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Batch 38 - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
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Batch 38
I'd like Remus and Dora interaction, during the year he's teaching at Hogwarts, or one of those letters she wrote to her Mr. Lupin when she was younger.
For izilen

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"What's going on?" Remus asked. "You look worse than I do, and I transformed last night."

Tonks smiled. "That Wolfsbane is amazing, isn't it? You usually don't look this good for days--"

"Don't change the subject."

She sank down into the chair. A bit of mistletoe started to edge over hopefully, so she pushed it away. "It's just work. My evaluations. Moody's been working me hard, and... well, Sirius Black hasn't done me any favors this year." She winced. "I'm sorry, Remus."

"It's all right." He sat down across from her. "He hasn't made it an easy year for any of us."

Tonks sighed and settled back, enjoying the light and heat from the fireplace. Mum and Dad had gone out with friends from church, and she had been glad at first. She'd wanted to hear all about Remus's teaching job, which had to be more interesting than the piles of paperwork and endless tests at the Division. He looked like he was having a better year than she was, at any rate. He seemed animated, and committed, and... young, like he was starting out as much as she was. He said it was a one year job, but Tonks couldn't imagine that anyone would let a teacher as good as Remus go without a fight. But once the enthusiastic reports on his students were done, it turned out that he had quite as much paperwork as she did, and it was no more interesting to talk about. Instead, they'd fallen into a conversation about books, then, out of nowhere, Sirius Black.

Sirius had a way of commanding the attention of everyone around Tonks this year.

"Do you want to talk about it?" Remus asked.

Tonks shrugged. "I just... Well, I offered to help, and Savage went on about how I was Sirius's cousin, then suddenly, I'm off the case because Dawlish said that meant they couldn't trust me, but then Scrimgeour put me back on it, but just on research." She rolled her eyes. "Research. So now I'm spending half my time in the middle of the last year before he went to Azkaban."

"I'm sorry. That wasn't a very good year."

"You know, it's funny," Tonks said, "but nothing looks bad. Except the war, of course, but nothing with Sirius. No disappearances or weird little outbursts, or anything like that."

"I remember, Dora. I gave statements to the Aurors at the time."

"I know. I've read them a few times."

Remus shook his head. "I was out of my mind at the time. That must be some distressing reading."

"I wouldn't know that if you hadn't mentioned it," Tonks said. "You've got the most detailed statement in the file, and it still doesn't say anything. Nobody saw anything."

"Peter did," Remus said blandly.

Tonks wanted to stop this--she could see that it was causing him pain, in the very fact that he was withdrawing from her--but her mind had been gnawing at this since September, and Remus knew more than anyone else alive about it. "You said that in your statement, but what did he say?"

Remus leaned forward and dug his fingers into his graying hair. "It was nothing definite. We just had a talk, a couple of months before everything happened. He said he'd been worried about Sirius, ever since Regulus disappeared. Said he'd noticed little tics, nervous habits. Maybe in retrospect... I suppose I was watching him after that, so I wasn't surprised when he got a little guarded. Sirius always hated it when he was being watched, so I just figured it was more of the same. I guess it wasn't. I guess he thought I might have seen something. We knew there was a mole in the order. We were all a little jumpy."

"What about Mr. and Mrs. Potter? Did they say anything?" She shook her head. "I'm sorry, Remus, I'll let it go. This is supposed to be Christmas, and I shouldn't be doing my work."

"It's all right," Remus said, looking up with a weary smile. "It's the erumpent in the room, isn't it?" He raised an eyebrow. "You know, no one asked me if James or Lily had said anything. I think they asked Dumbledore, but no one asked me."

"Well... did they say anything?"

He considered it. "They made a point of inviting me for supper quite a lot. I'd been doing some undercover work among the werewolves, and Lily was adamant about telling me that she'd never believe I'd... what's the phrase? Gone native."

"Hmm."

"I went for a long walk with James about two weeks before they died. He had Harry with him. We went up a path in the woods, and he... well, he didn't say anything important until the end."

"What did he say then?"

"We got to a clearing up at the top of a hill and he said, 'I trust you, Remus.'"

"Why?"

"I don't know. We'd been talking about Harry learning to talk. Nothing important. And he didn't say anything about it after. Just 'I trust you.'"

"What about Sirius?"

"Oh, James would have sooner cut off his wand arm than mistrust Sirius."

"What about Mrs. Potter?"

"Once Lily made friends with Sirius, she never looked back. I never heard a bad word from her about him after seventh year at Hogwarts."

Tonks frowned. "And before then?"

"The usual--he was a git,,, she once called him a spoiled, arrogant little princeling, as I recall. But I don't think she ever distrusted him, either."

Tonks sat back, frustrated. "I wish I could talk to Mr. Pettigrew," she said. "I wish I knew what he'd seen." She got up and shook the whole matter from her head. "Oh, well. I suppose this is all just apprentice makework, anyway. It probably wouldn't make a difference."




Maybe something with Anakin and Obi-Wan, if you feel like playing in the Star Wars universe?
For blueinkedlines

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Training Anakin in swordsmanship was actually quite easy. So were most of the fighting moves. The Force moved through him with an ease that Obi-Wan had to work very hard not to envy. In terms of technique, Anakin was shaping up to be one of the strongest padawans in the Temple.

Obi-Wan expected battles over philosophy, and had even developed a fondness for Anakin's incessant questioning of Jedi doctrine, though he took pains not to show it. The boy hadn't grown up in the Temple, and didn't have a natural feel for the lifestyle of the Jedi. This was something Obi-Wan had been prepared for, and was more than ready to deal with.

What he hadn't even considered was how far behind the other padawans Anakin was in secular matters. Watto had never sent him to any sort of school, and his education consisted of enough math to haggle prices, enough reading to find his way around a technial manual, and an encyclopedic knowledge of machinery. What little acquaintance he had with history had come from his mother's bedtime stories and the legends told by star pilots in Mos Espa. He had an ear for languages, but had a working knowledge of only Basic and Huttese. Shmi had apparently not taught him her own native tongue, as it wasn't useful to them. As to literature, philosophy, and art, he was entirely innocent of most of their concepts. At least, unlike science, he enjoyed these pursuits, and could be persuaded to apply his formidable mind to them without much prompting.

Science, though, was an alien concept to him on every level--he understood how things worked only in a mechanical way, and didn't understand the why or how of setting up experiments to learn. He was satisfied with a concrete yes or no, and got very frustrated when Obi-Wan tried to explain the underlying structure of a question. He was a technician and frighteningly materialistic--his only concern was, "Can I make this work?" If the answer was "no," then the question lost any importance for him. If the answer was "yes," Obi-Wan's instruction to set up experiments to disprove his hypothesis were met at first with a blank stare, and later with hostility.

"It works!" he cried, pushing aside the genetically altered vegetables he'd created. "I got the little--the, er..."

"The genes."

"Right, the genes. They're doing what you said they ought to do. Why would I undo it?"

"Anakin, the experiment isn't just about making the omedi change colors. It's about understanding what that part of the gene sequence does."

"It changes the color," Anakin said, and pointed at the plate of blue leaves as though he couldn't imagine why Obi-Wan was being so obtuse. "Great. I don't know why we want blue omedi, but it's right here."

"And how did you find that out?"

"I looked it up."

"Anakin, what have I told you about experiments?"

"They're to figure things out," he said, by rote. "But someone else already figured this one out, so I just did it that way. I got it brighter blue, though. See? I just tweaked what they said."

Obi-Wan sat down. "I had no doubt that you would master the mechanics of genetic manipulation. There's nothing wrong with your brain, and you're quite good at making things work. But this is about learning the order of an experiment."

"Why does that matter, if a thing works? And besides, since someone else already knows this, it's just wasting time doing it again. I could build something new. I think if I tweaked the other end of that little ladder bit that I could really make it into something else entirely."

"What do you hypothesize it would become?" Obi-Wan prodded.

"Huh?"

"Start with a hypothesis. Decide what the disproofs would be. Do your experiment, observe the results..."

"But I don't know what it'll be until I make it. I don't want to guess wrong. They all laugh if I get things wrong." He kicked a pillow that had fallen onto the floor. "It's bad enough I have to do this with seven year olds. I'm not going to guess wrong on top of it. Alwi Olem said I was"--he stuck his nose up and adopted her airy voice--"'apparently chosen to fail at everything.'"

Obi-Wan frowned. "I'll have a talk with her creche master," he said. "But you need to learn not to let such things unnerve you so."

Anakin glowered at him for a minute, then went to the window. He watched the traffic fly by. "Have you seen the new Corellian speeders?" he asked dreamily. "I'd love to take one apart. They're doing something with their thrusters. I want to find out what. Could we do that experiment?"

"Not unless you can give me a hypothesis about what it is they're doing, and tell me what tests you'd do to disprove it."

"I'd take it apart and actually see it." He rolled his eyes. "Probably not a big surprise, though. I'd guess they just streamlined the fuel feed. That's where the jerky starts come from in other models. Uneven fuel feed."

"So your hypothesis is that it's the fuel feed, and your procedure is a dissection. Your point of disproof is observation of another method."

Anakin laughed. "Sure. Or, you know, I could just mess around with it."



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arcaneblades From: arcaneblades Date: January 19th, 2009 08:00 am (UTC) (Link)
Wow. I love that first piece. I'd love more adult interactions between Remus and Tonks before their romance changes the nature of things. Now, if only I can remember to ask for that the next time you do one of these things.

Remus's musings on that last year of the first war are powerful, too. Just sucked me in, and wouldn't let go.
amamama From: amamama Date: January 19th, 2009 08:19 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh dear. To both. So powerful, and how both these get flipped upside-down in the future... And just seeing Remus and Tonks together as adults, before the romance, is wonderful. Even if the theme of their conversation is painful - I wanted to shout at them to look at Peter's action, and why on earth didn't anybody actually TALK to Sirius?
From: severely_lupine Date: January 19th, 2009 08:42 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, that Tonks/Lupin piece is so... well, just wonderful. So much going on, so many things people weren't telling each other. Hah... that's one reason (aside from my dislike of slash) that I just don't buy the Remus/Sirus ship that so many people claim is practically canon. Because when it came down to it, everything went to hell because Sirius, for some reason I still don't understand, decided he trusted Peter more than Lupin. And because the Potters trusted Sirius more than anyone else, they went along with it. If there'd just been more open communication all around, all this could have been avoided. Oh, but the bit about Peter was just great. Look at him planting the seeds of doubt for when the big moment comes. It's easy to underestimate him, but he's a devious one.

I'll agree with the others that seeing adult Tonks and Lupin before their romance starts is wonderful. One reason I really hope you finish Stray, and maybe even do a PoA year one. The sort of innocent, cheerful friendship (absent of the romantic angst), even when things are sucky, is very refreshing.

I do have to say, though, that this line had me about cracking up: "A bit of mistletoe started to edge over hopefully, so she pushed it away." Maybe because I could very clearly picture a little cartoon sprig of mistletoe sneaking over with a hopeful look in its big cartoon eyes.
summoner_lenne9 From: summoner_lenne9 Date: January 19th, 2009 09:04 am (UTC) (Link)
I love how those people who scream its 'pratically canon' say the ACTUAL on screen canon ship came out of no where and is NOT canon....

I don't know if that sentence made sense, lol.
From: severely_lupine Date: January 19th, 2009 09:20 am (UTC) (Link)
Haha! No, I get what you mean. Tonks/Lupin didn't come out of nowhere--it just seems that way because we got it from Harry's POV and he's completely unobservant when it comes to things like that.

Of course, the major problem with Sirius/Remus, as with most slash, is that the characters simply aren't gay, and would not suddenly decide to be. As for evidence, Lupin got married, and... well, Sirius had his room plastered in girly posters. I'm sure there would be some woman who could attest to his straightness, had it not been for his being locked in Azkaban for most of his adult life, and then being on the run, and then being trapped in his own house. Besides, if these people are so eager to slash Sirius, and ignore all evidence of heterosexuality in male characters, the obvious choice would have been James.
summoner_lenne9 From: summoner_lenne9 Date: January 19th, 2009 09:55 am (UTC) (Link)
I think Sirius could be bi. And I even think he could have just used the girly posters to aggreivate his mother. I can understand where the shippers are coming from honestly- I know I've seen ship signs in non-canon ships and gone, BUT ITS THERE- but I just don't agree.

And I agree with the James thing, however, if you know anything about anime-

There always needs to be a uke and a seme. And unfortunetly, James just would not bottom well. :)
From: severely_lupine Date: January 19th, 2009 09:59 am (UTC) (Link)
Ah, clearly I don't know much about anime... but that's really not something I want to think about that specifically.
rotae From: rotae Date: January 19th, 2009 08:45 am (UTC) (Link)
DUDE. YOU WRITE STAR WARS?! Holy crap, I think my life is complete, LOLOLOL.

Now if only you watched Avatar... *ponders* LOLOL XDDDD

*Sigh* I love PoA Remus. He's so... Remusish XD

Peace,
Rotae
summoner_lenne9 From: summoner_lenne9 Date: January 19th, 2009 09:02 am (UTC) (Link)
LOL. She's written I think more Star Wars than she has Hp! Its just old, from before the HP faze of fanfic writing kicked in.

As for good Avatar fic, can I recommend Fandomme's 'Stormbenders'? Its basically the best fic in the entire fandom :D. Meaning you PROBABLY know it, but oh well. :).
rotae From: rotae Date: January 19th, 2009 09:10 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh really?! I'll have to go looking :D I was planning to go through her Remus/Tonks + Teddy stuff, but maybe I should start with Star Wars instead :D

I actually haven't tried searching for Avatar fics yet, so thanks for the rec! I'll start there :D

Peace,
Rotae
summoner_lenne9 From: summoner_lenne9 Date: January 19th, 2009 09:17 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh lord, she has more fic that you can possibly imagine. It took me months to read all her Hp stuff, and she had less back then, and I never even ATTEMPTED Star Wars. Mind you, I was obsessive enough to go through her every entry (well, almost, I got bored of it) to find any fics that cracked through the seams, but ya.

Warning you, the fic is Zutara, but only towards the VERY end, and its not the point of the fic- the story is just a good story regardless, a season 3 AU after The Firebending Masters, and is completly in character- meaning there's no ridiculous dissing of Aang or anything going on.

I haven't read much Avatar... but I've read this, and just, Wow. :).
summoner_lenne9 From: summoner_lenne9 Date: January 19th, 2009 09:00 am (UTC) (Link)
I find the two pieces kind of complimentary- a story about looking for little hints in someone, which everyone's looking for and weren't there, and a character where everyone would have done a LOT better to have seen the signs. And they're in this fic.

Oh, well, I still love my Ani. :). (And Sirius of course! :) )
shiiki From: shiiki Date: January 19th, 2009 12:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
I find it most impressive that while I have never followed Star Wars (I still only have the vaguest idea of its storyline), your ficlets still manage to suck me in and interest me.

Your Dora and Remus are perfectly natural and a delight to read, as always.
malinbe From: malinbe Date: January 19th, 2009 01:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, this poor deceived people. So much work and hysteria thrown into nothing. No wonder it was so hard for Fudge to say "Hey, everybody, it turns out that he's -ehem- innocent after all, so we are going to let him go about his bussines now, all right? Thank you all for your time."

I had to make a joke, this one was sad :( But very nice, too.
yesaffirmative From: yesaffirmative Date: January 19th, 2009 02:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've said it before, but I love your "Star Wars"
characterizations.

This reminds me (not in a derivative way, but in context) of someone else's fanfic that I read shortly before ROTS. It was, I think, originally just a jokey think--the original trilogy as told from the pov of Darth Vader's blog--but by end it had become just amazingly poignant and well-characterized, as well as funny. My favorite scene I think, and what your piece reminded me of, was the writer's reinterpretation of Vader taking Luke from Endor to the Death Star, when he pulls out his light saber and just stands there turning it over in his hands silently.

In the movie, that comes across as menacing and a threat. In this fan fic, the writer framed it as the nervous fiddling of an engineer who was more comfortable messing with the mechanical object than trying to have an awkward conversation with his son. This story of yours reminded me of that and made me smile.
From: (Anonymous) Date: January 19th, 2009 06:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love the HP and the Star Wars fics. Reading about Anakin again made me so happy The other fanfic you mentioned sounds intruiging. What is the fics' name and where can I read it?
From: yesaffirmative Date: January 19th, 2009 06:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
Found it!

"The Darth Side: Memoirs of a Monster"
http://cheeseburgerbrown.com/Darth_Vader/
darth_pipes From: darth_pipes Date: January 19th, 2009 10:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
Great job on both! You've still got it when it comes to Star Wars.
chrischewscud From: chrischewscud Date: January 19th, 2009 10:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
Mmmmm... Tonks and Lupin, and Obi-wan and Anakin...life is good.
From: (Anonymous) Date: January 20th, 2009 12:27 am (UTC) (Link)
With 20/20 hindsight, I just want to shake Tonks and Remus and say, "Yeah, why _was_ Peter the only one telling you to be suspicious?" even though, if I were actually in the HP world, I'd probably have thought anyone who tried to argue Sirius didn't do it was a bit nuts.

But I still want someone to play Devil's Advocate. After all, a person can play DA without actually thinking there's a case but just for the mental exercise. Point out that there's only hearsay evidence that Sirius was the Secret Keeper. Then, point out that there were _two_ wizards known to be present when the explosion allegedly caused by Sirius happened.

Then, if you just looked at it knowing Peter could turn into a rat, you might at least get to the point where Remus throws up his hands and says, "Fine, if you can find a rat missing one of its claws whose been camped out in Harry Potter's dorm room, I'll admit that _maybe_ Peter was the Secret Keeper, that he faked his own death, and that he's just waiting for a chance to prove himself to Voldemort, again."

[Enter Ron]

Ron: Excuse me, have you seen Scabbers?

Ellen
izilen From: izilen Date: January 21st, 2009 12:39 am (UTC) (Link)
Ooh! I love your Remus and Dora, seriously! and you had them talking about something interesting, too. It's nice to see what Remus could have thought about the whole Sirius situation back before the truth was out.

I liked the "I trust you" part with James, in particular. I don't know why, but I do. Thank for writing these things! =D
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