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Post by Teddy R. Lupin Sun Feb 21, 2021 10:53 pm

“You’ll have fun.”

Teddy was an honest man and had always prided himself on never bullshitting his sister. Everyone else tried to coddle her or keep her in the dark, and his overly cautious handling of her just a few years back had nearly killed her. And he knew that the Lupins were good people for Lily to know even better.

But he also knew from the look in her eye that she doubted fun was the word for it.

He dipped his head, eyes narrowing in scrutiny, trying to push her to broaden her mind, but her only response was the slightest flicker in her deep eyes and the pursing on her silent lips. Without speaking, she had communicated very clearly : I’m doing this for you.

She clicked her tongue and headed for the back garden, Lex the Belgian Sheepdog obediently bounding to follow at her heels. He watched her angular frame as it disappeared, happy to see she looked less gaunt, though she certainly was not the picture of health he would like to see.

He turned his attention to his own appearance, looking at the hair that never, for the life of him, stayed neat. There were perks to being the son of Tonks, though, and his hair receding to a short, trim cut and slicked down. He liked to be presentable, Khaat and company were the only adult family he had left, the only safety net. Losing one set of parents was hard enough, but Teddy had lost two. And as the years stretched on and he grew out of the naivete and absentminded perspective of youth, he appreciated the family he had more and more.

He grabbed the bottle of wine and the tupperware of homemade strawberry shortcake cookies he had spent the morning on and called Lily. She slipped back inside, pulling a jacket on over her dark clothes before taking his arm. Teddy gave her a small smile and turned on his heel.
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Post by Khaat Lupin Sun Feb 21, 2021 11:48 pm

Things were about normal in the Lupin house. Khaat had been putting on the kettle for a proper pot of tea. Brian was working a double shift, and Khaat's mother was busy rounding up the latest batch of pygmy puffs. This batch had produced some lovely lilac colored ones, and then there had been these two little runt puffs that, for some reason had turned out to be pastel green. These two little buggars were deucedly hard to keep track of, and Khaat's eagle had been eyeing them as potential snacks. Kate was hoping she could find them before that happened.

That left the obvious question of who was watching Abbey? She heard the familiar crackle of apparating, and she was going to call out to ask who it was when she heard her father's voice.

"Oh, for the love of Merlin, what did they do, leave you on your own again?" he was asking. Khaat left the kitchen to go to the living room and saw her father's pictoral guide of magical creatures lying open on the floor, and her three year old daughter who had somehow morphed herself into one of the oddest mix ups of different parts of different creatures she'd ever seen. Khaat gasped, unable to even breathe for a moment, uncertain how Abbey had actually managed it and how to right the child again.

"How many times have I told you that you can't let her have this book yet?" Robert sighed, flicking his fingers at the book to send it back to its proper place on the top shelf in the study.

"I don't know how she got that," Khaat said, still shellshocked at the conglomeration of accidental magic that her daughter had somehow performed. "Is that even fixable?" she asked her father. Khaat was a healer herself, but she'd never seen a blunder quite like that.

"Of course it is," he sighed. "It's only baby magic, after all. It likely would have worn off on its own in short order if she didn't always get herself stuck when it happens. Come on, Poppet, come with Papa. Gotten yourself all out of order this time, haven't you?" He picked up the toddler. "Set me out some berries, Khaat. She drinks the potion easier if I put some crushed up berries in it."  Khaat hurried back to the kitchen and got out a punnet package of mixed berries and was just about to set it on the counter when her father came through with Abbey in one arm and picked up the berries with the other. "We'll be back--eventually," he said, taking the child down to the little lab he had in the cellar.

Khaat took a breath and tried to calm herself. She wasn't accustomed yet to a child who randomly changed shapes. She had had all these notions of wanting to be a perfect parent, and then she found out her child was a metamorphmagus, courtesy of Khaat's ex who, of course, was nowhere around to guide her through this. He'd buggared off and left her, basically, winging it. Fortunately or not, Khaat's own father usually just took it all in stride, but Khaat hadn't quite learned to do that yet. Was this what all parents of a metamorph went through? Why were there no books on it? And for all those muggles who had all those misguided fantasies of a wizarding childhood being endless bliss? Clearly they didn't have a clue about just how nuts a "normal" wizarding household could be.
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Post by Teddy R. Lupin Mon Feb 22, 2021 12:09 am

The Lupin farm was teeming with life, even beyond the obvious dozens of scampering critters and overflowing plants. Something about the homestead just demanded you to kick your feet up, roll up your sleeves, and take part of the work of being family. There was always a project to join in on, whether it be the dishes or a leaky tap, and always a small crowd of people wanting to buy into whatever issues you were facing. They tackled things as a unit.

It takes a village.

He knocked but slipped inside, grinning as Lily’s face brightened in surprise at the presumption. He had been chastised before for waiting on the doorstep, always told he was meant to come right in - but Lily did not know that. It was a nice change to have his sister think he could be a little surprising, and not the responsible dad-type he had become so early in life.

“We’re here,” Teddy called out, leading Lily through the home. Delicious aromas were wafting through the air, guiding him towards the kitchen and caught Khaat as she entered, the ghost of a look of worry in her familiar face. He didn’t know what was vexing her so he resolved to be a balm if he could, smiling widely and wrapping his arms around her in a hug as he called out a greeting. Lily swooped in to grab the wine and tupperware from him, using them as a shield from hugs coming her way - which was typical Lily.

“It’s been way too long,” Teddy said, finally releasing Khaat. “As you can see, Lily has graced us with her presence.”

The young Potter’s eyes flicked towards Teddy uncertainly, as though unsure of whether he was purposefully checking her behavior, but he was perfectly at ease. Lily set her gaze on Khaat and her lips lifted into a smile that could not quite reach her eyes, lifting the wine as a hello, before adding, “Thanks for inviting us.”

Teddy took the bottle and tupperware, offering them up. “I bring tributes!”
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Post by Khaat Lupin Mon Feb 22, 2021 1:39 am

"Teddy," Khaat was delighted at seeing him, and she returned his hug, glad for his arrival. She was equally glad to see Lily. Teddy looked unchanged. Teddy always reminded her of the perfect blending of Remus and Tonks, and she had no doubt that Remus would have been bursting with pride with the man Teddy had become. "Hello, Lily. It's good to see you too. You're always welcome. Make yourselves at home, both of you." She couldn't remember when she had seen Lily last, but she was glad Teddy had seen fit to bring her along. She was always glad to see more of the family than just her little immediate family. It made the family feel whole and complete when Teddy and the rest came around, and these days, the family felt they were all scattered different directions so she was glad for a get together for any reason.  

When Teddy lifted up the wine and the tupperware, it made her smile. He was always thoughtful. "Perfect," she said, taking them. She read the label on the wine, thinking it sounded delightful, and set the bottle on the counter to peer into the tupperware. "Those look fabulous and they smell amazing. Thank you. They won't last long in this house, that's for sure." The tea kettle began to whistle, and she reached over and turned off the burner on the stove "I did put on a pot of tea. My father has taken an interest in making flavored teas. His latest tea is an almond cookie flavored tea, and, so far, it's my favorite, I think, so that's what I brewed. Mum and Dad will be with us shortly--I think. You know what this house is like. It's never dull."

She got out some wine glasses and also set out some of her mother's handmade pottery mugs. She liked the mugs because she believed things stayed hotter in pottery mugs, and these were large and chunky and were glazed in bright cheerful colors. Her mother had actually placed some in the gift shop at St. Mungo's and they'd sold well. Some wizarding socialite that Khaat had never heard of had wanted Kate to make an entire set of pottery dishes, and Kate was apparently considering it.

"If you happen to see a couple of rogue pgymy puffs, snatch them up, would you?" she asked. "We had a new litter of them about a week and a half ago, and it all went well, except these two little devils, runts of the litter, and, of course, they're not purple like their siblings. These two are teeny weeny and green, for no particular reason, and they're little escape artists. They running loose someplace in the house, and Mum would like to get them before Artan does. He'd rather make them lunch. And my father...well, that's another debacle."  

She realized that there was the time honored belief that tea fixed everything but why would one actually want tea when there was wine?  "I think we need to open the wine and then everyone can have whatever they like. Teddy, would you do the honors? The corkscrew is in the drawer by the stove."

Kate whisked into the room, looking remarkably carefree for a woman trying to outwit a hungry eagle. Khaat was almost frustrated with her for how smooth her mother could make everything look. Kate smiled brightly seeing Teddy and Lily.

"Calm, my darling," Kate stroked Khaat's cheek as she went past her. "Your anxiety is showing. Hello, Teddy, and, Lily, what a lovely surprise! It's so good to see you both. Are you finding everything alright, Teddy?"
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Post by Teddy R. Lupin Mon Feb 22, 2021 4:22 am

Lily was trying to go with the flow.

It was in the attempt to feel, to change, to express herself that trouble found her. So far had she strayed from what was nurturing and healthy, it was hard for her to argue against such a warm, familial setting. She knew she needed better for herself, but it was an active effort to seek it - and she was just so. Tired.

The smile she offered felt taut. She liked the Lupins but something about their kindness and empathy taxed her - it hurt to feel that deeply.

It amazed her how functional Teddy was. He immediately cracked too, taking out plates and setting the table for tea. How did he always know how to make himself so immediately comfortable? Despite the offered warmth, she felt awkward and rigid as she took a seat, at a loss to help and deciding she was best to just get out of the way.

“I’ve gotten better at baking, but it’s come at the cost of many burnt pans. These might be my best yet.” Teddy offered Lily a smile as he finished setting the table, giving her a look of encouragement but all she had in return was a look of mild helplessness. As Khaat continued, Teddy suddenly dropped his head backwards as he let out a groan of anticipation. “Almond cookie tea sounds sinful.

At the mention of the pygmy puffs, Teddy turned on his heel, as though expecting to find the missing critters right behind him. With the wine offered out, Teddy gave Khaat a lopsided smile and twirled his wand out, tapping with the cork with it. “We young folks are lazy,” he joked, beginning to fill up a glass for the pair of them. “I’ll sip on both - I’m terribly indecisive as you now.”

After a drink he said, “How is your dad? Not overworking and overstressing is he?”

It hit then why it was so strange to see him in this environment. Teddy was her elder brother, the surrogate dad who had taken over as man of the house. He was as Potter as one could be without the jet black hair or the awful eyesight. But when she saw him with his aunt, so comfortable and certain, she remembered that he was a Lupin by blood even if he was a Potter by chance. There had been holidays, few sure but enough, where he was removed from them to be with his blood family. It was something she did not share with him, a separation.

She was shaken from this thought when a mug of tea was placed before her. She offered a fleeting smile in exchange and lifted it to her lips. Her eyebrows shot up as the warm, sweet liquid trickled down her throat. “This is spectacular. Thank you.”
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Post by Khaat Lupin Mon Feb 22, 2021 4:35 pm

To Kate, Lily always seemed to be engaged in a struggle with herself. It reminded her of the struggle that Khaat had had with Kate and Robert when Khaat had been a child, and in many ways it was also the same struggle that Remus had consistently been engaged in up until he had given in to romance with Tonks--the desire to feel he belonged someplace but yet not ever feeling at home in his own skin enough to give himself over to truly allow himself to love. The only exception he had made prior to Tonks was with Khaat.

When Khaat was young she had been so different from either Kate or Robert that she had never gotten on with either of her parents, and when Khaat and Robert tried to get on, it was nigh onto spontaneous combustion. It was slightly better between Kate and Khaat, but Khaat had so much in common with Remus that often it made those who didn't know better question who her real father was. Remus had taken on the task of raising Khaat because the house was not such a battleground when he took her with him. The fighting and the bitterness grew old and tiresome, and Robert had literally given up trying to be the girl's father and let Remus have at it. Robert had sunk himself in his work and emotionally abandoned his only child. It was a move Robert would come to regret, and he would carry the deep scar of it for the rest of his life, long after Khaat had forgiven him. And then Remus's death at the hands of Dolohov had changed the very order of the planets themselves in the Lupin family, and the need to survive the incalculable grief had caused Kate and Robert and Khaat, eventually, to find the bonding that had eluded them for almost Khaat's entire childhood.  

Kate could only imagine the struggle Lily surely had to have found herself in as the daughter of "The Boy Who Lived," the boy who had been chosen to rival Voldemort. Being the child of a legend had to have been a ponderous burden. She was equally sure it actually could not been easy being the daughter of a Weasley because when a family was that well known simply by virtue of the fact that it seemed like there was a gazillion of them, everyone surely would have expected her to behave like her legendary father, and with the love for mischief and mayhem that the wizarding public seemed to believe was so inexorably entrenched in the blood of the Weasley clan.  No wonder the girl always seemed to want to find who she was, legends be damned. That was surely more enough to produce social anxiety on steroids.

"It really is a lovely tea, isn't it?" Kate smiled at Lily. "It may be one of his best so far. I keep telling him he needs to offer some to the chef at St. Mungo's because, for all their fine cuisine, whoever brews the morning tea there really makes the most atrocious tea in all of England. I try to avoid it at all costs."  And then Teddy had asked a question that made Kate think. How was Robert? That made her wonder where was Robert, exactly? She had heard him come in. His new wand had a bit of extra zap to it, and it crackled louder than his old one. His entrances were hard to mistake now.

"Dad's always overworking," Khaat cast Teddy a grin of amusement. "At the moment, though, he's trying to unscramble my daughter's accidental metamorphing. I swear, that child is going to give me a heart attack."

"You should have seen her yesterday," Kate laughed. "She ended up as part bowtruckle with a unicorn horn." Khaat paused, frowning, momentarily forgetting her parental panic while she tried to get a visual of what that had to have looked like.

"A bowtruckle with a horn?" Khaat frowned.

"On her bum," Kate said. "The horn was on her little bum. Your father may be right. We might need to keep that book under lock and key for awhile."

"Or make the reversing potion in a gallon jug," Khaat sighed. "He's got her downstairs trying to undo today's nightmare."

"Is he?" Kate asked rhetorically, looking at Teddy's cookies. She picked one up and took a bite. "They're absolutely wonderful, Teddy. Keep baking things like this, and I'll be happy to keep you well stocked in pans." She poured herself some wine and took a sip. "This is so nice. Why have I never done wine and cookies before?"

"Do you know what Dad has on his mind today?" Khaat asked her mother, curious as to the reason behind Robert's inviting Teddy today, besides the fact that having Teddy over was always a cause of celebration just on it's own.

"Oh, it's that Paris business again," Kate said, taking a seat at the table. She looked at Lily and Teddy "Ever been to Paris, either of you?"
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Post by Teddy R. Lupin Mon Feb 22, 2021 11:04 pm

Teddy had gotten over the feeling of being between families shortly before Ginny had passed. As a teenager, he felt so awkward and uncertain that he could not quite feel confident in his place but after graduating, he realized the only issue was an invented one. Ginny treated him as her son. Khaat and Kate and Robert had never fallen into the trap of others as projecting too much of Remus onto him, always treated him as Teddy - while still indulging his tender desires to get to know his father even without him there. It had been as hard and as easy as just deciding to accept the love offered to him.

He was eternally grateful it had not taken him any longer to accept his place among the Lupins, because when Ginny died, he was now a guardian and the weight of three siblings would have surely bowed him over without the knowledge that he was not alone. The knowledge had kept him upright, and the quick action of the Lupins in offering support, arranging affairs, and stocking their fridge with meals for months had empowered him to stay afloat.

And their visits after that were deeper, more meaningful. The Potter kids did not often want to come along - they were already independent but it seemed the family environment did more to pain than to soothe. He knew he would be lost without their love and support, a totally useless guardian - it was knowing this that kept him from a sense of guilt that he still had a family to go to.

He hoped Lily would feel at home here and realize she could claim a stake in this family. He knew they had loved Remus, and by extension Harry. Beyond that, they were people who extended love to anyone they felt may need it. But he also knew better than to try to force a connection.

“Mum said I was constantly turning orange when I was about two. It was apparently my favorite color and hair, eyes, nails, teeth - all orange,” he laughed. “Luna apparently would draw pictures of nargles and whose-it-whats-its and try to coach me into looking like them. To help with research.” He laughed that good-natured laugh that had often broken the silence of a grieving home and even Lily couldn’t help the smile that lightened her face.

“Remember when you morphed into Albus to do his chores because the Magpies beat the Harpies?” Teddy shot Lily a look of mock horror but the thought of the memory soon melted his expression into one of mirth as he laughed. “Merlin, poor Mum never stood a chance against us - we were awful.”

Lily shot Teddy a knowing look at the Paris question and he threw his hands up defensively. “Why are you looking at- Yes, we all went as a family, but Lily was only three so-”

“So I don’t remember anything,” Lily explained. “And when he went with Victoire a few years back, I was decidedly not invited.” Teddy laughed and shrugged helplessly, but there was a slight blush across his face at the mention of Victoire. He cleared his throat. “What’s happening in Paris?”
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Post by Khaat Lupin Tue Feb 23, 2021 1:00 am

Khaat laughed at hearing the stories of Teddy's childhood stories of changing. She had not forgotten that Tonks' abilities were actually rather famous in the stories she'd heard as a child of the rebel warriors of the second wizarding war. Hearing Teddy had dealt with morphing made her laugh, and it gave her hope.

"So there might be hope for Abbey after all," she said. "She morphs but hasn't begun to learn how to undo it."

"Yes, well, you loved orange, Teddy, so if one turns into what they like most," Kate said, "Abbey is going to end up as a raspberry."

"Now, that is not helpful," Khaat scowled at her. She looked back at Teddy and Lily. "It sounds like you tested your parents a wee bit. Good. They deserved to get a little mischief back. I could tell you stories about some of your parents' Hogwarts days that haven't made it into the local lore but if mischief causes gray hair, Albus Dumbledore never stood a chance with them around." She had been in school with their parents, and in the same house with most of them.

Khaat wasn't entirely surprised it was Paris calling again, but what did surprise her was her father's apparent intention to include Teddy in it, and, by default, now, Lily as well. She looked at her mother, feeling puzzled by it. Kate only glanced briefly at Khaat and then looked deliberately at Lily and Teddy.

"Our family business is in Paris," Kate said. "And by family, I mean not just Robert and me. The family that started this was a deeply committed family of the heart that also included James and Lily, Remus, Sirius and Michael Tremaine--the seven of us. It was before Remus knew Tonks. She knew later, of course, but she wasn't actually involved. The reason you lot haven't heard about it until now was because it has been a very...quiet organization."

"It's been, for the most part, a carefully guarded secret now for three generations," Khaat said. "I didn't find out about it until a couple years ago myself. What I don't understand is why we're discussing this now."

"Because," Robert said, coming in with a now normal looking Abbey who was happily munching on the rest of the raspberries, "I actually need more people for this particular mission." Kate took Abbey from Robert and put the toddler on her lap as Abbey gave a happy little wave to Teddy and Lily. "Hello Lily and Teddy," Robert continued. "I'm glad you're both here. I was hoping he would bring you today, Lily. You both have a right to be involved with this organization if you choose to be." He sat down and poured himself some wine. "You both need a small dose of history before I lay out the current situation, so I will give you the nutshell version. Mind you, even the nutshell version is going to feel like a lot of information to take in, so steady yourselves for quite a tale, all of it true, I promise you."

"There was a group of us that remained friends after we finished Hogwarts," he said, "and, it was around that time that we became aware of a number of wizarding children that had been turning up missing, and as we started to try to look into it, we learned that it had actually been going on back to around the days of our parents. The children were just never found. Gone without a trace, and by the time it reached us, the numbers were going up proportionately. What we couldn't figure out, in addition to the missing children, was why weren't people looking for these children? They were basically just considered, more or less, as write offs. It seemed unconscionable to us, and so we decided to do something about it. The more we looked into it, the more our research kept taking us to Paris."

"We raised the funds," Kate picked up the story, "with some substantial donations from some wizarding notables that supported our work, and we all chipped in with what we ourselves could contribute, and we established a formal, legitimate organization with a hidden base in Paris, and it's been there since 1981. Surprisingly, we are not welcomed by the wizarding ministries in either France or England, and so we remain hidden, and our goal is to find these children and bring them back. The work is dark and exceptionally dangerous, but as long as one of these children is missing, we will keep bringing them home. That's the short of it. That's how we came to be. We're not a large force but we are a tight and efficient operation, and we do manage to pay very well to our operatives for the risks they take."

"It does sound like a far fetched story, we know," Robert said, "but this is as much your birthright to know about it and to be involved with it as any of the rest of us if you want. We've always known that, but we've always somewhat hesitated on trying to determine when the time was right to let you know it even existed, much less involving you in it, but it seems that current events have pushed things to more of an urgent nature."
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Post by Teddy R. Lupin Wed Feb 24, 2021 4:54 am

Teddy smiled kindly, offering, “There hasn’t been a young witch or wizard yet who produced more magic than the world can handle.” He could not imagine the stressors magical parents went through, though he had plenty of friends from school who could attest to some of it.

He grinned wider at her mention of the parents, but stole a glance towards Lily. She had not grieved as hard as her brothers, being younger when she lost her parents, but she had been the one most affected by their absence, he believed. Her relationship with Ginny had been complicated and she had few memories of Harry. What was worse, she did not seem curious about them. He hoped that would come as she grew older - but she would be graduating soon, and still no sign of change.

Robert joined the fray and began to explain - and Teddy found he had little to say. There was this trickle of sadness in his stomach, that heartbreak that came with inevitable and recurring understanding that the forces of evil in the universe could never be vanquished in full. Harry had killed the Dark Lord, but others followed, the death march continued. Peace was temporary. And it hurt.

Remember the helpers.

Merlin, he was glad dad had insisted on a muggle television. God bless Mr. Rogers.

To Robert’s point of it being far-fetched, Teddy slowly mused, “It is… and it isn’t. I, unfortunately, wish I could be surprised at such horrors. I am not surprised, however,” and he offered Kate a tender smile, “that you all have been working so hard to fix it.”

He let out a long breath, digesting all of this and trying to figure out how he felt. “Vic and I used to talk about the fact that there were no magical children’s homes, and far fewer magical daycares than we need. When I apprenticed at the Ministry, I also found the foster system lacking. I just didn’t know how deeply some of our children have been lost. I - yes. Of course I want to help. In any way. I obviously have Hogwarts duties but summers, holidays...  Of course I will help.”

He glanced towards Lily and realized with a jolt (and a pang of guilt) that she looked pale. She felt his eyes and met his gaze briefly, and he could sense she was anxious. (He was almost happy to know it, at least she was feeling.) Her eyes darted towards the others, before she dropped her gaze and reached for a cookie, hands trembling ever so slightly. “I still… I still have my seventh year. I don’t know how I can help.”

Poor Lily. She had skipped a year early on, only to be forced to repeat her sixth year after all of the issues from that year. The year he realized she was a werewolf like his father, the year she was almost taken by him from the influences of hedonism and nihilism. She lost a year’s progress, her Prefect title, and much of her dignity.

He knew Robert would have only involved her if he believed in her - but he knew her well enough to know she didn’t think she deserved to have it offered to her.

“N-not to say, I mean - it’s a good cause. It’s amazing, really,” Lily said, swallowing. “I just… don’t know how I can help.”

Teddy exchanged a glance with Robert, before saying carefully. “I’m sure there’s a need for healing potions once these kids are placed, as well as elixirs for nutrition, etcetera. I think I told you, Robert, but she’s a potion prodigy.” The slightest blush spread over Lily’s face and neck. “There are always ways to help.”
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Post by Khaat Lupin Wed Feb 24, 2021 11:35 pm

"Excellent," Robert said, grateful. "Thank you. I can certainly use you both. I would not ask you to surrender your Hogwarts' obligations, either of you. Most of us have other obligations, you'll find, as you begin to meet the other organization members. Teddy's absolutely right, Lily. We can use someone who has potions skills. We have facilities for the children, of course, and we do have a small infirmary that I do try to keep stocked with potions. Sometimes, though, if we get a larger number of children, those potions go very quickly, and right now, there is no one there who can brew potions other than me. I would be very grateful for any help you could give with potions. In fact, my latest project may interest you. I've been working on trying to make some very concentrated versions of certain potions that are likely the sort that a witch or wizard might need to carry with them. I want to be able to formulate a bit of a patch kit for operatives to be able to slip in their pocket in case someone gets hurt during a mission. I have a pain remedy that seems to be testing very well with some of the volunteers I've given it to, and I have a number of others that I have on the list. Some potions are not translating well to being made into concentrates. Some simply don't do well with being left in the cauldrons to reduce into a more concentrated version."

"Didn't you have the wolfsbane done too?" Khaat asked. She knew that it was the wolfsbane that had actually been Robert's inspiration for the concentrated potions. He had always been keenly aware that, with the societal rejection Remus had faced because of being a werewolf, he sometimes found it exceptionally difficult to carry the potion with him for the two or three nights he often needed to stretch it across a full moon cycle. Robert had always wanted life to be better and easier for Remus, and so the desire for an improvement to the wolfsbane formula had burned for years in Robert's brain like a fire that would never burn out until he'd achieved it. His fierce love for his brother had created for him a passionate driving need to try to insure that other werewolves didn't need to be treated the way Remus had been. It was something he would not quit on until he had it right.

"Not like I'd like it," he said. "I have it at double strength, so right now, a witch or wizard would not need to carry so much, but I want it far more concentrated than that. It's a touchy thing. It isn't a difficult formula but it is finely balanced, and it gets very persnickety if someone starts mucking around with it. The aconite goes sideways in it if I take it beyond double strength. Severus's formula is a complicated business that has to be handled with care. I will  get it concentrated, though."

"What he isn't saying as smoothly as he should," Kate said to Lily, "is that you are more than welcome to use the potions lab here to brew things for the organization, or the much smaller lab in Paris, or, if you would like to be involved in any of Robert's constant need to push the envelope, he'd welcome an apprentice. He just hasn't found anyone that has the knack for it."

"Alright, we can venture down that rabbit trail later," Robert said. "That might not interest our new members. Anyway, I will get you both your portkeys and I can take you to Paris for a quick tour and let you get the gist of things. Once you have your portkeys, you can come and go there at will. We won't be moving on this mission until tomorrow night because for some reason they've waited til the weekend apparently is to move the children. There will be more strangers there then, so we have a much better chance of infiltrating them and causing a bit of a distraction so we can move out the children. I know its short notice but sometimes we don't get a lot of advance notice. Are either of your free tomorrow night?"
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