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Sep. 1st, 2015

Chin

Coda

LUNA LOVEGOOD goes back to Hogwarts for her last year, and to all appearances seems to be doing quite well--good marks, no raging nightmares waking up the one roommate she has left. But she is quiet and subdued. Ginny leaves part way through the year, which makes her even lonelier. Her quasi-lycanthropy is an open secret--the bite is right there, on her face, after all--but there isn't as much fuss as Luna feared there would be. For one thing, it's known she doesn't transform. And for the other, with the loss among the conservative purebloods of so many of their friends and members of their families, as well as the admission to Hogwarts of Muggleborns and older students, the snobbish and intolerant have too much else to think about.

Luna's father never recovers enough to do more than occasionally recognise her for about five seconds, and then he fades out again, and he dies a little over three years from the end of the war. The loss of the last of her immediate family ties her yet more tightly to the Weasleys as an adopted daughter in just about every respect, although she doesn't change her name. She, like Ginny, lives at the Burrow at first after leaving school. She parlays her NEWT 'O's in Herbology and Care of Magical Creatures into a job with a naturalist consortium that makes money by discovering new species of fauna and flora which might be offer as either specimens for wizarding gardens or new, powerful potion or charm spell ingredients. She willingly socialises with her Hogwarts cohort, including those in the Order and the grown Moddey contingent, in a rather quiet way, and she has much to do with Terry growing closer with their friends once Terry finally admits the truth that has been obvious to Luna for years and they become a couple.

Once she and Terry marry and have their two daughters (Rowan and Betony), Luna tapers back first to consulting work that she can do at home, and then to writing and illustrating incredibly fanciful children's books. Many of the delicately sketched quill-and-ink fantastical plants and beasts that appear in her engrossing stories first made their appearances in the margins of the letters that Luna sent to Terry in the years that he was wandering. The books enjoy a modest success, and although Terry and Luna are never exactly wealthy, they are content with what they have.

When they go to Hogwarts, Rowan is eventually sorted into Ravenclaw, and Betony into Hufflepuff. Molly, Alice and Frank hugely enjoy being joint grandparents of their children.

[On the names: Rowan is named for the Rowan tree, which yields prized wand wood due to its reputation for protection, and was noted by Garrick Ollivander to generally produce powerful, hard to break Defensive Charms. Rowan was also noted for its believed disassociation with the Dark Arts. Ollivander, who had a nearly photographic memory when it came to the wands he had sold, could not recall a single instance of a wizard he sold a rowan wand to ever becoming evil or turning to the Dark Arts. Perhaps for these reasons, rowan has become associated with pure-hearted wizards, though Ollivander noted that rowan wands can also match or even outperform others in duels.

Betany is regarded as the most important medicinal herb to the Anglo-Saxons of early medieval Great Britain. Betony has healing properties, and is used in wizarding remedies: dried betony leaves are used in the treatment of mad dog bites.]

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Aug. 31st, 2015

Chin

Private message to Terry

Are you awake?

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Aug. 30th, 2015

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no

oh, no


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Aug. 29th, 2015

Chin

Private message to Terry Boot, Colin Creevey and Ginny Weasley

Terry and Colin,

I talked with Ginny at the funeral.

Terry, I know you promised me every full moon, and Colin, you've always been happy to wait for me outside the room. But they are going to need every wand that we have for Penzance tonight. Ginny's agreed that I can stay with her tonight, and we've worked it out with the Enforcers that I can stay with her at the safe house.

It's all right--this is what I want, honestly. I can't fight tonight. But I can let you go where you are most needed, and that way I can feel as though I'm doing something for the Order. I've been through this before, so I know I'll be just fine, and Ginny will be the company I need.

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Aug. 11th, 2015

Chin

Private message to Ginny Weasley

I started three different sketches to you but none of them have turned out right. I'm sorry.

Just--Happy birthday.

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Aug. 10th, 2015

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Private message to Linus Moon

I'm so incredibly sorry, Linus. Do you want company? If you wish for it, just let me know where you are.

Love,
Luna

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Aug. 2nd, 2015

Chin

Order only

We're going to need more burn salve. LOTS more.

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Aug. 1st, 2015

Chin

Private message to Ginny Weasley

This kitten is a descendent of one of the kittens from Headmistress Umbridge's kitten plates.

Kitten knitting sketch.jpg

It's playing with a ball of yarn because many of us have been setting up charms to make stockings and jumpers (Mum your Mum Mrs Weasley has been teaching the charm to as many people as she can), and so a lot of the girls have knitting needles hovering in the air, clicking away just behind them while they're busy doing something else.

Charlie wrote to you, I see. I assume he told you his family news?

Adam is just as adorable as ever. And even more admired now, of course.

I wish

I wish you would


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Jul. 26th, 2015

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Order Only: Private message to Colin Creevey and Kingsley Shacklebolt

You know I've been drawing sketches for Ginny in the private messages I've been sending to her. I was hoping...I don't know. If I just drew a picture of someone she cared about, or she used to care about, but without saying anything about them, without arguing with her about what she thinks they've done, it would allow her to think about them, but maybe without all the lies she's been made to tell herself about them.

But she hasn't said a word about any of them. Not one. Not even about Adam.

I suppose there's no point in being hurt about it or anything--after all, I don't even know if they're letting her have her journal anymore, so perhaps she hasn't even seen them. And if she has--I imagine they want us to give up on her, or to be hurt by what she does--or doesn't--say to us.

So I won't give up on her. Not yet. (And at least I'm getting some sketching practise in.)

Daddy still doesn't recognise me most of the time.

Can you come find me? I think I would like some alone time with you, perhaps out on the big rock overlooking the lake. If you're willing?

It's been a rather sad day.

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Jul. 25th, 2015

Chin

Private message to Ginny Weasley

This was an experiment in trying to draw a portrait in snatched glances, over a period of several days, and then trying to put my memory of those glances together into the picture. Hermione is so busy these days, that I certainly couldn't have her sit for me.

I suppose that's why it's blurry. I had to fudge the details because I was drawing from memory, rather than because she was sitting right there in front of me.

Hermione.jpg

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