Log in

No account? Create an account
entries friends calendar profile Previous Previous Next Next
Batch 7: Alternate Universe (2) - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
Batch 7: Alternate Universe (2)
i hope you still do AU's, cause I'm asking you for one. with as much of the canon plot in as possible, an AU where Sirius, Lupin and Tonks are alive and interacting with harry and the next gen. (maybe sirius making up for the limited godfather role he had on harry- by being godfather to one or more of his kids?) bonus, if you can include an interaction between sirius and kreacher. hoping for something happy, of course. for GullySam
Sirius closed his eyes and counted to ten before talking to Kreacher about the knick-knacks. He'd been better since Hermione had got him to cough up the story about the locket, and better still since he'd actually been given Reg's, but he was still sensitive, and prone to pouting. ("And, really, Sirius," she pointed out, "it's not like he actually got you killed that night... you got to the Ministry in time and arrested them before they hurt anyone." That Kreacher would not have cared one way or another if Bella had managed to murder all of them seemed not to figure in Hermione's calculations.) He sighed and said, "Kreacher, would you terribly mind moving this rubb... er, these things out of the kitchen, and into the cases I gave you for them?"

Kreacher's lower lip trembled, and he said, "Kreacher is polishing them for Miss Adhara to see when she comes."

"Miss Adhara is ten years old. She's not coming all the way from Brazil to see Aunt Elladora's candlesticks."

"Master Teddy likes them."

"Well, Teddy's an odd little duck," Sirius said fondly.

"Ha!" Remus said from the top of the stairs. "Saving my life in battle does not give you the right to insult my son."

"It was a compliment." Sirius looked up over Remus's shoulder, where he could see Teddy standing at the kitchen door. "Come on down. You don't mind being an odd duck like your dad, do you?"

Teddy laughed and shook his head. At nearly nine years old, Teddy looked like a miniature version of Remus, despite his his bright green hair. "Uncle Sirius, are Harry and Ginny coming with baby Al?"

"Probably James, too."

Teddy clapped. "Is Adhara here yet?"

"Fiona sent a Patronus--she's stuck at the Floo point in São Paulo until they get it fixed."

"Oh, damn," Dora said. "Rotten luck. Doesn't Fee's husband work in international floos?"

"Yeah, and he's on the job. She promised." A little bell beside the stove rang (a reasonable substitute for the doorbell, which would wake Mum's portrait), and Sirius grinned. "Harry's here."

"Yes!" Teddy cried, punching the air (he rather idolized Harry, along with most of the boys his age).

Sirius grinned and went up to the front door. Harry and Ginny and the boys greeted him with exaggerated miming, and little James whispered loudly, "Hi, Auntie," as they passed the portrait. It started shrieking.

"Aaagh!" Sirius yelled in mock horror. "What have you done? You woke her? What should we do with you? Should we tickle you to death?" He tickled James's stomach until he started giggling uncontrollably, then picked him up and settled him in the crook of his arm while Harry and Ginny closed the curtains. (Teddy had come up to scoop baby Al into his arms.)

Ginny came over and kissed his cheek. "Guess what?" she said, patting her belly.

"Excellent!" Sirius said. "Best be a girl this time. Not enough full time girls around here."

"That's what I keep saying. Although, there's Rosie now. And Bill does have three."

"There is no such thing as enough little girls."

Harry rolled his eyes. Sirius had been worried when he'd got a call from Fiona Brody--well, Fiona Machado by then--telling him that he had a daughter. He'd thought Harry might feel less welcome, and after everything he'd gone through in the war, that was the last thing he'd wanted. But as it happened, Harry had embraced the idea of having a sister--of sorts--sixteen years his junior, and, if anything, he and Sirius had bonded and healed with the sound of the toddler's laugh. He was looking forward to the visit as much as Sirius was. "You'd think you were fond of them or something."

"I'm fond of all of my family," Sirius said, then glanced at the curtains. "Well, most of it. Let's go on down. They'll get that fixed any minute now."

where the roles are reversed- Harry is normal with whatever kind of family he can get not being the Chosen one, and Neville get's picked as the Chosen one with the scar on his forehead. like, and how does that change all their relationships, if it does change them? like harry still friends with ron and hermione, does ginny still picks harry,etc for nevrafire
"What's he supposed to be chosen for?" Draco Malfoy sneered to Crabbe. "Most useless wizard on the planet?"

Neville looked down at his broomstick, which was lying still on the ground despite his ten-minute effort to get it in the air. Gran said he should just ignore anything like this--"That scar of yours means you have more important things to worry about than rude children"--but it was increasingly difficult. Malfoy was hardly the only one who thought it was laughable that pudgy, untalented Neville Longbottom was supposed to have some great, secret power.

"Let up on him, will you Malfoy?" Harry said.

"Don't worry about it," Neville said.

"It's stupid," Harry grumbled. He'd been Neville's best friend since they were in nappies together (James and Lily had served in the Order with Neville's parents, and there were pictures of the pair of them crawling around headquarters together, chasing the Potters' cat, Billywig, among the cauldrons), and he might well be the only person who actually understood... but he tended to fly off the handle. "We should get him. Malfoy, I mean. He can't talk to you like that. You should stand up to him."

"You know what Gran would say. And don't pretend your parents would like it any better. Do you remember how many cauldrons your mum made you scrub when you got in that fight with Zacharias Smith?"

"Yeah, but that's when Dad had Professor Lupin dig out the Marauder's Map for me, too."

Neville shook his head and sighed. Gran approved of Lily Potter, but James Potter and Sirius Black... well, her exact words had been, "I suppose they're war heroes, but don't start taking advice from them." They even made her suspicious of Professor Lupin. Still, she knew either one of them would lay down their lives for Neville, so she didn't hate them. She just thought they were a bad influence.

"I'm sure it's a simple matter," the girl beside Neville said, holding her hand above her broomstick. She was a Muggle-born, and her name started with an "H," but all Neville really knew about her was that she was good in every class... but now was the only one, other than Neville himself, who hadn't been able to budge her broomstick. "Just something we've neglected. Ronald, what did you do that I didn't?

Ron Weasley, who was across from the girl, grimaced. "I didn't see anything. I wasn't watching you. Why would I be watching you?"

"Because you're across from me!"

"I didn't see anything," Ron repeated. Neville and Harry didn't know him very well--his dad worked in the Ministry, near where Harry's mum worked, so they'd seen him around (and seen his little sister, who was quite taken with Harry), but until they'd been Sorted into the same dormitory, he hadn't said much.

"Hmm. Well, perhaps there's something wrong with our brooms--"

Harry raised his hand, and her broom zoomed over to him obediently. He set it hovering beside his own. "Hey, d'you think I can ride them both at once, like that witch in Dad's flying show?"

"I dare you," Ron said, looking impressed.

"That would be very foolish," the girl said. "Professor Hooch said we weren't to even fly one while she was inside. She said--"

"Come off it, Hermione," Harry said. "Half of us already know how to fly."

"The better half of us," Malfoy said. "I bet Granger here won't make it off the ground at all."

"She'll be fine," Neville said.

"Like you're a great example."

"Neville's a perfectly good flyer," Harry lied. "We play Quidditch all the time up at his gran's."


"A perfectly good flyer, is he? Is he chosen to fly?" Malfoy laughed. "Is he the-boy-who-flew now? Is that how he got away from the Dark Lord?"

Neville was busy keeping Harry from jumping in. It didn't occur to him to look to his left. The two curses that shot out hit Malfoy on either side of his head, one leaving his face covered with tentacles, the other making his hair drip with oil.

Neville turned around to see Hermione Granger putting her wand away. Across from her, Ron Weasley was smirking.

"What is going on?" a voice screamed, and Neville gulped. Madam Hooch was storming out of the castle, her robes flying behind her. She took one look at Malfoy, then grimaced up in Harry's direction (it was usually a good assumption).

"It wasn't Harry," Ron said. "It was me."

"Detention," Hooch said.

"It was me, too," Hermione added.

"It was all of us, really," Harry said. "Except Neville."

Neville supposed Gran would be scandalized, but said, "They're just covering for me. I did it."

"I'm not choosy," Hooch said.

"So to speak," Draco muttered.

"Detention for all four of you." She turned on Draco. "And you. Report to Mr. Filch tonight..."

Oh! I think I mentioned this at one point, but how about an alternate universe where Alderman didn't get bitten? I'd like to see a scene from his time at Hogwarts. Something with him and Ginny and/or Luna (or any of the other main kids). Maybe during Lupin's time teaching, or during the DA, or something else. How would he have fit in if he'd gone to school like he should have? for reannanshaw
Great, Bobby Alderman thought, following the loopy motion of Luna Lovegood's wandlight far up the corridor. Just great.

It wasn't that he normally spent his time with Luna Lovegood. He didn't dislike her, but they had absolutely nothing in common. No, it was just that, for once, her mad ideas had some basis. No one believed her--and Mum, who worked for the Werewolf Capture Unit, had been very clear with Bobby when he'd asked what to do: No one was to start believing her.

And that was how he'd ended up following her out of Ravenclaw Tower. She'd been very excited. She just wanted to get her friend, Ginny Weasley.

Which was another problem. Bobby tended to get a little tongue-tied around Ginny Weasley. He was the only person he knew who could speak four languages (Dad bragged about this, but it all seemed very natural to Bobby) and be totally unable to say anything in any of them when in the presence of a pretty girl.

Ginny was waiting outside the Gryffindor Common Room, wearing blue jeans and an old tee shirt. "Can't we spy on someone other than Lupin?" she asked. "He's very nice to me."

"Oh, it's not spying!" Luna said. "I just want to know if I'm right. He does have all the symptoms. And if he is, then he's very, very brave."

Bobby tried to agree, to say that of course the Ministry wouldn't hire a werewolf to teach, managed, "Er... yes."

"To which of us?" Ginny asked.

"Er... you. Lupin's a good bloke."

Luna looked crestfallen. "But you said you'd come!"

Bobby turned away from Ginny and found his voice. "Well, if you did turn out to be right, the full moon would be a very bad time to find out!"

"It's the only time to find out," Ginny said. "There's nothing to see the rest of the time."


"But I think it would be wonderful," Luna said. "If it's true that Professor Dumbledore has got past all those silly ideas about werewolves. If a werewolf looks you in the eye, it's very lucky, you know."

"Let's not test that," Bobby said.

"I thought Ravenclaws liked running tests," Ginny said, grinning. "Especially the Ravenclaw with the top marks in the year."


"Oh, bugger, Alderman, will you stop that?"

"Er... right." Bobby fought to remember at least a handful of words. "I think--er... well, my mother works at the Ministry, you know. Werewolves are listed. At least the good ones, and if Professor Lupin was one, don't you think he'd be one of the good ones?"

"Of course!" Luna said.

"So, he'd be listed, and then Hogwarts couldn't hire him."

Luna furrowed her brow. "Maybe Dumbledore doesn't care."

"Wouldn't be Dumbledore's choice," Ginny said. "The governors would have to approve it. Can you see Lucius Malfoy going along?"

It was a good argument, and if Bobby hadn't known better, it would be a winning one. Unfortunately, he'd met his mother for lunch at her office once, and there Remus Lupin had been, filling in his paperwork. When he'd seen Bobby in class, he'd got quite pale. Bobby had stayed after to promise he wouldn't say anything.

For Luna, of course, logic wasn't a factor, so it didn't convince her, either. "I think we should go," she said. "And if we're right, then we can support him and help him if he needs it."

Oddly, this argument seemed to be working on Ginny, who seemed to be turning it over in her head.

Bobby floundered for a way to get this off track. "Wait!" he said. "Maybe we don't need to pry into his business to do that. If we're right, then the smartest thing to do would be--" He stopped, having no idea what to say.

"What would be the smartest thing, oh, genius boy?" Ginny asked, smirking.

"It would be..." Bobby bit his lip, then an idea, thankfully, came. "It would be to make sure no one is talking about it. It's not going to help if we know or don't know, but we could help a lot if we make sure no one else even thinks to ask. We could... Luna, what other weird creatures might look tired once a month?"

"Anyone kidnapped by Highland Fairies," Luna suggested.

"By what?" Ginny asked.

"Highland Fairies. You've read the stories--the fairy queen, kidnapping handsome young men?"

"That's just a story," Ginny said. "Fairies really aren't very bright..."

"Oh, not the sort we have in the castle, but the fairy queen and her court--"

"Never mind," Bobby said. "I think we can be pretty sure he wasn't kidnapped by the fairy queen, so let's plant that idea, and get everyone chasing it!"

"Wait," Luna said, "it could be true. He is the sort they like. Perhaps we should wait at a crossroad somewhere..."

"It's a good idea," Ginny said. "And if we get it going enough, then anyone who talks about it, people will think they're, well..."

"Listening to me?" Luna asked, and smiled widely.

"It's a plan, then," Bobby said. "Can we get to a window? We can hex up a fairy ring by the lake, and then I'll tell Luna it's absolutely not a fairy ring, and the next thing you know, werewolves will be very far from anyone's mind."
17 comments or Leave a comment
sgt_majorette From: sgt_majorette Date: December 23rd, 2011 08:43 am (UTC) (Link)
"Hi, Auntie!"

That's our Jamie!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 23rd, 2011 08:57 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah--he's pretty non-judgmental. :D
reannanshaw From: reannanshaw Date: December 23rd, 2011 08:49 am (UTC) (Link)
Yay! Alterman! Heehee. Thanks! It seems natural for him to be in Ravenclaw (especially after reading the Pottermore description of Ravenclaw house). I love the detail about Lupin going pale when he sees him (needlessly frightened of a student, poor guy), but at least Alderman didn't leave him wondering what he'd do. And their solution is so funny. "He's not a werewolf! He was KIDNAPPED BY THE FAIRY QUEEN!" And then he rolls his eyes to cover his sigh of relief and gets class back on track.

The others are cute, too, although I'm trying to work out the math if Sirius has a daughter who's 16 years younger than Harry. Wasn't he with Fiona when Harry was 14? And how was she already remarried when she told him? Wouldn't that require her to either be cheating on her husband or having moved on from Sirius and married the other guy remarkably quickly? I loved seeing Sirius and Remus and Tonks all there, though, and playing with the kids. And it was kind of sweet seeing Sirius try to make nice with Kreacher.

Aw, dear Neville. Still, seems like they're both better off. Neville lost his parents anyway, so this way Harry gains his parents and they both have a less lonely childhood. And Draco's totally cracking me up here. And Hermione and Ron still get in the mix. Hm, this seems like it would have been better, I think.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 23rd, 2011 08:59 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, if she's conceived in spring of '95 (when Remus was in Brazil with Fiona), then she'd be born at the end of '95 or the beginning of '96... Harry would be more like fifteen-and-a-half, but that seemed a little bit fiddly. :D

That second one turned out better than I thought, once I realized they'd have been raised as friends.

Edited at 2011-12-23 08:59 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous) Date: December 23rd, 2011 03:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
I knew I could count on you to deliver a perfect one.

loved sirius, love how even when he still has roughness against Kreacher he can try to make peace. love how happy and healthy he seems surrounded by family.

love little teddy and little james.

surprised that sirius had a daughter with this fiona. but still good.

wonder who sirius and harry mourned over? andromeda?

all around great Fern.

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 23rd, 2011 08:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. I sometimes imagine Adhara in the story, and sometimes don't... but I thought she'd provide one more bit of happiness here.
oliversgal07 From: oliversgal07 Date: December 23rd, 2011 03:29 pm (UTC) (Link)

Neville as the Chosen One

I loved the second story and would read the heck out of that AU. It would be interesting to see how they develop.

Awesome stories all around
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 23rd, 2011 08:17 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Neville as the Chosen One

I actually liked that one, too. I don't know if I want to commit to anything long, but it was fun to play with!
From: (Anonymous) Date: December 23rd, 2011 03:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
(malinbe again! Why on earth can't I log in?)

They were all incredible! The first one sounds just soo happy, the second is awesome, the last one is so sweet. They are all so well thought out, it's amazing. Thank you!!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 23rd, 2011 08:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
Weird that you can't log in... maybe you should contact the LJ people.

Glad you liked the ficlets!
hungrytiger11 From: hungrytiger11 Date: December 23rd, 2011 04:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, I how I love all three!

I like the idea of Sirius being a dad and most especially the idea of a blended family of sorts. Because, while we know there *are* families like that in the books (Dean Thomas and Snape not to mention the plethora of orphans) there are very few mentioned much where parents are divorced but both present on some level in the child's life. Plus, the idea of everyone alive is very happy!

Oh! LOVE the Neville-as-the-Chosen-One a lot. You managed to get everyone being friends in a way very like the book yet unique to their new circumstances. Nicely done.

The last one made me both happy and sad. I like the idea of this trio, and its AU. But any time I see Luna and Ginny interacting with anyone as friends it makes me happy. Those two are a fun pair.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 23rd, 2011 08:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Mini-AUs are kind of hard (so much to establish in a short space!), so I'm glad you liked these.
nevrafire From: nevrafire Date: December 23rd, 2011 04:18 pm (UTC) (Link)

oooh Mine!

mine was cute. I like how Harry and Neville were really good friend. but kinda of sad harry is not best friends with Ron. :(

but how even in AU Ron and Hermione deny that they like each other.

but like, why does ginny still like harry? Ron and Harry are not best friends in the Au, so where did Ginny got to see harry?

the ending was so cute thought.

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 23rd, 2011 08:20 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: oooh Mine!

Ginny likes Harry because he's one of the cool kids--like the story says, they see each other at the Ministry, where Lily and Arthur both work.
nevrafire From: nevrafire Date: December 23rd, 2011 09:34 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: oooh Mine!

but... but Neville is cool too!

or is it because he is pudgy now?

starnightmuse From: starnightmuse Date: December 23rd, 2011 08:30 pm (UTC) (Link)

Love these!

my favorite definitely the christmas with sirius, remus, tonks and the others.

the AU with harry and the others was cool, and it's funny because some things didnt changed at all- Hermione/Ron, they all saying (I did it! give detention to me! not him) while some things however small- are so different Ron as quiet, Neville not knowing hermione so well....

it was shocking
From: (Anonymous) Date: December 24th, 2011 12:26 am (UTC) (Link)
Much as I love your ficlets, AUs break my heart a little every time... all those happy could-have-beens, and then I have to accept and mourn the deaths all over again... the first one was especially "bad"... I admire you for writing them, though - I don't think I could! And it shows how much I love your writing, that I even read the AUs - I never do that otherwise.

~Hermione Stranger~
17 comments or Leave a comment