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Batch 8 - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
Batch 8
Thanks to folks for the virtual snowflake cookies! :D I'm so glad I checked my mail!

Agh, I have to write faster or I'm going to be writing until next year's challenge! I had to do some reading before I could write! (This is why the challenge calls are fun for me. They remind me of lots of little things I've totally forgotten about.)

I would love to see something with the weasley Twins! but something original- something with the twins being like nice-nice to someone. no pranks involved. maybe Ron? or helping a student when one of their pranks go wrong? for Becca


Dennis Creevey looked suspiciously at the Weasley twins. "What d'you want?"

They looked at each other sheepishly.

"George and I were talking and we reckon--"

"--about Vanishing Colin's camera on you--"

"--that maybe it was a bit far." Fred smiled. "We've got older brothers too. I lost Charlie's good Quidditch gloves once."

"Which we both got in trouble for."

"That's because it was your idea to go up to the orchard."

Dennis frowned. "So?"

George shrugged. "So, we reckoned--"

"--heard through the grapevine, really--"

"--that you might have missed the Quidditch tryouts because you were looking for the camera."

"Oh." Dennis started on down the corridor. "Probably doesn't matter. I'm not a good flyer. And your brother got on the team, didn't he?"

"Well, yes, he did. And we're quite chuffed."

Neither twin looked entirely chuffed about Ron's performance. Dennis had no idea what they were on about. He stopped. "So... you just wanted to say you were sorry?"

"No!" Fred said, looking offended. "Er, well, yes, but we decided--"

"--as this year is out--"

"--to get you set for next year."


The twins looked at each other. "Well," George said, "Gryffindor'll need Beaters next year, won't it?"

"And who better to teach you?"

They gave identical, eager smiles.

Dennis narrowed his eyes. "You're not doing this to play a trick?"

Fred looked offended, but George rolled his eyes and said, "Reckon we deserved that, Fred." He looked at Dennis. "Meet us by the pitch at five. If someone's using it, we'll find somewhere else, but we can try doing it right there, with live Bludgers."

They nodded together, and, after waiting for Dennis to agree, left.

Dennis didn't do well in Transfiguration that afternoon, thinking about what they might be planning. He did even worse in Defense Against the Dark Arts, causing Professor Umbridge to point out that, as a Muggle-born, he could hardly be expected to excel. (Dennis's friend Natalie said that Muggle-borns who did do well, especially Hermione Granger, got a lot of trouble from Umbridge.) At five o'clock, he made his way out to the Quidditch pitch. He had an old Quicksilver broom that he'd bought used in Diagon Alley, and he was carrying it at his side. The twins were waiting for him.

Dennis took a deep breath and went in, waiting for some spectacular new prank.

"We got it!" Fred said. "Come on, the pitch is free, and we've the Bludgers." He held up the trunk full of Quidditch supplies.

Dennis went in after them. Was it to be an ambush? Maybe they'd have duplicated Colin's camera, and he'd have to figure out which one of hundreds was right. Or they'd all be up the stands, and they'd flash at him as soon as he came in. Or--

A single light came on in the evening. Fred opened the trunk. "Now," he said, "we've been thinking that maybe we oughtn't start you right off with the Bludgers. They can sting a bit."

"Fred knows," George said, "as he gets hit with them every game."

"Only because you miss them!"

"Anyway," George went on, "we'll start you off hitting a Quaffle, and we'll do it on the ground before we try it flying..."

Something with Anakin on the Council, from the Outer-Rim-verse, please? for Anon

(Heh, I had to stop and re-read this. I haven't read it for a while! For those who haven't been following my stories for a decade--eep--Outer Rim was a SW AU that I wrote between TPM and AotC. In it, Anakin left the Order over the death of his mother, and Amidala joined him, and they raised their family on Tatooine, near the Larses. Along with Luke and Leia, they have a younger daughter, Shmi, and a younger son, Ben. Obi-Wan drags them back into the war when the twins are fifteen, and they defeat Palpatine, but Leia is horribly scarred in the process... and makes the acquaintance of Palpatine's apprentice, just as Anakin and Yoda are re-forming the Order, with Luke as a padawan. Anakin, not wanting to give up his son to adulthood, repeatedly delays Luke's trials without telling Luke that he's been doing so, and this ficlet is after one of those discussions with the council. The 'verse is here, though if you read it, please be forgiving, as it was written before there were even many spoilers about Attack of the Clones out, let alone the actual movie, and certainly not RotS, which spoiled all of my SW characterization! The nerve, really. I wasn't consulted. Shame!)

"Join me, you will, Master Anakin," Yoda said, shuffling by.

"I told Amidala that I'd--"

"Not a request is this."

"Ah. Let me tell Luke that I will be late."

"Mm. Knows this, he does."

"You told my son--my padawan--that you were calling me to be scolded?"

"No. But notice, he has, how efficiently you drag your feet."

They entered the elevator together, and Anakin felt the slight euphoria of its quick motion as it took him to the residential area of the Temple. Technically, he and Luke lived here, in an apartment that overlooked the Republic Gardens, but of course, neither of them really stayed here, and the other Jedi were aware of the convenient fiction. It bothered them that the Skywalker family was given leave to be so out of tune with things, but of course, to reveal that irritation would be to reveal a flaw in their characters, so no complaints were heard.

But it was Yoda's quarters they went to--a large single room, now overgrown with vines he'd brought from his exile on Dagobah. He started to scurry around his cookstove, getting a small dinner ready.

"It wouldn't have been appropriate," Anakin said. "Luke has always been friends with Captain Solo, and it would be awkward, to say the least, to center his trials around stopping piracy."

"So said you to the Council."

"Besides, that friendship would make him careless. I don't think he has the slightest notion how most pirates actually behave. I can tell him as often as I like about how pirates took my mother into slavery--and sold slaves all over the galaxy--but to him, they're just sort of dashing adventurers who aren't bound by little rules."

"Learn these things, he must, before he can be a full Jedi knight."

"I'd like to know that he's learned them before sending him into battle against people he's certain to underestimate."

"As wished, you did, to prevent sending him to battle against the rogue droids last year," Yoda said.

"Well, he doesn't understand that not all mechanical problems can be fixed by just repairing the mainframe."

"As wished, you did, to prevent sending him to negotiate on Zompesha when young Neral asked mediation."

"Amidala's the diplomat of the family--"

"For Jedi mediation."

Anakin slumped down onto the windowsill (there was no way he'd fit into Yoda's furniture). "I never understood why we were meant to oversee negotiations, anyway. Especially there. Neral's a corrupt lunatic. Did you see the way he spoke to his wife and daughter? Like the weren't even there. We shouldn't facilitate him staying in power. Let the rebels on Zompesha have it. And did you notice that the daughter--"

"--in the Force is strong, yes," Yoda said. "But insist you did that parents agree to train, and agree, Neral did not. Laughed, he did, at girls with lightsabers."

"We should have sent Adi to do the negotiations. See how long the bastard laughed."

"Off the subject, you are, Master Anakin. Noticed, we all did, that you care not for the First Scion of Zompesha."

"Well, he needs to be arrested, not negotiated with. Did you see the bruise on the little girl's arm? She was asking me for help. Luke noticed it, too."

"This, you should have mentioned. Stronger it is as an argument that he shouldn't have gone."

"It's the only reason I could think of that he should have. It's dangerous to have a child untrained in the Force in a volatile situation like that."

"Thought the same, Qui-Gon did, when found he a slave on Tatooine. Thank us, you did not, when your mother died and not there were you."

Anakin ground his teeth. It was an old argument, and he found himself passionately on both sides of it. He was beginning to understand why the old Council had thought it such a conflict to let children know their parents. He didn't agree with them, but he knew exactly how split his own mind could be. He still both seethed at the refusal to let him go to her and had horrible nightmares of what might have happened if he'd stayed and lost control of his power and his temper.

"This anger at Zompesha, and worry about droids, and split mind concerning pirates... the truth they are not. Deny Luke his trials, you do, from fear."

"This again?"

"Until master your fear you have, this again," Yoda said mildly. "Rootleaf stew?"

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From: (Anonymous) Date: December 7th, 2009 01:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Am I first to comment? How exciting!
I loved both of these. Your twins are wonderful as always, with their bickering and their offense at not being immediately taken for good Samaritans. Denis's confusion was also beautifully done.

And mine was equally fabulous. It's so interesting to get a look at the way the Order has changed by being scattered, and at Anakin's interaction with it. And I hadn't thought about what would happen to Dratali in this 'verse...I suppose there are some advantages to an Anakin not inhibited by the Council, Sith or no. (I can't remember, was Dratali around when Outer Rim was written?)
I can't wait to see what you make of some of the other SW requests people have made.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 8th, 2009 07:35 am (UTC) (Link)
It's hard to write the twins--definitely not my normal voice--so I'm particularly glad they worked.

Dritali's story was definitely one meant to show that there was a use now and then for Vader's temper being unleashed (all moral caveats here can be assumed... but I wanted to write it so the temptation would be completely understandable). I don't think 'Tali had made her appearance yet when I did "Outer Rim," though I'm honestly not sure, either!
malinbe From: malinbe Date: December 7th, 2009 02:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Great piece. Of course the twins would sympathize with other younger brothers! That's the way it usually is...
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 8th, 2009 07:36 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, they're older brothers as well, but I guess middles have to sympathize both ways. ;p
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: December 7th, 2009 03:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think I recognized Dritali in that second fic? It was nice to dip a toe into that 'verse again. Oddly enough, it doesn't read as far away from canon as it probably ought to.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 8th, 2009 07:37 am (UTC) (Link)
Yup, that was her. It was kind of fun to go back to something I haven't set eyes on for so long that I'd forgotten most of it. I was pleased with AotC because it really looked like I was on the right track. It wasn't until RotS that I went, "Heh?"
From: (Anonymous) Date: December 9th, 2009 03:36 am (UTC) (Link)

oh those weasley twins....

that was a priceless fic. very endearing but very funny at the same time

I just knew you could find that little "decent sensible compassionate" side to the twins. it's hidden but it's there and you fleshed it out so nicely

at the same time sorry i made you struggle with it.

i really loved it, so is that okay?

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 9th, 2009 03:38 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: oh those weasley twins....

It's the ones I have to work on that make me better, so I don't mind a little challenge!
From: (Anonymous) Date: December 9th, 2009 04:22 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: oh those weasley twins....

that good.

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