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Ask the characters
As suggested by anon, while I'm hopefully rediscovering some writing mojo (whoever came up with the lie that exercising more gives you endorphins and makes you more energetic needs to be flogged with overcooked angel hair pasta).

Anyway, ask the characters from my stories anything. I'd like to stay away from the Neville fic, so I can stew on that a while, but anything else.
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shiiki From: shiiki Date: May 7th, 2017 08:15 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm currently re-reading Shifts (for the I-don't-know-how-many-eth time!) so Dudley: are you still in touch with Mr Levinson and the other Smetings teachers these days? How about Daniel Morse?
reannanshaw From: reannanshaw Date: May 7th, 2017 03:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ah, Shifts, quite possibly my favorite fanfic ever. I need to re-read it.
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From: (Anonymous) Date: May 7th, 2017 04:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sirius from "The Whole Family"-verse, (and Remus and Dora if you want to chime in), what can you tell us about what you were up to during Harry's sixth year and following? How did you decide to keep Number 12 after all and live there? (Where did Harry and Ginny and family end up living?) Also, if you like, can you tell us a bit about how Remus returned to teaching? (If that isn't too close to Neville-verse, that is.)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 8th, 2017 01:54 am (UTC) (Link)
After the mess at the Department of Mysteries, Dumbledore used his influence -- and their guilt -- to talk the Wizengamot into giving me a fair trial, pointing out that it wasn't a re-trial, as I'd never been tried in the first place. Consequently, I had not been convicted properly, and there was nothing to overturn, just a fresh start: Could they prove me guilty?

Despite the fact that they had no evidence at all, they managed to stretch that out for over a month while Harry finished out his fifth year and initially went back to Surrey. He was worried that they'd chuck me back into Azkaban anyway. But of course, they had no proof, since there was no proof to be had. Remus was able to testify to the fact that we'd been Animagi -- Peter included. They wanted him to do time for endangering the community during our long-ago jaunts, but Dumbledore pointed out that the foibles of minors, even minor werewolves, were beyond the reach of the court. Against my instructions, he also had Harry, Ron, and Hermione give testimony, which more or less invalidated what Snivelly had to say about the night they got me out of Hogwarts. Finally, they had to let me go, and the Ministry had to pay me a fairly large settlement for all the years they'd locked me in Azkaban. I did not turn it down. Not because I needed it -- I had full access to my Gringotts vault -- but because the government needed a tangible deterrent to keep them from falling back into old habits. As soon as they paid it, I used it to pay off Remus's debts. He never did forgive me for that, not entirely. Once that was done, I got my motorcycle from Hagrid, took it to Surrey, and busted Harry out of Petunia's house. Dumbledore warned me about the blood magic, but Harry was my family, too, and Number 12 was protected by other sorts of blood magic. So we went back there, and did as well as we could making it safe and at least a bit homey. I got used to it. And after Dumbledore died, I wasn't going to upset anything else in Harry's life, anyway. When he showed me Reg's note, I talked to Kreacher, and we... well, I can't say we became smashingly good friends, but we managed family, at any rate. He got the place even further cleaned up, and I went searching for Reg's final mission.

There was no rest during Harry's seventh year. Everyone worked out of the house, even Remus and Dora, the first year they were married. Teddy was born here, actually, in the parlor, right under the family tree. After the last battle -- after we got Remus healed up, at any rate -- I decided to start pushing for his return to Hogwarts. As he'd had a hand in rescuing half the Muggle-borns in the country, and good number of their loved ones, there was less resistance than I thought there would be, and he went back there only two years later. He and Dora moved into the house in Hogsmeade right away.

As for Harry and Ginny? I offered to let them stay in the house. People had lived multigenerationally here for a long time. But I suppose that's not what either of them were raised with as an expectation. I got them talking about where they wanted to live, then, as a wedding present, got them a house there -- in Hogsmeade, with the turrets of Hogwarts visible from their upper windows.
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sonetka From: sonetka Date: May 8th, 2017 04:47 am (UTC) (Link)
If I can ask Mirrem a question in the afterlife -- what do you think about how things turned out?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 9th, 2017 08:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
I suppose it's about as well as it could have. Dannel always thought I was too hard on Peeta, but clearly, he needed some hardening up for what he had to deal with, and he bore up decently. Not sure my other two would have, and I'm reasonably sure that Dannel himself would have gone whimpering to a corner somewhere, probably drunk, until some woman picked him up.

I don't know why they bothered to rebuild Twelve. It's still the middle of nowhere, and now, they don't even have the mine justify it.
From: (Anonymous) Date: May 8th, 2017 11:15 am (UTC) (Link)
Enobaria, a decade in, how have things been going with the new settlement?

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 9th, 2017 08:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
We have our good years and our bad years. Five years in, we got hit by a storm they say was called a hurricane. The folks from Four have had to deal with them, but not on an island. We lost nearly everything and had to start over again. But we got it going. I did finally get married and have two children -- no sense starting a colony if you don't mean to propagate it -- and I'm pretty fond of them. I haven't bitten either of them yet, and my husband, shockingly, has not asked for biting either. I will be happy if I never bite anyone again.

We have a hand-caning festival every year, cutting the cane by hand, the old fashioned way. I'm the only woman to place, and I've won the thing three times. I call it the Caning Games.
From: (Anonymous) Date: May 8th, 2017 08:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
To Al Potter.
I can't really remember but did you mentioned you and Jane having children?
And what was the time at Hogwarts like for you past your first year? Did anything exciting happened?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 10th, 2017 01:39 am (UTC) (Link)
Honestly, with everything that's been coming out of contradictory quarters lately, I don't know what's real about me anymore. Fern's original note was that yes, Jane and I had kids. But with a play being accepted as canon that entirely changes what my personality used to be, I can't very well guarantee anything. I don't know what my favorite things are! In Fern's story about James's fourth year, I guess was detecting a little bit, and everyone says they liked me in drama club, though I drew the line at playing Dad (because... weirdness). But I don't honestly know what I'm interested in anymore.
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From: (Anonymous) Date: May 8th, 2017 09:33 pm (UTC) (Link)

Cato, or any Career volunteer ...

What is the procedure for volunteering in the Career districts and how can you ensure that you win the Reaping?

Haymitch acts like if his name is called Peeta will volunteer and that's that, but in the first book Effie's confusion seems to maybe imply that there is more to it than that. What's to stop an ambitious "lucky" Career who's name was picked in the Reaping refusing to give up their place for a volunteer.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 10th, 2017 01:48 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Cato, or any Career volunteer ...

[Brutus]Of course Abernathy has no idea how it works. Hell, in Twelve, probably it works that way, like a volunteer is some tragic martyr, too good for this earth, and whatever else he boils it down to in his pickled fever dreams.

So, first, they do have the chance reaping, but it doesn't count for much, because someone always volunteers. Usually a lot of someones. The one thing the chance reaping guarantees -- and this is where Abernathy is coming from -- is that the person called is not eligible to volunteer. He's out of the running for that year. Everdeen's sister wouldn't have been able to override that, either. Otherwise, it would get stupid very quickly, with people trying to out-volunteer each other.

So the first thing that happens is that everyone who wants to volunteer puts his name in the bowl on an equal level, and we're called up to the front. The mentors interview us, and anyone who they don't think is among the best gets culled, and their names get taken out of the bowl. Of course -- if the Capitol is listening -- we don't train. But we all have skills that we just happen to have acquired. We try them out. It's like the final judging at the Games, right down to the mentors issuing scores. Anyone with a score under nine gets culled. That usually leaves about ten or fifteen slips in the bowl, and the escort then draws one out, and that's who gets to go.

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From: (Anonymous) Date: May 9th, 2017 08:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Alan Garvey, what's your favourite Star Trek episode?

Lyme (I think I've got your name wrong, sorry), what were your thoughts and feelings immediately after the Nut was bombed? Right decision or not?

Aberforth Dumbledore, why did you live in your brother's shadow all these years? Literally overlooked by the towers of his success. There's plenty of wizarding pubs down south; why Hogsmeade?

(And a bit of a cheeky meta-fic-and-not-your-original-characters question - ignore if you want.)
Sam and Alex, do you feel like you have been invited to Valhalla as part of affirmative action/increase diversity initiative on the part of the author? Or is your role bigger than your label?
From: (Anonymous) Date: May 9th, 2017 08:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sorry, forgot to sign.
Those questions are from me, aylat.

I'm also rereading Shifts at the moment :-) I enjoy your writing a lot, thank you for all the generosity in sharing it with us.
And it's all your fault I got hooked on Riordan - you recommended him too many times! :-p
Tracy Wood From: Tracy Wood Date: May 10th, 2017 12:09 am (UTC) (Link)

Ask the characters

For Glenn Everdeen. How did you happen to find three year old Peeta wandering around the Seam? Did you want to give his mother a piece of your mind? Did you want to ask Dannel why he wasn't preventing things like this from happening?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 10th, 2017 02:19 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Ask the characters

I was just coming home from work, belting something out at the top of my voice. Don't remember what. But I noticed I had a little blond shadow. Not a lot of those, so I figured I'd check and see if one of Ruth's merchant friends was visiting her. Kay Undersee occurred to me. I thought she might have brought Madge over to play with Katniss. I wished she would -- or that Ruthie would have taken Katniss over there; I really don't think Kay would have turned her out -- but that wasn't it. My shadow hid between a couple of buildings, and when I went around, I saw that it was Peeta, and he was alone.

At first, I thought Danny actually did it, and I was about to beat the hell out of him. By the time I got to the bakery, I realized it wasn't exactly his style. I never heard of him lashing out like that at anyone. Which left the person in the house who was known to do that. If Mir had been at the counter, I'd have probably started in on her in front of the customers, which wouldn't have been helpful. Danny took one look, finished the order he was working on, and closed up for a "kitchen emergency." I think he was actually surprised that time. That was when he moved out, you know. When he and the boys took an emergency room while he applied for new housing... or maybe to make Mirrem get new housing, I don't know. And it was why. I figured that was the end of it. Ruth visited him a lot (and yes, I know what everyone was saying, especially when Primrose came along with her blond hair), and she said he was angry and he'd had it. So I figured it was taken care of. But the boys missed her -- even a bad mother is still a mother, I guess -- so they went back, and with the Prim issue, it was a little awkward for me to do much about the Mellark family).
From: (Anonymous) Date: June 9th, 2017 01:04 am (UTC) (Link)

How did Tonks find out Remus was a werewolf?

Did her parents tell her? Did she figure it out writing an assignment 3rd year?
From: (Anonymous) Date: June 20th, 2017 11:18 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: How did Tonks find out Remus was a werewolf?

Nevermind! I found this in a long long ago post. :)
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