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Teddy Lupin and the Needle's Eye, Chapter Thirty: The Window of Years, pt. 2 - The Phantom Librarian
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Teddy Lupin and the Needle's Eye, Chapter Thirty: The Window of Years, pt. 2
So, Teddy and Victoire go to Screech Hill to plant a tree for Neville and Hannah's baby, Abbott. They spend some time talking about the piece of glass that sits where the Shrieking Shack used to be, and Teddy wants to use it as a magical object someday. He confides that he doesn't really want to leave school, and she chides him out of his melancholy. They walk back to school, and find Tinny waiting at the gate, smiling.

Table of Contents and Summary So Far




Tinny led the way to Hufflepuff, talking excitedly and sending off her grey seal Patronus casually as they went back to the castle. She'd wanted to talk to Teddy first, she said, though she didn't really give him much space to get a word in edgewise. She included Victoire in her greetings, but it was obvious that Victoire wasn't part of the plan, and she went back to Gryffindor after a quick goodbye at the main door.

By the time they got to Hufflepuff, Corky and Honoria were already there, and Donzo ran down just as she was opening the door. The others came more slowly, and Geoff and Roger didn't make it at all, though Geoff gave Franklin Driscoll permission to bring his notes from the year's project. ("Talked like it was a real sacrifice," Franklin said. "But I reckon he'd've complained if I didn't ask for them, too.")

There was a brief discussion about eating together at the Leaving Feast, but all of them had younger friends in their Houses, and it seemed to be with them one last time. "Not that I'll ever stop being a Hufflepuff," Laura said. "You wouldn't believe all the job interviews I've had offered since Honoria's story said I didn't have a real job in mind yet."

They finished Tinny's project fifteen minutes before the Leaving Feast, and walked up to the Great Hall together. A few people were eying them oddly, and Neil Overby, at the Slytherin table, looked inconsolable.

Teddy smiled at his friends, and made his way to the Gryffindor table, where the Weasley girls made room for him. Across from him, Celia Dean was in the middle of an exciting sounding monologue about her first final exams. Teddy was content to listen to it until Marie changed the subject, speculating on which House had won the House Cup.

"Hufflepuff won the Quidditch Cup," she said, "so that's a good number of points, but Anna Smith got caught stealing Potions supplies, and lost a good number. Has Ravenclaw done anything this year?"

"Good or bad?" Victoire asked.

"Either."

"Depends on whether or not they give last minute points for what happened at Azkaban." Victoire smiled slightly at Teddy.

Marie looked crestfallen. "There were five Ravenclaws there, and only one Gryffindor," she said. She shook her head sadly at this injustice, then sighed. "Other than that, though, just academic points."

Victoire raised an eyebrow. "Which really ought to count more in a school, don't you think?"

Marie wrinkled her nose.

At the head table, Professor Sprout stood up and tapped her goblet for attention. "We're here to bid farewell to another year at Hogwarts, and to our seventh years, who will go out into the world tomorrow. The school will be less interesting without you." She nodded to each table, and gave space for applause. Teddy considered shouting out that she needn't worry about a dull year with James coming in September, but chose not to. As an adult going out into the world, he supposed his days of yelling from tables were over. Sprout smiled fondly as the applause died and said, "Yes, very well, seventh years. I hope none of you will be strangers. I'm sure you've already discovered that those who came before you in your Houses will be there to help you, and hope that, as you commit to your adult lives, you will also help those who come after you." She looked down at Professor Longbottom. "Are you ready?"

Professor Longbottom stood up. "I have an announcement to make. I will be stepping down as Head of Gryffindor House"--he held his hand up to stop the outpouring of scandalized chattering from the table--"because I find that I can't properly discharge my duties while living off school grounds. I'll still be your Herbology Professor, and I hope you'll still feel free to come to me if you have problems, but Professor Robards will be taking over as Head of House." Professor Robards waved, and Teddy did his best to encourage hearty applause. Professor Longbottom smiled. "Oh, and to various seventh years I may be seeing soon, please remember that, as soon as you get across the lake tomorrow morning, my first name will no longer be 'Professor.'" He sat down.

The Headmistress waited for quiet, then said, "If that will be all, I believe I have a House Cup to award."

Teddy himself had never been enamored of the House Cup. With most of his friends in different Houses, it had simply never been a great priority. But the younger students in larger years had begun to stir up a healthy rivalry again--Victoire and Story's prank war had created a good-natured but intense Gryffindor-Ravenclaw competition--and the Great Hall fell silent as Sprout picked up a scroll.

"I have already added our last minute points," she said. "As they were not posted, I will say that the participants in the events at Azkaban were awarded twenty-five points each for great bravery. I further award Honoria Higgs of Slytherin ten points for her much-discussed series of editorials in the paper that she created, and which we hope will be a legacy at Hogwarts for many years."

Teddy was surprised to see Honoria actually blush.

"That said," Sprout went on, "the points are as follows. In fourth place, Ravenclaw, with 297 points. In third place, Gryffindor, with 301 points. In second place, Hufflepuff, with 306 points, and in first place, Slytherin, with 327 points. Congratulations, Slytherin!" She raised her wand to change the colors.

Corky, who had been huddling with the other Slytherin prefects since HOnoria's points had been announced, stood up. "Headmistress?"

"Yes?"

"The Slytherin prefects request that all the Houses be represented for the Leaving Feast, no matter who won."

Sprout looked surprised. "Very well," she said. With a flick of her wand, the banners hanging on the walls changed, so that they alternated the House colors around the room.

The food appeared, and Teddy tucked into the feast. Celia was already planning ways to increase Gryffindor's points next year, though this year, she'd apparently lost more than she gained by taking on several mad dares from the other second years. About halfway through, Aimee cajoled Teddy into morphing for her amusement, and he spent the rest of the meal surrounded by younger Gryffindors asking him to try dogs' ears and bird beaks and the faces of any number of teachers and celebrities.

After pudding, people began to drift out to finish whatever packing they had left, and the Great Hall was considerably quieter when Tinny came over, the other seventh year Hufflepuffs in tow, and tapped Teddy on the shoulder. "It's time," she said. "Let's go."

Teddy nodded, said goodnight to the Weasley girls (though he was sure they'd still be up packing when he got back, running back and forth to return everything they'd borrowed from one another through the year), and followed Tinny to the other tables. He fell in beside Corky on the way outside.

"What was that about?" he asked. "The House colors."

Corky shrugged. "Tinny and I had been doing the math. We knew it was going to be one of us, no matter what happened with the last minute points. And it didn't seem right for our last night to be about one House or the other. So we agreed that whichever one it was would convince the other prefects."

"How did you do that?"

"Do you know how much Maurice has changed things? They all want to fix Slytherin's problems now. So I just pointed out that it would look really, really good if we made a big gesture."

"Oh."

When they went through the door, the pleasant-smelling night air greeted them, and the sounds of night birds over the lake's waves filled the dark with wild music. They paused together.

Tinny looked over her shoulder.

"Is everyone here?"

"Franklin's still trying to get Geoff to come," Connie Deverill said. "It could take a while. Are we in a hurry?"

Tinny shook her head.

Donzo went ahead to the lake and sat down on a rock, pulling out his guitar to play softly. When everyone else got there, he was playing something that seemed both light and oddly mournful. He looked up, not stopping. "This is it, then."

Teddy nodded. He looked up toward the castle and saw two figures coming down the path--Franklin Driscoll, nearly manhandling Geoff Phillips. "This is it."

They waited without speaking until Franklin and Geoff made it down. Franklin looked more irritated than moved by the moment, and Geoff looked sullen. But they were here.

Together, the smallest year stood on the shore of the night-black lake, the stars above them watching impassively.

Tinny Gudgeon stepped forward and said, "Let's do it, then."
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Comments
sidealong From: sidealong Date: March 10th, 2011 01:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
I thought Story Shaklebolt was Ravenclaw, not Hufflepuff for some reason.

I'm interested to see what will happen next! Kind of sad that Maurice isn't there.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: March 10th, 2011 03:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oops, you're right. That was just a brain skip on my part.
malinbe From: malinbe Date: March 10th, 2011 01:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, it looks as though I'll be crying next chapterlet!

OMGIdon'twantTeddytoend!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: March 10th, 2011 03:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Clearly, neither do I. ;p
willowbough From: willowbough Date: March 10th, 2011 02:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
Lovely sentiment at the Leaving Feast, because the Smallest Year has always been about interhouse unity. And one more ceremony to come--looking forward to it, though I imagine saying goodbye to Teddy & Company isn't easy after all this time. But you know you have an eager readership for whatever you write next!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: March 10th, 2011 03:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm glad people are still willing to read after this fits-and-starts story.

I think the younger house members may not be as happy about the interhouse unity thing. ;p
starnightmuse From: starnightmuse Date: March 10th, 2011 04:06 pm (UTC) (Link)

aWWWW argh no i dont want this to end!!!

it been a wondeful story! and it felt.... short? the year definitely went zooming.
oh well at last it was fantastic to read, and Definitely looking forward to see how a graduation ceremony is.

(and hope we still will see your around Fern, after the story is done. considering 2011 so far bad streak)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: March 11th, 2011 07:36 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: aWWWW argh no i dont want this to end!!!

I've been keeping myself deliberately busy, but I always end up back at the blog for one reason or another. :D

Glad you're still liking it.
From: (Anonymous) Date: March 12th, 2011 05:30 am (UTC) (Link)

wait what?!

I've been keeping myself deliberately busy, but I always end up back at the blog for one reason or another"

so your trying to detach yourself from the journal?!

like we wont see more fern fics after this???!!!!

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: March 12th, 2011 05:31 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: wait what?!

Oh, no. Just finishing up with Teddy. I always come back to LJ. Most helpful place on the planet, short of GoogleMaps. ;p
etain_antrim From: etain_antrim Date: March 10th, 2011 04:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's lovely to see another snippet from this story, although I'm also sorry to see it rolling to an end. Do we know what the seventh year ceremony is? I'm too lazy to look back and see if I missed it or have forgotten.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: March 11th, 2011 07:36 am (UTC) (Link)
There was a ficlet, which I'll use in essence, but the nature of the preceding year is a little different so there will be changes anyway.
starnightmuse From: starnightmuse Date: March 10th, 2011 08:17 pm (UTC) (Link)

Also how very appropiate at the date

since it's Prof. Lupin's Birthday today!

(did you planned it that way)?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: March 11th, 2011 07:37 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Also how very appropiate at the date

Ha! No, I forgot, actually.
hymnia From: hymnia Date: March 11th, 2011 05:10 am (UTC) (Link)
I cried. Somehow the house colors bit got to me. <3
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: March 11th, 2011 07:38 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm sure a true Slytherin would point out that it's supposed to make you feel all generous toward them. ;p
From: (Anonymous) Date: March 12th, 2011 09:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
Aaaaah, so intrigued to see what the Smallest Year do to mark their graduation. I seem to have a knack for checking just as you update, but now I'm greedy for more. Time to re-read I think!
Xine xx
amamama From: amamama Date: March 13th, 2011 10:54 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, what a lovely gesture. The smallest year has been all about them as a whole, so having all the houses represented is brilliant. And now I'm awfully curious - what is Tinny's project? What are they going to do?

You obviously need to update soon. *g* Because when this is over, you can make a new world for use to enjoy, and I'm looking forward to that!
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