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Teddy Lupin and the Daedalus Maze, Chapter Twenty-Eight: All Ye Know On Earth, pt. 3 - The Phantom Librarian
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Teddy Lupin and the Daedalus Maze, Chapter Twenty-Eight: All Ye Know On Earth, pt. 3
Oh, man, if I'm going to finish this before starting NaNo, I'd best start keeping a NaNo pace!

Anyway, Teddy's just learned that they recovered Brimmann's ship where he said they would, and there was a good amount of treasure on board. He also had a puzzling conversation with Ruthless, who seems to have put two and two together about Victoire long before Teddy himself does. Now, he's just flooed out of Hogwarts to his last evaluation, in Identity. I think this will be a four part chapter.

Table of Contents and Summary So Far




Teddy got another surprise when he spun out of the fireplace at the Ministry. Maddie was waiting for him, but so was Bill, who had a small, official-looking scroll in his hand.

Teddy frowned. "Hi."

"Bill was going to write to you," Maddie said, "but I told him you'd be in this morning. We have a lot to do, but I think he has time."

Teddy looked at Bill. "What is it? Is something wrong?"

"Not unless you object to gold." Bill smiled in his disturbing way, and handed Teddy the scroll. "Have a look."

Curiously, Teddy broke the seal, and unrolled the scroll. He blinked at what he saw there, and looked back up at Bill.

Bill laughed. "Wizarding salvage law is complicated and full of little loopholes for Gringotts to get through. Fortunately, I know it well. Your information led to the wreck. You were entitled to one fourth of the take."

"But it's... so much."

"And it's safely in your vault. Your grandmother needs to go over your financial situation with you before you come of age. But she and I thought you'd appreciate at least a bit of it that you can spend as you choose. Call it a celebration of a job well done." He held out a small black purse, which was heavy enough for its cord to dig into his fingers.

Teddy swallowed hard and took it. "How... er..."

"How much?" Bill shrugged. "I thought two hundred Galleons ought to give you a fine summer, and it's not much of a dent."

Teddy thought that he hadn't worked nearly as hard as Jane, or used his contacts half as well as Honoria, or researched as well as Donzo. It didn't seem fair. On the other hand, two hundred Galleons... he'd just make sure to spend a lot of it on other people.

"You're buying lunch," Maddie said, and winked. "Is that all, Bill?"

Bill nodded. "I just thought nothing would quite start the day like a bit of good news."

"Thank you," Teddy said, but couldn't seem to look up from the scroll with its nearly unimaginable number for very long. He did manage to remember to shake Bill's hand before he left.

Maddie steered him toward the lifts. "You look like you're about to faint," she said.

Teddy shook his head. "No. I just... Wow. I could buy a little house or something."

"There's that much?"

"Not enough for a big house, but a little one." Teddy stopped, blinked himself back to the Ministry, and rolled the scroll back up. He put it in his book bag beside the newspaper. "Did you see the article?"

"Oh, yes... T.R."

"Don't call me T.R."

"You must realize that you've just invited me to call you that at any available moment, T.R." Maddie grinned fondly, and Teddy realized she was thinking of another name she'd once been strictly instructed to never, ever use. On a whim, he turned his hair pink, and turned up his nose. She laughed. "Oh, Teddy, I'm glad you're here."

They entered the lift, and he returned his hair to its natural brown. "Dean got upset when I reminded him of Dad. I didn't even mean to."

"Dean was your dad's student. Tonks was my best friend. I'm always glad to see a glimpse of her. I'll take them where I can get them."

The lift let them out at the bottom and they went to the Department. Maddie called for the Identity Room, which Teddy hadn't seen since a brief walk-through in his initial tour. There was a rich, wine-colored rug, zig-zagging book cases, and mirrors in every available spot. There were ornate wall mirrors, claw-footed standing mirrors, small mirrors on the tops of the book cases. From the ceiling, a mirrored ball hung down, and a gold-leaf covered table at the back of the room held a selection of hand mirrors, from plain wooden frames to ornate silver set with jewels. The books on the shelves were diaries and journals.

"I added Phineas's after you brought them," Maddie said. "Judging by his portrait, he'll be happy in a room full of mirrors."

"What's the one in the ceiling for?"

"A joke someone made in the seventies," Maddie said, rolling her eyes. "Don't take everything you see at work too seriously. We all have our little in-jokes." She pinned her hair back and looked around. "I haven't spent much time here since I was looking for Sanjiv. Not a lot of good memories of the place. But I think I can still give you the tour."

She spent the next half hour showing Teddy several of the mirrors. To his disappointment, the Mirror of Erised, which Uncle Harry had told him about, was not here, and Maddie didn't know where they'd put it. She seemed less than impressed with the question. Though there was no mirror that showed desires, there was one that showed the true image--who you were at core (Teddy wasn't sure he wanted to look into it yet, and Maddie concurred), one that showed how you saw yourself (it was the same sort that had found its way into the Room of Requirement, Teddy thought, and also avoided it, as he didn't want Maddie to see him covered in Greyback's blood), and one that showed a sort of inner beast. "Interesting for Animagi," Maddie said. "And people who haven't quite got the Patronus yet. I imagine yours will show your hawk."

Teddy stepped in front of it, and indeed saw a hawk standing on a perch against a clear blue sky. There was some small rodent clamped in one strong talon, but it was the eyes that were sharpest. Teddy felt like he was being examined by the mirror instead of doing the examining.

There were two-way hand mirrors, a fascinating ancestor mirror that could trace a feature through time, and mind mirrors, which could show fantastical images of the self that still had a grain of truth in them. In this one, Teddy saw himself as a prince in a castle, his sword drawn against intruders.

"Do they all do different things?" Teddy asked.

"Some repeat," Maddie said. "And some have been useful enough that the Ministry has requested more that replicate the function. The True Image mirrors are difficult to make, but proved quite useful in the war. Your mum and Kingsley had to break several in the Auror Division before Voldemort took over, though. It wouldn't have done to have him able to spot impostors at a glance. I hoarded the rest at Badger Hill for the duration. Frankie ought to be very grounded in his own identity."

Teddy nodded. "What do they really say? I mean, other than the true image. Uncle Harry says that the Mirror of Erised didn't tell the truth, it just showed you things you wanted."

"And you think that the things you want don't have anything to say about who you are?" She rolled her eyes. "Your uncle Harry knows that, too. He's not always especially clear about what he means."

"I wonder what I'd see."

"There's no way to know. What you think you want isn't always what you really want." She bit her lip. "Teddy, why didn't you want to look into the self-image mirror?"

"Can I tell you later?"

"You may be telling me now. We need to get the Maze out." She frowned. "And I'm afraid I was overruled on this."

"Overruled?"

"I don't want you using the old Maze. But Croaker thinks that, particularly for Identity, you've bonded with it, and it will be the best chance we have to see how you work with knowledge of your inner self."

"Is it still leaking?"

"Only a little." She waved her wand, and the old Maze appeared in front of her. They'd patched up the outside, but a large chunk of wood was still missing, and Teddy could still see part of the crystal ball that formed its core. "I honestly don't know what Croaker's thinking. Please refuse."

Teddy shook his head, a part of him eager to go back into "his" Maze, where things were real, instead of protected behind sterile safety wraps. He was hungry, in a strange way, for his storm-tossed sea, and the deck of the Accursed.

From the crystal ball, a reddish light pulsed.

Maddie pulled Teddy back. "Careful. It does that when it's about to pulse."

It did it again.

A mirror on the table reflected the glow back. It was definitely stronger the second time.

Teddy bent down and looked into the crystal. He rarely saw anything useful in Trelawney's classes doing this, but here, he could see things moving in the glass, too small and too fast to catch. The silvery latticework around the crystal ball caught the light and passed it like lightning on wires.

It pulsed again.

Teddy stood up and backed away. "Maddie, it's feeding off of me."

"What?"

"It's--"

But there was no time to finish his thought, and it was unnecessary. With the next pulse, the Identity room flashed like it had caught fire, the surface of each mirror bouncing the power around, ricocheting, picking up speed like a pebble in a cyclone.

Suddenly, it stopped. There was a stillness in the room, a caesura, and Teddy's mind went to a foggy morning in the Forbidden Forest just in time to say, "DUCK!"

He tackled Maddie to the floor just as the Maze burst outward, sending spirals of light and energy out in a destructive wave over their heads. Glass shattered in several places, and Teddy could hear things thudding open.

There was nothing to do but wait.
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mrs_norris_mous From: mrs_norris_mous Date: October 21st, 2008 07:12 am (UTC) (Link)

Thank you

The last two bits have been wonderful, from the characters in the last bit to the cliffhanger here. Thanks once more :)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 21st, 2008 03:34 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thank you

Thank you. I thought it was time to reintroduce the cliffhanger.
amamama From: amamama Date: October 21st, 2008 08:21 am (UTC) (Link)
*is breathless*

Wow. More! Fast! LOL - seriously, though. This wa way cool. It feeds off Teddy... And the only way out is in. It's time he did that, methinks. And as this is identity and part of his identitiy is his animagus form which he hasn't managed to turn into yet, then perhaps he'll manage his first transformation while here? And - since the maze feeds off Teddy - has it fed off him every time he's been visiting, even though he hasn't used his old maze? Is that was has caused the phantasms? *is excited* You won't be surprised to hear I look forward to the next instalment, will you? I do. Very much. Actually, I look forward to the rest of the story.

Oh, and I'm very pleased he got rewarded for discovering where Brimmann's ship went down. It was only right.

Cheers!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 21st, 2008 03:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Teddy's definitely going to have something to say about just what the DoM has been doing with his Maze to make it behave this way.
littletwitchy From: littletwitchy Date: October 21st, 2008 09:26 am (UTC) (Link)
Excellent bit, as always =D

Identity is my favorite division in your Teddyverse so far. I love all the different mirrors - your description of their allure and danger is spot on, seriously. I want a true image mirror so badly... and I want just as badly to never come across one, ever. I'm excited to see what Teddy sees when he finally looks in it! I don't think you've told us yet, but then, you are sneaky like that ;)

The maze is utterly FASCINATING. It blows my mind. And kind of scares the shit out of me, but I'm probably just thinking about Hellraiser lol. At least it doesn't always take Teddy to Hell, only sometimes.

And oh, Teddy. You know your friends don't ACTUALLY think you're obligated to buy them all ridiculously extravagant gifts with that sunken treasure, don't you? Still, I doubt they'll object ;)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 21st, 2008 03:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've never seen Hellraiser, so it's pretty certain that it won't go the same way. ;p

I don't think Teddy believes his friends expect it. He's just superstitious about "found money" bringing bad luck!
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fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 21st, 2008 03:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ha, looking at your icon, T.R. is also the reverse of the shipping note R/T. Rather appropriate. ;p He'll use it for all official business. But Teddy is just one of those people who's always going to be one particular name.
sophiap From: sophiap Date: October 21st, 2008 11:25 am (UTC) (Link)
I adore the idea of all the different mirrors and what they might tell one. Lovely.

I also like the relationship between Maddie and Teddy, and how they're able to refer to Tonks. The idea of Teddy being bonded to the maze (and the maze feedlng off of him) is creepy as anything--I can't wait to see what the next installment brings.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 21st, 2008 03:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Maddie has been around Teddy and been through enough of seeing him as a little careless kid that she's not nearly as freaked as a practical stranger like Dean would be. And she has, with great effort, made it past Tonks's death.
From: (Anonymous) Date: October 21st, 2008 12:35 pm (UTC) (Link)

I heart DofM

It's so great to learn more of the Department of Mysteries, too see and understand more of the rooms. Thanks for taking us there, it's great cannon for me!

I'm a little afraid right now.

-SideAlong
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 21st, 2008 03:47 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: I heart DofM

Be afraid. Be very afraid. Be more afraid than Teddy will immediately be when the wave passes.
;p
From: kobegrace Date: October 21st, 2008 12:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, my! That's some crazy business.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 21st, 2008 03:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's one word for it...
etain_antrim From: etain_antrim Date: October 21st, 2008 01:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
You're leaving me breathless! I do like the idea of wrapping this up this month, even if I'm reluctant, as always, to leave this world behind.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 21st, 2008 03:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
Me, too. That's why I keep writing Teddy!
willowbough From: willowbough Date: October 21st, 2008 01:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, boy--here it comes! ::rubs hands expectantly::

But even before the climactic event, nifty set-up in Identity with all those mirrors and their different purposes. And on a more tangential subject, it's nice to know that Teddy will never have the same financial problems that plagued his father.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 21st, 2008 03:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
Teddy will have no financial problems whatsoever. Ever. :D (Wish fulfillment? Hey, why not?)
malinbe From: malinbe Date: October 21st, 2008 01:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ooooohhhhhh!!!!!

I needs next part. I needs next part now.


Teddy's guilt towards winning such a prize is well-placed, I think. I'm excited to think of all the fun things he and his classmates will be up to. And that's the money that'll buy the island?

Anyway, Identity seems such an interesting place to be in. Shame it's all broken now.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 21st, 2008 03:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's part of the money. Teddy has income streams he has no idea about right now.
hermia7 From: hermia7 Date: October 21st, 2008 01:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Agh! agh.

(Have loved the last few segments. This is awesome and I'm terrified.)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 21st, 2008 03:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, it's close to Halloween. Good time to be terrified!
scopart From: scopart Date: October 21st, 2008 02:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
I loved the "Don't call me T.R." bit. I didn't even think of Tonks until Teddy did. But it was a really sweet moment between him and Maddie.

That crazy maze. I'd like to be with Maddie on the "keep Teddy away from the crazy Maze" but it seems as though it and Teddy have some unfinished business that needs to be worked out....
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 21st, 2008 03:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Maddie's in mother-surrogate mode with her stance. Croaker's half thinking what he claims, and also half thinking that Teddy may be the only one who can actually fix it.
carlinpaddy From: carlinpaddy Date: October 21st, 2008 02:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow, very thrilling! So at first it reflected fire, so Teddy got the self image of killing Fenny anyway. Over all with the last part, poor Teddy. Hopefully Maddie is safe and doesn't get hit with any stray glass because you know he'd blame himself for months. I missed reading the last bit until today and I just skipped on to here with out commenting there, but I'll comment on it here: To bad Teddy doesn't realize that Ruthless knows he's in for Vicky (I'm not trying to insult her with giving her a nickname like I am Fenir, I just can't remember how to spell hers) because then he might realize why her eyes were puffy and why she won't coninue the nonsince. I feel really bad for Ruthless though. I'm glad I already know she finds a guy that she's happy with later (refuses to spoil Fern's story for anyone who hasn't read about the guy I'm talking about!)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 21st, 2008 03:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm not sure Victoire understands everything that's going on, but she knows that it has something to do with Teddy, and she understand more about Ruthless than Ruthless would want (or allow, if she could stop it).
marycontraria From: marycontraria Date: October 21st, 2008 03:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
I haven't commented much lately, but I am still reading and still lovelovelove-ing. And I want to start drawing again, so perhaps I will start with something from this story. :)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 21st, 2008 03:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, you know I never object! :D

Glad you're enjoying.
sgt_majorette From: sgt_majorette Date: October 21st, 2008 04:16 pm (UTC) (Link)

"Bill smiled in his disturbing way..."

Nice.

Oh, and cute flash of Grownup/Little Harry: She rolled her eyes. "Your uncle Harry knows that, too. He's not always especially clear about what he means."


fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 22nd, 2008 12:38 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: "Bill smiled in his disturbing way..."

Ah, yes, Harry. Never, ever will he be praised for his articulateness. :)
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