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EEEK! - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
Sorry. Bored. Big bored.

So, I thought I'd do some writing. First person to reply with a character (or set of characters) from HP or SW, I'll write a one-hour quick-fic (if such a request comes in before 8:00; after 8:00, there won't be time before I have to leave).

SW note: Please note Expanded Universe characters. I haven't the first clue. :)

I feel a bit...: bored bored

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mafdet From: mafdet Date: March 11th, 2004 04:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think you'll be getting this before the allotted time is up, but since no-one's replied...If you have time, do a Remus/Tonks fic! Hahaha, I bet you could figure out what MY request would be. [big smile]
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: March 11th, 2004 05:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
Okay, you're first. :)

The Knight Bus disappeared with a bang, leaving Remus Lupin and Nymphadora Tonks alone on the road to Hogsmeade. In the distance, Remus could see the children making their way up to the castle, dragging their luggage and joking among themselves. It was good to see the Weasley children so happy, knowing their father was safe, but Harry...

Remus had a feeling something was wrong there. But Sirius was his guardian. If there was something wrong, it would be Sirius to whom he turned.

"I was thinking," Dora said, "that I could do my errands in Hogsmeade as easily as in Diagon Alley."

Remus turned. She was morphing, her face screwed up in intense concentration, letting her steely gray hair grow loose and wavy, darkening it to the black hair she'd been born with (and which Remus hadn't seen since she'd joined the Order). The tweedy-middle aged clothes she was wearing looked quite out of place, hanging oddly on her as she let herself settle into her shorter, slightly more rounded body.

In twenty years, he'd never grown tired of watching that.

She grinned. "Bit silly," she said. "Clothes don't even fit now. Should have left the height alone."

"You look fine."

"Anyway, I was thinking about doing my errands, then having lunch at the Three Broomsticks. It'd be like an old Hogwarts weekend. I'm feeling all nostalgic, being back. D'you want to join me?"

"Well, I probably should--"

"Oh, come on. Are you really in a rush to head back to Auntie's house?"

"Not really, no."

"So come along."

Remus sighed and shook his head. "Dora, really, I--"

She raised an eyebrow in a challenge he knew perfectly well: Come on then. Make an excuse.

"What if I just said I didn't want to?"

"I'd say, 'Suit yourself,' and go find my old mate Sanjiv. Last I knew he was doing sketches for a galleon in a flat above that horrid little tea shop." She flashed him another grin. "But I'd rather have lunch with you. Not at Auntie's. We haven't had much of a chance to catch up, what with You-Know-Who--"

"Voldemort," Remus corrected.

"Yes, him." She didn't repeat it, but she didn't wince; she was learning. "And the Ministry being troublesome. Let's just sit down, have a nice lunch and a good jaw about anything that's not that."

Remus pretended to weigh the options. He held out his arm. "You convinced me."

She clapped gleefully and jumped up and down (which looked absurd in the tweed skirt and jacket). "Our first date!"

"Other than when I took you out for ice cream when you were eight."

"I'm a bit older now."

"Yes, you look at least ten."

She turned up her nose playfully. "Perhaps I'll go find Sanjiv after all."

He laughed. "All right, all right. Twelve. At least twelve."

She punched his arm, then linked her own through it and started to lead him down the road toward the village. "It's sort of a pretty day, don't you think?" she asked.


"Bit cold."


fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: March 11th, 2004 05:56 pm (UTC) (Link)

part 2

She walked in uncharacteristic silence for a few minutes, then sighed. "It's all we're doing, isn't it? The You-Know... The Voldemort business. It's all I can think to talk about. I haven't even been keeping up with Quidditch standings this year. Even Harry worries about Quidditch."

"I didn't follow Quidditch much even before."

"We used to talk about other things."

"Always whatever happened to be going on around us."


They walked on for a few more minutes. The outer houses around Hogsmeade started to slip by them. "So, this Sanjiv," Remus said, trying for a non-Order topic. "He's a boyfriend?"

Dora gave him a derisive laugh. "No. Sanjiv is just a boy. Friend."

"I don't even know if you have one."

"A boyfriend?"


"No." She smiled and went up on tiptoe to kiss his cheek. "How could anyone compete with you?"

"Will you stop that?"

"All right," she said, with mock disappointment. They came up on a small tailoring shop at the close end of the business district, and she let go of his arm. "I have a dress that needs some altering. And I ought to get this fit for company, too."

"Do you mind if I find something else to do while you're in the dress shop? I'll meet you at the Three Broomsticks later."

She nodded. "Sounds like a plan. Give me half an hour."

"Will do."

He mussed her hair with some affection and took leave of her as she went into the shop, the bell above the door tinkling merrily in the wintry afternoon.

A date, indeed. She was a child. Maybe not in chronological years, but still... he could never think of her as anything else.

Remus didn't have much to do, really; if he was going to eat lunch out, he would have to avoid spending money in any of the shops (Dora and Sirius both let money slip through their fingers like water, and it never occurred to either of them that he might need to hold back). He'd brought along the sketch pad and pencils that Harry had bought him for Christmas and sat for fifteen minutes on a bench in the center of town, drawing trees and animals. He did a few sketches of Dora as well, her hair in the midst of changing, her clothes hanging loosely on her.

A child.

After awhile, the snow on the branches above him began to drip onto the pages, and while an Impervius charm could keep them dry, it also tended to prevent new markings. He put the sketchpad away and headed over to the Leaky Cauldron. He'd be early, but he'd be dry.

Madam Rosmerta gave him a tentative smile--all of Hogsmeade knew why he'd left Hogwarts--and put out a butterbeer for him. He sat at the bar to drink it as slowly as he could, and pulled the sketchpad back out, looking for a subject.

A pretty woman was sitting by the fire with her back mostly to him, long and lovely hair reflecting in the firelight. Her graceful neck cast a arced shadow on the wall, and the sharp curve of her jaw gave her a kind of classic beauty.

He put a pencil to the paper, and was starting to draw when she looked up at a sound, and smiled broadly.

"Wotcher, Remus!" she said, waving. "You're early."
silverhill From: silverhill Date: March 11th, 2004 04:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
Um, how about Mad-Eye Moody and either Ginny Weasley or Ron Weasley? :)
mafdet From: mafdet Date: March 11th, 2004 06:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
SQUEE! Thank you! That was beautiful. Remus is just going to have to get over thinking of 'Dora as a child, now won't he...

And poor Sanjiv. Having to live above Madame Puddifoot's.
leelastarsky From: leelastarsky Date: March 11th, 2004 07:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow! That was great! I want it to keep going!

One hour?! I'd be lucky to spit out a paragraph in an hour!
myf From: myf Date: March 11th, 2004 09:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
*in awe*

An hour - you're just amazing. I loved it.

Especially in awe of the little things which show your complete awareness of what you're writing - the snow in Hogsmeade which drips onto Remus' pad. That Remus was teaching at Hogwarts just two years previously, and went down to buy Butterbeer for Harry from Rosmerta. That Tonks might very likely be careless with money.


More? *hopeful look*
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: March 11th, 2004 10:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks, everyone! :) Glad you liked it. I had been toying with the idea that they went out to lunch for awhile, so that one was just kind of waiting around for an excuse to start writing. Thanks for offering one, mafdet!

(silverhill, I'll get to a Moody/Weasley scene tomorrow.)
ladyelaine From: ladyelaine Date: March 12th, 2004 06:07 am (UTC) (Link)

You just... just... sat down and out it came? (Hey, I checked those times--you posted only an hour later!)

I'm so jealous.

sarah531 From: sarah531 Date: March 12th, 2004 12:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm probably too late for this now, but if you want to do a Star Wars one, I would LOVE to see your take on Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan. :)

p.s.-You probably don't know me, but I go to a bunch of the same messageboards as you. And have been reading your journal for quite a while. :) D'ya mind if I friend you? :)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: March 12th, 2004 12:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
Be my guest. :)

I don't think I've done any Obi-Wan/Qui-Gon stories. I'd like to give that a try. I have some time I wasn't expecting to have. Check back later. I owe this one and the one for silverhill.
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