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Teddy Lupin and the Needle's Eye, Chapter Twenty-Seven: A Midsummer Night's Jailbreak, pt. 3 - The Phantom Librarian
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Teddy Lupin and the Needle's Eye, Chapter Twenty-Seven: A Midsummer Night's Jailbreak, pt. 3
Teddy et al have arrived at Azkaban and formed a plan to attack on four fronts--several people are getting the keys and taking care of people at the watchtower, and two groups are going down the two cell blocks. Meanwhile, Teddy and five others are going to the dungeons, where Andromeda and the Malfoys are bound and set up for a show trial.

Table of Contents and Summary So Far

Inside, the prison was lit by torches on the wall. Cobwebbed staircases led up from several points along a corridor that stretched the length of the island.

About a hundred yards in, Ruthless held up her hand beside the entrance to one of the staircases. She tapped Tinny's shoulder, and gestured to Brendan and Jane. They gathered there. Ruthless pointed her wand at the walls, then whispered, "I don't trust this spell for long. Go up eight floors. That'll get you to the south cell block. Wait until, er..."

Teddy went to them, and tapped Tinny's earrings and Brendan and Jane's wristwatches. "Five minutes," he said. "Everyone will know at the same time."

Tinny nodded. She pushed herself against the staircase wall and started up. Brendan and Jane followed a few steps behind.

When they were gone, Teddy found bits of metal on everyone's clothes to Charm. It wasn't as elegant as Hermione's fake Galleons, but it would do. Ruthless signalled for his group to wait at the entrance to a dank corridor, then sent Connie's group up a staircase a bit further down, and took Joe and Franklin to the furthest staircase. A moment later, she came back. Only she, Teddy, Donzo, Corky, Maurice, and Honoria were left.

"The dungeons are up one floor," she said. "There are stairs at the end of the corridor. We'll get there before the other groups. We'll have to sit tight, no matter what we see. Or who we want to disembowel with our bare hands."

"Disillusion?" Donzo asked.

Maurice shook his head. "Let's just stay low. I want to be able to see myself once we start fighting."

Ruthless nodded. "It's almost impossible to fight Disillusioned. Burke's right."

Corky glanced at Honoria, then said, "We need to be ready for something if they catch us."

"If they catch us, the game's over," Maurice said. He drew out the knife he'd brought from the shop, and held it in the opposite hand from his wand. "Personally, what I'm ready for is to give whatever I get from them."

Teddy carefully took the knife away from Maurice, turned it, and held it out to him, hilt first. "Not unless you have to, or I'm not letting go of this."

"Fine. We'll play chess instead. Winner take all."

"I didn't say not to do it at all. But you don't want to do it if you don't have to. Trust me on that."

Maurice looked at him for a long time, then nodded somberly and took the knife. He sheathed it.

Together, they made their way silently up the corridor, to the shallow stairs. Teddy could see a crowd gathered inside an open space. They were waving their fists in the air. He stopped at the arch that formed the door to the space, and pressed himself against it. Ruthless took the opposite side. Maurice and Donzo slipped into spaces beside Teddy, and Corky and Honoria joined Ruthless.

Inside the room, there a sudden surge of applause. Teddy didn't think there could be more than twenty-five people inside--more than Donzo had estimated, but still not a mob--but the sound bounced off the stone walls, making it deafening.

A voice rose above it. "Now, then," it said, and waited through another wave. "Now, this isn't a show. This is a solemn occasion. Today, we're here to bring justice."

Teddy chanced a glance around the door frame. The crowd was sitting now, and Sam Cresswell was standing on a platform. Around him were four chairs. Teddy could see Granny's graying hair from the back, and Lucius's flyaway white hair. He guessed the other two chairs held Draco and Narcissa.

"You're here to commit murder." Granny's voice rose above the others, calm and strong. "You're quite mad."

"I'm mad?" Sam moved over to her. "I am? You... you who lost your husband and now have associated yourself with the very forces that murdered him. Or perhaps you always were associated with them. Maybe you regretted the choices of your youth, and turned them in yourself!" He raised his arm.

Teddy tensed to run in, but Donzo grabbed him and held him back. Maurice tapped the Charmed watch.

Inside, Sam Cresswell's fist slammed down.

Granny didn't cry out. Instead, she said, in a coldly angry voice, "How dare you? Your father was a good man. He would ashamed."

"I wouldn't know," Cresswell said. "He was murdered by Death Eaters when I was eight years old."

That's about two hundred times as long as I had with my parents, Teddy thought bitterly. It's--

His thought was interrupted by one of Cresswell's followers rushing forward. "Mr. Cresswell," he said, breathing hard. "We just did a trace magic sweep, on the half-hour, like you said. There were spells cast at the supply loading dock."

Cresswell straightened. "What? Who was there?"

Teddy braced himself. There were at least two minutes left. He ran through scenarios in his mind, ways to keep any word from going out from here, ways to--

A flash of movement caught his eye, and before he could do anything, Corky and Honoria had left the shadows of the arch. Corky was holding a Conjured camera.

Honoria giggled. "I'm sorry," she said. "I, er... well, I sort of guessed something might be happening." She curtsied. "Honoria Higgs, Hogwarts Charmer. And Daily Prophet apprentice." She giggled again. "And this is my photographer. I heard the Ministry was sealed, and I... I interviewed one of your followers a few weeks back, and I remembered that he said that things might happen at Azkaban, so I took a guess that tonight would be a story for the ages. I wanted to come and make it immortal. So we, er... sneaked in."

Sam frowned. "I know your name."

"Of course you do," Honoria said. "I helped take down the last Death Eater who was out of Azkaban. Greyback? Other people were telling lies, but I got the truth out. I want to get the truth out about you. I like taking down evil people. I wouldn't want to miss the Malfoys getting their comeuppance. Atkinson, get pictures. From above. It'll look very impressive."

Corky Levitated the camera to a spot over Sam's head. "Is this about right?"

"Get that out of here," Sam said. "This isn't for show."

"Course not," Corky said. "It's history, like she said. This one'll be in all the books."

Sam narrowed his eyes at Honoria. "You wrote that bit on Greyback at the behest of Harry Potter's godson."

At this, Honoria looked genuinely horrified. "I don't write at anyone's behest. Least of all someone who calls me evil ten times a day." She tossed her hair importantly. "Look, do you want the world to know your story or not?"

"I don't trust you," Sam said. "You're a Slytherin and a pure-blood."

"I," Honoria said, "am a reporter." She jerked her chin at the camera just as Teddy felt a shock come through his wristwatch. "Go on, Corky. Take the shot."

Corky pointed his wand at the camera. Something crashed upstairs.

The camera exploded in a burst of fire and white light.

People screamed, and Teddy ran into the room. He could feel Maurice and Donzo beside him. Ruthless charged in, blasting at everything.

A curse flew at him, and he jumped into the air, transforming as he went. His hawk's wings caught the air, and he spiraled upward, away from the fray. He could see the room from above now. Corky and Honoria, back to back, were fighting with six witches who still seemed to be in shock at the turn of events, and Donzo was binding people as fast as he could. Ruthless was battling one of the wizards who had put together the chairs. Maurice had dived through the crowd, and was hacking at Granny's bonds with his knife. Sam ran toward him.

Teddy went into a dive, and transformed as he came out, somersaulting down onto Sam Cresswell from above, knocking the wind out of him.

"Teddy!" Granny yelled. "What are you lot doing here?"

"What do you think?"

"I'll yell at you later. Get Narcissa and Draco. And Lucius."

"The chains don't break with magic," Maurice said.

Teddy ground his teeth, then an image came into his head, of the Shrieking Shack. They'd tried to repair the doors there. There was something... "The hinges!" he said. "Pop the hinges."

Maurice looked blank for a minute, then seemed to understand. He worked his knife up against the hinge-pin at Granny's wrist, then turned it hard. Teddy heard it pop open before he turned his attention to Draco's chains.

"When I get you out," he said, "get a wand. Can you get someone's wand without magic?"

"Trust me," Draco said. "I'm motivated. And I have some practice."

The hinge popped. Teddy Conjured another knife and gave it to Draco to get the other bindings.

He'd taken a few steps toward Narcissa when he felt a hand close around his ankle.
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From: 3_sickles_short Date: December 13th, 2010 08:49 am (UTC) (Link)

Oh, god, the cliff-hangers....

You're killing me, Fern, you reallly are. But in a good way.

I love Teddy and Maurice. I love Teddy and everyone, but especially Maurice. Our smallest year has grown up.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 14th, 2010 05:11 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Oh, god, the cliff-hangers....

I think Teddy gets Maurice at this point. He's had a few anger issues himself.
beceh From: beceh Date: December 13th, 2010 09:28 am (UTC) (Link)
You've left me on tenterhooks.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 14th, 2010 05:11 am (UTC) (Link)
My work is done. ;p
amamama From: amamama Date: December 13th, 2010 10:45 am (UTC) (Link)
Aaaaarghssttttttt! Gods, woman - you're perfecting your cliffies. Ngh! *shivers*

Awesome. Come on, bring it on - we want more! :-D
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 14th, 2010 05:12 am (UTC) (Link)
Pretty soon.
sophiap From: sophiap Date: December 13th, 2010 01:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, brilliant. I especially love what you've done with Honoria.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 14th, 2010 05:12 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. I wanted her to have something prominent to do.
gypsy_thief From: gypsy_thief Date: December 13th, 2010 01:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Excellent action!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 14th, 2010 05:13 am (UTC) (Link)
I used to dread action. Now, I kind of dig it... though it's still pretty hard to write!
willowbough From: willowbough Date: December 13th, 2010 02:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Tension builds, then explodes most satisfactorily. Good thinking on Honoria's part--who'd have thought she'd become such an effective ally? And so far the Smallest Year's tactics seem to be paying off, though I don't doubt there's still some fighting left to do. And the revolting(in every sense of the word) Sam to deal with.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 14th, 2010 05:14 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm trying to decide the best way to finish Sam off (killing, not killing, who does it). Plenty of people have plenty of right to claim the end.
starnightmuse From: starnightmuse Date: December 13th, 2010 03:21 pm (UTC) (Link)

oooooooh The Fight begins!

first of all I will get this off my chest:
Sam Is Purely, and Uredimebly evil.
not evil in the sense of Voldemort or Bellatrix, but evil is that he is too far gone into his sense of "right" that he is scum enough to hurt innocents (like Andromeda, oh i hope she's not hurt!) under the flimsies of excuses. even his judgement is slipping.
(I mean seriously? distrusting Honoria on the fact she's pureblood? I'm sure someone in Sam Cresswell family is pureblood so he should just keep his scummy mouth shut on making judgements).

... He's like Umbridge actually. (if she still alive or something I vote for putting both of them in the same cell. they will drive each other insane)
(speaking of umbridge-related things, Marrieta doesn't seem to be there and there seems to be an equal of witches and wizards, so hopefully she's not there).

and *sight of relief* for a moment i thought they were caught. then WHAM Honoria to the rescue!
that was quite clever of her.

then BAM! charge into fight! i'm so happy to see that they seemed so prepared.

also this:
"Teddy went into a dive, and transformed as he came out, somersaulting down onto Sam Cresswell from above, knocking the wind out of him.

sounded REALLY REALLY BADASS. i hope someone illustrates it at some point.

also this:

"Teddy!" Granny yelled. "What are you lot doing here?"

"What do you think?"

"I'll yell at you later. Get Narcissa and Draco. And Lucius."

made me laugh.

as well as Maurice's ""The chains don't break with magic" moment which was Oh so reminiscent in reverse of the trio encounter with the Devilsnare "no wood!" problem.

Fantastic chaplet all around.

and OH cliffhanger. you're quite good at them Fern, but give us a break! is not like we're not already on the edge of our seats, so it's not like we're not eagerly awaiting each chaplet, cliffhanger or not!

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 14th, 2010 05:15 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: oooooooh The Fight begins!

Well, it sort of has to end, rhythmically, on a cliffie...

Sam is a good deal like Umbridge; you're quite right there.
vesta_aurelia From: vesta_aurelia Date: December 13th, 2010 03:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 14th, 2010 05:15 am (UTC) (Link)
What, you don't think it's just Checkmate grabbing his ankle after having snuck along for the ride? ;p
malinbe From: malinbe Date: December 13th, 2010 04:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ooooh, Draco shall fight in the right side for once!

Amazing courage shown by Honoria. I'm so proud.

I'm so glad Andromeda is ok. I was SO worried!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 14th, 2010 05:16 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, Draco's still fighting on Draco's side. It's good when that happens to be the right side!
From: (Anonymous) Date: December 13th, 2010 07:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
*tries not to gnaw on the edge of her laptop* (Bad enough that you're already responsible for fingernail marks on my desk, Fern! ;) )

Yay for Honoria and Corky! Quick thinking, and quite a bit of courage!

~Hermione Stranger~
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 14th, 2010 05:19 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah--I don't think anything we saw leads me to believe that Slytherins are lacking in courage any more than Gryffindors are lacking in sneaking around skills. But jumping right in with a murderer? Yeah, Honoria's been spending a little more time with Teddy than she admits to!
etain_antrim From: etain_antrim Date: December 13th, 2010 07:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Heavens! What an action-packed section and then to end like that. I can hardly wait to read more.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 14th, 2010 05:19 am (UTC) (Link)
I hope it all ends satisfactorily.
sidealong From: sidealong Date: December 13th, 2010 08:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's just mean, Fern. You're torturing us you know!

But, it's a great story!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 14th, 2010 05:19 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, a fanfic writer's gotta do what a fanfic writer's gotta do... ;p
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