Spring blossomed into summer, and Daisy was in the groove. Up early to tend her garden, she enjoyed every sunrise. She used money from the sale of harvestables to purchase chickens and feeding, cleaning out the coop, and collecting eggs were pleasurable chores.
Summer in Willow Creek this year was unseasonably hot, but Daisy persevered. She discovered a downside to living a dirt-filled life was allergies. Never before had she experienced the effects of pollen, but a trip to the clinic and an allergy shot helped.
Daisy was dealing with a great deal of responsibility. She was on her own now and nobody seemed to know she really should have been in high school. Daisy wasn’t going to let on, either.
And so one evening, she received an invitation to go to a night club. Daisy dressed up in the only fancy thing she owned and put on makeup. She was feeling rebellious and a more than a little bit envious of her neighbor Daichi–he was a teen who only had to worry about getting good grades. Nervously, Daisy entered with the group. Morgan was busy flirting with the bouncer and Daisy made it inside without being carded.
She even purchased a bottle of brew. It really didn’t taste that great. The club was loud and dark, except for the flashing strobe lights. Daisy didn’t want to make a fool of herself on the dance floor. “Let’s head downstairs,” Daichi whispered–well, yelled–in her ear. Daisy followed him, feeling funny from the brew.
Next morning, Daisy awoke with a dry mouth and headache. And, somehow, a romantic relationship with Daichi. She couldn’t remember flirting. Come to think of it, she couldn’t remember anything after descending the stairs. As the rooster crowed, Daisy’s rebellious phase dissolved. Daichi, Morgan, and their friends didn’t have the responsibility she had. Nor did they have that strong desire to reach an aspiration that she did.
Hanging out with Blossoms and Bait was a better choice than hanging out at a nightclub with a group of well-off teens. Daisy continued to improve her gardening, fishing, and wellness skills over the rest of the summer.