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Spewing out too many words since November 2003
Ask my characters anything

I'm bored.

Any questions for the characters in my stories? They'll do their best to answer in character.

ETA: I have to start work on Hunter's Moon for the night now, so thanks for the entertaining questions, but I think that's all I can do!
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allie_meril From: allie_meril Date: November 26th, 2007 07:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oo, cool. :)

Victoire, what do you think of each of your roommates?

Andromeda, what was Slytherin like for you?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 26th, 2007 08:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
[Victoire]Oh, they're... well, quite nice in their own ways, I'm sure.
Mina Moran is probably the one I get along with best, though I'm not sure I'd feel comfortable pulling her hair, if you understand. (Do you have sisters?) Abby Ryan has never liked me at all for some reason, but she sleeps far away from me, and we don't talk to each other much. Michelle Fitzpatrick is her best friend, and doesn't like me much, either, though I think she has perfectly lovely clothes and does her hair very prettily. Rabia Ackert is very shy, and almost never joins in with anything. I want to be her friend, but she won't let me. Hermione Rapp... I can't even use her name without giggling, because I've never met anyone less like Aunt Hermione! For one thing, she puts up with being called "Herman." Hermione Harfang is much more like her, but that makes it even harder, as I want to call her "Aunt" half the time. Jillian Fortescue has decided that she wants to be Quidditch captain someday, and she has the bed next to mine. Her Quidditch magazines are always spilling out into my space, but otherwise, I like her. I get along with the boys, better, though. Story Shacklebolt is my best friend, other than Teddy Lupin.

[Andromeda]I know Fern is still fuming about my Slytherinity being assumed by fandom, but it seems a necessary assumption. The problem for me wasn't Slytherin, but Bellatrix, Bellatrix, and more Bellatrix. Part of my early friendship with Ted was escaping to Hufflepuff for their weekly Friday night parties. And later, for homework every day. And eventually for many other things. But it started with escaping Bellatrix. That wasn't unusual. Anyone in Slytherin who didn't go along with Bella's madder ideas tended to keep a very low profile. We also didn't speak to one another. There was safety in solitude. A rising group would have attracted a fight.

Edited at 2007-11-26 08:19 pm (UTC)
amamama From: amamama Date: November 26th, 2007 08:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Harry, what was it like, in the first few tears after the war, when you lived with Andromeda and Teddy?

Victoire, are you going to take direct action towards Teddy or will you wait for him to notice you as a Girl?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 26th, 2007 08:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
[Harry]It was calm and healing. I suppose that's odd, as an Auror's apprenticeship is somewhat stressful, but the fact that it was somewhere entirely new to me, and somewhere entirely my own, helped. I loved the Burrow, of course, but living in the same house with Ginny was becoming awkward. I wasn't ready to get married yet, and neither was she... but you didn't ask about why I wasn't at the Burrow. Oddly, neither did the Weasleys after a few token protests. At Andromeda's, I was able to come home at night and play with Teddy. After he went to sleep, I'd usually go outside with Andromeda if it was nice and have a drink in the garden. If it wasn't nice, we'd stay in the kitchen. She'd tell me about St. Mungo's and her work, and teach me Healing spells which have proved quite useful. I'd tell her about my training, and how things were moving along after the war, especially at Azkaban. We pieced together some of what must have happened, and tried to make a world for Teddy that would make sense to him, and where he could love the parents he didn't have without feeling unloved by the people who were looking after him. Now and then, Andromeda would drink a bit too much, and start crying. I learned then that I could be the one doing the comforting, and that was good. Mostly, though, it was about Teddy--about what he'd done while one or the other of us was away, what he was learning to say, how fast he was learning to read... everything any other parent talks about. I can't say she was like a mother to me, and we certainly didn't have any other sort of relationship (though Rita Skeeter tried damnably hard to imply that we did)--it was too late in my life for a mother, and Molly had filled that role years ago, and as to the other, we were both quite in love with other people, all age issues aside. But raising a baby together is an odd bonding experience for a grandmother and a nineteen-year-old boy, and we have an odd, undefined relationship because of it.

[Victoire]Dad says I can't go out with anyone until I've got three outstanding O.W.L.s, so I can't do anything at all until I'm practically old. He'd best not decide to leave school after his O.W.L.s and marry Ruth Scrimgeour, though.
From: susiemio Date: November 26th, 2007 08:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Uncle Harry, what do you think of Teddy's situation with Ruthless and Victoire, and does it, ahem, remind you of anything? :D

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 26th, 2007 08:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
What do you mean?

I have to admit, the business with Victoire and Teddy has been a source of family amusement since the Christmas Teddy was six and Victoire had just turned five. I'd got Teddy a book of fairy tales, and he was reading aloud to Victoire, and she announced that she should be the princess, and he must absolutely be the knight, and they would marry and live happily ever after. Teddy looked at me like he'd been drinking a Mesmerizing Mixture and said, "Must I, Uncle Harry?" Of course, they were always together, and we all noticed that as they approached and later actually got to school, they were spending a lot of time together without anyone mandating it. But Teddy's still Teddy. And of course, as soon as Teddy met Ruth Scrimgeour, he started acting like Victoire, tagging around while she said, "Must I?" This amused me greatly.
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: November 26th, 2007 08:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'll play! No restrictions to fandom, right?

To Padmé in that gray!Padmé/good!Anakin shortie you wrote last year:

When did you realise that you were in love with Anakin? What were plans for the Gungans who betrayed Naboo and how have they changed? When and how did you realise the truth about Palpatine? What really happened to the twins?

Edited at 2007-11-26 08:37 pm (UTC)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 26th, 2007 09:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Which one do you mean? I'd thought <a href="http://fernwithy.livejournal.com/567963.html>this one</a>, but it doesn't seem to match the questions, now that I look at it again.
1voice From: 1voice Date: November 26th, 2007 08:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ruthless, er, I mean Ruth...how is Auror training? And, on a compltely different note, how is your romantic life recently? Please, no Unforgivables!

Andromeda, what is your favorite childhood memory? Or, at least, the most memorable?

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 26th, 2007 09:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
[Ruthless]There are so many rules! I swear, it would be a lot easier to just be a criminal. And Ron Weasley trying to tell me what to do? What a crock! The man breaks more rules in an hour than he censures me for breaking in a week. Honestly. Of course, I have to suddenly get up at all hours--it's not an office job, after all--but I don't mind that. As to my romantic life... "romantic" might be an overstatement. I realized Teddy was gone on Victoire a long time before he did, and I haven't especially fancied anyone else, though I've had a few laughs with some of the younger blokes at work. I'm not wandering around waiting for a knight, a prince, or a dashing pirate to discover me, though. And if one tries, I've got a pretty good Stunner.

[Andromeda]There are quite a few surprisingly good memories, though what happened later with Bellatrix taints most of them. Most of my very best memories are with the boys, when I was old enough to be the wise grown-up, but I do have good memories of shopping with Narcissa, and one especially good one of spending the day in the consevatory with her, when she was learning to play the harp, and we got goofing around with Muggle music that was strictly forbidden. There is nothing in the world like the Beach Boys by wizard harp.
sciathan_file From: sciathan_file Date: November 26th, 2007 08:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
Harry, what are you most afraid about having to explain to Teddy?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 26th, 2007 09:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
Two things. The first is what he's beginning to suspect, I think--that if I'd been ten minutes faster on the uptake, he'd have parents. The second is that I threw away the Resurrection Stone. I promised I'd tell him someday how it was that his father was in that clearing with him, but the older he gets, the angrier he gets, and I have a very deep fear that he won't understand why I couldn't keep it, and let them be with him from time to time, even I sent them back at the end of the day. There have been times I've questioned it myself, and have to remind myself that it wouldn't be them, or would only be part of them, but when I do, I imagine Teddy's face setting hard, and his mouth spitting out that part of them was better than none of them, and if I'm arguing that they'd be happier, am I seriously suggesting that they'd rather not be part of his life? I know there are answers, but I can't actually shape them, and I don't think they're acceptable until they've been accepted, and...

Well, it's going to be ugly.
rdprice29 From: rdprice29 Date: November 26th, 2007 08:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, I love this!

Harry, why was it best for you to leave the Burrow and live with Andromeda and Teddy?

Harry, how understanding was Ginny about Teddy's reaction to your moving out after you two got married? Was it something you had to work through, or did she just 'get it', the way she has so often with you?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 26th, 2007 09:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
It was a good decision in both a negative and positive sense. In the negative sense--why I needed to leave the Burrow--I'm afraid it's simple and less than noble. Running into Ginny on her way out of the shower every few days when we planned to wait until I'd finished my apprenticeship to marry was becoming quite awkward. A houseful of intermittant brothers who walked in on us regularly was also not an inducement to comfort. Besides, we both rather liked the idea of taking some time to go out with one another--take each other to dinner and so on--with the whole picking up and dropping off routine intact. It seemed beautifully frivolous. On the positive side--why I needed to go to Andromeda's--it was also vastly selfish. I needed to be with Teddy. I wanted him to love me, and to know I loved him and would be there for him. I'd been taking him to work with me and carrying him around in a sling every time Andromeda would let me in, and the truth was, I hated not being there to pick him up when he cried at night while his teeth were coming in.

Ginny was the one who explained to me why he suddenly turned into such a brat after I got married. I was fuming, as she'd never been anything but nice to him, and he was treating her like an ogre. I thought he was being insufferable, but Ginny sat me down and told me what it had to feel like to Teddy. Of course, this didn't stop her from feeling quite annoyed that the first few weeks of our marriage were overshadowed by Teddy issues at all. I don't think any bride wants to start her married life listening to her husband's godson screaming at her. It's not a happy thing.
ada_the_mental From: ada_the_mental Date: November 26th, 2007 09:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Fenrir, darling, ever thought about getting *gasps* a life?

Andromeda, what did you and particularly Ted think about your daughter's marriage? 'cause I simply refuse to believe you actually were "disgusted". And what about Remus being a total prat when he found out that Dora was pregnant?

Vivian...Could you just talk to us about Neville's awesomeness? :D
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 26th, 2007 09:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
[Fenrir]I'll take yours if you keep smarting off.

[Andromeda]Ted and I were extremely frustrated with Remus. It had nothing to do with his lycanthropy, which was never more than something we had to work around. It had to do with the fact that he kept emotionally torturing our daughter. Friendship is quite nice, but a friend who does such a thing incides anger. And none of that started until he lost his home, which was when he became uncomfortable about his prospects as a father, so it's not a separate issue.

[Vivian]A lady doesn't kiss and tell.
golden_d From: golden_d Date: November 26th, 2007 09:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hermione - So, how are your parents doing these days?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 26th, 2007 09:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
They'd started a surgery in Australia, and made more friends than I'd ever seen them with in London. After I restored their memories, they decided to stay put. It was easier for them, I think--their friends never expected their daughter and grandchildren to be around, so they never had to make any excusees about accidental magic. They're happy and healthy and doing well.
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fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 26th, 2007 09:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
[Andromeda]I visited the Garveys with Teddy when he was a baby. I'd managed not to cry until then, but when I told them... I suppose it just all came out. They'd been helping out during that last year, and they had to know what happened, both to Dora and Remus, and with the baby they'd been watching her carry all year, but telling them was very hard for me. I don't see them regularly. I have a hard time seeing most people who've seen me at my weakest. But for the first few years, it was all well.

[Daniel]I'm still around, and still working in Doctors Without Borders. I've never married, and there are circumspect speculations among my family about why not--nice young doctor, really, surely there must be some reason that there's no nice young doctor's wife--but the truth is, there's just never been anyone. Sometimes, when I'm awake in the small hours of the morning, I feel like something was taken from me. But I'm beginning to forget.

[Dudley]Harry's world is still freakish, but I'm getting used to the idea of it at least. My parents are what they always were. They seem smaller than they used to.
From: (Anonymous) Date: November 26th, 2007 09:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
Can we ask the dead?

James, Lily, Sirius (&Remus) - I'm sure you're proud of and happy for Harry, but... well, what else? What do you think of your grandkids/namesakes? And of Ginny? And Teddy and... well, anything, really.

Tonks, Remus, your son is reading FiFi LaFolle to try to get to know you. Any particular reaction?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 26th, 2007 11:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
James: The idea of being a grandfather is still sinking in, but I can't very well argue with the children who made me one. That wisely-named firstborn is, of course, incomparable...

Lily: Incomparably James-like.

James: Naturally. Quite perfect.

Sirius: He needs a best mate, though. And Al's quite good, despite Harry's deranged taste in middle names. Maybe his brother could be his best mate.

Remus: Or he could have a best mate a few years older than he is.

Sirius: I think that's more like a brother who's not related to him. And speaking of which, there's a question of literature on the table. The pair of you infected him.

Tonks: Yes, it was a terrible thing, giving you something to be endlessly amused at at in the afterlife. Personally, I'm glad he's enjoying them. I hope he reads the new ones.

Remus: So you can read over his shoulder?

Tonks: I don't know what you mean.
aella_irene From: aella_irene Date: November 26th, 2007 09:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
Lily Potter (the younger): How does it feel, being the daughter of the Boy-Who-Lived, and being named after your very famous grand-mother? How has that, and your brothers, affected your love life?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 26th, 2007 11:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
My love life. AAARGH. Sorry, no offense, but all that other nonsense all boils down to it. Rosie warned me, of course--she said Rita Skeeter nearly had her married off to Scorpius Malfoy when they were in their first year just because the public thought it would be a good story. Luckily, no Death Eaters' sons were in my year, though everyone seems inordinately interested in it. They were with the boys, too, until James managed to scare them by saying he was in love with Al and they were going to start a pirate gang together. They were sure he wasn't telling the truth, but I guess they didn't want to give him an opportunity to come up with another story, hence it all ended up on me, thank you James, AS USUAL. Honestly. There's only one person I can talk to, but I can't talk ABOUT him, as he's not entirely meant to be back in the world of the living, even though Teddy got permission from the Department of Mysteries to try it, but now they're all about re-forming the Nebulous and Most Annoying, which I suppose is enough for people to twig to who I'm talking about, but I can't say it. But that's not my love life either, of course, he's just my friend, and he knows what I'm talking about, as he has all sorts of irritating questions about who he's going to pick to reform form the Nebulous and Most Annoying with, and he says he wishes he liked blokes, just to spite Teddy for deciding on his own to grab him out of time, but I'm rather glad he doesn't like blokes as he's a very good kis... a very good friend, of course.
lady_moriel From: lady_moriel Date: November 26th, 2007 09:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hmm. Not coming up with much...

Uncle Harry, do you ever think that a small part of your relationship with Teddy is based on guilt and a sense of duty because of his parents...and then feel guilty for thinking that in the first place? Was there ever any jealousy between Teddy and your biological kids (i.e., "You won't love me anymore now that you've got your own kids!")? If you could say one thing to Remus and Tonks, or ask them one thing, what would it be?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 26th, 2007 11:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, it was guilt and duty that got me to the house. But if you want to know where the guilt is now, it's that I wouldn't want to give him up. And I sometimes feel like that means I'm glad Remus is dead, which I'm not, but what in the name of heaven would I do without Teddy?

I was worried when James was born, that Teddy would think he'd been replaced by my "real" child, so I asked Andromeda if Teddy could stay with us for the first few weeks, as part of the family. We treated him as we treated James and Al when Lily was born. (James was too young to worry about it with when Al was born.) Bill had a houseful of children by then, and we asked his advice. He was the one who suggested letting Teddy hold James when he was a baby and tell him stories. To give him responsibilities. It worked quite beautifully, as Teddy turned out to quite like being a big brother.

But that was after James was born. The reason we started asking was, of course, that Teddy had started referring to James as my "real" baby, and packing up all the things I'd accidentally left at Andromeda's, as I would no doubt stop visiting him now that my "real" baby was coming. Troubling as it was, I was also amused, as it was the first time Teddy ever consciously tried to use guilt on me, and he was so like Remus when he did it. It was like watching a short Professor Lupin stalking around, and the memory made me happy.
jedi_chick From: jedi_chick Date: November 26th, 2007 09:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Honoria, how do you like living in Canada?

Teddy, what's your favorite Christmas memory? Does everyone come up to the Roost for a big Christmas party every year?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 26th, 2007 11:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
[Honoria]I'm sure it's just temporary, and I'm rather fond of it, in its own rough way. It's a nice, small community. I can do as I please and build my own little newspaper a lot more easily than I could have under the Ministry. It's started to be picked up elsewhere, and I imagine that when we go back to Britain, it will be to a tidy little reputation.

[Teddy]As a child, my favorite memory of Christmas was when I was eight, at Uncle Harry's, when James was just learning to walk. He was following me around, mostly crawling, and making those funny baby sounds that sound like they mean to be talk, but don't actually mean anything. It was almost time for Al to be born, so Aunt Ginny didn't have much lap left, and I ended up with him on my lap most of the day. As an adult... I love them all. The first Christmas when it was just Victoire and me in that huge house, the second Christmas, when Mira was with us, and every Christmas with a new baby. They're all very different from one another, all nine of them. We've got into the habit of having an evening party at the Roost after supper at Uncle Harry's. Aunt Hermione insists on calling it the Yule Ball, and we do have dancing in the ballroom. My friends generally come to it, and the children who are old enough ask their friends from Hogwarts. It's very crowded and quite fun.
From: maxzook Date: November 26th, 2007 10:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
To Ginny:

Amy advice for your niece Victoire about boys in general, and a certain Metamorphagus in particular?

To Dudley:

Seriously, how is your love life?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 27th, 2007 12:00 am (UTC) (Link)
[Ginny]I would tell her to relax, but she'd look for directions on how to do it properly. Instead, I think I'd tell her that it's better strategy to just let things happen until they're a bit older.

[Dudley]Well, I got married, and I've got kids. I'm trying to not let them do what I did, though my mum spoils them quite rotten. My parents think my wife is a fine girl. That's because she's an actress--by hobby, anyway--and makes a great show of adoring all of Mum's pet projects. But they drive her mad, and she wants to live quite far from Surrey so the visits don't happen often. We deliberately looked for jobs up north with good pay, then told Mum and Dad that we'd just surprisingly got wonderful offers.
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