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Teddy Lupin and the Daedalus Maze, Chapter Nine: Twists and Turns, pt. 1 - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
Teddy Lupin and the Daedalus Maze, Chapter Nine: Twists and Turns, pt. 1
Teddy is chasing down his assignment--the pirate Roderick Brimmann--and has decided to use the Maze, but needs more information before he can use it properly. He contacts Fifi LaFolle, who researched pirates, including Brimmann, for her books, and she provides him with Brimmann's logs. After studying them for a few weeks, he decides to try it again. Meanwhile, he continues his Animagus study, Buckbeak continues to be disappointed in his exuberant son Dapple, and Victoire is moping about a letter.

Table of Contents and Summary So Far

Teddy carefully finished his all of his homework before starting with the Maze. He also chose Friday night, in case time slipped again. He supposed he should ask Maddie about that, but found that he wanted to master it on his own, learn Brimmann's fate, then go to her and say, "Look what I've done with the Maze." Stupid, probably, but he couldn't help it. It wouldn't be very satisfying to say, "See what you've been helping me with all year? Well, I finished."

Once he finished the conclusion of an essay for Professor Morse (comparative analysis of several pain-killing ingredients), he put away all of his homework, picked up Checkmate, and went downstairs. Victoire was sitting by the fire, listlessly playing clock solitaire with an Exploding Snap deck. It blew up in her face as he reached her, coating her face and hair with fine ash. She wiped it away in slow strokes.

Teddy sat down beside her. "Are you all right?"

"Hmm? Yes."

"Are you sure?"

"Yes. Fine." She frowned in a more normal, irritated way, and took a swipe at her face. "Stupid things."

"Hold still," Teddy said, and set Checkmate down. He tipped her face up, then pointed his wand at her. "Abluo."

The ashes slid gently from her cheeks, which went quite red. "I don't think anyone's washed my face for me since Aimee came along," she said. "Thanks. I could have done it later."

Teddy checked for more ash in her hair, then let go of her face. "Would you mind watching Checkmate for me? I have an experiment to do, and I don't want her getting caught in it accidentally."

She raised her eyebrows. "What are you doing?"

"Just something for Robards," he said.

"Is it dangerous?"

"Not if you know what you're doing, but Checkmate hasn't got very far in her Defense studies yet."

"I don't know. James sent me a story. Checkmate seemed very proficient." She scooped Checkmate up. "By the way, he asked if you had any stories for him. Aunt Hermione told him you'd be busy this year, so he said he's not to pester you. But I think he supposed you'd be pining away if you didn't start writing yourself by now, and he's pouting that you haven't written anything for him."

Teddy sighed. "I'll get something together later. Could you give me the Checkmate story? I'll write him another chapter."

She nodded and turned her attention to the cat, kissing the tips of her ears and baby-talking in French. Checkmate squirmed, and Teddy wondered if her lips tickled.

He blinked and shook that thought out of his head. This could easily become problematic. He'd have to find a new girlfriend--an actual one--before the first Hogsmeade weekend. Victoire Weasley had no business occupying that particular niche in his imagination.

Perhaps Jane Hunter. Teddy had always liked her, but never known her particularly well. He decided to ask her out. Soon.

"So, you'll keep an eye on Checks?"

She nodded absently. "Bushy always likes their visits," she said. "I'll take her upstairs."

"Thank you." Teddy felt an absurd urge to pet her hair on his way back up to his dormitory, but he resisted it. He got to his room and closed the door. Worrying about girls wasn't going to helpful in dealing with the Daedalus Maze.

It was sitting on his desk, looking rich and pristine as it had when Maddie had put it into his care.

"I don't want to see myself," he said aloud. "I want to see Brimmann. Possibilities." He bit his lip. According to Maddie, the Maze had begun as a Divination tool, to show possible paths. However much it had gained over the years, its original function, like its original shape, still had to be there, just as Teddy's own blood continued to pump through his veins, no matter how he happened to change the body around it.

He just needed to start where history left off--with Brimmann's last known voyage. He would see how the possibilities branched off, come out of the Maze, then research what he'd seen before going back.


Nothing fancy. Just using it as it was meant to have been used.

He raised his wand, said the incantation, and found himself in the crow's nest again, but this time, instead of the familiar, romantic ship from the Tirza stories, he was aboard Brimmann's cramped, barely seaworthy craft. He could smell rotting food coming up from below decks, just as the logs had described it. In the water, not far off, was a small island, the last place to have seen Brimmann pass. The islanders had hidden while pirates came ashore and ransacked their food supplies, taking nearly half of what they'd saved.

Teddy climbed over the edge of the nest, and found himself on deck. The captain was at the wheel. Teddy examined him carefully for any resemblance to Fenrir Greyback, then approached him.

"What might have happened?"

The captain looked over his shoulder and nodded, then steered the ship around. Over the bow, Teddy could see the ocean flowing in bends and twists into the Maze.

"Left," Teddy said.

The ship went left. The other paths could wait. Today, he would explore one, and only one, and only as far as he could get out without using Ariadne's thread.

Along this path, the sky suddenly turned gray, churning, with lightning arcing between the clouds.

"Lash the sails!" someone cried, and there was the thunder of footsteps around him, though he saw no images. A wave rose up on the starboard side. Teddy looked into it, and he saw dozens of other ships, dozens of captains. A close one looked back at him. His face was bloody and dazed. The wave crashed over the deck and the images disappeared.

"Right," Teddy muttered, and the ship went to the right. Teddy found himself on a broken piece of wood, clinging to it among the waves as the ship sank nearby. The captain, across from him, continued to swim. Teddy followed. There was no land to head for.

The Maze went a fuzzy sort of gray, then there were other people in the water. The captain continued to swim away. Teddy moved among the injured and dead, trying not to touch them, remembering what had happened when he'd touched Mum the first time he'd tried the Maze.

"Help me," someone whispered.

"No, me," someone else echoed.

"Me, me, me..."

They didn't seem to see Teddy, but they were crowding him nonetheless. He moved backward easily through the water, against the current, then said, "Left" and found himself back in the storm, and "right," which took him back to the ship. Beyond the bow, more possibilities opened up. But he'd start with this one for now--a freak storm, a wreck. He'd need to find out about weather, and check Muggle shipwreck reports. It didn't feel right, and he suspected that he'd find nothing, but it was at least a theory to work with and either prove or disprove.

And he'd done it without dwelling on his own phantasms.

So far.

He looked up at the crow's nest and imagined himself in it, and a moment later, found himself there.

"Out," he whispered.

The Maze disappeared, and Teddy was back in his room. He checked his watch. He'd lost some time, but not much. It was ten-thirty.

He'd done it.

Pleased with himself, he took down a scroll and recorded what he'd seen as faithfully as possible. At the top, he drew the beginning of a map--starting at the ship, then left, then right. He didn't think there was any further to follow this path. If the ship had gone down, that was the answer.

He'd have to try another path next.

He didn't feel particularly sleepy, so he dug in his trunk for a Muggle notebook and started a story for James, even though he hadn't read the Checkmate story yet. This one would be about a princess on an island. It would--

Teddy blinked. Somehow, he must have fallen asleep, because he'd filled the notebook page not with one of the ridiculous stories he wrote for James, but with a clumsily drawn Labyrinth. The center of it was a solid black box. The original lines showed paths that went to it, but without realizing what he was doing, he had drawn lines through them, building walls to block the way.

He tore the page out, crumpled it, and Incinerated it.

He slept again, dreaming of Brimmann's small, filthy ship. He was on it, but it was sailing through the Forbidden Forest. Hagrid was his guide.

"Now, yeh can see here, the Centaurs are stirred up... and righ' there, tha' was where yer mum found a place for Vivian..."

All of these stories were familiar to Teddy, so he leaned against the rail of the ship and just watched the forest. He saw a flicker of motion among the trees, then another. A tall, thin figure was walking along cheerfully.

"Dad!" he yelled.

Dad didn't answer. Teddy could see Sirius and James--Uncle Harry's father James--as well now, and a beautiful woman who he thought was Uncle Harry's mother. They all seemed very happy to be there, but they took no notice of Teddy, or the ship, or the fact that there was apparently enough water in the Forbidden Forest to sail on. All of them were gathered around someone smaller and frailer.

Then they disappeared.

Teddy heard the roar of water only a moment before the wave was upon them. He flattened himself on the floor of the ship as it was tossed toward the trees, and woke up when he was thrown from his bed to the floor of his room.

An owl was hooting softly nearby, holding out its leg, to which a letter was attached. It was from Uncle Harry.
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fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 12th, 2008 03:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
You're welcome! I love writing Teddy.
xtineebee From: xtineebee Date: May 11th, 2008 09:15 am (UTC) (Link)
I've been dreadfully remiss in commenting on this latest series, I'm sorry. I loved the Fifi scenes, and Teddy's reproach of Remus & Tonks' tale not being romantic, since they were dead; priceless!

The maze is a wonderful invention - i cannot wait to see where it leads to, eventually (and would LOVE to see any outtakes of the makers with it - I always miss your calls for writing requests, but my fingers are crossed I'll make one eventually).

Thank you!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 12th, 2008 03:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
Teddy has a little of Remus's cynicism hard-wired into him, I think.
From: glynngriffiths Date: May 11th, 2008 10:20 am (UTC) (Link)
So Teddy is mastering the maze - good for him! I have to admit when I read the lines, Simple.
Nothing fancy. Just using it as it was meant to have been used. I had visions of dread and disaster. But I'm quite glad Teddy came through unscathed, and with a possibility for Brimmann to ponder over.

The dream was wonderful (the way you write dreams always is!) and I find myself very intrigued by the small frail figure. And, of course, by the context of Harry's letter!

Also, I didn't review the last chapter (because I just read these two consecutively), but I really enjoyed the gentle, flowing way you indicated the passage of time. It moved me right through the months and didn't feel at all forced.
From: glynngriffiths Date: May 11th, 2008 10:22 am (UTC) (Link)
Sorry, forgot to close my italics tag!
thornyrose42 From: thornyrose42 Date: May 11th, 2008 10:57 am (UTC) (Link)
Jeez that was scary. I mean not in the whole: \"a monster has just jumped out from behind the sofa way\" but in the: \"Seriously, any minute now something is going to go wrong, completly and utterly wrong, Teddy please just get out of there now!\" way. I mean come on, he said that it would be \"Simple\" doesn\'t he know that that is almost as bad as saying \"What could possibly go wrong?\" Anyway, nothing did go wrong, obviously, but at the same time, the Maze gives my the willies.

And of course the sense of impending doom isn\'t really helped by the fact that Teddy keeps seeing Harry\'s Forest Walk in his dreams. That is only going to lead to bad confrontations and lots of shouting and Uncle Harry being removed from his nicy shiny pedestal. Which is of course is going to be interesting and sort of has to happen, but you know, it still makes me worry. D\'you hear that Fern I am worried!

And on top of all that something is deffinatly up with Victoire because listless? That just isn\'t her as she is normally, therefore I am also worried about her now. I do think that it is interesting how the two sisters have reacted so differently to being at Hogwarts, Marie seems to have a much better idea of how to get on with people that Victoire does, maybe she learned a bit more from Bill than her sister did.

I however adore the fact that Teddy has decided that he needs another girl friend. *Sigh* boys!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 12th, 2008 03:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
I mean come on, he said that it would be \"Simple\" doesn\'t he know that that is almost as bad as saying \"What could possibly go wrong?\"

Heh, yes. Maddie told him that a thing will always become what it is, but he thinks he can somehow unring the bell and use it like a simple Divination tool--Teddy needs to learn to listen!

Marie is definitely more like Bill than Victoire is. She'll take on the dragon-fang earring any day now. :D
lollapulizer From: lollapulizer Date: May 11th, 2008 12:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
Shame Teddy! That's not a reason to get a new girlfriend!

Holy crap, I think I can hear Teddy and Harry's blowout already. It's really creepy that he saw Harry's forest walk. How much does he know about it, anyway?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 12th, 2008 03:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, he knows what everyone knows--that Hagrid carried Harry back, apparently dead, then it turned out that he wasn't, and he got away because Narcissa lied. I expect only Ron and Hermione know the whole truth, or half the wizarding world would be combing the Forbidden Forest for that stone. But Teddy has two things that the rest of the wizarding world doesn't--he used the stone (albeit unknowingly) and was scarred by it (as Dumbledore says, scars can be useful!), and Harry has yet to deliver Remus's message to him.
willowbough From: willowbough Date: May 11th, 2008 01:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Whew! Glad Teddy managed to direct the Maze like that, without getting into trouble. I'm getting more interested in discovered Brimman's fate too.

And, oh dear, Teddy and Harry's (inevitable?) confrontation over the Resurrection Stone appears to be looming--which definitely won't be pretty. Speaking of pretty . . . our hero's still quite a ways off from having an epiphany about Victoire, isn't he? Lupin men! ::rolls eyes::
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 12th, 2008 03:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
And, oh dear, Teddy and Harry's (inevitable?) confrontation over the Resurrection Stone appears to be looming--which definitely won't be pretty.

No, it won't, and I'm nervous about writing it, to tell the truth. I like Harry and Teddy as devoted to each other as it's possible to be. But it has to be done!
From: (Anonymous) Date: May 11th, 2008 01:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
So the end with the Marauders and Lily is Harry's walk into the forest? I thought the frail figure was Tonks, but that doesn't make sense. When it said smaller, frailer figure, I wasn't thinking Harry since he's the same size as his dad now.

Wonderful segment!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 12th, 2008 03:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
The Maze doesn't necessarily show things as they actually looked--Harry may look frail in the Maze because he's frightened and feeling alone.
malinbe From: malinbe Date: May 11th, 2008 02:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
The Forest Again? *shudders*
I was so nervous during the Maze trip. I'm glad Teddy's ok.

So Victoire is moping over a letter and now Harry sent a letter to Teddy- I wonder if something's up on the Weasley Clan.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 12th, 2008 03:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
The Maze is an odd magical item (odder than I thought when I started).

Harry's letter and Victoire's don't have much to do with each other. :)
darth_pipes From: darth_pipes Date: May 11th, 2008 04:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Very good, Fern. I liked how you mixed Teddy's dream with Harry's walk through the Forbidden Forest.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 12th, 2008 03:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
From: (Anonymous) Date: May 11th, 2008 05:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
So, Teddy has finally discovered that Victoire's a girl. If only she knew. I bet it would cheer her up to no end, despite what's in that pesky letter. Can't wait for the Hippogriff pen!

I can wait for (and am kind of dreading) seeing the fallout from Teddy finding out about the ring and Harry's forest walk. The possibility of seeing them might be too much for Teddy. I can definitely see why he might want to apologize to Ginny like we saw in the ficlet.

Wow, there's just so much there in your stories Fern. Thank you for giving us all these wonderful plotish bits to puzzle over and enjoy.

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 12th, 2008 03:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
I was wondering if anyone remembered the hippogriff pen ficlet. :)

I'm sort of dreading the fallout, too, though I know they'll be all right in the end, largely because Harry is a very patient man.
under_crisis From: under_crisis Date: May 11th, 2008 05:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
awww fern this is cool... so the resurrection stone is coming back to haunt harry. haha. though i wonder, who put this memory into teddy's dreams? i thought that's how it works, someone in the afterlife is supposed to show this to teddy? that means either remus or sirius wanted teddy to know about this? (btw i so did not see that coming too)

and yes, you're killing us with curiosity over victoire. what gives????? can't wait for this particular plot to reveal itself
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 12th, 2008 03:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
who put this memory into teddy's dreams?

I don't know! That's the thing. I had a thought of it, and I know he sees it before Harry tells him, but I don't know why. It's possible that someone just made a mistake, but it feels a little... malicious?
From: _kneebiter Date: May 11th, 2008 06:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
I am very interested in that sketch of the Labyrinth. Simple, eh?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 12th, 2008 03:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Of course. Purely elementary stuff, really...
summoner_lenne9 From: summoner_lenne9 Date: May 11th, 2008 07:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oooooohhh, I realized some things I think are gonna happen in this story half way through. One- I think the letter is some sort of 'You can't have a boyfriend' which'll lead into that first kiss *snorts*. Two- Teddy will find out alot of things. Like how close he was to them dying, and above all the ring. I thought that even before you wrote it again. He'll figure out about the ring and freak OUT.

And I love his train of thought. "Oh, one girl left in my year I haven't dated who isn't a bitch and isn't dating my friend. She's nice. Must ask her out to ignore pretty french girl who I CANNOT LIKE...."
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 12th, 2008 03:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
He'll figure out about the ring and freak OUT.

That's very succinct. :) I know I'd freak the hell out, anyway.
From: daphne_23 Date: May 11th, 2008 09:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Very curious as to what is going on with Victoire - liked the image of her, Teddy and Ruthless studying together in the last segment, and Victoire's careful positioning! Love their awkward dynamic. And now I'm intrigued by Harry's letter as well... oh dear this is the first story of yours I've followed while it was being posted, and I'm beginning to see what everyone means about the cliffhangers!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 12th, 2008 03:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
The other stories have moved more quickly, I'm afraid. :)
hungrytiger11 From: hungrytiger11 Date: May 11th, 2008 10:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oooh! Wonderful. The maze scenes and the dreams scenes have a very similar vibe to them. It makes me wonder what effect the maze has on people, especially with the creepy blacking out.

The Teddy/Victoire thing was so cute...
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 12th, 2008 03:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Teddy has some control issues, I think, that make Victoire's neat-freak tendencies look bush-league--he can't really apply them to something like the Maze, which Maddie tried to tell him.
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