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Teddy Lupin and the Daedalus Maze, Chapter Twenty-Three: One Foggy Morning, pt. 3 - The Phantom Librarian
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Teddy Lupin and the Daedalus Maze, Chapter Twenty-Three: One Foggy Morning, pt. 3
Neville and Teddy are in the Forbidden Forest in search of the glade where the Quarantine spell was cast, since they need to undo it in the same place. Teddy remembered that he'd seen it in his flight through the Forest after his fight with Harry, and Neville unlocks the spiders' hollow so they can get on track. After a long upward trek, they finally come to the lip of the hollow, and Teddy recognizes the outcropping of rock. They head down together.

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They stopped at the lowest point and looked up.

"Do you know what to do?" Teddy asked.

Professor Longbottom nodded. "Students aren't the only ones making late night visits to the Restricted Section. Daniel actually found it, though Professor Morse had to work through the spell, naturally."

"So... what do we do? Or did you want to send for one of the other teachers?"

"Do you want to explain how to get here?"

"Good point. I guess you could do it yourself."

"No, it's a two-person spell. That's so that no one can just panic and break the Quarantine." Professor Longbottom went to the upthrust of granite. "We just need to find the exact spot. I know you haven't had classes in nonverbal spells, but have you done any work on them?"

"Not really. Can I help, anyway?"

"Of course you can. The breaking spell is verbal, and I can charm your hands to help with the search." He ran his hand over the rock. "You said that when you were in the Maze, the brightest light was here?"

Teddy nodded. "Somewhere near the top."

"Of course." Professor Longbottom reached up as high as he could tapping the rock with his wand, and said, "This could be tedious for a moment. I'm sorry. I was never as quick at this as Harry and Ron. Hermione tried to teach me, but..." He shrugged.

"It's all right. I don't even know how to do it."

"Sure you do. It's a lot like what we did in the Room of Requirement. Do you remember when I told you to feel it working in the floor?"

"Yes."

"Well, that's the basic business." He gestured for Teddy to hold out his hands, and tapped them with his wand. "That just makes you a little more sensitive. A good Auror can find a spot quickly and tell you exactly what spell was done there, but anyone can find magic with a little practice and a lot of time. Come over here."

Teddy went to him and, when urged, spread his fingers out against the rock. "What am I looking for?"

"You'll know if you find it."

Teddy rather doubted this--and felt quite silly creeping around the rock face and kneading the moss--but he concentrated as well as he could on the task.

It wasn't that he couldn't feel anything. Now and then, he came across a tingle of energy against his palm, or an itchy sort of feeling in his fingertips. Once, he felt a tickling sensation on his wrist, but that turned out to be a small spider he'd disturbed. He chanced a glance at Professor Longbottom to see if he was doing this properly, but couldn't really tell. Professor Longbottom was just hunched over a large nodule on the rock, tracing it.

Teddy turned back to his own examination, climbing higher bit by bit, waiting to hear Professor Longbottom shout out that he'd found something, or tactfully suggest that they switch places and go over one another's areas, in case "one of us" had missed something.

Then he stumbled over it.

There was no warning as he approached the spot, no gradual increase in power. He simply set his hand down, a palm's length from where it had been, and he found it. The spell twisted through the granite like a trapped and writhing eel. He remembered the vision in the Maze, of the potion exploding outward into stars like fireworks, alighting in trees, and here on the rock, leading up to...

He raised his eyes, unconsciously pressing his hand down on the powerful thread in the stone. There was a niche a few yards above him.

"I've got it!" he said.

Professor Longbottom dropped his search and scrambled over the wet and mossy slope to where Teddy was. "Here?" he asked.

Teddy nodded.

Professor Longbottom touched the stone briefly with his fingertips, then with his wand. "Revelo!"

A twisting rope of yellow light raced up the rock, bursting at the niche above, then arcing out in all directions, toward the walls that enclosed Hogwarts.

"There you are," Professor Longbottom said. "Teddy, meet Galdreward's Quarantine."

Together, they made the rest of the climb, following the pulsing line of light to the shadowed niche. Teddy wondered what the other students could see through the windows at the castle.

"Now what?" he asked.

"It's actually quite simple. Finite Incantatem, both at the same time, aimed at this point."

"That's all?"

"That's all. I thought it would be more complicated, but the reference Daniel found said that Galdreward wanted to take into account the possibility that if it got to the point where plague victims had to seek help, it was likely that whatever wizard cast the spell was dead. So he made it simple. He just neglected to mention where he cast it this time."

"Maurice says he never spoke again at all."

"Yes, well. He might have needed to, if they hadn't cured their plague at the time. Curing it lifts the Quarantine naturally."

"Oh." Teddy bit his lip. "What'll happen when we do this?"

"Hopefully, nothing dramatic. We should see the lines disappear. But it's an old spell, and a powerful one. It might release a bit of energy when it goes. Did Harry ever tell you what happened when we broke the curses on the Inferi lake?"

"No. I overheard something when I was little--Granny wanted to bury Regulus Black properly, but Uncle Harry told her that a lot of the bodies were too damaged, and they couldn't tell which he was. She was angry."

"The lake boiled," Professor Longbottom said simply. "There were at least twenty bodies we couldn't even begin to identify. And I'm just bringing it up because that happened when we released an old spell. I doubt this will be anything quite so drastic, since it didn't start out as a Dark spell, but be prepared, in case it's not just a simple Finite."

Teddy nodded. Every muscle in his body had tensed; he didn't know if it was nerves or the power of the spell.

"All right, then," Professor Longbottom said. "On my signal." He lowered his wand toward the now-glowing niche, and Teddy followed suit. The looked at one another, then Professor Longbottom nodded.

"Finite Incantatem!" they said together.

The lines in the sky disappeared, but the ball of light at the center, in the niche, glowed even brighter as it drew them into itself. The light breeze stopped, and the spell gave off slow pulses.

"Is it done?" Teddy asked.

"I don't think so."

Finally, the light began to shrink, pulling in further on itself. Teddy took a deep breath, letting himself relax a little. "We did--"

In a silent pulse, the ball of light blew outward again, blasting through the hollow. Teddy felt himself thrown backward from the rock, landing in the soft ferns below. He saw Professor Longbottom fly through the air on the other side and slide down the side of the rock, dazed. The air was full of a curiously solid white light that buffeted the trees. One of them, icy and winter weak, cracked under the strain and crashed down only a foot from where Teddy lay. The earth itself rumbled ominously as the wave of released power rolled through it like a great wave in the ocean.

Finally, it passed through its origin, and the hollow was still, though Teddy could hear it crashing on through the rest of the Forest, heading toward the castle and the lake and the walls themselves.

They had to get back.

He rolled over, but couldn't get to his feet because his legs were shaking with nerves. He crawled toward the rock. "Professor Longbottom?" he called. "Can you hear me?"

His voice came weakly. "Over here."

"Are you all right?" Teddy asked, speeding up.

"I broke a rib, but I've got it healed." His voice was growing stronger now, and when Teddy came around the bend at the bottom of the rock, he was pulling himself to his feet. "We need to get back," he said.

Teddy nodded. "I don't think I can do the path." This wasn't entirely true--the shaking in his legs had slowed, and he thought they'd be back to their regular strength soon--but he didn't think Professor Longbottom could make it. The fall from the rock seemed to have dazed him. "Accio our broomsticks!"

He wasn't sure they'd make it through the wave, but it was apparently past them now, since they came zooming into the hollow only seconds later. Carefully, Teddy helped Professor Longbottom onto his, then got onto his own. They rose above the trees.

Below, he could see a roughly circular path of broken trees and flattened undergrowth. Far in the distance, the surface of the lake was churning. The castle was in one piece, though Teddy could see broken glass glittering in the grass under the walls, and people running frantically around. And from the center of Gryffindor Tower, a disturbing but oddly beautiful latticework of light was spilling from a dormitory window.

From his dormitory window, Teddy realized.

He and Professor Longbottom looked at one another anxiously, then turned toward the castle and flew as fast as they could.
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willowbough From: willowbough Date: September 22nd, 2008 07:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yikes! Is this going to be a case of the cure being as bad as the disease? Although I do hope the plague victims can be cured now.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: September 22nd, 2008 07:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, there is a reason that the Quarantine was invented...
thornyrose42 From: thornyrose42 Date: September 22nd, 2008 07:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Dun Dun Duh!!

And its a case of tune in next episode to find out what wacky hyjinxs the Maze is up to now!

I always thought that one of the most sensible things that Harry could have done at the begining of DH would have been to tell someone where the cave was so that they could destroy the Inferi and thus take away one of Voldemort's weapons, but I don't think that JKR thinks like me.

Also nice set up for the Reg story which you are going to write after you've finished Teddy and the Hormones of Doom!! Aren't you? :)

Pretty Please?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: September 22nd, 2008 07:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
If people in hero stories were sensible, there would be very few such stories, and they'd all be short. ;p
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puss_in_boots88 From: puss_in_boots88 Date: September 22nd, 2008 07:31 pm (UTC) (Link)

Wow

That was amazing! I loved so many things about this chapterlet I'm not sure where to start! Many people mentioned this last time, but I love the way Neville and Teddy interact. Neville just seems to "talk Teddy" better than most other adults. It's probably also helpful for Teddy to hear Neville's point of view on Ron and Harry - they may not be superheroes but they're still pretty awesome people. I also am quite impressed by how you covered the issue of Regulus's body never being found!

And Teddy continues to make steps toward adult hood: waiting for Neville to say "they" had missed a spot and then turning around and telling Neville that he, Teddy couldn't walk that far. Sigh *lots of Teddy love*
I can hardly wait to read the explanation of the latticework light coming from the window. The Maze at work again perhaps?

Thanks for a fantastic chapterlet!

On nit-pick: "A good Auror can find a spot quickly and tell you what exactly spell was done there" maybe "tell you EXACTLY WHAT spell"...
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: September 22nd, 2008 07:34 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Wow

Oops, yes. I went back to add the "exactly" and put it in the wrong place!

Teddy speaks Neville pretty well, too. :)
rotae From: rotae Date: September 22nd, 2008 07:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
UGHHHHHHHHHHHH. CAN'T. WAIT. MUST. HAVE. MORE. :LSKDFJ:LSKDJF:LKDJSF.

DAMNIT Fern, you know JUST how to pull my strings. LOLOL XDDD Wonderful work, as always :D

Peace,
Rotae
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: September 23rd, 2008 05:03 am (UTC) (Link)
Mwahahaha....

Glad you liked!
From: (Anonymous) Date: September 22nd, 2008 07:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Argh... you can't leave it there! I'm looking forward to seeing how the maze is connected to this...

-Cara
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: September 23rd, 2008 05:03 am (UTC) (Link)
Hopefully, it will all be a neat and well-organized latticework... once I figure it out myself!
From: kobegrace Date: September 22nd, 2008 08:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
This is... kinda freakin' awesome. I can't wait to find out what happens next.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: September 23rd, 2008 05:04 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you. I hope it's good.
allie_meril From: allie_meril Date: September 22nd, 2008 08:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
EEP! I don't know what I was expecting, but I now realize I should've expected it to not go as planned!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: September 23rd, 2008 05:04 am (UTC) (Link)
In February? Of course not. ;p
daksian From: daksian Date: September 22nd, 2008 08:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
What's the Hogwarts motto again? 'Never tickle a sleeping dragon'?

Nothing at Hogwarts is ever...ever that simple. This trouble began with the maze, and I just KNEW it would have to end with it too.

By the way, very cool description of the spell blowing up like that...I had a perfectly clear mental image of what it looked like. Awesome job!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: September 23rd, 2008 05:05 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks!

And yes, it does have to come back to the Maze, and Teddy's issues with growing up and his evolving relationship with the adults in his life, and somehow, the Animagus thing and his guilt over Greyback have to come in as well. ;p
malinbe From: malinbe Date: September 22nd, 2008 08:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ooohhh!!! Explosions! Mayhem! Chaos! So cool!!

And the Maze is creating even more mayhem! Well, of course, it still is too early in the year, isn't it? I forget which month we are in. February? Oh, yeah, because of Valentine's, which was not long ago...

I loved how, while in the previous chapterlet Teddy kept apologising for not remembering which way he went and so, Neville now apologises for not being extra good at tracing spells. They really have a lot in common, don't they?

Eagerly waiting for the next part!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: September 23rd, 2008 05:06 am (UTC) (Link)
I think they do have a lot in common, which is why they can work together.

And I love making things go boom.
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fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: September 23rd, 2008 05:06 am (UTC) (Link)
Uh-oh... I'd better hurry!
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fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: September 23rd, 2008 05:07 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you. I liked that scene. :)
kt_tonguetied From: kt_tonguetied Date: September 23rd, 2008 02:20 am (UTC) (Link)
Disturing light coming from his window? oh dearie me, that cannot be good at all! :o

Excellent work Fern, as usual. :D
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: September 23rd, 2008 05:07 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks!

And no, disturbing lights are never a good sign, even in the wizarding world.
summoner_lenne9 From: summoner_lenne9 Date: September 23rd, 2008 03:09 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh lord shit, what did it do to the maze, GAH.

Loved the reference to the Regulus story btw :).
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: September 23rd, 2008 05:08 am (UTC) (Link)
Thought I'd toss that in there. :)
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From: (Anonymous) Date: September 23rd, 2008 05:33 am (UTC) (Link)

*biting fingernails*

um . . . help? whats gonna happen???? pleeaaase hurry up with the next chapter my nerves may break!!!!!
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