- Story Summary:
- Hermione, Harry, and Ron visit Viktor Krum in Bulgaria and discover there's a lot more to Viktor's past than they could have imagined.
The final chapter of Past Present (finally), in which a little information is garnered, the school year ends, and a small intervention is staged, hopefully setting Harry up for a better summer than usual. Summer plans, and a few summer possibilities...
Hermione, Harry, and Ron visit Viktor Krum in Bulgaria and discover there's a lot more to Viktor's past than they could have imagined.
A teeny weeny, itsy bitsy bit about Durmstrang from Viktor's point of view, in which Viktor mocks Poliakoff and Hermione voices a very good point about making snap judgements based on where you go to school.
The scar! The scar! Okay, I held off mentioning it until chapter 3. I think that was wonderful restraint. In this chapter, parents, baby pictures, a lot of nose talk, foreshadowing, some Bulgarian (according to the online translator, I mean, I don't know...), and the deep dark secret. Or at least, what was a secret before this chapter.
The Bulgarian national team makes another appearance, portkeys are used, there's Quidditch practice, and Harry and Viktor bond a wee bit. No, not like that. A window into Viktor's relationship with his teammates, his trouble with fitting in, and his memories of his year at Hogwarts.
Internationals begin, weird names come out of the woodwork, and Professor Dumbledore makes an appearance in an unusual spot.
Viktor collects on his bet with Hermione, more on Viktor's relationship with his parents, and a little black book. A short chapter. Miniscule even.
More drama, and a little lesson on why you shouldn't talk real loud about people who walk softly.
Kiss and make up (well, make up, anyway), Viktor reveals a pretty good sense of humor, and what attracted him to Hermione, and Ron admits he actually likes Viktor. Not that way. This isn't a slash. Includes the phrase "headstong hair". Headstrong hair?!?
More Quidditch practice, and an eensy beensy chapter. Mostly, Viktor kvetches.
A vicious and exciting (I hope) match with Wales, some dry humor from the trio, and some other jazz like that there. Includes the name "Cymry", of all things.
Oy, the grit! And some ribbing. Short chapter. Very short.
Three words. Dragon. Hide. Pants. With riding boots. Dress uniforms. Oh, yeah, and buildup to the international finals.
The exciting conclusion to the internationals, tons of bizarre names, and some whizzing, whacking, unbalanced, and wild Quidditch.
Cup presentations, snitch passing, mother hugging, waltzing, Viktor gives a snooty girl her comeuppance, we finally talk to Poliakoff, and a cute little moppet. More insight into Viktor. (Well, who else? Spiro Agnew?) Also, some Russian-flavored snoggage. And fireworks.
Ron explains his jealousy, and there are flying carriages. And a smidge more on Rita Skeeter. Short, but just jam packed full of...a teeny short chapter, I guess. So it's not jam packed. A bit dialogue heavy, and Poliakoff the motormouth isn't even involved!
In this chapter a very tired Viktor blurts out something slightly startling over pancakes. Itty bitty tiny chapter. So tiny that even though it used ot be two chapters, they barely made the minimum limit combined. Wordcount from now on with tiny chapters. Confessions and pancakes, I suppose.
Rated PG for half a curseword and a pseudo curseword. Or really just for implied cursing. Probably still granny-safe, but I'll err on the side of caution. Okay, here's the big payoff chapter. While Viktor sits alone, he thinks back on his past. Find out the childhood events still affecting him, more about his relationship with his parents, the battle of wills with Karkaroff, how he and Poliakoff formed an uneasy friendship, his history with Vratsa, and a heaping portion of Viktor's POV during the third task. In addition, his instinct about Hermione, popping the question (not that one) and a significant conversation with his father about his future. In other words, just about every big plot point you can think of.
Viktor finally explains why exactly the family home is called The Pavlova, thus revealing a bit of family history, a riddle, and a hint as to why he's so patient about waiting for Hermione. Also find out how a Muggle ends up in a pureblood family.
It was a dark and stormy... um, evening. When the group gets rained in, Viktor reveals a little more about Durmstrang and the Durmstrang ship, as well as how exactly he solved his egg and knew to come to the second task decked out in his swim trunks.
A very serious late night talk with Viktor on the back porch sheds further light on the events in the Third Task of the Triwizard Tournament for Harry.
A very serious late night talk with Viktor continues, only now it's Harry doing a bit of secret-revealing. Just to even things up a bit.
In this chapter, we find out what his parents got Viktor for his birthday, and the gang transfer to the Burrow for the remainder of the summer. Bill Weasley and his ponytail also make a cameo appearance, and Mrs. Weasley gets to make a birthday cake, something she enjoys only slightly less than knitting big wooly jumpers.
Hermione shops, Malfoy gets insulted, and Malfoy gets insulted. I enjoyed it so much, I said it twice. Tiny chapter, really. Buy some books, hop the Hogwarts Express. Ginny at least strolls through this chapter.
The trio finally make it to Durmstrang for the Opening Ball. They also meet the mysterious Durmstrang Guardian, and the new Headmaster, Potenko. Viktor asks an unusual favor and receives some rather bizarre and vague advice in return. We find that the Trio aren't the only ones who go grounds-roaming at night. Also, formal introductions and formal, err, reintroductions, just for the fun of it.
The trio settle in for a couple of days at Durmstrang, see the Cossacks and the Valkyries, and meet Poppet. This chapter, Liesl proves that some of the most cruel and predatory creatures on Durmstrang's grounds aren't living in the lake...
The trio eats dinner with Viktor, Alexei and Poppet. Find out what Poppet's chameleon act and stutter really mean, a bit more about Quidditch at Durmstrang, and why being wise about girls doesn't always mean you understand them.
Strangers in the night....exchanging glances... Okay, so no Sinatra, but it is night, and the darkness allows Viktor and Hermione to get in a short conversation. Viktor sees Hermione at her most guarded (pun intended... you'll see...) and Hermione sees Viktor at his most unguarded. Feel free to go "awww". Or, to quote poetry, I have promises to keep...and miles to go before I sleep.
Alexei pins down Viktor as to the reason why he slept so late, and plans are made for a picnic. A relatively short chapter, which could probably be summed up as Alexei and Viktor shoot the breeze about their dates.
We're going on a picnic... where we learn about how Tiger Lilies earn their names, you earn your Tiger Lilies if you don't know what you're doing, and what there is to do at Durmstrang on a Saturday morning. Also, find out why the mere mention of one girl's name is enough to send Viktor running, what Viktor's first words to Elena were, and see Elena act like an old mother hen. Elena and Hermione engage in what passes for "girl talk" with the two of them.
Alexei apologizes, and truffles are purchased. That's kind of it. Lots of dialogue. And did I mention truffles? The chocolate kind?
Getting to know you... getting to know all about you... Elena and Hermione have a little more conversation, and there's a major fluff payoff for all you people who like fluff. Caramel fluff, no less. (Because there are truffles involved. Truffles and milk, and you just can't get any more wholesome than milk, now can you?) Seriously, large amounts of sweetness in this chapter.
Some of the Durmstrang Quidditch tryouts, Poppet rebuffed (sort of), and possibly the first ever romantic invitation to a ...library?
Viktor's favorite corner of the library... and why. A smidgen of Dostoevsy, and a little something that librarians usually frown upon... at least in the stacks.
Hermione and Viktor get ready for the Opening Ball at Durmstrang, and have the accompanying large attack of nerves and self doubt. Equal opportunity self criticism and fashion. Lots of internal dialogue. Heavily influenced by Avril Lavigne's Things I'll Never Say.
The Opening Ball at Durmstrang (finally!). There's a bit of blushing, Elena and Viktor engage in some matchmaking, Viktor, Hermione, Elena and Alexei get drafted, fancy footwork, classical composers, and someone goes outside for "fresh air". And three very significant words get uttered...though they may be trumped by one particular word.
The one-hit wonder of the classical world, some sage advice on matchmaking and why you shouldn't do it from Viktor and Elena, two friends who sound like an old married couple (not Ron and Hermione!), and the wrapup of the Opening Ball. Find out the difference between making people happy and MAKING people happy. And why Viktor and Hermione have a "tired leg" in common...
Viktor steps outside for some air. No, really, air. Well, okay, maybe for a tiny little conversation...
Viktor has a visitor when not many other people are up...
Ron, Harry and Hermione pack and prepare to leave Durmstrang. Lots of (temporary, we hope) goodbyes and some packing. Of socks. And little knobbly elf hats.
A snack in the woods, and Viktor accepts an offer after Ron, Harry and Hermione portkey back to Hogwarts.
Viktor takes leave of Durmstrang, says goodbye to Alexei and Elena, and keeps an appointment with the Guardian for a little more conversation and complication... One door shuts and another one opens...
Viktor makes his promised visit to Hermione in a slightly unexpected fashion...and someone else from Viktor's past has come along...and they don't just want a cup of tea and a chat.
Finally putting some of the pieces of the puzzle together. Find out a little about what Viktor was up to while he and Hermione were apart, and discuss the thin, thin line between the Dark Arts and defense against the same.
Puzzling over notes, the possibility of food as weapons, a little on Fudge's incompetence, and more importantly, a conversation on the reality that good does not always win just because it is good...
A late night (or early morning, I guess) visit to the infirmary turns up some interesting information. Viktor receives a visit from the last person you would expect, and they have a conversation about the importance of "seasoning"....
Viktor and Harry have a bit of a hop and a chat. Why is it nothing unarguably happy ever follows the words, "I need to talk to you"?
Viktor gets a bath, Harry asks for advice, and there is a bit of a standoff with someone who is acting just a touch bratty...
With Viktor just about out of the infirmary, he starts to make...study plans? He thinks he needs work on a surprising subject, and his trickiest test question might not be what you think. Well, Hermione certainly seems surprised.
The ride to Hogsmeade brings Harry a little confirmation that he's not a complete nutter. Viktor does some essay consultation, and deals with being in a tight corner in regards to handling Neville Longbottom's problem with Potions. Also, find out what can spoil the magic, even when it is magic...
Drawing boundaries in uncharted territory. And Viktor attempts to change the subject. Also, a promise of things to come. McGonagall once again proves to be a boundless source of study supplies, and the Shrieking Shack is put to a bit of use once more.
The Shrieking Shack has not exactly improved since the last time the Trio were inside, but it serves as a practice field for dealing with boggarts in this chapter. What exactly does a boggart do when you have no specific "worst fear"? Read on and find out...
Snape's class has a substitute, one who offers to put Malfoy in his proper place. (And I guarantee, all of us have wanted to put Draco there sometime or another...) Viktor offers Neville a solution to his Potions Problem that's so simple, you're going to wonder why no one else ever suggested it. Also, Viktor employs some creative discipline that does not involve house points.
Crookshanks gets acquainted with Ivan and Natasha, and Viktor and Hermione engage in a meandering conversation that takes in pets, essay, Quidditch, and when to stop apologizing.
Harry and Viktor trade tutoring services. Viktor learns the importance of thinking happy thoughts, Harry learns the importance of looking where you are going.
Viktor collects on his promised walk, and Fred and George use the Halloween Feast to debate the relative merits of their substitute, Viktor and Hermione's relationship, and flying toad spleens. Also, ferret out the possible jealously of another Weasley...
Viktor and Hermione take a walk (among other things), try not to peeve the squid, and make some holiday plans.
What's proving to be a giant pain in the ... head? Harry, Ron, Hermione and Viktor and some late night puzzlement...
Fudge and the Ministry start meddling at Hogwarts by sending Dolores Umbridge to start sniffing out scandal. Find out what she asks during a Potions class that has Hermione saying, "The absolute nerve of that woman!". Also, questions to which there are no right answers, and learn to dread the "hem, hem" even more...
Umbridge is still nosing around, November is a haze of practices, Christmas plans are solidified, and Harry goes a'wandering, which gives Viktor cause to worry.
On Christmas Eve Eve, Hermione talks over her Christmas Eve plans, how Christmas presents can be evil if you try hard enough, how nothing can be the perfect Christmas gift, and how some people always believe the worst.
Christmas Eve morning and Viktor and Hermione set off for the visit to the Granger house.
Christmas Eve with the Grangers, humoring parents, even when they're not yours, the Grangers get first names (gasp!), twenty questions, one awkward question, not wanting to intrude, the best of both worlds, and Michael Jordan gets mentioned. You'll have to read to find out why...
Harry and Ron miss seeing Viktor and Hermione off, but they don't miss the fireworks when Hagrid lets it slip to Umbridge. But is Umbridge on a fact finding mission or a wild goose chase?
Viktor lies in bed and reflects on the Muggle world and the world in general. Could be summed up with "Viktor takes stock", I guess.
Viktor and Hermione return to Diagon Alley via the train station, and Hermione learns some interesting things about Bulgarian culture.
Another Christmas, another Weasley jumper. Also, what they leave out of Hogwarts: A History, Viktor checks in with Dumbledore, Mama's stew, hot coffee, a bit of teasing about huggy, kissy mothers, Percy is scandalized (when isn't he?) and Gred and Forge angle the Weasley's into an invitation from Viktor and take him up on a bet. .
The Boxing Day exhibition match, and Viktor takes up the challenge from Fred and George. Feel sorry for Aidan Lynch. Very...very...sorry.
Umbridge calls an impromptu meeting of some of the staff when evaluations are done, and most of the attendees are not going to be happy... Probations and threats of probation, and the setting of the near-impossible task. Also, see McGonagall do something she almost never does...
Viktor, in a towering temper, goes on the mother of all rants. And mind you... he does have a pretty good point...
Harry stops by to talk to Viktor, who is in the midst of trying to complete Umbridge's "Nearly Impossible Task". Harry also seizes the opportunity to do a bit of snooping, and ask for some advice on dealing with a certain Ravenclaw. Viktor continues to insist he's "the wrong tree" and that asking permission is better than getting slapped. Ask Alexei.
Hermione receive mail from upstairs, and the madness of love. It will even make you read a thesis.
Hermione passes verdict, caffeine can only do so much, and why you might want to pass on a cup of joe at Hogwarts.
Viktor eats at the student table, Umbridge seems awfully interested in the location of seven scrolls, and Ivan and Natasha sure do seem to be good judges of character... Also, Viktor becomes an expert at The Rules. I mean, the rules. Not that awful "Catch a Man" book.
Exam day, and Hermione has a bigger case of nerves than Viktor, why long legs come in handy, how not to subtly listen in on a conversation, and why is the examiner apologizing? And Viktor becomes quite good at explaining technicalities.
Pre-Valentine's Day hysteria descends on Hogwarts, and it makes Harry want to scream. Also, Viktor and Hermione make plans and hatch theories, Ron gets an invitation, and Harry suspects about Ginny and Neville. For those of you concerned this is the story that never ends, I swear it does at the end of the school year! I got in the habit of doing nice bite-size chapters and can't break it. I swear, I'm not a total windbag that goes on and on and on and on and on and... okay, maybe I am. But it's a quick read. Really. And I'm going to be nice to folks who might want to download it by eventually posting the full story somewhere, rather than forcing you to download all forty-eleven chapters one at a time. I'm a real humanitarian, huh?
Valentine's Day, so owls are dropping off ridiculous tokens of love (or are they so ridiculous?), and it's Hogsmeade weekend. Frankly, the whole thing proves a little more exciting than Harry and Cho and Viktor and Hermione really wanted... Sometimes, boring is good. A contrast of two couples, comfortable versus uncomfortable silence, why you should pay attention to questions before answering, and how to keep confetti out of your coffee. Also, marshmallows, the difference between girls and women, and why there's more than enough blame to go around.
Harry goes a'wandering again, and very nearly gets the Trio and Viktor in some hot water. Mrs. Norris stirs up some trouble, Filch is disappointed, and what the heck is Snape doing coming to Viktor's room at this time of night? (No, get your mind out of the gutter.) Err... the plot thickens, I guess.
When the twins sort of kind of accidentally on purpose put Crabbe into the Vanishing Cabinet, the staff table gets quite busy, trying to determine what happened to him. Also, Viktor and Fleur knock heads once again, until Hermione, um, intervenes with something more important.
Harry returns to the common room after a particularly interesting Occlumency session, to run into the three people he definitely does not want to talk to right now. Harry gets taken to task for focusing so much on himself, Viktor engages in some Dolores-baiting, and what exactly is the lesson of James and Lily Potter?
Harry sort of kind of accidentally on purpose eavesdrops on a confrontation between Fleur and Viktor, and is rather surprised to say the least at what they butt heads over this time. Rated PG-13 for some suggestive... ummm... err.. suggestiveness and a bad French ackzent. The definition of a "civil conversation" just got very loose, pun unintended.
Harry finds out that the contents of his care package might not have been so caring as he thought, Errol, we hardly knew ye, and finally, Viktor takes Harry to task for being too trusting in some things.
One of the nagging questions is answered, at least for one person. And Harry finds that his warning bells are still working and some of his suspicions are well founded. Paying attention to detail can be very important...
Snape is snarky, as per usual, Dumbledore sets about finding out what really happened during the Third Task, sandbagging, a touch of Bulgarian, and when yes means no and no means yes.
Questions and answers, answers and questions, and a very ill-timed visit from *hem, hem*, everyone's favorite character, Dolores Umbridge. Also, hints, lies, accusations, and always looking on the bright side.
Cue up one more of those things that Hogwarts seems to go through like Kleenex! A class goes from "all theory" to "we've never done this before", and why, exactly is Viktor attempting to "scare the bejeezus" out of some of the students? Pity poor Dean Thomas...
A fun and short little chapter wherein wrists are flailed, fun is poked, and Seamus gets his.
Well, that's a funny way to spend a date... but practical nonetheless! Under a tree, watching the stars, talking Astronomy, and a tiny, wee bit of barefaced flattery.
Ron's Patronus revealed, a new lead to follow, and sympathy nerves.
Viktor and Hermione get a bit of research done in the library, but it's a little tough with Gred and Forge on the case.
Hanging out in the library again, Viktor and Hermione get in a bit more research, and play everyone's favorite game, Annoying Dolores. And everyone seems to be studying...
Umbridge wants some answers, but has to give some of her own. Saved by the Bulgarian and the Scotswoman! Oh, and have a biscuit, Potter. Also, Viktor and Hermione finally begin to compare some interesting notes...
Finally, Hermione shows Viktor the seal of the alliance, but he's not so impressed... seems he's already pretty familiar with it from somehwhere else...
Umbridge's midnight stroll prompts a communication from Dumbledore, and an even bigger parting of the ways. Sneaking in the middle of the night, ganging up, flight and refuge, and Viktor finally collects on his bet with the proprietors of Weasleys Wizard Wheezes. Rated PG for some minor swearing, mild violence against wizards and witches and half-giants, and some extreme violence aimed at a door.
Having reached 12 Grimmauld Place, Viktor, Hermione, Ron and Harry finally encounter some solid answers. They finally put two and two together about what the Guardian was hinting at, Viktor encounters some faces from his past, and everything new looks old again... Rated PG for some minor language. (It's fun when Viktor's kinda cranky...)
Dumbledore gives some more answers, what it means to be equals, a bit of kismet, and find out what prompts Ron to say "Myth, my Aunt Fanny!"
As the Order of the Phoenix gauges their position, politics, military strategy, and loyalties are discussed during Viktor's briefing.
The three requirements necessary for admission into the Order of the Phoenix, why names and faces are so important, and new members are inducted. Also, Hagrid arrives with some startling news...
A bit more is revealed about the attack at Beauxbatons, reasons to be a bit happy, and perhaps, a reason to find someone to cling to. Also, Viktor reveals a rather unique perspective on a couple of traitors, and why you shouldn't be so quick to jump to conclusions.
Grim arrangements made, what decency demands , what separates "us" from "them", where there's life, there's hope, and a pensive Viktor talks about doing something you just shouldn't have to do at nineteen.