A/N – This is the second of the four open ended collections I will be posting. The collections will feature small snippet style chapters, all from different universes. Some of these chapters could quite possibly feature (in some form or another) in longer stories at later points. But right now, I either don't have a story for them, I don't have a complete story idea for them, or the story I envision them in isn't even close to been wrote.
Any ideas are welcome, although I can't guarantee using them or even writing them any time soon. Apart from a couple of stories which have my main focus (At the minute COTD, and a longer war based drama) I just have to write what's in my mind at the time. I'm also interested to hear which collection pieces people are eager to read more about.
Since the collections are ongoing, there will be no publishing schedule. I write these collection pieces when something enters my head, or I'm looking for something short and sweet and consult my notebooks. As such, after I've published the first chapters in this collection there might be months in between updates. But whenever I write a new collection piece for this story, I'll get it published as quickly as possible.
This collection is for my family based stories. All the pieces in this collection feature the Malfoys as a family, either when they have children or in some cases, preparing to have children. This first piece – Puddle Jumping – is set in a universe with no war. It's just a light, fluffy Dramione family moment.
It was a mild autumn day as Hermione Malfoy prepared to get her two children ready for a walk through the local park. It was a Sunday afternoon, and that meant family time for Hermione, her husband Draco, and their two children, four year old Scorpius and nine month old Cassiopeia. At the beginning of the year Hermione and Draco had decided to try and make sure they took a walk through the park they lived nearby at least once a week. When it was colder, the trips were a brisk walk through the park, but on warm summer days they'd spent hours in the beautiful park with their children. Even though it wasn't an overly warm day they were preparing to head out into, it was still nice enough for a quick stroll in the park. Besides, autumn was Hermione's favourite season as the leaves started to fall from the trees and the air took a slightly cooler turn.
"Mummy, can we bring Scout?" Scorpius asked as Hermione announced it was time to wrap up for their walk.
Scout was Scorpius's puppy, a gorgeous black Labrador, which the family had adopted a few months earlier after Scorpius had spent months begging for a pet. Hermione and Draco had settled on a dog as it could accompany them on their walks. Scout had already become a much loved member of the family, and he was already sitting by the front door waiting to head out for a walk.
"Of course we're taking Scout," Draco said, as he picked Cassiopeia up out of her bouncy chair.
While Draco got Cassiopeia dressed in her coat, hat, gloves and scarf, Hermione tried to wrestle Scorpius into his outdoor gear. However, unlike his sister who didn't cause any trouble, Scorpius wasn't keen on having to get wrapped up. If he had his way, he would head outside as he was, in his jumper, trousers and batman slippers.
"Put your wellies on," Hermione told her son. "It's been raining so there might be puddles."
"Puddles I can jump in?" Scorpius asked excitedly.
"You don't jump in puddles, Scorpius," Hermione said sternly as she pulled her son's bright red wellies onto his feet. "You'd get wet."
"But it would be fun," Scorpius said with a giggle.
"It would be messy," Hermione muttered. Standing up she grabbed Scorpius's jacket off the coat rack and pulled his hat, scarf and gloves from one of the pockets. "Coat now, Scorp."
"But I don't want to wear a coat," Scorpius pouted. "Batman never wears a coat."
Hermione rolled her eyes at her son's obsession with muggle superheroes, especially batman. Her father had been the one to introduce Scorpius to the various muggle superheroes and now the four year old couldn't get enough of them. Even his precious quidditch took second place to Batman and the other superheroes he worshipped.
"But Batman is a superhero," Hermione pointed out. "I'm sure he wore a coat when he was a little boy."
Scorpius let out a resigned sigh as he let his mother pull his coat on. "Can I be a superhero when I grow up?" He asked seriously, letting Hermione wrap his scarf around his neck.
"And what would your powers be?" Hermione asked with an amused chuckle, amazed by her son's imagination. "And what would you be called?"
"I can be Super Scorp," Scorpius announced as he jumped into a superhero pose. "I'd fly faster then anything on my broom, and catch the bad guys."
"Sounds like a plan," Hermione replied, tugging Scorpius's hat over his head and slipping his hands into his gloves. "But you'll have to be good. Superheroes are very good people."
"I can be good," Scorpius vowed, nodding solemnly as Draco came out of the front room with Cassiopeia all wrapped up and tucked into her pushchair, ready to be off.
"What's all this?" Draco asked as he and Hermione pulled on their coats. He'd heard part of the conversation his wife and son had been having, but he'd been busy with his daughter and hadn't heard everything.
"Scorpius wants to be a superhero," Hermione told her husband.
"What? The world's smallest one?" Draco asked with a chuckle.
"Not now," Scorpius said, shaking his head at his father. "When I grow up."
"I see," Draco said with a nod as Hermione made sure Scout was on his lead and opened the door for the family to begin to head outside. "And what would you be called?"
Hermione took over pushing Cassiopeia as Scorpius and Draco walked on in front of her with Scout. As they went, Scorpius explained to his father what sort of superhero he wanted to be. The talk continued all the way to the park, with Scorpius continually practising his superhero poses. He was also eager to find himself an outfit to wear, something green as it was his favourite colour.
The park they visited was a large muggle park, consisting of winding paths, leading to various bits of activities. There were two children's play areas, although with the recent rain Hermione wasn't keen on Scorpius playing on either. Then there was picnic areas and lots of grass for people to relax on and play games on in the warmer weather, which again Hermione didn't want to use with the weather. There was also a lake, where ducks and swans lived, so Hermione suggested they head over to the lake. Beside the lake there was a small stall which sold bags of bird feed, so she figured they could buy some feed and feed the ducks and swans.
As usual, the stall was open so Hermione purchased a bag of bird feed and handed it to her son. Draco accompanied Scorpius to the edge of the lake so he could feed the ducks and swans, while Hermione stayed further back with Cassiopeia and Scout. Cassiopeia also liked the birds and she clapped happily as they swam up to where Scorpius was throwing bird feed into the water. Luckily Scout was good dog, and he just sat happily next to Cassiopeia's pushchair as he waited for Scorpius and Draco to finish with the ducks and swans.
When the bag of bird food was gone, Scorpius said goodbye to the birds and promised to be back to feed them soon. Since the family weren't quite ready to go home just yet, Draco suggested they walk through to the far end of the park and come back round via the pathway that ran through a few trees.
As they walked, Scorpius ran on ahead, although not far enough so that Draco and Hermione couldn't reach him in an instant if they needed to. Draco meanwhile dropped back to walk alongside his wife, with Hermione pushing Cassiopeia in her pushchair and him taking control of Scout's lead.
"Look, a puddle," Scorpius cried in excitement, pointing to a large patch of water on the ground.
Before Hermione had a chance to say anything, Draco had handed the dog lead to her and had rushed over to the puddle. Taking hold of Scorpius's hand, he gave his son a wicked grin and the pair jumped feet first into the water, sending the water splashing everywhere.
"Draco Malfoy," Hermione scolded as Cassiopeia laughed happily at the antics of her father and brother. "Stop acting like a big kid."
"But puddle jumping is fun," Draco said with a fake pout. "I used to do it all the time when I was younger."
"I bet you did," Hermione muttered. "And have you thought about how messy you and Scorp are going to get? I bet the pair of you are soaked now."
"Just a bit," Draco responded with a shrug. "But since we're already wet, we might as well continue to puddle jump. What do you say, Scorp?"
"Yeah," Scorpius cried, rushing over to a smaller puddle and jumping into it.
Hermione couldn't help but smile as Scorpius giggled in excitement as the water splashed up as he jumped into the puddle. "Okay then, you two have fun."
"Come on Scorp, let's see who can jump in more puddles," Draco urged, as he hopped into a small puddle.
For the next ten minutes the two Malfoys had a whale of a time puddle jumping. Sometimes they both jumped together, and sometimes they went separately, seeing who could create the biggest splash. With the puddle jumping the trip round the park took longer than Hermione expected, but soon the park gates had come into view.
"Okay boys, one more puddle," Hermione called. "Than we're going to go home and get cleaned up."
"Fine," Draco replied as Scorpius began to pout. "Look Scorp, two last puddles. Do you want the big one, or the very big one?"
"The very big one," Scorpius replied with a grin, spotting the two puddles his father was talking about.
"You go first," Draco said. "Make a big splash."
Seeing how large the puddle Scorpius was going to jump into was, Hermione took a step back with Cassiopeia and Scout. Even though Scorpius was only four, he was jumping with some force and she suspected her husband was going to use magic to ensure her son ended with a big splash. Sure enough when Scorpius jumped into the puddle her husband used a bit of wand-less magic to make the water go everywhere.
"Go me," Scorpius cheered as he wiped water from his face. "Did you see the splash, Mum? It was awesome."
"It was something special," Hermione agreed as Scorpius ran over to her and wrapped his arms around her waist. "Now let's see what your Dad can do."
"Stand back folks, this is going to be big," Draco said, grinning at his family as he walked over to the slightly smaller puddle off the side of the pathway.
Hermione braced herself for the splash as Draco prepared to jump. Draco shot one last smirk over at his family before jumping into the puddle, expecting to make a big splash. What he didn't expect was to jump directly into a hole and end up waist deep in dirty water. His smug smirk quickly disappeared and was replaced with a cry of total shock as he found himself half submerged in the cold water.
"Draco, are you okay?" Hermione asked, hurrying over to her husband, a smirk playing around on her face.
She couldn't believe her eyes when she'd seen Draco disappear into the water, and her first reaction had been one of panic, but now she could see Draco was fine, she was starting to see the funny side. After all, it was pretty hilarious that her husband had landed up waist deep in water while jumping in puddles with their four year old son.
"Dad, that was so cool," Scorpius cried. "Will you do it again?"
"I don't think so, Scorp," Draco muttered as he hauled himself up out of the hole. "Damn hole."
"That will teach you to puddle jump," Hermione said with a laugh. "You're twenty five, not five."
"I didn't know it was a bloody hole," Draco grumbled. "I thought it was a normal puddle."
"It'll teach you not to dive into things without checking," Hermione said. "But now I really think it's time we went home."
"I quite agree," Draco said, shaking his head as he looked down at his completely soaked bottom half. "And Scorp, I think you're the puddle jumping champion."
"No, you won," Scorpius said with a shake of his head. "That was a big splash, and it was very funny. You win, Dad."
"What exactly do I win?" Draco asked as the family set off towards the park gates.
"Clean clothes," Hermione joked.
"How about a helping hand getting into my clothes?" Draco asked, wiggling his eyebrows at his wife as he took the dog lead from her hands.
"How about a hand getting out of your clothes later on," Hermione countered. "Followed by a check over from your favourite nurse?"
"Sounds good to me," Draco replied, grinning at the thought of Hermione in her naughty nurses outfit from their dressing up cupboard.
Heading back home, Scorpius and Draco changed out of their wet clothes and everyone settled down to spend the rest of the afternoon snuggled up in the house. Puddle jumping had certainly been fun, but Draco was looking forward to even more fun that night when Nurse Hermione was on duty.