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Teddy Lupin and the Hunter's Moon, Chapter 3: The Prisoner, pt. 2 - The Phantom Librarian
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Teddy Lupin and the Hunter's Moon, Chapter 3: The Prisoner, pt. 2
Mmm. Okay. Teddy's being told Fenrir's back story, which isn't exceptionally pleasant, and has just been told that his parents took children away from Fenrir's pack, and they're reasonably certain that, if Greyback knows about him at all, he'd think of taking him as perfectly just revenge.

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Teddy thought he should feel something--anger, fear, hate, anything--but he didn't. He just felt strangely cold, like an invisible ghost had chosen to sit in his exact spot here in Uncle Harry's office, settling over him like a chilly second skin. Somewhere in the room, a clock was ticking very loudly, but he heard everything else from a distance, like he was listening underwater. Somewhere above the surface, Granny had taken his hand. He let the talk go on around him, though he was very aware of Uncle Harry's wary eye.

"When we got the children away," Bill said, "the men were gone and Tonks had to neutralize the women--they transformed in a cave, and she used some sort of fire spell to keep them there."

Father Alderman was nodding. "Lupin had to leave at the last minute. He found out that Father Montgomery's brother had accidentally tipped everyone off, and he knew where Greyback had gone. He went to try and stop them. They'd already killed Montgomery, and the little boy got in the way. But Tonks had to stay with us. She had to get us through a magical gate. She used fire for that as well." He looked at Teddy and smiled tentatively. "She was very brave. They both were. She stayed with us after we transformed, overhead on her broom, pushing us through. There was a guard for each of us on the other side, in the Forbidden Forest, but it was just her on our side."

Teddy blinked. "How... how could Dad have helped if you were all transformed?"

"He challenged Greyback," Vivian said. "Distracted him long enough for the family he was protecting to cast spells. The daughters were away of course, but Greyback would have killed the parents and taken the little boy. As it was, the boy wouldn't even have died if he hadn't tried to run out to his uncle's body. Lupin was hurt very badly--he was no match for Greyback as a wolf--but he saved both parents."

Something slick seemed to turn over inside Teddy, leaving a trail of sick anger in its wake. He'd saved some other child's parents, but no one had bothered to save him. Or Mum.

Vivian's natural eye widened, as she apparently realized what she'd said, but she didn't try to take it back. She just looked down.

Professor Longbottom frowned and said, "Where does Bill come into this? I understand about Lupin, but I thought the attack on Bill was just part of the battle."

"He recognized me," Bill said. "I'd been helping Lupin get information on the children, and I went to the woods with Tonks once to help her sort out what she'd need to do. He saw me there. He recognized me by my hair. Tonks told me I should have hidden it. I was also one of the guards at the other end, when she sent the children through, but there's no way that Greyback would know who was there. He was busy elsewhere, and he's never found out about the sanctuary village." Noting several blank looks, he added, "Fleur's grandmother helped us hide them, along with Father Alderman's parents. They've got quite a little village in France."

"Which is exactly where you should all go," Father Alderman said. "Victoire will be at Hogwarts, but you and Fleur and the rest of the children need to be somewhere safe. The others will know how to look out for Greyback and--"

Bill shook his head. "I can't go to France. I'm staying to help with this search. Fleur, you should--"

"I do not theenk so! I am not leaving you alone 'ere to join a 'unt for a madman! I am not a child to be set aside!"

Teddy hadn't felt Granny get up, and it surprised him when he saw her approach Fleur. It surprised him more when she raised one flat hand and slapped the younger woman across the face. "Don't be an idiot," she said. "You have five children. You can't rush off on the scatterbrained notion that you'll make a damned bit of difference just because you're with him. You won't."

"But Tonks--"

"Died," Teddy finished.

Fleur looked at him guiltily.

Uncle Harry sighed. "I don't think it's necessary for all of you to go to France. If we could secure Shell Cottage against Voldemort, we can secure it against Greyback. Andromeda, I've already taken the liberty of securing your home."

Granny looked skeptical--magical protections had been shattered around their home during the war, and Teddy knew she didn't entirely trust them--but nodded.

"Does he know about me?" Teddy asked. "This Greyback bloke, I mean."

"We don't know," Granny told him. "Your mum was very careful once her pregnancy started to show, but Greyback worked with the Snatchers that year, and it was a group of Snatchers who murdered your grandfather." She pressed her mouth into a thin line, then said, "I don't know if he was forced to tell them anything before he died."

Teddy bit his lip. "If he does know and you think he'll come after me, then I could just sit out in a field somewhere and you could watch me and maybe--"

The "No" came from at least four people--Uncle Harry, Granny, Professor Longbottom, and Vivian. Teddy had a feeling it was coming from elsewhere as well, from two voices that spoke silently. But instead of feeling cared for, the anger that had started with Vivian's comment just seemed to get worse. He couldn't quite pinpoint who he was angry at. Greyback, he supposed.

"I think we know everything we need to know," Hermione said after a while. "I spoke to Millicent. She said there are about two dozen werewolves in the group that broke Greyback out of Azkaban. They were led by a woman called Mina."

"I think Mina will regret it," Vivian said. "She was his favorite when they took us, but she's quite a bit too old for Greyback now, and he won't fancy it if she's got a taste for power."

"I'll ask Millicent for any help she can give us when I go to see her tomorrow," Alderman said. "It may help her to help us."

"May I go with you?" Teddy asked.

Alderman looked at him, surprised. "Why do you want to go?"

Teddy didn't know. He shrugged.

"We'll see," Alderman said. "It's up to your grandmother."

After that, there was talk of specific security measures, and Teddy ignored most of it. He felt something warm beside him, and found that Victoire had slid over. She was chewing on her lip. Teddy reached up absently and messed up her hair.

Once the arrangements were made, Teddy went home with Granny. He didn't notice the new security spells, though he and Granny had to Apparate nearly all the way to the pond, instead of just to the front garden, to get in.

He'd been gone less than the week he'd planned on, but it felt different, like he felt visiting his nursery after moving into the room across the hall. His cat, Checkmate, ran out eagerly and stopped in front of him, kneading the carpet with great energy until he picked her up. She began to groom his eyebrows. Behind her, old Bludger waddled out. He was her uncle, or half-uncle, or some such relationship. Mum's cat had been Bludger's mum, and was Checkmate's grandmother, at any rate. Bludger was the last of his litter, and didn't seem to know what to make of his energetic younger kin. He nudged Teddy's shoelaces with his graying muzzle, and Teddy squatted to scratch his ears.

Granny went to the liquor cabinet and poured herself a glass of brandy. She sat down on the sofa and didn't drink it. Instead, she picked up a picture of Mum that was on the end table. Teddy knew it well; Mum was about fifteen in it, and dressed up as a superhero for a costume party. It had been his favorite picture of her for a long time. Granny turned it over and set it, face down, on the couch, then covered her eyes. "I'm sorry," she said to the ceiling.

Teddy went to her and sat down beside her. She hugged him fiercely, and combed his hair with her fingers. He was much too big for that now, but he didn't make her let go.

Once her mood lifted a bit, she went to the kitchen to start supper.

Teddy went to his room, which his parents had once shared. There were fewer pictures of them now than there had once been--the walls were mostly covered with posters of Muggles and Minions characters (including one that Granny disapproved of, which showed a chemist in a short dress with the top starting to come unbuttoned, holding up a beaker) and pictures of his friends. There was even a poster from Donzo's tour with the Weird Sisters last summer. They all looked very stupid. He went to a drawer and pulled out a picture of Dad with his school friends, the Marauders--Sirius Black, James Potter, and Peter Pettigrew. All four boys were in their dormitory at Hogwarts, which was a cheerful mess. Teddy could just make out posters of girls in swimsuits on the wall, and a scattered deck of cards on a table they'd scrounged from somewhere. They were laughing and making obscene gestures at the camera.

Greyback had been somewhere out there then, too.

Teddy went to the large bed and lay down at the center of it, the picture held against his chest. He stayed there, still and quiet, until Granny called him down to eat.
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From: (Anonymous) Date: October 5th, 2007 06:14 am (UTC) (Link)
Gah! I won't tell you to write faster (because that's just rude) but you've really got me on the edge of my seat here.

Greyback is such a big jerk!

- Amber (sothenwefell)

P.S. I love your Andromeda.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 5th, 2007 02:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Greyback is such a big jerk!

Hee. I think that pretty well sums it up.
From: (Anonymous) Date: October 5th, 2007 06:30 am (UTC) (Link)

I love Andromeda, and her reaction to fleurs statement.
This is gonna be wkd, same as shades was!!!!
can't wait.
and yay Aldermans there! x
Leonie x
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 5th, 2007 03:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks!
marikenobi From: marikenobi Date: October 5th, 2007 06:48 am (UTC) (Link)
So Awesome!

Poor Teddy with his thinking about no one saving his parents from Jodemort.

Andromeda is such a great character. I wonder if she and Augusta ever meet for tea and discuss the peculiarites of having to kick ass in regards to their respective grandsons?

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 5th, 2007 03:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
That could be an amusing outtake at St. Mungo's someday.
jedi_chick From: jedi_chick Date: October 5th, 2007 07:29 am (UTC) (Link)
The way Teddy felt numb and then started feeling angry after Vivian's comment really resonated well. I'm glad that Victoire was able to break through some of that numbness, at least.

Andromeda's reaction to Fleur was perfect. What a nightmare to be dealing with! I'm sure she'll have a hard time letting Teddy go off to Hogwarts this year.

I like that last image of Teddy on the bed with the photo clasped to his chest. Poor kid!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 5th, 2007 03:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm sure she'll have a hard time letting Teddy go off to Hogwarts this year.
Combined with an eagerness to get him somewhere easier to secure--I'm sure she'll be highly ambivalent.
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fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 5th, 2007 03:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't know how much time I'll spend with Millicent, but I'll make sure to get her reaction.
sciathan_file From: sciathan_file Date: October 5th, 2007 09:08 am (UTC) (Link)
I've decided that if, during your third year, you don't have a prisoner escape and an encounter with a werewolf you're absolutely destined to wizard mediocrity.

I love the description of Teddy's room and that he has the Marauders' picture as his protection. I let out a very loud "awww."

And, I'll have you know you have absolutely spoiled me for other Teddy fic...
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 5th, 2007 03:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Alas, in Teddy's case, the werewolf and the prisoner aren't there to help him. Sigh... :)
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From: (Anonymous) Date: October 5th, 2007 09:39 am (UTC) (Link)
Hey! I haven't been here for a while (I'm abroad in London for the semester), but I just caught up on the rest of Forest Guard and the beginnings of this, and once again I just have to applaud you! The first few chapters here have been just perfect, and I'm glad that Vivian and Alderman, probably my favorite OCs, are along for the ride.

I should also mention that when you referred to Vivian/Neville in one of your drabbles, I squeed. In a very dignified manner, of course.

-Cara

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 5th, 2007 03:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
In a very dignified manner, of course.

Naturally.

Glad to see you again!
thornyrose42 From: thornyrose42 Date: October 5th, 2007 10:22 am (UTC) (Link)
Where to start, this was all really unbelievably amazing.

For one thing I think that this chapter shows your perfect grasp of the concept of "show don't tell" to a tea. The description of Teddy lying on his bed "still and quiet" at the end and the small comments about his growing anger were more than enough to give the reader a really rounded sense of his reaction to the adult's story. And of course Teddy doesn't understand, at least yet, who he is actually angry with. I thought he reaction to the “two voices that spoke silently” was absolutely spot on and a lovely contrast to the ending of F. I suppose that this is again showing the fact that he is getting in to his teenage stage and is beginning to question his parent’s motives and beginning to understand that they didn’t have to die. I really loved the “He'd save some other child's parents, but no one had bothered to save him. Or Mum.” line, you can really see the development toward his state of mind in Pointless.

And Andromeda! What she said to Fleur was, I have no doubt, really directed at another young mother. And my heart went out to her yet again. One of the reasons that I do want to see Safe is the last conversation between her and Dora. Is she saying this to Fleur now because she didn’t have the opportunity to do it that last time? Or would Dora just not listen? Either way it is blindingly evident that she to is still blaming herself and her daughter for what happened that night.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 5th, 2007 03:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
"Pointless" itself is pretty well obsolete, but yes--the anger is still there.

And yes, Andromeda is very definitely taking the opportunity to yell at someone who never came home to be yelled at.
shiiki From: shiiki Date: October 5th, 2007 10:37 am (UTC) (Link)
Now you're making me want to go back and revisit Shades. It's really amazing how all that backstory feels so canon to me.

Fantastic update, as usual!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 5th, 2007 03:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks!
ada_the_mental From: ada_the_mental Date: October 5th, 2007 11:47 am (UTC) (Link)
Poor Andromeda...Her reaction at what Fleur said is the saddest thing in this part...Is she blaming herself?
I hate the idea that Ted could have been killed by Greyback but I was stuck with that impression after finishing the book.

And Teddy not realising at whom his anger is really directed...Nice build up for Pointless.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 5th, 2007 03:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
She's blaming Tonks, and feeling very guilty about it.
miseri From: miseri Date: October 5th, 2007 11:58 am (UTC) (Link)
...He found out that Father Montgomery's brother had tipped everyone off....

Might want to slip in an "accidentally" in there: we who have read "Shades" know it wasn't intentional, but new readers might get the wrong idea.

Also, I don't think Vivian needs to (or should, for that matter) notice the effect of what she's said on Teddy. Surely they've stopped walking on eggshells around him by now?

Nice bit of backstory, though! I'm looking forward to seeing how Millicent reacts to all this.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 5th, 2007 03:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, good point about "accidentally."

I think Vivian notices because Teddy's giving away more than he thinks he is.
milaya36 From: milaya36 Date: October 5th, 2007 12:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
You have a wonderful feel for drama and tension in your writing, and I've been loving this story so far.

But I have to admit that my favorite moment in this chapter is here:

(including one that Granny disapproved of, which showed a chemist in a short dress with the top starting to come unbuttoned, holding up a beaker)

Hooray for sexy chemists! Not that most of us really look like that, of course...
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 5th, 2007 03:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, Teddy's character is a buff, adventurous physicist, so... ;p
From: kobegrace Date: October 5th, 2007 12:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
Teddy bit his lip. "If he does know and you think he'll come after me, then I could just sit out in a field somewhere and you could watch me and maybe--"

You know you're a Gryffindor when... ;)

Excellent job. Especially enjoyed the whole Teddy/Victoire moment, subtle as it was, and the Fleur slappage.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 5th, 2007 03:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
You know you're a Gryffindor when... ;)

I think you could probably sell t-shirts on that theme.
From: ethnotechno Date: October 5th, 2007 12:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oooh, a sexy chemist (in just a lab coat?) :)

Why, oh why, couldn't Andromeda slap some sense into her daughter when she foolishly went off to fight leaving her baby?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 5th, 2007 03:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
It could be just a lab coat, though Teddy'd think of it as a short dress. (I'm picturing it as a mini-skirt and a tight blouse, with the lab coat improbably caught in a breeze and blown around so it doesn't cover anything, personally.)
dorasolo From: dorasolo Date: October 5th, 2007 12:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
*runs back to read Shades*

Poor Teddy! Hopefully, unlike Harry, he won't decide to go out to a field and wait without telling anybody.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 5th, 2007 03:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
Unlike Harry, he told adults that the thought had occurred to him, so I think the chances of them not watching for that exact move are pretty much nil. Especially since one of them is Harry, who would realize that, by thirteen-year-old logic, this is the most normal thing in the world. (By Harry-logic also, but Teddy is not, in his estimation, allowed to use Harry-logic. Ever.)
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