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Teddy Lupin and the Needle's Eye, Chapter Twenty-Eight: Revolution, pt. 2 - The Phantom Librarian
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Teddy Lupin and the Needle's Eye, Chapter Twenty-Eight: Revolution, pt. 2
Sorry about that, folks. Life--she sometimes says, "Hello, you need to do Christmas baking and Christmas shopping, and while I'm at it, aren't you supposed to be doing booklists and planning an art class at the library? Not to mention another pathetic New Year's housecleaning marathon?" Which causes severe distraction, I'm afraid, when it comes to fic. ;p

Anyway, Teddy et al are still at Azkaban, and Teddy has just witnessed Geoff cast the same spell that killed Remus.

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There was nothing Teddy could do about Geoff; the spell was already cast, and he was at the wrong angle for a Shield Charm, even if he'd wanted to send that particular curse back. Instead, he yelled "Depulso!", and the man who might have been hit went flying across the roof instead, coming to a crumpled--but breathing--heap at the base of the wall. Geoff's spell hit the stones with the force of a lightning strike, sending out chips of rock.

Teddy grabbed Geoff by the front of his "Revolution" tee shirt and shoved him against the wall of the guard's tower. "Are you mad?"

"I'm trying to help you get your murderer," Geoff said.

"By becoming one?"

"Worked for you, didn't it? Or is burning really legal these days?"

A red rage rose in Teddy's mind, blocking out any rational explanations he might have given. The truculant, stubborn smirk on Geoff's face told him that they'd have done no good anyway. He drew back his fist, and he wasn't sure what might have happened if Maurice Burke hadn't screamed.

The sound cut through the bloody haze in his head, and he shoved Geoff aside. "Disable," he hissed. "But keep it reversible. Most of these idiots aren't murderers. Yet."

With that, he turned his back on Geoff and ran back to the low parapet where Maurice and Donzo had been dueling Sam a moment before. Donzo was on the floor, bleeding from a deep gash in his shoulder, and Maurice's arm was hanging limply at his side.

Sam Cresswell had vanished.

"Downstairs," Maurice gasped. "He went back. Downstairs. To the cell blocks where Tinny went."

"Are you...?"

"I can Heal both of us, but go."

Teddy looked around. Connie had already gone for the dungeons, as he'd told her to. Roger was climbing up over the edge. He looked soaked and cold and not terribly useful.

Grimacing, he called, "Roger! You stay up here and keep an eye on the guards. Phillips!"

Geoff turned, his eyes blazing. "What?"

"You're with me."

"I heard what you said. I don't need to be supervised."

"No, but I may need help, which is what you said you were trying to do."

Geoff hesitated, then said, "Fine."

Teddy ran for the south cell block. He could hear Geoff running behind him. Together, they descended into the bleak corridors where the worst of the surviving Death Eaters were kept. Brendan and Jane were dueling two of Sam's guards; a third and fourth seemed to be bound in a back corner. All of this, Teddy saw in an instant. At the center of the corridor, the last guard had grabbed Tinny by the arms. Her wand had got away from her somewhere. Sam Cresswell was advancing on her.

"Well, look at this," he said. "I know you. Saw you in that school rag. Your parents were colluders, weren't they? You lived, while better parents lost their children. And better children lost their parents."

"Let me go!" Tinny yelled, struggling.

Teddy raised his wand, but Sam must have heard him; a strong repelling charm spread across the corridor, forming an effective barricade.

"Janey!" Teddy called. "Janey, the barrier, get it down! Get Cresswell's wand!"

"Can't get away just now!" Jane yelled back, and Teddy could see that her guard was overpowering her.

Teddy tried to break through, but the spell Sam was using was an Auror's spell, meant to keep civilians from crime scenes, and it was impossible to break from the far side.

"I could help!" a cheerful voice said from his left. Dolores Umbridge was leaning eagerly against the bars of her cage. "He's very naughty and needs to be punished."

"Shut up, you old hag," Geoff said.

Umbridge giggled.

"You can't help any more than I can," Teddy said.

Sam raised his wand.

From beyond the barrier, someone else said, "I can help."

A cell door flew open, and Rodolphus Lestrange burst out, laughing, holding Tinny's wand. "I can help!" he bellowed, and blasted away the barrier. Teddy and Geoff rushed in, but Lestrange had already turned his wand not to the aid of the other fighters--of course--but to the other cells. Doors flew open. Rabastan Lestrange. Thorfinn Rowle.

Teddy slammed the cell doors shut as quickly as he could. Rowle screamed as his fingers were broken. Teddy melted the locks. They could be fixed later.

In the confusion, Sam had turned away from Tinny, and her guard must have let his attention stray as well--she suddenly bent forward and threw him, grabbing the knife from her leg. She stabbed wildly at his wrist, and the wand he was using went flying. She grabbed it and bound him, carelessly Healing the gushing artery on his arm. She pointed his wand at Lestrange and yelled, "Expel--"

But Lestrange was quicker. He Banished her across the corridor. With a flick of the wand and a flash of green light, he took down the guard Brendan was fighting.

Teddy rushed in, but felt hot ropes lash around him, pulling him back.

"Look what you're trying to save," Sam whispered. "Look at them. Killers. All of them. Worse than me."

"Runcorn?" Teddy asked. "He was a bureaucrat. All he pushed were papers."

"He was a murderer. He killed your grandfather and my father by pushing his papers around."

"And Fudge? And Goyle? What about Maurice's parents?"

"The Burkes?" Sam spat on the floor. "Everything they had came out of the blood of innocents."

"They were innocents."

"Then why were they taking that shop?" Sam didn't seem interested in an answer. He dragged Teddy further back. The ropes were tightening, making it difficult to breathe. Teddy tried to free his arm enough to use his wand and get out, but he was well immobilized.

A gate crashed down behind them, and Rodolphus Lestrange fought his way out of the fray. He was dragging Geoff. "Look at that," Lestrange said. "I have one of yours, you have one of mine."

"I'm not one of yours," Teddy gasped. "Your wife killed my mother." He expected Geoff to protest the characterization of himself as "one of" Sam's, but Geoff was too busy reaching surreptitiously for his knife. This time, it seemed to Teddy, it was called for--he said nothing.

With a lurch, Geoff threw Lestrange off of him, swinging his knife in a vicious arc as he did so. Lestrange ducked it and raised his wand.

The corridor was filled with red light, and Geoff flew backward into the wall, clutching at his face and screaming.

In the sudden light, Sam moved to shield his eyes, and it lessened the pressure on the bindings just enough for Teddy to shift his wand, point it at the ropes, and slice them up one side. He rolled away, knocking Sam off his feet as he went.

Geoffrey had turned toward the bars of one of the cells (Rabastan Lestrange's, and inside, he was laughing merrily) and pulled himself up. He turned slowly, and Teddy could see that his face was a boiling red cauldron, with only his flat dark eyes recognizable. He had his knife.

Rodolphus Lestrange, perhaps thinking his first victim was down, had turned on the guard Jane had been fighting with. Once the guard was down, he turned on Jane.

Before Teddy could entirely process what he was seeing, Geoff launched himself across the room and stabbed Lestrange between his shoulder blades.

Lestrange fell.

Tinny ran over and grabbed her wand from the body. She looked at Teddy and said, "We're clear. Let's get out of here."

"Cresswell is..." Teddy turned. The gate had gone back up, and Sam was gone. Teddy ground his teeth. "Shove them in a cell," he said, pointing to the unconscious guards. "Melt the locks."

Brendan dragged both guards to an empty cell, while Tinny examined Lestrange. "He's still breathing," she said. "Should I Heal him?"

"Are you crazy?" Geoff asked.

From below, from the dungeons, something crashed. "Do what you can," Teddy said. "Janey, stay with her in case something happens."

He ran past them, down the corridor, to the stairs that led further into the island. From below, he could hear people shouting. When he reached the dungeons, the whole room seemed to be seething with fighters. Granny was standing on the chair she'd been bound in, tossing Curses while Narcissa guarded her. Honoria and Draco had taken down what looked like a large group, and Corky was wrestling with a huge redheaded man.

"Ruthless!" Teddy yelled.

There was no answer.

From across the room, he heard Sam Cresswell laugh. There was a crack, and the chair Granny was standing on collapsed, sending her down into the fury. Teddy ran in, trying to keep his eye on everything at once as he fought blindly.

Draco, distracted by the danger to his mother (and possibly to Granny), ran over, which left Honoria undefended. Sam knocked her down, and broke the spells on the guards she'd captured.

They rose up.

Teddy's group was badly outnumbered now, and the element of surprise was gone. Sam's people were around him.

And from somewhere beyond, Teddy could hear the thunder of approaching feet.
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willowbough From: willowbough Date: December 27th, 2010 06:57 am (UTC) (Link)
Hey, maybe I'm the first one here? Nice surprise to find this up tonight--and oh, boy, it doesn't look good for Teddy's side right now. I hope the cavalry is about to come riding over the hill and turn the tide. And I just knew Psycho Sam was going to find some reason to attack Tinny or her family. He needs to go down--I just wonder how and who'll be the one to do it. Eager for the next!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 27th, 2010 05:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. And yeah, Teddy's probably wondering right about now if this was the best idea he ever had.
panaili From: panaili Date: December 27th, 2010 07:22 am (UTC) (Link)
omg Teddy. omg.

I am at the edge of my seat waiting for the rest of this. I can barely review coherently, but goodness, this was an exciting chapter. I was so scared when Sam had Teddy tied up -- it's kind of interesting how his MO seems to vanish when he finds himself backed up to a corner -- like, he's all about making people pay for the crimes they (in his mind) legitimately committed, but as soon as someone else interferes (ie, Teddy, who is LEGIT innocent of these supposed crimes, given his parents) suddenly he can convince himself it's okay to harm them, so long as the end justifies it. It makes for a compelling character, that's for sure!

Great chapter! Thank you for posting it!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 27th, 2010 05:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sam may have started out with a clear agenda, but like a lot of people who get hooked, he didn't stick to it, and justifies all of his kills.
mrs_norris_mous From: mrs_norris_mous Date: December 27th, 2010 07:32 am (UTC) (Link)
It was good to wake up and find this waiting for me , thank you.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 27th, 2010 05:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
You're welcome.
beceh From: beceh Date: December 27th, 2010 08:33 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh my goodness! Looking forward to the next installment! I read that so fast!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 27th, 2010 05:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
I wish they wrote so fast... choreographing action scenes is much more complicated than meaningful heart-to-hearts! ;p
malinbe From: malinbe Date: December 27th, 2010 03:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
THE APPROACHING FEET ARE GOOD GUYS AND I WILL CHANT THAT TO MYSELF ALL WEEK.

This chapter was gripping, amazing, terrifying! The Lestranges!! OMG, Death Eaters with their own agendas in the middle of chaos! CrazyCreepy!Umbridge! This chapter had it all!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 27th, 2010 05:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, I figured that I'd mentioned not giving the DEs wands during the prep, so at some point, a DE best get a wand... ;p
From: (Anonymous) Date: December 27th, 2010 03:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Geoff is such a . . . Geoff.

And that shirt really was the wrong thing to wear to this party. Not that Rabastan is much of an ally, but you don't need two fronts at a time like this.

Side thing, wasn't there a reference in Book 7 to Bellatrix' husband having died? Or am I imagining things? Between having read the book for the first time when I was pretty tired (from midnight right through till whatever a.m. it was when I finished), read fanfics galore since, and so on, I'm sure there are a few dreamt up details lurking in my brain that have nothing to do with Rowling.

Ellen
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 27th, 2010 05:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hmm. Dunno. I went to the Lex, and they didn't have it (I used it to check for who might still be alive), but they could have missed it.
sgt_majorette From: sgt_majorette Date: December 27th, 2010 05:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
Nice fight scene! Enough detail for stage directions, and real action, not just wand duelling, which always seemed lame to me...
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 27th, 2010 05:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. Wand duels can be action packed, but some use had to be made of those knives of Maurice's...
summoner_lenne9 From: summoner_lenne9 Date: December 27th, 2010 07:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ohhh! The weight was fine, because this was excellent. And awesome. And, yep, can't wait for the next chapter.

Question though- I understand the whole, "Ministry is sealed so conveniently the adults can't help out Teddy and co". My question is- why were they all still THERE at 9 at night? o_0
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 27th, 2010 07:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
In Quantum Leap, Don Bellisario liked to address such things with the phrase, "Don't investigate this too closely." ;p
From: (Anonymous) Date: December 27th, 2010 11:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Augh!
I can't decide whether to say "stop writing chapters that make me want to chew on things - I always ruin something" or "more! more! more!"

~Hermione Stranger~
From: (Anonymous) Date: January 7th, 2011 11:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
Fabulous!
Please, please, please, pleeeease update again soon!
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