Hello, first-time readers! Just a quick note on this story...
It's another side story to my larger series which is mostly based in the next generation involving the many children of the main characters from the Harry Potter universe. Yes, it's mostly OCs created by myself, but there are often cameos from canon characters. This one will probably feature a fair amount of Oliver Wood, though there could be others popping in here and there.
I had intended to wait until I had more written to start publishing it, but I loved the first chapter so much, I couldn't wait to post. It'll probably go up irregularly until I get more written, but I promise to try and not wait too long in between postings.
This one is set right after my last book, "Playing with Fire" ends and centers on Bryan Wills, chaser and captain of Puddlemere United. He's been a reoccurring character since Book 3 ("Surviving Hogwarts") so I suggest going back to at least that one to catch up on where things are with this story. Though I wouldn't hate it if you decided to go all the way back to the beginning - "Saving Iris". ;) It won't be a full length book like the others. In fact, I'm planning on just having it set during the summer break in the season. There will probably be some overlap between this one and the next main story. It'll probably be around 14-15 chapters, like my other short, "The Mysterious Mr. Nilsson."
Wills has become quite a favorite of mine and after I ended "Playing with Fire" on such a serious note, I figured fans could do with a bit of fluff and lightheartedness before I launch into the next book in the series centered on Dominique Weasley (also, I need time to figure out how I want that one to go).
So, there it is. Hope you enjoy!
Chapter One - Drinking Games
Bryan Wills had always been a ladies' man.
Everyone had been saying that for years. And he supposed it was true. There had never been one woman to keep his attention for long. He enjoyed the flirting, the chase. The fact that so many women found him desirable. Of course he was a gentleman. Just because he went through new women all the time, there was no reason to be mean or hurtful intentionally.
In that sense, he was practical and forthcoming with his intentions. The last thing he wanted was some poor woman to get the wrong idea or to inadvertently lead someone on.
But there was always the few who seemed immune to his charms. One of which was currently standing alone on the balcony of the flat, her long red curls cascading down her back. The Wood brothers had thrown together an impromptu party the week after the Cup finals so that folks could let off some steam following the post season. Course, Wills often stopped by the Woods' flat - whether invited or not. He rarely needed a reason. And he loved to dote on Daisy. She was one of very few women he loved to shower in expensive gifts and attention constantly.
Truth be told, Wills had always seen the youngest Wood as a little sister. Sure he joked about marrying her someday - and the prospect didn't sound too bad, Pix would make life such fun - but more than anything, he just wanted to look out for her. Make sure she was safe and happy. More and more lately, she looked as though happy was the farthest thing from her mind.
"Ah, there is my lovely bride-to-be," he said with a grin as he stepped outside and shut the door behind him. Daisy looked back at him and rolled her eyes, not moving from the railing.
"Haven't you had enough of that tonight," she said. "John's not even here."
"Heard about that. Back home to visit family a bit, is he? It's the perfect time to make my move. Steal you away while he's off out of the country. I've plenty enough moves you haven't seen yet," he said, leaning against the railing next to her. Daisy sighed heavily, not even mustering a smile. "Alright, Pix. About time you told me what's on your mind, don't you think?" Daisy gazed up at him, sensing Wills' occasional seriousness coming through.
"Just the usual," she said. Wills studied her a moment. He knew the Woods could be a bit secretive. More so now than he had ever seen. He saw what she did at the Falcons' match. He had caught Jamie doing magic without his wand in the locker room before the rest of the team arrived. And he had seen Daisy popping in and out of places. Something was up with them and he was a bit put out that he was still in the dark. He had been nearly part of the family since he started playing on Puddlemere.
"And what would the usual be?" he asked. Daisy pursed her lips. "Boyfriend trouble?"
"You could say that," she muttered.
"Does it have to do with the fact that you and Jamie have been testing out some new… abilities?" Wills said casually. Daisy gawked up at him. "Come on, Pix. You can't honestly think I wouldn't notice. I've long known what your mum can do. I'm not surprised to see you and Jamie are doing more now." Daisy sighed.
"I'm not supposed to say anything," she said finally. "Mum and Dad were very clear on that."
"I take it that extends to our dear Kingfisher?" he replied. Daisy nodded.
"Part of it. Though that's easy enough," she said. "It's the parts he does know about that are a bit vexing."
"Anything you can talk about?" he asked. "You know you can always confide in me, Pix." Daisy looked up at him, smiling slightly.
"Thanks, Wills. For now I'm not sure I want to talk about it at all. Not when I'm finally getting a bit of a break from it," she said. "All anyone wants to do is talk about it." Wills nodded. He then spun Daisy around and looped his arm through hers.
"Then we're going to have a bit of fun," Wills said grinning as he led her back inside.
"Wills! No!" she shouted.
"You've got no choice. I refuse to have a mopey Pixie around," he declared as he led her through the crowd to the drink table.
"What's this?" Alan asked, stepping up next to them.
"Oh nothing. Just challenging my future wife to a drink-off," Wills said with a grin.
"No. I refuse. The last time we did this, not even Mum's hangover potion worked," Daisy said, trying to glare at the tall blonde. Though her mouth twitched into a grin.
"Well, then if you'd like to concede defeat, I'm alright with that. What's that make the score now…"
"Shut it, I'm in," Daisy said, her competitive side coming 'round. Wills grinned. He waved his wand and shot glasses and a bottle of firewhisky flew over to the coffee table. He then guided Daisy over, with her brothers following and shooed away the two people occupying the arm chairs.
"What's going on?" Lila asked as she stood next to Jamie behind the sofa. Remus and Alan had sat down, leaning forward to watch.
"Wills and Pix here are about to drink each other under the table," Remus said gleefully.
"Not again. I had to carry Wills home the last time they did this," Kelly said, groaning.
'Why are you complaining? I have to prop you up nearly every time we leave here," Lucy chided from his side.
Daisy sat calmly studying the older player, though her eyes held a devious glint.
"You know the rules. No cheating," Wills said, grinning.
"I don't cheat," Daisy replied.
"I win, you agree to marry me," Wills said with a wink. Daisy rolled her eyes. He was always trying to sneak that in.
"No. I told you last time that marriage is off the table," Daisy said.
"So you wait until Kingfisher's gone to slide that in, eh?" Kelly said laughing.
"He tries it every time whether John's here or not," Jamie said with a sigh.
"And he knows it's not happening," Daisy said, staring Wills down.
"Fine… I win, you agree to go out with me," he said. "As friends," he added reluctantly. Daisy thought a moment and then nodded.
"Agreed. I win, you have to show up to practice next week in your skivvies," she said, grinning wickedly.
"Agreed," Wills said, almost immediately. Jamie chuckled.
"Dad's not gonna be thrilled about that," he said.
"Then I best win," he said. "Even if I lose, it'll be worth the extra laps if it gets this one sodding drunk."
"Do they do this often?" Lila asked as Remus leaned forward and filled the first shot glasses in front of the two.
"Too often," Jamie said.
"Not often enough," Kelly added. "The last time, Pix had to promise to name her firstborn after Wills." Lila's eyes widened.
"The time before that, Wills had powder blue hair for a week," Lucy continued. "Uncle Oliver was livid. Couldn't change it and Wills played three matches that week with Arrows hair."
"Didn't Pix have to play with her jersey saying 'I love Wills' for a week another time?" Wright asked, stepping up to watch. Remus and Alan roared with laughter.
"That was my favorite," Alan said. "Though poor Kingfisher didn't find the humor in it for a bit."
"The press wasn't sure what to make of it for a time either," Jamie added. "Gossip columns were writing about it for a few weeks. Wondering if Pix was stepping out on Kingfisher."
"Don't know how many times the gossip department cornered me on that one," Lucy said, rolling her eyes. "You'd think by now they'd understand the relationship between Wills and Daisy. Everyone in the League has known for years."
"Known what?" Lila asked. Even though she had been a part of the group for awhile, she was still learning the intricacies of the connections between the tightknit community surrounding her boyfriend and his family.
"That Wills has always been like a big brother to Pix. And takes the piss out of her whenever he has the opportunity," Jamie said. Lila nodded, thinking back to all the interactions between the two she had seen. Made sense. She turned to watch the game. The two had just downed their second shots and Alan was filling new glasses.
"Scare, my little pixie?" Wills asked.
"Of a bit of firewhisky? Perhaps you don't know me as well as you think you do, Wills," Daisy said, smiling sweetly at him.
"Oh, but I do know you well, Pix. And plan to know you even better once we get rid of the Yank," he replied, causing Daisy to laugh.
"Getting vicious now that he's out of the country for a bit, are we?" Remus asked.
"Been telling Jamie for years. Get used to seeing me around. Someday I'll be your brother-in-law," Wills said as he reached for the full shot glass.
"Fat chance," Daisy replied, picking up her own. The two downed them.
"How long do they drink?" Lila asked.
"Until one of them can't walk," Jamie said.
"Sometimes one of them will concede defeat. Though that doesn't happen often," Lucy said. "Usually it's whoever stands and falls over first."
"The record is something over 10 shots, I believe," Kelly said admiringly. "That's why they tend to wait towards the end of the party to do this."
"How did it feel to almost have the Cup within your grasp this year?" Wills asked as Remus filled new shot glasses.
"How did it feel to almost lose it?" Daisy countered. "Besides we both know that it'll be mine next year."
"And next year, you'll be mine," Wills said with a wink.
"Doubt that," Daisy said.
"You know you want me, Pix," Wills said, reaching for the shot glass.
"You know you're delusional, right?" Daisy said, reaching for her own.
"How's a spring wedding sound?" Wills asked.
"Horrid," Daisy replied, downing hers. Wills grinned and followed suite.
"Do they always banter like this?" Lila asked.
"Constantly," Jamie, Kelly, Remus and Alan said in unison.
"This is always entertaining," Wright said laughing.
"What is it about Kingfisher, Pix?" Wills asked, sitting back in his chair.
"He's sweet, kind, handsome…"
"So? I'm charming, handsome, witty and I'm already practically part of the family," Wills said.
"You're conceited and arrogant," Daisy scoffed.
"Our children would be beautiful," Wills said wistfully.
"Our children would all end up in Slytherin," Daisy said.
"Nothing wrong with that," Wills said with a wink.
"Except our whole family has always been Gryffindor," Remus said, filling the next set of glasses.
"And look where that's got you. A whole group of reckless do-gooders," Wills replied.
"Better than a cunning snake," Daisy said, raising an eyebrow.
"I rather enjoy being cunning," Wills said. "Makes life a lot more exciting." The two downed the next shots, Daisy's eyes never leaving Wills'.
"Why is it you're always after me?" Daisy asked.
"Because you, my dear, would definitely make life exciting," he said with a grin. "Just think of the fun we'd have. So much more fun than if you stayed with boring Kingfisher."
"John is not boring," Daisy scoffed.
"He's a Yank. They're all a bland version of us," Wills said. Daisy glared at him.
"Now, now, Wills. Let's not get nasty just because he's not here," Jamie scolded lightly. Wills looked over at his teammate.
"I'd say it to his face if he were," he said with a grin.
"How the poor bloke stands you, I'll never know," Jakes said from where she stood next to Vane.
"He should be watching his back. Won't be long until I sweep Pix here off her feet," Wills said, winking at Daisy again. The redhead rolled her eyes.
"If you haven't won her over by now, I doubt you will," Vane said with a laugh. "Besides, Coach has said multiple times he'll never let you marry his little princess." Daisy glared at the chaser, wrinkling her nose.
"Watch it, Vane. There's nothing Daisy hates more than being called princess. You've seen what she's done to Hardwick," Nigel Broadmoor said with a laugh.
"And you," Wills said, chuckling.
"I am still here," Daisy huffed, reaching for her shot glass. She grabbed it so viciously that a bit spilled out.
"Careful there, Pixie," Alan said, grinning as he glanced back and forth between the two. Daisy had had a few drinks prior to the game so he knew she was already starting to get a bit sloppy.
"10 galleons Pixie wins," Remus whispered.
"You're on. She's already starting to spill. Wills has got it this time," Alan said.
"Please, we've seen her. She'll hold out just out of pure spite," Remus said. He looked back at Lila. "Care to join the wager?" The young woman shook her head slightly, looking back and forth between the two players. Daisy was still glaring at Wills while he calmly grinned at the petite woman.
"I don't know… seems it might be a close call," she said.
"10 on Pixie!" Jakes called out.
"I'm on Wills this time," Vane said, studying the two. Daisy took a deep breath and narrowed her eyes at Wills.
"Pour, Remus," she ordered.
"Think I'm going with Daisy this time," Nigel said.
"Pixie's in the fighting mood tonight," Wills said.
"I'm always in the fighting mood when it comes to you," she retorted.
"I like a bit of bite," Wills said.
"Careful, Wills. You might end up with a broken nose," Alan warned. "What was it you said that got yours, Broadmoor?"
"Was that really necessary, Pix - if I recall," Remus said, looking up at his teammate, who was starting to go red in the face.
"Do we really need to rehash this?" Nigel asked before taking a drink.
"I'd take a million bloody noses if that's what it took to get Pixie to be mine," Wills said.
"I might just hex you for being annoying," Daisy said, reaching for the next shot glass.
"Someone confiscate her wand," Vane said, causing the group to laugh. Daisy raised an eyebrow and grinned at Wills. She glanced over at Jamie, who was chuckling along with Remus and Alan. They all knew she didn't need a wand to hex him now. She held her glass up in salute to Wills, who did the same.
Both of them downed the shots, with Daisy starting to sway a bit. Wills grinned as he casually sat the empty glass down on the table.
"How are you feeling, Pix?" he asked.
"Fine," she growled, setting the glass down rather roughly and nearly missing the table.
"Don't need to use the loo or anything?" he asked. Daisy straightened up in her chair.
"I'm fine," she said again, though she started blinking. The room was swaying a bit. She glanced down at the bottle, noticing for the first time that they had chosen the highest proof firewhisky they had. Blimey, it was going to take all her wits to win this one. She looked over at Wills who had seemed as though he hadn't had a drop of alcohol.
"If you'll excuse me for a moment, I think I need to use the little boy's room," he replied, hopping up and casually walking down the hall. Daisy huffed.
"Show off," she muttered.
"Come on, you know you need a breather," Remus said, chuckling.
"Don't lose your head, Pixie," Jakes said. "I don't want to lose to Vane again."
"I got this," Daisy said, smiling. Though it was a bit wobbly. Vane chuckled.
"Get ready to pay up," he said, turning to his teammate. Wills returned and sat back down, still smiling at Daisy.
"Ready to concede?" he asked.
"Never!" shouted Daisy.
"Merlin, she's done for," Jamie said, glancing down at Lila. She laughed softly.
"She's got spunk though," she said.
"Too much, sometimes," Jamie said, rolling his eyes.
"Double round," Daisy said, not taking her eyes from Wills.
"Don't you think it's a bit soon for that, Pix?" Remus asked, freezing as he was about to pour the firewhisky.
"No. Let's end this," she said, glaring at Wills. Remus sighed as he waved his wand. The normal-sized glasses grew into double shot glasses.
"Christ, she's being ridiculous," Lucy said.
"Who's going to carry her to bed this time?" Kelly asked, looking around.
"Not it!" Remus, Jamie and Alan said at the same time.
"I'll gladly carry Pixie to bed," Wills declared.
"No one's carrying me to bed," Daisy said, reaching for the full glass. She downed it before Wills had a chance to grab his glass. The tall player chuckled as he reached for his and deftly downed it.
"My, my, you're in a feisty mood tonight, Pix," he said. "Do I excite you?"
"More like annoy me beyond belief," she said.
"Does dear Kingfisher annoy you?" he asked.
"Sometimes," she admitted.
"Is that so?" Wills said, sitting up and leaning towards the table.
"Definitely not as much as you do," Daisy huffed as she motioned to Remus to pour again.
"You know you love me," Wills said, reaching for the glass as soon as Remus had filled it.
"A bit," Daisy said begrudgingly. "But only because you're family."
"D'you hear that? Pixie finally admitted she loves me!" Wills shouted. "Cheers to that!" A shout went up as everyone held their glasses up. Daisy rolled her eyes and lifted hers as well.
"As family!" she shouted.
"Yes, of course. Because we both know that soon I'll be your family for real," he said, winking before he starting humming the wedding march.
"I'm not marrying you, Wills," Daisy said before taking her shot. Wills down his and shot up out of his chair, moving towards Daisy.
"Come on, Pix. Let's dance," he said gleefully.
"Wills, no!" Daisy shouted as she started giggling. He pulled her out of the chair and started moving around in front of the fireplace. Daisy tripped over her feet and struggled to stay up. "Why are you hopping around? That's not dancing!"
She then tripped over Wills foot and nearly fell to the ground before the tall chaser caught her and lifted her up.
"I think we have a winner, ladies and gents!" Remus shouted. Daisy glared up at Wills.
"You cheated!" she shouted. "You tripped me!"
"I won fair and square, dear Pix," Wills said. "You owe me a date. But not a date-date." Daisy huffed as he helped her back to the chair.
"Fine," she said, crossing her arms. She looked across the room and suddenly a glass zipped over the people gathered and landed in her hand. Wills eyebrows shot up.
"Really, Pix?" Remus asked, though he was grinning.
"It's not like it's some big secret. Everyone saw me stop Jamie from falling," she said.
"My future bride is amazing," Wills said in awe, causing Daisy to roll her eyes yet again.
"You sure you should be having anymore?" Jamie asked, concerned.
"I'm fine," Daisy said before taking a sip. "Let me drown my sorrow in peace."
"You always were a sore loser," Alan said, holding his hand out to Remus, who was digging through his pockets for coins.
"Not as sore as you lot," Daisy said.
"Let the lady have her consolation drink," Wills shouted as he waved his wand and a glass flew over to him. "That is my future bride. She can have whatever she wants when I'm around."
"Come Josephine in my flying machine, going up she goes!" Daisy sang loudly and off-key as Wills carried her down the corridor to her room not an hour later.
"Really, Pix. Must you shout?" he asked with a chuckle.
"John likes it when I sing," she declared drunkenly.
"Not like that, I bet," he replied, rolling his eyes as he pushed her door open with his foot.
"You're lucky he's not here. He'd never let you carry me to my room. Too afraid you'd take advantage of me in my drunken state," she said matter-of-factly.
"Come now, Pix. We both know I'd never stoop so low," he said as he gently put her down. "With you or anyone."
"You just tricked me into a date using a drinking game," she said.
"It's not a real date. Contrary to belief, I do have some morals. It's no different from all the other times we've hung out," he said.
"Why did you? You could have just asked," Daisy said, leaning back against her pillow.
"You, my dear, have been too preoccupied to spend time with your dear Wills. It was the best way I could think of to get you all to myself," he said with a cheeky grin. Though even in her drunken state, Daisy could sense a hint of sadness there.
"I have been neglecting you," she said, a bit softer. "I'm sorry Wills. Just… with everything. And John…"
"I know, I know. Plus, I'd probably not be too happy if my girl were always running off to spend time alone with a bunch a blokes either," Wills said.
"Why do you hate him?" she asked bluntly. Wills stared at her a moment.
"I don't hate him. Is that what you think?" he asked.
"You certainly enjoy taking the mickey out of him," she said.
"I enjoy taking the mickey out of everyone, Pix," Wills replied.
"But you seem to be a bit harder on him. He's a nice guy. You could be nicer," she said. "He actually likes you." Wills sighed.
"I like him too, Pix. Just… you've been my best girl since the very first Puddlemere picnic I attended. It's my duty to your father and your brothers to look out for you," he said. "And like it or not, as your adopted older brother, no one will ever seem good enough for my Pixie."
"That's so sweet, Wills. Who knew you could be so sweet," she said. She sat up and pulled the chaser towards her, kissing him on the cheek.
"What was that for?" he asked.
"For being sweet. Now get out of here so I can sleep. We do have a date tomorrow," she said, pointing towards the door. Wills chuckled as he stood, then leaned over and kissed the top of her head.
infinityneverlasts: I have a feeling this story is going to be nothing but fan service for all the Wills fans out there. Oh well. I love him, so he gets a story. ^_^
As always, thanks for reading, following and reviewing!