Sunday, May 3, 2009

Teddy Lupin and The Shrieking Shack: Chapter 4 The Plan

“What do you mean; you didn’t end it with her!” Orion exclaimed gaping open-mouthed at Teddy.

It was the next morning and Teddy was sitting across from Syd and Orion in the Great Hall, both were looking at him like they had never noticed him before. Teddy poked at his breakfast trying not to meet their judgmental stare.

“We just sort of figured once you didn’t come back on the train and you didn’t join up with us until dinner we just sort of figured you did it…” Syd said trailing off after the sullen glare that Teddy flashed at her.

“Well I didn’t,” Teddy said grumpily into his eggs, “To be fair though I didn’t say we weren’t broken up but I didn’t say we were still together either.”

“What?” Orion asked looking more bewildered then ever. “What did you say then?”
Teddy rubbed his neck nervously and simply replied “Nothing to be honest.” Which was the truth as soon as Annie had dragged him out into the corridor she had not stopped talking. In the end it all ended with her crying and furiously kissing him and well he couldn’t exactly it end with her then… All thoughts of Annie were driven out of his mind in an instant because at that moment he heard the most wonderful twittering laugh. It was not overly girlish and annoying but it was gentle and it put a slight smile to Teddy’s lips just by hearing it. The laugh belonged to Victoire Weasley who had just gracefully sat herself down next to Teddy.

“So you didn’t end it with her did you?” She said her piercing blue eyes staring pointedly into Teddy’s own.

“W-Well no,” Teddy stammered, “Wait. How did you know?”

“Look at yourself,” She said turning to grab a scone for breakfast. Teddy looked at his spoon and immediately realized what Victorie was talking about. His angular, somewhat chiseled, handsomely skinny features had been replaced by a dour and mousy looking appearance. His deep normally bright green-blue had been replaced by a dark brown as had his green eyes. It was the face that Victorie, and most people who had known Teddy for a most of his life, associated with Teddy being moody and/or depressed. Teddy shook his head at his look returned to normal. Victoire was now beaming at him.

“Much better,” There was a shout further down the table and Victoire turned away from Teddy to see her boyfriend Brian, the tall and (regrettably) handsome Gryffindor keeper waving for her to join him. “Well then,” She said turning to the group of them in large, “I guess I’m off.” She stood up and her hair brushed in Teddy’s face and he was able to smell the intoxicating scent of it.

She was just about to leave them altogether when she turned around at looked directly at Teddy, “Ted, I think I speak for all of us when I say ‘Man up.’” And with that she turned on her heel and walked down to the end of the Great Hall and pecked her boyfriend on the cheek.

Teddy watched her go and he felt his face and hair turn red as she planted her lips on him. There were sniggers coming from the direction of Orion and Syd. He shook his head once again and looked at them.

“Sorry mate,” Orion grinned apologetically, “But you really do have to get better with that.”

“Yeah I know,” Teddy sighed, “Grab Archie and let’s go outside there is something I want to show you three.”

Teddy, Orion and Syd all rose from the table at once and went over to go talk to Archie who then joined them and they walked out into the sunny courtyard.

As Teddy, Orion, Syd and Archie sat underneath their favorite shady tree; Teddy took out the Map from his pocket and laid it on the ground for all of them to see. Teddy pointed his wand to the Map and revealed its contents the group who gathered around closer to block out any onlookers.

“What’s up Ted?” Archie asked in his husky voice.

Teddy rolled the map out fully so almost the whole landscape of Hogwarts became evident to them. Teddy pointed at seven locations across the map.

“See these seven?” Teddy said looking at his friends’ face whose brows were furrowed
as they looked at the map.

“What about them?” Orion asked looking away from the map to Teddy.

“Look closer at them; I think they are ways out of the castle.”

“What?! That’s impossible.” Archie exclaimed and searched the map frantically.
Archie was a devoted reader of Hogwarts a History: The Revised Edition and the fact that this book hadn’t mentioned any passages out of the school he found it deeply troubling. Teddy found it highly unlikely that Hermione Granger, the author of the book, would include these passages because he had personal experience with Hermione’s strict personality at times.

“Trust me,” Teddy said “If you just look at this here it looks like it keeps going underneath,” Teddy pointed to a spot in one of the hallways. “And these trail off out of the edge of the map.”

Archie nodded still in disbelief, Syd searched the map further but Orion looked up to map to look at his best friend’s face. “Are you thinking what I think you are thinking? That we can use these ourselves.”

Teddy snapped his fingers and grinned at Orion, “Exactly!” As Orion and Teddy looked at each other they saw the glint in each other’s eyes that they both knew meant adventure.

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