Chapter 8 : What happens on the Quidditch pitch stays on the Quidditch pitch
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When Aisley woke up, she was not her normal, happy self. She found that didn’t function so well on four hours of sleep. With a groan, she pulled herself out of bed and stood in front of her closet. Half an hour later, clothes were strewn all about the room, but Aisley had found the perfect outfit. The slim-fitting jeans and snug t-shirt were the natural choice for someone who planned on spending the entire day at a Quidditch stadium; seeing that it was the middle of winter, however, she grabbed a cloak before she headed into the bathroom.
While she applied her makeup, Aisley cursed herself for agreeing to go with Rebecca in the first place. As she stumbled into the kitchen she wondered why she had agreed to go at all. Well, there was that part of her that could be termed ‘Quidditch Fanatic.’ Then there was the fact that she was so happy to click with another female that she would have agreed to go dancing naked in the woods if that was what her friend wanted to do. Oh, and then there was the juicy gossip; Rebecca had mentioned that there would be another team, the Magpies, there, and that the team’s pretty seeker, Jamie Wright, had her eye on Sirius. Not only that, but Rebecca had mentioned that the opposing team’s Keeper was a ‘rude, insufferable git, and a playboy to boot,’ which led Aisley to believe that the guy had either ignored Rebecca previously in favor of another girl, or had flirted with her shamelessly; both scenarios would have resulted in Rebecca being...miffed.
So, by the time Rebecca and Sirius decided to join Aisley in the kitchen, she’d decided that the day would be...interesting. It would give her the chance to play matchmaker and would almost be worth having to wake up at four in the morning. Almost.
“Well, look at what the cat dragged in.” Aisley said as the twins sat down.
“You’re obviously not a morning person.” Sirius said cheerfully as he buttered a muffin.
“Not all of us enjoy being up and about at four in the morning.” Aisley said darkly. Rebecca looked at the clock.
“Actually, it’s five thirty now.” she pointed out as she downed a cup of coffee.
“Be that as it may...” Aisley began with what she considered heroic patience.
“Aren’t you going to eat anything?” Sirius asked.
“What does it look like I’m doing?” Aisley replied, eyes narrowed in annoyance. She held a single piece of toast in her hand, and had been nibbling on it for the past five minutes.
“That’s it?” Sirius asked, incredulous. “A piece of toast?”
“Here, Aisley.” Rebecca said, shoving a plate full of eggs, bacon, and sausage at her. “Eat.”
“Fine.” Aisley said huffily, lifting the fork to her mouth. She swallowed a mouthful of something, she wasn’t sure what. “I ate. Can we go now and STOP discussing my eating habits?”
“It’s okay by me.” Sirius responded with a laugh. Rebecca just rolled her eyes when Aisley glared.
“Come on, children.” she said. “Let’s go kick some Magpie butt.”
When the three of them Apparated to the training pitch, Aisley and Sirius were amusing themselves by bickering with one another.
“So who’s this Jamie that Rebecca keeps talking about?” Aisley asked.
“Who?” Sirius responded. “Oh. Her. She’s...no one. No one at all.”
“Really? Rebecca said she had a crush on you...”
“Um, sis, I’m sorry, but that’s just wrong. You can’t have me, we’re related.”
“Shut up, Sirius. She was talking about Jamie and you know it.” Rebecca replied.
“Yeah. I don’t understand why you haven’t made a play for her yet.” Aisley said, stifling a laugh.
“It’s because I’m still holding out for you, Aisley, darling.” Sirius answered with a grin.
“To bad, Sirius. I’m still holding out for your brother.” Aisley replied jokingly.
“Yeah, but which one?” Sirius asked. Aisley responded by poking him in the stomach. Sirius would have retaliated in turn, but at that moment, a pretty, diminutive blonde walked up to them.
To Aisley’s surprise, Sirius started blushing. Not very hard, but just enough that Aisley could notice.
“Hello, Sirius.” the blonde said with a smile. “Hi, Rebecca. Are you two ready to lose?”
“In your dreams, Wright.” Rebecca responded with an easy smile. Sirius just stood there, staring at the newcomer, which caused his sister to not-so-subtly elbow him.
“Oh...er, hi, Jamie.” he said finally. “Um...uh...oh. This is our friend....Aisley.” He introduced Aisley and she noticed that he was starting to frown.
“Hi, Jamie. It’s nice to meet you.” Aisley said with a smile that masked her calculating brain. “Oh!” she added suddenly, as if a though had just struck her. “You’re that Jamie. Sirius talks about you all the time!”
“He does?” Jamie asked, flushing prettily. She turned to look expectantly at Sirius, who was by then glaring hotly at Aisley.
“Oh, Sirius, I forgot...I needed to ask you something important.” Aisley said in a rush, grabbing Sirius’ arm; he had looked like he was about to counter her previous statement. As they walked a small distance, she continued.
“Before you light into me, can I just say one thing?”
“What?” Sirius asked angrily.
“Um...okay, well, it’s obvious that Jamie’s into you. And that you’re really into her. so I was just...giving you a push. I just want to you be happy, Sir.”
Sirius’ expression gentled slightly. “Ais....not that I don’t appreciate the concern, but...well, I’m handling Jamie in my own way.”
“Well, then, why aren’t you dating her by now?” Aisley asked, exasperated.
“I’m afraid of her.” Sirius answered.
“Okay, let me amend that. I’m afraid I’d break her. Just look at her! Merlin, she’d so delicate, she looks like she’d shatter if I touched her!”
“That’s absurd, Sirius. She occupies the most dangerous position in a sport that is still dominated by big, strong men. I’d say she’s tougher than she looks.”
Sirius looked abashed. “I know that. Which is why I was planning on asking her out today.”
“You were?” Aisley asked, eyes widening. Sirius nodded bashfully. With a laugh, Aisley pushed him gently away.
“Well, what are you waiting for?” she asked. Sirius took the hint and strode away, his trademark grin in place. Aisley watched him approach Jamie and his sister, then pull the former aside.
“Um...Jamie?” Sirius asked shyly as he approached her.
“Yes, Sirius?” she asked quietly, looking up at him.
“Could I talk to you for a minute?”
Jamie nodded as Sirius gently steered her in the opposite direction. Neither of them saw the surprised look Rebecca aimed in their direction.
“So...what is it you wanted to talk about?” Jamie asked after a moment.
“Um...well, I was wondering if you were doing anything on Saturday.” Sirius answered.
“No, I’m not. Why?”
“I...well, I wanted to know if you’d...um...want to do something with me. You know...dinner. Or something.” Sirius said, blushing fiercely. Jamie’s hesitant smile grew bigger.
“Sirius...are you asking me out?” she teased him.
“Um...yeah, I guess I am.” he responded nervously. He was as surprised as everyone else on the pitch when Jamie stood up on her toes and gently planted a kiss on his gaping mouth.
“Then I guess I’m saying yes.” Jamie replied. “It certainly took you long enough.”
Sirius grinned at that. “You’re telling me.”
Aisley hurried back over to where Rebecca was standing, looking completely dumbfounded. When she reached the other girl, she couldn’t help but laugh.
“It worked.” Aisley said gleefully. To her surprise, Rebecca was looking around the pitch wildly. Apparently, whatever she found made her unhappy, because she started frowning and digging around in her pocket.
“What is it?” Aisley asked, confused.
“Not what.” Rebecca said angrily. “Who.” Aisley had already opened her mouth to speak when an incredibly tall guy appeared out of nowhere from behind Rebecca. His face was hidden, so Aisley couldn’t tell what he looked like, but she soon determined that he had a really great voice.
“Potter.” the mysterious young man said; with that one word, Aisley determined that this was the ‘incredibly annoying’ keeper that had Rebecca’s knickers in a twist.
“Wood.” Rebecca’s voice was chilly as she dug several Galleons out of her pocket. She held a hand out, but he ignored it and walked around her. He spotted Aisley and grinned. “Hey, Potter, introduce me to your friend here.” he said good-naturedly. Aisley just stared. Whoever and whatever he was, the guy was gorgeous. Honey colored hair, dark blue eyes, great bone structure, really tall, and a sexy voice to go with the perfect face. No wonder Rebecca was being so irritable!
“No. Now take the money and leave me alone.” Rebecca responded without even looking at him.
“Huh?” Aisley asked.
“I lost a bet with this creep.” Rebecca said with a shrug.
“Hey, just because I knew your brother would suck it up and ask my seeker out this week doesn’t make me a creep!”
“Yes, it does.”
Aisley rolled her eyes, grabbed the money, and stuffed it in the guy’s hand.
“Hi. I’m Aisley. and you are?” she asked.
“Byron Wood, professional jerk.” Rebecca said suddenly, before he could answer.
“Is that really what you think of me?” Byron asked. Needless to say, Rebecca didn’t answer him. “Look at me. Please.” he cajoled. Rebecca turned to glare at him.
“Did I really mess up that badly?” he whispered. Rebecca nodded, and Aisley realized that she should probably take the opportunity she’d been given and slip away. This was obviously not something she was supposed to overhear.
“Look, Rebecca...I’m sorry.” Byron said quietly.
“For what?” she asked.
“You know why, Potter!”
“I have absolutely no idea what you’re talking about. Unless, of course, you mean you’re apologizing for neglecting to tell me you were engaged the entire six months I was stupid enough to date you.” Rebecca said sarcastically.
“I’m telling you, just like I’ve told you before, I wasn’t....I’m not....engaged to Kathy. My mother just wanted me to be.”
“Yeah right, Wood. Do I look stupid? Why should I believe you?”
“Because...because, oh, I don’t know! Just like I don’t know why I still want you back. All I know is that I was crazy about you. I am still.” Byron said earnestly.
“Spare me.” Rebecca replied, sneering to mask the fact that she was starting to cry.
“The hell I will! I let you go once, but I won’t make that same mistake this time.” And with that, he crushed his mouth to hers. Though it would shame her later, Rebecca kissed Byron back. And in a strange twist of events, it was Byron who pulled away first, not her.
“I’m crazy about you. And I know you feel the same about me. So don’t try to deny it. Just give me another chance. Please.” he said urgently.
“I won’t try to deny it.” Rebecca replied quietly. “But I won’t give you another chance. You broke my heart once, and I won’t let you do it again. Now get out of the way, Wood. I’m supposed to be warming up.”
A/N: Okay, so what did you guys think? I personally had a lot of fun with this one, and I love Byron. When I decided to use him, it was great for me; I've been looking for a character to use his name with. Anyway, enough of my gushing on a fictional character's name. Am I evil, or am I evil? At least this cliff hanger-ish ending isn't as bad as the OTHER cliffie. But, I promise, everything in this chapter will be resolved by Chapter 14, at the latest. Yes, I know, that's a while away, but if you're good and leave me reviews, it might just happen sooner! Oh, and I promise that the next chapter will include Cam and Aisley, together. Maybe they'll even speak to each other, who knows... And just to make you all feel better, I'll give you a hint as to what happens between them next. But all I can say is that they're locked in a small room together with no way out.... :)
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