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Spewing out too many words since November 2003
Ville Sauvage: Whodunnit and why
Okay, I'll put it all under a cut, but since I seem to have hit my second total and complete freeze on the same story, I am assuming that it's not going anywhere, so if you want to know, click.

While James's attention was on Denis Laurent, in fact, Denis is just an unpleasant person--he really is dedicated to a good Triwizard Tournament. James's suspicions are not helped along in the second task, when he is drawn as Celia's hostage in the Whispering Caves--and a nasty cave in blocks them just before the full moon, causing Celia to have a serious need to get out of there.

Daniela, who was there to judge the hostage retrieval, also needs to get out quickly, because the reason Celia knows her was that it was Fr. Alderman and Vivian who talked San Cipriano into letting in their first werewolf student in the first place. Her bodyguards are from the werewolf village, and are not thrilled with her being out in the world at all. That's why Celia says early on that she wouldn't care much about being the first werewolf winner... she knows she's not. She's annoyed at Dani for not just saying it outright, but Dani wants to be the plain old winner, not some symbolic strike for lycanthropes. This clears her of the sabotage, at least in James's mind, because that's the only secret she's keeping, and she's no longer keeping it.

Elodie hears an argument with the Walloon groundskeeper, and is coming to tell James about it when she finds the groundskeeper's body, marked with Grindelwald's symbol. There is a bit of gold on him that James realizes must be part of the stash that Grindelwald stole during the war. Al and Lily do research on this and confirm it, giving him details of the rest of the treasure.

James realizes that the treasure must be somewhere at Ville Sauvage, where the final task is to take place, and the crew back at Hogwarts points out the things that have been discovered during such tasks at other tournaments. Whatever is there, someone didn't want found. James asks Celia to cause a disturbance during the task (thereby wrecking her chances) so he can get inside a series of caverns he thinks he found during the second task. He anticipates finding Denis Laurent there, but instead finds Madame Laurent guarding the way.

Turns out, her beloved grandfather wasn't a member of the Resistance at all--he was one of Grindelwald's men, and he kept his wife and several others under the Imperius curse to hide this. He had hidden away the treasure, but couldn't use it without drawing suspicion. Madame Laurent doesn't care about the treasure, but she knows that, if it's found, her grandfather's reputation will be destroyed (and she was crazy about the old guy). She tried to stop her husband from re-starting the tournament, then tried to move it away from Ville-Sauvage, and when that didn't work, she caused the avalanche that killed him, thinking that would make it look cursed. She has gone on doing this throughout the story, and is unwittingly crossed by her own son several times. James gets it--he can't imagine if he suddenly found out that his father wasn't really a hero--but of course, he has to solve the mystery. The treasure is found and returned to as many people it was taken from as can still be found.

Veronika wins the tournament, but doesn't take the Cup, because she knows Celia threw the task.
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sueatducksfoot From: sueatducksfoot Date: November 27th, 2012 05:57 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm sorry you got stalled again. Thanks for the whodunit though, it's good to know where this was going.
sgt_majorette From: sgt_majorette Date: November 27th, 2012 09:06 am (UTC) (Link)
Second this...

But could you fit James Sirius in your Hunger Games fic somehow? I'd read the books for that!
amethystbeloved From: amethystbeloved Date: November 27th, 2012 12:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hi Fernwithy,

Sorry to hear that the story didn't pan out. I'm really happy that you were able to wrap it up for us rather than keeping it hanging, though. I felt quite a lot of excitement just reading through the wrap-up. Dani the werewolf? Madame Laurent the culprit? And Celia throwing away her chance of winning? Wow!

I'll miss your HP fanfics. I only read yours because when it comes to fanfic writers, you are truly a diamond in the rough.

~Amethyst Beloved
malinbe From: malinbe Date: November 27th, 2012 01:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, well, I suppose we could all see it coming. James' world is just so nice, there's hardly any inner conflict- and that was the interesting bit with Teddy. Everything else was just a wonderful, wonderful wrapper.

I can't but hope that this doesn't mean you are done writing HP. I haven't read Hunger Games!

(btw, Madame Laurent! Did NOT see that coming!)
nundu_art From: nundu_art Date: November 27th, 2012 02:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
*sigh* I hope you'll one day find a new wrinkle in the HP world to explore. No one writes HP fanfic like you.
From: (Anonymous) Date: November 28th, 2012 03:05 am (UTC) (Link)
Totally agree!!!
From: (Anonymous) Date: November 27th, 2012 05:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
As nice as it is knowing the outcome, it's not quite the same as reading the story fully developed. Ah well... thanks anyway, I'll take what I can get! ;p

PS: But I'm sorely lamenting the loss of the Crimefighting Journal of Lily Luna! :(
From: (Anonymous) Date: November 27th, 2012 07:44 pm (UTC) (Link)

And the curtain falls...

Thanks for filling us in on how the story ended, Fern. I could see the bit about Dani coming, but definitely didn't see Madame Laurent.

How did she find out about her grandfather originally? And was Elodie's family among those who got their treasures back?

Sorry you weren't able to write the whole thing out. I've always enjoyed your stories. I'm enjoying your "Hunger Games" stories now as well. I'm a very minor HG fan (have only read the wikipedia entries plus the sections of the books amazon lets you read for free), but you have re-ignited my obsession with watching HG movie clips on youtube.

Anyway, all the best,

Sara Libby
lollapulizer From: lollapulizer Date: November 27th, 2012 10:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
While I'd of course rather read the finished story, I'm really grateful that you took the time to summarize how it ended. It's a great plot, even if you weren't able to write the whole thing out in the end.
From: (Anonymous) Date: November 27th, 2012 11:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you for telling us! Hopefully we can see some of this in little fics here and there, but I am glad to just know. And I totally knew that Dani was a werewolf. :)
From: severely_lupine Date: December 1st, 2012 05:40 am (UTC) (Link)
*sigh* I'll admit, I stopped keeping up with this story some time ago because I wanted to wait until it was finished. And because I already had my heart broken a little bit when you couldn't finish Stray. You're one of my favorite authors (and I mean that in total, not just fanfic--you far surpass any fanfic authors I know of... well, some come close, but you're still the best), but in the future, would you spare my poor reader's heart and, if you've got a fanfic novel to share with us, wait until it's complete before posting? I really don't know how many more abandoned WIPs of this excellent quality I can take.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 1st, 2012 05:54 am (UTC) (Link)
That's why there haven't been any Safe posts. I have about eight chapters written, then kind of go, "Meh." The one I could post as a one-shot (the Creevey fic) went up. I may post Vivian and Alderman's arrival on the scene.
From: severely_lupine Date: December 1st, 2012 09:39 am (UTC) (Link)
More one-shots would be great. They're also a lot less of a commitment to write. (Incidentally, it took me about six years and 300,000 words to complete the one fanfic novel I started. But at some point, I'd put so much time and effort into it, and people were reading it, that I just couldn't drop it, no matter how much I might have wanted to sometimes. I stubbornly forced myself to finish it, and I'm very happy I did.)
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