Chapter 3 : Quidditch and Romance
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In the sixth year girl’s dormitory, Mandy Black was finishing dressing. Darcy, her best friend, was nowhere to be seen. Mandy didn’t find that fact odd. Darcy usually got up long before she did, in order to finish her homework, which obviously was not the case this time, or to take care of her duties as a prefect.
Only a few people understood her friend’s mind. Mandy herself felt sometimes confused by Darcy’s way of thinking, but no matter what, she would always be there for her. To everyone, except to her closest friends, Darcy was Miss Perfect. She was an outstanding student and a model prefect, not to mention her stunning beauty. However, her friends knew that what she really wanted was to make her grandparents, who raised her, proud. Her parents died during the second war, leaving her and her brother, Seamus, under the care of her maternal grandparents, Adelle and Thomas Kindheart. Darcy wanted to live up for her family’s legacy, putting too much pressure in herself on the way. If it wasn’t for Mandy and Will, who kept “pulling her back to the mortal’s world”, as they said, she would blow up someday. Even Alex, with whom she shared a deep relationship based in despise, had his own way of warning her when she was too caught up with being perfect. She knew that when he’d pick on her like there was no tomorrow, it was time to slow down.
Mandy was brushing her hair when Darcy returned to the dormitory.
“Okay, I already got the timetables, placed the warnings in the board and helped some first years finding the Great Hall,” she announced, proudly.
Mandy looked at her friend, and then at the watch in her wrist. “Looks like you set a new record, Darce. The classes will only start in one hour and you already found a way to stuff yourself with chores. Keep going like this and by the end of this year you’ll be known as Darcy, the prefectzilla.”
“It is not that much,” she told her friend. “Anyway, I only came here to get my books before heading for breakfast.”
“Wait for me!” Mandy demanded. “I don’t want to risk you finding more crap to do in the way there.”
“Oh, please stop, I can’t stop laughing,” Darcy said, sarcastically.
Liv and Evan were already in the great hall having breakfast when their older brother, Alex and his friend Will arrived.
“Ready for the first day of school?” Alex asked his little sister.
“Would it matter if I said no?” Liv asked back.
“Good point.” He turned to Evan. “The Quidditch try outs are tomorrow, Ev, you were always a good seeker. Why don’t you come?”
“You’d be a good replacement for Richards,” Will stated.
Evan sent them a dubious look. “Are you trying to get a good laugh by watching my humiliation in the quidditch pitch?”
“The only way you’d be humiliated, Evan, was by being a lousy player. And in this case that doesn’t happen,” Alex told his brother sincerely. “I think Liv can confirm it.”
Evan turned to Liv, waiting for her verdict.
“You’re a great seeker, Harry said it himself,” she declared.
“Plus, we all know that Izzy received all the I-suck-in-quidditch genes. She plays bad for all of the Blacks,” Alex stated. “So, what do you say?”
Evan sighed. “Fine, I am going.”
“Great!” Alex said. “Now, if you get in and Livie here joins the team next year, more than a half of it would be Blacks. Me as a beater, Mandy as chaser, Evan as a seeker. Wouldn’t it be nice if you turned out to become a Keeper, Liv? We’d all have different positions.”
“Sorry to disappoint you, Alex,” she started, “but first, I’d rather be a chaser and second, all positions are all take at least until my third year.”
“Not all of them,” Will stated. “Matthew Watson is leaving the team next year. His parents insist that he should be more concentrated in studying for his NEWT’s, rather than in being a Keeper.”
“It is one year away, guys, stop bugging me!” Liv told them. She left minutes later with Evan, in order to pay a visit to their grandmother before the classes.
Alex was picking a toast from the plate in front of him when he saw Darcy coming their way.
“Open the way for Miss Perfection, Darcy Finnigan,” he said, loud enough for her to hear.
“I hope you choke in your food, Black,” she shot at him.
“Where’s Mandy?” Will asked.
“She went to the bathroom,” Darcy answered.
“Started the day early, didn’t you, Finn?” Alex asked Darcy bitterly, calling her by the name he usually called her as a diminutive of her last name.
“Unlike you, I am a prefect and I have responsibilities,” she said.
“That’s a cheap excuse. Will is a prefect as well and he does not start the day at half past 6 in the morning,” he said.
“How do you know the hour I got up today? And why do you care if I start the day early?” she asked.
“I went to the bathroom and saw you leaving. And it is not you that I care about, Finn. It is Mandy, who gets all upset when you start to break down with the work you put in your own shoulders!” he answered.
“Stop it, you two!” Mandy demanded when she arrived. “No fighting before noon!”
She sat next to Darcy.
“Evan is trying out for the team,” Will said, in order to break the tension.
“Really?” Mandy asked.
“Yep, I convinced him with my amazing oratory skills,” Alex stated.
Darcy coughed, making a noise that sounded remarkably like ‘Big head’.
Sirius was in his office waiting for the time for the first class to arrive when someone knocked on the door.
“Come in,” he said.
The door opened to reveal Mia.
“That tower is so damn quiet, now that Liv is a student,” she said, occupying a chair in front of her husband’s desk. “I have nothing to do now, it is a free period.”
“Well, you were the one who wanted to stop when we reached five kids,” Sirius stated, smirking. “If we had seven like I wanted…”
“Shut up, you crazy old man,” Mia said.
“I’m not old! I’m only Fifty-one!”
“Only fifty one? That is more than half a century,” she told him.
“Dumbledore was more than one hundred when he died,” he declared. “And if I am old, so are you! We were born on the same day.”
“I’m kidding Sirius!” Mia said. “And Molly says that I look like I’m in my late thirties.”
“She’s lying,” he said. “You look like you are barely out of your twenties.”
“Well, thank you, honey. You look good as well,” Mia said. “Do you ever feel old?” he asked his wife.
“You just said I looked good!”
“No, I mean, do you ever feel like there's gonna be a time when things will pass you by?”
“I'm a genius and beyond time,” he said, with a cocky smile. “Don’t worry about that, Mia, you’ll see that we will live until after we are 150 years old.”
“That is reassuring,” Mia told him. “And about the kids, if we had more, they would probably be younger than Freddy and Danny.”
Sirius thought for a while. “That would be weird. Five is good enough.”
“Finally we reached an agreement. It only took us thirty-five years.”
Right after lunch, the quidditch pitch was filled with almost all the Gryffindor students.
“Evan Black,” Nora Hennessey, the quidditch captain, murmured while she read the list of the people who were trying out. “That is your brother, isn’t it, Alex?”
“Yep,” he confirmed.
The tryouts would start in a few minutes and they were sitting in the benches waiting for the potential players to arrive.
“Well, don’t expect me to pick him just because of our…past,” she warned her fellow quidditch player.
“Of course not, you will pick him because he is the best,” Mandy, who was in Alex’s other side, answered.
“We’ll see after the try outs,” Nora murmured. “We also need a chaser. I have my bets on Teddy Lupin. He seemed decent when he covered for Vivian last year, you know, when she was in the Hospital Wing.” She got up and went to talk to Madame Hooch.
Fifteen minutes after the try outs begun, it was clear to the whole team that Mandy was right. Evan would be picked because he was the best for the seeker position. Teddy was the favourite to be selected for chaser.
“Thank you, everyone,” Nora said. “We’ll inform you later about who was picked.”
The team was left alone in the pitch.
“Who agrees in picking Black and Lupin?” the captain asked.
Everyone raised their hands.
“Good. I’ll put a note in the checkerboard.”
Around 5 in the afternoon, Mandy was finishing her homework in the common room approached her.
“Nifflers,” Alex said when he sat in front of his sister.
“What?” she asked.
“We can use Nifflers in our next prank. Sneak one in the Slytherin common room. I bet they would cry,” he explained.
“Okay, we’ll plan tomorrow, then,” Mandy agreed. “Do you need help to get the Nifflers?”
“Nope, Will and I ran into some when we were coming back from the pitch. We have them in a cage in Moaning Myrtle’s Bathroom,” he explained.
“Speaking of Will, is he going to take part on this one?” she asked.
“If you don’t mind…” Alex said.
“Obviously I don’t,” she declared. “Where is he, by the way?”
“In our dorm,” he answered.
“Okay, I’m going there,” she said. “Give my stuff to Darcy when she passes by.”
Alex raised his eyebrows.
“Come on, it won’t kill you to ask her to take my things to the dorm,” Mandy uttered and proceeded going upstairs.
She opened the door to find Will giving a letter to his owl, who immediately flew away. He smiled when he saw her.
“I was sending my sister an owl,” he explained.
Mandy nodded and walked closer to him, kissing him passionately when she reached him.
“I don’t think Alex would be happy knowing that we were snogging in his dorm, Mandy,” he stated when they broke the kiss.
“Alex doesn’t mind, as long as we don’t do it in front of him,” she told him.
“He can’t complain, we’ve been following that rule religiously,” Will told her.
“Exactly,” she agreed. “Want to take a walk outside?”
They passed the common room and informed Alex, who was entertained flirting with a girl, that they were going outside, receiving a nod in return.
The couple sat in the transfiguration courtyard, which was not very crowded. Will was sitting and Mandy laid her head in his lap. They kept talking, and laughing from time to time.
Mia, who was leaving her classroom after her last class of the day, smiled when she saw them. Will Lake was the twin’s friend since their first day of school. She had not been surprised when Mandy told her that they were dating. Sirius was a bit unsure but he eventually accepter the couple. They reminded Mia of herself and her current husband when they were in school, always cheerful when they were together.
She proceeded to the tower. That couple inspired her to relive the old times with Sirius.
A/N: Now, who was expecting Mandy and Will to already be a couple? Please, review! I really, really need feedback.
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