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Teddy Lupin and the Needle's Eye, Chapter Twenty-Eight: Revolution, pt. 1 - The Phantom Librarian
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Teddy Lupin and the Needle's Eye, Chapter Twenty-Eight: Revolution, pt. 1
Teddy et al have broken into Azkaban, and are now splitting a fight along four fronts. Teddy, Ruthless, Honoria, Corky, Maurice, and Donzo are all in the old dungeons, where Cresswell and his people have set up a mock trial of Andromeda (who's not entirely thrilled to see Teddy in this milieu) and the Malfoys. Having gotten a start on freeing Draco and giving him the tools to finish, Teddy is moving over toward Narcissa when someone grabs his ankle.

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Teddy, who'd only half stood up when he left Draco's side, fell sprawling onto the stone floor. He twisted to see over his shoulder, where Sam Cresswell was gaining more traction, pulling him along. His teeth were bared, and any semblance of charisma was gone. It didn't matter. None of his followers were watching--they were engaged in a battle they hadn't expected. Those who weren't fighting were trying to revive or break spells on those who'd been bound or Stunned in the first seconds. Everyone else was evenly matched.

Teddy pistoned his leg, trying to shake Sam and cursing himself for not being careful. Dudley Dursley had once told him never to let the other person in a fight get hold of him, but he'd lost sight of it over the years since Greyback. After all, he was now bigger than most of the people he might find himself fighting, but...

Using Teddy's leg for leverage, Sam pulled himself up to a kneeling position and fumbled on the floor for a lost wand. Teddy spun as hard as he could.

Sam's grip slipped.

Teddy leveled his wand, but another spell came out of nowhere, knocking Sam away. Donzo appeared from the fray. He had a large cut on his lip that looked like he'd been fist fighting with someone rather than in a magical duel. "That's for breaking my hand," he told Sam. He looked at Teddy. "Are you all right?"

"Yeah, I--"

Lightning quick, his breath back, Sam jumped to his feet, and knocked Honoria--who'd moved to help Lucius--over with an elbow jab to her lower back. He grabbed her wand as it clattered from her hand. With a bellow, Corky broke off his fight and ran toward her, but some of the ones who'd been dazed early were starting to come around, and they rushed in between him and Sam.

An Azkaban guard (who would certainly be unemployed by sunrise) hit Teddy with a Stinging Hex. He felt his face swell up, and morphed to keep his eyes open and clear. There was no time to go after Sam; he could only hope someone else had got to him. The guard--he thought she was the same scarred woman he'd seen in London--engaged him a furious duel. She was better than he would have thought, looking at her; she'd obviously had some training.

From behind him on the right came a stream of gold light. It wound itself around the guard's wrists, making her drop her wand. Ruthless ran around and grabbed the wand. She tossed it hard at Granny and said, "Andromeda! Take it!"

Granny, free of her chains, caught the wand as she stood and strode into the fight, eyes fierce.

"I'll just get out," the guard said. "You have no right, none of you had a right..."

"He'd have gone after your own mother, you stupid woman!" Ruthless said, binding her further. "He wanted all of them dead."

"No, they know she was framed, she was thrown in here for doing what she had to do, not what she wanted, and it's only because Herm--"

Her mouth continued moving, but Teddy could no longer hear her. Ruthless ground her teeth and turned to him long enough to roll her eyes, and then there were two more of Sam's people on her, and Teddy was knocked over from the left. He barely had time to register whether he was fighting a witch or a wizard before the curses started to fly.

Thinking wasn't a luxury Teddy could afford. When he'd first seen twenty-five people (or maybe thirty), he'd thought the six of them could handle it, especially with Granny and Aunt Narcissa and Draco fighting--he hoped no one would be mad enough to arm Lucius--but the element of surprise had worn off too quickly, and now the numbers were turning against them.

Honoria had got up and somehow either got her wand back or found another one, but she was trapped against a wall with three wizards forcing her into only defensive spells. Corky was using his wand and his fist about equally--and equally well--but he'd drawn fire from a good sized knot because of it. Donzo had made a light cage to hold back several of Sam's people, but they were making progress against it, and he had to put a lot of attention into keeping it stable. Ruthless, with the power to make binding arrests, was doing better, but of course, Sam knew perfectly well how to counter the spell she was using.

Teddy backed up and ran into someone. He turned, prepared to fight, but found his cousin Draco instead.

Draco's nostrils were flared, and anger burned in his eyes. "Do your people realize they're not in Charms class?" he asked. "Stunning them isn't working."

"I don't want them killing people if they don't have to."

"You don't have to kill them, just get bloody serious." He thrust his wand forward savagely, and the woman in front of him fell, clawing at her swollen throat. "She can breathe enough to stay alive," he told Teddy.

The fight swept them apart again. Teddy caught a glimpse of Narcissa Malfoy, who was standing by the chair where Lucius was still bound. He was wriggling, and to Teddy's horror, someone had given him a knife to get out of his manacles. Granny was duelling a dour-faced middle-aged wizard.

Teddy, momentarily without a duel, transformed and flew to a windowsill to try and find Sam. He was nowhere to be seen.

And neither was Maurice.

He flew down to where Donzo had finally lost hold of the cage and was now fending off its former inhabitants. "Where's Maurice?"

Donzo didn't look at him. "Don't know, didn't really have a chance to check in with him." He paused, cast a large Stunning Spell that threw two witches backward, and said, "Why?"

"Can't see him. Or Cresswell."

Donzo cursed under his breath. "Help me bind them up," he said, nodding at the three witches he'd captured earlier. "Between us we can do better than a light cage."

Teddy Conjured iron chains, and Donzo softened the rock in the wall. The witches had no chance to get away; they were in a narrow spot. The chains whipped forward and knocked them to the floor then buried themselves in the wall. Donzo re-solidified it. Teddy disarmed them. It would have been a waste of time to try to get the wands to someone. Instead, he Incinerated them.

Teddy sent his Patronus at Maurice, asking where he was--hoping against hope that if he was doing something stupid, the Patronus would stop him. Seconds later, Maurice's lemur dropped down in front of him and said, "A bit busy to chat. I'm up at the top with Cresswell's reinforcements."

Donzo and Teddy looked at each other and ran, Teddy sending his Patronus to Ruthless quickly to tell her where they were, not that she could very well break off the several fights she was involved in.

Teddy stopped running and transformed to fly through the dismal corridors of the prison, rising up toward the glimmer of late night sun. In the twilight at the top of the island, he could see Connie Deverill dueling a guard atop the watchtower. Roger and Geoff were trying to take down a particularly good fighter. Laura, Joe, and Franklin were nowhere to be seen; they must have got down to the cell block.

Maurice was furiously dueling Sam Cresswell, his wand in one hand and his knife in the other. Cresswell was holding him off with only a little difficulty. His attention seemed to be focused elsewhere, over the edge.

Teddy flew over. Ten witches and wizards were climbing the rockface. Sam had Conjured ropes for them.

Teddy landed on the wall and transformed back into his human form, aimed his wand at the ropes, and lengthened them rapidly. They slackened in the cold North Sea wind, and the climbers plummetted toward the ocean. He stopped them before they hit and whipped the ropes out of Sam's control.

Sam bellowed and ran at him, but Donzo had got up here now, and he and Maurice pushed Sam away.

Teddy ran to Roger and joined the fight. "Roger," he said, "I'll take over here. There are ten of Sam's friends about to climb back up. Do you think your selkie friends can keep them occupied?"

Roger nodded and left immediately.

Geoff ducked a spell and nearly ran into Teddy. His face was set and grim, and more unpleasant than usual. He'd shed his jacket at some point, and Teddy now saw that he was wearing his "Revolution" tee shirt.

The guard Connie was dueling fell stunned to the ground, and she jumped down a moment later, laughing more than a little wildly.

"Got him!" she said. "I got him."

"We need to get back to the dungeons," Teddy said. "It's insane there."

"Then we'll stop fooling around," Geoff said, and before Teddy could stop him, he raised his right arm high, pointed his wand at the man they were dueling, and brought it down in a cruel diagonal cut that Teddy saw in his worst nightmares.
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panaili From: panaili Date: December 17th, 2010 06:59 am (UTC) (Link)
omg WHAT GEOFF WHAT ARE YOU DOING? and just when I stopped wanting to punch him all the time, too.

I am just waiting for this to blow up in everyone's face in a very bad way. [worried Pan is worried] Very intense chapter! I am definitely looking forward to more!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 24th, 2010 10:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
It can't blow up too badly--it's late June. ;p
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fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 24th, 2010 10:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
I know, and now I've gone over a week since updating!
starnightmuse From: starnightmuse Date: December 17th, 2010 08:24 am (UTC) (Link)

ARGGHH more tension!!!

argh Fern you made my heart skip a beat thinking that they were going ot start to lose!

(scarred woman" it's only because Herm--"

Of for the love of... Darn it WHY Marrietta! Rowling screw her over enough in Cannon (No, No i'm not excusing what did nor what Hermione did, But seriously WHY does she has to keep being put in bad lights? The Malfoys could achieve a form of Redemption, but she keeps getting the short end of the stick? (or causing it in this case)

come on Fern....

moving on It's good to know that Teddy and co can hold on their own a little....

I was at the edge of my seat regarding Maurice chasing after Cresswell. Definitely predicted that....

What I did NOT predicted was Geoff action in that last sentence. O_O!!!
GEOFF WHAT IN THE WORLD DID YOU JUST DO???!!!! That's only going to make Cresswell supporter ANGRIER and more motivated to kick your butts!
(as much as scum Cresswell is, Geoff didn't killed him.... right?)


fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 24th, 2010 10:36 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: ARGGHH more tension!!!

I think Marietta comes off, to me, like someone who wanted to get close to the popular crowd--first Cho, then Harry. But she wasn't invested in the fight, in the end, which is why she's not very well liked in fandom or the Potterverse. Draco gets redeemed because Draco took steps to redeem himself. Marietta didn't.
tree_and_leaf From: tree_and_leaf Date: December 17th, 2010 12:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
Aaargh!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 24th, 2010 10:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'll finish up soon.
From: (Anonymous) Date: December 17th, 2010 01:27 pm (UTC) (Link)

things are getting serious now....

wonder how geoff attacking cresswell will work on their favor or against them

not a smart move on geoff, also, where did he learned that curse?

~A
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 24th, 2010 10:36 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: things are getting serious now....

It's probably a matter of historical record, and he figured it out.
From: (Anonymous) Date: December 17th, 2010 01:31 pm (UTC) (Link)

another good thing about the smallest year in general...

*not counting Geoff

is that they will help each other, none of that typical heroics, ""I will duel them all myself"

also shocked that Marrietta was there, but part of me is not surprise. that girl has issues.

speaking of which, since she brough Hermione, and Hermione is trapped in the ministry...
was she planning to ask Cresswell to go and curse Hermione?

the mere thought makes me afraid

although, if i remember correctly, you wrote a little ficlet of Hermione finding Marrietta and removing her curse in the face, and she had both Hugo and rose by then

is that incorporated here, or not at all, and marrietta is still scarred


~A
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 24th, 2010 10:37 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: another good thing about the smallest year in general...

I think I've jossed that ficlet; the kids were littler there than they are at this point, and Marietta's still scarred.
willowbough From: willowbough Date: December 17th, 2010 02:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
Cracking action sequence--but the Smallest Year is certainly facing a challenge here. After all, they're rational, which can't be said of Sam and his nutball followers. Draco may have a point that their tactics are too civilized--with one notable exception. How hideously creepy that Geoff has somehow picked up Dolohov's signature spell. Looking forward to the next!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 24th, 2010 10:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
After all, they're rational, which can't be said of Sam and his nutball followers

It really does put people at a disadvantage when the other guy is a nutbucket.
malinbe From: malinbe Date: December 17th, 2010 04:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, gosh, you write battles so well. I can't believe Geoffrey!!
I feel like screaming, I want more!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 24th, 2010 10:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
More sometime soon. Holiday season--baking, cleaning, shopping--and I'm off my game.
silvery_wraith From: silvery_wraith Date: December 17th, 2010 08:07 pm (UTC) (Link)

!!!

Why would it ever occur to Geoff that THAT curse was ok, ever?!?! I don't care what situation they're in. Especially in front of Teddy.

Can't wait until the next part, Fern. Have a great holiday season!!
From: (Anonymous) Date: December 17th, 2010 09:58 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: !!! what curse is it?

i mean from the comments i'm getting it's the curse that dolohov used on lupin on the final battle

but what does it do?

~A
insertparagraph From: insertparagraph Date: December 17th, 2010 09:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
Love it! Especially (as much as I hate to say it) Geoff, who strikes me as being both perfectly in character and brilliantly unexpected.

A couple of bits that *really* made me raise my eyebrows:

Draco's nostrils were flared, and anger burned in his eyes. "Do your people realize they're not in Charms class?" he asked. "Stunning them isn't working."
"I don't want them killing people if they don't have to."

and

"Then we'll stop fooling around," Geoff said, and before Teddy could stop him...

First, the parallel here between Draco and Geoff is unnerving to begin with, but when it breaks, it breaks ugly.
Second, it's really interesting to see that not only does Draco assume that Teddy's in charge, Teddy doesn't deny it or even consider it. (That's probably appropriate for what's actually happening, but it still seems significant to Teddy's character development, to me at least.)

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 24th, 2010 10:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oddly, both Geoff and Draco were saying the same thing, essentially, that Remus said to Harry in TDH.
etain_antrim From: etain_antrim Date: December 17th, 2010 10:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh no! This is exciting and well written -- I've been able to keep track of what is happening. But you're killing me here!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 24th, 2010 10:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'll go faster! Really!
From: (Anonymous) Date: December 18th, 2010 12:46 am (UTC) (Link)

well one thing for sure...

things just got REAL

`A
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 24th, 2010 10:40 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: well one thing for sure...

Yup.
gypsy_thief From: gypsy_thief Date: December 18th, 2010 02:56 am (UTC) (Link)
She was better than he would have thought, looking at her; she'd obviously had some training.

She had the best training Uncle Harry had to offer! :) I love the DA so much; it's hard to see a DA member gone bad.

Thanks for the unexpected Friday morning surprise.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 24th, 2010 10:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
She had the best training Uncle Harry had to offer! :)

Heh, yes.
From: (Anonymous) Date: December 20th, 2010 11:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think it's great how Geoff's act is so shocking and unexpected, but so fitting. We know he grows up to be a dark wizard in his own right, so it makes perfect sense that we would see his first killing now just as we're seeing everyone becoming the adults that they are. I think it's a stroke of genius. Has Teddy seen this curse in his worst nightmares because it may be the one that killed Remus? I can't wait for the next installment! ~Karen
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 24th, 2010 10:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't think I can have him succeed in the killing at this point; he's got a lot of other things to do before he gets in serious trouble.
Lila Dostal From: Lila Dostal Date: December 24th, 2010 10:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Fern, would you mind if I drew pictures for your Shifts verse? Let me know if you wouldn't mind.

Much love
Lila
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 24th, 2010 10:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
I never mind art! :D
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