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Teddy Lupin and the Daedalus Maze, Chapter Eighteen: Christmas Under Quarantine, pt. 1 - The Phantom Librarian
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Teddy Lupin and the Daedalus Maze, Chapter Eighteen: Christmas Under Quarantine, pt. 1
This will likely be a four-part chapter--lots of time to pass.

Anyway, Madam Pomfrey's potion managed to get Maurice and Marie up and walking around, but while Teddy was out checking the Quarantine line, something apparently went wrong, as several other patients are back down... and so is Madam Pomfrey.

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"Teddy!" Daniel shouted. "Turn away. Get into the corridor! Maurice, Marie, Gavin, follow him, but do not look at anyone! Teddy will blindfold you as soon as you get out." He started over to one of the screaming students, then looked irritably over his shoulder. "Teddy, I mean it! You're in charge of them until Cho can look at them. Get them out of here!"

Teddy dropped the broomstick and headed for the door, beckoning behind himself, hoping they were following. As soon as they got into the corridor, he could hear their footsteps on the stone. He looked sideways and saw them shuffling out, Maurice in the lead. A boy he didn't know--presumably the one Daniel had called "Gavin"--was in the middle, and Marie brought up the rear. Maurice got them far enough from the door for all of them to line up with some room between them, and sat down facing the wall.

"Go ahead, Lupin. Blindfold us."

Teddy couldn't remember the spell for blindfolding, so he just used a severing charm to rip three strips from the base of his robe, and handed them out. The other three covered their eyes, then turned around.

"What happened?" Teddy asked. "When I left..."

"I don't know," Marie said. "I feel fine!"

Maurice groped behind Gavin to pat Marie's shoulder, then said, "I don't know, either. But Tinny was all right as well, and she asked if she could stretch her legs. Madam Pomfrey thought it would do us all good. But while Madam Pomfrey was telling us how long we'd been out, and that we'd have help making up our work and so on, Tinny got dizzy, and she fell, and she caught one of the others--"

"Bitty Noble," Gavin said dully.

"Right. Betty Noble," Maurice said. "Tinny's face was bleeding again, and it must have passed back to Betty--"

"Bitty."

"--or maybe the potion just didn't work on her either. And then she fell into Madam Pomfrey, and then it was just the mess you walked in on." He put his hand to his cheek. "Is my face bleeding again? It's wet."

"It's just sweat, I think," Teddy said.

The door to the hospital wing opened, and Professor Morse came out. "We've got everyone back in stasis," she said. "I'm going to have to risk a diagnostic. I don't think it'll have a bad reaction to the potion, but even if it does, we have to know. I'll be able to take care of you if it does."

The three patients shifted uncomfortably, then Marie said, "I'll go first. If anything goes wrong, the boys won't have to go."

Professor Morse raised her wand. "Exquiro corpus."

Light flared around Marie, a glimmering aura. Teddy couldn't have read any complex results, but he'd grown up with a Healer and was quite familiar with the look of no results at all. The spell glowed and pulsed, but didn't pool anywhere, didn't show any sickness or injury.

"You're clean of it," Professor Morse said. "You may take off the blindfold."

Marie hesitated, then pulled the blindfold down. She blinked and looked at Teddy. Teddy met her eyes. No Bloodspots came.

Professor Morse repeated the spells on both Gavin and Maurice, and both were clean. She also ran it on Teddy, who'd twisted an ankle plowing into the ground when he'd been thrown back, but was otherwise in good shape. She healed the strain absently.

Daniel came out a moment later and sat down beside Teddy. He had three bundles, which he handed across the corridor to his patients. "The things you were wearing and carrying when you came in," he explained.

Marie opened hers and brought out the feathered costume she'd had on at Frankie's Halloween party. She ran her finger along the top of the mask. "Why are we all right, and the others aren't?"

"It's hard to say. Muggle medicines work differently on different patients, and it's possible that potions are the same. And if it didn't work on one, the rest may have been re-infections."

"Are we going to get sick again?" Gavin asked.

"I don't know. Everyone who has it at present is in stasis and can't look into your eyes, but if that phantasm pirate--"

"Brimmann," Teddy said.

"--shows again..." He sighed. "Well take care of it. I'll need someone to help with the magic in the hospital wing; Cho has classes to teach, and you have classes to take, perhaps Dean or Hannah..." He rubbed his face vigorously. "I want all of you to be careful. If you start to feel dizzy, or to bleed, look away from everyone as fast as you can, and come back to the hospital wing. But for now, go back to your dormitories. Get some rest. That goes for you as well, Lupin. If you slept three hours last night, I'll eat my hat. I'll have Victoire bring up some breakfast for you and Marie."

Dazed, all four students stood up. They walked together to the entrance hall. Students were starting to go to breakfast. Corky burst up from the stairs that led to the Slytherin dungeon and shouted, "Burke! Up and about, we'd better start watching our dark relics again..."

"He's supposed to get sleep," Teddy said.

"Well, then, that's what he's doing." Corky put his hands on Maurice's shoulders and started to frog-march him back toward the stairs. Their little parade was interrupted by Donzo, who gave a whoop and joined them. Teddy heard them arranging to get Maurice fed, then nodded to Marie and Gavin. Gavin looked more than a little vexed that Donzo, his Housemate, was more interested in a Slytherin's recovery, but before he could work up a proper indignation, other Ravenclaws noticed their group and came over to gather him. He went up the stairs with a second year girl who seemed very fond of him.

Marie looked up the stairs. She was very pale, and her light freckles were prominent. The entrance to Gryffindor was seven floors up. Teddy moved around in front of her and bent. "Hop on," he said. "Piggy-back. I do it with Lily all the time."

"I'm too big," Marie said.

"I'll Charm you feather-weight."

She gave him no further argument. He charmed her and then lifted her onto his back.

At the third floor landing, he looked up and saw the first crowd of Gryffindors coming down. Victoire was among them, and she broke away from Kirk Scrimgeour to rush down the stairs like she was on a Firebolt. Teddy let her take over, and there was a blur of action and explanations for the next hour. Victoire sent a few of the boys to get them breakfast and got them settled on the Common Room sofas ("Where I can look after both of you!"). Ruthless came up from Quidditch practice, plopped down on the end of Teddy's sofa, put his feet on her lap, and used his shins to support the potions textbook she was studying from. Teddy tried to explain that he was just sleepy, not sick, but he drifted off before he got through the sentence.

He woke up around noon, still in the Common Room. Marie was curled up asleep on her own sofa with a knitted blanket around her. It had what Teddy first took to be a zig-zag pattern on it, but closer inspection showed it to be her initials--MW--interlocking. Molly must have made it. Looking down at his own blanket, he realized it was Victoire's. It looked like Marie's, but the interlocking letters were VW.

Victoire was sitting by the fire alone, which was odd on a Saturday. He went over, the blanket around his shoulders, and sat down beside her.

"Where did everyone go?"

"I thought you and Marie could use some peace and quiet, so Ruth offered everyone Quidditch lessons. I think they're just under the Tower. Sometimes, they fly past."

"Oh." She leaned forward, arms around her knees, and looked into the fire. The flamelight played over her hair and lips. He looked away. "Thanks."

"I was just thinking," she said quietly, "about the day we... you know... at Hagrid's paddock. Do you think about it?"

"Not deliberately."

"It was nice," she said. "I liked it."

Teddy decided that he ought to derail this quickly, but couldn't get any further than, "Victoire..."

"But it would be awkward, wouldn't it?"

"Just a bit."

She shrugged. "Oh, well. Teddy, are you quite all right?"

He looked at her, surprised. "I'm fine. I was just tired. I was never sick."

"I don't just mean today. It's ever since you got hurt."

"I..." Teddy looked at her, then sighed. "Victoire, there's something you ought to know about how Marie got sick. It was my--"

But he didn't get a chance to finish his confession. The ceiling flashed white, and a ring-tailed lemur dropped from it. In Maurice Burke's high-strung voice, it said, "Lupin, get to Ravenclaw straightaway. It's a catastrophe!"
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izhilzha From: izhilzha Date: July 15th, 2008 07:00 am (UTC) (Link)
Second that!

*bites nails*
purple_ladybug1 From: purple_ladybug1 Date: July 15th, 2008 07:00 am (UTC) (Link)
Again, a cliffhanger! I'm glad Marie's all right. And I really want to see some Teddy/Victoire, even if that is kinda secondary to the outbreak.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: July 15th, 2008 02:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
The bigger problem is that it's just not time yet. :)
marikenobi From: marikenobi Date: July 15th, 2008 07:00 am (UTC) (Link)
Dun... DUn... DUN!!!!

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: July 15th, 2008 02:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
da-dun-dun.
sciathan_file From: sciathan_file Date: July 15th, 2008 07:19 am (UTC) (Link)
These cliffhangers are evil!

But I forgive you. :)
From: spitc1899 Date: July 15th, 2008 12:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have to know where the quotation on your icon comes from.
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summoner_lenne9 From: summoner_lenne9 Date: July 15th, 2008 07:25 am (UTC) (Link)
WHY DO YOU ALWAYS END ON CLIFFHANGERS?! GAHHH!

Well, since it was Maurice, obvioulsy he didn't have a regression.....

Also, Teddy reminds me SO much of Remus from the end of Shifts here. When he was all "I'm not hurt, I didn't get hurt, why is everyone asking if I'm okay?" And doesn't even realize WHY people would be worried about him, until he breaks down in Dora's arms.

Teddy needs someone to break down with *sighs*.

Yep.

GAH ON CLIFFHANGERS!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: July 15th, 2008 02:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
Teddy needs someone to break down with *sighs*.

He probably could break down with Victoire, but he's not there yet.
From: (Anonymous) Date: July 15th, 2008 08:03 am (UTC) (Link)

!!!

AHHHH! how could ou end it????? WRITE MORE QUICKLYY!!!!!!!!!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: July 15th, 2008 02:46 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: !!!

Oh, but my weekend is over now...
xtineebee From: xtineebee Date: July 15th, 2008 08:09 am (UTC) (Link)
Burke has my beloved ring-tail lemur?!? As if I couldn't love the poor boy more....

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: July 15th, 2008 02:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah. I gave it to him in a long-ago ficlet. I like lemurs. Lemurs are cool.
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fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: July 15th, 2008 02:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
That could be problematic...
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From: (Anonymous) Date: July 15th, 2008 11:32 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh come on people! You know what it is. It's the Corky-is-going-out-with-Honoria-Merlin-save-us catastrophe.

-fh :)

PS: Maurice, I love you.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: July 15th, 2008 02:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
Nice weather we're having, eh?
redlily From: redlily Date: July 15th, 2008 12:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Honestly, it could be so many things at this point. I hope the next part goes up soon!!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: July 15th, 2008 02:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm not anticipating a long wait.
gabrielladusult From: gabrielladusult Date: July 15th, 2008 12:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
A part of me is thinking, "Donzo's probably just giving a free concert."

Is that wrong that I'm not more concerned?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: July 15th, 2008 02:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Given that Maurice may have a skewed notion of what constitutes a catastrophe, you're probably not wrong.
willowbough From: willowbough Date: July 15th, 2008 01:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wicked cliffhanger--did Gavin turn out to be not as cured as everyone thought and infect the whole Ravenclaw dorm? On the other hand, if that's so, why is Maurice sending for Teddy and not Cho or Daniel? I'm eagerly awaiting the answer!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: July 15th, 2008 02:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
It should come soon.
allie_meril From: allie_meril Date: July 15th, 2008 01:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh my God. The action is really starting to roll now!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: July 15th, 2008 02:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
And yet, it doesn't really know where it's rolling to... ;p
hungrytiger11 From: hungrytiger11 Date: July 15th, 2008 03:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
Personally I'm really curious why Burke's knows there's a problem in Ravenclaw at all...shouyldn't he be in his own dorm sleeping etc?

Also, I love the details here. The blankets with interlocking initials and the fact that Marie volunteered to go first. Such a gryffindor thing to do.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: July 15th, 2008 03:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
And I can just imagine Cho's thought process--"I have a Slytherin, a Ravenclaw and a Gryffindor. The Gryffindor said, 'I'll go first.' Is there a point to making an argument? No, didn't think so..."
thornyrose42 From: thornyrose42 Date: July 15th, 2008 03:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
See now I'm going to be optemistic and say that the plague hasn't really swept through Ravenclaw this is just Maurice summoning him for a M&M game, really it is... and I'm not even convincing myself. Fern I've said it before and I'll say it again, you are the Queen of Cliffhangers.

On a slightly less tense note I cannot have been teh only one which found the image of Teddy being wrapped in Victoire's blanket very amusing and indicative of things to come. I liked how, again both of the girls are carefully making Teddy as Their's. It is like an elaborate dance that Teddy is completly oblivious to. I mean we say that Teddy is at least better than Harry when it comes to girls but he is completly oblivious to any of the tactics that any of the girls that have been interested in him have used.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: July 15th, 2008 03:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
You mean like using his legs as a desk? ;p

I'm sure the blanket was chosen carefully as well.
malinbe From: malinbe Date: July 15th, 2008 03:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Catastrophe, catastrophe, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!

Ahhh!!!!

I feel like hugging Daniel. He seems to be under a lot of pressure now. And go Marie, offering to be the first. Total Gryffindor.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: July 15th, 2008 03:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
Daniel could use it. Hopefully, Dean or Hannah has a clue.
From: glynngriffiths Date: July 15th, 2008 04:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well of course it's a catastrophe. When isn't it a catastrophe in Teddy's life?

Can't wait to see what's happening next! (And fervently hoping that Donzo's just decided to give a free concert... as suggested above. :))
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: July 16th, 2008 06:24 am (UTC) (Link)
When isn't it a catastrophe in Teddy's life?

Or Maurice's.
daksian From: daksian Date: July 15th, 2008 05:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
Finally, I've gotten caught up! I'm so sorry I haven't reviewed for a while...I've just not been able to keep up recently.

I'm absolutely loving this story, Fern. The anticipation keeps building and building. It's hard to believe, with everything written so far, that it's only Christmas! I'm absolutely fascinated by the Maze and all the developments, and how things have gotten intensely personal.

It was interesting that Teddy was chastising himself for thinking things couldn't move forward without him, and yet that seems likely to be the case. However, like Teddy, I'm at a loss as to what he can do. I've no doubt that what you come up with will be brilliant.

You have become my favourite post-DH fanfic author Fern. Thank you so much for everything so far.

Now, as to this particular installment, I'm not sure how to react. Some people are okay now, and others aren't, and now...something's gone wrong in Ravenclaw...from Gavin?!?! Evil cliffhangers!

And I like how Maurice's voice is 'high-strung', when describing a problem with Donzo the Ravenclaws. ;)

Amazing job as always!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: July 16th, 2008 06:25 am (UTC) (Link)
I've got to start moving time forward, or I'll never finish!

Thank you so much for everything so far.

You're welcome. I do this because it makes me happy, so it feels less selfish to know that other people enjoy it, too. :)
shortysc22 From: shortysc22 Date: July 15th, 2008 09:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
wow, you certainly love these cliffhangers! I am eager to read the next part and know I won't have to wait too long.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: July 16th, 2008 06:26 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, I'm partway through it, but I think it won't come tonight.
milaya36 From: milaya36 Date: July 15th, 2008 10:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Poor Victoire! Good thing she's tenacious enough to hang in there for the long haul, but man, Teddy sure has been sending her mixed messages.

(Also looking forward to potential Corky/Honoria? Will feel very guilty if the catastrophe is, in fact, a catastrophe to anyone other than Maurice.)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: July 16th, 2008 06:28 am (UTC) (Link)
Well... I figure it's time to lighten up a little bit. Even Harry gets the occasional break from the traumarama fifth year!
darth_pipes From: darth_pipes Date: July 15th, 2008 10:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ah geez, that didn't sound good.

Nice job, Fern.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: July 16th, 2008 06:29 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks, Pipes!
nundu_art From: nundu_art Date: July 16th, 2008 02:29 am (UTC) (Link)
*runs around flailing* You always do this to us!!! AAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHGGGGGG!!!!!!

Oh yeah...a bit of betaing...

He sighed. "Well take care of it. I think there should be an apostrophe, as in 'We'll take care of it.'
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: July 16th, 2008 06:23 am (UTC) (Link)
Uh, yeah. That definitely needs an apostrophe. Or a comma or ellipsis, like, "Well, take care of it, I guess." But the apostrophe was intended.
maz333 From: maz333 Date: July 16th, 2008 05:09 am (UTC) (Link)
Hmm... at first I thought, "YAY, Gavin!" And then I thought, "Ohh, Gavin got the plague!" and then I wondered if it was a different Gavin because this one's apparently in Ravenclaw and the Gavin I'm thinking of is in Slytherin with Neil. So now I'm somewhat confused.

But I haven't commented in awhile. And that's mainly because I was busy and couldn't think of anything meaningful to say, just praise and adoration. But I do adore it! Absolutely! Anytime I try to read any other Next Gen fics I can't help thinking it's all so horribly wrong.

Anyway, you've created a nice mess here. Can't wait to see you clean it up.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: July 16th, 2008 06:22 am (UTC) (Link)
Oops. Gavin is just a wildly popular name at this juncture in time...

I wish more people appreciated my nice messes. Oddly, no one looking at my workspace seems to think it will make a good plot to watch me clean it up. ;p
From: (Anonymous) Date: July 16th, 2008 12:10 pm (UTC) (Link)

Maurice

I'm really wondering what a "high strung voice" sounds like on Maurice. I know some ficlets have indicated... But this leaves me wondering what Maurice looks like.

I know he doesn't like Donzo giving free concerts, doesn't he become his manager some day? And he can recite family histories of Wizarding Families. Maybe I'll have to come up with a ficlet request next time you call for them...

Also I'm imagining those crocheted zigzag blankets my Granny Pearl made. I guess Molly knits and crochets. I need some magic to assist my knitting ideas...

=SideAlong
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