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Teddy Lupin and the Hunter's Moon, Chapter 9: Hunter's Moon, pt. 1 - The Phantom Librarian
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Teddy Lupin and the Hunter's Moon, Chapter 9: Hunter's Moon, pt. 1
Teddy's having a perfectly pleasant excruciating first romance with Ruthless when, at the end of their first date, they are waiting for the Hogwarts gate to open and a ragged woman with sharpened teeth comes out of the high grass.

I realized I forgot to mention the October full moon. It happened in the midst of the flirting, Teddy made the potion for Vivian again; it was uneventful. And I drifted off, so I'm getting a late start.

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The woman began to laugh. "Lupin's boy. Aren't I lucky?"

Teddy didn't hesitate. He raised his wand and called, "Help!", hoping George's spell would work, or that whoever was coming to open the gate would get there soon.

Beside him, Ruthless yelled, "Petrificus Totalis!"

The woman, still laughing, went down hard, and Teddy saw at the last minute that Ruthless was running out toward her, stepping out of the shadow of the gate, and as he reached futilely for her, the grass rustled and four more shapes rose from it, growling. He shot a hex at the nearest one and dashed out, grabbing Ruthless's arm. "Come on!" he said. "Under the shadow!"

She whipped her head around and saw the others and to Teddy's astonishment, raised her wand at them.

"Get BACK!" he said, tugging her wildly and physically throwing her back into the shadow. She got to her feet and glared at him, but before she could do much more than that, a man rushed at them. As soon as he hit the edge of the shadow, he howled in pain and drew back, his shoes smoking.

Behind Teddy, the gate opened and Professor Longbottom ran out, followed by Vivian, Hagrid, and Robards. At the same time, a series of pops announced the arrival of three Aurors. Uncle Harry grabbed the man who'd been injured and threw him aside, then ropes shot out, binding him. Ron took aim at another woman, and she was bound in ice. The last woman took a step back as Professor Longbottom came at her, then reached around her neck and threw something on the ground. As he raised his wand, she dove for it and disappeared.

"What the hell...?" Ron said.

"I don't know," Uncle Harry said. "I intend to find out. Williams, go back to town, you're in charge for the rest of the afternoon. Tell Anthony I want to see him."

The third Auror, an unpleasant man with long red hair, said, "You did send for all of us."

"I know. But he should have used his head. Teddy's a primary target."

Vivian was crouching beside the woman Ruthless had Petrified. "This is Mina," she said. "She led the escape."

Uncle Harry nodded. "Ron, why don't you give those two a long holiday in the North Sea. I think we'll have a chat with Mina here before she joins them. Hagrid, may we impose on your hospitality?"

Hagrid nodded, and Professor Robards Levitated Mina until she was upright, and prodded her through the gate. Teddy and Ruthless started to follow, but Uncle Harry put a hand on each of their shoulders and stopped them just inside the protection of the proper Hogwarts grounds.

"Teddy, there is someone out there who wants you dead. I don't know how to put it more clearly."

"We were inside the protection waiting for someone to open the gate," Teddy said.

"You couldn't have cast that spell from inside the protections."

Ruthless said, "I did it. Then Teddy grabbed me and threw me inside." The memory of it, apparently, was enough to earn him another glare.

"Yeah? Good for Teddy." Uncle Harry shook his head. "That was careless, Scrimgeour."

"I'm armed, they weren't."

"In case you didn't notice at the end, they're using some kind of magic we don't know about."

"To run away!"

"And you had a nice long chat to know what else they've got up their sleeves?"

Ruthless stared at him mutinously. "I've heard about what you--"

"I've long learned to embrace my inner hypocrite," Uncle Harry said. "So don't even try it." He turned to Teddy. "And, you..." He shook his head. "I know pretty redheads are distracting, but I'd like to keep you alive to have another date. If you're not actually at Hogwarts, you'll be either with a huge crowd or with me. Is that perfectly clear?"

Teddy nodded.

He seemed about to say something else, then just blew through his front teeth and shook his head. A moment later, he headed down toward Hagrid's.

"I'm not pretty," Ruthless said. "And I don't need rescuing."

The sun was hitting her nose very prettily as she said it and Teddy felt a very strange desire to kiss it, but the bigger desire was to shake her until she figured out that Uncle Harry was right. She had no business just running out there. "You did need rescuing, and if we'd stayed where we were, nothing would have happened. They'd have all just burnt their toes, then the Aurors would've been there."

"Hmmph."

"Also, you're pretty."

A look crossed her face, somewhere between pained and pleased. "All right. Sorry I ran out." She smiled. "Do you think we should go listen in on the one they caught, or would it be too dangerous for you?"

Teddy actually thought Uncle Harry would be disappointed if he didn't try, so he shrugged. "Come on. I don't suppose you've got an Extendable Ear with you?"

She didn't, but when they got to Hagrid's, the window was open (as Teddy had half expected). Through it, he could see Mina, bound to a chair. Vivian was pacing back and forth in front of her, and Uncle Harry was sitting at the table watching coldly. Teddy had never actually seen Uncle Harry look cold, and didn't think he ever wanted to again. Hagrid was making himself as scarce as possible, and Professors Robards and Longbottom had Conjured chairs for themselves rather than looking ridiculous sitting in Hagrid's oversized furniture.

A crate had been pushed up under the window--in Teddy's mind's eye, he could almost see Uncle Harry doing it himself. It was too small for both of them, and they sat back to back on it. Teddy put his hand behind him, and a moment later, he felt Ruthless take it.

"I'm going to break the spell now, Mina," Uncle Harry said.

Mina coughed loudly. "How do you know my name?"

"Well," Vivian said, "aside from it being tossed around at Azkaban, i told him."

There was a pause, then Mina said, "YOU! You're meant to be dead. Greyback said he had Lupin kill you!"

"Have you ever noticed how stupid Greyback is?"

"Greyback's smart enough to still be alive," Mina said snidely. "And he'll come for me."

Ruthless squeezed Teddy's hand comfortingly.

Vivian laughed. It was a harsh, cruel sound that Teddy didn't associate with her at all. "Mina, he tossed you over to us like a broken toy. Who's he taken up with now? We all know you're too old for him. I'm probably too old for him these days. Has he made someone new? Some pretty little thing barely out of school?"

"Shut up."

"So he has."

Mina didn't answer.

Professor Longbottom's voice came gently. "Here, Miss. A glass of water."

There was a pause, then Mina said, "That tastes funny."

"That's because it's laced with Veritaserum," Uncle Harry said. "It's meant to be tasteless, but I always taste it myself. A bit unpleasant. Now, what's the device your friend used to get away."

"No name," Mina said contemptuously. "We don't need cute names for something useful. It's like that old gate, the one the pups got away through, but she made a sort of charm that does it, that we can carry around. Right useful, it is. Been all over the place. In and out and all about. She makes all sorts of useful things."

"Who?" Robards asked.

"That girl... Greyback didn't bring her to us, she came on her own. The little tart. She's from France. Went to that school what they got there, and she must've been right good at it."

"In France?" Vivian repeated. "Mina, did you know the girl?"

"Never saw her before in my life."

"How old is she?"

"Seventeen."

"Vivian," Uncle Harry said, "we need to--"

"I need to go to France," she said. "See if Alderman knows anything about this."

"Which is exactly what I was going to say we ought to do."

"This is pack business," Vivian said, then Teddy heard the door open. He was about to suggest that he and Ruthless might find a place out of sight when Vivian stormed around the corner of Hagrid's hut, hands on her hips. She shook her head. "I saw you through the wall, you know," she said.

Teddy frowned. "Well..."

"Get back up to school. You know Harry will tell you anything it's your business to know."

She left without waiting to see if they'd follow her instructions. Teddy started to stand up, but then Uncle Harry spoke again.

"How much does Greyback know about Ted Lupin?"

"Everything," Mina said. "He always knew about Lupin's Little Red."

"Little Red?"

"Like the story," Mina said. "With the Big, Bad Wolf. Lupin tried to tell him lies about her, but he knew. Little Red, the Auror girl. That other bloke told Greyback she'd up and married Lupin--"

"Other fellow?"

"The Dark Lord. The one you did away with. He told Greyback that Little Red had gone and taken one of his pack, and claimed him for her own. He even knew Lupin had managed to get her sprogged up. First he thought he'd take care of it before the thing was born, then he thought he'd find out what it would be like. Maybe take it away from Lupin and see how he liked it. But the other bloke said he had more important things to do. Never did give us anything, that one, even though he promised a lot. And then it was all over, and Greyback was in Azkaban. We went to Germany after that. Black Forest. Lots of werewolves there. Too many. So we decided to come back. Then you Aurors up and killed Stanfield, and I didn't much like any of the blokes who were coming up, so I thought it was time to get Greyback out. And he thought it was time to do something about Lupin's little leftover. We'd take care of Little Red, too, if she hadn't taken care of herself."

"Teddy, we should go," Ruthless whispered.

He shook his head.

"Harry!"

Professor Longbottom's voice was a sudden, sharp warning, and Teddy stood up, looking in the window. Uncle Harry's wand was raised at the chair where Mina was tied up, and Teddy didn't think he looked like a warning from an old friend was enough to stop him from using it. He'd heard of Uncle Harry's temper, but he'd never seen it, never really believed it was there. It was terrible.

Uncle Harry looked up and saw him. For a moment, their eyes locked, then Uncle Harry lowered his wand. "Mina," he said, "you are quite lucky the 'leftover' is around. Robards, I'm deputizing you. I imagine you remember the procedure for getting her to Azkaban?"

"Yes."

"Then get her there."

Robards started to bind Mina, and Uncle Harry came out the door. He came straight to Teddy. "I'm sorry you overheard that," he said.

"Vivian told us to leave and we didn't," Teddy said. "And Ruthless said to go as well."

"I expected you to be there. I didn't know what she'd say about Tonks. Come on. It's time to get back to the castle. I have work to do, and I'd rather know that you're safe inside today."
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riah_chan From: riah_chan Date: October 22nd, 2007 06:40 am (UTC) (Link)
I really wish that you wrote novels because then I would be able to get the entire story at once... but then I wouldn't get it as often.

Anyway, each new section has me on the edge of my seat (whether it is because of romance or action or whatever) and I can't wait for the next part.

Thanks for writing this!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 22nd, 2007 06:59 am (UTC) (Link)
I had to write it. I just... had to.
cheddartrek From: cheddartrek Date: October 22nd, 2007 06:50 am (UTC) (Link)
Excellent update! I really enjoyed both seeing Harry as looking "cold" and having a glimpse of his temper that we all know so well. It makes sense that both of those things would mostly be in his past, but seeing them shine through every once in a while seems to tie things together somehow and make him more realistic.

Especially nice that Teddy sees these things for the first time, and thinks he'd prefer not to see them again.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 22nd, 2007 06:58 am (UTC) (Link)
Given what we know of Harry, I can imagine what curse Neville interrupted him on.

I don't think Harry would come back from his trip to the far side of the veil having become morally perfect, though I'm sure it--along with parenthood--will have sobered him. But I wouldn't want to be anyone threatening one of his own, or calling his godson a "leftover."
jedi_chick From: jedi_chick Date: October 22nd, 2007 06:52 am (UTC) (Link)
I imagine Ruthless is considering adding the rule "No rescuing" to the list. Her indignation about being classified as "pretty" was great, as was Teddy's assertion that she is pretty. Their covert hand holding was adorable as well.

Harry was the perfect balance of overprotective godfather and head Auror in this section. The attributes that Teddy hadn't seen before--like the coldness and Harry's temper--really emphasize the seriousness of the scene. And have I mentioned lately how much I really love your grown-up Harry?

then just blew threw his front teeth Perhaps you meant "through" as opposed to "threw"?

Now I'm wondering who the French girl could be...can't wait for more!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 22nd, 2007 06:56 am (UTC) (Link)
I guarantee that "no rescuing" has been added to the Ruthless Rules. Though Teddy may be forming the Teddy Rules, which will include "No stupid running into battles for no reason when you could get yourself killed."

Perhaps you meant "through" as opposed to "threw"?

Hee. Perhaps.
petitecrivan From: petitecrivan Date: October 22nd, 2007 07:01 am (UTC) (Link)
Teddy keeps reminding me of my boyfriend, which is so wonderful.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 22nd, 2007 11:42 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm sort of jealous. :)
sonetka From: sonetka Date: October 22nd, 2007 07:06 am (UTC) (Link)
Eek. I'm wondering about the French girl, too - have we met her before, I wonder?

Just out of curiosity, how did Mina recognize Vivian? Vivian was much smaller when she last saw her - maybe the scars are distinctive enough?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 22nd, 2007 11:43 am (UTC) (Link)
We haven't met her before.

It took Mina a few minutes, but here's mega-scarred girl who recognizes her and identifies her and seems to know the pack's structure. She just twigged to it.
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From: kobegrace Date: October 22nd, 2007 07:06 am (UTC) (Link)
Whoa... this made me more sad than I could have expected. Question: Is there something else behind Ruthless's... er... ballsy-ness? Something more than inherent bravado, or the typical Gryffindor need to prove one's self? I dunno; it's something that's stuck with me since Marauder's Roost ('"He says he's going to kick her out of the training program if she keeps taking idiotic chances that are going to get her killed"'). Ruthless reminds me of a friend I had who joined the army, not because he wanted to serve his country, or because he had a greater good of sorts in mind, but because he wanted self-validation. Does that... make sense?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 22nd, 2007 11:46 am (UTC) (Link)
Hmm. Ruthless has a house full of brothers--Kirk is the first Teddy's seen, but there are four more behind him--and she wants to make sure she's always the toughest, but mostly, I think it's just the way she's put together.
sgt_majorette From: sgt_majorette Date: October 22nd, 2007 07:33 am (UTC) (Link)
{sigh}

Uncle Harry the Grownup makes me feel melancholy...
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 22nd, 2007 11:47 am (UTC) (Link)
Growing up does that to me sometimes, too.
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fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 22nd, 2007 11:49 am (UTC) (Link)
I have the feeling that's the sort of parent James would have been as well.
kiwi_kimi From: kiwi_kimi Date: October 22nd, 2007 07:59 am (UTC) (Link)
Mina is suitably disgusting. Ugh.

Actually I'm a bit puzzled as to why she still appears to be unquestioningly loyal to Greyback. She mounted the plan to break him out of Azkaban because she didn't fancy any of the potential alphas, but Greyback has rejected her for a younger model (or models). I'd expect a bit of spurned woman fury. But I'm sure you have a convincing motivation for her.


Ruthless is actually rather sweet in this section! Though she'd come after me with her Beater's Bat for saying it.

jedi_chick has already commented on the painful-sounding "blew threw his front teeth". :-) I noticed a couple of other little things:

i told him should have a capital I

Now, what's the device your friend used to get away should have a question mark.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 22nd, 2007 11:51 am (UTC) (Link)
Mina's... not very bright. She genuinely thinks she's still the alpha female and this new little twist is just an irritation.
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redlily From: redlily Date: October 22nd, 2007 11:25 am (UTC) (Link)
Stupid werewolves. This is really going to put a crimp in Teddy and Ruthless's style.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 22nd, 2007 11:53 am (UTC) (Link)
Just a bit of a one.
keestone From: keestone Date: October 22nd, 2007 11:30 am (UTC) (Link)
Oohhh Teddy. And reckless Ruthless! It's a good thing that you can't hug fictional characters to pieces, because I'd embarrass them horribly. :)

"You couldn't have cast that spell from inside the protections"
For some reason, it took me a couple readings to figure out that you meant petrificus totalis, not the SOS spell.

"I've long learned to embrace my inner hypocrite," Uncle Harry said. "So don't even try it."
I love your Harry.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 22nd, 2007 11:55 am (UTC) (Link)
For some reason, it took me a couple readings to figure out that you meant petrificus totalis, not the SOS spell.

You know, she actually also did do P.T. through the protections. That's a dumb line on my part.
alphabet26 From: alphabet26 Date: October 22nd, 2007 11:44 am (UTC) (Link)
Wow! That was exciting and heartbreaking and everything all at once. I really enjoyed it!

Their nickname for Tonks was just perfect, but heartbreaking.

Some suggestions:
"We were inside the protection waiting for someone to open the gate," Teddy said.

I know Teddy's a good natured guy and all that, but he is 13. Moody and contrary at times. So nothing big, but maybe change the "said" to "protested"? Just a thought.

"I know pretty redheads are distracting, but I'd like to keep you alive to have another date. If you're not actually at Hogwarts, you'll be either with a huge crowd or with me. Is that perfectly clear?"

Here, I don't know, I just feel like it should be a little more clear that Harry's changing the rules a bit. I mean, Ruthless and Teddy did have an escort back to Hogwarts. They didn't try to sneak away from Anthony or anything. Yeah, Ruthless jumped out of the shadow, but. Yeah, pretty redheads are distracting (and, yeah, LOL at that), but in this case, Teddy wasn't distracted, and I would think he'd be a little annoyed at that.

Maybe your Teddy is a lot less sensitive to perceived injustices than I was, though. ;P
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 22nd, 2007 11:56 am (UTC) (Link)
Nah... I just wasn't sure how long I wanted that scene to go on. He's also quite angry at Ruthless and not paying attention to being angry at Harry on his own behalf.
marikenobi From: marikenobi Date: October 22nd, 2007 11:51 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh so very good. Can't wait for more.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 22nd, 2007 11:56 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks!
rdprice29 From: rdprice29 Date: October 22nd, 2007 11:57 am (UTC) (Link)
"I've long learned to embrace my inner hypocrite," Uncle Harry said. "So don't even try it." Hah! I LOVE your Harry. He's so wonderfully adult and yet still so able to relate to kids at this age. Perfection. :) It's nice to see what 13 years of being loved by Ginny and starting his own family have done for him and how much Teddy benefits from that.

And I love how he expected Teddy to eavesdrop, and it was only Teddy who possibly kept him from doing something he'd later regret to Mina.

This chapter was awesome. Great job, and I can't wait to read what comes next!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 22nd, 2007 12:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's nice to see what 13 years of being loved by Ginny and starting his own family have done for him and how much Teddy benefits from that.

I think Harry is the sort of person who would so appreciate his own survival and contentment that he'd make an excellent grown-up because of it.
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