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Batch 6: Alternate Universe (1) - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
Batch 6: Alternate Universe (1)
I remember in one of your ficlets, a conversation between Andromeda and Dora, you had Andromeda reminisce about how she'd once thought of killing Bella--at her wedding, I think--but not being able to go through with it once the marauders got her inside. I'd like an AU ficlet that shows the eventual effects of that attempt if it had succeeded. How far after the poisoning you set it is up to you. for Anon
Andromeda Black, Lucius thought, feeling a little green. How did I get myself into this?

Of course, it wasn't precisely true that he'd got himself into this marriage. No, it had been negotiated, haggled, and all but legally signed into existence by their parents. Of coure it wasn't arranged, oh, heavens, no--that was a barbaric practice, we allow the children to choose their own partners. As long as we have made absolutely certain that they understand that they have no choice.

Not that Andromeda had fought.

Andromeda didn't fight anything. Every now and then, Lucius would see that funny little stubborn glint in her eyes. She'd start to open her mouth to argue... and then her mother would look at her. The cutting look. The look that said, "You murdered your sister."

And Andromeda would look down at her hands and agree to whatever was put in front of her.

She claimed it was an accident, that their little duel had just gone too far. Lucius had read the transcript of the trial--apparently, Bella had been trying to hex Andromeda, and Andromeda had responded with great force. Bella had lost her balance and gone over the railing on the third floor, crashing to the marble floor below. The entrance hall had since been carpeted, and rumor was that it was because they'd never been able to get all of Bella's blood out of the minute, spiderweb cracks. A portrait of Bella (not a speaking one--who would have a fourteen-year-old save her memories) presided over the hall now, with ever-burning candles on either side, and any time Andromeda tried to fight, she was brought into that room, where her sister glared down at her. She always gave in.

She'd given in on the matter of her Mudblood friend, which was hardly worth mentioning. He'd been standing out in the square all day today, and she refused to look out the window. She'd given in when her aunt had banished her cousin, and agreed to not speak to him anymore, even though they'd once been close. She'd given in on matters of inheritance, on matters of family rules, and, of course, on who she was and was not allowed to date and eventually marry. Any objection was met with a trip to the entrance hall, and quickly dismissed. As far as Lucius knew, her mother had never come out and said, "You murdered your sister; what else would you do to destroy your family?"... but of course, that was the sum of it.

(Lucius's own reasoning for this was more practical. Father had been nearly bled dry with taxes, and it had been made very clear that a wife was expected to bring in enough gold to cover it. Andromeda qualified. Besides, her agreeability was so ingrained, Lucius had quickly discovered, that it extended far beyond doing what her mother wanted. She would do what he wanted, as well--no matter what.)

Now, she stood beside the well-appointed banquet, pretending not to look at the portrait, which had been given a place of honor for the ceremony and now presided over the party. Lucius went to her.

"Now, dear," he said, "Shall we ask your mother if we might bring her along with us?"

What about a little 'what if' scenario? What if a character had been born into a different generation than the one they were (e.g. Luna in Marauder-era, Minerva in Harry's time, etc.)? Your choice on which character and generation that would be. for Anon
[Heh. Took me longer to set up the change in the universe, to figure out what change in the plot would make someone be born in a different generation--after all, different parents, different person!--than to actually write the vignette!]
Teddy Lupin knew he oughtn't attend the meetings of Percival Dumbledore's little group. Mother was death on most of their projects, and said that Percival and especially his older friend, Phineas Black, were "too clever for our own good." This bothered Teddy, as she had once been especially fond of Phineas when he'd come from school, but then one day, Phineas had got a funny look on his face, and said he was quite sure she was some sort of cousin, and started questioning her about her family history. This was not something Mother discussed--all Teddy knew was that, before he was born, his father had done something which had saved both of their lives, and she wouldn't tell him what--and when she happened across one of Teddy's notebooks, in which he was doodling out the research Phineas wanted to "definitively establish identity," she'd been furious.

Of course, she was one to talk. She spent half of her days at home experimenting. Her fixation was on Time. Once, Teddy had seen her roll an orange through a vortex she'd Summoned. Nearly a year later, it had rolled the rest of the way down the counter, as fresh as the day she'd sent it. If anything, Teddy would have thought she would enjoy Phineas and Percival even more now that they were grown up than she had when they were children. Instead, she acted frightened of them.

But Mum was in townhouse in Kensington. It was a long way from Hogwarts. And she couldn't very well forbid him to interact with his own dormitory mate. That would be rude.

"Come on," Percival whispered, glancing around to make sure they didn't wake the other fifth year Gryffindors. "Nigellus will meet us at the sweet shop."

(Nigellus was, of course, Phineas, who'd left Hogwarts last year. Dumbledore was 'Apis,' which meant 'Bee.' Teddy, a shapeshifter, had immediately been named 'Proteus'... not that they used these names when they were talking to each other.)

"How are we getting there?" Teddy asked.

"The tunnel under that humpbacked witch statue." He gestured for Teddy to follow him out.

Teddy yawned and followed him down to the Common Room. "Who built all of those tunnels, anyway?"

"Probably the Founders," Percival said, as they headed out of the tower (the guard portrait, a fading and surly old knight called Haverhill, threatened to sound the alarm, but didn't). "I reckon they weren't nearly as stuffy and saintly as the Headmistress says. They did manage to have descendants, which would have been quite difficult if they'd been so bloody pure." Percival grinned, then cursed a blue streak, just because he could. He paused at the top of the stairs on the seventh floor and said, "Should I send for Kendra?"

This was dangerous territory, and Teddy bit his lip. Phineas detested Percival's sweetheart, Kendra Begay. Teddy neither liked nor disliked her--he found her very bright, and very overbearing--but one did not ever discuss Kendra with Percival. He had a sense of humor about many things, but had sent a Slytherin boy to St. Mungo's for insulting Kendra's honor. Expressing any opinion was risky.

Luckily, before Teddy could hang himself, Percival shook his head and said, "No, perhaps not. She thinks I ought to stay in and study more. Oh, well."

"Right," Teddy muttered, relieved.

"Why don't we get your lady?"

Morag Scrimgeour was safer to discuss--as long as she wasn't there--and to bring up the basic issue. "I don't think it's a good idea. You know how Phineas is about having girls there. He thinks it's distracting."

"He's so old-fashioned. I think your dear Miss Scrimgeour would do very well indeed. She's not afraid of anything, and quite clever."

"That's true."

"Do you think you'll marry her?"

"I haven't thought about such things yet."

"Right. We're too young to worry. Free years ahead!"

They reached the statue of the humpbacked witch a few minutes later, and Percival opened it with a tap of his wand.

Teddy dropped down into the tunnel first, and pointed his wandlight ahead into the darkness. "Well?" he called up. "Aren't you coming?

I was rereading a ficlet you wrote for a challenge a few years ago -- 2008 maybe? -- an AU where Peter was captured in 1994, and gave information about Voldemort to the aurors. I'd like to see something about how that information was dealt with, by the ministry and the order. How much was there? Did Peter know enough about the horcruxs to give them all the information we know, or did they have to find out in some other way? I know that's vague, but anything about this "lower-key" Voldemort hunt would be lovely. (It would be even lovelier if it were somehow set ten or fifteen years after the capture, so we could get a peak at wee Teddy, Julia, and possibly other children of professor and head-auror Lupin.) for Anon
[Sorry, I couldn't work it out that far in the future. It's quite possible that with things neatened up, Remus and Tonks wouldn't even have gotten together!]
Sirius Black grimaced as he looked up at the turrets of Azkaban. Twelve years he'd been here--twelve years lost because of the sniveling little man he was here to see. Twelve years for the murders the man had committed.

Not for James and Lily, unfortunately. The Wizengamot had decided, at some point since Sirius's own arrest, that breaking Fidelius was not murder, even if one broke it specifically for the purpose of allowing a murderer in. For that, he'd got five years. For the murders of the twelve Muggles on the day he'd framed Sirius, he'd got twelve counts of life, to be served in a cell deliberately guarded against escape by a small Animagus. It couldn't stop him turning, which was probably why he was still mostly coherent, but at least they didn't need to worry about him scurrying out and going back to Voldemort.

"Are you here to interview the prisoner?" a guard asked, looking at Sirius with deep suspicion. (That he'd been cleared by the Ministry and joined the Auror Division carried weight in London and with the Order, but the human guards here still saw him as an escaped prisoner, and the Dementors certainly didn't care.)

Sirius flashed his badge. "It's authorized."

"Sign in, then. And what's in the cauldron?"

Sirius looked down at the cauldron he was carrying. He'd nearly forgotten about it. Bloody Dora... she'd sent soup. He shook his head in disgust and told the guard.

When he got to Wormtail's cell, the little traitor was waiting at the bars, smiling unconvincingly.

"Sirius! My old friend!"

"Stow it," Sirius said, and shoved the soup between the bars. Peter started drinking it straight out of the cauldron. Sirius wrinkled his nose and said, "Let's talk about Snape."

"I've told you everything I know. Loyal Death Eater."

"And yet, Dumbledore trusts him."

"Trusted me, too."

"I told you--Snape's the one who told the Dark Lord--"

"Voldemort!" Sirius thundered.

"--about the prophecy," Peter finished without reaction.

Sirius ground his teeth. "Let's get back to just how Voldemort survived. And don't try to tell me he didn't again. You were headed somewhere. And you know what became of Quirrell. You were there for that."

"I don't know," Peter said, and drained the soup. He tried to push the cauldron back through the bars, but the magic that prevented him from coming through as a rat kept it inside. Sirius pulled it through magically. Peter looked longingly at the gap between the bars, then said, "I really don't know. No one knew everything."

"I'm surprised you didn't go back to him then."

"When he was with Quirrell?" Peter shrugged. "I wasn't sure until it was all over. He certainly didn't call for me."

"We've been scouring eastern Europe on your say-so, and we haven't found a thing."

"I'm not holding anything back. You and Remus made sure everything I said is public. The Death Eaters would kill me if I tried to go back to them. Lucius Malfoy even tried here! You know he owns one of the guards who feeds me."

"Yeah? Maybe I'll shake his hand."

"You don't mean that, Sirius."

"The hell I don't."

Peter frowned. "You hate Lucius more than me."

"That's where you're wrong. I detest Lucius--he's more evil than you are. But I hate you. There's a difference."

Peter looked up in shifty way, and Sirius could almost sense him getting ready to say something about how James and Lily would have forgiven him. One warning glare stopped that, and Peter looked down at his feet. "Maybe there's something," he said.


"He had a lot of treasures."

"We know he stole a fortune."

"No, I don't just mean gold. I mean treasures, and I don't think he stole them. He had Helga Hufflepuff's cup, and he wanted me to steal the Sword of Gryffindor. I didn't do it, of course."

"Yes, because you're so concerned about House honor, I'm sure."

"Right! Yes!"

Sirius rolled his eyes. The sword was the last of the Founders' relics since Hepzibah Smith had lost the very cup Peter was talking about. Dumbledore had guarded it with more magic than Peter Pettigrew could have ever got through. "So he had Hufflepuff's cup. What of it?"

"I don't know. I'm just telling you the last thing I can think of that I haven't already told you. He was obsessed with things like that."

"Fine. I'll run it by Dumbledore. What else did he have...?"
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reannanshaw From: reannanshaw Date: December 22nd, 2011 07:16 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, Lucius and Andromeda. Icky. Although I do wonder what sort of child that would produce.

Goodness, you pulled out the way-back machine for that second one, didn't you? Took me a while to catch on. Interesting, though. I can't help but feel terrible for Tonks in this situation, basically alone, with everyone she knows not yet born, without Remus, and unable to tell anyone, even her son, about it. At least Teddy gets to be ignorant.

I'm intrigued by the end of that last one. That would have been an interesting way for the Horcruxes to get discovered and tracked down. A full-scale hunt by the Order probably would have been more successful, especially if they'd known a bit earlier.
starnightmuse From: starnightmuse Date: December 22nd, 2011 04:57 pm (UTC) (Link)

oh so that's how it was?

i wasn't exactly sure at first, and thought it was teddy with andromeda.

sgt_majorette From: sgt_majorette Date: December 22nd, 2011 01:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Kendra Begay

I've been wanting to see a fic acknowledge Kendra's "Native American" look! I'm inspired now to bust out the Navajo spindle!
From: (Anonymous) Date: December 22nd, 2011 03:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
This is malinbe, I'm guessing the new changes are bugging my ability to log in.

Wow, they really made you work with this lot! AUs are so much fun, and you always think them through so well. The first one breaks your heart- although I can imagine Andromeda eventually putting a little something in Lucius' food too. The second is really interesting, you can imagine Teddy fitting in so well with that lot! And the third one is the one that might bring a better future for everyone, but for that to happen, most of the horrible things have to happen first...

Really, really inresting batch. Thank you!
hungrytiger11 From: hungrytiger11 Date: December 22nd, 2011 03:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
These are so creative and tantilizing, especially the implication that Tonks travelled back in time somehow...
From: (Anonymous) Date: December 22nd, 2011 03:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
The Andromeda Lucius one was chilling. But wasn't Bella's wedding (at which the murder took place) after Andromeda's?
The Teddy one was also intriguing. Poor Tonks. What exactly happened in the future-past to bring that about?
Couldn't Remus and Tonks have gotten together during the horcrux-hunt?
starnightmuse From: starnightmuse Date: December 22nd, 2011 04:55 pm (UTC) (Link)

some interesting- one downright disturbing...

the first one was nightmare inducing- at least on the personal dimension.

poor Andromeda. I think we can all agree that while Bellatrix didn't deserved to live, This way of taking her out was just as bad.

and it makes me very, very thankful canon went the way it did, and not this.

*shudders- now I''m going to go re-read your fics to get happy tonks and happy ted, and things that are heartwarming.

the other two ficlets- did helped cheer up a lot.

at first I had absolutely No clue what was going on in the Teddy one. I thought "percival" was Albus. till you mentioned Kendra and then it hit me it was Albus dumbledore dad. then the time-traveling thing felt in place.

seeing him as school age was Extremely interesting, as I dont think I Ever seen Anyone write about dumbledore's parents.

the last one made me smile at seeing sirius post ootp, also renewed my, if getting rid of the horcruxes was so imperative, why couldn't more of the other been allowed in the secret.

)and now I kind of wish there was a fic that dealt with, how much more different or efficient the horcrux hunt would have been if the order Had been in on the thing...)

starnightmuse From: starnightmuse Date: December 22nd, 2011 06:47 pm (UTC) (Link)

also- I'm very excited

regardless of the fact the andromeda one was beyond depressing, I love when you do AU- as they have so much canon- characterization in their AUness.

From: (Anonymous) Date: December 22nd, 2011 08:45 pm (UTC) (Link)

Very Impressive

Hi Fern. Thanks for my Dudley one from the last batch.

Your AU about Andromeda made me ill, but I also admire it in a weird way, because it reminds us of the fallacy that if only some bad thing or person hadn't happened, everything would have been sweetness and light. Life and its ramifications are way too complex for that.

All the best,

Sara Libby
From: (Anonymous) Date: December 23rd, 2011 02:36 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Very Impressive

true that.

but, while not the case in this,

just because things have ramifications doesn{t mean they{re always awful things like this.

it could be something more neutral as one person never meeting another person, or doing something,etc

like i cant see any bad ramifications of tonks and remus Not dying. (arthur taking their place is not the alternative, since that's plot related what if, not real consequences what if)

From: (Anonymous) Date: December 23rd, 2011 01:49 am (UTC) (Link)
I was the one that asked for the character in another timeline.

I didn´t expected what I got, but it was real cool.

so teddy went to hang out with dumbledore and phineas? cool!

From: (Anonymous) Date: December 23rd, 2011 06:23 am (UTC) (Link)
Not that regular Lucius is likely to be nominated for sainthood or anything in the near future, but that AU Lucius seemed a whole lot creepier. I suppose Narcissa had a moderating influence on him (anyone marrying a Black sister under more normal circumstances will learn the art of compromise - or the art of running for cover, whichever works best. But, I think Lucius and Narcissa genuinely care for each other. Creepy as this Lucius is, I will allow that nowing your intended has quite possibly murdered her own sister would not help cultivate caring and consideration.

Tonks has got some fun stuff in her future (relative past?). I can see her holding to the time traveller's rule about not changing the time line in the abstract, but dropping it as soon as it becomes about real people. She knows what's going to happen to Percival and to Ariana, not to mention Kendra. Phineas seems smart and suspicious enough about the truth to believe her, even if Percival wouldn't.

Also, if Phineas believed her . . . it seems she could take the "long way" home. All those stories about people put into a magical sleep for a hundred years, there's probably some way to pull it off.

The real trick would be having some people to watch over your napping place so nothing happens to you during the hundred years.

The Black family would be around at the right time and have a heavily fortified home. Percival's son will have a rather elastic mind quite capable of dealing with the odd time travel/Sleeping Beauty crossover.

But all that assumes Tonks wakes up in the same world she left.

Although, that aside, it would be cool to see a story where Tonks has just been magically transported out of the Battle of Hogwarts by a desperate Lupin who, by saving them, has left himself open to whatever death blow he's about to get - only to have a much older Tonks suddenly show up and blast Bellatrix or Greyback or whoever out of the way.

Of course, Teddy wouldn't have been with her at the Battle of Hogwarts, but I'm sure I can think my way around that if I try.

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