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Heartthrob by fireceltiephoenix

Format: Novel
Chapters: 6
Word Count: 14,977
Status: WIP

Rating: 15+
Warnings: Mild Language, Mild Violence, Scenes of a Mild Sexual Nature, Contains Spoilers

Genres: Drama, Romance, AU
Characters: Dumbledore, Lupin, Slughorn, Snape, Sirius, Lily, James, Pettigrew, Teddy, OC
Pairings: James/Lily, Remus/OC, Sirius/OC, Other Pairing

First Published: 10/04/2007
Last Chapter: 02/21/2008
Last Updated: 02/21/2008

Banner: Me

All he ever wanted to do was meet the man who had given him life - to see him face-to-face. So all it took was turning back the hands of time to meet him. Only one catch: how do you get in with the Marauders when you're the unpopular new kid on the block? Teddy knew just what to do...become a heartthrob.

Chapter 1: Prologue
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“Merlin, he’s gorgeous!”

“Who is he? He’s absolutely fantastic!”

“All I can say is…yum!”

The smirk that spread across his face only paralleled the look in his eyes – playful and flirty. How the hell had it come to this? This wasn’t planned. None of this was planned. All he had wanted to do was find the man he had been looking for, for years and this is what came about. There was no doubting anything any more. He wouldn’t fight it. If this was what was supposed to be, so be it. Who was he to fight fate?!

“Are you single?”

Laughing, he shook his head and continued to walk on by. It was only a matter of time before he had to head back, but there would be no doubting his status. He had to stay above to get ahead. He couldn’t drown. He needed to float to get on by. But what he had to do above all else…was to get the attention of four men – the Marauders.

It was a weak plan but a plan nonetheless. How else was he supposed to get the in with the coolest boys at Hogwarts? He had to become cooler…more popular. It just needed to be. There was no other choice. In order to become one…he needed to beat them.


Teddy Lupin peered over his shoulder and smiled broadly at the girl rushing down the sidewalk toward him. She was the one person who would keep him treading water instead of being completely submerged in it. She would free him from this hell, but also bring him the peace he had been looking for almost all of his life. She was the reason that he was standing where…and when…he was. He would be at her feet for the rest of his natural life.

“You do know that once Victoire hears that I’ve done this for you, I’m as good as dead,” she said, smiling happily at him as she approached. “She already hates me as it is for spending as much time with you as I do.”

Teddy gently kissed her on the cheek and brushed back the auburn hair that was masking her eyes. “Don’t worry about, Victoire. I’m just glad you did this for me. I owe you my life, Mackenzie. You have absolutely no idea how much I appreciate this.”

Mackenzie Lorne just continued to beam at Teddy as she linked her arm with his. They began to walk down the street with every pair of female eyes staring directly at him. He wasn’t used to the attention but it needed to be, at least according to Mackenzie. They had spent hours in the library at Hogwarts, researching as much as they could about the Marauders. That wasn’t including the time they spent interviewing as many people as they could to find out all that they needed to know. It was time well-spent. At least now he could honestly say that he would be able to ‘blend in’ with the Marauders. He would beat them at their own game, and, in the process…meet his father.

Teddy stepped in front of Mackenzie, stopping her mid-step. “How exactly did you…do…all of…this?”

Smirking, Mackenzie just shrugged. “Let’s just keep that a secret for now. It seems as though our little plan is working. Your new ‘playboy’ status seems to be leaking through. It did help that you have a great physique and a smile to die for. James Potter and Sirius Black will have nothing on you. You’re sure to get in with them. I have absolutely no doubts that you, Teddy Lupin, will become a Marauder within the first fifteen minutes you stroll through the doors of Hogwarts.”

That was the plan. However…he wasn’t so sure that was how it was going to be. To threaten the popularity of any of the Marauders practically spelled suicide for those who dared to. Would he be the one to finally tear them down? Not that he wanted to. All he wanted to do was meet his father and learn all about him. This wasn’t a popularity contest. This was just…

“Mackenzie, what the hell am I doing?” He began to walk down the street again with Mackenzie in tow. She was his one-man entourage and the only person keeping him sane at the moment. “I’m insane for doing this. I should just take what I’ve read and heard about my father and be done with it. I shouldn’t be doing this.”

“What was it you told me the other day? ‘I need to see my father to know if I’m like him. I need to know if I’d make him proud.’”

He just shook his head. “This isn’t the way to do it! Beat the Marauders at their own game? Have I completely lost my mind?”

Mackenzie grabbed his hand and turned him toward her. Her sparkling ocean blue eyes had always found a way to enchant him. Mackenzie was his rock, the only thing that stabilized him. He had absolutely no idea what he’d do without her. She had practically introduced him to Victoire. He was nothing without her. Mackenzie knew what she was doing.


“You can do this,” she reassured him. “I will be with you every step of the way. Teddy Wolfe…” She shook her head and chuckled as Teddy rolled his eyes at the mention of his new last name. “…Teddy Wolfe will become the most popular at Hogwarts. And that, Teddy, will secure you a spot and a place along side of your father.”

Just one spot – that was all he needed. Taking a deep breath, Teddy nodded his head and began to walk down the street once again. It was only two days before he would board the Hogwarts Express and go back to the place he had only graduated from a year ago. Everything would be familiar to him, at least location wise. There would be so many people there that he wouldn’t recognize. But in order to learn about the man that was his father, that had given him his name, he would move heaven and earth to stand beside him even if just for five minutes.

Teddy Lupin was about to become a heartthrob and become a Marauder.

A/N: I so don't need to be starting another story, but this idea was too good to pass up. Hopefully you enjoyed the prologue and will take the journey with me. Thank you for reading and please let me know what you think!

Chapter 2: Strike a Pose
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Dedicated to a new writer of Teddy...Dracana! *hugs* It's good to know I have someone else hooked to him.

Chapter 1 – Strike a Pose

“Alright, guys, this is the last one. I would hate for you to have to miss the train on the account of just wanting to be around us.”

Sirius smirked as James wrapped his arms around several new First Years and he did the same. Several other students stood before them, cameras at the ready. Remus and Lily just stood off to the side, waiting almost impatiently for James and Sirius to be done playing ‘playboy’. It was just a few hours into their Seventh Year and already both Remus and Lily were tired of how the other two were acting. It got worse every year as their popularity grew. The Marauders, as everyone knew it, were the here all and be all of Hogwarts. With the last year looming in the very near distance, Remus knew, more than anyone else, that James and Sirius were going to make every last minute count. He wasn’t quite sure how Lily stood it half of the time. She just waited patiently as more First and Second Years crowded around the two most popular of the group. Peter was nowhere to be found and he…he was just tired from all the commotion.

“James, for Merlin’s sake, we’re going to be late!” Lily yelled, scolding him at the same time. Apparently it didn’t do any good as more pictures were taken and lights flashed. “Why does this seem to get worse every year? You would think he was going on the front page of the Daily Prophet or something. Forever Mr. Popularity.”

Remus cleared his throat and shifted his stance as Sirius and James got more comfortable with the attention. “You’ve been dating him since Fifth Year, Lily. You should know how this goes. Now with this being our last year, he’s going to be worse than ever. There’s no one to knock them down off down the totem pole. They are at the top of the food chain. All of the girls want them and all of the guys want to be them. There’s no stopping their reign of terror this year.”

“Oh, Merlin!”

“It’s Teddy Wolfe!”

Lily and Remus both looked at one another as the group of First Year girls that had been surrounding James and Sirius, raced toward the other end of Platform 9 and ¾. The squeals and screams echoed all around them, making both of the onlookers flinch and cover their ears, silencing the piercing sound. Peering over at James and Sirius, Remus couldn’t help but laugh as he saw his best friends with their jaws hanging open.

“What just happened?” Sirius asked, bewildered.

James took a cautious step forward, peering down the platform. “Who the bloody hell is Teddy Wolfe?”

“He’s only the hottest new Seventh Year to hit Hogwarts,” replied a giddy Second Year. “He transferred from somewhere in the Americas. Every girl has been clamoring to see him. How could you guys not know about him?”

Lily smirked. “Yeah. How could you guys not know about him?”

Sirius’s eyes practically turned into slits as he moved along side of James. “Bloody hell,” he mumbled. “This was our year, James. What the bloody hell just happened?”

Crossing his arms over his chest, James just shook his head. “Damned if I know, Sirius. We were just the center of attention…”

“And now you’re like any other normal student,” Lily spoke up. “It’s about time someone finally took away the spotlight.”

The train whistle sounded, but even the screams from further down drowned out the familiar sound. Sirius and James still stood there, flabbergasted as to what was taking place. It only brought a smile to Remus’s face. Someone had finally nabbed a spot higher than James and Sirius. Popularity had gotten to the both of them, and he was finally glad to see someone else stepping in. Lily might possibly get more one-on-one time with James, while Sirius might find someone who was actually serious about him. Remus couldn’t help but be happy about the entire situation. There was only one question that remained…

Who was Teddy Wolfe and when could he thank him for the reprieve?

“Is he really here? Oh Merlin! It’s really him!”

Three Fifth Years squealed as they raced by. Sirius extended his arm and grasped one by the shoulder as if he was catching fish with a net. She yelped and quickly turned around, slapping his arm away. His eyes went wide with horror as she put her hands on her hips, completely annoyed by his action.

“Sirius Black, right?” she asked irritated. “You’re the one they call ‘playboy’?”

Sirius smirked and half-way bowed. “At your service.”

Shoving a piece of parchment at his chest, the young girl smiled and slowly began to sashay away. “Meet your new competition. The Marauders are no longer on top. Seems like you guys have some work cut out for you this year.”

“Give me that!” James quickly snatched away the parchment and gazed down at the picture on it. It was an old copy of the Daily Prophet. A full page spread was now dedicated to the boy that everyone was flocking to. “Teddy Wolfe: the Brightest Star Hogwarts has to Offer.”

Lily started laughing and couldn’t seem to stop. She was gasping for air as both Sirius and James glared at her. “Oh…oh…that is too funny for words! Merlin, I can’t…I can’t breathe.”

“Brightest…bloody…star!” James didn’t hesitate and ripped the parchment in half, the pieces flittering to the ground. His chest was heaving and his breath ragged. “Who the bloody hell…?”

Remus placed a firm and caring hand on James’s shoulder. “Would you calm down, Prongs? It’s just another Seventh Year. There’s nothing to get hot about. So what if he’s popular. He’ll be yesterday’s news in a few days. Just breathe and relax. You and Sirius will have your thrones back in no time.”

Most of the students were clamoring to board the Hogwarts Express while Sirius and James continued just to stand there, as if in shock. Girls and guys were whispering amongst themselves, even pointing and staring at the two Marauders who always seemed to have it all. Why did it feel like, all of a sudden, they were put into a bubble? Remus had never liked the fact that he had to live up to a standard. There was no point in it. Why couldn’t he just be who he wanted to be? It had never been his intention to be popular. He knew who and what he was, and what he transformed into once a month. There was no need to draw any more attention to what made him hate himself. Being with the Marauders, however, gave him some place to belong. The popularity and benefits that went along with it wasn’t something that he readily enjoyed like Sirius and James. No. He enjoyed the fact that Sirius, James, and Peter understood who he was and didn’t shun him for it. But he always seemed to pick up the pieces when someone else came into the picture. This one didn’t seem like something the boys would get over easily. Now with Lily finding it rather amusing, himself included, the fallout would be more than anyone bargained for.

“He’ll be yesterday’s news today,” Sirius warned. “Where the bloody hell is he? Surrounded by his entourage?”

Through the mass of girls that seemed to have gathered at the end of the platform, came a tall young man that seemed to walk with a purpose. Remus stood there just watching as if the new boy was walking in slow motion. The crowd parted as he continued down the walkway. His smile was bright and his demeanor light and happy. Remus would have thought he would have acted like a rich, spoiled brat. The new boy was nothing of the sort – at least upon first glance. He seemed normal yet held an air about him that demanded everyone to look at him. It was much like James and Sirius had tried to pull off for years but had never succeeded in. There was just something about the new kid that seemed…

“I’m going to kill him. I’m going to put my hands around his neck and choke the life out of him.” Sirius began forward, but Remus grasped his arm tightly. “It’ll be simple and life will go on as planned. Oh! I can cast him into oblivion. No one will find him there.”

“Stop acting like a two-year-old prat, Sirius,” Lily commented, grasping James’s hand as he seethed with anger and tried to step forward. “He’s just an exchange student. Let it go.”

“What’s so special about him?” James asked angrily. “I don’t see anything different about him. He’s just…normal.”

Normal wasn’t the term Remus would use and with the way Lily was looking at him, he didn’t think she would either. The ends of the new boy’s black hair could be seen under the tight, wool cap he wore. The top two buttons of his shirt was open while his hands were deep in his pockets. There was no swagger to his step or any bounce. The new boy new his boundaries and knew what worked for him. It was something, Remus hated to admit, that James and Sirius never had.


As he peered over his shoulder, a quick flash of a slim body breezed past him. He watched curiously as the new boy swept up a young girl into his arms. She looked no younger than them, but more beautiful than anyone he had ever seen before. The new boy held her close, as if afraid to let her go. Her auburn hair blew in the light summer breeze. Even from a distance, he could see her sparking blue eyes that seemed to hold several rays of sunshine in them. Hanging his head sadly, Remus assumed that the new girl was the new boy’s girlfriend and pushed the thoughts of the new girl away. The new boy was luckier than Remus had first deemed him to be.

“We’re going to be late,” she told him, grasping his hand tightly. “The train is about to leave.”

“Mackenzie, I hardly think we’re going to miss the train,” Teddy said, still beaming at her. “You just need to calm down and…”

Mackenzie rolled her eyes as she peered over Teddy’s shoulder, seeing the drooling girls standing there as if in wait for the chance to speak with him again. “I think we should get you on the train, Romeo, before you get attacked by another herd of First Years. I’m definitely not your publicist and I’m not selling tickets without making some sort of profit from it.”

Laughing, Teddy put his arm around her shoulders and began to walk slowly toward the train. “No, you’re not my publicist. You’re sharing the spotlight with me. Remember?”

“It sure as hell doesn’t feel like it,” she grumbled. “We’re walking into uncharted territory here, Teddy. This is Marauder country. Even I heard about them in Boston. You never cross a Marauder.”

“The girl at least has some sense,” James mumbled under his breath.

“James!” Lily scolded, elbowing him in his ribs. “He hasn’t done a bloody thing to you. Drop it before this gets out of hand.”

Before anyone knew what was happening, Remus noticed Sirius moving to step in front of Teddy and block his path to the train. He stood still, not sure what Sirius had up his sleeve. There was no telling what Sirius would do. He had always been the unpredictable one – hot headed with a very short fuse.

“So you’re the newbie.”

Teddy let his arm drop from around Mackenzie and extended his hand out for Sirius to shake. “That’s right. Teddy Wolfe, newly transferred to Hogwarts. And you are…?”

Sirius pushed Teddy’s hand away and took another step forward. They were practically touching noses as he jabbed a finger into Teddy’s chest. “Let’s get something straight right now…you are definitely in Marauder territory. This is our year and our school. So get down off of your high horse and learn to respect the ones who have been here long before you ever thought of being here.”

“Merlin, Sirius…,” Remus began to say but quickly quieted himself as Sirius glared at him. “He’s just a new kid. Drop it!”

A new kid that looks awfully familiar… Remus couldn’t put his finger on it, but there were features that seemed so recognizable that he had almost missed it the first time he laid eyes on Teddy. It was as if he was looking in a mirror. The dark features…the eyes that stared into nothing and found meaning in everything …it was almost spooky to see someone the same as him yet…not.

“James, don’t do this!” Lily pleaded as James pulled away from her and stood along side Sirius. “You are bigger than this!”

“Why don’t you just walk onto the train and just forget the reputation you already seem to have. I’m sure you and your girlfriend…”

Mackenzie stepped right into James’s personal space and nearly pushed him onto his backside. “I am not his girlfriend. And for your information…just because you think you rule the school doesn’t mean you do.”

“Mackenzie…” Teddy grasped her shoulder and pulled her away from James. “Look…I’m just here to learn and graduate. Nothing more and nothing less, guys. It’s not my fault I’ve been put on this pedestal…”

Sirius shoved Teddy back and one more time for good measure. “You’re going to be knocked off of it long before we even reach the front doors of Hogwarts. Am I understood?”

Remus was about to lose it. This wasn’t the way the Marauders acted. Suddenly James and Sirius were acting like complete prats that wanted nothing more than to rule the school. The Marauders weren’t only popular; they had been deemed the ones to usher in the new students. They made them feel wanted and like they belonged. Suddenly it was as if they had done a complete U-turn. What happened? Remus knew he needed to put a stop to this, whether James and Sirius hated him for it or not.

“That’s it!” Remus exploded, shoving Sirius back before he did any more damage. “Get on the damn train.”

James and Sirius both looked at him in shock. “Remus…,” Sirius began to say.

Remus held up his hands. “Don’t. Just don’t. We’re better than this! Merlin, it’s not his fault. Just accept the fact of what’s going on and deal with it. We’re Seventh Years and this is not the way to set an example! Get on the bloody train before I knock you into next week.”

“You don’t understand, Remus…” James tried to spit out but couldn’t.

“No, you don’t understand! If you want your reputation back, act like two men instead of two First Years. This is ridiculous!” Sighing, Remus gestured to the train. “Just get on the train before you embarrass yourselves any more. Please…”

James and Sirius, looking at each other once again, both eyed Teddy warily before turning and heading for the train. Lily trailed behind them, not sure if her words were necessary. Remus stood there, seething. It had been the first time, that he could ever recall, that James and Sirius had actually angered him in such a way. He wasn’t quite sure what it was, but he felt a connection to the new boy and felt the need to protect him. There was really no way to explain it. James and Sirius had gone overboard with their threats, their egos more inflated than they had ever been before. Not only had they embarrassed themselves, but they had embarrassed the Marauders. He was apart of that group. Maybe not the most popular, but definitely the most dedicated. It was unfair to him and Peter when James and Sirius started acting like prats. He was the book smart one and apparently the one with the common sense. This year was going to be harder than any before, and he was going to have to be the one, yet again, to keep the peace.

“I want to apologize for my friends,” Remus gently said, holding out his hand for Teddy to take. “They’ve never acted like this before. But then again…they’ve never had a threat against their own reputations. So for that I will be the bigger man and say I’m sorry.”

Teddy beamed at him and shook his hand firmly. “There’s no need to apologize. It’s completely understandable. But know it was never my intention to come here and destroy anything. The reputation of the Marauders precedes the lot of you. It’s just amazing to meet any of you much less all four of you.”

“Your accent is rather…British for being American,” Remus commented. Their hands disconnected and it was as if something broke inside of him. He had no idea what it was, but he was getting more and more curious by the second about this…Teddy.

“My mother and father were both from this area,” Teddy said sadly. “I…I grew up in Boston when they died.”

He hung his head in shame as he took a deep breath. There was a connection between them. He, too, had lost his parents when a werewolf took their lives. The pain was still there…still deep within him and hurt more and more every time the full moon peaked.

Gazing up, he felt Mackenzie’s eyes on him, watching him curiously. But Remus pressed on. “I know what it’s like to lose parents. I’m sorry for your loss.” There was a brief pause before Remus could find the strength to continue. “Look, if you need anything when we get to Hogwarts, don’t hesitate to ask. I’ll try to keep James and Sirius in line, but that might be hard to do. Just don’t take anything they say to heart. They would never do anything to try and hurt you. I’ll make sure of that.”


Turning and walking away, he could still feel their eyes upon him. The thoughts that were racing through his mind were too much to handle. Between bringing up the past about his parents and finding common ground with Teddy, it was all a big jumbled mess. He needed to figure out what was going on and fast.

This year was going to be an interesting year and not one he was sure he was going to enjoy.

“Merlin that was bloody amazing!”

Teddy was oblivious to Mackenzie’s outburst. He watched, silently, as his father walked sadly away and stepped onto the train. It wasn’t exactly the way he had planned it, but he had met his father for the first time. The experience was something he would never forget.

“Teddy, are you alright?”

A single tear snuck out from the corner of his eye. Merely nodding his head, he grasped Mackenzie’s hand and smiled. “Thank you.”

Mackenzie looked over at him curiously. “For what?”

“For this. You have given me the opportunity to meet my father. For that I will be forever thankful.”

Pulling on his hand and walking toward the train, Mackenzie smiled back at him. “Now is the opportunity, Teddy. Take it and run with it. The door is wide open. Remus said you can go to him about anything. Make sure when the opportunity strikes you grasp it. Don’t hold back, Teddy. This is your moment. Please don’t hesitate.”

Teddy knew what he had to do now. He was in the spotlight. There was no getting out of it. The Marauders knew who and what he was. The only problem was…

…his father had absolutely no idea who he was. But Teddy would find the strength to tell his father that he was everything his father wanted him to be and more. For now he would continue to be the heartthrob everyone saw him as, and continue to be the son deep down he knew he was.

A/N: Well, here is yet another chapter with my Teddy story. *hugs Teddy tight* I love writing him and hopefully it will show soon. I will be taking this story from three different POVs (maybe just two), but definitely Remus and Teddy. So I hope you guys enjoyed this chapter. I'm looking forward to writing the rest of the story. As always...thanks for reading and reviewing. *hugs*

Chapter 3: Taking Another Step Backward
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Chapter 2 – Taking Another Step Backward

The steps seemed to narrow as he made his way to the dungeons. Why was it always as he made his way into Slytherin territory that he felt the incessant need to run and flee? It wasn’t that he was scared of them. It wasn’t even the fact that there was anything wrong with the dungeons of Hogwarts. There was just this overwhelming feeling of dread as he continued to make his way toward Potions. There was nothing that would help him be rid of that feeling. Perhaps it was just the fact that he knew what the darkness brought and that one source of light that would forever bring him to his knees. The darkness…it always seemed to creep up on him. There was no way to be rid of it. There was just no way…

A hand brought to the side of his head brought Remus out of his reverie. He quickly blinked his eyes before shoving Sirius down the rest of the stairs. James’s laughter echoed all around him and he could just imagine Lily rolling her eyes at the sight. He was actually growing tired of the childish games that they were playing. There wasn’t a day that had gone by this year that he didn’t regret. James and Sirius just seemed to be getting worse. With the appearance of this new kid, there was no stopping them from their pranks. And just when he thought that things couldn’t get worse…they did. Just by standing beside James and Sirius, he had served more detentions than the total combined of the previous six years.

“Merlin, Moony, quit being so damn serious. That’s all you’ve been this year. It’s our Seventh Year. Perk the hell up.”

Remus sighed and ignored James’s comment as his friend brushed past him only to shove Sirius through the Potions’ classroom door. He stood on the bottom step and watched as Sirius and James continued to act like five year olds walking toward their seats. Feeling Lily’s hot breath on his neck, he faked a smile and peered over at her.

“When did we become babysitters?” Lily asked, shaking her head. “I feel like that we have to watch the two of them now more than ever. The rumors are flying around the school about them and I’m not quite sure if I even want to try and put them to bed.”

All Remus could do was shake his head. He understood where Lily was coming from. After all, being the girlfriend of James Potter had given her a mark on her own reputation. So anything that James did practically rubbed off on her. Day after day Lily seemed to grow weary of the games he was playing. She had defended Severus Snape during the years, but now it seemed as though she was protecting more and more people. It was truly becoming more and more like a daycare than just a normal every day school day.

“Do I dare ask what the rumors are?”

Lily just stood there disgusted. “I won’t even begin to tell you. The rumors are flying about James and Sirius and if they have lost their minds. This new kid is really driving them over the edge and frankly I’m getting sick of it.”

“Maybe we just have to ignore them,” he suggested. “If we ignore them, then they won’t have the attention.”

“Don’t you see?! That’s the problem! They don’t have the bloody attention and it’s driving them insane. Why, oh why, must James be the center of attention? Why can’t he just be a normal student that enjoys to be out of the spotlight once in awhile?”

Remus smirked. “Because once you’re in the spotlight, there’s no reason to step out of it.”

“I wouldn’t mind being out of it.”

Remus peered over his shoulder only to see the newbie standing there. Beside him was the young woman that he had practically drooled over. He felt Lily jab him in the ribs with her elbow before he even began to smile and clear his throat in embarrassment.

“Teddy, welcome to Potions,” Remus said happily. While he was actually addressing Teddy, his eyes were kept on Mackenzie. “Mackenzie, it’s good to see you again.”

Mackenzie’s smile practically lit up the corridor. The once dark dungeon was filled with a light that he never imagined. Just the sight of her made him warm inside and feel as though nothing could touch him.

Is she actually blushing?

Still smiling, Mackenzie nodded and practically hid behind Teddy. “You too, Remus.”

Lily continued down the stairs with Mackenzie trailing behind her as the two young men decided to stare at each other. Remus glanced over his shoulder only to see Mackenzie taking a peek back at him. Lily giggled and shook her head. He knew that Lily was getting the hint that he was falling for the new girl. If James or Sirius found out he would be in a heap of trouble. He wasn’t in the mood to hear the cackling or the name calling or hell even the pranks that would ensue just because he wanted to get to know the girl who knew Teddy better. All he wanted to do was get to know Mackenzie better. The only thing he had been able to do since the first day of term was get to know her name and know that she was practically attached to Teddy’s side. They were inseparable. He was beginning to wonder if they ever parted. Would he ever get a chance to talk to her alone?

Teddy gestured to James and Sirius inside the classroom. “They still giving you a hard time about helping me on the platform?”

“It wouldn’t have mattered if I helped you or not. They still give me a hard time. Well, Peter usually gets the brunt of it, but this year I seem to be the one that is in the direct path of James and Sirius. I’m not entirely sure why but I guess I shouldn’t question it. It’s better to be in their path than off of it. Trust me about that.”

Remus tried to laugh it off but found himself dreading what was to come. It hadn’t occurred to him till that moment that he was in the direct path of the two most famous Marauders. How had it come to that? How had he become the outcast in a matter of days? Just because he decided to stand up for the one time in his career at Hogwarts, he was going to get scolded for it?

“Are you alright?” Teddy asked him, knocking him out of his thought process.

Nodding he replied, “I’m sure I will be. I just hadn’t realized what you pointed out until just now. I just…”

The darkness, it was always threatening to consume him. Why was it in this moment that he feared this was the year it would? He had always been alone in his fight. Yes, James and Sirius always seemed to help him, but he was alone. He was the one with the damned disease. He was the one to feel his body change into a form that he damned every day of his life…every day of his infection. Remus longed to have an equal, someone to share in his pain. There were no other creatures around. There was nothing and no one that would ever understand him.

“You know, I begin to wonder if your friends truly know what its like to be in the spotlight.” Teddy watched as Remus peered over at him. “Even though some are in the spotlight, hogging all of the attention, some truly never know what its like to live. You can be popular and wanted all of your life but never understand the hardships and pain that you have to go through. They’re sheltered, Remus. They’re sheltered and I can tell that you and I know more of the ways of the world than they ever will.”

Before Remus could reply, Teddy walked slowly past him and into the classroom. He stood there dumbfounded yet felt more connected to Teddy than anyone else he ever had before. It was so true. James and Sirius would never understand what he was going through no matter how much they tried to. They enjoyed the popularity. They enjoyed the spotlight. Remus longed to be as far away from it as possible. He longed to be normal just for a few days. The darkness beckoned to him but he continued to fight.

But how long will I be able to ignore the darkness and the glow of the moon before my body trembles for its delicate touch?

The Whomping Willow just seemed to be limp with no life in it without something in its path to try and decimate. The leaves rustled beneath it as the light autumn breeze blew around her. She took a deep breath and noted the difference in the smell than her own time. Things just seemed so different and she had never expected it. All she thought was the clothes would be different not the entire layout…even the scenery. Everything was just so different and she was rather enjoying it.

“Merlin, he’s so hot! Why didn’t he say yes?”

“Lily, not you too! Please tell me it’s not you too.”

Mackenzie slowly turned her head to see Lily walking down the hill with several other Gryffindor girls. Diving behind a nearby bush, she listened intently to their conversation, beginning to wonder what they were talking about.

Isn’t she with James Potter?

Sighing, Lily stared off dreamily, clutching her books tightly to her chest. “Teddy…ever since the platform I’ve been trying to get him off of my mind. But since James has been a right git lately, it hasn’t been easy. At least James would have been able to distract me, but without him to do that, I can’t get him off of my mind.”

Quickly putting her hand over her mouth, she stifled a scream. Mackenzie couldn’t believe what she was hearing. Lily Evans falling for Teddy? This wasn’t what they had planned. This was far from what they had planned. They can’t change the timeline. They had been warned…well she had. If Teddy and Lily…

Teddy would never fall for Lily. He wouldn’t…couldn’t…would he?

“Lily, you’re out of your mind,” the brunette Gryffindor quickly said. “You’ve got James Potter. Why the bloody hell would you even be tempted by someone else?”

The blonde Gryffindor rolled her eyes. “Have you seen Teddy Wolfe? I mean seriously, Victoria. Teddy is the hottest thing. Forget James Potter. If Lily can have James she can certainly have Teddy.”

Mackenzie’s jaw dropped. Is she actually blushing?

“What are we staring at?”

Screaming, she stumbled forward and groan in pain as her elbow hit the ground with a thud. Rolling over, Mackenzie looked up to see Remus staring down at her. Her eyes went wide in horror as he smiled down at her. He held out a hand and she quickly grasped it, getting pulled to her feet. She quickly brushed herself off and cleared her throat before smiling in return.

“Uh…Remus…hi!” She giggled and shook her head. “This isn’t…well its not really…I’m not doing anything…”

Remus couldn’t help but laugh. “You didn’t seem to stutter on the platform. Why are you starting now?”

Merlin, am I blushing?

“I’m not! I’m just…” Groaning, she shuffled her feet. “Bloody hell.”

He plucked a leaf from her hair before gesturing behind her. “Did Lily say something interesting to warrant you to hide from her?”

Mackenzie shook her head. She couldn’t tell him what she heard. She couldn’t… “Lily is falling for Teddy.”

As Remus’s eyes went wide, Mackenzie’s hand flew over her mouth. She always had the knack to let things spill no matter how much her conscience always told her to shut up. Her throat was going dry as she continued to see Remus stand there in shock. All she wanted to do was tell him everything would be alright, that it was just a crush. But there were no words forming. Her mind had drawn blank.

“Falling for Teddy?” Remus sat down on the large boulder behind him. “If James finds out…”

“He won’t!” Mackenzie quickly said. “He won’t! Teddy…Teddy doesn’t like her. He has a girlfriend back home. He won’t…”

His eyes met hers and she felt herself go numb. As he rose to his feet and began toward her, her heart stopped beating. What was it about him that just seemed to make her go weak in the knees?

“I need your help,” he softly said to her. “I need your help to make James the popular kid again. You don’t understand. Just by Teddy being here, he’s thrown everything off balance. If James finds out about Lily liking Teddy, all hell will break loose. And it won’t just be James. James will get Sirius involved and…” There was a slight pause before he continued, “I like Teddy and all, but I fear what is to come.”

“What is to come?”

Remus grasped her hand and went silent for a moment. Finally his eyes met hers once again and he simply said, “A feud unlike anyone has ever seen.”

A/N: Sorry about the long break. Writer's block will do that to you. Hopefully I will be updating more frequently now. I hope you like the chapter. Happy Holidays!

Chapter 4: Such a Tease
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Chapter 3 – Such a Tease

“And who the bloody hell are you trying to impress?”

Lily’s smile widened as she sauntered by both James and Sirius. Her hips swayed back and forth to a tune only she knew. Every male student that had passed her by in the corridor that morning had no choice but to stop and look at her. Her ruby-colored, curly locks bobbed up and down and hung about her shoulders. Even though she was wearing the Hogwarts preferred school uniform, she had made…modifications to it the night before – shortening the skirt, lowering the neckline, and making sure that each garment practically clung to her like a second skin. No, she didn’t want to look like what she knew James was thinking of. All she wanted to do was get the attention of a certain new Gryffindor that seemed to be paying her no mind as of late.

Cat calls and whistles echoed all around her as she leaned against the wall in front of James. Her smile never left her face while he glared at her. “You don’t like it?”

“What I want is Lily back. If I wanted to go out with one of the other girls I would have picked them. What the hell is all of this, Lily?” James looked her up and down, taking everything in. Once he noticed Sirius doing the same thing, his elbow shot out to his best friend’s rib cage. “Why do you look like some cheap…”

“Morning,” Remus interrupted, scratching his head and rubbing his drowsy eyes. Before he could take another step forward, James blocked his path. “James, what the…?”

“Do you see what’s happening?” James asked angrily. “Do you see what the bloody hell is happening? Even my own girlfriend seems to be taking a liking to the damn new kid. Lily isn’t Lily any more. She’s like a school girl…”

Lily rolled her eyes. “I am a school girl.”

“…like a school girl swooning over some imaginary figure. Which is what he will be, Remus, once I get through with him. No one messes with James Potter. You, of all people, know this. He has crossed the wrong Marauder.”

“I never said anything. Look, all I said was for you to give him a chance, have him included with us. But you’re the one pushing him to the outside. You’re the one making him more popular than ever.” Remus took a few steps forward and stood toe-to-toe with James. “I can’t help it if Lily finds him attractive or if you’re acting like a complete and utter git. You’re jealous of a boy you hardly know!”

James shoved a finger into Remus’s chest and began to push him backwards. “Let me tell you something right now, Remus…choose a side. This little battle that has been going on for the past few weeks is going to end. He crossed the line when he made my girlfriend look at him in ways she’s supposed to look at me. This is war, Remus, and if he doesn’t like…not my bloody fault.”

Before Remus could say another word, James grasped Lily’s wrist tightly and began to drag her down the corridor. Remus stood there – flabbergasted. He had absolutely no idea what to say. What he had warned Mackenzie about a few days prior was coming true. A war was going to ignite even if Teddy didn’t want it. Why did Lily have to go and like Teddy in the first place? Why couldn’t she have been happy with James and just left it at that? Remus couldn’t deny the fact that there was a certain charm to Teddy. It was familiar and he was beginning to wonder if that was what was getting under James’s skin. There were too many qualities and traits there were becoming similar to several of the Marauders. There was James’s charm, Sirius way with the ladies…but it was his looks that had Remus glancing in the mirror over and over again wondering if he had a long lost brother he didn’t know about. It was Teddy’s eyes that made Remus see himself in Teddy. Perhaps it was just because all of the family lines were tangled, but he couldn’t help feel some sort of undeniable connection to Teddy.

“Honestly I’ve been trying to cool him down for the past three days, Moony,” Sirius said to him as he stood beside Remus. “I’ve learned to just let it go with this kid. The more and more I look at this kid Teddy, the more I’ve been noticing he doesn’t even like the attention like we do. He shuns the spotlight and it’s rare to see that with someone who’s standing in it.”

Remus continued to watch Lily and James fade into the distance. He was losing his grip on his best friend and it was breaking his heart. “All Teddy wants to do is be normal. He’s just looking for acceptance, Sirius, and no one is giving it to him. I was hoping the Marauders would at least show him that we’re not a bunch of complete jerks.”

“Well, most of us are complete jerks…but that’s beside the point.” Leaning against the wall, Sirius watched as most of the students passed on by without a care. “Remus, you may be able to get to Teddy unlike the rest of us. Peter is off doing Merlin knows what. James will drop dead before he welcomes Teddy with open arms.”

“And what about you?”

Sirius peered over at Remus and nodded. “I think there may be an opportunity here that no one else is seeing. Perhaps it is time someone beats James at his own game. Yes, I enjoy my status of playboy, but it is not the center of my world. James enjoys it because it was the only way he could see getting to Lily. But now with Lily’s attention turned to Teddy, James is going to be furious and will stop at nothing to see Teddy destroyed.”

With the fate of the Teddy’s life in his hands, Remus knew he had to do something that wouldn’t permit James to either maim Teddy or kill him. Either way, he knew that he was in for a bit of a challenge. There had already been some ideas discussed with Mackenzie a few days prior near the Whomping Willow. Although nothing was fleshed out completely, they had both come to the conclusion that something had to be done. But if Sirius was willing to help out with some master plan, perhaps there was hope after all.

“You have a plan I take it?”

“A partial plan,” Sirius stated simply, folding his arms over his chest. “It might or might not work. However it will show James that he isn’t immortal, that there are others out there that are just as good as him. Plus, it might help Lily see James for who he really is.”

Remus chuckled. “A git?”

“No, not a git,” Sirius said, laughing. “But that is a point we will have to try and get over. Ever since school started this year, I’ve heard Lily complaining that James has been ignoring her, not giving her the attention she deserves.”

“I’m listening.”

“What if someone else gave Lily the attention she deserves? What if that person is none other than Teddy?”

With his jaw nearly hitting the floor, Remus shook his head. “You must be out of your bloody mind. Do you seriously want to give Teddy a death sentence?”

“He’ll stand a chance if we back him. It’s not like we’re going to throw him to the wolves.” Sirius cringed at the wolf comment and ignored Remus’s cold stare. “You know what I’m talking about. James will never know I’m helping you guys. If you want to see Teddy survive this year, this is the only way to do it. We back Teddy. We prepare him for what James will throw at him. You and I know better than anyone, Moony, what kind of havoc James can raise. If we prepare him well in advance, James will finally see how he’s been acting this year.”

“You don’t like it either, do you? The way James has been acting?”

Sirius merely bowed his head, glancing down at his feet. “No, I don’t. I don’t know what’s come over him, but he’s not James. I’m ready to shake him out of it. Are you?”

Remus thought about the repercussions of their actions and what could ensue if the plan they had backfired. James would never talk to any of them again. Teddy would be a dead man. Lily would be single. And Hogwarts, without any doubt, would be up in flames from sort of curse, hex or what have you. Hell would come to Hogwarts if James had his way. Remus feared it but also thought about what would happen if their plan worked. It was worth a shot. If they could fully prepare Teddy for what was to come, James wouldn’t know what hit him. The once popular James Potter would be knocked down the ladder of success. James would become James again and the Marauders would be whole they way they should have been.

“We’re going to need help with this. It can’t just be us, Sirius. We’re going to need some serious manpower here and I’m not sure if we can find it.”

Sirius winked and put his arm around Remus’s shoulders. They began to walk down the corridor together as the wheels in Sirius’s head began to turn. Remus could practically smell the smoke.

“Leave that all up to me, Remus. I believe I can handle that little part of our plan.”

Teddy sat at the farthest end of the Gryffindor table. He didn’t want to be anywhere near the Marauders at the moment. He had been hexed, cursed, and pranked on way too many times to count in one day. It had taken him forever to find the counter-curse to make himself not look like a frozen popsicle any more. He had missed Transfiguration because of that and had angered Professor McGonagall quite a bit, not exactly something he was used to.

The mashed potatoes on his plate looked as though it was a volcano that was ready to explode. He was watching it rather carefully just incase it did happen to explode and James’s laughter echoed in his ears. His day had not gone well at all. All he had wanted to do was retire to the Gryffindor Common Room but had found it swarming with girls of every year and house looking to be near him in some form or another. Mackenzie’s plan of being one of the most popular kids in school was growing tiring. He had rather enjoyed being the normal kid in school when he was back during his own time. The only thing he missed was his parent’s adoration when he had done something right or won an award. That was the only reason why he was where he was and he was doing what he was doing.

But seeing his father sitting at the opposite end of the table with his best friends didn’t help his heart any. It had actually made the feeling he had been suppressing for so long worse. He longed to be that way with his father – best friends. It had been something he dreamed about. Teddy had always wondered what he father was like when he had gotten older. From the way his godfather, Harry, had spoken of him, he was more studious and humble. Even now Teddy had begun to see those traits rising to the surface. He never understood why Victore had thought his father was a playboy. Teddy had never believed that. It had taken forever for his father to ask his mother out on a date. Teddy honestly didn’t believe that his father would have been any different during his Hogwarts days.

“Is this seat taken?”

Glancing up, he noticed Lily standing beside him. Her smile was nearly glowing as she indicated to the seat next to him. He quickly shook his head and she sat down slowly, letting him watch her with a keen interest.

Why is James’s girlfriend wanting to sit next to me?

“I don’t think we’ve formally met. Lily Evans.”

Teddy took her outstretched hand and shook it. “Teddy Lu…Wolfe.” He had nearly slipped and almost bit his tongue off at his stupidity. “But I suppose you already knew that.”

“Who doesn’t know about the infamous Teddy Wolfe?” There was a slight pause before Lily continued, still smiling. “But I was wondering why someone of your popularity level is sitting all the way at the end of the table by himself when there are dozens of girls clamoring to sit next to you. I mean, after all, some would curse off their own arm to get a chance to do that.”

“Well I certainly don’t want that to happen. Cursing off their arm that is.” Teddy swallowed hard as Lily slid closer to him. He could practically feel James’s cold stare at the back of his head. “So what does the Head Girl want with a guy like me?”

Lily’s eyes shimmered in the golden light that surrounded her. She watched as Teddy just seemed to sit there, dumbfounded as she lightly touched his arm. He recoiled as if in pain, but she placed her hand on his shoulder once again, drawing him close. Her breath was hot on his skin while her lips hovered just inches above his own.

“Trust me…”

Leaning in, her soft, rose-colored lips touched his. The entire Great Hall erupted into applause and whispers as Lily deepened the kiss. Teddy had absolutely no idea what to do but sit there and let her do whatever she was doing, his eyes closed to the world around him. She wrapped her arms around him and drew him as flush against her as their position would allow. Lily was watching over Teddy’s shoulder, noticing James slowly standing up – seething. A grin began to slowly spread as she broke the kiss.

“We know what we’re doing.”

Teddy gazed at her both puzzled and in awe of what had just happened. “We know what we’re…what?”

Before he could get anything else out, he felt himself being lifted up and tossed to the floor. He bit his lip in pain as his shoulder hit the stone and nearly cracked. Trying to push himself up, he was rolled over instead and a foot placed firmly on his chest. Teddy looked up into the eyes of an angry James. As he tried to get up once again, James pushed his foot back down onto his chest once again – harder and nearly leaving a footprint.

“What the hell do you think you’re doing?”

Teddy stammered. “I was…I mean I didn’t…I don’t know what…”

“Stay away from my girl or you’ll end up in the hospital wing,” James warned. “Am I making myself clear?”

“Yes…I mean…I understand…but…”

Teddy didn’t have a chance to say anything else. James dug the heel of his shoe into Teddy’s chest before leaving him to lie there. As Teddy stared up at the ceiling, Sirius peered down at him as did Lily. He felt dizzy and confused. What the hell had just happened? Did Lily just kiss him?

“Well that looked like it worked,” Sirius muttered, not even peering down at Teddy any more but glancing at Lily instead. “I told you it would.”

“We almost got him put into the infirmary, Sirius,” Lily rebutted. “For Merlin’s sake, James has a swollen ego. If this doesn’t work I don’t know what will.”

Teddy groaned and pushed himself up on his elbows. He noticed Remus and Mackenzie slowly walking toward him with straight faces. Something was going on and he wasn’t quite sure he wanted to know what.

“Can someone tell me what’s going on?”

“Midnight in the Courtyard. Meet us there. We’ll explain everything.”

Mackenzie sat down next to Teddy on the cold stone floor as Sirius, Lily, and Remus walked away without another word said. He had absolutely no idea what was going on. All of a sudden his world had turned upside down. What had he just gotten himself into?

“Don’t worry, Teddy. Remus and Sirius will explain everything.”

Turning his head toward her, Teddy glanced at Mackenzie curiously. “This isn’t what I want, Mackenzie. This has turned into one big mess.”

“No it hasn’t,” Mackenzie countered. “This just brings you closer to Remus than ever before. He’ll be working along side of you and you can finally figure out who your father is.”

“Working along side of me for what?”

A huge smile spread across Mackenzie’s lips as she nudged him. “The Master Plan.”

A/N: Well, here it is...another update actually sooner the planned. I hope that you enjoyed it and you're enjoying the story. Please let me know what you think! Thanks for reading!

Chapter 5: Lilies and Teddy Bears
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Chapter 4 – Lilies and Teddy Bears

“The Seventh Years propose that we do some sort of…carnival.”

Professor Albus Dumbledore peered over the thin wire of his glasses. His grey brows were slightly raised as he looked back and forth between both Remus and Lily. Two of the most prestigious students that he had ever met wanted to do something that only Muggles seemed to enjoy. His instincts had always seemed to be right. Why did he have the feeling that they were up to something?

“And with this proposal,” he began to reiterate, “you wish to have the entire school involved?”

Remus nodded instantly. “Of course, Professor Dumbledore. We just thought that since there was no Yule Ball or anything extravagant this year, that this ‘carnival’ would bring about some happiness amongst the gloom. Most of the students fear of what’s coming in the coming years, Professor. We thought we would spread a little cheer.”

Pushing back slowly from his desk, Professor Dumbledore rose, his brittle bones cracking but despite his age was rather lithe when he wished to be. He began to round his desk and continued to keep his eyes locked with both Lily and Remus. His silver robes swished around him as he moved. Out of the corner of his eye he noticed something move near the doorway of his office and he smirked.

“Mr. Wolfe, why hide in the shadows when your presence demands the light?”

Teddy slowly slinked into the room as if he was afraid of what was to come. Professor Dumbledore watched him with curious eyes and a playful smile on his face. The proposal was something of a much larger plan. He was unsure of what it was they were up to, but he knew that this wasn’t for Hogwarts’ benefit.

“So a carnival?” he asked, repeating himself.

Lily took a step forward as Remus and Teddy watched her take the lead. “Yes, sir. It’s just something a little different for the students of Hogwarts. We thought with your talents and…connections…that you might be able to pull something together before Christmas. Maybe a sort of ‘Winter Carnival.’”

“And what sort of attractions would we have at this carnival?”

It was Remus’s turn to take a step forward. “We know Muggles have rides at these sorts of things but we thought of different things. Perhaps different game booths and a dueling arena? And if the lake is frozen enough, we can use it to ice skate.”

Professor Dumbledore stood there for a moment, thinking of the plan and what could transpire from a Marauder thought, but this one seemed to have merit. It could be quite an interesting time for most of the students at Hogwarts. It might also prove him wrong about the Marauders. Perhaps they truly just wanted to do something nice for the students of Hogwarts, but he knew better. However, it was the look on Teddy’s face that made him think otherwise. There was something quite peculiar about the boy and he had a feeling he knew what it was.

“Ms. Evans, you will make the announcement tonight in the Great Hall during dinner.” He watched the sparkle in Lily’s eyes as she heard him accept their idea. “I trust that you and Mr. Lupin will find time to plan this event and get things in order. If you require any assistance, don’t hesitate to come to me and I will see what I can conjure up.”

“Of course, Professor Dumbledore,” Lily said, merrily.

All three of them turned to walk out the door when Professor Dumbledore spoke once again. “Mr. Wolfe, a moment of your time.”

Teddy stopped in his tracks, a chill running down his spine. He slowly turned around as Remus and Lily gazed at him curiously. Professor Dumbledore’s stare gestured for the other two to leave them alone. The sound of the wooden door closing was all Professor Dumbledore needed to continue with the conversation.

“It is rare that a Seventh Year student transfers so far from home.” He continued away from his desk and toward the stoic Teddy. “And your accent gives you away almost instantly. How long has it been since you’ve been home?”

Teddy was silent for a moment before raising his head to meet Professor Dumbledore’s eyes. “A few months, sir. My parents…”

“…I’m sure are very proud of you and what you have accomplished thus far,” Professor Dumbledore completed. He let Teddy hear the undertones of what he was speaking of. It wasn’t hard to see the similarities with them standing side-by-side. “You do know what your trip has done, don’t you?”

“I do…sir.” Teddy swallowed hard, afraid that the Headmaster would figure out what was going on. After all, the stories his godfather told were true. “But you have to understand why I did this. You must believe that I meant no harm to come to anyone or anything. I had to see him…meet him. I couldn’t let time stop me.”

Placing a gentle hand on Teddy’s shoulder, Professor Dumbledore merely nodded in acceptance. There were rules that many lived by and others that were broken time and time again. For as long as he had been a wizard, there have been many that traversed time to get what they needed in order to succeed in life. There were very rare instances that one traveled through time in order to just seek out something that they had been neglected to have during their own time. It was rather…inspiring to see someone of Teddy’s age doing just that.

“How did he…?” He stopped himself before Teddy could answer. “Forgive me. I know the rules of time travel and here I am, bound to break them out of morbid curiosity. I do know something must have happened and I will leave it at that. When tragedy strikes…Mr. Lupin…you will find your heart and your mind willing to do things never imagined before. You must learn to control the urge before it is too late.”

A tear snuck down Teddy’s cheek and he quickly brushed it away. Did Professor Dumbledore have any idea how hard it was to stand side-by-side with a man who didn’t even know who he truly was? To stand with his father and do things with him was a dream come true, if only Remus knew who he truly was. There were always the curious stares from across the room, as if Remus was studying him and trying to figure out who was seated in class with him. Teddy wanted to be honest with him, to let Remus know the truth, but every time he went to say something, he backed away, afraid of what Remus would say or do. Soon the truth would have to come out. If Professor Dumbledore knew who he was, then it was only a matter of time before the rest found out.

“My suggestion,” Professor Dumbledore continued, “Is that you continue on with your charade if that is what you wish to do. But know this…all things must come to an end.”

Remus watched as the door to the Headmaster’s office opened and Teddy came solemnly out. What had Professor Dumbledore said to him to make him seem so sad all of a sudden? He was rather happy before even stepping into the office about the idea of the carnival. It was just a small part of the master plan. After all, the fall of one of the greatest figures in Hogwarts history wasn’t going to be a small feat.

“I can’t believe he granted it,” Lily cheered to herself. “This is going to be perfect. Until the carnival we’ll just have to play it up. We need to get the entire school involved with this.”

Teddy didn’t say anything in response, even as Lily threw her arms around his neck and hugged him. His arms hung limply by his sides as he stared into space. Thoughts haunted him as even Remus stepped in front of him and put a caring hand on his shoulder.

“You alright, mate?”

Nodding weakly, he smirked. “I’m fine. Just…a little out of sorts I guess. Who knew this plan would fall together so easily, huh?”

Remus knew it was more than that but just let it go. “Professor Dumbledore is usually rather forthcoming with things of this nature. He loves to help the population of Hogwarts as best as he can. If there is anything to keep up the morale of the students, he would gladly take it into consideration.”

“What do you say about getting this plan started?” Lily asked happily. “After all, this master plan isn’t going to go off without a hitch just with the carnival. We need to start it now.”

Teddy took a deep breath and smiled for the first time since he exited the office. Glancing over Lily’s shoulder, he looked into Remus’s eyes as he said, “Then let’s start.”

Master Plan: Part One
Make James Potter the least popular boy in school

James slumped in his chair in Potions as almost the entire class huddled around the table where Teddy was seated. His eyes were nearly closed as he glared at Teddy through the mass of people that surrounded him. Who did he think he was? All Wolfe was, was a transfer student that should have stayed where he belonged. This was James’s school and no one else’s. Just because Teddy had the reputation walking into the school, didn’t mean James was going to allow him to have it walking out of the school.

If I allow him to walk at all after this little stint.

“Merlin, he’s so smart.”

“And so talented.”

“And hot on top of it all.”

Groaning, James crossed his arms over his chest and turned his attention to the front of the room. He wasn’t going to allow some…boy to get the better of him. He was James Potter. There was no one else that could surpass him. He was the here all and be all of the school. The Marauders were the ones to aspire to. The Marauders wished to be like no one else. That was it.

“Teddy, you dropped this in the Common Room.”

James’s eyes went wide at the sound of Sirius’s voice calling out Teddy’s name. Glancing over his shoulder, he watched as Sirius approached the table and conversed with Teddy for a few minutes before wandering over to their own table. Setting up his books, Sirius seemed to ignore the venomous glare that James was sending his way.

“What the bloody hell was that?”

Sirius looked over at him curiously. “What?”

“You know what!” James rebutted. “You were nice to him! Since when are you nice to him? We’re not nice to him, Sirius. I don’t care if he dropped a thousand galleons in the Common Room. We…are…not…nice…to him.”

Sirius rolled his eyes. “Get a grip, James. The kid dropped his book. I decided to bring it to him. What the bloody hell is the big deal?”

“That,” James pointed to the table and the throngs of people surrounding it, “Is the bloody problem. That used to be us, damn it. Now it’s him. What happened this year? I want my status back!”

James’s day didn’t get better. After Potions, the students that had surrounded Teddy’s table followed him out of the room and to the Great Hall for lunch. He had watched as Lily sat through the entire stint of Potions and just stared at Teddy instead of what once had been him. Feeling himself seethe in anger, he avoided the Great Hall all together and headed for the Quiddich Pitch to practice. It wasn’t long after that Teddy and Lily had walked onto the grounds, hand-in-hand. Without warning or cause, James felt himself slip off of the broom and hit the earth with a hard thud. He groaned in pain as Teddy and Lily both looked over to see him fall. Teddy rushed over to him just as James was trying to sit up.

“Don’t sit up. You could have broken something.”

James glared at him and shrugged him off. “You’re kidding me, right? I’ve fallen from greater heights than that and walked off of the field. I’m fine.” He tried to stand only to fall down once again. Glancing down he noticed how twisted his ankle was. “Just give me my broom and I’ll head to the hospital wing.”

Lily knelt beside James and Teddy went to go get the fallen broom. “Let him help you, James. He’s only trying to be…”

“…a girlfriend stealer?” He tried not to the let the tears show in his eyes, but he couldn’t help it. “Just go away. I can make it.”

Standing once again, James clutched his broom and tore it from Teddy’s hands. Using it as a crutch, he began toward the castle and toward the hospital wing. Not only was his ankle probably broken, but so was his ego.

Lily stood beside Teddy as she watched her boyfriend walk solemnly back toward the castle. As she was about to boast and cheer for what was going on, she noticed the same kind of look on Teddy’s face that was on James’s. He was supposed to be happy like her. He was supposed to feel some sort of relief that James was getting what was supposed to be coming to him. Instead it looked like Teddy had just gotten hit by the Hogwarts Express.

“Teddy, I promise that this is only temporary,” Lily said, trying to sate his sadness. “Once all of this is all over you can go back to what you were. You don’t have to be this popular kid any more. I promise to help you whatever way I can.”

Teddy turned his head toward her, tears filling his eyes. He shook his head, the words that Professor Dumbledore had told him only earlier in the day finally hitting him – the meaning of them finally coming to fruition.

“No, Lily, nothing is going to be the same again. I’ll never be the same. After all of this…I’ll never be the same.”

Teddy’s hand slid from Lily’s as he slowly began to walk toward Hogwarts. She stood there for a minute, trying to figure out what was going on. There was no way of knowing what was going through Teddy’s mind without asking him. She didn’t have the leeway of doing that. There was only one person that she knew of that would be able to reach Teddy and find out what was going on. She just hoped that he would be able to shake Teddy of whatever it was before it was too late.

A/N: Sorry about the long wait on this one. Inspiration is trying to hit me with this one and I can't seem to get my rhythm. But I promise you that I am trying. I will update this one as soon as I can. If you guys have any ideas let me know! I hope you enjoyed the chapter.

Chapter 6: The New Heartthrob
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Chapter 4 – The New Heartthrob

His foot tapped on the cobblestone beneath his feet. As he stared up at the moon, he knew that the full moon was only a few days away. But it wasn’t the fear of becoming the beast that stirred his very soul, it was the fear of needing to become what he needed to in order to make his father happy.

A blush crept up onto his cheeks as his hair turned a bright red to match. It had been a long time since Teddy had felt his mother’s side of the family rise within him. His mother was so beautiful. It was a shame that he couldn’t go back and see her, see what she was when she was at Hogwarts, but it was hard enough being back where his father was. Even the gurgling fountain wasn’t drowning out his thoughts as it usually did. He occasionally found solace in the courtyard during the darkness where no one would really see him for who he was: a bumbling kid who wanted nothing more than to have his father proud of him. But what was being asked of him was next to impossible. The ‘master plan’ as they called it was to have him take over at the new heartthrob of Hogwarts. He was already on that bandwagon since he had boarded the Hogwarts Express. But what his father and Sirius wanted him to do was next to impossible.

Didn’t they see that?

“They say life is like a song…”

Teddy’s eyes slightly widened as he heard a familiar voice behind him. He didn’t want to look back to see him standing there. Was his hair still the same color as his cheeks? How would he explain that if it was?

“…once you find your rhythm you just can’t stop.” Remus stood a few feet from Teddy, silent for a few moments before speaking once again. “Lily said you didn’t stick around for very long after the incident at the Quiddich Pitch. She was worried about you and said I should check up on you.”

Teddy cleared his throat. “I’m fine.” His hand instinctively slicked back his hair, praying to Merlin it was black once again. “I just…needed some space. I needed to find my rhythm.”

Remus nodded his head, understanding. “Hogwarts can be overwhelming, especially when you transfer in. It doesn’t help that we’ve sent you spiraling downward for this year either. I mean, I honestly didn’t mean to drag you into this. It’s just James…”

Teddy stood up and turned toward Remus. He could see the pain in his father’s eyes. James was truly acting different, at least the way Teddy could remember from the tales that had been told to him. But to see his father so bewildered by the actions of his best friend made him feel heartbroken. He didn’t know what he would do if Mackenzie acted differently or Victoire acted as though she were hit by a bus. Chuckling to himself, he actually could think of that.

“It’s finally good to see a smile on your face.”

A smile faded instantly as his eyes met Remus’s. “I’m sorry. I wasn’t…I wasn’t smiling about James and your predicament. I was just smiling, thinking of my girlfriend back home.”

“Is she nice?” Remus asked curiously.

Teddy shrugged. “She’s of…higher class so to speak. So it’s kinda hard to fit in with her. Her mother is so well-bred although her father is more laid back. So I feel more at home with him than I do her. Sometimes I just don’t feel like I’m good enough for her. I wouldn’t be the one her mother would pick for her.”

“I don’t know what your father has told you about that, but if I was your father I would tell you that she doesn’t deserve you. You are better than you perceive yourself to be.”

His heart stopped. He couldn’t breathe. The blood drained from his face and he quickly sat on the edge of the fountain, trying to regain his sense of being. Teddy knew that Remus was probably staring at him strangely but he didn’t care. Just to hear those words coming from his father’s mouth, even though Remus didn’t know it, meant the entire world to him. His head was spinning and he couldn’t focus. All he could do was hear his father’s words in his head…

You are better than you perceive yourself to be.

“Teddy, are you alright?”

Teddy could only find the strength to nod. He could feel things on his body changing and he just hoped the darkness covered it up. Remus sat beside him but didn’t dare touch him. His body was shaking and he could feel time shifting all around him. Dumbledore was right – there was no turning back now. Whatever he had done was done. He just hoped that he didn’t screw things up for his future or for his father’s future.

“What color is my hair right now?”

“A cross between purple and pink,” Remus said, as if unfazed by the sight. “It’s a rather interesting combination. I’m sure Lily would say it doesn’t do well for your complexion.”

Laughing, Teddy buried his face in his hands. “This experience has been horrible. I can’t cut a break.”

“Welcome to my life.”

There was a long silence and all that was heard was the sounds of the night and the gurgling fountain. He found peace in that moment unlike anything he had before. Lowering his hands, Teddy gazed over at Remus and saw his father sitting there, sulking. Placing a gentle hand on Remus’s shoulder, Teddy smiled and nodded. He found the strength he needed to make things right for his father. If Remus needed him to help knock James for a loop he would do it.

“That master plan you were telling me about?” He waited until Remus nodded before continuing. “What do you want me to do?”

Some girls screamed while others fainted. Teddy leaned against the doorway to the Great Hall and just gazed amongst the students that sat there. Slinging his blazer over his shoulder, he sauntered down the aisle toward the Gryffindor table where Remus and Sirius were seated. He didn’t care about James glaring at him from the front of the room or about half of the girls that were practically falling off of the benches just trying to touch him. If this was what was needed, he would do it.

“Teddy! What’s going on, mate?!” Sirius stepped before him and shook his hand. Whispering, “Great job. Thanks for doing this.”

“You guys want a show or do you want me to wait?”

Sirius looked at him curiously. “What do you have in mind?”

“Watch.” Turning toward the bench to the left side of him, he placed his foot between two Ravenclaws and smiled at them as they peered up at him. “Ladies…”

Remus stood beside Sirius as he watched Teddy. “What is he up to?”

“I have absolutely no idea.”

Pulling his wand from his back pocket, with a simple flick of his wrist, Teddy could feel the music rise within him. Remus had given him the idea the night before with the words he had said as he entered the courtyard. It was the music that would make him Hogwarts newest star.

Without warning his hips began to gyrate as the music swelled within the Great Hall. Boys from each house were tapping their feet as girls gazed at Teddy’s moving body. He danced without stopping, finding the beat stimulating. Suddenly his voice joined in, singing along with the song Mackenzie had found for him in a Muggle book. It wasn’t hard to find a spell that needed to help him. It was finding the courage he needed in order to do this in front of the entire school. But nothing would stop him. It was getting easier and easier as he landed on his knees in front of a Hufflepuff biting her bottom lip. He leaned in close and sung gently in her ear. Her eyes rolled back in her head and she fainted onto the floor.

Others began to join him, dancing on top of the tables as if they knew the dance he was performing. Background singers began join in while Teddy continued to amaze both Sirius and Remus and throw James into a near temper tantrum.

Just as the song was about to stop, Teddy jumped off of the end of the Gryffindor table and landed in front of James with a huge smile on his face. The song ended and James’s face was red with fury. James balled up his fist and sent it flying toward Teddy, having it connect with his nose. Teddy was sent flying backwards and landed on his back with a sickening thud. Blood poured out of his broken nose but the smile was still on his face. Girls from every house flocked to Teddy’s side as James was shoved out of the way.

“Merlin, Teddy, are you alright?”

“Do you want to go to the hospital wing?”

“Can I take you there?”

“Why would he want you to take him there when I can?”

Girls were slapping at each other and pulling on each other’s hair all the while James was taking out his anger on bowls of fruit on the house tables. Teddy groaned while sitting up, paying careful attention to his broken nose. Looking over toward Sirius and Remus, Teddy watched as they nodded their heads in approval.

Step one was complete. Teddy was the new heartthrob of Hogwarts.

“The singing and dancing actually worked?” Mackenzie asked, chuckling to herself. She couldn’t believe it. “I actually thought it was too much for anyone to believe. Are you sure girls actually fainted?”

Teddy nodded, still laughing himself. “I think I counted four on the way out to the hospital wing. I’ve never seen James so red. Sirius and Remus were impressed. What I was impressed with was my vocals. I didn’t think I could sing.”

“Teddy, you should know by now that you can do just about anything.”

His breath caught as Mackenzie touched his hand. There was a surge of energy that seemed to flow through them and they both quickly pulled their hands apart. She stood and moved away from him, standing in the shadows of the tree they were sitting beneath. He watched as her hands shook. Moving toward her, he placed a gentle hand on her shoulder.


Teddy listened to her sob as she peered over her shoulder and tears pooled in her eyes. “Teddy, I…”

“Mackenzie, please don’t cry.” He hated seeing her like this. “It was never my intention to hurt you. I just…”

“You’ve always had a heartthrob status, only you’ve never seen it. Why do you think Victoire wanted to date you? Why do you think all the girls clamored over you at school? You were the popular one, Teddy. You were just too blind to see it.”

“What else was I blind about?”

Sniffling, she pulled away from his gentle touch and began to back away from him. Tears stained her cheeks as he watched her fade into the distance.

“If you have to ask then you’ll never know will you?”

Without another word said, Teddy watched as Mackenzie turned and walked back toward the castle. He was about to call out to her when he heard his name being shouted from the other direction. What else was he blind about? Mackenzie couldn’t like him…could she?

“Teddy, that was bloody perfect!” Sirius shouted, slapping Teddy on the back. “Your musical number rocked the house. James is furious and everyone in Hogwarts is all abuzz about you. You’re a hit! You’re the new heartthrob of Hogwarts.”

“I think we have another problem,” Teddy muttered.

“Another problem?”

“I think I lost something and I need you to help me find a way to get it back.”

Sirius nodded and smiled. “Whatever you want, Teddy. You say it and it’s yours.”

Teddy took a deep breath and said, “I need help with a girl…”