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Teddy Lupin and the Hunter's Moon, Chapter 6: The Most Haunted Dwelling, pt. 3 - The Phantom Librarian
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Teddy Lupin and the Hunter's Moon, Chapter 6: The Most Haunted Dwelling, pt. 3
Teddy had his first Patronus lesson, and did reasonably well, though he could hardly be expected to conjure a corporeal Patronus the first day (and Harry admits that he hoped that would be the case). While in the Shrieking Shack, he finds a paperback romance that his mother left behind (a bodice ripper involving a woman named Tirza), and he reads it that night, and ends up having a dream featuring Ruthless as the heroine of it. She kisses him. He doesn't entirely dislike the dream.

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Ruthless sat down across from Teddy as usual at breakfast the next morning, but he found it difficult to carry on the usual run of conversation, as he was wondering whether the bosoms she was hiding under her purposely-too-big robe were as big as the ones under Tirza's tight-fitting gown. He didn't think so--he'd sort of seen them at Trollsbane Tarn, when the t-shirt she'd been swimming in got wet and clingy--but they could have grown. There was no way to tell.

He knew she'd take her Beater's bat to him if she caught him looking at her, so he concentrated as much as he could on his porridge, stirring it into shapes that didn't entirely help the matter. He could feel his face getting hot anyway, so he started morphing, just to do it, and ended up with several first and second years asking him to morph their faces for them. He'd mostly avoided this since a Quidditch party during his first year, but was grateful for the distraction now. He looked up toward the door, where Ron Weasley was on guard today (Uncle Harry spent Thursdays and Fridays in the London office), watching him with some amusement. At some point, Victoire had come down to sit beside him, and she looked supremely bored, which was fair enough--she'd been watching him morph as long as she'd been alive, and it wasn't exactly a novelty. To his relief, Ruthless had gone on to her first class.

He avoided her for the rest of the day, staying away from the library and slipping in and out of meals as quickly as he could, glad she was a year ahead of him, and hoping very much that he wouldn't end up thinking of Tinny's bosoms next, or Laura Chapman's, or Jane Hunter's. That would be quite awkward in History of Magic or Herbology, though at least they weren't quite as likely to take a swing at him over it. He spent no time in the Common Room, and pretended not to hear Ruthless call over from the fireplace, where she'd landed the best spot, to see if he wanted to play cards. He did his homework quickly and went back to Tirza's world, where she and the pirates were all setting up a magical trap for the nundu, which would drive it into a deep pit. He wasn't sure what they meant to do with it once it got there. Maybe they'd send it to Azkaban, where it would certainly be securely kept. For some reason, in the midst of this, Brock the pirate was moping about, as he fancied a village witch who had never realized there were other magical people in the world, but thought he might really be in love with Tirza (he'd apparently forgotten that she was married to Holt, or maybe she hadn't told him). After five chapters, they managed to kill the nundu with poisoned meat after trapping it in a pit. Teddy thought this unfair; he liked the nundu by then, though he guessed they had to do something to stop it from destroying villages. He wondered if Hagrid would ever bring one to Care of Magical Creatures, and decided to suggest it as soon as he could. Brock decided he had to go on to help Tirza, and the witch he fancied decided to go along.

The night's dream involved Ruthless clambering around in the jungle, her dress sticking to her. Victoire was living in the village now, helping Brock's girlfriend, and looked very bored most of the time. Teddy wondered if he'd work his entire circle into book before he was finished reading it.

He waited for breakfast until he guessed it would be crowded and ate among the crowd of first year boys, who seemed happy to have him. He finished quickly and started out of the Great Hall.


It was a boy's voice, so he turned. "Frankie."

Frankie looked at him oddly. "Is Greyback in the Hall somewhere, so you need to get away?"

"Er... no."

Frankie's mouth twisted in a little smile, and Teddy realized that he knew exactly what was going on. Looking back, he thought he might have seen Frankie ducking out of places quickly himself. Frankie laughed. "Come on," he said. "I'm headed down to Care of Magical Creatures. I'll walk you down to Herbology."

Teddy was glad of the company. The went out into the morning together.

"Are you going to come to the game tomorrow?" Frankie asked. "I've been thinking about one of the historical ones. We could do a game during the Blitz."

"Maurice will kill you--he's been storing up computer use points."

Frankie shrugged. "Oh, that's worked into the historical scenarios. Computer points in games before nineteen-eighty turn into code-breaking points. He'll be able to solve just about anything."

"Oh." Teddy walked along toward the greenhouses. "Frankie?"


"Do you think Ruthless is... good looking?"

"Is that who you're avoiding?"

"Do you think she'd kill me?"

Frankie laughed. "Oh, yes. No question about it. You're living dangerously, mate. And here I am thinking you're just worried about mad murderous werewolves. I should've known better. So are you going to come to the game, or do you intend to keep hiding from Scrimgeour?"

"I'll be there."

"Do you want me to work out a story where Wings and Bertha are trapped in a burnt out building somewhere? You could roll to kiss her."

Brass-Knuckles Bertha was Ruthless's character, and Teddy didn't think this a particularly good idea. His horror at it must have come out in his face, as Frankie started laughing again. They reached the branch in the path that Teddy would use to get to the greenhouses, and Frankie went on ahead, reminding Teddy to present himself tomorrow morning at breakfast. Teddy agreed and went on. He was the first person to get there for class, and Professor Longbottom asked him to help set up the new pots they'd be using for the Whistling Wallflowers they were meant to work with today.

He worked with Laura Chapman and Joe Palmer, pruning and potting, competing with Tinny and Roger to see how many pots they could finish, at least until Professor Longbottom took points away from both Houses for being careless. After that, they were more careful, and Teddy's plant started whistling a cheerful, seafaring sort of song. Teddy decided this would make a good story for James, so after classes, he went back to his room and made up a plot about a bunch of walking flowers that sailed around helping fish solve their problems (the fish--as in any story directed at James--had found a treasure, and didn't know what to do with it). He drew a quick fish, which looked terrible, and a flower with roots for legs and leaves for arms, which was even worse, and Charmed them both to leap around the parchment. He'd take it up to the Owlery to send it after the game tomorrow. Once he was finished, he picked up To the End of the Earth again, and returned to the sea as they finally made it to the southern tip of Africa and made the turn toward the Indian Ocean. On the way, there were sharks, a strange sort of flying animal that Tirza didn't know, despite being an expert in Magical Creatures, and rumors of the evil hit-wizards, who did, in fact, show up just as they rounded the Cape of Good Hope. There was nowhere to go. So of course, Tirza decided to try to seduce the hit-wizard captain (though she swore she would remain faithful to Holt while she did it... though a "deep and secret part of her" wondered if it was really Brock to whom she was being faithful now, of course). Teddy decided it would be a good time to put the book away for the night.

The next morning, he stayed at breakfast, and Victoire and Ruthless crowded in on him. Victoire suggested that Ruthless could do something "cute" with her hair. Ruthless hit her with a Giggling Hex, and, giggling uncontrollably, Victoire tossed a bead full of Sunshine Solution at Ruthless, causing a burst of hot summer sun to shine on Ruthless's face. Ruthless left to get the antidote before she ended up with even more freckles, so it was just Victoire that Teddy walked down to the still life that protected Hufflepuff House. It swung open, and Frankie invited them in. He was dressed like a Muggle in the nineteen-forties.

"I reckoned I'd get some Transfiguration practice in while I was at it. Come on, everyone else is here except for Ruthless."

They went in, and the Hufflepuff players had definitely gone all out, finding things to Transfigure into Muggle gadgets from the 'forties, even putting up copies of the Daily Prophet from the library. BOMB BREACHES DIAGON ALLEY--GRINDELWALD SNITCHED TO GERMAN MUGGLES? and HALF-WIZARDING VILLAGE UNDER COVER TO PLAY HOST TO MUGGLE CHILDREN AT REQUEST OF KING!

"We'll start out during a bombing," Frankie said. "Get right into it. Donzo, you and Victoire and Maurice will be in a pub, celebrating her finishing up a new film. Teddy, you and Ruthless are in a church that gets bombed to rubble, you'll start in the cellar--"

Teddy's jaw dropped. "Frankie, I think..."

A candle on the table suddenly glowed bright blue, and Frankie said, "Aha, Ruthless is here. I charmed the floor outside to tell me." He went to the portrait hole and pushed it open. Ruthless came in, with much less sunlight, looking grave. She was holding today's copy of the Daily Prophet.

"Teddy," she said. "I think you need to see this." She looked at Victoire. "You too, most likely."

Teddy and Victoire went over to her, and Teddy took the newspaper. Unlike the archival ones on the walls, this had no air of being from a different era. This was just today's news.

by Rita Skeeter

The Malfoy family may count itself lucky to be out of its Wiltshire Manor when it was attacked by werewolves Tuesday night, but their holiday was a curse for the nearby Overby family. Late Friday night, eight-year-old Neil Overby, barefoot and covered in blood, stumbled into the Leaky Cauldron in London, with a tale too horrible to contemplate. The eldest of four children born to Ellsworth and Farah Overby, he is now the sole survivor of his family.

"They were angry," Neil says. "The old man said that the Malfoys weren't around, so he'd take what they wanted some other way. Then they all turned into wolves! He bit me and dragged me away."

Neil, of course, now bears the lycanthropic curse. Neil was held by Greyback's pack, but managed to slip away when they moved toward London. "He kept trying to make me hunt and eat raw meat, and saying he was my family now," he says.

Does he have anything else to say?

Well, according to the proprietor of the Leaky Cauldron, the first words to come from the child's swollen and bloody lips were, "Where is Harry Potter?"

Where, indeed?

Teddy put the paper down and looked at Victoire, who was reading it silently, her face white as a cloud.
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plaid_slytherin From: plaid_slytherin Date: October 14th, 2007 05:19 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, gosh, that poor kid. That's horrible.

Love your '40s newspaper headlines, BTW.

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 14th, 2007 05:50 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! I'd imagine the Blitz got some wizarding sites--if the protections were good enough to avoid the bombing, they'd stand out like sore thumbs.

Of course, I have no idea whatsoever if any bombs hit in the Charing Cross Road neighborhood where Diagon Alley is.
victorialupin From: victorialupin Date: October 14th, 2007 05:21 am (UTC) (Link)
LOL! I love the first paragraph. It's great that Teddy is able to distract himself from the Greyback problem and concentrate on more ... enjoyable thoughts.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 14th, 2007 05:49 am (UTC) (Link)
Though they could be quite dangerous in and of themselves...
From: (Anonymous) Date: October 14th, 2007 05:28 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh Frankie- great tactics. Big thumbs up for him.

Greyback though, that's just gross. Good job.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 14th, 2007 05:47 am (UTC) (Link)
Helpful to have older friends around, eh?
rotae From: rotae Date: October 14th, 2007 05:40 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh wow. I was so hoping there'd be more Malfoy stuff. LOL. Are we going to hear more about them? :D *she asks hopefully*

One question about them though... after this attack, I'm assuming that they'll have to get some sort of protection? From Aurors? Wouldn't that mean that Ron would see Scorpius? And thus know him to look at before the DH epilogue? Or am I completely jumping the gun? LOL. XDD

(Btw, in my Draco/Victoria story, I have Honoria Higgs in mind for Terence Higgs' daughter... I'm probably not even going to mention her name, but I thought you'd like to know she's who I'm thinking of, LOL :D)

And Teddy's Ruthless thinking is very brilliant. XDDD LOVED this chapter.

Oh, something I forgot to ask earlier... why doesn't Teddy practise the Patronus Charm in his room if he's the only one in there?

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 14th, 2007 05:47 am (UTC) (Link)
Nope, the Malfoys are cheerfully ensconced in New Zealand for the duration, and the vast amounts of ocean probably provide better cover than Harry. Though I'm sure they're all at the New Zealand Ministry, demanding protection while on holiday, just in case. ;p

why doesn't Teddy practise the Patronus Charm in his room if he's the only one in there?

Probably because he doesn't want to learn it too quickly, as he enjoys sneaking out of school with Uncle Harry!
shiiki From: shiiki Date: October 14th, 2007 06:27 am (UTC) (Link)
Ah, puberty. Hormones are bad enough without the romance novels to encourage them!

And Greyback strikes again at last. I can't remember offhand what the ages of Greyback's previous pups were when he took them, but it seems to be very young; Neil seems old enough not to be brainwashed by Greyback, at least. Although I suspect the Where is Harry Potter line is embellishment by Rita (?)

I wonder ... does the Malfoy attack have anything to do with Greyback being denied attacking Hermione in DH?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 14th, 2007 06:33 am (UTC) (Link)
Although I suspect the Where is Harry Potter line is embellishment by Rita (?)

More like totally out of context. The kid came into the bar, asking for the first hero he could think of. Which naturally leads to, "He's blaming the Aurors for not being there!!!!"
darth_pipes From: darth_pipes Date: October 14th, 2007 06:33 am (UTC) (Link)
You strike the right balance here, Fern. Very fun with Teddy's avoidence of Ruthless and very horrifying with Greyback's attack.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 14th, 2007 04:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. I want Teddy to have a good part of his normal year--I like how JKR had Harry as worried about Snape using Veritaserum because it might reveal how he felt about Cho as because it might implicate him in a whole lot of iffy activities!--but it was about time for a wake-up call.
marikenobi From: marikenobi Date: October 14th, 2007 06:36 am (UTC) (Link)
I love Frankie!

But shudders at that ending!!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 14th, 2007 04:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Frankie will probably still be looking out for Teddy's interests (as he sees them, which Teddy won't always agree with) when they're both old and Toothless and living in the Aberforth Dumbledore Memorial Old Wizards Home together.
kiwi_kimi From: kiwi_kimi Date: October 14th, 2007 06:45 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh! What a journey from the fun teenage hormones section at the beginning to the horror of Greyback's latest atrocity. The monster is trying to build himself a new pack.

A small thing I noticed: "his entire circle into book" is missing a "the".
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 14th, 2007 04:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oops; I'll grab that.

The monster is trying to build himself a new pack.

And he was aiming for Scorpius as the first member. Poor Neil was just unlucky.
From: kobegrace Date: October 14th, 2007 06:47 am (UTC) (Link)
1. — but they could have grown. There was no way to tell. Aww! Curious!awkward!teenage!Teddy is so bloody adorable!

2. ... Ron Weasley was ... watching him with some amusement. I wonder why this was so. Is it because curious!awkward!teenage!Teddy is so bloody adorable?

3. "You could roll to kiss her." Go, Frankie, for being so totally cool. (Well, at least you are in my books. )

4. To the End of the Earth - This is a book I'd pay Galleons to read.

5. Question: If Frankie has picked up on Teddy's Ruthless-fancyage, could that mean that Victoire has, too? If so, how would she... be... about it?

6. "He bit me and dragged me away. Dear Mr Greyback: You suck. I hope you suffer a truly horrible fate, summat along the lines of — oh, I dunno — having a little blonde girl go all House of Flying Daggers on your ass. Cheers, Kobe

Looking forward to next installment, Fern! :)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 14th, 2007 04:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
If Frankie has picked up on Teddy's Ruthless-fancyage, could that mean that Victoire has, too? If so, how would she... be... about it?

Oh, I don't know... sullen and supremely bored? ;p I don't think Victoire totally acknowledges her own crush--she's to be the crushed-on, not the unrequited crusher, naturally--but it comes into play.

jedi_chick From: jedi_chick Date: October 14th, 2007 07:09 am (UTC) (Link)
Awkward teenage boy Teddy made me laugh, especially as he pondered whether or not Ruthless's bosom had grown since summer. Frankie and his scheming to put the two together in the game were quite funny as well. Speaking of Frankie, I really like how he seems to be more confident in his own shoes now--the way he casually charmed the floor for Ruthless's arrival, for instance. It's nice to see how he's growing up too.

As for the ending...eep! Although I'm glad that Neil managed to escape. Where will the pack strike next?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 14th, 2007 04:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Frankie's growing up, getting better at magic, and avoiding unsolvable puzzles, all of which are good for him.
lucathia_rykatu From: lucathia_rykatu Date: October 14th, 2007 07:15 am (UTC) (Link)
I am loving Teddy's embarrassment with Ruthless. If only Greyback didn't ruin that day's game! ): That ending is really horrifying. *sigh*
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 14th, 2007 04:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
If only Greyback didn't ruin that day's game!

I really hate villains spoiling otherwise good occasions. I mean, sheesh, it's not bad enough that they do whatever they've done, but they have to ruin perfectly innocent fun while they're at it?
summoner_lenne9 From: summoner_lenne9 Date: October 14th, 2007 08:38 am (UTC) (Link)
So typical Potterverse that while the world is falling apart it's inhabiats are a bit too pre occupied with their own teenage angst.


Jk DID say there was a connection between Grindelwald and WW2 *wonders what it was*

Poor little boy o_0. Oh and Rita? DIE ALREADY PLEASE!
amamama From: amamama Date: October 14th, 2007 11:40 am (UTC) (Link)

Well, I remember stumbling across one of Dad's smutty novels one morning when I was that age (he'd left it on the living room table the night before). Of course I read it. Xo Wish I hadn't though... *to all parents: hide your smutty novels, so your kids only read age-appropriate stuff!*
got_it_bub From: got_it_bub Date: October 14th, 2007 10:18 am (UTC) (Link)
oh Teddy, you dog. Get them naughty thoughts out your head!
Oh i love this. so typical of a 13 year old boy. I'de probally whack him one if he was looking at me that way! I'm 14 is that Ruthless' age? Well i'd still whack him.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 14th, 2007 04:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
(I pulled the double post)

Yeah, she's fourteen, too. At least Teddy's smart enough to know she'd whack him!
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fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 14th, 2007 04:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
"Bosoms" is always a good word. I don't know why, but it always makes me laugh.

Must agree to wondering what the Welsh means, though!
amamama From: amamama Date: October 14th, 2007 11:55 am (UTC) (Link)
LOL to hormonal!Teddy - so keen to know what's under Ruthless' robes... And Frankie ... he's a cool mate.

so it was just Victoire that Teddy walked down to the still life that protected Hufflepuff House. This sounds like he's escorting her, wouldn't a "with" be appropriate? Or is it just me?

Brass-knuckles Bertha ... LOL ... Berte is my RL name (but I insisted on Bertie when in high school, as I didn't like Bertha, none of my classmates managed to pronounce Berte correctly), so I found this incredibly funny. Did you know that the roots of my name is Brigit (celtic goddess), meaning "the elevated one, the shining one" - not quite the German cannon "Big Bertha"....

And poor, poor Neil. Someone (Victiore, obviously) please kill Greyback in a most painful way? He's just so twisted and thoroughly evil, it makes me sick. Neil goes to France, of course, but oh - poor child. Not only inflicted with an uncurable curse, but his family killed as well.

I don't need to tell you that I look forward to the next instalment, do I?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 14th, 2007 04:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
This sounds like he's escorting her, wouldn't a "with" be appropriate? Or is it just me?

I was thinking that on a read-through.

I guess if you're suitably militaristic, you could look at a cannon as a goddess... sort of...

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