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Teddy Lupin and the Daedalus Maze, Chapter Seven: Curse-borne, pt. 1 - The Phantom Librarian
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Teddy Lupin and the Daedalus Maze, Chapter Seven: Curse-borne, pt. 1
Teddy's classes--both official and non-official--have started. He hasn't had any great luck with the Maze on a project for Robards, and is stuck on the Animagus transformation. Donzo thinks the latter is because Teddy isn't approaching the problem right, and is trying to exert too much control.

Chapter title may change here. I don't know if it'll turn out to be important, but I need to call it something, eh?

Table of Contents and Summary So Far

Halfway down to Hagrid's paddock for their first Care of Magical Creatures class after lunch on Wednesday, Maurice Burke's jaw dropped, and he broke into a run. It took Teddy a moment to register what he was on about, then he spotted the small, neat figure standing on the fence, a green quill in her hand. Teddy looked at Corky and Donzo, and they all sped up to catchup before any harm was done.

"What are you doing here, Higgs?" Maurice demanded. "You don't even take this class."

Honoria Higgs climbed down from the slats and smoothed down her robes. "Charmer business," she said. "I put off the first issue of the year just to make sure this is in it. I have it on good authority that Professor Hagrid intends to re-introduce a hippogriff banned from contact with students for his particular viciousness." Teddy looked into the paddock, where Buckbeak was, indeed, snacking on a fat ferret. His heart sank as Hagrid came out, and Honoria rounded on him. "Professor Hagrid," she said, grabbing her quill tightly. "I've just concluded an interview with a former student who alleges that this animal--which you plan to use with students--was banned from such contact twenty years ago, after it mauled a third year. Is this, in fact, the animal in question?"

"It's Beaky, righ' enough," Hagrid said. "An' yeh can tell Malfoy tha' he can take it up with the new committee on wizarding education. Care of 'ermione Weasley. Reckon she'd love t' hear from 'im."

"So your political connections have proved useful?"

"And yours haven't," Maurice said. "Fancy that."

She turned and glared at him. "This is an important matter."

"Buckbeak's been here longer than we have," Maurice told her. "And you know perfectly well that he hasn't hurt anyone. Let Professor Hagrid be."

"The hippogriff--"

"Flew in the battle. Do you really mean to start smearing war heroes?"

The rest of the class arrived, approaching tentatively. Tinny Gudgeon narrowed her eyes at Honoria. Roger Young ignored it entirely and started scrounging for things to feed Buckbeak.

Honoria set her jaw. "Has it occurred to you that I'd just like to get the whole story?"

"Not even for a second."

"Well, I am," Honoria said, and turned away from him, nose in the air.

"Yeh picked a good day fer it," Hagrid said. "Go' something special this year fer O.W.L. students to 'ave a look at."

Teddy looked to Buckbeak, who'd now stood up, but was looking around shiftily.

Hagrid raised his wand, and the fence to the stables opened, and a small hippogriff, perhaps a third Buckbeak's size, came gamboling out, taking quick, joyful leaps. Teddy had seen baby hippogriffs a year and a half ago in France, and he guessed this was one of them, probably the one Rolf Scamander had been helping Hagrid with on the day of Professor Longbottom's stag party. It pranced over to the fence and stuck its beak eagerly toward Honoria, then toward Maurice, then finally toward Teddy himself. Bored with this, it ran down the fence, flew a few yards, then hopped around playfully in front of Buckbeak.

Buckbeak's shoulders hunched and he shook his great head sadly.

"This 'ere's Dapple," Hagrid said, pointing to the young hippogriff. "'e's Beaky's boy, in't 'e, Beaky?"

Dapple cheerfully bounced around, trying to grab a ferret out from under Buckbeak's talons. Buckbeak looked helplessly at Hagrid. Teddy imagined that he was wondering how this undignified creature could possibly be his kin.

"Now," Hagrid said, apparently missing the entire exchange, "hippogriffs 'ave what yeh migh' call a division o' labor. The mothers raise the girls, and the daddies raise the boys, eh, Beaky? Dapple's sisters are all in France with their mum, and Dapple's come 'ere t' learn about bein' a hippogriff from Beaky."

Teddy wondered, somewhat morosely, who taught that to hippogriffs whose fathers had died flying into battle. Were there god-hippogriffs to teach them? But he didn't ask. It would make Hagrid feel awkward for no good reason.

Dapple ran back to the fence and shoved his face at Honoria again, apparently deciding that he liked her. She blinked at him, then, to Teddy's surprise, curtsied delicately. Dapple seemed delighted with this game, and bowed deeply to her and did a quick, twisting leap for her entertainment. She reached forward tentatively and patted his face. Buckbeak hung his head.

"They're a bi' friendlier when they're young," Hagrid said, then started telling the class about the habits and needs of the hippogriff species. Teddy thought it was the best class he'd had from Hagrid. Throughout the lecture, Dapple continued to prance back and forth between the fence and Buckbeak, looking eagerly for approval from anyone he approached.

After class, Teddy hung back with his friends and waited for Honoria and a few of her mates to leave. Tinny was delightedly feeding Dapple now, and asked Hagrid if she might stay, since she didn't have any more classes today. Roger wanted to do a special project.

Teddy turned to Maurice and Corky. "Will you keep an eye on Honoria at the damned paper?"

"I will," Corky said quickly, before Maurice could jump in. "I don't think we need to threaten her every two seconds on this."

"Sure we don't," Maurice said.

Corky shrugged. "The hippogriff liked her. She's always nice to things that are nice to her."

Teddy thought about his first year, when Frankie Apcarne had been perfectly nice to her, and generous, and she'd responded by writing an article that smeared him in front of the whole school and implied that Teddy thought he was crazy. But that had been first year. He couldn't think of a time since when someone had extended her a kindness and had it responded to with the vitriol of which she was capable.

Then again, she was still going to Draco Malfoy and Rita Skeeter for tasty tidbits for the Charmer, so Teddy wasn't quite ready to trust her yet. "What are you going to do?" he asked Corky.

Corky shrugged. "I'll offer to fact-check. That means I get to read everything before it goes in."

"And if she writes something horrible?" Maurice asked.

"I'll..." Corky shrugged again. "I'll stop being nice to her."

Maurice grumbled something about not knowing why he was being nice in the first place, but it was lost in the wind as they climbed the hill back to the castle. Once inside, they bade Donzo goodbye--he was off to Ancient Runes--and Teddy, Maurice, and Corky headed down to the dungeon for their first Potions class of the year. Honoria, Brendan, and Jane went in just ahead of them.

When they got in, Teddy checked the corridor outside to see if he'd made a wrong turn somewhere.

The dungeon walls had all been charmed to show a view of a mountainside on a sunny day, seen through a series of gothic stone arches. Wildflowers blew in a gentle breeze, and, as Teddy watched, a rabbit hopped toward the barrier, disappearing as it crossed out of the charmed image.

"Well, come in then," a lilting voice said. In the place where Slughorn had held court for all of Teddy's years at Hogwarts, Cho Morse was perched on a high stool, stirring a large cauldron.

The Slytherins looked around nervously, then took seats at gleaming marble tables, each of which had been fitted with a sink and several potion-making implements that were usually kept in storage. There were drawers beneath them, and Teddy glanced quickly into one to see rows of potions ingredients, neatly labeled in glass jars.

The students unpacked their potions kits slowly.

"I hope you don't mind the change," Professor Morse said. "I'm a Ravenclaw. I like things a bit airier. I never did like this dungeon."

"I like it," Teddy offered.

"Good, because you're spending quite a bit of time here. You need to see me after class, Mr. Lupin."

"Yes, Professor Morse."

The door opened, and Daniel came in. He was still wearing a talisman, but he'd actually put on wizard's robes, and looked more than comfortable in them.

"Do any of you mind my husband watching the class?" Professor Morse asked. "The new tables are actually his design. This is how smart Muggle laboratories look."

Daniel fought a grin, and Teddy guessed that the look wasn't quite right, but it seemed to make Professor Morse happy, so all was well.

"All right?" she asked. "Good. Now, today, we'll be brewing a Sharp-Eye Solution. Ironically, I'll have you put on goggles to protect your eyes from it while we're brewing it, as it's thick and tends to bubble and spit." A pair of goggles appeared in front of Teddy, and he put it on wonderingly. Jane Hunter put hers on with the air of someone who'd done so thousands of times, then looked eagerly at Professor Morse, who nodded to her. "We're going to make the basic solution first--you can find the theory of it in your textbook--then we'll try some experiments. Over the next week, you're each to try it with several different additives for improvements, and I want you to report to me on how each ingredient changes the effects of the potion, and how your eyesight changes in different environments. Keep a journal for your data!"

"It's nearly scientific method!" Jane said. "That's wonderful!"

Professor Morse looked deeply pleased at this. She flicked her wand at the blackboard, and the instructions for the basic solution appeared. Once this was accomplished the differences from last year faded, and it became another potions class. Teddy forced his mind not to wander, and managed a decent Sharp-Eye Solution in the allotted time. When class ended, he started to follow Maurice and Corky up to dinner, but Professor Morse tapped his shoulder.

"Teddy, I do need to see you. We'll need to talk about Neil's potion. You'll need to start brewing it quite soon."

"Oh... I wasn't... yes, of course."

"Wait a moment, if you would. I just need to take care of a few class matters."

Teddy nodded, and Professor Morse went back to her desk to clear things up. He felt someone behind him, and turned to find Daniel, who smiled.

"Would you mind at all if I stayed while you work on the Wolfsbane Potion? It's fascinating--it really mutes the lycanthropic symptoms?"


"I've read everything I can get my hands on about the disease. Horrendous thing. No wonder your dad looked ill so often the year he was at Smeltings. And there I was, blathering on about plagues."

Teddy had seen some of this in Dad's ring-memories--Dad had enjoyed Daniel's enthusiastic visits--but wasn't sure how to pass on the information that there had been no hard feelings. Instead, he just said, "Well, it's not really a plague. It's hard to become a werewolf. You have to be bitten. It's not, well... there are no nearly invisible fleas involved or anything. It's a great wolf. Hard to miss the cause."

"True. It's also not, thank God, airborne. I'm still trying to figure out if it's properly called blood-borne."

"It's curse-borne," Teddy said. "Granny taught me the difference. Blood-borne runs in the blood, and you get it by touching blood or mixing it. Airborne just jumps from person to person. But curse-borne diseases have to be passed by the mechanism of the curse."

"In this case, biting," Daniel mused. "Yes, I understand that, then. I just have to get used to a category like that existing. Most Muggle diseases lack intent."

"You should talk to my granny sometime. If you're nice, she might even give you a tour of St. Mungo's."

Daniel grinned brightly. "I shall have to keep that in mind."

Professor Morse finished up whatever she was doing, put several scrolls into a desk drawer, then stood up and came over. "If the pair of you are finished comparing notes, shall I show Teddy where he'll be working this year?"
36 comments or Leave a comment
From: (Anonymous) Date: April 21st, 2008 06:21 am (UTC) (Link)
Buckbeak as a daddy is adorable. It'd be fun to see a medical conversation between Daniel and Andromeda.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: April 21st, 2008 06:51 am (UTC) (Link)
Having been around a few medical conversations in my life, I think it could get gross pretty quickly! ;p
allie_meril From: allie_meril Date: April 21st, 2008 06:31 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, I'm just waiting for that daydreaming to get Teddy into some *trouble*.

I really like Cho and Daniel! Not quite how a Muggle lab looks, indeed. :) Nice touch, Jane Hunter recognizing the scientific method. And I'd second the thought that a conversation between Daniel and Andromeda would be v. interesting to see.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: April 21st, 2008 06:52 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, the lab, er... has sinks on the tables. And safety gear! It's practically just about what every high school would have, right? ;p
allie_meril From: allie_meril Date: April 21st, 2008 03:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
*smirks* Aside from everything else in the room: yes, Cho, it is exactly like a Muggle lab.

I forgot to say that Dapple was wonderfully cute as well. :)
amamama From: amamama Date: April 21st, 2008 07:02 am (UTC) (Link)
Fun part, though I wonder why Buckbeak was looking morose, but Dapple was loads of fun. Will we get to see Honoria's story? Will she be informed of how Malfoy deliberately provoked Buckbeak, or will she just accept everything he says?

Interesting new design of the potions lab, a bit cheerier doesn't hurt. And Daniel's and Teddy's conversation was interesting - will Teddy introduce him to Andromeda, or is it just a backdrop?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: April 21st, 2008 07:11 am (UTC) (Link)
I think Teddy's imagination is exactly right--Buckbeak doesn't know what to make of this exuberant, completely undignified kin!

I'll try to get in part of Honoria's article, at least.
amamama From: amamama Date: April 21st, 2008 07:17 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh the horror of having undignified relatives! *grins* Which is just why it's so darned fun to act silly in front of your kids.

I do hope Honoria will begin to live up to her name and get the full story, not just the biased, bitching part.
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fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: April 21st, 2008 04:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Poor Buckbeak. However will he live it down?
ada_the_mental From: ada_the_mental Date: April 21st, 2008 09:50 am (UTC) (Link)
Wow! Love what Cho did to the classroom.Then again, The Ravenclaw Tower sounds like an trully awesome place to be.

Oh,Daniel has not really changed, has he? Always a sucker for less-than-cheerful topics!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: April 21st, 2008 04:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
I thought Ravenclaw sounded pretty cool myself. I'd totally enjoy it. :)

Daniel is and shall always be Daniel.
From: glynngriffiths Date: April 21st, 2008 10:27 am (UTC) (Link)
Corky shrugged. "I'll offer to fact-check. That means I get to read everything before it goes in."

"And if she writes something horrible?" Maurice asked.

"I'll..." Corky shrugged again. "I'll stop being nice to her."

Maurice grumbled something about not knowing why he was being nice in the first place, but it was lost in the wind as they climbed the hill back to the castle.

Ha ha... a hint about our next Hogwarts couple? They'd be awfully fun to watch - er... read. Especially if Corky can reign Honoria in a little bit on The Charmer. But what would Maurice say?

Also, Dapple is just adorable! Buckbeak certainly has his work cut out teaching him to be a proper, dignified adult male hippogriff!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: April 21st, 2008 04:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
I did a ficlet once on Maurice's reaction to C/H, which will probably, in one form or another, show up here. I think he and Beaky will commiserate about where they could have gone wrong. ;p

satakieli From: satakieli Date: April 21st, 2008 12:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ack! Dungeon, meet interior decorator. Wow.

I suppose protective gear is slightly less vital when Miss Pomfrey (or her successor) has magic at her disposal, but good on Cho (or Daniel's influence) for the change.

Enjoying Honoria's continuing development.

After this first taste of Daniel/Teddy interaction, I can't wait for more. Technical details of disease transmission, history, family, isn't-this-an-interesting-idea attitude... Hurrah.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: April 21st, 2008 04:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think Jane's happier with the introduction of the scientific method (or at least a crude facsimile of it) than with the goggles, but yes, why go to Madam Pomfrey if there's a way to prevent the problem in the first place?
satakieli From: satakieli Date: April 22nd, 2008 12:46 am (UTC) (Link)
Ah, but as a scientist, I choose to believe that the scientific method was floating around in Potions all along, but Harry's oblivious filter didn't show it to us. It's perfectly plausible; many Muggle students sail through physics or chemistry lab like Harry with no thought other than to follow the recipe. Don't disillusion me! :-)
milaya36 From: milaya36 Date: April 21st, 2008 12:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
Teddy turned to Maurice and Corky. "Will you keep an eye on Honoria at the damned paper?"

"I will," Corky said quickly...

Yeah, I bet you will, Corky.

Looking forward to seeing how this particular couple develops, even if it is offstage. And I love the potions/chemistry lab!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: April 21st, 2008 04:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, Corky's really sacrificing to keep a close eye on Honoria. But, you know, sometimes, you have to take one for the team...
From: (Anonymous) Date: April 22nd, 2008 03:47 am (UTC) (Link)
... or two ... or three ... or four ... or ... XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXO

oops! Got a little carried away there!

Lovin' the "character building" that's going on with Teddy's friends (and Bucky too).


thornyrose42 From: thornyrose42 Date: April 21st, 2008 01:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hey! This was a nice start to the chapter. I am sorry that I haven't been reviwewing latly, the school IT men have suddenly decided (after umpty ump years of not blocking LJ) that LJ is now a danger to our mental well being, has hoards of potentially scaring material and probably contains Nargles as well. Any way, I have now discovered proxies, which are wonderful things which allow me to get back in touch with Teddy's adventures. Yay!

I thought that Cho making her classroom more like a science lab so that Daniel would feel more comfortable was just the sweetest thing /and/ he's wearing wizards robes, it just shows how much they are both willing to compromise and put the effort in to tehir relationship. Which I think is wonderful. Especially since all of the wizard/completly Muggle relationships that we see in the books didn't turn out so well. I mean even with Shamus we don't get much indication that his dad is still around to influence him at all. And the fact that Cho was so pleased that she had got it almost right. Aww.

Actually this was in general a bit of an aww chapter, what with Dapple being so utterly adorable that he wins Honaria over and indeed the beginings of Honaria/Corky, which I am really hoping is going to at least feature in this story. A bit? Pretty please?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: April 21st, 2008 04:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ha, yes, IT departments can put a damper on things. But someone needs to watch out for Nargles, you know. ;p

I think Cho and Daniel do need to put in a lot of work, but they love each other enough to do it, so they're going to be all right.

I'll try to get some C/H happening in the story.
willowbough From: willowbough Date: April 21st, 2008 01:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Buckbeak's pained reaction to his exuberant, undignified offspring is a hoot--nice to see a bit of character growth in Honoria too. She's still plenty snooty but the deliberate malice seems to have decreased significantly.

Cho's revamping the Potions dungeon would make Snape turn in his grave--I like it. ::grins::
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: April 21st, 2008 04:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think Corky has the measure of Honoria--being nice to her really is sort of a magic charm. Or, just as much, giving her something to do in an adventure. Teddy inadvertently discovered it first year, when he told her to make herself useful and go fetch the adults, but he's never quite realized that this had any importance to her.

And yes, Snape would be horrified. BUNNY RABBITS?!
hermia7 From: hermia7 Date: April 21st, 2008 07:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
That really was a brilliant touch. And sadly, I would be so thrilled to read something like "An architect's guide to Hogwarts" or "My Hogwarts: Famed Decorator Fannie Floof Explores the Castle."
malinbe From: malinbe Date: April 21st, 2008 02:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Aw, lovely chapter! Dapple was funny and cute, and we got to see Daniel interacting with Teddy. I love adult Daniel. We want him around!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: April 21st, 2008 04:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
He will be. :)
lollapulizer From: lollapulizer Date: April 21st, 2008 02:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Dapple was so cute! I thought Buckbeak's reactions to him were hilarious as well. Now I just have to cross my fingers and hope Honoria puts out the right article.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: April 21st, 2008 04:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
Finger-crossing is often a good policy with Miss Higgs.
From: (Anonymous) Date: April 21st, 2008 03:36 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thanks for sharing your work

I discovered you from a mention on PotterCast. I read some of your writing on SugarQuill. I was so excited to discover more of Teddy's story here: hot off the presses. You have such great insight into his character. To me, he is Cannon Teddy. I love how his year was smaller due to the war, good thinking on your part! Is Daniel, Cho's husband cannon? I know it was mentioned she married a Muggle. And you chose it to be this muggle in particular, who is a former prized pupil of Remus in the Teddyverse?

Thanks so much for writing the highest quality fan fiction. I love reading about what happens after Book 7. The next generation. I hope you'll write more James and Albus Severus... and Scorpius. You have so many great ideas, I'm sure you have to choose carefully what to spend your time writing...
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: April 21st, 2008 04:57 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thanks for sharing your work

Well, Daniel can't very well be Cho's canon husband--he's one of my OCs! ;p But if all JKR says is that she married a Muggle, heck, why not Daniel? Their kids would definitely end up Ravenclaws like Mum! If she says something else in the future... er, hopefully, I'll have already finished up and won't have to backtrack. ;p

You're more than welcome. I write because I enjoy it, so I'm just glad other people are around to read it, which makes it so much more fun!
From: kobegrace Date: April 21st, 2008 03:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Dapple is sooo cute!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: April 21st, 2008 05:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Buckbeak knows, and is doing his best to cure the boy of this grievous affliction.
hungrytiger11 From: hungrytiger11 Date: April 21st, 2008 06:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
Lovely as always! I really felt for Honoria here. I mean, we undersand why the FG is reacting as they do, but she's trying! And really, she takes her job as a reporter seriously, if she went to all the trouble to interview past students, observe classes and interview Hagrid......

Plus, Cho and Daniel are awesomely sweet.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: April 21st, 2008 08:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Teddy's definitely not prepared to accept the idea that Honoria might be growing up, thereby making his assumptions moot. Maurice is invested in his "cleaning up Slytherin" mode, and Honoria's the handiest target. Girl has her work cut out here.
darth_pipes From: darth_pipes Date: April 22nd, 2008 02:33 am (UTC) (Link)
Very nice, Fern. I enjoyed both Cho's class and Hagrid's reintroduction of Buckbeak. Malfoy still won't give it a rest, huh?
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