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Teddy Lupin and the Daedalus Maze, Chapter One: A Professorial Party, pt. 3 - The Phantom Librarian
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Teddy Lupin and the Daedalus Maze, Chapter One: A Professorial Party, pt. 3
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"Retiring?" Teddy repeated. "This is Professor Slughorn's last year?"

Professor McGonagall studied her cards. "As I understand it, his papers have already been filed. Professor Sprout is looking for a new Potions master for September."

"But the Wolfsbane... I couldn't... Well, not alone. I've been brewing it for Père Alderman this summer, but Professor Slughorn always watches and..." He shook his head. "Never mind. I'm sure the new Potions master will be able to brew it, if I can. I haven't even got an O.W.L. Professor Sprout will be looking for someone who can do it."

"I should hope so," Professor McGonagall said. "As unless you plan to become a teacher yourself--do you?"

Teddy shook his head. "No. I don't want to be a teacher."

"Then you won't be available for Neil's entire education, let alone for Celia Dean's. She's a year behind him."

Teddy shook his head, feeling foolish for the moment's scare. Of course they weren't going to leave the care of a pair of werewolves solely on his shoulders. He was only doing penance for the killing of Fenrir Greyback. They wouldn't risk Neil and Celia just for Teddy Lupin's need to atone. "Right. So, who's it going to be?"

Lee made a face. "Best watch out, Teddy. Neville may hear that you only came to his party to get Hogwarts gossip, and I'm told he's not one to make angry."

"He's got a point," George said. "We should switch to Hogsmeade gossip. I heard a rumor that the family running Weasleys' Zonks is going to grow."

Lee--whose wife, Verity, managed the Hogsmeade branch of Weasleys'--smiled broadly. "Could be I've heard something of that nature."

"That's wonderful news!" Professor McGonagall said. "And I raise you two Knuts."

The game was interrupted a few minutes later by the arrival of several female ghosts, led by a woman named Rosmerta, who did a bit of provocative shimmering, most of which Teddy missed because he was at the wrong angle. When they left, food appeared on the tables, along with a good deal more mead as Hagrid came back from his hut, Luna's husband in tow, carrying a large barrel between them. Teddy went to sit with Uncle Harry's family, which had gathered around Neville. He only half filled his glass (Uncle Harry was watching him narrowly, but not actually forbidding it), then tucked in to a hearty meal. Teddy thought he recognized the cooking of the Hogwarts elves, but he wasn't entirely certain until Hermione asked Neville to send her thanks to Winky, the elf who ran the kitchen with a small iron fist.

Teddy had grown up with Uncle Harry and his friends around, but there was still something strange about sitting with them casually, an equal, listening to them swap Hogwarts tales of the sort that never seemed to make the official biographies. He heard a great deal about Professor Longbottom's toad, Trevor, to whom a toast was made (Trevor had been a casualty of the Carrows toward the beginning of their reign at Hogwarts). There was ribbing over what had apparently once been a notoriously bad memory, though Teddy had never personally observed Professor Longbottom being forgetful. Aunt Ginny reminded Uncle Harry and Ron that "Neville managed to ask two girls to the Yule Ball--surviving a rejection, I should point out--while the pair of you were still dallying about and daring one another."

"Yes," Professor Longbottom said, "but it was Harry and Ron who ended up with the two girls I asked!" He grinned. "Of course, I think we could all take advice from Lupin, here. I think he's made it through half his year. Are you going for the other half this year, Teddy?"

Teddy choked on his mead. "Er... no. I've, er... well, only Laura and Lizzie, in my year. Ruthless was older. And-- what?"

The adults were all laughing, like Teddy had done some particularly clever trick, and Teddy frowned, mildly irritated. George and Lee tweaked him about his girlfriends now and then (George was particularly amused by Ruthless, who was a Gryffindor Beater), but it was the same way they tweaked one another about things. And of course, his friends at school all gave him trouble about it, but that was only to be expected. This was different. They just seemed to find it funny that little Teddy Lupin had had girlfriends. Ha-ha. He wondered why they bothered inviting him as an adult. They didn't--

Aunt Ginny poked him in the side. "Don't sulk. You'll never make it through the rest if you start sulking. Just ask Ron. He knows."

"I liked you better when you respected me properly," Ron said.

"Yes, it must have been a real golden year for you, before I learned to talk."

Ron drew his wand, and a moment later Aunt Ginny's mouth was locked shut. Undeterred, Aunt Ginny raised her own wand.

"Bat bogey!" Professor Longbottom cried gleefully. "Haven't seen the old bat bogey for ages, Gin."

Aunt Ginny tapped the lock on her mouth and it disappeared. "Sorry, Ron," she said, "it's Neville's party. Must respect the groom." Bats started to pour out of Ron's nose, scrabbling over his face as he laughed.

"What on earth...?"

Teddy looked behind him and saw Daniel Morse, his mouth curled in a half-smile, his head shaking slowly in disbelief.

Cho came up beside him, smiling prettily. "It's a specialty of Ginny's," she told him. "Quite famous in its time."

"Very... interesting," Daniel said.

Cho looked awkward for a minute--Teddy supposed she knew she'd just walked into the end of an inside joke--then turned to Professor Longbottom. "Neville, I was so happy to get an invitation. Best of luck."

"You're not leaving already, are you?"

"I am. Daniel's got an early morning, and well... I have some preparations to make."

"Preparations?" Uncle Harry asked.

She gave a nervous smile. "Well... Professor Slughorn has asked me to take the Potions post. Just for a few months, mind, to give Professor Sprout time to find someone better suited, but he thinks I'm capable enough. I'm going to have to learn a few Charms to make sure my husband can get in and out without my help!"

Daniel took this with great grace, though Teddy thought it might be a tad insulting to him. He just put his hand on her shoulder and squeezed. "Oh, but I can't imagine you finding a way to Charm me more than you already do, darling."

Cho's smile widened. "The lovely thing is, it even works when he's being sarcastic. Remember that, Neville. And whatever you do, don't take advice from these two." She pointed to Uncle Harry and Ron.

"Never have," Professor Longbottom said. "Never will. Will you both be at the wedding?"

"I can't," Daniel told him. "I wish I could, but I'm afraid I'm duty. Bad luck."

"I'm sorry to hear that. Cho?"

"I'll be there with bells on," she said, and little golden bells appeared at the ends of her fingers. She jiggled them in a cheerful wave, then led Daniel out through the crowd.

Teddy realized just as the night swallowed her outside that he hadn't asked her about the Wolfsbane Potion.

Dinner finally ended, and pudding came and went. Lee and George joined them as the crowd thinned out, and the talk faded into the evening. Teddy was happy to listen. Finally, Seamus came over to sit down, and beside him was a very thin black man who waved awkwardly at Teddy. Dean Thomas--the fifth member of Uncle Harry's dormitory. Teddy's father had died to save his life, and he and Teddy had never quite known what to do with one another.

Aunt Ginny looked between them, then suddenly yawned. "Oh, dear," she said. "Mum'll have my hide if we don't get back on time. I'm sure James has driven her quite mad by now. I gave her permission to use Unforgivables if she needs to, but she seems to think it's a bad idea to do that to the son of the Auror's Department head. Not sure why, really." She turned to Teddy. "I don't mean to drag you away before you have another chance to relieve George of some gold, but I did promise your Granny that we wouldn't leave you here alone with this lot. Bad influences, you know."

There was a round of goodbyes, and then Teddy found himself in front of the fire again. He looked over his shoulder. Dean was still sitting at Professor Longbottom's table, and when he noticed Teddy looking, he glanced quickly away.

Then Teddy was nudged forward, and the flames went green. He spilled out of the fireplace at Number Twelve, Grimmauld Place to find himself face to face with James, who was waiting for him whilst standing on his head in his pajamas. Just before the flames turned green on this end, Molly came down, her jaw clenched, and James ducked behind Teddy for protection.

Teddy rolled his eyes, then picked James up--he was getting too big for it, but it was still possible--and carried him up to the room they were sharing, dumping him onto the bed like a sack of rubbish, which made him giggle, like always, and Teddy was very glad that some things never changed.
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From: (Anonymous) Date: March 13th, 2008 08:08 am (UTC) (Link)
Great, er, chapterlet! I love Daniel Morse :D

This is great: "Neville managed to ask two girls to the Yule Ball--surviving a rejection, I should point out--while the pair of you were still dallying about and daring one another." Can never have too much Neville-love!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: March 13th, 2008 02:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
Neville=Always Awsome. :)
jedi_chick From: jedi_chick Date: March 13th, 2008 08:28 am (UTC) (Link)
A good end to the first chapter! I particularly liked the Neville moments (especially when he gave Teddy a hard time about dating half the girls in his year), and I'm glad that we'll be seeing more of Daniel and Cho. :~)

And poor Teddy...he can't escape the Lupin fatalism, can he? ;~)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: March 13th, 2008 02:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
No, he's definitely got Remus's nerve problem about certain things. "OMG! I'm going to kill someone if I'm left in charge!!!"
after_nightfall From: after_nightfall Date: March 13th, 2008 08:32 am (UTC) (Link)
Aww, so you do concur that Dean and Seamus must have something going on? :-)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: March 13th, 2008 02:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well... only if Seamus's pretty little wife doesn't mind, I guess!
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fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: March 13th, 2008 02:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you! I remember it, too. AWKWARD!
daksian From: daksian Date: March 13th, 2008 10:24 am (UTC) (Link)
Very well done. A couple of quibbles, and then the praise. ;)

"I can't," Daniel told him. "I wish I could, but I'm afraid I'm duty. Bad luck." I think you're missing an "on" between "I'm" and "duty".

I also guess I was expecting a little more from a wizarding stag party. Obviously nothing too sexist, what with the women (and the underage young adult) there (though I was amused by the golden fireworks girl and the ghost dancers), but generally the groom is put through a bit of a wringer. It felt a bit more like a cocktail party than a stag party to me. I dunno, maybe it's just me.

Anyway, that truly is a minor quibble at best. Overall, I enjoyed this installment. Some definite 'lol' moments included:

"That's wonderful news!" Professor McGonagall said. "And I raise you two Knuts."

"Yes, it must have been a real golden year for you, before I learned to talk."


And of course, I well remember grating at the indulgent laughter of the adults when I was in my teens. You've got an excellent knack at writing the right age mindset, you know?

I loved Ginny's empathy and tact regarding Teddy and Dean. Hermione would have picked up on that too, as would Harry (the latter since he's usually in tune with Teddy), but I think both of them would have responded with an embarrassing "Are you okay?". Ginny handled it perfectly.

And Cho as the new potions prof! Should be interesting...for however long it lasts. If she's interim though, I'm dying to know who you've got in mind for permanent. Is it an OC?

Anyway, looking forward to the story unfolding!



Edited at 2008-03-13 01:39 pm (UTC)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: March 13th, 2008 02:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
I wanted to do more, but I also didn't want to dwell at the party, since it's just sort of getting Teddy back into the groove. There were probably things going on beyond the game they were playing, though I don't imagine Lee and George would want to miss most of them...
From: maxzook Date: March 13th, 2008 04:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
I also guess I was expecting a little more from a wizarding stag party.

Having Minerva McGonnagall show up for your stag party would kind of put a damper on the "stag" part, dontcha think? ;)
daksian From: daksian Date: March 13th, 2008 04:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Maybe. But then again, I wouldn't have expected McGonagall to play cards with George Weasley and Lee Jordan, either (though, with Fern's guiding vision, I can completely accept it). Something tells me that McG can and will let her hair down with those privileged few she calls 'friend'.

But I'll grant you, the more people the less likely that is to happen. Unfortunately. ;)
miseri From: miseri Date: March 14th, 2008 06:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
"Right, here's the plan. We'll let them come, since they insist ... then, maybe two hours in, Dean, you show up. Teddy will get all squirmy -- and even if he doesn't, Ginny and Hermione will think he does -- and that will take care of the three of them."

"I can't believe you're using me as a guest repellant."

"The Sorting Hat didn't spend five minutes dithering over how to Sort me for nothing."

"So what about Luna and McGonagall? Is Cho Chang coming after all?"

"I don't think Luna's husband really cares to be part of the party. He barely knows the rest of us, after all. So once Teddy, Hermione and Ginny leave, he'll want to leave too, and he'll take Luna with him. By this time, Hagrid should be pretty well on in the mead -- I'll spike his tankards if I have to -- and someone can prevail on McGonagall to shift him. If Cho does show up, she won't be staying long: she'll have business at Hogwarts in the morning, and anyway there's her Muggle husband to consider. Voila."

"And then...."

"And THEN ... we bring out the goats!"
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: March 14th, 2008 07:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
MWA!!!!!
daksian From: daksian Date: March 15th, 2008 03:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
ROFLMAO!

Fred would be proud. ;)
thornyrose42 From: thornyrose42 Date: March 13th, 2008 11:15 am (UTC) (Link)
On the McGonagall is awesome theme I particularly liked her quick queary to Teddy about whether he intended to become a teacher for some reason it just struck me as perticularly McGonaballish, her interest in Teddy and the school combined. Although her effective squashing of Teddy's fears was also very briskly her. I don't know how the school has survived without her I really don't.

The relationship between Daniel and Cho was nicely handled as well. I felt that we got a really nice snippet of them, especially Cho's comment about his sarcasm, they felt like a real couple. Although of course the Magic and Muggle issue was still kept in the picture, although I got the feeling that the emphasis stemmed more from Teddy's hyper awareness than anything else. Which is very Teddy as well. I am glad that we are going to have more of Daniel because he has to be one of the most entertaining OCs you created for Shifts and I'm very glad that he hasn't been let go of.

I don't know whether Teddy's brooding is something he inherited form his dad or just gained by "virtue" of being Fifteen but what ever it is you can really feel his uncertainty about where his place among the older generation is. I felt that this was nicely juxtaposed with his interaction with James at the end, after all however much you want to grow up there is something very fun about just arsing around.

Teddy's awkwardness with Dean was particularly facinating for me. Mainly because Dean has become my POV character of choice at the moment but also because it has such potential for tension, even more than it has already. This isn't by any chance one of the things that you are going to be adressing during the fic?

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: March 13th, 2008 02:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't know whether Teddy's brooding is something he inherited form his dad or just gained by "virtue" of being Fifteen

Probably the world's worst combination of both!

I'm not sure about the Dean thing. It did come off as more important than I'd initially intended it, but I'm not sure if that was a mistake or a self-prod about something that needs resolving.
thornyrose42 From: thornyrose42 Date: March 13th, 2008 03:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well my totally biased angst, Teddy and Dean loving self says "Self prompt, self prompt!!"

Seriously though, it does seem like an issue that Teddy has been avoiding adressing so far and maybe its something that he needs to lay to rest. It would certainly avoid any more awkward party moments.
sgt_majorette From: sgt_majorette Date: March 13th, 2008 08:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oooh! Ooooh! Resolve, please!!!
rdprice29 From: rdprice29 Date: March 13th, 2008 11:34 am (UTC) (Link)
*snicker* James waiting for Teddy by continuously escaping Molly and then standing on his head. I can definitely see it. And how I remember that very cool but bewildering time when you're first allowed to sit at the 'grown ups' table and get to listen to and sometimes participate in the adult conversation. You captured that very well in these chapters.

Great job! I love the story so far.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: March 13th, 2008 02:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! Fifteen is the clumsiest of ages for "Am I a grown-up or not?", isn't it?
shiiki From: shiiki Date: March 13th, 2008 12:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
All your characters rule the world. I love them so much!

Now Cho, Potions Mistress, if only for a few months. I didn't expect that!

Great part-chapter again, Fern!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: March 13th, 2008 02:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Now Cho, Potions Mistress, if only for a few months. I didn't expect that!

I didn't, either, but I had the position, and I thought it would be fun to put Daniel at Hogwarts, more than anything else.
willowbough From: willowbough Date: March 13th, 2008 01:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
An interesting evening for Teddy--trying to navigate between child and adult, getting teased about his girlfriends, and still worrying about how to atone for killing Greyback. Dean Thomas's appearance was definitely the cherry on the angsty sundae, and good for Ginny for nipping that awkward encounter in the bud. Though I wonder if she was doing it as much for Dean as for Teddy.

Looking forward to the next, naturally!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: March 13th, 2008 02:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Though I wonder if she was doing it as much for Dean as for Teddy.

That's a very good point, and I think probably, with Ginny, it would be half and half.
hermia7 From: hermia7 Date: March 13th, 2008 01:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
Heeeee, I love the old-school-friends things! Also James on his head; it's amazing how real he has gotten rather suddenly.

A nitpick (I'm sorry, I always have something! You're just so good that things stand out if they're awkward?):
I gave her permission to use Unforgivables if she needs to, but she seems to think it's a bad idea to do that to the son of the Auror's Department head. Not sure why, really.
I feel like the joke gets pushed too far here and it's clunky. I think maybe something like this would be smoother?
I gave her permission to use Unforgivables if she needs to, but she didn't seem keen. Not sure why, really.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: March 13th, 2008 02:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
You're right, as usual. :)
hermia7 From: hermia7 Date: March 13th, 2008 08:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Whew, I'm glad you don't mind my inability to turn off the Editor!
lollapulizer From: lollapulizer Date: March 13th, 2008 02:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
This thing with Dean is interesting...

And I loved sulky!Teddy!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: March 13th, 2008 03:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes, not only fifteen, but a Lupin. "Sulky" may be a very mild term for it!
From: (Anonymous) Date: March 13th, 2008 02:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Alas, poor Trevor: we hardly knew ye.


Swell stuff, Fern! :)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: March 13th, 2008 03:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm surprised Trevor surprised as long as he did.
marikenobi From: marikenobi Date: March 13th, 2008 02:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Neville Love!!!!

Cho as a teacher? Interesting
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: March 13th, 2008 03:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hope so!
itsjulia From: itsjulia Date: March 13th, 2008 03:16 pm (UTC) (Link)

another fern fan

Hi Fern,
I've been reading your fics on LJ since sometime late last year when I followed somebody's comment on the sugarquill here--and I'm so glad I did! I'd still only be half way through the forest guard! You're a terrific writer, and I love your characters. I created this account for the sole purpose of being able to comment non-anonymously on your fics. I'm really glad you decided to give us another Teddy story.

Thanks for writing!
-julia

lorelei_lynn From: lorelei_lynn Date: March 13th, 2008 03:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's great that you've started another Teddy story! I agree with the other posters in that you've perfectly captured the awkwardness of being 15. Looking forward to more.
malinbe From: malinbe Date: March 13th, 2008 04:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oooh, you're keeping Daniel around!! That's so great. Never been a Cho fan, but Daniel there really makes me eager for more!

Poor Teddy, trying to blend in. It's so hard when you try to behave like a grown up and you end up being cute, or saying something childish...
luisa_bervel From: luisa_bervel Date: March 13th, 2008 06:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
As a die-hard Ginny fan,I loved Ginny's interaction with Teddy in this part! We don't usually get to see their relationship very much, so whenever you show it, it's awesome for me!
etain_antrim From: etain_antrim Date: March 13th, 2008 07:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
Great as always, Fern. One minor quibble, just because it tripped me up:

Never mind. I'm sure the new Potions master will be able to brew it, if I can.

The first two times I read it, I thought the last word should be "can't," and it wasn't until my third time reading it that the sentence as written made sense to me. Perhaps a slight rewording might make this clearer?
From: (Anonymous) Date: March 13th, 2008 08:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
Dr. Daniel at Hogwarts, and his wife is the potions master? That has some interesting angles right there- Lots of chemistry classes for him. I'd guess that the whole "magical potions" aspect of Hogwarts will be something for him to investigate "But how do they really work." After all, are our pharmaceuticals really that much different?
marycontraria From: marycontraria Date: March 13th, 2008 08:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Was it Jane Hunter that you had mentioned as being very interested in reconciling magic with Muggle science, Fern? I can see some possibilities for Daniel and Jane working together on that project this year...
nochenne From: nochenne Date: March 13th, 2008 08:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
De-lurking to say that I've enjoyed your Teddy stories immensely ever since you started posting them. I really love your OCs, especially Ruthless!

"Yes, it must have been a real golden year for you, before I learned to talk."

*snicker*
darth_pipes From: darth_pipes Date: March 13th, 2008 10:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
Very nice, Fern. Always good whenever the gang gets together. I'm intrigued on the Teddy/Dean stuff.

Cho as potions master is pretty cool. Definitely a step up in the looks department than Snape and Slughorn. I got a feeling Cho and her husband have that "Bewitched" relationship.
sonetka From: sonetka Date: March 13th, 2008 11:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Cho strikes me as a bit brittle to make a good teacher, but hopefully growing up (and Daniel!) have helped make her more secure. I admit I'd love to see Daniel's reaction to Madame Puddifoot's - not to mention that he'd make an excellent substitute if the Muggle Studies teacher was sick :).
cleindori From: cleindori Date: March 14th, 2008 12:14 am (UTC) (Link)
I'd give awkward halfway-to-adult Teddy a hug, but he'd probably think I was being condescending! Poor kid. Fifteen and a Lupin, however will he survive? :)

Aside from that, I loved the Ginny-Ron interaction (and the return of the Bat Bogey Hex!), and I'm glad we'll be seeing more of Cho and Daniel. Especially Daniel.

So glad you're back in the writing groove with this, even if it isn't Safe. Hope you're enjoying writing more Teddy!
From: (Anonymous) Date: March 14th, 2008 03:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Finally, finally - my internet was switched off, so I could not read yesterday - a dreadful day!

Lovely, Fern, as always.
And yes, sitting with the grown-ups for the first time is weird - especially if the kids still see you as being one of them, and complain if you sit and talk with the adults instead of playing with them. It still happens to me, and fifteen was a couple of years ago already. Ah well, suppose it's the fate of being the eldest kid in a group...

~Hermione Stranger, who has been cheered up a lot by this story~
From: (Anonymous) Date: March 21st, 2008 03:40 pm (UTC) (Link)

Yes!

YES! DANIEL MORSE!
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