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Three Draco/Hermione drabbles and... a haiku!

September 19th, 2011 (12:58 am)

Title: Farewell
Prompt: lipstick stain
Rating: G
Warnings: None

Hidden by a strong Disillusionment Charm, Hermione pressed her face to the glass, and watched as Draco asked Astoria Greengrass the question he should have been asking her, received the answer she should have been giving, and slipped the ring that should have belonged to her onto Astoria’s finger.

She tried to remember all the reasons why she and Draco could never be together, but—at that moment—not one of them made sense to her.


Draco, bending to kiss Astoria’s hand, glanced suddenly at the window, and the print of Hermione’s kiss broke his heart with its final farewell.

* * * * *

Title: Sparkly
Prompt: fireflies
Rating: G
Warnings: None

The door wouldn’t open.

Hermione considered her options. Alohomora... Deprimo... Confringo?

In the end, she simply put her shoulder to it, and shoved until the gap was big enough to squeeze through.

Inside, her apartment was a jungle.


“Malfoy,” she growled, struggling through the ferns, “I’ll Avada you—”

Surprise!” he cried, as innocent as a pointy cherub.

He’d set a table for two in a grove of Hibiscus trees, beneath a wide, inky sky lit with dancing fireflies. It was impressive magic.

Hermione refused to return his smile.

But, maybe, she thought, I’ll leave killing him till after dessert.

* * * * *

Title: A helping hand
Prompt: weather the storm
Rating: G
Warnings: None

Twelve years of marriage ends in the time it takes to sign her name.

Fleeing the solicitor’s office, she shelters from the rain in Flourish and Blotts, but not even leafing through Hogwarts, a History can make her feel better.


No one’s called her that in years.


She doesn’t mean to tell him everything but, somehow, it all pours out over coffee.

“Things must seem unbearable right now,” he says, and she realises he’s speaking from experience, “but you’re the toughest woman I know, Granger. You’ll survive this.” And when his fingers touch hers, the sun comes out.


Whenever I'm in Vancouver I always make a point of going to events at the Public Library.

Vancouver Public Library

A few years ago, I went to a haiku writing workshop. The haiku I wrote in class was complete rubbish and I didn't keep it but a couple of days later, looking out of a window at the Museum of Vancouver, I was inspired, LOL, and wrote a better one. I'd forgotten all about it until yesterday, when I was leafing through my notebook, looking for something else.

Sugar pink, sage green, bone yellow, pearl grey—
cherry blossoms in an ivy bed;
the sky overcast.

(According to our tutor, an English haiku doesn't have to have the 'correct' number of syllables, but it should be about nature, its first line should end with some sort of break, and it must be purely descriptive, arousing emotions, not depicting them).


Posted by: Nebride - Bishie Hunter (nebride)
Posted at: September 19th, 2011 01:50 am (UTC)

Your drabbles are great! I really love the haiku and it certainly lives up to your tutor's guidelines - arousing emotions, not depicting them.

That is a fabulous looking library. I'm sure I could spend hours in there! lol

Posted by: ningloreth (ningloreth)
Posted at: September 19th, 2011 08:08 am (UTC)

Thank you :-)

Isn't the library wonderful? There are shops in the atrium where you can buy a drink and a slice of pizza.

Posted by: starduchess (starduchess)
Posted at: September 19th, 2011 05:21 pm (UTC)

Ah, those are great drabbles. The first one broke my heart. :(

Interesting rules on the haiku. I had not heard those before. Pretty imagery though. :)

Posted by: ningloreth (ningloreth)
Posted at: September 19th, 2011 07:50 pm (UTC)

The first one broke my heart. :(

Thank you! I was pleased with the final line, but I wasn't sure how well it worked.

Not seen you posting much recently -- are you busy?

Posted by: starduchess (starduchess)
Posted at: September 20th, 2011 04:14 pm (UTC)

I was on a writing hiatus over the summer, and now that I can come back, my husband has asked me to stop. :(

I will still be doing some and would like to get back to the Dramione 100 challenge, but it may be few and far between postings. I also haven't felt inspired by those lately. I have a lot larger things on my plate right now.

Posted by: ningloreth (ningloreth)
Posted at: September 20th, 2011 10:49 pm (UTC)

I was only thinking today how difficult it must be to combine writing and a family.

I'm struggling a bit with inspiration myself at the moment.

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Posted by: ningloreth (ningloreth)
Posted at: October 15th, 2011 07:16 am (UTC)

I'm so glad you like it! Yes, by all means use it :-)

It's been fun reading the stories and making the banners. I intended them as 'gifts' to the participants -- I'll explain that when I post the Master List.

BTW, I've set up a collection at AO3 (at least, I think that's what I've done, LOL) with a subcollection for this year's challenge, here:


I'll tweak the banner later!

Posted by: Rapidez (larapidez)
Posted at: December 29th, 2011 04:48 pm (UTC)

The first one broke my heart, but the other one was pure genius and I rather liked the third one as well. Oh, and your haiku was also very nice!

Posted by: ningloreth (ningloreth)
Posted at: December 29th, 2011 07:17 pm (UTC)

I'm glad you liked 'Sparkly'!

We don't really get fireflies in the UK, so they had to be magical, and that gave me the idea of having Draco do something so crazy it annoyed Hermione :-)

Posted by: Rapidez (larapidez)
Posted at: December 29th, 2011 07:20 pm (UTC)

I really did, it fitted Draco's nature perfectly!
Thanks for letting me to translate it, I had great time creating the story!
(Poor you, we do have fireflies here and they are lovely.)

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