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Batch 37 - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
Batch 37
Perhaps when Andromeda learns of Sirius' innocence?
For hallonboat

"Sirius was innocent," Dora said, apropos of nothing.

Andromeda barely remembered to catch the knife she'd Summoned. She snatched it out of the air and set it down, having entirely forgotten what she meant to cut with it. "What did you say?"

"Sirius Black. Your cousin. He was innocent."

"The evidence..."

"Was planted." Dora sat down at the kitchen table and rubbed her face vigorously for a moment. "Not that I can do anything about it, they don't believe me, and if they don't believe me, they'll never believe Remus, and Dumbledore can't even convince them, and--"

Andromeda sat down heavily. "What are you going on about, Dora? Sirius killed twelve people. He supposedly had something to do with the Potters' deaths, and James was his best friend."

"He didn't do it."

Her voice wasn't defiant or dramatic. It was almost regretful, which Andromeda could understand, as, if what she was saying were true, it would put her in something of a bind at work. But surely, it couldn't be. Not after everything, not after all the clues Andromeda had found in her restless picking over of memories over the years. She'd finally come to accept it, to go on, to shut the door on all of the beliefs of her childhood, even the belief that she'd once had an ally, that--


"What makes you think that?"

Dora bit her lip. "This stays between us?"

"Yes, of course."

"Remus believes it."

"They were friends, he's always wondered how it could happen, and... Oh. Remus is helping him, isn't he?"

Dora didn't answer, which was an answer.

Andromeda pressed the heels of her hands into her temples. "Dora, he is an international fugitive. If he were innocent, he wouldn't have been sneaking around. He wouldn't have--"

"He wasn't going to keep at sneaking around! It was Mr. Pettigrew, Mum. He was going to catch Mr. Pettigrew and--"

"Peter Pettigrew is dead."

"No, he's not. He's an Animagus, and he's been living as a rat. Sirius was going to catch him and expose him, and clear his name, but everything went belly-up because of the damned full moon. And Snape, of course. And who's going to believe a werewolf and three children?"

The entire world seemed to swirl around inside of Andromeda, bits and pieces of it flying at breakneck speed, crashing against each other and exploding. She grasped for something real. "The Confundis Curse," she finally said. "There were some questions for Healers on the Closed Ward about how the Confundis Curse would work."

"Snape said they were Confunded," Dora confirmed. "The Ministry just wanted someone to back them up."

"Oh, God," Andromeda said, the truth of that sinking in. "I think your dad gave them something... something about..." She slapped her forehead. "It was really so they could disregard witnesses?"


"Witnesses who said Sirius was innocent and Peter was alive?"


Andromeda clenched her teeth and pushed her fingers hard against her skull. She felt like she had to button her head up tightly, or everything would fly out of it. Finally, she hissed, "Bastards."

"Then you believe," Dora said.

"When can I see him?"

Young Tonks and her head of house discussing her inability to stay out of trouble and her career plans?
For Anonymous

"Please sit down, Nymphadora," Professor Sprout said.

Tonks tried not to cringe at the use of her full name. She chose a chair across from Professor Sprout's desk, and unloaded three watering cans, a bag of potting soil, and a jar of fertilizer it was best not to contemplate. Sprout's office was always comfortably messy. Even when she'd had it "cleaned up" for Career Advice sessions two weeks ago, it had been disorderly. Now it was back to its normal state. Tonks sat down.

Professor Sprout dug out an area on her desk so she could look across it and see Tonks, then said, "I understand that Alastor Moody came to see you yesterday," she said.

"Yes. The Headmaster thought he could talk to me about being an Auror."

"Mm. I hope you don't mind me mentioning it to him."

Tonks frowned. "No. You asked if you could."

"Yes... well, I imagine he told you what the problems might be."

"He said it was dangerous. And that there was a lot of paperwork."

"That wasn't entirely what I meant."

"What, then?"

Professor Sprout sighed. "Would you like a cup of tea, Nymphadora?"

"No, thank you."

"This would be easier to discuss while pouring tea."

"Oh. Well, if you'd really like to..."

"No, never mind." Professor Sprout made a gesture with her hand, like she was erasing something. "You know why I didn't make you a prefect."

"Because Maddie's better at it."

"Because Miss Madrigan has some notion that there are rules, and they exist for a reason." Another sigh. "Nymphadora, you're one of the brightest students I've had. I'm not sure that's a great advantage to you."

"What do you mean?"

"I mean, when you get bored, you run about with Charlie Weasley or Sanjiv McPherson, and you think nothing of any rule given to you by anyone. It's not that you're a bad child. I've known some of those, and you aren't one. I've never seen you do anything harmful, which is why I'm rather lax with you. I should have taken a firmer hand with you the first time I caught you sneaking out at night to do that ridiculous dancing charm on Irma Pince's quills, but everyone had such a lovely time with that--even Irma--that I didn't have the heart to give you more than a light detention."

Tonks recalled being sent to the Forbidden Forest with Hagrid to collect unicorn hairs, which wasn't her idea of a light detention, but she didn't say anything about that. "If it wasn't hurting anyone, so what?"

"So I have never given you any reason to learn to behave yourself. And I am more than a bit worried about your career choice in light of it. The Auror Division isn't Hogwarts, Nymphadora, and if you think Rufus Scrimgeour will find your insouciance amusing, I suggest you think again. He's a serious-minded man, and he fully believes that lives depend on other people in his division being serious-minded as well. I can't say I disagree with him."

"I can behave when it's important."

"Yes, but can you tell when it's important?" Sprout shook her head ruefully. "I know you believe you can, but--"

"I can."

Sprout tapped her quill on a piece of parchment. "I'll support you either way, Nymphadora, but for your own sake... will you practice at least keeping the appearance of playing by the rules? If you don't learn that, you'll never have the chance to use that marvelous brain of yours, because you won't be allowed off of a desk job."

Tonks nodded.

"Good then," Sprout said. "I just wanted to see that you heard that. I'm sorry if it seemed impatient. I'm just rather fond of you, and wouldn't want to see you make a damning mistake."

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insertparagraph From: insertparagraph Date: January 17th, 2009 08:47 am (UTC) (Link)
Hee! I liked both of these. Well, I've quite liked all 70-odd of the holiday drabbles. And yet... what is it, precisely, that causes Hogwarts faculty to offer their students food when they want to discuss something difficult?
purple_ladybug1 From: purple_ladybug1 Date: January 18th, 2009 05:42 am (UTC) (Link)
I have that icon! It's one of my favs.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: January 18th, 2009 08:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ha, you know, I thought it was you!

That's a song that's just made for parodies.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: January 18th, 2009 08:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
Food in the mouth means--or at least offers a good chance--that they'll shut up long enough to listen? :)
From: (Anonymous) Date: January 18th, 2009 08:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Mwahahaha! Sooo true!

~Hermione Stranger~
amamama From: amamama Date: January 17th, 2009 10:02 am (UTC) (Link)
*happy sigh* The Sprout-Tonks interaction was lovely, Sprout rocks. Tonks telling Andromeda that Sirius is innocent is bittersweet and rings very true. Well done, Fern. Very well done.

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: January 18th, 2009 08:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Andromeda must have really gotten whipsawed on the whole Sirius thing.
From: hallonboat Date: January 17th, 2009 11:04 am (UTC) (Link)
Absolutely wonderful. You do write the best Andromeda. And sneaking out to put a dancing charm on the librarian's quills? Oh, Dora... :-)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: January 18th, 2009 08:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
She seems in the books like someone who's mischievous, but doesn't really have any harm in her.
etain_antrim From: etain_antrim Date: January 17th, 2009 04:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love your Tonks. She's smart, cheerful, and irrepressible, and I'll never get enough of her. Andromeda's reaction to Tonks's news was perfect and Sprout was warm and concerned, just like a good teacher should be. Both snippets are wonderful.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: January 18th, 2009 08:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. I miss Tonks.
malinbe From: malinbe Date: January 17th, 2009 08:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
*hugs Andromeda* How awful for her.

Haha, I loved how Dora didn't get the real meaning of having a cup of tea.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: January 18th, 2009 08:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's really got to be hard to have to change all of your views of someone, then be told that all your work at that was false, because your original view was right after all. You have to feel really badly tricked... twice.
From: (Anonymous) Date: January 17th, 2009 09:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
As a perfectly straight female, I would like you to know I am pretty much in love with your Tonks, and would gladly marry her.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: January 18th, 2009 08:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Heh, I think you'll have to fight Remus for that one!
thunderemerald From: thunderemerald Date: January 18th, 2009 05:33 am (UTC) (Link)
Ahhh, lovely both of them, especially the first! It was such a powerful quiet moment.

Edited at 2009-01-18 05:33 am (UTC)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: January 18th, 2009 08:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you. Andromeda really got some harsh breaks.
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