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The Secret of Ville-Sauvage, Chapter Ten: The Journal of Lily Luna Potter, 30 Oct-20 Nov, pt 3 - The Phantom Librarian
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The Secret of Ville-Sauvage, Chapter Ten: The Journal of Lily Luna Potter, 30 Oct-20 Nov, pt 3
This will be a four part chapter.

Lily's diary for the month James has been away. She, Al, Rosie, and Hugo have a secret crimefighting society, and they're researching the tournaments to find out what might be causing the troubles.

Table of Contents So Far

9 November.
PWAC didn't really meet yesterday, since we were mostly listening for news about who was going to be the new Hogwarts champion (or if we'd have to withdraw). Turns out it's Celia. That's really great news, though I reckon James will be very annoying about it, and not just because he wanted it to be him. I think Dad's really glad the Goblet didn't pick James. All week in class, he was snapping at everyone, but after dinner, he stayed for a bit and was in a very good mood. He lost a chess game to Rosie and helped me with some of the questions he'd assigned. (This wasn't being unfair, diary--half my year came over when they saw him Conjure a little table for us, and he helped them, too.) He actually stayed long enough to pair up a few of us and let us practice dueling. Since most of us can't do many Curses yet, we didn't get very far, though I did make Hugo's nose itch, and I stopped him from doing anything to me.

A bunch of older students came around, and the next thing anyone knew, there was a little dueling club going on, and Dad was wandering around, fixing everyone's form. He told me I had great dueling form. Al and Rosie were hitting each other pretty hard by the time he got to them--nothing personal, they just both reckon that there's no point in dancing around at a practice--and instead of telling them to tone it down, he suggested they both try some brand new spells, which he gave them. I think he means to teach them the Shield Charm.

He finally went home just before curfew, or more likely went to Teddy's, since that's where Mum was this evening, waiting for portrait news and probably fussing over Mira and going through name books for the new one with Victoire. I notice no one lets Dad help with this, otherwise Mira would have been Nymphadora and the new one would most likely be Remus Harry . I just know Teddy has brought that up--he's just like Dad that way, but Victoire has got him to come around and use names like the family would use, instead of using names they already did. "Mira" is really a giant red star. Rosie showed me a picture of it when they named her. Thankfully, they haven't gone full-on Black family, otherwise, she'd be the other name of the star, and "Omicron Ceti Lupin" is just silly. I like "Mira," though. It's a nice compromise. I hope they have a star name for the next baby, too.

Sorry, I guess that was a little bit off topic, but it's very exciting, don't you think? Two babies, one right after another. It's quite romantic.

I'm writing now in the middle of the Gryffindor-Slytherin Quidditch game, which ought to tell you how boring the game is. Gryffindor-Slytherin is usually very exciting! Al's dramatics club is commentating this year, and it's Al's turn, so instead of doing what he's really good at, which is flying, he's pretending to be excited about other people flying when they don't do it as well as he does. He's not half-bad at it, mind. I can follow the game without watching it just by what he's saying (Slytherin just scored, because our new Keeper is no Celia, but their new Chaser is no Sybil Horowitz, either, so it's not too terrible, mathematically speaking; in the end, I suppose it will depend on whether or not our temporary Seeker is as good as James, so we're doomed... but don't tell James I said so).

10 November.
We lost the game, of course.

Still, everyone was saying Al should keep commentating. Apparently, sitting up in the commentating booth during Mum's games taught him a bit. He said it was someone else's turn next time, when Hufflepuff plays Ravenclaw.

I finally had it with him. It's one thing not to be bigheaded. That ought to be a big relief after some brothers I've had. But Al doesn't act like he wants to be good at anything, and I told him that was just stupid.

He looked sort of confused about this, and said, "That's not what it is! I just don't know what I like yet!"

I told him that wasn't what he was acting like. When you're trying to find something you like, you have to keep doing something long enough to know. He's just running from one thing to another as soon as someone notices that he's good at it. He ignored me. He's very good at that, but unfortunately, he sticks with it.

11 November.
We had the PWAC meeting after supper at the cairn. Al got out the Cloak, and I had the Marauder's Map. Hugo thinks he and Rosie ought to have something useful, too, maybe the put-outer or, as he'd much prefer, the Time Turner Aunt Hermione had once. Given that that's probably in the broken pile of glass and sand in the back of Teddy's office right now, I doubt he'll get it. I suggested that we should go on a trip around the Forest and see if we could find Granddad Weasley's car. That would be useful for Hugo to have. Rosie pointed out that they also have Aunt Hermione's library.

Anyway, we got to the cairn, and we set up at an old table that Bear found in the Boyler, which is the second-hand shop his father has in Diagon Alley. He also apparently grabbed art there, as there's a lot of it, and it's all quite terrible--mostly pictures of witches in short robes with low necks.

Anyway, here are Rosie's notes.

Meeting Five of the Potter-Weasley Association of Crimefighting (PWAC)
In attendance: Albus Severus Potter, Rose Monica Weasley, Lily Luna Potter, Hugo Ronald Weasley

Item 1: Meeting four or meeting five?
As meeting four was not spent in Association activities, Rose Weasley feels it ought not be counted. She was overridden, despite being plainly right.

Item 2: Knowledge of adults. As Lily Potter reported having had to do an essay for Professor Harry Potter, in which she used some of our information, we compared notes, and discovered that in both Herbology and Defense Against the Dark Arts, we have been asked pointed questions and in two cases may have inadvertently given clues as to our project. Rose Weasley was asked to do a greenhouse presentation on dangerous plants and unthinkingly used the Devil's Snare used as an obstacle in the tournament of 1617, as the assignment was due too quickly to start an entirely new plant study. On the other hand, Rose Weasley finds it silly that we aren't sharing information in the first place, and plans to sneak as much information as possible into her assignments, against the explicit--and unsuitable for formal notes--wishes of Al Potter. But Al Potter didn't want to be in charge, so he'll have to deal with it. Other members of PWAC (foolishly) plan to be more careful with their information.

Item 3: Amos Diggory
Mr. Diggory has been in Britain since the incident with the sirens, and was seen visiting Hogwarts and speaking to Harry Potter. The content of that conversation is unknown. Al Potter offered to obtain it and report at the next meeting.

Item 4: Ongoing research
Hugo Weasley learned about a treasure discovered at Durmstrang when a champion in 1672, in the process of trying to subdue a werewolf, inadvertantly cursed a wall, which had been enchanted to open its doors if it were hit by powerful magic under the light of a full moon. The doors led to an unplottable space where the infamous disgraced dragon hunter, Ivan Aliyev, had hidden the loot he'd claimed not to find in his various slayings. The sincere hope was expressed that James doesn't get wind of an actual treasure, as he might blow up Beauxbatons to find it.

And that was that. I wanted to stay and explore, but it was almost curfew. After Christmas, I'll bring a rug from home. I know there are a few rolled up in the attic.

12 November.
Al and I invited Dad to tea in his office, which sounds strange, but it's how it went. We can't very well invite him anywhere else. Of course, he also brought the food. I don't know--it feels quite improper to invite someone to tea in his own office and ask him to feed us as well, but I can't think how else we'd have done it. There's a Hogsmeade weekend this weekend, which Al could go to and buy food, but that's not going to help getting the information we promised to get.

We didn't ask straight out, of course. That wouldn't be quite proper, either. We asked about Mum and Teddy and Victoire (all quite well, the latter two still apparently dancing around over the baby), and how Uncle Ron enjoyed being head of the Auror division ("I suggest you don't ask him. There are words you haven't heard yet, and I'd like to keep it that way..."). Finally, Al asked if he'd seen anyone else from London--someone said he'd had a visitor.

I'm sure Dad caught on. He answered too quickly and didn't ask why we wanted to know, which means he knows why we wanted to know, which makes it less fun. He said that Mr. Diggory came to visit to ask if there was a way to prove he hadn't done anything to the siren cages in France. Dad told him that it's hard to prove someone didn't do anything.

"What about an alibi?" Al asked.

Dad smiled, and said, "For people determined believe you're guilty, an alibi is just a minor roadblock. Thankfully, Aurors aren't supposed to be determined to believe anyone is guilty, and we can look in other directions once someone produces one. That's why the French Aurors aren't up here asking for extradition."

"Is he feeling better?" I asked.

Dad thought about this, then nodded, his eyebrows going in like they do when he's thinking about something. "Yes," he said. "I think he is. It's strange. Half of France wants him accused of attempted murder, but he is feeling better. It was the sanest conversation I've had with him since Cedric died. I think he's finally seen how mad he looks."

On the way back to Gryffindor tower, Al and I agreed that this was good for our job, as well. If he's sane enough to know he looks crazy, then there's no way at all that he would have let sirens loose in a school.

13 November
Rosie has a cold and didn't come to PWAC, so I took notes. They're not as fancy. Al and I told Hugo what Dad told us. Hugo said that someone in 1722 let out the erumpent, apparently just to see what would happen. I have to read more. Hugo is finding everything.
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fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 17th, 2011 06:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
She is... about some things.
willowbough From: willowbough Date: October 16th, 2011 02:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
No surprise that Harry got antsy over the possibility of James being Champion, after all. Or that he was vastly relieved when Celia was chosen instead. Relieved to see that Amos Diggory might finally be regaining some equilibrium after so many years of being unbalanced with grief.

Lily makes an appealing girl sleuth--a bit like a young Nancy Drew with magic, only less Mary Sue-ish. Amused that Hugo seems to be beating everyone to the punch where information is concerned--rather like his mum, I suspect.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 17th, 2011 06:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah--I kind of see Hugo and Rosie as being externally defined by their same-sex parent (people think of Rosie as "the smart one" and Hugo as, well... the boy). But in fact, they're both smart (because frankly, Ron's not dumb), and in personality, Rosie's actually the one likely to fly off the handle and start cursing like a sailor, and to feel like she's being excluded or ignored when that's no one's intention, and Hugo's the one who lives for finding random trivia and so on.
starnightmuse From: starnightmuse Date: October 16th, 2011 02:36 pm (UTC) (Link)

*laughs* You tell him Lily

as it seems Al is the opposite of harry- If he is Good at something- he then avoids doing it. ;p

good of lily to FINALLY try to knock some sense into him.

I mean Hey, Harry Never did Quidditch Commentary, and not only is that quite Cool thing to do, it is Different from his dad!

so here's hoping Al finally saw sense and stops running away from things he enjoys.

and who knows, since the gryffindor Team seriously needs a uplift, after it seems the best players left, maybe Al will Finally take the initiative. ;p
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 17th, 2011 06:46 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: *laughs* You tell him Lily

I don't think Al is going to play Quidditch. He likes flying and is good at it, but I don't think he has any special fondness for early morning practices with insane team captains. ;p
From: (Anonymous) Date: October 16th, 2011 05:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
it's been a while since I went over your stories.

look like you're still spewing loads of them

this one is looking like quite an exciting one- amos accused of attacking students.

kathya jackson
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 17th, 2011 06:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks... welcome back.
starnightmuse From: starnightmuse Date: October 16th, 2011 05:32 pm (UTC) (Link)

*sighs in Relief* finally Amos

you don't know how Glad I am that Amos is finally gaining back sense among the grieving and realizing what his paranoia was causing to him.

he might not want to see the games by a long shot, but at least now he's backing off from the Doom and Gloom and grieving spite. maybe he will help to some extend in the investigation
starnightmuse From: starnightmuse Date: October 16th, 2011 05:53 pm (UTC) (Link)

lily's journal entries are growing on me....

she has such a peculiar way of seeing things. (for the most part)

I laughed out loud at the massive irony of now all of the sudden Lily not minding Rose wanting to ask from help/share info with adults, when she was initial all "this has to be a secret!" attitude of hers.

and i dont understand the problem with the painted witches- are the witches deformed and that's why it's terrible.

reannanshaw From: reannanshaw Date: October 16th, 2011 10:04 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: lily's journal entries are growing on me....

I got the impression that the witches were more like girly mags, less emphasis on artistic quality than on just showing as much skin as possible--which I would have expected Lily to understand by now, rather than just thinking them poor art, but perhaps not.
starnightmuse From: starnightmuse Date: October 16th, 2011 05:54 pm (UTC) (Link)

looks like things at hogwarts are going alright

LOVE that Harry, in trying to help out the students, accidently lead to the creation of a temporary dueling club. *laughs*

question when you mean "Al and Rosie were hitting each other pretty hard" means they're just dueling with everything they got right?
not actually wanting to hurt each other. (I mean probably not- but the sentence itself sounds odd)

and awwwww at Al saying ""That's not what it is! I just don't know what I like yet!"

although i find it a bit strange, since well he does like crossword puzzles, and he likes swordfighting/dueling sort off...

but i'm beginning to get the impression he's confused about What activity to stick with because of reputation- i mean, his Grandad was Great at quidditch, his Dad was the youngest seeker- i'm getting the impression he feels pressured to do it because grandad/dad were good at it.

which just makes me want to give him a Hug and tell him Harry won''t pressure him to be good at quidditch, to just do it his way.

also *laughs* speaking of parental influence Hugo really taking a leaf out of Hermione's book. seems he doesn't care being a bookworm if no one outside of his family notices it. ;)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 17th, 2011 06:51 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: looks like things at hogwarts are going alright

That means they were dueling each other pretty hard.

I'm not sure Lily's completely right about Al running away from everything he's good at. You're right that he does the crossword puzzles, and the dueling... but honestly, with Quidditch particularly, I think what Lily really wants is to be playing herself, which she can't as a first year, so she wants to goad Al into doing it. As for the commentating, it really is someone else's turn next. On the other hand, the things Al sticks with tend to be much quieter, things he can do while keeping a pretty low profile. I'm not sure why yet.
etain_antrim From: etain_antrim Date: October 16th, 2011 05:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm still enjoying Lily's fresh voice and her asides. She's a very likable character. Her advice to Al is very sophisticated and quite intelligent. I think Al is good at too many things -- it does make it hard to find his passion, but surely he's a bit young to have settled on his final choices anyway. He needs to relax his pursuit and enjoy the moment. Love your Harry!
From: (Anonymous) Date: October 16th, 2011 07:40 pm (UTC) (Link)

"good at too many things?

sorry, but that makes it sound like Al is a gary-stu, and we all know what well-throughout writer fern in.

still.... now i'm drawing a blank at flaws and things Al is not good at.

*goes to re-read fern fics to look for them

From: (Anonymous) Date: October 16th, 2011 08:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Just wanted to tell you how very much I am enjoying this story. Lily's voice has really grown on me, and I am very curious about this mystery. ~Karen
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 17th, 2011 06:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
nundu_art From: nundu_art Date: October 17th, 2011 02:22 am (UTC) (Link)
'That ought to be a big relief after some brothers I've head.' Should that be had?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 17th, 2011 06:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ahem. Yes. I'll fix that.
From: (Anonymous) Date: October 17th, 2011 12:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
oh baby names! me love baby names!
still poor harry :( - i still think the "severus" part was purely plot related and a little ooc. harry who came to the wizard world already with a reputation- should know not to put that kind pf baggage on his kids.

like wait- the longbottoms had 2 or 3 kids? and who was in charge of naming them and why they named them that?

i'm curious :)

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 17th, 2011 06:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
The Longbottoms have a boy, Abbott, who was born at the end of Teddy Lupin and the Needle's Eye, and Alice (Allie), who was born between the last James story and this one. These are purely my names for them. I have no idea what JKR had in mind.
From: (Anonymous) Date: October 17th, 2011 12:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
wait. sorry, i like forgot.

one was Allie and the other- Artie?

and there's a third one coming?

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 17th, 2011 06:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
No third for the Longbottoms. Teddy and Victoire are expecting the new one.
From: (Anonymous) Date: October 17th, 2011 12:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
Al seems to be in a tough personal predicament...

but he'll figure it out, he's smart like that.

personally, i hope for quidditch commentary,

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 17th, 2011 06:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
He's also not a half-bad detective. I'm hoping Lily will get a better appreciation for him in the course of the year.
From: (Anonymous) Date: October 17th, 2011 01:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
and Amos Diggory finally starts to come around

I think everyone is probably very relieved this happened.

~Alex Wells
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 17th, 2011 06:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well... probably not with the circumstances! But the people who know him are certainly glad he's starting to at least see what he sounds like.
From: (Anonymous) Date: October 17th, 2011 01:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
awwww Harry helping lily with her homework
Daddy harry is So CUTE!

Betthany Anne
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 17th, 2011 06:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah--although that's teacher Harry as much as Dad Harry, I think!
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