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Pairing: Draco x Hermione (Dramione)
Word Count: 1120 words
Setting: AU
Notes: Prompt shared by Monique: ‘i found you sleeping on my balcony when i went out to water my plants why are you here and more importantly how did you get here we’re eighteen floors up’. Not really a rare pair, but hey, Dramione! 

Draco Malfoy hates plants.

Unless he can eat them – preferably in something that isn’t a salad – he thinks they’re pointless and time-consuming and messy. Yes, there is the whole trees are important for the environment thing and the flowers are necessary for centrepieces thing and the bouquets are pretty much the way to go when you’re supposed to apologise for something and you have no idea what for, but those plants are reared for and dealt with by other people.

In other words, not him.

So, to be more precise, Draco Malfoy hates having to get up every morning a full fifteen minutes earlier (even on Sundays!) to care for the house plants that Pansy and his mother unloaded onto him during his housewarming party. To be fair, his mother also unloaded a blissfully comfortable cream-coloured Italian leather sofa, a seventy-inch TV, and a two-hundred dollar gift card to be used at Whole Foods. Pansy just unloaded the plants.

That’s what you get for making friends with people named after flowers, he grouses sourly as he lugs his stupid fuchsia watering can (“Champagne Showers!” is emblazoned in bright yellow over its side – thanks for that, Theo) over from the kitchenette to the balcony doors and tries not to drip water all over his fluffy white shag rug.

Still grumbling, he drags the curtains back from the sliding glass doors – the sunlight feels like an actual physical solid, omfg – unlocks them, and steps out onto his irritatingly green but refreshingly windy balcony.

And then he trips over a huddled bundle at his feet and the watering can flies into a potted ficus.

Which knocks into a dieffenbachia.

Which unbalances onto a fiddleleaf fig.

Which proceeds to fall on top of a neatly-lined up row of primly potted flowers.

By the time Draco manages to draw a horrified breath, his once merely irritatingly green garden is now both irritatingly green and in complete disarray.

The thing at his feet makes a small chirping sound once the last crash dies away and Draco backs away as if burned.

It’s a girl.

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