Hey mel! I'm so glad someone took this plot bunny and did something with it. It was only gathering dust sitting on my desk. ;)
I really like where you took this little idea. As someone who took a while to figure out what I wanted to do myself, I can relate to Teddy at the beginning of the story. That had me in his corner right away, so I was quite proud of him when he decided to follow up on the help wanted ad.
I also liked that you made Greta/Gerta a character who went to school with Remus . . . it definitely did help explain why on earth Teddy would take a job like this. I'm also glad Victoire was supportive of him. Not to mention, I thought it rather cute that he was excited at the prospect of being able to make something with his own hands to show people. There really is something satisfying about that.
Anyway, this was a sweet, enjoyable, and (in some ways) amusing little story. I enjoyed your portrayal of Teddy, and I am impressed with little details that you thought to include throughout--such as Teddy trying to keep his nose from changing shape, perching uncomfortably on the chair. Nice job. :-)
Author's Response: Hi Alo!!
As I've already said, I'm so pleased you enjoyed this because, obviously, it was your idea. I just tinkered with it a little to make it a story. :)
Anyway, I think that most people take a little while to work out what they want to do. I still don't really know what to do with my life, and my dad only worked it out in his 40s. So Teddy was very much in the majority there. However, if it helped you identify with him then I consider it a job well done. :)
As for Greta, well as I've said on the forums she is a canon character who is the right age to have gone to school with Remus Lupin. It had occurred to me previously that Teddy would probably be curious about his dad and not have many people he could ask about him (Harry, Ron & Hermione didn't really know him very well, after all), so meeting someone who had been at school with him would have been very tempting. And, like you said, it's a good reason for him to have taken the job in the first place, because it is a bit of a jump from Auror and academic. :)
Finally, yes, the holding-something-you-made-in-your-hands would, I think, have been important to him, especially when surrounded by Potters and Weasleys who were probably over-achievers in a lot of ways. It would feel good to be able to show them something he had made himself. I'm very glad you appreciated that because I thought it was pertinent. :)
Thanks again for the plot bunny, and I'm so so happy that you enjoyed what I did with it. :D