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Spewing out too many words since November 2003
Ask my OCs anything
I need to get back in the habit if I'm ever going to find my way into Safe.

So... ask my original characters (from HP stories) anything, and they'll answer.
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illudwinnepooh4 From: illudwinnepooh4 Date: February 6th, 2008 03:50 am (UTC) (Link)
Hi, I'm new around here, discovered your writing at SQ.

Maddie: Were you able to/did you want to keep your job at the Department of Mysteries during Voldemort's occupation at the Ministry? If there was a choice involved, was it a hard one?

(You may, of course, opt not to answer this if it involves spoilers, but I'd love to hear from Maddie.)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: February 6th, 2008 04:08 am (UTC) (Link)
I wanted to leave--I had a baby at home!--but there were things on the inside that needed protecting. Would you leave some of the things in the Department of Mysteries open to Voldemort with no interference? I did finally have to leave, but that wasn't until the day they took Sanjiv.
shiiki From: shiiki Date: February 6th, 2008 03:52 am (UTC) (Link)

Ruth, do you and James have children? If so, how many, and are they good friends with Teddy and Victoire's brood?

Good luck with Safe! I'm quite eagerly anticipating it. :)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: February 6th, 2008 04:12 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, unlike Teddy and Victoire, James and I aren't on some mad mission to repopulate the wizarding world, but we do have two sons of our own, Rufus and Phineas. They get along famously with Teddy's youngest son, Raymond. They're second cousins, of course, as well.
redlily From: redlily Date: February 6th, 2008 03:56 am (UTC) (Link)
Honoria, have you ever been tempted to kick it down a few notches so that it'll be easier to make friends? Does that answer depend on how old you are when I'm asking?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: February 6th, 2008 04:16 am (UTC) (Link)
I can't imagine an age where I'd find it attractive to have friends who expect me to kowtow to them. And I do have friends in the end, you know. However much Lupin protests it, he's never withheld an invitation to the Christmas ball up on the island, and most of the time all of us from the Smallest Year--Geoffrey excluded by his own choice--spend an hour or so together, and get along quite nicely. So why would I need to... how did you put it? "Kick it down a few notches"?
marycontraria From: marycontraria Date: February 6th, 2008 03:56 am (UTC) (Link)
Ruthless: did you enjoy living at Hogwarts? Did you manage to get yourself involved in some way with the House Quidditch Cup? And what was your first reaction when you heard that James was leaving his Auror job to take the post at Hogwarts?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: February 6th, 2008 04:20 am (UTC) (Link)
I'll have you know, my fifth year, I single-handedly kept the cup away from Ravenclaw, by knocking Driscoll of the line of the Snitch. Teddy missed it, of course; he had his nose in a Transfiguration book at the time.

I wasn't surprised when James left the department--he was unhappy working for his father, because it made things strained between them and he hated it--but I was very surprised that it had anything to do with me. I hadn't really noticed quite how serious we'd got until he mentioned it.
1voice From: 1voice Date: February 6th, 2008 04:03 am (UTC) (Link)
Ruthless: Tell us about your favorite Auror mission...or your favorite Auror. Your pick. :)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: February 6th, 2008 04:27 am (UTC) (Link)
My favorite mission was while I was training James. It wasn't anything spectacular, mission-wise--just your average nutter on the run--but he made a break for Antarctica, of all places, and James and I ended up tracking him down on a sort of ice-dragon we discovered. We ended up taking Luna Scamander down there to do a whole feature on it.
lollapulizer From: lollapulizer Date: February 6th, 2008 04:04 am (UTC) (Link)
Albus: Ever have any problems with your name?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: February 6th, 2008 04:34 am (UTC) (Link)
Not really an OC, but okay. ;p

Well, I'm very glad our last name isn't "Smith." I had enough problems with my initials spelling "asp."

I don't tell most people my name, though I suppose they know it somewhere. At Sorting, it was just "Albus"--no one gets a middle name from the Hat. People who found it out were mostly, erm, charitable about it. There was one twit in Hufflepuff who liked to use my whole name all the time, usually pretending to worship me, but Rosie cursed him so he couldn't remember anyone's name for three weeks. He stopped then.
puss_in_boots88 From: puss_in_boots88 Date: February 6th, 2008 04:15 am (UTC) (Link)
Hey Fern, welcome back! I have been lurking around here far longer than I would like to admit, but I want to let you know that I’m in awe of your writing abilities! You are absolutely up there on my favorite authors list - right next to Tolkien, Sir Walter Scott, Sherwood Smith, and Rowling. ^_^

Andromeda, what is your favorite section of Noble and Most Ancient?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: February 6th, 2008 04:38 am (UTC) (Link)
My favorite part of the book was absolutely going back to the beginning of the Black family, with young Banan the shapeshifter, when he was found wandering about in Alfred's London. I desperately wanted to travel back in time to see him. I imagined him looking exactly like Sirius. Then I wanted to see what really happened during the invasion, when the pure blood nonsense became such a fetish. Were they threatened? Or just converted? It's a mystery no one will be able to solve, but I still want to know.
From: (Anonymous) Date: February 6th, 2008 04:27 am (UTC) (Link)
Evvie/Nate, how did you fall in love, or realize you were more than friends?

Sanjiv, did anything permeate your consciousness during the long years of coma? How did it change when you finally slipped away and "died?"

Ruthless, what kind of mother are you? What sort of shenanigans do you put up with/encourage, and where do you put your foot down? What are your children like?

Sorry for the anonymous. I have no live journal account, but found my way to your site when I got impatient about the slowness of Sugar Quill updates to "Forest Guard." I love your stories.

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: February 6th, 2008 04:51 am (UTC) (Link)
Evvie: I always had a crush--
Nate: --on Alderman.
Evvie: Well, yes, but on you as well. All of the girls had crushes on you.
Nate: Of course, who could blame them?
Evvie: Indeed. :smiles: Nate, do you suppose we should admit it?
Nate: Admit what?
Evvie: When we--
Nate: --about the transformation together?
Evvie: Well, I guess that answers it. We, er, transformed together, rather accidentally, and when we woke up, together, we had a very long talk about broken down barriers.

Sanjiv: I wasn't where my body was. I was aware of time passing, of shadows, cold... but I couldn't hear people talking to me, or feel them touching me. I wish I could say I had. Since Tonks and the Marauders found me and brought me across, I've been able to watch the children come to visit and listen to them tell me things, but it's like watching them on a VCR recording rather than having been there for them.

Ruthless: What kind of mother is anyone? I'm the same sort of mother that I am a person. My sons think I'm daring and a little crazy, and I don't disabuse them of the notion. James and I started taking them up on broomsticks to play one-on-one Quidditch when they were just toddlers. The boys know I won't put up with them being disrespectful to me, but I don't count a bit of cheek as real disrespect, and neither does James, so our dinner table tends to be little more, shall we say lively than Gran Molly tends to like. As to what the boys are like? Fin's to be Map-Master after Mira Lupin, and has the personality to be a Marauder. Rufus is like me, and has got in trouble quite a lot for fighting, but he's a good sort. He looks like his uncle Al, though.
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From: rosathome Date: February 6th, 2008 04:32 am (UTC) (Link)
I'd like to ask Ruthless what she wore on her wedding day and whether James was allowed to be soppy at any point?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: February 6th, 2008 04:57 am (UTC) (Link)
Victoire talked me into a dress, but I drew the line at lace. Lace? Not a chance. So it was just a simple sleeveless white dress, just down to my knees. Flat shoes, as I intended to dance (despite the possible danger to guests). Mum tried to tame my hair, but it was a no-go, so I just made a pony tail and tied it with a white ribbon, which had fallen out by the end of the ceremony anyway. I gave it to Mira. She wore it around for hours, and pretended to marry every boy she could find.

James got a bit soppy the next morning, and I let him, but you have to understand that for James, telling me a joke is a more normal way of saying that he loves me than actually saying it.
kiwi_kimi From: kiwi_kimi Date: February 6th, 2008 04:43 am (UTC) (Link)
Maddie, what do you think of Frankie's special friend Tinnie?

(By the way, I was struggling to remember if Frankie was an OC, then I remembered that his parents were, so it was probably a safe assumption :-) Your characterisation is very good).
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: February 6th, 2008 05:00 am (UTC) (Link)
Tinny is a great relief. Frankie is a lovely boy, but for some reason, he never had a lot of girlfriends, and Daff and I were worried that he might be alone for quite some time. But Tinny is a dear--a Hufflepuff with a good heart, completely loyal, and they like one another. It's not just loving each other. If they weren't in love, they'd still be hanging around together.

I'm quite delighted with her. Now, if Carny can manage to get her mind away from professional Quidditch players who live on her posters and Mac can get his head back on his studies and away from every pretty girl at Hogwarts, I'll be entirely happy.
bends From: bends Date: February 6th, 2008 04:56 am (UTC) (Link)
oh yay!

Teddy, how do you feel about James and Ruthless?

(to me Teddy is an OC, because you're the one who fleshed him out)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: February 6th, 2008 05:07 am (UTC) (Link)
At first, I didn't entirely believe it. Neither of them told me, of course, but James lives in the old house, and when I fly around the island in the mornings, I can't help but notice that now and then, there was an extra pair of trainers on the back step, and I knew the trainers perfectly well. I didn't exactly ask about it. I just... let it happen. It's strange, but it also feels right. James needs someone like Ruthless, who lets him fly off on tangents and do what he needs to do without judging him for it. And God knows, Ruthless needs someone who loves her because she's a complete lunatic. They're good together.
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fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: February 6th, 2008 05:16 am (UTC) (Link)
Alderman: Well, we still maintain the community, and enjoy getting together with each moon. Evvie and Nate keep house there, and their adopted son, Neil, built a house of his own. He married Gabrielle's daughter Elaine, and they have a son that they call Ron, after Ron Weasley, who helped them in a bad spot when the French wizarding government tried to stop them from marrying. My parish is close by, though of course my vocation goes around the world, as Rome has me ministering to all werewolves. Marty Hamilton lives in Paris, but he's a frequent visitor. Coral finally got training as a Healer, and she travels from place to place, helping other lycanthropes. Vivian's been trying to get a teaching job at Beauxbatons.

I don't know if you'd count it as a connection to the clan, but Nate built the big house at Marauder's Roost!
demonoflight From: demonoflight Date: February 6th, 2008 05:09 am (UTC) (Link)
Am I right in remembering that Corky became a teacher as an adult? If so, I want to ask him what the bloody hell possessed him to do that.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: February 6th, 2008 05:21 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, the opportunity presented itself. It sounded like fun. Honoria and I were visiting my sister (she's in a Muggle touring company, and we went to see her perform in Nunavut--I didn't say it was a big touring company), and on a lark, I suggested that we go see the school I'd have gone to if it hadn't been Hogwarts. The Defensive Magic post was open, and they were interviewing, and I thought it would be fun to give it a shot. Honoria said it would serve me right if I got it. Then I got it.
willowbough From: willowbough Date: February 6th, 2008 05:09 am (UTC) (Link)
Vivian: It must have been so hard to leave a place where you were starting to fit in, and through no fault of your own. What did you finally decide to do with your life, and did you find someone special to share it with?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: February 6th, 2008 05:25 am (UTC) (Link)
I've tried to find work teaching about magical creatures at Beauxbatons, but it's as much a slog in France as it is in Britain. I never married, but I'm not alone. I'm with my pack. When I need a friend to share things with, Alderman is always there, and when he needs help with his mission, I'm always there, so it's something of a partnership, though I haven't gone so far as to don a habit. Now, I'm thinking that I could end up something like Minerva McGonagall, who is such a wonderful lady that I don't mind at all following in her footsteps.
From: (Anonymous) Date: February 6th, 2008 05:14 am (UTC) (Link)
Ooh, fun. I admit, I haven't read all of your works yet (working chronologically, I'm up to mid-Forest Guard), so forgive me if this is answered somewhere in one of the stories.

To any of the Smeltings teaching staff: Did you ever find out what became of your old friends Raymond and Dora Lewis? Did you ever find out about what it was they were hiding?

Sorry about the anonymous. I'm at work and don't want to log in.

- Severely Lupine
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: February 6th, 2008 05:29 am (UTC) (Link)
Miriam: We did find out, and we did whatever we could to help them, even though it did require working with Dudley Dursley.

Alan: And of course, Andromeda told us later... what happened. Bloody, miserable waste of life, and quite enough to make me doubt the existence of God, if I weren't already an atheist.
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