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...and the Forest Guard, Chapter Two: Too Many Wands, pt. 2 - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
...and the Forest Guard, Chapter Two: Too Many Wands, pt. 2
Not much text outside the cut before the spoiler period is up. God, I'm hoping that JKR doesn't contradict too much of what I have in mind in interviews; I'm having a lot of fun with this.

Table of Contents and Summary So Far (Title of TOC/SSF page has character name spoiler.)

First rotae has a cool picture of Teddy as a teenager. Check it out! I think it's totally going to rule my image of Teddy for a long, long time.

Anyway, Teddy and Andromeda have gone into Diagon Alley to equip him for Hogwarts. He's having a devilishly hard time finding a wand, and finally pretends to feel a greater connection than he does to a willow and unicorn wand that Ollivander's apprentice (and granddaughter) finds for him. Andromeda asks if he wants to continue shopping or go for lunch, and he opts for lunch.

"I'll never forget when I got my first wand," Granny said, settling in at a table in the Leaky Cauldron. "Maple and dragon heartstring, nine and a half inches. I lost that one fourth year--a very bad hex war with my sister; it just splintered into a dozen pieces--but it was such an amazing thing to have it. Let's have a look, Teddy."

Teddy got the box out dutifully and showed her the willow wand, looking at it curiously himself, wondering if he would soon start feeling more attached to it.

"It's lovely workmanship. I wonder if it's one of Berit's. Do you like it?"

"I... guess so."

"Don't be so enthusiastic, Ted," someone said behind him, and he looked up to see the tall, skinny shape of Daffy Apcarne, one of his mum's best school friends. "It's bad for the heart to get so excited."

His wife, Maddie, sidled up beside him and said, "Hello, Andromeda, Teddy--we're getting Frankie's things for the year. Are you getting ready to CARNY! GET DOWN FROM THERE!"

She ran off in the middle of her sentence to pull her seven-year-old daughter off a railing she was balancing on, trying to climb up it toward the rooms on the next floor. Carny's real name was Dorasana, after Teddy's mum and their other best friend, Sanjiv McPherson, but no one ever called her that. Maddie's real name was also Dora--he had no idea how she'd got to be "Maddie"--and Teddy supposed it would be strange to scream your own name in the middle of the Leaky Cauldron.

Daffy turned back with a smile. "To finish Maddie's sentence, are you getting ready for Hogwarts, Teddy?"

Teddy nodded. "Got my wand," he said, holding it up.

"Always a good day," Daffy said. "I'm sorry we couldn't make it to the party yesterday. Maddie's division had an emergency, and I had to take Carny over to St. Mungo's. She managed to blow her ears up until they were bigger than her head trying to eavesdrop on what Maddie was doing. We're going to have to break that habit."

As Maddie was an Unspeakable in the Department of Mysteries, Teddy guessed that this would be a real priority. "It's all right," he said. "I hardly had time to say hello to everyone who was there."

"Would you like to come to dinner tonight?" Daffy asked Granny.

Granny shook her head. "Oh, I'm sorry, Daff--yesterday, I got talking to Bill Weasley about the Gringotts Commission--the business with the lower vaults, and unclaimed treasures--and he and Fleur invited us to Shell Cottage--"

"What?" Teddy groaned. "Oh, but we saw them yesterday."

"And we're seeing them again tonight, and you will keep a civil tongue in your head," Granny said, then looked at Daffy. "I really would accept your invitation, but I accepted Bill's first, and it would be awfully rude..."

"Of course, of course," Daffy said.

"Will you join us for lunch?"

"Love to." Daffy Summoned over a second table, and settled himself in.

"Where's Frankie?" Teddy asked.

"He's at Weasleys' with his mates, stocking up for the year. He should be along in a few minutes."

Maddie finally managed to corral Carny and steer her toward the table, where she was unceremoniously dropped down into a chair. "Do I need to put on a Sticking Charm?" Maddie asked her.

Carny shook her head enthusiastically, blond pigtails whipping around like blades on a Muggle helicopter.

Tom took their orders, and just before the food arrived, Frankie blew in from the back, dropping a bag of jokes and apologizing loudly to a witch he'd nearly walked into. He caught sight of them and loped over, the ripped bag gathered up to his chest. Teddy waved.

Frankie grinned and took a seat. He took after his mum in looks--blond, round-faced, and thick through the waist--but it didn't come off quite as well in him. His clothes never seemed to fit exactly right, and there was always an ink stain waiting to happen if he was anywhere near a quill, which he seemed to have been during the course of the day. His thick, curly hair was grimy, and balanced on top of it was a tall top-hat in Hufflepuff house colors. Teddy had always liked Frankie, mostly because he didn't care a whit what he looked like, and always thought of amusing games.

"You're sitting with us on the train tomorrow, Ted," he told Teddy, dropping down into the chair next to his. "I already told Zach and Bernice."

"Teddy might want to meet the other first years," Maddie said gently.

Frankie shrugged. "They need to sit somewhere too, don't they? Oh, is that your wand? What did you end up with?"

Teddy resigned himself to telling Frankie about the wand, trying to infuse the tale with more enthusiasm than he felt, and, of course, Frankie answered by talking about the glory of getting his own wand two years ago, how he'd never felt anything like it, and there was nothing better than actually being allowed to use it. He started to make a joke about growing up and learning to properly use one's wand, but his mother shushed him with exasperated fondness. In fact, most of lunch was spent listening to the adults reminisce about their first wands, and the great sense of power they felt in getting them. His mum's story was duly told (apparently, her first time using her wand, she'd turned Ollivander's counter green), and Sanjiv's (no great magic, but apparently he'd gone out and done a jig in the street, telling complete strangers that he'd just got his wand, and it made sparks). By the end of the meal, Teddy wanted to ask Granny if they might go back to Ollivander's to try again, as he really wanted to feel what they were all talking about--it sounded sort of fun--but a deeper part of him was certain that it would just be another two wasted hours. He could only hope that he hadn't absconded with someone else's perfect wand.

Instead, he went with her to Madam Malkin's to buy robes. She'd been afraid of a rush of first years the day before the Hogwarts Express left, but there was no one there, and they were in and out very quickly. Finally, they went to the apothecary and got a starter potions kit. Granny bought him a new cauldron and a decent carrying case for his ingredients, then glanced at the starter kit and added--without explanation--at least fifteen extra things, muttering that if she knew his Black blood, he'd need them by October, and she'd prefer that he didn't pilfer them from Slughorn's stores.

They got home at four o'clock, and Granny made a quick trip to St. Mungo's to check on some of her patients (she'd decided to take time off this week, and was due back tomorrow) before they were expected at Shell Cottage. Teddy played with Checkmate for a few minutes, his eyes repeatedly going to the wand box on the kitchen counter. He wasn't allowed to use it, but he could try touching it again...

He opened the box and took it out. The wand felt slightly warm, but it had been sitting in the sun. There was no jolt of energy. It might have been a borrowed quill, for all Teddy felt from it.

A high-pitched mew came from the living room, and Teddy put the wand down to go rescue Checkmate from whatever trouble she'd decided to get into. He found her halfway up Granny's good curtains, and carefully pulled her down, urging her claws in as gently as he could. She tried to shoot out of his hands to climb further up, toward the top of the china cabinet, where the few good family pieces Granny had managed to sneak out of her house had ended up, along with a glass plate that had belonged to Granddad's mum (it was cracked down the middle and smudged, as it had survived the fire that had killed her). On the very top shelf was an ornate wicker basket, the front of it set with a picture frame, from which Teddy's mum and dad waved to him. The basket had always been there, and he hardly paid it attention anymore, but surely, if Checkmate--who after all was descended from Mum's cat--had wanted him to see it...

Curiously, he pulled over a chair and climbed up onto it, taking down the basket and bringing it over to the sofa. He'd gone through it before. They hadn't had many possessions, his parents--a handful of furniture and, for some reason, a collection of Muggle photos in which they appeared to be different ages--but what they had, Granny had told him, belonged to him. Aside from the pictures, there was a box of art supplies, now long stale and crumbling, that had belonged to Dad, a set of nondescript cutlery, a game called Jury of Jarveys, Mum's wedding band (Dad had apparently had very skinny fingers, and his had been lost in the battle where they'd died), and, of course, their wands. They'd had to be tested, to see that their allegiance hadn't shifted, but neither wand had been taken by force; both of them had been found with their wands still on them. Teddy had handled both of them before, but never with any standard of comparison.

He picked up his father's wand in one hand, and the wand he'd bought from Ollivander's in the other. There was no comparison. Dad's wand felt warm and nearly alive in his hand. His fingers tingled. It wasn't entirely what the others had described, but--

Teddy looked up, sensing more than seeing motion in the garden beyond the window. Granny had just Apparated in, and was walking toward the house.

Put them away, he tried to tell himself, but he may as well have told the sea to stop crashing on the shore. Instead, he put all three wands back in the Ollivander's box, shoved the basket back onto the top shelf, and had just got the chair back where it belonged when Granny came in, reading a scroll on which Teddy could see the name, "Lockhart, Gilderoy."

They were due at Shell Cottage in only twenty minutes, which were spent frantically packing. Granny didn't notice anything amiss. She suggested that Teddy might want to bring the new wand to show--people often wanted to see such things--and he agreed happily enough. The box was back down to a single wand.

The other two were safely stored in the inner pocket of his jacket.
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kizmet_42 From: kizmet_42 Date: July 29th, 2007 04:08 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, that Teddy.

Excellent chapter. Nice to see Franky there, all grown up.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: July 29th, 2007 04:44 am (UTC) (Link)
You know, I almost forgot that at least I had one OC who was still useful! ;p
marycontraria From: marycontraria Date: July 29th, 2007 04:37 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, Teddy. I'm still determined not to like him as much as I liked his mum and dad, but I can feel my reserve cracking in spite of myself... and I'm greatly looking forward to seeing Shell Cottage again. :)

So what happened to Sanjiv?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: July 29th, 2007 04:46 am (UTC) (Link)
Er... he's a mouthy Muggle-born who likes to draw scathing political cartoons. He didn't have a good year during Deathly Hallows. I'll be getting to Sanjiv.

I loved Shell Cottage--it's my favorite new location. It sounds like a perfect place.
rosetapestry From: rosetapestry Date: July 29th, 2007 04:45 am (UTC) (Link)
How practical of Andromeda to supply those extra potions ingredients! I love it.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: July 29th, 2007 04:46 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, better than stealing them, I guess...! Of course, if Slughorn tries to collect Teddy, he might not have to steal.
tdu000 From: tdu000 Date: July 29th, 2007 05:09 am (UTC) (Link)
it's good to see some of your OCs making an appearance - they were always so believable, not to mention likable. (Can't you find an excuse to bring Daniel back in somehow, even though we've lost Mira?) I'll be interested in Sanjiv's DH experiences. There's a great story about Ted, Dean and the others who refused to register as muggle borns that year.

I keep meaning to say, and forgetting, how much I like how you've written Andromeda. I know that you originally put her in Gryffindor but, even before HBP gave us her real house, how you've written her has always been consistent with Slytherin, such as being prepared to learn and use dark magic for a good cause in Shifts. I guess that was through trying to make her a believable Black.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: July 29th, 2007 05:15 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm still not convinced she was a Slytherin--I don't think Slughorn could possibly have had every single member of the family, since the family is pretty much everyone. However, I know that's the common belief, so I'm just not mentioning her house at all.
From: (Anonymous) Date: July 29th, 2007 05:48 am (UTC) (Link)
And I heaved a big sigh of relief when Teddy got away with the wands. I think it's always a good sign when I have that reaction to something I'm reasonably sure has to happen for the story to work :-)

Yes, do you think you could squeeze in Daniel? Or anyone from Smeltings who knew his parents. Although he doesn't have them with him, Teddy still has a rather interesting collection of Muggle photos of his parents that could lead to some interesting conversations in the right circumstances.

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: July 29th, 2007 06:00 am (UTC) (Link)
I don't know. We'll see how this year goes. Daniel's off doing his own thing (and has also been stolen back for an original story, in which stolen Mira still exists ;p), so I don't know about Daniel. But maybe--I think it would be in a different story from this one, though.
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purple_mirie From: purple_mirie Date: July 29th, 2007 05:54 am (UTC) (Link)
Ah Teddy, that little Marauder. :)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: July 29th, 2007 06:01 am (UTC) (Link)
As if the Marauder tendencies weren't dangerous enough without the ability to alter their appearances to anything at will!
marikenobi From: marikenobi Date: July 29th, 2007 07:31 am (UTC) (Link)
Ahh how sad about Lupin's wedding band. Sniff...

Can't wait to see what else Teddy does now.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: July 29th, 2007 02:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ahh how sad about Lupin's wedding band.

As skinny as Remus was, you'd think he'd have learned to use sticking charms. Then again, he'd only had a wedding band for a little while.
deaka From: deaka Date: July 29th, 2007 09:57 am (UTC) (Link)
LJ just ate my attempt to post. :(

Loved the chapter. Poor Teddy, having to hide the fact that using his mother and father's wand feels more natural from Andromeda. I suppose it's understandable that she's so adamant on Teddy not being forced to live in Tonks and Remus' shadow, though. Possibly she just needs to be a little more balanced about it.

Looking forward to more. :)

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: July 29th, 2007 02:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Possibly she just needs to be a little more balanced about it.

I think that's about it. She's overcompensating a lot.
shiiki From: shiiki Date: July 29th, 2007 10:45 am (UTC) (Link)
Franky! I remember him from Shades ... nice to see him make a reappearance!

That was lovely, how Teddy found his parents' wands, and how they suited him better. I think it's an interesting idea - up til now we've assumed hand-me-down wands don't suit a person as well as one of their very own (Neville and Ron's first wands, for example). I'm looking forward to how you continue to explore this theme! :)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: July 29th, 2007 02:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
Frankie's actually going to be a big character here, so I'm glad people are glad to see him!

I think maybe wands whose work is cut off before their time might want new masters. (Why they weren't buried with the wands, as Dumbledore was, is a question I haven't really thought about, but I'm guessing it was specifically because Teddy didn't have all that much to inherit from them.)
igrayne From: igrayne Date: July 29th, 2007 11:55 am (UTC) (Link)
Stealing his mum and dad's wands is he now? lol. Did Remus' wand choose him when they origially went through the wicker basket? Or is it coincidence that Remus' wand seems right for teddy?

I'm loving your Teddy btw :D
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: July 29th, 2007 02:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think both wands have an affinity for him--more in the next section--but I'm not sure when they chose him.
excitedrainbow From: excitedrainbow Date: July 29th, 2007 12:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Eee, Maddie!

Aww, Lupin's ring....

Ooh, I like how you described Ted's feeling about the wands: "Put them away, he tried to tell himself, but he may as well have told the sea to stop crashing on the shore."

Really evocative, and it shows how much Ted and those wands are attracted to each other.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: July 29th, 2007 02:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. I was a little worried about it being over the top.
From: (Anonymous) Date: July 29th, 2007 04:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, I didn't expect to be engaged so qickly by this story, but Teddy turns out to be far more captivating than I thought! Your story is getting better and better and I can't wait for Teddy's first year to start and seeing Gogwarts again.
Also, I'm looking forward to all the new, interestung chahrcters you'Re going to introduce (the dark-haired grl with the blue eyes?).
And I have to say I love how people jump all the time when they see Andromeda :) Not to mention Teddy's strong reaction to Victoire...
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: July 29th, 2007 04:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
Dark-haired girl is not a pleasant person; I can say that ahead of time! :)
jedi_chick From: jedi_chick Date: July 29th, 2007 05:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
"You're sitting with us on the train tomorrow, Ted," he told Teddy, dropping down into the chair next to his. "I already told Zach and Bernice."

"Teddy might want to meet the other first years," Maddie said gently.

Frankie shrugged. "They need to sit somewhere too, don't they?"

How fun to see Frankie all grown up! He's such a Hufflepuff, isn't he? What a good friend for Teddy to have. :~)

Teddy worrying that he taken someone else's perfectly good wand was cute. And Remus's ring! :~(
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: July 29th, 2007 05:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, Francis Apcarne turned out to be well-named after the Hufflepuff ghost!

With all the weight on wands, it's got to be a little nerve racking for wizard-born kids to get their wands, actually, especially if there's the slightest difficulty. It's so fraught with peril! ;p
From: (Anonymous) Date: July 29th, 2007 05:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
boy this is exciting! and it totally makes sense that whereas Neville (and Ron) needed to grow into themselves and thus would need their own wands, Teddy obviously needs to know more about his parents and where he comes from, thus having more a connection with his parents wands... the difference between gaining strength from the past versus being overwhelmed by it... though i'm sure you have more to say on this subject. thanks for this! ~mary
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: July 29th, 2007 06:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes, most of a book-length more! :)

I think that's an important difference, and one that interests me as someone who's been into family history and genealogy. There's so much out there about how you can break away from negative family influences, and it doesn't matter who your family is, and all that, that it seems to be often forgotten the sense of strength and identity that you get. I once discovered a whole lost branch of my family (a young wife who died right after her son was born), and there was this incredible rush. Especially as it turned out that a grand-nephew of hers painted landscapes that have almost exactly the same style as the landscapes her grandson (my great-grandfather) painted. There's no rational explanation why this should please me, but it does.
shoebox_addict From: shoebox_addict Date: July 29th, 2007 06:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Awww, Remus had skinny fingers. :(

Still loving it!! :) I sure hope he resolves this wand business!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: July 29th, 2007 07:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Agh, past tense skinny fingers!

(Yes, weird things set me off on grievy mode. ;p)

The wand business will eventually be resolved.
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