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Teddy Lupin and the Forest Guard, Chapter Twenty: The Last Paw Print, pt. 3 - The Phantom Librarian
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Teddy Lupin and the Forest Guard, Chapter Twenty: The Last Paw Print, pt. 3
Oh, my God. I made it. One segment a day, fifty-nine days, one novel.

(As I've mentioned in a couple of replies to replies, I'm not going to go straight into Safe, though I'd planned to, because I'm still not in the right frame of mind, so there'll be more Teddy stories first. It will come.)

To do the last recap, Teddy is winding up his school year. He's taken his end-of-year exams, and Robards has let him into the office, where they find the last Marauder item, which turns out to be a letter Tonks wrote to Remus when he was teaching at Hogwarts. Now that he's gathered everything, the Map is clear.

Table of Contents and Summary So Far

The Great Hall was draped with green and silver hangings for the Leaving Feast, as Slytherin had managed to get into the fewest scrapes during the year. Teddy decided that next year, he'd do what he could to get a Gryffindor win; he didn't think the colors really suited the Hall. That aside, it was a fine and warm feast, and the castle elves again appeared to take their bows at Headmistress Sprout's bidding. Andrew Stephens, after cleaning his plate for a third time, lamented the fact that he couldn't marry Winky, as he thought her treacle tart well worth any stigma they'd have to go through.

After the feast, Teddy went back to his dormitory to pack. Above and below him, he could hear the boys in the other dormitories making a great fuss over the task, yelling about what belonged to whom and how it had ended up wherever it had, but as Checkmate wasn't really prone to stealing Teddy's things, his own packing didn't really take long. The last things he put into his trunk were the pictures James had drawn for him, and he intended to put them up first next year.

He took one last look into Dad's ring--he wouldn't be able to use its Charm until September--and got a fun, happy memory of a tromp Dad had taken in the mountains with his own father, both of them with packs on their backs, the sun shining cheerfully above. It was the summer before Dad had gone to Hogwarts, and Teddy, inside his head, felt loved and cherished, and a bit awed at how much had been done for him.

There was no time in the morning to get maudlin about leaving, as everyone was rushing about, getting their trunks lined up to make it easier for the elves to get everything to the train. Teddy had to pull Checkmate out from under his bed to cast a Sleep Charm on her, and she fought for every inch of territory. He came out of it with his hands badly scratched. He thought that if humans invaded the world of cats, Checkmate would be a pretty good soldier in the defense.

Breakfast was also hurried, and no one worried too much about Houses, just bustling around, saying goodbye to school-year friends and gathering addresses. Frankie gathered up the Guard, and they walked down to the thestral-drawn carriages together, commandeering three of them to get to Hogsmeade Station. (Corky again--and to his even greater disappointment--had to take a Portkey home from the Three Broomsticks.) They found a compartment near the front of the train--"First at the sweets cart!" Roger enthused--and promptly set up a Muggles and Minions game, apparently now a tradition. Frankie and Tinny had worked out the story together, and it involved pretending that they were on a Muggle train that was taken over by warring organized crime families. Teddy decided that his strategy was to try and get to his plane, which was lashed to the top of the moving train, and fly it for help, or possibly ammunition (Frankie wouldn't tell him what he'd be able to find). Frankie seemed much happier than he'd been lately, but Teddy thought he was different than he'd been at the start of the year.

Donzo--whose character spent the game karate-chopping his way through squads of goons--had pulled out his guitar and started practicing for a tour he was meant to go on with the Weird Sisters this summer. He was trying to write a song about the game, and kept asking for rhymes. By the time the train slowed on its way into King's Cross, he'd done four verses, which they were all singing between rounds and food-runs. Teddy thought it a fine song, though he doubted anyone would let him sing it in public, especially with the sign language they'd invented to go along with it.

Teddy looked out the window just as the train pulled in, before the steam obscured everything. Families were lined up behind a barrier, waiting with their necks craned, trying to see their children through the windows. He caught a glimpse of Uncle Harry's family and Granny and waved, but they didn't see him.

"All right," Frankie said when the train came to a stop, "let's stay together."

They all cleaned up their game and Donzo put his guitar over his back by its strap (emblazoned with his name in blue and bronze, with a little eagle that flew up and down it). They hauled their trunks down the corridor, joining the caravan of students and possessions as it thudded along to its own beat, finally reaching a door and climbing down, one at a time, into the steam.

"Frankie!" someone yelled, and Carny came barreling through the steam, smiling around missing teeth. She was jumping around eagerly. "Guess something!"



"I've no idea, Carn."

"I'm not going to be the baby anymore!"

Frankie's eyes went wide, and he looked a bit green at this.

Maddie came through next, smiling. "She couldn't wait, could she?" She smiled and looked at the Guard. "Well, most of us are over by the barrier. We thought it would be easier to find us if we were all together."

She waved her wand to Summon trolleys for their carts, and they rolled over obediently. By the time Teddy had organized his things, Granny and Uncle Harry had arrived to help. James was with them, gawking at the big boys. He offered to carry Checkmate's basket. He felt that, as the owner of Checkmate's brother, he ought to be her godowner, and would take awfully good care of her.

"Well," Teddy said, "you've had good lessons in godownership. Go ahead."

James took the basket and walked back toward Aunt Ginny with exaggerated care.

"We all got talking to the Gudgeons while we were waiting," Granny said. "Susannah's opened a restaurant in Diagon Alley. We thought perhaps we'd all go there for a bit tonight and celebrate having the lot of you home."

They all nearly bumped into Honoria and her parents, who were with a blond woman in green robes. Maurice gave Honoria a warning glare, and Honoria nodded. Mr. Higgs nodded to Uncle Harry. "Ah, Potter," he said. "Didn't you once have to swallow a Snitch to beat me to it?"

Uncle Harry gave him a strange little smile, then said, "Well, it won the game in the end, didn't it?" He nodded politely, and moved on.

They joined the parents of the Muggle-borns, who were doing their best to disguise the barrier, just outside. If the seven Muggle taxi drivers who picked them up thought it odd that they were all going to the same unremarkable spot on Charing Cross Road, they didn't mention it. The pub was crowded and Tom the bartender was hopping around too much to take hellos from nearly thirty people. A few patrons did a double take at a group that included Harry and Ginny Potter, Andromeda (Black) Tonks, and Kirly McCormack Duke, but they didn't stop for gawking as Susannah and Dave Gudgeon led them all through the archway, past the apothecary and Quality Quidditch Supplies, past the building that had been a theater in December and a yarn shop in August, which was currently called "A World Of Charms" and selling what looked like foreign magic supplies. Teddy thought he'd like to have a look around that one before it closed. The restaurant was just past a store that sold magical instruments, on the edge of Fortescue Park, and had a large patio that extended into the park itself.

"We've put in a Floo point on the outside," Susannah Gudgeon said, pointing to a free-standing fireplace. "For people who want to come to the park. I talked the Ministry into safety-bounding it, so that you can let the children come without worrying about them slipping away." She looked sternly in Tinny's direction.

The restaurant was officially closed, and the Gudgeons meant to feed everyone for free as guests, but Granny argued them down to at least letting everyone pay the cost of the food, as they'd need to replace it for paying customers the next day. They all ate outside--simple, good food for the summer, a picnic. George and Sophie Weasley, with little Fred bundled up, came over when the joke shop closed, bearing their own food. Victoire had apparently decided that today would be a good day to visit her uncle, and was tagging along behind them. Ruthless, forgetting that she loathed Quidditch, accosted George to see if she could get tips on being a good Beater from him, as one of the Gryffindor Beaters had decided he was resigning to work on his N.E.W.T.s. "No!" Teddy whispered loudly. "Don't give her a bat!"

She punched him in the arm.

After they'd finished eating, the adults remained on the patio, sipping drinks and getting to know one another, and the children went to the base of the statue of Florean Fortescue, stretching out on the cool grass as the evening settled quietly around them. They picked up the game from the train, letting Victoire join as a film star Teddy had rescued in his plane, though they didn't bother making up a whole character for her. James and Al didn't understand the rules at all, but happily went around to roll dice for everyone who would let them. They were quite taken with the idea of karate when Donzo explained it to them, and were happily kicking at passing mosquitoes (punctuated with cries of "Ya! Ya!") as the last rays of sun left the sky.

"So," Tinny said, "as long as we've got a Floo point, we can keep playing over the summer." She smiled at Victoire. "You can come too, and we'll make you a proper character. Can you all use the Floo?"

"I can't," Roger said. "Muggle-born."

"Yes, but you live in London," Teddy said. "You can just take a bus to the Leaky Cauldron and find someone to let you in."

Roger smiled. "I could, couldn't I? And you all should come to a planetarium with me. It's much more fun than Astronomy classes."

"Someone has to come to my rehearsals," Donzo said. "Maurice can tell you how boring they are."

Maurice shrugged. "I thought it was interesting."

Ruthless lay back and looked up at the sky. "I think we should all learn real karate this summer."

"So you can hit people harder?" Frankie said. "I don't think so."

Bernice proposed learning to get around on the Tube, Zachary wanted to go to the library, and Teddy suggested going for a hike in the mountains. The night grew soft around them, stars appearing in the city's summer haze, so different from the sharp points they were in the north. Teddy watched James and Al jumping at invisible bugs, and happily contemplated what, out of a million possibilities, they would all be doing tomorrow.

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shiiki From: shiiki Date: September 21st, 2007 04:39 am (UTC) (Link)
I can't believe it's over! Wow. This was a lovely ending, Fern; everything's tied together nicely, and the scene with them all together at the end was just perfect.

Thank you for writing this. I've had so much fun with all your OCs, and I would love so much to see more of them (how glad I am that you're going to write more Teddy stories ... what a treat!)

Congratulations on making it this far this fast (I am completely in awe with your skills), and thank you for having us along for the ride!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: September 21st, 2007 05:20 am (UTC) (Link)
how glad I am that you're going to write more Teddy stories ... what a treat!

I've really gotten to like Teddy a lot, so writing more Teddy stories is very attractive to me.

I'm glad you've been enjoying this, and thanks for all the comments!
From: kobegrace Date: September 21st, 2007 04:51 am (UTC) (Link)
Excellent. Excellent. Wow. Wow. Wow.

Thank you for fifty-nine very, very good days. I can't wait for what's next.

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: September 21st, 2007 05:21 am (UTC) (Link)
Yay, I'm glad you liked it, and thanks for being around so much! I'm looking forward to doing more stuff, too, so it shouldn't be too long.
maya_a From: maya_a Date: September 21st, 2007 04:54 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you. I don't read WIPs and I read this, avidly, day by day, and really enjoyed it. I am going to suggest that my son, 9, might like to read it as well(after I a)explain about fanfic and b) lock down some other fic). I'm looking forward to your next work - I had discovered your stuff earlier, including Shifts and the young-Dora stories - but had managed to lose your name, so was delighted to find your work again.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: September 21st, 2007 05:22 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm delighted that you did, too! :)

I hope your son likes it, though I can understand the concept of locking down some fics. I'm not sure how a nine-year-old would take parts of Shades, even, and that's pretty tame!
alexiscartwheel From: alexiscartwheel Date: September 21st, 2007 04:55 am (UTC) (Link)
Great work, Fern! I've really enjoyed reading along with the new installments each day.

I like that you extended the final chapter beyond King's Cross, where Harry's year usually ends--and Teddy's experience is such a contrast to Harry's. He has a loving family to return to, and he has the whole summer to have new adventures with his friends, rather than being cut off from the people who love him. He also has the ring and the map, so he will always have a connection to his parents, but he's wise enough to know not to live in the past. What an amazing boy!

Thank you for such a wonderful story!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: September 21st, 2007 05:25 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm wondering how possible it would be to have a sustained adventure with a whole lot of caring adults around--how fast would Lily and James have put the old kibosh on Harry's antics? But it's fun to try, and I do like Teddy.

I'm glad you've enjoyed the story!
petitecrivan From: petitecrivan Date: September 21st, 2007 04:57 am (UTC) (Link)
But...but...there will be more won't there? Like a sequel? His second year? And third? And fourth? And more?

*needs more Teddy*

It really was lovely, though.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: September 21st, 2007 05:26 am (UTC) (Link)
I may do a full-length third year, but I'll definitely be doing short stories, at least, based in other years. I think that Teddy passing the Map to James deserves a story.

Thanks for so many comments!
aimeesworld From: aimeesworld Date: September 21st, 2007 04:58 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you, Fern. This was a lovely journey. I can't wait for your next writing.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: September 21st, 2007 05:26 am (UTC) (Link)
I doubt it will be long. :) Glad you liked it!
ginginny77 From: ginginny77 Date: September 21st, 2007 05:02 am (UTC) (Link)
this was a great read.. i cannot wait for the other stories about Teddy, and i am anxiously awaiting 'Safe' 500 points for a great story!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: September 21st, 2007 05:27 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm honestly not sure when I'm diving into Safe, but I will. New Teddy stories will happen sooner, so I'm glad you're looking forward to them!
From: lianna_blanca Date: September 21st, 2007 05:03 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you so much, Fern! I really, really, really enjoyed this all the way through. It's wonderful. Thank you.

And, congratulations on making your personal deadline.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: September 21st, 2007 05:29 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you! I am celebrating making my deadline. Which may not be a great idea on a work night. ;p

I'm glad you've been enjoying it. That's what makes it fun for me. :)
prettyfoot From: prettyfoot Date: September 21st, 2007 05:04 am (UTC) (Link)
That was an incredibly satisfying read. I totally feel like this could be included as canon because of the impeccable characterization, and the overall enthralling plot. I'm going to miss reading this every night before I go to bed. :(

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: September 21st, 2007 05:32 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, I'll try to get something else up soon. :)

I'm glad you've enjoyed it, and especially glad that it was satisfying.
persephone_kore From: persephone_kore Date: September 21st, 2007 05:08 am (UTC) (Link)
Aaah, so lovely. I especially liked the bit about Honoria's father (and Harry's reaction); of course he remembers that Snitch, what with it being Harry Potter, but only as a game.

I have very much loved this story, and I'm sorry my longest comment was arguing with you about something else.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: September 21st, 2007 05:33 am (UTC) (Link)
Eh, don't worry about it. Every now and then, I start venting.

of course he remembers that Snitch, what with it being Harry Potter, but only as a game.

I somehow doubt the story of the Snitch made the papers or biographies or coloring books! But I realized as I was writing this section that Harry actually has an important tie to Honoria's father, though Higgs wouldn't have the faintest idea.
ladylothwen From: ladylothwen Date: September 21st, 2007 05:08 am (UTC) (Link)
I am really going to miss the nightly reading Fern. I'll be waiting for Safe and any other stories you have coming.

Oh how I'll miss these guys all of them, even Honoria.

"Did you once have to swallow a Snitch to beat me to it?"
Yeah and it came in handy too. :)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: September 21st, 2007 05:35 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah and it came in handy too. :)

It certainly did win the game!

Thanks for commenting all along. It means a lot to know people are reading.
kagehikario From: kagehikario Date: September 21st, 2007 05:16 am (UTC) (Link)
Absolutly amazing, Fern! Thank you very much for that. It made the series end so much less brutal, and really left me feeling that this is a world that can continue on in all our minds.

I'm so dearly tempted to have this all bound into a book, just to have a hard copy that I could carry around. Would you mind at all? Not that I have the slightest idea how to do that, but if I get the chance...
kagehikario From: kagehikario Date: September 21st, 2007 05:18 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh and to clerify, I don't mean try to publish or anything silly like that :p Just see if I can't get this professionally printed and bound just for myself.
From: (Anonymous) Date: September 21st, 2007 05:28 am (UTC) (Link)
No criticism towards Rowling, but I just realized I like stories better that end with kids facing the infinite possibilities and also looking foreward to a continuation of the friendships they've made and the new things they've learned more than I like an ending that focuses on 1) how to deal with unpleasant relatives, 2) how to deal with the absence of friends, and 3) contemplating how long it will be till you're fighting for your life again.
From: (Anonymous) Date: September 21st, 2007 05:33 am (UTC) (Link)
Oops, didn't sign my name.

willowbough From: willowbough Date: September 21st, 2007 05:30 am (UTC) (Link)
Lovely finish, Fern! It sounds like Teddy, unlike Harry at the same age, has a great summer to look forward to, and I find myself wishing that we could see at least a little of it. Couldn't help grinning over Frankie's reaction to his parents procreating again--he is about the age where such a thing might be acutely embarrassing to contemplate. Both he and Teddy have grown up quite a lot since they last boarded the Hogwarts Express--their friendship seems to be on a more equal footing now.

I'm a bit regretful that Teddy might not be able to access Remus's ring over the summer, though maybe he could invite Harry in to view some James-related memories, if Cordis Patronum works for him as well?

Anyway, I'll miss Teddy, though it sounds like that state of affairs will be only temporary. I'm still holding out hope for a third-year fic, of whatever length (though novel-length would be especially awesome). Thanks for sharing this!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: September 21st, 2007 05:41 am (UTC) (Link)
their friendship seems to be on a more equal footing now.

True--Teddy saving Frankie's life does tend to tip it away from Frankie as the beneficent big brother. But I think he'll learn to accept it. He does, after all, have a bigger concern coming up. Pregnant Mum--ick! ;p
izhilzha From: izhilzha Date: September 21st, 2007 05:36 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you for writing this, Fern. It's been a most enjoyable read, and I'm looking forward to rereading it, and to whatever you write between this and Safe

Teddy watched James and Al jumping at invisible bugs, and happily contemplated what, out of a million possibilities, they would all be doing tomorrow.

A perfect ending to Teddy's first year. Absolutely perfect.

(oh, and I loved Harry's reaction to the mention of that fateful Snitch. It means a lot more to him than Higgs could ever imagine!)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: September 21st, 2007 05:43 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for all the comments you've given. I've been so glad to see people enjoying this story.

(oh, and I loved Harry's reaction to the mention of that fateful Snitch. It means a lot more to him than Higgs could ever imagine!)

I almost forgot about it--not about the Snitch, but about Higgs as related to it--but once I remembered, I had to bring it up!
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