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Teddy Lupin and the Hunter's Moon, Chapter 2: Trollsbane Tarn, pt. 3 - The Phantom Librarian
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Teddy Lupin and the Hunter's Moon, Chapter 2: Trollsbane Tarn, pt. 3
Teddy's been having a nice camping trip with his friends, interrupted only by a disturbing dream of werewolves, when Harry shows up to tell him that something's happened, and he needs to know about it.

Really, that's it. :)

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Teddy got to his feet slowly, feeling disoriented.

"Harry!" Daffy Apcarne said, running up from the tarn. "Is there something wrong? What's happened?"

Hutch came up beside him, with that odd look of recognition without acknowledgment that most polite people seemed to have the first time they met Uncle Harry. "Mr. Potter, Hutch Atkinson. Did something happen?"

Uncle Harry nodded. "Teddy and Victoire need to come home, and the Ministry is closing outdoor areas for a little while. There's a... security problem. A breakout at Azkaban."

Daffy went completely white. "A breakout? Who? The Carrows? Bloody Umbridge?"

"Are we talking about Death Eaters?" Hutch asked. He grabbed Corky, who had wandered over, and held him by the upper arm. Teddy had visions of him trying Transatlantic Side-Along Apparition on the spot.

"Fenrir Greyback," Uncle Harry said. "They pulled Greyback out last night. We lost two guards, and a third one was turned."

"Turned?" Teddy repeated.

"Greyback's a werewolf."

Daffy turned back toward the tarn, where everyone else had noticed Uncle Harry. They were picking up towels and drying off. Daffy waved his wand, and Teddy felt a Quick-Dry spell pass around the clearing. "We're going," he said. "Now."

"I thought the campground was charmed against werewolves," Hutch said. "Before we came during the full moon--after last month's attack--we checked, and..."

"It's protected from transformed werewolves, but it was decided that it wouldn't be fair to block untransformed ones. The one who escaped... it doesn't matter that he's a werewolf. And today, he's no more blocked than you are."

Daffy nodded. "We'll pack up."

"Ron's already taking the liberty," Uncle Harry said. "If anyone's things are in the wrong bag, they can trade back at Hogwarts."

"Is Hogwarts going to be safe?" Hutch asked.

Uncle Harry thought about it carefully. "It's not impregnable, but it's the easiest place in the country to secure. High walls, centuries of collected magic, and quite a lot of very powerful witches and wizards in full time residence there. I trust it." He glanced at Corky, who'd started squirming at the phrase "in the country." "I trust it for Teddy, and I don't take chances there. And, at any rate, I hope that this entire situation will be over before the first of September." He put his hand on Teddy's shoulder. "We need to leave now, though."

The group followed him back to the campsite, where Ron had collapsed the tents. Ron waved to all of them, but he looked very tired, and more than a little bit grumpy. Their bags were packed and lined up, and the fire pit had been buried. Donzo's guitar case leaned forlornly against the fallen log.

Teddy put on his backpack and picked up his book bag, then hurried up to walk with Uncle Harry, who was leading the way out. He wasn't sure why Uncle Harry looked quite so awful--there wouldn't be a full moon for another month--but he guessed there were reasons. "Did you sleep?" he asked.

Uncle Harry nodded, not stopping. "They called at dawn. The morning shift came in and found out what happened. We were hoping we'd catch them before they landed a boat anywhere. Ron and I have been flying over the sea for three hours. There's no sign of it."

"A boat!"

"Yes. A Muggle boat. It's the only way they could have done it. We found a cove. They must have waited for the evening shift to come on and then climbed the cliff." He seemed distracted, more thinking aloud than answering Teddy's questions. "Perimeter spells. Simple perimeter spells, on objects, not just Distraction Charms, they weren't Muggles, they were just using a Muggle boat..." He stopped, then turned to Teddy, blinking. "Sorry. I'm going to take care of this, Teddy."

"Why did you just come for Victoire and me, if everyone has to go home?"

"I'll tell you when we're inside," he said. "There's a lot you have to hear. A lot I was hoping could wait a bit longer."

"Why now?"

He sighed and started moving again. "Last month, there was a werewolf attack. We haven't seen them since before the end of the war, and we thought it was isolated, just a werewolf who transformed before he had a chance to lock himself away. We didn't intend to kill him, but there was no choice. He transformed back. He was known to be in Greyback's pack... a group of werewolves he kept around him. But we still didn't think of it. We hadn't seen the others. But they must have decided that if we were killing werewolves, it was time to get Greyback out of Azkaban."

"So they were just trying to help him. Just like a family."

"Greyback bit your father," Uncle Harry said. "He did it deliberately, and then tried to kidnap him into the pack. Don't imagine that this is a friendly little gathering. Greyback was in Azkaban for a reason."

Teddy followed him, not asking any more questions.

They reached the main lodge, where the fire was burning brightly. Another group of campers was arguing with the caretaker, demanding their money back for the rest of the week. Uncle Harry opened his purse and handed over fifteen galleons without comment, then Summoned a pot of Floo powder and gave it to the group leader.

While they were Flooing away, Ron gathered Teddy's group together. "Does everyone have a parent at home?"

"I'm old enough to stay alone," Zach said.

"Is that a no?"

"My parents are both working."

"Then you're going home with Frankie," Ron told him. "Daffy, will you get in touch with his parents?"

Daffy nodded. "I'll make sure all of them get home all right. Don't worry."

"Make sure they're with someone with a wand before you let them go."

"I'll take half of them," Hutch said.

"Thank you," Uncle Harry told him.

Corky, Donzo, and Maurice stayed with Hutch, and he sent them through the Floo to Diagon Alley before disappearing himself. Frankie, Zach, and Roger went to Daffy.

"Ruth!" Daffy called. "Over here."

Ruthless had sidled over to Victoire, who was waiting beside Ron. "I want to know what's going on," she said.

"You can check the Prophet tomorrow," Daffy told her. "Right now, we're Flooing to my house, and I'll get you to your dad right after."

Teddy watched his friends disappear, one by one, into the fire. Ruthless was the last. She glared at Ron and Uncle Harry, then threw her Floo powder with much more force than necessary as she yelled out, "Badger Hill!" The flames went green and leapt alarmingly, then she was gone. Daffy followed her, leaving only Teddy and Victoire with the two Aurors. Victoire seemed dazed by the sudden change in her fortunes. She looked at Teddy, wide-eyed, and said, "What's happening?"

Teddy shrugged and shook his head. "I guess we find out home. I'm not sure whose."

"We're not going home just yet," Uncle Harry said. "Ron, you take Victoire. I'll take Teddy."

Ron took Victoire, putting his arm around her waist from behind, then waved his wand. Victoire moved her arm, and Ron's moved with her. "I security-bound you," he said. "Relax." He tucked his wand into his pocket, then took a handful of powder. "Auror Department!" he called. The flames went scarlet--a secure Floo. He stepped in, and he and Victoire were gone.

Uncle Harry smiled wearily. "I don't think I've had to bind you to Floo since you were four, but you won't get in if I don't."

Teddy nodded.

Uncle Harry put his arms around him, then there was the sharp, pins-and-needles tingling of the Binding Spell. Teddy felt as if he'd been sewn to his godfather. Uncle Harry threw in the powder, then the world was spinning through flames. Teddy could see flashes of life behind other grates, worlds he'd never been in, and he could feel the shadowy power of being in the In Between. He'd always wondered what it would be like if he could just stop out here and see everything at once.

Then they were falling out of another fireplace--Teddy found himself caught in his grandmother's frantic embrace--in an office Teddy had never been in, because he hadn't visited Uncle Harry at work since he'd got promoted to head the department. Still, he'd have recognized it right off, as the walls were covered with pictures of Aunt Ginny and the children, and of Teddy himself, as well as several examples of James's exuberant but less than expert artwork.

And of course, if that hadn't been enough, the people crowded into the small room would have settled it--Hermione was there, looking grim, and so were Victoire's parents and sisters (and her sole brother Artie). Professor Longbottom was leaning on the door, alongside a woman so badly scarred that she made Victoire's father, Bill, look like he had a moderate case of spots. Her name, Teddy knew, was Vivian Waters, and she was a werewolf. The group was rounded out by Minerva McGonagall, a retired Hogwarts teacher, and a young man in a priest's robes who looked vaguely familiar to Teddy. He seemed to have been talking to Vivian.

"Is there news?" Uncle Harry asked.

"They found the boat," Hermione said. "Empty. It was docked at the mainland. We tracked them to a cottage. The family... is at St. Mungo's. They used the Floo. No one heard where they went, and we didn't have a trace on it."

Uncle Harry nodded and sat down behind his desk. He didn't look like he'd really expected anything else. "In that case," he said, "it's time to talk about Greyback."
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shiiki From: shiiki Date: October 3rd, 2007 04:04 am (UTC) (Link)
The tension in this part ... whoa! I can't say I wasn't expecting it, but still, it really hit very hard. You did a really good job with the whole atmosphere of it.

All the characters were great here - Harry and Ron were perfect (I adore Ron's lines for some strange reason, limited though they were).

And Vivian and Alderman! I'm so glad to see them back. Will they be playing a greater role in this story? *crossed my fingers for a yes*
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 3rd, 2007 04:49 am (UTC) (Link)
Alderman will pop in and out; Vivian has a fairly large part in my thinking about it (we'll see how it comes out in practice).

I don't use Ron much for some reason--glad he came out all right!
darth_pipes From: darth_pipes Date: October 3rd, 2007 04:06 am (UTC) (Link)
Good post, Fern. You can really feel the tension build.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 3rd, 2007 04:50 am (UTC) (Link)
allie_meril From: allie_meril Date: October 3rd, 2007 04:14 am (UTC) (Link)
"I guess we find out home." --> at home.

Nosy Ruthless, trying to find out things she's not privy to! :D

Ehn, poor Teddy, having to hear all about this nasty story... *frets*
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 3rd, 2007 04:51 am (UTC) (Link)
Oops, I'll get that!

Ruthless will make a good Auror someday, I think.
willowbough From: willowbough Date: October 3rd, 2007 04:22 am (UTC) (Link)
And so it begins. Brrrr! A very effective building of tension--and even though followers of Shades know the story, Teddy doesn't, so I'm awaiting his reaction with nervous anticipation. Also looking forward to what the "cubs" will have to say about this latest development.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 3rd, 2007 04:52 am (UTC) (Link)
Also looking forward to what the "cubs" will have to say about this latest development.

I think it's safe to say that it won't be, "Nice to see you, Pops."
From: kobegrace Date: October 3rd, 2007 04:23 am (UTC) (Link)
Good stuff. Can't wait until tomorrow.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 3rd, 2007 04:52 am (UTC) (Link)
From: (Anonymous) Date: October 3rd, 2007 04:23 am (UTC) (Link)

And I hadn't even seen Victoire as a possible target except through her connection with Teddy, but Bill was another victim of Greyback. Does she know anything about her father's scars? She seems likely to be curious, but sometimes kids just never wonder about things like that with their parents.

I'm glad that Vivian and Alderman are there. Obviously, they're endangered parties, too, but it's good to know werewolves aren't going to morph into the boogyman for Teddy (that'd be disturbing) or for the Auror department. Granted, Harry's in charge of it, but it still seems like this would have been an easy moment for the entire ministry to be warded so tight against werewolves, none of them would be getting in without an armed guard. I'm glad that's not happening.

And I'm desperately waiting for the next installment.

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 3rd, 2007 04:54 am (UTC) (Link)
I'll get into how much Bill's children know (and don't know) in the next couple of sections, but she doesn't know Greyback's name.

The non-Greyback werewolves are going to have a tough year, I think. More reasons to hate Greyback.
From: spitc1899 Date: October 3rd, 2007 04:24 am (UTC) (Link)
Excellent! But your cliffhangers ARE cruel. You do realize that, of course? :o) Incidently, my husband (who never reads fanfiction) and I have started reading "Shifts" aloud together. He's enjoying it.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 3rd, 2007 04:55 am (UTC) (Link)
Incidently, my husband (who never reads fanfiction) and I have started reading "Shifts" aloud together.

Heh, that could get kind of meta when Dora and Remus start reading to each other! Glad he likes it.

This one is just a cliffhanger for hearing a story, at least. No immediate jeopardy.
marikenobi From: marikenobi Date: October 3rd, 2007 04:28 am (UTC) (Link)
More! More!

This really is tense. It's going to be very interesting to see what develops.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 3rd, 2007 04:56 am (UTC) (Link)
Hope so!

It's good to be writing regularly.
petitecrivan From: petitecrivan Date: October 3rd, 2007 04:31 am (UTC) (Link)
Ooh, this is going to get interesting. Poor Vivian! I imagine this is hard for her.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 3rd, 2007 04:57 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, yeah. All of them, really, but Vivian is probably having major nightmares about her own attack.
persephone_kore From: persephone_kore Date: October 3rd, 2007 04:35 am (UTC) (Link)
"So they were just trying to help him. Just like a family."

"Greyback bit your father," Uncle Harry said. "He did it deliberately, and then tried to kidnap him into the pack. Don't imagine that this is a friendly little gathering. Greyback was in Azkaban for a reason."

Oh, Teddy.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 3rd, 2007 04:58 am (UTC) (Link)
Teddy's learning the hard way that not all werewolves are hyper-superego'd guilt factories who screw up by wanting to do the right thing all the time.
cleindori From: cleindori Date: October 3rd, 2007 05:07 am (UTC) (Link)
Teddy's initial impulse to sympathise with the pack's motives for breaking Greyback out of Azkaban isn't going to last long, I think....

Great analogy of Vivian's scars making Bill's look like moderate spots.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 3rd, 2007 11:30 am (UTC) (Link)
Teddy's definitely going to get the real scoop soon!
From: (Anonymous) Date: October 3rd, 2007 06:33 am (UTC) (Link)
A great start. Love that the trio gets involved in the pursuit/ tellinb the story of Greyback...old habits die hard, huh?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 3rd, 2007 11:28 am (UTC) (Link)
Well... they are all working in Magical Law Enforcement, though I imagine it didn't take much prodding for them to involve themselves in this particular case!
jedi_chick From: jedi_chick Date: October 3rd, 2007 07:03 am (UTC) (Link)
Poor Teddy! His naivety about Greyback and his pack is sweet, yet sad. At least he will be getting some answers soon.

I really liked seeing both Harry and Ron being so efficient in this part. It's fun to see the trio all grown up. (And on a random note, the part where Harry simply paid the campers and sent them on their way was a lovely touch.)

Sounds like an interesting group has gathered in Harry's office! Like everyone else, I'm really looking forward to tomorrow night's story to come.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 3rd, 2007 11:33 am (UTC) (Link)
the part where Harry simply paid the campers and sent them on their way was a lovely touch

I imagine that it was a mental fight between that and just pointing his wand and sending them along like luggage...
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fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 3rd, 2007 11:34 am (UTC) (Link)
1. Harry doesn't know everything; the others will help tell the story. He knows one thing for sure: Greyback's dangerous.

2. Isn't "purse" just another word for money bag? I'm thinking of it as one of those little drawstring things.
amamama From: amamama Date: October 3rd, 2007 08:44 am (UTC) (Link)
Brrrrr *shudders* Sheesh, this is getting to me bones. Well,at lest Teddy and Victoire get told. And as I haven't read Shifts, I'm completely in the dark - I haven't a clue, though you've had Teddy mentioning a fond memory of his, with Victoire, kitchen knives and Greyback. But still... **shudders more* I defnitely look forward to the next part, and I'm most thrilled that you're addicted to writing each day. A most healthy addiction, methinks. *nods* At least enjoyable - for me.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 3rd, 2007 11:36 am (UTC) (Link)
As Teddy hasn't read Shifts and Shades either--:D--it'll all be new to him, too. Between this and a later chapter, he'll get the salient points shared with him.
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