Disclaimer: I do not own Harry Potter.

Summary: Thirteen-year-old Teddy Lupin begins his third year at Hogwarts.

Author's note: Hey guys! I'm so sorry that I haven't updated in so long, school's started again, and I've been so busy. This is the last chapter in 'Saving Teddy' before I start on the sequel, so hopefully you all enjoy it!

October 14, 2011

Teddy's third year had started off with a jolt, and soon he found October was upon him. The cold had hit them strongly already, and it looked as if it was going to be a very cold Halloween. The homework was just as bad as the last two years, if not worse, and Teddy and Ellie could barely finish it all while balancing Quidditch practices.

It was early Friday morning, and the early morning sun was already beginning to shine through the curtains of Teddy's four poster. He screwed up his eyes, trying unsuccessfully to block out the light.

A few minutes later, he realized that the sun would only get stronger the longer he laid there, and he opened his eyes slowly, adjusting to the light. He sat up, yawning and pulled back his curtains, padding quietly across the room to the bathroom.

He looked at his reflection through blurry vision, and tried weakly to calm his bright yellow hair down. He washed his face and brushed his face, and walked back into the room to find Jack sitting up in his bed, looking out the window.

"Hey Jack." Teddy said, as he crossed the room to his trunk. He rummaged around in it for a minute before finally finding some clean robes and turned back to face Jack when he didn't get a greeting back.

"You alright, mate?" Teddy asked, noticing for the first time a letter sitting on his lap. Jack didn't answer, just looked slightly dazed and bit his bottom lip thoughtfully.

"Jack!" Teddy said loudly, and Jack finally looked around at Teddy, as though just noticing he was there. Jack's eyes were looking brighter then usual, and he blinked furiously for a few seconds.

"Sorry Teddy. Didn't notice you there." He said, looking back down at the letter on his lap.

"It's fine. Anything wrong?" Teddy asked, not wanting to pry.

"No. Well not really." At Teddy's skeptical look, and he sighed and said, "Yes. I just got a letter from my dad. My mum's not doing to well. She's in the hospital and they're not sure she's going to make it."

Teddy nodded understandingly, and said, "I'm really sorry, Jack. Do they know what's wrong with her?"

Jack looked out the window again, and Teddy didn't know if he was going to answer when he said quietly. "Yeah, they say she's got a muggle disease. Dad says it's called cancer. No one knows how to fix it, so it doesn't look like there's too much hope."

Teddy walked over to his bed and put his hand on Jack's shoulder. "I really am sorry. I hope she gets better." Jack nodded and Teddy walked back over to his bed to change. He heard Jack slide off his bed and go into the bathroom, and once he was changed he went down to the Common Room to meet Ellie.

He got down there before Ellie, so he sank into an armchair and waited. He looked up as he heard a noise on the girl's staircase, but it was only Marissa. She spotted Teddy and smiled, walking over to him slowly.

She had developed a lot over the summer, and Teddy wasn't the only one to notice. She was curvy in places she hadn't been last year, and she had definitely grown on top. Her long hair was left loose, falling freely around her face gently, and she had started to wear make-up.

Teddy smiled back at her, and tried to look casual as she plopped down in the chair next to him. "Hey Marissa."

She crossed her legs and began rummaging through her bag as she replied. "Hi Teddy. I just need to check that I finished my potion's essay, I feel like I left something out."

Teddy nodded and left his gaze on her as she concentrated on her potion's essay. She looked back up a few moments later, and smiled. "Nope, I got it all. Guess I was just being paranoid." She looked over to the staircase as Ellie came down. "Well, I guess I'll see you in class, Teddy."

She stood up quickly, and Teddy said "Yeah, see you Marissa." Ellie walked over and smirked a bit at him.

"Ready?" She asked, with the same smug voice she adopted every time she saw Marissa and Teddy together.

Teddy nodded and the two climbed out of the portrait hole. "So, you're going to ask Marissa out or what?" Ellie asked slyly as she pulled her hair up into a loose bun.

Teddy turned slightly red, and looked at the floor. "I don't know. Do you think she'd say yes?"

Ellie smiled and said, "Yeah. A few nights ago she wouldn't stop badgering me about you." She imitated Marissa's voice, "Do you think he'll ask me out? Isn't he cute? I just love his smile." She laughed and Teddy smiled a little.

"Okay, okay. I'll ask her eventually." Teddy said as they walked into the Great Hall. They both sat down together at the opposite end of the table then Marissa and her friends, but Teddy couldn't stop looking at her.

Once they had finished breakfast, Ellie and Teddy made their way out to the greenhouses for Herbology. They were the first ones there, and they took their usual table near the back of the greenhouse. Professor Longbottom was already there, counting his plants for the classes ahead of him.

Teddy smiled at him, he was a good friend of Harry's and Teddy had known him almost his entire life. Neville smiled back, and Teddy and Ellie talked about Quidditch as the other students piled into the greenhouse.

After a particularly long lesson, Ellie and Teddy headed back inside to get to Defense against the Dark Arts. As they walked back inside, Marissa just in front of them with her friends, Teddy just couldn't stop thinking about her, and he smiled to himself.

Later that night, near midnight, Teddy lay on his bed, staring out the window at the dark night. He felt restless, and had an unnerving feeling to do something risky. Everyone in his dorm had fallen asleep already, Jack had left near lunchtime to go visit his mother, and Ellie had gone up to bed a good two hours ago.

Pulling out the Marauder's Map from his trunk as quietly as he could, and lighting the tip of his wand, Teddy slipped on his shoes, deciding to go on a walk. Sure, he was just looking for trouble, but he was the son of a Marauder wasn't he?

Teddy whispered, "I solemnly swear that I am up to no good." And held his wand over the map in the dark room. Once he had confirmed that there was no one in the common room or anywhere near the Gryffindor Tower, he climbed down the stairs into the common room, and out into the dark corridor.

He walked aimlessly for about ten minutes when he suddenly heard hushed voices. Teddy pushed himself behind a suit of armor, and hurriedly checked the map.

Two dots were moving right toward him; Milton Avery and Darrel Constance.

Teddy's breathing quickened and he hurriedly shoved the map into his pocket and whispered, "Nox."

His wand went dark, and the voices stopped. Teddy could hear footsteps walking toward him and he held his breath. A moment later, he found himself squinting against the bright light of Milton Avery's wand which was shoved into his chest.

"Well, well, well. If it isn't Teddy Lupin. What are you doing out so late? I would think it was past your bedtime." Milton said nastily. Teddy couldn't see Darrel Constance, he guessed Milton had told him to go back to the Slytherin Common Room.

Teddy glared at Milton and pushed his wand away from him. "Whatever. I could ask you the same question, Avery." Milton just smirked, and lowered his wand.

"Why so angry, Lupin? We're both breaking the rules by being out here, so why fight? What do you say we go for a little walk in the moonlight? I know it's your favorite time of day." Teddy glared and opened his mouth, but Milton cut him off. "Just kidding. Come on, let's just go."

He looked sincere and while Teddy was suspicious, he shrugged and the two walked quietly down the Marble Staircase and out the front doors to the grounds.

As they were walking, Milton rummaged in his pockets and pulled out something Teddy couldn't make out in the dark.

"Smoke?" Milton asked, holding out what Teddy guessed to be a cigarette. Teddy looked at Milton and then tried to look casual when he realized he was being serious. Teddy nodded and took it from Milton.

"It's an awful muggle habit, but I got into them over the summer and can't seem to stop. My father smokes them too, and he'll occasionally send me a pack or two in the mail." Milton said, lighting both his and Teddy's with his wand.

Teddy didn't know what to say to him, so he took his first smoke on the cigarette. He coughed, and doubled over. Milton laughed a little and said, "Yeah, that's how it was for me the first time. You'll get used to it."

Teddy eventually stopped coughing and they fell into a silence. They circled around the grounds, neither talking, and the weird combination of the two boys seemed to work for tonight. They knew they would never be friends, but they both wanted company and the other just happened to be there.

They walked back to the front doors, and sat on the steps, finishing the last of their cigarettes. Teddy had stopped smoking his a while ago, it was too much for him, but Milton was already on his second.

Suddenly, the front doors burst open, and a stream of light came pouring over the two boys. Teddy winced, and looked up at the imposing silhouette of Professor McGonagall. Milton quickly threw his cigarette in the grass, but McGonagall had already seen it.

"What on Earth? What do you two think your doing out here? Smoking? Do you have any idea what time it is?" She shrieked.

Milton and Teddy both stood up, and Milton spoke first. "I'm sorry, Professor. Lupin made me come out here with him. He threatened me! And he made me smoke!"

Teddy's jaw dropped, and he opened his mouth angrily, but McGonagall cut him off. "It doesn't matter who started it! The both of you have two weeks detention! And sixty points from Slytherin and Gryffindor! I can't believe you! I'm writing to your families tonight, and if I ever catch you two again, I promise you'll be suspended!"

Teddy and Milton nodded, and Professor McGonagall angrily led them back to their common rooms. After they had dropped off Milton, Professor McGonagall said to him, "I really had expected better of you, Lupin. I thought you were above this."

Teddy just nodded his head, and crawled through the portrait hole. He felt awful, and now she was going to write to Andromeda! He slowly climbed the staircase up to his dorm and he quickly fell asleep, worrying horribly about the next day.

October 15, 2011

Teddy woke early after a horrible sleep and changed quickly. He was one of the first people in the Great Hall that morning as it was Saturday morning.

Ellie joined him a few minutes later. She was an early bird and looked surprised to see him. "Hey." She said happily. "You're up early. Usually you don't get up until at least ten."

Teddy shrugged and said, "Well, I had a bad night last night. Ellie, I went for a walk and-"

"Excuse me, Mr. Lupin?" Teddy sighed and turned around to see Professor McGonagall. "I've written to your grandmother last night and you will serve your detention with me at seven o'clock tonight. Don't be late."

Teddy nodded and she went back to the Head Table. He slowly looked back at his plate, trying to ignore Ellie's shocked look.

"Teddy, what-?"

Teddy looked up at her and said, "Like I was saying. Last night I went for a walk, and it was late, and I bumped into Milton Avery-"

"Oh Merlin."

"And he was being sort of friendly," Ellie looked at him, and Teddy corrected, "Well, friendly for him, I suppose, and so we went on a walk on the grounds, and we started smoking-"

"You what?!"

"I know. So we started smoking, and then McGonagall caught us, and she gave us two weeks detention and she wrote to my grandmother, and took away sixty points." He finished hurriedly, wincing as he listed the house points part. Ellie was obsessed with winning and she hated losing any house points at all.

Ellie's eyes were bulging slightly, and then she sighed. "Ugh, Teddy I can't believe that you did that!"

Teddy looked down at his plate and said, "I'm really sorry, Ellie."

"It's okay. It was just stupid. Everyone makes mistakes." She said as she started to calm herself down.

The owls started flying in and Teddy nervously looked up, waiting for a familiar owl to fly toward him. When he saw Harry and Ginny's owl, Spotty, his stomach sank even lower.

He nervously took the letter from Spotty's beak, and opened it slowly. Pulling out the parchment, he read:

Dear Teddy,

Andromeda just wrote to me and told me what happened. I'm not mad, but I won't say I'm not disappointed. It's not even the fact that you were out late at night. I'm not going to lie. I was out of bed constantly with Ron and by myself while I was at Hogwarts. It's the fact that you were smoking.

I don't know what to say about that except that it was extremely stupid, and I honestly hope that it won't happen again. Don't ever feel like you can't talk to me, we all make mistakes and your about due to make one.

Stay out of trouble and see you soon.

Love,

Harry

Teddy sighed and felt the knot in his stomach loosen a bit. At least Harry wasn't mad at him. That was one thing he loved about Harry. He always understood him. He got up, and tucking the letter into his robe pocket, said goodbye to Ellie.

As he walked out of the Great Hall, he ran head first into Milton Avery. Milton almost fell over, and he looked nervous when he saw Teddy.

"Hey Lupin."

Teddy said nothing back, just waiting for an explanation of why Milton had turned on him last night.

Milton shifted and said, "So, last night. I'm sorry about lying to McGonagall, but I panicked. Guess it's just a natural Slytherin thing to want to save your own skin, huh?"

Teddy smiled a little and said, "Yeah, guess so. It's okay."

Milton looked a bit relieved, and he lowered his voice. "So maybe we could hang out again sometime?"

Teddy nodded slowly, and said, "Sure."

"You're alright, Lupin. I'll see you around." He stuck out his hand for Teddy to shake and walked away. As he walked away, Teddy looked at what Milton had handed him as he shook his hand.

A cigarette.

Teddy shook his head and walked away, nearly laughing to himself at the problem he had created. What a great start to the third year.

Author's note: And here marks the end of 'Saving Teddy'! Hope you all liked it. I know this chapter was a bit more mature, but I hope you liked it. I'm nervous about this chapter because it is different then the others, but I hope it was okay. I'm happy with it. Thanks to all of my faithful reviewers, and I hope to see you all in the sequel!

Lots of Love,

MilyMB

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