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Prime Suspects by Phoenix_Flames

 
Rating: MatureStory Reviews: 346
 
Chapters: 35
Words: 136359
Characters: Harry, Ron, Hermione, Draco, Teddy, Scorpius, Albus, James (II), Rose
Genre(s): Mystery, Romance, Action/Adventure
Era: Next Generation
Pairings: Harry/Ginny, Rose/Scorpius, Other Pairing
Status: Completed
First Published: 2011.08.11
Last Published Chapter: 2012.10.23
Last Updated: 2012.10.23
Favorite Story Of: 233 users
 
Advisory: Strong Language, Strong Violence, Scenes of a Sexual Nature, Contains Slash (Same-Sex Pairing), Substance Use or Abuse, Sensitive Topic/Issue/Theme

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The HPFF Dobby Awards: Winner - Best Mystery (2012)


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Acclaimed Auror for his metamorphmagus abilities, Teddy Lupin, is about to become Scorpius Malfoy for a murder case involving Rose Weasley. And in his opinion, Scorpius Malfoy is not as good looking as him.

2012 BEST MYSTERY DOBBY WINNER
2012 Best Plot Twist Runner-Up @ TGS
Keckers 2012 Best Chaptered Story Winner

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Ch. # Chapter Title Word Count Reviews Read
1 Becoming Malfoy

"Bloody hell." Scorpius Malfoy is not as good looking as I am.

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2 Assumed Fact #1

Assumed Fact #1: Rose Weasley hates Scorpius Malfoy

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3 Confirmed Fact #1

Confirmed Fact #1: Rose Weasley did WHAT with Scorpius Malfoy?!

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4 Riddle Me This

Oh, great. I was never good at riddles.

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5 Kung-Fu Grip

This girl won't let go! She has a kung-fu grip. Kung-fu grip!

Confirmed Fact #2: Rose Weasley is the most competitive girl you will ever meet when it comes to games, and she has a grip like no other.

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6 Off the High Horse

Rose was being herself. I had finally gotten her to break free of her shell, and thank Merlin she was finally off that high horse of hers.

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7 In All Seriousness

"Wizengamot calls Ted Remus Lupin to the stand. Sit please."

In all seriousness, I would help in any way I could. I now understood that I had information that others didn’t quite have access to. I could provide an outlet to solving the crime by piecing it together one by one.

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8 A Chaotic Mess

"Rose?! Rose, are you all right?" No reply came, and I grew restless. "Rose, answer me!"

I got no response once again, and I backed away from the door. I demanded a response two more times before I stated loudly, "Rose, say something or I'm going to break down this door!"

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9 Confirmed Fact #2

Confirmed Fact #2: That line that separated me from being myself to acting like Malfoy was slowly diminishing. I could hardly see the lines anymore. It was fading into the distance, and it was becoming all too hard to know when to say or do something in particular. I was becoming a mix of myself and Malfoy.

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10 Between A Rock and A Hard Place

If I didn't do my job, if I didn't wiggle the truth free from Rose, would he force it from her? Would he hurt her? Shove Veritaserum down her throat? The thoughts made me cringe. I was suddenly felt as if I were between a rock and a hard place.

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11 Friends? Friends.

I released her and offered her my hand. "Friends?"

She gripped it tightly and gave it a firm shake. "Friends."

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12 Full Moon Rising

That was when I remembered that the full moon was rising tonight.

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13 Breakable

I could tell Rose was still strong enough to keep her bearings, to stand her ground and abide by her own methods. That's how I knew she was still all right. Rose was fragile. Breakable.She was breaking. Slowly. I could tell that much. She was near tears; she was trembling. All she needed was a push and she would reach her breaking point, but I would never do that to her. But she was hanging by a thin thread.

So I knew there was only one thing to do.

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14 If I Were Lucky

If any of us were lucky, this would all blow over. Harmless. Rose and Malfoy wouldn't be sentenced to Azkaban. And if I were lucky, I could keep Rose in my life. If I were lucky, she wouldn't hate me for lying to her. But unfortunately, I just felt like her hate was an impending fate. I knew how she felt about deception like this.

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15 Let the Sunshine In

"You have two minutes," I said quietly. I didn't want to interrupt his peace, but I thought it best he knew how long he had.

He didn't say anything for a good while. He just stood there, leaning into the window. He was breathing in deeply, letting the sun reach his skin and sink in. He finally nodded, and when I was leaning against the wall, staring at a scuff in my shoe, he commented, "Thanks, Lupin."

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16 Cover = Blown

"You and I...We've never been...Never mind. It doesn't matter. It's good to see you, Ted," she said, giving me a smile.

Oh, no. I think I just blew my cover. I had completely forgotten that I was still me.

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17 Letting Go

"Since when did you become such a baby! It was you who was always caught sneaking around after hours!"

"Well, sure! Ten points from Slytherin and a detention; it's not that big of a deal! But we're talking about getting in trouble with the Ministry here!"

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18 And Then She Kissed Me

I was not prepared for what she did next. I don't think I could have ever been prepared for this.

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19 My Home Away From Home

With Rose, things were different. I was able to forget all my troubles. Things felt right. I was home.

3543 8
20 Solace Amongst Insanity

"Scorpius!" she gasped, appalled and turning in my lap to face me. "You know we couldn't get away with that."

"I don't know that! And neither do you!" I said quickly, panting, holding her tightly to my body, never wanting her to leave me, never wanting her to know who I truly am.

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21 The Murderer With a Face and a Name

The murderer, revealed.

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22 The Confession

"You weren't supposed to come. You were supposed to be sleeping. I didn't want you to see this," Rose cried out.

"No! I'm not going to let you do that to me! To us! What are you even saying?!" I demanded

"I'm saying..." she began and faltered, not quite knowing how to articulate whatever it was going on in her head. "I'm saying that it's time for us to say goodbye...."

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23 The Breaking

"Tell me!" she screamed.

I squeezed my eyes shut at the horrible screech that was directed at me. I raised my head to her. "Rosie, please," I moaned desperately. "You have to understand. I-It's my job. It was my job! I was just doing what I was told!"

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24 A Little Push

"Think about who you're dealing with, Lupin. You have miraculously figured out I was the one behind the murder. You may prove that you were hired as an Auror for more than just your metamorphmagus abilities, but you and I both know Rose wouldn't hurt anyone without a little push."

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25 Picking Up the Pieces

"Ted, even if we could do this, no life sentence in Azkaban has ever been overturned,” Harry shook his head.

"There's a first time for everything!" I breathed.

“You will do what you wish. You’re strong-minded like that, but you’re coming up on a dead-end here.”

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26 Heed My Warning

"This is beginning to seem impossible..." I muttered under my breath. I was still ever-hopeful, but I didn't like Ron's realism.

“Not impossible. We just have to give it everything we've got," said Ron. This time he met me in the eye with that look of reassurance, pumping the optimism back into me that had just left my veins.

"I'm willing to give it all I've got,” I said, choking on my anxiety. “If we fail, there will be no going back from this.”

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27 Day 43

We had gotten part of what we were looking for, but would this be enough? What would be enough to overturn Rose's case? I knew it was now or never, so I pushed onward.

"She's so brave though. What did you blackmail her with?" I uneasily asked.

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28 Day 61

10 AM rolled around, and we were all impatiently waiting for Rose on the edge of our seats.

10:05. I couldn't stop biting my nails in anticipation.

10:10. Hugo was beginning to pace the room.

10:15. Hermione could no longer hold back her tears.

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29 The Road to Recovery

Rose isn't the only one on the road to recovery.

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30 Glass

Glass. We were all like glass. Not just Rose. Seeing Ron like that in his living room like I had physically wounded him, I realized he was glass as well. And so was I.

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31 A Vile Man

When he seemed to not care as well, I took my leap of faith.

"So how'd you do it?" I asked quietly, my brow furrowing in true curiosity.

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32 Truth Will Out

As soon as my feet touched down on the tile of the courtroom, I knew something was wrong. Really wrong. My right side was numb, and suddenly I was soaked. Soaked in what? I looked down.

Blood.

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33 A New Beginning

Did this mean I was alive?

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34 The Lesser of Two Evils

"I'm so sorry," she cried against my hand.

"Don't apologize," I breathed. "You know I would do anything for you."

"Yes, but Ted - "

"But nothing," I said again.

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35 Epilogue - Wounds

I actually chuckled and smiled at that, leaving a kiss on the top of her head. "Of course I will be. I'm your boyfriend, and I love you more than anything. I will always protect you."

"I love you, Teddy," she breathed in an angelic voice as she moved in my lap.

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