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Teddy Lupin and the Needle's Eye, Chapter Twenty-Seven: A Midsummer Night's Jailbreak, pt. 1 - The Phantom Librarian
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Teddy Lupin and the Needle's Eye, Chapter Twenty-Seven: A Midsummer Night's Jailbreak, pt. 1
The Ministry has been Sealed--trapping a lot of Teddy's powerful adult allies inside, though they seem to be in no danger. Ruthless missed being sealed in with them, and has been sent to guard the people Sam's allies are after. She sends Neville and Robards out on missions, then, when Maurice says that the special protections on the shop are down, Teddy, Donzo and Maurice go to Borgin and Burke's, to discover that Andromeda is gone... and with her, the Malfoys. (Robards gets back from Malfoy Manor to report that Asteria and the children are safe, but the other Malfoys were visiting Andromeda.) Franklin Driscoll and Lizzie Richardson drag Geoff Phillips into the fray, and he says that, by his reading, they have probably been taken to Azkaban, where there are guards sympathetic to Cresswell. Teddy realizes that they'll need to get in the way Greyback's people did--by boat--and that they'll have to leave from his island. As they're getting ready to go, the rest of the smallest year Apparates in, and Tinny asks, "What are we doing?"

(I realized that there was a bit of help they'd need that none of them would have expertise in, and hey, Ruthless only missed being in the year by about three hours!)

Table of Contents and Summary So Far

Teddy let Donzo explain the situation. He sent a Patronus to Ruthless, telling her what they knew, and she appeared as Donzo finished up.

"Maurice," she said, "we need to go into the shop for a moment."

"Ruth, there are enough of us," Maurice said. "Shouldn't you go look after the other people these idiots are going for?"

She shook her head. "Longbottom's getting together everyone who's not in the Ministry. Last I knew, Harry was trying to get past the barriers in the Cloaked Islands. Right now, if you're breaking into Azkaban, you need an Auror who knows the way around."

Maurice opened the door to the shop.

Ruthless went to the counter and cleared it. She waved her wand, and an image of Azkaban appeared. "It's not an easy approach," she said. "They'll be watching for brooms, and you can't Apparate..."

"We're taking a boat," Teddy said. "From my island. Like Greyback's people."

Ruthless sighed. "We've blocked off the cove where they hid and climbed up. Someone will need to get inside to lift the grate. There's no other decent sea access, and honestly, that way's not very easy." She pointed her wand at the image, and it turned, growing to show a more detailed view of the cliff face. Teddy could see iron bars lodged into the opening of what looked like a tall, a narrow cave. Ruthless studied it for a long time, then said, "McCormack, you can get in."


She nodded. "There are old dungeons. We don't use them anymore, but they're deep inside the island. There's a shaft that was used to get air in. You can get through it as a raccoon."

"Disillusion yourself," Teddy said. "We may not use the dungeons, but these people might think they're just right. Which brings us to another point--I'll fly around and get as much information as I can and come back to the boat. Let's not go in blind if we can help it."

"Or unarmed," Maurice said. He flicked his wand at a box, and it flew over to the table. Inside of it were ceremonial daggers. "Everyone take one. You can lash them to your legs or arms. If you lose your wand, you'll still be able to defend yourselves." He looked around at several people who were squirming. "Look," he said, "we're not going for tea. If you're not ready to fight, go back to school."

Donzo reached over and took a dagger. "We'll fight," he said. "But we don't need to make it a bloodbath."

Everyone took one. Teddy attached his to his arm. Most of the girls chose their legs.

Ruthless re-focused the image again, this time pulling out to show the island. "Teddy, what are the coordinates of your place?" He told her, and she added it in. In the map, the looked nearly on top of one of another. "Nice holiday choice," she said. "Really, Teddy."

"I didn't realize it was that close."

"I'd say it's five miles northeast," Ruthless said. "The sea'll be choppy, so we'll have to steady the boat magically... unless someone really knows their way around boats?"

"I fish with my dad," Brendan Lynch offered. "But we use spells to steady the boat. I can do them."

"Good," Teddy said. "But won't they detect the spells?"

"They're not all that bright," Donzo said.

"They Sealed the Ministry."

Ruthless wrinkled her nose. "There aren't many wizards alive who could actually beat that security, so I'm willing to guess they just triggered some emergency containment. We're not dealing with evil geniuses here." She bit her lip. "Still, let's not get too close with the spell on. They've probably broken Sam out, and he does know what he's doing. When we're close, we'll just have to deal with the water."

"No one ought to go off alone," Tinny said. "At least not once Donzo gets us in there. Make sure everyone's watching someone's back."

"That's a good point," Ruthless agreed. "And while we're at it, I want to make another one. Sam's people are going to go after the prisoners. I'm sure of it. And we know they have Lucius Malfoy. You're going to want to help them take care of themselves. But remember--they're in Azkaban for a reason. Don't start thinking they're going to gratefully let you be, so you can lock them up again after we finish. These are Death Eaters, not cuddly little kittens. Defend them, but don't arm them if you can help it."

There was no response to this.

Teddy took a deep breath. "I'll go ahead to the island and let the security spells down. Follow in five minutes."

He Disapparated.

He found himself on the windy cliff-top on the island's north face, looking down at the angry sea below. The light of the midsummer night sun lit everything in a pale golden glow. The Hogboon's mound stretched away from him at the bottom of the hill, the tiny shack nestled at its base; it seemed quiet, but he thought it would be wise to have everyone Apparate in a bit further away. He went down to the cove where the old, rotted boat was still waiting in the water, where it had been waiting for season after season since Dad and Sirius had used it. The boards were rotted in several places and the central seat had caved in from some unknown pressure over time. A tattered old blanket lay in a muddy lump at one end.

Still, it would be easier than Conjuring from nothing. He'd read enough about magical pirates to know what he needed.

Teddy raised his wand at the boat and said, "Let's see what we can make of you. Carina magnus." The boat rose up in the water and grew, a keel spreading out beneath it. He waited for it to finish, then said, "Constrata Navis," and the boat's flooring spread out, evened itself, and became solid. He grew the ribs of the boat, and finally shored up its hull, then sent back a Patronus to London with the message, "Now."

Ruthless and Tinny came first, then Franklin and Donzo pulled along an irritated-looking Geoff ("I told you I'd help," he muttered). Honoria arrived alone, then Maurice and Corky. In a moment, the bank of the tiny inlet was crowded.

"Nice boat," Brendan said. "Conjured?"

Teddy shook his head. "Transfigured. It should last longer than a Conjuring."

"Here's hoping," Joe Palmer said dubiously. "Well, let's go." He Conjured a gangplank and started up.

Lizzie shook her head. "No, wait. Let's try and keep track of where we're going!"

"We're going to Azkaban," Roger said slowly. "Remember?"

"And you can see it at five miles away?" Lizzie rolled her eyes. "Honestly. Boys. Do you even know which direction you're facing?"

"Due east," Maurice said, doing a Point-Me spell.

"And the prison's southeast," Ruthless reminded her.

"Exactly southeast?" Franklin asked. "It looked more east-southeast. Could you...?" He twirled his finger to mime a wand.

Ruthless re-Conjured her floating map, now orienting it to where they were standing.

Franklin reached into his bag and pulled out a compass. "I made one for my broomstick," he said. "For when I'm just flying around. The ones in the repair kits are worthless. This'll keep us on track. It does everything my mum's airplane equipment does. Including autopilot. Attach it to the bow."

Teddy nodded. "Good. That'll do it. Lynch, are you ready to keep us steady?"

"Yeah," Brendan said. "I guess."

"Don't guess," Honoria said.

"Fine. I know. Is that better?"

She nodded.

There was nothing else to keep them, and every reason to hurry, but for a moment, they stood there at the edge of the water, Joe halfway up the ramp, the others standing shoulder to shoulder in the warm night. Teddy thought of the Hogwarts lake stretching away from them on the first night as they stood waiting for the boats, and he was apparently not the only one, as Honoria smiled at him warmly and said, "No wolf-morphing, Lupin, or I shall throw you overboard this time."

Teddy smiled back. "Let's go."

Joe widened the gangplank as soon as he got to the top, and steadied it as the others came up. Teddy went to the front of the boat, where Franklin was affixing his compass and Brendan was starting the wave-calming spells, which showed as a smooth path out in the midst of the churning water.

"We should stop this spell at least a mile away," he said. "It's pretty visible in the sunlight."

Brendan nodded.

Teddy turned around. "Is everyone on board?"

They were--they lined the deck, looking somber and ready. Tinny and Laura were already setting up the teams who would go in together when the time came. Ruthless, looking grave, was climbing up to the crow's nest.

"Then we go," Teddy said.

With no fanfare, the boat slipped out of its docking, the gangplank vanishing into nothing as, for the second and last time, they glided out onto the water together.
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malinbe From: malinbe Date: November 29th, 2010 02:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
Isn't it amazing how it all comes together? This was beautiful, even though I'm terrified, I couldn't help feeling all emotional.

Using the hogboon's island, going in a boat like Greyback's people, and yet like their entering into the proper wizarding world, Ruth in the crow's nest (all those dreams about boats!)- it's just PERFECT.

Then I start remembering the names of those they'll find at Azkaban and I tremble. It ain't gonna be pretty. Those in there are even uglier than Sam's people. I'm afraid of the things they'll say.

Oh, I hope you update quickly.

Thank you!
etain_antrim From: etain_antrim Date: November 29th, 2010 03:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
The last image is such a sweet one. Let's hope that this trip across the water will end as well as the first. I love your re-use of the boat on the island. That little boat has already seen so much!
willowbough From: willowbough Date: November 29th, 2010 03:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Nice surprise to find an installment up. Excited to see the Smallest Year (+ Ruthless) set sail for a last adventure together!
From: itsjulia Date: November 29th, 2010 05:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
This is coming together wonderfully! I'm bad about regularly commenting, but I really enjoy your stories. I loved the look back as they set off on their final adventure together.
starnightmuse From: starnightmuse Date: November 29th, 2010 06:42 pm (UTC) (Link)

lovely chaplet

like everyone else has said i love how teddy and "the smallest year" are comming together to face this common enemy/threat together.

I love the group dynamic of how everyone, even geoff, is doing something to make this work.

it's a lovely image

and yet, it makes me fell sad that harry and co. never managed to be this organized when they had to face their own final enemy.

great chapter nonetheless
starnightmuse From: starnightmuse Date: November 29th, 2010 06:50 pm (UTC) (Link)


love your use of imagery.
such lovely description at the end.
sgt_majorette From: sgt_majorette Date: November 29th, 2010 09:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
"...for the second and last time, they glided out onto the water together."

Last time??? What, does somebody die or do they just go their separate ways?
persephone_kore From: persephone_kore Date: November 30th, 2010 09:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, they might just not be taking any more joint boat trips....
From: (Anonymous) Date: November 30th, 2010 01:25 am (UTC) (Link)
Oooh! I love it! The smallest year on their boats, the pirates, everything just so tied in. It'll give you chills! ~Karen
amamama From: amamama Date: December 6th, 2010 03:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oooh... wow. I've been MIA from LJ-land, and getting back to this was great. Gives me goosebumps. I'm not a proponent of death penalty, but I do wish Cresswell will be soundly killed. Meh. Thankfully he's only a fictional character. And I hope and pray that everyone will be safe. Don't kill anyone, please. Aside from Sam, that is. *g*
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