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Teddy Lupin and the Daedalus Maze, Chapter Two: Love and War, pt. 1 - The Phantom Librarian
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Teddy Lupin and the Daedalus Maze, Chapter Two: Love and War, pt. 1
Sorry for a couple of days, there. Just a question of bad scheduling on my part! I really have to just get back in the groove, and stop watching several episodes of Law and Order before settling in to write, at least if I expect to, you know, sleep. (I know, wacky thought, eh?)

Table of Contents and Summary So Far




Teddy was the only Hogwarts student invited to Professor Longbottom's stag party, but the the whole of Gryffindor House was invited to the wedding. Several of Teddy's other friends had found their way in when Hannah chose The Willow--a restaurant run by the parents of Teddy's friend Tinny Gudgeon--for the reception, and they volunteered to serve.

For most of them, the wedding wasn't a cause for any great nervousness. Unlike the party, Teddy felt that he had this scenario reasonably well figured-out, and most of his mates thought of it as something to do for a day, an interesting curiosity. Donzo McCormack was debating whether or not to bring a girl, but had been talked down from that ledge by Maurice Burke, who reminded him that Professor Longbottom was a hero, and all of his adult friends were war heroes, meaning the gossip columnists would be about. Once it was agreed upon that it would be a dateless event, they all relaxed.

Except for Victoire Weasley.

"How's this one?" she asked, running down to Granny's basement in the third dress of the day. She'd brought her suitcase for a simple game of Muggles and Minions because she hadn't made this decision three days before the wedding (Teddy felt considerably better about his own indecision only a few days before; at least he hadn't dithered for days). Donzo gave her an overly appreciative glance, and even Frankie flicked his eyes over her. Maurice Burke rolled his eyes, and Roger Young gave her a leering sort of wink, which she didn't even notice.

"Do you think it looks too casual?" she went on. "Should I wear dress robes? Ruth, what are you wearing?"

Ruthless Scrimgeour, Teddy's usually-ex girlfriend and constant best friend in Gryffindor looked at her blankly. "I don't know. There's some horrible thing with lace in my wardrobe. Mum's determined that I'll wear it. Are you going to try to con the landlord into letting you stay even though you're out of gold, or do you want to make a break for it and try another place?"

Victoire bit her lip. "I don't know. Try to con the landlord, I suppose. What about your hair? How are you doing your hair?"

"No idea. What's your charm stat again?"

"Seventeen." Victoire looked at her dress and shook her head. "Oh, no, this one's terrible. I look like china doll."

Granny appeared at the top of the cellar stairs with a tray of butterbeers floating ahead of her. "You'll look lovely in anything you wear, dear," she said.

"Oh, but I want to wear the right thing! Isn't it wonderful that they're getting married? I want everything to be just right. It's very romantic! Don't you think so, Ruth?"

Ruthless blushed and shook her head. "Isn't Tinny coming? Or even Bernice? Bernice hasn't played in ages. We should call her. Just get some other girl here for her to talk to."

Victoire gave an exasperated frown. "Fine!"

Granny sighed. "Victoire, would you like me to Summon a mirror down here so you can work on your hair without running up and down from the game?"

Victoire smiled and nodded.

Teddy supposed that would have been the end of it, but Victoire was determined to make Ruthless her friend and wasn't very skilled at the task, despite three years of practice. Teddy had never been able to make out just why Ruthless disliked Victoire, or why Victoire was so determined to overcome it, and he wished they'd just stop provoking one another.

As they played their way through a listless game, Victoire slowly moved from asking Ruthless what she meant to do with her hair, to making timid suggestions, to finally giving explicit directions, like "You really must use Sleek-Easy for special occasions," and "Oh, your hair is so lovely, if you would just pin it up a bit, just over the ears..."

After the sixth such directive, Ruthless slammed her dice down on the table and stormed up the stairs. Teddy heard her voice, but couldn't tell what she was saying. Her tone with Granny seemed perfectly polite. Then she stormed back down with a pair of scissors in her hand. She grabbed her thick, unruly red hair into a pony tail and hacked it off at the base, causing the rest to puff out like the head of a dandelion.

"There," she said, leaning toward Victoire aggressively. "Problem solved, don't you think?"

Victoire put her hand over her mouth. "Oh, your poor hair! Oh, Ruth, I'm sorry! But you could still do something cute with it, I'm sure..."

Ruthless put her hands over her face and shook her head hopelessly.

To Teddy's utter confusion, on the day of the wedding Ruthless actually went to Victoire as soon as she arrived at the church, for help getting her hair in order ("Mum got it down to my shoulders and she had pins in it, but they've fallen out, and I'm stuck"). Victoire happily went away with her, and they disappeared with Fleur for a few minutes. When Ruthless came out, she looked deeply uncomfortable, and kept patting at a sort of bun that Fleur and Victoire had evidently done for her. Teddy thought she looked beautiful, and for once, other people seemed to be turning to look at her as well, which made her uncharacteristically shy. She slipped into the middle of the group of boys, effectively hiding herself behind Donzo, who was the tallest. Ron, who was acting as an usher (Uncle Harry was Professor Longbottom's best man), led them to a group of seats and told them to behave themselves, or he wouldn't seat Hannah's pretty cousins from Finland anywhere near them.

A harpist took a seat at the front of the church, and the wedding began. Teddy had been to a few, and this one seemed rather typical. He had Mum's memory of her own wedding--a quick affair in a dingy Ministry office, organized with less than two hours to spare--and a flare of unreasonable anger burned at him. Mum had been perfectly happy; he'd felt that in the memory. But she'd earned something like this, and ought to have had it, with everyone she'd ever been fond of right there with her.

He felt something warm on his shoulder and looked back to find Victoire, who was smiling brightly enough to light several London neighborhoods. "It's wonderful!" she mouthed as fireworks went off above the heads of the newly married couple, who were snogging quite un-self-consciously in front of everyone. They turned together, Neville and Hannah Longbottom, now and forever, and Teddy decided that he agreed with Victoire. It really was wonderful. Though he decided it might be wiser not to share that observation with his mates, who were all expressing varying degrees of boredom, except for Maurice Burke, whose expression was utterly unreadable.

As the bride and groom made their stately way back up the aisle together, Teddy saw Tinny's parents spring into action. They carried a flowered arch to the end of the aisle, and made a great show of Charming it. They finished just as the Longbottoms reached them, and bowed deeply.

The Longbottoms stepped through the arch and disappeared.

As soon as they were gone, the Gudgeons placed several more arches, less ornate than the first, and guests began to go through them, disappearing as they went. Teddy's group, which had been near the front of the church, was among the last to go, and by the time they got through to the other side--the Gudgeons' restaurant--the reception was already underway.

The bride and groom sat at a table placed at the head of the room, like the Hogwarts High table, and several small tables were scattered around. Hannah had obviously thought out the guest tables carefully, and made a large table for Teddy and his friends, somewhere near the back, where they could keep to themselves--and those who'd volunteered to help could slip out unnoticed--even though their families were in attendance (Granny and her gentleman friend, Ellsworth Wintringham, were seated near Hannah's aunts and uncles, and they all seemed to know one another from Hogwarts). The dance floor was at the far end of the room from the high table, and James had already got Aunt Ginny out there. They were dancing energetically, if not expertly. Al and Lily were trying a clumsy box step, though the music wasn't even vaguely waltz-like. Uncle Harry and Ron were taking the mickey out of Professor Longbottom about something Teddy couldn't hear, and Hannah's Hufflepuff friends were gathered around her, telling her how lovely she was. On the fringes of that group, a pretty, dark-haired woman about Uncle Harry's age was hovering near a man with curly blond hair. She turned suddenly, an avid expression on her face, and Teddy recognized her just a moment too late to avoid her sudden, determined advance.

She reached the table and held out her hand. "Teddy Lupin!" she said. "Why, I don't believe we've been properly introduced. My name is Pansy Finch-Fletchley. Your father was my very favorite teacher. Are you planning to teach? What grand plans do you have? It's your O.W.L. year, isn't it?"

Without asking, she sat down in a place with a card that read "Roger Young," and blinked at him expectantly.
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mrs_norris_mous From: mrs_norris_mous Date: March 16th, 2008 08:18 am (UTC) (Link)

The starts a bit confusing

I found the start of this a bit confusing for example I not sure what this means :

"Teddy was the only Hogwarts student invited to Professor Longbottom's family,"

or this really.


"No idea. What's your charm again?"

"Seventeen." Victoire looked at her dress and shook her head.

Sorry.
rotae From: rotae Date: March 16th, 2008 10:46 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: The starts a bit confusing

I think the first one's a typo, but the second one is where they're talking about the game. It's like in World of Warcraft or something, where you have talent points. Victoire's character is trying to con the guy, and she has seventeen charm points :D

Peace,
Rotae
hobbitguy1420 From: hobbitguy1420 Date: March 16th, 2008 11:57 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: The starts a bit confusing

or Charm is a basic stat, like Strength.

I think that if you capitalize "Charm" in the context of the Muggles and Minions game, it ought to make it clearer that it's a game statistic. I had a bit of trouble understanding that they were *playing* the game in the new scene, though, so that may need some looking-at, too. Or I may just be oblivious. that, too.
From: (Anonymous) Date: March 16th, 2008 01:32 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: The starts a bit confusing

I understand now ( I only being doing RPG's for 20 or so years.... :) )

Maybe a capital would help or "What's your charm stat ?" ( not quiet an 18 I see ).
mrs_norris_mous From: mrs_norris_mous Date: March 16th, 2008 01:33 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: The starts a bit confusing

( not quiet an 18 I see ).

or is Muggles one of these new D20 systems....
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: March 16th, 2008 02:47 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: The starts a bit confusing

First one's definitely a typo. I'm scratching my head and going, "Hmmm?" The second is meant to be a stat. I'll add the word "stat" to clear it up! (I'm wagering M&M is a basic GURPS system. Probably put out by the very special wing of the same company. ;p)
rotae From: rotae Date: March 16th, 2008 10:52 am (UTC) (Link)
This is Pansy nee. Parkinson, right? Your father was my very favorite teacher LMFAO XDDD I'm sorry, that made me laugh ironically a little XD

I'm enjoying this as always! But poor Ruthless' hair! D: OH NOES!

And here's an icon from my illustration if you want to use it :D



Peace,
Rotae
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: March 16th, 2008 02:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
:glomps:

Thank you!

At least Ruthless's mother got it back down to her shoulders, but I think she's regretting this particular cutting off of her nose to spite her face. Or cutting off her hair to spite her rival, I guess.

LMFAO XDDD I'm sorry, that made me laugh ironically a little XD

Hee, yes. I do have Pansy have a weird sort of liking for Lupin in my other stories (she sends him occasional letters and takes advantage of his open office door), but "very favorite teacher" is, to put it mildly, a stretch. Though I'm sure she's fully convinced herself that this is the case!
rotae From: rotae Date: March 18th, 2008 12:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
No problem!! :D I think Teddy's look of slight anger/nervousness is a good look for his CAPSLOCK 5th year :D

Yes XDD Btw... speaking of Pansy, are we ever going to see the Malfoys at any stage? >.> *shifty eyes* LOL XD If not in Teddy's stories, can I request it the next time you do requests? LOL XDDDD Preferably Scorpius heeehehehe :D

Peace,
Rotae
willowbough From: willowbough Date: March 16th, 2008 01:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hard to tell who's more bewildered by trips to Planet Girl--Teddy or Ruthless? And I see that Teddy inherited the Lupin cluelessness when it comes to the female of the species.

And now Pansy Finch-Fletchley is trying to ingratiate herself with him. This should be interesting.

Eagerly awaiting the next!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: March 16th, 2008 02:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
At least Teddy feels like a visitor on Planet Girl; poor Ruthless feels like she's expected to know her way around!
ada_the_mental From: ada_the_mental Date: March 16th, 2008 02:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yikes!Please tell me that Ruthless did/will do some sort of charm to make her hair grow out again!
Great job on the ex-girlfriend tomboyish vs girly girl tension. It's so much fun to read.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: March 16th, 2008 03:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, her mother got it to grow out part way. Maybe during the school year, she'll be forced to learn some cosmetic charms!
darth_pipes From: darth_pipes Date: March 16th, 2008 02:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
Very nice, Fern. Always like to see Ruthless, my favorite character in these stories. Good tension between her and Victorie. We get to see Neville's wedding, which is great. Poor Teddy...he might be preferring Greyback over Pansy.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: March 16th, 2008 03:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well... at least he knew how to get rid of Greyback! Throwing Pansy into an unactivated Floo would probably be frowned upon by the Ministry.
hermia7 From: hermia7 Date: March 16th, 2008 03:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ha, I love the comic sequences, and Victoire vs. Ruthless (Round XXIV), with Teddy as baffled bystander, always ranks high.

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: March 16th, 2008 04:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, he couldn't like two more different girls, could he? :P
got_it_bub From: got_it_bub Date: March 16th, 2008 03:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh NO Her Hair lol, I can just imagine Victoires face.

Maybe she can wear it in a bob, if she learns some straigening charms or something?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: March 16th, 2008 04:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, luckily, magic allows it to not be quite as permanent a problem as it would be in a Muggle snit, but yeah... even her mother, an adult witch with plenty of experience, couldn't get it any further than her shoulders, so she may just have stubborn hair like Harry's!
From: (Anonymous) Date: March 16th, 2008 03:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ah, it's a good day - my internet works again, and there is more Teddy! This makes up for quite a bit of the crap that happened in the last couple of days.

Poor Ruthless! *giggles* I'm still utterly puzzled by the fuss other girls make about clothes and hair, and "Victoires" are so irritating!

~Hermione Stranger~
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: March 16th, 2008 04:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Handy when you need to fix a hair disaster, though!
etain_antrim From: etain_antrim Date: March 16th, 2008 03:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hurray for Neville having a lovely wedding and now I'm looking forward to the reception. I loved how Harry's kids threw themselves into dancing, despite having no clue how to do it, unlike their dear old Dad. Here's a typo:

Teddy had never been able to make out just why Ruthless dislike Victoire

which I think should be *disliked*.

As always, I'm happy to spend more time in your version of HP.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: March 16th, 2008 04:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think I caught that on a read-through while you were commenting, but I'll go check. :)

I doubt Ginny will let her boys grow up without knowing how to dance, if for no other reason than that she needs someone to dance with!
daksian From: daksian Date: March 16th, 2008 04:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Call me strange, but I couldn't help but focus on Maurice here. You can tell that he has realized he's gay and is struggling to come to terms with it. I know he'll be okay, but still...it must be tough, that revelation coupled with normal teenage issues. If I'm guessing right, his expression is blank because he's wondering if he will ever get married?

I laughed at Teddy's continued cluelessness over the Ruthless/Victoire rivalry, and I also grinned at Teddy's mental designation of Ruthless as his 'usually' ex-girlfriend. Ruthless' reaction to Victoire's prodding and then her last minute relenting was priceless. :P

I guess this is the year for CAPSLOCK!Teddy (or whatever his equivalent will be), what with all these negative feelings floating around in him (this time, his flare of anger about his Mum not getting a 'proper' wedding).

It seemed like a lovely wedding, and the reception looks to be very interesting. I'm very curious to see what Pansy is like...judging from this tidbit and Hunter's Moon, she's trying very hard to fit in with the 'blood traitors and Mudbloods'. I'm very curious to see if it's an honest attempt at amends or Slytherin opportunism. Somehow I suspect the latter, but if it is the former, I'm sure you'll convince me. ;)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: March 16th, 2008 04:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Maurice is definitely contemplating some facts of life. I think he's at the point more where he's starting to suspect than where he's definitely set foot on the shore, but he'll have certainly noticed that all of his friends have been swimming in the dating pool with varying degrees of expertise, and he hasn't discovered any sudden desire to be around girls. (Of course, if there's one thing Teddy's more clueless about than his own romantic life, it would be Maurice's.)

Isn't fifteen always the CAPSLOCK year? I seem to remember occasionally being capslocky in tenth grade myself...

I'm very curious to see if it's an honest attempt at amends or Slytherin opportunism,

Or if it's the latter and she's convinced herself that it's the former, and eventually it takes over. Or if it's the former and she's still trying to delude herself into thinking it's the latter because actually feeling that way would violate her self-image... thank heaven, she's shallow enough that she'll just push on regardless.

Edited at 2008-03-16 05:00 pm (UTC)
daksian From: daksian Date: March 17th, 2008 12:19 am (UTC) (Link)
lol, I like your perspective on Pansy. Either way, she changes into a better person.

Well, whenever Maurice figures it out, I'm sure his friends will be cool with it. Corky might even point out that gay marriage is legal in Canada (to which Geoffrey might snidely point out that by that comparison, it'll be legal in the wizarding world in about 500 years or so).

Let's see: 15 as CAPSLOCK!year.

Harry: check.

Hermione (thinks of Yule Ball): check.

Ginny (thinks of being caught with Dean by Ron and Harry): check.

Ron: hmmm..drawing a blank. Ron was always tetchy though, but I don't remember him screaming all that much toward the end of GoF and throughout most of OotP.

Even so, yeah, I'd agree that fifteen is the capslock year. :D
miseri From: miseri Date: March 16th, 2008 05:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
I like Maurice too, but I rather think of him more as an asexual, possibly a bit of a misogynist a la Jughead Jones. I certainly hope that's the case, anyway: modern literature seems distressingly short of those.

(Couldn't you just see him as a crotchety old grump pottering around the old antiques shoppe -- because of course Borgin's & Burke's is a legitimate concern -- making cynical comments about "kids these days"?)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: March 16th, 2008 05:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
He may end up there, though I expect he'll try other routes first. I think Maurice is the sort of person who would be very happy as an old-age putterer, bitching about everything to everyone. He'll probably have a regular column in the Daily Prophet. ;p
daksian From: daksian Date: March 17th, 2008 12:21 am (UTC) (Link)
Great. My mental image of Maurice now has him with a grey-coloured crown, lol. ;)
From: (Anonymous) Date: March 16th, 2008 04:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
It seems like the only rescue for poor Justin is for this to turn into a murder mystery - who really killed Pansy? - but I suppose she doesn't deserve that. Besides, she's fun to throw at poor, unsuspecting teenagers.

An odd thought occurred to me. I can't see Neville's parents being involved in either the wedding or the reception, but I can't see them not being involved either.

Ellen
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: March 16th, 2008 05:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's a good point about Neville's parents. I don't think Neville would want them subjected to being stared at during a party, but I certainly hope that they'll be brought cake and shown pictures, even if they're not sure what's going on.
From: (Anonymous) Date: March 16th, 2008 06:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
I was looking at some of your above comments and I may begin seeing Pansy in a kinder light. I've been seeing her as very flat and there for comedy relief. Her visit to a certain friend in the hospital during Teddy's third year is easier to take that way. Also, there's been what seemed to be the widespread Hufflepuff opposition to this relationship - and I would tend to trust the 'Puffs on this sort of thing.

But I think you're giving her a bit more than that. I take it that Pansy is quite capable of becoming the person she pretends to be.

That's probably a good thing, although it also means that I have no idea which direction she's going to be sailing in in her conversation with Teddy.

Ellen
From: kobegrace Date: March 16th, 2008 07:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm so glad you've decided to make Pansy good, if not unannoying. Can barely wait for the next bit! :D
lollapulizer From: lollapulizer Date: March 16th, 2008 07:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
The whole Victoire/Ruthless thing just cracks me up. Poor Teddy is so utterly clueless.

The Pansy thing is definitely very compelling, and I can't wait to see where you'll take it. It'd be interesting to see what Harry or Hermione (because I see Pansy as Hermione's Draco for some reason) think of the whole thing.

Can't wait for more emo!Teddy. I think the affliction of being fifteen seems to affect boys more than girls...I seem to recall my brother threatening to throw a chair once at that age, though he never quite got that bad. But that's still nothing compared to destroying an office in a fit of rage like Harry did. ;)
From: (Anonymous) Date: March 16th, 2008 08:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've known fifteen-year-olds who threw chairs. At people. For fun.
Me, I only slammed doors. Throwing things came later. Like last Friday. Omly a hairbrush, although I had to ask my mother to take the telephone away from me. ;) (Frustrating phone calls to internet providers do that to me).

~Hermione Stranger~
thornyrose42 From: thornyrose42 Date: March 16th, 2008 11:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yay for Pansy being her usual inquisitive self, although I'm not sure that eddy is as pleased to see her as I am. But then I feel that I have to give her bonus points for trying to move as far away from the (really quite minor when you think about it) deeds and ideas of her past. I do wonder what the Puff's crews attitude is to her by now, you mention that she is on the fringes of the group and the sudden enthusiasm on her face when she spots Teddy make me think that she's eager to move way from the Puff girls rather than simply from desire to speak to Teddy.

I am, as usual, utterly delighted to see Ruthless who has to be one of your OCs who I most enjoy reading about, especially as someone who can very clearly remember not really being able to understand Girl. The interations between Victoire and Ruthless are a joy to watch.

I was also quite interested in Maurice in this chapter as I had either forgotten or not picked up the hints droped in the last Teddy year, thus the discussion above was really quite interesting.

I'm sure I'm not alone in this but I am finding myself reading these chapters with an eye for the issues flagged up as important. I keep thinking to myself, "A'm I making too much of this detail or is this going to be a theme through out the story?" Ah well, it makes me happy, even if I do get it wrong.
summoner_lenne9 From: summoner_lenne9 Date: March 17th, 2008 05:53 am (UTC) (Link)
*Snorts at Pansy*

The reason I haven't been leaving comments, btw, is I usually print out the parts in the morning to read on my way to school. Not that you probably particularly care, but ya. And, of course, before I DID have something intelligble- I can't spell that, I give up- to say to previous parts, and nothing now. Lol.
malinbe From: malinbe Date: March 17th, 2008 07:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
Y'know, I always hated Pansy Parkinson, but she seems to be trying so hard! It's hillarious!

I had to blink back tears on the bit about what Dora deserved for a
wedding. So sad.

And Victoire is hillarious too. Poor Ruth.
kagehikario From: kagehikario Date: March 18th, 2008 06:01 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh god yes, Pansy XD

Just what do you have planned for Maurice?

I smell subplot
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: March 18th, 2008 04:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
"Subplot" may be too grand a word, but I hope to spend some time with Maurice and his insecurities this year.
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