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Batch 1: After the War (1) - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
Batch 1: After the War (1)
Okay, finally, letters started following one another and making words, and then there were sentences. Phew. I was beginning to worry. ;p

Anyway, I'm doing these in clumps by vague topics, in this case "After the War," which I'm defining as requests about the lives of the canon characters post-war, from the year after on to Harry as an old man (excluding the ones about celebrating holidays, since I'll do those on their own). I sorted everything out in an Excel file, so the order may seem random, but it makes sense to me in some weird way. ;p Everything was requested in the same 24 odd hours, anyway. There are thirteen "After the War" stories coming, 6 AUs, 26 canon era, 2 crossover, 4 holiday, 11 Marauder era, 10 minor characters, 6 next gen, 6 other fandom or original, 4 Black family (Phineas and Regulus), 6 teachers, 5 World-building, and 2 young trio. There are also two for me to do "anything I want," so we'll see where they land. :D

Hermione as Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement is pretty badass, but this is also the girl who managed to get the trio out of Xenophilius Lovegood's home by blowing up the floor and Disapparating in midair. Something with the kids discovering Action!Aunt Hermione would be wonderful. for Anon

Lily didn't expect much out of a night at the Romp.

Oh, Aunt Hermione was amusing enough, and there were books all over, which made for predictable, but satisfying, entertainment. Hugo sometimes got up to trouble, which could be fun. Rosie swore like a dragon-keeper, which made Al laugh until his face went red. And Aunt Hermione herself had a way of looking like she was flustered and shocked every time she overheard, but somehow, she always sounded like she was about to laugh.

It would be a perfectly pleasant day... but there wasn't much to expect. It was just the Romp.

At least until the vampire showed up.

Vampires were mostly extinct in England--much to James's disappointment, Lily thought. Most were either dead or kept under the tight control of the researchers studying them. Unfortunately, someone had forgotten to mention that to the one who showed up at Rosie's window just after sunset. Mum was off covering a game, Daddy and Uncle Ron were working late, and Al and Lily were staying with Aunt Hermione when there was a scratching at the window, interrupting the homework all four children were studiously pretending to do. Lily looked up. A perfectly beautiful boy was standing outside the second floor window. He smiled, and she was about to get up and let him in. (This somehow seemed the only right thing to do.)

"Lily, stop!"

Lily's hand was almost at the latch when Aunt Hermione's voice cut through the fog. She turned guiltily, like she'd been caught stealing the stringmints that the cousins always had on hand.

Aunt Hermione's wand was drawn, and she was staring steadily at the window. "Get back," she said calmly. "Get behind me."

"It's no good," the boy at the window said (Lily could hear him, despite the glass). "Rosie already invited me!"

"I--" Rosie started, but Aunt Hermione cut her off with a wave and stepped toward the window.

"Consider yourself uninvited." She jerked her hand forward, and the glass of the window blew outward, taking the vampire with it.

The vampire laughed in the garden below. "It's not that easy!"

Aunt Hermione grimaced. "Children, get down. Under the bed or the desk."

Lily backed away, moving herself toward Rosie's desk. Al and Hugo were hiding under the bed. Rosie was standing stubbornly at the door.

Aunt Hermione didn't check. She went to the window and pointed her wand down at the garden. "So much for my begonias," she muttered, then said, "Confringo!" The garden exploded up into the night, wooden fence stakes flying in every direction. From her vantage point, Lily saw the vampire try to climb a tree. A stake flew into him.

Aunt Hermione sighed. "I told Harry they were still roaming about." She shook her head. "Well, we'll have to re-plant tomorrow. It's too dark out." She turned back to the room. "Well, come out now. It's over. And I know for a fact that all of you have maths to do."

All of the children scrambled for their homework.

Aunt Hermione fixed the window with an impatient wave of her wand, and disappeared down the stairs.

something in the home life of mr. and mrs. Ron-hermione weasley? mother's day or something? for Anon

"All right," Hermione said. "We'll need to get a cot, and paint the nursery--we can do that magically, so there are no fumes. I shall have to talk to your mother about how to start her education, of course, I can't believe I never thought of that. Or shall we send her to a Muggle school, if she can control her accidental magic?"

"I don't think Mum would like a Muggle school," Ron said, grinning.

Hermione didn't dignify this with more than a glare. "You know what I mean. And this is assuming she'll be magical, I've never heard of Squibs in a family with a Muggle-born parent, I wonder why that is, and--"

Ron laughed. "Hermione, we have eight and a half months. Then eighteen years to get everything right."

She frowned. "Aren't you even a bit nervous?"

"Me? I'm bloody terrified. What good am I going to be at this?"


"But Dad and Bill both told Harry, before James was born, that everyone's terrified, and you may as well just get used to it. Harry's terrified, and he's really good at it. We were pretty good with Teddy when he gave us a turn."

"Babysitting for a few hours while Harry's off on a date or a Death Eater hunt is not the same as being parents."

"I haven't dropped James yet, either."

Hermione didn't seem satisfied with this response. She went back to pacing in the room they'd chosen for a nursery twenty minutes ago, when the diagnostic spells had come back with a positive response. "We should put bookshelves in here. It's good for babies to be surrounded by books."

"Your collection in the parlor is outgrowing itself, anyway."

"We should get her her own."

"Why are you so sure it's a girl?"

"It's a generic pronoun," Hermione said impatiently. "I just always imagined a girl. If it's a boy, I'll be happy as well. We'll need to--"

Ron caught her hands, which were flying around, making arcane patterns in the air. "You'll need to calm down. If you want to, you can spend the next nine months lying about as queen, and I'll wait on you."

"Don't be daft, I'd go mad."

"True. But it's not like we didn't plan this. We know what we're doing here. Sort of. We can do this."

"Are you sure?"

"We beat the Death Eaters. We can manage one baby."

"Ron, we can't kill the baby if it misbehaves too much. That makes it a little more challenging."

"On the plus side, it probably won't be trying to kill us, either."


He squeezed her hands. "It's us," he said. "We'll be all right. We always end up all right, don't we?"

She bit her lip, then sighed. "Right. We should stop arguing so much. It's not good for a baby when its parents fight all the time."

"We don't fight. We just..."


"Er... well, we don't fight in a bad way. My parents have a fight every week or so, and I was never scared. They love each other. And we love each other. We'll be all right."

"I suppose..." She looked around and set her jaw. "All right. We'll put the cot against the wall, and I'll go to the library and find out what sorts of toys and decorations we ought to have..."

Ron let her go, and watched her with a smile on his face as she carefully built the future.

I'd love to see your take on how Draco and Astoria got together. Or one of their earlier meetings as children. for Anon

Draco Malfoy hadn't exactly spent his final year at Hogwarts productively studying, nor had he been free to take his exams in June. There had been a great clamour for his head, if he was to be perfectly honest. He hadn't done much, but he did have the Dark Mark, and quite a few students knew he'd been the first to let Death Eaters into the school. The first months after the Battle of Hogwarts had been spent in trials--his parents', his friends', and his own. To his chagrin, Harry Potter had come and spoken for him. He had even said, "I feel sorry for Draco." Draco knew that he needed to keep his mouth shut and be humble if he meant to avoid Azkaban, but it still burned him. To be pitied. It was worse than being hated.

Still, it had kept him out of prison. He'd assumed that he'd just miss exams and go on with his life, but Mother had been furious that such an idea would cross his mind. "You will not be chased out of your life," she'd said, and then packed him off to Hogwarts to repeat his seventh year along with quite a few people who'd been kept out of Hogwarts for other reasons... reasons that did not make Draco Malfoy a popular study partner. Even his fellow Slytherins avoided him, blaming him vaguely for making them work harder than necessary to prove their loyalty.

In short, he spent a lot of time alone. He was beginning to feel rather a lot like Hermione Granger, given that he was now spending all of his time in the library, usually a few tables away from her. He was careful to be cordial to her, and once helped her with a Potions assignment. She reciprocated by helping with a difficult Charms essay. But they both understood that this was playacting, done for the sake of showing the school that the war was over. Draco often felt quite chilled after these encounters, and had taken to hiding his nose in books in the library, in the hope that people would think he was studious, rather than accusing him of refusing to speak to a Mudblood. He rarely looked up at anyone until he'd been called a few times.

That was why he didn't notice Astoria Greengrass until she actually sat down beside him.

He knew her--Daphne's little sister. Daphne had largely stayed out of the war, and finished her exams on time. Draco had been at their home, as Daphne had been Pansy's friend, and they'd met over summers and holidays. (Pansy had avoided the war, and also the trials, and now avoided Draco. She was trying to make her way into the new regime, and dating a Death Eater was distinctly not in her interest; Draco couldn't blame her.) Astoria was two years younger than they were--a pretty girl with curly blond hair and bright blue eyes. All Draco knew about her was that, on an occasion that Daphne and Pansy had gone for a picnic, Astoria had turned their sandwich meat into earthworms.

He looked at her curiously.

"I'm having trouble in Defense Against the Dark Arts," she said.

"So talk to the new man. Robards. Used to be an Auror."

"He won't tell us how the curses work. How am I supposed to know how to defend if I don't know how the curses work?"

"Try learning the counter-spells," Draco said, and looked back down at his book.

"Rote memorization? I don't think so."

"What do you want from me? I'm not teaching you curses."

She frowned. "I don't know. I thought--"

"You thought I'd want to teach you curses? You thought, 'There's Draco Malfoy, everyone knows what he's like'?"


He looked up. "Then what?"

"I just... I thought you might like to talk to someone who wants to talk to you." She smiled. "You just seem a bit lonely."

"Did Daphne put you up to this? Or Pansy?"

She laughed. "No. They've both forbidden me to talk to you, for fear your reputation will rub off."

"And you're not worried about that?"

"Not very," she said, then looked at his books. "What are you studying, anyway...?"
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mrs_norris_mous From: mrs_norris_mous Date: December 12th, 2011 07:59 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you, Its good to read your writing again.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 12th, 2011 07:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
It was good to be able write again. I was beginning to think I wasn't going to be able to!
sgt_majorette From: sgt_majorette Date: December 12th, 2011 08:22 am (UTC) (Link)

Yay! Stories!

How did Hermione know about the vampire?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 12th, 2011 07:45 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yay! Stories!

She, um... let's see. Oh, I'll go simple. She was in the next room and heard it speak.
reannanshaw From: reannanshaw Date: December 12th, 2011 08:26 am (UTC) (Link)
Yay! So glad to see you've started these. I've been checking multiple times a day. An Excel sheet sounds like a good plan.

The first story reminded me a lot of that scene from Salem's Lot, with a touch of more modern vamps thrown in (with the beauty and coherent speech). It's too bad JKR didn't do a little more with vampires in her story, but I suppose that leaves us room to interpret it how we like.

Maybe this is cruel, but the thought of Draco in that seventh year, facing all those other kids, makes me crack up. He totally deserves it, though, and it's a very small price to pay for the choices he made.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 12th, 2011 07:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, 'Salem's Lot does have pretty vamps--those go back to Dracula. And yeah... the whole piece is a little SL, isn't it? ;p
starnightmuse From: starnightmuse Date: December 12th, 2011 12:55 pm (UTC) (Link)

well that's what I call organizing :)

i was beginning to wonder where you went, and then of course you were organizing these from top to bottom.

these were a nice start. but I'm confused on somethings,

in anticipation of these, i read and re-read the challenge call list- to see what we are getting, on top of our individual requests...

and then I saw the hermione vs vampire one and I was like- That's a new one? i didn't saw that one at all in the list of the others. did someone ask you for one somewhere else?

and wouldn't Pansy gotten Some form of punishment? I mean she wasn't as deep in as the malfoys, who got a reprieve, but she Did tried to sell out harry to voldemort to save her own skin in front of everyone. the malfoys might gotten free because of harry's testimony in narcissa's defense, but- how did pansy got off without even a year in Azkaban. or being accepted back at hogwarts even.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 12th, 2011 07:47 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: well that's what I call organizing :)

Pansy doesn't seem to have been particularly deep into anything. She just didn't risk her life for the battle. There's no evidence that she was a DE or anything along that line.

The vamp one is in there someplace--trust me, I didn't go looking for anything else! I made up the vamp, but the requester wanted "action!Hermione," of the sort who blew up Xeno's house.
hungrytiger11 From: hungrytiger11 Date: December 12th, 2011 02:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Lovely, especially Ron and Hermone as future parents.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 12th, 2011 07:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. You just know Hermione read every book on child-rearing that wasn't written by, say, Slinkard.
From: (Anonymous) Date: December 12th, 2011 05:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Don't know why I'd never thought of it being Pansy dumping Draco rather than the other way around, which hadn't really sat well with me. I think it was Rowling's comment about Draco deserving better or something like that. Putting it in what's-good-for-Draco terms makes you think of the the break-up in the story happening because of Draco realizing Pansy wasn't good for him.

The problem with that being that I didn't see Draco dumping Pansy for that. Even though I could see him slowly becoming repelled towards her over the seventh year as things that were beginning to horrify him were things she just shrugged off (they were only happening to Mudbloods, or troublemakers, or people not as well connected, etc, so Pansy could shrug them off [not sure if that's how it went in their relationship or if Pansy did that, it's just that I can see it]).

But Draco's still the guy who tried to save Crabbe even after he'd turned on him - and didn't see it coming that Crabbe would turn on him that way. He's got loyalty to his friends and he wouldn't turn on one of them for being more comfortable with the regime Draco, after all, had helped bring about.

So, I couldn't see Draco feeling he had the right to dump Pansy.

But . . . yes, I can see Pansy dumping Draco to better her own position. I can see her doing it even if genuinely liked - or even loved - Draco. She would put the "practical" over the personal.

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 12th, 2011 07:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I'd initially thought of him dumping her as well. But aside from his loyalty issues, he also has some self-preservation ones going on, and dumping his long-time girlfriend in the middle of public legal proceedings would look bad.
From: (Anonymous) Date: December 13th, 2011 12:57 am (UTC) (Link)
I really do like the way you've written Draco after the war in all you fics. Not totally a good guy and forever awkward with the new regime, but someone who seems to be genuine in his horror of the reality of what Voledemort meant. Hah, that Harry said he pitied him, yes that would still be incredibly galling and he can't say a word against it. And Narcissa still a very interesting character.

His going back for 7th Year among those who *couldn't* go because his family and other fellow Death Eater would have murdered them is awesome, and really no more than he deserved, but you manage make me happy for him than Astoria doesn't seem to care about the politics, but about him.

And Badass!Hermione is as amazing as ever, surely after the tales of the war became known there was no more questioning that she should have ended up in Ravenclaw.
From: (Anonymous) Date: December 13th, 2011 02:27 am (UTC) (Link)
oh I loved mine, the ron/hermione one! Ron is so good to Hermione.

so cute!

but why is mrs. weasley still mean about muggle stuff?

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 13th, 2011 03:24 am (UTC) (Link)
She's not--Ron's just making fun of Hermione's rather imprecise pronouns... he doesn't think Molly would like it if she were sent to a Muggle school!
From: (Anonymous) Date: December 13th, 2011 09:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Great to see you've started on these!

Ron, we can't kill the baby if it misbehaves too much.
Made me laugh so hard! (Could they stun it, though? ;))

~Hermione Stranger~
From: (Anonymous) Date: December 15th, 2011 02:07 am (UTC) (Link)
i asked for the draco-astoria :)

i liked it! astoria can handle draco beinng moody.

thank U!

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