finally gave an interview to Teen Witch, in which he said he was far too young to go out with anyone. Teddy thought this might not be a good idea, as quite a few people had seen him going out with Lani and Laura during the year, but Donzo didn't care, as long as total strangers stopped batting their eyelashes at him. "If they come up with it," he said with an ill-tempered snort as they fed lizards to an increasingly large Clabbert, "I'll just tell them that trying it only made me see how young and unready I am. They love that sort of thing." To Teddy's dismay, Ruthless had started wearing the clothes her mother had given her for Christmas (she claimed that all of her "real" clothes had got damaged in Quidditch practices, but Teddy didn't believe her), and several boys seemed to find that they had a lot of business with her. She told all of them that she wasn't going to go out with anyone, but Teddy supposed it was just a matter of time. Maybe until next year, but she would end up going out with one of them, and it made him sad to think of it.

Lessons with Uncle Harry went on, and it was there that Teddy was linked back to what was happening outside the world of his classes and classmates. More than once during April and into May, Uncle Harry let Teddy work on the house before they got started because he had to use the Floo in the living room to check in with Ron or follow up on a lead. The key that opened the system had been hung on a nail pounded into the wood of the fireplace, and Uncle Harry added a charm that would take care of the Incendiary Incantation with the same opening motion. Teddy was not surprised when, in the middle of May, two days after a full moon when the lack of news hadn't comforted anyone, he gave an apologetic look, turned the key, and bent down into the green flames that had appeared.

Teddy didn't have any work to do on the house until he told Granny about it and started moving furniture in. There was still the stain on the floor, but neither he nor Uncle Harry was interested in going near it just yet. So he sat at the kitchen table and took out his pile of library books and a scroll. He was nearly done with his Revenant essay, just looking at the troublesome question of how to expel the rage spirits. They were something like accidentally created ghosts, bits of a person broken off at death--"Think of it," Robards had said, "like skin that gets pulled off if you hold on to a rope you're sliding down." They had some independent consciousness, but it contained only inchoate rage. Revenants generally attached themselves to houses, and Aurors hadn't had much luck finding ways to remove them that didn't destroy whatever they'd occupied. Teddy was expected to explain the differences between a Revenant and a Dementor, though as far as he was concerned, it sounded more like a Horcrux than Dementor. The only thing it had in common with a Dementor was its ability to cause an emotion in living people it encountered. Robards had hemmed and hawed over this, then told him that the books would give him more information on Dementors than Horcruxes, and he should stick with that.

"Sorry about that."

Teddy looked up. Uncle Harry was standing in the kitchen doorway, a ring of ash around the collar of his scarlet robes. His hair was even more haphazard than usual, and his glasses had a faint bit of soot on them. Teddy closed his book. "It's all right. You can stop doing this if you want to. I know it's just for giving me a little time, it's not like we're really doing anything I need to know now."

Uncle Harry grinned and sat down at the table. "Your false premise is that I'm doing it it for you. I'm not. I'm doing it for me. It's entirely and completely selfish. I hope you don't mind me dragging you out of the library with exams coming up."

"No." Teddy put his things back into his book bag and said, "Is there anything about Vivian?"

"No."

"Professor Longbottom said she was going to hurt herself. Did she? Do you think she's--?"

Uncle Harry shook his head. "I think that if anything happened to her, Greyback would make sure we found out in the most painful way possible."

"Will you really have to take her to Azkaban?"

"I don't know. I hope not. Hermione is working very hard to get people to treat transformed werewolves under the same laws as Imperius victims. If she didn't put herself there deliberately, then the blame should fall on Greyback, where it belongs."

They worked more on the Blasting Curse, which they swore every week they were going to give up as a bad job, and Teddy again failed to do much more than make a clay pot shiver and shake a little. Once they were done with that, they practiced Shield Charms and Disarming, then, just to complete the ritual, fiddled with the ancient refrigerator for a while. The Cooling Charm on it was erratic at best.

On the way back to the castle, Teddy asked Uncle Harry if he'd ever had to get rid of a Revenant.

"A Revenant? No. Why do you ask?"

"Just an essay for Robards."

"Mm. I'd say ask Robards that question. When I was in training, Kingsley told me that Robards expelled a pretty nasty one from a house in Liverpool."

It was the last they discussed it, and Teddy didn't think he was thinking about it when he went to sleep, but in his dreams, he found himself in the Shrieking Shack, and it really was haunted. He could see his mother in the kitchen, furiously sanding down the counter tops, and when she looked over her shoulder at him, her face was drawn in a mad grimace. She reached for him with clawed hands, but then the dream changed, and he felt himself caught up on a warm breeze.

It carried him to Tirza's ship, then over the bow and across the moonlit water to the island, where a merry bonfire burned. Tirza was dancing barefoot on the sand, and she took his hands when he came ashore. They danced together, and Teddy knew who she was, and laughed with her while some unseen band played island music. They tripped over each other's feet and fell, still laughing, to the sand. He wanted to stay, but she put him on a rowboat back to the ship, where Ruthless was tightening up the rigging and Victoire was standing in the crow's nest. For some reason, they were both wearing swimsuits. Uncle Harry was at the wheel, and Donzo and the Pondhoppers were playing some kind of silly, happy tune on a stage at the stern. Frankie lowered a rope ladder and he climbed up it onto the ship. He could see Tirza's island in the distance, and she was kneeling at the shore, her head in her hands. No one would go back for her, no matter how many times Teddy asked. Uncle Harry cheerfully said something about accepting things, and Granny, a cocktail in her hand, said that Tirza had always been willful, anyway.

The ship steered past the island, and sailed into the waking morning.

Teddy went on.
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lollapulizer From: lollapulizer Date: December 8th, 2007 06:08 am (UTC) (Link)
I've decided that the blasting curse will probably be important to the final showdown with Greyback, and I've furthered my theory on the Revenents: they've holed themselves up in that awful stain.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 8th, 2007 05:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
Definitely, the Blasting Curse has a use.
willowbough From: willowbough Date: December 8th, 2007 06:15 am (UTC) (Link)
Another "holding pattern"--but I'm getting increasingly curious about Revenants and whether they'll play a part in upcoming events. Teddy's interlude with "Tirza" was bittersweet: they must have had so much fun dancing badly together, and it had to have been so hard for her to let him go in the end. He seems less angry with her now, so perhaps that's some comfort.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 8th, 2007 05:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's paradoxical that the "holding patterns" are the only time you can move forward in time at more than an incremental pace. :)

She needs him to not be angry with her, which is probably why she took him away from the house and the less than cheerful version of Mum who was sanding down the counters. But both versions are still around.
summoner_lenne9 From: summoner_lenne9 Date: December 8th, 2007 07:40 am (UTC) (Link)
I've always ADORED the way you write dreams. Most authors only write dreams when they're extremely foreshadowing of the future plot, and then it gets tiresome. But you manage to perfectly combine utter dream silliness with what the character's are thinking themselves, it's wonderful.

And I find it spooky you're writing about revenants, since I always REMEMBERED them from The Magical Book of Monsters and always found them particularly disturbing. Why I find them more disturbing than a creature than can suck out your soul, I don't quiet know.........

I find it interesting how much Teddy knows, about horcruxes' for instance. o_0. According to firefox, horcrux is a word, except now it says it isn't- sorry, back on topic. Anyway, I think Harry would hush it up, so no idiot gets it in his mind to follow in Voldemort's footsteps and make some of his own. At that, there were various other things I can't remember at the moment I was surprised he knew about.

Poor Neville. Poor Vivian *sighs*

In other news, I adore how much you write. I'm currently going back through your lj and reading through all your little one shots and such, it's wonderful. I don't think I'm really EVER going to run out of writing for you.

So at that, I think I'm going to finally do that tally of everything you've written, and I'm expecting the count to be at somewhere near five million words, but there's a few things. Such as, things like Shifts and Shades that are posted on lj and sugarquill I should use the sugarquill version, right? And do you have any other websites of any older writing?

Thank you, though. For writing so much. You truly are my eternal muse :).
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 8th, 2007 05:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm mainly writing about revenants, I think, because I'm re-reading Bag of Bones, by Stephen King.

Dreams are fun. Someday, I'm going to write a novel that's just one dream sequence after another, if I can just think of a good way to do it. (Of course, dream sequences only work if you know about the waking world, so that might not work so well...)
summoner_lenne9 From: summoner_lenne9 Date: December 9th, 2007 01:36 am (UTC) (Link)
Ohh. I'll have to read it. I've actually never read anything of Stephen King's, which is probably some sort of sin.

No, maybe if you do something like.... where the dream sequences all allude to the waking world so you have to deduce what's happening in it. Or perhaps something reversed where the dreams become the reality... or hmm *That got plot bunnies to jump around my head, sorry :)*

I think actually dreams are your hallmark. Kind of like how I'd say JKR's is food- describing the food and what's being eaten- yours is dreams. :).
From: (Anonymous) Date: December 8th, 2007 08:09 am (UTC) (Link)
For some reason, they were both wearing swimsuits.

Lol! Teddy, I could tell you why they're wearing swimsuits in your dreams, but I don't know that you're ready to hear it yet ;)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 8th, 2007 05:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, Teddy's not quite ready to understand this, and would probably block it out of his memory if his dreaming mind happened to stumble across it.
redlily From: redlily Date: December 8th, 2007 02:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
Teddy, who had read several years ahead of himself in Charms, went through his third year book carefully, reminding himself of which ones he'd be expected to know for the test.

It's so nice to have a main character who actually cares about his studies!!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 8th, 2007 05:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's a change, that's for sure. :)
marikenobi From: marikenobi Date: December 8th, 2007 02:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love dreams...

:)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 8th, 2007 05:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
Me, too.
darth_pipes From: darth_pipes Date: December 8th, 2007 03:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
Excellent post as always, Fern.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 8th, 2007 05:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. :)
cornedbee From: cornedbee Date: December 8th, 2007 05:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Must be nice to have someone watch over your dreams, and pull you out of a nightmare into a dream with girls in swimsuits.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 8th, 2007 06:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
I expect "Tirza" is probably breaking some rule somewhere to pull that little stunt, but yes, nice-looking members of one's preferred sex dressed in revealing clothing are always an improvement over screaming revenants. :)
jedi_chick From: jedi_chick Date: December 8th, 2007 05:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's good that Teddy's able to have some fun with his mum in his dream, as opposed to how angry with her he was.

Donzo's tactics to avoid random girls throwing themselves at him are great. And I love Teddy's dismay at Ruthless attracting the attentions of other males. Teddy is quite adorable that way.

The whole section about Revenants is quite interesting! I'm curious if the information will be put to the test in real life for Teddy...
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 8th, 2007 06:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Teddy and Ruthless haven't quite got the hang of the whole "broken up" thing. (Who ever does, though?)
amamama From: amamama Date: December 8th, 2007 10:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
As lovely as always - and I absolutely LOVED the dream. And I love Tonks, bless her soul.

Thanks. :)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 9th, 2007 07:05 am (UTC) (Link)
I do, too.
sgt_majorette From: sgt_majorette Date: December 9th, 2007 04:54 am (UTC) (Link)
"The ship steered past the island, and sailed into the waking morning.
Teddy went on."


{sigh...}

I'm so glad Teddy is content, because I'm still mad at Tonks for leaving her suckling babe to chase after a man!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 9th, 2007 07:06 am (UTC) (Link)
I know. I give Teddy temper tantrums about it, but I'm doing my best to remind myself that this was less a character choice than an authorial fiat, and I probably shouldn't put too much of a moral judgment on it, but man, JK... give us some actual reason good enough to justify what she did!
From: (Anonymous) Date: June 19th, 2010 08:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
does neville love vivian or hannah abbot?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: June 20th, 2010 12:20 am (UTC) (Link)
He ends up marrying Hannah.
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