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Teddy Lupin and the Daedalus Maze, Chapter Nine: Twists and Turns, pt. 2 - The Phantom Librarian
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Teddy Lupin and the Daedalus Maze, Chapter Nine: Twists and Turns, pt. 2
Teddy is determined to control the Maze, and tries to force it to stay "on topic" about Brimmann. While in it, he succeeds to some extent, exploring a possible fate of the ship, but after he leaves, he blacks out and does some "automatic drawing"--a labyrinth with a darkened center, with all the paths deliberately blocked. He goes to sleep and dreams of being on a ship in the Forbidden Forest, and gets an unidentifiable glimpse of Harry's walk through in DH. He wakes up and finds a letter from Uncle Harry.

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Teddy rubbed his eyes and tried to shake the dream out of his head. It wasn't a sensible image, anyway.

The owl hopped up onto his bed, and Teddy half-expected Checkmate to bound up and try to engage it in battle, then remembered that he'd sent Checks over to Victoire. He took the envelope and Summoned some owl treats.

Dear Teddy, Uncle Harry had written, I've arranged my yearly interference in Professor Robards' classes. I'll actually be taking the class over for a week this year instead of just guest lecturing, as he has personal business to attend to and would have needed a substitute teacher at any rate. If you'd care to have dinner in town the night I get here, let me know, and I'll arrange it with the Headmistress.

Al asked me to make sure you were quite all right as well, as he had dream about a monster chasing you. The children have missed your letters this year, though Hermione tried to explain about O.W.L. workloads.


Teddy bit his lip. The workload hadn't really been excessive yet. He'd just let time slip away from him, and now Al was having nightmares. "Nice job, Lupin," he muttered to himself. "Really spectacular." He went back to reading.

Phineas Nigellus told us that you had a visitor. He was quite disgusted with the spectacle, particularly the poodle. Disgusting Phineas is always a worthy enterprise, whatever your actual goal was (I look forward to finding out).

I've attached a little story from James. I didn't miss part of it. It ends in the middle of a sentence on purpose. James seems to think you will have to finish the sentence at least, and send it back. Even if you just write to tell him that you're too busy for a story right now, I think he'd appreciate it. Your old godfather would appreciate hearing that you're all right as well--I find that I don't like the part of growing up that involves fewer letters, though I suppose it was inevitable, and I don't expect daily updates.

Let me know about dinner. I should get there on the evening of your first Hogsmeade weekend. I won't interfere with whatever young lady you're escorting this year, but perhaps I could meet you at Hagrid's when you come back.

Love,
Uncle Harry


Teddy rolled his eyes and wrote a quick note accepting dinner and apologizing for the lack of communication. Then he wrote to Al and told him not to worry, everything was fine. A flash of his time in the Maze went through his head, of the blocked-off labyrinth he'd drawn, of the strange dream, but those weren't the sorts of monsters Al would have in mind, and Teddy didn't have any desire to worry him further anyway. On a whim, he also wrote a personal note to Lily, telling her to keep an eye on James and Al, and giving her a little gossip on how well Marie was fitting in. Finally, he settled in to James's story, which was typical of the genre:

Once, Sirius went to Mexico. He and Buckbeak flew very far to get there, and landed on top of a peeramid (in Mexico, peeramids are flat on top). There was a jungle everywhere, but somewhere in the tactless deaths, there was a treasure with rubies and gold and wands and books. He especially needed one of the books, because Buckbeak suddenly forgot how to fly! They had to walk to the bottom of the peeramid, which made them very tired.

So they set out into the jungle, and Sirius


The story stopped there.

Teddy smiled and found a piece of clean parchment, and re-wrote, So they set out into the jungle and Sirius... He thought about it. ...did a a Point-Me spell, which told him that he was headed west. Back in England, the Mystic Moonstone had told him that the treasure lay deeply buried in the place that flame rose at sunset...

Sirius found himself in a twisting, turning path in the jungle, with high walls of greenery on every side. He found himself trapped several times, once by a jaguar, but he turned into Padfoot and leapt over it, while Buckbeak clawed it down with one sharp talon. Finally, he made it to the cave, which was guarded by a spell he couldn't quite work out. Teddy smiled and wrote, He raised his wand and

He left it there. Let James figure it out. He liked the treasure parts.

It was mid-morning by the time he finished, and he supposed he'd best hurry if he meant to get breakfast. In the Common Room, a third year boy was picking at several green pustules that had erupted all over his face. Teddy stopped.

"What happened?"

"Victoire Weasley threw something at me," he said.

"And why did she do that?"

"I don't know. She's crazy."

Teddy ground his teeth. "What caused her to be crazy?"

"I wasn't even talking to her! I just said some girls got crazy sometimes. You know how they get--like screeching Veela."

"Five points from Gryffindor," Teddy said. "And if I could give you a detention, I would. Go to Madam Pomfrey. It's just a Wheeze. She'll know what to do about it."

He shook his head and went out without waiting to see if the boy did as he was told. Ruthless was coming up the corridor, and changed direction cheerfully to walk with him.

"You're nearly running into lunch," she said.

"I know."

"What are you doing for Hogsmeade weekend?"

"I'm guessing nothing nonsensical."

"We could still go into town together. I need some Potions ingredients, and we both need to eat."

"I don't know. I was thinking of asking Jane to go with me."

"You'd trade reliable companionship for a chance at a snog?" Ruthless rolled her eyes dramatically.

"It was nice to have both," Teddy admitted.

Ruthless frowned. "Teddy, I was just making a little joke. Don't get maudlin on me. What's going on with you?"

"Why does everyone ask that?"

"You've missed two games, you're not getting any jokes, you haven't been to Hagrid's for tea at all, the other people in your year say you haven't been talking in classes, and I haven't seen you in the Common Room at night since we did our homework together three weeks ago."

Teddy stopped and blinked. "Really? I've been doing that?"

"Yes."

"Oh. I didn't realize. I'm sorry."

"Don't apologize. Just tell me what's going on."

"Nothing. I'm just working on Robards' assignment."

"For someone who'd rather eat flobberworms than become an Auror, you're awfully devoted to this."

"I really didn't realize I was doing that. I promise. No pirates today. Are you going to eat again, or did you just want to bask in the pleasure of my company?"

"I'll bask until we get to the Great Hall," she said, "then I have Quidditch practice. I was going up to get my things, but I can just Summon them."

Teddy made an effort to connect as he walked down the stairs with Ruthless, listening to her tales of the Quidditch team and her frustrations with a particularly knotty Transfiguration essay. She was keeping her no-boy rule, though she said that if Randall Knott asked her out again, she'd have to curse him to the other side of the world so he'd learn to take no for an answer. Teddy offered to let her say they were going out, as an excuse, but she said that would somewhat defeat the point of teaching Randall the meaning of "no."

They stopped at the doors to the Great Hall, and Ruthless smiled at him. "Well, I'll see you later. Because you will be in the Common Room, or I'm going to Summon your parchment-based friend, find you on it, and drag you out. Clear enough?"

"Clear enough."

"Good." She tiptoed to kiss him, then seemed to remember that she wasn't doing that this year and backed away, looking confused. "I'll see you later," she mumbled.

Teddy sighed and went into the Great Hall for breakfast.

A blond Bludger slammed into him as he approached the table. Victoire had her head down, and was charging out like a bull in an arena. She pushed him aside with no preliminaries and disappeared.

Teddy looked over at the table. Marie held up her hands helplessly. An untouched plate was beside her. Teddy went to it. "Is this Victoire's?"

She nodded. "She's in a weird mood. I'd steer clear."

"Has she eaten?"

"No."

Teddy took several rashers of bacon and a chicken leg and wrapped them in a napkin. He took a little more bacon for himself, and followed Victoire. The main door was ajar, and he wasn't surprised, when he pushed it further open, to see her running down the hill toward the Whomping Willow, and Hagrid's hut beyond it.

He took a deep breath, shook his head, and followed her down.
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mrs_redboots From: mrs_redboots Date: May 13th, 2008 04:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
Um, sorry, but I don't think even Hogwarts would serve chicken legs for breakfast! They are not a breakfast food in the UK, where very specific things tend to be eaten for breakfast.

I'm loving this story!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 13th, 2008 04:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hee, yes, Teddy really is running into lunch, there. (They're not a breakfast food here, either.) I may think of some other bit of foodstuff. The chicken legs are a holdover from a ficlet.
mrs_redboots From: mrs_redboots Date: May 13th, 2008 04:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
The joy of Hogwarts and the ever-willing house-elves! And, I suppose, contemporary boarding-schools.... back in my day, the rising-bell rang even on a Saturday morning and you had to be down for breakfast or woe betide you!
serriadh From: serriadh Date: May 13th, 2008 04:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
"Nice job, Lupin," he muttered to himself. "Really spectacular."

Someone's got a good dollop of the Lupin responsibility/beating-yourself-up genes, I see :)

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 13th, 2008 04:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes, well... at least this time, he actually has something to do with what he feels responsible for!
itsjulia From: itsjulia Date: May 13th, 2008 04:30 pm (UTC) (Link)

first?? me?

Wow, Teddy really is being unhealthy. Good think Ruthless is around, for Teddy and for me, as she's pretty fabulous.

And now I can't wait for the next segment! Kisses!

A nitpick: Ruthless says I'll back until we get to the great hall which I think is probably not the exact thing you wanted to say...

Thanks for the Teddy break, I really enjoyed it.
itsjulia From: itsjulia Date: May 13th, 2008 04:30 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: first?? me?

no, it looks like I am not first. oops :)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 13th, 2008 04:33 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: first?? me?

I have no idea what I meant there. I'll look up the context and see if I can remember.

Glad you enjoyed it!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 13th, 2008 06:44 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: first?? me?

BASK. That's what I meant. She would bask (in his company) until they got there.

Ha.
allie_meril From: allie_meril Date: May 13th, 2008 04:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hm, what's up with Victoire? I'm guessing that she saw that almost-kiss...

Yes, Teddy needs to get out more, as he's becoming a bit reclusive. I wonder how he'll learn to balance that Maze (and later, his Mysterious job) and the real world. There is such a thing as living in your head too much.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 13th, 2008 06:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
He needs to remember to keep contact with the people who keep him sane. I think that's pretty much the sum of it. But he hasn't quite got the prioritizing down yet.
carlinpaddy From: carlinpaddy Date: May 13th, 2008 05:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
I like how Harry refers to his subbing as yearly interuptions. I'm worried about Teddy and his obsession with the maze. That's not healthy when everything becomes a maze.
carlinpaddy From: carlinpaddy Date: May 13th, 2008 05:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
I saw someone refer to your story as a Teddy break. I think thats fitting. I call it my Teddy Time
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 13th, 2008 06:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm not sure it's entirely his own fault. I think the Maze has a power of its own.
carlinpaddy From: carlinpaddy Date: May 13th, 2008 06:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oooh, scary.
willowbough From: willowbough Date: May 13th, 2008 05:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Uh-oh. Shades of Teddy's first year, when he was spending too much time in the past with the Map. Only the Maze seems to have even more potential for danger. And I suspect things may get worse before they get better.

Looks like third year isn't much fun for Victoire so far. Brave of Teddy to follow her, but I wonder just how much she's prepared to tell him. Another great installment, Fern!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 13th, 2008 06:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. I think Victoire will tell him exactly as much as she wants him to know. :)
jedi_chick From: jedi_chick Date: May 13th, 2008 06:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, Teddy. I hope he takes Ruthless's advice to heart.

James and Teddy's story is fun! I love that Harry made sure to tell Teddy that James deliberately left the sentence hanging.

Looking forward to seeing where Harry's visit may go. And I'm looking forward to the next scene, with Teddy and Victoire. :~)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 13th, 2008 06:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
I thought it was about time to show a little piece of one of their stories, rather than just talking about it. :)
got_it_bub From: got_it_bub Date: May 13th, 2008 06:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
You do know your amazing, right?

By the way you were rec'd again :)

http://www.coffee-and-chocolate.com/
malinbe From: malinbe Date: May 13th, 2008 09:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Teddy, you need to go back to Hogwarts 20-13? Yeah, 2013, I think. Seriously.

Oh, I love Phineas. Of course he was disgusted with the poodle. And of course, he went back and delivered gossip!

I'm DYING to know what's going on with Victoire. Oh, I suppose we'll know next time.
lollapulizer From: lollapulizer Date: May 13th, 2008 10:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
It seems as though Harry's penchant for obsessing (Draco the Death Eater, the Deathly Hallows, etc) seems to have rubbed off on Teddy. That can't be good.

But I can't wait for Victoire to blow up at Teddy. I've been wondering what was in that letter that's been making her act funny.
darth_pipes From: darth_pipes Date: May 14th, 2008 12:43 am (UTC) (Link)
Very good, Fern. I liked Harry's letter to Teddy and nothing like some good old-fashion obsession by Teddy. ;)
ardie_bea From: ardie_bea Date: May 14th, 2008 12:49 am (UTC) (Link)
Woo-hoo! Here comes that first ****! My poor wife is just shaking her head at me and our eldest having detailed conversations about the 'teddy-verse' - a whole new form of geekery unrolls before us!
Harry sounds sorta ambivilant in his letter - he wants Teddy to keep in touch better, he's worried about the lack of contact all around (just like Ruthless) (who is such a fantastic character - I love her!), but he's trying to accept that Teddy might be growing away from him. He's still second-guessing himself isn't he?
From: (Anonymous) Date: May 14th, 2008 01:00 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh. I like that comment about Harry second-guessing himself... because re-reading the letter... Certainly very aware that Teddy growing up means Teddy making time for them, and not always the other way around.

And it certainly does make you wonder how much insight Harry has into the coming storm. He said himself, in Fern-verse, that fifth year seemed to be the year for that sort of thing.

InkyKate
summoner_lenne9 From: summoner_lenne9 Date: May 14th, 2008 01:47 am (UTC) (Link)
Ok, seriously, starting to freak out here. It's all so close to collapsing and only the knowledge that he WILL end up ok and AAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!

And, god, poor Victorie o_0. And as usual I love your characters more than anything, and AAAHHHHH!
redlily From: redlily Date: May 14th, 2008 03:00 am (UTC) (Link)
Fleur's not pregnant again, is she? That would probably upset Victoire . . . .

I'm so concerned about Teddy. He can't sleepwalk through his whole OWL year, can he??
anj1290 From: anj1290 Date: May 14th, 2008 07:02 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, Harry. ♥ Looking forward to seeing what he makes of Teddy's behavior, since he of all people should know what it's like to have something consume you, and recognize the warning signs. But they each manifest their obsessions in such different ways, it's hard to say whether it would bring them closer together or farther apart.

...yeah, don't mind me, I'm rather short on sleep. :-) But great section, and I can't wait for more.
satakieli From: satakieli Date: May 14th, 2008 11:48 am (UTC) (Link)
Love Ruthless, love the vow-to-give-up-Teddy, love the friendship.
From: glynngriffiths Date: May 14th, 2008 07:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ah! Now I'm even *more* intrigued about what's going on with Victoire! I hope we find out in the next installment. Teddy's been so wrapped up in himself (and so have we, a la the Teddy-lens) that I didn't realise how removed he had been until Harry (mildly) upbraided him and Ruthless confronted him. I loved Teddy's reaction, though - he didn't realise it either!

"Good." She tiptoed to kiss him, then seemed to remember that she wasn't doing that this year and backed away, looking confused. "I'll see you later," she mumbled. Goodness - life it terribly confusing this year for everyone, isn't it?
From: (Anonymous) Date: May 16th, 2008 11:14 am (UTC) (Link)
I haven't had time to read in weeks. :(
But then again, that gives me 5 chapterlets to read during the next holiday (but I'll probably read all of it already on the today)

~Hermione Stranger, who is never at home this month~
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