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Some drabbles

October 21st, 2012 (11:10 pm)

current mood: nostalgic

Been feeling very meh recently -- not sure why now particularly, but every straw seems to be the last. On the positive side, I have managed to write my first story (4,300 words-ish) since January, and I've been writing drabbles -- in fact, in a moment of utter madness, I signed up for the dmhgchallenge LDWS (Last Drabble Writer Standing) challenge. I've survived the first four rounds but, of course, it gets tougher every round, as more and more writers are eliminated, which is just what you need when your nerves are on edge!

Drabbles 1 - 3 were written for the regular monthly challenge; drabbles 4 - 7 for the LDWS challenge.


Title: Some things never change
Prompt: House Cup rivalry
Rating: R
Warnings: None

“Last match of the season, Granger,” said Draco, with his customary, elegant swagger. “Slytherin will snatch the snitch from under Gryffindor’s nose, and win the House Cup. Life is sweet.”

“In your dreams, Malfoy!”

“Oh, I have better dreams than that.” He leaned closer. “You and me,” he whispered, “in the Prefect’s Bathroom. I’ll make you scream.”

Hermione let her eyes travel up his lean, athletic body. Sex on legs, she thought.

The crowd gasped, and she turned to see Scorpius Malfoy miss the snitch, and the Gryffindor seeker catch it, and she threw up her hands, roaring, “YES! ROSIEEEEEEEEE!”

* * *


Title: Up close and personal
Prompt: Owl Post
Rating: R
Warnings: None
Note: It's Dramione fanon that the Head Boy and Head Girl of Hogwarts share quarters with a communal sitting room and bathroom.

Kindly stop drying your under things in my bathroom.
Draco Malfoy


The Head Girl and Boy’s bathroom is shared.
And I have never complained about your shirts.
Hermione Granger


Shirts are not private.
I swear to Merlin, if you don’t stop dangling your sleazy bras and knickers in my face, I’ll burn them.


How very liberated of you!


Takes one to know one, Granger.
(Ashes enclosed).


You are so dead, Malfoy!


Next time you and Granger have triple-x-rated hate-sex, CAST AN EFFING MUFFLING CHARM FIRST!
No regards,

* * * * *


Title: Someone who cares
Prompt: Patronus
Rating: G
Warnings: None

“Why me?” asked Hermione.

Mad-Eye Moody sighed. “You’re the only one he’ll listen to.”

She found the Order’s latest recruit in the kitchen.

“It’s stupid,” said Malfoy, sulkily. “Why can’t I just send an owl?”

“Because they’d see it,” Hermione replied, “and you’d be dead. Look, don’t think, feel. Imagine someone who makes you feel like they really care about you, then let that feeling flow out of your wand. Like this... Expecto Patronum.”

Expecto Patronum,” said Malfoy.

Two silvery creatures gamboled up the stairs together. Neither Hermione nor Malfoy thought it wise to mention that both Patronuses were otters.

* * * * *


Title: The Price of Victory
Prompt: Platform 9 3/4
Rating: G
Warnings: Voldemort-wins AU

The train pulled out of the station, leaving Draco – one hand still raised – bereft.

His little boy had left the nest.

Astoria took his arm, and they joined the other parents – all pure-bloods – silently waiting to pass through the wall.


On the Muggle side, King’s Cross was derelict.

As they walked across the concourse, avoiding the weeds, the rubbish, and the broken glass, Draco remembered his own first trip to Hogwarts, when the station had been bustling, and a girl with clever eyes and bushy hair had caught him staring, and had smiled, and he’d thought they would be friends...

* * *


Title: Too little, too late
Prompt: St Mungo's
Rating: R
Warnings: Lovesick!Ron

“She shouldn’t be going through this alone!” Ron glared at the closed door. “If I get my hands on him—”

“That’s probably why she won’t tell us who he is.”

Another agonised cry tore through the Muffling Charm, and Harry and Ron both grimaced.

“He should be here for her!”

We’re here, Ron.” Harry squeezed his friend’s arm. “She says it was just a one night stand, and when she told him, he acted like a jerk. She says she and the baby’ll be better off without him...”


Lurking round the corner, Draco Malfoy dumped his flowers, and walked away.

* * * * *


Title: Shameless
Prompt: Flourish and Blotts
Rating: R
Warnings: None

Typical Malfoy, making money out of being an exhibitionist, thinks Hermione, squeezing past the line of excited women waiting for him to sign his autobiography.

She looks at the posters – Malfoy, impressive in traditional robes; Malfoy, graceful in white tie and tails; Malfoy, impossibly sexy in tight Quidditch leathers...

Oh, no!

She grabs one of the books.

He’s described their moment of madness, in pornographic detail, on pages 204-6.

Hermione marches to the head of the queue and slams the volume on the table. “How low can a man sink!”

Malfoy winks, and signs the offending passage with a flourish.

* * * * *


Title: The first day of the rest of her life
Prompt: The Leaky Cauldron
Rating: R
Warnings: None

Hermione doesn’t mean to eavesdrop, but she can’t help overhearing the altercation at the bar. “I’m not a charity,” Hannah Abbott’s saying. “You still owe me for your last drink.”

Hermione doesn’t wait for Malfoy’s reply; she walks over, and silently slides a Galleon across the counter. Malfoy picks it up, looks at her, and in his eyes she sees a damaged man, recently released from Azkaban...

Then he smiles and her heart twists; he says, “Thanks, Granger,” and she smiles back, seeing courage in him, as well.

She climbs onto the barstool beside his. “A white wine please, Hannah.”


Posted by: curiouswombat (curiouswombat)
Posted at: October 21st, 2012 10:37 pm (UTC)
suitable job for a lady

Sorry that you are feeling 'meh'. But good to knw you are writing - although the drabbling gets somewhat addictive after a while!

Posted by: ningloreth (ningloreth)
Posted at: October 22nd, 2012 01:38 pm (UTC)

Thanks. I'm not at the addictive stage, I'm at the "OMG, I've got to write another one!" stage :-)

Posted by: daiseechain (daiseechain)
Posted at: October 22nd, 2012 12:04 am (UTC)

I'll take numbers 3, 4, & 7 please.

4 is particularly sad. 2 is cute.

Sorry to hear you're feeling meh. Hope you feel better soon.

Posted by: ningloreth (ningloreth)
Posted at: October 22nd, 2012 01:55 pm (UTC)

Thank you :-)

I'm glad you like 4 & 7. I was pleased with the idea of a derelict King's Cross, with Platform 9 3/4 still lurking behind the wall, and (big softy) Draco's being devastated because his son's left home. 7 gave me a lot of trouble. I wanted to say that deciding to stay a bit longer would prove a turning point in Hermione's life, but keep it really low key!

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Posted by: ningloreth (ningloreth)
Posted at: October 22nd, 2012 01:57 pm (UTC)

Thank you :-)

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