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The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
Ask the characters
I'm stuck at home for a week and bored.

So... ask any of my characters from any fandom... anything. They'll answer.
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shiiki From: shiiki Date: January 25th, 2017 08:15 am (UTC) (Link)
Does it include canon characters? If so:

Reyna: What was the first thing you did when you got back to Camp Jupiter after the battle at Camp Half-Blood in Blood of Olympus?

If it's OCs only, then ... hm ...

Ruth: Can you tell us a funny story from your life with James?

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: January 25th, 2017 07:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Reyna: I took a bath. Really -- I was filthy, and the Greeks don't do proper baths at all. I just stayed in a nice, steamy bathhouse for about an hour. Skipped dinner. Then I went to the temple of Pluto and left him an offering for allowing me such an excellent adventure companion.

Ruth: One of the blessed things about life with James is that there's rarely a plot to our life events. Things just happen. One of them... let's see. He'd been teaching for about five years, but while we were on holiday -- the boys were staying with my mum -- I got a call from London that one of my cases had gone hot. Literally. James and I were in the tropics (we always holidayed in warm places), and my quarry, a two-bit thief, had ended up trying to fence goods in the same place. James had the brilliant thought of using his Invisibility Cloak to catch him in the act... but he insisted on coming along, even though he was years out of the department. So the pair of us were under the cloak, which really isn't meant to cover two adults, and sneaking along crabwise on the beach, trying to get around a luau to sneak to the meeting place. Neither of us is what you'd call graceful. We managed to trip over ourselves and the cloak and go smashing into a stand that sold postcards. Good thing it was the wizarding area, since the cloak, of course, slipped off of us in front of everyone. And it didn't look innocent.
From: (Anonymous) Date: January 25th, 2017 04:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
As someone who seems interested about political going-ons, what was your reaction (even as a kid at Hogwarts) to the surge of populism in the Muggle community?
Did that wave send ripples into the Magical community? Or was everyone blissfully unaware?

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: January 25th, 2017 07:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
It all happened around the same time. Remember, all of this was happening around the same time that Sam Cresswell was agitating our populist movement, and Teddy's friend Geoff was gaining serious momentum at the school. That was two years before I started, but it's somewhat burned into my brain, as I had to spend a lot of that year hiding, and my father, grandparents, and great aunt got taken to Azkaban for a sham trial. That, of course, was followed by backlash from the other side of the populist coin, with people showing sympathy for Death Eaters, who must have been victims of those meanies who were trying to destroy their fragile culture (you wouldn't believe the letters Dad got sometimes, apologizing for... something, I'm not sure what), and that led to a counter backlash and... well, I have to admit, I find populism boring, as far as movements go. I believe the word Grayfur would use is "tiresome." All that screaming.

The world always bounces back and forth between elites sneering down their noses at the masses, and the masses getting ticked off and telling the elites exactly where they can stow their attitudes. No guillotines have come out so far, so we're ahead of the curve, but I do wish people would calm down.

Edited at 2017-01-25 07:24 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous) Date: January 25th, 2017 06:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ruth: What's it like being a "civilian" at Hogwarts?

A couple years past being a student, but not a teacher, and yet living in the castle (for a little while at least, if I remember the plan correctly).
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: January 25th, 2017 07:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's fun, actually. I could go to the feasts and watch the Quidditch matches any time I wanted to. Late gatherings in the greenhouses or at Hagrid's hut happened all the time. You do have to put up with little girls having crushes on your husband, of course. Little notes and presents left at the entrance to the staff quarters. But that's nothing. I can sympathize. After all, I've a bit of a crush on him myself! Who am I to argue with the clearly excellent taste of other females? I even got to help a few students now and then, which is always good. And yet, I had no responsibilities there whatsoever! Best of both worlds. Though I admit, I definitely preferred life once we got the house at the Roost fixed up, and both of us could go home to it at night. We did have to talk about it, since as a non-resident teacher, he wouldn't be eligible to be head of house, but in the end, we decided it was better to live in the real world.
From: (Anonymous) Date: January 26th, 2017 05:32 am (UTC) (Link)
Al Potter, how's life after Hogwarts? You and Jane still together?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: January 26th, 2017 06:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Life is blessedly quiet. Jane and I moved down to Ottery St. Catchpole, and I have a neat little apothecary. Victoire sends most of my plant ingredients.
From: (Anonymous) Date: January 26th, 2017 05:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
To Alma Coin: Your years of hard work have paid off! You're president of Panem now, and Katniss Everdeen is about to shoot the previous president. So what happens now? I'm curious what your plans are for the Victors after this ceremony, especially the popular Mockingjay. Katniss would be a big PITA for you if she ever went into politics, post-Rebellion.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: January 26th, 2017 06:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
Katniss has obviously come around, or I certainly wouldn't allow her a weapon in my vicinity. She and Mason -- along with the toothy woman -- will become the face of the Capitol Games. I would certainly have chosen Mellark, who is a better presence, but he was unexpectedly disloyal when I raised the subject. Beetee Latier has clearly been compromised, and I plan to keep an extremely close eye on him. Abernathy may well have voted for the Games, but I suspect this was out of loyalty to Everdeen rather than to the new regime. I do not trust him, particularly given his connections in the Capitol, including that ridiculous woman he's bedding. That he and Heavensbee covered for her is enough to tell me that eventually, they will commit treason. I have people watching them already.

Hawthorne, to my disappointment, seems to have become obsessed with strategic decisions which are far above his rank. I plan to leave him in District Two until his popularity wanes. After that, if he hasn't straightened out, we may need to examine his usefulness.

At any rate, all of that nastiness can be put off for a few months, while we plan the first Capitol Games. I may well test Abernathy's loyalty by putting him in charge of the Games apparatus. The psychological files I've found on him suggest that he would have a talent in that area.
Tracy Wood From: Tracy Wood Date: January 28th, 2017 02:58 am (UTC) (Link)

ask the characters

For Plutarch Heavensbee. Were you expecting and/or hoping that Katniss would do something to get rid of Coin after seeing she going to be just as bad as Snow?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: January 28th, 2017 07:22 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: ask the characters

I certainly hoped someone would. I'd anticipated, of course, that Alma might overreach, but I never imagined she would act so quickly and so... violently. I had been speaking to Beetee about ways to force an election and make sure the Capitol voted, which would have removed her, and I'd looked into removing her from office for unfitness. Assassination had even crossed my mind, in the last resort. It wasn't until she brought up the Capitol Games that I realized it might become absolutely necessary, and until I learned about the vote, I didn't know where Katniss would stand. But of course, once I heard that she'd told such an extraordinary lie, I realized what she must have in mind. I, shall we say, was not in a rush to stop her.
From: (Anonymous) Date: January 29th, 2017 02:16 am (UTC) (Link)

Repost from previous Ask the Characters

Sorry, I understand that you've moved on to a different canon, but I have always been curious as to why Gia took a liking to Haymitch, so much as to traveling to the district when Digger and Haymitch's family passed.

PS. I love you HG fanfics, and read and reread everything I can find.

Many thanks and best regards from New York!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: January 29th, 2017 02:58 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Repost from previous Ask the Characters

[Gia]It was on the train on the way to the Games. I'd just been transferred from Seven, where Ollie and I had been... close. I was in an emotionally vulnerable state. I was used to the kids in Seven rejecting me, of course -- what else could we expect? But I felt alone and I was very nervous, and when Maysilee started in on me, it really hit me hard. Haymitch, who was on his way to the very same hell and understood that perfectly well, saw that I was upset and told her to lay off on me because I was just doing my job. The kind of person who does that, who looks at someone who is (as far as he can tell) on the other side, the side of people trying to kill him, and sees that person as a human being with feelings that need to be respected? That's the kind of person I will always be loyal to, and who deserves that loyalty.
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