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Teddy Lupin and the Hunter's Moon, Chapter 11: The Weird Sisters, pt. 1 - The Phantom Librarian
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Teddy Lupin and the Hunter's Moon, Chapter 11: The Weird Sisters, pt. 1
Wow, this is the second Christmas holidays sequence I've written since July (should go three chapters, if it's by plan, though there's a lot to do, and it may go four--Teddy's not as wedded to Hogwarts as Harry was!). And it's not Halloween yet. Teddy keeps ignoring his Halloween feasts on me. Oh, well. I'll have to break out the Christmas carols again and let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.

Anyway, Teddy's had a rocky couple of months, with ups including his first kiss and downs including little love notes from Fenrir Greyback. He's just mastered his Patronus Charm (a hawk) and Harry has told him that everything can be secured and he can go to "Weird World," the compound owned by the Weird Sisters, where his friend Donzo has invited him, for their annual Christmas concert. All of his friends and their families have been invited as well.

Table of Contents and Summary So Far

December went by in a rush of tests and planning. Teddy managed to annoy both Professor Trelawney and Professor Firenze by fortune-telling a happy Christmas for himself, but a bad Divination mark wasn't enough to spoil his mood. The rest of his marks were good enough to get on with. In the evenings, he did his Christmas shopping through catalogs; there was no way he'd be allowed to go to Diagon Alley this year. Most of it was easy--the usual story books for James and Al, a plush unicorn for Lily (who was taken with unicorns this year), a new quill set for Granny. He wanted something good for Uncle Harry this year, and was about to despair when he quite accidentally stumbled across a catalog that sold nondescript art for offices. He'd have skipped it entirely, but the cover showed a picture of a deer, with a hawk flying around in the sky above it.

Ruthless was nearly impossible--he felt he should get her something particularly nice in honor of going out, but Granny had written to him and advised him that anything resembling jewelry would be improper, and clothes were out of the question. He wasn't sure if that counted something like Quidditch gloves, but wanted to err on the side of caution. Books seemed predictable, as he got everyone books. Ruthless loved chocolate, but he had a feeling she wouldn't especially like a box of them, or consider them against the googly-eye rule. He finally settled on a wand holster with her initials etched into the leather. He could choose from about thirty designs to go with it, and picked a pair of lions. He imagined that she would like it. It looked like the sort of thing a tough duelist might have.

The upcoming trip to Weird World became the subject of nearly all conversations at Muggles and Minions games. Other than Frankie Apcarne, who Donzo deeply admired, the older students weren't going. They'd been invited, but seemed to realize it was a courtesy, and cited other plans. Ruthless was negotiating her space with Kirk, and dividing up duties regarding their younger brothers and parents. Victoire was writing frequently to Marie about what sorts of clothes to bring. Story, on the other hand, had been invited in good faith, but his parents had already accepted an invitation from dignitaries in the West Indies. They'd be back for the concert itself, but the days leading up to it were taken. Maurice was in an ecstasy of insecurity, as his parents and younger brother were going to appear. He'd been avoiding presenting the Burke family since first year. Corky's parents and sister had decided to stay home. Teddy had thought that Uncle Harry and his family might be there, but Aunt Ginny's brother Charlie had invited them to Romania until Christmas Day (which everyone would spend at Granny's this year). James wrote an excited letter about all the dragons he would see. Teddy was disappointed, but he supposed that he couldn't always expect Uncle Harry's family to be interchangeable with the others' parents and siblings.

Four days before Christmas, they piled into the thestral-drawn carriages again, but at Hogsmeade Station, instead of boarding the Hogwarts Express back to London, the group going to Weird World went to the Three Broomsticks, where Roland the innkeeper had cleared out the area in front of the fireplace. He handed Donzo a large tin of Floo powder with the Weird Sisters' logo on it.

"Came just this morning," Roland said. "Should be enough for all of you. Three times each."

Donzo took a deep breath. "All right," he said. "I'll go ahead so I can introduce you all. Just say Weird World. You should all get there all right. You'll know which grate it is because Dad's worked it into blue and bronze. On the far side. I'm not joking."

He tossed a handful into the fire and it went green, then he shouted, "Weird World!"

He disappeared into the flames. Maurice followed first, then Frankie. Ruthless was next in line, holding Teddy's hand, though when she let go, she seemed surprised to find that she'd been doing so. Her eyes popped open, then she grabbed a handful of Floo powder and nearly ran through the fire. Teddy followed her. He entered the strange, spinning world of the Floo network, watching the fires dancing by. He saw a ragged room where a couple lay in front of the fireplace, then they were gone, and there was an old woman eating soup, then a passel of children playing with a dog. Then he saw a flash of blue and bronze, and a grate ahead of him showed a bright, sunlit room. He leaned for it, then spilled unceremoniously out onto a marble floor. A pair of sofa cushions flew out and broke his fall, and he looked up to see Granny, smiling ruefully.

He let her hug him as the others came through, then pulled away. The room he found himself in was like something in a palace, with marble pillars and statues, high cathedral windows, and velvet draperies. It looked out onto an improbably sunny day, overlooking a pool in the shape of the Weird Sisters' logo. Among the statues, he could see mannequins dressed in the Sisters' most famous costumes--including the pink and purple dress of Kirley's that Teddy knew embarrassed Donzo greatly. Other parents and siblings were gathered around. Maurice was standing with a perfectly normal looking family who seemed to have been talking to Granny, and Ruthless and Kirk were buried in gibbering pile of redheads. Bill and Fleur Weasley, along with Marie, Aimee, Artie, and Muriel, were gathered together, watching the fire. Frankie had joined his parents, Maddie and Daffy, and his sister Carny. He'd already snatched up his baby brother Mac--short for McPherson--and started making faces at him.

Victoire came spinning out of the fireplace, her arms tucked neatly against her chest, her hair flying out in a silvery fan. Unfair.

No one came out after her.

From somewhere above a guitar chord rang out, and Donzo covered his face with his hands.

Kirley Duke came down a set of stairs, laughing. He was dressed in normal robes today, no pink and purple dress in sight. Teddy hadn't met him very often, and was still a little surprised by how average he looked--a little pudgy, with scraggly long hair and an uneven beard. Donzo had to take after his mother. Still, he was a good bloke, and he when he said, "Welcome to Weird World," Teddy believed that he really was happy to see them.

"Nice entrance, Dad," Donzo said.

Kirley laughed and opened his arms as he reached the bottom of the stairs. "Come on, Don. I haven't embarrassed you nearly enough for a whole day."

Donzo grinned, then went to his father and hugged him, rolling his eyes. He let go as quickly as was decent, then turned to his guests. "The elves have lunch already, and then I'll show you around. There's plenty to do, and the weather's controlled."

They all followed him down to a cavernous kitchen, where the elves--all hired rather than owned, Kirley assured them--had a huge buffet table spread out. Teddy was content to sit with Granny, who had resumed her conversation with the Burkes. They appeared to be comparing notes to figure out how they were related, and in which directions. Maurice's father seemed to think there might be some Black family heirlooms in the shop in Knockturn Alley, and was trying to convince Granny to sue for them. Maurice's brother, a pinched-looking boy called Wendell, seemed to be trying to hide from the crowd behind their mother.

After lunch, Donzo took them on a tour of the grounds. The pool outside was weather-controlled to always have a perfect summer day, though beyond its bounds, they could see the drizzly December rain. On the deck, Orsino Thruston was doing a drum riff while a young woman with curly blond hair practiced dance moves. Teddy thought she was the new lead singer for the Pondhoppers, who changed their line-up frequently. Both of them waved.

There was a ski slope which Teddy thought looked like broken bones waiting to happen, a great hall to be used for any sort of game they liked. Bill Weasley produced a bag full of holidays in a box, a gift from George, which included clubs, a medieval village, a town in the American Old West, and a fanciful town on another planet, complete with aliens. Donzo had every game Teddy had ever seen, and a library almost the size of the one at Hogwarts (most of the Sisters had been Ravenclaws). There were recordings of performances, and pictures everywhere of the family and the performances. There were twenty bedrooms, which weren't enough for everyone to get a single one. Teddy ended up sharing his room with Corky, next door to Donzo's (he shared with Maurice). Donzo's door had a door knocker like the one at Ravenclaw Tower. Victoire shared a room with two of her three sisters; Muriel remained with Bill and Fleur, and Artie was desperately excited to be sharing a room with Ruthless's youngest brothers. Ruthless herself was wandering around at a loss, since they'd run out of girls, but Victoire looked at Teddy, winced, and invited Ruthless to join her with Aimee and Marie. Ruthless seemed just as disturbed by the concept, but went quietly.

They didn't stay in their rooms for long in any case; within half an hour, they were down in the kitchen again, whipping up a brand new game that was simple enough for the little ones, teaming up by family (Teddy and Corky teamed up with Donzo, as the three of them were by themselves). In some other Weird World, adults gathered in lounges and musicians rehearsed in sound-sealed rooms, but here, just for the evening, it was their world to make as they saw fit. Greyback hadn't seemed so far away since the night he'd escaped.
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bends From: bends Date: October 29th, 2007 05:12 am (UTC) (Link)
yay! I hit refresh and this is what happens! I'm really loving the dynamic of Teddy's group, considering Harry only really ever had Ron and Hermione. Holidays are always so enjoyable.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 29th, 2007 05:19 am (UTC) (Link)
I like them, too. It's a chance to break out of the rut and see more of the world.
willowbough From: willowbough Date: October 29th, 2007 05:16 am (UTC) (Link)
Managing to annoy Trelawny and Firenze? Quite an achievement for Teddy! But I hope his prediction for a happy Christmas does come true. His trip to Weird World sounds like good, splashy, kid-oriented fun--a welcome respite from being guarded by Aurors and stalked by Greyback.

Small glitch here: "Ruthless herself was wandering around at a loss, since they'd run out of girls, but Victoire looked at Teddy, winced, and invited Victoire to join her with Aimee and Marie. Ruthless seemed just as disturbed by the concept, but went quietly."

The second "Victoire" should be "Ruthless," yes?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 29th, 2007 05:20 am (UTC) (Link)
[shifty eyes]I have no idea what you're talking about. It always said Ruthless.[/shifty eyes] ;)

Leave it to a rock band to build a private amusement park that's more or less geared toward the only child in the group... who had to play in it alone!
marikenobi From: marikenobi Date: October 29th, 2007 05:28 am (UTC) (Link)
I want to go to Weird World!

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 29th, 2007 01:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
I could use a vacation there myself. :)
mrs_redboots From: mrs_redboots Date: October 29th, 2007 08:06 am (UTC) (Link)
No, Hallowe'en's not huge here, so Teddy might well have ignored it. Bonfire Night, though (5 November, Guy Fawkes' Night...) - still, even that's only one evening, and they probably weren't allowed out to see the displays in Hogsmeade this year, so I expect Hagrid put on a small display for everybody - or George sent a huge box of Exploding Fireworks to Gryffindor and they had fun and baked potatoes and sausages!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 29th, 2007 01:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's pretty huge at Hogwarts, though--they have the big feast every year (presumably, it's a wizarding world thing)--while Bonfire Night doesn't ever appear at school. But Teddy seems not to care about the Halloween feast nearly as much as Harry did!
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amamama From: amamama Date: October 29th, 2007 08:12 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, wonderful! To bad Harry and his family aren't there, but you can't get it all, I guess. Weird World sounds like a right wicked place, definitely somewhere I'd love to go. Good thing Grayback can fade out totally now and then, it's good for the soul to be able to enjoy oneself thoroughly. Without the thought of mad werewolves hunting you spoiling the fun. Not that I fell Teddy lets Greyback spoil his fun, but you know what I mean, don't you?

Thanks, Fern!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 29th, 2007 01:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
Leave it to rock stars to create amusement parks just because they can. :p
jedi_chick From: jedi_chick Date: October 29th, 2007 08:26 am (UTC) (Link)
Weird World sounds like a great place to go for Christmas vacation, especially with a large group of friends. I would love to visit!

It was very big of Victoire to invite Ruthless to room with her and her sisters. I really liked the contrast between her arrival by Floo and Teddy's own arrival.

I'm glad that the Burkes seem to fit in, and that Maurice's agony was unfounded.

and he when he said, I think there's one too many "he"'s here.

Looking forward to what the kids cook up next!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 29th, 2007 01:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm glad that the Burkes seem to fit in, and that Maurice's agony was unfounded.
They probably are on their best behavior, but yes, he's way oversensitive about them. Either that, or Andromeda is odder than Teddy considers her! I'd guess their conversations could get a bit macabre after a while, but they aren't sprouting horns or anything.
kiwi_kimi From: kiwi_kimi Date: October 29th, 2007 08:44 am (UTC) (Link)
What a dream place for kids! And full of loving, nurturing families. It's the antithesis of what Greyback imposed on his pack.

"Orsino Thruston" as a name sounds like what Nanny Ogg (Discworld ref.) would call a double intender! I'll resist the urge, though.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 29th, 2007 01:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
It really does. I wonder if JKR meant it that way!

It's the antithesis of what Greyback imposed on his pack.

Interesting observation. I hadn't really thought of it, but it's true. Greyback takes children in order to enhance his own notion of power and wealth, and expects them to bend themselves to his interpretation of the world. The Sisters invest their wealth in creating a child's little paradise and bend their plans to make life better for a single child (though it has the effect of giving several a fun holiday). Hmm.
got_it_bub From: got_it_bub Date: October 29th, 2007 09:04 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, Couldn't Donzo invite me!

I loved that.

Weird World sounds so good! How on earth did you make it up?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 29th, 2007 01:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
I need a vacation. Made one up that sounded like a lot of fun. I'd very much like to be beside the pool!
sophiap From: sophiap Date: October 29th, 2007 10:26 am (UTC) (Link)
This was delighful, although I will admit I was holding my breath waiting for something bad to happen during the Floo transit.

It's nice to see the dynamic of Teddy with his friends and his friends' families, even though there seems to be some wistfulness about the absence of Uncle Harry and his family. I also like the Teddy/Ruthless pairing. I like them as a couple, but I can also see them being friends after the inevitable breakup.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 29th, 2007 01:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, they'll definitely still be friends. She'll probably arrange Teddy's stag party when he gets married.
milaya36 From: milaya36 Date: October 29th, 2007 12:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
Aww, love Donzo and his father! It's awfully realistic of you to have even the rock star's kid be embarrassed at times. And I really love that almost all of the Weird Sisters were Ravenclaws.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 29th, 2007 01:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think being embarrassed by parents at that age is just so universal for kids, no matter what the state of the parents is. They're... parents!!! AAAGH! If Teddy's were alive, he'd probably be thinking, "Oh, Mum... not the pink hair! And please tell Dad not to start nattering about when he was at Hogwarts! And for heaven's sake, stop touching each other! You're both too old for that!" ;p
From: kobegrace Date: October 29th, 2007 02:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
I loved the interaction between Donzo and his dad. Kinda reminded me of Nick and Gene Simmons on Family Jewels.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 29th, 2007 03:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ha, I've never seen that, but I can imagine!
ada_the_mental From: ada_the_mental Date: October 29th, 2007 02:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Victoire came spinning out of the fireplace, her arms tucked neatly against her chest, her hair flying out in a silvery fan. Unfair.

Ha! I feel for Teddy there. Non-clumsy people are annoying. :p

I want to go to Weird World, too! Lucky fictional kids!
--including the pink and purple dress of Kirley's that Teddy knew embarrassed Donzo greatly.

Ha,ha! Poor kid! :D
got_it_bub From: got_it_bub Date: October 29th, 2007 03:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
oh I just took a peep at that photo. And I fell off my chair laughing. Now I have a headache because my forehead hit the floor rather hard.
From: smishli Date: October 29th, 2007 04:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
I was feeling a little sorry for Donzo after his breakup (you'd think with a ship name as rhymingly fabulous as 'Lani/Donny' that it would have to last!) but after seeing where he lives I have no sympathy anymore. Seriously. I would have gone crazy for a house like that as a kid!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 29th, 2007 08:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
I really, really need a vacation there.
alkari From: alkari Date: October 29th, 2007 07:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Can I join in the trip to Donzo's home? LOL at the reference to 'hired' elves, and the pink and purple dress. Nice to see Teddy about to have (I hope!) a happy Christmas - why is it that Divination teachers always seem to want people to predict that disasters are going to happen? Must be some magical Divination law that only allows you to predict horrible things, and not "I see fame, fortune and happiness in your life"!

A couple of minor Americanisms. As Teddy goes through the Floo, he sees a "passel of kids" - that's totally US English. Also, the house elves "have lunch already" - again, that use of 'already' is very American, as Brits would just say that lunch was "ready", or else would separate it into "all ready".
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 29th, 2007 08:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Actually, I think it was just a backwards word order--I meant to say that they already had lunch made, not that lunch was all ready.

I knew "passel" was wrong as I wrote it, but didn't feel like pausing to figure out the right word, hoping someone would supply it in comments. ;p

Must be some magical Divination law that only allows you to predict horrible things, and not "I see fame, fortune and happiness in your life"

Firenze is probably just annoyed that he occupied himself with silly fortune-telling about inconsequential matters, as opposed to... whatever it is the centaurs think they ought to be doing in Divination. Talking about the evolution of magic since the dawn of time, maybe.
darth_pipes From: darth_pipes Date: October 29th, 2007 10:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Weird World looks like it's going to be a fun place. At least it's not like He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named's Neverland Ranch. ;)

Can't beat the holidays. Good job, Fern.
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