The next morning, Aria woke to Harry lightly tapping her shoulder. She rolled around, grumbling to herself as she was pulled out of a dream.
Giving up the battle to pretend that she was still asleep, Aria rolled out of the bed and shooed him out of the room. Five minutes later, they were headed for the hall and Aria could see Harry furiously debating with himself. He was almost certainly attempting to decide on the time to start pestering her about the plan.
"So are you going to tell me anything now or are you going to wait till Daisy is present?" asked Harry, after several deep breaths.
"First of all, am I so scary that you have to rehearse a speech and then motivate yourself to speak up?" asked Aria.
"No, I totally did none of those things," said Harry, frowning at her. She raised an eyebrow.
"Are you sure?"
"Yes. I was practicing how I am going to Daisy about you-know-what," he said, shrugging as if that should have been obvious.
Aria's eyes widened. Is he going to finally admit it?
"Wipe that look off your face, it's not what you think. I was referring to that secret thing that I mentioned yesterday night."
"What gave you the impression that I was thinking about anything else?" said Aria," I didn't utter a word."
"Look who's lying now," said Harry, turning the faintest bit red," please, I've known you since the day I was born. You think you can fool me?"
Aria snorted. "Sure, sure, let's hurry up already." Harry nodded, smile firmly in place as he quickened his pace to match hers.
They soon found themselves at the Hall, where Daisy was already waiting for them.
"Good Morning Aria, Good Morning Harry," said Daisy almost skipping as she ran towards them," today is going to be another early start huh?"
"Looks like it," said Aria," shall we get going then?"
"Sure," said Daisy and began to walk towards the door but Harry lightly tapped her on the shoulder.
Pretending like she hadn't noticed anything, Aria continued towards the door, slowing down so that they could easily catch up and pretend like they had been following all along.
She strained her ears to see if she could catch anything. Let's see if we can get an exclusive look at this chatter. Or on second thought maybe it's something important to Daisy. That would be very rude. No. I can't eavesdrop on them. That would make me a horrible sister. I can wait. She started to hum a low tune to ensure that there was no way that she was going to accidentally overhear it.
Slowly she found herself right at the door leading off to The Hub. There was no sign of the other two being close. Wow that is a long conversation. Maybe Harry is still psyching himself up to ask about it? She stifled a laugh and settled down to wait.
Ten seconds later, she finally heard a "Hey Aria!" and took a couple of steps, before stopping and turning around.
"Yes Daisy, what is it?" she said, doing her best to look like she had no idea what was about to be said.
"Did this idiot tell you that there was this big secret?" she asked.
Aria glanced at Harry who nodded vigorously from behind Daisy.
"Umm...he might have said something along those lines. Why?" asked Aria.
"It wasn't anything like that you know. It was just a little problem I had. I mean there's no reason to hide it is what I'm getting at," she said.
"Okay then, why don't you tell me exactly what it is yourself?" asked Aria, raising her eyebrows.
"Oh I will," said Daisy.
"Sorry again Daisy," said Harry.
"No, Harry, you have nothing to apologize for. That was very sweet of you to keep it all quiet in case I might not want to share it. You did nothing wrong I promise so get that through that thick skull of yours before I beat it in," said Daisy, looking both annoyed and happy at the same time.
"Should I be scared at this point?" he asked, raising his hands.
"You probably should," said Aria, smirking at them.
"Not helping Aria," said Daisy," okay fine let me just get this whole thing out of the way first."
"Yes, let's get that whole thing over with, then I can tell you guys that plan once we reach the ship."
"Once we reach the ship?" asked Harry.
"Yes, it's the safest place I can think of at the moment," said Aria," now you two spill."
"Oh I was just worried about what might happen to our parents after we, you know, do," said Daisy waving her hands in a shooing motion.
"Ohh...I think they should be..." began Aria.
"Yeah, Harry already pointed out most of the logical conclusions," said Daisy," I'm... sort of...okay with it now. All we can do is hope and do our part well."
"True, let's get to that ship then," said Aria with a smile. The three of them set off for The Hub.