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Teddy Lupin and the Daedalus Maze, Chapter Six: Tar and Feathers, pt. 2 - The Phantom Librarian
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Teddy Lupin and the Daedalus Maze, Chapter Six: Tar and Feathers, pt. 2
School is back in session, and Teddy's studies--Hogwarts sanctioned and not-so-much sanctioned--are recommencing. He and Donzo are arranging time to work on the Animagus spell, and Robards has given an experimental assignment for his DADA students to look for Dark wizards who've disappeared. It occurs to Teddy that the Daedalus Maze might be useful in this.

Table of Contents and Summary So Far

When Teddy got back to Gryffindor Tower after his last afternoon class, he found Victoire and Marie Weasley crouched on either side of the sofa, throwing jinxes at each other. Most of the first and third year girls were ranged around, watching the festivities with avid interest.

"Honestly!" Victoire yelled, popping up and trying to Freeze Marie. "I'm just trying to help!"

Marie ducked the spell, but lost hold of her wand. As she darted her hand under the sofa trying to find it, she said, "You - are - not - in - charge!" She grabbed her wand and jabbed it at Victoire's feet, trying a Slipping Hex, but one day's experience hadn't really given her the wherewithal to handle it. Victoire just hopped to one side, as if she'd been stung on the ankle by an inept bumblebee.

Teddy dropped his book bag and went to Marie. He hauled her up to her feet and sat her down on the sofa, then grabbed Victoire and pulled her away.

"What are you doing?"

"Nothing!" Victoire twitched her arm toward Marie. "She had a lot of homework, and she wanted to go off and read Witch Weekly, and I just suggested that she could do her homework first, which would be so much more efficient--"

Teddy shook his head and said quietly, "You know that drives her crazy."

"I'm just trying to help her! I didn't even tell her she had to do it, just said she could think about it..."

"Come on, Victoire. Give her some space. I gave you space when you got here."

It was apparently the wrong thing to say. Victoire reached into her bag, which was never a good sign. Teddy put his hand on her wrist to stop whatever she meant to grab from being pulled out. He looked up at Marie, who was now gloating, and ground his teeth. Weren't any of the other prefects around?

Keeping hold of Victoire's wrist, he turned on Marie. "And you!" he said. "You show your sister some respect."

"What? But she--"

"She's being Victoire. Your sister. You know her."

"But..." Marie looked anxiously at the other first years.

"Oh, I see," Teddy said. "Well, if you're so afraid of what all your friends think of your sister, perhaps you're in the wrong house."

Marie's jaw dropped, and her cheeks turned flame red. "I knew you'd take Victoire's side! You always take Victoire's side!"

"I'm not taking anyone's side. Five points from Gryffindor from each of you." He squirmed a little, feeling eyes on him. He looked between them, then at Victoire, who was still looking mutinous. "And no inter-year hex wars," he said.

Victoire jabbed her wand at him--wrong-handed--mumbled something, and suddenly, his fingers turned to jelly, and her hand slipped away. She turned on her heel and went up the girls' staircase. Teddy reversed her spell with a quick incantation and frowned after her.

Marie reached for a copy of Witch Weekly. Teddy Banished it across the room and said, "Do your homework, Marie."

Marie picked up another magazine and turned her back on him.

Near the fireplace, a book lowered, and Teddy caught a glimpse of Ruthless's cloud of red hair. He went and sat down across from her, deciding to let her decide whether to talk or finish her work.

She laughed. "Nice work, Prefect."

"Yes, well. Thank you for cutting that off before I had to take points."

"Oh, don't worry. I got ten from Morse for being the first to finish my Confusion Concoction, so we're no worse off than we were this morning."

"How is Ch--er, Professor Morse--doing?"

"She's not half-bad, actually. Her husband's been watching classes. He's more interested than we are, I think."

"I should talk to him sometime soon. He was one of Dad's students, too. Nice bloke, really." Teddy looked into the fire and watched the patterns in the flames for a while. "Donzo's meeting me later to keep studying what we were working on last year. I don't suppose..."

She sighed. "I'd best not. I need to keep my nose clean." She slammed the book shut. "This is silly. Harry Potter's marks weren't all that marvelous."

"Here's hoping you don't have to go through his alternate method of proving himself."


She didn't go back to studying, but didn't seem to have much else to say, so after a few minutes, Teddy excused himself to his room, grabbing his book bag on the way.

He thought briefly about going into his parents' memories, saved for him on Dad's wedding band, but they mainly repeated themselves now. Mum and Dad hadn't lived long enough to save so many happy memories that Teddy could discover them forever. He also had a feeling that every moment he spent watching them enjoy themselves with absent friends and family, the image of the moonlight glinting off of Bellatrix's knife would interfere with any enjoyment he might find himself.

Instead, he got out the Daedalus Maze, wondering how he might focus it to look for Roderick Brimmann. When he'd gone in with Maddie, they'd found paths that started in places they shared, but what did he share with a pirate who'd died three hundred and fifty years ago? The only pirates he knew anything about were the romantic creatures who populated the pages of several Fifi LaFolle books, and Brimmann didn't seem a very good match for them. Still, as it was the only connection he could think of, he dug up the second book of The Trials of Tirza, the melodramatic series mum had been reading just before she died, which featured a crew of swashbucklers who'd come to the aid of the intrepid heroine. He Transfigured the cover into a boring text on Charms, and read it through a quick dinner, then, the image of the pirate captain clearly in mind, returned to his room. He took Ariadne's Thread in one hand and his wand in the other, said, "Sulci Numine," and was drawn into the strange, unreal world of the Maze.

Instead of one of the high place where he'd first begun with Maddie, or any place known to him in the real world, he found himself in the crow's nest of Tirza's ship, looking down on an ocean with a maze of tiny islets. He'd been on this ship in his dreams, and knew the layout. He'd often found his parents here, or the other Marauders. But the feel was different this time. It wasn't real. It was just an image the Maze had found in his mind. At the base of the mast, the pirate captain waited.

Teddy took only a step over the edge of the crow's nest, and found himself on deck. The pirate captain stood waiting patiently for him, his back turned. Beyond the bow of the ship, the shape of the maze was more distinct, the islands really rocky walls. Teddy approached the captain. There was a familiar set to the man's shoulders, but nothing Teddy could immediately identify. He just seemed to be a grimy-looking old tar with a bit of a limp. Not exactly what Teddy had pictured for the pirate captain, but then, who knew what the Maze would make of him.


The pirate didn't turn, but he did walk to the front of the ship, where a lifeboat was waiting on its ropes to be lowered down to the sea. He got into it, his back still turned, and Teddy followed, finding himself on the boat without actually climbing in.

There was the creak of rope on wood, then they were descending toward the wine-dark sea, toward the high walls of stone. Teddy could imagine Scylla and Charybdis carrying on their endless, fatal conversation somewhere nearby, then decided it would be wiser not to imagine such a thing in the Maze.

"Can you show me Brimmann?" he asked.

The pirate captain didn't answer. He was wearing ragged black robes, and a shock of dirty gray hair fell down his back.

The lifeboat went between the high rocks, around a left turn. Water crashed against the rock, and froze still. In it, Teddy could see tormented men and women, reflected in the sun on the water. In the rush of the sea, he could hear laughter.

"Are those Brimmann's victims?" he asked.

The captain began to whistle, and turned right, into a darker passage. Ghost ships sailed around, but the walls took on new shapes, the shapes of trees. The sky was becoming purple. Teddy looked up to read the stars, but they made strange, moving constellations that he couldn't recognize. A shimmering silver disk was rising, a full moon...

Teddy scrambled to the back of the boat.

"I need to know about Roderick Brimmann," he said.

The captain turned and smiled, his sharpened teeth gleaming in the moonlight. Fenrir Greyback threw back his head and howled, his body elongating, his fingers erupting into claws. He leapt at Teddy as he changed.

Teddy grabbed Ariadne's Thread and screamed, "Home!"

He felt himself snatched upward on a draft, saw the maze below him, Greyback howling his fury into the open air, then he was back in his room, clutching his wand and the thread.

He sat down on the floor, breathing heavily. Checkmate crawled out from under the bed and came to him, nosing at him in a concerned way. He picked her up and rocked her absently.

That hadn't been entirely in the plan.


The werewolf who had destroyed Dad's life, the man Teddy had killed.

Why would he, of all people, have appeared as a guide? Teddy certainly hadn't been thinking of him, and he had no connection that Teddy could imagine to Roderick Brimmann.

His breathing slowed and evened.

He'd gone too fast, looked too directly. He needed to learn the Maze better before he tried something like that again. He had to know why it did the things it did before it could be useful.

He glanced at his hands to see if they'd stopped shaking, and gaped at his watch.

He'd also have to learn to keep track of time on the inside of the Maze. It had somehow got to be eleven-fifty, and if he didn't hurry, Donzo'd be waiting around outside Ravenclaw without any way of knowing if there were teachers around.

Teddy grabbed the Marauder's Map, checked it for any lurking dangers downstairs, and slipped out into the Hogwarts night.
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allie_meril From: allie_meril Date: April 15th, 2008 05:41 am (UTC) (Link)
She grabbed her wand and jabbed it at Marie's feet, Victoire's feet?

"Yes, well. Thank you for cutting that off before I had to take points." What? How did Ruthless stop him from taking points?

Holy cow, that freaked me out. It doesn't help, I suppose, that I'm in relaxed and snoozy and getting ready to go to bed myself... What a twist, having Greyback being Teddy's guide(?).

I loved the interaction between Teddy, Victoire, and Marie at the start. That quip about being afraid of the other first years, Teddy the Prefect: hee! Good stuff. And Victoire being just as particular with her sisters as she is with everyone else. It'll be interesting to see how Marie differs from her.

He'd gone too fast, looked too directly. He needed to learn the Maze better before he tried something like that again. He had to know why it did the things it did before it could be useful. Good boy, Teddy. A nice sentence that shows he's got more of a handle on himself, and he doesn't need to push and shove for answers the way he did back in Forest Guard.

Yay for practicing Animagi transforma-- er, theory. Totally theory. In a theoretical and completely non-practical way. *g*
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: April 15th, 2008 06:08 am (UTC) (Link)
Definitely Victoire's feet, but Teddy was just being sarcastic--glad to see you sitting here, doing nothing, so I'd have to be the heavy... ;p

Victoire is probably worse with her sisters than with other people, because she's had power over them. And of course, they're not exactly going to ever be in thrall to her beauty.
anj1290 From: anj1290 Date: April 15th, 2008 06:23 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, Victoire. She strikes me as something of a prank-playing combination between Hermione and Fleur (and wow, that sounds so absurd when I put it that way). :-) I think I'm going to like Marie, though. And Teddy makes a good prefect. The Greyback thing creeped me out, as I'm sure it was supposed to--good thing Teddy was able to get his wits about him enough to get out of there, because I'm not sure I wouldn't have frozen in terror. Also, I hope that we get to see a Teddy/Daniel conversation at some point.

Favorite line: "Here's hoping you don't have to go through his alternate method of proving himself." *grins* Indeed. That sounded very Remus-y to me, somehow.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: April 15th, 2008 06:34 am (UTC) (Link)
That sounded very Remus-y to me, somehow.

Every now and then, it shows. ;p
nundu_art From: nundu_art Date: April 15th, 2008 11:17 am (UTC) (Link)
Ooo, glad I read this segment this morning instead of before I went to bed! *shivers*

One beta pick: 'Instead of one of the high place where... That should be places.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: April 15th, 2008 03:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oops. I'll catch that, thanks.

Teddy may have taken the idea of using the Maze a bit too literally.
satakieli From: satakieli Date: April 15th, 2008 12:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Eek. Good for Teddy for keeping his head; I was beginning to suspect he had no self-preservation instincts.

It looks like the prefect business may be harder for him than I expected. Well, perhaps that's just with people he's known all his life.
From: (Anonymous) Date: April 15th, 2008 12:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
Teddy had instincts well enough to save himself in his real life.
marycontraria From: marycontraria Date: April 15th, 2008 12:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Maybe the Maze has shown him a connection that he wouldn't otherwise have thought of? Maybe he should start looking for Brimmann somewhere relating to Greyback?
From: (Anonymous) Date: April 15th, 2008 12:54 pm (UTC) (Link)

Fenny's Family

That's what I thought. At first I thought the pirate man got bitten and became Greyback, but I remembered Greyback got bitten by a wolf he caught, so I thought a relative. The only relatives we know are his parents, the squib mother whose father sent her to that horrible Auschitz-like camp, and his dad who was a werewolf gaurd at the camp. That's not enough for us to go on yet. I love these kind of stories!
From: (Anonymous) Date: April 15th, 2008 12:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Excellent chapter so far! I love the assignment from Robards, and I can't wait to see how Teddy ends up with this. Something that struck me as to why Greyback would show up...he's the worst person Teddy has ever dealt with personally, and now he's looking for another dark wizard. Perhaps that connection came up subconciously? Evil guiding him to evil, or some such thing.

Lady Stratford
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: April 15th, 2008 03:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's the closest to what I had in mind when it first occurred to me that it was Greyback down there on deck.
marikenobi From: marikenobi Date: April 15th, 2008 01:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oooh Marie & Victorie in the same house should be fun. Poor everybody else though...

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: April 15th, 2008 03:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
Heh, no kidding. Marie's trying to set limits. Victoire doesn't even get why such things ought to exist.
lollapulizer From: lollapulizer Date: April 15th, 2008 01:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
Woah! That was really creepy. I'm just wondering, can Teddy get hurt while in the maze? I don't mean psychologically, because that one's obvious, I mean physically. Or can he get lost and not be able to come out?

Also, I loved the sisterly interaction between Victoire and Marie.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: April 15th, 2008 03:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, he burned his hand when he tried to touch Tonks the first time, but could he get hurt in the way it seems he would--by falling, being bitten, whatever? I don't know. I think he needs to have some communication with Maddie.
willowbough From: willowbough Date: April 15th, 2008 01:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Teddy's in the right house--who else but a Gryffindor would have the audacity or foolhardiness to get between two angry females? And by the looks of it, he's going to be a somewhat more effective prefect than Remus because he doesn't feel the need to let his friends off the hook just because they're his friends. Of course, now both Weasley sisters are mad at him, but you can't win 'em all.

Greyback's appearance in the Maze was definitely a shocker. Although it raises questions as to whether Brimmann might have been a werewolf. Looking forward to the next.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: April 15th, 2008 03:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
And by the looks of it, he's going to be a somewhat more effective prefect than Remus because he doesn't feel the need to let his friends off the hook just because they're his friends.

I'm sure Remus appreciated the irony of a Lupin delivering the particular sort of guilt he gave to Marie...

Teddy has no reason to assume someone will stop being his friend, so he just doesn't have that insecurity. Of trying to act like the eldest Weasley sibling will make Victoire furious in more ways than it's possible to count.
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fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: April 15th, 2008 03:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
We're definitely seeing more of Daniel. I don't know how everything hangs together yet, but I definitely wanted and needed Daniel around.
From: glynngriffiths Date: April 15th, 2008 02:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ooohh... chilling encounter with Greyback in the Maze. I'm understanding why Ariadne developed her thread - safeguards were definitely needed. Will we find out what happened with Phineas, Dumbledore, and the others that resulted in their resignations? And why Dumbledore wanted the Maze in Azkaban? I'm so intrigued by that past-story. In any event, Teddy is getting very wise, realising that he's going too fast and needs to approach the problem from a different angle. You can really see him growing up, can't you? I especially liked how he broke up the Marie-Victoire battle in the Common Room, without throttling either one of them (I think I might have been tempted... those two in one space are a handful!) . Does his quip about Ruthless not breaking them up mean that she's a prefect, too? (Or just older and able to exert power over them?)

Favorite line, though, was definitely: "Here's hoping you don't have to go through his alternate method of proving himself." It's just snarky enough to be funny, and yet so completely right you can't get upset with him. Ah, Remus is coming out in Teddy for sure.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: April 15th, 2008 03:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
I wouldn't have dangled the backstory if I didn't mean to get to it. :) Ruthless isn't a prefect, but Teddy's thinking of her as a sort of auxiliary family member who really ought to have stepped in before points were lost.
hungrytiger11 From: hungrytiger11 Date: April 15th, 2008 04:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yay for Marie/Victoire interaction. you know, it felt very realistic too, and that's coming from an older sister. I was totally agreeing with Victoire's reasonings...till I said to myself. "Wait, hon. They are fictional."

I'm so glad the maze is back in this bit too. You have such an interesting and complex magical device there....
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: April 15th, 2008 06:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
As an only child, I'm glad to hear that. I speak sibling as a halting foreign language. ;p
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From: (Anonymous) Date: April 15th, 2008 05:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Interesting. Greyback is, as you said, a spiritual brother to the pirate in question. They were both relatively inferior wizards who spent time in hiding and who grabbed onto something that provided an image that was bigger than they were, werewolf and pirate.

So, did the pirate in question, like Greyback, latch onto an up and coming Dark Lord type? Seems like he would have been noticed if he had, unless the DL provided him some structure and disguise that made the connection less than obvious.

I have to admit, that doesn't feel right. The Greyback image feels more emotionally pivotal. A more real transformation, metaphorical or literal, seems like it would have been involved.

Honoria may be in for disappointment. Rita doesn't strike me as being interested in the _truth_, just how good the story is. If she'd ever been interested in JFK assassination theories, she'd probably jump from one to the other, reporting them just as seriously, and not care if they were mutually exclusive. I can see her informing Honoria that someone was eaten by wolves, sold into slavery, and lived to a ripe old age living off ill gotten plunder, and not batting an eyelash at the problems in that.


Well, the fifth year looks like it's going to be pretty interesting.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: April 15th, 2008 06:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
A more real transformation, metaphorical or literal, seems like it would have been involved.

:whistles to self:

If the dark wizard Honoria ended up with was remotely scandalous, Rita might have some good gossip about him that hasn't made the history books, and gossip could end up helping her find something more solid... but yes, if she thinks she'll just get an answer, she hasn't quite gotten the measure of Rita yet.
cleindori From: cleindori Date: April 15th, 2008 05:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
What a great combination of day-to-day and the surreal creepyness of the Maze. Poor Teddy, having his first real act as a prefect be taking points from family -- but it needed to be done, and it's good that he's able to keep from playing favourites. The girls will get over the "betrayal" of Our Teddy actually (*gasp*) imposing consequences for misbehaviour!

I'm really looking forward to seeing more of Teddy's explorations of the Maze, and also his Animagus studies. Keep it up, Fern, we're hanging on your every word. :)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: April 15th, 2008 06:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! I worry about these things as I'm doing them, so I'm always glad to see the comments.

And yes, imagine--the nerve of Our Teddy!
got_it_bub From: got_it_bub Date: April 15th, 2008 10:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love watching siblings argue, cause they just know how the other ticks and know how to annoy them.

Not that i've ever annoyed my brothers... ;)
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