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Teddy Lupin and the Daedalus Maze, Chapter Sixteen: The Room of Requirement, pt. 1 - The Phantom Librarian
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Teddy Lupin and the Daedalus Maze, Chapter Sixteen: The Room of Requirement, pt. 1
Hogwarts is under a complete quarantine because seven students have fallen ill. Teddy is doing what he can to help the adults find the ingredients for a potion, and things are normalizing somewhat when something they all forgot comes up--Corky's Patronus comes for Teddy in the middle of the night, telling him to get down to Slytherin, where he finds Neil Overby entirely frantic because he's not going to be able to get off the grounds to transform. Teddy tries to tell him that the Wolfsbane Potion ought to take care of the worst urges, reminding him that Remus just transformed in his office, but Neil is horribly embarrassed to admit that he "marks" his area transformed (Teddy sickly realizes that Remus probably did, as well, but cleaned up and certainly never discussed it with anyone). Teddy promises that he'll find a solution, and says that he'll tell people it's because he doesn't trust his own ability as a potion brewer, rather than because Neil has an embarrassing side effect.

Table of Contents and Summary So Far




Teddy ended up sleeping on a sofa in the Slytherin Common Room for the rest of the night, which got him some odd looks when the other Slytherins started coming downstairs. He didn't explain himself, and went up to breakfast with Corky. He thought about trying to sneak over to the Gryffindor table, so no one would be the wiser--it wasn't like he had any dormitory mates to sound the alarm that he hadn't been in his own bed since three-thirty in the morning. But even if he'd had the energy to prevaricate, the second he entered the Great Hall, Victoire cried, "There you are!"

She was talking to Professor Longbottom, who turned to Teddy with a look that said he'd reached the end of his considerable patience. He said something quietly to Victoire (beyond them, Teddy saw Ruthless give him a helpless shrug), then turned on his heel and stalked over to Teddy, grabbing him by the arm and pulling him into the antechamber behind the high table.

"When you didn't come downstairs for breakfast," he said, his voice dangerously low, "Victoire was afraid that you'd done something foolish again, and got hurt, which is hardly an outrageous assumption, given your behavior this year. She came to get me. You were gone. I realize that curfew ended five minutes before she got to me, but I somehow doubt that left you time to go down and visit your friends in Slytherin, especially without bothering to get dressed first. Sit down and explain yourself."

A guttering flame of anger swirled around in Teddy's stomach. All of the things he'd done wrong this year, and this was what Longbottom was going to go on about? Curfew-breaking? But of course, it wasn't the curfew break. It was all of the other things, and now a curfew break on top of it.

Teddy sat down and looked at his bare feet, which were dirty after scuffing along the stone corridors. A gray wave-shape curled up over his instep and licked toward his ankle bone. "I'm sorry I broke curfew," he said.

"I asked for an explanation, not an apology. I already took ten points, so you needn't bother taking them from yourself."

Teddy clenched his jaw. "It was Neil Overby," he said. "Corky called me down because Neil was upset."

This didn't seem to be what Professor Longbottom had been expecting. He frowned and sat down across from Teddy. "Is that the truth?"

Teddy nodded. "Corky's Patronus showed up really late. He and Honoria were up with Neil." He realized how false that sounded and said, "Really--I know it doesn't sound like Honoria, but she was up."

"It doesn't sound like something you'd make up."

"Anyway, he wanted to talk to me. Because of the moon. It's coming up."

"I know. We--" Professor Longbottom stopped and hissed through his teeth. "The quarantine."

Teddy nodded. "It's my first year brewing Wolfsbane Potion without anyone watching, and something might go wrong."

"According to Professor Slughorn, you brew it perfectly."

Teddy thought about elaborating on his extremely mild fears about the Wolfsbane Potion and his own skill at it, but his panic about making it on his own this summer seemed very far away. Neil had gone through two transformations, and there hadn't been any problems, and Teddy's skills at Potion-making seemed very adequate in relation to other skills he was meant to have been mastering this year. Elaboration might have made Professor Longbottom move on to trying to reassure him, which wouldn't help Neil.

Professor Longbottom's eyes narrowed a bit, just enough to make Teddy wonder if he was doubting the story, then he said, "Yes, I'm told it's a finicky potion. Vivian was always glad of it, but ever since your dad missed a single dose and ended up rampaging around the grounds, people have been more leery of it than they were at first. Vivian always thought it was a good idea to be careful anyway. That's really why you were out?"

"Yes."

"Well, I'll give the ten points back, then."

"No. People will ask questions. I don't want them thinking about Neil."

Professor Longbottom frowned sternly, then shook his head. "If that's what you want. We really need..." He trailed off. "Teddy, I'm going to give you detention as well."

"All right."

"Because I'll need your help. I'm going to ask Hannah and Minerva and Dean to help as well, and the Headmistress, of course, but it's most likely wise to keep the group small, and you'll need a reason to come back looking like you've been working hard."

Teddy felt bleary and tired. "What?"

"I've been trying to repair the Room of Requirement for nearly fifteen years," Professor Longbottom said. "Now, we have five days to finish the job."

"What if we can't? Shouldn't we try something like Hagrid's paddock? The hippogriffs could keep him company."

"Hippogriffs aren't generally fond of werewolves. It's the same problem we'd have in the Forest. Neil's never really learned to defend himself. I'll look into other solutions--we won't let Neil down--but I think the Room of Requirement is the best bet." He gave his head a sharp shake. "You can get some sleep during Herbology if you'd like to."

Teddy shook his head. "It's all right. I really did sleep a lot. I just need to get dressed."

"Are you sure?"

Teddy did the sum in his head, decided that he'd had enough hours in total since yesterday to call it a decent night's sleep, and nodded.

Taking a shower and getting dressed helped a great deal, and by the time he got to the greenhouses, he felt perfectly well, if a bit achy from the Slytherin sofa, which either needed to be replaced or was cursed against Gryffindors. He guessed it was the former, as at lunch, Corky apologized sheepishly for not suggesting that Teddy sleep in Maurice's bed instead. Teddy didn't mind this. He didn't think he'd have slept any better lying in Maurice Burke's bed and thinking about why it was currently unoccupied.

After his last class, Ancient Runes, Teddy went to the seventh floor. Dean Thomas was hovering near the ceiling on a broomstick, a piece of charcoal held in one hand. Teddy sat down on the floor to watch him. The wall had once had a mural on it, but it had been burned during the battle, and the wall had been blank for years. Now, Dean seemed to have covered the stone with fresh white plaster. He'd covered most of it with a charcoal of what Teddy thought was the Hogwarts staff room. A wardrobe stood open, and a class of vaguely drawn students had their wands out. A tall thin man stood beside one of them and--

"Is that Dad?" Teddy asked.

Dean moved suddenly and nearly lost his grip on the broomstick. He grabbed it and swooped down, climbing off of it.

"Been awhile since I've done that," he muttered. "I, er... well, yes. It was the first class we had with him. He taught us to handle a boggart."

"Will it talk? Move?"

Dean sighed and shook his head. "Move, yes. But not talk. The boggart may talk sometimes, depending on who it looks like--it turned into Snape for Neville, and his portrait is just up in the Headmistress's office--but no one ever took memories from your dad, so I can't use the Imago Vivere spell to really bring it to life. I'm sorry. I wish I could do that for you."

"It's all right. It wouldn't really be him, anyway," Teddy said automatically. He'd wished for the drawing Dean had done--or the portrait Dad had done of Mum--to speak, but Granny said that the portraits would never have been all of them, and that they had to learn to let go. He wondered if Dean could get any of Dad's memories from the wedding ring, but he didn't want to risk that spell. If it didn't work, he'd lose what he did have.

Dean shrugged. "It would be something. But I bet you'd want one you could take with you."

"Dad would like being in a Hogwarts mural, I'd bet. Even if it can't talk. He'd probably spend all his time in this one even if I had one he could visit, too."

"I somehow doubt that." Dean scanned the rough drawing. "At any rate, most of the rest of us are still here. That'll be Neville--er, Professor Longbottom." He pointed to the small figure beside the one that would be Dad. "And Harry will be there, and Parvati and Hermione and Ron... all of the Gryffindors, really. Oh, Professor McGonagall!"

Teddy looked up. Professor McGonagall and Professor Longbottom were coming up the stairs. The Headmistress--looking happy to have spent the day teaching--was a few minutes behind them.

The five of them stood staring at the blank, battered wall, then Professor McGonagall said, "Well, Longbottom, I believe you're the expert here. Let's get started."
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kizmet_42 From: kizmet_42 Date: June 29th, 2008 10:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hippogriffs aren't generally find of werewolves. It's the same problem we'd have in the Forest.

Fond?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: June 29th, 2008 11:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
Got it, thanks.
gabrielladusult From: gabrielladusult Date: June 29th, 2008 11:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
A couple of quibbles:

Professor Longbottom's eyes narrowed a bit, just enough to make Teddy wonder if he was doubting the story, then he said, "Yes, I'm told it's a finicky potion. Vivian was always glad of it, but ever since your dad missed a single dose and ended up rampaging around the grounds, people have been more leery of it than they were at first. Vivian always thought it was a good idea to be careful anyway. That's really why you out?"

That's really why you were out?

and

Dean moved suddenly and nearly lost his grip on the broomstick. He grabbed it and swooped down, climbing off of it.

"Never was any good with these things," he muttered.


Did you mean broomsticks? Because Dean was on the Quidditch team in HBP. If he's saying he was never any good with the kind of emotional conversation he's having with Teddy, I think it's a little unclear.

That said, I'm excited to get to the Room of Requirement stuff!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: June 29th, 2008 11:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
I forgot he was on the team. I'll change that.
summoner_lenne9 From: summoner_lenne9 Date: June 29th, 2008 11:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
The wall's not the same one Dean's putting the mural on, is it?

Also- "That's really why you out?"

Probably should be.

"That's really why you were out?"

Heh :).
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: June 29th, 2008 11:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Nope, it's the opposite wall.

Apparently, this post has a few goofs!
gabrielladusult From: gabrielladusult Date: June 30th, 2008 03:44 am (UTC) (Link)
It's not very fair of us, is it? We clamor for faster updates, then nit pick them to death.

The price of fanfic fame.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: June 30th, 2008 03:46 am (UTC) (Link)
Hee, well, I then use the comments to edit by, so it's fair. ;p
willowbough From: willowbough Date: June 29th, 2008 11:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Stories in which things get fixed interest me as much or even more than ones in which things get destroyed. And it looks like Teddy might reach some sort of peaceful detente with Dean if they work together on something. Looking forward to seeing if the Room of Requirement gets repaired.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: June 29th, 2008 11:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hopefully, they'll be able to fix it!
darth_pipes From: darth_pipes Date: June 30th, 2008 12:40 am (UTC) (Link)
Very good, Fern. The Room of Requirement project is an interesting one.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: June 30th, 2008 03:40 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. I like the RoR. :)
From: (Anonymous) Date: June 30th, 2008 01:28 am (UTC) (Link)
So the picture of barnabus the barmy attempting to teach trolls ballet is getting replaced by the bogart/staff room mural? (Which was outside the original entrance to the room of requirement)

Anyhow, I loved reading the Other Characters. Thanks for writing.

-SideAlong
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: June 30th, 2008 03:41 am (UTC) (Link)
Yup, poor old Barnabus got caught in a Fiendfyre backdraft, I'm afraid.
scopart From: scopart Date: June 30th, 2008 01:35 am (UTC) (Link)
So, so interesting, the idea that the Room of Requirement got damaged from the fire. And Neville, being the amazing expert on the room (just one more way he's so very awesome) would try to repair it. But it must have been really messed up for him to have been working on it for fifteen years.

I'm wondering, if they do fix it (let's hope so for Neil), if it'll play a part later in the story. For some reason, I feel like the RoR and the Maze have some pretty similar characteristics.

Loved the end with Dean and the mural of his first DADA lesson with Lupin.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: June 30th, 2008 03:43 am (UTC) (Link)
If Fiendfyre's strong enough to destroy a Horcrux, I imagine it would do a number on the room as well.

The Room and the Maze do both find a person's needs, though the Room is a bit more practical about it, and you need to know what you're looking for!
malinbe From: malinbe Date: June 30th, 2008 02:40 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, wow. This is going to be an interesting chapter. With a lot of McG and Neville, so that makes it extra good.

And that's really sweet of Dean. Looking for a way to honour the man who saved his life...

*snif*
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: June 30th, 2008 03:43 am (UTC) (Link)
I always thought Dean was sweet.
From: (Anonymous) Date: June 30th, 2008 04:16 am (UTC) (Link)
Curfew-breaking? But of course, it wasn't the curfew break. It was all of the other things, and now a curfew break on top of it.

Have the talks actually already helped Teddy gain some perspective? I'm thinking back to Harry in OotP, and he certainly didn't have the ability to see things from an adult's (or even a peer's) point of view. Or, it could just be that they're different people. :-P

Also, loved the happy:after:teaching:Headmistress McGonagall!

Thanks for all the OC ficlets Fern, especially the glimpses into Safe and the teen/adult lives of Mira, Orry, Sirius, Polly, Julia, Carina, Raymond, John, and Dora.

-Sqveege
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: June 30th, 2008 02:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's actually Headmistress Sprout, though I expect McGonagall's happy about teaching again as well! :)

I'm not sure Teddy is so much seeing Neville's perspective--which is more likely, "He's out in the middle of the night? POINTS!"--as finding a way to have the teachers thinking nonstop about his horrible, horrendous, terrible failure. Because clearly, it's at the center of their consciousness.
From: (Anonymous) Date: July 1st, 2008 01:22 am (UTC) (Link)
as finding a way to have the teachers thinking nonstop about his horrible, horrendous, terrible failure.

Ah, I continue to underestimate the level of Lupiness in those Lupin men.

It's actually Headmistress Sprout.

When I read it I thought "Sprout!" And then, sometime in the 30 seconds before I wrote the comment my silly little brain switched it to McGonagall (and jumped 15 years back in time) :-P

-Sqveege
hermia7 From: hermia7 Date: June 30th, 2008 01:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ooooooh you're back in my sweet spot, with RoR, McGonagall, puzzle-solving, etc. I can't wait! Love the idea of the new mural being the Boggart lesson.

It looks like you've picked up most of the little typo nitpicks; I would add in something after the paragraph here:
Elaboration might have made Professor Longbottom move on to trying to reassure him, which wouldn't help Neil.
Before Neville decides to go with Teddy's story, I think Teddy's internal dialog should end with something like "He kept silent." then the new paragraph that starts with Professor Longbottom's eyes narrowed a bit, just enough to make Teddy wonder if he was doubting the story...
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: June 30th, 2008 03:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
I thought it would be good to have Dean leave something permanent at Hogwarts. Why would the art never change?
tree_and_leaf From: tree_and_leaf Date: June 30th, 2008 02:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Dean's lovely in this!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: June 30th, 2008 03:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
I like Dean. Dean's cool.
miseri From: miseri Date: June 30th, 2008 02:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
I can see it all now... Maurice and all the others are on the mend, Corky is updating Maurice on everything that happened ... and Maurice is thinking, "Wait, you mean to say I had the chance to say, in all honesty, that I once had Teddy Lupin in my bed ... and you spoilt it?"
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: June 30th, 2008 03:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ha! And Teddy's thinking, "Er, yeah. I think I'll stick with the sofa after all, thanks..."
gypsy_thief From: gypsy_thief Date: July 1st, 2008 01:36 am (UTC) (Link)
I definitely like the idea of fixing up the Room of Requirement. I have a feeling it may be useful as a hideout for Neil and other ploty goodness. After all, it could possibly be a way out of Hogwarts if need be.

Good show as usual.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: July 1st, 2008 02:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
If nothing else, it's a chance to hang out with Neville. :)
cleindori From: cleindori Date: July 1st, 2008 05:21 am (UTC) (Link)
Hooray for the Room of Requirement! I'm definitely looking forward to the rest of this chapter, even if they don't fix it (and I really hope they do), simply because of who'll be working on it. All sorts of awesomeness in one place. :)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: July 1st, 2008 02:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's always fun to use the canons. :)
thornyrose42 From: thornyrose42 Date: July 1st, 2008 10:14 am (UTC) (Link)
Teddy and Dean talking makes me happy, the RoR getting fixed makes me happy, this chapter makes me happy despite all the doom and gloom going on.

BTW, hear my crack theory for the solution to curing the plague without breaking quarentine. It has been established in dreadful detail that Teddy can bring stuff out of teh maze, obviously this has brought nothing but trouble so far, but still surely if he can mend it there would be the possibility of bringing useful plants and things out of it. Although I'm not sure that that would stay true to the message of this Tale.

Going off on a tangent slightly but I just re-read the one shot where Teddy passes on the Map to James and the drabble about the end of the Smallest year and possibly enjoyed them even more this time simply because i can really relate to Teddy in them now having also finished school for ever last Saturday. Teddy is right I still can't quite believe that what happens at school doesn't really have an impact upon me. Even the fact that there is a new Headmaster coming in. Truely bizare feeling and you really captured it for me.

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: July 1st, 2008 02:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, I know. It doesn't really stop--just before I left Boston, there was an article about an old professor of mine retiring after being on board since roughly the reign of Queen Victoria, and his reasoning was that he didn't like the changes in campus culture, and I was just thinking, "I don't either! He should stay, and we should try to fix the problem!" And then I thought, er, I'm not there anymore either.
From: (Anonymous) Date: July 7th, 2008 02:40 am (UTC) (Link)

P.J.'s

I love that Teddy shows up to breakfast in his nightclothes. I'd love a little more of his thought process about it. Does he just not realize or not care? (Is Teddy not the sort of kid who had nightmares about showing up to school in pajamas?

-SideAlong
From: (Anonymous) Date: July 12th, 2008 05:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
Awww! I'm really behind with reading, and just stole some time to read this chapter, and Dean's mural made me sniff really loudly - and then I suddenly remembered I'm in my not-so-little brother's room, and must be quiet, or I'll get kicked out.

~Hermione Stranger~
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