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Teddy Lupin and the Hunter's Moon, Chapter 10: Enemies, pt. 2 - The Phantom Librarian
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Teddy Lupin and the Hunter's Moon, Chapter 10: Enemies, pt. 2
Okay, let's try this again.

Harry and Teddy have worked out a way for the Marauder's Map to actively warn Teddy of nearby danger. It warns him that Victoire has planted Weasley pranks at his door. He removes them calmly and leaves them in a basket for her.

Table of Contents and Summary So Far

Teddy made a point of checking the Marauder's Map before he left his room each morning for the next few weeks. Victoire seemed to have taken the return of her bottle rockets as a peace offering, and the little red haze around her name disappeared, even though she still wasn't speaking to him any more than she had to. She picked a hex war with Story Shacklebolt instead, and, while her dormitory mates didn't seem to warm up to it, it won her the affection of most of the first year boys, who escalated it to an all out Gryffindor-Ravenclaw war, with Victoire and Story as the respective generals. As November wore on, students in both houses got used to their food doing odd things in the Great Hall, or their clothes suddenly changing colors for no apparent reason. It was entirely a first year phenomenon, using first year spells, so it was easy to fix and wasn't a great bother to anyone else. The teachers sometimes stepped in if things were too vicious, but mostly let the first years sort it out for themselves.

Since being caught, Ruthless had been a bit more circumspect about kissing, though she was certain that Kirk had figured it out, and she'd have to put up with teasing from her brothers the whole time she was at home. "Not to mention Dad," she said, shaking her head as they prowled an anonymous corridor, looking for someplace there was no chance of discovery. "That'll be a right adventure."

"Did you want to break up?" Teddy asked her, alarmed. He didn't feel they'd properly mastered the thing just yet, but it seemed like breaking up was going to happen next, as Lani Khetran had decided that she only wanted Donzo as a friend, and Roger and Jane had started yelling at one another about a book on the weather. Since Lani didn't, in fact, become Donzo's friend and Jane and Roger cordially hated each other these days, Teddy had no desire to break up with Ruthless, who was one of his best friends.

She shook her head. "Not yet."

This wasn't comforting. "Can I make a rule?" he asked.


"If we break up, no stupid wars."

She nodded enthusiastically, then spotted an empty classroom, and the subject of breaking up was dropped in any case.

The next day, Laura Chapman was seen weeping in the Great Hall, and a confused Corky was snubbed by every girl in Hufflepuff. "She asked who I was going to go out with next," he said, shaking his head helplessly. "I said probably Nancy Simon. You know that fourth year in my House?" They all did. She seemed like a good choice to Teddy. "Then she started carrying on like I was trying to drown her in a sack! She said I was rude, and no English boy would have been so awful."

"I thought Canadians were meant to be nicer," Roger said.

"We are. Everyone knows that. Ask anyone what Canadians are like, and they'll tell you, we like hockey and we're nice. No one ever said the sun didn't set on the Empire because God didn't trust Canadians after dark. Though Dad says that's just because He wasn't paying attention."

Out of consideration for Corky's plight, Frankie moved the next Muggles and Minions game to the library, then, when Madam Pince kicked them out, into the empty Divination classroom. Story and Victoire called a truce for the length of the game, as their characters had to work together or they wouldn't have enough points to defeat the terrorist cell that popped up on their film set (Story's character, Lucas Stevens, had become the director of the film that Victoire's character, Jayne Monroe, was in). Still, Teddy thought that Victoire might have slipped a few Weasley products into Story's book bag over lunch.

Frankie had needed to sneak Tinny out so Laura wouldn't know she was fraternizing with Corky, and she kept looking guiltily over her shoulder as the group made its way through yet another underground system, battling new sorts of Muggle criminals that Frankie had found in his constant quest. Tinny left ten minutes before everyone else, sneaking off to the library, where she'd was meant to have been studying all day.

After the game, Ruthless insisted on a blood oath that she and Teddy wouldn't be such utter idiots. "A rule," she said, "isn't good enough."

Teddy had sliced his finger open before she even finished making the case for it.

The Patronus lessons continued, and Teddy was quite afraid that he wouldn't be able to keep it shapeless much longer. Uncle Harry seemed to sense this, and took some of the time to teach him other spells. The Patronus itself was definitely becoming a bird, and Teddy knew it would be a hawk, which rather spoiled the surprise.

Donzo began to complain about his upcoming Christmas concert. Teddy had long since stopped believing his complaints, as when Donzo wanted to stop doing something, he actually stopped. The complaints were a lead-in to a generalized invitation to his friends and their families--"Dad's running it from Weird World this year. That's the big house out in Sherwood Forest? Plenty to do, of course..."

Teddy listened to the others make plans and contact their parents and siblings (Ruthless was aghast to learn that Donzo had separately invited Kirk and all of her younger brothers), and didn't bother asking for himself. Donzo's father had already said no to the security Uncle Harry wanted if Teddy were to go to a concert; it had to be even worse if it was his personal home. Or, rather, the band's home. Weird World, as Teddy understood it, was a private little amusement park that the Weird Sisters owned for their own recreation, and that of their guests. Donzo hadn't had time to go for the past two and half years, as he'd done all of the concerts and recordings in London and on tour during holidays, so he'd never been about to invite his friends before. Teddy thought it most unfair that this was the year he'd be able to do it.

It was almost December before Teddy heard from Fenrir Greyback again.

He was at breakfast, chasing down a goblet of pumpkin juice that had suddenly sprouted blue and bronze wings and begun flapping about, when the morning's post owls flew in. He grabbed the goblet just before one of them upended it and took it back to the table. Ruthless took it and broke the spell, but before he could drink, a ragged looking brown owl dropped a clumsily wrapped package onto his plate. He recognized the clumsy block letters this time, and picked it up without saying a word. Uncle Harry was at the high table, talking to Headmistress Sprout. He saw Teddy approach, glanced down at the package, and gestured to Ron, who was keeping watch at the door.

"Come on," he said, nodding toward the antechamber where they'd burned the first note. "We'd best see what's in it. Teddy, you can go to class."

"I want to see."

Uncle Harry considered this carefully, then said, "All right, but Ron and I will open it first."

Headmistress Sprout joined them, and a moment later, Vivian came in, sounding out of breath. "Ne- Professor Longbottom said there was another note?"

Uncle Harry nodded. He set the package down on the table and did several spells over it. A shimmering orange net appeared in a half dome, enclosing it, then Uncle Harry said, "Disamicio."

The wrappings fell away. It was a plain cardboard box. They all looked at it for what seemed a very long time.

"Nothing's picking up on the Curse-catcher," Ron ventured.

"All right," Uncle Harry said. "Slowly, though. Remember the bubotuber pus--that wouldn't have picked up, either." He turned to Teddy. "Look away, Teddy. I have no idea what Greyback is sending. It may be something you don't want to see."

Teddy looked at his shoes as Uncle Harry and Ron leveled their wands at the box. A second later, he heard the sound of the cardboard ripping at its seams, then there was a loud spill of paper. A piece of it seesawed down into Teddy's field of vision. It was from a Muggle notebook, lined in sensible blue ink, with a torn frill at the side where it had been ripped from a spiral wire. It was ancient, and warped by dampness. It seemed to be covered in laborious multiplication problems. A few had been circled, and a the top of the page, someone had written, "You need to work on your threes."

Innocuous, except that it had been smeared from top to bottom with something dark and foul-smelling, running in streaks that were the shape of wide fingers.

Teddy looked up. The papers had spilled out under the Curse-catcher, at least thirty of them. Some had arithmetic on them, others seemed to just have writing. Most were drawings, done with Muggle pens. He saw a scarred child who must have been Vivian, a boy with a skull around his neck, a sullen girl with hair in dirty pigtails. All of them were Dad's; Teddy would have known the style anywhere, and even if he hadn't, why else would Greyback send them?

Each one had been defaced, most of the drawings in particularly hateful ways. A spotty yellow stain had seeped through the whole pile.

At the top of the slide of papers was another choppy note:

Fownd these at hom--gone now, Aurors, ha-ha--Blondin musta hid em. Thawt you should send em back to your Dad. I added wat I thawt.
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keridwen From: keridwen Date: October 26th, 2007 09:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ah, Greyback. What a foul creature. <shudder>

I'm really enjoying your Teddy, Fern. Thank you so much for sharing him with us!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 26th, 2007 11:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
You're welcome. I like him, too. :)
allie_meril From: allie_meril Date: October 26th, 2007 09:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, bleh. Ugh. Great job on making Fenrir even more vile than he was in Shades.

I'm particularly enjoying Victoire's antics. She's quite amusing in her wars with Ruthless, and now this new one with Story & the Ravenclaws. :) How much fun would it be to grow up as the niece of George?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 26th, 2007 11:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think it would be very fun, personally. And you'd certainly be well-armed!
redlily From: redlily Date: October 26th, 2007 09:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
Go ahead and make that blood oath, Teddy -- you'll find it rather harder to keep!!

Greyback's given them a voluntary urine sample!! Hope they test it for performance-enhancing potions. *grin*
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 26th, 2007 11:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Greyback's given them a voluntary urine sample!!

Nice of him, wasn't it?
ladylothwen From: ladylothwen Date: October 26th, 2007 10:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
I hate Greyback -- the vile creature. Ick!

I like the name of Victoire's character Jayne Monroe. Shades of Jayne Mansfield and Marilyn Monroe -- with being in movies and all?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 26th, 2007 11:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Shades of Jayne Mansfield and Marilyn Monroe

Which is exactly how Frankie made it up for her. :) He also made up her director's name, from George Lucas and Steven Spielberg.

amamama From: amamama Date: October 26th, 2007 10:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yuk. Grayback is a nasty piece of work, but now - now I think he may have done something stupid. Sharing his bodily fluids with the aurors like that? I'm sure they'll be able to use it in a creative way. You know, I really look forward to the day he's well and truly dead. Together with that crazy French witch.

Thanks, Fern!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 26th, 2007 11:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm starting to be glad that JKR left him alive, because I believe I will thoroughly enjoy rectifying that.
From: tree_and_leaf Date: October 26th, 2007 10:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
Gosh, what a delightful person Greyback is. It's also plain that though he's deeply vile, it's in an almost childish way. I'm not sure whether that makes it better or worse. Probably worse - like the devil in "Perelandra'.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 26th, 2007 11:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Childish evil is illogical and harder to track, imo.
darth_pipes From: darth_pipes Date: October 26th, 2007 11:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
God, Greyback is nasty. At least Voldemort didn't urinate on anything.

Great job as always with balancing the two stories, Fern. I really do enjoy all the fun and games of Hogwarts. Even if there wasn't something going on, it would still be a fun and compelling place to write about.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 26th, 2007 11:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
At least Voldemort didn't urinate on anything.

Voldemort was probably humiliated that he had to express bodily functions at any point. He probably figured out a way to magically eliminate his waste so he never had to come in contact with it himself, let alone send it to anyone else!
willowbough From: willowbough Date: October 27th, 2007 12:01 am (UTC) (Link)
Nice to find this up so early--glad to see that you worked through the blockage. The romantic fumblings of Teddy's year continue to amuse, though it's nice that he and Ruthless are determined not to fall out as friends whatever happens to this boy/girl thing they're trying.

Greyback is vile--and his malevolence is no less for taking such a juvenile form. I'm looking forward to the day when he is an ex-Greyback!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 27th, 2007 12:14 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. I just couldn't stand anything I wrote yesterday. I may try to catch up tonight. :)
etain_antrim From: etain_antrim Date: October 27th, 2007 12:39 am (UTC) (Link)
I've finally caught up with Teddy and his world after falling far behind during a busy work period, and it's wonderful to now be able to read this soon enough after you post to comment on it! You've managed to catch the see-saw between the normal coming of age experiences that Teddy (like Harry before him)spends most of his attention on, interspersed with horrid happenings -- very true to feel of the novels. Well done!

I'm still loving Teddy, who is a wonderful young man who is clearly also his parents son. And Harry is the best godfather ever! He really does seem to have learned from his own childhood that Teddy does need to know what is happening.

Oh, and Greyback is absolutely vile.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 27th, 2007 03:46 am (UTC) (Link)
That's one of the things I like about the novels--they avoid being turgid by making the teenage junk work really well. :)

And yes, Greyback is to vile as Neville is to awesome.
sonetka From: sonetka Date: October 27th, 2007 02:36 am (UTC) (Link)
At the risk of heresy, I'll say it: I found Greyback's few appearances in the books even more alarming than Voldemort's. Maybe it was because Voldemort was the kind of guy who'd drop a nuke on someplace without a second thought, but Greyback's the kind who would kill people off one by one for the sheer fun of it. The first does more total damage, but the second just feels worse mentally. (BTW any thoughts on what Greyback's original name was? I'll buy parents who name a kid Remus, but not ones who name a kid Fenrir. I bet he was originally Hubert Smith and decided to go all badass after he was turned).
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 27th, 2007 03:51 am (UTC) (Link)
That's about the sum of it. Individually speaking, Greyback is scarier. But Voldemort gets the edge since he had the ability to sic Greyback on people.

I think his name was Fenrir. I made up a back story for him, where his mother claims his father was taken away by werewolves and she therefore named him Fenrir. The story isn't true, though she came to believe it, and Fenrir never questioned it.
marikenobi From: marikenobi Date: October 27th, 2007 03:14 am (UTC) (Link)
Lucas Stevens! Ha!

Greyback sucks. Can't wait to see him taken care of :)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 27th, 2007 03:51 am (UTC) (Link)
Greyback sucks.

Big time.
From: kobegrace Date: October 27th, 2007 05:33 am (UTC) (Link)
Nice job. Loved the Canadian reference -- we are a nice lot.

Greyback is yuckEEEEE. Like, ew, much? I wonder if Hooked on Phonics would work for him.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 27th, 2007 05:47 am (UTC) (Link)
I don't know... he kind of spelz lik hukt on foniks werkd for him...
Loved the Canadian reference
Well, I had to get the national stereotypes in there, eh? ;p
jedi_chick From: jedi_chick Date: October 27th, 2007 08:44 am (UTC) (Link)
Greyback is just...disturbing. I don't think I can add anything about him that hasn't already been said, so I'll leave it at that.

It's good to see that Victoire and Teddy have reached a sort of peace, anyhow. The Gryffindor-Ravenclaw prank war is a nice touch, and I'm glad that Victoire has befriended some more kids her own age.

Oh, teenage romances. I had to laugh at the line about Lani not actually becoming Donzo's friend. The lightness of the whole situation is a good contrast to Greyback and his dark ways.

A few had been circled, and a the top of the page The "a" should probably be an "at".

Looking forward to more!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 27th, 2007 05:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'll grab that "at."

Victoire's perception of "peace" may be a little different from Teddy's. I suspect she thinks she's showing him, not paying any attention to him. See how he likes that! ;p
obsfuscation From: obsfuscation Date: October 27th, 2007 03:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Greyback. Blech. Just... ew. he is one malicious, creepy, evil guy. I agree, he's scarier than Voldy- on an individual level. Voldemort will just AK you and have done with it, maybe get a little bad guy gloating in. Greyback... it's just best not to think of what he'd do.

I love the contrast between M&M, the dating, pranks wars, etc., and the scary parts. I was very nervous about what was going to be in the box. Poor Teddy, after searching so hard for every lost scrap of memory about his father, to have these revealed to him, but desecrated. I hate you, Greyback.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 27th, 2007 05:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
to have these revealed to him, but desecrated.

I hate people who desecrate memories.
gil_vi_mor From: gil_vi_mor Date: October 28th, 2007 04:14 am (UTC) (Link)
Greyback is just nasty!!! Ew! I hope that you let him get what he deserves! I'm glad that you were able to write! I loved the prank war and the teenage drama.
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