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Teddy Lupin and the Hunter's Moon, Chapter 5: The Moon and the Stars, pt. 1 - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
Teddy Lupin and the Hunter's Moon, Chapter 5: The Moon and the Stars, pt. 1
Two more illos! obsfuscation drew Ruthless (and Snape, same page), and knackard drew the dream sequence from Chapter 7 of Shades. :D

Hmm. The last chapter was two long segments instead of three short ones, really. I was going to add this section to it, but it really belongs in the next chapter, so, I'll just move on to chapter 5.

Teddy's gotten back to Hogwarts, and it's under high security, with Aurors around. Vivian Waters has become Hagrid's assistant, and Victoire's class turns out to be HUGE.

Table of Contents and Summary So Far

Checkmate mewed plaintively when Teddy locked her in his room the next morning.

He'd set several of her toys running around, and made sure her tray was clean and her bowls full, but she took no interest in any of it. She poked her paw under the door, claws up. He tapped them. "I'll be back at lunch, Checks. I'm sorry, but I don't want someone to take a bite out of you."

She gave a long whine.

He winced, then ran down the stairs to breakfast, morphing his hair into red and gold streaks as he went. Professor Longbottom was handing out class schedules when he came in. Teddy's first class was Divination, to be held in classroom eleven today and the North Tower on Wednesday. With only fifteen people in his year, they'd opted to have all of the electives held with merged houses, which simply felt wrong to Teddy, but he supposed with the big years following, the teachers might have to split them up more.

Victoire slipped in beside him. She looked a little bit low. "Hi, Teddy."

"Hi. How was your first night in Gryffindor?"

A few other first year girls passed and Victoire smiled at them eagerly. They nodded back politely and moved on down the table.

She sighed. "Fine," she said. "I... well, it was fine. They're all very nice. Mina Moran and Abby Ryan were best friends already. And Janice Connerly met the other Muggle-borns. They had to take them into Diagon Alley together because there were so many." She shrugged. "They all have friends already."

"Well, so do you," Teddy said. "Do you want that scone?"

She took it from her plate and handed it to him. "I'll have the apple, if it's all right with you."

He tossed it over to her.

"The pair of you do realize you can just ask for things of your own, don't you?" Ruthless asked. She plopped down on Teddy's other side. Kirk had taken a seat down the table with the other first year boys, who seemed to be gearing up for a food fight, and she looked irritated for some reason.

"Why waste it?" Victoire asked. "I'd probably not have eaten the scone, and Teddy always leaves fruit behind. It makes more sense to split up what's here, if we want things from one another's plates. Would you like anything, Ruth?"

"Chocolate," Ruthless muttered. "Lots of chocolate. Chocolate-covered chocolate, if they've got any." She pulled her Clear-Eye Concoction out of her bag and chugged it. "And this stuff will never catch on if they can't make it last longer than an hour at a time!"

"So why not just wear your glasses?" Victoire suggested. "You could buy prettier frames, if you want to. Something that suits your face better."

"I take this so I don't have to worry about losing my glasses on the Quidditch pitch. It's not about how it looks."

"Oh." Victoire twirled her hair. "Well, I have chocolates, anyway." She opened her purse and pulled out a silver box. "Here."

Ruthless looked at her suspiciously, then took the box, apparently deciding it was a peace offering. Teddy noticed the Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes logo--subtly embossed on the side--just a moment too late. As soon as Ruthless took a bite, she exploded with puffy white rabbit fur.

Victoire grinned. "Bunny Bonbons," she said.

Ruthless, still in her sour mood, was less than amused. Teddy decided it was a good time to go catch up with the second years. He took his plate and slipped out from between them, going down the table to sit with Aaron and his dormitory mate, Harris Decker. Someone tapped his shoulder, and he turned to find Uncle Harry, in uniform. "May I have a look at your schedule?"

Teddy fumbled around and produced it from under his plate.

He scanned it. "Do you think you could meet me on Thursday nights?" he asked. "To work on what we talked about?"

"The Pat... the spell?" Teddy smiled. "Sure."

"Good, I'm off duty at six. Meet me in the entrance hall."

"Where will we go?"

"I'm working on a place."

He didn't say any more. Teddy finished his breakfast and went to classroom eleven, where he queued up with Corky, Tinny, Donzo, and Maurice, as well as Jane Hunter from Slytherin and Lizzie Richardson from Ravenclaw. Joe Palmer and Roger Young, from Hufflepuff, rushed up just before the door swung open, and a palomino tail flicked away into the dimly lit room.

Teddy had been in classroom eleven only once before, in his first year, when he and his friends had found a kappa that had escaped from Robards' office. It had been a normal classroom then. Now, it had been magically transformed into a forest glade at twilight. On a tiny hill that stood where the teacher's desk had been, a large centaur stood with his back to the gathering class. An old woman with flyaway hair and skinny arms draped in bangles came forward.

"Oh, welcome! I'm so glad to meet you all in the physical world! Please take a seat on the, er... floor."

"Sit down, please," the centaur said, sounding irritated. He looked over his shoulder as they sat. "I am Professor Firenze. This year, you will take lessons from Professor Trelawney and myself, to give you an overview of both true Divination and"--he snorted--"fortune telling. Should you continue, years will alternate between the two subjects."

"I was crystal-gazing last night," Trelawney said, her voice sing-songy and excited, "to see with whom I would be communing today. Oh, there are great things ahead for all of you--love, fame, adventure... and death!" She turned on Teddy. "I see death in your future!"

Teddy had been warned about this--Ron had wanted to bet Uncle Harry that it would be Teddy she picked for the year's death omen, but Uncle Harry had refused to take the bet, as he'd be sure to lose--so he just smiled politely. "Thank you, Professor Trelawney. I'll keep that in mind."

"Good news for the rest of us, though," Maurice whispered when she was gone. "Apparently, we're all immortal."

Teddy laughed.

Professor Firenze flicked his tail impatiently, and the various chatterings in the room stopped. "Time," he said, "is written in the skies. The planets tell us the story of what has been and what shall be, the great motions of the universe, not the mere foibles of humans. Here, you will learn to read the motions of the past and the future. You will..." He frowned and checked his class list. "Yes, Miss Gudgeon?"

Tinny nodded. "Excuse me, sir, but why would we want to read the past? In the stars, I mean. Isn't that History of Magic, rather than Divination?"

"History classes," Professor Firenze said, "are the fortune-telling of the past. Mere trivia. Wars, deaths, kings, ministers... ephemera."

"If none of that matters," Corky interrupted, "then what does matter?"

Professor Firenze turned very slowly. "Manners, Mr. Atkinson. Manners matter. Including the raising of one's hand before speaking."

"Right," Corky said. "Sorry. So what matters, if nothing matters?"

"The present. And the understanding that all times exist in one time."

Corky raised his hand. "And why does it matter if we understand that or not?"

"Humans," Professor Firenze hissed, then shook his head. "Things matter for themselves, Mr. Atkinson."

The conversation went on, but Teddy's mind caught on what he'd said: All times exist in one time.

He raised his hand. "If everything exists at the same time," he asked, "then how is it kept separated?"

Professor Firenze nodded solemnly. "A wise question, though you lack the requisite knowledge to understand the answer as of now."

Professor Trelawney took over the class after this (Teddy assumed, given how much they loathed each other, that the remaining classes would alternate between them rather than being shared), introducing them to different means of fortune-telling she intended to teach. Teddy's grandfather, for whom he'd been named, had been a Seer, good with the crystal ball, but more comfortable scrying in pools as Teddy understood it, and he was anxious to see if he'd ever See anything himself. Granddad had actually Seen Granny before he left for Hogwarts. Teddy had tried staring into puddles many times, but hadn't Seen anything yet.

After Divination, Teddy had Potions. Professor Slughorn invited him to a party, then regretfully said it would have to be a small one, as the Aurors weren't letting him invite adults onto school grounds until Greyback was captured. He appeared to consider this a grave injustice, especially when imposed by one of his favorites. He assigned a simple Brightening Brew, to get them back into the mode of thinking they needed to be in for school. Teddy found that, in the rush through the apothecary, he'd managed to forget billywig stings. Slughorn sent him to the classroom stores.

Inside the small closet, Slughorn had a cauldron of his own set up, brewing over a magically protected fire. There was a bottle of dragon bile on a small table beside it, and a live plant with triangular purple flowers. A few leaves had been pulled from it and crushed. Teddy reached toward them.


He looked up.

Slughorn was standing in the doorway, his hand up. "Don't touch that. The juice is poison."

"You're brewing poison?"

"I'm brewing something for a fellow staff member," he said. "The plant is aconite. Also called monkshood. And," he raised his eyebrows in a significant way, "wolfsbane."

"Oh," Teddy said, and drew his hand back.

"I trust you not to discuss that."

"I promise."

Teddy took one more look, then got his billywig stings and went back to class.
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kizmet_42 From: kizmet_42 Date: October 9th, 2007 04:21 am (UTC) (Link)
"They all friends already."

I think you need a verb.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 9th, 2007 04:33 am (UTC) (Link)
Just possibly. ;)
willowbough From: willowbough Date: October 9th, 2007 04:26 am (UTC) (Link)
I'd agree--this section does work better as the start of a new chapter.

Oh, dear--Victoire's already having problems getting her dorm-mates to warm up to her. And that stunt with the chocolates isn't going to endear her to Ruthless. The Delacouer social ineptitude combined with the Weasley sense of humor appears to be an unfortunate combination. I'm glad Teddy's being supportive of her, though.

Trelawny hasn't changed, and neither has Firenze! It's a minor miracle that they're able to work together without coming to blows--or has that happened in previous years?

I hope that Vivian, unlike Remus, never gets caught out in a full moon without her Wolfsbane potion.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 9th, 2007 04:36 am (UTC) (Link)
or has that happened in previous years?

I imagine Firenze wouldn't let himself sink to the level of blows... but I'm sure he'd be sorely tempted.

And Victoire... yeah. Bad combination of traits there. She didn't try to prank her dormitory mates, but I guess she thought Ruthless was in her circle, might appreciate some cheering up... by being turned into an angora bunny. Definite social ineptitude there.
From: adelaidy Date: October 9th, 2007 04:27 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh I can't wait to see Harry teaching Teddy the finer points of DADA and what happens with Teddy's Seer abilities! I was wondering something... Remus' ring that Teddy uses to see his parents' memories, has he ever seen a memory with Remus (or Dora) and young Harry? Or will he ever see a memory with Harry in it? I wonder how Teddy would react seeing his Uncle Harry during his own third year... :)

Also, just wanted to comment because I've been reading your fics for quite some time, when Shifts was being posted, so I wanted to say that I look forward to reading your stuff everyday! Thanks for hours of enjoyment!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 9th, 2007 04:39 am (UTC) (Link)
He may have, I'm not sure. (I mean, in the challenges, I did one where he saw baby Harry, but not third year Harry. I could see Remus considering time with Harry that year a happy memory.)
shiiki From: shiiki Date: October 9th, 2007 04:27 am (UTC) (Link)
Harry's working on a room, is he? Will we get to see what happened to the Room of Requirement, then? :)

Teddy, I'm afraid, is sharper than is good for him. Not surprising, though, considering Tonks and her observant eye in your earlier fics!

There's a little thing here: She shrugged. "They all friends already."

I think you meant to have a 'have' in there between 'all' and 'friends'.

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 9th, 2007 04:40 am (UTC) (Link)
Got the "have."

It's not the Room of Requirement Harry's working on. He has something else in mind.
allie_meril From: allie_meril Date: October 9th, 2007 04:32 am (UTC) (Link)
Aww, poor Victoire. Not exactly fitting in with her classmates. And Trelawney... ;D She made me grin.

Granddad had actually Seen Granny before he left for Hogwarts.

I cannot express how much I would flail if you have already written something about this, because the idea fills my Andromeda/Ted fangirl with such joy.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 9th, 2007 04:38 am (UTC) (Link)
I think it's mentioned in Ted's sorting from Of A Sort... lots of the chapter is jossed, but I think Ted himself still works (hair color aside).
marikenobi From: marikenobi Date: October 9th, 2007 04:47 am (UTC) (Link)

Victoire just means well ;)

I second the request for the Ted seeing before Hogwarts ficlet... :)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 9th, 2007 04:56 am (UTC) (Link)
I've already written it... somewhere. Aside from the mention in "Of a Sort," I'm absolutely positive it's in one of the challenges... somewhere. :p
From: (Anonymous) Date: October 9th, 2007 04:55 am (UTC) (Link)
"All times exist in one time."

I see an interesting subplot developing there. No idea where you're going to take it--ok, well, maybe a little bit of an idea. Maybe

I just love what you're doing with Ruthless and Victoire. I sense a battle royale brewing...can't wait to see where that goes.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 9th, 2007 04:57 am (UTC) (Link)
The stuff in Divination has more to do with Teddy's future career choices than anything plotwise in the story. I wanted to get into him asking and thinking about weird questions like that. He gets time pretty well for a thirteen year old.
From: (Anonymous) Date: October 9th, 2007 04:59 am (UTC) (Link)
Somehow, Slughorn making wolfsbane potion seems like a recipe for trouble. I'm not sure how, exactly, but there's a little alarm going off over him.

Victoire may not know the best way to deal with Ruthless, but I have a feeling open warfare is pretty close to friendship with Ruthless, anyway.

As for where the lessons will be, the Shrieking Shack is off school grounds and away from all the protections they're setting up. Just because I think it would be wonderful doesn't mean it will work.

As for Firenze and Trelawney, I see him as doing something with a total deadpan. Perhaps he could explain that, while he did not see the point of Weasley Wizarding Wheezes himself, he had been assured that humans found them very acceptable gifts . . . only he'd have to quote something Trelawney had said in the past that would make anyone who didn't know better think he didn't know better. I'm trying to think how a crystal ball that explodes raw egg onto the person using it could be presented in a way that Trelawney would have to refuse to admit bothered her without admitting she's a total fraud . . . .

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 9th, 2007 11:02 am (UTC) (Link)
I have a feeling open warfare is pretty close to friendship with Ruthless, anyway.

Very true, that.

Ha, at the image of Firenze playing jokes on Trelawney.
victorialupin From: victorialupin Date: October 9th, 2007 05:18 am (UTC) (Link)
I just finished a novel I hated and wanted you to know how refreshing it is to be able to check my f-list and rely on you for wonderful, interesting prose. :)

I loved this exchange:

"They all have friends already."

"Well, so do you," Teddy said.

Victoire is quickly becoming one of my favourite characters from your stories. ♥

Eek, Trelawney and Firenze. Thank goodness they'll probably split up classes! Not a good combination ...
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 9th, 2007 11:04 am (UTC) (Link)

Victoire's fun, because she has everything she needs to be mega-popular, but it's just somehow put together wrong.
kiwi_kimi From: kiwi_kimi Date: October 9th, 2007 05:18 am (UTC) (Link)
Job sharing with Trelawny has not done good things for Firenze's temper :-)

I really like the way you've made Victoire a real blend of Weasley and Delacour, not just a clone of her mother.

'"I was crystal-gazing last night," Trelawney's said.' - that apostrophe s doesn't seem right.

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 9th, 2007 11:07 am (UTC) (Link)
Where on Earth did that apostrophe-s come from??? Weird.

Firenze's patience has definitely been tried over the years.
From: kobegrace Date: October 9th, 2007 05:19 am (UTC) (Link)
I think... that Victoire needs a hug. Poor thing!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 9th, 2007 11:09 am (UTC) (Link)
She could use one.
From: tunxeh Date: October 9th, 2007 05:53 am (UTC) (Link)
This rivalry between Victoire and Ruthless is going to interact well with the parts of Teddy's early love life that you told us about in Marauders' Roost, I can tell.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 9th, 2007 11:11 am (UTC) (Link)
Hence, Teddy thinking, "Wow, I ought to go catch up with the second years..." ;p Smart boy, gets out from in between them.
ladylothwen From: ladylothwen Date: October 9th, 2007 06:17 am (UTC) (Link)
Poor Slughorn not having his way. He probably sulks about it a bit.

And what would a third year story be without werewolves and talk about time? All we need is Snape to make the trifecta complete. ;)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 9th, 2007 11:12 am (UTC) (Link)
Poor Slughorn not having his way. He probably sulks about it a bit.

And apparently thinks that complaining to every random Slug Club member is a good way to change Harry's mind. I think he's in for a rude awakening there! :)
got_it_bub From: got_it_bub Date: October 9th, 2007 06:21 am (UTC) (Link)
From the last one you said that vivian had brown hair but didn't in shades she have blonde.
Loved it.
beceh From: beceh Date: October 9th, 2007 07:08 am (UTC) (Link)
Well you could write that off as simply as because she was a child in Shades and is now an adult...a lot of blonde kids turn brunette as they get older. :-)
amamama From: amamama Date: October 9th, 2007 07:21 am (UTC) (Link)
T&V are so comfortable around each other, it's like they've been married for years already. No sibling war, just genuine care. Not that they see the love that'll grow out of it. :) And Victoire - about as much sense as any other eleven-year-old.

Divination was interesting, Firenze's self-restraint is admireable. :p Trelawny, otoh... Complete fraud. Teddy, however, might be able to see, might not. Maybe he'll just sense. I like the questions you put in his mouth. And the answers from Forenze. Well worth pondering.

So Sluggy's brewing for Vivian, then. Good thing.

Weel written, as always, and a joy to read. Thanks, Fern!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 9th, 2007 11:15 am (UTC) (Link)
For a complete fraud, I've noticed that Trelawney is the fortune-telling equivalent of Rita Skeeter... there's often a nugget of truth somewhere. Hell, Harry does die, after all, and the Grim that was approaching does introduce him to death a couple of years down the line.
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