Chapter 1 : Beat It
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“I will never understand why the federation makes this draw meeting mandatory.” Roxanne Weasley gulped down a mouthful of red wine, as she scanned the room. Her eyes falling over the loud crowd of Witches and Wizards that had gathered in the large hall. “There’s always trouble.”
“I know what you mean,” Violet Addams stated back, taking a sip of her own glass of wine. Roxanne turned to look at her friend as she spoke. She admired the way that Violet's long, straightened black hair fell down her back, ending at the small of it. “They complain about the rivalry between the teams, yet force us to all be in the same room to tell us what teams we’ll be playing. They could always just send word to our coaches and they’ll let us know. It’ll save a lot of money and a few trips to St. Mungo’s.”
“It’s got to be about the publicity this brings the club. There are so many reporters here trying to dig up whatever dirt they can before the matches begin.” Roxanne placed her glass down on the table.
Roxanne looked down at her dress, smoothing down a small crease that had appeared in the dark blue silk. Roxanne did love any excuse to dress up, and with Quidditch, any situation that required her to dress up like a girl was a bonus. There weren’t many chances as a professional Quidditch player to dress up. Unless you were going to a promotional event or coming to the draw meeting, like today.
Roxanne had played the position of Beater for the Appleby Arrows since she was eighteen. She spent two years on the reserve team before making her big break three years ago, when the old Beater had retired. Violet had taken Roxanne under her wing when she first started. Violent was three years older than Roxanne and had been a Seeker for longer than Roxanne had even been on the team.
“These meetings are always the same though; I wonder who’s going to start trouble first? Should we bet on the first punch happening before the draw even begins?” Violet mused, her ruby lips pursed as she gazed around the room.
Roxanne gave a laugh at her friends comment, knowing that it wouldn’t be long until something happened. The free bar was bound to cause some sort of problem, especially with the various rivalries between them all. The teams were quite rowdy when drunk, some more so than others. The Ballycastle Bats were the worst drunks out of all the teams, but they always seemed like they were enjoying themselves. When they weren’t dancing on the tables.
The draw meeting was one of the biggest parties that the Quidditch federation hosted. It was mandatory for them to attend, and the club would frown upon the people that didn’t turn up. The federation didn't need to worry, as the promise of a free bar helped bring the teams all in. No one could resist anything free.
“Should we go and sit at our table?” Roxanne asked Violet, who took a bigger sip of her drink before nodding. They both moved away from the bar and made their way through the large group of people. Stopping a few times to greet anyone that they recognised and were friendly with.
“Let’s avoid going through the back. That’s where the Wimbourne Wasps are sitting,” Violet stated. She sidestepped a few people, hitching up her long red dress, so that it wouldn’t snag on the floor as she walked.
The Arrows weren't allowed to go near the Wimbourne Wasps through the entire meeting, or even outside of the pitch. The Appleby Arrows were fierce rivals of the Wimbourne Wasps and had been for as long as anyone could remember. The bad publicity, risk of harm, and the lawsuits that resulted from the two teams clashing, meant that it wasn’t worth it. Violence on the pitch was a different subject though. It wasn’t a true match between the two teams until at least twenty fouls occurred, and at least three players went to see a Healer.
“We should warn someone that Jerome is close to treading on enemy territory.” Violet and Roxanne sat down at the Appleby Arrows table.
Roxanne looked over at where Jerome was standing. He was standing with his back to the Wimbourne Wasps table and was talking to Cody McIntyre, a Chaser for the Montrose Magpies. A few players from the Wimbourne Wasps were watching Jerome, distasteful looks on their faces.
Roxanne knew that Jerome could handle himself if one of them tried to start and argument or a fight with him. As a Beater he had enough upper arm strength to be able to defend himself.
“He’ll be fine; he knows not to go over there. I bet he's trying to antagonise them into throwing the first punch and getting either a fine or a ban.” Roxanne finished the last of her wine and placed the empty glass on the table.
“Want me to go and get more drinks?” Roxanne asked Violet, who gave a nod and a smile, before turning to wave at Trudy Abston, the Chaser of the Holyhead Harpies.
Roxanne left the table and made her way through the crowd and over to the bar, greeting a few players that she passed along the way.
“I wondered when I would be seeing your beautiful face, Weasley.”
Roxanne turned to the source of the voice and saw Jason Turner a Beater for the Wimbourne Wasps. He was also the number one Beater in England and one of the best players the country had seen. Jason's personal life was a regular feature in the Daily Prophet, or at least it was when Roxanne was still getting the paper.
Roxanne didn't like to admit to it, but she had a major crush on him when he was first signed up to the Wimbourne Wasps. Posters adorned her walls of the tall Beater, and she couldn't help but let her eyes roam over his big build, which was pure muscle. He worked out a lot and that much was evident by the size of his arms alone. Roxanne resisted the urge to swoon, as she looked up into his face. Jason's dark hair gave off a ruffled looked, and his strong jaw covered in stubble. He looked gorgeous to Roxanne.
Roxanne tried to collect her emotions. She needed to get herself another drink, otherwise she was going to do something stupid. Like, engage Jason in conversation.
“Shouldn’t you be with your team?” Roxanne asked him, as she raised a hand up to smooth down her usually frizzy hair. She wasn’t up to facing the trouble she would be in with her coach when he found out that she was talking to Turner.
“Do you think that I’ll be sitting with them when there’s an attractive woman at the bar?” Jason asked with a smirk. Roxanne looked behind her to see if there was someone else standing next to her that he meant. She saw that she was the only woman standing at the bar at that moment. She turned to look back at Jason and gave a small frown at him.
“I thought that you would have brought along one of those leggy blondes that you’re always photographed with. You know, those ones with low self-respect and little to no dignity or clothes. The one’s that you ditch after a few days like they’re yesterday’s fashion,” Roxanne said smiling at him, with a sweet look on her face.
Jason gave a laugh as he brought his hand up to his chest, a pained expression on his face. “The lady has bite,” He said, biting his lip, before he thanked the barman for his Firewhiskey, neat and on the rocks. Jason took a sip of his drink, before placing it back on the bar, licking his lips as he looked back at Roxanne. “Are you jealous, Miss Weasley?”
“Hardly,” Roxanne scoffed. “I have higher standards than you.”
“One day you’ll want me,” Jason told her a knowing smirk on his face.
“Don’t hold your breath for that to be happening any time soon,” Roxanne said shaking her head at him.
“So, it’s going to happen one day?” Jason's green eyes lit up at those words as he licked his lips. It took Roxanne a lot of effort to not follow the movement with her eyes. She took a deep breath and looked away, knowing that Jason had noticed.
“In your wildest dreams, maybe?” Roxanne told him as she picked up the glasses the barman had placed in front of her.
“I’ll make an honest woman of you one day, Miss Weasley,” Jason said. “Mrs. Roxanne Turner has a nice ring to it, don’t you think?”
“That is never going to happen,” Roxanne told him, walking away from the bar as she shook her head. She had to keep trying to stop the smirk that was beginning to cross her lips.
“I love watching you walk away from me, Mrs. Turner. I must say that I adore how that dress looks on you. Although, I’ll admit that it’ll look even better on my bedroom floor.”
Roxanne turned to glance back at Jason, who was grinning; a few people around them were chuckling at Jason’s cheesy chat up line.
“That has got to be the worst line I have ever heard, Turner,” Roxanne stated loud enough that he could hear her. “Even for you.”
"How about we discus this over dinner?"
Roxanne turned back around, resisting the urge to glance back. She wasn't going to give him an answer, especially because a large part of her wanted to say yes, and she didn't trust herself to speak.
She took a seat at her teams' table and saw that most of them had come back. Roxanne figured that the draw must have been taking place soon if everyone was beginning to take their seats.
“What took you so long?” Violet asked, after thanking Roxanne for the drink. “Was the bar crowded?”
“Yeah, with a large ego,” Roxanne stated. She glanced back over to the bar, to see that Jason was making his way over to where his fellow Wasps were sitting. He gave a wink to Roxanne as he passed, which she chose to ignore. Violet turned to look at Jason before turning to Roxanne with her mouth falling open in shock.
“Roxanne, do not even think about going there,” Violet warned Roxanne. Roxanne swallowed her mouthful of wine as she shook her head. "Even if Turner is a big hunk of muscley man meat."
Roxanne had to stop herself choking mid swallow and stared wide-eyed at Violet, who was giggling. Roxanne wondered if she should cut her friends alcohol supply off.
“No way in hell am I going to go there. He was just flirting with me at the bar, maybe trying to get inside information about our plays this year. He’s not interested in me like that, and I’m not interested in him at all.” Roxanne shook her head again, resisting the urge to glance back at the bar and see if Jason was there.
“Just make sure that you keep it that way. With a rivalry as big as our teams, there’s no way any kind of relationship is going to be anything but a mistake," Violet told her.
Roxanne gave Violet a nod of agreement as she looked up at the stage where the announcer would be standing. He had called for the rest of the teams to take their seats so that they could begin to read out the results of the draw.
Once everyone had taken their seats, the long process of picking the teams played out. Roxanne found herself a few times looking over at the Wimbourne Wasps table, as though her eyes were automatically drawn to it. she could just about manage to see Jason from where she was sitting if people didn’t move in her way. She didn’t understand why she was looking for him, he was her rival, and she wanted nothing more than to beat him during the game. Roxanne hoped that one days she would be stealing the crown of best Beater in England from the top of his head. Which would wipe the smug smirk off his face.
A couple of times she managed to catch Jason’s eyes, realising that he was watching her, with a curious look on his face. Roxanne felt like she couldn’t pull herself away from his gaze as though trapped in some sort of a spell. Jason raised his eyebrows at her, before giving her a wink, causing her to roll her eyes. Roxanne tore her eyes away from him and looked down as her hand found the bracelet she was wearing, pushing it around her wrist. The silver and crystals shining against her darker skin, as it hung loose around her delicate wrist. It was a gift from her parents for making it onto the team and she wore it for all special occasions. It was making a brilliant distraction.
“The fifth game of the season will be between Appleby Arrows and Caerphilly Catapults." There were claps around Roxanne as she realised what the announcer had said.
Roxanne was thankful that her first match would be against them. She didn’t much fancy getting a ban on playing a future match for throwing a Beater's bat at Jason at the beginning of the season. She wasn’t sure how much more of his flirting she was going to be able to tolerate, especially if it was during a game. Or just how much she would be able to resist.
There were more claps around her as more games were announced, as well as the dates of the other games. It turned out that Roxanne’s team wouldn’t be facing Jason’s for around two months at the least. It all depended on the outcome of the other games, as well as points scored. Roxanne was thankful for this; she didn’t much like the idea of Jason seeming to have set his sights on her. If his reputation in the papers was anything to go by, she would be nothing more than a cheap fling. Roxanne didn’t want to be just another notch in his bedpost.
Once the rest of the matches had been drawn, the teams continued drinking again, and moved from the tables to socialise. Roxanne watched as Jason stood up from his chair and seemed to be making his way over to where Roxanne was sitting.
“Oh no, Turner is making his way over here,” Roxanne hissed at Violet, who looked up and searched for Jason.
“I think we should go over to the bar,” Violet stated. Before letting Roxanne answer, she grabbed for her hand and pulled her up and through the crowds that had begun forming again. “If I’m going to have to sit through Turner chatting you up, I want to be a lot drunker than I am now.”
“Let’s hope that Turner loses interest soon,” Roxanne muttered to Violet as they walked away. “I’d hate to have to destroy him both on and off the pitch.”
Violet gave a laugh as they made their way over to the bar, sliding into a vacated seat as Roxanne took the other.
"Maybe you should enjoy the attention. He is nice to look at, even if he is a Wasp,” Violet muttered, looking into the crowd for a sign of Jason Turner, who had disappeared in the crowd.
“I’m not denying that he’s not nice to look at," Roxanne admitted to her. "I’m just saying that I’m not interested. Plus, you told me to not even go there if I remember?”
“You shouldn’t go near him, but that doesn’t mean we can’t look at him. There are some fine men playing Quidditch at the moment, we are some lucky girls.”
Roxanne gave a laugh as she picked up her new glass full of wine and took a mouthful of the amber liquid. The buzz from the alcohol was beginning to flood through her, and looking at Violet she knew that she was just as tipsy.
“That we are,” Roxanne said with a smile. Violet and Roxanne both clinked their glasses together before erupting into a fit of giggles. “Now, should we get the rest of our team over here and enjoy the benefits of the free bar by getting drunk?”
“I think that’s a rule of being at this meeting,” Roxanne said with a laugh.
The teams practice the next morning was going to be eventful to say the least.
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