Daisy sighed as she sat under the tree next to the Black Lake. After a relatively peaceful remainder of Easter break, they had returned to Hogwarts and immediately launched into studying for OWLs and NEWTs. Daisy couldn't think of the last time she ever saw her brothers spend that much time in the library.
But now it was the night before they all left for home and the others were gearing up for the huge party that was sure to take place in the Tower after supper. She had gotten her OWL scores back earlier that week and had done well enough to continue into NEWT classes for all her subjects. Chris had been pleased to get the NEWTs necessary for auror training. He just received the letter of invitation the day before.
She smiled as she watched the sun going down over the lake. Soon she would be home and her brothers would be off to the city, leaving her alone and free. She was eager to start her sixth year without the constant shadow of the triplets hanging over her. Maybe she'd get the chance to have a proper boyfriend that wouldn't need hiding.
"What are you smirking about?" Remus asked as he walked up. Daisy looked over, seeing the triplets. She chuckled softly. Of course she wouldn't get a moment to herself on their last day at school.
"Just thinking about what I'm going to do this summer and beyond without you lot always buzzing around," she said. The three plopped down on the ground around her.
"You know you'll miss us," Alan said, grinning.
"Well, I know you'll miss me, not sure about these two," Remus said. Daisy rolled her eyes.
"Heard Longbottom made you captain next year," Jamie said, studying her. She nodded and grinned.
"I'll need to work on plays this summer. Dad said he'd help. Along with our usual training," she said. "It'll be odd not working with you three."
"Now you'll get all of Dad's attention," Remus said. Daisy grimaced.
"That'll be fun," she said sarcastically. "At least I'll get to work with Ashley more as well. She wants to take things up a notch."
"Under Dad's watchful eye? I doubt that," Alan said with a snort. Daisy scowled at him.
"I'll convince him," she said.
"Good luck," Remus said. The siblings sat in silence a few moments.
"You nervous about starting in the League?" she asked, glancing at them. Jamie had finally decided to go with the Arrows and signed the contract with them before they had left back to school Easter break.
"We're not. I'm quite anxious to get started," Alan said. "Sooner we can prove ourselves in reserves, the sooner we can get on first string." Daisy studied Jamie, who was playing with a piece of grass.
"A bit. I'll be the youngest on the team," he said, looking up. "They opted to sign me rather than call up the keeper they've had in the reserves." Daisy scrunched up her nose.
"You'll be fine," she said. "Worrying never looked good on you." Jamie laughed.
"What about you? What are your plans?" he asked. Daisy looked up, contemplating.
"For now, training. Though Lucy has made me swear I would hang out from time to time. She wants me to go with them on holiday to Romania. Mum said its fine as long as it doesn't interfere with our holiday to Prague," she said. She thought about her promise to meet up with Chris over the summer and blushed slightly. "And of course, Toby'll probably be over often. Dad's promised to take us to some of the European Cup games, though if Puddlemere makes it in, I suppose we'll get box seats."
"But what about after that?" Jamie asked. Remus and Alan laughed.
"Course she knows what she's doing. She's getting signed, like us," Remus said. Daisy smiled.
"Hoping for the Harpies. But I'll be open to anyone who'll have me," she said. "Just need to get on a decent team is all."
"Do not go with the Bats or the Cannons," Alan said, turning serious for a moment. Daisy laughed.
"What do you have against them?" she asked. "Arrows wouldn't be bad though. Didn't you say their seeker might be retiring in the next few years?" Jamie nodded.
"He's still doing okay for now, but he's getting on in his career. He was unstoppable in his prime. Too bad I couldn't have played with him then," he said. He studied Daisy a moment. Her face was relaxed with an easy grin while her bright green eyes flashed. Peeking into her head, he could see she was already thinking about plays and trials for the house team next year. What all she wanted to do with it now that she was the leader. The possibilities were endless. He smiled at her, confident that she would do just fine without them.
"I suppose we'll get to see just what Pixie can do on her own now," he said. Daisy turned to him, still smiling.
"Just you wait," she said, a mischievous glint in her eye. "Just you wait."
And that's it, folks. Another done. Sorry this chapter is short - I considered adding it to the last one, but didn't like the flow so I gave it its own space.
And don't worry, I'm nearly ready to post the first chapter of "Life & Times" (sequel), so hopefully anyone hoping to follow up on Daisy's story won't have to wait too long (maybe a few days up to a week at most). I had mostly finished with the polishing of what I had done already, but now I'm considering some plot changes, so will have to go over it again before I start posting. But at the moment, over half is written and the remainder is planned out for the most part. After that one... who knows. I currently don't have any concrete ideas for where to go, though I would like to maybe do one based on Lucy or perhaps give the triplets their own story, set a few years after the next one. Or maybe one on Teddy and Victoire. Or I could go with Molly... Who knows? The possibilities are endless... I guess we'll see as I get more of the next one finished - see which character calls out to me. Feel free to make any suggestions if you have any.
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