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Teddy Lupin and the Daedalus Maze, Chapter Ten: The Undelivered Message, pt. 1 - The Phantom Librarian
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Teddy Lupin and the Daedalus Maze, Chapter Ten: The Undelivered Message, pt. 1
Not much to summarize. Teddy kissed Victoire, against his better judgment, then watched the hippogriffs learning to fly.

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At dinner, Victoire was aggressively normal toward him, even throwing a Weasley Wheeze at him (an exploding marshmallow chick), though she looked away quickly rather than helping him wipe it off of his face. No one seemed to notice anything amiss. Ruthless sat beside him and told him about a particularly good defense spell she'd found in Mum's book which she wanted to try out as soon as she found someone willing to be temporarily rendered magic-less.

"That was one of Mum's?" Teddy asked, surprised.

"No, just in the book. I think it was older. I've heard of it--Spell-Binding--but no one uses it anymore. Too many defenses against it; made it not worth it. But now that no one uses it, no one learns the defenses. So maybe it can be used again."

"That almost made sense," Teddy said. "Except that Granny told me that no one did Spell-Binding anymore because it never worked properly in the first place."

Ruthless looked disappointed. "Well, it's tricky, but..." She sighed. "I suppose if it had worked, the Aurors would have used it against the Death Eaters, wouldn't they?"

Teddy nodded, thinking that it would have been quite convenient if Mum had taught it to Dad, and Dad had used it on Dolohov instead of tossing his wand to Dean. Then Dad wouldn't have got hurt, and Mum wouldn't have been so distracted that Bellatrix could creep up on her.

Ruthless shrugged and moved on to a brief note she'd found on magical seafaring, which she thought might be useful in Teddy's search for Brimmann. During this, Teddy happened to look up at Victoire, who was frowning at him, her lips pressed tightly together.

He dreamed of being aboard Tirza's ship again that night, but dearly hoped that it wasn't a dream his parents were eavesdropping on, as it had featured Ruthless as the captain and Victoire as the navigator, and for some reason, they only had one skimpy uniform between them, and Teddy's job as cabin boy was to take it back and forth, and help them in and out of it.

The next day, he asked Jane Hunter if she'd go to Hogsmeade with him at the end of the week. She looked suspicious, but said yes.

"Well, it's a clean sweep of the Houses, anyway," Donzo said that night, Summoning several books to the nook in the Restricted Section where they were working by the light of a rock Teddy had charmed to glow. "Ruthless in Gryffindor, Laura in Hufflepuff, Lizzie in Ravenclaw, and now you've got a Slytherin girl."

"Yes, that was just the point," Teddy said. He pulled a few books off the top of Donzo's pile. They weren't spell books, or books from the Marauders' Animagus collection; they were books about birds, opened to the articles on hawks. Teddy scanned the first few, then said, "I kissed Victoire."

Donzo looked up, not quite following. "Was it the first time?"

"Yes! First, last... you know. Just an idiotic thing."

"Hmm. I'd reckoned she'd been after you with mistletoe since she could walk." He shrugged, unconcerned about the subject, and peeled a rather thin book from a pile on a chair. A gold bird on the cover was flapping its wings, and the title was Hunter, Messenger, Omen: The Magical Properties of the Common Hawk. "Have you read this?"

"McGonagall said not to pay a lot of attention to how other people read the symbols."

Donzo shrugged. "It might trigger something for you. It's interesting, anyway. I didn't know how much magic there was in messages. They used to use hawks to deliver messages sometimes, and one of them got caught in a magical eddy for a hundred years because it didn't get its message to the person who was supposed to get it. One day, it just blew out of a windstorm and gave it to the bloke's great-grandson, then died."

"That's comforting." Teddy took it and flipped to the page Donzo had been holding open. It was a sensationalized version of the story, and the author had put a warning into a red box to never send messages lightly, as messages which were undelivered or garbled could take on vast power as they rolled along, and would often find their way to an intended recipient through his or her weakest point. Teddy rolled his eyes--he could just imagine a note passed between girls in Divination, dropped on the floor, gathering power to possibly make one of them giggle inappropriately on some later date. Dreadful power, indeed.

"Why is it a hawk for you? Just because of your dad's memory when he was little?"

"I don't know. Probably. Why is your Patronus a raccoon?"

Donzo laughed. "When I was very little and I lived in the States, there was a raccoon who used to travel with the Pondhoppers. He just followed them around at first, but eventually, they sort of adopted him, like a dog. They called him Mask. When I came along, he took to me for some reason."

"You probably dropped food for him."

"Quite possibly." Donzo went back to his books. "At any rate, when I was about two, some genius stagehand thought I'd bring a good ransom. Went to grab me out of a play pen in the middle of a show. Mask jumped at him and bit him, and he screamed, and the day was saved for fans of great music everywhere."

"And you remember that?"

"Well, no. But I've heard the story enough; it must have stuck. And I have a picture of me slobbering all over the poor thing."

"What, you mean it's not your own memory?" Teddy grinned, and Donzo gave him a sheepish grin. Teddy laughed. "Honestly, you actually even have a good Animagus name already. You've got to do this."


"Because it's fun. And I have that reliably from other people's memories."

"Of course."

They spent the next hour going through the books on hawks. Teddy paid attention to their wing span and thought about Buckbeak trying to teach Dapple how to fly; Donzo kept trying to make comparisons between Teddy and hawks, some serious, most not ("Well, hawks are Gryffindors, definitely--no room for a brain in there"). Teddy started Summoning books on raccoons, and Donzo cheerfully bent his comparisons to himself ("Look, I wash my face all the time, too! It's practically a mirror into my soul!"). Teddy didn't think it would take much more persuasion to actually get Donzo to try the spell.

They left the library at two o'clock, when the Marauder's Map showed Filch and Mr. Norris headed for them ("When does he sleep?" Donzo muttered, Banishing the books back to the shelves), and after getting Donzo safely back to Ravenclaw, Teddy returned to his room. The Fat Lady wasn't particularly thrilled to be awakened, but she had yet to turn any Gryffindor in for curfew-breaking, so Teddy wasn't worried. He quickly put his finished homework in order for classes tomorrow, then dipped into the Maze for another Brimmann hunt. This one showed a path where he went into retirement on an island, but was murdered by locals when they found out who he was. The edges had an odd, fuzzy look to them, and Teddy thought that meant the Maze considered this a much more tentative notion than some of the others. Still, when he left, he carefully noted everything he'd seen. He wasn't sure how he was going to research these possibilities, but maybe there would be a clue that crossed from one to the other that would tie everything all up neatly.

He went to bed thinking of little but Brimmann and his unlikely island life, but dreamed again of the ship in the forest, with Hagrid steering it along, pointing out various landmarks along the way. "This 'ere's where yer Dad an' Mum brought the cubs through... over there, Sirius Black an' James Potter tried to raise billywigs... yer granny and granddad used ter come out here for a bit o' privacy..."

Teddy stood at the prow, dressed as a pirate, looking out through a scope. As Hagrid mentioned things, he could see the people--Granny dancing barefoot in a meadow while Granddad played a guitar, the Marauders and a swarm of billywigs, Mum and Maddie running down a path. All of them shimmered insubstantially, like ghosts among the living. Teddy shimmered as well. A hawk circled overhead. It was carrying a message, but it didn't come close enough for Teddy to see. It was solid, like the trees, like the ship, like the figures walking nearby, smiling, gathered around Uncle Harry, who was quite distinctly not smiling. He was bloody and filthy. Sirius and Dad and James and Lily guarded him. The leaves rustled. In their whisper, the words, "Tell Teddy..." seemed to carry through the night, but there was nothing to follow it.

"Nothing to see here!" Hagrid called out cheerfully, and the boat suddenly swung around, hard to starboard, the trees looming like enemy cannons. Teddy saw the huge tree in their path just before they struck it, and then he was falling...

He woke up when he hit the floor. He'd managed to put out one hand to break the fall, but it hadn't done a very good job. A few bright spots of blood were on the wood, and Teddy could feel his nose swelling.


He tried to morph the break back into place, but it didn't work especially well.

"Episkey," someone whispered, and something cool brushed against Teddy's shoulder.

The break didn't heal, but it did stop hurting. Teddy went to his mirror and pointed his wand at his face. "Episkey," he said.

It healed.

He wiped the blood away, gathered his books and homework, and went downstairs for breakfast.
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xtineebee From: xtineebee Date: May 19th, 2008 06:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you - the 'cabin-boy' dream will have me giggling through the rest of the day!

I think you've already said that Donzo *doesn't* become an animagus, but I will firmly keep wishing he will. As Teddy rightly points out, he's "already got the name".

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 20th, 2008 03:30 am (UTC) (Link)
Anything I say outside the fic is subject to mind-changing. If I think of a good reason for Donzo to do it (and I have a vague notion of it), then he'll go for it. :)
From: erv2 Date: May 19th, 2008 06:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
Is it time? How exciting! I also quite enjoy Donzo's casualness with the Victoire incident. After all only James is really surprised in the epilogue.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 20th, 2008 03:35 am (UTC) (Link)
I think most of Teddy's friends would be more surprised by the fact that this was the first kiss than that it had occurred.
From: marciamarcia Date: May 19th, 2008 07:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
"Episkey," someone whispered, and something cool brushed against Teddy's shoulder.

Woah. Are things following Teddy out of the maze? And why is he not more bothered by that?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 20th, 2008 03:36 am (UTC) (Link)
I don't know. That kind of came out of nowhere.
marikenobi From: marikenobi Date: May 19th, 2008 07:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh wow... cabin boy... hee hee heee

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 20th, 2008 03:36 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah... definitely not the sort of dream you want Mum and Dad walking in on!
prelud From: prelud Date: May 19th, 2008 07:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yay! Another segment!
You spoiled me with frequent updates last time - now I`m so impatient! Can`t wait for the next chapterlet!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 20th, 2008 03:37 am (UTC) (Link)
I feel so slow this time around! Ugh. I've got to get back on a fast connection so I don't try to avoid the 'net. ;p
lollapulizer From: lollapulizer Date: May 19th, 2008 07:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
This foreshadowing is killing me! I'm really interested in how Teddy manages to dream about an event that he doesn't even know took place.

And I love how Donzo was totally unsurprised by Teddy and Victoire's kiss. That's probably not the reaction Teddy was going for.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 20th, 2008 03:39 am (UTC) (Link)
Someone's showing it to him, but who and why?

And definitely not the reaction Teddy envisioned, which was probably more like, "Victoire? Are you crazy, mate? She's like your sister! And she's thirteen! This is so out of the blue that I feel I've been struck by lightning!"
got_it_bub From: got_it_bub Date: May 19th, 2008 08:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
Cabin Boy :D

Oh Teddy, you are such a boy.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 20th, 2008 03:40 am (UTC) (Link)
He is. That's one of the things that's fun to write about him. I can put him in all the dire circumstances in the world, and he'll still insist on having dreams with a wocka-wocka soundtrack. ;p
thornyrose42 From: thornyrose42 Date: May 19th, 2008 08:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes Teddy because ghostly voices always heal your scrapes and bruises. You know it says a lot about Teddy that he doesn\'t seem to be remotely freaked out by this. Silly, silly boy.

Just to let my inner fangil out for a moment: Forshadowing FTW!!!!

Although the symbolism was a mite confudelling, the message that the Hawk in the dream was carrying was Harry\'s \"message\" from Remus for Teddy, right? Or did I just competly miss the point. If I\'m right then I sincerly hope that it is a metaphorical \"death\" that is experienced rather than anything else. The death of Harry and Teddy\'s relationship as we know it? :(

You know I\'ve always wondered why none of the teachers ask the Fat Lady who was sneaking around at night, probably something to do with the finest traditions of Hogwarts and all that. After all surely anyone with an once of spine has wandered around after curfew. Although then you wonder why McGonagall was so pissed off with the kids in thier first year.

And yes Jane you have every right to be suspicious, our own dear Teddy maybe carefully avoiding his girl problems but they are surely obvious to anyone with half a brain. Oo must remember next challenge call to ask for teh conversation in the Slyth girl\'s dorm/gossip in general after Jane gets asked out by Teddy.

And I love how Donzo just accepts Teddy snogging Victoire. He\'s seen it coming.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 20th, 2008 03:42 am (UTC) (Link)
The message that the Hawk in the dream was carrying was Harry\'s \"message\" from Remus for Teddy, right?

Yup. I'm trying to think of what might have gotten triggered with the Maze that Maddie wouldn't have known about or expected. :)

I think the the teachers just have an agreement to not ask too many questions unless there's actual danger around!
carlinpaddy From: carlinpaddy Date: May 19th, 2008 08:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
ok, I agree with every one else but only one person mentioned the whisper. I originally thought Vicky was in his room, but he wouldn't have ignored her. I don't think his mum could whisper it to him anymore though either.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 20th, 2008 03:43 am (UTC) (Link)
I don't know about that whisper. I was going to have him fix it by himself, but then the "Episkey" scene came into my mind, so I added it... but I honest to God have no idea why. I'm totally winging it!
thewhiteowl From: thewhiteowl Date: May 19th, 2008 09:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
for some reason, they only had one skimpy uniform between them, and Teddy's job as cabin boy was to take it back and forth, and help them in and out of it.

The reason, Teddy dear, would be 'aged fifteen'. :)

Wasn't it Tonks who used the Epsikey spell on Harry? Hmmm....
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 20th, 2008 03:45 am (UTC) (Link)
The reason, Teddy dear, would be 'aged fifteen'. :)

That just about sums it up, I think!
hungrytiger11 From: hungrytiger11 Date: May 19th, 2008 09:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
I find it really creepy but also rather brillant how thin the line seems to be between dreams and the maze- they bleed into each other!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 20th, 2008 03:46 am (UTC) (Link)
I think that Teddy's trying to squeeze the Maze into being something simpler than it is, and, like squeezing dough, it's escaping between his fingers.
willowbough From: willowbough Date: May 19th, 2008 09:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
I always admire the way you do dreams--and it's eerie how similar Teddy's dreams and his forays into the Maze are. And I can hear the Moment of the Resurrection Stone Confrontation coming closer and closer, like the footsteps of a giant, which almost makes me want to hide my eyes.

On a lighter note, I can't help wondering if Donzo will have a go at trying the Animagus spell, after all.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 20th, 2008 03:48 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm hiding my eyes, too, which isn't good, as I'm driving this thing. :D

I'm not sure about Donzo.
darth_pipes From: darth_pipes Date: May 19th, 2008 10:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
Really like the interaction here between Teddy/Donzo and Teddy/Ruthless.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 20th, 2008 03:48 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. I'm glad Teddy has good friends.
summoner_lenne9 From: summoner_lenne9 Date: May 20th, 2008 02:41 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh my god, that was CREEPY. Did Tonks just come out of the maze? I mean, GAHHHHH!!!!!!!!!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 20th, 2008 03:49 am (UTC) (Link)
Something leaking, anyway.
malinbe From: malinbe Date: May 20th, 2008 02:54 am (UTC) (Link)
Hm. Interesting.

I loved Donzo's reaction to the kiss.

The part with Teddy thinking about Remus using the Spell-binding on Dolohov was so sad. I thought you had stopped playing what-if, Teddy. But I suppose he can't help it. I love all the possibilities Ruthless' new book could give, full of ancient defensive magic.
As always, can't wait till next!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 20th, 2008 03:50 am (UTC) (Link)
I don't think it's really possible to stop playing what-if, though he's at least stopped torturing himself by imagining his non-existent siblings.
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