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Batch 17 - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
fernwithy
fernwithy
Batch 17
I'd love to see something with Bill and Charlie at Hogwarts. Maybe showing their little brothers around or enjoying NOT having all the siblings around or whatever. Follow your bliss. for alphabet26

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"Is this what it was like before Percy came along?" Charlie asked, stretching out in front of the fireplace.

"No," Bill said. "Until Percy came along, I thought you were the pain in my nether regions. I was an only child once."

"That must have been grand."

"Don't really remember it, really." Bill rolled over and looked at the Common Room ceiling. He'd enjoyed having Hogwarts to himself for two years, but having Charlie here made it seem more like a piece of real life. He'd cheered louder than anyone last night when the Sorting Hat had placed him. "Don't worry, I won't get in your way."

"In my way?"

"With your friends. Make whatever friends you like."

"I was planning to anyway."

"Sorry all your new friends from the train got Sorted away."

"Plenty more," Charlie said, and sat up. "My dormitory-mates aren't half-bad. Though I'm wondering if Bloxam isn't really Percy in disguise. He's got a system for homework." Charlie boggled at this, then repeated, "A system. It's color-coded."

"Have you done yours yet?"

"My system?"

"Your homework."

"No."

"Why don't you get it out? I can check your work."

"Is this how it's going to be?"

"Only if I catch you not doing your homework. Can't have you ruining my reputation." Bill sat up and struck a saintly pose.

Charlie made a less than holy hand gesture in response to it.

Bill shrugged. "Mum did tell me to make sure you did all right."

"She told me the same thing about you. Only it was more about making sure you didn't get any more detentions."

"I'll help you with your homework if you'll cover for me."

"Deal." Charlie lay down again, chin in his hands, and stared at the fire, his square, freckly, Prewett face looking completely inflamed in its light. "Bill?"

"What?"

"Did you miss the lot of us last year?"

"Never spared a thought for you," Bill said airily.

"I mean it, really."

Bill considered it. "Sure. I guess. You'll get busy during the year, and forget, but then all the sudden, you start thinking, 'Wow, I haven't seen Mum and Dad and my brothers for months!' And then you'll start missing everyone."

"I already do." He glared over at Bill fiercely. "Don't tell."

Bill scooted over to the hearth and sat down in Charlie's line of sight. "I think everybody's homesick the first day or two."

"No one else was. I didn't even put up the picture the twins made. Nobody else was putting up pictures."

Bill laughed. "Keep an eye on everyone's walls. The pictures will go up. They always go up. You could even go first. Let everyone else know it's all right."

Charlie looked at him warily. "I think they'd think it was... weird. You know, having a little kid picture up. Like something girls do."

"Remember the card you and the others colored for me the day after I was Sorted?"

"Sort of."

"It's on my wall. Framed."

"It is?"

"My dormitory mates say hello to it." Bill leaned forward and punched Charlie's shoulder. "And even if they didn't, you're still my brothers. And, well, Ginny. Though she just had a fat little handprint."

"How long did it take you to put it up?"

Bill laughed. "I had it up by... oh, Christmas hols. You could beat my record pretty easily, if you want to."

"I do," Charlie said. "They twins drew me flying in the apple orchard, and them waving from the ground. I'm waving back in the picture. At least I think I'm waving. You never know with Fred and George."

"Those two are going to be hell when they get here."

"Yeah." Charlie brightened. "You know, I think I will put that up. Could you teach me a Sticking Charm?"

"Why don't you stick to Spellotape? Do you need some?"

Charlie shook his head, got to his feet, and went upstairs.

Bill luxuriated in front of the fire. All was right with the world.






Let's see, what to ask for... ooh, how about Teddy with his Granny and the Potters at Christmas, doing morphs to amuse the kids? for demonoflight

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"Puppy ears!" Lily called, clapping.

"Pointy or floppy?"

"Floppy!"

Teddy concentrated, and felt his ears fall down over his face in soft flaps.

Lily laughed. She'd finally gotten her head around the idea that Teddy changed his face deliberately, and it didn't just happen, and all Christmas hols, she'd been requesting things... and the boys, for whom this had been old two years ago, had suddenly joined in with gusto.

"Bird nose!" Al called, and James suggested "Lizard tongue!"

Teddy concentrated as hard his he could to keep the ears, while sharpening his nose into an beak shape and making his tongue flick out in a fork. He glanced in the mirror, and thought he looked quite ridiculous.

"Can you make cow hands?" Al asked.

Teddy turned his tongue back so he could speak. "Er... I don't know. Do cows have hands?"

"They have front feet," James said, excited at this prospect. "With hooves. Can you make hooves?"

Teddy stretched out his left hand. "Here goes nothing," he said, and focused his attention on it. The skin turned shiny black, and he made a fist. "There!"

James frowned. "That's not a hoof, it's just your hand, black."

Teddy stretched out his fingers. "All right, James, but if I get stuck this way, it's your fault."

James eagerly accepted this potential responsibility.

Teddy hadn't actually seen a cow up close, so he didn't have a clear idea what cow hooves looked like, but James hadn't either, so he supposed he could fudge it. He'd seen hippogriff hooves and unicorn hooves, after all.

He looked at his extended fingers, then decided to close his fist again. He'd have to imagine the bent fingers merging into one solid, bony sort of thing, with a flat end where the flat of the fist was. His thumb could be a little spur.

Carefully, he coaxed his fingers into a flatter shape, but he couldn't quite wrap his head around getting them to grow together...

"Teddy!"

He looked up, letting go of all the animal morphs.

Granny was shaking her head at him fondly. "Really, Teddy."

"Teddy's making hooves," James said.

"I gathered as much." Granny sat down. "But you know, Metamorphmagi aren't Animagi. They can't really have animal parts, just make things look like them. He can make his ears long and hairy, but he can't make his fists into solid things."

"I think I was getting somewhere!" Teddy protested.

"Teddy, I've studied Metamorphmagery for two decades longer than you've been alive--"

"It's my hand."

"--and I've seen a few morphs get stuck, because even your body isn't meant to do them." She rolled her eyes and ruffled his hair. "Hooves. Really. You're fourteen, you should know better."

Teddy felt a tug on his ear, and looked over to find Lily looking at him with great concern.

"Oh, sorry," he said. "Lost your puppy ears, sorry." He put them back. She smiled. Teddy gave her a kiss on the forehead, then tickled her with the floppy ears.

Uncle Harry came down the stairs and sat on the bottom step. "I haven't seen you do that for a while, Teddy."

"Kiss Lily?"

"Morph animal ears."

"No one's asked."

Uncle Harry grinned. "Can you do feather hair?"

Teddy laughed, and turned hair into feathers (or, more properly according to Granny, made his hair look like feathers). It was his favorite animal-type morph, and Uncle Harry loved it because the little kids played at riding hippogriffs when he did this.

"How about peacock feathers?" Granny suggested.

"Hmph," Teddy told them, changing the colors of the feathers and making them larger. "Give me something hard."

"Bush-cricket fingers!" James called out. "We saw a bush-cricket in the garden and it looked just like leaves."

"Then... you want me to turn my fingers into leaves?"

"No. Into a bush-cricket that looks like leaves."

"But if they look like leaves, then my fingers will look like leaves..."

"Here," Granny said, and Conjured up a drawing of a bush-cricket. "You could try making your nail look like the head..."

Teddy shook his head, and gave it a go.

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From: severely_lupine Date: December 18th, 2009 07:53 am (UTC) (Link)
Aw, cuteness! :-)
From: (Anonymous) Date: December 18th, 2009 08:05 am (UTC) (Link)

Siblings and honorary siblings..... nothing cuter!

Ah Fern that was so cute! I loved both of them. Tough Charlie trying not to show how homesick he is! Bill is a wonderful older brother.

"I'll help you with your homework if you'll cover for me."
"Deal."


Cute! I loved them and Teddy's morphing was fun to read about too.

"Then... you want me to turn my fingers into leaves?"
"No. Into a bush-cricket that
looks like leaves."

Gotta love child logic! Both are lovely pieces!

~bkwrmgrl87
sgt_majorette From: sgt_majorette Date: December 18th, 2009 08:54 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, I've said it before and I'll say it again (and again and again!) -- Auntie wuvs widdle wizardlings to pieces!
mollywheezy From: mollywheezy Date: December 18th, 2009 02:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
I loved the bit in the first one about hanging the pictures. Fred and George drew a picture for Charlie! Awwww . . . .

Teddy's morphing for the kids was too fun!

Great job with both of these. :D
malinbe From: malinbe Date: December 18th, 2009 03:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
So much cuteness! I like this pink moments!

Wonderful.
alphabet26 From: alphabet26 Date: December 18th, 2009 03:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, how fun! That Bill and Charlie one was just what I was hoping for and Teddy and the kids were just adorable.
flyingfish33 From: flyingfish33 Date: December 19th, 2009 04:56 am (UTC) (Link)
I really liked both of these. I LOVED the fact that Teddy's seen hippogriffs and unicorns up close, but never a cow!
etain_antrim From: etain_antrim Date: December 19th, 2009 03:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Bill and Charlie are so cute in the first one -- Bill being the older brother, and doing it well, and Charlie realizing that it's okay to miss your family a little bit. Teddy is a dear, and so willing to use his powers to please Harry's kids. Very like his mum.
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