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Teddy Lupin and the Daedalus Maze, Chapter Three: Unspoken, pt. 3 - The Phantom Librarian
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Teddy Lupin and the Daedalus Maze, Chapter Three: Unspoken, pt. 3
Teddy is with Maddie in the DoM, and she's just given him his first lesson in how to open the Daedalus Maze. She's also given him a device called Ariadne's Thread that will bring him out. They go in together, and as soon as they approach the maze itself (a magical visualization, not an actual physical maze), her statement that they will see something they share since they're there together is borne out, since they see an image of Tonks.

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"It's not really her," Maddie whispered. "It's an image. That's all. Something to start leading us on our way."

Teddy nodded impatiently. "Yes, of course." He reached out one hand, then jumped backward, cursing, his fingertips burned. "What the--?"

"Don't touch anything here," Maddie said dryly. "Really, Teddy. Touching things in a magical environment you don't know? I didn't think I'd need to tell you that." The wryness in her face faded and she said, "I'm sorry, Teddy. I should've realized it would be Tonks and warned you. I'm afraid I've got used to seeing odd things, working here."

"Have you seen Mum before?"

"Yes. Have you?"

"Yes."

Maddie regarded him calmly and didn't ask how, or what Mum had said.

Teddy looked at the image, who was blinking serenely, apparently unaware that she'd caused Teddy any discomfort. "All right," he said. "No touching. Where, er..." He looked between Maddie and Mum, then finally turned to Maddie. "What's she doing here? What's she meant to lead to?"

"That's up to you. Look at her closely. What do you see?"

Teddy went to her. "I see Mum," he said. "I see... I don't know. She doesn't seem like herself."

"Look harder. And if you need to stop suddenly, then squeeze the Thread and whisper 'Home.'"

Teddy nodded. "I see..." He concentrated on the image in front of him, its beatific smile, its wavy pink hair, its small, outstretched arm. Its eyes were deep pools, shifting color, and Teddy looked at the more closely. He could see himself in them, then Granny, then a shift to the gray eyes of the Blacks, the turning of time--

"Mum!"

The figure drew away suddenly, fading back into the Maze, down a wide corridor among prickly bushes. She turned and morphed, shrinking, laughing, becoming a small boy, first Teddy, then someone else, someone Teddy recognized from a tiny drawing at Number Twelve Grimmauld Place. "That's Sirius Black. Er... not Sirius Sirius, of course, but Phineas Nigellus's brother Sirius. He was a Metamorphmagus."

"Interesting," Maddie said.

"Is this Time?"

"Could be. Or Identity."

Sirius smiled and ran around a corner to the right. Teddy followed. Around him, the Maze became a hazy London street. It was in such good, smart condition that it took Teddy a moment to realize he was at Grimmauld Place at all. A man and a small boy were sitting on the steps of Number Twelve, and when Teddy looked at the small boy, he knew it to be Phineas, who was six years old and thought his big brother to have nearly godlike powers. He was grinning wildly, waving at Sirius, who was chasing a bright red ball that their father had thrown. A Quaffle, though the Muggles in the street wouldn't have known that. Teddy could hear horses and carriages nearby.

"What is this?" Maddie asked.

"No idea."

"What did you see in your Mum?"

"The Blacks, but I still don't know what this is, except that it's Phineas and his brother." He watched the brothers play catch for a moment. Their father went inside. "Didn't you say that Phineas is part of the first Maze?"

"Yes."

"Well... I'm part of Phineas. So maybe that's why the Maze took me here."

"Maybe." Maddie didn't look convinced. "Were you wondering about that?"

"I must have been."

The bells of a carriage were getting closer.

Teddy was watching little Phineas carefully, wondering what he was meant to see here, when suddenly, the little boy dropped the Quaffle and stood stock still, his eyes wide and terrified. The jangling of bells was very loud.

"SIRIUS!" Phineas cried.

Sirius ran around Teddy and tackled Phineas out of the way, but tripped over his own shoelaces in the road. He couldn't get back up.

The carriage barreled out of a nearby street, the driver barely looking.

Phineas screamed, and the Maze faded to green leaves, the only image left, little Phineas Black, someday to be Nigellus, crawling toward the spot where his brother had been, but instead of reaching it, he turned down a leftward passage, and when Teddy followed, the little boy had become a man, and he was sitting in a cell at Azkaban with another man, a broken-looking man with thick auburn hair that was matted and unkempt.

Phineas shook his head sternly. "Percival, you're making a mistake, not telling them the truth of what happened. Who would blame you after what those filthy Muggles did to Ariana? I'll get you out of this."

Percival shook his head weakly. "No. Can't tell. Kendra will take care of her... can't tell. Don't let them know."

"I can get you out of here if I do."

"No, Phineas. I committed the crime of which I am accused."

"Against filthy little Muggle beasts..."

"You were wondering about evil," Maddie said softly. "I think the Maze is showing you some of what went into... what happened to the Blacks."

"Phineas isn't evil," Teddy protested. "He's just Phineas. Mum and Sirius called him Grayfur. He's not evil."

Phineas stood up and strode across the cell, and the cell disappeared. An arch appeared, another path leading off to the right. He took it.

"Should I follow?" Teddy asked.

Maddie thought about it. "Do you remember the turns so far?"

"We went in straight, then right, then left."

"All right then. But keep your hand on the Thread. I don't trust this."

Teddy nodded and followed Phineas, who was changing as they watched, his hair becoming short and pink, his buttoned shoes becoming bright-colored trainers. It was Mum again, but she brought Teddy no comfort. She looked weak and tired, and she was searching, and given the turn of events so far...

"Remus?" she called helplessly. "Remus!"

There was a soft groan from a short distance away, and she ran to a form that appeared on the ground in front of her. Teddy could now see the battlements of Hogwarts above them, and the shadowed form of a giant.

"Oh, my God! Remus!" Mum ran to him and got out her wand. "I'm here, Dora's here, I'll get you stabilized and out of here, Mum can take care of this, Dora's here, oh, God, Remus, your Dora's here..."

Something detached itself from the shadows, and the starlight glinted on steel.

Maddie grabbed Teddy's hand, wrapped it around the Thread, and yelled, "Home!"

The Maze whirled away into white mist, and then Teddy was thrown back into the black box of a room where he'd begun.

Maddie landed beside him, her face ashen. "All right. You're going to need to control what you ask about at first. That was... Teddy, are you all right?"

Teddy touched his face, which was cold, and the floor beneath him, half-expecting to feel the blood-soaked grass under the north battlements, surprised to find only wooden boards. "I--no."

"Do you want me to take the Maze back? You don't need that."

Teddy shook his head. "That's the worst place it can take me. I can handle it. I'm not five. I know what happened."

Maddie looked less than convinced. "Knowing and seeing are different things. I don't know if I can leave you with this in good conscience. I don't want to torture you just to find out how you think!"

Teddy turned and looked at her. Her hands were shaking, and she was crying. He didn't think she'd noticed the latter. He touched his face again. It was dry. Numb, but dry. "Doesn't everyone who works here have to do it?"

"Yes, but--"

"So, I have to, or I won't be able to work here."

"Still, it's--"

Teddy took a shaky breath. "I'm all right. I can do it."

"Teddy, your parents wouldn't want you to see that."

"How do you know? Maybe they would. Maybe they want me to know what happened. Maybe that's why she showed me."

"Teddy, that wasn't Tonks. It wasn't. She'd never want you to see her like that. That was you following your own thoughts, and that's why I'm worried."

"I do think about other things," Teddy said. "Maybe next time, it'll show me something good. I can try not to wonder about evil and death." He tried a smile. "Granny told me this could be dangerous. I should listen to Granny more."

"Generally wise," Maddie said. She was still shaking, but she was exerting some control. "Do you want to talk?"

He shook his head. "I think I know how to use it. And I can Floo you if I have trouble, right?"

"Of course."

"What if I sent my Patronus from inside the Maze?"

"I'm not sure. I've never tried."

"Maybe I should try."

"It's a powerful spell," Maddie said. "I wouldn't, unless you're really sure what will happen."

Teddy nodded. "Can we try again? We have all day here, right? I should learn to control it more."

"I'm not sure about this, Teddy."

"You'll be with me. Let's ask about something else. If we see Mum again, I'll wonder about, I don't know, her wardrobes. I've never known what to do with all of those clothes. Maybe she can show me." He widened his smile until it felt quite mad.

Maddie tried to return the smile, but just couldn't seem to do it. She pulled herself up, dusted her robes off, and said, "All right, Teddy. But if it goes there again, I'll pull you out again."

"That incantation's easy enough that I think I can do it myself," Teddy said. "And trust me--I will."

She chewed on her lip. "All right."

Teddy raised his wand. "Sulci Numine."
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From: erv2 Date: March 25th, 2008 07:37 am (UTC) (Link)
"Yes. Have you?"

"Yes."

Well if that just doesn't say it all... I think I might even be quite satisfied if the entire story takes place in just this one day in the Maze at the Department of Mysteries. Fascinating to ponder.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: March 25th, 2008 02:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
It would be something like that extended dream sequence I keep threatening to write, I think. :D
purebristles From: purebristles Date: March 25th, 2008 08:53 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, Teddy. Go ask mum what to do with her old socks, there's a good boy.

Solid end to an exciting chapter!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: March 25th, 2008 02:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, he's trying. And he does have seven wardrobes full of Oxfam clothes that he is never, ever going to either use or give away.
jedi_chick From: jedi_chick Date: March 25th, 2008 09:01 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, wow.

Poor Teddy. And poor Maddie. :~(

Excellent ending to this chapter, however. I only hope that Teddy can keep his mind from revisiting that scene...
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: March 25th, 2008 02:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
He may be able to in the Maze. In his head, though? Not so sure.
amamama From: amamama Date: March 25th, 2008 09:24 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, wow. Teddy's so used to seeing Tonks and Remus, and he's got enough info about the last battle to have a good idea of what happened - so he's not shell shocked. Maddie, otoh... Even being an unspeakable hasn't prepared her for this, so I can understand she's all shaky. Funny though, this switching of roles. Suddenly it's Teddy guiding Maddie and not the other way round. He wants to move forward, she's not sure. I guess this has something to do with Teddy being used to the images from the ring and communicating in dreamspace, and Maddie just doesn't have that experience. And what will they see now? *rubs hands* I look forward to it, very much.
daksian From: daksian Date: March 25th, 2008 12:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
I guess this has something to do with Teddy being used to the images from the ring and communicating in dreamspace, and Maddie just doesn't have that experience.

That's a really good insight, I think. In light of the idea that neither Remus nor Tonks would want Teddy to be an Unspeakable, there's something ironic that they planted the seeds for him to become one themselves.
amamama From: amamama Date: March 25th, 2008 12:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
there's something ironic that they planted the seeds

It is, isn't it? I wonder what I make my kids do, in that backwards kind of way...
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: March 25th, 2008 02:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, he's a little shell-shocked--like Maddie said, knowing and seeing are different things. But Maddie hasn't contemplated her best friend's actual death too closely at all, and probably didn't even know what happened. Plus she's realizing that she's taken that friend's beloved child and hurt him in a fundamental way by allowing him to see something like that, so she's dealing with that as well.
beceh From: beceh Date: March 25th, 2008 09:42 am (UTC) (Link)
Ohhh fascinating! I love where you're giong with this, it's so interesting.

Poor Maddy and Teddy seeing the deaths though :-(
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: March 25th, 2008 02:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Definitely not where Maddie was expecting to go!
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fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: March 25th, 2008 02:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. I think that's mostly what I'm going for with Maddie.

The imagination is mostly great. Except when it decides to give me nightmares, but I can use those, too. :)
daksian From: daksian Date: March 25th, 2008 12:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
This just keeps getting better and better.

If I'm not mistaken, we're seeing some of the origins of this generation of Blacks' depravity through the darker experiences of Phineas; we get the beginning of it with Phineas learning to hate Muggles, and we get the end with Bellatrix killing Tonks.

This does seem to have something to do with Identity--specifically, the evil within, I'd wager.

Despite Maddie's misgivings, I think this is something worth exploring for Teddy, though I agree with her that it might be a bit too heavy a subject matter to start with. I think she's also worried that he'll go for that avenue when she isn't there...and she's probably right to worry about that. But I think it's important to Teddy that he does it, no matter how terrible it will be for him.

I'm looking forward to the next journey!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: March 25th, 2008 02:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
The Blacks' problems probably go further than Phineas's childhood, but that would have been a freshening in, essentially, living memory, exacerbated by the Dumbledore situation. It's the kind of thing Bella probably would have grown up listening to. And of course, Teddy knows from holding grudges against something...
marikenobi From: marikenobi Date: March 25th, 2008 01:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hmm interesting. Teddy's life is so exciting! Can't wait to see what develops!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: March 25th, 2008 02:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, good. Me, either! ;p
thornyrose42 From: thornyrose42 Date: March 25th, 2008 01:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sorry I didn't comment yesterday, the deadly combination of revision and lambing finally cought up with me. Fortunatly this means that I get a lovely double helping of Teddy today!

Of course now I am madly curious as to how Helen of Troy's ghost ended up in the DoM and I really loved the little comment about the two lovebirds, just goes to show that even working with the Mysteries of the Universe doesn't dampen down hormones.

"You'll be with me. Let's ask about something else. If we see Mum again, I'll wonder about, I don't know, her wardrobes. I've never known what to do with all of those clothes. Maybe she can show me." He widened his smile until it felt quite mad.

I'm sorry to say Teddy but like that is really going to work. After all if there is one thing that this chapter has shown us it is in which direction Teddy's thoughts are running these days. Can i give an educated guess that Death is going to be a pretty big theme this novel? And hopefully a bit more about the ill fated Blacks. Oh and that exchange between Teddy and Maddie about Phineas was absolutly spot on. I'm glad to see that Teddy already completly understands that someone can be unpleasent and not be evil. And, of course, there is that strong strand of family loyalty coming out a again.

That was another thing, the way you set up the conversation between Teddy and Maddie so that we could clearly see that despite their two very different viewpoints neither of them was exactly wrong or entirely right. Which felt very real.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: March 25th, 2008 02:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
(I deleted your anon. double.)

I think Helen's ghost probably ended up at the DoM the same way whole temples ended up at the British Museum--exploration and, well, the Empire. No reason the magical world wouldn't take part.

Teddy is definitely going to have to deal with Death this year, along with other mysteries, but he's going to have to go pretty far into the maze, so hopefully, there will be matters other than death.
thornyrose42 From: thornyrose42 Date: March 25th, 2008 05:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
Cheers!

Oh and I now have a mental picture of some Imperial wizard trying to persuade Helen that British wizards would apreciate her so much more than these Greccian cads.

I do wonder what it would take to woo a ghost.
From: _kneebiter Date: March 26th, 2008 04:10 am (UTC) (Link)
Hmm. You've commented in earlier sections how you didn't particularly like Jo's take on the subject of acceptance of death, but I think it's also important to keep n mind (not that I am implying that you are or risk forgetting it; I'm just restating the obvious) that one can't go too far to the other extreme either -- that way Voldemort lies. My own opinion is that you do need to accept death as the price that is paid for life, rather than an enemy to be vanquished, but the way to accept it is to fight it, not to try to cheat it. I draw an analogy to justice: a public defender performs a vital service, and never more so thsn when he defends the guilty; his moral sense is offended by the guilty going free, but it is not enough that he bend to the system and lose for his client -- that would be a travesty still worse. Justice wins when justice batters down his best efforts, and not before, and not at all if he doesn't put his best efforts out there. He wants justice to win, being an ethical DA, but to achieve that end he must -- he has no other way than this -- leave no stone unturned in trying to make justice lose.
That paradox is also the way to accept death: you must fight it to accept it and vice versa. And now I'm pondering the interrelatedness of death and justice generally. I don't suppose you could get me an interview with Maddie? :)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: March 26th, 2008 05:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
I find it psychologically different--and maybe it's just me--to accept the idea of my own oncoming death (as Harry does, but Voldemort doesn't) than to accept the premature death of other people. Maybe it's being raised in a medical family, I don't know--the notion that I'm just supposed to say, "Oh, these things happen" doesn't sit right. I'd have a much easier time, I think, saying, "I will let life go so that other people can live" than saying, "Oh, well, someone got murdered, move on."

(Reposting without the anon!)

Edited at 2008-03-26 05:18 pm (UTC)
From: _kneebiter Date: March 27th, 2008 03:15 am (UTC) (Link)
Yyyeeeahh... what I was saying was kind of the opposite of "oh well, someone got murdered, these things happen, who's for Chinese take-out?" Acceptance that death is not cause to rebel against the universe is only effected by fighting for lives. Just because my last post spent most of its talking about one side of the Mobius strip doesn't mean I don't hold from the other.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: March 27th, 2008 05:24 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I'm not so much arguing with you as with Yoda/JKR. ;p
lollapulizer From: lollapulizer Date: March 25th, 2008 01:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
That was really intriguing. The bit with Phineas, well, it explains quite a lot.

Poor Teddy. I can kind of see where this is going to lead. I just hope he doesn't get obsessed like Frankie in Forest Guard
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: March 25th, 2008 02:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Teddy? Obsessed? Never.

Hopefully, some of the turns ahead aren't anticipated yet.
allie_meril From: allie_meril Date: March 25th, 2008 02:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, fascinating end to the chapter!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: March 25th, 2008 02:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks!
willowbough From: willowbough Date: March 25th, 2008 02:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Whew! Poor Teddy--what an introduction to the Maze! Everything he's seen so far has been connected to death and injustice. On the other hand, it sounds like he was more prepared than Maddie for what happened. Looking forward to seeing the next leg of his quest.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: March 25th, 2008 02:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
Teddy's only worried about himself. Maddie's also worried about Teddy, and about whether or not Tonks would ever forgive her for putting Teddy in a position where he'd see something like that, and, of course, dealing with seeing it herself. Also, Teddy's used to the turn of his own mind, but he keeps it pretty close--Maddie may not have previously had the faintest idea just how much Death lives in Teddy's head.
moonythoughts From: moonythoughts Date: March 25th, 2008 03:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Aww, I really, really love your take on Phineas and his brother. All we ever see in the books is this grumpy old jerk in a painting, but in your stories there's a whole other part of him. Poor little metamporphmagus Sirius :(

I'm so excited for more. It seems so nice to have this to look forward to every day.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: March 26th, 2008 01:22 am (UTC) (Link)
I just love Phineas in the books. I was so glad she came up with a reason for the Trio to take his portrait along.
torturedbabycow From: torturedbabycow Date: March 25th, 2008 03:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love it, as always! I think there's an interesting parallel where Harry's adults were always trying to protect him from physical, saving-people-type-danger, even though that was kind of his thing - and Teddy's adults are constantly worried about him dwelling on his parents' deaths, or death/unfairness/etc in general, but it turns out that's his thing. Then again, I suppose that's precisely why they worry (in both cases). The resulting drama is very different though, because it's a lot harder to protect someone from their own thoughts than physical danger.

One thing that threw me off slightly was right after they come out of the maze: Maddie's is described looking "unconvinced," but then immediately afterwards Teddy turns and looks at her and notices she's crying. I thought to myself, "wait, didn't Teddy already look at her and see just unconvinced?" Maybe "seemed unconvinced" instead of "looked"?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: March 26th, 2008 01:35 am (UTC) (Link)
I think what I need to change there is Teddy turning to look at her. Without that, the rest falls into place.

True--the Mysteries are definitely where Teddy is likely to get himself into danger, just as the adventures are where Harry does.
From: (Anonymous) Date: March 25th, 2008 04:04 pm (UTC) (Link)

m

fascinating backstory. I'm really liking this maze and wondering why all the original guys quit. also, was that a deliberate parallel between phineas trying but not being able to clear percival and dumbledore trying but not being able to clear sirius?
great job so far, can't wait for the next installment!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: March 26th, 2008 01:48 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: m

It wasn't a deliberate parallel, but I like it, now that you mention it! :)
marycontraria From: marycontraria Date: March 25th, 2008 04:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
This is still awesome. I love the descriptions - particularly, in this segment, of the way that Teddy's Maze guide changes along the way: from Tonks to Sirius to Phineas and back to Tonks, but a different Tonks... and the last image before Maddie yanked them back to the DoM was just chilling.

There was one thing that I found difficult to follow, today (although no one else has mentioned it so maybe it's just me being thick): I found it hard to keep Sirius and Phineas straight in the scene with the brothers. You described them both as "a small boy", very close together, for starters - Sirius running and playing with the Quaffle, Phineas on the steps with their father if I understood right. But then Phineas had the ball and was frozen in the street, and Sirius pushed him out of the way before falling and being trampled? When did Phineas get up to play with the ball?

That was all, though - I can't wait to see what happens next! :)
torturedbabycow From: torturedbabycow Date: March 25th, 2008 05:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh yeah, that caught me up slightly too - once I'd figured out the main point of the trampling, though, I'd completely forgotten being confused!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: March 26th, 2008 04:58 am (UTC) (Link)
You're right. Lots of weird pronouns going on, and I totally forgot to mention Phineas going out to play!
From: (Anonymous) Date: March 25th, 2008 06:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
I like Maddie's reaction to Teddy's journey. I suspect quite a number of people would have been stunned--and less prepared than Teddy--by that scene. You write him so well balanced in spite of his fixation on death, and I think it's hard for the people around him to see this. It comes out from time to time. I think Neville and Harry understand it best because of their own childhoods. However, someone like Maddie would have been shocked, I think.

Great segment!
Lady Stratford
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: March 26th, 2008 05:02 am (UTC) (Link)
Teddy's a well-balanced kid, but he does have this huge gap at the center of him, the place where his family belonged. I don't know if it's a fixation on death as much as justice, though in his case, the central injustice is tied up with unjust deaths.
From: (Anonymous) Date: March 25th, 2008 08:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
oh dear... first you make me smile at seeing Sirius - not Sirius>/> Sirius *giggles* - again, and then - and then -
*sobs* No, I'll definitely never get used to the fact that Remus and Dora are dead.
And then you make me grin at the wardrobes again.

It's definitely lovely to have this to look forward to and to motivate me to hurry up with my chores!

~Hermione Stranger~
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: March 26th, 2008 05:09 am (UTC) (Link)
No, I'll definitely never get used to the fact that Remus and Dora are dead

I'm starting to come to that conclusion myself.

Teddy's got a good head on his shoulders, and a good relationship with his dead parents (would that orphans in the real world could have a good dreamspace connection!), so he's able to switch gears to those wardrobes he doesn't know what to do with. (That is awkward. I mean, it's something a person probably would have trashed eventually, but when does it become yours enough to do it yourself?)
malinbe From: malinbe Date: March 26th, 2008 02:07 am (UTC) (Link)
I was more worried about Maddie than Teddy. Seeing your parent's death must be awful, but somehow, Teddy was more prepared (if you can be prepared for that). Seeing your best friend die so unexpectedly... poor Maddie.

I loved the outtake on Sirius' death, and that idea on how the Blacks started to actively hate Muggles. It feels real and logical, and... dunno, very human nature.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: March 26th, 2008 05:11 am (UTC) (Link)
I think human nature is the most interesting thing to write about. It's ornery, rarely socially correct, and intuitive without ever being easy to explain. You just know when it's been missed along the line.
ada_the_mental From: ada_the_mental Date: March 26th, 2008 08:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
:(
...
Poor them...Actually I felt more sorry for Maddie, since she wasn't expecting this.

Which reminds how AWFULLY JKR handled the flashback with James and Lily's death in DH (unlike what you did here). I mean, seriously, he witnessed his parents deaths through their murderer's eyes then woke up and didn't even bother giving that a second thought to that???



darth_pipes From: darth_pipes Date: March 27th, 2008 04:25 am (UTC) (Link)
Very good post, Fern.
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