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Spewing out too many words since November 2003
Ask the OCs
I'm bored. And Teddy seems stuck someplace that we aren't all that interested in. So... ask the OCs. Why not? Maybe I'll even do a challenge call soon, but nothing too scary--like twenty or so, so I won't freeze up like last time. But for now, ask the OCs. Whatever you like.
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annie_in_europe From: annie_in_europe Date: October 19th, 2010 06:19 am (UTC) (Link)
If I may, Mary McAlister, how and when did you find out that Remus was a werewolf? How did that affect your decision to have him as a tenant?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 19th, 2010 06:23 am (UTC) (Link)
I found out when everyone else did--when he lost his post at Hogwarts. It was in the papers, you know. Quite a scandal. And the very day it was in the news, I had a visit from Albus Dumbledore. If you ask me, the man had been ready for it. He knew everything about my Hogboon, and about how Julia Lupin was descended from our Squib girl, so the Hogboon would abide Remus Lupin's presence. He seemed to have even more ready, should I argue with him, so I stopped arguing.
looking4shadows From: looking4shadows Date: October 19th, 2010 06:36 am (UTC) (Link)
Maddie, what is your perspective about Teddy getting involved with the Needle's Eye cases, and about the cases themselves?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 19th, 2010 06:45 am (UTC) (Link)
I think Teddy is doing what Tonks would have done, and I'm proud of him.

As to the cases themselves, we have a madman who is killing people. Whatever the politics surrounding the situation, that's all I see. I think there are some extremely foolish people in the world, and they account for the mischief done on Sam's behalf.
From: kobegrace Date: October 19th, 2010 06:39 am (UTC) (Link)
To Corky AND Honoria: When/How/Where did you two first discover that you were falling in love with one another? (Not necessarily when/how/where did you first start fancying each other, although you can answer that, too.)

Also (if I can get away with asking it), Honoria, who of the Lupinlets is your favourite the one to whom you feel closest and why?
From: kobegrace Date: October 19th, 2010 06:42 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, and hi, Ellsworth!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 19th, 2010 06:52 am (UTC) (Link)
Hi, Kobe!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 19th, 2010 06:51 am (UTC) (Link)
Corky: Oh, God, the Big Question.
Honoria: It shouldn't be that complicated.
Corky: Yeah, so what was it for you?
Honoria: Er...
Corky: That's what I thought. [turns back to kobegrace] For me, there never was a big moment. I fancied her because... well, look at her, she's gorgeous. Then we were always working together, and one day, I realized I was starting to make decisions with her in mind, like, "I'd like to do this after school, but would Honoria?"
Honoria: Quite romantic, Corin. They'll be writing poems about it any day now.
Corky: So you've managed to isolate a moment?
Honoria: Well... not a moment, per se. But when you wouldn't tell me what those letters were that you were getting, I panicked a little that I wasn't to be included. That was quite a shock to my system. As to the Lupinlets, as kobe calls them, I really only got to know the younger ones, as Corky and I were in Canada full time until Mira, Orry, Sirius, and the twins were already at Hogwarts. After that, I started staying at the Roost while I was on assignment, so I got to know the the four younger ones. Carina is probably closest to my heart--after all, she's the one who ended up in my house!
From: kobegrace Date: October 19th, 2010 01:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
OMG Fern, you should write a fic about these two, à la J/R in Whims. *Sigh*
amamama From: amamama Date: October 19th, 2010 06:40 am (UTC) (Link)
Ruth, how are you doing these days? What kind of help have you got to deal with Sam and what he did?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 19th, 2010 06:57 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm all right. I wasn't entirely happy to be sent off to talk to some sensitive woman at St. Mungo's, and I'm afraid I lied to her about how I felt. She was a stranger. Why would I tell her something like that?

The best medicine was catching the bastard.

If you're asking if I'm entirely back to what I was? I don't know. I certainly wouldn't lack for company, if I wanted it--you wouldn't believe the number of wizards who suddenly think I'd be a great date.

Truth is, of all the help I got, the most was from Ron and Harry, who kept treating me like a human being through everything. Teddy and Victoire's project to make my flat livable also helped get rid of a lot of ghosts that might have been living there. But the rest... I think, hope, that it will just take time.
starnightmuse From: starnightmuse Date: October 19th, 2010 06:49 am (UTC) (Link)

oooh I love when you do these! okay so Father Alderman...

you mentioned that meeting with Lupin, and him breaking you off Greyback "imposed ideologies" was the first step for you to find GOD.

could you elaborate, in detail, more on that?

or even, did you have a notion of good from before, i mean from before Greyback bite you?

hope you are doing well
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 19th, 2010 07:04 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: oooh I love when you do these! okay so Father Alderman...

I'm fine, thank you, Muse.

I was taken from my family when I was six, and Greyback made me believe that they hated me, and that was why they weren't looking for me (in fact, they believed I was dead). I was full of anger, and my only compass in life was whether or not something would end up with punishments from Greyback or the others. My structure in life was the structure of Greyback's pack... what it valued, I valued; what it hated, I hated. Which was everything except one another.

When Lupin came, he showed me that there was a way to be a man other than Greyback's way--that looking after smaller and weaker creatures showed more strength than just taking what we wanted from them. He showed me the world of books and thoughts, and of kindness and... well, you'll take this the wrong way, probably, but the world of guilt. Taken to extremes, it's not good, but guilt over things I should feel guilty about is the first step toward understanding myself as having more than my immediate needs to answer to. I was responsible to the other children, to Lupin himself, to my family (when Tonks found them). And it was through those connections, through understanding that they meant more than survival, that I started to intuit something beyond all of us, Something to Whom it mattered what I did and how I behaved.

And that's the short form of how Lupin the atheist saved my soul.
starnightmuse From: starnightmuse Date: October 20th, 2010 03:51 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: oooh I love when you do these! okay so Father Alderman...

that was very interesting to read.

(although if I may father alderman, wouldn't it be more a sense of a conscience than guilt? guilt being part of it but not the source.

but that was very interesting, and beautiful to read,

thank you Father Alderman (and you Fern).
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 20th, 2010 07:18 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: oooh I love when you do these! okay so Father Alderman...

I wouldn't draw a distinction between the two--conscience is the ability to feel guilt when it ought to be felt.
From: (Anonymous) Date: October 19th, 2010 07:03 am (UTC) (Link)

question time!

To Mehani patil
have you ever visited the muggle world, or lived there for any period of time?

(any muggle hospitals to visit, in the name of knowledge ;p)

and is the patil involved in the Teddy lupin illegal animagus hearing, of any relation to you?

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 19th, 2010 07:06 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: question time!

I haven't spent any significant time in the Muggle world, no. We're an old wizarding family. I'm interested enough when other Healers bring in Muggle methods, but I've never made an effort to connect.

Priya is my niece, the twins' younger sister.
From: (Anonymous) Date: October 19th, 2010 07:05 am (UTC) (Link)

second question....

*hope i can do this*

How did you (being in slytherin) and your brother being in Gryffindor (in a time where that would have been very complicated and even dangerous *like with having bellatrix as a dormmate*

how did you two dealt with that?

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 19th, 2010 07:08 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: second question....

It wasn't that unusual, really. The old House families--the Weasleys in Gryffindor, the Malfoys in Slytherin, the Smiths in Hufflepuff... they all think of these things as inherent to their bloodline. But most families are a bit more scattered. It only became dangerous in situations like Regulus and Sirius Black--partly because they were Bella's direct cousins, but mostly because they each took the most extreme path possible for their loyalties. For myself, I kept my head down. So did my brother.
kagehikario From: kagehikario Date: October 19th, 2010 07:43 am (UTC) (Link)

Could I have a favourite anecdote from your time in Slytherin house at Hogwarts? Besides the obvious romantic epic. A little snapshot of your year's Slytherins, a fond memory of the (three?) of you.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 19th, 2010 04:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, there was the time we did that blood sacrifice... (At least, with our current crop of of Slytherins, I don't really have to specify that I'm kidding. Do I?)

Brendan was usually off doing his own thing with people in other years, so there aren't that many of all three of us. But there was a time, yeah. When Brendan missed getting on the Quidditch team for the second time (when we were third years), Maurice and I threw him a little party. I used the Charmer office to make up a whole series of articles where the team captain--it was Ellie Chen that year--kept losing games, and explaining how everything would have been better, if she'd just kept Brendan Lynch. They got kind of crazy, like how, if he'd just been there, he could have Summoned flying dinosaurs to catch the Snitch. We spent all night acting them out.
From: (Anonymous) Date: October 19th, 2010 10:42 am (UTC) (Link)
Hi Aimee,

what is the best and worst thing about having Victorie as a sister?

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 19th, 2010 04:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
The best thing is that I haven't had to clean my own room since I was about six. I know that if I leave it long enough, Tropical Storm Victoire will blow through and get everything back in order. The worst thing? She set the bar a bit high. Head Girl, hex war, in on Teddy's adventures. I really have to hope for a good Azkaban escape if I'm even going to have a chance to catch up.
From: (Anonymous) Date: October 19th, 2010 11:24 am (UTC) (Link)

Hope I can still get in on this!

I finally finished Shades and am dying to know how the cubs are doing in France. What's the best/worst part of your new life? And Vivian: do you ever go searching for the Lady again?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 19th, 2010 04:17 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Hope I can still get in on this!

Vivian: We're doing quite well, actually. The Sanctuary has become a proper village, and we have feasts before the full moon. We haven't had an entirely proper education, but we've seen to it that we've had some education, at least.

There's no point looking for the Lady. She sent me out of the Forest when the Death Eaters took over Hogwarts, and then she went to sleep. There's no finding her now until she decides to wake up.
From: (Anonymous) Date: October 20th, 2010 05:18 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Hope I can still get in on this!

Thanks, Vivian!
I loved the side stories and have been dying to know what happened after Tonks and Lupin left... And am hoping for more Stray when the muse strikes. Oh, and while I'm at it, I'm loving Teddy's 7th.
From: (Anonymous) Date: October 19th, 2010 11:46 am (UTC) (Link)
Hi Donzo,
How did it make you feel when people assume you "got off lightly" with the Animagus fine (even though it was a lawful sentence) because of your wealth and status?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 19th, 2010 04:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
About as you'd expect!

Really, it's part of the territory, Dad says. He got accused of stealing someone's lyrics once--he didn't do it, and he proved he didn't do it, but people went on and on about how he only won because he had money to "buy off" the judges. It's annoying, but not surprising. I'm trying to ignore it. Dad says that's the only way.
gypsy_thief From: gypsy_thief Date: October 19th, 2010 12:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
Vavoom, what's your favorite toy? Do you wish there were more playmates for you, or is Donzo just a big kid?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 19th, 2010 04:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
My very favoritest toy in the whole world is my hopping cauldron, like in the story. It follows me everywhere and tells me secrets! Donzo's a grown-up. I wish there was another little person. But all the grown-ups read to me and play with me and take care of me, and I get to go on stage sometimes and dance with them.
pevara From: pevara Date: October 19th, 2010 12:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
Dear Maurice: a) I think you're awesome. You singlehandedly make this hardcore Ravenclaw into a Slytherin fangirl. b) Did you ever have a mutual romantic relationship with someone, that is, did you ever like/love someone romantically and they felt the same way about you? I really hope so, because you deserve more than just bittersweet happiness. (Please don't be offended! I'm not at all trying to belittle your relationship with Donzo!)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 19th, 2010 04:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ah, that question. The answer is no. It's not something I ever really spent a lot of time worrying about, and I'm not wasting away for lack of a lover, but sure, it gets lonely sometimes. I think, after a while, I lost much interest in even having that sort of relationship on a long term basis (make no mistake, there were a few, shall we say, extremely short term ones, though even those faded away over time), even with the one person I really desired it with. I believe the polite term used for men like me is "confirmed bachelor."
sidealong From: sidealong Date: October 19th, 2010 01:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
Can you share a happy memory with us?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 19th, 2010 09:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Why, so you can hold it up for ridicule?

I recall, as a child, there were meetings in my parents' house, protesting the Blair government. I had crayons, and was allowed to color signs. All of the adults thought me quite clever, and I got to ride on the shoulders of one of Dad's students--a big fellow--when we actually had the rally. I held up a sign that said "B. Liar," and had drawn the picture of the man myself. We had a picnic after it, and there were a great many good things to eat, and we played with a Frisbee in the park. One of the students had a dog, which I rarely got to play with, as our flat didn't allow animals, and it was quite pleasant, really.
malinbe From: malinbe Date: October 19th, 2010 01:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oooh, I missed it. I'll blame a midterm.

Just in case, then:
Maddie, what do your bosses and collagues think of Teddy's animagus and murderer-catcher abilities?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 19th, 2010 09:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, they're quite enchanted with him. It may surprise you to know this, but Gryffindor-types aren't often drawn to work in the Department of Mysteries, and they find his tendency to just jump into things very exotic. We had all rather suspected that he'd mastered the Animagus charm; his inquiries on the matter weren't as subtle as he liked to think. When we knew what he could do, we really did joke about having him deliver our post every morning.
From: (Anonymous) Date: October 19th, 2010 03:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
Maddie and Daffy, can you tell me about what happened with Sanjiv in DH, and what happened with you, whether you got more involved with the Order?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 19th, 2010 09:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Daffy: We were as involved as we could be with a small baby in the house. Maddie stayed in the Ministry as long as she could, taking advantage of her position in the Department of Mysteries to find out who was going to be called in next as often as she could. I had the baby at home, so I wasn't able to do as much, though I did stand a watch or two, and forged documents.

Sanjiv started to wield his quill very wickedly through the last year of the war, putting up political cartoons at every opportunity. His last showed Voldemort as a paper tiger, with Harry Potter coming along behind with a pair of scissors. He also had taken it upon himself to keep an eye on Tonks and Lupin. They didn't always make that easy, but he was determined. Tonks did her best to stay in--she had the baby to worry about, and was very conscious of that fact--but now and then, she was needed for her shapeshifting. Sanjiv got wind that she was headed into a trap while Remus was at work sabotaging... something, I still don't know what. At any rate, Sanj ran off to guard her, and he managed to get her out of the way, but the Dementor that was coming for her got him instead.
summoner_lenne9 From: summoner_lenne9 Date: October 24th, 2010 10:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
*Sigh* Relatedly- sp-, I've been rereading DH, and while I know it shall never happen all I can keep thinking is, 'Saffffffeeee, I wish you would exist....' and this kinda, made that more so.

Oh Sanjiv D:
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fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 19th, 2010 09:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Mainly, I've been mistaken for a bushy-tailed cat. Most know what raccoons are (with a few notable and amusing exceptions), but when you're not expecting to see one, the eyes decide they're seeing something else. I believe they've seen me as a small dog, a (very) large rat, and in one case, a bear cub.
From: severely_lupine Date: October 20th, 2010 12:34 am (UTC) (Link)
If you're still doing these, I have a follow-up question to the question for Alderman above:

Catholics have rather specific beliefs on what happens to people after they die. What do you think happened to Lupin and Tonks, and how do you feel about that? If Lupin had survived the war and you could talk to him again as a priest, would you have tried to convert him? (And if so, how do you imagine he'd have responded?)

(Edited for confusing punctuation.)

Edited at 2010-10-20 12:35 am (UTC)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 20th, 2010 01:02 am (UTC) (Link)
If you want to be technical about it, since he was baptized, we recognize one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. Same with Tonks. I have no concerns on the hair-splitting level of theology.

On the grander question of their beliefs not entirely matching, I can't say that the narrower interpretations are anything I subscribe to. I believe with all my heart that they lived their lives in accordance with God's will, whether they recognized it or not, and are therefore, how to say it... in the clear? But Purgatory waits for all of us, to deal with the things we didn't deal with in life. God is not vindictive about doctrine, as far as I can tell. I cannot imagine that Mahatma Gandhi is consigned to hell for idolatry--I believe that God understands the different religious languages we speak, and what each gesture means in them. Does that count for atheists? I'm sure they would throttle me for saying so, but yes--the language of God for atheists is the language of human kindness, and the language of the devil for them is the language of cruelty and rapaciousness. I believe God understands them.

As for Tonks, she was Anglican, so I pray for her. Hopefully, God understands that as well. ;p
From: severely_lupine Date: October 20th, 2010 01:47 am (UTC) (Link)
I imagine being a wizard werewolf priest would give one a certain inclusive way of seeing things that some other priests might not have.
mint_green From: mint_green Date: October 20th, 2010 07:26 pm (UTC) (Link)

What do you want to do or be when you graduate Hogwarts?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 20th, 2010 07:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, I'm not really smart, not like some of the others. I guess I'd just like something that'll get me a little house somewhere, or pay for a little something at the Sanctuary. Reckon I could join Dad Nate's construction crew; I've got a good hand with that sort of thing, and he's been teaching me by letting me help in our house and around the Sanctuary. I even helped with Teddy's house--I made the mantel on the family room fireplace. Not fancy ballroom one, but the square one. It's perfectly square, and the top part will hold a lot of things. It's very strong. So, yeah--I guess I'd like to do that.
From: (Anonymous) Date: October 21st, 2010 04:41 am (UTC) (Link)
Maurice- When did you first realize that you had more-than-friendly feelings for Donzo and what made you decide to finally tell him?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 21st, 2010 04:54 am (UTC) (Link)
Hmm. It's hard to say. I think it was that summer--that summer we all went on tour together. I knew I wasn't interested in what everyone else seemed to be pretty much from the start, but I'd never been interested in anything different from it, either. But after what happened to my cousin, when I was worried about my brother, and Don and I spent a lot of time talking about it, I just... My brother was determined to keep the shop that had nearly killed him once, and I was angry and a little scared, and it was so good to have someone who I didn't have to explain everything I said to. We'd been out swimming, and the sun was setting while we talked, and that night, I dreamed. I don't know whether or not it was the first time I'd dreamed it--it seemed very familiar in the dream--but it was the first time I remembered it.

I finally had to tell him because he kept trying to set me up with girls. I was trying to figure out what excuse to give--it wasn't fair to the girls, who were always quite wonderful, to tell the truth--until one night, he and Kelly and I had been drinking a little too much, and he came up with another name, and Kelly asked him why he was doing that, and he said because he wanted me to meet someone nice, and the next thing I knew, as soon as Kelly had left, I told him everything. And made a pass at him. He wasn't cruel about it, but once burned was quite enough for me. I never make first passes anymore.
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