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Teddy Lupin and the Hunter's Moon, Chapter 21: Unspeakable, pt. 2 - The Phantom Librarian
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Teddy Lupin and the Hunter's Moon, Chapter 21: Unspeakable, pt. 2
Vivian has disappeared, and Maddie has shown up from the Department of Mysteries, because Hermione thinks Mathilde's skill has less to do with a prodigious ability to break protections than a newly invented way to travel that they just need to learn to guard against. (I realized an oops from earlier, when Harry said that the captured werewolves had explained how they broke through. This is totally not because I changed my mind partway through. I haven't decided what I did mean yet, but I'll let you all know what it was just as soon as I finish my mental retcon. ;p)

Teddy and his classmates have given their memories to Maddie for the DoM to analyze.

Table of Contents and Summary So Far

Uncle Harry kept the Marauder's Map until the next Thursday, handing it over when Teddy set his book bag down on the kitchen table at the Shrieking Shack.

"Could you make an alarm?" Teddy asked.

Uncle Harry shook his head, discouraged. "There are too many places I don't know. I even asked George to help with the Forbidden Forest--you'll notice that there's more of it mapped out now--but there's still a lot out there. And I got the dots to appear, but without Dad's identity spell, it won't identify threats."

"Wouldn't it just show someone who Apparated, when you're not supposed to be able to do that?"

"Good thought, but the house elves Apparate around Hogwarts all the time."

Teddy frowned. "Could Mathilde have studied house elf magic?"

"I'm not sure," Uncle Harry said, blinking. "I hadn't thought about that. I'll have to ask Kreacher about how it's done. I assumed that it was something only house elves could do, but it's worth a try. Nice thought." He Conjured another large clay ball, and for the next half hour, they worked on the Blasting Curse, which Teddy couldn't seem to wrap his head around properly. He managed to Transfigure it twice, make it shiver, and once, with a particularly hearty shout of "Confringo!", to cover it in a network of fine cracks.

"Sorry, Uncle Harry," he said. "I guess this isn't really my spell."

"Don't worry. I had to have Hermione tutor me for hours to pick up a Summoning Charm."

"A Summoning Charm?" Teddy asked incredulously. They were technically in the fourth year book--he'd read ahead--but most wizard-born students were attempting them from the first week on, as they were useful, and most Muggle-borns had at least tried by second year. Ruthless had joked that, in the fourth year class, the lesson on Summoning Charms was treated as a break from a real class.

"I know. It's quite pathetic, really." He shook his head. "You'll get it. Do you want to move on to something else, or do some work on the house? I brought you the wood you were talking about, for book shelves."

"You did?"

Uncle Harry shrugged. "Shall we work on it? I've never tried building furniture before."

They went up to Teddy's bedroom and laid out all the planks. Teddy still had the book out of the library, so he could get it from his room with a flick of his wand and a muttered "Biblio." Between them, they got the planks sorted out, and the shapes cut into them. Teddy noticed that the two supporting sides were uneven, and lay them down beside one another to trim the bigger one while Uncle Harry cut a curlicue sort of decoration in the top.

"Your birthday's coming up," he said. "Is there anything you want for the house?"

Teddy looked around. "I don't know. Maybe some pots and pans and dishes for the kitchen. All I've got at the moment is one coffee mug full of knives that no one bothered to take."

"We'll see," Uncle Harry said. "James wants to write a story. I said it would spoil the surprise if you knew, but he wanted your permission to write about Julia and Raymond." He looked carefully at Teddy. "Your granny was over when he said to ask you about that. She looked like someone had kicked her. Is there anything you want to tell me?"

"I didn't mean to upset Granny. It was... well, they were... they would have been my brother and sister. Or maybe if I'd been a girl, I'd have been Julia. I found the names. I made a story about them. I guess James liked them, but if you don't think he should make up stories about them..."

"I don't mind if it doesn't bother you. Are you sure you want James writing one of his little treasure adventures with those names? They're kind of special."

"I don't mind," Teddy said. "It's not like anyone else is using them." He turned the plank he was working on, and a splinter jabbed the side of his finger. He drew in his breath harshly. "I think I ought to be kept away from wood, though."

Uncle Harry seemed to accept this as the close of the conversation, and they cobbled the book case together over the next hour. When they finished, the right side was an inch higher than the left, and the shelves alternated angles in a zig-zagging pattern. Teddy advanced the opinion that neither of them ought to try opening a magical furniture building business. Uncle Harry laughed. "There goes my retirement plan, right out the window."

On the way back to Hogwarts, the real world seeping back in a little at a time, Teddy asked about the search for Vivian. There were no leads. The Magical Law Enforcement Department at Nurmengard had searched the woods near the old camp, and found no sign of habitation. There had been no attacks, or threats. No one had even reported thefts of food and clothing lately, which were often signs of nearby werewolves, as, in human form, they often needed things that weren't easily available in the forest and had no money to buy them with. Uncle Harry was worried about the other werewolves, as he thought it would please Greyback to "make an example" of someone like Père Alderman, but there was no stopping them.

"But they haven't done anything?" Teddy asked. "Anything at all?"

"Not since they took Vivian. At least not to anyone else."

"Will Professor Longbottom be all right? He seems very worried. And he yelled at Laura Chapman for dropping a Hiccuping Hyacinth. Laura doesn't take being yelled at very well, and I think Professor Longbottom felt bad about it, but... should I do something? It's weird to, you know, try to talk to a Head of House about his problem."

"And you shouldn't do it," Uncle Harry said. "He's got friends who are helping him. Don't embarrass him."

"All right," Teddy said. He was relieved that this wasn't meant to be one of his responsibilities, though he still felt guilty about not trying to say something nice to Professor Longbottom, who'd helped him when he'd got very upset his first year. "Do you think that they'll do anything at the full moon? Do you want me to watch the Map?"

Uncle Harry nodded. "I don't think they'll try Hogwarts again. We have very strong protective spells up on every side, and from above. Since Mathilde came by herself, and untransformed, I doubt that whatever she did to get through the other day is something she can repeat under a full moon. At least I hope not, though we'll have patrols."

"What do you think they're doing?"

"I don't know, Teddy. They took the new werewolves in February, and now they've taken Vivian. They may be regrouping. Re-building the pack and training people. We've done some damage to them over the year, you know. Dragging off as many as we have has to have some effect on the way they do things."

"But Greyback doesn't seem very bright. Wouldn't he just keep going after what he wants?"

"Greyback is alpha in a group of untrained werewolves," Uncle Harry said, "but when Voldemort came along, he rolled over and obeyed himself. He may see Mathilde as stronger than he is. She may be controlling things now."

He didn't sound hopeful, and Teddy knew why. He'd seen McGonagall's memory of Greyback's house, Astrid's body lying on her bed, blood splashed all over the walls. Whatever reason he'd fallen into line with Voldemort, it wasn't because he thought he'd lose power over his werewolves... and Voldemort had been a wizard, not a witch.

Of course Mathilde might think differently, and if she made it all sound good, Greyback might be going along with her, which--for the purpose of catching them at least--made the question of whether or not she was in charge pointless.

They reached the gate, where Professor Longbottom was waiting. There was a blond woman with him, and when he opened the gate, she slipped out.

"Why open it twice?" she said nervously. "Hi, Harry."

"Hannah! It's good to see you."

"It seems," Professor Longbottom said coolly, "that some members of Dumbledore's Army have spontaneously decided I need more company than usual this year."

"Yes, it's a strange coincidence, isn't it?" the woman called Hannah said. "I think Ernie and Susan were planning to come up next week, and Justin's going to try to make it over the weekend."

Professor Longbottom sighed. "When, exactly, did Hufflepuff decide to adopt me? Come on, Teddy. It's time to get you back up to the castle." He let Teddy in and closed the gate, then turned back to Uncle Harry and Hannah. "Tell Justin not to bring Pansy, though. I can handle any number of things, but I can't handle Parkinson trying to be polite."

"I'll pass it on. Though I should warn you, he pays no attention to us when we tell him that."

"I'll see if I can find an antidote for him before he comes," Professor Longbottom said testily.

Hannah and Uncle Harry smiled, and after a moment, so did Professor Longbottom. He led Teddy up to the castle without talking much, and straight to the Fat Lady, who let him in. Teddy left the portrait open until he saw Professor Longbottom disappear down the corridor.
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kizmet_42 From: kizmet_42 Date: December 3rd, 2007 04:40 am (UTC) (Link)
Testy Neville. LOLOL

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 3rd, 2007 05:03 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah. "Are you... taking care of me?"
lollapulizer From: lollapulizer Date: December 3rd, 2007 04:49 am (UTC) (Link)
Justin Finch-Fletchley and Pansy Parkinson? Interesting pairing especially since he's muggle-born.

The introduction of Hannah makes me wonder if you're going to follow Jo's announcement that she marries Neville, or if it's just a coincidence. I like Vivian, but I also like Hannah. Arg, conflicting feelings!

Did you manage to enjoy the snow? We got a nice dusting, which had I been home in MD, would mean no school, but I'm in Boston now, and I know better. ;)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 3rd, 2007 05:05 am (UTC) (Link)
Interesting pairing especially since he's muggle-born.

What better way to establish your "Hey, it's not like I'm a Death Eater" cred? I figure she decided to go for the closest Muggle-born of reasonably high station and income, who would live comfortably. Whether Justin will eventually see through this or not is open to question, though hey, Pansy may even discover he's an okay guy and question her prejudices...

Sorry, paused there while I wiped tears of mirth from my eyes.

Yeah, I'm going with Neville/Hannah. Easier than trying to explain why I'm departing.

I didn't even go out today, and yesterday, no dusting.

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From: (Anonymous) Date: December 3rd, 2007 04:51 am (UTC) (Link)
There I was thinking being woken up two hours early meant the day was ruined - and then I get my daily dose of Hunter's Moon even before work! Thanks for cheering me up!

"When, exactly, did Hufflepuff decide to adopt me?"

And building bookcases! I'll probably think of this story when I attempt to do that myself.

~Hermione Stranger~
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 3rd, 2007 05:07 am (UTC) (Link)
You're welcome; glad to be of service. :)
allie_meril From: allie_meril Date: December 3rd, 2007 04:56 am (UTC) (Link)
*giggles* Oh, Hufflepuffs. Adopting Neville. That's just too cute!

Justin/Pansy? Hm. That's, erm, interesting.

Now I'm very worried about Vivian, though. :-/
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 3rd, 2007 05:08 am (UTC) (Link)
Word probably went out to the whole D.A. that Neville's girlfriend had been taken by werewolves. The Ravenclaws may be trying to solve the problem, and we know what the Gryffindors will do ("Full speed ahead and damn the torpedoes"). But the 'Puffs? "Oh, Neville must be upset, let's help him out."
sannalim From: sannalim Date: December 3rd, 2007 04:58 am (UTC) (Link)
Teddy looked around. "I don't know. Maybe some pots and pans and dishes for the kitchen. All I've got at the moment is one coffee mug full of knives that no one bothered to take."

Hmm. If I didn't already know that there was an encounter between Greyback and a Victoire armed with a handful of kitchen knives coming, am I good enough at picking up clues to realize that this is the Gun On The Mantle In Act One That Must Go Off In Act Three? (no slight on your writing abilities intended, Fern, just wondering about my own reading abilities :P )
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 3rd, 2007 05:09 am (UTC) (Link)
:whistles innocently:


From: (Anonymous) Date: December 3rd, 2007 04:59 am (UTC) (Link)
Oy! Hannah, oh, Hannah, we all know that you mean well and all, but...STEP AWAY FRom NEVILLE. That is all.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 3rd, 2007 05:09 am (UTC) (Link)
Sorry. JKR has decreed that Hannah isn't stepping away from the Herbology professor any time soon. ;p
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fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 3rd, 2007 05:10 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, Vivian probably can live without Neville, if it comes to it...
willowbough From: willowbough Date: December 3rd, 2007 05:09 am (UTC) (Link)
Those abandoned kitchen knives are going to come in handy, aren't they? Glad that Harry and Teddy can now work peaceably in the place where they had their big fight. And poor, testy, bewildered Neville--I wonder which of the 'Puffs decided that he should be "looked after" in the aftermath of his sort-of girlfriend being kidnapped?

Hannah's still a bit of a Nervous Nellie, by the looks of it. Not that she isn't nice too, but still . . . ah, well, Neville's got enough courage for two.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 3rd, 2007 05:13 am (UTC) (Link)
I wonder which of the 'Puffs decided that he should be "looked after" in the aftermath of his sort-of girlfriend being kidnapped?

Do 'Puffs need to decide that, precisely, or did they just get together to sort out the schedule without even asking if it should be done?
rdprice29 From: rdprice29 Date: December 3rd, 2007 05:49 am (UTC) (Link)
Poor Neville. *pets him*

And Pansy Parkinson married a HUFFLEPUFF?!? And a Muggleborn one at that? (wasn't justin the one whose name was down for Eton in CoS? I could be wrong, tho.) LOL.. Damn, true love will out, I guess?

Great segment. I really enjoyed it.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 3rd, 2007 05:50 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, they're just newly dating. Justin's smitten... for the moment. ;p
marikenobi From: marikenobi Date: December 3rd, 2007 06:16 am (UTC) (Link)
Taking care.. yeah right...

They all heard that Hottie Mc Hot Longbottom was vulnerable and they went all for it...

There aren't that many single available good matches in the wizarding world...

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 3rd, 2007 02:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
They all heard that Hottie Mc Hot Longbottom was vulnerable and they went all for it...

Yeah, I'm sure Justin would drop Pansy for him in an instant. ;p

From: (Anonymous) Date: December 3rd, 2007 06:28 am (UTC) (Link)
Pansy doesn't strike me as the sort to question her prejudices so much as change them the way she changes fashion preferences. Hey, if it's in and it looks good on her, she loves it and can't even remember liking whatever is no longer in and that she was sure she would adore for the rest of her life a month ago (which may be how long she's going to adore the new outfit for the rest of her life).

So, if Justin doesn't mind mind-numbingly shallow, Pansy will no doubt be quite sincere in her affection (or, with her, is that affectation?) for as long as Justin has a good social position and (if they get married) for as long as the wizarding world seems to think divorce isn't "cool."

As for the bookshelves, Harry, this is why you took transfiguration.

However, if you really want to do it by hand, I understand Grunnings has a great website on home repair and that Vernon Dursley's Blog has lots of handy, helpful tips. Your choice.

Dang, though, I didn't really want it to be House Elf magic. OK, call me House Elf prejudiced, but there's so much House Elves can do to get around normal, wizarding barriers. I see lots of long term complications if wizards can learn this stuff.

Although it might explain Mathilde's outfit. I take it she believes wearing clothes would cause problems?

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 3rd, 2007 02:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
I agree about Pansy, though I think in the case of a Muggle-born, she's aware enough of her friends' opinions to come up with a cynical justification.

House elf magic is Teddy's theory. Not a bad one in terms of the facts and worth exploring, but just a theory.
darth_pipes From: darth_pipes Date: December 3rd, 2007 07:19 am (UTC) (Link)
Good old, Neville. Loses one girl and gets another. Might have to start calling him Captain Kirk. ;)

Cool post, Fern. Definitely like the bit at the end with the DA starting to show up. I also agree about how you've developed by Neville and Harry's adult personalities. It totally works with both characters.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 3rd, 2007 02:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
Dumbledore's. Army! Death Eater bastards, you killed my toad! Death Eater. Bastards!

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fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 3rd, 2007 02:24 pm (UTC) (Link)

I like Justin, too. Such a chatterbox.
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amamama From: amamama Date: December 3rd, 2007 09:06 am (UTC) (Link)
"Tell Justin not to bring Pansy, though. I can handle any number of things, but I can't handle Parkinson trying to be polite."

"I'll pass it on. Though I should warn you, he pays no attention to us when we tell him that."

"I'll see if I can find an antidote for him before he comes," Professor Longbottom said testily.

LOLOL! So - an antidote ... does he think Justin had been drugged with love potion? Wouldn't that be like the Pansy portrayed in the series!

And of course the puffs have adopted Neville. He's awesome and brave and really need someone who's just and loyal. I'm ok with you going with Interview!Canon, though I don't agree. I think Vivian is a great character, who really needs someone like awesome!Neville, and has a down-to-earth way of being that plays well with him. Now that you break them up, I do hope you don't kill her off.

Zigzagging shelves - did they follow the instructions in the book? LOL Sounds like buying new is a better option (or bring in St.Margarets' Ron the Builder - even though he's suffering the same destiny as Vivian. No, I'm not happy with those interviews. I wish JKR would shut up).

Thanks, Fern!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 3rd, 2007 02:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm okay with Hannah/Neville, too. My main response to the interview was a long period of headdesking while saying, "Jo... you couldn't have said that before I started putting work on Vivian and Neville and people started liking it? I wouldn't have gone there if I knew you had something else in mind!" :eyeroll:
jedi_chick From: jedi_chick Date: December 3rd, 2007 09:24 am (UTC) (Link)
Two men who actually used instructions, and they still couldn't put a bookshelf together properly? Oh, Harry and Teddy, you are so adorably male. ;~)

I was all prepared to be disgruntled with Hannah and her future role in Neville's life, but then she was sufficiently snarky and cute about checking up on Neville, and I just couldn't be cross with her. Grumpy!Neville is just as awesome as Neville always is, and I especially loved his comment about Hufflepuff adopting him.

Well written, as usual!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 3rd, 2007 02:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
I knew they were going to be in trouble when Teddy had to even up the supporting sides. Obviously, they were each following the instructions a little bit differently...
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