Chapter 72: Daisy

It was really really strange, not having Leo around for a few days. But I was surprised when he came back to work so soon. He still hovered around the kitchen, but he didn’t seem to watch me as much…

But Rhys Straud still had to eat, so I had to concentrate on cooking for him for now. And now Leo’s sister was staying here, and her dog too. I was sooo happy to have a pet around again–I missed Trash and Garbage so much.

Even if he kind of got in the way sometimes when I was in the kitchen and nipped at my heels…

His sharp teeth reminded me of Trash and Garbage’s claws…he was probably really really hungry.

I was trying out a new dessert, one that Rhys Straud hopefully wouldn’t find too sweet or high in calories. “Sit with me a moment, won’t you?” he asked when I handed him the plate.

“Me? Are you sure?” Rhys Straud was asking me to sit with him! The second he nodded, I plopped down next to him and watched him eat up close…

“I know you’ve probably grown accustomed to preparing a very strict vegan meal plan for me, but I hope you won’t mind expanding your repertoire to accommodate my guest. I’ll gladly cover any extra expenses, as well as compensate you generously for your time.” Ohmigosh, had I ever seen him smile so much?

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm… “I don’t mind at all,” I said. “I’ve been trying soooo many new recipes for this pop-up restaurant I’ve been invited to cook for…”

“You have my gratitude, Daisy,” he said. “And if you could…make her feel welcome in any other way, I’d appreciate it. I’m certain this is a difficult time for her, and I’d like for her to have a friend.”

Oooooh, he had it bad for Leo’s sister. I’d seen her, on his and Galatea’s show… She was sooo pretty.

“I’m sorry your show got cancelled,” I said as he finished with his dessert. I think he liked it! Or maybe his smile was for Leo’s sister…

“Hm?” He stood and pushed his empty plate away. “Ah, I’m not–at least our guest won’t have to work so soon after her father’s passing. There were a number of episodes that were set to air but never will, thanks to the especially dire ratings.”

He really didn’t seem sad about it at all… I wonder if he felt the same way when Young, Haught and Rich was cancelled. I know I cried for days and days.

I stayed late that night, after making dinner for Rhys Straud and Leo’s sister (she likes her meat bloody, according to my notes), hoping that maybe I could say hi to her. Ophelia. She had such a pretty name…

I caught a glimpse of her pacing the balcony in her black clothes…

She looked so sad. Sad and beautiful, like my old roommate…

But for some reason, I couldn’t bring myself to talk to her, even though I could talk to just about anybody. Maybe because I messed up so bad with Galatea… I didn’t want to say the wrong thing and make Leo’s sister want to leave too, or make her even sadder.

What did you say to someone who lost a parent? I didn’t really know what to say to Leo either, so I went a couple days without saying anything to him at all.

I wanted to tell him everything would be okay, but how could it ever be okay? His dad was gone forever… Just the thought of losing mine made me want to cry into Rhys Straud’s kale smoothie.

But I couldn’t just ignore him either, not when he looked so sad and alone…

“How are you, Leo?” Was that a stupid question? It was a stupid question, I knew it, but I didn’t know what else to ask…

“Perfectly well, Miss Strider.” He cleared his throat. “I overheard you and Master Straud discussing your plans for a…’pop-up restaurant.’ Perhaps I might be able to assist you, considering our relationship and my extensive butler skills…?”

To be honest, I would’ve liked to have someone else around. That was part of why I agreed to join a couple other “personal chefs to the stars” for a few nights–not just the chance to get investors for my future restaurant, but to be around people again.

But… “I couldn’t ask that of you, Leo…”

He looked up and met my eyes. “You could ask anything of me, Miss Strider, and I’d be delighted to oblige.”

“Then…if you could come over tonight? I could really really use a sous chef…”

Leo agreed, and we were set. I was sooo excited. I hadn’t really cooked with anybody since culinary school…

I tried to make things easier for Leo at work by cleaning up after myself. I didn’t want him to be tired, because his sadness was probably wearing him out already, even if I never saw him cry.

Did some people really like cleaning? Leo seemed to, but he was a butler.

And I had this really really weird feeling that I might’ve done a couple things wrong while cleaning…

After work, I got everything ready before Leo came. And I went to answer the door the second I heard him knock…

It was sooo weird, seeing him outside his butler uniform. I never knew he had such nice arms…

“Leo!” Was I too close? Did he need space, or was it comforting to have someone so close? “I’m sooo glad you came.”

“As am I, Miss Strider. Thank you for the invitation.”

I couldn’t help it–I just had to hug him. Galatea didn’t like hugs, but most people did, didn’t they?

I knew it lasted too long by the way he cleared his throat, so I led him into the kitchen. Did Leo know how to cook? Maybe I was asking too much of him…

I got to work chopping vegetables right away. “Watch me closely,” I said.

I didn’t expect him to watch me that closely…

“Please don’t cut yourself,” he whispered in my ear. The puff of breath was so cold… I shivered.

“I know what I’m doing, Leo! Don’t worry.”

“Miss Strider, please watch your hands at all times when handling a blade–”

His hand reached around to steady mine, and then my finger slid against the knife in my surprise…

My eyes went wide. I saw the blood before I felt the pain. “I’m bleeding.”

“I–I can smell that, Miss Strider.”

Didn’t he mean see?

I was shocked when he brought my bleeding finger to his lips. He might get blood on his white shirt… But he probably did have medical training, since he was always asking if I cut myself.

His cool lips numbed the back of my finger. “You ought to be more careful…truly.”

And then his expression changed, and he turned his head away, even though his hand never left mine…

“Leo…” I said softly. “Are you…a vampire?”

It would’ve made sooo much sense, the way he’d never try anything I made, no matter what it was, and the way he was so pale, and tried not to stay outside for too long.

When he didn’t respond, I added, “My mom was a vampire. She’s a human now, and a food critic, and she loooves food…” I hesitated. Was this rude, or…? “Do you…do you want a taste? I don’t have any band-aids, and you probably drink blood, and I don’t want to bleed everywhere, so…”

“I mustn’t,” he said hoarsely. “Such a thing would be wildly inappropriate…”

“But it’s my finger,” I insisted. “I don’t mind, and it’d be nice to have something you can taste…”

I raised my finger closer to his face, watching his eyes follow it and his nostrils flare. “Please, Leo.”

He smiled shyly at me, his fangs peeking out behind his lips. “If you insist…”

He didn’t need much more encouragement after that…

I wasn’t expecting it to feel really really good…

I was almost sad when he stopped, and let my finger slide out between his lips… He had such full ones, for a man.

He closed his hand protectively over mine, his fangs glistening when he smiled. That smile felt so precious now, after seeing him so sad every day. “You’ve given me a great gift, Miss Strider.”

“I really really wish you’d call me Daisy,” I said, “especially since we’re close enough for you to suck my blood…”

He abruptly let me go. Could vampires blush? “Ahem. Yes. Well. I fear we’ve already let things progress far too quickly, and I wouldn’t want to do anything else unseemly before–well, we must have a mourning period first, naturally. Why don’t you allow me to handle the knife for the rest of the night?”

Well, that fell in line with a sous chef’s responsibilities… “Do you know how to cook, Leo?”

“Do I know how to cook?” he scoffed. “Miss Strider, I am a Lyons.”

He did seem to know what he was doing… On a whim, I sat on the counter so I could see him face to face.

“Please mind the blade,” he said. “As–as delicious as your blood was, I’d rather not have another taste anytime soon.”

“Thank you, Leo…I’m so glad you were with me tonight.”

“As am I, Miss Strider.”

Well, he was a vampire. There was plenty of time to teach him to call me Daisy.

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24 thoughts on “Chapter 72: Daisy

  1. Okay, Leo and Daisy aren’t my favorite ship, but that blood sucking was hottttttt, damn! *fanning self*

    I also adore any chance we have to see Leo out of his butler uniform, so that was nice too 😉

    Daisy chapters always leave me feeling so happy haha even ones where she has a few sad moments.

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      1. Do not mention that cursed ship 😭 I’m all about #TeamWeasel now ❤️ *trying to imagine a scenario where Orlando would suck Lyanna’s blood* Oh! She is poisoned and he has to save her 😈

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  2. Good thing there are far worse ways to find out about his bloodlust right 👀👀👀 (I wish it was from a Batty bite though omg)

    Love these two of course but it does mean that Rhys’ house will be empty more so he can steal his brother’s girl. Which is even better.

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    1. Bloodlust is very unbutler-y~ Maybe Grandpa Thad gets into some weird shit too though. Damn, a Batty bite–missed opportunity. 😦

      LOL, everyone does seem to be doing their own thing in Rhys’s house…

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  3. Wow. They are sooooo cute together!

    I’m glad sucking Daisy’s blood didn’t pu5 him into a frenzy. He Is a Lyons. That solves everything!

    Can’t wait until they marry. They’re so cute!

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  4. Dark WitcHazard: That’s it I give up Daisy is too adorable not to enjoy her chapters not to mention seducing a man without knowing it! Well played Daisy well played!😈

    Lover WitcHazard: Eeekkk Leo really needs to let loose and Daisy is he perfect math since she’s all up close and personal to a person who tries to act like a piece of furniture! Seen not heard! It’s also seems to be awakening Leo’s impulses wonder what will happen when she’s send the blood in his cheeks to other places hehe😋

    Shipper WitcHazard: Deo I love it and not just because of the Jojo’ Bizarre Adventures reference! Different spelling same sound! I can’t wait until she finds out how close Leo thinks they are in his head!

    Nooboos WitcHazard: I’ve been teased for their Nooboos now I want the real deal! No except! Come on Nooboos Gods bring on premarital conception!🤫

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    1. WHAT, Dark actually grew to tolerate Daisy’s ball of sunshine?! 😱 Never thought I’d see the day! Clearly there’s hope for Gal and Daisy after all. 😉

      ROFL, “trying to act like a piece of furniture”–Leo would take that as a compliment, saying it’s a butler’s duty to go unnoticed until he’s needed. He’d let Daisy sit on him though. 😉

      Of course Nooboos would demand nooboos, as always. 😉

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  5. I support a lot of ships in this story with Dru and Sunflower/Darius and Bas and Gal being two of my favourites along with Benny and Finn (even though nothing is happening there as yet) but this one takes the cake! That finger sucking thing was so hot and *naughty* for good ol’ boy Leopold! But in his mind, they are already engaged so I suppose he thinks it’s fine for him to do stuff like that with his future wife. For a minute there I thought he would ravish her after getting a taste of her blood but I’m glad his control freak nature let him keep it together. Daisy is too sweet and too naive to be pushed into something intense too soon. Then again, it was her idea. Hmmm….
    It’s always the bubbly ones! XD

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    1. “It’s always the bubbly ones” is right! ROFL. Leo might have to be careful…she really seemed to enjoy that, LOL.

      So glad you’re adding these two to your harbor of ships! ❤ ❤ This was another chapter I was excited about, because they're such an odd pair–and I had fun with the kitchen scene especially. 😈

      Fortunately (?) for Daisy, Leo is the most well-mannered bloodthirsty beast in existence. His control freak nature would prevent any naughtiness before the wedding. Then again, that's what Bianca said too…

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  6. Omg.
    I love everything about it… but you KNEW I would ❤
    #Daisy4ever

    Firstly, okay, damn LEO, brah, where you been hiding that hotness? That t-shirt fit him all kinds of well 😲
    Those babies that you teased in his last chapter? Those. I want. Gib. /grabby hands

    She is just, like, the sweetest thing EVER. I can't even. So accepting and genuine; WE SHOULD ALL BE SO LUCKY TO BE LIKE DAISY.
    Or have a Daisy in our lives 😭

    “Do I know how to cook?” he scoffed. “Miss Strider, I am a Lyons.”
    Ye-ah buoy; cook for mama.

    I adore how she calls her boss Rhys Straud constantly, and talks about his food (I about died of giggling when she talked about wanting to cry into his kale smoothie).

    Loving all the touchy poses (maybe especially the finger sucking touchy poses?).
    Ahh.
    /flail
    /die
    /tries not to be a spastic fangirl and fails

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    1. I hoped you’d love this chapter–but wow, I should’ve known you would. ❤ ❤

      Butler uniforms are very concealing, alas. 😉 Daisy is right about his arms, though. And LOL, I got screenshots of those babies as adults mostly because I knew you'd be dying to see them…

      I wish I was more like Daisy. 😭😭😭 She sees the sunshine and rainbows in everything. And she's a really really considerate friend, as long as cleaning isn't involved…but she did step up this time.

      Rhys Straud is very important, okay.

      And how did I know that’d be your favorite pose? 😉

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  7. Please excuse me while I attempt to recover from that finger-blood sucking scene…

    erhem. Okay.
    I’ve always liked the idea of Leo and Daisy, but now I have solidified my love of this ship. The way Leo treats her is just so charming and gentlemanly, and she’s just so perky and sweet; he’s the chilling and solemn winter, and she’s the warm and mirthful summer.
    There was a beautiful dynamic here at the end between them involving the food and cooking. Daisy just wants to make people happy with her cooking, she expresses her care the best through feeding others; now she’s discovered how to ‘feed’ Leo (; I’m not sure if I’m poetic or awake enough to really put into words my feelings on it, but just know that I really enjoyed that on a level much deeper than “Wow, that’s hot.”

    Leo/Daisy softened the pain of losing Lysander considerably, though it didn’t overshadow the glimpse of Ophelia’s heartbreak. She reminded me of a sorrowful spirit wandering that mansion; I hope Daisy can learn to speak to her.

    Finally, I’m going to say that I really love how these characters are being developed this gen. The pacing is perfect considering the number of different characters, and I like seeing the encounters from each POV that gradually progress into something more – be it something good or bad. Well done, my dear ❤

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    1. ❤ ❤ ❤

      I love your season analogy, and it’s actually something I hadn’t even considered. It works even better since Leo is an icy-fleshed vampire! And I love the way you describe the way Daisy cares for people through food ❤ (and now blood).

      Ophelia definitely feels like a lost, sorrowful spirit right now, sort of untethered from the real world.

      And thank you so much for the compliment. ❤ I worry constantly about juggling such a large cast and having too many characters, wondering if some (and how many) are superfluous or are being neglected, so it's very reassuring to hear you say otherwise. ❤ ❤

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      1. I’m glad you didn’t think those comparisons were as corny and cliche as I worried they’d sound xD

        It’s interesting to see Ophelia like this, considering how dark her fascinations can be. I wonder how this will tease her desire to be a Vampire…

        And you’re very welcome! I enjoy the large cast, there’s never a dull moment, and the way different character’s and their stories overlap and weave together is masterful ❤ It actually inspires me a lot, I hope to one day be able to plan my stories and writing in such a way that it can all connect, often unexpectedly but always perfectly!

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    1. I don’t know how I managed to create an endless ball of optimism like her, rofl. But I love that she’s so loved!! And I think it won’t be too hard for her to find happiness. 😉

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  8. I can’t believe how pretty Daisy is…she got the best of both of her parents. And Leo out of uniform…Daisy certainly appreciated it as did we all! Loved that they are finally getting close. It was so sexy. Relationships are finally starting to line up….❤️

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    1. She really did! ❤ ❤ Saul and Daya just couldn't make an ugly baby, I swear. LOL.

      We're slowly marching toward the end…so everyone is getting closer and closer~ But I think this gen is going to be over 100 chapters… 😱

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