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Spewing out too many words since November 2003
Ask my OCs anything
Ask my originals, they'll answer.
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From: (Anonymous) Date: June 27th, 2008 02:59 am (UTC) (Link)
Marie, when did you first suspect something was going on between Victoire and Teddy, romantically? :-)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: June 27th, 2008 03:14 am (UTC) (Link)
Which time? That first one? When Victoire came in and said, "Oh, I can't tell you what just happened!" and then Teddy came in and didn't say anything at all. The last time? Well, I know my sister, and I knew why she'd been trying to get her Apparition license all summer. It was just a question of whether or not she'd manage to talk Teddy out of his belief that one bad date was the end of the world.
From: (Anonymous) Date: June 27th, 2008 03:04 am (UTC) (Link)
Maddie - How did you decide to become an Unspeakable? What was your Daedalus Maze experience like?

Ruthless - Are those rules predetermined, or do you make them up as you go along?

(I'm sorry if these have already been answered!)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: June 27th, 2008 03:18 am (UTC) (Link)
[Maddie]It was poor Broderick Bode who recruited me, after I'd been--highly illegally--mucking about with Ted Tonks's Scrying Bowl over the summer. I got hauled into the Ministry for underage magic use, and I figured I'd be having a chat with someone in magical law enforcement to remind me of the rules, but instead, it was Bode, and he talked to me about the nature of Time and Divination, and then he gave me a Maze. My experience was quite typical. I got to see bits of my own childhood, mainly with guides from my childhood. I saw some ancestors, and I saw the war coming, though I didn't see it clearly. I also spent time wandering about in Beauty. I liked it, but couldn't think of any good questions. And then I gave it back and reported on it.[/Maddie]

[Ruthless]Well, I don't know I need a rule until it comes up, and then I decide how I ought to handle it. Isn't that how everyone does it?[/Ruthless]
marycontraria From: marycontraria Date: June 27th, 2008 03:06 am (UTC) (Link)
Daniel: what is your relationship with your family like - have they met Cho? How much do they know about your work in the wizarding world, and what is their reaction?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: June 27th, 2008 03:21 am (UTC) (Link)
My parents thought I was gay until I got married, and I think my mother still does. We don't talk much. They've met Cho, and they get along reasonably well, but I've never talked to them about the wizarding world. They're quite annoyed enough at me for spending my time going around to poor countries and "playing the hero" with the plague, rather than "applying myself" by doing research in a major London hospital, which would pay better, and, they remind me every time we speak, be more likely to actually lead to a cure, rather than a stopgap, for the things I "claim" to be trying to fight.
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kizmet_42 From: kizmet_42 Date: June 27th, 2008 03:06 am (UTC) (Link)
Ruth, when will you start insisting on your real name instead of "Ruthless"?

Daniel, what do you think about the house-elves?

James (Ok, I know he's not technically yours) are you an animagus? What animal?

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: June 27th, 2008 03:26 am (UTC) (Link)
[Ruthless]I'm never really going to insist, because I really couldn't force Teddy to call me anything else. He may eventually outgrow it, though my mum's Hogwarts friends still call her 'Corkscrew,' so I'm not all that hopeful. Once I started looking into being an Auror, I started introducing myself as Ruth and asking other people to at least introduce me that way, even if they didn't stick with it.[/Ruthless]

[Daniel]I don't know what to make of them, and they certainly haven't been inclined to let me do a protracted study. Cho explained the slavery issue, and I find that I can't abide it, but Hogwarts pays every elf who will allow it these days. I want all of them to take it, but then run into the confusing notion that I'd be imposing my own values on them in the name of treating them with respect.[/Daniel]

[James]Oh, all right. ;p No, I'm not an Animagus. Quite to my disappointment, after confidently declaring that of course I would be a stag, my name is James Potter, my Patronus turned out to be a horse rather like Mum's. I suppose I may try someday, but not until I've got past the shame.[/James]
From: (Anonymous) Date: June 27th, 2008 03:12 am (UTC) (Link)
Daniel: When did you first find out about the war in the wizarding world? Who told you, and what was your reaction?

Ruthless: What was your wedding to James like?

Frankie: When did you finally notice Tinny?

Thanks, Fern! Hope none of mine were answered already. :)

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: June 27th, 2008 03:40 am (UTC) (Link)
[Daniel]Alan Garvey told me. Dennis Creevey had been sneaked into Smeltings, and Alan discovered that he didn't have any of the subjects he needed. It would have looked suspicious for him to spend all of his time with a maths teacher, so Alan called me in. Remus Lupin was with him--looking mutinous and saying that they oughtn't drag me into it, but Alan pointed out that there weren't that many options--and I recognized him right away. As he seemed to have lost about thirty years of his age, I guessed that there was something more than a change of job going on, so I wasn't really frightened. More just interested. And I wanted to help.[/Daniel]

[Ruthless]It was fun. What do you think? It was James, and me. The ceremony was pretty traditional, but it was outside at the Roost, and it was a sunny day, so we got through it quickly to get to the party. I had a short white dress on. No veil. James likes my hair, believe it or not. My brother Kirk gave a toast in which he said he couldn't very well congratulate us, as James had caused him to lose a bet with Keith. The little demons actually had a bet on whether or not I'd die a spinster. My parents got into a Transfiguration duel against Harry and Ginny (my parents won, ha!), and Donzo wrote a song for the occasion. I was going to have my goddaughter Polly be my flower girl, but Julia was so sad to be left out that I made her a flower girl as well, and Mira was being so stoically accepting that I thought they could use a coach, and then the boys... well, I'm sure you get the picture. All five of Teddy's ambulatory children walked down the aisle ahead of me in a little knot. Teddy was my best-friend-of-honor, and Al stood up with James.[/Ruthless]

[Frankie]She was fourth year, I was sixth. It was springtime... Right, Tinny? Er... no, I didn't forget, I'm just checking. She says I'm right. It was Easter break, but most of us hadn't gone home. We were up late working on a good tunnel crawl, and I noticed that I was more interested in what sort of potion she was using on her hair than whether or not we should put a gang of thieves in a hidden chamber. It turned out to be the sloppiest game either of us ever planned, so we had to confess to not spending that much time planning it, or we'd have lost respect as Urban Planners for all time.[/Frankie]
renesears From: renesears Date: June 27th, 2008 03:38 am (UTC) (Link)
Honoria- have you ever done something you're really ashamed of?

Maurice- I'd love any anecdote about growing up in the noble and most ancient House of Burke.

I seem to be slanting Slytherin today. Thanks for doing this, Fern!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: June 27th, 2008 03:47 am (UTC) (Link)
[Honoria]The only thing I'm really ashamed of was making cracks about Lupin's dad being a werewolf. Once I got to know the werewolves from France--they really got me back in the school's good graces, you know--I realized that it had been an awful thing to do. Not that Teddy's response to it was much better.[/Honoria]

[Maurice]Noble? We're tradespeople. We work for a living, as I'm reminded several times a year. Let's see, a descriptive anecdote... Well, my own dad stayed well away from the family business, so he's not really representative. I remember going to the shop once with my grandfather, not long after the post-war raids had finally stopped. There were a lot of things missing. I'd read about some of them in storybooks about the war heroes--especially the cabinet that used to link to Hogwarts. I was interested to see it, as I liked the stories, but old Borgin didn't tell it like the stories. He went off about how the Ministry had taken his property, and hadn't even paid for it. My grandfather was a little better than that. He said, "Well, to be fair, it wasn't really safe." But Borgin kept going. And going. And he reminded my grandfather that the money was ours, too, and they'd never let us have it back. All for doing business! And so on. By the end of it, Grandfather was right in line with it.[/Maurice]
kizmet_42 From: kizmet_42 Date: June 27th, 2008 03:41 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, if I don't post, I won't know if Fern will give me another shot, right?

Vivian, have you ever met the Lady of the Lake again?

Andromeda, when did you meet Ginny with Harry for the first time (presuming you've known your cousins for years)?

Ted Tonks, you met Dora's Muggle friends. Did you consider going to them for help when you refused to report to the MOM?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: June 27th, 2008 03:51 am (UTC) (Link)
Well... I guess since I let James answer above and they have about equal page time in canon.

[Vivian]No--after I ran from the forest during the big year of the war, she went into hibernation. I barely got out before I was caught in there forever. I don't think she's going to wake up.[/Vivian]

[Ted]Considered it, but didn't. I'd tried to get out of the country--it seems the wife had been planting a few ideas in my head--and nearly ran straight into Bellatrix. I realized she was hunting me. I thought it best to leave Alan and Joe and their wives alone, since Remus and Dora would need them for help with more rescues.
From: (Anonymous) Date: June 27th, 2008 03:46 am (UTC) (Link)
Agh! I had a Cho question all worked up and realized she wasn't OC. :)

Ick! Teddy doesn't count either! *racks brain*

Ruthless: Do you secretly like normal romance and the rules are a show, or is that really how you like to conduct your romantic business?

Thanks, Fern!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: June 27th, 2008 03:53 am (UTC) (Link)
I mean the rules. I like romance, but I don't find all that sappy nonsense romantic. And most of the rules are about making sure that if things go bad, it doesn't take everything else with it. The rules are there because I go out with boys I actually like.
maz333 From: maz333 Date: June 27th, 2008 03:51 am (UTC) (Link)
Hmm. Most of my various requests are about really, really random small things, and I've never thought of questions. Never caught a Q&A before... All right, here we go:

Honoria, how do you think your family will react to you and Corky?

Marie, what's your favorite thing about Victoire?

Neil, how's life at Hogwarts treating you (since Teddy's been wrapped up in his own world)?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: June 27th, 2008 03:59 am (UTC) (Link)
[Honoria]Well, Corky's from a good family--the Gamps--so I don't imagine that my parents would object to him on principle. They still imagine Canada as a very large British holding, anyway, so that won't be a problem. They'll be leery about his Squib sister. The bigger problem is that Corky won't like my parents very well--I think he thinks they spoilt me before I got to Hogwarts--but he's a good Slytherin and knows better than to pick a fight with them.[/Honoria]

[Marie]Victoire will clean my room if I leave it a mess. She just does that sort of thing. She'll yell at me about it, but I don't actually have to do the work.[/Marie]

[Neil]I like it. I have friends. And Honoria's been very kind, and she's awfully pretty. She has very big eyes. I like them. And I'm very good at Charms. I'm not very good at anything else, but Mum Evvie says that being good at one thing is enough. I like to explore the castle. My friends want to dig a new tunnel.[/Neil]
From: kobegrace Date: June 27th, 2008 03:58 am (UTC) (Link)
Pour Corky: How do you plan on celebrating this coming Tuesday?

Et pour Honoria... The following, by the way, is a Serious Girl Question -- that means please no being glib, haughty or all defence-mechanism-y. Right, then: Have you ever had your heart broken? If so, how, by whom and how did you deal with it?

Et finalement, pour M. Wintringham: How are you, sir? :)

Cheers to you all,

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: June 27th, 2008 04:07 am (UTC) (Link)
[Corky]I'm barely home. We have to move Canada Day to sometime more convenient for those of us still going to school in Britain, right? Seriously, I plan to catch every band they'll have out, see some fireworks, drink mead with my dad, and maybe hit some paintball with my sister and her boyfriend and Sergeant something-or-other's. Or maybe the Centreville Amusement park. Last year, Tessa dared me to go down to the lake in wizard robes--commando--and sing "O, Canada" to a passing tourist. I chickened out, but I may take her up on it this time...[/Corky]

[Fern]Oops, forgot the others!

[Honoria]I really haven't. I don't let people close enough to hurt me unless I trust them not to.[/Honoria]

[Ellsworth]Quite well, my dear. I am enjoying a quiet drink with the lovely Madam Tonks this evening, and later, we plan to have a leisurely walk beneath the stars.[/Ellsworth]

Edited at 2008-06-27 04:10 am (UTC)
tearoha From: tearoha Date: June 27th, 2008 04:07 am (UTC) (Link)
Coming out of lurker-dom to join the fun :)
Daniel: What's it like living in such close quarters with Nevill and Hannah? You seem pretty good friends, but do you have your antagonistic moments?

Maddie: Is it likely that Teddy might bump into Fred in his dealings with Death, given that Fred was never a direct part of Teddy's life?

- Te Aroha
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: June 27th, 2008 04:15 am (UTC) (Link)
[Daniel]I can't imagine Neville being antagonistic to anyone who's not actively evil. Hannah seems glad to have another couple to be friends with. We're all pretty easygoing, and we know one another too casually to really have any resentments or antagonisms built up.[/Daniel]

[Maddie]I have no idea. Teddy's doing things with the Maze that haven't been done before. No one could say how they'll turn out. I will say that I doubt the figures he sees in it are actual manifestations of the people they represent. He may see an image of Fred in the past, but the Guides aren't ghosts. They're all a part of Teddy.[/Maddie]
sarah200 From: sarah200 Date: June 27th, 2008 04:15 am (UTC) (Link)
Hi Fern, I'm a bad fan by only commenting a few times before but I do love all of your stories. I've never got the chance to ask a question before so here ito goes. Sorry if this has been answered before...

Honoria, what was is about Corky that made you fall for him? :)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: June 27th, 2008 04:54 am (UTC) (Link)
There wasn't any single thing. He was working as my fact-checker, and one day I looked over and happened to notice that the way that old sweatshirt of his stretched across his chest wasn't entirely repulsive. And we'd been getting along, quite to my shock, for some time. If I had to trace it to a particular moment, it would have been the summer between fourth and fifth years, when my dad had to go to Toronto to do some business, and I went along with him because I was bored during the summer, only I was just as bored in Toronto, so I looked Corky up, since he was the only person I knew. I think he was as surprised as I was to find that we had fun sitting around and playing his sister's video games, although we could only go a few levels before they'd get fried by magic.
illudwinnepooh4 From: illudwinnepooh4 Date: June 27th, 2008 04:17 am (UTC) (Link)
Donzo - You seem to have very eclectic tastes in music. What's your favorite genre to play, and what's your favorite to listen to?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: June 27th, 2008 05:05 am (UTC) (Link)
Wow, that's hard. I like playing classic rock--every guitarist does, it's a requirement--but I also like classical guitar, which is difficult and everyone looks at you like you're very smart. And folk is good around the campfire. As a singer, I like genres that don't end me up with a sore throat at the end of the concert. On piano, I really like fifties rock and roll--nothing's more fun than Jerry Lee Lewis. But for guitar and singing? That's a really hard question! And people would laugh if I said folk, because no one sings folk, but most of the ballads I do for my friends are folky, and they're the most fun I have. Of course, that's mostly because I do it for my friends, and they're mostly jokes. When I made one into a serious song, I put in a stronger backbeat and a decent guitar solo, and sort of dropped the story angle. And it didn't sound like something you'd have around the campfire anymore.

For listening? Depends on what I'm doing. I listen to wizarding harpists when I'm doing my homework, and Muggle rock bands while I'm traveling, and I always listen to the Sisters, which is my idea of a very loud lullaby, since that's what I had when I was a baby. Hanging around the house with my dad, we listen to Joan Jett and Pat Benatar sometimes--the Growly Girls, as Dad calls them. There was a witch who tried the genre in the '90s--called herself Mercy Mi--and I think she was really good, but she was a Muggle-born, and the Death Eaters fed her to Dementors.

This isn't really narrowing it down, is it?
marikenobi From: marikenobi Date: June 27th, 2008 04:30 am (UTC) (Link)
Frankie - what's the most annoying thing Teddy's ever done?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: June 27th, 2008 05:11 am (UTC) (Link)
Let me think...

The most worrisome thing he's done was going after Greyback, and that includes whatever he did with that miserable thing Mum gave him this year, but just plain annoying? I'd have to say it was when we were very little and learning to read. I was two years older, but Teddy was quite a bit ahead of himself, and he took all of my practice books and read them out loud to Mum before I could get through them. And when I tried, he kept correcting me!
redlily From: redlily Date: June 27th, 2008 04:41 am (UTC) (Link)
Maddie, what did you hope to accomplish by giving Teddy the Maze? Weren't there any incidents in the past that would have given you pause?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: June 27th, 2008 05:15 am (UTC) (Link)
We all have the Maze for a time, and quite honestly, no, there have been no incidents whatsoever. The intention of the Maze is to give a potential Unspeakable a very moderated, fairly safe introduction to various Mysteries, to see where his or her interests take her. Is he going back and forth in Time? Is he contemplating seeing across space? Is he delving into his own identity? Generally, a person unsuited to the job will just lose interest in following murky old paths around. We've never had a case where someone was so well suited that the device went haywire on him. I'm looking into why it happened.
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