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Spewing out too many words since November 2003
Ask the OCs
Bored. (Mimes shooting at wall, Sherlock-style.)

So, as always, I'm begging for questions for fictional characters. Whatever, whenever.
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sonetka From: sonetka Date: April 29th, 2015 04:27 am (UTC) (Link)
Reaching back a little ways ...

So, Daniel, how is life going for you and Cho? Well, I hope :).
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: April 29th, 2015 05:13 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, when she finished her teaching stint at Hogwarts, we decided to take a break from plague zones and have a family. I inherited my father's house in the Cotswolds, and I have a little practice there. We have a three year old daughter, Huifen Margaret (her grandmother, my aunt), and a baby son, Lewis Junjie. At the moment, we call them Maggie and Lew when we're speaking English, and Huifen and Junjie when we speak Chinese (which isn't as often as her parents would like). Maggie responds to both names easily. Lew is still at the stage where he's goggling at every sound.

We're already having "discussions" about where they'll go to school. Some of my father's political connections have suggested that Lew could go to Eton (Maggie as well, if some of their other political friends have their way, though I personally find it unlikely in the extreme). And of course, I have a Smeltings legacy. Neither would be a poor preparation for life, but of course, there's the issue of magic, not to mention Cho's legacy at Hogwarts. She can't imagine a witch or wizard not going to a magical school, but I must admit to having reservations about the limitations of that education. Hopefully, by the time they're old enough, we'll have reached a compromise.

Edited at 2015-04-29 05:15 am (UTC)
sonetka From: sonetka Date: April 29th, 2015 08:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes, I can see where it gets a little tense -- not really two cultures, even, but three! Though it's to both their advantages that formal wizarding education only lasts for seven years; given the right kind of tutoring during breaks, they could still end up at Oxbridge in the end.
From: (Anonymous) Date: April 29th, 2015 05:20 am (UTC) (Link)
Younger Lupinlets, we know what houses the older kids ended up in at Hogwarts (Mira, Orry, Sirius, Carina I think). What about the rest of you? Also, what's it like having had so many older siblings at school with/ahead of you?

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: April 29th, 2015 05:30 am (UTC) (Link)
[Dora]Well, I'm the youngest, so I'll take this one:
It's a right pain, if you want the truth. No matter what you think of to do, someone's already done it (I am looking at you, Polly and Raymond!). Polly and Raymond were even in Ravenclaw before me, so I couldn't blaze any new ground in Houses. Polly was even good at my subject (Transfiguration) before I was, and Raymond beat me to most of the secret passages (Ravenclaw turns out to have a dozen of them). Johnny's a Hufflepuff, and he managed to beat me to a Quidditch championship, and Julia's a Gryffindor, so she managed to get a lot more detentions than I could.

Really, I must come up with something new. Do you have a suggestion? Because every time I think of one, I have some older sibling or other who's already done it. And on the off chance that haven't, Finny and Rufus Potter probably did.

Aunt Ginny promises me that I'll come up with something, but I don't believe her.
From: (Anonymous) Date: April 30th, 2015 03:12 am (UTC) (Link)
Like bundling up all the awesome and tying it in a neat little bow, by chance?
From: (Anonymous) Date: April 30th, 2015 07:59 am (UTC) (Link)
Nawww. Don't worry Dora, I'm sure you could be the first Lupin rockstar musician or something. And I suppose with that many kids it's not surprising to see the full set of houses. Thanks for answering!

From: (Anonymous) Date: April 29th, 2015 02:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Haymitch (ok, he's not really an OC, but this question is to YOUR version of Haymitch):

Have you ever written and/or read fanfiction? How did you like it?

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: April 29th, 2015 03:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Written, definitely not. I don't write much of anything. Effie says I should, but I don't.

As far as reading goes, do the Games gossip rags count? They have their own little universe, anyway. Drake once showed me some stories people wrote about me. Well, about both of us, actually, and I'll leave that to the imagination... you know the genre well enough to guess what kind of stories they were. We both laughed, but I was kind of squirmy about it. There were also a lot about me and Maysilee, which just made me sad, so I only read, I think, two of them before pitching them and getting really drunk.

On the other hand, it depends what you define as fanfiction. I've read a lot of perfectly good stories that came from other stories. Half of Shakespeare came from other stories. I also managed to get through Ulysses, though it was a close thing (not a great recommendation of the genre), and there was a novel called Beasts of England that came out during the In-Gathering, where the smart animals from Animal Farm had gone out and colonized Europe, with the people gone. That was pretty good. Banned in Panem, of course, since the author's opinion was that the In-Gathering was an act of aggression.
From: (Anonymous) Date: April 29th, 2015 04:38 pm (UTC) (Link)


Bonjour. Any news from your village? How has it developed since we saw it last?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: April 30th, 2015 03:07 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Valenska

Well, we've had a few house elves born -- they're arguing with their parents about what they want to do with their lives. The youngest one wants to go into service, but the older two are talking about joining a circus.

We had an unfortunate incident with one of vampire residents. He was dieting, and unfortunately made himself rather hungry. Typically, people voluntarily share small amounts of blood for him, but when he's ravenous, he doesn't think properly. He killed one of the hippogriffs, and we had to ask him to leave.
From: (Anonymous) Date: April 29th, 2015 11:09 pm (UTC) (Link)


Since you let Haymitch answer something, I've been dying to ask Effie something.

You once told Butterfly that you would never try "mood" dresses (which I thought was very sensible). Are there any fashion trends you did try that you later regretted? Do you ever look back through photos/clippings of yourself and wince and go "what was I thinking"?

Sara Libby
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: April 30th, 2015 03:11 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Effie?

Oh, I don't regret trying things out! There were a few that, in retrospect, weren't entirely flattering, I suppose (in fact, the soilcloth dresses I wore the year Butterfly was in the Games spent most of the day looking like flour sacks!), but when I was a young girl, most likely to try things that would prove embarrassing later, I was already on the Games staff, where I had to dress older.

I did once try on a sheer dress that had little windows peeping in at the sides of my breasts, and all the way down my hips -- it wasn't meant to be worn with underthings -- but I would never have dared wear it out of the shop, anyway.
From: (Anonymous) Date: April 30th, 2015 03:18 am (UTC) (Link)

Willow as usual wants

Linden successfully defuses a situation, preferably post-war. Bonus points if it was something D12 heros screwed up.

Sirius the third - Dora has just been having a whinge about not getting to do anything new, but she doesn't mention you. I'm sure there is at least one incident where you would be insulted by that. Please describe it.

Severus, (because I know you hate him and its good to have a challenge), describe an incident where you successfully got the Marauders, bonus points if Lily was involved (in either side). Snape 'gave as good as got'.

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: April 30th, 2015 06:26 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Willow as usual wants

[Linden]Well, they didn't really make it out here to Seven -- the guys from Twelve, assuming you mean Peeta, Haymitch, and Katniss -- so there's not a lot that could be directly attributed to them here. In the Capitol, of course... where to start? The escape wasn't all that well planned. I know, I know, Plutarch said it was all down to the letter, but somehow, they managed to forget that Snow might get wind of it and try to stop them from leaving the Viewing Center. When I went there... Well, let me start again. About two years after the war, President Paylor decided to make the Viewing Center grounds into a Museum of Victors (the Hall of Tributes was pretty much destroyed in the fighting). It was a commemoration of the escape. I was there for the opening because Jack died in the fighting, albeit not actually at the Center. It was during a brief period of counter-protests. People were outside complaining about the civilians who died during the escape. The husband of the woman Katniss shot objected to her being featured positively (no one has a problem with her assassination of Coin, but the woman she killed in her flight across the Capitol has become an on-and-off cause celebre). It was before Haymitch stopped drinking, and you can imagine, I'm sure, how well it went over when a stranger in the crowd called his pretend daughter a monster. It didn't help that Peeta was also there, and the monster in question is his not-pretend wife. I know exactly how foolish it is to anger victors, especially when the topic is one of their own, so I jumped in. Probably not my brightest moment. But I reminded Haymitch that he lost people, and he knows how it feels. I reminded Peeta that Katniss would most likely be baring her neck and offering herself up at this point. And I reminded the man in question that we all lost people we loved in the war, and that Katniss herself has referred to that as the worst thing she did... which is probably better than most of the fighters in the Capitol can say, on either side. I have no idea why it worked, but all three of them backed off.

[Sirius]Hey, she didn't mention Mira, Orry, or Carina either! All right, I suppose... I'm something of the trouble-magnet in the family. I don't actually do anything to get in trouble, but trouble seems to find me. I ended up working with the government on how to warn Muggles about things we've seen in visions. I don't know how much good it did, but Dora has, more than once, complained that she can't even be the first wunderkind, helping the government while she's still at Hogwarts. (She did, by the way. She helped Dad create a kind of "safety net" spell to contain some of the more dangerous artifacts that Maurice Burke found in the Borgin vault and surrendered to the government. They'd been languishing for years. Dora has always been good at putting Dad's notes together to make things work, and she got a decent charm together. But she doesn't think that's anything because I once sat in a committee with Hermione Weasley and gave my opinion about something.)

[Severus]I hope you're not expecting one of their ridiculous pranks. I have never had any interest in their clowning. The autumn after the incident at the O.W.L.s, after Lily stopped speaking to me, James Potter had the gall to corner me and make threats about my treatment of Lily. My treatment of her. I was the best friend she had. He raised his wand at me, and I have no idea what idiotic hex he meant to use -- most likely something to make me keep saying the thing that had hurt her; that's his speed. I beat him to it quite handily. I'd spent the summer working on my charms, with one of my mother's old Healing books. I'd mistakenly thought I could heal things with Lily, but that didn't work. I did, however, know how to do an internal purge.

I left him bent over in the corridor, wheezing every pollutant in the castle out of his lungs and pores. It does no permanent damage -- it's a healing spell -- but it's very unpleasant, and I didn't see him in class for three days. It was well worth the detention.
From: (Anonymous) Date: May 1st, 2015 01:49 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Willow as usual wants

[Linden] Perfect as always. I wish more men like Linden were running around.

[Sirius] You know, you've done Teddy at Hogwarts, you've done bits of James....but Sirius... Innocently sitting in the middle of a whole lot of trouble when he actually IS innocent (as opposed to everyone he has a genetic link to) sounds like fun... He's starting to sound a bit like Jon Snow...

[Severus] I've often thought Snape should have been a healer. I've written fan-fic where he's a bit House-esque. Or Granny Weatherwax - 'it won't work unless it tastes nasty' medicine. And it was a perfect answer. I know you aren't a fan of Snape, but you get the sneer nicely. You kind of need to borrow everyone's arrogance and wind it up into a tight little ball of wounded pride.

From: (Anonymous) Date: April 30th, 2015 06:57 am (UTC) (Link)


Bonjour. Any news from your village? How has it developed since we saw it last?
From: (Anonymous) Date: April 30th, 2015 04:36 pm (UTC) (Link)


Bonjour. Any news from your village? How has it developed since we saw it last?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: April 30th, 2015 06:25 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Valenska

Not since we talked last night!
From: (Anonymous) Date: May 3rd, 2015 08:35 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Valenska

Sorry for the double post!~
From: (Anonymous) Date: May 1st, 2015 05:42 am (UTC) (Link)

Still bored?

Teddy - read the Hunger Games. Thoughts?
Donzo - read the Hunger Games. Thoughts?
Maurice - read the Hunger Games. Thoughts?
Lily (the second) - read the Hunger Games. Thoughts?
Al - read the hunger games. Thoughts?
James (the second) - read the Hunger Games. Make up a story where you save the whole horrible mess from happening.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 1st, 2015 06:14 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Still bored?

Donzo: Well, it's a given that, if Katniss had been at Hogwarts, Teddy would have been madly in love with her for at least a month or two.

Teddy: I do love a girl who's a good shot.

Donzo: We know.

Maurice: (holds up hands) We read the thing together, the lot of us in our year, and Ruthless, of course. Naturally, it became a question of who'd survive. Personally, I think I have the best plan, which is largely the one that Katniss and Haymitch used -- get away from the fighting as much as possible and don't waste energy and ammunition. Teddy claims he'd do the same, but let's be honest: Teddy would run for the Cornucopia... not to get weapons, but to valiantly defend all of the little kids who stupidly tried it.

Donzo: I'd work the cameras like Peeta did. The lady who wrote the stories certainly knows her way around popular culture. It's a strange, wild beast. Luckily, I know how to tame it.

Teddy: Maurice, I'm not that crazy. I'd try to find a good place to fortify and get the little ones into it.

Maurice: Only, Teddy, sooner or later, the Gamemakers would take out a fortress. You know that.

Teddy: The Gamemakers cheat.

Maurice: I think that's the point.

Teddy: Well, I'd have to take them on. Obviously.

Donzo: Oh, yes. Obviously.

Teddy: (shrugs) The truth is, the books made me uncomfortable. The Gamemakers are Death, symbolically. And you know how I feel about it when Death doesn't play fair.

Maurice: Symbolically? Are we going to go full-Ravenclaw here?

Donzo: He's on his own. That's a really over-broad interpretation. Personally, I think they're life... that it's life not playing fair, putting some people in death's way to help others escape it.

Teddy: And mine was over-broad?

Maurice: I'm never reading a book with the pair of you again.

Lily: I read it when Teddy left it in the house after a visit. I wore my hair in a Katniss-braid for that whole school year, and I learned how to use a bow and arrow. I still haven't found a halfway decent Peeta, though.

Al: Right, you don't know anyone at all who's kind and clever and brave and sneaky.

Lily: (laughs) The Hat would just give up on him, wouldn't it?

Al: No. Slytherin. Easy call. Hufflepuff goals, Slytherin strategy.

Maurice: And Gryffindor tactics. Running about with the Careers?

Lily: Around.

Maurice: What?

Lily: Around. I think "running about" is very English, but the books are American. You should say "running around."

Al: She did an accent for months. It was annoying. Not to mention terrible.

Lily: It wasn't terrible! I even checked to make sure I sounded more like I was from Appalachia than from Texas! I did a good job with it. I even asked that Auror whatshername that came to see Dad. She said I sounded fine.

Al: She was being polite.

Lily: Well, what about you? You and Moth were doing scenes in the Common Room.

James: Scenes which I could have improved, if you'd let me.

Lily: You would barely have left the story there!

James: Well, there were lots of better ways they could have handled it! If I'd written it, the tributes would have sneaked out of the Training Center on the second day. Haymitch and the other victors would be trying to cover for them, but they'd get captured, so Peeta would have to go rescue him from Snow. Meanwhile, Katniss and Rue would break into the Presidential Palace and find damning information about Snow, and they'd take over Caesar's studio to put it on the air. The Capitol would drag Snow out and execute him.

Lily: Wait until you hear his dumb idea for District Thirteen.

James: District Thirteen would try to invade right away, because they realize they lost their chance to try and look like allies, and Beetee and Haymitch would mobilize all the victors in hovercrafts, and they'd shoot down the bombers from Thirteen, then the regular people in Thirteen would be glad, and there'd be a new president with only a little war, and they'd put together a better government, and everyone would live happily ever after.

Edited at 2015-05-01 06:45 am (UTC)
willowlistener From: willowlistener Date: May 1st, 2015 11:26 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Still bored?

OMG, MY. Day. Is. Totally. Made. Heck, my entire WEEK.
*Willow was feeling very guilty about asking for yet more, but now she feels totally and utterly justified.*
James' reinterpretation... LOVE. But the boys bickering! The first two lines. Brilliant. And Moth and Al doing 'scenes'. How fabulous to put characters into a 'fan' place and see how they'd react. Oh so many things to love!
I think James needs to rewrite Game of Thrones next. So many characters making mistakes, surely ONE of them is going to do something intelligent and not get killed?
And oh what did Lily do with those archery skills.
And the hat being unable to sort Peeta! So right!
willowlistener From: willowlistener Date: May 1st, 2015 11:27 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Still bored?

From: (Anonymous) Date: May 3rd, 2015 08:34 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Still bored?

Love it!
From: (Anonymous) Date: May 5th, 2015 05:33 pm (UTC) (Link)


How did the winner of the 25th Hunger Games become the host of the 32nd Hunger Games without anyone noticing? How did the people of your district not notice, or Games junkies, or Snow?

-- Tom
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