The Sugar Quill
Author: Firebolt909 (Professors' Bookshelf)  Story: The Captain  Chapter: Chapter One: Rise to Power
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Sequel to The Chaser...

Chapter One: Rise to Power

"Hey Harry! You awake?" Ron whispered loudly over at the makeshift bed his best friend Harry Potter was sleeping on. Harry, who wasn't really asleep, rolled over and tried to make out Ron's face in the darkness.

"What?" Harry whispered back. "What is it?"

"Well," Ron began, "I've been thinking about the Quidditch team for next year." Harry rolled his eyes. When did Ron not think of Quidditch? Of course, Harry wasn't in the position to be casting stones, he loved the game himself.

"What about it?"

"We need a captain. And since it's only me, you and Ginny, it's going to have to be one of us. Now my original idea was to have me and you be co-captains like Fred and George were, but it's our last year."

Harry thought over these words. It was funny how alike he and Ron thought since he had had the very same idea. "So what is it?"

"I think it should be Ginny." Ron stated firmly. Ginny Weasley was not only the best Chaser the Gryffindor team had seen in a long time, she was also Ron's sister and Harry's girlfriend.


"I'm serious," said Ron. "I think Ginny should do it. She's got another year left after this one, and well, hell....she's bosses us around enough as it is. Might as well let her do it for real."

Harry grinned into the darkness. It was true, as much as he loved Ginny, she was an entirely different person when it came to the sport. The moment Ginny sets foot on the Quidditch pitch she becomes a force to be reckoned with. Even her older brothers, who were both the co-captains, ended up being bossed around by her half the time.

"So what do you think?" asked Ron who was waiting for Harry to make some sort of reply.

"I think that its going to be an exciting year," Harry laughed. "When should we tell her?"


Ginny Weasley looked from one smiling face to the other. Those two were up to somthing. Both Harry and Ron had just plopped down a large package in her lap and grinned eagerly at her. Harry's bright green eyes were practically glowing and Ron looked like he'd just been made King of the Universe. Even Hermione Granger, Ron's girlfriend, looked extremely pleased about something.

"You do know that Christmas isn't until December?" Ginny finally said.

"Just open it," Ron said, rolling his eyes.

"Go ahead, open it!" Harry said, nearly dancing in place.

Smiling to herself, Ginny gingerly took off the wrapping paper in typical girl fashion.

"Hurry up!" Ron exclaimed.

Ginny went even slower, winking at Harry. Ron, disgusted at this, ripped the package from her hands and finished removing the paper himself, muttering under his breath about contrary sisters.

Taking the box from Ron, who handed it back to her, Ginny removed the lid. It was a new Quidditch robe in the finest scarlet material Ginny had ever seen. It had to have been expensive, as the regular game robes weren't nearly as fine.

"Wow!" she said, running her fingers over the Gryffindor emblem on the front.

"Turn it over!" Harry told her. Ginny flipped the robe over looking at the back. The material slipped from her fingers.

Embroidered in gold thread across the top were the words:


"What is this?" Ginny gasped.

Ron and Harry both blushed. "Well, we had a meeting the other night," Harry said. "We thought that you should be made captain."

"Yeah," Ron added, grinning. "Besides, you boss us around anyway, you might as well have a job at it," he joked.

"I don't believe this," Ginny said. "Are you serious?"

"Yeah," they said together.

She carefully folded the robe back into the box, running her fingers over the embroidered lettering. She stood up, gave each of them a hug and a kiss. Stepping back, she gave each boy an accessing look.

"So, are you saying that you had a meeting without me?" Harry and Ron blinked, then paled at the narrowed brown eyes.

"Well, uh...."

"We wanted to..."

Ginny cut both of them off. "First rule as captain: no unauthorised meetings without my permission. Got that?" Ginny bit her lip to keep from laughing. These two prats were so easy to tease.

"Yes ma'm," they said in unison. This time Ginny did laugh. It was going to be an interesting year.

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