Five crisp, cheerful knocks echo in the quiet of the peaceful neighbourhood.
The pattering of young feet from inside the suburban house follows, along with the indignant cry of the child's mother.
The door swings open, reveling a sixteen year old with a toothy grin and unruly red hair.
Anna smiles, the corners of her eyes crinkling in amusement. "So we meet again," she says, with a teasing bow.
"Oh shut up," Merida laughs, her Scottish accent almost too thick to understand. She pulls Anna into a bone crushing hug, leaving the older redhead winded.
"God," Anna wheezes, "have you been wrestling with freak'n giants?"
Elinor, stepping into the entryway from the kitchen, chuckles. "You're not far off," she says, with a knowing glint in her eyes.
Anna's chest swells with pride, and she grins. "She's going to follow in your footsteps, then?" she asks, backing out of Merida's embrace. "Beating up people who annoy you?"
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