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Teddy Lupin and the Hunter's Moon, Chapter 7: The Whole Story, pt. 1 - The Phantom Librarian
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Teddy Lupin and the Hunter's Moon, Chapter 7: The Whole Story, pt. 1
Bah. I just left a window open for, like, three hours without typing. I believe I'll start nice and fresh. :) There's a bit of Shades recapping at the end, in case I need to draw on that stuff later in the story. Apologies to those who've read that one!

Chapter 7 of Forest Guard is up at SQ--some clarifying of points, stylistic edits, and so on. Just as I start Chapter seven here. Good timing. ;)

Teddy's enjoying (er, sort of) a fairly normal teen interlude--his first serious crush--when his world is rudely interrupted by a Daily Prophet article saying that Greyback's pack attacked a family near the Malfoys' home (the Malfoys weren't home), killing all but one boy, who was turned and kidnapped. He escaped and went looking for help. Rita Skeeter implies that this is because Harry wasn't there.

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"Are you all right, Lupin?" Frankie asked. He'd stood up, and looked deeply serious.

Teddy nodded and handed him the newspaper. "Do you have any Floo powder? I need to call home."

Frankie waved his wand, and a covered casserole flew out from one of the burrows that led to the Hufflepuff dormitories. Teddy caught it, lit the Common Room fireplace, and tossed in a handful of the sparkling powder. "Number Twelve, Grimmauld Place."

He dropped to his knees and put his head into the green flames, which cinched tight around his neck. His head went spinning into the network, and came out in the cellar kitchen of Uncle Harry's house. Lily was in her high chair, picking at a bowl of cold porridge with her fingers. She clapped sloppily and said, "Teddy!"

Something clattered, and Aunt Ginny appeared in Teddy's field of view, her hair tied back with a scarf. "Teddy! What a surprise!"

"Is Uncle Harry there? I read the Prophet this morning... I suppose he's at work..."

"He's about to go in--despite it being his day off--but he's still upstairs. I'll get him. I've been baking biscuits. Would you like some dough?"

"No, thanks."

She looked surprised, but went upstairs. He heard her call for Uncle Harry. A thunder of light footsteps beat Uncle Harry downstairs, and James and Al raced one another to the fireplace. James was carrying his squirming cat, Checkmate's littermate Martian.

"Hi, Teddy," James said, dropping down to sit. "I've got Martian to do a new trick. Would you like to see it?"

"I got him to do a trick," Al said. "You just watched."

"I did not!"

Uncle Harry's shiny shoes appeared between them, then he crouched down. "Boys, let me have a word with Teddy alone."


Uncle Harry gave James his impression of a stern look, then Aunt Ginny scooped them up and shooed them upstairs. She picked up Lily and followed, and Teddy heard the door shut behind them.

"I take it you saw what happened."

Teddy tried to nod, but ended up with a mouth full of ashes. He coughed. "I know you're working on catching Greyback. You shouldn't listen to Rita Skeeter."

"You called to tell me that?" Uncle Harry smiled. "Thank you. But I have long experience with Rita."

"What's going to happen to the little boy? Are James and Al and Lily staying inside? What about Victoire's sisters and Artie? Is Granny safe?"

"One at a time," Uncle Harry said, keeping his voice calm. "Neil is going to be all right. I can't tell you where he is on an open Floo line, but there are people who are glad to have him, and they'll look after him. James and Al and Lily are certainly staying inside--except for the courtyard--and they're quite annoyed about it, but I've put age lines at every exit, even the ones they think I don't know about."

"Did you get the vent in the back of Kreacher's cupboard? I promised I wouldn't tell, but--"

"I got it, Teddy."


"Fleur has taken the younger children abroad for a few days--tell Victoire they're fine. And I'm checking on Andromeda every single day before I come home. I've tweaked the Apparition security so that she can Disapparate from inside if she needs to, though Apparition in is still blocked. All right?"

"Right." Teddy sighed. "What am I supposed to do? I feel like I should be doing something."

"You should be doing your homework, staying with your friends, playing that game of yours, whatever it is you want to do. We'll take care of it."


Uncle Harry frowned. "I know you want to do something, Teddy, but there's nothing. We have people on the job. You just stay safe. Please."

Teddy agreed, feeling like there were a million things to say, unable to think of any of them. He said goodbye and pulled his head out of the fire.

Frankie asked if he should cancel the game, but as Teddy didn't have anything to do, he shrugged and suggested that they go ahead, though he wasn't very interested. He didn't bother with any adventurous rolls, and let Ruthless lead them out of their bombed out church. Victoire, fretting over Neil Overby, didn't bother responding in character at all. After, he walked back to Gryffindor with the girls, both of them quiet. He went to his room for the rest of the evening, skipping dinner, doing his homework, sealing up the story to send to James. He wished Uncle Harry would trust him with something--it wasn't like Uncle Harry, of all people, thought that a thirteen-year-old was useless.

He didn't light his lamp as the sun set. He just lay on his bed, his hands tucked behind his head and his elbows pointed out to the edges of his pillow. Checkmate padded up onto his chest and made a nest for herself and went to sleep purring, but he didn't pet her.

He didn't read, and his dreams, when he finally went to sleep, weren't of Ruthless or of Tirza swashbuckling her way to the Antipodes. Instead, he dreamed of Neil Overby, trapped among the werewolves, then Neil became Remus Lupin, small and scared. Teddy tried to reach out and snatch him away, but a hand fell on his shoulder, and he turned to find Vivian Waters, her face unscarred, her eyes intact. "Anyone who stepped out of line," she said, "got a reminder about who was alpha."

Teddy woke up in the thin light of dawn, not feeling rested. Dad had stepped out of line, Vivian had told him. And Greyback had given him a reminder. The sort of reminder he'd given the Overbys, and meant to give the Malfoys? The sort of thing he had in mind for Teddy himself?

He slipped into the library as soon as Madam Pince opened it, but he was already too late--apparently, yesterday's news had been quite the impetus to read. The entire shelf on werewolves was empty, and Madam Pince told him that even the books in the Restricted Section were gone, taken by older students in Defense Against the Dark Arts. Over the next two weeks, Teddy scrounged the newspaper every day, looking for anything he could find, hoping something would come to light for him that the Aurors were missing, trying to wrap his mind around who and what Greyback was. In his Patronus lessons for two Wednesdays, he was barely able to get a light mist, and Uncle Harry seemed distracted by the search as well. They had supper together both nights--sent by Aunt Ginny--and Teddy barely remembered what they talked about by the time he got back. Neil Overby continued to haunt him. The library continued to have a shortage of books. More than once, he overheard other students trading facts they'd found about Greyback the way they might trade Quidditch statistics. How many had he taken? Did you hear about that girl they found in 'seventy-eight? What did Voldemort use him for in the war? Did you hear what he did to the Muggle-born girls? Was it boys, too?

On the last Wednesday in September, he sat in the kitchen of the Shrieking Shack, across from Uncle Harry, staring at a savory pie Aunt Ginny had sent.

"I'm sorry," he said. "I can't seem to do it."

"I know, Teddy. I've seen you in school. What are you trying to find out about Greyback?"

"I don't know."

Uncle Harry nodded and poured himself a cup of tea. "I asked Vivian to come. She's a better source than anything Madam Pince is squirreling away. I hope you don't mind. There are things I might need to know about the time your dad spent with them--I thought you'd do well to hear them, too, though she says it's not all particularly cheerful."

"I can't believe I didn't think to ask her," Teddy said.

"I'm still not entirely sure you need to know all of it." Teddy turned at the sound of the voice and saw Vivian coming up through the trapdoor, which they'd left open when they came in. She looked grim. "I don't know if it will help you at all. But I suppose the whole story can never hurt. Except when it does." She came into the kitchen, but didn't sit down. Instead, she went to the window and looked out at the waxing moon. "October is the Harvest Moon," she said. "At least here. I understand that the names are different in other places. Why do they name them? November is the Hunter's Moon. December is the Oak Moon. February is the Wolf Moon, believe it or not." She turned. "You know that Lupin rescued us. Lupin and Tonks and Bill and the rest. But he was with us for months. Greyback tried to break him. And succeeded."

Finally, she sat down, and told the tale. She'd been taken when she was three years old, her family killed just as Neil Overby's had been (though her father had been left alive as a werewolf, but abandoned). She'd forgotten her name by the time Dad had got there. The others had come around her--she'd asked for a friend, and the next thing she knew, a girl named Evvie had come. "We still don't know who Evvie is," she said. "Greyback could have Conjured her from thin air for all we know. No one even reported her missing." Then had come Hamilton, a girl called Coral, and finally Nate Blondin, a Muggle-born boy whose name had come from a list stolen by Lucius Malfoy. Alderman had come a year before she did, and was thoroughly brainwashed by Greyback's ways at the time. "He says now that your dad saved his soul, just by being patient with him and putting up with his nonsense. Just showing him a different way to be a man--a way that wasn't Greyback's. A way that was human. It's what he did for all of us, and that's why Greyback will never forgive him. He taught us how to not be monsters most of the time." She sniffed. "Of course, Lupin, being Lupin, only thought about the times Greyback won that year. Greyback had to trick him to break him, and he only managed it twice, but it ate at him. He made it so hard on himself, and on poor Tonks, who had nothing to do with any of it. But they made it through, lucky for us." She smiled at Teddy.

"What do you mean, Greyback broke him twice?"

"Greyback knows how to control werewolves. He's done it his whole life. He tricked Lupin into eating part of a forest ranger he'd killed, then tried to trick him into killing me by--" She looked down. "By mistreating me while we were transformed. But Lupin got us here, and got me safely shut away."

"Shut away from--?" Teddy stopped, not really wanting the answer that was forming in his mind. "Is there anything that can help find him?"

"We've looked all the places I know," she said. "But if he's starting to build a pack again, we'll need to look for the ways he breaks people--dead animals, even suspicious murders, though he's not nearly as stupid as he seems, so I imagine he'll look for people who won't be missed if he tries it. He's likely to keep moving, and they don't Apparate or use Floo powder, or even use much magic at all." She smiled rather horribly. "In fact, I stole Greyback's wand the night he tried to kill me. Ollivander was forced to make it. It has a hair from everyone in the pack. I think Ollivander was more annoyed at being forced to use an unorthodox core than with giving a wand to a murderer."

"But you still have it?" Teddy asked. "With... With Dad's hair in it?"

She nodded, and held out her wand. "Frankly," she said, raising an eyebrow, "I'm hoping Greyback gets to see it again before he dies."
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jedi_chick From: jedi_chick Date: October 15th, 2007 06:00 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, Teddy. Of course his first thoughts would be of everyone else being safe. I don't blame him for being frustrated at not being able to do anything--especially since he knows that Harry was able to be in the thick of things at thirteen.

I love that Harry "gave James his impression of a stern look". It's difficult to imagine Harry giving anyone an actually stern look.

I'm glad that Teddy is getting the real story from Vivian--and you wrote a great yet quick refresher of Shades!

I caught a couple of typos:
James and Al raced one another to fireplace. There's a missing "the".

She looked down. "But mistreating me while we were transformed." The "but" should probably be a "by".

Looking forward to seeing if the wand reacts to Teddy in any way.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 15th, 2007 01:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'll get those typos. Blah, typos.

I'm sure Harry can be stern if someone's in actual danger--it's probably not an impression of a stern look when he tells them not to sneak outside--but yeah, on the whole, I think he's about as much of a disciplinarian as Arthur Weasley.
amamama From: amamama Date: October 15th, 2007 06:23 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh my. You do a wonderful job building the story, and this ... this is just so good. It hits where it hrts and gets my imagination spinning Luckily I'm reading this in the morning, and not at night. :p

Remus should've been head of the pack, he and Tonks should've lived, Teddy should've had loads of siblings... Many shoulds in the world. :( And I should go outside and get some work done.

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 15th, 2007 01:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
I ought to learn to write in the morning instead of at night, though my pesky job thing would likely get in the way... ;)

From: (Anonymous) Date: October 15th, 2007 06:39 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh I so love that last line.
--She nodded, and held out her wand. "Frankly," she said, raising an eyebrow, "I'm hoping Greyback gets to see it again before he dies."
She so wants payback.
Well I see Teddy's mind has moved away from...er...other...things
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 15th, 2007 01:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
Temporarily at least. If I recall puberty correctly, it takes more than an escaped serial killer to pull the brain permanently off that particular track!
got_it_bub From: got_it_bub Date: October 15th, 2007 06:41 am (UTC) (Link)
oops that anon was me ;)
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fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 15th, 2007 01:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
No, really not. At least it might help him deal with learning some of Remus's more prat-like moments.
rdprice29 From: rdprice29 Date: October 15th, 2007 11:28 am (UTC) (Link)
What a great chapter! It was great having the Shades reminder...and you fit it in very smoothly.

Uncle Harry gave James his impression of a stern look. I completely agree with your first reviewer ~ it's hard to imagine Harry giving anyone an actual stern look, and I love how Teddy has recognized that, even at 13.

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 15th, 2007 01:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, Teddy has Andromeda and the Raised Eyebrow Of Doom (tm) to contend with on a regular basis; Harry's temper is probably as threatening to him as a pygmy puff.
marikenobi From: marikenobi Date: October 15th, 2007 11:50 am (UTC) (Link)
Poor Teddy. Good thing he has so many people who love him and can support him through this.

Love to have the Shades parts...
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 15th, 2007 01:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
Good thing he has so many people who love him and can support him through this.
Yes, though at the moment, he thinks he'd rather be out on a lone crusade, a la Uncle Harry vs. Voldemort, to get his revenge. Er, of course, I mean, to help out. Yeah.
From: (Anonymous) Date: October 15th, 2007 12:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
Pretty harsh for Teddy to have to hear the story of Remus' time with Greyback, but I think he needed to hear it, if only to dispell any illusions he had about werewolves' nature while in wolf form.

I particularly liked Vivan's remarks on the names of the moons. I'm not sure what you were going for there (besides showing Vivian's discomfort at starting the story), but I thought of it as a reflection on the gap between man's desire to name and order things and the horrific, uncontrollable effect of those moons on the werewolves.... or I could be overanalyzing. In either case, it was a great line. I also loved her recounting of what Remus did for them, and for Alderman in particular.

Oh, and any chance that the people who took in Neil might be none other than Ewie and Nate Blondin?

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 15th, 2007 01:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
It was a delay tactic before starting the story, but what she chooses as a delay tactic... I don't think you're far off. I didn't have anything specific in mind, but she's certainly thinking in terms of the incongruity of nice, cutesy, folksy names.
shiiki From: shiiki Date: October 15th, 2007 12:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm so glad Teddy got to hear the whole story, and from Vivian instead of a warped source. He does need to hear it, even if Harry might feel like shielding him.

I'm glad as well that he doesn't think Harry's underestimating him. (Not like Harry and Dumbledore in fifth year!)

It was great to see the Potter kids in this part. They managed to ease an otherwise very serious mood - nice to have their blissful unawareness lightening things up a little.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 15th, 2007 01:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
I hope James is making up good games for them while they're stuck in the house. Poor Martian is apparently already a victim of their boredom, being turned into a trick cat. ;P
marycontraria From: marycontraria Date: October 15th, 2007 12:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm still reading, and this is still wonderful. Sorry I haven't commented on the last few.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 15th, 2007 01:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
Glad to have you around--don't worry about not commenting every time! :)
ada_the_mental From: ada_the_mental Date: October 15th, 2007 12:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
It must be so hard for Teddy to hear what that sick bastard did to his father.
Can't wait to see him PWN3D by Victoire.

Something clattered, and Aunt Ginny appeared in Teddy's field of view, her hair tied back with a scarf.

I was pretty disappointed that Rowling made Ginny quit her career and be a housewife. No offense to stay-at-home mums but it doesn't really feel like Ginny. I expected her to do something kick-ass instead of turning into Molly 2.0.. because she's not as cool as Molly!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 15th, 2007 01:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
If I had a choice of staying home with my theoretical kids, I'd probably do it, too, so I have no quibbles. :) I doubt she's Molly 2.0--sure, she'd know how to cook and discipline the kiddos, but I suspect the personality of chez Potter is a bit different from the personality of the Burrow.
willowbough From: willowbough Date: October 15th, 2007 01:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Exposition chapters are definitely a challenge to write, but this one is very good. There's enough information to enlighten Teddy without slowing the whole story down. I also like seeing the woman Vivian has become, and the adult perspective she now has on Remus and what he did for the cubs. And his more exasperating traits too, though that hasn't lessened her affection for him.

Chilling note about Greyback's wand. I share Vivian's hope that it's among the last things he ever sees.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 15th, 2007 01:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm glad it didn't slow things down much. I swear, this took longer to write than the last three sections combined, trying to hit the right balance!

I share Vivian's hope that it's among the last things he ever sees.
Oh, so do I.
From: (Anonymous) Date: October 15th, 2007 04:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
Heh, my take on the moon names is a little different from Vivian's. I think of how, bakc in the days of very minimal nighttime lighting, the full moons were a big deal because of activities that could be planned during them (like Jane Austen's books, where I had to do a little background reading to understand that full moonlight was a time for parties. It was the safest time for night travel, when you and your horses and your coachman could see the road).

So, the harvest moon was the moon that let you continue the harvest at night. The hunter's moon came about the same time you needed to start hunting to supplement your winter food supplies, and the wolf moon was the moon when hungry wolves would most likely be driven to attack human settlements with their flocks and herds, instead of sticking to the less protected wild fare.

Of course, it's occuring to me that, if Vivian ever had a daughter and was inclined to go in for Japanese names (pretty thin odds, I know), Izayoi would mean something totally different to her than it does in Japan. There, it's associated with the ephemeralness of youth and beauty. It refers to the 16th night of the moon's cycle, the night after the full moon when it's still beautiful but has already begun to die.

For Vivian, that's the moon that means safety for herself and her (hypothetical) children. It's the moon that means being human. More than that, I suppose, it's the moon that signals humanity's win over the monster.

Anyhow, getting back to the point, I've really loved these past few entries, even the little touches (the gentleman jewel thief in the novel Teddy's reading makes me think "Arsene Lupin" and giggle).

I can see why it's not Harry's nature to think it out this way and say it, but I wish someone would tell Teddy that he _is_ fighting Greyback. What Greyback wants to take from him is a normal life and a life that doesn't focus around Greyback. Even if he can't be in the fighting, by having a life that is still about school and Muggles and Minions (and Tirza and Ruthless), Teddy is frustrating what Greyback wants. If he can't touch Teddy, he's still happier imagining that Teddy's every waking minute is spent focused on fear of Greyback. When Teddy lives his normal life, he needs to see it as a strike against the enemy.

Or, anyhow, I think it would help him.

Again, thanks!

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 15th, 2007 06:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
I keep forgetting there's such a thing as "Arsene Lupin." Oh, well!

I think you're right about the real reason behind moon-naming (also, it just identifies, the way month-naming does).
From: (Anonymous) Date: October 15th, 2007 05:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sorry I haven't read your other story, can you please explain who Evvie was?

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 15th, 2007 06:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
All you need to know about Evvie for this one is what Vivian told Teddy (after all, that's all he knows)--she's a girl Greyback took, and Vivian believes that he only took her in order to be a girl Vivian's own age. (I don't believe this is true, but Vivian does.) The additional stuff you'd get from Shifts is that she's very pretty--Greyback left her mostly unmarked--and loves clothes and fashion. She was especially fond of Andromeda, who she thinks has the most beautiful name in the world. She's also married to Nate Blondin these days, but if we get to them in this story, that'll be exposited if it's important. Trust me--anything that's important, I'll mention. :)
silly_dan From: silly_dan Date: October 15th, 2007 05:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
"Do you have any Floo powder? I need to call home."

You may want to clarify this bit before you archive it, since he calls Harry rather than his Granny.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 15th, 2007 06:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hmm, that was deliberate, in the sense that Teddy doesn't think twice about thinking of Uncle Harry's as "home" as much as Granny's.
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