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Batch 25 - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
Batch 25
how about a conversation between Harry and Scorpius Malfoy, preferably during one of Harry's guest teaching slots for DADA? for Anon


Harry waited until most of the first years had left (Al and Rosie with instructions to gather up James and meet him in fifteen minutes). He was strangely unsurprised to see that Scorpius Malfoy was lingering.

"Malfoy," he said, "can I have a word?"

Scorpius bit his lip and looked anxiously after his classmates--an expression Harry could hardly associate with someone who looked so much like Draco--then swallowed hard, nodded and came over. "Yes, sir?"

"When I had you trying to hex each other in pairs, you weren't doing your partner any good by holding back."

Scorpius looked up, surprised. "You noticed?"

Harry pulled himself up onto the desk and patted a spot beside him. "Come on, Scorpius. I think you and I need to talk before we spend the next six years of lessons going through this."

"I... yes, Mr. Potter." Scorpius climbed up beside him. "I just didn't want you to think that I was taking advantage of Rahul because he's, you know... Muggle-born."

"And I don't want you to think that that's the first thing I'd imagine." Harry shrugged. "I actually didn't even know Mr. Ghoshal was Muggle-born, actually, so there's not the slightest reason I would have thought that."

"Oh," Scorpius said.

"And as you're both first years with a whopping two months of wand-use under your belts, I don't see much reason to expect you to be more competent than he is."

"I guess I thought you'd think--well--"

"That your dad had taught you a dozen Dark spells before you got to school?" Scorpius nodded, looking down, and Harry smiled. "Well, it crossed my mind, then I realized--I don't believe for an instant that your father would get you into any sort of trouble. He's gone quite a long way to make sure you have a good footing in the world."

Scorpius nodded slightly. "It's true. I asked him to teach me a good hex when I got my wand, and he said he wouldn't, because it would look bad."

"He's right." Harry sighed. "You have a lot on you, Scorpius. A lot of people who expect you to be just like Draco was, and to do bad things. And a lot of people who are counting on you not to. It's a lot of baggage to carry at eleven."

"Sometimes, sir," Scorpius said, not even bothering to argue the point. "Which side are you on?"

Harry thought about it. "The side that tells me I have to stop thinking of you as Draco's son, and start thinking of you as a student who's holding back when he shouldn't be. I watched someone else deal with a lot of expectations because of his parents, and I'm trying to keep my own children from having to deal with that. It's not fair of me to not extend you the same courtesy as I extend anyone else."

"Not easy, though, is it?" Scorpius asked, smiling a slight, hard smile that made his resemblance to Draco absolute.

"No," Harry said. "The looks don't help. Then I remember that Al probably gets that as well."

"He does," Scorpius said.

"So, I'll do my level best. And I'll expect the same of you. Hit me with a jelly legs jinx."


"Trust me, I can block it, but give it a try. Let's see if you can get around me."

"I... well, I can't, you're..."

"A teacher?"

"Harry Potter."

"So they tell me." Harry slid down from the desk. "Come on, Scorpius. My job is to make sure you can defend yourself, and I can't do that if I know you're holding back and--" He fell to the floor, his legs, bending crazily to one side.

From the desk, Scorpius Malfoy grinned.

Could I have something with Anakin and Obi Wan, from around the time of Family Portrait, if you're up to going back that far? for coralia13



"I'm here," Anakin called, sliding out from under his Naboo fighter. He never flew it, but it did provide something to sink into when he woke up shivering at night.

"I thought you might be," Obi-Wan said, coming around the wing and taking a seat on Anakin's small workbench. "It's nearly five o'clock. I didn't think you'd headed down to meditation before me." He smiled. "Though I sometimes think this is better meditation for you than the garden."

"I'm just working on the shielding," Anakin said. He pointed at the open control panel, where he'd installed a small, crystalline fragment. "You wouldn't believe what people throw away around here. Watto'd make a fortune off our rubbish heap." He thought about this. "Hey, maybe if we let him have a few weeks of rubbish, he'd sell us Mom."

"You know the Council won't buy a slave."

"If they won't free her, it's as good as saying it's okay to own her."

Anakin didn't expect Obi-Wan to answer this, and he wasn't disappointed. Obi-Wan just shifted the conversation. "What, exactly, is that gadget?"

"Someone replaced the C83 shield generator. Probably with the new one. Maybe it was Master Gallia; I think she's been going places she wants better shields. Anyway, whoever it was got a whole new generator, but the C83 upgrades really easy. You just have to reconfigure the matrix with a laser arc." He held up the little tool he'd made, which was a fork from the dining hall with two tines turned down and laser generators welded to the sides. It made a thin, even line of green light.

"You know, I think you can buy those," Obi-Wan said. "The Council would be more than happy to let you have tools you need."

Anakin wrinkled his nose. "Those things they sell in the Shipping District cut like a one-eyed bantha-herder's blind mother."

"And a dining fork does better?"

"It does when I power it up."

"Your modesty always astounds me." Obi-Wan picked up a few tools Anakin had on the bench and put them back down out of order (Anakin was fairly convinced that he did this deliberately, trying to get him to react with anger), then said, "You generally come down here this early when you've had a nightmare. Have they come back?"

"Not really," Anakin said.

Obi-Wan remained silent, which was his most irritating tactic.

It worked, as usual. Anakin forced a casual sound. "I mean, they never went away. I was just so tired I was sleeping through them. But there were nightmares."

"The same?"

"Mom on Tattooine, and then everything's too hot, and then everything's too cold. I hate being cold."

"I know. What do you think it means?"

"I think it means Mom's in trouble, and I'm going to get burned, and then I'm going to be cold."

Obi-Wan smiled. "You're very literal, Anakin. Maybe we need to explore the dreams more deeply, see what they're really trying to tell you."

The last thing Anakin wanted to do was examine these dreams--he didn't want to get any closer to them than he already was. "They probably mean I don't like the food here," he said.

Obi-Wan shook his head. "You shouldn't leave your impressions unexamined."

"Nobody cares when I do talk about them."

"Everyone cares," Obi-Wan said. "We just have more experience than you do, and we're trying to help."

Anakin ground his teeth, and picked up a hydrospanner. "Right. Sure. I know."

Obi-Wan rubbed his eyes. "Before you start another project here, it's time to meditate. And then Master Windu may have a job for us."

Anakin put down the hydrospanner, and led the way out of the hangar without saying anything more.

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From: severely_lupine Date: December 30th, 2009 09:14 am (UTC) (Link)
From the desk, Scorpius Malfoy grinned. -- Heehee. Aw, I do like Scorpius. It's weird, since we know so very little about him, but I do like him a lot.
sgt_majorette From: sgt_majorette Date: December 30th, 2009 10:14 am (UTC) (Link)

The Scorpster???

Scormeister? Scorpopotamus? Duuuuude...

Where else have you written Scorpius? He is adorable!
alphabet26 From: alphabet26 Date: December 30th, 2009 02:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
Perfect Harry-Scorpius snippet there. I didn't quite laugh out loud, but I chuckled. ;)

Oh, Anakin and Obi-Wan. ::sigh::
hungrytiger11 From: hungrytiger11 Date: December 30th, 2009 03:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow, Scorpius has a lot on him, doesn't he? Great story!
malinbe From: malinbe Date: December 30th, 2009 03:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Good one, Scorpius!

It's nice to get up and have something that puts a smile on my face.
From: (Anonymous) Date: December 30th, 2009 04:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
The first one with Scorpius and Harry made me really wish that Harry had become a teacher. He's just so well-suited to it, it makes me a little sad. And I think that he would be happy as an Auror, but teaching is just so good for him. He's still helping people, but in a different way.
From: (Anonymous) Date: December 30th, 2009 06:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
Brilliant Harry/Scorpius interaction, thank you so much! :) Nice to see Scops hasn't TOTALLY supressed that sneaky Slytherin streak too! :D
From: (Anonymous) Date: December 30th, 2009 07:04 pm (UTC) (Link)

the harry as teacher was nice-but i'm confused?

I'm a bit confused- Harry ended as an auror or a teacher. or does it say anywhere he ended as both?

and little scorpius was cute!

alkari From: alkari Date: December 31st, 2009 12:23 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: the harry as teacher was nice-but i'm confused?

Harry ends up as an Auror (which I think is canon, or at least comes from JKR's comments) but in Fern's world, he also comes back to Hogwarts to take occasional DADA classes and talk to students, as he is doing here.
etain_antrim From: etain_antrim Date: December 30th, 2009 08:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
How wise of Harry to see Scorpius's problem and talk it through. Then I enjoyed seeing Scorpius take Harry at his word.
darth_pipes From: darth_pipes Date: December 31st, 2009 12:09 am (UTC) (Link)
Good stuff, both of them.
donahermurphy From: donahermurphy Date: December 31st, 2009 01:11 am (UTC) (Link)


Aw- so cute, both of them.

I just started reading your Star Wars stuff (I've been following your awesome, amazing HP stuff for years) and I would like to say that it's really incredible.

This line kind of broke my heart:

"I think it means Mom's in trouble, and I'm going to get burned, and then I'm going to be cold."
chrischewscud From: chrischewscud Date: December 31st, 2009 02:51 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: oh!

:sigh: Anakin's interpretation may be literal, but it is sadly accurate :(
From: (Anonymous) Date: December 31st, 2009 11:18 am (UTC) (Link)

oh could we have the next batch today? please?

oh please oh please oh pleaseeeeeeeeee


sreya From: sreya Date: January 3rd, 2010 02:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hee! And of course, after Scorpius grinned, Harry cracked up laughing and fired back a mild tickling hex or something. I can see that getting very silly, very quickly. Harry being a teacher AND a father figure is such a great combination!
coralia13 From: coralia13 Date: January 6th, 2010 07:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
These are both gorgeous! Maybe my favorites, although they've all been so wonderful! As always, I love how you manage to show the danger and the truth in both Anakin's straightforward literalism, and Obi-Wan/The Council's serene philosophizing. Your depiction of them is exquisite! Thank you so much!
sidealong From: sidealong Date: January 10th, 2010 04:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
Scorpius catching Harry with a jelly-legs mid sentence was classic! Funny stuff. I wonder how the McMillan's reacted to Scorpius being sorted to Hufflepuff...
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