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Shifts, Chapter 10: Risks, Part 1 - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
Shifts, Chapter 10: Risks, Part 1
Well, I've been going through the less archived SW stuff of mine; I figure I'll put that up at HB first. And I found one I'd nearly forgotten about that I sort of like. So my self-pimpage today is a post-Penitent Anakin fic about finding a new padawan. Prophesy to the Wind.

Anyway, that's always fun, right?

So, Shifts. Chapter title subject to change, as I don't like it.

Table of Contents and Summary So Far

"A new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher?" Molly repeated. "Why that's very good news!"

"With all the talk about that Umbridge cow, I wouldn't think they'd be able to get rid of her," Dora said.

But Dung was laughing, and Remus already knew the answer.

"She's still there," he said. "But Harry's got a new hobby, hasn't he?"

"Lupin wins the game!" Dung hooted. "He got a good sized group together up at the Hog's Head today--"

"The Hog's Head?" Arthur repeated.

"Not the best place," Dung agreed cheerfully. "Never saw a more conspicuous secret society in my life."

Molly blanched. "Secret?"

"Of course," Sirius said. "You don't think Umbridge and Fudge are going to be thrilled with this plan do you?" He himself looked positively gleeful. "They'll need to come up with a better idea than the Hog's Head, though."

"They could be expelled," Molly said slowly. "Do you realize that? If they're breaking school rules... and if everyone saw them..."

"There's no rule about study groups," Remus said. "There will be, I'm sure, as soon as word reaches Umbridge. But at the moment, they've broken no rules."

"Were any of my children there?" Molly asked.

"All four of the ones at Hogwarts," Dung told her cheerfully. "The twins were devilling a boy who had a lot of stupid notions. Ginny came with a whole crowd. An' Ron was standing by Harry, o' course, as he always does."

"I have to write to them right now and tell them to stop before they cause themselves serious trouble..."

"And how do you plan to do that without getting them in trouble for knowing about it?" Sirius asked. "For that matter, if the owl is intercepted, how do you plan to explain how you happen to know about it?"

"It's all right, Molly," Arthur said. "The children know what they're doing."

"Yes. They know exactly what they're doing as they go about facing off giant spiders in the Forbidden Forest, or playing mad chess games beneath the school, or..." She shook her head. "And the twins... and of course, Ginny and her secrets..."

"Well, someone has to reach them, anyway," Sirius said. "To fix the logic that ended them up in the Hog's Head. I still have Hedwig upstairs here, from the last letter I got from Harry. I'll tell him to meet me at the Gryffindor fireplace again."

"Sirius," Kingsley said, "I'm not sure that's a good idea. Umbridge will have the Floo network watched."

"Does anyone have a better idea?"

Arthur raised a hand. "You could go ahead and send your note, but have one of us actually talk to them. None of us are, er..."

"Escaped murderers?" Sirius finished.

"Exactly," Kingsley said. "Let Remus do it."

Sirius looked over at Remus, a kind of dark, brooding storm in his eyes. "Is that how it's going to be?"

"No." hat every point made was true made Remus vaguely sick to his stomach, but Sirius was holding on by a thread, as Ted had put it. That thread was Harry. Remus shook his head. T "Sirius is Harry's godfather. It should come from him."

The others looked dubious (except for Dora), but no one argued.

Molly looked shrewdly at Sirius. "And you'll tell him--and Ron and Hermione--that they are absolutely not to get involved in this?"

"Molly," Remus said, "I rather suspect it was their doing."

"Harry and Hermione aren't yours to direct at any rate," Sirius said.

Molly's mouth went tight. "Then tell them I strongly advise it, although I have no authority over them. Will that do?"

Sirius shrugged.

"Will you tell them?"

"I'll tell them."

There was a lull after this, during which Arthur fretted at the edge of the table and Kingsley seemed to go off somewhere in his mind. Molly wandered over to the cooking cauldron and stirred a stew she had going. Dora and Sirius--neither of whom was good with lulls--were looking around the room, as if hoping some new idea would present itself.

Dora finally struck on something. "So what do you think, Remus? Does your protégé have what it takes to teach Defense Against the Dark Arts?"

"My what?"

"Your protégé. The one who throws around a corporeal Patronus at the age of fifteen."

For a moment, Remus flashed on his nightmare--standing beside Harry in the Defense Against the Dark Arts classroom, calmly explaining that it would be necessary to demonstrate a werewolf attack, as it was all part of teaching. He shuddered.

"Yes, I taught Harry that Charm, but he's hardly my protégé. Are you my protégé because you can declaim Latin nouns?"

Dora looked horrified at the thought.

"It's still a good question," Kingsley said. "Do you think he's capable of teaching them useful Defense? I could see the Granger girl doing it, but I just don't know Harry well enough to guess."

Remus thought about it, and honestly wasn't sure. Harry, unlike James--or even Lily--was decidedly not a social creature, and so much of teaching depended on being able to reach one's students. And yet, for all of Harry's insularity, he did reach out when he felt he needed to, and when he cared about something...

"I suppose we'll see," he said. "I think he will be. I think Harry may surprise himself."

Molly was shaking her head, looking like she was ready to start another lecture about risks in school, but Kingsley caught it first, and interrupted the flow of the conversation by casting a sharp eye at Sirius.

"By the way, speaking of risky behavior, what were you doing out today?"

"Frolicking in the sunlight," he answered briefly, with a glassy smile. "And staying out of Hogsmeade, somewhere that Remus could keep an eye on me."

"You need to be more careful," Molly said, getting out a stack of bowls. "Really, Sirius. I swear sometimes you're trying to be caught."

"Right, because I miss the Dementors so much."

The door opened upstairs, and Mrs. Black started screaming.

Sirius gritted his teeth. "On second thought, I don't need to miss the Dementors, as long as my mother is here to do their dirty work." He stormed up the stairs, and a moment later, his voice joined hers in their usual shouting match. Whoever had come was completely drowned out.

Emmeline Vance appeared at the top of the stairs, looking over her shoulder, alarmed. "He's not letting me get at the curtains," she said.

"I'll get it," Remus offered, standing up, but he felt a small, warm hand on his shoulder.

"No," Molly said, picking up a bowl of stew. There was an odd look on her face. "I will."

The screaming went on for a minute or so, but then it faded, and Remus heard the curtain slam home. Surprisingly, Molly and Sirius didn't immediately come downstairs.

"What's she doing?" Dora asked.

"Taking a risk," Arthur said, smiling. "She was a Gryffindor, you know."
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vytresna From: vytresna Date: September 2nd, 2004 05:25 am (UTC) (Link)
Mad chess game? Ouch, I did NOT need to be reminded of my variant (which is doubly unfair) - but there's no way you could have known anyway. The theory all comes together by OotP, so maybe you were intentionally wielding lightning bolts regardless.

Molly is very good at angering me. As she is in canon.

Makes me wonder anew about the Order's "secure methods"...
kizmet_42 From: kizmet_42 Date: September 2nd, 2004 05:56 am (UTC) (Link)
"No." hat every point made was true made Remus vaguely sick to his stomach, but Sirius was holding on by a thread, as Ted had put it. That thread was Harry. Remus shook his head. T "Sirius is Harry's godfather. It should come from him."

I think your T went a-wandering.

I love your Molly. I think I love her more than JKR's, as you've given her more space to develop from an adult perspective.

Did Remus lose his appearance charms somewhere in the last chapter? I know Dora changed back, but I'd be rather disoriented to hear the voice of one of my fellow conspirators coming from an unknown man, not to mention the security issues.

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: September 2nd, 2004 11:56 am (UTC) (Link)
Did Remus lose his appearance charms somewhere in the last chapter? I know Dora changed back, but I'd be rather disoriented to hear the voice of one of my fellow conspirators coming from an unknown man, not to mention the security issues.

Good catch. I'll put in a sentence in the HB version mentioning that he gets rid of the appearance charms in the car on the way back.
sannalim From: sannalim Date: September 2nd, 2004 07:21 am (UTC) (Link)
Have I mentioned yet that I really like the way you write Arthur?

Also, in the last chapter I was quite amused that the ugly woman with the veil in the Hogs Head was actually Dung. I think that's a nice touch, and it makes sense for the Order to know about the DA.
sannalim From: sannalim Date: September 2nd, 2004 08:57 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, and one more thing: Regarding your "cranky" entry a few posts ago, I thought you might like to know that the category of my memories entitled "Fern theory," which contains your thoughts, essays, and theories about stuff in the HP-verse, is the single largest category in my memories, with 18 entries to-date. And that's not including Shifts, for which I have bookmarked the Humongous Bighead site, rather than memory-izing all the LJ installments of the story. :)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: September 2nd, 2004 11:57 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, my goodness. Thanks!

Anyway, Dung wasn't my idea; Sirius mentions in the conversation in the fireplace that this is how they all found out about the DA.
sreya From: sreya Date: September 2nd, 2004 12:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, I've gotta pump up enthusiasm for Prophesy to the Wind! I adore that fic, and really, I think it's that one that really makes Penitent work. Penitent is a wonderful story, but it's this sequel which ties it together and celebrates the genius of the solution found for Anakin. *bouncing* I think I'm going to copy it into a text file so I can read it on my PDA this week.

And I guess I should say good job on this installment of Shifts. :~)
From: peppa_minto Date: September 2nd, 2004 02:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
Teh icon love
sreya From: sreya Date: September 2nd, 2004 07:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
Compliment Fern, she's the one who made it! :~)
victorialupin From: victorialupin Date: September 2nd, 2004 03:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Everyone's perfectly in character, especially Sirius and Molly. Keep up the good work! :)

From: nothing_gold Date: September 2nd, 2004 03:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
you can declaim Latin nouns?

Is declaim the right word? Because I'm taking Latin, and we decline nouns. Sorry to nitpick, it just caught my eye and I had to ask.

I loved the part though, especially Dung. He's so amusing. And poor Sirius. *hugs him*
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: September 2nd, 2004 09:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
Could be. I don't take Latin and I always heard it as "declaim," but I could be hearing wrong. Anyone else with an opinion? I was going to use "conjugate verbs," but the double-entendre of "conjugate" was a bit much.
kizmet_42 From: kizmet_42 Date: September 2nd, 2004 09:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's "decline" not declaim, or at least it is in Greek.

See dictionary.com for more details, but this came up as part of the definition:

Grammar. To inflect (a noun, a pronoun, or an adjective) for number and case.
socaptivated From: socaptivated Date: January 7th, 2008 02:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sorry, I know this is a really old post, but I'm just now reading this and I wanted to let you know, since no one said anything about it definitively...

In Latin, you decline nouns, and conjugate verbs. :)

P.S. I know I'm several years late, but I'm reading this and I love the story! It kind of makes me sad that the one with Sirius didn't get finished, but at the same time, it'll be a few days before I get there, so I'm not TOO worried. :)

I love R/T. And you're making me love them (and Molly, who I simply detest) so much more!
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